ALL ROADS led to Gowran for the Co Road Novice championships on Friday.
The races, which were held on the Dungarvan Road outside the village, saw Pat O’Reilly (Thomastown AC) complete the men’s four mile course in a time of 23.36 to claim the title.
In the women’s race, which was run over 1,500m, Mary Ellen Doyle (Gowran AC) was a comfortable winner in a time of 6.15. She was followed home by club-mates Leona Connolly, who took silver in 6 mins 35 secs, while Martina Prendergast was third in a time of 7.20. Breidette O’Donnell finished fourth, and was very pleased with her time of 7.55.
There were some good performances by a number of Kilkenny teams who competed at the Leinster Juvenile team Track & Field Championships, which were held in Crettyard on Saturday.
One of those performances brought gold to Rebecca Keane, Ciara Deely, Ella Richardson and Leah Raggett for the under-12 girls’ team from Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH).
The club’s under-15 boys’ team of Aaron Barron, Craig Byrne, Shane McGeary and Jack Manning also worked extremely hard and were rewarded with silver medals.
The good results continued to flow as the city side’s under-13 teams pulled off the double. The girls, fielding two teams, were out in force. The ‘A’ team of Jennifer O’Keeffe, Sinead Tuohy, Clare Kirwan and Keeva O’Brien gave a powerful gold medal performance, thanks in no small way to Keeva’s personal best of 4.13m in the long jump. The ‘B’ team of Annie O’Connor, Shauna Millea, Aisling Morrissey and Kathy Long performed excellently to finish in fourth place.
The under-13 boys were well served by regulars Luke Fitzpatrick and John Nolan. Their performances, combined with the spirited run over the hurdles and in the relay by Ryan Poyntz and Ronan Quinn, earned them first place.
Thomastown had three team competing and were medal-winners in all three events.
The girls’ under-10 team were the stars of the day, taking gold medals. The team was Ciara O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe, Roisin Dempsey and Dearbhala O’Reilly. Ciara and Orla competed in the 500m, while Orla and Dearbhala saw action in the 60m. Dearbhala and Roisin were involved in the ball throw, while Ciara and Roisin represented the team in the long jump.
There was silver joy for the boys’ under-10 team, while the under-9 girls came home with bronze. The boys’ under-10 team was Jordan Knight, Peter Connellan, Tom Holden, Liam Treacy. The events they competed in were 500m (Liam Treacy and Tom Holden), 60m (Jordan Knight and Peter Connellan), ball throw (Tom Holden and Liam Treacy) and long jump Peter Connellan and Jordan Knight.
The Thomastown under-9 girls’ team was made up of Aine Kirwan, Anna Cass, Roisin Moran and Sinead Galway. The events the competed in were 500m (Aine Kirwan and Roisin Moran), 60m (Anna Cass and Sinead Galway), long jump (Aine Kirwan and Anna Cass) and ball throw (Roisin Moran and Sinead Galway).
The teams consisted of four athletes, each competing in two events, plus a relay race. Points were given for placing in each event (one point for first, two points for second, three points for third, etc). The team with the lowest overall score was declared the winner. Next up for Kilkenny athletes is the Leinster Juvenile Track & Field Championships, which will be held in Tullamore this Saturday and Sunday.