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Ahern Cup/Club 10 mile

On a pleasant Autumn Saturday, at the usual start line for Malahide Castle GP races, 40+ runners started the 10 mile Club Championship Race. Before Starting it was highlighted that this was actually the last time the race would be run on this exact course; the Malahide Cricket Club will be extending it’s grounds to make “the first international standard cricket ground in the country with a capacity of 12,000″….I am sure we can make the necessary adjustments and we wish them well in their endeavours!

 

The penultimate race in the Grand Prix season saw a lot of runners carrying penalties from races they had scored well in earlier in the season – there were 15 runners with penalties weighing them own before the Ahern 10 mile. So this, along with some of the “Marathon Men” using the 10 miles as part of a longer training run in the lead up to the Dublin in a few weeks, meant it was never going to be easy to predict quite who was doing well or not as regards GP standings went!

 

As predicted the usual suspects set the early pace – with Green points men Ernie, Philip, and the Marathon men all setting off at a scorching pace. As the race was 4 laps of the castle it was interesting from a spectator point of view to see who and where runners would emerge from the trees after each lap. As far as Grand Prix leader board was set up; before Saturday, Colm Doran was top dog on 169pts, but was being closely followed by Ernie(165) and Paddy Tuite(159) – Paddy still having to complete 10 races as well! Colm did not finish the 4 laps and as such did not score, that left the door open for Paddy and Ernie and potentially others to close the gap. They duly obliged, with Ernie coming home a clear first place in a time of 58mins31secs and also scored 28pts! Paddy also had a strong run, despite having a penalty to contend with, and managed to score 16 points. This enabled Ernie to drop a low score of 7 points picked up earlier in the year and thus have a net gain of 21points. The new standings are below, but Ernie now has a 9 point lead over Paddy who in turn is now ahead of Colm by a further 6 pts. Colm now has to be careful Philip O’Doherty doesn’t steal third place from him!… both Colm and Ernie have Penalties to contend with for the last race…. exciting times!

 

So Philip did not manage to retain the club championship 10 mile for a third year running, Ernie Ramsey is this years champion. Elsewhere in the field we had a number of strong runs from the “Marathon Men”, with a flourish of finishers in the 62/63 minute mark – a testament to a good training group there! Slightly ahead of their training partners were Conor Delaney(59:05) and Mark Bermingham(60:20) who took the other two podium places. A very strong performance from the Clonliffe ladies also, who although had run in separate pairings through out the race, managed to finish together, with Marie ,Maura, Joyce and Emma all finishing withing 30 seconds of each other, in that order. Emma claiming a falling “Tree” had put her off her stride early on in the race, and as such was carrying a further handicap to regain her composure!

 

The days GP winner was however the real “Marathon Man”, Dave Brady. Dave who was not using the run as part of a training run, and did not have a handicap appeared to be moving at his usual cruising speed, but beat his forecasted time by 3mins 42 secs! Latching on to Colm Breen in the last lap may have proved the incentive he needed. Presentations will be on the GP Presentation Night.

 

Thanks to our race sponsor Maurice Ahern and to Shay Byrne for helping with officiating, and a big thank you to Eugene for the water station and assisting with the time keeping also!

P.B’s all round in 10 Mile Championship

There were superb personal best performances by a number of Grand Prix athletes recorded in the Club 10 Mile championships in Malahide Castle on Saturday 17th of September.

The race was round 12 of this years series, once again the 10 miler proved to be one of the more popular races on the Grand Prix calendar attracting in excess of 30 athletes.

This was the 42nd consecutive running of the Club 10 Mile Championship race which in latter years has found its home in the picturesque grounds of Malahide Castle, being run over four 2½ mile laps of fairly twisting pathway through the picturesque castle grounds.

David Brennan set his marker down immediately from the off, setting out at a very fast pace clearly David’s intention was to run the legs off the opposition as he tore around the first lap with William Stafford for company however, David’s relentless pace over lap 1 did serious damage as William was dropped. David slowed down slightly on the second lap however again picked up the pace over laps 3 and 4 to take victory and the Ahern Cup in a superb 56:03, a personal best. This guy is like a fine wine getting better with age.

