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Grand Prix Report: The Walker Cup – 4 Mile Track Race

The 50th running of The Walker Cup took place tonight as the 2016 Grand Prix Series resumed after the summer break. Race results reported by Liam Hennessy as follows;
41 Finishers – 17 Degrees – Dry – (Fair breeze in home straight).
Results:
1. Tom Sherlock – 21.34
2. Sean Doran – 22.21
3. Conor Keane – 22.44
4. Ernie Ramsey – 22.55
5. Dermot Faughnan – 23.38
6. Niall Sherlock – 23.56
7. Matt Mc Guinness – 24.01
8. Shane Casey – 24.24
9. Niall Gorman – 24.36
10. Richard Mannion – 25.01
11. Colm Mc Donnell – 25.41
12. Stephen Tracey – 25.42
13. Liam Hennessy – 26.27
14. Trevor Wisdom – 26.30
15. Maura Matthews – 26.33
16. Mick Gleeson – 26.35
17. Carl Nolan – 27.02
18. Shane Rooney – 27.19
19. Richie Barr – 27.25
20. Ashling Andrews – 27.29
21. Ciara Peelo – 27.48
22. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 28.01
23. Aimee Aherne – 28.37
24. Clodagh Moriarty – 28.48
25. Laura Kernan – 28.51
26. Niall Markey – 29.05
27. Declan Grant – 29.05
28. Niall O’ Connor – 30.16
29. Brid Beausang – 30.22
30. Ollie Carroll – 30.23
31. Claire Roche – 30.26
32. Martin Cavanagh – 30.40
33. Anne Lyons – 31.28
34. Mel Curran – 31.31
35. Anthony O’ Brien – 31.42
36. Mark Dowling – 31.43
37. Terry Mee – 32.47
38. Dave – 32.52
39. Colm Doran – 33.21
40. Shay Byrne – 33.36
41. Dave Brady – 33.52
My apologies if i misspelt any name above.
Thanks to Pamela Cooper, who sponsored the prizes for tonight’s race.
Next Race – Thursday, September 15th8pm – The Bonass Trophy / Club Championship 10,000 metres – Morton Stadium.
See you all there – Remember, this is the last track race of the Grand Prix Series for 2016, so hope to see a great turnout for what should be a great race !!!

50th running of The Walker Cup tonight

After the Summer break the 2016 Grand Prix Series is back in action in the Morton Stadium tonight September 1st for the 50th running of the Walker Cup. Sadly this will also be the first running of the Walker Cup since the death of Frazer Walker last December.

The Walker Cup is now 50 years old. It is one of the top Clonliffe club races, a 4 mile track race with a history going back to 1966. The cup was presented to the club by the Walker family that year. The Walkers had a long tradition with Clonliffe Harriers going right back to the near foundings of the club when George Frazer Walker in 1893 joined the then 7 year old club, two years later he was on the Clonliffe National Junior Cross Country team that won the first National title for the young club. Some seven years later he was club President.

George`s four sons were also Clonliffe Harriers, the Clonliffe National Senior Cross Country winning team featured three of the four: George, Charles and Albert. George Junior followed in his father`s foot steps and was Clonliffe President in 1936.

In turn George junior`s sons also became members of Clonliffe, these third generation Clonliffe Walkers included Frazer. In 1953 Frazer became the third generation Walker to win the National Cross Country team title. Over the years Clonliffe athletes have raced on the 16 laps of Santry as a cinder, tartan and now mondo track battling for the honour of winning this prestigious race.

That first running of the Walker Cup, 50 years ago, was on July 10th 1966, a Saturday morning. It was 20 days before England won the World Cup. 50 years later the Walker Cup is still going strong, the same can`t be said for the England football team!! The first winner 50 years ago was Terry Purcell, it`ll be very interesting to see who wins on the race`s 50th running. Pamela Cooper is a generous sponsor of the prizes for tonight`s race.

Grand Prix News: Thursday night is Walker Cup night

After the Summer break the 2015 Grand Prix Series will roar back into action in the Morton Stadium on Thursday night, September 3rd for round 12 of 16 The Walker Cup.

The Walker Cup is one of the top Clonliffe club races, a 4 mile track race. The cup was presented to the club by the Walker family back in 1966. The walkers have a long tradition with Clonliffe Harriers going right back to the near foundings of the club when George Frazer Walker in 1893 joined the then 7 year old club, two years later he was on the Clonliffe National Junior Cross Country team that won the first National title for the young club. Some seven years later he was club President.

George`s four sons were also Clonliffe Harriers, the Clonliffe National Senior Cross Country winning team featured three of the four: George, Charles and Albert. George Junior followed in his father`s foot steps and was Clonliffe President in 1936.

