On Saturday 12th December Mitchell Byrne continued his good form on the Colegiate indoor circuit by running 14.37 in winning the 5,000m. Details are on the American International College website. Also well done to David Scanlon on being selected to run for Ireland on the Under 23 team in the forthcoming Celtic International Cross Country. Details are on the Athletics Ireland Website.

David in action recently at the Inter Clubs Cross Country in Santry.


We had a very busy racing calendar for all our Club athletes this weekend. On Friday 4th Dec. we had Caitriona Jennings and Barry Minnock in the 1st IAU (International Association of Ultra Runners) 50k World Championships in Doha, Quatar. Caitriona showed she is back to her best racing form when finishing 4th in the womens 50k race in a time of 3.31.50. In the men's 50k race Barry ran 3.16.36 to finish 21st. The full results are on the IAU website and a more detailed report is on the AAI and  Lindie Naughton's websites.

Barry & Caitriona in Doha before their 50k race (Picture courtesy Barry Conville Facebook)   

On Saturday 5th Dec. at the Jingle Bells 5k Run we had 7 running from the Club. First home was Paul Stephenson 8th in 15.23, followed by David Scanlon 10th in 15.24, Eoghain McGinley 17th in 16.07, Michael Freeley 41st in 17.12, Pearse Aherne 17.52, Denis Daly 18.58 and Daniel Keogh 20.00. The full results are on the Donore Harriers website. Also on Saturday Michell Byrne, running for his college The Americal International College, Boston ran a personal best of 8.25 for the 3,000m indoors. Details on  the College website at Americal International College Yellow Jackets.

At today's National Novice Cross Country Championships in Dungarvan Co. Waterford our men's team of David Power (68th in 21.48), Jack McLoughlin (86th in 22.05), Aaron Browne 94th in 22.14), Niall Skelton (176th in 24.03) and Ger Stephenson (198th in 24.44) finished 16th out of 24 teams. The final results are on the AAI website. Some pictures of all who ran are in the Gallery.  

National Novice Team (Niall Skelton, Aaron Browne, Ger Stephenson, Jack McLoughlin and David Power) 

Well done to our two Intermediate Cross Country teams who won medals in today's Dublin Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tymon Park. This event was organised by the Club on a very blustery day in Tymon Park. In the Ladies race over 5k our ladies team took the silver medal behind Donore. First home in 5th place was Louise Gaffney in 21.31. Next came Valerie Cole 6th in 21.33, Lynne Hennessy 7th in 21.34 and Ellen Murphy 11th in 22.33 to make up the team. Roisin Long was 14th in 22.51 and Suzanne Ryan 27th in 24.32. Over a blustery 8k course the mens team won the bronze team medal behind Crusaders AC and Clonliffe Harriers. First home for the men was David Power 12th in 29.53, followed by Aaron Browne 17th in 30.41, Peter Toomey 23rd in 31.19, Neil Skelton 35th in 32.12 and Ger Stephenson 59th in 36.35. The full results are on the Dublin Board website and some pictures of all who ran today are in the Gallery.


Ladies Silver medal winning team (Suzane Ryan, Roisin Long, Ellen Murphy, Valerie Cole, Lynne Hennessy and Louise Gaffney)

 Men's bronze medal winning team (Ger Stephenson, Peter Toomey, Aaron Browne, Neil Skelton, Robert Murphy and David Power) 

Well done to all from the Club who ran in last Sunday's Inter Club Cross Country Championships in Santry Park. In the men's race over a 10k course our first Clubman home was Paul Stephenson in 30th place in 33.19. Paul lead the team home in 7th place. Next came David Scanlon 45th, Eoghain McGinley 66th, Matthew Horrigan 72nd, Brian Furey 101st, David Power 104th, Jonathan Hughes 114th, Aaron Browne 118th, and Peter Toomey 137th. In the ladies race over 8k Derval Devaney was 41st in 31.36 and Clare Sullivan 60th in 33.59. The full results are on the AAI Website. Pictures of all who ran are in the Gallery.

Senior men's team at the start