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Grand Prix Series: A tale of Two Rooneys

Grand Prix Series, Report by Liam Hennessy.

The Michael Murphy Memorial 5 Mile, took place on Thursday evening at Malahide at 8pm. Over 60 Runners lined up on a wonderful calm evening.

The main results were as follows;
Result of Handicap;
Winner – Shane Rooney
2nd Place – Philip Matthews
3rd Place – Tom Griffin

Fastest Runner – Colm Rooney – 24.31

Fastest Lady – Maura Matthews – 33.05

Many thanks to the Murphy Family for their generous sponsorship. Many thanks also to everyone who helped make this race a success.

Next Race: Round 10 – Thursday, July 11th – Simon Byrne Cup – 1500Metres – Morton Stadium 8pm.

Grand Prix on tour to Malahide

Grand Prix Series 2019 continues this coming Thursday, July 4th at 8pm at Malahide with the 40th running of the 5 Mile Castle Classic (37th Michael Murphy Memorial Race – In memory of the winner of the 1980 race). The 5 Mile is one of the most popular in the series. Please support the race and meet up afterwards at the presentation of prizes at Malahide Cricket Club. Hope to see you there.

Grand Prix News: Full results of 800

Report by Liam Hennessy: Round 8 of The Grand Prix Series Incorporating The Club Championship 800 Metres took place at The Morton Stadium last Thursday evening, June 20th. The evening was a perfect, calm, dry evening with a temperature of around 16 degrees. It was great to see many of our younger athletes take part in the Club Championship. There were six races in total.
The result of the Grand Prix Handicap for The Richie Barr Cup was as follows;
Winner – Dan Molloy
2nd Place – Ann Mc Donnell
3rd Place – Murray Ahern
Many thanks to Richie Barr for his kind sponsorship for the 4th year in a row.

The following is a full list of results
Sean O’Leary – 2.00
Efrem Gidey – 2.01.6
Greg Hosseny – 2.04.76
Sean Carrig – 2.08.7
Eoghan Murphy – 2.09
Murray Ahern – 2.17 – Equal PB
Peter Bissett – 2.17.2 – PB
Paul Keenan – 2.21
Alannah Cooley – 2.23
Niall Sherlock – 2.23.3
Sarah Bateson – 2.25
Fergie Keenan – 2.28
Dan Molloy – 2.28 – PB
Naoise Cullen – 2.29
Ray Dunne – 2.30
Aoife Hession – 2.32
Katie Halpin – 2.34
Alan Worrall – 2.34
Alanna Fitzsimons – 2.35
Trevor Wisdom – 2.35
Mick Bermingham – 2.37
David Reilly – 2.37
Shane Rooney – 2.38
Noel Daly – 2.41
Emma Dunne – 2.42
Jason Blake – 2.44 – PB
Abbie Sheehy – 2.44
Aideen O’Connor – 2.45.9
Niall Markey – 2.46
Cora Curran-Beggs – 2.48
Seamus Devitt – 2.48 – PB
Tom Cassidy – 2.50 – PB
Tom Dunne – 2.51 – PB
Carmel Ward – 2.52 – PB
Aimee Ahern – 2.53
David O’Sullivan – 2.55
Ray Mitchell – 2.55.5 – PB
Pam Curley – 2.57.77
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 2.58
Gerard Fay – 2.58.1 – PB
Orla Deighan – 2.59 – Equal PB
Ciara Daly – 3.01
Paul White – 3.02
Maura Shaughnessy – 3.03 – PB
Pat Healy – 3.04
Greg O’Beirne – 3.04 – PB
Dave Lyons – 3.08
Eva Tomonyiczco – 3.09 – PB
Ann Lyons – 3.14
Pat Devitt – 3.17
Evelyn Brennan – 3.19 – PB
Ann Mc Donnell – 3.25 – PB
Conor Daly – 3.50 – PB
Richard Connolly – 3.53
Dave Brady – 4.03
Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Many thanks to all who helped make this race run so smoothly. Many thanks to Caroline and Paddy Tuite for organising the after race refreshments.

