|Kilkenny City Harriers|
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|Mar 29 – Aoife Extends her PB in Utah|
Aoife Hickey’s return to active hammer competition continues to excite. Less than a week after throwing 57.47 in Los Angeles she pushed out her PB by more than a metre in Utah. Competing in Utah Valley University on Friday she threw 58.51 and 58.49.
Mar 24 -Cliodhna Sets New Record
Day 2 at the national indoors in the Athlone Arena proved even more successful than Day 1. Five all-Ireland medals won on Day 1. Nine won on Day 2 – a grand total of fourteen. Cliodhna Manning added the 200m title to the 60m she claimed yesterday and this time she did it in style setting a new championship record of 24.88. Ciara Deely added two more golds – Long Jump and 60m hurdles. And what a championship Sarah Kate had. PB’s in both 60 and 200 including gold in the 200m. Brendan Hyland, on his debut in national competition, won silver in the under 19 Shot with a fine throw of 11.76m. Catriona Twomey contributed to the medal total with silver in High jump and bronze in Shot. Luke FitzPatrick upped his Leinster performance to win bronze in the 800m. Another recipient of bronze was Eimear O’Donogue in the High Jump. Aaron Barron and Margaret Caldbeck came close finishing 4th in their respective 200m finals as did Jack Manning 5th in his 200. Other worthy contributions came from under 13 athletes Rachel Kelly and Rory MacGabhann both of whom competed in the High Jump. Alan Mooney 5th in u17 walk and Aoibhe O'Shea 7th in 800m under 16 showed good determination. Well done all. Special thanks to the club coaches for their dedication to providing the training schedules.
Mar 23 - Gold for Deely and Manning
Day1 of the national Juvenile Indoor Track and Field finals in Athlone proved very successful for athletes from KCH. PB’s were very much in evidence at the Leinsters just two weeks ago so it was exciting to see better times across a range of events in the nationals. On a day when breaking at the start brought disqualification in practically all the sprints KCH athletes managed to avoid being sidelined. Cliodhna Manning took the gold in the 60m under 19 with a PB of 6.71. In the under 18 final Sarah Kate Lacey had another PB, 7.87, winning silver. Callan Byrne, Jack Manning and Margaret Caldbeck all made it through to their respective finals – all again with PB’s. KCH had three competitors in the walks – Alan Mooney in under 17, Ruth Carey in under 18 and Nicholas Dunphy under 19. All three turned in improved times with Carey being the most improved - knocking over 30 seconds off her Leinster time. Nicholas had the added bonus of a silver medal.
The club had two competitors in field events – Ciara Deely in High Jump and Eimear McMullan in Long Jump. Ciara, clearing 1.60m, was a comfortable winner and continuing on to have a go at the record of 1.64 just came up short. Eimear had an excellent Long Jump competition. She made it through to the jump-offs and finished fourth with 4.85m extending her PB by 13cms.
Mar 22 - Aoife increases Hammer Distance
Aoife Hickey continues to show improved form with the Hammer. Following her successful return to competition last week she excelled again in Los Angeles throwing two more PB's - 57.44 and 57.47.
Mar 22 - European Silver
Ken Deevy, competing in the European Masters in San Sebastian, won silver in the 800m M55.
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 16 - Hickey Heaves Hammer
Aoife Hickey returned to outdoor hammer throwing today with a successful series of throws. Competing in San Diego, California, she had three PB's out of her four throws. Her new PB is 57.30m. Well done Aoife.
Mar 10 - Ken Deevy travelled to London at the wekend to compete in the British Masters Indoors O/55. Running in the 800m he took the silver just 0.3s behind Britain's David Wilcocks, former world masters record holder.
