The Clonliffe Master men where in action today in St. Anne`s Park, Raheny for the Dublin Masters Cross Country. Once again the weather continued to be kind as the race was held in perfect conditions, not a drop of rain and temperatures of 10 plus. The underfoot conditions were perfect despite recent rain as the course wound it`s way through the Raheny woodland, indeed many athletes left the spikes in the gear bag and opted for flats, not bad for Dublin in January. Declan Power ran an impressive race through out and was involved in a titanic battle with Raheny`s Mick Trainer. Trainer, however, is as strong as an ox and on home turf was never going to be beaten as Declan finished in his wake 2nd in the race, and 1st O/40. Gold also for Pat Bonass in the O/65 as he adds yet another Dublin medal to his vast collection. An excellent run also by Clonliffe Master Athlete of the year Philip O`Doherty taking O/50 bronze in 16th place overall. Good runs also by Eoin Murray 20th, Kieran Murphy 32nd, Dave Dunwoody 48th, Tom Monks 51st and Alan Worrall 59th. It is, however, disappointing to report than there were no Clonliffe lady masters in action on a day when there was a record entry for a Dublin Master`s Championship.
The 2012 BHAA cross country season also kicked off this weekend in Tymon Park yesterday for the South Dublin County Council CC races. Clonliffe athletes running included Ronan Hartnett 23rd, Conor Delaney 44th, Anthony Maone 63rd and John Fay 194th