Masters of the RoadWexford’s masters athletes were burning up the roads around Kilmore last Sunday. The occasion was the Mr Oil Wexford Masters Road Championships, hosted by Kilmore AC in gloriously sunny conditions.
As on many occasions in the past, local girl Fiona Kehoe did not hang about at the start of the women’s 4km race. She pulled away at the start and she stayed away, to win with ease. Her clubmate Jackie Carthy, clearly delighted to be back racing, was the only one to get pulled along in Fiona’s slip-stream. That was the gold and silver decided. A third Kilmore girl, Sinead O’Brien, took the final podium place with a strong solo-running effort.
A late surge by Belinda Kehoe of SBR took her past Helen Doyle to take 4th spot, still leaving a dominant Kilmore with four athletes in the top five. Sandra Young and Therese McDonald of United Striders were 6th and 7th, SBR’s Danielle Hennessey was 8th, Liz Conway of Striders was 9th and a trio of Menapians athletes followed her across the line – Sinead Cleary, Paula Gondard and Mary Gaynor.
Kilmore on 6 points were easy winners of the team title, United Striders on 22 points were runners-up and Menapians Three Muskateers backed up by Catherine O’Connor in 14th took bronze (33 points).
Age category placings
O35 1 Sandra Young, 2 Danielle Hennessey, 3 Liz Conway
O40 1 Therese McDonald
O45 1 Belinda Kehoe, 2 Helen Doyle, 3 Clodagh Connelly
O50 1 Paula Gondard, 2 Marie Kinsella, 3 Sharron Dier
O55 1 Mary Gaynor
O60 1 Ber Cashin
The men’s 6km race was a more competitive affair with a dozen athletes in contention at the end of the first lap. From 4km, the pressure began to tell as half of the front-runners drifted back, leaving a lead bunch of six which included two Striders athletes – Paul Doran and Joe Lillis, Niall Sheil of St Killian’s, Myles Gibbons of SBR, Mark Poole of Croghan and DMP’s Liam Collins. Game on! Into the final kilometre and Paul Doran surged ahead to establish a good lead with Joe, Niall and Myles doing battle for the minor placings. While Paul went on to take the gold in fine style, the three pursuers stayed as they were with small gaps opening between the three. So, silver for Joe, bronze for Niall. Behind 4th placed Myles came Mark Poole (Croghan) with Liam Collins (DMP) 6th, Brendan Lyng (US) 7th, John Murphy (DMP) 8th, and the Striders duo John Byrne and John McGrath 9th and 10th.
United Striders, with four in the top ten, took the team title (19 points). And showing the club’s strength in depth, they also won team silver with 51 points (John McGrath 10th, Pat Culleton 12th, Tom Moran 14th, Pat Callaghan 15th). SBR were 3rd on 68 points (Myles Gibbons 4th, Ger Maloney 18th, David Leonard 19th, Eugene Doherty 27th).
Age category placings
O35 1 Mark Poole
O40 1 Tom Moran, 2 Jamie Cullen, 3 Liam Traynor
O45 1 Myles Gibbons, 2 Brendan Lyng, 3 John Byrne
O50 1 John Murphy, 2 Pat Culleton, 3 David Leonard
O55 1 Pat Callaghan, 2 Padraig Moriarty, 3 Ted Flannelly
O60 1 Ger Maloney
O65 1 Eugene Doherty
O70 1 Andy Kehoe
O75 1 Billy Harpur
And the report would not be complete without giving a shout-out to the birthday boy!