Archive for February, 2004

IAAF World Cross-Country Championship Teams

Congratulations to Killian Lonergan on his selection to the Irish Team for the 32nd IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium on March 20-21. Killian ran a fantastic race and was 5th in the recent National Senior Long-Course Championships and it is from this and The Junior Championships that the teams were selected.

Also runing for Ireland is the South-African born Alistair Cragg as an individual in the short-course event. Cragg recently broke Frank O’Mara’s 3000m record with 7:38.59 and is set to be a decent challenge to the Kenyans and Ethiopians.
Unfortunately for the Womens Team, they will be without Sonia O’Sullivan as she is out with shin-splints and Maria McCambridge (DSD) as she will be concentrating on the World Indoors. They will have the back-on-form Catherina McKiernan and the second-placed Rosemary Ryan.

The Long-course teams:
Mens Senior team
Seamus Power (Kilmurray/Brickane)
Dermot Donnelly (Annadale Striders)
Peter Mathews (DSD)
Mark Kenneally (Raheny Shamrocks)
Killian Lonergan (Clonliffe Harriers)
Vincent Mulvey (Raheny Shamrocks)

Womens Senior Team
Catherina McKiernan (Annalee)
Rosemary Ryan (Bilboa)
Jolene Byrne (Donore)
Pauline Curley (Tullamore)
Fionnuala Britton (Sli Cualann)
Niamh O’Sullivan (An Riocht)

Junior Men
Mark Christie (Mullingar)
Andrew Ledwidth (Fr. Murphy)

Junior Women
Azmera Gebrezgi (Celtic)
Linda Byrne (DSD)

Clonliffe Harriers Senior Mens team win National Inter-Club C.C.

Clonliffe Harriers Senior Mens team won the National Inter-Club long-course Cross Country Championships held today in Roscommon. The course lent itself to fast racing over the 12k despite the blustery weather. The team included a back-on-form Killian Lonergan who stuck with the breakaway group of six to come in 5th, Cian McLoughlin ran a fantastic last couple of laps to move up from 10th place to finish 7th, Paolo Doglio 12th and Rory Byrne who came in 17th. Gary O’Hanlon was outside the scoring with what was an excellent 19th place when you consider he was recently suffering with an achilles tendon problem.
First place went to 4-time winner Seamus Power, with Dermot Donnelly second and Peter Mathews third. Raheny’s Mark Kenneallywas 4th just ahead of Killian. The rest of the team were William StaffordKevin English and Nigel Brunton.

Our Junior Ladies team had a fantastic race and finished second in their 6k race. Frances Nic Reamoin continued her fine form to finish individual 3rd,Nicola Fallon was 6th, Aobhin Greenan was 20th and Ciara Meehan completed the scoring with 22nd.
The race was won by Azmera Gebrezgi of Celtic AC, with Linda Byrne of DSD second ahead of Frances.

The Clonliffe Junior Mens Team were in action also and came in 6th in the 8k event. Top placed was Lutfi Dridi 19th, the rest of the team was Michael MacDiarmadaPaddy Berrigan and Conor HealyDanny CollinsTom Kilbride Kevin Fenell and Andrew Kelly (placings info to follow).
Mark Christie from Mullingar was first – three wins in a row in Junior Mens CC, with Andrew Ledwith (Fr. Murphy) second and DSD’s Joseph Sweeney 3rd.

The Ladies Senior Race over 8k was won for the 5th time by Caitriona McKiernan with a finishing gap of 80m from second place Maria McCambridge in second and Rosemary Ryan in third.

