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Round up

In addition to today`s league final, where Joe Cooper showed Jim Gavin the way to do four in a row, and yesterday`s Masters several additional events attracted the interest of the club`s athletes.

We start the round up on Wednesday the 15th at the BMC meet in Eltham where Eoin Pierce was 2nd in the 5000 in 14.33.85. Yesterday`s BMC meet in Trafford saw Jayme Rossister warm up for league action with a 3.51.22 1500 for 3rd place in race B.

Today on the roads at the Kilcock 10 Mile Philip O`Doherty ran 65.40, Anthony Doran 66.22 and Emer Brennan 79.14. At the RSP 5 Mile Eimear Griffin ran 35.35.

Weekend Round up (updated to Sunday)

Friday August 3rd: Carlingford 5k 6th Sean Doran 15.50, 62nd David Brady 17.36.

Sunday the 5th: Indaver 10k in Duleek and Sean Doran was racing again finishing 3rd (35.38), also Maura Matthews 43.50, Sinead Hartnett 45.05, Kerri Page 47.15.

Into the West

Shane Rooney reports: As the country continued to soak up the sun, it was off to the west for several our running buddies.

First up was the Roscommon 10 Mile, which was is part of the Kia Race Series where David Mullen ran a fantastic time of 61.47. A big cheer for Mellissa ‘Honey C’ Curran, who crossed the line in a time of 1:27:44.

Moving further west, and while Sam may not be going to Mayo this year, Clonliffe Harriers were happy to bring their winning ways to the very scenic Achill Island.  The Achill Half Marathon, despite the hills, has become one of the must do races in racing calendar.  Gary O’Hanlon led the athletes home in a time of 70mins 45sec.  Motivated by Gary’s pace, the Andrews-Dowling’s, who were celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary, went into the race with the goal of running side by side and to enjoy all the sights the course offers. However, as the Dynamic Duo passed the 5-mile point, they were informed that Aisling was in the prizes.  It was over to Marky Mark to come up with a game plan and he expertly pace Aisling for the remaining 8 miles.  The couple took to the hills like mountain goats and the crowd cheered Aisling across the line as 2nd lady home in a new PB time of 1:34:30. To quote Aisling “Mark comes in handy and thank God I got my hair done for the photos”.  The happy couple, who are always on hand to motivate everyone to achieve their personal best, were delighted to cheer home Caroline ‘Visor Model’ Hynes (2:03:33) and Katie ‘Golden Boot’ Hennigan (2:04:54) as both ladies crossed the finish line smiling as always.

Don’t forget, the 2018 Clonolympics takes place on the 10th August. Check out the poster and entry form which are on the notice board in the club entrance.

Congratulations to everyone who ran this week and keep digging in.

Roads round up

A busy enough weekend on the roads and it was hot! Saturday evening in Dunshaughlin for the Michael Manning 10k where Sergiu Ciobanu lead home the Clonliffe crew in 6th place (30.47) After Sergiu: Eoin Taggart 33.42, Sean Doran 35.33, David Brady 36.07, Paul O`Loughlin 38.38, Alex Eustace 39.53, Maura Matthews 41.05, Ollie Power 42.55, Emma Cooper 43.04, Jean Carr 44.00, Bernie Byrne 44.51, Aine McCann 45.10, Emer Brennan 45.33, Anthony O`Brien 50.29, Lorraine Sherwood 54.42.

Earlier that morning Jack Maughan was 1st home in the Malahide Parkrun in 16.46.

This morning in the Phoenix Park the Irish Runner 5 Mile took place, again in blistering conditions. Declan Power was the top Clonliffe athlete in 5th place 26.44. Followed in by Eoghan Murphy 30.12, Trevor Wisdom 33.03, Mick Gleeson 33.24, Shane Rooney 36.12, Aisling Andrews, Laura Kiernan, Mark Dowling (all 36.23), Niall Markey 38.58, Mandy McMenamy 40.09, Ciara Faherty 40.20, Dave Lyons 41.04, Paula Horan 44.20, Caroline Hynes 44.25.

No news on Track & Field League Round 1 yet. Tomorrow!

Glorious weekend round up

On a truly glorious Saturday Clonliffe athletes have been in action on the hills, roads and tracks. Declan Power won the Glenmore Challenge 10 Mile in the Cooley Mountains, needless to say it was a hot and hilly course, Declan won in 57.29 with David Brady 11th (66.53).

In Bohermeen for the Patrick Bell 5k Sean doran was 9th (16.25), 10th Eoin Taggart (16.26), 190th Aine McCann (21.55).

Also today the Northern Ireland Track & Field Championships at the Mary Peters Track, Keith Marks 2nd in long jump with a huge 7.51, however the wind was a tad over the legal limit (+2.2), Keith also placed 6th in the 100 final (11.26). Silver in the 100 Leah Moore (12.17). In the 400 Mark McDonald ran 51.70 in his heat.

Meanwhile, having their cake and eating it, the Wild Bunch in ALSAA, post session celebrating Fogo`s ??? birthday (he says he`s a certain age, we think he`s older!!)

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Round up

Missed from mid week round up was the Star of the Sea 5k on Tuesday the29th where Conor Healy was back in action placing 5th in 16.32, 18th David Brady 17.47 and 72nd Richie Barr 20.27. (Guys please can I appeal to anyone who raced to give me a break! Text result to 0879599888)

Saturday the 2nd in Galway Mary Ketterer was 2nd woman in the Kinvara Half Marathon in 97.34.

