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Archives from 2010

Registration Night/Christmas Party - 14th December 2010

This will take place on Tuesday next 14th December in Kilcock GAA starting at 6.30pm. Parents welcome to attend.

28th November 2010

Four hardy individuals braved the elements and travelled North to Derry on Saturday to compete in the All Ireland even ages and Inter counties Cross country. A very heavy fall of snow fell just before the races got underway and made visibility nearly impossible. It did not daunt the runners however and there were some very exciting races. Oisin O’Cuill and Ciaran Smyth were in action for the county in the boys U12. They were full of running at the end finishing in 43rd and 55th places respectively. Rachael Smyth lined up at the start of the U18 race with high hopes of a top ten place. Over a gruelling 5000m over hard packed snow she finished a marvellous 8th place. Immediately after that the Junior mens race took place with the big prize of places on the European Cross country team up for grabs, so a place in the top six was the target for Paul Robinson. He started the race in a conservative manner picking off athletes one by one until coming into the last lap he was fighting it out for a 3rd/4th and 5th place. A tremendous battle on the last 250m and Paul made it to the finish in 4th place just 3 seconds between 2nd and 5thplaces. The team is expected to be announced today or Tuesday.

Mile Challenge - November 2010

The November mile challenge took place last Friday in freezing conditions. Temperatures had dropped to below zero but it did not stop the runners and walkers take on the challenge. In the first race Andrew Smyth, who had posted a best time in October went all out to break his time of 5.20. He was followed by 3 Maynooth footballers who showed they could run as well as play football. Andrew powered down the home straight to knock 5 seconds of his PB and set a new best time of 5.15. Andrew O’Regan was behind him in 5.29. In the second race Kevin Kelly fancied his chances of getting close to Andrews time. He came into the race with a PB of 5.23 set in September and after a tough mile finished 5.18 knocking 5 seconds off his own PB and coming within 3 seconds of Andrew. That should be some battle over the coming months. Further down the field many others were having their own personal battles and its great to see the improvement of so many. Times have been updated for the month. Earlier on that day the primary schools also did their “Mile” and its great to see the enthusiasm of the teachers and pupils on such a cold day. Well done to them all.

Club AGM - 2nd November 2010

Our club AGM will be held on Tuesday 2nd November in Kilcock GAA at 8pm. We invite all parents to come along to support our AGM.

Mile Challenge - 29th October 2010

The October “Mile Challenge” will be taking place on next Friday 29th at the track. Walkers and joggers at 6.30 and runners at 7pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Leinster Cross Country – Day 1 – Belvedere House, Mullingar - 24th October 2010

Some good performances for club athletes at the Leinster Cross country on Sunday in Belvedere House. Blue skies and a very well laid out course by host club Mullingar Harriers. First out were the girls U12 where Meghan O’Brien was best placed for the club just outside the top 20. Lucy McCann, Emma Ginty, Karla and Aine Burke all ran well but the club were out of the medals. The Kildare county team finished 4th. Better luck for the boys U12 where Ciaran Smyth and Oisin O’Cuill were in the top 20 and also part of the 2end placed county team. Both Sam McCormack and Jake Reidy were running up an age and ran strongly. Elaine Kilduff was the lone St Cocas runner in the girls U14 and she finished in the 30’s. The Kildare team were all very well placed but did not have a 6th scorer to complete the team. Eoin Reidy, Shane McCormack and Brian Mc Loughlin all running out of their age were well placed and Kildare took bronze here. Niamh Burke was on her own too in the U16 girls and finished in the early 30’s. Again no full county team here.Sam Allen had the misfortune of being spiked in the boys U16 race when in about 12th or 13th place and had to pull out. Rachael Smyth ended the day on a high when running very well to take individual bronze in the girls U18. Competition was tough on the day with the longer distances proving tough but fair. Many of the athletes in action on Sunday will be looking forward to Adamstown in two weeks time where they will compete in their own age groups.

Kildare Cross Country (Even Ages) - 10th October 2010

A smaller number of athletes than usual travelled to Narraghmore for round 2 of the Kildare Cross Country on Sunday and in a number of age groups we failed to have the required 4 athletes necessary to make up the scorers for the team competition. Nevertheless some fantastic results for the athletes who did make the journey on what was a beautiful day for cross country running.The day started off with the girls U10 and Aoife O’Cuill put in a great performance to take individual silver and lead her team to Bronze. In one of the largest fields of the day her sister Nise 11th, Holly Ginty 12th, Laura McDermott 18th and Andrea Judge 35th. The boys U10 were all running out of their age and all ran very well but were out of the team medals. Diarmuid Smyth 14th, Ben Doherty 16th, Alex Ginty 25th and Shane McDermott 28th. The girls U12 ran a marvellous team race with the team wining club Gold. Led by Meghan O’Brien 5th, Lucy McCann 6th, Tara Whittaker 17th, Emma Ginty 18th, Sally Jane Clifford 23rd and Harriet McDermott 34th. Another good team effort by the boys U12 where they renewed their rivalry with Newbridge. In a spectacular sprint finish Luke Morris of Newbridge got the better of Oisin O’Cuill and the Newbridge team went on the win the gold by beating St Cocas but just a couple of points. Ciaran Smyth 5th, Sam McCormack 6th, Jake Reidy 13th and James Behan 14th all ran well and this looks like two very strong teams for the Leinsters in 2 weeks time and also a strong Kildare squad too. Elaine Kilduff was the lone club runner in the girls U14 and she finished 10th overall. Eoin Reidy 6th, Shane McCormack 9th and Gavin Judge 10th all ran their hearts out but without a fourth scorer were not in the team prizes. Caoimhe Whittaker ran one of her best races for a long time to win the U16 race. Sophie Courtney had a great sprint finish to take 3rd spot with Anke Schumacher 6th. Again no full team here. Sam Allen made a slight error on the course midway through the U16 boys event just as he had taken the lead. He lost about 15 metres and even though he tried his best could not make up the ground and had to be content with 2nd. Kevin Kelly was 5th in this race. Next race was the U18 girls and Rachael Smyth had a great win to follow her U19 win last week. Jessica McKenna 4th and Sinead Kelly 5th along with Rachael won the team gold. Larry Kelly was the sole representative in the Masters race and he went on the have a fine win in the race. Well done to all who competed at the Kildare Cross country, next on the calendar will be the Leinster Cross country on Sunday 24th October in Belvedere House Mullingar (U12/14/16/18) Novice and Masters and Sunday 7th November in Adamstown Co Wexford (U11/13/15/17/19) and Intermediate

Kildare Cross Country (odd ages) - 3rd October 2010

The first round of the Kildare Cross Country took place today (Sunday) at the Eire Og/Corracoill GAA grounds. The weather for the event was perfect and the club had some fantastic results. In the first race of the day the U9 girls took to their marks for 500m. In a marvellous team effort St Cocas took the gold medal with the team led home by Nise O’Cuill 3rd, Aoife Rattigan 5th, Holly Ginty 6th, Orla Reidy 7th Rebecca Travers 8th, Maud O’Shea 13th, Anna Malone 14th and Kirsten Monaghan 15th. Diarmuid Smyth 7th, led the U9 boys to silver. With the assistance of Iarlaith Nolan 13th, Alex Ginty 19th and Conor Rattigan 21st most of these boys were running their first cross country race. The U11 girls had almost 50 runners and the St Cocas girls got an awful start. They recovered however and Aoife O’Cuill had a great run to claim 3rd spot. Hot on her heels were Emma Ginty 13th , Tara Whittaker 14th and Laura McDermott 15th who combined to win Gold medals. Also in action were Amy McDermott 19th, Aine Burke 21st, Roisin Daly 28th and Ciara Hanifin 49th. Only one club athlete in the boys U11 Jake Reidy who ran a brilliant race to take 2nd individual. Another big field in the girls U13 where Sophie Milner was the first home in 5th and she led her team to silver medals. Laura Rattigan 9th, Megan O’Brien 12th, Lucy McCann 13th, Louise Leonard 22nd, Karla Burke 25th and Helen Field 28th. Another gold medal individual and team performance in the boys U13. Eoin Reidy was an impressive winner and led his team to gold. Oisin O’Cuill 4th, Gavin Judge 7th, Ciaran Smyth 9th and Shane McCormack 11th were members of this team. The girls U15 and Girls U17 were gold medal team winners.The U15 team of Caoimhe Whittaker 4th, Niamh Burke 6th, Elaine Kilduff 8th and Katie Milner 9th. The U17 team was Emily Milner who stormed to individual victory followed by Jessica McKenna 4th, Sinead Kelly 5th, Anke Schumaker 6th and Aisling Kilduff 8th. Jamie Smyth and Edward Coyle were out of the medals in the U15 boys and Kevin Kelly 4th in the boys U17 race. Last event of the day was the U19/Intermediate womens race and it proved to be a cracker. Liz Foy (Kildare AC) and Rachael Smyth took up the running early and really pushed it out for all of the 3500m. In the last lap the fresher legs of Rachael gave her the edge as she pulled away for a great victory. Lynda Gormley finished 3rd in the Intermediate and with Annette Whittaker and Louise Manders the team won the gold. Well done to all who were in action on Sunday. Next Sunday sees the even age championships U10/12/14/16 and 18 and Masters O40 which will be held at Pike Bridge, Narraghmore (Crookstown Millview track). First race at 12 midday.

