Aug 27 – Rockford Tiles 4 Miles
Brian Maher was second home in the Rockford Tiles 4 Mile road race held in Tinryland tonight in 20mins 12. Laura Ward was first junior lady in 25.06 and David Ward was first of the junior men in 23.35. Well done ye three.
Aug 21 – Community Games
Congratulations to all our members who competed in the national community games finals in Athlone at the weekend. Well done to the medal winners. Rory McGabhann won bronze in High Jump (1.75m). Shay McEvoy took the silver in the 7K marathon. Annie McEvoy came off with two golds – Winner of the 7K marathon and with Eva Roche (GTR) and Ella Richardson and Issey Shine there was gold for first team. Well done.
Aug 17 – Rio Olympics
Congratulations to all our CLEAN athletes who gave of their best in their respective events after many “hours into years” of dedicated training in preparation for Rio. Thomas Barr – you were an inspiration. Our own Ciara Everard, given her long battle with injury did ok too. While running 2.07.91 in her 800m heat was way off her best we are still proud of her qualification and her performance.
Aug 07 – KCH Ladies Win Promotion
The KCH National League team under the guidance of manager, Nicola Barron, won promotion to the Premier Division of the National League with a top quality performance in final of the first Division at the Tullamore stadium on Sunday. A small but compact team covered the required fifteen scoring events. The ladies won seven of these events – an important factor when all points were totalled at the end of the day. KCH finished with 99 points tying with the Antrim Combined team, also on 99 points. KCH with nine wins to Antrim’s four meant that KCH were declared the winner of the First Division. Ciara Deely was a major contributor with first place in 100m hurdles (15.48) and 400m hurdles (67.79), fourth in High Jump (1.55m) and also involved in the relays – 3rd in 4x100m (50.88) and 1st in 4x400m (4.04.93). Also involved in the relays was Cliodhna Manning who garnered full points in her individual events – the100m (12.10) and the 200m (24.35). A major boost to the team was the availability of guest, Sophie Parkinson, from the Gowran club. Sophie took first place in both Shot (11.95m) and Discus (45.80). The other scorers for the team were Keeva O’Brien – 6th Long Jump (4.27m) and 7th Triple Jump (8.71m) ; Catriona Twomey – 2nd Javelin ( 28.39); Annie O’Connor – 2nd 400m (60.34); Niamh McMullan – 5th 800m (2.29.89) and Ella Richardson – 7th 1500m (5.14.82). A good league for the ladies who will compete alongside the men’s team in the Premier Division in 2017.

Aug 06 – International gold for Hannah
Congratulations to Hannah Kelly on a great performance at theCeltic International in Swansea. Competing on the Ireland uner 16 team she took first place in the Shot with a throw of 11.93m.
Aug 05- Stoneyford 5K
Congrats to Peter Lynch on winning the Stoneyford 5K tonight.
July 31 – Brendan posts a PB in Javelin
Congrats to Brendan Hyland on his new PB. Brendan guested in the Munster Senior tack and field and scored a new PB of 56.25m in the Javelin.

July 27 – PB for Toss
Congratulations to Toss Hayes on a new PB. Toss made the trip to Watford to compete inthe open track and field meet. His new 3k time is 8.23.63.
July 24 – Maher 3rd in Fingal
Brian Maher placed 3rd overall and first over 35 in Fingal 10k. His time was an excellent 31.03.

July 24 -Birthday Gold and Silver
The Kelly twins, Hannah and Rachel, celebrated their 15th birthday with gold and silver medals respectively at the national track and field championships in Tullamore today. Both competed in the under 16 Shot with Hannah throwing 12.10m to win gold and Rachel throwing 11.49m to claim silver. There was gold also for Ciara Deely who won the 300m hurdles under 17 in a time of 44.48. In the 200m events both Leah Raggett and Jack Manning qualified for their respective finals. Leah finished 7th in her final (26.70) while Jack placed 4th under 19 (22.01). KCH had eight contestants in the various 1500m finals. In the under 16 race the McEvoy twins, Shay and Annie, were in really fine form considering both had medalled in yesterdays 3000m. Annie was a little late in making her final move but it was a decisive move which brought her into 3rd place as she crossed the line. Shay moved in good time and ran on strongly to claim silver. Their times were 4.53.05 (Annie) and 4.16.18 (Shay). Kevin Burns finished 10th in 4.41.12. In the under 17 races Ella Richardson was 8th in 5.05.14 and Johnnie Collins was 13th in 4.39.34. Laura Ward ran a good race under 18 to take 5th place in 4.50.30. Her team mate Annie O’Connor was 10th in 5.09.80. Rory Lodge placed 7th in his under 18 final having earlier qualified with third place in his semi-final in 4.16.32.

July 23 – Gold for Annie and Silver for Hannah

There was gold and silver medals for under 16 athletes, Annie McEvoy and Hannah Kelly, in their respective events at the All-Ireland track and field in Tullamore today. Annie won gold in the 3000m while Hannah won silver in the Javelin. Shay McEvoy and James Kearney were in action in the 3000m and both showed great improvements on their excellent performances in Leinster. Shay knocked 30plus seconds off his time when he finished third and James finished sixth knocking 15 seconds off his Leinster time. Under 19 athlete, Jack Manning, was another medal winner. He clocked 11.31 seconds for the 100m to win bronze. Amelie Foley on this her first national final was 4th in her 100m heat under 12 (8.83). Other good performers were Mikey Raggett, 5th in under 13 Long Jump (4.73), Rory McGabhann 7th in under 16 Triple Jump, Leah Raggett, 8th in final of 100m (13.01). PB’s all round. Well done everyone.

July 22 – Juniors in IMC 800m

Three of our junior athletes had a good workout in the Irish Milers Club 800m races held in conjunction with the Morton Games on Friday night. The three were Rory Lodge (1.55.05), Peter Lynch (1.58.0) and Luke fitzpatrick (1.58.6)

