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Training
Training will recommence in two weeks on Tuesday August 22nd for the upcoming cross country season.
It will present a great opportunity for athletes to take up the sport and join the club. New members will be welcome.
World Championshios
World Championships Athletics is taking centre stage this week in the world of sport with the World Athletics T&F Championships currently taking place in London. Ireland has sent a small team to these championships and Waterford interest will lie with Thomas Barr as he goes in the 400m hurdles. Good luck to all those competing.
Cross Country Training
Training has now resumed for the cross country season.
New members are always welcome, with cross country providing an excellent opportunity to take up the sport.
Training takes place each Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm in Lemybrien GAA grounds.

Membership 2017
Click here for the 2017 membership forms. It is important all athletes and adults involved are registered to fully cover them for insurance.
Please click here to read the benefits of being a club member and affiliated to Athletics Ireland.

Congratulations - Ireland’s Fittest Family
Congratulations to the Boylan family on their participation on Ireland’s Fittest Family on Sunday. Siobhain and Maggie, who are both members of KCK, were joined by Peter and Peter Junior on the show and were unlucky to marginally miss out on progressing to the next stage. Siobhain enjoyed much success with the club over the years including multiple County Cross Country medals and impressive outings in Munster also, securing very high finishes. Margaret Ann is also well used to the Cross Country and last year was a member of the girl's u17 team that took County team medals and a Munster B title. Well doneagain to the Boylan family.

County Board

The annual County Board convention was held last weekend in St Augustines College, Dungarvan. KCK’s John Behan was reappointed County Secretary for the coming year.
All clubs were reminded about the importance of insurance. All athletes in training should ensure they are registered with the club. This covers insurance for the year and allows them compete under insurance in all County Championship events
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Coaching Roles


As discussed at our recent AGM the club would welcome more volunteers to get involved. We have a very small core group and would very welcome more help in the line of coaching. Contact run@kckac.ie for more details on this if anyone is interested.


KCK on the Web

Keep up to date with all happenings in the club through our dedicated club website at www.kckac.ie or through our new facebook page which can be found at www.facebook.com/kckac or indeed by following us on twitter www.twitter.com/kckac
All photographs, news and details of upcoming fixtures can be found there so check them all out.

Munster Medals for KCK in Templemore
The Munster B Track and Field championships went ahead last weekend in Templemore, Tipperary. With athletes competing from all six counties, competition was challenging, especially in the younger age groups. A good cohort of KCK athletes made the trip and it turned out a very successful day for the club.
Two Medals for Ronan
Ronan O’Hora enjoyed a particularly successful day as he claimed two medals in the boys U10 category. The turbo javelin competition was extremely exciting with less than 15cm separating gold and silver. Ronan’s best throw of 19.12m was good enough for victory on the day, with Ronan taking an excellent Munster gold medal. Ronan’s long jump competition produced an equally tight finish with just 10cm separating the top four athletes. Ronan’s longest jump of 3.48m put him in a very strong position and in the end Ronan scooped the silver medal.
Gold for Kyle
Kyle Walsh was another to have a most impressive day as he won two medals in the boy’s U15 category. Kyle took a comfortable win in the 800m final in a time of 2.30 to claim Munster gold. His second medal of the day came in the 100m final where he crossed the line in 3rd place in 14.27.
Niamh McGrath races to Silver
The club was well represented in the U9 age group and Niamh McGrath toed the line in the final of the 300m. Niamh got our quickly and rounded the bend with the leaders. Up the final straight Niamh battled with a Clare athlete right to the line which she crossed in 2nd place, with just three tenths of a second separating the first two. Niamh followed up her excellent medal with a top eight finish in the long jump competition, with her best jump 2.85m.
Abi Ryan showed a great turn of speed as she sailed through the heats in the girls U9 60m in 10.74. Orlaith Devine went in heat 2 and finished a strong 7th. Abi lined up in the final and equalled her time from her heat and finished a well placed 6th. Orlaith also went in the long jump competition, placing well with a best of 2.38m.
Darragh jumps to Silver
Darragh Devine put in a wonderful series of jumps in the boys U11 long jump final to scoop the silver medal on the day. His longest jump on the day was 3.40m which ensured him of his well earned medal. Darragh also competed well in his 60m heats, where he placed 6th and just missed out on a final place.
Also at U11 level for the girls were Rebecca Walshe and Roisin Power. Both girls competed in two events each and placed highly in their 600m final, with Rebecca crossing the line in 5th and Roisin close behind in a good 9th position.  While in their long jumps the girls finished in 12th and 15th places with jumps of 3.01m and 2.82m respectively.
Shot Silver for Aisling
Aisling Power lined out for the girls U15 shot putt competition and after a very good sequence of throws secured an excellent silver medal, with her best throw of 4.50m.
Hannah McGrath secured a strong top 8 finish in the girls U12 long jump competition with a best jump of 3.15m which was good enough for 7th place overall. She followed this up with a solid run in her 600m in a time of 2.15.13. While at U13 level, Ciara Power jumped well in her long jump competition with her best of 3.44 securing her 9th position. She also gave a good account of herself in the 600m where she recorded a time of 2.11. Roseanne Power joined Ciara in the long jump competition and her best of 3.21m placed her 13th overall.
Super Bronze for Senan
The medals kept flowing in the U10 category as Senan Devine produced an excellently timed finish to claim silver in the 500m final. His time of 1.35.99 secured him 3rd place and a well deserved Munster medal. Senan followed this up with a 5th place finish in the long jump competition with a best jump of 3.32m.
Also in the U10 category was Isobel Lawlor who competed very well. In the final of her 60m sprint, Isobel placed an excellent 5th place in 10.51, less than half a second off a medal. While in her long jump competition, she recorded a best of 2.76m to finish in 13th.
Well done to everyone who competed and who made the journey to the Templemore venue.
Very Successful Day for KCK Athletes at County Championships
The second and final round of the County Track and Field Championships went ahead on Sunday in the RSC and the club enjoyed a very successful day. Following on from the opening day on the previous weekend, the medal count was up once more and we had some first time county title winners.
County Gold for Molly
Molly Byrne, competing in her first individual county championships had a most successful day. She opened her account as she swept to a convincing win in the girls U9 60m hurdles race where she showed some very strong speed. She followed this up with a silver medal in the U9 200m final as well as going on to win another relay medal with the girls U10 team.
Three medals for Niamh McGrath
The clubs girls U9 success continued as Niamh McGrath stormed to her first county track title as she gold in the U9 200m. Having missed her middle distance race last week, this made up for that. Niamh followed her team mate Molly home in the 60m hurdles to take the silver medal and make it a KCK 1-2. Niamh also took a medal on the relay team which came 3rd in the U10 category.
Another Title for Senan
Following on from his county title last weekend in the 60m, Senan made it a second gold in as many weeks when he took first place in the boys U10 200m final. Senan was also a member of the relay team that went on to take the honours in the U10 race.
Golds for Kyle and Helina
Kyle Walsh took county gold in the boys U15 200m, and added to this when he scooped silver in his 800m in the same age group after a great race. Helina Barry made a welcome return to the track as she convincingly took the 800m in the girls U15 after an impressive performance.
Hurdle Medals
Young Cormac Power was one of the first of the club athletes in action and he took a well deserved bronze medal in his 60m hurdle race. Ronan O’Hora added to his medal collection from last week as he took second place in the boys U10 60m hurdles. At U11 level, Rebecca Walshe followed on from her fine medal last week to take bronze this week in the 60m hurdles also. Bill Quigley, competing in his very first County T&F championships showed great speed to take bronze in the boys U12 60m hurdles final. Finally at U15 level, Nadia Power made it two hurdle medals for the Power family as she took 3rd place in the girls U15 80m hurdles.
Nadia Power was the clubs sole representative in the walking races and she enjoyed success taking second place in the girls U15 2000m walk. Paudie Barry made a welcome return from injury taking a fine bronze medal in the U13 200m final. While Rathgormack’s Orlaith Kennedy scooped her first County T&F medal when she took bronze in the girls U15 200m, after a fine race.
Field Medals
Shane Power enjoyed a great day on the field events as he took home two medals. He began with a fine silver medal in the U13 shot putt competition with a good distance of 7.25m before taking third place in the U13 high jump competition with a clearance of 1.25m. His sister Nadia took her medal tally to three as she took 3rd place in the girls U15 long jump competition. She would also go on to take a medal with her relay team. At U13 level, Colm and Paudie Barry took home another medal each. Colm took a fine 3rd place in the long jump competition while Paudie took 3rd in the shot putt.
Ciara Power took a great silver medal in the U14 discuss competition while her team mate Kayleigh Cass was close behind as she took bronze in the same competition. Aisling Power put in a good series of throws to take bronze in the girls U15 javelin competition to round off a very good day in the field events for the club.
Relay Success
The club took home four sets of relay medals including a very impressive gold. First up were the U10 team and the girls all combined very well to take home the bronze medals. Our boys U10 all put in sterling performances to take the county honours and a gold medal each. At U14 level, the KCK girls took home the silver medals while their U16 counterparts placed 3rd in their 4 x 100m so all four girls took home a bronze medal.
Well done to all the athletes who competed for the club on the day and to all those who help officiate and steward the events.