TEXACO BURSARY WINNERS - 30th September 2010

After a hectic week on the track with the visit of Frank Greally (Irish Runner) on Monday a small group from the club were invited to the Conrad Hotel in Dublin for a very special presentation. The occasion was the announcement of the Texaco Bursary for clubs. Over 900 clubs from all over Ireland had submitted applications for a bursary of €5000 and only 25 winners. Fantastic news for the club as it was announced that St Cocas were one of the lucky recipients of the €5000. We are the only Kildare beneficiary. Our application was made to assist us in the conversion of the cabin to toilets/changing room/meeting room and the selection committee deemed us worthy of the award. Well done to all involved!

Liz McDonnell 5k Cross Country

A number of club athletes took part in the Liz McDonnell Cross country in Castletown House Celbridge on Sunday. Kevin Kelly finished 3rd U16, Rachael Smyth 2nd Woman, Emily Milner 3rd U16 and Larry Kelly 2nd O40. Well done to all who took part.

Kildare Cross Country - 3rd October 2010

Next weekend see Round 1 of the Kildare Cross country. Events for U9/U11/U13/U15/U17 and U19 will take place at Eire Og Corracoill GAA grounds. First race at 12 midday.

Annual Church Gate Collection

Our annual church gate collection will take place next weekend at the local Kilcock and Newtown churches. Your support is appreciated.

New Season – Welcome Back

Welcome back to you all after the summer holidays. Training takes place on Monday and Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7pm for older athletes – MONDAY ONLY for “Little Athletics”

Cross Country Dates

Dates for Kildare Cross Country are as follows: Sunday 3rd October U9/11/13/15/17/19 Eire Og/Chorracoil GAA 12 midday(opposite Mondello Park) Sunday 10th October U10/12/14/16/18 Pike Bridge Narraghmore 12 midday (near Crookstown Millview Track) Leinster Cross Country Sunday 24th October U12/14/16/18 Venue to be decided 12 midday Sunday 7th November U11/13/15/17/19 Adamstown Co Wexford 12 midday Training Fees now due for this term – €20 per family

Kildare Coaching Day - 18th September 2010

Kildare County Board are holding the first of three coaching days on Saturday 18th September in Celbridge for athletes U11 upwards. Events covered Sprints, Hurdles, Jumps, Throws, Middle Distance and Walks. This is a great opportunity to try out something new – cost is €5 for the day. Starts at 11am sharp and will finish at 1.30pm.

National Junior record for Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson made the long journey to Finland where tonight he created a little bit of club history….setting a new NATIONAL JUNIOR RECORD for the mile 4.00.93. This bettered the old mark by almost a full second and comes at the end of an action packed season for Paul. The race took place in Joensuu in Finland and was won by Josephat Menjo of Kenya in an amazing 3.53.62 (a time most Irish men would be happy with for 1500m!) with Paul crossing the line in 5th place. Fantastic achievement Paul!

Silver Medals for Kildare Women – Finals of National track and Field league – 14th August 2010

Back in early June when I received the news that Kildare Athletics had been sent to Antrim for round 1 of the National Track and Field League, I had just composed an email to the league co-ordinator to say that we would not be able to make up a team when I stopped myself and said I would leave the decision to the athletes…..I texted all of the eligible team members and left it to them….. What happened next was a journey which brought us to NATIONAL SENIOR TRACK AND FIELD medals. From a small group of 8 athletes who travelled to Antrim to a bigger squad who made the shorter journey to Santry our team went into the League final today lying in 6th place but with a belief that we could make it big. When all the events were completed and the points tallied Kildare finished on 105 points winning Silver medals and gaining promotion to the Premier division next year – in fact our team were only 2 points behind the winners Galway county. The day started out with the 100m hurdles and Sinead Lawlor took to her marks in place of her sister Sandra who had to withdraw during the week with a foot injury. Sinead led all the way just clipping the final hurdle to finish 2nd and gave the team a great start with 7 points. Sarah Bourke was in action in the 1500m walk and finished a solid 4th place and Cera Nolan had another fine run in the 400m hurdles to take 4th place. Meanwhile Fiona Hill was in action in the Long Jump and just after the competition started I got a call from her Dad to say that she had pulled her hamstring but was lying third! She did not take any more jumps and went to have it looked at – and was awarded 4th place as another athlete jumped the same as herself but was given 3rd on countback. The relay was up next and we took the decision to rest Fiona and Rachael Smyth took her place….and what a relay. Niamh Field got the team off the a great start, passed over to Fiona who passed to Sophie Ellis who made a fantastic change to Claire Brady who took the baton in full flight and ran on past two athletes to get our first 9 points…..Kildare had arrived! Out on the field Pauline Kenny had been in action in the Hammer and Discus finishing 5th and 6th respectively. After her excertions in the relay Rachael Smyth lined up in the 1500m and ran strongly to finish 6th and Chloe Abbott also ran well to finish 6th in the 3000m. It was at this stage that the Kildare women really started to motor with four straight 9 pointers by our European championship athletes. Roseanne Galligan winning the 400m in a fantastic time from lane 8 and went on to win the 800m just over an hour later. Claire Brady also showed her class to claim the top spot in the 100m and 200m. Erica Dixon gained 3rd place and 6 valuable points in the Javelin and Evelyn Morris also had a 3rd place in the Shot. After her earlier injury Fiona Hill jumped into top position and maximum points in the Triple Jump. It was then down to the last event of the day the 4x400m relay. The announcer had called out the scores after 11 events and Kildare were lying 3rd just 1 point ahead of Clonliffe so we knew the results would be very close. It was a most exciting relay with Clonliffe taking a strong lead. Rachael Smyth started for Kildare and handed to Niamh Field. Lying in about 5th place Sophie Ellis ran strongly to narrow the gap but there was a lot of work to do in the last leg….Roseanne took the baton still in 5th and chased after the field….she picked off 3 athletes in the process to get up to 2nd place and crossed the line for 7 points. It was all done at that stage, nothing more that any of the athletes could do but wait for the results. After what seemed like hours Georgina Drumm called the teams to the podium and called the results… reverse order. It got to the top three and Kildare still had not been called….excitement….not third….we waited….”on 105 points Kildare County” Silver medals to cheers and roars. Up to the podium to receive our medals and then Galway county were crowned champions of the Division….just two points ahead of us.

