Dundalk was the destination for the county’s even-aged juveniles as the national cross-country championships held centrestage.
A large cohort of Kilkenny athletes made the journey to the Louth venue on Sunday to compete in their respective events. All had qualified to compete through their regional championships.
The day got off to a good start for the locals as the first race on the programme, the girls’ under-12 event, produced a silver medal for Aine Kirwan (Thomastown), along with a top ten finish for Saoirse Allen (St Senan’s).
Both athletes were part of the Leinster team which finished second in the provincial competition, but the club spoils belonged to Thomastown.
Along with Aine’s second place there were great runs from Fiona Dillon (21), Emma Manogue (42) and Anna Cass (86), backed up by Ava Shefflin and Edie Maher, giving the team a score of 151pts and All-Ireland gold medals. The county team were just outside the medals finishing in fourth place overall.
In the boys’ under-12 race the top Kilkenny finisher was Josh Fenton (St Senan’s), with Castlecomer athlete Jack Murphy close on his heels.
There was more success in the girls’ under-14 race, this time for St Senan’s. Top 20 finishes for Tara Ramasawmy and Aoife Allen, along with excellent runs by Nell Murphy and Aine Phelan, gave the Kilmacow club team bronze medals.
With Leinster winning the provincial team prize there was the added bonus of gold medals for Tara and Aoife as well. Kilkenny finished fourth in the county competition.
In the boys’ under-16 race the top two finishers were Adam Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) and Aaron Donnelly (St Senan’s).
The girls’ under-18 team was led home by Lauren Dermody (Castlecomer) but the county team were short an athlete and would surely have been in the frame for a place on the podium otherwise.
Peter Lynch (KCH) showed how he is developing into a fine athlete with a third place finish in the boys’ under-18 race. Peter was also part of Leinster’s gold medal-winning team.
Despite having a strong team, such was the level of competition in this event that the county could only manage sixth place, adding further substance to the KCH athlete’s performance.
There was more Kilkenny success in the junior women’s race (under-20) with a fine fifth place finish for Aoibhe Richardson (KCH). Strong runs from Rachel Butler (St Senan’s) and Sinead and Niamh Whelan (Thomastown) gave the county All-Ireland bronze medals, making for a nice finish to a successful outing.
Kilkenny results, Leinster juvenile cross-country championships (club code: CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown):
Girls’ U-12: 2 Aine Kirwan (TT), 10 Saoirse Allen (SS), 21 Fiona Dillon (TT), 42 Emma Manogue (TT), 65 Aine Ryan (SJ), 86 Anna Cass (TT), 93 Aine McDonald (SJ), 115 Ava Shefflin (TT), 126 Erin Foley (SJ), 150 Edie Maher (TT), 155 Eve O’Dwyer (G). Club: 1 Thomastown, 151pts. County: 4 Kilkenny. Province: 2 Leinster.
Boys’ U-12: 29 Josh Fenton (SS), 35 Jack Murphy (CC), 74 James Foot (SS), 95 Cathal Beirne (SJ), 97 Robert Finn (SS), 99 Thomas Mullally (SJ). County: 12 Kilkenny. Province: 3 Leinster.
Girls’ U-14: 15 Tara Ramasawmy (SS), 20 Aoife Allen (SS), 32 Nell Murphy (SS), 45 Ellen Ryan (TT), 48 Ciara O’Keeffe (TT), 69 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 74 Aine Phelan (SS). Club: 3 St Senan’s, 141pts. County: 4 Kilkenny. Province: 1 Leinster (Tara Ramasawmy, Aoife Allen).
Boys’ U-14: 21 James Kearney (KCH). Province: 3 Leinster (James Kearney).
Boys’ U-16: 32 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 34 Aaron Donnelly (SS), 62 Richie Hennessy (SJ), 65 David O’Carroll (G), 71 Eoin O’Dwyer (G), 84 Rory Lodge (KCH), 92 Billy Delahunty (SS), 94 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 104 Bill Cody (KCH); 109 Eoin Maher (St Senan’s). Club: 10 KCH. County: 9 Kilkenny.
Girls’ U-18: 30 Lauren Dermody (CC), 35 Michelle McDonald (SS), 56 Mia Griffin (SJ), 63 Ailis O’Shea (TT), 70 Kate Dillon Dunphy (SS).
Boys’ U-18: 3 Peter Lynch (KCH), 34 Sean Power (TT), 45 Cormac Buggy (G), 59 James Power (TT), 90 Sean Buggy (CC), 92 Kane Taylor (G). County: 6 Kilkenny. Province: 1 Leinster (Peter Lynch).
Junior Women: 5 Aoibhe Richardson (KCH), 21 Rachel Butler (SS), 30 Sinead Whelan (TT), 33 Niamh O’Shea (TT). County: 3 Kilkenny.
Junior Men: 29 Oliver Mullally (SS).
Sunday saw another successful staging of the Stook 10 mile road race and 5k dash.
