Mar 09 CC Medals for Loreto and St Kierans

There were some excellent individual performances by our club members at the Schools CC Finals in Clongowes. Tops were Tom Lodge, third in Junior Boys and Shay McEvoy, fourth in Senior Boys. In the teams Loreto were tops with the Intermediate girls taking first place, helped by Eleanor Godden and Abby gilsenan. St Kierans had teams in third place in Minor, Junior and Senior. Harry Boyle, Kealin Gray and Sean Young were involved with the minors. Joey Dalton and Joe Kearns, along with Tom Lodge were Junior runners. In the senior race we had Shay McEvoy, James Kearney, Kevin Burns and Lule Whelan. John Muldowney and Cathal Kearney were on the Intermediate team.

Mar 08 Celebrations in The Set

It was a night of celebrations in the Set Theatre at Langon’s as the young and not so young from the club came together to acknowledge the achievements of our athletes during 2018. Vice Chairman Brian Leahy welcomed everyone to the Set, congratulated all the athletes and thanked the coaches and club officials for their dedication throughout the year. He also thanked parents and families of athletes for their valuable support. Our sponsors were also thanked for their generosity. The citations were delivered by club coach, Sean Lynch while the presentations were made through Competition Secretary, May Hutt. Following the presentation ceremony there were eats galore served up by the hotel staff. 

Perpetual Awards: Juvenile

U11/12 Cup Louis Raggett, Hacketstown trophy Patrick Lacey, Whitebridge Brian Moore, Dungarvan Harry Boyle, Sean Byrne Shield Martyna Balcer, Bree  trophy Ella Richardson, U14 McDonough Cup Amelie Foley, Lynch Shield James Kearney, Versatile award Alex Cullen, Cross Country Cup Tom Lodge, Costelloe Shield Ciara Deely, Achievement Jennifer Leahy, P J Smyth Cup Annie McEvoy, Tommy Deegan Trophy Shay McEvoy.

Senior: Cross Country Nolan Cup Brian Maher, Sean Byrne Shield for Track Eoin Everard, Field Award  Brendan Hyland, Achievement Award  Cathy Millett, Harry Meighan Cup Ciara Deely.

Achievement Awards: Under 12 – Cara Duggan, Roisin Burns; Under 13 – Blaithin Holden, Sean Young, Danny Ring, Adam Slawinski; Under 14 – Orla Kenny, Abbie O’Brien; Under 15 – Mateucz Balcer, Luke Dunne, Tara McGuire, Rachel Leahy; Under 17 – John Muldowney, Cathal Kearney; Under 18 Luke Whelan, Kevin Burns.  

Special Awards – Joya Burns, Aoibhe Richardson.

Medal Winning All-Ireland Teams were also recognised – 2/Boys under 10 (4×100) Relay team, 2/Boys under 13 (4×100) Relay Team, 1/Girls under 14 (4×200) Indoor and 1/Girls under 14 (4×100) Relay team, 3/National Senior Road Relay Team and 3/Boys under 19 cross-country team.

Special medals were presented to the twenty-two under 9, 10 and 11 athletes winners of the Leinster U9-11 Shield and to the seven members of the best club team at the B All- Irelands. 


Mar 03 Indoor Relays and More

It was a long day at the Leinster Indoors today. It was a 7.30am start but with a full bus heading for Abbottstown the mood was high. Coming home was another story. The snow delayed everyone and with the lunches long since eaten hunger pangs dulled the enjoyment of success on the track. And success there was. Twenty teams represented the club and we have to be proud of every one of them. Full marks for every team – It didn’t matter if a team seemed destined not to advance to the final as every team member pushed hard on every leg – great to witness. And indeed many of our teams did get to the final of their race – twelve made the finals and eight won medals. Competition was higher than ever – explained by the Girls under 14 A team finishing second in their heat but not qualifying for the final. Gold went to the under 12 girls. Having finished second in their heat they were under pressure in the final but they dealth with it superbly to take the gold. There were high hopes for the girls under 15 – last years under 14 champions. They were magic once again breaking the record once again but finished second behind Rathoath. Two other silver accolades went to the boys under 14 A team and the boys under 15. Four teams won bronze – Boys under 13 A team, Girls under 16, Girls under 18 and the Boys under 12 A team. The other finalists were Boys under 13 B team, Boys under 14 B team, Boys under 16 and Girls under 13 A team.     

While the relays were the main focus of the day there were a number of field events taking place. Jennifer Leahy had a PB in the High Jump to win silver. There were great results in the Triple Jump with the under 15 boys scoring first, second and third with Harry Boyle, Conor Byrne and Kealan Gray respectively. The under 15 girls also did well with Abbie O’Brien 2nd, Orla Kenny 3rd and Ella Delahunty 4th.   

Feb 22/23 PBs for US Students

This was National Conference Indoor weekend in the USA. Our two scholarship students excelled. Peter Lynch, Tulsa University, competed on both days in Bermingham, Alabama. He ran in the 5000 0n Friday and the 3000 on Saturday with PBs in both – 14.35.12 for the 5K and 8.27.84 for the 3K. Aoibhe Richardson, Portland, was in action in the 3000 in Seattle. Her time of 9.21 was also a PB. Congrats to both. 

