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Roads: Sergiu wins in Dunshaughlin plus more

The big race of the weekend was the Dunshaughlin 10k last night where Sergiu Ciobanu was the winner in 30.12. Gary Murray was 4th in 31.25, sandwiching Kenyan pairing of Peter Somba (Dunshaughlin) and Freddy Keron (Raheny) in 2nd and 3rd. A good run also from Sean Doran 22nd (33.39) and a pb for Robert Reid of 35.54 (3rd O/50). Full results can be found on

There was a win also for David Mansfield in the Waterford Quarter Marathon (36.32)

Also today (Sunday) Stephen Scullion was 14th in the BAA Boston 10k Road Race in 30.47.

Weekend Round up: Kenneally races again! (updated)

Great to see Mark Kenneally back racing today. In glorious conditions Mark took to the roads in the Phoenix Park for the Irish Runner 5 Mile, his first race in several years, to finish 7th in 25.24. Also running was mark Dowling (30.25) Results are on

Saturday evening in county Donegal David Flynn won the Buncrana 10k in 31.52, some three and a half minutes clear.

On Thursday at the Drogheda and District Graded Meet: 800 B Fergal O`Shea 2.21.81,  800 C Ciara Peelo 2.27.7 and 3000 A Declan Power 9.27.79.

Sunday the Sherlock brothers took in the Castleknock 10k, where Thomas was 3rd (17.03) and Niall 8th (18.40)

Midweek round up

During the week Eoin Pierce ran 3.50.85 finishing 10th in Watford BMC 1500 B on Wednesday. The previous week Jayme Rossister ran 3.56.13 in Loughborough while over the weekend Simon Galligan was competing in Luxemburg throwing the hammer 56.47m.

Closer to home at the Raheny Summer Series 2 mile on Tuesday Sean Doran was a comfortable winner in 10.18 with Thomas Ward 3rd in 10.49.

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).

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Mid week road race round up

In addition to last night`s Clonliffe Grand Prix race (report later) there were two other races last night. First off Conor Healy was 4th (15.59) in the Star of the Sea 5k Road race, with David Brady 9th (17.33). In Dunboyne the Government Services 5 Mile (BHAA) took place, results thanks to Colm Doran, 7th Sean Doran 26.22, 20th Conor Keane 27.37 , a new pb Matt McGuinness 29.26, Kieran Murphy 30.15.

Weekend Round up: 5000 win for O`Brien plus more

In torrential rain for much of yesterday`s Intervarsities Match at Morton Stadium Adam O`Brien enjoyed a gun to tape win over 5000 (15.21.63-unofficial) in the green vest.

Also yesterday in Tullamore at the Bertie Quinn Track & Field Cian Bolger ran 2.02.68 in pretty horrible weather. In the 200 Snezana Bechtina was 3rd (26.01).

On Saturday evening Eoin Pierce ran a good 1500 at the BMC Sportscity Meet in Manchester running a season`s best of 3.52.80.

On the roads today (Sunday the 28th) Stephen Scullion ran a fine 10k in the Great Manchester Run to 7th place in 29.25. David Brady won the Newtownmountkenndey 5k over an undulating road/trail course in 17.27.

Today, at Morton Stadium, at the AAI Games there was a second pb in a week for Cathal Doyle this time in the 1500 (3.55.97). Andri Mahin, more noted as a hurdler, high jumper and triple jumper ran a 2.02.00 800 placing 6th and another pb for Shaun Connaghan 2.02.63 just behind in 7th. in the 400 there was a Clonliffe one two: Leah Bergin 1st (57.23) and Emma Kelly 2nd (60.12). Leah Moore was 4th in the 200 (24.88).

