Archive for September, 2010

Grand Prix: Horan Cup

Sep 30, 2010 [Stephen Byrne]

The Grand Prix Series took to the grass last Saturday in Santry Demesne. This year the participating athletes and officials were treated to excellent conditions with bright sunshine and excellent underfoot conditions. The race seen the athletes complete 4 x 1.5km laps on a taxing course.


The numbers competing were unfortunately down from 38 athletes last year to mere 15 athletes this year, the numbers bolstered by a number of juniors trying out for the Dublin Novices at the weekend.


The Horan Cup is one of Clonliffe`s oldest club races and was first competed for in 1908. The cup was presented to the club by Michael Horan during the 1907/08 season. The race was a 6 mile race, however, in recent years for health and safety reasons has thankfully become a 6k race. The cup is a superb piece of silver craftsmanship and would grace the trophy cabinet of any athlete.


First away on the staggered start was Trevor Wisdom followed by Pat O’Rourke a further minute behind. The last GP athlete to go was Ernie Ramsey in the company of a number of the junior athletes. Trevor Wisdom was the first to cross the line although not a GP member as a Clonliffe member he takes the Horan Cup with Philip O’Doherty 2th and Ian Guiden 3rd.


Trevor is the grandson of Arthur Wisdom who was a very distinguished member of the club for more than 60 years from the 1920s until his death. He served as Hon Treasurer of the club from 1931 to 1946.


Arthur’s brother George was also a long time member of the club and was on the 1925 All Ireland Cross Country winning team along with 3 members of the Walker family and captained by the legendary Tommy Burton. George finished 2nd behind Dan McAleese in the Horan Cup back in 1921.


The results of the race are as follows, actual times were available have been included.


Pos Name  Act Time  Yellow Points  Green Points 1.Trevor Wisdom (GUEST)  00:28:08 2.Philip O’Doherty  00:22:26  30  4 3.Ian Guiden (GUEST) 00:28:48 4.Johnathon Bradley (GUEST) 00:28:48 5.Colm Doran  00:25:54  28 6.Paul Carolan  00:25:00  25  2 7.Paddy Tuite  00:25:17  20  1 8.Ernie Ramsey  00:22:11  19  5 9.Ronan Doyle (GUEST) 00:30:00 10.Pat O’Rourke  00:29:23  18 11.David Tracey (GUEST) 00:30:34   12.Colm Breen  00:27:10  12  17 13.Pat Devitt  00:28:13  16 14.David Dunwoody 00:23:46  15 3 15.Graham Mahon (GUEST) 00:32:19

The Leader-board with 2 races to go is very close with a number of athletes still in with a shout for the top honour. Hopefully the next couple of races will be better attended making it harder for the athletes at the top to gain a large number of points.


Grand Prix Leader-board after 11 events

Pos  Name  Best 10  Races 1  Colm Doran  169  11 2  Ernie Ramsey  165  10 3  Paddy Tuite  159  9 4  Philip O’Doherty  156  10 5  Colm Breen  145  10 6  Richard Barr  134  10 7  Pat O’Rourke  131  8 8  Sean Doran  119  9 9  Conor Delaney  114  7 10  Pat Devitt  114  9 11  Paul Carolan  104  6 12  Frank Devitt  91  7 13  Richard Connolly  85  6 14  Robert Beckett  85  6 15  Stephen Byrne  81  7 16  Declan Murray  75  5 17  Shay Byrne  72  6 18  David Dunwoody  70  4 19  Fergus Wheatley  66  4 20  Maurice McCrohan  63  5

In the battle for the green jersey for the most consistently fast finisher Ernie Ramsey leads Philip O’Doherty by 1 point with both having completed 10 races. In a distant 3rd place Conor Delaney has 15 points from 5 races.

Cragg goes sub 4 on 5th Avenue

Sep 27, 2010 [Noel Guiden] – (Updated Sep 28, 2010) The 30th running of New York City`s 5th Avenue Mile yesterday September 26th was won by Amine Laalou (Morocco) in 3.52.83. Clonliffe`s Alistair Cragg continued his good road form with a time of 3.58.59 in 17th place pretty impressive on the back of a 62:15 half marathon 7 days previously. This year`s Morton Mile winner Will Leer (USA) was 7th in 3.55.02 with another 2010 Morton Miler Sean Brosnan (USA) 19th in 4.04.92.

