Dec 25 Christmas morning run
This year’s Christmas morning run was the most successful to date. Perhaps it was the particularly fine un-seasonal weather that swelled the numbers. More likely it was the desire of the participants to support St Vincent de Paul, this year’s beneficiary of your generous contributions. The total when counted was slightly in excess of eleven hundred euro. Well done all.
Dec 21 Senior CC
The senior ladies competed over one and a half laps of the 2K course in Bramblestown. In total nineteen ladies, representing six clubs, went to the start line. First to take the lead was Ann Doyle, Gowran. Ann held the lead for one third of the way but entering the second third of the race she was passed by a succession of runners. Showing very prominently at this stage were Ciara Everard and Caoimhe Foley, both Kilkenny City Harriers. Last year’s winner, Adele Walsh, St Senan’s was still in the reckoning but entering the final phase of the race Everard cut loose and headed for home in a canter. Foley made it a one, two, for KCH with Walsh finishing in bronze position. KCH, with Maria Murphy finishing strongly in 6th and Irene Henebry 8th , with a points total of 17 were first team and regained the cup which they last won in 2005. St Joseph’s the 2006 winners were second with 42 points and Aughavillar last year’s winners were third. Other placings were as follows:- 4 Cait Caulfield, St Senan’s; 5 Mary Doolin, St Joseph’s; 7 Eileen FitzPatrick, Aughavillar; 9 Verena Fenlon, St Joseph’s; 10 Ann Doyle, Gowran; 11 Teresa Daly, KCH; 12 Ann Power, Aughavillar; 13 Bernadette Doolin, St Joseph’s; 14 Mairead Power, Aughavillar; 15 Sally Forristal, St Joseph’s; 16 Catherine Langton-Maher, St Joseph’s; 17 Kate Millea, KCH; 18 Fiona Phelan, Aughavillar, 19 Tracy Malone, St Joseph’s.
The men had five laps of the same course. Gowran, the host club, with twelve athletes had the largest contingent. From the off they put down a marker when their number one man, Tommy Evans, hit the front. Eoin Everard and Brian Maher, both KCH, were on his heels. By the half-way stage Maher and Everard had moved ahead of Evans and it seemed that the city club were on course to retain the senior shield. These three were well ahead of the field which by now was strung out right around the course. Maher, about whom there had been doubts concerning his fitness prior to the race, now seemed to gain new vigour. By the final lap he had opened up a considerable gap on club-mate Everard. But behind these two there was an interesting situation developing. Evans, while he had dropped back was still well placed for individual bronze. Gowran’s new acquisition, Paul Deegan, had moved into 4th place and next in line two more Gowran men, Niall Sheehan and new signing, Kevin Fenlon were battling for 5th and 6th. Sheehan proved the faster on the run in leaving the Gowran club with an ideal set of team placings 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. An unassailable total of 17 points. Unassailable that is from the point of view of rivals, KCH. With Maher at number 1, Everard at 2, Paul Cody at 8, Toss Hayes at 9 and Mick Dore at 10 for good measure, the city club were on 20 points. A seven points improvement on 2008, but only sufficient for the silver medals because Gowran came home with a nine points improvement. Veteran athletes, Sean Caulfield, St Senan’s and Lar Lacey and Peter Duggan, St Joseph’s mixed it well with the younger runners. Their respective placings were 7th, 11th and 12th. The other places were as follows:- 13 Colin Butler, St Senan’s; 14 Eddie Moloney, KCH; 15 Patrick Bookle, 16 Michael Power, both St Joseph’s; 17 Neil Lyons, Gowran; 18 David Larkin, St Joseph’s; 19 David McPherson, KCH; 20 Muiris Bric, Gowran; 21 Henry Langton, St Joseph’s; 22 Denis Cormack, Gowran; 23 John Paul Comerford, Gowran; 24 Rocky Mernagh, St Joseph’s; 25 Marty Kelly, 26 Toddy Farrell, 27 Larry McGrath and 28 Fergal Foley all Gowran.
Post race refreshments were provided by host club, Gowran, in Loughlin’s Lounge, Gowran. Following the medal and trophy presentations by County Board Chairman, Denis Cormack, the annual county board draw was held. Prize winners were asa follows:- Hamper - May and Jimmy Brennan, Cloghala; DVD Player- David O’Keeffe, Thomastown; €100 – Robert Terry, Market Cross, Kilkenny; Fruit Hamper – Yvonne O’Neill, Aughavillar; Bottle of Brandy- Rory Sheeran, The Ridge, Coon; Bottle of Whiskey – Dan Silk Hugginstown; Tin of Biscuits – Deirdre McGrath, Dukesmeadows; Box of Chocolates – Catriona Twomey, Kilkenny.
Dec18 Christmas Break at Fit4Life
Thursday night was party night at the Kilkenny Fit4Life Club. The occasion was the presentation of prizes at the conclusion of another successful season at the club. There were many frosty nights and sometimes extremely sodden underfoot conditions over the last four months. Full credit to those who persevered at the training. Forty-one of the forty-three participants showed improved performances since September. New friendships were formed and training partnerships established. Over mince pies, sweet cake, fruit and coffee there was discussion on the possibility of taking parting some local running events. There was even talk of preparing for the Dublin Mini Marathon. The question of the re-opening of the athletic track in ScanlonPark was also on the agenda. There were suggestions that the track might not be ready by mid-January as was previously understood. Sean Lynch, PRO Kilkenny City Harriers, who presented the medals and prizes, undertook to contact the manager of The Watershed to ascertain the situation. When the position is clarified the arrangements for the next session will be communicated.
