Archive for March, 2011

Great day out for juveniles in Skerries

Mar 27, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Once again there was a great turn out of young Clonliffe athletes for the final round in the Juvenile Spring Series this morning. Today`s round was superbly organised by our hosts Skerries AC. There was a 500m lap marked out in the hard sand on the sea front on Skerries beach, a beautiful Spring morning, wonderful scenery, teas, coffees, sandwitches, the lot.

The young athletes had a ball, with keen racing on a beach with a nice pool of water left by the receding tide to run through…all that was missing was the Chariots of Fire theme music.

There were maybe the best part of 50 Clonliffe athletes taking part. As always there were excellent efforts by these youngsters. Things got off to a winning start as Ellen Brown won the U/10 girls 600m race with Zoe Lonergan 2nd. Cormac Breen was also excellent in the boys U/10 race as he battled away to a great 2nd place.

Once again Ruth Bergin was the class of the field in the girls U/12 800m race timing her effort to perfection as she cruised to victory with Lola O`Lideadha 3rd. In the boys another Clonliffe 1st and 3rd with Keelan Twomey taking the win and David Tuite 3rd, great runs also from David P. , Thomas and Ben.

The U/14 girls squad were out in force Amy McGrath having a great race and also picking up a golden ticket to take a lovely spot prize, good runs also by Tara, Sophie and Leah. In the U/14 boys race yet again Paddy O`Hanlon lead the way with a relaxed excellent win in the 1,000m race. A very good run also by Joseph Hession in 2nd place and Luke Guy 4th, well done also to Kevin, Dean, Owen and Daniel.

The U/16s were running 1500m. Star of this race was without a doubt Laura Tuite running her best race to date. Both Laura and Sally Aherne got themselves up with the leaders who are older and more expierenced and not only hung in but looked comfortable. Laura in particular challenged her club mate Rachel Murray over the last lap and although Racel was the stronger in 3rd place Laura was only a matter of inches away in 4th. Sally finished well in 5th, with Kate Hession also showing well in this race. Our final athlete in action was Carl in the boys U/16 who continues to show great promise as he finished in 6th place.

To finish the morning off there were two mass mixed relays with teams of 10 (I think!) both of which were great fun as the kids screamed encouragement to their teram mates, incidently Clonliffe won both the younger and older races.

Official Results:

U/10 Girls:

1. Ella Brown (Clonliffe)

2. Zoe Lonergan (Clonliffe)

3 Lottie Simons (Skerries)

U/10 Boys:

1. Naoise Gilmore (Skerries)

2. Cormac Breen (Clonliffe)

3. Jon Fanning (Skerries)

U/12 Girls:

1 Ruth Bergin (Clonliffe)

2 Sarah Whelan (Skerries)

3 Lola O’Lideadha (Clonliffe)

U/12 Boys:

1 Keelen Toomey (Clonliffe)

2 Callum McDonell (Skerries)

3 David Tuite (Clonliffe)

U/14 Girls:

1 Eryn Devine (Skerries)

2 Rhona Pierce (Skerries)

3 Aoimhe Downey (Skerries)

U/14 Boys:

1 Paddy O’Hanlon (Clonliffe)

2 Joseph Hession (Clonliffe)

3 Liam Cummins (Lusk)

U/16 Girls

1 Aimee Carron (Skerries)

2 Laura Costello (Skerries)

3 Rachel Murray (Clonliffe)

U/16 Boys:

1 Dylan Kirwan (Raheny)

2 Daniel Kelly (Skerries)

3 Darren Ryan (Lusk)

So the end of what has been an extreamly successful series with Skerries AC, Lusk AC and Raheny Shamrocks, it was great fun for all the athletes involved and we look forward to more of the same in the future. Finally a huge THANK YOU to Joanne Carron and the crew from Skerries AC for today…10 out of 10! (Despite the missing seal!)

Ian Guiden finds it tough at the top

Mar 27, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s Ian Guiden made his international debut for Ireland in the Junior Men`s race at yesterday`s Home Countries International Cross Country held in conjunction with the Aviva Schools International in Antrim. It was an excellent learning expierence for him to run in a race like this at 16 years of age and although he was disappointed with his run on the day the expierence will stand to him in what is a very promising athletics career.

