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The West`s Awake: Clonliffe Intermediate Champions!

The fight back continues. With injuries and withdrawals mounting up over the last few day and almost down to the bare bones the five man Clonliffe Intermediate team travelled West to Tuam, County Galway for today`s Irish Life Health National Intermediate Cross Country Championships.

The event took place in the Palace Fields, with a 1500m loop fitted snugly into the available space, plenty of bends, short straights and hills,hills, hills. It was a perfect cross country day: dry, cold and still. Underfoot: yielding but not muddy.

From the starters gun both Ian Guiden and Cathal Doyle, 50% of the Clonliffe National Novice winning team scorers, got themselves into the lead pack. With the two 1000m loops behind them the field started to string out somewhat as the first 1500 loop was negotiated with the two Clonliffe vests looking strong in the lead pack of eight. At about half way Ian made a brave move to the front and drove the pace on and began to open a gap, however, a lap later and he`d been over hauled by Niall Sheehan (Gowran) and Colin Maher (Ballyfin), who would finish 1st and 2nd, and was back in 3rd with Cathal was 6th. There would be no other positional changes to these top half dozen over the final laps.

Both Thomas Sherlock and Karl Nolan really rose to the challenge putting in stirring runs. Karl in particular was outstanding. This was his very first race, ever, on the country and he ran like an old pro, focused on the vest in front, then up and past. With both of lads running with such pride in the Clonliffe vest they put exceptional shifts: Thomas placing 24th and Karl 29th. Slightly further back was Niall Sherlock, Niall as always answered the call and despite illness during the week bravely battled away in 62nd place.

At the finish Ian Guiden declared himself happy with his day`s work, another big step forward on the long road back from injury, to take bronze. Likewise a great day`s work from young Cathal Doyle, just weeks out of the junior ranks and running his longest race to date. And with Tom Sherlock and Karl Nolan`s inspired runs the lads got their just reward: National Intermediate Champions, by a tight 4 points over North Belfast. Ian, Cathal and Tom also picked up inter county gold for Dublin.

So not a bad cross country season after all: National Junior, Novice and Intermediate winners, (with Cathal Doyle scoring on all three!)

Men`s team for National Intermediate XC

The Intermediate men travel West on Sunday to The Palace Grounds, Tuam, County Galway for the Irish Life Health National Intermediate Cross Country Championships.

The team includes Dublin Intermediate Champion Conor McGuinness and former Junior International athletes Ian Guiden and Cathal Doyle. These three are also on the Dublin County team. Also racing is David Mansfield, who of course ran a superb Dublin marathon in October, Sean Doran, the Sherlock brothers Niall and Thomas, Conor Keane and Kevin Nolan.

The race over 8,000 is down for a 1.00pm start.

Any athlete needing a lift please be in stadium for 8.00am.

Teams well out of medals in Dundalk

Dundalk IT hasn`t been a particularly happy hunting ground for Clonliffe Harriers in recent times and unfortunately that trend continued for today`s National Intermediate and Masters Cross Country.

The intermediate men lead home by Conor Keane in 34th place finished 7th overall. Placings: Sean Doran 43rd, Richard Mannion 57th, David Brady 62nd, Gareth Williams 66th.

The Intermediate women placed one better in 6th: Bernadette Kiernan 20th, Louise Caraher 30th, Maura Matthews 35th, Emma Cooper 37th, Brid Beausang 44th and Emer Brennan 48th.

The Master races drew huge fields the Clonliffe men were well down the pecking order: 133rd Jeremy Chapman, 193 Tom Monks, 203 Stephen Treacy, 207 Fergal O`Shea, 209 Alan Worrall, 238 Declan Murray, 242 Pat Devitt.

Pat Bonass placed 5th in the O/70 race.

First home in the Master women`s race was Catherine Dempsey 114th, Aideen Brady 123rd, Emer Doyle 131st, Aideen O`Connor 141st, Helen O`Sullivan 195th. (errors/omissions text 0879599888).

Round up: Intermediates, Masters, Road Races, Indoor

The weekend round up starts with the National Intermediate and Masters cross country in Cow Park, Dunboyne yesterday. The women`s team were lead home by Bernadette Kiernan who had a fine run to finish 16th, a measure of how far Bernadette has progressed in such a short period of time is the fact that only a year or so ago Bernadette was new to the sport and competing in the meet and train league. With Jacqui Dunphy 33rd, Maura Matthews 37th, Caoimhe Cruise 49th, Emma Harding 54th and Aisling Andrews 62nd the team placed 8th overall.

The Intermediate men were hit by numerous withdrawals and failed to field a team: David Brady was 40th, Niall Sherlock 51st and Johnny Bradley 53rd.

