Archives 2019 October to December

Lock up the year 2019 - 31st December 2019

A suitable finish to a great year of running for the club today with a large group of adult members completing the Lock up the Year Half Marathon (or thereabouts) this morning along the Royal Canal from Ferran's Lock to Leixlip while our juvenile members were in a training session at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown in preparation for the Kildare Indoor Championships on Sunday 5th January. Happy New Year everybody.

St Stephen's Day Santa Run in aid of St Brigid's SVP Conference, Kilcock - 26th December 2019

Thanks to all who joined us this morning for the annual Santa Run at the track. This year, a total of €422.80 in funds were raised in aid of St Brigid's SVP Conference, Kilcock. Well done everybody.

National Cross Country Championships - Day 2 (Juvenile Uneven Ages & Novice)
Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co. Meath - 15th December 2019

By Carmel Kelly

The last cross country event of the year took place today in nearby Dunboyne. The Irish Life uneven ages all Ireland. The club had 26 athletes qualified to run but unfortunately a few of them were unlucky not to make it due to illness. However there were some fantastic performances all round and even though no medals were won the athletes ran up to and beyond expectations with much to take from the season.

Luke McKeon tasted his first all ireland representing Kildare County in boys U11. Roisin Beggan also representing the county in girls U13. Both running well. The U13 boys team improved on their Leinster run to finish 7th overall (2nd Leinster team). Feilim Dikcius, Brian Caffrey, Daniel Geraghty and Harry Cahill packed well finishing between 40th and 70th. Aoife McNerney led the girls u15 to 11th place with a 21st place finish. The other girls Niamh McDonald, Sadhbh Buckley and Ruby Olivier all running well too. An amazing last 1500m for Oisin Farrell brought him from mid 40's to 25th and he led the team to 4th place. Eoin Richards, Thomas Richards and Tadhg McCauley combining well. Kirsten Monaghan. Zofia Terzyk and Shane McNerney were all running as individuals in the u19 races. All running well but out of the medals.

The end of a long and most successful cross country season. Well done to everyone and to all the coaches who have brought the athletes to this level.

Run with Ado funds donated to St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown - 15th December 2019

By Martin Baten
Many thanks again to all those who contributed and helped out with the Run with Ado, especially the Mooney family. I know it was a tough run for many of you but this is what it's all about - honouring our good friend Adrienne and all those who are no longer with us. We finally handed over the cheque to St Francis Hospice in Blanchardstown. Thanks again to everyone.

26th SPAR European Cross Country Championships - Lisbon, Portugal - 8th December 2019

By Dermot Kelly
St Coca's Athlete Aoife O'Cuill was part of a 40 strong Irish Team to participate in the European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon. Aoife put in a fantastic run as part of the U20 squad and was the 2nd team mate home for the Irish behind Jodie McCann with the U20 squad taking 11th place.

Overall, Ireland had their most successful European Cross Country Championships winning individual bronze in the U20 men and in the U23 women and two silver team medals won by the U23 women squad and by the senior women's team.

Donore Harriers Jingle Bells 5K - Phoenix Park, Dublin - 7th December 2019

Congrats to all of the St Coca’s contingent, led by David Walsh, who took part in the Jingle Bells 5K in the Phoenix Park last Saturday organised by Donore Harriers. Nice way to close off an eventful year.

Kildare Cross Country Championships Day 3, Relays and Seniors - Curragh - 1st December 2019

By Carmel Kelly
A damp start to the day on the Curragh this morning for the last Kildare fixture of the year. A new event for juveniles inter club mixed relays drew big numbers. St Cocas fielded two u10 teams, three u12 and two u14 teams coming out on top in the u14 with a storming run by Daniel Geraghty, Aoishe Gormley, Sadhbh Buckley and Brian Caffrey. U10 Luke McKeon, Lily Ryan, Dearbhla Hearns, Colm Cahill, Hazel Geraghty, Kevin Kiely, Sean Hayes, Emily Graham and Sara Chrachol. U12 Roisin Beggan, Fionn Killeen, Harry Cahill, Erin Murray, Daithi Killeen, Cormac Buckley, Rebecca Treacy, Paulina Chrachol, Cormac Murray, Niamh Richards, Emily Geraghty and Gearoid McCauley. U14 Claire Kelly, Cian Durkan, Emily Byrne and Lauren Graham.

