A WELCOME return to competition helped Ken Deevy deliver a silver medal from the European Masters.
Competing in the over-55s 400m event, the Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athlete made sure of his place in the final thanks to first place finishes in his heat and semi-final, clocking 59.21 and 56.87 in each round. He upped the pace again in the final at the Weinau Stadium in Zittau, Germany to finish second and secure the silver medal. He crossed the line in 55.95, two-tenths of a second outside the Irish record.
A small contingent of Kilkenny athletes travelled to Tullamore to compete at the Masters Track and Field Championships.
St Joseph’s Verena Fenlon turned in a star performance in the V2 category. She won gold in the javelin, silver in the shot-put and high jump and took bronze in both the discus and hammer. Gowran athlete John O’Gorman was a double silver medal winner, notching up second place finishes in the 100m and 200m events at V8 level. Tom Cullen flew the flag for Brow Rangers, finishing fourth in the V4 100m.
Results - Verena Fenlon, St Joseph’s (V2) - 1 Javelin (22.02); 2 shot-put (8.63), high jump (1.25); 3 discus (21.46), hammer (21.39).
John O’Gorman, Gowran (V8) - 2 100m (16.75), 200m (37.03).
Tom Cullen, Brow Rangers (V4) - 4 100m (13.68).
Brian Maher (KCH) was the first Kilkenny athlete home in the recent Rockford Tiles four mile road race in Tinryland. Brian’s time of 19.44 meant he finished in fourth place in a top class field - the first four athletes home all crossed the line in less than 20 minutes.
Simon O’Dwyer (Gowran) was third in the M40 section with a time of 22.49, Lyndon Barcoe (Gowran) was 44th and Roger Middleton (Gowran) 52nd while David Farrell (M50) finished in 57th place with a time of 25.32.
Gowran junior Gerry Walsh had a good time of 26.03 with fellow junior Sean Scott finishing in 28.21. Marty Kelly competed in the M55 section and ran 28.31, with Denis Cormack finishing in just over 30 minutes.
Now in its 33rd offering, more than 250 athletes crossed the finish line in a race that has maintained its high standard.