Prizes were presented as follows:-
Point Scorers – 1st Mary Broderick, 23 points; 2nd Catherine Hyland, 27 points; 3rd Breda Butler, 31 points.
Fastest over 3K Course:- Men – David McPherson, 9mins 11 seconds; Ladies – Irene Henebry, 10 minutes 26 seconds.
Walkers:– 1st Louise Quinn, 2nd – Noreen Brannigan, 3rd – Roisin Boyd.
Most Improved (Previously registered):- 1st Denise Noonan, 2nd Siobhan Lawlor, 3rd Kate Millea.
Most Improved (New registrations):- 1st David McPherson, 2nd Darragh Sharpe, 3rd Jean Tormey.
The final training session for our “younger athletes” in KCH was held in The Castle Park on Saturday morning, 19th December. After the warm-up, races were held for each age group. All participants were presented with medals and emblems from the Beijing Olympic Games. The top runners for the boys were Matthew Hogan under 7, Johnnie Collins, Luke Hogan and Bill Butler under 8, Jack Manning, Chris Kavanagh, Craig Byrne and Jack Butler under 11and 12. Best for the girls were Martina Bulcre, Ella Richardson, Maeve McGeary and Aimee O’Connell under 8; Aobha O’Gorman, Maeve Shaw, Keeva O’Brienand Shauna Millea under 10, Grace Richardson, Courtney Hales, Zara Kealy, Aoibhne Murphy and Orla Hogan under 11 and Kate Crotty and Eimear O’Donoghue under 12.
Training for these age groups resumes in St Canice’s Community Hall on Thursday 8th January at 6.30pm.
Dec 7 Freeze up in Cavan
Heavy overnight frost meant many of our athletes took the wise precaution of not travelling to Ballyhaise for the All Irelands. The few who did, Jack Manning, Cliodhna Manning, Kate Crotty and Richie Leahy, ran well.
Nov 23 Tramore
Congratulations to James Maher who battled hard in the 14 All-Ireland and was rewarded with second place. James also took home a gold medal with the winning Leinster side. Our under 12 boys were sixth and played an important role in helping the county team into third place. Richie Leahy, 39th, Pat Maher, 53rd, Tom Allen, Aidan Tuohy and Jack Manning. Our under 16 team found the hilly conditions difficult and ended in 13th place with the first three scoring on the county team.. (Meghan O’Keeffe, Orla McPhillips, Maeve Keane and Niamh Tuohy),. Ian Boland, Was 45th in boys under 16.,
Brian Maher who had been nursing an illness in the days preceding the race had to withdraw at the halfway stage in the senior Inter-county. For the ladies Caoimhe Foley was 51st and Teresa Daly 57th. Best for the Junior Men were Toss Hayes 35th and Niall Quinlan 38th. The best result of the day in the adult races came from Ciara Everard who was 10th in the Junior Ladies.
Nov 16 Second in CountyNovice
Gowran ladies captured the Novice Shield. KCH were second in the Novice men’s 6K. Scorers were Niall Quinlan 3rd, Eamon Marnell 5th, Clive Minogue 6th , Steve Dermody 16th , Dvaid McPherson 18th.
Nov 15 Eileen Gets Field Award
At the National Athletics Awards in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry on Saturday night Eileen O’Keeffe was awarded Field Athlete of the Year Award for 2008.She earned the award for consistently achieving international level standards in the Hammer event. These included coming first in the European Cup and also capturing the Senior Hammer throwing title for the eight successive year. The juvenile athlete of the year award went to Brian Gregan of Tallaght. Kilkenny City Harriers athlete Ciara Everard was one of the nominees for this award.
Nov 9 Ballinakill
Under 11 Girls…Ashling McDonough 30th, Ciara Lawlor 44th (both won bronze with the county team) Abigail O’Keeffe 45th. Grace Richardson, Anna Robinson, 4th club..
Boys U11….Shane McGeary 46th, Jack Manning 83rd.
The girls under 13 .. Anna Sheehan (17th ) and Kate Ctotty (33rd); Sarah Kate Lacey, Eimear O’Donoghue, Aoibhe Richardson and Hannah Lacey were 4th club.
The boys under 13…. had Richie Leahy in 21st , Pat Maher, Tom Allen and Craig Byrne were 5th club.
The girls under 15 Meghan O’Keeffe 25th ,Cliodhna Manning, Sinead McDonough and Niamh Tuohy were 5th club. And James Maher was 4th in boys under 15.
The girls under 17 … Naomi NiChleirigh (9th), Maeve Keane, (26th)
The boys Under 19… Niall Quinlan, 14th.
Intermediate Ladies Win Bronze.
Caoimhe Foley (16), Sinead Foley (31) and Kate Millea (50) scored on the county team which won bronze and with Joan Martin (51) were sixth club. In the Intermediate men Steve Dermody was 60th.
Oct 27 Marathon Results
Masters Ladies were 6th club with 11 hours 23 minutes 18 seconds. Team scorers were Irene Henebry (3.43.37), Bregeen Murphy (3.49.48) and Deirdre Scott (3.49.53).
