Congratulations to all the club athletes who competed in the AAI Autumn Open Cross Country races this afternoon, held in the Phoenix Park in extremely variable weather conditions which included warm sunshine, strong winds and torrential rain. Peter McDermott was our sole representative in the 5k open race which incorporated the Masters Trial in the female and M65+ categories, and finished 7th in his category in a time of 23.34. Mark Ryan was 3rd M35 and 18th overall in the 8k race in a time of 27.45, followed by David Scanlon (34th in 28.22), Eoghan McGinley (37th in 28.29), Paul Fleming (11th M35 in 29.04), Brian Furey (68th in 29.40), Tom Cuddy (7th M55 in 33.25) and Rob Costello (144th in 34.46). Full results of the 5k race and the 8k race are on the Precision Timing website, and some photos are in the gallery. Well done to all.
From left: Peter McDermott, Mark Ryan, Tom Cuddy, Eoghan McGinley, Brian Furey, Paul Fleming, David Scanlon and Adam Jones.
Congratulations to Sean Hehir who won the 4 mile men’s race in the BHAA Teachers Cross Country at Castleknock College on Saturday. Sean finished the 4 mile course in a time of 20.20, nearly a minute clear of his nearest rival. He was followed by Terry Clarke (4th O/55 in 26.18), Stuart McCleane (6th O/45 in 26.34), Eric Cullen (7th O/45 in 27.06), Daniel Keogh (7th O/45 in 27.09) and Peter McDermott (2nd O/65 in 29.04). Vanessa Sallier was 8th in the women’s 2 mile race and 3rd O/40 in a time of 14.04. Full results are on the BHAA website. Also on Saturday, Barry Minnock and Mark Ryan were first and second in the Donadea Forest 10k race, in 32.17 and 32.25 respectively. Full results are on the Precision Timing site. Well done to all.
Well done to everyone who represented the club in the Dublin Novice Cross Country Championships in the Phoenix Park yesterday, which attracted record numbers for both the men’s and women’s races. Aisling O’Connor led the women’s team home to 7th place, completing the 4k course in a time of 16.32 and finishing 22nd in the field of 72. She was followed by Ciara Hassett (27th in 16.41), Rebecca Byrne (29th in 16.44), Katherine Howard (33rd in 16.51), Aisling Tohill (64th in 18.50) and Maedhbh Ni Cleirigh (67th in 19.11). David Scanlon was first scorer for the club in the men’s 6k race, finishing 7th of 102 athletes in a time of 20.02, and leading his team mates home to 6th place. Patrick Marjolet was next home in 13th position in 20.34, followed by Greg Byrne (34th in 21.29), Peter Toomey (40th in 21.56), Lawrence Boran (55th in 22.30), Paul Gilligan (78th in 23.49), David Danagher (89th in 24.24), and Neil Skelton (95th in 25.10). Full results are available on the Dublin Athletics website and some photos are in the gallery.
Women's team (L-R): Rebecca Byrne, Maedhbh Ni Cleirigh, Aisling O'Connor, Katherine Howard, Ciara Hassett, Aisling Tohill and women's captain Clare Sullivan.
Men's team (L-R): David Scanlon, Neil Skelton, Lawrence Boran, David Danagher, Patrick Marjolet, Paul Gilligan, Greg Byrne and Peter Toomey.
On the morning that the brand new Rathfarnham team tent made its debut, there was great excitement among our juvenile athletes. In perfect conditions the latest round of the juvenile league took place. Held on the same course which in two weeks time will be the venue for the Juvenile XC Championships (even ages), there was a good representation from our club.
The first race of the day was the Girls Under 9. This featured another eye catching performance by Zoe Ritchie, who followed up her victory in Tymon with another impressive win. In the Boys Under 9 race, Rathfarnham was represented well by Fionn Kelly and Matthew Smyth. There was a huge field for the Girls Under 11 race. Lucie Ritchie, Abbey Kelly, Elena Cullen and Sophie Fasenfeld, all put in good performances. Making his Cross Country debut was Billy Conroy who was our sole athlete in the Boys under 11 race. The Girls Under 12 race featured our last representatives of the day ,Alannah Fasenfeld and Clodagh Cullen. In a very high quality field both put in strong performances.
Yet again our young athletes represented the club brilliantly, with huge improvement shown. All that training is paying off - well done Boys and Girls! Thanks to all the parents for their continued support and help. Well done to Adam for the superb tent, which was certainly "Best in show".
Full results will appear on the Dublin Athletics Board website. Next up is Juvenile XC Championship, Even Ages, Sunday 19th October 2014, Phoenix Park @11am.
Left: Rathfarnham Race HQ featuring Juvenile athletes. Right: Lucie Ritchie in Girls Under 11 race.
Good conditions were the order of the day for our young athletes at the latest round of the XC League. Tymon Park was the venue of the well run event, which featured a daunting hill section for the older juveniles! Rathfarnham was well represented and some excellent performances were recorded.
First off were the Under 9s. In the Girls race, Zoe Ritchie bettered her excellent 2nd place in Skerries, by winning the first race of the meeting and getting the day off to a great start! In the Boys there were fine runs from Fionn Kelly and making his debut, Matthew Smyth. In a packed Under 11s race, Lucie Ritchie led the Rathfarnham contingent home. There were strong performances from Abbey Kelly, Elena Cullen, Sophie Fasenfeld and also making their XC debut for the club, twins Jessica and Ava Dalton.
In the Under 12 girls came our next representatives. First home was Sophie Ritchie, followed by Alannah Fasenfeld and Clodagh Cullen - good performances by our trio in a strong field. In the Under 14 Boys race ran over 1500m, Conor McAree was our sole athlete, who battled to finish well in 15th position.
It was another positive day for our ever growing squad of XC Juveniles! Well done everyone! Full results will appear on Dublin Athletics Board website . Next up is the Juvenile Coss Country League 3, Sunday 5th October 2014, Phoenix Park @11am.
Most of the Juveniles who took part on Sunday. Back L/R: Sophie Ritchie, Alannah Fasenfeld, Clodagh Cullen. Front L/R: Ava Dalton, Jessica Dalton, Lucie Ritchie, Sophie Fasenfeld, Abbey Kelly, Elena Cullen.
Well done to Rathfarnham 5k 2014 winner David McCarthy from West Waterford AC in a time of 14.13, Martin Fagan, Mullingar was second in 14.21 and Connor Dooney, Raheny was third in 14.22. In the ladies race Sara Treacy Dunboyne was first home in 16.15, Orla Drumm Crusaders second in 16.21 and Teresa Doherty Finn Valley third in 17.18. In the men’s team event St. Abban’s was first, Crusaders second and Rathfarnham WSAF AC third. In the ladies team Dunboyne AC was first, Crusaders second and Donore third. Our Junior ladies team was first. Tom Cuddy was 1st O.55.
The full results are on the Precision Timing website and photos are in the gallery. Also some excellent photos are on Peter Mooney’s Flickr site. Well done to all. There were 1126 finishers out of 1,284 entrants. It was a very competitive race upfront with10 finishers under 15 mins, 33 under 16 mins, 63 under 17 mins, 193 under 20 mins, 479 under 25 mins and 798 under 30 mins. Thanks to sponsors New Ireland, ABB, Rathfarnham Dental Practice and Sub4Sports.