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Weekend round up: including Grand Prix/Club 10 Miler

The 14th round of the 2017 Grand Prix Series, the Ahern Cup/Club 10 Mile Championships was won this afternoon by Sean Doran in 57.07, some 5 minutes clear of Dermot Faughan 62.19 and new sub three hour marathon runner Paul O`Loughlin 63.19. In the women`s race: 1st Emma Dunne 69.31, 2nd Aimee Ahern 72.09 and 3rd Clodagh Moriarty 78.03 (Full report from Liam Hennessy in a day or two)

Also this morning some of the Clonliffe Juvenile/Junior women`s squad took a break in training for the Dublin Cross Country to take in the St. Anne`s Park Run taking 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th places in the women`s race: Sarah Bateson (20.18), Alle Herandez (20.22), Abbie Sheehy (20.59), Hannah Browne (21.48) and Cliona Cooley (22.14).

53rd Running of 10 mile – Club Championship – The Ahern Cup

Race Report and Results provided by Liam Hennessy as follows; 53rd Club 10 mile championships at Malahide Castle, Saturday October 1st. 23 Finishers – 14 Degrees – Bright Conditions – A few puddles to negotiate – Very well Marshalled race.
Results Men:
Club Champion – Declan Power
2nd Place – Ernie Ramsey
3rd Place – Colm Mc Donnell
Club Champion – Jean Wyse
2nd Place – Aimee Ahern
3rd Place – Aideen Brady
Full Results:
1. Declan Power – 55.30
2. Ernie Ramsey – 61.39
3. Colm Mc Donnell – 65.38
4. Shane Casey – 66.20
5. Kevin Dowling – 66.26
6. Mick Gleeson – 69.41
7. Philip Matthews – 70.14
8. Liam Hennessy – 70.48
9. Richie Barr – 71.44
10. Stephen Tracey – 71.46
11. Jean Wyse – 71.50
12. Shane Rooney – 73.26
13. Declan Grant – 73.26.5
14. Aimee Ahern – 73.55
14. Aideen Brady – 74.13
15. David O’ Sullivan – 74.41
16. Trevor Wisdom – 75.16 (Clock Time) – Actual Time 71.54 – (Trevor missed start)
17. Declan Murray – 77.34
18. Eugene Coppinger – 77.57
19. Terry Mee – 78.46
20. Ann Lyons – 78.46.4
21. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 80.14
22. Pat Devitt – 84.20
23. Anthony O’ Brien – 85.18
It must be noted that Maurice Ahern started in what was his 53rd Consecutive 10 mile club Championship, which is some achievement.
Special thanks to the following;
Chief Timekeeper – Pat Healy
Course Marshalls:
Martin Treacy – Lead Bike
Caroline Daly
Lorraine Sherwood
Aine Mc Cann
Pat Timmons
Matt Slattery
Robert Scott
Rebecca Kelly
Martin Cavanagh
Murray Ahern
Keith Ahern
Standby Marshalls:
Mick Kearney
Sinead Smith
Emma Dunne
Ray Dunne
Ciara Peelo
Fiona Hayes
Apologies if i misspelt any name above.
Next Race in the Grand Prix Series – Round 15 of 16 – The Horan Cup – 6 miles XC – Santry Demesne – 12 noonSaturday, 12th November, 2016 – A welcome return to the hallowed turf of Santry – see you all there.

Grand Prix on tour to Malahide Castle for 10 Miler

With the Grand Prix season coming to it`s exciting finale this Saturday sees the Series return to Malahide Castle for the club 10 mile Championship for the Ahern Cup. Last year`s race was won by Ernie Ramsey, on what was a new course when as a result of tree felling on the traditional 4 lap route a slightly short course was put together. This Saturday runners can look forward to an accurate safe 10 miler on this the 53rd running of the race.

The club 10 mile championship, the brainchild of the renowned Clonliffe coach and Captain Harry Cooney, was first run on April 12th 1964 from near Murtagh’s pub on the Belfast Road straight down the then main road back to the Stadium. The winner was Ray Heffernan. On the occassion of the 15th running of the race in April 1978  Maurice Ahern presented the Ahern Cup  for the 1st time to that  year`s winner Gerry Finnegan

By 1999 the the road venues of the previous decades around the Swords/ Airport and Santry areas had become too dangerous and so since the year 2000 the race has been “housed” in the beautiful grounds of Malahide Castle

Next Saturday’s race starts at 12 noon.


