Clonliffe master men medal in St. Annes

On a cold and frosty morning the Clonliffe Masters travelled on mass to our neighbours in Raheny for the Dublin Masters cross country in St Anne’s Park today. It was quite a successful outing, pride of place goes to Pat Devitt who successfully defended his M 70 Dublin Masters title and also scored on the M 65 team that took Dublin silver. There were excellent performances also in the M35 race with the team of Karl Nolan, Cathal McHale, Tom Sherlock and John Donlon taking Dublin bronze.

It was the M 65 is that got proceedings underway with a fine run in particular from Diarmuid Doyle, who finished just outside of the individual medals in 4th position, 9th with Declan Murray and with Pat Devitt filling 12th position the team on 25 points finished 2nd to Rathfarnham. Good runs also from Colm Doran 20th and Shey Byrne in 25th. Individually Pat Devitt took M 70 gold with Shey 5th.

The W50 women’s race saw the Clonliffe team led home in 11th position by Aimee Ahern, 24th was Orla Deignan and with Siobhan McCarthy 24th the team on 61 points finished in 6th position. The scoring 3 were backed up by Susan Kelly in 49th.

The M50 men’s team was weakened by some late withdrawals and finished in 11th position – David Dunwoody 29th, Fergal O’Shea, Colm Leonard 61st, Declan Grant 67th and Alan Worrall 71st.

Ciara Peelo in 17 position led home the Clonliffe W35 team to 7th position overall. Aoife O’Sullivan was 40th, Elaine McLaughlin 44th, Eimear Griffin 46th were the scoring 4. Others: Clodagh Moriarty 50th, Laura Kernan the 4th, Yvonne McDonagh 70th, Michelle Waters 7th, Aideen O’Connor the 8th and Joanne McCabe 96th

The final race on the card was the M35, over an adjusted race distance of 7K. Karl Nolan ran a fine race, picking up several positions on the last Lap to finish 5th with Cathal McHale also gaining places in 8th, next in was Tom Sherlock 20th and John Donlon 34th. These 3 had a combined score of 67 which was sufficient to take bronze behind Rathfarnham 1st and Raheny 2nd. . Good runs also by James Dunne 6th, Ger Claire can the 8th, Niall Sherlock the 3rd, Mick McMahon 92nd and Eoin Rafter 136th.

Next up for the Masters is the national Masters indoors next Saturday, January 13 followed then by the National Masters cross country in Dundalk on February 11.


Declan Grant photo by Joe Fowler