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All four relay teams medal in Irishtown

The even age Dublin Relays took place in Irishtown this evening. A fantastic team effort from the four Clonliffe teams in action saw all medal. The race of the evening was the U/18 girls 4 x 400 where the Clonliffe girls, Rapha, Rebecca, Cliona and Hannah were just superb and in a three way battle for the line lost out on the dip finish to DSD but took silver.

Silver was also won by the U/14 girls team of Sally, Hollie,  Naoisa and Orla in the 4 x 100 having battled through the heats and then were again excellent in the final.

Likewise the U/14 4 x 100 boys faced heats and then another great effort in the final by James, Jonas, Jonathan and Ronan saw them take bronze.

Bronze also for the U/16 girls 4 x 100 team of Cara, Sarah, Vicky and Amy (all middle distance athletes) after a fantastic battle particularly from Amy going from 5th to 3rd on the final leg.

Clonliffe U/15 girls win Dublin 4 x 100

The Dublin Juvenile Championships moved onto the relays (uneven ages) last night in Morton Stadium. Once again there was very good Clonliffe representation with lot of teams competing. Two of the teams excelled last night: the U/15 girls team of Emma McDonnell, Holly Roche, Kristin Mc Cready Hogan, and Katie Halpin winning 4 x 100 gold and the U/13 boys (Jonathan Fitzsimons, Cian O`Hare, Kahrl Balero and Oran Redmond) took 4 x 100 silver.

The final day of the Dublins is next Friday, the even age relays in Tallaght.

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.


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.


Juvenile athletes do club proud home and away (updated)

The Clonliffe juvenile athletes did themselves and club proud on Saturday at the National Indoor Relays and at Schools International XC.

Starting off in Athlone where the U/15 girls squad of Kristen McGrath Hogan, Holly Roche, Katie Halpin, Emma McDonnell and Alana Fitzsimons took superb national silver in the 4 x 200 relay. The other two teams also put in solid performances, the U/14 girls 4 x 200 were 4th in their heat and U/14 boys 5th in theirs.

Meanwhile proudly wearing the Irish green vest in Wales (and not a dirty tackle in sight) was Daragh Carter in the Schools International Cross Country junior boys race. On a very tough course and racing over a significantly longer distance than usual Daragh stuck manfully to his task with a solid run finishing in 32nd as the Irish team took silver. A great experience for Daragh to bring the curtain down on what was a break through cross country season for him.

Day 2, Sunday, of National Juveniles Indoors, with the sun shining outside, saw some of the club`s middles distance athletes in action. First in was Dermot Buckley in the U/16 1500 final, after a very fast opening two laps Dermot found himself in the second group but put in a solid run placing 9th in 4.36.68. Next in two of the U/17 squad, both drawn in heat 2. In this one Cian Bolger ran a very mature race at the head of the pack finishing 2nd (4.29.92) and will go in the final later this afternoon. Ben Guiden had what`s well described as an “up and down race” and was disappointed not to make the final after getting badly boxed in, more than once, to finish 7th (4.33.49). Likewise Cliona Cooley was disappointed with her race in the U/18 1500 finishing well short of her best down in 12th.

A magnificent silver for Cian Bolger in this evenings U/17 1500 final. In a tight finish Cian recorded a time of 4.17.96 as the first four finished with a second and a quarter of one another. Cian`s silver was one of three today as Emma McDonnell was 2nd in the U/15 high jump (1.55m) and Sally Somula 2nd U/14 60m in 8.20, having ran 8.30 in her heat.

(thanks to Darren Bolger for photos)

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 Juvenile Championships Abbottstown this weekend

The Clonliffe juvenile athletes will be taking part in the Dublin Indoor Championships this coming weekend. For the first time this will be a true indoor championship with the event being held at the superb national indoor arena in Abbottstown.

This is a three day championship which will start tomorrow evening with the relays and continue throughout Saturday and Sunday.

There are some important points which the club would like to draw parents and athletes attention to concerning these championships:

There is a huge entry over the course of the three days – the organisers will do their best but there will without a doubt be overruns on scheduling and the patience of all concerned would be appreciated.

If at all possible the organisers have requested that people carpool.

There is an admission fee to these championships of €5.00 per day or €10.00 for the weekend. This is to assist the Dublin Athletic Board with the substantial cost of hiring the arena for these championships.

The only people allowed on the track and in field are the athletes themselves.

The warmup area will be strictly controlled and athletes are requested not to use the warmup area until the organisers declare the warmup area open for a particular event/age group.

The maximum length of spikes is 5mm. Athletes please also ensure that your spikes are clean after the cross country season.

As this is a championship event Clonliffe athletes must wear their club vest.

It is expected to be a long day – heats of certain events will take place in the morning with the finals later in the afternoon/early evening. Please bear this in mind and bring sufficient food and drinks for the day.  On the subject of drinks the air inside the arena is dry and it will be warm.  Please bring lots of drinks for the day.

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