Oct 26 Rathdrum
Girls u12…Abigail O’Keeffe 56th, Ashling McDonough 63rd, Charmain O’Donoghue Hannah Lacey.
Boys U12…Richie Leahy 11th, Pat Maher 17th, Tom Allen 41st, Jack Manning 59th, Peter Lynch 63rd…3rd Club.
Girls U14…Cliodhna Manning 19th, Sinead McDonough 37th, Sarah Kate Lacey, Avril Ryan.
In the boys under 14 race James Maher had an excellent run to finish 5th, clinching his place on the Leinster team..
Under 16 girls had Meghan O’Keeffe,17th and Maeve Keane (27th), Orla McPhillips 30th and Laura Langton 45th …4th Club…a great achievement.
Boys U16…Ian Boland
Times have improved. That was the verdict after the second round of “Timing” in James’s Park on Thursday night. The training put in over the previous three weeks was evident as eighty-two percent of participants showed improved performances. Some improvements were of the order of six or ten seconds while a few knocked off minutes. It took walkers Noreen Brannigan, Mary Oakes and Siobhan Rhatigan less than nineteen minutes to complete the course. The runners started this run on a time stagger based on times achieved in the October run. First home was Ann Walsh in 12 minutes 28 seconds. She was followed in by Siobhan Lawlor and Mary Broderick. However the fastest time of the night, 10 minutes 58 seconds, was recorded by Barbara Rossiter. There were impressive runs by Irene Henebry, Des Doyle, Marie Gough and David McPherson all of whom got home under twelve minutes. The next timing is scheduled for Thursday 27th Nov when undoubtedly further improvements will be recorded. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.00pm in James’s Park and newcomers, be they walkers, joggers or runners are welcome to join up.
31st Niamh Has another First
Paul Cody finished in bronze position in the County 10 mile Road Championship (55.31) Mike Hyland (5th), Eamon Marnell (6th) and an ever improving Davy Hogan (8th). Cody, Hyland and Marnell were first, second and third respectively in the Masters over 35 section. The team were second on 22 points. Gowran won with 16 points. Willie McTiernan placed 11th and newcomer Stweven dermody was 12th.
Niamh Richardson was queen of the ladies in the 5 miler.. Niamh went away from the start and cruised to victory. CatherineGutherie 4th and Teresa Daly 5th . One more runner would have given the team first team medals.
Aug 22 Rusty Scanlon 10K
Congratulations to Niamh Richardson who took first place( 39.26) and Ciara Martin second (40.24)
Well done in the “B” All-Irelands in Santry today. Matthew McWey won gold in the under 13 Shot (9.29). Liam McWey won silver at under 16 (10.93) and Pijus Timas took the gold (13.27). The under 15 county relay team (David Manning,Eoin Power both St Joseph’s, McWey and Timas ) won bronze.
Congratulations to Sinead McDonough, 7th, and Catriona Twomey 8th in the national combined events finals in Santry today.
Aug 2 Celtic Games, Grangemouth, Scotland
It was first, first and first for Aoife Hickey and Mary Kate Lanigan at the Celtic Games in Grangemouth, Scotland on Saturday. Mary Kate won the Under 18 High Jump clearing the bar at 1.65m at her first attempt. Having the competition won with 1.65 she proceeded to try for 1.70m and came very close to clearing that height. Aoife had double gold, in Hammer and Shot Putt. In the Hammer she had two throws in excess of 50 meters, winning with 50.66. She also put in a top class performance in the Shot. One huge throw, measured at 13.20m would have been a PB but unfortunately it was fouled. Her next best throw of 12.48 won her the gold. Winning gold in this competition was a great way to finish up what has been a very good track season for both girls.
July 19/20 Brilliant Athletes at National Seniors
Eileen O’Keeffe was the first athlete on the podium on Saturday after a heart-warming display in the Hammer. Her first four throws were in excess of the 70 meter mark, her winning throw being 72.75 meters. Then about one hour later she took the gold in the Discus event with a PB throw of 46.44m, an event which according to herself, she does “for fun”. Eileen will have another warm-up competition against some world class throwers at the Morton Memorial Meeting in Santry Stadium on Friday night. Aoife Hickey, also paid two visits to the podium: A silver in the Shot Putt with 12.95m and bronze in the Hammer with 50.49m. All of Aoife’s throws were close to her best in both events. Such consistent throwing at his level from a juvenile athlete augers well for the future. Another juvenile who hit the top spot was Ciara Everard who ran a perfect 800m to take the gold in 2.13.35. Ciara led from the start and when her rivals closed on her with 200 to go she had the courage and the pace to take them on and beat them to the line. A marvellous result. Juraj Kubis put in a great performance in the men’s javelin. Second in 2007 he made no mistake this time with consistent sixty meter throws he took first place with 61.41 meters.
On the track there were some fine battles. Eoin Everard fought one of these in the men’s 800m final. Eoin won his heat on Saturday in the second-fastest time of 1.54.43. In the final the battle for 1st, 2nd and 3rd was between himself, Thomas Chamney ( heat time 1.53.54) and David Campbell (heat time 1.54.78). It was a tough battle with the latter two coming past Everard as they came down the finishing straight. Eoin finished with a bronze medal in 1m.52.01secs. Chamney was rewarded for his efforts with selection for Beijing. Eoin is close. Well done. Another hard fought battle which also resulted in bronze was that by Brian Maher in the 5000m. Brian tucked in at the back of the pack for the first few laps. As a leading group of six broke away he moved through the field. By the time he joined the front group the ultimate winner, Mark Christie, and Belfast man Stephen Scullion had got well away from the others. Maher pressed on and as Scullion faded Maher made his move for second. The major battle was now on to hold the faster finishers Aidan Bailey, Clonliffe, and Emet Dunleavy, Sligo. He succeeded in holding Dunleavy and finished in third in 14mins 48.94 seconds.
