Kilkenny’s Peter Lynch was in European Cross-Country action at the weekend, finishing 25th for Ireland in Sardinia, Italy.
Kilkenny’s Peter Lynch had a fine run at the European Cross-Country Championships in Sardinia on Sunday.
Crossing the line in 25th place overall Peter was the second scoring member of the Athletics Ireland squad that finished in sixth place.
This was the second year that Peter earned selection on the Irish team. He showed a significant improvement in placings, moving up from the 50s into the 20s.
While the European Cross-Country Championships were going on in Sardinia there was plenty of action at home with the National Juvenile and Novice Championships in Dundalk.
There was a good representation of Kilkenny athletes at the Louth venue, with some notable successes for the county.
Thomastown’s Fiona Dillon led the way, delivering a standout performance. An excellent display of front running saw her take the girls’ under-13 title to add to the national under-12 title she won in Santry in 2015.
Fiona helped herself to even more medals on the day. She led the Kilkenny team to silver in the county team category and the Leinster team to gold in the provincial team category. Her Thomastown team placed fifth in the club team event.
There were some other excellent individual performances, with top 12 finishers medals going to Hannah Kehoe (Gowran AC), Aine Kirwan (Thomastown) and the Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) trio of Eleanor Godden, Annie McEvoy and Shay McEvoy.
Performance of the Day
The club performance of the day went to the St Senan’s girls’ under-11 team. Their four scoring athletes all finished inside the top 50, a performance which saw them finish second and earn the club team silver medals. The St Senan’s girls also provided the nucleus for the Kilkenny team who won bronze in the county section.
It was a long day for the Kilmacow athletes, as their bus departed from the Sports Complex at 6.30am, but a great achievement for the young team and their mentors.
A number of participating athletes were also selected on provincial teams based on their performance in the regional championships. Accordingly, Kilkenny had a number of representatives on the Leinster squads.
Gowran athletes Hannah and Sarah Kehoe won gold and silver respectively as scoring members of Leinster teams while there was provincial gold for Eleanor Godden and silver for KCH duo Ella Richardson. Provincial team silver medals were won by Aine Kirwan (Thomastown) and the St Senan’s trio of Ben Wallis, Caoimhe Phelan and Tara Ramasawmy.
The Novice category senior races also produced some excellent performances for Kilkenny athletes. There were top 10 finishes for Lauren Dermody (Castlecomer AC) in the women’s race and Niall Sheehan (Gowran AC) in a men’s race which also featured county novice champion Mossy Roantree (Callan AC). Roantree finished in a very respectable 54th place.
Cross-country racing will resume in January with the county junior and Masters M35 and F35 races. Scheduled for Bramblestown on January 8, the start time is set for 11am.
Kilkenny results, national juvenile and novice cross-country championships (club code: C = Callan, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown):
Novice Women: 6 Lauren Dermody (CC), 31 Sally Forristal (SJ).
Novice Men: 5 Niall Sheehan (G), 54 Tomas Roantree (C), 73 Ray Lonergan (KCH).
Girls’ U-11: 15 Sarah Kehoe (G), 18 Caoimhe Phelan (SS), 20 Charlotte Carpendale (SS), 21 Eve Dunphy (SS), 43 Grace Glennon (SJ), 44 Orlaith Kirwan (TT), 45 Molly Long (SS), 57 Hazel Coogan (G), 66 Maeve Bookle (SJ), 94 Angela Carroll (KCH), 102 Aine O’Callaghan (SS), 118 Juliette Evans (SS). Club: 2 St Senan’s. County: 3 Kilkenny (Kehoe, Phelan, Carpendale, Dunphy, Glennon, Kirwan); Province: 2 Leinster (Kehoe, Phelan).
