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Fast times at Bob Heffernan 5k

There were lightening fast times recorded at the Bob Heffernan 5k in County Meath tonight. Efrem Gidey after his outstanding run in the Leinster schools on Saturday was 4th in 14.47 in a race won, not by Peter Somba (Dunboyne) but by DSD’s Hiko Tonsa in 14.18 with Somba 2nd 14.22. 7th was Sean Doran 15.39 other Clonliffe: David Brady 17.28, Matt McGuinness 17.52, Philip O’Doherty 18.57, Fergie Keenan 19.09, Maurice McCrohan 19.20, Ciara Peelo 19.45  Michael Devine 20.06, Emer Brennan 22.10.

Kenneally back in the saddle!

A surprise starter this morning in the Tallaght AC 5K road race (including Dublin novice Road Championships) was was Clonliffe 2012 Olympian Mark Kenneally. Running his first race in a number of years Mark looks to be getting back into good shape and was pleased with his 14.55 showing for 2nd place behind Mr. Roadracer Peter Samba (Dunboyne) who ran 14.50. Another Clonliffe athlete leaving Tallaght pleased was Laura Tuite who took Dublin Womens Novice Road bronze. Laura continues to run faster with each outing running 19.39 today. Fergie Keenan was also in action 19.07.

Successful raid on Leixlip

At tonight’s Leixlip 5 K Rd race hosted by Le Cheile AC on a cold ,windy and dark night Clonliffe athletes made it a successful trip to County Kildare. Ian Guiden enjoyed a good battle with Peter Somba  (Dunboyne AC). After a ‘slow bike race’ over the first 1K the pace picked up with Ian and Somba pulling away from the rest of the field. It was only on the final up hill section with 1K to go that Somba made the telling move sprinting to open a gap and led by a couple of seconds as they came back into the track, Somba winning in 15.01 (some 25 seconds faster than his winning time last year) with Ian second in 15.03.

Kerry page was the second woman in a new PB of 19.45, third woman was Emma Cooper 20.08. Stephen Bateson had a good outing finishing in 19.47.

(Raiders of the Lost Arc: Emma, Kerri, Stephen, Ian)

Doyler does sub 3.45 plus updated roundup

Cathal Doyle took another big chunk out of his 1500 pb in this afternoon’s IMC Greystones meet as he ran a fantastic 3.44.74 in placing 3rd a fraction behind Rahenys Brian Fay and winner Luke McCann (DCH).

Ian Guiden in his first track race in a year ran 8.31.75 in the 3000. Eoin Taggart a PB of 8.48.20 and Liam Roarty 9.02.86. A pb also by Sean Carrigg in the 1500 B of 4.10.42. Fionn Carroll after his win in Wednesday’s graded meet did the same again in the 800 B in a pb of 1.57.94, Jarlaith Jordan 2.04.03. Greta Streimikyte ran close to her pb in the 800 2.18.41.

Meanwhile in the Phoenix Park the national road 5k took place where Sean Doran was 13th and 4th in the senior championship in 15.42. Eoghan Murphy ran 17.32 and George Maybury 22.31, 4th M65.

Also on Saturday in New York City Dave Fitzmaurice was 6th in a 5k road race in 15.34.

Sunday the 5th David Brady was 33rd in the Drogheda 10k 38.17.

St. Patrick’s weekend and more round up (updated)

The St. Patrick’s weekend round up in truly Irish fashion starts last weekend! Stephen Rice was 5th in the javelin at the European Throwing Cup in Samorin, Slovakia between the 9th and 10th of March. Stephen threw a best of 67.34m, although not quiet where his form is it was his 3rd best ever throw.

Then Sunday March 17th at the Streets of Portlaoise 5k Sean Doran ran 15.57. In Balbrigan at the Half Marathon James Fleming was 8th in 1.29.58 while Maurice McHale ran 1.40.00.

Monday the 18th saw a bumper entry for the MSB St. Patrick’s 5k in Dublin City. The was a fine turn out of Clonliffe athletes lead home in 2nd place by double All Ireland school’s champion Efrem Gidey. Efrem was beaten into 2nd place in a sprint finish by DSD’s Hiko Tonosa Efrem recording a fine 14.53. Sean O’Leary was 3td (15.08), Sean Doran, running his 2nd race in 24 hours, was 6th in 15.45, some 12 seconds faster than he ran yesterday and with Daniel Lacey 13th in 16.18 these 4 combined to easily take the team win. Other Clonliffe: 15th Sean Carrigg 16.28, 59th Eoghan Murphy 17.38, Eimear  O’Brien,  in her final outing as a Clonliffe Harrier before her transfer to Sligo, 18.38, Emma Cooper 20.03, Alan Hughes 19.55, Fionnula Doherty 20.21 and Laura Kiernan 20.55.

Clonliffe storm Duleek plus round up

The Clonliffe Junior Men well and truly stormed the Duleek and District 5k road race today. The junior squad as part of their preparation for the All-Ireland schools cross country in two weeks time travel the short distance to the small North County Meath town of Duleek for the annual 5k. From the gun Efrem Gidey sat in behind Dunshaughlin AC`s Thomas Moran as these two opened a lead on the pack led by Ben Guiden. At 3k Efrem upped the pace to leave Moran behind and came home in 14.41. With Ben  holding 3rd in a Clonliffe sprint for the line  in 15.46,  a PB, from Aaron Cullen, also in a PB of 15.47 these three took the Clonliffe team to a comfortable win. Sean Doran who some 24 hours earlier had won the BHAA cross-country race in Maynooth came through the field very well today to finish 5th in 15.50. Stephen Cashin was 10th in 16.29, Daniel Lacey, coming back nicely from injury 12th in 16.45 and Thomas Balthazar was 21st in 17.36.

