July 21 William Nugent Scores Twice

Today was Day 4 of the national juvenile track and field championships incorporating The “B” championships and some juvenile relays held in Tullamore amid heat and heavy rain. William Nugent wont mind. Competing in Shot and 80m he won silver and bronze respectively. Other good performances came from Ella Wall (7th in high jump and 8th in long jump) and Grace Delahunty (8th in high jump and 9th in 80m). We had three relay teams in action with all of them reaching the finals and coming close to medals. The boys under 14 (Danny Ring, Alex Cullen, Louie Raggett, William Nugent) were fifth. The under 15 girls ( Panel – Abbie O’Brien, Ella Delahunty, Orla Kenny, Amelie Foley and Balithin Holden) were fourth. The under 16 girls ( Panel – Abbie O’Brien<heat, Amelie Foley<final, Rachel Leahy, Tara McGuire, Jennifer Obah)  were also fourth losing out by two hundreths of a second! Well done all. This brings the juvenile track and fiels season to a close. Now a rest for a few weeks before starting stamina building for next year.

July 20 Peter and Eoin in Action

Peter Lynch and Eoin Everard saw some action today – Peter in Wexford, Eoin in Belgium. Peter made the short trip to Camross, Co Wexford for the Five Mile Stride race where he duly won the race in 25.05. Eoin went to Belgium where he finished sixth in the 5000m race in 14.00.12 – an excellent workout in preparation for next weekend’s national seniors.

July 20 Shay McEvoy at The Europeans

Shay McEvoy put in an excellent performance at the European U20 championships in Boras, Sweeden. In the semi-final of the 3000m on Thursday he came with a storming finish to make fifth place in 8.36.20 and automatic qualification for the final. In Saturday’s final he again put in a great run to finish 14th in 8.38.03. Well done. 

Jul 14 Silver Follows Annie’s Gold

Another hot day in Tullamore for Day 3 of the National Juvenile Champoionships. KCH had eight athletes involved today and all reached the finals of their respective events. Annie McEvoy was also in hot form. Having won the 3000 in the afternoon heat of yesterday she had the 1500 to contend with in today’s heat. That she did and did it well to win the silver. A further three of our athletes were also involved n the 1500s – Tom Lodge U16, Cathal Kearney U18 and Kevin Burns U19. They finished 6th, 16th and 7th respectively. Orla Kenny U15 and Tara McGuire U16 both competed in the 250m hurdles.  Running well in the heats both qualified for the finals where Orla placed 7th and Tara placed 8th. Another finalist was Conor Byrne (U15) who ran in the 200m. Placing 4th in his heat he finished 7th in the final. Rory McGabhann cleared 1.90 in the U19 high jump to win the bronze – quite an achievement given his limited training owing to injury. Well done to all our athletes and coaches.

Jul 13 Annie Has Gold

Day 2 of the national juvenile championships were held in Tullamore today. Our under 15 sprinters did well with Jennifer Obah and Amelie Foley each placing 4th in their respective heats while Conor Byrne was 6th in his. Conor was 7th in the triple jump and Amelie did likewise in the long jump. Alex Cullen had a PB of 5.04 with 6th place in the long jump under 14 and cleared 1.45 to come 7th in the high jump. John Muldowney (U18) and Luke Whelan (U19) finsihed 12th and 11th respectively in their 3000m. Annie McEvoy once again showed her talent in the 3000m U19. Running most of the race in the company of a strong group of runners she upted the pace for the last lap for a convincing win. Well done Harriers. 

Jul 06-08 Tullamore to London/Italy etc to Tullamore

How many miles to how many different places to find KCH athletes over the weekend. First stop was Tullamore for the national junior and under 23 championships. The McEvoys were up and running in the junior championships. Annie took silver in the 1500m (4.42.39) and Shay had a maasive performance to clinch the gold in the 3000m (8.24.74). In under 23 Jack Manning finished third in his 400m heat (49.90). 

Aoibhe Richardson was in London as part of the Irish 10k team. She finished third on the team with a new PB of 33.41. Callan Byrne was in Tortosa, Spain, representing Carlow IT at the CSIT World Games. Following a good run in the 100m he later qulaified for the 200m final where he turned in a great performance to win bronze. Also representing Carlow IT was Cliodhna Manning. This was at the world student Games in Naples, Italy where she competes in the 400m. Finsihing 3rd in her heat she now awaits the final. 

Former KCH athlete Michael Bowler was part of the Irish contingent taking part in the combined events in Madeira, Portugal. Not only did he help the national team to second place he collected an individual decathlon silver with a points total of 7379. 