County Titles for Ronan and Senan
The first round of the County Track and Field championships went ahead on Sunday in the RSC, Waterford. Athletes from across the county took part with large entries in the younger age groups. For KCK, we had a good turn out and won many medals across the events. The medal winners were as follows:
Double Gold for Ronan O’Hora
Ronan O’Hora enjoyed a great day in the U10 age group, taking home two county titles. He won the long jump before going on to register a fine win in the turbo javelin. In the same age group Senan Devine showed very impressive speed when he took the 60m title in a very competitive final field. Senan went on to take his second medal, when he crossed the line in 3rd place in the U10 500m.

Rebecca Walshe showed strong stamina as she stormed to third place in the girls U11 600m, as did Colm Barry in the U13 equivalent when he scooped the silver medal. Kyle Walsh took a fine second place in the U15 100m, showing a very fast pace.
In the other field events, Darragh Devine took home his first county medal, putting in a fine set of jumps to take 2nd place in the boys U11 long jump competition. Staying with the long jump, Niamh McGrath had a busy day and showed her versatility to take 3rd place in the girls U9. In the boys U13 javelin competition, Shane Power took a well deserved silver medal and in the same event Colm Barry came away with a bronze medal.
In the relay competitions, KCK took an excellent 2nd place in the girls U9 race, while in the boys U11 4x100m, they came away with the bronze medals.
Well done to all athletes who competed, not just the medal winners. We would once again like to thank all parents who travelled to the event and for their help on the day. Keep an eye on the club website www.kckac.ie for further news.

Large Munster Medal Haul for KCK Athletes
The final Munster Championship of the year went ahead in Clarecastle GAA Grounds, as the Clare venue played host to the Munster B Cross Country Championships. The course was relatively flat, with dry cold weather greeting the record 900 juvenile entry that turned out. For KCK it was a very successful day. Despite been short some athletes due to their medal winning performances in the A event, the club turned out a very large entry. The host county Clare were very well represented across the board.
Top 6 for Ronan
The under 9 contingent from KCK opened proceedings and top finisher home was Ronan O’Hora. Ronan got off well and worked his way through the field very impressively before crossing the line in an excellent 6th place. With the top 12 athletes taking home individual medals, this was the club's first of the day.
Club Silver for Boys U9
The boys u9 team all raced superbly to put KCK second in the inter-club competition. Ronan was followed home by Bamlak Fikadu who put in a terrific run to finish in 16th place. Barry Cunningham was next across the line, followed by the Rathgormack trio of Joe Kennedy, Peter Murray and Tim Quigley who all raced excellently in their first races for the club.
U9 Inter-County Bronze
While fellow Waterford clubs were scarce on the ground, the six boys from KCK managed to secure bronze for Waterford in the inter-county team section. The six boys were the only six Waterford finishers and came in behind strong Clare and Cork county squads. This meant that all six boys took home a Munster silver and bronze medal.
For the girls u9, it was a case of been so close as KCK took 4th place in the club section, just a few points behind Kenmare in 3rd. Anna Whelan led home the girl's in a wonderful 14th position. Isobel Lawler, Abi Ryan and Amelia Kiely completed the team with each of the girls putting in a super run.
Roisín Power takes Individual Medal
A depleted girl's u11 squad took to the line in a very large entry. Roisin Power, competing a year out of her age featured prominently from early stages. She powered through the second half of her race to come home a superb 9th and win her own individual medal. In the same race, Rebecca Murray put in one of her strongest races to date as she came through the field and finish very strongly in a field of over 90 finishers. The club were short a few regulars in this and the U9 age group due to sickness so we wish them a speedy recovery.
Darragh Devine and Bill Quigley took to the line in the boy's equivalent and both raced excellently in their very first race for the club. Over 100 starters took to the line in that race to make it the biggest field of the day.
Colm Barry Scoops Individual Medal
Colm Barry rounded off his finest season to date as he raced to an excellent 8th place finish in the boy's u13 race. Competing a year out of his age, Colm put himself in a good position and raced strongly to the line.
Silver Success for Boys U13
Donnacha Dunphy made a comeback to the racing scene and came home a well placed 21st. Paudie Barry continued his return with a very strong run in 26th, while Pauly Cunningham completed the KCK team running out of his age, finishing very strongly. KCK placed second in the inter club competition, which meant a medal for all four boys.
In the girl's equivalent, Ciara Power led home the KCK trio who took to the start line. Ciara raced very strongly to secure a top 30th finish. Newcomer Anna Quigley got her first taste of cross country racing and finished very strongly. Niamh Kennedy followed up her medal in the County B championships with another fine performance here also.
Shíona and Helina in First Five
The girls u15 race proved very successful for the club, with six athletes taking to the start line. Shíona Dunphy was first to cross the line out of the six with a superb 4th place finish, the highest of all the KCK athletes on the day. Shíona rana very smart race and moved up through the field to reel in athlete after athlete. Helina Barry continued her fine form to cross the line an excellent 5th. Hot on the heels of Shíona, Helina ran a very impressive race also, pacing herself to put in a very strong closing 500m.
Team Gold for Girls U15
With two athletes in the top five, KCK were going to be in the shake up for the team medals here. Tao Behan ran one of her best races as of late with a fine 18th place finish, taking two athletes on the final sprint for home. Aisling Power was another athlete to step up her performance today, as she was the crucial fourth scorer on the team. Aisling pushed for home very strongly crossing the line in a well placed 23rd. Orlaith Kennedy and Aoife Barry both followed across the line, showing great improvements in fitness to round off a very good race.
Waterford take Bronze in Inter-County
The KCK girls were joined by the only other Waterford finisher on the day, Sarah Stone from Tramore AC who herself ran an excellent race to finish 7th, to take third place in the inter-county team section. Waterford were just 2 points off the silver medals won by Clare. The first five KCK athletes across the line secured themselves a second medal here.
Medals for Seamus and Padraig
Seamus and Padraig Fitzgerald took to the line in a competitive boy's u15 race. Seamus put in a very fine personal display to take 9th position and a Munster individual medal. Padraig wasn't far behind and won himself his own Munster medal with an 11th place finish. Well done to both.
5th place for Roisin
Roisin Dunphy raced out of her age in the girl's u17 and put in a very impressive display to take 5th place overall. Racing in the leading group for most of the race, Roisin went with the breakaway leaders before racing strongly in the closing stages to secure a very high finish.
Girls U17 win Team Silver
With her excellent individual display Roisin led home the girl's u17 team who all delivered very good performances. Emily Keane and Rena Behan both raced very strongly to finish just outside the individual medals in 14th and 15th.  Karen Murray and Hannah Mei Behan showed good fitness levels as they crossed the line to secure top 20 finishes and complete a very good team performance from the girls. KCK placed second in the inter-club team competition, behind Clare club Kilmurray.
Thank you to all the parents, families and supporters who made the trip to Clare. It was a great day for the club so a big well done to all the athletes.
Flahavans Treats
Thank to Flahavans for generously sponsoring some tasty snacks for the athletes on the day. All the athletes were delighted to be filled with energy from their healthy flapjacks!!

