Dec 26 – Road Runners Galore
The fun runs of Christmas morning were left behind for the somewhat more serious activity on the roads on St Stephen’s day. While Christmas morning saw former athletes returning to Kilkenny todays action had some Harriers returning to their ancesteral counties for their road runs. James Ledingham went south to Kerry where he won the local 5K. Toss Hayes went north and took first place in the very competitive FinnValley 5K. Closer to home Brian Maher clocked 19.10 when he finished third in the Clonmel four mile. Then in the Stoneyford 5K, there was a considerable number of club members taking part, many of whom had contributed to the Christmas morning run. Indeed they not just took part in Stoneyford. They took part successfully. Eoin Everard was first across the finish line with a new course record of 15.01. Close behind in second place was Peter Lynch. Aoibhe Richardson, home from college in America, was first senior lady and Niamh Richardson was first in the over 40 plus. Shay McEvoy was also in good fettle andwon the juvenile section. Meanwhile back in the city Pat Purcell and John Carey made it one, two in the James Stephens 10K with Pat completing the course in 38.40. Well done all and best wishes for continued success in 2017.
Dec 25 – Christmas Morning Run
The fine unseasonal weather proved very welcome for the large turnout for the annual Christmas morning run around the streets of Kilkenny. This event, which is more social than competitive, continues to grow in popularity. This year’s gathering brought together expats from Dublin, London, New Zealand, UAE, Canada and many other parts. While stories were shared a foundation put down for the turkey and ham and Kilkenny St Vincent DePaul benefited by one thousand euro plus.
Dec 11 – Peter Makes Progress in Sardinia
This year’s European cross-country was held in Chia, Sardinia – not an easy place to get to – for athletes and supporters alike. However the Irish did not disappoint. Every athlete – junior, under 23 and senior –men and women – gave their best. The support was also fine with Irish flags well positioned around the course and Irish voices very much to the fore in every race.
KCH’s athlete Peter Lynch gave us plenty to cheer about as he travelled the four laps of the 6K course gradually gaining ground and passing many athletes from twentyfive plus countries. He made little of the “man made mounds” around the course, even having the disciplined control to sidestep a faller on the steepest of the mounds. Finishing in 25th place he was second scorer on the Ireland team which placed sixth – some 27 places better than the 2015 event in France. Hopefully this progression will continue and reflect his juvenile experience. As a juvenile when he qualified for his first national he placed 65th at under 15 in 2011. Then it was 55th in 2012, 12th in 2013 and 1st in 2014. A proud record indeed and a just reward for – his dedication to training, the help and guidance of his coaches and the support of his parents and family.
Dec 11 – Eleanor – A Star in Dundalk
Many of our juvenile athletes were in action in the All-Ireland Uneven ages cross-country in Dundalk IT. Star of the day was under 13 athlete Eleanor Godden who finished 7th and won silver All-Ireland medal with the county team. Our best team on the day was the girls under 17 which came fifth thanks to all involved but especially Annie McEvoy and Ella Richardson 11th and 22nd respectively. Shay McEvoy had an excellent run for the under 17 boys with a 12th place finish. Brian Moore, taking parting his first national cross-county, had a great run to finish 43rd in the under 11 race. It is interesting to note that Peter Lynch who was running in today’s Euro Cross was running for a number of years before he managed to qualify to run in an All-Ireland.
Under 11 – AngelaCarroll 94, Brian Moore 43, Ruairi McEvoy 132.
Under 13 – Eleanor Godden 7, Emma Shortall 105, Tom Lodge 53.
Under 15 – Ella fitzGerald 41.
Under 17 – Annie McEvoy 11, Ella Richardson 22, Issey Shine 83, Ciara Murphy 96.
Shay McEvoy 12, James Kearney 61, Kevin Burns 62, Colm Murphy 84, Luke Whelan 117.