Ernie Ramsey takes 2015 Club 10 Mile C`ship plus more

The Grand Prix Series round today included the 52nd Clonliffe Club 10 Mile Championships held in Malahide Castle Grounds. With ongoing gardening works in the grounds, the small matter of tree felling and pruning, meaning the usual route was unusable the organisers quickly put their thinking caps on and put together a new 10. With a significant number of pbs recorded the non measured course may have been a tad short, however, the important thing is that as always the show goes on!

A really good turn out of 41 starters set off on the new faster course with Ernie Ramsey proving to be the class of the field as he romped home winning by nearly four and a half minutes to win the 2015 club championship and take the Ahern Cup. Ernie`s time was 51.45, 2nd Dermot Faughan 56.04 and 3rd in a comeback to serious racing Tom Griffin 56.57. The women`s championship, making it a double after her 10,000 win, was taken by Rachel Wisdom (57.00), 2nd Joyce O`Hare 61.39 and 3rd Emma Harding 63.03.

Takes to race sponsor Maurice Ahern and to the officials. Next up for the Grand Prixers is the Horan Cup on November 9th in Santry followed by the final round the Irwin Cup on November 28th.

Meanwhile in Galway Tudor Mircea placed 4th in the Galway Bay 10k in 32.15.


50th Club 10 Mile championship won by Sean Doran

The 1st Clonliffe Club 10 Mile Championship was held 50 years ago back in 1964 and was won by Ray Heffernan. Today the 50th anniversary of the club 10 was held in Malahide Castle grounds and fittingly the race was started by that 1964 champion Ray Hefferenan. The club 10 in recent years to avoid traffic problems has been held in Malahide Castle over 4 laps of the 2 and a half mile loop. This 10 is a fairly testing 10 and although it is somewhat sheltered by the trees,  after last nights very heavy rain it was a debris littered route for the 42 starters to negotiate.

After the four tours of the race distance a new name will be engraved on the Ahern Cup, that of 2014 champion Sean Doran who recorded a time of 59.20. Next in was one of the Grand Prix regulars Dermot Kelly (Portmarnock AC) 60.13 and then 3rd and 2nd in the club championships the come back kid Tom Griffin 63.40, laying down an early marker for the forthcoming cross country season? 3rd in the club championship in 64.46 was Joe Phipps.

The 2014 women`s club champion was Aimee Ahern 75.56, 2nd Laura Kernan, 3rd Evelyn Brennan 83.05.

Thanks to the large group of club officials who helped out and of course to the sponsor of the prizes in the Grand Prix Maurice Ahern. Full results soon.

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(pictured) John O`Leary, Maurice Ahern, Sean Doran (2014 Champion), Ray Heffernan (1964 champion)

Clonliffe 10 Mile Championships 50th Anniversary

Next Saturday October 4th Clonliffe will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the club 10 Mile championship in Malahide Castle at 12.00 noon. To mark the occasion former Clonliffe President and chair of the Grand Prix sub committee has put together a short history of the race:

The  Clonliffe Harriers club 10 miles C’ship was the brainchild of legendary Club Captain Harry Cooney. Enthused by the popularity of then 10 miles promotions by the Civil Service and Ballyclare clubs–Harry organised the 1st Clonliffe 10miles–run on April12th 1964 it attracted a field of in excess of 30  members. Starting at a marker near Murtagh’s pub it proceeded southwards past Blakes Cross-through Swords village-up Pinnock hill onwards to finish at the stadium. The 1st winner was Ray Heffernan and over the nine years that the race remained on this course the prominent finishers included such as Sean Cronin,Bernard Daly,Maurice Ahern and John O’Leary together with now deceased notables George McIntyre,Gerry McDonnell, Larry Reid,& Barry Raftery
A feature of the race has been the need for new courses as the environs of an expanding Dublin Airport brought more traffic and the requirement for greater roads and so as we left the original course we briefly tried tried the old St Margarets lap by Dunbro- the Village- Dubber Cross and back to the stadium. However a new St Margarets by – pass ended that and so we embarked on  the 2 x
5 miles airport circuit until the very late 1980’s
In that time the 1978 race saw Gerry Finnegan win the C’ship and the Ahern Cup presented on this occasion by Maurice as he ran his 15th consecutive 10mile- Maurice subsequently went on to run in all 50 runnings of the race (1964-2013 ) though  a calf injury in 2007 forced him out at 7 miles
The 20th running in 1983 saw Padraic  Keane make it 2 victories. Before Eamonn Tierney won the 25th Peter Mc Dermott also had his year

