Jan 26 Great Relay Runing

We had good results at the Even Age county cross country relays held in Conahy today. The club fielded teams in five of the relays and had five first place finishes. There were also a number of lesser team places. The old and reliable stratedgy of having subs was also in evidence as some teams were left short as a couple of athletes had to withdraw because of illness.  The under 8 open races got the proceedings under way. Kate Kelly and Ella Flaherty clinched silver and bronze medals in the girls race and Callum Roantree won gold in the boys race. 

Relay Results – Girls: Under 10 – 1st and 2nd ( Amelia O’Brien, Jasmine Timmons McAneaney, Emma Kelly, Ria Quinn, Caoimhe Quinn, Lucy Maher); Under 12 – 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th (Kate Maher, EmmaHogan, Lily Ryan, Sadhbh Hennessy, Sive Connolly, Ella Roantree, Clodagh Maye, Katelyn Shortall,Maura Barton, Kate Canavan, Sheila Cormack, Ellen Cormack); Under 14 – 1st, 3rd and 4th (Pia Langton, Georgia Geoghegan, Hannah Quinn, Roisin Burns, Ella Wall, Clodagh O’Callaghan, Evelyn McEvoy, Aoibhe Quinn, Sarah Richardson). 

Boys: Under 10 -1st and 4th (Peter Quinn, Darragh O’Callaghan, Daire O’Flaherty, Jack O’Neill, Fiach Crowley, Landon Ryan, Darragh Browne, Charlie Canavan); Under 12 – 1st, 3rd and 5th (Shay Molloy, Ryan Farrell, Thomas Hayes, Joshua Malone, Finn Butler, Dara Donoghue, Mikey Sheridan,Ray Lennon) .

Thanks to Brian Maher for providing the fields for the running and parking. 

Jan 26 A Win for Intermediate Men

Our Intermediate men made a successful outing at the cross country championships in Conahy today. Mossie Roantree after a fine run had to settle for individual silver but had some consolation in leading his teammates to championship gold. He was supported by Padraig Keane 4th, Graham Bourne 9th , Niall Lacey 12th and Oisin MacCinneide 20th. Our ladies team had to settle for bronze behind strong teams from Thomastown and Gowran. Veteran Cathy Millett was her usual excellent self. Running well she finished fourth. Behind her she had Kate Millea 7th, Emily Maher 9th, Sheila O’Callaghan 10th and Joya Burns 13th.  

Jan 25 Rory Jumps Indoor

Rory McGabhann followed up his county Indoor participation with a 4th place finish in the National Junior Indoor championships. This was achieved with a clearance of 1.80m. This is considerably below his usual standard but good to be back on the competition road after and injury hampered 2019.  

Jan 19 Open CC in Graiguenamanagh

Barrow Harriers hosted this years open cross-country in Graiguenamanagh today and an excellent job they did too. Our Over 35s were scarce but the men managed a team with John O’Donnell giving a sterling pereformance to finish 4th amid strong competition. Noel Sugrue placed 12th and Paul Larkins completed the scoring in 24th place. 

Our juveniles did very well. All the under 8s collected medals – and quality medals at that. The girls had Emma Kelly 1st, Ella O’Flaherty 3rd, Anna O’Brien 4th and Rachel Foley 12th. The boys had Calum Roantree 4th and Cillian fogarty 13th. Our U10 athletes proved worthy competitors. The girls had Emma Kelly 4th, Ava Roantree 5th, Amelie O’Brien 8th, Jenny O’Donnell 10th and Lavinia Fogarty 15th. The boys had Daire O’Flaherty 1st, Oisin Sheridan 6th and Darragh Foley 11th. Teamwise they couldn’t do better as both boys and girls won first team medals. 

Our under 12s had to rely on under 11 athletes to represent the club and they did that very well as both teams came home with the bronze third place medals. The girls had Sinead Cormack 5th, Kara Canavan 9th, Ellen Cormack 11th and Maura Barton 26th. For the boys it was Shay Molloy 3rd, Michael Sheridan 13th and Mikey Phelan 17th. 

Under 14 failed to field a team. Good running by Eimear Cormack and Roisin Burns saw them finish 8th and 12th respectively. Well done everyone – including the parents for getting the athletes out on this very cold and frosty morning.

