Dec 25/26 – Running in the Rain

Despite the incessant rain there was a fine attendance at the Christmas Morning Run around the city. Starter, Sean Lynch, thanked all who braved the weather to support the event and especially for their generous support for this years beneficiary. While this annual event, organised by Kilkenny City Harriers, is typically described as a “fun run”, for many of the participants it is that and more. Mostly it is the once a year time when former athletes meet up with each other and share the stories of another year. For some like Grainne NiFhloinn, home for Christmas from Dubai, and Sinead Foley, who toured much of the world during 2015, it was get together time. For others there is a challenge involved – one suspects that perhaps a small wager may have been placed by some of the athletes at last year’s run – to add some spice to the event. One of this year’s challenges was between former Harriers, Peadar O Neachtain and Eoin O’Floinn. Both set a hot pace from the start but it was obvious that Peadar was the better prepared. Leading from the turn into Rose Inn Street he held the front all the way back to the Parade and was still able to hold off a sprint finish by chief protagonist, O’Floinn. For distance runners Brian Maher and Peter Lynch the Run was a gentle workout in preparation for the St Stephen’s Day 5k in Stoneyford. When the latter race was cancelled the duo high-tailed it to Clonmel to join a 400 plus start line for the Clonmel 5k. A serious race emerged with three senior athletes – local man Kevin Maunsell, Clonliffe Harriers athlete Sergiu Ciabanu and the aforementioned Harrier, Brian Maher going out strong from the start. Maunsell and Ciabanu set the pace with Maher chasing them all the way and finally edging ahead at the finish to take first place in 19.03. Maunsell was second in 19.04 and Ciabanu made bronze in 19.07. Peter Lynch, well ahead of the leading bunch was fourth in 19.52. Willie Hoyne, Thomastown finished on 21.06 while Sally Forristal made the line in 24.32.
DEC 13 – The European Cross Country
Congratulations to our three representatives at the European Cross-Country championships in Hyeres, France today. After a warm sunny day yesterday today’s weather was ideal for running. The course was unusual. Man-made hills, tight corners and multiple underfoot conditions made steady running difficult if not impossible. Our two juniors, Aoibhe Richardson 61st and Peter Lynch 52nd, coped well and acquitted themselves well in the exalted company of the top runners in Europe. Peter’s time of 18.47 would be a good track time for the distance. Geraldine Nolan, Junior Manager for Athletics Ireland, kept the teams focussed throughout. Competing at this level was a unique experience for our two athletes and the experience gained will be a major building block for the future. Aoibhe’s team, the junior ladies, all ran well and finished in 11th place. Pre-race the team suffered a double blow with the withdrawal of national cross-country champion, Hope Saunders, because of injury, and Issabel Carron through illness. Peter’s team, junior boys placed 8th. Again an excellent result as all team members will still be eligible for this event in 2016 when hopefully all will be stronger, more experienced and hence better equipped to compete at international level.

Dec 6 – The All-Ireland in Dungarvan

And so after a successful cross-country season we travelled to Dungarvan today for the last race of the season on Irish soil. After yesterday’s Storm Desmond the course proved heavy and mucky. With just two juvenile teams entered most of our medal hopes depended on performances of county and provincial teams. The competition proved tough and as only one county team made the grade, medals were scarce. Annie McEvoy 7th in under 15 girls, Shay McEvoy 10th in under 15 boys and Rory Lodge 7th in under 17 boys were our stars as all won individual medals and Annie collecte gold with Leinster while Adam FitzPatrick joined Rory to win silver on the second placed Leinster team.
Full credit to all who took part and battled so hard over the tough course. Rose Kelly battled for us in girls under 11. We had four boys on the under 11 county team – Ned Langton, Conor Byrne, Harry Boyle and Billy FitzPatrick. All ran well. Abby Gilsenan had her best race of the season with the under 13 girls. As well as aforementioned Annie McEvoy we had great performances from Ellen FitzGerald, who showed great pace –especially over the second lap- and Hannah Lodge in the under 15 race. The under 15 boys were fifth club thanks to Shay McEvoy, James Kearney, Cathal Kearney – who made up a huge amount of ground in the second lap – Kevin Burns and Luke Whelan. The under 17 boys team finished in a commendable sixth place. Rory Lodge and Adam FitzPatrick worked together in the early part of the race, Luke FitzPatrick and Eoin Walsh worked hard and an ever improving Colm Murphy completed the scoring.
Our Novice Men failed to field a full team. Our road specialist, David McPherson, finished shoeless in 37th place. Marcus FitzSimons found the soft conditions tough but hung on to 161 spot with Niall Lacey finishing well in 170 spot. Well done all and we now look forward to the international experience next weekend when Peter and Aoibhe compete in the European Juniors in