The race itself was held in the superb surroundings of the Greenmount Campus some 20k North of Belfast. The course was almost bone dry except for some loose stuff in one field. Underfoot the ground was short grass around a golf course and some playing fields with one very steep sharp incline. A bright sunny Spring day, most uncross country like. The junior men were running 7,200m- 4 laps. As expected the early pace was exceptionally fast leaving Ian and his Irish team mates: Luke Forde (Dunboyne) and Vinny Connolly (Mullingar) gasping for breath. As the race settled the strong Engliish and Scottish teams took over leaving the men in green well down the field. Unfortunately Ian`s mid week injury concerns came back to haunt him and he really struggled over the final lap finishing near the rear end of the field.

Post race Ian was very down, however, throught this season he has performed at an unexpectedly high level and was well deserving of wearing the green vest. With his potential hopefully that`s the first of many.

Cragg sets Irish half marathon record

Mar 20, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Alistair Cragg set a new Irish Half Marathon record in New York City today. A superb 1:00.49 in finishing 6th behind Mo Farah (GB) 1:00.23. This was an excellent run by Cragg taking a little over a minute off his PB and in the process bettering Martin Fagan`s Irish record by 8 seconds to add the half marathon record to his Irish 10,000m record. Next up for Cragg is his marathon debut in the Boston Marathon on April 18th when he goes for Olympic qualification and on this form things are looking good as he aims for his third Olympic Games. To view NYC Half Marathon go to www.flotrack.org/speaker/98-Galen-Rupp/video/478093-2011-NYC-Half-Marathon-Reply.

Megan takes national indoor title

Mar 20, 2011 [Noel Guiden] At the Woodies DIY National Juvenile Indoor Championships this weekend at the Meadowbank Arena, Magherfelt, Derry there was a first National title for young Clonliffe star Megan Coomber. Magan today won the U/16 Indoor Long Jump with a best jump of 5.09m. Although Megan`s winning jump was somewhat short of the PB she set when winning the Dublin Indoor some weeks back in the tense surroundings of a National Championship she held her nerve superbly to take a well deserved first, of what may well be many, National titles. An excellent performance. Megan also made the U/16 60m final where she placed 7th (8.29) with club mate Shauna Reilly 8th (8.35).

European masters medal won by Bonass

Mar 20, 2011 [Noel Guiden] News from the Irish Masters team at the European Masters Indoor/Cross Cross Country in Gent, Belgium confirms a silver team medal for Clonliffe`s Pat Bonass in the O/65 cross country race. By all accounts the team ran very well in the race which was held in a Park in the Flanders Sports Arena Complex and with Frank Reilly 1st (19.56), Pat Bonass 5th (22.06) and Clonliffe Grand Prix series regular Pat Healy 6th (22.28) the lads very much expected to take the gold medal, however, there was a “championship clip” issue which lead to a dispute and when the result was announced some hours post race there was some surprise at Belgium taking gold with the Irish in 2nd place. This is a provisional result at this stage.

Other Irish results at these championships include Frank Reilly taking O/65 3,000 gold, double gold for Joe Gough in 800/1500 and double gold for Bobby King in the 3,000 indoor walk and 5,000 road walk.

All Ireland Schools and Versities in Abbotstown

Mar 13, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The Aviva All Ireland Schools and Versities Cross Country took place at a brand new venue yesterday. The National Aquatics Centre in Abbotstown proved to be an impressive venue for these championships with an excellent course cut out of the some 500 acres of land surrounding the centre. The result was a fast mud free hill less circuit with perfect underfoot conditions, and for spectators ample car parking and good viewing of the action.

From a club perspective the championships were a little disappointing with medals as rear as hens teeth save for Becky Woods taking bronze in the Versities race for Trinity. The first Clonliffe athlete in action was Ashling Aherne (Holt Faith) in the senior girls 2,500m race where Ashling ran well to finish 32nd. The senior boys race over 6,100m held most interest for Clonliffe with most of the club`s junior men`s squad in the race. This race as expected proved super fast with National Junior Champion Shane Quinn dominating to take a fine win from Kevin Dooney. The fast pace clearly took it`s toll on the Clonliffe lads as Ian Guiden(St. Aidans) fell off the pace early on and struggled somewhat to finish 19th, Fintan Doherty (Castleknock College) was next in 28th, Liam Ashton (St. Aidans) ran well in 42nd, Mark McKenzie (St. Aidans) also found it a tough day finishing well down in 48th, Eoin McCullogh (Belveder) was 53rd with Johnny Bradley Ward (St. Aidans) 65th. The St. Aidans lads, silver medalist last year, who were fancied to medal again ended the day a disappointing 7th.

