Archive for July, 2008

A great day for Clonliffe: National league winners

Jul 29, 2008 [Killian Lonergan] A great day for Clonliffe Harriers.

 

David Duval and Davis Love III fought for years to lose the tag, Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk would love to loose it – that of ‘best player never to win a major’. On Sunday, Clonliffe Harriers finally removed itself from the list of ‘ biggest club never to win the National League’!!!!

 

The winning of the National League by the Clonliffe Harriers team was not something achieved this past weekend, nor in the two qualification rounds in May and June. The nucleus of this team has been forming for the past three years and even longer. With a runner-up position in both 2006 and 2007 we had been knocking at the door of victory for some time. North Down, the champions for the past two years, were steely competitors and were not easily going to give up of the opportunity to become one of the few teams ever to win the title 3 years in a row.

 

Due in no small part to the Clonliffe reputation of being a Cross Country or distance running club, capturing this title had become Captain Joe Cooper’s Holy Grail for the past 7 years. The team that Joe built wasn’t done overnight nor was it done without the assistance of the club’s many coaches.

 

The naming of an O’Leary in our starting line up, in the walk, will have raised an eyebrow or two. The realisation that the O’Leary in question, wasn’t the 1992 Olympian Bobby, but rather his father, will have raised the other eyebrow, and a few uni-brows at that! Johnny was presented an award by the club last autumn to commemorate his 50 + years as a Clonliffe member and his collection of a National Senior medal at this stage in his career is another wonderful acknowledgement of his enduring contribution to the club. When he received the call from Joe three weeks ago that his services would be required there was no hesitation in stepping up to be counted. His daily training regime took in St. Anne’s park and the mantra of ‘I wouldn’t see Joe let down’, heard often in Tullamore was surely used as a daily motivator. His 6th place finish was worth just as much a win. Thanks a lot Johnny.

 

After his personal disappointment last weekend in having to pull out of the National Senior Championship 400m Hurdles final, Jeremy Lyons was unable to take up his talisman position in our early to bat events – both the 110m and 400m hurdles. His early season heroics had set a great barometer for the other athletes of what the club hoped, nay expected of them on League days. However, like the great Club man he is, Jeremy and clip board were on hand all day as he was constantly called upon to update Joe and team with our scoring position.

 

Chris Minn’s approach to this event over the past three years has been exactly the same. His presence on the team bus at round and final days has always been greatly appreciated and his desire to see the club win the big one was never questioned. Once again 2008 saw him step up when asked and he donned the black and amber for both hurdles races, earned points that could have easily been lost due to Jeremy’s withdrawal.

 

Another early season club record breaker, Paul Marry had also picked up a recent injury and was far from ready to perform at his best. Still, he was willing to do what was asked by Joe and he travelled to Tullamore knowing he probably only had one or two throws in him. Fortunately, his arm held out and he was able to pick up another win.

 

Out of view of the main stadium Eamonn Byrne was busy trying to squeeze out another few centimetres in the Hammer event. Having come through the Phil Conway school of knocks in Belvedere College, Eamon had been well versed in the understanding of how a team’s momentum can be influenced from the outside field. His 4th place finish was good, but his performance in raising his game from Nationals a week before boded well for the rest of us. Another Conway influenced athlete, Luke Mangan was holding his own in both shot and discus events. Ripleys ‘Believe it or not ‘ have long since stopped questioning Luke’s schoolboy status but they may very well have been on site once again as word filtered back that he had picked up the 9 points in the Shot Putt. An outstanding performance for such a young athlete.

 

Our middle and long distance prowess was there for all to see as we picked up 3 of the 4 wins on offer – 1500m with Colm Rooney, Mark Kenneally in the 5000m and David Flynn in the 3000m Steeplechase.

