Apr 12 – Relays in Thomastown
A small turnout in Thomastown today – but as the saying goes “good goods in small baskets”. Sean Carroll and Dan Carroll both medalled in the under 8 race. Girls under 11 – Ruth Walshe, Angela Carroll and Sinead Carroll – won the under 10 3×250 relay. The under 12 boys – Jack Alymer, Mickey Raggett and Harry Boyle – had a runaway victory in their 3×250. Well done all.
Apr 12 – Marathon Men and Women
David McPherson had a PB in the Rotterdam marathon with 2.41. Mranwhile Paul Moran was in Paris where he clocked 2.47.
The ladies were in Connemara where Bregeen Murphy did the marathon in 4.21 and Deirdre Scott clocked 6.17.32 for the ULTRA.

Apr 10/11 – Intervarsities
KCH had a number of athletes competing in the Intervarsities T & F in Belfast at the weekend. Michael Bowler showed good form to win gold in the Combined Events. Sinead McDonough was 4th in the ladies combined but won gold in the High jump. Louise Holmes, back from warm weather in Portugal, had a busy weekend winning bronze in both 100m and 200m. Nicholas Dunphy also got into a good placewith silver in the Walk. Catriona Twomey scored 8th on both Shot and Javelin.
Apr 6 – St Senan’s Open T&F
Well done to all who travelled to Kilmacow for the open track and field today – a good preparation for the upcoming co championships.
Medal Winners –
Under 8 – Laura Leahy 2/80;
Under 9 – Patrick Lacey 2/80;
Under 10 -Brian Moore 2/80,3/300;
Under 14 – Jennifer Leahy 3/100;
Under 15 – Shay McEvoy 2/700, Luke Whelan 3/walk, Hannah Kelly 1/Shot;
Relays 2/Boys under 10, 2/Girls under 12.
Mar 29 – Weather Wins in Freshford
A dull and windy morning had a major influence on numbers attending today’s cross-country in Freshford. KCH as host club suffered more than others. Those who came showed well starting with Robert Lacey who won the boys under 7. Pia Langton, leading from the whistle, took the gold in girls under 9 where Pia Goff and Molly Lynch also ran well. The boys under 9-Aaron Doyle, David Ryan, Luke Browne and Patrick Lacey also competed well with Patrick fighting a great battle to take the silver.
Our best performers in the relays was the boys under 11 team – Harry Boyle, Billy FitzPatrick and Ned Langton – who were comfortable gold medal winners. The under 11 girls and under 13 girls also ran well without getting into medal positions.
Emily Maher, fourth overall, was our sole representative in senior ladies. Our senior men – Ed O’Keeffe, Pat Young and Johann Dewberry – won the men’s race.

Mar 28 – Last Day in Athlone
There were no medals for our juveniles on the final day of the national Indoors in Athlone today. Rachel Kelly, competing in the under 15 Shot, finished fifth with a fine 10.73 performance. Annie O’Connor clocked 2.25.30 when finishing 9th in the 800m. Craig Byrne ran an excellent semi-final in a PB of 2.03.82 to qualify for the final. There he finished 7th in 2.08.01.

There were some fine performances at the national finals in Athlone this weekend. Jack Manning was in fine form in the shot to take the gold medal in the under 18 event with a throw of 12.73m. Likewise in the 1500m Adam FitzPatrick was in fine form to take the silver in the 1500 under 16. Rory McGabhann came close to an individual medal when he finished fourth in the high jump under 15 with a PB of 1.63. There were PBs also in the 1500m for Rory Lodge, under 17, and Peter Lynch, under 19. There were some good efforts in various events – Callan Byrne in the final of the 60m under 19, Rachel Kelly in under 15 high jump, Michael Raggett and Jack Alymer in long jump under 12. Illness forced Ciara Deely to withdraw from the relays and seriously hampered her performance in the high jump.
There was considerable success in Saturdays relays with girls under 12 ( Emma Shortall, Tara McGuire, Rachel Leahy, Caoimhe Carroll) winning bronze; Girls under 17 (Keeva O’Brien, Ciara Deely, Leah Raggett, Lauren Gleeson) won silver and boys under 19 ( Aaron Barron, Jack Manning, Mateusz Pietrzykowski, Callan Byrne) won bronze. The boys under 12 (Harry Shine, Jack Alymer, Conor Johnson, Michael Raggett) were unlucky. Having retrieved a dropped baton they finished fourth in their heat which was insufficient for final qualification.

