Dec 26 – Stoneyford 5K
With the turkey practically a memory the runners headed to Stoneyford for the annual 5K Raod Run. KCH lads Eoin Everard and Peter Lynch revelled in the opportunity to stretch the legs. Going off at the start they took to the front and proceeded to control affairs with Eoin a convincing winner and Peter a comfortable second – a good end to 2014.
Dec 25 – Streets of Kilkenny
The Annual Christmas Morning Run under the baton of Willie McTiernan was once again a success story for local charities -St V dePaul and Brothers of the Good Shepherd. €750 donated. Sincere thanks to all who participated and contributed.
Dec 14 – A Gold Mine in Conahy

The performance by our athletes at the senior cross-country in Conahy today will go down as one of the best cross-country performances by the club. Not that we won more than ever, because we didn’t. We won more in the 2013 final. But today there were serious shortages in both panels. The ladies went to the line without Niamh Richardson, Donna Dowling, Catriona Corr and a number of other experienced runners. So full marks to the panel that reported for duty. Aoibhe Richardson, running her first adult race attacked from the start and taking individual gold she led the team into first place. Great credit to Rita McGarvey(5th) and Lisa Collins (7th ). Both benefited greatly from last month’s Novice and showed confidence in their running today. Caoimhe Foley (8th ) completed the scoring. Determind running by Sheila O’Callaghan (15th ), Emily Maher (17th ) and Joan Martin (20th ) meant the team had no fears from competing clubs.

The men were in similar circumstances as they went to the start line without Brian Maher, Eoin Everard, Ray Lonergan etc. The results were equally impressive. Toss Hayes was in charge of the race from the start. He probably never had, or never will have, as easy a victory. Out the field things were different. David McPerson (5th ) and Paul Moran (4th ) had their own duel – after they had shaken off a number of other runners. Eoin Molloy (12th ) mixed it with a group of eight and managed to dispatch six of them on the penultimate round. Ed O’Keeffe (16th ) and Mark O’Duffy (18th ) were consistently moving forward and Pat Purcell (28th ) and Denis Carrigan (30th ) also impressed. The final verdict – Cup and Shield retained – a great day at the office!.
Dec 7 -All-Ireland Gold for Peter Under 19 and Bronze for Toss in Novice Men.

In Santry today the climatic temperature was down and a piercing wind cooled things further but when we got to the boys under 19 race our hearts warmed and our voices grew stronger as Peter Lynch gave us a master class in cross-country running – getting into a good position at the start – matching every move up ahead – using front runners when facing into the wind – and knowing when to cut loose – terrific stuff. A biased report perhaps but maybe not. Looking back over his performance in some previous finals we find 2011 – 81st U16; 2012 – 33rd U17; 2013 – 10th U18 and 2014 -1st U19. Enough said. Later in the Men’s Novice Toss Hayes gave us more cheer. Toss did everything right and was in gold contention for most of the race. A slower than expected pace in the earlier laps left Toss with a little too much to do on the final lap as a gap opened. However he finished strongly to claim the bronze.

The were other medal winners also. Abby Gilsenan won bronze with the county under 13 team. Adam FitzPatrick was outstanding in boys under 15. Finishing 10th and leaving “nothing out the field” he won silver with the Leinster team. Tom O’Keeffe was also a medal winner with the under 19 county team which finished in second place. Apart from Luke O’Connor who had to withdraw following a collision in the under19 race all our athletes, from Caoimhe Carroll in under 11 to David McPherson in Novice Men, put in great performances. Well done all.

RESULTS: Under 11 Girls -37 Caoimhe Carroll, 50 Eleanor Godden, 119 Emma Shortall; Boys – 56 Jack Aylmer, 76 Ned Langton, 138 Michael Raggett. Under 13 Girls- 84 Abby Gilsenan; Boys – 56 Cathal Kearney; Under 15 Girls – 34 Ella Richrdson, 72 Annie McEvoy, 124 Izzy Shine; Boys – 10 Adam FitzPatrick, 46 James

Kearney, 60 ShayMcEvoy, 117 Colm Murphy. Under 17 Girls – 29 Annie O’Connor, 58 Abigeal O’Keeffe; Boys – 53 Rory Lodge, 85 Luke FitzPatrick, 108 Bill Cody; Under 19 Boys – 1 Peter Lynch, 30 Tom O’Keeffe; Novice Men – 3 Toss Hayes, 69 David McPherson.
Dec 6 – Waterford Half Marathon

Forty plus members from KCH/F4L completed the Waterford Half Marathon today with many returning later to The Pembroke to continue to party until the early hours. Mick Johnson, obviously recovered from his exploits in the National Dublin Marathon, was first home in chip time of 1.17.35 followed by Pat Purcell in 1.23.50. Caoimhe Foley was our first lady home with her chip reading 1.34.51. Then came Rita McGarvey in 1.37.19. What the scores were at “The Party” is a closely guarded secret.
Dec 1 – B Juveniles in Thomastown