The very 1st excavations for the M-50 pushed us once more to a new course. From 1990 until 1999 an out and back from the stadium used  the perimeter of the extended airport runway .Gerry mc Cabe had a several wins around this time but increased  cash prizes in 1996  for all grades saw the winners prizes go to Jerry Kiernan and Aimee Ahern

Having to plot a course through traffic was just a risk too far and so we welcomed in the year 2000 by moving the race to Malahide Castle with Noel Cullen coming home as champion. 2003 and the 40th race went the way of Killian Lonergan. From then until the present we had double championship victories for David Brennan,Philip O’Doherty and 50th race winner  Darren Reilly. Now to next Saturday and a continuation of  Clonliffe  Harriers championship  competition.

Club 10 Mile Championship won by Darren Reilly

Another fantastic Autumn for today`s 50th club 10 Mile Championships for the Ahern Cup held in the wonderful surroundings of Malahide Castle in North County Dublin which incorporated the latest round of the Clonliffe Grand Prix Series 2013.

There was another big field in the race only one shy of the magical 50 starters for the 4 lapper around the paths of the Castle. Darren Reilly was the pick of the crop as he lead the pack on a merry dance to win in a fast 56.20, possibly the fastest time the club 10 has been won in several years. Darren adding the fastest time today to the fastest time he recorded in the last round of the Grand Prix, theWalker Cup, some 10 days ago. In 2nd place was the ever improving Sean Doran with Ivan Eustace 3rd. In the women`s championship 1st was Jacqui Dunphy (68.39) with Alison O“Sullivan 2nd and in a dead heat for 3rd Aimee Ahern and Karen Kinsella. 1st Master was Shane Casey (67.08).

Full results of Grand Prix and times of all 39 finishers after the weekend.

Eoin Murray takes Club 10 Mile title in Malahide Castle

The 10 mile club championships which was also the last race in the Grand Prix series, took place on Saturday afternoon around the grounds of Malahide Castle, in near perfect weather conditions. Another good turn out of athletes ensured it was the biggest field to compete for the Ahern Cup to date. 46 Athletes toed the line for the 49th running of the Ahern cup, with Maurice Ahern once again sponsoring the race which he has done since 1978.

The good weather and the opening of the new Avoca restaurant attracted lots of people, dogs and bikes to Malahide which made navigating the course a little bit trickier than usual, in particular running through the car park. Although the volume of people and cars did not stop a number of PB’s being recorded.

The mens race was won by Eoin Murray in 59.20 with Ger Kirwan 2nd in 59.46 and Mark Bermingham 3rd in 60.18. The Ladies race was won by Bernie Byrne (who had never run ten miles before) in 71.30, followed by Emma Dunne in 74.32 and in third place Sinead Duffy 74.59.

Thanks to the officials who gave up their Saturday afternoon to help out, and to Maurice and Pat Healy who earlier in the week, walked the course with the wheel to ensure we had an accurately measured 10 mile course. Thanks also to Martin Treacy for photographs.

The results in the handicap of this race and the overall Grand prix will be announced at the Grand Prix series presentation, which will take place on the night of 11th October in the bar (with some hot food). There will be a 4 mile track race at 8.00 for the McDonald cup for anyone that wants to compete before the presentation.

