SEPT 29 -Lynch Gold in Kilmacow
There was a large “gathering” of athletes at the open cross-country in Kilmacow today. KCH were well represented in some of the races, particularly the girls and boys under 10. The girls had five finishers in the top ten – Emma Manogue 2nd, Fiona Dillon 3rd, Rachel Leahy 4th, Caoimhe Carroll 7th and Emma Shortall 9th. In addition they had three others – Tara McGuire, Rachel Whelan and Bronagh Davis – in the top twenty. Best for the under 10 boys was Cian Farrell in sixth place. Jack Aylmer, Charlie Miller, Conor Johnson, Jay McEnroe also showed well. Top performers at under 8 were Eva O’Grady, 5th in the girls race and Noah Manogue and Jack Johnson 12th and 15th respectively in the boys race. Colm Murphy and Luke Whelan had a useful workout in the 1500m under 14. Bill Cody did likewise in the under 16 race. Peter Lynch and Michael Ryan were our representatives in the 4000m under18. Both were part of a group of five which set the pace for most of the race. With approximately 800m to go Peter made his move, got away from the bunch and took the gold ahead of Cormac Buggy, Gowran who was being chased by Michael who took the bronze. This experience should stand to these athletes in the county championships over the next two Sundays. Hopefully they will be joined by all the other members of their groups.

SEPT 21 – Gold for Under 10 Girls
A number of juvenile athletes got their cross-country action started with a trip to Ballon, Co Carlow for the annual Ballon/Rathoe open cross-country races. The under 10 girls were in flying form with Fiona Dillon, Emma Manogue and Emma Shortall finishing 2nd , 3rd and 4th respectively to win individual medals in the 800m race. With Tara McGuire crossing the line in 7th place the team won gold. Hannah Kelly and Rachel Kelly competed successfully in the 2000m under 13 with Hannah finishing third and Rachel sixth.
SEPT 15 – Adamstown Cross – Country
Well done Rachel Kelly and Hannah Kelly, 4th and 6th respectively, in the under 13 girls race.
SEPT 13/15 – World Triathlon
Well done KCH members – Eddie O’Keeffe, Eoin Molloy, Alan Rhatigan, Ray Lonergan and John Molloy.
AUGUST 18 – Community Games
A number of our athletes, while having an enjoyable weekend, gave a good account of themselves at the national finals of the Community Games in Athlone. In the sprints Caoimhe Carroll ran well in the 200m under 10 but didn’t make it to the semi-finals. Brian Moore competing in the 60m under 8 had an excellent run in the heats on Saturday. Finishing fourth he qualified for the semi-final on Sunday. There he got a good start but finishing in fifth place just missed out on final qualification. Jennifer Leahy, 100m under 12 also, exited in the semis after a good first round heat where she finished fourth. For Annie O’Connor the story was considerably better. Finishing second in the 800m on Saturday she challenged strongly in Sunday’s final and was rewarded with the bronze medal. Peter Lynch contested the 7KM road marathon under 16. This event was run over a very hilly course and Peter tackled it very well. With approximately 1000m to go he was with the lead group of seven runners. Entering the arena with 300m to go he was in third place. However he was passed at the 200m mark but was delighted to receive the fourth place medal. His fine effort was further rewarded when it was announced that the county team, himself, Craig Byrne, Shane McGeary and Jack Gargan, also finished in fourth place. Jack Manning with a throw of 30m won the fourth place medal in the Javelin under 16. Jack Manning, Shane McGeary, Jennifer O’Keeffe and Leah Raggett had a great run in the under 15 Mixed Relay. Coming third in their heat they upped the pace in the semi-final to finish second. However failing to make the top four in the final they were denied the coveted medals. Aoibhe O’Shea went in the 1500m under 16 – very much in contention in the early stages but coping with an injury meant she drifted as the race progressed. All in all a great weekend.

AUGUST 17 – Masters Record for Ken
Ken Deevy crowned a good year on the track with a fab run at the national Masters track and field championships in Tullamore today. Competing in the 200m (M55) he ran 25.3 seconds to not only win the event but to set a new national record. Later competing in the 400m final he again won gold in 57.2seconds with five seconds to spare over his nearest rival. Well done.

