TRAVELLING in large numbers paid off as Kilkenny athletes made a significant impact on the results at the second round of the Leinster cross-country championships in Dunboyne, Co Meath.
There were events for juvenile athletes in the uneven categories from under-11 to under-19 levels and for senior athletes in the intermediate category on Sunday. Juvenile athletes competed for their clubs but some also represented their county, doing so with great success.
At under-11 level there were terrific performances from Thomastown’s Ciara O’Keeffe (third) and Aine Kirwan (fourth). Ellen Ryan (27th) and Orla O’Keeffe (42nd) completed the team who finished with silver medals. The Kilkenny team finished in an unlucky fourth position in the county section.
The boys’ under-11 race provided a third place finish for the Kilkenny county team. St Joseph’s athlete Killian Griffin was the first Kilkenny finisher, crossing the line in 11th place to lead his club team to sixth position and the county to those bronze medals.
The girls’ under-13 race saw a great performance from Gowran athlete Ruth Kennedy who finished in third place, taking individual bronze. Eva Roche (St Joseph’s) came home in sixth place, but there were no podium finishes for club or county in this category. St Senan’s were sixth and Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) eighth while the county team finished fourth.
The boys’ under-13 race saw a great all-round performance from county athletes. Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH) was at the head of proceedings, finishing a hard-fought fourth. David O’Carroll (Gowran) was sixth and Aaron Donnelly (St Senan’s) 10th to help the county team to silver medals. KCH finished fourth with St Senan’s seventh and Castlecomer eighth.
The girls’ under-15 race saw a great return for Kilkenny athletes with the county winning gold and KCH taking club silver. St Senan’s finished in ninth position. Aoibhe O’Shea (KCH) was the first Kilkenny athlete across the line in 12th position. She was quickly followed by Helen Hoynes (14th), Ailis O’Shea (15th), Annie O’Connor (19th) and Alice O’Connor (26th). KCH athletes Grace Richardson and Jennifer O Keefe finished 24th and 25th respectively, ensuring club silver for KCH.
Castlecomer’s Sean Buggy (17th) and Jonathan Crowley (St Senan’s, 18th) were the top finishers in the boys’ under-15 race. Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH) also finished in the top 30. In the club event KCH were eighth and Gowran ninth. Anna Sheehan (KCH) ran a great race to finish second in the girls’ under-17 event. Sinead Whelan (seventh), Rachel Butler (12th), Lauren Dermody (14th), Niamh O’Shea (20th) and Rebecca Kennedy (22nd) ensured silver medals for the county team. St Senan’s finished with bronze medals in the club event.
The boys’ under-17 race had three Kilkenny finishers in the top ten, with St Senan’s athletes Hugh Morgan and Oliver Mullally finishing seventh and eighth and Thomastown’s Sean Power 10th. Peter Lynch (KCH) was 14th and Cormac Buggy (Gowran) 21st as the county team secured the bronze. St Senan’s finished second in the club standings. The girls’ under-19 race was dominated by Kilkenny athletes. Bronagh Kearns secured a comprehensive victory with Mary Ellen Doyle (Gowran) finishing second and Aine Kinsella fourth. Thomastown athletes Megan Morrissey (10th), Maeve O’Connor (13th) and Laura Walpole (15th) ensured gold medals for the Kilkenny county team and a second set of silver medals for Thomastown.
The boys’ under-19 race saw a strong KCH team finish in the bronze medal position. Jonathon Fitzpatrick (8th) led the team home.
The senior men’s race was the intermediate 8km championship. Conor Rochford (St Senan’s) finished in an excellent sixth position in a high quality race.
Kilkenny results from Leinster cross-country championships (club code: CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown): Girls’ U-11: 3 Ciara O’Keeffe (TT), 4 Aine Kirwan (TT), 22 Tara Ramasawmy (SS), 27 Ellen Ryan (TT), 28 Jane Rochford (SS), 41 Katie Clarke (CC), 44 Orla O’Keeffe (TT), 59 Eve O’Dwyer (G), 60 Kim Jolly (SS), 66 Aine McDonald (SJ), 72 Edie Maher (TT), 84 Anna Cass (TT), 89 Katie Bookle (SJ), 99 Dearbhla O’Reilly (TT), 124 Hannah Lacey (SS), 131 Miriam Brennan (G), 134 Eva O’Donnell (G).
