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Jonas takes shot gold and Cian 800 silver at National Juvenile Indoors

Top of the Clonliffe class today at day 3 of the National Juvenile Indoors at Athlone IT was Jonas Norvaisas who took the boys U/14 shot title with a massive 12.66, 30cm ahead of second place.

On the track Cian Bolger ran an indoor pb in the 800 heats of the boys U/17 800 of 2.01.91 in a blistering heat 1, for 3rd place. A few hours later Cian went even quicker 2.00.06 and more importantly national silver to go with his 1500 silver won last week. Also in the 800s Hannah Browne ran a pb of 2.25.80 in finishing a fighting 5th place in the U/18 final. Another athlete in pb mode was Naoise Cullen a fine 2.36.18 in her U/14 heat. Our other 800 girls were a little off form today Ella Brown 6th in her U/16 heat, Emma McDonnell 8th and Aoife Hession 8th in their U/15 heats. Jonathan Fitzsimons places 6th in his U/13 800 in 1.44.43.

In the 200s Ciaran Gartland ran well to finish 2nd in his U/18 200 heat (23.46) Rapha Diamond-Ebbs ran 26.29 and Rebecca Fitzsimons 26.35, however the days work for all finished with their heats.


Snezana bags three National Masters titles in Athlone

At the National Masters Indoor Championships at Athlone IT today Snezana Bechtine was the undoubted star of the show as she took all three O/35 sprints titles back to Santry. Snezana won the 60m in 8.09, the 200 in 26.26 and 400 in 58.90. Ciara Peelo was runner up in both the 200 (7.91) and 400 (61.95), both were new PBs for Ciara. Snezana`s 400 and 60m, where National Master`s Indoor records, two of three Clonliffe Master records set on the day.

Marcin Klinzow was equally impressive and in record form as he set a new Irish Master`s O/35 High Jump record of 1.86m, bettering the previous record by a massive 23 cm! For good measure Marcin also won the shot with an 11.60m best.

Gold also for Matt Slattery as he won the O/65 200 in 28.98. Pat Davoren took silver in the O/40 3000 in 9.28.8. Tom Monks was just out of the medals in the O/55 category as he placed 4th (11.36.67).

In the 800 Philip O`Doherty took O/55 silver with a 2.18.92 run, while George Maybury was 3rd in the O/60 race (2.37.64). Fergal O`Shea was 5th in a very competitive O/50 category (2.15.22) a new PB.

Aideen Brady bagged O/35 bronze in the O/35 1500 (5.36.28), and was 7th in the 800 (2.38.23), both new PBs. Finally Ronan Gately, in what is his last outing in the Clonliffe colours took O/45 High Jump silver (1.50m).

Gregan goes out in Euro Semi Final

Brian Gregan having progressed safely through this morning`s 400 heats in Belgrade at the European Indoor Championships bowed out in this evening`s semi final. A second place finish behind championship favourite Pavel Maslak in 47.62 this morning put the Clonliffe man into the semi finals. The journey, however, ended at this stage with a 6th place semi final finish for Brian in 48.08. Maslak was again the race winner in 46.45.

Clonliffe Juniors, Seniors & Masters at Leinster Indoor Championships (final update)

Report by Thomas Frayne: Today`s championships were the first Leinsters in the National Indoor Areana Abbottstown and accordingly drew great numbers of athletes competing in Junior, Senior and Masters. Whilst this meant a long day it was a most rewarding day for the Clonliffe crew.

In the morning session a number of the club`s juvenile athletes (ages U/16 to 18) and juniors took a break from the cross country circuit to run indoors and all performed admirably. The junior boys 1500 saw all three athletes put in very strong runs: Craig Giles with a 4.11.35 run was a very strong 2nd, further back both Ben Guiden and Daniel Stone running as juniors for the first time were very solid finishing 4th (4.26.84)  and 5th (4.27.31). Silver also for Alannah Cooley in the junior girls 1500 after a fine run in 4.58.07, younger sister Cliona battled gamely finishing 8th and will benefit from the experience. Later in the afternoon the 800s took place. Cian Bolger, an U/17 athlete, looked like a seasoned athlete in a bumpy physical race and ran an indoor pb of 2.02.50 in placing 5th. In race 2 Shane Ferris running his first race since last Summer ran a solid 2.05.11 to win with Conor Monahan  further back in the pack (2.17.05). A good experience gainer also for Hannah Browne in the junior women`s 800 finishing in 6th place in 2.31.61.

Finishing off some excellent performances from the club`s junior athletes was a strong performance from Sean Carrig in the Junior Men 3000m winning, at a canter in 9.08, a full half lap ahead of the second placed runner.

Moving on to the Seniors and Masters, there were plenty of indoor PBs and winning performances from a big Clonliffe contingent.