Our under 13 girls were our top performers at the uneven B Championships in Thomastown yesterday. With Niamh Moore in fine form to finish third and collect an individual bronze and backed up by EmmaStynes in 8th and Dara Murray in 12th they won team gold. Sean Carroll, Robert Lacey and Ryan Farrell were medal winners under 7. Our largest contingent was the under 9’s with three girls (Sinead Carroll, and Milly Davis) and six boys. Brian Moore very much to the fore and ending in a sprint finish he won silver. Also running well were Sean Young, Patrick Lacey, Billy O’Shaughnessy, Eoghan O’Callaghan and Arthur Johnson. There were huge numbers in the under 11 races. Rachel Whelan and Eva Purcell represented the girls while Conor Johnson had a fine run to finish 9th in the boys race. Denis Dalton and Jack Noonan completed the scoring. In boys under 15 both Colm Murphy (3rd) and Luke Whelan (5th) had excellent runs but lacking a third runner had no chance of team medals. Perhaps next time around they can have a couple of additional athletes.
Nov 30 – Silver in B Novice

It was double silver for our Novice runners at the B championships in Thomastown today. Jacinta O’Duffy finishing third led the team home in this 1500m race. Emily Maher (4th) and Fiona Noonan (10th) completed the scoring. The men’s event was over 6000m and Mark O’Duffy took the individual bronze which was a significant help in bringing the team into second place. Paul O’Flynn, making his cross-country debut, was 8th and Denis Carrigan in 12th made it 23 points and second place in the team event.

KCH had a small contingent in action at the national cross-country in Dundalk today. The underfoot conditions were soft and our athletes coped quite well. The Thomastown club with two ex Harriers scoring got the day off to a flying start by winning team gold in girls U12. In the under 14 race Annie McEvoy got caught up in the crowded early stages of the race but put in a massive finish suggesting she will be a very competitive athlete in a year or two.

The boys under 16 were our sole club team in Dundalk. Word of Rory having had a bug came as a negative blow to medal hopes. This proved to be the case as Rory, ok to run but lacking his usual attacking pace, finished some distance behind top performer Adam. Luke and Bill had too much to do to make amends and so will have to wait for another day.

Next in action was Aoibhe Richardson. Competing in the Junior 4K, she showed great stamina and determination to gradually work her way through a large field to finish strongly in 5th place. Then in the 6K boys under 18 race, run in conjunction with the Junior men, Peter Lynch gave us all reason to cheer. Running strongly from the start he established a good position and gradually hauled in a number of runners. He showed particular composure and speed over the final lap to pick off a few more and get on the podium to receive the bronze. Finishing 7th overall he had the additional accolade of being selected on the reserve panel for the European Juniors. Well done.

We had thirty athletes running the 10 miles of the Stook today with many excellent performances resulting in the return of the Kealy Shield for the third successive year. The ladies were very much to the fore winning two sets of medals-first and second. The second placing is currently being checked as it seems two omissions led to the “B” team being placed third. The omissions were – Deirdre Scott not counted and Roseanne Murphy who finished in 78 minutes was not recorded in the results (possible failure of the chip to work). The men’s first team won silver. The members of the winning shield team were David McPherson, Pat Purcell, Donna Dowling and Caoimhe Foley. These four will enjoy free entry to Stook 2015.

Men finishers – David McPherson,Pat Purcell, Ray Lonergan, John Carey, Barry Somers, Paul Eustace, Don Egan, Paul Larkins, Seamus Kavanagh, Sean OHargain, Pat Millea. Ladies – Donna Dowling, Caoimhe Foley, Catriona Corr, Roseanne Murphy, Irene Henebry, Cathy Millett, Anne Marie Shortall, Deirdre Scott, Jo Scobie, Deirdre Foley, Katrina Lowry, Ber Lanigan, Louise Ruane, Brid Quirke, Mary Cowhig, Nicopla Murphy, Jane Kavanagh, Sheila Lyster.
Nov 14 – Hayes and Maher are 2nd & 3rd
Toss Hayes and Brian Maher took in the Dublin Business Houses 4 mile cross-country on Saturday last, 8th Nov. And the results were good particularly for Toss who finished in second place in 20.43. Brian was third in 21.04.


Congratulations to all our athletes and coaches on a great overall club performance at the Leinster cross-country championships in Adamstown. From start to finish we had athletes in all races and there were many individual and team medals won. Two individual performances stand out – Top of the bill was Aoibhe Richardson who showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field when winning gold in the girls under 19. Peter Lynch, in boys under 19, was also in top gear finishing with silver in a very competitive race. But it didn’t stop with just two. The county teams won medals in nine races and KCH athletes had team scorers on all nine teams- Caoimhe Carroll on girls U11, Ned Langton on boys U11, Abby Gilsenan on girls U13, Ella Richardson and Annie McEvoy on girls U15, Adam FitzPatrick and James Kearney on boys U15, Rory Lodge, Luke FitzPatrick and Bill Cody on boys U17, Aoibhe Richardson on girls U19, Peter Lynch, Tom O’Keeffe and Michael Ryan on boys U19 and Catrioina Corr on Intermediate Ladies. The county finished fourth in U13 boys where Cathal Kearney was outstanding in 14th, fourth again in girls U17 (lost out on third in count-back) where a back to form Annie O’Connor was 10th and the county was fifth in Intermediate Men with David McPherson was13th.