 

Rooney, winner of the National title a week earlier, had had a bad week with injury and was forced to pull out of his attempt at cracking the 4 mins mile in Friday’s Morton Memorial. However, he was willing to toe the line and go after the 9 points in the League Final. Facing Leevale’s Mark Hanrahan ( 4.00.73 in the aforementioned mile ) wasn’t something he needed to finish out his season but having missed both rounds of the league this year, Colm was determined to do what he could on Finals day. Letting Mark dictate the pace of the race was his tactic and as he rounded the Leevale man with 100m to go, the points were in the bag.

 

David Flynn’s approaching departure on scholarship to Fayettville, Arkansas added some spice to his race. This was the last time we’ll see David in the Clonliffe colours until November when he’s hopefully be home to claim a position on the Irish junior xc team. With just under 2 hours to go before the race you could tell David was up for it. It wasn’t too hard to miss the fact that he was already in his spikes!! He took the lead from the start and was never troubled. A fine end of season race and a fitting send off as he starts his American adventure.

 

Mark Kenneally’s arrival at the track was greeted warmly by all the team but slightly more by few in particular. With the program of events running 35 minutes ahead of schedule there was more than one phone call made to Mark asking for his exact, garmin specific co-ordinates, as time was running out. Messers Gary O’Hanlon and Eoin Pearce were eagerly awaiting his arrival as they were requested by Joe to start warming up ‘just in case’. Both were feeling the effects of their respective mile efforts on Friday night – and for one more than the other, the obligatory celebrations after. ( surprisingly it wasn’t the one that had won his race! ) Mark took the race by the scruff of the neck and had a substantial lead after one lap. The next 11.5 laps were simply a matter of staying upright for him to collect another 9 points.

 

Far from being upright for most of their event, our Pole Vaulters were adamant that between them this year, the 9 points would be gained. National Champion David Donegan made no mistakes and ended up with a season’s best height of 4.82m. Despite having the National Champion in our stable for each of the past two years going into the event, this was the first time in three attempts that we won. A good sign.

 

Our 4x100m relay team has often managed to pull off the win in this event, but this year were unable to do so. Still, their 4th place finish augured well as the team members were determined to make up for the perceived loss of points in their individual events. Turning a negative into a positive is what it’s all about.

 

In the 400m John Laffey was determined to show that his terrific performance in the 2nd Round of league was no flash in the plan. This was achieved quite comfortably as he brought home all 9 points. ( 49.24 secs )

 

Conor Healy came up against two top class 800m runners in Kevin McCloy and Michael Dyer. Trying to steel a march on them down the back straight Conor was held off by both but still secured another valuable 3rd place finish.

 

Mario Matuzzi managed to find a comfortable plot of land amongst the Clonliffe bags within minutes of arriving. His Italian upbringing enabled him to take a mid-day nap while the rest of the team pottered around within feet of him. When called into action in the Triple Jump Mario gathered himself and despite being out of competitive action for the best part of a year he was able to jump over 13 metres, finishing 3rd behind two former National Champions.

 

John Harnett, last seen running the 400m at the National Championships displayed his versatility by jumping 1.75 in the High Jump. Significantly John was ahead of North Down’s 2metre plus jumper. Some unexpected points earned there.

 

John Conroy epitomised the nature of the competition and of our athletes willingness to earn a point for the team – no matter what. He competing in both the long jump and 56lb weight. Neither event would be quite down his alley, but when asked at the last minute to deputise in the later event there was no question that he would.

 

In the 200m Cormac Doherty was unlikely to be facing one of the strongest fields of the day. He got out well and fought up the home straight chasing our rivals athletes all the way to the line.

 

Down to the last two events of the day now and Jeremy Lyons unofficial points tracker had us still in the frame for overall victory. However, strong performances were needed in both the 100m and 4x400m. Last years 100m event was the moment when the team title was put out of reach. Our athlete pulling up injured with 40m to go meant a less than anticipated return of points. This year, there were to be no points.

