United Striders A.C. were amongst the medals again at the Leinster Juvenile cross-country championships for uneven age groups, held at sunny Adamstown.
In real cross-country conditions, Heather Costello got us off to a flying start, finishing really strongly despite being a year out of her age group.
Also at the Under-11 age group, in the boys' event, Ronan Shannon was first Wexford athlete home, in a fantastic 15th place. Sam Myers and Charlie Alfred also had good runs to be part of the Wexford squad which placed fifth in the county event.
Isabel Bawden was our sole representative in the Under-13 girls' event and as always performed very well. Myles Hewlett put in another fantastic effort and picked up his second Leinster silver medal of the cross-country season. With a typical brave effort, Myles was in the lead group all the way and well deserved another big finish.
Also picking up an individual medal was Cosmo Hewlett, who finished really strongly to make the podium. Eoin Shannon, Finn Kelly, Seán Lennon, Ben Myers and Tommaso Hickey made up the Striders team which won silver and featured on the Wexford squad which also won silver.
With the distance up to 3,500m, over a surface that was really starting to cut up, Erinn Shannon was first Strider home in the Under-15 girls' event, ahead of Clodagh Foran and Eve Byrne.
The Leinster Under-14 champion, Aidan Shannon, collected another provincial individual medal, ahead of Adam O'Connor, Owen Lennon and Oisín Mac Eochaidh. The boys earned a club seventh place finish and almost guided Wexford to a medal, finishing fourth in the county event.
Grace Costello was first Strider home, and close to an individual medal, in the Under-17 girls' event. Alannah Byrne, Gráinne Flannelly and Rebecca Bawden made up the team which came close to winning another club medal, following their heroics in Navan last month.
Cian Flanagan and Ryan Kielthy were excellent, despite being a year out of age, in the Under-17 boys' event. Also out of age, Aedan Rogers and James Boland were very impressive, with Aedan's fifth place finish earning him another individual medal.
The Striders men were in action over a very challenging 10 km. course in the Leinster Senior cross-country championship. John McGrath and Alan O'Connor were first Striders home, separated by a handful of seconds.
Brendan Lyng, George Delaney, Ted Flannelly and Pat O'Callaghan made up the Striders team which finished in sixth place and were part of the Wexford squad which finished fourth in the county event.
Well done to all Striders, who all performed really well, at an event that ran smoothly thanks to host club Adamstown A.C.
St. Joseph's A.C.
Last weekend saw the county Kilkenny ten-mile road race hosted by Gowran A.C. and run in conjunction with the Stook ten-mile road race over the toughest of courses.
St. Joseph's members were out in force with twelve athletes taking on the ten-mile challenge and two Juveniles in the accompanying 5k run.
It turned out to be a great day for Maria Griffin who crossed the line in a fine time of 1.10.31 for a fantastic third place overall and first Over-45 but, more importantly, becoming the county ten-mile champion.
Not to be outdone, Mary Doolan finished in a fine time of 1.14.39 and was first Over-40. Making up the club team was Hanora O'Connor, finishing in 1.33.33, with the team placed fourth in the county championship.
Seconds behind Hanora were Susan Lanigan and Mary McDonald, crossing the line together in 1.33.49, followed by Bríd Lawlor (1.44.01), Helen Walsh (1.46.56), Adrienne Flynn (1.47.15) and Susan Bolger (1.56.56).
St. Joseph's had three men competing, with David Lanigan finishing in an excellent 1.07.12, followed by Stephen O'Connor (1.09) and John McDonald (1.30).
On a good day for the Lanigan family, Aoife and Conor ran the 5k dash with Aoife the third schoolgirl home.
The Charlie Kehoe billiards open took place in the New Ross Workmen's Club. In the final which culminated three weeks' play, Jason Moran (-140) beat Nathan Murphy.
Jason quickly reduced his handicap to zero, and by that time Nathan was 60 points ahead.
Jason got back to within 20 points and, as they would say in billiards, 'hit a wall', as nothing went right.
The score at that stage was Nathan 179, Jason 169. Play got a bit stale and both players found the going tough, but Jason had the final say with breaks of 19 and 12 to win the match 200 to 179.
The club would like to thank our sponsor, Jim Howlett, for his support over the years which is very much appreciated. Our referee was Stephen Bolger.
St. Killian's A.C.
Well done to St. Killian's athlete Niall Sheil who represented Ireland on Saturday in the Over-40 British and Irish 5 Masters Nations cross-country championships in Derry.
On a soft, technically very challenging course, Niall had a great run and his performance was key to his team securing gold over a very competitive English outfit.