Munster Individual Medal for Senan Devine
The second round of the Munster Cross Country Championships took place on Limerick Racecourse last Sunday with entries for the event at a record breaking high. KCK had a good team competing, and came away with medals and great performances.
Star performer for the club on the day was young Senan Devine in the boy's U9 race. In a massive field of athletes, Senan produced his finest display to date as he raced to a 7th place finish. Senan used the final hill to his advantage and overtook a number of athletes to put himself into a very good position, which he held to the finish line. The top 12 athletes secured medals and so Senan easily made it amongst them.
In the same race, KCK had three more athletes competing. Ronan O’Hora is getting better with every race and finished a very well placed 24th. Newcomer Bamlak Fikadu again produced another improved performance, finishing a well placed 35th. Barry Cunningham continued his good season and completed the club's team which finished 6th overall. Waterford finished 4th in the inter-county section here, just two points off 3rd place with all four KCK athletes in the top 6 Waterford finishers.
Anna Whelan was the club's sole competitor in the girl's equivalent race. In her first Munster Cross Country race, Anna performed admirably in what were very tough underfoot conditions, well done. Waterford took 3rd place in the inter-county competition here.

The club's u11 team lined up in the middle of a very large entry, with over 150 girls taking to the start line. Having taken an individual medal last time out in her age, Rebecca Walshe led the team home with another very impressive individual performance, finishing in 26th place. She was second Waterford finisher in the race. Roisin Power, Aine Fitzgerald and Hannah McGrath all put in very strong performances in the difficult conditions. Waterford took 4th  place in the inter-county section with Rebecca and Roisin both scoring members.
Colm Barry went in the u13 boys race and had a fine outing. Competing out of his age, he was 5th home for Waterford, with the county finishing 4th in the inter-county section. At u15 level, Helina Barry and Aisling Power raced in the girl's race and Padraig Fitzgerald went in the boy's equivalent. All three athletes did well with Helina and Padraig both 8th place finishers for Waterford. The county finished 3rd in both races which means both Helina and Padraig have qualified for the All-Irelands.  
It was a good day in general for Waterford athletes, with the county medalling in 8 out of the 12 juvenile races in the inter-county team section. Well done to all athletes who travelled up on the day.

County Titles for Ronan and Padraignty Titles for Ronan and Padraig
The County B Cross Country Championships went ahead in beautiful sunny, fresh conditions in St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan last Sunday. KCK were well represented and came away with some excellent performances and many medals.
Medals for Anna and Isobel
The opening race of the day witnessed a good turnout of athletes. With individual medals for the top 6 athletes, KCK opened proceedings very well as Anna Whelan led home the club's contingent in 4th place after a really good outing. She was followed by Isobel Lawler who nipped inside the medals with a super 6th place finish. Amelia Kiely and Ella Hayes both put in very strong races and finished 8th and 12th places respectively.
1-2 for KCK in Boys U9
KCK had 7 boys lining out in the boy's u9 race. Ronan O’Hora was a class apart as he raced to the county title in a large field of athletes. Ronan took to the front after the opening straight and never looked back from there. Racing behind him was newcomer Bamlak Sikadu who is showing great improvements since he joined the club. Bamlak finished very well taking second place and his first individual medal for the club. Barry Cunningham was unlucky finishing just out of the medals in 7th spot after a very good run. Robert Power secured a top ten finish and he was followed home by Joe Kennedy, Shay Kirwan and Seán Tobin, with all boys showing good fitness.
Aine Amongst the Medals
In the girls u11 race, Aine Fitzgerald led home the KCK contingent with a very strong 5th place finish as she competed out of her age. Rebecca Murray and Holly Hayes both competed out of their age also and finished well in 8th and 11th respectively.
Three Medals for Girls u13
Kaileigh Cass enjoyed a very impressive run as she raced to silver in the girls u13 race. Kaileigh was competing a year out of her age and is showing a very strong return to form over the last few weeks. Niamh Kennedy raced in her first race of the season and did very well to secure a medal finishing 5th place. Aoibhe Kirwan also opened her account in an impressive style, taking 6th and her first medal for the club, well done.
Colm Strikes Silver
The boys u13 race featured four KCK athletes. Colm Barry, racing a year out of his age, was very impressive as he took silver. Colm has shown marked improvements this season and this featured as one of his strongest races to date, well done. Making a welcome return to action was Paudie Barry who secured an individual medal also, nipping inside the top 6. Paulie Cunningham and Shane Power both showed improvements as they crossed the line closely behind after good runs.
Top Three for Shíona and Orlaith
The girls u15 race featured a small fielder athletes. For KCK Shíona Dunphy raced a very strong race to take second place. She was followed in by Orlaith Kennedy, racing in her first race of the season, taking third place and a good individual medal.
First and Second for Fitzgeralds
Another small field went in the boy's u15 race. Nevertheless it was a good workout for Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald who crossed the line in 1st and 2nd place taking the top two medals on offer, well done. Thanks to all parents and supporters who helped out on Sunday.

