Archive for August, 2005

Brennan takes the day but Byrne consolidates the lead

The Grand Prix Series moved to pastures new for Round 11 – the open green acres of Malahide Castle for the 4 Mile Grass Race.

Conditions were almost perfect as the 27 athletes lined up for the third running of the 4 Mile Grass Race which was run over a 1 mile loop. Half way around the first of four laps two distinct lead groups formed and coming to the end of lap 1 the first group reached the mile marker in 5:26, this group being comprised of William Stafford, Dave Brennan, Martin Tracey and Tom Monks, 20 seconds in arrears a second group had formed consisting of Brendan Buck, Jeremy Walsh, Aidan Creaner and Philip O’Doherty with Maurice McCrohaneat the back of this group, the rest of the field began to string out somewhat and as the field hit the halfway point at the end of lap 2 being reached in 11:02 David Brennan had a 5 second lead over Martin Tracey from William Stafford, who was not in the same shape as he had been earlier in the year, Tom Monks and Brendan Buck making up ground.

As the athletes took the bell at the end of lap 3 David Brennan had a lead of 12 seconds over Martin Tracey with Tom Monks having moved into 3rd withBrendan Buck closing rapidly as William tailed off.

David Brennan took victory in a time of 22:08, from Martin Tracey 22:33 and Brendan Buck overhauling Tom Monks to finish in 23:07.

Slightly further back a superb run was recorded by Jeremy Walsh with 23:37 and also from Aidan Creaner with 23:53.

Yellow jersey man Shay Byrne once again had a solid run finishing 12th with 25:38.

It was good to see Paddy Tuite forget to bring his bike and take part in his first Grand Prix race of 2005, although clearly he was suffering the effects of a San Miguel overdose!.

We had two guests in the race, Brian Johnston finishing on 29:03 and Catherine Fennell in 32:26.

The result on the night was:

1. D. Brennan 22:08

2. M. Tracey 22:33

3. B. Buck 23:07

4. T. Monks 23:13

5. W. Stafford 23:34

6. J. Walsh 23:37

7. A. Creaner 23:53

8. P. O’Doherty 23:58

9. M. McCrohane 24:03

10. Stephen Byrne 24:30

11. D. Hooper 25:31

12. Shay Byrne 25:38

13. K. Murphy 25:46

14. E. Harrisson 26:14

15. A. Coppinger 26:18

16. A. Scully 26:43

17. P. Tuite 27:04

18. A. Smeaton 27:13

19. P. Healy 28:02

20. R. McConville 28:32

21. D. Brady 28:38

22. T. Kiernan 29:01

23. B. Johnston (guest) 29:03

24. M. McFadden 29:51

25. T. Westby 31:03

26. C. Fennell (guest) 32:26

27. M. Ahern 33:34

The results on the handicap system for points in the Grand Prix Series revealed that Shay Byrne, the yellow jersey holder, now consolidates his lead having won the race on +11, from Brendan Buck on +16 and David Brennan, very much a yellow jersey contender, on +20.

The full results of the handicap were:

1. Shay Byrne +11

2. B. Buck +16

3. D. Brennan +20

4. D. Hooper +29

5. J. Walsh +40

6. A. Coppinger +43

7. D. Brady +46

8. E. Harrisson +53

9. M. Tracey +57

10. M. McCrohane +1:08

11. P. Healy +1:10

12. T. Monks +1:14

13. M. Scully +1:17

14. T. Kiernan +1:21

= S. Byrne +1:21

= K. Murphy +1:21

17. T. Westby +1:34

18. R. McConville +1:41

19. M. Ahern +1:42

20. A. Smeaton +2:09

21. M. McFadden +2:24

22. W. Stafford +2:27

23. P. O’Doherty +2:37

24. A. Creaner +3:10

25. P. Tuite +5:25

The effect on the leader board now means that Shay Byrne retains and indeed consolidates his grip on the yellow jersey having stretched his lead over David Brennan to a massive 2½ points! –

The Leader Board reads:

1. Shay Byrne – 113

2. David Brennan – 110.5

3. David Brady – 104.5

4. J. Walsh – 89.5

5. P. Devitt – 88.5

= Stephen Byrne – 88.5

7. R. Connolly – 88

8. C. Doran – 82

9. T. Monks – 78.5

10. P. O’Doherty – 76

A most enjoyable evening in Malahide – particularly for the local midget population!.