Dec 10 – Another First for Brian on the Road
A four man KCH team competed in the Ballyroan 10 mile today. Brian Maher once again showed his pace and stamina to clinch victory in 50.38 minutes. Not far behind was Toss Hayes in second place. His time was 50.41. Also under the hour was Trust Mtinsi in 59.06 and finishing on the hour was Paul Moran. Some would be happy with those times – on a bike! Well done men.
Dec10 -Another PB + International Silver for Rachel
In a very busy weekend for the club Rachel Kelly got us off to good start. Rachel was competing in the Schools International Combined Events championships in Athlone. She scored another PB for the event with a points total of 3,339. This was achieved through the following five results – Shot 12.38, 60m hurdles 9.56, Long Jump 4.81, High Jump 1.57, 800m 2.33.63. Rachel’s good performance helped the team into second place thereby acquiring a silver International medal. A well earned reward.
Dec 4 – Under 11 Athletes Sweep the Country
Some outstanding performances from our young athletes at the B Counties in Thomastown today. The under 9’s were excellent but the under 11’s stole the show. Girls under 11 had Angela Carroll and Emily Smith winning gold and silver respectively and the team took first team medals. For the boys it was anything you can do we can do better. Ruairi McEvoy was a clear winner and Sean Young was second. Teamwise all athletes scored bringing first and second team medals. Top scorers for our under 9’s were – Girls: 1st Molly Daly, 5th Sarah Richardson; Boys: 2nd Dan Carroll, 4th Luke Browne. Ellen Daly was the star under 7 winning individual silver.
In the adult races Cathy Millett led the Novice race from start to finish with Regina Moran finishing in sixth place. Paul Larkins won silverin the men’s novice while Willie McTiernan placed 10th in the men’s over 50. Well done all.
Under 7 – 2 Ellen Daly.
Under 9 – Girls:1 Molly Daly, 5 Sarah Richardson, 12 Emer Hogan, 18 Evelyn McEvoy, 20 Lauren Moran, 22 Kate Hobson Shaw.
Boys: 2 Dan Carroll, 4 Luke Browne, 5 Sean Carroll, 6 Tom Carroll, 7 Barry Furlong, 8 Robert Lacey, 13 Liam Kehoe, 15 Cormac Cody, 26 Kyrii Mtinsi.
Girls under 11: 1 Angela Carroll, 2 Emily Smith, 6 Niamh Ryan, 9 AislingBrowne, 10 Ellie Moran, 11 Sinead Carroll, 12 Abbie Kehoe, 13 Blaithin Hogan, 16 Laura Kehoe.
Boys under 11: 1 Ruairi McEvoy, 2 Sean Young, 4 Patrick Lacey, 5 Alex Cullen, 7 Harry Moore, 14 Evan Cullen.
Dec 3 – Waterford Half
Trust Mtinsi finished the Waterford Half in 1.18.57 to lead our men home. Caoimhe Sheeran (nee Foley) in 1.35.35 led the ladies home. Among our finishers were Pat Young, Davy Hogan,Mervin Doyle, Seamus Kavanagh, Denis Carrigan, Declan Walshe, Darragh Sharpe, Ian Comerford, Sean OHargain, Barbara Rossiter, Karen Ryan, Dee Griffin, Kathy Carter, Dympna Kelly, Anne Marie Shortall, Valerie Landy, Mags Maxwell, Helen gillman, amy Granville, Colette Shannon, Teresa Comerford, Martina McGrath.
Nov 27 – The Florentine Experience
Well done to our marathon ambassadors Dee Scott, Irene Henebry, Bregeen Murphy, Una Byrne and Jo Scobie – in Florence.
Nov 27 – Stook 2016
There were many good returns from this year’s Stook 10mile racein Dungarvan. Trust Mtinsi finished 5th to lead our men into second place. The other scorers were Pat Young and John Carey. Other finishers were Pat Purcell,Ian Cullen, Davy Hogan, Mervin Doyle, Ken Byrne, Ian Comerford and Philip Molloy. Cathy Millett had double reason to celebrate. With an outstanding performance she was first in the over 50 rankings and also first scorer for KCH ladies. The ladies had two teams finishing in the medals. Rita McGarvey and Kate Millett joined with Cathy to claim the silver team medals. Bronze team medals went to Joya Burns, Karen Ryan and Marie Slattery. Well done all.
