June 30 -Hickey Has Hammer Win

Aoife Hickey took the Under 23 Hammer title with a throw of 56.02 in Tullamore today. Louise Holmes finished just outside the medals in 4th place. Her time for the 100m was 12.13. Orla McPhillips with a time of 2.30.45 finished 6th in the 800m. Cliodhna Manning competing in the Junior 200m was third in 24.92.


It was a busy weekend for the club with Leinster and National events being decided. Saturday was particularly busy with competitors in action in four venues.
Catriona Twomey competed in the Leinster Pentathlon at the Clermont Stadium in Navan. Her best event was the High Jump where she cleared 1.56m. This brought her 689 points out of a total of 2442 helping her to the silver medal position.
Tullamore was the venue for the annual Tailteann Games. Two KCH club members were involved with their respective schools – Callan Byrne, Scoil Aireagail, who finished fifth in the 100m and Peter Lynch, St Kieran’s College, who placed 12th in the steeplechase.
The third venue was in far away Donegal where a number of boys and girls in the under 10 age group competed in national Pairs and Relay events. Michael Raggett and Cian Farrell gave a good account of themselves to finish sixth in the 60m sprint final. Then, for the relay, they teamed up with Kian Dunne and Robbie Cord. Qualifying for the final they put in an excellent run to finish sixth. Their final time of 1minute 2.28 seconds was one and a half seconds faster than their Leinster qualifying time. Harry Shine was the relay substitute. The girls were also in competitive mode. Emma Manogue and Fiona Dillon had a combined time of 3 minute 24.34 seconds to finish seventh in the 500m Pairs final. Rachel Leahy and Emma Shortall were fourteenth in the 60m sprint final in an excellent time of 21.11 seconds. Then it was on to the relays and the four girls showed their class. Qualifying for the finals all their dedicated training paid off as they crossed the line in 1 minute 4.13 seconds to win the silver medals. Well done.
Anne Marie O’Grady was pounding out the miles in the Waterford Viking Marathon. Finishing as third lady in 3.19.46 was a fab result. Jackie Varley was another marathon finisher. Half marathon runners with excellent times were Jack Kissane, Mary Anne Connolly and Kate Giblin. Steve Dermody acting as pacer finished in 1.50.50.

June 28 – Ballyneale Record for Maher

Brian Maher set a new course record for the Ballyneale 5K tonight. Clocking 14.38 he finished in first place ahead of Sergiu Ciobanu, Clonliffe Harriers. Toss Hayes was third in 15.22. Well done men.

June 23 – Men and Women Star at Pink Rock 10K

Well done to all our runners in todays Co Kilkenny 10K Road Race Championships at the Pink Rock. David McPherson blazed the trail for the men and finishing in second place overall was the winner in the championship race. Ray Lonergan 2nd, Pat Purcell 5th and Pat Young 8th completed the scoring. John Carey in 9th place was an excellent reserve.

The team result in the women’s race is following review has KCH in first place. Caoilte Malone was our top performer winning individual silver in second place. Kate Millea placed 4th, Ciara Delaney was 8th and Linda Frisby 9th. Other KCH finishers were Helen Gilman, Ann Marie Martin, Nicola Murphy, Eva Richardson and Mairead McQuaid. Well done all.

June 19 -B County T&F Championships

Thomastown on a fine summer’s evening proved a happy hunting ground for a number of our young athletes at the B Track and Field championships. It was particularly profitable for Jack Aylmer and Tara Maguire, both of whom won three individual medals.

Individual Results
Under 8 – Sean Young 3rd 80m.
Under 10 – Tara Maguire 2nd Long jump, 3rd 80m, 3rd 300m; Rachel Whelan 1st Ball throw, 3rd Long Jump; Jack Aylmer 1st 300m, 1st Long Jump, 2nd 80m; Julian Maher 3rd 80m, 3rd 300.
Under 11 – Kate Ryan 3rd Ball Throw; Keara Ryan 2nd 300, 3rd 80m; Timmy Clifford 1st Ball throw, 3rd 80m; Stephen Dermody 3rd 80m; Nessa Maguire 3rd Ball Throw.
Under 13 – Shay McEvoy 1st 100m, 2nd 800m; Annie McEvoy 1st 800m.
Under 14 – Jade Maher 1st 100m, 2nd800m.
Senior – Pat Young 2nd800m.

