Archive for February, 2012

Athletics Ireland award for young Clonliffe high jumper

Congratulations to Andrew Heney on winning the Eamon Gilbert Trophy for High Jump. Athletics Ireland yesterday announced the winners of the 2011 Juvenile All Star as selected by Athletics Ireland`s Juvenile Competition Committee, the winners will receive their awards at a function to be held in Athlone on saturday next March 3rd.

Big PB for Flynner over 3,000 indoors

While the Nationals was occupying minds at home over in the USA David Flynn was in fine form for Arkansas University. On Saturday Flynner ran a huge PB of 8.13.85 over 3,000m indoors when finishing 3rd at Nutterfield House, Lexington. This was an impressive performance in a tactical race, the field went through the mile in 4.31 (8.28 pace) so the last few laps were run at some speed. 24 hours later he ran 14.37.23 for 5,000 as the Razerbacks took the 2012 South Eastern Conference title. Next up for Flynner is a 3,000 in Notre Dame this weekend where he plans to go even faster.

The Nationals: normal service has been resumed!

The Clonliffe Harriers senior men were in dominant form with a comprehensive victory in yesterday`s national cross country taking back the title lost to DSD last year. In an excellent day for the club The Junior men only lost out on the double on count back to Raheny Shamrocks as both clubs tied on 41 points, while there were thrilling performances from the ladies as both senior and junior teams took team bronze.

At 11 o’clock on Sunday morning the army of course builders surveyed their work of the previous two days: a magnificent course laid out in the parklands of Santry Demesne, with the finish straight fully meshed, meshing along the main straight and the Woodies DIY tape fluttering in the gentle breeze the course looked stunning. After the last few spring days in Santry the surface was nothing but perfect, not a puddle of water nor patch of mud to be seen.

1 p.m. – the first race of the day and indeed the shock of the day. In the junior women’s 6000 metre race DSD’s Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner was seriously challenged by newcomer to Irish athletics Mary Sarah Collins (Finn Valley A.C.), a little over halfway into the race Collins hit the front and drove on relentlessly to record a stunning victory by a margin of the best part of 30 seconds. The DSD girl, however, was consoled by leading her club to yet another national title with an almost perfect score, second, third, fourth and fifth. Raheny Shamrocks were second on 45 points with the Clonliffe girls taking the club’s first medal of the day finishing third led home by Roisin Leahy in eleventh place. Roisin has come on in leaps and bounds since last summer and had competed consistently well throughout the cross country season. The highest praise must also go to Elaine Begley who was the club’s second scorer in fifteenth place. Elaine of course started her athletics career with the club as a cross country runner, however, over the past two years has become an extremely proficient hurdler. When Elaine heard that the girls were short one for the team she had no hesitation at all in putting herself on the line. 6,000 metres on the country is a long way indeed for a 400 metre hurdler. Simply outstanding commitment and club spirit. Elaine was chased all the way to the line by Rachel Murray who finished only 5 seconds behind Elaine with Laura Brennan really toughening it out and doing all that was asked of her as she finished in 19th place and as a result delivered national bronze for herself and her teammates.

On then to the junior men’s race over 8000 metres where there was much expected of the Clonliffe squad. Once again the lads did not fail to deliver, concentrating on running for the team rather than in pursuit of personal glory. Raheny’s hot favourite Kevin Dooney took things relatively easy, by his high standards, over the early exchanges as there was a pack of six including both Ian Guiden and Aaron Hanlon in the black and amber. As Dooney hit the gas the lead pack got strung out with Ian and Aaron both in 4th and 5th places, they were subsequently challenged and were relegated to 5th and 6th heading into the last lap. Fintan Doherty was also having an outstanding run maintaining his eighth place position almost throughout the course of the race. With a lap to go the smart money was on the Clonliffe lads as they led by maybe 2 points, however, as we all know in our sport it is not over until all are safely home. Both Aaron and Ian were caught by the fast finishing Killian Mooney (DSD) and finished in 6th and 7th places respectively with Fintan 8th. At this stage Raheny had Dooney safely home in 1st with a winning margin of almost 30 seconds, Raheny’s next two scorers came in in 11th and 12th, it was going to be all down to the final finisher and as Colum O’Leary of Raheny picked up a place on the run in with Clonliffe’s fourth man Eoin McCullough in 20th place it meant that the Raheny and Clonliffe lads tied on 41 points. On count-back the title went to Raheny winning back the Junior title they held in 2010. Of the rest of the Clonliffe lads Liam Ashton suffered considerably over the latter half of the race and finished in 27th place, Johnny Bradley-Ward had a good final cross country race for Clonliffe as a junior in 31st place, Mark Ring was 34th and John Buckley 36th.