Round 12 is incorporated in the Club 10M Championship for the Ahern Cup and this will take place on Saturday the 17th of September at 11.30 a.m.

Kiernan wins Round 10 of Grand Prix

Tony Kiernan took victory in the 800M, round 10 of the 2005 Grand Prix Series, at the Morton Stadium on Thursday the 25th of August.

On what was a cold and blustery night there was a tremendous turn out for the 800M as part of the Grand Prix Series, with guests turning up on the night the numbers swelled leading to four races being held.

Race 1 was for the real speed merchants leaving the Grand Prix competitors on the side line watching in awe as David McCarthy scorched around the track to win in 1:52.91 from Feilim Kelly in 1:54Ian Conroy 2:00Simon Ryan 2:06 and Stephen Harkness 2:10.

Race 2 was a more sedate affair and this was won by David Shean in (only) 2:07.12!. This actually proved to be the race of the night, the athletes set off at a rate of knots with six athletes bunched together at the bell however, Shean pulled away leaving a four cornered battle for second which was won by Grand Prix star and new (?) Clonliffe member Philip O’Doherty recording 2:10 from Colm O’Connor 2:12Aidan Creaner 2:12 and Murray Ahern 2:13. Slightly further back in 2:20 was Brendan Buck with David Brennan on 2:22 and on clearly misfiring cylinders Tom Monks with a time of 2:31.

In race 3 there was a three way battle for supremacy between Colm DoranSheila Doyle and Maurice McCrohane in which Maurice prevailed in 2:27 by 2 seconds from Colm Doran and Sheila Doyle both on 2:29 with Dave Hooper on 2:32 and Richard Connolly ignoring the attractions of the World Masters in San Sebastian 5th on 2:33 from Michael Scully 2:40Pat Devitt 2:48 and Aimee Ahern 2:49.

Finally, race 4 featured five athletes including three of our Grand Prix competitors and this race was won by Frank Brady in 2:41.2 from Siobhan McDonald 2:45Aisling Coppinger (winning the husband and wife battle) with 2:45.5 from hubby Tony Kiernan in 2:49 and Dave Brady taking up the rear in 3:15.

All fifteen Grand Prix athletes taking part in the 800M of course scored points, the winner being Tony Kiernan beating his handicap by –22 to take the 20 points on offer and there being a tie for second place between Aidan Creaner and Philip O’Doherty both on –18.

The full results of the handicap was:

1. Tony Kiernan –22, 20 pts;

2. (tie) Aidan Creaner/Philip O’Doherty –18, 18.5 pts;

4. Brendan Buck –16, 17 pts.

5. Murray Ahern –13, 16 pts.

6. Colm Doran –12, 15pts.

7. Aimee Ahern –11, 14 pts.

8. Richard Connolly –8, 13pts.

9. (tie) Michael Scully/Aisling Coppinger –7, 11.5 pts.

11. Maurice McCrohane –6, 10 pts.

12. David Brennan +2, 9 pts.

13. Pat Devitt +5, 8 pts.

14. Tom Monks +6, 7 pts.

15. David Brady +15 6pts.

Many thanks to the officials turning out on the night, it was great to see so many people in attendance to help out, also thanks to race sponsor Philip O’Doherty, unfortunately the presentation will have to be held on another night as the prizes donated by Philip had been kidnapped by Paddy Tuite before he fled the country!.

The current leaderboard for the yellow jersey makes very interesting reading and despite missing Thursdays race Shay Byrne by the slimmest of margins (½ point) retains the yellow jersey on 93 points, 2nd is Dave Brennan on 92.5, 3rd Dave Brady 90.5, 4th is Pat Devitt on 88.5, 5th Richard Connolly on 88and in 6th place is Colm Doran on 82.

Round 11 is the 4 Mile Grass Race in the grounds of Malahide Castle on Tuesday the 30th of August at 7.30 p.m. with round 12 also in the grounds ofMalahide Castle on Saturday the 17th of September, the Club 10 Mile Championship for the Ahern Cup.

Clonliffe finish 3rd in National Track & Field League

Club Captain Joe Cooper deserves great credit for the Club’s performance in the National Leagues – Premier Division competition held over the summer months. The final round of which took place in Tullamore on Sunday the 21st of August resulting in the Club’s best performance for some years in finishing 3rd in the men’s competition. The ladies team place 5th in division 1.

