Nov 17 Gold on The Stook

Gold all the way for Cathy Millett in today’s Stook. Cathy performed one of her feature races to be rewarded with three firsts – first lady in county, first over 55 and lead scorer on KCH first placed team. Other team members were Kate Millea and Joya Burns. Other 10 milers were Kate Sugrue, Maura Curran, Catherine Phelan, Anne Marie Shortall, Niamh McCullagh, Martina McGrath. Best for the men was Graham Bourne second county man home and gold in the over 40 category. Noel Sugrue, Eoghan O’Shea and Philip O’Hara completed the men’s team which was awarded the bronze team medals. Paul Earley also did the 10Mile and was 6th in the flyng mile over 55. 10K runners were Mairead Lacey(8), Olga McDermott, Lisea Shortall, Bridget Rochford, Maria CaseandAngela Lalor. Ian Cullena nd Nicky Flynn did the 5K.

Nov 15 Students Pass Regional Test

Today was major cross-country day for college students across the US as Regional Finals were held across the continent. Our two scholarship athletes passed with distinctions! Aoibhe Richardson representing San Francisco college competed in the West Region at Colfax Washington. Needing a high individual placing she did just that. Finishing fourth overall she was first individual as 1st, 2nd and 3rd were “captured” as scoring on successful teams. Peter Lynch running with the Tulsa Hurricanes at Stillwater Oklahoma was also in the “distinction” category. Peter placed sixth overall and was second finisher on the Tulsa team which for the first time in the college’s history was crowned champions of the Mid West Regional. Both athletes now head for Indiana next Saturday 23rd November for the national finals.  Good performances there should enhance their chances of selection for the European XC in Lisbon in December.     

Nov 09 Leinster Unevens in Ferbane

ALL our athletes filled us with pride at the Leinster Uneven Ages cross-country in Ferbane today. This was real cross country. Arriving at the venue we crossed a style and journeyed some 400m infield to come to the course which had hills, ditches and muddy gaps. Thanks to Noel Maher we had our tent errected close to the starts and of course great shelter from the passing showers and cool winds. 

Our under 9 girls – Emma Kelly, Amelia O’Brien, Jasmine Timmons McAneaney and Alicia Slawinski  – were first off. Then came the under 9 boys and Daire O’Flaherty used the up and down hills to good effect and was rewarded with second place. Then it was on to the under 11s. They were excellent. The county team won gold with three of our girls Sinead Cormack (9), Kate Maher (14) and Martha Bergin (19) all scoring for the county. Sinead’s 9th place also qualifies her for the Leinster team in the nationals. A fast finishing Kate Canavan completed the scoring for the club team to put them in third place – an impressive result as Sinead and Kara are U10 athletes. Two other U10s – Eabha Hanrahan and Ellen Cormack – provided excellent backup. While the boys under 11 didn’t fare as well as the girls they still performed well. Robert Lacey in 25th won bronze with the county team. Thomas Hayes (57) and Shay Molloy (58), both under 10, had outstanding races . Together with Tiernan O’Brien and Joshua Malone the team finished 9th. With Patrick Lacey out of action our under 13 boys were reduced to three. All ran well – Louie Raggett (31), Ronan Dwan (54) and Luke Browne (62). Our under 15 boys were also excellent. Kealan Gray in 39th was first home and scored on the fourth placed county team. With Ruairi McEvoy(40), Harry Boyle (51) and Conor Byrne (54) the club team were sixth. 

Our next involvement was with the under 19 boys and boy were we involved. From the start Shay McEvoy put his mark on proceedings. By 400m he was out in front and pushed on for the rest of the 6K without any threat from the rest of the field – a classic performance. Kevin Burns contested second place  from early on but the fast finishing James Dunne, Tullamore Harriers, moved ahead as they neared the final gap. Kevin got the bronze. That wasn’t the end. A huge run by John Muldowney brought him to 13th place. With Cathal Kearney 16th, James Kearney 20th and newcomer and ever improving Dylan McLaughlin 24th, the club won gold and the club team representing the county also won gold. What a way to finish a Leinster championship! Roll on the All-Ireland!

