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Maurice Ahern wins 3000m Grand Prix

The quest for the Yellow Jersey continuted at last night`s 3000m in Santry with round 4 of the 2006 Grand Prix. Once again there was a hugh turn out of athletes both “the grand prixers” and other club members and when the numbers were crunched the victory went to Maurice Ahern.

With the numbers last night swelled by the influx of youth, Joe`s Juvenile Panzer Division , the field was split into two races.

Race one featuring The Young and The Young at Heart (if not of legs!). There were 19 in this race as the young lads set off at a rate of knots. Up there mixing it with them was The Bearded One , David Brennan , and mix it he did sticking with the leaders for some consderable way of the 7 and a half laps. As always youth prevailed with Mark McDonald running the legs of the rest of us to win in 9:22. The Bearded one was first of the grand prixers in 9:44.

Result of Race 1:

1. M. McDonald 9:22

2. D. Fitzmaurice 9:23

3. D. Brennan 9:44

4. D. McDonald 9;47

5. C. Murray 9:47

6. D. Boylan 9:52

7. P. O`Doherty 9:57

8. T. Griffin 10:06

9. N. Guiden 10:16

10. T. Monks 10:19

11. L. Brady 10:21

12. J. Walsh 10:28

13. G. McCabe 10:32

14. R. Cleary 10:35

15. D. Moran 10:38

16. P. Sheerin 10:39

17. Stev. Byrne 10:40

18. B. Gallagher 10:49

19. B. Buck 11:02

On to race 2, a Grand Prix exclusive race in with Colm Doran took things by the scruff of the neck for the off hitting the front and almost half the field running the opposition into the ground to take the win in 11 mins. dead. A good run from Eddie Harrison to take second.lso worthy of a mention are Dave Brady and Tony Kiernan fresh from their exploites on The Wicklow Way the previous weekend.

Result of Race 2:

1. C. Doran 11:00

2. E. Harrison 11:18

3. J. Hoode 11:23

4. P. Devitt 11:28

5. J. Fay 11:31

6. Shay Byrne 11:32

7. N. McGlynn 11:33

8. D. Ahern 11:38

9. P. Bonass 11:49

10. M. Hogan 11:54

11. M. Scully 12:06

12. J. Bennett 12:08

13. N. Kellet 12:17

14. M. Smith 12:22

15. S. Pender 12:26

16. R. McConville12:58

17. T. Kiernan 13:09

18. D. Brady 13:09

19. T. Westby 13:19

20. M. Ahern 13:38

The results were fed into the computer to calculate the h`cap winner revealed to be Maurice Ahern, who was presented with his prize by race sponsor Shay Byrne. 2 nd was Ray McConville with Eddie Harrison 3 rd..

Grand Prix Result Round 4:

1. Mce Ahern 20pts

2. R. McConville 19

3. E. Harrison 18

4. T. Griffin 17

5. T. Monks 16

6. J. Fay 15

7. T. Westby 14

8.G. McCabe 13

9. P. Devitt 12

10. Stev. Byrne 11

11. C. Doran 10

12. B. Buck 9

13. D. Brady 8

14. N, Guiden 7

15. P. O`Doherty 6

16. Shay Byrne 5

17. S. Pender 4

18. D. Brennan 3

19. J. Walsh 2

20. J. Bennett 1

21. P. Bonass

22. D. Ahern

23. T. Kiernan

24. R. Cleary

25. J.Hoode

26. M.Hogan

27. M. Scully

28. M. Smith

Philip O`Doherty retains the Yellow Jersey with a total of 71 pts. from Noel Guiden and Ray McConville on 51 each.4th is Eddie Harrison 49pts., 5th Stephen Byrne 45 and John Fay 6th on 44pts. (Full Leaderboard to follow).

Round 5 is The Santry Demesne Mile on Thursday 4th of May @ 8:00. It is also intended to hold a club Juvenile race as well so all help on the night most welcome.

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