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Aug 23 - Good Games in Athlone
There were some really excellent performances at the final weekend of the Community Games in Athlone. In the morning the girls marathon team of Eva Roche 3rd, Annie McEvoy 5th and Ella Richardson 8th set a high standard and were rewarded with team gold. Adam FitzPatrick 6th and Shay McEvoy 9th were equally impressive in the boys marathon.  In the afternoon, Rory Lodge, once again showed his strength with victory in the 1500m in 4mins 16 seconds. Another medal winner was Rachel Kelly who came 4th in the Discus. Well done to all who took part.
Aug 16 -
 Community Games Mixed Distance Relay

Five girls, all members of KCH and representing County Kilkenny at the national Community Games finals in Athlone, were happy with their fourth place finish in the Mixed Diastance Relay. In heats on  Saturday they finished in second place and faced strong teams in Sunday’s final. Katie Ryan ran the first leg (600m) before handing over to her sister, Keara (400m) who then passed the baton to Emma Shortall (600m). Caoimhe Carroll put in a great effort over the final 400m leg to bring the team into fourth position and win their place on the podium for the much valued All-Ireland medals. Team sub was Rachel Whelan.   

Aug 8/9 - Gold for Eoin
Our competitors performed well in the national Senior T&F in Santry this week end. Sarah Kate Lacey with 12.96 in the 100m qualified for the next round. Cliodhna Manning medalled in both 100m (bronze in 11.96) and the 200m (silver in 24.40). Michael Bowler achieved a new PB of 4.50 when he finished second in the Pole Vault. A marvellous run by Eoin Everard in the 1500m - a slow build up but when he hit the front with 200m to go he really showed class winning the gold in 3.55.01. Well done all. Ciara Everard, running in UCD colours was 3rd in the 800m.
 
Aug  02- 
Harriers Win Promotion To Premier League

An outstanding performance by a group of determined athletes representing Kilkenny City Harriers brought about an outstanding result today. They entered the final of the Glo Health National League as outsiders as they had qualified in seventh place following the earlier rounds of the league. Thanks to the enthusiasm and organisational skills of team manager, John Maye, and the leadership of team captain, Michael Bowler, the athletes responded with one hundred per cent plus in their respective events. The venue was Tullamore Harriers Stadium. One athlete, showing his complete dedication and setting the tone for the day, was at the venue before the stadium staff arrived to open up.

Within one hour of the start the club had thirty-two points on the score sheet – with two firsts and two seconds. The firsts were acquired in the field events - Gary Halpin throwing over 47 meters to win the Hammer and Michael Bowler clearing 4.20m to do likewise in the Pole Vault. The two second place finishes were on the track. Eoin Power, guesting from St Joseph’s AC, was second in the 110m hurdles and Nicholas Dunphy also took second place in the 3000m Walk. The good run continued when Eoin Power added another nine points in the 400m hurdles. There was a slight hiccup and some drama in the 4x100m relay. Literally a “flying” first baton change between Darragh Roberts and Michael Bowler; What could be described as a “push” change between Bowler and Jack Manning, and then a “stop and reverse” change on the final leg with Callan Byrne. All this was followed by two red flags. However KCH, despite the unorthodox changes were not involved in the red flag incidents and in the end were glad to garner a mere four points.   Next up was the 1500m where Peter Lynch ran a tactically fine race to come from fifth to second over the last 200m. Michael Bowler was in action again, this time in the 400m – fifth place and four more points for the team

Alongside this more points were being added in the field events - Darragh Roberts in the Long Jump; Jack Manning, cleared 1.70m in the High Jump; Michael Bowler and Brendan Hyland were third in Discus and Shot Putt respectively; Between them another seventeen points.

The next action on the track was the 200m. Here Eoin Muldowney, guesting from the Castlecomer club took third place and later in a scintillating 100m run Eoin, clocking 10.90 seconds,  added a further seven points.  A great effort from Craig Byrne in the 800m brought in three more and the tension mounted. Supporters were furiously totting up points of own team and opposing teams and no one getting the same answers! There were no conclusive totals. “We are level with Clare”, “No Clare are two points up”, “I think Bandon are ahead”. Such were the comments. Then Brian Maher, in his first track outing in nine months, was second in the5000m. However, arch rivals Clare, through a phenomenal performances by Rory Chesser, collected a cool eighteen points with wins in 5000m and steeplechase. Now the fat was in the fire. Had KCH done enough? Brendan Hyland, winning the javelin  - by a mere 4cms on his final throw,  added new hope. I t was down to the final event of the day, the 4x400m relay. A good performance here would clinch victory. Eoin Power, Michael Bowler, Callan Byrne and Jack Manning drained themselves as they endeavoured to come home ahead of ClareCounty. Bandon were first across the finish line with KCH a whisker behind in second place. Clare were down the track. KCH were sure winners, but NO. Disqualification followed for lane infringement on the second leg. And so we had to await the official result when the points from the best fifteen scores for each team were calculated and announced in reverse order. In third place Bandon, second ClareCounty, and the winner Kilkenny City Harriers.