In the senior women’s race the talk around Santry all week was that on paper it looked like our senior women were potential medallists. As the gun went and the women’s race hit the straight at the rear of the stadium for the first time it was very pleasing to see a black and amber vest up with the leaders as Sarah McCormack, in her first race for the club, was showing that she meant business. Sarah ran strongly and well throughout the race ultimately finishing just out of the medals in fourth position. Pre race favourite Linda Byrne of DSD well justified her favourites tag winning the race from Una English (DCH) and Eva Hutchinson (DSD). Clonliffe’s second scorer was Becky Woods in 13th place, Becky battled on gamely and was clearly carrying an injury towards the end of the race, Becky was chased all the way to the line by Ailish Malone who ran very well to finish fourteenth with Eleanor Alexander getting the better of Louise Reilly finishing 22nd and 23rd respectively. Marie Byrne was 26th and Kerry Paige impressed with her 32nd place finish. As the results came in it was a delight to hear that the Clonliffe Harriers senior women had finished in 3rd position on 53 points behind DSD 1st and North Belfast Harriers 2nd.

The final race of the afternoon was the much anticipated senior men’s race – the big one where the Clonliffe team were determined to put last years defeat to rights. Despite the absence of London bound Mark Kenneally there was a degree of confidence within the squad. As the starters gun went the reasons for this confidence became clear with a black and amber clad trio of Sergiu Ciobanu, Brian MacMahon and Gary O’Hanlon (Gary in a figure hugging Clonliffe vest – as a result of not being able to find his own as they were called to the start!) The surprise of the race was Annadale Striders Eddie McGinley who remained at the front of the race throughout. As matters wore on McGinley led and the chasers were down to Sergiu and Gary with Brian McMahon losing ground slightly. Raheny’s Mick Clohisey was 5th with Cillian O’Leary 6th, however, Raheny’s next two scorers were further down the pack at this stage. Clonliffe 4th scorer looked like being John Hennegan, John running strongly over the first half of the race, however, found it very tough over the second last two laps. Up front the race was down to two McGinley –v- Ciobanu, however, the Annadale man was not to be outdone as he took his first National Cross Country title in a time of 35.09. Sergiu was a strong second 35.24 with Gary O’Hanlon an extremely popular medallist in 3rd position 35.35. With Brian MacMahon maintaining his fourth place the Clonliffe lads filled positions 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Over the last lap James Kevan in his first home race for Clonliffe began really motoring and came home fourth scorer in 16th place a mere 7 seconds in front of John Hennegan and Jayme Rossiter having a fine race in his first senior National in 19th place. Fine runs also from Cian Delaney 49th, Ernie Ramsey 58th, Conor Delaney 79th and Eoin Murray 106th and Ger Kirwin 112th.

A comprehensive victory for the Clonliffe lads with an excellent score of 25 points some 20 points in front of Raheny in 2nd on 45 points with the 2011 champions DSD 3rd on 78 points. This was actually Clonliffe’s lowest ever score in the Nationals.

It was a superb performance from the senior men’s team well and truly making up for last years disappointment. The senior men have now won nine Nationals of the 13 held since the turn of the century. Impressive stuff indeed.

Congratulations to all of our athletes who performed magnificently in Santry. Team medals in all four races. Congratulations also to our club captains Joe and Pamela, thanks also to the athletes coaches and a particular word of thanks to all members and supporters of Clonliffe Harriers who helped in any way over the course of the weekend in putting together an excellent 2012 National Interclub cross country.

