All Ireland Juvenile Even Age Cross Country Championships, Abbotstown, 27-Dec-2016

6The Striders had an amazing ten athletes competing in the All Ireland Even 1Ages Cross Country Championship, at the new cross country course, at the National Sports Centre, in Abbotstown. Getting this far has been a real achievement for these athletes, as qualification for the All Ireland is earned through the provincial events.

Myles Hewlett was the Striders star man earning an U12 individual medal and helping Leinster win gold in the Provincial competition. In a field of nearly 200, Myles got a quick start and set off with the leaders. Over the testing 2km course, Myles showed real courage and determination to record a fantastic top ten finish. With four athletes to score, Eoin Shannon, Finn Kelly and Caolan Costello were the next three over the line. They were well supported by out-of-age Sean Lennon and Ben Myers, to help the Striders team to a fourth place finish in the team event, which is our best finishing place in decades. Myles, Eoin and Finn were also part of the six man Wexford scoring team that finished an impressive 8th place.

In the BU14 event, Aidan Shannon was first Strider and second Wexford athlete home, despite being a year out of age. Solid runs by Adam O’Connor, Darragh Flannelly and Owen Lennon helped Wexford to another 8th place finish in the county competition. Not many athletes get to compete at this level, so well done to all our boys, who were fantastic.

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