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Laura Behan Storms to All-Ireland Cross Country Gold

The finale of the cross country national season came to a head in the Curragh on Sunday. The Curragh Camp in Kildare played host to the All-Ireland Championships, with thousands of spectators and athletes alike taking to the grounds. The day proved memorable for one club athlete in particular.  
It proved a real bittersweet last two weeks for Laura Behan. After sustaining a fall two weeks ago in Sligo, Laura missed out on a place on the Irish team to compete in the Europeans, so she was out to make serious amends this time out. With some big names included in the line up such as Laura Shaughnessy, Joanne English, Martina Kiely and Maria McCarthy, the challenge was tough and with over 150 athletes on the start line Laura was going to have to push it from the start. When the gun went off, Laura set off in the fast opening pace, moving straight away towards the front. Approaching the halfway mark Laura was a member of a breakaway group that was been pushed out by Laura Shaughnessy of Galway. With a kilometre to go, Laura made her first move, when she hit the front for the first time. From here she didn't look back, with 500m to go, Laura made another surge up the slope. This proved significant and opened a gap of 20m from the nearest athlete. Laura powered through the final 100m, to come home a clear and convincing winner. Laura was presented with her All-Ireland gold medal after the race and was joined by her coach Enda Fitzpatrick and club Chairman Richie Browne.

Excellent races by Gary Cantwell, Seamas and Padraig Fitzpatrick
Gary Cantwell took to the line in the boys U19 7k race. Having especially left his army base in Cork, Gary entered another army base in the Curragh. After a good start Gary powered his way through the sticky conditions, and finished well up the field, grabbing a good placing. Final placing was not available at time of going to print. Young twins Padraig and Seamas Fitzgerald enjoyed their first All-Ireland Cross Country Championships, after only taking up the sport a few months previously. Both put in a very good performance representing the county team and placed very well.

Fionnuala Britton takes European Title in Slovenia
It was a real super weekend for Irish athletics when Fionnuala Britton took an emphatic victory in the European Cross Country Championships in Slovenia. To put it in context, this was Ireland's first individual gold since Catriona McKiernan took the honours all the way back in 1994. Fionnuala made a decisive move going into the final lap and in the end won by a convincing margin. This firmly places Fionnuala as one of the Irish cross country greats.
Joe Sweeney ran the race of his life in the senior men's competition, coming home an excellent 5th place. Joe was actually mixing it with the leaders for the majority of the race, and in the end was only seconds off a medal. This was a great improvement on his 21st place from last year.
Other top performances came from Sara Tracey who placed 18th in the women's U23 race and Jake Byrne 23rd in the junior men's race. Waterford's Kate Veale enjoyed her first European Cross Country race coming home in 57th place.

All roads lead to the Curragh this Sunday

The final cross country event of the year goes ahead this Sunday in the Curragh Racecourse, Co. Kildare. The All-Ireland Championships in both juvenile and novice categories go ahead. The club will be represented in both competitions and all athletes are hoping to end their year on a high.
In the juvenile sections, twins Padraig and Seamas Fitzgerald will take to the line in the boys U11 race. Having just took up the sport at the start of the season; the boys have shown impressive improvement over the last couple of months and will be representing Waterford on the county team. In the girls U13 race, Hannah Power and Rena Behan take to the line. Hannah, fresh from her good result in Sligo a fortnight ago, will race in her age this weekend. Hannah will be hoping for another strong performance. Rena Behan will race out of her age, after qualifying on the Waterford county team from Clonmel.
In the novice women's race, Laura Behan will take to the line looking to make amends from her unfortunate fall in Sligo. Laura will look to feature prominently in the 3k race. The very best of luck to all athletes competing. Traffic from the Waterford motorway (M9) take exit number 2, while traffic from the Limerick motorway (M7) take exit number 12.

European Cross Country
The European Cross Country event will go ahead this Sunday in Slovenia. Ireland's best chance of a medal most certainly lies with Fionnuala Briton in the senior women's race. Fionnuala has shown excellent form this season with a recent 3rd placing in France, and one might predict that the Wicklow athlete could well indeed take the gold medal. Sara Tracey is also expected to feature prominently in the U23 women's race having winning the senior women's race in Sligo. There is no team in the U23 women's age group which is disappointing. The senior men will be lead by Joe Sweeney, who will aim for a top 10 finish. All at the club would also like to wish the very best of luck to West Waterford athlete Kate Veale who will race in the junior women's race. RTE will feature the main senior races live.

Misfortune for Laura in Sligo

Sligo Racecourse hosted this year's Inter-county All-Ireland Cross Country Championships. These championships also acted as a trial for places on the Irish team to go forward to the upcoming European Cross Country Championships. Conditions underfoot were wet and large sections of the course were mud filled.

Laura Behan lined up in the senior women race with genuine aspirations of putting in a strong challenge for a European spot. Everything started out as planned for Laura, as she began to work her way through the field of athletes. However, after 3000 metres disaster struck, when Laura took a bad fall while racing quickly down a hilly section of the course. Having gone over on her ankle Laura had to retire from the race. This was particularly upsetting for Laura as her build up over the last few months had been towards this race. However there will be many more days and all at the club would like to wish her well, and commend her on her brave effort and excellent results over the last few months.

Excellent Run from Hannah Power
In the girls U14 race, Hannah Power had her strongest race of the year so far. Racing a year out of her age, Hannah put in an excellent performance to finish in 47th spot overall. Hannah has shown continued improvement over the last few months and with another race to come in 2 weeks time, one can expect another good performance from this athlete. Waterford's strength and depth in this age group was clearly evident with Waterford taking gold in the inter-county competition.

