Saturday 7 December 2019

Club call

Jason Moran (winner), Tony Bennett (referee) and John Bennett (runner-up) after the Cherry Cup billiards final in New Ross Workman’s Club.
Jason Moran (winner), Tony Bennett (referee) and John Bennett (runner-up) after the Cherry Cup billiards final in New Ross Workman’s Club.

Kilmore A.C. There was great running from everyone in the Mr Oil county Intermediate road race in Ballymurn.

Women's 4k: 13, Shauna Cousins, 18:20; 20, Carol Devereux, 19:05; 22, Suzanne Foley, 19:08; 23, Sinéad Fortune, 19:13; 39, Sarah Mills, 21:26; 40, Jenny Burrell, 21:32.

Men's 8k: 24, Michael O'Flaherty, 31:14; 30, Nicky Foley, 31:33.

Good luck to Cian Bates and Jackie Carthy who will be competing during the week.

Cian will be in action next Sunday in the boys' Under-19 long jump in the national championships in the A.I.T. international arena, Athlone.

Jackie is competing in the Over-45 8k cross-country and the 1,500m at the world Masters indoors in Torun, Poland. It is great to see Jackie pick up yet another green vest.

Senior training is in Kilmore G.A.A. grounds at 6.30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, and in Enniscorthy Sports Hub on Saturday at 10 a.m. All adult members are welcome, as well as experienced runners.

Juvenile training is in Kilmore G.A.A. grounds on Mondays and Thursdays at 6.30 p.m. We also train on the track in Enniscorthy on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Strength and conditioning with Fiona is on Wednesday in Kilmore G.A.A. Centre at 6.30 p.m. for Juvenile members. See the training programmes for details.

Young runners must be seven years old already this year to qualify under Athletics Ireland rules. New members are welcome, and parents can contact us by e-mailing

Was one of your new year's resolutions to improve your health, fitness and well-being? Well, if so Kilmore A.C. has got you covered.

Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Kilmore G.A.A. grounds we will hold our Couch to 5k programme. It would be great to see you come along and improve your fitness!

Slaney Olympic A.C.

Noel Kelly swapped the challenges of the mucky fields for the scorching sun when he travelled to Lisbon to do the half-marathon in a cracking time of 1:49:53.

The sun was out in full force for the Davy Fortune Memorial 5k, but unfortunately so were the winds.

Will Doyle was the first club man home, while Catherine Roche was the first club lady home and second lady overall.

Katie Gregan also had a superb run and finished third lady overall in 21:52.

Other participants were: David Kehoe, John Foley, Paul Browne, Billy Reck, Seán Crotty (18:51), Michael Quigley, Joe Whelan, Fintan Kinsella (23:38), Paul Murphy, Sunday Nzerem, Colin Garry, John Brennan, Jessie O'Connor (21:10), Tom O'Shea, Paul O'Reilly (24:00), Aoife Kavanagh (23:01), Marie Kinsella (24:38), Tracy Kavanagh, Bernie Millar, Esther O'Leary (28:28), Angela McDonald, Siobhán Fenlon, Val Murphy, Siobhán O'Shea, Gosia Malgorzata-Szymura.

Eight club members took part in the Galbally10k on bank holiday Monday. First club man home was Billy Reck in 39:21, and first club lady home was Marie Kinsella in 53:29.

Other results: Colin Garry 39:39, Bobby Redmond 40:17, Pat Codd 41:57, Fintan Kinsella 52:26, Kate Doyle 1:05:28, Andy Staff 1:05:30.

Gosia Malgorzata-Szymura took on the Johnstown parkrun with her son and daughter in awful conditions and finished in 29:48.

Annis Kehoe did the JFK parkrun in 27:24 and was joined by Michelle Doyle. There's just no stopping Michelle as she did her 102nd parkrun in 45:18 despite being due her second baby in just a few days..yes, days. Unreal stuff Michelle.

Slaney Olympic were the hosts for the county Intermediate road race in Ballymurn where the weather was glorious. First off were the ladies with a 4k half loop, with a challenging hill just before the 3k mark

Slaney had 13 ladies in the purple and gold singlet. Katie Gregan cruised home in 16:56 to claim the silver medal which led the ladies to a well-deserved team silver along with Aoife Kavanagh (17:21), Maura Neville (18:28) and Esther O'Leary (19:03).

Also running very strongly for their club were: Marie Kinsella 19:07, Martina O'Sullivan 19:21, Ciara Kearney 19:25, Margaret Cahill 19:38, Sabina Sweeney 19:52, Clodagh Connelly 20:08, Greta Roberts-Tyrrell 20:55, Annis Kehoe 21:22, Val Murphy 24:24.

Next off was the men's race which was 8k. Slaney's newest member, David Mahon, made his debut for the club and was in contention from the start but just missed out on gold by three seconds in a sprint finish to get a well-deserved silver medal in 28:04.

