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MARCH
Mar 17 - 
Mar 17 – Maher in Portlaoise

Brian Maher had reason to celebrate the national feast day following a superb run in Portlaoise. Covering the distance in 15.02 he was comfortably across the line in first place.

Mar 17 - Another Successful DASH

The threatened rain held off to the joy of all involved in the St Patrick’s morning  KCH/F4L 5K DASH. This annual event which attracts family groups as well as seasoned athletes tends to have a lively social dimension and this year proved no different with many non-running family members turning out to support those who were running. Two times Olympian, Joanne Cuddihy, blew the whistle to get the race under way. She then joined in the race for a useful workout. Toss Hayes, KCH, set the pace from the start and continued to stretch the lead and finished well ahead of the rest. His time was 15.58. Alan Roantree, Callan A.C., was second in 17.15 while Waterford man, Alan Slattery came home in 17.57 to take third place. The prizes for the ladies went around the county. Sally Forristal, St Joseph’s was first home in 18.45. KCh had second with Caoilte Malone  ( 19.03) and Adele Walsh (19.59), St Senan’s collected the third prize. KCH made a clean sweep in juvenile boys – 1st James Kearney, 2nd Cathal Kearney and 3rd John Muldowney. Prize winners for the girls were – 1st Grainne Behan, 2nd Sarah Cooke and 3rd Ellie Moran.

Martina McGrath, chairperson Kilkenny fit4Life, thanked all involved – the runners, supporters and the strong team of marshals. There was thanks also for the OPW for the marvellous facility made freely available and The James Stephens GAA club for the use of their club room for registrations.         

Mar 12 - Joy in Ballycotton

A considerable number of men and women from the club competed in the Ballycotton 10 today. Not alone did they compete  - they competed very successfully. Top of the success was Ciara Delaney with a tenth place in the senior ladies section. Other results saw Trust Mtinsi, Paul Moran and Davy Hogan all home under the hour. Paul and Davy with Johann Dewberry won bronze in the O/40 section. Bregeen Murphy, Karen Ryan and Emer O’Shaughnessy were also bronze medal winners in the O/45 category.

Mar12 - Juveniles in Freshford

Our “younger” juveniles gave a great account of themselves at the cross-country event in the Nuenna Equestrian Centre, Freshford today. First to score was Peter Quinn with second place in the under 7 race. Robert Lacey went one better to finish first in the boys under 9 race. James Brennan and Harry Butler were also medalwinners in that race. For the under 9 girls there were four winners – Mattha Bergin 3rd, Ellie Millea 6th, Chloe Thompson 9th and Ali Dowling 12th. Well done boys and girls.

The club had fabulous runners in the under 11 relays. The girls had teams in first, third and fourth places while the boys scored with two teams – first and third.

To misquote the poet – “spring has sprung, the grass is ris, I wonder where the “12s and older” is”!!! 

Mar 12 - Ladies Dominate Short Course
The Nuenna Equestrian Centre was the venue fortodays Short Course Cross-country. the KCH ladies were to the fore from the start with Donna Dowling setting the pace and Orla McPhillips close behind. As they approcahed the finish the places were reversed as an obvious fit Orla took to the front and crossed the line to take the gold. Donna took the silver and Caitriona Corr, having worked her way through the field won the bronze. Kate Millea (7th) with a steady run completed the scoring to give KCH team gold. 
The men's race was a closer affair with ourmen battling it out with Gowran. Gowran with Niall Sheehan in top form took the gold. Colm Murphy (4th), the lone junior on view, led the team to silver. Niall Lacey (6th), who worked hard throughout, Nicholas Dunphy (9th) and Willie McTiernan (13th) were the other scorers. 

