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Double bronze for Parkinson

SOPHIE Parkinson led the way when she competed the AAI Games in the Morton Stadium Santry on Sunday, enjoying considerable success.

SOPHIE Parkinson led the way when she competed the AAI Games in the Morton Stadium Santry on Sunday, enjoying considerable success.

Sophie, a member of Gowran AC, finished in third place in the discus with a personal best throw of 36m and 82cm. She also finished in third place in the shot putt with a distance of 10m 82cm.

The third round of the County Track & Field Championships will be held in Scanlon Park on Friday. The action, which starts at 6.45pm, will see the hurdles and 1,500m for the juvenile athletes take centre stage as well as the 300m races for senior men and women. This race also includes a team event.

There will be high jump and discus competitions for juvenile girls and shot-put and triple jump for boys. The juvenile 4x400 relays will also be held on the evening. Little South Run

The St Senan’s AC Little South Run road race, fun run and walk will be held in Kilmacow at 2pm on Sunday, June 5.

Now in its tenth year sponsorship cards are available for the Run, which is in aid of the Kilmacow

Hospice. To date almost E38,000 has been raised, with the club hoping to make a substantial addition this year.

Once again a top cash prize fund is on offer and some top names have already committed to run. There will be the usual attractions of goody bags, medallions, free draws, spot prizes and the finest of refreshments.

Full details are available on

College champs

A number of Kilkenny athletes made valuable contributions to their respective college teams at the inter-varsity Track & Field championships, which were held in Belfast recently.

Ciara Everard scored top points for UCD with a win in the 800m final. Her time of 2.15.93 was a seasonal best for the Kilkenny City Harrier (KCH) runner. Former KCH athlete John Fagan, who is currently studying in DCU, won bronze in the 400m hurdles.

Also in DCU are Mary-Kate Lanigan, who finished fourth in the high jump, and Teresa Conlon who took part in four events. With a throw of 7.22m she took third place in the 8K weight for distance. In her favoured event, the Hammer, she finished fifth with a best throw of 42.61m, not far off her personal best. She also competed in discus and shot, finishing sixth and eighth respectively. Cliodhna Manning, an under-17 athlete with KCH, competed as a guest and finished third in the 200m final with a personal best (PB) of 25.08.

Further afield Jonathan Holmes was disappointed with his performance in the 100m final at the British Universities (BUCKs) Track & Field championships in Bedford, England.

Winning his heat in 11.04 seconds and semi-final (11.08) he went to the final determined to get in the medals. Slow to get out of the starting blocks led to a disappointing fourth place finish in 11.08 seconds.

Eoin Everard, who competed in the 1,500m in the BUCKs, qualified from the heats and semi-finals to finish fourth in the final with a PB time of 3 minutes 48 seconds.

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