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The Rooney Review: Running up that Hill, Dublin Half Marathon

Shane Rooney Reports: Saturday 23rd of September saw the final race of the 2017 Dublin Race Series move to Newbridge House and the challenging hills of North County Dublin.

The club members were chomping at the bit and nothing was going to stop the members of Clonliffe Harriers from getting to the start line and giving 100% on a course of two halves. The first half being slow and hill heavy whilst the second half was fast and downhill, meaning that any time lost on the hills could be quickly made up during the 5 miles to the finish line.

The Black & Amber singlets were led home by Karl “On Form” Nolan finishing in 24th place in a time of 1:17:55, he was followed by Matt McGuinness (1:21:48) and rounding off the top 3 men was Conor Delaney (1:22:36).  The top 3 Clonliffe ladies were Emma Cooper (1:31:08), Maura Matthews (1:37:18) and Emer “GAA” Brennan (1:38:27).

Congratulations to Stephen (The PBs Keep Coming) Tracey, Alan Hughes, Alex Eustace, Alan Worrall, Damien Kelly, Mick Gleeson, Colm Leonard, Niall Markey, Alan Curley, Aideen “Skippy” Brady, Ali O’Sullivan, Adrien (Let’s Do an Extra 5 miles) Gerard, Shane Rooney, Declan Murray, Kevin (Where’s My Medal?) Sheehy, Janette Reid, Clare Roche, Declan Grant, Caroline Hynes (who had flown home from Chicago for the race), Yvonne McDonagh, James Dunne, Ciara O’Regan, Niall O’Connor, Susan Kelly, Mel (Honey C) Curran, Joanne McCabe, Anthony O’Brien, Katie (Golden Runner) Hennigan, Jason Blake and Lorraine Sherwood, for doing Clonliffe Harriers proud*.

One of the wonderful outcomes from being a member of Clonliffe Harriers is the friends we make during the training sessions, which was evident by the number of members who ran together. This two-by-two approach proved to be very effective with many members being encouraged by their running friends to dig in and achieve a PB.

As always, an extra special thank you to the volunteers, Pamela, Mr & Mrs Dowling (aka Mark & Aisling), Vivienne, Brid, Emer O’T, Grace, Leah, Sinead, Dave The Smiler, Catherine D, Paddy and Ciara P, you’re welcome smiles at the finish line is wonderful sight.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to add your name to the list of volunteers, please speak to Mark Dowling or email markdow6@hotmail.com

To Eugene, Jean and Gerry and all the organising crew, thank you for the hard work you put in each year to create the wonderful race series.

As with every race, questions have been raised;

  1. How fast can Karl Nolan go?
  2. How high can Aideen Brady jump?
  3. Is Evelyn Brennan doing a sponsored silence marathon run?
  4. Will Kev Sheehy find his medal?

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced this weekend, keep digging in.

*apologies if anyone is missing from the list of participants.

Sergiu 1st home for Clonliffe in Rock `n`Roll Half as teams go One, Two (updated)

A bit of confusion on the results of Sunday`s National Half Marathon held in conjunction with the Rock `n`Roll Dublin Half. Results are on the official web site, but appear to be incorrect. The first Clonliffe athlete home was Sergiu Ciobanu in 2nd place, next was Stephen Scullion, the official results record him in 4th place, however, the first two in the race are missing so Scullion was 6th. Likewise the times are a little mixed up. Joe Cooper has the following (unofficially of course): Sergiu Ciobanu 67.02, Stephen Scullion 69.03,  Brian MacMahon 69.27, Mark Kenneally 69.57, Gary O`Hanlon 70.08, James Kevan 70.39, Karl Nolan 77.59 (PB), Matt McGuinness 82.43. Also Alan Worrall 89.22.

In the 10k Ciara Peelo was 6th 42.35.

Looks pretty likely that the Clonliffe men with 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th places are National Half Marathon Champions, however, nothing official. Once results are confirmed by Athletics Ireland posting will be made.

Official results are now available on www.athleticsireland.ie and these show that the Clonliffe men scored a team 1:2.  The A Team who won the national title was made up of Sergiu Ciobanu (66.43), Stephen Scullion (68.45) and Brian MacMahon (69.07) for a combined team time of 3.24.36.

The B Team was Mark Kenneally – 69.39, James Kevan (70.17) and Karl Nolan (67.59) for a team score of 3.37.59.

Athletics Ireland’s website also shows the official (provisional) individual results but clearly there are errors contained as these results do not show finishing positions for either Brian MacMahon or Mark Kennelly, their finishing positions are in the M/35 group, likewise Gary O’Hanlon’s finishing position is not shown. One would assume that this may affect the overall team results as Gary was home before Karl Nolan.

In any event provisional results are now on athleticsireland.ie for those who wish to try to figure it out!

