A very, very good weekend in Derry!

ATHLETES from all four corner of the country flocked to Derry for the Juvenile Indoor Championships at the

ATHLETES from all four corner of the country flocked to Derry for the Juvenile Indoor Championships at the

Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt at the weekend. Kilkenny clubs were well represented and competed with considerable success.

The locals found the long journey to be very worthwhile - Kilkenny athletes brought home a fine haul of six gold, seven silver and three bronze medals from their excursion North. Many other athletes performed well at the finals, with great credit due to all competitors, their club mentors and coaches.

While there were fine performances all round some of the talking points were the great performance of Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) runner Jack Manning, who won gold in the under-14 shot-put and Luke Fitzpatrick’s storming performance in the under-13 600m race. Manning also won silver in the high jump, losing out to his clubmate Victor Costelloe on countback.

The European Indoor Veterans Championships were also held over the weekend. Gowran athlete Pat Mahon, competing in the long jump, set a new Irish Record of 5.65m for his age Group (over-50). Pat finished in fifth place.

Kilkenny results from the National Indoors are:

U-12 girls’ 60m: 1st K Murphy (St Senan’s AC), 8.76 secs. U-12 girls’ long jump: 5th Martyna Balcer (KCH), 3.67m. U-13 boys’ 600m: 1st Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 1.42.59. U-13 boys’ high jump: 12th Ted Drea (Gowran), 1.20m. U-13 girls’ 60m hurdles: 4th Grace O’Donnell (Gowran), 10.40 secs. U-13 girls’ 60m: 3rd Lauren Gleeson (KCH), 8.52 secs. U-13 girls’ high jump: 4th Evie Kiely (KCH), 1.30m.

U-14 boys’ high jump: 1st Victor Costello (KCH), 1.40m; 2nd Jack Manning (KCH), 1.40m. U-14 boy’s shot-put: 1st Jack Manning (KCH), 11.24m. U-14 girls’ 60m hurdles: 2nd Christina O’Donnell (Gowran), 9.66 secs. U-14 girls’ high jump: 3rd Aoife Naddy (Gowran), 1.40m. U-15 girls’ 60m: 7th Eimear O’Donoghue (KCH), 8.33 secs. U-15 boys’ 60m: 4th Paul Manning (St Joseph’s), 7.83 secs; 6th Aaron Barron (KCH), 8.05 secs. U-15 girls’ high jump: 3rd Eimear O’Donoghue (KCH), 1.50m. U-15 girls’ shot-put: 7th Eimear O’Donoghue (KCH), 8.96m. U-15 boys’ shot-put: 2nd Joe Kelly (Brow Rangers), 13.21m.

U-17 girls’ 60m: 1st Cliodhna Manning (KCH), 7.74 secs. U-17 girls’ 60m hurdles: 6th Sinead McDonagh (KCH), 10.05 secs; 8th Catriona Twomey (KCH), 10.18 secs. U-18 boys’ shot-put: 2nd Diarmaid Hickey (Gowran), 12.60m. U-18 girls’ 60m: 2nd Lorraine O’Shea (KCH), 7.83 secs. U-18 girls’ shot-put: 2nd Sophie Parkinson (Gowran), 11.34m. U-18 boys’ 60m hurdles: 1st Eoin Power (St Joseph’s), 8.41 secs. U-19 400m: 2nd Jack Saunders (St Joseph’s), 50.81 secs.

College champs

A series of top class performances saw the St Kieran’s College Junior Boys team of Jack Keoghan, Sean Morrissey, Gary Tynan, Tom O’Keeffe, Gary Kehoe, Kevin Brennan, Luke Dowling and Cormac Buggy take the gold in the All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country finals.

St Patrick’s Day

There was a great turnout for the St Patrick’s Day 5k Dash for charity. More than 300 runners lined up at the Watershed for the start of the race. Mayor of Kilkenny, Martin Brett, accompanied by a delegation from Moret-Sur-Loing, got the DASH under way with a shrill blow of the whistle.

Runners, joggers, walkers, and proud parents pushing buggies streamed onto the Ring Road, headed down by Ned Naddy’s, into and around the Castle Park and back to the finish at the Watershed.

Gowran athlete Tommy Evans raised the first major cheer of the day when he crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 15 seconds. Exactly one minute later it was David McPherson’s turn to raise the cheer as he crossed the line in second place. Kevin Fenlon claimed third prize some 25 seconds later.

There was a closer finish for the women’s race with Martina O’Dwyer taking first place in 19 minutes, 20 seconds, just 12 seconds ahead of Niamh Richardson. Third prize was claimed by Mary Molloy in a time of 20 minutes, 39 seconds.

The juveniles also put on a good show with Peter Lynch leading them home in a time of 20 minutes, 43 seconds. John Nolan (21.42) was second with John Dillon third. Renowned cross-country and track athlete Megan Morrissey was the first of the girls to finish. Her time of 20.52 was enough to beat Anna Sheehan and Rebecca Kennedy.

Speaking at the presentation of the prizes Sean Lynch, PRO Kilkenny City Harriers, thanked supporters, sponsors and all who made the event such a success.

Men’s results: 1 Tommy Evans, 16mins 15secs; 2 David McPherson, 17.15; 3 Kevin Fenlon, 17.40; 4 Jimmy Barcoe, 17.43; 5 Paul Cody, 17.46; 6 Michael Murphy, 17.48; 7 Eamon O’Connor, 18.03; 8 Tommy Falconer, 18.25; 9 Thommas Brennan, 18.42; 10 Paul Moran, 18.44; 11 Lyndon Barcoe, 19.07; 12 Davy Hogan, 19.17; 13 Brian O’Dwyer, 19.17; 14 Andrew Lowry, 19.27; 15 Ivan McMahon, 19.49; 16 Colm Murray, 20.00; 17 Philip Fennelly, 20.07; 18 Ger Griffin, 20.25; 19 Terry Brophy, 20.33; 20 Eoin Molloy, 20.42.

Women’s results: 1 Martina O’Dwyer, 19.20; 2 Niamh Richardson, 19.32; 3 Mary Molloy, 20.39; 4 Ciara Martin, 21.41; 5 Catherine Rice, 22.14; 6 Laura Keane, 22.57; 7 Jackie Power, 23.08; 8 Kate Millea, 23.02; 9 Lisa Collins, 23.28; 10 Sheila O’Callaghan, 23.29; 11 Barbara Rossiter, 23.56; 12 Roisin Hickey, 24.00; 13 Sinead Fitzpatrick, 24.02; 15 Rose Scully, 24.14; 16 Oonagh Hennessy, 24.24; 17 Geraldine Nolan, 24.24; 18 Liz Nolan, 24.24; 19 Geraldine Burke, 24.35; 20 Eadoin Power, 24.40.

Girls top five: 1 Megan Morrissey, 20.52; 2 Anna Sheehan, 22.27; 3 Rebecca Kennedy, 22.30; 4 Aoibhe O’Shea, 22.35; 5 Rose Kennedy, 23.17.

Boys top five: 1 Peter Lynch, 20.43; 2 John Nolan, 21.42; 3 John Dillon, 22.46; 4 Craig Byrne, 22.49; 5 Colm Murphy, 23.43.