This also led the men to team gold along with Will Doyle (29:27), John Foley (29:48) and Billy Reck (29:53).

Also running very competitively for the club were: Bobby Redmond 30:02, Colin Garry 30:43, Seán Crotty 30:46, Pádraig Coone 30:57, Paul Browne 31:23, John Brennan 31:29, Michael Quigley 31:51, Joe Whelan 35:38, Richard Higgins 36:29, Sunday Nzerem 37:02.

Enda Waters took part in the Tullamore Harriers 5k and did so in style with a time of 25:04.

Noel Kelly, only back from Lisbon, didn't waste any time and headed to Galway for the Craughwell 10 mile, smashing his P.B. with a time of 1:19:11.

Brian Murphy took part in the Manchester half-marathon on Saturday in a field of over 5,000 participants on a fair course to raise funds for St. Senan's autism unit and did so in a time of 1:33:00.

Mary Nolan traveled to Wicklow for the Gaol Break 10k and finished in a time of 1:08:42.

Catherine Roche and Garry Murphy headed to Coventry for the half-marathon. Catherine finished in 1:32:54, and Gary in 1:43:19.

Three club members took part in the Johnstown parkrun on Saturday. Wayne Allen finished in 23:07, Andy Staff in 26:17, and Annis Kehoe in 27:19.

Andrew Kehoe was the sole Slaney participant in the JFK parkrun in New Ross on Saturday in a time of 34:40.

Gosia Malgorzata-Szymura took part in the Tramore parkrun on Saturday in 23:55.

Well done everyone. Go Slaney go.

Slaney Sharks

Twelve Slaney Sharks swimmers from our 'A' and 'B' squads travelled with coach Liam to Athy to attend St. Fiacc's 25th anniversary gala.

The swimmers were in tremendous form with lots of podium finishes, personal bests, and I.A.G. Division 2 times achieved.

Ava Nolan (13) had a fantastic day with five podium finishes, including gold in the 100m free, 200m back, 200m free and 100m back. She also got a bronze in the 50m free.

Jaden Chan (12) achieved gold in the 200m fly and 200m free, and silver in the 100m breast.

Emma Murphy (14) finished first in the 400m free with an amazing P.B. of 5:07.32 (-16.31). She also got gold in the 100m free and silver in the 200 I.M.

Leah Morris (14) achieved silver in the 50m free, silver in the 200m breast, and bronze in the 100m breast.

Riona Byrne (18) achieved gold in the 200m breast, Conor Dempsey achieved gold in the 50m breast, Ava Byrne (13) achieved gold in the 200m breast, and James Byrne (11) achieved silver in the 50m free.

Ava Whelan (12) had fantastic swims in the 400m free in 5:41.33 (-15.98), and the 200m back in 3:31.87 (-8.45).

Lily Hammel (13) swam the 400m free and 200 I.M. for the first time and had a fantastic P.B. in the 200m free in 2:45.55 (-15.45).

Aimee Walsh (13) had two personal bests in the 200m free in 2:45.52 (-9.46) and the 100m back in 1:30.65 (-3.20). Alexi Gillot also represented the club and swam very well.

There was no rest for our swimmers as eight of our 'A' squad travelled with coach Nicky to attend the N.A.C. to attend the Leinster qualifying meet long course.

The swimmers performed amazingly well, and more times were achieved for the Irish summer national championships and I.A.G. Division 2.

Ava Byrne (13) had a fantastic day, achieving personal bests in all her swims: 100m free in 1:07.82L (-1.20), 50m free in 30.90L (-0.90), and 100m back in 1:21.06L (-0.46).

She has now qualified in another two races (50m and 100m free) for the Irish summer national championships.

Jaden Chan (12) swam amazingly well and achieved personal bests in all his swims: 200m back in 2:54.78L (-0.95), 400m free in 5:23.09L (-2.95), 100m free in 1:10.74L (-3.08), 50m free in 31.15L (-3.70), and 100m back in 1:22.68L (-1.38).

Conor Dempsey (18) swam extremely well with personal bests in the three races he entered: 50m fly in 33.32L (-0.44), 100m breast in 1:23.62L (-0.88), and 50m breast in 35.35L (-1.71).

Ava Whelan (12) had another great day with personal bests in the 200m free in 2:46.74L (-3.83), 100M free in 1:15.73L (-2.73), and 50m free in 35.11L (-0.89).

Ava Nolan (13) achieved personal bests in the 50m breast in 47.26L (-0.04), and 100m fly in 1:30.65 (-0.85).

Alexi Gillot (14) swam a great 200m free in 2:35.60L (-2.09), and 400m free in 5:27.84L (-2.64).

Holly Furlong (15) had a personal best in the 50m fly in 35.16L (-0.11), and Sam Murphy (17) had a personal best in the 100m breast in 1:28.78L (-1.14).

Coaches Liam and Nicky congratulate all the swimmers on their performances. The Slaney Sharks Swim Club contact number is 087-4041544.

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