Team Results
Under 11 Girls – 5th Club: Caoimhe Carroll, Emma Shortall, Elena Godden, Siofra NiChasaide, Tara McGuire, Rachel Leahy, Ella Delahunty, Rose Kelly.
Under 11 Boys – 6th Club: Ned Langton, Jack Aylmer, Michael Raggett, Conor Kavanagh, Conor Byrne, Cian Farrell, Brian Whelan.
Under 13 Girls – 8th Club: Abby Gilsenan, Hannah O’Keeffe, Megan Harding Owens, Niamh Moore, Jennifer Leahy.
Under 15 Girls – 8th Club: Ella Richardson, Annie McEvoy, Izzy Shine, Dara Scobie
Under 15 Boys – 5th Club: Adam FitzPatrick, James Kearney, Shay McEvoy, Colm Murphy.
Under17 Girls – 5th Club: Annie O’Connor, Abigail O’Keeffe, Grace Richardson, Jennifer O’Keeffe, Aoibhne Murphy, Ciara Lawlor.
Under 19 Boys – 2nd Club: Peter Lynch, Tom O’Keeffe, Michael Ryan, Luke O’Connor.
Intermediate Ladies – 6th Club: Catriona Corr, Caoimhe Foley, Jacinta O’Duffy, Maria Murphy.
Intermediate Men – 7th Club: David McPherson, Paul Moran, Ray Lonergan, Eoin Molloy, Mark O’Duffy.

We had a small representative group of athletes at the “B’s” in Kilmacow today. Those who made the trip did well and kept the club colours to the fore with some very good individual performances. Third place team medals were won by the girls under12.

Under 8 – 6 Luke Browne, 7 Pia Goff.
Under 10 -20 Aisling Browne, 22 Ellie Moran, 24 Esta Roche, 25 Rosa Phelan.
Under 12 – 6 Abby Gilsenan, 7 Hannah O’Keeffe, 15 Tara McGuire, 18 Ellen Daly
Under 14 – 8 Aisling McGrath.
Under16 – 4 Colm Murphy.

Great running and teamwork brought the Novice title to our Ladies team at a sunny Kilmacow today. There was individual silver and bronze for Rita McGarvey and Lisa Collins respectively, setting up the team for victory with excellent support from Becky Robertson and Emily Maher. The five man men’s squad put in a gallant challenge but came up a little short and had to be satisfied with team silver. Tom O’Keeffe was front runner for the team from the off and battled all the way with winner, Thomastown’s Sean Power. Padraic Daly, John Maye James Nugent and Conor Quinlan were the other team members.
This year’s DCM was run on a blustery, largely overcast and warm morning – not ideal conditions for running 26 and a bit miles. This fact was confirmed afterwards by a number of our athletes who have experience in running marathons. “It was tough out there today”. That said there were some satisfied finishers – those who achieved or bettered their target times. Unfortunately there were a number who not only didn’t achieve a satisfactory time but despite months of hard graft on the road in preparation for the big day, had to bow out along the way. Yes. It was tough out there.
Our first man home was David McPherson in 2.45.26 – a slight time improvement on 2013 but a great performance considering the adverse conditions. Our ladies were led home by Jacinta O’Duffy in 3.22.29. A considerable number of our ladies were home under the four hours. Included in this group were Emma Staunton 3.39.33, Eileen Hannrick, Lisa Mulcahy, Jackie Varley, Cora McCarthy, Emer O’Shaughnessy and the ever young Jo Scobie. Just outside the four hour mark were Deirdre Scott 4.01.06, Catherine Peters, Marcella Dunne, Anne Marie Kavanagh, Ann Shortall, Nathasha Phelan and a host of others.
Ken Maher on 2.52.37 had an excellent run, but then didn’t they all – men and women alike. Pat Purcell and Mick Johnson were just over the three hour mark. Ivan McMahon, John Carey and Noel Maher were the next group hovering under or around the 3.30 mark with Davy Hogan, Mervin Doyle, Barry Somers etc under the four hours. Slightly beyond that were Eddie Hawe, Sean O’Hargain and many others. This year’s big run now over it is time to recover and be ready for the next challenge – for many that will be the 10 mile on THE STOOK on Sunday 23rd November.


