Archive for September, 2013

Clonliffe half marathon team fill top 4 in Galway plus round up

The Clonliffe men scored the perfect finishing result at yesterday`s Half Marathon in Galway Bay Running Festival, filling the first four places. Making his return to the road racing circuit after the World Championships Marathon in Moscow was Sergiu Ciobanu who lead the field home in 67.11. 2nd was Brian MacMahon 71.18, 3rd Declan Power 75.25 and 4th Gary O`Hanlon 78.53. Gary did a double race in Galway. Before the half marathon he won the festival 10k in 33.31, and after a 30 minute rest took to the line for the half.

Galway half

The Galway toast: MacMahon, O`Hanlon, Power & Ciobanu

To complete the weekend round up at this morning`s Rathfarnham 5k road race Tom Sherlock showed no ill effects from yesterday`s club cross country in placing 35th in 16.43.

Also yesterday (Sunday) Gary O`Hanlon ran another double in the Curragh, The Jog for Jockeys 10k and 5k, winning the 10k in 33.59 and placing 2nd in the 5k.

Finally Fiachra Crean had a very good run in Berlin Marathon yesterday recording a sub three of 2:57.

Full results of senior club cross country

The full results of the Clonliffe club cross country championships 2013 are below:

Men:

Club cc champion (2)

1. Colm Rooney 20.21

2. Edgar Sunkis 20.35 (1st Novice)

3. Ian Guiden 20.45 (1st Junior)

4. Tudor Micea 20.52

5. Jamie Rossister 21.28

6. Monunia Bouzzine (1st Master)

7. Cathal Doyle 22.17

8. Kris Valters 22.45

9. Tom Sherlock 23.10

10. Josh Stubbs 24.08

11. Brian Flanagan 24.19

12. Ross Duigh 24.32

13. Niall Norman 25.01

14. Joeseph Cooper 25.11

15. Ross Kearney 25.35

16. Shane Casey 26.00

17. Philip Matthews 26.26

18. Kevin Dowling 26.43

19. Fergal O`Shea 27.27

20. Richie Barr 28.04

21. Colm Doran 28.26

22. Fergus Wheatley 29.17

23. Pat Devitt 29.31

24. Trevor Wisdom 29.42

25. Martin Kavanagh 31.03

26. Jimmy Bennett 37.58

Women:

Hope Saunders club cc (2)

1. Hope Saunders (1st Junior)

2. Laura Tuite

3. Bernadette Kiernan (1st Senior)

4. Bernie Byrne (1st Master)

5. Sinead Hartnett

6. Sally Ahern

7. Emma Dunne

8. C. Cruise

9. Clodagh Moriarty

10. Niamh Kiely

11. Anna McCann

12. Eva Scully

13. Louise Moggin

14. Susan Gormley

Back on top: Rooney claims club cross country title

The highlight of today`s wonderful Clonliffe Harriers club cross country was an impressive win by Colm Rooney in the senior men`s race. Colm was one of the stars of many a Clonliffe cross country team back in the mid to late 2000`s and is a former winner of the national 1500m, he was then out of the sport for a fair few years before returning to the fold a year or so ago. The steady training under coach Peter McDermott has seen him gradually climb back up the ladder racing the odd road race here and there. Today was his first run on the country for maybe seven years and he proved to be a most popular winner.

Club Cross Country Championship day was held in fantastic weather, lovely Autumnal sunshine, not a breeze and perfect underfoot grass in Santry Demesne. The morning`s sport kicked off with the club`s Juvenile Championships. First away were the U/10 girls running 500m where after a thrilling race the judges couldn`t separate the first two so a tie was declared: 1st (tie) Zoe McKenna and Kate Edwards, 2nd Sally Sumola and 3rd Lara Murphy. The U/10 boys battle with equal intensity and rounding the trees a great burst by Johnathan Fitzsimons saw him pull away to win the title from Sam Roley 2nd and James McDonnell 3rd.

Next up over 1,000m were the U/12`s, first off the girls over 1,000m and unbelievably another dead heat! 1st (tie) Aoife Hession and Rachel Fagan, 2nd Ella Browne, 3rd Abbey Sheehy. Things were a lot clearer in the boys race as Killian Forester ran away from the field with 400 to go to take a fine win from Mark Kavanagh and Joaquin Slimbacl.

