ADAMSTOWN was the venue for round two of the national juvenile cross-country championships.
The first event on the day in Wexford was the girls’ under-11 race, which produced two individual medal winners and a team bronze for Thomastown AC.
Aine Kirwan ran a fantastic race to finish second just behind the winner Corrine Kenny. Fellow Thomastown athlete Ciara O’Keeffe also had a brilliant finish to secure sixth place and a spot on the podium. Even though they were depleted by illness Thomastown secured the third team prize with Ellen Ryan and Anna Cass making up the scorers.
In the boys’ under-11 race Killian Griffin (St Joseph’s) was the top Kilkenny finisher in 16th place. Annie O’Connor (Kilkenny City Harriers, KCH) was the top finisher in the county at under-15 level. Anna Sheehan (KCH) was the top finisher at under-17, coming home inside the top 20.
In the boys’ under-17 race Sean Power (Thomastown) was the first Kilkenny athlete to cross the line. He was followed in by Hugh Morgan (St Senan’s).
The girls’ under-19 team fared well with two athletes Bronagh Kearns (St Senan’s) and Mary-Ellen Doyle (Gowran) finishing in the top 10.
Owing to a major system failure with the technology the official results have not yet been published as the back-up data must be rechecked. There will be full results and team placings with next weeks report.
Toss Hayes (KCH) was the top Kilkenny finisher in the National Novice 6k cross-country championships in Adamstown on Sunday. Toss finished in a very creditable 12th place in a very high quality race. Conor Rochford also had a good run, finishing in 20th place.
Kilkennyman Ciaran Aylward, running with Rathfarnham WSAF, finished in 35th position and was part of the silver medal-winning Dublin county team.
Kilkenny results: 12 Toss Hayes (KCH), 20 Conor Rochford (SS), 68 Sean Caulfield, 106 Ray Lonergan (KCH), 147 Eoin Molloy (KCH), 165 Lyndon Barcoe (G), 170 Colin Tobin (G), 173 Luke Morgan (SS).
Brian Maher (KCH) was in action with the Irish senior men’s team at the European cross-country championships in Budapest at the weekend. Despite the cold and Wintery conditions Brian finished 73rd in a race that was run on a snow-covered course.
The hard, overnight frost which left Kilkenny’s side roads looking like glass led to a late change of venue for the women’s county five mile road race championships on Saturday.
The move, from Gowran to the old Kilkenny to Carlow Road, was welcomed by the enthusiastic ladies.
Athletes from city club Kilkenny City Harriers were prominent from the start. By the half-way stage there was little between the club’s first three runners Donna Dowling, Barbara Rossiter and Anne-Marie O’Grady. As the race progressed, Dowling pulled away to take individual gold in a time of 33 minutes 41 seconds. Barbara Rossiter took silver 21 seconds later with O’Grady crossing the line for a bronze medal finish in 34 minutes 22 seconds.
Kilkenny City Harriers proved very strong on the day with the A team taking gold in the team event on 10 points and the B team silver with 28 points. Gowran’s Ann Doyle, who finished eighth place in 37 minutes 36 seconds, led her team to third place.
Results: 1 Donna Dowling (KCH), 2 Barbara Rossiter (KCH), 3 Anne-Marie O’Grady (KCH), 4 Kate Millea (KCH), 5 Sinead Foley (KCH), 6 Marie Murphy (KCH), 7 Caoimhe Foley (KCH), 8 Ann Doyle (G), 9 Catherine Kennedy (G), 10 Sheila O’Callaghan (KCH), 11 Cathy Millett (KCH), 12 Siobhan O’Dwyer (G), 13 Leona Connolly (G), 14 Martina Prendergast (G), 15 Rhoda Griffith (G), 16 Annette Fitzpatrick (G).