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Leinsters: Snezana bags three Golds in Record Times (updated)

The Leinster Track and Field Championships took place in Tullamore on Sunday, June 4th. Snezana Bechtina took up her outdoor season from where she had finished in her indoors: on the winners rostrum. Snezana took all three W35 sprints, and all in new Leinster Championship Records: 100m -12.89, 200m-26.54 and 400m -59.59, to take three golds.

Further in the Masters championships Frances Mansfield was once again in action taking two Golds in the throws: W70 Discus 13.73m and Hammer 14.20m.

Master`s Gold also for David Donegan in the M35 Pole Vault with a 4.40m best.

In the Leinster seniors there was Gold also for Leah Bergin in the senior 400 in 58.41 with Emma Kelly taking bronze in 61.63. Keith Marks won the long jump with a 6.85m jump with Niall Counihan 3rd (6.50m). Niall also took gold in the triple jump (13.75m).

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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)

Leinster Indoors: double Gold for Sibanda, Silver for McGinley, sack of Gold for Slattery

Clonliffe sprinter Chris Sibanda followed up the winning of his first National medals last weekend (60 bronze and 200 silver) by winning gold in both sprint events at the Leinster Indoors Championships in Athlone yesterday.

Despite an unhelpful timetable he powered to 60 gold in 6.98 after a 7.01 heat and in the 200 was once again in superb form a 22.27 heat setting the scene for a championship record of 21.84 in the final.

Orna McGinley continued her comeback to competition and took silver in the 800 in a time of 2.22.00.

In the Leinster Masters Matt Slattery swept the boards and in record times to boot. Matt took all before him in the O/65 category from 60m to 800m, winning gold in the 60, 200 in 28.6 a CR, 400 in 61.83 (confirmed CR) and best of the lot in a national O/65 record of 2.34.5 the 800.

John Hartnett bagged O/40 200 gold. Gold and silver for Ronan Gately in the O/45, with gold in the 60H and long jump silver.

There were other Clonliffe athletes competing, however in the absence of results and information we cannot report. As always please text your name & results to 0879599888. Keep the info flowing!!

Weekend catch up: Slattery takes 4, Jayme PB`s, Sergiu Cork Half record

A busy weekend of athletics, in addition to the All Ireland Schools (see earlier posting) Clonliffe athletes were in action at the Leinster Track and Field, in the UK and on the roads.

The catch up starts at the Leinster Track & Field Championships, first off with the Masters where Matt Slattery cleaned up. In a golden O/60 clean sweep Matt won the 100 in 14.45, the 200 in 29.90, 400 in 64.97 and the 800 in 2.38.06. An equally busy, but only half as successful (!!) day for Ronan Gately winning the O/45 110H (21.03) and 400H (60.88) titles and places 5th in the 100 (13.62) and 5th in the 400 (62.98). Leinster Master`s titles also for Pat Daveron in the O/40 3000sc in 10.29.67 and David Dunwoody O/45 (10.57.97) and bronze for George Maybury in the O/60 800 (2.41.66).

Snezan Bechtina took the Leinster senior 400 title winning in a time of 56.50. Paul Whelan was 4th in the 100 (11.67) and 4th also for Andrii Minhan in the 400 (52.27).

In the Leinster U/23`s Keith Pike was 2nd in the 100 (11.07) with Stuart Roche 8th (11.57).

Also over the weekend Jayme Rossister added another pb to his recent collection, having recently lowered his 3000 sc pb to sub 9. his 5000 time took a battering at the BMC Trafford Meet as Jayme finished 2nd in 14.20.18.

Another man in good form was Sergiu Ciobanu who set a course record in the Cork City half marathon yesterday winning in a time of 67.40.

Finally on the Streets of Dublin yesterday in pretty grim conditions the women`s 10k, mini marathon took place with several Clonliffe ladies in action (names and times by text to 0879599888 please)

Senior Indoor Leinster tiles for McDonald and Rogers

News from today`s Leinster Indoor championships held at Athlone IT is that Mark McDonald has won the 800 title in a time of 1.56. In the pole vault Ian Rogers added yet another title to his growing list winning with a new indoor PB of 4.75m. In the Leinster Masters Indoors there was more success for Clonliffe athletes as Philip O`Doherty won O/50 gold in the 800 and silver in the 1500 and George Maybury won O/60 800 gold.