June 16 – All Ireland Qualifiers from Day 2 Leinster T&F

Day 2 in Tullamore was more or less a mirror image of Day 1 with all athletes doing there best. Most of the medal winners from yesterday were back in action and laying claim to more medals. It was good to see Hannah Kelly and Rachel Kelly after valiant efforts on Saturday returning on Sunday and both making the podium. Dedication pays off. Well done all and best wishes for the nationals. The competition will be much tougher and the medals fewer but medals will be won and hopefully new PB’s established.
Under 13 Hannah Kelly – 1st Javelin, Rachel Kelly – 3rd High Jump.
Under 14 Adam FitzPatrick – 3rd 800m
Under 15 Sinead Tuohy – 2nd High Jump, Shauna Millea – 3rd High Jump.
Under 16 Aoibhe O’Shea -4th 250m Hurdles, Jack Manning – 2nd 100m, 2nd 250m Hurdles.
Under 17 Peter Lynch – 1st 2000m Steeplechase, Callan Byrne -1st 200m, Eimear O’Donoghue – 3rd High Jump.
Under 18 Anna Sheehan – 2nd 1500m, Sarah Kate Lacey – 2nd 200m, Margaret Caldbeck – 4th 200m, Aoibhe Richardson -4th 1500m..
Under 19 Sinead McDonagh – 2nd High Jump, Catriona Twomey – 1st High Jump, 3rd Javelin, Cliodhna Manning – 1st 200m, Brendan Hyland – 2nd Shot.

June 15 – All Ireland Qualifiers from U13- U19 Leinster T&F

There were many fab performances by our athletes at Day 1 of u13-19 Leinster T&F Championships in Tullamore. It was great to see athletes like Eamon Fennelly, Rachel Kelly, Rory McGabhann and Leah Raggett getting to the final of their respective track events. Rory excelled with a PB of 1.43 to win silver in the High Jump. Adam FitzPatrick gave a masterful display to take the gold in the 1500m and it was great to see Lauren Gleeson back in action. Following some confusion atthe finish of the u15 hurdles Daragh Roberts had to leave without finding out if he won gold or silver. However there were many qualifying for the nationals. Well done.

Under 13 Rory McGabhann 2 –High Jump (1.43 PB)
Under 14 Ciara Deely 1- High Jump (1.55 CBP), 1 – 75m Hurdles (11.79), 2 – 200m. Adam FitzPatrick 1 – 1500m.
Under 15 Lauren Gleeson 2 – Long Jump (5.03), Keeva O’Brien 3- Long Jump (4.53), Annie O’Connor 2- 1500m, Daragh Roberts 2 – 80m Hurdles, 4 – High Jump.
Under 16 Jack Manning 1 – 200m.
Under 17 Eimear O’Donoghue 1 – Shot (9.22), Callan Byrne 1 -100m, Aaron Barron 4 – 100m, Peter Lynch 2 – 3000m.
Under18 Sarah Kate Lacey 1 – 100m, Anna Sheehan 2 – 800m, Ruth Carey 2 – Walk.
Under 19 Brendan Hyland 1 – Javelin (40.57), Nicholas Dunphy 1 – Walk, Catriona Twomey 2 – Shot, 2 – Long Jump.

Inter CountyRelays

Girls under 13 – 4th (Alice Monahan, St Senan’s, Emily Taylor, Thomastown, Ruth Kelly and Hannah Kelly, both KCH).

Boys under 15 – 5th (Ben Sutton, St Joseph’s, Ryan Poyntz, Adam FitzPatrick and Dylan Drennan-Smyth all KCH ).

Boys under 17 – 1st (Callan Byrne, Aaron Barron and Jack Manning all KCH, and Paul Manning, St Joseph’s).

Girls under 19 – 2nd ( Cliona Quirke and Eva Coady, both Brow Rangers, and Sarah Kate Lacey and Margaret Caldbeck, both KCH).

