|Kilkenny City Harriers|
|Athletics Club since 1953|
Dec 18 Double Gold in Co Senior CC
Two great individual displays brought first place gold for our senior athletes today. Niamh Richardson, after an early battle with hotly fancied Maria Griffin, St Joseph’s, gained the upper hand and ran home with a comfortable lead. When team points were calculated both KCH and St Joseph’s were tied on 20 points. There were great celebrations for St Joseph’s when they were declared winners on countback. Caoilte Malone, on her return to competition placed 4th. Anne Marie O’Grady in 6th and Sinead Foley 9th were the other scorers on the A team. Fate was hard on KCH teams today. Our B team of Ciara Martin 10th, Irene Henebry 13th, Donna Dowling 16th, Kate Millea 18th and Catherine Gutherie 22nd lost out to Thomastown for the bronze medals by a single point.
The second individual gold went to Brian Maher who extended his dominance in this event with a record breaking 7th successive win. Our men were well on the way to victory with Brian and Eoin Everard coasting in 1st and 2nd positions. Then disaster struck.. First David McPherson withdrew with a recurrance of a back injury. Then Eoin Everard had to pull out after going over on an ankle. Despite the best efforts of Toss Hayes (4th), Eamon O’Connor(8th) and Paul Cody (10th) the team had to settle for silver medals. A follow on result was that with Eoin and David out we were left with only three runners, Paul Moran (13th), Eoin Molloy (14th) and Steve Dermody (29th), one short for a second team. Thanks to all who turned up to run and to support. While there was some disappointment following the injuries there was also satisfaction with the good turnout and the many great individual performances.
Dec 11 - CC in The Curragh
There were many good performances from our athletes at the national cross-country finals in the Curragh today. Pride of place goes to Eoin Everard who ran a superb race to take the Novice title. In contention from the start, Eoin ran the first 3K hovering comfortably between 4th and 5th place. At 4K he was in second and showed marvellous pace to take to the front as he headed for the finishing chute. Well done Eoin. In the same race Toss Hayes also had an excellent run to finish 14th. It was good to see Eamon O’Connor back in action and placing 85th. David McPherson (123rd) and Paul Cody (149th) finished the scoring for the club team which finished well up in 8th place. Ciara Martin (117th) was our lone runner on the Novice ladies.
In the uneven juvenile races most of our athletes showed improvement from the Leinsters in Adamstown. Annie O’Connor, 73rd, was fourth scorer on the county team which came eight. Anna Sheehan put in a great performance. Finishing in 21st place U17 she was first of the county girls home and was fourth on the Leinster team. Our U13 boys had a strong team but got caught up in the mass start and had difficulty getting back in contention. Given the speed of their finishes they should score well in the CC relays. The finishing order was Luke 45th, John Nolan 66th, Ben 85th, John Dillon 11th and Adam 126th. The county under 15 boys were 8th. Peter Lynch in 65th place was third scorer on the team. Kieran Ryan came 82nd and Patrick Maher finished 117th. We had three in the Under 17 squad. James Maher finished 58th,Conor Quinlan 80th and Nicholas Dunphy 111th. Well done all. (See Pics for some photos of the day)
Nov 20 - Well Done in Thomastown
Congratulations to all who made the trip to Thomastown today and some great performances also. The girls under 10 and under 12 were out in force – each had three teams competing – and one team from each getting in the medals. The under 14 girls led by Grace Richardson were the top performers winning both individual and team gold - well done. The boys under 16 scored a one, two with Kieran Ryan and James Kelly respectively. Our star in the Novice Championships was Anne Marie O’Grady who took the gold medal with over 500m to spare at the finish. Well done all.
Individual Medal Winners
Girls Under 8
4 Emma Minogue, KCH, 5 Caoimhe Carroll, KCH, , 8 Rebecca Kelly, KCH, , 12 Rebecca Peters, KCH, 13 Maeve Richardson, KCH, 15 Roisin Harte, KCH, , 17 Ava O’Grady, KCH.
Boys Under 8
8 Mick Carroll, KCH, 10 Harry O’Grady, KCH, , 12 Ferdia Shaw, KCH.
Girls Under 12
2 Laoise Murray, KCH.
Girls Under 14
1 Grace Richardson, KCH, 3 Emer Lanigan, KCH.
Girls Under 16
2 Aoibhe Richardson, KCH, 3 Nicola Murphy, KCH.
Boys Under 16
1 Kieran Ryan, KCH, 2 James Kelly, KCH.
1 Ann Marie O’Grady, KCH.
Team Medal Winners
Girls Under 10
3rd KCH (Niamh O’Shaughnessy, Jane Purcell, Aisling Treacy).
Girls Under 12
2nd KCH (Laoise Murray, Abigail Bennett, Rachel Kelly.;
Girls Under 14
1st KCH (Grace Richardson, Emer Lanigan, Maeve Shaw).
Nov 13 -Gold for Under 13 boys in Adamstown
This was an excellent day for cross-country running and with a level course in Adamstown there was a lot of good competition. County teams did well, winning medals in eight out of the ten juvenile races. KCH athletes were involved in four of these – The under 13 boys played a major part in securing silver medals for the county team with Luke FitzPatrick running a quality race to finish third and John Nolan garnering a 16th place. With new man, Ben Maher, finishing 12th the squad were set up for club medals. The colour, to the delight of athletes and coaches, was gold. The other team members who contributed to the success were John Dillon, Adam FitzPatrick, Nathan Kelly and Colm Murphy. Peter Lynch in 15th place was second scorer on the silver winning under 15 county team. All team members (Peter, Kieran Ryan, Aidan Tuohy, Patrick Maher, Craig Byrne, Jack Manning, Shane McGeary) ran well but came up short of medals. Anna Sheehan was a star in the girls under 17 and was rewarded with an individual bronze and also led the county team into second place. In the boys under 17 race Nicholas Dunphy, James Maher (11th) and Conor Quinlan (29th) put in workman-like performances with the latter two winning bronze with the county team. Best for the under 11’s were Rachel and Hannah Kelly in the girls and Sean Burke in the boys. In the girls under 13 race Jennifer O’Keeffe was going well when a knee injury forced her to withdraw while Annie O’Connor had an excellent run to finish 19th .
Toss Hayes stars in Intermediate
Toss Hayes turned in another fine run in the Leinster Intermediate 8000M. Third in the Leinster Novice in Mulingar on 30th Oct he went one better to finish 2nd in the Intermediate. David McPherson, having recovered from an injury which hampered him in Mullingar, showed he is nearly back to full fitness with a 12th place finish. Denis Carrigan making his debut at this level also ran well. Our ladies fielded a team of four – Sinead Foley, Oonagh Hennessy, Kate Millea and Donna Dowling with Donna collecting bronze with the county team. Well done – ALL.
Oct 30 – A Good Day in Mullingar
Unfortunately many athletes selected for the Leinster Even Ages Cross-country championships didn’t make it to Mullingar but those who travelled did us proud. The under 12 girls (Rebecca Keane, Ella Richardson, Martyna Balcer and Laoise Murray) were first to go and all ran well. The Boys U12 (Darragh Maher, Sean Burke, Evan Clarke, Mark Nolan, Colm Murphy and Johnny Collins) were fourth club with Mark Nolan collecting silver on the county team. Next up were the U14 girls (Grace Richardson, Jennifer O’Keeffe, Annie O’Connor, Ciara Lawlor, Aobha O’Shea and Anna Robinson). Aobha was front runner for the club over the first lap but a fast second lap from Annie saw her pass Aobha. Her reward was Leinster silver with the county team. Conall Whelan carried the colours for the Under 14 boys. We had two girls in the under 16 race, Aoibhe Richardson and Nicola Murphy. Both worked together over the first lap. Then Aoibhe pushed on and finished strongly to collect gold with the county squad. As with the girls we had just two in the boys under 16 – Peter Lynch and Patrick Maher – with Peter having the better run and got Leinster bronze with the county.
Just two adults crossed the finish line. What we lacked in quantity we did well with quality. Toss Hayes had a fine run, one of his best to date winning individual bronze. In the Masters race Niamh Richardson went one better to take the individual silver.
Oct 16 -Gold for Anna and Luke
A lovely bright sunny day made enjoyment all the more easy in Castlecomer today. A poor turnout in a number of age groups considerably weakened the chances of team medals. As a consequence KCH relinquished the Cross-country shield which headed to Kilmacow much to the delight of their club members who had arrived in big numbers.
