THE weather gods smiled on the St Joseph’s club when they held the 31st running of the James Lawlor Memorial Race on Friday.
On what turned out to be a lovely sunny evening 40 runners took on the 5km course. The first woman home was Helen McDonald, who also finished first person overall in the handicap race. The second woman was Jean McNamara, with Mary McDonald third.
First man home was Kieran Cullen. John Joe Lawlor was second with Joey Duggan third. The fastest man to cover the 5km course was Patrick Bookle, who completed the run in 19 minutes 17 seconds. Fastest woman was Sally Forristal in 22 minutes 22 seconds.
Well done all
The club thanked all runners, supporters and sponsors.
The Lawlor race also marked the official launch of this year’s Pink Rock 10k, which will be held on June 23. The race is open to all levels of runners and walkers, with an online entry fee of E15 at www.runireland.com or E20 on the day.
St Joseph’s hold adult and juvenile training every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm at the Rosbercon parish sports grounds. Fit 4 life training is held every Monday and Wednesday at 7.15pm at the Pink Rock.
Johan Dewberry was the first of the Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athletes across the finish line in the London Marathon. His time of 3hrs 8mins was just five minutes ahead of his sister Anne-Marie O’Grady, who came home in 3.13.
Among the other early finishers were Steve Dermody (3.23), Irene Henebry and Deirdre Scott (3.40) and Lisa Maher and Bregeen Murphy (3.43).
Track and Field
The first round of the county track and field championships will be held in Scanlon Park this Sunday. There will be a range of events for juveniles including sprints, 800m races and walks.
There will be 4x100m relays for the uneven age groups. The field events will include long jump and javelin for girls and high jump and discus for boys.
The championships will start at 11am. A full programme of events is available from kilkennyathletics.net.
A number of St Senan’s athletes recently competed in the Waterford schools Track and Field Championships. Jonathon Crowley won gold in the junior boys’ 1,500m and silver in the long jump. In the minor girls’ events Katie Murphy won gold in the 100m, Eve Lacey silver in the 1,500m and Saoirse De Courcey bronze in the shot-put.
Gowran AC will host the Leinster Novice and Masters Road Championships for men and women on Bank Holiday Monday.
The races, which will be run on the usual circuit in the village, get underway at 12 noon. Race numbers will be available in the parish hall beforehand.