Hannah Power, Gillian Whelan and Girls U9 Enjoy Munster Success

The Limerick Racecourse played host to the Munster B Cross Country Championships last Sunday. A re-run of the Munster A girl's U11 race also went ahead following the mistake in Clonmel. With weather conditions almost perfect for cross country running KCK athletes all enjoyed a great day, coming away with medals and great performances. On the whole the county was well represented.
Munster Club medals for KCK's U9 Team
The day started excellently for the club when our girls U9 team raced to Munster team medals, as KCK took 3rd in the inter-club section. The team was lead home by Helina Barry, who once more put in a super display, finishing in 15th place. Hot on her heels was Grace Power who is showing continued improvement all season.  Thanks to the club, Waterford scored strongly in this age group, and took 3rd place in the inter-county competitions, with all 5 KCK girls scoring as top six Waterford finishers, well done! Nadia Power put in her strongest run to date this season, and there were also excellent performances from Aoife and Eve Power, well done. All five girls took home two Munster medals, so it was truly a great day's work by the girls.
Young Paudie Barry was the only KCK athlete in the boy's U9 race. Even though suffering from a bad flu, Paudie put in a spirited performance, well done.

Gillian Whelan takes Munster Medal and Qualifies for the All-Irelands
In the girl's U11 A race, KCK was represented by Gillian Whelan.  Following the catastrophe from last weekend, where the race was started unofficially, it meant that the race had to be re-run. Gillian however, wasn't fazed and put in even a stronger performance than last weekend, finishing 47th individually. The A championship was run in conjunction with the B championship, so when the result were tallied it turned out that Gillian also scored 12th place individually in the B section to take a Munster medal. Competing a year out of her age, this was certainly a very impressive race. Gillian was 7th scorer on the Waterford team that finished in the medals, so will travel to the Curragh for the All-Irelands A Championships.
Luke Power went in the boys U11 race and scored a very good placing. Luke has showed increased fitness over the last few weeks in particular and today was another brilliant run.
Hannah Power takes Individual 3rd
Fresh from her strong run in Clonmel, Hannah Power took to the line of the girl's U13 race, ready to claim her own Munster medal. Indeed from the start, Hannah put herself in a strong position and coming into the final stages found herself in the top 5. With a push to the line, Hannah finished an excellent 3rd place to take her individual medal.
Overall it proved a very successful day, and a big thank you to club officials who travelled to the event. Thank you also to parents who helped out on the day.

Weekend Success for Laura Behan and Gary Cantwell

The second round of the Munster Cross Country Championships took place in very good conditions in the Clonmel Racecourse, Powerstown on Sunday, while on Saturday the All-Ireland Inter-varsity Road Relay championships went ahead in Maynooth.
Clonmel provided a challenging course, with one particular hill proving tough for all. The KCK contingent performed extremely well, with top season performances turned in by many.

Under 9's Motor Well
The girls U9 were first to the line with 5 girls lining up for the club. Helina Barry was the first girl home in her first Munster Championships placing 40th. Grace Power was close behind, also enjoying a strong run in 50th. Eve Power, Aoife Barry and Nadia Power all raced hard to the line, and enjoyed their first Munster Championships encounter. KCK finished 9th in the club competition in this race, and Waterford placing 4th in the county section, with Helina and Grace scoring members of it. These girls have shown great commitment over the last few months and their fitness levels have certainly improved, and they should feature very well this Sunday in Limerick.
In the boys equivalent, Joe Booth was first home for KCK in a respectable 51st position, out of a fireld of over 100 athletes. This was Joe's first Munster fixture and therefore did very well considering. Likewise his team mates, Mikey and Paudie competed superbly in their first Munster fixture. Well done boys.

Munster Medal for Pádraig Fitzgerald
In the boys U11 race, a team of four took to the line for KCK. Competing a year out of age, Pádraig Fitzgerald ran his best race to date when he took 29th place, out of a field of over 100 athletes. Showing contuous improvement with each outing, Pádraig worked his way through the field and was 6th finisher for Waterford, which took 3rd place in the inter-county section. With a Munster medal in his pocket Pádraig will now qualify for the All-Ireland Championships in the Curragh. Pádraig's twin brother Seamus will also be joining him at the All-Ireland's when he finished a very impressive 39th place. He was 8th finisher for Waterford. Luke Power and Aiden Behan both put in very strong performances, showing improved outings from the last few weeks.

Controversy Surrounds Girls U11 Race
In the girls U11 race, complete mis-communication at the start line resulted in non-officials starting the race before it was due to be started. KCK's athletes Gillian Whelan and Kylie Heinen were hurtled out at the start, and both performed admirably in the confusion and chaos. Unfortunately having completed their race, it was announced that the result was void and not counted. They have re-fixed the race for this Sunday to coincide with the Munster B Championships.

Individual Munster medal for Gary Cantwell

Racing on Saturday in the Road Relay Championships, Gary lined out in the U19 race. Gary ran his best race to date this season, when he finished in 8th place. With the All-Ireland's coming up in the Curragh in 4 weeks time, Gary is coming into good form and with another All-Ireland's to come in Sligo later this month, Gary will end the season on a busy note.
Johnny Skehan ran a very strong race, also in the U19 age group. Also competing a year out of his age, Johnny put himself in a string position during his run, eventually finishing in the twenties. Waterford took a medal in the inter-county competition with both Gary and Johnny picking up a medal here and thus qualifying for the All-Irelands.  

