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Big PB for Flynner in Stanford Invitation.

At yesterday’s  (Friday 29th) big Stanford Invitational meet one of the heroes of the National cross country Dave Flynn had his first out door track race of the season and hit the track flying.  Flynner recorded a 7 second PB over 5, 000 running a very impressive time of 14.17.29. Flynner post race was delighted with his run despite falling off the pace mid race he hauled himself back with a fine finish which included a 59 second last lap. Next up for Dave is a 1500 in Fayetteville in two weeks time followed by the 3,000sc in the Arkansas-v-Oregon meet in Eugene, Oregon.

Old Boy Boit wins 10,000m B as Cragg DNFs in 10,000 A

The 2012 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational took place at Stanford University in California last night. Pre-race Clonliffe’s Alistair Cragg had indicated that his target was trying to dip under the Olympic 10,000 A qualifying time of 27:45 and whilst in the early stages the Clonliffe man was on target things clearly went awry with Alistair calling it a day six laps from home. Clonliffe old boy Josphat Boit, Cragg’s training partner, and former Irish National Champion in the Clonliffe colours, won the 10,000 B race in a sprint finish by 100th of a second in 28:11.75. There is also the fantastic news of Fionnuala Britton running well under the Olympic 10,000 A standard finishing 3rd in a time of 31:29.22 (the A standard is 31:45.00).

Meanwhile the Samsung 10k Dublin Night Race took place in Dublin City Centre last night in horrendous conditions. A good run from Darren Reilly to finish 6th in 34:42. It was also good to see in the field Nigel Brunton finishing 41st in 38:34. Well done to the thirty Clonliffe stewards who officiated on the stretch from O’Connell Bridge up to and beyond Beckett’s Bridge and ended up like shivering drowned rats!

Cragg & Flynn flying in Stanford Invitational in California

Great performances over night at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California by Clonliffe men Alistair Cragg and Dave Flynn. After a road European best over 5,000 in Carlsbad last weekend Cragg doubled up in Stanford and impressively so. 6th in the 1500m 3.42.00 and then an hour or so later 4th in the 5,000 in 13.32.76. Flynner was also flying over the barriers in the 3,000sc running a yet another PB (in 5th in the last month or so!) of 8.49.24 as he closes in on Des McCormack`s club record now only two and a half seconds away.

Alistair back in the saddle

May 2, 2011 [Noel Guiden] – (Updated May 4, 2011) Good to report that Alistair Cragg got back racing over the weekend only two weeks after his great disappointment in the Boston Marathon where severe blisters on both feet forced him to call a halt at 20k. Alistair returned to his happy hunting ground of Stanford University yesterday for the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational where he ran the 5,000m. In a tactical race which saw a fast finish Alistair finished 8th in 13.30.21, as some 4 and a half seconds covered the top 8.

Cementing his recent good form David Flynn ran another PB with a time of 8.52.19 in the 3000m Steeplechase edging ever closer to Des McCormacks 41 year old club record of 8.46.6.

Cragg and Kenneally in California

May 3, 2009 [] Running his first track race since the Beijing Olympics final, Alistair Cragg won the 5,000m at the Peyton Jordan Invitational in Stanford University last night. With last 1200m covered in under 3 mins, he crossed the line in 13.22.36. Holding off 2007 World Championship 4th place finisher Matt Tegenkamp over the last 450m Cragg looked back to his old self. Josphat Boit, a popular figure around the club last Summer, was 4th in the same race in 13.28.70

In the 10,000m Mark Kenneally ran a new personal best time when finishing 3rd in 28.44.53. This compares favourably to his 28.55.49 run at the same track in 2007. Mark went through halfway in 14.26 and was able to run the second half slightly faster with 14.18. Never far from the front throughout the race Mark ran the last lap in 62 seconds to hold on for 3rd. This time is also under the recently published standards for the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona.

For video of Cragg`s race and a very good 4 minute post race interview go to and go to Addidas 2009 Payton Jordan.

Cragg sets new Irish 10,000m record

Apr 30, 2007 [Noel Guiden] From the United States comes news that Alistair Cragg has clearly put the disappointment of the European Indoors firmly behind him with a magnificent run in the Stanford Meet over the weekend setting a new Irish 10,000M record of 27:39.55 in taking 4th place. Alistair’s record betters the previous Irish record set by Mark Carroll, also in Stanford, in May of 2000 by 7 seconds. It is also of course a new club record taking a massive 1:16 off Jerry Kiernan’s 1981 record (28:55.2). Of great significance is the fact that this time is also the qualifying time for this years World Championships in Osaka, Alistair already has the 5000M qualifying time and is also an Olympic qualifying time.

In the same race Mark Kenneally, on a short tour of the States, continues his magnificent recent form in running yet another PB of 28:55.49 for 18th place, this is a huge chunk of Mark’s PB and sits nicely with his 5,000M PB (13:45.84) set two weeks previously.


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