Nov 27 – A Great Cross-Country Day
The national even age cross-country finals held in Abbotstown today proved an exciting and in many ways a very successful day for KCH. There was disappointment too as injury to a couple of our athletes deprived the club of some major achievements. However it is best to dwell on the positives. First, major congratulations to Peter Lynch on his fine performance in the junior 6K. Battling all the way he won individual silver and a place on the Irish team for the European cross in Italy in December. Our senior men gave it their all. Led by Brian Maher who put in a phenomenal run to place 7th and just miss out on international selection. With Eoin Everard 10th and Toss Hayes 13th the team was in with a shout for team medals. James Ledingham 76th and Ray Lonergan 104th completed the team which finished in fourth place and a mere 2 points short of third and just five short of second. A fab performance.
Our juveniles also gave us great value. Laura Ward, in 9th place, scored on the Leinster team and led in the under 18 girls into 5th – Others were Annie O’Connor, Ella Richardson and Ciara Murphy. Adam FitzPatrick finished 10th in boys under 18 to claim an All-Ireland medal. Shay McEvoy was also in fine form to take 7th place in the under 16 race. Our team were 10th . The other members in order of finishing were James Kearney, Cathal Kearney, Kevin Burns, Luke Whelan and John Muldowney. The under 16 girls were even more impressive with Annie McEvoy in 7th and Ellen FitzGerald 31st both winning bronze medals with the county team. The club team was 7th thanks to Annie, Ellen, Issey Shine and Hannah Lodge.
All our under 12 athletes ran on county teams and acquitted themselves well. Rose Kelly gained valuable experience with the girls while our four boys – Ned Langton, Harry Boyle, Conor Byrne and Ruairi McEvoy – all ran exceptionally well. Ned, Harry and Conor all scored on the county team that finished sixth. Well done to our athletes, coaches, parents and officials for creating this successful day for the club.
Nov 19 – Harriers Backbone UL Victory
UL had their first victory in fifteen years at the Intervarsities Road Relays in Maynooth. The UL win was greatly helped by the presence of three KCH athletes – Peter Lynch, Eoin Everard and James Ledingham. John McCallion ran the first leg, one mile, before handing over to Peter Lynch who ran the two mile. Next up, for the three mile leg was Eoin Everard. Eoin turned a small fifteen second deficit into a fifteen second lead before passing the baton to Niall Tuohy for the second two mile. James Ledingham ran the final leg to clinch victory for the Limerick squad. Congratulations and Well done lads.
Nov 13 – More Success on “the Golf Course”
Athletes from around Leinster made their second trip of the season to The New Harvest Golf Club in Tyrrellspass. Today it was for the juvenile uneven ages and the senior championships. From the start our athletes did us proud. Eoin Moore and Luke Browne set the tone with fine runs for the under 9’s. Success was the name of the game for our county teams and KCH athletes played key roles in this success. The same can be said of the Kilkenny athletes in general. County under 11 won gold. In this race Angela Carroll had a great run to finish 21st. In the under 11 boys Brian Moore was our leader and finishing 12th he also won silver with the county team. Eleanor Godden, 4th under 13, won gold with the county team. Ellen FitzGerald was her usual metronomic self as she waded through the under 15 field picking off runners at will. Having a poor start she soon made amends and finished with an individual 10th place and gold with the county side. The under 17 girls lost Annie McEvoy through injury but undaunted they (Ella, Isseyand Ciara) backboned the county team which won silver.
Star team of the day was our under 17 boys, most of whom are under 16. As before Shay McEvoy led them home taking the individual bronze. But this was a real team affair as Shay, Kevin Burns, Johnie Collins, Colm Murphy, James Kearney and Luke Whelan combined to win club silver and the first five named scored for the county team which won the gold.
