Archive for November, 2010

Becky Woods second in inter counties U/23

Nov 29, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s Becky Woods booked her place for the Europeans with a superb run in yesterday`s National Inter Counties in The Arctic (sorry Derry). Becky was 9th in the senior women`s race, which was won in some style by Fionnula Britton, and was 2nd U/23 to qualify for the European Cross Country in Portugal next Sunday week. In addition she was 4th scorer on the victorious Dublin team. Another good run also in this race from Ailish McDermott in 29th place.

Inter County gold also for our two athletes in the junior men`s race: Conor McGuinness was 15th with Jamie Rossister, who missed the start but tore through the field to finish 24th, but making the scorring 6 for Dublin. A real heartbreak for Jamie who would have expected to featured well in the top half dozen.

The sole Clonliffe man in the senior men`s race was Brian McMahon running for Cork, having a pretty good run in 15th place. A great run by all accounts in this race by Joe Sweeney (DSD) in winning the inter county title.

Due to the severe weather conditions an early morning decision was made for both the U/16s and U/18s not to travel to Derry.

Flynner wins all regional honours

Nov 21, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Another eye catching run from Dave Flynn (very old pic) in the US yesterday. Flynner made a huge contribution to the Western State cause as the Mountaineers finished 2nd and qualfied for the NCAA Division II Nationals on December 4th in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Yesterday`s race was held in Wayne State College, Wayne in bitingly cold windy conditions over a hilly course. With a most impressive run Flynner won all Region Honours courtesy of his excellent 14th place. Even more impressive was the fact that Flynner ran the second 5k some 19 seconds faster than the first, splits of 16.00 and 15.41.72, in recording a time of 31.41.72 for 10,000m (in wind and over hills) Race winner Luke Cragg was only 33 seconds in front. His contribution in finishing 3rd scorer ensured that Western State progrss to the Nationals in two weeks time. That`s three very impressive runs in recent weeks by Dave Flynn which surely must have caught the European Cross Country selectors attention.

2010 AGM report

Nov 17, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The 125th Clonliffe Harriers Annual General Meeting was held in the Morton Stadium Santry last night. It was a fairly well attended meeting which enjoyed healthy debate and valuable contributions from the membership in attendance.

The honorary secretary in his address appealed to the club members to become more actively involved in the organisation end of the club and appealed to the club’s members to support the club’s treasurer by participating in as many fundraising events as possible. He also pointed out the extraordinary number of events which the club had hosted the previous year and reminded the meeting that this extensive workload was carried by less than 10 % of the club’s membership and the appealed to the members to become involved in the various sub committees which were being set up.

The Honorary Treasurer in his report outlined that the club was in a healthy state financially in spite of the increased costs which had been incurred by reason of the club’s participation in the European Club’s Cross Country and the European Club’s Track and Field. He thanked the club’s sponsors and all who had contributed to the funding of the club over the previous year and appealed to the membership for their assistance with the club’s fundraising activities and appealed for any member who had any particular ideas on fundraising to contact a committee member.

The Club Captain in his report outlined the very successful year which had been enjoyed by the club and complimented the club’s athletes for their dedication to Clonliffe Harriers and the club’s coaches and committee for their work. He outlined the highlights of the year which in particular featured the retaining of the senior cross country and track and field titles and the success enjoyed by individual members of the club at both national and international level.

The Ladies Captain reported on the increase in membership of the Ladies Section and outlined the highlights achieved by the club’s women athletes and in particular the finishing in third place in the National Track and Field League Division 1. She also outlined that the Senior Ladies had medalled at the National Half Marathon Championships. She paid particular tribute to the Ladies involved in the Meet and Train Group. She thanked the coaches involved with the ladies section in particular Eugene Coppinger for his help and support throughout the year.

The juvenile captain also reported on a very successful year for the juvenile section of the club and singled out in particular Patrick O’Connor for special mention as a result of his magnificent achievements on the track in the sprint events over the summer, Patrick having won national titles at juvenile, club and schools level and also represented Ireland at international level. She thanked the coaches for their participation and input to the juvenile athletes over the previous twelve months.

The President of the club in his presidential address praised the coaches, athletes and committee for their contribution to a very successful year. He praised all concerned who had been involved with the hosting of the European Cross Country Championships in Santry in December 2009 outlining the mammoth effort which had been put in by the club’s members to ensure that this was such a successful event. He outlined the various promotions which the club puts on throughout the years and praised the individual members who were involved in the organisation of such promotions. He thanked the club treasurer and his assistant treasurers for their input into looking after the club’s finances, he praised the club captains for their contribution and he paid a warm and special tribute to Arthur Daly who had worked so long for the club who had died during the course of the year.

