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St Patrick`s Day racing: At the Portlaoise 5k Mark Kenneally made a surprise appearance finishing in 9th place in 15.45. Also racing, and less of a surprise, was Sean Doran 24th in 16.56.

Also on the 17th the Aon Mullingar Half Marathon attracted five Clonliffe athletes : Dermot Faughan 1.21.12, Ollie Power 1.37.55, Anne Lyons 1.46.34, Melissa Curran 1.50.49 and Katie Hennigan 1.57.57.

Doran 2nd in Lusk

One, and possibly the only, sports event to beat the Beast from the East was today`s Lusk AC`s 4 mile road race in North County Dublin. Sean Doran was 2nd behind Raheny`s Kevin Dooney, Sean running a time of 21.13. Other Clonliffe: 12th Matt McGuinness 23.29, 28th Paul O`Loughlin 25.05, Declan Grant 26.50, Mick Gleeson 27.00, Ollie Power 28.24, Ann Lyons 29.43, Kevin Sheehy 32.02 (although as Kevin was spotted running in Santry Demesne at 11.00 this morning this may not have been the real Kevin Sheehy?)

Mo`s log: Where does a runner need to go for refreshments?

Maurice Mo McCrohan reports from Trim: Its’ been a while, Since I have done a post race blog. My running in the last year or so ,if not quite a  chore has felt like  its hanging on by its fingertips  to the back of a fast disappearing train.

The blog baton  passed to others.I started to experience anxiety Dreams.Lke Luke Skywalker in the Daogabah system,when he looked at himself in the swamp and saw himself in a Darth Vadar mask.I would dream of winning the age group in the Raheny 5 ,but wearing a Raheny vest and sporting a Shamrock tattoo!

My running needed a few jump leads in the rear to spark me into life.Eureka!I hatched a plan for 2018.Blues Brothers like ,I would reunite the Group!

Some of my old training group of me ,Kieran Murphy, Jer Chapman, Dec Power(yes ,he was mortal once!) arranged an away trip half marathon for the Hague on March 11th!

The remnants of the training gang are ticking along nicely with Phillips’ group on Tuesdays. I have a thing going on in the City Centre on Tuesday lunchtimes .But, you need a race away trip ! A bit of work and play at the end of it!

Five weeks before the Hague,The Trim 10 was perfect as a build up race.Dungarvan would have been preferred,but it sold out very quickly.

Trim is an easy drive from Dublin on Sunday morning.I noted the pre race briefing advised there were no showers available,which is not ideal ,but at least we knew.

There were plenty of signs on arrival into Trim for race parking.We were guided into an OPW car park ,safe and secure!However,when I disembarked I was met by sweating  Jer C and Kieran M ,who  had come from and advised the start HQ was 20minutes walk away! Lucky,I had allowed enough time!!

The HQ is in a Business park.There was loads of room to warm up. There was a limited bag drop area,which sufficed.I warmed up with Stephen “18miles in the legs” Tracey.

The race started a few minutes late, probably due to late arrivals from the OPW car park!.

The first half of the race was largely downhill on country roads. We passed large farms and stables,lush farming and breeding grounds for elite horses ,if not Gaelic footballers. I split at 32 minutes which is faster that I ran the Grand Prix 5 in 2017! I put in down to my new racing flats that had a “Billys Boots” effect on me.

The latter or back half(as golfers would say)was similar country roads ,but more uphills.2 water stations was enough for a 10 miler race.

I was tracking Jer C for 8 miles,but his lack of running in the the last week,saw his wheels slightly come off at 9 miles.

The finish approach was a long run into the Business park. An 800M to go marker would have helped to pace the finish.

I crossed the line in just over 85,which I was very happy with. I could just about 6.30 mile in training up until recently!

Dermot “metronome” Faughnan and the ever improving Kieran Murphy led Clonliffe home in a epic ding dong battle, just shaded by Dermot.

Kieran is like an old reserve wine, that gets better with age, A 61.36 PB!

The finish zone had drinks and cakes available.The race Brief had included a map location for a refreshment hall and separate race results HQ?

There were no signs or stewards at the finish HQ directing back to the refreshment hall? The observant amongst you will recall the location map was advised in an e mail? But, we don’t  race with a map stuffed in our shorts? This is not Orienteering?

The refreshment hall mystery was raised on social media.If you were local,you knew where it was? Whats the point in that for the humble blow in?

Apparently,the location was on the way to the OPW car park.How about a sign next time?

So back to the car and ready to eat my fingers!

So what become of the lashings of barn brack and sandwiches left untouched at the refreshment hall?Is there a barn brack mountain in the Boyne Valley?