Senior Men 12000m
Seamus Power (Kilmurray/Brickane) 35.22
Dermot Donnelly (Annadale Striders) 35.44
Peter Mathews (DSD) 35.54
Mark Kenneally (Raheny Shamrocks) 36.07
Killian Lonergan (Clonliffe Harriers) 36.15
V Mulvey (Raheny Shamrocks) 36.24
Cian McLoughlin (Clonliffe Harriers) 36.30
G Murray (St Malachy) 36.42
R Connolly (DSD) 36.52
C Magee (Lucan) 37.02

Senior Mens Team
Clonliffe 41
DSD 48
Raheny 64

Senior Women 8000m
Catherina McKiernan (Annalee) 26.39
Maria McCambridge (DSD) 26.55
Rosemary Ryan (Bilboa) 27.12
J Byrne (Donore) 27.20
P Curley (Tullamore) 28.04
F Britton (Sli Cualann) 28.30
N O’Sullivan (An Riocht) 28.34
L Cavanagh (UCC) 28.48
S Gowran (Sportsworld) 28.51
M Synott (Letterkenny) 29.24

Senior Womens Team 
Finn Valley (59 – 11, 12, 13, 23)
DSD (65 – 2, 15, 22, 26)
Sportsworld (76 – 9, 14, 18, 35)

Junior Men 8000m
Mark Christie (Mullingar) 24.48
A Ledwith (Fr. Murphy) 25.07
J Sweeney (DSD) 25.17
D D’arcy (SLOT) 25.38
J McCarthy (Roverstick/Kinsale) 25.50
S Hehir (Marian) 25.54
E Scully (DSD) 26.04
M Hanrahan (Leevale) 26.07
R Yeates (Raheny) 26.13
B Kirwan (SLOT) 26.19

Junior Mens Team 
DSD (43 – 3,7,13,20)
St. Laurence O’Toole (54 – 4,10,18,22)
Raheny (62 – 9,12,14,27)
Clonliffe Harriers (6th)

Junior Women 6000m
A Gebrezgi (Celtic) 21.44
L Byrne (DSD) 21.50
Frances Nic Reamoinn (Clonliffe Harriers) 21.57
C Durcan (Skerries) 23.30
Nicola Fallon (Clonliffe Harriers) 23.33
F McGreevy (Raheny) 23.42
B Twohig (DSD) 23.44
M Halley (Ferrybank) 23.45
A Baker (DSD) 23.53

Junior Womens Team
DSD (25 – 2,5,8,10)
Clonliffe (51 – 3,6,20,22)
Raheny (73 – 7,11,26,29)

Associated news……
See also the photos in the Gallery.

Clonliffe’s Michael Weiss New National Indoor Triple-Jump Champion

Last weekend saw Clonliffe’s Michael Weiss out-jump the competition to become the new National Senior Triple-Jump Champion with a jump of 14.43m on Saturday and go on to come 5th in the Long-Jump with 6.75m.

Other performances on Saturday were:

60m
Danny Kavanagh – qualifier time 7.26s – 2nd place, Round 2 time 7.27s – 4th place. Brendan Doyle ran 7.42s. There was some controversy over the selection of athletes for the final as the electronic timing broke down for a period and they had to resort to hand-timing. The result was that hand-times of 7.2s qualified. Curiously also not all the lanes were used in the final.

400m
Danny Tobin and Stephen Harkness were in the 400m, Danny recorded 50.86s in the heat and 50.96 in the semi-final, while Stephen ran 53.13s.

3000m Robert Malseed represented us in the 3000m and came in 14th with a time of 9:05.23 which disappointed him on the day.

Associated news……
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Clonliffe Mens Intermediate Team new National CC Champions

This weekend saw a fantastic performance from the Clonliffe Mens Intermediate Team to win team Gold in the National Cross-Country in Dungarvan, Waterford. Conditions were good for running (not too boggy) and fairly cool.

The team members were William StaffordKevin EnglishRobert MalseedEddie Coughlan and Chris Sheals. Support was provided by Club Captain Joe CooperTerry and Eugene Coppinger. It is ten years since we won the championships and it was a compact display from all the lads with Robert 17th, William 26th, Kevin 29th and Eddie 34th. This was an outstanding run by Ed, considering it was his first ever cross country race – well done again lads.

Our Ladies team were in action also with Mags Greenan coming in for a deserved Bronze medal in the O45. Finishing strongly in the womens race also wereChrissie and Bronagh.

Associated news……
See Gallery for pictures.

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