Dec 26 - Stoneyford 5Km Congratulations to participants in the annual Stoneyford 5Km Road Run. Among the early finishers for KCH were 4th Peter Lynch 18mins, 7th Luke FitzPatrick 19.10, 1st Female - Aoibhe Richardson 19.34, 2nd Female - Niamh Richardson.
Dec 25 -Christmas Morning Run
It was a frosty morning that greeted the runners who came to The Parade for the annual Christmas morning run organised by Kilkenny City Harriers. This event which serves a multitude of purposes – developing a healthy appetite for the Christmas fare, a social forum for those home for Christmas, a fundraising event for a local charity. Thanks to the generosity of the participants on this year’s run the Kilkenny Samaritans received in excess of one thousand euro.
While most of the participants just enjoy taking part there are some who are more serious, at least among their own social group even if the serious part only becomes evident towards the end of the run. One of these groupings is the former pupils of Colaiste Pobail Osrai where Eoin O’Floinn is ever ready for any challenge from his former classmates. Among the senior athletes enjoying this year’s run were Paul Cody and Brian Maher. Veteran and regular participants included Eamon Byrne, Mick Walsh and Jim Miller. The Junior club was well represented by Peter Lynch and Conor Quinlan. From the juvenile squad there was Shay McEvoy and Annie O’Connor and making her debut this year was nine year old Emma Manogue. Emma is a member of the Harriers under 11 squad who recently won gold in the national cross country finalsin Waterford.
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 recurance 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 8 -All Ireland Gold for Under 11 Girls
WIT proved a happy hunting ground for our under 11 girls at the All-Ireland cross-country championships today. A tough course and strong winds didn’t dent the enthusiasm, stamina or speed of this talented group. First home was Emma Manogue (24th) followed by Fiona Dillon (36), Keara Ryan (50), Caoimhe Carroll (66), Katie Ryan (88) and Emma Shortall (109). A great win for a great team. A further bonus for Emma Manogue, Fiona Dillon and Keara Ryan was the winning of a silver medal with the county team. Next up was the under 13 girls. Rachel Kelly produced a top quality performance to finish 32nd , narrowly missing out on a medal with the county team which finished 4th. Hannah Kelly also ran well and placed 70th. Shay McEvoy was our only representative in the boys under 13. A fine run brought him home in 110th. Annie O’Connor and Ella Richardson having won silver with the county team in Leinster scored 60th and 92nd respectively. However the county team could only managed a 9th place finish on this occasion.
The under 15 boys had an excellent athlete in Luke FitzPatrick. Finishing 37th he was the first scorer for the county team. Adam FitzPatrick (80), Bill Cody (108) and John Nolan (118) were the other team members. Peter Lynch, under 17, had another fab run – gradually picking off the places he crossed the finish line in 12th place – the best juvenile score of the day. This earned him individual bronze. Michael Ryan (71st) had a somewhat better outing than in Santry. Patrick Maher (106), Craig Byrne (108) and John Nolan (109) packed well but a little too far off the pace to challenge for medals. Another fine run by Aoibhe Richardson, our sole rep in the girls under 19, brought her gold and silver – gold with the Leinster team and silver with the county team. Tom O’Keeffe (44th) and Conor Quinlan (52nd) showed good pace throughout the four laps of the boys under 19 course and while it was disappointing that club failed to field a full team the two had the consolation of winning bronze with the county team. Well done all.
Hayes superb in National Novice
Toss Hayes gave 110% in the national Novice. He attacked from the start and never relented but against a strong field it was difficult to make it to the medal placings. Finishing in 8th place was excellent on the day. Ray Lonergan (90th) showed considerable progress from his 2012 outing. Paul Moran, more accustomed to challenges on the road, worked very hard and finished in 106th. Eoin Molloy and Eddie O’Keeffe making their debut at this level finished 144th and 172nd respectively. It is great to see a club team participating at this level. Well done and thanks to John Maye for all his encouragement and initiative.
Dec 7 -Eoin in Jingle Bells Eoin Everard clocked an impressive 14.40 to finish third in todays 5Km Jingle Bells runin the PhoenixPark. Congrats.