1 Eoin Murray 0:59:20

2 Gerard Kirwan 0:59:46

3 Mark Bermingham 1:00:18

4 Sean Doran 1:01:29

5 Conor Keane 1:01:35

6 Joe Phipps 1:01:41

7 Dave Dunwoody 1:01:53

8 Dermot Kelly 1:01:59

9 Raymond Dunne 1:02:09

10 Colm Hickey 1:03:02

11 Philip Matthews (guest) 1:06:28

12 Pat Timmons 1:08:14

13 Hans De Raeymaeker 1:08:15

14 Ivan Eustace 1:08:17

15 Liam Osbourne (guest) 1:08:55

16 Colm Breen 1:09:08

17 Kevin Dowling 1:09:39

18 Robert Scott (guest) 1:10:45

19 Richie Barr 1:10:56

20 Bernie Byrne 1:11:30

21 Shay Byrne 1:13:28

22 Emma Dunne 1:14:32

23 Pat O’Rourke 1:14:55

24 Sinead Duffy 1:14:59

25 Aimee Ahern 1:16:32

26 Pat Devitt 1:19:25

27 Derek Reilly 1:19:34

28 Eugene McCarrick 1:19:34

29 Terry Mee 1:19:41

30 John McCormack (guest) 1:21:59

31 Martin Cavanagh 1:22:34

32 Fiona Hayes 1:25:48

33 Padraig Murray 1:31:30

34 Declan Bagnall 1:38:20

Ahern Cup/Club 10 mile

On a pleasant Autumn Saturday, at the usual start line for Malahide Castle GP races, 40+ runners started the 10 mile Club Championship Race. Before Starting it was highlighted that this was actually the last time the race would be run on this exact course; the Malahide Cricket Club will be extending it’s grounds to make “the first international standard cricket ground in the country with a capacity of 12,000″….I am sure we can make the necessary adjustments and we wish them well in their endeavours!


The penultimate race in the Grand Prix season saw a lot of runners carrying penalties from races they had scored well in earlier in the season – there were 15 runners with penalties weighing them own before the Ahern 10 mile. So this, along with some of the “Marathon Men” using the 10 miles as part of a longer training run in the lead up to the Dublin in a few weeks, meant it was never going to be easy to predict quite who was doing well or not as regards GP standings went!


As predicted the usual suspects set the early pace – with Green points men Ernie, Philip, and the Marathon men all setting off at a scorching pace. As the race was 4 laps of the castle it was interesting from a spectator point of view to see who and where runners would emerge from the trees after each lap. As far as Grand Prix leader board was set up; before Saturday, Colm Doran was top dog on 169pts, but was being closely followed by Ernie(165) and Paddy Tuite(159) – Paddy still having to complete 10 races as well! Colm did not finish the 4 laps and as such did not score, that left the door open for Paddy and Ernie and potentially others to close the gap. They duly obliged, with Ernie coming home a clear first place in a time of 58mins31secs and also scored 28pts! Paddy also had a strong run, despite having a penalty to contend with, and managed to score 16 points. This enabled Ernie to drop a low score of 7 points picked up earlier in the year and thus have a net gain of 21points. The new standings are below, but Ernie now has a 9 point lead over Paddy who in turn is now ahead of Colm by a further 6 pts. Colm now has to be careful Philip O’Doherty doesn’t steal third place from him!… both Colm and Ernie have Penalties to contend with for the last race…. exciting times!


So Philip did not manage to retain the club championship 10 mile for a third year running, Ernie Ramsey is this years champion. Elsewhere in the field we had a number of strong runs from the “Marathon Men”, with a flourish of finishers in the 62/63 minute mark – a testament to a good training group there! Slightly ahead of their training partners were Conor Delaney(59:05) and Mark Bermingham(60:20) who took the other two podium places. A very strong performance from the Clonliffe ladies also, who although had run in separate pairings through out the race, managed to finish together, with Marie ,Maura, Joyce and Emma all finishing withing 30 seconds of each other, in that order. Emma claiming a falling “Tree” had put her off her stride early on in the race, and as such was carrying a further handicap to regain her composure!


The days GP winner was however the real “Marathon Man”, Dave Brady. Dave who was not using the run as part of a training run, and did not have a handicap appeared to be moving at his usual cruising speed, but beat his forecasted time by 3mins 42 secs! Latching on to Colm Breen in the last lap may have proved the incentive he needed. Presentations will be on the GP Presentation Night.


Thanks to our race sponsor Maurice Ahern and to Shay Byrne for helping with officiating, and a big thank you to Eugene for the water station and assisting with the time keeping also!

P.B’s all round in 10 Mile Championship

There were superb personal best performances by a number of Grand Prix athletes recorded in the Club 10 Mile championships in Malahide Castle on Saturday 17th of September.

The race was round 12 of this years series, once again the 10 miler proved to be one of the more popular races on the Grand Prix calendar attracting in excess of 30 athletes.

This was the 42nd consecutive running of the Club 10 Mile Championship race which in latter years has found its home in the picturesque grounds of Malahide Castle, being run over four 2½ mile laps of fairly twisting pathway through the picturesque castle grounds.

David Brennan set his marker down immediately from the off, setting out at a very fast pace clearly David’s intention was to run the legs off the opposition as he tore around the first lap with William Stafford for company however, David’s relentless pace over lap 1 did serious damage as William was dropped. David slowed down slightly on the second lap however again picked up the pace over laps 3 and 4 to take victory and the Ahern Cup in a superb 56:03, a personal best. This guy is like a fine wine getting better with age.