In turn George junior`s sons also became members of Clonliffe, these third generation Clonliffe Walkers included Frazer, who`d be well know to most of the current members. In 1953 Frazer became the third generation Walker to win the National Cross Country team title.

The Walkers were famed for winning the Irish 4 mile track title hence the Walker Cup being a 4 mile track race. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Walker Cup.

Thursday`s race will be as usual run as a sealed handicap with an 8.00pm start. As this race is a Clonliffe club race any member of the club is welcome to run. Grand Prix members running are requested to attend the post race social/presentation, and anyone not competing is request to come along to help officiate.

The remaining Grand Prix Races are:

Round 12: Thursday 3rd of September – The Walker Cup (4 Mile) Morton Stadium 8 p.m.

Round 13: Thursday 24th of September – Bonass Trophy/Club 10,000m – Morton stadium 8pm.

Round 14: Saturday 3rd of October – Ahern Cup/Club 10 Mile – Maladide Castle 12 noon.

Round 15: Saturday 9th of November – Horan Cup 6mile XC – Santry Demesne 12 noon.

Round 16: Saturday 28th of November – Irwin Cup 6k XC – Santry Demesne 12 noon.

 

Grand Prix Series resumes with Walker Cup

The 2014 Clonliffe Grand Prix Series resumes after the August break with Thursday night`s Walker Cup 4 Mile in the stadium at 8.00pm.

The Walker Cup is one of the top Clonliffe club races. The first race taking place some 48 years ago, meaning that 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of the Walker Cup. The race is a four mile handicap race (it`s a sealed handicap so all runners start together), the cup was presented to Clonliffe  by the Walker family in honour of Charles and George Walker who had both been National 4 Mile champions in the 1920s and were both members of the Clonliffe National Cross Country winning team in 1925.

The race is now one of the corner stones of the Grand Prix Series. The organisers will have times recorded on Thursday not only for the 4 mile but also at the 5000m mark.

The 2014 Series is currently lead by one of our guests Dermot Kelly (Portmarnock) as he tries to emulate the series win in 2012 of his club mate Ray Dunne, on 259 points, a mere 6 ahead of Richard Case (253) with Trevor Wisdom waiting to pick up vital points in 3rd on 229. Sinead Smith also lies in a good position only 2 points behind Trevor, and who knows she may become the first woman to claim overall victory in  Grand Prix Series. It`s all to play for as the series reaches this vital stage with only 5 races to go. Thursday`s race will be crucial.

Top 10 Leaderboard

Dermot  Kelly 259
Richard Case 253
Trevor Wisdom 229
Sinead Smith 227
Shane Casey 225
Liam Hennessy 219
Thomas Sherlock 217
Rachel Wisdom 211
Claude McMenamon 207
Clive Ahern 205

Walker Cup 2011

Sep 9, 2011 [Grand Prix Committee] The following are the Grand prix results, points allocated and overall positions following the 4 mile track race which took place on 8th September, kindly sponsored by Frazer Walker. We had 33 runners finishing, first home was Darren Reilly in 22.07, followed by Ernie Ramsey 22.28 and Conor Delaney in 22.34.

 

Congratulations to the winners in the Grand Prix, Bernie Byrne, Kevin Dowling and Ger Kirwan. Thanks to all the race officials on the night

 

Race results

First Name Surname Time Darren Reilly(Guest) 22:07
Ernie Ramsey 22:28 Conor Delaney 22:34 Colm Hickey 22:50 Gerard Kirwan 22:56 Thomas Sherlock 23:15 Clive Ahern 23:16 Philip O’Doherty 23:23 Declan Ryan 23:39 Joe Phipps 23:43 Tom Griffin 23:59
Robert Beckett 00:24:07 Kieran Murphy 24:17 Tom Monks 24:42
Paddy Tuite 25:25 Fergus Keenan 25:28 Alan Worrall 25:31 Declan Murray 26:06 Kevin Dowling 26:08 Colm Doran 26:23 Frank Devitt 26:28
Trevor Wisdom 26:30 Sean McGoldrick 26:38 Pat Healy 27:19 Bernie Byrne 27:35 Richard Connolly 28:11 Pat O’Rourke 28:14 Liam Hennessy 28:16 Terry Mee 28:43 Pat Devitt 28:44 Richard Barr 29:06 Dave Brady 30:09 Jim Bennett (Guest) 31:22