It was a marvellous team performance from the entire team from round 1 in Antrim to todays final. I have never worked with such a terrific group of athletes and there was a fantastic team spirit in evidence. Kildare county now have 20 NATIONAL SENIOR TRACK AND FIELD MEDALISTS. It is Premier Division next year and we get a chance to mix with Kelly Proper, Ailish McSweeney, Niamh Whelan and the like….. Kildare’s heros – in no particular order are Sandra Lawlor, Claire Brady, Aoife Sheehy and Sinead Lawlor (Celbridge AC), Cera Nolan, Chloe Abbott and Claire Mooney (Naas AC), Pauline Kenny, Evelyn Morris, Roseanne Galligan, Sophie Morris and Fiona Hill (Newbridge AC), Rachael Smyth, Aislinn Hurley, Niamh Field, Sarah Bourke,Emily Milner and Sinead Kelly(St Cocas), Erica Dixon (Le Cheile) ….. and me! The journey was over………………..for this year! Carmel Kelly

Watch Paul Robinson in Action at Junior World Championships in Moncton, Canada

Paul's Heat

The Final

Weekend News – 25th July 2010

Word reached us on Friday morning that Paul Robinson had finished in 9th place in the final of the 1500m at the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada. His time of 3:44.56 was just slightly outside of his own PB. Paul can rightly be proud of his performance at the championships – well done from all in St Coca’s AC! Saturday saw the day 3 of the Juvenille Championships of Ireland. First on the track was Oisin Fitzgibbon in the boys U-14 1500m in which he finished 6th. Emily Milner finished 6th in the girl’s U-17 1500m and shortly afterwards, Rachel Smyth was 7th over the line in the U-18 1500m. Attention then switched to the Walking events and ‘Bobby’s Girls’ were to provide the only medals for the club on this day. Karen Bourke had a fine silver medal performance in the girls U-14 2000m walk, with Ena Groome coming home 7th. This was an unusual event in that three visiting athletes from Leicester, Cambridge and Sheffield crossed the line in positions 1-3. In the next event, the girl’s U-15 2000m walk, Sinead Burke collected the second silver medal of the day. Over the longer 3000m course of the U-17 walk, Sarah Bourke came home in 5th position. Our only male walker of the day, Nathan Murphy, finished 6th in the boys U-14 2000m event. Well done to all our walkers and to their proud coach Bobby! As the day moved on to the sprint events, we had three athletes in the 200m events. Caoimhe Whittaker finished 4th in the girls’ U-15 final. Despite a spirited effort, Andrea Bennett failed to make the final of the girls’ U-16 event. Niamh Field came home 6th in the U-19 race, her last ever Juvenille race for the club as she now moves up to Junior events. Well done to all of our athletes in action over the weekend. They can all enjoy a few weeks well-earned rest before we commence the cross-country season. Finally, Ireland’s Ciara Mageean had a fantastic silver medal finish in Moncton on Sunday, in the World Junior 1500m women’s final. Her time of 4:09.51 was less than 2 sec behind the Etheopian winner. Well done to Ciara from all at St Coca’s AC!

Paul Robinson makes the World Junior 1500m Final – 20th July 2010

Fantastic news from Moncton in Canada where Paul Robinson was in action in the heats of the 1500m earlier this afternoon (Tuesday). Running in Heat 3 and with only three to qualify automatically, Paul ran a fantastic race to finish 4th in 3.44.04, just outside his PB, and qualify as one of the fastest loosers for the final on Thursday (after midnight Irish time). Unfortunately the IAAF website is very poor with no details of the other races or the other qualifers but word from Canada is that Paul is one of only 3 Europeans in the final and that many of the fancied runners failed to make the final. This puts Paul in a WORLD FINAL and we all wish him the very best of luck on Thursday. It is a tremendous achievement for St Cocas and for Paul and his family and we know that with Paul anything is possible – Go for it Paul!!

Weekend News – 18th July 2010

Three St Cocas athletes were part of the Kildare Womens team in Round 2 of the National Track and Field League in Santry on Sunday. It was all about putting points on the board for the team on Sunday to make sure of their place in the National final which takes place in Tullamore on Saturday 14th August. Niamh Field made a winning return to competitive running when she was the first runner in the victorious 4x100m relay team. The team, which also included Claire Mooney (Naas), Sophie Ellis (Newbridge) and Sandra Lawler (Celbridge), looked very impressive as they took top points in the relay. Emily Milner (1500m) and Aislinn Hurley (800m) both finished 4th in their events and the 400m relay team which included Emily, Aislinn Claire Mooney and Fiona Hill (Newbridge) also came 4th. The team finished the day on 104 points and are looking good to make the final. There were some other fabulous performances by Sandra Lawler (Celbridge) 1st 100m hurdles and 2nd Long Jump, Claire Mooney (Naas) 1st 400m, Fiona Hill (Newbridge) 1st Triple Jump, Pauline Kenny (Newbridge) 2nd Discuss and Hammer, Sophie Ellis (Newbridge) 2nd 100m and 3rd 200m, Aoife Sheehy (Celbridge) 3rd Walk, Cera Nolan (Naas) 3rd 400m hurdles, Chloe Abbott (Naas) 5th 3000m and Evelyn Morris (Newbridge) 2nd Shot. All eyes will be on this week for news of Paul Robinson in Canada. Heats of the 1500m at 3pm (Irish time) on Tuesday.

Paul Robinson sets off for World Junior Championships in Canada - 19th/25th July 2010

Paul Robinson set off early last Tuesday with the Irish Junior team to Montcon in Canada for the World Juniors which take place next week – 19th/25th July. Paul is entered in the 1500m and 800m. The heats for the 1500m will take place next Tuesday 20th at 3pm (Irish Time) and the final will be on Thursday at 6.05 (Irish Time). For more information on the World Junior Championships and take the link to Montcon 2010. There will be a big banner across the home page from next week. Then go to the Timetable/Results and you can see the status of the races ie start lists etc. As soon as the race is over the results will pop up under the status field. If we have any news on TV coverage we will update the web site with the information. Everyone here at St Cocas and in the wider Kilcock community wish Paul all the best in Canada. We are very proud of his achievements so far and who knows what the championships will bring… pressure Paul! Tom Durkan, club chairman, made a small presentation to Paul before he set off and many of the older members were present to wish Paul all the best.


Closer to home the Kildare Athletics womens team will be in action in Santry in Round 2 of the National track and field League on Sunday. A number of St Cocas athletes will be competing for the county. They are currently in 8th place (of 15 teams) and the top 8 qualify for the National Final in August.

All Ireland Pairs – 26th/27th June 2010

Congratulations to Aoife O’Cuill and Aoife Rattigan who won a bronze medal at the All Ireland U10 500m last weekend. It was a brilliant performance from the girls in their first All Ireland competition. In the U9 300m the team of Nise O’Cuill and Holly Ginty finished just outside the medals in 5th place. Their combined time was just 4 seconds off the bronze medal and they finished 1stLeinster team. The girls U9 relay team had a great run in the final also but an athlete crossed into their lane at one of the changeovers and they lost some ground. They battled on to finish 8th and were delighted with their experience. The team was Maud O’Shea, Nise O’Cuill, Holly Ginty and Aoife Rattigan. Well done to them all.

All Ireland Track and Field Championships – 3rd/4th July 2010

Day 1 U13/U19 The older age championships took place over the past weekend in Tullamore and St Cocas had two athletes in action in Saturday. Luke Allen jumped 1.78 in the U17 High Jump to claim a bronze medal. As happened in the Leinsters the top three athletes jumped the same height and the medals were decided on countback. Luke is perhaps the most consistent performer for the club winning a medal at All Ireland level all of the past 5 or 6 years. Andrea Bennett competed at the U16 100m but was out of the medals. Well done to both Luke and Andrea on their performances. Day 2 It was middle distance day for all of our athletes on Day 2 of the All Irelands. Eoin Reidy was first up in the U13 600m final. Eoin ran a perfect race not starting off too hard and with 400m to go he was tucked in at the back of the pack. At this stage he made his move and passed a number of athletes to finish 6th place. It was a great performance for his first All Ireland. Next up we had the 800m races and St Cocas were represented in all age groups from U15 through to U19. Caoimhe Whittaker in the girls U15 ran her usual race and was in the mix all the way through. With 200m to go she went clear into 2nd place and battled all the way to the line being passed just on the line to win a bronze medal. Caoimhe is another athlete who has been a consistent medallist over the past few years. Sophie Courtney was in action in the U16 event. The race started off very fast and all of the athletes went with the fast pace. At 300m the athlete in front of Sophie tripped and fell and Sophie had to jump over her. This disturbed her stride pattern and she lost some ground, however she battled on the finish 7th. A terrific result in her first All Ireland. Emily Milner U17 and Rachael Smyth U18 both ran well but finished 6th and 7th in their races. Last of the 800m and the most drama of the day. Aislinn Hurley started in lane 8 and going down the back straight got into a great position in 4th. As she went into the 2nd lap she pressed on and overtook one of the Greystones athletes to get into 3rd place which she maintained to the finish. However it was not to be on the day as the judge at the break line had put up the red flag as Aislinn had crossed in just before the break. It was heartbreaking as she had run a fantastic race and it was a tough outcome after she had given it her all. Sport sure has its ups and downs! The 3k events were next and Samuel Allen was in action in the U16 race. The pace of this race was perfect with no one going out too fast. This suited Sam as she settled in the middle of the pack. With 3 laps to go the leaders stepped up the pace a bit but Sam hung on to 6th place and ran on superbly to finish 6th. Daragh Fitzgibbon was the last of the club in action in the U17 3k. The race started out very fast and Daragh decided not to go with the fast pace expecting some of the athletes to slow down. Half way through the race Daragh was starting to pick off athletes and got to 8th place but had left too much to do at that stage and could not make up any more ground. Well done to all who competed at the All Ireland this weekend, everyone did their best and even though there were a few disappointments along the way everyone supported each other which was great to see. Thanks especially to the non competing athletes who travelled to support the others. We will have another big contingent competing on Saturday 24th in the walks, 1500m and 200m events. In the meantime training continues for those who will be in action that day. The selection for the World Juniors is expected over the next day or so and all eyes will be on the AAI website to get confirmation of Paul Robinson’s selection.

