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U/16 Girls Bronzed at Indoors

The final, final day of the long running National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone today brought brilliant bronze for the Clonliffe girls U/16 relay squad. Competing in a very competitive 4 X 200 event the girls battled through their semi final winning in 1.49.55 and then went almost 2 seconds faster in the final a 1.47.29 effort delivering a fantastic 3rd place and national bronze. Excellent stuff from the squad of Emma McDonnell, Blaise Carroll, Kristin McGrady Hogan, Alex Twomey and Holly Roche. Emma also placed 7th in the high jump with a 1.55m and Blaise put in a solid performance in the long jump with a best of 4.18m.

Day 3 of National Juveniles brings Indoor season to a close.

The final day of the Indoor season, Day 3 of the National Juvenile Championships took place at AIT Athlone today. Although no medals are coming back to Santry the Clonliffe athletes in action put in solid displays. Craig Giles was in very good form in the U/19 800 comfortably qualifying for the final after winning his heat in 2.00.84. In the final lady luck failed to shine. Running an excellent race Craig was always well in the hunt and indeed was looking good for at least silver went he went down meters from the line and ended up 4th in 1.59.63.

Hannah Browne enjoyed a good day with a 2 second PB in the U/19 800 final of 2.21.19 taking her to a battling 5th place.

Cian Bolger had a day to put behind him in U/18 800 finishing 6th in his heat (2.07.45), likewise Ella Brown had a disappointing run in the U/17 800, 6th in 2.35.56.

Jonathan Fitzsimons ran well in the U/14 800 with a new PB of 2.24.47 run to 5th place in his heat.

In the 200s Alex Twomey was 3rd in her U/16 heat (26.81) and Emma McDonnell was 4th in hers (27.35). Rebecca Fitzsimons battled gamely in her U/18 heat to 3rd place with her 26.47 securing her a place in the final where she places 6th (27.00).

Thus indoors comes to a close. The good news of course is that rust never sleeps and the outdoor seasons starts in a matter of weeks!

(Hannah Browne, 5th U/19 800 Final)

(Craig Giles, 4th U/19 800 Final)

(Cian Bolger, U/18 800 Heats)

Leinster Indoors: Another Marks Double

The Leinster Indoor Championships were held at the NIA Abbotstown today. Highlight of the meet was another Keith Marks jumps double as he won the high jump with a 1.90m best and the long jump in a new championship best of 7.04. For good measure Keith also finished 3rd in the 60m (7.08 after a 7.03 heat). Isreal Ibeanu was 5th in that 60m in 7.31, having clocked 7.34 in his heat.

Snezana Bechtina won the 400 in 59.53. Diana Markin was 4th in the 200.

In the junior championship Hannah Browne and Ale Hernandez enjoyed a great battle over 800 Hannah placed 4th (2.24.38) with Ale a fraction behind, 5th (2.25.39) and Cliona Cooley 11th (2.42.39). Abbie Sheehy placed 5th in the 1500 (5.11.86) with Tess Loftus 7th (5.38.65). Cian Bolger was 4th in heat 2 of the400 (54.61).

In the Master`s Championship Matt Slattery won M65 Gold in the 200 (29.56). In the M55 3000 Philip O`Doherty took silver with Tom Monks taking bronze. Bronze also for Martin Treacy in the M60 1500 (5.36)                                                          Continue Reading →

Lennon-Ford runs sub 48 in Athlone

There were only two Clonliffe athletes competing at the AIT Grand Prix in Athlone last night. Luke Lennon-Ford was 4th in the 400 (won by Tom Barr in 46.94), Luke recording a time of 47.93. This was his 2nd sub 48 of the week having ran 47.78 in the semis of the British Indoor Championships last weekend after a 48.29 heat.

In the 60m Chris Sibanda was 7th in his heat (6.93).

Silver & Bronze at National Indoors

Keith Marks won silver in the long jump at this weekend`s National Indoors at the NIA, Abbotstown. With a 7.20m effort he not only took silver behind Adam McMullen (Crusaders) but added 4 cms to his own matter of week`s old club record.

In the 60m it was a great sight to see three Clonliffe vests on the start line of today`s final: Leo Morgan, National 100 champion Jeremy Phillips and Keith Pike, after battling through heats and semis. Leo finished top Clonliffe man in bronze and also set a new club record, breaking his own record from last weekend`s IUAA Championships, setting a new mark of 6.82, following a 6.97 heat and 6.90 semi. Jeremy was 5th in 6.87 (heat 6.87 and semi 6.90) and Keith 7th, 6.97 (heat 7.00, semi 6.99).

