Archive for May, 2005

Treacy back on track – McConville in maiden victory

There was a switch in the programme of events for the Grand Prix resulting in the 3000M, which was most generously sponsored by Shay Byrne, taking place in Santry Stadium on the 19th of May.

It was one of the better nights, weather wise, to date in this years Series, although there was a slight head wind blowing down the home straight it was an awful lot kinder than in recent races and thankfully the threat of rain held off until well after the athletes sat in the comfort of the Clonliffe Bar.

As the field of 23 runners were sent on their way David Brennan and Martin Treacy, running his first track race for some two and a half years, immediately took the lead, closely followed by Jeremy Walsh, Maurice McCrohan and Noel Guiden, with Adam Ahern tucking in behind.

Slightly further back there was a good battle developing between Colm Doran, Stephen Byrne and Aidan Creanor.

Half way through the lead two upped the pace to pull away from the field with Martin Treacy taking victory in 9:55, with David Brennan eight seconds in arrears.

In the battle for third Adam Ahern used his finishing speed to pull away finishing in 10:17 from Maurice McCrohan in fourth.

Other interesting battles had Colm Doran finishing in 10:52 from Aidan Creaner two seconds in arrears, with Stephen Byrne a further two seconds in arrears.

Ciaran Murphy prevailed by a similar margin over Richard Connolly.

The handicap result was most intriguing revealing that Ray McConville took his first ever race victory by one second from Ciaran Murphy with Richard Connolly in third place.

The prizes for the night were presented by race sponsor, Shay Byrne along with Race Director Pat Healy.

The leader in the battle for overall victory in the Grand Prix Series, Shay Byrne, retains his yellow jersey, that’s the first time this season that the yellow has been retained however he has a slim two point margin over Colm Hickey with Richard Connolly ominously in third place a further half point in arrears.

The result of the top ten in the 3000M were:

1. Martin Treacy – 9:55
2. David Brennan – 10:03
3. Adam Ahern – 10:17
4. Maurice McCrohan – 10:20
5. Noel Guiden – 10:23
6. Gerry Walsh – 10:34
7. Colm Hickey – 10:44
8. Colm Doran – 10:52
9. Aidan Creaner – 10:54
10. Stephen Byrne – 10:56.

In the handicap the top six were:
1. Ray McConville –28 Secs
2. Ciaran Murphy –27
3. Richard Connolly –19
4. Maurice McCrohan –15
5. Michael McFadden –03
6. Martin Treacy –02.

Full results to follow.

For the next round of the Series we move back to Malahide Castle for one of the highlights of the year, the Michael Murphy Memorial 5 Mile Race with the date to be confirmed however can be pencilled in for the 16th of June.

Club President home first in Malahide

Club President Maurice Ahern stayed ahead of the field to take victory in Round 3 of the 2005 Grand Prix Series in the 2½ mile road/trail race sponsored by Eugene McCarrick in Malahide Castle on Thursday the 5th of May.

Once again there was an excellent turn out which including guests and non-competitors in the Series topped 30 runners. There was also a substantial turn out of Club members to officiate which is very much appreciated and ensured the smooth running of the race.

The McCarrick 2½ mile race is an open handicap, first away was Maurice Ahern followed at intervals determined by the handicapper by the rest of the field right down to scratch runners Martin Tracey and Erwin De Wilde.

The route consists of one lap around the perimeter of the castle over varying surfaces from tarmac (which included newly resurfaced quite soft tarmac) to some gravel and clay. It is also quite a difficult lap to judge resulting in some runners running very fast over the early section trying to catch the runner ahead and then to a degree running out of steam over the second half.

As the runners hit the final straight the field had come together somewhat however Maurice could not be caught to take victory and bagged twenty points. In second place was non-competitor in the Series, Clonliffe lady, Terry Tracey.

In the Grand Prix after Maurice Ahern separated by one second margins were Alan Smeaton, Shay Byrne and Pat Bonass.

