Archive for December, 2006

Results of National novice and juvenile cross country

Dec 12, 2006 [Noel Guiden] The results of Sturday`s Nationals in Athlone are now available with Individual Gold taken by Sergiu in the mens Novice, team gold by our boys U/17 and also a number of our Juvenile athletes taking home County medals.

The placing in the men`s Novice were: Sergiu (1), David Lipscome(57), Conor Healy(62), Ronan Hartnett(90), Nourredine Aussoi(112) and Joseph Cooper(141). The team placed 9th.

Our Ladies Novice team placed 9th led home by Fionnula Doherty(34), Bronagh (38) and Marie Byrne(73).The other girls were Annette Johnasson 977), Etain Alyward(80) and Grainne O`Brien(89)

In the Girls U/19 our sole competitor was Becky Woods who finished 4th, but also won County gold.

Boys U/19: Eoin Pearce (25), Brian Gallagher (49), Dara Boylan(53) and Tennyson Firth (61).

Boys U/17 team which took team gold were Colm Murray (7),David Fitzmaurice(13), Tony Kavanagh(14),and Mark McDonald (15) backed up by Eoin McDonnell(18) and David Murphy (50). These lads formed the backbone of the winning Dublin team with Colm, David,Tony, Mark and Eoin scorring for their county.

The girls U/15 team of Jessica O`Neill (15), Sarah O`Neill(51), Denise O`Callaghan(79), Niamh Hussey(132) and Emma Preston(137) finished 10th team. Jessica was rewarded for her run with County Gold.

Jacque Fay was also on the winning Dublin team in 37th place in the boys U/15s. The Clonliffe team of Jacque, Tomas Aylward (81), Graham Ryan(89) and Darragh Campbell(118) were 12th.

In the U/13s both our girls and boys teams place 14th. The girls: Laura Preston(82), Leah Bergin(85), Laura Brennan(116), Nikita Canning(133) and Niamh Lowney(139). The boys places were: Wayne Plunkett(114), Eoin McDonnell(117), Adam Greene(119) and Aaron Wade(121)

10,000 with tunnell vision

Dec 11, 2006 [Noel Guiden] Sunday the 10th of December was indeed a most successful day in the history of Clonliffe Harriers with the Dublin Port Tunnel 10K Run proving to be a successful and enjoyable experience for all concerned, with victory taken by DSD’s Robert Connolly in a time of 30:28, in the Women’s race international rower and member of Donore Harriers, Sinead Jennings, was the victor in a time of 36:24 and in the Wheelchair event, from the United States, Marcus Costigan was victorious in a time of 31:55, the day however belonged to the cast of 10,000 who made this a spectacular event.

From early morning the elite athletes, club runners, social runners, joggers and walkers arrived heeding the organiser’s request to be in position early. Early morning conditions were somewhat bleak; a dark, wet, windy December morning. MC Brian Maguire got the multitudes well warmed up creating a fantastic atmosphere as the wheelchair athletes were sent on their way at precisely 10:45 a.m. to the cheers of the 10,000 lined up behind. Fifteen minutes later the main field was sent off heading downhill for 700M towards the tunnel entrance. Such were the numbers in the race that it must have taken 15 minutes for the entire field to filter its way into the tunnel entrance and into the surreal yellow light and the heat generated by 10,000 bodies.

At the front an elite group had already formed headed by Robert Connolly and included Gary O’Hanlon of Clonliffe proudly wearing No. 1 on his Clonliffe singlet. The first half of the race was very tough on the athletes heading uphill towards the fresh air and turn at Santry before heading back into the second tube and back towards the port area.

Robert Connolly extended his lead to take the victory in a time of 30:28 and commented afterwards: “It was a very fast and competitive race right from the beginning, everybody was going pretty hard but it was a good even surface. Most of the light down there was coming from the lead car and traffic signs, you can certainly tell there is light at the end of the tunnel. When you go through it you can see the sky in the distance. It was definitely an unusual running experience.”

