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Clonliffe athletes climbing every mountain

Both Sarah McCormack and Brian MacMahon lead him their Irish teammates at the World Mountain Running Championships held today in Premana, Italy.

Sarah recorded a superb 17th performance, completing the course in a time of 1.10.16. Brian finished in 47th with a time of 63.24. Both distances were 13km in length with 860m of ascending.

London’s calling for Brian Gregan

Belated congratulations to Brian Gregan on his official selection this week to the Irish team for the upcoming IAAF World Championships in London.

This will be Brian’s fourth appearance at a global championships, his 3rd outdoors, and that experience and his great 2017 form augurs well.

The first round of the 400m is scheduled for Saturday, August 5th at 10.45am.

Nil desperandum


European Masters – Declan Power grabs silver

Good news in from Aarhus, Denmark as Declan Power collected a hard earned silver medal in the Over 45 10,00om. Declan’s time of 32.56.35 was 30 seconds behind gold, but over 20 ahead of the bronze medal winning local Dane.

These championships also see Matt Slattery and Snezana Bechtina compete, so more news to come.

Fingal 10k – Marathon series continues

With most eyes firmly on the goings on in Morton Stadium over the weekend, only a few miles up the road the second leg of the Dublin marathon races series was taking place on Sunday morning.

The Fingal 10k was another big success and with nearly 40 Clonliffe Harriers appearing in the results.

Clonliffe results were as follows:

David Brady 35:51
Conor Keane 35:55
Matt McGuinness 37:07
Dermot Faughnan  37:35
Eoghan Murphy 38:16
Stephen Tracey 39:12
Niall Markey 40:03
Stephen Doyle 40:16
Damien Kelly 40:26
Joyce O’Hare 40:44
Colm McDonnell 41:07
Declan Grant 41:55
Aising Andrews 42:22
Shane Rooney 42:26
Emma Cooper 42:29
Mick Gleeson 42:30
Colm Leonard 42:33
Alan Curley 42:34
Sean Grimes 42:43
Maura Matthews 42:49
Laura Kernan 42:55
Andrew Eustace 43:11
Ciara Peelo 43:43 (after racing in the National Championship 800m heats on Saturday!)
Ollie Power 44:31
Aideen Brady 44:51
Ciara O’Regan 47:00
Anne Lyons 47:10
Melissa Curran 47:12
Patrick Devitt 47:29
Orla Deighan 49:19
Joanne McCabe 50:24
Yvonne McDonough 50:50
Catherine Dempsey 50:52
Anthony O’Brien 50:57
Caroline Hynes 52:21
Katie Hennigan 52:38
Lauren Redmond 58:46
Jacqueline Redmond 58:47
David Lyons 59:03


National Championships Day 2 – the Golden Double

Brian Gregan and Jeremy Phillips secured two more gold medals for Clonliffe athletes at this year’s National Championships. This was Brian’s 4th title in a row and he won it with his fastest ever run at the Nationals (45.74).  His commanding victory sets him up perfectly for the upcoming World Championships in London.

Jeremy returned from this silver medal performance in the 200m on Saturday to run two new club records, (10.46 and 10.39) saving his fastest for the final and a clear gold medal winning performance.

In the women’s sprints, Leah Moore finally broke the 45 year old 100m club record of the legendary Claire Walsh. Her time of 11.87 from the early heats was just inside the 1972 set record of 11.90. This has been a target of Leah’s for some time, so congratulations from all in the club. Her time of 11.94 secured her 5th place in the final.

In the 400m Luke Lennon-Ford was just outside the medals when he finished 4th in a time of 47.94.

In the men’s 1500m, Eoin Pierce had his best finishing place at the National level with 5th (3.56.76). Cathal Doyle’s weekend culminated in a 9th (3.58.82) place finish and Richie Owens, just back from an injury, was 11th (4.01.57)

Running his second 5000m of the weekend, Ian Guiden was 12th with a time of 15.33.77.

Snezana Bechtina ran 58.54 for 6th in the 400m final, while Eleanor Alexander ran a season’s best time of 2.13.71 for 7th in the 800m.

In the field events , Keith Marks picked up another medal, with a jump of 7.12m for bronze.

Caoimhe Morris also produced a season’s best, when throwing 42.20m in the Hammer which was good enough for 7th place.