Interesting update: European Athletics have just published the 2010 rankings, which show Cragg featuring in the top 10 at three distances: 2nd in the half marathon (61:28), 7th at 3,000m (7.44.25) and 8th at 5,000m (13.21.66)

Juvenile league round 2

Sep 26, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The Clonliffe juvenile athletes were out in force today for round 2 of the Dublin League. If last week`s turnout was impressive well then this was doubly so, with masses of black `n`amber clad youngsters in action in the Phoenix Park. The turnout in the girls U/10 race was astonishing with 17 athletes lining out in the field of 64. Once again there were very impressive performances accross all age groups with the club`s top finisher today being Ruth Bergin 2nd in the girls U/11 race, however, all the boys and girls did themselves proud.

The biggest field of the day was in the girls U/10 race where Sol and Hope both had fantastic runs finishing in 5th and 6th places, great runs also from Lola 11th and also from Amy and the two Ellas. The boys U/10 squad also ran really well, these guys looking more like a team with every outing: David 6th, Ben 10th, Fionn 11th, Sean 13th and Joshua 14th, excellent packing.

In the U/11s Ruth had a truely excellent run. however, what was most pleasing was the battling display she put on in the final 100m: powering up the hill for the finish, battling up to 3rd and then after a shoulder to shoulder last 30 m got herself into 2nd inches from the line. Very good runs also in this race from Cliona and Grace. In the boys U/11 Keelan ran a very gutsy race not letting a thing like an injury hamper his run as he battled to 7th and another very good run today from Thomas in 23rd.

We had 2 girls in the U/12 race, both of whom proved to themselves today that they are distance runners as Amy finished 18th with Cloe not far behind. The boys squad had another great team performace all finishing strongly over the second half of the race: Joseph 5th, Keith 7th, Luke 25th and Darren 29th.

Once again Alannah ran very well in the U/13s finishing 11th with a very god run also today from Tara in 17th and Mary a few places further back. Mary`s twin brother Peter was top Clonliffe in the boys race as he finished 10th with Owen in 15th.

In the U/14s as the race distance stretched out to 1500m over a tough lap incorporating the dreaded dips and hills the Clonliffe girls team got stuck in and ran very well battling away with really impressive runs from all four girls : Stephanie 11th, Laura 14th, Kate 17th and Sarah 20th. Adam again looked good in the boys race finishing very well down the home straight as he claimed 8th with James again taking places over the later part of the race in finishing 19th. Finally our sole U/15 athlete today was Eimer who faced a daunting 2,000m of the Park. A lesser athlete may not have started, let alone finished, however, Emier did both and ran very well into the bargin finishing 5th of the girls.

All the boys and girls did really well today, the Phoenix Park is not easy to run in, as they found out today there`s pain in them there hills, and it was also pretty warm today so very well done. And the good news is we`ll be doing it all again next week. Round 3, The Park.

Juveniles kick off cross country season

Sep 19, 2010 [Noel Guiden] September 19th, the first day of what`s going to be a long cross country season, the club`s juvenile athletes get us up and running with an early start for round 1 of the Dublin Juvenile league. The wonderful grounds of Newbridge House provided the venue with perfect underfoot conditions on the lawn of this stately home. Up to 50 young Clonliffe athletes in the U/10 to U/15 age groups competited today and with with some very encouraging runs.

The U/10 girls got proceedings underway at 11.00 sharp and with three Clonliffe athletes in the top 10 the morning began in some style: sisters Sol and Lola O`Liadhe finished 4th and 9th with Hope sandwiched between in 8th place. David Tuite had a great run in the U/10 boys in 3rd place, also making the top 10 was Ben Guiden 9th.

Although she was just back from holidays and with no training in the last few weeks Ruth Bergin took up today where she finished off in the Summer with a brillant 3rd place in the girls U/11 with Cliona Cooley also looking good in 11th. In the boys U/11 Keelan Twomey was top man with a super 3rd place, great runs also from Darren Lawler 15th and Thomas O`Connor 20th in his first ever race.

The U/12 boys ran superbly as a team, all three coming on strongly through the field over the second half of the race, and all three making the top 10: 5th Joseph Hession, 7th Keith Hodson, 10th Timotei Lawless.

