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Weekend round up (updated)

A quiet enough weekend so far. Our USA exports were in action this weekend, yesterday (Friday the 13th) Aaron Hanlon was the 1st scorer for Providence at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin XC placing 119th in 24.54. Brian Flanagan also put in a solid shift for McNeese  today Saturday at the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey finishing 70th in 25.14 and being 4th scorer for The Cowboys.

At the Donade 10k on Saturday Brian MacMahon had another really good run to 2nd place (33.09) with Karl Nolan 4th (36.32). Also the BHAA Cross Country season got underway with The Teachers XC, some Clonliffe results to hand thanks to Tom Sherlock: 1st by a substancial margin was Colm Rooney, 7th Sean Doran, 13th Tom Sherlock. Others also in that race so if you ran why not share the feeling? (0879599888)

Also on Saturday Liam Roarty in England ran the Gloucestershire League at Crypt School, Gloucester yesterday for Cheltenham Harriers where he finished 21st out of 205 finishers in a time of 31:00 and 8th finisher for Cheltenham.

Sunday and Sean Doran was back at it again winning the Glenmore 5k in 16.03.

Stateside news!

News from the US of Aaron Hanlon being awarded The Big Easy Athlete of the Week, as a result of his excellent run in last weekend`s Battle in Beantown Cross Country where he placed 24th and 1st scorer for Providence College.

Brian Flanagan also (thankfully) continues to keep us updated on his first US Cross Country season: “This week, myself and the team ran the last home meet this morning here in Lake Charles. I finished 5th and was the 4th scorer this time for the Cowboys. Distance was 4 miles XC and I finished in 20:01.4. Had a very less then desirable week of “training” leading up to this. It was my third week of racing in a row and I was still very much feeling the effects of that 8km race last week in Texas. Nevertheless progress is progress and it is what it is. Hopefully all of the niggles are now behind me as we get ready for two weeks of solid training before flying to Prinston New Jersey for the Princeton invitational on Saturday week (Oct 14th) for another 8km race in much cooler conditions to get ready for conference.”

Weekend round up: USA all the way! (plus home results)

Weekend Round up: Starting stateside where on Friday Aaron Hanlon had a great run for Providence in the Battle of Beantown Coast to Coast at Boston College 1st Providence man in 24th place in 24.52, 8k.

Saturday Brian Flanagan ran in the Texas A&M Invitation this morning at 8am in College Station TX Temp was 75F (25C) the first serious race of the season with McNeese fielding their strongest team in a loaded field where almost all of the teams in the region / conference where on the starting line. Flanno had a very strong run finishing 18th (of 166) as the third man to score for McNeese in 24:41, 8k. Miles splits were 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:10 4:31.

Brian says: ” This ranks McNeese as number 1 in NCAA (D1) Southland Conference. Also puts me as the fastest Freshman in the conference too. Very happy to say the least considering we tempo’d the first 4 miles.  Again, now is not the time for complacency and it’s back to recover and hard work. Next up is a small home meet in Lake Charles next week followed by a By week then we travel to the Princeton Invitation in New Jersey.”
Joe Cooper took his Division to Blackrock, County Louth for the annual 4 Mile Road race on Saturday evening. Also racing was Mark Kenneally placing 6th (20.16) just ahead of Joe`s group: 11th Sean Carrig (20.55), 12th Eferan Gidey (21.03), and 3rd junior man, 15th Daniel Lacey (21.47), 17th Sean O`Leary (22.02), 20th Jordan Byrne (22.34).
 Also Saturday the Dublin Half Marathon took place in the grounds of Newbridge House. Many Clonliffe athletes were running, thanks to Shane Rooney for his superb report. See “The Rooney Review”
Sunday at the Rathfarnham 5k Sean Doran was 34th in 16.04. Eleanor Alexander was 4th senior woman (96th overall) in 17.36.

First Cross Country win in US for Brian Flanagan (update from Flanno)

Clonliffe`s Brian Flanagan got his US Collegiate Cross Country career off to a winning start for McNeese yesterday, the 16th at Baton Rouge, to take a fine individual title at LSU Cross Country Invitational. Brian was a clear winner by some six seconds winning the 6k event in 17.09 and helping McNeese to a second place team placing.

Brian tells the tail:

How ya doing? Sorry its been a little while so here’s a little update. So a week and a half ago our cross country season opener was put on hold due to us getting hit by Hurricane Harvey, our own home meet was canceled along with one in Houston too.
Instead we travelled to LSU’s invitational cross country in Baton Rouge on Saturday last. I lead the team that we sent, our top four runner stayed at home getting ready for next week.
Race was 6000m and started at 7:50am. Even at that stage temps were at 75F (24C). But my long summer of training injury free in the unforgiving heat of the deep south paid it’s dividends and I recorded my very first ‘W’ (time: 17:09 – wasn’t even a flat course) on this side of the Atlantic. Needless to say I was very happy to run this in my very first XC race in over a year and a half, most of which plagued by injuries most doubted I’d ever come from. I felt good but I know now is not the time for complacency, theres still a job to be done.
With that being said the next stop is the Texas A&M invitational this coming Saturday morning in College Station TX. I’ll keeping you posted. Until then all the best.
Nil Desperandum,
In what was a fairly quiet weekend for Clonliffe athletes Stephen Scullion was 2nd in Sunday`s Belfast Half Marathon, a week after his excellent outing in the Great North Run, in 66.12

Weekend Round up: Seconds out!

Several Clonliffe athletes raced over the course of the weekend both at home and away. Strangely enough 2nd place featured strongly on the results. Starting off in Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA where Aaron Hanlon, now in his final year with Providence College, finished in 2nd place in the Nassaney Invitational Cross Country(25.08) only a handful of seasons from his team mate as the Friars dominated to take an easy win.

