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The Nationals: Bad day at hanging rock!

Yesterday’s National Cross Country Championships at Abbottstown proved to be an exceptionally disappointing day for the Clonliffe Senior Men. This is an event which in recent years has been dominated by the Clonliffe men, who, indeed as recently as 2010 had put together a sequence of a magnificent seven in a row but frankly yesterday that seemed like decades ago.

With a squad hit by withdrawal after withdrawal, regrettably as per last year the Clonliffe challenged had petered out before the race was even one third through its 10,000m distance as a rampant Raheny Shamrocks put the loss of defending champion Mick Clohessy to the back of their minds to take a comfortable win on 42 points, led home in 2nd place by Kevin Dooney as he finished behind Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders).  In the end the Clonliffe men for the second successive year placed out of the medals, in a distant 6th position all of 99 points behind Raheny. The Clonliffe scorers were Stephen Scullion, 11th, James Kevan 37th, Jayme Rossiter 45th, Eoin Pearce 48th.  The other Clonliffe athletes in action were Cathal Doyle 49th, Thomas Sherlock 90th, Sean Doran 115th, Karl Nolan 128th.

Unfortunately there was disappointment also for the Clonliffe Junior Men who had gone into this race with high hopes of successfully defending the title won last year. Although a much stronger performance from the juniors than from the seniors regrettably when the results (finally) were announced the juniors ended up in 3rd place as Galway City Harriers took the honours. The Junior Men’s race was combined with the juvenile U/18 and this lead to some confusion on the results.  As a race, however, it was a tremendous spectacle with a huge field starting off of almost 200 athletes.  The Clonliffe Juniors did indeed put up a very good fight and were led home in 10th place by Adam O’Brien. With Adam then being followed home by Sean O’Leary 17th, Efern Gidey 19th (U/18), Steven Flanagan 28th, Craig Giles 34th (U/18), Daniel Lacey 38th (U/18), Ben Guiden 74th (U/18), Stephen Cashin 101st (U/18), Greg Hosseny 130th and Jordan Byrne (U/18) 154th.

In the U/18 category the scoring quartet of Gidey, Giles, Lacey and Guiden combined to take National team gold.

For the first time in a number of years the club fielded a Junior Women’s team which was a good step forward. The five athletes all performed well, it was a young squad with several of the girls being in the U/18 and indeed U/17 categories.  First home in black and amber in 25th place was Alannah Cooley then Ally Fernandez 46th, Hannah Browne 81st, Tess Loftus 120th and Cliona Cooley 128th.  Final team placings not yet available but the Clonliffe women finished out the medal paying team positions.

Regrettably the club did not field a senior Women’s team or indeed a single athlete.

The other Clonliffe teams competing on the day were the U/16s where the girl’s team put in a very solid performance and will all benefit enormously from the experience. The team were led home after an excellent run in 9th place by Jenna Cid to 6th position in the team standings.  The other scoring three were Sarah Bateson 57th, Abbie Sheehy 59th and Aoife Hession 66th. Solid runs also on the day from Katie Halpin 97th and Vicki McDonnell 104th.

The U/16 boys also put in a good performances to place 5th with the team led home in 25th position by Darragh Carter.  Next in in 49th place was Dermot Buckley, then Callum Simpson 55th, Evan Foster 73rd, Max Kelly 75th and Alex Neuroth 114th.

Overall it must be said it was a disappointing day for Clonliffe Harriers and with no European clubs cross country venture to look forward to its up to the track and field teams (indoor and outdoor) to bring back the good times.

(Above Junior/ U18 Men)

(Above Junior/ U/18 women)

(Above U/16 girls)

Juveniles hit Tullamore for final time

The Juvenile track and season came to an end today in Tullamore with the final day of the Nationals. It was also a final track outing for Sean O`Leary in the juvenile ranks as he moves on now to junior and soon senior…only seems like yesterday that a tall young boy with a GAA back round wandered into the Morton Stadium more concerned with how to be quicker in Division 22 hurling than training to be a runner, and look at him now….going home this evening as the 3d best U/19 1500 athlete in the country, goes to show!

