Mar 30 - Victory for David
Congratulations to David McPherson on winning the Road Race in Ballyhale today.
Mar 29 - Relay Silver for Under 19 Girls
The indoor season came to a close today with the holding of the All-Ireland relays in the AIT arena in Athlone. KCH with five teams involved had mixed results. Four of the five teams qualified for the finals- the non qualifier being the under 16 boys who exited the competition after coming fourth in the semi-final. The under 15 girls qualified for the final when they clocked 1.51.56 to finish second in the semi-final. However their 1.52.26 in the final left them in that unhappy fourth place. It was a somewhat similar picture for the girls under 16 - second in their semi-final and a sixth place in the final. Their time was 1.51.51. The boys under 18 were in superb form after winning their semi-final and were in determined form entering the final. That determination turned to disaster when having finished in second place in the final they were subsequently disqualified arising from a collision at the third baton change. The under 19 girls were in top form in their final and were just pipped on the line by a record breaking 1.43.92 from the Galway City Harriers team. The KCH team’s time of 1.44.14 won them the silver medals.
Girls under 15 – Martyna Balcer, Ciara Deely, Ella Richardson, Leah Raggett and Jade Maher.
Girls under 16 – Lauren Gleeson, Ciara Deely, Sinead Tuohy, Keeva O’Brien, Leah Raggett and Martyna Balcer.
Boys under 16 – Adam FitzPatrick, Luke FitzPatrick, Darragh Roberts, Dylan Drennan Smyth, Bill Cody.
Boys under 18 – Aaron Barron, Jack Manning, Eamonn Fennelly, Callan Byrne, Peter Lynch.
Girls under 19 – Sarah Kate Lacey, Eimear O’Donoghue, Eimear McMullan, Margaret Caldbeck.
Mar 23 - Maher in Mallow Mile
Brian Maher made a serious return to the road with victory in the Mallow 10 mile road race today in a time of 50.12. Pat Purcell was the second KCH man in 1.00.41 and Davy Hogan came home in 1.03.32.
Mar 23 - Hickey in Hammer Action
Aoife Hickey had a fine start to her season at the weekend. Competing in the Trojan International in Los Angeles she threw 59.08 to take second place in the Hammer.
Mar 22/23 - Ciara Strikes Gold Again
Ciara Deely continues to show her athletic prowess in the indoor arena. Competing in the national juvenile Indoor Championships at the weekend she stroke gold – not once but twice. Competing at under 15 level she scored a personal best of 1.64m to take the high jump title. She followed with a time of 9.21 seconds in the final of the 60m hurdles to clinch her second gold of the championships. Another hot contender was under 19 athlete, Sarah Kate Lacey. Sarah won gold in the 60m (7.81secs) and won bronze in the 200m final.
There were medals also for Anna Sheehan and Luke FitzPatrick 3rd in their respective 800's, Jack Manning in the Shot and Margaret Caldbect in the 60m. In addition Keeva O'Brien had a PB of 4.43 in the long jump and also Aoibhe O'Shea clocked 2.40.70 for a PB in her 800m.
All the results
Under 13 Jennifer Leahy 6th (60m heats)
Under 14 Rachel Kelly 6th High Jump (1.38)
Under 15 Adam FitzPatrick 7th (800m – 2.11.97):Ciara Deely 1st High Jump (1.64), 1st 60m hurdles (9.21); Leah Raggett 6th Long Jump (4.40)
Under 16 Keeva O’Brien 11th Long Jump (4.43); Darragh Roberts 6th 60m hurdles (9.43), 9th High Jump (1.55); Luke FitzPatrick 3rd 800m (2.08.82)
Under 17 Aoibhe O’Shea 5th 800m (2.24.70); Jack Manning 3rd Shot (10.68), 5th 60m heat (7.55), 1st 200m heat (23.58), DQ in final.
Under 18 Eimear McMullan 8th in 60m heat, 5th in 500m heat; Callan Byrne 3rd 200m heat (23.19), 7th 60m final (7.31)
Under 19 Anna Sheehan 3rd 800m (2.22.09); Margaret Caldbeck 3rd 60m (7.99); Sarah Kate Lacey 1st 60m (7.81), 3rd in 200m.