Next Race: Round 9 – Michael Murphy Memorial 5 Mile Race, Malahide, Thursday, 4th July, 8pm. The Michael Murphy Race (2 x 2.5 Mile laps on trail / tarmac) is one of the most popular in the Grand Prix Series. See you there

Sean O’Leary & Alannah Cooley win club 800

A fine turnout for tonight club club 800 Championships which were incorporated into round eight of the Grand Prix Series. The first race of the day was the sub 2.10 race,essentially the men’s championship. This proved to be a fine and exciting race with Sean O’Leary taking up the running with 300 to go from Efrem Gidey, Sean proving to be stronger over the final 200 to take the 2019 club championship in the time of 2.00. Efrem was second (2.01) with Greg Hossenny in the third (2.07)

Race number two was the sub- 2.35 race and turned out to be the women’s club championship. There was a fast pace from the off with Alanna Cooley successfully defending her title from last year winning a time of 2.22. Second was Sarah Bateson in a new PB of 2.25 with young Naoisa Cullen fine third in 2.29.

The top three in the Grand Prix for the Richie Barr cup was 1st Don Molloy,  2nd Anne McDonald and 3rd Murray Ahern.



Full results will be published as soon as possible.

Club 800 C’ships/Grand Prix tonight

The club 800 championships incorporated into the latest Grand Prix Series for the Richie Barr cup takes place tonight Thursday the 20th at 8.00pm. This race is open not only to the Grand Prix athletes but to all club members. With the popularity of the distance there may well be some half a dozen races needed. Prize giving for both the championships, men and women and the Grand Prix, sponsored by Richie Barr takes place after the races.

in the Grand Prix series itself the  leaderboard after seven rounds shows Mick Birmingham a clear leader on 185 points from the 800 sponsor Ritchie Barr second on 172 points, tied for third on 171 points are Deirdre Fitzsimon’s and the 2018 Grand Prix series champion Mick Gleeson. The latest updated leaderboard can be found on the Grand Prix page.

Grand Prix News: Mel Scoops O’Connor Cup !

Race report by Liam Hennessy; Last Thursday evening (June 6th) saw the running of The O’Connor Cup, 4 Mile Grass Race, held at Santry Demesne. The going was soft underfoot following a few days of rain; however we had dry conditions during the race. A total of 55 runners toed the starting line for four one mile laps of the demesne.

The result of the handicap for The O’Connor Cup was as follows;

Winner – Mel Curran

2nd Place – Pat Devitt

3rd Place – Richie Barr

The following is a full list of results;

Stephen Butler – 23.32

Paul Keane – 24.19

Eamonn Dunne – 24.20

George Brady – 24.35

Dave Dunwoody – 25.51

Shane Casey – 26.02

Mick Bermingham – 26.05

Murray Ahern – 26.10

Stephen Tracey – 26.35

Peter Bissett – 26.40

Mick Gleeson – 27.02

Richie Barr – 27.09

Maura Matthews – 27.35

Adrien Gerard – 27.57

Fergus Keenan – 27.57

Joe Cole – 28.45

Maurice Mc Hale – 28.47

Maria Howard – 28.50

Don Mollloy – 29.05

Philip Matthews 29.09

Trevor Wisdom 29.09

Aideen O’Connor – 29.13

Declan Grant – 29.14

Shane Rooney – 29.26

Deirdre Fitzsimons – 29.31

Sean Grimes – 29.54

Carmel Ward – 29.55

David O’Sullivan – 30.04

Elaine O’Loughlin – 30.35

Dave Killoran – 30.54

Ray Mitchell – 31.02

Greg O’Beirne – 31.19

Liam Hennessy – 31.28

Tom Dunne – 31.30

Ciara Peelo – 31.41

Jean Dunne – 31.42

Maura Shaughnessy – 31.44

Pat Devitt – 31.52

Orla Deighan – 31.57

Mel Curran – 32.03

Yvonne Mc Donagh – 32.15

Shay Byrne – 32.22

Evelyn Brennan – 32.40

Mary Purdue Smith – 32.59

Gerard Fay – 33.07

Karen Mc Afee – 33.18

Jason Blake – 33.26

Ann Lyons – 33.36

Conor Jennings – 33.49

Anthony O’Brien – 33.50

Darren Horgan – 34.35

Kevin Greene – 35.37

Dave Lyons – 36.12

Terry Mee – 39.09

Dave Brady – 41.15

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to make this race such a success.

Next Race –  Thursday, June 20th – Richie Barr Trophy – 800Metres / Incorporating Club Championship – Morton Stadium – 8pm, Kindly sponsored by Richie Barr.  The 800Metres is always a very popular race in the series – See you there !!