Immediately after the relays the senior women took to their marks in the 4K race. A 3rd place finish by Áine Burke led the team to silver medals. Kirsten Monaghan, Lynda Gormley, Niamh Cleary and Olivia Bermingham making up the team.
The men’s race 17 year old Eoin Richards became one of the youngest senior champions ever (Paul Robinson also winning at that age) when he had an impressive win in the senior 10k race. Having made his debut on the Irish Mountain running team this year the months of hill training along with his regular endurance work gave him the edge on the day. Behind Eoin the team were all running well and won deserved bronze team medals on the day. Shane McNerney, Niall O’Reilly, Leeroy Graham, Patrick Conlon and Henry Cahill members of the team.

Great running conditions on the Curragh today a number of other club runners took the opportunity to get some good training in for the upcoming All Ireland in Dunboyne and Kildare indoors in Athlone.

National Senior, Junior & Juvenile Even Ages Cross Country Championships - Day 1
National Sports Campus, Abbotstown - 24th November 2019

Huge congratulations to everyone who ran today. Tough underfoot conditions. Another medal winning performance by Conor Murphy who won silver in the u14 3,000M. Eoin Richards 7th in u18 6,000M. Aoife O'Cuill 5th junior 4,000M. Special well done to our two youngest runners. Katy Hayes 30th and Juliet Olivier 38th U12 2,000M. Remember all running today qualified from Leinster so a great achievement. Well done all.

Run in the Dark - Dublin - 13th November 2019

Congratulations to all our St. Cocas members that ran Run In The Dark in very wet and cold conditions tonight. We are so proud of you all, particularly those who did their first 5k or 10K

Leinster Cross Country Championships - Day 3 - Uneven Ages and Seniors - Ferbane Co. Offaly, 9th November 2019

The final Leinster cross country of the year took place today in Ferbane Co Offaly. A traditional farmers field in every sense of the word, the cows having left their calling card before they were hushed to a nearby field😝. Undaunted the St Cocas athletes were made of strong stuff and created a bit of club history with 4 teams qualifying for the all Ireland on 15th December in nearby Dunboyne.
From the first race girls u11 to the boys u19 the athlete put in exceptional performances. Juliet Olivier finished 5th in a field of almost 150 runners in the girls u11 to make the Leinster team. Aisling Nolan 59th, Aoibhin Beggan 86th, Aine McCauley and Maebh McNerney all running well.
Luke McKeon was running u11 (up and age) finishing 41st, Daithi Killeen 73rd and Cormac Buckely 76th , 134 finishers. The county team came 4th and qualified for the all Ireland with Luke making the team.
The u13 girls race was another with huge numbers with 131 finishers. Roisin Beggan has a great run to finish 68th and qualify on the Kildare team. Katy Hayes 84th, Lauren Greham, Rebecca Treacy and Saoirse O'Toole also running well.
The boys u13 had medalled last year and again were in the hunt for medals. Feilim Dikcius 20th, Brian Caffrey 24th, Daniel Geraghty 40th, Fionn Killeen 46th, Harry Cahill 47th and Robert Murphy 48th. A great team display rewarded with bronze medals and a place in the all Ireland.
A very strong set of girls lined up in the u15 and they won LEINSTER CLUB GOLD. Led by Aoife McNerney 9th, Maedhbh Caffrey 12th, Niamh McDonald 15th, Sadhbh Buckely 16th, Ruby Olivier 39th and Kate Carroll 92nd the team title was theirs. They also helped Kildare county to silver medals.
The u15 boys were in a stiff race and Conor Murphy 10th qualified on the Leinster team. Conan Lennon, Joseph Richards, Tadhg Killeen, Jim Harrigan and Conor McNerney all running well but out of the medals.
Eoin Richards had one of his finest races in the boys u17 to claim a bronze medal and lead the team to bronze medals and a place in the all Ireland. Oisin Farrell 13th, Thomas Richards 19th and Tadgh McCauley 46th.
Aoife O'Cuill was always in control of the girls u19 race leading for most. She pulled away in the last 500m to take the LEINSTER GOLD. Kirsten Monaghan 14th and Aine Caffrey 20th the girls won club silver, county gold and qualified to the all Ireland.
In the last juvenile race Shane McNerney was having a great run and just missed out on a qualification to all Ireland in 15th place. Adam Cullen also had a solid run in this age group.

