Summer Happenings

Even though most of you took a well deserved break over the summer athletics in general did not, and St Cocas athletes were busy taking part in places from Santry to Tullamore to Tampere (in Finland) to Moscow. Also our Fit4life runners were running the high roads and byroads of Ireland at the various 5k and 10k and half marathons around.

Our club members were also part of the historic county Kildare men’s team who won the National League Division Title in August. Paul Robinson, Kevin Kelly, Oliver Back, Nathan Murphy and Andrew Smyth all members of this team. The women’s team too got to the national league final, coming 7th to retain premier status for the coming year. Rachael Smyth, Sinead Burke, Niamh Field, Caoimhe Whittaker, Emily Milner and Niamh Burke part of this young squad.

Paul Robinson set the scene for us with some good early season form and headed to the European U23 finals with a real chance of a medal. After winning his heat he went into the final as one of the favourites. After a perfectly run race he was run out of a bronze medal in the final 80m. A great performance but bitter disappointment all the same. He returned to Ireland and had his sights set on a good performance in the National Seniors at the end of July. But before that he ran the 5th fastest 800m time by an Irishman at the Morton games in Santry and made the “b” standard for the world championships in Moscow. He followed that up with a magnificent win in the senior 800m. Another star of these championships was walker Sinead Burke who won her first senior title at the age of 16. So two National senior champions – not bad! For good measure Kevin Kelly came 4th in the junior 3k. ¬†Also having a good season was Rachael Smyth who won the u23 1500m national title.

Progress of the fit4life group is amazing. The numbers of members continue to increase and the level of improvement is immense. A small number of the runners were entered in the masters track and field championships in Tullamore in mid August and they performed brilliantly. Lynda Gormley winning the 1500m, Deirdre O’Reilly the 400m and Glynnis Reidy 3rd in the 800m. But the race of the day was the 4x400m relay where the women took the title in a fantastic race. Deirdre O’Reilly, Glynnis Reidy, Lynda Gormley and Annette Whittaker were the four runners.

Another win for Paul

Watch this amazing race – keeping a special eye on the last 80m, well done Paul!!

Trim Braveheart 5k

On Friday 14th June in Trim a number of our athletes braved a miserably wet night to compete in the annual Braveheart run over a 5k course at at Trim castle. Having a great run was Larry Kelly who led the gang home in 11th place overall in 18.11. John O’Boyle 20.13, Patrick Conlon 20.30. Lynda Gormley 21.18, Piotr Fryc 21.52, Martin Geraghty 22.14, Michael Malone 23.30, Marianne Mulreid 23.31, Fiachra Purcell 25.50 and Fiona King 26.25. Well done to everyone.

Leinster Track and Field Championships

On Saturday 15th June the Leinster track and field championships got underway in Tullamore. First up were the walks where Claire Kennedy won her first medal for the club finishing 3rd in the u17 race. Anna Bourke also won bronze in the u14 and Nathan Murphy 1st in the u17 boys. Kevin Kelly competed in the 400m and 800m coming 5th in both. Caoimhe Whittaker ran a storming last lap to take a bronze in the u18 800m. Oisin O’Cuill was unfortunate to be pipped on the line for 4th in the 1500m and Gavin Judge ran well in the u16 1500m. On Sunday morning Sophie Courtney had a great win in the 1500m and was followed by Kevin Kelly who won his first Leinster medal finishing 2nd after a great 1500m. Oisin O’Cuill ran great again to take 5th in the 800m.

Round 1 of the national track and field league Tullamore

Brillant performances by all the Kildare athletes. The day started in fine style with top points from Sandra Lawlor in the hurdles, St Cocas 2 walkers Sinead Burke and Nathan Murphy winning their walks. Sinead getting a PB in her walk. Rachael Smyth 2nd in the 1500m also a PB and a third PB for the club for Kevin Kelly winning the 800m in 1.55. David McCarthy from Le Cheile a real star winning the 400m and 400m hurdles. Kieron Stout from celbridge another to score top points in the shot putt. Fiona Hill another to gain top points in the triple jump. With the great support from all the clubs in the county the teams should be in with a real shout of making the finals. Also in action today Niamh Field, Caoimhe Whittaker, Niamh Burke, Andrew Smyth, Ciara Gallagher, Eileen Woods, Aston Farrell, Mairead Drewitt, Elaine Corrigan, Michael Jordan, Vivien Fleicher, Suzanne Quinn, Kathryn Weir, Neil Halsted, Ikenna Jacob, Danny Cahill, Michelle O’Dea and Michael Kenny. Teriffic performances by everyone and a great team effort.

Maynooth 10k Sunday 19th May

Good running by our lads in the Maynooth 10k yesterday. Aidan Kelly 40.51, John O’Boyle 42.45 pb and Martin Geraghty 42.58 pb.

