April 30 – Milers Club, Greystones

In today’s Irish Milers Club meet in Greystones a number of KCH athletes posted some excellent early season times. In 800m Rory Lodge recorded 1.56.81 and Ella Richardson had 2.28.03. In the 1500m Adam FitzPatrick finished in 4.01.67 while Aoibhe Richardson had 4.44.96. Brian Maher and Toss Hayes ran the 5000m clocking 14.20 and 14.53 respectively.

April 24 – The London Marathon

Congratulations to Trust Mtinsi on a marvellous run in todays London Marathon. Clocking 2.45.55 Trust knocked some 19 minutes off his Dublin Marathon time of 3.04.22. David Rafter finished in 3.24.00 while Davy Hogan came home in 3.27.27. Amy Granville kept the ladies side up with a 4.16.00 finish. Well done all.

April 17 – Men’s Team Win Relay Bronze

At the National Road Relays held in Raheny, KCH mounted a serious challenge and were competitive all the way. Toss Hayes ran the first leg of two miles and gaining fifth position, handed over to Peter Lynch. Peter’s leg was one mile. Brian Maher then followed with the three mile leg to hand over to anchor man Eoin Everard for the final two miles. A good competitive performance from all four saw Everard chasing second place but Kevin Mulcaire of the Ennis club held on and the Harriers had to settle for the bronze medals. Well done all.

April 16 – Athletic Action on Many Fronts

KCH athletes were well represented in a number of athletic events in recent days. The Kilkenny Road series kicked off with the 2 mile on Wednesday last when Catriona Corr was first lady home. Craig Byrne was first Junior and Marcus Fitzsimons was second man. Others showing well were Rita McGarvey, Maria Cormack and Johann Dewberry.

The students from Loreto Secondary School, for the eight successive year, brought home the overall shield in the annual Loreto Schools track and field championships which were held in Santry Stadium on Thursday. Among the many quality performers was Ciara Deely who won the senior 80m hurdles, was second in the high jump and anchored the victorious 4x100m relay team.

Santry Stadium was also the venue for the annual Intervarsities track and field championships. KCH athletes contributed significantly to the points table of DCU, this year’s host college. There were first place finishes for Brendan Hyland in the Javelin and Nicholas Dunphy in the 3K Walk. Sinead McDonough placed 4th in Combined Events and 5th in High Jump while Catriona Twomey was 6th in Shot and also competed in Javelin. Others who represented their colleges were Eimear McMullan, RCSI, 6th in 200m and 7th in 100; Margaret Caldbeck, UCC, 100m, Long Jump and 4x100m relay; Aaron Barron, UCC, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays; Louise Holmes, Athlone IT, 4x100m relay; Callan Byrne, IT Carlow, 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

April 10 – Gold for Craig

While the wet and windy winter weather caused the cancellation of the county cross country competion in Freshford there was an amount of athletic action in other places. At the AAI Spring Throws in the Morton Stadium, Santry, Brendan Hyland, throwing 53.16 placed second in the Javelin. Over in Manchester Pat Purcell had a great run in the marathon clocking 2.50.12. The Ferrybank athletic club held an open track and field meet at the Waterford RSC and KCH competed successfully in a number o f events. Craig Byrne was in fine form to take gold in the Junior 800m. Other medal winners were Luke Whelan, 2nd in 800m under17; Jack Alymer 2ndin Hurdles, 3rd in Long Jump and Eleanor Godden 3rd in Long Jump under13. Others to perform well were Emma Shortall (700m) and Rachel Whelan (700m).

April 3 – Good Road Work
Congrats to Brian Maher on a great win in the “Run with the Lions”10K in Carlow in 30.49. Also Toss Hayes 9th in Dunboyne 4 Mile in 19.37 and Ray Lonergan finished 17th in The National Duathlon. Well done men.
Mar 28 – Kilmacow Open
Well done to all our athletes who travelledto kilmacow for the Open T&F. Congratulations to medal winners – Rachel Leahy 2nd U13 High jump; Jennifer Leahy 1st U15 100m and Craig Byrne 2nd Junior 400m.
Mar 19 – The National Indoor Relays

KCH had eight teams competing in the national inter-club relay finals in the Athlone Indoor Arena today. With some team members absent because of family holidays and international competition some of the teams were subsequently weakened. Nevertheless all teams performed well. The girls under12 team qualified for the final as one of the fastest losers in the heats and placed fourth in the final. Most unlucky team were the girls under13. They finished second in their semi-final but had to withdraw from the final because of injury. Most successful was the girls under17 team which placed second in both semi-final and final, thus winning silver medals.
Adam FitzPatrick, a member of the under18 relay panel, was in Falkirk, Scotland, competing with the Irish team in the Schools International. Adam got away to a good start and led the field in the early stages but developing a stitch he yielded a lot of ground and ultimately finished in 28th place.

