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The Nationals: Clonliffe ready to Rumble!

The National Interclub Cross Country (incorporating the intercounty) takes place at the National Cross Country course in Abbottstown on Sunday. The Clonliffe Senior Men have been the dominant sport in Irish Cross Country over the past 15 years save for last year when the Clonliffe men were well and truly hammered by a rampant Raheny Shamrocks team who took their club’s first ever National Senior Cross Country title. So disappointing were the Clonlifffe men last year that the team failed to finish in the top three.  Having been stung by the criticism the Senior men will be out in force this Sunday ready for the battle to try and bring the title back to Santry.

It is very much a case of marathon men to the four (pun intended) with the top four in this year’s marathon: Gary O’Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu, Stephen Scullion and David Mansfield along with London 26 marathon man Mark Kenneally.

The teams for Sunday’s Senior Men’s Race are:

A: S. Scullion, J. Rossiter, S. Ciobanu, D. Flynn, M. Kenneally, E. Pearce, C. Rooney, G. O’Hanlon, J. Kevans, C. Doyle.

B: D. Mansfield, K. Nolan, T. Sherlock, S. Doran, E. Taggart, K. Lonergan, L. Roarty, B. Flanagan.

The Junior Men will be well in the hunt for the retaining of the Lar Byrne Cup for the winners of the Men’s Junior title with a strong looking team. The Junior Men’s race also incorporates the National U/18 where again there is a strong Clonliffe presence in that particular category.

The Junior Men’s team is: S.O’Leary, E. Gidey, A. O’Brien, D. Lacey, C. Giles, S. Flanagan, A. Cullen, G. Hosseney, J. Hession, S. Cashin.

Boys U/18: E. Gidey, D. Lacey, C. Giles, A. Cullen, B. Guiden, S. Cashin.

There is also a full team in the Junior Women’s race. For the first time in a number of years there are six junior athletes competing, again the Junior Women’s race incorporates the U/18 championship.

The Junior Women’s team is: A. Cooley, A. Fernandez, H. Browne, C. Cooley, A. Warren, T. Loftus.

Also on Sunday there are two strong under 16 teams running in the Nationals. The girls team go into the race as Dublin champions and will challenge for medal positions.  The team is: S. Bateson, G. Cide, A. Hession, A. Sheehy, K. Halpin, V. McDonnell.

The U/16 boys are also looking good on paper, they won Dublin silver at the same venue a few weeks back and will again look to challenge for honours. The boys U/16 team is: D. Carter, D. Buckley, M. Kelly, C. Simpson, E. Foster, A. Neuroth.

The Championships get underway at 11.30 with the girl’s U/12 race.

The Clonliffe interest is as follows:

12.25 p.m. Girl’s U/16 – 4000m (1 x 1000 + 2 x 1500)

12.43 p.m. Boy’s U/16 – 4000m (1 x 1000 + 2 x 1500)

1.00 p.m. Junior Women – 4000m (1 x 1000 + 2 x 1500)

1.20 p.m. Junior Men and U/18s – 6000m (4 x 1500)

1.45 p.m. Senior Women – 8000m (4 x 2000)

2.25 p.m. Senior Men – 10,000m (5 x 2000)

The very best of luck to all of the Clonliffe athletes taking part on Sunday. It will be a great days cross country so please come along to Abbottstown to support the black and amber.

Clonliffe club cross country c`ships ’17 (updated)

Today was, as Sky Sports would say, Championship Saturday. The Clonliffe Club Cross country for both Juveniles and seniors. There was a great turn out for the Juvenile Championships in the U/9 to U/15 age groups of athletes and parents. It was particularly good to see so many parents lined up on the finishing straight cheering on the youngsters.

The ground was a little muddy in places after persistent overnight rain, but that`s Cross Country! The young athletes as always performed with great enthusiasm and there were brilliant battles for honours all the way to the line.

Here, (thanks to Ulrik for results and photos) are the U9-U15 results from today’s club XC championships.

U9 Girls

1st Ella Mooney

2nd Sloan Preston

3rd Sienna Kelly

U9 Boys

1st Cormac Cronin

2nd Owen McMillen

3rd James McGee

U11 Girls

1st Ava Usanova

2nd Ali Connolly

3rd Sarah McDonnell

U11 Boys

1st Michael Manning

2nd Jack McDonnell

3rd Noah Rossi

U13 Girls

1st Orla O’Sullivan

2nd Sorcha O’Connor

3rd Isobel Browne

U13 Boys

1st Jonathan Fitzsimons

2nd Christian Finn

3rd Callum McGuire

U15 Girls

1st Emma McDonnell

2nd Ellen Quigley

3rd Sophie Townsend

U15 Boys

1st Jack Woods

2nd Killian Sheeran

3rd Ronan O’Donohoe

Also the senior championships took place as part of the Irwin Cup in the 2017 Grand Prix Series. The race was run over 6,000m and attracted another sizeable entry for this historic race.

