Mr Oil Wexford Intermediate Road Championships 2022

Slaney Olympic hosted the Mr Oil Wexford Intermediate Road Championships in Enniscorthy last Sunday. Conditions were fine, if a tad breezy. The course, which has hosted championship races in the past, is made for fast running. Largely flat with one long drag, it can lull athletes into a false sense of early optimism, leading to weary limbs in the latter stages.

The small field that lined up for the women’s 4km collectively decided on a cautious approach from the gun. As the race developed, the Striders duo of Kate Reidy and Beth O’Connor, along with SBR’s Danielle Hennessy and Louise Cosgrave, eased away from the rest. Louise was the first to fall off the pace, then, after 2km, Danielle. This left it a two horse race between the Striders girls. It was well into the final stages of the race before the divvying up of spoils took place between the two, Kate’s superior speed leading to her opening a small gap on her clubmate. At the finish she had four seconds on Beth with Danielle all on her own in third and Louise a further half minute further back. Striders, with another two athletes in the top eight – Theresa McDonald 5th and Victoria Swan 8th, took the team title with 16 points. SBR were 2nd on 30 points, Menapians 3rd with 43.

Mark Poole of Croghan was the first to show in the men’s 8km, with a pep in his step and just one thing on his mind. Showing one’s hand so early in a race can be a risky strategy as usually there is no plan b. At the end of the first of two laps, indeed even earlier, it was clear that Mark’s gamble looked like paying out as he had a clear lead over a chasing group of five or six. Of these, Colin Carney, United Striders, and John Murphy, DMP, were the liveliest, with Croghan’s Kevin Morris endeavouring to stay in contact. Meanwhile those runners tailed off the back were joined by some others coming through.

Colin Carney set his sights on the front-runner and, in so doing, pulled a small margin on the DMP man; Kevin Morris looked up at some point and saw the dust the pair kicked up as they pulled away and the shoulders dropped. Into the home straight and Mark looked like he could do it all again as he crossed the line to take the win. Colin fought off a late attack of lactic to stay on for the silver while a gritty John Murphy finished with a flourish to take bronze. Weary as he was, Kevin Morris was unchallenged in 4th place. Striders, led by Colin Carney, took the team title (22 points), Thomas Harrington placing 5th, George Delaney 7th and Thomas Moran 8th. Croghan were 9 points back in second place and Slaney Olympic were third (54 points).

Results (click here for link to pdf with places AND times)

Women’s 4km
1 Kate Reidy (USAC)
2 Beth O’Connor (USAC)
3 Danielle Hennessy (SBR)
4 Louise Cosgrave (SBR)
5 Therese McDonald (USAC)
6 Paula Gondard (Menapians)
7 Sabina Sweeney (Slaney Olympic)
8 Victoria Swan (USAC)
9 Mary Gaynor (Menapians)
10 Sonia Byrne (USAC)
11 Louise Kehoe (SBR)
12 Dawn Whelan (SBR)
13 Catherine O’Connor (Menapians)(
14 Clodagh Connolly (Menapians)
15 Sharron Dier (Menapians)

Teams: 1 USAC 16; 2 SBR 30; 3 Menapians 43

Men’s 8km
1 Mark Poole (Croghan)
2 Colin Carney (USAC)
3 John Murphy (DMP)
4 Kevin Morris (Croghan)
5 Thomas Harrington (USAC)
6 James Porter (Croghan)
7 George Delaney (USAC)
8 Thomas Moran (USAC)
9 Pat Murray (USAC)
10 Niall O’Connor (SBR)
11 Padraig Coone (Slaney Olympic)
12 Pat Culleton (USAC)
13 John Foley (Slaney)
14 James Doyle (Slaney)
15 David Leonard (SBR)
16 Paul Browne (Slaney)
17 John Hickey (USAC)
18 Brian Basansen (SBR)
19 Conor Hyland (Slaney)
20 Andrew Dowse (Croghan)
21 Liam Traynor (USAC)
22 Dirk Adrichem (USAC)
23 Michael Quigley (Slaney)
24 Thomas Breen (SBR)
25 Ken Murphy (Slaney)
26 Gavin Hayes (Menapians)
27 John Kent (USAC)
28 Alan Ronan (Slaney)
29 Niall Crosbie (Kilmore)
30 Dermot Foley (Menapians)
31 Ger Murphy (Slaney)
32 Fran Power (Menapians)
33 Robert Casey (Menapians)
34 John Dier (Menapians)
35 Michael Kinsella (Menapians)

Teams: 1 USAC 22; 2 Croghan 31; 3 Slaney 54