Archive for January, 2008

Nolan 3rd in boston and pole vaulters go 1-2 in Belfast

Jan 27, 2008 [Noel Guiden] At last night`s big US indoor meet, The Reebok Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Track, Clonliffe`s James Nolan was third in the Mile in a time of 4.01.06. First was Pablo Soleres (Mex) in 4.00.34 with Rob Myers (USA) second. Despite reports to the contrary Alistair Cragg did not, after all, take part in the meet.

At the National Indoor Championships in Belfast, David Donegan and Anthony McCreary finished 1st and 2nd respectively. With a winning height of 4.75m to Anthony’s 4.65m, David reversed the positions from the National Outdoor Championships of 2007.Our third vaulter Ian Rogers finished 5th.

In the sprints we had four athletes in the mens 60m. Danny Kavanagh had a good championship placing 4th Irishman, his times were 7.08, 7.11 and 7.10. John Laffey ran times of 7.11 and 7.16. Chris Minn 7.33 and Henhrick Famutimi 7.51. In the 200m Chris Minn ran 24.25. Jenny Corcoran was our sole representitive in the womens sprints running 27.29 in the 200m.

In the 800m Conor Healy was most unlucky to go out in the heats placing second in his heat in 1.55.38, an indoor PB. Louise Reilly finished 7th in the womens 3000m in 10.19.91.

Flynner 2nd in Celtic cross

Jan 18, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Dave Flynn made a great impression in the U/23 Cetic Nations Cross Country in Cardiff today finishing second in this his first U/23 International and longest race todate.The U/23 International was run in conjunction with the senior men`s open race over a distance of 10,200m, this race was won by an Australian athlete, Flynner was 7th over all, 2nd U/23 and 1st Irishman. An excellent performance and according to the man himself was his “best race to date”. See report on with full results soon on

Dave Flynn sprints to DCU Invitational victory

Jan 16, 2008 [Noel Guiden] The first major school`s race of 2008 took place in bitterly cold conditions at St. Clare`s, Glasvevin this afternoon. The DCU Invitational Cross Country featured athletes from some 80 schools throughout the country and featured several of Clonliffe`s young athletes.Great work was done in organising the event by DCU`s Enda Fitzpatrick and of course our own John Shiels with an excellent spectator friendly course around the football pitches, with the added attraction of a sharp hill which with the rain produced a nice coating of mud catching many of the runners further down the field out. There were several backmarkers involved in pile ups much to the amusement of their school mates.

The boys senior race provided the race of the day. There were a large number of Clonliffe athletes involved. Dave Flynn(Coolmine Community School) proved that he is over the illness which hampered him in Saturday`s Cetlic International as he ran about 10/15 meters off his Coolmine school mate only closing the gap over the final 500m and then unleashing a superb kick sprinting to an excellent victory. Great race also from Colm Murray 4th, Tony Kavanagh 7th, Mark McDonald 8th (all St. Aidans), who along with Paul Sherin and Gavin Redmond brought team victory to the Whitehall school. Good run also from Declan Moran.

In the senior girls Kate Purcell ran a good race finishing comfortably in the top 10, while Sarah Finnegan looked equalling good in the U/17 race finishing well up the field.

Other Clonliffe athletes in action included one shoed Jordan Logan and Graham Mahon in the boys U/17. Ian Guiden and Sean Costello in the U/15 taking team 2nd for St. Aidans and Niall Hanlon in the U/14`s where St. Aidans took the team win.

AAI Indoor Games

Jan 14, 2008 [Noel Guiden] Four of our athletes were in action at the AAI Indoor Games in Nenagh yesterday. Conor Healy (left) ran 2.31.22 in the 1,000m to take second place. While sprinters Danny Kavanagh ran 7.13 in his 60m heat and then follow up with 7.11 for 3rd in his final,and John Hartnett was 3rd in the 200m in 24.88. Jenny Corcoran also made the trip to Tipp recording 8.22 in her 60m heat and 8.39 in her final and then took in the 200m running 27.74 for 2nd. Full results on

Good runs from Clonliffe athletes in Scotland

Jan 13, 2008 [Noel Guiden] All three of our athletes had good runs in the Celtic Cross Country International held in conjunction with the Great Edinburgh Cross Country yesterday. Both Frances NicReamoin and Becky Woods were scorers on the Irish U/23 womens team that took victory, while Dave Flynn scored on the mens U/20 team that finish 2nd to Scotland.Frances placed 32nd overall and was Ireland`s second scorer in the U/23 in a time of 22:24. Becky was 56th overall in 23:58 and was Ireland`s 4th U/23 scorer. Dave Flynn placed 58th overall and was 3rd scorer on the Irish U/20 squad.

The race was a dress rehersal for the World Cross Country, now only two and a half months away, being run over the same Hollyrood course. The men`s race was an excellent race with a super finish from Kenenisa Bekele making the break at the summit of the final hill on the course some 600m from home to storm home making it three in a row from reigning World Cross Country Champion Zersenay Tadesse in second. After the race Bekele, who was expected to try regain his World Cross title on March 31st dropped a bomb shell stating ” it`s a fabulous place but I`m not sure I`ll be coming back for the World Cross Country. I`ll see what my condition is after the World Indoors”.

Winner of the women`s race was Gelete Burka in 19:58.


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