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Cross Country and Varsities weekend round up

It was a quiet enough weekend on the country, being the week before Nationals. A few Harriers were in action including on Sunday afternoon, the 19th, Emer Treacy placing a very creditable 5th place in the Provincial Cross Country Championships held in Cáceres, Spain. Running for her Spanish Club, Arte Fisico, she competed in the ‘Cross de Velocidad’ over a distance of 400m – yes a 400m XC race!! From the gun, Emer broke fast and was in the leading group on the uphill climb to the 200m mark. At this point there was turnaround into the downhill finish and she finished out the race very strong. She recorded a time of 55 seconds to place 5th, out of a 17 strong field and 3 seconds behind the winner. It was a very determined run and an exciting race to watch for the large group of spectators. (Thanks to Martin Treacy for report).

Also on Saturday at Santry Demesne, the Irish Life BHAA Cross Country over 6k took place. Thomas Sherlock finished in 16th place (22.03) with Michael Cassidy  18th (22.09)  (any others text 0879599888)

Cathal Doyle ran an impressive Mile leg for DCU in the Intervaraities Road Relays in Maynooth recording a time of 4.36, 2nd fastest leg of the day. Adam O`Brien ran 9.58 for his 2 mile leg and Alannah Cooley 12.23, for her 2 mile.

Dublin Cross Country: Juveniles & Juniors to the fore

Yesterday, the 5th, a crisp November morning the Clonliffe course builders met at 8 a.m. to commence the construction of the course for the Dublin Cross Country Championships which were being hosted by Clonliffe in Santry Demesne. Three hours later the Dublin Championships were underway on what is a superb course in Santry but now one would suggest under-utilised with the Nationals seemingly now having a permanent home in Abbottstown.

Thus at the spiritual home of Irish athletics, Santry, the Dublins got underway. The first race with Clonliffe interest was the U/11s running over 1000 metres. It was great to see teams in both the girls and boys races all competing well and all safely making it to the finish.  The U/11 girls team was Ava, Sally-Anne, Megan, Grace, Rebecca and Eva.  Likewise the U/11 boys foursome all performed very well the team being Cormac, Cathal, Harry and Donogh.

Next up it was the U/13s where the boys were lead home by Jonathan Fitzsimons in 7th, taking a place on the Dublin team for Nationals, very good runs also from Callum and Alex. The girls also put in solid runs with Orla O`Sullivan first of the Harriers closing followed by Isobel Browne, Eabha, Aoife and Amelie.

The U/15 girls brought the first medals of the day for Clonliffe with a fine team performance led home, after possibly her best race to date, by Aoife Hession in 6th place, Alana Fitzsimons battled on gamely, despite being hampered by injury, to a gallant 7th place with the fast finishing Katie Halpin also having a storming run in 8th place.  Ella Cooley did all that was asked and more with a battling display in 23rd place which was enough to see the girls take well deserved team bronze to book their place in the Nationals on December 17th in Waterford.

Clonliffe only had one competitor in the U/15 boys race, also running over 3500 metres, Alex Neuroth finishing a fine 13th place.

The U/17 girls were next into the fray racing over 4000 metres. This was a young team, three of the four girls moving up from U/16s.  Top finisher, once again, was Sarah Bateson who had another outstanding last lap to finish in 11th place, with Abbie Sheehy 15th, Aimee Warren 17th and Vicky McDonnell, battling 24th the girls put in a fine performance and were just out of the medals in 4th place.

The U/17 boys again as expected, performed superbly and delivered team gold. Aaron Cullen once again was in superb form leading the team home in 2nd place.  Ben Guiden also had a very good run coming home in 7th place with a storming last lap, young Darragh Carter continues to impress in 10th with Daniel Stone exceeding expectations with a fine 13th place just ahead of Ian McElweaney in 14th.  The team was completed by Dermot Buckley 19th, Callum Simpson 20th, Evan Foster 22nd and Thomas Baltazer 37th.  The team with a total of 32 points tool well deserved Dublin gold.

The U/19s and juniors were mixed. Firstly the junior women which saw a full Clonliffe team and also a Clonliffe team in the U/19s.  The team was led home by Alannah Cooley in 7th place, next in was Ally Hernandez 11th, Hannah Browne 14th and Cliona Cooley 17th.  The girls were rewarded with bronze in the junior women’s race and in the U/19 race were also rewarded with bronze (Ally, Hannah and Cliona).