Mar 17 – GREAT 2015 DASH
Well done to all involved in this year’s DASH. Officials and Marshalls take a bow for a job well done. 250+ went to the start. Eoin Everard, KCH, had a fab run clocking 16.03 to win senior men. Sally Forristal, St Joseph’s, was first senior female. KCH had the winners of both juvenile sections with James Kearney and Annie McEvoy. Full results on totaltiming.ie
Mar 14 – International Cross-country
Aoibhe Richardson, placing 25th, was a scoring member of the fifth placed Irish team at the International CC held in Belfast today.
Mar 7/8- Good Results at Leinster Indoors
The Leinster Indoors concluded this weekend in Athlone with considerable success for KCH. Nineteen individual medals were won. A welcome outcome was that five of these medals came from the excellent performances of the under twelve boys – Jack Alymer 2, Michael Raggett 2and Mateuz Balcer 1. Gold medals were won by Jack Alymer, 60m hurdles; Rachel Kelly, high jump u15; Ciara Deely, high jump u16; Lauren Gleeson, long jump u17 and 60m sprint
Under 12 – Jack Alymer 6/600m, 1/60m hurdles, 3/Long jump; Michael Raggett 2/60m hurdles, 2/Long Jump, 5/ High Jump; Mateutz Balcer 2/High Jump, 17/Long Jump; Emma Shortall 10/Long jump; Rachel Leahy 7/Long Jump, 7/High Jump; Tara McGuire 6/Shot.
Under 14 – Jennifer Leahy 6/60m, 3/Shot, 8/High Jump; Lizzie McGee 14/High Jump, 16/Shot, Alannah O’Neill 16/High Jump.
Under 15 – Rory McGabhann 2/High Jump, Rachel Kelly 8/60 Hurdles, 1/High Jump, 3/Shot, Hannah Kelly 4/Shot.
Under 16 – Leah Raggett 4/60m, Jade Maher 9/High Jump, Ciara Deely 3/200, 2/60 hurdles, 1/High Jump, Msrtyna Balcer 10/Long Jump, Colm Murphy 800 (2.32.11), Johnny Collins 800m (2.25.45).
Under 17 – Darragh Roberts 3/ 60 hurdles, 4/High Jump,EmmaMcGee 4/High Jump, Bill Cody 800(2.25.75), Rory Lodge 3/800 (2.03.44), Lauren Gleeson 1/60m, 1/Long Jump, Annie O’Connor 3/800, Keeva O’Brien 7/Long Jump.
Under18 – Alannah Counihan 6/jurdles, Jack Manning 1/Shot, 3/60m.