Well done to all our athletes who competed at the Leinsters in Avondale. There were many top quality individual performances. Jack Aylmer represented us well on boys u12. Annie McEvoy 30th and Polly Peters gave fine performances u14. The boys u14 had a stalwart in James Kearney who finished 6th and secured a place on the Leinster team for the nationals. With Shay McEvoy scoring 14th , Cathal Kearney (41) and Dara Glynn (47) the team made fifth place. Well done lads. Ella Richardson ran well to place 16th in girls u16 and then we had the team performance of the day with boys u16. A stormer by Robbie Lodge brought him to 12th and then Luke FitzPatrick (24), Adam Fitzpatrick (47) and a championship best from Bill Cody (48) secured Leinster bronze for the team. Best individual result came in the final juvenile race when Peter Lynch clinched the silver medal after an excellent run throughout.
Congratulations to Rachel Kelly on her fine performance in the Leinster Schools Combined Events. Representing Loreto and with a total of 2,808 points in Minor Age she won the silver medal. Hannah Kelly with 2,458 points was 4th. Ciara Deely also from Loreto was 7th in the Junior event. CBS had Harriers Colm Murphy in Minor, Darragh Roberts in Junior and Craig Byrne in Intermediate.

The Juvenile Shield for the County Kilkenny 2014 cross-country championships was won in grand style by Kilkenny City Harriers athletic club (KCH). Following a good outing to Ballycurran Cross the city club entered round two with a slim lead of just two points. This second stage was hosted by the Castlecomer athletic club on the land of Joe O’Shea at Dysart, Castlecomer on Sunday and KCH were out in large numbers determined to put their name on the shield. Winning six out of the ten championship races available on the day put them in an unassailable position. Their score of twentythree points on the day coupled with the fifteen from Day 1 provided a grand total of thirtyeight. Their nearest rivals St Senan’s finished with twentyseven points. While KCH teams were very much to the fore in many of the races there was a good spread of individual wins especially in the younger non-championship races.

Sarah Foley, St Joseph’s, won the first gold of the day in girls under 7 while Luke Browne, KCH, was the gold recipient in the boys race. At under 9 level Juliette Evans, St Senan’s, won the girls race and Thomastown’s Cian Farrell was first home in the boys’ race. This started a run of gold for the Thomastown club with Fiona Dillon and Billy Power winning their respective under 11 races, followed by Ciara O’Keeffe in the girls under 13. St Joseph’s had the gold medal winners with Killian Griffin, boys under 13 and Helen Hoynes, girls under 17. Victory in the remaining races went athletes from KCH. The Richardson girls Ella and Aoibhe won under 15 and 19 respectively. Adam FitzPatrick was successful in winning the boys under 15. Adam’s brother Luke seemed set to take the honours in the under 17 race only to be caught by newcomer Rory Lodge on the run in to the finish. In the final juvenile race of the day, boys under 19, Peter Lynch was a convincing winner.

There were two adult races held – Ladies O/40 and Men O/45. St Joseph’s were individual and team winners in both races through Maria

Griffin in the ladies race and Seamus Power in the men’s race. KCH were second team in both races.
Sean Lynch accepted the shield on behalf of Kilkenny City Harriers and thanked all who had contributed to a very successful championship. He wished all the athletes from the county every success in the Leinster championships in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow on 26th October and in Adamstown, Co Wexford on 9th November.

Girls Under 7 – 1 Sarah Foley J, 2 Laura Leahy K, 3 Molly Daly K, 4 Hannah Griffey K, 5 Maeve White K, 6 Molly Lynch G, 7 Emma Lee S, 8 Evlynn Williams S, 9 Katie Power T, 10 Laura Ryan G, 11 Emily Lauhoff K, 12 Matilde Beaubry G, 13 Evelynn McEvoy K, 14 Aoife Purcell J, 15 Kate Hayden G.

Boys Under 7 – 1 Luke Browne K, 2 Aneik Ramaswanny S, 3 Sean Carroll K, 4 James O’Reilly T, 5 Charlie Ryan G, 6 Ryan Farrell K , 7 David Phelan S, 8 Rian Aisop B, 9 Conor Coogan B, 10 Eoin Moore K.

Girls Under 9 – 1 Juliette Evans S, 2 Grace Glennon J, 3 Orla Kirwan T, 4 Caoimhe Phelan S, 5 Emily Smith K, 6 Pia Langton K, 7 Molly Hogan C, 8 Maeve Bookle J, 9 Caoimhe Power T, 10 Mairead Mullally J, 11 Aisling Browne K, 12 Grace Ramaswanny S, 13 Brianna Byrne J, 14 Aoife O’Neill K, 15 Angela Carroll K, 16 Sinead Carroll K, 17 Aoibhinn MacCormack K, 18 Aine White K, 19 Hazel Coogan G, 20 Lily Doyle J, 21 Katie Scriven G, 22 Katie O’Neill K.

Boys Under 9 – 1 Cian Farrell T, 2 Brian Moore K, 3 Ben O’Meara C, 4 Conor Kelly T, 5 Sean Young K, 6 Colin Treacy T, 7 Eoin Aylward S, 8 Liam O’Dwyer G, 9 Niall Carpenter G, 10 Bill Whelan K, 11 Noah Manogue T, 12 Edmund Lauhoff, 13 Ben Wallis S, 14 Shane Morrissey S, 15 Eoin Murray S, 16 Albi Paul G, 17 Jack Comerford C, 18 Oisin Farrell K, 19 Sean Counihan K, 20 Matthew Kavanagh K, 21 Rory McEvoy K, 22 Jack Coogan B.

