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Stephen Rice shatters club record!

Clonliffe U/23 javelin thrower Stephen Rice was in recording breaking form at today`s European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal. Stephen in a superb series of throws went in excess of 65m on three occasions including a massive one on his 4th throw: 68.31m. That was almost three meters further than his pb and club record of 65.48. That new club record also placed him 4th in today`s U/23 Group B competition and places him 7th on the Irish all time list. Stephen`s series was: 64.96, 64.57, 65.27, 68.31, 65.52, 63.52.

Juveniles training in Abbotstown on Tuesday

Gladys` and Gerry` groups will be training at the NIA Abbotstown on Tuesday evening the 13th. The session commences at 7.00pm but meet at reception at 6.45pm. The cost to be paid on the night is €5.00 per athlete.

Sunday Round up: Halves & Tens!

What better place to start a round up than The Hague, in the Netherlands. Today the Clonliffe version of the Fab Four, not quite John, Paul, George & Ringo, but Declan, Kieran, Maurice and Jeremy took in the Hague Half Marathon. Declan Power had a great run recording an excellent 1.13.54, likewise great run from Kieran Murphy 1.23.14 and Maurice McCrohan 1.27.29. Although injury sidelined Jeremy Chapman he travelled as the support team but you`ll be pleased to learn he still had a great time downing 4 pints a round!

(Pictured, Maurice McCrohan & Kieran Murphy…before or after?)

Also in Half Marathon mode a group took in the Meath Spring Half Marathon in Bohermeen this morning: David Mullen 1.21.47, Matt McGuinness 1.22.21, Mark Dowling 1.24.01, Anthony Doran 1.24.11, Stephen Treacy 1.24.15, Alan Worrall 1.29.23, Mick Bermingham 1.30.02, Andrew Eustace 1.36.19, Anthony O`Brien 1.49.09.

(Pictured, Clonliffe on Mini Tour….Meath Spring Half!)

Over in the Nothwest yesterday Mary Ketterer ran 73.44 in the Bundoran Cara 10 mile, placing 14th woman.

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Efrem wins All Ireland Schools title!

An extraordinary Clonliffe one two in the senior boys School`s All Ireland Cross country today at AIT Waterford. Efrem Gidey, an Eritrean who arrived in Ireland at the beginning of last Summer, was the first ever representative of Le Cheile Secondary Schools Tyrrelstown in an All Ireland Cross Country and on Monday morning he will walk through the school gates wearing the gold winners medal around his neck! Efrem was a worthy winner of the senior title today but was chased all the way by club mate Sean O`Leary in the St. Aidans`red and white.

The athletes who had raced at this venue in November for the Nationals had a pretty good idea of how tough a course this was going to be, however, with the terrible weather of late few could have realised that November was a doddle in comparison. An absolute mud fest.

The senior boys race was the last of the day, meaning that the ground had been well and truly churned up for the 4 x 1500 laps making up the 6000 race distance. Both Sean and Efrem got great starts and were at the head of the field for the full distance. At the start of lap two Sean put in a “tester” opening a gap of a few meters, but it was short lived. Soon after this Efrem hit the front and was relentless as he drove on the pace and blew the pack apart. On the last lap he was 30m clear, Sean O`Leary lost 2nd place and for a time his hopes of a medal looked in jeopardy as 4th place closed in, however, the big man battled superbly and took back 2nd place, just as a smiling Efrem Gidey raised his arms in victory as he crossed the line.

It was Clonliffe joy to see the guys embrace at the finish, and likewise to see the tears of pride in the eyes of their coach Joe Cooper.

Further back in the field Ben Guiden had a baptism of fire in his first senior All Ireland. It was the hardest day at the office endured by Ben in the colours of Belvedere, indeed the sole representative of his school in the race, placing around 51st, but no doubt will see the benefits of that experience in the future.

In the inter boys race over 5000, Aaron Cullen ran an excellent race to a 10th place finish, just missing out on winning International Schools honours. An outstanding run for an athlete who only 4 weeks ago was side lined  on the injured list. An outstanding run also by Daniel Stone (Belvedere) to 16th place, and 2nd scorer for Belvedere who won their first ever All Ireland Cross Country title. Daragh Carter was hampered by a back injury from the 2nd lap onwards but bravely completed the race in 36th place.

Finally our sole girl in action had a great run in the inter race. Sarah Bateson, a first year inter, and nervous as a kitten, ran like a well seasoned veteran, working her way into the race and finishing with a storming final lap, making up possibly a dozen places to finish around 36h.