July 17 – National League – Men Stay Up, Women in Final

Following the second round of the National League KCH teams have come close to meeting the 2016 targets. Both teams, men and women, competed for round 2 at the Cork IT Track on Sunday and showed improved performances on those achieved in Round 1 in Athlone in June. The men added 91 points to their previous total of 80. So their combined total of 171 puts them ahead of Menapians of Wexford 164, County Clare 153 and Tullamore Harriers 132. Finishing ahead of these three teams guarantees a place in The Premier Division for 2017. This was a fine team achievement, greatly enhanced by the efforts of mid-distance runner, Eoin Everard who garnered 18 points for the team with wins in 800m and 1500m races. Brendan Hyland’s contribution, with 15 points from Javelin and Shot, was also impressive. But it was the willingness of the athletes to step out of their comfort zone and compete in their less than favourite events that was important. Examples being Jack Manning in the 56 lbs for Distance, Nicholas Dunphy competing in the Triple Jump, Peter Lynch in the steeplechase having already run as a “guest” in the 1500m etc. So the men stay in the Premier division and the women continue their endeavour to compete at the same level. Sunday’s performance enhances that endeavour but the performance in the League final in August will be the ultimate decider. The points return from Sunday moves the team into third place as they prepare for the final. Kerry are in the top position with 228 points. Sli Cualainn are next on 202 and the KCH ladies have a score of 192. KCH showed a ten point improvement in Round 2 but further improvement will be needed in the final if they are to gain promotion. The team got off to a great start on Sunday gaining maxium points with wins from the first four events – the 4x100m relay, Ciara Deely in 100m hurdles and high jump and Catriona Twomey in shot. Catriona added a further seven points when finishing second in the javelin. Cliodhna Manning added another nine pointer with a great victory in the 400m in 55.65. The Richardsons – Ella, Aoibhe and Niamh covered the mid-distances, Leah Raggett doubled up in 100m and 200m, Keeva O’Brien did likewise in the Long and Triple Jumps. Team manager, Nicola Barron, was also involved and collected six points with third place in the Hammer. Prior to the final event of the day, the 4x400m, the Athletic Association paid tribute to the late KCH member, Ciara Lawlor, with a thirty seconds sustained applause from all present.

Women Results: 1/100m hurdles Ciara Deely; 1/4x100m relay Ciara Deely, Leah Raggett, Keeva O’Brien, Cliodhna Manning; 4/1500m Aoibhe Richardson; 1/400m Cliodhna Manning, 5/3000m Niamh Richardson, 2/200m Leah Raggett; 3/800m Ella Richardson, 4/100m Leah Raggett, 2/4x400m relay Ciara Deely, Aoibhe Richardson, Keeva O’Brien, Ella Richardson; 1/High Jump Ciara Deely; 1/Shot Catriona Twomey; 3/Hammer Nicola Barron; 4/Triple Jump Keeva O’Brien; 2/Javelin Catriona Twomey; 5/Long Jump Keeva O’Brien.

Men Results: 2/3000m Walk Nicholas Dunphy; 5/400m hurdles Craig Byrne; 2/4x100m relay Aaron Barron, Jack Manning, Luke FitzPatrick, Callan Byrne; 1/1500m Eoin Everard, 7/400m Luke Fitzpatrick; 2/3000m steeplechase Peter Lynch, 2/200m Jack Manning; 1/800m Eoin Everard; 2/100m Callan Byrne; 7/4x400m relay Aaron Barron, Lule FitzPatrick, Marcus FitzSimons, Callan Byrne; 7/LongJump Aaron Barron, 3/Shot Brendan Hyland, 3/High Jump Craig Byrne, 5/Discus Jack Manning, 8/Triple Jump Nicholas Dunphy; 1/Javelin Brendan Hyland, 7/56lbs for Distance Jack Manning.

July 16 – Meanwhile on the Continent
Brian Maher and Toss Hayes, two of KCH’s distance runners competed in a 5000m race in Heusden, Belgium on Saturday. Brian’s time was an excellent 14.28 while toss had a PB of 14.31 knocking eleven seconds off his previous record.

July 16 – Well done Rory
After a fine performance at the European Youths Championships in Tiblisi Rory Lodge bowed out of the 800m when he finished 6th in the semi-final in 1.56.28. A great pereformance by a young athlete on hsi first foray into international competition.
July 15 – Rory in Semi-final
Congratulations to Rory on a great run in heat 2 of the 800m in Tiblisi. Running 1.54.74 gets him through to the semi-final tomorrow which goes at 3.30pm (Irish time) – Go Lodge!

July 10 – Kelly Strikes Again

Rachel Kelly, fresh from her victory in last week’s combined events, struck gold again at the national juvenile track and field in Tullamore today. Throwing a PB of 33.83m she claimed first place in under 16 Discus. For Ciara Deely there was silver in the 100m hurdles under 17. Her time was 14.70. Annie O’Connor also claimed an All-Ireland medal, in the 800m under 18 when she finished 3rd in 2.19.15. Luke FitzPatrick had an excellent run in is 800m. Finishing fourth in 2.04.25 he qualified for the final but had to withdraw due to illness. In the under 13 hurdles there were PBs for Rachel Leahy (10.47) and Mikey Raggett (10.53). Rory McGabhann had a 5th in High Jump (1.70) and 8th in Long Jump (5.42). In the High Jump under 12 Amelie Foley cleared 1.15 and in under 15 Jennifer Leahy placed 7th with a 1.45 clearance.

July 10 – Pink Rock 2016
Our numbers taking part in this year’s 10K Road championships were down on previous years but the results were excellent with the men winning the team event and the ladies placing second. Caoilte Malone, second in county and second overall, was our star performer. Cathy Millett in 5th place, and 3rd in over 50 category, was next scorer. Joya Burns, Sinead Quinn, Ashling Cullen and Mary Quinn were the rest of our ladies. Trust Mtinsi and Paul Moran, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the county championship race, set up the men’s team for victory. Pat Purcell 11th and Declan Walshe 16th concluded the teams scoring – 32 points, just two points ahead of Gowran’s 34. There was further backup from Ian Comerford and Bernard O’Gorman.

July 09 – Gold for David
At the “B” All-Ireland track and field championships held in Tullamore David Ward finished up the season on a golden note with victory in the 800m under 16. His time for the event was 2.09.80. Abbie O’Brien competed in the under 12 Long Jump and had a PB of 3.49. Later in the day she missed out on an All-Ireland medal when the under 12 girls 4x100m relay team finished in fourth place – two one hundredths of a second outside third. The other team members were Rose Kelly, Orla Kenny and Amelie Foley. The boys under 12 team – Sean Young, Harry Shine, Conor Byrne and Ned Langton – also qualified for their final. Finishing in 58.45 they placed 7th. The under 13 boys – Jack Alymer, Conor Kavanagh, Harry Boyle and Mikey Raggett – despite running 56.84 in their heat, did not make the final.

July 07 – European Championships
Eoin Everard ran 3.45.46 in heat 1 of the 1500m at the European Championships in Amsterdam. Unfortunately this was not sufficient
to progress any further.

July 03 – Rachel Wins Multi Gold
It was a golden weekend in Tullamore for under 16 athlete, Rachel Kelly. In 2015 Rachel won bronze in the multi-events final. This time around she finished in first place with a points total of 2880 from her five events. Her success was achieved through a good all round performance that included first places in high jump (1.52m) and shot (11.04m) and a really fine second place in the final event, the 800m (2.32.85).