Toss Hayes battled hard over the Senior Men’s 10K course. Finishing in third place he has had a useful workout ahead of the national seniors in Abbottstown on 27th November.
Eva Collins in girls under 15 and Laura Ward in girls under 19 were unfortunate as picking up injuries they were unable to finish their races.
Girls under 11- 8th Club – Angela Carroll 21, Emily Smith 50, Aisling Browne 75, Ellie moran 103.
Boys under 11 – 6th Club – Brian Moore 12, Ruairi McEvoy 43, Sean Young 66, Alex Cullen 71.
Girls under 13 – Eleanor Godden 4, Emma Shortall 48.
Boys under 13 – Tom Lodge 33, Conor Byrne 63.
Girls under 15 – Ellen FitzGerald 10, Abbie Gilsenan 54, Hannah Lodge 88.
Boys under 15 – Cathal Kearney 18, John Muldowney 59.
Girls under 17 – Ella Richardson 4, Issey Shine 24, Ciara Murphy 33.
Boys under 17 – Shay McEvoy 3, James Kearney 10, Kevin Burns 11, Johnie Collins 18, Colm Murphy 23, Luke Whelan 29.
Senior Men – Toss Hayes 3, Ray Lonergan 20, Paul Moran 35, Pat Young 45.
Nov 11 – Rachel for Schools International
Today was a day to remember for Rachel Kelly. Competing in the Schools National Intermediate Combined Events in Athlone she had a new points PB of 3248. This took her into 4th place which qualifies her for the Irish team to compete in the Schools International on 10th December. Jennifer Leahy, competing at Minor Level, also had a 4th place finish with a points total of 2767. Both KCH athletes are students in Loreto Secondary School.
Nov 06 – Silver for Novice Men
The sunny cross-country weather continued for the Novice championships in Kilmacow today. The men though battling bravely had to settle for silver behind a strong Thomastown team. Trust Mtinsi, “fresh” from his excellent run in last week’s marathon, got the individual bronze. Ian Cullen 9th, Nicholas Dunphy 14th and Paul Larkins 19th completed the scoring. The ladies, following a number of withdrawals, were left without a team. Cathy Millett chased a number of considerably younger Gowran athletes and, just failing to catch her immediate adversary, entered the finish chute in 4th place. Aisling Cullen was 9th.
The juveniles were small in number but generally speaking were big in talent and effort. Martha Bergin took the gold in girls under 8. Also running well were Lauren Moran, Abby Cunningham, and Saoirse Hyland. Robert Lacey won silver in the boys race. Another to impress was Donal O’Neill. In the under 10 races the girls took third team thanks to a really good turnout. Order of finishing was Emer O’Neill, Pia Goff, Ella Wall, Layla Szczebanska, Clodagh O’Callaghan, Emer Hogan and Aoibhin Walsh. The boys with Patrick Lacey and James Bergin, 2nd and 3rd respectively, won team gold. They were well supported by Dan Carroll and Evan Cullen. Under12 the girls – AngelaCarroll, Ellie Moran, Toni Comerford – were 4th just missing out on medals. The boys – Alex Cullen, Liam Rea, Eoghan O’Callaghan, Tom O’Neill – were 3rd . Under 14 we were in the same position as the novice ladies – no teams. Nevertheless Eva Collins in 4th and Aoife Guilfoyle 11th performed well as did Mick Carroll with 6th place finish in the boy’s race.
Oct 30 – Dublin 2016.