Munster Individual Medal for a Rebecca Walshe
The first round of the Munster Cross Country Championships went ahead on a very well laid out course in Carraig na Bhfear, Cork. KCK had a small but strong team present and came away with some precious Munster medals. The day opened with the girls u10 race and KCK had a full quartet racing. Rebecca Walshe ran a very impressive race as she led home the team in an excellent 8th place. With the top 12 athletes in each race awarded medals, Rebecca ensured a place on the medal table with a very decisive display. Next home for the club was Roisin Power in a very strong 14th position. Roisin ran a very strong race and was agonisingly just meters off her own individual medal. Aine Fitzgerald and Rebecca Murray both finished strongly to round of a very good team performance from the girls who finished 6th overall in the team section. Rebecca, Roisin and Aine were also the first three girls home for Waterford with the county finishing 5th in the inter-county section.
Senan Devine Secures County Medal
In the boys u10 race, Senan Devine flew the flag for KCK as he toed the line in the 1000m race alongside 160 other athletes. Racing out of his age, Senan put in a mighty display to secure 19th place. This was a very impressive result from the young athlete, who will be in contention once more in the U9 race in a couple of weeks time. Senan was 5th home for the county, which took third place in the inter county competition meaning that Senan took home his own Munster medal.
In the girl’s race, the KCK trio of Ciara Power, Kaileigh Cass and Hannah McGrath took to the start line with over 150 other girls. Ciara Power led the girl's home in a strong 39th place, followed home by Kaileigh and Hannah, who both registered good results. Waterford finished 4th place in the inter county section here with both Ciara and Kaileigh both scoring members. In the boy's equivalent, Colm Barry was the club's sole representative and did very well. Colm was the second finisher for Waterford overall.
At u14 level, Helina Barry and Aisling Power went in the girl's race. Both girls battled to the line with a Helina home in a well placed 27th. She was second finisher for Waterford with the county finishing 4th place in the inter county battle. Aisling Power gave a good account of herself, finishing very strongly over the final stages.
County Medal for Kyle
Kyle Walsh was our last athlete in action and despite having missed the last few weeks of training put in a real battling display crossing the line in 30th place. He was the fourth finisher for the county which took the bronze medals in the inter county competition, with Kyle taking home one of these medals and qualifying himself for the All Ireland championships.

County Medal Success for KCK Athletes
The second day of the county cross country championships went ahead last Sunday in beautiful conditions in St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan. Once again, the club had a very successful day taking home many county medals in amongst some super performances from club athletes.
Team Bronze for Girls U9
First up on the day was the girls's u9 race. With 750m to race the girls began swiftly and for KCK the team of all raced very well. They were led home by Niamh McGrath in 6th position, with Anna Whelan next to cross the line in 13th. Abi and Lucy Ryan both finished one behind the other in 17th and 18th, while Neasa Quinn, Amelia Kiely and Isobel Lawler rounded off a good team outing for our young team. The girls took third place in the team placings, securing the bronze medals for the club.


Senan Devine takes 3rd Place
In the boy's u9 race, Senan Devine led a strong KCK contingent. After a very good showing out of his age last weekend, Senan ensured he finished amongst the medals this time out as he finished an excellent third place and secure a bronze individual medal.
Super Silver for Boys U9
Following Senan’s individual medal, he was very well supported with Ronan O’Hora next home in 5th position after a very good showing. Crossing the line close behind Ronan was newcomer Bamlak Fikadu who was racing in his very first race for the club. Bamlak finished strongly and was joined across the line by Barry Cunningham and Sean Tobin.. As the points were tallied, it saw KCK end up in 2nd place in the team standings ensuring a county silver medal for all involved, well done.


Rebecca Walshe in the Medals Again
Following her impressive victory last weekend in the girls's u10 race, Rebecca Walshe moved up an age to pitt herself against the u11 girls. After a very good start, Rebecca mixed it with the leaders and eventually got herself involved in a real race for the medals down the closing straight with her own team mate Roisin Power. In the end she crossed the line in 3rd place to secure her second individual medal in as many weeks.
U11 Girls take Team Silver
KCK had a strong contingent in this race. Behind Rebecca finished the fast finishing Roisin Power who is coming back into great form as she crossed the line a close 4th place, just inches off the bronze. Hannah McGrath was unlucky to sustain a fall as she led the entire field in the early stages but nevertheless she kept going to secure a vital 13th place finish which helped the team’s standing in the race for team medals. Next home for the club was Aine Fitzgerald with a very strong run out of her age. Holly Hayes and Rebecca Murray both stepped up out of their age also to round off a very good team showing from the girls. With just a few points separating the teams in the battle for medals, KCK finished in 2nd place to take home the set of silver medals.
In the girls u13, the club had two good performances from Ciara Power and Kayleigh Cass, while in the boy's equivalent Pauly Cunningham was the club’s sole competitor as he raced very well.

Next came the girl’s u15 race, where Shíona Dunphy showed a good level of fitness to record 9th place and lead home her team mates Tao Behan and Aisling Power in 13th and 14th place. Fresh from his individual medal last weekend, Kyle Walsh led home the KCK trio in the boys u15 race. Kyle’s 6th place finish saw him come in just in front of his team mates Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald who took 7th and 8th place respectively. Both the girls and boys team were short one more to fill a team of four and challenge for team medals.

The club’s girls u18 team did very well and were led home impressively by Roisin Dunphy . She was followed across the line by Hannah Mei Behan and Leisbeth O’Sullivan.
It rounded off what was a very successful County Championships for the club. Thank you to all coaches and parents who helped out on Sunday and to stewards from the various clubs who ensured a smooth running of the competition.

County Titles for Niamh and Rebecca
The opening round of the County Cross Country championships kicked off in perfect fashion last Sunday as sunshine greeted everyone at the St. Augustine's venue. Athletes from right across the county lined out in what was a very attended championships, with numbers up on previous years. For KCK, it was a very pleasing day with the club having a great turnout of athletes who took home many a medal and great performance.
County Honours for Niamh McGrath

One of the stars on the day for KCK was young Niamh McGrath in the girls under 8 race. In what was the very first race of the day, Niamh was joined on the line by a great contingent from the club. Niamh got off to a great start and at the halfway mark put herself in a perfect position to strike for home, which she did perfectly. In the end Niamh crossed the line a clear winner to take the county title.
Brilliant Bronze for Abi
In the same u8 race, the team mates all finished very strongly. Indeed Abi Ryan ran a super race to claim her own individual medal, as she crossed the line in 3rd place. In her very first county championships this was another excellent result.
Team Gold for Girls U8

In what was a perfect first race for the club, KCK took home the team gold medals with some excellent running from Ella Hayes, Lucy Ryan, Neasa Quinn, Aime Ryan and Annabelle Kiely. All girls put in fine performances in their first ever county championships and the future certainly looks bright for this young team.
Boys U8 take Team Honours
The medals continued to flow in the second race of the day as KCK sent out a team of four made up of Cormac, Eoin, Sean and Peter Murray. The boys all finished very well to secure the team gold medals. Like the girls, it was a great achievement and hopefully will continue into the future.
Individual Gold for Rebecca Walsh
In the girls U10 race, a large field of over 40 athletes took to the line with a good KCK contingent present. The field were quickly spread out as Rebecca Walsh took up a very good top 3 position at the half way point. From here to the finish, Rebecca pushed and pushed until she took over the lead and strung out those in her wake. A mighty final last few meters saw her cross the line a convincing winner and take her first county gold medal, a superb achievement and most well deserved.