Also today on the roads, after running the Garda BHAA cross country Sean Doran won the Dunleek 5k in 17.14

Kenneally & MacDiarmada 2nd & 3rd in Leinster Cross Country

Mark Kenneally made a very positive return to competitive racing today in the Clonliffe colours at the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Dunboyne. On a bitterly cold winter`s day the London Olympian and former National Cross Country Champion looked relaxed as he races himself back to full fitness sitting in the top 3 athletes throughout the 10,000 distance. As might have been expected when the pace picked up towards the beginning of the second last lap the big man was hanging on a little, however he rallied well to hold 3rd position in the race, which included the Celtic International U/23s, and finish runner up in the Leinsters  some 10 seconds behind John Eves (DSD). There was also a fine run by Michael MacDiarmada who finished strongest in the field picking up several places over the latter stages of the race and closing fast on his club mate. Michael placing 3rd in the Leinsters, 5th in the race and only 10 seconds off Mark. The 3rd scorer was Tudor Mircea who placed 5th in the Leinster championships and with Thomas Sherlock in 28th the 4th scorer the team placed second behind National Champions DSD on 38 points, 4 off DSD. A good run also today at this level by Conor Keane in 45th.

Mark Kenneally leinsters

Michael MacDiarmada leinsters

Tudor Mircea leinsters

Tom Sherlock Leinsters

Conor Keane

Earlier in the programme there was a very proud Flanagan family witnessing Brian Flanagan`s debut in the green vest of Ireland in the U/20 Celtic Cross Country. Brian had a very good race battling away to finish a fine 14th, and 4th man on the Ireland U/20 team that placed 2nd behind Scotland.

Brian Flanagan Celtics

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Flanagan goes in Green. Men go in Leinsters.

Tomorrow in Dunboyne Clonliffe`s Brian Flanagan will run for Ireland in the junior race in the Celtic Cross Country being held in conjunction with the Leinster Cross Country Championships.

A strong Clonliffe men`s team is entered to compete in the senior men`s race over 10,000m. The team entered is: Michael MacDiarmada, Tudor Mircea, Mark Kenneally, Conor Keane, Colm Rooney and Thomas Sherlock.

Clonliffe athletes take medals at Leinster Indoors

Last weekend saw Clonliffe athletes put in solid shifts in Athlone at the Leinster Indoors. As previously reported Ian Rogers won the senior pole vault, his best on the day was 4.60 putting him over 40cm clear of the field. A very good performance coming on the heels of his Versities win that Friday. Another athlete to show well post Versities was Becky Woods who came down to the 800 for the Leinsters where she placed 2nd in 2.14.76.

The sprinters were also out once again. Paul Whelan ran 7.09 in the 60m, Stuart Roche 7.31 and Ian Kelly 8.17.

In the Leinster Masters Philip O`Doherty prevailed yet again, and yet again on the double. A fine middle distance double in the O/50 1st in the 800(2.15.06) and 1st in the 1500 (4.43.91). George Maybury was 2nd in the O/60 800 in a time of 2.34.89. John Hartnett also took two medals from Athlone in the O/40 sprints 2nd in the 200 in 25.61 and 3rd in the 60m 7.76.

Clonliffe at Leinster Masters Cross Country

At today`s Leinster Masters cross country an incomplete Clonliffe masters team competed in Dunboyne, County Meath in pretty difficult conditions. First Clonliffe man home was recent transferee Declan Fahy in 8th place (21.36), 41st Philip O`Dohert (23.16) and 43rd Davy Byrne (23.30).

Leinster double sprints titles for Paul Whelan

Recent addition to Clonliffe Harriers Paul Whelan has started his Clonliffe career in fine style winning both Leinster sprints titles at the Leinster track and field in Tullamore on Sunday, June 2nd. Paul won the 100 in 11.08 and the 200 in 22.08. Dave Donegan notched up yet another title in winning the pole vault with 4.55m.

Philip O`Doherty won the masters O/50 800 in 2.16.9. George Maybury was 3rd O/55 (2.31.06)

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