May 19 And So to The League

KCH Men were in Templemore today for Round 1 of the National League. Strictly speaking it was KCH and others as five KCH members had the team augmented with Ciaran Coady, Brow Rangers and Jordan Knigh, St Joseph’s guesting for the club. So with seven on the team they competed in eleven events – considering everything they did well. Brendan Hyland was the star with 1st in Shot and 3rd in Javelin. Jack Manning – as well as being team manager was 2nd in 56lbs and 6th in high jump. Nicholas Dunphy 4th in Walk, Ciaran Coady 4th in 400 hurdles, 5th in Discus and 4th in Hammer, Kevin Burns 5th in 1500, Padraig Ruane 4th in 5000 and Jordan Knight 6th in Long Jump completed the scoring. Lets get a full squad together for Round 2 and see can we make the final.  

May 19 Maher to the Fore Once More

Brian Maher returned to competion today for the Stoneyford 10K. And it was the usual Brian giving it 110% to take first place ahead of a competitive Raheny runner who was keen to take the spoils.  The club had in excess of twenty members taking part. In addition to Brian being the overall winner Caitriona Fennelly was  second lady. 

May 15 & 18 Leinster Schools

KCH were well represented by athletes from the local secondary schools at this year’s Leinster track and field held over two days Wednesday and Saturday. St Kierans College were stong in the mid distance races with all athletes scoring personal bests in their respective events. Shay McEvoy took the gold in the senior 1500m (3.54.95). Also in senior were Kevin Burns, 4/Steeplechase(6.23.70), LukeWhelan 10/5000(17.16.43). Intermediate John Muldowney 7/3000 (9.51.84), Cathal Kearney 7/800 (2.09.29),  Junior – Tom Lodge 2/1500 (4.24.49), Minor – Sean Young 7/800 (2.33.38). Annie McEvoy starred for  Loreto with silver in 3000 (10.29.32). Jennifer Leahy- intermediate- had double bronze – 300m hurdles (47.41) and high jump (1.53). Juniors Orla Kenny 6/triple jump (9.13) and 4th in 4×100 relay with Amelie O’Brien, Ella Dunphy, and Claire Doheny. Blaithin Holden – minor – was 4th in long jump (4.97). Tara McGuire representing Presentation was second in junior Shot. Rory McGabhan, Kilkenny College, joined an elete group with a 2m clearance in the high jump which earned him senior silver. Well done all and best wishes at the nationals.

May 12 Another Good Day

The second day of the County Track and Field was another good day for KCH. Many medals were won but it was the weather and the turnout that made the day enjoyable for us all. Some seventy individual medals were won and the relay teams were a joy yo watch – seven teams won gold, two took silver and three got bronze. The relay result means 48 of our juveniles got a medal by being a member of a team. Among those who contributed to the overall result were double gold winners Darragh O’Callaghan u8, Mattias Quaglia u11, Kate Maher u11, Molly Daly u12 and Amelie Foley u15. Sean Young had an exceptional day winning two gold, one silver, one bronze and a further gold with the relay team. 

It was also good to see a number of our seniors in action thanks to Fit4Life and Pat Purcell’s C25K. Orla McPhillips won the Senior 800 and Mossy Roantree place third inthe men’s. The ladies had a clean sweep in the Novice 800 with Kate Millea, Sheila O’Callaghan and Anita Byrne. Graham Bourne, Tony Lauhoff and David Lawlor were first home in the 800 over 35, 40 and 50 respectively. Another “surprise” was winning medals in the Discus Joan Martin 2nd senior and Joya Burns third senior – It must be the coaching!! 

May 06 On the Roadin Gowran

Our adults were out in force in Gowran today for the Leinster Road Championships. The men opted to compete in the Novice only. With eight team members they were in a good place and when James Ledingham took individual gold the team were set to bring home medals. Mossy Roantree , in fourth place, was next to score followed by Padraig Ruane in 13th. Eamon O’Connor, making his return to athletics, completed the team score to win the silver medals. James, Mossy and Padraig scored on the winning county team. Conor Bolger, Graham Bourne, Declan Walshe and John Phelan were the backup team.

The ladies were also out in force and competed in both Novice and Masters. The Novice team consisted of Caitriona Muldowney 4th, Caoimhe Foley 8th, Clare Dermody 16th and Sheila O’Callaghan 21st. Scoring 49 points the team finished in fourth place just one point outside the medals. Caitriona, who a short time earlier  today had won the Carer’s Mini Marathon in Kilkenny, won gold with the county team. 

The Master Ladies had considerable success. Donna Dunne 8th, Lisa Brennan 10th and Cathy Millett 12th placed  third in the over 35 category. Donna and Lisa also won silver on the county team. Star of the day was Cathy Millett. Apart from her bronze with the over 35s she was first home in the over 50 category and she also led the county over 50 team to gold. Hillary O’Neill, Oonagh Guilfoyle, Sarah Gough and Joya Burns provided the backup. A great overall and enjoyable day.  

