Dec 16 - Maher Creates and Extends Records Brian Maher, fresh from competing with the Irish team in the European championships had little difficulty in winning the county cross-country championships in Gowran today. He and Eoin Everard accompanied each other over the first 8K but Brian pulled away over the last 2K to extend his unbroken series of wins in this event to eight. Eoin Everard took the silver with considerable distance between himself and Gowran’s first man home Niall Sheehan, who won bronze. KCH’s Toss Hayes was fourth. Toss seemed to have the measure of Sheehan in the early part of the race but when Sheehan upped the pace with about 3K to go Toss was unable to respond and so had to settle for fourth. With Ray Lonergan finishing well in 11th and Ivan McMahon 16th KCH were winners of the Shield.
Our ladies were out in force today. Donna Dowling, KCH and Bronagh Kearns, St Senan’s were the early pace-setters and when Bronagh had to withdraw at the half way stage Donna surged into a clear lead – a lead that was never threatened – and romped home an easy winner. When Caoilte Malone dropped out KCH’s strength was weakened but with all members running well the ladies senior cross-country cup was on its way back to the city. In addition to winning team gold KCH also took team bronze. Well done all.
KCH Results – Ladies 1 DonnaDowling, 5 Catriona Muldowney, 6 Esther Kennedy, 9 Sinead Foley, 10 AnneMarie O’Grady, 11 Sheila O’Callaghan,15 Sarah Nolan,18 Mary Ann Connolly. Men – 1 Brian Maher, 2 Eoin Everard, 4 Toss Hayes, 11 Ray Lonergan, 16 Ivan McMahon.
DEC 9 - Gold for Ireland in Budapest What a day for Irish athletics in Budapest. Gold for Fionnula Britton and also for the ladies team. Fantastic. The euphoria for Brian Maher in qualifying for the men's team was tempered by a somewhat disappointing run in finishing 73rd. Thoughtsof the "Derry snow" come to mind.
DEC 9 - National CC in Adamstown Well done to all our athletes at the All-Ireland CC in Adamstown today. Our first team in action, under 13 boys, put in a good overall performance – particularly the sprint finishes from Colm Murphy and Ed Dunne. The girls under 15 were equally competitive. Today’s run suggests that this is a team for the future. Jennifer O’Keeffe showed much of her former pace. Grace Richardson also upped her performance. With Aoibhe O’Shea ( normally among the front runners ) back a bit, Annie O’Connor took up the leadership role. Yes, truly a fine squad. Anna Sheehan maintained her seasons quality running to lead in the under 17 girl’s team. Aoibhe Richardson repeated the excellent run she had in Ratoath. Nicola Murphy was competitive all through and what a fine run from newcomer Clare Manning. Well done girls. No team in the under 17 boys, but Peter Lynch had one of his best days. Perhaps the course and the distance were to his liking. Patrick Maher also ran well. The under 19 boys, thanks to the late inclusion of James Maher, were able to field a team. Jonathon FitzPatrick was the leader with Conor Mahon showing good pace throughout. James Maher and Conor Quinlan worked together for most of the race but didn’t succeed in moving upmany places.
The club had three athletes in the Men’s Novice. Toss Hayes had an excellent start and after the first lap looked very comfortable and it seemed he would be in the shake-up for a medal. However over the following three laps he struggled at times and ultimately finished in 12th place. Ray Lonergan and Eoin Molloy, both making their debut at this level, worked solidly from start to finish. The large field and the fast start caught them somewhat by surprise – a valuable lesson learned which will of major help in future races.
Results- Under 13 boys 12th, Under 15 girls 7th; Under 17 Girls 8th; Under 19 Boys 4th with Jonathan FitzPatrick scoring on second placed Leinster team.
DEC 8 - KCH Ladies Excel on the Road The overnight hard frost which left the side roads in a bottle led to a late change of venue for the County Kilkenny Ladies 5 mile road race championships. The move from Gowran to the old Kilkenny to Carlow road was welcomed by the enthusiastic ladies. Athletes from city club, Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH), were prominent from the start. By the half-way stage there was little between the club’s first three runners – Donna Dowling, Barbara Rossiter and AnneMarie O’Grady. As the race progressed, Donna Dowling – looking very fit – pulled away to take individual gold in 33minutes 41 seconds. Barbara Rossiter, 21 seconds later, took silver and O’Grady finished in bronze position in 34mins 22secs. KCH proved very strong on the day with the A team in first place on 10 points and the B team second with 28 points. Gowran’s Ann Doyle, finishing in 8th place in 37 mins 36 secs, led her team to third place.
Results – 1 Donna Dowling, KCH; 2 Barbara Rossiter, KCH; 3 AnneMarie O’Grady, KCH, 4 Kate Millea, KCH; 5 Sinead Foley, KCH; 6 Marie Murphy, KCH; 7 Caoimhe Foley, KCH; 8 Ann Doyle, Gowran; 9 Catherine Kennedy, Gowran; 10 Sheila O’Callaghan, KCH; 11 Cathy Millett, KCH; 12 Siobhan O’Dwyer, Gowran; 13 Leona Connolly, Gowran; 14 Martina Prendergast, Gowran; 15 Rhoda Griffith, Gowran; 16 Annette FitzPatrick, Gowran.
Dec2 - Wet Day in Thomastown A small number of our juveniles braved the wet and cold to take part in the B Uneven Ages CC in Thomastown today. All who made the trip ran well, especially the girls under 7 and 9. The under13 boys combined well to win third place medals. Well done all. Results – Girls: Under 7 – 3 Mary O’Grady; Under 9 – 1 Emma Manogue, 2 Fiona Dillon; Under 11 – 13 Niamh O’Shaughnessy, 18 Daire Murray, 19 Emma Heogh; Under 13 - 7 Annie McEvoy. Boys: Under 9 – 7 Jack Aylward; 8 Charlie Miller, 19 Harry O’Grady. Under 11 – 10 Vincent O’Grady; Under13 – 4 Luke Whelan,10 Darragh Glynn, 13 Shay McEvoy
Dec 1 -Excellent Half In Waterford There was a great representation from Kilkenny in the Waterford Half Marathon today with the majority of them finishing under the two hours mark. A combination of Kilkenny City Harriers, Kilkenny triathlon club and non-affiliated athletes (including Mayor Sean O’Hargain) numbered in excess of fifty runners among the 1300 plus finishers. In excellent form were Paul Moran and Ray Lonergan. Paul was a fabulous 19th in 1 hour 19 minutes and 44 seconds. Ray’s time was 1.22.27 and the third KCH man home was Eoin Molloy in 1.24.04. Best for the ladies was Bregeen Murphy who completed the thirteen miles in 1.39.24. Irene Henebry was next in 1.39.30 with Kathryn Moore finishing in 1.40.13. Among the others finishers were Johann dewberry, Tim Butler, Paul dermody, Alan Rhatigan, Seamus Nugent, Bregeen Murphy, IreneHenebry, Kathryn Moore, Nichola Dooley, Roseanne Murphy, Anne O’Gorman, Leisha O’Connell, Deirdre Scott, Marie Slattery, Marcella Dunne, Ann Brett, Karen Ryan, Laura Keane, Stevie Dermody, Mairead Lacey, Oonagh Hennessy, Jo Scobie, Olivia Dowling,
Catherine Gutherie, Darragh Sharpe, Mary Anne Connolly, Regina Moran, Colette Shannon, Ann Marie Shortall, Emer O’Shaughnessy, Una Byrne, Clare Kelly, Jackie Varley, Michelle Doyle, Fiona McHardy, Roisin Purcell, Mary Brennan, Siobhann O’Gorman, Lorraine Lawlor, Teresa Comerford, Amy Dunne, Mairead Cummins, Louise Ruane, Michelle Nugnet, Martina McGrath.
Nov30 - Geraldine selected The AAI have selected Geraldine Nolan as manager of the Junior cross-country team for the Europeans in Budapest. She willtravel out withthe athletes on Friday next 7th Dec. Congratulations Geraldine.
Nov 26 - Brian for Budapest Thanks to Brian Maher's outstanding run in yesterday's national inter-counties CC in Ratoath he has been selected by the AAI on the Men's team for the European CC Championships. He will compete on the six man team in Budapest, Hungary on 9th December. Congratulations Brian and best wishes on 9th Dec.
Nov 25 - Maher to the Fore(Four) Very few medals but great performances all round. It was heartening to see the turnout and wholehearted running by all our juvenile athletes at the national even ages cross-country championships in Ratoath today. Hannah and Rachel Kelly showed great determination to finish 82nd and 83rd respectively in girls under 12. Darragh Maher had an equally good run to come 70th in boys under 12. In the under 14 girls Annie O’Connor and Jennifer O’Keeffe worked hard. Unfortunately Jennifer got caught up in a fall and had to withdraw on the second lap while Annie pushed on to finish 45th. Our under 14 boys, our only team which qualified from the Leinsters, finished in a commendable 8th place out of fifteen that finished. Luke FitzPatrick in 21st place led them in. Adam FitzPatrick, out of his age, was 37th. John Nolan in 74th place showed a marked improvement on his Leinster form. Colm Murphy 98th andBill Cody 118th completed the scoring. This experience should stand to these lads in future years.
Aoibhe O’Shea our sole representative in girls under 16 was 35th. Peter Lynch in 55th position, Pat Maher 112th and Craig Byrne 129th were our representatives in boys under 16. Our under 18 girls really excelled. Anna Sheehan in 13th collected two All-Ireland medals – one with Leinster and one with the county team. Aoibhe Richardson had a fab run to finish 16th and collect her All-Ireland medal by scoring on the county team.
The final race of the day – the men’s 10K – had Brian Maher putting in a massive effort. In 12th place after 2K he used excellent tactics, derived from his many years experience, to gradually move to the top six with 4K to go. Then he was in fifth and with 1500m left he pushed on into fourth place. He maintained this place to the end and hopefully this top class performance will be sufficient to win him a place on the men’s team for the Europeans in December.
Nov 18 - Good results from the Stook Well done to all our forty plus participants in The Stook 10 mile. David McPherson, 6th in58.17, was our first man home. Ray Lonergan 15th, Pat Young 42nd and Seamus Murphy 47th won second lacein the county road championships. Barbara Rossiter 65th and Caoimhe Foley 76th were our first two lady finishers. Combined with the aforementioned David and Ray they were awarded The Liam Kealy Shield for best mixed team (Men andLadies).