All-Ireland Gold for Laura Behan in Maynooth

On Saturday, Laura Behan continued to show excellent form and improvement, this time competing at the All-Ireland Intervarsity Road Relay competition. Laura was a member of the DCU 'A' squad that set out to defend their title. With four athletes on the team, Laura was passed the baton in 5th place, and over her 2 mile leg, chased down the leaders to hand over the baton in 3rd place. The final two runners chased further and in the end DCU came home victors ahead of UCC. Over 20 teams took part in the event. This was a strong race by Laura who will now look to the All-Irelands in Sligo where the Irish teams will be chosen for the upcoming European Championships.
Gary Cantwell endured a busy weekend, when he ran the three mile leg of the WIT 'B' squad in a fine time of 16.02. His team finished 13th overall. Meanwhile, Eanna Farrell took on the 3 mile leg for the CIT 'C' squad, putting in a very good performance.

Athletes Perform well in Clare and Dublin

A busy weekend of cross country action past by last weekend as KCK athletes were in action in Clare and Dublin. Laura Behan produced a very strong performance in the Phoenix Park, while the younger athletes travelled to Clare for the Munster Cross Country event.

Laura Excels in Dublin
Laura Behan turned in a very confident performance in the Phoenix Park at the annual Gerry Farnan Cross Country event, which saw Ireland's top athletes in action. Fionnuala Briton led the way in the senior women's race, taking a convincing victory. In the same race, Laura scooped an excellent top ten finish, coming home in 9th overall and the first U23 to cross the line. After a strong race in Dungarvan two weeks ago, Laura upped it another notch this weekend, and ran a tactically different race which paid dividends. This is Laura's first year of three in the U23 age group, so this will be a good challenging season for her, a one she has started positively.

KCK Athletes Motor Well in Munster

Our juvenile athletes made the trip to Newmarket-on-Fergus in Co. Clare for the first round of the Munster Cross Country Championships. Rain greeted all who turned out but that did not deter the crowds of athletes who lined up for the event.
Kylie Heinen was first up for the club in the girl's U10 race. After a very good start up the first hill, Kylie battled to the finish. Her 31st place finish was very good out of a field of close to 100 athletes. Good news followed when it was announced that Waterford took third place here in the inter-county competition, meaning Kylie wins a Munster medal and qualifies for the All-Irelands. In the boy's U10 race, over 100 athletes did line out. First home for the club was Padraig Fitzgerald in a very strong 32nd place. Padraig is showing improvement with every race and considering he only took up the sport recently, this was a very impressive result. Likewise and very close behind was his brother Seamas, who also grabbed a strong top 40 finish in 39th. Aidan Behan produced his strongest race to date, putting in a very strong finish and crossed the line well placed.
Rena Behan got off to a good start in the U12 race. As the athletes proceeded around the 2000m course, Rena dug deep going up the hills. She crossed the line in 27th place, well done. Hannah Power lined up out of her age, in the U14 race. As Waterford easily captured the intercounty title in this age, Hannah produced a very impressive run. Showing an improvement with each race, Hannah came home in 25th place.
Well done to all the athletes who competed on the day, and to the parents who helped out on the day. The course was well laid out and the event ran very smoothly, so a big well done to the Clare County Board.

Medals for KCK Athletes in Dungarvan

The County Cross Country B Championships went ahead in sunny conditions in St. Augustines grounds, Abbeyside last Sunday. Turnout was good from the athletes and spectators alike. KCK was well represented in the races and standout performances came from Helina Barry, Paudie Barry, Gillian Whelan and Padraig Fitzgerald. The top 10 athletes in the U8 and the top 6 in other age groups received medals.

Medal Rush for the Girls
After impressing over the last few weeks Helina Barry took a deserved 2nd place in the girls U9 race. Helina got off to a strong start and her powerful kick at the end ensured her of the silver medal. Also winning medal were Nadia Power and Aoife Barry, in 5th and 6th place respectively.  Abbie Ryan was hot on their heels in 7th place.
In the girls U11, KCK were also in the medals with Gillian Whelan taking a great bronze medal when she crossed the line in 3rd spot. This was Gillian's first outing for the club, and competing out of her age, made it especially a good result. Eve Halley was next home for KCK in 11th place and Tao Behan in 13th, well done to both girls.
In the girls U13 race, Hannah Mei Behan and Eileen Fitzpatrick followed up their good runs last Sunday with more good performances this weekend.

Success aplenty for the Boys

Our boys U8 squad of Paudie Barry, Mikey Flavin, Shane Flavin, Cian Mulhearne and Shane Power all picked up medals as they put in great performances finishing in 4th, 5th, 7th, 10th and 11th places respectively.
With medals for the top six athletes from U9 upwards, competition was tough. Padraig Fitzgerald ensured himself of one, by racing to 4th place in the boys U11 race. His twin brother Seamas was next home, well placed in 6th. Aidan Behan, like the two boys, was competing a year out of his age, managed another great run, in 8th place. Having only taking up the sport recently, these boys have shown continued improvement and with further training, will translate this into further success in the near future.
Well done to all athletes who competed in the event. Thank you also to the parents who helped out on the day and all those who ensured the event ran smoothly.

County Medals flow for KCK Athletes

Day two of the county championships went ahead in ideal conditions last Sunday, where once again turnout was strong. Events kicked off at 12 noon, with the senior races taking place at 2.30, slightly late for those waiting on. KCK had a very good day with the club picking up many individual and team medals.

