BY MICHAEL O’LEARY
The summer season is in full swing now, and not surprisingly their will be plenty of activities throughout the summer months including numerous Athletic events in both Track and Field and on the Road.
Following on from the Tullaroan Marathon last weekend, attention turns to south Kilkenny this coming Sunday as St. Senans Athletic Club in Kilmacow host their annual Little South Run.
The Little South Run is a 4 Mile Road Race as the course takes runners and walkers through Kilmacow Village and surrounding roads.
Proceeds from this years event will be supporting Kilmacow Hospice and St. Senans Athletic Club, and it’s an event that is open to everyone and suitable of all abilities, walkers and runners, and it’s a great event for families also.
This years Little South Run is the 20th running that brings the community together for one of Kilmacow’s main annual events, and raise much needed funds for The Kilmacow Hospice Support Group.
Kilmacow Hospice Support Group was founded in 1993 to raise funds to support the Hospice Movement based at University Hospital Waterford. The Hospice Movement was founded in 1988 to provide palliative care services for patients with life threatening illnesses in Waterford City and County and South Kilkenny.
There will be Cash Prizes and Goody Bags on Sunday along with Post Race Refreshments in The Community Centre.
Entry on Sunday is €10 for Adults(Over-16) and €5 for Juveniles (Under-16), and you can Register-On-Line at www.eventmaster.ie/events or on the day in The Community Centre in Kilmacow.
St. Senans have been very busy with various events in recent times particularly with the Track and Field events, and the Kilmacow Club have had plenty of success also, especially one Athlete in particular who has excelled is Sophie Jackman.
Sophie has won a whole host of Medals in Leinster and All-Ireland Championships over the past few years in a variety of disciplines, and recently she was named as the Trinity College Dublin Athlete Of The Year. Also recently, Sophie was one of six Athletes from The St. Senans Club who competed at The Milers Meet in the Mary Peters track in Belfast, and she set a Personal Best along with three of her Clubmates.
Sophie ran 2 Minutes 13 Seconds in The 800 Metres, while Charlotte Carpendale, Eoin Aylward and David Williams ran personal bests also. Charlotte ran 4 Minutes 48 Seconds in The 1500 Metres, Eoin Aylward ran 2 Minutes 4 Seconds in The 800 Metres, while David Williams ran 3 Minutes 56 Seconds in The 1500 Metres.
Caoimhe Phelan (1500m), and Gearoid Long (3k) also competed in Belfast, as the St. Senans Athletes performed superbly against top quality opposition.
St. Senans are very busy throughout the year led by a Superb Committee along with hardworking and dedicated Coaches and Volunteers. They have a top class complex that accommodates both Cross-Country and Track and Field, while other sports are played there also.
Two other annual events The South Kilkenny Club host are the Open Track and Field Sports on Easter Monday, while in September they host their Open Cross Country.
Both events attract strong representation from around the country, and they are both perfectly timed leading into the start of the Track and Field and the Cross Country Seasons.
There can expect to be strong representation once more in Sunday’s Little South Run, particularly with the recent Summer Weather we have been experiencing.
Check out The St. Senans Athletic Club Page on Facebook for all the up to date details on Sunday’s Little South Run.