Our New Tent – Bring a little Soul to meetings!

We have taken receipt of our new tent, a 5m Bell Tent which should help to keep our athletes and their gear dry or cool at various meetings. This is an extremely good quality tent that is quick to erect and dismantle. No doubt many of our supporters and members will become very proficient at erecting and taking down this tent in coming months.

St Cocas’s AC – Winners of 2010 Kildare Track and Field League! Well Done..

With the final meeting for the 2010 Kildare Track and Field League in Crookstown last Sunday, St Coca’s AC again emerged as overall winners. This is a great achievement for the club and demonstrates the breadth of young talent we have in our club, as well as the dedication of trainers and mentors. Aside from the overall award, we also had individual category winners – Caoimhe Whittaker, Oisin Fitzgibbon, Gavin Judge, Aoife Rattigan, Miracle Ladejobi, Rebecca Travers, Tara Whittaker and Holly Ginty. Well done to all junior athletes who took part at the various events and contributed to the success of our club. Thanks to all the parents, mentors and coaches who gave of their time and skills. Good Luck to all of our athletes taking part in the All Ireland Track and Field Championships over the coming weekends in Tullamore.

Leinster Track and Field Championships U13/U19 – Tullamore – 19th/20th June 2010
Day 1

The first day of competition in the Leinster T&F took place on Saturday last in sunny Tullamore. The walkers were the first athletes in action and as usual they set the bar high for the rest of the club. In the girls U14 Karen Bourke was an impressive winner with Ena Groome coming in 3rd to claim the bronze medal in her first competitive race. Nathan Murphy looked powerful in the boys U14 event winning the silver but improving with every race he does. Sinead Burke U15 and Sarah Bourke U17 both won gold medals. Well done to them all and to Bobby for all the good work. Daragh Fitzgibbon was next up in the U17 3000m where he ran strongly to take the gold medal. We had three competitors in the 1500m and Emily Milner finished 2nd in the U17 and Sophie Courtney 3rd in the U16. Oisin Fitzgibbon had a brave run in his first ever 1500m to finish 4th and qualify for the All Irelands. Aislinn Hurley also had marvellous run in the U19 800m to win a bronze medal. Luke Allen was in action in the U17 High Jump clearing 1.80 (a new PB). The top three athletes cleared this height but Luke was awarded the bronze medal on countback. Late in the day Caoimhe Whittaker and Andrea Bennett competed in the 200m finals Caoimhe winning a silver medal in the U15 and Andrea 4th in the U16. Aisling Kilduff U17 300m 6th and Sinead Kelly U17 Long Jump 8th were also in action.

Day 2

Sunday dawned even better than Saturday with blue skies and hardly a breath of air. The 800m events were on early and Caoimhe Whittaker had a marvellous run in the U16 event. Linda Conroy (Mullingar Harriers) and herself made a great race of it with Linda coming out on top and Caoimhe winning silver. Next up came the U16 event with Sophie Courtney in action. With 300m to go she was in 4th place with her mind firmly set on a medal she lengthened her stride and passed one athlete, then another and finally she passed the leader with about 60m left to claim her first Leinster gold medal. It was a terrific performance. Emily Milner also had a great run in the U17 1500m but had to be content with silver as she tried her best to claw back the early lead of the Gowran athlete Mary Ellen Doyle. Gavin Judge, Niamh Disney (both U13) and Esther Alaoye (U14) all ran in the sprints just missing out on making the finals. Samuel Allen had one of the most difficult tasks of the day, to run the 3000m in the heat of the day. The race took off fairly fast and one athlete made a bit of a break, Sam managed to keep with the second athlete until the last lap but finished well to take the bronze medal. Andrea Bennett was again unlucky to finish 4th in the U16 100m just missing out on the bronze. In the very last race of the day Eoin Reidy had a brilliant run in the U13 600m to take a bronze medal and qualify for his first All Ireland. Cormac Divilly (U13) was in action in the shot and Luke Allen in the U17 200m and Elaine Kilduff in the U14 800m all ran well. Well done to all our athletes in action this weekend and best of luck to all who qualified for the All Ireland finals.

Last Kildare event of the season

The final of the inter-club league takes place next Sunday in Narraghmore (the Crookstown/Millview track) starting at 1pm. Individual awards will be presented to the winners after the competitions.

Leinster Senior and Masters – Tullamore – 6th June 2010

Rachael Smyth was the only club athlete who competed at the Leinster Senior Championships in Tullamore on Sunday. She finished 3rd in the 800m but followed it up wth a win in the 400m later in the afternoon. Bobby and Larry swapped from coaching to competing and both were successful at the Masters events, Bobby in the 5K walk and Larry in the 5000m.

Leinster U13-U19 Championships – Closing Date for Entries

Entries need to be submitted for the Leinster U13-U19 Championships before this Friday. Please tell your coaches what events you wish to take part in.

Kildare “B” Track and Field Championships – Celbridge – 5th June 2010

A small group of athletes travelled the short distance to Celbridge on Saturday for the Kildare “B” Track and Field Championships. Itwas a great opportunity for athletes who just missed out on medals in the Kildare event to get another chance and also for newer members of the club to have a go at some events. In the U9 races Rebecca Travers won her heat and final of the 80m and then went on to win a bronze medal in the Ball Throw. Kirsten Monaghan won a silver medal in this event also. Aine Burke finished 3rd in the U10 100m and Niamh Palmer 2nd in the U11 Ball throw. In the U12 events Daniella Alaoye won the 100m and Helen Field the Long Jump. It was a St Cocas 1,2,3 in the U14 girls sprint with Esther Alaoye Elaine Kilduff and Toto Teriba filling the top spots. Elaine and Esther swapped spots in the 1000m and all three girls taking the medals. Aine Field, Karla Burke, Roisin Daly and Eoin Twohig all ran well but were out of the medals.

Paul gets 1500m standard for World Juniors in Canada – Sat 5th June 2010

Paul Robinson was in action in Tullamore on Saturday in the IMC 1500m held in conjunction with the Irish Schools finals and what a race it turned out to be…..21 men lined up at the start and by the end 7 men had run under 3.48 one of them being Paul who has now achieved the 1500m standard in addition to the 800m which he achieved only 7 days ago. His time of 3.46.83 is also a new PB for him and saw him finishing 5th in one of the best 1500m races seen in Ireland in a number of years. There are pictures of Paul in action at

All Ireland Schools Championship – Tullamore, Sat 5th June 2010

Earlier on in the day Sinead Burke had a marvellous walk in the junior race to claim her first All Ireland Schools medal where she finished in 2nd place. Sarah Bourke was in action just after her in the Inter walk and she finished 4th. Well done to both girls and also to coach Bobby King who has really worked so well with his walkers over the past year to bring them to this stage. Ailsinn Hurley was in action in the senior 800m where she ran a great race to finish 6th, Samuel Allen was 7th in the Junior 1500m and Sophie Courtney 7th in the U16 mile. Congratulations to all on their performances in Tullamore.