Mar 7 – Gold for Loreto
The Loreto senior team won gold at the schools cross country final held in Clongowes today. Aoibhe Richardson, with a fine run to finish 6th, led them in. Abigail O’Keeffe was 27th. Two KCH girls had good individual runs in the junior race with Ella Richardson coming 11th and Annie McEvoy 17th. St Kieran’s juniors were also worthy medal winners with a sterling performance from Adam FitzPatrick which brought him individual bronze. The team was well served by James Kearney and Shay McEvoy. The college’s senior team were in that unenviable fourth place. Here we saw another brilliant run by Peter Lynch who was to the fore all through and was a comfortable silver medallist having left local man Jack O’Leary in his wake at the three quarter stage of the race. Tom O’Keeffe was also very much in evidence from the start to finish 13th. Michael Ryan and Patrick Maher also contributed.
Feb 28 – National Honour for Ciara
At a function in the Tullamore Court Hotel Ciara Deely was honoured by the Athletics Association by being selected as the county Kilkenny Athlete of The Year 2014. Congratulations.
Feb27 – Coaches Night Out
A great night was had by all in Bridies tonight – a great opportunity for coaches, new and old,and club officers to mingle and exchange stories and bond a little.
Feb 22 – National Indoors
KCH were well represented at the Senior Indoors in Athlone today. Our sprinters acquitted themselves well. Sarah Kate Lacey and Margaret Caldbeck held their own with the big guns as they finished 4th and 5th respectively in their heat. Sarah Kate’s time of 7.80 and Margaret’s 8.05, though impressive were not sufficient to qualify for the final. Cliodhna Manning made the final with 7.57 in her heat and finished 5th in the final with 7.53. Michael Bowler had a silver medal finish in the 60m hurdles in 8.74 and he was 7th in the long jump. His best jump was 6.42m. Eoin Everard, having won his semi-final on Saturday when he clocked 3.45.76, came second in today’s final. His time was 3.51. Ciara Everard, running in the colours of UCD, took the gold in the 800m. Hertime was 2.06.

Feb 22- Intermediate CC
Our ladies did us proud at the county intermediate in Thomastown today. They were not put off by the early heavy rain and with all six athletes showing great determination the shield is back in the club room for another year. The team was led to the chute by Anna Sheehan who took silver and Annemarie O’Grady who won bronze. The other scorers were Emily Maher 6th, Joan Martin 8th, Karen Ryan 11th and Mairead Lacey 13th. The men’s shield was won by Gowran who fielded a very strong side. Our men did well to take the second team medals. Ken Maher was our star performer. Finishing second he had Eoin Molloy 9th, Ed O’Keeffe 11th and Barry Somers 16th.

Feb 20 – CountyAwards Night in Gowran

Awardees and their families had an enjoyable celebration at the county awards night in the restaurant of the Gowran Park Racecourse. Five KCH athletes received individual awards – Ciara Deely, Juvenile Track and Field; Peter Lynch, Juvenile Cross Country; Toss Hayes, Senior Cross Country; Michael Bowler, International; David McPherson, Road Racing. KCH was also presented with a number of club awards including Shields/Cups for Juvenile Track and Field, Juvenile Cross Country, Senior Men Cross country, Senior Ladies Cross Country, Intermediate Ladies Cross Country, Intermediate Men Cross Country, Novice Ladies Cross Country, Men Over 35 cross country, Overall Cross Country and Road Racing Overall.

Feb 14 – Leinster Indoors Day 1

The Relays

Our juvenile athletes had a rich medal day on Day 1 on the Leinster Indoors in Athlone. The relay teams bagged six sets of medals with some great running coupled with exciting finishes. The under twelve teams qualify under both headings particularly in the exciting finish category – by Caoimhe Carroll on the girls team and Harry Shine for the boys. But the finish of the day was provided by Ciara Deely in the under 16 final. She made up a deficit of some thirty meters on the last lap to edge to the front as she came to the finish line. This was Ciara’s second gold of the day as she had earlier anchored the under 17 team to victory. Another winner of double gold, in the same two races, was Leah Raggett. The under 14 girls qualified for the final with a second place in their heat. A massive effort in the final saw them finish a close fourth.

Medal winners

Bronze Girls under 12 (Emma Shortall, Tara McGuire, Rachel Leahy, Caoimhe Carroll)

Silver Boys under 12 (Jack Alymer, Micky Raggett, Conor Kavanagh, Harry Shine)

Silver Girls under19 (Aisling McDonough, Hannah Lacey, Aoibhne Murphy, Grace Richardson)

Gold Girls under 16 (Martyna Balcer, Leah Raggett, Ella Richardson, Ciara Deely)

Gold Girls under17 (Lauren Gleeson, Keeva O’Brien, Leah Raggett, Ciara Deely)

Gold boys under18 (Darragh Roberts, Jack Manning, Rory Lodge, Mateuz Pietrzykowski).