June 9 – Eoin Everard has double success
Competeing in Manchester Eoin had a new PB of 3.42.2 in the 1500m. This achievementhas resulted in his selection on the Ireland team for the European Cup Championship. Well done Eoin -a great reward for years of training.
June 9 – AAI Games
Louise Holmes, after a heavy schedule in Scanlon Park on Friday night, competed in the AAI Games in Santry today and clocked 12.18 in the 100m and 25.19 in the 200m.
June 9 – Little South Run
KCH was represented in this years Little South Run by Brian Maher, who finished in first place in 19.52 minutes, Catriona Muldowney whose time was 29.46 – was second in Co kilkenny Novice Race, and newcomer Eva Richardson.
June 8 – Destination Ballybofey for Under 10 Relay Specialists
Three teams from KCH made it to the podium at the Leinster Team competition in Celbridge on Saturday. A lively under 13 boys team of Rory McGabhann, Pat O’Shea, Luke Morrissey and Shay McEvoy won silver. It was a similar achievement for under 15 girls Ciara Deely, Sinead Tuohy, Leah Raggett and Martyna Balcer. However the club stars were the girls under 10 who won gold. The team of Emma Shortall, Emma Manogue, Rachel Leahy and Fiona Dillon could be described as relay specialists given their track record so far this year. Following a good cross-country season they have now shown great prowess on the track. In early April they came first in the 4x100m relay at open sports in Crookstown, Co Kildare. Later in the month it was first again in Carlow. In May at the CountyChampionships in ScanlonPark they were first team under 10 and second under 11.. More recently they placed second under 11 at an open sports in Ballon-Rathoe. And now they are Leinster Team Champions. With this history behind them they will travel to Donegal at the end of the month for the All-Ireland athletics track and field finals under 9, 10 and 11. In addition Emma Manogue and Fiona Dillon will represent the club in the 500m National Pairs and Emma Shortall and Caoimhe Carroll will compete in the 60m Pairs. The boys under 10 relay team, having placed third in Leinster, will also travel to Donegal and hope to give a good account of themselves. Two members of the relay team, Michael Raggett and Cian Farrell, will also compete in the 60m Pairs final

June 7 -Adult Co Championships – Clean sweep in o/35’s 1500m

KCH with a limited number of athletes reporting for duty achieved considerable success on the final night of the Co Championships.Kate Millea, Anne Marie O’Grady and Sheila O’Callaghan madeit 1, 2and3 in the 1500m over 35. David McPherson was in fine form to win the 5000m with lots to spare and Pat Young followed up with victory in the over 35’s. Pat later took silver in the over 35’s 1500m. Louise Holmes was in sprightly form winning the senior 100m and 200m thereby retaining the Sean Kelly memorial shield. She also competed on the second finishing 4x100m team where she was joined by Edel Holmes, Kate Millea and Nicola Barron. Conor McGabhann medalled twice – 1st in 200m over45 and 2nd in 100m over 35. Others to medal twice were Declan Rafter – 1st in Novice 100m, 2nd senior 400; Nicola Barron 2nd in High jump and 3rd in Shot Putt and 3rd in Hammer; Kate Millea – 1st in Novice 100m and 1st in 1500m over 30. It was double gold in the junior walks with Ruth Carey taking the women’s title and Nicholas Dunphy winning the men’s. Included in the other results were Stephen Glynn -1st in 400mand 3rd in 200m, Dean Brennan – 3rd in Shot, 3rd in Discus and Eoin Molloy – 1st 100m over35. The men finished up the night on a high – second in the 4x100m relay and then Ivan McMahon, Stephen Glynn, Declan Rafter and Liam Conway won gold in the last race of the night, the 4x400m.Day 4 in Co Championships

June 2 – Leinster Senior T&F
It was gold for Toss Hayes in the 1500m in the Leinster seniors in Tullamore. Orla McPhillips was the recipient of double gold in 400m and 3000m under 23.
June 1 – Good KCH Students

