Archive for May, 2007

Eoin McDonnell gets European Youths QT

May 24, 2007 [Noel Guiden/Brian McDoanld] From last night`s Dublin County Board Graded Meeting comes the great news that Clonliffe`s Eoin McDonnell has achieved the Qualifying time for July`s European Youths Olympics to be held in Belgrade. Eoin ran a perfectly judged race in last night`s 800M in Irishtown, he was always at the sharp end of the field, taking the bell in 57 seconds, running strongly over the back straight on the second lap and holding off his challengers down the home straight to win in 1.55.19. Athletics Ireland will be selecting the team of 12 for Belgrade after the All-Ireland Schools Championships in Tullamore on June 2nd.

Other Clonliffe results from last night`s Graded:

Sarah Finnegan was 1st in her 800m And Eoin Pearse achieved a new PB in the 5K of 15.26s, and finished 4th

Cragg runs 1500m pb

May 21, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Alistair Cragg`s good form continues. Fresh on his 10,000M Irish record comes the news of his 1500M PB of 3.36.18 set in the United States yesterday. Cragg took a massive 3 seconds off his existing PB in finishing second to New Zeland`s Nick Willis (3.35.85) in the Adidas Track Classic at the California State University track in Carson. Third was Rob Myers USA (3.36.49). Cragg`s time puts him 8th on the Irish all time list and 2nd on the Clonliffe all time list behind Niall Bruton`s 12 year old club record of 3.35.67.His time is also a World Championship and Olympic qualifying time giving Cragg a clean sweep of qualifying time 1500, 5,000 and 10,000.

The Clonliffe Euro Three

May 18, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Good runs from our three athletes at the European Masters Road Race Championships in Regensburg in the 10k race held in Irish Summer rain yesterday. Mags Greenan was 12th in the O/45 in 40.22, a little less than 5 minutes off race winner in O/45 Kaufman (Ger) 35.47. Gerry Brady in O/50 was 18th with 35.44, the winner Hopfner(Ger) who ran 31.39 some going for a 50 year old!!Pat Bonass O/60 was 44th in his race (45.29). The winner in that age group Camara of Spain who ran 35.51 !There were Irish medal winning performances by Mick Byrne (Parnells of Wicklow) 1st O/45 (32.16), by the O/55,60 team (2nd) Pat O`Shea, Frank Reilly and Raheny`s Pat Timmons and by the women`s O/45,50 team of Carmel Parnell, Ann Donnelly and Susan Zinay also 2nd.

Batch of medals for Clonliffe athletes in Leinster schools

May 18, 2007 [Brian McDonald] The KitKat Leinster Schools Championships were held in the Morton Stadium over the last few days and there were excellent performances by Clonliffe athletes running for their schools

Clonliffe Harrier athletics collected 14 Gold medals, 5 Silver, and 5 Bronze medals

Details of the results are listed below

Congratulations to all who participated, in the Leinster Schools and well done to all who made it to the All Ireland Schools Finals

Girls Results Senior Girls

1st D. Byrne, Javelin (Liberties Coll)

2nd S. Woods 400m Hurdles (Holy Faith)

2nd R. Woods 3,000m (Holy Faith)

3rd R. Farrelly Javelin (St Michaels )

Inter Girls

1st O. McGinley Triple Jump (Skerries)

1st C. Henegan 2,000m walk (Holy Faith)

1st S. Furman 300m Hurdles & 5th in 80m Hurdles (Maryfield)

4th S. Finnegan 800m (S. H. Drogheda)

Boys Results Senior Boys

1st I. Rogers Pole Vault (De La Salle)

1st J. Shanley Triple Jump (Belvedere)

1st L. Mangan Shot Putt and 1st Discus (Belvedere)

3rd P. Breslin 800m (Belvedere)

3rd D. Flynn 5000m (Coolmine)

6th E. Khan 2000m Steeplechase (St. Josephs)

Inter Boys

1st B. Woods Discus and 2nd in Shot Putt (Belvedere)

2nd C. Coleman 200m and 4th in the 100M (Skerries)

3rd T. Kavanagh 400m Hurdles & 6th in 3000m (St. Aidans)

4th G. Redmond 400m (St. Aidans)

1st M. McDonald 800m (St. Aidans)

1st E. McDonnell 1500m (St. Aidans)

3rd L. Brady 1500m Steeplechase (St. Aidans)

4th P. Sheerin 1500m Steeplechase (St. Aidans)

1st C. Murray 3000m (St. Aidans)

Junior Boys

1st T. Austin 800m and 2nd in the 1500m (Castleknock)

Minor Boys

1st P. O’Connor 80m (Gaelcolaiste Reachrann)

Full results can be obtained on www.athleticsireland.ie (sorry if I missed anyone!)

Becky Woods “Schools sports star of the year”

May 12, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s Becky Woods has been named Evening Herald/Snickers Schools Sports Star of the year. Becky received the good news at a function held in Croke Park on Thursday and an announcement was made in last night`s “Herald”. We of course all know Becky from her athletic achievements: multi juvenile winning medalist,this year National Junior Team Cross Country Bronze in Sligo and National Senior Bronze Road Relay in Raheny for Clonliffe and of course her performances for the Holy Faith School in Clontarf in cross country. As well as this, however, Becky is being recognised for her efforts for her school in Basketball at which she also excels. In January of this year she won the North Leinster Schools Cross Country and that afternoon helped her school to victory in the All Ireland Schools Senior A Basketball Cup and in March won the National Schools Basketball League.Becky was also of course our club Junior Athlete of the year for 2006.

Double team silver in Dublin road novice

May 10, 2007 [Noel Guiden] At last night`s Dublin Road Novice Championships in Lucan there was double success for Clonliffe in the team events when both our ladies and mens teams won silver. The 5K Championship was held in conjunction with Lucan Harriers Tom Byrne Memorial Race and thankfully there was no repeat of last year`s controversy when our men were days later declared winners and days later undeclared so when as a result of unreliable results the Novice Championship for 2006 was effectively declared null and void.

Emma Cooper lead home the ladies in 19:05 and together with Rachael McBride (20:08), Joyce O`Hare (21:48) and Carmel ? (25:40) were second behind Sportsworld.

In the mens race Kevin English continues his fine form with a time of 16:38. Followed by new kid on the block Fergal Hartnett with an excellent 16:52, just behind him in 16:56 was David Lipscomb 16:56 with the ever green Tom Griffin (17:35) being the forth scorer taking second behind Tallaght AC in the team competition.

Our other men were also in good form Jeremy Walsh running 17:52 ,Maurice McCrohan 18:12 and Kieran Murphy ,only weeks after the London Marathon running his second race in three days, running 18:30

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