Archive for November, 2007

Clonliffe golden boys do it again

Nov 28, 2007 [Noel Guiden] For the second time this week a large group of the club`s juvenile athletes were in All Ireland action this time in the red and white of St. Aidans in the CBS all Ireland Cross Country held in windy ALSSA this afternoon. After Sunday`s heroic U/18 gold medal winning performance at The Curragh the lads would have been forgiven if tiredness affected them today, but despite heavy legs they once again delivered.From the off Mark McDonald, Tony Kavanagh and Colm Murray got themselves into this race running in the lead pack with Mark having a strong run he managed to pull away giving chase to the leader and finished an excellent second place.Another very good run from Colm Murray brought him home in 4th. Larry Brady (left) came through the field nicely over taking Tony Kavanagh over the last 400m to take 6th, with Tony 7th. These four gave St. Aidans the win and a second All Ireland winners medal in a matter of days for Mark and Tony.

Also in action in the senior race for St. Aidans were Paul Sherrin 9th, Dave Murphy 14th and Gavin Redmond 19th. Good runs also form Clonliffe lads Micky McAnnallan 5th and Eoghan Khan 10th running for St. Josephs. Nice going with Clonliffe athletes 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th and 19th !

In the U/16 race Clonliffe`s Jordan Logue in the St. Aidans colours was a superb 3rd, always at the sharp end of things, Jordan was left slightly adrift of the race winner and lost out on 2nd by a matter of inches. An excellent run also in that race from Mark McKenzie, (despite someone having painted his hair since Sunday !) in 7th place with Graham Mahon after another good run 13th.

The U/15 race had two of our athletes running for St. Aidans, Ian Guiden after a strong run was 9th with Sean Costello coming back to fitness 45th.While the only Harrier in the U/14 race was Niall Hanlon who placed 32nd.

An excellent day for our athletes and St. Aidans, taking a good batch of medals and silver ware, three cups no less, including school of the day, back to Whitehall.Congratulations to Alan O`Neill and the lads.

u/18 boys take All Ireland gold

Nov 26, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Congratulations to our U/18 boys who took gold at yesterday`s National Juvenile even ages Cross Country held at the Army Camp, The Curragh along side the National Inter County Cross Country Championships. The guys were led home by David Fitzmaurice (left) in 7th place and with excellent performances by the whole squad, the scoring four of Dave Fitz., Eoin McDonnell (15th), Tony Kavanagh (19th) and Mark McDonald (22nd) took a comfortable win on a total of 63 points. These four were backed up by very strong runs from Colm Murray (27th), Larry Brady (30th), Micky McAnnallan (34th) and young Jordan Logue (45th).

The first race of a long day with Clonliffe interest was the girls U/14 where Laura Preston was our sole runner taking 68th place. We had two in the U/14 boys race both running and scoring on the 7th place Dublin team : Stephen Boyle 28th and Ian Guiden 52nd.

In the U/16s Denise Callaghan was 50th in the girls race while in the boys Graham Mahon after a very good run was 55th chased home closely by Mark McKenzie 58th and Ciaran Lowney 89th. A brave Jack Fay suffering with a chest infection had to pull out on the first lap.

We had two girls in the U/18 race led home by Sarah Finnegan a superb 23rd, with Kate Purcell 41st.

On then to the National Inter County Championships where Becky Woods after a strong run in the Dublin colours in the junior race placed 9th, one place out of the scorring 4 on the gold winning county team. Dave Flynn looked very strong on the final lap in the men`s junior race taking 6th place and along with it county gold with the Dublin team. Eoin Pearce running as an individual placed 26th.

In the women`s senior race Francis Nic Reamoinn continues to improve running a brillant race to finish 5th overall, and also being second in the U/23 trial for the upcoming Europeans. In addition Francis left The Curragh with a county gold medal in her pocket, a pretty good day I suppose !First was, of course, Fionnula Britton.

Finally the men`s National Inter County had a number of the Clonliffe team in action.In an excellent race Gary Murray continues to take all on the country adding the inter county national to his inter club senior national won in Sligo last March. First of the Clonliffe lads was Colm Rooney 8th, who along with Sergiu Turea 12th took county gold with Dublin. Brian McMahon running in the Cork colours was 24th, Robert Malseed, running as an individual was 32nd and Gary O`Hanlon for Dublin was 37th.