Lauren Carr was the star of the U/14 girls race over 1500m running very strongly to take the win from a battling Amy warren 2nd and Kathlin Butler 3rd. A clear winner also in the boys race as David Tuite took control early on and drove on to take a clear victory with Jack Horan 2nd and Stephen Cashin 3rd.

The final juvenile championship race was the U/16 boys 2000 with a fine turn out, most of these lads were part of last year`s  Clonliffe U/15 All Ireland winning cross country team, as expected some fine performances. Adam O`Brien taking control early on in the proceedings to take the win, but was chased hard by Shane Merrigan, who had once of his best races todate to take 2nd place and Joseph Hession 3rd.

The presentation of medals to the winning athletes on the podium was made by Brian McDonald and Caroline Tuite.

The senior races commenced at high noon with the women`s championship. This was a combined junior, senior and masters event. A fine turn out of athletes for the 2 mile race, two tours of the mile long circuit. The junior squad were very much to the fore in this race with Laura Tuite and Hope Saunders driving on the pace at the front. With 800 to go these two were well clear and running shoulder to shoulder, however, Hope upped the pace even further and was a worthy winner holding off Laura 2nd with Bernadette Kiernan 3rd “on the road” and 1st senior.  Another fine run by Bernie Byrne to win the Masters title.

Finally the men`s race. This was one of the best turn outs for a club championship in years with almost 30 starters and some top quality athletes: Colm Rooney, Jayme Rossister, Ian Guiden, Edgar Sumkis, Mounuia Bouzzine, Tudor Micrea, Kris Vaulters plus an exciting crop of juniors, including Cathal Doyle, Brian Flanagan and Josh Stubbs.

From the gun Ian Guiden took the lead taking the pack of Sumkis, Rooney, Rossister and Micrea around the first mile, however, at just over half way Rooney took over and in a flash had made the killer move to open a gap which grew over the final lap and a half. In the battle for 2nd Edgar Sumkis was fastest in the kick for the line from Ian 3rd. A fine run indeed also by young Cathal Doyle looking very capable at this level.

Club Championships Results: 

Senior women:

1. Bernadette Kiernan

2. Sinead Hartnett

3. Emma Dunne

Junior women:

1. Hope Saunders

2. Laura Tuite

3. Sally Ahern

Master women:

1. Bernie Byrne

2. Aine McCann

Senior men:

1. Colm Rooney

2. Edgar Sumkis (Club novice champion)

3. Tudor Micrea

Junior men:

1. Ian Guiden

2. Cathal Doyle

3. Josh Stubbs

Master men:

1. Mounia Bouzzine

2. Shane Casey

3. Kevin Dowling

Photos from today`s championships:

 

Gallery:

 

SSC Running injuries and performance talk next Tuesday

On Tuesday of next week, October 1st, Clonliffe`s Health Care Partner the Sports Surgery Clinic, Northwood, Santry will be attending Clonliffe Harriers to give a free talk to our athletes at 8.45pm. The talk is titled: “An evening of running myths, mechanics and excersise advice” and involves discussing how changing running technique and improving strength can reduce injury rate and improve running performance.

In attendance to make the presentation from the SSC will be John Foster and Neil Welch.

John graduated in New Zealand and has over 20 years of experience in private practice physiotherapy. His sporting involvement includes: New Zealand Olympic Squad physiotherapist Professional basketball team head physiotherapist UK basketball team physiotherapist Sussex Cricket Team Physiotherapist Military Elite Sports Physiotherapist Military Running Injuries Specialist John specialises in running and lower limb injuries.
He developed a running re-education program used extensively by the military and now brings this specialty to the private sector.
He is responsible in the SSC for a new paradigm dealing with exertional lower limb pain termed Biomechanical Overload Syndrome and has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. John continues to perform research in running form and its relation to various lower limb injuries. He now brings this specialist knowledge to The Sports Surgery Clinic, Ireland where he will continue research on Biomechanical Overload Syndromes and investigation of the link between hip and groin pathology and running technique.
John is a former rugby player and has taken part in several marathons and ironman events so has first-hand knowledge of the stresses undertaken by the body in various sporting disciplines.
Neil Welch is the SSC`s strenght and conditioning coach. Neil has worked as a strength and conditioning coach across multiple sports including track and field .He has extensive experience providing gait analysis to many runners including international triathletes at Profeet gait lab, London.

