The Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) club had six athletes in action at the Leinster combined events track and field championships on Saturday.
Five made the trip to Drogheda’s Lourdes Stadium a worthwhile one as they brought home provincial medals. Under-16 athlete Darragh Roberts gave a good quality performance, but finished fourth with 2,313pts.
Rachel Kelly was one of three gold-medal winners for the Harriers. Competing at under-14 level, a fine throw of 11.66m in the shot-put helped her earn 2,412pts and take first place. Hannah Kelly also competed at under-14 level, earning bronze with 2,029pts.
Rory McGabhann was the star in the boys’ under-14 competition.
Under pressure from the other competitors in the first four events he pulled out all the stops in his least favoured event, the 800m, to take first place on 2,085pts - just six points ahead of the second place finisher.
The top KCH scorer at the championships was under-15 athlete Ciara Deely. A good performance in the high jump of 1.52m and an excellent run of 12.40 in the 80m hurdles contributed handsomely to her 2,710pts tally which secured the gold. Catriona Twomey competed at senior level, winning silver with 2,354pts.
It will be a busy week for club athletes starting from tonight (Wednesday), when Grennan, Thomastown plays host to the county juvenile B track and field championships.
Events, which will start at 6.45pm, will cater for competitors from 8 to 15 years. Athletes who did not win a medal at the championships are eligible to enter. Thomastown AC is the host club.
The action will them move to Paulstown, where the county road walking championships will be held on Friday. Starting at 7.30pm there will be races for juveniles, juniors, seniors and masters. Gowran AC is the host club.
The county 10k championships for men and women will be held on Sunday in conjunction with the Pink Rock 10k. All senior registered athletes are eligible to take part in these championships.
The second round of the national track and field league will also be held on Sunday. The KCH men’s team will be hoping to build on a strong first round performance with a view to progressing to the final. Team manager John Maye is hoping for a good turnout for each event.
St Joseph’s AC will hold their Annual Pink Rock 10k on Sunday. The event also includes a scenic walk along the banks of the Barrow below New Ross. The start times are 11.30am for walkers and 12 noon for runners.
The race rendezvous point is the parish hall in Rosbercon. This will be well signposted for anyone coming from either the Mullinavat or New Ross direction.
This race is AAI approved and will also offer chip timing. There are cash prizes for the first three athletes home in the men’s and women’s races, as well as category prizes for the first junior male and female, over-40, 45, 50 and 60s. This year’s event also offers team prizes for the men’s and women’s races, with the first four runners to score in each event.
The entry fee for runners and county road runners is €15 (online) or €20 on the day, including tee-shirt. Entry fee for walkers is €15 online, including t-shirt, or €10 on the day with the option of purchasing a t-shirt there.
Following the race refreshments will be served back in club grounds. A wristband will be included with each entrant’s race number, which must be presented to ensure all athletes are fed first. Family members can purchase same for €2.
Online registration will close at midnight on Friday. Registration and collection of numbers will be available in Rosbercon Parish Centre from 6 to 8pm this Saturday and from 9.30am on Sunday. Entries will close at 11.15am.