Mar 10 - Ciara Jumps out of Her Skin
The Leinster Indoor Athletic Champoinships continued today and Ciara Deely continued on her gold medal winning way. However this was no ordinary gold for Ciara who must surely have jumped out of her skin to set a new Championship Record of 1.62m –just 3 cms short of what was achieved in the recent Senior Championships. Well done Ciara. Cliodhna Manning clinched gold in the 200m. Lauren Gleeson came ever so close to gold in her Long Jump having to settle for silver – on countback. There was further disappointment for Lauren. Having qualified for the final of the 60m she had to withdraw owing to a muscle injury. There were a number of other silvers – Eimear McMullan in Long jump, Luke FitzPatrick in 800m and Sarah Kate Lacey in 200m just ahead of Margaret Caldbeck who got the bronze in the same 200m. Jack Manning won bronze in the shot and 60m and another bronze went to Aoibhe O’Shea in the 800m. Adam FitzPatrick, following a bumpy heat, finished 6th in the 800m final. Huge numbers in the 60m sprints led to semi-finals in a number of races. There were good runs from Sinead Tuohy, Keeva O’Brien and Leah Raggett who finished 5th in her final. Cliodhna Manning won her 60m as did Sarah Kate Lacey. A photo finish in the boys under 17 sprint placed Callan Byrne in 3rd place and Aaron Barron 4th. We had a number of athletes competing in the Long Jump. Keeva O'Brien camw close finishing 4th under15. Darragh Maher was 5th under 13. Among some other under 13's who did well were Declan Coffey and Hannah Kelly. Well done athletes, coaches and parents.
Mar 9 - Harriers on Indoor Trail
Following a good competitive weekend at the Scottish Indoors in Glasgow it was off to Athlone for the Leinster Indoors this weekend. It was evident from todays results that the trip to Glasgow helped sharpen the competitive edge of a number of our athletes. Or so it would seem given the number of PB’s chalked up in Athlone today. Starting with two PB’s in under 19 Shot Putt –CatrionaTwomey 9.96 and Brendan Hyland - the tone for the day was set. Aaron Barron, Callan Byrne and Jack Manning followed the trend with PB’s in their respective 200’s. Rory MacGabhann had another – 1.36 in High Jump and crème de la creme Lauren Gleeson flew the 60m hurdles in 8.94 seconds.
Saturday Medal Winners: Under 13 – Rachel Kelly 2nd High Jump; Rory MacGabhann 3rd High Jump. Under 14 – Ciara Deely 1st 60m Hurdles, 1st Long Jump. Under 15 – Lauren Gleeson 1st 60m Hurdles; Shauna Millea 3rd High Jump. Under 16 – Grace Richardson 1st 1500; Aoibhne Murphy 3rd1500; Jack Manning 1st 200m. Under 17 – Aaron Barron 1st 200m; Callan Byrne 3rd 200m; Alan Mooney 2nd Walk. Under 18 – Ruth Carey 2nd Walk. Under 19 – Nicholas Dunphy 1st Walk; Catriona Twomey 1st High Jump, 2nd Shot Putt; Brendan Hyland 2nd Shot Putt.
Mar 9 - Loreto Win Silver
It was a cold, damp, windy and mucky end to the cross-country season in the grounds of University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Belfast. For the girls from Loreto the day had a pleasant silver lining as their Intermediate team, led by Anna Sheehan, finished in second place. Anna placed13th and had Aoibhe Richardson 28th and Lauren Dermody 47th. Nicola Murphy and Lauren Hayde also ran well giving the team good back-up. Loreto had another fine performer in Annie O’Connor who finished 33rd in the minor race.
St Kierans had teams in Minor and Intermediate boys. The minors, placing 4th, fared best. They had an outstanding athlete in David O’Connell who came in 11th. The other team members were Eric Oyay, John Dillon, Mark Nolan, Jessie Dilhon, Conor McGree, Evan Clarke and James Phelan. The intermediate lads were a little disappointed to finish 6th. On reflection it was a good result, particularly for Jack Keoghan who pushed hard from the start to come home in19th place. Cormac Buggy, Tom O’Keeffe and Peter Lynch packed well finishing 48th, 49th and 51st respectively. Michael Ryan, Gary Kehoe, Tom Allen and Colm Prendeville supported.
Kilkenny was represented in the seniors by Presentation Loughboy. Megan Morrissey showed some of her former sparkle to finish 22nd . With Maeve O’Connor 30th, Aisling Nolan 42nd, Siobhan Doyle 47th and Mary O’Connor 48th the team came fifth .Well done all in difficult conditions.