Girls U9 Win Silver
In the very first race of the day, KCK athletes featured prominently, taking second place in the inter-club section, behind An Ghaeltacht AC. Leading the way home for the club was young Helina Barry, who took an excellent 5th place, after a very strong performance. Hot on her heels was Grace Power, who after stopping to put back on a lost runner, still ran brilliantly and grabbed 9th place. Another athlete to grab a top ten finish was Eve Power, competing well out of her age. Nadia Power ensured the team success after a strong finish, with Aoife Barry finishing for the team in a good 14th place.
Individual Silver for Joe Booth
Joe Booth made his debut for the club in the boys U9 race, and what a debut it proved to be. From the gun, Joe was with the leading group and when he turned into the closing straight, he powered to the line to take 2nd place and an individual county medal. With some more training, Joe should be well ready for the Munster Championships.  
Team Bronze for Boys U9
There was further medals for the under 9 age group, when the boys replicated the success enjoyed by the girls, taking the bronze team medals. Following Joe home was Mikey Flavin in a strong 9th place. Mikey put in his best run to date and hot on his heels was his younger brother Seán Flavin, who competing out of his age, put in a stormer. Another young competitor for the club, was Paudie Barry. Paudie secured the team medals, after an excellent finish where he overtook many an athlete. Also making up the team, and putting in very good performances were Cian Mulhearne and Shane Power.
U11 Teams Motor Well
Our U11 girl's team put in encouraging performances. With three out of the four athletes competing out of their age, it was always going to be competitive. However Kylie Heinen, fresh from her own individual medal last week led by example, powering through the longer distance to grab 7th spot. Tao Behan made a welcome return to competition with a very good race, been second finisher for the club. Eve Halley looked very strong as she entered the final straight, and after a good race, managed to put in a very fast finish. Joanna Greene is continuing to show improvement week on week, and with a very fast finish, catching many athletes over the final straight. Alice Power took to the line in what was her first race for the club, and put in a great run, well done. The team finished in 4th place overall.
The boys equally enjoyed a good outing, with brothers Seamas and Padraig Fitzgerald once again leading the way. Both boys pushed on from the start, and competing a year out of their age, managed a very strong finish and placing, well done. Aidan Behan and Luke Power followed them home, again showing good consistency. The team placed fourth overall.
Bronze Medals for Girls U13
The girls U13 put in a very good team performance, when they scooped the bronze team medals that were on offer. Hannah Power is starting to show some very good form, when she lead the team home in 7th place. Following her in 8th position was Rena Behan, competing out of her age, t in another good race. Hannah Mei Behan finished very strongly after the 2500m race, holding onto valuable places. Eileen Fitzgerald ensured the team of their medals, with a very solid run, holding off two Ferrybank athletes over the closing stages. Well done to the team.
Laura Behan Second in County Senior
Laura Behan opened her cross country season with a fine performance in the M.T. Motors sponsored senior women's race. Laura took off over the first 2km with intent, pushing the pace. Hitting the halfway mark, Laura was been hauled in by two athletes, Kate Veale and Claire McCarthy from Cork. Laura dug deep in the second lap and never left the gap open too much. In the end it was the Cork athlete, Claire Gibbon McCarthy who raced clear to take the title ahead of Kate Veale, who became the county champion. Laura in third place with a time of 18.48, was second in the County Championships, well done.
Indeed, well done to all athletes who competed over the two days of competitions. Thanks to the host club West Waterford, and also to all the parents who turned up and helped out on the day. It was a very enjoyable day for competitors and spectators alike.

County Medals for KCK Athletes

Sunday saw the opening round of the County Cross Country Championships as mild weather conditions greeted athletes and supporters who turned up for a very enjoyable day of athletics in the grounds of St. Augustine's College, Abbeyside. KCK athletes competed very well throughout the day and came away with lots of success.

Kylie Heinen takes Bronze
Kylie Heinen is continuing to show improvement, finishing an excellent 3rd place in the girls U10 race. Kylie got off to a very strong start and found herself in the hunt for medals as she entered the home straight. She continued to push to the line, which she crossed in 3rd place, very close to the 2nd place finisher. Kylie was joined by Helena Barry, Aoife Barry, Joanna Green and Nadia Power. All four girls ran very well, with Helena leading the pack. The team finished in 4th place overall, just a couple of points off 3rd place.

Team Silver for Boys U10
The boys U10 team all battled strongly and were rewarded with an excellent 2nd place team finish. Padraic Fitzgerald led the team home in a strong 6thplace. Padraic put himself in the hunt for an individual medal with 200m and a fast finish placed him in 6th. His twin brother Seamus was never far behind, crossing the line in 9th spot. Aidan Behan was next home, showing improvements with every race he competes. Tomás Flavin ensured KCK took the team medals, when he powered home with a very strong finish. Well done to the team.
In the boys U12, Luke Power took to the line for the club, and put in his best cross country run to date, well done.

Rena Behan takes County Medal
In one of the largest fields of the day, the girls U12 race proved a good one for the club. From the start Rena Behan put herself amongst the leaders and at the half way stages of the 2000m race she was in the 4-way group that broke well clear on the rest of the field. It came down to a very tense closing 200m with Rena Behan striding out to come home in 3rd place, hot on her heels of the silver place finisher. Rena was joined by Eve Halley and Eileen Fitzgerald. Eve, competing a year out of her age put in a very solid performance as did Eileen, in her first county championships for the club.
Hannah Power was the club's sole competitor in the U14 girl's race. Hannah put in a very strong performance, competing a year out of her age. Hannah was in the leading group for a majority of the race and eventually crossed the line in 7th place. This weekend, expect Hannah to feature prominently when she races in her age.
Johnny Skehan Races Well
Finally up for the club was Johnny Skehan in the novice men's race. Johnny, just back in training put in a very strong performance to take 8th overall, out of a large, competitive field.

The club would like to say a special thanks to all the enthusiastic parents who attended the event. Well done to all the athletes, everyone did super. There were a number of athletes absent from the event and hopefully they will be in attendance this Sunday. All in all a super day of athletics in the Friary, thank you to all in West Waterford, in particular Br. Lennon, for hosting the event.

