Kildare Senior Cross Country - 18th December
Some fine running by both men's and women's teams at today's Kildare cross country in nearby Celbridge.
Rachael Smyth was an impressive winner of the women's race taking it out hard from the start. Host club Celbridge had strength in numbers and retained the team title. Our woman were not far off the title with Lynda Gormley 7th having a fantastic run. Annette Whittaker not far behind and Niamh Cleary, Joan McGillicuddy and Grainne Butler made up the silver medal winning team.
The mens race had a very big field with Celbridge fielding 4 teams. Immediately after the start four runners broke clear of the main field. Kevin Kelly among the four. As they started into the 3rd lap two of the Celbridge men got clear of Kevin. It remained the same to the finish with Kevin winning an individual bronze. Celbridge were clear winners of the club title with their four scorers on the top 8. Further back a real battle for silver and bronze. Rory Mooney having a tremendous run to finish 7th. John O'Boyle,Niall Byrne, Mark Leonard, Aidan Kelly, Darren Maher, Gareth Daly and Aidan Maher all running well the team came a very close 4th, one point off 3rd and 6 points off 2nd. So close!
Well done to all who competed and to the travelling support who gave plenty of encouragement along the way.
All Ireland Cross Country - 11th December & 27th November 2016
Another great day of cross country in Dundalk IT for the uneven ages All-Ireland X-country. Our first involvement was the boys U11. The boys ran well together on the Kildare team, with Conor Murphy and Joseph Richards both finishing in the 60's and Daniel Geraghty finishing a few places behind in a field of 175.
Next up were the girls U15 of Maud O'Shea, Kirsten Monaghan Leah Murray, Orla Reidy, Ciara Gormley & Aoife Rattigan, with Orla & Ciara moving up an age group to make the team. Orla and Kirsten ran fantastic together stride for stride pushing each other along, Orla eventually finished in 27, Kirsten in 36. Next home was Aoife with Maud & Ciara finishing side by side brought home by Leah. In a field of over 120, the girls were a fantastic 9th team in Ireland.
Next up was Oisin Farrell who was running out of his age to make the Kildare team and finished 89th out of 140.
Our last runner was Eoin Reidy in the boys U19 race. After a steady start, Eoin came from the back of the pack after the first 2k lap to work his way back into contention. At the 4K mark he was in 34th and with a strong last 2k lap finished in 23rd & the 5th Leinster runner to pick up a silver national medal for the province.
Congratulations to each and every one of you.
Our u14 boys team who competed so strongly at the all-Ireland X-country race and finished 8th team overall. Led home by Oisin Farrell, Eoin Richards, Thomas Richards and Tadgh McCauley. A team for the future!
All Ireland Schools Senior Multi Event - 12th November
Great news from Athlone where Eva McPartlan has set 2 new PB's in the HJ and shot, while winning the LJ and finishing 2nd in the hurdles and 800m has won silver in the schools senior multi-event All-Ireland.
Leinster Cross Country - 29th October and 13th November 2016
Our juvenile athletes were back in Tyrrellspass again today for the Leinster uneven age cross country. Conditions were good again though the course was a bit heavier underfoot which make the going a bit tougher.
We had three athletes in the open u9 race preceding the main programme. Erin Murray and Roisin Beggan came 5th and 7th respectively and Gearoid McCauley also ran well in the boys race.
There were almost 150 runners in the first two official races and both our teams performed well. The girls u11 Aoishe Gormley was our first runner home in 49th place. Aoife Carroll 68th, Georgia Nolan 77th, Hannah O'Rorke 97th, Tayo Akintayo 102nd, Amelia McCarthy 108th and Rionnach Lennon 122nd the team came 11th out of 19 teams.
The boys were led home by Conor Murphy 26th in his first Leinster cross country. Joseph Richards 52nd, Daniel Geraghty 56th, Daire McNickle 70th, Sean Walsh 87th and Cillian McCauley 102nd the team came 7th out of 17 teams. Conor Murphy won a bronze medal on the scoring Kildare team and Joseph and Daniel have qualified for the all Ireland on the county team also.
Great performances by both these teams. Many of them running at Leinster level for the first time.
At u13 level we had just one athlete in the girls race. Aoife McNerney finished 79th and Kildare county were out of the medals.
Tadgh McCauley had another fine run in the boys u13 race finishing 26th. Thomas Richards 47th, Conan Lennon 49th and Conor Rattigan 97th the team came 11th.
A brilliant run by Orla Reidy to lead the u15 girls to bronze medals and qualification to the all Ireland. She came 13th, Kirsten Monaghan 22nd, Aoife Rattigan 48th, Maud O'Shea 72nd, Ciara Gormley 78th and Lea Murray 92nd.