Mar 22 - Peter Lynch Wins Team Silver in Bolton
“My mamma said, ‘there’ll be days like this’” and Saturday was one of those days. It was the day of the Schools International Cross-country held in Bolton, Lancashire, England. The weather was typical cross-country weather – cold, windy, prolonged showers of rain, sleet and hailstones. The underfoot conditions matched those of the weather with muck and water everywhere. Nothing unusual about the weather or the course. But it was exciting and enjoyable. There were four races – junior girls, junior boys, intermediate girls and intermediate boys. Ireland had individual winners with gold in junior girls, individual gold and bronze in junior boys and individual silver in intermediate boys. With the teams it was silver medals for both boys teams and bronze for both girls teams. Thirtytwo athletes who between them brought home thirty-six international medals. For all the Irish athletes and supporters it was exciting and enjoyable. For the small Kilkenny contingent it was particularly so as Peter Lynch, representing St Kieran’s College on the intermediate team, had a magnificent run. Peter qualified for the team with a superb run in the national finals two weeks previously when he finished fourth. In Bolton he upped the pace once again and finishing in ninth place overall he was the second scorer for the intermediate team. Van the Man was right. There will be days like this!
MAR 17 - Congrats
Toss Hayes, KCH, winner of Streets of Portlaoise 5K, in 15.19
MAR 17 - Another Great DASH
Thanks to the hardworking Fit4Life committee we had another great 5K Dash today. With McDonagh Junction helping out with generous sponsorship and many others contributing to “Spots” etc the Kilkenny Alzheimers and Kilkenny Mens Shed will receive a good St Patrick’s Day present as the full proceeds of the day will be divided between the two local organisations.
Thanks also to Kilkenny Hurler, Colin Fennelly, who gave the "off" with the blow of a foghorn, and also the 300 plus participants for their contribution and to the large group of volunteers who helped to make this a pleasant and successful venture.
Prize Winners:- Ladies – 1. Adele Walsh, St Senan’s 19.13; 2 Teresa Agar,St Abban's; 19.56; 3 Sharon Cleere, 20.02. Men – 1 Eoin Everard, KCH, 16.13; Miles Gibbons, Sliabh Buidhe Rovers, 16.50; 3 Conor Rochford, St Senan’s, 17.05. Juveniles, Girls – 1 Hannah Kelly, KCH, 23.19, 2 Emma Manogue, 23.33; 3 Rachel Kelly, KCH, 24.04. Boys – 1 Michael Ryan, KCH, 17.29; 2 Adam FitzPatrick, KCH, 18.48; 3 James Kearney, KCH, 19.38.
Mar 16 -Fine Day in Freshford
Our athletes were in fine form at the cross-country in Freshford today. Luke Browne got us off to a great start with a win in the boys under 7. Laura Leahy and Rachel Phelan made it one, two in the girls race. Aisling Browne took silver medal at under 9 and had great support from Aoibhe O’Grady 6, Ellie Moran 9, Millie Gilsenan 10 and Ruth Coady 13. In the boys race Sean Young in fourth place was our top performer. He was followed in by Patrick Lacey 8, Arthur Johnson 14 and James Kavanagh 16. KCH had great numbers in the under 11 and under 13 Relays. In the under 11 Girls 3x250 we had two teams winning medals -first and third – and further teams finishing 6th,10th,11th and13th. The boys had three teams – one in first place and then 10th and11th. Theunder 13 girls teams finished 8th, 9th and 11th.
The men took the team title – Short Course Champions – in the 4K cross country race. Paul Moran, second and Eoin Molloy, fourth, set them up nicely. Team manager, John Maye in 8th and Eddie Hawe 17th completed the scoring for the team. Paul and Eoin were first and second respectively in the over 35 section. Well done all.