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
StSenan’s – 1.26.06, Sally Foristal, St Joseph’s – 1.30.25 and Caoimhe Foley, KCH – 1.34.44.
Dec 1 -Quinlan Tops in B Novice Conor Quinlan was in top form at the B Novice cross-country in Thomastown today. A fall during the A Novice in November saw him finish down the field but there was no fall on this occasion. Taking the lead on the first lap of the five lap course he pushed on to win and lead the team to gold. Eddie O’Keeffe also ran well to take individual silver. Richard Limpkin, running steadily throughout, finished seventh thereby completing the team score of ten points. Willie McTiernan took to the field for the over 50’s and finishing sixth showed there is plenty of running left in the legs.
Juveniles Our under 11 girls and under 13 boys were out in good numbers and in good running form. The result was gold team medals in both races. The girls winning team had Keara Ryan -1, Caoimhe Carroll -3 and Katie Ryan - 8 and subs Tara McGuire and Rachel Whelan. These combined with Aoibhe Purcell, Dara Murray and Graine Glynn were fourth team. The boys were well served by Shay McEvoy – 2, Dara Glynn – 3 and Luke Whelan -4. Subs Rory McGabhann and Tom Carroll also ran well. There were many medal winners in the younger ages. For the under 7’s we had Oisin Farrell, Conor Farrell, Dan Carroll and Sean Carroll. The under 9’s were Katie Ronan, Angela Carroll, Sinead Carroll, Harry Boyle, Billy Coogan, Ronan Grace and Rory McEvoy.
Nov 24 - Sunday Training The introduction of "The Sunday Morning Run" got off to a good start this morning with some sixteen athletes athletes taking part. It is hoped this will continue to develop and prove a successful addition to club activities.
Nov 17 - CC Even Ages in Santry
Joy and disappointment were the two emotions experienced at the All-Ireland cross-country finals in Santry today. While the disappointment was real it was greatly subdued by considerable joy and excitement. The first disappointment was hearing that Brian Maher, following a bug attack, had to withdraw from the senior race – thereby forfeiting his chance to qualify for selection on the Irish team in the Europeans. It was a major disappointment for Michael Ryan, hitting the proverbial “wall” early in the race, had to drop out. Naturally the rest of the under 18 team were also disappointed.
There the disappointment ended. The under 12 girls, especially the Thomastown contingent, gave us great excitement. First club and the major part of the second scoring county team. It is seldom an athlete collects four All-Ireland medals the one day. But such it was for Thomastown’s Aine Kinsella – individual, club,county and provincial – truly a red letter day! Well done Thomastown.
Our own athletes were also providing some joy. There were good runs by Ella Richardson (76) and Adam FitzPatrick (43) under 14, Luke FitzPatrick (64) under16 and our under 18 boys and girls. For the girls, Anna Sheehan (30) won bronze with the county team and Aoibhe Richardson (16) had double bronze – with county and province. Our sole club team, boys under18, started without Craig Byrne and Liam Og Carey, both unavailable. The team was further weakened by the afore-mentioned early pull-out by Michael Ryan. The remaining members James Nugent (83), Tom O’Keeffe (72), Luke O’Connor (57) and Peter Lynch (10) worked hard throughout. Peter who has had excellent performances at Leinster again showed well. His reward came in the shape of two All-Ireland medals – an individual tenth and bronze with Leinster.
Nov 17 -What a Day at the Stook 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.
RESULTS 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,Steve Dermody, Ri-Jan Dooley , 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.
Nov 10 -Adamstown Brings Good Results
There were many excellent performances all through the day at the Leinster cross-country in Adamstown. It started with Fiona Dillon taking 6th place in the under 11’s and finished with Ray Lonergan finishing 9th in Intermediate. Fiona was the recipient of three medals as she also won gold with the county team and silver with the club team – quite an achievement! Finishing 6th means she will be on the Leinster team to compete in the national final in December. Peter Lynch was an outstanding performer in the under 17 race. Running well from the start he upped the pace on the final lap to take individual silver. Like Fiona he collected three Leinster medals as he led club team to silver and county to gold. Fiona and Peter will be joined on Leinster panels with Aoibhe Richardson and Anna Sheehan – 4th and 7th respectively in girls under 19 – and Luke O’Connor and Tom O’Keeffe – 11th and 12th respectively on boys under 19.
