August 04 Amazing Results in Celtics
Our two athletes had an excellent outing when competing in the Celtic Games in Grangemouth, Scotland today. Following on a fine track and field season on the home front they didn’t disappoint when called up to the national squad. Shay McEvoy took the number one spot in the 3000m with another excellent time of 8.52. Rory McGabhann was no less impressive as he cleared 1.91 in the high jump to take second place. Well done lads and congratulations to your coaches who helped to bring you to this stage in your athletic development. Congratulations all.
July 30 International Call-up
Three of our athletes have been selected by the AAI for international events. Rory MvGabhann and Shay McEvoy are heading to Grangemouth in Scotland forthe Celtic Games on 4th August – Shay to compete in the 3000m and Rory in the high jump. And Ciara Deely has been selected for the 4x400m relay squad to compete in the European Championships in Berlin from 7th to 12th August.
July 28/29 Ciara in National Seniors
With Cliodhna Manning, winner of national senior 400m in 2017, out of action through injury it was left to Ciara Deely to represent the club at the national senior track and field finals in Santry this weekend. And she represented us in style. In the second semi-final on Saturday she placed second in 55.56 to qualify for Sunday’s final. Finishing 6th with a slightly better time of 55.37 in this her first time at these championships – and still a juvenile – was quite an achievement and augers well for the future.
July 14/15 Shay Wins 3000m
Shay McEvoy continued his good form with a splendid run in the 3000m under 18 at the national juvenile track and field finals in Tullamore today. His time was an excellent 8.51.27 – a result of consistant training throughout the season. There were many other good performances from our athletes at these finals – particularly from our distance runners. James Kearney won bronze in the under 18 steeplechase. Kevin Burns and Luke Whelan were 9th and 14th respectively in the 3000m final under 18. In the 3000m under 17 Cathal Kearney placed 10th and John Muldowney was 12th. Other high achievers at the weekend were Danny Ring and Alex Cullen (7th) in the under 13 hurdles, Amelie Foley 80m (6th) and Harry Boyle long jump (8th) – both under 14.
July 28/29 Ciara in National Seniors
With Cliodhna Manning, winner of national 400m in 2017, out through injury it was left to Ciara Deely to wear the singlet for KCH at this years championships. Running in Heat 2 of the 400m on Saturday she placed second in 55.36. In Sunday’s final she had a slightly better time of 55.37 which earned her sixth place.
July 22 Golden Glory for Rory
Not for the first time this summer everything was hot in Tullamore – especially the weather and the competition. Rory McGabhann took both in his stride and with a powerfull new PB of 1.96m he took the gold in the under 18 national high jump. Congratulations to a great competitor and congrats also to Paddy O’Dwyer, the high jump coach.
Shay McEvoy clocked 4.07.26 to take second placein the 1500m under 18 – a race which included clubmates Kevin Burns (11th) and James Kearney (19th). Following Rory’s gold and Shay’s silver Ella Richardson completed the medals with bronze in the girls 1500m under 19. Ella’s time was 4.50.14. Ciara Deely, having won the semi-final, came fourth in a very competitive girls 200m under 19 final.
Also in action today were Rachel Leahy, in the 250m hurdles under 15, and Jennifer Leahyin 300m hurdles under 17. Jennifer also competed in the high jump and secured fifth place in both events.
July 14/15 – 3K Gold for Shay
Our distance runners were very much in evidence at the national juvenile track and field championships in Tullamore at the weekend.The club had three runners in the 3000m under 18 race. Shay McEvoy took the seven and a half laps in his stride and had a comfortable lead when crossing the finish line in 8.51.27 to take the gold. Kevin Burns finished 9th and Luke Whelan was 14th. There was another excellent performance from James Kearney who won bronze in the under 18 steeplechase. In the 3000m under 17 Cathal Kearney placed 10th and John Mudowney was 12th. Danny Ring and Alex Culen went in the 60m hurdles under 13. Alex finishing 7th in the final had the better day. Amelie Foley had a good weekend with 8th in the long jump and a PB of 10.67seconds when she placed 6th in the final of the 80m.
July 10 – Ciara Deely World Juniors
Today was a big day in the life of Ciara Deely. It was Day 1 of the World Junior track and field being held in Tampere, Finland. Ciara ran in Heat 2 of the 400m and gave an excellent account of herself as she placed 6th in 54.69 seconds, marginally outside her PB. Congratulations to Ciara and her coach Nicola Barron on this achievement.
July 8 – Round 2 Of National League
If travelling to Belfast for Round 1 proved difficult because of the distance involved, then travelling to Santry for Round 2 should have been considerably easier. But then perhaps it wasn’t the travelling that was difficult. Our four man team on this occasion – Nicholas Dunphy, Luke Whelan, Brendan Hyland and Kevin Burns – gathered a mere 23 points when 123 points might have helped us to stay in the competition.
July 7 – National Bs + Relays
Another hot day in Tullamore and with it came more hot results for KCH athletes. Top of the joy was the continuing success of the under 14 girls – Amelie Foley,Ella Delahunty, Abbie O’Brien, Orla Kenny and Blaithin Holden – 1st place in the relay final. Not far behind were the fleetfooted under 13 boys – Brian Moore, Danny Ring, Alex Cullen, Sean Young and Ruairin McEvoy – silver in their 4x100m final.
The individual events also brought many excellent achievements – Louie Raggett – 1/high jump with CBP of 1.30m + gold in the long jump. Patrick Lacey also scored twice – 2/long jump and3/60m (8.91). Luke Dunne brought home all-Irelandgold with a PB of 10.04m in the shot. Under 12 girls Ella Wall and Roisin Burns won bronze in their respective long jump and high jump events. Tara McGuire struck gold in the shot with a PB of 8.59. And what about Jennifer Obah – a blistering start in the 100m final saw her cross the finish line to take the gold. Jennifer also placed 4th in the long jump. Yes a great day washad by all. Congratulations to athletes and coaches.