Mar 8/9 -Deely's Double Gold
Under15 athlete, Ciara Deely, continues to impress. Taking part in a very competitive Leinster Indoor Championships she won two golds- first in the 60m hurdles and first in the high jump where she cleared 1.61m. Another high jump gold was won by Shauna Millea in the under 16 event. Sarah Kate Lacey, competing at under 19 level, also had an excellent championship winning gold in the 60m sprint and silver in the 200m. Jack Manning, under 17, had a successful weekend. On Saturday he won the Shot Putt and placed 4th in the 200m final. On Sunday he tied for second place in the 60m final. Also showing well on both days was Dara Roberts, Under 16 – bronze in 60m hurdles on Saturday and silver in the high jump on Sunday with an excellent clearance of 1.63m.
Placings of KCH finalistsUnder 13 – Jennifer Leahy, 3rd 60m, 7th Shot Putt.
Under 14 – Rachel Kelly, 3rdHigh Jump, 7th Shot Putt; Rory McGabhann, 4th High Jump.
Under 15 – Ciara Deely, 1st High Jump, 1st 60m hurdles; Martyna Balcer, 4th Long Jump; Leah Raggett, 3rd Long Jump, 9th 60m.
Under 16 – Shauna Millea, 1st High Jump; Luke FitzPatrick, 3rd 800m; Darragh Roberts, 2nd High Jump, 3rd 60m hurdles; Sinead Tupohy 9th 60m; Ryan Poyntz 4th High Jump.
Under 17 – Jack Manning, 1st Shot Putt, 2nd 60m, 4th 200m; Niamh McMullan, 6th 200m; Aoibhe O’Shea 2nd 800m; Alannagh Counihan, 5th High Jump.
Under 18 – Eimear McMullan, 5th 60m; Aaron Barron 6th 200m; Callan Byrne, 3rd 200m.
Under 19 – 1st 60m, 2nd 200m.
Mar 8 - Lynch Earns Green Shirt
There were some exciting performances at the Aviva All-Ireland Schools Cross-country finals at the Cork IT grounds today. Peter Lynch, St Kieran’s College, having his best race to date, finished an individual fourth in the 5000m Intermediate race. Running a tactically perfect race he mixed it with a group of ten over the first 2000m. Not having a fast kick for the finish he moved into second place when he was approximately 1000m from the finish. The move created an excellent opportunity for a high place finish. And he didn’t disappoint as he finished comfortably in fourth. His reward for this fine run is a place on the Irish team for the Schools International in two weeks time.
And Peter wasn’t the only Kilkenny runner to excite the dedicated group of Kilkenny supporters. The St Kieran’s minor boys took second place in the team competition. They were greatly helped to the silver medals by an outstanding performance from Adam FitzPatrick. Adam always to the fore moved from seventh to fourth at the half way stage and held that position to the finish. The other team members were Eoin Walsh (11), James Kearney (27), Dylan Crehan (38), Eamon Mahon (60), Tom Bolger (79) and Paul Cody (94).
The Loreto Senior girls, led by Aoibhe Richardson in 10th place, won bronze. Anna Sheehan (21), Lauren Dermody (38), Sarah Kent (45) and Nicola Murphy (60) completed the team. Sinead Whelan, GrennanCollege, was 34th. In the Senior Boys the sole Kilkenny competitor was Tom O’Keeffe, St Kieran’s, who ran well to finish 37th. The first race, the Minor Girls, produced a good result for Loreto girl, Ella Richardson who finished 30th. David O’Carroll, St Kieran’s had a similar performance and finished 36th in Junior Boys.
The Loreto Junior Team suffered an early disappointment when an unfortunate injury forced and early withdrawal of star performer Annie O’Connor. The other team members worked hard and finished as follows – Cian Murphy (42), Hannah Murphy (44), Grainne Behan (67) and Muireann O’Connell (85).
The Intervarsities cross-country was held at the same venue. Thomastown A.C. girls Megan Morrissey (16) and Aoife O’Connor (24) ran in the UCD colours while Laura Walpole (60) represented University Limerick. Orla McPhillips, KCH, (32) represented Waterford IT. Eoin Everard, KCH, running with Athlone IT was sixth.
Mar 7 - Seasons Best for Ciara
Congratulations to Ciara Everard on her performance in the world indoors. Competing in the 800m she finished 6th in her heat scoring a seasons best of 2.03.69.