The fastest time of the night was recorded by Martin Tracey who ran a blistering 13:35. Second fastest was Dave Brennan with the flying Dutchman, Erwin, third.

Once again the leaderboard has changed and we will have a new yellow jersey wearer in the next round with Shay Byrne on 47 points, from Colm Hickey on 40.5 and Pat Devitt on 34.

The next round is the 4 Mile Grass Race to be held in Malahide Castle on May 19th @ 8.00 p.m. subject to favourable ground conditions.

Stafford fastest in Mile but Cleary takes the 20 points

On yet another windy night in the Morton Stadium Round 2 of the Grand Prix Series over 1 mile took place on Thursday the 28th of April. For the night that was in it there was a good turnout of some thirty two athletes for the race which was accordingly split into an A and B race.

As the A Race started Brendan Buck immediately hit the front closely followed by William Stafford and non competitor in the Grand Prix Series, young Paul (apologies as I don’t know his surname, but do know he is an extremely gifted runner). This lead three were closely followed by David Brennan and further back a trio of Tom Monks, Philip O’Doherty and Noel Guiden.

The lead three stretched out a gap as they hit the bell, at this stage Brendan Buck had been relegated to third place however he made a final effort to hit the front however, on the back straight William Stafford and young Paul stretched away for William to record a victory of 5:01, Paul one second in arrears, Brendan Buck held onto third position fighting off a fast finishing Philip O’Doherty from David Brennan, with another fast finisher closing fast, Adam Ahern who had ran a storming last 800.

The B Race featured twenty athletes including, bizarrely Colm Doran who had started the A Race, but DNF’d, being clearly in breach of the rules the race official’s disqualified him from the results. Up front Aidan Creaner and Declan Murray were stretching out the field, it was particularly pleasing to see Aidan back on track after a long lay off. Declan Murray, despite his iron man triathlon training and also his recent Boston Marathon still being in his legs showed that he is still a contender, grimly holding onto Aidan heading into the last lap. The surprise of the field was Jim Cleary who was storming the last 400 closing on the two early leaders.

The results showed Aidan Creaner in 1st place on 5:30, by one second from Declan Murray, by one second Jim Cleary.

The “on the road results” according to place, name and actual time were as follows:

Race A

1 William Stafford-5:02, 2 Paul (non-competitor in Series)-5:02, 3 Brendan Buck-5:06, 4 Philip O’Doherty-5:07, 5 Dave Brennan-5:08, 6 Gerry Walsh-5:11, 7Adam Ahern-5:13, 8 Noel Guiden-5:16, 9 Tom Monks-5:27, 10 Colm Hickey-5:30, 11 Martin Tully-5:33, 12 Steven Byrne-5:42, DNF Colm Doran

Race B

1 Aidan Creaner-5:30, 2 Declan Murray-5:31, 3 Jim Cleary-5:32, 4 Pat Devitt-5:39, 5 Richard Connolly-5:52, 6 Eddie Harrison-5:54, 7 Jim Bennett-5:57, 8 Pat Healy-5:59, 9 Des Lyons-6:02, 10 Shay Byrne-6:02, 11 Derek Reilly-6:04, 12 Ciaran Murphy-6:12, 13 Aimee Ahern-6:23, 14 Frank Devitt-6:26, 15 Ray McConville-6:32, 16 Michael McFadden-6:34, 17 Tony Kiernan-6:38, 18 Dave Brady-6:40, 19 Tony Westby-7:01, DNF Noel Daly, DFQ Colm Doran

When the results were fed into the computer it showed that Jim Cleary had beaten the handicapper by 36 seconds to take overall victory and the 20 points on offer towards the Grand Prix Series from Philip O’Doherty, Declan Murray, Noel Guiden, Ray McConville, Jim Bennett and Shay Byrne.

The leader board shows that for the first time Noel Guiden will wear the Series Leaders Yellow Jersey for Round 3 in the McCarrick 2½ Mile Race to take place on the grounds of Malahide Castle on the 5th of May.

Full h’cap results and leaderboard to follow.

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