Our athletes played a significant role in a number of good results by the county teams. Fiona Dillon and Emma Manogue won gold with the under 11s; Rachel Kelly won gold with under 13’s; Annie O’Connor and Ella Richardson won gold with the under 15 girls while Luke FitzPatrick and Adam FitzPatrick won silver with under 15 boys; Peter Lynch and Michael Ryan won gold with under 17’s; and in the under 19 races Anna Sheehan and Aoibhe Richardson won gold with the girls team and it was gold county medals also for Luke O’Connor, Tom O’Keeffe and Conor Quinlan in the boys race.
Two club teams won silver – Girls under11 (Fiona Dillon,Emma Manogue, Keara Ryan and Katie Ryan, Subs Caoimhe Carroll and Emma Shortall) and Boys under 17 (Peter Lynch, Michael Ryan, Craig Byrne, Patrick Maher, Sub James Nugent); Boys under 15 finsihed fourth, girls under 13 were fifth and boys under 13 were eight.
Under13: 19 Rachel Kelly, 27 Hannah Kelly, 46 Eimear Holden, 72 Annie McEvoy, 117 Dara Scobie, 126 Emma Poyntz.
Under15: 16 Annie O’Connor, 22 Ella Richardson.
Under19: 4 Aoibhe Richardson, 7 Anna Sheehan.
Results – Boys
Under 11: 63 Cian Farrell, 73 Jack Aylmer, 80 Daragh Whelan, 99 Charlie Miller, 110 Harry McIntyre, 112 Tadhg Harrison, 114 Timmy Clifford, 117 Adam Bowe.
Under 13: 26 Darragh Maher, 50 Shay McEvoy, 62 Dara Glynn, 64 Luke Whelan.
Under Luke FitzPatrick, 22 Adam FitzPatrick, 43 John Nolan, 48 Bill Cody, 55 Colm Murphy.
Under 17: 2 Peter Lynch, 15 Michael Ryan, 30 Craig Byrne, 50 Patrick Maher, 52 James Nugent.
Under Luke O’Connor, 12 Tom O’Keeffe, 14 Conor Quinlan.
Nov 3 -Second Place for Novice Men With a good blend of youth KCH won silver medals in the Men’s Co novice in Kilmacow today. Luke O’Connor and Conor Quinlan were early leaders and looked to be well positioned to lead the team to cup glory. However a fall by Quinlan on the second of the six lap course saw him drift to the back of the field. O’ Connor continued to run well and went on to take individual silver, having been overtaken by Gowran’s Jonathon Webb. Ed O’Keeffe, making his debut with the club finished fourth. Conor Quinlan made somewhat of a recovery over the last two laps to finish 11th. Liam Og Carey in 14th and Richard Limpkin in 17th completed the KCH challenge. B Juveniles Members of the extended Carroll family were very much to the fore in the juvenile races. Angela and Sinead medalled in the under 8’s. Caoimhe finishing first in the under 10s led her team to gold and Mick was the key scorer on the boys under 10 team that won bronze. KCH also had first place finishes with Jennifer Leahy girls u12 and Ella Richardson girls u14. Results Under 8 Medal winners –2 Angela Carroll, 5 Ellie Moran, 9 Sinead Carroll, 10 Laura Leahy, 6 Noah Manogue Under 10 – Girls: 1 Caoimhe Carroll, 2 Rachel Leahy, 5 Tara McGuire, 11 Kayleifg Ronan. Boys: 7 Robbie Cord, 9 Conor Johnson, 15 Mark Carroll. Under 12 – Girls: 1 Jennifer Leahy, 14 Molly Butler; Boys: 14 Jack Murphy. Under 14 – Girls: 1 Ella Richardson, 4 Annie McEvoy; Boys:2 Shay McEvoy, 8 Rory McGabhann. Under 16 – Boys: 6 Miguel Dominguez, 7 Shane Whelan, 8 James Everard.