Brendan Buck came through to take 2nd place in a fast 58:46 with William Stafford 3rd on 59:27.

Personal best performances were also recorded by Maurice McCrohan who finished 6th in 61:09 and also Stephen Byrne with 64:49. Indeed Stephen would have been a good minute and a half quicker had he not been hampered by a severe stitch which caused him to stop about ¾ mile from home. Kieran Murphy also recorded a personal best with 66:28.

There was also a notable performance from David Brady with 69:06.

It was good to see the return to racing of flying Dutchman Erwin De Wilde and also “An Sassenach” Eddie Bishop.

The result of the Club 10 Mile Championship was:

1. David Brennan – 56:03

2. Brendan Buck – 58:46

3. William Stafford – 59:27

4. Eugene Coppinger – 59:48

5. Tom Griffin – 60:03

6. Maurice McCrohan – 61:09

7. Paddy Tuite – 64:22

8. Colm Doran – 64:33

9. Stephen Byrne – 64:49

10. Dylan Ahern – 64:59

11. Erwin De Wilde – 65:04

12. Murray Ahern – 65:21

13. Declan Murray – 66:04

14. Eddie Harrison (guest) – 66:11

15. Kieran Murphy – 66:28

16. Colm Hickey – 67:02

17. Adam Ahern – 67:17

18. Pat Devitt – 67:43

19. Shay Byrne (guest) – 67:47

20. Bronagh Ni Bhriain – 67:59

21. David Brady (guest) – 69:06

22. Alan Smeaton – 69:26

23. Richard Connolly – 70:11

24. Eddie Biship – 71:40

25. Terry Reed – 71:44

26. Pat Bonass – 71:44

27. Colm Gallagher (guest) – 72:51

28. Pat Healy – 73:33

29. Tony Kiernan – 74:31

30. Maurice Ahern – 83:56

31. Tony Westby (guest) – 83:56

In the Grand Prix, after a superb run, the 20 points went to David Brady from Dylan Ahern and Eddie Harrison.

The result of the Grand Prix was:

1. David Brady –10:54 20 pts.

2. Dylan Ahern –8:11 19

3. Eddie Harrison –5:05 18

4. Maurice McCrohan – 3:54 17

5. Maurice Ahern –3:52 16

6. Brendan Buck –3:47 15

7. Kieran Murphy –3:35 14

8. David Brennan –3:30 13

9. Tom Griffin –3:25 11.5

= Erwin De Wilde –3:25 11.5

12. Pat Healy –3:09 10

13. Colm Doran –2:58 9

14. Shay Byrne –2:25 8

15. Stephen Byrne –1:47 7

16. William Stafford –1:42 6

17. Alan Smeaton –1:34 5

18. Pat Devitt –1:30 4

19. Pat Bonass –1:19 2.5

= Tony Kiernan –1:19 2.5

21. Colm Hickey -32 1

22. Paddy Tuite (SCR) 0

23. Eugene Coppinger +52 0

24. Tony Westby +58 0

25. Declan Murray +1:02 0

26. Richard Connolly +2:36 0

27. Adam Ahern +5:01 0

28. Murray Ahern +7:54 0

29. Bronagh Ni Bhriain +9:03 0

30. Eddie Bishop +12:44 0

As a result of his superb win David Brady takes over the leaders yellow jersey, David Brennan continues to snap at the heels of the leaders, as he has done for the last half dozen races, and is only half a point in arrears.

It seems fairly certain that the winner of this years Series will come from either Dave Brady, David Brennan, Shay Byrne, Stephen Byrne, Pat Devitt or Colm Doran.

The top ten currently are:

1. David Brady 124 pts.

2. David Brennan 123.5

3. Shay Byrne 121

4. Stephen Byrne 95.5

5. Pat Devitt 92.5

6. Colm Doran 91

7. Jeremy Walsh 89.5

8. Richard Connolly 88

9. Tom Monks 78.5

10. Jimmy Bennett 71.5

Round 13 is the Walker Cup which takes place on Thursday 6th of October at 8.00 p.m. The Walker Cup has always been one of the highlights of the Club racing year and there is usually a good social night afterwards. We hope again to have Frazier Walker in attendance to present the Walker Cup and in addition there will be presentations made for other recent Grand Prix events, in particular the 800M by race sponsor Philip O’Doherty, the 4 Mile Grass Race sponsor Tom Flood and also presentation by Maurice Ahern of the Ahern Cup to David Brennan as the Club 10 Mile Champion. A date to be noted in your diary.


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