It looked good for the under 11 girls with Hannah and Rachel Kelly working hard at the front of the race. In the end Hannah finished 2nd and Rachel placed 5th put the rest of the team despite packing well were a bit off the pace on the day. The same was true of the boys team with Dara Maher in 4th and Sean Burke 10th the team came fourth. Things started coming right with the under 13s. A great run from Jennifer O’Keeffe saw her take silver. Rebecca Keane made it into 8th and Ella Richardson was just two places later. With Fiona Manning 18th, Clare Moore 19th and Roisin Treacy 23rd we had our first team medals of the day, bronze. The boys under 13 were in great form. None better than Luke FitzPatrick who cut loose on the last lap to win convincingly. John Nolan battled hard to take the silver. Then John Dillon 7th, Colm Murphy 11th, Nathan Kelly 12th and Eric Mahon 17th brought team gold.
Two stalwarts Ciara Lawlor and Aisling McDonough flew the flag for us with 8th and 12th respectively in girls under 15. Our boys under 15 were the second team to win gold today. Great running by Peter Lynch saw him into 5th place having being passed on the run-in by fast finishing Aidan Tuohy. Craig byrne, Pat Maher, Jack Manning and Shane McGeary in 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th confirmed first team medals.
The girls under 17 were next and Anna Sheehan had what was described as her best ever performance. Having passed the renowned Thomastown runner, Megan Morrissey, Anna coasted to victory. The team claimed silver with Aoibhe Richardson 5th, Nicola Murphy 7th, Molly O’Sullivan 10th and Margaret Caldbeck 11th. The boys under 17 were short one for a team. James Maher came in 2nd, conor Quinlan 5th and Nicholas Dunphy 12th. Another good performance from our Under 19 girls Orla McPhillips 4th, Meghan O’Keeffe 5th and Maeve Keane 9th secured second team medals.
Medal winners in the non-championship races were Cormac Burke and LilyGilsenan under 7 and under 9’s - Vincent O’Grady, Joe FitzPatrick, Abby Gilsenan, Emma Manogue, Shania MacGabhann and Anna Butler
And so to a rare enough but very welcome occurance. Our over 45’s finished in the medals (bronze) being led in by acting club chairperson, Colm Murray ably supported by under 10 coach, Conor MacGabhann, and County PRO, Willie McTiernan.
Oct 9 – Gold for Luke and Conor
Our juveniles turned out in good numbers for round one of the cross-country championships in Ballycurran Cross today. Top spot went to Luke FitzPatrick who put in a storming finish to move to the front and take the gold medal in the boys under 14 race. Conor Mahon was another gold medal winner in boys under 18. Having run much of the race in the company of clubmate Conor Quinlan (silver medal winner) he had the better finish . There were many other fine individual performances. A few to mention are Rebecca Keane, Girls U12; Colm Murphy, Boys under 12; Anna Sheehan and Aidan Tuohy in the under 16 races; Joe FitzPatrick, under 8; Aobha O’Shea, girls under 14 and Moya O’Sullivan , girls under 18. Our teams did well in most races with girls and boys under 12 and boys under 14 all finishing in first place; girls under 14 and under 16 were second and boys under 16 were third. Overall the club is in second place and even better performances will be needed in the uneven ages next week if the club is to retain the shield. (Individual placings are available on the Athetics Kilkenny website)
Oct 9 - O/40’s in 4th Place
Well done to our over 40’s men in Ballycurran today. Well done on two counts – fielding a team and finishing in fourth place. Team and placings:- 3 Denis Corrigan, 8 Steve Dermody, 15 Conor McGabhann, 17 Greg Holden, 19 Willie McTiernan.
Sept 27 -St Canice’s Capture Credit Union Shield
Tuesday was Cross- country day for the girls and boys in the local primary schools. This challenge for fourth, fifth and sixth classes has become one of the annual sporting high-lights. This year’s event, held in the wonderful setting of the Castle Park, proved a resounding success as approximately four hundred children decked out in their school colours cheered on their respective teams. Thanks to the great co-operative work of the transition year students from St Kieran’s College everything went speedily along. From the start of the first race, fourth class girls, until the presentation of the medals the cheering was relentless. The running was top quality and extremely competitive with the runners giving their all in their endeavour to gain points for the perpetual shields. When the scores were tallied it was Gael Scoil Osrai who won the Kilkenny City Harriers Shield for best Girls’ School with 16 points, just four points ahead of St Canice’s and St John of God - both sharing second place with 12 points each. St Canice’s with 24 points from the boys races were the winners of the Boys Shield. CBS was second and Urlingford was third. Ms Jackie Kealy, representing St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union, presented the Credit Union Shield for the best overall school to St Canice’s School who finished up the day with a grand total of 36 points some twelve points ahead of their nearest rivals Gael Scoil Osrai. Enda Keane, Kilkenny City Harriers, presented the medals to the individual and team winners.
Girls - 4th Class: 1st Rachel Butler, Urlingford; 2nd Sharon Fogarty, Gael Scoil; 3rd Jess Kelly, Model School. 5th Class: 1st Rebecca Keane, Gael Scoil; 2nd Ella Richardson, Gael Scoil; 3rd Ruth Kent, St Canice’s. 6th Class: Lauren Gleeson, Presentation; 2nd Annie O’Connor, St Canice’s; 3rd Sarah Jane McCormack, Urlingford.
Boys – 4th Class: 1st Eoin Guilfoyle, Gael Scoil; 2nd Cillian FitzPatrick, Model School; 3rd Luke Morrissey, St Canice’s. 5th Class: 1st Jack Hickey, Urlingford, 2nd Colm Murphy, Gael Scoil; 3rd Gavin Blanchfield, St Patrick’s. 6th Class: John Nolan, Gael Scoil; 2nd Michael Butler, CBS; 3rd Liam Grant, Urlingford.
Girls – 4th Class: 1st Gael Scoil Osrai; 2nd Kilkenny School Project; 3rd St John of God. 5th Class: 1st Gael Scoil Osrai; 2nd Presentation; 3rd St Canices. 6th Class:1st St John of God; 2nd St Canice’s; 3rd Gael Scoil Osrai.
Boys – 4th Class: 1st St Canice’s; 2nd CBS; 3rd Gael Scoil Osrai. 5th Class: 1st St Patrick’s; 2nd Urlingford; 3rd St Canice’s. 6th Class: 1st St Canice’s; 2nd CBS; 3rd St Canice’s.
Sept 24 - David McGeary is Top Senior
David McGeary, representing CBS Kilkenny took first place in the National final of the Senior Schools Combined Events in Santry Stadium on Saturday. David, who ten days earlier won the Leinster Combined Events title with a score of 3,157 points, was in top form amassing a grand total of 3,348 points. His performances in the requisite six events were as follows- Hurdles 16.90, Shot 9.15, Long Jump 6.03, High Jump 1.65, 200m 24.40 and 800m 2.12.04.
In the Intermediate Girls event, Catriona Twomey, Loreto Kilkenny, finished sixth with a very respectable 2, 396 points.
Sept 24 - Juvenile Timing
Our juvenile athletes commenced a new scheme - being timed over distance in the Castle park - this morning. Four trials were held:- 400m Under 9 (fastest Lucy Harte 1.55); 600m U11 (Rory MacGabhainn 2.49); 1000m U12 (Rebecca Keane 4.47); 1000m O12 (Anna Sheehan 4.06).
Sept 3 Silver for Brian in National Half marathon.
Brian Maher put in a supreme effort in the national half marathon in Waterford today. Finishing in second place in 66.4 seconds he knocked practically a minute off his previous PB. David McPherson in his first run over the distance was excelent with 72.36. Other times were Paul Cody 75.08, Niall Lacey 78.55, Davy Hogan 81.49, Johann Dewberry 90.26, Steve Dermody 94.24. Deirdre Scot 103.14, Ann Power 103.26, Breegeen Murphy 106.03 and Geraldine Nolan 112.01. Well donne all.
August 28 - Joanne out of 400m Semi-final
A false start in the 400m s/f unfortunately ended Joanne's hopes of further progresss.
August 27 - Joanne has Seasons Best
Joanne Cuddihy clocked a seasons best of 51.82 in her 400m heat at the World Championships qualifying her for tomorrow's semi-final.
Brian Maher clocked 19.01 when he took first place in the Rockford Tiles Four Mile in Tinnryland tonight.