Nov 22 – Stook 2015.
Some thirty members of the club, with the majority from our Fit4life section, took part in this year’s 10 mile Co Championship Road Race at the Stook. Host club Gowran had first team places with both Men’s and Women’s teams. Ray Lonergan won individual gold for the club and led the team into second place. Other scorers were Trust Mtinsi, Pat Purcell and John Carey. Helping the team in order of finishing were Tim Butler, Tony Kelly, Seamus Kavanagh, Davy Hogan, Barry Somers, Ken Byrne, Gary O’Dwyer, Mervin Doyle and Eoin Molloy.
The ladies were out in force and were rewarded with second and third place team medals. Karen Ryan was our first lady home followed in quick succession by Rita McGarvey, Cathy Millett and Aisling Gannon who comprised the second team. Scoring for thebronze medals were Marcella Dunne, Joya Burns, Deirdre Scott and Breegeen Murphy. Other finishers were Ann Brett, Jo Scobie, Colette Shannon, Katrina Lowry, Kate Malone, Martina McGrath and Majella Grogan.

Nov 22 – National Silver for Aoibhe and Peter

What a day we had in Santry today – must rank among one of the best cross-country days in the club’s history. Making it such was the fact that four of our young athletes qualified for international duty. Making the team for Junior European Championships were Aoibhe Richardson and Peter Lynch, both of whom had super runs taking individual silver in their respective races. Aoibhe chased winner, Hope Saunders, all the way. Likewise for Peter who had star athlete Kevin Mulcaire in his sights from the off. Two great results and well earned. Both now travel to France with the national teams in December. Annie McEvoy and Adam FitzPatrick were recognised by their performances in their respective under 16 races to gain selection for the forthcoming 2016 Celtic International in Scotland.
The underfoot conditions did not prove as dire as was predicted and with the sun shining Santry was a satisfactory setting. We had a couple of fallers and a few with minor spiking injuries but overall an enjoyable experience, particularly for our supporters – coaches, parents and extended families – who revelled in the successful performances of all our athletes.
The under 12 girls – Eleanor Godden, Caoimhe Carroll, Emma Shortall and Tara McGuire – got us off to a great start and helped the county team to second place with Eleanor and Caoimhe both scoring on the team. In the boys race our only runner was Jack Alymer and unfortunately his race ended with a fall. Our under 14 girls Abby Gilsenan and Hannah Lodge both put in a steady performance. Cathal Kearney, under 14, was an inspiration and finishing in 16th place won gold with the first placed county team. We had two great squads competing at under16 level. For the girls it was Annie McEvoy, out of her age, who stole the show with an individual 9th place finish. With Ella Richardson, Issey Shine and Lainey Gilsenan they were sixth club. In addition Annie scored on the first placed Provincial team The under 16 boys were out in force with seven on the team – Adam FitzPatrick, Shay McEvoy, James Kearney, Eoin Walsh, Johnnie Collins, Kevin Burns and Colm Murphy. With a major contribution from the KCH athletes the County team came third with Adam, Shay, James and Eoin all scoring. But for an unfortunate administrative error the club would also be in bronze medal position.
And so to our Junior teams. And credit where credit is due we had great representatives – The ladies team (Aoibhe Richardson, Grace Richardson, Annie O’Connor, Niamh McMullan) with all four working hard we had a good result especially with Aoife winning individual silver. The major bonus from this performance is that Aoibhe will be a valued member of the national team which competes in The European Junior cross-country championships in France next month The junior men (Peter Lynch, Tom O’Keeffe, Rory Lodge. Craig Byrne, Luke FitzPatrick) also acquitted themselves very well. For Peter his second place earns him similar kudos as Aoibhe. For both it is just reward for the dedication to training and competition over the last couple of years. Tom O’Keeffe with a serious run finished 12th and Rory Lodge with a number of years still at this level placed 32nd.
The final race of the day – the men’s 10,000m – also brought nail biting excitement. Brian Maher, back in top fighting order, gave 110% as he battled with the top distance runners in the country. A poor direction from a course official cost him at least one place at the finish but finishing 9th in an all star field is no mean achievement. Meanwhile David McPherson, making his debut at this level, ran consistently throughout to finish in 65th position.
Well done to all our athletes today and a special thank you to coaches and team managers who work so well with the athletes all year long.
Nov 15 – Brian Regains Title

