Kiernan wins Round 10 of Grand Prix

Tony Kiernan took victory in the 800M, round 10 of the 2005 Grand Prix Series, at the Morton Stadium on Thursday the 25th of August.

On what was a cold and blustery night there was a tremendous turn out for the 800M as part of the Grand Prix Series, with guests turning up on the night the numbers swelled leading to four races being held.

Race 1 was for the real speed merchants leaving the Grand Prix competitors on the side line watching in awe as David McCarthy scorched around the track to win in 1:52.91 from Feilim Kelly in 1:54Ian Conroy 2:00Simon Ryan 2:06 and Stephen Harkness 2:10.

Race 2 was a more sedate affair and this was won by David Shean in (only) 2:07.12!. This actually proved to be the race of the night, the athletes set off at a rate of knots with six athletes bunched together at the bell however, Shean pulled away leaving a four cornered battle for second which was won by Grand Prix star and new (?) Clonliffe member Philip O’Doherty recording 2:10 from Colm O’Connor 2:12Aidan Creaner 2:12 and Murray Ahern 2:13. Slightly further back in 2:20 was Brendan Buck with David Brennan on 2:22 and on clearly misfiring cylinders Tom Monks with a time of 2:31.

In race 3 there was a three way battle for supremacy between Colm DoranSheila Doyle and Maurice McCrohane in which Maurice prevailed in 2:27 by 2 seconds from Colm Doran and Sheila Doyle both on 2:29 with Dave Hooper on 2:32 and Richard Connolly ignoring the attractions of the World Masters in San Sebastian 5th on 2:33 from Michael Scully 2:40Pat Devitt 2:48 and Aimee Ahern 2:49.

Finally, race 4 featured five athletes including three of our Grand Prix competitors and this race was won by Frank Brady in 2:41.2 from Siobhan McDonald 2:45Aisling Coppinger (winning the husband and wife battle) with 2:45.5 from hubby Tony Kiernan in 2:49 and Dave Brady taking up the rear in 3:15.

All fifteen Grand Prix athletes taking part in the 800M of course scored points, the winner being Tony Kiernan beating his handicap by –22 to take the 20 points on offer and there being a tie for second place between Aidan Creaner and Philip O’Doherty both on –18.

The full results of the handicap was:

1. Tony Kiernan –22, 20 pts;

2. (tie) Aidan Creaner/Philip O’Doherty –18, 18.5 pts;

4. Brendan Buck –16, 17 pts.

5. Murray Ahern –13, 16 pts.

6. Colm Doran –12, 15pts.

7. Aimee Ahern –11, 14 pts.

8. Richard Connolly –8, 13pts.

9. (tie) Michael Scully/Aisling Coppinger –7, 11.5 pts.

11. Maurice McCrohane –6, 10 pts.

12. David Brennan +2, 9 pts.

13. Pat Devitt +5, 8 pts.

14. Tom Monks +6, 7 pts.

15. David Brady +15 6pts.

Many thanks to the officials turning out on the night, it was great to see so many people in attendance to help out, also thanks to race sponsor Philip O’Doherty, unfortunately the presentation will have to be held on another night as the prizes donated by Philip had been kidnapped by Paddy Tuite before he fled the country!.

The current leaderboard for the yellow jersey makes very interesting reading and despite missing Thursdays race Shay Byrne by the slimmest of margins (½ point) retains the yellow jersey on 93 points, 2nd is Dave Brennan on 92.5, 3rd Dave Brady 90.5, 4th is Pat Devitt on 88.5, 5th Richard Connolly on 88and in 6th place is Colm Doran on 82.

Round 11 is the 4 Mile Grass Race in the grounds of Malahide Castle on Tuesday the 30th of August at 7.30 p.m. with round 12 also in the grounds ofMalahide Castle on Saturday the 17th of September, the Club 10 Mile Championship for the Ahern Cup.