Becky Woods (Trinity) ran very well in the women`s Inter Versity Championships always in the top 4 and finished strong to take bronze. A good run also by Laurna Begley (Trinity) in this race. The last Clonliffe athlete in action was Eric McCann (DCU) in the men`s race with Eric showing a welcome return to form running very well and finishing top 25.

Well done to all our athletes as a long and tiring cross country season comes to an end. Well done also to the merry band of Clonliffe men who helped out all day yesterday.

Good morning`s work out for juveniles in St. Anns

Mar 13, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The second round of the Juvenile Spring Series between Clonliffe, Raheny, Lusk and Skerries took place this morning in St. Anne`s Park. It was a dry, fresh (actually it was damn cold not fresh!) morning in the Park. Host club Raheny Shamrocks had a 500m loop in place on the grass at Red Stables, a perfect flat surface for running. Relays were the main order of the day with two mass races for all at the conclusion followed by some novelty events for the younger juveniles. Once again there was a very good turn out of Clonliffe athletes and some fine performances to boot. The U/9 girls won their relay, in the U/11 mixed relays Clonliffe place 1st, 2nd and 3rd! In the U/13s the club were 1st and 3rd. The U/15 girls were 3rd and the boys 2nd. In the two 1,000m open races there was double success with Rachel Murray winning the girls race and Paddy O`Hanlon winning the boys. A most enjoyable morning was had by all. Thanks to out hosts Raheny Shamrocks. We now look forward to the final round in Skerries in two weeks time March 27th.

Sergiu adds Ballycotton to collection

Mar 7, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe’s Sergiu Ciobanu added the Ballycotton 10 to his long list of titles when he won the prestigious event in the county Cork village yesterday in a new PB of 49.37. This was an excellent performance by Sergiu who is coming back into good form once again and has well recovered now from the illness which affected him in the European Clubs Cross Country in Milan, Sergiu of course showed a welcome return to form at last weekend’s Nationals and his PB yesterday and winning margin of the best part of half a minute over Bantry A.C.s Alan O’Shea demonstrates that he is coming back into the right form as we approach half marathon and Spring marathon time.

Other Clonliffe results from Ballycotton show once again another very good run by Declan Power 22nd and 2nd M40 in 54:17. Kieran Murphy 157nd in 62.20, a new PB for Kieran taking 8 seconds off his previous best as he heads towards his Spring Marathon, Jeremy Chapman also had a very good run 162nd in 62.32. Gerard Kirwan 248th in 65.16 Alan Worrell ran 65:22 for 255th place

Juvenile Spring Series off to super start

Mar 7, 2011 [Noel Guiden ] The Juvenile Invitational Race Series commenced in the Morton Stadium yesterday morning with athletes from of course Clonliffe and our guests Raheny Shamrocks, Skerries A.C. and Lusk A.C. There was a great turnout of young athletes taking part in the event which provides a much needed break from training for a lot of these young athletes, many of whom have not raced since before Christmas and all seemed to enjoy the relaxed laid back atmosphere of the event. Standout race of the day was undoubtedly the U/12 Girls 800 metres. With 40 starters on the line it was almost like the start of an Olympic marathon, all of the girls taking part must be complimented on how they handled themselves at a mass start and by the first corner the girls had sorted themselves out and the race got underway in earnest. There was a great performance in this race by the Clonliffe girls who produced a notable 1, 2, 3 led home by young starlet Ruth Bergin who took over the lead with 250 to go and extended all the way chased home by Lauren Carr and Lola O’Edaha.

The first race of the day was the U/10 Girls race which was run over 500 metres, again there was a very big turnout of young athletes in this race which was won by Ella Browne of Clonliffe. There was a slightly smaller field in the U/10 Boys race which was won by N. Gilsonan from Skerries A.C.