Weekend Roads Round up: Inis Oirr and Battle of Clontarf

The Sherlock brothers made their annual trip to the Western Islands this Easter weekend for the Cleasathon Inis Oirr 7k and 10k. Needless to say being out in the Atlantic Ocean the course was as beautiful as it was tough. Huge hills, close to 400m elevation to be endured by the 10K runners, all of 100 less in the 7k, making for a pretty savage race. The boys came out on top once again. Tom had it all his own way in the 10k race with a gun to flag win in 36.40, whilst older brother Niall had to battle all the way as he made it a Sherlock and Clonliffe double winning the 7k in 26.30.

On the subject of battles Clonliffe athletes took to the roads of Clontarf/Raheny for the Battle of Clontarf 10m, this was also the Leinster 10 Mile Championship. First club man home was Dave Brady 12th in 58.40. Others Maurice McCrohan 66.43, Alan Worrall 66.50.

(Pictured at Clontarf 10: Dave Brady, Maurice McCrohan, Declan Power, an innocent bystander, and Alan Worrall)

St. Patrick`s weekend round up (updated)

St Patrick`s Day itself: Balbriggan 10k saw a super 3rd place finish for Karl Nolan (35.53). Whilst in the half marathon Alan Hughes ran 1.33.35 and Alison O`Sullivan 1.43.54.

On Sunday the 19th the big race was the MSB St. Patrick`s Festival 5k on the streets of Dublin where Cathal Doyle had a very good run placing 2nd, 5 seconds off MSB`s John Coghlan, Cathal recording a time of 15.18. Also in this race 34th Sean Doran (17.23), Emma Cooper 19.11, Caroline Hynes 28.42 and Deirdre Acheson 37.01.

Daragh Cullen was 25th in the Lismullen 10k today in 42.27.

Across the water good to see Stephen Scullion back racing. At the Reading Half Marathon he finished 16th clocking a time of 68.17 today. Sarah McCormack in that same half race 78.22. Also Liam Roarty ran a 10k PB of 33.23 in today`s Eastleigh 10k placing 25th from a field of over 2,300 starters.

There was a Clonliffe win this weekend courtesy of David Mansfield in the Dungarvan 10k in a time of 31.52.

Worrall`s World: The Ballycotton 10

Alan Worrall reports from the Co. Cork classic: Its mid-March, and it can only mean one thing, the Ballycotton 10-mile road race in East Cork has come around again. The 2017 staging of the race saw a new winner but a very familiar face on the roads/ country of Ireland.  Raheny Shamrocks Mick Clossihey added the title of king of the road in Ballycotton to his CV. Our man Sergiu was second, but its early season and Sergiu will be motivated now for the upcoming season ahead.

The Weather Girl on the Saturday evening spoke of a clear dry day with possible temperatures in the low teens. I awoke on Sunday morning to a blast of sun from the other end of the room in North Cork where I was staying.  This was more than an incentive to get moving and heading to Ballycotton.  Such is the popularity of the race over 4,0000 souls had secured an entry.  Without doubt the running boom is not abating and as we can see from races around country, organize a quality and safe event runners of all shapes and sizes will come. For those of have never ran the race. “It is without doubt one of the best road races in the

country”.  I was joined this year by a bunch of harriers running the race for the first time. It was great to see Aisling, Mark, Niall M, Niall O’G and Stephen plus Ballycotton regulars like Sergiu and Kieran Murphy before the race.

“Mr. Ballycotton” himself, John Walshe and his crew of organizers and officials run and manage a truly great race the fact that the race has been ran every year since 1978 is a record. For the 40th edition everyone who completed the race got a t-shirt along with the much sot of mug.

In respect to myself it was my 15th time to run the race and is always one of the highlights on my racing calendar.  Clubs represented include: Leevale, Togher A.C, Donore, West Waterford, Galway City Harriers, Kilkenny AC, Celbridge Ac, Raheny Shamrocks, Sports world, Dunboyne A.C, Tullamore etc plus Clonliffe Harriers.