Clonliffe ready to rock the National Half Marathon

The National Half Marathon takes place on Sunday in conjunction with the Rock and Roll half marathon starting on the Quays and then heading to the Phoenix Park where a full lap of the park is completed before the finish-line in the Phoenix Park.

A very strong Men’s team has been entered that will certainly challenge for national honours. The Men’s team includes: Stephen Scullion, Mark Kenneally, Gary Murray, Sergiu Ciobanu and Brian MacMahon.

There are also a substantial number of club members running in the half marathon. The club captain has booked a meeting room near the start line so athletes can avail of this for changing before the race.  The room is in the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel (formerly Jury’s Hotel) close to the CHQ building.  Joe Cooper has booked a room from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and it is available for any club member to use.

Best of luck to all our athletes on the streets of Dublin this weekend. Rock on!

Mansfield and O`Hanlon finish 2nd and 3rd in Cork Marathon plus round up

David Mansfield had his best ever result on the roads today as he finished an excellent 2nd place in the Cork City Marathon. David recorded a time of 2.29.30, behind US visitor Chris Mocko (2.26.43). 3rd place was, remarkably considering the rumour mill had him down as “finished!”, was the one and only Gary O`Hanlon in 2.30.20, proving that you just can`t keep a good Gary down! Well done also Ollie Power (3.50.52).

In the half marathon Clonliffe were also 2nd with Sergiu Ciobanu 67.48, two seconds down on Dunboyne`s Peter Somba. Paul O`Loughlin ran a fine 87.55.

There was a fine run by David Flynn in the San Diego Rock n Roll Half Marathon today to a 10th place finish in a pb of 66.31. Interesting to see in 2nd place Juan Luis Barrios, the Morton Games 3000 record holder, with a 61.49 run.

Also over the weekend in England Liam Roarty ran a 3000 pb in the Midland League in Wolverhampton of 9.13.5 taking 9 seconds off his best in coming 3rd.

By way of round up, on June 1st Declan Power was 2nd in the Balbriggan Summerfest 5k (16.26).

Anyother weekend results please text 0879599888.

The Rooney Review: Clonliffe Ladies Hit the Town

Shane Rooney reports: Following on from the success of last year’s Dublin Remembers 1916 5K Athletics Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council, hosted the Streets of Dublin race on Sunday 21st May 2017. Clonliffe Harriers ladies were successfully represented in this 5k race which took the participants through the streets of Dublin starting outside the CHQ Building and finishing on City Quay.
Siobhan Devaney was the 3rd lady home in a very impressive time of 20:04 and she was quickly followed by team pacer Ciara Peelo in a time of 20:20 (4th lady home), next home and 5th lady overall was Aideen  “Whoop Whoop” Brady in a time of 20:22. Congratulations also to Anne “the Legend” Lyons (finish time 22:57), Paula Horgan (finish time 24:37) and Caroline Hynes (finish time 24:25). 
In other news, an unnamed source alleges that Aideen Brady may have ran faster had she not attempted to pat the potential new Taoiseach (Leo Varadkar) on the butt as she ran past him shouting “up ya boy ya Leo”!!!.
Also a shout out to the 20 or so Harriers who assisted the Dublin Race Series organisers in trialling the new Half Marathon route. All agreed it’s a course where negative splits can be achieved as the first half of the course is a challenging up hill section but time can be made up during the downhill & flat second half. Run the race smartly and you’ll come home happy.
Congratulations to all who ran over the weekend and of course more questions have been raised, including ;
Will Emma Cooper beat her new Half Marathon PB?
Will Jason Blake ever get the reporter to shut up?
Will Aideen Brady become the new assistant to the Minister for Sport?
Until next time, keep digging in and run safely.

Limerick was a lady to the athletes of Clonliffe Harriers

Shane Rooney reports on last weekend`s Great Limerick Run: With thousands of miles on their feet, hundreds of WhatsApp messages, a few injuries, a couple of team changes and one fun bus, the Black & Amber crew headed to Limerick on Sunday 30th of April to participate in the Great Limerick Run.

First up were the Marathon Relay teams which consisted of Team DFI (Derek, Aideen, Shane (the author) & Ciara “UL Poster Girl” Peelo), Team Chicks & Chaps (Declan, Laura, Mick B & Emer B), Team Clonliffe (Jason, Niall, Ollie & Brid) and Team O’Shea (Fergal & his family).  With Fergal’s handover algorithm in their heads the team members headed to their respected handover points.  Team DFI took an early lead with Aideen O’Connor handing over to the author with a pat on his butt and shouting “Whoop Whoop”.  However the lead was not to last as Mick “No Mercy” Birmingham of Team Chicks & Chaps took the lead at mile 19, a lead which was held onto by Emer B, who brought the team home in a time of 3:04:43. With over 70 relay teams taking part, the Clonliffe Teams put in fantastic efforts and achieved the following results;

