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Macs are the top Sligo Warriors

Brian MacMahon went one better than 2016 today by winning the Sligo Warriors Run in Strandhill, County Sligo.  MacMahon`s mountain running toughness paid off as he left John Travers (Donore) some 10 seconds in arrears at the finish of this really tough 15k multi-terrain affaire. Making it a Clonliffe double was Ireland`s top mountain running female athlete Sarah McCormack.


Aaron Cullen 3rd at Tailteann Games

The Tailteann Inter Provincial Track and Field took place at a newly painted and freshened Morton Stadium today in great weather, although the wind did whip up a bit as the afternoon progressed.

Clonliffe had two athletes competing for Leinster Schools. Aaron Cullen in the 1500 displayed fantastic fighting spirit as he came back from the dead at 200 to go in 4th and slipping back to 5th to rally down the home straight and battle back to bronze in 4.08.65. Likewise Jordan Byrne battled all the way in the tough 1500 SC, an opening lap of 65 seconds by the race winner virtually destroyed the field and left all struggling, Jordan faught all the way to a most commendable 5th place (4.53.82).

Guesting in the long jump was Keith Marks who produced a best of 7.06m.

Now school`s out with A pluses all round

Once again Clonliffe athletes excelled for their schools at today`s All Ireland Track and Field Championships in Tullamore The club`s athletes won 2 gold, 2 silver and a bronze.

Aaron Cullen was excellent in the U/16 mile. He waited and waited until the back straight and then blasted away to win for Portmarnock Community School in a championship record time of 4.31.49. A good run also by Belvedere`s Daniel Stone 8th (4.48.05).

Also in golden form was Daniel Lacey with another superb show of barrier jumping in the inter 1500 sc taking a fine win in the St. Aidans colours in 4.37.29.

Completing a great day for Portmarnock was Craig Giles taking double inter silver: 800 in 1.57.73 and 1500 in 4.15.32.

A special mention of a great servant to St. Aidans CBS Greg Hossenny in his last ever outing in the famous red and white taking senior race walk bronze.

Finally the st. Aidans senior relay 4 x 400 squad were just out of the medals in 4th. The team were 2nd until Finn McManus took a very heavy fall and suffered a serious injury. Get well soon Finn.

Well done one and all. (omissions text 0879599888)

Giles sheer class in Leinster Schools 800

Craig Giles was the start of the show for Clonliffe in Morton Stadium today for day 2 of the Leinster Schools Track and Field. Craig won the inter 800 with a blistering final 200 (1.58.52) and then two hours later lined up for the 1500 and once again unleashed his kick to go from 4th to silver.

Of the rest of the Clonliffe crew today. Sean O`Leary in a slow senior 5000 until the final mile when the pace picked up big time placed 2nd. Rebecca Fitzsimons was 3rd in the inter 300 and later 4th in the 100. 3rd also for Lappi in the inter javelin. 3rd and bronze for Greg Hossenny in the senior 3000 race walk, later Greg was 7th in the 1500.

In the 3000 inter Daniel Lacey was 4th, Jordan Byrne 7th and Ben Guiden 8th. In the inter girls 3000 Tess Loftus was 9th. Mark Kearns progressed to the senior 100 final where he placed 8th and Ciaran Gartland was 4th.

Finalli the the senior 4 x 400 the st. Aidans squad featuring Clonliffe middle distance men Cian Bolger, putting aside his disappointment with his 800, Alex Hogan and Fintan McManus ran superbly to take leinster silver.

Well done to one and all and congratulations to those who have qualified for the Schools All Ireland on June 4th.


Leinster Schools wins for Aaron Cullen and Daniel Lacey

The Leinster School`s Track & Field took place in bright sunshine in Morton Stadium today. Two Clonliffe athletes were crowned Leinster Champions: Aaron Cullen who was superb in winning the U/16 mile and a majestic Daniel Lacey in the inter 1500 SC.

Daniel Lacey took his title with a brilliant display of barrier jumping, smooth throughout and with a majestic run was a worthy champion in an excellent 4.38.21.. Jordan Byrne was somewhat disappointed with his run in 7th place. In the U/16 mile Aaron bided his time only hitting the front at the bell and with a blistering final 400 finished well clear recording a time of 4.42.11. The other Clonliffe lads put in strong runs Daniel Stone was unlucky to be run out of an All Ireland finals place loosing out in a photo finish, 5th place, and only a fraction of a second off 3rd place. There was a fighting display also by Ian McElweney placing around 8th.

Also competing today was Holly Roche 4th in the junior 200, Max Kelly was 4th in the minor 1100, Emma McDonnell 6th in the minor 800 and Sarah Bateson 9th in the junior 1500.

Day 2 is Saturday also in Morton.

The Mauritian Express named St. Aidan`s Athlete of the Year

At last night`s annual St. Aidan`s CBS Awards Night, held in St. Aidans, Whitehall Greg Hossenny was named the school`s Athlete of the Year. Greg was presented with the Bro. Clarke Memorial Trophy by Clonliffe`s Caroline Tuite on behalf of the club who are long time sponsors of this award. Also nominated were the Mauritian Express` fellow Clonliffe men Sean O`Leary, Daniel Lacey  and Joseph Hession.


Leinster Schools Qualifiers continued (updated to Thursday)

Day 1 of the East Leinsters took place in Morton Stadium on Tuesday. Clonliffe athletes in action in the battle for places in the Leinster track and field finals included Ian McElweaney who placed 3rd in the U/16 mile and book his place. Thomas Baltazer was 6th. Seamus Farrell placed 4th in the inter 1500, Tess Loftus was 6th in the inter girls 1500. In the sprints Mark Kearns also got through to the Leinsters placing 2nd in the inter 100 and success also for Ciaran Gartland as he likewise placed 2nd in the senior 400.