His current role in the SSC in Santry is as a strength and conditioning coach working with sports medicine physicians and physiotherapists to return athletes to their sports after injury in the world leading groin and ACL programs. He is also working towards his PhD in change of direction biomechanics and developing muscle and tendon loading protocols used in injured athletes.
This is an exciting new venture for Clonliffe Harriers and the club are delighted to have the SSC as our Health Care Partner. This is expected to be the first of a number of such talks in the club and will be of great benefit to athletes and coaches alike. The talk is geared towards the older juvenile athletes (U/16s), junior, senior and master athletes. It is a talk for athletes in every discipline of the sport. We would encourage all interested to add their name to the list on the club Notice Board as places are limited. Once places are allocated and the limit is reached no additional places are available. The list will opperate on a strict first come first served basis. The talk itself will start at 8.45pm sharp on the 1st of October and will last around 60 minutes.

 

Shane Casey wins the 2013 Walker Cup

Eoin Murray reports: The Grand Prix series continued last night on the track with the running of the Walker cup over 4 miles. A total of 33 athletes started the race in misty conditions, with little wind which made it a reasonably good night for running.

The Walker Cup was presented to the club some 47 years ago in 1966 by the Walker family. The Walkers have a long association with Clonliffe Harriers and the Walker name in woven into the history of the club going right back to the early years of the black and amber.

Way back in 1895, only some nine years after the founding of Clonliffe Harriers, the Walker name appeared for the first time when Clonliffe won the National Junior Cross Country with a team featuring George Frazer Walker. In 1925 the Clonliffe team that won the National Senior title featured three Walker names: C.N. Walker, A.P. Walker and C.C. Walker. Also in the 1920s both George Frazer Walker and Charles George Walker were National 4 Mile Champions. Then in the 1950`s George Frazer Walker`s grandson, Frazer Walker, was National Marathon Champion (1957). When the family presented the Walker Perpetual Cup to the club it was for a 4 mile race, in recognition of the exploits of George and Charles as National 4 mile champions.

Darren Reilly hit the front from the off and was not to be caught. Darren opened a sizeable gap on the rest of the field and finished in an impressive 21.23, with Tom Sherlock finishing in second place in 22.01 and Sean Doran in third place in 22.15 with Ernie Ramsey returning from getting married to grab fourth just  ahead of Philip O’Doherty.  First Lady home was Rachel Wisdom continuing to show good form in a time of 26.06.

Thanks to the Grand Prix committee for sponsoring the race, the officials for helping out on the night and to Caroline for the very welcoming tea, coffee, cake and biscuits.

The winner in the handicap in the Grand Prix series was Shane Casey, who would have been in the prizes in the last race (the 10,000 metres) only to get the lap count wrong. No such problems this time as he finished comfortably ahead of his predicted time. Paddy Marlay the club president was on hand to present the Walker Cup to Shane. Emma Dunne took second place with Sean Doran in third place.

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The next Grand Prix race is the 10 mile Ahern cup in Malahide on Saturday 4th October at 12.00. Note that the Club XC championships are on this Saturday in Santry Demesne.

 

Darren Reilly

00:21:23

Thomas Sherlock

00:22:01

Sean Doran

00:22:15

Ernie Ramsey

00:22:50

Philip  O’Doherty

00:22:55

Desie Shorten

00:23:31

Joe Cooper

00:23:40

Dave  Dunwoody

00:23:52

Shane Casey

00:24:11

Liam Hennessy

00:25:30

Alan Worrall

00:25:46

Jim Keogh

00:26:02

Rachel Wisdom

00:26:06

Colm Breen

00:26:46

Bernie Byrne

00:26:48

Deirdre Fitzsimons

00:27:06

Emma Dunne

00:27:40

Trevor Wisdom

00:28:21

Terry  Mee

00:28:28

Pat Healy

00:29:25

Pat Bonass

00:29:30

Aine McCann

00:29:38

Mary Purdue-Smyth

00:29:52

Shay Byrne

00:30:20

Martin Cavanagh

00:30:45

Dave Brady (Raheny)

00:31:01

John Langan

00:32:07

Lorraine Sherwood

00:32:47

Jim Bennett

00:32:47

Club cross country championships Saturday Sept. 28th

The Clonliffe club cross country championships will take place next Saturday in Santry Demesne with Championship races for Juveniles and Seniors. The action will kick off with the U/10`s at 11.00am with the final juvenile race at aprox. 11.45am. The senior championships commence with the women`s race over 2 miles (juniors/seniors/masters)  followed by the men (juniors/seniors/masters) running 4 miles with a 12.30pm start.

