Archive for July, 2007

Anthony McCreery takes National title

Jul 23, 2007 [Stephen Byrne] In weather more accustomed to the National Cross Country Championship a most enjoyable National Senior Track & Field Championships took place over the course of the weekend.

Sunday the 22nd of July seen another epic battle in the Pole Vault competition between Clonliffe club mates David Donnegan last years National Champion and Anthony McCreery, with Anthony McCreery ultimately prevailing to take the national title with a vault of 4.90M from David Donnegan with a vault of 4.80M.

One of the most competitive races of the day saw David Campbell completing the second part of his double in the Men’s 1500M final finishing ahead of Clonliffe’s Colm Rooney. Colm in 4th place adrift of David Campbell, Liam Reale and Mark Christie with one lap to go, he bridged the gap and overtook Mark Christie and on the final bend on the outside he attempted and seceded in overtaking Liam Reale with a final burst was piped on the line by David Campbell. 1st David Campbell 3.45.21, 2nd Colm Rooney 3.45.55, 3rd Liam Reale 3.45.74.

One of the highlights of Sundays programme was the Men’s 5000M, which became a two man race from early on with Gary Murray (St Malachy’s) 13.58.10 pushing Martin Fagan (Sligo) 13.56.13 all the way to the line. Last year the roles where reversed when Gary Murray 14.21 led Martin Fagan home.

There was also a terrific Men’s 800M final, which again seeing one and two being reversed from last year. David Campbell 1.49.45 out sprinting Thomas Chamney (Crusaders) 1.49.81 with Clonliffe’s Conor Healy coming in 6th with 1.52.18.

David Gillick of DSD retained his 400M National Title 46.34, with Clonliffe’s John Laffey coming in 4th with a time 47.84.

As expected Deirbhle O’Rourke won the Women’s 100M hurdles but was dramatically piped on the line for the 100M sprint by Emily Maher (Kilkenny CH).

Mary Cullen (North Sligo) retained her National Title impressively in the 1500M winning in 4.17.20 with Hazel Murphy (DSD) second and Fionnualla Britton (Sli Cualann) third. Clonliffe’s Emma Copper finished in 10th place.

In the sprints Paul Hession (Athenry AC), won his first National Championship 100M title with Clonliffe’s Danny Kavanagh in 6th place.

Joanne Cuddihy (UCD) completing an impressive double double by retaining both the 200M title and the 400M title on Sunday.

The highlight of Saturdays track performance was undoubtedly Gary Thornton of (Galway CH) in taking the 10,000M championship in a time of 29:57.06 from Joe McAlister of St. Malachy’s (30:25.32) and Michael O’Connor also (Galway CH) 3rd in a time of 30:35.23. Clonliffe’s Sergiu Turea finished in 8th place.

In the Junior Men’s 3000M race was won impressively by Conor Dooney (Ferrybank) 8.36.38, with Neil Jordon (North Down) second and Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank) Third. Clonliffe’s Eoin Pearce and David Flynn finished 4th and 5th respectively.

In the trowing events Clonliffe’s pair Luke Mangan came second in the Junior Men’s 35lb event and Eamonn Byrne also finished second in the U.23 35lb event.

Denise Byrne Clonliffe finished second in the javelin behind Anita White (Dublin Striders).

See www.athleticsireland.ie for full results.

All Ireland juvenile c`ships Day 1

Jul 14, 2007 [Brian McDonald] Preliminary results from Day 1 in the All Ireland Juvenile Championships held in Tullamore today

Clonliffe Harriers started of the day well in the hurdles with Shauna Furman taking a silver in the 80m U 17 girls hurdles, later on in the day Larry Brady (photo on the right) took Gold in U17 boys 1500m steeplechase with a new PB , and then Dave Flynn took Gold in the U19 boys 2K steeplechase, with Eoghan Khan finishing 4th with a new PB

Denise Byrne takes National Junior Javelin title

Jul 8, 2007 [Noel Guiden] With a best throw of 37.55m Denise Byrne won gold in the women`s Javelin for Clonliffe in the National Junior track and field Championships in Tullamore today. Ian Rogers took silver in the Pole Vault with 3.80m and Ciara Mc Callion bronze in the 400m (58.89).