Team Chicks & Chaps     7th place              3:04:43

Team DFI                            8th place              3:06:01

Team Clonliffe                  18th place            3:27:53

Team O’Shea                     22nd place            3:36:30

The Marathoners had to be very mindful of the pace of the relay teams to ensure the pace of their own race was on plan. For some, this marathon was an opportunity to put demons to rest, for others it was to support their teammates.  It was a course of two halves; the first being scenic and quiet; the second,   being congested but well supported. With cheers of encouragement from his wife Aisling “where are the keys” Andrews, Mark “Mr Motivator” Dowling was the first Harrier to cross the line in a PB time of 3:06:03. Next up was Dermot “Raver” Faughnan in a time of 3:07:05, followed by Stephen “Legs” Tracey in a PB time of 3:15:27. Birthday boy Alan Curley smashed his previous marathon time with a PB of 3:19:37 and he was followed by Alex “Snowballs” Eustace in a time of 3:45:05.

With temperatures rising and as the Relay teams & Marathoners reached the halfway mark, they were joined by the Half Marathon athletes. Whilst this added some congestion, it also injected energy and pace. Clonliffers completed the challenging, undulating 13.1 miles around Limerick and they were led home by David Mansfield with a 3rd place finishing time of 69.92, followed by Paul O’Laughlin in a time of 89:05, Maura Matthew, the 7th placed female, crossed the line in a PB time of 89:25.  Niall Markey, who also achieved a new personal best time of 91:05 and completing the HM team, Anne Lyons, who was placed 9th in her category, with another PB time of 1:47:50.

The GLR running events came to a close with the 6 mile race. First home for Clonliffe Harriers and in 2nd place overall, was Sergiu Ciobanu in a time of 29.39, he was followed by Emma “EZ” Cooper, who stormed across the line as the 8th female in a time of 39:41.

As some of our teammates headed home on the fun bus, the remainder celebrated the many PBs over a few well earned drinks (according to Maura, Guinness is a recovery drink), as well as some delicious food. As we celebrated into the wee small hours we discovered some hidden talents, such as Aideen’s ability to remember all the words of Rattlin Bog, Dermot’s desire to be the Fresh Prince of Leitrim, Emer’s talent of sniffing out a nightclub and Thomas’ skill for hailing a taxi.

It is during these outings that we realise running can help form a bond and support network between athletes, each wanting their teammates to always come away from a race happy and healthy.

By the end of the weekend we were left with some very important questions;

Will Dermot Faughnan come out to his friends as a raver and not a grunger?

Will Emma Cooper return that €20?

Will Ollie Power return and complete all four legs of the relay?

Will Laura “Huggy Bear” Kernan find her pyjamas?

Will scientists discover a way of bottling Aideen’s endless energy?

Hopefully these and other questions will be answered at the next Clonliffe Harriers Tour.
Finally, a big shout-out to Ciara & Aisling for promoting the relay race, to Pam for sorting the bus and Maura for organising the night out.

Until next time, keep digging in.

Shane Rooney

Clonliffe at Great Limerick Run

There was a large contingent of Clonliffe Harriers at Sunday`s Great Limerick Run: Marathon, Half and six mile. Top finisher in the 6 mile was Sergiu Ciobanu 2nd (but same time as winner) 29.39. Also in the 6 was Emma Cooper 48th and 1st O/35 (39.41) with Tara Whyte a second behind and 2nd O/35.

In the Half David Mansfield was 3rd 69.32. Also Paul O`Loughlin 89.06, Mayra Matthews 89.25 and Niall Markey 91.08.

In the full marathon first Clonliffe was Mark Dowling 3.06.03. Also Dermot Faughnan 3.07.05, Stephen Treacy 3.15.23, Alan Curley 3.19.33, Alex Eustace 3.45.05.

Any others text 0879599888. Hopefully we`ll get a full report soon?

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

 

Barbara Sanchez places 4th in French National Half

Clonilffe`s Barbara Sanchez looks to be coming into very good form as she continues her preparations for April 23rd and the London Marathon. At this weekend`s French National Half Marathon Championships she finished 4th in a time of 76.34.

Saturday round up: Clonliffe athletes win on Roads

There was success for Clonliffe athletes on the road today over the half and full marathon distances. In Waterford Sergiu Ciobanu put last Sunday`s disappointing performance in the National Cross Country firmly behind him with both a win and fast time in the Waterford AC Half Marathon, 65.51. Declan Power was 8th overall and 1st O/45 in 73.15. Also in the winner`s enclosure was Maura Matthews 1st O/40 and 8th woman overall in a time of 1:29.54.

Gary O`Hanlon also raced today, his first outing since the Dublin Marathon, as he made a winning return taking the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon in 2:42.15.

In the Phoenix Park the Donore Jingle Bells 5k attracted a huge entry. First Clonliffe home was Tom Sherlock 31st in 16.20. Also running was Emma Cooper (19.12).

In the UK Liam Roarty was 42nd in the Birmingham Cross Country League and 5th scorer for Cheltenham at Sandwell Valley Country Park, Tipton.

 

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