Another National marathon day over and unusually this year on a Sunday, but probably even more unusual was the weather – like summer time even though the clock had gone back the hour. Not that the runners paid much attention to any of these things . The marathon is like that. Any some mighty performances. Trust Mitnsi in 2.47 led our men home with Pat Purcell in hot pursuit. For the women it was Ciara Delany (3.13) and Jacinta O’Duffy (3.15) who were equally impressive. Other KCH men under the 3.30 were Richie Cody and Seamus Kavanagh. Others who had good runs were Ken Byrne, Denis Carrigan, Mervin Doyle, Gary O’Dwyer, Ivan Shannon, Darragh Sharpe and
Declan Walshe. Ladies under the four hours were Anita Byrne, Niamh Carroll, Aisling Gannon, Irene Henebry, Sheila Lyster, Rita McGarvey, Karen Ryan, Deirdre Scott, Ann Marie Shortall and Lisa Shortall. Others to finish in good times were Ann Brett, Una Byrne, Teresa Comerford, Claire Cusack, Amy Granville, Bregeen Murphy, Nora Norton, Jo Scobie and Jackie Varley.
Oct 29 – Great Running in Tyrrellspass
We had a day to remember at the Leinster Cross-Country in Tyrrellspass, Co Westmeath today. It started with a fine run by Pia Langton in the under 10 open and then Rose Kelly had an excellent finidh in girls U12 to claim 43rd place. The boys under 12 packed well and were rewarded with 6th placein the team event. Ned Langton 27th and Conor byrne 29th got Leinster bronze as they scored on the county team which came third. Our under 16 girls were nextinto action. Annie 2nd and Magnificent Ellen 7th, Hannah and another mighty contribution from Lainey made KCH 2nd club in Leinster. The fourth scorer is always important and sometimes like today vital for the team. Well done Lainey. And then to the boys under 16. First Club and all scoring on the county team which also came first. Shay number one and James had a stormer in the last lap to come through to take the bronze. Four runners in the top twelve!!! Well done all. Under 18 girls also took gold. Laura worked hard all the way but came up short of individual medal to finish a good fourth with Ella finishing fifth. Goodto see Annie in action and coming 11th. Ciara like Lainey in the under 16 race was the vital fourth scorer. Johnny collins and Colm Murphy ran well in under 18 but two more runners needed to create a team and add hope. And we finished the day on a high with a One, Two by Peter Lynch and Tom O’Keeffe in the Novice Men. A great battle by both with Peter edging it over the last 400m. Good team performance too with Ray Lonergan, Paul Moran and Craig Byrne helping the team to fourth place.
Under 10 – Pia Langton
Under 12 Girls– 43 Rose Kelly
Under 12 Boys – 27 Ned Langton, 29 ConorByrne, 43 Harry Boyle, 52 Ruairi McEvoy – 6th Club.
Under 16 Girls– 2 Annie McEvoy, 7 Ellen FitzCerald, 34 Hannah Lodge, 50 Lainey Gilsenan – 2nd Club.
Under 16 Boys – 1 Shay McEvoy, 3 James Kearney, 8 Kevin Burns, 11 David Ward, 19 Cathal Kearney, 26 Luke Whelan, 42 John Muldowney – 1st Club.
Under 18 Girls – 4 Laura Ward, 5 Ella Richardson, 11 Annie O’Connor, 25 Ciara Murphy – 1st Club.
Under 18 Boys – 28 Johnny Collins, 33 Colm Murphy.
Novice Men – 1 Peter Lynch, 2 Tom O’Keeffe, 36 Ray Lonergan, 65
Paul Moran – 4th club.
Oct 22 – O’Keeffe Wins with UCD
Congratulations to Tom O’Keeffe on his performance with the wiining UCD team in the Intervarsities road relay. Tom ran the 2 mile leg in 9.08.
Oct 19 – Double Silver in Schools CE
Congtatulations to Rachel Kelly and Jennifer Leahy on winning silver in their respective Intermediate and Minor Leinster Schools Combined Events
Oct 16 – Maher Shines Again
One week after collecting his tenth senior county championship medal Brian Maher was in action in the AAI Open Cross-country in the new Abbottstown Arena. Fifth place overall and second Irish to finish was a shining performance. Tom O’Keeffe also gave a good account of himself. Mixing it with this large international gathering he came home in 35th place. Well done men. There were also two great marathon results in Amsterdam from Davy Hogan and Ken Maher.
