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Clonliffe`s Red and White army marches on

A good day in ALSAA today for the Clonliffe athletes running in the CBS Rice Cross Country. The St. Aidans guys, in red and white, under the guidance of Alan O`Neill put in great runs showing little after effects from Sunday`s National Cross Country. It was a raw, but dry day, with the underfoot conditions pretty good for ALSAA!

Top Clonliffe performance came in the final race of the day, the U/20 race where Sean O`Leary finished in 2nd place. leading his team to gold, with 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th. The team also included Daniel Lacey and Jordan Byrne.

Callum Simpson continues to impress and was an excellent 3rd place in the U/16 race, combining with fellow Harriers Dermot Buckley, Even Foster and Alex Neuroth to take another team win for the Whitehall outfit.

The St. Aidans U/15 squad also scored well to take team silver (6,8,11,25), whilst both the U/14s and U/17s were just out of the medals both placing 4th. The school`s year now comes to a close, however, no rest for the wicked as the DCU Invitational and then the Cross Country Championships are on the early horizon.

(Pictured St. Aidans U/16s CBS Champions 2017)

Ben places 2nd in Blackrock College Invitational

At this morning`s Blackrock College invitational Cross Country Ben Guiden put in a good showing as he placed 2nd in the senior race over 4,000m leading Belvedere to team victory. In the inter race Daniel Stone also put in a strong performance finishing in 3rd place. This was a very good performance by both athletes particularly after both had raced hard in Sunday`s Dublin U/17 Clonliffe team win.

Clonliffe athletes top marks in Community Schools

The Leinster Community Schools Cross Country took place yesterday. The senior boys race saw a great home straight sprint between Clonliffe U/18 Dublin team gold pairing Craig Giles and Aaron Cullen with Giles taking the glory. In the Intermediate race Max Kelly was a class apart taking gold. In the minor girls race another member of the Cullen family was also in great form as Naoise finished in a fine 2nd place.

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.

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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.


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