All in all this was a marvellous championship by our athletes. Those who didn’t make the medals still turned in good quality runs. Nathan O’Brien in the 200m.(23.27). Killian Everard was fifth in his 200m heat in 23.96secs; Jonathan Holmes came close to qualifying for the 100m final when he finished fourth in his heat in 11.01 seconds. Mick Dore had a double engagement in the 800m and in the 1500m where he once again achieved a personal best. Thomas Hayes also set a PB when he finished the 3000m in 9m 43.60secs.
As is customary on national final day the AAI honour winners from the past. This years honours roll based on 1978 winners included Long and Triple Jumper, Mick O’Flynn and Shot and Discus Thrower, Marita Walton. It is interesting to note that Marita still holds the national Shot Putt record which stands at 16.99 meters set in 1983.
July 13 AAI Juvenile T&F
Theresa Conlon, landed the gold in the under 17 Hammer event. All of her six throws were PB’s leaving her on a high at the end of a great season with a PB of 40.80m in her favourite event. Theresa also took part in the Shot Putt where she again set a new PB of 10.32m which put her in 5th position. Mary Kate Lanigan and Aoife Hickey, also collected some silverware. Mary Kate won the under 17 High Jump clearing 1.65m. Aoife won silver in the under 18 Shot Putt with a throw of 12.72m.
Day 3 results:-
Under 14 Nicholas Dunphy, 6th-Walk(14.21.51).
Under 17 Aoife Corcoran (K), 7th-Triple jump (9.78); Naomi niChleirigh (K), 12th –Triple jump (8.17); Theresa Conlon (K), 1st –Hammer (40.80); 5th –Shot Putt (10.32); Mary Kate Lanigan (K), 1st-High Jump (1.65); 4th -200m (26.29).
Under 18 Aoife Hickey (K), 2nd –Shot Putt (12.72).
Personal best performances were the achievements of two Kilkenny City Harriers at the 47thCorkCity Sports held at the Mardyke on Saturday. Mick Dore clocked 1m57.52secs for the 800m while Eoin Everard got 3m46.73secs for the 1500m.
Ciara Everard, competing in the 800m at the World juniors in Poland finished eight in Heat 2 in 2.09.85. Her time was some three minutes outside her recently achieved personal best of 2.06.49. Nevertheless this was a good performance on the world stage. Had she had the luck to be drawn in Heat 1 her time would have given her second place and an automatic qualification for the semi-final.
July 6 Aofie Hickey once again won a national title today. This time with a hammer throw of 48.79 at the nationals in The Antrim Forum. Well done Aoife.
The full results were as follows:-
Under 14 Catriona Twomey, K, 6-High Jump, 12-Shot, 11-75m Hurdles; Sinead McDonough, K, 7-Discus, 12-High Jump, 13-75m Hurdles.
Under 16 Orla McPhillips, K, 11-800m; Laura Langton, K, 4-80m Hurdles, 5-250m Hurdles.
Under 17 Louise Holmes,K, 6-100m;
Under 18 Aoife Hickey, K, 1-Hammer (48.79m).
Congratulations to high jumpers, Mary Kate Lanigan and Michael O’Sullivan on their selection on the Kit Kat Irish Schools team for the SIAB International in Bedford, England, on 19th July. Congratulations also to Ciara Everard on her selection for the Ireland team to compete in the 800m at The World Junior Championships which are being held in Bydgoszcz, Poland from 8th-13th July.
Bronze in Leinster Relays
It was a case of Bronze for both boys and girls under 11 teams at the Leinster Inter-county Relays at the Charlesland track in Greystones, Co Wicklow last week-end. Rachel Barron from Thomastown athletic club and three girls, Ciara Lawlor, Niamh McMullan and Aisling McDonough, from Kilkenny City Harriers made up the girls 4x100 team. Powerful running by Niamh on the third leg brought them from 5th to 3rd with Aisling holding that position at the finish. The boys race followed a similar pattern. This time there were three from the Aughavillar club, Dara Keane, Morgan Thomas and Luke FitzPatrick, and one, Jack Manning, from Kilkenny City Harriers.
More Leinster Gold
The boys under 15 struck gold in no uncertain manner at the Leinster team competition in Greystones. Pijus Timas and Liam McWey took first place in Shot Putt and second place in the High Jump. James Maher and Cormac Everard teamed up in Long Jump and 800m and won both. Then in the 4x100m relay, which they won by fifty meters, all four were flawless. This was a very fine performance from these lads ending with an unassailable score of just three points, seven points ahead of the second placed team
June 29 Some excellent performances at national juniors/under23 in Tullamore.