Brendan Buck came through to take 2nd place in a fast 58:46 with William Stafford 3rd on 59:27.

Personal best performances were also recorded by Maurice McCrohan who finished 6th in 61:09 and also Stephen Byrne with 64:49. Indeed Stephen would have been a good minute and a half quicker had he not been hampered by a severe stitch which caused him to stop about ¾ mile from home. Kieran Murphy also recorded a personal best with 66:28.

There was also a notable performance from David Brady with 69:06.

It was good to see the return to racing of flying Dutchman Erwin De Wilde and also “An Sassenach” Eddie Bishop.

The result of the Club 10 Mile Championship was:

1. David Brennan – 56:03

2. Brendan Buck – 58:46

3. William Stafford – 59:27

4. Eugene Coppinger – 59:48

5. Tom Griffin – 60:03

6. Maurice McCrohan – 61:09

7. Paddy Tuite – 64:22

8. Colm Doran – 64:33

9. Stephen Byrne – 64:49

10. Dylan Ahern – 64:59

11. Erwin De Wilde – 65:04

12. Murray Ahern – 65:21

13. Declan Murray – 66:04

14. Eddie Harrison (guest) – 66:11

15. Kieran Murphy – 66:28

16. Colm Hickey – 67:02

17. Adam Ahern – 67:17

18. Pat Devitt – 67:43

19. Shay Byrne (guest) – 67:47

20. Bronagh Ni Bhriain – 67:59

21. David Brady (guest) – 69:06

22. Alan Smeaton – 69:26

23. Richard Connolly – 70:11

24. Eddie Biship – 71:40

25. Terry Reed – 71:44

26. Pat Bonass – 71:44

27. Colm Gallagher (guest) – 72:51

28. Pat Healy – 73:33

29. Tony Kiernan – 74:31

30. Maurice Ahern – 83:56

31. Tony Westby (guest) – 83:56

In the Grand Prix, after a superb run, the 20 points went to David Brady from Dylan Ahern and Eddie Harrison.

The result of the Grand Prix was:

1. David Brady –10:54 20 pts.

2. Dylan Ahern –8:11 19

3. Eddie Harrison –5:05 18

4. Maurice McCrohan – 3:54 17

5. Maurice Ahern –3:52 16

6. Brendan Buck –3:47 15

7. Kieran Murphy –3:35 14

8. David Brennan –3:30 13

9. Tom Griffin –3:25 11.5

= Erwin De Wilde –3:25 11.5

12. Pat Healy –3:09 10

13. Colm Doran –2:58 9

14. Shay Byrne –2:25 8

15. Stephen Byrne –1:47 7

16. William Stafford –1:42 6

17. Alan Smeaton –1:34 5

18. Pat Devitt –1:30 4

19. Pat Bonass –1:19 2.5

= Tony Kiernan –1:19 2.5

21. Colm Hickey -32 1

22. Paddy Tuite (SCR) 0

23. Eugene Coppinger +52 0

24. Tony Westby +58 0

25. Declan Murray +1:02 0

26. Richard Connolly +2:36 0

27. Adam Ahern +5:01 0

28. Murray Ahern +7:54 0

29. Bronagh Ni Bhriain +9:03 0

30. Eddie Bishop +12:44 0

As a result of his superb win David Brady takes over the leaders yellow jersey, David Brennan continues to snap at the heels of the leaders, as he has done for the last half dozen races, and is only half a point in arrears.

It seems fairly certain that the winner of this years Series will come from either Dave Brady, David Brennan, Shay Byrne, Stephen Byrne, Pat Devitt or Colm Doran.

The top ten currently are:

1. David Brady 124 pts.

2. David Brennan 123.5

3. Shay Byrne 121

4. Stephen Byrne 95.5

5. Pat Devitt 92.5

6. Colm Doran 91

7. Jeremy Walsh 89.5

8. Richard Connolly 88

9. Tom Monks 78.5

10. Jimmy Bennett 71.5

Round 13 is the Walker Cup which takes place on Thursday 6th of October at 8.00 p.m. The Walker Cup has always been one of the highlights of the Club racing year and there is usually a good social night afterwards. We hope again to have Frazier Walker in attendance to present the Walker Cup and in addition there will be presentations made for other recent Grand Prix events, in particular the 800M by race sponsor Philip O’Doherty, the 4 Mile Grass Race sponsor Tom Flood and also presentation by Maurice Ahern of the Ahern Cup to David Brennan as the Club 10 Mile Champion. A date to be noted in your diary.

