Archives 2018 July to December

Aerodynamic Turkey 10k - Ayr - 26th December 2018

A massive congratulations to Alex Wallace coming home first in the Aerodynamic Turkey 10k, Ayr in a time of 33:23

Santa Run St Stephen's Day 2K Challenge - 26th December 2018

Huge thanks to everyone for coming out this morning to take part in the 2018 Santa Run in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland (Kildare Branch). Ye're all a great healthy bunch, we hope you enjoyed it. The final figure is not in yet but over €800 was raised for the charity. Well done everyone.

National Cross Country Championships - 25th November & 15th December 2018

What an exciting day in Abbotstown on 25th November where St Coca's athletes, having qualified through the Leinsters, competed in every age category at National Level. Some fantastic running, and again Aoife O'Cuill had a briliant race in the U18 category to take an All Ireland Silver Medal. Great to see Claire Tarplee and Paul Robinson running for St Coca's in the senior category. Well done to all competitors who did the club proud today in reaching the national finals.

Boys u12 Brian Caffrey 49th. Daniel Geraghty 54th, Feilim Dickius 65th, Robert Lynch 98th, Robert Murphy 124th, Finn Dowling 136th. St Cocas 5th of 16 teams.


Boys u14 Conor Murphy 24th, Conan Lennon 50th, Joseph Richards 73rd, Jim Harrigan 107th. Kildare team 8th.


Boys u16 Oisin Farrell 17th, Eoin Richards 33rd, Thomas Richards 69th. Kildare team 7th.


U18 girls Aoife O'Cuill 2nd (8th junior) Aine Burke 37th junior Kildare team 5th.


Senior Women Claire Tarplee 11th. Senior men Paul Robinson 11th.


Day 3 of the National Cross Country continued in Navan on 15th December and let the bells ring out. A fantastic 2nd place for Conor Murphy in the All-Ireland’s today in the boys U13 X-Country.

Those bells keep on ringing. Aoife O’Cuill 4th and Aine Burke 12th in the girls U19 All Ireland’s

To top off a fantastic day, our U13 boys team won Silver. Unbelievable achievement by the boys, we always knew they could do it. Well done Conor Murphy, Joseph Richards, Feilim Dikcius, Brian Caffrey, Daniel Geraghty, Conor McNerney and Killian McCauley.

Jimmy Grant Invitational - Iowa City - 8th December 2018

A good seasons opener for Kevin Kelly last night in Iowa.
Running for Drake he won the mens mile in the Jimmy Grant Invitational meet in a time of 4.09.99 an indoor PB.

Kildare Senior Cross Country Championship - 2nd December 2018.

Congratulations to our Senior Women’s team who came second this morning at the Kildare Senior Cross Country Championship.

Jingle Bells 5K Phoenix Park - 1st December 2018

Beautiful conditions were had this morning for the Jingle Bells 5K. The club were delighted to have over 60 members running this morning. Congratulations to everyone and particularly to all of the new members who completed their very first 5k

Waterford AC Half Marathon - 1st December 2018

Congratulations to Aidan Maher who ran a tough course at the Waterford AC half marathon this morning coming home in 1hr 36mins

Senior Athletics Success in Portarlington and Wales - 18th November 2018

A great Sunday for St Cocas AC senior athletics with Alexander Wallace coming 1st in the Gingerbread half marathon in 1hr 11 and Mark Leonard flying the flag abroad competing in the Conway half marathon in North Wales and coming home in 1hr 36. Congratulations gents on a great days running.

Leinster Cross Country Championships Day 3 (Uneven Ages) Adamstown - 11th November 2018

We were told to expect some heavy showers at todays Leinster cross country in Adamstown Co Wexford and we thought and hoped the forecasters were wrong. Blue skies and bright sunshine met us all the way down. The u11 girls were first up for us after the u19 races where we had no representation. In a field of 129 runners our young team were always in the mix in the top half of the field. Roisin Beggan (30), Erin Murray (36), Juliet Olivier (38) all made the silver winning Kildare team to qualify for the all ireland. Elaina O'Malley (67), Katy Hayes (79) and Aoibhin Beggan (86) the club team finished 7th not that far from qualification.
The u11 boys were running on the Kildare team with Robert Murphy (52), Harry Cahill (61) and Cormac Murray (81) they all scored for the team but were out of the medals in a field of 111 runners.
Meadhbh Caffrey was the lone club runner in girls u13 finishing 47th of 138 runners, the largest field of the day.
The predicted heavy rain showers had arrived at this stage with thunder and lightning also but this did not daunt our u13 boys. A most exciting race with St Cocas runners well up from the off. As they set off into the last lap Conor Murphy had been picking off runners and found himself in third. Coming into the final.200m he was pushing the leader and only lost out by a very small margin to finish 2nd. Behind him the team were packing well. Joseph Richards (21), Brian Caffrey (22), Feilim Dikcius (25), Daniel Geraghty (35), Conor McNerney (71) and Cillian McCauley (76) the team claimed silver medals to qualify to all Ireland. As a bonus they helped Kildare county qualify also.
The girls u15 were also running for the county and after a heroic run in the heavy rain Aoife McNerney (16), Cliona O'Toole (27) and Ruby Olivier (74) the county team qualified with Aoife and Cliona scoring.
More strong running by the u15 boys and a qualification to all Ireland. Thomas Richards (5) led the team, Conan Lennon (24), Tadgh McCauley (34) and Jim Harrigan (35) they finished 4th.
At this stage underfoot conditions were poor enough but the u17 girls all ran fantastic to win bronze medals and also qualify. Led by Orla Reidy (15), Kirsten Monaghan (26), Aine Caffrey (33) and Rachel McEnroe (40) they dug deep in the tough conditions.
Last race of the day and Eoin Richards finished 9th in the u17 to qualify on the Leinster team for the all Ireland.
Conor Murphy and Thomas Richards will also represent Leinster.
This has been a terrific cross country season so far for the club with a record number qualify to the all Irelands. Congratulations to everyone, the coaches, the parents and most especially the athletes. Also a big thanks to Dermot Kelly our photographer.