The following officers and committee members were elected:

Honorary President – Paddy Marley

Honorary Secretary – Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer – Paddy Tuite

Club Captain – Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain – Pamela Cooper

Committee Members: Noreen Keane, Jeremy Chapman and Stephen Harkness

Under the heading of any other business there were valuable contributions received from the club members. A special presentation by way of outlining events for the 125th anniversary of the club commencing with the club cross country championships and a social function on the 2nd of January 2011 was made by Noel Daly. The year will culminate in a celebratory dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Saturday the 15th of October 2011. Dominic Branigan also made a presentation to the meeting concerning the history to Clonliffe Harriers book which he is currently writing, he sought contributions from the club’s members by way of stories or memorabilia/photographs (contact details dombran@eircom.net). Contributions are required by the 16th of December at the latest and Dominic hopes to be in a position to have the book launched at the celebratory anniversary dinner on the 15th of October 2011.

All in Clonliffe Harriers now look forward to our 125th anniversary.

U/17 boys win Dublin cross country

Nov 14, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s U/17 boys took top honours at today`s Dublin Juvenile Cross Country (uneven ages) championships in Marley Park today. Medals were in fact won by all black and amber clad teams in action today.

The championships were hosted by DSD over a testing course which held up rather well underfoot considering the rain of the past week. The course featured the usual long hills two to be enjoyed on each lap. As the race distances, in accordance with Athletics Ireland new championship distances, had increased to pretty long distances, a decision was made not to run the club`s younger athletes meaning that we only had teams competiting in the 17s and 19s. We did however, have two individuals in the U/15 races both over 3,000m. In the girls race Rachel Murray ran very very well over the first half before hitting troubled waters over the latter stages and finished up a tired looking athlete in 9th place. In the boys race Craig McCourt made his club debute and ran like a seasoned pro looking composed and strong finishing well up in a very credable 7th place.

The U/17 girls ran very well as a team, again the girls faced a long hard race over some 4,500m, three full laps of the course. It was very pleasing indeed to see all 5 girls battle on to finish. Very good runs today by Elaine Begley (12th), Roisin Leahy, Laura Brennan, Laurna McDonnell and Laura Preston to secure team silver.

Good things were expected of the U/17 boys in their 5,000m race and they did not disappoint. Up front Ian Guiden had a race long battle with DSD`s Killian Mooney from the first bend to the last with the DSD athlete managing to get the jump on Ian over the last 250m. With Ian 2nd, and very well backed up by Eoin McCullough running by far his best race to date in the Clonliffe colours (7th), and another strong performance by Liam Ashton (9th) and John Buckley the 4th man home in around 15th, the team scored an excellent 1st place to take the Dublin title.

Once again we had full teams in both U/19 races. The girls team were lead home by Ashling Aherne, running a well judged race and , in yet another excellent performace, Laurna Begley, both girls placing in the top 12. With great back up from Denise Callaghan and Niamh Hussey the girls place 3rd overall taking another set of medals. The boys faced a gruelling 7,000m of Marley. Fintan Doherty ran a good race in this one, being always well up the field, in truth , however, no one could live with the pace today of Raheny`s Kevin Dooney, an awesome performance. Fintan placed 7th. The ever improving Johnny Bradley Ward had another good one in 12th, Ronan Doyle was next in (13th) with the fast finishing Graham Mahon just behind him in 14th and Andrew Jenkinson, just loving the country, next in 15th. Again the team took medals home to Santry, another set on bronzes.

So another good day for these young athletes who can now look forward to the Nationals in Derry in two weeks time.

Mark Kenneally named Road/Cross Country athlete of the year

Nov 14, 2010 [Noel Guiden] At last night`s Athletes Ireland Awards Dinner Clonliffe`s Mark Kenneally was honoured by Athletics Ireland by being named Road/Cross Country Athlete of the Year. This was a fitting acknowledgement of Mark`s exceptional 2009/10 Cross Country season which included his magnificent 8th place in the European Cross Country held in Santry last December, his (overlooked by some but not by Clonliffe) 6th place finish in the European Club`s Cross Country in Bilbao in February and his superb winning of the National Cross Country in the Phoenix Park in March.

Clonliffe also received a presentation as Dublin Club of the year, and were nominated for the fourth successive year in the prestigious Club of the year. Congratulations to St. Abbans AC on their winning of the Club of the year for 2010. Mags Greenan had been nominated for the Master of the year which was won by Pat Timmons of Raheny.