Oct 28 - Marathon Men and Women 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.
Oct 27 - Tough Going in Dunboyne The wind, rain and cold made for very tough running conditions for all at the Leinster Cross-country championships in Dunboyne today. Our athletes coped very well - especially the under 10 squads who took part in the opening non-championship races - gold for the girls and silver for the boys - Well done.
Next up for KCH were the under 14 girls. Ella Richardson in 32nd place won bronze with the county team. Good running also from Annie McEvoy and Dara Scobie. Adam FitzPatrick was amomg the front runners from the start of the U14 boys race andwas rewarded with a 4th place finish and silver with the county team. Darragh Maher, Colm Murphy, Johnie Collins and Shay McEvoy all packed well. In the under 16 our star again was Annie O'Connor, finishing in 11th and clinching a place for the nationals on the Leinster team. The u16 boys county team were fourth with Luke FitzPatrick scoring a commendable 23rd place. The county girls under18 took gold - helped greatly by massive performances from Aoibhe Richardson third and Anna Sheehan fifth. The under18 boys proved to be the strongest squad of the day and led by Peter Lynch in third place they took silver. A huge effort from Michael Ryan saw him finish 12th. Luke O'Connor 21st and a fast finishing Craig Byrne in 27th, that coupled with excellent support work from Liam Og Carey 30th and James Nugent 36th gave them a well merited second place and contributed to a great win for the county team.
Oct 13 - Great turnout in Castlecomer today KCH was the best club on Day 2. With nine teams winning medals - Girls under 13, Boys under 15 and 17 won gold and Girls under 11, 15, 19, Boys under 13, 19 and Masters Men over 45 all won silver - the club scored 19 points, two more than St Senan's who won the shield, thanks to thier better performance on Day 1 - some results were very close. The under 13 boys lost out on gold by a single point. The under 19 girls had the same score as winners Thomastown but ended in second place on countback. So very little and we would have got the shield. A big Thank you to all who turned out and ran for the club. Well done St Senan's. Next year - KCH?
Watch out for the B Championships on 3rd Nov and 1st Dec
Results Day 2
Girls’ U-7: 2 Ellie Moran, 6 Nicole Murray, 7 Abby McCallum. Boys’ U-7: 2 Noah Manogue, 6 Billy Cleere, 8 Luke Browne, 10 Conor Farrell. Girls’ U-9: 8 Katy Ronan, 15 Becky Peters, 19 Rebecca Kelly, 31 Angela Carroll, 33 Sinead Carroll,37 Tara Clune. Boys’ U-9:, 9 Bill Whelan, 10 Ed Rawhol, 13 Billy Coogan, 15 Tristan Kelly, 17 Oisin Farrell, 18 Kieran Delaney, 21 Rory McEvoy. Girls U-11: Second Team - 4 Emma Manogue, 6 Fiona Dillon, 8 Caoimhe Carroll, 12 Keara Ryan, 14 Emma Shortall, 15 Katie Ryan, 17 Ellna Hauhoff, 18 Hannah O Keefe, , 22 Dearbhla Murphy, 23 Lucy Harte, 25 Cait Whelan, 26 Niamh Phelan , 28 Abby Gilsenan, 35 Rachel Whelan, 36 Ellie Peters, 40 Dara Murray, 41 Kaia McCallum, 42 Shauna McGabhann, 46 Emma Keogh , 50 Grainne Glynn, 55 Maeve Richardson. Boys’ U-11: , 12 Cian Farrell, 15 Jack Aylward, 9 Charlie Miller, 20 Daragh Whelan, 23 Harry McIntyre, 24 Adam Bowe, 25 Conor Johnston, 