Conahy, Brian Maher’s homeground, was once again the venue for this year’s senior cross-country championships. The ground was in good condition despite yesterdays deluge. From the start of the men’s 10K race KCH were in first team contention with Brian, Eoin Everard and Toss Hayes leading the field and so it continued until the penultimate lap when Gowran’s Niall Sheehan moved into third leaving Toss in fourth. David McPherson was galloping along behind these four and finished in fifth place to give the club a comfortable win in the A championship and so retain the shield for another year. Ray Lonergan in eight place was fifth scorer for the club. Then it was down to the B Division and again KCH were in command with newcomer Marcus FitzSimons running a beautiful race to finish ninth. Good sustained performances from the rest of the team -Niall Lacey (17), John Maye (20) and Ed O’Keeffe (24) – brought gold in this division.

The club had eight ladies competing in the ladies 4K. Cathy Millet made for a fast start but paid the price later as the race progressed. Niamh Richardson was one of three runners who got away from the rest of the large field. Despite her best efforts she was unable to pull away from the other two and ultimately had to settle for individual bronze. Rita McGarvey in 12th place was our second finisher. In good cross country fashion our ladies packed well but not sufficiently near the front. Right behind Rita was Grace Richardson(13th ) making her debut in senior competition. Barbara Rossiter was 14th , then Maria Cormack (18th ), Maria Murphy (19th ), Anne Marie O’Grady (21st) and Cathy Millett (22nd). In the circumstances with a number of athletes unavoidably absent the team did well to win team bronze. For Gowran who finished first it was a memorable day out as it is their first time collecting the Ladies Cup. Adele Walsh, St Senan’s was first in and Sally Forristal, St Joseph’s won the silver.
Nov 08 – Gold in The Arboretum

The JFK Arboretum in New Ross, at first glance, seemed like an ideal venue for the Leinster cross-country. However given the day that was in it one might question it’s suitability. I suppose no venue would have been top class with the weather the way it was. It was wet and stormy and with poor drainage around the course there were plenty of little lakes and as the day progressed there was plenty of muck. On the positive side it probably means that those who survived the day and conquered the course need never fear cross-country again.

For KCH athletes there was a major positive with a haul of 25 Leinster Medals and many of them gold. The girls under 11 was the first race and while most found the going tough Rose Kelly came through to win silver with the county team. The other team members in order of finishing were Orla Kenny, Rachel Dowling, Isobel Roberts, Ella Delahunty and Abbie O’Brien. Ned Langton led the under 11 boys home with a 9th place finish – again winning county silver plus a place on the Leinster squad for the nationals. The rest of the U11 squad were Harry Boyle, Conor Byrne, Billy Fitzpatrick, Shane Culleton, Sean Young and Matthew McCarthy. Our sole U13 competitor was Abby Gilsenan who performed well and just missed out on a medal by being the seventh finisher on the county team. Then it was the turn of the U15’s. Annie McEvoy worked really hard and was rewarded with individual bronze. Hannah Lodge, a great battling Ellen FitzGerld and Lainey Gilsenan brought the team into a well merited 7th place. And so to the Under 15 boys who lived up to our expectations by bringing home the gold. Shay McEvoy, winning individual silver, set the team in a good place. James Kearney 4th , Cathal Kearney 17th and Kevin Burns 18th and solid running from an improved Luke Whelan and Tom Carroll completed the winning line-up.

Annie O’Connor placed 18th in the under17 girls race. The boys under 17 equalled the performance of the under 15s by also winning team gold. Rory Lodge, back from injury, fought through the heavy conditions to place 9th. Adam Fitzpatrick was 13th and a quality run from Luke Fitzpatrick brought him to 19th lace. Top marks also for Colm Murphy who stuck to his task all the way through and guaranteed the gold for his team.
The final race of the day, the men’s 8000m, was hotly contested. David McPherson, more used to road running, coped brilliantly with the adverse conditions and finished in 5th place. Paul Moran worked his way around the course picking off runners one by one to finish in 19th place. Pat Young and Ed O’Keeffe completed the scoring with the team placing 8th. Well done everyone -athletes, coaches and supporters.

