Archive for January, 2015

Clonliffe teams through to Indoor league final (updated)

After today`s round 2 of the league the question remains: Have Clonliffe done enough to make the final? The answer is now revealed as a big YES. Today at Athlone IT 2nd place seemed to be the order of the day for the men with three 2nd place finishes: Andri Minehan in the high jump (1.90), Andriu Jenkinson in the 1500 (4.10.77) and Kris Valters in the 400 (50.93). Isreal Ibeanu was 6th in the 200 and 5th also in the triple jump for Antino Anujar (12.6).

Of the women Snezana Bechtina was 1st in the triple jump with a best of 10.18 and a fine 3rd in the 200 25.7. Emer O`Brien was 2nd in the 1500 in 4.36.59. Emma Kelly was DQ`d in the 400.

The men continue to lead on 165 points while the women have moved up the table to 4th on 59 points, both through to the Indoor League final

Sean Doran fastest at Dylan Ahern Memorial 5k

The annual Dylan Ahern Memorial 5k cross country took place in Malahide Castle today. There was a great turn out of Clonliffe Harriers, family and friends of Dylan on what was a beautiful spring morning, the nice bright sunshine, however, failed to mask a pretty raw cold wind. The race was held at the car park loop on the grass on what was one of Dylan`s favourite places for a run and as always was very well supported by not only runners (with no less than 61 starters) but a great turn out of officials.

Fastest man around the course with fine underfoot conditions was Sean Doran, showing a welcome return to form in a time of 18.00. The race itself is run on a handicap basis and was won by James Reidy, 2nd the evergreen Tom Monks and 3rd Robert Beckett. The fastest woman was fittingly Dylan`s sister Aimee (22.01).

Dylan Ahern 5k

(picture by D. Hetherington) Presentation to James Reidy by Maura and Maurice Ahern

Declan Murray called up to Irish squad for New York

Clonliffe 800m record holder Declan Murray has been called up to the Irish Distance Medley Relay  to replace John Travers (Donore Harriers AC) at the New Balance Indoor Games, New York City on Saturday.  National 800 silver medallist Murray will now join European 800m Bronze Medallist Mark English (UCD AC), Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale) and club mate Brian Gregan as they compete against other International and US teams in the exciting DMR event.

Clonliffe looking to stay indoors this weekend! (updated)

A busy weekend on the boards in prospect with Clonliffe teams in action in round 2 of the Indoor League at Athlone IT on Saturday. The women`s team currently lying 7th on 36 points is confirmed as Emer O`Brien 1500m, Emma Kelly 400m, Snezana Bechtina 200m, Aursa Jerumbauskyte triple jump and Diana Markina high jump.

The men lead at present after round 1 on 99 points. The team for round 2 is: Isreal Ibeanu 200m, Kris Valters 400m, Andriu Jenkinson 1500m, Andri Minhan high jump and Antiono Andujar triple jump.

Also this weekend Brian Gregan will run indoors in New York at the New Balance Indoor Games on the Irish Medley Relay team running the opening 400m leg.

On Sunday the athletes will be back in Athlone where AAI Indoor Games take place. Clonliffe athletes running on Sunday include Dara Kervick and Timmy Crowe in the 400, Kris Valters and Mark McDonald in the 800, Christopher Sibandu doudles up in 60 and 200, Keith Pike also goes in the 60, Snezana Bechtina will run the 400, Becky Woods the 1500, Andrew Heney in the high jump and our pole vaulters Ian Rogers and Dave Donegan go head to head.

Liam Moggan to deliver Motivational & Inspirational talk on Tuesday

Liam Moggan of Coaching Ireland will deliver a special talk for Clonliffe athletes and coaches in the clonliffe club lounge next Tuesday Feb. 3rd at 8.45pm sharp.

Liam will focus on motivation and inspiration. To taste a flavour of what`s in store see profile of Liam from The Irish Examiner: http://www.irishexaminer.com/archives/2014/0510/sport/lesson-from-the-coachrsquos-coach-268096.html

All Clonliffe members are invitated to what promises to be an excellent presentation.

It`s snow joke in Belgium! Laura Tuite reports

Friday the 23rd of January, The cooper project headed to Belgium. After all the anticipation and excitement we arrived in Brussels airport where we were left stranded for two hours waiting for a coach to collect us. It finally arrived and we were on our way to the hotel or should I say campsite. It was 2◦ outside and even colder in the hotel.  It was located 50mins outside Brussels in a tiny town called Oteppe.

The hotel staff only spoke French so this turned out to be a problem. Our junior cert French didn’t quite make the cut when it came to explaining there wasn’t enough beds in each room but after some time we sorted it out just on time for dinner. After dinner we heading up to our rooms and went to bed, only to be waking up every hour shivering, some people including myself went to bed wearing hat, scarf and coat. During the night what sounded like heavy rain turned out to be a snow storm, waking up to 4inchs of snow.