July 03 – Mixed fortunes in Relays
Our young athletes gave of their best at the national relay finals in Tullamore today. Short a number of athletes owing to family holidays they were still competitive. The results were mixed with the under 9 boys failing to get out of their semi-final, our under10 boys placed fourth and the more experienced under 11 boys really doing themselves proud by winning silver. The panels were as follows – Under 9: Dan Carroll, Luke Browne, James O’Brien, Eoin Moore; Under 10:James Bergin, Bill O’Shea, Louis Raggett, Patrick Lacey, Evan Cullen; Under 11: Danny Ring, Alex Cullen, Sean Young, Brian Moore, Ruairi McEvoy.

July 03 – Busy in Pairs
The KCH “Pair” of Alex Cullen and Sean Young had a busy athletic day at the national finals in Tullamore today. As well as helping their under 11 team to silver in the relays they also competed in two Pairs Finals – 60m Sprint and Long Jump. Their combined distance of 7.47m in the long jump put them in fourth place. They finished sixth in the sprint with a combined time of 18.37 seconds.

July 02 – Lodge Selected for European Youths

Following on from Eoin Everard’s selection for the European championships comes the exciting news that Rory Lodge has been selected for the 800m in the European Youth Championships. These take place in Tiblisi from 14-17th July. Meanwhile Eoin Everard has been continuing his preparations for the European Track and Field which are being held in Amsterdam from 6-10th July. He ran the 800m at last week’s Cork City Sports, clocking 1.49.42.

A number of our athletes competed in the national Junior and Under 23 championships in Tullamore. Most successful were our Under23 girls with Cliodhna Manning taking the gold in the 200m and Catriona Twomey with second place in the under 23 shot (9.20m) and fourth in Javelin (24.80m). Jack Manning qualified for the final of the Junior 200m where he placed fourth in 22.30. Another fourth place finisher was Annie O’Connor with atime of 2.22.64 in the junior 800m. Others with good performances were Craig Byrne and Luke Fitzpatrick, both of whom ran the junior 400m. Their respective times were 53.74 and 53.71.

Brendan Hyland travelled to Bracknell, England to compete in the British Athletic League. There he had 54m in Javelin and a PB of 13.18 in the Shot. Well done all.

June 26 – Congratulations
Eoin Everard elected to represent Ireland in the 1500m at The European Championships.
June 25/26 -Good Fare at National Seniors

Well done to all our athletes at the National Senior track and field championships in Santry this weekend. There was just one medal won, Eoin Everard in the 1500m. Eoin was well within his comfort zone when qualifying in Saturday’s semi-final. The early pace in Sunday’s final was very pedestrian with Eoin always close to the front. The pace picked up seriously with 500m to go and Eoin went with it and was in the lead entering the home straight. However a powerful surge by Donore’s John Travers brought him over the line relegating Eoin to second place. Eoin’s time in the final was 4.01.32.
Star dual performer was Callan Byrne – performing well to qualify for the finals of both 100m and 200m. He clocked 22.16 when coming 5th in the 200m final on Saturday and 11.11 with 7th place finish in Sunday’s 100m.
It was good to see Cliodhna Manning back in action at this level. Competing in the 200m on Saturday she finished 2nd in her heat to qualify for the final with 25.01. However she withdrew from the final and on Sunday she competed in the 100m. Qualifying for the final she finished 6th in 12.13. Brendan Hyland was another dual performer. On Saturday he finished 7th with a best throw of 53.61 in the Javelin and then on Sunday threw 12.52 in the Shot to win bronze.
We had two athletes in Sunday’s 5000m – Brian Maher and Toss Hayes. They finished 5th and 8th respectively. Their respective times were 14.36.40 and 14.42.56. Aaron Barron clocked 54.63 to place 6th in his 400m heat and Eimear McMullan finished 8th in her 100m heat in 12.83. Luke FitzPatrick came 6th in heat of 800m in 2.02.41.

June 19 – Rachel Sets New Leinster Record

The rain in Tullamore today was relentless making it difficult to achieve top level performances in this under 14 to 19 Leinster Track and Field Championships. But it didn’t stop under 16 athlete Rachel Kelly from winning gold in the discus and setting a new championship record of 33.32m. A further six gold medals were won in a variety of events. The first gold of the day went to under 15 athlete, Jennifer Leahy. Following a second place finish in the semi-final of the 250m hurdles she pulled out all the stops to romp home in the final. Jennifer had a particularly busy day as she also qualified for the 100m sprint final and placed fourth in the High Jump. Ciara Deely added the 300m hurdles title to yesterday’s win in the 80m hurdles. For good measure she won silver in the High Jump and won gold with the under 18 4x100m relay team. The other team members were Keeva O’Brien, Leah Raggett and Martyna Balcer. The girls under 17 relay team – Leah Raggett, Martyna Balcer, Issey shine and Annie McEvoy – won silver.

Jack Manning, under 19 won gold and silver – gold in 200m and silver in Shot and Rory McGabhann under 16 won gold and bronze – gold in High Jump and bronze in Triple Jump.

In the 3000m under 16 there was a convincing win for Shay McEvoy following on his victory in yesterday’s 1500m. James Kearney got his tactics spot on in this race. He stayed with the leading group for much of the race and moving into third place with 400m to go was well positioned to pick off the second man and take home the silver. In the 3000m girls under 16 Annie McEvoy struck for home with 600m to go and was never bothered as she had a lot to spare at the finish. Other medal winners today were Leah Raggett under 17 – 3rd in 200m and Keeva O’Brien under 18 – 2nd in Long Jump. There were also good results for Martyna Balcer – 4th in under 17 Javelin and Issey Shine – 8th in 800m under 16.

June 18 – Six Golds in Tullamore
Todays Leinster under 14 – 19 track and field in Tullamore saw six KCH athletes being presented with gold medals. Two under16 – Hannah Kelly in the Shot and Shay McEvoy in the 1500m; two under17 – Leah Raggett in 100m and Ciara Deely in 100m hurdles and two under 19 – Niamh McMullan in the 800m and Jack Manning in 100m. Hannah Kelly also won silver in Javelin and Rachel Kelly had a bronze in the Shot. Annie O’Connor had double bronze under18 – in 400m and 800m. Two other under 16 athletes won bronze in their respective events – Rory McGabhann in Long Jump and Annie McEvoy in 1500m. Kevin Burns and Luke Whelan, both u16, finishes 4th and 8th respectively in the 1500m.
June 17 – PBs for Rory and Aoibhe
At the Irish Milers Club meet in Irishtown tonight Rory Lodge made a significant run to set a new PB of 1.53.34 in the 800m. Aoibhe Richardson clocked 9.56.22 forthe3000m. Others inaction at the same event were Luke FitzPatrick 1.58.46 (800m); Brian Maher 8.21.07 (3000m) and Toss Hayes 8.26.34 (3000m).

