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Welcome to the official Athletics Wexford web site where you will find pretty much everything you need to know about athletics in Wexford. This includes information on the county’s clubs, upcoming fixtures, results and general happenings on the Wexford athletics’ scene.

The cross country season is now well underway. At the Senior County Cross Country in Coolgreany both Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore) and Ger Forde (Slaney Olympic) retained their titles. Fiona Kehoe and Jackie Carthy competed at the Masters International in Aintree, Fiona placing 2nd O35, Jackie 4th O45, and both winning team medals. A good number of our underage athletes made it through to Nationals (even and uneven ages). Some great individual performances from Emma McCarthy, Claragh Keane, Myles Hewlett and Róisín O’Reilly, plus  a brilliant team win for United Striders U16 boys. Details of all races on News and/or Results pages. 

Overall this has been another exciting year for Wexford Athletics. Early in the year we had some great performances indoors, including in Combined Events. The county had two winners at the National Senior Indoor T&F, Michael Bowler winning the Pole Vault and Leon Reid the 200m. There was further All–Ireland indoor success at the National Juvenile, Junior and U23 Championships as well as at the National Masters Indoors. Saidhbhe Byrne (Enniscorthy) picked up a bronze for the second year in a row at the Scottish Indoor Pentathlon Championships. She, competing U16, along with Orlaith Deegan (U15) and Maeve Hayes (Youth), went on to medal at the All-Ireland Combined Events.

Wexford was well represented at All-Ireland Schools events, both on the country and at T&F. Myles Hewlett (Junior), Róisín O’Reilly (Inter) and Claragh Keane (Inter) all medalled at the All-Ireland Schools Cross Country and went on to compete on the Irish team at the SIABs. The Schools T&F saw oodles of silverware coming back to Wexford with some outstanding performances. Throwers Gergely Pap and Lystus Ebosele were both double gold medal winners. Subsequently, at the Tailteann Games, four Wexford athletes made the podium: James Hanlon (Walk), Dara Casey (100mH), Gergely Pap (Discus and Shot), Aisling Kelly (100m, 200m, Relay). All bar the out-of-age Lystus competed at the SIABs in Swansea. Gergely and Aisling, along with Róisín O’Reilly and Maeve Hayes, competed in the Ireland v Britain Nations Cup in August. The high point of Róisín’s Summer was making the Irish team for the European Youth Olympics in Baku. Jack Forde’s fine 4th place finish at the All-Ireland Schools Combined Events qualified him to compete at the International meet in Glasgow where he won a team gold. 

At National T&F Champs Wexford had two gold medals thanks to brilliant performances by Michael Bowler in pole vault and Leon Reid in 200m. Marco Pons was 3rd in discus. Wexford County won the T&F Division 1 title. Our top Masters athletes enjoyed another successful year with Anne Gilshinan (Slaney Olympic AC) breaking a few records along the way. 

All in all, a good year for Wexford Athletics.

For results of Leinster and National Championship events go to Athletics Ireland page or Athletics Leinster page. Also keep an eye on www.myrunresults.com. Find details of upcoming events on our Fixtures page. Read about the performances of Wexford athletes and general goings-on at the News page.

Athletics Ireland Child Safety Statement
Athletics Wexford has adopted the Athletics Ireland Child Safeguarding Statement.

Athletics Leinster Cross Country Booklet 2019
Booklet with competition details, regs, etc.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
We take the development and promotion of athletics very seriously in these parts. That’s why we have one of the most dynamic athletics communities in the country.

We also pay attention to the big health and social benefits which athletics brings. “Mens sana in corpore sano” as the Romans say! And the good news is that you are never to old, or too young, to start. If you are new to athletics you will find details of the club nearest to you under ‘Clubs’.

Running really is good for you! We spotted an article entitled 10 Mental Health Benefits of Running on Competitor Running (online).

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” Dean Karnazes

Meet the new committee!

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