Archive for September, 2004

Grand Prix Yellow / Green Jersey update

Stephen Young continues with his magnificent defence of the yellow jersey. In fairness he really is putting up a superb defence. He has now held the yellow jersey for a number of races and has a slender 1.5 point lead over Pat Healy heading into round twelve. See leader-board for current position.

GREEN JERSEY UPDATE

Unfortunately ‘Startled Buck’ (Brendan Buck) is injured. The vet has not given a prognosis as to when he may be released from his hutch. In his absence, Brennan ‘the merciless’ (David Brennan) continues to clock up the points.

Brendan still leads on 61 points from David on 60.

Results of 10,000m Club Championship

Results of the 10,000m Club Championship/Bonass Trophy detailed below:

PLACE

NAME

TIME

 

1.

David Brennan

35:43

2.

Eugene Coppinger

35:50

3.

Tom Monks

35:53

4.

Noel Guiden

37.25

5.

Phillip O’Doherty

39.22

6.

Colm Doran

40:09

7.

Pat Devitt

40:28

8.

Mags Greenan

40:50

9.

Stephen Byrne

41:00

10.

Colm Hickey

41:16

11.

Brian Devitt

41:42

12.

Pat Bonass

41:47

13.

Pat Healy

41:49

14.

Dave Brady

41:50

15.

Shay Byrne

42:36

=

Jim Cleary

42:36

17.

Ray McConville

42:44

18.

Seamus Devitt

43:45

19.

Michael McFadden

44:03

20.

Jim Bennett

45:14

21.

Catriona

48:32

 

RESULTS OF GRAND PRIX SERIES ROUND 11

 

Place

Name

Actual Time

H’cap Diff

Points Yellow

Points Green

1. Dave Brady

41:40

-1:41

20

0

2. Noel Guiden

37.25

-18

19

7

3. Ray McConville

42:44

-02

18

0

4. Pat Healy

41:47

+18

17

0

5. Eugene Coppinger

35:50

+27

16

9

6. Pat Devitt

40:28

+35

15

4

7. Jim Cleary

42:36

+49

14

0

8. Pat Bonass

41:47

+51

13

0

9. Stephen Byrne

41:00

+57

12

2

10. Tom Monks

36:53

+58

11

8

11. David Brennan

35:43

+1:32

10

10

12. Colm Doran

40:09

+1:40

9

5

13. Mags Greenan

40:50

+1:56

8

3

14. Michael McFadden

44:03

+1:59

7

0

15. Shay Byrne

42:36

+2:19

6

0

16. Phillip O’Doherty

39:22

+2:40

5

6

17. Colm Hickey

41:16

+3:16

4

1

18. Jim Bennett

45:14

+3:39

3

0

19. Seamus Devitt

43:45

+3:50

2

0

Brady far from bunched as Brennan takes club 10,000m title

As the wind and rain swept across the track at the Morton Stadium on Thursday the 16th of September, the hardy Grand Prix athletes huddled together in the club-house waiting for some divine intervention.

Club vice captain, Eugene Coppinger, assured us that the rain would be well stopped in time for the eight o’clock start and indeed also promised that we would enjoy a dry warm-up. The sceptics were wrong as Eugene was right with the torrents of rain stopping at precisely 7.30 p.m., just in time for warm-up.

Unfortunately, however, Eugene could do little about the prevailing winds although they had eased somewhat by the time the race started.

The now eager athletes, looked forward to twenty-five laps of the track for the club 10,000 metre championship for the Bonass Trophy, incorporating round eleven of the 2004 Grand Prix Series. For the night in question there was a very good turnout of some twenty-five athletes, as well as (thankfully) a fair smattering of officials.

