Tullamore resembled a bake oven today for the national junior and under 23 championships. Ciara Deely was not influenced by it as she won her heat and final to take the national 400m title. Tom O’Keeffe was also in excellent form to tackle the 5000m in that searing heat. Running well he placed third in 15.21.93. Juveniles making their debut at this level were Shay McEvoy in the 1500m and James Kearney in the 3000m steeplechase. They finished 4th and fifth respectively while Martyna Balcer was8th in the long jump. It was a disappointing day for under 23 athletes, Jack Manning [...]
The Men ruled the roost at The county 10K at the Pink Rock today. the team took first place with James Ledingham and Trust Mtinsi in first and third places respectively. Paul Moran and Mossy Roantree in 11th and 12th completed the team scoring. A further team of Marcus FitzSimons, Pat Purcell, Keith Doyle and Eddie O’Keeffe also impressed. Cathy Millett was first lady home in the over 50 category. She and Marie Cormack were our only female representatives.
It was an under-strength team which made its way to the first round of the national league at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. A total of seven men competed for us in the Premier Division. Jack Manning was in big demand covering the 400m, Discus, 56lbs and 4x100m relay. Brendan Hyland made an excellent mark with victories in the Shot and Javelin. Callan Byrne covered the 100m and 200m. James Kearney placed second in the steeplechase as did Nicholas Dunphy in the Walk. Rory McGabhann in the high jump and Rory Lodge in the 800m completed the team scoring. Finishing [...]
There were many great performances by our juvenile athletes at a sundrenched Leinster track and field championships in Tullamore. Topping the list was under 13 athlete Alex Cullen with gold in 60m hurdles and long jump. Further double golds were achieved by Jennifer Leahy in 300 hurdles and the high jump and also by JamesKearney who addedthe 3000m steeplechase to his 3km victories. Another outstanding performance came from under 12 athlete Amelie Foley with bronze in 80m and 200m sprints and silver in the long jump where she landed on 4.90m – one centimetre behind the winner. A welcome development was [...]
Brian Maher returned to the scene of former victory for the Little South Run. From the start he pushed on and in 20.10 he was first across the finish line. Victory in the County Novoce Road Race, run as part of The Little South Run went to relative newcomer, Graham Bourne. Well done you two for keeping KCH colours to the fore.
We had three boys, Brian Moore, Ruairi McEvoy and Sean Young, competing in the 80m under 13. Brian and Sean qualified out of the heats and Brian won silver in the final. His time was 10.96. Brian also placed fith in the 600m where his time was 1.45.28. Blaithin Holden ran the under 12 80m in 11.84 which qualified her for the semi-final but she failed to make it to the final in what was a very competive event. In the 600m under 12 Hannah Quinn clocked 2.03.27 in the girls race while Jamie Cummins had a time of 2.00.14 in [...]
At the Leinster Pairs competition in Tullamore, there were some mighty performances from our under 9, 10 and 11 boys and girls. There was double gold, in 60m sprint and long jump, for under 9 pair of Tom Henderson and Robert Cullen. Ryan Farrell and Conor Henderson also did well in the 60m but struck bronze medals with great runs in the 300m. Kara Canavan and Ellen Daly were also in fine form. Competing in under 9 girls they took the gold in the 300m and bronze in the long jump. Mathias Quaglia and Tiernan O’Brien were in fine fettle in [...]
Bank Holiday on the Tullamore track was all about teams. And for KCH it was Team gold, Team silver and Team bronze. On the track and in the field events our athletes performed enthusiastically and with ability resulting in many podium appearances. Some computer glitches meant there had to be recounts to get the accurate results. It can seem a complicated event to newcomers but it is an enjoyable and rewarding event. Being a team event it takes the pressure off the individual. A simple explanation – each team had four members, each member takes part in two events (sprint, distance, [...]