As there is a dispute on the results, they will be posted in due course.

 

Super Run by Flanno in NCAA Regionals

Letter from America: Brian Flanagan: So today was the last race of the season. We traveled to the NCAA D1 South central regionals in College Station Texas.
The race went exceptionally well, not just for me but for the whole team. We but all of the heartbreak and disappointment from the conference defeat aside and lined the start line with 171 other athletes from some of the top schools in the nation including Arkansas, Texas  (Austin) and Texas A&M. There where about 30 teams in total.
This was my first ever race at 10,000m (the longest I ever done on road, track or XC) and I finished 49th in 31:38.5 as the fourth of five scorers for the Cowboys. I was also the 4th Freshman in the race. The average mile split was 5:05 per mile (the equivalent of 3:10 per in km 10 times in a row – on an XC course that’s not even flat)
The team had an equally exciting performance finishing 4th in the region only conceding to Texas (Austin), Arkansas and Texas A&M. We absolutely annihilated Lamar university who defeated us two weeks ago at conference. This is the best McNeese State has performed at NCAA regionals since the days of Rehany’s David Rooney back in 2012. Coach Gilroy also mentioned that I ran the same time as Rooney did when he was a Freshman (no pressure now ha!)
So that’s a wrap for my cross country season here. We wind down now toward thanksgiving break next week followed shortly by my end of semester exams. I’ll catch up with you all soon then. Until then all the best, and good luck at Nationals in 2 weeks to you all.
Nil Desperandum.

Hanlon 13th in Big East XC (plus Emer in Spain)

News just in of another excellent run by Aaron Hanlon in the USA. Aaron was 13th in today`s Big East Championships in 25.09.3, averaging 5.04 per mile, and was 2nd scorer for Providence College, 4th team.

On Sunday, the 29th Emer Treacy, based in Caceres, Spain ‘til next Summer. (Clonliffe ran there in a Euro Clubs back in 2006!) finished on the top of the podium following a short course 2k cross country race win.

Round up: one lonely Harrier

After last weekend`s Autumn Cross Country and with the Dublin Marathon tomorrow it was a very quiet day on the racing front today. The only Harrier venturing out to race seems to have been prolific racer Sean Doran who finished 13th in the Leinster Novice Cross Country held at Navan Race Course. Anyone else? text 0879599888

Dublin Juvenile XC/ Autumn Open

This coming Sunday, October 22nd, will see the first big club cross country event of the 2017 season at the purpose built cross country track in Abbotstown. The Dublin Juvenile (even ages) championships will take place from 11.00 am to be followed by the Autumn Open.

There are Clonliffe teams competing across all age groups with strong teams expected in particular in the girls and boys U/14, U/16 and U/18s that will challenged for medals with the additional prize of places in the Nationals at the same venue on November 26th also on offer.

Once the Juvenile championships are concluded the juniors, seniors and masters will be into the fray for the Autumn Open. A great day`s sport in guaranteed and no doubt the Clonliffe athletes would be delighted to see club mates out on the course cheering them on.

Details:

Car parking/traffic can be an issue so allow plenty of time!

Finally the Dublin Uneven ages/ Dublin junior & Senior cross country will take place in Santry, hosted by Clonliffe, on November 5th.

Gary wins his 5th Three Quarter Marathon plus more

After his superb run in Berlin Gary O`Hanlon continued his excellent form with a win today in the Three Quarter Marathon in Longwood, County Meath. Gary won in a time of 1.49.15. This was his 5th win in the last 6 years: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and now 2017. Next up is the Dublin Marathon in three week`s time.

Also in action today was Brian MacMahon 6th in the Cork County Cross Country Championships.

Weekend Round up: Big East, English National & Dundalk

The Weekend round up brings us far and near.  Starting off Friday the 24th in Staten Island, New York where Aaron Hanlon was running for Providence College in the 5000m at the Big East Indoor Championships. A pretty good run by Aaron who was always in the lead pack to finish 6th in 14.32.67.