Oisin Farrell running in the boys u15 finished 25th and scored on the Kildare bronze medal team. Eoin Richards 68th and Eoin O'Toole 74th also running well in this age group.
Aine Burke was our sole representative in the u17 girls but had a good run to finish 22nd and qualify to all Ireland on the Kildare bronze medal team. In the boys u17 another strong run by Shane McNerney in 33rd place. Unfortunately Kildare county did not field a full team of 6 so the team did not score.
Our last runner of the day was Eoin Reidy who put in an enormous last lap to make the top 10 and qualify for All Ireland in the u19 race.
Great work by everyone today and support around the field for all the athletes makes such a difference. Quite a good number of athletes will compete at the all Ireland level in 2 or 4 weeks time.
The remembrance run took place today in the Phoenix park in Dublin. A mass participation event where many people run in memory of a loved one who has passed away. The women's race was led home by our own Rachael Smyth. Well done Rachael.
Finally in Burgos, northern Spain. Kevin Kelly was up among some of the world elite athletes in an international cross country race. He finished the 9k race in 28.42 and was mid way up the pack. 16 of the top 20 runners were African. Good experience at his level.
A great start to the weekend today in Tyrrellspass for the even age Leinster cross country. For the first time in a number of years one of our club teams made the podium where our u14 boys won silver medals.
Oisin Farrell running his first Leinster race was among the top 12 for all the race and finished strongly in 11th to make the Leinster team for the all Ireland. Behind him the lads were having the race of their lives with Eoin Richards 14th, Thomas Richards 33rd and Tadhg McCauley 45th they claimed silver club medals.
The day started with two u10 non championship races. Robert Lynch and Finn Dowling were in the top 15 of the boys race.The main action started with u12 girls. In a field of 130 runners our team of Ava Geoghegan, Aoishe Gormley, Aoife McNerney, Hannah O'Rorke, Georgia Nolan and Rionnach Lennon finished 8th from 15 teams. U12 boys next and Conan Lennon ran a great race to finish 19th. Joseph Richards also competing for the county team which finished 4th to qualify for the all Ireland.
Orla Reidy also finished 19th in u14 girls. Both Doireann Killeen and Ciara Gormley were mid pack in this race and Kildare co team came 5th.
The girls u16 team a bit unlucky to miss automatic qualification to the all Ireland finishing 5th after Aoife O'Cuill 14th, Kirsten Monaghan 15th, Maud OShea 39th and Lea Murray 49th. However they picked up county bronze medals and will go forward.
Shane McNerney was first home for the club in the u16 race finishing 37th. He also will go onto the all Ireland as the county team came 3rd. Eoin O'Toole and Jamie Campbell also running on this team.
In the boys u18 Oisin O'Cuill was running well but went over on his ankle in the 2nd lap.
In the last race of the day Eoin Reidy came a very strong 24th in the novice men on a field of over 150 runners.
Great running by all and as usual tremendous support all round the course for the teams. Well done to all. The next round of Leinster will also take place in Tyrrellspass in two weeks time.
Dublin City Marathon - 30th October 2016
On Sunday, 35 of our adults participated in the Dublin City Marathon, some looking for PB's others for the first time. Congratulations to all 35 who got around safe and sound. For those of you who have come from the fit4life and completing the marathon, we salute you! Starting on a couch-to-5k program and finishing a 42k is a fantastic achievement!
The class of 2016
Bryan O'Connor finish time 3.43.56 chip.2.43.54
Martin Baten 2.53.52 2.53.33
Conor Devaney 3.10.29 3.09.53
Mark Leonard 3.13.43 3.13.07
Darren Maher 3.19.54 3.19.18
Gareth Daly 3.20.18 3.19.41
John Murray 3.21.01 3.22.09
Michael McGrath 3.24.33 3.24.16
Olivia Bermingham 3.30.42 3.28.00
Marianne Maguire 3.31.10 3.28.29
Annette Whittaker 3.33.46 3.33.44
Larry Kelly 3.50.35 3.50.19
Jimmy Smyth 3.51.30 3.50.47
Dick O''Keeffe 4.01.43 4.00.43
Anne-Marie O'Brien 4.04.48 4.00.41
Barry Twohig 4.06.13 4.05.12
Emma Jane Snee 4.07.05 4.10.02
Marie Baten 4.16.02 4.15.59
Fiona King 4.17.06 4.15.57
Mick Burke 4.18.33 4.15.49
Brendan Nurney 4.21.21 4.20.21
Noel Davies 4.25.04 4.23.34
Teresa Murray 4.27.28 4.27.25
Aisling Donoghue 4.27.23 4.27.20
Teresa Hannon 4.27.56 4.27.57
Brenda Kelly 4.39.52 4.31.51
Caitriona Slaughter 4.43.17 4.43.14
David Murphy 4.46.29 4.40.09
Catherine Leonard 4.51.09 4.48.03
Leonie Foran 5.19.00 5.16.44
Michael Reidy 5.19.03 5.16.47
Sharon Maher 5.49.15 5.38.53
Aidan Maher 5.49.16 5.38.54
Brendan Nurney 4.21.21 4.20.21
The crew were fundraising for St Gabriel's ward, Temple St hospital and to date have raised close to €9,000
Kildare Cross Country - Round 2 - 9th October 2016
Teams were the name of the game at round 2 of the Kildare cross country today in Suncroft. Another mild autumn day which saw huge numbers compete again.