Nov 11 - Silver for Under 15 Girls Day 2 of the Leinster Cross-country Championships was held in a level but soggy course in Dunboyne today. With many running shoes getting left in the muck we were thankful that the sun shone as a wet day would have resulted in a quagmire. Despite the underfoot conditions most of our athletes enjoyedthe day out and many produced top class performances. Anna Sheehan was one of those and putting in a real quality final lap she finished in second place – a marvellous result. Adam FitzPatrick 4th under 13, Aoibhe O’Shea 12th under 15 and Jonathan FitzPatrick 8th under 19 will, with Anna, compete on the provincial teams in the National finals in Adamstown, Co Wexford on 9th December. Eoin Everard, last year’s national novice champion, contested the Intermediate race and having put in an excellent run was pipped on the line leaving him in second place. Sadly however because he was second in the senior 1500m on the track in July he was deemed ineligible. A strange enough rule that ranks performance in 1500m on the track ahead of 8000m in the mud!!
Best team performance on the day was by the girls under 15 who brought home Silver. With Aoibhe O’Shea in 12th placeleading them home and Annie O’Connor, Grace Richardson and Jennifer O’Keeffe sticking together and Aoibhne Murphy providing back-up they had a near perfect performance. The under 19 boys, thanks to the late inclusion of the ever loyal Nicholas Dunphy, the good running of the afore-mentioned Johnathan FitzPatrick and the steady performances of Conor Mahon and Conor Quinlan, were rewarded with bronze medals.
Results:- Under 13 Girls – 8th Club (Rebecca Keane, Ella Richardson, Hannah Kelly, Rachel Kelly and Laoise Murray); Under 13 Boys – 4th Club (Adam FitzPatrick and Colm Murphy silver with county team, Johnie Collins, Darragh Maher, Edward Dunne, Rory MacGabhann); Under 15 Girls - 2nd Club (Aoibhe O'Shea and Annie O'Connor,gold with county team, Grace Richardson, Jennifer O'Keeffe and Aoibhne Murphy); Under15 Boys – 8th club(Luke FitzPatrick, Jack Manning, Eamonn Fennelly, Peter Mullan, John Nolan, Bill Cody, Ignacius Adiam); Under 17 Girls – (Anna Sheehan, silver with county team, Nicola Murphy); Under 17 Boys – (Peter Lynch, bronze with county team, Patrick Maher and Craig Byrne).
Nov 4 - Novice Champions 2012 Our Novice Men were in superb form in Kilmacow today. With Jonathon FitzPatrick in flying form he showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field to lead our team in. Conor Mahon was also in a high gear and coasted into second place. There was marvellous support from Fit4Life members Eoin Molloy 4th, Ivan McMahon 5th and Pat Young 9th to give the club team a clear and easy win and so regain the Novice Cup once again.
There were also some excellent performances in the “B” juveniles. Our under 10 girls won silver with Emma Manogue taking individual silver. Luke Whelan won individual bronze in boys under 12 and the team won silver. The girls under12 team were third. The boys under 10 were a little unlucky to lose out on team medals as they finished in fourth place.
Girld:- Under 8 – 4 Becky Peters,17 Noah Manogue. Under 10 – 2 Emma Manogue, 6 Fiona Dillon, 7 Aideen Moore, 9 Rachel Whelan, 14 Shania MacGabhann, 18 Anna Butler. Under 12 – 6 Annie McEvoy, 11 Lainey Gilsenan, 13 Issey Shine,17 Emma Poyntz, 20 Ellen FitzGerald, 24 Eve Young. Under 14- 11 Zoe Hally.
Boys:- Under 8 – 4 Sean Young, 17 Noah Manogue. Under 10 – 6 Cian Farrell, 8 Charlie Miller, 18 Cathal Poyntz, 24 Adam Bowe, 26 Alec Young, 28 Oscar Browne. Under 12 – 3 Luke Whelan,7 Rory MacGabhann, 11 Shay McEvoy, 17 Padraic Hally, 20 James FitzPatrick.
Oct 29 - Marathon Men and Women Well done to all our participants(runners and supporters) in this year’s Dublin City Marathon. Led by prime motivators Irene Henebry and Deirdre Scott, who organised the bus, they had a very successful trip. Many first timers like Kay Phelan, Leisha O’Connell, Martina Doyle, Martina McGrath, Noreen Phelan, Teresa Harrison and Martina Prendergast all did well. Some “First Timers” had superb runs Noreen Phelan, Kathy Carter, and Maryanne Connolly all came home under four hours. Other finishers and their chip times were Irene 3:36:30; , Deirdre 3:41:26; Bregeen Murphy 3:37:21; Jo Scobie 3:56:14,Darragh Sharpe 4:35:11; Annette FitzPatrick 4:39:19; Eoin Molloy 3:53:02; Emer O’Shaughnessy 4:04:13; Stevie Dermody 3:56:43; Emma Staunton 3:37:57; Noel Maher 3:09:07; David Kennedy 3:46:12 and AnneMarie Kavanagh 3:36:25. Then there was super performer Ann Marie O’Grady finishing in 3:16:23 knocking 8 minutes off her previous time.
Some other Kilkenny finishers were Paul Moran 2:50:30, Paul Cody 2:57:40 and Johann Dewberry 3:08:47. Well done all.
Oct 28 - KCH in Avondale A wet day in Avondale Forest Park for The Leinster Even Ages cross-country championships dampened everything except the spirits ofour young runners. The first championship race was the 2000m for girls under12. With 140 girls in the race and very soft under foot conditions it was a daunting task that faced these young girls. However they were equal to the challenge. Best for the club were Rachel Kelly and Hannah Kelly 24th and 32nd respectively. Both won bronze medals with the county team. The club team with Rachel, Hannah and Annie McEvoy 76, Issey Shine 100, Dara Scobie 105 and Anna O’Shea 124 were 10th club. Dara Maher in 23rd place was our first home in boys under 12 and he won gold with the county team. Backed up by Dara Glynn 80, Luke Whelan 81, Shay McEvoy 92, Rory MacGabhann 99 and James FitzPatrick 116. In the next they came 11th. Annie O’Connor set a good pace under 14 to finish 10th and herself and Jennifer O’Keeffe who finished 33rd won silver medals with county team. Our team of the day was boys under 14. Great running by Luke FitzPatrick brought him 6th place and even better running by Adam FitzPatrick who came 12th helped the team to fourth place. They were ably supported by Colm Murphy 44,John Nolan 46 and Bill Cody 50. Aoibhe O’Shea, our sole representative in girls under 16 won a place on the Leinster team with a 9th place finish. The under16 boys had excellent performers with Peter Lynch giving his best performance to date. Pat Maher was 41st and Craig Byrne 46th.Getting a good start he continued to run well to finish 7th. . Pat Maher was 41st and Craig Byrne 46th. Anna Sheehan was our under 18 star with afifth place score she led the county team to silver. Nicola Murphy also ran well to also win silver with the county team when she finished 21st.
We had two athletes competing in the Men’s Novice 6000m. David McPherson coming back from injury was 19th and Ray Lonergan making his cross-country debut was 23rd – Good results all round. Well done.
Oct 14 - Day 2 Good Day at Castlecomer CC There was a great turnout, particularly in the younger ages, at the second day of the county cross-country championships in Castlecomer on Sunday. Under 7 girls had Eva Delaney taking gold and Sean Young with silver was the first of our boys under 7. A total of twenty-one athletes from our under 9’s were in action with Cian Farrell our top performer finishing in second place. Our under 11’s had 15 in action with the girls doing well to have teams in 3rd and 5th places. The boys finished in 9th place. Both groups with this experience behind them should do well in the B Championships in November and December.
The under 13 athletes were superb. The girls with Rebecca Keane taking individual bronze had teams in first and sixth places. The boys were equally impressive. Ed Dunne, like Rebecca, took individual bronze and teams finished first and fourth.
Luke FitzPatrick, with individual bronze, led the under 15 boys team into first place. Our under 15 girls had Aoibhe O’Shea taking gold and Annie O’Connor winning bronze. Brid Roantree ran well to finish 17th. Unfortunately, without a fourth finisher, they were denied at least silver team medals. The same story applies to both girls and boys under 17. Here the girls had Anna Sheehan coasting to 1st place with Aoibhe Richardson a comfortable second and Nicola Murphy 6th. The boys had just Peter Lynch, who ran very competitively, to take bronze and Patrick Maher who finished 10th. The under 19 boys with no opposition and led by Jonathan FitzPatrick, took the gold.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS Girls U-7:
1 Eva Delaney, 3 Ava O Grady,5 Aisling Browne,8 Romy Browne,11 Cara Newman.
Boys U-7 2 Sean Young, 4 Tristan Kelly, 6 Noah Mangue,10 Luke Browne,13 Thomas Touhy,
14 James Touhy,
3 Emma Manogue,4 Fiona Dillon,8 Caoimhe Carroll,12 Mgt Mary O Shea,14 Rachel Whelan, 15 Orla Kenny,16 Becky Peters, 18 Eve Gannon,22 Maeve Richardson, 24 Sasha Mullen,26 Rebecca Kelly,31 Grace Mullally,36 Orla Heffernan, 37 Grace Healy.
2 Cian Farrell,4 Cian Dunne,7 Michael Raggett,16 Charlie Miller,19 Harry O Grady, 24 Mick Carrol,25 Cathal Poyntz, 28 Adam Bowe,37 Jack Nolan,38 C Peters,39 Oscar Brown.
9 Sophie O Shea,10 Nessa Ruane,13 Laura Ryan,21 Niamh O Shaughnessy,17 Lizzie McGee, 18 Emma Poyntz,19 Lucy Harte,26 Shauna McGabhann,28 Aisling Tracey,
29 Daire Murray,30 Lauren McCormack,32 Saoirse Kelly,34 Eve Young,39 Leah Smith.
20 Cormac Rafter,30 Vincent O Grady,32 Harry McIntyre,36 Luke Burke,43 Elijah Neill,44 Alec Young,46 Eoin Teehan.
3 Rebecca Keane,6 Rachel Kelly,9 Laoise Murray,11 Hannah Kelly, 22 Annie McEvoy,
24 Abigail Bennett,27 Zoe Hally,28 Anna O Shea,29 Dara Scobie.
3 Ed Dunne,6 Johnny Collins,7 Adam Fitzpatrick,9 Darragh Maher,10 Colm Murphy,
15 Luke Morrissey, 16 Luke Whelan,22 Shay McEvoy,27 Rory McGabhann,28 Padraig Hally,31 James Fitzpatrick,33 Rory Bergin.
1 Aoibhe O Shea,3 Annie O Connor,17 Brid Roantree.
3 Luke Fitzpatrick,5 Jack Manning,6 Eamon Fennelly,8 John Nolan,11 Peter Mullin,
12 Bill Cody,13 Ignacio Rodrigez Ariam.
Girls U-17: 1 Anna Sheehan,2 Aoibhe Richardson,6 Nicola Murphy.