Back in Tullamore there were a number of fine performances from our juvenile athletes. Top of the list was Kevin Burns with 2nd place in the under 19 steeplechase. Under 18 athlete Cathal Kearney was 11th in the 800m final. In the juvenile hurdles Evan Cullen was 9th under 13. Under 14 athletes Blaithin Holden and Alex Cullen placed 7th in their respective hurdles races. 

Jun 30 KCH Exit League

A small and determined group represented the club at round 2 of the National League in the Morton Stadium today. They competed in ten events and achieved a high standard averaging over 7 points per event. Such a performance if equalled in both rounds with a more complete team would not only gain a place in the final but would guarantee league medals. Jack Manning had 18 points from weight for distance and 400m. Callan Byrne garnered 16 – 1st in 200m, 2nd in 100m; Luke Whelan collected 12 points – 2nd in steeplechase and 4th in 800m; Kevin Byrne was 4th in 1500m; Jordan Knight (guest) was 2nd in the long jump; A third in Shot and 4×100 relay completedthe scoring.

Jun 30 Gold at Pink Rock

Todays 10K at the Pink Rock incorporated the county 10K championship. Our ladies team were very much to the fore and scored brilliantly. Jacinta Mulroe, 2nd lady overall and first Kilkenny; Cathy Millett, 3rd overall and 2nd Kilkenny -plus first over 50; and Claire Dermody 5th overall and 4th Kilkenny were comfortably first county team. Best for the men was Trust Mtinsi in 4th place. John Phelan ahd an excellent run to complete the course in 37.47 and win silver in the over 50 category. well done all.  

Jun 30 Good Times at British Milers

Shay McEvoy and Eoin Everard made the trip to Waterford to compete in the BritishMilers event there. Both went in 3k races and posted excellent times. Eoin ran it in 8 minutes and 3 seconds. Shane’s time was 8.22.78 which gives him the qualifying time for the European Juniors. Congratulations.

Jun 29 Hot Day in Tullamore

A thunder storm started the day in Kilkenny. Rain threatened in Tullamore but it was the heat that developed as the day progressed. Than to Noel Maher, tent mender extraordinaire, we had shelter and a base for all to meet and support each other. Being an All-Ieland the competition was tough. All our athletes coped well. Their were ups and downs – thrills and spills –  A dropped baton – a fall- followed by recovery – great teamwork – life building skills -it was all there. Thanks to the many parents who travelled to support – all shared in the losses and successes. 

The under 9s – Amelia O’Brien had a great run in the 300m and with Ali McDonald the placed 6th. The relay squad took a spill but recoverd well to finish 11th.

The under 10s – Girls: Ellen Daly and Kara Canavan were 60m and 500m pairs. In the latter they were a comendable 7th but thanks to the blistering pace of Ellen in the 60m they place second to get on the podium for the silver medals. Boys: Tom Henderson and Robert Cullen were busy competing in three events. As a pair they placed 6th in the long jump. Then Robert paired with Mikey Phelan to come 5th in the 60m. Tom had his second event in the 60m where he paired with Patrick Wall. Here they finished 13th. The big event was the relay and all four ran again. They were well prepared. The baton changes went smoothly. Winning heat 1 in 60.78 seconds looked good but heat 2 was still to come. It came and went and the boys were the fastest and were a happy team mounting the podium where they were joined by sub Ryan Farrell.

The under 11s – Girls:Kate Maher and Martha Bergin were the busy pair. They did well in the 60s to place tenth. They went one better in the 600s – 9th. And then to the relay. A fall at the second change might have ended the race but not these. They showed courage to recover and compete to the finish. Boys: The boys fared better. A fine run by Paul Millea in the 600m set them up for a good result. Robert Lacey was the rest of the pair and running a tactally perfect race he crossed the line if first place. Their combined times won them a well deserved silver. Both had further silver later when joined by Matthias Quaglia and Tiernan O’Brien they finished second. Sub Eamonn Clune jopined them on the podium.

The under 12s – Molly Daly exited the 60m when she placed 5th in her heat. The 600m was a different story. At the half-way stage she was well back the field but he moved steadily forward and pushed to the lead with 120m to go. A battle royal ensued over the nest 100m with Molly having to yield at the finish. Nevertheless a great performance and All-Ireland silver to prove it. Lady luck was absent in the final of the relay as the team came 4th – losing out by one hundreth of a second. Oisin Henderson ahd a good competition. Third in his heat brought him to the final where he placed 7th.  

The under 13s- Busiest here was Louis Raggett. Louis was competitive throughout finishing 4th in high jump, 6th in long jump, 4th in 60m heat and also ran on the relay team which was 5th in heat1. Patrick Lacey who also ran on the relay was 8th in the long jump.The under 13 girls ran well in their 4x100m relay and despite finishing third intheir heat failed to qualify for the final. 

Finally to sum up – 15 All-Ireland (5 gold, 10 silver) medals and plenty of enjoyment.