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Flynner wins Aware 10k

Weekend round up. Saturday December 9th David Flynn won the Aware 10k Road Race in the Phoenix Park by well over a minute in 32.19. Dave Brady was 9th (37.11).

Tackling Swords with spirit at the Fingal 10K

Shane Rooney Reports on Fingal 10k July 23rd (apologies for delay in posting): “There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirt. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.” Napoleon Bonaparte

One could feel spirits were high on a mixture of adrenaline and excitement as over 40 members from Clonliffe Harries, along with over 3000 others athletes, readied themselves to conquer the first race of the 2017 Race Series. Before the start a special mention was giving to the inaugural Clonolympics, an event which will become the envy of many rival clubs.

For some club members it was the first time to run as part of Clonliffe Harriers, for others it was an opportunity to wear the black & amber singlet with pride.   The morning started a little damp, but quickly cleared to result in a warm morning, which made conditions a little difficult and heavy. The course itself is often underestimated as it has many challenging sections, including the incline through the village, the heavy going along the dual-carriageway and the humid conditions through the north county Dublin countryside.  However, none of these challenges stopped the Clonliffers from showing that the spirit is mightier than the Sword(s), with many achieving PBs.

First home for Clonliffe was David Brady in a time of 35:51 and he was quickly followed by Conor Keane and Matt McGuinness. There was a tight race between Anto “New Boy” Doran and Dermot “Fresh Prince” Faughnan who were the 4th and 5th Clonliffers home. Anto, having utilized Dermot’s height for shelter, came across the line 2 secs ahead in a PB time of 37:33.  Stephen Tracey continues to smash his own times, achieving a new PB in a time of 39:12. Both Stephen “Foodie” Doyle and Alex Eustace ran amazing races, pacing themselves perfectly from the start and picking up the speed to the finish, both achieved PBs with times of 40:16 and 41:09 respectively. What was especially great was seeing Alex regaining full mobility after the Limerick marathon.

Declan “Don’t Stop Me Now” Grant charged home in a new 10K PB time of 41:55 and he was closely followed by the Clonliffe Wolf pack of Aisling Andrews (new PB), Shane Rooney, Emma Cooper, Mick Gleeson, Colm Leonard, Alan Curley and Maura Matthew, all finishing within seconds of each other and proving the team who work together finish strong together with no one being left behind.

The PBs kept coming;

Laura “Huggie” Kernan shaved 5 seconds of her previous best time by storming up the hill in 42:55,

Ciara “Mind the Car” O’Regan, took 2 mins of her previous 10K time, with a time of 47 mins,

Melissa Curran, proving that she’s getting stronger, clocked a new PB time of 47:12.

Joanne “Healing Hands” McCabe cruised home in a time of 50:24.

A special shout out to Orla “Smiler” Deighan, who completed her first 10k in a time of 49:19 and to the newest member of the crew, Philp Richards, who marched home in a time of 52:34.

Of course, as with every race, questions are left to be answered;

  1. Will Dermot refuse to shelter Anto in the future?
  2. How high can Aideen O’Connor jump?
  3. How much did the fear of missing her flight influence Aisling Andrews?
  4. How did Mark Dowling clone himself and cheer in 3 spots
  5. Who has Emma Cooper’s singlet?
  6. Will Niall Markey hunt down the guy who stole 3 seconds from him.I’ll leave you with a quote Aideen “Darby O’Gill” O’Connor, taking part in the Fingal 10K is “about appreciating the fact that I can run and how much I love it”.

    Run with pride and until next time, keep digging in. (Shane Rooney)

 

Padraig Keane Memorial Race Saturday July 1st

The annual Padraig Keane Memorial Race will once again take place in Padraig`s home place of Ballinlough, County Roscommon on Saturday July 1st. The race is organised by Padraig`s family with the promise of a good night’s craic afterwards in the Padraig Keane Bar!! See Facebook/Padraig Keane Memorial Race.

 

Who RUN the world? Girls!

Shane Rooney Reports: During the June Bank Holiday weekend, it was the turn of the Clonliffe ladies to take centre stage and they were doing it for themselves.

First up were Melissa Curran and Anne “The Legend” Lyons who both successfully participated in the enjoyable, but challenging, SSE Walled City Marathon in Derry on Saturday June 3rd. With Pam’s hill sessions in their legs, both ladies were ready for the challenge. Anne, in what was for her the first of two races at the weekend, charged home in a time of 3:58.  Melissa (this was her 5th marathon to date) who, despite the course consisting of hills, hills and more hills, romped home in a time of 4:17, her second-best marathon time and just seconds’ shy of a new PB.