New PB for Paul Robinson – 29th May 2010

Paul Robinson set a new PB for the 800m on Saturday evening in Manchester and in the process got the qualifying time for the World Junior championships which will be held in Canada in July. Benefiting from 2 weeks altitude training, he had his work cut out for him as he could only get entry to the “C” race. He did not panic and ran a very clever race, only easing to victory over the closing metres. His time of 1.50.41 is the fastest outdoor time of any Irishman so far this year. Congratulation to Paul on his achievement – everyone in the club is so proud of him and for putting St Cocas on the map, following in the footsteps of David Campbell. Two other Kildare athletes made a big impression over the weekend also. Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge) also achieved a standard in Manchester for the European championships and Claire Brady (Celbridge) set a new PB in the 100m and also looks set get the standard before July.

Leinster Junior Championships – Tullamore – 29th May 2010

Up and coming athletes from the club were also in action over the weekend. At the Leinster Juniors in Tullamore on Sunday Rachael Smyth had a brilliant double in the 800m and 1500m while Daragh Fitzgibbon had a great run in the 1500m to finish 2nd behind Liam Brady (Tullamore Hrs), who is two years older than him. Sarah Bourke was in action on Sunday too in her first junior competition and she made it a winning debut in the 3K walk. Sarah will be in action next Saturday at the schools All Ireland along with Sinead Burke, Samuel Allen, Sophie Courtney and Aislinn Hurley. Good luck from all in the club.

Leinster Juvenile Championships – Tullamore – 30th May 2010

The U9 to U12 Leinster competitions also took place in Tullamore on Saturday. The competition was very stiff on the day but the U9 girls 300m team of Holly Ginty and Nise O’Cuill won silver medals while the U10 500m team of Aoife O’Cuill and Sorcha Monaghan won Bronze. Great runs by Aoife Rattigan and Rebecca Travers saw them just outside the medals in the U9 sprint. Tara Whittaker Sorcha Gillman and Emma Ginty were in action in the U11 events and despite some great performances did not make the podium. The U12 events were championship events and here Caolann Brady ran brilliantly to make the final of the 60m having finished in the top 8 earlier on in the 600m. In the boys U12 Oisin O’Cuill finished 5th in a very fast 600m final. Ciaran Smyth and Eric Menton were not too far behind. Tadhg Fitzgibbon was in action too in a very competitive 60m hurdles. All in all a great weekend for the clubs athletes. The Kildare “B” track and field championships will take place next Saturday 5th June in Celbridge starting at 1pm for athletes who did not win a track medal at the Championships in May.

Bob Heffernan 5K Road Race - 25th May 2010

Some of our senior (and older!) athletes were in action on Tuesday 25th at the Na Fianna 5K Road Race. A fantastic run by Kevin Kelly to claim 2nd place junior in a time of 19.09. Annette Whittaker, Lynda Gormley, Anna O’Cuill, Carmel Kelly, Ciara Fitzgibbon and new recruit Alison Murphy all ran well above expectation and were just outside the club team prize. It was a great experience for all concerned and plenty of post race analysis in the Hamlet afterwards!

Weekend and recent news – 24th May 2010

A large number of teams travelled to Greystones for the Leinster Relays on Sunday last on probably the hottest day of the year so far. Competition on the track was hot too and the club won two gold medals and one silver. Highlight of the day was the girls U9 team who were very impressive winners in the U9 event. The team of Nise O’Cuill, Rebecca Travers, Holly Ginty and Aoife Rattigan were gun to tape winners in their event. Winners also were the girls U18 4x300m Rachael Smyth, Sinead Kelly, Sarah Bourke and Aisling Kilduff while the girls U17 4x300m won the silver medals – Sinead Kelly, Ailsing Kilduff, Jessica McKenna and Sarah Bourke. In the other events the girls U13 team came 4th – Miracle Ladejobi, Niamh Disney, Toto Teriba and Niamh Whittaker and the U14 U15 and U16 teams came 5th. Well done to Esther Alaoye, Elaine Kilduff, Karen Bourke, Emma Ryder, Niamh Burke, Caoimhe Whittaker and Andrea Bennett. Also in action were Rachael Ladejobi, Tara Whittaker, Emma Ginty, Soirse Gillman, Caolann O’Reilly, Helen Field, Karla Burke, Cadhla O’Reilly, Sadhbh O’Reilly, Aoife O’Cuill and Daniella Alaoye. Congratulations to everyone who competed in Greystones and thanks to the parents who helped on the day. The various schools provincial finals were held over the weekend and a number of club athletes have qualified for the All Ireland Schools Finals in early June. Sinead Burke (Maynooth PPS) was a convincing winner in the junior walk at the Leinster Schools as was Sarah Bourke (St Wolstans) in the Inter walk. Both will go into the All Ireland with loads of confidence following their performances at Leinster. Samuel Allen (Salesian) can also be very happy with his performance in the Junior 1500m where he finished a fantastic 2nd place to qualify. Sophie Courtney (Kings Hospital) is another to make it to the All Ireland in the U16 girls mile after finishing 3rd in Santry. Aislinn Hurley (Bower Athlone) was competing in Connaught and will also compete in Tullamore on 5th June after a marvellous 2nd place in the Senior 800m. Emily Milner just missed out on the finals after finishing 3rd in the Inter 800m with only 2 to qualify for the All Ireland. Many other St Cocas athletes were in action in the Leinster finals – Niamh Field 200m, Luke Allen High Jump, Rachael Smyth 300m and 800m, Niamh Burke Long Jump, Sinead Field Long Jump, Sinead Kelly Long Jump, Daragh Fitzgibbon 3000m, Jessica McKenna 3000m, Caoimhe Whittaker 800m and Kevin Kelly Javelin.

Upcoming Events

Saturday 12th June U9-U15 Team event Greystones 11.30 Saturday/Sunday U13-U19 Championships Tullamore 10am start Saturday 10.30 start Sunday Younger athletes U9-U12 will be informed by the coaches if they are competing at Leinster Level. For Senior/Master/U13-U19 athletes please inform one of the coaches or Carmel what events you wish to be entered in. If you do not inform us you may enter on the day but YOU will have to pay DOUBLE ENTRY FEE. One Kildare fixtures for your diary Sunday 27th June Pike Bridge, Narraghmore (Crookstown Millview grounds) FINAL ROUND of Kildare Inter Club League followed by presentation of Prizes. Start time 1pm. Results – Round 2 Kildare Track and Field Championships (Sunday 16th May 2010) It was another enormously successful day for our athletes at the 2nd round of the Kildare Championship last Sunday in Naas. Numbers were down a bit due to first communions and many of our older athletes are concentrating on the schools competitions this week and were not in action but there were many outstanding performances by everyone. Luke Allen was again in brilliant form winning the U18 and senior High Jump and also the U17 100m. Andrea Bennett and Eoin Reidy also claimed their 2nd gold of the year when they stormed to victory in the U17 and U13 200m. James Behan had a marvellous throw to win the U11 Ball throw and Miracle Ladejobi impressed when winning the U13 100m. Sarah Bourke was in fine form when winning the Senior walk and her sister Karen also won the U15 walk. Jake Reidy made an impressive debut in the championships when winning the U11 200m and in the 800m races Niamh Burke won the U15 event and Sophie Courtney the U17 race. The U12 girls relay team of Tara Whittaker, Helen Field, Rachel Ladejobi and Daniella Alaoye won their race and in an exciting last event the U17 girls team of Andrea Bennett Sophie Courtney Naimh Burke and Aisling Kilduff beat off the stiff opposition of the Senior womens team – Aislinn Hurley, Rachael Smyth, Samantha Ginty and Glynnis Reidy. In the Senior events Rachael Smyth and Aislinn Hurley battled it all the way to the line in the senior 400m with Rachael getting the nod. The senior 1500m saw Glynnis Reidy finishing 2nd and 1st in her masters category. The results are as follows – Boys U10 relay 3rd – Diarmuid Smyth, Eoin Disney, Evan Jordan and Alex Ginty Girls U11 80m – 2nd Tara Whittaker, 3rd Emma Jane Ginty 600m – 3rd Soirse Gillman 3rd Boys U11 200m – 1st Jake Reidy, 3rd James Behan Ball throw – 1st James BehanGirls U12 relay 1st – Tara Whittaker, Helen Field, Daniella Alaoye and Rachael Ladejobi Boys U12 600m – 3rd Ciaran Smyth Girls U13 100m – 1st Miracle Ladejobi, 2nd Niamh Disney Shot 2nd – Niamh Disney Boys U12 200m – 1st Eoin Reidy Long Jump – 3rd Gavin Judge Girls U14 Long Jump – 3rd Laura Bennett Boys U14 relay 3rd – Eoin Reidy, Oisin Fitzgibbon, Gavin Judge and Conor O’BrienGirls U15 800m – 1st Niamh Burke Walk – 1st Karen Bourke Girls U17 200m – 1st Andrea Bennett 800m – 1st Sophie Courtney Relay 1st U17 and Senior – Aisling Kilduff, Sophie Courtney, Andrea Bennett and Niamh Burke Boys U17 100m – 1st Luke Allen 1500m – 2nd Kevin Kelly Boys U18 and Senior High Jump – 1st Luke Allen Girls U19 and Senior 400m – 1st Rachael Smyth, 2nd Ailsinn Hurley Senior 1500m – 2nd Glynnis Reidy Masters 1500m – 1st Glynnis Reidy, 2nd Lynda Gormely M2 – 2nd Annette WhittakerSenior Walk – 1st Sarah Bourke Senior Relay 2nd – Glynnis Reidy, Aislinn Hurley, Rachael Smyth and Samantha Ginty A total of 30 individual medals and 6 relay medals, 18 gold medals! Congratulation to everyone who competed over the two weekends and thanks to the parents who supported each and every athlete.


