Everyone was in the ‘Pink’ as sun beamed down on runners

Over 160 athletes crossed the finish line of the first running of the Pink Rock 10k on Sunday. The organisers were delighted with the turn out, which included a good mixture of club runners and participation athletes. The fine sunny conditions added to the enjoyment for everyone.

Over 160 athletes crossed the finish line of the first running of the Pink Rock 10k on Sunday. The organisers were delighted with the turn out, which included a good mixture of club runners and participation athletes. The fine sunny conditions added to the enjoyment for everyone.

The scenic course took the runners down leafy lanes and along the Nore/Barrow estuary below New Ross. First across the finish line with a time of 33.24 was Tom Hogan, Sliabh Bhuidhe Rovers. He was followed home by Conor Rochford with clubmate Sean Caulfield next giving St Senan’s second and third place.

Peter Duggan in 4th place was the first St Joseph’s athlete across the finish line. Peter took first place in the M40 category.

Margaret Danaher won the women’s race in a time of 39.15. Ann Sullivan of DMP was second and Annaleigh Hore, Kilmore AC filled third place. Caoilte Malone, KCH was the first Kilkenny athlete in the women’s race.

The club acknowledged the support and sponsorship of local firms and businesses. Proceeds from the race are going towards the club development fund.

Track and field

Joanne and Catriona Cuddihy showed good form at the international track meet in Bedford on June 10. Joanne equalled her season’s best when she clocked 51.78 seconds to finish second in the 400m. Her time of 23.64 seconds in the 200m won her gold.

Meanwhile, Catriona, who has been targeting the 400m this season, continues to bring down her time. The previous weekend running in Poland she set a PB of 54.95. In Bedford she pared that down to 54.59 seconds.

This weekend in Russia, Joanne was second again with a time of 51.98.

Another KCH athlete, Michael Bowler, recently travelled to the UK to compete in a decathlon in Abingdon. His trip proved well worthwhile, giving him considerable exposure and developmental experience in the ten events.

He was well satisfied with his overall performance (100m - 11.40, 110 hurdles -17.09, 400m- 52.69, 1500 – 4.46.00, long jump – 6.73, shot – 10.86, high jump –1.95, discus –25.00, pole vault – 3.20, javelin - 38.20) achieving a points total of 5967. Michael won the bronze medal at the recent senior Leinster Combined events at the Shoreline track in Greystones.

National League

Kilkenny City Harriers had two teams taking part in the first round of this year’s National League on Sunday. The weather, which flooded the Tullamore track, forced a change of venue to Athlone IT. While both teams were short a number of regular athletes they turned in good results.

The men’s team, competing in the First Division, were fortunate to have the assistance of two valuable guests, Eoin Power and Jack Saunders from the St Joseph’s club. Both garnered maximum points from their respective events.

Power was superb when winning both hurdle races while Saunders had a similar performance, winning the 200m and 400m. Full points were also achieved in the 4x100m relay.

There were a number of second place results – Peter Lyons in 100m, Eoin Power in high jump, Cormac Everard in triple jump, John Maye in javelin and Nicholas Dunphy in the walk.

The women’s team which competed in the Premier Division did not achieve the same level of points as the men, but having managed to be involved in 17 of the 19 events they have established a good foundation leading in to the second round.

The best achievements came via the 4x100m relay, which they won. And the second place finishes recorded by Cliodhna Manning (200m), Emily Maher (400m), Sinead McDonagh (high jump) and Laura Langton (pole vault) beefed up the points tally.

To qualify for the final which will beheld in August it is of utmost importance that better scores are achieved across the full range of events. Having a full team available for the second round would make that a possible achievement.

Leinster Championships

At the Leinster junior track and field championships, Sophie Parkinson, Gowran AC won gold in the discus, setting a new record with a championship best performance of 41.92m. Sophie also took gold in the shot putt with a throw of 10.88m.

At the Leinster under-23 championships, KCH athlete Louise scored a double gold with victories in the 100m and 200m.

Recently the younger juvenile athletes from the county competed in the Leinster under-9 to 11 pairs competition in Navan. Two athletes from each club compete as a team in the pairs competition with their individual time or distance being added to give a combined score for the club. There were also individual events in the under-12 category.

There were some great performances by the athletes. St Senans under-9 girls brought home three sets of gold medals. Saoirse Allen and Aoife Redmond were double gold winners along with gold medals for Aoife Redmond and Rose Allen.

Thomastown also took home three sets of gold medals in the under-10 category with Jordan Knight and Zac Bay Hammond double winners in the long jump and the 60m sprint. In the under-12 events Castlecomer athlete Conor Clarke again struck gold, this time in the 600m.

There were also gold medal performances by Brow Rangers member, Therese Kelly (shot putt) and Thomastown’s Lee Treacy (high jump).

Girls under-9 long jump: 1 Rose Sheridan and Aoife Redmond (SS).

Girls under-9 60m: 1 Rose Allen and Saoirse Allen (SS); 3 Emma Manogue and Caoimhe O’Carroll (KCH).

Girls under-9 300m: 1 Saoirse Allen and Aoife Redmond (SS).

Girls under-10 long jump: 1 Aine Kirwan and Anna Cass (Thomastown).

Girls under-9 ball rhrow: 3 Margaret O’Shea and Fiona Dillon (KCH).

Boys under-10 long jump: 1 Jordan Knight and Zac Bay Hammond (TT).

Boys under-10 60m: 1 Jordan Knight and Zac Bay Hammond (TT).

Boys under-11 ball throw: 2 Tom Holden and Gerard Prentice (TT).  

Boys under-10 500m: 3 Robert Finn and Josh Fenton (SS).

Boys under-11 long jump: 7 Sean O’Dornan and Kevin Malone (CC).

Boys under-12 600m: 1 Conor Clarke (CC).

Girls under-12 shot putt: 1 Therese Kelly (BR); 5 Rachel Kelly (KCH).

Boys under-12 high jump: 1 Lee Tracey (TT).

Girls under-12 ball throw: 4 Hannah Kelly (KCH); 6 Rachel Kelly (KCH).

Boys under-12 high jump: 4 Rory McGabhann (KCH); he was also 5th in hurdles.

Boys under-12 ball throw: 7 Nicky Connolly (CC). In the county under-11 relays in Navan, Co Meath, on Saturday, Kilkenny were represented by Thomastown’s quartet of Aine Kirwan, Dearbhla O’Reilly, Orla O’Keeffe and Ciara O’Keeffe. In a very tight finish the girls finished outside the medals in fourth place.

The under-11 boys county team also finished fourth.

Munster Open Masters

Brow Rangers athletes Murty and Joe Kelly competed in the Munster Open Masters championships in Templemore on Sunday. They did not come away empty handed.

In the M2 category Joe won gold in the shot putt, discus, hammer and 56lbs for distance.

In the M6 category Murty won gold in the shot and discus, silver in the hammer and bronze in the 35lbs for distance

County track and field overall points - Juvenile, KCH 392.5; St Joseph’s 174.5; Gowran 136.5; St Senan’s 117.5; Thomastown 113; Brow Rangers 77; Castlecomer 54; Nore Valley 18; St Kieran’s 14. Senior, Gowran 93; KCH 76; St Joseph’s 53; Thomastown 51; Brow Rangers 35; St Senan’s 13; Castlecomer10; Nore Valley 6.


Today (June 20) county track and field ‘B’ championships in Grennan 6.30pm; Friday, county road walks and road novice (women), Pink Rock 7.30pm; Friday, June 29, county 10K road race (men) and 3k (women) in Gowran 7.30pm.