A swarm of athletes from across the South-East descended on Kilmacow for the St Senan’s Open Cross-Country on Sunday.
The Sports Complex was the place to be as competitors from clubs in Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Tipp, Laois and Carlow lined up for action.
The large group of athletes and their mentors had a busy day, as there was a full programme of events with races for under-8s right up to the Masters category.
The day started with individual races for boys and girls in the under-8, 9 and 10 categories.
The Kilkenny clubs provided some impressive winners with victories for St Senan’s athletes Juliet Evans and Saoirse Allen in the under-8 and under-10 events and Gowran’s Ella Cusack was first over the finish line in the under-9 race.
The Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) under-10 girls had a great run, finishing second, third and fourth in their race. Thomas Mullally (St Joseph’s) was just pipped on the line and had to settle for silver in the boys’ under-10 race.
In the under-12 to under-18 categories there were team races as well as individual events.
In the boys’ under-12 race St Joseph’s won the team prize with Killian Griffin (silver) and Gowran’s Gavin Manning (bronze) winning individual medals. St Senan’s won team bronze in the same event. In the girls’ under-12 race Thomastown took team silver with St Senan’s in the bronze medal position.
At under-14 level Ruth Kennedy (Gowran) ran a great race, finishing in the silver medal position. Aaron Donnelly (St Senan’s) also won silver in the boys’ race with Oisin Griffin (St Joseph’s) taking bronze while St Senan’s landed team silver in the girls’ race. The boys’ race was won in some style by Jack McCullagh in the colours of Dunleer AC.
Helen Hoynes (St Joseph’s) was a bronze medal winner in the girls’ under-16 event. Rachel Butler (St Senan’s) was a comprehensive winner of the girls’ under-18 race with Thomastown’s Niamh O’Shea in third place.
The boys’ under-18 event was the race of the day with four Kilkenny athletes in contention up to the middle of the last lap.
At this stage KCH athlete Peter Lynch made his move, pulling away from the group before surging on to a comfortable win. Cormac Buggy (Gowran) and Michael Ryan (KCH) battled it out for the silver medal position, Buggy proving stronger in the end.
The senior women’s event was won by Adele Walsh (St Senan’s) with Maria Griffin (St Joseph’s) third. St Joseph’s won the team prize and St Senan’s were second.
In the men’s race local athletes were in short supply, leaving Conor Rochford (St Senan’s) to fly the flag for Kilkenny.
Conor finished in a creditable fourth place in a race of high standard which won by Clonmel AC athlete Kevin Maunsell. Allen Whittaker (St Finbarr’s AC) won the masters prize while Alan Slattery (Waterford AC) won the junior men’s prize.
The event was a great success due to the hard work of Bill Lacey and his St Senan’s colleagues. Thanks also went to the Kilmacow community for the use of the complex and to sponsors Caulfields Super Valu.
(Club code: SS = St Senan’s, SJ = St Joseph’s, TT = Thomastown, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, WW = West Waterford, WAC = Waterford, KCK = Kilgobnet Colligan & Kilbrien Waterford, TR = Tramore, AG = An Gaeltacht, FB = Ferrybank AC, US = United Striders, SLOT = St Laurence O’Toole).
Girls’ U-8 300m: 1 Juliet Evans (SS), 2 Grace Hunter, 3 Caoimhe Phelan (SS), 4 Mairead Mullally (SJ), 5 Eva O’Grady (KCH), 6 Tara Bailey (WAC), 7 Ceanna Fitzgerald (FB), 8 Hope Murphy (US), 9 Roisin Power (TR), 10 Aisling Hoban (FB).
Boys’ U-8 300m: 1 Redeem (WAC), 2 Daniel Geoff (FB), 3 Eoin Aylward (SS), 4 Geoffrey Daniels (TR), 5 David Leavy (FB), 6 Ben O’Toole (Taghmon), 7 Shane Murray (SS), 8 Kelvin Power (AG), 9 Owen Flavin (KCK) 10 Ben Wallace (SS).
Girls’ U-9 500m: 1 Ella Cusack (G), 2 Libby Murphy (SS), 3 Leona Byrne (US), 4 Aoife Byrne (SLOT), 5 Aoibhe Wering (FB), 6 Allie Cunningham (WW), 7 Molly Comerford (FB), 8 Isobel Casey (FB), 9 Angelina Chizinko (WW), 10 Kayleigh Cass (KCK).
Boys’ U-9 500m: 1 Padraig Spillane (SLOT), 2 Tom Halley (TR), 3 David Williams (SS), 4 Jake Coffey (FB), 5 Calum Regan (SS), 6 Aiden Keogh (SJ), 7 Oisin Shelly (Moyglass), 8 Eoin Cuddihy (WAC), 9 Paudie Barry (KCK), 10 Conor Hoban (FB).
Girls’ U-10 600m: 1 Saoirse Allen (SS), 2 Emma Manogue (KCH), 3 Fiona Dillon (KCH), 4 Rachel Leahy (KCH), 5 Ellen Boylan (KCK), 6 Ciara Mullally (SJ), 7 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 8 Eve Power (WW), 9 Emma Shorthall (KCH), 10 Danielle Griffin (SJ).
