Road runners take over Gowran!

All roads will lead to Gowran on Monday when the Leinster road race championships come to Kilkenny.

All roads will lead to Gowran on Monday when the Leinster road race championships come to Kilkenny.

Hosted by Gowran AC, the event will feature competition for men and women, with races in the novice and masters categories.

Always a well-supported event, the races are of a high standard and feature tough competition in all the categories. The women’s races will be run over a distance of 3km and the men’s races over 6km.

The first race on the programme is set for 12 noon.

Lawlor Race

A record crowd turned out for the James Lawlor Memorial Race. An annual 5km handicap race, the event is held in held in the memory of James Lawlor, a former club stalwart, and has been run since 1982.

More than 80 runners from the St Joseph’s and United Striders clubs took to the start line at the scenic Pink Rock. Two very tough hill climbs later, the field finished at the club grounds in Albatros.

The increased number of competitors in the last few years reflects the fantastic success of the St Joseph’s Fit for Life group and great support from United Striders athletes.

The overall winner of the race was Liz Rossiter, who crossed the line in a great time of 26 minutes 02 seconds.

Results - Women: 1 Liz Rossiter, 26:02; 2 Amy Hanrahan, 26:22; 3 Grace Mullally, 23:46. Men - 1 David Bowden, 20:26; 2 Bill Doherty, 20:59; 3 David Lanigan, 21:43. Fastest times - Women: Eva Roche, 20:26. Men: John McGrath, 18:00.

Thanks went to all who helped organise the event, from devising handicaps and marking and marshalling the course to supplying food afterwards in the Parish Pump, Rosbercon.

Thanks also went to the Lawlor family, who sponsored all the trophies for the race.

Track and Field

The county’s track and field athletes will get into action when the outdoor championships start this weekend.

Some club athletes will compete for their schools in the regional championships, which will be held in Scanlon Park on Friday.

Sunday will be the first day of action for the county athletics championships. Among the track events taking place will be sprints for boys and middle distance for girls. There will also be relays for the uneven age categories.

Field events will include long jump and javelin for girls and discus and high jump for boys. There will also be a senior programme, with 1,500m races for men and women in the junior, senior and masters categories.

The championships will be run over four dates. Day two is scheduled for Sunday, May 11, with the final two rounds to be held at 6.45pm on Friday, May 23 and Friday, June 5.

Elsewhere Kilkenny’s hammer specialist Aoife Hickey maintained her good early season form with a series of impressive throws.

Competing at Brigham Young University, Hickey landed throws of 59.88m and 60.39m before hitting a season’s best 60.88m.

Fixture

Sunday, May 4: County track and field championships, Scanlon Park 11am.