Runners reign in Castle series

THE final race in the Kilkenny Castle Spring Series was held on Sunday and was run over a distance of 5km.

THE final race in the Kilkenny Castle Spring Series was held on Sunday and was run over a distance of 5km.

There was a good turnout for the race with the involvement of Ossory Youth clubs in the final 5km stage. Ray Lonergan took the honours in the final stage with Aoife O’Connor first woman home.

The big winners

The overall series winners over the three stages were Susan Kelly (senior women), Martin Mosely (senior men), Annie O’Connor (juvenile girls) and Brogan McAvinney (juvenile boys).

The series was organised by Gowran AC, who were delighted with the turnout. Thanks went to all who operated as event stewards, to Kilkenny Castle, Ossory Youth, Farrells Fruits, Gowran Park racecourse and Red Mills for their help and sponsorship and to all the participants who supported the event.

Track and field

Athletes from Gowran, Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH), St Joseph’s and Brow Rangers had some notable successes on the track at the weekend.

Sophie Parkinson had a personal best in the discus, throwing 45.61m to win the Spring throwing competition in Athlone outdoors.

At the Leevale Sports in Cork there were wins for St Joseph’s athlete Shannen Dawkins (14.85 secs) in the 110m hurdles. Aaron Barron (KCH) took gold in the 400m in a time of 52.9 secs while Eoin Everard (KCH) was first in the 3,000m with a time of 8.17.58. Lorraine O’Shea took silver in the long jump.

Seven medals

Brow Rangers athletes won seven medals at the St Lawrence O’Toole’s sports day on Sunday. Oisin Kelly was first in the boys’ under-12 shot-put and second in the under-11 javelin. Matthew Shortall was fifth in the under-12 shot.

In the girls’ under-14 shot-put competition Gráinne Kelly was first and Emma Kelly second for Brow, who picked up more medals when Adam Kelly finished first in the shot-put, second in the long jump and third in the 100m at under-16 level. David Murphy (Gowran AC) was first in the under-14 80m race at the same event.

The first round of the county track and field championships will be held in Scanlon Park on Sunday, May 5. Round two will be held the following Sunday.


A number of St Joseph’s senior athletes were out in force over the week. Patrick Bookle was 21st in the WIT 5km road race, finishing in a time of 18mins 30secs. Larry Lacey was 38th overall in 19mins 51secs, with Michael Power the third club man across the line in 20mins 06secs.

Rocky Mernagh led the way in the Wexford half marathon, finishing 33rd overall in a time of 1hr 29mins. Paul Sheehan was 46th (1hr 31mins) while Tom McDonald was 123rd overall in 1hr 40mins.

Other finishers were: Elaine O’Donovan (1hr 47mins), Mag O’Connor (1hr 50mins), Chris McNamara (1hr 53mins), Siobhan O’Leary (1hr 58mins), Mary McDonald (2hr 05mins), Siobhan Mullally (2hrs 11mins), Triona Foley (2hrs 16mins), Adrienne Flynn (2hrs 18mins), Jean McNamara (2hrs 19mins).

Six Joseph’s athletes took on the 10km course which was run on the day. Breda Hennessy was first home in 47 minutes, followed by Breda Lawlor (57mins), Helen McDonald (57mins), Nora O’Mahony (58mins), Ann Ryan (1hr 03mins) and Julie Lawlor (1hr 05mins).

Lawlor race

St Joseph’s will hold the 31st annual James Lawlor memorial race this Friday at the Pink Rock. Registration is open from 6.45pm with the race starting at 7.15pm.

This is a road running race, confined to St Joseph’s and United Striders members. The second running of the 2013 Pink Rock 10k will also be launched on the night.