SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
The annual John Corrigan Memorial run/walk was held on St. Stephen's Day on what turned out to be wet, cold and miserable. However, the weather didn't deter anyone from running and walking, with large numbers showing up to raise much-needed money for St. John's Hospital. Many thanks to Donie Colfer for organising this great event.
S.B.R. held their annual 5k hangover run recently in Ferns. Well done to all members who took part.
There was a large turn-out from Slaney Olympic for the Arachas Ferrycarrig '5' five-mile road race. Martin Monaghan was the first man and Esther O'Leary the first woman home for the club. There was great running from everybody with a few new P.B's to start off the new year.
Full club results: Martin Monaghan, 27.29; Jim Stafford, 28.22; Bobby Redmond, 29.34; John Foley, 30.54; Malo Roban, 31.29; Mick Nolan, 31.33; Declan Ivers, 31.56; Tom O'Shea, 33.29; Mick Thorpe, 35.41; Paul Murphy, 35.50; Matt Phylan, 35.50; Esther O'Leary, 38.28; Taragh O'Connor, 38.55; Billy Reck, 39.23; Michelle Murphy, 39.23; Stephanie McKenna, 39.24; Wally McKenna, 39.39; Evelyn Quigley, 40.02; Helena Browne, 40.14; Mag Dunphy, 40.50; Gretta Roberts-Tyrrell, 40.50; Deirdre B. Kavanagh, 42.21; Marie Chapman, 42.56; Annis Kehoe, 42.56; Lynda Murphy, 53.15.
On New Year's Eve, Slaney Olympic came out in force to support our very own wonder woman, Marie Chapman, who completed 365 consecutive days of running at least 5k or more. In 2014. Not only has she accomplished running 5k every day, but she also managed to squeeze in 32 marathons.
Marie, you really are an inspiration and a role model for so many fellow runners, so stand tall and take a bow, Slaney Olympic is honoured and proud to have celebrated your wonderful achievement with you. Congratulations again.
Marie headed west to Portumna for her last marathon of 2014. This marked Marie's 72nd marathon to date.
A reminder that Marie is organising a marathon on behalf of The Marathon Club of Ireland in Oylegate on January 10. This kicks off the marathon year in Ireland.
There will be an early start at 8 a.m. but the main start is at 9.30 a.m. All participants receive a lovely M.C.I. finisher's medal and there will be refreshments afterwards in the Oylegate G.A.A. clubhouse. For any club members wishing to participate, they must first register online.
Remembrance Mass for deceased club members will be held in The Cathedral on Saturday, January 10, at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
Pilates is starting up again Wednesday, January 7, in the Education Centre, beside the Vocational School. 6 p.m. is level 1 to 11, 7 p.m. is level 11 to 111, and a seven-week course is €70. Text Jane if you want to book a place (087 - 2724506), or go to www.pilateswexford.com
Wishing a warm Slaney Olympic welcome to new member Eamon Saunders.
The Enniscorthy 10k will be held on Sunday, February 8, and is celebrating its tenth year so to celebrate it's only €10 to enter with a souvenir hat for the first 500 to enter, so get training everybody.
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Enniscorthy Sports Hub for club members only, but we are inviting runners who intend joining Slaney Olympic to come along and run on the track and enjoy the experience before joining up. Anyone interested in joining the club, please contact Mag Dunphy on 087-6366905.
The time has come once again to reflect on the sporting year that has passed. Racing795 has continued to grow in numbers, and continued to foster and promote the club's ethos of participation and improvement. Once again, perhaps the most pleasing element of the club's growth has been the arrival of new members across the spectrum of triathlon, mountain biking and running.
But 2014 has been unique for two reasons. Firstly, out of a membership of 52, this year saw nine members compete in and complete what perhaps is the ultimate challenge in triathlon: the Ironman. Nine members, seven in Roth, Germany, one in Port Macquarie, Australia, and one on home turf in Killarney wore the Racing795 jersey with pride through heat, exhaustion and nerves.
Secondly, 2014 was the first year since 2009 that we didn't hold a major triathlon or mtb event, a year to re-charge the batteries and reflect on events to come. We are delighted to say that Racing795 will return to hosting events this year, with the Tri795 sprint distance triathlon in Carlow in May and the Mount Leinster Mtb Challenge in August.
Our members continued to blaze a trail both nationally and internationally during the year. Our mountain bikers, triathletes and runners travelled the length and breadth of Ireland competing. Again this year we also had international representative honours for the fourth year since the club's inception.