3 Peter Lynch,10 Patrick Maher.
1 Jonathon Fitzpatrick, 2 Conor Mahon, 3 Conor Quinlan, 4 Nicholas Dunphy.
Oct 7 - CC Day 1 in Ballycurran Cross Well done to all our athletes who travelled to Ballycurran Cross for the first round of the county cross-country championships. Top participants were the girls under 10 with fifteen going to the start line. Unfortunately a number of other races had much fewer club participants. Hopefully this can be rectified for round 2 in Castlecomer on 14th October. The Peters family were well represented with Rebecca U8, Ellie U10 and Polly U12. So too were the Browns – Romy, Bree and Oscar; and the Richardsons – Maeve, Ella and Aoibhe. The FitzPatricks were also to the fore with James U12 and Luke and Adam playing a significant role in victory for the U15 boys’ team. Another family involvement was that of the Youngs with Sean finishing 10th under 8 and Dad, Pat, coming in 6th in Masters O/40.
Pride of place on the day goes to our gold medal finishers – Luke FitzPatrick U14, Aoibhe O’Shea U16 and Anna Robinson U18. There were other fine performances from Rachel and Hannah Kelly -3rd and 5th respectively in girls U12; Annie O’Connor and Jennifer O’Keeffe – 2nd and 5th in girls U14, Aoibhe Richardson a superb 2nd place U16; Caoimhe Carroll 4th U10; Darragh Maher 4th U12 and Peter Lynch 3rd U16. Team medals were won by Girls U10 – silver; Girls U12 – bronze; Girls U18 –gold; Boys U12 – bronze; Boys U 14 – gold. Individual Placings:-Girls : Under 8 – 4 Rebecca Peters, 12 Romy Brown, 13 Nicole Murray, 14 Bree Brown. Under 10 – 4 Caoimhe Carroll,10 Fiona Dillon, 12Emma Mannogue, 15 Lucy Harte,17 Sophie O’Shea, 20 Laura Ryan, 25 Margaret Mary O’Shea, 29 Ellie Peters, 31 Shaina MacGabhann, 32 Daire Murray, 33 Maeve Richardson, 35 Isobel Phelan, 38 Lily Braben, 40 Tara Holohan, 44 Anna Butler.
Under 12 – 3 Rachel Kelly,5 Hannah Kelly, 17 Annie McEvoy, 18 Polly Peters, 20 Nessa Ruane,23 Izzie Shine, 24 Niamh Glynn, 25 Lizzie McGee, 26 Dara Scobie, 33 Aislinn Treacy, 38 Eve Young. Under14 – 2 Annie O’Connor, 5 Jennifer O’Keeffe. Under 16 – 1 Aoibhe O’Shea. Under 18 – 1 Anna Sheehan, 2 Aoibhe Richardson, 7 Nicola Murphy, 9 Sinead Doran, 10 Katie Mulrooney. Boys: Under 8 – 10 Sean Young, 19 Liam Holohan. Under 10 – 18 Luke Cullen, 19 Harry McIntyre, 24 Adam Bowe, 27 Mick Carroll, 36 Conor Johnson, 41 Eoin Tuohy, 43 Oscar Brown. Under 12 – 4 Darragh Maher, 13 Dara Glynn, 15 Luke Whelan, 18 Rory MacGabhann, 20 Shay McEvoy, 29 James FitzPatrick. Under 14 – 1 Luke FitzPatrick, 3 Adam FitzPatrick, 5 John Nolan, 6 Colm Murphy, 7 Dara Roberts, 10 BillCody, 18 Matcho Rodgeriquez. Under 16 – 3 Peter Lynch, 7 Patrick Maher, 9 Craig Byrne. Under 18 – 7 Nicholas Dunphy. Masters Over 40 – 6 Pat Young, 13 Willie McTiernan.
Sept 28 - Clean Sweep by Canice’s in Cross –Country Despite the risk of heavy showers today there was a huge turnout for the Primary Schools Cross-country. This annual event, organised by Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) for fourth, fifth and sixth class pupils, continues to be a colourful and exciting event. The Castle Park, kept in prime condition by the OPW, is an excellent venue for such an event providing a very suitable course for the runners and viewing hill for the spectators. This year’s event attracted teams from ten local schools. Athletes from nine of these schools featured regularly in the top three places. Urlingford looked set to provide an upset in the team events with athletes finishing well up in most races – especially in both fourth and fifth class girls where Ellen Moore and Rachel Butler were respective gold medal winners. But as the points for the various races were tabulated it was St Canice’s Co-ed with a number of teams in each race that featured most prominently. Winning team medals in five out of the six races, including first place in both fifth class races, set them up for victory. At the end of the day they claimed all three shields – best girls, best boys and best overall - which were presented by Liam Donnelly, St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union. Sean Lynch, KCH, in presenting the medals thanked all who participated especially the “Friends of KCH” who marked out the course and officiated at the finish. Individual Winners Girls:- Fourth Class- 1 Ellen Moore, Urlingford; 2 Emma Poyntz, Presentation; 3 Jenn Leahy, St John of God. Fifth Class- 1 Rachel Butler, Urlingford; 2 Rachel Kelly, Bennettsbridge; 3 Hannah Kelly, Bennettsbridge. Sixth Class – Joint 1st Rebecca Keane and Ella Richardson, both Gaelscoil Osrai; 3 Erika Carroll, Urlingford.
Boys:- Fourth Class – 1 Gavin Manning, Kilkenny School Project; 2 Eoin Dalton, St Canice’s; 3 Ned Devlin, St Patrick’s De LaSalle. Fifth Class – Dacel Finamba, St Canice’s; 2 Luke Morrissey, St Canice’s; 3 Cian Kenny, St Patrick’s De LaSalle. Sixth Class – 1 Colm Murphy,Gaelscoil Osrai; 2 Jack Hickey,Urlingford; 3 Sean Burke, Urlingford. Team Medals
Girls:- Fourth Class-1 St John of God; 2 Kilkenny School Project; 3 Urlingford.
Fifth Class – 1 St Canice’s; 2 Model School; 3 Kilkenny School Project.
Sixth Class – 1 Gaelscoil Osrai; 2 St Canice’s; 3 Presentation Primary.
Boys:- Fourth Class – 1 Kilkenny School Project; 2 St Canice’s; 3 Gaelscoil Osrai.
Fifth Class:- 1 St Canice’s; 2 CBS Primary; 3 St Canice’s.
Sixth Class:- 1 St Patrick’s De La Salle; 2 Urlingford; 3 St Canice’s. Shields KCH Shield for Best Girls School – 1 St Canice’s 14 points; 2 Gaelscoil Osrai 12 points; 3 St John of God 11points.
KCH Shield for Best Boys School – 1 St Canice’s 23 points; 2 St Patrick’s De La Salle 11 points; 3 Gaelscoil Osrai 9 points/ Kilkenny School Project 9 points.
St Canice’s Credit Union Shield for Best Overall School – 1 St Canice’s 37 points; 2 Gaelscoil Osrai 21 points; 3 Kilkenny School Project 18 points.
Sept 23 -Impressive Run by McPherson David McPherson continued his impressive series of performances on the road with a fine run in the Charleville half-marathon today. In a field of over 600 runners he finished in 7th place in an excellent time – 1 hour 09 minutes and 22seconds. Irene Henebry was 5th in the over 45’s in 1.43.04. Other KCH members who finished in the top half of the race were Lisa Collins, David Kennedy, Anne Marie Kavanagh, Steve Dermody, and Michael Stack. There were also good runs from Emma Staunton, Una Byrne, Martina McGrath and Paula Holohan.
Toss Hayes also maintained his good form to finish 4th in the Rathfarnham 5K- an excellent run 15.05.
Well done also to Padraig Daly who kept the colours flying at the St Senan's cross-country.
Sept 19 - Fit4Life Youth Following the successful pilot programme last spring an eleven week programme aimed at 13 to 19 year olds commenced tonight in Scanlon Park. Training will continue each Wednesday night at Scanlon Park from 6.00pm- 7.00pm andon Saturday mornings from 11.00 - noon in The Castle Park. Sept 16 - McPherson is Number 1 David McPherson confirmed his current good form when he took first place in the Portarlington Kings and Queens 10K. His time of 32.39 was another PB. Toss Hayes clocked 20 minutes to finish third in the Ferns 4 Mile road race.
Sept 9 - Good Luggacurran Performance Toss Hayes racked up a fine run in the Luggacurran 10k today to take second place. David McPherson also showed well finishing in third place with a new PB of 32.40. Sept 1 - McPherson in Wexford David McPherson having finally shaken off niggling injuries which upset his running during the summer ran in the St Patrick's in Wexford today. He was well satisfied with his time of 26.30 for the five mile race.
Aug 26 - Lauren’s National Record It was a small group of KCH athletes that travelled to Athlone for last week’s national finals. What they lacked in numbers they more than made up in the quality of their performances. Shane McGeary and Lauren Gleeson from St John’s Area represented the county in their respective Long Jump competitions. Shane gave his usual good performance but Lauren excelled. She won the under 14 event with most of her jumps above 5 meters, including one of 5.34m which was a new personal best (PB) for her and also a new Community Games National Record. Callan Byrne, Aghaviller, ran well in the 100m under 16 heats to qualify for the semi-finals. Aoibhe O’Shea, Ballingary and Annie O’Connor, Dicksboro, were both involved the 800m under 14. Each finished second in their respective semi-finals and lined up against each other in the final. Aoibhe put in a superb run to take first place while setting herself a new PB of 2mins 19 secs. Annie, who is still young enough to compete under 14 again in 2013, finished sixth. Well done all.
Aug 21 – European Silver for Deevy Ken Deevy returned to competition with a flourish. Competing in the European Masters 400m (Over 55) in the Weinau Stadium in Zittau, Germany yesterday he easily qualified for today’s final with a first place finish in heat (59.21) and semi-final (56.87). He upped the pace in the final to take second place in the 400m final. His time of 55.95 was just two tenths of a second outside the Irish Record.
Aug 19 - Harriers Win Promotion We put in a great team performance at the National League final in Tullamore today to win promotion to next season’s Premier Division. With some athletes unavailable John Maye, Manager, made a number of changes which proved successful. KCH had from the earlier rounds qualified for the final in fifth place and hoped with an improved performance to possibly win bronze medals. It was nip and tuck all day with four teams – KCH, St Laurence O’Toole of Carlow, Dublin’s Donore Harriers and Sligo – very much in contention for the honours. In the end it finished with St Laurence O’Toole (SLOT) first with 104 points, KCH second with 98 points and Donore Harriers in the bronze medal spot on 95 points.
