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Adam O`Brien to represent Irish Universities

Congratulations are due to Clonliffe junior Adam O`Brien on his call up for the Irish Universities in their representative International match again the Scottish Universities on Saturday in Morton Stadium. Adam will run for the Irish Universities team in the 5000.

Clonliffe men win Dublin Road Novice plus weekend round up

The Clonliffe novice men on Sunday morning won the Dublin 5K Road Novice Championship held in Tallaght. The Novice is incorporated in the Tallaght 5k. With two in the top three of the novice it was a pretty solid win. Conor Keane lead the team home in 2nd, 6th overall (16.39), 3rd in the novice and 8th overall was Alex Gibbons (16.44), 9th Dave Brady (16.48) and 11th Thomas Ward (16.52), for a points total of 25. Jack Maughan was just out of the scoring 4 in 12th place (17.12)

(Pictured: 2017 Dublin Novice 5k Road Champions)

Also on Sunday Robert Reid, who has just rejoined Clonliffe after more than a few years away from the club, was 15th in the Boyne 10k in 37.56.

Meanwhile Liam Roarty place 6th in the 1500 heats at Saturday`s BUC Championship in 4.22.97. On bank holiday Monday Liam was 3rd in a 3000m at the Brewer Games, Cheltenham in a pb of 9.22.00.

Also today, bank holiday Monday Declan Power was 3rd in the Leinster 5k Novice and Masters Road Championships in Kilkenny and 1st master O/45 in 19.19. Back acrss the water Jayme Rossister was 4th in the BUC 3000 sc in 9.08.16.

Round up: Sergiu 3rd in National 10k, Varsities T & F, plus more

The National 10k Road Championships was held in the Phoenix Park today incorporated into the Great Ireland Run where Sergiu Ciobanu placed 4th and 3rd in the National in 30.20. Sergiu had warmed up by winning the Youghal Emer Casey 5k on Thursday night in 14.54. In the O/45 National 10k Declan Power took gold (33.10) and Pat Davoren bronze (34.42). On the team front with David Mansfield in 16th place (32.17) the team took silver behind Raheny.

The only Clonliffe result to hand from yesterday`s BHAA 4 Mile in St. Annes is Maurice McCrohan 25.29. Also yesterday in England Liam Roarty ran the National 12-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield clocking 29:30 for the 5.38 mile course.

(Liam Roarty in English National 12 stage Relay)

On Friday and Saturday the IUAA Championships took place at Cork IT, with some very good Clonliffe performances. Busiest of the crew was Luke Mangan in the throws, winning the Weight for distance 9.66, and bronze medals in the shot (13.53) and Discus (36.73). Also medalling was Denis Byrne 2nd in the women`s javelin (36.05). Rolus Olusa was 4th in the javelin (46.85) and ran the fastest 110H of the day (15.81) in the semis and then 16.32 in the final to place 4th. In the sprints Pierce Friel ran 11.97 in his heat, 11.77 in his semi to make the final but was a DNS. Keith Pike ran 11.36 in his heat and 11.34 in his semi but failed to progress. He then ran 23.52 in the 200 heats but DNS the semi. In the 5,000 Adam O`Brien had a fine run to 5th place in 15.34.61 with Eoin Taggart 7th (15.42.63). Eoin McCullough was 9th in the 10,000 (35.10.30) and Emer Treacy was knocked out in the 800 heats (2.34.65).

National 12-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield clocking 29:30 for the 5.38 mile course. Missed from last weekend`s results was Rory Gunning 2nd in the Javelin in the Spring Throws in Athlone 59.94m. Also missed was Brian Flanagan`s 3000SC first race for McNeese placing 2nd in 9.44.23.

(Brian Flanagan, 9.44.23 3000 SC for McNeese)


A Letter from America arrives!

Sorry its been a while, here is a quick update. Made an attempted comeback after my achilles tendonitis in Jan/Feb after two good sessions here last week (first two of 2017). Travelled to the Victor Lopez innovational in Houston Texas last Friday night to run my first ever 5000m on a track. Weather was forecast for a pretty serious thunderstorm at the time of my race. Thankfully it stayed in the Gulf long enough for us to run the race but that was about the only thing that went in our favor that night. (Temp during hovered around 26 degrees with near 100% humidity @ 9pm)
Finished 18th in an absolute Moshpit of a race (43 starters on a single line – they combined 3 heats at the last minute for fear of lightening strikes forecast for the next hour).
Wasn’t in as good a shape as I thought I was, ended up much slower then my times in sessions had projected. Time was 15:44 in the end. (official results attached)
Coach was pretty happy, I was very far from pleased.
However Rome wasn’t built in a day and I will live to fight another day. Great experience and its something to build on. I’ll keep you updated as I have more races planned for the next 2 months.
Until then all the best,
Nil D
Brian Flanagan.

Weekend Round up: Irish Varsities XC, and more

The IUAA Cross Country Championships over 8,000m took place in Abbottstown on Saturday. After the week long rain it was muddy, and the course is tough, so not a day for the faint hearted! First Clonliffe athlete was Eoin Taggart (UCD) in 11th (23.14) with Adam O`Brien (DCU) on his heels, 12th (23.26). Not far of this pair in 26th was Eoin McCullough (TCD) 24.18 with Alex Gibbons (DCU) 46th in 25.11. DCU took the team title.