Flynner has a blinder in Vagas and more

Nov 8, 2010 [Noel Guiden] David Flynn ran the race of his life in Las Vegas on Saturday. This was the toughest division 2 conference in the United States ran at 6,600 feet altitude. In a storming run Flynner was fourth of the Western State College athletes recording a time of 24.25 and finishing a really superb 12th place. Flynner left some top class athletes in his wake, for example Luke Cragg (Adams State) a 13:54 minute 5000 metre runner, Ben Zywicki who finished 21st. With the top five scoring Flynner’s college Western State finished second behind long time adversaries and rivals Adams State, Adams State scoring 30 points to Western State Colleges 45. Commenting post race David Flynn, who incidentally celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday commented that he had ‘ran his best race to date. Better than any birthday present’. Next up for our man David Flynn is the collegiate regionals on the 20th of November. Hopefully the Irish selectors for the European Cross Country Championships have their eyes Stateside.

Meanwhile some of our other top athletes trying to catch the selectors eyes were also in action on the Continent. On Saturday Mark Kenneally was in Burgos in Northern Spain where he suffered a big set back in his first cross country race of the season when a back injury put paid to his race forcing him to struggle over the finish line. Hopefully Mark will get over this injury soon as he was just coming into good form after his Summer difficulties and had only two weeks ago ran a 10 mile PB. On Sunday Becky Woods was part of a large Irish team in the Lotto Cross in Mol, Belgium where she finished 14th in the senior womens 6,400m event. Jamie Rossister was on the junior team at that meet where he also had a good run finishing 15th in 21.37 in a race won by Ferrybank`s Shane Quinn (20.45).

Tough conditions in Santry for O`Connor cup

Nov 6, 2010 [Stephen Byrne] This afternoon seen the curtain come down on the 2010 Grand Prix series with the running of the O’Connor Cup in Santry Demesne. The race over 4 miles seen the athletes tackle four difficult laps with soft underfoot conditions after the last few days of rain.

From the off a group with series leader Ernie Ramsey, Philip O’Doherty and guest Niall Sherlock opened a gap at the front. This trio traded positions for the first couple of laps before Niall pushed on with Ernie and Philip not too far behind. Niall went on to win the race with Ernie in 2th place and Philip in 3rd. Behind in the group a number of interesting jousts were taking place with no more than a couple of seconds seperating Emma Cooper and Kieran Murphy from start to the finish with Emma pipping Kieran to the line. With the Masters Home Countries XC taking place in Santry Demesne next week Ireland team mates Pat Bonass and Pat Healy had great runs with Mary Jenninga following them home in 14th place.

The results of the race are as follows:

1. Niall Sherlock GUEST 00:24:18 2. Ernie Ramsey 00:24:36 3. Philip O’Doherty 00:25:04 4. Emma Cooper 00:26:01 5. Kieran Murphy (GUEST) 00:26:02 6. Colm Hickey 00:26:39 7. Stephen Byrne 00:27:16 8. Paul Carolan 00:27:33 9. Paddy Tuite 00:27:49 10. Robert Beckett 00:28:10 11. Colm Doran 00:28:43 12. Pat Bonass 00:29:05 13. Pat Healy 00:29:38 14. Mary Jennings (Guest) 00:30:03 15. Richard Barr 00:30:46 16. Terry Mee 00:31:04 17. John Fay 00:32:32 18. Jim Bennett (GUEST) 00:35:01

As this is the last race in the Series the awarding of Grand Prix Points will not be published yet. The presentation of prizes for the O’Connor Cup sponsored by Colm Brennan will be made at the Grand Prix presentation night on Saturday 4th December

Junior men win Dublin title

Nov 1, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The highlight of the junior and senior championships held in Santry Demesne on Sunday was the performance of the junior men who performed excellently to take gold by a considerable margin with individual silver and bronze taken by Jamie Rossiter and Ian Guiden respectively.

The first race on the ‘senior’ programme after the juvenile championships was the junior women’s race and it was great to see a full black and amber clad team of junior women in this race. The ever improving Lorna Begley led home the girls with a very good run over the 3000 metre distance. There were also great runs from Ailish Ahern, Roisin Leahy, Laura Brennan, Irene Falvey and Niamh Hussey. Although the girls placed out of the medals this was a young squad and it is really only a matter of time before the hard training they are putting in pays off.

