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Valdas 4th in Copenhagen

Clonliffe`s Valdas Dopolskas was 4th in an international 10k Road Race in Copenhagen, Denmark tonight. Valdas recorded a time of 30.41 in windy conditions some 16 seconds behind the winner with splits of 15.35 and 15.06.

The weekend Round up

Starting off with the European Cup 10,000 in Highgate, London where on Saturday evening Sergiu Ciobanu ran 30.15.95, placing 28th in race B, only 4 seconds off his 2010 pb.

At the Wicklow Hospice, also on Saturday 10 Mile Rachel Eustace was 1st woman in 67.30 with Mary Ketterer 3rd woman in 71.50.

Sunday and Jayme Rossister warmed up for next week’s European clubs with a 3.52.18 1500 at the Loughborough International.

Also on Sunday the Streets of Dublin 5k with a great Clonliffe presence of young athletes on volunteering duties at the finish expertly distributing medals, water and goody bags to the race finishers. Clonliffe finishers included Declan Power in the top 6 plus others (results not yet available).

Dublin Juvenile T&F League – Report from meeting 4

Ulrik Nyberg reports: The last of this year’s four Dublin Juvenile T&F League meetings took place on today in Tallaght under a blue sky. It was great to see such a large group of young Clonliffe athletes take part and do well in the running, throwing and jumping. The league really provides a great opportunity to try the many different events open to U10-U16s. It is also an important part of the preparations for those who are going to take part in the upcoming Dublin Juvenile T&F Championships.

Our youngsters produced many fine results and several of our athletes strengthened their positions in the league tables. Here are some of the highlights:

Girls U16 – Emma McDonnell, 200m 1st, 1 000 m 2nd

Girls U15 – Sally Somula, 200 m 1st

Boys U 15 – Keith Burke, Shot putt 3rd

Boys U14 – Jonathan Fitzsimons, 200 m 1st, 1 000 m 1st

Boys U 13 _ Christian Finn, 200m 3rd, High Jump 3rd (pb: 1.35m)

Girls U12 – Ava Usanova, 200 m 1st, High jump 2nd (PB, 1 m 30 cm)

Strong performances also in Girls U15 by Natalia Gill, Boys U15 by James McDonnell, Jonas Nyberg and Ronan Donohue, Girls U14 by Orla O’Sullivan, Eabha Guy and Rachel Power, Girls U12 by Alexandra Kelly, Sarah McDonnell, Sally-Anne Nyberg and Rebecca Walsh, Boys U12 by Jack McDonnell, Girls U10 by Sienna Kelly and in Boys U10 by Ethan Sumola.

Points have now been accumulated by the athletes over the four league meetings. Final standings per age group to be communicated.

Efrem a class apart at Leinster Schools

Efrem Gidey was the star of the day at another sun drenched Leinster Schools Track & Field at Morton Stadium today. In the senior boys 5000 from the gun Efrem hit the front and with the pack well aware of the folly of trying to keep pace with the Clonliffe man by lap 4 he lead by half a lap eventually lapping the entire field to win in 15.24.43. Stephen Cashin had a fine run to a 4th place finish in 17.06.65 and had there been another 100 might well have snatch 3rd.

Other notable Clonliffe runs today came in the inter girls 3000 which featured a Clonliffe trio of Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy and Jana Cida . After a number of slow opening laps the pace picked up with the Clonliffe girls well in contention, with 400 to go Jana held 3rd but Sarah let loose with a superb final 250 to go from 4th to 2nd (11.03.67) with Jana holding 3rd (11.05.07) and Abbie putting in a fine run to 6th place.

In the boys inter 3000 there was another Clonliffe 2nd and 3rd, with the bell ringing a lap too soon the entire field raced to the line only to get the word that there was another lap to go, Daniel Stone suffered the most as his effort to strike for gold basically put paid to his winning chances and he finished 2nd (9.11.58) with Aaron Cullen 3rd . Aaron`s day was not done as he made a last minute surprise decision to line up in the inter 1500 where he claimed his 2nd bronze of the afternoon (4.32.47) with Thomas Baltzar 6th.

In the 800s Ella Brown found the going pretty hard in the inter race and finished 8th. Likewise in a hot senior boys 800 both Craig Giles and Cian Bolger found it tough going placing 6th (1.59.71) and 8th. Craig made another attempted at qualifying for the All Ireland Schools by lining up in the 1500 but with 400 to go his legs had had enough and he finished in 6th place (4.22.96).

Rebecca Fitzsimons had a very good run indeed to 3rd place in the inter girls 300 (42.26), with a strong finish down the home straight.

 

Clonliffe team for European Track and Field

Clonliffe Harriers will dine at the top table of European athletics the weekend after this in Group A of the European Champion clubs Track and Field Championships which takes place in the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on the 26th and 27th of May.

The Clonliffe team are, as one would expect, up against very strong opposition with some of Europe’s best athletes competing for their clubs.