Meanwhile back in Santry, at the Trinity Grounds the Irish Universities Cross Country took place today. Cathal Doyle ran very well indeed to place 5th for DCU. With Adam O`Brien 19th Joseph Keane 53rd and Alex Gibbons 60th as DCU took the team win by a single point!. Eoin Taggart (UCD) also had a quality run finishing 24th. In the women`s race Greta Streimikyte was 23rd Alannah Cooley (both DCU) was 37th.

That, boys and girls, brings the cross country season to a close. So clean those muddly spikes and stick in 5mm, `cos track is next!!



Clonliffe Masters Gold

At the National Masters Indoor Championships in Athone today Clonliffe athletes took home four golds. Snezana Bechtina took W35 titles in the 400 (59.52) and Long Jump (4.81m). Likewise Jean O`Neill took the W70 400 title (95.00). Thomas Moran won the M40 60 (7.50), he was also first across the line in the 200 but as per Birmingham last weekend the DQ was flashed !Thomas Frayne was 6th in the M35 800 (2.21.0) and Tom Monks 8th M55 3000 (11.27.71).

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Sergiu and Scullion get World Half call up

Clonliffe marathon men Sergiu Ciobanu and Stephen Scullion have been named on the Irish team for the World Half Marathon Championships. The race takes place on March 24th in Valencia, Spain. The rest of the Irish team is Kevin Dooney (Raheny) Kevin Seaward (St. Malachy`s) and Paul Pollock (Annadale).

132nd Clonliffe Harriers AGM Report

The 132nd club AGM took place in the club bar last night Tuesday March 6th. Although the attendance on the night could certainly not be described as ‘substantial’ there was fairly good contributions from the club members in attendance.

The meeting heard the Honorary Secretary’s address. The Honorary Secretary congratulated and thanked Pamela Cooper who on the night would be stepping down having spent ten years as Ladies Captain.  He also paid tribute to the club treasurer Eoin Murray for the job he had done with the club’s finances in recent years. He also outlined that one of the challenges facing the club arises as a result of the booming numbers and that is the availability of individuals who would act as coaches or assistant coaches, this is one of the challenges facing most clubs particularly with athletes nowadays staying in the sport on a competitive basis longer and longer which meant that there was less available volunteers to help with the very important job of coaching and indeed volunteering generally with the club.  He encouraged club members who may be thinking of ‘hanging up the spikes’ to consider helping the clubs coaches.  He also encouraged members generally to continue to assist with the volunteering for various events held by the club which increased enormously the club profile and also assisted with the club’s finances.  He also thanked the people who had assisted with the PR in the club generally and in particular Stephen Harkness for his work on the club’s social media and Shane Rooney for his reporting of various races and the social functions and Liam Hennessy for his reporting on the Grand Prix Series.  He also suggested to members with the club now going to compete in Group A of the European Track and Field Club Championships in Birmingham on the weekend of May 26th and 27th that it would be a great boost to the team if as many club members as possible could see their way to travelling to Birmingham for that weekend.  He thanked the club’s officers, committee and members for their continued support and wished all in Clonliffe continued and great success in 2018.

The Club Captain outlined a successful year for the club with the winning of the indoor and outdoor track and field Championships a particularly notable achievement, he also outlined the successes of the club in the winning of club titles at National Marathon and Half Marathon, with the teams finishing 1st and 2nd in both competitions, he outlined that the team had finished 3rd at the European Clubs Group B in Leiria Portugal and that the club had been recognised with performance club of the year for the third successive year. Whilst it was a disappointing year at Cross Country level the team would be redoubling its efforts.  The individual achievements of the club members and team members were all documented on the club website.  He thanked the athletes for their support, the coaches and committee for their full backing throughout the past year and thanked all members who had helped out at various club events over the year and again appealed to club members to attend Birmingham to support the team competing in the European Group A.

The Honorary Treasurer presented the club account and took the members through the account which showed that the club continued to be in a very healthy state.   He outlined the continuing excellent work which was being carried out by the Bar Committee and that this had been reflected in the performance of the bar and he encouraged members to continue to use the bar for various functions.  He also outlined the very successful financial position of the ‘athletics’ side of the club and took the meeting through the overall club account.  He thanked the members, the club captains and officers for their continued support in all aspects of the club’s finances.

Pamela Cooper the Ladies Captain confirmed that she was stepping down as lady’s captain after ten years, she took the meeting through the major improvement in the lady’s section over the previous ten years from a handful of athletes to now where there were 60/70 athletes in the lady’s section competing on a regular basis. She outlined the individual successes enjoyed by the club members over the previous twelve months in particular the success of Snezana Bechtina at World Masters Indoor where she finished 2nd in both the 200 and 400.  She also outlined the team success enjoyed by the ladies section of the club over the previous twelve months.