There were all round good results for KCH athletes in the All-Ireland Schools track and field finals in Tullamore on Saturday. In the junior 200m Jack Manning, St Kieran’s, clinched gold with a PB performance of 23.60 seconds. Nicholas Dunphy, St Kieran’s, also had a PB of 15.44.41 in the senior walk which earned him third place. Callan Byrne, Scoil Aireagail, won bronze in the Intermediate 100m which he ran in 11.40 seconds. Star for Loreto was Cliodhna Manning with two silvers and one gold. Competing in the senior races she was second in100m (12.30) and the 200m (24.80). The gold was won in the 4x100m relay. The other embers of the winning team were Catriona Twomey, Margaret Caldbeck and SineadMcDonagh. Catriona also took part in the high jump. Her top jump of 1.50m gained her sixth place. Anna Sheehan, Loreto, scored a PB of 2.19.22 to finish fifth in the Intermediate 800m. Another from Loreto was Sarah Kate Lacey who won bronze in 100m in 12.40 and finished fourth in the 300m in 41.30.

The Edinborough Marathon

It was PB’s all round for members of KCH Fit4Life club who ran in Edinborough recently. Competing in the half- marathon Barbara Rossiter clocked 1.31.38 and Elaine Wilson finished in 1.48.55. Running the full marathon were Lisa Collins (3.33.26), Emma Staunton (3.22.22), David Kennedy (3.29.04), Jo Scobie (3.55.39) and Anne Marie Kavanagh (3.48.34).

May 26 – Mixed Fortunes in National League
Kilkenny City Harriers Ladies and Men’s teams were in action in the Premier Division of Round 1 of the National League in Morton Stadium, Santry, on Sunday. The ladies with a somewhat experienced and well balanced team fared better than their male counterparts. A win in the 4×100 Relay (team – Sara Kate Lacey, Cliodhna Manning, Lorraine O’Shea, Louise Holmes) brought a much valued nine points. Cliodhna Manning second in the 200m, Ruth Carey second in the Walk and an exciting second from Anna Sheehan in the 800m brought a further twentyone points. Catriona Twomey scored two thirds – Shot and High Jump. Niamh Richardson added a further third in the 3000m. Nicola Barron returned to competition to compete in Hammer and Discus. Sinead McDonagh covered three events – Hurdles, Triple Jump and Javelin. Further points were added by Aoibhe Richardson in 1500m, Sara Kate Lacey 100m and Lorraine O’Shea in the Long Jump. The overall result is that the team are well positioned for the second round in July. Not so with the men and no fault can attach to the eleven athletes who competed. Considering that six of the team are juveniles, and most of them having three more years in juvenile ranks, they did well. But more of the senior athletes will be needed if they are to have any hope of progressing to the league final in August. Best result of the day was in the 4×100 Relay (team – Aaron Barron, Ian Boland, Callan Byrne and Eoin Muldowney) where they finished in second place. Newcomer, Brendan Hyland, contributed handsomely with third in Shot and fourth in Javelin while his father Mike heaved the fiftysix into fifth place. Austin Lee placed fourth in Triple Jump, sixth in Pole Vault and also in the Hurdles. Nicholas Dunphy with a PB performance was third in the walk. Peter Lynch had another PB knocking a full ten seconds from his 1500m time. Craig Byrne did well in 800m and High Jump. It was left to team manager, John Maye, to throw the Discus. Callan Byrne in the 100m, Aaron Barron in 200m and Long Jump and Ian Boland in the 400m were the other scorers. A really great effort from a largely young team. More experience required for next round!

May 25 – Excellent Pairs Under 10
KCH under 10 athletes had excellent results at the Leinster Pairs event in Tullamore on Saturday. Top of the bill were Emma Manogue and Fiona Dillon who clinched the gold in the 500m final. A close second for the club were Emma Shortall and Caoimhe Carroll who paired well in the 60m sprint to win silver. Then splitting the pairs and forming new alliances Emma Manogue and Caoimhe Carroll finished 4th in the Long Jump. Emma Shortall and Fiona Dillon worked together in the Turbo Javelin and their combined efforts also brought them into 4th place. The under 10 boys had four lads in action and all had fine performances in their three events. Michael Raggett and Cian Farrell fared the best winning bronze in the 60m. The Michael Raggett and Charlie Miller pairing were 4th in the Long Jump while 4th was also the fine result for Robbie Cord and Cian Farrell in the 500m event.

