KCH have their day in the Snow

Kilkenny City Harriers were very much to the fore in this year’s Senior Cross-country championships which were held on Sunday on snow covered fields in Conahy. Given the extreme arctic conditions, which had prevailed all week, the holding of the event on Sunday was in doubt. Following a course inspection on Friday and general improvement on the main roads it was decided to let the fixture stand. The general consensus among the athletes at the end of the day was that under-foot snow was preferable to running in rain. A dense fog made viewing of the races very difficult for the spectators, and even more difficult for the runners to judge where they were in relation to team-mates, and more importantly, in relation to the opposition.  Despite the adverse conditions there was a good turnout and competition was as keen as ever. The ladies were first off and Niamh Richardson, KCH, gave the city club an excellent start to the day when she romped home to take the gold in the Ladies race. The silver went to Adele Walsh, St Senan’s and Thomastown’s Aoife O’Connor took the bronze. The KCH ladies were out in force and in addition to Richardson at number one club members occupied all the places from 4th to 10th . The result was that the Ladies Cross-country Cup and first and second team medals went to the city club. The Gowran ladies were third team.

On paper the men’s race looked a more open event with the Gowran club possibly having the edge. The late withdrawal through injury of Gowran’s Tommy Evans and David McPherson from KCH didn’t alter the likely outcome. However, as the race unfolded, Gowran’s Niall Sheehan appeared to be in trouble and drifted out of contention. This left the opportunity for KCH to pounce and pounce they did. Brian Maher was in powerful form, lapping many athletes before taking his sixth successful senior title. Whatever about he being in the race on his own because of the foggy conditions it was abundantly clear that he was in a class of his own. Eoin Everard, KCH, fourth in last year’s encounter, was in better shape on this occasion. Easing through the first 5K he upped the pace at the halfway mark and pushed on to take the silver. Victory for KCH was certain when Toss Hayes, who had been running for most of the race in the company of Gowran, duo Mick Kelly and Paul Deegan,  broke loose coming of the hill on the last lap to win the bronze. KCH with Paul Cody 9th and Paul Moran 13th won the Senior Shield. This was very much KCH’s day.  Gowran with Mick Kelly 4th, Paul Deegan 5th, Robbie McGee 7th and Jimmy Barcoe 8th were second club. St Senan’s with veteran Sean Caulfield their first runner home in sixth place took the bronze medals.  In the “B” Championships the  Gowran club with a good blend both young and experienced athletes  were the recipients of  first and second team medals.

Following  post race refreshments, sponsored by Glendine Inn, Castlecomer Road, Denis Cormack, Chairman County Kilkenny Athletic Board, presented the medals and trophies to the captains of the winning teams.

All the Placings

Senior Ladies – 1 Niamh Richardson, KCH; 2 Adele Walsh, St Senan’s; 3 Aoife O’Connor, Thomastown; 4 Ciara Martin, 5 Irene Henebry, 6 Sheila O’Callaghan, 7 Oonagh Hennessy, 8 Noirin O’Dwyer, 9 Kate Milea, 10 Teresa Daly (all KCH); 11 Deirdre Phelan, 12 Martina Prendergast (both Gowran); 13 Lisa Maher, KCH; 14 Lisa Hennessy, 15 Annette FitzPatrick (both Gowran).

Senior Men – 1 Brian Maher, 2 Eoin Evwerard, 3 Toss Hayes (all KCH); 4 Mick Kelly, 5 Paul Deegan (both Gowran) 6 Sean Caulfield, St Senan’s; 7 Robbie McGee, 8 Jimmy Barcoe (both Gowran); 9 Paul Cody, KCH; 10 Niall Sheehan, 11 Lyndon Barcoe, 12 David Farrell (all Gowran); 13 Paul Moran, KCH; 14 Lar Lacey, St Joseph’s; 15 Gary Farrell, Gowran; 16 P J Dwyer, St Senan’s; 17 Muiris Bric, 18 Denis Cormack (both Gowran); 19 Terry Brophy, 20 Danny Shanahan, 21 Paul Dunne (all Thomastown); 22 Mick Walsh, Gowran; 23 Michael O’Keeffe, Thomastown; 24 Marty Kelly, Gowran; 25 P J Irish, 26 Bill Lacey (both St Senan’s).



Next Sunday 12th December the action takes place in Grennan, Thomastown. The local club will host the “B” Novice Championships and “B” Juvenile Uneven Ages (under 7 to under 15) Championships starting at 11.00am.H

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