Get up and running - join an athletics club

THE CALL has gone out to all budding athletes who may be interested in joining an athletics club.

THE CALL has gone out to all budding athletes who may be interested in joining an athletics club.

All across the county Kilkenny has a number of thriving athletics clubs. It is considered to be one of the strongest counties in Leinster at juvenile level.

Castlecomer and Brow Rangers are thriving clubs based in North Kilkenny. Meanwhile, over in Johnstown they are working hard to reactivate the St Kieran’s club.

Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) are, as the name suggests, based in Kilkenny City. Also close by are Gowran and Thomastown. All three clubs are also well established and offer coaching and competition in a wide range of athletic events.

In the south of the county the Nore Valley club, which is based in Inistioge, caters for juveniles and has a developing senior Section. Further south are St Joseph’s, who are based in the Tullogher-Rosbercon area, and St Senan’s in Kilmacow. Both of these clubs are very well established and have been competing at the highest levels for a number of years.

All of these clubs cater for athletes of all abilities, ranging from the local competitor to the elite athlete. The clubs are active on a year round basis, with three distinct seasons in the year. The cross-country season starts in late September and runs until after Christmas, with a break for the festive period.

The highlight of the cross-country season at local level is the Senior Cross-Country Championships, which is usually held in December. There are also races for novice, intermediate and masters athletes throughout October and November. Juvenile races are run in conjunction with these events.

Now is the time for budding cross-country athletes to sign up with a club from any of the above areas. The clubs generally cater for ages eight upwards to senior and masters.

Full details for each of the clubs can be found on the county athletics website, http://kilkennyathletics.net under the Join A Club page.

Fixtures

September 25 - St Senan’s AC Open cross-country juvenile and senior races, Kilmacow Sports Complex 1pm.

October 2 - County Road Championships (Men ten miles, Women five miles), Gowran 11am.

October 9 - County Cross-Country Championships (juveniles even age, masters over-40), Ballycurran Cross 11am.

October 16 - County Cross-Country Championships (uneven age, masters over-45), Castlecomer 11am.