Archive for January, 2006

Cragg 3rd in Boston Indoor 2 Mile Championship

Alistair Cragg took to the indoor circuit at the Reggie Lewis Centre in Boston for the 2 Mile in the prestigious Boston Indoor Championships. There was a top class field on view including Tariku Bekele, younger brother of Kenenisa, another Ethiopian Marcos Geneti and World 5000M championship bronze medallist Craig Mottram.

From the starters gun pacemaker Rono bolted into the lead taking the field around the first 200M lap in under 29 seconds, he continued this pace leaving the rest of the field someway adrift, he was soon some sixty metres ahead of the field. The pacemaker when through the mile in4:04 with the pack some way back, with four laps to go the race was being led by Geneti and Alistair Cragg, Cragg held back saying afterwards “I wanted to wait until the last lap”, with two laps to go Cragg held the lead however at the bell Bekele hit the front with Mottram and another Ethiopian Sileshi Sihine surging forward to take the lead with Mottram on his shoulder. On the final bend Mottram took the lead to win in a time of 8:24.54 with Sihine holding 2nd in 8:27.03 and Cragg 3rd in 8:27.39, a personal best.

Daniel Tobin takes silver at AAI Indoor Games

Well done to Daniel Tobin on his second place in the 400 metres at the AAI Indoor Games held in Nenagh on the 15th of January with a time of 51:39 from Brian Murphy of UCC in 50:93. Clonliffes other competitor at the games was Daniel Kavanagh who placed fifth in race one of the 60 metres final in a time of 7:22.

Alistair Cragg sets 2006 best

Alistair Cragg showing a return to form ran the fastest mile of 2006 when he recorded a time of 3:55.04 on the indoor track at Arkansas, United States. Cragg trailed the pacemaker before taking up the running to win by some seven seconds, afterwards Cragg said ‘I didn’t think I’d run that good, it shows that an extra weeks training is huge this time of the year’.

Hopefully Alistair will be in a position to turn out for Clonliffe in the Nationals in Santry at the end of February.

Aisling Coppinger wins Trail Blanch in France

Congratulations to Aisling Coppinger on her victory in the Trail blanch 32k race in Font Romeu, the Pyrenees on Sunday the 22nd of January.

Aisling made short work of the soft snow to run superbly and not only take victory in the women’s race but also was crowned queen of the mountains.

Weekend Round-Up: Home and Away

An active and successful weekend for Clonliffe athletes both on home turf at Santry demesne and further afield. Saturday seen superb performances by our top men in the Edinburgh International Cross Country races. As the athletes lined up for the start of the 9.2K race and the TV camera panned across the line it was nice to see Cian McLoughlin looking far from pensive as he waved to his club mates at home.

From the off Gary O’Hanlon got into the lead group to have a good look at Messrs. Bakele, Tadessa and Shaheen.

The lads ran superbly with Mark Kenneally coming through to finish a superb 10th from Cian 13th and Gary 17th.

Up front there was an intriguing battle as Tadessa led out the pace and with 2K to go pushed on relentlessly with Bakele and Shaheen on his tail. At the bell with 1K to go Shaheen hit the front, the move being covered by Bakele, however on the final up hill stretch Shaheen struck for home putting up a gap of some 5/6M.Bakele was not to be beaten and he closed the gap to hit the front on the home straight to win in a time of 26:07 from Shaheen 26:11 and Tadessa 26:18.

In the short course event there were good runs recorded by our two competitors Colm Rooney and Nigel Brunton.

Closer to home our some of our Masters Men competed at the National Masters Indoor Championship at Nenagh with pride of place going to Jimmy Bennett who won gold in the O/65 800M and later in the day went on to take silver in the 3000M.

George Maybury also had a superb day to take O/45 800M and 1500M bronze.

Sunday brought us back home again to Santry demesne for the Dublin Masters Cross Country Championships which were hosted by Clonliffe. It was particularly pleasing to see so many Clonliffe singlets in the race, indeed we were the only Club to field two full teams in the Mens Championsip.

David Brennan had a “muddy marvellous run” to take 8th place overall and 3rd and bronze medal in O/45. Another superb run also once again recorded by Martin Tracey and by Philip O’Doherty. Our A team were just outside of the medals taking 4th place with the B team taking 7th1st were Civil Service(adding the Mens to the Ladies Dublin Championship won earlier in the day) with Liffey Valley 2nd and Rathfarnham 3rd. Individual winner of the race wasTom O’Connor running in the O/45 category.

Particular congratulations must go to Johnny O’Leary and his crew for marking out, once again, a superb 2K cross country course – managing to include every single puddle in Santry!

Cragg disappointed with 6th place at Stormont

Alistair Cragg was disappointed with his performance in his first cross country race in Ireland at the Belfast International Cross Countryheld at the Stormont Estate on Saturday the 7th of January when he placed 6th behind Kenya’s Barnabas Kosgei.

Alistair started brightly enough to lead the field however, his challenge faded somewhat and he appeared to struggle with the pace finding himself trailed off and finishing some 1:04 behind the Kenyan victor.

Alistair said afterwards: “I came here ready to race these guys but when it came to the crunch there was nothing there. Perhaps I lost a bit of my fight and my toughness during the three months I was out and I need to get back and start doing some really hard training again.”

Seamus Power had a pretty good run to finish in 10th place, only some 3 seconds adrift of Alistair in what was his comeback race, indeed this was Seamus Power’s first race in almost a year.

The top ten in the race were:

1 B. Kosgei (Kenya) – 28:05 2 M. Kipsiro (Uganda) – 28:06 3 D. Ritzenhein (USA) – 28:20 4 S. Kiflemariam (ERI) – 28:43 5 T. Shiffraw (ETH) – 28:45 6 A. Cragg – 29:09 7 R. Whalley (GB) – 29:11 8 P. Julian (USA) – 29:12 9 S. Plummer (GB) – 29:13 10 S. Power – 29:16

In the Women’s race Mary Cullen ran very strongly leading the field for the majority of the race however, ultimately she finished 4th behind the three EthiopiansE. Kidne, D. Alemu, A. Kasim.

We also had juvenile and junior teams competing in Stormont with our Boys U/15 taking Silver.

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