The girls u9 got the show off the road with a winning team performance. Led home by Elaina O'Malley 7th, Roisin Beggan 8th, Eirn Murray 9th and Lucy O'Rorke 11th - team running at its best. Also on this team were Lauren Nolan 24th, Amelie Metcalfe 28th, Aoibhin Beggan 40th, Isobel Walsh and Aine McCauley.
Boys u9 won bronze team medals with some gritty running from the lads. Cormac Murray 11th, Hugh Dowling 16th, Gearoid McCauley 22nd, Robert Murphy 25th, Sean Miley 41st, Ronan Millar 46th and Ryan Dalton 48th.
Girls u11 got a bad start and had to work hard to move up the field. Aoishe Gormley finished 7th, Aoife Carroll 18th, Hannah O'Rorke 19th, Georgia Nolan 24th, Rionach Lennon 36th, Amelia McCarthy 40th and Grace Maher 48th, the team won bronze medals.
A strong performance by the boys u11 also with silver team medals. After his great win last week Robert Lynch took individual bronze. The lads packed well behind him. Joseph Richards 8th, Conor Murphy 12th, Finn Dowling 13th, Sean Walsh 15th, Daire McNickle 16th, Daniel Geraghty 24th, Cillian McCauley 32nd, Sean Kelly 43rd, Oisin Miley 44th and Conor McNerney 47th. Great club support from these lads.
The girls u13 were unfortunate not to have a full team but all three girls ran great with Aoife McNerney 5th, Eva Geoghegan 20th and Kate Carroll 46th.
There was a tremendous tussle between Naas and ourselves in both individual and team race in the u13 boys. Tadgh McCauley made a last gasp effort to outsprint club mate Thomas Richards for the bronze. Conan Lennon 6th and Conor Rattigan 21st the team won silver.
More great team running in girls u15. Orla Reidy and Kirsten Monaghan winning individual silver and bronze. Aoife Rattigan hot on their heels in 6th, Ciara Gormley 16th, Maud O'Shea 17th and Lea Murray 21st, team gold and a team which should do well at Leinster.
Another exceptional run by new club member Oisin Farrell who showed no respect to seasoned cross country runners and won individual silver in boys u15. Team silver for this team also Eoin Richards 7th, Conor Crowell 9th and Eoin O'Toole 13th. Great team running by these lads who had to dig deep today.
Final race for us today and probably the run of the day as far as St Cocas were concerned. Shane McNerney was our sole representative in the u17 and he always kept in contention over the tough 4k race picking off athletes on each lap. In the last lap he had made his way up to silver as he sprinted to the finish to the cheers of the remaining club members. A great run.
Today was team running at its best and great to see the support from all the runners.
Leinster cross country is next up in 3 weeks time for u12/14/16 and 18.
Well done all today. Training continues tomorrow as usual.
Kildare Cross Country - Round 1 - 2nd October 2016
Sunshine and cross country don't normally go together but at todays first round of the Kildare championships we were treated to a warm autumn day in Suncroft.
A slightly new course which went down well with the athletes and superb running by all our athletes.
Girls u10 where almost all of the team are still u9 were up first. Almost 80 runners and first home Elaina O'Malley 11th, Lucy O'Rorke 16th, Roisin Beggan 26th, Ella Thompson 40th, Aoife Carey 69th and Emily Byrne 72nd. The team just outside the medals but all happy with their great runs.
Boys u10 was a teriffic tactical race. Finn Dowling raced into the lead and made all the running early on. Robert Lynch tucked in about 9th and made a move about half way passing everyone including Finn to take the gold. Finn was 3rd coming into the finish run in and got a 2nd wind to take the silver. Daniel Geraghty 9th, Robert Murphy 33rd and Sean Miley 44th. The team took silver medals.