Team Silver for Girls u10
Rebecca was followed home by a very strong club team. Excellent performances from Aine Fitzgerald, Rebecca Murray, Anna Whelan, Amelia Kiely, Aoibheann Ryan, Holly Hayes and Isabelle Lawler ensured the girls of a medal in the team standings. When points were calculated it showed KCK finishing in 2nd place in the team standings, with Waterford AC clinching the gold and Ferrybank the bronze. Well done to all.
In the boy’s equivalent, KCK had three fine performances from Senan Devine, Ronan O’Hora and Robert Power. All three boys were racing a year out of their age and crossed the line in 5th, 7th and 23rd place respectively and will no doubt hope to challenge for podium places this weekend in the U9 category.
Individual Medal for Hannah McGrath
The girls u12 race saw over 30 athletes take to the line. For KCK Hannah McGrath and Kayleigh Cass flew the flag and both put in great performances. Hannah, competing a year out of her age threw off the shackles and produced a real strong display to come home in 3rd place to secure a well deserved individual medal. Close behind, Kayleigh showed a great return to racing, coming home in 6th position to round off a strong race for both girls.
In the boys U12 race KCK had three representatives in the form of Colm Barry, Pauly Cunningham and Shane Power. Colm led the contingent home in a strong 9th place and was followed across the line by Shane and Pauly. The team was unfortunately short one to challenge for a team medal.
Helina Barry Secures Silver

Another athlete to step it up was Helina Barry in the girls u14 race. Helina showed impressive fitness as she pushed for medals from early stages in her race. Over the closing stages, Helina looked very strong and closed impressively to take second place and an excellent silver medal.
Kyle Walsh takes Individual Bonze
The boys u14 race had one KCK representative on the start line and he certainly represented the club well. Kyle Walsh ran one of his finest races to date as he claimed third place and his own individual medal. Putting in a really strong performance, Kyle was a most deserving medal winner. In the boys u16 race, Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald both raced strongly finishing in 8th and 9th place. The boys were competing out of their age and will improve as the season goes on.
U18 Girls take Team Silver
The KCK team in the u18 ended the day on a positive note as they secured silver medals in the team event. The girls raced very well over the long 4000m distance. This race was run in conjunction with the Open Cross Country event for Junior and Senior athletes which also attracted a very large entry.
Well done to all athletes who took part and to all the parents who attended and helped out on the day. It was a great day for the club.

Double Munster Gold for Ronan O’Hora

The Munster B Track and Field Championships went ahead in excellent conditions in the RSC, Waterford on July 30th. Having the event on home turf meant a strong turn out from all Waterford clubs. For KCK, we had a very successful day taking home many medals and great performances.
Star of the show for the club was Ronan O’Hora who claimed two gold medals in the boys u9 category. In his opening event Ronan stormed to first place in his 60m final. Ronan got off to a great start and powered to the line, in a race which saw KCK take two of the top three positions. After a break, Ronan was back on the track in the 300m final. Ronan again positioned himself well in the opening 200m and turned on the burners down the home straight to take his second victory and Munster title of the day.

Munster Title for Kyle Walsh
Kyle Walsh produced one of his best performances to date for the club as he took gold in the boys U14 80m final. Kyle showed great speed and determination as he secured his medal in what was an extremely tight finish. Just one tenth of a second separated first from second and second from third. Kyle followed this up with an excellent run in his 800m where he finished in 4th place, just two tenths of a second off bronze.


Two Munster Medals for Peter Power
The boys U9 category was certainly a fruitful one for the club, as Peter Power also secured himself two medals. Joining Ronan on the podium for the boys U9 60m, Peter showed great speed when he crossed the line in 3rd place to win the bronze medal. This came after a great medal in the Turbo Javelin competition. Here Peter put together three very strong throws and in the end placed 3rd to take home the Munster bronze medal.


Aoife Barry Seals Silver
Aoife Barry claimed her first Munster medal when she took an excellent silver in the girl’s U14 shot putt competition. This was a very deserving medal for Aoife, who has an excellent attendance at club training.
Munster Bronze for Nadia
Nadia Power kept the medals coming when she put in three excellent throws in the girl’s U14 shot putt final. When all the results were complete, Nadia was placed 3rd to secure her first Munster medal.
Great Performances
The rest of the KCK contingent on the day put in some super performances. Hannah McGrath was less than 2cm off a medal as she placed a very strong 4th place in the girl’s U11 turbo javelin final. She was also in action in her 500m final where she finished very strongly to seal a top 12 finish.
Paudie Barry was another to claim a 4th place finish, just off a medal. In the boys U12 shot putt final Paudie’s throw of 7.30cm was just behind the bronze medal winning throw of 7.59cm. Paudie produced a strong run in the 600m final, where he placed 7th. In the same age group, Shane Power was only a place behind Paudie in the shot putt final with an excellent 5th place finish. He also secured a strong 9th place finish in the boys U12 80m final. Colm Barry joined the boys in this age group and he secured a top 10 finish in the 600m final following a good set of jumps in the long jump competition.
Rebecca Walsh was another back in competition mode, as she lined out in the girl’s U10 competition. Having just missed out on a place in her 60m final, Rebecca made amends in her 500m race, where after a very brisk start, came home a very well placed 5th. Holly Hayes opened her Munster T&F account with an excellent 4th place finish in the girls u10 turbo javelin with a good set of three throws. She followed this up with a fine 8th place in her 500m. Our girls u9 had a good day also, with both Abi and Aoife putting in strong displays in there sprints and 300m.
Roseanne Power produced two good displays in the girls u12 category. She finished the top half of the field in her long jump competition after some great jumping and followed that up with a good turn of speed in her 80m race. Helina Barry had a good workout when she came home a well placed 6th in the girls u14 800m. Helena went out strong and was well positioned coming into the closing 200m.
Well done to all the KCK athletes who competed and to the parents who travelled down on the day.

Day 2 of the County T&F Championships.
Well done again to all athletes who took part in Day 2 of the County T&F Championships. In beautiful weather conditions, the KCK contingent enjoyed a great day of athletics taking home medals and putting in super performances along the way. Find the results here for Boys and Girls .
Day 2 of the County T&F Championships. Boys Results!
Day 2 of the County T&F Championships. Girls Results!

Success for KCK Athletes in Munster XC Relays
KCK athletes enjoyed great success at the Munster Cross Inter-Country Relay Championships held recently in Enniskeane, Co. Cork. While the weather proved extremely difficult for all competing, Waterford were represented in all six races. Competition in this event was of a very high standard with all six Munster counties competing. For the KCK athletes competing, it was a great occasion to represent the county having qualified from the county trials held back in November.
For KCK Seamus and Padraig Fitzgerald led the way in the boy's U14 race. Alongside the two boys, the team of four was made up of Cormac O Mahony (West Waterford) and Callum Hurley (Ferrybank). Padraig led out the team and passed on the baton to Cormac with very little separating the top 3 teams. Seamus completed a very strong third leg and put Callum in a strong position going into the last 500m. Callum finished extremely strong to secure a first place finish ahead of Limerick in 2nd place. Each of the boys took home a Munster gold medal. Importantly this was the first title Waterford took at these championships in many years, so very well done to all.
Hannah McGrath, Róisín Power and Rebecca Walsh made up three out of the four positions on the girl's U9 team. All three competed excellently and carried Waterford home to a strong 5th place finish. For Roisín and Rebecca, both girls will be eligible again for this age group next year.
Paudie Barry was a member of the boy's U12 team and in what was one of the closest finishes of the day, the team crossed the line in 4th place, extremely close to the bronze medals. Paudie will be eligible for this age again next year.
Well done also to the boy's U10 team which secured the silver medals behind a strong Cork team. In the end Waterford took home one gold and one silver set of medals, which is very encouraging, especially considering, up until a year ago, the county did not send representation to this event. Thank you also to Michael Gregan, Richie Browne, Shane Scanlon, Paschal Halley and John Behan for all their work in helping to put together and coach the teams over the last few weeks.

