Gorey ladies rugby
Ladies, don't forget to come along to our open day on Friday, August 9, starting at 7 p.m. with a training session taken by Philip Doyle, coach of the Grand Slam Ireland ladies' team.
All levels of experience are welcome, followed by a barbeque and a chance to socialise with the ladies' team. For any further information please contact Nicola Doyle on 087-8294035 or Clodagh Flynn on 085-1328247.
Racing795 was well represented at the recent Grand Prix Tri held in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle in good conditions. Bill Barry was first home in the Olympic distance event (1,500m swim, 40 km. bike, 10 km. run) in two hours, 33 minutes, followed by Adrian Ryan in two hours, 48 minutes and Louise Nolan in three hours, eight minutes.
In the sprint event (750m swim, 20 km. bike and 5 km. run), Mike Ryan claimed first in his age category in one hour, 24 minutes followed by Colm McGrath (one hour, 37 minutes) and Niall O Muirí (one hour, 39 minutes). Well done to all.
Meanwhile, on the same weekend Dena Hogan and Fintan Redmond made the long trip to Kenmare to take part in the Little Bo Peep Triathlon. An in-form Redmond came home in two hours, 12 minutes with Dena coming second in her age category and sixth overall in two hours, 20 minutes. Well done to both.
Brian O'Shaughnessy represented the club in the Adamstown 10 km. over a hilly course in this well-organised event, coming home sixth in 37.59.
Close to 20 members took to the roads around Bunclody for a 30 km. road race. The crack team of John Dempsey and Niall O Muirí took the honours with John also claiming the overall and Mick Foley taking the intermediate sprint. A special thanks to P.J. and Yvonne Dunne for organising this fun club event.
Racing795 would like to wish Orla O'Leary and family the very best of luck on their return to Australia. During her short stay Orla and her husband, Dean Thompson, and their children made a huge impression on our club. In particular, Orla's work encouraging new members to participate was a fantastic contribution.
If you are interested in joining Racing795, or just want to find out more about us, check out our club website: www.racing795.com
SLANEY OLYMPIC A.C.
The seventh night of the Slaney Olympic Audi Enniscorthy Summer League took place in Ballymurn on Friday evening last with the largest entry of the league of 87 runners. Winner was Myles Gibbons of S.B.R. in 21.12, while 'Farmer' Monaghan of the host club was in second place in 21.57.
The first lady to finish was Sinéad Lambe from Donore Harriers in 24.30, and first Slaney Olympic lady was Sabina Sweeney in 30.14. Bobby Redmond was race director for the evening and refreshments and prize-giving took place in the hall in Ballymurn.
The next night of the league is in Bree, Friday, August 9. Registration is from 6.30 to 7.10 p.m., the cost is €3, the distance is 10k, and the race director is Mick Jordan.
Marie Chapman continued her marathon weekends, running in the East of Ireland Marathon in Howth on Saturday. Marie completed the marathon in four hours, 18 minutes and was the second woman home.
For further details of upcoming races and details of training, see the club's website (www.slaneyolympic.com) and the club Facebook page.
PITCH AND PUTT
Paul Tobin continues to dominate matters in the Senior grade at St. Patrick's Pitch and Putt Club, Enniscorthy, and he had two great victories in the past week.
Having won the G.H. Lett Cup last season, he was all out to retain it in 2013 and he again reached the final where he met Jim Foley and a good match resulted. Paul started off impressively and built up a five-hole lead in this 36-hole final but Jim responded brilliantly with eight birdies in a row to reduce the margin to two.
However, he could not maintain the momentum and Paul came back into it with two quick birdies and a very sportingly-contested game ended on the 33rd where Jim conceded to give the younger man his two-in-a-row.
The club also held its own championships on Sunday and after an early delay due to heavy rain a great set of scores was posted in all three grades. In the Senior event, Paul Tobin was the defending champion and he again underlined his tremendous class to retain his title with a wonderful 36-hole total of 88, some 20 shots under par which included a final nine-hole score of 18 strokes with a par, seven birdies and a hole-in-one. Unlucky runner-up was again Jim Foley some two shots behind with a score that would normally be good enough to win the grade.
In the Intermediate section, Derek Ryan again built on his recent improvement with a very good total of 93, some 15 under par to win by four shots from defending champion Kevin Doyle whose score of 97 was very respectable for that grade.
Last year's Junior champion, Rúairí Fortune, had little difficulty retaining his crown on a seven under score of 101 with Aidan O'Brien runner-up on 105. Overall the day was a great success with some blistering scores and it keeps St. Patrick's up with the very best clubs in the country. The draw has been made for the club foursomes and is on display in the club.
The seventh leg of the S.B.R. summer league took place in Gorey on Thursday evening last, with the largest entry of the league thus far lining up for the three miles road race.
Myles Gibbons was first athlete across the finishing line, while Chloe Nolan was first lady again, maintaining her excellent 100% strike rate for the league. Full results and pictures (thanks to Mark McGrath for these) are available on http://www.sbrclub.com/.
Many thanks to everyone who helped with the smooth running of the race, from timekeepers to stewards, to the lead car and water providers at the finish. This week's league moves to Carnew with a three miles road race taking place on Thursday at 8 p.m. Race registration takes place outside 'Kenny's pub (formerly the Corner House) at the top of the town, with the race starting a short distance from here.
All are welcome to compete, whether experienced club runners or total novices to road racing as there's a great mix of men, women and Juniors in the races. More information is available from Lukie Kehoe on 087-3222914.
Congratulations to Tom Hogan who qualified to represent Ireland on the international mountain running scene after finishing second in the World and British and Irish trials race on Saturday last.
The race took place over slightly further than a 12 km. course and Tom had a great run to finish second to Brian McMahon (Clonliffe Harriers), just 14 seconds behind the winner.
Myles Gibbons continued his blistering run of form this past week, with road race wins at Knockananna and Ballymurn. Myles led home an S.B.R. one-two at Knockananna on last Sunday week, as he won the 8 km. road race from his brother Paul, while Raymond Byrne ran well to finish sixth and Claire Gibbons finished third Senior lady.
Then last Friday evening, Myles raced to a good win in the Ballymurn four miles road race (part of the Slaney Olympic summer series), clocking a course record of 21.12, while his brother Paul finished third and Pat Kirwan ran well too.
Best of luck to S.B.R's Bernard Fortune who will be undertaking a great charity challenge over the next couple of weeks, as the Barnlands man is set to walk from Wexford to Mayo for the charity 'Marys Meals'.
Bernard's schedule will see his group set out from Enniscorthy and over a nine-day period they will cover the long distance on foot to arrive in Knock. Best of luck to everyone participating.