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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.

Clonliffe host Dublin XC C`ships Sunday Nov 5th

Next Sunday November 5th Clonliffe Harriers will host the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country, Dublin Junior & Senior XC Championships at Santry Demesne, thanks to the assistance of Fingal County Council.

The event time table is:

Event Distance Start Time
U9 Girls 800m 11.00am
U9 Boys 800m 11.08am
U11 Girls 1500m 11.16am
U11 Boys 1500m 11.26am
U13 Girls 2500m 11.35am
U13 Boys 2500m 11.50am
U15 Girls 3500m 12.03am
U15 Boys 3500m 12.20pm
U17 Girls 4000m 12.35pm
U17 Boys 5000m 12.55pm
U19/Junior Ladies 4000m 1.15pm
U19 and Junior Men 6000m 1.45pm
Senior Ladies 6000m 2.15pm
Senior Men 10000m 2.45pm

Event course:

Event Instructions:

Please use the main Stadium car park. There is strictly no event parking in Santry Demesne Park (by order of Fingal Co. Co.)

Do not park on the Swords Road.

The Track and Indoor facility is strictly out of bounds, please instruct your athletes not to warm up on the track.

Please obey the instructions of all officials and marshals. These people give freely and willingly of their time, without them you will not be racing, so please treat them with the respect they deserve.

Please remove, bin or bring home all litter, we have use of the park but on the condition that it is handed back in the same condition.

Please medal winners attend the presentation post event in the Clonliffe Harriers club house.

Please do enjoy your cross country!

Clonliffe volunteers:

Course builders meet at 8.00am.

Marshalls meet in clubhouse for briefing 10.15am.

Marshalls arriving later report on course to Paddy Tuite for assignment.

 

Golden day at Dublin Juvenile Cross Country

With Storm Brian having run out of breath it was a much more pleasant day than anticipated for the Dublin (even ages) Juvenile Cross Country Championships today. Abbotstown was the venue where thankfully the course had been changed from last year to a shorter much more spectator and athlete friendly 1500 loop. Despite yesterday`s rain with the good grass covering underfoot conditions were perfect. It proved to be a memorable day for the club with golden performances from the U/16 girls and U/18 boys.

The Clonliffe crew started gathering from early with teams entered from U/12s upwards. All looked determined and here to do the business. Whatever about Storm Brian running out of breath this was something that simply wasn`t going to happen to these young Harriers!

First into battle were the U/12 girls team running 2000m, 2 of the 1k loops. The Clonliffe girls Sorcha O`Connor, Rachel Hargen, Jessica Howlet and Katie Faherty put in really great efforts, doing themselves proud. Likewise the U/12 boys battled away gamely and came through the race with flying colours with Cian O`Hare placing 6th and making the Dublin team for nationals, great runs also by Christian Finn and Kahrl Balaro.

Next up the girls U/14 facing 2 of the 1500 laps. These girls have been training very hard since the Summer and boy did it show. Really strong runs from Naoise Cullen, Lara Gallagher, Amy Sheehy and Hollie Foy. The boys U/14 team of Cillian Sheeran, Jack Woods, Ronan Donohue, Keith Burke and Jakub Niedziolka are an equally determined group and again must be pleased with some quality runs.

The U/16 girls team have been looking good all Autumn putting in great sessions twice a week and it paid off in spades today. The whole team put in real gritty runs and produced an outstanding result winning the Dublin team title. Great runs from Sarah Bateson, 4th,  team captain Abbie Sheehy 5th, Alana Fitzsimons, moving up from U/15,  8th, Ella Brown 12th, this scoring four fantastically backed up by Aoife Hession, another U/15, 13th, Vicky McDonnell 19th and Cara Curran Beggs 25th.

The U/16 boys were lead by experienced campaigner Daragh Carter who continues to improve placing 5th, next in on his Clonliffe debut was Callum Simpson 12th, Dermot Buckley 14th, Alex Neuroth, also on his debut and yet another debut man Kristof Cancrz 26th. The team took an excellent team silver.