Boys’ U-11: 11 Killian Griffin (SJ), 14 Rory O’Connor (SJ), 19 Jack Murphy (CC), 21 Ian Byrne (SJ), 23 Gerard Prentice (TT), 37 Gavin Manning (G), 38 Brogan McAvinney (G), 49 Jack Ryan (TT), 61 Josh Fenton (SS), 65 Adam Cooke (SS), 66 Robert Finn (SS), 69 Sean Lanigan (TT), 75 Tom Holden (TT), 77 James Foot (SS), 79 Mark Finn (SS), 84 Conor Hanlon (G), 88 Jordan Knight (TT), 94 Paul Murphy (SJ), 95 Tom O’Shea (TT), 100 Kevin Saunders (SJ), 103 Cian Kavanagh (SS), 106 Fiachra Knox (SS), 120 David Holland (G), 124 David Byrne (G). Girls’ U-13: 3 Ruth Kennedy (G), 6 Eva Roche (SJ), 31 Caoimhe Kelly (TT), 34 Eve Lacey (SS), 35 Emma Hokey (SJ), 36 Aoife Allen (SS), 38 Nell Murphy (SS), 43 Rebecca Keane (KCH), 44 Ella Richardson (KCH), 50 Shauna Finn (SS), 58 Hannah Kelly (KCH), 59 Grace Mullally (SJ), 61 Rachel Kelly (KCH), 63 Sinead O’Keeffe (TT), 70 Laoise Murray (KCH), 93 Aoife Moore (G), 103 Aine Phelan (SS), 104 Amy Redmond (SS), 117 Chloe McKnight (G).
Boys’ U-13: 4 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 6 David O’Carroll (G), 10 Aaron Donnelly (SS), 25 Lee Tracey (SS), 27 Colm Murphy (KCH), 28 Oisin Griffin (SJ), 29 Conor Clarke (CC), 31 Johnnie Collins (KCH), 41 Dara Maher (KCH), 42 Edward Dunne (KCH), 51 Killian Hogan (CC), 52 Richie Murphy (SJ), 63 Robin Davis (SS), 64 Padraig Dempsey (SS), 66 Bill Dempsey (SS), 70 David Murphy (G), 72 Darragh McDonald (SJ), 75 Thomas Sheridan (SS), 81 Nicky Connolly (CC), 86 Ciaran Hanlon (G), 93 James Buggy (CC), 97 Ben Rochford (SS), 109 Rory McGabhann (KCH).
Girls’ U-15: 12 Aoibhe O’Shea (KCH), 14 Helen Hoynes (SJ), 15 Ailis O’Shea (TT), 19 Annie O’Connor (KCH), 23 Grace Richardson (KCH), 24 Jennifer O’Keeffe (KCH), 26 Alice O’Connor (SJ), 37 Anne-Marie Maloney (SS), 42 Mia Griffin (SJ), 56 Aoife O’Carroll, (G), 58 Aoife Naddy (G), 66 Caoimhe Kearns (SS), 69 Kate Dillon-Dunphy (SS), 73 Hannah Irish (SS), 77 Brid Roantree (KCH), 80 Sarah Butler (SS).
Boys’ U-15: 17 Sean Buggy (CC), 18 Jonathan Crowley (SS), 29 Luke Fitzpatrick (KCH), 47 Tomas Bric (G), 53 Eoin O’Dwyer (G), 56 Jack Manning (KCH), 57 Eamon Fennelly (KCH), 63 Peter Mullan (KCH), 66 John Nolan (KCH), 68 Steve Mullally (SS), 69 Bill Cody (KCH), 71 Jack Walsh (G), 82 Ignacio Rodrigue-Ariam.
Girls’ U-17: 2 Anna Sheehan (KCH), 7 Sinead Whelan (TT), 12 Rachel Butler (TT), 20 Niamh O’Shea (TT), 22 Rebecca Kennedy (G), 25 Dearbhla Kearns (SS), 28 Michelle McDonald (SS), 31 Nicola Murphy (KCH), 35 Tara Lacey (SS).
Boys’ U-17: 7 Hugh Morgan (SS), 8 Oliver Mullally (SS), 10 Sean Power (TT), 14 Peter Lynch (KCH), 21 Cormac Buggy (G), 28 Conor Foskin (SS), 32 Kieran Dillon-Dunphy (SS), 38 Patrick Maher (KCH), 41 David Irish (SS), 50 Craig Byrne (KCH).
Girls’ U-19: 1 Bronagh Kearns (SS), 2 Mary-Ellen Doyle (G), 4 Aine Kinsella (SS), 10 Megan Morrissey (TT), 13 Maeve O’Connor (TT), 15 Laura Walpole (TT).
Boys’ U-19: 8 Jonathan Fitzpatrick (KCH), 15 Conor Mahon (KCH), 29 Conor Quinlan (KCH), 34 Liam O’Shea (TT), 37 Nicholas Dunphy (KCH).
Intermediate Men: 6 Conor Rochford (SS), 40 Simon O’Dwyer (G).
A training session in preparation for the National cross-country championships will be held in Thomastown for county juvenile athletes on Friday at 7pm.
The Stook 10 mile road race will take over the parish of Dungarvan this Sunday.
This event, which is being hosted by Gowran AC and Young Irelands GAA club, is set over an challenging but enjoyable 10-mile route. The race winds across gentle valleys and up country roads before emerging at the crest of Stook Hill. With great views to the finish, every participant will be rewarded with a super fast final downhill stretch to the finish line in Dungarvan village.
The race is open to runners of all abilities, with chip timing, online results and water stations. There will also be individual, category and team prizes on offer.
Entry fee is E20 for the race, which starts at 12 noon from Dungarvan Church. There will be changing facilities and refreshments for all in the parish hall. There will also be a 5km dash/fun walk on the day, which has a E10 entry fee (under-12s are free).