Report from Prague

The spotlight was on the coaches at the weekend, when Larry, Gerry and Tom took on a big challenge – the Prague Marathon. Preparations and long runs for the event over the last few weeks and the lads were in great form and looking forward to the event. Also running was Joseph Robinson who was part of the Irish Garda team competing in the European Police championships. It was a maiden run for Gerry over the distance, while Larry, Tom and Joe had each competed at a marathon before. Gerry and Joe headed over on Friday and the rest of the party arrived on Saturday. Thankfully the volcanic dust had headed south west and there were no last minute hitches at the Airport…even though Tom’s hand luggage looked a little bit on the big side…we made it through. First port of call in Prague airport was the ATM – Tom thought he was loaded as he headed back to us with CZK600 only to find out that he had all of €24! We purchased our 3 day travel tickets and headed off like big children into central Prague. Things were just going too well and we had the first and (thankfully) only scary moment of the weekend. After stepping from the bus as the doors were closing, Carmel realised that her handbag was still sitting on the bus! Pure panic! Money, passports and boarding cards! Larry ran after the bus down the tramline and lost sight of it as it rounded a roundabout (not the warm up that he had planned). The men wrote down the reg number….next thing across the road a red bus pulled up at the terminus…lucky for us it was our bus…what a relief! We nearly kissed the bus driver as we collected the bag feeling like bold kids!Things could only improve after that…and they did. We met Gerry at the hotel and even though he was delighted to see us the only word he could utter was “Carbonara”. Gerry needed Carbonara and lots of it so off we went in search of a restaurant he had seen. Many streets later and not having found his little Italian, we stumbled into a restaurant and had lunch. The “runners” went for a little rest as the rest of us went walking around the sights….what a beautiful city…and fabulous weather too! We all met later on for dinner and we finally found Gerrys restaurant, how could he not remember the name “Carmelita”!!!! Lots more Carbonara and pasta for the lads …it was like the last Supper! The morning of the race dawned bright, sunny and warm. A light breakfast for Gerry and Larry, Tom had the “Full Irish” or should I say “Full Czeck”. The race started at nine and our first meeting (cheering) point was the 14k mark. First to pass was Gerry waving and smiling like the Queen Bee…4 minutes later Joe loped by like a gazelle…another 2 mins before Larry ran steadily by with a wry knowing smile…long way to go!! And Tom came by, also giving the royal wave. Seamus and Anna had joined us at this stage and we moved on the 23/24 kms …. A bit of an uphill climb by the river and this time Joe was moving great at the head of a fast looking group…Gerry still looked good not too far behind…..Larry as steady as ever and Tom enjoying every moment. At 30k Larry was absolutely flying, just about a minute outside his predicted time and chasing down the Robinson boys. We looked sideways at the big screen and the winners were being presented with their medals…2hrs 5mins..a course record! The race however was only beginning for the real runners as the supporters headed to the finish. We just kept looking out into the distance to see which St Cocas singlet would appear first…….it was steady Larry, not smiling now but with steely determination who appeared first and crossed the line in 2.56. A marvellous race for him. Close on his heels came Gerry 3.10 for his first marathon a brilliant achievement too. Joe met the famous “wall” with only a couple of km to go but finished all the same in 3.30 and Tom had a little trip on the tram line but didn’t let that stop him and he made the finish in 4.27. Plenty of post mortems in the nearby Irish bar but all agreed it was a marvellous enjoyable experience. Funnily enough nobody had Carbonara that night…it was steaks all round….and a pint or two!! Where to next for our marathoners…..New York, Cyprus, Rotterdam, London, Boston all got a mention…one thing for sure we will do it again! pan>

Fees are Now Due

Training Fees are now due. It is E20 per family to cover from now to the Summer break. Please bring along to training by 15th May. Thanks

Kildare Track and Field – Round 1 – 2nd May 2010

Over 50 St Cocas athletes turned out for the first part of the County Kildare Track and Field championship on Sunday in Celbridge. After last year’s brilliant sunshine the weather was a little less kind on the day, but nevertheless the performances on the track more than made up for the lack of sunshine. There were many superb performances on the day for the club but one of the highlights was the Senior Womens 800m. Rachael Smyth, Sinead Kelly and Anna O’Cuill took to their marks. Liz Foy from Kildare A/C was the defending champion winning the title in almost all of the past 10 years, and has been one of county Kildare’s most prominent and consistent athletes on the Leinster and National circuit. However we saw a change at the top on Sunday. In a very competitive race both Rachael and Liz were neck and neck down the back straight and just rounding the corner Rachael stretched her legs and sprinted to victory. Sinead too was having a marvellous race and came in 3rd with Anna not far behind in 5th. Rachael and Sinead are both just still juvenile athletes. One of the other races of the day was the final of the boys U13 600m where Eoin Reidy stormed to victory in the closing 60m of the race. Half way through the race he was in about 7th place but worked away down the back straight and was in a position to strike for home coming into the final 100m. More gold medal performances from Aoife Rattigan who won the U9 sprint with a big smile on her face. Saoirse Gillman was the top thrower in the U11 girls Ball throw and Miracle Ledejobi U13 and Nathan Murphy U15 won the walks. Andrea Bennett came out in top in a close finish in the U17 100m and Luke Allen was an impressive winner in the U17 200m. Cormac Divilly won the U13 shot. In the middle distance events Daragh Fitzgibbon won the U17 800m and Caoimhe Whittaker won the U15 1500m. The club won a total of 32 individual medals and 16 relay medals. Aside from the medal winning performances we had a huge amount of finalists in the sprints and also some super finishes in the middle distance races. Congratulations to all who competed on Sunday and thanks to the parents and athletes who stayed until the end to give all our athletes a cheer. The 3rd round of the League takes place on Tuesday 11th May in Naas starting at 7pm and Part 2 of the Championships the following Sunday 16th also in Naas. Full results listing on the results page.

Take a JUMP!! – New Developments at our Track

Recent weeks have seen some major work taking place at our track in the Bawnogue. A new tartan strip has been added to our long-jump – compliments of the funding from the Better Ireland Award. The preparatory work was completed by Bobby, Tom, Larry and others – thanks lads!! Now we have an excellent facility for our members to practice and compete on.


