Archive for April, 2008

Clonliffe juveniles take Isle of Man by storm

Apr 29, 2008 [Noel Guiden] Our juvenile athletes brief tour to the Isle of Man over the course of the weekend proved to be an outstanding success all round. A group of seventeen of our athletes aged between 13 and 17, in the safe hands of Gladys, Marian, Mick and Gerry set out bright and early for Saturday morning’s short flight to the Isle of Man and arrived in wet and cold downtown Douglas. After checking into our salubrious hotel situated on the promenade a group of us set out on the first of the weekend challenges – the Douglas Five Mile Hill Run where, despite the best efforts of the older heads Mark McKenzie, Jordan Logue and Ian Guiden couldn’t be held back and on the long downhill stretch they were joined by Jack Fay and Graham Mahon with Graham and Mark battling it out and finishing in a tie at the steps of the hotel – the lads seem to have overlooked that this was a loosening out jog.

The troops then enjoyed a fine meal before the cultural highlight of the weekend – laser blasting at a converted farmyard some miles away. The laser blast was won by Tom Austin, a quite and shy chap!

After breakfast on Sunday we headed on to the track for the business end of the weekend the open sports hosted by Manx Harriers on the only athletics track in the Isle of Man. The track, a six lane track, was situated in a wonderful setting surrounded by the sports facilities, a large astro football pitch, a football stadium, a gymnasium facility and pool facility.

The Meet was attended by athletes from the four Isle of Man clubs. To say, however, that the Clonliffe athletes dominated really would be an understatement.

All our athletes performed superbly with top three positions in almost every event and several PBs into the bargain.

It was also particularly interesting to see a number of our athletes try other events, Jack Fay for example, more noted as a middle/long distance runner took in both the high jump and 100 metres hurdles. While in the younger age groups Aaron Wade took in the sprints and also the high jump where he was challenged by Ian Guiden over the first couple of rounds.

Race of the day was undoubtedly the boys 17’s 100 metres which was to be the decider to find ‘the fastest man in the Isle of Man’, there was virtually a dead heat between Graham Mahon and Conor Redmond and after much deliberation the judges gave the win to Graham in a time of 12.62 with Conor timed at 12.65.

The following were the results recorded by our athletes:

Boys 13 High Jump

1st Aaron Wade 1.35m

3rd Ian Guiden 1.10m

Girls 13 Long Jump

1st Leah Bergin 4.52m

3rd Niamh Lowney

4th Hannah McLoughlin

Boys 13 Long Jump

1st Wayne Plunkett 3.62

Girls 13 200 metres

1st Leah Bergin 28.94

3rd Lorna McDonnell 30.48

4th Niamh Lowney 35.39

Girls 13 100 metres

1st Leah Bergin 14.1

2nd Lorna McDonnell 14.6

4th Hannah McLoughlin

Boys 13 100 metres

2nd Aaron Wade

3rd Wayne Plunkett

Girls 13 800 metres

2nd Leah Bergin 2.57.5

3rd Lorna McDonnell 2.58.7

Boys 13 800 metres

1st Ian Guiden 2.30.2 (PB)

Boys 13 1500 metres

1st Ian Guiden 5.00.32 (PB)

Boys 13 75m hurdles

1st Aaron Wade

2nd Wayne Plunkett

Girls 13 discus

2nd Hannah McLoughlin 12.89

3rd Niamh Lowney 10.92

Girls 15 discus

1st Niamh Hussey 14.42

Girls 15 Shot put

1st Niamh Hussey 5.59

Girls 15 3000 metres

2nd Denise Callaghan 11.59 (PB)

Boys 17 100 metres

1st Graham Mahon 12.62

2nd Conor Redmond 12.65

Boys 17 200 metres

1st Graham Mahon 25.4

2nd Conor Redmond 25.49

4th Greg McLoughlin 27.43

Boys 15 400 metres

1st Mark Everett 67.99 (PB)

Boys 17 3000 metres

1st Jordan Logue 10.05.88

2nd Jack Faye 10.10.99

4th Mark McKenzie 10.25.09

Boys 17 800 metres

1st Tom Austin 2.05.36

3rd Jordan Logue 2.18.73

Boys 17 High Jump

1st Jack Faye 1.55m

Boys 17 discus

1st Tom Austin 29.46m

By any standards an extremely impressive set of results.