Mar 11 - Loreto Girls Star in Mallusk
At today's schools cross-country All-Ireland held in Mallusk, Co Antrim, the girls from Loreto were tops winning the Junior Team and placing second in Intermediate. KCH athletes were involved in both races. Ellen fitzGerald, Abby Gilsenan and Hannah Lodge were part of the Junior squad while Ella Richardson, Izzy Shine, Lizzie McGee and Annie McEvoy were very involved in the Intermediate race where Annie McEvoy starred with an individual bronze. Elenaor Godden also had a good performance to finish 7th in the Minor girls race.
St Kieran's College were third team finishers in the Intermediate boys race. Shay McEvoy, with a top quality performance, placed fourth. Also on the team were Adam FitzPatrick, Kevin Burns, James Kearney and Luke Whelan.

 
Mar 06 - Change at The Top
At our AGM tonight club coach, John Maye, was elected chairperson for the coming year. Outgoing chair Michael Lanigan was installed as President of the club. Another change sees long serving PRO, Sean Lynch, stepped down to be replaced by Nicholas Dunphy.
Mar 04 - O'Keeffe in Abbotstown
UCD cross-country team placed second at the Intervarsities 8K cross-country championships in Abbotstown today. Tom O'Keeffe, finishing in fourth place, completed the course in 22.45 to lead his team to the silver medals. A great run Tom, well done. 
Mar 03 - County Celebrations in The Set
Athletes with their families and coaches gathered in the Set Theatre, John Street, to celebrate the many marvellous achievements during 2016 by the various athletes from the clubs around the county. Also in attendance was our newest Olympian, Ciara Everard, who presented the awards to The Championship Best Performers and winners of cross-country prizes. KCH atheltes with CBPs were Annie McEvoy 3000m U16, Rachel Kelly Discus U16 and Jack Manning 200m U17. Cross-country winners were U11 - Angela Carroll; U13 - Eleanor Godden, Emma Shortall; U16 - Annie McEvoy, Ellen FitzGerald, Hannah Lodge. County Award winners were Toss Hayes - Senior Cross-country and Peter Lynch - International Award. KCH County Awards were Juvenile Track and Field Shield, Senior Men Cross country Shield; Ladies O/30 cross country shield and Juvenile cross country shield (shared with St Senan's).

Feb 25 - Nicholas in Manx Walk
Nicholas Dunphy placed third today in the Isle of Man 10K Open Race Walk in a time of 52.19.

Feb 25 - 
Great Results at
Leinster Indoors

Track and Field
Rory McGabhann had a day to remember at today’s Leinster Indoor athletic championships at the new Abbottstown Arena. PB’s in the Triple Jump and High Jump brought him gold and silver respectively. In between these events he won another silver with under 17 Relay team. Hannah Kelly took first place in the Shot and sister Rachel had double silver – in High Jump and Shot. Best in the 1500s was Kevin Burns who placed 4th in the under 17 event.

Track and Field Results
Under 16 Cathal Kearney 13th 1500, John Muldowney 12th 1500.

Under 17 Rory McGabhann  2nd High Jump (1.80 PB), 1st  Triple Jump (10.97 PB).

Rachel Kelly 2nd High Jump, 2nd  Shot; Hannah Kelly 1st  Shot; James Kearney 8th 1500; Kevin Burns 4th 1500;

Under 18 Johnny Colins 6th  1500; Colm Murphy 8th  1500, Ciara Murphy 5th  1500.

Relays
 KCH had eleven teams competing in the Leinster Inter-club Indoor relays today. The event proved very competitive with up to five heats in some of the races. In such races only the winners of the heats and one fastest loser qualified for the finals. So getting so many teams through was an achievement in itself. Winning medals in seven of the races was a major achievement – testament to well prepared teams. Some of the baton changes were of Olympic standard! And as often happens there was the occasional hiccup. Today it was the lot of our under 18 girls’ team who crossed the finish line with lots to spare only to find they were disqualified for zone infringement. Nothing wrong though with the performances of girls under 16 and girls under 18. Both came through the finals in first place.  The under 12 girls battled well to finish 4th. The boys’ under 12 won gold with  a new championship record of 56.19. In the under thirteen finals it was silver for the boys and bronze for the girls. The girls under 14 were a very close fourth while the under 14 boys finished second in a final that had to be rerun. Our under 17 boys also won silver. This was a great overall performance for the club. Well done athletes and coaches.    