Boys’ U-11: 19 Ben Wallis (SS), 43 Brian Moore (KCH), 53 Eoin Aylward (SS), 61 Isaac Carew (SS), 92 Ruairi Murphy (G), 101 Michael O’Shea (SS), 105 Darragh Coverdale (TT), 122 Shane Morrissey (SS), 132 Ruairi McEvoy (KCH), 169 Aaron Doyle (G), 173 Harry Morrissey (SS). Club: 5 St Senan’s. County: 9 Kilkenny (Wallis, Moore, Aylward, Carew, Murphy, O’Shea). Province: 2 Leinster (Wallis).
Girls’ U-13: 1 Fiona Dillon (TT), 5 Hannah Kehoe (G), 7 Eleanor Godden (KCH), 37 Maria O’Keeffe (TT), 43 Saoirse Allen (SS), 70 Lucy Walsh (TT), 74 Ava Shefflin (TT), 89 Molly O’Dornan (CC), 102 Erin Foley (SJ), 105 Emma Shortall (KCH). Clubs: 5 Thomastown. County: 2 Kilkenny (Dillon, Kehoe, Godden, O’Keeffe, Allen, Walsh). Province: 1 Leinster (Dillon, Kehoe, Godden).
Boys’ U-13: 24 Jack O’Neill (SS), 43 David Williams (SS), 53 Tom Lodge (KCH), 63 Billy Coogan (G), 65 Tadgh Connolly (SS), 81 Billy Power (TT), 87 Donagh Murphy (G), 152 Naoise Gilmartin (SS). County: 9 Kilkenny (Williams, Lodge, Coogan, Connolly, Power, Murphy).
Girls’ U-15: 9 Aine Kirwan (TT), 17 Tara Ramasawmy (SS), 25 Ciara O’Keeffe (TT), 41 Ellen Fitzgerald (KCH), 81 Ellen Ryan (TT), 94 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 111 Katie Bookle (SJ). Clubs: 6 Thomastown. County: 6 Kilkenny (Kirwan, Ramasawmy, C. O’Keeffe, Fitzgerald, Ryan, O. O’Keeffe). Province: 2 Leinster (Kirwan, Ramasawmy).
Boys’ U-15: 124 Fionn Murphy (G).
Girls’ U-17: 11 Annie McEvoy (KCH), 22 Ella Richardson (KCH), 30 Aoife Allen (SS), 83 Issey Shine (KCH), 89 Sinead O’Keeffe (TT), 96 Ciara Murphy (KCH), 104 Aine Phelan (SS). Club: 5 KCH. County 5 Kilkenny (McEvoy, Richardson, Allen, Shine, O’Keeffe, Murphy). Province: 2 Leinster (Richardson).
Boys’ U-17: 12 Shay McEvoy (KCH), 61 James Kearney (KCH), 62 Kevin Burns (KCH), 84 Colm Murphy (KCH), 96 Conor Clarke (CC), 117 Luke Whelan (KCH). Clubs: 9 KCH. County: 9 Kilkenny (McEvoy, Kearney, Burns, Murphy, Clarke, Whelan).
Girls’ U-19: 37 Ailis O’Shea (TT).
Boys’ U-19: 44 Jonathan Crowley (SS).
Rachel Kelly (KCH) was a member of the girls’ over-16 Irish team who finished in second place behind England and ahead of Scotland and Wales at the recent Schools Combined Events International at the AIT Arena in Athlone.
Rachel, who finished in ninth position, scored a new personal best (PB) of 3,339pts, which included throw of 12.38m in the shot-put (PB), time of 9.56 seconds in the hurdles (PB), long jump of 4.81m (PB), a high jump of 1.57m (PB) and a time of 2.33 in the 800m.
On the Road
KCH athlete Brian Maher was the winner of the Ballyroan AC 10 mile race in a time of 50 minutes 38 seconds, finishing just three seconds ahead of clubmate Thos Hayes. Second place in the women’s race went to Adele Walsh (St Senan’s), who covered the distance in a time of 63 minutes 25 seconds.