Nov 2 - KCH LADIES ARE NOVICE CHAMPIONS
Great running and teamwork brought the Novice title to our Ladies team at a sunny Kilmacow today. There was individual silver and bronze for Rita McGarvey and Lisa Collins respectively, setting up the team for victory with excellent support from Becky Robertson and Emily Maher. The five man men’s squad put in a gallant challenge but came up a little short and had to be satisfied with team silver. Tom O’Keeffe was front runner for the team from the off and battled all the way with winner, Thomastown’s Sean Power. Padraic Daly, John Maye James Nugent and Conor Quinlan were the other team members.
Oct 27 - THE DUBLIN CITY MARATHON
This year’s DCM was run on a blustery, largely overcast and warm morning – not ideal conditions for running 26 and a bit miles. This fact was confirmed afterwards by a number of our athletes who have experience in running marathons. “It was tough out there today”. That said there were some satisfied finishers – those who achieved or bettered their target times. Unfortunately there were a number who not only didn’t achieve a satisfactory time but despite months of hard graft on the road in preparation for the big day, had to bow out along the way. Yes. It was tough out there.
Our first man home was David McPherson in 2.45.26 – a slight time improvement on 2013 but a great performance considering the adverse conditions. Our ladies were led home by Jacinta O’Duffy in 3.22.29. A considerable number of our ladies were home under the four hours. Included in this group were Emma Staunton 3.39.33, Eileen Hannrick, Lisa Mulcahy, Jackie Varley, Cora McCarthy, Emer O’Shaughnessy and the ever young Jo Scobie. Just outside the four hour mark were Deirdre Scott 4.01.06, Catherine Peters, Marcella Dunne, Anne Marie Kavanagh, Ann Shortall, Nathasha Phelan and a host of others. Ken Maher on 2.52.37 had an excellent run, but then didn’t they all – men and women alike. Pat Purcell and Mick Johnson were just over the three hour mark. Ivan McMahon, John Carey and Noel Maher were the next group hovering under or around the 3.30 mark with Davy Hogan, Mervin Doyle, Barry Somers etc under the four hours. Slightly beyond that were Eddie Hawe, Sean O’Hargain and many others. This year’s big run over it is time to recover and be ready for the next challenge – for many that will be the 10 mile on THE STOOK on Sunday 23rd November.
Feb 2- Co Intermediate, Gowran
Our F4L members played a significant part in KCH victories in the county Intermediate CC Championships in Gowran today. In the women's 3K Catriona Corr won the race and was joined by Sheila O'Callaghan (6th) and Karen Ryan (7th) on the winning team. John Carey, Pat Young and Denis Carrigan played a considerable role in helping the men to victory.
Jan 26 -Dungarvan 10
Some sixty runners under the KCH banner took part in the Dungarvan 10 Mile road race today. There were some fine runs from both men and women. Brian Maher came home in 51.46 and Ray Lonergan and Paul Moran also made it across the finish line under the hour. Donna Dowling was the first of our ladies in 1.08.01 with Annemarie O’Grady close behind her in 1.08.36. Then Karen Ryan, Mary Ann Connolly, Anne O’Gorman, Ciara Delaney, Marie Slattery, Joan Martin, Anne Marie Kavanagh, and Cora Muldowney – all finished under 1.20.00.
Dec 22 - Everard Ends Brian’s Reign
The men’s senior cross-country was dominated by KCH and produced a new title holder in Eoin Everard. Eoin finished 12th on his first senior outing in 2003. Since then, in county cross-country terms, he has been very much in the shadow of eight times winner, Brian Maher. And for much of this race it was a ding dong battle between the two. Brian set the pace for much of the race but Eoin was always with him. Even when Eoin edged ahead Brian fought back to come to the front again, until the final lap when Eoin’s relative youth and perhaps better preparedness won the day. Meanwhile Toss Hayes was in brisk form and running steadily throughout he left the rest of the field behind and made it 1, 2 and 3 for KCH. Our expected fourth man, Ray Lonergan, had to withdraw during the race with a recurring of an injury. Paul Cody, the final man on Team A, duly obliged with a steady run. Finishing 13th he brought the team to first place with a score of 19.