Grand Prix Series: McCarrick Plate, Malahide Castle (and O`Connor Cup on Thursday)

Grand Prix Series 2019 – Round 6 – Thursday May 30th – Report by Liam Hennessy. The Mc Carrick Plate, 2.5 Mile Trail /Tarmac Race took place last Thursday at Malahide. 62 Runners toed the starting line. The weather was good; although a strong breeze during the first mile hindered fast times.
Full list of results as follows:
Eamonn Dunne – 14.11 – PB

Dave Dunwoody – 14.53 – PB

Mick Berminghmam – 15.08 – PB

Shane Casey – 15.19

Stephen Treacy -15.24

Murray Ahern – 15.26

Dessie Shorten – 15.31 – PB

Alan Curley – 15.34

Mick Gleeson – 15.35 – PB

Philip Matthews – 15.39

Seamus Devitt – 15.42 – PB

Richard Case – 15.44

Maura Matthews – 15.52

Emma Cooper – 15.58

Richie Barr – 16.00

Declan Grant – 16.10

Emma Dunne – 16.15

David Quinn – 16.35

Julie Larkin – 16.47

Shane Rooney – 16.47

Maurice Mc Hale – 16.47 – PB

Sean Grimes – 16.49

AImee Ahern – 16.55

David O’Sullivan – 17.01

Deirdre Fitzsimons – 17.02

Trevor Wisdom – 17.17

Maria Howard – 17.24 – PB

Mary Ketterer – 17.37 – PB

Thomas Dunne – 17.38 – PB

Carmel Ward – 17.40

Gerard Fay – 17.45 – PB

Fintan Crehan – 17.50

Tom Cassidy – 17.52

Don Molloy – 17.55 – PB

Aideen O’Connor – 18.00

Ciara Peelo – 18.03 – PB

Declan Murray – 18.05

Laura Kernan – 18.06

Mark Dowling – 18.06

Orla Deighan – 18.09

Greg O’Beirne – 18.12 – PB

Jean Dunne – 18.13

Maura Shaughnessy – 18.19 – PB

Evelyn Brennan – 18.29 – PB

Pat Devitt – 18.34

Melissa Curran – 18.37

Jason Blake – 18.46

Pat Healy – 18.47

Anna Kavanagh – 18.54

Sinead Smith – 19.01

Alan Smeaton – 19.01

Kevin Greene – 19.16 – PB

John Stokes – 19.22

Shay Byrne – 19.29

Dave Lyons – 19.52

Ann Mc Donnell – 20.20 – PB

Fergal O’Shea – 20.30 (Late Starter)

Dave Brady – 21.55

Siobhan Mulvey – 23.59

Sinead Morrissey – 23.59 – PB

Richard Connolly – 24.00

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

The result of the handicap for The Mc Carrick Plate is being kept under wraps and will be revealed on Thursday evening alongside the presentation for this coming Thursday’s O’Connor Cup. Many thanks to all who volunteered to help make this race such a success.

Next up:  O`Connor Cup, this Thursday June 6th.

Grand Prix Series 2019 takes to the Grass !!

The Grand Prix Series continues this Thursday evening at Santry Demesne with the running of The O’Connor Cup, 4 Mile Grass Race @ 8pm. The O’Connor Cup was traditionally a Cross Country Race, but became a Summer Grass Race with the advent of the Grand Prix Series. The O’Connor Cup is one of the oldest Clonliffe club races and is a most special race in our clubs history. The O’Connor Cup is a fabulous trophy, which was first presented to the club by J.J O’Connor, who in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s dominated Irish Cross Country running. O’Connor won the National Cross Country Championships on no less than four occasions with several different clubs, but it was in the colours of Clonliffe that he won the National Cross Country Championship in 1935.

The presentations for both The Mc Carrick Plate, which was kindly sponsored by Paul O’Loughlin and the O’Connor Cup, kindly sponsored by Alan Worral will take place on Thursday.

Grand Prix News: A Night of Miles (updated with report/results)

Round 5 of the Clonliffe Grand Prix Series took place in Morton Stadium last night. It was a very pleasant night in the stadium for an evening of miles. The Santry mile was last night’s event and such is the popularity of the mile that there was a series of five races held. It was also very pleasing to see a group of the Clonliffe junior women taking part in what for many of them was the first mile race and all suitably attired in their club vests.