Next up was the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, which this year saw over 33,000 women (and some funny looking women!!) line up and charge through the south Dublin streets. This is an event Irish people should be extremely proud of as it’s the biggest all women’s event of its kind in the world and since its inception, in 1983, has raised over €300 million for charity. It was fantastic to see the Black & Amber represented by 11 Clonliffe women toeing the line with the elites and excitedly waiting for the starting gun to fire. Watching them take-off was like watching Super Woman going into battle, each one charging to their destiny and discovering their full powers.

First home was the dynamic duo of Aideen “Whoop Whoop” Brady (42:59) and Laura “I make this look easy” Kernan (43:00) who crossed the line hand-in-hand and united, the ladies came home in 68th and 69th place respectively, both achieving PBs.  The 3rd Clonliffe lady home, and in 109th place overall, was Kerri Page, in a time of 44:19.

Whilst this is a race, the true focus of the Women’s Mini Marathon is support, friendship and comradery, which was perfectly displayed by Ciara “Olympian” Peelo who paced Kerri up to 7km and then ran back to support her training buddy Emer Brennan, both crossing the line together. Big shout out to the other Clonliffe Super Women; Ali O’Sullivan, Joanne McCabe, Anne Lyons (yes, the same lady who completed the Derry marathon the day before), Katie Hennigan, Catherine “Cheese & Wine connoisseur” Dempsey and Caroline Hynes.

I would also like to congratulate Ollie Power (full marathon), Paul “new PB” O’Laughlin (half marathon) and all the other Clonliffe members (mentioned in a previous post) who participated in races in Cork on June 3rd.

This report cannot conclude without wishing Eugene Coppinger a Happy 60th Birthday, which was celebrated in running style when he was joined by his band of happy runners in Malahide for a birthday 5km run.

As with every race questions have been raised;

Are the rumours true, did Anne Lyons run home from Derry?

What happened to the poor “guy” they women met in the pub after the mini marathon?

Now that Ollie is best friends with the Lord Mayor of Cork, does he have his sights set on becoming the Lord Mayor of Swords?

Until next time folks, keep digging in.

 

 

 

Mid week racing round up

Tuesday 23rd: Sean Doran ran a huge 20 second 5K PB of 15.54 in finishing 7th in tonight`s Bob Heffernan 5k road race. Missed from the weekend round up was Karl Nolan`s sneaky 10K race in Stoneyford a 7th place in 37.59 on Sunday.

Round up: USA, BMC, Ton Le Gaoithe and roads

In the USA on Friday night Aaron Hanlon had another super run for Providence over 10,000 in the Big East finishing in 6th place in 30.18.03. On Saturday Brian Flanagan was 7th in the 3000 SC in 9.34.30 at the Southland Conference, New Orleans.

At Fiday`s Navan 6k the Coopers were out: Emma 23.02 and Ian 25.35.

There were a number of Clonliffe athletes competing in the BMC meet in Solihul on Saturday tonight Richie Owens had a superb opening race of the season in the 1500 running a time of 3.50.69. Eoin Pierce ran 3.53.18 and in the 800 Mark McDonald 1.55.48 Also running in Solihul was Jayme Rossister in the 2000 SC 3rd 5.49.11.

Closer to home at the Ton Le Gaoithe Wind sprints meet there was possibly a new Clonliffe club record. Stephen Rice threw the javelin 64.90, which would be a club record, however there is still some confusion surrounding his transfer to Clonliffe (so further news when we know). Current club record holder Rory Gunning was 2nd with a 62.61 best and Alan Gunning threw a new pb of 45.78.

In the sprints Leo Morgan ran 10.86 and 10.90 in the 100. Timmy Crowe, normally of course a 400 hurdler ran 11.27 and 11.32 for 100.

Also on Saturday Stephen Scullion won the Jengana 10k held at Shanes Castle, Antrim in 32.07.

Today, Sunday at the Terenure 5 Mile Karl Nolan 29.19, Matt McGuinness 30.04 and Caroline Hynes 40.11. Ian Guiden won the Maynooth 5K over a challenging course in 15.19 with Conor Healy chasing hard in 2nd 15.22, the two Clonliffe men were some two and a half minutes ahead of the rest of the field. In the 10K making a return to racing was Michael MacDiarmada 6th in 34.20.