August 20/21 -Gold in Community Games
A number of our athletes had both an enjoyable and successful weekend in Athlone for the national finals of the Community Games. Lauren Gleeson polished off an excellent year with a gold medal in the 100m (Under 12). Lauren from St John’s Area, also competed in the 4x100m Under 13 mixed relay where she was joined by Jennifer O’Keeffe, Shane McGeary and Jack Manning. Having won their heat and finished third in the semi-final they came fifth in the final. Other competitors from St John’s area to reach the finals were Aisling McDonough and Shane McGeary in their respective Long Jumps and Jack Manning in Shot Putt. Sarah Kate Lacey, Dicksboro Area, gave a commendable performance in the Under 16 High Jump. Clearing 1.45m, a new personal best, she finished sixth in the final. Dicksboro had another goo result with Annie O'Connor,5th in 600m finak u12. Luke FitzPatrick, representing the Aughavillar Area, came seventh in the 800m Under 14. Adam FitzPatrick and Edward Dunne, both members of the KCH athletic club, won gold as members of the Aughavillar Under 11 hurling team. Well done all.
August 13 - Celtic Gold for Kilkenny Girls
The Athletics Ireland Girls Under 18 team struck gold at The Celtic Games International in Antrim on Saturday. The victory over teams from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was achieved with an immense contribution from a number of Kilkenny girls – Cliodhna Manning, Lorraine O’Shea and Sarah Buggy – all winning gold, and Sophie Parkinson, who won silver. Manning and O’Shea, both Kilkenny City Harriers, were involved in individual and relay events. Manning’s contribution was major. Having taken first place in the 300m (39.70) she ran in both the 4x100m relay which finished in second place and 4x300m relay which came third. O’Shea also had an excellent competition. Clearing 5.69 meters in the Long Jump she not only won the event but achieved a new personal best performance, a nice way to finish up the season. Lorraine also ran a leg of the 4x100m relay. Sarah Buggy, from Castlecomer but a member of the St Abban’s club, won gold in the Triple Jump with an 11.71 meters performance. Sophie Parkinson, Gowran AC, played her part finishing in the silver medal position in the Discus.
The Boys Under 18 team did not make it to the podium despite the best efforts of the two Kilkenny lads on the team. Eoin Power, St Joseph’s AC, finished in the top three in both 100m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles. Jonathan FitzPatrick, KCH, was second in the 2000m Steeplechase.
August 6/7 - Nat title for Joanne
Congratulations to Joanne Cuddihy on her good win in the national senior 400m on Sunday in the excellent time of 52mins 15 seconds. Misfortune afflicted all the other KCH athletes with the result that Joanne was our sole representative in the national championships. We need to improve our participation rates!
July 29th/30th - National Title for McGeary
David McGeary, KCH, followed up his Leinster Under 19 Combined events win with a gold medal performance at the national combined events finals in Tullamore at the weekend. His points total of 3,997 was 157 above his Leinster achievement was greatly helped by personal best performances in the Pole Vault, Shot and 200m events. Clubmate Catriona Twomey also excelled. Adding 90 points to her Leinster total of 3,198 she finished in second place in the U17 event on 3,288 points. Aaron Barron competing in the under 15 event had an unfortunate end to his competition. Picking up an injury in the High Jump, his second last event, he was unable to take part in the final event, the 800m, thereby ruling him out of a top five finish.
July 29th - Maher Runs New PB
Brian Maher, KCH, had a useful workout in the Alexander Stadium in Bermingham on Friday night. Competing in the Aviva 10K he completed the race in a new personal best time of 29 minutes 44.18 seconds. Brian’s next competitive outing will be for the AAI Senior track and field championships in the Morton Stadium, Santry, this weekend where he is expected to compete in the 10K. Other KCH athletes competing will be Teresa Conlon (Hammer), Jonathan Holmes (100m), Eoin Everard (800/1500), Joanne Cuddihy (400), Lorraine O’Shea (Long Jump) and Laura Langton 100m (Hurdles/Long Jump).
July 24th - Under 17's on Top
We had a number of teams in action at the All-Ireland Relays in Tullamore today. Our U12 girls, U14 girls and U15 girls ran well but didn't get out of their heats. The U14 boys, U13 girls and U16 girls made it into the finals and finished 6th, 5th and 4th respectively. The combination of Margaret Caldbeck, Catriona Twomey, Sinead McDonough, Maeve Kelly, Elaine McGeary and Cliodhna Manning yielded three sets of medals. Silver in U17 4x100 (50.55) and U18 4x100 (50.61) and Gold in U17 4x300 (3.00.88). As a mark of respect in honour of Sean Kelly, club chairman who died yesterday morning, all club athletes wore black armbands.
July 23rd- Victory Tinged with Sadness
The sudden and untimely death on Saturday of Sean Kelly, Chairman Kilkenny City Harriers athletic club, cast a sad cloud over the local athletic community. Sean who had been an officer in the club over the last decade presided over a number of major club achievements and developments including the recent provision of a club room at Scanlon Park. He would have been pleased with the performances of the club athletes at the national juvenile track and field finals in Tullamore at the weekend. Cliodhna Manning took first place in the under seventeen 200m final with a new PB time of 25.11 seconds. Lorraine O’Shea won gold and silver at under eighteen - gold in the Long Jump (5.55m) and silver in the 200m (25.87). Another gold was won by Laura Langton with a 5.21 meters clearance in the under nineteen Long Jump. Other excellent performances were recorded by Margaret Caldbeck – 6th in 200m U16; Catriona Twomey – 3rd in High Jump and 6th in Shot Putt U17; Elaine McGeary – 4th in Javelin and Sinead McDonough 6th in High Jump U17.
Brian Maher competing in a 3K in Manchester had a good run equalling his best time of 8mins.10secs.
Niamh Richardson Shines in Triathlon
TriGrandPrix Ireland hosted the Kilkenny triathlon on Saturday attracting in excess of 800 competitors. Niamh Richardson, KCH, once again showed her outstanding fitness, stamina and skill to take first place in the over forty section and a fantastic second place overall. What a performance.
July 16 Schools International - Cardiff
The conditions were wet and windy in Cardiff. Our girls did well. Cliodhna finished second in the 200m (25.21) and got a second silver with the 4x100 relay team. Lorraine jumped 5.33 to make fourth in the Long jump. Well done girls.
July 16 David McPherson was 24th of over 5,000 runners in the National Lottery Irish Runner 5 Mile in the Phoenix Park in 27.38.
July 16 Brian Maher clocked 14.23 for the 5K in Heusden, Belgium
July 12 & 14 - McGearys Medal in Multi’s
Brother and sister, David and Elaine McGeary, were both medal winners at the Leinster Multi Events Championships in Tullamore during the week. David who had over six meters in the Long Jump and thirtytwo meters plus in the javelin won gold with a points total of 3,840 in the under 18 Octathlon and Elaine scored 2,858 points to win bronze in the under 17 Heptathlon. Clubmate, Catriona Twomey, had an excellent championship and scoring 3,198 points took first place in the under 17 event. Other KCH athletes with good results were Aoibhe O’Shea and Aisling McDonough, fourth and eight respectively in the under 14 Pentathlon; Aaron Barron, fourth in under 15 Pentathlon and Sarah Kate Lacey fifth in under sixteen Pentathlon.
July 9/10 Harriers perform well in Nationals.
The first weekend of the All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Athletics Championships in Tullamore brought more success to KCH. Top performer for the club was under 17 girl, Cliodhna Manning. Cliodhna took the gold in the 100m on Saturday and rounded off the weekend with silver in the 300m on Sunday. Johnathan FitzPatrick, winner of the Junior Steeplechase the previous weekend, was in fine form and added the under 18 Steeplechase title to his list of recent wins. Ciara Deely showed a marked improvement on her Leinster performances. Clearing 1.18 in the High Jump in May to finish 4th she cleared 1.30 on Saturday to win bronze. On Sunday she came second place in the Long Jump with almost half a metre improvement on her bronze in Leinster. Aaron Barron was also in fine form with a new PB of 5.36 bringing him silver in the under 15 Long Jump. In addition he had a 6th place finish in a very competitive 100m. Luke FitzPatrick with a well timed finish won silver in the 600m under 13. Under 15 girls, Eimear O’Donoghue and Charmaine O’Donogue both cleared 1.50 in the High Jump but while Eimear won the bronze Charmaine ended up in fourth place on countback. Under 13 girl, Lauren Gleeson, had a great Long Jump competition. Jumping 4.73 metres she was rewarded with the bronze medal. Others who produced excellent performances to make the finals of their respective events without winning medals were Victor Costelloe 4th in High Jump (U14); Sinead McDonagh 6th in 100m Hurdles (U17); Anna Sheehan 6th in 800m (U16); Roisin Gogarty 6th in Javelin (U14); Margaret Caldbeck 5th 100m (U16); Lorraine O’Shea 5th in 100m (U18); Sarah Kate Lacey 5th in 250m Hurdles (U16).