Oct 16 – KCH Share The Shield
We came very close to retaining the juvenile cross-country shield after another great turnout on Day 2 of the countychampionships. We collected 12 points on Day 1 and today we gathered another 13 to give us a grand total of 25. St Senan’s, thanks especially to their under 19 girls team who unopposed won the last three points to bring them also to 25. So the 2016 shield is shared – first six months it goes to Kilmacow and will return to Kilkenny for the following six months. Our points today came via girls under 11 who were third, Boys under 11 second, Girls under 13 second, Boys under13 second, Girls under17 first and boys under 17 another first. Individual gold medals were won by Molly Daly under 9; Brian Moore under 11 and the McEvoys, Annie in girls under 17 and Shay in boys under17. A special few words of praise for the great turnout by the under11 girls. Not alone did they score for the shield but they sufficient numbers to make five teams. Well done girls.
Our O/45 Men fielded a team with Pat Young, Ashley Godden and Willie McTiernan and finished fourth.
Individual Results – Girls
Under 7: 3 Ellen Daly.
Under 9: 1 Molly Daly, 2 Laura Leahy, 3 Sarah Richardson, 5 Clodagh O’Callaghan, 7 Layla Szcepanska, 24 Ava Quinn, 28 Evelyn McEvoy, 29 Saoirse Hyland, 30 Niamh Mulhall.
Under 11: 9 Angela Carroll, 12 Hannah Quinn, 14 Emily Smith, 18 AislingBrowne,19 Niamh Ryan, 20 Eimear O’Neill, 23 Ellie Moran, 28 Roisin Byrne, 29 Abbie Keogh, 30 Laura Keogh, 34 Cara Duggan, 35 Sinead Carroll, 38 Kate Foley, 39 Tara Clarke, 42 Ruth Cody, 43 Caoimhe O’Connor, 45 Ciara Doyle, 46 Molly Connolly.
Under 13: 4 Eleanor Godden, 6 Caoimhe Carroll, 13 Emma Shortall, 18 Rachel Leahy, 19 Alexandra Harding, 20 Tara McGuire, 31 Georgina Gough.
Under 15: 5 Ellen FitzGerald, 8 Hannah Lodge.
Under17: 1 Annie McEvoy, 2 Ella Richardson, 4 Issey Shine, 6 Ciara Murphy.
Individual Results – Boys
Under 7: 4 Tom Henderson, 6 Liam Treacy, 8 Paddy Duggan, 9 Niall Cody, 10 Roy Treacy.
Under 9: 7 Luke Browne, 9 Dan Carroll, 11 Eoin Moore, 12 Sean Carroll, 15 Liam Keogh, 21 Finn Butler.
Under 11: 1 Brian Moore, 4 Ruairi McEvoy, 7 Sean Young, 22 Eoghan O’Callaghan, 27 William Nugent, 30 Adam Slawinski.
Under 13: 4 Tom Lodge, 10 Harry Boyle, 11 Ned Langton, 12 Conor Byrne, 27 Tom O’Neill.
Under 15: 2 Cathal Kearney, 3 John Muldowney.
Under 17: 1 Shay McEvoy, 2 Kevin Burns, 3 Johnny Collins, 5 Colm Murphy, 6 Luke Whelan.
Men O/45: 4 Pat Young, 8 Ashley Godden, 18 Willie McTiernan.
Oct 9 – Maher Hits Number 10
Conditions for todays Senior CC race in Conahy reminded one of Summer. Brian Maher was in fine vintage form – well preserved and flying fit. Running in the company of clubmates Toss Hayes and Eoin Everard they soon left Gowran challenger Niall Sheehan in their wake. These three just kept moving but it was Maher who showed to the front as the trio headed for the final lap of this 10K race. On the final lap he established an unassailable lead and coasted to victory to claim his tenth Senior Cross-country title. Eoin was second and Toss a close third. Ray Lonergan finished fifth to give the KCH men’s A team the victory with a cool 11 points. Sub, Craig Byrne, placed 22nd. The men’s B team worked hard and placed fourth with 115 points. Eoin Molloy in17th place led the team home. Ian Cullen 29th, Nicholas Dunphy 34th and ever reliable Willie McTiernan 35th completed the scoring.