Jan 12 Good Running at Leinsters in Gowran

The sun shone in Gowran today for Day 1 of the Leinster CC. Following yesterday’s rain the underfoot conditions were “soft” in places. Our athletes gave us plenty to cheer about – none better than our under 10s (indeed some of them are still U9). Emma Kelly took the silver in the girls race while Darragh O’Callaghan took the gold in the boys race. Among the other good performers were Peter Quinn, Dara Foley and Darragh Browne. Then it was on to the relays where the U12 girls (A team) gave an outstanding performance to take second place. Patrick Lacey capped off a great run by the under 14 boys to win bronze. The under 12 boys and under 14 girls were both 4th place finishers. Ruth Crowley with the other U13s showed well in the U14 race.

Following the relays it was time for the adults. Our main interest was in the intermediate 4K race. The decision to run Cathy Millett at intermediate level rather than masters proved the right decision. Cathy was competitive from gun to chute and claimed 16th place. With Donna Dunne running to form she finished 13th. Sheila O’Callaghan and Kate Millea, “fresh” from last week’s county indoors, were also in excellent forma nd finished 26th and 28th respectively. The result- third placed club team and Leinster medals for all team members. Donna for good measure also got silver having scored on the second placed county team. Great work all round. 

Relay Team Members. Girls Under 12 A – Kate Maher, Martha Bergin, Ellen Millea, Emma Hogan.

Girls Under 12B – Laura McCarthy, Clodagh Maye, Lara Grey, Sadhb Hennessy.

Under 12 Boys  – Robert Lacey, Paul Millea, Joshua Malone, Tom Brennan.  

Under 14 Girls – Roisin Burns, Grace Delahunty, Hannah Quinn, Pia Langton.

Under 14 Boys – Louie Raggett, Ronan Dwan, Luke Browne, Patrick Lacey.


Jan 04 Juveniles win Fr Flavin Shield/Seniors win Adult Shield

It was a good day all round for the club at the county indoor track and field at Athlone IT with the juveniles winning the Fr Nicholas Flavin Shield and the adults winning the Senior and Masters Shield. There was a good turnout of athletes and many competed in a number of events. The juveniles were very much to the fore. Under 12 athlete  Matias Quaglia made a fine return to athletics with Gold in 60m, Long Jump and Shot. Under 17 athlete Jennifer Obah was equally impressive with gold in 60m, 200m and the hurdles. There were clean sweeps for medals in 600m under 13 – 1 Ronan Dwan, 2 Cormac Holden 3 Luke Browne; Long jump under 14 – 1 Ella Wall, 2 Roisin Burns, 3 Grace Delahunty; Under 15 Long Jump – 1 Alex Cullen, 2 Adam Slawinski, 3 Sean Young. But it was in the relays that KCH were particularly strong. The boys under 12 were 1st and 3rd, boys under 13 1st; girls under 12, 13 and 15 were 1st and 3rd and girls under 17 were 1st. 

For the Seniors Rory McGabhann was victorious in both 60m and high jump. His father Conor made the podium on three occasions – Masters 2nd long jump, 3rd 60m and 200m. Kate Millea and Joya Burns were very much involved. Kate won five medals including gold in senior 1500 and gold in masters 200. Joya also won five medals including a brave bronze in “weight for distance”. Well done everyone. Full results on Kilkenny Athletic county board. 

Dec 15 National Uneven in Dunboyne

Cow Park in Dunboyne was the venue for today’s Uneven ages All-Ireland cross-country final. There may not have been any “Cow Droppings” but there was plenty of muck to contend with. Add in very cold weather and it made for a tough outing for our young athletes. Full credit to them  took it in their stride. The U11 girls were first off and a fabulous run by Sinead Cormack saw her finish in 36th place scoring on both county and Leinster teams. Not far behind her was Kate Maher in 42nd place and also a scorer on the county team which placed fourth. There were further good performances by Martha Bergin, Kara Canavan, Ellen Cormack and Eabha Hanrahan. The under 11 boys had Robert Lacey finishing in 31st place and a county scorer. Both Thomas Hayes and Shay Molloy put in steady performances. Sinead, Kara, Ellen, Eabha, Thomas and Shay are all U10s so we can look forward to seeing them as U11s again in 2020. Todays experience should stand them in good stead. 

Ruairi McEvoy was our sole representative in the U15 race.  Finishing 94th was a considerable improvement on his Leinster performance. Our under 19 boys were without the services of Shay McEvoy and Cathal Kearney. The team worked well with Kevin Burns the leader coming 17th. John Muldowney had a fine run to place 25th. James Kearney and Dylan McLaughlin completed the scoring. The result was a set of silver All-Ireland medals. Well done lads.  

