Archive for September, 2008

Clonliffe lads win novice bronze

Sep 30, 2008 [Stephen Byrne] Well done to our athletes that competed in the Dublin Novice races at the weekend.

The lads finished on 43 points and were beaten into 3rd place by the mearest of margins by joint winners DSD and Liffey Valley on 42 points. Points scorers for the men were Brett Paine 5th, Declan Power 9th, Ronan Hartnett 10th and Stephen Harkness 19th. They were ably supported by Damien Reilly 32th, Terry McLoughlin 47th, Adrian Kearns 54th and Dermot Murphy 65th.

The Clonliffe ladies finished in 7th place, the scorers were Joyce O’Hare 11th, Sinead Hartnett 22th, Khadesja O’Hare 34th and Etain Alyward.

It looks like both captains will have strong teams to call on for the upcoiming Dublin Intermediates in Tymon Park next month.

Bonass runs away with Walker Cup

Sep 27, 2008 [Noel Guiden] The 43rd running of the Walker Cup took place in the Morton Stadium on Thursday night, round 10 of the 2008 Grand Prix Series. There was a good turn out for this one of the Grand Prix highlights and despite the best efforts of traffic Fraizer Walker as always made it to the stadium on time. In semi darkness,(the stadiums training lights aren`t the best) the field was sent on their 16 and a bit lap journey at 8.00pm on the button.

The pre race favourites gathered at the head of the race from the first bend : Philip O`Doherty, David Dunwoody, Tom Monks. Also sitting there and looking very comfortable was the guy improving by the race The Donegal Express Ernie Ramsey. These four pulled away, however, at just over half way Ernie upped the pace and in a matter of a lap had opened a lead of 20 meters which grew steadly and by lap 16 his lead had grown to a massive 200m.

Ernie came home first a most impressive winner, even impressing fellow Donegal Native Paddy Marley, in a time of 22.27. Second was Philip O`Doherty with Dave Dunwoody third.

Slightly further back the battle of the race was also the battle of the Pauls, Messrs. Carolan and Kelly (another new boy) and after an excellent race long battle Paul Kelly took Paul Carolan by a fraction on the line.

Richard Connolly looking more like his old self had a good race and is now showing a return to his form of yesteryear. Speaking of yesteryear young Pat Bonass had one of his best runs of the last couple of years running steadly to his pre planned pace and his reward was a stunning victory over the handicapper to run away with the Walker Cup!

The top 3 in the handicap were: 1. Pat Bonass, 2. Ernie Ramsey, 3. Tom Monks.

Afterwards, at the presentation Paddy Marley paid tribute to Fraizer Walker for his long running committment to Clonliffe Harriers before Fraizer took to the floor to present his prizes to the Winners.

Paul Carolan takes over the Grand Prix Series leader`s Yellow Jersey for round 11, The Irwin Cup on Saturday October 11th.

Many thanks to Fraizer Walker and to the night`s race officials. Full results soon.

Dublin half marathon

Sep 20, 2008 [Jeremy Walsh] This website is in danger of becoming the personal results page of Sergiu Turea, who was racing again today, this time in the half marathon in the Phoenix Park. With the sun beating down on us, it was a great day to watch, but maybe a bit hot to be running a hilly half marathon. Last year’s National Half Marathon Champion Michael O’Connor set the early pace, with Sandis Bralitis keeping him company. Sergiu wasn’t far behind in 4th place at 2 miles, but had moved into clear 3rd by 8 miles, holding that position to finish in a time of 70.16, behind the winner O’Connor in 67.58. Such have been Sergiu’s improvement and succeses over the last year or so, that he was disappointed with this. However, he should have a great base now for the upcoming cross country season.

Next Clonliffe man home was Ronan Hartnett who was 18th overall in a chip time of 76.48. There was an interesting battle developing for 3rd Clonliffe man. A few weeks ago in Longford, Ernie Ramsey went out hard and Maurice McCrohan picked him off over the last few miles. Learning from this, Ernie went off easier this time and was about 20 seconds down on Maurice at 2 miles. However at 8 miles he had built up a lead and held this to finish 61st in 82.27, his best race to date. Another Clonliffe man having a great race was hill specialist Dermot Murphy, running a storming last 5 miles, picking up numerous places to finish 79th in 84.05. There must be something in them there hills…

Maurice McCrohan was next home, 83rd in 84.28. Conor Delaney was 91st in 84.41; Brendon Buck 165th in 88.56; Alan Worrall 216th in 90.59; Paul Carolan 373rd in 95.47 and Tony Kiernan 1037th in 1.48.24. Apologies if I missed anyone.

Congratulations to all, and well done to the organisers for getting the results up so quickly. That’s what we like to see!

Mags Greenan World Champion

Sep 10, 2008 [Noel Guiden] Well done Mags ! World Masters O/50 Mountain Running Champion. Last weekend in Dolni Moravin the Czeh Republic Mags ran the perfect race going out hard to put herself in first position and thereafter maintaining her lead throughout the remainder of the race for a wonderful victory. This was a magnificent win in a very hard race, the race was run in 28 degrees of heat over a distance of 11.3 KM with an 810m climb thrown in for good measure. Mags adds the World Championship to her European title which she collected in June. Also in Action was club mate Gerry Brady who ran a very strong race finishing a most creditable 11th place in the mens O/50. Full details on www.imra.ie.

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