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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.

 

Flynner jumps on the Marrakech Express (plus round up)

David Flynn clocked an excellent pb in the Marrakech half marathon, Morocco today of 64.32 to an 11th place finish. Flynner was also this week selected on the Irish team competing in the Armagh international 5k road race on February 14th.

Also on the roads (aside from Raheny) David Brady took in a hilly one…The Kerins O’Rahilly 10k in Tralee, so there’d be a hill or two, placing 15th in 38.28.

Sunday Round up

So the busy weekend continued today with a number of Clonliffe athletes in action again. After Dave Flynn`s fast half marathon yesterday Sergiu Ciobanu put in a fast one today. Sergiu was 4th in a red hot Charleville Half Marathon won by John Travers (Donore)  Sergiu running 66.47.

On the country Sean Doran was 4th in the Star of the Sea 6k cross country (20.35). In the USA Hope Saunders was 233rd for Wichita State in the Chile Pepper XC Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

No news yet from the juveniles Magical Mystery Tour today. Is no news good news?

Flynner takes Dublin Half in style

David Flynn was a class apart in this morning`s Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park. Flynner put in an outstanding run to win in 66.21, over three and a half minutes clear. This was a 10 second pb and with the Dublin Marathon only some five weeks away he`s looking good to be well in the mix.

The top 3 from the 50 plus Clonliffe Harriers in the race were: David Flynn 66.21, Dermot Faughnan 80.52 and Stephen Tracey 82.39. First Clonliffe woman was Rachel Eustace 6th and 2nd F35 in 87.07.

Full results use link: https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events

Valdas first in home half marathon

Valdas Dopolskas had his first race since his great run in the European Championships Marathon yesterday back home in Lithuania winning the Vilnius Half in 67.32.

Flynner wins Leinster Half Championship

The Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup, incorporating the Leinster Half Marathon Championships,  took place today. David Flynn continued his great form winning the race and Leinster title in 68.44. Also 40th Sean Doran (81.36) and 63rd Kieran Murphy (84.48), Kieran was also 3rd M50 and also took Leinster M50 silver.

Flynner Rocks to National Half title and leads team to win

David Flynn had a big win today in Dublin`s Rock `n`Roll Half Marathon/National Half Marathon on a new course, changed from the Phoenix Park due to the Pope`s up coming gig.

Flynner took the National title in 68.51. Winning by nine seconds from former Harrier, now with Clonmel AC, David Mansfield. In 4th place, and 1st O/40 was National marathon champion Gary O`Hanlon 69.31.

Other Clonliffe included Matt McGuinness 85.05, plus a host of other Clonliffe athletes, to see results use this link: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/eshop/Athletics_Ireland_Prelim_Results120818.pdf

On the team front amended results have issued showing the Clonliffe team of Flynn, O’Hanlon and McGuinness on a combined time of 3.43.27 as National Champions ahead of Clonmel AC on 3.45.16.

Weekend round up

Whilst eyes were on Birmingham there was plenty of action on the this weekend. Gary O’Hanlon was 1st in today’s Clougherhead 10k in 31.00 with Sean Doran 4th 34.44.

On the Streets of Edinburgh James Dunne ran the marathon in 3.13.58 and Ollie Power 3.30.45 today.

Yesterday David Brady was 3rd in the Glendalough Half Marathon 1.24.47. Maurice mcCrohan was 2nd in the Sandymount Beach 5k.

Also young Emma Mcdonnell took silver U/16 in Santry at the National Combined Events with Blasé Carroll 4th. In the u/15s Jonas Nyberg was 5th.

 

Scullion and Sergiu at World Half

The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships took place in Valencia this evening. Clonliffe duo Stephen Scullion and Sergiu Ciobanu were on the Irish team, Stephen placed 92nd in 65.19 with Sergiu 101st in 66.19.

Loops, tall chaps and Google maps ! (Den Haag HM 11 .03.2018)