The Kildare Championships will be taking place over two weekends SUNDAY 2nd May in Celbridge at 12 midday and SUNDAY 16th May in Naas at 12 midday. The schedule of events can be seen here. Please note these dates. SPRINTERS – please note that we will be working on the starting blocks on Friday nights at 7pm. Please bring your spikes along. One of our parents has very kindly offered her time and experience to assist us. The next round of the league takes place on Tuesday evening 11th May in Naas starting at 7pm. St Cocas are currently leading the league so a good turnout is needed on the 11th.

Spikes and Running Gear

If you are doing some spring cleaning and have any old spikes which you have outgrown please bring them along to the track on Wednesday or Friday next and we may be able to pass them on to some other athletes. Annette has singlets and shorts for sale also on these nights. It is important to wear the club colours at the county and Leinster events.

Weekend update

Congratulations to Samuel Allen who finished in 3rd place at the Junior Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park last Sunday. A terrific run! Well done also to Glynnis Reidy who had a marvellous run to finish the 10k event in under 47 mins. Richard Lunn also completed his first 10k race. Seamus O’Cuill took the scenic route to Narraghmore on Sunday but got there in the end! Oisin finishing 2nd in the U12 600m and Aoife 3rd in the U10 300m. Nise O’Cuill and Eric Menton also ran well but were out of the medals. Good Luck to all athletes competing in the Schools Track and Field over the coming weeks. Make sure your school has entered you for these events – ask your teacher if you are unsure of the dates/events.

All Ireland Indoor Championships – Nenagh - 10th April 2010

Elation, disappointment and heartbreak were the emotions felt by the athletes in action at the All Ireland Indoors on Saturday in Nenagh. For Karen Bourke competing in the U14 walk in her first All Ireland, she took up the race from the gun and pushed hard over the first 600m to go further in front of her rivals. She continued at this pace over the last half to claim a fantastic Gold medal. Luke Allen, another athlete to make the podium on Saturday in the U16 High Jump finishing 2nd behind his rival Conor Daly from St Abbans. Niamh Field made the final of the U19 200m by the skin of her teeth but ran one of her finest races ever to take a bronze medal. Caoimhe Whittaker U15 and Emily Milner U17 both ran in straight finals of their respective 800m, with both finishing 4th and just out of the medals. Rachael Smyth U18 and Daragh Fitzgibbon U17 both qualified from their 800m heats. Rachael’s race started fast and she found herself in 4th place after the first 200m, and was unable to make any more ground and finally finished 5th. Daragh also found himself in a very fast race with Newbridge athlete Eoin Murphy taking it up at breakneck pace. Race favourite Sean Tobin from Clonmel got into top gear and Daragh got stuck towards the end of the field and found it difficult to make his way through the field. Tobin went on to win with Murphy holding on for 3rd and Daragh a bit disappointed finished in 5th place. However his disappointment was, Sinead Burke had the heartbreak of suffering a DQ after crossing the finish line in 2nd in the U15 Walk. Herself and the Westport walker seemed to walk the perfect race and were almost neck and neck going into the last 100m. They were not given much information after the race but informed that they were both disqualified. As this is a very technical event it can be difficult to call, but on Saturday the judges seemed very inconsistent in their calls. Both girls were distraught straight after the race but will be back stronger and more determined for the outdoor championships. Another two 4th places for Nathan Murphy U14 walk and Sarah Bourke U17 walk. Earlier, Oisin Fitzgibbon ran well in the heats of the U14 800m but failed to make the final. Well done to all the athletes who gave it their best in Nenagh. For some, it was so near and yet so far Others will prefer to look ahead to the outdoor season but for Karen, Luke and Niamh it was great to see them do so well and make it to the podium…All Ireland medals don’t come easy.

Kildare Inter Club Kildare Track and Field League, Round 2

The next round of the League takes place this Sunday at 2:00 pm in Celbridge. Events are The events commence at 2pm on Sunday and we would need to be at the venue by 1.30pm at the latest. The Celbridge track is behind St Wolstan’s Post Primary School on the Clane Road. For anyone who did not compete the last day an entry fee of €5 will cover the whole competition (over four rounds). The points are very close between the clubs after the first round so it is important to get as many as possible out on Sunday.

AIB Better Ireland. We did It!! Thanks for all your votes.

Congratulations to St Cocas on winning the TOP prize in Kilcock in the AIB Better Ireland Awards. Well done to you all for casting your votes – we had almost 7,000 votes in total………….an amazing result. AIB Kilcock have invited us to receive our cheque for €5000.00 next Wednesday. Since getting the news the committee have been busy planning how we will spend the cash. First on the list is a St Cocas Club Banner. We also plan to purchase a tent which we can erect at events to keep the sun (or rain) off. And the most exciting plan is an upgrade to our Long Jump run. We will be busy over the next couple of weeks as we lay a new run with a TARTAN surface. Thanks again to you all for your support and a special thanks to AIB Kilcock for their encouragement for the club.

Weekend News – 28th March 2010

The first day of the All Ireland Indoors took place in Nenagh on Saturday and we had two athletes taking part in the 1500m events. Rachael Smyth finished 2nd in the U18 event and Emily Milner 3rd in a fast U17 race. Very well done! Both of the girls will be back in action in 2 weeks time in the 800m events along with Oisin and Daragh Fitzgibbon and Caoimhe Whittaker. Sinead Burke, Sarah and Karen Bourke and Nathan Murphy will be in action in the Walks with Niamh Field 200m and Luke Allen High Jump all competing on Saturday week. Well done to al our club athletes who competed in the Kildare Primary Schools Cross Country in Celbridge last Thursday. Oisin Fitzgibbon finished 2nd in the medium schools race and led his school Scoil ui Riada to their first team gold medals ever. His team included club runners Eoin Reidy, Gavin Judge and Conor O’Brien. Elaine Kilduff Scoil Coca Naofa ran a brillant race to finish 2rd overall and lead her school to 2nd place. Cormac Divilly was a scorer for St Josephs BNS who also finished 2nd team in the Large schools and Karen Bourke was 2nd overall in the Girls small schools.

Training over Easter

Training will continue over the Easter holidays as usual, except the Bank Holiday Monday. We will be paying special attention to our sprinters and relays over the coming weeks. For anyone over 12 it is important that you try and come training at least twice a week.

Upcoming Fixtures

The next round of the league takes place on Sunday 11th April in Celbridge at 2pm. Well done to all who competed in Newbridge last week. The club did really well and some all of our newer members made a brilliant contribution to our team scores. We do not have any points yet but expect the competition to be close. The All Ireland Indoors takes place over the weekend 27th/28th March and 10th April. Good Luck to all our athletes competing. The Kildare Senior Road Race takes place on Easter Sunday at 12midday in Kildare town. St Laurence OToole A/C open sports takes place in Carlow town on Easter Monday 5th with events for all ages up to U18 and relays. Crookstown/Millview A/C open sports takes place on Sunday 18th April at Narraghmore.

World Indoors in Doha, Quatar

Congratulations and well done to the county Kildare athletes who were in action over the weekend in Doha. David McCarthy (Le Cheile), Rose Anne Galligan (Newbridge) and Claire Brady (Celbridge) did their clubs and county proud with Claire reaching the semi final of the 60m. I’m sure they are all now looking forward to making it to Barcelona in July for the European Championships where our own David Campbell has secured his place.

Kildare Inter Club League

The first round of the Kildare Inter Club league takes place in Newbridge next Saturday at 2pm sharp. Events for U8 to U15 athletes. The cost per athlete is €5 which covers all four rounds of the competition. Each athlete will take part in two events each day with the points of all scorers making up the overall club score. There is also an individual award for the most consistant athlete in each age group. This is a fabulous event, especially for our younger athletes as it is not too competitive. Each round normally takes about 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Please try to be at the track in Newbridge by 1.30 on Saturday (the track is situated behind St Conleths VEC on the Milltown Road). We will leave the track in Kilcock at 12.45 for anyone who is unsure where to go. Please wear your St Cocas singlet and shorts for the event. We will have these for sale on Saturday before the event begins. Also please remember to bring your €5 for the competition. Details of the events for Saturday are available on our fixtures page.