U12 girls and more big numbers. Aoife McNerney a terrific run to take bronze. Solid running behind by Aoife Carroll 15th, Rionach Lennon 21st, Georgia Nolan 34th, Aoife Carey 35th, Orla Flynn 41st and Kate Carroll 45th and Hannah O'Rorke saw the team win a well deserved bronze medal. Most of this team are also out of age and also missing one or two today.
U12 boys and agonisingly the team missed out by 3 points for bronze. Conan Lennon a great run to finish 4th, Joseph Richards 14th, Conor Murphy 17th, Daire McNickle 23rd, Cillian McCauley 28th and Oisin Miley 54th.
U14 girls was won by a Crookstown Millview athlete in a very impressive run. Orla Reidy was a good 2nd, Doireann Killeen 8th, Ciara Gormley 10th and Lea Groom just missed on the gold team medals.
Another intriguing race in boys u14 saw Eoin Richards just miss on the individual gold to a fast finishing Naas athlete. His brother Thomas was 4th, Tadgh McCauley 5th and unfortunately missing on a vital 4th scorer to complete the team.
Aoife O'Cuill ran a strong mature race to claim the u16 title but it wasn't easy. She was tracked all the way by a Naas athlete but her strength won out in the end. Kirsten Monaghan 4th, Aoife Rattigan 6th and Maud O'Shea 8th. Unfortunately only 3 required to score so silver team medals for the girls but all 4 will be needed for Leinster.
We had only two athletes in the boys u16 where both Shane McNerney 4th and Eoin O'Toole both ran well.
Last races of the day saw Oisin O'Cuill take the u18 title. In the novice and masters races Lynda Gormley was most impressive in winning the masters title. Arlene O'Malley had a solid run in the novice. Mens race and Micheal Bailey running his first cross country ran well and Larry Kelly winning his category in masters men.
Great days work by everyone and shows how well everyone is training. Also highlights how important every single member of the teams are.
Its back to Suncroft again next Sunday with a 12 midday start.
Fifth Avenue Mile - 3rd September 2016
Fifth avenue mile. Kevin and Laura Kelly. Brilliant run by Kevin 4.10. Doing his club and country proud in New York this morning. Kevin also had a great run in the Percy Sutton 5k in Harlem on August 27th where he placed 5th place in a field of over 4000 runners in a new PB of 15.07. Well done Kevin.
Quinlan Cup Half Marathon Tullamore - August 27th 2016
Our adult athletes travelled to Tullamore today for the annual Quinlan Cup Half Marathon. Fantastic results all round where the men's team of 4 finished 3rd club. Rory Mooney, Rob O'Brien, Aidan Kelly, Dave Murray.
Not to be outdone, our ladies team also finished 3rd. Annette Whittaker, Olivia Bermingham Teresa Hannon, Anne-Marie McEnroe. Double delight for Annette who finished 2nd in her category!
Great running also by Emma-Jane Snee, Barry Twohig, Brendan Nurney, Dick O'Keeffe & Catriona Slaughter.
Well done everyone
Weekend News - 21st August 2016
National masters in Tullamore on Sunday and St Cocas well represented. The evergreen Bobby King winning gold in the 1500m and bronze in the 3k. Deirdre O'Reilly also winning gold in the 200m. Glynnis Reidy silver in the 800m and Larry Kelly 6th in a very fast 1500m. Well done to all our athletes on some terrific performances. Thanks to the supporters who travelled to support also.
National community games finals in Athlone also this weekend. Orla Reidy called in at the 11th hour as a replacement in the 800m. On a down wet day on Saturday she qualified easily for the final on Sunday where she finished 9th. Two of our younger athletes also competed on Saturday. Aoife Carroll (representing Meath) narrowly missed on qualification in the u10 hurdles and Elaina O'Malley u8 both ran well on a day more akin to cross country.
Well done to all who partook in the trail kids experience on Saturday. A fantastic day for all. Thanks to the organisers at trailkids.ie for the day. Great to see the participation of many parents who got down and dirty with the kids. Certainly an experience to be repeated.
Training for juveniles continues this week on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the track.
Regular training for juveniles will resume on Monday 29th August. Little athletics resumes on Monday 5th September.
National League Final Tullamore - 7th August 2016
Fantastic performance by Kildare county women's team who won bronze medals at the national league final in Tullamore. St Cocas represented by Nicole O'Malley in the 800m and Rachael Smyth who scored top points in the 1500m.
Eoin Reidy was a member of the men's team who came 8th.
Morton Mile Santry - 22nd July 2016
A fantastic return to form tonight from Paul Robinson at the Morton mile in Santry. Another sub 4 mile in a top class race where 11 men broke the magic 4 minute mark. Pictured below just after the race with some of his club fans. A total role model to the younger members of the club.