The celebrations began as the team members mounted the podium, resplendent in their attractive new tops, to receive their medals and League Shield. Then it was on to The Tullamore Court Hotel where the team provided a joyful guard of honour for team manager, John Maye, as he approached the dining room. Following dinner and speeches, by manager and team captain, it was back to Kilkenny with happy thoughts of achievements gained and more to come. n to Premier League   

Aug 01 - Celtic Gold for Ciara
Ireland's girls under 16 team won gold at the Celtic International Games in Grangemouth, Scotland, today. A contributor to the win was our girl, Ciara Deely. Competing in the high jump in particularly poor weather conditions she cleared 1.70 to win the event. Well done Ciara.

July 19 - 
National League – Round 2

KCH men’s team were in Santry today for Round 2 of the National track and field league. In ninth place after Round 1 we were aiming for a good second round so as to qualify for the final of the league which is scheduled for Tullamore on the 2nd August. A good turnout of athletes and some fine performances enhance our chances of making the final. First place finishes by Eoin Power in 110m hurdles, Peter Lynch in 1500m and Brendan Hyland in the shot garnered 27 points towards the team’s score. However the final tally, on which final qualification depends, will not be available until all scores are double checked and results from the other Round 2 venue in Athlone become available. Report will be updated when all results are received.

July 18 - Schools International

At the Schools International track and field, held in Grangemouth, Scotland, Team Ireland finished in second place overall. A Kilkenny contribution to this achievement was made by Ciara Deely, KCH, with a third place in the high jump and sixth place in the 80m hurdles. 

July 18 - All Ireland Relays

The All-Ireland relays in Tullamore today brought the 2015 juvenile track and field season to a close. Our under 12 girls had a great competition and finishing 4th in the final they lost out by a fraction of a second. The boys under 12 finished 4th in their semi-final and  just missed out on final qualification. The older age boys had mixed results with the under 17’s 4x100 finishing 7th, and the under 18 4x400 and the under 19 4x100 both finishing third.

Relay Teams
Girls Under 12 – Emma Shortall, Rachel Leahy, Tara McGuire, Caoimhe Carroll.
Boys Under 12 – Jack Aylmer, Mickey Raggett, Conor Kavanagh, Harry Shine.
Boys Under 17 – Adam FitzPatrick, Darragh Roberts, Luke Fitzpatrick, Rory Lodge.
Boys Under 18 – Rory Lodge, Luke Fitzpatrick, Jack Manning, Darragh Roberts.
Boys Under 18 – Aaron Barron, Callan Byrne, Morgan Thomas, Jack Manning.   

July 12 - Lodge Wins 1500

Rory Lodge put his name on the golden honours list with a fine performance in the 1500m final in Tullamore today – very impressive considering he finished 2nd in Leinster. It was also a good day for Hannah Kelly who added a bronze in the Javelin to yesterday’s gold in the Shot. Callan Byrne got his second bronze of the championships in the 200m – second in his heat in 23.04 he clocked 22.91 in the final.

Results
Under 14 – Cathal Kearney 9th 1500 (4.54.69); Ella Richardson 13th 1500 (5.12.84).
Under 15 – Hannah Kelly 3rd Javelin (34.47 PB); Rachel Kelly 6th 250 heat (39.37).
Under 16 – Leah Raggett 5th 200 heat (26.83); Adam FitzPatrick 10th 1500 (4.33.93).
Under 17 – Rory Lodge 1st 1500 (4.08.65); Lule FitzPatrick 14th 1500 (4.26.94).
Under 18 – Jack Manning 7th 200 (23.13).
Under19 – Callan Byrne 3rd 200 (22.91).

July 11 - First places for Everard and Holmes
Running in the Irish Milers Club in Santry Eoin Everard turned in a victory in the 800m in a time of 1.49.19. Further afield Louise Holmes placed first in the senior 200m (25.50) at the Letterkenny AC International. 

July 11- PB for Brendan
Brendan Hyland, guesting with Swansea in the English League, had a new Javelin PB of 55.05. 
July 11 - 
One, Two for Kellys on Day 2

The wind and some intermittent rain made conditions difficult for some of the events at Tullamore today on Day 2 of the National juvenile track and field championships. The Kellys, Hannah and Rachel, ignored the conditions to bring home gold and silver respectively.  Hannah’s gold came in the Shot with a top quality throw of 12.16m. Rachel’s silver was won with 34.46m in the Discus. Martyna Balcer also did well to finish 5th  with a best throw of 28.40m in U16 Javelin.
We had three athletes competing in the sprints. First to go was Leah Raggett who placed 5th in heat 2 of the 100m under15. Next was Jack Manning in the under 18 race. A good time of 11.41 brought him to the final as one of the fastest losers. A slightly slower time of 11.43 left him in 8th place in the final. However Jack didn’t leave empty handed as with a throw of 12.03m he won bronze in the Shot. Our third sprinter was Callan Byrne who was in fine form. Competing at under 19 level he finished second in the heats in 11.23. Then with a fab time of 11.00 in the final he finished in third place.
Our distance runners, despite the strong wind, also did us proud. First away was Adam FitzPatrick in the 3000m under16. Adam stayed with the front runners from the off and in fourth place on the last lap he fought back with a great burst to finish a comfortable third in 9.24.45. Then it was the turn of Peter Lynch who ran the 3000m under19. Peter moved to the front at the start and with no one else willing to take it on Peter led the field through 2800m only to be over taken on the last bend by the faster finishing, Cathal Doyle of Clonliffe Harriers. So it was silver for Peter in 8.49.19.