Latest News – 1st March 2010

Wow………what a weekend for the club! It was hard to keep track of events today, there was so much happening! After hearing the great news of David Campbell s new PB in Sydney yesterday, today turned out to be even better. Paul Robinson was in action in Birmingham at the English AAA’s finals. After a solid race last weekend in Cardiff he was up against some of the same athletes and in particular an English athlete who had beaten him last Sunday. It was a different story today, in a very tactical 1500m Paul stormed to victory over the last 200m. The athletes covered the first 800m in a pedestrian 2.10 but it was only then that the race really started. Paul sat in just behind the leaders and the English athlete took it up and made a break for home. However Paul’s speed over the final 300m took him to victory in 3.52.

Leinster Indoors (Day 3) – Nenagh – 28th February 2010

The middle distance tradition of the club has never been higher and at the final day of the Leinsters, the club’s juvenile athletes were in superb form in the 800m finals winning three of the titles on offer. Emily Milner winning the girls U16, Daragh Fitzgibbon making light work in winning also in the boys U17 and Rachael Smyth winning the girls U17. Caoimhe Whittaker finshed 2nd in the girls U15and Oisin Fitzgibbon just pipped one of the Mullingar athletes on the finish line to get 3rd in the boys U14 race. A close call in the U16race where Sophie Courtney and Emma Ryder were in action and Sophie so unfortunate to be pipped for the bronze medal almost on the line. Emma just behind in 5th place. Kevin Kelly was in the top 10 in the boys U16 race. Not to be outdone though were thewalkers who had a 100% record coming home with 5 medals from 5 competitors. Karen Bourke, Mairead Burke and Nathan Murphy were in action for the first time at Leinster indoors in the U14 with Karen winning gold, Mairead silver and Nathan silver in the boys event. Sinead Burke followed up on her win last year with a most impressive win in the U15 race and Sarah Bourke winning her first Leinster gold at the U17 walk. In the sprints Miracle Ladejobi was the best of the U13 girls making the final and just missing out on the medals. Lucy Benndorf and Niamh Disney were also in action in that event and Daniella Alaoye U12 and Esther Alaoye U14. Tadgh Fitzgibbon was a very creditable 5th in the U12 shot and competed in the 60m also. It was a hectic weekend for the club. Congratulations and well done to all who competed. Thanks to all the parents who travelled to Nenagh and helped with the athletes.

Leinster Indoors (Day 2) – 27th February 2010

6 athletes from the club were in action in Nenagh today at the Leinster Indoors. Emily Milner scored an impressive victory in theU17 1500m race which she ran perfectly. In a slowish race she was always in control and with about 300m to go she took the lead to pull away from the field. Rachael Smyth was in action in a new event for her, the U-18 girls 300m and she ran very impressively to take the silver medal. Earlier on she also won a silver medal in the U18 1500m. There were three heats in all of the 600m races and with only the top three guaranteed to make the final all four of our 600m runners ran brilliantly to make it into the final. Oisin O Cuill, having won his U12 heat impressively ran a very gallant final and just faded in the last lap to finish 4th. Ciaran Smyth also ran well in this final. He had earlier been in action in the Long Jump but was out of the medals. Eoin Reidy also had a fabulous run in the U13 600m final making a great surge in the last lap to finish 6th. Sophie Milner had a good run in the final of the U13 girls 600m but was out of the top 3. The competition ran very efficiently and all events completed by 3.30 – a bit of a record!

New PB for David Campbell

Great news just in from Australia where David Campbell set a brilliant new PB in the 1500m of 3.39.18. He finished 7th in the Sydney track Classic. A great start of the season for David who is working his ways towards Barcelona in July for the European championships.

Paul Robinson in Action – Cardiff Indoors – 22nd February 2010

Paul Robinson was in action today in Cardiff on the Irish U20 team in his first indoor 1500m of the season. In a fast race which included senior runners, Paul finished 2nd U20 just behind an English runner in a time of 3.53. A good solid start to the year for Paul who will be in action next weekend in Birmingham at the AAA British Championships. Good news also for Paul during the week as he has been put on the Elite Sports Carding Scheme for Athletes on the Development Squad. David Campbell has retained his carding for 2010 on the International Squad.

All Ireland “B” Championships – Lough Key – February 22nd 2010

The last club cross country event of the season took place in the beautiful Lough Key Forest Park near Boyle Co Roscommon today – the All Ireland “B” championships. Events were for U11 up to U19 and St Cocas had a numbers of athletes in action. See Results page…… Well done to all the runners (and parents) who made the journey to Lough Key. It was a beautiful venue and all the finishers received an Athletics Ireland goodie bag. Next weekend it is back to Nenagh for the Leinster Indoors.

Scottish Indoors – Glasgow

Five athletes from the club travelled to Glasgow last weekend as part of a Leinster team for the Scottish Indoors. Daragh Fitzgibbonfollowed up on his impressive performance last year, with a marvellous 2nd place and a silver medal in the U17 1500m. It was a great run by Daragh who measured the race to perfection and came through in the last two laps to take the silver medal in a new PB.Luke Allen also had a great day at the event equalling his PB in the U17 High jump to finish in 5th place. Niamh Field made the final of the Junior 200m to finish 5th. Rachael Smyth and Emily Milner were entered in the U17 800m and as luck would have it they were put in the same heat. After a slowish start the pace picked up and they almost crossed the line together Rachael finishing 3rdand Emily 4th. However they just failed to make the final as the winners of the heats automatically qualified and the girls were just out of luck. It was a fantastic experience for the athletes and they have much to build on for the track season ahead. All of the athletes performed with distinction and did the club proud both on and off the track.

Leinster Indoor Championships – Day 1 – 31st January 2010

After the cold frosty weather of the past few weeks it was a pleasant change to be indoors in Nenagh at Day 1 of the Leinster Indoors. Colder inside than out, things haven’t changed much! However, we were warmed up very quickly as the underage relays got underway. See Results Page for details……… There were some very encouraging performances by everyone and a great warm up for those travelling to Scotland in 2 weeks time for the Scottish indoors. Luke, Emily, Rachael, Daragh and Niamh will have nothing to fear from the competition and will be looking to set a few PBs in the process.

St Coca’s Athletes Receive Leinster Star Awards 2009, Carlow – 16th January 2010

Two of our athletes received Leinster Star Awards at a cremony in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Saturday January 16th. Niamh Field received the Kildare Senior Award. Daragh Fitzgibbon received the Kildare Juvenile Boys Award.

Awards were decided through a process of awarding points to athletes for their results in competitions within Leinster for 2009.


Apart from being a great honour for the two named athletes, this is a tribute to the work of our club’s coaches, committee and back-room support. A great contingent from the club travelled to the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow, to support the award winners and to celebrate. The event began with a dinner, for which each County/Club had separate tables – The St Coca’s table was the largest, and some might say the most stylish!! With the fair sex being in the majority and with not a tracksuit in site, one might be forgiven for thinking that we were at a Hollywood Awards Ceremony!! Next, the STAR awards were given out to atheletes, with the reading out of short biographical notes written by the young people. Long service awards were also given to various volunteers who have committed time and energy to the development of juvenille atheltics within Leinster – a reminder that the sport relies on the voluntary effort of so many people. A disco followed, with an opportunity for all to ‘strut their stuff’ and show off moves which might draw comment if seen on a running track! Great fun was had by all, with St Coca’s attendees leading the way on the dancefloor and showing the stamina that hours of training bring. This was a great night of celebration for the club. Hopefully we will find ourselves back at these awards again next year.

Happy New Year

We wish all our members and families a happy and healthy New Year.

Holiday Training

Due to current weather conditions training will take place on Monday and Wednesday at 3pm at the track (weather permitting). It is hoped that we can resume normal training by Friday night. Please note that for many of our athletes the first event of the new year will be the Leinster Indoors on Sunday 31st January in Nenagh. The inter club relays will take place on that day for all age groups.

“Little Athletics”

“Little Athletics” which was due to start back on Monday also has been put back for a week and will start on Monday 18th in Scoil ui Riada (opposite the track) at 7pm for all our younger members. Information at 0861650971.

Registration and training fees

Registration and training fees are now due for 2010. Thanks to everyone who has paid already. We will collect any outstanding membership in the first week in January.

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