Kerry Junior Track and Field Championships

There were medals all round for our four junior girls at the Kerry Athletics junior track and field championships in Castleisland on Friday 14th April. There was gold for Elinor Dennison in the long jump, Christine McCarthy in the high jump and the 4 x100m relay team of Elinor, Christine, Emma O’Regan and Alyce O’Connor. Christine was also second in the long jump and Alyce ran a great PB to win silver in the 800m. Elinor won bronze in the 200m.
Not to be outdone by the youngsters two master athletes brought home gold medals. Jer McCarthy won the M45 100m and Dave Littlejohn the M40 javelin. A great night was had by all.

Munster Schools 2016

Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine had a record number of athletes qualify for the Munster Schools track and field championships. A sure sign that training with the club and in some cases the Kerry Athletics Development Squad is really paying off for our older athletes.

In the South Munster qualifying rounds, the girls were first up on the 5th May. Gold medals went to Christine McCarthy who won the Intermediate Girls high jump with a new PB of 1.60m. Christine trains regularly with the development squad in Castleisland on Sunday morning and is also a member of the Munster Development squad. In the Junior Girls 1500m, Rhona Randles took gold with Alyce O’Connor picking up silver. These two girls are proving hard to beat in middle distance events. Aobha O’Shea won the Inter girls walk. There was silver for Elinor Dennison in the Intermediate Girls long jump with a jump of 4.93m, a jump that equaled that of gold medal position. Elinor also reached the final of the 100m and a year out of age is showing great promise as a sprinter. She trains in Castleisland on Sunday mornings and is hoping to make the Munster Development Squad this year. Emma O’Regan came second in the Junior 75m hurdles and Katie Palmer took silver in the Junior long jump and bronze in the walk, just behind Caoimhe Daly who picked up silver.

The boys took to the track exactly a week later and there was gold for Cormac O’Sullivan in the Inter triple jump and Gary Randles in Junior shot. Gary also came second in the javelin. Other silver medal winners where Peter Offereins in Intermediate javelin and Conor O’Brien in Junior walk. Bronze medals went to Declan Hallissey for Inter boys shot and discus, Iarlaith Hayes for Inter javelin and Cian Hanley for Minor 100m.

A bright sunny day at the Regional Sports Centre in Waterford was the scene for the Munster Schools Track and Field Championships where there were five medals for Kenmare in what was a record entry for the school. It was gold and silver for in the Junior Girls 1500m with Rhona Randles crossing the line in 5:04.54, just three seconds ahead of Alyce O’Connor. Also in the Junior girls category there was bronze for Emma O’Regan in the 75mH. In the Intermediate Girls high jump Christine McCarthy jumped 1.55m to secure silver and there was also silver for Cormac O’Sullivan in the Intermediate Boys triple jump and Conor O’Brien in the Junior Boys 1200m race walk. Competing for the school but finishing just outside the medals were Katie Palmer, 4th in the Junior Girls 1200m race walk and long jump, Elinor Dennison 5th in Intermediate Girls long jump with a new PB of 5.16m, Gary Randles 4th in Junior Boys shot and 5th in the javelin, Caoimhe Daly 5th in Junior girls walk.

Best of luck to all our qualifiers who go on to the National finals in Tullamore on Saturday 4th June.