Grand prix results

First Name Surname Actual Predicted Diff Points

Bernie Byrne 27:35 28:19 44 30 Kevin Dowling 26:08 26:44 36 29 Gerard Kirwan 22:56 23:26 30 28 Colm Doran 26:23 26:39 16 27 Pat O’Rourke 28:14 28:29 15 26 Robert Beckett 24:07 24:14 7 25 Colm Hickey 22:50 22:55 5 24 Declan Ryan 23:39 23:42 3 23 Conor Delaney 22:34 22:37 3 22 Frank Devitt 26:28 26:30 2 21 Pat Healy 27:19 27:15 -4 20 Paddy Tuite 25:25 25:09 -16 19 Tom Griffin 23:59 23:41 -18 18 Tom Monks 24:42 24:22 -20 17 Clive Ahern 23:16 22:56 -20 16 Philip O’Doherty 23:23 22:56 -27 15 Joe Phipps 23:43 23:09 -34 14 Trevor Wisdom 26:30 25:54 -36 13
Richard Barr 29:06 28:28 -38 12 Sean McGoldrick 26:38 25:59 -39 11
Thomas Sherlock 23:15 00:22:34 -41 10 Alan Worrall 00:25:31 24:47 -44 9
Terry Mee 28:43 27:55 -48 8 Declan Murray 26:06 25:05 -61 7 Ernie Ramsey 22:28 21:23 -65 6 Kieran Murphy 24:17 23:11 -66 5 Fergus Keenan 25:28 23:35 -113 4 Liam Hennessy 28:16 25:57 -139 3 Dave Brady 30:09 27:42 -147 2 Pat Devitt 28:44 25:38 -186 1

Yellow Jersey

Position First Name Surname Total 1 Paddy Tuite 145 2 Colm Hickey 122 3 Fergus Keenan 113 4 Frank Devitt 109 5 Gerard Kirwan 106 6 Sean Doran 103 7 Robert Beckett 102 8 Eoin Murray 101
9 Philip O’Doherty 93 10 Conor Delaney 88 11 Maurice McCrohan 87
12 Kevin Dowling 87 13 Pat O’Rourke 86 14 Bernie Byrne 86 15 Jeremy Chapman 85 16 Trevor Wisdom 85 17 Richard Connolly 79 18 Colm Breen 78 19 Dave Brady 76 20 Joe Phipps 64 21 Colm Doran 64 22 Pat Healy 63 23 Kieran Murphy 62 24 Declan Murray 62 25 Shay Byrne 60 26 Clive Ahern 60 27 Ernie Ramsey 56 28 Liam Hennessy 51 29 Mark Bermingham49 30 Tom Sherlock 49 31 Tom Monks 47 32 Thomas Frayne 45 33 Sean McGoldrick45 34 Fergus Wheatley 43 35 Declan Ryan 43 36 Pat Devitt 41 37 Richard Barr 41 38 Tom Griffin 34 39 Terry Mee 32 40 Karen Kinsella 28 41 Eugene McCarrick 27 42 Sinead hartnett 25 43 Ian McDowell 25 44 Alan Worrall 25 45 Collette McKenny 18 46 Christy Reilly 15 47 Noel Daly 7 48 Derek Reilly 6
49 Aine McCann 5 50 Pat Bonass 5

Green Jersey

Pos First Name Surname Total 1 Ernie Ramsey 20 2 Conor Delaney 19 3 Philip O’Doherty 17 4 Eoin Murray 11 5 Mark Bermingham8
6 Clive Ahern 7 7 Tom Sherlock 7 8 Sean Doran 6 9 Ger Kirwan 5
10 Fergus Keenan 3 11 Colm Hickey 3 12 Robert Beckett 1

Connolly wins Walker Cup

The 45th running of the Walker Cup took place in Morton Stadium last Thursday evening. As race starter Maurice Ahern call the athletes to the line at 8.00PM the wind picked up on the home straight and the heavens opened making for a refreshing race unlikely to produce any personal bests.

 

As is the norm Ernie Ramsey took off from the start with Colm Groom, Philip O’Doherty and Clonliffe US based athlete Gerry Deegan for company. As the race progressed Ernie pulled away winning comfortably in the end. Philip and Colm had a ding dong battle over the last few laps with 2th place up for grabs with the master taking the spot and the pupil settling for 3th spot.

 

Further down the field good runs by Maurice McCrohan 23.42, Tom Monks 24.35 and Richard Connolly 27.03.