The race was won by Niall's team-mate, Brian Maher of Kilkenny City Harriers, a regular at our annual race, finishing second last year behind Olympian Mick Clohisey.
It caps off a great couple of weeks for the club, with Jack Forde securing gold in Scotland only the previous week. It's great to see our athletes achieving the highest possible accolades for their hard work.
The second round of the winter league was held in Enniscorthy on Friday night. Forty brave Menapians braved the cold to take part in the event.
While it was cold, it was a very calm night which made the event very enjoyable, and there was a great atmosphere.
Heading into round two Menapians were second overall, first in the girls' competition and third in the boys' competition. It was going to take some impressive running by our young athletes to keep the club in this position, let alone improve the club's standing.
Our young athletes delivered impressive performances. Cian Donovan, Sinéad O'Reilly, Eimear Halpin and Róisín O'Reilly all won their races. For Cian, Eimear and Róisín, this was their second victory in this year's winter league.
April Keeling and Archie Rennick were second in their races, while Cliona Kearney, Ailbhe White. Alfie Whelan, Shane Donovan, Nathan Murphy and Adam Leahy all finished third in their races.
Full results are available on the club Facebook page. As every performance counts, the contribution of every athlete was important and their performances helped the club consolidate second position overall.
The girls are still in first place and the boys have improved, moving into second place.
Menapians would like to express sincere thanks to all who helped out. The third and final round of the league will take place on Sunday, December 3, in Enniscorthy.
Nine members travelled to Avondale Forest in Wicklow on Saturday to take part in various races from five miles right up to the marathon distances, all in aid of Wicklow Hospice Foundation.
Outstanding performances were produced, notably from Kay O'Brien who completed the marathon in 4:07, knocking 21 minutes off her previous P.B. Congratulations Kay.
Results: Ray O'Brien (marathon), 4:15; Anthony Kennelly (15.2 miles), 2:12; Daniel Bury (12.5 miles), 1:45; ten-mile: Angie Whelan, 1:31, Shelley O'Connor, 1:42 (congratulations, another P.B.); Mary Catherine Murphy, 1:46; Nicola Bury, 1:51; five-mile: Paula Cloney, 59 minutes.
It was great running everyone on a wet, sloppy course!
Johnstown 5k Parkrun results: Breda Rowe, 32:41; Karl Richards, 20:59 (P.B.).
Jane Power ran 31:47 in the 5k Remembrance Run.
Stook ten-mile results: Terry O'Dowd, 1.38; Lynda Murphy; Janet Kelly, 1.51.
Run the Gap 10k: Shelley O'Connor, 1.18.00.
Gingerbread half-marathon and 10k results: Alan Cloney, 1.40.44; Seán Bates, 1.53.55; Georgina Gaul, 1.56.00; Brian Breslin, 1.58.38; Jane Power, 2.09.00; Lorraine Rowe, 2.09.15; 10k: Mary Catherine Murphy, 57.30; Orla Doyle, 57.30; Paula Cloney, 1.12.16.
That was fantastic running by everyone. Well done W.M.C.
Patrick Curley had a busy weekend, starting off with a fourth in the Annacurra 5 Bounds Challenge in 47:59.
S.B.R. had two great results in the Tinahely Wicklow Way Run the Gap where Patrick Curley was the first man home and Emma Morris was the first woman across the line. Well done to both on great runs on a challenging course.
Myles Gibbons was second in 57:49 at the Stook 10 Miler in Kilkenny on Saturday over a challenging course and against a top field. His time over the flying mile of 4:27 moved him to fourth on the all-time race rankings.
S.B.R. was in action in the Gingerbread Man Run 10k in Portarlington, with Sharon Morris crossing the line in 57:03 and Linda Avbarra following in 1:08:30.
In Hollyfort on Sunday, Paul Gibbons and Patrick Curley battled well and came across the line together in first and second place.
Tomás Kavanagh ran a strong race on Saturday at the Gorey Parkrun, clocking 18:17 for fourth overall. Liam Breen had a terrific run in 23:16, good enough for ninth overall.
Belated congratulations to S.B.R's Bernard Fortune who continued a fantastic year in the mountains with a 14th overall placing in the I.M.R.A. Powerscourt Ridge race against a top field. Bernard was also third in the M40 category.
On Wednesday there will be a group meeting on The Square in Ferns (Ferns Castle) at 6.30 p.m. They will run laps of the 'V' which are approximately one mile.
They will be there for an hour and would welcome club members and non-club members alike.
Anyone who is just starting out running, this is a great way to get started with a supportive group and get fit for the new year.
Everyone is welcome, and please wear a hi-vis jacket.
All club results, fixtures and information are available at www.sbrclub.com