KCH Relay Teams
Girls Under 12 – Orla Kenny, Ella Delahunty, Amelie Foley, Abbie O’Brien,
Boys Under 12 – Tom Greene, Shane Culleton, Harry Boyle, Conor Byrne.
Girls Under13 – Emma Shortall, Rachel Leahy, Tara McGuire, Caoinhe Carroll.
Boys Under 13 – Harry Shine, Conor Kavanagh, Jack Alymer, Michael Raggett.
Girls Under 17 – Leah Raggett, Martyna Balcer, Ella Richardson, Ciara Deely, Jade Maher.
Girls Under 18 – Sinead Tuohy, Ciara Deely, Jade Maher, Leah Raggett, Martyna Balcer.
Boys Under18 – Ryan Poyntz, Darragh Roberts, Luke FitzPatrick, Rory Lodge.
Boys Under 19 – Ryan Poyntz, Rory Lodge, Luke FitzPatrick, Jack Manning.

Mar 17 – Everard on The Streets of Portlaoise

KCH athletes were very much to the fore in the St Patrick’s Day “Streets of Portlaoise” 5K Road Race. Eoin Everard, hot on the heels of his recent victories in the National Indoors, was first across the finish line in 14.45. Brian Maher took third place in 14.58 and Toss Hayes was not far behind. He placed sixth in 15.08. Well done men.

Mar 17 – A Great “DASH”

Today’s weather was ideal. The turnout was terrific. The organisation was superb. Kilkenny mid-fielder, Conor Fogarty blew the whistle to get the KCH/Fit4Life annual St Patrick’s Day DASH was under way. This year’s 5K race, in aid of Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre and Canteen, was run totally in the CastlePark using the now familiar Parkrun course. The move from the Watershed, necessitated by the ongoing reconstruction at ScanlonPark athletic track, proved very successful and as a result the CastlePark may become the preferred venue for the future.

The runners came in all shapes and ages with a good sprinkling of parents with buggies and whole family groups. A goodly number of local athletes negotiated their way through the thronged early stages. And it was these athletes who took the major prizes at the end. Thanks to the work of the Fit4Life organisers there were loads of spot prizes to reward many of the non-athletic participants, many of whom came suitably attired for Lá le Pádraig.

Prize Winners
Juvenile Girls – 1 Annie McEvoy, 2 Grace Richardson, 3Annie O’Connor.
Juvenile Boys – 1 Rory Lodge, 2 Shay McEvoy, 3 JamesKearney.
Senior Ladies – 1 Caoilte Malone, 2 Sally Forristal, 3 Niamh Richardson.
Senior Men – 1 Peter Lynch, 2 Andrew Smyth, 3 Val Gunner.

Mar 13 – Day 2 in Athlone
We hadsome good performances again on Day 2 of the national Juvenile championships in Athlone. Leah Raggett clocked 26.46 in her200m heat and finished 6th in the final. Jack Manning did 22.73 in his 200m heat and came 5th in the final. Rory McGabhann jumped well to finish on1.75m.

Results Day 2 Nat Juvenile
U 16 Rory McGabhann 5th High Jump 1.75
U17 Leah Raggett 6th 200m 27.29
U19 Jack Manning 5th 200m 22.91

Mar 12 – Country Boys Mine Indoor Gold
Last weekend was cross-country weekend for many of our athletes as they ran their hearts out at the schools All-Ireland in Sligo. This weekend the focus was on the national indoors in Athlone and for top cross-country performers Adam FitzPatrick and Rory Lodge, this was a weekend to remember. Adam turned in a useful semi-final in the 1500m under 17 to qualify in second place for the final. It was then he showed his real form and knocking some nineteen seconds off his semi-final time he took the gold in 4.12.20. There was equal reward for Rory in the 1500m under18 and the margin of his win 4/100ths of a second made it all the more exciting. His winning time of 4.06.42 showed a full six seconds improvement on last month’s qualifier in Leinster. Shay McEvoy knocked seven seconds off his Leinster time to win bronze in the 1500m under 16. His final time was 4.24.14. Jack Manning got fifth place in the 60m under 19 (7.23) and Jack Alymer competing in the under 13 Long Jump had a best jump of 4.10m.Well done all.