MAR 1,2 & 3 - EVERARD SUPERB
What a time Ciara is giving us. 10th Feb a new senior indoor record inthe 800m 2.02.54. 17th Feb Gold in Senior Indoor 800 2.07.77.From there for three unforgettablr days at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg. Day 1 - She won herheat in style in 2.04.33. Day 2 - A tough semi-final but she held her place and qualified in third place in 2.03.40. Day3 - The 800m final and after two days of superb running and tension she finished sixth in 2.02.55 -1/100th of a second outsiden her PB. SUPERB CIARA
MAR 3 - Gold, Silver and Bronze in Glasgow
A number of juveniles from Kilkenny City Harriers athletic club spent an enjoyable weekend at the Scottish Indoor Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The group led by coach, Jim Langton, and accompanied by a number of coaches and parents departed Kilkenny by bus on Friday morning. Travelling north they took the ferry from Larne arriving in Glasgow in time for an evening dinner.
Saturday morning and it was by bus to the Arena for Day 1 of the championships, to compete in heats and hopefully semi-finals and finals. In the 60m heats under 18 three girls – Sarah Kate Lacey, Margaret Caldbeck and Eimear McMullan – made it through to the semis and then two – Sarah Kate and Margaret – qualified for the finals. A fab run by Sarah Kate brought her gold in 7.95 seconds. Margaret also had a good final finishing 4th in 8.08. In boys under 18 Aaron Barron and Callan Byrne both qualified for the semi-finals of the 60m. Aaron was 4th in his semi in 7.50 but didn’t qualify for the final. Competing in the 200m he went a step further. After winning his heat in 23.56 and finishing second in the semi he placed 5th in the final. Callan was second in his 60m semi and finished 8th in the final in 7.41. In the 60m under 20 Cliodhna Manning and Lorraine O’Shea both qualified for the final. Cliodhna took the gold in 7.70 while Lorraine won bronze. Her final time was 7.92. Lorraine won gold in her favourite event—the long jump with a clearance of 5.59 metres. Cliodhna also went in the 200m. Finishing second in heat 1 in 26.22 she went on to win silver in the final where her time was 25.02. Sinead McDonagh with 10.04 in her 60m hurdles heat qualified for the final as a fastest looser. Sinead tied for fifth place in the high jump with clubmate Catriona Twomey, both jumping 1.55m. Catriona, throwing 9.40m won silver in the Shot. Eimear O’Donoghue cleared 1.50 in the under 18 high jump.
The middle distance runners were happy to establish new PB’s for themselves, 1500m Aoibhe Richardson and Nicola Murphy competed in the 1500 under18 and finished 3rd and 5th respectively. Nicola’s time was 5.45.28. Aoibhe finished in 5.10.22 winningbronze in the process. In the 1500 under 18 Michael Ryan’s time was 4.36.68 and Peter Lynch came in at 4.45.10. Craig Byrne ran his 800m in 2.24.54.
If day one in Glasgow went well then day two went exceptionally well. Highlight of the weekend was the performance of under 14 athlete, Ciara Deely. She had a busy day but when you compete in an international arena and come away with three gold medals who cares how busy the day was? Winning through to the final of the 60 hurdles she won the final in 9.38. Then 1.55 in the high jump brought her a second gold. And 4.79m in the long jump made it three. Under 16 girl, Lauren Gleeson, competing one year out of her age, won gold in the 60m hurdles in 8.99 and with 5.22m in the long jump she won silver. The sixth medal of Day2 was won by Annie O’Connor who clocked 5.13.95 in the 1500m under 16. Jack Manning was fourth in the Shot and fifth in the 60m final. Leah Raggett, under 14, won her 60m heat, placed third in the semi-final and came eight in the final. She also competed in the 200m and the long jump. There were many other great performances from this young squad of athletes. The experience gained will undoubtedly stand to them all.
The competition over it was time to climb on the bus and head for the ferry once again and start the return journey to Kilkenny.
Achievements in Glasgow Day 2 :60m - Johnnie Collins 9.52; Leah Raggett 8.61; Martyna Balcer 8.96; Jack Manning 7.74; Aisloing Morrissey 9.08. 60m hurdles - Johnnie Collins 11.64; Ciara Deely 9.38; Lauren Gleeson 8.99; Aisling McDonagh 10.56. 200m - Leah Raggett 29.70; Keeva O’Brien 30.56. 300m - Maeve Shaw 46.76; Annie O’Connor 47.84. 400m - Eamon Fennelly 58.98. 800m – Adam FitzPatrick 2.18.46; Colm Murphy 2.33.82; Luke FitzPatrick 2.17.51; Bill Cody 2.45.18; John Nolan 2.41.37; Ella Richardson 2.44.37; Rebecca Keane 2.43.55; Aoibhe O’Shea 2.28.30; Jennifer O’Keeffe 2.38.37; Grace Richardson 2.36.00. 1500m – Annie O’Connor 5.13.95. High Jump – Ciara Deevy 1.55. Long Jump – Aisling Morrissey 4.00; Leah Raggett 3.66; Aisling McDonagh 4.18; Lauren Gleeson 5.22; Ciara Deely 4.79; Martyna Balcer 4.24. Shot Putt – Jack Manning 11.91.
