An active and successful weekend for Clonliffe athletes both on home turf at Santry demesne and further afield. Saturday seen superb performances by our top men in the Edinburgh International Cross Country races. As the athletes lined up for the start of the 9.2K race and the TV camera panned across the line it was nice to see Cian McLoughlin looking far from pensive as he waved to his club mates at home.
From the off Gary O’Hanlon got into the lead group to have a good look at Messrs. Bakele, Tadessa and Shaheen.
The lads ran superbly with Mark Kenneally coming through to finish a superb 10th from Cian 13th and Gary 17th.
Up front there was an intriguing battle as Tadessa led out the pace and with 2K to go pushed on relentlessly with Bakele and Shaheen on his tail. At the bell with 1K to go Shaheen hit the front, the move being covered by Bakele, however on the final up hill stretch Shaheen struck for home putting up a gap of some 5/6M.Bakele was not to be beaten and he closed the gap to hit the front on the home straight to win in a time of 26:07 from Shaheen 26:11 and Tadessa 26:18.
In the short course event there were good runs recorded by our two competitors Colm Rooney and Nigel Brunton.
Closer to home our some of our Masters Men competed at the National Masters Indoor Championship at Nenagh with pride of place going to Jimmy Bennett who won gold in the O/65 800M and later in the day went on to take silver in the 3000M.
George Maybury also had a superb day to take O/45 800M and 1500M bronze.
Sunday brought us back home again to Santry demesne for the Dublin Masters Cross Country Championships which were hosted by Clonliffe. It was particularly pleasing to see so many Clonliffe singlets in the race, indeed we were the only Club to field two full teams in the Mens Championsip.
David Brennan had a “muddy marvellous run” to take 8th place overall and 3rd and bronze medal in O/45. Another superb run also once again recorded by Martin Tracey and by Philip O’Doherty. Our A team were just outside of the medals taking 4th place with the B team taking 7th. 1st were Civil Service(adding the Mens to the Ladies Dublin Championship won earlier in the day) with Liffey Valley 2nd and Rathfarnham 3rd. Individual winner of the race wasTom O’Connor running in the O/45 category.
Particular congratulations must go to Johnny O’Leary and his crew for marking out, once again, a superb 2K cross country course – managing to include every single puddle in Santry!