The 2014 Clonliffe Grand Prix Series resumes after the August break with Thursday night`s Walker Cup 4 Mile in the stadium at 8.00pm.
The Walker Cup is one of the top Clonliffe club races. The first race taking place some 48 years ago, meaning that 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of the Walker Cup. The race is a four mile handicap race (it`s a sealed handicap so all runners start together), the cup was presented to Clonliffe by the Walker family in honour of Charles and George Walker who had both been National 4 Mile champions in the 1920s and were both members of the Clonliffe National Cross Country winning team in 1925.
The race is now one of the corner stones of the Grand Prix Series. The organisers will have times recorded on Thursday not only for the 4 mile but also at the 5000m mark.
The 2014 Series is currently lead by one of our guests Dermot Kelly (Portmarnock) as he tries to emulate the series win in 2012 of his club mate Ray Dunne, on 259 points, a mere 6 ahead of Richard Case (253) with Trevor Wisdom waiting to pick up vital points in 3rd on 229. Sinead Smith also lies in a good position only 2 points behind Trevor, and who knows she may become the first woman to claim overall victory in Grand Prix Series. It`s all to play for as the series reaches this vital stage with only 5 races to go. Thursday`s race will be crucial.
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