The cross-country season drew to a close on Sunday as Kilkenny athletes travelled to Freshford for the county senior short course championships.
The races, held in conjunction with the juvenile uneven age relays, brought a large crowd to the Nuenna Equestrian Centre, with events held on a 250 metre circuit.
As a prelude to the championship events there were open races for boys and girls at under-7 and under-9 age groups. In the under-7 races there were wins for Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athletes Laura Leahy and Luke Brown. At under-9 level the gold medals went to Juliet Evans of St Senan’s and Liam O’Dwyer (Gowran).
The under-11 3x250m relay races had big entries, with the girls’ race attracting 13. KCH won the gold and bronze, with silver medals going to St Joseph’s. KCH added the gold from the boys’ race, with Gowran taking silver and St Senan’s bronze.
The under-13 3x250m races ended with a double gold for Thomastown. In the girls’ race St Senan’s won the silver and St Joseph’s bronze, while in the boys’ race a great last leg by Thomastown’s Jordan Knight saw them edge out Castlecomer. The bronze went to Gowran.
In the under-15 events there were victories for Castlecomer girls and Gowran’s boys’ teams, bringing down the curtain on juvenile cross country until September.
The senior women’s race was run over a distance of 2km, with Sinead Whelan (Thomastown) emerging a clear winner. Sinead broke clear of the field early on and was never challenged as she recorded a comprehensive victory on the fast flat course. Thomastown made it a one-two-three as Ailis O’Shea was second and Niamh O’Shea third. The winner of the over-30s section was Thomastown’s Margaret Power.
The men’s race, run over 4km, saw 20 athletes line up to face the starter. Defending short course champion Sean Power went straight into the lead and gave a great display of front running to retain his title. Paul Moran (KCH) was unable to catch the Thomastown athlete and had to settle for silver with Cormac Buggy (Gowran) finishing third.
Luke Morgan (St Senan’s) was the winner of the novice section. The masters winners were Eoin Molloy (KCH, M35), Paul Sheehan (St Joseph’s, M40), Michael Power (St Joseph’s, M45), Larry Leacy (St Joseph’s, M50).
Results, county senior short course and juvenile relays (club code: CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St John’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown):
Girls’ U-7: 1 Laura Leahy (KCH), 2 Rachel Phelan (KCH), 3 Kathy Power (TT). Boys’ U-7: 1 Luke Brown (KCH), 2 Neil Ramaswamy (SS), 3 James O’Reilly (TT), 4 Matheus Beury (G), 5 Tom Carpenter (G).
Girls’ U-9: 1 Juliet Evans (SS), 2 Aisling Brown (KCH), 3 Orla Kirwan (TT), 4 Caoimhe Phelan (SS), 5 Mairead Mullally (SJ), 6 Aoibhe O’Grady (KCH), 7 Caoimhe Power (TT), 8 Grace Ramaswamy (SS), 9 Ellie Moran (KCH), 10 Millie Gilsenan (KCH), 11 Rihannna Byrne (SS), 12 Molly Hogan (CC), 13 Ruth Coady (KCH). Boys’ U-9: 1 Liam O’Dwyer (G), 2 Ben Wallis (SS), 3 Shane Morrissey (SS), 4 Sean Young (KCH), 5 Billy (KCH), 6 Niall Carpenter (G), 7 Michael Phelan (SS), 8 Patrick Lacey (KCH), 9 Bill Beck (TT), 10 11 Harry Lawlor (CC), 12 Conor Scully (G), 13 Billy O’Keeffe (TT), 14 Arthur Johnson (KCH), 15 James Fenlon (TT), 16 James Kavanagh (KCH), 17 Eli Dunne (CC).
Girls’ U-11: 1 KCH, 2 St Joseph’s, 3 KCH. Boys’ U-11: 1 KCH, 2 Gowran, 3 Thomastown.
Girls’ U-13: 1 Thomastown, 2 St Senan’s, 3 St Joseph’s. Boys’ U-13: 1 Thomastown, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Gowran.
Girls’ U-15: 1 Castlecomer, 2 St Senan’s, 3 Gowran. Boys’ U-15: 1 Gowran, 2 Castlecomer.
Senior Women (2K): 1 Sinead Whelan (TT), 2 Ailis O’Shea (TT), 3 Niamh O’Shea (TT), 4 Anne Doyle (G), 5 Laura Walpole (TT). O-30: 1 Margaret Power (TT), 2 Mag O’Connor (SJ), 3 Maria Maher (TT). Teams: 1 Thomastown.
Senior Men (4k): 1 Sean Power (TT), 2 Paul Moran (KCH), 3 Cormac Buggy (G), 4 Eoin Molloy (KCH), 5 Luke Morgan (SS), 6 James Power (TT), 7 David Farrell (G), 8 John Maye (KCH), 9 Michael Ryan (SJ), 10 Paul Sheehan (SJ), 11 Bill Carroll (TT), 12 Larry Leacey (SJ), 13 Michael Power (SJ), 14 Rocky Mernagh (SJ), 15 Tom McDonald (SJ), 16 Liam O’Shea (TT), 17 Eddie Hawe (KCH), 18 Mick Walsh (G), 19 Michael O’Keeffe (TT), 20 Denis Cormack (G). Teams: 1 KCH, 2 Thomastown, 3 St Joseph’s, 4 Gowran.
Patrick’s Day 5k Dash
The St Patrick’s Day 5k Dash was a big success, with more than 300 people taking part. The proceeds of the charity event will go to the Kilkenny Alzheimer’s Association and the Kilkenny Men’s Shed. Women: 1 Adele Walsh, (St Senan’s), 19.13; 2 Teresa Agar (St Abban’s), 19.56; 3 Sharon Cleere, 20.02. Men: 1 Eoin Everard (KCH), 16.13; 2 Miles Gibbons (Sliabh Buidhe Rovers), 16.50; 3 Conor Rochford (St Senan’s), 17.05. Girls: 1 Hannah Kelly (KCH), 23.19; 2 Emma Manogue, 23.33; 3 Rachel Kelly (KCH), 24.04. Boys: 1 Michael Ryan (KCH), 17.29; 2 Adam Fitzpatrick (KCH), 18.48; 3 James Kearney (KCH), 19.38. Elsewhere on the road Thos Hayes (KCH) won the Streets of Portlaoise 5k. His winning time was 15 minutes and 19 seconds.
Another Kilkenny athlete to post a good time on the road was David Comber. Now a resident of Cork and a member of Leevale AC, David finished 30th in the Barcelona marathon with a time of two hours, 37 minutes and 51 seconds. Schools
KCH athlete Peter Lynch has been selected on the Irish schools intermediate boys’ team for the Aviva schools international cross-country championships, which will be held in Bolton on Saturday. Peter has earned his place on the Irish team with his fourth place finish for St Kieran’s College in the All-Ireland schools cross-country championships.
Track and Field
The action moves back indoors with the national indoor championships in Athlone’s AIT Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The relays will be held the following weekend.