Nov 07 – Rachel Makes Further Gains

Rachel Kelly, competing in the All-Ireland Schools Multi-events finals in Athlone, turned in another excellent result. She finished in fifth place with a new points total of 3,169, up 180 points on her Leinster score. This was achieved through PB performances in Shot 10.93, Long Jump 4.72,Hurdles 9.69 and 80m 2.28.36.
Nov 07 – A Workout for Brian in Milton Keynes

Brian Maher had a useful workout in 10K at the UK Cross held in Milton Keynes on Saturday. Finishing in 13th place he was the second Irishman in the race.
Nov 01- Aoibhe in Lotto Cross
Aoibhe Richardson made a successful trip to Moll, Belgium, to compete in The Lotto Cross country. Running the 4200m course in 15.17 she placed well in fifth position.

Nov 01 – Novice Men Win Novice Cup

Our novice men put in an excellent challenge at the Novice cross-country championships in Kilmacow today. Craig Byrne took individual bronze and set the team up for victory. John Maye in 4th place gave the team an added chance and then Tim Butler 8th, Tony Kelly 11th and Philip Molloy 13th cemented the win and so the Novice Cup is back in Kilkenny. Our Ladies also mounted a fine challenge but lost out marginally to Gowran. Maria Cormack in her first adult cross-country race pushed hard all the way and finished in third place. Theresa O’Hanlon kept pace with Maria and the ever young Cathy Millett, covering the course like a person half her age, was an excellent fifth. Olive Lacey in 11th place was a great help to the team which won the silver medals.

Our juveniles were small in number but great in quality. Molly Daly was a convincing winner in girls under 8 and her cousin Martha Bergin took fourth place. The girls under 10, Ellie Moran 7th and Eimear O’Neill 8th , were unfortunate as having ran a great race they were short that one more to make a team. The boys under 10 had a team and fine running from new-comers to cross-country, Alex Cullen 1st and Evan Cullen 19th , and James Bergin 3rd , they won the second place silver medals. Our last juvenile of the day was Colm Murphy who won silver in the under 16 race.
Probably an incorrect expression in Parkrun Terms but I’m sure Parkrun Leaders is acceptable. A warm and dry morning saw two KCH men hit the trail around the park as if this was a championship race. The end result was the setting of a high mark for both senior and juvenile categories with Brian Maher, senior, clocking 15.23 and Peter Lynch, junior, not far behind on 15.55 – strong times!!
OCT 26 -KCH at the Marathon

KCH were well represented at this year’s Dublin City Marathon and quite a few posted excellent times for the event. The top two men finishers were training partners Pat Purcell who finished on 2.55.31 and Conor D’Arcy on 3.00.28. The first two for the ladies were Ciara Delaney on 3.25.31 and Lisa Collins with 3.32.28 both of whom are members of the large Fit4Life contingent. Included among the successful finishers were club coaches Jareck Balcer, Seamus Kavanagh, Anita Byrne, Richie Cody and Paul Moran. Paul, who was a pacer for the 3.20 group, did his duty well as he came home in 3.19.11. One of the unsuccessful ones was David McPherson who had to pull out at the sixteen miles mark. Up to that point he was on course for a sub 2.30 finish. This will be a mere temporary set-back for David who is a dedicated runner.
OCT 21 – Rachel Kelly in CE Final
At the recent Leinster Schools Combined Events Rachel Kelly achieved qualification for the National Finals in November when she scored 2,959 points to win bronze in the Junior girls event. Jennifer Leahy, competing at Minor Girls level finished 6th with 2,541 points. Lizzie McGee scored 1,573 points in the same competition.

Oct 25 – A Great Day in Moyvalley

On an ideal day for cross-country running and on a well laid-out course our athletes performed well. The end result, between individual, club and county medals, was a medal count of thirty five. The under 12 girls got us off to an exciting start with Eleanor Godden and Caoimhe Carroll finishing 4th and 12th respectively thereby helping the county team into first place and the club into third. The under 12 boys, short three of the qualifying team, did well to finish in 10th place. Next up was the under 14 girls where Abby Gilsenan and Hannah Lodge, running without a club team, showed great improvement on their county championship performance. Cathal Kearney carried the colours for the under 14s and did so effectively with a 10th place finish. Then to the under 16 girls where Annie McEvoy and Ella Richardson, both impressive with strong and intelligent running, won silver with the county team. And with Issey Shine and Lainey Gilsenan the club won bronze. The under 16 boys with a seven man team in action had a similar result winning club bronze and the first four home Adam FitzPatrick, Shay McEvoy, James Kearney and Eoin Walsh scoring on the county team which won silver. Our final action on the day was with the junior men and like the juveniles they all did us proud over the 6K course. Peter Lynch led them home in second place. Tom O’Keeffe was strong throughout and taking eight place he helped secure bronze for the club and silver for the county. A great day out.