Aoife Hickey came close to her PB with a throw of 49.71 to take first place in the Junior Hammer event. She also came within 3cms of winning the Shot Putt. Her best throw of 12.66 put her in second place. Eoin Everard had a fine win in the 1500m under 23. While the first 800m was run at a very slow pace the second half of the race was practically a sprint. Eoin took to the front with over 300m to go and held on take first place in 4.04.50. This was a considerable performance as he ran a season’s best of 1.50.50 for the 800m at The British Milers Club meet in Solihull, Bermingham the previous day. Brian Maher, KCH, also competed in Bermingham and had a seasons best of 14.34 in the 5000m.
National Junior Championships:- Aoife Hickey, 1-Hammer (49.71), 2-Shot -12.66); Jonathan Holmes, 2-100m (11.29), 4-200m (23.13); Ciara Everard, 2-400m (57.13); Teresa Conlon, 4-Shot (9.36), 5-Hammer (34.94); Mary Kate Lanigan, 4-High Jump (1.65); Toss Hayes, 14- 1500.
National Under 23 Championships:- Eoin Everard 1-1500m (4.04.05); Mick Dore, 8-1500m (4.19.06). Nathan O’Brien, KCH, 4-200m(heat).
June 28 Well done to all in Tailtean Games
Michael O’Sullivan first in the High Jump ( 1.80). Mary Kate Lanigan second (1.63) Laura Langon 6th in the 300m Hurdles, and Teresa Conlon threw both Shot and Hammer. 9.30 meters brought her 5th place in the Shot. In the Hammer she excelled, breaking her own PB on four occasions and ended with a best throw of 39.26 meters and a bronze medal
June 21/22 The good news from the Junior International in Germany is that Ciara Everard, chalked up a new personal best. Competing in the 800m Ciara had a terrific run to do a time of 2mins 6.49secs..
Eileen O’Keeffe in the European Cup competition in Portugal. took first place for the Ireland team with a throw of 69.59meters. Aoife Hickey competing in the Shot Putt event she had consistent throws of 12.44, 12.45, 12.80 and 12.79 making this a very satisfactory outcome for her. Joanne Cuddihy rounded off the competition by running the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay team which took first place in 3mins 33.85secs.
June 21/22 Therre were some excellent performances from our juvenile athletes at the Leinster T&F in Tullamore Newcomers at this level, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Kate Wiley, Richard Dunne and Eimear Doheny acquitted themselves satisfactorily in their particular events. Some of the more experienced athletes excelled. Seventeen of our athletes qualified for the All-Irelands in 30 events. Well done..
Under 14 Cliodhna Manning, 1-Long Jump, 2-200m; Catriona Twomey, 2-75m Hurdles, 2-High Jump, 3-Shot; Sinead McDonough, 3-75m Hurdles, 3-High Jump, 4- Discus; Nicholas Dunphy, 3-Walk
Under 15 Cormac Everard 2-Triple Jump; Liam McWey K, 4-Shot.
Under 16 Laura Langton, 1-100m Hurdles, 1-250m Hurdles, 3-200m; Orla McPhillips, 3-800m, 4-200m; Conor O’Shea, 4-1500m, Conor Keane, 2-Triple Jump.
Under 17 Louise Holmes, 2-100m, 2-300m Hurdles, 4-200m; Mary Kate Lanigan, 1-High Jump (CBP-1.65m), 2 – 200m, Aoife Corcoran, 1-Triple Jump, Naomi NiChleirigh, 2-Triple Jump; Teresa Conlon K, 1-Hammer, 1-Discus, 2-Shot; Michael O’Sullivan, 1-High Jump.
Under 18 Stephen Glynn, 4-100.
June 20 At the County Kilkenny Road Championships, held in Goresbridge Niall Lacey, was first and our men’s team Niall, Davy Hogan 7th, Michael Stack 8th and David Kennedy 11th were second team. In the Women’s race Kate O’Connor was second and Jo Scobie 4th. Well done all.
June 8 Leinster Seniors, Tullamore The Leinster Ladies Senior Hammer competition was a total Kilkenny City Harriers victory. From the time Eileen O’Keeffe stepped into the ring at Tullamore on Sunday the gold medal was on its way to Kilkenny. Her first throw of 70.13m was a new Championship Record. Her remaining throws were somewhat shorter but her worst distance of 68.33 was still of top international quality. Clubmate, Aoife Hickey, opened her account with 45.37m and finished with 49.27m. This was an improvement by this young athlete of more than ten meters on last year’s performance. So Aoife took second place and then Teresa Conlon, competing at senior level for the first time, won bronze making it first, second and third for the city club. Teresa’s throwing, like the other two was very consistent. She opened with 28.90m and showed improvement with each throw and ended the competition with 32.50m. Teresa subsequently competed in the Shot Putt where she again won bronze. Eileen O’Keeffe completed a hat trick of gold at the Championships. As well as the Hammer she also came first in Discus and Weight for Distance. Juraj Kubis, Kilkenny City Harriers, won gold in the Senior javelin. His throws were all in the high fifties with the winning throw just over 59 meters.
June 1st Leinster Team Event, Navan
Girls u-10 5th (Lauren Gleeson and Aisling Morrissey);
Girls u-11 80m, KCH 2nd (Courtney Hales and Aisling McDonough); ong Jump, KCH 5th (Niamh McMullan, Aisling McDonough 8th(Courtney Hales and Grace Richardson); 8th (Nessa Din and Jennifer Varian).. .
Boys u-11 500m, 5th (Shane McGeary, Jack Manning); Long Jump, 7th (Shane McGeary, Jack Manning).
