Archive for June, 2007

Eoin McDonnell selected for Youth Olympics

Jun 28, 2007 [Noel Guiden] The Olympic Council of Ireland have finalised Ireland`s team for the European Youth Olympics which take place in Belgrade between the 21st and 28th of July. Clonliffe are proud to say that one of our brightest prospects Eoin McDonnell has been selected to run the 800m. Eoin has been in excellent form this season having won All Ireland School`s Gold over 1500m earlier on in the Summer. He achieved the qualifying time for the EYO by running a PB of 1:55.19 in a graded meeting in Irishtown on May 23rd and has since lowered his PB by running a superb 1:54.3 in that magnificent 800 Club championship only last Sunday.The Games themselves are the largest of their kind in Europe, some 3,000 young athletes, U/17, from 40 countries will take part. The Irish athletes will compete in Track and Field, Cycling, Swimming and Gymnastics. Full team on

All Ireland Schools track and field

Jun 2, 2007 [Brian McDonald] Congratulations to all who made it to the All Ireland competition to represent their school

Girls Results Senior Girls

1st D. Byrne, Javelin (Liberties Coll)

3rd R. Farrelly Javelin (St Michaels )

Inter Girls

2nd C. Heneghan 2,000m walk (Holy Faith)

2nd S. Furman 300m Hurdles (Maryfield)

5th O. McGinley Triple Jump (Skerries)

Boys Results Senior Boys

1st I. Rogers Pole Vault (De La Salle)

2nd L. Mangan Shot Putt (Belvedere)

3rd D. Flynn 5000m (Coolmine)

Inter Boys

2nd B. Woods Discus (Belvedere)

3rd C. Coleman 200m (Skerries)

1st M. McDonald 800m (St. Aidans)

1st E. McDonnell 1500m (St. Aidans)

6th L. Brady 1500m Steeplechase (St. Aidans)

Junior Boys

7th T Austin 1500m (Castlenock)

Club championship Sunday a major success all round

Jun 25, 2007 [Noel Guiden] For the second successive year Clonliffe Harriers Track and Field Championships were held on a single day, yesterday, Sunday 24th June and once again the championships proved to be a major success all round. It was truly one of the great club days. Championship Sunday for all from tiny tots to the masters. The day was embraced by all, it was great to see such a good turnout from the juveniles and of course from the seniors and it was particularly pleasing to see that Clonliffe athletes of the calibre of Colm Rooney, Cian McLoughlin, Gary O’Hanlon and Noel Cullen to name just a few, turned out for their club’s championships, the result of which was several cracking senior races and a couple of magnificent PB’s for our athletes.

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The action got underway at 4.00 p.m. on the button in the best weather we have had over the course of a pretty miserable weekend, no rain, a little sunshine and little or no breeze. The atmosphere was cranked up steadily by DJ Joe (not Joe Cooper!) and by the time the seniors and masters lined up – Iggy Pop was blasting away.

The first two races of the day were the tiny tot races for budding Clonliffe Harriers who are a little too young at this stage to join the club. The first race was for the under 5’s and this was won by Ryan Grey, Eoin Richards was 2nd and Eoin McLoughlin was 3rd.

Next up were the 5 to 7 year olds, the winner showing her family pedigree was Lauren Carr, 2nd was David Tuite who undoubtedly can teach dad Paddy a thing or two, and 3rd was Aoife Daly.

Next up were the juvenile championships, the first races being the sprints for boys and girls from U/10 upwards. The results were:

80M Girls U/10 & U/11

1. Lauren Finnegan

2. Lilly McPartland

3. Ellen Hannon

80M Boys U/10 & U/11

1. Keith Hudson

2. Sean McLoughlin

3. Darren Redmond

100M Girls U/12 & U/13

1. Carolyn Murphy

2. Camilla Ratz McDonald

3. Niamh Daly

100M Boys U/12 & U/13

1. David Hussey

2. Conor Dalton

3. Farrel O’Lideadha

100M Girls U/14 & U/15

1. Laura Preston

2. Niamh Lowney

3. Laura Brennan

100M Boys U/14 & U/15

1. Mark Maloney

2. Sean Costello

3. Ian Guiden

100M Boys U/16

1. Graham Mahon

2. Conor Redmond

The presentation of Club Championship medals to the top three took place on the infield immediately after the last of the sprint races, the presentation being made by Clonliffe Olympian Jerry Kiernan.

