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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.

 

Clonliffe BHAA 1, 2, 3 !

Today’s latest BHAA cross country race took place very close to HQ. ALSAA at Dublin Airport over 5 miles. Sean Doran took an excellent win in 27.33 leading a Clonliffe one two three as he was followed in by Eoin Taggart 27.52 in 2nd and Tom Sherlock 3rd in 27.54. Also in 20th David Brady 30.28 (full results on bhaa.ie)

 

Weekend round up

An incredibly busy weekend all round. In addition to the action in Portugal, Abbotstown for Indoor Games and the cross country in Dundalk Clonliffe athletes took in races around the country. David Flynn after his brilliant half marathon pb last weekend ran 49.53 in yesterday’s John Treacy 10 mile in Dungarven placing 2nd.

Also over 10 mile in Trim yesterday: Mick Bermingham 67.09, Mary Ketterer 72.28, Anne Lyons 77.01, Jason Blake 78.20, Imelda Kavanagh 84.37, Evelyn Brennan 81.03.

On Saturday in the BHAA cross country Sean Doran warmed up for the following day’s National Intermediates with a 4th place 22.11 with Thomas Sherlock 5th 22.19.

Seconds out. Round up! (updated)

Round up: On the country this weekend it was second places all round for Clonliffe athletes. Sean Doran was 2nd twice, at yesterday’s BHAA in Tymon Park over 6000m and again today at the Leinster Intermediate Cross Country over 8000m in Gowran, Co.Kilkenny. 2nd place also today for Martin Treacy in the Leinster M60 xc.

Also on Saturday the 12th Jayme Rossister was in action on the country in the Birmingham & District League race at Abington Park, Northampton, finishing 5th.

Clionliffe one two in Serengeti ! Plus more..

At Wednesday night’s OPW 5K trail run in the Serengeti (sorry the Phoenix Park – it just looks that way at the moment!) Clonliffe athletes managed to outrun the lions and record a one, two in the latest BHAA Summer Series with Sean Doran 1st and Tom Sherlock 2nd.  By all accounts it was a tough battle in the blisteringly hot conditions over the 5K route with the two club-mates battling it out until Sean kicked with 200 to go to take the win. Also in the race was Yvonne McDonagh who was 2nd woman O/40 and Anne Lyons 2nd woman O/50.  Slightly further back was Colm Doran in 108th position.

On Thursday Eoin Taggart had an excellent run in the Docklands 5 k Road Race to finish in 5th place in 15.52. Also at the Clonee 10k 11th David Brady 37.11, Rachel Eustace was 34th over all and 4th women in 39.41, with Alan Worall running 42.16.

Clonliffe one two in BHAA 5k

There was a Clonliffe one two in Mulhuddart, Dublin tonight at the Bristol-Myers Squibb 5k Road Race, in the BHAA series. Sean Doran was the race winner in 16.04 on a suspiciously long 5k after a battle lasting the almost entire last KM of the race with Declan Power who finished 2nd. Also in the field was Maurice McCrohan, however, that`s all the details to hand.

Saturday round up

Saturday: Phoenix Park, on a particularly muddy tough course at the Magazine Fort, Sean Doran ran possibly his best race to date finishing in an excellent 3rd place in the BHAA Garda 4 Mile XC. Thomas Sherlock placed 8th.

Also on Saturday Declan Power was 3rd in the Rathcoffey 10K in County Kildare in 33.57.

Saturday the 3rd, the 9th annual Dylan Ahern Memorial 5,000m XC race took place on the Castle field course at Malahide – 1st Colm Hickey 18-21 (fastest time)-2nd Aimee Ahern 21-32 (fastest woman ) — 3rd Liam Hennessy (nett 21-51)– 43 runners including racing come backs by Pat Byrne, Eugene Mc Carrick, Mick Kearney  and Bernie Byrne-the race was supported by a large number of the Ahern family and friends  .

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Round up: Sergiu 3rd in National 10k, Varsities T & F, plus more

The National 10k Road Championships was held in the Phoenix Park today incorporated into the Great Ireland Run where Sergiu Ciobanu placed 4th and 3rd in the National in 30.20. Sergiu had warmed up by winning the Youghal Emer Casey 5k on Thursday night in 14.54. In the O/45 National 10k Declan Power took gold (33.10) and Pat Davoren bronze (34.42). On the team front with David Mansfield in 16th place (32.17) the team took silver behind Raheny.

The only Clonliffe result to hand from yesterday`s BHAA 4 Mile in St. Annes is Maurice McCrohan 25.29. Also yesterday in England Liam Roarty ran the National 12-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield clocking 29:30 for the 5.38 mile course.

