Team silver for Wexford men at Leinster Masters Cross Country

Conditions at Avondale House in Wicklow for last Sunday’s Leinster Juvenile Relays, Masters and Intermediate Cross Country were challenging, to say the least thanks to storm Isha. As everyone knows Wicklow is full of trees and the stunning parkland grounds at Avondale are particularly full of trees. Very big trees! Despite the wind playing its part in putting on a frenzied arboreal dance (picture the mosh-pit at a punk gig!) no tree and no human came to any harm.

Notwithstanding the violently gusting winds, the driving rain and the abundance of muck, athletes from throughout the province turned out in force. Even without the additional challenges laid on by the weather, host club Parnell AC had designed a brilliant but tough course with testy ascents and big downhills interspersed with long flat straights.

The county’s top performer in the masters 7km race was Croghan’s Des Kennedy. Second recently in the Wexford Master Cross Country and 3rd in the senior county championships, Des ran an excellent race to take M50 silver (17th overall). The muck-loving legend that is Pat O’Callaghan (United Striders) was 3rd M55 and Ken Laffan (Croghan) was 12th. Ger Moloney (SBR) was 3rd M60.

Croghan’s Andrew Dowse was 13th M35. Moving up to M45, the club’s Kevin Morris and Pat Foley were 8th and 13th respectively with Nicky Foley (Kilmore) 16th and Tony Harpur (Menapians) 24th. The county team was 2nd in M50 category and 5th in both M35 and M45. In the M65 race, run off with the women’s race, Eugene Doherty (SBR) placed 5th.

Wexford had just one team in the juvenile relays. Enniscorthy boys under 12 team were leading up to the home straight of the final leg of the 4 x 250 metres relay when they were just pipped at the post by Kilkenny City Harriers, ending up in the silver medal position.