In the final round in the men’s section there were wins for the Club on the track provided by Mark Kenneally in the 1500M and Killian Lonergan in the 5000M and in the field events by Denis Delaney in the javelin and once again by young Anthony McCreery in the Pole Vault.

Clonliffe finished 3rd of the eight teams in the Premier Division on a total of 99 points behind winners Crusaders on 118, repeating their success of two years ago and North Down, of Bangor, who slipped from 1st place to finish 2nd on 113 points.

This was a very good performance by the lads over the summer months by a relatively young squad, it is testament to the captaincy of Joe and the commitment of the athletes taking part to Clonliffe Harriers that athletes of the calibre of Killian and Mark, to name just two, turned out to take part in this competition for the Club when richer pickings may have been more easily available to them. Their performance and dedication to Clonliffe is warmly appreciated.

This was the Club’s best performance in the National League for the last few years and who knows if we can continue to maintain our rate of progress we might find ourselves at the pinnacle sooner rather than later.

Our ladies also performed admirably finishing 5th of the eight teams in division 1 on Sunday with superb wins being recorded by Sarah Doyle in the 100M hurdles and also by our ladies 4 x 100M relay squad.

Congratulations to all concerned.

Medal winning performances in Dublin 10 Mile Championships

There was success for the Club in the Dublin 10 Mile Championships incorporated in the Frank Duffy Memorial 10 Mile Road Race held in the Phoenix Park on Saturday, the 20th of August in both the Mens and Womens sections.

The organisers had changed the route somewhat however, despite these changes it was still a particularly tough ten mile course. There was a fine performance in the race by Eddie Coughlan, just finishing outside of the medals in the Championship in 4th place in a time of 54:18. Eddie led the Clonliffe senior team home to silver medal position finishing 2nd behind a very strong Rathfarnham team. (There is however some element of confusion as to whether we were 2nd or 3rd – Rathfarnham also had a strong B team out).

The Clonliffe scorers were Eddie, Kevin English now getting back to form with a time of 57:07David Brennan 57:57 and Tom Griffin 1:02:46.

The other Clonliffe men in the race were Maurice McCrohan 1:03:09 (a PB)Stephen Byrne 1:04:54 (also a PB)Jeremy Walsh 1:05:14Pat Devitt 1:07:50 and Michael Scully 1:08:36 (also a PB).

David Brennan won gold in the Masters section as the first O/45 after his superb run.

For some reason the official result as noted on the Dublin Athletics Board website have missed Maurice McCrohan, it would appear to be clearly the position that Maurice McCrohan won silver in the Mens O/40 category and with certainty finished ahead of the two individuals who are listed in 2nd and 3rd places. The Club are currently looking into this. Pat Devitt was just out of the points paying position finishing 4th in the Mens O/50.

Unfortunately for various reasons with athletes holidays and so on we did not enter a Masters team.

The Ladies team also featured and were led home by Rachel Beck in 1:05:26 with Erin McVeigh 2nd home in 1:07:49 with Bronagh Ni Bhriain 3rd home in1:12:44 to claim silver in the Ladies Senior Championship, again from Rathfarnham in 1st place.

Not a bad days work all around.

Australian Abdi Yousef wins the Morton Mile

Australian Abdi Yousef won the Morton Mile, the feature race at the 6th Dublin International Games held at the Morton Stadium, Santry on Saturday the 30th of July in a time of 4:01.12.

There was an international field assembled by the Club, the promoters of the Morton Mile, including Helsinki bound athletes from the USA, Australia, Italy, Wales and Ireland.

The eleven starters were led away by the designated pace maker who took the field through the first lap in 59 seconds and completed his task by taking them through the half way mark at 2 minutes dead. At this stage eventual winner Yousef took the lead however, all ten athletes were still together and could have been covered by the proverbial blanket, they took the bell in 3:05 and at this stage European Junior 1500M Champion Colin Costello hit the front however try as he could he could not get rid of the Aussie and Yousef again hit the front with 200M to go with James Nolan sitting on his shoulder, whilst the crowd waited for Nolan to hit the front Yousef kicked again and held his advantage down the final straight to win the Morton Mile, just outside of the 4 minute mark, in 4:01.12 from USA’s Luke Watson in 4:01.2 and Ireland’s James Nolan third in 4:01.36.

Fourth was Mark Christie, fifth James Thie from Wales and sixth after a very brave run in a new National Junior Record Colin Costello 4:01.82.

The winner was presented with the Billy Morton Cup by main race sponsor Noel Daly of Commercial Hygiene Services.

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