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Gowran and Thomastown claim novice cross-country crowns

Jonathan Webb (Gowran AC) winner of the mens novice cross-country championships, accepts the Novice Cup for the top mens club from Margaret Dillon, secretary Kilkenny Athletics Co Board. Gowran beat KCH and St Josephs to the spoils at Sundays race in Kilmacow.
Kilmacow was the place to be on Sunday as St Senan’s hosted the third round of the county cross-country championships.

Kilmacow was the place to be on Sunday as St Senan’s hosted the third round of the county cross-country championships.

The Sports Complex was the venue for the B Championships for even age juveniles, but the main events on the programme were the novice championships for men and women.

The championships, which started with open races for the under-8 athletes, saw the first gold medal of the day go to local athlete Caoimhe Phelan. In the boys’ race Conor Kelly (Thomastown) was the gold medal winner.

The team events started with the under-10 races. Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) picked up the gold medals in the girls’ race with St Senan’s boys taking team gold in their race. Individual honours went to Caoimhe Carroll (KCH) and Alan Smyth (Castlecomer).

At under-12 level there were wins for Jennifer Leahy (KCH) and Tom Holden (Thomastown). Team gold went to St Joseph’s in the girls’ race and Castlecomer in the boys’ race.

The winning continued into the under-14 grade for KCH as Ella Richardson scooped gold in the girls’ race. Castlecomer did well also, scoring a win as Christopher Korff took gold in the boys’ race, despite the strong late challenge of KCH athlete Shay McEvoy.

Team gold in both under-14 races went to Castlecomer. For good measure they also picked up the silver medals in the boys’ race.

The boys’ under-16 race saw strength in numbers yield great results for KCH, who took team gold. Gowran’s Tommy Bric was the individual winner.

Great turnout

At adult level the novice women’s race saw 23 athletes face the starter with a great turnout of athletes from Gowran and St Joseph’s and a strong Thomastown team.

From the gun Gowran’s Linda Delaney raced into a lead which she maintained for the first half of the 3k race. However, behind her came the Thomastown trio of Megan Morrissey, Maeve O’Connor and Niamh O’Shea. With three athletes to score on a team it looked for a while that the individual title would go to Gowran and the team to Thomastown but as the race went on Megan Morrissey closed the gap on Delaney and passed her.

To her credit the Gowran athlete held on to take the silver medal while, further back, Gowran’s Nicola Nolan moved into the bronze medal position.

The race for fifth and sixth position decided who would take team gold. With Niamh O’Shea claiming the honours over Catherine Kennedy it meant team gold and the Women’s Novice Shield went to Thomastown, with Gowran settling for team silver. Their strength in depth meant Gowran also picked up the team bronze medals as well.

The men’s race also saw Gowran to the fore. Despite an early showing from KCH, with Luke O’Connor taking an early lead and Conor Quinlan well up the field, the Gowran athletes proved to be far stronger.

Jonathan Webb took over the lead just after half-way and looked comfortable as he ran on to claim the individual title and also lead his team to victory. Luke O’Connor finished in second place with Luke Morgan (St Senan’s) winning bronze.

The other scoring members of the winning Gowran team were Marty Mosely, David Dempsey and Adrian Cunningham. KCH won team silver with the bronze medals going to St Joseph’s.


Results, juvenile even age B championships and novice cross-country championships (club code - CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, STY = Stoneyford, TT = Thomastown):

Girls’ U-8: 1 Caoimhe Phelan (SS), 2 Angela Carroll (TT), 3 Mairead Mullally (SJ), 4 Lisa Smyth (CC), 5 Ellie Moran (KCH), 6 Anna Fenton (SS), 7 Brianna Byrne (SJ), 8 Molly Hogan (CC), 9 Sinead Carroll (KCH), 10 Laura Leahy (KCH), 11 Orna Hennebry (SS).