May 24 – Day 3 of Co Track and Field
Another great competition and some great results. Jack Manning had three more firsts – Shot, Triple Jump and100m Hurdles. Brendan Hyland showed his prowess in the shot. Rachel Kelly added two golds (Hurdles and 300m) to her tally. Great to see Michael Ryan gain the 1500m title. It was also exciting to see Craig Byrne take the Junior 800m crown and Peter Lynch taking on all-comers in the 3000m and winning! Great stuff. Our Fit4Life members also scored despite losing Ray prior to the start. In the 3000m over 35’s Ivan McMahon won gold and Eoin Molloy got the silver. Combining with the aforementioned Peter Lynch they won the team event. Denis Carrigan was first in the over 40’s and Karen Ryan won bronze in the Ladies 3000m. Well done all. See all the results and pics on Kilkenny Athletics

May 19 – Mixed Results in Leinster Relays
There were mixed results for KCH at the juvenile Leinster Relays in Greystones, Co Wicklow today. The under 9 boys battled well to finish 5th in the final. For the under 10’s the girls were in flying form and were proud winners of gold. The boys also ran well and finished in third place. The best of the under 11’s and under 12’s teams was the boys under 11 team which finished in 6th place. From there on the results improved considerably. Both under 14 teams were 4th in their respective finals. The under 15 boys won bronze and the girls under 15, with two teams in action, won silver with the “A” team and bronze with the “B” team. In the under 16 relays the girls lost out to disqualification for a false start and the boys finished in third place. The under 17 girls won silver. From then on it was gold all the way for boys under 17and 18 – and under 18 girls and the under 19 girls who competed in both 4×100 and 4×400 won gold in both races – all in all, a good day’s work.

May 19 – Maher wins Stoneyford 10K
Brian Maher, KCH, repeated his winning way at the Stoneyford 10K on Sunday. His time of 32.14 was marginally faster than his winning time of 32.21 in 2012. Clubmate, David McPherson had a fine run to finish in second place in 33.30. A third club member, Ray Lonergan, was fifth in 35.29.

May 18 -Success in Leinster Schools
Last week was a busy week in schools athletics with minor, junior ,under 16, intermediate and senior track and field finals being held in Morton Stadium, Santry. Kilkenny athletes were very much to the fore with more than thirty medals coming to Kilkenny schools. There was particular success in the sprint events where five gold medals were won – Cliodhna Manning, Loreto Kilkenny won the senior 100m and 200m; school mate Sarah Kate Lacey won the intermediate 100m and300m and Callan Byrne, Scoil Aireagail, won his intermediate 100m and also added bronze in his 200m. Outside of the medals there were some sterling performances – Aaron Barron, Colaiste Pobail Osrai, 4th in Intermediate 400m; Peter Lynch,St Kieran’s College, 4th in Intermediate Steeplechase and 3000m.
Medal Winners
Under 16 – Tommy Quirke, Castlecomer Community School (CCS), 3rd Shot.
Minor – Ciara Deely, Loreto Kilkenny (LK),1st High Jump, 1st 75m hurdles; Annie O’Connor (LK), 3rd 1100m; Caoimhe O’Brien, (LK), 3rd Long Jump; Tara Callaghan, (LK) 3rd Discus.
Junior – Luke Redmond, Kilkenny College (KKC), 1st Shot; Jack Manning, St Kieran’s College (SKC), 2nd 200m; Pierce Nash, CCS, 3rd Triple Jump.
Intermediate – Shannon Dawkins, St Mary’s New Ross, 1st High jump, 2nd in 80m and100m Hurdles; Sarah Kate Lacey, LK, 1st 100m, 1st 300m; Anna Sheehan, LK 3rd 800m; Callan Byrne, Scoil Aireagail, 1st 100m, 3rd200m; Donagh Mahon,SKC, 2nd High Jump; Anu Anonusi, KKC, 1st Shot; John Joe Kelly, CCS, 3rd Shot.
Senior – Cliodhna Manning, LK, 1st 100m, 1st 200m; Nessa Cooper Millett, KKC, 1st 400m Hurdles, 2nd400m; Sophie Parkinson Brown, KKC, 1st Shot, 1st Discus; Maeve O’Connor, Presentation, 3rd 1500m; Catriona Twomey, LK, 3rd High Jump; Sarah Buggy, CCS, 3rd Long Jump; Nicholas Dunphy, SKC, 3rd Walk; Loreto Kilkenny 2nd 4x100m Relay.