Mar 06 – Leinster Senior Indoors
We had four athletes competing in the Senior Indoors in Athlone today. Both Margaret Caldbeck and Sinead McDonough won silver medals. Catriona Twomey had fifth place in the Shot while Aaron Barron came second in his heat but had to withdraw from the final with hamstring trouble.
Margaret Caldbeck 2/200; Sinead McDonough 2/60m hurdles, 4/60m; Catriona Twomey 5/Shot (9.54).

Mar 05 – A New Star on the Horizon
Under 16 athlete, Leah Raggett, was in fine form at the Leinster Indoors winning two medals – gold in 60m and bronze in the 200m. There were silvers also for Mikey Raggett in under 13 Long Jump (4.36) and for Rory McGabhann in the under 16 High Jump (1.70). But the star of the day was Amelie Foley. Amelie, under 12 and running in her first ever individual race, finished fourth in the 60m having earlier won both her heat and semi-final.

U12 Ella Delahunty 4 /60m semi-final; Orla O’Grady 4/60m heat; Shane Culleton 5/60m semi-final; Conor Byrne 6/60m semi-final; Amelie Foley 4/60m final
U13 Jack Alymer4/Long Jump (4.33); Mikey Raggett 2/Long jump (4.36).
U16 Rory McGabhann 2/High Jump.
U17 Leah Raggett 1/60m, 3/200m.

Mar 05 – Scholars Delight in Sligo
The good form shown by Kilkenny athletes in Leinster and South Leinster cross-country schools championships continued at the Sligo Racourse when the All-Ireland finals were held today. The proof was the winning of five sets of team medals – three by the girls from Loreto and two by the boys from St Kieran’s. Winning medals in cross-country is never easy so bringing home such a haul from the national final is very rewarding and brings a great sense satisfaction after the long hard training over the winter months. Having some seventeen Harriers involved made it all themore rewarding.

The Loreto Minors got the day off to an excellent start by winning gold. A really powerful run by Hannah O’Keeeffe saw her finish in fifth place, winning an individual medal and leading her team home. Cathal Kearney, St Kieran’s, with a good race placed 22nd in Minor Boys.

Then it was the turn of the Loreto girls again – this time in the Intermediate race. Ever reliable, Annie McEvoy, finished 11th thereby helping her team to the Silver medals. And then it was the turn of the Kieran’s College lads in the Intermediate Boys. And what a race that was, especially for Adam FitzPatrick. Very much to the fore throughout the race he open up a gap on the last lap and then showed a clean pair of heels to the field to run out a comfortable and popular individual winner to add national champion to that of Leinster champion which he acquired in Santry in February. With Rory Lodge also on top form to finish 13th the team secured the bronze medals.

And so to the seniors where Loreto star, Lauren Dermody, ran her usual never say die performance to finish 7th , and with the rest of the team working hard Loreto won team silver – their third set of medals for the day. And if Lauren was a tower of strength for the girls Peter Lynch was that and more as he powered his way over the 6500m course. This was one of Peter’s best races and certainly one that gave much satisfaction – finishing with individual silver and setting up the team for bronze.

Teams – Loreto Minor: Hannah O’Keeffe, Aine Kirwan, Orla O’Keeffe, Ellen FitzGerald, Hannah Lodge, Abbie Gilsenan, Issey Shine.

Loreto Intermediate: Annie McEvoy, Ella Richardson, Annie O’Connor, Ciara Murphy, Sinead O’Keeffe.

Loreto Senior: Lauren Dermody, Abigail O’Keeffe, Grace Richardson, Megan McCarthy.

St Kieran’s Intermediate: Adam Fitzpatrick, Rory Lodge, Shay McEvoy, David O’Carroll, James Kearney, Sean Richardson, Tom Bolger, Luke Whelan.

St Kieran’s Senior: Peter Lynch, Cormac Buggy, Conal Whelan, Luke FitzPatrick, John Nolan, Donal Brophy, Tommie Allen, Michael Ryan.