Nov 03 Big Numbers in Castle Park

The weather changed during todays cross-country in the Castle Park. We started with fog clearing to overcast conditions to a brief sunshine period to rain. It wasn’t only the weather that changed. Just before the official start there was a mass movement from the front field to the back field as OPW regulations required. But very quickly tents were re-erected, finish chute re-positioned, alternative course mapped out and a busy competition got under way. The Harriers had big numbers taking part – many juveniles and probably the biggest number of seniors taking part in county cross-country. And it wasn’t just big numbers there were big results as well. The under 8s had Daniel Hogan winning silver and Ella Furlong gaining bronze. The under 10s were out in force with the boys taking first and third team medals while the girls also were third team. Boys under 12 won first and second team and the girls were fourth. The under 14s were also impressive with the boys placing first and second and the girls winning silver. In the Senior events both ladies and men were excellent. The ladies won silver in the A championships and gold in the B. The Men won gold in the A and silver in the B.  In the Men’s race the battle for gold and silver rested from the start with Brian Maher and Eoin Everard. Both broke away at the start and left the rest behind. Brian took to the front with Eoin on his heels. On the penultimate lap Eoin took the lead but his reign was short lived as the veteran Brian showed his power and class to take the lead and once again retain the championship title. 

Individual Results

Under 8 – Boys – 2 Daniel Hogan,11 Darragh Browne. Girls – 3 Ella Furlong, 6 Anna O’Brien, 8 Aoibh Molloy, 14 Kate Cunningham.

Under 10 – Boys – 1 Ryan Farrell, 3 Michael Phelan, 5 Daire O’Flaherty, 7 Conor Henderson, 11 Shay Molloy, 12 Peter Quinn, 16 Thomas Hayes, 18 Eoghan McMenamin, 19 Tom Henderson, 22 Jack O’Neill, 23 Ronan Morrissey, 24 Rory O’Donnell. Girls- 4 Eabha Hanrahan, 11 Emma Kelly, 16 Kathlyn Shortall, 17 Siofra Connolly, 26 Jasmine Timmons McAneaney, 36 Aisling Maye, 39 Beth Cooney.

Under 12 – Boys – 1 Diarmuid Behan, 4 Ronan Dwan, 6 Paul Millea, 8 Luke Browne, 9 Conor Holden, 11 Tiernan O’Brien, 16 Ciaran McMenamin, 19 Ruairi Henderson, 22 Tom Brennan. Girls – 3 Eimear Cormack, 18 Aoibhe Quinn, 21 Emma Hogan, 22 Ellen Millea, 29 Clodagh Maye,31 Muireann  Holden.

Under 14- Boys – 2 Sean Young, 3 Eoin O’Callaghan, 4 Darragh Behan, 5 Liam Rea, 9 Tuan Hyland, 10 Conor Millea. Girls – 4 Tracey Geoghegan, 7 Hannah Quinn, 8 Laura Keogh, 9 Abby Keogh, 14 Niamh Ryan.

Senior Ladies A – 4 Grace Richardson, 8 Caoimhe Foley, 10 Cathy Millett, 12 Donna Dunne, 16 Orla McPhillips, 20 Sheila O’Callaghan, 21 Maria Cormack, 23 Ciara Murphy, 24 Annie O’Connor, 26 Martina Lynch. Senior Ladies B – 2 Jane Campbell, 4 Joya Burns, 5 Kate O’Connor, 6 Kate Sugrue, 9 Ann Marie Shortall.

Senior Men A – 1 Brian Maher, 2 Eoin Everard, 5 James Ledingham, 12 Ken Maher,19 Graham Bourne, 21 John O’Donnell.  Senior Men B – 1 Pat Purcell, 7 Pat Young, 8 Tony Lauhoff, 14 David Lawlor, 15 Oisin MacCinneide, 19 Paul Larkins.    

Nov 01 American Conference XC

Tulsa University continued their impressive performance in the American Conference XC in Memphis, Tenesee today. Five team members packed all the way through to cross the finish line in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th with just one and a half seconds between 2nd and 6th. Peter Lynch was fourth in 24.12.62. 