122nd Clonliffe AGM

Nov 25, 2007 [Noel Guiden] A well attended club AGM took place yesterday afternoon. The meeting heard a review of the past 12 months from the secretary who stressed the achievements of Clonliffe Harriers from a club perspective, stressing that we had achieved great things throughout the past year as a true club, which culminated with Clonliffe being awarded the Athletics Ireland Club of the year. The Club Captains Joe Cooper, Bronagh Ni Bhriain and Gladys Cooper took the meeting through the great successes enjoyed by our athletes in 2006/7 the highlight of which was the retaining of the mens senior inter club National title. The President Paddy Marley in his address thanked all who had contributed to our very successful year, the club`s athletes, coaches, officers, committee, members and sponsors, in particular Hireco Trailer Rentals.In his last report to a Clonliffe AGM after an extraordinary 10 years out going Treasurer Noel Daly advised the meeting of the healthy financial state of the club, he thanked all the club`s officers and committees over these past 10 years and was fulsome in his praise for his Assistant Treasurer Noreen Keane.

An important Motion brought by the committee to amend the Club Constitution to provide for the additional co opting onto the committee of assistants for the club`s officers was passed.

The meeting elected the following:

President : Paddy Marley

Hon. Secretary : Noel Guiden

Hon. Treasurer : Noreen Keane

Club Captain : Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain : Bronagh Ni Bhriain

Committee members (three): Johnny O`Leary, Jeremy Walsh and Mick Kearney

The club members can be assured that these people along with the additional committee members to be co opted will provide a dedicated committee which will work long and hard to ensure the continued growth and success of Clonliffe Harriers AC .

It`s official Clonliffe Harriers are the club of the year

Nov 18, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe Harriers AC are proud and honoured to be the 2007 Athletics Club of the year. At last night`s Athletics Ireland`s National Awards Dinner held in The Crown Plaza Hotel in Santry the club were named the 2007 club of the year. In announcing the award Gregg Allen outlined that the selection body were looking for a vibrant club which has athletes participating accross the whole spectrum of athletics, from Juvenile, through Junior and Senior right up to Masters and that Clonliffe clearly filled the criteria with considerable level of success to boot. The beautiful Waterford Crystal award was collected on behalf of the members of the club by Captains Joe Cooper and Bronagh O`Brien (left).

In what was a hugely enjoyable occasion Eileen O`Keeffe was named Athlete of the year,Kelly Proper Junior athlete of the year, David Gillick received the Performance of the year award for his performance in the European Indoors 400m. Fionnuala Britton was the Cross Country Athlete of the year, Paul Hession the Track Athletes of the year and Rob Hefferen the Race Walker of the year.

The great Ronnie Delaney was inducted into the Hall of Fame, the coach of the year was Rathfarnham`s Adam Jones and great friend of Clonliffe and the whole of Irish Athletics Harry Gorman was the Official of the year.

A truely great night was had by all in attendence with the renewal of friendships from many years ago as a stand out on what was an outstanding night for Irish Athletics.As a club Clonliffe can be very proud to receive such recognition and as we approach the final month of 2007 we can reflect on what has been a superb year for our club as a whole and all our members should feel very proud of themselves.

Clonliffe men dominant in Dublin cross country

Nov 5, 2007 [Noel Guiden] The Clonliffe Senior Men’s Team totally dominated proceedings in the team event of the 2007 Dublin Cross Country Championships held on home turf at Santry Demesne yesterday. There was in particular an outstanding performance from Gary O’Hanlon who was always at the sharp end of the field and after a terrific race was the first of our team home in 5th place. Gary was always in the lead pack and in the latter stages was looking a good outside bet for a medal however, heading into the last lap as DSD pairing of Joe Sweeney and Alan McCormack upped the pace Gary was cut slightly adrift and battled on gamely to hold off Vinny Mulvey of Raheny to take 5th place.

The championships were held over the European 2009 Cross Country course on what was once again a brilliant autumnal day (it is however winter isn’t it?). Underfoot conditions were superb with a nice spring in the ground courtesy of the previous afternoon and overnights rain however, despite this there was not a spot of mud or standing water to be found anywhere in the park.

The Senior Men’s championship proved to be a fabulous race. Straight from the off an elite pack gathered at the front featuring pre-race favourite Joe Sweeney of DSD, Vinny Mulvey and Mick Clohessy of Raheny and, on his Clonliffe debut, James Nolan. As the early laps were reeled off James Nolan found himself cut adrift and there was a lead pack of DSD pair Joe Sweeney and Alan McCormack, the Raheny pairing together with Danny D’Arcy of Liffey Valley and Gary.

Further back Sergiu Turea was having an excellent run after a conservative start and was working his way nicely through the field.

Our other championship debutante, Brian McMahon, was also having a storming run in the Clonliffe colours and was up with the leaders at the early stage however, he slipped back into the chasing pack but battled on gamely to take an ultimate 13th position and holding off a Rathfarnham pack led by Paul Flemming.

DSD’s Joe Sweeney held on to take an excellent win in a time of 32.03, four seconds ahead of team mate Alan McCormack with Mick Clohessy of Raheny in 3rd with a time of 32.09.

