The Autumn sunshine was out in full force as Kilmacow hosted the third stage of the county cross-country championships on Sunday.
The race programme at Sports Complex included B championship races for even-aged group juveniles, open races for the under-8 age groups and the novice championships for seniors.
There was a good turnout of athletes for the juvenile races, with many clubs pleased by the performances of their athletes.
The day started with a victory for Castlecomer athlete Molly Cummins in the under-8 race. The club also brought home team medals with the boys winning gold in the under-14 race and bronze at under-10 level, while the girls won silver at under-12.
Gowran will also be pleased with the performance of their juvenile athletes. There were individual victories for Ailbi Paul (under-8) and Noah Scully, who led his team to gold in the boys’ under-10 event.
St Joseph’s had a great turnout of athletes and proved dominant in the girls’ races. There were individual victories for Aine Purcell (under-10), Aine Ryan (under-12) and Chloe Mullally (under-14), as well as team victories for the club in all three events. Killian Griffin added to the club’s tally with victory in the boys’ under-14 race.
Special mention must be made of the performance of athletes from the newer clubs. Stoneyford’s Aaron Askins had a tremendous win in the boys’ under-12 race, putting in a storming last lap to leave the rest of the field in his wake.
Tullaroan AC were also present in numbers. Their boys’ under-12 side won team silver medals.
In the senior women’s 3k race the top three athletes - Gowran’s Eleanor Kennedy and KCH duo Rita McGarvey and Lisa Collins - broke clear in the early stages to open a gap on the field.
Pulling clear, Kennedy emerged a comfortable winner and was crowned cross-country novice champion for 2014. The silver medal went to McGarvey, with Collins taking the bronze.
With Becky Robertson and Emily Maher finishing fifth and seventh respectively, KCH scored a victory in the team event, with St Joseph’s taking the silver medals. New club Tullaroan AC finished third, taking home a set of championship bronze medals.
In the men’s 6k race 24 athletes faced the starter, some of whom had competed in the Dublin Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday.
Again, a leading group of three athletes quickly established itself with Sean Power, Tom O’Keeffe and Oliver Mullally opening up a gap. It was Thomastown’s Sean Power who proved to be the strongest of the group, winning the race with a certain ease.
Tom O’Keeffe (KCH) took the silver medal while local athlete Oliver Mullally (St Senan’s) had to settle for bronze.
The team prize and Smithwick’s Cup was won by Thomastown, with James Power (4), Danny Shanahan (5), and Tommy Shefflin (7) completing the scoring four. Silver team medals went to KCH and bronze to St Joseph’s.
Thanks went to the Kilmacow Community for the use of their excellent facilities.
Results, county cross-country championships, round three (club code: CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, STY = Stoneyford, TR = Tullaroan, TT = Thomastown): Girls’ U-8: 1 Molly Cummins (CC), 2 Hazel Coogan (G), 3 Sarah Foley (SJ), 4 Lily Doyle (SJ), 5 Emma Lahart (STY), 6 Olivia Comerford (TT), 7 Pia Goff (KCH), 8 Megan Doyle (SJ), 9 Evelyn Williams (SS), 10 Mathilde Burberry (G).
Boys’ U-8: 1 Albi Paul (G), 2 Patrick Lacey (KCH), 3 Jack Coogan (BR), 4 Isaac Carew (SJ), 5 Mark Askins (STY), 6 Luke Brown (KCH), 7 Ameil Ramaswamy (SS), 8 Rian Shefflin (TT), 9 Oisin Farrell (TT), 10 Bobby Brennan (CC), 11 Harry Morrissey (SS), 12 Darragh Dack (TT), 13 Gareth Foot (SS), 14 James O’Reilly (TT), 15 James O’Neill (CC), 16 Cathal Brogan (TR), 17 Tom Grogan (G), 18 Rory O’Shea (TR).
Girls’ U-10: 1 Aine Purcell (SJ), 2 Grace Glennon (SJ), 3 Sarah May Walsh (SJ), 4 Rachel Foley (SJ), 5 Caitlin Mullally (SJ), 6 Caoimhe Phelan (SS), 7 Caoimhe Kavanagh (SS), 8 Tara Fenlon (TT), 9 Orla Kirwan (TT), 10 Emily Murphy (CC), 12 Maeve Bourke (SJ), 13 Bronagh Doolin (SJ), 14 Maria Connolly (G), 15 Sophie Williams (SS), 16 Molly Hughes (SJ), 17 Leah Sajai (G), 18 Grace Ramaswamy (SS), 19 Ciara Dunne (TR), 20 Aisling Brown (KCH), 21 Sophie Monahan (SS), 22 Ellie Moran (KCH), 23 Kalin Doyle (SJ), 24 Elsie Roche (KCH), 25 Rose Phelan (KCH), 26 Keelan Duggan (SS), 27 Molly Glennon (TR). Teams - 1 St Joseph’s, 6pts; 2 St Joseph’s, 20pts; 3 St Senan’s, 28pts; 4 St Joseph’s, 41pts.