Next up was the Junior Men/U/19s. A strong Clonliffe team was in fine form with Sean O’Leary showing a welcome return to form in an excellent 2nd place followed some seven seconds later by Eferon Gidey, 3rd and Adam O’Brien in 4th place.  The 4th scorer was Daniel Lacey in 8th and the team then completed by Craig Giles, 10th, Joey Hession, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne and Kevin McKenna.  The junior men comfortably won the Dublin title on 17 points.  In the U/19s Sean O’Leary took gold with the team (O’Leary, Gidey, Lacey and Giles) also taking team gold.

Unfortunately Clonliffe had no entrants in the Dublin senior women’s championship which was won by Ciara Durkan (Skerries A.C.) with DSD taking the team title from Crusaders and Raheny Shamrocks.

In the men’s race the race was dominated by Raheny Shamrocks with Mick Clohisey successfully defending his title from Conor Dooney 2nd and DSD’s Killian Mooney 3rd.  First Clonliffe man was David Flynn in 6th place with Colm Rooney 7th.  Brian McMahon was 23rd, Eoin Taggart 33rd, Thomas Sherlock 36th, Sean Doran 37th, David Mullen 62nd, Wayne Walker 63rd and Thomas Frayne 66th.  The Clonliffe men finished out of the medals in 4th place with Raheny Shamrocks successfully defending their team title and winning the Padraig Keane Trophy.

The Padraig Keane Trophy was presented by Mary Keane and it was fitting to see so many of the Keane family at the presentation in the Clonliffe clubhouse post event.

Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank in particular all of the Clonliffe members, and indeed parents of members, who came out to assist the club in the hosting of these championships, not only the course builders but the people who came out to steward on the day and then help with the course deconstruction. True Clonliffe club spirit.

Next up is the National Even Ages which takes place in conjunction with the National Junior and National Senior Championships at Abbottstown in three weeks time, November 26th.  The juvenile uneven championships will take place in Waterford on December 17th.

Latest Letter from America

Brian`s letter from America: So on Wednesday last myself and a huge team in force travelled to Abeline Texas for the Southland Conference championships. Abeline is located in the central plains of the state of Texas (about 150 miles west of the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area – a whopping 11hrs bus ride from Lake Charles). It was a very dry cold and windy day. Temps were 38F (3C) considerably colder then SW Louisiana. Very strong winds made (25+ mph) made a seemingly fast course somewhat slower.
We were the highest ranked going into it, but we were left crushed after tieing for first place and loosing on count back. The race director estimated that it might even be an NCAA record for two teams being tied so closely together (take a close look at the places each man scored between the top two teams).
It’s a heart breaking defeat, and to say I am absolutely dejected is an understatement. But that’s sport, and this is life. I refuse to hang my head.
I finished 16th in 25:15. I was only beaten by Juniors, Seniors and graduate Students (3rd and 4th year students. I am a Freshman and I’ve 4 long years to go.
It wasn’t all bad either, in light of my efforts this season, Southland Conference voted me as the Conference Freshman of the Year, an achievement I’ll cherish forever. Next up is NCAA Division 1 South Central regionals in College Station TX in two weeks time. I look forward to rest and recovery in the mean time.

Rooney top Clonliffe at Autumn Open

After the Dublin Juvenile Championships in Abbotstown today the seniors took to the turf for the Athletics Ireland Autumn Cross Country. There were a number of the club`s athletes in action. In the men`s race Colm Rooney was first of the Clonliffe contingent in 16th place (24.12), 44th Eoin Taggart (26.22), 46th Thomas Sherlock (26.29)52nd Sean Doran (27.10), 66th Paul Keenan (30.52).

In the junior race Adam O`Brien placed 9th (19.42), with Sean Carrigg 26th (20.51).

Also competing were several Masters: 107th Niall Markey (31.33),  109th Tom Monks (33.13) and M65 5th Matt Slattery (19.32).

The only Clonliffe lady was Alannah Cooley 22nd in the junior race.

