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Shane Casey wins the 2013 Walker Cup

Eoin Murray reports: The Grand Prix series continued last night on the track with the running of the Walker cup over 4 miles. A total of 33 athletes started the race in misty conditions, with little wind which made it a reasonably good night for running.

The Walker Cup was presented to the club some 47 years ago in 1966 by the Walker family. The Walkers have a long association with Clonliffe Harriers and the Walker name in woven into the history of the club going right back to the early years of the black and amber.

Way back in 1895, only some nine years after the founding of Clonliffe Harriers, the Walker name appeared for the first time when Clonliffe won the National Junior Cross Country with a team featuring George Frazer Walker. In 1925 the Clonliffe team that won the National Senior title featured three Walker names: C.N. Walker, A.P. Walker and C.C. Walker. Also in the 1920s both George Frazer Walker and Charles George Walker were National 4 Mile Champions. Then in the 1950`s George Frazer Walker`s grandson, Frazer Walker, was National Marathon Champion (1957). When the family presented the Walker Perpetual Cup to the club it was for a 4 mile race, in recognition of the exploits of George and Charles as National 4 mile champions.

Darren Reilly hit the front from the off and was not to be caught. Darren opened a sizeable gap on the rest of the field and finished in an impressive 21.23, with Tom Sherlock finishing in second place in 22.01 and Sean Doran in third place in 22.15 with Ernie Ramsey returning from getting married to grab fourth just  ahead of Philip O’Doherty.  First Lady home was Rachel Wisdom continuing to show good form in a time of 26.06.

Thanks to the Grand Prix committee for sponsoring the race, the officials for helping out on the night and to Caroline for the very welcoming tea, coffee, cake and biscuits.

The winner in the handicap in the Grand Prix series was Shane Casey, who would have been in the prizes in the last race (the 10,000 metres) only to get the lap count wrong. No such problems this time as he finished comfortably ahead of his predicted time. Paddy Marlay the club president was on hand to present the Walker Cup to Shane. Emma Dunne took second place with Sean Doran in third place.

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The next Grand Prix race is the 10 mile Ahern cup in Malahide on Saturday 4th October at 12.00. Note that the Club XC championships are on this Saturday in Santry Demesne.

 

Darren Reilly

00:21:23

Thomas Sherlock

00:22:01

Sean Doran

00:22:15

Ernie Ramsey

00:22:50

Philip  O’Doherty

00:22:55

Desie Shorten

00:23:31

Joe Cooper

00:23:40

Dave  Dunwoody

00:23:52

Shane Casey

00:24:11

Liam Hennessy

00:25:30

Alan Worrall

00:25:46

Jim Keogh

00:26:02

Rachel Wisdom

00:26:06

Colm Breen

00:26:46

Bernie Byrne

00:26:48

Deirdre Fitzsimons

00:27:06

Emma Dunne

00:27:40

Trevor Wisdom

00:28:21

Terry  Mee

00:28:28

Pat Healy

00:29:25

Pat Bonass

00:29:30

Aine McCann

00:29:38

Mary Purdue-Smyth

00:29:52

Shay Byrne

00:30:20

Martin Cavanagh

00:30:45

Dave Brady (Raheny)

00:31:01

John Langan

00:32:07

Lorraine Sherwood

00:32:47

Jim Bennett

00:32:47

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