July   7 - Cork City Sports

This year’s Cork City Sports were held in the Cork IT grounds on a very windy night. Just two KCH athletes took part – Peter Lynch who ran the Junior 1500 in 4.08.70 and Eoin Everard who went in the mile completing it in 4.04.68. 

July   5- Cliodhna Manning – Superb

Cliodhna Maning was in superb form at the national under 23 track and field championships in Tullamore today. Running in the 200m she took first place in a personal best time of 23.94 seconds – an excellent performance booster in preparation for the Europeans in Estonia next week where she runs in the 100m and also with the  4x100m relay team. Another PB was scored by Jack Manning - 23.11 in Junior200m.
At the same venue Peter Lynch finished second in the Junior 5000m and Sarah Kate Lacey came fourth in the Junior 100m with a season’s best of 12.04 seconds. 
Meanwhile in Poland Michael Bowler was 17th in the European Cup Combined Events. His points score of 5,808 was somewhat disappointing but included a PB of 4.20m in the Pole Vault, a PB of 15.45 seconds in the 110m Hurdles and a season’s best of 35.02 in the Discus.

July  4  - Juveniles win All-Ireland Silver and Bronze

There were mixed fortunes for Ciara Deely at Day 1 of  the national juvenile finals in Tullamore today. Following a good run in the heats of the 80m hurdles her medal hopes in the event vanished following disqualification in the final. However she fared better in the High Jump where she cleared 1.69m to bring her the silver medal. The 800m races saw some excellent performances. Annie O’Connor placed third after a great battle in the U17 race. KCH had two qualifies, Rory Lodge and Luke FitzPatrick, for the boys U17 final. Rory, running in his first club All-Ireland on the track, fared the better of the two. Finishing in an excellent time of 1.59.52 he won bronze. Bill Cody was also impressive in the 2K Steeplechase where, finishing fourth,  he set a new PB of  7.15.60.

Results 
Under 14 Jennifer Leahy  -  75m hurdles( 13.26 secs)
Under 15 Rachel Kelly 8th – High Jump (1.45)
Under16  Ciara Deely 2nd – High Jump (1.69m); Martyna Balcer 12 – Long Jump (4.49).
Under17  Bill Cody 4th  – Steeplechase (7.16.50); Annie O’Connor 3rd - 800 (2.17.87); Rory Lodge 3rd – 800 (1.59.52); Luke FitzPatrick – 800 (2.08.40); Keeva O’Brien 9th – Long Jump (4.55).
Under 19  Craig Byrne – 800 (2.04.58). 

June 29 - International Selections
Congratulations to Cliodhna Manning, and her coach Peter Lyons, on Cliodhna's selection for  the European Under 23 championships. It will be a busy time for Cliodhna as she has been selected to run in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. These championships will be held in Tallin, Estonia from the 9th to 12th July.
Further congratulations to Michael Bowler on his selection for the European Cup Combined Events to be held in Inowroclaw, Poland on 4th & 5th July. Very best wishes to both. 

June 27 -
 
Manning is Europe Bound
Cliodhna Manning, Leinster 200m senior champion, turned in a fine performance at a track meet in Nivelles, Belgium. Running in the 100m final she clocked 11.71 to qualify for the European Under 23 Championships. In the earlier windy heats she was timed at 11.61 (wind +3).

June 27 - Lynch runs a Fast Time
Peter Lynch had a worthwhile trip to Watford, England to compete in the British Milers Club 5000m. Running a steady pace throughout he finished in 14.42.52, more than 30 seconds improvement on his time over the distance in Greystones last month.  

June 27 - Gold, Silver and Bronze in Juvenile Relays

Our young relay squads did our club proud at the national relay finals in Tullamore today. We had five teams in action and three made the podium with Boys under 10  winning gold, Boys under 9 silver and the Girls under 11 winning bronze. The girls under 9 were also in flying form – winning their semi-final in style only to be disqualified for a baton zone infringement. The boys under11, with a re-shuffled team, did well to finish fifth in their semi-final.
Also in Tullamore today, Ella Delahunty and Diana Ibe, as well as running in the relay, placed seventh in the under 11 All-Ireland Sprint Pairs.  

Relay Teams
Girls under 9 – Hannah Quinn, Eimear O’Neill, Millie Gilsenan, Sabh Muldowney.
Boys under 9 – Luke Kerwick, Bill O’Shea, Louis Raggett, Patrick Lacey.
Boys under 10 – Daniel Ring, Alex
Cullen, Sean Young, Brian Moore, James Kavanagh, Matthew Kavanagh.
Boys under 11 – Billy FitzPatrick, Harry Boyle, Matthew McCarthy, Tom Greene.

Girls under 11 – Abbie O’Brien, Isobel Roberts, Ella Delahunty, Orla Kenny, Diana Ibe.     

June 27 - Rachel Gets Bronze in Combined Events

Rachel Kelly put in an excellent performance at the All-Ireland Combined Events Championships in Tullamore today. Competing in the under 15 event her achievements included personal best performances in Long Jump, Hurdles and 800m resulting in a points total of 2745 and an All-Ireland Bronze medal. Rory MacGabhann finished in 9th place on 2255 points.