Wednesday and a sun drenched day in Morton Stadium for day 2 of the North Leinsters. Emma McDonnell once again was in winning form as see took the minor 800, with Ella Cooley 7th. In the junior 800 Katie Halpin was 4th, Sarah Bateson 5th and Aoife Hession 7th. Amy Hodson, still on the comeback trail, had a good run in the inter 800 finishing 4th, with Cara Curran Beggs 12th and Rosie 17th. Then in the senior 800 the Cooley girls: Alannah 4th and Cliona 6th.

In the sprints Holly Roche won the junior 200. Kirsten O`Grady Hogan was 4th. In the inter 200, great Clonliffe representation: Rebecca Fitzsimons 2nd, Rapha Diamond-Ebbs 3rd and Jessica Dedeku 4th.

Daragh Carter was 2nd in the junior boys 800. Race of the day was the inter 800, with a dramatic finish, as Craig Giles got tangled up and hit the track on the home straight, but still managed to get through in 3rd place, Cian Bolger benefited and placed 2nd, a good run also in 5th from Jack Horan. Fintan McManus was 6th in the senior 800.

In the distance races Daniel Lacey was 2nd in the inter 3000 with Jordan Byrne 3rd. Sean O`Leary was a class apart in the senior 5000 taking a very comfortable win.

The final qualifier was the East Leinsters Day 2, today, Thursday. Not many Harriers about! Tess Loftus running her first ever 3000 was 3rd in the inter girls race and progresses to the Leinster finals. Ella Brown put in a battling display in the inter 800 placing 4th, but will have another year in inters.

So some fine performances over the course of the week. Time to knuckle down now for a couple of weeks hard training as the Leinsters will be here on May 17th and 20th.

A raw day for North Leinster athletes

A cold raw day in Santry can only mean one thing: the start of the track season! Today`s North Leinster Schools made for a bitterly cold experience for the athletes and spectators. The Clonliffe crew were out in force and made light of the conditions all putting in 100% in their school colours.

Highlights included in the sprints a fine win for Rebecca Fitzsimons in the inter girls 300. Whilst in the shorter sprints Rapha Diamond-Ebbs was 3rd in the inter 100 with Jessica Dedeku 6th. Also running was Cara Curran-Beggs in the junior 300.

In the junior 100 final Holly Roche was in that unlucky 4th place with Kirsten O`Grady Hogan chasing her hard in 6th.

Cian Bolger came down in distance to run the 400 inter, he cantered around the semis in 56 seconds aprox. Cian ran 54.4 in the final to take bronze.

In the middle distance races Max Kelly was 2nd in the inter boys 1,100, while Aaron Cullen was in excellent form taking gold in the U/16 mile. Daragh Carter endured a tough race in the junior 1500 with the race leader setting a scorching 65 second opening lap, Daragh needless to say tired over the closing lap but held on to take 3rd place. Dermot Buckley was 7th in this race (a starting field of aprox 25 no less!) Dermo also took in the High Jump, placing 6th and had a 100m sprint from his final jump to the 1500 start line!. Craig Giles ran circa 4.24 for 2nd place in the inter 1500 after a 75 second opener, but a flying final 400!

Performance of the day came from Greg Hossenny in the senior 1500, without a doubt his best ever track race, beating team mate Sean O`Leary into 3rd on the final 50m, Greg taking 2nd and both recording pb`s 4.08.2 and 4.09.3. Later for good measure Greg won the race walk.

Another athlete to shine today was Sarah Bateson in the junior 1500 a very gutsy run to 2nd saw her also pb with a 5.09.7 run. Alana Fitzsimons also ran strongly in this race placing 5th. Aimee Warren found it tough going in the inter race placing well down in 8th place.

Over the jumps in the inter 1500 steeple both Daniel Lacy and Jordan Byrne lined up and both ran very well indeed Daniel 1st (4.41) with Jordan 2nd (4.46).

Finally in the minor girls relay, with 50% of the team being Clonliffe athletes, Ella Cooley and Emma McDonnell battled through semis and then excelled in the final to bag team gold.

Day 2 of the Norths is next Wednesday with the East Leinsters on Tuesday and Thursday.

Leinster Schools Qualifiers get Track & Field season underway

The outdoor season is here! This week saw the first of the Leinster schools regions, the West Leinsters, kick off the season, at stake places in the Leinster Finals on May 17th and 20th. There was a sprinkling of Clonliffe athletes competing on Monday and today. On Monday Daniel Stone took his first race win, the U/16 mile and Alexandra Lopiy also won the inter girls javelin (26.08). Today, also in Morton Stadium Ben Guiden had a maiden win in the inter 3000 (9.54), Shane Ferris was 3rd in the senior 800 (2.02) and Justinas Gerdvillis won the senior javelin with a 49.20 best. All progress to the Leinster finals.

The North Leinsters take place on April 26th and 28th and the East on May 2nd and 4th, all in Morton Stadium.

Fingal looking for help with Primary schools XC event in Santry

Bart Rogers: Fingal CC cross country finals will be held in Morton Stadium on Tuesday 4th April from 10am to 1.30pm and are looking for help from anyone from the club who would be so kind as to give a few hours to help. Young athletics from more than 40 primary schools in the Fingal area will be taking part. There will be races on the track and in Santry Demesne during the day which will have some 1600 young people taking part.

If you are available to help from 9.30am to 1.30 pm Niall McGuirk from Fingal CC would be very happy to hear from you and he can be contacted at 0871206431 or e-mail him at  Anytime given will be of great help as you are helping young people to get a taste of athletics in the National Stadium. Many thanks in anticipation of your help.

Bart Rogers                                               “


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