On then to the U/18s, unfortunately injury during the week took half of the team out so only two girls lined up. U/17 athlete Aimee Warren was 10th, and makes the Dublin team for Nationals just behind her in 11th was Hannah Browne, by her own admission not a great lover of the country, likewise making the Dublin team for the Nationals.

Then at the end of the Championships another golden team performance by the U/18 boys. Lead home by the strong front running Eferon Gidey with a first Dublin individual title, the team of U/17 Aaron Cullen an excellent 4th, then 8th Craig Giles, 9th Daniel Lacey, 10th Ben Guiden, also moving up a year, 12th Jordan Byrne, 16th another U/17 Ian McAlweney and 19th Stephen Cashin took gold back to Santry.

Fantastic stuff from the Black and Amber, congratulations to all of our athletes on their efforts today. Pretty darn impressive!

Juveniles add to medal collection in Tallaght

The Dublin Juvenile Championships continued tonight in Tallaght. The offering tonight was 1500s and high jump (rained off on Sunday). The first medals collected on the night came from the U/15 girls who ran an excellent race, it was great to see three black and amber vests at the front of the race, lead home by one of the hardest working athletes in this group Alana Fitzsimons who won her first Dublin title, 2nd was Aiofe Hession with Katie Halpin 4th, and making it through to National finals.

Another girl who had a great run tonight was Sarah Bateson in the U/16 race with a fantastic last lap to go from 4th to 2nd, adding another silver to her 3000 one from Saturday.

Daragh Carter took U/16 bronze with a, as always, battling Dermot Buckley 4th. The U/18 ans U/19 race was combined with great Clonliffe representation lead home with a flying finish by Craig Giles, winning the U/18 title from Sean O`Leary, U/19 gold and, after a fine run, Daniel Lacey U/18 silver. Good runs also by Jordan Byrne and Jack Horan.

In the high jump James McDonnell took U/14 bronze.

Relays are next: Unevens on Friday and Evens the following Friday.

More of the same from Day 3 of Dublin Juveniles

Day 3 of the Dublin Juvenile Championships and from yet another venue, today it was Irishtown. It was, however, more of the same from the Clonliffe athletes: top drawer performances throughout.

Starting off with the field events where Jonas Norvaias was again in top form winning the boys U/14 shot. Jonas Nyberg was 2nd, making it a Clonliffe shot one two, later Jonas, Nyberg that is also took javelin silver. Also in the javelin it was a great day for the Laipy girls as Nicole won the U/14 javelin and Alex won the U/17 javelin and also won the U/17 100 hurdles for good measure.

Emma McDonnell, who has been in excellent form all weekend took silver in the U/15 girls 200 with Holly Roche 3rd and Alex Toomey 4th. Alex later took bronze in the long jump. Sally Sumola another winning medals all weekend continued with U/14 200 silver.

In the U/17 200 Rebecca Fitzsimons was 2nd with Rapha Diamond Ebbs 3rd, Rapha was also 3rd in the long jump and later 4th in both the 400.

Craig Giles was 3rd in the U/18 400, and Cian Bolger made the U/17 400 final. Mark Keirns also put in a great weekend and today was 4th in the U/18 200.

It was a great weekend indeed for the Clonliffe athletes. The Championships continue on Wednesday with the 1500s and also the High Jump, which was rained off today, and then continue with relays (uneven ages) on Friday and Friday week (even ages).

Dublin Juvenile Championships: Day 2, Tallaght

A beautiful day in the Tallaght sunshine greeted the Clonliffe athletes for Day 2 of the Dublins. It was a little windy but on the whole a pretty fine day indeed.

Once again some top notch performances from the clubs athletes on both the track and in the field. Dublin titles were taken by Emma McDonnell adding the Girls U15 High Jump to her 800 title from last night. Kamil Gorkan won the boys U/19 high jump and in the U/16 high jump Christian Bosnjak was 2nd. Also in the field events Jonas Nyberg won the U/14 boys discus, with Keith Burke 3rd. In the long jump Sally Sumola took the girls U/14 Dublin title with a 4.62m best, and later silver in the 100.

After battling through last night`s heats Naoise Cullen took bronze in the girls U/14 800. Another athlete in the middle distance finals today was Jonathan Fitzsimons taking U/13 600 silver.