Feb 28 - Co Kilkenny Awards Night
The County Awards Night took place at the Racecourse, Gowran, tonight. KCH athletes David McPherson, Toss Hayes and Ken Deevy received individual awards for their performances in 2013 - David, Road champion; Toss, cross-country and Ken, International Award. The club awards presented to KCH were Juvenile Track and Field Shield, Senior Ladies Cross-country Cup and Senior Men Cross-country Shield.
FEB 27 - The Long Run
Dick Hooper, Sean Hehir and Brian Maher spoke about their marathon endeavours at a Q&A session in St Patrick's Centre to night. It was a bit of a shock to hear Dick speak of his one time 6000 miles annual milage. Some wouldn't do it in a car!!!
Feb 26 - Eoin in Athlone
Eoin Everard took on the 4 minute mile in Athlone tonight. He made valiant effort but came a little short. Nevertheless winning the race and clocking 4mins 3secson an indoor track is quite an achievement.
Feb26 - Ciara Poland Bound
Athletics Ireland today announced the panel for the World Indoor Championships to be held in Poland from 7th to 9th March. Included in the panel is Ciara Everard who will compete in the 800m. Congratulations Ciara.
Feb 23 - The Dunna Dash
Congratulations to Luke FitzPatrick first finisher in todays Dunna Dash in 18.39 and to Donna Dowling first femalehomein 20.15.
Feb 23 - Gold in Dunboyne
Congratulations to the county under 17 boys on their victory in the Development Cross-country championships in Dunboyne today. Patrick Maher and James Nugent played their part in the victory with their respective 22nd and 28th places.
Feb 15/16 - Everards gold & silver
Ciara Everard, running in the UCD colours, had a runaway win in the 800m at the Senior Indoors in Athlone while Eoin won silver in the 3000m. David Rafter competed in the 60m. Louise Holmes and Michael Bowler missed out through injury and virus respectively.
Feb 12 - Great Runs in Leinster Cross Country
While the storm raged in Kilkenny today our athletes were turning in some famous performances for their schools at the Leinster cross country finals in Santry. Ella Richarson got us warmed up with a gutsy run to finish 12th in Minor Girls. Then Adam FitzPatrick had us cheering all the way to take individual silver. No sooner had he finished than we had Annie O’Connor heading the Junior Girls only to be caught on her last stride – still a marvellous run. Peter Lynch had us cheering again in the Intermediate Boys especially when he took the lead with about 800m to go but he was overtaken some 400m out but he finished strongly in second place. The Senior Girls had star performers in Aoibhe Richardson (7th) andAnna Sheehan (13th). Tom O’Keeffe was the star for Kierans in the Senior Boys – Loreto had two team successes when the Minor and senior teams won silver medals; Kieran's Seniors also won silver - suffice it to say all were all stars.
Feb 9 - Gold for Dunphy and Deevy
Today was Day 2 of the Leinster Indoor T&F with the emphasis on Junior, Senior and Masters events. For two of our athletes – Nicholas Dunphy and Ken Deevy - the result was first place finishes. Nicholas won gold in the Junior 3K walk and Ken took first place in the 800m Masters O/55. A number of other juniors gave a good account of themselves. For Callan Byrne it was silver in 60m and bronze in 200m. Margarert Caldbeck won bronze in 200m and was 6th in 60m. Catriona Twomey was fourth in the High Jump and Alan Mooney was fourth in the 3K Walk.
Feb 9 - Enniscorthy 10K
Brian Maher and Toss Hayes finished 4th and fifth respectively in the Enniscorthy 10k. Their respective times were 31.26 and 31.28. Other club finishers were David McPherson, Davy Hogan and Jackie Varley.
Feb 8 - National Award for Kilkenny City Harriers
Kilkenny City Harriers celebrated it sixtieth birthday with a major national award - The Drifter Cup. This is an annual award presented to the best juvenile track and field club in Ireland and is based on points accumulated by juvenile athletes in all national indoor and outdoor track and field championships during the year. Enormous credit is due to the parents, coaches and officials who have given and continue to give so much time and encouragement. An indication of the signifigance of the award is that KCH is the first club from the Leinster Region to win the award. Winning this award in 2013, sixty years after its foundation, is a timely and welcome honour. It augers well for the years ahead when these juveniles will develop into mature athletes. Sean Lynch, long time club member, accepted the award on behalf of the club at The National Juvenile Star Awards at a function in The Tullamore Court Hotel on Saturday night.