Weekend round up including World Indoor QT by Gregan

Another busy and varied weekend for Clonliffe Athletes home and away. Great performance, once again, by Brian Gregan on the indoor circuit, after his US tour Brian was in action in Belgium on Saturday night at the International Flanders Athletes Meet where he won heat 2 of the 400 in a new indoor PB of 46.66, recording the second fastest time on the night, and more importantly dipping under the World Indoor qualifying time of 46.90.

The Dublin Juvenile Indoor championships commenced on Friday (Feb. 17th) night in the Morton Stadium, continuing over the weekend, where two of our high jumpers took honours. Liam Conway won the boys U/17 with a best jump of 1.70 and Andrew Heeney won the U/18 title with 1.90. A great win also by Megan Coomber in the U/17 long jump and bronze also for Megan in the 200. Kieth Pike also landed gold in the U/19 Dublin “indoors” over 200 held on the outdoor track today (Sunday).

Meanwhile back on the US collegate circuit Graham Mahon was 5th for the Clarkes Crusaders in the 800 in 1.59.37 in the A.Y. McDonald Invitation, University of Dubuque on Saturday night, the 18th.

Back to the mud for Saturday mornings latest BHAA race the Garda/St. Raphaels held in the Phoenix Park where Ailish Malone was 2nd in the women`s 2 Mile in 13:16 with Joyce O`Hare 4th and new Clonliffe girl Kerri Page 7th. In the men`s 4 Mile Declan Power was 1st O/40 and 10th overall in 22:50, another good run by Larry Brady 13th (23:06), Bjorn Ludick 14th (23:10), Ernie Ramsey 16th (23:16), Tom Sherlck 51st (24:38), The Real Thing Murray 59th (25:01) and Dave Dunwoody 72nd (25:31). Congratulations on the race to Anthony Malone who by all accounts did a superb job as Race Director.

To round off the weekend Ciara McCallion was in excellent form in the UK today at the Midland Indoors running a 400m PB of 56.26 which ranks her third fastest Irish women over 400 this year todate.

Dylan Ahern Memorial 5,000 XC

The following are the results of the Dylan Ahern Memorial 5k xc race, that was run last Saturday in nearly ideal conditions, over a tough course. Each lap of the 3 lap course consisted of 2 expertly built jumps that Cheltenham would be proud of,crossing Dylan’s ditch twice,a hill and some branch dodging from trees.

 

In all 84 runners took part, with Jim Bennett taking the honours with a pillar to post victory. he was followed home by Phelim Mcparland and John Ahern. Ernie Ramsey was fastest athlete.

 