While the early focus was on the A race attention now turned to the B championship and what a performance John Maye’s squad put in. Paul Moran 9th, Eoin Molloy 10th, Ivan McMahon 12th and John Maye 15th - clear winners. And these were followed in by Ed O’Keeffe 18th, Johann Dewberry 19th, Conor Quinlan 20th and Niall Quinlan 22nd to win silver in section B. And in case there had been any other drop out Steve Dermody was there backing up the squads.
And so to the ladies – following numerous cry-offs etc we were left with eight ladies. This included drafting Irene Henebry onto the Team B with just five minutes to the off. The result proved that the eight were worthy representatives. In the “A” Championships Team A - Niamh Richardson 3rd, Catriona Corr 4th, Donna Dowling 6th and Caoimhe Foley 15th – won gold. Then Team B - Rita McGarvey 19th, Mary Ann Connolly 23rd, Irene Henebry 28th and Ciara Martin 30th – Won silver in the “B” Championships.
Dec 1 - Waterford Half Marathon
There was a large contingent of Kilkenny athletes in this year’s Waterford Half Marathon which took place on Sunday. Kilkenny City Harriers had in excess of thirty runners, mostly from their Fit4Life section. Gowran’s Val Gunner, completing the course in 1hr 18 mins 51 secs was one of the top performers. Kilkenny City Harriers had Paul Moran finishing in 1.19.09 and Pat Purcell in 1.22.40. There was also a good return by Thomastown’s Danny Shannahan who clocked 1.25.10. Among the top performers for the ladies were Adele Walsh, St Senan’s – 1.26.06, Sally Foristal, St Joseph’s – 1.30.25 and Caoimhe Foley, KCH – 1.34.44.
N ov 17 - What a day at The Stook!
Other finishers included John Carey - 1.27.47, Gary O'Dwyer - 1.32.30, Ann Brett - 1.44.56, Steve Dermody - 1.43.72, Paul Eustace - 1.43 37, Irene Henebry - 1.43.33, Davy Hogan - 1.43.19, Deirdre Scott - 1.44.42, Anne Msrie shortall - 1.46.51, Laura Keane 1.44.12, Michael Raggett - 1.44.56, Eimear O'Connell, Lisa Mulcahy, Linda Maher, Mairead Lacey, Linda Frisby, Aisling Gannon, Lorraine Lawlor, Marie Slattery, Oonagh Guilfoyle, Katrina Lowry, Trish Murphy, Claire Roberts, Jackie Varley, Michele Doyle, Helen Ryan, Kay Phelan, Karen Nugent, Amy Granville, Angela Comeford.
It was victory all round for KCH at the Stook in Dungarvan today. Ray Lonergan won the County 10 Mile Raod Championship and led the KCH team (Ray, Pat Purcell and Eoin Molloy) . What the men can do the women can do better as Donna Dowling took the ladies title and led her team (Donna, Caoimhe Foley and Catriona Corr) to first place and setup Team B (Catriona Muldowney, Deirdre Scott and Ann O’Gorman) for bronze medals.
A further bonus was earned with the Liam Kealy shield for the best club, first two women and first two men, was retained by the club. Congratulations all.
Oct 28 - Marathon Men and Women
Sile Brennan 1.47.40, Una Byrne 1.30.29, John Carey 1.07.51, Mary Ann Connolly1.23.14, Catriona Corr 1.13.04, Mary Cowhig 1.46.08, Ri-Jan Dooley 1.48.03, Donna Dowling1.09.03, Caoimhe Foley1.11.56 , Oonagh Guilfoyle1.30.18, Catherine Gutherie1.45.48, Irene Henebry 1.30.28 , Davy Hogan 1.13.17, Mairead Lacey 1.25.10, Richard Limpkin 1.14.39, Ray Lonergan 0.54.43, Martina McGrath 2.00.02, Pat Millea 1.25.56,Jim Miller 1.25.56, Eoin Molloy 1.05.34, Ann Moore 1.33.41, Catriona Muldowney 1.17.32 , Maria Murphy 1.35.07, Nicola Murphy 1.49.30, Gary O’Dwyer 1.11.50, Anne O’Gorman 1.22.49, Pat Purcell 1.03.21, Louise Ruane 1.36.05, Jo Scobie 1.28.59, Deirdre Scott 1.22.35, Anne Marie Shortall 1.24.48.