(Liam Roarty in English National 12 stage Relay)

On Friday and Saturday the IUAA Championships took place at Cork IT, with some very good Clonliffe performances. Busiest of the crew was Luke Mangan in the throws, winning the Weight for distance 9.66, and bronze medals in the shot (13.53) and Discus (36.73). Also medalling was Denis Byrne 2nd in the women`s javelin (36.05). Rolus Olusa was 4th in the javelin (46.85) and ran the fastest 110H of the day (15.81) in the semis and then 16.32 in the final to place 4th. In the sprints Pierce Friel ran 11.97 in his heat, 11.77 in his semi to make the final but was a DNS. Keith Pike ran 11.36 in his heat and 11.34 in his semi but failed to progress. He then ran 23.52 in the 200 heats but DNS the semi. In the 5,000 Adam O`Brien had a fine run to 5th place in 15.34.61 with Eoin Taggart 7th (15.42.63). Eoin McCullough was 9th in the 10,000 (35.10.30) and Emer Treacy was knocked out in the 800 heats (2.34.65).

National 12-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield clocking 29:30 for the 5.38 mile course. Missed from last weekend`s results was Rory Gunning 2nd in the Javelin in the Spring Throws in Athlone 59.94m. Also missed was Brian Flanagan`s 3000SC first race for McNeese placing 2nd in 9.44.23.

(Brian Flanagan, 9.44.23 3000 SC for McNeese)

 

Sun, Speed and PB`s at the K Club, plus weekend round up (updated)

Shane Rooney reports from the K Club: With the thoughts of the post-race grub in mind, members of Clonliffe Harriers AC travelled to Kildare this Saturday morning to take part in the 10k challenge and put their training to the test. The sun shone bright on the KClub, resulting a fantastic pre-race atmosphere at this increasingly popular BHAA event, which had almost 430 participants.

Dave Brady was the first Clonliffian home 27th in 34.45  followed in a time of 36:20 by Conor Keane and he was followed by Kieran Murphy in 37.55 and Richard Mannion in a time of 39:24.

Stephen “The Legs” Tracey celebrated his birthday in style by knocking 65 seconds of this previous course time, crossing the finish line in a sub 40-minute time of 39:54.

In perpetration for the Limerick Marathon relay, 3 members of the relay team decided to use the race as pacing practice.  With the aim of going sub 45 mins, the trio, like true team members, dug in to support each other across the line, all 3 smashing their pre-race target and achieving PBs.  Laura Kernan set the pace in a time of 43:38 and she was quickly followed by the dynamic duo of Declan “Unicorn” Grant and Emer “Coppers” Brennan who crossed the line together 2 seconds later in a time of 43:40.

Next up was the always determined Brid Beausang, who also achieved a PB time of 46:18, proving that strong cross country runners make strong road runners.

Having just returned from injury, Niall O’Connor intended to use the race to assess his fitness. However, showing no signs of a loss of fitness and confirming that rest is essential for a good recovery, Niall also achieved a PB time of 48:36.

Not to be out done and proving that she’s Nifty at Fifty, Evelyn Brennan was next across the line at 48:50.

Also, returning from an injury and in her inaugural BHAA race, Melissa Curran dug in to finish in a time of 51:58.

As the members of Pamela Cooper’s training group know, Yvonne McDonough is a supporter of the BHAA events and actively encourages people to sign up for races. Once again, Yvonne was at the start line and had a fantastic race, finishing almost 3 minutes faster than the previous year, with a time of 52:25.

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced this weekend, keep digging in.

Also on Saturday Liam Roarty was running for Cheltenham Harriers in the Midland Road Relays on the 11th of the 12 leg relay, running 16.41 for his 5k, as Cheltenham placed 3rd of 58 teams and qualifying for the English National 12 Stage Road Relays in two weeks time.

Sunday, the 26th: Eirgrid Dunboyne 4 Mile, Sean Doran 15th 21.12, Carrig 1st junior 21.20, Joseph Keane 3rd Junior 22.58, Emma Cooper 25.03, 3rd W40, and Kerri Page 26.48.

In the Port Tunnel race, now called the Underground Race, Declan Power emerged from the darkness in 1st place in 33.09, almost 30 seconds clear of 2nd place.

Round up: MacMahon wins Donadea 50k (a week ago!), plus more

The weekend round up starts a week ago! Brian MacMahon won the Donadea 50k race in a time of 3:11.26 (apologies Brian, but info only to hand this weekend), on Saturday 11th of Feb.

This weekend, yesterday the 19th David Mansfield was 8th in the Enniscorthy 10k in 31.58.

On Saturday the BHAA Cross Country continued in ALSAA, however, with no information flowing we`ve nothing to report on Clonliffe athletes (let us into the secret 0879599888!).

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