Roisín Races Indoors
Roisin Walsh experienced her first taste of indoor athletics when she raced in the Munster U9 - U13 championships held last weekend in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Roisín stepped down to the shorter 60m distance and sailed through her heats in the morning session in a time of 10.71. In the semi final Roisín improved this time once more, running 10.51 but just missed out on a place in the final. With over 50 athletes competing in the event, Roisín's time ranked her inside the top 20 athletes, so well done Roisín.

Medal presentation for KCK Athletes
A very successful end of year medal presentation went ahead in the Park Hotel last week, with a very good turnout of athletes and supporters. Richie Browne was on hand to present athletes with medals earned over the recent cross country season, with the athletes enjoying a nice swim in the pool beforehand. Congratulations to all the athletes involved, the medal haul was great to see!
As the year draws to a close, the club would especially like to thank head coach Richie Browne and other committee members, notably Breda Keane, John Behan and Jim Barry for their exceptional hard work both in training and behind the scenes throughout the year. Also a special thank you to all other parents who helped out and travelled to the numerous events throughout the year. It has been a very enjoyable and successful year for the club.
The club would like to say a special thank you to Kilrossanty GAA club for their continued support with regard to the use of their grounds. Also a quick note of thanks to Rathgormack GAA club who allowed us access to their grounds over the last number of weeks.
With training now ceased, all our athletes are on a well deserved break. The club would like to wish all its athletes and supporters a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Keep an eye out in the notes for when training will re-commence in the New Year.

All Irelands in Dungarvan
The big fixture over a week ago in Dungarvan saw thousands converge on the Friary course with the All Ireland Juvenile Uneven Ages and Novice Cross Country Championships held there. A lot of preparatory work went into these championships and well done to all those involved in West Waterford AC and in the wider county who assisted in the preparation and running of the event. The feedback was very positive from athletes and all those present. For KCK, well done to Seamus Fitzgerald and Rena Behan who enjoyed a great day of racing


European Cross Country Medal
The European Cross Country Championships went ahead in Hyeres, France at the weekend with Ireland once again taking home a team medal. Fionnuala McCormack (Britton) was once again the leading star on the Irish team with a magnificent 4th place finish in the senior women’s race. While she expressed disappointment on just missing out on an indidivual medal, she was somewhat consoled by the fact the women’s team took the team bronze medal just behind France in second and Britain in first place. Fionnuala’s results have been so consistent over the last six years in these championships finishing 4th, 1st, 1st, 4th, 6th and once again 4th this year. Well done to Fionnuala and indeed all the Irish athletes who competed.


Munster Gold for KCK Teams
The Munster Cross Country B Championships went ahead in very difficult conditions last Sunday, with Cappawhite, Tipperary playing host. For the club it proved a very successful outing, with all athletes giving it their all to secure some excellent Munster medals.
Girls U9 Storm to Gold
In the every first race of the day, the girls U9 rushed themselves to the start line to begin proceedings. The KCK contingent all bunched very strongly, with Niamh McGrath leading home the quartet in a well placed 18th. She was followed closely by Áine Fitzgerald in 19th, Mida McKuskar in 22nd and Rebecca Murray in 29th. When the girls were well into their homeward journey, it was announced that KCK had taken 1st place in the club competition, 30 points ahead of their nearest challengers West Muskerry, meaning each of the girls will take home a Munster gold medal, an excellent achievement.
In the boys U9 equivalent, the club had two athletes on the start line. Barry Cunningham produced a wonderful display as he secured a very strong 26th place finish, with Robert Power following closely. In the inter-county section Waterford took the bronze medals here, and Barry was a scoring member of this team meaning he won himself a bronze medal.
Silver Success for Boys U11
In what was the largest field of the day, over 100 athletes took to the line in the boys U11 1000m race. Paudie Barry produced his strongest display of the season as he led the troops home in a very strong 17th position. He was backed up by Colm Barry, Adam Murray, Pauly Cunningham and Shane Power. Colm pushed strongly into the finish to take 31st place with Adam hot on his heels in 33rd. Pauly Cunningham produced his strongest run in a KCK singlet to date to take 35th place, with Shane showing a very strong finish making it a very good team effort. The inter-county battle placed Waterford 5th and so came to the club results. Bandon were clearly out in front with a total of 63 points. Next came KCK with 116 points, with both 3rd (Kenmare AC) and 4th (Thurles Crokes AC) place just one point back on 117 points each. If ever the phrase ever place counts was more appropriate it was here, and a big well done to all the 5 boys on taking a silver medal each.
In the girls U11 race, Ciara Power flew the flag for the club. With the top 12 athletes taking an individual medal each, Ciara ran an excellent race but ended up the unfortunate position of 13th. Ciara can be very happy with her performance, and was the first finisher home for Waterford.
County Medals for U13 Girls
In the girl’s U13 race, the KCK team finished in 4th place overall, just outside the medals. The team were led home by a very strong performance by Aisling Power in 13th place, following on from her sisters same placing in the U11 race. Ellen Boylan, stepped up an age and produced a fine run to take 22nd. She was followed in by Aoife Barry who is showing improvements every week in 28th place. Nadia Power and newcomer Orlaith Kennedy both followed Aoife home and were instrumental in completing the Waterford county team of 6 athletes. Waterford finished 3rd in the inter-county battle and all five of the KCK girls were scoring members on that team, which means each one will take home a bronze medal, well done.
Dunphy Sisters lead U15 Girls to Club Silver
One of the standout performances on the day for the club came in the way of Shíona Dunphy. Moving up an age, Shíona produced her finest display in a KCK vest as she stormed to 5th place overall and take home an excellent Munster individual medal. Following closely was her sister Róisín, who after sustaining a bad fall in the opening lap, picked herself back up and crossed the line a super 10th to claim her own individual medal. It was certainly a baptism of fire for some of our new athletes, and in this case Róisín Cahill, Orla Keane and Karen Murray certainly dug in deep and all produced very encouraging displays for athletes who have just taken up the sport! The girls secured super silver medals in the club section with 72 points, just 5 points ahead of 3rd placed St Mary’s on 77 points, and Kilmurray Ibricken on 86 points in 4th. Waterford took the bronze medals in the inter-county section also with all five girls scoring members so pocketing another medal each. Well done!
Girls U17 take Gold
As conditions underfoot worsened, the girls U17 faced into their 3000m race with great enthusiasm. Rena Behan crossed the line a well placed 8th place to secure an individual medal. Running a very strong race behind her was Emily Keane, with an 11th place finish which meant she too won an individual medal, an excellent achievement. Margaret Ann Boylan pushed as hard as she could to close on the 12th place athlete but in the end came home in 13th position, the third such position for a KCK athlete on the day! Hannah Mei Behan secured the team medals for the girls with a very strong 14th place finish. In the club section, KCK were worthy team gold winners with a total points score of 46. The girls each took home a Munster Gold medal, an excellent finish to the day for everyone.
A big shout out to all parents and supporters who travelled to the event in what were very testing weather and underfoot conditions for everyone. The large medal haul in the end made it all worthwhile and well done to everyone. We will present all the medals this coming weekend, details of which will be sent to everyone this week. More Photos Here.

