The cold was singing out from the air and the chill falling from the trees as Kilkenny juveniles and seniors braced themselves for the county ‘B’ championships and novice in Gowran.
The sun tried to warm the Winter skies as its rays beat down on the hundreds of willing children lined up for the very competitive races. Large fields of athletes in each age category proved that cross-country running is gaining significant credence in the Kilkenny sporting world.
The under-8 races for boys and girls produced wins for the host club Gowran AC, who had a large contingent competing. They had another winner in the girls’ under-10 race, with Ailbhe Sterger taking the spoils. The boys’ under-10 race was won by Anil Ramsawmy (St Senan’s), who showed class and style as he ran to victory.
There was a strong presence of athletes from the Barrow Harriers club in the top 10s of both under-8 and under-10 races. Kilkenny’s newest club, their athletes have improved substantially since their first outing in Kilmacow at the end of September.
Rachel O’Neill (Gowran) won the girls’ under-12 event from Meave Bookle (St Joseph’s) and Aine O’Callaghan (St Senan’s). Castlecomer had their first win of the day in the boys’ under-12 event when Colin Hayes beat the fast-improving Stephen Kinsella (Barrow Harriers).
Castlecomer were again victorious in the girls’ under-14 race with Molly O’Dornan claiming the spoils over clubmate Emily Murphy. Thomastown’s Billy Power won the boys’ under-14 race. He was in front from start to finish, leaving no-one in doubt as to his talent.
Ellen Fitzgerald (Kilkenny City Harriers - KCH) celebrated a welcome return to cross-country as she won the girls’ under-16 race, her first of the season. David Holland (Gowran) took the boys’ under-16 title.
While the B races were underway, a large proportion of our ineligible juveniles took part in the juvenile county cross-country squads training session. It was great to see so many enthusiastic youngsters in action all in one place.
The novice races were a thriller in both the ladies and men’s categories. In the ladies race Michelle McDonald (St Senan’s) left no doubt as to her current form, ticking her novice box emphatically as she won by a clear margin. The real battle was in the team section, where St Senan’s and Gowran swapped the leading stakes several times during the race before Gowran emerged victorious in the final result.
Gowran also produced the individual men’s winner in the form of Tom Corrigan. Tom, along with Pat Purcell and Mark O’Duffy (KCH), led a chasing group of KCH stalwarts for the first two laps before breaking away on the third lap. Tom made a break during this lap and was never caught.
In the team section KCH left no doubt as to their dominance in this season’s cross-country county races by claiming both first and second teams. Post-race there were a lot of extremely tired individuals - the battles were tough, but the prognosis for recovery is good.
Results, county ‘B’ and novice cross-country championships (club code: BH = Barrow Harriers, BR = Brow Rangers, CC = Castlecomer, G = Gowran, KCH = Kilkenny City Harriers, SJ = St Joseph’s, SS = St Senan’s, TT = Thomastown):
Girls’ U-8: 1 Holly Drennan (G), 2 Aisling Phelan (CC), 3 Lilly Brennan (G), 4 Chloe Byrne (BH), 5 Niamh Brennan (G), 6 Orla Mullally (SJ), 7 Katie Byrne (BH), 8 Anna Kelsey (G), 9 Dervla Ryan (SJ), 10 Mia Brennan (TT).
Boys’ U-8: 1 Robert Coogan (G), 2 Brian Ryan (TT), 3 Robert Cullen (KCH), 4 David Timmons (G), 5 Darragh Carroll (G), 6 Daniel Bolger (BH), 7 Darragh Ryan (TT), 8 Eoin Ryan (G), 9 Sean Lavin (BH), 10 Conor Coogan (BR).
Girls’ U-10: 1 Aibhie Sterger (G), 2 Aisling Coverdale (TT), 3 Megan Kinsella (BH), 4 Orla Byrne (BH), 5 Grace Gilmartin (SS), 6 Aisling Mullally (SJ), 7 Aoife Dillon (CC), 8 Mary Kate Ryan (SJ), 9 Lucy Conway (G), 10 Eimhin Donohue (SS). Teams: 1 Barrow Harriers, 2 St Senan’s, 3 Thomastown.
Boys’ U-10: 1 Anil Ramasawmy (SS), 2 Conor Carroll (G), 3 John Cummins (SJ), 4 Tomas Carroll (G), 5 Jamie Callahan (CC), 6 Kyle Bolger (SJ), 7 Barry Furlong (SJ), 8 Odhran Prendergast (G), 9 James Kelsey (G), 10 Paddy Purcell (KCH). Teams: 1 Gowran, 2 St Joseph’s, 3 Gowran.
Girls’ U-12: 1 Rachael O’Neill (G), 2 Maeve Bookle (SJ), 3 Aine O’Callaghan (SS), 4 Laura Challoner (TT), 5 Eabha Mullally (SJ), 6 Blathin Holden (KCH), 7 Grace Ramasawmy (SS), 8 Caoimhe Power (TT), 9 Roisin Brennan (G), 10 Emer Phelan (CC). Teams: 1 St Senan’s, 2 St Joseph’s, 3 Gowran.