Clonliffe will compete against the following:

RESC (BEL)

Sparta AM (DEN)

Payas de Castellon (ESP)

Birchfield Harriers (GBR)

Cosma (LTU)

Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR)

Admass Ljubljana (SLO)

AK Slavia UK Bratislava (SVK)

ENKA (TUR)

The Clonliffe team travelling to the Championships is:

Jeremy Phillips, Leo Morgan, Keith Pike, Keith Marks, Brian Gregan, Timmy Crowe, Dara Kervick, Luke Lennon-Ford, Eoin Pierce, Colm Rooney, Cathal Doyle, Ian Guiden, Niall Counihan, David Donegan, Jayme Rossiter, Adam O’Brien, Mark McDonald, Craig Giles, Luke Mangan, Marcin Klinkosz, Rolus Olusa, Stephen Rice, Simon Galligan

The backroom team travelling is: Joe Cooper (head of delegation), Noel Guiden (team leader), John Shields, Ciaran Donohoe (coaches), Paddy Marley (team official), Ciara McCallian (Physio), Johnny O’Leary.

Vinco will be livestreaming the championship – www.runjumpthrow.com.

The team will fly out to Birmingham on Friday the 25th from Dublin Airport at 1.30 p.m. and will return on Sunday night on an 8.45 p.m. flight arriving in Dublin at 9.50 p.m.

All team members are requested to come to the clubhouse on Tuesday after training for a brief meeting.

Gold and silver for Sally at Leinster Schools

At a sun drenched Morton Stadium today the Leinster Schools track and field finals took place. All of the athletes who had qualified for the Leinsters had battled through the Leinster regions and can be justifiably proud of their achievements in making these finals.  For those who successfully negotiated the Leinsters they now look forward to Tullamore and the All Ireland Schools track and field championships at the start of June.

There were two exceptional performances from Clonliffe athletes today, firstly Sally Somola who won the minor girls 100 and was 2nd in the long jump and secondly Jonas Norvaisas who broke the minor shot putt 40 year old record in taking the Leinster Schools Junior title with a throw of in of 14.45 metres.

Also in the sprints Alex Twomey took silver in the U/16 200 whilst Emma McDonnell was just out of the medals finishing 4th in the Junior 200.

In the 800s Jack Woods battled hard to hold 3rd place in the Junior race.  Naoise Cullen was really up against it in the Junior girls race but battled bravely to finish 8th.  Orla O’Sullivan was 6th in the minor girls 800.

In the girls U/16 mile there were good runs from the two Clonliffe girls with Aoife Hession placing 6th and Alana Fitzsimons 9th.

Over the barriers in the steeplechase Alex Murray was 3rd in the inter boys 2000 and Jordan Byrne 8th in a loaded field in the Senior boys steeplechase.

Nicola Lapiy was 6th in the junior javelin.

Finally in the U/16 girls 4 x 300 relay the Dominican team which was packed with Clonliffe athletes finished just out of the medals finishing 4th.

The championships continue on Saturday morning in Morton Stadium.

Grand Prix Series latest: Santry Mile this Thursday

A Rolling Stone gathers no moss! So despite Mick Jagger & co. being down the road in Croke Park the Grand Prix Series carries on regardless. Thursday sees the Santry Mile, sponsored by Noel Guiden. A series of races over the iconic mile distance on the track at Morton Stadium starting at 8.00pm for what is always a great night`s athletics.

The leaderboard after 4 rounds can be accessed on the Grand Prix Series page, it`s currently headed by Mick Gleeson on 106, 2nd Joe Cole 102 with Jennifer Sharkey 3rd on 96, however,  all can and will change in the blinking of an eye. So we look forward to seeing you on Thursday night….it`s your chance to dream big….this year Santry Mile, next year Morton Mile!

Cold showers only this week!

Don`t scream! Apologies club members but due to on going plumbing works in the clubhouse this week it`s cold showers only on Tuesday and Thursday! It`ll be worth the pain in the long run.

Chorus Girls!

Club Captain Joe Cooper takes a break from pondering his team selection for the European Clubs Track & Field in two weeks time to get in some practice for the next season of “Dancing with the Stars”. Well if Rob Heffernan can do it…….

Season`s bests recorded on track, plus round up

On the track the BMC Sportcity Grand Prix took place in Manchester last night. Clonliffe had two athletes racing, both in the 800. Mark McDonald put in a season`s best of 1.56.84 placing 9th in the F race, while Eoin Pierce ran 1.57.22, also a season`s best, finishing 7th in the D race.

On the subject of season`s best missed last weekend, May 4th in the US, at the Tallahassee Seminole Twilight Meet Jeremy Phillips clocked 2 sb`s : 100 of 10.42 to place 2nd and over 200 21.26 for 5th place.

Today, Sunday at the Sportsworld 5 Mile in Terenure: 47th David Brady 29.19, Jean Carr, 1st W55, 35.10, Aine McCann 36.30, Mandy McMenamy 40.00, Vivienne Byrne 43.19. In Newbridge House at the Run Dublin Run Declan Grant was 15th (44.07).

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