David Byrne completes Clonliffe open race doudble in Ballyboughal

Sep 18, 2006 [N. Guiden ] The revived Clonliffe Five Mile open road race took place in the North County Dublin village of Ballyboughal on Saturday the 16th of September on a truly magnificent late summer-like evening. Victory went to Tallaght AC’s David Byrne who earlier on in the summer had taken victory in the Clonliffe 2 Mile at Glasnevin thus making it a double in Clonliffe’s two road race promotions of 2006.

September 16th proved to be an excellent day not only for the promoters, Clonliffe Harriers and Ballyboughal GAA Club but also for the local community in Ballyboughal who gave the event their full support to the point indeed where two impromptu water stations were set up at the gateways of houses by residents along the 5 Mile route. There was a fabulous turnout of Clonliffe volunteers to help in the smooth running of what proved to be a very well organised event from hassle-free race registration to a well marshalled route, dressing and shower facilities and then a wonderful venue for the presentation at Hollywood Lakes Golf Clubhouse.

The Clonliffe 5 included a walk which was warmly embraced by the local community and some 35 or so were set on their way, half an hour before the runners, by local Counsellor, Dave O’Connor.

For what is essentially a new event, the organisers were satisfied with the entry of approximately 100 athletes.

The lead group of Raheny Shamrocks Mick Traynor, Clonliffe’s Serge Cibanu (recently team gold medallist in the national half marathon), David Byrne of Tallaght AC, Ray Savage of local club Fingallians and continuing his comeback Clonliffe’s Noel Cullen, quickly established itself at the head of the race reaching the mile marker in a shade over five minutes.

The lead group was subsequently reduced to a group of three, Byrne, Traynor and Cibanu and as the runners hit the final sharp downhill 100 metres to the finish a small gap had been opened on Mick Traynor as Byrne and Cibanu ran shoulder to shoulder sprinting for the line with David Byrne prevailing to take the win in a time of 25:45 a one second winning margin over Serge Cibanu. Third home was Raheny’s Mick Traynor, also first Master over 40. Ray Savage was next in 26:41, Donore Harriers Keith Daly fifth across the line in 27:06 and Clonliffe’s Noel Cullen sixth across the line in 27:21.

First lady and finishing seventeenth overall was Deirdre Byrne of Sli Cualainn in a time of 28:52.

At the prize-giving ceremony at Hollywood Lakes Golf Club the Frank White Memorial Cup was presented by Club President Paddy Marley to Tallaght AC’s David Byrne to add to the other Clonliffe Trophy which he won last May, the Tommy Burton Memorial Trophy for his win in the 115th Clonliffe two mile.

The category winners were as follows:

Senior Individual Men

1. David Byrne, Tallaght AC, 25:45

2. Serge Cibanu, Clonliffe Harriers, 25:46

3. Ray Savage, Fingallians, 26:41

4. Keith Bailey, Dunore Harriers, 27:60

5. Noel Cullen, Clonliffe Harriers, 27:21

Senior Women

1. Deirdre Byrne, Sli Cualainn, 28:52

2. Emma Cooper, Clonliffe Harriers, 33:09

3. Bronagh Ni Bhriain, Clonliffe Harriers, 33:38

4. Maureen Harbison, Drogheda and District AC, 34:11

5. Tara Whyte, Clonliffe Harriers, 34:52

Junior Men

1. Conor Healy, Clonliffe Harriers, 28:39

2. Keith Lynch, Ballyboughal GAA Club, 35:24

3. Niall Masterson, Ballyboughal GAA Club, 36:52

Master Men O/35

1. Gerry Murphy, Rathfarnham AC, 28:15

2 Nathan Pierce, Fingallians, 28:51

Master Men O/40

1. Mick Traynor, Raheny Shamrocks, 25:42

2. Edwin Kealle, Rathfarnham AC, 27:48

Master Men O/45

1. David Brennan, Clonliffe Harriers, 27:39

2. Aidan McGrath, Donore Harriers, 28:26

Master Men O/50

1. Paddy Parrot, Metro St. Brigid’s, 30:19

2. Eugene McCarrick, Clonliffe Harriers, 31:37

Master Men O/55

1. Ray McConville, Raheny, 35:42

2. Dave Brady, Raheny, 37:45

Master Men O/60

1. Pat Healy, Clonliffe Harriers, 34:38

2. Terry Mee, Clonliffe Harriers, 35:43

Master Men O/65

1. Maurice Ahern, Clonliffe Harriers, 41:42

Master Women O/35

1. Denise Ryan, Raheny, 31:10

2. Emma McAuley, Crusaders AC, 42:06

Master Women O/40

1. Helen White, Sportsworld Terenure, 32:27

2. Mary Waters, Navan AC, 36:04

Master Women O/50

1. Nuala Reilly, Drogheda & District AC, 35:15

2. Marie Reilly, Navan AC, 35:54

Master Women O/55

1. Josie Power, Fingallians, 40:32

Master Women O/60

1. Pamela Benson, Fingallians, 40:03

In the GAA club category the winning man was Derek Coogan of Portarlington GAA club in a time of 28:11, second was John Bolton also of Portarlington in 30:08, third was Ciaran Wynne of Ballyboughal 32:03, fourth Jonathan Daly Clannmhuire GAA club 32:09 and fifth was Hugh Fitzsimons, Ballyboughal, 32:19.

In the inter-club challenge Ballyboughal GAA club made up of Ciaran Wynne, Hugh Fitzsimons and Peter Monks, were the winning GAA Club.

In the ladies sections Sinead Prunty-Nolan of Clongysh GAA club was the winner in 35:29, second was Mary Farrell of Dummond GAA Club 36:39, third was Michelle Wogan of Ballyboughal GAA Club, 4th was Suzie O’Brien also of Ballyboughal and fifth was Sarah Seover also of Ballyboughal.

These three ladies also won the inter-GAA Club Ladies Challenge on behalf of Ballyboughal.

The full individual results will follow.

Clonliffe Harriers wish to thank all who assisted on the day and thank all the athletes who made the trip out to North County Dublin for what hopefully was the first of many runnings of the Clonliffe 5 Mile at Ballyboughal. In addition of course Clonliffe would like to thank Ballyboughal GAA club for their assistance in jointly hosting the event.