Morton Games Santry - 22nd July 2016
Great evening in the Morton games. Our juvenile athletes took part in the 16x100m relay, holding their own finishing in 4th. A fantastic opportunity to run amongst the elites.
National League Round 2 Cork - 17th July 2016
Results from a gloriously warm Cork in round 2 of the National league. Rachael Smyth produced a great finishing kick to win her 1500m. Nicole O'Malley ran very well to finish 3rd in her 3k. Eoin had a tough task to run 1500 first where he finished 5th and 45 minutes later started the 3k S/C where he then finished 3rd.
Well done to all Kildare athletes.
All Ireland Track and Field Tullamore - 10th July
Congratulations to Eoin Reidy finishing 3rd in the U19, 3k steeplechase. Earlier in the day, Kirsten Monaghan jumped well in the girls U15 high jump, just missing out on a medal.
A fantastic achievement to both athletes to represent the club on the all-Ireland stage.
Kildare Juvenile League - posted 5th July
Congratulations to all club members who took part in the juvenile league. St Cocas finished 3rd place overall. 4 individual club winners....Hugh Jennings u8, Hugh Dowling u9, Robert Lynch u10 and Lea Murray u15. A fantastic result. Well done to everyone. Awards will be presented when training resumes.
All Ireland Juvenile Pairs, Junior and U23 - 2nd & 3rd July 2016
It's a big weekend for some of our younger members. The all Ireland pairs on Sunday in Tullamore. We have three pairs competing. Best of luck to all three, Roisin and Eirn, Feilim and Finn and Aoishe and Claire. Its a great achievement to have reached this level so enjoy the experience. And you also get the chance to make lots of new friends.
Good luck also to our junior and u23 athletes tomorrow also in Tullamore. Eoin, Claire and Kevin.
Fantastic news from Tullamore. Silver medals for u10 boys Feilim Dikcius and Finn Dowling. Well done boys. Earlier Roisin Beggan and Erin Murray came 7th in the u9 long jump. Awaiting news from the turbo javelin.
GloHealth National Track and Field Championships - 26th June 2016
St Cocas had two athletes competing at this weekends senior championships in Morton stadium in Santry. Yesterday Claire Kennedy competed at the senior walk. Not long after her leaving cert she put in a good performance as she prepares for national junior next weekend. Kevin Kelly was in action in the 1500m and won his heat yesterday to qualify for his first national senior final. The race started at a slow pace and Kevin was among the leading group for almost 800m. A small increase in pace saw him drift to the back of this group still well in contention. As the race got to the bell Kevin got a bit detached from the main group and had to dig deep to get back in touch. However a terrific last 200m saw him pass about 6 athletes to finish 7th place overall. Good performances by both Claire and Kevin. Well done.
St Coca's 5K -24th June
Here's a selection of photos from the presentations following our successful 5k road race.
Once again, thank you to everyone who turned up on the night, and fill in your diary for the last Friday in June 2017!
Leinster Track and Field U14 to U18 Tullamore -19th June 2016
Leinster track and field u14 to u18 in Tullamore and weather couldn't have been more different from yesterday to today. A fine run by Eoin Reidy in the u19 800m saw him take the gold medal yesterday. He followed it up with a championship best time in the 3k s/c today to claim his 2nd gold of the weekend. Oisin O'Cuill had a fine run in the u18 1500m to take a silver medal and his sister Aoife took bronze in the u16 3k. Orla Reidy and Kirsten Monaghan came 4th yesterday in the 1500m and qualified for the all Ireland. Kirsten Monaghan competed in the u15 high jump today in very wet conditions winning a bronze medal. Maud O'Shea finished in the top 8 in the 1500m and 800m and Aoife Rattigan 5th in the 800m. Jake Reidy also competing yesterday came 5th in the high jump. Well done to all.
Last night at the Dunshaughlin 10k Larry Kelly, Johnny Murray, Aidan Maher and Olivia Bermingham all competed in a top class field.
Kevin Kelly was running in Nivelles in Belgium won the 'B' 1500m.
Dunshaughlin 10K -18th June 2016
A busy day all round for St Coca athletes. Dunshauglin 10k this evening where Olivia Berminghan, Larry Kelly, Aidan Maher & John Murray all ran superbly.
Leinster U14-U19 Track and Field Championships - 18th June 2016
Eoin Reidy winning the Leinster 800m u19 today in Tullamore and in the following race his sister Orla finished 4th in the u14, 1500m.
Orla, Kirsten, Maud & Rebecca, all enjoying the sunshine in Tullamore competing in Day one of the Leinster u14-u19 championships.
