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National Masters and Intermediate cc

Feb 21, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Pat Bonass today added the O/65 National Cross Country title to his ever growing collection. The National Masters was run over a tough course at Lough Key Forrest, Boyle, County Roscommon. Despite over night snow underfoot conditions were described as good with the odd muddy patch, the course itself featured a pretty stiff climb early on. Unfortunately once again at a National Cross country Championship there were problems. The “big” lap was about 400m short resulting in all races running short of distance, there was also confusion at the start of the Masters race regarding the actual course.

In the Masters mens race Pat Bonass tracked his main rival for the O/65 title in the early stages, passing him on the long uphill and opening a gap which he never relinquished to take the National title. Clonliffe did not have a full team but there were good runs from both Philip O`Doherty and Tom Monks.

The Intermediate mens race was of course supposed to be over 10,000m, runners estimated that the actual distance covered was only around 7,500m. A great run on his Clonliffe debute from John Heneghan saw him take individual silver behind Brendan O`Neill (DSD). John was followed home by Lorcan Cronin a very credible 13th, Mark McDonald, most impressive for an 800m track specialist, 27th and an excellent run also from Stephen Harkness in 30th these four taking team silver for Clonliffe just 7 points off gold, won in a repeat of the National Novice by City of Derry. Excellent efforts also from Eoin Pearse (32nd), Ernie Ramsey (63rd) and Joseph Cooper (67th).

Next up, the big one, The National Junior and Senior Inter Club Cross Country in the Phoenix Park in two weeks time.

The ladies team had the bare team of 4 competing in yesterdays race in Boyle. The course should have been 4km but was just short of 3km. Joyce O’Hare was first home for team having a great second lap picking off a steady stream on her way, that extra 1km would have suited her. Next was Maura Matthews also had a good run coming home in 30th, Bronagh Ni Bhriain in 37th spot and Laura Garvey not put off by her first cross country (even if she did get an elbow in the side at the start) in 46th position. Well done all. The team came home in 6th spot.


David Flynn wins National intermediate silver

Feb 16, 2009 [Jeremy Walsh] David Flynn took pride of place for Clonliffe yesterday winning individual silver in the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships at Tymon Park. Over 10k, Sean Hehir from Rathfarnham WSAF, who was a comfortable 4th in the Dublin Senior Cross Country Championships went straight to the lead. He was determined to win this from the front and had built a considerable lead by the end of the first of 5 laps. The chasing pack was made up of Tom Fitzpatrick of Tallaght, Barry Minnock of Rathfarnham, a few others and David sat in with this chase group. As the race went on, David gradually picked the runners ahead off one by one, until it was just him and an athlete from Togher AC battling it out for second place. With 400 to go David was a few yards back, but with a strong final spurt he finished second in the end. As far as we are aware, David may be the youngest person ever to medal at this level. Well done David.

Club historians are scratching their heads trying to remember Clonliffe athletes who have previously medalled at National Intermediates – Eamon Tierney and Kevin Heffernan have been mentioned.

Declan Power ran his usual clever tactical race, passing many in the second half to finish very credibly in the 20s. Eoin Pierce was next home, somewhere in the 40s, with Ronan Hartnett completing the team scoring. The team finished in 6th place.

The remaining team members had a right battle, with Brian Gallagher ultimately taking 5th from Terry McLoughlin who ran a good race with a strong second half. Colm Groome in his first race for the club was hot on Terry’s heels with Joe Cooper Junior not far behind.

In the County race, Dublin took Gold, with David Flynn and Declan Power members of the winning team. Enjoy racing with the Seniors from now on Declan!

In the Master Mens event Philip O’Doherty was first Clonliffe home, from Tom Monks, Alan Worrall and Terry Mee.


Intermediate Men – 10k

2 David Flynn 32.33

28 Declan Power 35.10

41 Eoin Pierce 35.57

67 Ronan Hartnett 37.29

70 Brian Gallagher 37.40

76 Terry McLoughlin 37.54

78 Colm Groome 38.00

94 Joe Cooper 40.14

Master Men – 7k

83 Philip O’Doherty 25.09

102 Tom Monks 25.47

148 Alan Worrall 28.31

167 Terry Mee 30.54

National Intermediates and Masters

A pretty successful raid on the rebel county for the Nationals by the small Clonliffe contingent, our athletes bring home gold silver and bronze medals from Carraig na bhFear, Cork, yesterday the 12th February.

After a long trip down south taken by plane, train and automobile our small men’s masters and ladies intermediate teams were greeted by a pretty rough course, although relatively flat the underfoot conditions ranged from sticky to the downright dangerous thanks to tractor tracks and cattle hooves and other cattle by-products. Although the threat of rain held off there was a stiff breeze which contributed to the overall experience.

The first race of the day was the ladies masters over 4,000M which was won at ease by Pauline Curley, unfortunately we had no athletes in that race.

Next away over 7,000M were the master men including a Clonliffe team of 7. For the first time the National Masters included the apprentice vets, the dreaded O/35, which needless to say contributed to the fast early pace. Our team put in a spirited display led home by David Brennan, allegedly carrying an ankle injury, in 31st place and also to be the fourth scorer on the Dublin County Team.

Gerry Brady paid for his early pace and was overhauled by Martin Tracey in 38th place with Gerry 40th and Eugene Coppinger 55th making up the scoring 4, taking the team to 4th place overall. Our other athletes were Tom Monks 81st, Noel Guiden 86th and Pat Bonass 97th.

Gerry was rewarded for his afternoons work with 3rd place in the O/50 category to pocket bronze.

Pat took individual silver in the O/60 category, just losing out on the gold over the final 1,000M.

In the inter-county race both Dave and Martin claimed bronze as Dublin finished 3rd behind Cork 2nd and Donegal 1st. Remarkably this was Martin Tracey’s 10th National Masters Cross Country medal.

Well done also to Raheny’s Nick Corish, who became an honorary Clonliffe man for the weekend as part of our travelling party, on his 1st place O/75.

Race winner was John Downes of Donore, Colm Burke of Laoise 2nd and Tommy Payne, Tinnrynald 3rd.

Next up were the intermediate ladies. Once again it was great to see Clonliffe field a full team, particularly as our ladies were the 2005 champions, meaning that the majority of our senior team were not eligible to compete this time out.

Christine Kenneally ran a superb race, always featuring in the top 10 and finished a very strong 5th place, just out of the individuals medals. Christine however was rewarded for her run by being the 3rd scorer on the victorious Dublin County team to take home gold.

Ladies Captain Bronagh Ni Bhriain continued to improve showing very good form in placing 22nd.

Well done particularly to Kate Power (41st) and Dympna Boylan (42nd) in their first Championship Cross Country race ever on their gutsy runs.

1st in the ladies intermediate race was Fiona Malon of Donore with Rathfarnham being the 1st club.

The last race of the day was the men’s intermediate however, as in the first race in the programme Clonliffe was un-represented. A disappointing end to an otherwise successful outing.


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