AUGUST 11 – Bronze in Combined Events

Kilkenny City Harriers had two girls gaining bronze at the national Combined Events Championships in Tullamore this weekend. For Ciara Deely, competing in the multi events for the first time, this was a good result. Her score of 2599 points left her in third place in the under 14 championships. It was also a third place finish for Catriona Twomey who competed at Junior level. This was a considerable improvement on her performance last year when she finished in fifth place. Her points score on this occasion was 3500.
AUGUST 3 -Dawkins Celtic Gold

Scotland with 163 points just pipped Ireland with 162 points for overall victory in this year’s Celtic Games at ColwynBay, Wales on Saturday. Kilkenny athletes Shannen Dawkins, St Joseph’s and Sarah Kate Lacey, Kilkenny City Harriers were significant scorers for the Ireland under 18 squad. Shannen was superb winning the high jump with a 1.70m clearance. Sarah Kate clocked 25.37 to finish second in the 200m. Both girls combined with Annie Stafford, Menapians of Wexford and Niamh McNicholl, Ferrybank, Waterford to claim victory in the 4x100m relay.
Next weekend the action will be in Tullamore for the National Combined Events and also the Juvenile Development Track and Field Events.

Toss Hayes had a sub 15 minute finish to claim first place in the Daingean 5k to-night.
Morton Stadium, Santry, was the venue for the national senior track and field finals last weekend. Kilkenny City Harriers, (KCH) had Cliodhna Manning and Louise Holmes, competing in the 200m on Saturday. Cliodhna was 4th in the first heat and qualified for the final as a fastest loser while Louise, finishing third in the second heat was an automatic qualifier. In the final Cliodhna placed sixth and Louise placed eight. This was a good competition for the girls as both had season best performances – Cliodhna 24.89 and Louise 24.90. A large entry in the men’s 200 meant that there were five heats with the winner of each heat and the three fastest losers making the final. Eoin Muldowney, Castlecomer, clocked 22.41 when he finished third in heat 3 – a good performance but not sufficient to make the final. It was a similar story for Eoin in the 100m on Sunday. Finishing in third place in heat 3 his time of 11.44 was not sufficient to qualify for the final.

Kilkenny had two representatives – Brian Maher, KCH and Niall Sheahan, Gowran – in the 25 lap 10,000m. Maher, winner of the race in 2012, was not as competitive on this occasion as the ultimate medal winners – Mark Kenneally, Clonliffe Harriers, Eddie McGinley, Annadale Striders and Joe Sweeney, Dundrum South Dublin – pulled away over the first couple of laps. As the gap opened Maher led the rest of the field until the half-way mark but then was gradually overtaken by a number of athletes. He finished tenth in 32.01.23. Niall Sheahan was competitive all through the race and finished fifteenth in 33.03.68.

There were three heats in Saturday’s 1500m with the first three from each heat automatic qualifiers for Sunday’s final. Eoin Everard, KCH, went in the first heat and was a comfortable 3rd in 3.53.56. This heat was won by James O’Hare, Annadale Striders in 3.52.80. David McCarthy, West Waterford, won the second in a slower time of 4.06.57 and John Travers, Donore won the third heat in 3.51.24 thereby setting the scene for Sunday’s final. Travers set a hot pace at the start of the final – an ideal pace for an in-form Everard. With 600m to go West Waterford’s David McCarthy made a move which Everard covered. McCarthy led down the home straight but Everard timed his finish to perfection and crossed the line in 3.44.58 just ahead of McCarthy. National 1500m champion and sub-four mile in the space of ten days – glory days. The 5000m final provided a high for another KCH athlete, Toss Hayes. With over thirty athletes going to the start line Toss finished in a very commendable ninth place but his time of 14.53.10 is a massive performance and PB for this young athlete. Two athletes from the St Joseph’s club were involved in the action on Sunday. Eoin Power finished fourth in the 110m hurdles in a time of 15.61 seconds. Clubmate, Shannon Dawkins, though still a juvenile and making her debut at these championships was a proud and worthy winner of gold and silver. The gold came from a faultless high jump competition where she cleared 1.65 and the silver was won with 14.86 second place in the 100m hurdles. Shannon travels to ColwynBay, Wales, this weekend as one of two Kilkenny girls on the under 18 Irish track and field team to compete in Celtic Games. She will go in the high jump and is also on the 4x100m relay panel. The other is KCH’s Sarah Kate Lacey who competes in the 200m and is also on the relay panel.
Sarah Kate Lacey’s victory in the 200m yesterday has brought her the honour of representing her country. She has been selected to run the 200m in the Celtic Games in Wales on 3rd August. She is also selected on the relay panel. Just reward for many great performances throughout the year!! well done Sarah Kate

Cliodhna Manning finished off an excellent track season with victory in the 200m under 19 at the national track and field in Tullamore. This is her third gold medal of the championships as she already claimed the 100m and 400m titles earlier in the month. It was also a very satisfactory day for Sarah Kate Lacey who won gold in the 200m under 18. Other medal winners from the club were Catriona Twomey and Sinead McDonough who were second and third respectively in the under 19 High Jump, Annie O’Connor who was third in 1500m under 15, and Nicholas Dunphy who was third in the under19

Day 4 Results
Under 14 – Ciara Deely, 7th 200m; Adam FitzPatrick, 14th 1500m.
Under 15 – Annie O’Connor, 3rd 1500m.
Under 16 – Jack Manning, 6th 200m.
Under 17 – Eimear O’Donoghue, 6th High Jump.
Under 18 – Sarah Kate Lacey, 1st 200m; Margaret Caldbeck 6th 200m; Ruth Carey 6th Walk.
Under 19 – Cliodhna Manning, 1st200m; Catriona Twomey, 2nd High Jump, 6th Javelin; SineadMcDonough, 3rd High jump, 5th Triple Jump; Nicholas Dunphy, 3rd Walk.


