Archive for November, 2005

Silver Medal for Mark Kenneally in National Inter-Counties

Clonliffe’s Mark Kenneally was runner-up in the National Inter-County Cross Country Championship held at Sligo Race Course on Sunday the 27th of November.

Gary Murray added the National Inter-County title to the National Inter-Club title he won at Santry Demesne in February thanks to a tremendous display of front running. Murray hit the front from the gun and was chased by Robert Connolly of DSD who had taken the Dublin Cross Country Championship at a canter in Santry in the last couple of weeks however, Connolly pulled up at half way, later rejoining the race to finish well down the field. Murray finished a comfortable winner in 33:11.

Mark Kenneally finished quite comfortably 30 seconds in arrears to take runner-up spot and Silver medal (Mark took Bronze last year) and there was a tremendous battle for 3rd place which was claimed by Garrett Turnbull after a tremendous battle with David Kelly.

Mark will now join Clonliffe club mate Alistair Cragg, who was pre-selected, in the Irish Team for the forthcoming European Cross Country Championshipsto be held in Tilbrug, Holland on the 12th of December.

Jimmy Bennett collects International

Clonliffe’s Jimmy Bennett won team Silver in the Men’s O/65 category at the Behan & Associates British and Irish Masters International Cross Country held at Santry Demesne on Saturday the 12th of November. The International race also included Clonliffe’s Pat Bonass running on the Irish Men’s O/60’s team however unfortunately they placed outside of the medals.

Classy Robert Costello leads DSD to Dublin Title with Clonliffe placing third

The Dublin Senior Cross Country Championships took place at Santry Demesne on the 13th of November, Clonliffe were of course defending champions however, unfortunately for a variety of reasons we were deprived of a number of our athletes, despite this however the lads put up a spirited defence of their title with a superb performance from Gary O’Hanlon to claim individual bronze and lead the team to team bronze.

Despite the rain of the previous week and the International Masters Cross Country the previous day the superb course laid out over Santry Demesne held up brilliantly and despite muddy patches and some small amounts of standing water the conditions were ideal for cross country running.

Some sixty or so athletes started the first of five 2000M laps.

Straight from the off DSD’s Robert Costello hit the front and established a commanding lead with a wonderful display of front running. A small chasing pack included both Cian McLoughlin and Gary O’Hanlon.

As Robert Costello extended his lead his DSD club mate Joseph Sweeney also began pulling away from the pack, although a problem with his shoes on the final lap saw the chasing pack close right up behind him however, over the final 1000M he again pulled away to leave Cian McLoughlin and Gary O’Hanlon battling it out for bronze. Gary’s turn of speed over the final 100M saw him pull away to take individual bronze in a time of 31:18. Cian was overtaken by Gary Hynes to finish 5th in 031:20.

Nigel Brunton was 21st in 33:26, fourth scorer was Eddie Coughlan in 24th place on 33:38Kevin English was 26th with 34:05 and super vet David Brennan was sixth scorer in 40th place with a time of 35:22. Our other competitor was William Stafford who battled on gamely to finish 62nd.

DSD were comfortable winners on 43 points from Raheny Shamrocks on 99 with Clonliffe taking bronze on 119 points.

The top three individuals were Robert Connolly of DSD with a time of 30:26, from Joseph Sweeney 31:14 also of DSD and Gary O’Hanlon 3rd on 31:18.

The Senior Women’s race featured only one Clonliffe athlete, Emma Cooper, who after a very steady run finished a credible 23rd with a time of 18:19.

The Dublin Senior Ladies Champion of 2005 was Eimear Marshall of Sportsworld who recorded a time of 16:23 from the superb Annette Kealy, running 24 hours after her win in the Ladies O/35 International with Niamh Devlin of DSD 3rd.

The Ladies team event was won by Donore Harriers on 29 points from Sportsworld on 34 and Raheny Shamrocks 57.

In the Junior Mens our highest finisher was Keith Jenkinson in 12th in a time of 21:17Paul Boylan was 14th with a time of 22:04Darragh Boylan 20th on23:46Eoin Pearce 21st on 24:54 and Tennyson Firth 22nd on 25:04.

Our Junior Men placed fourth in the team event. The individual winner was Daire Bermingham of Raheny Shamrocks from John Coghlan of Metro St. Bridgets with Eoin McCormack from DSD 3rd.