MAR 3 - CC Relays in Freshford
A great turnout by our juveniles in Freshford led to a major haul of medals. The girls under 11 were really out in force. What a sight to see – seven sets of KCH singlets lined up at the start and the result - 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th. Boys under 11 – 5th and 9th.Girls under13 – 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th. Boys under 13 – 1st, 3rd and 5th. Girls under 15 – 1st, 2nd (Incl some Castlecomer) and 3rd. Boys under 15 – 1st, 2nd (incl some Castlecomer) and 3rd.
In the younger Open races there were also great performances - Under 7 Girls – 2 Milly Gilsenan, 5 Evie Holohan; Boys under 7 – 3 Joe Pierce, 4 Oisin Corrigan, 5 Matt Pierce. Girls under 9 – 5 Becky Peters, 6 Angela Carroll, 11 Aine Behan. Boys under 9 – 3 Sean Young, 8 Philip Phelan, 10 Ger Delaney.
MAR 3 - Gold and Silver on Short Course
In the men’s Short Course cross-country (4K) Ray Lonergan had a right battle to finish in second place. Pat Young, warmed up by cycling from the city, won gold in the V3 category.
MAR 3 - Brian Second in Ballycotton
Brian Maher did the Ballycotton 10 in 50.09 to take second place. Paul Moran also had a good run finishing in 59.24. There was a large contingent from Fit4life with Lisa Maher one of the early finishers in 1.10.58.
FEB 24 - Bronze for Under14 Girls
KCH Junior Ladies finished 5th in the National Inter-club Cross-country in Tullamore today. Anna Sheehan continued her good form with an 11th place finish and Aoibhe Richardson in 15th was also running well. Annie Condren 25th and Nicola Murphy 28th completed the scoring. This is an excellent result for this squad, all of whom will be juniors for another two years.
The KCH team of Rebecca Keane, Ella Richardson, Leah Raggett and Martyna Balcer represented the county in the 4x250m Inter-county relays. And they represented the county with a good performance and were rewarded with bronze All-Ireland medals.
FEB 22 - County Awards Night
At the annual Awards Night in Gowran tonight five KCH athletes were honoured by the County Kilkenny Athletics Board for their achievements during 2012. Joanne Cuddihy following her performances in the 400m in Australia, Japan, Europe, Santry and the London Olympics received the International Award. Her father Bill accepted the award on her behalf. Anne Marie O’Grady received the County Road Award. Included in her successes during the year was a time of 3.16.23 in the Dublin City Marathon in October. Michael Bowler was the recipient of the Senior Track and Field Award. Michael, a multi-talented athlete won medals at county, leinster and national events. The highlight of his year was amassing 6,250 points to win bronze at the Hexham International Combined Events championships. Ciara Deely who won six Leinster gold and five national gold was presented with the Juvenile Track and Field award. The senior Cross-country award went to Brian Maher. Brian, as well as being part of the Irish team at the European cross-country, won the county senior title for the eight consecutive time.
The club also received The Novice Cross-country Cup, Senior Ladies Cross-country Cup, Senior Men Cross-country Shield and Juvenile Track and Field Shield.
FEB 17 - Another Gold for Ciara
Ciara Everard struck gold again in the senior 800m at the Indoors in Athlone today. Not atall troubled by the opposition she coasted to victory in 2.07.77. Eoin Everard ran a top quality 1500m in the final of the event but was unable to hold off the challenge of John Coughlan. Nevertheless his silver was well earned with a fine time of 3.48.96. Louise Holmes ran in the finals of 60m and 200m finishing 5th in both. These were championships for Louise who marked up Pb's in both events - 7.7 in the 60m and 24.56 in the 200m.
