Open Racing

Orwell are very active on the national scene - see all the results and reports from open races here.

In yet another successful weekend for club riders, Ronan Grimes took outright victory in the A4 race at Donore yesterday, earning himself an A3 upgrade. Joining him in A3 will be John Lanigan, who netted fifth in the same race. Charlotte MacDonald also placed fifth in the women's race, adding to her Corkagh Park result. Diarmuid Collins picked up the top A2 prize in the title event, while on Saturday Wexford natives Jamie Busher and Patrick O'Brien both earned bronze medals in their county champs.

The title of Orwell rider of the weekend is in no doubt, with rising star Naoise Sheridan searing her way to sun-drenched defence of two of her National U16 track titles. The senior men and women picked up a few placings, while our triathlon squad were also in action, with Rachel Glendon taking the overall in the Beast of the East.

The Orwell results started pouring in last Tuesday, with two placings at Corkagh Park courtesy of Isabel Cogan and Siobhán O'Connor. Cogan repeated her success with 7th at the weekend in Bunclody, while Oisín Boland earned himself an upgrade with a super 3rd place in the A4 race, and Neal Hudson broke his barren streak with a fine 8th in the A3 edition.

It was another big weekend for the club, with Brian McArdle's dominance of the KOH competition in the Newry 3 Day undoubtedly being the highlight. Philippe Bourdarias also earned his upgrade to A2 after nipping in for 6th in Mullingar on Sunday, while Oisín Boland took a fine 4th in the A3 race. (Updated with A3 results.)

The full range of National Championships took place over the last few days in Carlingford, and of the Orwell finishers, it was Isabel Cogan who got the result of note: a superb top ten finish in her Elite Women's Road Race! Rachel Glendon's sixth in the TT also warrants kudos, as does Eric Downey's 40th in the men's race.