It is also great to report that Becky Woods made a return to road racing to finish second lady in 17.45. Becky has lately been concentrating on the triathlon and today was her first road race in possibly 3 or so years. Also racing today was another trio of Clonliffe ladies: Emma Cooper who finished in a time of 20.04 to finish a 11 woman and 4th F40, Emer Brennan 92nd overall in 21.25 and 9th woman and Kerri Page 21.49, 100th overall and 24th woman.

Further afield David Flynn ran 67.47 in the Napoli Half Marathon as part of his ongoing preparations for the Rotterdam marathon later in the spring.

As mentioned earlier yesterday saw the latest round of the BHA a cross-country the AIB/NUI 4 mile cross-country race in Maynooth. Sean Doran made it a second successive BHAA win in a time of 20.56 with Thomas Sherlock second 21.04.

Also yesterday Liam Roarty had a very good run in the English National Cross Country over 12,000m held at Harewood House, Leeds placing 267th of 2000 plus finishers in 49.12.


The Magnificent Seven

Fogo reports: The Clonliffe/St.Aidens Leinster intermediate school champions squad took part in their local Poppintree Park Run this morning in great  weather conditions. Fantastic running by this up and coming squad and a clean sweep as the lads filled the top 7 positions. In two weeks time this squad will compete in the school All Ireland cross country championships in Clongowes Wood College.

Also there today was the Juvenile club captain Gladys Cooper who was going under the radar for a quick 5k to cheer on these lads.

1 Callum Simpson 17.08
2  Evan Foster.         17.34
3 Dermot Buckley.    17.38
4 Jack Woods.           18.31
5 John Lawrence.       18.33
6 Alex Nuroth.              18.47
7  Andrew Gaffney.      19.12

The Rooney Review: From Newbie to Golden Girl!

Shane Rooney reports: Saturday 16th Feb saw the return of the Golden Runner 5k Championship, this year the venue was Tolka Valley Park in Fingals.  Similar to the Grand Prix, the winner of the Golden Runner is the athlete with the best improved time over the distance.  With such an amazing title to be won, the competition between the 30 members of Pam & Ben’s group was ferocious, all of whom were ready to put their winter training to the test.

Prior to the race Mick Bermingham, a pro on the course, advised everyone to save something for the hills, give it welly for the sprint at the end and pointed out the man to beat!!

As 9.30 approached the tension was fierce, with the Clonliffe athletes jostling for position, each having a glint of gold in their eyes. To add to the excitement, word was getting around that there would be a new champion as the previous title holder, Katie Hennigan, had gotten lost while making her way to Finglas!!!

With a loud Ready Steady Go, the runners charged around Tolka Valley, taking the hills like mountain goats and sprinting to the finish line like people possessed.  The first Clonliffe man home was Paul “Eddie the Eagle” Keenan and the first lady was Eimear “Galloper” Griffin, however it took a couple of hours before the official race times were be posted and Pam could announce the new champion.  The group nervously got together in the Gourmet Food Parlor and anxiously waited for Pam to calculate who had the most improved time. Excitement was at an all-time high as the 3rd and 2nd placed athletes were announced and with a loud cheer Siobhan “Newbie” McCarthy was announced the 2019 Golden Runner Champion.

To make the event even more special, Evelyn “YoYo” Brennan, organized a collection for Hugh’s House and thanks to the generosity of all those who donated, over €500 was raised for this excellent charity.

Cheers to everyone who made this another great social event and congratulations to Ollie Power who posted his time from Berlin and a BIG THANK YOU to the fantastic vocal supporters and our team photographers.

FYI, I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that Katie managed to find her way to Santry, just in time for the new champion to be announced.

Keep digging in and until next time.


Fab four grab 2nd place in Armagh 5k

The Clonliffe senior men put in magnificent performances in the Brooks Armagh international 5k road race tonight. The race drew one of the deepest 5K fields assembled with an unbelievable 113 athlete running sub 15 minutes.

The men’s team were in PB form with three of the four recording new pb’s. The team was let home in 30th place by Colm Rooney who recorded a time of 14.23, only one second off his 12-year-old PB. Next in was Ian Guiden in a new PB of 14.29 in 44th position, Cathal Doyle also a PB in 48th place of 14.30 and in 60th place Sean O’Leary in a PB of 14.37. With a combined time of 57.44 the Clonliffe  team placed second behind Leeds City AC 56.35 and ahead of Liverpool Harriers 58.03. David Flynn, in heavy marathon training, racing on the Irish international team tied with Colm in 30th place with the same time of 14.23!

The race is a spectacular event drawing a top international field, the criteria for qualification for the men’s race is that all athletes must have run 16 minutes. The course itself is a 1k loop around the mall in the centre of Armagh. The sheer speed of the race must be seen to be believed. Tonight’s race was won in a new course record of 13.43 by Finland’s Topi Raitanen and featured many international athletes including athletes who have competed in the 5000 at last year’s  Morton Games Jonny Mellor and Philip Sessman. A really great event. Highly recommended!


Efrem wins again!

Efrem Gidey got 2019 off to a flying start hitting the new year as he finished the old: top of the heap. Some two days after winning the ERP Xmas Cracker 5k in Santry he win this morning’s Tom Brennan 5k in the Phoenix Park in 14.58. Sean Doran was 8th in 15.39 with Declan Murray running 21.08.


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