Hopes are high of honours in Leinster

The Leinster cross-country championships for juvenile, even ages and novice women and men will be held on Sunday. Athletes will compete individually and also as part of club and county teams

The Leinster cross-country championships for juvenile, even ages and novice women and men will be held on Sunday. Athletes will compete individually and also as part of club and county teams

Kilkenny club and counties teams and their top individual athletes will be hoping to make a significant impact on the event.

At under-12 level Conor Clarke, Castlecomer and Ciara O’Keeffe, Thomastown have being in good form with St Joseph’s, having a strong boys team.

Under-14 county teams look strong with KCH having a good boys team and St Joseph’s with an excellent girls team. Luke Fitzpatrick, KCH and Ruth Kennedy, Gowran had excellent performances in the county championships.

Sean Power, Thomastown, is in good form at under-16 and he should be backed up by a strong county squad in the boys race.

At under-18 level the Thomastown and KCH girls should combine well to challenge for county medals, while also competing with each other for club medals. Hugh Morgan, St Senan’s should also go well in the boys under-18 race.

In the novice men’s race Kilkenny had third, Toss Hayes, KCH, and 4th Conor Rochford, St Senan’s, last year with so hopefully the county will have athletes challenging for podium places again this year.

Cross-country is a tough sport and in every race there is always an athlete who surprises everyone and has a great run to finish well up in the field. Hopefully on Sunday evening we will have a group of well satisfied athletes making their way back to Kilkenny from the Wicklow venue.

On the road

Tommy Evans, Gowran AC finished second in the recent Donadea, Co Kildare 10k. On Monday athletes will take to the streets of Dublin for the annual October Bank Holiday marathon.

Among the well known club athletes are the poular St Joseph’s athletes Tom McDonald and Patrick Bookle, along with KCH duo Niall Lacey and Paul Cody. The race also incorporates the national marathon championships. The County Board wished all participants the best of luck in their marathon efforts on Monday.

Fixtures

Sunday - Leinster juvenile (even ages), novice and Masters cross-country in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Monday, October 29 - Dublin City marathon, incorporating AAI national marathon championships.

Sunday, November 4 - County ‘B’ juvenile (even ages) and novice cross-country in Kilmacow (11am).

Sunday, November 11 - Leinster juvenile (uneven ages) and intermediate cross-country.

Sunday, November 18 - Gowran AC present the Stook 10 incorporating the county 10 mile men’s and 5 mile women’s road race championships in Dungarvan, Co. Kilkenny.

Sunday, November 25 - AAI inter-counties and juvenile (even ages) championships in Tattersalls, Rathoath, Co. Meath.

Sunday, December 2 - County ‘B’ juvenile and ‘B’ novice cross-country in Thomastown (11am).

Sunday, December 9 - AAI novice and juvenile (uneven ages) cross-country in Adamstown, Co. Wexford.

Sunday, December 16 - County senior cross-country in Gowran (12noon).