Adamstown AC Open Cross Country, Adamstown, 10-Sep-2017

Well done to the Striders who all performed fantastically well at the Adamstown AC Open Cross Country event. Traditionally the first cross country event of the season in the south east, Adamstown AC put on a fantastic day, attracting top class fields from all around Wexford and further afield. Isabella O’Connor and Laura Murphy got us off to a great start, finishing high up the field in a very competitive opening race. Cousins Heather Costello and Anna Murphy completed the 800m course to win the first medals of the day. Also in the U10 age group, Sean O’Brien led the Striders team home, ahead of Max Murphy and Conor Meehan, who all ran great races. Sean Lennon sprinted all the way up the finishing hill to claim a good second place, with Luca O’Connor in the top ten, in the same race, over 1,200m. In the race of the day, for the Striders, Myles Hewlett, Cosmo Hewlett and Caolan Costello finished first, second and fourth respectfully, in a strongly run race. Continue reading

Wexford Senior Track & Field Championships, Day 2, Enniscorthy, 26-Jul-2017

On Wednesday evening, the senior Striders were competing at Day 2 of the Wexford Track & Field Championship. There was plenty of excitement in both the track and the field events and having four Striders ladies teams face the starter in the 4 X 100m  relay, was a real club highlight. Also noticeable was the large number of athletes progressing from our juvenile section to our senior section, with great success. Aedan Rogers, John McGrath and Pat O’Callaghan were all dual medal winners, in their respective middle distance races. Nic Walkden continues his fantastic first year in competitive athletics, winning both his middle distance and sprint events. After years of underage success, the Striders ladies Grace Costello, Rebecca Bawden and Alannah Byrne had a fantastic first, second and third in their 3,000m event. At the same distance, Emmett Malone had a solid run, finishing well up the field. At 800m, it was no surprise to see Leinster and National medal winner Sonya Byrne claim a county gold medal.

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JFK 100 Relay Marathon, 21-Jul-2017, Town Park, New Ross

United Striders AC hosted a novel event on Friday 21st July 2017, at their home track, in the town park New Ross. Over one hundred club members, including juveniles, senior men and ladies, participated in relay format to complete a marathon. Owen Lennon, recent Leinster gold medal winner with the Wexford relay team got the event started, with a quick first lap. With a goal of beating ex club member Andy Ronan’s 1991 Boston marathon time of 2:11:27, all eyes were on the clock, during the evening. The half way time check confirmed that the Striders were just inside the target time, but with no room for error. When Aedan Rogers completed the last lap, he stopped the clock at 2:06:42, well inside the target time. Cue wild celebrations. Well done to all who participated in a marvellous event.

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National Juvenile Track & Field Championships, Day 1, 2 & 3 Tullamore, 8th, 9th & 16th July 2017

The Striders Juveniles were in great form at the National T&F Championships, with lots of great performances, medals, PB’s and a national champion. The boys did really well in the middle distance events, starting with Myles Hewlett running an excellent time of 1:40 in his 600m race to finish just outside the medals. Next up, Darragh Flannelly posted a PB of 2:20, in his 800m final, to continue his fantastic form this season. The first medal of the weekend was won by Adam O’Connor, with Bronze in his 800m event. With the event streamed live by Athletics Ireland, there were lots of Striders at home in New Ross watching Adam get into a 3 man lead group and finish the race in impressive fashion to secure a spot on the podium, with a PB time of 2:09. Continue reading

Wexford Senior Track & Field Championships, Enniscorthy, 05-Jul-2017

Evening 1 at the Senior County Track & Field and as per usual the Striders started with a bang! Lots of new superstars emerging tonight, with lots of medals picked up by both the men and women. And some fantastic sprint finishes.
Aedan Rogers, 1500m Novice 1st.
Colin Carney, 400m Novice 3rd. 100m Masters 2nd.
Sonya Byrne, 400m Masters 1st.
John McGrath, 400m Masters 1st. 1,500m Masters 2nd. 5,000m Senior 3rd.
Paula Freeman, 100m Novice 2nd.
Sandra Young, 100m Novice 3rd.

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Wexford Juvenile Track & Field ‘B’ Championships, Enniscorthy, 23-Jun-2017

Well done to all the Striders who competed really well, at the Wexford T&F ‘B’ Championships, at Enniscorthy. We had 19 athletes participating, many for the first time, and all managed to win medals in at least one of their events. In the U9 age group we had Isabella O’Connor and Valeria Fernandez competing for the first time and the experienced Anna Murphy. All three were fantastic with Isabella excelling in the sprints, Valeria excelling in the relay events and Anna Murphy excelling in her long distance run. Gearoid Byrne came through his sprint heat and semi final, to make his mark, whilst Cormac Delaney, running the last leg of his relay, showed real speed to come from behind an win a medal for his team. Continue reading

Leinster Juvenile Track & Field Championship U12-U19, Tullamore, 17-Jun-2017 / 18-Jun-2017

The Juvenile Striders completed their most successful Leinster Track & Field championships, in the clubs history, over the weekend, at Tullamore. Competing in all disciplines, over Saturday and Sunday, the squad put in great performances, winning lots of medals along the way. Ciara Kelly and Conor Murphy showed the benefit of training under Nicky Cowman’s tutelage, as both won bronze medals in the High Jump. In the Long Jump event, Myles Hewlett and Owen Lennon were very impressive against top quality opposition. Continue reading

Wexford Senior Road Race, Barntown, 16-Jun-2017

Temperatures were hot tonight and the competition was even hotter in a very competitive Senior County road race hosted by Wexford Marathon Club.

The women headed out first on the 5k loop around a testing course. First Striders lady home was Beth O’Connor with a very competitive run, closely followed by Sonya Byrne, with Geraldine Purcell and Liz Keating to complete the women’s team, and also Aine Cullen. Our ladies team was 4th. Well done ladies. Continue reading

Leinster Juvenile Pairs / Leinster U12 & U13 Championships, Tullamore, 10-Jun-2017

The Striders had half a dozen of their finest juvenile athletes in action at this weekends Leinster championship. Myles Hewlett gave a very polished performance in the U13 600m event, to win a fantastic Silver medal in an amazing time of 1:40:5. Sam Myers went one better and helped the U11 Wexford 4x100m sprint team to Gold, in the Leinster inter county relay event. Sam also teamed up with Olan Delaney in the U11 600m pairs event. The boys performed really well and their combined time was just outside the medals. Also running the 600m was Sean Lennon, who finished strong to record a Leinster top ten placing in the U12 age group. Continue reading