 

With the whole field on a warning after an initial false start, the 2nd start sent a cold shiver across the Clonliffe team. Daniel Kavanagh looked to have jumped the gun. Adamant that this wasn’t the case, Dan’s Linford Christie impersonations came to the fore as he reenacted Linford’s 1996 Olympic final protest. Unfortunately, nothing was to change and despite letting him run the race we were looking at zero points from the 100m.

 

A recalculation by Jeremy suggested the competition could still be won with a first place in the 4x400m. Similar to the Toyko ’91 World Championships were GB put there fastest athlete on the opening leg, Clonliffe had John Laffey leading the team off. The lane 1 draw wasn’t a favourable one, but John brought the baton round in first place. Colm Rooney, running his last race of his season was next up and despite being cut off and passed as he entered the home straight, he fought all the way to the line to hand over to Conor Healy in third. Conor held his position until he passed Camp Clonliffe over at the 300m mark. Moving fluidly down the back straight he pressured both athletes ahead. Passing one of them, he handed over to Under 19 athlete Eoin McDonnell in 2nd place. Eoin’s ability to remain camp and run a even paced lap speaks volumes for his great racing brain and bodes well for his own future. Back in the present though, Eoin held off any challengers from behind and crossed the line in 2nd place. Our unofficial points tallying suggested the title was ours.

 

With the announcement taking a hour to come, Joe Cooper was spreading the word that should we win, he was too old to be put in the water jump. Cleverly though, he did pass his watch, wallet and phone to Johnny O’Leary ‘just in case’. As the results were announced it was reminiscent of the Miss World Competition with the results being listed in reverse order When it was announced that second place would go to ‘North down’ by process of elimination the Clonliffe crew knew the title was won and the cup was making it’s way to the Clonliffe bar.

 

The medals were handed out and without warning Joe Cooper completed his fastest 50m in a long time, as he was manhandled from the rostrum to the pleasantly refreshing Water jump pit. Soaked head to toe but with his medal secured around his neck he emerged from the pit stating he had no spare clothes. His often heard mantra, ‘ if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail’ couldn’t have been more apt. Clothes were found somewhere and Joe boarded the bus home in borrowed attire.

 

Of course, the results on the day have been outlined above, but the first two rounds in Antrim and Santry saw other athletes contribute. These were not forgotten on the day and should be congratulated too. Jeremy Lyons, Larry Brady, Kevin English, Anthony McGreery, Eoin Pearce and many others.

We’ve now earned the right to compete in the European Club Track and Field Championships next May. Team selection will be difficult but it’s a headache Joe has been longing to have.

Sparkling night`s athletics at Brother Morton Memorial

Jul 26, 2008 [Noel Guiden] One of the most apt of the many post meet comments made at last night`s Brother Morton Memorial Meet was: ” Tonight the sparkle was put back into Irish Athletics “. The occasion was indeed sparkling. A wonderful night`s fare was served for the 3,000 plus spectators in the Morton Stadium, the highlight of which was the Morton Mile itself where nine athletes, yes nine, broke the still magical four minute barrier.

That Mile race was a truely spectacular race. The field included a dozen sub four milers. The athletes where called to the start by the official starter Cyril White at 9.00pm, Cyril 50 years ago was to be the starter of The Herb Elliot Mile only to find that a family holiday kept him away from Santry, but not tonight. The pacemakers Eugene O`Neill and Conor Healy did a superb job bringing the leaders to the bell in three minutes dead. Down the back straight it was anyone`s race until at the top bend the fastest man in the field Rob Myers (USA) upped the gears hitting the front with perfect timing and holding off a gaggle of athletes spread out from lanes one to four…3.56.23, second Will Leer (USA) 3.56.75, third Stephen Pifer (USA) 3.57.27, right down to ninth John Jetterson (USA) 3.59.55. The crowd had witnessed the greatest number of athletes on home soil running sub four in a single race. 50 years ago five athletes managed that feat tonight we were previleged to see nine.

