Leinster road Championships: Kilkenny athletes do well

Kilkenny Athletes enjoyed considerable success recently at the Leinster Road Race Championships for Novice and Masters men and women. The races were hosted by local club Gowran AC and took place in bright sunshine, although with a gusty wind, on Monday May 2nd

Mens Masters start

First off were the women novice and masters in the 3k and Niamh Richardson KCH was first in the over 40 category, Teresa Daly was also an individual medal winner finishing in silver medal position in the Over 50 category.

Niamh Richardson first in masters 40

In the team events KCH were in 4th place in the Novice women and the Kilkenny County team finished with the bronze medals. The scorers were Anne Marie O Grady, Oonagh Hennessy, Kate Millea and Sarah Goff.

In the Masters team event the KCH team of Niamh Richardson, Irene Hennebery and Teresa Daly were the silver medallists.

In the mens Novice race David McPherson continued his fantastic form to storm to victory. David sat in the leading group for the first two laps joining a Sportsworld athlete in a break on the third lap. On the fourth lap David left everyone behind to finish way clear of the rest of the field.

David also lead his KCH team mates, Paul Cody, Eamon O Connor and Johann Dewberry to gold in the team competition where they were victorious over the hotly fancied Sportsworld AC team.

In the race for county medals the KCH athletes were joined by Gowran athletes Lyndon Barcoe and Garry Farrell to take silver medals.

There were more medals to be won in the last race of the day the Masters Mens 6k, this time the men of Gowran AC took the lion’s share of the medals. Paul Deegan and Simon O Dwyer of Gowran AC finished with silver and bronze respectively in the mens over 40 category. Mick Walsh was second in the Over 55 category. Michael Holden was a bronze medallist in the over 60 category.

In the team event the county team finished in third place to capture the bronze medals: with Paul deegan and Simon O Dwyer being joined by Seamus Murphy and Colm Murray of KCH on the successful team.

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