Weekend round up including Greystones/IMC meet (updated)

At Saturday`s Greystones AC/IMC Meet Cathal Doyle smashed his 1500 pb with a 3.56.93 run to 8th place in the a race. In the B race Eoin Taggart ran 4.03.28. There was a good season`s opener from Mark McDonald in the 800 1.56.80, young Craig Giles was close to his pb with a 1.57.65. Eleanor Alexander continues to race to fitness recording a time of 2.15.15 in 6th place in the women`s A race. In the sprints Paul Whelan was 6th in the 100 A (11.69) and Stuart Roche 4th in the B race (11.74).

On the roads Stephen Scullion was back on home turf up north winning the Glenavy Milk 10K Run in 32.59. Also today the BHAA RTE 5 Mile took place no info on any Clonliffe athletes, however, if you took part maybe let us in on the secret! (text 0879599888)

In the US on Saturday evening (May 6th) David Flynn ran another 5000 pb at the Oxy Invitational recording 14.09.15 placing 15th.

On Saturday Rory Gunning competed for Kent AC in the javelin in the British league throwing 58.87m.

Sunday the 7th: Sergiu Ciobanu won the Annerville 10k in Clonmel today in 30.27.

The Rooney Review: Harriers on Tour to Budapest

Shane Rooney reports: On Friday 7th of April, 24 members of Clonliffe Harriers AC headed to Budapest as club mates. On Monday 10th of April the same 24 returned as great friends with a bag full of medals, a handful of PBs and hundreds of great memories.

After months of planning by Ciara Peelo and the ladies captain Pamela Cooper (who was surprised to learn that Croatian Kuna is not the currency of Hungary!!!) the Clonliffe Harriers squad headed to Budapest to represent the club in the Telekom Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon and 10km.  Under strict orders from Coach Pam, an excited team of runners and supporters arrived at Dublin Airport wearing their bespoke designed “Clonliffe On Tour” tops, thanks to Stephen “Triathlete” Tracey. As I stood back and listened and watch the laughter coming from the group I had flashbacks from when myself, and a bus load of team mates, headed to Mosney to take part in the annual Community Games!!!  Yes, we were like excited teenagers and Yes, I’m sure many people were hoping we weren’t going to be on their flight.

Arriving in Budapest in the small hours of Saturday morning, some of the runners attempted to convince each other that tonic water (and gin) is good for the muscles, this theory was to be put to the test on race day!!!!  Saturday was a day of rest & culture but despite the late night we managed to regroup at breakfast that morning. With thanks to Yvonne “Guide Book” McDonaugh & Alan “Tour Guide” Hughes we all managed to get to the Expo to collect race numbers followed by carb loading and wine, which according Emer “Coppers” Brennan is the best way to stay hydrated.  Next up was a relaxing boat tour along the Danube and thanks to impressive flirting skills by Ciara “The Negotiator” Peelo a bargain price was agreed. The tour included a stop off at Margaret Island, which was reminiscent of Shutter Island (overgrown tennis courts, an empty zoo, disused buildings and 24 crazy Irish runners…you get the picture). However, whilst we were wowed by the amazing architecture along the Danube, many were more amazed that Aideen “Mary” O’Connor didn’t push Declan “John” Grant overboard, which we’re sure took great restraint on Aideen’s part.

As race day arrived the group split and got ready to represent the club in their respective races.

First off was the Half Marathon team consisting of Alan Hughes, Anne Lyons, Ciara “No Shoes” O’Regan, Dave Lyons, Declan Grant, Janette Reid, Jason “Chuckle Brother” Blake, Joanne McCabe, Ollie “Pacer” Power, Shane Rooney and Stephen Tracey. With temperatures hitting the hot 20s, the 11 runners, with thanks to support from Mick “balance bike” Gleeson, Aisling Andrews and Pamela Cooper, did the Black & Amber proud.  Particular shouts outs go to Alan, the first team member home, and to Jason & Joanne who both achieved new PBs by knocking minutes of their previous best times.