Other highlights of the meet included the women`s Hammer where, despite the unfortunate absence of Eileen O`Keeffe, a great competition was provided by the World`s best with the first four athletes all throwing in excess of seventy meters. World champion Betty Heildler (Ger) was the winner with a best of 72.43, second was Ivana Brkljiacic (CRO) 72.38 with the 2000 Olympic Champion Kamila Skolimowska (POL) third 71.56.

The Women`s 3,000m was another meet highlight with an excellent race provided by the athletes. Ireland`s Maria McCambridge ran a real gutsy race battling all the way with Melissa Cook (USA) and was roared all the way down the home straight by the crowd as she got onto Melissa`s shoulders but the American responded holding on for the win in 9.03.38, with the Irishwoman 9.03.9. These two well clear of Mary Jane Reeves (USA) third in 9.17.14.

The men`s 100m was a scorcher. The final was packed with 10 second athletes and indeed it looked very much like the stadium record was under threat. In a matter of ten seconds it was over, first Olympic 200m silver medalist Bernard Williams (USA) 10.29, a fraction (.06) outside of the record, second Mario Forsythe (JAM) 10.30, third Andrew Hinds (USA) 10.32.

The womens 100 was won by Canadian Olympic hopeful Toyin Olupona 11.64 with Ferrybank`s Kelly Proper an excellent second in 11.80 and Lashawndra Ratcliff (USA) third 11.84.

Gregg Nixon of the USA the victor in a high class men`s 400, powering home in a fast 45.61, from Andrae Williams (BAH) 45.75 and Michael Mathieu (BAH) 45.95.

In the women`s 400, again there was an extreamly classy field , the winner in impressive form was Rosemary Whyte (JAM) 51.53 with Debbie Dunn (USA) second 51.85 and Clora Williams (JAM) third in 52.59.

To celebrate the 50th anniversery of Albie Thomas` 3 mile World Record the seldom run men`s 3 mile was also on the card. Stephen Haas of the USA ran positively from the gun but was tracked all the way by Josphat Boit (KEN) who bolted past in the closing stages winning in 13.37.62 (as a matter of interest 50 years ago Albie ran 13.10 on cinders !)

The IMC/BMC Mile race which opened the International program at 8.00pm was also an excellent race, really getting the crowd warmed up for what followed, young BMC man Ricky Stephenson only 19 years old really went for the sub four, running solo over the final two laps, the crowd willing him on and he was within a whisker…4.00.34 leading the BMC trio to victory over their Irish counterparts.

In the other field events Clonliffe`s Anthony McCreery nearly back to his old self won the Pole Vault and also had a very good attempt at the Irish Record winning with a best of 4.65m, second Adam Walker 4.65 with young Ian Rogers third 4.05.

The women`s high jump was an all Irish affair won by Deirdre Ryan 1.83m, second Rosemary Daniels and Grainne Moggan tied at 1.70.

The Junior men`s mile was won in fine style by Clonliffe`s Eoin Pearce 4.17.12 with Chris Jones (Raheny) second in 4.18.13 and Joe Breen (Sliabh Bhuide) third 4.19.88.

The whole night was superb, the proceeding where commenced at 6.30 with Juvenile races for boys and girls with thrilling performance from all these young athletes. There was also a special presentation made by Clonliffe club President Paddy Marley to the five Irish 1958 Milers including the 1956 Olympic 1500m champion Ronnie Delany. The weather held nicely and the athletes in action provided an excellent night`s entertainment…The spark is well and truely back.

Clonliffe Harriers would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors Brother Ireland, Fingal County Council, Behan and Associates, Commercial Hygene Services, Mr. Sean Callan,and he IMC, the Irish Sports Council and Athletics Ireland for their support, the Meet Director Gar Coughlan, the organising Committee: Paddy Marley, Joe Cooper, Killian Lonergan, Noel Daly, Noel Guiden and Liam Hennessy, Paddy Tuite and ALL his team, Jeremy Walsh and his team,the commentary team of Liam Moggan and Brian Maguire, The Morton family and each and every individual who contributed to this wonderful occasion.