Individual Results
Under 12 Girls: 4 Eleanor Godden, 12 Caoimhe Carroll, 29 Emma Shortall, 54 Tara McGuire.
Under 12 Boys: 41 Jack Alymer, 67 Mickey Raggett, 69 Conor Kavanagh, 85 Mick Carroll, 88 Harry Shine,
Under 14 Girls: 49 Abby Gilsenan, 51 Hannah Lodge.
Under 14 Boys: 10 Cathal Kearney.
Under 16 Girls: 7 Annie McEvoy, 8 Ella Richardson, 41 Issey Shine, 56 Lainey Gilsenan.
Under 16 Boys: 6 Adam FitzPatrick, 9 Shay McEvoy, 17 James Kearney, 22 Eoin Walsh, 35 Johnny Collins, 42 Kevin Burns, 50 Colm Murphy.
Junior Men: 2 Peter Lynch, 8 Tom O’Keeffe, 44 Luke FitzPatrick, 52 Craig Byrne
Oct 18 – Open Cross – Phoenix Park
Three club members running – three club members running well. Aoibhe Richardson finished 2nd in the Junior Ladies. Peter Lynch did likewise in the Junior men and BrianMaher also showed good form to finish 4th in the 8K.

Oct 11 – Juvenile Cross-country Shield Stays Put

Day 2 of the cross-country, held in Castlecomer, didn’t prove as successful as Day 1 but the overall result from the two days left us clear winners of the juvenile shield for 2015. We had a great turnout from the under 9 and under 11 girls with a combined number exceeding thirty participants. However in terms of point scoring on the day it was the boys who fared the best with the under 11,15 and 17 teams winning gold. The under 15 girls won silver. The teams in girls under 11, girls under 13 and boys under 13 all came close with fourth place finishes. The O45 men won silver.

Martha Bergin, girls under 9, was our first of six individual gold medal winners. The others were Annie McEvoy in girls under 15, Shay McEvoy in boys under 15, Annie O’Connor in girls under 17, Rory Lodge in boys under 17 and Peter Lynch in boys under 19. The under 15 boys had one of those exceptional days with Shay McEvoy, James Kearney, Kevin Burns and Cathal Kearney finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively – a really clean sweep. Well done all.


Girls’ U-7: 1 Martha Bergin

Boys’ U-7: 2 Robert Lacey;

Girls’ U-9:, 2 Pia Langton, 4 Emer O Neill , 5 Milly Gilsenan , 7 Cara Duggan , 9 Hannah Quinn , 11 Molly Daly, 12 Kate Dowling, 16 Ella Wall, 17 Sarah Dunne , 20 Nessa Godden , 21 Layla Szczenpanska, 25 Clodagh O Callaghan, 27 Ruby Timmins McEneany, 29 Amy Murphy , 30 Evelyn McEvoy , 31 Aoibhe Quinn ,

Boys’ U-9: 2 James Bergin, 3 Patrick Lacey, 9 Louis Raggett , 16 Daniel Ryan, 17 Dan Carroll, 19 Luke Kerwick , 25 Luke Browne, 26 Sean Carroll, 38 Liam Keogh.

Girls’ U-11: 12 Orla Kenny, 13 Ella Delahunty , 14 Rose Kelly, 18 Rachel Dowling, 20 Orla O Grady, 23 Isobel Roberts, 24 Aisling Browne, 29 Angela Carroll, 30 Becky Peters, 31 Doireann O Donnell, 37 Caoimhe Walsh, 41 Kate Foley, 42 Emma Maher , 43 Toni Comerford, 46 Abby Kehoe, 47 Laura Kehoe, 50 Kate Duggan
Boys’ U-11: 2 Ned Langton, 5 Harry Boyle, 8 Conor Byrne, 12 Shane Culleton, 15 Sean Young, 16 Billy Fitzpatrick, 19 Danny Ring, 21 Rory McEvoy, 25 Matt McCarthy , 26 James Brennan, 27 Joe Cleary , 35 Jack Noonan.