In the sprints Rebecca Fitzsimons took a fine win in the girls U/17 100 with Jessica Dedeku 3rd. Cathlin O`Reilly was also in golden form winning the U/18 100. While in the boys U/18 100 Mark Keirns was 3rd. Alex Toomey was 3rd in the girls U/15 100. A mention also of Karl Baleno who placed 4th in the boys U/12 60m

Last athletes in action were the 3000 crew who had a very long wait indeed until their races. Sarah Bateson made a fine debut over 3000 in the U/16 race with a blistering final 200 making up 10 meters on her rival to grab silver in a time of 11.35. The U/16 boys race was won by Daragh Carter after a stirring final 100 sprint to the line in 10.38. Daniel Stone impressed in the U/17 boys taking silver with a 10.04 run. In the U/18s Daniel Lacey was 3rd (9.39) with a fast finishing Jordan Byrne 4th (9.50) and Sam Baker Gorman 7th.

 

Great start to Dublin Championships by Clonliffe Juveniles

The first night of the Dublin Juvenile Championships kicked off the weekend in Morton Stadium. A good night for racing, a little cold but no rain! The menu tonight was a middle distance affaire 500s to 800s.

The younger age groups had heats with finals tomorrow. Some excellent runs from the younger Harriers with the highlights including: U/11 girls heats 5th Sarah McDonnell. U/12 boys 4th Cian O’Hare. U/13 girls 5th Orlando O’Sullivan. U/13 boys 5th Jonathan Fitzsimons.

Moving onto the 800s for the older groupings: U/14 girls 2nd Naoise Cullen and a place in tomorrow`s final in Tallaght.

The U/15 girls 800 was a final with great Clonliffe representation: Emma McDonnell, Ella Cooley, Alana Fitzsimons, Aoife Hession and Katie Halpin. In this race Emma McDonnell took up the running from the gun with a very brave Alana Fitzsimons sticking on her shoulder. Down the home straight Emma McDonnell was a cool 1st, the fast finishing Katie Halpin got herself up to 3rd and Alana`s brave run was rewarded with a 4th place finish and a place in the Nationals. Likewise the U/16 girls race had a strong Clonliffe presence with Ella Brown, Cara Beggs Curran, Vicky McDonnell and Amy Hodson all very much involved. Amy Hodson has a super run to finish in 2nd place.

The U/17 boys 800 was a stunningly fast race, won in 1.56. Cian Bolger was top Clonliffe in 3rd place and breaking new ground as he shattered two minutes with a 1.58.6 run, fine runs also by U/16 All Ireland school`s champion Aaron Hanlon n this race with a pb of 2.02.

Hannah Browne continued her excellent record in these Dublin Championships taking another win with a gun to tape win in 2.26.00 in the U/18 race. In the boys U/18 & 19 race Craig Giles was the class of the field winning a tactical race in sub 2, Shane Ferris took bronze, with Jack Horan 5th and a good warm up for tomorrow`s 3000 from Jordan Byrne. Jordan was today called up for the Irish Schools team in the 1500SC.

 

Clonliffe men win Dublin Road Novice plus weekend round up

The Clonliffe novice men on Sunday morning won the Dublin 5K Road Novice Championship held in Tallaght. The Novice is incorporated in the Tallaght 5k. With two in the top three of the novice it was a pretty solid win. Conor Keane lead the team home in 2nd, 6th overall (16.39), 3rd in the novice and 8th overall was Alex Gibbons (16.44), 9th Dave Brady (16.48) and 11th Thomas Ward (16.52), for a points total of 25. Jack Maughan was just out of the scoring 4 in 12th place (17.12)

(Pictured: 2017 Dublin Novice 5k Road Champions)

Also on Sunday Robert Reid, who has just rejoined Clonliffe after more than a few years away from the club, was 15th in the Boyne 10k in 37.56.

Meanwhile Liam Roarty place 6th in the 1500 heats at Saturday`s BUC Championship in 4.22.97. On bank holiday Monday Liam was 3rd in a 3000m at the Brewer Games, Cheltenham in a pb of 9.22.00.