We then moved onto the distance races for the juveniles, the U/10’s and U/11’s running 500M, the U/12’s and 13’s 800M and U/14’s and 15’running 1000M.

The results of these races were:

500M Girls U/10 & U/11

1. Lauren Finnegan

2. Lauren Carr

3. Amy O’Donoghue

500M Boys U/10 & U/11

1. Keith Hudson

2. Paddy O’Lideadha

3. Sean McLoughlin

800M Girls U/12 & U/13

1. Rachel Murray

2. Niamh Lowney

3. Hayley Kennedy

800M Boys U/12 & U/13

1. David Hussey

2. Farrel O’Lideadha

3. Conor Dalton

1000M Boys U/14 & U/15

1. Ian Guiden

2. Sean Costello

3. Mark Maloney

1500M Boys U/16

1. Mark MacKenzie

In the field events the following were the results:

Longjump Girls U/10 & U/11

1. Lauren Finnegan

2. Lilly McPartland

3. Ellen Harron

Longjump Boys U/10 & U/11

1. Sean McLoughlin

2. Stephen Grimes

3. Cian Dalton

Longjump Boys U/12 & U/13

1. David Hussey

2. Farrel O’Lideadha

3. Conor Dalton

Longjump Girls U/12 & U/13

1. Hannah McLoughlin

2. Carolyn Murphy

3. Camila Ratz McDonald

Shotput Boys (all ages)

1. Mark Maloney

2. Luke Maloney

3. Farrel O’Lideadha

Shotput Girls (all ages)

1. Camila Ratz McDonald

2. Hannah McLoughlin

3. Carolyn Murphy

Shotput Girls U/14 & U/15

1. Kate Jones

2. Jenny McMahon

3. Niamh Lowney

Ball Throw Girls U/10 & U/11

1. Lauren Finnegan

2. Lauren Carr

3. Amy O’Donoghue

Ball Throw Boys U/10 & U/11

1. Michael Donoghue

2. Sean McLoughlin

3. Darren Redmond

Ball Throw Girls U/12 & U/13

1. Rachel Murray

2. Hannah McLoughlin

3. Carolyn Murphy

Ball Throw Boys U/12 & U/13

1. Farrel O’Lideadha

2. Conor Dalton

3. David Hussey

On completing the juvenile championships we then moved onto the seniors. There was a great turnout, particularly by the senior men where the race of the day, the 800M, was an absolute corker. The lineup read almost like a national final: Colm Rooney, Conor Healy, Gary O’Hanlon and Eoin McDonald.

Amongst them representing Clonliffe and guest, Rob Connolly of DSD, Pat McCarton of West Limerick, Darragh Bermingham of Raheny. 14 athletes towed the line, at 200M Rob Connolly held the lead with Colm Rooney and Conor Healy in close proximity. The bell was reached unofficially at 56 seconds and with Conor Healy pressing him hard Colm Rooney blasted down the home straight looking strong, comfortable and holding something in reserve as he clocked a very fast 1:50.9. Conor Healy was rewarded for his efforts with a superb PB of 1:51.4 in second place with Eoin McDonnell also running a superb PB 1:54.3 in 3rd place.