Girls Relay Panels

Under 12 Angela Carroll, Emily Smith, Blaithin Holden, Ellie Moran.

Under 13 Abbie O’Brien, Ella Delahunty, Orla Kenny, Rose Kelly.

Under 14 Rachel Leahy, Emma Shortall, Eleanor Godden, Caoimhe Carroll, Ella Delahunty, Tara McGuire

Under 16 Jennifer Leahy, Emma Poyntz, Eva Collins, Abby gilsenan.

Under 18 Ciara Deely, Leah Raggett, Martyna Balcer, Ella Richardson, Issy Shine.

Under 19 Ciara Deely, Leah Raggett, Keeva O’Brien, Martyna Balcer.

Boys Relay Panels

Under 12 Brian Moore, Alex Cullen, Sean Young, Ruairi McEvoy, Patrick Lacey.

Under 13 Harry Boyle, Conor Byrne, Ned Langton, Brian Moore, Alex Cullen, Sean Young.

Under 14 Michael Raggett, Harry Shine, Jack Alymer, Conor Kavanagh, Harry Boyle, Conor Byrne.

Under 17 Rory McGabhann, James Kearney, Kevin Burns, Luke Whelan.

Under `18 Rory McGabhann, Johnny Collins, Colm Murphy, James Kearney.

Feb 19 - Eoin Retains Title: Cliodhna Scores Bronze

Four of our athletes contested their respective finals at the National Indoors in Abbottstown today. Fifteen laps of the new indoor track in 8.19.69 earned Eoin Everard  the gold and retention of his title in the Indoor 3000. Ciara Deely on her debut in senior indoors had a great competition to finish 6th in the 400m final. Likewise a superb performance from Jack Manning. He progressed through yesterday’s heats, today’s semi-final and placed 6th in the final with a new PB of 7.05. Cliodhna Manning was in excellent form and won bronze in the a very competitive 200m final.   

Feb 18 - Rachel Collects her Award
Kilkenny City Harriers Under 16 athlete, Rachel Kelly, was presented with the Emerald Crystal Juvenile Award for 2016. Rachel earned the award as a result of a great year in track and field. Early in the year she put her multi-events talents to good use in the county championships by competing successfully in numerous events including sprints, mid-distance, jumps and throws. She concluded her year on a high with a silver international medal won with the Irish team in the schools international. Along the way she set a new Leinster Record for the Discus (33.32m) and won All-Ireland gold in Discus and Combined Events
Feb 18 - Senior Indoor, Day 1
At the end of competition on Day 1 at the National Senior Indoors in the new national stadium at Abbottstown KCH have three qualifiers for tomorrows finals. First to get through was Jack Manning. Jack ran in heat 2 and finished third in 7.08 to qualify for the fiinal. Then it was heat 2 of the 400m for Ciara Deely. Going out fast Ciara posted a new PB of 56.28 to make Sunday's final. Then it was on to the  200m and heat 2 continued to bring good performances for our athletes. Cliodhna Manning came second in 24.34 and we look forward to another good run in tomorrow's final.  

Feb 16 - Toss Wears The Green
Congratulations to Toss Hayes on his first run in an Irish singlet. Toss was selected as part of the Irish team for the Armagh International 5K Road Race. In the race, run tonight around Armagh town, Toss clocked 14 minutes 44 seconds. The team finished in third place.

