Archive for April, 2006

Great day’s sport for all on Championship Sunday

Clonliffe`s club track and field championships takes place on Sunday week, the 7th of May commencing at 3:00pm. The club`s captains and coaches have planned an extensive programme of events for all ,from juveniles to masters featuring a full range of athletic events from 80m to 5,000m as well as field events. The final event of the day is the mens 1500m scheduled for 5:40pm and this will be followed by the presentation of Clonliffe Club Championship medals ,these are beautiful specially commissioned medals which are gauranted to be treasured by the winners over the years to come.Food and refreshments will be available at the presentation in the club bar.All club members are encouraged to take part in the championships either as competitor ,official or supporter.The club would also be delighted to see as many family members and friends as possible turn up in Santry on the day.

Whilst, as always ,timetables can be subject to change the sequence of events looks like this:

3:00pm 2006 track & field c`ships opens

3:00pm U/12 Boys & Girls 80m

3:00pm Mens Pole Vault

3:00pm Womens Javelin

3:05pm U/14 Boys & Girls 100m

3:20pm Womens 5000m

3:20pm U/12 Boys & Girls Long Jump

3:30pm U/14 Boys & Girls Long Jump

3:50pm Womens 100m

3:55pm Mens 100m

4:00pm Mens Shot Put or Discus

4:05pm U/12 Boys & Girls 600m

4:15pm Mens 800m

4:15pm U/12 Boys & Girls Ball Throw

4:15pm Mens Long Jump

4:30pm U/14 Boys & Girls 1000m

4:30pm U/15 Javelin

4:45pm Womens 1500m

5:00pm U/16 Boys & Girls 1500m

5:15pm Womens 400m

5:20pm Mens 400m

5:30pm Mens 100m Final

5:40pm Mens 1500m


All listings for men and womens events incorporate Junior, Senior and Masters.

I`m sure you`ll agree this is a pretty impressive programme and all credit must go to Joe,Bronagh, Gladys and their team of coaches.A lot of time and effort has been put into the planning of the day and it is well deserving of your full support.So if at all possible please support YOUR CLUB and make Campionship Sunday May 7th a day to remember.

Maurice Ahern wins 3000m Grand Prix

The quest for the Yellow Jersey continuted at last night`s 3000m in Santry with round 4 of the 2006 Grand Prix. Once again there was a hugh turn out of athletes both “the grand prixers” and other club members and when the numbers were crunched the victory went to Maurice Ahern.

With the numbers last night swelled by the influx of youth, Joe`s Juvenile Panzer Division , the field was split into two races.

Race one featuring The Young and The Young at Heart (if not of legs!). There were 19 in this race as the young lads set off at a rate of knots. Up there mixing it with them was The Bearded One , David Brennan , and mix it he did sticking with the leaders for some consderable way of the 7 and a half laps. As always youth prevailed with Mark McDonald running the legs of the rest of us to win in 9:22. The Bearded one was first of the grand prixers in 9:44.

Result of Race 1:

1. M. McDonald 9:22

2. D. Fitzmaurice 9:23

3. D. Brennan 9:44

4. D. McDonald 9;47

5. C. Murray 9:47

6. D. Boylan 9:52

7. P. O`Doherty 9:57

8. T. Griffin 10:06

9. N. Guiden 10:16

10. T. Monks 10:19

11. L. Brady 10:21

12. J. Walsh 10:28

13. G. McCabe 10:32

14. R. Cleary 10:35

15. D. Moran 10:38

16. P. Sheerin 10:39

17. Stev. Byrne 10:40

18. B. Gallagher 10:49

19. B. Buck 11:02

On to race 2, a Grand Prix exclusive race in with Colm Doran took things by the scruff of the neck for the off hitting the front and almost half the field running the opposition into the ground to take the win in 11 mins. dead. A good run from Eddie Harrison to take second.lso worthy of a mention are Dave Brady and Tony Kiernan fresh from their exploites on The Wicklow Way the previous weekend.

Result of Race 2:

1. C. Doran 11:00

2. E. Harrison 11:18

3. J. Hoode 11:23

4. P. Devitt 11:28

5. J. Fay 11:31

6. Shay Byrne 11:32

7. N. McGlynn 11:33

8. D. Ahern 11:38

9. P. Bonass 11:49

10. M. Hogan 11:54

11. M. Scully 12:06

12. J. Bennett 12:08

13. N. Kellet 12:17

14. M. Smith 12:22

15. S. Pender 12:26

16. R. McConville12:58

17. T. Kiernan 13:09

18. D. Brady 13:09

19. T. Westby 13:19

20. M. Ahern 13:38

The results were fed into the computer to calculate the h`cap winner revealed to be Maurice Ahern, who was presented with his prize by race sponsor Shay Byrne. 2 nd was Ray McConville with Eddie Harrison 3 rd..