Killians “Training Run” more than enough to take club 10 Mile Championship

Round 11 of the 2003 Series was the 40th Annual run of the Club 10 Mile Championship/Ahern Cup in the magnificent grounds of Malahide Castle. We had a pretty good turnout, certainly the best over the last number of years, with 26 starters of whom 24 athletes finished including a number of guests, and 18 athletes from the Grand-Prix series. The race consisted of four 2½ mile laps featuring a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths and forest trail.

Clonliffe’s Killian Lonergan out on, what was for him, a training run, captured the Ahern Cup as the 2003 Club 10 Mile Champion in a time of 55:23. He was accompanied step by step by guest David Carrie (same time). Third across the line, and second in the Clonliffe Championship, was David Brennan with a typical gutsy performance. Unfortunately a calf muscle injury forced David to slow down considerably on his final lap and he limped across the line in a still excellent time of 57:37, David was followed home by Eugene Coppinger in 57:52.

Further down the field once again, evergreen Richard Connolly was having a very strong run as he recorded fairly even splits for each lap, eventually coming home in 62:58. Séamus Greenan also had a very strong run finishing in 65:20, ninth across the line and in the Grand Prix Series, on a handicap basis Séamus was victorious to claim the 20 points on offer.

First lady home, on the comeback trail, was Mags Greenan in 68:02 with Christine Gormley 2nd in 69:58 and Bronagh O’Brien 3rd lady in 76:34.

Of the runners in the Grand-Prix Competition, the fastest was Dave Brennan with 57:37 (5pts), Eugene Coppinger was second with 57:52 (3pts) and Colm Coyne was third with 59:17 (1pt). The Handicap went to Séamus Greenan (20pts) with Paddy Tuite second (19pts, but he cleverly used his joker to double to 38pts) and Series guest, Shay Byrne of Raheny Shamrocks third (18pts). The Grand-Prix Leaderboard saw further changes with Richard Connolly remaining in the Yellow Jersey going into Round 12 on 132 points (overall best 10 giving 130), however David Brennan in second on 125.5 points continuing to close the gap and now lies a mere 6.5 points behind (overall) with a joker still burning away in his back pocket. Shay Byrne on 110 points passed Dylan Ahern for third (103.5) – unfortunately Dylan is now overseas and will not be competing again in the 2003 Series. As a result of an astute playing of his joker Paddy Tuite has propelled himself up the leaderboard to 5th place with 98.5 points. Our thanks to the organisers/officials who helped out on the day, Tony Westby, Michael McFadden and Pat Bonass and to Maurice Ahern for sponsoring the event.

Next race – Thursday, 9th October 20:00 in Morton Stadium, Santry for the Walker Cup/4 Mile Track race followed by two races over the country being the O’Connor Cup on the 8th of November and the Horan Cup on the 15th of November (with the annual dinner that evening).

