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Snezana conquers all at National Masters

Snezana Bechtina entered four events at the National Masters in Tullamore today. The result: four W35 National titles! The clean sweep came in the sprints and long jump. In the 100 she clocked a time of 13.06, 200 25.93 and 400 58.77 to take three track golds and with a best in the long jump of 4.74m added that gold to her collection. A superb performance.

Matt Slattery also took gold winning M65 200 (29.24).

George Maybury was 3rd in the M60 1500 (2.45.90). Ciara Peelo in W35 was just out of the medals finishing 4th in the 400 (62.35) and 4th also in the 800 (2.24.22). Fergal O`Shea also competed well today 6th in M50 800 in 2.18.34 and 7th in the 1500 (4.59.02)

Snezana silvers yet again in record time

In Daegu yesterday at the World Masters Indoors Snezana Bechtina took silver for the second time at these championships as she added W35 400 to her 200 silver. Once again Snezana was in recording braking form as she shattered her National Masters record set in the Nationals a couple of weeks back by almost two seconds a stunning 56.99.

For two events: two silvers and two National records. An impressive return by any standards!


Snezana silvers at World Masters Indoors

Snezana Bechtina this morning won World Indoor W35 200 silver won in Daegu, Korea in a new National Master`s record of 25.75, running even faster than the existing new record set by her in the heats two days ago. Snezana had won Tuesday`s heat in 25.92, the second fastest of the day. This bring her indoor season to a wonderful conclusion. She has been completely dominant on the indoor circuit in Ireland in 2017 having won the National 60, 200 and 400 titles, the 60 and 400 being National Masters records and now as a result of her superb runs in Daegu holds all three National Masters records.

Sign up for DCU research on Master athletes and healthy ageing

DCU researchers are conducting research on master athletes and healthy ageing. DCU are looking to recruit 30 male athletes age 50+ including endurance trained athletes (middle and long distance runners) and power trained athletes (sprinters, jumpers, throwers). Any club member interested contact John Kenny, School of Health and Human Performance, DCU for full information and details. See flyer below:
Please note that this research programme in entirely run by DCU and in respect of which Clonliffe Harriers has no involvement or endorsement.

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).

Clonlilffe at National Masters XC

First report from the club`s newest reporter, Mick Bermingham:  The going was really tough on an equally tough course for the Masters National xc today at WIT,  Waterford…really good performance by the girls team finishing 6th and no bad going either by the men finishing 14th…
Women:  Ailish Malone 16th, Emma Cooper 21st,  Kerri Page 55th,  Ciara Peelo 63rd, Tara Whyte 68th, &  Karen McAffe.  Women’s team 6th.
Men: Dermot Faughan 85th, Matt McGuiness 92nd, Richie Mannion 117th, Niall Gorman 156th,  Stephen Treacy,  Shane Rooney, Mick Bermingham , Alan Worrall,
Team 14th
Big thanks to Stephen & the whole Treacy family for providing the marquee and the homemade protein squares…Thanks also to Emer Brennan for coming along to support the teams and of course Pam & Eugene for their encouragement.

Master’s teams for Nationals in Waterford

The National Masters Cross Country Championships takes place this Sunday February 12th at Waterford IT with a fairly strong looking women’s team and also a strong men’s team.  There is a coach leaving the Clonliffe clubhouse at 9.45 sharp.

Women: Maura Matthews, Ailish Malone, Emma Cooper, Kerri Page, Ciara Peelo, Tara Whyte, Karen McAffe.

Men: Alan Worrell, Richie Mannion, Stephen Treacy, Shane Rooney, Mick Bermingham, Ollie Power, Niall Gorman, Thomas Frayne, Dermot Faughnan, Matthew McGuinness and Pat Bonass (O/70).

Snezana wins National Masters Indoors Combined title

The Irish Life Health Indoor Masters Combined Events took place in Athlone IT today. Clonliffe`s Snezana Bechtina took the National O/35 title with a total of 2,832 points. Snezana`s performances over all events were: 60 H 10.83, High Jump 1.39m, Shot 7.94m, Long Jump 4.78m and 800 2.34.28.

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 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.

Teams for Dublin Master`s XC Championships

There are big numbers competing in the black and amber of Clonliffe for Sunday`s Dublin Master`s Cross Country in St. Anne`s, Raheny. There are full men`s teams entered in O/35, 40, 45 and 55 with a total of 27 men and 22 women with full O/35 and O/40 teams. The full Clonliffe entry is:

Men`s teams:


  1. Shane Casey
  2. Clive Ahern
  3. Richard Mannion
  4. Ollie Power


  1. Shane Rooney O/40
  2. Trevor Wisdom
  3. Murray Ahern
  4. Paul O’Loughlan
  5. Stephen Treacy
  6. Jason Blake
  7. Mick Gleeson


  1. Alan Worrall O/45
  2. Richard Barr
  3. Colm McDonnell
  4. Declan Grant


  1. Niall Markey 0/50
  2. Kevin Dowling
  3. Alan Hughes


  1. Tom Monks 0/55
  2. Colm Doran
  3. Philip O’Doherty
  4. Martin Treacy


  1. Declan Murray 0/60
  2. Pat Devitt


  1. Matt Slattery 0/65
  2. Pat Bonass 0/70
  3. Jim Bennett 0/75

Women`s teams:

  1. Ailish Malone             0/35
  2. Kerri Page            
  3. Emma Harding
  4. Ciara Peelo            
  5. Melissa Curran
  6. Aideen Brady
  7. Clodagh Morriarty
  8. Karen McAffee


  1. Laura Kearnan 0/40
  2. Brid Beausang
  3. Yvonne McDonaugh            
  4. Orla Deighan
  5. Maura Matthews
  6. Emma Cooper
  7. Joanne McCabe
  8. Catherine Dempsey


  1. Aimee Ahern 0/45
  2. Anna Kavanagh
  3. Aine McCann


  1. Evelyn Brennan O/50
  2. Anne Lyons
  3. Sue Kelly


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