 

Pos  Name  Actual Time 1  Ernie Ramsey  22.49 2  Philip O’Doherty  23.21 3  Colm Groome(GUEST)  23.23 4  Gerry Deegan(GUEST)  23.36 5  Maurice McCrohan  23.42 6  Clive Ahern(GUEST)  24.32 7  Tom Monks  24.35 8  Kieran Murphy(GUEST) 25.12 9  Alan Worrall  25.19 10  Stephen Byrne  25.32 11  Declan Murray  25.55 12  Paddy Tuite  26.08 13  Sean Doran  26.31 14  Colm Breen  26.53 15  Richard Connolly  27.03 16  Pat Devitt  27.08 17  Colm Doran  27.25 18  Richard Barr  27.47 19  Frank Devitt  27.56 20  Shay Byrne  29.07 21  Pat O’Rourke  29.30 22  Terry Mee  30.09 23  Trevor Wisdom(GUEST) 31.05 24  Pat Healy   31.16

The Walker Cup is a handicap race and is presented to the athlete that beats his handicap by the greatest margin. Richard Connolly took this year’s title with Pat O’Rourke in 2th place and Sean Doran in 3rd place.

 

Club President Paddy Marley presented a gleeming Walker Cup to Richard Connolly on behalf of Frazer Walker.

 

Pos  Name  Diff  Yellow Points 1  Richard Connolly  -116  30 2  Pat O’Rourke  -48  25 3  Sean Doran  -43  20 4  Richard Barr  -22  19 5  Alan Worrall  -20  18 6  Maurice McCrohan  0  17 7  Paddy Tuite  15  16 8  Stephen Byrne  17  15 9  Shay Byrne  19  14 10  Pat Devitt  29  13 11  Declan Murray  30  12 12  Dave Brady  40  11 13  Colm Breen  46  10 14  Philip O’Doherty  47  9 14  Colm Doran  47  9 16  Frank Devitt  50  7 17  Ernie Ramsey  86  6 18  Tom Monks   192  5 19  Pat Healy   239  4 20  Terry Mee   515  3

Leader-boards to follow.

Special thanks to our race sponsor Frazer Walker and the Walker family. To our officials on the night Pat Bonass, Maurice Ahern, Mark Birmingham, Caroline Tuite, Declan Hetherington and Tony Wesby.

McCarrick wins Walker Cup

Nov 6, 2009 [Stephen Byrne] The 44th running of the Walker Cup took place on a damp cold evening in Morton Stadium yesterday. The first competitive race on the unpainted track under the lights I believe was a great occasion. Unfortunately our race sponsor Frazer Walker missed his first Walker Cup in a long time due to illness, he missed a smashing race and we all wish him well.

25 athletes toed the line including the Club Secretary Noel Guiden whom had difficulty scaling the high gates surrounding the track leading to a minor calf tear and a serious ankle injury. Being the great battler we know him to be he was not content to run a mere 16 laps he put in a 17th for good measure.

At the sharp end of the race a pack of six athletes took off at the start and quickly got into their stride. By the fourth lap Philip O’Doherty, Ernie Ramsey, Jeremy Walsh and Niall Sherlock were lapping the field. Colm Doran, Noel Guiden and Declan Murray had their own early joust with Colm doing the early work, and then Noel. Not content they were going fast enough Declan set off and left them in his wake.

With 800m to go Niall Sherlock pulled away with Philip coming home in 2th place with yellow jersey holder Ernie Ramsey in 3th place.

Great individual times recorded including Tom Monks, Paul Carolan, Pat Bonass.

The race was also the last outing before the British and Irish Masters International event on November 14th for Grand Prix trio Philip O’Dohery, Pat Bonass, and Pat Healy. Best of luck lads.

When the handicaps were taken into account Eugene McCarrick took his first win in a number of years with Pat O’Rourke in 2th and Declan Murray in 3th place.

The presentation of prizes will take place on Saturday 21st of November at the Grand Prix dinner.

Grand Prix Results and leader-board to follow.

Actual times as follows:

Name RaceTime Niall Sherlock 00:22:11 Philip O’Doherty 00:22:14 Ernie Ramsey 00:22:19 Joe Cooper 00:22:27 Jeremy Walsh 00:22:47 Dermot Travelan 00:23:14 Tom Monks 00:23:33 Noel Cullen 00:24:10 Paul Carolan 00:24:39 Alan Worrall 00:25:46 Eugene McCarrick 00:25:52 Declan Murray 00:25:53 Noel Guiden 00:26:20 Pat Bonass 00:26:32 Colm Doran 00:27:17 Richard Connolly 00:27:18 Colm Breen 00:27:22 Pat Healy 00:27:23 Trevor Wisdom 00:27:29 Shay Byrne 00:27:38 Frank Devitt 00:27:43 Eric Kennedy 00:27:50 Pat O’Rourke 00:28:09 Sean Doran 00:28:36 Dave Brady 00:28:43

Many thanks to the officials on the night.

