BROW Rangers started 2013 on the right foot as they lifted gold medals at a major championships.
Joe and Murty Kelly were among the big winners at the Munster Indoor Athletics Championships, which were held in Nenagh on Sunday.
Joe was a double gold winner, scoring first place finishes in the M2 shot-put and the 56lb for distance event. Murty took gold in the M6 shot-put and was the bronze medal winner in the M6 56lb for distance category.
The cream of the province’s athletic fields were out for The Leinster Star Awards ceremony, which was held in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow on Saturday night. Athletes and club representatives from all over Leinster gathered to celebrate the successes on the track in 2012.
Wicklow athlete Fionnuala Britton, following her good showing in the 5K and 10K at the London Olympics and her marvellous performance at the European Cross-Country in Budapest, was a very popular recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) also performed well during 2012. The club was presented with two trophies, the Mick Quinn Cup for the best club for juveniles aged under-12 to 15 and the Eurotab Cup for the best club for juveniles aged under-16 to 19. The club was also runner-up for the Mick Byrne Cup for indoor competition and the Hehir Shield for relay championships.
Kilkenny’s individual Star recipients were Cliodhna Manning, KCH (juvenile female athlete); Aaron Barron, KCH (juvenile male athlete); Eoin Power, St Joseph’s (juvenile male athlete); Louise Holmes, KCH (senior athlete).
St Senan’s will have a number of juvenile athletes travelling to Antrim on Saturday.
Their athletes have been selected to represent Leinster in their several race categories.
The Saints will have five athletes in action up North.
They are Rachel Butler (girls’ under-17); Hugh Morgan, Oliver Mullally (boys’ under-17); Bronagh Kearns, Aine Kinsella (junior)
KCH runner Brian Maher set a course record when he ran to victory at the Stoneyford 5k run on St Stephen’s Day. Maher’s great 2012 continued when he crossed the finish line in 15 minutes and 14 seconds.
Niamh Richardson was the first woman home in a time of 19.25. Gowran juvenile athlete Cormac Buggy had a great run, finishing in seventh place overall with a time of 17 minutes and 25 seconds.
Sunday: County open juvenile cross-country (under-8 to under-16), junior, women over-30, men over-35, Kilmacow 11am.
Sunday, January 20: Leinster senior cross-country, Ballyroan 12 noon.
Friday, January 25: Kilkenny County Board AGM Club House Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny.
Saturday, January 26: AAI Combined Events (senior, junior and masters), AIT Arena, Athlone.
Sunday, January 27: AAI Open Indoor Games AIT Arena.
Saturday, February 2: Leinster Indoors (day one) AIT Arena.
Sunday, February 3: AAI National Cross-Country (intermediate and masters), juvenile development, Derry.
Saturday, February 9: Leinster Indoors (day two) AIT Arena.
Sunday, February 10: Leinster Indoors (day three) AIT Arena.
Sunday, February 17: County Intermediate Cross-Country, Gowran 11am