Mar 02 – Quiet AGM
This year’s AGM proved a quiet affair with only minor discussion on a couple of points. We learned from the various reports that 2015 was a very sussessful year for our athletes on track, road and cross-country. While the club had a deficit for the second successive year, finances are reasonably sound. But it is important that some new sources of funding be found. All officerships remain as they were safe that Brian Leahy takes on the role of Vice-Chairperson.
Feb 28 – Double Indoor gold for Eoin

Eoin Everard scored a remarkable achievement on Day 2 of the National Senior Indoor athletic championships in Athlone. On Day1, Saturday, Eoin placed third in the semi-final of the1500m in a not too impressive time of 4.04.89. In Sunday’s final he took first place in 4.01.17. What made this an impressive victory was the fact that just over an hour earlier he had run in, and won, the 3000m where he clocked 8.13.63 – a fantastic double. This achievement will surely give major encouragement to the cohort of young middle distance runners coming up through the ranks. Three of these tasted senior competition on Day 1 of the championships. Luke Fitzpatrick went in the 800m and finishing sixth in his semi-final he had a PB of 2.02.14. Rory Lodge and Peter Lynch ran in the semi-finals of the 1500m clocking 4.07.43 and 4.07.44 respectively.
KCH had two competitors in the sprints. Aaron Barron went in the 60m (7.64) and 200m (23.85) while Cliodhna Manning, returning from injury, made the final of the60m where she placed sixth in 7.64.
Brendan Hyland threw 11.91m to come sixth in Shot Putt.

Feb 21 – U nder10 girls and under 16 boys strike gold
Our first medal winner at the cross-country in Gowran today was Robert Lacey who put in a fine run in boys under 8. Putting in a strong finish he won the silver medal. Donal O’Neill also scored in boys under 8. Our under 10 girls, with some support from the under 9’s, took two sets of medals – gold and bronze. The athletes involved were Millie Gilsenan, Hannah Quinn, Eimear O’Neill, Pia Goff, Laura Leahy, Evelyn McEvoy and Kate Dowling. Our under 10 boys – Evan Cullen, Patrick Lacey, Louis Raggett, Luke Kerwick, Charlie Goff – also won silver. Luke Kerwick doubled up with Ruairi McEvoy and co and just missed out on medals with a fourth place finish in boys under 12. There was no opposition for our under16 boys – Shay McEvoy, James Kearney, Luke Whelan – who won at ease.

And so to the Intermediate where Cathy Millett carried the colours for the ladies with a fine fifth place. The men fielded three quarters of a team and with q fourth would easily have captured the silvermedals. Craig Byrne 6th, Eoin Molloy 7th and Tim Butler 9th.

Feb 14 – Mid-distance at Leinster Indoors
Following good runs at the Cross-country in Santry on Wednesday some of our mid-distance runners turned on the style at the Leinster Indoors at the weekend. To the fore were Shay McEvoy and Rory Lodge with 1500m gold medal performances in under 16 and under 18 respectively and Luke Fitzpatrick who won bronze in 1500m U18 . Niamh McMullan took the silver medal in the 800m under 19. There were good 800m runs for Conor Brennan (U14 2.32.09); Ellen FitzGerald (U15 2.47.24) and Kevin Burns (U16 2.26.42).

Feb 14 – Enniscorthy Road
Toss Hayes finished second in the Enniscorthy 10K Road race in 31.22.

Feb 13 – McPherson repeats Mount Juliet Success
David McPherson in 1.14.58 romped to victory in the Mount Juliet half marathon, repeating his win of2015. Paul Moran 4th and Trust Mtinsi 7th also impressed. Among the ladies to finish were Emma Kennedy, Majella Grogan and Brid Quirke. Darragh sharpe completed the 10k course in 52.30. Others covering the 10K were Bernard O’Gorman, Mary Campion, Martina MGrath.
Feb 13 – Good Running at Leinster Relays
KCH’s tradition as a formidable relay club continued at the Leinster Indoor Relays in Athlone on Saturday. Competing in ten relays the club won medals in seven. Unusually it was the teams with least experience that shone the brightest. Both under 12 teams, boys and girls, on their first indoors experience won gold. The girls under 13 and girls under 18 teams won silver and there was bronze for boys under 13, boys under16 and girls under 17.
Girls Under 12 (First) – Orla Kenny, Ella Delahunty, Amelie foley, Abbie O’Brien, Rose Kelly.
Boys Under 12 (First)- Ruaidhri Galwey, Shane Culleton, NedLangton, Harry Boyle, Conor Byrne.
Girls Under13 (Second) – Emma Shortall, Eleanor Godden, Rachel Leahy, Tara McGuire, Caoinhe Carroll, Rachel Whelan.
Boys Under 13 (Third) – Harry Shine, Conor Kavanagh, Jack Alymer, Michael Raggett.
Girls Under 14 (Sixth) – Eva Collins, Abby Gilsenan, Bobbie Brennan, Clodagh Shields, Emma Keogh.
Girls Under 15 (Fourth) – Jennifer Leahy, Emma Poyntz, Alannah O’Neill, Ellen fitzGerald, Hannah Lodge.
Girls Under 16 (Fifth) – Lainey Gilsenan, Annie McEvoy, Dara Scobie, Izzie Shine.
Boys Under 16 (Third) – Shay McEvoy, James Kearney, Kevin Burns, Luke Whelan, Rory McGabhann.
Girls Under 17 (Third) – Leah Raggett, Izzie Shine, Martyna Balcer, Jade Maher.
Girls Under 18 (Second) – Lauren Gleeson, Jade Maher, Leah Raggett, Martyna Balcer.