May 17 – Another PB for Everard
Competing in the 1500m at the Dublin Graded Meet on Friday last Ciara Everard, knocking eleven seconds from her previous best performance, won the race with a new PB of 4 minutes 25 seconds.

May 12 – Day 2 County T&F
Another good day for the club with many excellent performances. Among the gold medal winners were Adam FitzPatrick and Luke FitzPatrick – both collecting two each in their respective 200m and 800m races. Caoimhe Phelan was first to strike gold with a win in the 60m under 8. Rachel Leahy soon followed with another win in the under 10 race. Eamon Fennelly had a first and second in 200m and 800m respectively. Under 12 athlete Jennifer Leahy had a first in 80m and a second in the 500m. Rachel Kelly went home with four individual medals 1st in High Jump and 2nd in Shot, 500m and 80m. Hannah Kelly was also very much in evidence with 1st place in 500m and 2nd in High Jump and 3rd in Shot. Other gold medals were won by Mateuz Balcer in Long jump under 10, Callan Byrne in 200m under 17, Ciara Deely in 80m under 14, Maeve Shaw in 80m under 15, Jack Manning in under 16 Javelin and Emer O’Donoghue in under 17 Shot. In the relays there were wins for boys under 10 and under 14, for girls under 14 and under16. Girls under 10 and boys under 16 were in fine form with teams taking gold and silver in their respective races. One wonders what happened to our girls and boys under 12 – no teams competing! Check out “Kilkenny Athletics” web site for full results and pics from today.

May 6 – Well Done Ladies
Congratulations to all our runners and supporters at the Leinster Road Races in Gowran today. Top accolades go to our Master Ladies who took gold in the Inter-club competition. Great running by Catriona Corr brought her home in 14th place. She was closely followed by Barbara Rossiter in 20th and a fast finishing Kate Milleain 28th. Cathy Millett completed the team. Donna Dowling and Emma Staunton, running in the Novice race also showed excellent pace, with Donna finishing 17th overall to gain a silver medal with the county team.
Our Novice men, Ivan McMahon, Alan Rhatigan, Gary O’Dwyer and Eddie O’Keeffe put in a great challenge but didn’t make the medals. Our Master’s Men did likewise (Results not to hand at time of this entry) . Eoin Molloy was first home followed by John Carey, Steve Dermody and Michael Raggett. Well done all.

May 5 -Day 1 County Track and Field
Our Juvenile athletes kicked off the new track and field season in tune with the weather – excellent athletes and excellent weather. Our top performer on the day has to be Aoibhe o’Shea. Competing under 16 she had gold in Javelin, 250 Hurdles and800m plus silver in Long Jump and 200m. Among many other outstanding performances were Jack Manning -1st in Discus, high jump and 100m; Luke FitzPatrick – 1st in 250 hurdles, 100m and 400m; Hannah Kelly – 1st Javelin and 800m; Ciara Deely – 1st in Long Jump and 200m; Eimear McMullan – 1st Long Jump and 200m; Adam FitzPatrick – 1st in 100m and 500m.
Full results and photos on Kilkenny Athletics web site.

Apr 28 – Dewberry Leads in London
Johan Dewberry was the first of the KCH athletes across the finish line in the London Marathon. His time of 3hrs 8mins was just five minutes ahead of his sister Anne Marie O’Grady who came home in 3.13. Among the other early finishers were Steve Dermody 3.23, Irene Henebry and Deirdre Scott 3.40 and Lisa Maher and Bregeen Murphy 3.43.