June 21 - Another Good Day in Tullamore

Following a good day on Saturday our athletes turned in another good day at the Leinster  under 14- under 19 track and field championships in Tullamore today. Annie O’Connor added gold to yesterday’s 800m silver with a win in the 1500 under17. Peter Lynch ran the 1500 under 19 and also won gold. There were seven silver medal results as follows: – Under 15 - Hannah Kelly 2/Javelin, Rachel Kelly 2/High Jump; Under 16 – AdamFitzPatrick 2/3000, Leah Raggett 2/100; Under 17 – RoryLodge 2/1500, Bill Cody 2/2000 Steeplechase; Under18 – Jack Manning 2/Shot. Bronze medals were won in three events:- Jack Manning in the 200m, Hannah Kelly in the Shot, Rachel Kelly in 250m hurdles and Martyna Balcer in the Under 16 Long Jump. Apart from the medal winners there was a fourth place finish for Jennifer Leahy in high Jump U14, Niamh McMullan in the 200m under 18, and a number of other good performances particularly James Kearney in the under 800m, Grace Richardson in the 1500m, Issie Shine in the 800m and Luke FitzPatrick in the 1500m.      

June 20 - Rachel has Championship Record in Tullamore
Our u14 -u19 juveniles were in action in the Leinster T&F championships in Tullamore today and produced some excellent results. Rachel Kelly produced a top drawer performance in the under 15 Discus. Throwing 37.41 she not only won the event but set a new Championship Record beating the old record of 34.45 by almost three meters. Another top performer, some 24 hours from the Tailteanns, was Ciara Deely with gold in Hurdles and High Jump. Craig Byrne also struck gold with a good win in the 800. In the Inter-counties Relays Jennifer Leahy, Rachel Kelly and Hannah Kelly won bronze with the under 15 team and Leah Raggett won silver with the under 17 team.

Some results
Under 14 - Jennifer Leahy 3/75 hurdles, 3/shot; Cathal Kearney 3/1500.
Under 15 - Rachel Kelly 1/Discus, Championship record 37.41m, Nicolas De Bernardis 2/Discus.
Under 16  - Ella Richardson 3/1500; Leah Raggett 3/200, Adam FitzPatrick 2/1500, Martyna Balcer 3/Javelin, Ciara Deely 1/high jump, 1/80 hurdles.
Under 17 - bill Cody 5/3000; Annie O'Connor 2/800, Luke FitzPatrick 3/800.
Under 18 - Jack Manning 4/100; Mateausz Pietrzykowski 4/long jump, 5/100.
Under 19  - Craig Byrne 1/800, Aaron Barron 4/100, Alan Mooney 8/100, 7/400.

June 20 - Good Results in European Cup 

At the European Cup Championships in Crete today the Everards represented us well with Ciara coming fourth in the 800 in 2.03.32 and Eoin finishing the 1500 in sixth place in 3.43.09. Well done both.

June 19 - Tailteann Games
Well done Rory, Ciara and Lauren at The Tailteann Games in Santry today. Rory Lodge 3rd in 800m, Ciara Deely 2nd in High Jump and Hurdles and Lauren Gleeson 4th in Long Jump.

June 15 - Everards in European Cup Team
Congratulations to Eoin And Ciara Everard on their selection for the national team to compete in The European Champions Cup in Crete on 20/21 June. Eoin will compete in the 1500m while Ciara goes in the 800m.

June 14 - Ladies Team in The Pink
Our ladies were very much to the fore at the county 10k in the Pink Rock, Rosbercon. With Donna Dowling first scorer in the county championship race she set up the club team nicely for first place. Anne Marie O'Grady, Caoilte Malone and Orla McPhillips followed closely behind to clinch the win. A second squad of Barbara Rossiter, Maria Murphy, Deirdre Scott and Mary Ann Molloy added to the winning feeling and there was still further support from Irene Henebry, Una Byrne and Helen Gilman. Well done all. The Men were well represented by David McPherson (1st Co scorer), Paul Moran and Eoin Molloy.  Despite the best efforts of the fourth man, Bernard O'Gorman they were unable to win tea, medals.

June 13 -
 
Double Gold in Combined Events
Well done to our athletes, especially our gold medal winners,  at the Leinster Combined Events. Rachel Kelly scored 2,537 points to take the girls under 15 title while Rory MacGabhann won the boys title with 2,380. Luke Whelan collected 1,521 points. In the under 14 event Jennifer Leahy had 1,956 points and Emma Poyntz got 1,696. Congratulations all

June 13 - PB’s in Leixlip
Competing at the LeCheile – Irish Milers event in Leixlip there were personal best performances for Jack Manning (23.46 in 200), Rory Lodge (1.56.01 in 800), Bill Cody (10.17.11 in 3000) and Luke FitzPatrick (2.02.20 in 800). Peter Lynch finished 8th in 3000 in 8.53.25.

Jun 10 - Good Results in Thomastown
A small group of athletes competed at the "B" Championships in Thomastown today. Those who made the journey did well. Under 8 - Ava Quinn 2/Sprint, 3/300; Under 9 - Hannah Quinn 2/Sprint, 2/300, Louis Raggett 1/Sprint, Andrew Comerford 3/Sprint; Under 10 - Ruth Walshe 2/Long Jump, 3/Sprint, 3/Turbo Jav, Saoirse Butler 2/Turbo Jav; Under 11 - Sive Butler 3/Turbo Jav, Under 12 - Tara McGuire 3/Sprint, 3/300; Unde 13 - Nessa McGuire 1/Shot.