Girls Under 11- 1 Fiona Dillon T, 2 Saoirse Allen S, 3 Emma Manogue T, 4 Maria O’Keeffe T, 5 Caoimhe Carroll K, 6 Erin Foley J, 7 Aine Ryan J, 8 Rachel Leahy K, 9 Katie Taylor T, 10 Aoibhe Shefflin T, 11 Molly O’Dornan C, 12 Aoife O’Byrne J, 13 Emma Shortall K, 14 Eleanor Godden K, 15 Aoife Redmond S, 16 Tara McGuire K, 17 Ella Cusack G, 18 Rose Kelly K,19 Katie O’Neill K, 20 Ciara Mullally J, 21 Aine Purcell J, 22 Libby Murphy J.

Teams – 1 Thomastown (17), 2 Kilkenny City Harriers A (40), 3 St Joseph’s (45), 4 St Senan’s (65), 5 Kilkenny City Harriers B (83), 6 Castlecomer (95), 7 Gowran (118), 8 Kilkenny City Harriers C (134), 9 St Senan’s (146), 10 Kilkenny City Harriers D (181).

Boys Under 11 – 1 Billy Power T, 2 Jack Aylmer K, 3 Ned Langton K, 4 Thomas Mullally J, 5 David Williams S, 6 Evan O’Toole J, 7 Charlie Mullins G, 8 Tadhgh Connolly S, 9 Aidan Kehoe J, 10 Killian Dunne G, 11 Bill Coogan G, 12 Thomas Comerford T, 13 Luke Dunne C, 14 Cian Farrell K, 15 Ivan Bolger T, 16 Darragh Carpenter G, 17 Conor Kavanagh K, 18 Brian Whelan K,19 Matthew Holland G, 20 Jamis Maher T, 21 Noah Scully G, 22 Michael Raggett K.

Teams – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers A (36), 2 Gowran (44), 3 St Joseph’s (46), 4 Thomastown (48), 5 St Senan’s (72), 6 Kilkenny City Harriers B (88), 7 Gowran B (92), 8 Castlecomer (116), 9 Kilkenny City Harriers C (140), 10 Thomastown (155), 11 Kilkenny City Harriers D (184).

Girls Under 13 – 1 Ciara O’Keeffe T, 2 Aine Kirwan T, 3 Ellen Ryan T, 4 Tara Ramaswanny S, 5 Hannah O’Keeffe K, 6 Orla O’Keeffe T, 7 Abby Gilsenan K, 8 Katie Clarke C, 9 Jane Rochford S,10 Chloe Mullally J, 11 Jennifer Leahy K, 12 Megan Harding Owens K, 13 Eve O’Dwyer G, 14 Aine McDonald J, 15 Ele Lauhoff K, 16 Lizzie McGee K, 17 Niamh Moore K, 18 Eimer Stynes K, 19 Ciara Mullen K, 20 Emma Poyntz K, 21 Dervla O’Reilly T, 22 Evie Maher T.

Teams – 1 Thomastown (12), 2 Kilkenny City Harriers A (35), 3 St Senan’s (62), 4 Kilkenny City Harriers B (66), 5 Kilkenny City Harriers C (92).

Boys Under 13 – 1 Killian Griffin J, 2 Jack Murphy C, 3 Cathal Kearney K, 4 Gavin Manning G, 5 Josh Fenton S, 6 James Foot S, 7 Brogan McAvinney G, 8 Cathal O’Reilly C, 9 Will Fox C, 10 Jack Mullally J, 11 Cian Kavanagh S, 12 Sean O’Dornan C, 13 Paul Murphy J, 14 Fiacra Knox S, 15 Robert Finn S, 16 Tom Holden T, 17 Jack Ryan J, 18 Alex Hughes J, 19 Jordan Knight T, 20 David Holland G, 21 Mark Finn J, 22 Jack Murphy K.

Teams – 1 Castlecomer (31), 2 St Senan’s (36), 3 St Joseph’s(41), 4 Gowran (57) 5 Thomastown (82).

Girls Under 15 – 1 Ella Richardson K, 2 Ruth Kennedy G, 3 Rachel Kelly K, 4 Nell Murphy S, 5 Hannah Kelly K, 6 Aoife Allen S, 7 Sinead O’Keeffe T, 8 Aine Phelan S, 9 Annie McEvoy K, 10 Aoife Cahalan C, 11 Laura Monahan S, 12 Izzy Shine K,13 Linda Lawlor J, 14 Grace Mullally J, 15 Amy Redmond S, 16 Dara Scobie K, 17 Emma Counihan K, 18 Molly O’Shea S, 19 Sinead Flynn K,20 Megan Rudkins C, 21 Eimear Stone C, 22 Jade Maher K, 23 Dinara Cantwell K.