Feb 12 – Intervarsities
A number of KCH athletes represented their respective colleges at Friday’s Intervarsities Track and field championships in Athlone. Aoibhe Richardson(UL), Nicholas Dunphy (DCU) and Callan Byrne (Carlow IT) all achieved silver medals in their respective events – Aoibhe in 3000m, Nicholas in 2000m Walk and Callan with 4x200m relay team. Other results were Margaret Caldbeck DCU 60m (8.00); Eimear McMullan RCSI 60m (7.89); Sinead McDonough DCU 4/Combined Events; Aaron Barron UCC 60m(7.55) and 200m (23.88); Tom O’Keeffe UCD 800m (2.09.30)and Brendan Hyland DCU Shot (11.68).

FEB 10 – Leinster Schools CC
Well done in Santry today. Adam FitzPatrick 1st in Intermediate. Loreto win overall Girls cup.
Kilkenny athletes were very much to the fore at the Leinster Schools cross-country in Santry on Wednesday. The form shown in the South Leinsters was again very evident. The Loreto girls,so dominant in Heywood two weeks ago, were again the ones to watch and ended the day with the cup for best girls’ school in Leinster. The Minor team, with Aine Kirwan winning the gold, got them off to a great start by taking first team prize. Aine wasn’t the only star for the team as Hannah O’Keeffe had an excellent 5th place. Annie McEvoy turned in another excellent result to help the Intermediate team into second place. Her final lap was a quality run as she picked off a number of athletes to finish strongly in 6th place. It was silver again for the senior team with Lauren Dermody leading them home in 3rd place.

St Kieran’s College also had their star performers. In the Minor race Cathal Kearney, following a weak start, made a great recovery and finishing in 10th place he qualifies for the start line in the All-Ireland in Sligo. Kevin Burns, Junior, was another to shine. Having had an impressive season to date and continuing to improve he too will be in the line-up in Sligo following his 10th place finish in Santry. And if the earlier races brought joy to the Kilkenny supporters it was the Intermediate race that captured the imagination. At the end of the first lap a one -two for the college seemed possible as Rory Lodge and Adam FitzPatrick led the field. Rory looked strong early on but the early challenge he made on his team mate took its toll as the race progressed and he drifted a little to take the bronze while the more experienced Adam finished an easy winner. The senior race had Peter Lynch up against Clongowes man, Jack O’Leary. As the race progressed it was evident that Peter wasn’t going to challenge for the title. Nevertheless he had a comfortable second place finish having held off a late challenge form third placed, P O’Donnell, D L S, Churchtown.

Will Fox,Castlecomer CS, booked his placeinthe Minor All-Ireland with a superb run which brought him into 5th place. Cathal O’Reilly 28th in Minor and Cillian Hogan 53rd in Intermediate were other good performers for the ‘Comer school. Gavin Manning , Kilkenny College, placed 34th in the Junior race. Craig Byrne, Eddie Byrne, Ben Tynan and Stephen Scallan represented Kilkenny CBS in the Senior race with Craig finishing in 39th place.

Results – Loreto Girls

Minor- 1st Team- Aine Kirwan 1, Hannah O’Keeffe 5, Orla O’Keeffe 18, Ellen Fitzgerald 25, Abby Gilsenan 28 , Hannah Lodge 30.