The Tullamore Harriers athletic track, venue for the All-Ireland Inter-club juvenile relays today, was very hot. The competition was also hot and the teams from Kilkenny performed with gusto. From the youngest team, the under 12 girls from Thomastown,to the oldest team, the under19 girls from Kilkenny City Harriers, all gave great value to team managers and supporters. The afore-mentioned Thomastown girls were excellent in their semi-final and finished 7th in the final. The young lads from St Joseph’s were a class act in semi-final and final and crossing the finish line in 54.10 seconds they were duly rewarded with silver medals. The Kilkenny City Harriers under 16 boys, the sole boys team from the city club, finished in 13th place. From under 14 to under 19 Kilkenny City Harriers had a team involved in all 4x100m girls races. All reached the finals save under 15 team which placed 9th . The under 14 team were 6th and the under 16 girls were 8th. It was medals for the other three teams with the under 17s getting silver in 52.46 seconds. The under 18 and under 19 teams both won gold with the under 18 girls marginally faster finishing in 50.55 compared with 50.69 for the older girls.

Girls Under 12 – 7th Thomastown (Ciara O’Keeffe, Aine Kirwan, Ellen Ryan, Orla O’Keeffe).

Boys Under 13 – 2nd St Joseph’s (Sam Sutton, Darragh MCDonald, Rory O’Connor, Jack Elliott, Subs Oisin Griffen, Killian Griffen).

Girls Under 14 – 6th KilkennyCity Harriers (Leah Raggett, Jade Maher, Ella Richardson, Ciara Deely).

Girls Under 15 – 9th KilkennyCity Harriers (Leah Raggett, Keeva O’Brien, Sinead Tuohy, Ciara Deely)

Boys Under 16 – 13th KilkennyCity Harriers (David Maher, Dylan Drennan Smyth, Eamonn McPhillips, Jack Manning)

Girls Under 16 – 8th Kilkenny City Harriers ( Niamh McMullan, Grace Richardson, Aisling McDonough, Aoibhe O’Shea, Subs Sinead Tuohy, Keeva O’Brien).

Girls Under 17 – 2nd Kilkenny City Harriers (Eimear O’Donoghue, Aoibhe O’Shea, Niamh McMullan, Eimear McMullan, Sub Aisling McDonough).

Girls Under 18 – 1st KilkennyCity Harriers (Sarah Kate Lacey, Eimear O’Donoghue, Eimear McMullan, Margaret Caldbeck).

Girls Under 19 – 1st KilkennyCity Harriers (Sinead McDonough, Sarah Kate Lacey, Catriona Twomey, Cliodhna Manning,Sub Margaret Caldbeck)
At the Morton Games in Santry tonight Eoin Everard became the first Kilkenny person to run a SUB 4 MINUTE MILE. Running a perfectly tactical race he crossed the line in 3.58.93. Congratulations and well done.
At the same venue venue Ciara Everard clocked 2.02.96 for the 800m and Brian Maher had 8.27.46 for the 3000m

July 14 – National League – Round 2
Round 2 of the national track and field league was devided between Cork and Sligo. The venue for Kilkenny City Harriers, competing in the Premier Division, was the Cork IT track. Both teams, men and women, despite missing a number of athletes, turned in significantly improved performances on the earlier round held in Santry in June. However their hopes of achieving their respective targets fell marginally short. The men, who targeted staying in the Premier Division, garnered 71 points. This was an increase of 17 points on their Round 1 score and gives the team a total of 125 points. 129 points would have saved them from the drop to First Division. The women, whose aim was to qualify for the league final in August, finished Round 2 with 99 points. Like the men this was a considerable improvement on their Round 1 total of 83.5. Their combined points total of 182.5 puts them in eight place following the two rounds but Dundrum South Dublin (DSD) obtained automatic final qualification without competing. The result is that KCH finish ninth and are unlikely to be involved in the final in August.