In a competition such as this it is difficult, perhaps even wrong, to single out one athlete. Certainly, but purely on individual points basis, the accolade goes to Eoin Everard. Eoin, who earlier in the week won “The Barefoot Mile” in Leopardstown, contributed eighteen points with a win in the 800m and 1500m. He won the 800 in 1.58.59 ahead of Danny Lawlor, SLOT. In the 1500m he had a right battle with Sligo’s Alberto Sanchez who set an early pace. Everard stayed with him and took to the front on the finishing straight to win in 3.48.92. But if Everard was the star individual he wasn’t the only star. They were all stars. A much improved Nicholas Dunphy finished the walk in fifth place. His time of 17.12.09 was a PB. Hurdle specialist Eoin Power, guesting from St Joseph’s, 2nd in 110 hurdles, 3rd in 400m Hurdles and ran the second leg of both relays – also made a major contribution. Eoin’s club mate Jack Saunders was even more impressive – 1st in 400m, 3rd in 200mand took the first leg in both relays. Brian Maher won the 5000m in fine style in a race which included the men from the Premier Division. Brian led out the field on the first lap with Emet Dunleavy, Sligo, giving chase. However as the race settled down Gary Thornton, Galway City Harriers, took the lead with Mark Hanrahan, Leevale, both just ahead of Maher. With about 800m to go Maher opened up a significant lead and finished in front in 14.34.65.
While most of the points were garnered on the track the results from the field events athletes also played their part. Dean Brennan posted eight points with fifth place in both Javelin and 56lbs for Distance. Cormac Everard, as well as running third leg of the 4x100m relay, contributed eight points when he placed fifth in both Long Jump and Triple Jump. His triple jump clearance of 12.06m was a personal best. Another massive contribution came from multi-eventer, Michael Bowler. Michael was the most active team member on the day. His individual contribution was seventeen points from High Jump, Pole Vault and 100m and he also anchored both relay teams – the 4x100m into third place and the 4x400m into second place. A great day and a great result for the men’s team who will now join the women’s team in next year’s Premier Division.
Aug 18 - Cicic Reception Congratulations again to our Olympians Catriona and Joanne, on receiving a Civic Reception in the Watershed this evening. Aug 16 - Barefoot Champion Congrats to Eoin Everard on winning first prize in "the Barefoot mile" on The Leopardstown racecourse today. Aug 11 - Captain Manning
Cliodhna Manning was honoured with the role of captain for the Irish under 18 team competing in the Celtic International in Aberdeen on Saturday. And she played a captain’s part with a win in the 400m where she recorded a personal best of 56.47. In addition she made a valuable contribution to victory in both 4x100m and 4x400m relay races. Shannen Dawkins, St Joseph’s, was also a worthy member of the team scoring a win in the 100m hurdles and finishing second in the high jump.
Aug 4/5 - Bowler takes National Combined Events Title Catriona Twomey turned in an excellent performance at the weekend to finish fifth in a very competitive under 18 Combined Events national final in Tullamore. Catriona’s points total of 3,559 was up 271 points on her Leinster result. This improvement was achieved primarily through PB’s in Shot (10.47) and 100m Hurdles (16.77). In the senior event Michael Bowler struck gold with a points total of 5,992. Despite scoring a PB of 16.11 in the 110 hurdles Michael was somewhat disappointed not to have exceeded the 6,000 mark.
Aug 3/4 - The End of Joanne’s Olympic Dream There was major disappointment for Joanne Cuddihy in the Olympic 400m heats on Friday. Going out too fast over the first 300m she paid the price of not securing automatic qualification for the semi-finals as her legs refused to maintain the pace over the final 100m. Finishing fourth in 52.09 she assumed that was the end. However rain intervened bringing slower times for the remaining heats, and renewed hope for Joanne. As a consequence she qualified for the semis as the fastest loser. Running in a much more controlled manner in the semi-final on Saturday she was competitive right to the finish line. Finishing fifth in 51.88, somewhat outside her season’s best of 51.45, brought an end to her Olympic dream. Joanne will be involved again on Friday with the 4x400m relay team. The team qualified for London in 12th place as so is very unlikely to reach the final. The main hope will be to improve on the national record which they set in the world championships last year.
July 29/30 Cliodhna Gets Third Gold Cliodhan Manning, having won the 100m and 400m on the first weekend, completed the hat-trick with a win in the 200m under 18 in Tullamore on Saturday. Lorraine O’Shea put in an excellent performance to win the under 19 Long Jump and also finish 4th in the 200m. Sinead McDonagh won the under 18 high jump with a 1.55 clearance. Catriona Twomey who also cleared the same height but “faults” relegated her to third. Aaron Barron and Sarah Kate Lacey both finished in that unenviable fourth place – both in theirrespective 200m finals.
In the relay finals on Sunday our under 13 girls won bronze in 55.63 seconds and our senior girls got top marks winning the under 18 (4x100) in 50.73 and setting a CBP in the under 19 (4x100) in 49.86 seconds. Additionally they won silver with the county team in 50.77. Congratulations to ALL our juvenile athletes who performed so well throughout the track and field season.
Individual results: Under 14 – Luke FitzPatrick, 6/1500 (4.44.89), Annie O’Connor, 6/1500 (5.10.32). Under 16 – Aaron Barron, 4/200m (23.73); Alan Mooney 7/3000m Walk (18.10.55). Under 17 – Sarah Kate Lacey 4/200m (26.03). Under 18 – Catriona Twomey 3/High Jump (1.55), 9/Long Jump (4.54); Sinead McDonagh 1/High Jump (1.55), 6/Long Jump (4.700; Cliodhna Manning 1/200m (24.90); Nicholas Dunphy 6/5000m Walk (31.06.01). Under 19 – Lorraine O’Shea 1/Long Jump (5.67), 4/200m (25.71)
July 22 - League Action in Santry Our senior athletes had a busy day in Santry today with two teams involved in Round 2 of the National League. A very strong and blustery breeze made life difficult for many particularly the 400m runners who faced into the wind as they turned into the home straight. It also impacted on competitors in high jump and Pole Vault. The women’s team competed in The Premier Division and while all twelve members gave of their best it is unlikely that they will have garnered sufficient points to qualify for the final in August. The men’s team, using just ten men, were involved in The First Division and did exceptionally well and expect to represent the club in the league final. Best for the women were Cliodhna Manning, Lorraine O’Shea and Teresa Conlon each of whom finished in second place in their respective events- 200m, Long Jump and Hammer. Catriona Cuddihy, fast on the heels of Olympians Jessie Barr and Claire Bergin, placed third in the 400m. The 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams both finished in third place.
In the men’s league Michael Bowler, Brian Maher and Jack Saunders took the full nine points from Pole Vault, 5000m and 400m respectively. Bowler added a further seven points when he came second in High Jump and Saunders did likewise in the 200m. Eoin Power, guesting from the St Joseph’s club, contributed fourteen points with second place finishes in 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Second placings from David McGeary in 100m and Jonathan FitzPatrick in the Steeplechase further boosted the Harriers score. All round this was a great team performance and hopefully a similar performance can be replicated in the final.
Womens Team – Sinead McDonagh, 100m Hurdles, High Jump and Triple Jump; Catriona Twomey, Shot; Teresa Conlon, Hammer and Discus; Orla McPhillips, 1500m and 800m; Cliodhna Manning, 200m; Lorraine O’Shea, 100m and Long Jump; Susan Garrett, Javelin; Laura Langton, Pole Vault; Sarah Nolan, 3000m; Catriona Cuddihy, 400m; Laura Langton, Cliodhna Manning, Sinead McDonagh and Lorraine O’Shea, 4x100m Relay; Lorraine O’Shea, Laura Langton, Cliodhna Manning and Catriona Cuddihy, 4x400m Relay. Men’s Team – Eoin Power, 110m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles; Michael Bowler, Pole Vault and High Jump; Jack Saunders, 200m and 400m; Nicholas Dunphy, Walk; Jonathan FitzPatrick, Steeplechase; Ian Boland, 800m; Toss Hayes, 1500m; Brian Maher, 5000m; David McGeary, 100m and Long Jump; Cormac Everard, Triple Jump; Jack Saunders, Eoin Power, Cormac Everard, and David McGeary, 4x100m Relay; Cormac Everard, Ian Boland, Michael Bowler and Jonathan FitzPatrick, 4x400m Relay.
July 14/15 - Deely’s Triple Gold Ciara Deely got Day1 of the national juvenile track and field championships got off to a great start for KCH in Tullamore on Saturday with a new national record. Competing in the Leinster championships at under 13 level in June she had three golds, including a CBP of 1.50 in the high jump. Now in the nationals she won the 60m hurdles in a new national record time of 9.63 seconds. She followed this up on Sunday with a double gold – high jump with 1.51m and long jump of 4.91m. Under 18 athlete, Cliodhna Manning, continued her winning way - in the 100m with an improved time of 12.27 seconds and an excellent time of 56.58 seconds in the 400m. Cliodhna’s brother Jack won silver in 250 hurdles and bronze in the high jump, both at under 15. Sarah Kate Lacey came close to two national medals winning bronze in 300m hurdles and finishing fourth in the 100m. Lauren Gleeson, under14, also had an excellent opening day winning silver in both jump (5.06m) and 75m hurdles (12.08 seconds). There were bronze medals for Luke FtzPatrick in 800m under 14, Anna Sheehan in 800m under 17 and Lorraine O’Shea in 100m under 19.
