Thursday 22 March 2018

Swimming club weekend attracts 575 keen athletes

Brian Dillon, Cael Colfer and Cormac O'Neill
Brian Dillon, Cael Colfer and Cormac O'Neill
Conor Redmond taking care of refreshments for the run
Ruby, Naoimi and Lilyanna Bailey
Sadhbh Bailey, Danielle Colfer, Derville Cruise and Niamh Fogarty
Bernie Somers, Collette Doyle and Catriona Doyle
Some of the young runners taking part in the New Ross swimming club 5k and 10k run at the John F Kennedy Arboretum
Runners setting off on the New Ross swimming club run
Ide Aspel, New Ross swimming club
Eabha Cullen, New Ross swimming club
Eva Bayley, New Ross swimming club
Leagh Bailey, New Ross swimming club

New Ross Swimming Club hosted its annual gala in the Apex recently, when 400 swimmers descended on New Ross, along with 175 runners and walkers who enjoyed a club run in the John F Kennedy Arboretum.

400 swimmers descended on New Ross over the two day event, with 43 New Ross swimmers competing across all of the age categories and disciplines.

Their successes included 32 gold, two silver and 13 bronze medals. Out of their 185 swims, 136 personal best times were achieved, which was a fantastic boost for the individual swimmers, rewarding them for their hard work and the dedication of the coaching team.

The gala was also an important fundraising event for the club.

Parents also took advantage of the May bank holiday to host a 5 km and 10 km timed run and walk in the JFK Arboretum gardens.

175 walkers and runners took to the tarmac in the park, enjoying what was considered a well-planned route with a little uphill pull for those looking to push themselves.

The weather conditions were also favourable, adding to the enjoyment of the competition.

The first male across the line in the 10k was Edwin Keville and the first female was Becky Phelan.

The first male across the line in the 5k was Aidan Rogers and the first female was Annmarie O'Reilly.

The youth winners in the 5K category were Cael Colfer and Nicole Colfer.

Swimming club spokesperson Amy Allen said: 'Staff at the park were extremely accommodating and certainly helped ensure the success of the event. A particular thank you to Catherine Ronan whose advise and help was invaluable throughout. Thanks to everyone for their support.'

New Ross Standard