Kenmare AC crowned Kingdom's best again

At the Kerry Senior Cross Country Championships held in Cahersiveen at the weekend were the first three senior men home, from left, Artur Fitzgerald (3rd), James Doran (1st) and Cian Murphy (2nd).
At the Kerry Senior Cross Country Championships held in Cahersiveen at the weekend were the first three senior men home, from left, Artur Fitzgerald (3rd), James Doran (1st) and Cian Murphy (2nd).

Tessa Dennison

KENMARE AC have been crowned best overall juvenile club in the Kerry Cross Country Championships after three closely contested events over the last month.

In addition to some fine individual results in the even and uneven Age Cross-country Championships, the club had also won many team medals – and it is to this that chairperson Conor Daly attributes their success.

"Kids in Kenmare just love the team aspect of cross country, so we always make sure that we have enough athletes entered for at least one team in each age group," he said.

In the cross-country relay championships held on Sunday, November 3 Kenmare won gold in Under 13 girls and Under 13 boys, silver in Under 13 girls, Under 11 girls and Under 9 boys. Their Under 9 girls picked up bronze medals.

It was also a good day for Farranfore / Maine Valley with their Under 9 boys and Under 9 girls teams winning gold and Under 11 girls winning silver.

An Riocht won gold in the Under 11 girls, silver in both the Under 9 girls and Under 13 boys and bronze in Under 13 girls. Gneeveguilla picked up gold medals with their Under 11 boys team and bronze medals were awarded to Iveragh for their Under 11 girls.

The Junior and Senior Ladies race was run as one with Maria McCarthy (Farranfore Maine Valley) taking gold ahead of Niamh O'Sullivan (An Riocht) in silver medal position and and Catriona Barry (Farranfore Maine Valley) who was third. The Senior Men's race was won by James Doran (An Riocht) with Cian Murphy (Iveragh) in second place and Arthur Fitzgerald (Farranfore / Maine Valley) third. Gold team medals went to Gneeveguilla, silver to An Riocht and bronze to Farranfore Maine Valley. Conor O'Mahony (Tralee Harriers) was the first Junior man across the line ahead of Liam O'Connell and Killian O'Donovan both from Iveragh.

The Munster Juvenile Uneven Age and Intermediate Cross-country Championships take place in Castlelyons, Co Cork this Sunday, first race at 11:30am. The Munster Juvenile 'B' and Masters Cross Country Championships will take place on Sunday, December 1 in Beaufort.

Congratulations to two Kerry athletes who qualified for the National Juvenile Even Age Cross-country Championships in Santry Demesne on Sunday, November 17. They are Shona O'Brien (Spa Muckross) Under 14 girls and Laura Hallissey (Kenmare AC) Under 18 girls.

Humpty Dumpty Duathlon

SEVENTY-one hardy individuals turned out in Kenmare on last Saturday week to compete in this year's Humpty Dumpty Duathlon.

An annual event, the duathlon comprises a 40km cycle, taking in Moll's Gap, Blackwater, and part of the Ring of Kerry and a 6km run.

The race started at 12pm in the most terrible weather conditions, but thankfully the rain wasn't to last and by the time the first cyclists had crossed the line the town was bathed in sunshine which was to last, on and off, for the rest of the afternoon.

First across the line was Cathal O'Donovan in an overall time of 1:17:38. Keith Hughes was in second place and Eric Wolfe third. Ann Horan was the first lady across the line with Lisa Staplebroek second and Amy Wolfe third.

The team event was won by Cormac Day and Cillian Harrington. Under 18 winner was Killian Tierney – definitely a name to look out for in the future, Killian finished ninth overall in a time of 1:33:36. Full results and details can be found online at

The day ended with a fabulous hot meal in the Mess Hall at Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine which was provided by Paul Treyvaud from Treyvaud's Restaurant Killarney and Mike Casey from the Lime Tree Restaurant Kenmare. Jam Café generously provided packs of cookies.

This was the first year that the event was organised by Kenmare Athletic Club and they would very much like to thank all the volunteers and supporters that came out to help on the day – marshals, timers, lead vehicles, broom wagons, safety officers, tea makers, food servers, water stations, the civil defence and the Garda for making sure we were all safe, The Rose Garden B&B for providing us with a registration area, Bright Sparks Montessori for letting us use their car park for a transition area, KPH for bike racks, RVR for parking, The Mess Hall for dining facilities, Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine for the finish line.

Laura Lynne House which is Ireland's only dedicated childrens' hospice and Child Vision, who support visually impaired children in Ireland, are the charity beneficiaries from the event.


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