Jun 11 Good Team Performance
There were some good performances by a number of Kilkenny City Harriers teams at the Leinster Team championships in Crettyard on Saturday. One of those performances brought gold to Rebecca Keane, Ciara Deely, Ella Richardson and Leah Raggett, for the under 12 girls. The under 15 Boys team of Aaron Barron, Craig Byrne, Shane McGeary and Jack Manning worked extremely hard and were rewarded with silver medals. The club’s under 13 teams pulled off the double. The Girls, fielding two teams, were out in force. The A team of Jennifer O’Keeffe, Sinead Tuohy, Clare Kirwan and Keeva O’Brien were excellent winning gold, thanks in no small way to Keeva’s personal best of 4.13 meters in the Long Jump. The B team of Annie O’Connor, Shauna Millea, Aisling Morrissey and Kathy Long performed excellently to finish in fourth place. The under 13 boys were well served by regulars Luke FitzPatrick and John Nolan. Their performances combined with the spirited run over the hurdles and in the relay by Ryan Poyntz and Ronan Quinn earned them first place.
Jun 5 Little South Run
Brian Maher was third of a very large and competitive field in the 4 mile Little South Run today in a very good time, 19m 10 secs. Paul Cody was 12th in 21m 35 secs.
Jun 4 All-Ireland Schools
Well done to our athletes in todays schools finals in Tullamore. Louise Holmes with improved times in both her events won gold in 100 (12.70) and silver in 200 (25.50). Cliodhna Manning also showed improved times in both events winning bronze in 100 (12.69) and silver in 200 (25.39). Laura Langton, recovering from injury won bronze in 100m Hurdles (16.59) while James Maher knocked a whopping 12+ seconds off his Leinster time to win bronze in the 1500m (4.09.41).
May 29 Leinster Junior - Scanlon Park
Well done in the Leinster Juniors today Nine medal winners with gold for Jonathan fitzPatrick in the Steeplechase. Other results Junior Men - David McGeary 4/100; Eamon O'Connor 3/1500; Michael Lanigan 4/400, 5/200; Ian boland 2/400; Junior Ladies - Louise holmes 2/100; Sinead McDonagh 2/100Hurdles; Teresa Conlon 2/Discus; Mary Kate Lanigan 3/High Jump; Lorraine O'Shea 2/Long Jump, 4/100m; Laura Langton 3/Long Jump.
July 9/10 Good Results at Nat juveniles in Tullamore
July 8 Another PB for Maher
Brian Maher, KCH, competing in a 3K event in Morton Stadium, Santry on Friday night clocked 8 minutes 10.51 seconds – a three second improvement on his previous best performance for the event and eleven seconds better than his time of 8.21.37 last weekend at the Cork City Sports. Brian continues his preparation for the national seniors in August with a 5K race in Belgium this Friday night. Clubmate, Eoin Everard, who went in the Morton Mile in Santry on Friday last showed good pace to finish in 4 minutes 6.26 seconds.
July 3 Cork City Sports
No medals but some good results. Louise Holmes was 7th (5th Irish) in 100m (12.52), Brian Maher 9th (3rd Irish ) in 3000m (8.21.37) and John Fagan, currently with Clonliffe Harriers 4th (3rd Irish) in 400m Hurdles (52.77).
July 2 Javelin Coaching
Twelve of our Juvenile athletes and a number of coaches answered the call to attend a special javelin coaching clinic in Scanlon Park today. The session was facilitated by South African, Louis . Louis is part of a group called which was set up to promote the development of Javelin throwing in Ireland. Is this the start of something new? Will we have a national javelin from among this group of athletes?
July 1 Good Road Running
There were good results for our men and women in the county road championships held over the Grovine/Outrath circuit tonight. The men with Paul Cody taking individual gold and David McPherson taking silver were very unlucky to finish second in the team event. With Paul Moran 7th and Johan Dewberry 8th our points total was 18. Gowran with athletes in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th also had 18 points and accordingly were first team on countback. Our ladies with only three runners were not in contention for team medals but all three ran well. Kate Millea won silver, Sarah Goff was third and Mairead Lacey was 5th.
June 26 Gold for Jonathan
Our Junior athletes gave a good account of themselves at the national finals in Tullamore today. Teresa Conlon finished sixth in the Hammer with a best throw of 41.44m. Catriona Twomey, on her first appearance at this level was 9th in the Shot (8.23m). Louise Holmes with 4th in 100m (12.04 in heat) came close to that coveted All-Ireland medal but pride of place goes to Jonathan FitzPatrick. Showing excellent form he took the gold in the 3000m Steeplechase. His time of 9.54.34 was also excellent. Well done all.
Misfortune struck Jonathan Holmes who picked up a hamstring injury in the 100m heat ( U23 ). Here’s hoping for a quick return to fitness.
June 25th National Pairs
Congratulations to Darragh Maher and Sean Burke with a third place finish in the National Pairs 600m Under 11 championships in Templemore today.
June 19th Leinster U13-U19 Day 2
With Day 1 of the Leinster Track and Field Championships being described as satisfactory then Sunday, Day 2 has to be very satisfactory for the club with a total of twenty-four medals – eight gold, six silver and ten bronze – being won. Top result of the day belongs to Aaron Barron. Competing in three events under 15 he medalled in all three – Gold in the long Jump and bronze in Triple Jump and 100m. Other gold medal winners on Day 2 were Jonathan FitzPatrick in under 18 Steeplechase and 1500m, Lauren Gleeson in Under 13 Long Jump, Aisling McDonagh in Hammer under 14 and under 17 girls Catriona Twomey and Sinead McDonagh shared first place in the under 17 High Jump.
Meanwhile at the European Team Championships in Izmir, Turkey, Joanne Cuddihy, Kilkenny City Harriers led the Irish 4x400m Relay team into second place in an excellent time of 3minutes 31.25 seconds.
June 18th -Leinster U13-U19 Day 1
Kilkenny City Harriers had a satisfactory return from the first day of the Leinster Under 13 – U19 Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on Saturday. Club members won twelve medals – two gold, four silver and six bronze - and consequently qualify for the All-Ireland finals in July. Another happy outcome was the fact that there were qualifiers in all age groups. The girls in the Under 17 age group did particularly well with all four winning medals. One of the top performances, in fact the top performance came from Cliodhna Manning with a first place finish in the 300m. Her time of 39.88 seconds set a new record for the event beating the previous record of 40.72 seconds set by another club athlete, Joanne Cuddihy in 2000. Elaine McGeary, returning to athletics after a considerable absence, won silver in the 100m. Catriona Twomey won silver in the 100m Hurdles and Sinead McDonagh scored twice winning bronze in both 100m Hurdles and Long Jump. These four then proceed to win gold for the county in the Inter County 4x100m relay race. Roisin Gogarty, competing in her first Leinster championships, won gold in the under 14 Javelin with a throw of over twenty-two meters. Lauren Gleeson carried the flag for the Under13’s with a third place finish in the 60m Hurdles. Lauren FitzPatrick was the winner of bronze in the 80m Hurdles under 15 and Margaret Caldbeck won bronze in the 200m under 16. Lorraine O’Shea was the under 18 star winning silver in the 100m sprint. Ian Boland and Michael Lanigan competing in the 400m under 19 were the last of the medal winners when they finished second and third respectively in the final.
May 28 Well done Under 12's
There was a great turnout by our u12's at the Leinster T&F in Navan with all giving of their best. Ciara Deely had a great championship winning the 60m Hurdles and also getting bronze in the Long Jump. Another marvellous performance came from Orla Casey winning bronze in the 60m sprint. A bit unlucky was Martyna Balcer with a 4th, 5th and 6th in Long Jump, High Jump and 60m Hurdles respectively.
May 28 Pairs in Navan
Congrats to Darragh Maher and Sean Burke - silver medalists in Under 11 600m
May 22 Great Day at The Relays
Greystones proved a happy venue for our relay teams today. The early start and long day had a happy ending with 5 firsts (Girls under 12, U13, U15, U17 & U18), 2 seconds (Girls U14 & U16), 2 thirds (Boys U13 & U14) and 2 fourths (Boys U11 & U12). It looks like the Hehir Cup for best relay club will stay in Kilkenny for another year. Well done all.