June 12 – National League – Round 1

It was all go for KCH in Round 1 of the National League in Santry today with the men’s team competing in the Premier Division and the women’s team in First Division. Both teams scored well with the men finishing on 80 points and the women on 91 leaving them in 10th and 3rd places respectively. Another similar score for the ladies in round 2 will see them qualify for the final while the men will need to improve if they are to make it into the final eight.

Men’s Team – 5/4x100m Relay, 2/4x400m Relay, Nicholas Dunphy 2/ Walk, 6/Triple Jump, Darragh Roberts 5/ 400 hurdles, 7/Long Jump, Aaron Barron 6 /400m, Callan Byrne 1/200m, 2/100m, Rory Lodge 4/800m, Tom O’Keeffe 4/5000m, Brendan Hyland 2/Shot, 3/Javelin, Jack Manning 5/Discus, 4/56lbs for Distance.

Women’s Team – 1/4x100m Relay, 1/4x400m Relay, Grace Richardson 5/1500m, Annie O’Connor 1/400m, Cliodhna Manning 1/200m, Niamh McMullan 2/800m, Aoibhe Richardson 1/3000m, Eimear McMullan 2/100m, Nicola Barron 6/Hammer, 6/Discus, Keeva O’Brien 5/Long Jump, 5/Triple Jump, Catriona Twomey 5/High Jump, 3/Shot, Martyna Balcer 5/Javelin.

June 12 – Little South Run

We had four good runs in the Little South Run- the 4 miles in Kilmacow – with all four finishing under 25 minutes. Marcus FitzSimons was our firstman home in 6th place overall (2nd Kilkenny) in 22.44. Mark O’Duffy was 10th, Trust Mtinsi 11th and Pat Purcell 17th.

June 11 – Big Day for Young Athletes

Saturday in Tullamore was a big day out for our young athletes as they competed in the Leinster Championships. There were many fine achievements on the day but given that these young athletes had to prepare for these championships without field facilities their general overall performances were excellent. The future of the club looks bright.

The Leinster Pairs
In the Pairs competition two athletes compete as a team and their individual scores are combined to produce the competition score. At under 9 Molly Daly and Sarah Richardson represented us in the 300m. Sarah also teamed up with Laura Leahy in the Long Jump. Luke Browne and James O’Brien competed in Long Jump and 60m sprint.
For the under 10’s we had Louie Raggett and James Bergin placing 4th in the long jump and following that James joined Evan Cullen in the 500m. Pia Langton and Hannah Quinn ran both 60m sprint and 300m while Cara Duggan and Roisin Burns did the sprint and Long Jump.
Our Under 11s were well represented. The girls had Angela Carroll and Aisling Browne in the Long jump. Aisling then teamed with Lauren Carroll for the 60m sprint. Also doing the sprint were Niamh Leahy and Aine White, both of whom also competed in the Long Jump. Angela and Lauren did the Turbo Javelin and both then ran with the countyKilkenny 4x100m relay team. It was in the boys under 11 that the club got into the medals with a great performance by Alex Cullen and Sean Young. Jumping 3.95 and 3.58 respectively they took first place in the Long Jump. They then combined in the 60msprint and with each clocking 9.23 they placed second in the sprint. And they still weren’t finished. As part of the Inter County Relay team they won bronze. So coming home with gold, silver and bronze Leinster medals they had good reward for their efforts.

Under 12 and 13 Leinster Championships
Held in conjunction with the Leinster Pairs was the Under 12 and U13 Leinster Championships. For the under 12s there were no medals but given the performances there are great expectations for the future. Amelie Foley qualified through heats and semis in 60m and came 4th in final only loosing out on 3rd place by 3 thousanths of a second. She also competed in Long Jump and High Jump. Ella Delahunty and Abbie O Brien both ran great heats in 60m hurdles Ella coming 4th and Abbie 6th in final. Abbie also got to semis in 60m while all 3 girls competed in Long Jump. Harry Boyle had the best of the 3 boys qualifying to final of 600m and semi final in 60m.Ned Langton, Conor Byrne and Harry all did long jump, while Ned competed in 60m and Conor in 60m hurdles. Rachel Leahy and Amelie took gold medal as part of U/13 Inter county relay team.
The under 13s all performed well with Mikey Raggett qualifying for the All-Irelands in both 60m hurdles where he won silver and Long Jump where he won bronze. He also did well in the High Jump. Another All-Ireland qualifier is Rachel Leahy with second place in the 60m hurdles. Rachel had a busy day as she also competed in Long and High Jumps. In the 600m heats U13 two of our athletes, Jack Alymer and Eleanor Godden, had good runs to qualify for the finals. It was a long and busy day for these young athletes. Many thanks to their coaches and parents for their help and dedication.

June 10 -Day 4 Co T&F
The curtain came down on this years county track and field on a humid evening in Kilmacow. Just one medal for KCH – Willie McTiernan 2nd in 200m over 60. There was a joke “If we had one more member we would have won medals in the 4×100 and 4x400m relays”. Really, more serious than a joke!!!!!
June 7 – Running League Up and Running
The Running Leagues for under 8’s, 9’s and 10’s got under way tonight. Attendance wasn’t great but sufficient to score teams. In U8’s Yellow team is in the lead. The Red team lead the under 9’s and the Greens head the U10’s.

June 6 – Action On Many Fronts

Our athletes, young and not so young, covered many miles to compete in diverse competitions in various locations but mostly in Tullamore. Results from the Schools All-Ireland in Tullamore on Saturday have already been posted. The Tullamore Harriers track as again the venue for the Leinster Senior track and field championships where Nicholas Dunphy placed second in the 3K walk.

Distance runners Toss Hayes and Brian Maher competed in the Irish Milers Club Bertie Quinn 3000m in Tullamore where they finished first and second respectively – a unique result for Toss whose time was 8.30.58. Brian’s time was 8.31.46.

The major distance members from our Fit4Life section headed out to Tullaroan for marathon running. Declan Walshe made it home in 4.14.41. Irene Henebry, preparing for her 50 FOR 50 on 18th June, came in on 4.33.41. Following in close succession were Una Byrne, Deirdre Scott, Bregeen Murphy, and Jo Scobie.
Further south it was the Cork Marathon with Trust Mtinsi having a great run to finish 10th in 2.49.58.

Eoin Everard, in his quest to achieve the European qualifying time of 3.40 for the 1500m, covered many miles. First it was to Belgium where he was one second short one week previously. On this occasion the picture was less good with a 3.43 finish. But then it was off to Prague where he clocked 3.40.95 – so tantalizingly close, and still so far away.