Bronze also for Eoin Pierce in the 1500. After a tactical race with a last lap burn out, Eoin placed 3rd in 4.10.33, in yesterday`s heat he ran 3.58.71. Richie Owens also made the final placing 8th (4.15.55, his heat yesterday was 4.04.60).

Mark McDonald also battled his way into today`s 800 final, having ran just over two minutes yesterday was 6th today in 1.59.53.

Other Clonliffe: 60H 5th Rolus Olusa (7.16), 3000 12th Eoin Taggart (9.07.06), 1500 11th Greta Streimikyte (4.46.66), Pole Vault 4th Dave Donegan (4.10m), High Jump 4th Marcin Klinzow (1.85m), 200 heats Isreal Ibeanu 23.22, Diana Markin 29.91.

Also racing on the track this weekend was Emer Treacy in Spain, (outdoors) in the 800m final of the Extremadura Winter Championships in Caceres yesterday evening running a fine race to finish 2nd in 2.26.

Overseas update

News from the States: Brian Flanagan had his opening run of the indoor season for McNeese at the Samford Open, Birmingham, Alabama where he was 4th in the 3000 in 8.40.93. Aaron Hanlon was 6th in the Valentine Invitational also over 3000 in 8.28.89.

In England Eoin Pierce won the mile indoors at the Soar Open, Lee Valley on February 7th in 4.11.78, a winning margin of some 7 seconds. Also over the water, this time on the country, Jayme Rossister won the Birmingham League XC race in Wolverhampton in a sprint finish on Saturday, the 10th.

Clonliffe at Juvenile Indoors (updated to final day)

There were fine performances from Clonliffe athletes at this weekend`s Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships held at the NIA Abbotstown.  The championships of course commenced last weekend with the Even age relays, and continued on Friday evening with Uneven age relays. Unfortunately the Clonliffe teams on the night finished out of the medals, however, in the field events the first gold of the weekend was won by Jomas Norvaisas as he won the boys U/15 Shot with a best of 12.78m.

Saturday saw Lauren Carr win U/19 400 gold with a very good race as she squeeze by on the inside lane on the final bend. Both Rebecca Fitzsimons and Rapha Diamond Ebbs qualified for the U/18 400 final to be held later that afternoon. In the final however both were involved in a bit of argie bargee at the break and unfortunately crash out. Seamus Farrell placed 5th in the boys U/19 400 final.

In the 1500 there was again more success for the club with Craig Giles comfortably winning the U/19 title (4.09), Jordan Byrne had a solid race in 5th place. Ben Guiden ran well in the U/18 to take bronze (4.21), bronze also for Daragh Cartner in the U/17 race and the bravery award to Dermot Buckley who had a real go of it in this race going out hard from the gun and giving the field a right scare.

The girls U/16 race saw very good runs from the Clonliffe due with Aoife Hession 3rd and Alana Fitzsimons 4th, both qualifying for Nationals, a slight problem in this race as a counting error from the officials had the field race a lap short. In the U/17 race Abbey Sheehy ran so well for bronze that she just didn`t want the race to end! A very good run also in this by Sarah Bateson as part of her Leinster Cross Country build up in 6th place, Vicky McDonald placed in 10th. Tess Loftus had a good day in her first indoor race placing 5th U/18.

In the sprints both Holly Roche and Alex Twomey qualified for the U/16 final where Alex took bronze and Holly placed 5th. Sally Somula was once again the star Clonliffe sprinted winning 60m gold in U/15. In the high jump Jonas Nyberg took bronze.

Sunday the 11th, final day of the Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships and again so fine performances indeed from the club`s athletes. Starting off with the field events where Blaise Carroll was the bronze medal winner in the girls U/16 long jump (4.51m). Christain Bosnzak was 2nd in the U/17 long jump with a fine 5.36m and Emma McDonnell took gold in the U/16 high jump (1.48m).

In the 800 Craig Giles made it a U/19 middle distance double as he won front the front in a time of circa 1.56. Seamus Farrell was 8th in this race. Hannah Browne took her 3rd Dublin 800 title in succession winning the U/19 800 in 2.25, again from the front, with Lauren Carr, the 400 champion from yesterday, 2nd. Cliona Cooley was 4th.

The U/18 800 was an exceptionally fast race from the gun, Cian Bolger was 5th in about 2.00. The U/17 race saw Daragh Carter place 6th with Aaron Nnadi 7th. Ella brown was 4th in the U/17 girls 800 and will go on to nationals, Cara Curran Beggs placed 11th. A good run also by Ella Cooley in the U/16 800 as she battled gamely to a 5th place finish.

In the sprints there were two medals taken by the Clonliffe girls in U/16 200, Emma McDonnell taking her 2nd win of the day, with Alex Twomey 3rd. In the U/18 200 final a great Clonliffe battle saw Rebecca Fitzsimons take bronze with Rapha Diamond ebbs 4th and Jessica Dedeku 5th.

