Dec 09 Novice Ladies See Gold
The Novice cross-country championships were held in The Castle Park today. After many changed decisions our ladies fielded two teams -one in Grade A and one in Grade B- for the Novice cross country championships in the Castle Park today. And they did more than field teams. They competed and competed successfully. The “A” squad – Claire Dermody 2nd, Cathy Millett 3rd, Anita Byrne 6th – finished in first place. The “B” squad with mostly very novice runners won silver. Team members were Aisling Gannon 13th, Fiona Phelan 17th and Joanne O’Dwyer 18th.
The men were also out with good numbers and managed to field teams in both divisions. The A team had 2018 Novice Road Champion, Graham Bourne, finish in 4th place. With Oisin MacCinneide 13th, Conor Darcy 14th and Kieran Hughes 15th they took the bronze medals. The B team went a step further to win silver. Team members were Tony Lauhoff 17th, Alan Mahon 18th, Pierce Cooney 22nd, Paul Phelan 25th and Sam Kirby 29th.
Dec 09 Aoibhe in Tilburg
Tilburg in The Netherlands was the venue for this year’s European cross-country championships. Ireland fielded strong teams in all six races- Men and women U20, U23 and senior. KCH had Aoibhe Richardson competing on the under 23 team. Following her excellent performances on the US colleges cross country season she turned in another great run. Finishing in an overall 25th place in 21.32 she was second scorer on the Irish team.
Dec 08 Brian (is Aware)
The Annual Aware Christmas Run was held in the PhoenixPark today. Brian Maher was up for the run and took first place in a tight finish. his time was 0.31.50.
Dec 02 Cathy is Number 1
Cathy Millett stood out in the Ladies O/50 cross country championships in Gowran today. The race, run in conjunction with the men’s race, saw Cathy as the leading lady from the start. Running a steady pace throughout and leaving a number of the men in her wake she was a comfortable winner of the gold- a new county champion.
Dec 02 The Uneven “B’s”
The B championships, held in Gowran today, proved a useful experience for a number of our young juveniles. Darragh O’Callaghan, having led from the start, took first place in the under 7s. Another Darragh, Darragh Browne (6) also ran well in the under 7s as did Ronan Hogan (5). For the girls Ella O’Flaherty (6) and Rachel Hogan (5) ran well. In the under 9s there was some good running from the Cormacks, Ellen (7) and Sinead (5). The boys were out in force with Patrick Wall setting the pace. Michael Phelan (8) on his first cross country run lost his footwear but pushed on and passed a number of athletes on his way to the chute. Others were Daire O’Flaherty (10), Tom Henderson (19), Conor Henderson (9) , Shay Molloy (20), Paddy Gibbs (35) and Eddie Murphy (26). Clodagh O’Callaghan (1) set the pace for the under 11s and had good support from Eimear Cormack (3). The pity was that they had no third runner to make a team!!! A fast finishing Luke Browne (4) represented the club in the boys under 11. In the girls under 13 Ella Wall (10) ran particularly well in the early part of the race but yielded some ground on the run home. All in all this was a good day but we need to get more of our athletes out. One wonders why coaches volunteer so much time throughout the year for athletes who don’t compete!
Dec 01 The Waterford Half
We had a large contingent taking part in this year’s Waterford Half Marathon – some with great success. For the men Toss Hayes took third place in 1.08.12. Trust Mnisti was next in 1.16.48 and then followed a dozen or so culminating with Ian Comerford who finsihed in 1.53.08. Caitriona Muldowney led our ladies in. Her time of 1.30.22 gave her first place in the O/35s. Caoimhe Foley with 1.33.15 was fifth in the same category. For many runners these distance races are more about times than places. For others its about getting to the finish and for some like Angela Lalor and Martina McGrath its all about enjoyment and socialising – so coming in the second half of the field is often more enjoyable than the pressure of the first half.
Nov 25 Shay is U18 Champion
Today was All-Ireland day for some of our cross country runners in Abbottstown, Co Dublin. Shay McEvoy continued his excellent form to take first place in the boys 6000m under 18. With Kevin Burns 25, James Kearney 51, John Muldowney 65, Cathal Kearney 83 and Luke Whelan 100 the club team were fourth. The same team contested the junior event with Shay placing 7th and the team coming ninth.