Finally, in the junior 3000m championships, held in conjunction with the senior event, Sean O’Leary ran well to pick up a bronze medal with this time of 9.03.70. Alex Gibbons was 7th in the same race in a time of 9.41.09

National Championships Day 1 – a five star day.

Day one of the National Championships saw Clonliffe athletes pick up five medals. Pride of place goes to Stephen Rice who lead home a Clonliffe 1-2 finish in the men’s Javelin. With a throw of 62.94m, he finished just ahead of teammate Rory Gunning’s 62.35m. Alan Gunning finished 9th with 45.52m.

Newly minted Clonliffe man, Jeremy Phillips won a silver medal in the 200m with a time of 21.14 secs. This is just outside of Brian Gregan’s club record of 21.05.

Andrii Mahin collected a national championship bronze medal in the Triple Jump with a distance of 13.70m.

Final medal winner of the day was Jayme Rossiter in the men’s 3000m Steeplechase. His time was 9.18.14.

There were two 5th place finishes as well, with the first from Simon Galligan in the men’s Hammer, with a season’s best of 57.29m. Sergiu Ciobanu ran his second fastest 10,000m on the track with a 30.20.00 posting.

Three Clonliffe men made it through to today’s 1500m finals, in the guise of Eoin Pierce (3.57.18), Richie Owens (3.58.32) and young Cathal Doyle (3.57.50) running in his first National Senior outdoor championships.

Ian Guiden has the pleasure of racing in his second 5000m of the weekend in today’s final. Qualifying from yesterday’s heat with a time of 15.26.36.

Man of the moment Brian Gregan navigated through the 400m heats with a time of 47.42. He’ll be joined in the final by Luke Lennon-Ford after he also won his heat, this time in 47.61.

Timmy Crowe will take his place in today’s 400m Hurdles after his 54.03 was enough to qualify from his heat. Eleanor Alexander successfully negotiated her 800m heat running 2.13.92 and will line up in today’s final. Unfortunately Ciara Peelo (2.23.22) and Emer Treacy (2.28.85) weren’t able to make it through to the same final.

Snezena Bechtina’s time of 58.31 for third in her heat was also enough to see her qualify through to today’s final. Mark McDonald 5th place finish, in a time of 1.56.11 wasn’t enough for him to make it through to men’s 800m final.

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.


Round up: Great 1500 time by Piercy, plus Le Cheile (updated)

Whilst most eyes were focused on the Morton Games on Wednesday night Eoin Pierce was in action at the BMC Meet in Watford where he ran a superb 3.47.70 in winning race B by almost two seconds. This time is only .7 off his pb and is a great boost for Eoin ahead of next weekend`s Nationals.

Friday night and Declan Power placed 2nd in the Edenderry 5k in 16.10. Saturday at the le Chile International where very string winds ruled out any hopes of fast times Ian Guiden was 3rd in the 3000 in 8.43.5 with Adam O`Brien running an 8.50.5 pb, and one would bet he was the only athlete at the meet to pb, in 5th. Cathal Doyle was 2nd in the B 800 in 1.56.6 with Mark McDonald 6th (1.59.30). Eleanor Alexander was 5th in the 1500 (4.32.8)

In the UK on Saturday at the Midland League, Cheltenham Liam Roarty was 7th in the 5000 in 16.14.

A big pb for Karl Nolan in today`s Mullingar 10 Mile of 57.35, knocking two minutes off his previous best. Also today in the Celbridge 5k Sean Doran had a fine run to 3rd place in 16.05.

O`Brien wins club 1500 plus Grand Prix

Round 10 – Grand Prix Series / Incorporating Club Championship 1500 Metres – Morton Stadium – Thurs, 13th July – 8pm – Report by Liam Hennessy as follows;

The Grand Prix / Club Championship 1500 Metres took place Thursday at Morton Stadium. The weather was a Dry / Cloudy / Breezy / 14 Degrees – Not a great evening for times. The 1500 Metres was run over five races. The Club Championship turned out to be a competitive affair in both Men and Womens categories. In the Mens race Adam O’Brien had a fine run retaining the Simon Byrne Trophy (Presented by Pat Byrne), in winning by over three seconds from Sean O’Leary in second and Sean Doran two seconds further back in third place. In the Womens race Ciara Peelo produced a great performance to win by over eight seconds from Alannah Cooley, who had a fine run to finish second with Aimee Ahern in third place.