Races coming thick and fast here in Tullamore where in the u15, 1500 Kirsten Monaghan was just beaten into 4th and Maud O'Shea in 7th.
Trim AC Braveheart 5K - 10th June 2016
Trim AC Braveheart 5k took place Friday 10th at the fantastic settings of Porchfield over looking Trim Castle. Larry Kelly (18:36) led home the Cocas representation. John Murrary (20:11), Brendan Broderick (21:30) Lynda Gormley (22:24) & Lorna Cullen (24:20) took part on a mostly off road course. Well done. Apologies if we missed anyone. Photo Credit to Paul Hegarthy Trim AC
National Track and Field League Athlone - 12th June 2016
Congratulations to Sinead Kelly, Eoin Reidy and Kevin Kelly who completed for Kildare county in the national track and field league in Athlone today. Both men and women competing in premier division scored over 100 points. Full results not available but it looks like the women will head the premier and the men in 2nd or 3rd place going into round 2 in mid July.
Leinster U9-U15 Team Event and Leinster Pairs Tullamore - 6th & 11th June 2016
Seven teams of juveniles travelled to Tullamore today to take part in the Leinster team event. Thankfully the heavy rain held off and all of the teams performed excellently picking up a silver and bronze team medals and a very close 4th.
The girls u9 were represented by Lucy O'Rorke, Roisin Beggan, Eirn Murray and Isobel Walsh. They combined well to take bronze medals. We also had a boys u9 team of Cormac Murray, Hugh Dowling, Hugh Jennings and Sean Miley. Also performing well they finished 6th overall.
The u10 boys are very strong and after a massive leap by Feilim Dikcius in the long jump and some superb 500m running by Finn Dowling and Robert Lynch they combined with Sam Lark to take overall silver medals.
U10 girls was one of the more competitive age groups and our team finished 7th of 12 teams. Ciara Flaherty, Eva O'Leary, Ella Thompson, Eimear Behan and Vanessa Bourke all did brilliantly in their first Leinster event.
U11 boys also competed well coming 7th overall. Sean Kelly, Sean Walsh, Cillian McCauley and Gavin Kenny all doing great.
The u11 girls were probably the most unlucky team of the day finishing on the same points as the 3rd place team but were awarded 4th as they had finished behind the other team in the relay. A couple of exceptional individual performances especially by Claire Kelly and Aoishe Gormally in the turbo javelin and with Hannah O'Rorke and Aoife Carroll they gave it their all in the biggest age group of the day - 14 teams.
U15 girls also unlucky enough. They finished 5th but very close to 3rd overall. Aoife Rattigan, Orla Reidy, Maud O'Shea and Kirsten Monaghan members of this team.
A total of 29 athletes competed for the club today and they were a credit to the club. They cheered everyone else on and were very well behaved all day. Well done. Great to see our younger athletes performing so well at Leinster level.
Leinster medals for girls u8 Roisin Beggan and Lucy O'Rorke (silver in long jump), u10 boys Feilim Dikcius and Finn Dowling (gold in long jump) and u11 girls Aoishe Gormley and Claire Kelly (bronze in turbo javelin). Great performances.
Leinster Masters Tullamore - 5th June 2016
Medals Galore from our contingent competing in the Leinster masters in Tullamore. Larry Kelly winning the 1500m, Deirdre O'Reilly winning gold in the 400, silver in the 200. Glynnis Reidy winning silver in the 800, Michael Reidy, silver in the 110m hurdles. Hugh Jennings winning bronze in the Javelin. Well done everyone.
Leinster Inter-Club Relays Greystones - 21st May 2016
Well done to the St. Coca's athletes competing in the Leinster Inter-club Relays today at Greystones.
Na Fianna Bob Heffernan 5K Johnstownbridge - 17th May 2016
Great gang in Johnstownbridge tonight
26 club runners tonight for the NaFianna 5k. Terrific showing by you all. Plenty of PB's all round. Well done all!
Kildare Senior Track and Field - 15th May
All the Kildare action took place in Leixlip today where the u15 and u16 programme along with the senior championships were held. In the girls u15 800m four St Cocas athletes were competing with a strong showing for the club. Aoife Rattigan 2nd, Kirsten Monaghan 3rd and Maud O'Shea 4th. Lea Murray also competed in this age group where she reached the 100m final. Shane mcNerney came 4th in the u16 800m. In the senior events we scored a double in the 800m with Rachael Smyth posting a new PB to win in 2.11 and Kevin Kelly winning the men's event. Oisin O'Cuill came 3rd in the 3k and Jake Reidy competed in the senior high jump. In the last event of the day the senior men's relay there was a lot of pride at stake with 5 strong men's teams. Eoin Reidy got the lads off to a great start with an impressive 400m, he handed over to Michael Malone who maintained a 10m lead. The youngest member of the team Jake Reidy took over for the next 200m and handed over to Kevin Kelly for the gruelling 800m leg. We were just ahead of Naas at the handover and a smart run by Kevin saw them take the title from Naas with the fast finishing Kildare lads close behind.