Our Junior Women’s team of Christine Kenneally 8th, Denise Walsh 16th, Khadijah Dridi 18th and Ashley Lynch 19th placed fourth.

The winner of the Junior Women’s Championship was Linda Byrne of DSD from Aisling Baker also of DSD and Azmera Gebrezgi of DCH 3rd.

Finally, a word of appreciation to all of our hard working Club members who were involved in the promotion of the Championship over the course of the weekend from the course markers to race officials, supporters and all others who helped out in any way.

Photos to follow.

Sparkling performances from Juveniles

All that glitters is not gold and this proved to be the case at the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country Championships held in Clondalkin on the6th of November with sparkling performances that delivered gold, silver and bronze.

Congratulations to Gladys Cooper, Mick Fogarty, Ronan Mulvaney and the rest of our wonderful coaches and of course to the young athletes who did Clonliffe proud. Our boys U/12 team were gold medallists placing 4th, 16th, 19th and 21st.

They were then followed by the boys U/14s who finished second placing 4th, 6th, 7th and 19th.

The U/16 boys then delivered gold placing 1st, 2nd, 7th and 10th.

Not to be outdone the girls U/18 team delivered silver with 2nd, 13th, 15th and 16th and finally the boys U/18 claimed bronze with 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th places.

Terrific performances by all concerned.

David Brennan 2005 Grand Prix Champion

In a fitting end to the 2005 Grand Prix Series after another superb run David Brennan won round 15 of the Grand Prix Series, incorporated in the O’Connor Cup, and as a result claimed the championship for the second time.

The O’Connor Cup was held on Saturday the 5th of October over four one mile laps of Santry Demesne. Despite the rain of the previous week ground conditions were quite favourable on a bright Saturday afternoon. The field was somewhat sparser than of late, the only one of our marathon runners who felt compelled to run in the race was Stephen Byrne who was still in the hunt for overall victory in the Series along with Grand Prix regular Dave Brady of Raheny.

Quality was to the fore as both Nigel Brunton and Noel Cullen led out the field on the first lap, closely followed Martin Treacy and David Brennan.

Nigel Brunton led essentially from start to finish to take the O’Connor Cup in 23:17 from Noel Cullen in 24:20 and after another terrific performance David Brennan 3rd in 24:34.

Further back Tom Monks held off Aidan Creanor to take 6th place and Stephen Byrne put in another gutsy performance to take 8th place.

The full result of the O’Connor Cup was:

1. Nigel Brunton – 23:17

2. Noel Cullen – 24:20

3. David Brennan – 24:34

4. Martin Treacy – 24:47

5. Stephen Harkness – 25:23

6. Tom Monks – 26:32

7. Aidan Creanor – 26:47

8. Stephen Byrne – 27:34

9. Noel Guiden – 28:18

10. Louise O’Reilly – 28:34

11. Pat Devitt – 28:39

12. Shay Byrne – 29:20

13. Pat Bonass – 30:11

14. Alan Smeaton – 30:23

15. Jim Cleary – 30:28

16. Jim Bennett – 31:01

17. Pat Healy – 31:13

18. David Brady – 31:34

19. John Faye – 32:03

20. Tony Kiernan – 34:37

21. Ray McConville – 34:50

22. Tony Westby – 36:13

23. Maurice Mullins – 30:00

The Grand Prix Presentation Dinner was held in Kealys on the Old Airport Road on the night of the 5th of November attended by athletes who had taken part in the Grand Prix Series, members of Clonliffe Harriers and family and friends.

One of the central features of the night was the presentation of “The Unsung Heroes Award”. This years recipients (jointly), being recognised by Clonliffe Harriers and the Grand Prix Series for their dedication to the club athlete and to our sport were Sean Callan and Harry Gorman. The presentation was made by Club President Paddy Marley.

There then followed the presentation of prizes in that days O’Connor Cup by race sponsor John Bourke. The Club Captain Joe Cooper accepting the cup on behalf of Nigel Brunton and the sealed envelope from Alan Smeaton revealed that the top three in the Handicap were Pat Healy 3rd, Noel Guiden 2nd and David Brennan 1st.