The juniors men’s team, which raced over 6000 metres, included a mix of seasoned junior runners who are coming to the end of their junior careers along with an influx of newer runners to this rank. From the off there was a tight pack of Clonliffe runners up with DSD’s Emmett Jennings which included Fintan Doherty, Jamie Rossiter, Ian Guiden and Eric McCann, however, as Emmett Jennings upped the pace the chasing pack was worn down to Jamie Rossiter, Ian Guiden and Raheny’s Donal Foley, soon Foley was dropped and with Jennings some metres up ahead it was a battle between Jamie and Ian for second and third place in which Jamie prevailed to take silver with Ian in third place. These two were very well backed up by Conor McGuinness (5th) and Eric McCann (9th) and these scoring four finishing well ahead in the battle for team gold. Excellent runs also from Jordan Logue, Johnny Bradley-Ward, Ronan Doyle and Herbert Innocent.

In the senior women’s race once again it was great to see a full Clonliffe team. Becky Woods ran a tremendous race particularly over the closing stages when she pulled herself up into the top seven or eight and as the runners rounded the final bend she showed unbelievable determination in taking several places up to sixth, fifth, fourth and then unbelievably third, however, only five yards from the line she stumbled and fell literally a foot short of the line and then diving across the line to finish an agonising fourth place. It was, however, a truly excellent and inspirational effort. There were other good runs in this race from Ailish McDermott (11), Emma Cooper (16), Maura Matthews (20) and Christine Hannelly. The girls placed 4th, only 4 points off a medal.

The final race of the day was the Dublin senior men’s championship over 10,000 metres. A weakened Clonliffe team were led home by John Hennigan who continues to get himself back into full fitness after a road traffic accident a matter of weeks after the Nationals last March, this was only John’s second or third race since and although he was in the top three over the early stages his lack of races caught up on him, however, he finished 8th with Aidan Bailey in 11th place. A very good run from Masterchef Owen Pearse (24th), third scorer and also from the other team members Niall Sherlock (38), Ernie Ramsey (43) and Anthony Malone (47). The Dublin’s uniquely at this stage requiring six scorers. DSD courtesy of first and second places from Joe McAllister and Brendan O’Neill comfortably won the Senior title from Raheny and Rathfarnham with Clonliffe 4th.

Presentation of team medals was made in the Clonliffe bar by Padraig Keane who was called upon to do so by the Dublin County Board Chairman Pat Hooper. Pat commenting that Padraig Keane had probably won more Dublin Championship medals than any other athlete.

Congratulations to the Clonliffe athletes who performed so well on the day and congratulations also to Paddy Marley and his team for their sterling work in constructing a magnificent course which was fitting of these championships.

Tough going for juveniles in Dublin championships

Nov 1, 2010 [Noel Guiden ] The Clonliffe Club juvenile athletes were in action for the Dublin even ages championships which were hosted by Clonliffe Harriers, in Santry Demesne Park on Sunday October 31st. Thankfully the heavy overnight rain had dispersed in time for the commencement of the Championships at 11.30 a.m., however, the underfoot conditions quickly became fairly sloppy and this coupled with the ridiculously long distances for athletes of this age made for a pretty tough experience for the boys and girls. Having said that, however, the club’s athletes rose to the challenge and did all that was asked of them by toughing it out and battling on to the finish.

Highlights of the day included Hope Sumola’s very good run in the girls U/10 race and a good run also by Ben Guiden in the boys U/10 race to place tenth and earn a Dublin Championship Bronze medal. The boys in the U/10s, however, were short an athlete but all three had very good runs. We only had one runner in the girls U/12 race Amy McGrath who rose gamely to the challenge and ran an excellent race from start to finish. The boys U/12 team ran very well and again each and every one of them did all that was asked, Joseph Hession won a bronze medal placing around seventh or eighth and was well backed up by Keith Hodson, Timothe Lawless and Darren Lawlor who was flying at the finish.

The U/14 girls faced a daunting 3000 metres around Santry Demesne (bearing in mind that this was the distance that the junior women had to run one can see why these young athletes found the distance so daunting). Even though they were missing two team members the girls ran very well, first finisher was Stephanie McCaul followed by Kate Hession and Sarah Linnott who was stepping up a year and ran superbly in her longest ever race and deserves great credit for her performance. We only had one boy in the U/14 race, Luke Memery who ran very well in mid field. Also flying solo was Rachel Murray in the girls U/16 race again a good gutsy run from the sole Clonliffe Harrier in that race.

Finally then onto the U/16 boys who always run well as a team. Liam Ashton got himself into the lead bunch and held on gamely eventually placing fifth with a very good run and he was well backed up by John Buckley who as always gritted his teeth and got stuck in with Craig McCourt also running well along with Ryan Cleary fourth scorer and Louis Hales the fifth scorer. The U/16 boys were rewarded for their performance by winning silver medals. An excellent performance.

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