May 21 Congratulations to all club members on their success in the Leinster Schools - Roisin Gogarty 3/Minor Jav; Laura Langton 1/ Sen hurdles; Charmaine O'Donoghue 1/ Jun HJ; Louise Holmes 1/100 & 1/200 senior; Cliodhna Manning 2/100 &2/200 Interm; Sinead McDonagh 3/HJ Interm; James Maher 2/1500 Interm; Ian Boland 3/400 Interm.
May 20 - Day 3 ..More good running!
With many of our athletes taking part in the Leinster Schools tomorrow it was left to the younger athletes to keep the flag flying. They didn’t disappoint. Ciara Deely, Lauren Gleeson, Sarah Kate Lacey and Sinead McDonagh , Ruben Pim and Aaron Barron all won gold in their respective Hurdle events.
In the 300m races the club had exceptional success winning five gold – Alice Monaghan U11, Rebecca Keane and Edward Dunne in the U12 races, Lauren Gleeson and Luke FitzPatrick in U13’s. We were not as successful in the longer 1500’s where our only first place finish was in the under 16 with Anna Sheehan.
There were two firsts in the High Jump with Charmaine O’Donoghue U15 and Sinead McDonagh U17. Sinead continued her winning ways with further gold in Triple Jump, Hurdles and Discus.
May 15 - Another first for Brian
Brian Maher was first home from a field of 400+ runners in the Sportsworld 5 Mile classic today.
May 8 - KCH Hit Top Form
On Day 1, May 1st , the club had a great start to the track and field season but Day 2, May 8th, turned out even better with many athletes hitting top form. There were great performances in both track events and field events. Alice Monahan was first to strike taking the gold in the 60m under 11. There followed a series of clean sweeps in the sprints. Lauren Gleeson, Claire Kirwan and Keeva O’Brien made it 1, 2 and 3 for the under 13 girls in the 80m; Eimear O’Donoghue, Eimear McMullan and Charmaine O’Donoghue did the same in the 100m final under 15 and the under 17 girls Cliodhna Manning, Sinead McDonagh and Catriona Twomey made it 1, 2 and 3 in their 100m final and also in the Shot Putt. It wasn’t just the girls who cleaned up. Under 12 boys, Adam FitzPatrick, Edward Dunne and Evan Clarke took 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 200m final. Results from the field events proved somewhat similar. Rory MacGabhann started the trend with a win the under 11 Long Jump. Then in the High Jump Martyna Balcer, Ciara Deely and Orla Casey made it 1, 2, 3 for the under 12 girls. Evie Kiely, Claire Kirwan and Annie O’Connor repeated the performance for the under 13 girls. Under 17 Boys James Maher, Michael Brennan and Nicholas Dunphy made it a double clean sweep in Long Jump and Javelin events.
The top individual performance of the day came from under 13 athlete Luke FitzPatrick. Competing in 200m, 800m and Long Jump Luke won gold in all three. Numerous gold, silver and bronze medals were won across all events. In addition to the wins already recorded the following won gold in their respective events:- Sarak Kate Lacey – 100m girls U16, Jennifer O’Keeffe- 500m U13, Aoibhe O’Shea – 500m U14, Aaron Barron – Long Jump U15, Ian Cohen – 100m U17, Johnny Collins – 800m and Long Jump U12, Michael Brennan – 800m U17, Jack Manning – Javelin U14, Nicholas Dunphy – Walk U17, Mary Kate Lanigan – Junior High Jump, Orla McPhillips – Junior 400m, Niamh Tuohy – Junior 1500m, Michael Lanigan – Junior 400m.
The day concluded with the relays and again the KCH teams were in flying form. Six teams finished in first place- Girls under 12, 14 and 16 and Boys under 12, 14 and 16. In addition the boys second team under 12 and girls under 14 won silver and the girls second team under 12 won bronze.
May 3 Maher in top form
Brian Maher had a new PB for the 10K when he finished third in the event with 29.54 at the Dublin graded Meet this evening. 18 seconds of his winning time in the event in 2010!!!
May 2 - Novice Joy on the Gowran Road
The Leinster Novice and Masters Road Races were held in Gowran on Monday. KCH featured strongly in all races and came home with the grand haul of 23 championship medals.
The day started off with the 3K for Novice and Masters Ladies. Niamh Richardson gave a sterling performance to win the Masters event, leaving many of the novices in her wake. Such was the quality of her overall 3rd place that with Irene Henebry 10th and Teresa Daly 18th KCH placed second to win the silver medals with both club and county. The novice Ladies led by Ann Marie O’Grady put in a good challenge but finished in fourth place. The had the consolation of winning bronze as part of the county team which came third.
Pride of place goes to the Novice men who put in a really great team effort to win the gold. David McPherson was the main man. At the half-way stage of this 6K race he was in fourth place and didn’t look comfortable. But heading out on the final 1500 he found a better rhythm and gaining in confidence he took to the front and romped home at his ease to take the Novice title. Behind him Paul Cody and Eamonn O’Connor battled all the way to finish 7th and 8th respectively. The team effort was complete when Johann Dewberry, sensing a win was a possibility, mounted a sprint over the final 200m to gain an extra three places. With a total of 35 points KCH became Leinster champions. All four from KCH plus Gowran men Lyndon Barcoe and Gary Farrell combined to bring the county team into second place. In the Master’s Men race which followed Seamus Murphy and Colm Murray were scoring members of the county team which won bronze.
May 1 - County Championships – Day 1
May 1st was the start of the track and field season and what a day for KCH. After many fine wins the spirit of the day was captured by the under 13 girls who took first, second and third team medals in the 4x100 relay. Three athletes won triple gold – Jack Manning in U14 Discus, High Jump and 80m, Margaret Caldbeck in U16 Long Jump, 200m and 250m Hurdles, and Lorraine O’Shea who won Junior Long Jump and 200m and Senior 100m. The Under 11 girls – Sharon mcGorrian, Rebecca Roche and Rachel Kelly, had a clean sweep in the Ball Throw. A similar feat was performed twice in the High Jump -by Jack Manning, Shane McGeary and Eamon McPhillips for the U14’s and by Aidan Tuohy, Craig Byrne and Aaron Barron for the U15 Boys. Elaine McGeary, Catriona Twomey and Sinead McDonagh won all the medals in U17 Long Jump, Javelin and 200m. KCH girls were in top form in the Long Jump with first place at U11, U12, U13, U15 and u17. The club also had a great return from the relays winning the 4x100 in Boys U13 and U1; 4x100 Girls U11, U13, U15 and U17 and the 4x400 Senior Men (Ian Boland, Dean Brennan, Jonathan FitzPatrick and Eamonn O’Connor).
Apr 30 - Good Results in Colleges
A number of Kilkenny athletes made valuable contributions to their respective college teams in the recent Inter-varsities track and field championships in Belfast.. Ciara Everard scored top points for UCD with a win in the 800m final. Her time of 2.15.93 is a seasons best. Former KCH athlete, John Fagan, and currently studying in DCU, won bronze in the 400m hurdles. Also in DCU are Mary Kate Lanigan, who finished fourth in the High Jump, and Teresa Conlon who took part in four events. With a throw of 7.22m she took third place in the 8K Weight for Distance. In her favoured event, the Hammer, she finished 5th with a best throw of 42.61mn, not far off her personal best. She also competed in Discus and Shot where she placed 6th and 8th respectively. Cliodhna Manning, under 17 athlete with KCH, competed as a guest and finished 3rd in the 200m final with a PB of 25.08.
Further afield Jonathan Holmes was disappointed with his performance in the 100m final at the British Universities (BUCKs)track and field championships in Bedford, England.. Winning his heat in 11.04 seconds and semi-final (11.08) he went to the final determined to get in the medals. Slow to get out of the starting blocks led to a disappointing fourth place finish in 11.08 seconds. Eoin Everard who competed in the 1500m in the BUCKs qualified from the heats and semis to finish fourth in the final with a personal best time of 3mins 48 seconds.
David mcPherson romped home in first place in the Kilkenny road series 3 mile.
A small contingent represented the club at St Senan's Open T&F today.
Medal Winners were:- Clare Kirwan, 2/100m U13; Edward Dunne 3/700m U 12; Craig Byrne 3/Shot Putt U16; David McGeary 2/100m junior; Ian boland 2/400m junior.
Brian Maher showed a good return to form with a win in the Alfie Hale 4 Mile in Waterford today. His time of 18.57 was just 4 seconds outside his PB for the distance.