July 7/8 Devasting “De-Selection” Decision for Catriona The decision by the AAI to remove Catriona Cuddihy from the relay panel for the London Olympics is unbelievable. Whatever the merits of the decision to change the panel, informing her by means of a phonecall as she prepared to compete in the 400m in Santry on Saturday was downright cruel – inhuman even. One searched in vain among athletes and officials for a different opinion. Selected one week, de-selected the next! Credit where credit is due she showed great courage to go out and compete. She ran well and finishing second in her heat she comfortably qualified for Sunday’s final. Despite the psychological impact of the decision she coped well to finish fifth in the final. So she finished fifth in the national 400m final. Six get on the panel for London but fifth placed Catriona is not part of it. Many would hold the view that the national finals, being held at this time with the Olympics just around the corner, would provide an excellent opportunity on which to finalise the selection. Not so the AAI selectors. This unfortunate saga cast a gloom over an otherwise very successful weekend for KCH athletes. First to raise the Kilkenny cheers was Brian Maher who scored a comprehensive win in the national 10,000m on Saturday. He set out his strategy from the gun. His aim was to set the pace and burn off the field. And that precisely is what he did. For all twenty-five laps he was in the lead. For the first couple of laps he had David Campbell and Gary O’Hanlon for company. These three pulled away from the rest of the field. By lap 8 Brian was lapping the back markers. Campbell pulled out on lap 13 and the gap between Maher and O’Hanlon widened with each succeeding lap. In very blustery conditions Brian finished in first place in 30minutes 17.06 seconds with O’Hanlon taking the silver some twenty seconds later. Michael Bowler, fresh from his Decathlon success in England, had a great weekend. Competing in the high jump on Saturday he finished in second place scoring a very welcome new PB of 2 meters. On Sunday competing in the long jump he showed very consistent form with all his jumps over 6.5m. His best clearance of the day, 6.72m, just 7cm outside the medals, left him in 4th place. Fourth place was also the result for Lorraine O’Shea making her first appearance in the national seniors. Her best jump was 5.64m , 2cms short of her PB. Eoin Everard provided another heart-warming display in the 1500m. He was a comfortable winner of his semi-final on Saturday. In the final on Sunday he upped the pace considerably but unfortunately was pipped on the line by Colin Costello, Star of The Sea A.C. Keeping the best wine until last brings us to the athlete of the weekend, Joanne Cuddihy. As a warm-up for the 400m she took on the 200m. She won her heat in 23.66 secs and proceeded to romp home in first place in the final in 23.15 – one twentieth of a second outside the Olympic qualifying standard and the second fastest time ever at the national championships. She followed that on Saturday evening by taking first place in Heat1 of the 400m, easily qualifying for Sunday’s final in which she won her second gold in 51.88 seconds finishing well ahead of the rest of the athletes. She will give 110 per cent in London.
July 3 Cuddihy Sisters London Bound It has just been announced by AAI that Ireland will compete in the women's 4x400m relay at the London Olympics. The panel for the team includes two KCH members -Catriona Cuddihy and Joanne Cuddihy- All at KCH wish the team every success. June 30/July 1 Bowler Medals in Hexham Michael Bowler journeyed to Hexham, England to compete in the Hexham International Combined Event last weekend. Over the two days of the competition he put together a good solid performance in the ten events of the decathlon. Compared to his performance in Abingdon three weeks ago he recorded considerable improvement in some events, particularly the Discus which he extended by 3.5 meters and the Javelin where he improved by 9.5 meters. His total points score of 6,250 brought him the bronze third level place.
June 30/July 1- Excellent Fare at Leinster T&F We had excellent returns from the Leinster Juvenile track and field championships in Tullamore at the weekend. Winning a total of thirty-seven medals (20 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze) was a welcome reward for the hard work put in at training over the last couple of months. Athletes and coaches take a bow. Topping the list with three gold medals was under 13 athlete, Ciara Deely. Ciara not only won the 60m hurdles and long jump in fine fashion, she also scored a Championship Best Performance (CBP) of 1.50m in the high jump. Not far behind her in terms of achievement was under 14 athlete Lauren Gleeson. Lauren also scored a CBP of 5.11m in the long jump in addition to first place in the 75m hurdles and 3rd in the 100m. Lorraine O'Shea also got in on the act with another CBP in her favourite event the Long jump. Lorraine has been a consistent gold medal winner in this event and it is appropriate that on her last time as a Leinster juvenile she finishes with a new record - 5.66m. A number of athletes scored double gold – Aaron Barron won 100m and 200m under 16; Under 18 athlete, Cliodhna Manning, also won both sprints and Lorraine O’Shea took first place in the 200m and long jump under 19. Craig Byrne once again showed his talent for getting involved by giving the Pole Vault a go. And his reward was Leinster gold. Another athlete deserving of mention is Annie O'Connor. Annie honed her preparation for this event with a short spell training with the sprinters. And it paid off. Rounding the final bend she had both the confidence and the pace to sprint and that she did in fine form to win the 1500m. All our medal winners are listed below and while we applaud our medal winners we also recognise the honest efforts of those who came close and who we expect will make the grade in the next year or so. Included in that category are Rebecca Keane, Orla Casey who had a 5th, 6th and 7th, Edward Dunne, Colm Murphy, Shauna Millea, Bill Cody, Amy Delaney, Daire Pryal, Alan Mooney, Nicola Murphy, Margaret Caldbeck. Medal Winners Under 13: Ciara Deely – 1/Long Jump, 1/60m Hurdles, 1/High Jump (1.50 CBP); Martyna Balcer – 3/60m Hurdles, Adam FitzPatrick- 2/600m.
Under 14: Lauren Gleeson – 1/75m Hurdles, 1/Long Jump (5.11 CBP); 3/100m; Annie O’Connor -1/1500m; Evie Kiely – 1/High Jump; Aisling Morrissey- 3/Long Jump; Luke FitzPatrick – 1/800m, 2/1500m.
Under 15: Aoibhe O’Shea 2/250m Hurdles; Jack Manning – 1/High Jump, 2/250m Hurdles, 3/200m.
Under 16: Eimear O’Donoghue – 1/High Jump, Aaron Baron – 1/100m, 1/200m. Craig Byrne – 1/Pole Vault; Callan Byrne – 2/100m, 3/200m, Alan Mooney – 3/Walk. Under 17: Sarah Kate Lacey – 1/100m, 2/200m, 2/ 300m Hurdles, Anna Sheehan –2/800m, 3/1500m
Under 18: Catriona Twomey – 1/High Jump, 2/Shot, 2/Long Jump, Cliodhna Manning – 1/100m, 1-200m; Nicholas Dunphy – 1/Walk.
Under 19: Lorraine O’Shea – 1/200m, 1/Long Jump, 2/100m.
European Championships The Irish team returned from The European Athletics Championships in Helsinki with no medals to show. Nevertheless there were some fine performances from the likes of Cregan in 400m and Britton in 10,000m. Joanne Cuddihy ran a competitive 400m heat and placed a comfortable third to qualify for the semi-final – only to find she was disqualified for a lane infringement. The ladies 4x400m relay team gave a gutsy performance with Joanne running a very fast second leg - marginally outside 49 seconds. Joanne is expected to compete in 200m and 400m at the national championships next weekend. Catriona Cuddihy is also a likely runner in the 400m as a number of athletes vie for places on the 4x400m relay to compete at the Olympics in London. Other KCH athletes heading to the nationals are Brian Maher, Eoin Everard, Louise Holmes,and Michael Bowler. June 30 Waterford Viking Marathon A number of Fit4Life members took a bus to Waterford today for the inaugural Waterford Marathon. Most returned home well satisfied with their performances. There was great joy for Jo Scobie - first home in the o/40 category and Anne Marie O’Grady who was fifth lady overall. June 29 - Road Gold for Barbara Barbara Rossiter made a welcome return to Co Road Championships with a first place finish in the 3K in Gowran on Friday night.
June 24 – Silver for McGeary and Bowler David McGeary took on a heavy load when entering for three events in the National Junior Track & Field championships in Tullamore today. He was rewarded with a silver medal in the 110m hurdles which he completed in 15.34 seconds. He placed 5th in the Javelin with 32.82m and 6th in Long jump with 6.18m. Michael Bowler competed in the Under 23 championships in Long Jump (6.35m) and High Jump (1.85m) finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively. respectively. Louise Holmes, also Under 23, was 5th anf 6th in 100m (12.51) and 200m (25.42). June 23 – Tailteann Games Sarah Kate Lacey and Anna Sheehan, both Loreto, had good quality performances at the Tailteann Games in Santry on Saturday. Sarah Kate finished third in the 300m in 42.37 seconds while Anna completed the 1500m in fifth place in 4.51.4. June 23 – More Medals for Young Girls KCH under 9 girls, Emma Manogue, Caoimhe Carroll, Fiona Dillon and Margaret Mary O’Shea, were in Cork on Saturday for the national pairs finals. Emma and Caoimhe ran well to finish 8th in the 60m while Fiona and Margaret Mary placed 7th in the final of the Ball Throw. All four girls then combined to compete in the 4x100m Inter Club relays. Good running and good baton changes brought success as the team finished third bringing these young ladies their first All-Ireland medals with the club – the first of many to come!
June 20 – The Young Achievers Our younger age athletes, not deterred by the heavy overcast conditions, were in fine form at the B Track and Field Championships in Thomastown this evening. This was particularly true of our under nine and under ten girls – Three clean sweeps by the under nine girls. Caoimhe Carroll led the charge with three gold medals. The first was in the 80m where Emma Manogue and Fiona Dillon won silver and bronze respectively. Caoimhe and Emma were one and two in the 300m with Margaret M O’Shea stepping in to take the bronze. They also had the first three places in the Ball Throw – Caoimhe first, Margaret Mary second and Rachel Whelan third. Sophia O’Shea with four golds(300m, Ball Throw, Long Jump and 80m) led the under tens. Abby Gilsenan, second in the 80m and Lucy Harte, third in the 80m completed another clean sweep. Abby won a second silver in the 300m and Lucy won silver in the Long Jump and bronze in Ball Throw. Both groups then combined to finish off the evening with first and second in the 200m relays. There were some other worthy medal winners in Under 8 – Becky Peters, 1st 80m; Orla Kenny 3rd 300m. Under 9 – Cathal Poyntz, 2nd 80m and 300m; Under 11 – Emma Poyntz, 2nd 80m and 2nd 300m; Under 12 – Anna O’Shea 2nd 80m and 3rd Long Jump; Luke Whelan, 3rd Long Jump. Under 13 – Jayde Maher, 1st 80m and 1st 800m. Well done all.
June 16 - Holmes Has Double Gold It was gold all the way for Louise Holmes, KCH, at the Leinster Junior and Under 23 Track and Field Championships in Navan today. Competing at Under 23 level Louise had an excellent competition coming away with first place in both 100m and 200m events. June 16 - Under 9 Pairs Qualify for Cork The Under 9 girls from KCH enjoyed the trip to Navan for the Leinster Pairs competition today. Margaret O’Shea and Fiona Dillon competed in the Ball Throw and Emma Manogue and Caoimhe O’Carroll took part in the 60m sprint. Both pairs were successful in winning bronze and now head to Cork next weekend to represent the club in the National Pairs final. The club had a number of athletes competing in the under 12 Championships at the same venue. The most successful were the Kelly twins. Rachel posted fifth and sixth places in Shot Putt and 600m respectively. Hannah finished tenth in the 600m and fourth in Ball Throw. This result in the Ball Throw qualifies her for the All-Ireland in July where she will have the opportunity to show further improvement. Rory MacGabhann was another athlete to show god form finishing 5th the Hurdles final and fourth in the High Jump.