Girls’ U-13: 5 Eleanor Godden, 12 Abby Gilsenan, 20 Tara McGuire, 27 Bobby Brennan, 32 Emma Keogh.

Boys’ U-13: 8 Jack Alymer, 9 Conor Brennan, 21 Denis Dalton, 23 Mick Carroll.

Girls’ U-15: 1 Annie McEvoy, 8 Izzy Shine, 9 Hannah Lodge, 10 Jennifer Leahy, 12 Ellen Fitzgerald,15 Lainey Gilsenan, 16 Danielle Quigley.
Boys’ U-15: 1 Shay McEvoy, 2 James Kearney, 3 Kevin Burns, 4 Cathal Kearney, 10 Luke Whelan, 12 Tom Carroll.

Girls’ U-17: 1 Annie O Connor, 2 Ella Richardson.
Boys’ U-17: 1 Rory Lodge, 2 Adam Fitzpatrick, 4 Luke Fitzpatrick,, 6 Eoin Walsh, 7 John Nolan, 9 Colm Murphy.

Boys’ U-19: 1 Peter Lynch, 5 Craig Byrne.

Men O45: 3 Pat Young, 6 Tim Butler, 10 John Collins, 13 Willie McTiernan

Oct 4 – Truly a Golden Performance in Ballycurran

The first round of the county cross-country championships were held today in Ballycurran Cross – hosted by the St Joseph’s club. This was truly a “Golden Performance” by KCH. Starting with a runaway victory for Molly Daly in girls under 8 the club continued to add a further eight individual golds ending the day with gold for Paul Moran in the Men’s O/40 6K. The other individual winners were Boys under 10 – Brian Moore, Boys under 14 – Cathal Kearney, Girls under 16 – Ella Richardson, Boys under 16 – Adam FitzPatrick, Girls under 18 – Annie O’Connor, Boys under 18 – Rory Lodge, Ladies O/40 – Niamh Richardson.
And it wasn’t just the individual winners that filtered gold – the teams were very much into gold also. Seven teams won gold – Boys under 10; Girls under 12; Boys under 12; Girls under 16; Boys under 16; Boys under 18 and Men O/40. In addition Girls under 10, Girls under 14 and Boys under 16 added silver medals. One notable placing was that of Conor Kavanagh – 14th in boys under 12. Notable because a 15th place would have meant Gowran would have taken the gold medals – the lesson being that every place counts!!
This has been our best first round achievement for many years – thanks to a good turnout by our athletes and good preparation by our dedicated coaches. Well done all.

Individual Placings
Girls’ U-8: 1 Molly Daly (KCH), 3 Laura Leahy (KCH), 4 Martha Bergin (KCH), 9 Layla Szczepanska (KCH),, 11 Maeve White (KCH), 13 Amy Murphy (KCH), 14 Elywyn McEvoy (KCH), 20 Ellen Daly (KCH).
Boys’ U-8: 4 Luke Brown (KCH), 7 Sean Carroll (KCH), 8 Eoin Moore (KCH), 10 Dan Carroll (KCH),15 Robert Lacey (KCH), 17 Liam Kehoe (KCH).

Girls’ U-10: 4 Pia Langton (KCH), 7 Angela Carroll (KCH), 11 Aisling Browne (KCH), 15 Sinead Carroll (KCH), 21 Sarah Dunne (KCH), 22 Ellie Moran (KCH), 23 Abbie Keogh (KCH), 24 Aine White (KCH), , 26 Laura Keogh (KCH), 28 Nessa Godden (KCH).

Boys’ U-10: 1 Brian Moore (KCH), 4 Sean Young (KCH), 9 Patrick Lacey (KCH), 10 Rory McEvoy (KCH), 22 James Bergin (KCH.
Girls’ U-12: 2 Eleanor Godden (KCH), 5 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 9 Emma Shortall (KCH), 12 Rachel Leahy (KCH), 18 Tara McGuire (KCH.).
Boys’ U-12: 3 Jack Alymer (KCH), 5 Ned Langton (KCH), 13 Conor Byrne (KCH), 14 Conor kavanagh (KCH), 16 Harry Boyle (KCH), 21 Mickey Raggett (KCH), 26 Mick Carroll (KCH), 29 Jack Noonan (KCH).

