Archive for August, 2008

Clonliffe Longford double

Aug 24, 2008 [Jeremy Walsh] When the Clonliffe contingent arrived in Longford this morning, we were a bit perturbed. The weather conditions were what is known as ‘dry and sunny’. Having done all of our training in wind and rain, we were not sure how we’d cope in these unfamiliar conditions.

However, not to worry, as soon as the gun went the heavens opened, with a heavy shower for the first 20 minutes. Sergiu Turea (pictured) was soon to the fore in the marathon, leaving the pack at about 4 miles. He stormed to victory, finishing in 2.23.21, possibly a new course record and a personal best. Worth the trip then, well done, Sergiu.

The half marathon, a testing little course, starts at the same time as the marathon. A number of Clonliffe athletes, focussing on Autumn marathons used this as a tune up race. Running the longest race of his life, Josphat Boit took it handy for 10 miles, then upped the tempo to 5 minute mile pace, to finish in first place in a time of around 70.10. Well done Josphat.

Further back, yours truly ran 83.03, just a few seconds ahead of Maurice McCrohan. Fast improving newbie Ernie Ramsay also managed to finish in the 83’s. The sub-3 hours might still be on for us then, fingers crossed for a good last few weeks training!

Paul Carolan, hot on the heels of a 10 miles race last weekend, a track session on Tuesday night and a 5000m race on Thursday finished in around 90 minutes. He is following the Dave Brady school of training. It was good to see Brendon Buck racing again, recording a time of around 90 minutes. Having recently completed the 55 miles Comrades Marathon he said that he could go all day, but the speed was gone.

I’m not sure if there were any other Clonliffe runners out. The aforementioned Clonliffe Grand Prix stalwart Dave Brady of Raheny Shamrock was doing the marathon, but no result to hand.

2 races, 2 wins. Not bad. Nil desperandum.

Olympic 5,000 final

Aug 23, 2008 [Jeremy Walsh] Unfortunately Alistair Cragg was unable to complete the 5000m Final today. In a classic race, Alistair was to the fore initially but had to step off the track shortly after halfway. Bekele won, easily in the end, in 12.57, with a 3.56 last mile (!) and a 53s last lap (!!).

Cragg in 5,000 heat

Aug 20, 2008 [Jeremy Walsh] Alistair Cragg has just completed the first of the 3 5000m heats. With the first 4 guaranteed a place in the final, and a few fastest losers, it was always going to be tough.

Alistair took the lead early on going through 1k in 2.45, the same for 2k. It slowed a little, going though 3000m in 8.19, the 4th km was 2.49, so it was always gooing to come down to a sprint. At the bell Cragg was at the back of a leading group of 7, among them Kipchoge and Bekele the younger. Alistair battled hard in the last lap, which was run in 55secs, ultimately finishing 6th in about 13.38. It was won in 13.36, the relatively slow heat might mean his 6th place wasn’t good enough for a fastest loser place. Fingers crossed.

Live update! Still in a fastest loser place after the second heat.

2nd Live Update…. YESSSSSSS! He’s through. Last heat slower as well, so through as second fastest loser out of three. Eurosport commentators were giving out that he got the tactics wrong, taking it out, but not taking it out hard enough. But looks like he got it right. Well done Alistair. Best of luck in the final on Saturday.

Josphat makes it three out of three

Aug 16, 2008 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe Kenyan Josphat Boit made it three wins out of three on the roads. Hot on the heels of wins in Carlingford and Galway Josphat took the Frank Duffy Dublin 10 Mile Championship in Dublin`s Phoenix Park this morning.Race conditions were far from ideal with high winds and humidity, however, the athletes can thank their lucky stars for the early start as this afternoon`s four hour downpour would have had them looking for boats at the rowing clubs !

Josphat had things far from his own way as Raheny man Vinnie Mulvey really put it up to him matching him stride for stride. It was only in the final heart stopping sprint finish that Josphat look safe in clocking up his third road race success winning in a time of 49.22 with Vinnie only four seconds in arrears. Excellent performance from both men particularily taking the conditions into account.

Afterwards, Josphat, normally a 5,000m runner with a PB of some 13.16, confessed that he had found the longer race distance somewhat troubling : “That`s the longest distance I`ve ran competitively so I did find it a bit challenging 5K is definitely my preferred race !”

A good run also form Sergiu Turea who was racing back in the capital for the first time in several months after his move down South. Sergiu coming home third in 50.54.

Our third scorer was Michael McDiarmada in 12th recording a time of 54.54. Unfortunately not quite good enough to take the team title which was won by Raheny Shamrocks.

Other Clonliffe results spotted on the official results: 36th Declan Power 57.55, 43rd Niall Sherlock 58.37, 52nd Ronan Hartnett 59.32, his first race in a while, over a distance 16 miles too short as well. Conor Delaney is starting to show good form again and is well over his early season injury recording a time of 62.09 in 81st. Ernie Ramsey was next Clonliffe man in placing 116th (63.39). In 199th was Fergal Hartnett 66.53, clearly only getting back to training again after injury. Paul Duggan ran 67.47 while Paul Carolan will be disappointed with his 69.41, not a fair reflection at all on his current form.

Cragg set to go

Aug 14, 2008 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s Alistair Cragg hits the Bird`s Nest track in Beijing for the first time, in this his second Olympic Games, tomorrow in heat 2 of the 1500m due off at 12.10pm Irish time. Cragg of course is doubling up with the 1500/5,000, however, the indications are that he is very much focused on the longer event and is using the 1500 essencially as part of his preparations for Wednesdays 5,000. He faces a real fight getting out of tomorrow`s heats, as he finds himself up again 1500m athletes of the standard of Bernard Lagat (USA) the current World Champion, Asbel Kiprop (Kenya) a young man who has a current seasons best of 3.31.64 and Juan Carlos Higuero(ESP) with a 3.32.57 seasons best. Although Cragg has ran sparingly over the distance this season, his best 1500 in 2008 is 3.39.12, he does have a PB of 3.36.18. He will have to run close to that to come through the heats with the first 5 to qualify from the 4 heats plus the 4 fastest loosers.Alistair Cragg has the talent and the heart to do it. GO ALISTAIR GO !!

