Archives 2019 April to June
National Track and Field League Round 2 - Athlone - 30th June 2019
Several St Coca's athletes represented Kildare in Round 2 of the National League today in Athlone. Orla Reidy was 2nd in the 800M and also part of the winning 4x400M relay team. Kirsten Monaghan was 2nd in the 3K Steeplechase and joint 4th in the High Jump. And Michael Reidy came 3rd in the men's 3K walk. Both Kildare Premier Women’s and Men’s team qualified for the National League Final which will take place in Tullamore on Saturday 20th July.
Bernard Ó'Faoláin - La Trail Mondaise 12K - Talmont-Saint Hilaire, Vendée - 30th June 2019
St Coca's on tour in Western France today where Bernard Ó'Faoláin took on La Trail Mondaise 12K in Talmont-Saint Hilaire.
AAI Childrens Games & Limited U12-U13 Events - Tullamore - 29th June 2019
It was the turn of our younger athletes today in the all Ireland U12 and U13 championship in Tullamore. Two athletes representing St Cocas. Layla Mathias flew in her U13 80m heat to win in style. In the final she was up against top opposition and came in 5th in a new pb of 10.83. Feilim Dikcius lined up in his U13 600m determined to break 1.41. This he did also a new pb 1.40.83 to finish 6th.
Well done to both young athletes, top 6 in all Ireland in new pb's. Can't ask more than that.
St Coca's 5K - Kilcock - 28th June 2019
What a super night tonight, perfect weather conditions, what a crowd, 556 entries for our 5K and four sub 15 minute finishers, including our own Kevin Kelly. Congratulations to all the winners and participants, and all those helping out behind the scenes. There are so many people we need to thank for making this year's race so memorable from all the volunteers who helped on the night, from parking, registration, marshals, pacers (especially 22:30 he was brilliant😉!) our juniors handing out medals, our in house photographer, to everyone who supplied food it would not be possible without them giving up their time so thank you.
A special thanks needs to go the Kildare Civil Defence and An Garda Síochána for keeping us all safe, Supervalu Kilcock for supplying the water at the finish line and Ronan and the gang from Myrunresults.com for the timing.
Biggest thanks however to race directors Martin (for the constant phone calls getting things arranged) and Larry (bringing all the experience of arranging this race over the years). Thank you so much everybody for your support. We hope you enjoyed the race.
Weekend News - 23rd June 2019
In one of the busiest and most successful weekends for the club, St Coca's athletes competed in a multitude of events.
David Walsh was a finisher in the inaugural Ironman held in Youghal Co. Cork.
Alex Wallace won the WLR Waterford Viking Marathon.
Both Gráinne Butler, Niamh Dowling pb-ed in the Daingean AC 5k, where Bobby King won his age cat.
Aidan Maher and Henry Cahill pb-ed in the Dunshaughlin 10K (by over 1 min, the hard work is paying off).
In the Docklands 5k, we had Annette Whittaker taking 2nd place in her age cat, Teresa Hannon 4th and Lorna Cullen 5th in age cats. Brenda Kelly, aka Aunty B, had a brilliant pb! Great turn out for the club and loved the little get together afterwards! Nice one for next year.
Colin O'Neill completed the original Gaelforce in Westport.
Junior athletes Orla Reidy and Kirsten Monaghan competed in the Tailteann Games at Morton Stadium in Santry, where Orla won bronze in the 800M and Kirsten won bronze in the 1500M Steeple Chase.
Niamh Cleary (below) did brilliantly in the Donadea Duathlon, coming home as 4th lady...hopefully you are there the next duathlon and we get you on the podium!
David Walsh completes 2019 Ironman Ireland - Youghal Co. Cork - 23rd June 2019
After months of training, St Coca's Fit4Life leader David Walsh took on the inaugural Ironman Cork this weekend in Youghal during some very cold, wet and windy conditions, which caused the swim leg to be cancelled. Dave finished in a time of 14:24:13, a very proud achievement making history as a finisher in the first full Ironman ever held in Ireland.
An Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run, raced in that order and without a break.
