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Anne Gilshinan on her way to breaking another national record.

Anne Gilshinan on her way to breaking another national record.

Anne Gilshinan on her way to breaking another national record.

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A NUMBER of Wexford athletes competed for Leinster in the Tailteann Games over the weekend. This is a schools competition for Under-17 athletes in which the four provinces compete.

Enniscorthy’s Dannan Long continued his good form, winning the 200m, placing third in the 100m, and playing in his part on the Leinster relay team which won gold.

Ciara Mooney of Adamstown was second in the walk. Saidhbh Byrne of Enniscorthy was third in javelin and fifth in triple jump.

Orlaith Deegan of SBR was fourth in the 300m hurdles and seventh in high jump, while Aisling O’Brien was fourth in the discus.

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The popular St. Senan’s open cross-country in Kilmacow takes place this Sunday, September 19.

The Mr Oil Wexford Novice and Juvenile (even age) championships take place on October 3, and the Intermediate and uneven ages championships are on October 10, with DMP AC hosting both days. On October 31 SBR hosts the county Novice.

Looking further ahead, the Senior championships are hosted by Kilmore AC on December 19. The Masters championships and Juvenile relays take place January 9, hosted by United Striders.

Claragh Keane (DMP) and Kate Jackman (Adamstown) travelled north to the Mourne Mountains for the Celtic Mountain Running international. Both ran really well in what is a relatively new event for them.

Claragh was ninth home overall and first Irish scorer. Kate was second Irish girl home.

Wexford had a number of athletes competing in the Irish Life Health Masters championships. Conditions were unseasonably hot and sultry in Santry, but that did not deter a determined Anne Gilshinan (Slaney Olympic) who was looking to rewrite the record books for 3,000m.

Anne holds M55 world records over 800m, 1,500m and mile indoors and outdoors, and the national record for 3,000m. She has had her eye on the 3,000m all season, with the time to beat being 10.03 minutes.

Anne ran 10.27 in the Leinster championships, a national record, and was hoping to slash a big chunk off that time. She ran an impressive 10.23.26, a new personal best and a new national M55 record. The world record remains a target for another day.

John O’Connor (Enniscorthy) won the M55 long jump and was fourth in the 100m. Eamonn McEvoy (Adamstown) was second in the M60 hammer. His clubmate, Pat Mahoney, was third in the M65 shot put and javelin.

Niall Sheil (St. Killian’s) lined out in a 5,000m race that had a real championship feel, with six athletes making a tactical break early on. This was whittled down to three over the last kilometre, with Niall finishing strongly to take bronze in a time of 16 minutes 12 seconds.

Martin Kelly of Menapians won a silver medal in the M65 1,500 metres to add to his indoor success earlier in the year.

Margaret O’Connor (Enniscorthy) was second in the M45 javelin and fifth in the 100m. Emily Waldron, also of Enniscorthy, was second in the M40 400m. George Delaney (United Striders) took fifth spot in the M45 800m.

Aine Cullen (United Striders) was third in the M40 weight-for-distance. Deirdre Bowers-Kavanagh (Enniscorthy) was second M50 in the same event and fourth in the shot.


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