The full result of the 800M was:

1. Colm Rooney 1:50.9

2. Conor Healy 1:51.4 (PB)

3. Eoin McDonnell 1:54.3 (PB)

4. Darragh Bermingham (Raheny) 1:54.7

5. Pat McCarton (West Limerick) 1:54.9

6. Aidan Daly 1:55.1

7. Martin Conroy (Sligo) 1:55.6

8. Rob Connolly (DSD) 1:55.6

9. Gary O’Hanlon 1:55.8

10. Stephen Harkness 2:00.2 (possible PB)

11. Paul Breslin 2:00.2

12. Michael O’Sullivan (MSB) 2:03.2

13. Graham Mahon 2:10.8

14. Paul Sherrin 2:15.9

The Ladies 800M was also a very good race with Louise Reilly guesting and coming home 1st in a time of 2:20.7, in 2nd place and 1st in the Clonliffe championship was Sarah Finnegan 2:24.9, Emma Cooper was 2nd in 2:28.2.

The full result of the Women’s 800M was:

1. Louise Reilly (guest) 2:20.7

2. Sarah Finnegan 2:24.9

3. Emma Cooper 2:28.2

4. Kate Purcell

5. Niamh Hussey

6. Yasmin Grey

7. Saoirse O’Higgins

8. Emma Preston

The 100M sprints unfortunately did not attract a substantial field in each championship, the Mens 100M was won by Conor Coleman in a time of 11:06, 2nd was Chris Kelly in 12:05 and 3rd was Eoin Kahn 12:09.

The Ladies 100M unfortunately only had two athletes in it, 1st was Snezana Bechtina 12:09 with Ciara McCallen 2nd in 13:00.

On then to the 3000M where there were three races, first off were the master men, for the first time there was a separate masters track race on championship day with an excellent race up front between David Brennan and Philip O’Doherty with Philip taking the lead with about 600M to go and romping home 1st in 9:38.7 from David Brennan 2nd in 9:43.5, these two were somewhat clear of 3rd place man, former National Cross Country Champion from 1993, in fact he was Clonliffe’s last individual male Cross Country Champion, Noel Cullen.

The full result of the masters 3000M was:

1. Philip O’Doherty 9:38.7

2. David Brennan 9:43.5

3. Noel Cullen 10:11.1

4. Maurice McCrohan 10:24

5. Kieran Murphy 10:34

6. Alan Worrall 10:42.8

7. Gerry McCabe 10:49.6

8. Noel Guiden 11:03.5

9. Colm Doran 11:22.6

10. Terry Mee 11:57.5

11. Jimmy Bennett 13:38.4

There were five athletes in the women’s 3000M which was dominated by Ailish McDermott, who has improved dramatically over the course of the last 12 months and romped home a comfortable runner in 11:20 from Emma Cooper 2nd 11:36, 3rd was Rachel McBride 11:51 and 4th was Kate Purcell 12:30.

The men’s 3000M proved to be a very competitive affair with Gary O’Hanlon lining up for his second race of the afternoon with a 1:55 800 already to his name and he had a very good battle with guest Brian McMahon over the early laps before Gary picked up the pace big time with two laps to go, Gary cruising home in a fast 8:30.8. Eoin Pierse came through strongly over the latter half of the race to finish fairly close to his PB in a time of 8:51.9. Both Graham Mahon and Mark McKenzie deserve a mention as they were both running in their second races of the afternoon.

The full result of the 3000M was:

1. Gary O’Hanlon 8:30.8

2. Brian McMahon (guest) 8:39.4

3. Eoin Pierse 8:51.9

4. Michael McDiarmada 9:02.8

5. David Fitzmaurice 9:06.7

6. Cian McLoughlin 9:16.1

7. Graham Mahon 10:36.3

8. Mark McKenzie 11:00.6

The 1500M race was dominated by some new faces in Clonliffe. Super Aussie Brett Paine sat in the pack until the bell and tore over the final 400M to cruise down the final straight to be crowned Clonliffe 1500M champion (and him only a wet day in the club!). In 2nd place was another of the Clonliffe new boys Colm Murphy with Tom Austin an early leader, being swallowed up over the final stages, finishing 3rd in 4:28.05.