On Monday it was back to Tullamore for the Leinster Team competition. KCH, with sixteams competing, had good results with three of the six – Girls under 10, Girls under12 and Boys under 13 – bringing home silver. The boys under 11 were fourth – losing out on medalsby a single point. The Boys under 10 were fourth and Boys under 12 were sixth.

KCH Teams

Boys under 10 – 4th James Bergin, B ill O’Shea, Louis Raggett, Patrick Lacey.

Girls under 10 – (2nd) Pia Langton, Hannah Quinn, Eimear O’Neill, Cara Duggan.

Boys under 11 – (4th ) Brian Moore, Sean Young, Danny Ring, Matthew Kavanagh.
Boys under 12 – (6th) Harry Boyle, Ned Langton, Ruaidhri Galwey, Conor Byrne, James Brennan.

Girls under 12 – (2nd) Ella Delahunty, Amelie Foley, Orla Kenny, Abbie O’Brien.

Boys under 13 – (2nd) Jack Alymer, Mikey Raggett, Harry Shine, Conor Kavanagh.

June 4 – Schools Century Final

The Irish Schools Athletic Association celebrated its 100 years in track and field at a hot and busy day at the Tullamore Harriers athletic track. There were mixed fortunes for athletes from the Kilkenny schools. Ciara Deely, Loreto, had a good day winning bronze in the Intermediate 300m hurdles and finishing fourth in the 80m hurdles. Lauren Gleeson, Presentation, placed eight in the 100m Intermediate. KilkennyCollege had Anu Awonusi winning gold in the Senior Shot Putt.

Another gold went to St Kieran’s College thanks to an outstanding performance by Rory Lodge in the Intermediate 1500m. This race started slowly with all competitors bunched together for the first lap as if doing a warm-up. The pace quickened somewhat over the next 800m and then with some 300m to go Rory pushed to the front and in a great show of power and speed he left all behind him as he sped to the finish line. Peter Lynch, St Kieran’s, competed in the senior 5000m and never really got into his stride. The race was won by Clongowes man, Jack O’Leary, who led from gun to tape.
Jack Manning, St Kieran’s, with a great run, took the bronze in the Senior 400m.

There were mixed results in the under 16 mile races with the Loreto girls having better performances than their counterparts from St Kierans. Adam FitzPatrick and Shay McEvoy were the Kieran’s representatives. Shay, in an attempt to get away from the field took the lead at the halfway stage but was soon hauled in and passed by a number of runners including Adam. Over the last lap the heat and the pace took their toll and both runners were no longer in the race for medals. Annie McEvoy and Ella Richardson were the Loreto athletes and both were medal contenders from start to finish. It was only at the finish line that the decision was made when Annie dipped to take the bronze from Ella, a very close fourth.

Everard Chases European Qualification

Eoin Everard in an attempt to gain European qualification in the 1500m travelled to Oordegem, Belgium last weekend. Finishing sixth in the race in 3.41 he came agonisingly close – just one second outside qualification and a good result giving him the fastest time this season for an Irish athlete.

May 29 – Good Times at AAI Games

Callan Byrne 3/100m (11.18), 3/200m (22.08)

Rory Lodge 5/800m (1.55.24) PB

Adam FitzPatrick 10/3000m (9.16.84) PB

Brendan in Scotland
Brendan Hyland representing Irish Universities at Universities International in Kilmarnock, Scotland, on Saturday came second in Javelin with a throw of 54.89

May 29 – Co Championships – Day 3 – Kilmacow

Well done to all our athletes today, especially those taking part in the field events. It is brilliant what ye achieved without any meaningful exposure to these events since early February. Brian Moore, Under11, had a “track and field” day winning four individual medals – gold in long jump and 300m
and silver in 60m and Turbo javelin. There were double golds for Rory McGabhann, Rachel Kelly, Jennifer Leahy, Leah Raggett and Laura Leahy. And top praise for our under 9 boys relay team – Luke Browne, Dan Carroll, James O’Brien and Eoin Moore – who took the bronze medals in the under 10 Relay.

Boys’ U-8 60m: 2 Robert Lacey, Girls’ U-9 60m: 1 Laura Leahy, 3 Layla Szcepanska,
Girls’ U-10 60m: 2 Hannah Quinn, Girls’ U-11 60m: 3 Angela Carroll,
Boys’ U-11 60m: 2 Brian Moore, 3 Sean Young,
Girls’ U-12 80m: 1 Amelie Foley, 2 Ella Delahunty, 3 Abby O Brien,.
Girls’ U-15 100m: 1 Jennifer Leahy. Girls’ U-16 100m: 1 Rachel Kelly, 2 Hannah Kelly.
Girls’ U-17 100m: 1 Leah Raggett, 2 Jayde Mahe, 3 Emma Counihan,;
Girls’ U-9 200m: 1 Laura Leahy, 3 Sarah Richardson.
Boys’ U-9 200m: 3 Eoin Moore.; Boys’ U-12 200m: 1 Harry Boyle, 2 Ned Langton.
Boys’ U-13 200m: 2 Mikey Raggett. Boys’ U-16 200m: 1 Rory McGabhann, 3 James Kearney.
Boys’ U-17 200m: 2 Johnny Collins. Girls’ U-10 300m: 2 Pia Langton .
Boys’ U-11 300m: 1 Brian Moore. Girls’ U-12 500m: 3 Ella Delahunty.
Girls’ U-13 500m: 3 Eleanor Godden. Boys’ U-15 800m:, 2 John Muldowney.
Boys’ U-16 800m: 1 James Kearney. 2 Luke Whelan.
Boys’ U-17 800m: 1 Johnny Collins. 3 Colm Murphy.
Relays 4x100m:
Girls’ U-10:, 2 KCH. Boys’ U-10: 1 KCH, 3 KCH.
Girls’ U-12: 1 KCH. Boys’ U-12: 1 KCH.
Girls’ U-14: 3 KCH. Boys’ U-16: 1 KCH.

Turbo Javelin:
Boys’ U-11: 2 Brian Moore.
Boys’ U-16: 2 Luke Whelan. Boys’ U-17: 2 Colm Murphy, 3 Johnny Collins.
High Jump
Girls’ U-12: 1 Amelie Foley. Girls’ U-13: ,2 Rachel Leahy.Girls’ U-15: 1 Jennifer Leahy.
Girls’ U-16: 1 Rachel Kelly (KCH). 3 Hannah Kelly. Girls’ U-17: 1 Emma Counihan.
Shot Putt
Girls’ U-10: 1 Kara Duggan. Girls’ U-11: 1 Angela Carroll. Girls’ U-12: 2 Abby O Brien.
Girls’ U-15: 1 Jennifer Leahy. 3 Sophie Jackman.
Girls’ U-16: 1 Hannah Kelly. 2 Rachel Kelly.
Girls’ U-17: 1 Leah Raggett. 2 Emma Counihan.
Long Jump
Boys’ U-10: 1 Louis Raggett. Boys’ U-11: 1 Brian Moore.. 3 Alex Cullen.
Boys’ U-13: 2 Mikey Raggett.
Boys’ U-16: 1 Rory McGabhann. 3 James Kearney.
Boys’ U-17: . 2 Johnny Collins.