Boys’ U-12: 1 Colm Hayes (CC), 2 Stephen Kinsella (BH), 3 Sean Young (KCH), 4 James Cummins (SJ), 5 Eoin Brennan (G), 6 Jack Cougar (BR), 7 Matthew McAvinney (G), 8 Michael Holland (G), 9 Mikey Keating (G), 10 Luke Gamble (CC). Teams: 1 Gowran, 2 Castlecomer, 3 Gowran.
Girls’ U-14: 1 Molly O’Doran (CC), 2 Emily Murphy (CC), 3 Maria Connolly (G), 4 Aisling Fitzpatrick (G), 5 Niamh Cuddihy (SS), 6 Sophie Monahan (SS), 7 Aisling Cleary (SS). Teams: 1 St Senan’s.
Boys’ U-14: 1 Billy Power (TT), 2 Luke Phelan (G), 3 Jamie O’Connor (SJ), 4 Gearoid Long (SS), 5 Matthew Holland (G), 6 Alex Cass (TT), 7 Darragh Nolan (G), 8 Jim Power (TT), 9 Timmy Barron (G), 10 Oisin Molloy (TT), 11 Niall Shortall (TT). Teams: 1 Gowran, 2 Thomastown.
Girls’ U-16: 1 Ellen Fitzgerald (KCH), 2 Katie Bookle (SJ), 3 Eve O’Dwyer (G), 4 Becca Lennon (G), 5 Emma Farrell (G), 6 Robyn Denieffe (G). Teams: 1 Gowran.
Boys’ U-16: 1 David Holland (G), 2 Daniel Gomez Medina (G).
Novice Ladies: 1 Michelle McDonald (SS), 2 Imelda Kennedy (CC), 3 Ruth Kennedy (G), 4 Kathryn Kennedy (G), 5 Valerie O’Callaghan (SS), 6 Maggie O’Connor (SJ), 7 Hanora O’Connor (SJ), 8 Joya Buras (KCH), 9 Lorraine Carroll (G), 10 Sharron O’Hara (G), 11 Marie Maher (KCH), 12 Mairead Long (SS), 13 Leona Magee (G), 14 Sinead Kelly (KCH), 15 Rosanne Kennedy (SS), 16 Ciara Griffin (G), 17 Deirdre Kelsey (G), 18 Pamela Kelly (G), 19 Stephanie Ryan (G), 20 Tracey Malone (SJ), 21 Maeve McGuinness (KCH). Teams: 1 Gowran, 2 St Senan’s, 3 KCH.
Novice Men: 1 Tom Corrigan (G), 2 Pat Purcell (KCH), 3 Mark O’Duffy (KCH), 4 James McLoughlin (KCH), 5 Keith Doyle (KCH), 6 Eddie O’Keeffe (KCH), 7 J.D. Flynn (KCH), 8 Robert Cunningham (KCH), 9 Stephen O’Connor (SJ), 10 Gerry Walsh (TT), 11 Joe Treacy (G), 12 David Hamilton (KCH), 13 John Leamy (G), 14 George Carpendale (SS), 15 Mark Barcoe (G), 16 Sean Dunne (G), 17 John Finn (SS), 18 Kevin Manning (KCH), 19 Derek Dack (TT), 20 Pat Lennon (G), 21 James Delahunty (G), 22 Stephen Carew (SS), 23 Pat Hayden (G), 24 Adrian Allen (SS). Teams: 1 KCH, 2 KCH, 3 Gowran.
Gowran AC will be back on the map when club hosts the sixth annual Stook 10 mile road race in Dungarvan village on November 18.
The event, which has always been a hit, will offer a new challenge to all who tackle the course.
As well as the regular prizes for the first three men and women home, as well as category prizes, this year sees the introduction of the Stook Smash Challenge.
Runners who beat the 10-mile course record (male 51 minutes 59 seconds, female 1 hour 3 minutes 5 seconds) will get an extra €500 in prize-money for setting new course records.
In another first, this year’s race will also feature a “Stook After Party”. Once the race is over, runners and volunteers alike are invited Harpers Bar at The Hibernian Hotel to celebrate a great day.
The 5k event draws many looking for a speedy finish, but also provides a fantastic chance for families to get out and active together.
The Couch to 5k groups meet on Thursday evenings in Paulstown in preparation for the event. The group is a great way for anyone looking to increase their fitness in a friendly and supportive way.
This event is a must-do for all runners. Whether it’s looking for an event to test out those post-marathon muscles or are building your mileage upwards towards one, this comes at a great time in your training block.
For others, it is an ideal way to increase the challenge of a 10k before signing up to the demands of a half-marathon. After climbing the hill, participants can speed down the flying mile and set a new mile personal best - the winner of the fastest flying mile will also pocket €100 for their efforts.
What makes this event really special is the community feel to it. Delicious post-race refreshments are served in Dungarvan Hall, where the locals roll out a warm welcome to those who travel, from near and far.
Runners are invited to sign up for the Stook 10 at www.stook10.ie. Sign up online to ensure your unique finishers medal, the much sought-after classic cowbell!
The 10 mile race starts at 1pm. The 5KM dash starts at 1.15pm.
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