Teams – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers A (18), 2 St Senan’s (29), 3 Kilkenny City Harriers B (64).

Boys Under 15 – 1 Adam FitzPatrick K, 2 Aaron Donnelly S, 3 James Kearney K, 4 David O’Carroll G, 5 Eoin Walsh T, 6 Thomas Sheridan S, 7 Shay McEvoy K, 8 Eoin Maher S, 9 Chris Korff C, 10 Eamon Mahon G, 11 Colm Murphy K, 12 Padraig Dempsey S, 13 James Buggy C, 14 Killian Hogan C, 15 Nicky Connolly C, 16 Darragh Maher K, 17 Luke Whelan K.

Teams – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers (22), 2 St Senan’s (28), 3 Castlecomer (51).

Girls Under 17 – 1 Helen Hoynes J, 2 Annie O’Connor K, 3 Abigail O’Keeffe K, 4 Grace Richardson K, 5 Ailish O’Shea T, 6 Ann Marie Moloney S, 7 Jennifer O’Keeffe K, 8 Aoibhne Murphy K, 9 Chloe Richardson J, 10 Caoimhe Kearns S, 11 Kate Dunphy S, 12 Sarah Butler S.

Teams – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers (16), 2 St Senan’s (39).

Boys Under 17 – 1 Rory Lodge K, 2 Luke FitzPatrick K, 3 (Joint) Eoin O’Dwyer G, Sean Buggy C, 5 Billy Delahunty S, 6 Jonathan Crowley S, 7 Bill Cody K, 8 Taylor Kane G, 9 Aaron Redmond S, 10 Jack Walsh G, 11 Ryan Croke S, 12 James O’Neill G, 13 Eamon Fennelly K.

Teams – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers (23), 2 St Senan’s (31), 3 Gowran (33).

Girls Under 19 – 1 Aoibhe Richardson K, 2 Lauren Dermody C, 3 Rachel Butler S, 4 Sinead Whelan T, 5 Niamh O’Shea T, 6 Dearbhla Kearns S, 7 Olga Cantwell K, 8 Ailish Connolly S.

Teams – 1 St Senan’s.

Boys Under 9 – 1 Peter Lynch K, 2 Sean Power T, 3 Tom O’Keeffe K, 4 Michael Ryan K, 5 Cormac Buggy G, 6 Luke O’Connor K, 7 Oliver Mullally S, 8 Conor Foskin S, 9 Craig Byrne K, 10 James Power T, 11 David Irish S.

Teams – 1 KilkennyCity Harriers (14).

Ladies O/40 – 1 Maria Griffin J, 2 Niamh Richardson K, 3 Verena Fenlon J, 4 Cathy Millett K, 5 Deirdre Foley K, 6 Mags O’Connor J, 7 Fiona Noonan K.

Teams – 1 St Joseph’s (10), 2 Kilkenny City Harriers (11).

Men O/45 – 1 Seamus Power J, 2 Larry Lacey J, 3 Tim Butler K, 4 Michael Power J, 5 Rocky Mernagh J, 6 Sean Hokey J, 7 Colm Murray K. 8 Conor McGabhann K, 9 John Davis T, 10 Michael O’Keeffe T.

Teams – 1 St Joseph’s (7), 2 Kilkenny City Harriers (18).

The new cross-country championship season kicked off on Sunday with the juvenile even-ages and men over 40 races. The event was hosted by the St Joseph’s athletic club in fields kindly made available at Ballycurran Cross, Tullogher, by local farmer Mr James Brennan. Despite the weather alert for the afternoon there was a good turnout with close on fifty runners going to the start of the under 10 and under 12 races. There were little or no surprises among the individual winners with last years form runners again very much to the fore. Thomastown’s Aine Kirwan led her team to victory in girls under 12 while Cathal Bergin won gold for St Joseph’s in the boys race. The under 14 titles went to Ciara O’Keeffe, Thomastown and Oisin Griffin, St Joseph’s. Kilkenny City Harriers won both under 16 races courtesy of Annie O’Connor and Luke FitzPatrick respectively. Lauren Dermody, Castlecomer, was a comfortable winner in the girls under 18 race and Peter Lynch had a similar outcome in the boys race. In the men’s over 40 Paul Moran, Kilkenny City Harriers, set the pace from the early stages. Sean Caulfield, St Senan’s gave chase but was unable to close on Moran who ran onto take first place. Caulfield took the silver and Thomastown’s Tommy Shefflin won the bronze.

In the Juvenile Shield competition Kilkenny City Harriers with 15 points have a two point lead over St Senans with 13 and Thomastown on 9. So all depends on the results from round two. The venue for next week is Castlecomer when the local club will host round two of the county championships. There will be juvenile races for under 7’s to under 19’s and Ladies over 40 and Men over 45. The first race will be on the starting line at 11.00am.

Club Codes: CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, J = St Joseph’s, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, S = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown.

