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Archives 2020 October - December

Paul Robinson joint winner of Extra Time Sports 'Sports person of the year' - 31st December 2020

A competitive field of elite Kilcock athletes made it a difficult choice for local Sports Journalist Robert Cox to choose this year's Extra Time Sports “Sports person of the year”, settling for cyclist Conn Dunphy and St. Coca's Paul Robinson to be joint winners of the 2020 title.


Thanks to Robert Cox for highlighting and celebrating their amazing achievements every year with great enthusiasm, passion and depth of context. Paul Robinson won the National 1500m in August and Conn McDunphy worn the Elite Men's Time Trial National Championships in October.


Congratulations to Conn McDunphy and Paul Robinson on being crowned this year’s joint winners of Extra Time Sports “Sports person of the year”.

Track Development Works Begin - 16th November 2020

We are delighted to announce that the long promised track development work at the Bawnogues grounds will commence this week.

The project is funded by Kildare County Council, The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Sports Capital Programme (SCP) and St Coca’s Athletics Club.

Works will include the development of sprint lanes, drainage and the upgrading of floodlighting. As a consequence, the track will not be available to use until further notice and the following changes have been made by the coaching team to facilitate ongoing training activities.

This is great news for the club going forward and should be of great benefit to all members well into the future.

Athletics Ireland Virtual Cross Country Challenge - 15th November 2020

More than 4,600 juveniles from 120 clubs across Ireland took part in the Athletics Ireland Virtual Winter Challenge, with a great turn out from St Coca's athletes this morning. Well done everyone.

Alex Wallace places 4th in Dublin City Marathon 2020 - Sunday 25th October 2020

Congratulations to Alex Wallace on completing the virtual KBC Dublin Marathon 2020 on Sunday last 25th October in a remarkable time of 2:37:59 and according to the results, the 4th fastest time overall, an incredible achievement.

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St Coca's Club Teamwear Shop goes online at JFSports - Sunday 11th October 2020

We are delighted to launch a new teamwear partnership with JF Sports that will see our  branded club clothing items supplied online by JF Sports in Carlow. The training and leisure clothing is based on the Joma range and embroidered with the club crest. Well done to Lisa Byrne and the committee members who sorted out all the details of this new initiative. Check it out here

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Chairman of Leinster Athletics, Pat Hooper of Raheny Shamrocks AC dies, aged 68 - Friday 9th October 2020

The athletics Community in Leinster and Ireland lost a great friend, Pat Hooper of Raheny Shamrocks, who died suddenly today. Pat was always a great supporter of our athletes here in St Coca's recognising a club with a great middle distance tradition. He was the main man behind his club in Raheny but a great supporter of all athletes in Ireland. As Leinster chairman he chaired his last meeting last night on Zoom where he joked and laughed with the members. A huge shock to the athletic community and a massive loss. A gentleman to the core. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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Kildare Cross Country Championships (Day 1) - Sunday October 4th 2020

Day 1 of the Kildare Cross Country Championships took place today during persistent heavy rain at the beautiful Coolcarrigan House & Gardens, just outside Naas.

There was a strong turnout from the club for all races.

In the women's U18, Orla Reidy ran a strong race to take 2nd place in 11:51 followed by Aine Caffrey, Cliona O'Toole, Kirsten Monaghan, Maud O'Shea, and Doireann Killeen.

Orla Reidy led home the Novice category in a time of 11:51 (2nd novice overall), followed by Aine Caffrey, Cliona O'Toole, Denise Fox, Kirsten Monaghan, Maud O'Shea, Tara Molloy and Doireann Killeen. The Novice Team took 2nd place.


In the women's Masters, Lynda Gormley finished in 11:59 (3rd master overall and fastest F45) followed by Olivia Bermingham, Denise Fox, Fiona King and Tara Molloy. The Masters team came 3rd overall.

In the men's U18, Eoin Richards who ran alongside Alex Wallace for the entire race, crossed the line in 12:50 followed by Oisin Farrell.

In the men's Novice category, Oisín Farrell (13:47) was first home for St Coca's and 4th novice overall, followed by Patrick Conlon, Colin O'Neill, Dave Murray, Finnian McKeon, Richard Naughton and John Young. The Novice team came 3rd overall.

The men's Masters saw Alex Wallace finish first home overall in 12:54 followed by Niall O'Reilly, Colin O'Neill, Henry Cahill, Martin Baten, Dave Murray, Finnian McKeon, Bernard Phelan, John Young and Larry Kelly. The team came 4th overall.

In the Junior races, girls U10, Alannah McDonald was first home in 3:00 followed by Caoimhe McNerney, Aoife Killeen, Julia McKeon, Alesia Vedernikova, Cliodhna Buckley and Emily Graham. The team came 3rd overall.

In the boys U10 event, Eoin Kelly ran 2:50, followed by Eoghan McNerney, Kyle Shannon and Finn Shannon, the team again taking 3rd place.

Eight St Coca's girls ran in the U12 event, with Juliet Olivier coming home in 6:00 followed by Aisling Nolan, Aobhinn Beggan, Maeve McNerney, Ruby Reilly, Dearbhla Nolan, Emily Geraghty and Emily Connolly. The first four girls team were second overall.

The boys U12 team came fourth overall with Daithi Killeen (5:41) leading home Cormac Buckley, Luke McKeon and Ryan Shannon.

Saoirse O'Toole was the only girl for St Coca's to run in the U14 category and she was 21st overall (11:26) in a field of 33.

The boys U14 had a strong St Coca's contingent with Brian Caffrey running a great race (9:10) to come 3rd overall followed by a fantastic performance by Harry Cahill hot on his heels in 9:12, followed by Daniel Geraghty,  Fionn Killeen, Robert Murphy, Charlie Reilly and Seamus Maher. The first four team easily taking 1st place overall.

An amazing performance in the girls U16 saw the whole team of four St Coca's athletes cross the line to take 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place overall, Niamh McDonald 13:46 was followed by Meadhbh Caffrey, Aoife McNerney and Ruby Olivier. The first 3 girls team easily took 1st place overall.

Finally to top off a very wet day, another fantastic team win for the first 3 boys in the boys U16 category saw Conor Murphy come home in 2nd overall (12:27) followed by Conan Lennon, Tadhgh Killeen, Joseph Richards and Conor McNerney, another strong team performance.

Congratulations to all athletes and coaches on the fantastic results of ongoing hard work.

Full results at PopUpRaces.

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