Archive for April, 2007

Cragg sets new Irish 10,000m record

Apr 30, 2007 [Noel Guiden] From the United States comes news that Alistair Cragg has clearly put the disappointment of the European Indoors firmly behind him with a magnificent run in the Stanford Meet over the weekend setting a new Irish 10,000M record of 27:39.55 in taking 4th place. Alistair’s record betters the previous Irish record set by Mark Carroll, also in Stanford, in May of 2000 by 7 seconds. It is also of course a new club record taking a massive 1:16 off Jerry Kiernan’s 1981 record (28:55.2). Of great significance is the fact that this time is also the qualifying time for this years World Championships in Osaka, Alistair already has the 5000M qualifying time and is also an Olympic qualifying time.

In the same race Mark Kenneally, on a short tour of the States, continues his magnificent recent form in running yet another PB of 28:55.49 for 18th place, this is a huge chunk of Mark’s PB and sits nicely with his 5,000M PB (13:45.84) set two weeks previously.

Club presentation night

Apr 28, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Last night`s special presentation night was a wonderful occasion. Clonliffe Harriers paying tribute to our men`s National title winning teams and also making a very special presentation as a mark of appreciation for his part in these successes to Peter McDermott.

There was a great gathering of the clan. Athletes, club members old and new, friends and supporters. In attendance last night we had Clonliffe Olympians Jerry Kiernan, Lar O`Byrne and Paddy Marley. Other great Clonliffe athletes from the recent past Padraig Keane and back on home turf again Eamon Tierney. Frank Greally of the Irish Runner was also in attendance as was Helen Flynn on behalf of our club sponsors Hireco.

The President Paddy Marley outlined the achievements of our men over these last 6 months or so : National Half Marathon Champions, National Cross Country Champions, on that never to be forgotton Spring day in Sligo and National Road Relay Champions. He paid tribute to the lads and their dedication to their sport, and to our club Captain Joe Cooper, and the senior team coaches Peter McDermott and Tony Murphy.

Joe called the teams up (Cian, Sergiu and Gary for the Half Marathon. Mark, Killian, Colm, Cian, Sergiu, Aidan, Robert and Gary, Cross Country and Sergiu, Connor, Killian and Colm for Relay) where the presentation was made by Helen Flynn.

There was then the highlight of the night as Clonliffe showed our appreciation for the work of Peter McDermott with this club. Paddy outlined Peter`s impact on the club for the last 35 years, as an athlete, helping Clonliffe to National Cross Country titles, Club Captain for 10 years leading to the capture of more National Titles and then as the club`s senior coach, coaching teams to National titles time and time again, coaching Niall Bruton all the way from Santry to the Olympic Games.

In accepting his award Peter paid tribute to the guys ,his “Bobby Robson” Tony Murphy, Joe and Gladys Cooper and all his extended Clonliffe family where he has been extreamly happy since arriving in Santry back in 1972.

It was once again another wonderful Clonliffe night, may there be more to come!

McCreery yet again!

Apr 17, 2007 [Noel Guiden ] Anthony McCreary was once again on the winners rostrum, this time at the weekend’s Irish University Championships held in superb conditions on home territory at the Morton Stadium with victory in the Pole Vault.

On track Conor Healy took Silver in the 800 and Gold as a member of the 4x400M UCD relay team. Conor is showing excellent form so early in the season before he even gets down to the serious business of speed work, having ran his first track race of the season in Wednesday’s 400M graded competition. He qualified comfortably for the 800M final with a 1:56 qualifying heat victory on Friday night and in Saturday’s final displayed some excellent front running by leading the field out almost the whole way, at 150M to go however his lack of speed work showed as he was overhauled however, he composed himself and hit back again over the final 50M to take Silver in a time of 1:54.02, only some 4/10 of a second off his seasons best from last year. Again things look good for Conor coming into the summer. Conor also took Gold as a member of the 4x400M relay squad running a 51 second leg.

Francis Nic Reamoin once again continues to show good form taking Silver in the 5000M in a time of 16:51. Francis is now getting back to full fitness and this weekends run, on the back of her superb performance for Clonliffe in the National Road Relays in Raheny on the 1st of April will give her a great confidence boost for the season ahead.

In the meantime there were good runs also by some of our top athletes in the Great Bupa Ireland 10K Race held in the Phoenix Park with Killian Lonergan in a top class field finishing first Irish man in a time of 29:58 for 6th place. Race winner was Abraham Chebii with a very fast 28:49 from Craig Motrom 2nd in 29:00 and Chema Martinez 3rd 29:29. Sergiu Tereau continues to show good form coming home 14th in a time of 32:12.

There were a number of other athletes in action, including Alan Worrell who was spotted finishing in a time of 39:24 in 112th unfortunately we do not have details of other Clonliffe finishers.

Mark Kenneally runs 5,000pb

Apr 17, 2007 [Noel Guiden] News for the United States of a fantastic run by Clonliffe’s Mark Kenneally over the weekend in the 48th Mount Sac Relays held at Walnutt, California. Mark competed in the 5000M event which featured a top class international field which was won in a time of 13:11.37 by Juan Barrios from Anthony Famiglitti (who competed in last years Morton Memorial Mile), in a time of 13:11.93 with Mexico’s David Galvan 3rd in 13:12.18. Mark finished 19th in a time of 13:45.84, a new PB by a margin of approximately 10 seconds or so, a magnificent achievement so early in the season

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