Jun 06 -
Mickey Jumps for Gold
Mickey Ragget, competing at the under 12 Leinster Championships in Tullamore  won gold in the High Jump and finshed 6th in the Hurdles. There was success also for Diane Ibe and Ella Delahunty with silver medals in the 60m Pairs event. Diane and Ella were also members of the county team which won gold in the Leinster  4x100m inter-county relay. Also winners of Leinster medals were Ned Langton and Harry Boyle who won bronze in the 600m under 12 Pairs Competition.


KCH Pairs Results
Diane Ibe and Ella Delahunty 2nd 60m,Isobel Roberts and Orla Kenny 7th 60m, Ella Delahunty and Orla Kenny 4th Long Jump, Ned Langton and Harry Boyle 3rd 600m, Ned Langton and Tom Greene 7th 60m

KCH Under 12 Results
Mickey Raggett 1st High Jump, 6th Hurdles, Elanor Godden 9th 600m, Emma Shortall 8th Long Jump, Rachel Leahy 6th High Jump
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June 05 - Another Title for Nicholas
At the county Road Walks held in Paulstown this evening Nicholas Dunphy added another title to his collection with victory in the County Kilkenny Senior 5K Road Walk.  
Jun  01- Cork City Marathon
Richie Cody, juvenile coach, completing the course in 3.39.15 was one of Kilkenny's early finishers in todays Cork City Marathon. Others to follow closely were Stevie Dermody, Ann Marie Shortall, Jackie Varley and Amy Granville.
Jun  01- 
Great Team(work) in Tullamore

Wet, cold and windy. That was the weather in Tullamore for the Leinster Team competition today.  For our juvenile teams it was mostly gold and silver. Our under 10 boys were very much involved with two teams competing and both performing well. The Brian Moore, Daniel Ring, Matthew Kavanagh and James Kavanagh squad finished second  and the Sean Young, Ruairi McEvoy, Ed Lauhoff and Louis Raggett team were sixth. It was sixth again for Aisling Browne, Emily Smith, Sinead Carroll and Ruth Walshe in girls under 10.
The under 11 girls were the first to claim gold. A just reward for the efforts of Diane Ibe, Orla Kenny, Isabel Roberts and Ella Delahunty. The under 11 boys had an excellent outing in a very competitive group. A one point difference separated Ned Langton, Harry Boyle, Tom Greene and Conor Byrne from team medals.
Our under 12s  - boys and girls  - were in flying form with Mikey Raggett, Harry Shine, Jack Alymer and Conor Kavanagh claiming gold and Rachel Leahy, Tara McGuire, Emma Shortall and Eleanor Godden winning silver.
The under 15 girls  - Issy Shine, Annie McEvoy, Jennifer Leahy and Lizzy McGee – rounded off the day with another set of silver medals.
Well done all and a special thanks to coaches and parents for their help and support all along but especially in those conditions today. 

May 31 - In form Cliodhna
Cliodhna Manning showed a good return to form with a record breaking 24.42 in the Leinster Senior T&F 200m in Tullamore today. While she broke the existing record she had to settle for the second place behind the new record holder Stephanie Creaner of DCH who posted 23.86.
May 30 -
Rory’s Record Run

KCH athletes, representing St Kieran’s and Loreto, were very much in evidence at the Schools track and field finals in Tullamore today. The star performance came from relative new-comer to athletics, Rory Lodge. With less than twelve months involvement in athletics Rory not only won gold today but set a new record when he won the under16  mile event. In fourth place at the bell he moved into second as he entered the back straight and then took to the front with a powerful surge over the final 100m.  St Kieran’s added a further gold with a throw of 12.98 by Krystian Pawlowski in Junior Shot. The college also had two silvers with Adam FitzPatrick in the Junior 1500 and Peter Lynch in the Senior 5000. Peter’s time of 15.20. 33 was a nine second improvement on his Leinster qualifying time.

Loreto Girls had three individual silvers – one via Hannah Kelly with a throw of 11.30m in Minor Shot and Ciara Deely claimed two in Intermediate hurdles and High Jump. In the High Jump she scored a new PB of 1.70m. Aoibhe Richardson finished in that unenviable fourth place in the Senior 3000 after a fine run where she achieved a new PB of 10.22.56 for the distance. It was a similar result for Lauren Gleeson – fourth in Intermediate Long Jump. Sarah Kate Lacey competed in very competitive  Senior 100 and 200 where she finished third and fourth respectively.

The relays came as the rain made its presence felt. Loreto had teams in Minor and Senior. The minor squad – Issy Shine, Rachel Kelly, Aoife Farrell, Hannah Kelly  won bronze. The Seniors – Eimear McMullan, Sarah Kate Lacey, Hannah Lacey and Margaret Caldbeck – having been in gold medal position for 399meters were pipped on the line and ended the day on silver.        

