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.
The 2014 Juvenile cross country is now under way with the first race taking place in Skerries. The 2014 Dublin Cross Country Fixture List is attached. If you want your child to take part in the cross country season please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At yesterday's Dublin Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park, Paul Moran was first home from the Club in 24th and was 1st in the M50 Class in 76.59. Next Came Peter Toomey in 64th in 80.15, followed by Colm Murray (6th M45) in 81.39, Archie O'Donnell 82.10, John Farrelly (2nd M50) in 82.28, Denis Everett 83.24, Richie Doran 87.51 and Terry Clarke 88.58 (3rd M55). Grainne Connor was 16th senior woman in a time of 1.33.12, and Helen French was 8th F40 in 1.34.37. The full results are on the Dublin Marathon website. Well done to all who ran.
At the World Mountain Running Championships in Telfes Austria on 6th Sept. Mark Ryan had a magnificent run to take the bronze medal in the M35 Category. Mark is coming into great form for the Rathfarnham 5k in 2 weeks time and ran the 11,500m uphill course with 1,100 climb in 1.03.00. Mark was followed by Peter O'Farrell in 17th in 1.13.19 and Paul Fleming 22nd in 1.18.04. This Rathfarnham trio took the bronze team medal for Ireland. Padraig MacCriostail was 21st in the M40 race on the same course in 1.15.17. In the F40 race over 7,200m and 760m climb Zoe Melling was 21st in 57.36 and Vanessa Sallier 24th in 1.00.25. The Irish team was 5th. A full report is on the Athletics Ireland website. Well done to all.
Mark in action last week (Picture courtesy AAI website)
Juvenile training sessions will resume after the summer recess on Monday 8th and Wednesday 10th September from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Meet at the clubhouse on Main Street in Rathfarnham Village. For further information or enquiries on juvenile membership contact Jackie Sullivan at email@example.com.
Congratulations to the large group of club athletes who ran in the Frank Duffy 10 mile race on Saturday which incorporated the Dublin 10 mile championships. Mark Ryan was 8th overall and 1st M35 in a time of 51.35, followed by Matthew Horrigan (16th in 53.52), Shane O’Neill (2nd M40 in 55.11), Patrick Marjolet (9th M35 in 56.00), Brian Furey (67th in 58.16), Richie Doran (21st M35 in 58.30), Greg Byrne (27th M35 in 58.55), John Farrelly (4th M50 in 59.56), Colm Murray (8th M45 in 60.05), Joe Casey (5th M50 in 60.52), Barry Finn (154th in 61.43), Archie O'Donnell (56th M35 in 62.07), Maria Dolan (1st F45 in yet another PB of 62.55), Micheal Murphy (330th in 66.17), Adrian Tucker (2nd M55 in 66.24), Terry Clarke (3rd M55 in 66.48), Grainne Connor (16th female in 68.45) and Katherine Howard (68th female in 74.18). Full results are on the Dublin Marathon website. In the championship race Rathfarnham athletes picked up several medals, with Mark Ryan scoring silver in the senior men's category, Shane O'Neill silver M40, Colm Murray Bronze M45, John Farrelly silver M50, Joe Casey bronze M50, Terry Clarke silver M55, and Maria Dolan gold F45. The senior men's team of Mark, Matthew, Shane and Patrick were a close second to Raheny Shamrocks, as were the M50 team of John, Joe and Terry. Championship results will be posted on the Dublin Athletics site. Well done to all.
Congratulations to Sean Hehir who had a great run in the European Marathon Championships in Zurich yesterday, finishing 20th overall and leading his team mates Kevin Seaward and Thomas Frazier home to 7th position. Sean displayed excellent pacing to work his way through the field, and despite the hot hilly conditions finished in an excellent time of 2.17.59, only 24 seconds outside his PB. Full results are available on the European Athletics website. Meanwhile closer to home, Turlough Conway was 6th in the Indaver Duleek 10k in a time of 34.44, followed by Lorraine Nolan who broke the 40 minute mark for the first time to come second in the women's race in 39.32, Denis Daly (53rd in 40:34) and John Hogan (62nd in 41:14). Results are on the Precision Timing site. Also yesterday, Aisling O’Connor was first woman in the inaugural Asics Run for Ross 5k in Marlay Park in a PB of 21 mins. Well done to all.
Photo: Irish Independent
Congratulations to the seven Rathfarnham athletes who competed in the National Masters T & F Championships in Tullamore yesterday, bringing home a total of four medals. Stuart McLean was 2nd M45 in the 400m race in a time of 56.86, narrowly missing out on gold by a fraction of a second. In the 800m event, Vanessa Sallier scored bronze in the F40 category in 2.41.77, John McHugh was 4th M55 in 2.39.99, Peter McDermott was 4th M65 in 6.06.17, and Ronan Kearns finished 5th in the M35 category in 2.07.52. Paul Fleming scored silver in the M35 cagtegory in the 1500m race in 4.17.26, Peter McDermott was 3rd M65 in 6.06.17,Tom Cuddy was 4th in the M55 category in 5.02.94, and Vanessa Sallier was 4th F40 in 5.42.74. Vanessa also competed in the 3000m event, finishing 5th F40 in 12.29.97. Full results are available on the AAi website and some photos are in the gallery.
Vanessa Sallier on her way to bronze in the 800m race
Congratulations to Sean Hehir who was 2nd in yesterday’s Streets of Galway 8k road race in a time of 23.38. Brian Coleman was 17th in 27.01 and Philip Wright was 2nd M60 in 33.29. Jackie Sullivan had a great run to win the F50 category in 37.25. Provisional results are available on the Galway City Harriers site.
Sean is in great shape for the European Athletics Championships in Zurich next weekend, in which he will represent Ireland on the marathon team. The event will be televised live on RTE 1, and is scheduled at 9am (Irish time) on Sunday 17th August. We wish Sean and his team mates all the best.
Photo: Jane Walsh, Galway City Harriers