At the same function, KCH member, Cliodhna Manning, was presented with a Tipperary Crystal bowl in recognition of her selection as the Athletics Ireland - Kilkenny Juvenile Star for 2013. Becoming national under 19 Indoor 60m and 200m champion and outdoor 100m, 200m and 400m champion were some of her 2013 achievements.
Feb 7 -Intervarsity Medals
A number of KCH affiliated athletes represented their respective colleges at the National Indoor Intervarsities track and field championships in Athlone on Friday. There were silver medals for DCU duo Michael Bowler and Lorraine O’Shea. Bowler scored 3,580 points in the Combined Events to secure second place. Included in his peformance was a second place in the High Jump and a third place in the 60m hurdles. Lorraine won silver in the Long Jump with a best jump was 5.38m. Catriona Twomey, representing TCD finished sixth in Combined Events with a points total of 2,460. Orla McPhillips, competing with WIT, was ninth in the 3000m.
Feb 4 - Kilkenny Schools Excel in South Leinster
There were some great individual and team performances from Kilkenny Schools at the South Leinster Cross-country championships which were held in Mount St Joseph’s, Roscrea, today. Loreto got the day off to a flying start with team gold in Minor Girls. They were helped greatly on the way by Ella Richardson who took second place. In the Minor Boys it was the turn of St Kierans who had Adam FitzPatrick finishing in silver medal position to leading his team into first place. Annie O’Connor was the star performer for Loreto’s Junior girls and ran a quality race to win individual silver. For St Kieran’s the Junior Boys won bronze. In the Intermediate boys race there was a ding- dong battle between the boys from St Kierans and the boys from Knockbeg. Knockbeg proved the stronger leaving the St Kierans lads to take the silver. However in the individual stakes St Kierans took the gold following a class performance by Peter Lynch. Peter bided his time until the start of the final lap when he pushed to the front and coasted to victory. Then it was back to the Loreto girls for the Senior race. Here Aoibhe Richardson went to the front from the start and when team-mate Anna Sheehan moved into second place it guaranteed them first team place. The final race, Senior Boys, saw another good win for St Kierans. Cormac Buggy was their first man home in third place. And then with Tom O’Keeffe having one of his best runs coming fourth, followed closely by Sean O’Neill and Luke O’Connor they were easy winners.
Feb 2 - Intermediate Success in Gowran
Following the great INDOOR RELAY performance in Athlone yesterday it was back to the open airfor the cross-country in Gowran today. Young Patrick Lacey got us away to a good start with a silver medal in the boys under 8. Patrick wasjoined in the medals by Bill Clune, Ben McGuire and Conor Farrell. A poor turnout for the under age relays meant that there wasn’t a lot of success there. The girls under 12 kept the flag flying with two teams - 2nd and 6th. The rest of our juveniles had to rely on mixed teams in order to get a run. However our Intermediate women and men did the business. In the women’s 3K Catriona Corr saw off the challenge of the younger Thomastown girls to win individual gold. Backed up by Annemarie O’Grady 4th, Sheila O’Callaghan 6th, and Karen Ryan 7th they clinched victory for the team. A similar story followed in the men’s 8K with Paul Moran setting an early lead and held off every challenge. Ed O’Keeffe took the bronze and with Jack Carey 9th and Padraig Daly 10th the medals were in the bag. Pat Young 11th and Denis Carrigan 22nd provided the back up. Well done all.
Eoin Everard was in top form at the AAI Games in Athlone to secure (1st Irish) 4th place in the international 3000m in 8.14.45. Ciara Everard, running in the UCD colours, clocked 2.04.69 inthe 800m international where she finished in 2nd place (1st Irish) - Well done Everards.