Grand Prix Result Round 4:

1. Mce Ahern 20pts

2. R. McConville 19

3. E. Harrison 18

4. T. Griffin 17

5. T. Monks 16

6. J. Fay 15

7. T. Westby 14

8.G. McCabe 13

9. P. Devitt 12

10. Stev. Byrne 11

11. C. Doran 10

12. B. Buck 9

13. D. Brady 8

14. N, Guiden 7

15. P. O`Doherty 6

16. Shay Byrne 5

17. S. Pender 4

18. D. Brennan 3

19. J. Walsh 2

20. J. Bennett 1

21. P. Bonass

22. D. Ahern

23. T. Kiernan

24. R. Cleary

25. J.Hoode

26. M.Hogan

27. M. Scully

28. M. Smith

Philip O`Doherty retains the Yellow Jersey with a total of 71 pts. from Noel Guiden and Ray McConville on 51 each.4th is Eddie Harrison 49pts., 5th Stephen Byrne 45 and John Fay 6th on 44pts. (Full Leaderboard to follow).

Round 5 is The Santry Demesne Mile on Thursday 4th of May @ 8:00. It is also intended to hold a club Juvenile race as well so all help on the night most welcome.

Inspiring performance by Mark Kenneally

At the great BUPA Ireland 10K Run held in the Phoenix Park on Sunday the 9th of April Clonliffe’s Mark Kenneally was in inspirational form taking on Aussie Craig Mottram for 7K of the event, ultimately finishing 2nd in a fabulous 29:17 leaving Mark Carroll 2 seconds in his wake, along with other seasoned internationals Lebid of the Ukraine, Petrovic of Croatia and Shabunin of Russia.

There was a record entry in the Phoenix Park event of some 7,500 runners. The elites featured not only Mark Kenneally but also Killian Lonergan and our two men quickly established themselves in the lead bunch. After a couple of kilometres however Mottram took the lead from Mark Carroll and Mark Kenneally. As the pace picked up Mark Carroll began to struggle slightly and after 6 K’s Mark Kenneally took on Mottram to push the pace. It was wonderful to watch on television and to hear the great Brendan Foster enthuse about Mark Kenneally of the “famous Clonliffe Harriers” performance. Mottram however took command at 7K pulling away to win in a time of 28:51. There was a great battle then for 2nd place in which our man Mark prevailed to record a time of 29:17, two seconds ahead of Mark Carroll. Afterwards Mark said:

“My running has been going really well of late. I won the Ras na hEireann race in America a few weeks ago and then last Sunday I ran the fastest 5K leg in the Raheny Road Relays. I was still a little surprised but delighted at how well I ran here today. I hope my form continues and that I can qualify to run in the 5,000 or 10,000M in the European Track & Field Championships this summer.”

Killian recorded a time of in the order of 30:30 (according to our spies in the park).

Other Clonliffe times were Kieran Murphy 38:26 and Declan Murray 38:39. Undoubtedly there were other Clonliffe athletes in the field. Presumably the full result will be on the race organisers web site.

National Mens Relay Champions

The National Road Relay Championships took place today in Raheny with Clonliffe represented by no less than 7 teams .Our mens team proved too strong for the opposition to add this particular National title to the National Senior Cross Country title won on Feb. 25th.

The mens race was a cracker.Clonliffe first leg man Gary O`Hanlon was in the lead pack at the end of lap one,however, lost a bit of ground over the second lap, handing over to Cian McLoughlin in 4th place.Gary`s time for the 2 mile was 9:35.Raheny A and B were clear leaders at this stage.Cian ran a super mile of 4:41 to get us back up to third, closing the gap considerably.

Third leg man was Mark Keannelly some 20seconds behind Raheny`s Mick Clohisey,however by the end of their first lap Mark was up to second, the gap was now 9 seconds.A lap later Mark led by 7 seconds and when he handed over ,having run 14:05 for his 3 miles, to Killian Lonerigan the lead was 15 seconds.We were not to be beaten as Killian, running 9:34 for his 2 miles, held this lead to the finish.National Road Relay Champions in a new course record of 37:55.

Our B team also ran well with Kevin English running 10:19 for 2, Stephen Harkens 4:56 for the mile, Nigel Brunton(by the way the holder of the fastest mile on this circuit of 4:14)running 16:05 for 3mile and young Dara Boylan, in his senior debut, recording 11:31.

Our ladies although not featuring in the final shake up did the club proud, 3 full teams taking to the line, the largest representation by any club on the day.

Team A : Bronagh 6:03, Chrissy 12:38, Beckey 5:48.Team time of 24:48.

Team B Ger 5:54, Fionnula 12:46, Sheila 6:53.Total time 25:33.

Team C Grainne 7:21, Annette 14:43, Khdijah 6:21. Total 28:25.

In the mens Masters we had 2 teams, although finishing well down the pecking order.

Team A Philip O`Doherty 5:03, Dave Brennan 11:11, Tom Monks 5:38 for a total time of 21:52.

Team B Noel Guiden 5:31, Ronan Mulvanney 11:29, Stephen Byrne 5:37.Total time 22:37.

Well done to all, a special mention also to Paddy Tuite who rescued Cian McLoughlins gear from his locked car just as the panic levels began to rise!


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