The U/23 Nationals were also held today in Tullamore where Danny Kavanagh was 3rd in the 100m (11.15), John Laffey, currently making waves in the 400, was 5th in that race (11.34) and then placed 3rd in the 200m (22.44).

There were also bronze medals in the 800m from Conor Healy (1.56.39), Stephen Harkness placed 8th in that race with 2.01.24, and Bronze from Eamonn Byrne in the Discus 36.98m and Eamonn then went one better with silver in the Hammer (46.17). Michael MacDiarmada ran 15.27.11 when placing 5th in the 5,000m

Sub 4 Morton Mile

Jul 8, 2007 [Noel Guiden] It`s been a long time coming but finally after a gap of maybe 7 or 8 years it`s great to report that THE MORTON MILE WAS WON IN 3.58.45. Aussie visitor Mitch Kealy was the victor by a tight margin of less than half a second from fellow countryman Brad Woods (3.58.89) with James Nolan( UCD) 3rd in 4.01.80. Our own Colm Rooney while dissappointed not to break the magically 4 did make an excellent attempt and ran a new PB of 4.02.18 for 4th.

The Morton Mile was the feature of the Spar Mile Challenge and was supported by an excellent sub 5 minute race incorporating the Junior Mile Challenge, sponsored by Clonliffe Harriers. This junior race was open to all, however with the National Junior C`ship the following day was left to Clonliffe`s crack senior Juvenile squad to battle it out. Eoin Pearce(above) is on fire at the moment and ran a race of great bravery breaking from the pack with 600 to go and running away from the field to take a wonderful win with a PB of 4.24.4. 2nd, also with a PB was Dave Flynn (4.28.07) with Dave Fitzmaurice 3rd (4.29.73) also a PB to make it a Clonliffe 1-2-3 and all with sub 4.30`s. Excellent.

Result of sub 5/ Junior Mile Challenge:

1. E. Pearce (Clonliffe) Jr. 4.24.4(PB)

2. D. Flynn (Clonliffe) Jr. 4.28.07(PB)

3. D. Fitzmaurice (clonliffe) Jr. 4.29.73(PB)

4. R. Savage (Rathfarnham) Sr. 4.31.24 (PB)

5. A.N. OTHER 4.34.61

6. C. Murray (Clonliffe) Jr. 4.35.82

7. A.N. Other 4.41.86

8. Colin Murphy (Clonliffe) Sr. 4.50.24

9. Niall McDonnell Sr. 4.14.02

At 2.00pm the field lined up for the Morton Mile. The skies darkened, the wind picked up and the rain came down. Timing! The chances of a sub 4 looked remote. The pace makers however quickly dispelled our scepticism as Aidan Baily and Gary O`Hanlon led the field through the 1st 400 in 59, 800 in 2.00 as the wind picked up and the athletes gathered themselves for the final assault the pace slipped slightly taking the bell in 3.01. Brad Woods had the advantage however was caught by Mitch Kealy as both break 4. James Nolan catches a tiring Colm Rooney, who had given it his all, for 3rd.Behind Colm in 5th another Aussie Jermony Roff 4.03.22 with Martin Fagan(Mullingar AC) making the top 6.

The presentation party was lead by Billy Morton`s daughters Yvonne and Billie with race sponsor Noel Daly of Commercial Hygiene Services as the sun shone again and the wind ceased.

Morton Mile 2007:

1. M. Kealy (Aus) 3.58.45

2. B. Woods (Aus) 3.58.89

3. J. Nolan (UCD) 4.01.8

4. C. Ronney (Clonliffe) 4.02.18

5. J. Roff (Aus) 4.03.22

6. M. Fagan ( Mullingar) 4.04.45

7. L. Chislon (Aus) 4.09.43

8. B. Maher (KCH) 4.12.49

9. W. Alkin (Clonliffe) 4.16.07

10. E. Flynn (Rathfarnham) 4.17.61

11. P. McCarton 4.17.83

12. R. Connolly (DSD) 4.18.33

13. R. Chix (Aus) 4.21.2

14. Gearoid O`Connor (Rathfarnham) 4.28.5

DNF Joe Sweeney (DSD)

Clonliffe thank our sponsor Commercial Hygiene Service, the Morton Family for being with us once again on this great day and all the officials, from Clonliffe and our friends from othside the club.

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