Sept 15 The Danesfort J J Reddy

The annual Danesfort  JJ Reddy attracked large numbers again this year and KCH had a considerable number taking part particularky in the 10K. In the 5K Padraig Ruane (17.05) and Cathal Kearney (17.22) took first and third place respectively. Also running the 5K were Olive Mullally, Caitriona Keneally, Nicky Flynn and Karen Nugent.

The 10K also saw impressive performances with Trust Mtinsi first home in 33.46 and James Kearney individual fourth in 36.09. Impressive for the ladies was Claire Dermody with 42.30. Two of yesterday’s half marathoners – Bregeen Murphy and Deirdre Scott – completed the 10K in 59.58 – another dead heat! Among the finishers were David Lawlor, Noel Maher, Andy Hanrahan, Caoimhe Foley, Conor McGabahann, Irene Henebry, Seamus Nugent, Roisin O’Dwyer, Colette Shannon, Fiona Phelan, Anne Marie Holden, Maria Casey, Bridget Rochford and MartinaMcGrath.  

The half marathon produced PBs for many including Graham Bourne (1.22.24) finishing in 6th place and Declan Walshe (1.33.00). Included in the good performances were Davy Hogan, Billy Quinn, Tony Lauhoff, Seamus Kavanagh, Michael and Geraldine Grogan, Anita Byrne, Philip O’Hara, Eddie Hawe, Kate Sugrue, Paul Earley and Anne Marie Shortall. Note: All finishing times available on Total Timing.

Sept 14 Medieval Road Runs

Today was Medieval Marathon day with runs of varying distances in and around the medieval city. The running “triplets” Deirdre Scott, Bregeen Murphy and Una Byrne, generally seen together in training and competition, took on the marathon and true to form crossed the finish line on the Parade in 4.47.39. Their running “cousin” Ann Brett was not far behind finishing in 4.47.43. Running the half marathon were Paul Moran, Ciaran Hughes, Catherine Ryan, Edwin Harper and Dympna Kelly with first mentioned Paul Moran taking the silver in 1.23.36. Running the 10K were Marcella Dunne, Michelle Nugent and Martin Dowling while Aurelia Glynn and Louise O’Reilly competed in the 30K.  

Aug 31 The Quinlan Cup Half Marathon

Over 800 runners completed the Quinlan Cup half matathon in Tullamore today. Our athletes performed exceptionally well with Trust Mtinsi finishing 6th in 1.12.57. Ladies Jacinta Mulroe (1.30.14), Lisa Brennan (1.32.44) and Claire Dermody (1.32.49) were among the top female runners. Among those  to perform well were Davy Hogan (1.32.48) and Paul Phelan (1.45.52). 

Aug 14 Cork City Sports

Congratulations to our two athletes who represented the club at this evenings Cork City Sports. Both competed in the 3000m events with Padraig Ruane finishing in 9.39.12 and Eoin Everard in 8.16.46.

26/27 July – Seniors Secure Silver

Sometimes our seniors are more likely to appear in individual rather  than team events. So full marks to our men’s 4x100m relay squad who not only won silver but made Tallaght run for their gold. Two other factors require mention. First is that the individualism mentioned earlier often means that athletes are reluctant to commit to relays as they generally wish to concentrate on their own event. Here we had three of the team involved in both individual and team. Callan Byrne went in 100m and 200m (4th in 100m heat 11.01; 3rd in 200m heat 22.33), Aidan Leach also in 100m and 200m (2nd in 100m heat 11.57, 6 in 200m heat 23.69), Jack Manning in 200m (3rd in heat 21.91 and 8th in final 22.08).  Then Rory MacGabhann unable to compete in high jump owing to injury but showing admirable team spirit joined the other three and the result is an All-Ireland medal for all four .  Their time was 44.42. Well done team. We had three other athletes competing in distance races. Eoin Everard went in the 5000m and finished in that unenviable 4th place in 14.22.68. Toss Hayes and Brian Maher both took on the 10,000m – not an easy event at any time, even more so on a clammy summer day. Toss fared the better of the two finishing in 7th place in 31.10.06 while Brian was 11th in 31.55.98.  Well done men.

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.