In the Masters the team placed 19th: Ciaran McCarthy 30th, Clive Ahern 89th, Hans De Raymeaker 139th and Alan Worrall 221st.

On the road race front Kerri Page was 51st in the Kilconeiron 5 Mile in 37.58 and new member Rachael Wisdom had a great run in the Wicklow Hospice Half Marathon in Avondale, Rathdrum on Saturday placing 2nd in 1.30.49.

Finally on the Indoor circuit Ciara McCallion recorded another fast 400 in Athlone at Saturday`s Indoor League winning in 55.77.

Men`s Intermediate and Masters teams for Sunday`s Nationals

The intermediate men`s team for Sunday`s Nationals in Dunboyne has been badly hit by withdrawals through injury and unavailability as a result of indoor races and next week`s national senior. Still the Captain has been in a position to put out a team that will give a very good account and won`t be found wanting through a lack of guts and determination.

Included and in his first race for Clonliffe is Anthony Flannery, a recent winner of the Cloonacool 5k road race in county Sligo. Another athlete will will go well is Dave Brady and the always dependable Johnny Bradley.

The intermediate team is: Anthony Flannery, Dave Brady, Johnny Bradley, Niall Sherlock, Conor Keane and Sean McHale.

The Master men`s team is: Alan Worrall, Clive Ahern, Hans DeRaeymeaker, Ciaran McCarthy and Philip O`Doherty.

Timeable :

1.00pm Master Women  4,000m

1.30pm Master Men         7,000

2.10pm Inter Women       5,000

2.40pm Inter Men             8,000

Kiernan to lead Clonliffe in National Intermediates

The Kiernan name once again features strongly in a Clonliffe cross country team, although this time it`s Bernadette. One of the club`s most improved athletes Bernadette Kiernan on Sunday leads the ladies team into battle in Dunboyne on Sunday for the National Intermediate.

The Intermediate women placed 3rd in the Dublins where Bernadette had a fine run to finish 7th. Bernadette will lead the team on Sunday. The full team is: Bernadette Kiernan, Emma Harding, Maura Matthews, Jacqui Dunphy, Caoimhe Cruise, Alison O’Sullivan, Joyce O’Hare and Aisling Andrews.

The men`s team are Dublin Intermediate champions, however, as a number of the athletes who competed that day in Tymon Park are unavailable having turned their attentions to the indoor season a weakened team will line up on Sunday. The final team is as yet unconfirmed. The Captain will run his eye over the form of athletes at a final seassion on Thursday before announcing the team. Update at that stage.

Jayme wins and leads Clonliffe to National Intermediate title

Clonliffe`s Jayme Rossiter took the biggest win of his career to date winning the National Intermediate in Lough Key Forest Park, County Roscommon this afternoon. Jayme was always up with the leaders throughout the 10,000m race distance despite a slight wobble at one stage when he found himself relegated to third place some five seconds off the pace he gathered himself and rallied closing the gap and then emerging victorious winning by a five second margin. A fantastic achievement by the 20 year old, a team gold medalist on the Clonliffe Junior men`s team that won the National junior cross country in Santry back in 2009.

Two other members of that 2009 junior squad played a major roll in today`s proceedings as Jayme lead Clonliffe to the team title. Mark McDonald, an 800/1500m track man getting down and dirty to finish second scorer in 15th and Larry Brady putting his injury problems of recent years well and truely behind him in 18th. Sandwiched between Mark and Larry was recent recruit Cian Delaney with an excellent run in 16th place. These four with a score of 50 points had a winning margin of some 31 over Raheny 81 and Tullamore 103. Great battling performances today also from Ernie Ramsey 26th, Stephen Harkness 34th and Darren Reilly 48th.

A great day for Clonliffe, well done lads and to Captain Joe Cooper.

National Intermediate and Masters XC

Feb 7, 2011 [] The National Intermediate and Master Cross Country took place in trying conditions in the ALSAA complex at Dublin Airport yesterday.

In the Women’s Intermediate race over 4K first Clonliffe athlete home was Bronagh Ni Bhriain in 15th place (20.22), she was followed home by Tara Whyte in 20.42, Maura Matthews 21.04, Christine Hanley 21.11, Joyce O’Hare 21.41. The team came home in 3rd place.

In the Men’s Intermediate race over 10K first Clonliffe athlete home was Stephen Harkness in 71st place in 48.03 he was followed home by Eoin Murray in 48.18, Ernie Ramsey in 48.48, Colm Groome in 50.10, Conor Delaney in 50.45, James Kenan in 52.34 and Anthony Malone in 57.13.