The full result of the Mens and Womens Club Championship was as follows;
Mens Championship:
Club Champion 2017 – 1500 Metres: Adam O’Brien

Runner up: Sean O’Leary
Third Place: Sean Doran

Womens Championship:

Club Champion 2017 – 1500 Metres: Ciara Peelo
Runner up: Alannah Cooley
Third Place: Aimee Ahern

The result of the Grand Prix Handicap for the 1500 Metres, kindly sponsored by Pat Byrne was as follows;
Winner: James Smith
Runner up: Yvonne Mc DonaghThird Place: Ann Mc Donnell

Full results of the 1500 Metres as follows;
1. Adam O’Brien – 4.09.2
2. Sean O’Leary – 4.12.9
3. Sean Doran – 4.14.9
4. George Brady (Guest) – 4.26.1
5. Alex Gibbons – 4.33
6. Eftem – 4.42.7
7. Owen Murphy – 4.47
8. Ger Copeland (Guest) – 4.49
9. Stephen Butler (Guest) – 4.50.7
10. Kevin Dowling – 4.51
11. Rowland Eager (Guest) – 4.55.5
12. Anto Doran – 4.56.5
13. Gerry Deegan (Guest) – 5.02.5 – A Cead Mile Failte to our good friend Gerry, visiting from the USA.
14. James Smith – 5.08.8
15. Ciara Peelo (Guest) – 5.09
16. Philip Matthews – 5.11.3
17. Stephen O’Reilly – 5.11.5
18. Fergal Keenan – 5.12.1
19. Alannah Cooley – 5.17.9
20. Mick Bermingham – 5.25.5
21. Declan Grant – 5.26.3
22. Simon Smith – 5.26.9
23. Sean Grimes – 5.28.2
24. Stephen Tracey – 5.28.8
25. Tom Cassidy – 5.29.3
26. Mick Gleeson – 5.31.9
27. Alex Eustace – 5.33.4
28. David O’Sullivan – 5.35.1
29. Nicola Mooney – 5.40.1
30. Martin Cavanagh – 5.41.5
31. Aimee Ahern – 5.46.9
32. Jim Keogh – 5.47
33. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 5.54.1
34. Niall O’Connor – 5.54.8
35. Joe Cole (Guest) – 6.02
36. Keith Farrell – 6.03.9
37. Ciara O’Regan – 6.05.3
38. Terry Mee – 6.05.9
39. Eva Domony – 6.07.7
40. Stephen Blake – 6.08
41. Colm Doran – 6.12
42. Melissa Curran – 6.15
43. Pat Devitt – 6.15.4
44. Gary Power (Guest) – 6.21
45. Aine Mc Cann – 6.22
46. Paul White (Guest) – 6.25
47. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 6.27
48. Ciara Daly – 6.28
49. Ann Mc Donnell – 6.28 1
50. Anna Kavanagh – 6.28.9
51. Mary Purdue Smith – 6.30
52. ??????????? – 6.30.1
53. Dave Lyons – 6.34
54. Jenny Bower – 6.37.4
55. Shay Byrne – 7.10
56. Dave Brady – 7.24

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Many thanks to all who volunteered to make this race such a great success. Hard to believe Round 11 is the next race !!!!

Next Race: Round 11 – Thursday, July 27th – Club Championship / Grand Prix – 5000 Metres (12.5 Laps) – Morton Stadium – Thursday – July 27th8PM. We look forward to seeing as many club athletes as possible taking part. And then there was a break ????? – The Grand Prix Series breaks for the month of August and will resume with Round 12 – Thursday, September 7th – For The Bonass Cup – Club Championship 10000 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8PM.

What break ?????  there’s more….Yes….More very important upcoming races for your diary – Plenty more opportunities to run pb’s !!!!
It’s our August Series 2017 – COME – RUN – ENJOY – No entry fee – No Prizes. This series is open to club members, Grand Prix runners and invited guests. We would encourage Clonliffe club members to run, so come along and get involved.
August Series dates for your diary;
August 3rd –  The Classic Mile – Morton Stadium – 8PM.
August 10th – Break due to World Athletics Championships, London.
August 17th – 800 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8PM.
August 24th – 1500 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8PM.

August 31st – 5000 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8PM.

COME – RUN – ENJOY THE AUGUST SERIES – See you there !!!.

Greta 4th at World Para Games

Clonliffe`s Greta Streimikyte tonight finished in 4th place in the T13 1500 at the world Paralympic Games in London. Greta ran a season`s best of 4.47.54.


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