Members of Kilkenny City Harriers, with forty plus runners in action, were very much in evidence at today’s Dublin City Marathon. Despite the blustery conditions quite a few recorded improved times. Barbara Rossiter with 3.26.35 knocked eleven minutes off her 2011 time, Sheila O’Callaghan finished in 3.48.21 – a seven minute improvement, Emma Staunton has consistently brought her time down and now has 3.33.02 as her PB. Some twenty of them came in under four hours including Kate Millea who clocked 3.45.27 on her debut over the distance. Another athlete making his marathon debut was David McPherson. Seven years ago David took up running when he joined the Kilkenny Fit4Life club. His time of 2.46.10 in the 2013 marathon is a remarkable achievement. Others club members who ran under the three hours were Paul Moran 2.50.01 and Pat Purcell 2.53.08. Another remarkable achievement was that of septuagenarian Paddy Raggett who completed the distance in 4.36.21.
Sept 13/15 - World Triathlon
Well done to all at the World Tri in London this weekend. Eoin Molloy 25th in category, Ray Lonergan 60th in category and also to John Molloy (Good to know all is well), Alan Rhatigan and Eddie O'Keeffe.
June 23 -Men and Women? Star at Pink Rock 10K
Well done to all our runners in todays Co Kilkenny 10K Road Race Championships at the Pink Rock. David McPherson blazed the trail for the men and finishing in second place overall was the winner in the championship race. Ray Lonergan 2nd, Pat Purcell 5th and Pat Young 8th completed the scoring. John Carey in 9th place was an excellent reserve. The team result in the women’s race following review has KCH in first place. Caoilte Malone was our top performer winning individual silver in second place. Kate Millea placed 4th, Ciara Delaney was 8th and Linda Frisby 9th .Other KCH finishers were Helen Gilman, Ann Marie Martin, Nicola Murphy, Eva Richardson and Mairead McQuaid. Well done all.
June 16 – Johnswell 10K
A sizeable group from the club completed the Johnswell 10K today. Ray Lonergan was in good form finishing the run in 36.37 which brought him into second place. Eoin Molloy, Johann Dewberry, John Carey, Pat Young and Michael Raggett were not faroff. Their respective places were 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 13th. Donna Dowling was our first lady home, followed by Catriona Muldowney and Roseanna Murphy. Some otherswho completedthe run were Deirdre Scott, Gary O’Dwyer, Helen Bacon, Nicky Read, Mary Anne Connolly, Ber Carey, Brid Quirke, Bernard O’Gorman and Martina NcGrath.
June 10 – Eight Lap Timing
The final timing for this session was held tonight. 49 members took part with Caoilte Malone and Catriona Muldowney the two fastest on the night. Their respective times were 13.08 and 13.55.
May - A busy Month
Stoneyford 10K - A great representation - Ray Lonergan finished 5th. Among the other finishers were Donna Dowling, David Kennedy, Emma Staunton, Ann O'Gorman, Karen Ryan, Colette Shannon, Karen Gilsenan, Tony Knox, Jo Scobie, Catherine Lowry, Jack Varley etc
By Killarney's Lakes and Dells - That was Martina Comerford
Half Iron Man in Westmeath - That was Irene Henebry and Una Byrne
Mar 17 – A Great DASH
Thanks principally to a well organised and hard-working F4L committee we had another very successful St Patrick’s Day DASH - THE most successful to date! Thanks also to the co-operation of club officials, coaches, parents and Friends of KCH. Preparations were ongoing for a number of weeks. Early this morning it was “action all areas” – cones, balloons, direction markers, registration, parking, spot prizes, water, timing chips etc – the only area outside official control was “last minute arrivals” . Is there any way out of this national malaise? Apart from delaying the start for everyone it can also create problems at the finish. Leaving that aside this was a great DASH and provided a great buzz for all involved, not least the members and staff of the autistic unit at St Canice’s national school, the main beneficiaries.