So starting off fittingly on the day that`s in in with the U/19 1500 where Sean O`Leary was 3rd in 4.04.76. In the U/18s after heats in the morning Craig Giles was 4th (4.08.94), he had ran 4.23.38 earlier, Daniel Lacey was 10th 4.22.58, after a 4.16.52 heat. A tired Jordan Byrne ran 4.33.08 in his heat. U/17 Aaron Cullen was also a tired looking athlete today placing 6th in the U/17 (4.14.32). In the U/16s again the Clonliffe lads were tired after a long season Dermot Buckley was 12th (4.34.01) with Daragh Carter 16th (4.42.39).

Girls U/16 Sarah Bateson was 11th in 5.19.51. In the U/15s Alana Fitzsimons was best of the Clonliffe trio 11th in 5.21.23, with Katie Halpin 5.35.43 and Aoife Hession 5.43.88.

In the 200s Sally Sumola took national U/14 bronze with a 27.04, after a 27.53 in her heat. Emma McDonnell was 4th U/15 26.68. There were three Clonliffe girls n this final, Emma was 4th with Holly Roche 7th (27.10) and Alex Toomey 8th (27.36). U/17 where both Rebecca Fitzsimons and Rapha Diamond-Ebbs made the final, 6th Rebecca 26.81 (earlier Rebecca had ran 26.30) and Rapha 7th 27.20, after a 27.19 in her heat. U/18 where Caitlin O`Reilly went out in the heats, with injury in 26.91.

Alexandra Lapiy was 4th in the U/17 Javelin (28.10m)

So the season comes to an end. Thanks to all our athletes for the commitment shown throughout the year, thanks in particular to the coaches and thanks to the parents for your support.


Giles wins National U/18 800 title plus day 2

Day 1 of the National Juvenile Championships yesterday in Tullamore saw Craig Giles successfully defend his 800 National tile. After a 2.01.01 heat he ran a superb 1.56.61 in the final and win the U/18 title.

Daniel Lacey was also in good form taking bronze in the U/18 3000 sc (10.12.92).

The rest of the crew all put in strong performances against the best athletes in the country. Young Jonathan Fitzsimons was 12th in the U/13 600 (1.44.34), in the girls U/15 800 13th Alana Fitzsimons (2.31.92), 14th Katie Halpin (2.33.66), U/16 10th Amy Hodson (2.27.66), U/18 7th Hannah Browne (2.26.81). In the U/15 High Jump Emma McDonnell was joint 5th (1.50M0 and Nicole Lapiy 10th U/14 javelin (21.98).

Day 2 today: Silver for Caitlin O`Reilly in the U/18 100 (12.23), silver also for Justinas Gedvilas U/19 Javelin, and bronze for Jonas Norvaisas U/13 shot in a new pb of 11.19m.

Other great performances in the 3000 where in the U/16 girls Sarah Bateson ran really well in her first national placing 9th in a new pb of 11.25.65. PB also for Daragh Carter U/16 of 9.59.14 and by both athletes in the U/17 Aaron Cullen 9.03.86 for an excellent 4th and Ben Guiden 8th in 9.29.85. U/17 Jordan Byrne was 12th (9.55.54).

Rebecca Fitzsimons also recorded a pb in the U/17 400 of 59.92, to make the final and 61.98 for 8th in the final. Rapha Diamond Ebbs was 5th in her 400 heat (63.04) and Jessica Deideku ran 13.36 in her U/17 100 heat.

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)

U/18 Girls just out of National Medals

There was a battling performance today in Athlone by the U/18 4 x 400 team: Rapha Diamond-Ebbs, Rebecca Fitzsimons, Cliona Cooley and Hannah Browne, in the Nationals. The team placed just out of the medals in 4th place, after a great effort. Considering that the team includes both U/17 athletes and middle distance athletes it was a really good showing by the four.

The U/14 girls did brilliantly well to get through their heat into the final where they placed 8th.

Silver and bronze for Clonliffe at Junior and U/23’s

The National Junior & U/23 track and field took place in Tullamore yesterday. In the Junior championships Adam O`Brien took 5000 silver (15.56.66) and Craig Giles bronze in the 800. Craig ran 2.00.97 in the heats in the morning and 2.03.45 in a tactical final later in the afternoon. While in the 1500 Sean O’Leary was 6th (4.07.77)

In the U/23s again a tactical 1500 saw a last lap burn out with Cathal Doyle flying over the final 200 to grab national bronze (4.14.90). Bronze also for Simon Galligan in the hammer (57.10m). In the 800 Emer Tracey was 6th (2.26.53)

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 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).

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).


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