June 10 - Cuddihys Show Form in Bedford Both Joanne and Catriona Cuddihy showed good form at the International Track meet in Bedford on Sunday. Joanne equalled her season’s best when she clocked 51.78 seconds to finish second in the 400m. Her time of 23.64 seconds in the 200m won her gold in that event. Meanwhile Catriona, who has been targeting the 400m this season, continues to bring down her time. One week ago, running in Poland she set a PB of 54.95. In Bedford this weekend she pared that down to 54.59 seconds. June 10 - National League Teams in Action Kilkenny City Harriers had two teams taking part in the first round of this year’s National League today. The weather which flooded the Tullamore track forced a change of venue to Athlone IT. While both teams were short a number of regular athletes they nevertheless turned in good results. The men’s team, competing in the First Division, were fortunate to have the assistance of two valuable guests, Eoin Power and Jack Saunders, both from the St Joseph’s club. Both garnered maximum points from their respective events. Power was superb winning first place in both hurdle races while Saunders had a similar performance winning the 200m and 400m. Full points were also achieved in the 4x100m relay. There were a number of second place results – Peter Lyons in 100m, Eoin Power in High Jump, Cormac Everard in Triple Jump, John Maye in Javelin and Nicholas Dunphy in the Walk.
The Women’s team which competed in the Premier Division did not achieve the same level of points as the Men’s team but having managed to be involved in seventeen of the nineteen events they have established a good foundation leading into the second round. The best achievements came via the 4x100m relay which they won and from second places recorded by Cliodhna Manning-200m, Emily Maher- 400m, Sinead McDonagh – High Jump and Laura Langton – Pole Vault. To qualify for the final which will be held in August it is of utmost importance that better scores are achieved across the full range of events – having a full team available for the second round would make that a possible achievement.
We are hopeful of a good turnout on 22nd July so that both teams qualify for the final in August. June 10 – McPherson Back in Action David McPherson made his return to competition today after a considerable layoff through injury. Competing in The Little South Run in Kilmacow he showed good form to finish 8th in a competitive field. June 9/10 - Michael Bowler’s Decathlon Michael Bowler took the boat to Britain at the weekend to compete in the Decathlon in Abingdon. His trip proved well worthwhile giving him considerable exposure and developmental experience in the ten events. He was well satisfied with his overall performance (100m - 11.40, 110 hurdles -17.09, 400m- 52.69, 1500 – 4.46.00, Long Jump – 6.73, Shot – 10.86, High Jump –1.95, Discus –25.00, Pole Vault – 3.20, Javelin - 38.20) achieving a points total of 5967. June 8 - Louise Captures Sean Kelly Memorial Shield There were a number of very committed performances from some of our athletes at Day 4 of the county T&F championships in Scanlon Park tonight. Louise Holmes took first place in Senior 100m, 400m and Long Jump. Her’s will be the first name on the Sean Kelly memorial shield, presented by the county board in memory of the late Sean Kelly, former Club Chairman and County Treasurer. Donna Dowling in her first venture into track and field had an “enjoyable” night winning the Novice 100m, the 1500m O/35 and also winning bronze in Senior 100m and Senior Discus. For the senior men Dean Brennan was in excellent form – five firsts: 100m, Javelin, High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump. Equally prolific in the Junior Championships was David McGeary with four firsts: High Jump, Shot, Javelin and Triple Jump; and two seconds:100m and 200m. Other results were as follows:- Conor MacGabhann- 1/200m O/45, 2/100m O/35; Susan Garrett – 3/Sen Shot, 2/Sen Javelin; Willie McTiernan- 3/1500 O/35; Pat Purcell – 3/5000m.
June 4 - Good Teamwork in Celbridge Kilkenny City Harriers achieved considerable success at the Leinster Team Competition in Celbridge last weekend. The under 9 Girls (Emma Manogue,Caoimhe Carroll, Fiona Dillon, Margaret M O Shea, Bronagh Davis) won silver; The under 13 girls (Rebecca Keane, Ella Richardson, Leah Raggett, Martyna Balcer)won gold and the under 15 girls (
Aoibhe O Shea, Annie O Connor, Niamh McMullan, Keeva O Brien, Aisling Morrissey) also won silver.
The boys were also very much to the fore with the under 9 boys (Joe Fitzpatrick,
Cathal Poyntz, Michael Raggett, Eoin Deeley) winning gold, the under 13 boys ( Evan Clarke, Edward Dunne, Adam Fitzpatrick, Johnny Collins) winning silver and the under 15 boys (Jack Manning, Luke Fitzpatrick, Shane Mc Geary, Eamonn Fennelly)
also winning gold.
June 3- Cuddihys in Poland The Irish 4x400m relay team, anchored by Joanne Cuddihy, finished second in Bydgoszcz, Poland in a time of 3.30.61. Catriona Cuddihy, competing in the 400m at the same venue, had a PB of 54.95 seconds.
June 3 - Leinster Seniors, Tullamore Toss Hayes finished third in the senior 1500m at the Leinster Senior T&F in Tullamore today. His time of 4m .07 secs is a new PB. June 3 -Bowler Has Triple Bronze Michael Bowler, KCH, won the bronze medal at the recent Senior Leinster Combined Events at the Shoreline track in Greystones. With good performances, particularly in the 200m (23.30secs) and Javelin (49.66m) events, he was well in contention for first place. However his Long Jump event ended in disaster when he failed to get a qualifying jump thereby relegating him to third place. Third place on the double was his reward on the following weekend at the Leinster Senior championships in Tullamore. On this occasion he managed just 41.89m in the Javelin throw and 26.87m in the Discus.
June 2 - Good Scholars, All. Congratulations to our athletes on their performances in the All-Ireland schools track and field in Tullamore today. In the Intermediate the Loreto school won silver in the 4x100m and Sarah Kate Lacey won bronze in the 300m (41.48). Cliodhna Manning was in fine form in the seniors winning gold in the 200 (24.76) and silver in the 100 (11.94). David McGeary won bronze in the 110m hurdles (15.29) and Sinead McDonough finished 4th in the high jump (1.63). Anna Sheehan ran the under 16 mile in a superb time of 5.23.61to take the silver. (Her time in the Sean Byrne Memorial Mile in March was 5.42.20).
May 27 Relay Teams win Gold, Silver and Bronze in Tullamore Ten teams from the club were successful winners of medals at the Leinster Inter-club relays in Tullamore today. Our senior girls were in top form with the under 18 girls winning gold in 4x100m and 4x400m finals. For the under 19 team it was another gold in the 4x100 final. The under 17 girls won silver in the 4x100m final. All of these teams have experienced success at this level on a number of occasions. Now we have new relay squads coming through with great prospects. These are our under nine teams. Tasting Leinster competition for the first time the boys gave an outstanding performance not only qualifying for the final but coming home with the silver medals. Our girls went one better and brought home gold. The under 13 boys with two teams taking part had team A winning gold and team B winning bronze. Our under 14 boys also won bronze and the tenth set of medals, following a superb performance in the final, was won by the under 16 boys.
May 25 Another Good County Performance The good results of Days1&2 continued on the track tonight. Orla Casey, Leah Raggett and Abigail Bennett gave the club a clean sweep with 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 75m hurdles under 13. The under 17 girls, Anna Sheehan, Aoibhe Richardson and Nicola Murphy, performed a similar feat in the 1500m. Sinead McDonough had three firsts – 100 Hurdles, Discus and High Jump; There was double gold for Rachel Kelly (under 12) – 300m and 60m Hurdles; Jack Manning (under 15) - 80m Hurdles and Shot; and also Luke FitzPatrick (under 14) – 75m Hurdles and 1500m. Other winners of individual gold were :– Under 12 – Rory McGabhann, 60m Hurdles; Under 13 – Adam FitzPatrick, 300m and Ella Richardson, 300m; Under 14 – Annie O’Connor, 1500m; Evie Kiely, High Jump; Under 15 – Shane McGeary, 1500m; Aoibhe O’Shea, 1500m; Amy Delaney, Discus; Under 17 – Eimear O’Donoghue, High Jump.
Kate Millea carried the flag for the adults with a win in the senior 800m.
Well done to all our competitors. The full list of medal winners can be found on “Kilkenny Athletics” website. May 20 Leinster Combined Events Jack Manning, competing at under 15 level, scored another golden performance at the Leinster Combined Events in Greystones today. Catriona Twomey had to settle for silver in the under 18 event MAY 16 - Maher in Form Brian Maher is back in full running mode following his recent injury worries. Competing on the track in the Dublin Open 10K tonight he completed the race in an excellent time of 29.48. Having set the pace for almost 9.5Km he was out-kicked over the last lap and a half but was very happy with his time, just four seconds off his PB.
MAY 13 - Day 2 Brings More Gold After a very successful Day 1 when Jack manning won five gold medals he followed up on Day 2 with three more winning the under 15 Long Jump, Javelin and 200m. There wasdouble gold for Emma Manogue in 60m and 200m under 9; Rachel Kelly in high jump and 500m under 12; Ciara Deely in High Jumpand 500m under 13; Aaron Barron in Long Jump and 200m under 16. Jennifer O’Keeffe and Annie O’Connor battled it out in the 500m under 14 to tie for gold at the finish. There were also individual gold medals for Michael Raggett in 200m under 9; Lauren Gleeson in 80m under 14; Kieran Ryan in 800m under 16; Cliodhna Manning in 100m under 18 and Jonathan FitzPatrick in 800m under 19. (Full results in Kilkenny Athletics website). May 7 - Silver in Leinster Road Our Novice ladies (Anne Marie O'Grady,Donna Dowling, Sarah Nolan and Kate Millea) turned in a quality performance to win silver in the Leinster Novice Road Race in Gowran today. It was double silver for Anne Marie and Donna as both scored on the county team which also finished in second place. Eoin Molloy, our only male competitior on the day, won bronze in the over 35 section. well done all. May 6 - Joanne -Another Good Run Joanne Cuddihy had another good run in the 400m in Kawasaki when she finished second to the current world champion. her time on this occasion was 51.78 seconds. May 6 - Co T&F -High Five for Jack It was good to see our athletes taking part in most events. It was particularly heartening to see the numbers in the middle distance races. It was disheartening to see athletes being disqualified (not their fault) in the walks, particularly in the last 100m even though they had not received any earlier warning. In fairness to our athletes one fact is clear we need someone to coach this event. Any takers? Leaving that aside this was a great day’s performance. The day started with Caoimhe Carroll winning bronze in the 80m under nine and KCH were seldom of the podium until after the final race of the day – the 4x100m girls under 13 relay – where they finished first and second. In the individual stakes Jack Manning ruled the roost with five gold medals – 100m, 250 hurdles, 400m, Discus and High Jump. Aaron Barron also excelled winning three gold- 100m, 400m and 250 hurdles – What a run he had in the 400m! The FitzPatrick family had a good day too – Joe won the 300m under 9, Adam won his 80m and 500m and Luke won 100m and 500m under 14. Double gold was won by Rachel Kelly (200&800); Hannah Kelly (Ball Throw and Long Jump); Catriona Twomey (Javelin and 300m Hurdles); Niamh McMullan (200m & Long Jump); Aoibhe O’Shea (250 hurdles &800).
