Archive for October, 2005

Pat Bonass wins the Horan Cup

One of Clonliffes oldest races, the Horan Cup, which was the penultimate round of the 2005 Grand Prix Series, took place in Santry Demesne on Saturday the 21st of October.

Once again there was a very good turnout of athletes on what was a perfect autumnal day for cross country running. The Horan Cup is a six mile open handicap race meaning that the ‘slower’ runners went off first. First away was Jimmy Bennett and thirty seconds later the starter released Pat Bonass to chase down his quarry. And so it continued down to last man out, David Brennan being sent on his way some nine minutes and two seconds after Jimmy Bennett. Fast starting William Stafford began to cut his way through the field fairly quickly as indeed did Walker Cup winner Ronan Mulvanny and in customary fashion David Brennan began overhauling the earlier starters.

In the Grand Prix battle for supremacy this would prove to be a significant day as Shay Byrne was overhauled by Stephen Byrne and indeed on the final run-in was also overhauled by David Brennan.

At the front end of the field, Pat Bonass had taken over the lead from Jimmy Bennett, Alan Smeaton began closing him down as William Stafford began to real them in hand over fist, however, Pat to the delight of his watching grandson Eoin held on to take victory from Alan Smeaton and William Stafford.

A strong rumour began to circulate post race questioning the accuracy of the six-mile course. This rumour is strongly denied by the course markers who are satisfied that the fast underfoot conditions coupled with a favourable tailwind led to the entire field running PBs!

Presentation of prizes was held in the club bar afterwards as the athletes enjoyed a refreshing cup of tea, biscuits and the odd pint of something stronger. Race sponsor Colin Brennan outlined that he was delighted to be sponsoring the Horan Cup as this was one of the very first Clonliffe races he ran back in 1957 where he was overhauled in the final run in to be relegated from first to third place by Lar O’Byrne and Noel Henry.

The full result of the Horan Cup – incorporating round 14 of the 2005 Grand Prix series was:

1. Pat Bonass 20 points 2. Alan Smeaton 19 points 3. William Stafford 18 points 4. Jim Bennett 17 points 5. Richard Connolly 16 points 6. Robert Cleary* 0 7. Eddie Harrison 15 points 8. Stephen Byrne 14 points 9. Paddy Tuite 13 points 10. Ronan Mulvanny* 0 11. David Brennan 12 points 12. Shay Byrne 11 points 13. Aidan Creaner 10 points 14. Maurice McCronin 9 points 15. Michael Hogan* 0 16. Colm Doran 8 points 17. Noel Guiden 7 points 18. John Fay* 0 19. Phillip O’Doherty 6 points

* = non competitor in Grand Prix Series

Fastest man: Dave Brennan

Full update on the yellow jersey situation will follow. Final round of Grand Prix Series, the O’Connor Cup over four miles on the country will take place in Santry at 2.00 p.m. on Saturday the 5th of November.

Excellent performance by Aisling Coppinger in Chicago

Clonliffes Aisling Coppinger had a fantastic run in the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon held on Sunday the 9th of October recording a superb 3:13:14 finishing 1,595th of the 33,297 finishers and placing 150th female.

Aisling’s pace over the race was an average of 7:22, she went through halfway in 1:34:10.

Also in the field was Aisling’s brother, club vice captain, Eugene coming home in three hours, thirty-one minutes.

Race winner was Felix Limo of Kenya in 2:09:02.

Clonliffe 7th in European Clubs Half Marathon

Killian Lonergan led the Clonliffe Team home in the European Half Marathon Championships in Oporto, Portugal on Saturday the15th of October, finishing in a very credible 21st place to lead the team to 7th overall.

Other Clonliffe placings were:

Cian McLoughlin – 24th, Garry O’Hanlon – 26th, Eddie Coughlan – 40th

Club Captain Joe Cooper was a little disappointed with the 7th place and pointed out that “unfortunately Paolo Doglio was carrying an injury which forced him to pull up in the race and this undoubtedly put the team back somewhat.”

The next big race for the team will be the Dublin Senior Cross Country on home territory at Santry Demesne on the 13th of November. Put a note in your diary as the lads will appreciate your support.

Youth and experience blend delivers unexpected bronze in Dublin Intermediates

There was a full compliment of eight athletes representing the Club in the Men’s Dublin Intermediate Championships over 10,000M held in the grounds of Newbridge House, Donabate, Co. Dublin on Sunday the 9th of October. With a team made up of promising youth, a couple of seasoned seniors and several over seasoned vets.

Young Michael McDiarmiada ran a superb race to claim individual bronze with an exceptionally strong sprint finish behind DSD’s John Eves in 1st with Paul Campbell of Raheny in 2nd.

Slightly further back there was again a superb performance from super vet David Brennan finishing a very credible 14th.

There was a four way battle for the final two scoring positions with Aidan Creaner being third scorer placing 28th from Maurice McCrohan fourth and final scorer in 31st place. These four were backed up by Stephen Byrne in 33rd, Noel Guiden 34th, Dylan Ahern 37th and Colm Hickey 45th.

The lads were thrilled to find that the club had placed 3rd taking home the bronze medal.

The 1st team were DSD with Rathfarnham 2nd.

Paddy Marley, President of Clonliffe Harriers

Congratulations to Paddy Marley on his election to President of Clonliffe Harriers at the Club AGM held in the club house on Friday the 7th of October.

There was a tremendous turnout, the best for some years, to hear the final presidential address of outgoing President Maurice Ahern after fourteen years service. The attendance also heard the Honorary Secretary’s address from outgoing Honorary Secretary, Barry Ryan, after five years dedicated service together with reports of the Honorary Treasurer and the Club’s Mens, Ladies and Juvenile Captains. Mags Greenan also stepped down from her position as Ladies Captain, due to family commitments.

The members elected the following officers and three committee members:

Paddy Marley – Club President

Noel Guiden – Honorary Secretary

Noel Daly – Honorary Treasurer

Joe Cooper – Captain

Bronagh Ni Bhriain – Ladies Captain

Michael Kearney, Paddy Tuite and Emma Cooper – Committee members

In accordance with the Club’s constitution the various officers will co-opt additional members onto the Committee to bring in an additional seven Committee members to bring the Committee up to its full compliment.

All at the club thank sincerely the outgoing President, Secretary, Ladies Captain and Committee members for their service and dedication to Clonliffe Harriers and wish the incoming President, Officers and Committee every good wish for the coming year.

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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