The full result of the 1500M was:

1. Brett Paine 4:23 (PB)

2. Colm Murphy 4:27.3

3. Tom Austin 4:28.5

4. Jeremy Walsh 4:30.2 (PB)

5. Eoin Kahn 4:33.1

6. Dara Boylan 4:46.7

7. Paul Duggan 4:52.3

There was a small turnout for the 400M meaning that both the men’s and women’s races were run as one with Ciara McCall winning the women’s race in a time of 60:9 with Sarah Finnegan 2nd 62.9.

In the men’s event the 2007 Clonliffe 400M Champion was judged to be Chris Kelly, the judges being called to adjudicate on what appeared to be a dead heat between him and Declan Moran. The judges however found that Chris Kelly had crossed the line 1st with Declan 2nd, both on identical times of 57.5. In 3rd place, having dusted himself off after the masters’s 3000 was Alan Worrall 62.3.

The two field events on the cards were the men’s discus and men’s shotputt.

In the discus 1st place was Eamon Byrne with a best throw of 37.03M, 2nd was Ben Woods who threw an identical long throw, however on countback the winner was Eamon Byrne with Ben Woods 2nd and in 3rd place, and not a pole vault in sight, was Ian Rogers 20.17. David Gann of Raheny was a guest and finished 4th.

In the shotputt 1st was Eamon Byrne, once again, with a best of 11:10M, 2nd was Ben Woods 10:11 and 3rd was guest David Gann 7:05.

This brought the track and field action to a conclusion and afterwards presentation of club championship medals was made to the senior master athletes by Club Captain Joe Cooper after a few words from Club President Paddy Marley who congratulated all concerned on what were a truly wonderful Club Championship. A special acknowledgement goes to Gladys and Joe for organising the day and to the officials on the day and also to the caterers who provided much needed sustenance for all.

Next years Club Championships will have a lot to live up to.

Eamonn Byrne hammers opposition in Dublin Seniors

Jun 18, 2007 [Noel Guiden] At the Dublin Senior Track and Field Championships held on Saturday evening Clonliffe`s Eamonn Byrne was victorious in the Hammer competition with a best of 43.12 m. Also in action at the Dublins was Stephen Harkins who ran a 1500m PB of 4.15.26. Meanwhile in Uden, Holland John Laffey continues his transition from 100 to 400 man with a superb 48.45 for second place, John`s time is only half a second off Anthony Foran`s 12 year old club record. Closer to home Clonliffe new boy Jeremy Lyons guested in the Munster Track and Field C`ships were he placed 3rd in the 800m in 1:56.12 and finally Francis Ni Reamion ran 9:55 for 2nd place behind Rosemary Ryan in the Inter-Varsity International between UL Selection -v-Harvard and Yale Combined in Limerick.

Another day another 34 medals

Jun 17, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Sunday back at HQ for Day 2 of the 2007 Dublin Juvenile Championships and not a sign of the young Harriers resting on their laurels from yesterdays successes. They turned out again a little tired but ready, willing and able for the challenges ahead. Yesterday brought a haul of 33 medals and at the close of today`s proceedings that total was more than doubled by an additional 34 medals: 12 Gold, 12 Silver and 10 Bronze.67 medals, some achievement. Well done athletes and coaches.

It`s been another long day with many high lights, here`s a few:

The field eventers once again chipped in big time. Mark Moloney in the boys U/14 High Jump – gold, he won 3 medals yesterday! Adam Greene bronze.In the boys U/18 long jump Chris Kelly also won gold. In the javelin we took U/15 silver thanks to Katie Jones, Katie than took gold in the Shot Putt, another multiple medal winner. Girls U/16 javelin silver and bronze from Niamh Hussey and Denise Callaghan and silver also in the U/18s from Rachel O`Kelly .

Our sprinters followed up on yesterday`s performances with more of the same powerful wins by John Conroy, a sprint double, adding the U/19 100 to yesterday`s 200 and also from Conor Coleman in the 100 U/18. Dylan Gibson took bronze in the U/17 100.

