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World Marathon Record: the Clonliffe connection

The phenomenal world marathon record set last Sunday by Eliud Kipchog of 2.01.39 would not have been possible without the involvement of former Clonliffe Harrier Josphat Boit. Boit was one of the team of pacemakers put in place for the record attack, however, at 15km things were looking a little uncertain as two of the three pacemakers had gone leaving Boit as the sole pacemaker.  Undeterred, however, Boit stuck to the task taking Kipchog through 20 km in 57.56 and then to halfway in 61.06, a mere 6 seconds off the hoped for split.

All of ten years ago now Boit, who was a training partner of Alistair Cragg arrived in Dublin and joined Clonliffe Harriers. Throughout that summer of 2008 and indeed into 2009 he was the dominant athlete on the roads of Dublin winning road race after road race including notably the Dublin 10 mile in the Phoenix Park in 49.22.  An impressive time for ten miles in the best of venues but in Dublin’s hilly Phoenix Park was sheer class.

At the National senior track and field championships in 2008 he became the 3rd Clonliffe athlete to win the national 10,000 winning in Morton Stadium in 29.44.55.

Also that year at the Morton Memorial Meet (later to become the Morton Games) he won the 3 mile, as Clonliffe marked the 50th anniversary of the World Mile and Three Mile records set in Santry back in 1958.

The Kenyan athlete became a US citizen in 2012 boasts times in his armoury for 3000 of 7.43.30, 5000: 13.17.12 and 10,000 of 27.40.64. He moved up to the marathon and in 2014 recorded a time in Boston of 2.12.52.

(2008, National 10,000 Champion Josphat Boit, Clonliffe Harriers)


Sunday round up: Clonliffe athletes hit Europe!

Clonliffe athletes were in action today all round Europe. Gary O`Hanlon ran another excellent Marathon in Berlin recording a time of 2.19.06, only some 13seconds off his 2.18.53 best set in winning last year`s National in Dublin. Gary was also 1st M40. Niall Gorman ran 2.50.15, Matt McGuinness 2.59.23. There was also the small matter of Kipchoge`s World Record of 2.01.39!!

(Pictures thanks to Karl Nolan, Berlin sees World Marathon Record: 2.01.39)

At the World Master`s Championships in Malaga, today saw the non stadia Half Marathon run in pretty hot and humid condition`s Philip O`Doherty filled 3rd spot on the Irish M55 team (along with Paul Moran, Tommy Hughes & Michael Cornyn) that took a fantastic team bronze. Philip recorded a time of 1.32.32.

Finally on our European news round up at the World Mountain Running Championships in Andorra today former National Cross Country Champion Sarah McCormack finished in 18th place.

Gary wins Cork Marathon plus Sunday round up

National Marathon champion Gary O`Hanlon won the Cork City Marathon this morning in a new course record of 2.21.09. Making it a Clonliffe Cork double was Sergiu Ciobanu winning the Half in 67.56. Also in the half Niall Gorman 81.17.

Also today the Leinster Track & Field Championships took place in Tullamore. The only Clonliffe results to hand are Orna McGinley winning a tactical battle to take the senior women`s 800 title and Niall Counihan successfully defending his Leinster triple jump. (any others text 0879599888)

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.


Planning to run Dublin?

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Clonliffe Marathon Men for European Champs

Both Sergiu Ciobanu and Stephen Scullion have been selected to run for Ireland in August`s European Championships in Berlin. Sergiu clocked the qualifying time in November in the Valencia Marathon while Stephen`s excellent 12th place in last Sunday`s London Marathon in 2.15.55 secured his place. The two Clonliffe marathon men will be joined on the Berlin start line by a 3rd Clonliffe Harriers with newly minted Clonliffe Harrier, and Rio Olympian,  Valdas Dopolskas, selected to run for Lithuania.

Scullion bags European Qualifying time in London plus more (updated)

Stephen Scullion ran a superb Marathon in London this morning to take 12th place in a new pb of 2.15.55 inside the European Championship qualifying standard of 2.17.00 and a pb by over 2 minutes.

Gary O`Hanlon who as the National Marathon Champion was chasing 2.18.00 and in the early stages was looking good to achieve this but seemed to have suffered a bit over the second half finishing in 2.21.14.

On the subject of marathon runners Sergiu Ciobanu who has already achieved the standard was 2nd in Thursday`s Ballynotis 4 Mile in 19.22.

Also in London today Dermot Faughnan 2.58.45, Colm Leonard 3.30.12, Melissa Curran 4.17.27, Katie Hennigan 4.37.45, Caroline Hynes 4.39.01.

(London calling,  Colm Leonard with coach Eugene Coppinger and fan club, Karl Nolan)

At the Madrid Marathon Alan Curley 3.26.28, and in the Madrid 10k Ciara Peelo 44.29, Emer Brennan 49.56, Brid Beausang 52.08.

(The Madrid Three, Emer, Brid & Ciara)

Gary wins Lanzorate Marathon in Record time

National Marathon Champion Gary O`Hanlon is a man in a hurry! He was presented with his National Marathon Winners Trophy at the Athletics Ireland Awards lunch on Wednesday, he then travelled to Lanzorate to defend his Lanzorate International Marathon title. Yesterday the 9th, but did so in a new course record, breaking his own record from 2016: 2.27.20, and with a 9 minute winning margin to boot.

On his Facebook page Gary said:

“Delighted to win the Lanzorate Marathon and surprised to slice 8 minutes off my course record.Without doubt the toughest marathon course and conditions i’ve faced but loved every minute of it,i’ll be back. Enjoyed my few weeks break from training after the Dublin Marathon and look forward to start training for the London marathon starting tomorrow, now for a few beers.”

Big performance from Sergiu in Valencia

Only three weeks after his last marathon, the Dublin City Marathon on October 29th, Sergiu Ciobanu ran his third fastest marathon to date this morning in Valencia 2.16.05 for 17th place. This was some three minutes faster than Sergiu ran in Dublin, where he placed 2nd in the National behind Gary O`Hanlon, and is also a European Marathon QT and the third fastest Irish marathon of 2017 (behind Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward).

Marathon Extra!

Now that the dust has almost settled on last weekend`s National Marathon the results are now emerging, but with some (still) confusion. Athletics Ireland are of course correctly showing a Clonliffe 1, 2, 3, 4: National Champion Gary O`Hanlon, 2nd Sergiu Ciobanu, 3rd Stephen Scullion and 4th David Mansfield. It has been confirmed that Gary, Sergiu and Stephen will be presented with their Championship medals by Athletics Ireland at a suitable occasion. (Also very interesting that with Karl Nolan`s excellent 9th place Clonliffe had 5 in the top 10!)

In the team competition the Clonliffe team of Gary, Sergiu and Stephen are confirmed as National Champions with a combined time of 6.57.44.  Athletics Ireland also show Clonliffe as 2nd: David Mansfield, Karl Nolan and Robert Reid (7.52.31).

Robert Reid is 3rd M50.

In the Dublin County Championships, again there`s a Clonliffe 1, 2, 3 by Gary, Sergiu and Stephen with those three as Dublin team Champions, however, Dublin shows the Mansfield, Nolan and Reid trio as 3rd place team, which doesn`t seem to gel. Clarification hopefully soon.

Robert Reid doesn`t feature in the Dublin M50 results which again seems to be a mistake, as his time places him 1st.

In the Dublin womens team M35 the Clonliffe team of Emma Cooper, Maura Matthews and Alison O`Sullivan are Dublin Champions.


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