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Gary goes sub 2:20 ! (updated)

Gary O`Hanlon ran a magnificent race in this morning`s Berlin Marathon to record a new pb of 2:19.25. Gary took over 2 minutes off his pb to go sub 2:20, having gone through the half way in 69.32 to place 40th overall. The results also seem to record him as 1st M40. From Gary`s Facebook page he posted: “2:19 at age 43 in the Berlin Marathon, a personal best by 2 1/2 minutes finishing first over 40 in the worlds most competitive marathon. Delighted to be getting faster despite getting older, age is just a number. The key is to train smart, surround yourself with positive people and always believe in your own ability. Congrats to all the athletes I coach, smashing their times today. Special thanks to my training partners Seán Hehir and Eoin Callaghan, train hard race easy. This one’s for my son Ben who’s 3 months old today.”

Also in Berlin Paul O`Loughlin broke new ground going sub three for the first time, an excellent 2.59.24.

News in also of a great run by Robert Reid in clocking 2.47.24.


Gary O`Hanlon takes Longford

Another day and another win for a Clonliffe athlete. Today at the Longford Marathon it was Gary O`Hanlon winning in 2.25.33 retaining the title. With Dublin only 2 months away now Gary looks to be hitting some really good form and will be a challenger for National honours. This was Gary`s 3rd Longford win (2012, 2016 and 2017), he was has also placed 2nd twice (2013 and 2014). Remarkably the time Gary ran today is his fastest in Longford was three minutes faster than his winning time from last year. (Not sure if there have been any course changes in recent years)

Tullamore Half Marathon: 8th Sean Doran 74.54, 45th Kieran Murphy 83.40, 88th Maurice McCrohan 88.47.

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.

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?

PB for Stephen Scullion in London

Clonliffe`s Stephen Scullion had a fine run on the streets of London at this morning`s marathon. Scullion knocked over two minutes off his pb as he ran 2.17.59, tantalizingly close to the World Championship`s QT of 2.17, having gone through half way in 68.23.

Barbara Sanchez will be disappointed with her 2.47.36 run in London. While in Hamburg Sergiu Ciobanu called it a day somewhere around the 35KM mark as the weather worsened with strong wins and hail stones.

Good luck to Marathon Runners this weekend

Three of the club`s elite Marathon runners will be competing in two of the big city marathons on Sunday. In Hamburg  Sergiu Ciobanu, pb 2.15.14 goes in search of the World Championships QT. While in London Stephen Scullion will look to improve his pb of 2.20.39, set in his last run over the distance in last year`s London Marathon. Also in the women`s elite field in London is Barbara Sanchez (pb2.37.14). Best of luck to them and to any other Clonliffe athletes racing this weekend.

Clonliffe marathon runners Spring into action

Spring Marathons are certainly in the air today as three Clonliffe marathoners hit the roads of Europe. Matt McGuinness ran 2.55.58 in today`s Milan Marathon in warm humid conditions. A big PB was recorded in Manchester today by Karl Nolan, an excellent 2.48.51 and in the Eternal City Ali O`Sullivan ran 3.55.

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.


Gary strikes again!

After warming up with a win in last week`s Clonakilty Marathon Gary O`Hanlon was in warmer climates for his 2nd Marathon in seven days: sunny Lanzarote. Different country same result: 1st Gary O`Hanlon 2:35. 54

Also today in the Phoenix Park David Brady was the club`s first finisher in 4th place in the Aware 10k (35.26)



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