Great weather, great location and a great day'a athletics at Grangemouth stadium the national athletics stadium of Scotish athletics. Right from the gun the competition matched the weather, hot. Up first in the late morning for KCH and Ireland was Rory. Excitement was palpable. In front of a supportive crowd, the bar was quickly raised to 1.96m. This proved too much for Rory so soon after his All Ireland win. Second place to the guest jumper in his first international outing and claiming full points for the team is quite a feat. Early afternoon saw Shay take to the track in [...]
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
The club is delighted to see the hard work of our U14 girl's relay team get the recognition deserved with a nomination for the David Buggy Motors sports star of the month with KCLR. The work they put into training with there coaches is phenomenal and always with a smile and laugh. The work there coaches put in to get them to this level also has to be recognised as without them it couldn't happen. In the past year, this team have had some fantastic performance as can be seen. Winning numerous competitions as can be seen below. They represent the [...]