Alex Lapey took the Dublin title in the girls U/18 60H.

In the U/12 600m final Sarah McDonnell was 7th after winning her heat. Christian Finn was 6th in the U/13 final having also won his heat earlier in the day. Jonathan Fitzsimmons was 4th in the U/14 800 final having ran very well but was boxed in early and led for a long time but faded in the last 100. Cillian Sheerin was 10th  in the U/15 boys final having put in a great effort in his heat to make the final.


Indoor results from NIA Live

A sprinkling of Clonliffe athletes took in the NIA Live meet in Abbotstown last night. In the 800 Greta Streimikyte was 5th in 2.20.86, followed in by Orna McGinley 2.25.78 and Emma Mills 2.28.28. Shaun Conaghan was 1st in his 800 in 2.05.31. In the 400s Mark McDonald was 1st (52.02) with Cian Bolger 4th (54.74) and Sean Cunningham 59.16.

Sunday Round up: AAI Games, Flynner goes sub 50, more

A busy Sunday for Clonliffe athletes. Starting off at the NIA Abbotstown for the AAI Indoor Games where Luke Lennon-Ford won his 400 after an excellent battle with Jason Harvey (Crusaders) in 48.53. A win also for Keith Marks, this time in the High Jump, with a best of 1.90m. In the 60m Leo Morgan ran 6.97 in his heat, Keith Marks 7.09 after a stumble out of blocks, Keith Pike 7.04 and 7.02, Isreal Ibeanu 7.41, 7.36 and then a 23.30 200.

In the middle distance events both Hannah Browne 2.23.50 and Ale Hernandez (2.23.90) record 800 pbs. Shaun Coanghan ran 2.06.15. In the 3000 Efron Gidey 8.55.14 and Eoin Taggart a pb of 8.56.04. Then in the race of the day a great run by Richie Owens in the 1500 to 4th place in 3.54.25.

On the roads Dave Flynn went sub 50 over 10! He placed 2nd in the John Treacy Dungarven 10 mile (49.47)

Also over 10 Miles several club members took in the Trim 10: Dermot Faughnan 61.29, Kieran Murphy 61.36, Maurice McCrohan 65.12, Jeremy Chapman 65.21, Stephen Treacy 67.42, Ollie Power 74.14, Anthony O`Brien 82.24, Sinead Duffy 82.38 and Caroline Hynes 83.12 (Thanks indeed to Maurice McCrohan for results)

News from Spain where today Emer Treacy finished in an excellent 3rd place over the 4,000 distance at the Extremadura Regional Cross Country Championships in Badajoz. The course was very dry and undulating and with the air temperature at just 3c (Irish Weather!) Emer led the first 2k only to be pegged back in the closing stages to finish in a very satisfying 3rd place.

Clonliffe men retain National Indoor League title (updated)

The Clonliffe men continued their domination of the National Indoor League with their 3rd win in succession at the NIA Abbotstown today. The win came today from a great team effort by the entire squad. Having topped the standings after both rounds 1 and 2 the guys made sure today with impressive performances throughout the day. Maximum points were scored in 5 of the 11 events: David Donegan in the pole vault 4.10m, Keith Marks in the long jump 7.15m, Marcin Klinzow in the high jump 1.85m, Chris Sibanda in the 200 (22.17) and Dara Kervick 400 (48.50).

With very solid points then contributed (again) by Marcin, this time 3rd in the shot (11.63m), Niall Counihan 2nd in the triple jump (12.97), the 4 x 200 team were also 2nd, Leo Morgan 2nd in the 60 (6.93), Mark McDonald 3rd in the 800 (2.00.04) and young Greg Hosseny 4th in the 1500 (4.19.59) the win was assured. 1st Clonliffe 61 points, 2nd Menapians 52, 3rd Donore 48.

The women`s team put in a spirited display also today with Lean Bergin`s win in the 400 (58.67) providing the high light. Once again Snezana Bechtina demonstrated what club spirit is all about by featuring in a variety of events: 7th in the 200 (26.16), 4th Long Jump (4.78m), 5th Pole Vault (1.50m) and relay as the 4 x 200 team finished 5th (1.47.74). Likewise the younger Harriers put in big efforts with Rapha Diamond-Ebbs in particular 4th in both High Jump (1.50m) and 4th in the shot (7.11m). Alex Lappy was 6th in the 60H (10.89), Emma Kelly 7th in the 60 (8.59), Orna McGinley 5th in the 800 (2.26.09) and Alannah Cooley 6th in the 1500 (5.06.37). The womens eventually finished 7th, but great experience gained that will pay off in the future.

So the first team competition of 2018 and for the men: “Winner all right!”


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