FEB 17 - Double Victory in Gowran
It was a good day for our intermediate runners at a windy and testing course in Gowran today. The ladies team of Orla McPhillips, Catriona Muldowney, Catriona Corr and Mary Anne Connolly finished second to a youthful Thomastown team. Orla had an excellent run over the first lap and pulled away on the second lap to take the individual title. The men, who had difficulty getting a team together earlier the week, fielded seven runners. KCH were prominent from the start with three athletes part of the leading bunch. When the pressure came on in the final lap the field spread out. A major battle opened up at the front between Ray Lonergan and the leading Thomastown athlete. Turning into the finishing straight Ray upped the ante again and took a convincing lead before entering the chute to claim the title and leadingthe KCH team to a welcome victory.
FEB 17 - Joy at Cross-country Relays
There were many happy athletes among the juveniles from KCH at the cross-country relays in Gowran today. There was agood turnout intheunder 8's where Angela Carroll took first place. Other good performers were Ava O'Grady, Sinead Carroll, Nicole Murray, and Ciara Doyle. Sean Young carried the club colours in the boys race and was rewarded with a bronze. In the relays the girls were out in force and running well. The under tens had teams in 1st, 4th and 5th. The under twelves had teams in 2nd, 5th, 8th and 10th while the under fourteens and under 16's were clear winners of their respectives races. The boys under ten were in sparkling form with teamsfinishing in 1st,2nd and 5th places. The under twelves were 4th and the under fourteens won silver. Well done all. (Some photos on "pics" page).
FEB 16 - Good performances at Senior Indoors
The club had a number of good performances at the Senior Indoors in Athlone today. Lorraine O'Shea finished fourth in the Long jump with 5.60m. Louise Holmes qualified for tomorrow's 60m and 200m finals and Eoin Everard easily won his 1500m heat to qualify for the final. Michael Bowler, looking forward to a good competition, hadto withdraw following an ankle injury.
FEB 16 - Cliodhna gets national Award.
Cliodhna Manning received the national Kilkenny Juvenile Athlete of the Year Award from th Athletic Association of Ireland ata function in The Tullamore Court Hotel tonight. A well earned award for many great performances during 2012. Best wishes for 2013.
FEB 10 – Ciara Magic
The ladies special 800m turned out to be extra special for Ciara Everard. Not alone did she win gold but also qualified for the Europeans and for good measure set a new senior record of 2.02.54 – pure magic. Eoin Everard also ran well finish fourth in the senior 1500m in 3.45.56. Louise Holmes was 4th in the 60m and won silver in the 200m under 23, scoring a PB of 24.88. Competing in the Junior walk Nicholas scored another PB when he finished 5th in 15.38.40. Lorraine O’Shea won the Junior Long Jump with 5.56.
FEB 9 – National Gold for Ken
Ken Deevy returned to the new Athlone Indoor arena for the Master’s Nationals. Following a very wild start he settled down to run a fine 800m and win the O55 gold in 2mins 14 – five seconds less than his Leinster gold last weekend.
FEB 2 - Harriers Gold Rush in Athlone
The new Indoor Athletic Stadium in Athlone is as different from the Nenagh Arena as chalk is from cheese but the performance of the juvenile relay squads from Kilkenny City Harriers was of vintage quality. With more than twenty clubs from around the province contesting the Leinster Indoor relay finals KCH added to their relay reputation with a number of outstanding performances. With sixteen finals to be decided KCH medalled in twelve. The haul included winning in seven, finishing second in two, third in two and a fourth place in one. It wasn’t just the winning but the manner of their winning. Five of the wins – Girls under 14, Girls under 15, Girls under 18, Girls under 19 and Boys under 17 –came with the esteemed label “championship best performance”. Owing to the number of teams in some of the races qualification for finals was based largely on time, rather than place, in the heats. Consequently there is no time for hanging around as coming second in a qualifying round is no guarantee to getting into a final. This was well demonstrated in girls under 13 where KCH finished second in their heat but failed to qualify for the final, and again in boys under 14 where the KCH finished third in their heat but with a good time qualified for the final –where they finished fourth. Who would one single out for special mention? A difficult answer. Perhaps all members of CBP teams should take a bow. Newcomer Dylan Drennan Smyth certainly made his mark - not once but twice - the second being the tenacious manner in which he held off the opposition in the under 16 final. Well done one and all.
