Archive for August, 2012

Clonliffe athletes to compete in International Throws Festival

Saturday`s International Throws Festival in Templemore will feature two Clonliffe javelin throwers on the Leinster team. Ryan Whelan, the National Junior silver medalist and Denise Byrne, National Senior silver medalist. The Festival will feature international teams from Ireland, Wales, Iceland and Switzerland see www.athleticsireland.ie for full details of event.

Change of dates for remaining Grand Prix Series fixtures

The Grand Prix organising committee have had to reschedule some of the remaining races in the 2012 Series to avoid various clashes. The next round in the series is one of the long standing Clonliffe races, the Walker Cup which takes place on Thursday the 13th of September. The Walker Cup is a four mile track race, the Cup was presented by the Walker family to the club in 1966, the Walker family have of course a long history with Clonliffe Harriers dating right back to the late 1800s. Clonliffe Harriers first national success back in 1895 was in the winning of the Irish National Junior Cross Country Championships. In that team was one G.F. Walker who later became club president in 1910. The Clonliffe 1952 National Senior Cross Country winning team included C.N. Walker and C.C. Walker. In 1957 G.F. Walker’s grandson, Frazer Walker was Irish National Marathon champion. Frazer Walker and the Walker family continue to sponsor the Walker Cup to this day.

The Walker Cup will be followed on Thursday the 27th of September by the Club 10,000m Championship for the Bonass Trophy. As well as being the club 10,000 metres this is also one of the mainstays of the Grand Prix Series, a race which has been sponsored by Pat Bonass for some 30 years at this stage.

The final round of the Grand Prix Series will be the Ahern Cup for the club 10 Mile Championship, again a race which has enjoyed a long term sponsor in Maurice Ahern. The 10 Mile takes place on Saturday the 6th of October in the picturesque grounds of Malahide Castle, four laps of the 2.5 mile circuit. This particular race is ideally positioned for athletes fine-tuning their preparations for the Dublin Marathon.

All three races in addition to being Grand Prix races are of course Clonliffe club races and all members of Clonliffe Harriers are encouraged to take part and of course in addition guests from other clubs are welcome to participate.

Another Clonliffe club record bites the dust

Clonliffe athletes have being setting new club records for fun this season. The latest record to go was the men`s 110m hurdles at the English inter counties in Bedford at the weekend where Matt Field set a new mark for the third time this season 14.44. Other recent record breaking performances have included Sarah McCormack`s 5,000 record (her second of the year), Brian Gregan in the 400m (three times),  Becky Woods 3,000 sc and of course the club`s field athletes Caoimhe Morris, Discus and Hammer, Denise Byrne, Javelin, and Tomas Rauktys, Discus. A full list of record breaking performance will appear on this site after the season finishes with the European Juniors on September 13th, in the meantime see the Performances section of the web site.

Clonliffe club Lotto jackpot hits €10,000

Tomorrow night`s Clonliffe Club Lotto jackpot reaches the magical €10,000, the highest it`s ever been.  The jackpot will remain at that level until it is won. The club lotto is our most significent fund raiser and is specifically for the club`s athletic activities.  The funds raised have assisted with the cost of sending teams to European competition. This year the senior men competed in the European Clubs track and field in May and the Juniors travel to Portugal to compete in a couple of weeks time, without your support this would not be possible. With a jackpot of €10,000 on offer, it`s well worth a punt tomorrow. Weekly lotto results are published on the Club Lotto and notices Page of this site.

Junior men`s team for European T & F clubs championships finalised

The Clonliffe junior men`s team for the European clubs junior track and field which takes place on the 15th of September has now been finalised. After a throw off tonight, when he threw some 53m, Simon Galligan gets the nod in the Hammer. Also the 400/800m debate was resolved tonight after a 600m time trial with Liam Ashton taking the 800m place and Fintan Doherty going in the 400m.

This is the first time Clonliffe Harriers will have competed in the European Junior track and field clubs championships, although Clonliffe did compete in the European Junior Clubs Cross Country in 2010. Ian Guiden is the only member of that team still competing as a junior and earns his second “European cap”.  The athletes who have the honour of representing Clonliffe and Ireland in Portugal are:

100m:  Keith Pike

200m:  Stuart Roche

400m:  Fintan Doherty

800m:  Liam Ashton

1500m:  Aaron Hanlon

3000m:  Ian Guiden

110H:  Joshua Essuman

400H:  Eoin Power

3000SC:  Eoin McCullough

Discus/Shot:  Safari Aketch

Hammer:  Simon Galligan

High Jump/Pole Vault: Andrew Heney

Long Jump/Triple Jump: Daniel Doran

Javelin: Ryan Whelan

4 x 100 relay: (from) Keith Pike, Daniel Doran, Conor Byrne, Josh Essuman, Stuart Roche

4 x 400 relay: (from) Liam Ashton, Fintan Doherty, Aaron Hanlon, Eoin Power, Ian Guiden

The teams taking part in the championships are:

Men’s Teams Women’s Teams
DEN Skive AM CZE AK Olymp Brno
FIN Tampereen Pyrintö FIN Tampereen Pyrintö
SVK SG Stavbar Nitra SVK AK Spartak Dubnica nad Vahom
IRL Clonliffe Harriers SLO AD Kronos
NED AV Lycurgus FRA Entente Sud Lyonnais
SUI ST Bern DEN Sparta AM
POR Sport Lisboa e Benfica POR Sport Lisboa e Benfica
FRA Entente Saint  Quentin-en-Yvelines NED Gorronigen Atletiek
POR Juventude Vidigalense POR Juventude Vidigalense
    GRE A.C Kifissia

Further details of the event can be found on http://ecccj2012.juventudevidigalense.com.pt/ing/index.html.

