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Archives 2021 July-September

BMW Berlin Marathon - Sunday 26th September 2021

Alex Wallace has completed the Berlin marathon in an incredible run of 2:30.06 in humid conditions, and a headwind in the last few Km, placing 70th out of ~25,000 and 9th in his M40 age group, just over a minute outside the St Coca’s club record. Bernard Phelan set a new PB of 3:23.22 and Aidan Maher finished in 3:56.20. Congratulations to all three.

AON Mullingar Half Marathon News - Saturday 25th September 2021

Congrats to Ruairí Nolan today placing 30th in the AON Mullingar half marathon with a 1:24.01 PB. He was followed by the Coca's Fab 4 of Clare Lyons 1:50.50, Brenda Kelly 1:58.48, Pauline McEnroe 1:59.03 and Sarah Griffin 2:17.17. Well done all.

Westport Olympic Distance Triathlon - Saturday 25th September 2021

Congrats to David Ashe, Patrick Conlon, Martin Baten and Rachel Smyth who completed the Westport Olympic Distance Triathlon yesterday, consisting of a 1500M swim at the mouth of Clew Bay, followed by a 40 KM out and back cycle to Louisburgh that takes in views of the majestic Croagh Patrick and Clare Island followed by a 10 KM flat run on the Westport town greenway. Well done all four.

St Senan's Cross Country, Kilmacow Co. Kilkenny - Sunday 19th September 2021

St Coca's traveled to Kilmacow in South Kilkenny to the St Senan's Cross Country today and had some super performances. It was the first cross country in almost a year and was great to be out competing again. The event featured athletes from local Kilkenny clubs plus a number from Waterford and Tipperary. Add in a few from Kildare and Louth.

Our athletes certainly made their mark and started off with a bronze medal in the girls u9 where May Hughes finished like a train in her first race for the club.

Katy Hayes also had a terrific run to finish 3rd in the girls U14 and lead the team of herself, Aisling Nolan, Roisin Beggan and Aoibhean Beggan to silver medals.

Harry Cahill another to storm home in boys U14 and win silver.

Caoimhe McNerney u12, Saoirse O'Toole u16, Karan Pillay and Joseph Richards u16, Kate Carroll and Aoife McNerney u18, Orla Reidy was 3rd junior home and Henry Cahill took on the senior race and all ran great too. These races will give them great confidence coming to the Kildare Cross Country Championships to be held on 10th and 17th of October at the Curragh.

Kildare Road Race Championships - Kildare - Sunday September 12th 2021

Sunday morning saw the return of the Kildare Road Race Championships held in Kildare town. Representing the club in the men's 10K were Gavin Scanlon, Patrick Conlon, Brian Kerrigan, Bernard Phelan and Aidan Maher. Great strong runs by all 5 lads with Gavin Scanlon coming 5th overall. The team were just outside the medals, finishing in 4th place.

Bronze for Bobby King at the National Track & Field Masters - Santry - Sunday 5th September 2021

Well done to Bobby King placing 3rd this morning in the M75 800M at the Irish Life Health Masters Track & Field Championships at Morton Stadium, Santry. Pictured with Tom Durcan (Bohermeen AC) and Michael Kiely (Rising Sun AC).

Antrim Coast Half Marathon News - Sunday 29th August 2021

Congratulations to Alexander Wallace and club secretary Bernard Phelan who took on the Antrim Coast half marathon this morning. Alex ran in the elite category clocking 1:11:45 and Bernard ran an amazing 1:25:22.


Both men looking strong for the Berlin marathon at the end of September.

Strong performances at the Celbridge AC 5K - Thursday August 26th 2021

Well done to all the gang who took on the Celbridge AC 5K tonight, glorious warm evening and some super times and PBs clocked up. Gavin Scanlon was first home for St Coca's under 16 mins followed by Conor Devaney, Tommy Walsh, Martin Horan, Niall O'Reilly, Patrick Conlon, Ruairi Nolan, John Young, Richard Naughton, Denise Fox first lady for St Coca's just outside 20 mins with great pacing by Leeroy Graham, followed by Fiona King, Brendan Coffey and Helen Holton. Thanks to all marshals and race organisers for a super evening.

Irish Life Health National Track and Field Premier Club League - Tullamore - 15th August 2021

Well done to Áine Burke, Orla Reidy and Maud O’Shea of St Cocas and the rest of the Kildare County Team who took gold at the Irish Life Health National Track and Field Premier League today. Áine won the 3K steeplechase, Orla ran the 800m and Maud was part of the 4x400m relay team. The Kildare team had been pecking at the Premier League for the last few years and were 3rd on two occasions. It all came together today for the win where the team competed in twenty track and field events, winning 6 of them to beat off a strong challenge by Dundrum South Dublin AC and Galway County.