FULL RESULTS

Men`s Junior Mile:

E. Pearce (Clonliffe) 4.17.12

C. Jones (Raheny) 4.18.13

J. Breen (Sliabh Bhuide) 4.19.88

D. Flynn (Raheny ) 4.21.89

T. Cotter (Dunleer) 4.23.27

E. McDonnell (Clonliffe) 4.26.12

K. Maher (Thurles) 4.26.86

D. Keogh (Lucan ) 4.27.08

D. Fitzmaurice (Clonliffe) 4.28.1

C. Phelan (Aghaviller) 4.30.07

S. Kelly (Fingallians) 4.31.69

K. Jennings (Dundrum) 4.34.60

A. Flynn (Tramore) 4.47.12

T. Hayes (KCH) 4.47.91

IMC MILE

R. Stephenson (GB) 4.00.34

A. Bowden (GB) 4.03.01

R. Cesser (IRE) 4.04.38

J. Mays (GB) 4.05.77

K. Moriarty (IRE) 4.08.13

P. McCarten (IRE) 4.09.33

A. O`Brien (IRE) 4.09.62

E. Dunleavy (IRE) 4.09.79

M. Conry (IRE) 4.10.04

G. O`Hanlon (IRE) 4.10.05

R. Corcoran (IRE) 4.12.96

A. Bailey (IRE) 4.17.74

D. Greene (IRE) 4.20.19

MENS 100m

B. WILLIAMS (USA) 10.29

M. Forsythe (JAM) 10.30

A. Hinds (USA) 10.32

E. Wiggins (USA) 10.33

N. Smyth (GB) 10.50

D. Kavanagh (IRE) 11.05

D. O`Shea (IRE) 11.12

MENS 400m

G. Nixon (USA) 45.61

A. Williams (BAH) 45.75

M. Mathieu (BAH0 45.95

O. Mogawane (RSA) 46.46

P. McKee (IRE) 46.58

G. Kennedy (IRE) 46.79

C. Zeller (AUT) 47.62

K. Hichs (USA) 48.15

Mens 3 MILE

J. Boit (KEN) 13.37.62

S. Haas (USA) 13.39.11

P. Nohill (Aus) 13.58.33

B. Farrell (IRE) 14.11.45

M. Flaherty (USA) 14.14.34

A. McCormack (IRE) 14.27.93

MORTON MILE

R. Myers (USA) 3.56.23

W. Leer (USA) 3.56.75

S. Pifer (USA) 3.57.27

C. Bermingham (AUS) 3.57.62

Y. Abdi (AUS) 3.57.71

J. Thie (WAL) 3.58.05

G. Wells (CAN) 3.58.22

D. Brown (USA) 3.58.35

J. Jefferson (USA)3.59.55

D. Campbell (IRE) 4.00.14

B. Olinger (USA) 4.00.19

M. Hanrahan (IRE) 4.00.73

M. Christie (IRE) 4.09.11

Mens Pole Vault

A. McCreery (IRE) 4.65m

A. Walker (IRE) 4.65

I. Rogers (IRE) 4.05

S. Greene (IRE) 4.05

R. Whyte (IRE) 3.65

K. Grant (Letterkenny) 3.45

WOMENS 100M

T. Olupons (CAN) 11.64

K. Proper (IRE) 11.80

L. Ratcliff (USA) 11.84

C. Brady (IRE) 11.94

N. Whelan (IRE) 12.00

A. McSweeney (IRE) 12.02

A. Boyle (IRE) 12.11

M. Murphy (IRE) 12.48

WOMENS 400m

R. Whyte (JAM) 51.53

D. Dunn (USA) 51.85

C. Williams (JAM) 52.59

M. Robinson (USA) 52.62

F. Ekpo-Umoh (GER) 52.79

J. Grossarth (USA) 53.70

E. McCafferey (IRE) 55.96

WOMENS 3000m

M. Cook (USA) 9.03.38

M. McCambridge (IRE) 9.03.90

M. J. Reeves (USA) 9.17.14

J. Sparke (GB) 9.22.88

Jane Potter (GB) 9.24.83

Juliet Potter (GB) 9.26.66

A. Harty (IRE) 9.32.01

S. L. Treacy (IRE) 9.43.34

WOMENS HIGH JUMP

D. Ryan (IRE) 1.83m

R. Daniels (IRE)/ G. Moggan (IRE) 1.7

C. Wilkinson (IRE) 1.65

WOMENS HAMMER

B. Heildler (GER) 72.43

I. BRKLJACIC (CRO) 72.38

K. Skolimowska (POL) 71.56

K. Klaas (GER) 70.21

Z. Dernham (GB) 65.37

K. Samframkova (CZE) 63.63

A. Bunjes (GER) 61.66

E. Gilreath (USA) 60.96

Day 3 Tullamore