Members of medal winnng teams:- KCH Girls – 1st Under14 - Martyna Balcer, Orla Casey, Leah Raggett, Ciara Deely, Rebecca Keane, Laoise Murray; 1st Under 15 – Lauren Gleeson, Jennifer O’Keeffe, Sinead Tuohy, Keeva O’Brien;1st Under 16 – Aisling McDonagh, Keeva O’Brien, Grace Richardson, Aoibhe O’Shea and Lauren Gleeson; 2nd Under 17 – Eimear O’Donoghue, Aoibhe O’Shea, Aisling McDonagh, Eimear McMullan, Niamh McMullan;1st Under 18 – Sarah Kate Lacey, Eimear O’Donoghue, Eimear McMullan, Margaret Caldbeck; 1st Under19 – Cliodhna Manning, Catgriona Twomey, Sinead McDonagh, Margaret Caldbeck, Sarah Kate Lacey. KCH Boys – 3rd Under 13 Rory MacGabhann, Patrick O’Shea, Darragh Maher, Shay McAvoy, Declan Coffey, James FitzPatrick, Ben O’Shaughnessy; 3rd Under 15 – Ryan Poyntz, Luke FitzPatrick, Dylan Drennan Smyth, John Nolan, Nacho Rodriquez, Adam FitzPatrick; 2nd Under 16 – Jack Manning, Luke FitzPatrick, Dillon Drennan Smyth, Eamon Fennelly, John Nolan; 1st Under 17 – Aaron Barron, Jack Manning, Aidan Tuohy, Callan Byrne; 1st Under 18 – Aaron Barron, Kelvin Murphy, Michael Ryan, Callan Byrne. St Joseph’s Boys – 3rd Under12 – Paul Murphy, Rory O’Connor, Ian Byrne, Killian Griffin, Kevin Saunders, Cathal Beirne; 2nd Under 13 – Oisin Griffin, Paul Murphy, Rory O’Connor, Kevin Saunders, Sam Sutton, Killian Griffin.
The Leinster Junior, Senior and Masters Leinster Indoor Championships were held in the newly opened Indoor stadium at the Athlone Institute of Technology on Saturday. There were large entries in many events leading to tough competition and a long day, especially for those juniors who had already competed in the juvenile relaysearlier in the day. While medals were won at all levels by Kilkenny athletes it was the Masters who showed greater success. Shannen Dawkins, St Joseph’s, was the most impressive of the juniors winning the High Jump (1.65) and taking silver in the 60m hurdles. Her club-mate Eoin Power also won silver in his 60m hurdles. KCH had Lorraine O’Shea winning silver in the long jump. Gowran’s Donagh Mahon won bronze in the High Jump (1.85). In the senior events Gowran’s Ann Doyle was second in the 400 and Louis Holmes, KCH, won bronze in 60m sprint. However the older athletes struck gold in a number of events. In the over 35’s Emmett McAviney, Gowran, won gold in Shot with a throw of 9.14. Joe Kelly, Brow Rangers, throwing 9.42, won gold in over40’s. Also in over 40’s Verena Fenlon, St Joseph’s, won the ladies shot with a throw of 9.50. Maria Griffin, St Joseph’s, ran a fine race to take the gold in 3000m over 40. Ken Deevy, KCH, made a welcome return to competition and showed considerable form to win the 800m over55’s in 2mins 20 seconds. Mention must also be made of coach extrordinaire - Conor - who turned athlete fortheevening and claimed bronze in the 200m final.
Results:- Junior – Eoin Power, St Joseph’s 2nd 60m hurdles; Aaron Barron, KCH, 5th - Shot(10.91); Martin Mulhall, Gowran, 6th Shot(9.90); Shannen Dawkins, St Joseph’s, 1st High jump (1.65), 2nd 60m hurdles; Lorraine O’Shea, KCH, 2nd Long Jump 95.67).
Senior – Eoin Everard, KCH, 4th 800m; Ann Doyle 2nd 400m, 5th Shot (8.48); Louise Holmes, KCH, 3rd 60m; Kieran Kelly, Brow Rangrs, 4th Shot(10.63).