The team and management will fly to Lisbon on the morning of Friday September 14th before travelling onto their weekend base in Leira, some 140km from Lisbon.. The competition takes place all day Saturday the 15th in the magnificent Muncipal Stadium Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa, Leira, with the team due home on Monday afternoon the 17th.

Sarah McCormack goes sub 16 at BMC 5,000

Clonliffe Harriers` Scottish based athlete Sarah McCormack made a significent break through at Saturday night`s BMC meet in Bedford winning the 5,000 in a time of 15.49.03. The BMC report on a superb race with Megan Brown (CAN) setting a great pace the field was quickly whittled down to Hannah Walker (GBR), Sarah McCormack (IRL) , Beth Potter (GBR) plus Eva Hieblinger-Schultz (Austria). Shortly after 3k Potter dropped off the pace and then the Austrian fell by the wayside and when Brown stepped off the track it was left to a straight head-to-head between Walker and McCormack. The diminutive Walker looked favourite as on paper she had a faster time that McCormack, who came into the race with a best of 16:19.83. But McCormack stuck to Walker’s shoulder before unleashing a terrific burst in the final 150 metres to race clear for victory in a massive PB of 15:49.03. “That is definitely my best run of the season, better than my win in the 10,000m at the British Students’ Championships,” said McCormack.

Sarah`s time shattered her pb and club record set earlier this Summer by half a minute and also places her 2nd on the Irish 2012 rankings behind Fionnula Britton. Sarah previously this season won the British Universities 10,000 Championship in the London Olympic stadium. She also won her first National medal finishing 3rd in the National 10k Road Championships held in conjunction with the Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park on April 15th and was 4th after an excellent run in the National cross Country in Santry.

Gary O`Hanlon wins Longford Marathon, Sergiu wins Half

Gary O`Hanlon continues his transition from track athlete to the marathon. Gary won yesterday`s Longford Marathon and continued the Clonliffe tradition in this race with a winning time of 2.38.20. Sergiu Ciobanu who has a string of Longford Marathon wins to his credit won the half marathon in 1.10.41.

Weekend round up: Frank Duffy 10 mile Phoenix Park

Yesterday saw the latest round of the Dublin Race Series 2012 The Frank Duffy 10 Mile, incorporating the Dublin Championships take place in the Phoenix Park. Selected Clonliffe results: 28th Chris Muldoon (57.03), 37th Ernie Ramsey (58.18), 132nd Kieran Murphy (63.28), Tom Sherlock (63.51), Daragh Cullen (64.51), Niall Sherlock (65.19), Hans De Raeymaker (65.25), pb, The Other Dominic Branigan 66.03. Full results www.dublinmarathon.ie

JBW takes spoils in August 5,000m thriller

Johnny Bradley Ward was the winner of tonight`s club race, the 5,000m in the August track series. The race drew a field of around 25 or so to the start line. Johnny justified the tag of pre race favourite by quickly taking the lead and by half way had built up a lead of some 50m. Over the latter stages he hit a rough patch and the chasing duo of Joe Phibbs and Dave Dunwoody smelt blood and began reeling their quarry in. At the bell Johnny still lead but Joe was on his shoulder. JBW kicked and opened a small gap, by the end of the back straight the gap was gone again and at the final bend Dunwoody struck however JBW would not be out done and kicked again, harded this time, to open a winning gap in a flash of 10m and take a well earned win in 17.17. 2nd Dunwoody (17.19)with Phibbs 3rd 917.22). 1st lady was Aine McCann (22.30) The final race is next Thursday The Mile at 8.00pm. All welcome.

Gregan signs off with a win in Copenhagan

Brian Gregan brought the curtin down on a superb season with a fine win in the 400m at the Copenhagan Games last night. Gregan was an easy winner in a time of 46.00, well clear of Michael Warner (GBR) 46.88 and Brian Murphy 47.05.

What a season. At the outset of his season for all sorts of reasons Brian was a little pessimistic, however, he really hit the ground running, his first outing on June 12th in Salamanca produced a PB and club record of 45.91 and more importantly European Championships QT. Five days later a stadium record in Ried, Austria of 46.01. Then the Europeans: PB and club record in heats of 45.63, PB , another blistering sub 46 seconds  45.76 and then 6th in the final when injury yards from the line robbed him of European bronze. Another PB/club record followed in that thrilling win over a top international field in July 25th`s Morton Games at home (45.61).Then of course after Sunday`s league final Brian will go down in the annals of Clonliffe history, an extraordinary performance: 1st in the 400, 2nd in an unbelieveable 100 in a (wind assisted) PB of 10.54, a fraction behind Steven Colvert  and then delivering the National league Title with that amazing final leg of the 4×400.

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