Weekend Update 18th May

Brillant running by Paul Robinson in LA early Saturday morning when winning his 1500m race in a fantastic time of 3.37.99. Another brilliant last 100m for his 2nd win on US soil in the past fortnight. Paul is currently sitting on top of the Irish and European ranking for the 1500m.
In Santry at the Aviva Leinster schools Sinead Burke again broke the schools record to win the Inter walk, Nathan Murphy also winning his Inter walk. Kevin Kelly had a brilliant last lap to almost snatch the senior 1500m but in the end had to settle for silver. Sarah Bourke also winning silver in the senior walk. Caoimhe Whittaker finished 4th in the senior 800m after a fine run in a race where the winner broke the current leinster record.
Finally across the Atlantic Laura Kelly ran the Brooklyn half marathon where she recorded a time of 1.33.8.
Well done all round.

Paul wins in San Diego

Another top class win for Paul Robinson in San Diego today. In a tactical race he won the mile race in a time of 4.04.35. Fantastic running!

Paul R

Co. Kildare Track and Field Day 2 Juvenile

Well done to all our athletes who competed in the Kildare championships today in Celbridge. Tanisha Dions was a double winner in the u14 claiming the gold in the 100m and the shot putt. In one of the first finals of the day Orla Flynn also struck gold in the u9 80m, Niobh Ginty qualified for the final. Pearse O’Reilly won his boys u10 heat and went on the finish 3rd in the final. Maud O’Shea qualified for the final of the u12 80m and ran great but was just out if the medals. Eva McPartlan competing u18 in the high jump won a silver medal and also a bronze in the 100m. Rebecca Travers left it late in the u11 200m and dipped to win in the last stride. Aine Field, Doireann Killeen and Lea Groome also ran great to make this final. Doireann Killeen had earlier finished 3rd in the ball throw. Aoife Rattigan also finished 3rd in the shot putt. In the middle distance races Lucy McCann had a great race in the 1500m to finish 3rd. Aoife Rattigan and Kirsten Monaghan both ran fantastically in a field of over 30 runners to be 4th and 5th in the 600m and Laura Rattigan 4th in the 1500m. Also running well to make finals were Luke Kosinski, Isobel Doherty, Emma Ginty and Gavin Judge. A good day all round for the club with many others performing well. Niamh Flynn, Conor Rattigan, Tadhg McCauley, Adam Walsh, Clodagh Flynn, Lauren McDermott, Conor McDermott, Ben Doherty, Diarmuid Smyth, Tara Whittaker, Ciaran Smyth, Steven Smyth, Sarah Neville, Pauline Hill, Harriet McDermott, Amy Roberts, Aine Burke, Roisin Daly and Karla Burke all ran great. Well done all.


Senior and masters Track and Field

There were some super performances today from St Cocas athletes at todays senior and masters track and field championships in Naas. Biggest cheer of the day went to Lynda Gormley who ran the race of her life to win the 1500m with a powerful last lap. Kevin Kelly also looked strong in the 400m which he won and Andrew Smyth took a leaf out of Paul Robinsons book to win the mens 1500m arms outstretched as he crossed the line. He finished 2nd on the 5000m later on. Emily Milner won thr 800. The womens 400 saw Caoimhe Whittaker take silver and Rachael Smyth bronze. To finish off the day there was a very exciting relay where the team of Rachael, Caoimhe,Emily and Niamh Burke all ran fantastically to take home the gold medals.

Track and Field

Leinster Schools – West Leinster Day 2 (25/04/13)

Well done to Emily Milner winner of the senior girls 800m at the west Leinsters on Santry today. Sophie Courtney 2nd in the same race and Kevin Kelly 2nd on the senior boys 800m. Good luck to all competing in the south Leinsters next week.

Leinster Schools – West Leinster Day 1 (23/04/13)

Well done to everyone on their performances today in Santry. Tanisha Dions, Nathan Murphy, Sinead Burke, Sinead Kelly and Sarah Bourke gold medals, Kevin Kelly and Laura Rattigan silver medals and Claire Kennedy bronze. Special mention to Karla Burke who had a terrific walk in her first race to finish 4th only a few metres from bronze. Good luck in the Leinster finals in a few weeks time.

Kildare Track & Field Day 2

Well done to all our runners on 20th April in the Kildare league which was held in Naas. Terrific performances all round and loads of points for the club. Good work everyone!


Well done to Paul Robinson who made his way onto national television on Sunday last when he stormed to victory in the Great Ireland Mile run in the Phoenix Park. Despite a heavy fall at the start he cruised to victory. Great also to see junior club member Kevin Kelly in the race. Later on in the afternoon Sean Talty had a terrific run in the main event the Great Ireland 10k finishing in the top 50 of almost ten thousand runners.

Congratulation to all the St Cocas athletes who completed the Rotterdam Marathon the day before. Four of our athletes were finishing Rotterdam between 4.04 and 4.14 and some of our supporters were standing close to the finish line.