There was individual gold for Sean Burke and Aidan Tuohy in the High Jumps; Peter Mullan, Margaret Caldbeck and Nicholas Dunphy in the Walks; Sinead McDonagh and Lauren Gleeson in the Long Jumps; Jennifer O’Keeffe and Anna Sheehan in the 800m, Maeve Shaw in the 200m and Eimear Nolan in the Javelin. (Full results in Kilkenny Athletics website).
May 3 CONGRATS -JOANNE Joanne Cuddihy competing in the Shizuoka International Track and Field today won the 400m in 51.45seconds which brings her in under the A Standard (51.55) for the London Olympics. Given the wet conditions in which she was running this is a considerable improvement on her recent Australian time of 51.69. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success. Apr 21 - Michael Bowler in Fine Form at Intervarsities Michael Bowler had a busy weekend at the Intervarsities in Athlone IT. Competing in the Combined Events he finished with gold on a points total of 3,137. On his way to victory he picked up bronze in Long jump (6.69) and high jump (1.95) and finished 4th in the Pole Vault (3.20). Other events Shot (10.34), Discus (22.25), Javelin (41.15), hurdles (17.35), 1500 (4.47. 29). Louise Holmes won bronze in 100m (12.28) and was 4th uin 200m (25.32). Toss Hayes had a good run in the 1500m and had a medal in his sights but was caught on the run in to finish fourth. Teresa Conlon was third in the weight for Distance (6.34), fourth in Hammer (42.20) and sixth in Discus (28.59). Laura Langton finished eight in Long jump m(4.88).
Apr 20 – A Night of Celebration Friday night was a great night of celebration at the Annual Awards ceremony in The Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny. A slide show depicting athletes and events from recent years was presented by club member, Willie McTiernan. Many of the highlights and achievements of the 2011 season were recounted. Top of the list was a particularly successful track and field season. The juveniles retained the County Shield and went on to win 104 individual medals in the Leinster Championships and 18 in the National finals. There were successes in every age group. Starting with the under 11 Pairs Competition where Sean Burke and Dara Maher, competing in the 600m Event, won silver in Leinster and bronze in National. This success continued through the juvenile ranks culminating in gold for Cliodhna Manning and Lorraine O’Shea in The CelticInternational in August. Club teams were also very much to the fore winning thirty-nine sets of medals in Leinster championships. The relay teams were particularly successful. They won twenty-eight sets of medals, including nine gold at the Leinster Indoors. No wonder then that The Hehir shield for the best relay club in Leinster stayed with KCH.
There was praise for the Fit For Life section of the club. Not only had they looked after their own fitness but through the St Patrick Day’s Dash and the Susie Long Marathons they had provided considerable help to local charities.
There were also many notable adult achievements. In the County Cross-country championships there were five wins – Eamon O’Connor, Junior Men; Maria Murphy, Intermediate Ladies; David McPherson, Intermediate Men; Niamh Richardson, Senior Ladies and Brian Maher, for the record breaking seventh successive time, the Senior Men. Paul Cody became county road champion over 10K while in Leinster Road David McPherson took the Novice title and Niamh Richardson won the Masters crown. In June, Joanne Cuddihy, qualified for this year’s London Olympics as part of the Irish 4x400m relay squad and in August she won gold in the Senior All-Ireland 400m final. In December, on the plains of the Curragh, there was great excitement among the Kilkenny supporters when Eoin Everard took to the front and went on to win the All-Ireland Novice Cross-country title.
Club Chairman, Michael Lanigan, who presented the awards, thanked all the coaches and officials for their huge contribution to the success of the club. Sandra Twomey, selected as “Coach of the Year”, received a floral tribute. A presentation was made to Lourda Everard, who, having looked after the club’s finances for many years, retired at the recent AGM. A special tribute was paid to former club chairman, Sean Kelly, who passed away during the year. Sean’s wife,Fran who was accompanied by her daughters Caroline and Simone, was presented with a specially commissioned piece of Jerpoint Glass in honour of Sean’s massive contribution to the club.
Presentations were made to the following:- Perpetual Award Winners -Juvenile Under 11/12 Cup, Ciara Deely; Cross Country Cup, Luke FitzPatrick; Under 14 McDonagh Cup, Jack Manning; Hacketstown Trophy, Elaine McGeary; Whitebridge Award, Margaret Caldbeck; Dungarvan Award, Anna Sheehan; Bree Trophy, Laura Langton; Sean Byrne, Eimear O’Donoghue; Achievement Cup, Lauren Gleeson; Versatile, David McGeary; Mazda Cup, Aaron Barron; Lynch Shield, Sinead McDonagh; Costello Shield,Cliodhna Manning; P J Smyth, Catriona Twomey;
Tommy Deegan Trophy, Lorraine O’Shea. Perpetual Award Winners -Senior The Lanigan Cup for Track Athlete, Louise Holmes;
Sean Byrne Shield for Field Athlete, Dean Brennan; The Nolan Cup for Cross-Country, Toss Hayes;
Achievement Shield, David McPherson;
Harry Meighan Cup, Niamh Richardson. Achievement Awards Winners:_ Emer McMullan, Orla Casey, Martyna Balcer, Jennifer O’Keeffe, Evie Kiely,Craig Byrne, John Nolan, Aisling McDonagh, Aoibhe O’Shea, Charmaine O’Donoghue, Sarah Kate Lacey, Michael Lanigan, James Maher. Special awards Shane McGeary and Conal Whelan Medals for Cross-country Time Trials 400m - Winners
Grace Ronan, Shania McGabhann, Sadhbh O’Leary, Cormac Burke, Niamh Phelan, Ruth Darcy, Maebh Richardson and Rebecca Kelly.
600m – Winners
Sean Burke, Rory McGabhann, Alannah Turner.
Rebecca Keane, Peter Lynch, Nicola Murphy, Aoibhe Richardson, Emer Nolan.
Apr 14 - Joanne Close to Olympic Standard * Joanne Cuddihy came close to achieving the qualifying time for the London Olympics when she took the gold in the 400m final at the Australian Track and Field Championships. Her winning time of 51.69 seconds was just marginally outside the Olympic A standard of 51.55 seconds. Joanne qualified for the final when she won her heat in 52.33 secs. Catriona Cuddihy, finishing second in heat 3 in 55.73 seconds also made the 400m final which she ran in 55.03 to finish eight.
* Connemara - Paul Moran 5th in Ultra (4hrs 49 mins); Hilary O'Neill 1.55 in half marathon and Brendan nugent 3.52 in marathon.
* Carlow town 5k - Brian Maher 1st (15.12) and toss Hayes 2nd (15.21).
* Rotterdam Marathon - Irene Henebry (3.30) and Kate Giblin (3.31).
April 9th – St Senan’s open T&F Congratulatios to Jennifer O’Keeffe and Annie O’Connor on making it a one, two in the under fourteen 700m at the St Senan’s track and field on Easter Monday and also contributiong to the win by the U14 relay team. Other medal winners were Edward Dunne with bronze in the U13 700m and at U12 Hannah Kelly and Sean Burke both won silver Hannah in the Long jump and Sean in the Shot Putt.
Mar 31/Apr 1 - Manning Takes Second Gold Cliodhna Manning followed up her win in the 60m Under 18 sprint with a comprehensive win in the 200m at Day 3 of the national juvenile Indoor Championships in Nenagh on Saturday. Her time of 25.34 was considerably better than her winning Leinster time of 25.74. In the Under 19 200m final Lorraine O’Shea won bronze. Her time was 25.86. Sinead McDonagh excelled in the Under 18 High Jump with a clearance of 1.60m which earned her the silver medal. Sinead was also competing in the Long Jump where she finished 6th on 4.79m. Catriona Twomey, equalling her Leinster performance of 1.45, finished 5th in the under 18 High Jump. Luke fitzPatrick was in action in the 800m finalunder 14. He knocked almost eight seconds of his Leinster qualifying time to come third in 2.17.79. Aaron Barron clocked 24.54 in the final of the 200m Under 16 but despite the goods performance he had to settle for that unenviable position, fourth place.
Sunday was Day 4 and the close of the Indoor championships with the 4x200m club relays. KCH had eight teams, six girls teams and two boys teams, in action. Both boys teams, Under 13 and Under 16 exited in the heats, with the under 16 team beong most disappointed having finished second in their qualifying round. The girls under 15 and 16 finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in their heats. The other four teams made the finals with the under 13 girls coming 4th. The under 17 girls won bronze. The under 18 took the silver medals and a top quality performance from Catriona Twomey, Sinead McDonagh, Lorraine O’Shea and Cliodhna Manning saw them worthy winners of the gold in the under 19 final.
Mar 25 - Deely Does it Again Day 2 of the National Indoors was anothergolden day for Under 13 athlete, Ciara Deely. Following her Long Jump win on Saturday Ciara put in a PB performance of 9.95 seconds to take the gold in the final of the 60m hurdles. Not far behind was another up-and-coming athlete, Orla Casey, who with another PB of 10.21 placed second in the same event. In the Under 15 High Jump Jack Manning won bronze with a 1.55m clearance - 2cm up on his Leinster height while Conal Whelan equalled his Leinster height of 1.30 to finish in 11th place.