County Titles and Relay Trial Wins for KCK Athletes
KCK had a very successful outing on Sunday, as the County B XC Championships and relay trials went ahead in St. Augustine’s College. In the County B Championships, the club took three individual titles on the day and many more medals also. Medals in this event were for the first 6 athletes.
Aine Fitzgerald Leads Medal Blitz
In the very first race of the day, Aine Fitzgerald produced a top notch performance when she crossed the line in first place to take her first county title for the club. KCK has a strong cohort of athletes in the U9 age group, and this was evident with Rebecca Murray producing her finest run to date for the club, coming home in 2nd place. Mida McCuskar, who has enjoyed a very good season to date gave another very strong performance to take 4th place and she was joined in the medals by Niamh McGrath, with her first race for the club in 5th place. Ellen Drohan and Holly Hayes both enjoyed excellent races and were just outside the medals. Well done to all the girls who will now go on to the Munster B Championships in two weeks with good medal prospects.
Medals for Barry and Robert
In the boy’s U9 race, Barry Cunningham and Robert Power both got amongst the medals, when each of them finished strongly to claim 5th and 6th place. Both these boys have shown strong improvements in the last few weeks and are well deserved of the medals.
Gold for Ciara Power
In the girl’s U11 race, Ciara Power showed a fine pair of heels, with a very strong finishing taking her home to 1st place and to a county title. With a strong field of athletes taking part, Ciara produced an outstanding performance and was joined in the medal ring by Kayleigh Cass who is starting to show a very good return to form, with a fine 4th place finish.
Four Medals for Boys U11
The boys U11 team is starting to show good form. Paudie Barry led home the KCK contingent with a very strong run crossing the line in 2nd place. Colm Barry secured his own individual medal with a very strong 4th place finish, while Adam Murray and Pauly Cunningham had a ding dong battle with other athletes to take a top six spot. In the end both boys managed a 5th and 6th place finish, thus ensuring they took home a medal each. Fine running here also from James Lenihan and Shane Power who put in strong showings. This team will now look forward to Sunday week and the Munster B Championships.
Ellen Boylan Strikes Gold
Ellen Boylan secured a thrilling win in the girl’s U13 race to mark her return to form. Ellen stayed among the leaders and her fast finish secured her the gold medal and county title. Indeed Ellen had a very busy day when she went in the relay trials later in the day.
Aisling Power ran her strongest race of the season to take an excellent second place in the same race. Having put herself in a great position coming into the home straight, Aisling gave it everything she had as she scooped the silver medal. Aoife Barry rounded off a great day for the girls U13 when she won her own individual medal. Showing improved fitness with every outing, Aoife finished strongly to claim 6th place.
Three medals for Girls U15
Our girls U15 had a good outing and preparation for the next competition, as all three of them scooped a medal each. Róisín Dunphy led the way with a fine second place finish, after a very strong performance up front. Newcomer Róisín Cahill is getting stronger every week, and her 4th place finish her secured what was her first medal with the club. Likewise Karen Murray is showing improved steps in her fitness and her 5th place finish rounded off a good day for the Murray family with all three taking home medals.
Three Wins for KCK in Relay Trials
The relay trials went ahead immediately after the County B races were completed, which allowed for very little turn around for those attempting to do both. The club enjoyed very good success in the trials taking 3 victories out of the 6 races.
Following her 13th placing in Beaufort at the recent Munster Championships, Róisín Power bounced back with a highly impressive performance to take the girls U10 race in fine style. Hannah McGrath was hot on her heels, taking 2nd place after a very encouraging run. Rebecca Walsh made it a club 1-2-3 as she took third place and sealed a place on the team. Good running in the boys U10 race from James Lenihan as he sealed a top 8 finish.
Following her great win in the U13 race only minutes before, Ellen Boylan turned in another great display as she crossed the line in first place in the girls U12 trial. In a big field of good athletes, Ellen worked her way through them and over the closing 50m made a decisive move to the front to take the win.
Paudie Barry followed up his great run earlier in the day to take a strong 5th place in the boys U12 trial. Donnacha Dunphy was close behind showing a good burst of speed to take 6th spot.
In the final race of the day, it proved a very tight affair. Twins, Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald faced strong competition, but in the end Padraig held on for a super win. Seamus sealed his place on the team with an excellent 3rd place finish.
All teams will be finalised this week, with top 4 finishers guaranteed their place on the squad. The Munster equivalent of this event will go ahead on January 10th in Cork. Training sessions will be organised in December / January for all that make the squads.  Well done to all KCK athletes on the day and thank you to the parents who attended.

Munster Cross Country Championships  2nd Day
Rebecca Walsh Scoops Individual Munster Medal
Torrential wind and rain greeted athletes at the second day of the Munster Cross Country Championships held in Beaufort, Kerry at the weekend. A small group of brave club athletes made the journey to the Kingdom County and turned in some terrific performances.
Leading the way was young Rebecca Walsh in the very first race of the day. Rebecca got off to a great start and put herself among the leaders from the off. As the closing line approached Rebecca pushed hard to the line to cross it in 9th position. With medals for the top 12 athletes in each race, Rebecca scooped her very first Munster medal, an excellent achievement. With the ecstasy came the agony, as behind Rebecca running a super race of her own was Róisín Power who had to endure the difficult finish of placing 13th. Róisín like Rebecca started the race brilliantly and was in the shake up for a medal as she raced down to the closing line. However, she was piped by two athletes as the finish line approached and just missed out on her own medal. Rebecca Murray produced a very strong performance and should go into this weekend’s County B Championships with good medal prospects. The girls didn’t have a fourth scorer to complete their team, which could have possibly challenged for team medals. The county finished 4th in the inter-county section with all three girls from KCK making it in the top 6 for Waterford.
In the girls U11 race, Kayleigh Cass, Ciara Power and Hannah McGrath all took to the start line. Over the course of the 1500m race, all girls battled strongly and came home strong finishers. Likewise in the boys U11, Paudie Barry, Colm Barry and Adam Murray all dug in deep to put in encouraging performances as Paudie led home the trio in 34th position, the third Waterford finisher. These boys will now target the County and Munster B Championships in the coming weeks where medals should come their way.
In the girl’s U13 2500m race, Helina Barry, Aisling Power and Aoife Barry all produced commendable performances in what were very tough conditions. Following her excellent race at the first day of these championships the conditions didn’t suit Helina, who was closely pursued by Aisling who enjoyed her strongest race of the season so far. Well done to all three girls.
Indeed, well done to all athletes and parents alike who travelled to this event. Cross Country can give us weather days like that, and those who travelled and competed should be commended.
Look back to Carriganore
The opening round of the Munster Cross Country Championships took place in Carriganore, Waterford a few weeks back. With close to 1500 athletes taking part, it was a very big event for the county and club athletes made good use of home advantage, taking home Munster medals and some fine performances. For the club, there was a number of standout performances. Hannah McGrath and Róisín Power both produced very impressive displays in the girl’s U10 race as they picked up medals when Waterford took 3rd place in the inter-county team section. Hannah was second home for the county team with Róisin 4th scorer. Helina Barry produced a super race in the girl’s U14 age group. Competing a year out of her age, Helina was 5th home for Waterford to secure her a bronze medal with Waterford once more finishing in 3rd place. Twins Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald went one better when they both carried home a Munster silver medal following Waterford’s second place finish in the inter-county section, with Padraig and Seamus both scoring members here. Well done to all the club athletes who competed on the day, it was great having the fixture on home soil and we had a great turnout, so well done everyone.