Also today, bank holiday Monday Declan Power was 3rd in the Leinster 5k Novice and Masters Road Championships in Kilkenny and 1st master O/45 in 19.19. Back acrss the water Jayme Rossister was 4th in the BUC 3000 sc in 9.08.16.

Huge numbers at Dublin Juvenile Indoor C`ship weekend (updated)

Well we knew Abbottstown would be a crowd puller for the Dublin Juvenile Indoors! For the first time a true indoor championships in Dublin, the memory of shivering athletes in starting blocks as the snow fell is now in the distant past as the National Indoor Arena was revealed to many for the first time. Simply fantastic!

Day 1 Friday night was the relays drawing an unbelievable 220 plus teams to take part in the night`s events. There were Clonliffe teams taking part, putting the batten work of recent weeks to good use, and all put in a great nights work in a great atmosphere, with several teams battling through the early rounds to make finals. All can be proud of the efforts and commitment shown. Dublin championship medals were taken back to Santry by the U/12 girls, 2nd, the U/14 girls 3rd and U/14 boys 3rd. U/15 girls took silver, with the 2nd team also making the final and placing 6th.

On Saturday the middle distance squad were out in force for the 1500s. In this after some drama Abbie Sheehy fought gamely in the girls U/16 placing 5th after being well in contention over the early laps . Daragh Carter was excellent in the boys U/16 to finish 2nd and as always the battler supreme Dermot Buckley was superb to take bronze in 3rd place. the boys U/17 had a great black and amber presence with four athletes taking to the track, after a very fast opening lap things settled and at the finish Cian Bolger had silver around his neck, Ben Guiden in 4th grabbed a place in the Nationals, Aaron Cullen wasn`t far off him in 5th and Thomas Baltzar was 9th. Cliona Cooley ran very well over her 1500, just loosing a bit of ground 2 laps from home, but took bronze. Finally Stephen Cashin after a blistering open lap settled well and put in a solid run in 6th place U/18.

After a long day the sprinters got through several rounds to get to their finals. Pride of place went to Rebecca Fitzsimons who won the U/17 girls 60m in 7.8, (this result was subsequently reversed on further consideration of the photo finish). Sally Somula took silver in the girls U/14 60, Holly Roche got through to the final of the /15 60 where she place 5th. In the U/19 boys 60m, Camil Gorka finished in that unlucky 4th position, but goes through to the Nationals.

Day 3 Sunday the 12th and more excellent runs from the Clonliffe crew.  The 800s brought great success, Ella Brown running an excellent positive race was rewarded with silver in the U/16 girls. Likewise positive running paid off in spades for Hannah Browne in the U/18 race with her front running bagging gold as she successfully defended her Dublin title. A great run also by Cian Bolger in the U/17 race from the gun saw him control the race and then tuck into 2nd place until just before the bell when he blasted to the front to take a superb win.

Rebecca Fitzsimons put any disappointment she may have felt to one side and was simply brilliant in the U/17 200 final taking a clear win (no need for the photo finish on this occasion!) with club mates Rapha Diamond-Ebbs 3rd and Jessica a fraction behind in 4th. Running his first race was Ciaran Gartland and what a debut 3rd in the U/18 200.

Young Clonliffe shot putter Jonas Norvaisas was a class apart in the U/14 shot winning the Dublin title yet again by a distance of nearly 4m over 2nd!

As the afternoon continued more young Clonliffe athletes kept up the level of performance: Naoise Cullen taking bronze in the U/14 girls 800. Jonathan Fitzsimons silver in the U/13 600, bronze for Sally Sumola in the U/14 long jump adding to her 60m silver from yesterday. Also in the long jump, more success as James McDonnell took U/14 gold with training partner Keith Burke in 4th, both can now looked forward to the Nationals towards the end of next month. Star of the day, however, was Emma McDonald as she took double gold: U/14 high jump and 800. A great run also in this 800 by Aoife Hession in 4th place and bagging a spot in the National finals.

Well done to all the Clonliffe crew over the whole weekend, you’ve all done your club, coaches, families and yourselves proud. Nil desperandum.

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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