In the younger age groups Patrick O`Connor was 2nd in the U/15 200m and Leah Bergin won a thrilling gold in the girls U/14 200m at the very end of the day.

Shauna Furman was again in excellent form totally dominating the girls U/17 300m Hurdles to win gold. Tony Kavanagh tried his luck in the U/18 400 hurdles and took silver followed home in 3rd by Chris Kelly.

Once again Keith Hodson was the youngest medal winner today for the club taking silver in the boys U/10 500m with Rachael Murray bronze in the U/12 girls 600m.

The half milers took to the track and provided the closest and most exciting races of the afternoon first off with the U/14 boys where a great race saw Adam Greene take gold in a non too shabby 2:30 closely followed by Ian Guiden in 3rd. In the girls U/14 Leah was again our star performer taking Bronze, another multiple medal winner. Another great battle was served up in the boys U/16 with Graham Mahon taking gold from Tom Austin silver. Declan Moran took bronze in his 800. Sarah Finnegan was 3rd in the U/17 girls and Khadijah Dridi 2nd in the U/18s race. The boys U/18 was a cracker a great Clonliffe battle with the guys running a 60 second opening lap and a terrific last 200 which saw Eoin McDonnell (above) get the jump on the rest to take gold in a shade under 2 minutes, 2nd Mark McDonald and 3rd Paul Breslin.

On then to the distance races-the 3000m. First up were the U/16 boys in a race totally dominated by Jack Fay from start to finish and despite a mid race lapse when he allowed the second placed athlete to close up somewhat he quickly recovered to pull away in impressive style to win. Graham Mahon, tired from his 800m win a short time earlier showed great turn of speed over the last 200 to overhaul the second placed runner and take silver.

Dave Fitzmaurice had an excellent run in the U/18 race, after a very fast opening lap of 65 seconds the pace settled and running strongly Dave took silver taking a massive 10 seconds off his PB dipping under 9 minutes by a couple of seconds. The U/19 race was akin to a pace training run over the first 5 laps from Eoin Pierce and Dave Flynn swopping the lead at the end of each lap, however with 600 to go..they went. Covering the last lap in 59.2 (as timed by Mark McDonald) with Eoin taking the win. PB`s for both (8:48 for Eoin/8:49 Dave).Mention must also be made here of Larry Brady who also ran a 3000m PB of 9:45.

And so the day draws to a close, consigned to history already, ah but tomorrow… the future… and bright it looks. Well done each and every one of you

Day 1 of Dublin juvenile c`ships bring haul of 33 medals

Jun 16, 2007 [Noel Guiden] By close of business on the first of the two day Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships 2007 today the Clonliffe stats read : Bronze medals 9, Silvers 13 and Dublin Champions 11. There is ,however, much more to report than mere stats. These outstanding results recorded by Clonliffe`s youngsters are a testament to the efforts they put in session after session under the guidence of the wonderful coaches we are so lucky to have in Santry.Accross the spectrum of track and field in the Morton Stadium the black and amber was to the fore : Gold in the long jump pit provided by Mark Moloney, in the throwing cage Tony Gallagher Gold in the Discus, Katie Jones Gold in the Shot Putt, on track from sprints, John Conroy delivering Gold, to distance Eoin Pierse (left) with Gold in the 1500m in the day`s fastest time (4:07).A day which well uses the phrase from a TV advert from long before Sky Digital ..”it were champion”.

Thing started off bright and early today with the throwers stepping into the cage well before most of us had even had our breakfast, health and safety fears concerning the cage, mean that throwing cannot take place while the track is in use. The early morning didn`t deter Tony Gallagher in the U/19s taking Gold in the Discus and Bronze in the Hammer.Also in the Discus (U/18) Ben Woods took Silver, while Katie Jones took to the circle for the U/15 Shot Putt where she also struck Gold.

The first track events of the day were the various Hurdle races where medals were won by Shauna Furman, Gold no less of course ,girls U/17 100m H and in the boys U/14 75m H Mark Moloney took his first medal( of three) of the day with Silver following this up later in the afternoon with Long Jump Gold and 80m Silver.