Airtricity Dublin City Marathon - 28th October 2018

Another massive day for St Cocas as the dust settles on DCM2018. Massive runs by everyone, big PB's and personal achievements. And a sub 2.30 run by Alexander Wallace in his first Dublin marathon run for the club. Amazing! The support from everyone on the course was fantastic with St Cocas fans turning up in the most unexpected places. Well done all round. Also a huge thanks to Dermot Kelly for his photos which helped to capture the mood of the day.
For the records the proud finishers were as follows:


Alexander Wallace was first man home for St Coca's and 36th place overall and 10th place in his category, in a time of 2:29:31, seen here crossing the James Joyce bridge.

Leinster Cross Country Championships Day 2 (Even Ages) Navan Adventure Centre - 27th October 2018

A super, super day for St Coca's Athletes at the Leinster Cross Country Championships at Navan Adventure Centre today in crisp but sunny conditions. All athletes put in super performances, and the day ending with Aoife O'Cuill taking gold in the U18/Junior 4K race. Well done everyone, very proud of you all.

Kildare Cross Country Championships Day 2 Larchill Arcadian Gardens - 14th October 2018

Day 2 of the Kildare Cross Country Championships at Larchill Arcadian Garden. What a beautiful warm and sunny Autumn day after Storm Callum in the fabulous Larchill Arcadian Garden.

Donadea RC 10K - 13th October 2018

St. Cocas Fit4life this morning after training had a small group took part in the Donadea RC 10km in the ☔️ . After months of training their hard work paid off with many getting personal bests. Fit4life has currently over 70 adults taking part in couch to 5k beginners and 5k / 10k improvers training, their a very friendly bunch and New members are always welcome. Training every Wednesday 8 to 9pm and Saturdays 9 to 10am...


Finally getting around to reflect on all the amazing performances last Sunday at round 1 of the Kildare cross country. A novel venue again....the Kildares in Co Meath😂.
A lot of preparation by the club to get the venue ready and the conditions were perfect on the day.
The girls u10 got proceedings underway at 12 midday. Juliet Olivier out well and ran very strongly finishing 3rd to lead her team to silver medals. Emily Geraghty (8), Sarah Shelly (11), Aoibhin Beggan (13), Aisling Nolan (18), Dearbhla Nolan (22), Dearbhla Hearns (25), Aine McCauley (26) and Beth Kirkpatrick (30).
The boys u10 all ran great with a number of them moving up an age to make teams. Luke McKeon (12) was first home, followed by Ryan Mccreery (19), Cormac Buckley (22), Jack O'Neill (32) and Freddy Gibbons (38).
Again in u12 girls most of the team were up an age and they narrowly missed on a bronze team medal.
Eirn Murray (12), Roisin Beggan (17), Lauren Graham (22), Saoirse O'Toole (48) and Rebecca Treacy (51) will have another go next Sunday.
A cracking race ensued in the boys u12 and it was Daniel Geraghty who laid down the gauntlet. Feilim Dikcius was tracking him with Robert Lynch on their heels. A great effort by all three, Feilim just getting the better of Daniel with Robert just missing on bronze. Team gold for these lads with Finn Dowling (7), Robert Murphy (10) Cormac Murray (22) and Adam Gibbons (30). This team must have a great chance for Leinster medals.
Aoife McNerney was a most impressive winner in the girls u14 leading from the gun. Ruby Olivier (7), Meadh Caffrey (8), Georgia Nolan (17) and Meadhbh Caffrey (19), the girls won team silver.
It was team gold all the way from here.
Boys u14 and another exciting finish Conor Murphy just beaten to the line after a heroic effort. Conan Lennon (4), Joseph Richards (5), Jim Harrigan (6), Cillian McCauley (9) and Conor McNerney (11).
Orla Reidy showed her class in another close finish of the girls u16 winning in the last 10 metres. Cliona O'Toole another to have a great run finished 3rd and Ciara Gormley (10).
Eoin Richards started the u16 boys race meaning business and was never challenged, storming to victory. Oisin Farrell (2) and Tadgh McCauley (5).
All three u18 girls were running out of age Kirsten Monaghan (3), Aine Caffrey (4) and Rachel McEnroe (7) winning team gold. A similar result for u18 boys with Shane McNerney (3), Ben Doherty (5) and Adam Cullen (6).
Fantastic running from everyone on the day. Round 2 takes place next Sunday also in Larchill. Many thanks to all the parents who helped with the course and parking. Without the help it would not be possible to host this event.

Kildare Cross Country Championships Day 1 - Larchill Arcadian Gardens - 7th October 2018