Strong running also from the girls U/13 squad with Alannah Cooley 14th, Nana Saba 18th and Tara Casey 21st. The boys also ran well in their race Peter Taylor with another strong finish was 6th closely followed by Owen Burke 10th.

In the U/14 girls Laura Tuite was best of the Clonliffe girls with another top 10 run placing 10th, with Kate Hession 12th and Sarah Murray 14th. In the boys race another very encouraging run from Adam Murphy who also came nicely through the field over the latter part of the race finishing 7th with James Mulcahy 15th.

Finally our last runner of the day was Megan Coomber, more noted as a sprinter and long jumper, well today she rolled up her sleeves, got stuck into cross country and ran an excellent 1500m race to finish in 6th place in a race some 15 times longer than her specialist distance. An outstanding performance and well earning her the Clonliffe Harrier of the Day title.

Well done to all our athletes today. Next Sunday we take on the Phoenix Park, and after today`s performances boys and girls we say: “bring it on!”

Clonliffe at Dublin half marathon and more

Sep 18, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The final round of the Adidas Race Series, before the Dublin Marathon, took place in the Phoenix Park this morning. Today`s huge field was lead home by Bantry`s Alan O`Shea (67.06). There was a pretty good number of Clonliffe athletes in today`s race, first in the black `n`amber was Half Marathon Man himself Lorcan Cronin placing 4th in 71.06. In 50th place after an excellent run was Conor Delaney 78.25, in what may have been a new PB, another good run today from Mark Bermingham 68th (79.10), a few places ahead of Ronan Hartnett (80.17) in 75th. The Real Thing (that`s Eoin Murray, by the way) was 87th in 80.55 , 127th Jeremy Chapman (83.20), 166th Maurice McCrohan (84.56), 1st Clonliffe lady was Aisling Coppinger (88.42), 295th. A really good run today from Club Treasurer and winner of the Grand Prix Summer Series Paddy Tuite seen him run his best half marathon in several years 90.06, Alan Worrall ran 90.34 with Colm Hickey & Stephen Byrne marginally behind in 90.36 & 90.55 respectively. Next in was Mick Harkin in 93.54 Rachel McBride finished in 95.34, Pat Devitt 96.16, Colm Breen 97.36, Frank Devitt 102.13, on his comeback from injury Trevor Wisdom ran 103.38, John Fay 105.14 and Chris Troy 106.56. (ommissions to So the club`s Marathon athletes with Dublin about 6 weeks away are looking in pretty good shape. Onwards and upwards.

Meanwhile Brian McMahon travelled to Gateshead for today`s Great North Run where he ran 70.21 finishing in 33rd place, with splits: 5k 15.53, 10k 32.19, 15k 49.20.

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.

Women take national half bronze

News just in of our women`s senior team taking bronze in today`s National Half Marathon hosted by St.Abbans AC in Carlow. First Clonliffe lady home was Ailish McDermott, who continues her excellent form shown throughout the Summer on both the track and road. Ailish ran a top class 1:25.11 to finish 6th woman, an excellent performance. Another Clonliffe lady running really well at the moment is Maire Byrne. Maire was in inspired form today with an impressive 1:31.09. Not far behind Marie was the final scorer Joyce O`Hare 1:32.01. With the championship decided on combined times of the first three Ailish, Marie and Joyce took National Senior Bronze, delivering Clonliffe`s first team womens senior medals for maybe a decade. Superb! These three were well backed up by Maura Matthes (1:35.26), Jacqui Dunphy (1:35.33), Rachel McBride (1:37.58) and Ciara Brennan (1:40.44)In the men`s race Lorcan Cronin, with last Sunday`s Longford half still in his legs, was top Clonliffe man in 7th place (1:12.07). In Masters race Pat Bonass enjoyed yet more success taking O/65 Silver (1:42.18). Good run also by Chris Troy (1:55.18)

Mags makes it three in a row

Congratulations to Mags Greenan on her success at last weekend’s World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Korbielow in Poland. Mags won her third world Masters Title in a row in winning the Women’s O/50 title in 61:05. Congratulations also to Gerry Brady who won team silver in the Men’s O/50 race, Gerry placed 13th in 54:34. Clonliffe’s other representative in that race was Mags’ husband Seamus who placed 52nd in 71:11. See full report on


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