In the Men’s Masters race over 7K first Clonliffe athlete home was Declan Power in 8th place in 29.17, he was followed home by Gerry Brady in 31.52 (2th V4), David Dunwoody in 32.37, Philip O’Doherty in 32.45, George Maybury in 35.41, Alan Worrall in 36.40, Pat Bonass (3rd V6), in 38.08 and Declan Murray in 39.50.

National Masters and Intermediate cc

Feb 21, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Pat Bonass today added the O/65 National Cross Country title to his ever growing collection. The National Masters was run over a tough course at Lough Key Forrest, Boyle, County Roscommon. Despite over night snow underfoot conditions were described as good with the odd muddy patch, the course itself featured a pretty stiff climb early on. Unfortunately once again at a National Cross country Championship there were problems. The “big” lap was about 400m short resulting in all races running short of distance, there was also confusion at the start of the Masters race regarding the actual course.

In the Masters mens race Pat Bonass tracked his main rival for the O/65 title in the early stages, passing him on the long uphill and opening a gap which he never relinquished to take the National title. Clonliffe did not have a full team but there were good runs from both Philip O`Doherty and Tom Monks.

The Intermediate mens race was of course supposed to be over 10,000m, runners estimated that the actual distance covered was only around 7,500m. A great run on his Clonliffe debute from John Heneghan saw him take individual silver behind Brendan O`Neill (DSD). John was followed home by Lorcan Cronin a very credible 13th, Mark McDonald, most impressive for an 800m track specialist, 27th and an excellent run also from Stephen Harkness in 30th these four taking team silver for Clonliffe just 7 points off gold, won in a repeat of the National Novice by City of Derry. Excellent efforts also from Eoin Pearse (32nd), Ernie Ramsey (63rd) and Joseph Cooper (67th).

Next up, the big one, The National Junior and Senior Inter Club Cross Country in the Phoenix Park in two weeks time.

The ladies team had the bare team of 4 competing in yesterdays race in Boyle. The course should have been 4km but was just short of 3km. Joyce O’Hare was first home for team having a great second lap picking off a steady stream on her way, that extra 1km would have suited her. Next was Maura Matthews also had a good run coming home in 30th, Bronagh Ni Bhriain in 37th spot and Laura Garvey not put off by her first cross country (even if she did get an elbow in the side at the start) in 46th position. Well done all. The team came home in 6th spot.

 

David Flynn wins National intermediate silver

Feb 16, 2009 [Jeremy Walsh] David Flynn took pride of place for Clonliffe yesterday winning individual silver in the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships at Tymon Park. Over 10k, Sean Hehir from Rathfarnham WSAF, who was a comfortable 4th in the Dublin Senior Cross Country Championships went straight to the lead. He was determined to win this from the front and had built a considerable lead by the end of the first of 5 laps. The chasing pack was made up of Tom Fitzpatrick of Tallaght, Barry Minnock of Rathfarnham, a few others and David sat in with this chase group. As the race went on, David gradually picked the runners ahead off one by one, until it was just him and an athlete from Togher AC battling it out for second place. With 400 to go David was a few yards back, but with a strong final spurt he finished second in the end. As far as we are aware, David may be the youngest person ever to medal at this level. Well done David.

Club historians are scratching their heads trying to remember Clonliffe athletes who have previously medalled at National Intermediates – Eamon Tierney and Kevin Heffernan have been mentioned.

Declan Power ran his usual clever tactical race, passing many in the second half to finish very credibly in the 20s. Eoin Pierce was next home, somewhere in the 40s, with Ronan Hartnett completing the team scoring. The team finished in 6th place.

The remaining team members had a right battle, with Brian Gallagher ultimately taking 5th from Terry McLoughlin who ran a good race with a strong second half. Colm Groome in his first race for the club was hot on Terry’s heels with Joe Cooper Junior not far behind.

In the County race, Dublin took Gold, with David Flynn and Declan Power members of the winning team. Enjoy racing with the Seniors from now on Declan!

In the Master Mens event Philip O’Doherty was first Clonliffe home, from Tom Monks, Alan Worrall and Terry Mee.

Results:

Intermediate Men – 10k

2 David Flynn 32.33

28 Declan Power 35.10

41 Eoin Pierce 35.57

67 Ronan Hartnett 37.29

70 Brian Gallagher 37.40

76 Terry McLoughlin 37.54

78 Colm Groome 38.00

94 Joe Cooper 40.14

Master Men – 7k

83 Philip O’Doherty 25.09

102 Tom Monks 25.47

148 Alan Worrall 28.31

167 Terry Mee 30.54

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