Placing Name Actual Running time min/sec 1 Jim Bennett 25:42 2 Phelim McParland 23:25 3 John Ahern 19:07 4 Bernardino Aguilar 21:04 5 David McDonald 28:04 6 Ray Dunne 20:51 7 Ernie Ramsey 17:14 8 Brendan Donnelly 21:25 9 Robert Beckett 19:31 10 Noel Daly 23:17 11 Philip Mattews 19:25 12 Eoin Murray 18:22 13 Robert Scott 22:06 14 Stephen Byrne 20:32 15 Declan Murray 20:37 16 Clive Ahern 18:00 17 Paul Carolan 20:47 18 Kevin Dowling 20:28 19 Paddy Tuite 22:49 20 David Creagh 19:10 21 Alan Smeaton 22:42 22 Trevor Wisdom 23:52 23 Adam Ahern 21:45 24 Pat O’Rourke 22:56 25 Karen Kinsella 23:38 26 Philip O’Doherty 18:40 27 David Dunwoody 19:21 28 Richie Barr 21:23 29 Richard Case 20:05 30 James Reidy 23:27 31 Michael Hughes 21:30 32 Dessie Shorten 19:07 33 Annette Keely 19:10
34 Murray Ahern 21:08 35 Brian Gunning 21:38 36 Noel Reidy 24:23
37 Fiona Hayes 28:14 38 John O’Gorman 23:28 39 Aimee Ahern 23:50
40 Rachel Wisdom 21:19 41 Evin Gaffney 23:03 42 Colin McGhee 24:17
43 Aine McCann 26:40 44 Sinead Duffy 23:55 45 Declan Hetherington 26:20 46 Eoghan Stuart 22:22 47 Claude McMenamon 22:28 48 Geraldine Keogh 23:47 49 Mick Callan 24:52 50 Robert Smyth 21:34 51 Stephen Reddy 22:04 52 Pat Healy 23:04 53 Adrena Keating 29:15 54 Emma Dunne 25:05 55 Marguerite McGrath 29:52 56 Blaithin Cotter 26:53 57 Mary Keane 30:54 58 Carlos Miguel Seco 24:01 59 Mick O’Dwyer 27:10 60 Georgina Byrne Ahern 27:10 61 Shane Casey 22:19 62 Stephen Callan 24:19
63 Robert Kenny 23:40 64 Graham Whelan 23:54 65 Michael Murphy 22:56
66 Feargal Murphy 23:42 67 Catherine O’Dowd 30:20 68 Aoife O’Donovan 29:00 69 Tony Casey 28:04 70 Richard Connolly 25:25 71 Richard Truman 33:58 72 Peter Egan 26:24 73 Martin Everard 27:02 74 Bill Maher 30:59 75 Niall Prenty 27:20 76 Robert Clinch 32:31 77 Ciaran Watters 30:02 78 Fanny Guigi 33:20 79 Maria Watson DNF 80 Moira Murray Ahern 1 lap ceremonial 81 Katie Ahern 1 lap ceremonial 82 Keith Ahern 1 lap ceremonial 83 Gerard O’Sullivan unconfirmed time due to late start 84 Michael Searson unconfirmed time due to late start

Brother to continue patronage of Brother Foundation for 2012

Clonliffe Harriers are delighted to announce that Brother will continue its patronage of the Brother International/Clonliffe Harriers Young Athletes Foundation for 2012. This is great news for the club’s athletes who can continue to avail of funding, the purpose of the Foundation is to assist young athletes of suitable ability and required standing with travel costs towards suitable overseas events and also to assist with their costs of injury rehabilitation. Any young Clonliffe athlete aged between 16 and 23 can apply for funding by completion of the appropriate application form on this website. Clonliffe Harriers are indebted to Brother for their continued support, 2012 is the fifth consecutive year of Brother’s support for this most important initiative and thank Mr. Sean Sheehan, the Managing Director of Brother most sincerely for his patronage.

Gregan impresses at Millrose Games

Brian Gregan was in most impressive form at last night`s Millrose Games at The Armory in New York. Gregan was part of the DCU Middle Distance Relay team, along with Joe Warne, Mark English and John Coghlan that finished second in the College Middle Distance relay. He ran an excellent second leg, the 400, taking over in second place and a few seconds down. Gregan looked extreamly powerful quickly closing the gap and then on the second lap showed great tactical awareness as he initally tried to force his way into the lead on the inside when a gap opened and then switched to the shoulder of the leader and blasted pass on the outside to hand over not only in the lead but a few seconds up.

On the subject of the USA indoor collegiate scene last week, Feb 5th, Clonliffe man Graham Mahon was 5th for Clarke`s University at the Hilltop Invitational, Mount Vernon in the 800 in 1.59.06 to go sub 2 for the first time this season.

News also of a good 3,000 indoor by Dave Flynn for Arkansas 11th in 8.23.54.

National Indoors and a 14th National title for Dave Donegan

The Woodies DIY National Indoor Championships were held in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, over the weekend. A pretty good championship from a Clonliffe Harriers perspective with our athletes bringing one gold, two silvers and one bronze back home to Santry. Pride of place must go to Dave Donegan who yesterday took the National indoor Pole Vault title with a best of 4.60m having been pushed all the way by club mate Ian Rogers in 2nd (4.50m). A Clonliffe one two as Donegan won his 14th National senior pole vault title, a magnificent achievement. In addition to Ian Rogers` silver, today on the second day of the championships Ciara McCallion took 400 silver finishing in 57.14 while Leah Moore had another fine run indoors over 60m taking national bronze in a time of 7.70.