Good Mid-distance performances

KCH had some excellent competitors in the 800m and 1500m events. In the 800m four athletes qualified for the finals – Cathal Kearney the under 14, Annie McEvoy, James Kearney and Shay McEvoy in the under 15 with the latter coming with a late burst to finish in fourth place. The 15000m runners had even greater success. An incident at the start of the under 16 race left Adam FitzPatrick at the back of the race but he recoverd well to win bronze. Luke FitzPatrick got his tactics right to win silver in the under 17 race. In the under 19 event Peter Lynch set the pace from the start and led all the way until overtaken by the winner some 150m out from the finish.

Feb 11- Adam Wins Gold in Leinster Schools

The Leinster Schools cross-country finals were held under ideal conditions in the grounds of Santry Demesne today. There were quite a few top quality performances from Kilkenny athletes with the outstanding race of the day coming from Adam FitzPatrick, St Kierans, who after a well run race put in a timely sprint to take individual gold. Excellent running by team mates Shay McEvoy and James Kearney set the college team up for team gold in the Junior race. The Minor Boys, with Ciaran Mullen leading the team, won the bronze medals. The Intermediate Boys, short their strongest runner (Rory Lodge) were unable to be serious medal contenders. The Senior Boys, despite various setbacks in the days leading up to the race, were serious contenders. Peter Lynch, back to top form, had a great battle with arch rival Jack O’Leary (Mullingar). O’Leary won the battle on the final lap but Peter won the silver in style. Cormack Buggy, showing improved performance on the Roscrea outing, helped significantly in getting the team on the podium for the bronze medals. Loreto Secondary were also very much in evidence. With Aoibhe Richardson finishing strongly in fourth place, Lauren Dermody closing on her and a good solid race by Abigail O’Keeffe the team took gold in the senior race. The Minor Girls team won silver with Ciara O’Keeffe leading them in and strong running all through by Rachel Kelly and Hannah Kelly. In Junior girls Annie McEvoy and Ella Richardson were 9th and 10th respectively thereby qualifying as individuals for next month’s national finals. Annie O’Connor and Grace Richardson showed well in the Intermediate Race but not sufficiently to make team medals.
All in all this was excellent fare. Roll on the nationals on 7th March.

Feb 6 – Intervarsities

It was students’ day out at the Intervarsities Indoor track and field n Athlone on Friday. The day proved profitable for “KCH” students with Michael Bowler winning the men’s Combined Events and Sinead McDonough winning silver in the ladies Combined Events. It was also silver for Louise Holmes in the200m final. Cliodhna Manning, competing in the 60m, made her debut at these events and posted a PB in the semi-final and again in the final where she placed fifth in a very competitive field. She finished the day with a gold medal from the relay where her DCU team set a new record in the final.

Feb 1- AAI Games
Well done in Athlone at AAI Games. Cliodhna Manning 3rd in 60m (7.63) and Ciara Everard achieved the qualifying time for the European Indoors 800m. Her time today was 2.03.39.
Jan 29 – Schools Cross Country