The first six men were:

1. Robert Connolly (DSD) 30:28

2. Martin Conroy (Sligo AC) 30:57

3. Alan O’Shea (Bantry AC) 31:06

4. Emmet Dunleavy (Sligo AC) 31:16

5. Mick Traynor (Raheny Shamrocks) 31:19

6. Gary O’Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers) 31:26

In the Womens event:

1. Sinead Jennings (Donore Harriers) 36:24

2. Barbara Sanchez (Raheny Shamrocks) 36:53

3. Helen Crossan (Unattached) 38:11

4. Donna Evans (Monaghan Phoenix) 38:27

5. Denise Ryan (Raheny Shamrocks) 38:37

6. Sandra Armstrong (Sportsworld) 38:56

In the Wheelchair:

1. Marcus Costigan (USA) 31:15

2. Patrice Dockery (Clonliffe Harriers) 33:08

3. Garrett Culleton (Laois) 47:36

Thousands upon thousands continued to finish long after the presentation had been made to the winners, all enjoying the event despite the heat in the tunnel. All were presented with a beautifully engraved special medallion which of course will be a once off and never to be repeated, as well as a souvenir t-shirt.

The race was very well received with today’s newspapers endorsing the success of the event. It was front page news in the Irish Times and the Irish Independent noting the charity aspect of the race commenting “Many of those taking part were doing the race for charity, with the Lord Mayor’s charity expected to benefit by €50,000.00”.The Independent also carried a piece quoting The Lord Mayor`s wife`s expierence of competing in the Tunnel Run. There was also a very good report in The Examiner.

Clonliffe Harriers wish to thank everyone who took part in the Dublin Port Tunnel Run and all who helped out on the day, the athletes and runners who could not get into the race and who were still kind enough to turn out and lend a hand, all the members of the Club who helped out and all our friends from the athletics family and in particular the juveniles who turned out from Celtic AC, Rathfarnham WSAF, Raheny Shamrocks and others too numerous to mention. We would also of course like to thank the Civil Defence who were out in force and of course the Dublin Port Tunnel Project and Dublin City Council.

Fionnula Britton wins European U/23 silver with Clonliffe`s Kenneally 31st in men`s senior

Dec 11, 2006 [Noel Guiden] The Juvenile Uneven Ages National Cross Country Championships were also held on the 9th of December at Athlone. Our Boys U/17 Dublin Champions added the National Title with victory after very gutsy performances. There was carnage at the start of the race as a number of our fancied runners, including the individual champion in the Dublins, David Fitzmaurice, fell victim to the appalling conditions David finding himself on the ground and literally overrun by most of the field, he got himself up and back into the race to battle home to 12th making one of the scoring positions, along with Colm Murray 7th, Tony Kavanagh 13th and Mark McDonald 14th with Owen McDonnell 15th as the U/17’s added National Gold to their Dublin Gold.Becky Woods had a great run in the girls U/19 just out of the medals in 4th.Good run also by Jessa O`Neill to finish 15th in girls U/15. Full results of the Juvenile Championships are not yet to hand and will be posted on this site as soon as available.

U17s win All Ireland gold

Dec 11, 2006 [Noel Guiden] The Juvenile Uneven Ages National Cross Country Championships were also held on the 9th of December at Athlone. Our Boys U/17 Dublin Champions added the National Title with victory after very gutsy performances. There was carnage at the start of the race as a number of our fancied runners, including the individual champion in the Dublins, David Fitzmaurice, fell victim to the appalling conditions David finding himself on the ground and literally overrun by most of the field, he got himself up and back into the race to battle home to 12th making one of the scoring positions, along with Colm Murray 7th, Tony Kavanagh 13th and Mark McDonald 14th with Owen McDonnell 15th as the U/17’s added National Gold to their Dublin Gold.Becky Woods had a great run in the girls U/19 just out of the medals in 4th.Good run also by Jessa O`Neill to finish 15th in girls U/15. Full results of the Juvenile Championships are not yet to hand and will be posted on this site as soon as available.

Sergiu takes National Novice gold

Dec 11, 2006 [Noel Guiden ] At the National Novice Cross Country Championships held in extremely difficult conditions at Athlone IT on Saturday the 9th of December Clonliffe’s Sergiu Turea had an excellent outing to take Men’s individual gold. The team unfortunately however finished outside of the top 3. Full results will be posted when available.

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