10 mile Championship Ahern Cup September 2003
ALL Runners results
PLACE NUMBER NAME Actual Time
1 Killian Lonergan* 0:55:23
2 David Carrie (guest)* 0:55:23
3 221 Dave Brennan 0:57:37
4 210 Eugene Coppinger 0:57:52
5 237 Colm Coyne 0:59:17
6 219 Paddy Tuite 1:01:55
7 213 Richard Connolly 1:02:58
8 222 Noel Guiden 1:04:34
9 208 Séamus Greenan 1:05:20
10 207 Mags Greenan (1st Lady) 1:08:02
11 251 Ed Bishop 1:08:26
12 Murray Ahern (Guest)* 1:08:45
13 202 Adam Ahern 1:08:45
14 230 Pat Healy (Guest) 1:09:02
15 Christine Gormley (2nd Lady) 1:09:56
16 249 Shay Byrne (Guest) 1:10:18
17 229 Alan Smeaton (Guest) 1:10:21
18 253 Ray McConville (Guest) 1:11:52
19 233 Seán Pender (Guest) 1:12:27
20 T. Reed* 1:15:30
21 Bronagh O’Brien (3rd Lady)* 1:16:34
22 228 Declan Hetherington 1:23:07
23 232 Tom Flood 1:26:19
24 203 Maurice Ahern 1:28:56
‘*’ – Non Grand-Prix runners
10 mile Championship Ahern Cup September 2003 – Round 11  Overall Handicap
Grand Prix Athletes only
PLACE NUMBER NAME H’CAP TIME Points Bonus Actual Time Actual Place
1 208 Séamus Greenan 20 1:05:20 7
2 219 Paddy Tuite 19 x2 (38) 1:01:55 4
3 249 Shay Byrne 18 1:10:18 12
4 222 Noel Guiden 17 1:04:34 6
5 229 Alan Smeaton 16 1:10:21 13
6 221 Dave Brennan 15 +5 (20) 0:57:37 1
7 210 Eugene Coppinger 14 +3 x2 (34) 0:57:52 2
8 213 Richard Connolly 13 1:02:58 5
9 232 Tom Flood 12 1:26:19 17
10 230 Pat Healy 11 1:09:02 11
11 237 Colm Coyne 10 +1 (11) 0:59:17 3
12 253 Ray McConville 9 x2 (18) 1:11:52 14
13 251 Ed Bishop 8 x2 (16) 1:08:26 9
14 228 Declan Hetherington 7 1:23:07 16
15 233 Seán Pender 6 1:12:27 15
16 207 Mags Greenan 5 1:08:02 8
17 202 Adam Ahern 4 1:08:45 10
18 203 Maurice Ahern 3 1:28:56 18
Grand-Prix Leader Board after Round 11
PLACE NUMBER NAME POINTS JOKER Used
1 213 Richard Connolly 130 Y
2 221 Dave Brennan 125.5
3 249 Shay Byrne 110 Y
4 244 Dylan Ahern 103.5 Y
5 219 Paddy Tuite 98.5 Y
6 204 Declan Murray 91.5 Y
7 208 Séamus Greenan 90.5 Y
8 218 Michael McFadden 90
9 229 Alan Smeaton 87.5 Y
10 239 Aidan Creaner 86 Y
11 209 Nathan Pearce 85 Y
12 215 Pat Devitt 81
13 247 Ken O’Gorman 78 Y
14 251 Ed Bishop 77 Y
15 235 Jim Cleary 77 Y
16 214 Colm Doran 76.5 Y
17 233 Seán Pender 66.5
18 222 Noel Guiden 65.5 Y
19 230 Pat Healy 64 Y
20 216 Frank Devitt 63.5
21 206 Jimmy Bennett 58
22 225 Brian Rankin 53.5
23 232 Tom Flood 53
24 253 Ray McConville 52.5 Y
25 210 Eugene Coppinger 51 Y
26 217 Tom Griffin 50
27 248 Tony Westby 46.5 Y
28 261 Christopher Sheals 44
29 220 Pat Bonass 43
30 241 John Kearns 42.5
31 203 Maurice Ahern 32
32 212 Tom Monks 30.5
33 228 Declan Hetherington 27 Y
= 242 William Stafford 27
35 259 Martin Tully 26
= 250 Séan McDonnell 26
37 226 John McHugh 24 Y
= 252 Pat Byrne 24 Y
39 258 Colm Hickey 22.5
= 237 Colm Coyne 21 Y
41 240 Mick Fennell 20 Y
42 236 Annette Field 19
43 223 Mick Kearney 17
= 256 Peter McDermott 17 Y
45 245 Aimee Ahern 16.5
46 201 Ed Harrison 15.5
47 207 Mags Greenan 12.5
48 211 Gerry McCabe 11 Y
49 260 Stephen Byrne 9
50 255 Larry Molloy 6 Y
51 202 Adam Ahern 4
52 224 Terry Mee 2

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