Feb 15 - Loreto bring home the Trophy
Kilkenny athletes made their presence felt at the Leinster Schools cross-country in Santry today. Loreto won the best overall girls school and St Kieran's were placed third overall for boys. KCH athletes were very much involved on the action with many qualifying for the national finals in March. Included will be Eleanor Godden in the Minor girls, Loreto Junior (1st) and Intermediate (2nd) teams. Annie McEvoy had individual bronze in the Intermediate race. The St Kieran'steam of the day was in the Intermediate race which was backboned by members of KCH. Adam FitzPatrick had to hold off a strong finish from Shay McEvoy as they took first and second place to lead their team to team gold. They were ably supported by Kevin Burns, James Kearney and Luke Whelan.

Feb 15 - Athlone International
Cliodhna Manning and Eoin Everard had a useful workout in preparation for the National Indoors when they competed in the Athlone International. Cliodhna finished 5th in the 60m final in 7.64 seconds. Eoin ran a competitive mile to finish 6th in 4.02.83.
 
Feb 12 - Masters Cross-country
Paul Moran and Eoin Molloy finished 18th and 32nd respectively in the o/40 section of the national Masters cross-country in Waterford today. 

Feb 11/12 -
Deely has Record Performance at Juvenile indoors

Mateuz Balcer got us off to a good start at the Leinster Juvenile Indoors in the Athlone Arena. With a PB of 1.44 he took first place in the Under 14 High Jump. Two of our Under 14 girls won bronze – Eleanor Godden in the 800m and Rachel Leahy in the 60m hurdles. The good start continued over the two days with many new PBs being established and medals being won in all ages. Ciara Deely was our star performer. Setting a new championship record of 56.5 seconds in the 400m under 18 she was rewarded with first place. For good measure she won the silver medal in the 200m where her time of 24.42 was also a PB. Leah Raggett in the same 200 placed third with another PB of 26.18. Martyna Balcer completed the medals for our under18’s with second place in the Long Jump. Her clearance of 4.76 was also a PB. Annie O’Connor was our sole competitor in the under 19 events and she won gold in the 800m.

Under12 athlete, Alex Cullen, on his first venture into indoor competition, did well winning a bronze in the 60m hurdles and came close to another when he finished fourth in the Long Jump. Harry Boyle also came close to two under 13 medals. In the 60m sprint he won bronze and was also going well in the hurdles only to take a fall. Ella Delahunty, under 13, had a PB of 4.10 to finish fourth in the Long Jump. Another under 13 girl to show a marked improvement since 2016, while not getting to the podium, was Abbie O’Brien. Also, under 13 Ned Langton,  placed eight in the final of the 600m.

For under 16 athlete, Jennifer Leahy, there were two bronze medals. Her events were the 60m hurdles and the High Jump. Our final medal winner and by no means the least was Rory McGabhann. Rory won silver in the 200m under 17 with a PB of 24.09. James Kearney finished 6th in the 800m final.
Overall this was a very successful championship outing with many of our athletes tasting indoor competition for the first time. All performed well in the heats. Indeed quite a number qualified for the semi-finals - especially in the 60m sprint. Sean Young U12, EllaDelahunty, Abbie O'Brien, Harry Boyle and Conor Byrne U13, Emma Shortall U14, Jennifer Leahy and Emma Poyntz U16, - All made it to the semi finals. In the Long jump Harry Boyle, Conor Byrne and Ella Dunphy made it to the jump offs. Rachel Leahy was fifth in the high jump and in the Shot Putt both Blaithin holden and Tara McGuire scored personal bests.
well done all and thanks to the parents for their help and a very special thanks to the coaches for their efforts in preparing so many athletes for these and other competitions.    
  



Feb 10 - 
Intervarsities

Three of our club members were active in the Intervarsities Indoor championships in Athlone today. Sinead McDonough, representing DCU, scored 2469 points to finish 5th in the Combined Events individual competition and third scorer on the DCU winning Combined Events team. Cliodhna Manning, also representing DCU, competed in 60m and 200m. Finishing in first place in the semi-finals of both events she qualified for the finals.  In the 200m final she was 4th in 24.58 and in the 60m final she placed 2nd in 7.58. Callan Byrne, representing IT Carlow, also competed in 60m and 200m. His time of 22.54 and second place finish in the 200m semi-final was not sufficient to qualify for the final. In the 60m he qualified for the final with his heat time of 7.09. He improved his time to 7.03in the final where he placed seventh.  