Will the barn brack be stored in one of those Meat Factory freezers and then knocked out to the BHAA who love that sort of thing?

Or…and I’m just putting it out there,were refreshments really just the preserve of the locals??

Overall, it was a good race .we had 2 61 mins and 2 65mins,if we knew there a team competition,(there was!)we would have entered and may have placed?

Stephen ran 67,a good preparation for Rotterdam.

Roll on the Hague for my group ,a flat fast half,competing with the tallest runners in Europe.


Maurice”mo” McCrohan

Sunday Round up: AAI Games, Flynner goes sub 50, more

A busy Sunday for Clonliffe athletes. Starting off at the NIA Abbotstown for the AAI Indoor Games where Luke Lennon-Ford won his 400 after an excellent battle with Jason Harvey (Crusaders) in 48.53. A win also for Keith Marks, this time in the High Jump, with a best of 1.90m. In the 60m Leo Morgan ran 6.97 in his heat, Keith Marks 7.09 after a stumble out of blocks, Keith Pike 7.04 and 7.02, Isreal Ibeanu 7.41, 7.36 and then a 23.30 200.

In the middle distance events both Hannah Browne 2.23.50 and Ale Hernandez (2.23.90) record 800 pbs. Shaun Coanghan ran 2.06.15. In the 3000 Efron Gidey 8.55.14 and Eoin Taggart a pb of 8.56.04. Then in the race of the day a great run by Richie Owens in the 1500 to 4th place in 3.54.25.

On the roads Dave Flynn went sub 50 over 10! He placed 2nd in the John Treacy Dungarven 10 mile (49.47)

Also over 10 Miles several club members took in the Trim 10: Dermot Faughnan 61.29, Kieran Murphy 61.36, Maurice McCrohan 65.12, Jeremy Chapman 65.21, Stephen Treacy 67.42, Ollie Power 74.14, Anthony O`Brien 82.24, Sinead Duffy 82.38 and Caroline Hynes 83.12 (Thanks indeed to Maurice McCrohan for results)

News from Spain where today Emer Treacy finished in an excellent 3rd place over the 4,000 distance at the Extremadura Regional Cross Country Championships in Badajoz. The course was very dry and undulating and with the air temperature at just 3c (Irish Weather!) Emer led the first 2k only to be pegged back in the closing stages to finish in a very satisfying 3rd place.

Weekend round up (updated)

Saturday on the roads: Phoenix Park, Dublin for the Donore Jingle Bells 5k where Efron Gidey was the first Clonliffe athlete home in 20th place in 15.37, Thomas Sherlock was 25th in 15.54. Others Eleanor Alexander 17.47, Emma Cooper 19.24, Jean Carr 20.44, Emma Harding 26.09.

Sergiu Ciobanu was 2nd in the Waterford Half Marathon (66.34) with David Flynn 4th (67.09).

Also on December 2nd Aaron Hanlon got his Indoor season underway for Providence College finishing 4th in his 5000 (14.29.47) at the Fordham Classic at Boston University.

On Sunday the 3rd Emer Treacy won a 3.5k road race on a hilly course around the streets of the old town in Cáceres, Spain.

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.

Gary wins his 5th Three Quarter Marathon plus more

After his superb run in Berlin Gary O`Hanlon continued his excellent form with a win today in the Three Quarter Marathon in Longwood, County Meath. Gary won in a time of 1.49.15. This was his 5th win in the last 6 years: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and now 2017. Next up is the Dublin Marathon in three week`s time.

Also in action today was Brian MacMahon 6th in the Cork County Cross Country Championships.

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)

Scullion wins Frank Duffy 10, updated to include Championship results

Stephen Scullion was the winner of the big weekend road race, the Frank Duffy 10/Dublin Championship this morning in the Phoenix Park in an impressive 50.36. Scullion hit the front around the 7 mile mark and by the finish had opened a winning margin of around a minute and a half.

Next two Clonliffe home, from the near 40 racing were, Karl Nolan 58.15 and David Brady 60.20.