Our ladies gave an outstanding performance. Just four showed on the day and with three of the four in the Master category they were really up against it as they did battle with the younger competitors. The end result was a fourth place finish missing out on medals by a solitary point. Team members were Donna Dowling 5th, Niamh Richardson 6th, Maria Cormack 15th and Cathy Millett 18th.
Oct 2- Bright Day in Ballycurran
Our athletes made a bright start to the cross-country season in Ballycurran Cross today. There were some great individual performances and none more impressive than Niamh Richardson who left the rest of the field way behind as she coasted to victory in the women’s O/40. The best age cohort was the under 16’s with individual winners in Annie McEvoy and Shay McEvoy and both teams winning gold. The under 18’s were also strongly in contention with a clean sweep of the individual medals, gold, silver and bronze, in both races. Overall the club had a good day with many in under 8 and under 10 making their first appearances in cross-country. Team gold in Boys U12,Girls U16, Boys U16, Silver in girls U10, bronze for boys U10 and men O/40 sets the club up with a good chance of retaining the shield when the uneven ages take place in Castlecomer on 16th Oct. Well done everyone.
Girls U8 4 Emma Hogan
Boys U8 1 Robert Lacey, 14 Joe Dowling, 18 Tommy Duggan, 23 Paddy Duggan, 24 Darragh Browne.
Girls U10 3 Hannah Quinn, 5 Pia Langton, 11 Roisin Burns, 12 Kate Dowling,15 Cara Duggan, 16 Sarah Richardson, 20 Cliodhna O’Connor, 24 Nessa Godden, 25 Grace Delahunty, 27 Evelyn McEvoy, 30 Ava Quinn.. – 2nd Team.
Boys U10 6 James Bergin, 7 Patrick Lacey, 11 Louis Raggett, 21 Luke Browne, 27 Eoin Moore, 29 Ben Hogan.- 3rd Team.
Girls U12 7 Rose Kelly, 15 Orla Kenny, 17 Rachel Dowling, 27 Aisling Browne, 31 Toni Comerford, 33 Ella Delahunty, 34 Caoimhe O’Connor.
Boys U12 3 Brian Moore, 4 Conor Byrne, 5 Harry Boyle, 8 Rory MvEvoy -1st Team.
Girls U14 6 Eleanor Godden.
Girls U16 1 Annie McEvoy, 3 Ella FitzGerald, 7 Issy Shine, 8 Hannah Lodge – 1stTeam.
Boys U16 1Shay McEvoy, 2 James Kearney, 3 Kevin Burns, 4 David Ward, 5 Cathal Kearney, 6 Luke Whelan, 8 John Muldowney – 1st Team.
Girls U18 1 Laura Ward, 2 Ella Richardson, 3 Ciara Murphy.
Boys U18 1 Adam FitzPatrick, 2 Johnny Collins, 3 Colm Murphy.
Ladies O/40 1 Niamh Richardson.
Men O/40 6 Pat Young, 11 Ashley Godden, 13 Shane Daly, WillieMcTiernan – 3rd Team.
Sept 26 – Another Schools Day in The Park
Following a dull overcast morning the day opened up bright and sunny in time for another enjoyable Primary Schools Cross Country competition in the CastlePark.
Students turned out in their hundreds to cheer on their athletes. The competition as usual was keen with medals going in all directions. Some of the finishes were very close and none so much as in the boys fifth class race. It was closely fought with the outcome in doubt until Mr Speedy himself, Brian Moore, clinched the win at the mouth of the finish chute. Team competition was also close as evidenced by fourth class girls where a mere three points separated the first three teams. Gaels Scoil Osrai took gold with 36 points, Kilkenny School Project got silver with 37 points and the bronze went to St John of God on 39 points. Clara national school made their debut in the competition with team victory in the fifth class boys race.
