Athletes moved back outdoors at the weekend, with Bramblestown the venue for the county intermediate cross-country and juvenile relays for even age groups.
Gowran AC were the host club for the day, which started with open races in the under-8 category. They provided the winners in both events, with gold medals going to Sam McAviney and Cathy Phelan.
There were relay races in the even age groups from under-10 up to under-16. Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) were the winners of the girls’under-10 race while Gowran were the winners of the boys’ event.
It was double gold at under-12 level for Gowran with both the boys and girls teams taking first place. More Gowran gold would follow at under-14 level, this time for their girls’ team, while Castlecomer took the main prize in the boys’ under-14 event.
The final juvenile event of the day was the boys’ under-16 race, where an unchallenged KCH team were the winners.
The early leader in the women’s 3km race was Gowran’s Maura Bambrick but, by the end of the second lap, Aine Kinsella (St Senan’s) had joined the early leader in the battle for top spot.
The St Senan’s athlete proved to be the strongest on the last lap of the energy-sapping course, running out an easy winner to claim the title.
The day did not end in disappointment for Gowran however. Their athletes filled second, third, fourth and sixth places to help the club claim the Intermediate Women’s Shield for 2016. Their scoring four were Maura Bambrick, Rachel O’Hara, Anne Skehan and Miriam O’Keeffe.
Soft ground and an undulating course meant the men’s 8km race was a true test of strength and endurance.
Once again Gowran’s athletes dominated proceedings. The battle for individual gold as between Gowran clubmates Derek Kehoe and Lyndon Barcoe, while the contest for bronze between Gowran duo David Dempsey and Paddy O’Keeffe.
In the end Lyndon Barcoe prevailed to take the title and individual gold, leaving Derek Kehoe to settle for silver. Paddy O’Keeffe finished strongly to take the individual bronze. There was consolation for David Dempsey as he was a scoring member of the Gowran team that took the gold medals and the Intermediate Shield.
While athletes will be heading back indoors for the national senior championships next weekend, thanks went to the O’Donnell family for facilitating the use of their lands for the cross-country events.
Results, county intermediate cross-country and juvenile relays (club code: G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown).
Girls’ U-8: 1 Cathy Phelan (G), 2 Kate Hayden (G), 3 Eve Doyle (G).
Boys’ U-8: 1 Sam McAviney (G), 2 Robert Lacey (G), 3 Joe Dowling (KCH), Tom Fenlon (G); 4 Charlie Goff (KCH); 5 Donal O’Neill (KCH), 6 Conor Carroll (G).
Girls’ U-10 relay: 1 KCH, 2 Gowran, 3 KCH/St Senan’s.
Boys’ U-10 relay: 1 Gowran, 2 KCH, 3 St Senan’s, 4 Gowran, 5 KCH, 6 Thomastown.
Girls’ U-12 relay: 1 Gowran, 2 Thomastown, 3 St Senan’s, 4 Gowran, 5 St Senan’s.
Boys’ U-12 relay: 1 Gowran, 2 St Senan’s, 3 Gowran, 4 KCH, 5 Thomastown, 6 Gowran.
Girls’ U-14 relay: 1 Gowran, 2 Thomastown, 3 St Senan’s.
Boys’ U-14 relay: 1 Castlecomer, 2 Gowran, 3 St Senan’s.
Boys’ U-16 relay: 1 KCH.
Women’s intermediate 3km: 1 Aine Kinsella (SS), 2 Maura Bambrick (G), 3 Rachel O’Hara (G), 4 Anne Skehan (G), 5 Cathy Millett (KCH), 6 Miriam O’Keeffe (G), 7 Michelle Ryan (G), 8 Siobhan O’Dwyer (G). Teams: 1 Gowran, 2 Gowran.
Men’s intermediate 8km: 1 Lyndon Barcoe (G), 2 Derek Kehoe (G), 3 Paddy O’Keeffe (G), 4 David Dempsey (G), 5 Simon O’Dwyer (G), 6 Craig Byrne (KCH), 7 Eoin Molloy (KCH), 7 Pat Coady (G), 8 Bill Carroll (TT), 9 Tim Butler (KCH), 10 Jack Walsh (G), 11 Tom Corrigan (G), 12 Pat Lennon (G). Teams: 1 Gowran, 2 Gowran.
Brow Rangers athletes were among the Kilkenny winners at the recent Leinster indoor championships.
Results from the club’s representatives saw Patrick Darcy and Matthew Cullen take silver and bronze respectively in the boys’ under-18 shot-put. Emma Kelly finish fifth in the girls’ under-17 shot-put.
There were good finishes also for Adam Kelly and Ciaran Coady in the boys’ under-19 shot-put, the duo ending their championship in fourth and fifth places respectively.