Leinster Juvenile Cross Country Championships, Uneven Ages, Adamstown, 12-Nov-2017

The Striders were amongst the medals again this weekend 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 U11 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 who placed 5th, in the county event. Isabel Bawden was our sole representative in the GU13 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, Sean Lennon, Ben Myers and Tommaso Hickey made up the Striders team who won silver and featured on the Wexford squad, that 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 GU15 event, ahead of Clodagh Foran and Eve Byrne. Leinster U14 champion, Aidan Shannon, collected another provincial individual medal, ahead of Adam O’Connor, Owen Lennon and Oisin McEochaidh. The boys earned a club 7th place finish and almost guided Wexford to a medal, finishing 4th in the county event. Grace Costello was first Strider home, and close to an individual medal, in the GU17 event. Alannah Byrne, Grainne Flannelly and Rebecca Bawden made up the team, that 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 BU17 event. Also out of age, Aedan Rogers and James Boland were very impressive, with Aedan’s 5th place finish earning him another individual medal.

Well done to all Striders, who all performed really well, at an event that ran smoothly thanks to host club Adamstown AC.

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