The challenge that lies ahead for Racing795 in 2015 is to ensure that we continue to grow and that the club remains an enthusiastic group, where new members are encouraged and welcomed in equal measure.
Our new sub-committee of training co-ordinators have put together a new and exciting plan for training in 2015. See racing795.com for more details. For more information please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on Facebook.
Finally, we would like to thank committee members, and indeed all club members, for their hard work during 2014 and wish everybody a happy and peaceful 2015.
The A.G.M. of Sliabh Buidhe Rovers A.C. will take place in Ferns on Friday, January 16. Registration to the club for 2015 will also take place on the evening, so anyone looking to join S.B.R., or to find out more information about the club's activities, should come along on the night or check out http:www.sbrclub.com.
Alternatively, contact club Chairman Lukie Kehoe on 087-3222914 or club P.R.O. Paul Gibbons on 087-9004221 if you have any questions about the club.
S.B.R. have the new athletics track in Enniscorthy booked for training each Monday evening, so any club members who would like to avail of the facility should come along between 6 and 8 p.m., or if anyone is interested in joining the club, why not come along and join in to test yourselves on the fully-floodlit state-of-the-art athletics surface?
There was a large entry from S.B.R. at the Ferrycarrig five miles road race that was based around the excellent facility that is the Wexford Youths football grounds in Crossabeg on Sunday afternoon. Well done to all who competed. A large number of personal bests were recorded among the following runners from S.B.R. who competed, great going: Tommy McElwain, Paul Gibbons, Brian Kearney, Brendan Kehoe, Dena Hogan, Dermot Maguire, Ciara Bowe, Eilish Kehoe, Marie Cullen, Yvette Deacon, Annette Guinan, Tom Kavanagh, Mairéad O'Neill and Stephen O'Leary.
Sunday, December 28, was a great day for the Newbawn Darts Club as we held the Newbawn open in Foley's Bar, with 64 players squaring off to see who would take the title and the winner's cheque. In total there was a prize fund of just over €1,200 and it saw some of the best players in the county turn out. Even a few from as far away as Tipperary were there to stake their claim.
Firstly, huge thanks to our sponsors for the day and indeed for the year, Kay and Nicky White and their family, who have been in our corner from the first day of their tenure in Foley's and without whose help we would not have been able to make this event one of the more valuable tournaments on the darting calendar in the county.
Secondly, big shout out to Caroline Bradley and Liz Byrne for all of their efforts throughout the year with the smooth running of the administration and the finances. Liz will mark any game asked of her without as much as a second thought (so will P.J. but don't tell him I said it).
So to the darts. After 16 groups had been played out and we entered the knockout phase there was a very large crowd in attendance, and not just the players involved as many had their partners and children there to give them some vocal support and to cheer on their favourite players.
Each and every one of them realised how important each match now was as the top 16 players were in the money stages of the tournament and it added to a great atmosphere.
Some notable names were out as we entered the first semi-final and two of the best players were first up to the oche to see who would make the final.
David Coyne and Ger Foxe produced a match of some very good scoring and indeed Ger was hitting 140s regularly to set him up nicely for the win as he made his way to the final.
David, although he will be disappointed, has a great future in the game as he is only a young man and he will be featuring in tournaments for some time to come I am sure.
Tom O'Connor and Andrew Kavanagh were next up to see which one would play Ger in the final and what a match we had here. In a real topsy-turvy encounter, we saw Tom take out 104 to take the first leg when he looked in all sorts of trouble, and that was the story of the match as Tom used all of his vast experience to show how to hang on in a match and give yourself a chance of victory, and so it proved as he won four legs to two.
Andrew will wonder how he didn't get through here as he was in the lead in all legs played but his finishing let him down which was unusual as all day his finishing was deadly.
If ever there was a triumph for perseverance this was it. Andrew will be back.
The final then saw Tom play Ger in a clash of Titans of the game and it was a worthy end to our day as the guys played their hearts out. Tom was once again a little out of sorts but the man will not go away easily and Ger had to remain one hundred per cent focused to keep him at bay.
Tom pinched the first leg against the darts but Ger hit back to level the match and he threw some super darts to get into a three legs to one lead and was now only one leg away from the winner's podium. The fifth leg was a tense affair but Ger finished with a flourish as he checked out 120 to take the title and the €400 prize.
Tom had to settle for second best on this occasion but he got €200 for his troubles and although not up to his usual game it was good to see him back in Foley's. Well done Ger and we hope to see you back next year to defend your title.
Thanks to all of the players who turned out and played their hearts out and we appreciate the effort you made to contribute to a great event.