Next up was the 10km team consisting of Aideen O’Connor, Brid Beausang, Ciara Peelo, Emer Brennan, Fergal O’Shea, Karen McAffee, Laura “Birthday Girl” Kernan, Niall “Anaconda” O’Connor, Sinead Reilly and Yvonne McDonagh.  Support was out in force with many of the locals amazed that we could make so much noise and support (who wears short shorts?), particularly as the runners approached the finish line.  First home was Fergal and big cheers go to Karen, Niall and Sinead, who achieved PBs in humid conditions.

Further PBs were also set by some of the ladies who managed to return to the hotel, shower, get dressed, dry hair and look even more fantastic in just under 30 mins. However, I believe the real incentive may have been the all you can eat and drink restaurant which Ciara P found.  Upon reflection, I’m pretty sure the restaurant staff may have under-estimated how much prosecco and wine 24 Irish people can consume, but in fairness we did have many PBs and two birthdays to celebrate!!!  The night ended in one of the famous ruin bars of Budapest and whilst much dancing and merriment was had we’ll never fully remember how a child’s balance bike managed to arrive back at reception???

Thoughts are now on where to go next? Should we stay in the Eurozone so Pam doesn’t buy the wrong currency? Can Ciara P find another cool pub? Can Mick G master the art of using a balance bike? Will Aisling go to Zurich for New Year’s Eve? Will Niall ever wear the short shorts? Will Jason get his voice back? Will Stephen fulfil his dream of becoming a balance bike triathlete? What colour of socks will Fergal wear next? Who will wash Ciara O’s feet? and Will Dave Lyons agree to stay in the same hotel?

I would also like to give a big shout out to Melissa Curran who took part in the Paris Marathon on the 9th of April.  Melissa continues to increase her marathon count and nothing is going to stop her in 2017, congratulations Mel.

Until next time, keep running and dig in.

Shane

 

Round up: Sergiu 3rd in National 10k, Varsities T & F, plus more

The National 10k Road Championships was held in the Phoenix Park today incorporated into the Great Ireland Run where Sergiu Ciobanu placed 4th and 3rd in the National in 30.20. Sergiu had warmed up by winning the Youghal Emer Casey 5k on Thursday night in 14.54. In the O/45 National 10k Declan Power took gold (33.10) and Pat Davoren bronze (34.42). On the team front with David Mansfield in 16th place (32.17) the team took silver behind Raheny.

The only Clonliffe result to hand from yesterday`s BHAA 4 Mile in St. Annes is Maurice McCrohan 25.29. Also yesterday in England Liam Roarty ran the National 12-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield clocking 29:30 for the 5.38 mile course.

(Liam Roarty in English National 12 stage Relay)

On Friday and Saturday the IUAA Championships took place at Cork IT, with some very good Clonliffe performances. Busiest of the crew was Luke Mangan in the throws, winning the Weight for distance 9.66, and bronze medals in the shot (13.53) and Discus (36.73). Also medalling was Denis Byrne 2nd in the women`s javelin (36.05). Rolus Olusa was 4th in the javelin (46.85) and ran the fastest 110H of the day (15.81) in the semis and then 16.32 in the final to place 4th. In the sprints Pierce Friel ran 11.97 in his heat, 11.77 in his semi to make the final but was a DNS. Keith Pike ran 11.36 in his heat and 11.34 in his semi but failed to progress. He then ran 23.52 in the 200 heats but DNS the semi. In the 5,000 Adam O`Brien had a fine run to 5th place in 15.34.61 with Eoin Taggart 7th (15.42.63). Eoin McCullough was 9th in the 10,000 (35.10.30) and Emer Treacy was knocked out in the 800 heats (2.34.65).

National 12-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield clocking 29:30 for the 5.38 mile course. Missed from last weekend`s results was Rory Gunning 2nd in the Javelin in the Spring Throws in Athlone 59.94m. Also missed was Brian Flanagan`s 3000SC first race for McNeese placing 2nd in 9.44.23.

(Brian Flanagan, 9.44.23 3000 SC for McNeese)

 

Round up: Clonliffe one, two, three in Donadea Castle (updated)

Weekend round up so far: At Saturday`s Donadea Castle Run Clonliffe athletes finshed in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, but in different races! Conor Healy running his first race of 2017 was 1st in the 5k in 16.16 while in the 10k Richie Owens was 2nd in 32.05 with Brian MacMahon 3rd in 33.21.

Sunday, a quiet day, however not for Matt McGuinness who ran 2.55.58 in today`s Milan Marathon in warm humid conditions.

 

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