Feb 1 - Golden Indoor Girls
Day 1 of the Leinster Indoors produced many trips to the podium for our “golden” relay Girls. The under 15, 16, 17 and 19 teams all won gold and the under 18’s won silver. The under 18 boys also made it to the podium for a set of gold medals while the under 16 boys won bronze. The girls under 14 were 6th and the under 12 girls were a very close 4th. The under 15 boys were 6th and the under 14 and under 17 boys were both 4th . In the individual events Hannah and Rachel Kelly both qualified for the under 14 final of the 800m. Adam FitzPatrick won silver in the 800m under 15 and Luke FitzPatrick finished 4th in the 1500m under 16. A fine dayswork - well done everyone.
Jan 26 - National Gold for Louise
Louise Holmes is the Under 23 national Indoor 200m champion following a fine win at the Indoor Arena in Athlone today. Her time for the event was 24.94 which is a good start to the season. We had two juniors competing - Nicholas Dunphy who finished 5th in the Walk and Catriona Twomey who was 7th in 60mhurdles, 7th in Shot and 10th in High Jump.
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.
Jan 25 - Ken Deevy wins Indoor Title
Following his successful trip to Nenagh last weekend Ken Deevy travelled to Athlone today for the Masters Indoor championships. Another good run in the 800m saw him take the M55 title in the impressive time of 2.14.64. He also won silver in a very competitive 200m. Once again his time was an impressive 26.73. Maurice Keane, after an absence of some 35 years from the track, ran his 800m in fine style.
Jan 19 -National Record for Ken in Munster Indoors
M55 athlete, Ken Deevy, had a record breaking start to his season at the Munster Indoor Masters championships in Nenagh. Competing in the 200m he clocked an amazing 27.18 seconds to not only win the event but set a new natioinal record - a time that not only won the M55 but would have won all the categories down to and including the M40. In addition he took first place in the M50 800m in 2.19.31. This would have been sufficient to win the M45 race. What a start to Ken's season!!
Jan 19 -Junior Men Take Leinster Gold
Day 1 of the 2014 Leinster Cross-country was held in Ballyroan Co Laois. All our relay teams competed with great determination but despite their best efforts it was the under 16 girls alone that came away with relay medals. The under 12 girls (Caoimhe Carroll, Emma Shortall, Fiona Dillon and Emma Manogue), all young enough to run again in 2015 finished 4th. The under12 boys (Jack Aylmer, Robbie Cord, Charlie Miller and Cian Farrell) were 12th. Hannah and Rachel Kelly got the under 14 girls off to a great start and Annie McEvoy and Dara Scobie dug deep to hold onto 5thplace. The under 14 boys were 9th with Shay McEvoy starting. He handed over to James Casey who then passed the baton to Tom Carroll and Rory McGabhann ran the last leg. Our bronze medal winners were the under 16 girls. Leah Raggett and newcomer Sinead Flynn did the first two legs. Ella Richardson then took up the pace and Ciara Deely brought them home in third place. The under 16 boys was the last of the relays. The team of Bill Cody, Adam FitzPatrick, John Nolan and Luke FitzPatrick gave it 100% to finish 4th.
Then it was the turn of the Junior Men to take on the challenging 6Km course. It looked good for KCH after the first 2K with Peter Lynch in the lead bunch of about ten athletes and Luke O’Connor, Tom O’Keeffe and Conor Quinlan packing well. Hopes were somewhat dulled when Luke had to withdraw but Patrick Maher,holding off the challenge of a St Abban’s runner rescued the situation. As the race progressed Peter stuck to his task and finishing fourth enhanced the prospects not only for club but also for the county. The race ended with KCH and County Kilkenny winning gold. Tom O’Keeffe along with Peter Lynch scored on the county team.
Our senior ladies, while not in the medals, were magnificent as they mixed it with strong Dublin club teams. Catriona Corr was mighty and Caoimhe Foley showed much of her old form. Both scored on the county team which finished in fourth place. Anne Marie O’Grady and Kate Millea completed the Harriers team.
Jan 12 - Gold for Men in Gowran
Storm wind and rain and a testing hilly course made for difficult running in Gowran today. Those who were brave enough to take part need have no fears of cross-country in the future. They came. They ran. They beat the elements.
