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Men lead standings after round 1 of league

Clonliffe Harriers defending champions, and 3rd place in the European Clubs B Group this year, got the defence of the national title off to a tip top start in topping the standings at the end of the first round.

Clonliffe were drawn for the round in the Tallaght stadium along with DSD, Raheny, St. Abbans, Kildare County, Donore Harriers and Finn Valley.

With wins clocked up by Rory Gunning in the javelin (56.25m), Andri Mahin in the triple jump (13.41m), in the Hammer Simon Galligan (55.80m), Pole Vault David Donegan (4.20m) and Leo Morgan in the 100 (10.98) things got off to a very solid start. 2nd place positions and good points contribution were also chipped in by Eoin McCullough in the Steeplechase (10.14.71), Rouls Olusa, 2nd in the 110 hurdles in 16.39 and 2nd also in the Discus (37.41m) and also double 2nd by Keith Marks – High Jump 1.90m, Long Jump 7.06m, there was also 2nd place by Luke Mangan in the shot (14.24m).  In the relay the 4 x 100 team also placed 2nd 43.50 and indeed the 4 x 400 squad were also 2nd 3.27.47.  Other Clonliffe performances in Tallaght included Mark McDonald running a 400 PB in 3rd place of 50.58, young Greg Hosenay finishing 3rd in the 3000 walk, Adam O’Brien 4th in the 1500 and Dara Kervick 4th in the 200 (22.33).  In the 800 Shaun Connaghan was 7th in the 800 in 2.02.20 and Liam Roarty was a fine 3rd in the 5000 in 15.55.15.

At the end of the day Clonliffe had 125 points and topped the standings between the two venues.

The Women’s team were also in action in Tallaght but not being in a position to cover all of the events found the going fairly tough and ended the day in 6th place.  There was a win on the day in the javelin from Denise Byrne (35.93) and maximum points also contributed by Caoimhe Morris in the Hammer (42.20).  Some of the club’s younger athletes put in fine performances, notably Hannah Browne 3rd in the 1500, Rebecca Fitzsimons 5th in the 100, Raffa Diamond Ebbs 6th in the Long Jump and then both girls competing on the 4 x 100 relay team that placed 4th.  Other performances from the ladies on the day:  Emma Kelly 4th in the 400 hurdles (71.70), Leah Bergin 4th in the 400, Louise Carragher 5th in the 3000, Emma Kelly 4th in the 200, Eimear Treacy 3rd in the 800 (2.23.52), in the 4 x 400 relay the team placed 3rd (4.06.86), Denise Byrne also placed 6th in the Shot Putt (7.51) and 3rd in the Discus whilst Diana Markina was 5th in the High Jump.

The second round of the league takes place on July 30th.

Grand Prix News: update on leaderboard, Mick Murphy 5

The leaderboard has been updated and can be accessed on the Grand Prix Series page, go to menu bar, see Promotions. The current leader after 7 rounds is Niall O`Connor on 134 points, with Mick Bermingham on 133 and Anton Doran 3rd on 131.

Next up is the Mick Murphy Memorial 5 Mile in Malahide Castle on Thursday evening, June 29th at 8.00pm, two laps of the Castle grounds. The Michael Murphy Memorial Race has been running now for some 36 years. The race was first run in the grounds of Malahide Castle back in 1980, the fastest time recorded that day was by Michael Murphy in a time of just over twenty-four minutes, tragically later that year, Michael was killed in a road traffic accident in the United States and the following year the 5 mile race was run in his memory. Michael’s family donated the cup and have almost every year been in attendance on the race night to present their prize to the fastest man. The race is one of the highlights of the club year and is one of the jewels in the Grand Prix series.

Needless to say anyone not running who fancies helping out come along on the evening. The prize giving will take place in Malahide Cricket Club and members are encouraged to remain on for a good social evening.

Gregan first in European League (updated)

Brian Gregan put in a superb performance for the Irish Team in the European First League Team Championships this weekend. In Friday`s heats he was fastest in 46.24 and on Saturday he bagged maximum points with a 45.83 win in poor conditions.

At the close of Saturday`s play Ireland lie 7th.

Sunday, day 2: Stephen Rice finished 10th in the javelin with a 63.17m best. In the 3000 sc David Flynn ran 9.12.70 placing 11th. The 4 x 400 team was 2nd in 3.05.08.

Rolus gets International call up

Rolus Olusa has been named in the Irish team for the European Combined Events Cup which takes place in Monzon, Spain on July 1st and 2nd.