The timetable for Saturday is:

10.15am Juveniles to meet at club house

11.00am U/10s 500m

U/12s 1,000m

U/14s 1500m

U/16s 2,000m

12.00      women`s c`ship 2 Miles

12.30pm men`s c`ship      4 Miles

All club members are asked to support the event by either running, officiating or spectating.

Cragg the Beard 4th in US Road 5k C`ship Race

A good solid run by Alistair Cragg in his new hometown of Providence, Rhode Island yesterday in the US Road 5,000 Championships. Cragg, duly kitted out in his ever expanding facial hair, was always at the sharp end of the race and finished in 4th place in 13.53.9 in a strong field. Race winner was Andrew Bumbalough (USA) 13.45.9. To view race video click: http://usa-5km.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=2519&do=videos&video_id=99656

Scullion tops at home in Belfast City Half Marathon

Clonliffe`s Stephen Scullion had another successful morning on the road in his home town Belfast City Half Marathon this morning. Scullion recorded a comfortable win in 66.55 some one and a half minutes clear of Eddie McGinley (Annadale).

Muriel Carolan (nee Malone) Rest in Peace

Noreen O`Leary: It is with deep sadness that we learn of the death of Muriel Malone in Reno, Nevada, on September 17th, 2013.   Muriel was part of the first crop of ladies who joined Clonliffe Harriers in September, 1963. She was at the inaugural meeting (second right beside Clare Dowling) of the Ladies Section in Moran’s Hotel in 1963 and she was also part of the first Ladies’ Race down Santry Avenue (No.12) in December of the same year which was historic in itself as it was the largest  ladies’ race ever to have taken place in the country.

Muriel Carolan

1st ladies

She remained a member until she emigrated to the USA in 1967 along with her husband-to-be, Eddie, and they have resided there ever since mostly in California.  On behalf of Clonliffe Harriers we would like to express our sincere sympathies to Muriel’s husband, Eddie, her children Kieran and Tara and her grandchildren.

Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis. (Noreen Eager-O’Leary).

Grand Prix: Walker Cup Tuesday 24th

The Grand Prix series continues on Tuesday night (note Tuesday not Thursday) next September 24th at 8.00pm with one of the jewels in the crown The Walker Cup, a 4 mile track race in the Morton Stadium. The Walker Cup was presented to the club some 47 years ago in 1966 by the Walker family. The Walkers have a long long association with Clonliffe Harriers and the Walker name in woven into the history of the club going right back to the early years of the black and amber.

Way back in 1895, only some nine years after the founding of Clonliffe Harriers, the Walker name appeared for the first time when Clonliffe won the National Junior Cross Country with a team featuring George Frazer Walker. In 1925 the Clonliffe team that won the National Senior title featured three Walker names: C.N. Walker, A.P. Walker and C.C. Walker. Also in the 1920s both George Frazer Walker and Charles George Walker were National 4 Mile Champions. Then in the 1950`s George Frazer Walker`s grandson, Frazer Walker, was National Marathon Champion (1957). When the family presented the Walker Perpetual Cup to the club it was for a 4 mile race, in recognition of the exploits of George and Charles as National 4 mile champions.

Tuesday will see the Grand Prix Series continue to honour the Walker name as the athletes battle it out over 16 laps on the Morton Stadium. The top three in the last round were all ladies so on Tuesday the men will look to turn the tables. With only a handful of races remaining in the 2013 series things are tight at the top of the leaderboard. Before the 10,000 results were added in the leaderboard was showing Colm Breen 1st, Deirdre Fitzsimons 2nd and Shane Casey 3rd and with Deirdre having placed 3rd last time out maybe a change of leader is about to occur. Tuesday will tell the tale. Again please note that as the indoor will close at 9.00pm it would be best to use the Clonliffe dressing rooms on the night.

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