Juvenile training will start back after the Christmas break next Monday 12th January at 6.30pm at the usual venue. For further information or enquiries on juvenile membership please contact Jackie Kingston at firstname.lastname@example.org .
It was a bright and crisp start to a Sunday morning in Bushy park where some ladies from Rathfarnham WSAF AC embarked on a new venture for the club; the Ladies Meet and Train XC races. These are short, 2 mile cross country races, aimed at novice ladies including those new to cross country races. They are friendly events which are both individual and team races with tea + biscuits and spot prizes at the end. Six enthusiastic ladies from Rathfarnham arrived and proceeded to get warmed up around the course, quite a confusing one at that, making the usual laps of Bushy seem quite a distant memory! There was a sizeable crowd of competitors at the start, all lined up in club colours and eager to get the new year off to a good start. The hooter went and a stampede of over a hundred ladies proceeded along the course. Therese had an eye on the leaders and was up in 5th place after the first 1km with Aisling close behind and Katherine looking comfortable, so much so that she thanked me (during the race) for my support which followed by advice from me for her to run harder and stop talking! Doireann and Kathleen were battling head to head a little further back and Naomi following looking focussed. After plenty more twists and turns around the rather muddy trails of Bushy park, the end was in site, with all showing strong form in the finish. Therese maintained a good pace to finish in an impressive 10th in 13.29, Aisling picked her way up the field during the second mile to finish 12th in 13.35, Katherine remained ever steady to come home 25th in 13.54, Doireann battled hard in the second mile to finish 35th in 14.06, Kathleen 50th in 14.32 and Naomi 82nd in 15.25 in a field of 140 runners. Team results to follow. Well done to all, a super start to the new year. There's great potential for this team of ladies. For anyone else interested, the next race is on February 15th.
Clare Sullivan, Ladies Captain.
L-R: Therese Hanly, Naomi Gilker, Katherine Howard, Kathleen Curran, Doireann Hester & Aisling O'Connor.
Well done to everyone who raced off the festive excesses over the past few days. A hardy group of club runners braved the cold wet and windy conditions on St. Stephen’s Day to complete the traditional Rathfarnham Mince Pie Run, an 8k climb from the clubhouse up to Killakee car park. First to the top were John McHugh and Denis Daly in 48 minutes. The winner of the 2014 Mince Pie Trophy was Terry Clarke, who was closely tracked by Rebecca Byrne. Meanwhile in Co. Galway Sean Hehir was 2nd in the Fields of Athenry 10k in a time of 30.59, followed by Brian Furey in 6th place in 33.49. Full results are on the Athenry 10k site. In the Clonliffe Christmas Cracker 5k Turlough Conway finished in 8th position and 1st M40 in 16.51, followed by Greg Byrne (10th and 1st M35 in 17.27), Maria Dolan (3rd woman and 1st F45 in 19.27) and Grainne Connor (7th woman in 21.07). Full results are on the Clonliffe Harriers website. In the Baldy Man 8k Beach Run in Waterford yesterday, Dave Power was 7th in 33.03. Full results are on the Total Timing site. Well done to all and best wishes for the New Year.
Finishers of the 2014 Mince Pie Run enjoying festive refreshments in the clubhouse afterwards.
The annual Rathfarnham mince pie run will be held on Friday December 26th, starting from the Clubhouse in Rathfarnham Village at 10am. There will be tea and coffee in the clubhouse after the run and the mince pie trophy will be presented to the winner. Feel free to bring along any leftover Christmas goodies.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
Yesterday's Marlay Parkrun was a featured race for the Club and Rathfarnham athletes filled the first 3 places in the 5k. First home was Eoghain McGinley in 16.04, followed by Louis McCarthy in 2nd place in 16.21 and Brian Furey 3rd in 17.20. John McHugh was 20th in 19.14 and Niall Skelton ran 19.57. Lorraine Nolan ran 20.07 and was the second lady home. Lorraine was followed by Vanessa Sallier (21.09), Therese Hanly (21.10), Zoe Melling (22.38) and Alannah Fasenfield (28.07). Well done to all who ran. The full results are on the Marlay parkrun website.
