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NOLAN WINS BATTLE OF CLONTARF! 

Karl Nolan (Clonliffe Harriers, M35) had a comfortable win at the Battle of Clontarf 10-mile held in, St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin on Easter Monday. The race incorporated the Leinster Championships. Nolan’s times of 54 mins 16 seconds put him almost half a minute clear of Anthony Sharkey (Rathfarnham WSAF AC, M35) who finished second in 54:53. Fiona Stack  (Raheny Shamrock AC, W40) was second  woman in 61:37 .Raheny won the senior women’s team category and finished second of the men. In the master team classes, Clonliffe won the M35 category, ahead of Raheny Shamrock, while LSA AC beat Mullingar Harriers by a single point to win the W35 category; Crusaders AC was third. For the M50 title, Raheny beat Tullamore Harriers by three points, with Clonliffe third. Blackrock AC, led by Grainne Grennan W65, was first W50 team followed by Clonliffe Harriers and Raheny Shamrock AC. A total of 359 completed the race. Special congrats to new club Coolock AC who had teams in all but one of the categories. 

Kieran Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) was a clear winner of  the Beragh 5-Mile, in St Mary’s Park, Beragh, Co Tyrone on  Saturday (March 30) in a time of 25 mis 31 secs. The race was the third round of the Run the Banner Series. 

Pierre Murchan  (Dublin City Harriers) set a new course record of 14 mins 4 secs when winning  the Streets of Kilkenny 5km on Thursday evening (March 28). It was the second race in the Peugeot Race Series 2024 and Murchan’s second win after his victory in the Streets of Portlaoise 5km on St Patrick’s Day. Finishing second in a personal best 14:40 was Dylan Wright (Lucan Harriers) while third in 14:43 was Shane Spring (Raheny Shamrock AC)  Dublin visitors took the five of the top six places.Fifth and first junior was Sean Cronin (Clonliffe Harriers) in 14:52. Dundrum South Dublin AC, winners in Portlaoise, again finished best of the mixed teams, led by mountain running specialist Killian Mooney in eighth place. First woman in 16:50 was Fiona McKenna (UCD AC). DSD AC, led by Sarah Mulligan in eighth place, won the women’s team prize  and finished second of the men’s teams.

CLONLIFFE GRAND PRIX BEGINS

Santry Stadium was the venue on Thursday evening (March 28) for the Frank White Trophy — the only 5 Mile track race in Ireland and .the opening round of the 2024 Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series. Athletes from Ballymun AC, Coolock AC, Raheny Shamrocks AC, LSA AC, Dunboyne AC, Skerries AC and Crusaders AC welcomed into the series, along with Clonliffe members. With almost a hundred entered, two separate races took place. Neck and neck in the first race were Clonliffe’s own Sean Doran and Anthony Brady of Coolock RC, with Doran finally breaking away for victory in 27 mins 26 secs, Brady second in 27:35 and Declan Power of Clonliffe third in 27:46.  Athletes from the host club dominated the women’s race with Siobhan Devaney  the winner in 34:07,  followed by Maura Matthews in 35:07 and Aisling Andrews in 35:11 .Winning the second race was Lee Duddy in 32:00 followed by Alan Worrall in 34:33 and Mick Gleeson third in 34:55.  Elaine McLoughlin was first women in 36:19 followed by Laura Kernan 36:38 with Orla Deighan third in 36:59. After the handicaps were worked out, Lynette Richardson of Ballymun AC was declared the winner of the Frank Duffy Trophy ahead of Clonliffe pair Dermot Faughan and Karen McAffee. 

Next round  in the fifteen round Grand Prix Series is the McDonald Cup 4-Mile, again in Santry Stadium, on Thursday evening April 11 (8pm). Full details www.clonliffeharriersac.com

TRACK ACTION ABROAD 

Tallaght’s Rhasidat Adeleke got her outdoor season off to a flying start at the Texas Relays in Austin on Saturday when she helped an international  team to victory in a 4 x 200m relay race. Adeleke, fully recovered from a recent ankle injury, ran the second leg, with the team, which included Britain’s Dina Asher Smith, clocking a world best time of 1 min 27.05 secs. Next up for Rhasidat is the 4x400m at the Worlds Relay in May, with Olympic qualification at stake for the Irish team. 

At the Raleigh Relays  in North Carolina USA held on March 28-30, Abdel Laadjel (Donore Harriers)  finished  22nd in  the 10,000m with a time of 28:56 34, while Sean Kay (Clonliffe Harriers) was 49th in 29:19.50; both times were PBs. Over 5000m, Scott Fagan (Metro St Brigid’s AC) ran 14:28.17, also a personal best.  

Other Irish athletes in action in the USA  on Friday  included Darragh McElhinney (UCD AC) who ran 14:00.42 for 12th in the men’s 5000m at the Stanford Invitational in California.

On the other side of the globe, Jodie McCann (DCH AC)  ran a lifetime  best of 4:342.45 for the mile in Sydney Australia on Thursday (March 28). It was her third personal best time in less than a month.  A week earlier, she had run  8:52.92 when finishing ninth in a 3000m in Sydney, Australia, On Saturday, March 23 and last month, she clocked 15:35.04 for 5000m in Melbourne.

Clontarf 10 pics from from MyRunResults
223 - Anthony Brady (Coolock AC)
123 Ciara Brady (Sportsworld AC)
207/158 David Jackson (Rahney Shamrock), Gregory Lowry (Coolock RC)
195 - Sinead Kiernan (LSA AC)

Also Kieran Kelly (Raheny) Baragh 5 winner 

Lynette Richardson (Ballymun AC), Frank Duffy Trophy winner