As the race commenced, David Brennan quickly hit the front followed by Eugene Coppinger and Tom Monks. These three displayed their dominance and began to open a gap on fourth place Noel Guiden. These four became somewhat strung out. Further down the field there were a number of intriguing battles. Of considerable importance was the battle between yellow jersey wearer Stephen Byrne and former wearer, Colin Hickey. These two remained joined by glue throughout the course of the race, although Colin did open a gap at one stage of twenty or so yards which was then closed by Stephen who began opening a similar gap. There was an intriguing battle between Ladies Captain, Mags Greenan and Colm Doran and also further back, the battling Pats (Bonass and Healy) andDave Brady.

The usual sub-plot of the battling Devitt’s was also engaging, round eleven featured not only the battle between brothers Pat and Seamus but also featured Pat’s son, Brian.

Up front as the race leader David Brennan reeled off the laps, Eugene Coppinger running an almost perfectly judged race began his relentless pursuit, slowly but surely chipping seconds off the deficit on each succeeding lap. As these two lapped the entire field save for third placed Tom Monks, the gap closed and coming into the final two laps it looks as if David would be overhauled, however, David displaying his customary kick pulled away on the final lap to hold off Eugene and win by an eight second margin. Tom Monks remained in third place thus filling the top three in the club championship.

In the Grand Prix Series as the results were processed it revealed that our guest in the Series, Dave Brady, had beaten the bunch to take 20 points with Noel Guiden second and Ray McConville third.

Afterwards in the club bar president Maurice Ahern thanked the race sponsor Pat Bonass and gave a brief history of the Bonass Trophy. The race officials were also thanked and at this stage Pat presented the prizes to the winners, Dave Brennan having been earlier called away on State business had already been presented with his trophy in the salubrious surroundings of the ‘gents’ dressing room.

Thanks to all who took part and in particular the officials who braved the wet and windy conditions and also of course Mr. Bonass for his sponsorship and enthusiasm.

Brennan wins Mile thriller

Thursday the 19th of August was the date of round 10 of this years Grand Prix series, over one mile of the track at the Morton Stadium, Santry. There was a good turnout of athletes despite the race falling bang in the middle of the holiday season as some twenty-three toed the line for the start.

At the sharp end, David Brennan led out with Murray Ahern sitting on his shoulder closely followed by Phillip Doherty, Tom Monks and Alan Smeaton. As the runners took the bell for the final lap, Brennan was still being trailed by Ahern, however, Brennan kicked to pull away and win by a four second margin in 4:58 with Murray Ahern recording 5:02 and Phillip O’Doherty crossing the line third in 5:12.

Good times were also recorded by Jim Cleary (5:58), Colm Hickey (5:32) and the man in yellow, Stephen Byrne (5:39). In the ongoing saga of the ‘battling Devitts’ Seamus again put one over on older brother Pat.

As the results of the handicap were unscrambled in the club bar, the surprise (?) winner was Alan Smeaton, (the handicapper). Any suggestions of self favouritism were quickly dispelled when Alan realised that this was one of the few, if not the only, unsponsored race in the whole series and therefore, the only thing which Alan was taking home was twenty points (not pints). Afterwards Alan made the point “that a handicapper screwing himself was illegal in certain states in America”.

The top three in the handicap were Alan Smeaton, Phillip O’Doherty and Jim Cleary.

YELLOW JERSEY UPDATE

As we have now completed ten rounds the leaderboard is really taking shape, however, bear in mind that although there are four races remaining the final score is based on an athletes twelve best results; anything can, therefore, happen between now and the end of the series on the 27th of November. Stephen Byrne has managed to extend his lead over Pat Healy, Stephen now leads on 103.5 points from Pat Healy on 97 points. Colin Hickey remains in third on 90.5 whilst Jim Cleary moves into fourth on 81.5 with Seamus Devitt now on 79.5.

Check leaderboard for up to date positions.

GREEN JERSEY UPDATE

‘Startled Buck’ was confined to his hutch for this one so never made the start line. Fastest man on the night was David Brennan with Murray Ahern in second and Phillip O’Doherty in third. David obviously took the ten points available in the green jersey competition and closes on Startled Buck to reduce the gap to 11 points. Again it seems that this is one which will go all the way to the final race.

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