“Well we are all here again for the Ballycotton 10” goes the song, and at 13:30hrs we are off down past the Grotto then the Schooner and Blackbird Pub’s and past the Hall and out of the village. The sun was 

out and we had a fair breeze up to the 5-mile mark as is usual for the race and its reputation the spectators were out in force on the route.  The sight of the 5 Mile mark at the famous Ballymaloe house is always a lift in its self. I passed through the first 5 miles in 32 mins 55 secs. On the way, home now, the wind had abated plus it was getting warmer, now to put the foot down the sight of the Lighthouse is always a lift. The final mile and ½ you need to keep something in reserve, Ballycotton version of Boston’s “Heart Break Hill” awaits. I push again past the Schooner 600 meters to go.   Then the Grotto is on my left an athlete from Eagle AC is the target to beat and I do that. The announcer lists the names of the finishers. Then I am over the line and with a time of 67 Mins and 6 Secs.  A recent chest infection had hindered my training for the past 2 weeks but I was happy non-the less.

To conclude well done to all the runners, supporters and organizers.  John Walshe and crew again well done the race is without doubt on of the highlights of my racing calendar every year. It’s a race worth doing so put it in your diary for 2018.  As they say in the slogan “A Classic Race at a Classic Distance”


New changes this year worked very well a new baggage area plus a bigger field to park in meant we all had to be at the start a bit earlier.

The Rooney Review: Clonliffe athletes take on the three Bs

Shane Rooney reports: On Sunday 12th March, Clonliffe Harries athletes were like spring lambs being allowed out for the first time. All the athletes have started the 2017 road season in fine form with many achieving PBs.

The racing day began in sunny Barcelona with two of Pam’s ladies, Mary Lillis and Katie Hennigan, taking on the challenging Barcelona Marathon. Not daunted by the 26.2 miles, warm temperatures or large field, Mary and Katie soaked up the atmosphere to finish the distance smiling and have set themselves up for a great 2017. As both ladies took a well-earned rest and having laid down the gauntlet for their training mates it was back to Ireland and next up was the Bohermeen Half Marathon.

Several Clonliffe athletes competed in his morning`s Meath Spring 10k and Half Marathon in Bohermeen. In the 10k top man was Conor Keane in 9th place (36.08), with Richard Mannion 18th (38.16) Sean Doran lead the club members home in the half marathon in 12th place in a fine 77.42, Dave Brady was a second in arrears 77.43. A quartet from Pamela Cooper & Ben Lawler’s training group toed the line in the Meath Spring Half Marathon at Bohermeen Co. Meath. The group, feeling the benefits of the winter cross-country and track training, were led home by Anthony Doran in a PB time off 1:26:55, followed by Paul O’Loughlin at 1:29:22 who was very closely followed by Mick Birmingham’s PB of 1:29:51. Caroline Hynes ended a successful race for Clonliffe Harries in a time of 1:51:21. As the foursome noshed on the soup and sandwiches provided by Bohermeen AC, they handed over the baton to the Ballycotton 10-mile squad.

Ballycotton 10-mile is iconic race and is always a sell-out, this year was extra special as it was celebrating its 40th anniversary. With Ben’s last minute advice ringing in their ears “leave something for the hills at the end”, the Clonliffe Athletes were raring to go when the starting whistle was blown.  With Sergiu Ciobanu setting the pace, finishing in 2nd place in 49.45, behind Raheny`s Mick Clohisey, the Clonliffe squad were in impressive form, Kieran Murphy crossed the line in 63:37, Mark Dowling 64:19, Niall Gorman 65:35, Alan Worrell 67:06, Stephen Tracey 67:52, Niall Markey 68:14 and the vice ladies captain, Aisling Andrews, glided across the line in 69:38.  The squad earned a well-earned rest and celebrated in County Cork by raising a glass to the start of the 2017 road season.

Pam, Ben & Eugene’s winter training has their athletes ready for what promises to be an exciting year of road races.

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced during the weekend and keep digging in.




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