Numbers were up again this year for the event, which seems firmly established on the road racing calendar. The overall race winners were Gary O’Hanlon (Clonliffe) and Angela McCann (Clonmel).
The County 10 mile road championships were held in conjunction with the race. There was a great turnout of local club athletes.
The winner of the men’s county championship was Tommy Evans from the host club Gowran. He was followed home in second place by David McPherson (KCH) with third place going to another Gowran athlete Val Gunner.
The team prize in the men’s event went to Gowran with Marty Mosely and Lyndon Barcoe, finishing fourth and sixth respectively, completing the scoring four.
KCH took team silver with Pat Purcell, Ray Lonergan and John Carey completing the team. Gowran took team bronze as well, edging out St Joseph’s. Thomastown were fifth place and KCH sixth.
In the women’s race Adele Walsh (St Senan’s) was crowned top athlete in the county. Sally Forristal (St Joseph’s) was second with Donna Dowling (KCH) third.
Team honours went to KCH with Caoimhe Foley, Catriona Corr and Irene Hennebry completing the winning team. Gowran took team silver and KCH pipped St Joseph’s for the team bronze by two points. KCH also had teams in fifth and seventh places, with Tullaroan AC sixth.
With their series of good results KCH retained the Liam Kealy Shield.
The shield is awarded to the top club by virtue of the performances of their top two male and female athletes. The top four this year were KCH athletes Donna Dowling, Caoimhe Foley, David McPherson and Pat Purcell.
Results, county 10 mile road race championships (club code: CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, STY = Stoneyford, TR = Tullaroan, TT = Thomastown):
Senior Men: 1 Tommy Evans (G), 2 David McPherson (KCH), 3 Val Gunner (G), 4 Marty Mosely (G), 5 Pat Purcell (KCH), 6 Lyndon Barcoe (G), 7 Danny Shanahan (TT), 8 Ray Lonergan (KCH), 9 Pat Coady (G), 10 Pat Tobin (TR), 11 John Carey (KCH), 12 Joe Rossiter (SJ), 13 Maurice Barcoe (G), 14 Paul Sheehan (SJ), 15 Stephen Dermody (GB), 16 John Devitor (STY), 17 Adrian Cunningham (G), 18 Aidan Grogan (TR) 19 Barry Summers (KCH), 20 Paul Eustace (KCH), 21 Rocky Mernagh (SJ), 22 Colum Sheridan (SS), 23 Bill Carroll (TT), 24 Don Egan (KCH), 25 Paul Larkins (KCH), 26 Philip Fennelly (TT), 27 Muiris Bric (G), 28 Robert Dunne (CC), 29 Michael Power (SJ), 30 Mick Walsh (G), 31 Phillipe Buerbry (G), 32 Thomas Kavanagh (TT), 33 Robert Challoner (STY) 34 Simon Maher (G), 35 Colin Dreeling (G), 36 Sean O hArgain (KCH) 37 Ciaran Cullen (SJ), 38 Eddie Hoyne (TR). Teams: 1 Gowran, 14pts; 2 KCH, 26pts; 3 Gowran, 66pts; 4 St Joseph’s, 76pts; 5 Thomastown, 88pts; 6 KCH, 100pts.
Senior Women: 1 Adele Walsh (SS), 2 Sally Forristal (SJ), 3 Donna Dowling (KCH), 4 Caoimhe Foley (KCH), 5 Catriona Corr (KCH), 6 Irene Hennebry (KCH), 7 Eimear Cody (SJ), 8 Cathy Millett (KCH), 9 Anne Marie Shortall (KCH), 10 Ciara O’Farrell (G), 11 Maura Bambrick (G), 12 Kate Carroll (G), 13 Mag O’Connor (SJ), 14 Rhoda Griffith (G), 15 Michelle Ryan (G), 16 Jo Scobie (KCH), 17 Deirdre Foley (KCH), 18 Katrina Lowry (KCH), 19 Ber Lanigan (KCH), 20 Louise Ruane (KCH), 21 Gabrielle O’Carroll (G), 22 Brid Quirke (KCH), 23 Mary Cowhig (KCH), 24 Nicola Murphy (KCH), 25 Rachel O’Connell (TR), 26 Natalie Moran (STY), 27 Ellen Lupton (TR), 28 Bridgetta Brennan (TR), 29 Aine Power (STY), 30 Jane Kavanagh (KCH), 31 Mary McDonald (SJ), 32 Catherine Guthrie (TR), 33 Majella Grogan (KCH), 34 Sheila Lyster (KCH). Teams: 1 KCH, 19pts; 2 Gowran, 47pts; 3 KCH, 50pts; 4 St Joseph’s, 52pts; 5 KCH, 79pts; 6 Tullaroan, 102pts; 7 KCH, 110pts.
Sunday: County B cross-county & Novice championships (with men’s O-50), Thomastown 11am.
December 7: National Novice and Juvenile (Uneven ages) cross-country, Santry.
December 14: County Senior Cross-Country.