Junior – Ciara O’Keeffe 34 , Sinead O’Keeffe 38, Issey Shine 41, Lainey Gilsenan 66, Aisling Cowley 64.

Inter – 2nd Team – Annie McEvoy 6, Ella Richardson 18 , Annie O’Connor 22, Ciara Murphy 37.

Senior – 2nd Team – Lauren Dermody 3, Grace Richardson 21, Abigail O’Keeffe 18, Niamh McMullan 44.

Results – St Kieran’s College

Minor – Cathal Kearney 15, Jack Doyle 33, Conor Fitzpatrick 38, Vincent O’Grady 63, John Muldowney 73, Thomas Barron 75, Oisin Drennan 86, Andrew Devereux 89.

Junior – Kevin Burns 10, Ciaran Mullen 27, Eoin Morgan 33, Liam Barron 60, Cillian Rudkins 61, Ian Wallace 83, Senan Forristal 96, Aidan McGree 100.

Inter – 2nd Team – Adam Fitzpatrick 1, Rory Lodge 3, Shay McEvoy 16, James Kearney 33, Sean Richardson 38, David O’Carroll 43, Tom Bolger 60, Luke Whelan 62.

Senior – 3rd Team – Peter Lynch 2, Cormac Buggy 28, Luke Fitzpatrick 36, Tommie Allen 44, Donal Brophy 47, John Nolan 50, Conal Whelan 54, Michael Ryan 56.

FEB 07 – Cliodhna in Overseas Sprints
Cliodhna Manning has hit a couple of good times over 60m in thelast two weekends. this week she finished 2nd in Vienna in 7.59. The previous weekend she was in Wales when her time was 7.66.

FEB 07 – Everard Strikes Again

Eoin Everard, KCH, pulled off a significant win in the 3000m event at the AAI Games held in AIT, Athlone on Sunday. With the help of a pacemaker he settled in early and took the win in 8.13. In the same race Peter Lynch, KCH, making his debut at this level finished in 9th place in a good time of 8.43. In the ladies 3000m, Aoibhe Richardson set the pace for much of the race and after being overtaken by a couple of athletes she fought back to finish in 3rd place in 10.10.67. Brendan Hyland had a good competition throwing 12.20 just 3cms off his PB to win silver in the Shot. KCH had three athletes taking part in the 60m sprints. Two consistent starts by Aaron Barron brought him across the finish line in 7.54 and 7.53 seconds. Louise Holmes and Sarah Kate Lacey, both of whom competed in the League Final on Saturday, posted times of 7.95 and 7.98 respectively in their sprints.Well done – men and women.

FEB 06- Indoor League Final

KCH ladies team, on their first venture into the national indoor league, were happy with a sixth place finish in the final. This was a great team effort right through the two earlier rounds and again in the final. The team accumulated 100 points from ten events including first place in the 4×100 m relay (1.44.26). The scorers were – Eimear McMullan third in the 60m (7.93), Sinead McDonough third in 60m hurdles and fifth in Triple Jump, Margaret Caldbeck sixth in Long Jump (4.43), Catriona Twomey secondin Shot (9.56), Sarah Kate Lacey first in 200m (25.58), Louise Holmes sixth in 400m (63.56), Eimear O’Donoghue fifth in High Jump (1.45), Niamh McMullan seventh in 800m (2.32.67).

Feb 5 -Co Awards 2016
KCH were recipients of many accolades at the CountyAwards function in the Pembroke hotel. Our juveniles retained both Track & Field and Cross-country Shields. Our adults were particularly active in the cross-country events with men winning Novice Men, O/35 Men, O/40 Men and Senior. Our ladies won Intermediate and O/30’s Shield. KCH were recipients of the Over-all cross country Cup. The Over-all Road Cup also came to KCH.Sinead McDonough received the Sean Kelly Shield.

There were special awards for Ciara Deely and Rachel Kelly in recognition of their Championship Best Performances – Ciara in High Jump and Rachel in Discus. Members of CountyAll-Ireland cross-country medal winning teams were also recognised with a special memento – Under 12 – Eleanor Godden, Caoimhe Carroll, Emma Shortall; Under 13 – Abbie Gilsenan; Under 16 – Adam FitzPatrick, Shay McEvoy, James Kearney, Cathal Kearney, Eoin Walsh, Johnnie Collins and Colm Murphy.

Individual award winners were:- Senior Cross-country- Brian Maher; Junior Athlete – Peter Lynch; Road Racing – Donna Dowling; International- Eoin Everard.

