Archive for November, 2009

All American honours for Flynner

Nov 22, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Well done to Dave Flynn on his excellent run in yesterday`s NCAA Division 2 National XC in Southern Indiana. Flynner was the 5th scorer, gaining all American Honors, on the Western State team that finished second behind old rivals Adams State. He placed 36th overall in 32.29 and was 5th freshman. See report, full results and photos (weather looking slightly better than Kilbeggan-have a look) on www.wscathletics.com

Kenneally 3rd in inter counties cc

Nov 22, 2009 [Noel Guiden] The National Inter County Championships and Juvenile even ages were held today at Kilbeggan Race Course, County Westmeath. Underfoot ranged from wet and sticky to muddy and sloppy, thrown into the mix were bitingly cold gale force winds and driving rain (which cleared up just as the juvenile programme concluded). These were conditions which questioned the resolve of even the most committed, and that`s just the spectators. Local Kilbeggan farmers store did a roaring trade in fashionable wellies that has one unnamed Clonliffe club official well ready for Oxygen 2010.

An excellent senior men`s race, the last on the card, kept all on thier toes. By this stage the wind was up even more battering the athletes as they made their way over the extreamly testing 10,000m . From the off Mark Kenneally was at the sharp end of things, however, couldn`t shake off the pack and with 3,000 to go Andrew Ledwith took over the running and in a flash had opened a gap on our man of 10, 15, 20 meters. Ledwith kept up the pressure and came home a most impressive winner, with 100m to go Mark was overtaken by Sean Connolly to finish in third place. Yet again in a National championship Mark goes away disappointed, however, is consoled with European selection. Sergiu Ciobanu got back to racing after his Dublin Marathon heroics finishing a strong 10th. Michael McDiarmada also ran well finishing 47th. Brian McMahon was forced to pull up mid race.

Mary Cullen as expected was in a class of her own in the senior women`s race, running superbly and winning with ease, a simply magistical performance. Becky Woods ran very well, particularily over the first half of the race and finished 18th , more importantly , unofficially 3rd U/23 and hopefully selection for the Europeans (official announcement this week). Our other girls also ran very well, Louise Reilly 24th and Ailish McDermott 39th.

In the junior men`s race young David Fitzmaurice had been suffering badly all week with an infection and was clearly very much under par as he slipped back down the field from the lead pack to finish 24th, heart breaking after putting in such good work these last three months. Mark McDonald continues to make good progress after injury and looked strong today as he placed 20th. Eric McCann was 32nd and Conor McGuinness 34th. Jamie Rossister was running well in the top 30th, however is missing from the results (update to follow). Our only runner in the Junior Women`s race was Sarah Finnegan who battle on gamely through the mud finishing 26th.

In the National Juvenile programme held in the rain earlier in the day we had a small but determined group out (results not available yet, so update will follow). First away was Rachel Murray in the U/14 girls, Rachel finished mid pack. Our only runner in the girls U/16 was Laura Brennan who ran yet another gutsy race. U/16 boys saw a good performance from all the team with Ian Guiden finishing 19th (and winning Inter County silver with Dublin), Liam Ashton running solidly, and both Ryan Cashel and John Buckley coming nicely through the field, a good run also from Conor King. This is a good little team who are developing nicely into a strong unit.

Finally onto our U/18s. Good to report first off that we fielded full teams in both girls and boys races. The girls were lead home by Denise Callaghan, followed by Aisling Aherne, and Lorna Begley and Roisin Gallagher after a race long battle. The boy`s race saw Fintan Doherty dig in well finishing well up the field (around 35th) to lead the team home. Good runs also from Andrew Jenkinson, Graham Mahon (an 800m man in shock at these conditions!), Johnny Bradly Ward and Herbert Innocent.

Flynn all regional

Nov 8, 2009 [] David Flynn showed that his recent Bronchitis episode was behind him when finishing an excellent 14th in his latest race. This ‘Regional’ Championship was the qualifier for the National Championships in two weeks time and Dave’s performance helped his University make it to the ‘dance’.