Good Performances in Kilmacow

KCK athletes attended the annual St. Senan's Cross Country Open held last Sunday in Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny. Wind and rain greeted the athletes to make it a truly cross country experience. Athletes from many surrounding counties competed making it quite a competitive fixture. Leading the way for the club was young Eve Power in the girls U8 race, putting in a very strong performance to take 4th place, and earn her a medal. The boys saw Mikey Flavin, Shane Flavin, Paudie Barry and Shane Power line out for the club, with all four putting in good performances that will stand to them in the season ahead. Helina Barry led home the girls U9 squad for the club. A strong finished propelled her into a top 10 finish, ahead of Nadia Power and Aoife Barry. Kylie Heinen opened her season with a solid 6th place finish in the girls U10 age group, after a very strong run against some top competition. She was followed home by Johanna Greene who put in a great performance in her first cross country race for the club. In the boys U10, two competitors who put in very impressive runs were Seamas Fitzgerald and Aidan Behan, finishing in 7th and 8th place respectively. These boys should be hopefully joined this weekend by more club mates to form a strong team for the county championships. In the girls U12 age group, Rena Behan grabbed a top 10 spot and was followed home by Eileen Fitzgerald, in her first race for the club. Hannah Power closed proceedings for the club when she finished strongly in the girls U14 race, coming home in 13th.
Well done to all athletes who took part, and especially those who were competing for the first time. It wasn't the easiest of introductions to cross country and let's hope the weather will be better for this Sunday.


Tasty Treat for KCK Athletes
KCK athletes were treated to some healthy flap jacks, sponsored by local company Flahavans. In the club's push to promote healthy eating, it was delighted to receive help from Flahavans. Flap jacks will continue to be presented to athletes over the coming weeks at training.Photos

Gary Cantwell takes Ballinameela Victory
Gary Cantwell is continuing his fine form of the summer, taking a good victory in the Ballinameela 5 mile road race. This was significant as it was Gary's first win on the road circuit.
World Championships
The World Athletics Championships came to a close on Sunday in Daegu, South Korea. Club athlete Mark Dowdall was lucky to attend the closing day of the championships and claimed it was an amazing experience. Usain Bolt, Sally Pearson and David Rudisha were amongst the international stars that turned in eye catching displays. For Ireland, Deirdre Ryan produced the best performance, taking 6th place in the competitive women's high jump event. She set a new Irish record in the process. There was disappointment for Derval O'Rourke, who failed to start in her semi-final after injuring her calf muscle after finishing 2nd in her opening heat. Ciarán O'Lionard, Alistar Cragg and the women's 4x400m relay team were the other standout performances from an Irish perspective. Unfortunetly the championships were not covered by RTE, to leave Ireland embarrassingly as the only European Union country not to show these championships which notably are the biggest sporting event in the world this year.

KCK Athletes Shine in Araglin and Cork

Athletes from the club have been busy competing in various open sports over the last few weeks. In Araglin a small contingent of KCK athletes made the trip to the Fanahan McSweeney Open Sports. Attended by clubs from many counties, it made for a competitive event.  In his first outing for the club, young Shane Power scooped gold in the boys U6 60m race. With over 30 boys taking to the line, Shane got off to a powerful start and maintained it to the line, well done. Emily Keane, Hannah Mei Behan and Rena Behan all took to the line in the girls U12 100m final. After a bad start, Rena Behan recovered and took 4th place, gaining on the medal winners the whole way. Emily Keane was 6th and Hannah Mei was home in 8th. All three girls placed very well in their shot putt competition, and Rena finished a strong 5th in the girls U13 600m, followed home closely by Hannah Mei and Evelyn Keane who both put in solid performances. Tao Behan finished a good 5th in the girls U10 60m, as did Nadia Power in the girls U9. John Behan was a convincing winner in the senior men's 1500m race, to round off a good night for the club.
Kylie Heinen to the Fore in Cork
Unfortunately many of our athletes could not make the trip to Cork for the annual Rising Sun Open Sports, but nevertheless Kylie Heinen flew the flag for the club and had a very successful day. Having only recently scooped gold in the Munster Championships in the ball throw event, Kylie was again in flying form. In the ball throw Kylie launched out a massive 26.66 metre throw, over 5 metres longer than the throw that won her that Munster title. Needless to say, this was enough to take victory and the gold medal. In her 80m race, Kylie finished 3rd in her heat and lined up in the final later in the day, where she finished a strong 4th place. To round off a very busy day, Kylie took to the starters orders in the 300m, where in what was a very competitive race; she finished a very good 4th. Well done!

PB for Laura Behan
Well done to Laura Behan who ran a new personal best in Irishtown, Dublin at a recent graded meet. Her 2.20 time in the 800m rounded off a very good track season for Laura. Well done.

Irish Senior Championships
The All-Ireland Senior T&F Championships take place this weekend in Santry, Dublin. It offers an ideal opportunity to see some of Ireland's top athletes as they compete for national titles as well as trying to cement places on the Irish squad for the World T&F Championships which will take place at the end of the month in Daegu, Korea. Congratulations to Deirdre Byrne on setting a new Irish record in the women's high jump last week in Germany, and to local girl Kate Veale who likewise set a new Irish record in the senior women's 3000m walk.