(English National XC: Jayme hits a muddy patch!)

On Saturday Jayme Rossister had a very good outing in the English National Cross Country held in Wollaton Park, Nottingham placing 55th (42.08) in a huge field of well over 1,000 starters.

Closer home Sean Doran was 3rd in the Fitzer 5k in Dunalk (16.40).

Sunday and Sean Doran placed 4th in another 5k road race, Dunleek 5k in 16.48. The Leinster Indoors also took place in Abbottstown, separate report posted later.

Leinster Schools Cross Country Final Instructions

On Wednesday Clonliffe Harriers host the Irish Life Health Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships in Santry Demesne Park . We look forward to hosting this event. In order for the event to be a success all schools and competitors are requested to read and be familiar with the following:

INSTRUCTIONS SHEET

Event:            Leinster Schools Cross Country Finals

Venue:           Santry Demesne Park, courtesy of Fingal County Council

Time:            From 12 noon. Last race – 2.20 p.m.

Event Parking:   Morton Stadium. Coaches to park in the Clonliffe carpark.  Cars in the main stadium carpark.  Please note that Fingal County Council have specifically requested that no event parking takes place in Santry Park itself.

Collection of numbers: Under the covered terrace situated along the main straight – close to the 100m start in the stadium. Numbers can be collected here from 10.15 a.m.

Toilets:      In stadium. Please note there are no toilet facilities in the park.

Access to the venue:      Via gate at 100m start on Morton Stadium.

Indoor area Morton Stadium:    Closed and strictly out of bounds.

Track in Stadium:    Strictly out of bounds. Under no circumstances is any encroachment permitted onto the track by either competitors or spectators.

Race call up:  10 minutes before the start of each race.

Course:    Marked and taped, please do not warm up on the course itself.

Event officials:    Leinster Schools Athletics Association.

Course officials:   Clonliffe Harriers. Competitors/schools please note that all officials/stewards are giving up their time voluntarily on the day.  Please

obey their instructions and please be courteous at all times to all officials/stewards.

Medical issues:  St. John’s Ambulance.

Rubbish: Please bring a rubbish bag, please appoint one of your party to be in charge. Please bring your rubbish back from the park with you.

 

 

 

Dublin Master`s gold for Clonliffe elder statesmen! (updated)

Whilst the Irish weather in recent weeks has been exceptional overnight rain fall over the weekend meant for a muddy St. Anne`s Park in Raheny for today`s Dublin Masters Championships. The Championships also drew a record entry as the running boom continues with over 300 in the men`s race and 150 in the women`s.

There was also a big entry of black and amber clad athletes with teams in most of the age categories.  All the athletes competing put in strong efforts and at the end of the day the golds came courtesy of some of the club`s most experienced Masters as multi title holders over the years once again came out on top. So take a bow Dublin Champions: Matt Slattery O/65, Pat Bonass O/70 and Jimmy Bennett O/75.

Of the Clonliffe women a big team was lead home after a strong run by Emma Cooper 11th. Other results (thanks Pamela):

19 Kerri Page
20 Ciara Peelo
29 Aimee Ahern
33 Emma Harding
39 Maura Matthews
42 Clodagh Morriarty
44 Aideen Brady
49 Brid Beausang
67 Laura Kernan
77 Catherine Dempsey
83 Anne Lyons
91 Orla Dignam
92 Yvonne McDonough
95 Karen McAffe
98 Aine McCann
103 Melissa Curran
105 Evelyn Brennan
117 Joanne McCabe.

On the team front the Clonliffe women O/35 placed 5th.

Men`s results:

65 Richard Mannion

82 Clive Ahern

87 Shane Casey

112 Kevin Dowling

114 Philip O`Doherty

136 Jason Blake

138 Alan Hughes

144 Alan Worrall

145 Colm McDonnell

156 Trevor Wisdom

160 Paul O`Loughlin

175 Niall Markey

186 Thomas Frayne

203 Shane Rooney

210 Richie Barr

212 Mick Gleeson

226 Declan Murray

232 Declan Grant

233 Ollie Power

242 Pat Devitt

257 Shay Byrne

In the team results the O/35 team placed 13th with the O/50s 8th.

In the O/65 race:

1 Matt Slattery

5 Pat Bonass

6 Jimmy Bennett

Full results now on www.dublinathletics.com. Well done to all our athletes today and a particularly big thanks to Stephen Treacy who pitched a fine clonliffe tent for use on the day.

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