Alexander Wallace wins the Waterford Viking Marathon - 22nd June 2019
Alex Wallace achieved a new marathon PB of 2:28:50 today at the Waterford Viking Marathon where he was the clear winner finishing in some style and looking like he was ready to go again. His time is only 1 minute off the all time club record. A new club ambassador for sure and will be competing in the Berlin marathon later this year. Well done Alex, super proud.
Double Bronze at the Tailteann Games - Santry - 22nd June 2019
The Irish Life Health Tailteann Games kicked off a busy weekend in Santry with the four provinces battling for overall glory in the Morton Stadium.
After a late call up for both girls, Orla Reidy 800m & Kirsten Monaghan 1500s/c have both won bronze medals, both running impressive times representing Maynooth PP & Leinster. Congratulations girls.
Indeed Docklands 5K - Dublin - 20th June 2019
A large St. Coca's crew ventured into the city centre this evening for the Indeed Docklands 5K, great running by all our members with special mention to Annette for being 2nd lady home in her category, Teresa Hannon 4th and Lorna Cullen 5th in age cats. Brenda Kelly, aka Aunty B, had a brilliant pb! Great turn out for the club and loved the little get together afterwards! A massive thanks to all in Crusader AC for hosting a great race.
Leinster Championships - Tullamore - 15th & 16th June
Reidy & Murphy strike silver on Day 1 of the Leinster Championships
On a long day in Tullamore today at day 1 of the Leinster championship, medals were hard come by in a very competitive competition.
First up was Niamh Flynn in the speed walks who set a new PB for the distance to finish just outside the medals. Then we had a LONG wait for our next competitor Orla Reidy who finished 2nd in the girls u17, 800m.
The races came thick and fast then as next up was Oisin Farrell U17 followed by Kirsten Monaghan U18, who both finished a very credible 5th in their respective 800m races.
We then had a short wait for the 1500’s. In the first, girls u14 Sadhbh Buckley was unlucky to finish just outside the medals in a very fast finishing race. Next up was easiest the closest race of the day, the boys u14 1500m. Conor Murphy finished 2nd in a photo finish separated by the width of the vest.... with the ever improving Joseph Richards finishing in 6th.
Next was the largest field of over 25 with 3 St. Cocas putting their toe to the line, the girls u15, 1500m. Aoife McNerney finishing 5th, Niamh McDonald 6th and Ruby Oliver a little behind them. The 2 boys in the U15 were competitive, Conan Lennon finishing a few places ahead of James Harrigan. Our last runner was Thomas Richards in the boys U16 who finished 5th.
Well done to everyone who competed today and go.
More medals in the Leinsters, Tullamore, Day 2.
Joseph Richards was first up in the boys u14, 800 and finished in the top 10. Next was boys u15, 800 where Conan Lennon & Jim Harrigan both finished outside the top 10. Our first medal of the day came via Thomas Richards who led for most of the race in the boys u16 800 before settling for bronze.
The next event was the girls u17 1500m and Orla Reidy showed her blistering pace to make up 50m in the final 200m to claim silver and replicate her medal yesterday. The final competitor in the 1500’s saw Oisin Farrell run a great race but faded out of the medals to finish in 6th.
Our 2 sprinters were up next. Meadhbh Cullen was pipped on the line for a place in the final of the girls U14, 80m.
Orla Flynn, after competing the the long jump made the final of the girls u15, 100 and finished 5th in the final in a very close finish .
Our last competitor on day 2 was Kirsten Monaghan and it was well worth the wait. Silver in the girls u18 2000m steeplechase.
Congratulations to all our runners and parents who spent 2 long days in Tullamore.
New York 10K - 15th June 2019
Kevin & Laura Kelly after running a fantastic 10k in New York today.
Super positioning in front of the flag too!
Trim Braveheart 5K - 14th June 2019
A large contingent of St Coca's went over to Trim this evening to take part in the Braveheart 5K. After a lot of rain today, the weather held well for the event, a tough cross country course with St Coca's ladies' team taking second place overall. For several participants, it was their second consecutive 5K after yesterdays Run with Ray. Well done all!.
Run with Ray 5K - Royal Canal Kilcock - 13th June 2019
RTÉ Radio One's Ray D'arcy show came to Kilcock on 13th June and did a program from the roadcaster, alongside the canal. Following the show, over 400 people took part in a Run with Ray 5K event along the Royal Canal Kilcock Parkrun loop. Participants included the amazing Mags Hughes, who is visually impaired, completed her first 5K, led and supported by our own Carmel Kelly. What a magnificent achievement for her to complete the run and well up the field too.