May 05 Day 1 County Championships

The sun came out for the track and field championships in Scanlon Park today. And so did the athletes. KCH were very much in evidence with many podium finishes. Abbie O’Brien with gold in under 15 hurdles, 200m and long jump was star of the day among many lesser but worthy stars. In the relays it was KCH girls under thirteen who really impressedwinning gold, silver and bronze. (Full results on “Kilkenny athletics County board”. 

The senior turnout was weak compared to the juveniles but those who ventured did well. Caoimhe Foley won silver in the 1500. Kate Millea had double bronze – 1500 and hammer. Graham Bourne won 1500 O/35 and Declan Walshe was second. John Phelan won gold in 1500 O/50. 

Apr 28 Fine Road Relay

KCH men’s team travelled to Raheny today with competitive intent for the National Road Relays. And competitive they were with Eoin Everard, marginally in front, when handing over to James Ledingham. James put in a strong second leg but up against fast milers he dropped to sixth. Toss Hayes then took up the running and closed the gap to fifth before handing over to the youthful Shay McEvoy. Shay put in a stormer final leg – the second fastest of the day but despite makingup ground was pipped for third place which went to Clonliffe on 37.44. KCH’s time of 37.46 would have won the race in 2018. 

Apr18 Peter and Aoibhe in California

While still celebrating the success of “Streets of Kilkenny 2019” word came through of more success in California where university students Peter Lynch and Aoibhe Richardson were competing in the Mt Sac Invitational. Aoibhe, running for Portland and coming back off injury ran the 10K in 34.22. Peter who is in Tulsa University was in flying form. Knocking over a minute off his previous 10K time he finished the race in 29.29. Well done.

Apr 18 Streets of Kilkenny

What a night we had on the “Streets” tonight. The organisation was top class. The Weather was perfect. The spectators were out supporting and the athletes were flying. None moreso than winner Hiko Tanosa, DSD, who set the pace from start to finish and setting a new race record of 14.15. The winner of the ladies was Sinead O’Connor, Leevale in a time of 16.47. With over 50 clubs from various parts of the country Host club, KCH, was a winner in many ways. Toss Hayes was third place overall and first of over 30 KCH men. Grace Richardson in 11th place was first home for over 50 KCH ladies. Over 30 KCH juveniles also winished the race led in by James Kearney.  Thanks to a hard working committee for excellent organisation and to many local bodies – particularly the County Council, our sponsors and the Gardai – for their outstanding involvement. 2020 is on the way!!!    

Apr 06 National Record for Girls U12

The All-Ireland Indoor Relays were held in AIT today. It proved a day to remember for our under 12 girls. With three heats and results based on time it was to no avail to simply win your heat – it had to be won with the fastest time and that’s what these girls did. From the start it was 110% from all four girls with anchor girl, Molly Daly, clinching it on the back straight with a powerful show of speed and strength ( Time 2.02.02). It was a similar challenge for the boys under 12. And they approached it in like manner to the girls. Indeed Oisin Henderson’s performance on the final leg was a replica of Molly’s earlier feat. When all the times were in the boys were fifth – but it was so close with some hundreths of a second separating third, fourth and fifth. So close. Another very tight race was the girls under 15 resulting in silver medals (Time 1.48.03). The boys under 14 and girls under 18 both qualified for the finals of their respective relays. While the boys under 13 finished tenth and Girls under 16 placed ninth. A general indication of  the level of the competition can be gleaned by the result for the boys under 15. Running superbly they achieved a new PB which put them in ninth place. Another great achievement. Well done all – athletes and coaches.

Relay Panels

Under 12 Girls – Rachel Crowley, Laura Leahy, Clodagh O’Callaghan, Molly Daly, Aoibhe Quinn.

Under 12 Boys – Diarmuid Behan, Eoin Moore, James O’Brien, Oisin Henderson, Cormac Holden.

Under 13 Boys – Bill McDermot, Louis Raggett, Evan Cullen, Patrick Lacey, Eyna Boston.

Under 14 Boys – Danny Ring, Alex Cullen, Sean Young, Patrick Lacey.

Under 15 Girls – Abbie O’Brien, Orla Kenny, Ella Delahunty, Amelie Foley, Blaithin Holden.

Under 15 Boys – Keelan Gray, Conor Byrne, Ned Langton, Harry Boyle.

Under 16 Girls – Abbie O’Brien, Rachel Leahy, Tara McGuire, Jennifer Oboh, Amelie Foley.

Under 18 Girls – EmmaPoyntz, Lizzie McGee, Abby Gilsenan, Jennifer Leahy.