Having completed all the hard training over the past few cold weeks and months conditions could not have been more different in Rotterdam…nevertheless a great achievement for us all. Larry led the posse in 3.22.53, Mark and Aidan crossed the line together in 3.29.05, Bobs just after them in 3.33.20. Then the first of our women Marcella 3.36.40, Adrienne 4.03.32, Marianne (first timer) 4.08.36, Mick B 4.10.23 and Michael M 4.14.03. The other two first timers Sara Cusack 4.23.35 and Carmel Kelly 4.37.47. Congratulations to all and a huge thanks to Martin and Marie and Steven for all their support and encouragement along the way.
What’s next…..Dublin maybe??

Kildare Cross country Uneven ages/Intermediate/Sealed Handicap

There were some more super results from the second Kildare cross country today in Suncroft. Both U9 teams girls performed very well with the girls winning silver and the boys bronze medals. Isobel Doherty 5th, Alison Healy 6th, Orla Flynn 23rd and Niamh Flynn 38th were on the girls team and Ben Kirwan 8th, Pearse O’Reilly 13th, Tadhg McCauley 17th, Adam Walsh 20th, Conor Rattigan 21st and Daire McNickle 26th on the boys team. Aoife Rattigan 3rd U11 led a very strong team to the gold medals followed closely by Orla Reidy 5th, Kirsten Monaghan 6th, Jodie Flanagan 9th, Nise O’Cuill 12th, Anna Malone 15th, Holly Ginty 18th and Rebecca Travers 30th all running well. The U11 boys all ran well but were just outside the medals in 4th place. Johnny O’Sullivan 21st, Thomas Gabbett 22nd, Diarmuid Smyth 26th, Ben Doherty 35th, Aaron Curtin 39th and Alex Ginty 44th. In the girls U13 Aoife O’Cuill was first home for the club in 6th place and her team finished 3rd. Emma Ginty 18th, Cadhla O’Reilly 20th, Shannon Kenny 22nd, Laura McDermott 24th, Saibh O’Reilly 25th and Amie Roberts 30th. We did not have a full field in the boys U13 but Jake Reidy ran great to finish 13th, Rossa Monaghan 22nd and John Ball 27th. The girls U15 all ran well to take a silver team medal with Lucy McCann 6th, Laura Rattigan 7th, Kerry Warfield 14th and Caoilann O’Reilly 16th. Another gold team medal for the U15 boys, Eoin Reidy 4th, Steven Smyth 7th and Ciaran Smyth 8th. In the Intermediate mens race Sean Talty came 2nd and Andrew Smyth had a great run in the sealed handicap. Next Sunday the even age Leinster Cross country takes place in Avondale in Rathdrum Co Wicklow. Well done to all who took part in the Kildare cross country and best wishes to all who have qualified to the Leinsters.

Kildare Cross Country Even ages/Masters

Some great running by the St Cocas athletes at the first round of the Kildare Cross Country today. 46 athletes represented St Cocas from U10 age group to masters. Underfoot conditions were far from perfect after the early morning downpour but it did not deter the athletes and the club started off in winning style with the U10 girls. Rebecca Travers ran a fantastic race to win comfortably and lead the team to the gold medals. Aine Field 8th, Doireann Killeen 9th, Isabel Doherty 14th, Lea Groome 15th, Alison Healy 29th and Clodagh Flynn 46th making up this team. All of the boys U10 were running our of age and they performed very well. Most of them running cross country for the first time. Ben Kirwan 15th, Conor Rattigan 24th, Tadhg McCauley 30th, Adam Walsh 33rd and Tadhg Killeen 35th finished 5th team. Another strong performance by the U12 girls where they took team silver. Aoife O’Cuill 3rd overall led the team. Aoife Rattigan 9th, Shannon Kenny 15th, Kirsten Monaghan 16th, Jodie Flanagan 19th, Anna Malone 20th, Nise O’Cuill 21st, Nicole Gilbert 22nd, Jodie Cleary 27th and Maud O’Shea 32nd. Most of the boys U12 were also running up an age and they just narrowly missed out on a bronze medal by one point. The team was led by Rossa Monaghan 16th, Diarmuid Smyth 22nd, Ben Doherty 24th, Johnny O’Sullivan 28th, Thomas Gambett 29th, Jamie Campbell 31st, Aaron Curtin 32nd and John Ball 33rd. Lucy McCann ran a fantastic race in the girls U14 to come 4th over. The club team finished 3rd to claim bronze medals. Aine Burke 13th, Karla Burke 15th, Soirse Buckley 16th, Amie Roberts 25th and Helen Field 26th. Oisin O’Cuill was a clear and impressive winner in the boys U14 where he led his team to gold too. Ciaran Smyth 4th, Steven Smyth 5th and Hugo Travers running his first cross country 10th. Laura Rattigan had an impressive run in the U16 girls race to finish 3rd and Naimh Burke won the U18 race with Sophie Courtney 2nd. In the masters womens race the team of Louise Manders, Deirdre O’Reilly, Annette Whittaker, Debbie Burke and Carmel Kelly came 3rd. Next up will be the odd ages from U9 upwards which will take place next Sunday in Suncroft. The first round of the Leinsters will take place on Sunday 28th October in Avondale Forest Park in Rathdrum in Co Wicklow. Well done to all who were in action today.


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