Girls u -12 Shot Putt, KCH 1st (Roisin O’Sullivan and Eimear O’Donoghue); 80m KCH 4th (Eimear O’Donoghue and Charmaine O’Donoghue).
June 1st Leinster Inter-club Relays, Navan
Girls u- 11, 1st (Aisling McDonough, Courtney Hales, Grace Richardson, Niamh McMullan, Subs Nessa Din, Orla Hogan)
Boys u-12, 5th (Aidan Tuohy, Craig Byrne, Shane McGeary, Jack Manning)
Girls u -13, 3rd (Anna Sheehan, Aoibhe Richardson, Holly Hales, Margaret Caldbeck, Sub Caoimhe O’Callaghan)
Girls u 14, “A” 1st (Cliodhna Manning, Sinead McDonough, Catherine Doyle, Catriona Twomey); “B” 4th (Elaine McGeary, Margaret Caldbeck, Avril Ryan, Annie Condren).
Boys u -15, 5th (Cormac Everard, James FitzPatrick, Nicholas Dunphy, Pijus Timas).
Girls u -16, 3rd (Orla McPhillips, Laura Langton, Niamh Tuohy, Sheila Condren, Sub Maeve Keane).
Boys u-16, 1st (Conor Keane, Ian Boland, Brian Delaney, Michael Lanigan).
Girls u-17- 4x100, 1st (Aoife Corcoran, Laura Langton, Naomi NiChleirigh, Mary Kate Lanigan, Subs Orla McPhillips, Louise Holmes).
Girls u- 17- 4x300) KCH 2nd (Aoife Corcoran, Laura Langton, Mary Kate Lanigan, Naomi NiChleirigh).
May 31 Congratulations to all our successful athletes in the Schools T&F final in Tullamore today, especially Ciara And Aoife, each with double gold. Aoife in Shot 12.84 and Hammer 49.43 and Ciara in 400 56.89 and 800 2.12.92. Pijus 2nd in Javelin 39.60, Mary Kate 2nd in High jump 1.68, Jonathan 3rd in 100m 11.62, Michael O'Sullivan 4th in High Jump 1.75 and Teresa Conlon 4th in Hammer 33.89.
Our four athletes had remarkable success at the Leinster Combined Events championships at Charlesland. They made a clean sweep of the medals in the under 14 Penthatlon, with Cliodhna Manning winning gold, Catriona Twomey silver and Sinead McDonough the bronze. Elaine McGeary was tenth. Their respective points were 2,524, 2,242, 2,138 and 1,514. In the course of the competition all four achieved a number of personal bests. Cliodhna had her PB’s in Shot, High Jump and Hurdles; Catriona and Sinead in Long Jump and Shot and Elaine in Long Jump, High Jump and Hurdles.
The achievements in the combined events on Saturday continued with more good results in Leinster Junior and Under 23 T& F on Sunday, one of the highlights being Aoife Hickey setting a new Championship Best Performance in the Hammer.
Jonathan Holmes, 1st – 100m, 1st – 200m, 2nd – Shot, 2nd – Long jump, 6th - Javelin. Naomi ni Chleirigh, 1st – 3000m; Louise Holmes, 2nd – 100m, 2nd – 200m; Mary Kate Lanigan, 1st – High Jump; Aoife Hickey 1st – Hammer (CBP 50.40m), 1st – Shot; Teresa Conlon, 3rd – Shot, 3rd – Hammer (PB 35.08).
Michael Dore, 2nd – 1500m, 4th – 800m.
Running in The Dublin Graded Meeting at the Irishtown Stadium Ciara Everard, Kilkenny City Harriers, achieved not only a new PB for the 800m but also the qualifying standard for the World Junior Championships to be held in Poland in June. Sli Cualann athlete, Dierdre Byrne, led for most of the race but was unable to shake off Ciara’s challenge. Having completed the first 400 in 62 seconds the two athletes continued to battle and with Everard finishing stronger down the home straight she crossed the line in 2.08.15 to take first place and book her place in the World Juniors.
May 10 Well done Juraj. First place in Javelin at AAI Games, Irishtown. (61.91m).
Apr-May Well done in county championships. the club retained the juvenile shield winning over 150 individual juvenile medals and 13 relay teams also won medals.
Apr 13 AAI Indoor Relays
Under 16 Boys 3rd-D McGeary, S Tynan, I Boland, M Lanigan.
Under 17 Girls 4th-A Corcoran, M K Lanigan, L Holmes, L Langton
Apr 12 AAI Indoors
Under 14 James Maher, 9th -600m
Under 15 Diarmuid Cody, 6th -800m,
Under 16 Orla McPhillips, KCH, 8th -800m.
Under 17 Aoife Corcoran, KCH, 6th –High Jump,Mary Kate Lanigan 2nd-HJ (1.60)
Michael O’Sullivan 2nd –HJ (1.80),Teresa Conlon, KCH, 4th –Shot,
Peter Walsh 3rd-Shot (PB 12.41)
Under 19 Ciara Everard 1st -800m (CBP 2.09.74)
Apr 5/6 AAI Indoors
Under 12 Roisin O’Sullivan, 7-Shot..