Kylie Heinen Strikes Gold in Templemore

Kylie Heinen made her trip to Templemore a very worthy one as she took gold at the Munster B Track and Field Championships. Competing in the girls U10 age category, Kylie took part in two events, the ball throw and the 500m. Having took gold in the ball throw event at the county championships in May, it was once again in this event where Kylie excelled, this time on a bigger stage. Battling against horrid weather conditions Kylie threw out a huge 21.50m throw that scooped her first place and the Munster gold medal. Kylie finished up her day with a string run in her 500m, where after a lot of boxing at the start she pulled out a fast finished 200m to get 9th place. Kylie will now look forward to the rest of the summer's fixtures and indeed the approaching cross country season.o

National League action for Laura and John Behan
Two athletes from the club travelled to Athlone last Sunday for the second round of the National League. Laura competed as a guest for Ferrybank AC, while John likewise guested for Waterford AC, and both enjoyed very successful days. Laura began her day with her 1500m, which proved to be a tactical affair. Laura started conservatively and the race developed into a huge speed battle over the closing lap with Laura taking second place in the premier women division. Later in the day Laura ran a very strong leg of their 4x400m relay, which took second place, earning valuable points. John showed very good speed, taking 4th place in the division one 100m final, and a similar 4th placing was achieved in his 800m. John posted a very strong opening leg for the teams 4x400m relay to round off a very pleasing day. Well done to both athletes on their results, especially in conditions that resembled a January day rather than a July one!
Golden Girl Kate Veale Returns Home
All at KCK Athletic Club were delighted to hear the news of Kate's achievements in Lille, France at the World Youth Championships. Kate's gold medal in the 5km walk marks a huge breakthrough for the West Waterford girl. Kate is a great example to all fellow athletes, her dedication and love of the sport shine through, and we wish her continued success in, what no doubt will be, a very bright future. It was great to see the national media recognise such an achievement and Kate's tremendous result will help further raise awareness of the sport in her county, and country alike.

Munster Medals for KCK Athletes

The Munster Junior/U23/Senior Track and Field Championships went ahead last Sunday in glorious sunshine in CIT, Cork. Clubs from all six counties were represented. The club was represented by Laura and John Behan, who both came away with medals.
Munster Gold for Laura Behan
Laura Behan took to the line in what was her very first 800m in over 5 years. Laura took to the fore with a Leevale athlete, and both shared a good battle over the two lap race. After a fast opening lap, Laura finished strongly taking the gold medal in the U23 championship, in a new PB of 2.20.
Double Bronze for John Behan
Laura's brother John took to the track in the senior men's 400m. After a mighty fast opening 200m, John battled to the line to claim the bronze medal. Likewise John got another medal in the senior men's triple jump with some fine jumping to claim a new PB.
Well done to both athletes on their success.
Road Success for Gary Cantwell
Gary Cantwell continued his fine form on the local road scene, taking two recent junior victories on the tough Dromana 5 miler in 28.53, and more recently at the Ballyneale 5km in 17mins flat. Well done to Gary, as he continues his build up to his All-Irelands Track and Field Finals where he has qualified in the 3000m

Track and Field Success for KCK Athletes

With the track and field season continuing to dominate the summer, KCK athletes have been very busy competing in various competitions over the last week or so. Last Sunday saw the County Community Games take place in the RSC. Waterford hurler Declan Prendergast was on hand to open the event and present the medals. Many KCK athletes got among the medals as they represented their various areas.

Success for KCK Athletes at the Community Games
Leading the way in the girls U8 was KCK's young Keera Curran who ran her best race to date when she took gold in the 80m final. Even after getting boxed in her line at the start Keera kept her composure and pushed to the line to take victory and qualify for the All-Ireland finals in Athlone. Her fellow Clonea/Rathgormack team mate, also a KCK athlete Emma Power took a very convincing win in the girls U10 100m final. Having comfortably qualifying through her heats, Emma powered down the track in her final to cross the line for a resounding win. Keeley Curran continued the fine form after her sister's win with a very impressive 2nd place finish in the girls U12 100m final.
Hannah Power representing Kilgobnet/Colligan/Kilbrien made a good return to the track, taking a strong 4th place in the girls U14 800m. Likewise Rena Behan raced her first race in a while, also taking 4th place in the girls U12 600m. Both of these athletes enjoyed excellent cross country seasons last year and I'm sure we will see them in tip top shape come the autumn. Luke Power also representing KCK took a very respective 5th in his 200m having qualified through his heats. In the relays KCK athletes got among the medals, with Erin Curran, Keeley Curran and Rena Behan all combining excellently to take 2nd place in the girls U12 in a very close and exciting race. Emma Power was a member of the U10 team that took the bronze medals.

Gary Cantwell Takes Munster Silver
Gary Cantwell continued his successful season with an excellent silver medal at the Munster Championships which were held in Castleisland. Gary competed in the U19 3000m and powered around the seven and a half laps to cross the line in 2nd place, well clear of 3rd. Gary also ran a strong race in his 1500m, finishing 5th.

Personal Bests for Laura Behan
Laura Behan is enjoying her season where she is focusing on some shorter distances on the track. Following her recent PB at the National League she continued with some 1500m track races over the last week. In Irishtown, last Wednesday night Laura finished in 2nd place in a new personal best of 4.47. Last Sunday at the All-Ireland U23 Championships, she followed this up with another best of 4.46 to finish in 5th position, after a very strong performance.

New PB for Laura Behan

Laura Behan got her summer of to a flying start when she came home in 2nd place in the premier division of the women's 1500m race. Competing as a guest for Ferrybank AC Laura stuck with the leaders from the gun and was unfortunate to lose one of her spikes after only one lap after an infringement from behind by another athlete. Nevertheless she powered and crossed the line in a new personal best time of 4.48.

Good Performances from Gary Cantwell and John Behan

Two other KCK athletes who were guests for Waterford AC were Gary Cantwell and john Behan. Gary, fresh from his exploits on the road took part in the 3000m steeple chase and put in a very strong performance to take 4th. He also had a strong finish in the shot putt. John Behan started the day running a leg on the 4x100m relay team that took a very impressive 3rd in 46.86. He completed a busy day taking 5th place in his 800m, and a good 3rd in his triple jump with a new PB. Both Gary and John were members of the 4x400m relay team that took 4th place.
Well done to all three athletes on their exploits on the track and no doubt they will be gearing up for the second round of this event which will take place on July 17th.