Of the other Clonliffe athletes in action in this fantastic arena Louise Reilly finished in that unlucky 4th place in the 3,000m yesterday in 10.13.23. 4th place also for Snezana Bectina in the 400 running 59.47 having earlier recorded a time of 58.80 in her semi final. The club also had athletes in action in the 800 heats where both Andrew Jenkinson (1.58.26) and new signing Kristaps Valters (1.57.95) successfully made it through to today`s final. Kristaps who is not yet back to full fitness decided not to take his place on the starting line for today`s final while Andrew finished out of the points paying positions running 1.59.63. Andrew Heeney went very well in the high jump recording a best of 2.05m. Patrick O`Connor went in the 60m recording a time of 7.14 in his heat and then an identical time in his semi where he failed to progress.

Meanwhile Brian McMahon had a good run in the Irish vest at this afternoon`s Ras na hEireann in Old Bridge, Droghead, County Louth first of the team home in 8th place as he winds up for the Nationals in Santry Demsene in two weeks time.

Great day`s cross country at Leinster Schools

Clonliffe Harriers yesterday played host to the Irish Schools Athletic Association for the 2012 Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships. All members of Clonliffe Harriers concerned did sterling work in putting on an event which was worthy of a national, let alone Leinster, championship. The Clonliffe crew had been out from 8 a.m. on the morning marking out the course to have it in pristine condition for the high noon start. Overall the going in Santry Demesne was good but there were of course the obligatory patches of mud, however, considering the amount of rain in Dublin over the last week or so the ground held up surprisingly well. There were of course a substantial number of Clonliffe athletes in action for their schools, standout performer on the day was new Clonliffe signing Aaron Hanlon who scored a dominant victory in the inter boys over 4500 metres.

As always in schools competition there were huge fields, particularly in the younger age groups, the first of our athletes in action was in the minor girls race which was run over one big 1500m loop, great performances by our two athletes in this race, both of whom finished very strongly over the final 200 with Alannah Cooley coming home in 39th place with Amy McGrath not far behind her in 53rd.

We had four athletes in the minor boys race which was run over 2000 metres making up the bulk of the St. Aidan’s CBS team. This St. Aidan’s minor team has been dominant throughout the course of the winter and did not disappoint in Santry. There was a great battle between Joseph Hession and Sean Carrig, who exchanged places throughout the race, Sean pushing Joseph very hard all the way and it was only with 400 to go that Joseph turned on the burners to power away, however, Sean finished very strongly and was not that far off Joseph at the finish, Joseph being the first St. Aidan’s scorer in seventh place with Sean 9th, an excellent run from the ever improving Shane Merrigan in 22nd place and from Gregory Hennessy in 67th. With very good runs from the rest of the St. Aidan’s team it meant that when the results were totted the St. Aidan’s minor boys continued their winning streak to take their Leinster title and now look forward with considerable confidence to the All Ireland’s in Galway on March 10th.

Clonliffe had two athletes in the junior girls race which was also run over 2000 metres, both girls running as individuals having successfully negotiated the qualifiers, realistically their aim was top 30 finishes and neither disappointed with Sally Aherne having one of her best runs to date over the country to finish in 24th position – six places ahead of Laura Tuite in 30th.

The Junior boys race featured a great number of Clonliffe athletes all of whom are part of the same training group, in this race, held over 3000 metres, there was a very impressive performance by Cathal Doyle who got himself into a superb position from the off and ran a very mature race, however, unfortunately was caught 50 metres from the line for 3rd place and finished in that unlucky fourth position. There was a great battle between St. Aidan’s pairing of Adam O’Brien and David O’Hanlon throughout the race, in the end Adam was the stronger finishing in 8th position two places ahead of David. Brian Flanagan was the next St. Aidan’s scorer in 14th position, Brian has really improved dramatically as an athlete over the winter months clearly showing the benefits of regular training and his reward was another excellent run, probably his best to date. Paddy O’Hanlon who unfortunately has missed a lot of training over the winter months battled on gamely finishing in 27th position for Rathoath with Alex Gibbons another improving athlete finishing 35th and Philip Keenan, both St. Aidan’s, finishing 63rd. The St. Aidan’s junior boys team finished 2nd and again will head to Galway in three weeks time.