There was competitive racing throughout as the races were graded by Maurice Ahern with some very close finishes particularly in races two and three. The fastest athlete on the night was Eoghan Murphy who ran a time of 4.46 (TBC). Fastest woman was Alannah Cooley, who showed no ill effects of her graded 1500 the night before. Fastest of the junior women was Katie Halpin (5.45). Winner of the Grand Prix was Dave O Regan with Peter Bissett 2nd.

Round 5 – Grand Prix Series – Report by Liam Hennessy. The Santry Mile / Guiden Trophy, kindly sponsored by Noel Guiden, took place last Thursday, May 16th at Morton Stadium at 8pm. There was a huge entry of 75 participants on the night. We had the pleasure of welcoming some of our promising young athletes to the mile and they certainly provided for a great evening of races.

The fastest runner on the night was Eoghan Murphy, running a personal best of 4.52. Alannah Cooley was the first lady home in a time of 5.23.8 and Katie Halpin was the first Junior home in 5.45.6.

The Result of the handicap was as follows:

1st Place – David Comiskey – Winner of The Santry Mile / Guiden Trophy 2019.

Second Place – Peter Bissett

Third Place – Don Molloy

Full Results as follows:

Eoghan Murphy – 4.52 – PB

Gavin Mc Ardle – 5.01 – PB

Eamonn Dunne – 5.03 – PB

George Brady – 5.05

Peter Bissett – 5.06 – PB

Paul Keenan – 5.12 – PB

Shane Casey – 5.14

Murray Ahern – 5.15

Clive Ahern – 5.17.8

Alannah Cooley – 5.23.8

Alex Devitt – 5.31

Fergal Keenan – 5.34 – PB

Dessie Shorten – 5.36

Mick Bermingham – 5.37 – PB

Alan Worrall – 5.39

Brian Connor – 5.42

Ciara Peelo – 5.45

Katie Halpin – 5.45.6

Richie Barr – 5.47

Aoife Hession – 5.47

Mick Gleeson – 5.47.6 – PB

Declan Grant – 5.49

David Comiskey – 5.50 – PB

Seamus Devitt – 5.52 – PB

Maria Howard – 5.53 – PB

Alan Townsend – 5.53.4 – PB

Shane Rooney – 5.54

Alan Curley – 5.55

Emma Dunne – 5.55.7

Noel Daly – 5.57

Don Molloy – 5.57

Maura Matthews – 6.00

Julie Larkin – 6.02

Niall Markey – 6.03

Aideen O’Connor – 6.05

David Reilly – 6.05

Elaine Mc Loughlin – 6.06

Ella Cooley – 6.07

Laura Kernan – 6.08

Joe Cole – 6.11 – PB

Aimee Sheehy – 6.12

Aimee Ahern – 6.14

Maurice Mc Hale – 6.14 – PB

Cara Curran – 6.14.2

Alex Eustace – 6.17

Emma Byrne – 6.18

Declan Murray – 6.19

Philip Richards – 6.19 – PB

Carmel Ward – 6.20.7 – PB

Jenny Bowers – 6.22

Tom Cassidy – 6.22

Aimee Daly – 6.23

George Maybury – 6.24

Tom Dunne – 6.25 – PB

Claire Roche – 6.27

Greg O’Beirne – 6.27.8 – PB

Clodagh Moriarty – 6.28

Siobhan Mc Carthy – 6.28 – PB

David 0’Sullivan – 6.31

Vicky Mc Donnell – 6.34

Orla Deighan – 6.35

Gerard Fay – 6.39.6 – PB

Karen Mc Afee – 6.49 – PB

Sinead Smith – 6.49

Melissa Curran – 6.49

Maura Shaughnessy – 6.54 – PB

Pat Healy – 6.59

Yvonne Mc Donagh – 7.01

Dave Lyons – 7.13

Mary Purdue-Smith – 7.15

Shay Byrne – 7.18

Ann Mc Donnell – 7.30

Dave Brady – 8.43

Conor Daly – 9.16

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

There were at least 22 personal bests recorded on the night proving again that the race series offers runners fabulous opportunities to run best times. Many thanks to all who volunteered to make this race happen.

Next Race: Round 6 – Mc Carrick Plate – Thursday, May 30th @ 8pm – Malahide – 2.5 Mile (One lap of trail / tarmac route). Training shoes / Racing flats should be fine for this one !! See you there !!.