County Cross-country Championships – Individual Results

Girls Under 8 – 1 Pia Langton KCH, 2 Caoimhe PowerTT, 3 Ava Mullally J, 4 Hazel Coogan G, 5 Kate Dowling KCH, 6 Sarah Foley J, 7 Olivia Comerford TT, 8 Kate Aylmer KCH, 9 Ava Medlar G, 10 Matild Bray G.

Boys Under 8 – 1 Liam O’Dwyer G, 2 Patrick Lacey KCH, 3 Issac Carew S, 4 Oisin Mullally J, 5 Oisin Farrell TT, 6 David Ryan KCH, 7 Rian Shefflin TT, 8 Michael Mullan G, 9 Louis Raggett KCH, 10 Luke Browne KCH, 11 Niall Ramswanny S, 12 Garrett Foot S, 13 Conor Farrell KCH, 14 Gavin O’Neill KCH, 15 Harry Morrissey S, 16 Ryan Farrell KCH.

Girls Under 10 – 1 Molly O’Dornan CC, 2 Maria O’Keeffe TT, 3 Ella Cusack G, 4 Libby Murphy S, 5 Grace Glennon J, 6 Orla Kenny KCH, 7 Kaithlin Mullally J,8 Ella Delahunty KCH, 9 Tara Fenlon TT, 10 Emily Murphy TT, 11 Orla Kirwan TT, 12 Kate O’Neill CC, 13 Becky Peters KCH, 14 Rachel Foley J, 15 Isabelle Roberts KCH, 16 Juliette Evans J, 17 Sophie Williams S, 18 Maria Connolly G, 19 Angela Carroll KCH, 20 Meabh Boyle J, 21 Molly Megan CC, 22 Niamh Galway TT.

Boys Under 10 – 1 Ned Langton KCH, 2 David Williams S, 3 Harry Boyle KCH, 4 Aidan Kehoe J, 5 Billy Coogan G, 6 Cian Farrell TT, 7 Declan Murphy J, 8 Sean Young KCH, 9 Calum Ryan S, 10 Tommy Maher TT, 11 Conor Byrne KCH, 12 Billy FitzPatrick KCH, 13 Evan Bolger TT, 14 James Brennan KCH, 15 Joey Ryan CC, 16 Alex Cass TT, 17 Jack Noonan KCH, 18 Shane Morrissey S, 19 Eoin Alyward S, 20 Noah Manogue TT, 21 Oisin Farrell KCH, 22 Bill Whelan KCH.

Girls Under 12 – 1 Aine Kirwan TT, 2 Fiona Dillon TT, 3 Saoirse Allen S, 4 Emma Manogue TT, 5 Aine Ryan J, 6 Erin Foley J, 7 Katie Clarke CC, 8 Marie Claire O’Dwyer G, 9 Sophie Mullally J, 10 Eve O’Dwyer G, 11 Keara Ryan KCH, 12 Katie Bookle J, 13 Eva Collins KCH, 14 Elena Lauhoff KCH, 15 Danielle Griffin J, 16 Katie Taylor TT, 17 Emma Shortall KCH, 18 Tara McGuire KCH, 19 Aoife Redmond S, 20. Siofra Ni Chasaide KCH, 21 Ellie Maher TT, 22 Clodagh Monahan S.

Boys Under 12 – 1 Cathal Beirne J, 2 Josh Fenton S, 3 Jack Murphy CC, 4 Billy Power TT, 5Cathal O’Reilly CC, 6 James Foot S, 7 Jack Aylmer KCH, 8 Thomas Mullally J, 9 Evan O’Toole J, 10 Killian Dunne G, 11 Charlie Mullins G, 12 Will Fox CC, 13 Robert Finn S, 14 Tadhg Connolly S, 15 Brogan McAvinney G, 16 Gordan Knight TT, 17 Robert Kelly KCH, 18 Brian Whelan KCH, 19 Danny Dowling J, 20 Luke Cullen KCH, 21 Stephen Neville TT, 22 Luke Dunne CC.

Girls Under 14 – 1 Ciara O’KeeffeTT, 2 Tara Ramswanny S, 3 Aoife Allen S, 4 Ellen Ryan TT, 5 Nell Murphy S, 6 Sinead O’Keeffe TT, 7 Rachel Kelly KCH, 8 Hannah Kelly KCH, 9 Orla O’Keeffe TT, 10 Chloe Mullally J, 11 Jennifer Leahy KCH, 12 Annie McEvoy KCH, 13 Grace Mullally J, 14 Aoife Cahalan CC, 15 Sadhbh Ni Chasaide KCH, 16 Shauna Finn S,17 Polly Peters KCH, 18 Dara Scobie KCH, 19 Meghan Rudkins CC, 20 Alannah O’Neill KCH.