Clonliffe only had one athlete competing in the inter girls race, Rachel Murray who was 25th.

The inter boys race featured pre-race favourite Aaron Hanlon running for St. Mary’s Dundalk, Aaron has only recently joined Clonliffe Harriers. After a relatively easy opening lap Aaron turned up the heat on the second lap and by 2000 metres was well clear of the field, thereafter he ran well within himself to record a comfortable win by some margin over the field. Certainly an athlete to watch in the future. Liam Ashton of St. Aidan’s had another good run and finished very strongly over the second half of the race in 7th place, Ryan Cleary running for Belvedere was 54th. A good run by Ryan when one bears in mind that these days Ryan is more noted as a race walker. Both Aaron and Liam now progress to the All Irelands as individuals.

The Senior girls race featured only one Clonliffe athlete, Roisin Leahy who ran very well to finish 11th and comfortably qualify for the All Ireland finals.

Finally on to the Senior boys race where Kevin Dooney of CBC Monkstown and Raheny Shamrocks was expected to be the dominant force. As usual Kevin Dooney hit the front from the off and drove off at a relentless pace, the only athlete to rise to the challenge was Ian Guiden who stuck doggedly on Dooney’s heels for the best part of two laps but clearly the pace took its toll and unfortunately over the second half of the race he slipped back into the clutches of the chasing pack before finishing a disappointed and tired 4th. Fintan Doherty also expressed himself disappointed with his afternoon’s work, Fintan running as an individual for Castleknock finished 10th but again is consoled with qualification, along with Ian for the All Ireland finals. Eoin McCullough (Belvedere) was 21st with St. Aidan’s pairing of Connor King 31st and Johnny Bradley-Ward 42nd. In possibly the shock of the day unfortunately the St. Aidan’s senior boys did not finish in the top three and for the first time in a long number of years there will no St. Aidan’s senior team at the All Ireland Cross Country finals.

In all another great days athletics and a big thank you to all of the Clonliffe people who turned out en masse for the whole day, most of whom took a day off work at their own expense in order to help with the running of these championships. The dedication and effort of the Clonliffe contingent did not go unnoticed and there was high praise from both the Leinster schools athletic union and also from the president of the Irish Schools Association Mr. Michael Hunt.

We now look forward to the next outing in Santry Demesne which is the National Interclubs Cross Country on Sunday the 26th of February. Rust never sleeps!

Jayme wins and leads Clonliffe to National Intermediate title

Clonliffe`s Jayme Rossiter took the biggest win of his career to date winning the National Intermediate in Lough Key Forest Park, County Roscommon this afternoon. Jayme was always up with the leaders throughout the 10,000m race distance despite a slight wobble at one stage when he found himself relegated to third place some five seconds off the pace he gathered himself and rallied closing the gap and then emerging victorious winning by a five second margin. A fantastic achievement by the 20 year old, a team gold medalist on the Clonliffe Junior men`s team that won the National junior cross country in Santry back in 2009.

Two other members of that 2009 junior squad played a major roll in today`s proceedings as Jayme lead Clonliffe to the team title. Mark McDonald, an 800/1500m track man getting down and dirty to finish second scorer in 15th and Larry Brady putting his injury problems of recent years well and truely behind him in 18th. Sandwiched between Mark and Larry was recent recruit Cian Delaney with an excellent run in 16th place. These four with a score of 50 points had a winning margin of some 31 over Raheny 81 and Tullamore 103. Great battling performances today also from Ernie Ramsey 26th, Stephen Harkness 34th and Darren Reilly 48th.

A great day for Clonliffe, well done lads and to Captain Joe Cooper.

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