Grennan was the venue for a great day of running, as the county cross-country championships took centre stage on Sunday.
The Thomastown venue played host to the juvenile B (uneven age groups) races and novice B events at senior level, as well as the inaugural running of an over-50s event for men.
The programme started with individual races for boys and girls in the under-7 and under-9 age groups. The first gold medals of the day went to Caoimhe Power (Thomastown) in the girls’ under-7 race and Jack Coogan (Brow Rangers) in the boys’ under-7 event. There was another gold for Thomastown when Maria O’Keeffe won the girls’ under-9 race. David Williams (St Senan’s) was the winner of the boys’ race, which had a big field of 30 runners.
There was a big field also in the girls’ under-11, where gold went to Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athlete Ciara Ryan. Katie Clarke (Castlecomer) won the silver while bronze went to Caoimhe Carroll (KCH). In the team event KCH won gold, while a close-fought battle between Castlecomer and Thomastown ended with ’Comer taking silver and Thomastown bronze.
Brogan McAvinney (Gowran) was the winner of the boys’ under-11 race. He was followed home by Cathal O’Reilly (Castlecomer) in second and St Senan’s Mark Finn in third place. Gowran took team gold, with silver going to St Senan’s and bronze to Thomastown.
The girls’ under-13 event saw both the individual and team gold go to Castlecomer. Aoife Cahalan was first across the finish line for individual honours, followed by Chloe Mullally (St Joseph’s) and Ellen Buggy (Castlecomer) in third place. Castlecomer’s Christopher Korrf won the boys’ race, where second and third places were filled by KCH athletes Shay McEvoy and Daragh Flynn. The boys’ team gold went to KCH, with silver for Castlecomer and bronze medals for St Senan’s.
In the girls’ under-15 race Thomastown took first and second places, the gold going to Katie Waugh and silver to Caoimhe Kelly. The bronze medal was won by Hannah Murphy (Castlecomer). Billy Delahunty (St Senan’s) was the winner of the boys’ race with Castlecomer duo Ross Connolly and James Buggy taking silver and bronze respectively. Adam Jacob completed the ’Comer team which won the gold medals.
In the senior events the B Novice Women’s title went to Michelle Ryan (Gowran). The silver medal went to Carol McCormack (Thomastown) while St Joseph’s stalwart Tracey Malone picked up the bronze.
The men’s race was dominated by KCH, with Conor Quinlan and Eddie O’Keeffe filling the first two places. Richard Limpkin completed the gold-medal winning team. Rodger Middleton (Gowran) finished in the individual bronze medal position, leading his team to second place and silver medals just ahead of Thomastown in third place.
The first ever men’s over-50 county championship was won by pre-race favourite David Farrell (Gowran). St Joseph’s put in a strong showing with Seamus Power finishing second and Sean Hokey third, but despite this they had to settle for team silver as Mick Walsh and Jimmy Lennon came home in fourth and fifth places to ensure Gowran’s team victory.
A special mention must be given to popular Gowran athlete Mick Walsh who, having just run the 6k B novice race - where he was part of Gowran’s silver medal winning team - lined up immediately afterwards and was part of Gowran’s gold medal winning team in the over-50s race!
Results, county cross-country juvenile B, novice B and over-50 men’s championships (club code: BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, STY = Stoneyford, TT = Thomastown):
Girls’ U-7: 1 Caoimhe Power (TT). Boys’ U-7: 1 Jack Coogan (BR), 2 Tadgh Dineen (STY), 3 Oisin Farrell (KCH), 4 Oisin Mullally (SJ), 5 Mark Askins (STY), 6 James Fenlon (TT), 7 Conor Farrell (KCH), 8 Dan Carroll (KCH), 9 Sean Carroll (KCH), 10 James O’Reilly (TT), 11 Noah Denieffe (G), 12 Tom Carpenter (G), 13 Sam McAvinney (G).
Girls’ U-9: 1 Maria O’Keeffe (TT), 2 Libby Murphy (SS), 3 Tara Fenlon (TT), 4 Sophie Williams (SS), 5 Caoimhe Phelan (SS), 6 Katy Ronan (KCH), 7 Orla Kirwan (TT), 8 Caoimhe Cavanagh (SS), 9 Emily Murphy (CC), 10 Kaitlin Mullally (SJ), 11 Mairead Mullally (SJ), 12 Angela Carroll (SJ), 13 Kate O’Neill (CC), 14 Maeve Bookle (SJ), 15 Niamh Galway (TT), 16 Lara Challoner (TT), 17 Molly Hogan (CC), 18 Sinead Carroll (KCH), 19 Cailin Doyle (SJ), 20 Emma McCabe (TT).
Boys’ U-9: 1 David Williams (SS), 2 Cian Farrell (TT), 3 Colm Regan (SS), 4 Conor Kelly (TT), 5 Ben Wallis (SS), 6 Aaron Askins (STY), 7 David Holden (TT), 8 Harry Boyle (KCH), 9 Conor Power (SS), 10 Leo McKiernan (STY), 11 Darragh Carpenter (G), 12 Michael Brennan (CC), 13 Joey Ryan (CC), 14 Oisin O’Reilly (TT), 15 Alex Bailey (SS), 16 Jamie Maher (TT), 17 Billy Coogan (KCH), 18 Mathew Bolger (CC), 19 Patrick Walsh (SS), 20 Sean Dunne (CC), 21 Niall Carpenter (G), 22 Oisin Farrell (KCH), 23 Ronan Grace (KCH), 24 Eoin Dempsey (SS), 25 Rory McEvoy (KCH), 26 Jamie Walsh (SS), 27 Finn Beck (TT), 28 Ben Doyle (SS), 29 Matt McAvinney (G), 30 Leo Downey (CC).