Kildare 'B' Championships - Crookstown - 9th June 2019
A small group of athletes made the journey to Crookstown today for the Kildare 'B' championships.
Some very competitive races too. Daniel Geraghty won gold in U14 shot and silver U14 800m.
Matthew Murray won gold in the u9 60m.
Also running well were Emily Graham, Patrick Murray, Cormac Buckley, Emily Byrne, Grace Maher, Deirbhile and Sadhbh Brown.
Leinster Juvenile Pairs & U12,U13 Championships - Tullamore - 8th June 2019
Two silver medals were the highlights of another successful day for St Coca's juveniles today at the Leinster pairs and u12 and U13 championships in Tullamore.
Feilim Dikcius had a great run in the 600m to win a silver and Layla Mathias stormed up the track in the 80m to take silver in her first ever Leinsters.
Roisin Beggan and Akin Akintayo made finals in the 600m and 60m respectively. In the very competitive pairs no medals won but some individual highlights from Juliet Olivier, Aisling Nolan, Aoibhin Beggan, Emily Geraghty, Dearbhla Nolan, Emily Connolly and Lily Akintayo. Well done to you all.
Leinster Juvenile Team Event - Drogheda - 3rd June 2019
Some great performances by our teams at today's Leinster team events in Drogheda. No medals won but lots of happy people. Well done to everyone. Girls u9, boys and girls u11, girls U13 and girls u15.
Áine Burke wins silver in 1500M Steeplechase - 1st June 2019
Great news from the Schools All Ireland in Tullamore where St Coca's Áine Burke running for Lucan Community College has set a new PB in the senior girls 1500m steeplechase to win silver.
Congratulations and best of luck in the leaving cert starting on Wednesday.
Official Launch of the 2019 Kilcock 10 from 10 - 30th May 2019
We were delighted to officially launch the 2nd running of the Kilcock "10 from 10" road race on 30th May.
Attending the launch were Eddie and Stephen from Supervalu Kilcock along with Barry Pender, Recreational Events Manager of Athletics Ireland, Damian McWeeney of Waterways Ireland and John Ryan of Royal Canal Parkrun, Kilcock.
Building on last year's success this year's event promises to be even better with Waterways Ireland kindly sponsoring our new timed final mile! We will have a timing mat in place to record your time for the last mile so let's see if you got your pacing right 😉 - the last mile will be along the scenic greenway, nice and flat so no excuses!!
Prizes for the fastest mile for both men and women.
All finishers can look forward to a T-shirt and medal, as well as a prize fund of over €2,500 thanks to local sponsors Supervalu Kilcock and Millerstown, Kilcock. Race will take place on August 18th.
National League Round 1 - Templemore - 19th May 2019
Round 1 of the National League took place in Templemore today and Kildare County were competing in the Premier section. St Coca's were represented by Niamh Field, making a welcome return to competition, Orla Reidy, Kirsten Monaghan and Maud O'Shea. The girls put in a fighting performance with the sprint relay getting maximum points with Niamh, Orla and Kirsten both winning 800m and 3k s/c respectively and Maud part of the 2nd placed 4x400 team. Overall the team are in 2nd position going into round 2 in 6 weeks time. Congratulations to the girls on making the county team and well done on such great performances.
St Coca's Fit for Life Group complete first Half Marathon - 17th May 2019
After only one year in the programme, members of St Coca's Fit4Life group have achieved a major milestone this evening, coming from a 400M distance a year ago as beginners to completing their first Half Marathon today. Huge congratulations on the achievement everyone and their coach David Walsh.
Searlait Tywang Memorial Road Run - Castlecomer, Kilkenny - 12th May 2019
Well done to Gillian Ryan, Michelle McDonald, Clare Lyons and Pauline McEnroe who completed the Half Marathon at the Searlait Tywang Memorial Road Run in Castlecomer, Kilkenny on Sunday.
Lifford Strabane Half Marathon - 12th May 2019
Leeroy Graham took on the Lifford/Strabane Half Marathon today and achieved a new PB of 1:31:22. Congrats Leeroy.