Girls’ U-14: 6 Jennifer Leahy (KCH), 9 Danielle Quigley (KCH), 10 Hannah Lodge (KCH), 14 Ellen Fitzgerald (KCH),18 Abbie Gilsenan (KCH), 25 Emma Poyntz (KCH), 28 Emma Keogh (KCH).
Boys’ U-14: 1 Cathal Kearney (KCH), 10 Conor Brennan (KCH).
Girls’ U-16: 1 Ella Ricardson (KCH), 2 Annie McEvoy (KCH), 7 Izzy Shine (KCH), 11 Lainey Gilsenan (KCH).
Boys’ U-16: 1 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 2 Shay McEvoy (KCH), 4 James Kearney (KCH), 5 Eoin Walsh (KCH),, 7 Johnnie Collins (KCH), 8 Kevin Byrnes (KCH), 9 Colm Murphy (KCH), 13 Luke Whelan (KCH).

Girls’ U-18: 1 Annie O Connor (KCH), 2 Grace Richardson (KCH.
Boys’ U-18: 1 Rory Lodge (KCH), 3 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 5 John Nolan (KCH). 6 Jack Manning (KCH)..
Senior Ladies (W40): 1 Niamh Richardson (KCH).
Senior Men (M40): 1 Paul Moran (KCH), 4 Pat Young (KCH), 9 Tim Butler (KCH), 11 Tony Kelly (KCH), 15 Willie McTiernan (KCH).

Sept 28 – Great Running in Castle Park

There was some great competition at the annual Primary Schools Cross-country challenge held in the Castle Park on Monday. The competition was especially close in the girls’ races where it was neck and neck between three schools for the KCH Shield. Ultimately it was St Canice’s who prevailed, but only just. They finished on 18 points with Gael Scoil Osrai second with 17 points and St John Of God a close third on16 points – one point in any direction could have made a very different result. The boys races saw St Canice’s maintain their dominant position in this annual event. Collecting 25 points they retained the KCH Shield for the best boys school and were well ahead of second placed St Patrick’s who scored 13 points. Gael Scoil Osrai were in third place with 10 points. Given the very good performance of the teams from St Canice’s it was little wonder that they again retained the St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union Shield for the best overall school. Team medals were won by St Canices, St Patrick’s, St John Of God, CBS, Kilkenny School Project and Gael Scoil Osrai.

Thanks to a really fine weather day, and the OPW who keep the grass and grounds so well, this was a very enjoyable competition. Being run efficiently by the Friends of KCH and a four man team of students From St Kieran’s College – David O’Carroll, Bill Cody, Sean Richardson and John Nolan – contributed to its overall success.

Individual Medal Winners
Fourth Class Girls- 1st Abby O’Brien, Gael Scoil Osrai; 2nd Rachel Dowling, St Canice’s; 3rd Niamh Ryan, St John Of God.
Fifth Class Girls – 1st Caoimhe Carroll, St Canice’s; 2nd Amy Clifford, St Canice’s; 3rd Rose Kelly, Gael Scoil Osrai.
Sixth Class Girls – 1st Emma Manogue, Gael Scoil Osrai; 2nd Emma Shortall, Presentation Primary; 3rd Rachel Leahy, St John of God.
Fourth Class Boys – 1st Fred O’Donnell, 2nd Brian Moore, 3rd Tom McPhillips, all St Canice’s.
Fifth Class Boys – 1st Jack Alymer, Gael Scoil Osrai; 2nd Sam Oyewole, St Patrick’s; 3rd Killian Dunne, CBS.
Sixth Class Boys – 1st Rory O’Connor, St Canice’s; 2nd Eoghan O’Neill, St Canice’s; 3rd Aaron Askins, Kilkenny School Project.
Sept 27 – Maher and McPherson on the Road
Brian Maher had a useful workout on the road at the Rathfarnham 5K today. Coming home in 14.51 he took third place. Meanwhile David McPherson was hitting the road with gusto to take second place in the Carlow half marathon. this was David’s third competitive outing this month. Last Sunday he finished 8th in the Dublin half marathon in 1.13. Earlier in the month he ran the Luggacurran 10K in 33.36 when he finished in second place. Well done men.
Sept 27 – Congratulations
to Molly Daly and Larua Leahy – 1st and 3rd respectively at St Senan’s Open crosss-country today.