While their will be some disappointment with falling a little short of the targets set back in the spring there are many positives. A major feature of the day was the willingness of athletes to go beyond their own individual events and support the team wherever needed. Who would have expected to see double Olympian, Joan Cuddihy, compete in the Triple Jump – and get seven points from it! Or witness sprinter Cliodhna Manning performing in Shot and Long Jump! Brian Maher moved down from his longer distances to win the 1500m. There was also a blend of young and old. This was especially demonstrated in the men’s 4x400m relay with juvenile, Craig Byrne passing the baton to veteran, Ken Deevy. The day was hot – very hot – but still there were PBs. Anna Sheehan in the 800m, Sarah Kate Lacey in the 200m, Craig Byrne in High Jump, Catriona Twomey in the Javelin, Cliodhna Manning in the 400m. Peter Lynch competing in the 3000m steeplechase not only had a PB but finished in first place clinching nine points for the team. Orla McPhillips made an outstanding contribution. After taking third place in the 1500m and despite the heat of the day she later went in the 3000m where she placed fifth. Another highlight of the day was the clearcut victory of the womens team in the 4x100m relay.

Ruth Carey and Alan Mooney (in the walks) and David Rafter (400m) competing in their first national league gained valuable experience as well as valuable points for the team. While the athletes may feel disappointment in being so close to, but not reaching the targets, club coaches and officials were very happy with the attitude and outstanding contributions of the athletes in this years league.

Men’s team – 100m, Eoin Muldowney; 200m, Eoin Muldowney; 400, David Rafter; 800m, Ken Deevy; 1500m, Brian Maher; 5000m, Toss Hayes; 3000m steeplechase, Peter Lynch; walk, Alan Mooney; high jump, Craig Byrne; long jump, Cormac Everard; triple jump, Cormac Everard; shot putt, Brendan Hyland; javelin, Brendan Hyland; discus, John Maye; 56lbs, John Maye; 4x100m relay, David Rafter, Cormac Everard, Craig Byrne, Eoin Muldowney; 4x400m relay, David Rafter, Cormac Everard, Craig Byrne, Ken Deevy.

Women’s team – 100m, Louise Holmes; 200m, Sarah Kate Lacey; 400, Cliodhna Manning; 800m, Anna Sheehan; 1500m, Orla McPhillips; 3000m, Orla McPhillips; 100m hurdles, Catriona Twomey; Walk, Ruth Carey; high jump, Catriona Twomey; long jump, Cliodhna Manning; triple jump, Joanne Cuddihy; shot putt, Cliodhna Manning; javelin, Catriona Twomey; hammer, Nicola Barron; discus, Nicola Barron; 4x100m relay, Sarah Kate Lacey, Cliodhna Manning, Louise Holmes, Joanne Cuddihy; 4x400m relay, Louise Holmes, Anna Sheehan, Sarah Kate Lacey, Joanne Cuddihy.

The sun shone and so did the performances at the national finals in Tullamore at the weekend. Ciara Deely was once again in fine form winning gold in hurdles and high jump. Cliodhna Manning, another regular on the top of the medal podium, didn’t disappoint as she won the 100m on Saturday and then on Sunday was a comfortable winner of the 400m which she ran in 56.65. Achieving a personal best is for most athletes a satisfactory return for the training they have put in. There were a number of these at the weekend. Rachel Kelly, clearing 1.30 in the high jump; Aoibhe O’Shea 37.73 in the 250m hurdles are examples. When a PB brings a national medal with it then the achievement is greatly enhanced. And so it was for Hannah Kelly throwing 24.21 to win gold in the under 13 javelin and Brendan Hyland who won bronze with a 41.08 in the under 19 javelin. Anna Sheehan, knocking eight seconds off her Leinster time, had a fabulous win in the 800m in 2.19.77. Another winner of gold was Sarah Kate Lacey in the final of the 100m U18. Lauren Gleeson, showing return to form, won silver with 5.16m in U15 long jump. Sinead Tuohy cleared the opening height in U15 high jump. Darragh Roberts qualified for the U15 hurdles final as the fastest loser and had a good run in the final to finish fifth in13.13 seconds. There was a fourth place for Catriona Twomey in U19 Shot, Adam FitzPatrick in 800m U14 and Jack Manning in 250 hurdles under 16. In the 100m finals Callan Byrne was fifth U 17 and Margaret Caldbeck was seventh U18. Peter Lynch had the unenviable experience of competing in two distance events in the cauldron that Tullamore track can be on a hot day. In the 2000m steeplechase on Saturday he was seventh in 7.01.85 – a 28 seconds improvement on his Leinster time. He returned on Sunday to complete the 3000m in 9.49.84. Well done. What a great group of athletes.
To sum up:- this was a great All-Ireland performance by the club – and more to come on days 3 and 4 in two weeks time – Well done athletes and coaches and thanks to the parents for their invaluable support.