Jan 31 – Good Results From Athlone
KCH had a number of athletes competing in the national junior and under 23 Indoor finals in AIT, Athlone on Sunday. Of the juniors Callan Byrne had the most success. Qualifying for the finals of both 60m and 200m he finished 7th and 5th respectively. It was somewhat disappointing for Aaron Barron – first to false start in the 60m and then despite winning his 200m heat by a considerable margin his time was still not sufficient to qualify for the final. Three athletes – Rory Lodge, Luke FitzPatrick and Craig Byrne – competed in the 800m heats, and two – Peter Lynch and Adam Fitzpatrick ran in the 1500m final with Adam posting a new PB of 4.08.20.
The under 23 athletes were more successful with Brendan Hyland and Catriona Twomey winning silver in their respective Shots and Aoibhe Richardson winning bronze in the 1500m. Sarah Kate Lacey won silver in the 60m, Nicholas Dunphy was un-opposed in the 3k walk and Sinead McDonough was fifth in the High Jump.

Junior Results
60m – Eimear McMullan 8.06; Aaron Barron Dis; Callan Byrne 7.18; Jack Manning 7.34.
200m- Aaron Barron 23.61; Callan Byrne 22.73.
800m – Rory Lodge 1.59.27; Luke Fitzpatrick 2.02.15; Craig Byrne 2.04.76.
1500m – Peter Lynch 4.06.80; Adam FitzPatrick 4.08.20.

Under 23 Results
Aoibhe Richardson 3-1500 (4.47.80), Sinead McDonough 5 – High Jump (1.55), Sarah Kate Lacey 2 – 200 (7.87), Nicholas Dunphy 1 – Walk, Brendan Hyland 2 – Shot (12.06), Catriona Twomey 2 – Shot (9.78).

Jan 30 – Harriers Women Make League Final

In Saturday’s Round 2 of the Glohealth national league, held in AIT Athlone, KCH ladies recorded another good performance to see them through to the League Final on 6th February. Scoring for the Harriers were Sarah Kate Lacey who collected 11 points when she finished second in the 200m (25.74). Louise Holmes, eight in the 400m, collected 5. There 9 points each for Eimear O’Donoghue, fourth in High Jump and Sinead McDonough fourth in Triple Jump. Sinead also guested in the High Jump where she cleared 1.55

Jan 27 -South Leinster Schools CCm.

There were big numbers at this year’s South Leinster Schools cross-country championships, held in lands attached to HeywoodCommunitySchool. Teams from post primary schools from Kildare to Wexford competed over what was a very taxing but fair course. KCH Athletes figured strongly for their Schools. The performances of Annie McEvoy, Loreto, and Adam FitzPatrick, St Kieran’s, in their respective Intermediate level races were examples of this strength. Both athletes set the pace from the start and running determinedly, uphill and downhill, each won individual gold and led their respective teams to first place. It would seem the post Christmas trip by these two, to Edinburgh for the Celtic Internationals, has given them both a significant confidence boost.

Loreto won all four races while St Kierans won junior, intermediate and senior and were second in minor. CBS were third in senior boys.

KCH athletes for Loreto Secondary School

Minor: Ellen Fitzgerald 10, Abby Gilsenan 11, Hannah Lodge 12.

Junior: Issey Shine 15, Lizzie McGee 23, Lainey Gilsenan 26.

Intermediate: Annie McEvoy 1, Ella Richardson 2, Annie O’Connor 4.

Senior: Grace Ricardson 5, Nimah McMullan 13.

KCH athletes for St Kieran’s College
Minor: Cathal Kearney 3.
Junior: Kevin Burns 5.
Intermediate: Adam Fitzpatrick 1, Rory Lodge 2, Shay McEvoy 5, James Kearney 13, Johnnie Collins 16, Tom Bolger 25, Luke Whelan 26.
Senior: Peter Lynch 2, John Nolan 11, Luke Fitzpatrick 16.

KCH athlete for CBS
Senior:Craig Byrne 12.

Jan 24 – McPherson in National Cross-country

David McPherson continued his excellent cross-country performances with a 15th place in the national 8k Intermediate cross-country held at Dundalk IT. In the Inter-county cross-country relays at the same venue Eleanor Godden and Caoimhe Carroll helped Kilkenny to the silver medals.