Ava O’Grady got us off to a good start with victory in girls under 8. Patrick Lacey, making his debut won bronze in the boys race and was partnered by Conor Farrell. The boys under 10 team of Harry Doyle, Billy Coogan and Harry O’Grady did well to win silver medals. Then the under 12 girls led by Fiona Dillon in first place and a fast finishing Emma Manogue in second won gold following a solid run by Emma Shortall who placed sixth. The boys under 12 had Cian Farrell in 6th and Vincent O’Grady 11th but unfortunately no third man to score for the team. Colm Murphy, who was our sole representative under 16, ran well to finish fourth.
Following the juvenile races we had the Junior Championships. Our young men were in fine form. Peter Lynch took shelter behind Gowran’s Cormac Buggy and Oliver Mullally from St Senan’s for much of the race but pulled away over the last 500m to win comfortably. Luke O’Connor mixed it with the leaders over the first half of the race. Despite becoming detached he dug in and maintained good pace to finish fourth ahead of Conor Quinlan in fifth. Liam Og Carey and Patrick Maher made up good ground as the race progressed to finish ninth and tenth respectively. Gold medals for a good display.
Moving to the vets - It was left to Mary Ann Connolly to carry the colours for the ladies –and she carried them well to win individual bronze. John Maye’s squad were out in force for the men (Over 35). Paul Moran showed excellent determination from the start as he tagged St Senan’s Sean Caulfield. The more experienced Caulfield won the day with Paul taking the silver. Good running by Eoin Molloy 3rd and John Maye 4th meant team gold went to KCH. With Johann Dewberry11th, Richard Limpkin17th and Paul Larkins 21st our second team placed sixth. A tough day but great results. Well done all!.
Jan 11 - MULTI GOLD FOR BOWLER
Following on his impressive performance in the Indoor League last week Michael Bowler had a superb win in the 2014 All-Ireland Senior Indoor Multi Events Championships in the AITArena in Athlone today. This was a particularly satisfying achievement for Michael who also won this event in 2013 but then incurred an injury which kept him out of competition for the rest of the year. His points total in this year’s Penthatlon was 3,528, some 97 points improvement on last year’s win. The extra points were gained through better results in the High Jump (1.97m), Shot Putt (11.68m), Long Jump (6.26m) and 1000m (2.49.40). He also clocked 8.98 seconds for the 60m Hurdles.
Jan 11 - Silver & Bronze for Rachel and Ciara
There was Combined Events success for some of our juveniles in Athlone. Hannah Kelly, competing in the Under14 CE Championships finished in 10th place. Included in her performance was an individual second place in the Shot (9.62m) and third in the 800m (2.38.69). Rachel Kelly, also competing U14, gave a consistantly solid performance throught and scored 2,387 points to clinch the silver medal. Her best score came in the 800m where she was an individual second place in 2.36.38. Ciara Deely, competing in the U15, won bronze. Winning the 60m hurdles( 9.5 secs) and the High Jump (1.57m) were very helpful in securing a points total of 2,761.
Jan 5 - Bowler Stars in Indoor League
Michael Bowler, competing in the National Indoor League in Athlone today got the KCH team off to a good start with a second place in Pole Vault (3.6m) and third in the 60m Hurdles (8.97secs). David Rafter represented the club in 60m sprint and Shot Putt while Craig Byrne doubled up in Long Jump and 800m. Well done lads.
Jan 4 - Jack Receives Star Award
There was a large gathering of athletes and supporters at theLeinster Athletics Star Awards in Carlow on Saturday night. Emma Fenlon, St Joseph’s AC, was honoured by being selected as Kilkenny’s senior track and field athlete for 2013. Amongthe achievements that brought her the award was the winning of gold in both Shot and Weight-For-Distance at theLeinster Championships. There was double celebrations for theSt Joseph’s club as Emma’s clubmate, Shannen Dawkins, was selected as the Juvenile Girl athlete for 2013. Her high point of the year was winning the High Jump in the Celtic International in August. Fifteen year old, Jack Manning, Kilkenny CityHarriers, received the Juvenile Boy Award. Jack won numerous medals in a variety of events at county, provincial and national competitions. His most cherished success was winning gold in the Junior Boys’ Schools All-Ireland 200m.