Under 14 Cliodhna Manning, 4-60m, 6-Long Jump; Catriona Twomey, 7-High Jump, 11-Shot
Under 16 Orla McPhillips, 7-1500m, Maeve Keane, 8-1500m
Under 18 Aoife Hickey 1-Shot (11.96)
Under 19 Ciara Everard 1-400
Apr 4th …Awards Night …James Stephen’s Clubhouse..Larchfield
Field Award - Sean Byrne Shield-Eileen O’Keeffe
Cross-country -The Nolan Cup, and The Harry Meighan Cup.. Brian Maher
The Track Award- The Michael Lanigan Cup- Mick Dore.
The perpetual awards at juvenile level were as follows:-
Under 11/12 Athlete of The Year, Aidan Tuohy;
The Dungarvan Trophy, Sarah Boyd;
The Hacketstown Trophy, Laura Langton;
The Whitebridge Trophy, Thomas Hayes;
The Bree Trophy, John Fagan;
Achievement Cup, Mary Kate Lanigan;
The Sean Byrne Cup, Aoife Hickey;
The Versatile Trophy , Cliodhna Manning;
The Mazda Cup, Teresa Conlon;
The Cross Country Cup, James Maher;
The P J Smyth Cup, Eamon O’Connor;
The Costelloe Shield, Jonathan Holmes
The Tommy Deegan Trophy, Ciara Everard.
A further fortyone athletes, who had won individual Leinster medals or were members of medal winning provincial or national relay and cross-country teams were presented with pieces of Duiske Glass.
In addition over fifty boys and girls in the under 9 to under 12 age group were the recipients of Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates.
Special awards went to Nicholas Dunphy and Eoin McGrath
Mar 28 County (2007) Awards, Rosbercon
Kilkenny City Harriers won The Juvenile Shield, Intermediate Men’s Shield and Senior Men’s Shield. In Track and Field Kilkenny City Harriers won both Juvenile Shield and Senior Cup.
Costello Shield , Killian Everard
International Athlete, Eileen O’Keeffe
Juvenile Track and Field, Jonathan
Senior Cross-Country, Brian Maher
Mar 18: Aoife Hickey & Ciara Everard in Portugal ...Warm weather training...pretty cool..cold at home.
Mar 9: More good results from the Leinster Indoors. Under 16 Laura langton 1st in the hurdles, UOrla McPhillips and ian boland 4th in 200's, David McGeary and Michael Lanigan 4th in High jump. Under 17 Teresa Conlon 1stShot (9.81), Mary Kate Lanigan 4-200 & 1-HJ (1.65CPB), Ml O'Sullivan 1-HJ (1.75), Peter Walsh 2-Shot, Aoife Corcoran 3-Hurdles,Junior: Jonathan Holmes 1-60 (7.27 CBP), Senior: Adrian O'Dwyer 1-High jump (2.10)
Mar 8: Ciara Everard came 7th in Senior Schools CC. Eamon O'Connor 7th in Intermediate. Both seected on International Schools teams. Well done.
Mar 1 :Maher Acquires Green Singlet
Brian Maher turned in a powerful performance to finish sixth at the national Interclubs Cross-country Championships in Belfast on Saturday. Brian who would have been somewhat disappointed with his fourth place finish in Leinster in January will relish this achievement. This performance earns him a place on the international side to compete in The World cross-Country championships in Edinborugh on 30th March. It is a just reward for several years of utter dedication to preparation and training. Rest assured he will wear the national colours with
Mar 2:Short Course on Sion Road
The annual short course cross-country competition was held in Bretts Field, Sion Road, Kilkenny on Sunday. The men’s 4K was well contested.Mike Hyland our only representative was 3rd vet in and placed 9th overall.
The senior ladies 2K was a different story with Niamh Richardson, 1st and Ciara Martin 2nd.
Emer Varian won bronze in the 250m under 9.In the under 17 girls 1500m we had first and second place with Orla McPhillips and Maeve .
The relay results were as follows:-
Under 11Girls-1 KilkennyCity Harriers
Under 13 girls - 2 Kilkenny City Harriers
Feb 24th Start of 4 co League
Eamon O’Connor fought hard to make third place. and then 5th, 6th and 7th went to clubmates Conor Hogan, Niall Quinlan and George Allen. Peter English was 10th. A score of 21 points sees them entering round 2 on 30th March in a comfortable position.
Niamh Richardson after a good tussle with Suzanne Donovan, Aughavillar made 3rd place on her debut run with the club. Ciara Martin was 5th and Caoimhe Foley made up a lot of ground on the final lap to make it home in 6th place. We also had Teresa Daly 16th, Maria Murphy, 20th and Breda Hogan 25th and head into the next round in first place.
In the mens race the best placed of the Kilkenny runners was our own Mick Dore, Running one of his best races to date he finished 6th.Our only other finisher was Johann Dewberry in 28th.
Feb 17: .Ciara Everard took 1st place (2.11.17) in Junior 800m at the Nat Indoors in Nenagh
Feb 10: Ciara Martin came 38th in Nat Intermediate in Wexford. Mick Dore was 83rd in Men's race.
Aoife Hickey with 11.91 was 2nd u20 at the Scottish Indoors. Mary Kate Lanigan was 2nd in the under 17 High Jump (1.70).
