Sometimes we hear the expression "Horses for courses or courses for Horses". Well the Eurocross course at the Bella Vista Park in Lisbon, Portugal was definitely a course for horses and the athletes who completed it were horses for the course. There were athletes from many countries who despite years of preparation covering training sessions in wet and cold and strenuous qualification standards failed to complete this course. There were many others who completed the course but collapsed at the finish. Yes it was that tough. Apart from some 80m at start and finish that were flat and straight the [...]
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Some forty members of the club, mostly from F4L, were in Waterford today for the Waterford Half Marathon. Included in the cohort were club coaches Pat Purcell and Noel Maher. Both were first and second respectively of our over 40 men while Anita Byrne was first of our over 40 ladies.. Top cudos of the night goes to Donna Dowling who took first place in the ladies over 35 section. In the senior section Louise O'Reilly and Oisin MacCinneide were our top performers. Eddie Hawe was our best result over 35 men.The over45 leaders were Anne Marie Shortall and Alan [...]
While the adults were happy to clinch the overall cross-country shield in Kilmacow today the juveniles were also happy and made their coaches/parents happy. To witness Ella O'Flaherty leading the under 7s and hear her brother Daire go wild with the excitement of seeing her head uphill to the finish would gladden anyones heart. And then the scene was replicated as Daire led the under 9s a merry dance. And Peter Quinn- what a finish to take second place. Emma Kelly was flying form also and won silver in girls u9. There were heroic performances in the u11 races. Eabha [...]
Kilmacow was the venue for the last county cross-country race for 2019. For KCH this was an important encounter. Having already claimed the overall track and road awards the club came to the novice cross-country races with a slim lead of two points - 28 to Gowran's 26 and hopes of achieving The Grand Slam. Thanks to the efforts of Kate Millea and Pat Purcell the club fielded teams in both races. The ladies attacked from the start and never relented. Jane Campbell in 4th led the team home. She was followed by Kate Sugrue and a fast finishing Joya [...]
This annual event continues to excite the local community as evidenced by the crowds, some with dogs, others pushing buggies, that came out to support it. The drummers helped to add atmosphere at the registration and start areas while the Christmas feel on the Parade helped welcome the finishers. KCH were very involved both in stewarding and participating. In the "red section" alone there were some forty or so club members and many more including whole families in the "orange section". Club top performer was Ken Maher who clocked 5.14 for the distance. Lisa Brennan was our first lady home and [...]
Following a weekend of high achievemnet and great excitement comes the great news that five club members will be in action at the European cross-country championships in Lisbon on 8th December. Shay McEvoy goes in the Junior, Peter Lynch in the under 23, Aoibhe Richardson in Senior Ladies, Eoin Everard in Senior Men and Niamh Richardson goes as a manager. This is just reward for all involved. Years of dedicated training and brilliant coaching have brought these fine achievements. We wish all five the very best as they head to Lisbon. Ye have been briliant representatives in the past and [...]
The rain of the past while made for tough running in Abbotstown for the national cross-country (Juvenile even ages, Junior, U23 and Senior) today. Credit therefore for all our athletes who dealth so well with the conditions. Our first group into the action were our U16 boys. Tom Lodge in 29th was our first man home followed by Eoin Deely (80) and Robbie Cord (90). Then it was the turn of U18 boys. John Muldowney had a fine run to finish 37th. Cathal Kearney was 62nd and Dylan McLoughlin 93rd. The aforementioned three were also on the junior team which [...]
Following inspiring runs in Invitational, Conference and Regional cross-country events our two American based athletes travelled to Terre Haute, Indiana, for today's national finals. We knew they had excelled in the earlier rounds and our expectations were high for more of the same. We were not to be disappointed as both athletes surpassed our expectations. Aoibhe Richardson, running the ladies 6K with San Francisco, set off a good pace and by the 2K mark she was in 39th place of the 254 runners who had lined up at the start. Pushing on over the next 2K she dropped another 20 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]