Everard Wins in Leevale
A small group of juveniles from KCH cut their teeth in senior competition with a trip to Leevale last weekend. Aaron Barron won his heat in the 400m and finished 7th overall. Callan Byrne as well as having a good run in the 200m finished 5th in the 100m B final. Margaret Caldbeck and Sarah Kate Lacey both performed well in 100m and 200m races. Junior athlete, LorraineO’Shea, had a PB of 5.79m in the Long Jump which brought her the silver medal. The star for KCh was senior athlete Eoin Everard. Competeing in the 3000m he was up against local Leevale man Mark Hanrahan. Hanrahan set the pace from the start with Everard in pursuit in second place. Digging deep over the last 100m he overtook Hanrahan to finish in first place.

Apr 13/14 – Intervarsities
Congratulations to KCH ladies competing in the Intervarsities Track and Field in Cork at the weekend. Lorraine O’Shea, DCU, won the Long Jump with 5.54 her best jump. Teresa Conlon, DCU, scored twice with 6th place in Hammer (35.55) and 2nd in 8Kg for Distance (7.04). Orla McPhillips, WIT, was 10th in 1500 (5.02.04). Louise Holmes, AIT, scored twice – 3rd in 200m and 4th in 100m.

Apr 12 – Aoife Goes Further
Aoife Hickey, competing in her own Utah Unniversity Games, once again pushed out her hammer PB – this time she crossed the 60m mark. Her throw of 61.54 gives her the qualifying standard for the European Under 23 championships.
Apr 12 – Awards Night
Club chairman, Michael Lanigan, welcomed the large gathering at the KCH Awards night in the Pembroke Hotel on Friday. He paid tribute to the athletes, coaches, officials and parents for their collective contribution to the marvellous achievements during the past year. He thanked all those who had come to honour the stars of 2012. And there were many stars – ranging from under 8 athlete Eva Delaney, who had a 50 seconds improvement in her 400m “Time Trials” times to international and two times Olympian, Joanne Cuddihy. Apart from individual performance,s for which athletes received presentations on the night, many team achievements were also recounted. Notable among these were the men’s national league team winning promotion to the Premier Division, the Novice Men and Senior Men winning county cross-country championships and the juveniles retaining the county track and field shield. At Leinster track and field, the under 12 to under 15 athletes were clear winners of the Mick Quinn Cup while the Eurotab Cup for best club in the under 16 to under 19 age group was also won by KCH. It was disappointing to lose the Hehir Shield for best relay club in Leinster but there was some consolation at national level with the girls under 18 winning gold in the outdoor final and the under 19 girls winning the indoor and outdoor relay finals. In addition to the usual awards Olympians, Catriona Cuddihy and Joanne Cuddihy, and European cross-country runner, Brian Maher, were presented with specially engraved Duiske Glass. There was also a presentation to Fiona McGeary, recently retired as club registrar/treasurer, in recognition of her immense contribution to the club over a number of years.
Perpetual Award Winners -Juvenile
Under 11/12 Cup, Rachel Kelly; Hacketstown Trophy, Annie O’Connor; Whitebridge Trophy, Adam FitzPatrick; Dungarvan Trophy, Aoibhe O’Shea; Under 14 McDonagh Cup, Lauren Gleeson; Bree Trophy, Luke FitzPatrick; Achievement Cup, Ciara Deely; Sean Byrne Cup, Sinead McDonagh; Costello Shield, Aaron Barron; Mazda Cup, Sarah Kate Lacey; Versatile Award, Catriona Twomey; Cross Country Cup, Anna Sheehan; P J Smyth Cup, Jack Manning; Lynch Shield, Lorraine O’Shea;
Tommy Deegan Trophy, Cliodhna Manning.
Perpetual Award Winners –Senior
The Lanigan Cup for Track Athlete, Joanne Cuddihy; Sean Byrne Shield, for Field Athlete, Michael Bowler; The Nolan Cup for Cross-Country, Brian Maher; Achievement Shield, Louise Holmes; Harry Meighan Cup, David McGeary.
Achievement Awards
Rory MacGabhann, Orla Casey, Ed Dunne, Martyna Balcer, Sinead Tuohy, Callan Byrne, Peter Lynch, Craig Byrne, Eimear O’Donoghue, Aoibhe Richardson, Margaret Caldbeck, Nicholas Dunphy
Special Awards
Novice Athlete of The Year: Donna Dowling
Juveniles: Fiona Dillon, Emma Manogue, Caoimhe Carroll, Margaret Mary O’Shea.
Medal Winners in Time Trials
400m – Eva Delaney, Beth Matthews, James Tuohy, Thomas Tuohy.
600m – Shaina MacGabhann, Keara Ryan, Cait Whelan, Dara Whelan, Katie Ryan, Laura Ryan.
1000m – Niamh Glynn, Ella Richardson, Nicola Murphy.