After a 16 hour bus ride to Wayne, Nebraska, David finished 4th man home on his team and 2nd First year home overall. His 14th place finish earned him the ‘All-Regional’ accolade – a highly commendable result in his first attempt. Western State were 2nd with their arch enemy Adams State convincingly taking home the title.

Full results available here: http://www.wscwildcats.com/custompages/mcross/2009/NCAA%20D2%20Men.mht

Juveniles do business in uneven age c`ships

Nov 8, 2009 [Noel Guiden] The Dublin Juvenile Championships moved southside today for the uneven ages to the lovely surroundings of Marley Park in beautiful late Autumnal sunshine, a very welcomed change after the cold of last week`s even ages in St. Annes. Once again the club`s athletes donned spikes, black ‘n’ amber singlets and that Nil Desperandum fighting spirit for the challenging hilly course, and took a number of championship medals back home to Santry.

Things got off to an excellent start with the U/11 girls team of Nana, Lauren, Grace and Ruth winning team silver and minutes later the crack boys U/11 squad (Kilem, Keith, Darren, Timolte and Joseph) looked equally impressive also taking team silver.

The boys U/13 team of Sean, the two Lukes and Zak, put in a strong performance but were just out of the medal positions.

John Buckley running back in his own age group having moved up to run U/16 last week, looked good in the U/15 race. A steady start had him in a comfortable 25th at half way, however, a storming second half moved him well up to finish 13th. A good run also in this race from young Cian.

The U/17 girls brought us back onto the winners rostrum as Laura Brennan lead home the team in 12th place, followed by Elaine Begley, back doing distance after her track season over the hurdles, with a good run in 14th and with Laura Preston battling along to 22nd with Irene Falvey in 23rd this young team, three of whom will be U/17 again next year, took well deserved bronze jointly with Rathfarnham.

On then to the boys U/17 where both Fintan Doherty and Ian Guiden were expected to come home in the top 6 or 7. Neither disappointed as from the off they worked themselves nicely into the lead pack. At half way Ian, moving up a year, had moved into 4th with Fintan 5th and over the last 800 of the 4,000 distance Ian moved himself into bronze with Fintan placing 5th. Johnny Bradley Ward had a good solid run, finishing well picking up another place on the run in for 20th, Ryan Cashel was troubled by stomach cramps which knocked him well down the field finishing 26th. The team finished 4th position.

The final race of the day was the much anticipated U/19 boys race over 5,000m. The Clonliffe team despite missing a good number of athletes meant business. From the gun Conor McGuinness, Jamie Rossister, Eric McCann and Larry Brady packed in the lead bunch. As the race went on the field split Raheny`s Chris Jones took up the running and in fairness ran the legs off the pack looking most impressive, Jamie ran an excellent race continuing his good form of the season taking silver, Eric McCann continues to impress another good outing taking 4th place while running one of his best races todate Conor McGuinness looked very strong taking 5th place. Larry Brady again contiunes to race himself back to full fitness clearly finding a second race in 7 days taxing but a battling performance saw him finish 11th and the team taking Dublin gold. A word of praise also to Johnny Freeman finding himself in the deep end in his first race as he gritted his teeth to keep on going when lesser men may have thrown in the towel. Well done Johnny.

So another Dublin Juvenile Cross country season closes with our athletes proving their metal once again. Well done all.

McCarrick wins Walker Cup

Nov 6, 2009 [Stephen Byrne] The 44th running of the Walker Cup took place on a damp cold evening in Morton Stadium yesterday. The first competitive race on the unpainted track under the lights I believe was a great occasion. Unfortunately our race sponsor Frazer Walker missed his first Walker Cup in a long time due to illness, he missed a smashing race and we all wish him well.

25 athletes toed the line including the Club Secretary Noel Guiden whom had difficulty scaling the high gates surrounding the track leading to a minor calf tear and a serious ankle injury. Being the great battler we know him to be he was not content to run a mere 16 laps he put in a 17th for good measure.