Masters: Over 35 – Emmett McAviney, Gowran 1st Shot (9.14); Over 40 – Verena Fenlon, St Joseph’s, 1st Shot (9.50), 2nd high jump (1.30), 2nd 800m, 3rd long jump (3.72); Maria Griffin, St Joseph’s, 1st 3000m; Joe Kelly, Brow Rangers, 1st Shot (9.42); Pat Power, St Joseph’s, 2nd 60m, 3rd long jump (4.43). Over 45 – Conor MacGabhann, KCH, 3rd 200m(29.65); Over 55 – Marty Kelly, Gowran, 3rd 400m, 4th 800m; Ken Deevy, KCH, 1st 800m (2.20). Over 60 – Murty Kelly, Brow Rangers, 2nd Shot (9.43).
FEB - 1 College Record for Ciara
At the Intervarsities Indoor athletics champoionships in Athlone today Ciara Everard ran a superb 800m to take the gold and set a new collegiate record of 2.04.81. Well done Ciara. The overall victors were DCU who had considerable help from KCH members - Teresa Conlon (2ndin 8K for distance - 7.35), Laura Langton 3rd Combined Events (2,735 points), Lorraine O'Shea 2nd Long jump (5.51), Michael Bowler 2nd in Combined Events (3,570 points) and including a 2nd in the High Jump (1.90). Louise Holmes scored for Athlone IT with 3rd in 200m and 5th in60m.
JAN 27 - Brian Maher returned to competitive action with a 3rd place finish in The AXA Raheny 5 miles with a time of 25.01.
JAN 27 – Bronze for Eoin at AAI Games
Eoin Everard collected bronze at the AAI Games in Athlone today in a competitive time of 1.52.28. Louise Holmes was 6th in both 60m (7.92) and 200m (25.47).
JAN 26 -Inaugural Gold for Bowler
The new state of the art Indoor Arena in Athlone opened its doors on Saturday to stage the national Indoor Combined Events Championships. Michael Bowler, with a points total of 3431 was the winner of the senior event. This gave him the unique distinction of being the first senior athlete to take the podium for the gold medal presentation in the new arena. Kilkenny City Harriers had other medal winners in Jack Manning and Catriona Twomey. Jack won silver. Achieving PB’s of 1.61 in the High Jump and 11.06 in the Shot Putt helped bring his points total to 2994. For Catriona, competing in the Junior event, the medal colour was bronze. Her points were 2597 which also included a PB of 1.58 in the High Jump.
JAN 26 - GOOD RUNNIG AT South Leinster Schools CC
Athletes from Kilkenny City Harriers were very much to the fore in achieving success for local schools at the South Leinster Schools Cross- country championships held in Clongoweswood College on Thursday. Annie O’Connor, in 4th place, was top scorer for Loreto minors who lost out, on countback, for a place in the Leinster finals. The Loreto Juniors took first place with Grace Richardson and Jennifer O’Keeffe pacesetters for the team. The school’s Intermediate team also finished in first place with the added kudos of having Anna Sheehan and Aoibhe Richardson winning individual gold and silver respectively. The other team members were Nicola Murphy and Margaret Caldbeck.
In the boys races St Kieran’s College showed up well – again with many KCH athletes in their ranks. Their Junior team with Luke FitzPatrick, Eamon Fennelly, Bill Cody, John Nolan and Jack Manning won silver. In the Intermediate race the college team won gold with Cormac Buggy, Gowran winning individual gold and Peter Lynch, KCH taking the individual silver. Michael Ryan and Patrick Maher were the other scorers. KCH lads, Conor Mahon, Conor Quinlan and Cormac Everard back-boned the St Kieran’s Senior team which finished in second place. All these athletes will now go forward to the Leinster finals in Santry on 6th February.
JAN 25 - County Kilkenny AGM
There were very positive reports from all officers at the Co Kilkenny Athletics Board AGM which was held in The Club House Hotel, Patrick St., tonight. All out-going officers were re-elected with Colette FitzPatrick joining the board as Assistant Sectretary.
