Archives 2021 April - June

Kildare 1500m Championship - Celbridge - Monday 28th June 2021

Report by Carmel Kelly

The Kildare 1500m championship took place in sun soaked Celbridge tonight. There were some top class races and great results for the club all round.

Katy Hayes and Roisin Beggan were up first in u14 with Katy winning a silver medal in a very close finish. Harry Cahill followed up with a silver medal too in the boys race. Saoirse O'Toole put in a great performance u15 as did Daniel Geraghty who picked up a bronze medal. In the girls u16 Sadhbh Buckley and Aoife Carroll finished 2nd and 3rd while Conor McNerney and Alexander Broome ran well in the boys equivalent. With four St Coca's runners in girls u17 a slow tactical race ensued with Ruby Olivier and Niamh McDonald sprinting it out over the final 80m and Ruby taking the title. Kate Carroll 4th and Nessa Stagg also running well.

The final two races saw Conan Lennon win the u17 and Thomas Richards 2nd in the o17/senior race. Cliodhna O'Toole put in a storming finish to claim a bronze in the women's event and Orla Reidy also having a great run.

Well done to all the athletes and to their coaches who have kept them going over the last year. Great to be back racing.

Aoife O'Cuill selected for Irish U23 European Championships team in Tallinn - Monday 28th June 2021

Athletics Ireland have announced that Aoife O’Cuill has been selected as part of the 30 strong team to represent Ireland in the European U23 Championships due to take place in Tallinn, Estonia July 8th - 11th 2021. She will compete in the 10,000M (with Orla O’Connor from Waterford) having met the qualification standard in Cork in May with a time of 34:41.36.

Best of luck Aoife from all at St Cocas.

Full announcement here.

Kildare Track and Field Championships - Celbridge - 26th & 27th June 2021

Well done to all our competitors in the sprints, long jump and turbo javelin at the Kildare County Juvenile Track and Field Championships in Celbridge on Saturday and a great showing by our u9/10 and 11 athletes on Sunday at the 300m/400m and 500m events. The races were all very competitive with Patrick Nolan winning silver in the u9 event and Eoin Kelly silver in u10. Great to see all the happy faces. Well done to you all.

Kevin Kelly takes bronze in thrilling 1500M National Senior final - Santry - 26th June 2021

Kevin Kelly gave it everything this afternoon, leaving it all on the track, making a brave move to the front in the last 200M racing for the line only to be overtaken on the final straight by race favourite Andrew Coscoran and an amazing sprint by Cathal Doyle for 2nd, leaving him with a well deserved bronze in an edge of the seat race to the finish of the National Senior Men 1500M at the Morton Stadium in Santry. Well done Kevin.

Aoife O'Cuill places 5th in the National Senior Women 5K in Santry - Saturday 26th June 2021

An amazing performance by Aoife O'Cuill once again to place 5th in a field of 21 in the National Senior Women 5K at Morton Stadium this morning on the back of her U23 1500M crown last Sunday and qualification for the European 10,000M at CIT last May. Superb running Aoife.

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Aoife O'Cuill has runaway win in National Junior U23 1500M final - Sunday 20th June 2021

At the National Junior U23 Championships in Morton Stadium, Santry, Aoife O'Cuill had an unbelievable runaway win to claim the National U23 1500M title in a time of 4:29.96 where she lead from the gun. Beating her personal best by about 9 seconds, what a fantastic race Aoife, congratulations.

Kildare Thoroughbred Half Marathon sees smashing PB performances - Sunday 20th June 2021

Well done to all our athletes who took on the Thoroughbred Half Marathon this morning through the streets of Kildare, some amazing times and PBs. (Photos by Dónal Harrison)

Kildare 600/800M Championships ages 15 and under - Sunday 20th June 2021

Report by Carmel Kelly

There were some more great performances by the younger age group athletes in Naas for u12 to u14 600m/800m races.

Deirbhile Nolan was first up and put in a marvellous last 100m to make the girls u12 final where she had another great run. Luke McKeon and Colm Cahill ran the boys u12 with Luke winning a great bronze medal after in a great final.

All three of the girls u13 made the final Juliet Olivier 5th, Aisling Nolan 6th and Aoibhin Beggan 7th. Harry Cahill and Robert Murphy won silver and bronze in the boys u14 800m. The last race of the day was the girls u14 and Katy Hayes and Roisin Beggan were very strong finishing 4th and 7th. Well done to everyone and to the coaches on the day.

New PBs for Bernard and Marianne at the Kildare Thoroughbred 10K - Saturday 19th June 2021

Massive congrats to these two legends at the Kildare Thoroughbred 2021 10k this morning.


Two huge PBs by Bernard Phelan 39.37 and Marianne Mulreid 43.21 through the streets of Kildare town and the beautiful National Stud.


A lot of training behind those hard earned numbers, well done to both of you.


Shout out also to Deirdre Phelan who had a great run 23:31 in the 5K yesterday.

Kildare 800M Championships ages U15 and over - Saturday 19th June 2021

Report by Carmel Kelly
Kildare 800m championship took place in Naas this morning and St Cocas were well represented in all the age groups.

Saoirse O'Toole was out first and just missed the final of girls u15 by one spot. Daniel Geraghty had a storming run in the boys u15 to claim a bronze medal. Conor Murphy also ran a super race in the boys u16 to claim a silver.. Not far behind was Alexander Broome in his first race for the club and Joseph Richards. Another athlete to impress was Ruby Olivier silver in the girls u17. Niamh McDonald and Cliona O'Toole were just outside the medals in the open women's race and Nessa Stagg and Orla Reidy both running well.

Well done to Kildare on getting championship events on this year and compliments to Naas AC on the great condition of the track.

New PB for Kevin Kelly in 1500m - Saturday 12th June 2021

Kevin Kelly continues his amazing performance streak with a new PB of 3:39.08 to win the 1500m in New York. The time is less than 4 seconds off the St Coca's male record of 3:35.22 set by Paul Robinson in Rieti, Italy in 2013.

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Kildare 100M Sprint Championships - Saturday June 12th 2021

The long awaited return to inter club competition ended on Saturday with the Kildare 100M U15-U17 Sprint Championships taking place in Celbridge. St Coca's AC was represented by Orla Flynn, Olivia Chracol, Grace Maher, Claire Kelly and Layla Mathias. All girls ran well with Orla Flynn easily winning her heat and taking 2nd place in the U17 final. Layla Mathias also won her heat and went on to take 3rd place in the U15 final. In the U16 category Grace Maher and Claire Kelly reached the final, with Grace coming 4th and Claire 6th. Well done to Kildare County Board for organising the event and to Celbridge AC for hosting and to all competitors.