Congratulations to the club athletes who took braved icy road conditions to take the top positions in the Aware Christmas 10k and 5k races yesterday. Sean Hehir clocked an impressive 31.04 over two slippery laps in the 10k, followed by Eoghan McGinley in 2nd place in 32.47 and Colm Murray in 12th place in 36.44. Michael Freeley won the 5k in a time of 17.00, and Aisling O’Connor was 4th woman in a PB of 20.38. Full results are on the Precision Timing site. This morning, in considerably warmer but windy conditions, Denis Everett was first home from the club in the BHAA Vodafone Cross Country in 18th position, completing the 5k course in a time of 19.30, and followed by Tom Cuddy (24th and 1st M55 in 19.52), John McHugh (27th and 2nd M55 in 20.07), Don O’Carroll (47th and 2nd M60 in 20.51), Rob Costello (53rd in 20.57), Terry Clarke (57th in 21.12), Eric Cullen (59th in 21.21), Tony Connolly (60th in 21.21), Vanessa Sallier (9th woman and 2nd F40 in 22.26), Peter McDermott (83rd and 2nd M65 in 22.31), and Michael Devine (89th in 22.49). Full results are on the BHAA site. Well done to all.
Sean and Michael with their winners medals in the Aware Christmas 10k and 5k. Photo: Dónal Glackin.
The first race of the day saw Rathfarnham's own Lucie Ritchie represent Dublin in the Under 11 Girls race, which was run over a distance of 1500m on a demanding and soft course, on the coldest day of the year! 159 girls toed the line, and the level of talent on display was outstanding, with the future of Irish Cross Country running looking very bright indeed! Lucie was not fazed by the opposition and battled through a tough field, to complete her lap with her now customary fast finish in a very creditable 68th position. Well done Lucie! Full results are on the AAI website.
Lucie Ritchie who competed in the Girls Under 11 race.
Well done to the club athletes who competed in the National Novice Cross Country Championships this afternoon, held in bitterly cold conditions on a muddy course in Santry. In the women’s 4k race, Derval Devaney was 35th in a time of 16.45, leading her team mates Aisling O’Connor (79th in 17.49), Rebecca Byrne (119th in 18.49) and Aisling Tohill (129th in 20.18) home to finish in 14th position. David Scanlon had a stormer in the men’s 6k, keeping pace with the lead pack from the outset to finish 6th, and leading the Dublin team to silver medal position. Dave Power was 60th in a time of 22.22. Provisional results of the women’s race and the men’s race are on the AAI site and some photos are in the gallery. Well done to all.
Women's Novice Team: Rebecca Byrne, Aisling O'Connor, Aisling Tohill and Derval Devaney.
At today's Jingle Bells 5k Run in the Phoenix Park, Sean Hehir was our first member home in 7th place in a time of 14.58. Next came Brian Furey 31st in 16.08, Colm Murray in 17.07, Denis Daly in 18.23, Tom Cuddy 18.30, Maria Dolan 19.07 and Eric Cullen 19.17. The full results are on the Championchip website. Well done to all who ran.
The highlight performance from the Club today at the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tymon Park was the Ladies team who were just edged out of the bronze medal place by one point. The team was led home by Derval Devaney in 6th place. Derval was followed home by Lorraine Nolan in 12th, Aisling O'Connor 27th, Ciara Hassett 35th and Jennifer Walsh in 39th. In the men's race we Neil Skelton finished in 51st place. The full results are on the Dublin Athletic Board website and photos of all who ran from the Club are in the Gallery. Videos of the women's race and the men's race are also available on YouTube.
Jennifer Walsh, Lorraine Nolan, Ciara Hassett and Aisling O'Connor at the CC today
This was an event which was hosed by the Club. Well done and thanks to all who set up the course from early morning, managed the many Juvenile races and the two Intermediate ones, helping make the event a great success.