May 27 – County Track and Field (Day 2) RSC Waterford

A small turnout by club members at tonights championships in Waterford but we had plenty of talent present with a good number of medal winners. Rachel Kelly with gold in hurdles and discus and second in 1500m wasone of the top scorers for the club. Boys under 16 had a clean sweep in 1500m with Shay McEvoy, Kevin Burns and James Kearny making it 1, 2 and three respectively. There was double gold for Johnnie Collins in hurdles and 1500m under 17. While Rory McGabhann also had double gold in hurdles and triple jump.Jack Manning put in a busy night with gold in hurdles and triple jump,silver in shot and discus – all at u19 and silver again in junior high jump. In the adult events we had mother and daughter, Niamh and Aoibhe Richardson, winning the 3000m in their respective races. Well done everyone.
Girls’ U-9 200m: 1 Laura Leahy,, 3 Sarah Richardson;
Girls’ U-11 300m: 3 Angela Carroll,
Boys U-11 300m:, 2 Ruairi McEvoy,
Girls’ U-12 300m: 2 Ella Delahunty , 3 Abbie O Brien,
Girls U-12 60m Hurdles: 1 Amelie Foley , 2 Orla Kenny/Abbie O Brien,
Girls’ U-13 60m Hurdles: 1 Rachel Leahy ,;
Boys’ U-13 60m Hurdles: 1 Mikey Raggett
Girls’ U-16 80m Hurdles: 1 Rachel Kelly, 3 Hannah Kelly,
Boys’ U-16 100m Hurdles: 1 Rory McGabhann, 3 James Kearney,
Boys’ U-17 100m Hurdles: 1 Johnny Collins,
Boys’ U-18/19 100m Hurdles: 1 Jack Manning ;
Girls’ U-15 1500m: 2 Ellen Fitzgerald,
Boys’ U-15 1500m: 2 John Muldowney,
Girls’ U-16 1500m: 2 Rachel Kelly, 3 Issey Shine,
Boys’ U-16 1500m: 1 Shay Mc Evoy , 2 Kevin Burns, 3 James Kearney;
Girls’ U-17 1500m: 1 Ella Richardson,
Boys’ U-17 1500m: 1 Johnny Collins , 2 Colm Murphy,
Girls’ U-18/19 1500m: 1 Annie O Connor (KCH), ;
Boys’ U-11 Shot Putt: 1 Denis Griffey;
Boys’ U-13 Shot Putt: 3 Michael Raggett,
Boys’ U-16 Shot Putt: 2 Jason Murphy , 3 Luke Whelan,
Boys’ U18/19 Shot Putt: 2 Jack Manning
Boys’ U-16 Triple Jump: 1 Rory McGabhann,;;
Boys’ U-18/19 Triple Jump: 1 Jack Manning,
Girls’ U-16 Discus: 1 Rachel Kelly,, 2 Hannah Kelly,;
Boys’ U-16 Discus: 2 Luke Whelan,;
Boys’ U-18/19 Discus: 2 Jack Manning ;

Senior, Masters and Junior Results

Junior Men High Jump: 2 Jack Manning
Senior Women Javelin:, 2 Cliodhna Manning
Junior Women 400m: 1 Niamh McMullen, 2 Annie O Connor,
Senior Men 400m: 3 Marcus FitzSimoms
Masters Women 3000m (W30): 1 Niamh Richardson,
Senior Women 3000m : 1 Aoibhe Richardson,
Senior Men 3000m: 1 Tom O’Keeffe, 3 Marcus Fitzsimons,
Mens’ Team: 1 KCH (T O Keefe, M Fitzsimons, Trust Mtinsi).

May 22 – Combined Events, Enniscorthy
Just three of our athletes competedinthe Leinster Combined Events championships in Enniscorthy today. Rachel Leahy went in U13 and placed 5th. Jack Alymer was in U14 and finished 6th. Jennifer Leahy was 4th in the U15 event.
May 21 – Leinster Interclub Relays
Kilkenny City Harriers were well represented at the Leinster Interclub relays held in Greystones, Co Wicklow on Saturday. The club had twelve teams competing. Ten of the teams qualified through the heats for the finals and of those five won medals. The 2015 under 10 All-Ireland winning team was again the number one performer winning both their heat and final. The boys under 9 were also in contention for that accolade as they finished second in their final. A measure of the standard in this year’s event can be gleaned from the girls under 12 race where the first four teams in the final broke the previous record. The KCH team finishing in silver medal position was one of these. Our other medal winning teams were Boys under 10 and Boys under 13 both of which finished in third place. All five teams will go forward to the national finals later in the year. Our U12 boys missed out on bronze by a mere one thousanth of a second. How close is close!!!

Girls Under 9 – (5th) Aoibhe Quinn, Laura Leahy, Maeve White, Sarah Richardson
Girls Under 10 – (Team A)(5th) Hannah Quinn, Roisin Burns, Emer O’Neill, Millie Gilsenan. (Team B) – Clodagh FitzPatrick, Cara Duggan, Sadhbh Muldowney, Tara Clarke.
Girls Under 11 – (6th) Aisling Browne, Lauren Carroll, Emily Smith Aine White,
Girls Under 12 – (2nd) Abbie O’Brien, Ella Delahunty, Orla Kenny, Amelie Foley.
Girls Under 13 – (5th ) Emma Shortall, Rachel Leahy, Rachel Whelan, Eleanor Godden.
Girls Under 15 – Emma Poyntz, Jenna Cass, Eva Collins, Jennifer Leahy.
Boys Under 9 – (2nd) Eoin Moore, Luke Browne, James O’Brien, Oisin Henderson, Sean Carroll, Dan Carroll.
Boys Under 10 – (3rd) Evan Cullen, Bill O’Shea, Louis Raggett, Patrick Lacey, Andrew Comerford.
Boys under 11 – (1st) Daniel Ring, Alex Cullen, Sean Young, Brian Moore.Boys Under 12 – (4th) Shane Culleton, Conor Byrne, Sean Young, Brian Moore.
Boys under 12 – (4th) Shane Culleton, Conor Byrne, Sean Young, Brian Moore.
Boys Under 13 – (3rd) Jack Alymer, Michael Raggett, Conor Kavanagh, Harry Shine.

May 21 – Junior PB’s in Wicklow

KCH had three athletes competing in the Leinster Junior track and field championships held in Greystones, Co Wicklow. All three achieved personal best performances. Callan Byrne who finished second in 100m and 200m equalled his PB in the 100m and set a new PB in the 200m. Jack Manning had a new PB when finishing 4th in the 100m and Emer McMullan had her PB in the 200m.

