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Fine half marathon PB for Sean Doran

Sean Doran ran a big pb in this morning’s Ratoath Half Marathon breaking new ground with an impressive 70.34 to take 3rd place. Other Clonliffe Paul Keenan 82.10, Robert Reid 82.42, Derek Faughnan 89.55, Maura Matthews (3rd W45) 1.33.05, Emma Harding 1.38.24, Alan Worrall 1.39.06, Evelyn Brennan 1.48.35.

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Clonliffe’s two current two US collegiate athletes were in action recently as the US college cross country season is already underway. Brian Flanagan was 23rd for McNeese University at yesterday’s Rice Invitation Cross Country in Houston, Texas in 20.27, 4th scorer on the team that placed 3rd.

Last weekend Hope Saunders ran for Wichita State in their season opener the JK Gold Classic where she placed 18th in 15.19.6. This was a big move forward by Hope substantially improving her placing from 40th in last year’s race and running almost a minute faster.

Grand Prix News: Flynner sprints Walker Cup!

Liam Hennessy reports on the resumption  of the Grand Prix Series; The Grand Prix Series resumed last night night, September 12th, after a short summer break with the Walker Cup – 4 Mile Track Race held at Morton Stadium at 8pm. Thr race was kindly sponsored by Pamela Cooper. The weather was a perfect calm 17 degrees. We had 29 starters and had the pleasure of seeing our own David Flynn toe the line. The race saw many battles as runners fought to achieve personal bests. Up front David Flynn was running with nobody to challenge him only the clock. David gave us a glimpse of his fitness in his build up to the Dublin Marathon crossing the finish line in a Stadium record time of 18.57 (Subject to ratification). The first woman home was Ailish Malone in a fine time of 24.42. The result of the handicap was as follows;
Winner – Dave Brady
2nd – Tom Dunne
3rd – Mick Gleeson

(Pictured: Grand Prix Winner Dave Brady and race sponsor Pamela Cooper)
Full results:
David Flynn – 18.57
John Donlon – 22.12 – Massive PB
Dermot Faughnan – 23.43
Shane Casey – 23.49
Ailish Malone – 24.42
Mick Bermingham – 24.45
Mick Gleeson – 25.02 – Massive PB
Stephen Tracey – 25.55
Alex Eustace – 26.02
Rachel Eustace – 26.03
Philip Matthews – 26.27
Seamus Devitt – 26.28
Fergie Keenan – 26.30
Richard Barr – 26.33
Dave Reilly – 27.06
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 27.12
Tom Monks – 27.49
Aimee Ahern – 27.54
Gerard Fay – 28.35
Tom Dunne – 28.47
Carmel Ward – 28.50
Orla Deighan – 29.37
Greg O’Beirne – 29.57
Anne Lyons – 30.03
Siobhan Mulvey – 32.39
Dave Lyons – 32.46
Dave Brady – 35.35

Next Race: Thursday, September 26th – The Pat Bonass Trophy, 10,000 Metres Incorporating Club Championship, Morton Stadium, 8pm. Look forward to seeing you then !!!

Snezana takes European Master’s Bronze

World Master’s champion Snezana Bechtina this evening win European Masters W35 bronze finishing 3rs in 26.43 behind the German winner in Venice Snezana had qualified as the fastest winning her heat on Wednesday night in 26.54.

It’s the Magical Mystery Race!

On Sunday next, September 15th the Clonliffe Juveniles will be taking a short trip to a mystery destination for a mystery race. The Magical Mystery Tour bus will leave Morton Stadium, Clonliffe side, at 9.40am sharp.

Please bring: runners, Clonliffe racing vest/t shirt, €3.00 entry fee,€5.00 for bus, packed lunch/drinks, and depending on weather either rain gear or hopefully sun screen!

Enquiries contact: Gladys 0879852836 or Eugenia 0861722451 (Note to parents: the venue is Newbridge House so if more convenient meet there at 10.00am)

Team bronze for O’Doherty at European Masters

The European Masters Championships are currently taking place in Venice, Italy. At yesterday’s Cross Country race Clonliffe’s Philip O’Doherty ran out of his age on the M45 Irish team that won team bronze. Later in the week World Masters Champion Snezana Bechtina goes in the 200.

Grand Prixers ready to hit the start button again for Thursday’s Walker Cup

The 2019 Grand Prix Series resumes in Morton Stadium on Thursday night, September 12th, with one of the Clubs most prestigious races, the Walker Cup. Thursday will be the 53rd running of the Walker Cup, donated by the Walker Family back in 1966.  Although the Walker’s association with the club has sadly come to an end, it is fitting that the Walker Cup and the Walker Family and their contribution to Clonliffe are remembered with this prestigious race.  The Walker’s association with the Club goes right back to 1893. The Walker Cup is generously sponsored by Pamela Cooper.

This is round 12 of the 16 race series currently led by Deirdre Fitzsimons, from Gerard Fay and Mick Bermingham. Following on the heals of the Walker Cup comes the Bonass trophy/Club 10,000 championship on September 25th the final track race of the series, then it’s out to Malahide for the Ahern Cup/Club 10 mile on October 12th before returning to Santry for the final two rounds on the country in November the Irwin and Horan Cups.


Clonliffe clean sweep in Ardee (updated)

The Clonliffe men made it a clean sweep in this evening’s Seamie Weldon 5k road race in Ardee. From the off Ian Guiden,  Efrem Gidey and Colm Rooney took off dominating the proceedings. Over the final km Ian did his best to drop his team mates but Colm’s superior 1500 speed paid off as he won in 14.36 with Efrem 2nd 14.39 and Ian 3rd 14.40. With Ben Guiden 6th in 16.30, and 2nd junior, Clonliffe took the team title. This was also the first time both Guidens ran on the same Clonliffe team!

On Sunday, the 8th Sean Doran was 2nd in the Lucan Harriers 5 mile (25.55).

Sherlock 6th in Grant Thornton 5k

First club finisher in last night’s Dublin 5k road race, the Grant Thornton in Dublin’s Docklands was Thomas Sherlock 6th in 16.22. Also going up in distance was Mark McDonald, more a 400/800 man in recent years, recording a 17.16 time. Full results on

Efrem close to club junior record in club 5000 win

Efrem Gidey was the star turn in last night’s Clonliffe club 5000 championship in Morton Stadium. Efrem took up the running after only 3 or so laps to drive on at 70 second laps as he chased the club junior record. In the end he not unexpectedly won the race in a very fast time of 14.33.59. This time is faster than the 1971 time of Tom Cregan of 14.36.5 credited as the club junior record, however it has now been established that the record remains with Gerry Finnegan at 14.31.8  which he ran in Kirkby Stadium, Birmingham in 1975.

2nd place last night was Sean Doran with Greg Hossenny 3rd.

In the women’s championship Rachael Eustace with a time of 20.05 came out on top, with Maura Matthews 2nd (20.16) and Emma Cooper 3rd (21.13)


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