Grand prix news: the Santry mile this Thursday

The latest round of the club’s popular Grand Prix series takes place on Thursday night in the stadium at 8 PM with the Santry mile. This race which is sponsored by Noel Guiden and has been a part of the Grand Prix since its inception in 2001. Originally the Santry mile was a road mile in the park at the rear of the stadium but in recent years to meet the demands of the athletes is now a track mile race

Being a pretty popular race distance year upon year attracts most of the Grand Prix competitors. On Thursday night the races will be broken into ability and it is anticipated that there will be four or possibly even 5 mile races.

Once again competitors in the Grand Prix are asked to respect the ongoing training in the stadium of the club’s athletes, many of whom are preparing for the clubs competing in the European Champion clubs track and field in two weeks time. Grand Prix athletes are requested therefore to do all warm-ups outside of the track (there is a big park at the rear of the stadium!). When your race is over again can competitors move to the infield to give their name place etc and when crossing back across the track be mindful of fast athletes coming down the outside lanes.

The prize giving for the Grand Prix races will take place as soon as possible in the clubhouse once the results are available. In addition the race sponsor is providing a prize to the first junior athlete (on-time) in the races on Thursday as there will be a number of junior athletes guesting in this race.

The Grand Prix committee looks forward to as many competitors as possible competing in Thursday night’s race. As always if you are not competing please come along and help out with officiating on the night.

Grand Prix News: Elaine McDonnell wins Pat O’Hara Cup

Report by Liam Hennessy. The Grand Prix Series continued last Thursday evening with Round 4, The Pat O’Hara Memorial Cup, was kindly sponsored by Janice and Declan Hetherington in honour of the Clonliffe 1949 Club Captain. The 3000 Metres Track Race was held at the Morton Stadium. There was a great turnout of 55 runners, who were split in to three races. The fastest athlete on the night was George Brady.

The result of the handicap was as follows;

1st Place – Elaine Mc Donnell – 2019 Winner of The Pat O’Hara Memorial Cup.

2nd Place – Niall Markey

3rd Place – Greg O’Beirne

Full results as follows;

George Brady – 10.16

Paul Keenan – 10.19 – PB

Eamonn Dunne – 10.23

Shane Casey – 10.34

Clive Ahern – 10.40

Peter Bissett – 10.41 – PB

Murray Ahern – 10.53

Philip Matthews – 10.58 – PB

Mick Bermingham – 11.06

Dave Dunwoody – 11.08

Alan Worrall – 11.19

Adrian Gerard – 11.27 – PB

Richie Barr – 11.28 – Equals PB

Niall Markey – 11.31 – PB

Trevor Wisdom – 11.32

Mick Gleeson – 11.33 – PB

Seamus Devitt – 11.41 – PB

Sean Grimes – 11.53

Joe Cole – 11.54 – PB

Noel Daly – 11.55

Peter Cahill – 11.56 – PB

Declan Grant – 12.01

Clodagh Moriarty – 12.05

Deirdre Fitzsimons – 12.07 – PB

Laura Kernan – 12.11

Aimee Ahern – 12.15

Declan Murray – 12.17

Alex Eustace – 12.20

Tom Cassidy – 12.22

Carmel Ward (Guest) – 12.26 – PB

Greg O’Beirne – 12.39 – PB

Ray Mitchell – 12.42 – PB

Eimear Brennan – 12.44

Ciara Peelo – 12.44

David O’Sullivan – 12.46

Gerard Fay – 12.48 – PB

Jason Blake – 13.00

Philip Richards – 13.04 – PB

Sinead SmIth – 13.05 – PB

Siobhan Mc Carthy – 13.08 – PB

Maura Shaughnessy – 13.10 – PB

Orla Deighan – 13.17

Pat Devitt – 13.19

Yvonne Mc Donagh – 13.23

Eva Tomonyiczco – 13.23 – PB

Melissa Curran – 13.23 – PB

Elaine O’Dowd – 13.25 – PB

Dave Killoran – 13.25 – PB

Mary Purdue-Smith – 14.00

Aoife Devitt (Guest) – 14.30

Ciara Daly – 14.36 – PB

Dave Lyons – 14.54

Ann Mc Donnell – 15.02

Dave Brady – 16.05

Sinead Morrissey – 16.41 – PB

Apologies if i misspelt any name above. Many thanks to everyone who volunteered their help.

Next two races: Round 5 – Thursday, May 16th, Morton Stadium, 8pm, Santry Mile, Kindly sponsored by Noel Guiden.

Round 6 – Thursday, May, 30th, Malahide, 8pm, 2.5 Mile Race, Mc Carrick Plate.

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