In the ladies O/35 events, an impressive Ciara Peelo secured the 400m-800m (2.30.29) double gold, with Clonliffe track stalwart Snezana Bechtina securing a gold and a silver in the 200m (25.82) and 60m, the 200 performance was particularly impressive as Snezana was almost crossing the finish line whilst the rest of the field were still coming off the top bend!. In the senior Women’s 1,500m Eimear O’Brien was just edged out of a medal meters from the line into 4th (4.43.12), Emer Brennan ran 5.48.88 and later ran 2.48.15 in the 800.

For the men there was gold for Philip O’Doherty in the O/55 800m in his comeback race with a time of 2.20.35, and for a fast finishing Pat Davoren in the O40 3,000m. Silver for this writer in the O/35 1,500m and a tremendous double bronze for an in form Fergal O’Shea, with a big pb of 4.43.91 in the 1,500m, matched with the same in the 800m.

Martin Treacy had a steady run into 6th place in the O/55 1,500 in a race featuring the biggest field of the day with 17 athletes competing.

Our sprinters had a good day too, Leo Margan and Keith Marks had good runs in the 60m heats with Leo topping the charts in the heats while in the womens 200m Ciara McCallion ran 24.97 to top the time charts. Gold also in the seniors for Leah Bergin in the 400 (58.93) with Emer Treacy 4th (64.32), Emer also ran the 800 (2.24.25)

In the field events Keith Marks was in good form winning the senior long jump (6.74m), likewise a win for Niall Counihan in the triple jump (13.91m) and silver in the pole vault for Rolus Olusa (3.70m). Frances Mansfield one again kitted out in the masters shot winning the O/70 with a best of 5.21m.

With all results now in, also Tom Monks took O/55 3000 gold (11.40.47) and George Maybury 2nd O/60 800 (2.39.60)

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.

Brian Gregan selected for European Indoors

Athletics Ireland have this evening announced an 11 strong team to represent Ireland at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on March 3rd-5th. National Indoor and outdoor 400 Champion Brian Gregan, currently ranked number 10 in Europe, has been selected in the 400.  Full team details on


Gregan takes another National title

The Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships were a great success at the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown over the weekend. From a Clonliffe perspective Brian Gregan`s 400 win on Sunday was the highlight of the weekend.

Gregan appears to be hitting top form at just the right time, running his fastest indoor 400 for a couple of years. His win was achieved by an aggressive fast opening lap as he hit the bell with day light between him and club mate Luke Lennon-Ford. Another National title in 46.59. 2rd was Lennon-Ford (47.05).

2nd also for Keith Marks in the long jump with a best of 7.05m, Niall Counihan was 4th in this competition (6.70m). Counihan however took National bronze in the triple jump (14.25m). Also in the field events Marcin Klinzow was 4th in the high jump (1.85m)

Leo Mangan made the final of the 60m with some consistent sprinting throughout the weekend: heat in 7.03, semi in 6.99 and final 7.00 in placing 5th.

Likewise Richie Owens made his final, running 4.02.26 to place 6th in his 1500 heat and in yesterday`s final placing 6th in 3.57.23. A fine run also yesterday in the 3000 by young Cathal Doyle placing 6th in 8.35.75. In Saturday`s women`s 3000 Emer O`Brien was 11th (10.07.85)

On Saturday Ciara McCallion ran 56.69 in het 400 heat but failed to progress to the final. Likewise Emer Treacy with a 2.24.96 800 heat failed to progress and a similar faith for Mark McDonald in his 800 (2.00.27) and for Theo Cruz in his 400 (50.64).

Sibanda sets new club 60 record

Having over looked that Chris Sibanda was also competing in Athlone last night it is with great pleasure that we report that not only was Chris competing but he was rewriting the club record books! In finishing 4th in a World class 60 m heat Chris set a new PB and club record of 6.85.

New Clonliffe Harrier places 3rd in Athlone Grand Prix

400m runner Luke Lennon Ford, who has just joined Clonliffe Harriers, was the club`s only competitor at tonight`s big indoor international in Athlone where he finished 3rd in a time of 47.14. The former GBR 4 x 400 team member, who competed in last Summer`s Morton Games, will don the Clonliffe colours for the first time at this weekend`s Nationals in Abbottstown. Interesting fact: Luke was a bronze medallist at the European U/23 Championships in Ostrava in 2011 behind silver medallist Brian Gregan.

More Indoors action from the Harriers

On the senior front over the weekend a couple of the senior men were in action on the “boards”. Richie Owens ran an 800 indoor pb in the Leinster Championships in Athlone of 1.54.80 in placing 3rd today. While in the USA Aaron Hanlon running the 3000 at the Valentine Invitational in Boston University recorded a time of 8.23.96 in placing 7th, yesterday the 11th.


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