Paul Cody - 1st in Kilkenny road series 2 Mile
The 2010 Awards were presented by club chairman, Sean Kelly, at a special function in The Pembroke Hotel tonight. In adition to the usual awards a special memorative photo was presented to the members to the Junior Ladies team who represented Ireland at the European Junior club Championships in Italy in September.
Perpetual Award Winners -Juvenile
Under 11/12 Cup, Luke FitzPatrick; Dungarvan Trophy, Orla McPhillips; Hacketstown Trophy, Sarah Nolan; Whitebridge, Catriona Twomey; Sean Byrne, Teresa Conlon; Bree, Jonathan FitzPatrick; Cross Country Cup, James Maher; Under 14 McDonagh Cup, Charmaine O’Donoghue; Achievement Cup, Sinead McDonagh; Versatile, Jack Manning; Mazda Cup, Mary Kate Lannigan; Costello Shield, Laura Langton; Lynch Shield, Louise Holmes; Tommy Deegan Trophy, Cliodhna Manning, P J Smyth, Lorraine O’Shea.
Perpetual Award Winners -Senior
The Lanigan Cup for Track Athlete, Joanne Cuddihy; Sean Byrne Shield, for Field Athlete, Aoife Hickey; The Nolan Cup for Cross-Country, Brian Maher; Achievement Shield and Harry Meighan Cup, Jonathan Holmes.
Achievement Award Winners:_
Ciara Deely, Martyna Balcer, Craig Byrne, John Nolan, Aisling McDonagh, Aidan Tuohy, Margaret Caldbeck, Niamh Tuohy, Cormac Everard, Ian Boland, Michael Lanigan, David McGeary and Peter Walsh.
April 10 - Distance No Object
The 10K distance of the Great Ireland Run (GIR) in Dublin’s Phoenix Park last Sunday presents a considerable challenge to many runners. Kilkenny’s Tommy Evans, Gowran AC, and David McPherson, Kilkenny City Harriers AC, who finished in 11th and 33rd positions respectively take such challenges in their stride. And its not just the menfolk who relish the distance runs. Irene Henebry completed the GIR in 46 minutes 57 seconds. Karen Nugent was comfortable finishing in 52.37. Two KCH ladies gave the GIR a miss and opted instead for the Connemarathon. Majella O’Brien did the marathon proper and was happy with her time of 4 hours 26inutes. The credits for “going the distance” goes to Catherine Gutherie who opted for the Ultra – the 39 mile challenge around the ups and downs of the Connemara course. Having taken over seven hours to complete the Ultra in 2010 Catherine was thrilled to come home in 6 hours 36 minutes this time around. Yes Catherine – distance no object.
April 3 - Improved Results in Relay Finals
The joy of success outweighed the disappointment of close finishes for teams at the national finals of the Juvenile Indoor Relays in Nenagh on Sunday. The girls under15 team had one of those unenviable results – going well in the race but being disqualified for a baton change outside the zone. A further three teams – Boys under13, girls under 16 and boys under 19 – had the disappointment of qualifying for the finals only for all three to finish outside the medals, in fourth place. With six other teams not only getting to the finals but winning medals there was plenty to celebrate. The under 13 girls and under 15 boys produced outstanding performances to win silver while not far off the pace were the girls under 12, boys under 14, girls under 17 and girls under 19 all of which teams won bronze. This was a considerable advance on last year’s good relay results by KCH which produced two sets of medals - one set of silver and one set of bronze.
April 2 - More All-Ireland Medals
Our Four girls put in spirited performances at the National Juvenile Indoor track and field finals in Nenagh on Saturday. Lorraine O’Shea, competing in the under 18 grade, won gold and silver. The gold came in her favourite event, the Long Jump, with a clearance of 5.52 meters. Then in the 200m final she finished in second place. Her time of 25.79 seconds is a new PB and a considerable advance on her Leinster time of 26.32 seconds. Cliodhna Manning competed in the 200m under17. Having won in Leinster with a time 25.50 seconds she clocked an improved time of 25.31 in the final on Saturday earning her the silver medal to add to the gold already won in the 60m final.
Sinead McDonough and Catriona Twomey were both in action in the under17 High Jump. Sinead, with consistent good jumping, won gold on a 1.55m clearance. Catriona also jumped well, equalling her performance of 1.50m achieved in the Leinster final. This left her in fourth place. Catriona was also involved in the Shot Putt where she finished fifth. Her best throw, 9.97 meters, was a major improvement on her silver winning effort of 9.15m in the Leinster final.
TWO NEW OFFICERS
Congratulations and best wishes to Collette FitzPatrick and Colm Murray
who were elected Secretary and Vice Chairperson respectively at the AGM on April 1st.
Great Achievements in Magherafelt
Cliodhna Manning has had a high profile with the club for a number of years. Now it seems she will have to forgo some of the limelight to brother Jack. While Cliodhna took first place in her 60m (7.83) sprint final at the national Indoor Championships in Magherafelt, Co Derry, at the weekend Jack went a step further. With a massive throw of 11.24meters he took gold in the Shot Putt and jumping 1.40m in the High Jump he equalled the winning jump of clubmate Victor Costello. Victor won the gold and Jack, on countback, won silver. Evie Kiely came close to a medal with a fourth place finish in the under 13 High Jump. There was gold also for Luke FitzPatrick who had a fine run in the 600m(1.42.59) under 13. A number of other club athletes reached the sprint finals:- Aaron Barron (6th U15), Eimear O’Donoghue (7th U15), Lorraine O’Shea (7.83) won silver in the under 18 final and Lauren Gleeson (8.52) won bronze under 13. Eimear O’Donoghue, competing in three events, had a very successful championship. As well as finishing 7th in the sprint she had a 7th in the Shot and clearing 1.50m in the High Jump she won bronze. There were also excellent performances from Sinead McDonough and Catriona Twomey finishing 6th and 8th respectively in the final of the Under 17 Hurdles. Martyna Balcer turned in a fine result in the under 12 Long Jump.Clearing 3.67 she finished in 5th place. Jennifer O'Keeffe clocked 1.55.20 in the 600m final under 13.
WELL DONE ATHLETES AND COACHES
Maher Back in Action
Brian Maher made a return to competitive racing with a fine performance in “The Streets of Portlaoise 5K” on St Patrick’s Day. The race was won by local man, Michael Mulhare, in 14 mins 52 seconds. Brian was next in - just two seconds behind Mulhare. Toss Hayes with a good time of 15.38, was seventh.
MARCH 13 - SHORT COURSE
Well done at the Short Course in Freshford.
Girls Under 8: 1 Emma Minogue, 2 Fiona Dillon. Bous Under 8: 1 Eoin Whelan.
Relays: girls under 10 - 4th; girls under 12- 1st(Orla Casey, Leah Raggett, Elli Kiely); Boys U12- 2nd (Sean Burke, Rory McGabhann, Colm Murphy); Boys U14 - 1st(Jack Manning, Shane mcGeary, Conal Whelan).
Senior ladies - 1st Team (2 Ciara Martin, 3 Oonagh Hennessy, 4 Imelda Kennedy, 5 Gillian Maher).Senior Men - 3rd Novice Noel Maher, 2nd O/50 Willie mcTiernan.
Scottish Gold for Manning and O’Shea
A group of four Kilkenny City Harriers athletes travelled to Glasgow to compete in the Scottish Indoors at Kelvin Hall last weekend. All four performed well. Laura Langton (60m hurdles) and David McGeary (Long Jump) competed at under 20 level. Laura was 3rd in her heat in 9.62 seconds and David jumped 5.99m to finish sixth. Both Cliodhna Manning and Lorraine O’Shea, competing in the under 17 age competition, had personal best performances. Cliodhna having won her heat and semi-final went on to win the gold in the 60m final in 7.76 seconds. Lorraine also won her heat and semi-final and lined up against Cliodhna in the final. Clocking 7.89 seconds brought her the bronze making it a first and third for the KCH girls. Lorraine had another great win in the Long Jump with a personal best jump of 5.58 meters. Congratulations to all four athletes.
KCH Men take Junior Title
It was a very clear-cut win for the young men from KCH at the county junior cross-country held in Gowran on Sunday. Eamon O’Connor, taking the gold, led the team home and with Conor Quinlan second, Nicholas Dunphy third and new-comer Michael Brennan fourth the team had the best possible score of ten points to take team gold. Meghan O’Keeffe won silver in the Junior Ladies. There was a good performance in the over 30’s race with the club team coming in first place. The placings were Niamh Richardson 2nd, Ciara Martin 3rd, Irene Henebry 4th and Sheila O’Callaghan 5th. Willie McTiernan kept the flag flying for the club, finishing in the over 35 race.