Also on the roads, National 50k Champion, Brian MacMahon won the Clane 10k in 33.24. In Carlinford the annual Half Marathon took place with Dave Brady finishing 8th in 78.17 and National Intermediate XC hero Karl Nolan 12th (80.02).

Across the water Liam Roarty ran for Cheltenham Harriers in the Gloucester Road Relays in Haresfield clocking a time of 16.28 for his 5k leg as Cheltenham finished in 3rd place.

On Sunday Sean Doran finished 2nd in the Harristown 10k in 34.40. Sean having been a full 60 seconds behind the leader at 5k closed the gap over the second half of the race, winning the “King of the Mountains” title in the process, and closed to within a single second on the line!

Varsities Indoor titles for Sibanda, Marks, Heney and Mangan

The Irish Varsities Indoor Championships took place at Athlone IT on Friday kicking off a busy weekend of athletics. Clonliffe athletes took four titles. Chris Sibanda was 1st in the 60m 6.91, with Leo Morgan 2nd on the same time. Chris later took bronze in the 200 (21.75). Also taking in the sprints was Pierce Friel who ran 7.40 in his heat. Over the 400 Dara Kervick who his heat in 50.35 to qualify for the final but was a DNS. Leah Bergin ran 59.11 in her heat.

In the field events Keith Marks took the long jump with a 6.98m jump. Andrew Heney with a 1.95m won the high jump and Luke Mangan won the 16 weight for distance (9.68m) and was 5th in the shot (12.71m).

Finally back on the track in the 3000 Eoin Taggart recorded 9.06.50 8th overall and Eoin McCullough 9.11.70, 10th overall.


Greta runs Rio 1500 A standard at Versities

At yesterday`s Irish Versities Championships Greta Streimikyte ran a new 1500 pb of 4.56.37 and more importantly the A standard for the Rio Paralympics. This was an outstanding run by Greta, who last weekend won the 1500 at the IPC Grand Prix Meet in Italy, and today took a huge chunk off her pb to grab the A standard for Rio.

Greta Rio

More from Versities: Ian Rogers took the pole vault title with a 4.40m effort. In the sprints Chris Sibanda took double bronze, first off in the 100 in 10.81 and then in the 200 with a 21.77 run. Bronze also for Simon Galligan in the hammer (58.33), while Keith Pike was 5th in the 100 (10.93).

Denise Byrne also medalled, bronze in the javelin (34.31m). Other Clonliffe ladies included Leah Bergin running a fast semi in the 400 of 59.94, and although making the final clearly had a problem and is recorded as a DNF, likewise Sophie Ellis ran 60.95 to qualify for the final but DNS. Emer Treacy qualified for the 800 final after a 2.26.80 run in her heat and then placed 5th in the final (2.24.97).

Another Heney High Jump win at IUAA C`ships

There was a good Clonliffe presence in Athlone yesterday (Friday the 12th) for the Irish Universities Indoor Championships with two wins taken by the club`s athletes. Andrew Heney continued his recent winning ways with yet another win in the High Jump with a 2.00m clearance and Antonia Garcia Fernandez won the 60 hurdles in a new IUAA record of 8.13.

Timmy Crowe was 2nd in the 400 in 48.21. There was a rare defeat for Ian Rogers in the pole vault, Ian placing 2nd with a 4.40m best. Keith Pike was 3rd in the 60m (6.92).

Jayme goes sub nine in BUC 3000 steeple

Jayme Rossister had a big break through in the 3,000 sc at the British Universities Championships in Bedford today as a ducked under nine minutes for the first time. Jayme recorded a time of 8.59.83 to take a fine 3rd place and BUC bronze. On Saturday he comfortably qualified for today`s final placing 3rd in his semi in 9.32.69.

BUC c`ships

Rossister takes Versities 3,000 steeple chase title

On Friday and Saturday last the Irish Universities Track and Field Championships took place at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast with a number of Clonliffe athletes in action. Jayme Rossister has carried his cross country form into the early track season as he won the 3,000 sc title for DCU in 9.21.55. IUAA title also for Clonliffe Harrier of the year Denise Byrne won the javelin with a best of 38.82, a 3m improvement on her seasons opener at the Spring Throws in Athlone two weeks back. Silvers were won by Dara Kervick (UDC) in the 200 in 21.57, after a 21.80 effort in the semi, Andrew Heney (Athlone IT) in the high jump (2.00m) and Ian Rogers (Athlone IT) in the pole vault (4.60m).Keith Pike ran three rounds in the 100 progressing to the final where he had a 4th place finish (10.96), Sturat Roche went out in the heats after an 11.49 run, and progressed to the 200 final where he ran 23.29 placing 7th. Timmy Crowe ran 49.60 in the 400 to win his semi but DNS the final. Ian Guiden was 6th in the 5000 (15.15.46). In the women`s events Caoime Morris was 5th in the discus (32.56) and Greta Streimikyte 7th in the 1500 (5.08.52)


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