National League

On Sunday three KCK athletes made the journey to Kerry, to the track at Castleisland. The first round of the National Track and Field League took place attracting some of the country's leading athletes. While KCK did not enter a senior team in this league, our athletes were invited to compete for other Waterford clubs on the day.

Munster Outing for Kylie and Emma   

With the track and field season now in full swing, KCK athletes enjoyed a busy weekend of athletics., with athletes taking to the track in Ennis and Castleisland. On Saturday in Ennis track, Kylie Heinen and Emma Power competed for the club in the girls U10 competition at their very first track and field Munster Championships. Both girls had to compete as one pair and began their day with their 60m heats. Kylie powered out from the start and crossed the line in 2nd position in her heat, while Emma Power continued the forward momentum with an equally impressive second place finish in her heat. When the two girls' times were added together, they were placed 5th overall, a very impressive achievement for the girls. The girls also took part in the ball throw competition, where Kylie Heinen launched out a huge throw to take second place individually. Emma Power also produced some good throws and the girls just finished outside the medals in this event. This event will stand to the girls and they can be very happy with their performances.

Junior Victory for Gary Cantwell

Gary Cantwell continues to show good form when he took the junior men's title at the recently held Touraneena 5km race. A record entry of over 200 runners took to the line and Gary sensibly positioned himself within the leading group over the opening part of the race. With under a kilometre to go, Gary pushed for the line and crossed it in a very respectable 17.11. This bodes well for the rest of the summer for Gary as he continues to improve with each outing.

Further Success for KCK Athletes at County Championships

All roads led to the RSC last Sunday for DAY 2 of the County Championships. After the club's great success at DAY 1 of the championships, once again all our athletes turned in super performances. With communions taking place in a number of areas near our club base our numbers were slightly down but all athletes who turned up committed themselves brilliantly and the club once again came away with numerous county titles.
Michael Behan continued where he left off last weekend, once again taking home a number of county medals. Michael took the county 800m title after a strong performance. He followed this up with a new PB in the high jump competition which was good enough for silver. Finally in his 200m, Michael was fast out from the start and deservedly took a silver medal. His brother John Behan had a good outing in the senior men's 200m taking the silver medal. Cormac Heinen kept the medals flowing when he opened his account in the boys U14 hurdles. Showing impressive speed and skill Cormac snatched 3rd place to take his county medal. He followed this up with a fourth placing in his long jump and 200m. His sister Kylie ran a brave race from the front in the girls U10 300m and pushed all the way to the line to take 4th place, after a very determined showing. Kylie came within 1cm of bronze in her long jump competition but took home a medal in the relay. Also in the girls U10 long jump and 300m were Tao Behan, Johanna Greene and Alannah Szajda, all three competing very well in their events. Sisters Helena and Niamh Barry made their first outing for the club, in the U9 and U13 age groups. Helena finished strongly in her 300m and finished close to the medals, while in her long jump she enjoyed some good jumps. Likewise her sister Niamh did very well in her long jump and hurdles race, showing some potential on the track. Joining Niamh in the U13 age group was Evelyn Keane who put in some impressive jumps in her long jump competition. In the U12 age group, Samantha Foley enjoyed a good performance in the hurdles race, and in the long jump she was joined by Emily Keane, Hannah Mei Behan and Rena Behan with all four girls competing strongly.

Relay Medals for Girls U10
Our girls U10 team combined brilliantly to take the bronze medals in their 4 x 100m relay. The team of Tao Behan, Kylie Heinen, Alannah Szajda and Johanna Greene turned in a super race and were rewarded with their county medals.

Some of the athletes were competing for their first time for the club and all enjoyed themselves and picked up some medals along the way. The club was well represented on both days of the counties and we would once again like to thank all parents who travelled to the event and for their help on the day. All photos and results from the county championships can be found on the club website

Outstanding Success for KCK Athletes at County Championships

The first round of the County Championships kicked off last Sunday in the RSC. Glorious sunshine greeted the six Waterford clubs who took part in what was a very enjoyable and competitive day of athletics. Turnout from clubs was up on previous years, especially in the younger age groups.
KCK had a very good turn out and finished the night with a large medal haul and some great performances. Lots of athletes took numerous county titles. Athletes including Michael Behan, Kylie Heinen, Tom Devine and John Behan all took home numerous county medals after some excellent performances. Other athletes also excelled and took home numerous medals on the day.

Girls Perform Brilliantly
The club was well represented on the girl's side with many newcomers competing alongside the seasoned athletes. In the girls U9 age group Keera Curran stole the show on her very first competition for the club. In the 60m Keera won her heat and grabbed a bronze medal in her final. Nadia Power produced a great performance in her first outing for the club when finishing 4th in her 60m heat. Likewise in the ball throw both girls did very well.
Kylie Heinen transferred her success at cross country to the track as she took home two individual medals. Her superb thro in the ball throw saw her take home the gold medal. In her 80m Kylie cruised through her heats and then took the bronze medal in the final. In her 500m, Kylie finished a well placed 5th. She was joined by a strong U10 team of Tao Behan, Alannah Szajda and Johanna Green. All three girls performed well in their ball throw, with Tao and Alannah coming very close to grabbing the bronze, finishing 4th and 5th. In her first competition for the club Johanna did very well in her 80m where she finished strongly grabbing 4th place in her heat. This age group will have a strong relay for this Sunday in the U10 age group. Eve Halley was our sole representative in the girls U11 age group and had a very busy day. She put in strong performances in her ball throw, 80m and 500m finishing strongly in all. Our girls U12 team did very well. Erin Curran and Emily Keane sailed through their heats of the 80m taking to the line in the final. Erin was just piped for a medal finishing in 4th place overall. Emily was hot on her heels crossing the line in 6th. Samantha Foley, in her very first competition for the club, turned heads in her 600m race finishing a well placed 5th out of a large field. Hannah Mei Behan continued the great performances as she grabbed 4th in her 80m heat and finished strongly in her 600m putting in a good run. Likewise this team will have a strong relay this weekend when they will be in their age group. Aislinn Keane, Keeley Curran and Evelyn Keane had a busy day in the U13 age. The three girls took to the line of their 80m races and all produced admirable performances. Later in the day the three tried their hand at the shot putt competition, coming close to the medals.