APR 6 – Gold for Boys Under 17
With sprinters Cliodhna Manning, Lauren Gleeson and Dylan Drennan Smyth not available for competition some of KCH relay teams, heading for the national finals in Athlone, were considerably weakened. However eight out of the ten teams which competed in the heats and semi-finals qualified for the finals. Four of these teams won All-Ireland medals. The girls teams took three sets – Under 17’s won bronze and the Under 18’s and Under 19’s won silver. The boys Under 17 were proud winners of gold. In the final individual indoor event of the season Jack Manning, with a throw of 11.17 metres, finished sixth in the under 16 Shot Putt.
The teams that made the finals
Boys: 6th Under 13 – Declan Coffey, Rory MacGabhann, Patrick O’Shea, Darragh Maher. 5th Under 16 – Jack Manning, Luke FitzPatrick, Eamon Fennelly, Ryan Poyntz. 1st Under 17 – Aaron Barron, Callan Byrne, Jack Manning, Aidan Tuohy (heat), Eamon Fennelly (final).
Girls: 5th Under14 – Ciara Deely, Leah Raggett, Orla Casey, Martyna Balcer (heat), Rebecca Keane (final). 5th Under 16 – Niamh McMullan, Grace Richardson, Sinead Tuohy, Aoibhe O’Shea. 3rd Under 17 – Niamh McMullan, Eimear McMullan, Eimear O’Donoghue, Aoibhe O’Shea. 2nd Under 18 – Sarah Kate Lacey, Eimear McMullan, Eimear O’Donoghue, Margaret Caldbeck. 2nd Under 19 – Catriona Twomey, Sinead McDonagh, Sarah Kate Lacey, Margaret Caldbeck.

APR 5 – Hickey Behind O’Keeffe in Hammer Rankings
Aoife Hickey’s Hammer saga continues. Over the last four weeks on the Intervarsity circuit in the United States she has continued to notch up PB’s on a weekly basis. First it was 57.30 in San Diego, then 57.47 in Los Angeles followed by 58.51 in Utah. On Friday last in Arizona she has done it again with a massive 59.87. This places her in second place, behind Eileen O’Keeffe, in the Irish Women’s Hammer Rankings, displacing Rachel Akers of Marian athletic club who held that position since 2007 when she threw 59.12.

Apr 1 – Good Results from Kilmacow
A number of our juveniles braved the extreme cold today to compete in the St Senan’s open track and field. Coming home with 9 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze made the trip very worth while. Eight of the gold came via the under 10 relays where the girls – Emma Shortall, Emma Manogue, Fiona Dillon and Rachel Leahy – and the boys – Cian Farrell, Robbie Cord, Cian Dunne and Michael Raggett – both won their respective races. Rachel Kelly was 2nd in U13 Shot and Hannah Kelly won bronze in U14 Long Jump. Fiona Dillon had a fine win in the 300m. Rory MacGabhann jumped 1.30 to get silver in U13 High Jump and the final medal went to Jennifer Leahy who was third in her 80m final.
Apart from winning medals there were a number of good performances by athletes who qualified through their heats for sprint finals. These included Emma Manogue 4th in 80m; Cian Farrell 5th in 80m; Michael Raggett 6th in 80m; Hannah Kelly 4th in 100m, Kate Dempsey 5th in 100m and Rachel Kelly 6th in 100m. The girls under 14 relay team finished in 4th place. Well done all.