2nd also yesterday for Sean Doran in the Pftizer 5k Road Race in 16.03, only two days post the Clonliffe Club 10,000. Also yesterday young Sarah Bateson had a fine run in the Great Pink 5k in Dublin`s Phoenix Park placing well in the top 20, and 3rd woman in 22.02.

Today, September 10th, at the Ratoath 5k Sean Carrig was 2nd in an impressive 15.47, Efern was 6th and 1st junior in 16.12 with Tudor Mircea, now back racing again, 7th in 16.17.

Also today at the Great North Run, in Newcastle, a very good outing by Stephen Scullion finishing 14th in 65.52 for the half marathon distance, as he steers towards the Dublin City Marathon at the end of next month. That was a one minute PB!!

(Again if anyone else raced don`t be shy text name, event, time and place to 0879599888)

O`Leary wins Leinster Senior Schools XC

Clonliffe hosted the Leinster Schools Cross Country today in Santry Demesne. Despite recent rain the day dawned dry and fresh as the course building crew arrived at 8.00am. Two hours later a magnificent course was built. Although soft in places the ground held up remarkably well throughout the day`s cross country as the past part of 1000 young athletes raced for their schools with prestigious places in the All Ireland Schools on March 11th the reward.

The club`s athletes were once again in excellent form with some excellent performances. Stake outs included a fairly majestic win in the day`s final event the senior boys over 6000m by Sean O’Leary leading his St. Aidans team (O`Leary, Joey Hession, Greg Hossenny and Fin McManus) to Leinster silver.

In the inter boys 4,500 there was joy and sadness: joy for St. Aidans with a particularly fine run by Daniel Lacey in 9th taking team bronze (Lacey, Jordan Byrne and Cian Bolger), joy also for both Craig Giles in 5th and Aaron Cullen 13th going through as individuals, and for the Belvedere Clonliffe lads disappointment in placing 4th (Ben Guiden 17th and Daniel Stone 23rd) and their school`s cross country season now at an end.

In the junior boys race Daragh Carter was again very impressive a fine 5th place, and for St. Aidans Dermot Buckley was 19th leading St. Aidans through to the All Irelands in 2nd place.

Of the Clonliffe girls both Alannah Cooley and Amy Fay were well up in the senior race. A good run also by Tess Loftus scoring for Loreto on the Green as they grabbed 3rd place. In the younger ages all the Clonliffe girls battled well but unfortunately didn`t progress.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers for March 11th, a great achievement. Hard luck to those who didn`t but will no doubt fight another day. So for now the course building gear is packed away for the Spring and Summer as the Santry course (and course builders) takes a well earned break. Still track is only around the corner!

Round up: Rossister 12th at BUC XC, Dylan Ahern 5K, BHAA

The British Universities Cross Country took place at Graves Park, Sheffield today with two of the Harriers in action. Fine runs by both with Jayme Rossister having an excellent run to finish 12th in a time of 32:41 and 3rd finisher for Loughborough. Liam Roarty came 114th in a time of 36:08 and 1st finisher for the University of Gloucestershire. Loughborough came 2nd and University of Gloucestershire came 48th out of 57 teams.

Also today in Malahide Castle the Dylan Ahern 5k drew another big entry of almost 50 starters with an equally big turn out of officials and supporters. The winner was Caroline Daly, who was presented with the Dylan Ahern Memorial Cup, 2nd Shane Casey, 3rd Trevor Wisdom. Fastest man was Mick King 18.37 and fastest woman was Aimee Ahern 21.35.

The latest BHAA cross country race took place in the Phoenix Park. The only Clonliffe results we know are: 7th Conor Keane, 8th Sean Doran (club members who run in the BHAA races please note that this is the last time results will be posted here unless someone texts results to 0879599888, with respect life is too short for me to be searching for these results! So it`s up to you guys.)

Dylan Ahern Memorial 5k Saturday Feb 4th

The Dylan Ahern Memorial 5K takes place on Saturday February 4th at 11.30am.Please note this is not an open run but is confined to Clonliffe Harriers members and Invited family guests only. Those intending to run, should contact  Maurice  @ 0872582161 at the latest by Wednesday February 1st so that they may be included in the Handicap.

The presentation of prizes will be upstairs in Oscars on the Coast  Road at 1-45 pm. Note the times of the run and prize giving as many want to relax and watch the rugby international immediately thereafter.

Round up: Celtic Cross Country, Aaron wins in the States, BHAA

A busy weekend for Clonliffe also included three of the club`s athletes winning International honours. Today`s Celtic Cross Country in Cardiff featured great runs by three of our up and coming young athlete. In the junior race in the Irish colours both Sean O`Leary and Adam O`Brien put in impressive runs finishing 13th and 14th as the Irish juniors took team first. Eoin Taggart was also in green in the U/23 race placing 29th.

In the USA Aaron Hanlon had a fine indoor 3000 win for Providence at the University of Rhode Island Invitational in a time of 8.32.98.

Yesterday`s EIR BHAA Cross Country 5 Mile in Cherryfield Park, Dublin saw Sean Doran place 6th and Conor Keane 11th. Full results

Jayme places 11th in Birmingham XC League

Clonliffe UK based duo Jayme Rossister and Liam Roarty were in action in the Birmingham Cross Country league in Coundon Hall Park, Coventry yesterday. An impressive run by Jayme in the Loughborough colours to finish 11th and 6th finisher for the crack squad. Liam running for Cheltenham Harriers placed 68th from a big field of some 285 finishers.



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