The South Leinster Schools cross-country championships took place on Thursday midst a snowstorm in Roscrea. While the soft underfoot conditions added to the difficulties for the athletes it didn’t seem to adversely affect the athletes from the local schools, particularly Loreto Secondary and St Kieran’s College. Loreto had an individual winner with Aoibhe Richardson in the Senior Girls. Other Loreto girls who impressed were Hannah Kelly, Rachel Kelly, Ciara O’Keeffe and Issey Shine, Minor; Annie McEvoy, Junior; Annie O’Connor, Intermediate and Lauren Dermody, Senior. Loreto had team gold with Minor, Intermediate and Senior teams. St Kieran’s was also to the fore with the Junior and Senior teams winning gold and the Minor and Intermediate teams winning silver. The star for the college was Adam FitzPatrick who won individual gold in Junior Boys. Some of the other outstanding performances for the college came from Cillian Rudkin and Ciaran Mullen, Minor; Shay McEvoy, Jack Jearney and Eoin Walsh, Junior; Rory Lodge, Intermediate and Peter Lynch and Tom O’Keffe, Senior. All of these athletes will see action in The Leinster finals which take place in Santry on 11th February.

Jan 25 – National Juniors & U23
All our athletes gave a good account of themselves atthe national indoors in Athlone today. Margaret Caldbeck, our sole representative at junior level made the 60m final where she came 6th. Cliodhna Manning was in top form to win the 60m under 23. It took the camera to sort the placings but a win is a win -great result.

Junior – Margaret Caldbeck 6/60m
Under 23 – Catriona Twomey 4/Shot
– Cliodhna Manning 1/60m
– Sinead McDonough 3/HJ, 3/60m hurdles
– Nicholas Dunphy 3/Walk
– Brendan Hyland 4/Shot

Jan 21 – Steady at the Helm
There was very little change at the top table when the KCH AGM was held in The Pembroke Hotel tonight. All outgoing officers were returned unopposed. Brenda Tuohy took over the role of Registrar. Colette reported positively on all the activities of 2014. Nicola reported a deficit for the year and a discussion ensued around the decision to abandon term fees in favour of a once off payment in January. Michael Manning, acting as chairman in the absence of Michael Lanigan, welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked all who made contributions to our achievements in 2014. Sean Lynch proposed that the committe be extended to manage the growth that has occurred in recent years. Probably best to define the jobs needing to be done and then seek people to do these jobs.

Jan 18 – Peter leads Celtic Team

At the Celtic International in Dunboyne today Peter Lynch produced another quality performance. Running steadily throughout he kept in touch with the front runners. Upping his pace on the third and final lap he finished the first (6th overall) of the Ireland Under 20 team which placed second behind a very dominant Scotland side.

Jan 18 – Juniors in a Good Place

KCH Junior men were in fine form at the Leinster Junior cross-country championships in Dunboyne today. Peter Lynch with a first place finish led the team into gold medal position. Tom O’Keeffe, on his third race of the week, was also flying to take 8th place. Rory Lodge (15th) worked hard as did Bill Cody (23rd) and Pat Maher (29th). The KCH lads backboned the CountyKilkenny team which finished in second place.

KCH Junior ladies were also very much to the fore. With just three athletes club honours were off the menu but great running by Aoibhe Richardson saw her take 4th place, and set up the county team for silver. Lauren Dermody, Castlecomer 6th , Annie O’Connor (13th ) and a solid run from Abigail O’Keeffe (18th) completed the team scoring.

Jan 18 – Under 12 Boys Strike Gold

KCH had five relay teams in action at the Leinster club cross-country relays in Dunboyne today. Returning with four sets of medals was a really fine achievement. Each member of all five teams gave 100% over a quite difficult course in very cold conditions. The under 12 girls, under 16 girls and under 16 boys finishing in third place were presented with bronze medals. Under 14 girls did everything right but were beaten into fifth place by better teams on the day. This brings us to the “golden boys” – the boys under 12. What a thrill to see these lads eating up the course. Well done lads.

Relay panels.

Girls under 12 – Caoimhe Carroll, Emma Shortall, Tara McGuire, Rachel Leahy, Rachel Whelan.

Girls Under 14 – Abby Gilsenan, Jennifer Leahy, Eva Collins, Emma Poyntz.

Girls Under16 – Ella Richardson, Issey Shine, Kate Dempsey, Annie McEvoy.