As the proceedings drew to a close our young athletes then headed to the pool while the exhausted coaches and administrator sat down for a rest and a quick bite to eat in a top class eatery to remain nameless. Early the following morning it was back home to Dublin.

In all this was an excellent weekend superbly organised as always by Gladys and Marian. It was a weekend which was thoroughly enjoyed by our young athletes who as always can be proud of the way they handled themselves over the course of the weekend. We look forward to the 2009 tour.

14 year old club record devoured by a Lyon

Apr 28, 2008 [Killian Lonergan] In his first outing over the hurdles this year, and in fact for many a year, Jerremy Lyons broke the 14 year old Club 400m Hurdles record of John Connolly. At an open meeting at Loughborough University on Saturday, Jeremy was 2nd in the A race and stopped the clock at 54.69secs to comfortably break the old record of 54.90secs. With at least 3 months left in the season we’ll be expecting further record runs before the Summer is out. Jeremy’s PB of 52.9 from 1998 could yet be in danger! Congrats.

National Road Relays

Apr 13, 2008 [Jeremy Walsh] Perched between the cross country and track seasons, the National Road Relays is a great occasion. It’s also a day that Club Captains earn their spurs, as not only do they have to select their best team, they also have to match the right man to the right leg.

Held today in rain and shine, but mostly shine, in Raheny, first off were the Veteran Ladies. Unfortunately, Clonliffe did not field a team in a race won by Raheny.

With runners coming back from injury and lay-offs, Clonliffe patched a team together for the Veteran Mens. Declan Power had a storming first leg, handing over to Noel Cullen in (all times unofficial for now)4.46. Noel, racing himself fit, had a steady first lap (5.10) and after a 5.28 second lap, for a 10.38 leg, handed over to Philip O’Doherty. Philip on the way back from his third injury of the year, was off his best, running the lap in 5.15, for a total team time of 20.41 and 7th place. The race was won, yet again, by Raheny Shamrock.

Next up were the Senior Ladies, and Raheny made it a hat-trick of wins on the day. Notably, Annette Kealy made history, being the first person to be a member of both the winning Senior and Veteran Ladies team on the same day. Well done Annette. Clonliffe was strongly represented with 3 teams. The A team was made up of Ailish McDermott, Eleanor Alexander and Louise Reilly, the B team Karen Duggan, Emma Cooper and Mags Greenan, with Rachel McBride, Tara Whyte and Sinead Hartnett making up the C team. all battled hard, but times or positions are not to hand.

And then for the main event of the day. There was a lot of talk in the build up as to who was running on which team for which club across the country. With 5 successive National Senior Cross Country titles secured some weeks back, the challenge for Clonliffe today was to see if we could make it 3 in a row, having set a new course record in winning in 2006 and then repeating this feat in 2007. Two strong teams were selected. Aidan Bailey was first off for the A team, clocking 4.41 for his first lap, and 4.47 for his second for a 9.28 leg. Conor Healy (pictured) was on the second leg, the shortest, 1 mile leg. We knew he was up for it by the way he roared Aidan in. Not holding back, he made up massive ground and a few places in clocking an incredible 4.20. Rumours went around that it was a new lap record; we await confirmation. The race was set up nicely, with Colm starting his 3mile leg in second place just on Raheny’s Vinny Mulvey’s shoulder. They were still in the same positions at the end of the first lap (4.41), ditto at the end of the second lap (4.59). It was turning into a tactical affair. But at the end of the third lap, Colm was the first to come into view, putting in a 4.45 lap, for a 14.25 leg and a 9second lead over Raheny. With James Nolan taking over for the final 2 mile leg, things were looking good, and at the end of his first lap (4.40), it was evident he was pulling further clear, increasing his lead to about 17seconds. He completed his last lap in about 4.44 for a 9.24 leg and well clear in 1st place securing the gold medal and the three-in-a-row for Clonliffe. Further rumours abounded that the unofficial team time of 37.38 was a new course record, taking 4 seconds off last years time, but this has also to be confirmed. Well done to the boys.

The B team also had some good runs, Niall Sherlock starting off and handing over to Eoin Pearce. Next up was Brian McMahon, who made up a number of places and a lot of time with his impressive 14.47 3 mile leg. David Flynn battled hard in a competitive final 2 mile leg, the team finishing in 39.23.

A good day for Clonliffe. Nil desperandum.


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