Boys’ U-10: 1 Noah Scully (G), 2 Billy Coogan (G), 3 Darragh Carpenter (G), 4 Michael Brennan (CC), 5 Oisin O’Reilly (TT), 6 Cian Farrell (TT), 7 Eoin Aylward (SS), 8 Colm Tracy (TT), 9 Matthew Bolger (CC), 10 Jimmy Maher (TT), 11 Shane Morrissey (SS), 12 Aiden Lawler (SS), 13 Eoin Murray (SS), 14 Joey Ryan (CC), 15 David Holden (TT), 16 Tadgh Comerford (CC), 17 Niall Carpenter (G), 18 Jack Butler (SS), 19 Cormac Moore (TT), 20 Cory Bray (CC), 21 Conor Brophy (CC), 22 Cian Scully (G), 23 Patrick Walsh (SS), 24 Matthew Mulligan (TR), 25 Jamie Walsh (SS), 26 Michael Phelan (SS), 27 Eli Dunne (CC). Teams - 1 Gowran, 6pts; 2 Thomastown, 19pts; 3 Castlecomer, 27pts; 4 St Senan’s, 31pts; 5 Thomastown, 44pts.
Girls’ U-12: 1 Aine Ryan (SJ), 2 Aine McDonald (SJ), 3 Katie Clarke (CC), 4 Eve O’Dwyer (G), 5 Erin Foley (SJ), 6 Abby Gilsenan (KCH), 7 Hannah O’Keeffe (KCH), 8 Sarah Brophy (CC), 9 Katie Bookle (SJ), 10 Grace Keoghan (TR), 11 Danielle Griffin (SJ), 12 Ellie Maher (TT), 13 Aoibhinn Brophy (CC), 14 Eva Shefflin (TT), 15 Tara McGuire (KCH), 16 Robyn Denieffe (G), 17 Aoife Byrne (SJ), 18 Ellen Daly (KCH), 19 Amelie Bolger (CC), 20 Rose Sheridan (SS), 21 Hannah Conlon (G), 22 Caoimhe O’Reilly (CC), 23 Sophie Kealy (CC), 24 Kathy Cummins (CC), 25 Kate Aylward (SS), 26 Emma Walsh (TR), 27 Ciara O’Shea (TR), 28 Eva Blanche (SS), 29 Edel Burberry (G), 30 Aoibhinn Burberry (G), 31 Chloe Glennon (TR). Teams - 1 St Joseph’s, 8pts; 2 Castlecomer, 24pts; 3 KCH, 28pts; 4 Gowran, 41pts.
Boys’ U-12: 1 Aaron Askins (STY), 2 Thomas Mullally (SJ), 3 Charlie Mullins (G), 4 Mark Finn (SS), 5 Luke Dunne (CC), 6 Luke Ramaswamy (SS), 7 Bill Walton (TR), 8 Stephen Neville (TT), 9 Matthew Meany (CC), 10 Jack Burke (CC), 11 Roy Holden (STY), 12 Aaron Grogan (TR), 13 Paul Mulligan (TR). Teams - 1 Castlecomer, 24pts; 2 Tullaroan, 32pts. Girls’ U-14: 1 Chloe Mullally (SJ), 2 Aoife Cahalan (CC), 3 Grace Mullally (SJ), 4 Linda Lawler (SJ), 5 Shauna Finn (SS), 6 Ellen Buggy (CC), 7 Dearbhla O’Reilly (TT), 8 Aisling McGrath (KCH), 9 Laoise Holland (TR), 10 Alex Grogan (TR). Teams - 1 St Joseph’s, 8pts.
Boys’ U-14: 1 Killian Griffin (SJ), 2 Killian Hogan (CC), 3 Brian O’Meara (SS), 4 Alex Hughes (SJ), 5 Nicky Connolly (CC), 6 Joe Coughlan (TR), 7 Tom Holden (TT), 8 Tommy Walton (TR), 9 Tomas Dunne (TR), 10 Thomas Moloney (G).
Boys’ U-16: 1 Billy Delahunty (SS), 2 Eoin Maher (SS), 3 Thomas Sheridan (SS), 4 Con Murphy (KCH), 5 Ross Connolly (CC), 6 James Buggy (CC).
Novice Women’s 3km: 1 Eleanor Kennedy (G), 2 Rita McGarvey (KCH), 3 Lisa Collins (KCH), 4 Caroline Mullally (SJ), 5 Becky Robertson (KCH), 6 Mary Coady (CC), 7 Emily Maher (KCH), 8 Eimear Coady (SJ), 9 Rebecca Kennedy (G), 10 Orla Dunne (TR), 11 Susan Lanigan (SJ), 12 Catherine Gutherie (TR), 13 Shauna Power (SJ), 14 Helen Walton (TR), 15 Tracey Malone (SJ), 16 Angie Coughlan (TR). Teams - 1 Kilkenny City Harriers, 10pts; 2 St Joseph’s, 23pts; 3 Tullaroan, 38pts.
Novice Men’s 6km: 1 Sean Power (TT), 2 Tom O’Keeffe (KCH), 3 Oliver Mullally (SS), 4 James Power (TT), 5 Danny Shanahan (TT), 6 Padraig Daly (KCH), 7 Tommy Shefflin (TT), 8 John Maye (KCH), 9 Dean Rowe (SJ), 10 Brendan Murphy (G), 11 Jim Power (TT), 12 Bill Carroll (TT), 13 Michael Ryan (SJ), 14 James Nugent (KCH), 15 Paul Sheehan (KCH), 16 Tom McDonald (SJ), 17 Rocky Mernagh (SJ), 18 David Lanigan (SJ), 19 Liam O’Shea (TT), 20 Chris McNamara (SJ), 21 Conor Quinlan (KCH), 22 Philipe Burbury (G), 23 Michael O’Keeffe (TT), 24 Ciaran Cullen (SJ). Teams - 1 Thomastown, 21pts; 2 Kilkenny City Harriers, 30pts; 3 St Joseph’s, 53pts; 4 Thomastown, 61pts; 5 St Joseph’s, 79pts.