Boys’ U-10 600m: 1 Jack Corcoran (WAC), 2 Thomas Mullally (SJ), 3 Tommy Fennell (WW), 4 Darragh Flannelly (US), 5 Robert Wall (AT), 6 Cian Farrell (KCH), 7 Mark Mahony (WW), 8 Evan O’Toole (SJ), 9 Ben Wall (AT) 10 Rory Fennell (WW).
Girls’ U-12 1,000m: 1 Corrine Kenny (SLOT), 2 Aoife O’Brien (WW), 3 Eimear McGlinn (WW). Teams: 1 West Waterford, 47pts; 2 Thomastown, 58pts; 3 St Senan’s, 61pts.
Boys’ U-12 1,000m: 1 Cormac Mahony (WW), 2 Killian Griffin (SJ), 3 Gavin Manning (G). Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 31pts; 2 Waterford, 70pts; 3 St Senan’s, 71pts.
Girls’ U-14 1,500m: 1 Lindsey Maguire (WAC), 2 Ruth Kennedy (G), 3 Caoimhe Duffy-Niblock (FB). Teams: 1 Ferrybank, 61pts; 2 St Senan’s, 64pts; 3 Waterford, 64pts.
Boys’ U-14 1,500m: 1 Jack McCullagh (Dunleer), 2 Aaron Donnelly (SS), 3 Oisin Griffin (SJ). Teams: 1 West Waterford, 37pts; 2 Waterford, 63pts.
Girls’ U-16 2,000m: 1 Aoife Hamilton (WW), 2 Hannah Power (WW), 3 Helen Hoynes (SJ). Teams: 1 West Waterford.
Boys’ U-16 3,000m: 1 Jamie McCarthy (WAC), 2 Liam Reilly (WW), 3 Conor Quinn (WAC).
Girls’ U-18 3,000m: 1 Rachel Butler (SS), 2 Nadine Kenny (SLOT), 3 Niamh O’Shea (TT). Boys’ U-18 4,000m: 1 Peter Lynch (KCH), 2 Cormac Buggy (G), 3 Michael Ryan (KCH).
Women’s 3,000m: 1 Adele Walsh (SS), 2 Grace McConnell (Ballyroan), 3 Maria Griffin (SJ), 4 Suzanne Dullaghan (WAC), 5 Joan Mahony (WAC), 7 Frances Mullally (SJ), 8 Sarah Lee (SJ), 9 Caroline Mullally (SJ), 10 Mag O’Connor (SJ), 11 Liz Jolly (SS), 12 Valerie O’Callaghan (SS), 13 Sharon Moore (SS), 14 Joe Rockett (SS), 12 Tracey Malone (SJ). Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 29pts; 2 St Senan’s, 37pts.
Men’s 7,000m: 1 Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel), 2 Brian Murphy (Carrick-on-Suir), 3 Sean McGrath (East Cork) 4 Conor Rochford (SS), 5 Allen Whittaker (St Finbarr’s, 1st Vet), 6 Brian Swaby (WAC), 7 Kevin Moore (Dundrum), 8 Tony Fogarty (Thurles), 9 Gary Cantwell (KCK), 10 Ian O’Byrne (Sliabh Cualainn), 11 Patrick Roche (Carrick), 12 Sean Stillwell (WW), 13 Martin McDonald (Ballyroan), 14 Damien Murphy (WW), 15 Liam Shanahan (Thurles) 16 Alan Slattery (WAC, 1st Junior), 17 David Towey (WW), 18 Richard Lucas (FB), 19 Yuvgeniy Chizhikov (WW), 20 Richard Hayes (WAC), 21 Rocky Mernagh (SJ), 22 Bill Carroll (TT), 23 Michael Power (SJ), 24 Sean Hokey (SJ), 25 John Skehan (KCK) 26 Conor Geary (WAC), 27 Maurice Quinlan.
Masters: 1 Allen Whittaker (St Finbarr’s), 2 Martin McDonald (Ballyroan), 3 Yevgeniy Chizhikov (WW).
Juniors: 1 Alan Slattery (WAC), 2 Richard Lucas (FB). Teams: 1 West Waterford, 62pts; 2 Waterford AC, 69pts.
The inter-schools cross-country race for the Mick Curran Shield was held in glorious sunshine in the St Joseph’s training grounds in Rosbercon on Friday. A large number of children turned out in force and ran their distances, competing to win the shield for their schools.
The five schools taking part were Listerlin, Shanbough, Ballyfacey, Glenmore and St Canice’s. The Shield was won by Glenmore NS.
All roads will lead to Ballycurran Cross on Sunday for the opening round of the cross-country championships. Events begin at the Cross at 11am, with races for juvenile even aged groups from under-8 to under-18 and masters over-40 races for men and women.
The venue will be signposted, but local directions are as follows:
Athletes should exit the M9 motorway at Mullinavat and take the road for New Ross. Turn right at the church in Listerlin (club will have a sign) and continue along this road to Ballyfacey Cross Roads and turn left (club will have a sign) and proceed in the direction of New Ross until reaching Ballycurran Cross.