Results of H’Cap

1. David Brennan 1:48 – 20 Pts.

2. Noel Guiden 2:12 – 19 Pts.

3. Pat Healy 2:43 – 18 Pts.

4. Martin Treacy 2:56 – 17 Pts.

5. Tom Monks 3:01 – 16 Pts.

6. Jim Bennett 3:30 – 15 Pts.

7. Stephen Byrne 3:35 – 14 Pts.

8. Aidan Creanor 3:59 – 13 Pts.

9. Jim Cleary 4:03 – 12 Pts.

10. Shay Byrne 4:10 – 11 Pts.

11. David Brady 4:45 – 10 Pts.

12. Pat Devitt 5:13 – 9 Pts.

13. Alan Smeaton 5:22 – 7.5 Pts.

14. Tony Westby 5:22 – 7.5 Pts.

15. Pat Bonass 5:47 – 6 Pts.

16. Ray McConville 7:20 – 5 Pts.

17. Tony Kiernan 7:47 – 4 Pts.

Prizes were then presented to the top ten in the Grand Prix Series by the President with prizes going to Pat Bonass in 10th place, Richard Connolly 9th, Tom Monks 8th, Jim Bennett 7th, Colm Doran 6th, Pat Devitt 5th, David Brady 4th, Stephen Byrne (who was runner up last year) 3rd, Shay Byrne (runner up this year) and the presentation was then made to the 2005 Grand Prix Champion of the Behan & Associates Perpetual Cup to David Brennan. David in fact was a previous winner of the Grand Prix Series in 2003.

The presentation was then made of the P.J. Linnane Memorial Cup for the fastest athlete and this was presented by P.J.’s friend and sponsor of that prize,Fred Connolly, to Joe Cooper on behalf of winner William Stafford.

The 2005 Series was probably the best to date and the Series has now grown to 15 races, next years promises to be expanded even more and the fact that there were five athletes in contention up to the final race is testament to the fairness of the handicap system. Considerable credit for this must go to Alan Smeaton.

Fascinating facts revealed by Alan Smeaton include the fact that the total amount of hours spent running by all athletes in the Series was 114 hours!.

The most top five places were scored by Jimmy Bennett and Colm Doran with four each.

Forty six runners scored points in the Series and of the runners who ran eight or more races the most consistent overall was Tony Westby.

The final standings in the 2005 Series were:

Grand Prix 2005 – Final standings after 15 races


1 David Brennan 142.5 (13)

2 Shay Byrne 138.5 (13)

3 Stephen Byrne 131 (13)

4 David Brady 128 (13)

5 Pat Devitt 119 (11)

6 Colm Doran 117 (10)

7 Jim Bennett 109.5 (9)

8 Tom Monks 109 (8)

9 Richard Connolly 108 (11)

10 Pat Bonass 104 (8)

11 Maurice McCrohan 98 (8)

12 Noel Guiden 90.5 (8)

13 William Stafford 90.5 (9)

14 Jerry Walsh 89.5 (8)

15 Aidan Creanor 88.5 (7)

16 Philip Doherty 86 (7)

17 Eddie Harrison 85 (9)

18 Alan Smeaton 83 (9)

19 Tony Kiernan 74.5 (8)

20 Michael Scully 69.5 (6)

21 Brendan Buck 68.5 (5)

22 Ray McConville 66.5 (6)

23 Martin Treacy 66 (7)

24 Colm Hickey 61.5 (8)

25 Pat Healy 61 (7)

26 Tony Westby 55.5 (8)

27 Kieran Murphy 54.5 (6)

28 Maurice Ahern 53 (5)

29 Martin Tully 49.5 (4)

30 Aishling Coppinger 46.5 (4)

31 Sean Pender 44.5 (4)

32 Ronan Hartnett 41 (3)

33 Michael McFadden 39 (4)

34 Jim Cleary 37 (3)

35 Tom Griffin 32.5 (3)

36 Adam Ahern 30 (3)

37 Dylan Ahern 22 (2)

38 Aimee Ahern 19 (2)

39 Declan Murray 18 (1)

40 Dave Hooper 17 (1)

41 Tom Flood 17 (1)

42 Erwin DeWilde 16.5 (2)

43 Frank Devitt 16.5 (2)

44 Murray Ahern 16 (1)

45 Paddy Tuite 13 (1)

46 Gerry McCabe 6 (1)

The organisers of the Series thank all the athletes and officials who took part and thank in particular the Sponsors, Behan & Associates, Rafferty Chemists, Fred Connolly and the sponsors throughout the year Tom Flood, Sean Pender, Noel Guiden, Pat Bonass, David Brennan, Philip O’Doherty, Eugene McCarrick, Frazier Walker, Colm Brennan, John Bourke, the Murphy family, Maurice Ahern, Shay Byrne, Richard Connolly, Pat and Frank Devitt.

