Archives 2019 July to September

Kevin Kelly at Gans Creek Classic, Columbia, Missouri - 27th September 2019

Drake University's Men's Cross Country Team took an impressive 3rd place against national competition at the Gans Creek Classic, Columbia, Missouri with Kevin Kelly finishing in 6th position for Drakes over the 8Km course. Well done to Kevin who finished in a time of 25:22.3.

KBC Dublin City Half Marathon - 21st September 2019

Well done to all the St Coca's members who took on the KBC Dublin Half Marathon today. Super running all.


Congratulations to Eoin Richards who finished 15th overall and first Irish man home in the U17 - British & Irish junior championship.

The race was a 7.1km route to the top of Moel Elio Peak and back, with 477m ascent from the elevated starting point and 554m descent to the village of Llanberis in Gwynedd, northwest Wales, on the southern bank of the lake Llyn Padarn and at the foot of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.

Congratulations again Eoin.

Eoin Richards competes at the British & Irish Junior Mountain Running Championship, Gwynedd, Wales - 21st September 2019
Juvenile Training at the Phoenix Park - 15th September 2019

It turned out the morning was the best time of the day for a bit of cross country hill training at the Phoenix Park. Well done everyone.


Well done to John Murray, Bernard Phelan, Aidan Maher, Olivia Bermingham, Fiona King, Grainne Butler, Mark Keene, Clare Lyons, Pauline McEnroe, Moira Haran Carroll and Deirdre Phelan from St Coca's who took part in the Ratoath Half Marathon today in preparation for the Dublin City Marathon.

Ratoath Half Marathon - 14th September 2019
Advanced Running Workshops begin with Catherina McKiernan - 12th September 2019

St. Cocas AC warmly welcomed Catherina McKiernan this evening for the first in a series of weekly running workshops. Tonight's session was an introduction to aligning the posture and relaxing the limbs. Each week will see the group gain additional running form and technique improvements. A massive thanks to Catherina for making this evening's event very enjoyable for all the participants.

2019 St Coca's AC Members Annual BBQ - 8th September 2019

Thanks to everyone who came along this afternoon to the club BBQ and to all the members who helped organise the setup, food, cooking, activities and clean up afterwards. A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all. And a special thanks to Bear Gym at the North Kildare Club for helping us out with a rope for the popular tug of war.

Juvenile Training at Castletown Estate, Celbridge - 8th September 2019

St Coca's cross country training on tour again this morning at beautiful Castletown House.

Adult Marathon Training at the Phoenix Park, Dublin - 7th September 2019

A nice turnout this morning for our Phoenix Park long run training session. The groups ran 21 and 32km in perfect dry warm conditions. 🏃‍♀️💪🏼🏃🏻 well done to all the members involved.

Juvenile Training at Hill of Tara - 1st September 2019

A lovely autumn morning saw the juvenile cross country training take to the Hill of Tara under the watchful eye of St Patrick and the coaches. A great turnout and everybody made a great effort on a really testing course. Well done all.

Weekend News - 26th August 2019

Some of our adult members were in action this weekend at various events, Andrew Purcell taking on the 70.3 Ironman in Dun Laoghaire making it look effortless! Fiona King, Emma Mccluskey, Alison McCormack & Darren Maher took on the Frank Duffy 10 miler (Darren braving illness to power on to the finish line).
And finally we have another club member who has joined the exclusive sub 3 club with Conor Devaney taking on the distance and crazy heat to come home in 2:59:47 (timed to perfection). Well done all!!

Bronze for Áine Burke in the 2019 Morton Games Junior Mile - Santry - 21st August 2019

A very experienced and measured performance by Áine Burke tonight at the Morton Games where she took bronze in the Women's Junior Mile in a very close finish. Great to see St Coca's on the podium at this prestigious international event in Santry Stadium. Thomas Richards also put in a very solid run for St Coca's in the Junior Men's Mile which followed. Carmel Kelly was also participating as an official for the International Men's Javelin Competition.

St Coca's 10 Mile Road Race - 10 from 10 Kilcock - 18th August 2019

A huge thanks to everybody involved with our hugely successful 10 mile road race today, thanks to all the participants & clubs, volunteers, Gardaí and Civil Defence and all our sponsors without whom the race would not be possible. Well done everybody on a fantastic event on the running calendar.

Irish Life Masters Track and Field, Tullamore - 18th August 2019

Great performances by Eileen O'Malley today winning a gold medal in the 100m and 200m at the All Ireland Masters today in Tullamore. Congratulations.

Dublin Rock and Roll Half Marathon - 11th August 2019

Well done to all the St Coca's athletes who have worked hard and put in massive effort and for many to run their first half marathon today. People see the medal 🏅 when you finish but many don’t see the weeks and months of training put in to accomplish your goal.  So proud of you all. "Success is not a goal, it's a byproduct."

European Athletics Team Championships First League - Sandnes, Norway - 10th August 2019

St Coca's Claire Tarplee ran in the 3000M this afternoon in Sandnes, Norway as part of the Irish team competing in the European Athletics Championships First League. Claire finished in 6th place achieving a new personal best of 9:54.63 and scoring a fantastic and important 6 points for the Irish team. The team finished in 7th place overall remaining in the first league by 1.5 points and relegating Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Lithuania.