May 24 - GREAT START IN NATIONAL LEAGUE
Our men's team got off to a great start in this year's league with a successful Round 1 performance in Templemore. John Maye's call was answered with a good turnout considering committments elsewhere of a number of athletes. There were seven first place finishes. Nicholas Dunphy, walk, Michael Bowler 110 hurdles and pole vault, Brendan Hyland, javelin, Eoin Muldowney 100m, Krzysztof Szymczak Shot and Discus. Other team members were Luke FitzPatrick, Bill Cody, Mateuz Pietrzykowski, Paul Moran, Jack Manning, Craig Byrne, Alan Mooney and Shane Roberts. KCH rank seventh after round 1. With eight teams qualifying for the final in August no chances can be taken  in Round 2 on 19th July.  
May 24 - CE SILVER FOR BOWLER
Michael Bowler, competing in the national Combined Events championships in Tullamore won silver with a points total of 6,042.
May 23 - GOLD AND SILVER IN WICKLOW

Kilkenny City Harriers had an excellent day at the Leinster Inter-club Relays in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Eight teams qualified for the finals and all eight came home with medals – two with gold and six with silver. The first of the golds came in the morning session following an excellent performance from the Boys under 9. Three sets of silver followed in quick succession via Girls under 9, Boys under 11 and girls under 11. The afternoon session was equally as rewarding when the under 16 girls powered to victory and the Boys under 10, Boys under 12 and Girls under 12 teams all won silver. The girls teams in the under 10, under 13 and under 14 races all performed well in their respective heats with, especially in the case of the under 10’s, only a fraction of a second keeping them out of the finals.

Members of medal winning teams
Under 9 Boys (Gold) – Andrew Comerford, Bill O’Shea, Louis Raggett, Patrick Lacey and Ruairi Walsh
Under 9 Girls (Silver) – Hanna Quinn, Millie Gilsenan, Pia Langton, Cara Duggan and Kate Dowling.
Under 10 Boys (Silver)- Daniel Ring, Tadhg Crowley, Sean Young and Brian Moore
Under 11 Boys  (Silver)– Tom Greene, Harry Boyle, Brian Moore, Ned Langton.
Under 11 Girls (Silver)– Abbie O’Brien, Isobel Roberts, Orla Kenny, Diane Ibe, Ella Dunphy and Orla O’Grady.
Under 12 Boys (Silver) – Jack Alymer, Micky Raggett, Conor Kavanagh, Harry Shine.
Under 12 Girls (Silver)– Rachel Leahy, Emma Shortall, Tara McGuire, Caoimhe Carroll.
Under 16 Girls (Gold)– Martyna Balcer, Leah Raggett, Ella Richardson, Ciara Deely.

 

May 23 - Good Times in Belfast/Even better in Belgium
Four KCH athletes journeyed to Belfast for the Irish Milers meet on Saturday and all reported good times. As preparation for next Saturday’s All-Ireland Schools Rory Lodge and Adam FitzPatrick ran the 800’s and Peter Lynch went in the 3000m. Rory clocked 1.57.79 and Adam came home in 2.01.08 – both personal bests. Peter, in the lead until fifty meters from the line, finished second with a very respectable 8.33.72. Eoin Everard also ran the 800m finishing in 1.49.96. 
Meanwhile in Belgium Ciara Everard ran a truly superb 800m to establish a new PB of 2.01.21 - seroius congratulations

May 22 -  Co Track and Field

There was lots of good news at this year’s final T&F event. Hearing that the track will stay open until mid-July was one high point. Another was the victories in the 1500’s with Cathal Kearney, James Kearney, Annie McEvoy, Ella Richardson, Luke Fitzpatrick, Grace Richardson and Craig Byrne all winning their respective races. Rachel Kelly’s double in 80m hurdles and Discus was another. This year’s successes can now look forward to Leinster and beyond. For others serious consideration should be given to the B Championships which take place in Thomastown on Wednesday 10th June.

Results – Juveniles
Under 9 – Sadhbh Muldowney 3/200, Cara Duggan 1/200.
Under 10 – Greg Kelly 1/Shot, denis Griffey 3/Shot.
Under 12 – Jack Alymer – 1/300, 2/60 hurdles, Mickey Raggett 3/60 hurdles.
Under 14 – Emer Stynes 3/1500, Cathal Kearney 1/1500, Emma Poyntz 1/75 hurdles.
Under 15 – Rachel Kelly 1/80 hurdles, 1/Discus, Hannah Kelly 2/80 hurdlles, 3/Discus, James Kearney 1/1500, 3/80hurdles, Annie McEvoy 1/1500, Luke Whelan 3/Shot.
Under 16 – Laura Walsh 3/Discus, Ciara Deely 1/80 hurdles, Ella Richardson 1/1500, Colm Murphy 3/1500, Krystian Pawlowski 1/Shot.
Under17 – Luke FitzPatrick 1/1500.
Under 18/19 – Jack Manning 1/Shot, Grace Richardson 1/1500, Craig Byrne 1/1500, 3/Shot.

Results – Junior
Craig Byrne – 1/400, 2/High jump.

Results – Senior
Sinead McDonough 1/400, 1/High Jump.

Results – Masters
O/30’s 3000m 1st Niamh
Richardson, 2nd Ciara Delaney, 3rd Lisa Collins.
O/40  3000 – 1st Ken Maher

Team Results
4x400m relays – KCH 1st Boys and 1st Girls
3000m men  - KCH 3rd
3000m ladies  - KCH 2nd

May 17 - AAI Games
Our competitors in the field events had a satisfactory trip to the AAI Games in Santry today. New member, Krzysztof Szymczak was second in Shot (12.28) and fourth in Discus (41.96). Sinead McDonough was fourth in High Jump (1.55), Brnndan Hyland 6th in Javelin (48.02) and Michael Bowler 6th in Discus (27.00). We were less successful on the track with Michael Bowler in 110 hurdles and Louise Holmes in 200m. 