May Hutt, for organisers Kilkenny City Harriers presented the medals and Thomas McAwee, St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union, presented the Shields.
Individual Medal Winners
Fourth Class Girls – 1 Angela Carroll, St Canice’s; 2 Emily Smith, St Canice’s; 3 Hannah Quinn, Gael Scoil.
Fifth Class Girls – 1 Niamh Ryan, John of God; 2 Rachel Dowling, St Canice’s; 3 Abbie O’Brien, Gael Scoil.
Sixth Class Girls – 1 Caoimhe Carroll, St Canice’s; 2 Rose Kelly, Gael Scoil; 3 Orla Kenny, St Canice’s.
Fourth Class Boys – 1Aaron Doyle, Kilkenny School Project; 2 Ruairi McEvoy, St Canice’s; 3 Darragh Dunne, CBS.
Fifth Class Boys – 1 Brian Moore, St Canice’s; 2 Fred O’Donnell, St canice’s; 3 Billy Coogan, Clara.
Sixth Class Boys – 1 Sam Oyewole, St Patrick’s; 2 William Dunne, CBS; 3 Mikey Raggett, St Canice’s.
Fourth Class Girls – 1 Gael Scoil Osrai, 2 Kilkenny School Project, 3 St John Of God.
Fifth Class Girls – 1 St Canices’s Co Ed, 2 Gael Scoil Osrai, 3 St John Of God.
Sixth Class Girls – 1 St John Of God, 2 Gael Scoil Osrai, 3 St John Of God.
Fourth Class Boys – 1 St Canice’sCo Ed, 2 St Patrick’s DeLaSalle, 3 Gael Scoil Osrai.
Fifth Class Boys – 1 Clara NS, 2 St Canice’s Co Ed; 3 Gael Scoil Osrai.
Sixth Class Boys – 1 St Canice’s Co Ed, 2 St Patrick’s DeLaSalle, 3 CBS.
KCH Shield – Best Girls School – St John Of God
KCH Shield – Best Boys School – St Canice’s Co-Ed
St Canice’s Credit Union Shield – Best Overall – St Canice’s Co-ed.
Sept 25 – Not Quantity but Quality
We had very few members down in Kilmacow for the St Senan’s Open CC, but those who travelled gave a good account of themselves. Hannah Quinn placed third in the 600m under 10. The Kearney brothers, James and Cathal, were 1st and 3rd respectively in the 1500m under 16.
At the Rathfarnham 5K Brian Maher and Toss Hayes were in fine form. Brian clocked 14.28 to finish third while Toss finished fifth in another excellent time – 14.39.
Further afield, Trust Mtinsi, had a PB of 2.45 in the Berlin Marathon. Well done all.
Sept 17/18 – Busy with Road Works
This was a busy weekend on Kilkenny roads with the Medieval Races on Saturday and the J J Reddy Run on Sunday. The club, through Fit4Life and regular members, was well represented in all races. Some participants in The medieval races were as follows: – 10K – Pat Purcell, Bernard O’Gorman; 30K – Mia Phelan, JackieVarley, UnaByrne, Olivia dowling, Teresa Comerford, Amy Granville; Half Marathon – Sarah Nolan, Darragh Sharpe, Martina McGrath, Lisa Shortall; Marathon – Declan Walshe, Irene Henebry, Jo Scobie, Deirdre Scott.
And on Sunday representing us in style, particularly in the 10K, were Toss Hayes, Ray Lonergan and Mark O’Duffy who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. In the half marathon we had Johann Dewberry and Ian Comerford. Donna Dunne led the ladies home in 1.28.58. There were many others including Rita McGarvey, Emer O’Shaughnessy, Mary Ann Molloy, Collette Shannon and Niamh Carroll.