Annie McEvoy was also in determined mode from the start of the girls under 18 race. Finishing 7th she led the county team to first place and collected a further gold as the third scorer on the winning Leinster team. Annie was 15th in the Junior race and led the county team which finished third. Issey Shine was 70th under 18 and herself and Ciara Murphy ran well in the junior race.
In the younger age races Roisin Burns ( 82) and Luke Browne (131) gained useful experience in the under 12 races. Joe Kearns (131) scored on the under 16 team which finished 11th.
Eoin Everard and Brian Maher represented the club in the senior men’s 10Km, finishing 21st and 33rd respectively.
Nov 18 Ladies Excell in Stook
Our ladies gave a good account of themselves in todays 10 mile county championships held in conjunction with the STOOK. Catriona Muldowney, clocking 1.10.55, was first Kilkenny lady home and led the KCH team into first place. Cathy Millett in 1.12.19 was second lady home and also had the distinction of first over 50. Lisa Brennan, 5th in 1.15.16, completed the first team. Other finishers included Kate Millea 1.17.18, Oonagh Guilfoyle 1.26.46, Anne Marie Shortall 1.35.39,Louise O’Reilly 1.42.55 and Martina McGrath 1.59.15.
In the men’s race Graham Bourne was in excellent form and completed the run in 1.03.22. The team with Andy Hanrahan in 19th and Davy Hogan 21st placed fifth. Other KCH runners were Noel Maher, Paul Phelan and Philip Molloy.
Nov 17 KCH in Madison, USA
The KCH banner added to the colour at the NCAA cross country championships held in Thomas Zimmer course in Madison, Wisconsin, USA today. Athletes and supporters alike awoke this morning to see everthing covered in snow. The US being well prepared for such weather the roads and car parks were cleared of snow by 8.00am. Likewise with the start and finish areas of the cross country course. KCH athletes, Aoibhe Richardson, running with Portland college, and Peter Lynch running in the colours of Tulsa Hurricanes, were in fine form and did their bit for their respective colleges. Aoibhe ran the 6Km course in 20.45 and placed 57th. Peter completed his 10Km course in the excellent time of 30.47.1 and was the first of his team across the finish line. This was a huge experience for these athletes and will undoubtedly give them great confidence in whatever lies ahead.
Nov 11 Annie & Shay – Our Number 1s
There was a clear blue sky in Adamstown at 11.45am as the under 9s went to the line for the open Leinsters cross-country. No hint to what was to come later. What could be described as a cloudburst with storm force winds drove everyone to seek cover and some tents to the heavens. The result was a wet and mucky course as the running continued.
So back to the running – Sinead and Ellen Cormack represented the club in the under 9s and did so very well as they finished 10th and 16th respectively. And then it was the turn of the under 19s. In the girls 4Km race Annie McEvoy was with the front runners from the start. With some 200m to go she looked to have some work to do but once she turned into the finishing straight she turned on the power to finish first in style. Ciara Murphy showed good form to finish 13th and with Issey Shine just three places behind in 16th KCH finished second club just one point behind winners Mullingar AC. the three girls also scored on the second placed county team. The under 19 boys were the star performers. Led by Shay McEvoy, who left the field behind on the first lap and continued to push on in a race of his own, they won the gold medals. Kevin Burns 7th and James Kearney 10th join Shay on the Leinster team for the national finals in Navan on 15th December. Luke Whelan 27th will join the others on the winning club and second placed county team in that final.
Our under 11 girls suffered an early setback when in the massed start a couple of them were knocked to the ground but recovered well to finish 9th. Clodagh O’Callaghan in 39th was first home. The rest to the team was Kate Maher, Eimear McCormack, Martha Bergin and Molly Daly. Robert Lacey 35th and Luke Browne 54th were in excellent form in the under 11 boys race where the county team finished in 4th place. Our under 13 boys had a great run and place 6th. Team members were Oisin Marry 36th, Ruairi McEvoy 38th, Patrick Lacey 47th and Sean Young 53rd. In the under fifteens Tom Lodge surprised many with an outstanding 4th place finish which puts him on the provincal team for the nationals. Joe Kearns 49th ran a steady race and should get a run with the winning county team in the national final. Ellen fitzGerald with a steady run placed 41st in the girls under 17. In the boys race Cathal Kearney and John Muldowney ran well to finish 18th and 22nd respectively.