The Clonliffe team of Gary O’Hanlon 5th, Colm Rooney 8th, James Nolan 9th, Sergiu Turea 11th, Brian McMahon 13th and Aidan Bailey 20th, secured a comfortable victory on a total of 66 points from Raheny Shamrocks on 94 and Rathfarnham WSAF on 105. Interesting to note that had the championship been decided on a four to score basis the Clonliffe team would still have taken the victory.

Other solid runs were provided by the two backup men of David Brennan and Brett Paine, having his first run on an Irish cross country course and indeed his first cross country run since his schools U/13 competition back home in Australia.

Congratulations to Joe and the team on an excellent victory.

Its fair to say that the guys dominated the race with 3 in the top 10 and all 6 scorers in the top 20. Another interesting fact is that the scoring 6 yesterday included only one of the scoring 4 in the National Cross Country in Sligo in February. Talk about strength in depth.

Our Senior Lady’s team who have been sweeping all before them on the country in Dublin of late found the step up from novice/intermediate to senior somewhat difficult. The DSD team were in superb form and in particular the Ffrench-O’Carroll twins running their first senior championship race with Charlotte taking 1st with Rebecca 3rd and sandwiched between them team mate Linda Byrne in 2nd. With DSD’s fourth scorer in 9th place they were most comfortable winners with a total of 15 points from Raheny Shamrocks on 51 and Rathfarnham on 67.

Of the Clonliffe girls, Frances Nic Reamoinn had a superb run to take 5th place. Frances together with Aisling Coppinger 23rd, Emma Cooper 26th and Eilish McDermott 30th placed 5th. The other Clonliffe girls were Tara White 31st, Karen Duggan 32nd, Bronagh Ni Bhriain 36th and Rachel McBride 37th.

The Junior Men’s championship was dominated by DSD’s Brendan O’Neill who looked simply sublime as he cruised to victory in a time of 19:53 from John Coghlan 20.22 and Raheny’s Dave Rooney 20:28. Our first scorer was David Flynn in 6th place, followed by David Fitzmaurice 9th, Eoin Pearce 15th, Mark McDonald 17th, Brian Gallagher 24th and Eoin Khan 26th. In the junior championships the Clonliffe team placed 3rd.

This championship however also incorporated the U/19 championship and as the vast majority of our lads are in this category they actually placed 1st taking gold. The team being made up of David Flynn, Eoin Pearce and Brian Gallagher.

In the Junior Lady’s championship Becky Woods once again had an excellent run chasing home Suzanne Huet of DSD all the way to take 2nd place. Becky together with sister Sarah, Kate Purcell and Sorcha Higgins took the bronze medal in the team competition behind DSD 1st and Celtic 2nd.

Early in the day the juvenile uneven ages championships took place. We had very early success in these championships courtesy of the U/11 boys who took team silver, the team being Sean McLoughlin 10th, Andrew Eddison 15th, Peter Taylor (?) and Keith Hodson 20th. Good runs also from Matthew, Luke, Daragh, Luke, Michael and Stephen.

Our U/11 girls also ran well with Jasmine being our first scorer in 16th place, good runs also from Laura Tuite, Pheona Blyth, Emma, Aoife McGrath, Amy, Kate, Sophie, Ciara, Lilly, Lynne and Sarah.

In the U/13 girls Rachel Murray was our top finisher in 5th place with Hayley 24th. Good runs also from Niamh Daly, Leanne Tobin and Roisin.

The U/13 boys did not have enough to make up a team, however David Hussey was 18th with Sean Hannon 20th and a good run also from Shane.

The U/15 girls also ran well however finished outside of the medal position with Laura Preston 12th, Leah Bergin, Lorna McDonnell 22nd, next in was Laura Brennan, Jessie O’Neill and Niamh Falvey.

We had no runners in the U/15 boys event. Unfortunately this particular race proved to be controversial to say the least as the lead runners became confused due to a tape on the course having been inadvertently removed and as the leaders went way off course the whole field followed causing considerable confusion and to put it mildly disquiet. This was indeed a regrettable and unfortunate situation.

The U/17 girls again were short runners to make up a full team however Sarah Finnegan placed 6th with Ciara Hennigan 7th and these were backed up by Alison Lynch.

Finally on to the U/17 boys were Mick McAnallen was our top scorer in 5th with another good run courtesy of Jordan Logan in 7th and good runs also from David Murphy and Jack Fay.

In all an excellent days cross country with great success for the club from juvenile through junior and senior on a superb course which will do Ireland proud in the Europeans in 2009. Considerable credit must go to Padraig Keane and his very hard working crew who worked tirelessly over the weekend, they were out in the rain on Saturday until darkness marking the course and were back in the early hours of Sunday morning and worked right through the day and dismantled the course as night fell on Sunday evening. Well done all concerned.

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