Mid Week round up

At tonight`s Drogheda and District Graded Meet Alannah Cooley won the 3000 in a new PB of 10.40.67. On the roads David Mullen was 4th (17.26) and Eoghan Murphy 5th (18.01) in the Balbriggan Roadrunner Summerfest 5k.

On Tuesday night, the 29th, Sean Doran was 8th in the Government Services BHAA 5 Mile Road Race in Dunboyne in 27.30. Maurice McCrohan ran 32.02.

Missed last weekend was Valdas Dapolskas 69 minute half marathon in 30 degrees back in Lithuania.

The weekend Round up (updated)

Starting off with the European Cup 10,000 in Highgate, London where on Saturday evening Sergiu Ciobanu ran 30.15.95, placing 28th in race B, only 4 seconds off his 2010 pb.

At the Wicklow Hospice, also on Saturday 10 Mile Rachel Eustace was 1st woman in 67.30 with Mary Ketterer 3rd woman in 71.50.

Sunday and Jayme Rossister warmed up for next week’s European clubs with a 3.52.18 1500 at the Loughborough International.

Also on Sunday the Streets of Dublin 5k with a great Clonliffe presence of young athletes on volunteering duties at the finish expertly distributing medals, water and goody bags to the race finishers. Clonliffe finishers included Declan Power 5th 16.23, Eoghan Murphy 18.38, Maurice McCrohan 19.33, Mark Dowling 20.00, Dave Lyons 26.55 and Ashling Andrews.

On Saturday Philip O`Doherty competed in the European Master`s Non Stadia Championships in Alicante. The Irish M50 cross country relay team placing 4th missing out on bronze by only 10 seconds. Then on Sunday for his long run Philip took in the Half Marathon coming home in 91.45.

Missed last Thursday was Tom Sherlock`s 2nd place finish in the BHAA Beach race in Sandymount (again club members if you won`t share your results….0879599888, it`s not that complicated!)

The Rooney Review: The More You Move the Better Your Mood

Shane Rooney Reports: Clonliffe Harriers athletes, along with Coach Pam and Coach Ben were in high spirts and out in force to support the inaugural Ballymun Running Festival.

The running festival consisted of 5k, 10k and Half Marathon non-competitive races, and the crowning glory, the Ballymun 100 miler!!  The idea of the 100 miler and the Running Festival was to create awareness about mental health, the harmful effects of alcohol and to promote health and fitness and its powerful on healthy happy lifestyles.  The 100 miler was completed by the awesome Kenneth “Coco” Coakley and Gerard “Jolly” Prendergast.

Over 40 Harriers turned up to participate in this momentous event, and while many agreed they were doing it for fun and weren’t going to race it, this talk was kicked to the kerb the moment the starter shouted Ready, Steady…..GOOOO!!!  First out the block was Anto Doran who, from the off, keep out in front during the 18 laps of Trinity Comprehensive School.  Second and Third home for CH AC were the husband and wife combo of Rachel & Alex Eustace who ran neck and neck, but it was Rachel who sprinted home to victory, leaving Alex regretting eating that extra bun on Sunday. A battle royal ensued between Maura Matthews and Declan Grant, would Dec catch Maura, would Maura kick to the end…it was Maura who crossed the line first, setting the scene for an epic clash at next Grand Prix race.  What was especially great to see were the club members digging deep around the 18 x 550 mtrs laps, and cheering each other as we crossed the line, proving that being part of Clonliffe Harriers is much more than winning and PBs, it’s about building positive physical and mental health.

A special thank you to the hosts Deca Ironman Ger and Robert Murphy, the great support from the locals and to all the club members, who together raised over €310 for AWARE.

Until next time, keep digging in and run with your heart.



Ich bin ein Berliner

Shane Rooney reports almost live from Berlin: The Black & Amber was a vision of beauty as 29 Clonliffe athletes, supported by Coach Pam and Catherine (the Dodgeball Warrior), ran the RBB LAUF 1/3 Marathon in Potsdam, Berlin on Sunday 29th April.

Despite a full day of sightseeing of Berlin (led by cycling duo Anne & Dave L), followed by a few fizzy “waters” on Saturday, Team Clonliffe, were full of excitement and anticipation as they skipped and leapt to the start line on a glorious Sunday morning.

The team were led home by Anthony D (59:18), Mick B (59:26), Fergal (1:01:40), Mick G (1:02:22), Declan (1:04:01), Aisling (1:05:45), Siobhan (1:05:46), Aideen (1:06:02), Adrien (1:06:20), Laura (1:06:28), Aoife (1:08:05), Dave R (1:10:28), Sharon (1:10:30), Mel C (1:12:08), Niall (1:12:28), Anne (1:12:29), Caroline (1:13:30), Orla (1:14:19), Yvonne (1:15:35), Evelyn (1:16:08), Mandy (1:16:10), Sinead D (1:16:21), Dave L (1:19:57), Joanne (1:20:02), Katie (1:20:03), Janette (1:20:49), Darren (1:21:23), Viv (1:28:11) and Ciara F (1:30:42)

The athletes were celebrated and welcomed by the organisers and locals, especially when they stripped and jumped into the local lake showing off their summer bodies and glowing like milk bottles in the German spring sunshine.

Congratulations to all involved, especially those who organised another wonderful and fun event.

Following the success of Budapest in 2017 and Berlin in 2018, talk has turned to where next for the annual (social) event, will it be Barcelona, Bali or Beaumont!!!
Dig in and just keep running.


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