Archive for August, 2006

Clonliffe men runner up in National League

Aug 21, 2006 [Noel Guiden] Our Men’s team were in action in the National League Final, Premier Division, at Tullamore yesterday. After a valiant effort the team ultimately finished 2nd, not the victory we were hoping for, but one better than last years 3rd place.

There were winning performances by the Club’s athletes in the 1500M by Colm Rooney who ran a time of 4:01.96, the 5000M by Killian Lonergan 14:26.18, the 3000M walk by David Lilefosse 15:11.46 and in the shotputt by Chris Enjorlas 14.49M.

The winners of the 2006 National League were North Down on 126 points with Clonliffe 2nd, only 5 points in arrears, on 121 points and Raheny Shamrocks 3rd on 102 points.

After last years best showing for some years in placing 3rd and this years further improvement to 2nd hopefully 2007 will see us on the top of the podium.

Our Lady’s team finished 6th in division 1 on a total of 56 points.

Injury robs Cragg

Aug 13, 2006 [Noel Guiden] Huge disappointment. Just as Alistair Cragg makes what could well have been the winning move in this afternoon`s European 5,000m final he almost pulls up in agony , gathers himself and bravely trys again only to pull off the track with 3 laps to go. An achilles tendon problem appears to be the cause.

It all looked so different as the athletes lined up for the start with Cragg looking relaxed as he was introduced to the crowd. An opening lap of 64 seconds was followed by the same for lap 2, 800m in 2:08 with Cragg sitting at the back of the field. On the third lap Mo Farah of Britian moved to the front , a move covered by Cragg who now ran at the front end of things. As the pace slowed to 72, 74 second laps Cragg moved wide and with three and a half laps to go Cragg accelerated injecting real pace, hitting the front and opening a gap. Was this the winning move ?

200m later Alistair has pulled off and lies on the infield in agony. Tragedy.

For the record the 2006 European 5,000m Champion is Jesus Espana of Spain 13:44 ( the slowest winning time since 1969 ).

Gold may well have been probable , a medal looked certain. Get well soon Alistair.


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