Weekend round up (updated)

A quiet enough weekend so far. Our USA exports were in action this weekend, yesterday (Friday the 13th) Aaron Hanlon was the 1st scorer for Providence at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin XC placing 119th in 24.54. Brian Flanagan also put in a solid shift for McNeese  today Saturday at the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey finishing 70th in 25.14 and being 4th scorer for The Cowboys.

At the Donade 10k on Saturday Brian MacMahon had another really good run to 2nd place (33.09) with Karl Nolan 4th (36.32). Also the BHAA Cross Country season got underway with The Teachers XC, some Clonliffe results to hand thanks to Tom Sherlock: 1st by a substancial margin was Colm Rooney, 7th Sean Doran, 13th Tom Sherlock. Others also in that race so if you ran why not share the feeling? (0879599888)

Also on Saturday Liam Roarty in England ran the Gloucestershire League at Crypt School, Gloucester yesterday for Cheltenham Harriers where he finished 21st out of 205 finishers in a time of 31:00 and 8th finisher for Cheltenham.

Sunday and Sean Doran was back at it again winning the Glenmore 5k in 16.03.

Stateside news!

News from the US of Aaron Hanlon being awarded The Big Easy Athlete of the Week, as a result of his excellent run in last weekend`s Battle in Beantown Cross Country where he placed 24th and 1st scorer for Providence College.

Brian Flanagan also (thankfully) continues to keep us updated on his first US Cross Country season: “This week, myself and the team ran the last home meet this morning here in Lake Charles. I finished 5th and was the 4th scorer this time for the Cowboys. Distance was 4 miles XC and I finished in 20:01.4. Had a very less then desirable week of “training” leading up to this. It was my third week of racing in a row and I was still very much feeling the effects of that 8km race last week in Texas. Nevertheless progress is progress and it is what it is. Hopefully all of the niggles are now behind me as we get ready for two weeks of solid training before flying to Prinston New Jersey for the Princeton invitational on Saturday week (Oct 14th) for another 8km race in much cooler conditions to get ready for conference.”

Weekend round up: USA all the way! (plus home results)

Weekend Round up: Starting stateside where on Friday Aaron Hanlon had a great run for Providence in the Battle of Beantown Coast to Coast at Boston College 1st Providence man in 24th place in 24.52, 8k.

Saturday Brian Flanagan ran in the Texas A&M Invitation this morning at 8am in College Station TX Temp was 75F (25C) the first serious race of the season with McNeese fielding their strongest team in a loaded field where almost all of the teams in the region / conference where on the starting line. Flanno had a very strong run finishing 18th (of 166) as the third man to score for McNeese in 24:41, 8k. Miles splits were 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:10 4:31.

Brian says: ” This ranks McNeese as number 1 in NCAA (D1) Southland Conference. Also puts me as the fastest Freshman in the conference too. Very happy to say the least considering we tempo’d the first 4 miles.  Again, now is not the time for complacency and it’s back to recover and hard work. Next up is a small home meet in Lake Charles next week followed by a By week then we travel to the Princeton Invitation in New Jersey.”
Joe Cooper took his Division to Blackrock, County Louth for the annual 4 Mile Road race on Saturday evening. Also racing was Mark Kenneally placing 6th (20.16) just ahead of Joe`s group: 11th Sean Carrig (20.55), 12th Eferan Gidey (21.03), and 3rd junior man, 15th Daniel Lacey (21.47), 17th Sean O`Leary (22.02), 20th Jordan Byrne (22.34).
 Also Saturday the Dublin Half Marathon took place in the grounds of Newbridge House. Many Clonliffe athletes were running, thanks to Shane Rooney for his superb report. See “The Rooney Review”
Sunday at the Rathfarnham 5k Sean Doran was 34th in 16.04. Eleanor Alexander was 4th senior woman (96th overall) in 17.36.

First Cross Country win in US for Brian Flanagan (update from Flanno)

Clonliffe`s Brian Flanagan got his US Collegiate Cross Country career off to a winning start for McNeese yesterday, the 16th at Baton Rouge, to take a fine individual title at LSU Cross Country Invitational. Brian was a clear winner by some six seconds winning the 6k event in 17.09 and helping McNeese to a second place team placing.