Feb 05 - Dungarvan/John Treacy 10 Mile 

Some forty plus members (KCH/F4L) took the bus to Dungarvan for the annual John Treacy 10 mile road race. Our "marathon " runners were very much to the fore with Ciara Delaney and Jacinta Mulroe leading the ladies home in 1.07.20 and 1.08.15 respectively.  Ray Lonergon was our first man in on 57.04. Also under the hour was Trust Mtinsi who completed the course in 59.32. Full results are available on Myrunresults.

Feb 05 - 
Great Cross-country Day in Thomastown

The sun shone for the cross-country races in Thomastown today and there were large numbers, especially in the relays, who turned out to enjoy the competition. The day started with the girls under 8 where three of our girls were in the medals – Ellen Daly 2nd, Chloe Thompson 7th and Kaitlyn Shortall 8th. The under 8 boys were equally impressive with Ryan Farrell 3rd and Tom Henderson 6th.
Then it was on to the relays. We had four teams in each of the under10 races. The girls’ teams placed 3rd, 8th, 10th and 11th. The boys were 2nd, 6th, 9th and 11th. Our turnout in the under 12’s was even more impressive. The girls had six teams in action. The places were 3rd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 11th and 14th. We had five teams in the boys’ race and they finished in 1st, 2nd, 5th, 10th and 12th
Our sole involvement in the older races was in the boys’under14 where we came home in 7th place. Overall this was very satisfying and the experience gained will be of great benefit as we head into the summer competitions.

Double Intermediate Silver
The Intermediate Championships followed the relays and a fair turnout in both races brought silver to each of the teams. Another improved run by Emily Maher saw her lead the team home and win individual silver. The team finished in second place on 23 points – just two points behind the winners, Gowran on 21. The other team members were Mary Ann Molloy, Sheila O’Callaghan, Kate Millea, Hilary O’Neill, Joya Burns and Aisling Cullen.
The men also put in a good performance to win second team medals. They were greatly helped in this by the return to competition by Niall Lacey (7th) and by Keith Doyle (8th) making his debut in the athletic world. The rest of the KCH men were Pat Young, John Maye, Eoin Molloy, Marc O’Duffy, Ian Cullen, Paul Larkins and Willie McTiernan.    


Feb 05 -
AAI Games

A number of KCH athletes took part in the AAI Games at the new National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown on Sunday. Competingin the 60m sprints were Cliodhna Manning (97.68), Eimear McMullan (8.09), Jack Manning (7.09) and Callan Byrne (7.10). Callan Byrne also went in the 200m where he clocked 22.43. Adam FitzPatrick had a good run in the 1500m to finish in 4.02.69. Making his debut for KCH was Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe who ran the 3000m in 9.06.01.   


JANUARY
Jan 29 - 
Gold for Ciara and Annie

There were some marvellous performances from our athletes at the national Junior and Under 23 Indoor finals in Athlone today. There was none finer than that of Ciara Deely in the junior 400. Qualifying with 57.98 in the heat she clocked 56.73 to take a quality first place in the final. Annie O’Connor, winning the junior 800 in 2.17.61, was another golden performer.
Our sprinters were also in good form. We had five competing in the 60m. In the junior Leah Raggett had a PB of 8.04, and Jack Manning was 6th in the final with 7.10. In the under 23 finals Cliodhna Manning won bronze with 7.59. Eimear McMullan was 8th with 7.97 and Callan Byrne finished 4th with 7.03.
In the longer distance 1500m Laura Ward clocked 4.54.98 to take third place. Another bronze medal was won by Brendan Hyland who threw 11.86m in the under 23 Shot. In the under 23 Walk Nicholas Dunphy completed the course in 14.37.65 to take the silver medal. Well done all. 