The Frank Duffy race doubles as the Dublin Championships. Results of that event show Scullion as 1st in the championship. In the women`s W40 Maura Matthews was 3rd and in the team W35 the Clonliffe women placed 1st (Maura, Emma Cooper and Laura Kiernan)

Full Clonliffe results:

3 Stephen Scullion Male 1 MS 1 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:34:46 1 00:50:37 1 00:50:36 1
4494 Karl Nolan Male 24 MS 11 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:40:16 18 00:58:18 24 00:58:16 24
2074 David Brady Male 50 M35 18 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:41:50 55 01:00:20 53 01:00:17 55
405 Matt McGuinness Male 81 M35 27 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:42:59 88 01:01:53 85 01:01:48 85
3695 Dermot Faughnan Male 89 M35 30 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:43:30 98 01:02:27 93 01:02:19 93
5499 Shane Caffrey Male 124 MS 38 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:44:33 133 01:04:11 129 01:04:00 130
852 James Dunne Male 238 M35 77 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:47:27 297 01:07:55 252 01:07:41 266
5251 Maura Matthews Female 22 F40 7 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:48:08 341 01:09:43 336 01:09:38 359
1364 Mick Gleeson Male 416 M40 107 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:49:23 460 01:11:40 454 01:11:05 453
5230 Emma Cooper Female 40 F40 10 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:50:44 581 01:11:49 464 01:11:10 457
686 Colm Leonard Male 453 M50 26 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:50:13 538 01:12:28 498 01:11:50 499
1488 Niall Markey Male 481 M50 33 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:50:00 515 01:12:58 530 01:12:19 529
1110 Alan Curley Male 501 M35 158 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:50:14 540 01:13:15 552 01:12:36 546
4477 Alan Townsend Male 528 M45 53 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:51:39 670 01:13:51 582 01:12:54 571
980 Emer Brennan Female 74 FS 31 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:53:13 831 01:15:54 707 01:15:15 725
675 Laura Kernan Female 89 F40 24 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:54:04 934 01:17:04 777 01:16:24 804
1116 Alison O’Sullivan Female 98 F40 27 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:53:11 827 01:17:43 830 01:17:03 872
1372 Shane Rooney Male 809 M40 206 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:54:52 1017 01:18:55 923 01:18:13 958
1628 Aideen Brady Female 118 F35 29 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:54:48 1007 01:19:25 949 01:18:45 1011
256 Anne Lyons Female 190 F50 10 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:57:36 1418 01:22:33 1214 01:22:07 1349
3316 Melissa Curran Female 209 F35 46 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:57:16 1376 01:23:18 1284 01:22:35 1396
805 Ollie Power Male 1098 M45 135 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:56:10 1227 01:23:44 1317 01:20:15 1173
4218 Evelyn Brennan Female 259 F50 16 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:58:50 1603 01:25:18 1429 01:24:35 1586
3025 Darren Horgan Male 1224 M35 340 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 00:59:40 1720 01:26:17 1509 01:24:59 1640
685 Ciara O’Regan Female 295 F35 66 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:00:52 1887 01:26:25 1529 01:24:40 1594
677 Niall O’Connor Male 1279 M40 314 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:01:02 1916 01:27:23 1599 01:26:41 1819
786 Anthony O’Brien Male 1340 M50 102 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:00:04 1777 01:28:26 1683 01:26:42 1821
1714 Yvonne McDonough Female 369 F40 95 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:00:33 1849 01:29:13 1761 01:25:52 1739
1171 Janette Reid Female 414 F45 48 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:00:13 1802 01:30:42 1894 01:26:54 1839
180 Caroline Hynes Female 491 F35 115 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:01:28 1981 01:32:47 2073 01:29:33 2111
269 Katie Hennigan Female 525 FS 157 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:03:49 2351 01:33:53 2165 01:30:32 2227
872 Joanne McCabe Female 638 F40 167 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:05:28 2579 01:37:00 2450 01:33:39 2516
3250 Vivienne Byrne Female 725 F40 189 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:07:32 2855 01:38:53 2603 01:35:23 2684
2930 Karen McAffee Female 856 F35 205 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:07:01 2789 01:41:37 2846 01:38:16 2942
4051 Lorraine Sherwood Female 945 F50 57 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:07:47 2902 01:43:19 3000 01:38:48 3001
4424 Ciaran O’Hare Male 2122 M45 297 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:10:37 3220 01:46:34 3207 01:40:25 3142
1557 David Lyons Male 2252 M50 176 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:13:05 3443 01:54:18 3600 01:47:54 3568
857 Niall Gorman Male 2389 M40 530 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:37:04 4094 02:28:32 4130 02:22:09

Rooney`s back!

Fantastic news from Portmarnock tonight the return to racing of Colm Rooney. There had been whispers of Colm back in training. Then back doing sessions in Malahide Castle. Then doing pretty good sessions and then possibly a come back race. Well tonight it happened. Portmarnock 10k 1st Colm Rooney, 32.04! Rooney beating Raheny`s Freddy Sittuk by a second.

Also in the Portmarnock 5k Declan Hetherington ran 27.15, and meanwhile in Naas Mark Dowling tried to get a sneaky one in: Naas 5k 3rd 18.48.


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