It was great to see a large number of young teams in the relay. Well done to the lads and their smiling coaches (Dads).
Leinster Schools - 11th May 2016
Well done to all our athletes who competed in day 1 of the Leinster schools today. It's a very high standard and you should all be very proud. Kirsten Monaghan & Rebecca Travers who finished 3rd in the high jump, Kirsten & Maud O'Shea in the girls 800, Orla Reidy in the 1100, Aoife O'Cuill in the 1500 and Eoin Reidy who won the senior boys 2000m steeplechase and will represent Maynooth PP in the all-Ireland's while Rebecca will represent Newbridge.
Day 2 is on Saturday and we wish everyone the best of luck again.
Many thanks to Brendan Broderick for the photos.
Kildare Juvenile Track and Field Day 2 Celbridge - 8th May
Another great turnout of St Cocas athletes for round 2 of the Kildare track and field championships.
Again many fine performances by our athletes winning 13 medals.
U9 girls and Roisin Beggan and Lucy O'Rourke made the final of the 100m. Lauren Nolan and Eirn Murray also competing.
Another large group of club athletes competing in the u10 100m Vanessa Bourke, Anna Carey, Eimear Behan, Emily Byrne, Ciara Flaherty and Ella Thompson. This is a very competitive age group. All of the girls ran great and later on combined for a very exciting relay. We had two teams one finishing a very close 4th and the other 6th. Excellent running by all.
U9 and 10 boys Cormac Murray, Hugh Dowling and Sean Miley competing u9 and Finn Dowling, Daniel Geraghty and Sam Lark u10 with Finn winning a bronze. We also fielded 2 relay teams u10 with the u10 boys winning and the u9 4th. Feilim Dikcius and Robert Lynch on the winning team with Finn and Daniel. Well done boys.
Lots more girls u11 and 12 where the 200m were on the programme. A gruelling 3 races for many of these girls with Aoishe Gormely, Georgia Nolan and Claire Kelly making the final and Claire winning a bronze. Grace Maher, Hannah O'Rourke and Aoife Carroll also competing in this very competitive age group. Aoishe Gormely won a bronze in the turbo javelin.
U12 Ava Geoghegan and Orla Flynn also making the 200m final and Ava winning bronze. Eve Morley, Aoife Carey, Kate Carroll and niamh Flynn also competing. Ava Geoghegan had a great day all round winning another bronze in the long jump and lining up in a very exciting relay final later on. We fielded 2 teams again the the u12 event and after the heats both teams made the final and again a sliver medal for the u12 team and the u11 just narrowly missing the bronze.
U11 boys saw Daire McNickle, Conor Murphy, Sean Kelly and Cillian McCauley competing with Daire winning a great silver in the 600m and Conor in 6th place.
U13 boys 600m and a fine run by Tadgh McCauley saw him just edged out of the bronze medal. Pearse O'Reilly won his sprint heat easily and looked good for the final. A great run saw him win the silver medal. Mark Flaherty and Adam Walsh also ran well in this event.
U14 girls and two more silver medals. Orla Reidy in the 800m and Rebecca Travers in the long jump. Great performances also by Doireann Killeen, Lea Groome and Ciara Gormely who came a close 4th in the 800m. Adam Bourke and Conor Crowell both competed u14 also and again another very close and exciting relay where the lads just missed out again in 4th place. Conor Dikcius also running a great leg of the relay.
Again the numbers were declining in the older age groups but he competition was good and Aine Burke won a bronze in the u17 800m and Eoin Reidy 1st and Michael Malone 2nd in the junior 1500m.
Congratulations to all our runners. Great performances all round. It's fantastic to see the numbers out for competition. Thanks to all the parents who helped out on Sunday with the relay teams. Plenty more competition to go with the Kildare league and Leinster competitions over the coming weeks.
Adult News - Posted 4th May 2016
It was also a busy weekend for our adults with events from Limerick to Greystones to Gowran and closer by in Castletown at the weekly park run.
Kevin Kelly and Eoin Reidy travelled to Greystones to the first of the Irish Milers track events of the year. Both recording new PB's over 800m Kevin 2nd in the 'A' race and Eoin winning the 'B' race.