Feb 2 & 3
Day 1 &2 Leinster Indoors
Our boys and girls had great success and many joyful moments at the Leinster Indoor Juvenile Track and Field Championships held in Nenagh on 2nd & 3rd Feb. One of our top performers was Cliodhna Manning. She brought home four Leinster medals. Gold in the 60m and Long Jump and silver in the 60m hurdles and a bronze as part of the under 14 relay team which finished third. Catriona Twomey also had a very successful competition finishing 3rd in four events, the relay, 60m hurdles, Shot and High Jump. In the latter two she scored two PB’s , 7.95m and 1.35m respectively. One of the highlights of the weekend was the 800m final for the boys under 15. With approximately 150m to go Diarmuid Cody, KCH, who had dropped back to fourth made a surge to the front. There he as joined by three others, including clubmate Cormac Everard. A sprint to the finish ensued with Diarmuid holding off the opposition to take first place. Cormac was fourth..
Medal winners were as follows:-
Under 12 Roisin O’Sullivan , 1st Shot; Pat Maher,, 3rd 600; Girls 1st Relay (Kate Crotty, Eimear O’Donoghue, Charmain O’Donoghue and Roisin O’Sullivan).
Under 13 Jill Kavanagh, Shot (PB 7.60m) .
Under 14 Cliodhna Manning, KCH, 1st LJ, 1st 60m, 2nd 60m Hurdles. Annie Condren, 3rd Walk, Catriona Twomey, 3rd High Jump (PB 1.35), 3rd Shot (PB 7.95) and 3rd 60m Hurdles. James Maher,1st Long Jump, 2nd 800m. H Girls 3rd Relay (Cliodhna Manning, Catriona Twomey, Sinead McDonough, Catherine Doyle).
Under 15 Cormac Everard, KCH, 3rd Long Jump, Diarmuid Cody, KCH, 1st 800. Boys 1st Relay (Cormac Everard, Diarmuid Cody, Conor Mahon, James Maher).
Under 16 Orla McPhillips, 2nd 1500m, 2nd 800m. Maeve Keane 3rd 1500m. David McGeary, 3rd Long Jump. Girls 1st Relay. (Orla McPhillips, Maeve Keane, Laura Langton, Sheila Condren). Boys 3rd Relay (Ian Boland, Stephen Tynan, Michael Lanigan, Diarmuid Cody).
Under 17 Eamon O’Connor, 1st 1500m. . Girls 1st Relay(Mary Kate Lannigan, Louise Holmes, Aoife Corcoran, Laura Langton).
Under 18 Aoife Hickey, KCH, 1st Shot. 3rd 60m.
Ciara Comes, Oh So Close, in Cardiff
There were some top quality performances from the Irish Ladies competing in The Celttic Cup in Cardiff on Sunday. Kelly Proper, Ferrybank, set a new senior ladies record when she jumped 6.32 meters in the Long jump. Ciara Everard, Kilkenny City Harriers, put in a tremendous performance to finish second in the 800m. Her time of 2minutes 09.01seconds was just one hundredth of a second outside the qualifying time for the World Championships.
Jan 27 Intermediate Men (2 Mick Dore, 4 Niall Lacey, 5 Johann Dewberry, 16 Eddie Hawe) were 2nd in Annamult. Under 12 girls Courtney Hales, Grace Richardson, Aisling McDonough 3rd in Relay. Sinead McDonough, Sarah Kate Lacey and Cliodhna Manning were first under 14.
Brian Maher finished 2nd to Vinny Mulvey in the Raheny 5. Brian's time was 24.21.
Jan 20 Junior Men 2nd in Leinster CC Harriers on team Toss Hayes,(15), John Fagan (24), Niall Quinlan (26).
Senior Ladies 5th Caoimhe foley (29), Ciara Martin (34), teresa Daly.
Senior Men Brian maher 4th, Niall lacey 62, mick Dore 70, Mike Hyland 79.
Juvenile relays Under 12 Boys 5th, Under 14 girls 4th, under 14 boys 2nd, under 16 girls 4th, under 16 boys 2nd.
Jan 12 Juv Combined Indoors Cliodhna Manning won bronze at the national juvenile indoor under 14 combined events in Nenagh on Saturday 12th Jan. A solid performance in the first four events, Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump and Shot had her in contention for a medal prior to the final event, the 800m. A fifteen point gap had to be closed and Cliodhna drew on all her resources to chase the points. Finishing the 800 in second place in (for her) an excellent time of 2mins 47 sec garnered 486 points giving her a grand total of 2,065 and an All-Ireland bronze medal. Her club-mates, Sinead McDonough and Catriona Twomey, also had a good tournament, both setting new PB’s in the high jump, and finishing with respective 7th and 11th places. Sinead’s points total was 1,775 while Catriona’s was 1,675.
Our sole Kilkenny competitor in the under 18 event was Mary Kate Lanigan, KCH. Mary Kate entered the event in order to get competition in her favoured event, the High Jump. This she won clearing 1.65m and came close to setting a new PB with her attempt at 1.70. Despite discarding the 800 she still finished eight with 1,880 points.
Jan 6 County Juniors At aughavillar today Thomas Hayes won the county junior CC. Conor hogan was in 5th place.Our vets over 35 cmae third. (Paul Cody 3rd, Niall Lacey 6th and Noel Maher15th). In the ladies over 30 Gillian Maher was 4th. It was a real family occasion for the Mahers with Daragh winning under 8, Patrick 3rd under 12, James 1st under 14 and parents gillian and Noel featuring in the veteran classes.
Jan 5 Brian Maher put in a quality performance at the Belfast International CC in Stormont finishing in 15th place overall he was the 4th irish man home.