The juvenile captain outlined for the meeting the continued growth in the juvenile section and thanked the juvenile coaches who put in enormous amounts of time and commitment to looking after the club’s future athletes. She outlined recent matters which had been undertaken by the juvenile section including a recent bag pack by way of a fundraiser for a future trip.  With regard to the successes enjoyed by the juvenile members over the previous twelve months attached is a comprehensive report of those achievements: Juvenile Captain AGM report 18

Paddy Marley then addressed the meeting with his President’s address, he outlined that once again 2017 had been an enormously successful year in the life of Clonliffe Harriers with successes on and off the track. He paid tribute to the work which had been carried out by the club captains and in particular by Pamela who was stepping down after ten years as Lady’s Captain and indeed two years prior to that as vice-captain and commended her on the outstanding commitment she had shown to the club. He thanked the individuals who headed up the club’s various activities in particular Noel Guiden for the Morton Games and Brother Schools Cross Country, Mick Kearney for the Clonliffe 2, Eoin Murray for the ERP Christmas Cracker 2 Mile, Maurice Ahern and his subcommittee for the Grand Prix Series, he thanked the various club sponsors and in particular Helen Flynn and Hireco who are the club’s main sponsor, he also thanked the various other sponsors, Brother for the Schools Cross Country, Kavanagh’s for the 2 Mile, ERP, Behan & Associates for the Grand Prix Series and the various club members who sponsored the 16 races throughout the course of that series, he thanked Colm Doran for his sponsorship of juvenile events and John Shields, Loki Sports for their sponsorship of the club athletes of the year.  He also paid tribute to the work carried out by the treasurer in presenting such a robust club account, to Noreen Keane and Johnny O’Leary for their work on the club lotto, George Maybury and Alan Worrall on the health and safety work, the bar subcommittee of Paddy Tuite, Caroline Tuite and Joe Cooper and thanked the various individuals who stewarded at events and built courses and in particular paid tribute to both Sean Callan and Alan O’Neill.  He congratulated all of the athletes on their successes throughout the year and in particular those who had received international recognition and he thanked the committee for the superb work put in throughout the course of 2017.

Elections were held and the following officers and committee were elected to serve the club into 2018:

Honorary President: Paddy Marley

Honorary Secretary: Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer: Eoin Murray

Captain: Joe Cooper

Lady’s Captain: Orna McGinley

Committee Members: Caroline Tuite, Alan Worrall, Stephen Harkness

The trustees were re-elected: Johnny O’Leary, Maurice Ahern, Tommy Griffin Senior

Under the heading of any other business there was a discussion surrounding the availability of club gear and it was agreed that club members would look into the availability of performance gear to have this branded and would obtain costings and would submit this to the secretary for onward consideration by the incoming committee.

It was also agreed that the incoming committee would consider how appropriate to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Billy Morton in 1969.  There was a discussion surrounding this.

The Committee meeting concluded at approximately 10.40 p.m.

Doran 2nd in Lusk

One, and possibly the only, sports event to beat the Beast from the East was today`s Lusk AC`s 4 mile road race in North County Dublin. Sean Doran was 2nd behind Raheny`s Kevin Dooney, Sean running a time of 21.13. Other Clonliffe: 12th Matt McGuinness 23.29, 28th Paul O`Loughlin 25.05, Declan Grant 26.50, Mick Gleeson 27.00, Ollie Power 28.24, Ann Lyons 29.43, Kevin Sheehy 32.02 (although as Kevin was spotted running in Santry Demesne at 11.00 this morning this may not have been the real Kevin Sheehy?)

The Beast from the East is no more!

Clonliffe athletes put the Beast to the sword in Santry Demesne this morning! Things will now get back to normal with Morton Stadium reopening tomorrow, and looking at the track this morning looking good to be fully “playable” again for Tuesday night`s training.

Also confirmed to go ahead on Tuesday is the Clonliffe AGM at 8.30pm.

Next weekend will see the All Ireland Schools XC at Waterford IT, good luck to the Clonliffe athletes there: Sarah Bateson, Aaron Cullen, Daniel Stone, Daragh Cartner, Ben Guiden, Efron Gidey and Sean O`Leary.

Also next weekend the rescheduled National Masters Indoor Championships at AIT Athlone.

Reminder: Clonliffe AGM Tuesday March 6th (Confirmed)

Reminder: Members please note that the Annual General Meeting of Clonliffe Harriers AC will take place on Tuesday March 6th at 8.30 in the club Bar.


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