At the sharp end of the race a pack of six athletes took off at the start and quickly got into their stride. By the fourth lap Philip O’Doherty, Ernie Ramsey, Jeremy Walsh and Niall Sherlock were lapping the field. Colm Doran, Noel Guiden and Declan Murray had their own early joust with Colm doing the early work, and then Noel. Not content they were going fast enough Declan set off and left them in his wake.

With 800m to go Niall Sherlock pulled away with Philip coming home in 2th place with yellow jersey holder Ernie Ramsey in 3th place.

Great individual times recorded including Tom Monks, Paul Carolan, Pat Bonass.

The race was also the last outing before the British and Irish Masters International event on November 14th for Grand Prix trio Philip O’Dohery, Pat Bonass, and Pat Healy. Best of luck lads.

When the handicaps were taken into account Eugene McCarrick took his first win in a number of years with Pat O’Rourke in 2th and Declan Murray in 3th place.

The presentation of prizes will take place on Saturday 21st of November at the Grand Prix dinner.

Grand Prix Results and leader-board to follow.

Actual times as follows:

Name RaceTime Niall Sherlock 00:22:11 Philip O’Doherty 00:22:14 Ernie Ramsey 00:22:19 Joe Cooper 00:22:27 Jeremy Walsh 00:22:47 Dermot Travelan 00:23:14 Tom Monks 00:23:33 Noel Cullen 00:24:10 Paul Carolan 00:24:39 Alan Worrall 00:25:46 Eugene McCarrick 00:25:52 Declan Murray 00:25:53 Noel Guiden 00:26:20 Pat Bonass 00:26:32 Colm Doran 00:27:17 Richard Connolly 00:27:18 Colm Breen 00:27:22 Pat Healy 00:27:23 Trevor Wisdom 00:27:29 Shay Byrne 00:27:38 Frank Devitt 00:27:43 Eric Kennedy 00:27:50 Pat O’Rourke 00:28:09 Sean Doran 00:28:36 Dave Brady 00:28:43

Many thanks to the officials on the night.

Dublin senior and junior cc

Nov 1, 2009 [Noel Guiden] This afternoon`s Dublin Cross Country saw our Junior men continue where they left off last season at the top of the heap. An excellent team performance saw the guys take the Dublin team title by some margin, with Dave Fitsmaurice finishing second after a great race with Emmet Jennings of DSD. The senior women also made it a day to remember with team bronze (unofficial) and the return to action of Francis Nic Reamoin.

First away were the junior women, and good to report a full Clonliffe team, for the first time in a few years, taking part. Sarah Finnegan after a good Summer track season put in a strong performance on the country taking 9th place, not far behind was Kate Purcell in 13th. Denise O`Callaghan again had a very solid run in 19th. Roisin Gallagher ran well finishing in 21st and in the second race of her come back Niamh Hussey was delighted to finish 22nd and more importantly ran and felt much better than her race of two weeks back, good run also from Siorcha. The girls placed just out of the top three, however, as time goes on this young squad will move on up the rankings.

There was considerable interest in our Junior men`s team, the reigning National Champions, and how they would go having lost a couple of their team to the senior ranks. Novice champion David Fitzmaurice ran a great race, the early pace was very hot, as Liam Trimble (MSB) took an early lead, Fitzie and DSD`s Emmet Jennings got to work at closing the gap, then the three were reduced to two as Trimble was dropped, leaving a great battle over the final laps, with one to go Fitzie and Jennings were shoulder to shoulder but out the back of the course Emmet Jennings got a gap which he held to the finish for a well earned Dublin title. Dave Fitz was 2nd and with Jamie Rossister and Eric McCann trading places throughout the race things looked very good for the team title, Jamie 6th, Eric 8th. Larry Brady continuing to get back into shape after a long injury lay off came through the field nicely finishing 11th. Conor McGuinness also ran a superb race 13th and jet lagged Jordan Logue, after a flight from the US West coast a day earlier, dug deep for 19th place. An excellent team gold.

