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Weekend round up

Whilst eyes were on Birmingham there was plenty of action on the this weekend. Gary O’Hanlon was 1st in today’s Clougherhead 10k in 31.00 with Sean Doran 4th 34.44.

On the Streets of Edinburgh James Dunne ran the marathon in 3.13.58 and Ollie Power 3.30.45 today.

Yesterday David Brady was 3rd in the Glendalough Half Marathon 1.24.47. Maurice mcCrohan was 2nd in the Sandymount Beach 5k.

Also young Emma Mcdonnell took silver U/16 in Santry at the National Combined Events with Blasé Carroll 4th. In the u/15s Jonas Nyberg was 5th.


Clonliffe return empty handed from Road Relays

The National Road Relays took place in breezy but pleasant conditions in Raheny this afternoon. The Clonliffe teams, however, left the Lion`s Den empty handed once again with no medals to show for some fairly solid performances.

Although the senior men placed 5th they were somewhat more competitive than in recent years, with solid run by Ian Guiden on the opening 2 mile, Adam O`Brien 1 mile, Colm Rooney 3 mile and Richie Owens 2 mile. The race was once again taken by Raheny with a great last leg from Conor Dooney to get the host club back from 2nd to 1st.

The B team of Joseph Keane, Sean Carrig, Thomas Sherlock and Alex Gibbons did well with Sean Carrig in particular putting in a fine mile leg.

The senior women, Orna McGinley, Alannah Cooley and Aisling Andrews again were solid and although never feature at the sharp end will take consolation from good runs by the three athletes. At the front the championship was taken by a fine DSD squad.

It was also good to see a Master women`s team put in a good showing: Siobhan Devaney, Emma Cooper, Elaine McLoughlin.

Teams for National Road Relays

Sunday will see Clonliffe enter the Lion`s Den! The National Road Relays are once again hosted by Raheny Shamrocks in Raheny Village on the now traditional Mile loop. The senior women run 1 x 2 x 1 and senior men: 2 x 1 x 3 x 2.

The senior women`s team is: Orna McGinley, Alannah Cooley, Aisling Andrews.

Senior men: A – Colm Rooney, Ian Guiden, Richie Owens, Adam O`Brien. B – Thomas Sherlock, Sean Doran, Sean Carrig, Joseph Keane. C – Alex Gibbons, Jack Maughan, Stephen Cashin, Greg Hossenny.

Master Women W35: Siobhan Devaney, Emma Cooper, Elaine McLoughlin.

Good luck to all and in particular Orna in her first outing as ladies captain. Timetable click: Road_Relays_Timetable_2018

Silver & Bronze at National Indoors

Keith Marks won silver in the long jump at this weekend`s National Indoors at the NIA, Abbotstown. With a 7.20m effort he not only took silver behind Adam McMullen (Crusaders) but added 4 cms to his own matter of week`s old club record.

In the 60m it was a great sight to see three Clonliffe vests on the start line of today`s final: Leo Morgan, National 100 champion Jeremy Phillips and Keith Pike, after battling through heats and semis. Leo finished top Clonliffe man in bronze and also set a new club record, breaking his own record from last weekend`s IUAA Championships, setting a new mark of 6.82, following a 6.97 heat and 6.90 semi. Jeremy was 5th in 6.87 (heat 6.87 and semi 6.90) and Keith 7th, 6.97 (heat 7.00, semi 6.99).

Bronze also for Eoin Pierce in the 1500. After a tactical race with a last lap burn out, Eoin placed 3rd in 4.10.33, in yesterday`s heat he ran 3.58.71. Richie Owens also made the final placing 8th (4.15.55, his heat yesterday was 4.04.60).

Mark McDonald also battled his way into today`s 800 final, having ran just over two minutes yesterday was 6th today in 1.59.53.

Other Clonliffe: 60H 5th Rolus Olusa (7.16), 3000 12th Eoin Taggart (9.07.06), 1500 11th Greta Streimikyte (4.46.66), Pole Vault 4th Dave Donegan (4.10m), High Jump 4th Marcin Klinzow (1.85m), 200 heats Isreal Ibeanu 23.22, Diana Markin 29.91.

Also racing on the track this weekend was Emer Treacy in Spain, (outdoors) in the 800m final of the Extremadura Winter Championships in Caceres yesterday evening running a fine race to finish 2nd in 2.26.

Irish title & Record for Gary O`Hanlon

Gary O`Hanlon has gotten his 2018 season off to a flying record breaking start. The National Marathon Champion regained the National 50k Championship in Donadea, Co. Kildare today. Having previously won the race in 2014 and 2016 (clearly Gary likes even years) he was destined to do so again today running a new Irish record of 2.54.40, and clipping some two minutes off the previous Irish record, held by Gary.

Top Marks all round for Keith at National U/23

It was a memorable afternoon for Clonliffe`s Keith Marks in AIT Athlone today at the National U/23 Indoor Championships. Keith retained the National U/23 Long Jump title with a best of 7.16m, this was over 20 cms better than his winning jump in last year`s championships. In a fine sequence of long jumping Keith put in three 7 meter plus jumps. His winning jump was also a new club indoor record, Keith bettering his 2017 record by some 4 cm.

The National Junior Indoor Championships was also at AIT Athlone today where Craig Giles was 5th (4.16.51) in a tactical 1500.

Also today Aaron Hanlon competing for Providence College was 8th in the 5000 at the BU Terrier Invitational in Boston recording a time of 14.32.59.

U/19s take National Gold, U/17s Bronze

The National Juvenile (uneven ages) and Novice cross country championships took place in Waterford IT today. To say it was a tough course is an understatement…it was brutal. The course started uphill and then turned sharply into a steep hill that would have a cart horse breathless, a bit of respite then for 100m before a 500m long long uphill drag. Oh and there was ankle deep mud.

Despite all of this the Clonliffe teams put in magnificent brave performances, from young Jonathan Fitzsimons, the sole U/13 Harrier in 83rd place, right through the U/17s and then the golden boys, the U/19s.

The U/17s put in a spirited fight, despite loosing illness victim Daragh Carter in the days leading up, lead brilliantly by Aaron Cullen 11th, Daniel Stone 16th, Ben Guiden 25th, and Ian McAweeney, who hit the ground hard 100m from home, but still took 58th and Dermot Buckley 100th. The team took an excellent bronze in an unbelievably tight finish: KCH 108 points, St. Malachys 109 and Clonliffe 110! (Aaron and Ben both picked up inter county gold for Dublin)

The U/19s completely justified their favourites tag by destroying the opposition. Winning by an extraordinary 77 points: 44 to 121! Eferon Gidey continues to impress with a great race placing 2nd, Sean O`Leary holding his 5th place over the final 400 and then Craig Giles with the most gutsy run by an 800 specialist and Daniel Lacey taking 2 places in the final 100. (All four also scored on the Dublin inter county team taking gold) These four were backed up well by Stephen Cashin 38th and Jordan Byrne 41st.

Thus the club juvenile season came to a conclusion: boys U/17 bronze (2 points off gold), U/18 gold and U/19 gold….the future looks bright!

On then to the novice championships where full teams were fielded. The women`s team placing 12th: 65th Siobhan Deveney, 72nd Maura Matthews, 75th Claire Roche, 89th Yvonne McDonagh, 103rd Aisling Andrews. The men were lead home by Adam O`Brien in 20th, Adam picking up inter county gold for Dublin, then: 81st Michael Cassidy, 98th Patrick Hayes, 110th Sean Doran, 144th Alex Gibbons, 153rd Greg Hosseny, 186th Dave O`Regan.

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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.


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