In the sprints there was a most impressive run from John Conroy, a recent gold medalist in the All Ireland Schools, today in the 200m when after an excellent bend he was strong enough to hold off a late challenge over the last 50m. Also in the sprints Patrick O`Connor took silver in the U/15 100m and Keith Hodson became our youngest medalist of the day when he took Bronze in the U/10 60m.

Mark McDonald, better know as an 800m man came down in distance to the 400m where he was a comfortable winner , Mark goes in tomorrow`s 800. Paul Breslin was 3rd in the same race. In the U/17 400 Gavin Redmond was a silver medal winner.

Sarah Finnegan also took Silver for Clonliffe in the U/18 300m.

In the boys steeple chase we had further success. First off from Larry Brady in the U/17 1500m 2nd, then in the U/18 2000m 2nd Tony Kavanagh with Paul Sherrin 3rd and Owen Khan taking U/19 Gold.

On then to the 1500m were Clonliffe dominated accross all of the boys age groups. First off in the U/14s where there was a great battle between the 3 Clonliffe lads and down the final 100 between Ian Guiden and Adam Greene with Ian retaking the lead he had held for most of the race only 30m from the line to take gold with Adam taking silver.In the U/16s Tom Austin showed great form to win Gold. A very classy performance by Eoin McDonnell, who has already had a great track season with the European Youth Olympic qualifying time to his credit and All Ireland Schools 1500m Gold, saw him run away from the field to win the U/18s in 4:08.04 with club mate Colin Murray 3rd after a gutsy last lap. On then to the all Clonliffe U/19s race and what a race it was with Dave Flynn up front Eoin Pierse on his shoulder and these two pulling away from their club mates, on to the last lap when Eoin unleased his finish to pull away and win in 4:07 with Dave Flynn 2nd and Dara Boylan proving stronger than the rest for 3rd.

Our girls were of course not to shy in showing that they too can do the business over 1500, Khadijah Dridi U/19 Silver, Lorna Preston U/14 Bronze, and Denise Callaghan U/16 Bronze (Denise also took Silver in the High Jump for good measure!)

Finally our other medal winners were Wayne Plunkett U/14 Long Jump bronze and Leah Bergin U/14 Long Jump Silver.

A great day for all our young athletes whether they were winners or not winners, (there`s no such thing as a looser when a young athlete pulls on a Clonliffe vest and does their best) and you know what? Tomorrow we`ll do it all over again.

A special thanks from Clonliffe Harriers to all the hard working officials at these Championships.

All Ireland juvenile c`ships Day 2

Jul 15, 2007 [Brian McDonald] Over the first 2 days in the ALL Ireland Juvenile track and field championships held in Tullamore Clonliffe Harriers collected 9 medals, including 6 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze

Congrats to all who competed in these All Irelands , all wearing the Black and amber (with our new hireco sponsor logo)

We had impressive wins from Ian Rodgers , who got the crowd going in the Pole Vault

Eoin McDonnell had an impressive win in the 800m, powering to the front with 250m to go , and never looked back until 20m to go to see where the of the rest fields was ? this final was held only 90 minutes after the 3 heats !!!

David Fitzmaurice ran a PB in the 3K to bring home the Gold, moving to the front with 450m to go, and never looked back.