On to the senior women, and a strong looking Clonliffe team. It was great to see Francis back in the fold, running the only way she can: with her heart. Francis ran an excellent race, particularily as this was her first race in an age finishing first of the team in 5th place. Becky Woods was only two places behind in 7th place after another battling performance…a muddy St. Anne`s is a world away from Summer 800/1500 PB`s! Also battling it out for the club was another track star Louise Reilly 16th and Ailish McDermott two places behind in 18th. Two places back again was the ever battling ever green Mags Greenan ( maybe a mountain or two on the course would have suited Mags even more). The girls look to have received their just reward with team bronze (TBC).

Finally to the senior men, and with the squad well and truely decimated, bronze was really about the best we could have looked for here. There were as always nuggets to be dug from the mud, a really good run from both Michael McDermada placing 15th and from Brett Paine 18th were the stand outs from a Clonliffe point of view, with Aidan Bailey, well up in the early part things looked promising, however, Aidan hit troubled waters and pulled up. Declan Power also ran well finishing very strongly over the second half of the race for 33rd place, Eoin Pearse was 36th. Niall Sherlock placed 48th and in his first senior race for the club Ernie Ramsey was solid in 50th with Terry McLoughlin well satisfied with 59th and not looking out of place at all in a strong field like this. The team finished well out of the top three.

Rathfarnham looked very strong and packed well to win the team title, from hosts Raheny. Well done to our hosts on a well organized championships. Full official results on www.dublinathletics.com soon.

Dublin CC title for Ian Guiden

Nov 1, 2009 [Noel Guiden] The Dublin Juvenile (Even ages) Cross Country took place prior to the Junior and Senior Championships this morning and early afternoon in muddy St. Anne`s Park, Raheny. Thankfully the overnight down pour had shed it`s load just in time for the athletes to warm up, underfoot, as expected, water and mud (a day for 12mm spikes…take note the forgetful young man who will not be named and shamed!). Highlight of the program from a Clonliffe point of view was a most impressive first Dublin Cross Country title for Ian Guiden in the U/16 boys race, leading his team home to team silver.

First race of the day was the girls U/10s over 600m, the athletes facing a stiff head wind over the whole second half of the race, our two girls Andrea and Grace both did very well finishing in the pack. The U/10 boys also ran very well with Keelan 4th, David 8th and Elliott 15th all winning Dublin bronze, good runs also from Austin and Adam, the team placed an impressive 4th place.

Clonliffe numbers were down in the U/12 races, but all 6 , girls and boys put in strong performances: Lilly, Grace and Ella in the girls race and Keith Hodson 14th in the boys taking Dublin bronze, good runs also by Oki and Joseph.

As always Rachel Murray gave it socks in her race. She was the club`s only runner in the U/14 race over 1200m but she got herself to the front and gave her usual battling performance finishing just out of the top 3 placing 4th, however, was rewarded by claiming a place on the Dublin team for the National inter counties. The U/14 boys didn�t field a full team either, however, Sean McLoughlin, Luke and Cian all had solid runs.

Finally onto the U/16s. Both squads under the guidance of Coach Carr have been putting in great sessions since the Summer, unfortunately the girls team was decimated through injuries, colds and unavailability resulting in Laura Brennan being the sole wearer of the black and amber in the 2,000m race. Another gutsy run by Laura, particularily down the finishing straight saw her hold off two challengers to finish an impressive 9th place reaching her goal with places to spare…selection for the Dublin team. Again the boys team were effected by illness with the bare four making the start line. From the gun Ian Guiden got to the front sitting in second place into the wind on lap 1, at the end of this first of four he took the lead and extended it throughout the 3,000m winning by a margin of 150m plus for a classy first cross country title. Conor King ran a very strong race taking 11th place, Ryan Cashel battled away in the slippy conditions finishing 18th while John Buckley showed great bravery in finshing, despite being ill all week and very much under strength today, 33rd place and the team winning silver.

As always well done to our young athletes today, and to the team of coaches: Gladys, Marion, Mick (confined to sick bay today) and Gerry, parents and supporters. Next week we all head to Marley or the Phoenix Park (to be confirmed) for the uneven ages (U/11s to U/19) Dublins.

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