Boys Under12 – Jack Alymer, Ned Langton, Michael Raggett, Harry Shine, Conor Kavanagh.

Boys Under 16 – Jack Kearney, Adam FitzPatrick, Johnnie Collins, Shay McEvoy, Luke Whelan.

Jan 17 – Repeat Gold for Bowler

Michael Bowler took gold in the national senior combined events in Athlone today, repeating his achievement in the same event last year. His score on this occasion was 3,198 points.
Catriona Twomey was third in Senior Women. Juveniles Jennifer Leahy was 8th U14, Rachel Kelly 5th Under 15 and Darragh Roberts 10th without a score in 800m.
Jan 11- Indoor League
We were represented in the Indoor League in Athlone by Brendan Hyland and Bill Cody. Bill competing at this level for the first time had a PB in the 800m. Brendan with 11.84m in the Shot finished in second place.
Jan 11 – KCH Ladies and Men Show the way

Not so long ago club mentors wondered where all our adult athletes were as our juveniles were so prominent in county championships while the adults seemed to have great difficulty fielding teams. If we are to judge by the turnout in Gowran today the situation had been reversed. Our adults ( our ladies O/30 and Men O/35) cleaned up while the juveniles with a few notable exceptions were thin on the ground. The ladies O/30 finished with a clean slate. Individual 1st, 2nd and 3rd for Catriona Corr, Donna Dowling and Lisa Collins respectively and with Sheila O’Callaghan finishing strong in 4th place KCH won team gold. The men O/35 were also impressive. Paul Moran showed a clean pair of heels to the field as he raced to victory. Ken Maher, taking the individual bronze, was also flying and with Niall Lacey also showing form to finish 4th the A team took gold. Good running from the rest of the squad – Eoin Molloy (7), Pat Young (9), John Carey (11) and Victor Young (22) – brought them team bronze.
The juveniles and juniors who turned out acquitted themselves very well. Brian Moore took gold in boys U10 and had Ed Lauhoff taking the bronze. With Sean Young and Patrick Lacey they were first team. Jack Alymer won silver in boys U12. Ella Richardson with individual gold led the under 16 girls to team gold. James Kearney did the same for the under 16 boys.
What should have been a successful day for the juniors proved otherwise as teams, for various reasons, failed to field. Annie O’Connor ran a fine race to win individual silver and Tom O’Keeffe was superb. Keeping pace with Sean Power, Thomastown, for the first 4.5km he opened up over the last lap to win in fine style.

Under 8 – 8 Evelyn McEvoy

Under 10 – 1 Brian Moore, 3 Ed Lauhoff, 6 Sean Young, 7 Patrick Lacey, 20 Matthew Breen.

Under 12 – 2 Jack Alymer
– 4 Tara McGuire, 5 Emma Shortall

Girls Under 16- 1 Ella Richardson, 3 Annie McEvoy, 4 Issey Shine, 5 Kate Dempsey.

Boys Under 16 -1 James Kearney, 2 Shay McEvoy, 3 Cathal Kearney

Junior Ladies – 2 Annie O’Connor, 5 Abigail O’Keeffe, 6 Grace Richardson.

Junior Men – 1 Tom O’Keeffe, 6 Patrick Maher.


Jan 10 – Celebrations in Carlow
It was celebration night in The Carlow Seven Oaks Hotel as the Leinster Athletics Awards were presented. KCH Juveniles Srah Kate Lacey and Jack Manning were the Kilkenny Juvenile award winners. Eoin Muldowney, Castlecomer, received the senior award. Paddy O’Dwyer, for his many years coaching the high jump, was presented with an Outstanding Service Award. Sean Lynch, on behalf of KCH, acceptedThe Dew Shield for the best Junior and U23 Leinster Club. County Kilkenny was awarded The Foley Cup for the best cross-country results. Margaret Dillon, County secretary, accepted the cup.