27 Tom Russell, 32 Cathal Poyntz, 36 Oisin Ronan, 37 Joe Delaney, 38 Luke Malone. Girls’ U-13: First Team -2 Hannah Kelly, 3 Rachel Kelly, 9 Eimear Holden, 16 Aine McEvoy, 23 Dara Scobie, 27 Molly Williams, 28 Alma O Neill, 29 Emma Poyntz, 30 Aisling Cowley, 32 Aine Shields, 33 Niamh O’Shaughnessy, 37 Molly Butler, 38 Chloe Dunne, 39 Saoirse Kelly, 41 Kate Everard. Boys’ U-13: Second Team - 5 Daragh Maher, 6 Daragh Glynn, 7 Shay McEvoy, 8 Luke Whelan, 27 Rory McGabhann, 30 Tom Carroll, 31 James Fitzgerald, 32 Caoilin McCallum. Girls’ U-15:Second Team1 Annie O Connor, 7 Ella Richardson, 15 Laoise Murray, 16 Sinead Flynn, 17 Jade Maher. Boys’ U-15:First Team1- Luke Fitzpatrick, 2 Adam Fitzpatrick, 11 John Nolan, 12 Bill Cody, 13 Colm Murphy, 16 Johnny Collins, 18 Nathan Kelly. Girls’ U-17:, 6 Caoilfhionn O hArgáin Boys’ U-17: First Team- 2 Peter Lynch, 3 Michael Ryan, 9 James Nugent, 12 Jack Manning (KCH), , 14 Miquel Dominguez. Girls’ U-19: Second Team - 2 Anna Sheehan, 4 Aoibhe Richardson, 8 Clare Manning. Boys’ U-19:,Second Team - 4 Luke O Connor, 5 Tom O Keefe, 8 Conor Quinlan, 9 Liam Og Carey. Mens’ O-45: Second Team - 1 Jack Carey, 5 Tim Butler, 11 Maurice Keane, 13 Willie McTiernan, 14 Sean O hArgain.
Oct 6 - Bright and Dull in Ballycurran,
The weather was dull as the low clouds brought in a blanket of light mist over proceedings in Ballycurran Cross today. But the weather wasn’t all that was dull. A certain depressing dullness clouded the minds of most of the club mentors present .The reason - For one of the largest clubs in the country and one with a very proud tradition it was depressing to see such a poor turnout. No teams in girls under 16 and 18. No team in boys under14 and no athlete in boys under 12!!! We’re not talking about winning races here – mere participation would help.
Despite the gloom there were some shining stars. In fact the under 10’s provided a bright constellation – shining gold for both girls and boys teams and Emma Manogue and Fiona Dillon in the girls and Jack Aylmer and Cian Farrell in the boys winning individual medals. The under12 and under 14 girls put in sterling efforts with the latter being rewarded with bronze medals. The boys under 16 and boys under 18 also brought success finishing first and second respectively. Individual medals were also won by Adam FitzPatrick (gold) under 14, Grace Richardson (silver) under 16, Luke FitzPatrick (silver) under 16, Anna Sheehan (silver) and Aoibhe Richardson (bronze) under 18 and Peter Lynch (gold) under 18.
Niamh Richardson came with a fast finish to win the gold in Masters women. Kathy Millett also ran well to take fifth place. The men with Pat Young 2nd, Jack Carey 4th and Willie McTiernan 16th won bronze team medals.
Results- Boys Under 8 – 2 Sean Young, 8 Noah Manogue, 9 Jack Johnson, 14 Ray McEvoy, 16 Luke Browne. Under10 – 2 Jack Aylmer, 3 Cian Farrell, 6 Michael Raggett, 8 Charlie Miller, 15 Robbie Cord, 17 Conor Johnson, 23 Shane Flynn, 26 Jay McEnroe, 32 Oisin Farrell. Under 14 -1 Adam FitzPatrick, 8 Colm Murphy, 10 Shay McEvoy. Under 16 – 2 Luke FitzPatrick, 8 Bill Cody, 10 Eamon Fennelly,12 Miguel Dominguez. Under 18 – 1 Peter Lynch, 6 Michael Ryan, 7 Craig Byrne, 9 Liam Og Carey, 12 Alan Mooney