Mar 24 - Gold for Ciara and Cliodhna Day 1 of the All-Ireland Indoor Track and Field Championships proved a very satisfying day for KCH athletes with many new PB’s being set. For Ciara Deely and Cliodhna Manning there was the extra reward of gold medals in their respective events. Cliodhna took the 60m title (under 18) in an impressive 7.71 seconds. Ciara Deely jumped 4.49m, an improvement of 3cms on her Leinster performance, to take the gold in the under 13 Long Jump. Ciara also competed in the High Jump where she won bronze with a 1.38 clearance. Martyna Balcer jumped 3.88 in under 13 long Jump. In the Under 14 Long Jump Lauren Gleeson won silver with a 4.83 jump. Under 16 girls, Margaret Caldbeck and Sarah Kate Lacey, both excelled with new PB’s in the 60m sprint. Sarah Kate, clocking 7.99 won bronze in the final. Eimear O'Donoghue equalled her Leinster jump of 1.45 to finish 6th in the High Jump. Jack Manning threw 10.83 to finish 6th in the Under 15 Shot Putt. Catriona Twomey finished 5th in the Under 18 Shot Putt. Aaron Barron finished 6th in the 60m final under 16, again with a new personal best time of 7.55 seconds. Mar 18 - Another Good DASH 253 participants completed the St Patrick's weedend Dash which started and finished at Scanlon Park. Full results on Fit4Life Page. Mar 10 Henebry First in First Duathlon The Kilkenny Triathlon Club hosted their first Duathlon in Mount Juliet on Saturday. First lady home was KCH/F4L club leader Irene Henebry. Hitting the front from the start Irene covered the first 3 KM run in 14mins 19 seconds. Then 19KM cycle took her just 39mins 57 seconds and she completed the final 3KM run in 15.12 to take first place in 1.10.11. Another KCH/F4L leader Deirdre Scott and sister Una were first home in the relay team event in 1.10.51. March 4th Its All Go At Kilkenny Fit4life The Kilkenny Fit4life Programme which commenced in 2006 has had considerable success in furthering the fitness levels of many in the community. Additionally new friendships have been formed and various local charities have benefited from their fund raising activities. This good work is set to continue as ten members of the club recently completed an Athletics Leader course organised by Athletics Ireland.
While most members are happy to meet and train a couple of times per week, others have become adventurous and are doing things they never dreamed of. Twenty-five stalwarts from the club, led by Karen Ryan, ran the Paris Half-Marathon on Sunday – with some excellent times – Barbara Rossiter 1.34.36, Donna Dowling 1.40.12, Annemarie Kavanagh 1.46.02, Jo Scobie 1.52.57, Kathy Carter 1.56.25. A few even managed to get tickets for the rescheduled rugby match. The rest had to be content to warm down from the run by watching the game on television while sipping their martinis on the Champs Elysees. Pain or Pleasure! Also on Sunday fourteen other club members, with Irene Henebry at the helm, headed south for the annual Ballycotton 10. Anne marie o'Grady led the ladies hoe in 1.09.05 with Kate giblin, Lisa maher, Deirdre Scott, Bregeen Murphy and Catherine gutherie all comin ghome under 1.20.00. Paul Murphy led the Men in 1.00.28. Good runs from Noel Maher, David Kennedy, Denis Carrigan and Padraig morrissey. With the “competitive” runs over for a while club members will don their social hats over the nest couple of weeks. Their next big event will be the staging of The St Patrick’s Weekend DASH. Total proceeds from this year’s DASH will be divided between The O’Neill Centre and Kilkenny & Irish Sudden Infant Death Association ((ISIDA).
The club will be in action on the charity route again at lunchtime on Monday 2nd April when it co-ordinates Ray Darcy’s “Run with Ray” over the same route and distance.
March 3rd - Joanne Cuddihy Wins in Melbourne Joanne Cuddihy continued her winning form at the Melbourne classic on Saturday. This is her third recent success at the distance in recent weeks and her time of 52.37 on this occasion brings more than half a second improvement on her third place finish at this event in 2011.
Feb 18/19 Triple Gold – Twice There were some mighty fine performances at the Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships in Nenagh this weekend. Pride of place goes to our two triple gold winners – Ciara Deely and Cliodhna Manning. Ciara competing at under 13 level won High Jump, Long Jump and 60m Hurdles. Cliodhna was sprint perfection winning the 60m, 200m and 300m under 18. Another treasure was Lauren Gleeson who smashed the under 14 Long Jump record with a 5.13m clearance. Further gold medal winners were Jack Manning – High Jump under 15; Aaron Barron – 200m under 16; Sinead McDonagh – High Jump under 18; Lorraine O’Shea – 60m under 19. Other medals won were as follows:- Under 13 - Orla Casey 3/60m Hurdles, Martyna Balcer3/Long jump. Under 14 - Lauren Gleeson 2/60m Hurdles, 2/60m; Jennifer O'Keeffe 3/800m; Luke FitzPatrick 2/800m. Under 15 - Conal Whelan 2/High Jump, Jack Manning 3/Shot, Shane McGeary 2/Walk. Under 16 - Aaron Barron 3/60m, Kieran Ryan 3/800m, Alan Mooney 3/Walk. Under 17 - Margaret Caldbeck 3/60m, Sarah Kate Lacey 2/60m, 3/200m. Under 18 - Sinead McDonagh 3/Long jump, Catriona Twomey 2/Shot, 3/High Jump. Under 19 Lorraine O'Shea 2/200m. there were also a number of 4ths and many, many PB's especially among our under 12 athletes. well done all.
Further afield Louise Holmes had a good day at the Scottish Indoors where she won bronze in the 60m and finished sixth in the 200m final.
Feb 12 Maher Captures Enniscorthy Brian Maher proved his return to form with an impressive 30.06 win in a very competitive 10K Road Race in Enniscorthy today. Another good run by David McPherson saw him finish 10th in 33.13. Paul Cody was 20th in 34.50. Well done men. Feb 12 Ciara is National Champ Following on her marvellous record breaking run in the Intervarsities last weekend Ciara Everard turned on the power in the final lap of the national senior 800m indoors in Belfast, taking first place to be crowned National Indoor 800m champion for 2012. Michael Bowler, competing in his first Senior Indoors took the silver in the High jump with a 1.90 clearance. Toss Hayes ran an excellent 3000m. Knocking five seconds off his previous PB he clocked 8.42.54 to finish in 10th place. Double Gold at Intermediate CC in Bramblestown Congratulations to Irene Henebry and Eamon O’Connor on taking first place in their respective Intermediate Cross-country championships at Brambles town, Gowran today. Irene had to battle all the way to hold first place and lead the team (Irene, Kate Millea 3rd, Sarah Gough 8th and Eimear O’Connell 10th) into silver medals. In the men’s race Eamon O’Connor hit the front at the start and pushed on relentlessly to finish with 400m to spare over second finisher, Jimmy Barcoe of Gowran. The team of Eamon, Pat Purcell 9th, Colm Murray 10th and Willie McTiernan 19th were third.
Great numbers from the club turned out for the juvenile relays with three teams featuring in some of the races. Many medals were won . (Girls U12 second; boys U12 first; Girls U14 first and second; Girls U16 first and second; boys U16 first and second. Some photos from the day posted on “pics” page. The next round of cross country relays will be in Freshford on 11th March.
Feb 5th Silver in Roscommon Our under 12 girls - Ella Richardson, Leah Raggett, Ciara Deely and Rebecca Keane - did us proud today. Representing the county they brought home All-Ireland Silver medals in the 4x250m Cross-country relay.
Niamh Richardson, competing in the Masters event finished 14th overall. well done. Feb 4th Ciara Everard in Form at the Intervarsities DCU were the overall winners of the Intervarsities Indoor T&F Championships which were held in Nenagh on Saturday. Three Kilkenny athletes contributed to that success. Teresa Conlon throwing 6.96m in the 8K Weight for Distance secured second place. Laura Langton scored twice with 5th place in the 60m hurdles and another 5th place in the Combined Events. John Fagan won the bronze medal in the 800m in 1.56.94. The top Kilkenny performance came from UCD based athlete, Ciara Everard, who ran a composed 800m to take gold in 2.05.76. This is a significant achievemnet in that it breaks Sonia O'Sullivan's Under 23 Indoor Record time of 2.05.90 set some 22 years ago. Other performances came from:- Louise Holmes representing Athlone Institute of Technology. She finished 7th in the 60m final in 8 seconds having earlier created a college record of 7.96 in the semi-final. Toss Hayes, University of Limerick, finished 4th in the 3000m. His time of 8.47.09 was a nine second improvement on his 8.56 which he achieved the previous weekend in the Leinster Indoors. Michael Bowler did his bit for Institute of Technology, Carlow winning bronze in the High jump (1.95) and amassing 3,420 points to take the silver in the Combined Events.
It was an in form Ciara Everard that took the 800m title at the Intervarsities Indoors in Nenagh today. Biding her time she struck at the right time to finish in 2.05.76. Feb 3rd A Good Night in The Racecourse This was an enjoyable night as representatives of the various clubs gathered to honour the successes of 2011. KCH heroes were Toss Hayes, Senior Cross-country, David McPherson, road running, Cliodhna Manning, International and Lorraine O'Shea , Juvenile Track and Field. The club also mreceived three shields - Juvenile Track and Field, Ladies Intermediate and Ladies Over 30.
Jan 28/29 Multi Gold for Jack
A busy weekend for our athletes kicked off with a comfortable win for Jack Manning in the U15 All-Ireland Multi-events in Nenagh on Saturday. Competing in 60m Hurdles, Long Jump, Shot, High Jump and 800m he amassed 2,506 points to take the title. Other good results were achieved by Shane McGeary (1,231 points), Craig Byrne (1,594 points) and Aoibhe O’Shea (1,869 points). Aoibhe took first place in her final event, the 800m.
A major contingent of our athletes – 17 teams - converged on the indoor stadium on Sunday for the Leinster Juvenile Indoor relays. There was joy and heartache. The boys u14 and girls u14A teams were both first across the finish line with loads to spare, but great disappointment was to follow. Both were disqualified for lane breaks. The under 17 girls also lost out as a result of a baton drop. Three tough calls and hopefully the disappointment will be put aside and turned to success in the nationals. On the positive side five teams – Girls under 13A, Girls under 15A, Boys under 16A, Girls under 18 and Girls under 19 – came home with gold medals. The Girls under 12 and the Girls under16 both won silver and Boys under 13 and Boys under 15A both got bronze. So nine teams winning medals, three losing through disqualification and the other five putting in excellent performances – Well done all.
Our adults returned some excellent results in what proved to be, for some, a very long day. The changes from the original programme which brought some of the track events to the morning session meant that some athletes were waiting for their finalevents at . Toss Hayes was the first in action and he finished well with a win in the 3K. There was double gold for Louise Holmes and Michael Bowler. Louise won the 60m and the 200m. Michael won the Long Jump and the 60m Hurdles and also took silver in the High Jump. Lorraine O’Shea won the Long Jump. Kate Millea, on her debut on the indoor circuit took second in the 1500m; Mary Kate Lanigan was back in action and won gold in the High Jump; Michael Lanigan made 4th place in the 400m; James Maher was 3rd in the 1500m and Laura Langton was 4thin Long Jump and 2nd in the 200m.
Meanwhile on the road for the Raheny 5 Mile, Brian Maher made a competitive return to competition to finish in fourth place in an excellent time of 24.07.
Jan 15 - Great Results in Relays, Junior and Senior