A podium position for Rory Mooney in the Limerick marathon on Sunday where he posted a time of 2.41. Gareth Daly in his first marathon ran 3.25 and Mark Leonard 'fresh' from his Manchester exploits ran 3.32. Catherine Leonard in her first marathon finished 4.22.
At the Leinster road championship on Monday in Gowran, Co Kilkenny Niall Byrne completed in the masters race scoring on the Kildare team that won bronze medals. Colin O'Neill ran in the novice race but unfortunately there was no team.
At the Castletown parkrun Conor Devaney, Dee O'Neill, Leonie Foran, Grainne butler and Sarah Devaney were all running.
And finally Claire Tarplee continues her competitions stateside running 4.17 for 1500m at a top class meet in California where a number of competitors got qualifying standards for Rio.
Limerick Marathon - 1st May 2016
Great news coming in from Limerick where Rory Mooney ran a great marathon finishing in 3rd position overall. Mark Leonard and Gareth Daly ran side by side finishing in a super time of 3:31 and our sole female representative Catherine Leonard completed her first marathon.
Kildare Juvenile Track and Field Day 1 - 1st May 2016
The first round of the Kildare championships took place in nearby Leixlip hosted by Le Cheile athletic club on Sunday last. Almost 50 St Cocas athletes taking part with 16 medals won. A mixture of sprints and middle distance races on the programme along with the usual field events. First up were the 200m heats with Conor Rattigan, Adam Walsh and Pearse O'Reilly in action. Conor and Pearse making the final. In a very close race Pearse just missed out on bronze. In boys u14 Conor Dikcius also narrowly missing out on bronze in a tight finish. Conor Crowell and Mark Flaherty also competing in this event. In the girls 200s Maud O'Shea, Lea Murray, Rachael McEnroe and Aoife Rattigan all completing u15 with Aoife and Maud making the final.
Back down to the sprints and we had multiple athletes in action in all the lower age groups. U9 girls Roisin Beggan, Isobel Walsh, Erin Murray, Eleana O'Malley, Erin Murray and Lauren Nolan all completing and three of the girls making it through heats and semis. Eleana O'Malley another 4th place finish with Roisin not far behind and Eirn also making the final. Boys u9 Hugh Dowling and Cormac Murray both made the final while Sean Miley picked up a bronze in the turbo javelin.
U10 girls and boys had very big fields. Feilim Dikcius came out top of the boys to win the gold medal. Robert Lynch another 4th place, and Finn Dowling making the final with Daniel Geraghty just missing out in very strong age group. Feilim claimed his 2nd gold of the day in the long jump. Ciara Flaherty another to just miss out in the girls u10 final having earlier won a bronze in the turbo javelin. Vanessa Bourke, Eimear Behan and Emily Byrne all competing in this age group.
The u11 girls is another tough age group however Claire Kelly claimed a silver medal in the sprint final, Aoishe Gormley narrowly another 4th place and Georgia Nolan also making the final. Kate Carroll, Grace Maher and Naoishe Allen all making the semis. In the first of the 600m Aoishe Gormely won the bronze having also won a bronze in the long jump. Daire McNickle kept the 4th places going with 4th in the 200m final. Conor Murphy made the semi final. Sean Kelly and Oisin Miley completed in the turbo javelin just missing out on medals.
The u12 girls Orla Flynn and Ava Geoghegan made the final of the sprint with Ava 4th and Orla 5th, Aoife Carroll and Niamh Flynn also competing. The 600m proved to be one of the races of the day. Ava Geoghegan was placed about 10th at the halfway stage and with an unbelievable kick passed everyone out as she blazed her way to the gold medal. It was an impressive run especially as she had minutes earlier run the 100m final.
As the age groups got higher the fields got a bit smaller. Rebecca Travers won her heat in girls u14 and just missed out on silver in the final. Orla Reidy was another to impress in the 1500m with a massive victory. The girls u14 relay of Rebecca, Orla, Ciara Gormley and Lea Groome won silver in end relay also.
There was another fantastic 1500m race in the girls u15 where Kirsten Monaghan won silver after she tried to pass on the inside coming up the home straight. Unable to find a way through she went on the outside and barely missed the gold. She had earlier won the high jump and finished 3rd in the shot.
Gold for Aoife O'Cuill in the u16 race with a marvellous kick in the last 200m. Aine Burke won silver in the u17 1500m and Shane McNerney bronze in the boys u16. Jake Reidy another 4th place in u17 High jump.
All in all a great days competition. We counted at least 8 4th places finishes and numerous finalists. Terrific performances by everyone.
Next Sunday sees us travelling to Celbridge for day 2. All of the other relays are on that day too.