Jan 17 – McPherson leads County Home
David McPherson pulled out another great performance at the Leinster Senior Cross-country in Kilmacow today. Working hard all through he finished in 5th place setting up the county team for the bronze medals. Well done.

Jan 16 – Top Points for Twomey and McMullan

Round 1 of the national Indoor League was held in the AIT Arena in Athlone today. For our ladies it was the first time entering this competition and taking part in four events they scored 43 points to finish in 5th place. Eimear McMullan collected the top points ( 13) with a 7.9 seconds run in the 60m. Top points also went to Catriona Twomey with 9.22m in the Shot. Sinead McDonagh added 10 points from the 60m hurdles and Margaret Caldbeck completed the scoring with 7 points from the Long Jump. Margaret and Cliodhna Manning both guested in the 60m with times of 8.34 and 7.70 respectively.
The men, with a depleted team, scored just 16 points to finish in 10th place. Callan Byrne, competing in 60m sprint (7.30) and Long Jump (4.10), garnered nine of the points and Jack Manning added the other seven with a throw of 9.28m in the Shot. Jack also clocked 7.35 seconds when he guested in the 60m sprint. A better turnout in round 2 is required if there is to be any hope of final qualification.

Jan 10 – Ladies Capture Shield

The sun shone for this opening cross-country event of 2016. Rivers on the roads and lakes in the field seem to have deterred many as the number of competitors were lower than usual. Full merit then to those who made the effort. In the Open juvenile races Martha Bergin was second in girls under 8. Argentinian and son of Olympian Emily Maher, Malthus Quaglia, showed he has inherited much of his mother’s class when he raced to victory in boys under 8. Robert Lacey was fourth. The boys under10 won silver with James Bergin 6th, Patrick Lacey 9th and Luke Browne 12th. Aisling Browne, 6th in girl’s under12, kept the KCH colours flying.
The Shield for Master LadiesO/30 returned to KCH following a good run by our ladies. Individual silver for Donna Dowling, individual bronze for

Caitriona Corr and fourth place by Barbara Rossiter gave the team a points total of nine and Shield victory. Congrats. The men O/35 scored 23 points which put them in third place and bronze medals. Team members were – 4th Niall Lacey, 6th John Maye, 13th Paul Larkins and 18th WillieMcTiernan.
Jan 09 –
Ciara is Leinster Star
Ciara Deely’s excellent track and field performances were rewarded tonight when she was presented with the Leinster Star Award for 2015. Included among her many achievements during the year was a Championship Best Performance of 1.66m in the Under 16 High Jump at the Leinster Championships in Tullamore. Well done Ciara and best wishes for more success in 2016.

KCH in Edinburgh
The club was well represented at the International cross-country held in HolyroodPark, Edinburgh to day. There was success for Ireland in three races in which our athletes played their part and played it well. First off was the ladies under 23 where Aoibhe Richardson was third finisher of the Irish team which won team gold. Then it was the Junior men. This race doubled as the Junior Celtic combined with international squads representing England, Europe and USA. Peter Lynch ran another of his quality races to be first home in the Celtic section and lead the Irish team to victory in that section. Under 17 athletes, Adam FitzPatrick and Annie McEvoy, both performed well for the Development Squads and will have gained a new perspective on the sport from exposure to competition at this level. Ireland finished in bronze position in the International 4x1km cross-country relay thanks to a display of powerful running by Eoin Everard on the third leg.

Club Coach, Niamh Richardson, had the honour of being team manager- a role she performed with great skill and enthusiasm and was rewarded with committed response from all the athletes. Many thanks to club and family members for your support.

McPherson Excels in Waterford Half
While some of our athletes were running cross-country in Edinburgh a considerable number were involved in the re-scheduled Waterford half-marathon, with many, particularly the ladies, from the Fit4Life section. An outstanding performance by David McPherson saw him finish in 6th place with a quality time of 1.13.21. Pat Purcell, Trust Mtinsi and John Carey all finished under the one-and-a-half hours with Tim Butler just outside that time. Seamus Kavanagh, Gary O’Dwyer and Mervin Doyle were not much further back. Marcella Dunne and Karen Ryan, dead heating on 1.47.17, led the ladies home. Finishing under the two hour barrier were Louise Lawlor, Anne Marie Shortall, Niki Read and Niamh Carroll. Good runs were also experienced by Claire Cusack, Louise Ruane, Teresa Comerford, Majella Grogan, Mags Maxwell, Shiela Lyster,Joanne Bergin and Mary Campion. Well done all.