May 20 – Harriers Enjoy Night of Awards
Friday night was a night of celebration and enjoyment as members of Kilkenny City Harriers athletic club gathered in the Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street. The reason was the annual Awards Ceremony when the achievements of 2015 were recounted and presentations made to club members. Fortytwo athletes received awards, ranging from the boys under 9 All-Ireland winning relay (4x100m) team to World Junior 200m competitor Cliodhna Manning. Proceedings opened with an address by Brian Leahy, KCH club vice-chairman. He thanked all the athletes for their tremendous achievements in Track and Field (indoor and outdoor), Road and Cross-country championships at county, provincial, national and international events. He also paid tribute to the dedicated coaches who worked with the athletes through all seasons. Parents were also thanked and encouraged to continue to give their much valued support to the athletes. Following the presentation ceremony the evening concluded with the consumption of plates of tasty food and many glasses of appropriate beverages.

Perpetual Award Winners -Juvenile
Under 11/12 Cup, Michael Raggett; Hacketstown Trophy, Rory McGabhann; Whitebridge Trophy, Cathal Kearney; Dungarvan Trophy, Callan Byrne; Under 14 McDonough Cup, Jennifer Leahy; Bree Trophy, Annie O’Connor; Sean Byrne Cup, Shay McEvoy; Achievemnet Cup, Hannah Kelly; Versatile, Ciara Deely; Mazda Cup, Rory Lodge; Lynch Shield, Annie McEvoy; Costello Shield, Jack Manning; Cross-country Cup, Peter Lynch; P J Smyth Cup, Rachel Kelly; Tommy Deegan Trophy, Adam FitzPatrick.

Perpetual Award Winners –Senior
The Lanigan Cup for Track Athlete, Eoin Everard; Sean Byrne Shield, for Field Athlete, Sinead McDonough; The Nolan Cup for Cross-Country, Aoibhe Richardson; Achievement Shield, Paul Moran; Harry Meighan Cup, Cliodhna Manning.

Achievement Awards
Brian Moore, Ned Langton, Jack Aylmer, Eleanor Godden, James Kearney, Ella Richardson, Martyna Balcer, Leah Raggett, Darragh Roberts, Lauren Gleeson, Luke Fitzpatrick, Craig Byrne.

Special Awards
Top Relay Squad – Daniel Ring, Sean Young, Brian Moore, Alex Cullen, James Kavanagh, Matthew Kavanagh.
Top Cross-country Squad – Adam FitzPatrick, Shay McEvoy, James Kearney, Eoin Walsh, Johnnie Collins, Kevin Burns, Colm Murphy.
Highly Commended – Luke Whelan.

May 15 – Day 1 County T&F
Well done all in Kilmacow today. Some great individual and relay performances. Double individual gold for a number of athletes including Under 8 Martha Bergin in 80m and 200m, Under 9 Molly Daly in 80m and 300m, Under 16 Rachel Kelly in Long Jump and 200m and Rory McGabhan in 100m and High Jump and Under 17 Martyna Balcer in 200m and Javelin
Girls’ U-8 80m: 1 Martha Bergin ; Boys’ U-9 80m: 3 Luke Browne ;
Girls’ U-9 80m: 1 Molly Daly, 2 Laura Leahy ;
Girls’ U-10 80m: 2 Hannah Quinn , 3 Pia Langton ;
Boys’ U-11 80m: , 2 Brian Moore , 3 Sean Young/Alex Cullen;

Girls’ U-11 80m: 1 Lauren Carroll ,

Boys’ U-12 80m: 1 Shane Culleton , 2 Ned Langton , 3 Conor Byrne ;
Boys’ U-13 80m: , 3 Jack Alymer ;
Boys’ U-15 100m: 3 John Muldowney
Boys’ U-16 100m:1 Rory MacGabhann , 3 Shay McEvoy ;
Boys’ U-17 100m: 2 Adam Fitzpatrick ,
Boys’ U-18/19 100m: 1 Luke Fitzpatrick , 3 Rory Lodge :

Girls’ U-8 200m: 1 Martha Bergin ,
Girls’ U-12 200m: 1 Amelie Foley , 2 Abby O Brien, 3 Ella Delahunty ;
Girls’ U-16 200m: 1 Rachel Kelly , 2 Hannah Kelly ,
Girls’ U-17 200m: 1 Martyna Balcer , 2 Jade Maher , 3 Emma Counihan ;
Girls’ U-18/19 200m: 3 Keeva O Brien ;

Girls’ U-9 300m: 1 Molly Daly , 2 Clodagh O Callaghan , 3 Laura Leahy
Girls’ U-10 300m: 2 Hannah Quinn , 3 Pia Langton ;

Boys’ U-15 400m: 1 John Muldowney ;
Boys’ U-16 400m: 1 Kevin Burns , 2 Shay McEvoy

Boys’ U-17 400m: 1 Adam Fitzpatrick
Boys’ U-18/19 400m: 1 Luke Fitzpatrick

Girls’ U-11 500m: 2 Emily Smith
Boys’ U-11 500m: 2 Brian Moore
Boys’ U-12 500m: 2 Ned Langton
Boys’ U-13 500m: 3 Jack Alymer
Girls‘ U-13 800m: 3 Emma Shortall
Girls‘ U-16 800m: 1 Annie McEvoy , 3 Rachel Kelly ;

Girls’ U-11 4x100m Relay: 1 KCH, 3 KCH;
Boys’ U-11 4x100m Relay: 1 KCH,
Girls’ U-13 4x100m Relay: 3 KCH;
Boys’ U-13 4x100m Relay: 2 KCH,

Boys’ U-17 4x100m Relay: 1 KCH;

Girls’ U-11 Turbo Javelin: 2 Sinead Carroll ,

Girls’ U-10 Long Jump: 3 Leila Brand ;
Girls’ U-11 Long Jump: 3 Angela Carroll;
Girls’ U-12 Long Jump: 1 Abby O Brien , 2 Amelie Foley, 3 Ella Delahunty ;
Girls’ U-16 Long Jump: 1 Rachel Kelly,
Girls’ U-17 Long Jump: 1 Jade Maher , 2 Martyna Balcer, 3 Emma Counihan;
Girls’ U-18/19 Long Jump: 1 Keeva O Brien,

Girls’ U-16 Javelin: 1 Hannah Kelly, 3 Rachel Kelly,
Girls’ U-17 Javelin: 1 Martina Balcer, 3 Emma Counihan ;
Girls’ U-18/19 Javelin: 2 Keeva O Brien,
Boys’ U-13 High Jump: 2 Mateuz Balcer,
Boys’ U-16 High Jump: 1 Rory MacGabhann, 3 James Kearney,