Roads: Sergiu wins in Dunshaughlin plus more

The big race of the weekend was the Dunshaughlin 10k last night where Sergiu Ciobanu was the winner in 30.12. Gary Murray was 4th in 31.25, sandwiching Kenyan pairing of Peter Somba (Dunshaughlin) and Freddy Keron (Raheny) in 2nd and 3rd. A good run also from Sean Doran 22nd (33.39) and a pb for Robert Reid of 35.54 (3rd O/50). Full results can be found on www.sportsplits.com

There was a win also for David Mansfield in the Waterford Quarter Marathon (36.32)

Also today (Sunday) Stephen Scullion was 14th in the BAA Boston 10k Road Race in 30.47.

Clonliffe results from IMC Belfast Meet (updated)

A number of the club`s athletes travelled North for today`s IMC meet at the Mary Peter`s Track, Belfast today. In the 800 A 6th Mark McDonald 1.55.17 with Conor Healy 8th in 1.55.63. Eleanor Alexander 9th in the women`s A race (2.13.90). Moving on to the 1500s and a fine run by Craig Giles in the B 1500 2nd in 4.05.01. Then in the 3000 from a big field: 8th Cathal Doyle 8.37.14, Sean O`Leary (8.49.12) , Declan Power (9.10.25) and Daniel Lacey (9.20.13).

In the sprints: 400m Leah Bergin 3rd (58.38) with Emma Kelly 4th (61.26). 2nd in the 100 Leah Moore (12.06) and Keith Pike 3rd in the 100 (11.06).

Also at the BMC Watford Meet Jayme Rossister ran 8.13.10 to finish 7th in the 3000 A race.

Aaron Cullen 3rd at Tailteann Games

The Tailteann Inter Provincial Track and Field took place at a newly painted and freshened Morton Stadium today in great weather, although the wind did whip up a bit as the afternoon progressed.

Clonliffe had two athletes competing for Leinster Schools. Aaron Cullen in the 1500 displayed fantastic fighting spirit as he came back from the dead at 200 to go in 4th and slipping back to 5th to rally down the home straight and battle back to bronze in 4.08.65. Likewise Jordan Byrne battled all the way in the tough 1500 SC, an opening lap of 65 seconds by the race winner virtually destroyed the field and left all struggling, Jordan faught all the way to a most commendable 5th place (4.53.82).

Guesting in the long jump was Keith Marks who produced a best of 7.06m.

All four relay teams medal in Irishtown

The even age Dublin Relays took place in Irishtown this evening. A fantastic team effort from the four Clonliffe teams in action saw all medal. The race of the evening was the U/18 girls 4 x 400 where the Clonliffe girls, Rapha, Rebecca, Cliona and Hannah were just superb and in a three way battle for the line lost out on the dip finish to DSD but took silver.

Silver was also won by the U/14 girls team of Sally, Hollie,  Naoisa and Orla in the 4 x 100 having battled through the heats and then were again excellent in the final.

Likewise the U/14 4 x 100 boys faced heats and then another great effort in the final by James, Jonas, Jonathan and Ronan saw them take bronze.

Bronze also for the U/16 girls 4 x 100 team of Cara, Sarah, Vicky and Amy (all middle distance athletes) after a fantastic battle particularly from Amy going from 5th to 3rd on the final leg.

Clonliffe athletes have good night at graded

The 5th Dublin Graded Meet of the season, incorporating the Dublin Track and Field Championships, took place in unseasonably hot and muggy conditions in Tallaght last night.  It was a breeze free evening which was conducive to fast times.

There was a small sprinkling of Clonliffe athletes on the night and all performed very well with several Clonliffe wins.

Starting off with the sprints Emma Kelly won the combined Women’s B and C 200 in a time of 27.21 with Emer Treacy 5th in 29.04.

In the 800s Hannah Browne had a fine win in the B race in a new PB of 2.24.61. There was an excellent run in the A championship race from Eleanor Alexander who placed 2nd in 2.14.66.

In the Men’s 800 Shaun Conaghan was a powerful winner of the B race leading most of the way in 2.03.31. An off form Cian Bolger was well off his best in the A race, recent layoff from injury clearly taking its toll.

Thomas Sherlock delivered the 4th Clonliffe win of the night winning the B 3000 in a time of 9.27.61 and in the A 3000 Liam Roarty ran 9.00.13 to finish 4th, Sean Doran ran 9.36.38 to finish 9th and Alex Gibbons was 10th in 9.38.96.

Round 2: Water Fight on Tonight

Gladys` group please note that round 2 of the water fight is tonight (Tuesday the 2oth) in the Park. Please come with your weapons fully loaded!

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