KILKENNY had athletes up and running all over the globe over the weekend.
At home 90 athletes registered to take part in the 3km Run/Walk event in the Castle Park. This was a participation event in the main and part of the build-up to next week’s 5k event which is being held in conjunction with Ossory Youth.
Gowran AC juvenile Cormac Buggy was the first athlete home and Ann Doyle, also of Gowran AC, was the first woman to cross the finish line. The atmosphere was very relaxed and in what was essentially a family event there were serious athletes, fun runners and babies being pushed in their prams taking part.
Healthy post-race refreshments were provided to all courtesy of Gary Farrell, The Aubergine. Gary, an experienced runner himself, also took part in the event.
Thanks went to the Office of Public Works for facilitating the event which took place in brilliant Spring sunshine in the wonderful setting of Kilkenny Castle. A slideshow of the event can be viewed at www.kilkennyathletics.net.
The 5k event will be held in the Castle Park on Sunday at 11am. Participants can register from 10am at the entrance to the Castle Park (opposite Kilkenny Design Centre). Sunday’s event is being held in conjunction with Ossory Youth, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary.
The cost for entry is E5 for adults, E3 for teenagers and E1 for under-12s. Families can register for E10. Children and buggies are welcome and there will be t-shirts for those that complete the three-event series.
Further information is available from Martina Maher, Ossory Youth, tel 056-7761200 or John Lennon, Gowran AC, tel 087-0963285.
The Spring Marathon season, which is well underway, saw a number of local athletes travel to the Netherlands to participate in the Rotterdam Marathon at the weekend.
Tommy Evans (Gowran AC) finished in a great time of 2 hrs and 36 mins. Tommy was followed home by fellow Gowran runner Simon O’Dwyer in a time of 2 hrs and 46 mins. Irene Henebry (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) crossed the finish line in another excellent time of 3 hrs and 30 mins, closely followed by Kate Giblin in 3 hrs and 31 mins. Kilkennyman David Comber, now based in Cork and running with Leevale AC, will also be very happy with his time of 2 hrs and 53 mins.
In other good performances Paul Moran (KCH) had a fantastic run in the Connemara Ultra Marathon, finishing fifth in a time of 4 hrs and 49 mins. Hilary O’Neill (KCH) competed in the half marathon and finished with a time of 1hr 55 mins. In the full marathon, former KCH elite athlete turned triathlete Brendan Nugent had a time of 3 hrs 52 mins.
Local athletes were also to the fore in the Carlow Town 5k. Brian Maher (KCH) was the winner of the Good Friday event, crossing the line in 15 min 12 secs.
Fellow Harrier Toss Hayes finished second in 15 mins 21 secs. Gowran athletes Jimmy Barcoe (17.05) and Lyndon Barcoe (17.51) finished 10th and 15th respectively.
On the track the Cuddihy sisters, Joanne and Catriona, were in action at the Australian Open Track & Field championships in Melbourne on Saturday.
Both KCH athletes qualified for the final of the women’s 400m race, which was duly won by Joanne in a time of 51.69 secs. This time is just a fraction outside the Olympic A standard qualifying time of 51.55 secs. Catriona finished with a new personal best time of 55.03 secs for the distance.
At the Munster Universities Team Track and Field Championships Gowran athlete Shawn McCormack competed in the 800m and finished sixth with a time of 2 mins 4 secs. Shawn was an important scoring member of the UL team that finished in second place behind WIT.