Once again we thank Noel Maher for having the tent in place and parents and other family members for their ongoing help and support. Happy Christmas to all – athletes, coaches, committee members, parents and all our supporters. 

Dec 10 Celebrating Eurocross

The Gym in The Watershed proved the ideal venue for the welcome home reception for our galant representatives at Sunday’s Eurocross Championships in Lisbon. Club Chairman, John Maye, welcomed the athletes – Shay Mc Evoy (U20), Peter Lynch (U23), Eoin Everard (Senior), Aoife Richardson (Senior and silver medal winner) and Niamh Richardson (Manager U23 Ladies silver medal winning team), all club members (juvenile and senior), parents, relations, friends and members of the media. Presentations were made to the athletes and team manager. The Eurocross athletes in turn presented cross country medals to all juvenile members who competed for the club in this year’s championships. The chairman having thanked all involved in bringing the athletes to this level, expressed the hope of the juveniles present going on to emulate these high achievers. He also thanked the Watershed for making the hall available for the occassion. The evening concluded with distribution of selection boxes to all juveniles present.  

Dec 08 A Proud Day in Lisbon

Sometimes we hear the expression “Horses for courses or courses for Horses”. Well the Eurocross course at the Bella Vista Park in Lisbon, Portugal was definitely a course for horses and the athletes who completed it were horses for the course. There were athletes from many countries  who despite years of preparation covering training sessions in wet and cold and strenuous qualification standards failed to complete this course. There were many others who completed the course but collapsed at the finish. Yes it was that tough. Apart from some 80m at start and finish that were flat and straight the rest of the course was either uphill or downhill, different size of hills, with twists and turns around short bends that at times the uneducated might feel the runners had lost their direction. Athletes who like to develop a rhythm as they run were out of luck. Yes it was tough out there today. So full marks to ALL the Irish.  They worked hard, fought the course and fought the opposition. And what results we got. The first race, the men under 20, had our own Shay McEvoy playing his part. With newcomer Efram Gidey showing the way and winning individual bronze Ireland scored 39 points. Announced initially as having won bronze but then lost out to Portugal on Countback – heartbreak. One less point and we had silver. Silver team medals were the rewards for Irelands U23 ladies, managed by Niamh Richardson and  also for Ireland’s senior ladies with our own Aoibhe Richardson in 17th place, and second scorer on the team, playing a vital role – bringing the first ever Eurocross medal to KCH. The team had no other than Fionnula McCormack – this her 16th appearance in this event –   as a battle hardened leader. What an inspiration and how hard she fought – uphill, downhill – from gun to tape – inspirational!.  Ciara Mageean three places behind Aoibhe completed the scoring. Stephanie Cotter led the under 23 ladies into second place with a fantastic display which brought her individual bronze.  Our under 23 men finished 7th overall. No disrespect to anyone. All team members left everything out there on the course with Jack O’Leary 25th and Peter Lynch 26th dead heating on the finish line. On the Ireland senior men’s team we had Eoin Everard who showed real class finishing in 61st place – three places ahead of Liam Brady current Irish National cross-country champion.  A great day to be Irish. A really great day for KCH. Thanks for all the support – in person and on social media. 

A word about the organisation – everything worked like clockwork. No charge at the gate. Wellcoming party inside – have an apple, an orange, a soft drink, a but or slice of cake – gratis. Next year Eurocross comes to Dublin!!!

Dec 07 From Half Mara to Party

Some forty members of the club, mostly from F4L, were in Waterford today for the Waterford Half Marathon. Included in the cohort were club coaches Pat Purcell and Noel Maher. Both were first and second respectively of our over 40 men while Anita Byrne was first of our over 40 ladies.. Top cudos of the night goes to Donna Dowling who took first place in the ladies over 35 section. In the senior section Louise O’Reilly and Oisin MacCinneide were our top performers. Eddie Hawe was our best result over 35 men.The over45 leaders were Anne Marie Shortall and Alan Mahon. Over 50 top results went to Marcella Dunne forthe ladies and Michael Grogan for the men. 

Returning from Waterford the Hibernian was the venue for the Christmas Party. It is reported that a great night ( and morning for some) was had by all. Keep the music playing.