Le Chéile 5K - Leixlip - 8th May 2019
Well done to the club members who turned out for the Le Chéile 5K on Wednesday, Gary Cahill 18:27, Martin Baten 19:08, Leeroy Graham 19:10, Darren Maher 20:15 and Annette Whittaker 20:17 who was 1st in her category,
Leinster Novice and Master Road Races - 6th May 2019
The Leinster Novice and Master Road Races were held in Gowran today. The ladies were represented in the 3K by Annette Whittaker, Leonie Foran, Fiona King, Carmel Kelly, Teresa Hannon and Brenda Kelly. And the gents were represented in the 6K by Henry Cahill, Martin Baten and Aidan Maher (one short today for a team). Congrats to Carmel, Annette, Brenda and Teresa who all took Leinster medals in their race.
London Marathon News - 28th April 2019
Alex Wallace has completed the London Marathon in a time of 2:29:49 in 78th place overall out of a field of 40,000. Congrats also to Mark Leonard who finished in 3:44:10 and Leeroy Graham who finished in 3:44:53.
Kevin Kelly 3rd in 1500M at Drake Relays - 27th April 2019
A great run overnight by Kevin Kelly at the famous Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa where he came 3rd in the 1500m in a time of 3.44.72.
Kildare Juvenile Athletics League 'A' Division - 24th March, 7th April, 14th April 2019
The three rounds of this year's Kildare Club Juvenile League took place on 24th March at St Coca's Kilcock, 7th April at Crookstown Millview AC and on 14th April at Naas AC.
The league is based on the inclusivity of all juvenile athletes in Kildare Athletic Clubs from age groups U8 to U16 and all athletes compete in two events at each round to gain points for their club. Well done to all the young athletes for keeping St Coca's in the competitive 'A' division for another year.
West Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships - Day 1 & 2 - 9th & 11th April 2019
A day of outstanding success for St Coca's athletes representing their schools at the West Leinster Schools Track and Field Championships held at Morton Stadium in Santry. The long years of training reaping rewards now for athletes and their coaches.
On Day 1
Niamh Flynn won silver in the first event of the day, the minor girls 1200M Race Walk. Gold for Orla Reidy and Thomas Richards in the Intermediate 1500’s & for Aoife O’Cuill in the Senior 1500’s.
Silver for Aoife McNerney Junior girls 1500 and silver for Oisin Farrell in Intermediate boys 1500.
Gold for Áine Burke in the senior 1500 Steeple Chase & Gold for Kirsten Monaghan in the Intermediate girls 1500 Steeple Chase, Silver for Eoin Richards in Inter boys 1500 Steeple Chase with Diarmuid Smyth picking up bronze.
On Day 2
Gold medals were won by Kirsten Monaghan (intermediate girls high jump), Orla Reidy (intermediate girls 800m) and the intermediate girls Maynooth PP 4x100m relay team (Áine Caffrey, Ella Hayes, Kirsten Monaghan and Rois Ní Dhomhnaill). Eoin Richards won silver in the intermediate boys 3000m and Sadhbh Buckley took bronze in the minor girls 800m.
Congratulations to all of these athletes who will represent their schools in the Leinster Finals on the 15th and 18th of May
Kildare Senior Road Race Championships - 7th April 2019
The Kildare County Senior Road Races were held today in Leixlip, on a somewhat windy day where you always seemed to be running into a headwind no matter which direction you turned. Alexander Wallace led the men home taking 2nd place overall in the men’s 10K race followed by Conor Devaney, Gary Cahill, Ken Murray and Aidan Maher with the team taking 4th spot.
This was followed by the Ladies race with a strong performance by Orla Reidy taking 2nd overall and leading the team to 3rd place with Fiona King, Grainne Butler Annette Grant-Whittaker and Niamh Dowling running brilliantly.
We're still hunting for a photo ladies, apologies!
Rotterdam Marathon - 7th April 2019
Four members of St Coca's Adult Group took on the Rotterdam Marathon today with Martin Baten, Johnny Murray, Henry Cahill and Bernard Phelan at the start line. The rising temperatures put paid to any thoughts of fast times but they all got around safely and enjoyed the amazing atmosphere - a great weekend had by all accounts.