07 Dec 2021

Little runners enjoy their big day out

THERE WAS a small turnout, but the second round of the juvenile cross-country relays were big on excitement and competition intensity.

THERE WAS a small turnout, but the second round of the juvenile cross-country relays were big on excitement and competition intensity.

Sunday was a big day for the younger athletes in the county with Oisin O’Reilly (Thomastown, boys’ under-7), Mick Carroll (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH - boys’ under-9) and Ella Cusack (Gowran, girls’ under-9) taking good in the individual races.

Thomastown were winners in both the girls and boys under-11 relay races. KCH scooped gold in the boys events at under-13 15 and 17 level. Stoneyford AC scored victory in the girls’ under-13 race in what was a great result for a club who are on the up.

At adult level Ann Doyle (Gowran) won the senior women’s 2km race, leading home the KCH pair of Anne Marie O’Grady and Ciara Martin.

In the men’s race 20 athletes faced the starter. Patrick Bookle (St Joseph’s) took an early lead, but patience proved to be a virtue for Lyndon Barcoe. The Gowran runner bade his time before making a move and secured the gold with a well thought-out victory. He was followed home by the evergreen David Farrell (Gowran) while Pat O’Reilly (Thomastown) came through to take the individual bronze medal.

Next home was Rocky Mernagh (St Joseph’s) to claim the over-45 gold. He was followed across the line by team-mates Patrick Bookle and Jack Duggan, while Rodger Middleton (Gowran) came in next to claim the Novice gold.

Micheal Power finished in eighth place to complete the St Joseph’s team, giving them 23 points. However Muirtis Bric, despite recovering from a back injury, had a fine run to finish 11th giving Gowran a total of 21 points and the team gold. Thomastown won team bronze.

Mick Walsh (Gowran) was first in the over-55 section while club-mate Mick Hogan was first in the over-60s. The races were held at the Nuenna Equestrian Centre in Freshford, which proved to be an ideal location. The venue was easy to find and had off-road parking, while the flat course made the going perfect for cross-country running. Thanks went to the Dillon and Maher families for providing the venue.

Results, cross-country relays round two:

Club results

Girls’ U-11: 1 Thomastown, 2 Castlecomer, 3 KCH, 4 Thomastown, 5 KCH, 6 Stoneyford.

Boys’ U-11: 1 Thomastown, 2 Gowran, 3 Castlecomer, 4 KCH, 5 Stoneyford/KCH, 6 Stoneyford, 7 Castlecomer, 8 Gowran/KCH.

Girls’ U-13: 1 Stoneyford, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Castlecomer/Gowran.

Boys’ U-13: 1 KCH, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Castlecomer/KCH, 4 Gowran/KCH, 5 Stoneyford.

Boys’ U-15: 1 KCH, 2 Gowran, 3 Castlecomer.

Boys’ U-17: 1 KCH, 2 Stoneyford.

Individual results

Boys’ U-7: 1 Oisin O’Reilly, Thomastown; 2 T. Kelly, KCH; 3 Liam Holden, KCH; 4 Colm Tracy, Thomastown; 5 Michael Cleere, Gowran; 6 Billy O’Keeffe, Thomastown.

Girls’ U-9: 1 Ella Cusack, Gowran; 2 Molly O’Dornan, Castlecomer; 3 Molly Rice, Thomastown; 4 Ella Buggy, Castlecomer; 5 Rebecca Kelly, KCH; 6 Aoife O’Sullivan, Castlecomer; 7 Leah Brennan, Castlecomer; 8 Nessa Morrissey, Castlecomer.

Boys’ U-9: 1 Mick Carroll, KCH; 2 Mark Holland, Gowran; 3 Jimmy Maher, Thomastown.

Senior Women: 1 Ann Doyle, Gowran; 2 Anne-Marie O’Grady, KCH; 3 Ciara Martin, KCH.

Senior Men: 1 Lyndon Barcoe, Gowran; 2 David Farrell, Gowran; 3 Pat O’Reilly, Thomastown; 4 Rocky Mernagh, St Joseph’s (first O-45); 5 Patrick Bookle, St Joseph’s; 6 Jack Duggan, St Joseph’s; 7 Rodger Middleton, Gowran (first Novice); 8 Michael Power, St Joseph’s; 9 Colm Murray, KCH; 10 Liam O’Shea, Thomastown; 11 Muiris Bric, Gowran; 12 Danny Shanahan, Thomastown; 13 Mick Walsh, Gowran (first O-55); 14 Bill Carroll, Thomastown; 15 Tom McDonnell, St Joseph’s; 16 Marty Kelly, Gowran; 17 Denis Cormack, Gowran; 18 Willie McTiernan, KCH; 19 Jimmy Lennon, Gowran; 20 Mick Hogan, Gowran (first O-60).

All-Ireland Schools

KCH athlete Anna Sheehan had a fine performance at the All-Ireland Schools cross-country championships. Sheehan led the Loreto Kilkenny team to the bronze medals in the intermediate girls’ event. Rachel Butler (St Senan’s) represented Ursuline Waterford in the same race, finishing 38th.

St Senan’s athletes Bronagh Kearns and Aine Kinsella, representing Abbey CC, had good runs in the senior girls’ race, finishing eighth and 30th respectively.

Jonathon Crowley, representing De la Salle, finished 17th overall in the minor boys’ race. Isobel Morgan was on the Ursuline Waterford team that finished fifth in the minor girls’ race. St Kieran’s College were bronze medal winners in both the minor and intermediate boys’ events.

Meanwhile in the universities cross-country 10k race KCH athlete Eoin Everard, representing DCU, finished in 11th place.


Sunday: St Patrick’s Weekend DASH 5Km. The event starts from The Watershed at 11am. Registration closes at 10.45am.

Easter Monday: St Senan’s Open Sports Kilmacow Sports Complex.

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