Clonliffe Longford double

Aug 24, 2008 [Jeremy Walsh] When the Clonliffe contingent arrived in Longford this morning, we were a bit perturbed. The weather conditions were what is known as ‘dry and sunny’. Having done all of our training in wind and rain, we were not sure how we’d cope in these unfamiliar conditions.

However, not to worry, as soon as the gun went the heavens opened, with a heavy shower for the first 20 minutes. Sergiu Turea (pictured) was soon to the fore in the marathon, leaving the pack at about 4 miles. He stormed to victory, finishing in 2.23.21, possibly a new course record and a personal best. Worth the trip then, well done, Sergiu.

The half marathon, a testing little course, starts at the same time as the marathon. A number of Clonliffe athletes, focussing on Autumn marathons used this as a tune up race. Running the longest race of his life, Josphat Boit took it handy for 10 miles, then upped the tempo to 5 minute mile pace, to finish in first place in a time of around 70.10. Well done Josphat.

Further back, yours truly ran 83.03, just a few seconds ahead of Maurice McCrohan. Fast improving newbie Ernie Ramsay also managed to finish in the 83’s. The sub-3 hours might still be on for us then, fingers crossed for a good last few weeks training!

Paul Carolan, hot on the heels of a 10 miles race last weekend, a track session on Tuesday night and a 5000m race on Thursday finished in around 90 minutes. He is following the Dave Brady school of training. It was good to see Brendon Buck racing again, recording a time of around 90 minutes. Having recently completed the 55 miles Comrades Marathon he said that he could go all day, but the speed was gone.

I’m not sure if there were any other Clonliffe runners out. The aforementioned Clonliffe Grand Prix stalwart Dave Brady of Raheny Shamrock was doing the marathon, but no result to hand.

2 races, 2 wins. Not bad. Nil desperandum.