The standard at Leinster is strong and today St Cocas mixed it with the best in the province. Next stage is all Ireland and the first fixture in Sunday 24th November in Abbotstown for the u12/14/16/18 junior and senior. Congratulation to everyone athletes, parents and coaches.

KBC Dublin Marathon - 27th October 2019

Congratulations to all club members who completed the KBC Dublin Marathon today, it is a fantastic achievement for you, many undertaking a marathon for the first time. Much thanks to all the club supporters, family and friends for shouting out along the route. St Coca's ladies team consisting of Laura Kelly with an amazing time of 3:03:38 along with Niamh Cleary and Fiona King took 13th place overall. Complete result times are at the end of the photo set.

Leinster Cross Country Championships Day 2 (Evens, Junior, Novice), Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
26th October 2019

The first round of the Leinster Cross country took place today in Gowran Co. Kilkenny. Underfoot conditions were testing after the heavy rain yesterday but the course dried out as the day went on with St Cocas athletes having some super performances.

Race of the day from the club perspective was the u14 boys race where Conor Murphy ran the race of his life to take his first provincial title, in fact a first title for St Cocas in well over a decade. He raced to victory never troubled once he took the lead in the 2nd half of the 3k race. His team also running well took the silver club medals. Feilim Dikcius 27, Brian Caffrey 36, Joseph Richards 45, Daniel Geraghty and Conor McNerney the lads have all qualified to the all Ireland in 4 weeks time.

In the boys and girls u12 the teams all ran well especially the u12 girls. The club team came 7th with Katy Hayes 37 and Juliet Olivier making the county team who won bronze medals and also qualify for all Ireland's. Roisin Beggan, Eirn Murray, Aisling Nolan, Aoibhin Beggan, Maeve McNerney all running well. Best of the boys u12 was Harry Cahill 32. Fionn Killeen, Robert Murphy, Gearoid McCauley, Daithi Killeen and Cormac Murray were all on this team.

A fantastic top 10 finish for Sadhbh Buckely in the girls u14 where she finished 7th. Maedhbh Caffrey close behind in 17th. Great team running from the girls behind, Aoishe Gormley, Aoife Carroll, Lucy Martin, Meadhbh Cullen and Georgia Nolan the team came 6th. The Kildare county team were 4th with Sadhbh, Meadhbh and Aoishe qualifying for the all Ireland.

Great finishes by the 3 girls running u16 with Aoife McNerney putting in a very strong performance to finish 7th. Just outside the top 20 Ruby Olivier 23 and Cliona O'Toole 24 the girls were just missing the vital 4th scorer and would surely have medalled. Better news for the county. With Naas ac girls winning the team title the county team also won Gold medals so all three of ours qualify for the all Ireland.

Thomas Richards also had a strong run finishing 11th in boys u16. Qualifying to all Ireland he will also represent Leinster. The team came 9th, Conan Lennon 44, Tadgh Killeen, Jim Harrigan and Tadgh McCauley all running strongly.

Last races saw the juniors and u18 girls and boys. Aine Burke and Kirsten Monaghan were the best of the girls. Aine Caffrey and Zofia Terzyk combining to win team bronze.
Oisin Farrell was our sole runner in the u18 race finishing 14th. To end the day Shane McNerney had a strong run in the Novice men finishing in the top half.

Well done to all our runners today. Great progress for many from last year. Looking forward to the next day and best of luck to those who have qualified for the all Ireland.