There were some great juvenile wins in the open races. Top marks to the girls under 8. 1st Lucy Hall, 2nd Fiona Dillon, 3rd Maeve Richardson, 4th Rebecca Kelly and 7th Evie McFee. What an impressive result. Fourth place finishes were recorded by Grace Richardson and Craig Byrne in their respective under 14 and under 16 races. Girls and boys under 12 teams both won gold. Scorers for the girls were 2nd Rebecca Keane, 4th Aisling Maher and 6th Ruth Kent. The boys team was 5th Darragh Maher, 6th Sean Burke and 10th Colm Murphy. The girls under 16 also won gold with 1st Anna Sheehan, 2nd Nicola Murphy and 5th ?. The under 10 girls won bronze with Niamh O’Shaughnessy 7th, Hannah Lodge 8th and Ruth Hennessy 12th.
Feb 19/20 Double Gold in Odyssey
All the Kilkenny athletes gave a good account of themselves at the national indoor championships in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, at the weekend. Top performer on Saturday was Sophie Parkinson, Gowran, who took gold with a 10.94m performance in the Shot Putt. All the track athletes qualified through the heats for Sunday’s semi-finals and finals.
Sunday could be described as “heartbreak Sunday” for three athletes. Despite turning in extremely competitive performances all three finished in that unenviable 4th place. Castlecomer man, Eoin Muldowney, clocked 22.96 in the 200m final. Jonathan Holmes, KCH, was in excellent form - seven seconds in his 60m heat and 6.95 for 4th place in the final. Eoin Everard qualified easily for the 800m final. Running a quality race the camera was needed to separate third and fourth places. Eoin ended in fourth but his finish time of 1m 52.34 secs was a two seconds improvement on his previous performance in the Odyssey. The second gold of the championships was won by Ciara Everard. Running a tactically sound 800m she took off with 300m to go and was rewarded with the gold. Her final time was 2m12.01 secs. Louise Holmes, KCH, was another athlete with a satisfactory result. She set a new personal best of 7.80 seconds in the 60m sprint – a considerable improvement on her 8.10 secs in 2010.
Murphy and McPherson Are Intermediate Champions
The very young Tom Dillon set the tone for Kilkenny City Harriers with a first place finish in the boys under 7 race at the cross-country meet in Bramblestown, Gowran on Sunday. Three further wins were recorded in the juvenile relays. The under 11 girls team of Hannah Kelly, Rachel Kelly and Rebecca Roche had to work hard for their victory. The boys under 11 squad of Sean Burke, Rory McGabhann and Colm Murphy had a somewhat easier win. Then it was the turn of the boys under 13 and all three were in flying form. John Dillon set a good lead on leg one. This was extended by Colm Murphy leaving an easy finish for John Nolan on the final leg.
The Intermediate cross-country championships followed the relays. Kilkenny City Harriers had impressive wins in both races. In the ladies 3K Maria Murphy set up a considerable lead over the first lap. Clearly enjoying the run she extended that lead over the final lap to take the Intermediate crown. Clubmate Sheila O’Callaghan, in third place at the end of lap one, upped her pace over the second lap to take the silver. The bronze went to Margaret Power, Thomastown who held off a fast finishing Oonagh Hennessy, KCH. The city club, the new Intermediate champions had Kate Millea in 5th and Niamh Carrolll in 9th place. The men’s race was held over five 2K laps. David McPherson had his heart set on victory and set off at a very strong pace. Onlookers questioned if he could maintain the pace. As the race unfolded David’s heart was in the right place and he never slackened. Even though there was no one putting him under any pressure he pushed on relentlessly lapping runners as he headed for the finish – a worthy Intermediate champion. Clubmate Eamon O’Connor also had a fine race. Running for much of the latter part of the race in fourth place he upped his pace on the final lap and passing Jimmy Barcoe, Gowran, he moved into bronze position. By this time another Gowran man, Simon O’Dwyer, had the number two slot under control leaving O’Connor to finish in third place.
FEBRUARY `12/13 Three Titles for Lorraine
Juvenile athletes from Kilkenny City Harriers athletic club had excellent returns from the Leinster Indoor track and field championships in Nenagh at the weekend. Among those who had good performances to reach the finals of their respective events were Craig Byrne (4th High Jump), Martin Mulhall(4th Shot), Callan Byrne, Aisling McDonough, Niamh MxcMullan, Edward Dunne, Rebecca Keane, Kathy Long, Ruben Pim, John Dillon, Margaret Caldbeck and Sarah Kate Lacey. A total of thirty-eight medals were won – 13 gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze. Pride of place goes to under 18 athlete, Lorraine O’Shea who hit gold in all of her three events – first in 60m, first in 200m and first in Long Jump where she cleared 5.53meters. Under 19 athlete, Laura Langton, with two gold and one silver came close to equalling Lorraine’s achievement. Laura had gold in the 60m hurdles, where she set a new PB of 9.53 seconds, gold in 200m and silver in the 60m. Four titles were won in the under 17 age group with Cliodhna Manning winning two, the 60m and the 200m and Sinead McDonough also winning two - High Jump and 60m Hurdles. The other four gold medals went to four athletes each of whom recorded personal bests in their respective events. Victor Costello (Under 14 High Jump), Charmaine O’Donoghue (Under 15 High Jump), Jack Manning (Under 14 Shot Putt) and David McGeary (Under 19, 60m sprint). The latter two also won a silver, David in the Long Jump and Jack in the High Jump. Under 17 athlete, Catriona Twomey, made the medal presentation ceremony on three occasions with a second place finish in Shot Putt, High Jump and 60m Hurdles.
Other KCH medal winners were as follows:-
Under 12 –Martyna Balcer 2nd Long Jump, Orla Casey 3rd 60m Hurdles, Adam FitzPatrick 3rd 60m Hurdles.
Under 13 – Evie Kiely 2nd High Jump, Luke FitzPatrick 2nd 600m, Jennifer O’Keeffe, 3rd 600m, Lauren Gleeson 3rd 60m.
Under 14 – Aoibhe O’Shea 3rd 800m.
Under 15 – Eimear O'Donoghue 2nd High Jump, 3rd Shot Putt, 3rd 60m; Aaron Barron 2nd 60m, Eimear McMullan 3rd 60m Hurdles.
Under 17 – James Maher 2nd 1500m.
Under 18 – Niamh Tuohy 2nd 800m, Jonathan FitzPatrick 2nd 1500m.
Under 19 – Ian Boland 2nd 400m, Michael Lanigan 3rd 400m, 3rd 200m
Junior Gold in Nenagh
A variety of medals were won by Junior athletes at the recent Leinster Indoor track and field championships which were held in Nenagh. For three of them the colour was gold starting with a win for Peter Walsh in the Shot Putt. David McGeary and Lorraine O’Shea both struck gold in their respective Long Jump competitions and the same two athletes later collected bronze in the finals of their respective 60m sprints. Another bronze went to Orla McPhillips who turned in a fine display to take third place in the 400m. James Maher, an athlete more comfortable in the cross-country arenas, tried his form in the 15 lap 3,000m indoor and performed satisfactorily to take the silver medal. Conor Quinlan, making his debut in indoor competition won silver in the 1500m. A further silver was won by Louise Holmes when she finished ahead of club-mate Lorraine O’Shea in the 60m sprint.
Dean Brennan, also KCH, made a happy return to indoor competition after a three year absence. Competing in the Senior Long and Triple Jumps he won silver in each, clearing 5.75m in the Long Jump and 12.36m in the Triple Jump.
County Awards for KCH Athletes
Three athletes were recipients of individual awards at the County Kilkenny Athletics Board Awards Night. The ceremony, hosted by the Gowran athletics club, was held in the restaurant of Gowran Park racecourse. Laura Langton, received the Junior Award. Laura, who competed at Under 18 and Junior levels in 2010, won six Leinster titles during the year including the Leinster Junior 400m hurdles. The Senior Cross-country Award was presented to Brian Maher, his fourth successive year to receive this award. Brian had a number of first place finishes on track, road and in cross-country during 2010. Coming first in county senior and Leinster senior were among his 2010 cross-country achievements.
Much Mud Under Foot
It was a busy athletics day at the ALSAA complex (beside Dublin airport) on Sunday. The AAI “B” cross-country championships, Inter-county juvenile cross-country relays, Celtic, National Intermediate and Masters cross-country were all being held. Following all the rain over previous days the going was soft for the B Championships but by mid-afternoon when the Intermediate and Masters headed out the course resembled a mud bath rather than a running course.