Oct 27 Marathon Men and Women

Conditions were ideal for today’s Dublin City Marathon and with over thirty men and women wearing the KCH label it was a big occasion. Stalwart Paul Murphy led the Harriers men home in 2.58.33 a short distance ahead of John O’Donnell in 2.58.38. Jane Campbell finishing in 3.37.55 led the ladies home. Louise O’Reilly, Oonagh Guilfoyle, Joysa Burns and Kate Giblin all finished under the 4hours. Meanwhile across in Frankfurt huge times were being achieved. Toss Hayes, making his debut at the distance clocked 2.25. Ken Maher and Graham Bourne finished in 2.41 and 2.49 respectively. Jacinta Mulroe was first lady home in 3.02. Claire Dermody, Lisa Brennan and Anita Byrne came home in 3.17, 3.19 and 3.22 r3spectively.  Dublin Marathon results are available on runireland.com. Congratulations to all our marathon runners and a special thanks to Pat Purcell for his coaching and encouragement to so many of our distance runners.  

Oct 26 Leinster in Gowran

The Leinster Juvenile Even Ages CC Championships were held in Gowran today. The venue organised and prepared by Gowran AC was a credit to the club – Parking, Administration, Catering, Results. The weather, thankfully, was ideal. Yesterday’s rain left little lakes and heavy under foot conditions to add to the atltetes’ workload. A number of our under 10s – Sinead Cormack, Kara Canavan, Ellen Cormack, Thomas Hayes, Ryan Farrell, Shay Molloy – took advantage of the open race to gain valuable experience. The under 12 girls were 9th club led home by Ruth Crowley. The other team members were Clodagh O’Callaghan, who scored on the county team, Kate Maher, Eimear Cormack, Martha Bergin and Evelyn McEvoy. The boys under 12 had two fine runners in Robert Lacey 42nd and Luke Browne 50th – both scored on the county team. The Boys under 14 were 10th club. The ever improving Ruairi McEvoy finished in 19th place. Other team members were Patrick Lacey, Louie Raggett, Sean Young and Eoin O’Callaghan. Eleanor Godden was our sole representative in the girls under 16. She had a good run and placed 40th. The under 16 boys worked hard. Tom Lodge finishing 6th made the Leinster team for the nationals and also won silver with the county team. The club team finished 4th with Tom, Luke Dunne, Eoin Deely,   Robbie Cord and Joe Kearns. Our most successful group of the day were the under 18s/Junior men. Cathal Kearney was a triple medal winner – 9th place got him on the Leinster panel and bronze with the county under 18 team. John Muldowney 13th and Dylan McLaughin 29th also scored on the county U18 team. Kevin Burns was the star of the juniors. He moved towards the front in the early stages of the 6K race and held his place to finish 6th and lead the club to third place. The three U18s were the other members of the junior team – Cathal 15th, John 21st and Dylan 41st. Kevin, Cathal and John also scored on the county  team which finished 4th. Thanks to all parents and family members who gave support around the course. Special thanks to Noel Maher who had the tent erected for the early arrivers.  

Oct 20 Three for the Open Country

A bright day but the going was soft in Abbottstown today for the Athletics Ireland open cross country. We had three athletes involved competing at different levels. All three did us proud. Shay McEvoy covered the 6k course in 18.54 to claim the bronze – a good omen for the Leinster Juniors next Saturday in Gowran. Brian Maher comfortably retained the masters crown in the over 40s while Eoin Everard placed 12th in the seniors. The county seniors in The Castle Park on 3rd Nov will give the locals an opportunity to see these men, and many others, in action 

Oct 20 The Great Pink Run

Kilkenny hosted its third Great Pink Run today when 3000 people took part. There were two races 5K and 10K with many of our athletes taking part. Great credit to Irene Henebry and her team of volunteers for making this a successful and enjoyable event for all.  

18/19 Oct – Big Performances in USA

This weekend was a busy one for the University cross-country athletes in the USA. The Nuttycombe Invitational was held in Wisconsin on Friday with teams from some thirty colleges participating. The Tulsa Men’s team, ranked outside the top ten, turned up in confident mood and put in a very fine performance. Peter Lynch had what could be described as his most impressive race to date. Finishing  in 14th place in 23.56.1 he led his team into bronze medal position. On Saturday Aoibhe Richardson, representing San Francisco, gave a powerful performance in the Under Armour Pre-National in Indiana. Leaving the rest of the field behind her she coasted to victory in 20 minutes 32 seconds. Well done ye two.