National Senior Championships - Morton Stadium, Santry - 28th July 2019

Day 2 of the National Senior Championships saw Claire Tarplee run a very strong race to just be pipped into 4th place in the Women's 1500M in a time of 4:32.78, less than a second behind the winner Sarah Healy.

The men's race followed and Kevin Kelly put in a sterling performance to cross the line in 3rd place, in a time of 3:50:31, just 0.91 seconds behind the winner John Travers. Kevin was later awarded 2nd place in the race following a disqualification.

Fantastic to see St Coca's Vests in both races at national level, well done Kevin and Claire. Kevin is pictured below with Olympian Legend Ronnie Delany who won the 1500M himself at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 in a time of 3:41.49.

Congratulations also to Claire Tarplee on her selection for the Irish European Athletics Team Championships First League which takes place from 9-11 August in Sandnes, Norway. Claire will compete in the 3,000M.

Carton 6K Trail Run - Maynooth - 26th July 2019

The Carton 6K Trail took place on a beautiful summer evening at Carton House, Maynooth with 14 club members taking part. The race was won by our own Alex Wallace in a time of 19:47 improving on his time from last year by 43 seconds.

The prize for first women’s team was won by St Coca's Annette Whittaker (7th), Lynda Gormley (9th) and Marianne Mulried (10th), stepping up from second place last year.

The prize for the second men's team was taken by St. Coca's trio of Alexander Wallace (1st), Gary Cahill (18th) & Kenneth Murray (24th).

Lynda Gormley and Annette Whittaker also won individual prizes in their categories. Great running by the whole team.

All Ireland 'B' Track and Field Championships - Tullamore - 21st July 2019

And that's a wrap for the juvenile track and field season for 2019. Finished off with a brilliant gold medal winning performance by Sadhbh Buckley in the 800m at the all Ireland 'B' championships in Tullamore today. Also running well were Jim Harrigan, Orla Flynn, Claire Kelly, Meadhbh Caffrey, Grace Maher, Meadhbh Cullen and Roisin Beggan.
Time for a well deserved break for everyone, especially the hard working coaches! We will be returning in mid August in preparation for the cross country. Enjoy the summer.

Edenderry AC 10 Mile - 21st July 2019

Olivia Bermingham, Clare Lyons, Gillian Ryan and Michelle McDonald were flying the St. Cocas flag today at the Edenderry AC 10 Mile, great running by all.

KBC South Dublin 10K - Clondalkin - 21st July 2019

Alexander Wallace, Annette Whittaker, Emma McCluskey and Sarah Griffen (not pictured) took on the KBC South Dublin 10K in Clondalkin today with Alex coming in a very impressive 7th place overall.

National League Finals - Tullamore - 20th July 2019

The final of the National League was held today in Tullamore and Kildare sent two very strong teams to compete.
In the women’s event St Coca's were represented on the Kildare team by Niamh Fields in the 200M & part of the 4x100 relay, Orla Reidy in the 800M & part of the 4x400 relay, Aine Burke in the 3k Steeplechase and Kirsten Monaghan in the High Jump & Shot.
Kevin Kelly represented St Coca's in the 1500M and Michael Reidy in the 3K walk. Rare to see father and daughter Reidy on the same county team.
Carmel Kelly is part of the Kildare management team.

All Ireland Track and Field News - 14th July 2019

Well done to both athletes today in the scorching hot sun in Tullamore. All 1500’s were straight finals to avoid athletes having to run twice in the heat and as a result having large numbers in each race.
Conor Murphy ran well finishing 6th in the U14 1500M final in a fast 4:41.
Orla Reidy, 1 week on after finishing 3rd in the 800m, made up 2 places in the last 100m to finish 5th in the U17 1500M.
A good end to the season and we now look forward to the x-country season next 😂!

La Chouffe Trail 17Km - Houffalize, Belgium 13th and 14th July 2019

A group of Brenda's Warriors from St Coca's led by driver Martin Baten undertook the journey to Houffalize in Belgium this weekend  to take on the La Chouffe Trail. Great fun had by all accounts.

Kevin Kelly wins the mile at Moyne Athletic Club - 10th July 2019

Congratulations to Kevin Kelly on a fine win in the mile at Moyne Athletic club summer games tonight.

Eoin Richards confirmed for Irish U20 Squad - 10th July 2019

Congratulations to Eoin Richards who has been confirmed as part of the Irish U20 squad for the British and Irish mountain running championships in Wales in September.
Eoin will also compete in the World Mountain Running Assocation Under 18 Youth Cup in Italy in August.
We wish Eoin the very best with his training.

All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships - Tullamore - 7th July 2019

Well done to the three athletes who finished their All Ireland races today. Kirsten Monaghan ran well to finish 4th in the 2000m Steeplechase. Orla Reidy finished 3rd in the 800m and Thomas Richards had a steady run to finish in the top 10 in a large field of athletes. Congratulations on your superb performances today at the All Ireland’s.