Junior and Senior Track
Junior Men 1500m: 1 David Ward, 2 Rory Lodge, 3 Luke Fitzpatrick,
O/30 Women 1500m, 3 Joya Burns (KCH);
Senior Men 1500m: 2 W McTiernan (KCH);

May 14 – Tonlegaoithe
100m – Emer McMullan 12.73, Callan Byrne 10.95, Aaron Barron 11.96.
200m – Callan Byrne 22.07, Aaron Barron 24.02, Cliodhna Manning 24.38.
May 14 – Leinster Schools
Competition was very keen at the Leinster Schools track and field finals held in Morton Stadium Santry during the week. Kilkenny athletes were not found wanting with many, in each category, making the podium. At Minor Level there were gold medal performances by Orla O’Keeffe Loreto (L) in the 500m, Aine Kirwan, (L) in 1100m, Jennifer Leahy (L) in high jump and Peter Dunne (CBS) in boys high jump. Jordan Knight, Grennan College (GC), won bronze in 75m hurdles and the Loreto Relay team also took bronze. Abby Gilsenan (L) ran well to place 5th in 500m. there were also good returns in the Junior events. Castlecomer Community School (CC) won gold with David Rossitor in pole vault and Teresa Kelly in the hammer. Teresa also placed third in the shot and her team mate Kate Cullen took the bronze in the hammer .Chris Reynolds, Kilkenny College (KC) won silver in the discus. Kevin Burns(SK) was 5th in 1500m.

Gold medal performances continued at Under 16 level with Adam FitzPatrick, St Kieran’s (SK) winning the boys mile. Sahy McEvoy (SK) was 4th and David Ward placed 5th. Krystian Pawlowski (SK) won the shot and the Loreto Relay team also took the gold medals. In the girls mile Ella Richardson (L) won silver and Annie McEvoy (L) won bronze.

Ciara Deely (L) continued her excellent South Leinster performances at Intermediate Level winning both hurdle events – the 80m and 300m. David Murphy (CBS) was also outstanding winning the 100m and 200m sprints. Rory Lodge (SK) had a comfortable finish while taking the 1500m title. There was silver for Laura Ward, Pres Carlow, in the girls 1500m. Laura had set an early lead which she held for most of the race but was caught just before the finish line. Lauren Gleeson, Pres Kilkenny, had a good competition winning silver in the 100m and finishing 4th in 80m hurdles. There was Intermediate bronze for three boys – Alex McNeill (KC) in pole vault, Dorian Corcoran (KC) in javelin and Nicky Connolly (CC) in 2000m walk; and bronze also for Leah Raggett (L) in the 100m. The Loreto relay team (Leah Raggett, Ciara Deely, Martyna Balcer and Keeva O’Brien) also won bronze. Martyna Balcer (L) placed 7th in Javelin. James Kearney (SK) coped well to finish 6th in his new event – the steeplechase. Annie O’Connor (L) was 6th in 800m and Keeva O’Brien finished 4th in the Long Jump.

In the Senior events Sophie Becker, St Mary’s, New Ross, won gold in the 100m and silver in the 400m. Anu Awonusi (KC) also won gold and silver in shot and discus respectively. The final gold for Kilkenny was won by Jack Manning (SK) who had victory in the 400m. Three further silver medals were won in diverse events – Sarah Lawler (GC) in triple jump, Peter Lynch (SK) in 5000m and Niamh McMullan (L) in 800m. In the boys 800m Luke FitzPatrick (SK) placed 6th. Lauren Dermody (L) placed third in the 1500m steeplechase. The next major outing for most of these young athletes will be the School’s All-Ireland in Tullamore on 4th June.

May 7 – Belfast and Leevale

A number of KCH athletes made the trip up north to take parting the Milers Club meet in Belfast. Among those posting good times were Toss Hayes (3K – 8.33.68), Adam FitzPatrick (3K – 8.43.57), Rory Lodge (1500m – 4.04.19) and Craig Byrne (800m – 2.01.47). Ciara Everard, running in the UCD colours, posted 4.25.35 in the 1500m. Others running were Aoibhe Richardson, and Peter Lynch in 3K and Sahy McEvoy, Annie McEvoy, Ella Richardson, Grace Richardson in 1500m.

Down south Aaron Barron was our sole representative in the Leevale Open. Aaron competed in 100m and 400m posting 11.93 and 52.78 respectively.

May 5 Harriers at South Leinster Schools

KCH had a number of prominent performers at Day 2 of the South Leinster Schools track and field championships at the Waterford RSC on Thursday. It was a clean sweep for the boys in the under 16 mile with Adam FitzPatrick, David Ward and Shay McEvoy making it 1, 2 and 3 respectively. In girls mile Annie McEvoy was the winner and Ella Richardson placed second. In the1500m events three out of the four were won by KCH members with Rory Lodge and Laura Ward winning the Intermediate races and Grace Richardson winning the Senior girls. The Loreto girls Intermediate team – Leah Raggett (winner of the100m), Martyna Balcer, Keeva O’Brien and Ciara Deely(all Harriers) won the 4x100m final. Jack Manning put in maxium effort to win the senior 400m. Among other qualifiers for the Leinster Schools final were Rory McGabhann, Intermediate High Jump; Peter Lynch, Senior 5000m and Craig Byrne Senior 800m and High Jump.

May 2 – Gold and Silver in St Abban’s

Michael Raggett was the winner of the under 13 Long Jump at the Open track and field at St Abban’s. Rory McGabhann was second in the Under16 High Jump.
May 2 – KCH Ladies Win Novice Gold

Once again Gowran has proved to be a happy hunting ground for our Novice Ladies. Competing in the Leinster Road championships this afternoon they were comfortable winners with Caoilte Malone, in flying form, taking individual silver. A further boost to the team was the fine performance of Sarah Nolan who placed 6th . Ann Marie O’Grady in 9th and Aisling Gannon 13th completed the scoring. There was cause for further celebration when the county results were announced. The county team with Caoilte and Sarah both involved also won gold.

Later in the afternoon it was the turn of the Masters Ladies and they didn’t disappoint. Donna Dunne ran a really competitive race and was in contention for individual placing for most of the race. Ultimately she finished 7th overall which made her first home on the third placed county team and second individual over 35. Marie Cormack in 21st was part of the county team as was Cathy Millett who finished 2nd in the over 50 rankings.

While our ladies turned out in good numbers we had just two men in action today. Tom O’Keeffe ran the Novice race and was in medal contention from the start. Finishing strongly in third place he led home the bronze winning county team. Our final runner was Johann Dewberry running in the Masters Men. Showing good form he finished in 24th place overall and was 8th in the over 40 category.