Boys Under 14 – 1 Oisin Griffin J, 2 James Kearney KCH, 3 Conor Clarke CC, 4 Killian Griffin J, 5 Shay McEvoy KCH, 6 Killian Hogan CC, 7 Nicky Connolly CC, 8 Paul Murphy S, 9 Darragh Glynn KCH, 10 Jack Ryan J, 11 Jack Mullally J, 12 Sean O’Dornan CC, 13 Eddie Gittens G, 14 Reece Anderson T, 15 Darragh Maher KCH, 16 Alex Hughes J, 17 Cian Kavanagh S, 18 David Mullan G, 19 Fergal Shefflin S, 20 Cian Vereker S.

Girls Under 16 – 1 Annie O’Connor KCH, 2 Helen Hoynes J, 3 Ruth Kennedy G, 4 Ella Richardson KCH, 5 Anne Marie Moloney S, 6 Amy Redmond S, 7 Jennifer O’Keeffe KCH, 8 Lorna Monahan S, 9 Jade Maher KCH, 10 Molly O’Shea S, 11 Caoimhe Kearns S.

Boys Under 16 – 1 Luke FitzPatrick KCH, 2 Adam FitzPatrick KCH, 3 Rory Lodge KCH, 4 Richard Hennessy J, 5 Aaron Donnelly S, 6 David O’Carroll G, 7 Billy Delahunty S, 8 Eoin Maher S, 9 Eoin Walsh TT, 10 Bill Cody KCH, 11 Aaron Redmond S, 12 Thomas Sheridan S, 13 James Buggy CC, 14 David Murphy G, 15 James O’ Neill G.

Girls Under 18 – Lauren Dermody CC, 2 Aoibhe O’Shea KCH, 3 Grace Richardson KCH, 4 Dervla Kearns S, 5 Aoibhne Murphy KCH, 6 Kate Dunphy S, 7 Ailish Connolly S, 8 Sarah Butler S.

Boys Under 18 – 1 Peter Lynch KCH, 2 Sean Power TT, 3 Cormac Buggy G, 4 Michael Ryan KCH, 5 Craig Byrne KCH, 6 James Power TT, 7 Tommy Bric G, 8 Taylor Kane G, 9 Paul Manning J, 10 Jack Walsh G.

Men Over 40 – 1 Paul Moran KCH, 2 Sean Caulfield S, 3 Tommy Shefflin TT, 4 Seamus Power J, 5 David Farrell G, 6 Paul Sheehan J, 7 Larry Lacey J, 8 BillCarroll TT, 9 Rocky Mernagh J, 10 Sean Hokey J,11 Michael Power J,12 Muiris Bric G, 13 Liam McCabe TT, 14 Phillipe Beubry G.

County Cross-country Championships – Team results

Girls under 10 – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers A (42), 2 Castlecomer (44), 3 Thomastown (44), 4 St Joseph’s (46) 5 St Senan’s (61) 6 Kilkenny City Harriers B (99), 7 Kilkenny City Harriers C (126).

Boys under 10 – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers A (23), 2 Thomastown (45) , 3 St Senan’s A (48), 4 Kilkenny City Harriers B (64), 5 St Senan’s B (101), 6 Kilkenny City Harriers C (103).

Girls under 12 – 1 Thomastown (23), 2 St Joseph’s A (28), 3 Kilkenny City Harriers A (55), 4 St Senan’s (75), 5 St Joseph’s B (76), 6 Kilkenny City Harriers B (90), 7 Gowran (117), 8 Kilkenny City Harriers C (126), 9 Kilkenny City Harriers D (154).

Boys under 12 – 1 St Senan’s A (35), 2 St Joseph’s (37), 3 Castlecomer (42), 4 Kilkenny City Harriers A (62), 5 Gowran (63), 6 Thomastown (73), 7 Kilkenny City Harriers B (106), 8 St Senan’s B (118).

Girls under 14 – 1Thomastown (20), 2 St Senan’s (26), 3 Kilkenny City Harriers A (38), 4 Kilkenny City Harriers B (70).

Boys under 14– 1 St Joseph’s (23), 2 Castlecomer (28), 3 Kilkenny City Harriers (31).

Girls under 16 – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers (21), 2 St Senan’s (29).

Boys under 16 – 1 Kilkenny City Harriers (16), St Senan’s (31).

Girls under 18 – 1 St Senan’s (25).

Boys under 18 – 1 Gowran (28).
Men Over 40 – 1 St Joseph’s (17), 2 Thomastown (24), St Joseph’s (30), Gowran (31).
Sept 28 – More Road Running
While many of our members were caught up in the hurling celebrations a few, keeping the club colours flying, were in competitive action. Toss Hayes took to the roads in Dublin and had a good outing in the Rathfarnham 5K finishing the course in 14.50. Down south Paul Moran was first veteran home in the St Senan’s Open cross-country. Well done men.
Sept 21 – Good Road Works
Eoin Everard had a fine run in the J J Reddy 10K taking first place in 32mins 51 seconds. There were also a number of other fine returns from Davy Hogan, David Bergin, Don Egan. Donna Dowling completed the course in just over 41 minutes. Caoimhe Foley finished in 44. Brian Maher hit the road in Charleville for the international half marathon. He had a good time finishing fifth in 67minutes.