Irish Life Health National Juvenile Championships - Tullamore 6th-8th and 14th August 2021

St Coca's had three members competing at the National Juvenile Championships this year. Maeve Caffrey just missed out on a medal coming 4th in the U16 3K, Clíona O'Toole placed 9th in the U18 3K, both races taking place on Sunday the 8th August. On Day 3 of the event, Saturday 14th August, Ruby Olivier competed in the U17 1500m where she ran a solid race to place 9th. Well done to all three girls on representing their club at the highest level. Full results on Athletics Ireland website.

Mondello Half Marathon - Friday 30th July 2021

Astonishing performances and PBs by three St Coca's athletes, who were among 56 participants tonight, taking on the Half Marathon at Mondello in conjunction with Donadea 50K.

Leeroy Graham set a blistering pace to finish the 21.1Km distance 2nd overall in 1:16:59 followed by Tommy Walsh hot on his heels who came fourth overall in 1:20:56. Denise Fox placed 16th overall and was 2nd lady home in a time of 1:35:10.

Huge congrats to these athletes on their outstanding performances which come on the back of hard and consistent training. Well done.

Leinster Track and Field Championships - Carlow IT - July 2021

The Leinster Championships took place at Carlow IT on six different dates throughout July due to Covid-19 limitations. Our own Carmel Kelly made her debut this year as Competition Secretary for Athletics Leinster and a great month of competition was able to take place.

The Junior/Senior and Masters events took place on 3rd and 4th July where Bobby King claimed gold on Day 1, Saturday 3rd July, in the 1500m Masters O75 category.

Zofia Terzyk set a new PB on Day 2, Sunday 4th July, coming 4th in the junior 400m hurdles.

Great support was provided to Athletics Leinster from our athletes and coaches. Michael Reidy, Carmel Fannon, Maud O'Shea, Kirsten Monaghan, Orla Reidy and of course Zofia Terzyk who assisted with the competition.

On day 3, Saturday 10th July, Maeve Caffrey picked up bronze in the Girls U16 3,000m and Clíona O'Toole put in a great performance to finish 3rd in the U18 3,000m.

On what was probably the hottest day of the year, Day 4, Saturday 17th July, the U14-U19 events were held. In the sprints in the morning Layla Mathias and Olivia Chrachol were running in u15 and u17 100m. Layla making the final of u15 where she finished 7th.

Katy Hayes and Roisin Beggan ran in the U14 1500m finishing well up the field. Harry Cahill was 7th and Robert Murphy 9th in the boys race. Daniel Geraghty had a good run in u15. Conor Murphy finished 5th in the u16 race. It was a slow tactical race with a fast last lap and only a few seconds between the top 6 lads.

Race of the day for St Cocas was next with Ruby Olivier running the race of her life to win a bronze medal on the line. For Ruby, who has been training well and consistently over the past year, it was a well deserved medal for hard work and guts. The day finished off with Oisín Farrell in the boys u19 where he finished in the top 10.

On day 6, Saturday 24th July, Aoife Carroll competed in the u16 250m hurdles & Orla Flynn in the u17 300m hurdles, both running their first hurdle race, Aoife finishing 2nd, Órla a very close 4th. Well done all competitors who represented the club.

Kevin Kelly becomes fourth St Coca's sub 4 minute miler - New York - Saturday 10th July 2021

In the early hours of Saturday morning St Coca's Kevin Kelly did what he promised to do for a while and went sub 4 for the mile. At the Icahn Stadium just outside New York on Randall's Island he broke the iconic mark finishing 4th in an incredible 3.57.86. And also as promised he did it in his St Coca's singlet. Kevin joins three club sub 4 milers Paul Robinson (3:54.77 in Oslo 2014), David Campbell (3:58.19 in Wanganui 2010) and Kevin Batt (3:59.53 in Leixlip 2014). Well done Kevin Kelly who now claims 2nd fastest club member over the distance.

Aoife O'Cuill competes in European U23 10,000M final in Tallinn - Estonia - Friday July 9th 2021.

Following selection by Athletics Ireland on June 28th, Aoife O’Cuill set off as part of a strong team to represent Ireland in the European U23 Championships which took  place in Tallinn, Estonia July 8th - 11th 2021. She competed 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. On a wet day at the Karriorg Stadium in Tallinn, it was 35:50.43 for Aoife and 34:57.28 for her team mate Orla O'Connor in the European Women U23 10,000M Final. The race was won by Jasmijn Lau of the Netherlands in a time of 32:30.49.

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