JAN 20 - Gold and Silver in Ballyroan
Our Junior Men’s team put in a fine performance today at the Leinster Cross-country Championships in a very cold Ballyroan. With experienced Juniors Jonathan FitzPatrick and Conor Mahon unavailable, the younger members of the squad were not found wanting. It was a testing 6K course and all four runners ran well to take the gold medals. Peter Lynch, after a good pre-Christmas season, ran a confident race and, finishing in sixth place, led the team home. Michael Ryan, running his first race with the club, had a sprint finish to pass club-mate Conor Quinlan on the run to the chute. A much improved Paddy Maher completed the scoring for the team. For the afore-mentioned Peter Lynch it was indeed a golden day as he won a second gold as the fourth scorer with the winning county team. The other county scorers in the order of finishing were Oliver Mullally, St Senan’s (2nd), Sean Power, Thomastown (3rd) and Cormack Buggy, Gowran(5th).
Our Junior Ladies had an outstanding performer in Anna Sheehan who put in a marvellous final lap to take individual silver and also lead the county team to silver. Aoibhe Richardson also had a great run and finishing fifth she was the second scorer on the county team. Nicola Murphy also gave an excellent performance but without a fourth runner the club could not contest for club medals. The Thomastown club were second club.
A similar fate befell our senior ladies as with just three reporting for duty hopes were dashed before they even started. All three, Orla McPhillips, Maria Murphy and Catriona Muldowney, ran well to score along with Adele Walsh, St Senan’s and Sile Carroll, Castlecomer, on the county team which finished in sixth place. Ivan McMahon, making his debut at this level, was the club’s sole representative in the senior men’s race
Club teams contested four of the relay races and finished second in three. The unlucky odd one out was boys under 14 – unlucky because from a large field they finished in fourth place. The under 14 girls ran extremely well – Rebecca Keane was first runner, followed by Ella Richardson who handed over to Leah Raggett. Leah came to the baton change with Martyna Balcer in second place. Martyna stormed into the lead but despite her powerful run she was caught on the run into the finish. Jennifer O’Keeffe led off the under 16 girls. She was followed by Grace Richardson and then Aisling McDonagh before handing over to Aoibhe O’Shea. Aoibhe gave it everything and closed on the leader but not being able to catch her had to settle for second. The under 16 boys race followed a similar pattern to the girls. Eamon Fennelly ran an excellent first leg followed by John Nolan and Luke FitzPatrick. Luke passed the baton to Jack Manning who with a strong run challenged for first place but just came up short at the finish. Overall an excellent return!
JAN 13 -Junior Men Take County Title
Our Junior Men put in a fine performance at the cross-country championships in Kilmacow today. Conor Mahon was very much in contention for an individual medal as he settled into 3rd place on the first lap. Having settled in 3rd that is where he finished. Peter Lynch making his debut at this level was comfortable over the first 4k . As the race progressed he upped the pace to finish well in 4th place. With Conor Quinlan 5th and Patrick Maher coming 9th KCH took team gold on 21 points ahead of Thomastown who scored 26 points.
Our over 35 Men also showed good form. Despite excellent running by Fit4Life members Eoin Molloy and Ivan McMahon, finishing 3rd and 5th respectively, the team had to settle for second place. Johann Dewberry made particularly good progress over the last 1000m to finish a commendable 7th. Our last man in was Seamus Nugent in 17th place.
We had a low turnout from the juvenile ranks but those who ran did well. Fiona Dillon took silver in girls under 10. In boys under 10 Cian Farrell got thebronze while Charlie Miller was 9th. The under 14 boys won team gold with Colm Murphy 3rd, Darragh Maher 4th, Rory MacGabhann 6th and James FitzPatrick 7th.
Jan 5 - KCH Star at Leinster Star Awards
There was a large attendance at the Leinster Star Athletics Awards ceremony in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow on Saturday night as athletes and club representatives from around the province gathered to celebrate the successes on the track in 2012. Wicklow athlete, Fionnuala Britton, following her good showing in the 5K and 10K at the London Olympics and her marvellous performance at the European Cross-Country in Budapest, was a very popular recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) also performed well during 2012. The club was presented with two cups - The Mick Quinn Cup for the best club for juveniles aged under 12 -15 and the Eurotab Cup for the best club for juveniles aged under16 – 19. The club was also runner-up for two awards – The Mick Byrne cup for Indoor Competition and the Hehir Shield for Relay Championships.
The Kilkenny individual Star Recipients were:- Juvenile Female Athlete - Cliodhna Manning, KCH; Juvenile Male Athlete – Aaron Baron, KCH and Eoin Power, St Joseph’s A.C. (Award shared); Senior Atlhete – Lousie Holmes, KCH.