Jul 13, 2008 [Brian McDonald] It was a broze day for Conliffe Harriers in Day 3 of the All Ireland Track & Field Juvenile championships in Tullamore.

Results from Day 3 of the All Ireland Track & Fields championships

3rd Padraig O’Connor U.16 Boy’s 200 m 23.49

3rd Manuel Curry U15 Boys Hammer 36.31

3rd Ruth Farrelly U.19 Girl’s Javelin 28.51

3rd Mark Mc Donald U19 Boys 1500m 4.00.92

4th Leah Bergin U.15 Girl’s 200 m 26.99

7th Safare Kletch U15 Boys Discus 28.48

4th Safare Ketch u15 Boys Hammer 33.67`

8th David Byrne U16 Boys Discus 29.47

8th Eoin Mc Donnell U19 Boys 1500m 4.07.43

6th Tom Austin U.17 Boy’s 1500 m 4.16.58

13 Larry Brady U.18 Boy’s 1500 m 4.18.81

Albie Thomas back in Santry

Jul 11, 2008 [Stephen Byrne] Clonliffe Harriers were honoured to welcome Albie Thomas back to Morton Stadium in Santry on the anniversary of his 3 mile world record in the Clonliffe Harriers/Crusaders Invitational on July 9th 1958. Albie arrived in Santry with his wife Nola and Ronnie Delaney for a night of nostalgia as our MC on the night Pat Bonass eloquently described the event.

The Dublin County Board were hosting an athletic event that evening and kindly held up a race so that Albie suitable attired in his singlet and bearing his original race number completed a lap of the track. Albie took the applause from athletes and spectators as he made his way around the track.

Albie and Ireland’s 1956 1500 metre champion Ronnie Delany were invited to unveil the 1958 wall in the clubhouse. This wall close to Brian Brewer’s mural featured photographs from both that 1 and 2 Mile records as well as other memorabilia from that magnificent Meet.

The guests in packed club-house were treated to fine cuisine and speeches from Fingal Lord Mayor Michael O’Donavon, Paddy Marley Club President Clonliffe Harriers and Jim O’Neill Crusaders Athletic Club all describing in great detail what the achievements of our honoured guests meant to them and their clubs. Paddy Marley made a presentation to both Albie and Ronnie on behalf of the club.

This was followed by speeches from Albie and Ronnie. Albie explained it was his hope for many years to come back to Santry and revisit the track that held so many memories for him one last time. He presented club singlets to Paddy Marley and Michael O’Donavon. An Australian flag to Pat Bonass and a Koala bear for Pat’s better half.

Ronnie Delany expressed his gratitude to Clonliffe for remembering the occasion in this formal way and expressed his delight in seeing so many familiar faces. This is what athletics is all about, enjoyment and camaraderie.

Paddy and Ronnie both made references to the upcoming Brother Morton Memorial Meeting taking place in Morton Stadium Santry on Friday 25th July next from 6.30pm and encouraged as many people as possible to attend.