Boys’ U-8: Conor Kelly (TT), 2 Leo McKiernan (STY), 3 Eoin Alyward (SS), 4 Niall Carpenter (G), 5 Mathew Bolger (CC), 6 Noah Manogue (KCH), 7 Mikey Phelan (SS), 8 Ruairi McEvoy (KCH), 9 Ben Doyle (SS), 10 David Sheridan (SS), 11 Mathew McAviney (G), 12 Sam McAviney (G).

Girls’ U-10: 1 Caoimhe Carroll (KCH), 2 Rachel Leahy (KCH), 3 Aine Ryan (SJ), 4 Aoife Redmond (SS), 5 Tara McGuire (KCH), 6 Libby Murphy (SS), 7 Erin Foley (SJ), 8 Molly O’Dornan (CC), 9 Doireann Knox (SS), 10 Rose Sheridan (SS), 11 Kayleigh Ronan (KCH), 12 Sophie Williams (SS), 13 Katie Purcell (CC), 14 Amelie Bolger (CC), 15 Rachel Foley (SJ), 16 Bronagh Doolin (SJ), 17 Niamh Galway (TT) 18 Kate Aylward (SS), 19 Sophie Monaghan (SS). Teams: 1 KCH, 2 St Senan’s, 3 St Joseph’s.

Boys’ U-10: 1 Alan Smyth (CC), 2 Thomas Mullally (SJ), 3 David Williams (SS), 4 Aaron Askins (STY), 5 Daragh Carpenter (G), 6 Colm Roche (SJ), 7 Robbie Cord (KCH), 8 Cory Walsh (G), 9 Conor Johnston (KCH), 10 Tadgh Connolly (SS), 11 Luke Ramaswamy (SS), 12 Jimmy Jahon (TT), 13 Padraig Kirwan (TT), 14 Oisin O’Reilly (TT), 15 Mick Carroll (KCH), 16 Joey Ryan (CC), 17 Harry O’Shea (SS), 18 Evan McCormack (TT), 19 Bill O’Shea (TT), 20 Patrick O’Connor (SJ). Teams: 1 St Senan’s, 2 St Joseph’s, 3 KCH.

Girls’ U-12: 1 Jennifer Leahy (KCH), 2 Anna Cass (TT), 3 Chloe Mullally (SJ), 4 Sophie Mullally (SJ), 5 Mary Clare O’Dwyer (SJ), 6 Eve O’Dwyer (G), 7 Sarah Brophy (CC), 8 Kate Byrne (G), 9 Dearbhaill O’Reilly (TT), 10 Edie Maher (TT), 11 Aoibhinn Brophy (CC), 12 Aine McDonald (SJ), 13 Clodagh Monaghan (SS), 14 Molly Butler (KCH), 15 Kate Sheridan (SS), 16 Roisin Moran (TT), 17 Caoimhe O’Reilly (CC), 18 Sinead Galway (TT), 19 Aoife Maher (SS). Teams: 1 St Joseph’s, 2 Thomastown, 3 Castlecomer.

Boys’ U-12: 1 Tom Holden (TT), 2 Brogan McAvinney (G), 3 Cathal O’Reilly (CC), 4 Jack Ryan (SJ), 5 George O’Shea (SS), 6 Sean O’Dornan (CC), 7 Kevin Smyth (CC), 8 Jordan Knight (TT), 9 Tom O’Shea (TT), 10 David Maher (SS), 11 Nick Kleign (SS), 12 Stephen Neville (TT), 13 Oisin Hennebry (SS), 14 Jack Murphy (KCH), 15 David Byrne (G). Teams: 1 Castlecomer, 2 Thomastown, 3 St Senan’s.

Girls’ U-14: 1 Ella Richardson (KCH), 2 Caoimhe Kelly (TT), 3 Hannah Murphy (CC), 4 Annie McEvoy (KCH), 5 Aoife Cahalan (CC), 6 Aine Phelan (SS), 7 Amy Redmond (SS), 8 Ellen Buggy (CC), 9 Aoife Moore (G), 10 Caoimhe Kelly (G), 11 Lorna Monaghan (SS), 12 Emily Kleign (SS), 13 Sinead Bric (G). Teams: 1 Castlecomer, 2 St Senan’s, 3 Gowran.