Medal Haul or the Boys
While the boy's side had smaller numbers, this didn't stop them taking home a large medal haul. Michael Behan led the way taking four individual medals, two of them gold. In his 250m hurdles Michael crossed the line in 3rd place and followed that up with a super silver medal in his 100m final. Afterwards, in his long jump the result couldn't have been closer with Michael grabbing the gold medal by just 1cm, in a new PB. Finally in his 1500m Michael was a runaway winner, taking his second county title of the day. Tom Devine kept the medals flowing, taking gold in the boys U18 javelin competition, after some great throws. He followed that up with a silver medal in his discus competition, again displaying good skill. Ross Browne produced a good burst of speed in the U18 100m final taking the bronze medal. Young Shane Power enjoyed a good day in the boys U9 competition. In his first day out for the club he performed well in his 60m and just missed out on a place in the final. John Behan took to the line in the senior men's 100m and 400m. With a strong performance in both he grabbed two silver medals. In the senior men's long jump John also got among the medals, taking 3rd place.
Relay Success for KCK
KCK enjoyed super success in the relays with teams turning in very strong performances, from our men's 4x400 and girls U13 teams.
Girls U13 - 5th (Aislinn Keane, Keeley Curran, Erin Curran and Evelyn Keane)
Men's 4 x 400m - 1st (John Behan, Ross Browne, Tom Devine and Michael Troy)
KCK enjoyed a super day overall, with many athletes competing for their first time for the club. All of them thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of track and field. The club would like to say a big thanks to all the parents on the day who helped out in the events and who organised athletes for their competitions.

KCK Athletes Perform Very Well in Belfast

The Irish University Track and Field Championships took place in Belfast last weekend and KCK had three athletes competing for their various colleges. Laura Behan took to the track for the first time in years and scooped an All-Ireland bronze medal in the 3000m.  Racing in a strong wind, Laura got off to a good start keeping in with the leading group. As the race progressed she found herself in a battle for the bronze medal with Una Britton, sister of Fionnula Briton. Laura pushed to the line holding off the challange of the UL athlete to claim her medal and poins for her DCU team. Achieving his strongest finish to date at a national championship, Eanna Farrell scooped 6th place in the final of the 3000m walk, earning a valuable point for his CIT side. Another strong performance came from Gary Cantwell who finished a solid 10th place in the competitive 10,000m final in a new personal best of 34.19. Gary competing in his 1st year with WIT, battled strongly especially over the closing stages.

Laura Behan in Top Form in Abbotstown

The All-Ireland Intervarsity Cross Country Championships went ahead last weekend. Abbotstown played host to the event, with the course running right beside the National Aquatic Centre. Participation records were broken as over 200 athletes lined up in the two races, surpassing the 2003 record.
In her first year at DCU, Laura Behan took to the line in the women's race. Competing against many her senior Laura put in another great performance to take 8th place overall. After a good start Laura held in with the leaders and when it came to the business end of the race Laura pushed on, finishing very strongly. Further good news followed when her team, DCU, took the team gold, just ahead of Trinity College, UCD and UL in 4th.

In the men's race Gary Cantwell ran a very strong race when he represented WIT. After a steady start Gary moved his way through the field and over took some many high profile names. Another encouraging run by Gary and the summer looks good for him. Also in the senior men's race was Eanna Farrell representing CIT. Eanna has improved his fitness over the last few months and enjoyed a good run. Here DCU took the team event, ahead of WIT and Queens University Belfast in 3rd.

Junior Title for Gary Cantwell in WIT Road Race

The very first hosting of the WIT 6kn road race went ahead recently and once again Gary Cantwell was to the fore for the club, taking the inaugural junior men's title, with another strong performance. Photos.

Munster Team gold for Gary Cantwell

The cross country season once again dominated fixtures as the schools and universities competitions began. The Munster Schools and University Cross Country Championships took place last week in CIT, Cork. Gary Cantwell was a member of the WIT team that took team gold at the event, ahead of UL and CIT respectively. As a first year in the college Gary competed against many an experienced athlete and finished home in 15th spot, to be a scoring member for WIT who convincingly took the title. After such a comprehensive victory they have put themselves forward as real medal contenders for the All-Ireland team title to be held in a few weeks time. Also competing was club member Eanna Farrell who is making a return to the sport. HE was a part of the CIT team that took 3rd place in the team event.
Competing in the Munster schools championships on the same day, Michael Behan ran a string race in the intermediate boys section, coming home in 22nd place. Aaron Hassett and Peter Behan raced in the minor boys race again representing St. Declan's Community College, both finishing very well.

Kylie Heinen Impresses in Nenagh

On her birthday, Kylie Heinen put her track spikes on as she took part in the Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh last Saturday. Competing in the U10 age group, Kylie had her first taste of Munster Indoor athletics. Following on from her successful cross country season last year, Kylie continued her good vein of form. In her 300m, after getting boxed in at the start Kylie powered her way through the field and crossed the line in 4th place, only fractions away from a medal. This was a very encouraging run and she will certainly be a one to watch for the outdoor season. Earlier in the day Kylie finished a respectable 4th place in her 60m heat. It was sad to hear that there were huge delays between races on the day, which meant children had to endure a long wait in the cold conditions at the venue; nevertheless it was certainly a worthwhile outing.

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