Feb 24 The Fog in Tullaroan

The fog in Tullaroan today dominated proceedings at the Juvenile Relays and Intermediate Championships. But it didn’t take from the enjoyment experienced by our young athletes. A lot of the credit goes to Noel Maher who was out early and had the tent insitu to welcome the arrivals. The tent provided a mini-creche for babies in buggies as the mammies competed in the Intermediate race.  And there were many in the young age groups – four teams in some of the relays. First off was the open under 8 where some athletes had their first cross country experience and wore their medals with pride for the rest of the day. The under 10’s performed well with Robert Cullen leading his team to bronze. From then on it was gold all the way for the under 12s and under 14s. The Intermediate Ladies also won gold with Caitriona Muldowney and Caoimhe Foley taking the number 1 and number 2 slots in fine fashion. Mossie Roantree was also impressive for the Intermediate Men. Mossie led the field for a time but had to yield to the stronger Dean Rowe from Gowran. Mossie finished a close second. 

Ladies – Caitriona Muldowney, Caoimhe Foley, Lisa Brennan, Marie Cormack, Sheila O’Callaghan, Kate Millea, Oonagh Guilfoyle, Joya Burns. Men Mossie Roantree, Tony Lauhoff, Jim Murray, Declan Walshe. 

Juvenile Results – Under 8 (1 Darragh O’Callaghan, 3 David hogan, 8 Darragh Browne, 11 Donnacha Burns, 14 Dylan Guilfoyle) (2 Aoibhin Lacey, 3 Ella O’Flaherty, 4 Kate Cunningham, 5 Rachel Hogan) Under 10 (3rd, 7th & 9th – Eoghan McMenamin, Daire O’Flaherty, Robert Cullen, Paddy Gibbs, Zac Hennessy, Thomas Hayes, Emmet Murphy, Aidan Murphy) (5th & 10th – Ellen Cormack, Sinead Cormack, Lucy Maher, Kate Walsh, Anna Cunningham, Jasmine T McEnenaey,Katelyn Shortall, Alicia Slawinska, Zepherine Kelly)U12 (1st – Cillian McMenamin, Luke Browne, Robert Lacey, Tommy Duggan) (2nd, 5th & 6th – Martha Bergin, Kate Maher, Eimear Cormack…..Laura Leahy,Ruth Crowley) U14 (1st Harry Boyle, Conor byrne, Ned Langton) (1st – Pia Langton, Roisin Burns, Blaithin Holden)

Feb 16/17 National Seniors

The National Senior Indoors were held in Abbottstown this weekend. KCH had five athletes involved in the competition. Eoin Everard, having comfortably qualified in Saturday’s semi-final, was set for Sunday’s final. A hitch with the lap counter left him with a major difficulty going into the final lap. Finishing strongly in 3.55.79 he placed second. Greater attention to the lap counter might have seen him closer to the 3.48.58 he posted at the Athlone International on Wednesday. Best of our sprinters was Callan Byrne who finished 6th in the 60m semi-final in 7.05. Ciara Deely, despite being second in her heat,  bowed out of the 400m on 56.83. Cliodhna Manning finished 5th in her heat of the 60m (7.77). Jack Manning exited at the heat stages of both his events the 60m and 400m – 4th in the 60m (7.26) and 3rd in 400m (56.83). 

Feb 14 Valentine’s Day in Armagh

It was Valentine’s Day in Armagh ( and everyplace else) today but it wasn’t quite St Valentine that was on the minds of those lining u Well done men.p for the 5 mile international road race. Among those on the start line were KCH duo Brian Maher and Toss Hayes. The crossed the finish line with Brian in 41st place on 14.27 and Toss in 45th on 14.29. 

Feb 13 Athlone IT Grand Prix

Eoin Everard was our one representative at the International Indoor T&F event at Athlone IT tonight. Eoin clocked 3.48.58 in the 1500m (4.07.58 for the mile)

Feb 10 Leinster Indoor Day 2

Competition on Day 2 of the Leinster Indoors was equally as competitive as yesterdays Day 1. So medalwise coming home with seven medals today was a fine achievement. But it wasn’t just the medal winners. There were many many excellent performances which will give both experience and confidence as the season progresses. The hurdles brought four medals with under 12 athlete Ruth Crowley starting the run with a silver. Dany Ring got silver under 14. And then Rachel Leahy won bronze under 16 followed by Jennifer Leahy with another silver under 18. Just outside medals in the sprint hurdles were four athletes with fourth place finishes – Evan Cullen and Louis Raggett, both under 13; AlexCullen under 14 and Orla Kenny under 15.  Patrick Lacey won bronze in the under 13 high jump and Michael Raggett also won bronze in the under 16 long jump.  One of the exciting races of the day was the final of the girls 600m under 12. Three girls got away on the first lap leaving Molly Daly at the front of the pursuing pack and this remained until entering the third and final lap when Molly quickly closed the gap and was in third place with 100m to go. Then she battled for and made second place just before the line – a quality performance.

Among the many other good results were Clodagh O’Callaghan 6/high jump, Cormac Holden 6/60m hurdles, Hugh Healy 6/shot – all under 12; Roisin Burns 5/60m hurdles under 13; Blaithin Holden 6/60m hurdles and Sean Young 5/800 – both under 14; Jennifer Obah 6/200m, Eoin Deely 6/high jump and Tara McGuire 6/shot – all under 16. 

Feb 09 Peter hs PB in Pittsburg

Peter Lynch marked up another PB at the Gorilla Classic in Pittsburg. Representing Tulsa in the Indoor 3000m he finished in seventh place in 8.29.40.