Boys’ U-14: 1 Christopher Korff (CC), 2 Shay McEvoy (KCH), 3 James Buggy (CC), 4 Nicky Connolly (CC), 5 William Hogan (CC), 6 Jeremiah Burke (CC), 7 Adam Jacob (CC), 8 Rory McGabhann (KCH), 9 Tadgh Knox (SS). Teams: 1 Castlecomer, 2 Castlecomer.

Boys’ U-16: 1 Tommy Bric (G), 2 Billy Delaunty (SS), 3 Ross Connolly (CC), 4 Jack Walsh (G), 5 Aaron Redmond (SS), 6 Miguel Dominguez (KCH), 7 Shane Whelan (KCH), 8 James Everard (KCH). Teams: 1 KCH.

Novice Women: 1 Megan Morrissey (TT), 2 Linda Delaney (G), 3 Nicola Nolan (G), 4 Maeve O’Connor (TT), 5 Niamh O’Shea (TT), 6 Catherine Kennedy (G), 7 Anne Skehan (G), 8 Leanne Butler (G), 9 Michelle Ryan (G), 10 Breda Roche (SJ), 11 Kate Carroll (G), 12 Siobhan Wickham (G), 13 Susan Lanigan (SJ), 14 Siobhan Mullally (SJ), 15 Maria Maher (TT), 16 Triona Foley (SJ), 17 Carol McCormack (TT), 18 Shauna Power (SJ), 19 Maria Jones (SJ), 20 Adrienne Flynn (SJ), 21 Tracy Malone (SJ), 22 Aoife Phelan (G), 23 Anna O’Dwyer (SJ).

Teams: 1 Thomastown (Megan Morrissey, Maeve O’Connor, Niamh O’Shea), 10pts; 2 Gowran (Linda Delaney, Nicola Nolan Catherine Kennedy), 11pts; 3 Gowran (Ann Skehan, Leanne Butler, Michelle Ryan), 24pts.

Novice Men: 1 Jonathan Webb (G), 2 Luke O Connor (KCH), 3 Luke Morgan (SS), 4 Eddie O Keefe (KCH), 5 Marty Mosely (G), 6 Paul Sheehan (SJ), 7 David Dempsey (G), 8 Michael Ryan (SJ), 9 Adrian Cunningham (G), 10 Billy Holden (G), 11 Conor Quinlan (KCH), 12 Bill Carroll (TT), 13 Colm Sheridan (SS), 14 Liam Og Carey (KCH), 15 Rocky Mernagh (SJ), 16 Joey Duggan (SJ), 17 Richard Limpkin (KCH), 18 Brendan Murphy (G), 19 John Finn (SS), 20 Sean Hokey (SJ), 21 Mick Walsh (G), 22 Ciaran Cullen (SJ).

Teams: 1 Gowran (Jonathan Webb, Marty Mosely, David Dempsey, Adrian Cunningham), 22pts; 2 KCH (Luke O’Connor, Eddie O’Keeffe, Conor Quinlan, Liam Og Carey), 31pts; 3 St Joseph’s (Paul Sheehan, Michael Ryan, Rocky Mernagh, Joey Duggan), 45pts.


Sunday: Leinster cross-country championships juvenile (uneven ages) and intermediate men and women, Adamstown, Co Wexford 12 noon.

Sunday, November 17: Stook 10 mile and Stook Beag (5k), Dungarvan Co Kilkenny. Further information from


Castlecomer AC have launched a new website ( The site has information about training times, race results, fixtures and a picture gallery.

Another site that may be of interest to local athletes is the new blog of KCH runner Ray Lonergan.

Ray’s work is available at

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