May 16 -
Triple Gold for Sarah Kate

There were many outstanding performances by Kilkenny athletes at the Leinster Schools athletics championships held in Santry stadium. One among those was Sarah Kate Lacey, Loreto, who came home with three gold medals having placed first place in the senior 100m, 200m and from the winning 4x100m relay team. Another star performer was Rachel Kelly, Loreto, who set a new Leinster Schools record in the Minor Discus with a winning throw of 31.23m. The Loreto girls were very much in evidence both in individual events and also in the relays where they finished first in both Minor and Senior. St Kieran’s College also had gold medal winners. On Wednesday, Junior boys, Adam FitzPatrick and Krystian Pawlowski, won their respective events -  the 1500m and Shot Putt and on Saturday Peter Lynch won gold with a classic performance in the Senior 5000m. Top CBS athlete was David Murphy with gold in Intermediate 100m. Winning, winning a medal of any colour brings great satisfaction but finishing in fourth can be less so. And so it was for Jack Manning -4th in senior Shot and on the double for Leah Raggett in Intermediate 100m and 200m. 

Individual Medal Winners

Minor - Hannah Kelly 2/Javelin, 2/Shot, Rachel Kelly 1/Discus,(both Loreto); Theresa Kelly (Castlecomer) 2/Discus, 3/Shot; Christopher Reynolds )KilkennyCollege) 3/Discus.

Junior – Ruby Millet (Kilkenny College) 1/Long Jump, Grainne Kelly (Castlecomer) 2/Discus; Adam FitzPatrick 1/1500m; Krystian Pawlowski 1/Shot (Both St Kieran’s).

Under 16 – Orla Casey (Loreto) 3/Shot; Rory Lodge (St Kieran’s) 3/Mile;  Ross Daly (Kilkenny College) 2/200m.

Intermediate – David Murphy (CBS) 1/100m; Ciara Deely (Loreto) 2/80m hurdles, 2/High Jump; Lauren Gleeson 1/Long Jump.

Senior – Sarah Kate Lacey 1/100m, 1/200m, Aoibhe Richardson 3/3000m (both Loreto); Anu Awonusi 1/Shot, 3/Discus;  Peter Lynch (St Kierans) 1/5000m.    

May 10 Day 2 - Another Good Day on the Track
Day 2 of the county T&F was every bit as good as Day 1 for our juvenile athletes with close on 70 individual medals won and 7 Relay teams medalling. The under 10s led the way with gold by both girls and boys teams. There were three clean sweeps - the under nine girls Eimear O'Neill, Pia Langton and Hannah Quinn were 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 60m final: Shay McEvoy, James Kearney and Luke Whelan did likewise in the 800m under 15: and Rory Lodge, Luke FitzPatrick and Bill Cody had a similar result in the 800m under 17. Under 10 star athlete, Brian Moore,  had treble gold - 60m, 300m and Long Jump. So too did under 14 athlete Jennifer Leahy - 80m, High jump and Shot. There was double gold for Rachel Kelly - 100m and High Jump and Adam FitzPatrick 200m and 800m.
Results
Under 8 - Molly Daly 1/200, 2/60; Laura Leahy 2/200, 3/60.
Under 9 - Eimear O'Neill 1/60; Pia Langton 1/200, 2/60;Hannah Quinn 3/200, 3/60.
Under 10 - Brian Moore 1/60, 1/300, 1/Long Jump; Aisling Browne 3/60; Danny Ring 2/60; Angela Carroll 1/Shot; Sinead Carroll 2/Shot; Ed Lauhoff 3/Turbo Jav; Sean Counihan3/Long Jump, Ruairi McEvoy 3/Long Jump (tie).
Under 11 - Diana Ibe 2/60, 3/200; Harry Boyle 2/300;  Ella Delahunty 3/60; Ned Langton 1/60, 3/Long Jump.  
Under 12 - Tara McGuire 1/Shot; Rachel Leahy 2/High Jump.
Under 13 - Daire Murray 1/High Jump; Abby Gilsenan 3/500; Katie Hynes 3/Shot.
Under 14 - Jennifer Leahy 1/80, 1/Shot, 1/High Jump; Emma Poyntz 3/500; Hannah Lodge 2/Walk; Cathal Kearney 2/800.
Under 15 - Rachel Kelly 1/100, 1/High Jump, 3/Shot; Hannah Kelly 1/Shot, 2/100; Annie McEvoy 1/Walk; Shay McEvoy 1/800, 3/200; James Kearney 2/800, 2/Long Jump, Lke Whelan 3/800.
Under 16 - Adam FitzPatrick 1/200, 1/800; Leah Raggett 1/100; Martyna Balcer 2/100; Ciara Deely 1/High Jump; Emma Counihan 3/High Jump.
Under 17 - Emily McGee 1/High Jump; Luke FitzPatrick 1/200, 2/800; Rory Lodge 1/800, 2/200; Bill Cody 3/800.
Under 18/19 - Jack Manning 1/200; Aaron Barron 2/200,2/Long Jump; Alannah Counihan 1/Shot, 2/ High Jump; Mateuz Pietrzykowski 1/Long Jump; Craig Byrne 1/800, 2/Javelin.
Over 40 - Pat Young 3/800.
Relays
1/Girls U10, Boys U10, Girls U16/18.
2/Boys U12, Boys U16/18.
3/Girls U12, Girls U14. 

