Seniors get into their stride on roads

WHILE the county’s juvenile athletes are enjoying a short break from competitive action before the start of the cross-country season some of the senior athletes have been busy on the roads.

WHILE the county’s juvenile athletes are enjoying a short break from competitive action before the start of the cross-country season some of the senior athletes have been busy on the roads.

At the first stage of the Tinryland AC Autumn Road League Mary Ellen Doyle (Gowran AC) posted a great time of 12.22 in the two mile race. She was the first woman across the line, finishing in 17th place overall.

Getting there just ahead of Mary Ellen was her club-mate Colin Tobin, who had a great run with a time of 12.02 to finish in 14th place. Leon Gordon (12.48) and Marty Kelly (13.49) also ran well.

Meanwhile a group of athletes from St Joseph’s travelled to Kilmore in Wexford to compete in the annual 10k road race. Peter Duggan finished 11th and was second in his M40 category. Peter was followed home by Patrick Bookle in 17th position. Bookle was also second in his M45 category.

Maria Griffin was second woman home and also second in her V40 category, finishing in 32nd place overall. Rocky Mernagh (36th) finished in sixth place in the M45 category. Caroline Mullally (72), Verena Fenlon (92) and May O’Connor (94) completed the St Joseph’s group.

Finally the Luggacurren annual 10k race was held on Sunday, with some Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) runners prominent at the finish. Toss Hayes took second place while David McPherson finished third with a personal best of 32.40 on a course that is considered to be one of the toughest around.

Stook Ten Mile

The Gowran club will host a new even on the race calendar this season.

Set over a challenging but enjoyable 10-mile route, the Stook Ten mile road race will be held on November 18.

Set among some of Kilkenny’s most beautiful scenery, the Stook Ten winds across gentle valleys and up country roads before emerging at the crest of Stook Hill. With stunning views down to the finish, every participant will be rewarded with a super fast 2.5 miles of continuous downhill to the finish line in Dungarvan village.

Gowran AC will offer a friendly and enjoyable experience to runners of all abilities. In addition to the accurate course (Jones counter measured), chip timing, online results and water stations there will be individual, category and team prizes on offer. Entry fee is E20.

The race starts from Dungarvan Church, three miles south of Gowran. There will be changing facilities, with refreshments for all in the parish hall afterwards.

All proceeds from the race go to the juvenile members of Gowran AC and Young Irelands GAA Club. Further information is available from www.facebook.com/gowranac

Saints reschedule

St Senan’s AC have rescheduled their Open Cross-Country to avoid a fixture clash with the All-Ireland hurling final replay.

The event will now be held on Sunday, September 23 with a 1pm start time. There will be juvenile races at under-8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 levels for boys and girls. There will also be races for junior and senior men and women.

The event, which is always well attended, will have prizes for individuals and teams.

Diary

Sunday September 23: St Senan’s Open Cross Country, 1pm Kilmacow.

October 7: County Cross-Country (juvenile even ages, masters M40), Ballycurran Cross 11am.

October 14: County Cross-Country (juvenile uneven ages, masters M45), Castlecomer 11am.

October 28: Leinster Cross-Country championships (juvenile even ages, novice, masters) Avondale, Co Wicklow.

November 11: Leinster Cross-Country championships (juvenile uneven ages, intermediate) venue TBA.