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Archives 2021 October - December

Kildare Senior Cross Country Championships and Juvenile Relays - The Curragh - Sunday 19th December 2022

An exciting cold sunny morning at the Curragh for the Kildare Senior Cross Country Championships and Juvenile Relays.

SPAR European Cross Country Championships - Sports Ireland Campus, Abbotstown - Sunday 12th December 2021

The long awaited European Cross Country Championships finally took place at the Sports Ireland Campus in Abbotstown today and what a fantastic and thrilling televised spectacle it turned out to be. St Coca's were proudly represented by Aoife O'Cuill in the women's U23 and a team bus load of supporters went along on the day to cheer her on. 20 year-old Aoife, who was selected following her success at the National Championships in November, ran a solid race placing 32nd behind two of her teammates Sarah Healy and Danielle Donegan in the U23 6,000M. It turned out to be a great day for Ireland with the U23 men's team taking gold and the men's U20 team taking silver. The event also saw the highly anticipated senior debut of Jakob Ingebrigsten from Norway who, at the age of 21, took gold in the senior men's 10K in 30:15. So important for the sport to give the opportunity to upcoming athletes to be inspired by and to even meet the best of the best competing on Irish soil and some delighted St Coca's fans, and upcoming cross country runners themselves, pictured with the winning U23 team below and also with former 3-time Olympian marathon runner Dick Hooper. What a brilliant day and thanks to the many members that went along today to cheer on the home teams. Well done also to Carmel Kelly who was an official on the day.

Irish Life Health Novice and Juvenile uneven ages National Cross Country Championships - Gowran, Kilkenny - Sunday 5th December 2021

Another super day in Gowran today for the all Ireland. Great running conditions and even some winter sunshine. A huge well done to everyone. A special mention to the girls u17 who were only 10 points off a medal and will certainly medal in the next year or two if we keep the team together. Great team scoring by girls u13 who are improving every time they run. Top of the crop today was Eoin Kelly who was a scoring member of the Leinster team who secured bronze.

Girls U11

Alannah McDonald 82

Caoimhe McNerney 131

Kildare county 9th

117 finishers

Boys U11

Eoin Kelly 28 (Bronze medal on Leinster team)

Girls U13

Aisling Nolan 37

Juliet Olivier 67

Maeve McNerney 102

Aoibhin Beggan 112

Robyn Hurley 117

Sarah Shelly 131

Team 9th of 18

160 finishers

U15 Boys

Daniel Geraghty 108

Robert Murphy 109

145 finishers

U17 Girls

Meabh Caffrey 21

Niamh McDonald 33

Sadhbh Buckley 58

Ruby Olivier 71

Aoife McNerney 84

Kate Carroll 99

Team 5th of 12

110 finishers

Boys U17

Conor Murphy 58

Conan Lennon 101

Karan Pillay 106

118 finishers

U19 Girls

Cliona O'Toole 35

57 finishers

U19 boys

Oisin Farrell 51

72 finishers

Training Sessions Resume at St Coca's Track in the Bawnogues - Saturday 27th November 2021

The long wait to return to training ended today with a first juvenile training session on the upgraded grounds. The upgrades include an 8-lane synthetic surface for sprinting and a high jump area, additional long jump pit as well as new flood lighting and drainage works.