May 8 - Javelin PB for Brendan
Brendan Hyland's trip to Swansea this weekend proved very successful. Crossing the 50m mark for the first time he has acquired a new Javelin  PB of 50.35m. Well done. 
May 8 - Low Turn-out for Jun/Sen T&F
To misquote Peter, Paul and Mary "Where have all the athletes gone....." would be appropriate given the turnout by our juniors and seniors for the county championships. One Junior - Craig Byrne, 2/200m, 2/400Hurdles; Three seniors - Nicholas Dunphy,1/Walk; Sinead McDonough(1/100m, 1/100m hurdles, 1/400m hurdles, 1/ Long Jump, 2/200m) and Krzysztof Szymczak 1/Shot, 1/Discus; and three vets John Maye, 5000m; Willie McTiernan 2/100m O/50, 1/200m O/60; and Ken Byrne 2nd 100m O/35. A total of 34 points gained - an excellent return from seven athletes.
May 4 - Novice Ladies/Leinster Road Champions
Our ladies did us proud on the road in Gowran today. From the off they were gung ho heading to the front and all finished smartly. Donna Dowling in 6th was first home and Anne Marie O'Grady was on her heels in 7th. Orla McPhillips with a very fast second lap was next in 11th and Lisa Collins completed the scoring in 13th. Not far behind were Catriona Corr 16th and Emily Maher 21st. Donna, Anne Marie and Orla together with Sharon Cleere, Gowran were second county. 
We had two runners in Masters Men. Ken Maher o/35 placed 23rd and Niall Lacey o/40 placed 40th but won individual silver. Well done all.

May 3 - Day 1 Co T&F – A Great Day

KCH athletes turned out in great numbers for Day 1 of the County track and field and the results were equally great. Some seventy individual medals were won with over thirty of them being gold. Nine relay teams also won medals with girls under 11 and 17 and boys under 11 and 19  finishing in first place. One outstanding achievement was the performance of our under 12 boys in the 80m sprint - 1st, 2nd and 3rd by Mickey Raggett, Harry Shine and Jack Alynmer. Also there was triple gold for Darragh Roberts U17 (300 hurdles, 100m, 400m) and Craig Byrne U19 (300 hurdles, 400m, High Jump). Brian Moore U10 (80, 300),  Mickey Raggett 1/High jump, 1/80m; Rachel Kelly U15 (200, 250 hurdles), Jennifer Leahy U14 ( 200, Javelin) and Martyna Balcer U16 (Javelin, Long Jump) twice struck individual gold.

Individual Results
Under 8 – Laura Leahy, 2/80, 2/300; Emily Lauhoff 3/300.
Under 9 – Pia Langton 1/80, 2/300; Eimear O’Neill 2/80; Patrick Lacey 2/80, 3/300; Bill O’Shea 3/80.
Under 10 – Brian Moore 1/80, 1/300; Sinead Carroll 2/Turbo Jav; Aisling Browne 3/Long Jump.
Under 11 – Diana Ibe 2/80; Ned Langton 2/80, 2/500; Ella Delahunty 3/Long Jump.   
Under 12 – Jack Alymer 1/500, 3/80; Mickey Raggett 1/High Jump, 1/80; Ema Shortall 3/Long Jump; Harry Shine 2/80m.
Under 14 – Jennifer Leahy 1/200, 1/Javelin; Cathal Kearney 3/500; Emma Poyntz 1/Long Jump, 3/Javelin.
Under 15 – Rachel Kelly 1/50 hurdles, 1/200, 2/Javelin, 2/ Jong Jump; Hannah Kelly 1/Javelin, 2 /200; James Kearney 2/250 hurdles, 3/400; Shay McEvoy 1/400, 2/100; Annie McEvoy 1/800; Kate Dempsey 3/Long Jump; Luke Whelan 1/Discus, 3/High Jump; Rory MacGabhann 1/High Jump.
Under 16 – Ella Richardson 1/800; Colm Murphy 1/Walk; Jade Maher 3/ 200; Ciara Deely 1/250 hurdles; Adam FitzPatrick 1/400, 2/Walk, 2/100, 3/250 hurdles. Martyna Balcer 1/Javelin, 1/Long Jump.
Under 17 -  Lauren Gleeson 1/200; Emma Poyntz 1/Long Jump, 3/Javelin; Darragh Roberts 1/300 hurdles, 1/100, 1/400, 2/High Jump.
Under 18/19 – Allanagh Counihan 1/300 hurdles, 2/200, 2/Javelin; Craig Byrne 1/300 hurdels, 1/400, 1/High Jump; Grace Richardson 3/800; Callan Byrne 1/100; Aaron Barron 2/100; Mateusz Pietrzykowski 3/100, 3/400; Jack Manning 2/High Jump.
Junior – Aoife Richardson 1/1500.

Relays
First – Girls under 11, Boys under 11, Girls under 17, Boys under 19.
Second – Boys under 13, Boys under 15, Boys under 17.
Third – Boys under 11.

May 2 - With Milers Club in Greystones
It was wet, wet, wet in Greystones today fo the staging of the Irish Milers event. KCH athletes Eoin Everard and Peter Lynch went in the 5000m coming home with respective times of 14.15 and 15.13.

KCH 2017