The evening was finished off with good music and great craic.

National juvenile championships: two gold medals

Jul 6, 2008 [Killian Lonergan] There were some excellent performances across events at this weekend’s National Juvenile Championships held at the Antrim Forum.

We had two winners with Mark McDonald winning the U19 800m in a time of 1.55.35. With 3 athletes under 1.56.00 it was a tight affair up the home straight with Mark proving to have the legs to take the wing. Meanwhile David Fitzmaurice won the boys U19 3000m in a time of 8.56.13.

Larry Brady picked up another National medal with his 2nd place finish in the U18 2000m Steeplchase – with a time of 6.28.47. Fifth and sixth in this race also went to Clonliffe as Jaime Rossiter and Conor McGuinness ran 6.55.68 and 6.57.80 respectively. Brady was also 7th in the 3000m in a time of 9.28.23. Mark McKenzie was 12th in the same race.

Shauna Furman picked up a silver medal in the U18 100m hurdles with a 15.7 seconds performance. She was also 3rd in the 300m hurdles with 47.42

Sarah Finnegan was just outside the medals in the U18 girls 800m with a time 2.20.98. Tom Austin got a new personal best time in the boys U17 800m when he finished 5th in 2.03.7

Sean Lacy was 5th in the U18 400m with a time of 53.27. In the 100m at U16 level, Pat O’Connor was 4th in 11.47

In the U19 girls 100m Leah Moore also picked up a silver medal with a time of 12.81 seconds.

Finally, Leah Bergin was 5th in the U15 long jump with a distance of 4.59m. Elaine Begley was 7th in the same event with a 4.49m jump.

European gold for Coppinger and Greenan

Jul 1, 2008 [Juvenile_Captain] Mags Greenan and Aisling Coppinger are new European champions

Mags Greenan (W50) and Aisling Coppinger (W35) won individual victories in the European masters championships in Lenzerheide Switzerland over a tough uphill 6.5 km course with over 900 metres of climb in strong sunshine. The two Clonliffe runners had arrived at the start following very different paths. Greenan has a long history of top performances in mainstream athletics and only took to the hills this year. Coppinger is an experienced mountain runner, a 2:59 marathoner, and is better known for her long-distance exploits.

Greenan won in a time of 57:44 from Austrian Dohr by 54 seconds in a start to finish win. Given her relative inexperience in mountain running, this was a tough gutsy performance to beat the experienced Dohr.

Coppinger won by a more comfortable 3 minutes from the Italian Calorio in a time of 58:47. Coppinger also led her Irish teammates Anne Sandford (66:30) and Zoe Melling (67:18) to silver team medals in the combined W35/40 category. Tish McCann (68:23) ran well to finish 6th in the W45 class.

National veterans 10 km road champion Martin McDonald was 4th in the M50 category in a time of 52:29. He combined with Sean Foley (6th in M45 in 51:24) and Gerry Brady (7th M50) to give the M45/50 team bronze medals.

Following on from last weeks excellent performances in the World Youths in Italy, these are further encouraging achievements for Irish athletics. Coppinger and Greenan will be in action again in mid-July in the senior European championships in Germany.

W35 1. Aisling Coppinger 58:47 2. M Calorio (Ita) 61:51 3. M Carl (Ger) 62:17 5. Zoe Melling 67:18

W40 1. C Helfenberger (Sui) 52:59 9. Anne Sandford 66:30

W45 1. ML Hellig-Duventaster (Ger) 52:38 6. Tish McCann 68:23

W50 1. Mags Greenan 57:44 2. K Dohr (Aut) 58:38 3. U Bergler (Ger) 62:18

M45 1. F Torresani (Ita) 45:02 6. Sean Foley 51:24

M50 1. K Frantisek (Cze) 50:38 4. Martin McDonald 52:29 7. Gerry Brady 54:45

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