Maurice McCrohan Reports: Declan Power has been extolling the virtues of an away trip spring half for some time. The Den Haag half is a race event that went under the radar for our running community. Kieran, Jer and myself took Declans’ advice and joined him on his return to the event.
Unfortunately ,on arrival in Amsterdam  Schifol airport train station,we did not take Declans advice,that there are three stations in the Hague and the race HQ is close to Centraal station. We jumped off at Den Haag North and were puzzled  not to see a park and HQ Tents in the locality. But,of course you can find your way so easily  these days with google maps..?
30 minutes later  we were still  aimlessly looping around Den Haag desperate for signs of greenery.We then saw the sign for Centraal Station and the penny dropped  in terms of  Declan’s clear directions! The race tents came into view.We got our race numbers without fuss or much queueing. The race T shirt was add on to the race fee. Only one of our group bought the T shirt.
The number on the T shirts 070 caused debate.It  seemed to be  a misprint of race categories? No! Exclaimed a Dutch friend of Declans( in their  stereotypical direct way )when asked about this later! She thought we had been to a “coffee” shop! 070 is the NL dialling code!
From our race gang of four,we were a man down for the race. Jer was on the injury list. But ,he was our  able  mentor,coach,sherpa. A bit of a fixer upper as the song goes ,But also an  occasional winder  upper. On saturday evening , smirking, supping a Dutch local ale ,while we were left to choose between sparking and still water. We spent the afternoon watching and enjoying the Rugby! The Park Hotel was  located in the Centrum,close to identical looking side streets of numerous cafes,bars ,restaurants.There were glorious old church structures and the  main shopping thoroughfare.In summary, the city is  a hidden treasure.
I found the streets all looked the same. So I did not get my bearings until Sunday.
The food range satisfied the dietay requirements of our gang.A vegan,a vegetarian and one who eats any old sh..!
Declans booked an Italian restraurant for the evening.Our google maps locator again went haywire.We had another aimless loop wander until we reached the restaurant .The Fratelli was so popular that our booking was moved to the basement function room.It was actually fine. We could hear ourself talk.
The pasta and pennes were ok ,the waiters  very friendly. The location picturesque ,adjacent to a lake and an old historical building.
We were up bright and early on race day.We did not need to be up too early,race  time was 2.30pm.This gave us the digestion time to fill our boots food wise.Kieran and myself brought our own porridge.But ,porridge is not a regular on the Dutch breakfast menu. They heated my porridge flakes ,but did not realise it tastes better if you add milk or water!
The Den Haag HM is one of a number of races on the day. We arrived at race HQ an hour before to see the tail end of the 10KM. Jer Sherpa  took our gear and we warmed up. Declan was in to the elite field zone.
We lined up feeling  positively Lilliputian among the land of the Dutch  giants. So many tall runners,when smaller seems an advantage for distance races. The MC was fun lots of Dutch songs and chants.And then we were off..
It was a mainly flat course.Roads wide enough for runing space.Early on Dutch runners when undertaking were very polite using the Dutch for excuse me as they passed.It was a mild afernoon,the earlier rain had cleared.
The only real testing area is a couple of KMs on the coast,slight increase in gradient and potential exposure to the wind. Fortunately,there was no headwind ,which was a feature in 2017. Mentor Jer had us very concerned about the potential moderate winds.But as the shipping forecast would say,winds stayed the  light side of moderate.
The course remained flat for the run in to the finish.The race had around 9500 finishers,so there was no overcrowing.There were 4 water stations giving out  cups water and energy drinks were sufficient.
There were good crowds along the route,But the Dutch are more reserved than Americans or Dubs in terms of encouragement. Heading into the finish straight there is around 300m run to the line.Good support and a less reserved crowd  lined the run in area.
I was happy with a 87 finish.My times in something of a contradiction are improving slowly. The bouquets are deserved  elsewhere. Declan got 1st M045 and  a top 100 finish in 73 mins. Kierans 83mins was an impressive 10th in age group and 1st (flying) non Dutchman M050.
The post race area in a field was well organised and  spacious.But,not much in terms of snacky post race food.This is a very well run event. We were all happy and ready for a post race  relaxing evening. But first ,being Holland ,Kieran had to have his post race chips. We found a place with excellent chips that hit the mark.
We then went to the suprisingly busy Hupple bar. The reasons for the crowd soon became clear. The bar manager brought our complimentary soup and bread. Again,this hit the mark. The only condition, the manager imposed made was you had to write a review of the soup and sandwiches in the pub notebook!!We found another bar with a food area attached,which went down well as hunger pains returned. Reggae music addded to the ambiance. We then returned to the Hupple bar ,where the bar man granted  spotify music  requests until we had  had our full of drink…

In summary,we gave the event a  big 4 yesees! An away day spring half is written into our  diaries. Kieran is eyeing up an 055 placing next year and a new phone with a better google maps app. Declan is  eyeing a PB and the Hupple bar food. Jer is just  hoping to be fit to run .Whilst,I am  looking at  incremental improvement and a playlist for the bar man in the Hupple!

cheers

Maurice “Mo” McCrohan

 

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