Prize Winners and Times
Men -1 Ray Lonergan, 17.35; 2 John Murphy, 18.03; 3 Cormac Buggy, 18.09.
Ladies- 1 Martina O’Dwyer,19.24; 2 Niamh Richardson,20.09; 3 Sharon Cleere,20.27
Boys – 1 Peter Lynch, 18.25; 2 Michael Ryan, 18.56; 3 Craig Byrne 20.40.
Girls – 1 Anna Sheehan 20.56; 2 Megan Morrissey 21.47; 3 Grace Richardson 23.14.
Note – All chipped times available on Kilkenny Athletics web and also on totaltiming.ie
Mar 9 - Congrats toEoin Molloy on taking first place in Race 1 of Kilkenny Triathlon Club's Duathlo. Ray Lonergan was 4th. Some others from F4L/KCH who completed the race were Steve Dermody, Michael Raggett, Pat Young, Anne O'Gorman, David Kennedy, Olivia Dowling, Don Egan, Mary Anne Connolly, Emma Staunton, Kate Millea, Marie Slattery, Catriona Corr, Mairead Lacey.
Mar 3 - Cross-country in Freshford
Ray Lonergan was second in Senior 4K and Pat Young was first in M3.
Mar 3 - Ballycotton 10
There was a large turnout (of current and former members) for this year’s race. Some results were Paul Moran 59.24, Noel Maher 1.05.35, Don Egan 1.08.33, Joe Brennan 1.08.42, Gary O’Dwyer 1.10.20, Lisa Maher 1.10.58, David Kennedy 1.12.22, Lisa Collins 1.12.06, Roseanna Murphy 1.12.05, Emma Satunton 1.14.06, Bregeen Murphy 1.14.03, Deirdre Scott 1.14.39,Ann Brett 1.16.03, Regina Moran 1.16.58, Donna Dowling 1.17.09, Catherine Gutherie 1.18.42, Kate Giblin 1.18.34, Marcella Dunne 1.23.43, Emer O Shaughnessy 1.23.22, Karen Ryan 1.23.06, Colette Shannon 1.23.35.
Feb 28 - All Healthy at Fit4Life
The KCH Fit4Life group held their Annual General Meeting in St Fiacre’s Parish Centre tonight. It was a very positive meeting with all officers reporting substantial progress during 2012. There are currently over 200 members registered with the Athletic Association (AAI) and with regular time trials throughout the year all members have recorded improved fitness levels. And it’s not in fitness alone that many members have succeeded. Their have been many trips organised around the running calendar – Twenty five travelled to Paris in March for the Paris Half-marathon; fourteen did the Ballycotton 10; fifteen did the Charleville Half; a bus load went to Waterford for the Waterford Viking Marathon and many more. Through their participation in numerous road races they have made considerable financial contributions to a number of charities – not least in events they themselves organised such as The St Patrick’s Day DASH and Run Kilkenny.
With growing confidence a number have competed in county, Leinster and national AAI events. Some of those who competed with great success were Irene Henebry who won the County Kilkenny Intermediate cross-country; Donna Dowling won treble gold – 1st in County Novice 100m, 1st in County 8K Road and 1st in County Senior cross-country. Another notable achievement was that of Anne Marie O’Grady in the Dublin City Marathon. With a time of 3.16.23 she was the first Kilkenny lady finisher and led the team of herself, Emma Staunton and Mary Anne Connolly into fifth place. The men were also involved in a number of events with three stalwarts Eoin Molloy, Ivan McMahon and Pat Young part of the four man team that won the county novice cross-country.
The in-coming officers Chairperson – Irene Henebry, Vice Chair – Eoin Molloy, Secretary – Karen Ryan, Treasurer – Deirdre Scott, Registrar – Regina Moran and committee members are currently busy with preparations for this year’s St Patrick’s Day DASH. The proceeds of this year’s 5K event which departs from The Watershed at 11.0am on St Patrick’s morning will go to St Canice’s Co-ed National School Autism Unit.