County Championships 2016

Here is a brief round up of the results from the county championships on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May and what a great weekend it was for Kenmare AC. We might not have won the overall title but we increased our point tally from 120 last year to 140 this year, a massive step up from the 9 we won in our first competitive year in 2010. At the final count we were in 3rd place just two points behind Tralee Harriers. Well done to everyone who took part, even though the weather was not great, and did their club proud.
Altogether we won 21 individual gold medals, 8 silver and 21 bronze. In the relays we won 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze. Elinor Dennison, in her last year as a county juvenile (she’ll be joining Christine McCarthy as a Junior next year) won 4 individual gold medals, defending her 100m, long jump and javelin titles and adding the shot for good measure. Gary Randles proved just what a great thrower he’s becoming by retaining his shot and javelin titles and winning the U16 boys hammer by a huge margin. This is a new event for Gary but he’s really taken to it. He also picked up silver in the discus.
In the 800m, Rhona Randles and Alyce O’Connor continued to dominate, Rhona winning the U15s and Alyce the U16s. Alyce also picked up gold in the 80mH and was on the U16 girls gold medal winning relay team along with Elinor, Rhona and Emma O’Regan. It was nice to see medals coming to some of our new members. Emma O’Regan picked up silver in the U16 girls hurdles and Ozdeniz Kayon won the U14 boys discus. In the walks the O’Reilly twins Aoife and Michael both picked up U14 titles and Katie Palmer won the grueling U16 walk. There were also gold medals for Charlie Guest in U10 500m, Grace Roberts White in U12 600m and U13 60mH, Tania McCormack in U13 shot, Abby Littlejohn in U14 discus, Caoimhe Daly in U15 75mH. Representing the club all on her own in the Junior girls age group but not disappointing was Christine McCarthy who won the county high jump title for the fourth year running and was third in the long jump. Next year she will have plenty of company as some of our older athletes make the jump up from juvenile competition and we’ll be setting our sights on the overall junior title too.
Here is a full list of all our medal winners and full results with times and distances are available on Let Tessa know if there are any errors or omissions.
Charlie Guest, 500m U10 Boys
Grace Roberts White, 600m U12 Girls and 60mH U13 Girls
Tania McCormack, Shot U13 Girls
Aoife O’Reilly, Walk U14 Girls
Abby Littlejohn, Discus U14 Girls
Michael O’Reilly, Walk U14 Boys
Ozdeniz Koyun, Discus U14 Boys
Rhona Randles, 800m U15 Girls
Caoimhe Daly, 75mH U15 Girls
Gary Randles, Shot, Javelin U15 Boys and Hammer U16 Boys
Elinor Dennison 100m, Long Jump, Shot, Javelin U16 Girls
Alyce O’Connor, 800m, 80mH U16 Girls
Katie Palmer, Walk U16 Girls
Christine McCarthy, High Jump Junior Women
Boys U10 4 x 100m relay
Girls U16 4 x 100m relay
Zack O’Shea 600m U11 Boys
Abby Dunlop, 60mH U13 Girls
Liam Palmer, Walk U14 Boys
Caoimhe Daly, 250mH U15 Girls and Walk U16 Girls
Gary Randles, Discus U16 Boys
Katie Palmer, Discus U16 Girls
Grace Sayers, 1500m U16 Girls
Girls U9 4 x 100m relay
Girls U12 4 x 100m relay
Girls U14 4 x 100m relay Team A
Alison Murphy, 300m U9 Girls
Zack O’Shea, Turbo Javelin U10 Boys
Mya Granville, 600m U11 Girls
Grace Roberts White, High Jump U12 Girls
Tania McCormack, Discus U14 Girls
Eve Roberts White, 75mH U14 Girls
Aoife O’Reilly, 800m U14
Michael O’Reilly, 75mH U14 Boys
Clionadh Daly, Walk U14 Girls
Liam Palmer, Walk, 60mH U14 Boys
Caoimhe Daly, 80mH U15 Girls
Abby Littlejohn, Shot, Javelin U15 Girls and High Jump U14 Girls
Cian Hanley, Shot U15 Boys
Katie Palmer, Long Jump U16 Girls
Alyce O’Connor, 100m, 250mH U16 Girls
Muireann de Faoite, Walk U16 Girls
Christine McCarthy, Long Jump, Junior Women
Girls U14 4 x 100m relay Team B
Boys U9 4 x 100m relay

Bridge Run 2016

100 hardy souls braved the elements for our 5th annual Bridge Run 5km and 10km races. A great turn out considering the weather and we’d like to thank them all for helping to make this run another success. Cash Prizes were provided with the generosity of EPS Water and The Forestry Company. Easter Eggs kindly supplied by Murphy’s SuperValu Kenmare and Lorge Chocolates Bonane. Harrington’s provided the bread and brack for the tea.

Full results and times are in the Bridge Run link in the menu above.

10km race
1. James Gruffery
2. David Comber
3 Kevin Gilleece

Geraldine O’Shea
2. Shauna O’Shea
3. Regina Comber

5km race
1. Barry Yelverton
2. Mark Torpey
3. Ricky Collins

1. Yvonne MacCauley
2. Caroline Buckley
3. Sue Nikolovski

All-Ireland Indoor Championships 2016

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Four of our Five Munster qualifiers competed in the National Finals over the weekend of the 12th and 13th March 2016.

On Saturday Gary threw a new PB of 12.60m to take the bronze medal in the U15 boys shot.

Christine McCarthy won bronze, in the U17 girls high jump with a jump of 1.55m and finished 4th in the U17 girls long jump with a new PB of 5.01m

Elinor Dennison finished 5th in the U16 girls long jump and Rhona Randles was also 5th in the U15 girls 800m.