Sunday 17 December 2017

Harty and Kehoe best in Kilmore 10k

THE KILMORE 10km road race was held last Saturday evening and it attracted a decent entry who enjoyed the summerlike conditions, with the sun very much in evidence. The course took in the greater Kilmore/Bridgetown/Ballycross area and proved popular with the majority of the field, as it was relatively flat and fast.

Kilmore AC put a lot of work into the organisation of the race and they were rewarded with almost 150 entries, during what is a busy schedule of running events in the region at the moment.

Philip Harty (West Waterford AC) has been in terrific form all summer and he put up a good performance here to lead from start to finish, clocking a time of 32.17. Harty already has his sights set on a decent time for the Dublin City Marathon in October (which will be his first try at the 26.2 miles distance) and on this evidence he is in top form.

The ladies race saw a hometown onetwo as Fiona Kehoe beat her Kilmore AC team-mate Jackie Carty, with only 24 seconds separating the pair. Fiona has been in top form over 800m on the track over the past number of months but she showed her stamina has been anything but impaired as she actually posted a 10k PB here.

Full results, plus photos, can be found on and the main results are as follows:

Senior men: 1. Philip Harty (West Waterford AC) 32-17; 2. David Barron (Slaney Olympic) 33-12; 3. Alex Flynn (Ferrybank AC) 33-24.

Senior women: 1. Fiona Kehoe (Kilmore AC) 37-04; 2. Jackie Carty (Kilmore AC) 37-28; 3. Jean Wilson (Sportsworld) 38-46.

Myles Gibbons (SBR) was in winning form last Sunday, when he led home a 300-strong field in the 10km road race staged in Portlaoise. Run in aid of the Laois Carers Association, Myles ran a strong race en route to comfortably beating Stephen Hunter (Clonmel AC).

Tinryland AC staged the first leg of its annual Autumn league last Wednesday evening and Wexford athletes (all of whom were from SBR) performed well on the night.

Tommy McElwaine is coming back into good form and he was first Wexford man home over the two miles, taking fourth place behind race winner Pat Byrne, of the host club, in a time of 1011. Next was Paul Gibbons who clocked 10-27 for fifth place, followed in by Myles Gibbons in seventh (10-29). Denis Moynihan ran well to register 10-35, while Paul Holmes ran 11-20 and David Leonard 11-44.

The second leg of the league takes place on Wednesday evening (September 15), when a 5km road race will take place at 7 p.m. Entry is open to all, runners, joggers and walkers alike and anyone is welcome to enter at the community centre in the County Carlow village.

The next big athletics fixture in the county takes places this Sunday (September 19) when Adamstown AC will again host its open cross country meeting. The event will feature cross country races for both juveniles and seniors and will begin at 12 noon.

The following are the distances for juvenile races: boys and girls under-nine (500m); boys and girls under-10 (1,000m); boys and girls under-11 (1,000m); boys and girls under-13 (1500m); boys and girls under-15 (2,000m); boys and girls under-17 (3,000m). There will also be a race for senior ladies over 3,000m and a race for senior men over 5,000m. More info from Ann O' Gorman on 087-7434470.

There will be extraordinary general meeting of Athletics Wexford on Wednesday, September 22, in Donoghues Lounge, Enniscorthy. Clubs are asked to submit names to the county secretary Nora Muldoon for Wexford Creamery athlete of the month award for August.

The second Ballyfin cross country meeting will take place in Emo Court, Co. Laois this coming Saturday (September 18). There will be races for juveniles and juniors. More info on

Best of luck to all Wexford athletics who will be competing in the half marathon in the Phoenix Park this coming Saturday (September 18). This race is the final leg (of three races) of the series that builds runners up to the Dublin City Marathon next month.

The dates have been fixed for cross country championships in County Wexford. Sunday, October 3, will see SBR host the novice and even-ages races. St. Paul's will host the intermediate and uneven races on Sunday, October 10, and St. Paul's will also host the senior races on Sunday, December 12.

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