Brian tells the tail:

How ya doing? Sorry its been a little while so here’s a little update. So a week and a half ago our cross country season opener was put on hold due to us getting hit by Hurricane Harvey, our own home meet was canceled along with one in Houston too.
Instead we travelled to LSU’s invitational cross country in Baton Rouge on Saturday last. I lead the team that we sent, our top four runner stayed at home getting ready for next week.
Race was 6000m and started at 7:50am. Even at that stage temps were at 75F (24C). But my long summer of training injury free in the unforgiving heat of the deep south paid it’s dividends and I recorded my very first ‘W’ (time: 17:09 – wasn’t even a flat course) on this side of the Atlantic. Needless to say I was very happy to run this in my very first XC race in over a year and a half, most of which plagued by injuries most doubted I’d ever come from. I felt good but I know now is not the time for complacency, theres still a job to be done.
With that being said the next stop is the Texas A&M invitational this coming Saturday morning in College Station TX. I’ll keeping you posted. Until then all the best.
Nil Desperandum,
In what was a fairly quiet weekend for Clonliffe athletes Stephen Scullion was 2nd in Sunday`s Belfast Half Marathon, a week after his excellent outing in the Great North Run, in 66.12

Weekend Round up: Seconds out!

Several Clonliffe athletes raced over the course of the weekend both at home and away. Strangely enough 2nd place featured strongly on the results. Starting off in Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA where Aaron Hanlon, now in his final year with Providence College, finished in 2nd place in the Nassaney Invitational Cross Country(25.08) only a handful of seasons from his team mate as the Friars dominated to take an easy win.

2nd also yesterday for Sean Doran in the Pftizer 5k Road Race in 16.03, only two days post the Clonliffe Club 10,000. Also yesterday young Sarah Bateson had a fine run in the Great Pink 5k in Dublin`s Phoenix Park placing well in the top 20, and 3rd woman in 22.02.

Today, September 10th, at the Ratoath 5k Sean Carrig was 2nd in an impressive 15.47, Efern was 6th and 1st junior in 16.12 with Tudor Mircea, now back racing again, 7th in 16.17.

Also today at the Great North Run, in Newcastle, a very good outing by Stephen Scullion finishing 14th in 65.52 for the half marathon distance, as he steers towards the Dublin City Marathon at the end of next month. That was a one minute PB!!

(Again if anyone else raced don`t be shy text name, event, time and place to 0879599888)

O`Leary wins Leinster Senior Schools XC

Clonliffe hosted the Leinster Schools Cross Country today in Santry Demesne. Despite recent rain the day dawned dry and fresh as the course building crew arrived at 8.00am. Two hours later a magnificent course was built. Although soft in places the ground held up remarkably well throughout the day`s cross country as the past part of 1000 young athletes raced for their schools with prestigious places in the All Ireland Schools on March 11th the reward.

The club`s athletes were once again in excellent form with some excellent performances. Stake outs included a fairly majestic win in the day`s final event the senior boys over 6000m by Sean O’Leary leading his St. Aidans team (O`Leary, Joey Hession, Greg Hossenny and Fin McManus) to Leinster silver.

In the inter boys 4,500 there was joy and sadness: joy for St. Aidans with a particularly fine run by Daniel Lacey in 9th taking team bronze (Lacey, Jordan Byrne and Cian Bolger), joy also for both Craig Giles in 5th and Aaron Cullen 13th going through as individuals, and for the Belvedere Clonliffe lads disappointment in placing 4th (Ben Guiden 17th and Daniel Stone 23rd) and their school`s cross country season now at an end.

In the junior boys race Daragh Carter was again very impressive a fine 5th place, and for St. Aidans Dermot Buckley was 19th leading St. Aidans through to the All Irelands in 2nd place.

Of the Clonliffe girls both Alannah Cooley and Amy Fay were well up in the senior race. A good run also by Tess Loftus scoring for Loreto on the Green as they grabbed 3rd place. In the younger ages all the Clonliffe girls battled well but unfortunately didn`t progress.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers for March 11th, a great achievement. Hard luck to those who didn`t but will no doubt fight another day. So for now the course building gear is packed away for the Spring and Summer as the Santry course (and course builders) takes a well earned break. Still track is only around the corner!


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