With the Spring road race season now in full swing a number of Kilkenny athletes were in action in two of the big events over the weekend.
Competing at Sunday’s Great Ireland Run, which incorporated the National 10k Championships, Dave McPherson (Thomastown AC) was the first Kilkenny athlete across the finish line in 52nd place with a time of 34.11.
Almost a minute behind came Castlecomer’s James Kelly and Trust Mtinsi (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) with both athletes finishing well inside the top 100. Teresa Meaney led the Gowran women’s team home in a time of 44.41 with the entire Gowran team comfortably breaking the 50 minute mark.
Gowran athletes were also in action further afield in the Rotterdam Marathon. There was a top 100 finish here for Paddy O’Keeffe, who completed the 26.2 mile course in a time of two hours and 40 minutes to take 99th place.
Simon O’Dwyer also dipped under the three hour mark, crossing the finish line in two hours and 59 minutes in 450th position. Also putting in a good performance was Thomastown athlete Danny Shanahan. His time of three hours and one minute was enough to take 554th position out of 14,270 finishers on the day.
Earlier in the week Sally Forristal (St Joseph’s AC) completed a hat-trick when she finished first for the third year in a row in the Ballinroad 5k with a time of 18.47 minutes. Peter Duggan posted a time of 19.19 for the same event.
Kilkenny results, Great Ireland Run (club code: CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, TT = Thomastown): 52 Dave McPherson (TT) 34.11; 75 James Kelly (CC), 35.14; 76 Trust Mtinsi (KCH), 35.15; 245 Tom Corrigan (G), 39.42; 611 Teresa Meaney (G), 44.41; 884 Rachel O’Hara (G), 47.07; 735 Michelle Ryan (G), 45.55; 1054 Lorraine Carroll (G), 48.20; 1138 Kate Carroll (G), 48,56; 1193 Pat Lennon (G), 49.12; 1623 James Delahunty (G), 52.22.
There were plenty of excellent performances by local athletes at the third level University track and field championships, which were held in CIT on Friday and Saturday.
DCU emerged as the overall team winners, helped in no small way by some top performances from their Kilkenny club athletes.
Gowran athlete Sophie Parkinson won individual gold in the discus with a throw of 44 metres. She also won a silver medal, finishing as runner-up in the 8kg for distance event.
KCH athletes Cliodhna Manning won gold in the 200m, crossing the line in a time of 24.16 seconds and gold as part of the 4x400m relay team. Nicholas Dunphy, who had a silver medal performance in the 3k walk, also played his part in the DCU win.
The College also had athletes from St Joseph’s on their team. Sophie Becker was a member of both of the gold medal-winning 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams while Eoin Power was a bronze medallist in his 400m hurdles event.
Tom O’Keeffe (KCH) represented UCD and took the gold medal in the 5,000m race in a time of 14.58m.
Callan Byrne, representing Carlow IT, won individual silver in his 100m event with a time of 11.30. He was also a member of their 4x100m gold-medal winning squad.
Women’s 100m: 6 Emer McMullan (KCH).
Women’s 100m hurdles: 7 Sinead McDonough (KCH).
Women’s 200m: 1 Cliodhna Manning (KCH).
Women’s 400m: 6 Orla McPhillips (KCH).
Women’s 4x100m: 1 DCU (Sophie Becker, SJ).
Women’s 4x400m: 1 DCU (Sophie Becker; Cliodhna Manning, KCH).
Women’s discus: 1 Sophie Parkinson (G).
Women’s 8kg for distance: 2 Sophie Parkinson (G).
Women’s triple jump: 6 Sinead McDonough (KCH).
Women’s high jump: 5 Sinead McDonough (KCH).
Women’s combined events: 5 Sinead McDonough.
Men’s 100m: 2 Callan Byrne (KCH).
Men’s 400m hurdles: 3 Eoin Power (SJ).
Men’s 3,000m walk: 2 Nicholas Dunphy (DCU).
Men’s 5,000m: 1 Tom O’Keeffe (KCH).
Men’s 4x100m: 1 IT Carlow (Callan Byrne, KCH).
Men’s pole vault: 4 Shane Power (SJ).
Men’s shot-put: 9 J.J. Kelly (BR).
Men’s 16kg for distance: 8 J.J. Kelly (BR).
St Senan’s Open Sports
Local club St Senan’s have compiled a potted history of their Open Sports on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, recalling some memories from back through the years that make for interesting reading.
It’s almost hard to believe that 40 have passed since Kilmacow held their inaugural open track and field event. Here are some interesting facts about the annual event over the last 40 years:
The first event was held in John Dunphy’s field in Milltown, Kilmacow. Admission was 20p for juveniles and 30p for adults.
The date decided upon was Easter Monday. The only other date available to hold an open event that year was July 8, such was the plethora of open events that existed on the athletics calendar at that time.
Kent Motors of Kilmacow sponsored the event.
Frank Leahy (Waterford AC) was the very first starter with Ed Williams on the loud hailer and Fr Nicholas Flavin as MC.
In 1979 there was a very long postal strike, which saw programmes distributed at the World Cross Country Championships in Limerick. John Treacy, who won the event that year, took one and consequently several members of the Irish team who won silver in the World Cross Country raced in the senior men’s 5,000m event in Kilmacow!
Michael Gregan of Tramore and Pat McGovern (formerly of DLS AC) have assisted the event for most of those 40 years.
In 1980 Dundrum AC (Now Dundrum South Dublin) won the Kent Motors Perpetual Shield for the best overall club. Tramore AC were second and CuChulainn AC (also Dublin) were third. They loved the event so much they came back the next year with two bus-loads of athletes!
The same year Jacqui Stokes (Fethard AC) and now the Performance Development Director of Athletics Ireland, won the girls’ under-13 long jump.
In 1983 the track was officially opened by the then president of BLE (now Athletics Ireland) Fr John O’Donnell. Five members of the National Athletics executive came for the event.
A famous mile race was run in Kilmacow in 1982 featuring the most successful milers of the time - Ireland’s Eamonn Coughlan, New Zealander John Walker and English duo Seb Coe and Steve Ovett.
There were 5,000 spectators in attendance in John Dunphy’s field. St Senan’s Bill Lacey took part along with Waterford AC’s Derek Grant. After the event the elite athletes stayed on for a week to train in Kilmacow.
The St Senan’s Open Sports will be held on Easter Monday from 1pm in the Kilmacow Sports Complex.
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