A KCH team of John Nolan, John Dillon, Luke FitzPatrick and Ruben Pim represented Kilkenny in the boys under 12 relays and represented the county well as they returned with bronze medals. The girls under 14 relay team (Charmaine O’Donoghue, Eimear McMullan and Aisling McDonough, all KCH and Ruby Harvey, Thomastown) also won bronze following a heroic first leg by Charmaine. Running the first leg Charmaine unfortunately picked up a muscle injury but doing her best for the team she persevered to hand over the baton. The other girls pulled back the gap to leave the team in third place at the finish.
Best of the Intermediate runners was Toss Hayes, who made light of the difficult under-foot conditions to finish 13th. David McPherson also performed well with a 46th placing. In the Intermediate Ladies it was a KCH team which represented the county. With all four runners, Ciara Martin, Maria Murphy, Sinead Foley and Sarah Gough, scoring the team finished in sixth place.
Jan 30 Relay glory in Nenagh
Sunday was a great “Day at The Office” for the girls and boys from Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athletic club. The “office” was the Nenagh Olympic Indoor Stadium and the event was the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Relay Championships. With a number of talented teams entered for the championships the club had high expectations but the results even surpassed those expectations. Earlier in January the club had won five sets of medals, including three gold, at the Leinster cross-country relays in Kilmacow. Now the challenge was to perform at least as good on the indoor track. As part of the preparations for Sunday a group of coaches, led by Jim Langton, brought a bus load of the athletes to Nenagh for a special training session on Tuesday night. As the day unfolded this proved to be a good investment Throughout the early heats on Sunday KCH teams were at their ease in qualifying for the finals. The finals are always more competitive, but as team after team mounted the winners rostrum it became apparent that the club was on an exceptional roll. Ten teams won gold. Two won silver and another finished fourth in the final.
The girls were in exceptional form winning under 12, under 13, under 15, under 16, under 17, under 18 and under 19 and coming second in under 14. The boys had three firsts with under 14, under 15 and under 19, second with under 13’s and the B Team in boys under 14 were fourth.
Jan 29th AAI Combined
In the All-Ireland Indoor Combined Events held in Nenagh on Saturday three girls from the club had satisfactory results. Catriona Twomey (2,225 points) came fourth in the under 17 event, greatly helped by particularly good performances in Shot and High Jump. An above average result in the final under 14 event, the 800m, brought Aisling McDonough (1,764 points) and Aoibhe O’Shea (1,738 points) into 10th and 12th places respectively.
Jan 23rd Maher Wins Novice Sprint in Thomastown
The fog and frost cleared early for the re-fixed B championships in Thomastown on Sunday. A good turnout resulted in some top class competition.. KCH figured strongly in the under eleven team event with teams finishing first (Aisling Maher, Ella Richardson, Ruth Kent), second (Rachel Kelly, Eva FitzGerald, Hannah Kelly) and fourth (Adrienne King, Rebecca Roche, Clare Maher). KCH were again first team(Evan Clarke, Martin Nolan, Sean Burke) in boys under eleven. Anna Sheehan set an early lead in the girls under 15 race and continued on to a comprehensive victory. With Nicola Murphy 5th and Aoibhe Richardson 6th KCH also won team gold.
In the Men’s B Novice it took a sprint finish to separate first from second. From the halfway mark Thomastown’s Terry Brophy and Noel Maher, KCH, were out in front with no more than one stride between them. The more experienced Brophy, who tracked Maher all the way, was biding his time before making his move. This he did with 200m to go. Maher reacted immediately resulting in a 200m neck and neck sprint to the finish. It was a mere ten meters from the line that Maher produced that extra spurt that got him first across the line. Thomastown with Danny Shannahan 3rd, Paul Dunne 4th and Pat Walsh 5th were team winners. Gowran’s Deordre Phelan, having gone away at the start was a comfortable winner in the Novice Ladies race. Rebecca McGee, KCH, in third place at the half-way stage, upped the pace over the final lap to take the silver ahead of Thomastown’s Irma O’Keeffe who finished third. Thomastown who had Carol Whelan 4th and Breda O’Shea 5th won first team medals.
Individual Medal Winners.
Under 7 – 1 Emma Minogue 2 Maeve Richardson
Under 11 –2 Aisling Maher
Under 15 – 1 Anna Sheehan
Under 11 –2 Evan Clarke
Under 13 – 3 Nathan Kelly
Jan 16 Congrats –Under 13 girls
Top team of the day was the girls under 13 county team who won bronze at the re-fixed national cross-country championships held in the Charleville Demesne , Tullamore..Lauren Gleeson, Anna Robinson and Aisling McDonough, all scored on the county team and with Jennifer O’Keeffe and Maeve Shaw KCH were 8th Club. Well done girls, and KCH with Jennifer O’Keeffe and Maeve Shaw were 8th club. The under 15 girls were sixth county with Anna Sheehan and Nicola Murphy representing KCH.
The under 17 boys finished in 5th position with James Maher, KCH, first one home in 34th place. KCH, with Maher, Conor Mahon, Conor Quinlan and Nicholas Dunphy were 8th club. Johnny Collins, Evan Clarke and Darragh Maher competed on the under 11 team.
Jonathon Holmes at Pace
Jonathan Holmes got his 2011 Indoor Season got off to a brilliant start with three sub seven seconds performances at the North England championships at the weekend. Having broken the seven second barrier in heat and semi-final he clocked 6.94 to win a well deserved bronze in the final.
Meanwhile Mary Kate Lanigan, KCH, cleared 1.60 to take the silver in the High Jump at the AAI Games in Nenagh
Hayes Leads the Team
Toss Hayes, KCH, was quite impressive when finishing sixth in the Leinster Intermediate cross-country championships in November. His performance at the national novice championships in Tullamore on Sunday suggests that the difficult weather conditions over the Christmas season did not interfere with his training. In this very competitive outing he dug in from the start and over the four lap course he worked his way through the large field to lead the team and finish an impressive 13th. David McPherson, KCH, also showed good form to make it home in 34th. For the ladies Ciara Martin had a good run to finish 46th and newcomers Oonagh Hennessy and Mairead Lacey kept the flag flying for KCH
Jan 9 An Excellent Day at The Relay Races in Kilmacow
Five sets of medals from the six relay races. Gold in Boys and Girls Under 12 4x250, Silver in Girls Under 14, Bronze in boys Under 14 and Gold in girls under 16. A great achievement. Some huge performances – difficult to single out individuals in team performances but Sinead Tuohy, Lauren Gleeson, Luke FitzPatrick and John Nolan in Under 12, Aidan Tuohy U14 and very special Cliodhna Manning in U16. Well done all.
Juniors and Seniors also Perform
Orla McPhillips won a silver (in 13th place) with County Junior team. Niamh Tuohy very close in 16th. For the Junior Men’s 6K James Maher was our first man in 9th and Eamon O’Connor, (Good to see him back in action) 13th. Conor Mahon 16th and Conor Quinlan 18th. Another very satisfactory result, Silver for KCH club and Maher, O’Connor and Mahon also winning silver with the county team.
And so to the senior races. The ladies had a distance of 5K and it was the veterans Niamh Richardson, KCH, and Maria Griffen, St Joseph’s, who set the pace for the younger team members. This duo fought their own battle over the distance with Niamh finishing in 12th place, shading it over Maria in 13th. KCH also had Ciara Martin 21st, Oonagh Hennessy 25th and Mairead Lacey 28th to win bronze for the club. All five combined to win third place for the county team.
We were missing a number of our senior men which was a great pity because with Toss Hayes motoring well to finish 9th and David McPherson in 22nd the club could have done well. Both men collected bronze with the county team.
Jan 8 Leinster Star Awards
Congratulations Laura on receiving the Leinster Juvenile Star Award for 2010. A very good year - Three firsts in the Indoors – 60m, 200m and 300m and two firsts Outdoors – 200m and 300m Hurdles - and hopefully even more in 2011. Kilkenny City Harriers took two of the club awards – The Hehir Shield for Best Relay Club in Leinster and The Mick Byrne Cup for best Indoor Club; WELL DONE TO ALL WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE. Presentations were made at a Gala function in the Seven Oaks hotel, Carlow. The club was represented by Jim Langton, Michael and Mary Kate Lannigan, Deirdre and Peter Lyons, Sean and Sheila Lynch, Sandra and Dan Twomey.
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