County Championships Success for KCK Athletes

Strong Medal Haul for KCK
Day two of the County Cross Country Championships went ahead in ideal conditions in St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan. This was the turn of the uneven age groups. KCK had a brilliant day taking home plenty of individual and team medals.
Rebecca Walsh takes Silver
In the first race of the day, nine KCK athletes toed the line in a field of over 30 athletes. Rebecca Walsh produced a super performance to scoop second place overall. After a good start, Rebecca worked her way into contention and in the end battled it out with her team mate to take an excellent silver medal.
Brilliant Bronze for Róisín
In the same race, Róisín Power produced her best run to date in a KCK singlet when she took 3rd place. In the large field of athletes, Róisín dug deep and over the closing stages, she put her foot down to cross the line in the bronze place position. This was just reward for Róisín who is a most diligent and hardworking athlete at training.
Team Silver for Girl’s U9
Further medals followed when it was announced that KCK took silver in the team category. After Rebecca and Róisín’s exploits, Áine Fitzgerald followed home in 9th place with a fine performance. Mida McKuskar raced her strongest race so far for the club coming home a very strong 12th place. With the first four counted on a team, the girls were strongly place and took home the silver medals, just 2 points off gold. Six teams completed the race, with the KCK second team finishing 5th of those. Rebecca Murray, Niamh McGrath, Ellen Drohan Holly Marie Hayes and Anna Whelan all enjoyed a fantastic outing, with little separating the girls in the finish.
Team Bronze for Boy’s U9
Not to be outdone by the girls, the under nine boys team ensured they were going to be in the mix for medals when the team of Barry Cunningham, Ronan O’Hora, Robert Power and Cormac Power all raced strongly over the 750m distance. The boys each took home a bronze medal each, well done.
In the girl’s U11 race, we had an excellent finish from our KCK trio of Hannah McGrath, Kayleigh Cass and Ciara Power. While the girls were missing one to fill their team, they all still delivered super performances coming home in very close proximity. After her superb run last week in the U10 race, Hannah McGrath followed this up with an equally strong performance today with a 6th place finish. Kayleigh and Ciara battled each other to the line crossing home in 8th and 9th place. It was unfortunate they didn’t have a 4th athlete as a team medal was well within their grasp.  
Team Medals for Boys U11
Over 30 athletes took to the line in the boy’s U11 1500m race. In his opening race of the season Paudie Barry looked strong leading home the troops in a very good 7th position. Colm Barry was hot on his heels in 9th place to record a much improved run on last week. Pauly Cunningham produced his strongest run in a KCK singlet coming home in 12th place, a reflection on the great improvements he has shown in his fitness this year. James Lenihan ran a very important role securing 4th finisher in 22nd, which meant that KCK took home the team bronze medals. Robert Power once more had a fine outing to make up the KCK team.
Individual Bronze for Helina Barry
Helina Barry got back to her very best form when she took a very encouraging bronze medal in the girl’s U13 race. Over the course of the 2500m race, Helina timed her race perfectly, sitting in nicely before making a very decisive move in the closing stages, to move herself from 5th to 3rd. Little separated the first three girls with Helina closing in on the leaders right up to the line. Another athlete to up her performance was Aisling Power. After a solid opening, Aisling pushed her way through the field and came home a very well placed 6th overall. Aoife Barry is showing improved fitness with every outing, and came home in 12th place. Again the girls were short some athletes today and a team silver was achievable.
Róisín Dunphy and Orla Keane lined up in the girl’s U15 race. Racing over the 3500m distance, both girl’s finished strongly coming home in 15th and 19th place respectively. For Orla, this was her first race for the club in recent times and with continued training she will make strong gains in the months ahead.
Rena Behan and Hannah Mei Behan both went off in the girl's U17 4000m, competing a year out of their age. Rena is showing improvements in every race this year and her 6th place finish was very good. Hannah Mei is also improving her fitness every week and these girls will be joined in the coming weeks and will have a team for Munster events.
County Title for Michael Behan
Having just started college in UCD Michael Behan showed the training up there is paying off, when he came home to take the County novice title. In what was a ding dong battle with Louis O’Carroll from Ferrybank, these two athletes pulled away comprehensively from the masters and U19 athletes. With 2km to go, the Ferrybank athlete opened up a 30m gap which Michael did manage to close in that last lap. Shoulder to shoulder over the closing straight, Michael surged ahead to cross the line just in front to take the county gold.
Well done to all athletes who took part, in what was a very good outing for the club.

County Championships Success for KCK Athletes
The opening round of the County Cross Country Championships went ahead in very good conditions last Sunday, with St. Augustine's College Dungarvan the host club. KCK athletes performed very well, taking home medals after some terrific performances.

The girl's U10 were first up, with 8 girls taking to the line for KCK. In her first county championship for the club, Hannah McGrath produced a stormer of a run to finish in 4th place overall. She was followed closely by Róisín Power who herself put in a fine performance scooping a top ten finish. Rebecca Power and Áine Fitzgerald both pushed hard to the line to seal the bronze team medals for the club. Mida Mckuskar, Rebecca Murray were joined on the team and all the girls did very well. Most of this team will be eligible to race under 9 this Sunday.

In the boy's U10 race, Alan Cantwell was the sole representative for the club, and he produced a fine run to finish well up the field. Only two teams finished the boy's U10 race across all clubs which was disappointing for the county.
At U12 level, Ellen Boylan led home the KCK team with a fine run, crossing the line in 7th place. Working very strongly behind her were Kayleigh Cass, Ciara Power and Sarah Dowdall who all put in great runs. The team placed 4th overall, just a few points off a team medal. In the boy's equivalent, the club was short a few regulars but Brian Dowdall and Colm flew the flag for the club, with both boys finishing very strongly and record good results. At U14 level, Helina Barry produced a very encouraging run to lead home the team of Shíona Dunphy, Aisling Power, Tao Behan and Aoife Barry. The girl's team were unlucky to miss out on the bronze team medals by a couple of points, finishing 4th overall. Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald produced solid performances, crossing the line in 5th and 6th positions respectively.

In the girl's U16 Rena Behan lead the team home with strong run in 7th place. Róisín Dunphy was next home, competing a year out of her age. Emily Keane produced a fine performance in her first race of the season, and was followed home by Hannah Mei Behan and Margaret Ann Boylan. The team did very well and will continue to take home team medals in the events ahead.

The last race of the day saw the U18, junior and seniors combined into one race, and a very good turnout was observed.  Thank you to all the parents who travelled to the event and helped prepare the athletes on the day. Thank you to the host club,a nd especially Brother Lennon for his organisation of the course and for performing the starter on the day.

 
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