Clonliffe Coach Ronan Mulveny shows how it’s done

Clonliffe juvenile coach, Ronan Mulveny, in his comeback race performed superbly in the Walker Cup 4 Mile track race held on Thursday the 6th of October to claim victory in this prestigious event. This was indeed an auspicious occasion being the 40th running of the Walker Cup which was donated to the club in 1966 by the Walker family who were once again represented by Frazier Walker and again Frazier was the race sponsor. This was also round 13 in the 2005 Grand Prix series.

Once again the Walker Cup was held in ideal weather conditions on an exceptionally mild early October night with an entry of 24 athletes.

The pick of the crop was undoubtedly Michael McDiarmiada who hit the front from the start and literally ran away from the rest of the field.

Once again David Brennan was the fastest grand prix man running another superb race – his training companions can only look and wonder. Also in this lead bunch were Tom Monks, Tom Griffin, Martin Tracey and William Stafford.

A second group comprising of Philip O’Doherty, Ronan Mulveny and Maurice McCrohan were in pursuit, followed by another group made up of Robert Cleary, Noel Guiden, Stephen Byrne and Colm Doran.

Michael McDiarmiada continued his relentless pace and began to pull away as the chasing pack fragmented with Michael taking victory in a fast 21:20 from David Brennan in a sub 22 minute performance of 21:58. Martin Tracey recorded a time of 22:22 which was faster than the time he recorded in his first Walker Cup outing way back in 1978. Tom Monks is starting to show a return to form finishing in 22:46 in 4th place.

Further back Maurice McCrohan got the better of Ronan Mulveny and Philip O’Doherty, whilst Stephen Byrne continued his superb form of late to take 10th place in 24:09.

Maurice Ahern running his last Clonliffe Club race as Club President was satisfied with his 31:41 and now with additional time on his hands to take in more serious training has other targets firmly in mind.

On the track finishing positions were:

1. Michael McDiarmiada – 21:20

2. David Brennan – 21:58

3. Martin Tracey – 22:22

4. Tom Monks – 22:46

5. Tommy Griffin – 22:59

6. William Stafford – 23:18

7. Maurice McCrohan – 23:24

8. Ronan Mulveny – 23:38

9. Philip O’Doherty – 23:37

10. Stephen Byrne – 24:09

11. Colm Doran – 24:13

12. Robert Connolly – 24:14

13. Noel Guiden – 24:15

14. Pat Devitt – 25:23

15. Eddie Harrison – 25:31

16. Richard Connolly – 26:06

17. Pat Bonass – 26:28

18. Shay Byrne – 26:29

19. Terry Mee – 27:10

20. Jim Bennett – 27:19

21. Pat Healy – 27:24

22. David Brady – 27:56

23. Maurice Ahern – 31:41

As the results were fed into the computer afterwards for the results of the handicap it revealed a most popular winner in Ronan Mulveny from Pat Devitt in 2nd place and Stephen Byrne in 3rd place.

In the club bar afterwards Frazier Walker on behalf of the Walker family presented the Walker Cup to Ronan together with prizes for the first three and also a prize for the fastest man to Michael McDiarmiada.

In the Grand Prix the result was:

H’Cap Results

1. Pat Devitt – 20 Pts.

2. Stephen Byrne – 19

3. Colm Doran – 18

4. Tom Griffin – 17

5. Noel Guiden – 16

6. Pat Bonass – 14.5

= Tom Monks – 14.5

8. Dave Brennan – 13

9. William Stafford – 12

10. Martin Tracey – 11

11. Maurice Ahern – 10

12. Pat Healy – 9

13. Maurice McCrohan – 8

14. Eddie Harrison – 7

15. Jim Bennett – 6

16. Richard Connolly – 5

17. Philip O’Doherty – 4

18. Shay Byrne – 3

19. Dave Brady – 2

The top ten in the leader board with two races remaining are:

1. Dave Brennan – 127.5

2. Dave Brady – 124

3. Shay Byrne – 123.5

4. Stephen Byrne – 114

5. Pat Devitt – 112.5

6. Colm Doran – 109

7. Richard Connolly – 93

= Tom Monks – 93

9. Gerry Walsh – 89.5

10. Maurice McCrohan – 89

Round 14 is the Horan Cup which will take place on the 22nd of October, please note switch with the O’Connor Cup.

The Horan Cup is an open handicap over six miles and will be held at 2.00 p.m. on Saturday the 22nd of October. This year the Walker Cup is very kindly sponsored by Colm Brennan. Your full support of this great Clonliffe traditional race would be very much appreciated.

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