The Girls U/12 race was really the highlight from a participation point of view and provided great excitement and some excellent performances by all the athletes particularly the three Clonliffe girls at the front. The U/12 Boys 800 was run by Calam McDonnell.

The U/14s ran over 1000 metres and again there were two great races in both the girls and boys races. The girls race was won by Skerries A.C.’s Rhona Pierse from Hannah Byrne of Raheny Shamrock and Aoimhe Downey also of Skerries A.C. 3rd. The boys race featured a very classy performance by Clonliffe’s Patrick O’Hanlon who took over the lead at 200 metres and ran a relaxed controlled race to extend his lead throughout and finish ahead of Raheny’s Fiachra O’Flynn with Joseph Hession stepping up to the mark well in the U/14s to take 3rd place.

The U/16s ran over 1500 metres. The girls race featured a great battle up front from Aimee Carron of Skerries A.C. and Rachel Murray of Clonliffe, both of these girls in fact train together regularly in Santry but on the day Aimee proved the stronger to hold off the Clonliffe girl with Laura Costello in 3rd place. The U/16 Boys race was won in fine style by Raheny Shamrock’s Paddy O’Donnell who was always in control at the front of the race from Darren Ryan of Lusk.

The day finished off with mixed relay races, the first for the younger age groups – these relays were very much fun events and featured all girls teams, all boys teams and mixed teams. Skerries A.C. were the cream of the crop, in fact double cream as they took first and second in the first relay with Clonliffe in 3rd place and in the second 4 x 100 metre relay for the older age groups Raheny Shamrocks took the win from Skerries A.C. second and also third.

A great days athletics for all the young athletes who all thoroughly enjoyed the event and particularly enjoyed the goodies post race. Clonliffe would like to thank everyone who assisted on the day and would also in particular like to thank our guests from Skerries A.C., Lusk A.C. and Raheny Shamrocks for participating. We look forward to round 2 of the Spring series next Sunday, which is hosted by Raheny Shamrocks in St. Anne’s Park. The event gets underway at 11 a.m. so meet there at 10.30 a.m. Next weeks event will be in two year age groups for the uneven ages. Two weeks later, the 27th of March, we head to Skerries for the final round in the Spring series on the beach.

Results of round 1 of Spring Series

U/10 Girls 500m

1. Ella Browne – Clonliffe

2. Kate Halpin – Lusk.

3. Hannah Ryan – Lusk

U/10 Boys 500m

1. Noaise Gilsonan – Skerries

2. Conor Gleeson – Lusk

3. Kyle McNally – Lusk A.C.

U/12 Girls 800m

1. Ruth Bergin – Clonliffe

2. Lauren Carr – Clonliffe

3. Lola O’Edaha – Clonliffe

U/12 Boys 800m

1. Calam McDonnell

2. Stephen

3. David Tuite – Clonliffe

U/14 Girls – 1000m

1. Rhona Pierse – Skerries A.C.

2. Hannah Byrne – Raheny

3. Aoimhe Downey – Skerries A.C.

U/14 Boys – 1000m

1. Patrick O’Hanlon – Clonliffe

2. Fiachra O’Flynn – Raheny Shamrock

3. Joseph Hession – Clonliffe

U/16 Girls – 1500m

1. Amiee Carron – Skerries A.C.

2. Rachel Murray – Clonliffe

3. Laura Costello

U/16 Boys – 1500m

1. Paddy O’Donnell – Raheny Shamrock

2. Darren Ryan – Lusk A.C.

3. David Kelly – Skerries A.C.

4 x 100m Relay 1

1. Skerries A.C.

2. Skerries A.C.

3. Clonliffe

4 x 100m Relay 2

1. Raheny Shamrock

2. Skerries A.C.

3. Skerries A.C.

Gregan just outside qualifiers

Mar 4, 2011 [Jeremy Lyons] Brian Gregan unfortunately failed to progress to the semi-finals of the European Indoors in Paris. Gregan finished 4th in his heat in 47.63. Despite this placing him 11th overall, he wasn’t one of the 12 to progress as the luck of the draw had him in a tough heat. He would have won heat 4 and would have been second in heat 2 but sadly championship racing means luck is always a big factor in the qualification rounds.

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