Ladies National Marathon Title achieved

Athletics Ireland have confirmed that our Ladies team of Caroline Dobbyn, Aisling Coppinger and Ladies Captain Bronagh Ni Bhriainhave retained their National Marathon title.

The National Marathon was held in conjunction with the Dublin City Marathon. The cumulative time of our three ladies was 571.15, a comprehensive victory over Tallaght AC who finished with 633.07 with Donore Harriers 3rd in 649.14.

A magnificent achievement which means that our new member Caroline adds team gold to her individual bronze.

Our Men’s Senior team placed sixth in the Nationals on a combined total of 537.06. National champions are, not unexpectedly, Letterkenny AC.

Classy performances in Dublin Marathon

Our marathoners did us proud in this years Dublin City Marathon held in extremely difficult conditions on the 31st of October. Pride of place goes to Patrice Dockery, 1st in the Women’s Wheelchair race, Caroline Dobbyn 3rd in Ladies National Marathon and Eddie Coughlan with his 2:39 time.

It was a very difficult day for marathon running, thankfully the very strong winds of earlier on in the weekend had eased somewhat on the marathon morning however, there was a torrential downpour which had the marathon runners soaked to the skin before they were set underway by the starters gun. The conditions were truly awful. The rain continued throughout the morning and it was really only after the first ten miles of the race that conditions improved slightly.

Despite the weather however there were classy performances by our athletes, our men were led home by Eddie Coughlan in a superb 2:39:38. Eddie had gone through the half way stage in 1:18:44 and continued this strong pace to finish 38th finisher overall and well up in the national marathon held in conjunction with the Dublin City Marathon.

Clonliffe’s Patrice Dockery was once again the winner of the women’s wheelchair section in a time of 2:34:29.

Our first lady home was Clonliffe new signing, Caroline Dobbyn, who finished in a superb 2:51:35 to be 6th lady home and 88th overall and unbelievably claiming individual ladies bronze in the National Marathon in her first race for Clonliffe Harriers.

Caroline led home our ladies team and was ably backed up by Aisling Coppinger who recorded 3:15:57 and Bronagh Ni Bhrian with 3:23:43. UnfortunatelyErin McVeigh had to pull out at around the 17 mile mark. Details are not yet available of the ladies team’s placing in the National Marathon as of yet –

Our second man home was Maurice McCrohan in 2:56:41 (a P.B.), Jeremy Walsh, in his first marathon, was the third Clonliffe man home in 3:06:59 withPaddy Tuite fourth in 3:10:17.

Stephen Byrne was going well until about 21 miles when he had a problem and this hampered his progressed and he finished somewhat disappointed with his time of 3:10:29 (a P.B.), undoubtedly the work which Stephen put into his marathon preparations will pay off in the long run and quicker times lie ahead.

Kieran Murphy in his marathon debut ran a superb 3:13.

Brendan Buck running his second marathon in three weeks – having ran 3:04 in Cardiff in September, found this is not the ideal preparation for Dublin as he suffered considerably in the second half finishing in 3:21:55.

Next up was Pat Devitt running very steadily to record 3:25:15.

Our other three debut marathoners were Erwin De Wilde in 3:33:13Michael Scully 3:34:59 and Michael Hogan 3:42:59.

Tony Kiernan ran 4:23:36 and completing his 26th Dublin City Marathon was the Colonel, Frank Behan, in 6:01:48.

Tremendous performances by one and all.

The Dublin City Marathon was won by Dymtro Osadchy of the Ukraine in a fast time of 2:13:14, just six seconds outside of last years record time. Second was N. Molema (South Africa) 2:14:08 and third O. Belhovets (Russia) 2:14:24. The women’s race was won by Zinaida Semenova of Russia (running in the F40 category) in 2:32:5 from L. Zousko, also of Russia in 2:33:25 with A. Kibor (Kenya) third in 2:34:57.


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