Jan 28 - Eoin guests in Style

We didn't enter a team in the Indoor League this year but a stylish performance by Eoin Everard, guesting in the 1500m at Round 2 in AIT today, saw him lead the field and finish in 3.45.25.

Jan 22 - 
Annie and Shay in Cardiff X

Annie McEvoy and Shay McEvoy Showed their usual good cross-country form in today’s Celtic international under 17 in Wales. Annie finished 19th overall and was third scorer on the Irish team which finished second. Shay placed 12th overall in the boys race where the Irish team were first.
Meanwhile at the national Intermediate CC in Tuam Toss Hayes had a fine run to came in fifth.
 

Jan 21 - Combined Events

Four athletes from KCH competed in the national Indoor Combined Events finals in AIT arena in Athlone. Each one had a good competition with three of them winning medals. Rachel Leahy, under 14, was the one who missed out on medals but had the consolation of a PB in the high jump. Finishing 6th with 2,107 points was a satisfactory result. Michael Raggett, boys under 14,following a great 800m earned bronze with 1,972 points. Jennifer Leahy, girls under 16, wih PBs in High Jump and Long Jump had 2,775 points to take the silver medal. Rachel Kelly, competing in the Youths section, also won silver with a really fine score of 3,346 points.  

 

Jan 15 - National Award for Rachel

Kilkenny City Harriers Under 16 athlete, Rachel Kelly, has been selected for a national award by the Athletics Association of Ireland. The award is the Emerald Crystal Juvenile Award for 2016. Rachel earned the award as a result of a great year in track and field. Early in the year she put her multi-events talents to good use in the county championships by competing successfully in numerous events including sprints, mid-distance, jumps and throws. She concluded her year on a high with a silver international medal won with the Irish team in the schools international. Along the way she set a new Leinster Record for the Discus (33.32m) and won All-Ireland gold in Discus and Combined Events.

 

Jan 14 - Callan and Jack Guest in League

Callan Byrne and Jack Manning competed as guests at Round 1 of the Indoor League in Athlone on Saturday. Competing in the 60m sprint they clocked 7.11 and 7.17 respectively. 

Jan 08 - Gold and Silver for the Ladies

The driving range in Gowran was the venue for our opening cross-country race of 2017. The weather was more summer than winter and contributed to a relaxed and enjoyable competition. Our senior ladies (O/30) were in fine form. Donna Dowling left juniors and seniors in her wake as she cruised to victory. Caoimhe Foley was back in action and was the only real competition for Donna as she finished strongly to claim the silver. Individual bronze went to Emily Maher who also showed some excellent running. With a total of six points they were very clear team winners. But full credit also to the rest of the panel. Caitriona Corr (5th), Cathy Millett (6th), Kate Millea (9th following a sprint finish) and debutante Hilary O’Neill (13th) all combined to win the second team silver medals.

The senior men (O/35) fielded four runners. Paul Moran set the pace from the start and in his usual unrelenting way wore down the opposition and finishing in first place he set his team up for third place medals. He was helped in his endeavour by Eoin Molloy (10th). Paul Larkins (16th) and Will;ie McTiernan(21st).

Our juveniles were few in number but enthusiastic. Fielding only one team – Boys under 10 – gave a sterling performance. Oisin Henderson set too fast a pace too early but helped to split up the field and continued on to finish a good 10th. Luke Browne (5th) had a steady pace throughout. Robert Lacey (7th) and Ben Henderson (14th). Result team silver. Well done lads. In the under 12 races Patrick Lacey was 5th and Aisling Browne was 10th. Tom Henderson placed 4th in boys under 8 and Kathlyn Shortall and Anna O’Shea were 6th and 7th respectively in boys under 8.


KCH 2016