Day 2

Us being mature adults that we are, all ran outside for a snowball fight. After breakfast we went out for a run in the snow along the country roads and we learned that Belgian people drive extremely fast and don’t slow down when they see 17 people running towards them. After the run we walked down to the only shop within 50km of the hotel “Spar express” were we stocked up on food and drinks. Since we were in the middle of nowhere there was nothing really to do, we found a little bar down the road from the hotel where we spent the day. The bar had a pool table where several people especially Niall Norman lost a lot of money. At around 10 o clock we all headed back to the hotel to be sent to bed.
Day 3 –Race Day

Everyone was up for 8 o’clock to pack our bags and head to breakfast before the bus came to drop us to the race. The ground was still full of snow so we expected to be running on snow…this was not the case by the time we lined up on the start line the course was a bog. I’ve never experienced so much muck in my life. The race course was around the grounds of a track, it consisted of a very steep downhill section and the rest of the course was undulating. Unfortunately our star Hope Saunders got food poising Friday night and was unable to compete along with injured Adam Obrien and Shane Merrigan. In Junior Boys 6000m race Brian Flanagan led home the boys home 6th  place, Cathal Doyle 9th,  Joseph Hession 19th, Sean Carrig 20th and Paul Courtney  23rd. Niall Norman experienced a very bad re occurrence of his breathing problem and had to pull out of the race. In Junior Girls 4500m Alannah Cooley led the girls home finishing 11th followed by Laura Tuite in 13th place. In Senior mens 10,000 Sergiu Ciobanu with “IRL” after his name finish in 19th place. After an extremely tough race for everyone we were rushed on the bus to go catch our flight. We were all still covered in muck and not feeling too great when we heard our Coach Joe Cooper shout. We turned around to see he had fallen down the mucky hill on his arse dragging Joseph down with him. Both of them and their suitcases were covered in muck. It lifted everyone’s mood as we all bored the bus. When we arrived in the airport, Are Lingus wouldn’t accept the lads suitcases as they were so mucky, it was hysterical! Thanks to Alannah supplying baby wiped we cleaned the suitcases and checked them on the plane. Our flight left Brussels airport at 9:05pm and we arrived home at 10:20pm. That was the end of our trip to Belgium we all gained a lot of experience and memories a special thanks tour coaches Joe Cooper and Brian Mc Dondald and Fogo for taking us on the trip. Thanks to Catherine Cooley for all her help especially acting as our translator for the weekend and huge thanks to Adam O`Brien for taking all the pictures.

Report by Laura Tuite/ Photos by Adam O`Brien

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East Leinsters last of Leinster qualifiers

The final qualifiers for February 11th`s Leinster Schools took place in Wicklow today with a select group of young Harriers competing. Ella Brown ran a fine race in the minor girls for Col. Iosagain to finish 6th. Tess Loftus was 32nd in the junior girls race. Of the boys in action Ian McEweeney impressed with a fine 8th place in the minor boys with Luhino Romana 34th. The Clonliffe duo in the inter boys race were Mark Kierns (CUS) who ran very well indeed to grab the last individual qualifying place with an 15th place finish and Harry Pierce (Ard Scoil Ris) with a measured run came strongly through the field to record his highest school`s finish an impressive 20th in the inter race. In the seniors Paul Courtney( Ard Scoil Ris) placed 11th and qualifies for the Leinsters on home turf.

Updated round up: U/23 Indoor gold, Lotto XC, Raheny 5 and more

Weekend round: First stop Athlone where the Glohealth National Junior and U/23 Championships are taking place with medals won by the club`s field eventers. A fairly unique double up from Andriu Mahin saw him that the U/23 triple jump title with a best of 13.83 and high jump bronze with a 1.85m jump.Michael Curley won junior shot silver with a best of 12.17m. Also in Athlone Keith Pike won his U/23 60m heat with was DQ`d in the final.

In Belgium at the Lotto Cross Cup de Hannut Sergiu Ciobanu with “IRL” after his name finish in 19th place in a classy men`s 10,000m race won by Dame Tanama (ETH), also running was 2014 Morton Games 3,000m runner Jonny Taylor (GBR) who placed 7th. The junior men`s team performed well lead home in 6th place by Brian Flanagan (22.09), 9th Cathal Doyle (22.17), 19th Joseph Hession (24.33), 20th Sean Carrig (24.46), 23rd Paul Courtney (28.07). While a team of 3 junior women travelled unfortunately Hope Saunders was ill and didn`t start, however, both Laura Tuite and Alannah Cooley competed well with Alannah placing 11th (20.18) and Laura 13th in 20.33. (Full report soon)

Liam R.

Meanwhile yesterday (pictured above) Liam Roarty was competing for Sunderland Harriers in the Northern Cross Country Championships in Pontefract where he placed 104th from a huge starting field of just 3 shy of 700!!

Stateside Aaron Hanlon was on the Providence 4 x 800 team that won the relay race at the URI Sorlien Invitational in Kingstown, Rhode Island yesterday. 

The big road race in Dublin over the weekend was Sunday`s Raheny 5. Big number of Clonliffe Harriers in this one including: Thomas Sherlock 27.08, David Brady 28.10, Clive Ahern 28.47, Sean Doran 28.52, Joseph Cooper 28.55, Ernie Ramsey 29.38 (full results in today`s Irish Independent, if members would like their results here please text name & time to 0879599888)

Details of Dylan Ahern Memorial 5K cross country

The Dylan Ahern Memorial 5k handicap cross country race takes place on Saturday January 31st at 12 noon. Please note that this is not an open race but is confined to Clonliffe Harriers members and  invited family friends only. Those intending to compete, should contact Maurice @  0872582161 at the latest by Wednesday 28th so that they may be included in the handicap.

Sergiu is a Paddy!!

Congratulations to our club mate Sergiu Ciobanu who today, suitably attired in his Clonliffe Harriers tie and Irish flag pin, finally became an Irish citizen. The 100th Irish Citizenship Ceremony took place at the National Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin where over 2,000 people from all corners of the globe became Irish Citizens, including the reigning National Marathon Champion, former National Cross Country Champion, Clonliffe Harrier and all round great guy Sergiu. At the ceremony he took the oath of fidelity to the nation: “I Sergiu Ciobanu solemnly declare my fidelity to the Irish nation and my loyalty to the state, I undertake to faithfully observe the laws of the state and to respect it’s democracy values” and was presented with his Certificate of Naturalisation.

Sergiu Ireland

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