Girls’ U-11: 1 Ciara Ryan (KCH), 2 Katie Clarke (CC), 3 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 4 Anna Cass (TT), 5 Eve O’Dwyer (G), 6 Evie Maher (TT), 7 Katie Bookle (SJ), 8 Katie Ryan (KCH), 9 Sarah Brophy (CC), 10 Tara McGuire (KCH), 11 Aoibhinn Brophy (CC), 12 Orla Walsh (TT), 13 Rachel Whelan (KCH), 14 Ruby Denieffe (G), 15 Aoibhe Purcell (KCH), 16 Doireann Knox (SS), 17 Isobel Ryan (TT), 18 Ella Buggy (CC), 19 D. Murray (KCH), 20 Amelie Bolger (CC), 21 Grainne Flynn (KCH) 22 Kate Purcell (CC), 23 Sophie Kealy (CC), 24 Lucy Coogan (CC), 25 Sinead Galway (TT). Teams - 1 KCH, 12pts; 2 Castlecomer, 22pts; 3 Thomastown, 22pts; 4 KCH; 5 Castlecomer.
Boys’ U-11: 1 Brogan McAvinney (G), 2 Cathal O’Reilly (CC), 3 Mark Finn (SS), 4 Tomas Mullally (SJ), 5 George O’Shea (SS), 6 Charlie Fitzgerald (G), 7 David Byrne (G), 8 Paddy Regan (SS), 9 Pauric Kirwan (TT), 10 Stephen Neville (TT), 11 Peter McDonald (SS), 12 Luca Downey (CC), 13 Evan McCormack (TT), 14 Daniel Griffin (SS), 15 Josh Dineen (STY). Teams - 1 Gowran, 14pts; 2 St Senan’s, 16pts; 3 Thomastown, 32pts.
Girls’ U-13: 1 Aoife Cahalan (CC), 2 Chloe Mullally (SJ), 3 Ellen Buggy (CC), 4 Tiffany Fitzgerald (G), 5 Eimear Stone (CC), 6 Dearvla O’Reilly (TT). Team - 1 Castlecomer.
Boys’ U-13: 1 Christopher Korff (CC), 2 Shay McEvoy (KCH), 3 Daragh Flynn (KCH), 4 Luke Whelan (KCH), 5 Tom Holden (TT), 6 Rory McGabhann (KCH), 7 Pauric Dempsey (SS), 8 Cian Kavanagh (SS), 9 Killian Hogan (CC), 10 Fiachra Knox (SS), 11 Jack Buggy (CC), 12 Micky Connolly (CC), 13 William Wallis (SS), 14 Kyle Dineen (STY), 15 David Maher (SS), 16 Tom Carroll (KCH). Teams - 1 KCH, 9pts; 2 Castlecomer, 21pts; 3 St Senan’s, 25pts.
Girls’ U-15: 1 Katie Waugh (TT), 2 Caoimhe Kelly (TT), 3 Hannah Murphy (CC). Boys’ U-15: 1 Billy Delahunty (SS), 2 Ross Connolly (CC), 3 James Buggy (CC), 4 Conor Phelan (SS), 5 Adam Jacob (CC). Team - 1 Castlecomer.
Novice B Women: 1 Michelle Ryan (G), 2 Carol McCormack (TT), 3 Tracey Malone (SJ), 4 Janet Beck (TT). Novice B Men: 1 Conor Quinlan (KCH), 2 Eddie O’Keeffe (KCH), 3 Rodger Middleton (G), 4 Liam McCabe (TT), 5 Bill Carroll (TT), 6 Brendan Murphy (G), 7 Richard Limpkin (KCH), 8 Mick Walsh (G), 9 Liam O’Shea (TT). Teams - 1 KCH, 10pts; 2 Gowran, 17pts; 3 Thomastown, 18pts.
Masters (M50): 1 David Farrell (G), 2 Seamus Power (SJ), 3 Sean Hokey (SJ), 4 Mick Walsh (G), 5 Jimmy Lennon (G), 6 Willie McTiernan (KCH), 7 Liam Kealy (G), 8 Pat Fenlon (SJ). Teams - 1 Gowran, 10pts; 2 St Joseph’s, 13pts.
A special schools road relays event will be held in Knockbeg College on Wednesday, December 11. Schools interested in taking part should contact John Maye, a teacher in the college, for full details.
There was a large contingent of Kilkenny athletes in this year’s Waterford Half Marathon on Sunday last. KCH had in excess of 30 runners, mostly from their Fit4Life section. Gowran’s Val Gunner, completing the course in 1:18:51 was one of the top performers. KCH had Paul Moran finishing in 1.19.09 and Pat Purcell in 1.22.40. There was also a good return by Thomastown’s Danny Shanahan, who clocked 1.25.10.
Among the top performers for the ladies were Adele Walsh (St Senan’s) with 1.26.06, Sally Forristal (St Joseph’s) in a time of 1.30.25 and Caoimhe Foley (KCH) with 1.34.44.
Sunday, December 15: National cross-country championships, juvenile (uneven ages), novice men and women, WIT Grounds, Waterford 12 noon.
Sunday, December 22: County senior cross-country championships, men and women, Conahy 11am.