Full Results below (from )

Kate Jones 9th U.15 Girl’s Discuss 18.78

Shauna Furman 2nd U.17 Girl’s 100 m Hurdles 15.30

Shauna Furman 2nd U.17 Girl’s 300 m Hurdles 47.39

Tony Gallagher 4th U.19 Boy’s Discus 19.43

Orna Mc Ginley 1st U.18 Girl’s Triple Jump. 10.42

Kate Jones 9th U.15 Girl’s Discus

Conor Coleman 4th U.18 Boy’s 100 m 11.35

John Conroy 5th U.19 Boy’s 100 m 11.36

Tony Kavanagh 5th U.18 Boy’s 2000 m Steeplechase 6.57.49

Paul Sheerin 7th U.18 Boy’s 2000 m Steeplechase 7.34.14

Larry Brady 1st U.17 Boy’s 1500 m Steeplechase 4.44.39 (PB)

Larry Brady 6th U.17 Boy’s 800 m 2.08.74

David Flynn 1st U.19 Boy’s 2000 m Steeplechase 6.21.91

Eoghan Khan 4th U.19 Boy’s 2000 m Steeplechase 6.51.05 (PB)

Tom Austin 7th U.16 Boy’s 800 m 2.07.87

Sarah Finnegan 5th U.17 Girl’s 800 m 2.23.5H

Eoin Mc Donnell 1st U.18 Boy’s 800 m 1.57.17

Paul Breslin 8th U.18 Boy’s 800 m 2.04.75

Khadija Dridi 4th U.19 Girl’s 800 m 2.28.64

Declan Moran 8th U.19 Boy’s 800 m 2.09.78

Ian Rogers 1st U.19 Boy’s Pole Vault 4.31

Jacques Fay 8th U.16 Boy’s 3000 m 10.04.78

Mickey Mc Annallen 6th U.17 Boy’s 3000 m 9.32.24

David Fitzmaurice 1st U.18 Boy’s 3000 m 8.52.81 (PB)

Eoin Pierce 3rd U.19 Boy’s 3000 m 8.57.10

Laffey closes in on club 400 record

Jul 1, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Both John Laffey and Danny Kavanagh (left, old pic) travelled to Nivelles in Belgium this weekend with excellent performances from both, in particular from Laffey who won the 400m with continued improvement in his fledgling career as a 400m runner as he lowers his PB yet again, this time to 47:95, only 400th`s of a second off Anthony Foran`s club record (47:91) dating back 12 years. Danny Kavanagh was 4th in the 100m in 11:29.

Three of our middle distance men travelled to the Woodside Stadium, Watford for yesterday`s Grand Prix no. 2 of the British Milers Club`s Summer series. Colm Rooney in excellent form lately won the B 1500m in 3:43.13 a new PB. Gary O`Hanlon was 9th in race D (3:52.42) and Conor Healy won race D in the 800m recording 1:52.25.

Closer to home we had three athletes competing in the 56th Cork City Sports held in the Mardyke yesterday. Jeremy Lyons won the Irish Milers Club B 800 in 1:56.99. Mark McDonald was 4th in the IMC 800 A in 1:55.93 and Eoin McDonnell was 5th in the Junior men`s 1500m in 4:04.03.

McCreery for Euro team

Jun 15, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s ace pole vaulter Anthony McCreery has been named by Athletics Ireland in the Irish team for the European Cup in Vaasa, Finland. The team also includes James Nolan, David Gillick, Martin Fagan, amongst others, the womens team includes Joanne Cuddihy, Fionnoula Britton and Derval O`Rourke. See for full details.

Cork City Marathon

Jun 4, 2007 [Noel Guiden] Today`s Cork City Marathon, the first in nearly two decades was won by Bantry AC`s Alan O`Shea in 2:27.36. There were two Clonliffe athletes in the 1350 or so finishers, Frank Martin 4:17.57 and Mick Hogan 4:28.24. The race also included a Marathon Relay for teams of 2 to 5 runners. The crack “Spirit Of Cork” team featuring our own Cian McLoughlin with Noel Berkeley and Cathal Lombard were pre race favourites, however they were out foxed by West Waterford AC who took the win from “the Spirit”. Rumour has it that Cian will be part of another Relay squad in next Saturday`s Wicklow Way Relay. There are a number of Clonliffe athletes taking on the Wicklow Mountains including Bronagh Ni Bhriain, Aisling Coppinger, Tony Kiernan, Fionula Doherty, Dave Brennan, Eugene Coppinger and many more.


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