Boit, Cragg and Donegan win national titles

Aug 2, 2009 [] Clonliffe athletes collected 10 medals this past weekend at the National Championships.


Josphat Boit was first onto the rostrum when picking up his 10,000m gold medal on Saturday. Leading the race from the start Josphat was joined at the front by Mullingar’s Martin Fagan. With an exciting race promised it was highly unfortunate that Martin pulled out injured a little after the half way point. Josphat continued to run strongly until the end where his finishing time was 29.44.55. Josphat becomes the 3rd Clonliffe winner of this event after Jerry Kiernan (’81) and Richard Mulligan (’89 and ’90).

Clonliffe were treated to a second athlete on the rostrum in this race when Sergiu Turea successfully fought off the rest of the leading group to come home for silver in a time of 30.51.42. Brian Macmahon finished 7th in the same race in a time of 31.53.27 to help Clonliffe win the team title run in conjunction with this race.

Tomas Rauktys earned a bronze medal in the Shot with a distance of 14.51m. Luke Mangan was 4th in the same event with a throw of 13.71m.

Sunday saw most of our athletes take places in their respective finals. Martin Hunt was first into action when he came 4th in the Hammer with a throw of 50.85m. Marcin Klimkosz was 4th in the High Jump with 1.95m.

Back on the track Conor Healy was 8th in the eagerly anticipated 800m, with a time of 1.52.62. Alistair Cragg was next up and proved an easy winner over his speciality 5000m event. Leading after 200m Alistair proceeded to run solo for the remainder of the event, crossing the line for gold in a time of 13.52.15. Alistair becomes the third Clonliffe winner of this event after Tom Gregan (’74) and David Taylor (’86). It was also apt that another Clonliffe great, Danny McDaid was the official presenter of the medals.

In the same race Michael MacDiarmada came home in 18th place with a new personal best time of 15.19.55.

In the field Tomas Rauktys and Luke Mangan were back in the throwing circle, this time for the Discus. Tomas was just outside the medals this time with a throw of 45.25m. Luke was 11th with a throw of 34.87m.

Ready to toe the line for the next event were the men in the 400m Hurdles. Jeremy Lyons and John Fagan lined up for Clonliffe. One year ago Jeremy had to pull out of the final with an injury picked up in the warm up, so this race was a long time coming. Despite a delicate hurdling of the 7th barrier, Jeremy managed to secure the silver medal in a time of 53.84 seconds. Running from lane eight, John was able to break his personal best and cross the line in 5th with a time of 55.18 seconds.

The mens 100m was a slightly surprising event to see John Laffey compete in, but nonetheless he showed his competititive instincts by finishing 4th in a time of 11.21 seconds.

In the Javelin, Clonliffe’s three athletes put up solid performances. After struggling all Summer with injury Paul Marry’s 6th place finish with a throw of 55.71m is a testament to his ability. The evergreen Denis Delany was 9th with 52.62m while Marcin Klimkosz was 12th with 46.85m.

Tomas was back in action with the 56lbs weight for distance. Despite being new to the event, he proved an excellent student of the technique as he went on to pick up another bronze medal with his 7.35m throw.

The final track event of the day was the men’s 1500m and Mark Kenneally and Aidan Bailey lined up for Clonliffe. With Clonliffe’s Colm Rooney being the reigning Champion it was hoped we could hold on to the title for one more year. After a less than demanding first 700m Mark hit the front with two laps to go. Stretching out the field with a 57 second third lap, he wasn’t headed until just before the 200m by David Campbell. Aidan Bailey was tracking the group and despite running into some traffic was managing to get a free run as he entered the last 100m. Mark was hanging on to his hard earned silver medal position all the way up the final straight and successfully out leaned Leevale’s Mark Hanrahan on the line with a time of 3.54.05. Aidan finished just over a second behind in 6th with a time of 3.55.06.

Over on the Pole Vault runway Clonliffe was looking for an unprecedented 1,2,3 finish. Ian Rogers matched his personal best with a jump of 4.40m but had to settle for joint 4th. Michael Strezelczyk finished with a silver medal after his clearance of 4.50m. Reigning champion David Donegan had won the title with his clearance of 4.60m but continued to jump on to set both a personal best and a new Clonliffe Record with a gold mdeal final cleararance of 4.91m. With three good attempts at a new Irish record of 5.01m, David may very well have left the competition disappointed! This is the David’s 4th time to win this title following gold medals in 2002, 2006 and 2008.


With one medal and one 4th place finish the Clonliffe ladies wer outdid their performances from 2008.

Denise Byrne wone the silver mdeal in the women’s Javelin with a throw of 37.49m. Shauna Furman was 4th in the 100m Hurdles in a time of 15.86 seconds. Ailish McDermott was 8th in the 5,000m in a time of 18.52.69, while Agne Liadova was 6th in the High Jump with 1.60m. In the last women’s event of the day Louise Reilly was 7th in the 1500m with a time of 4.37.81. Considering the slow first 800m this time was quite close to her best performance this year. Becky Woods was 9th in the same race in 4.42.17

It was also wonderful to see Clonliffe’s multi-time National Championship winner and Record holder Claire Walsh present today.


In the Junior Men’s 3000m, we weren’t able to match Eoin Pearce’s silver medal run from last year. David Fitzmaurice was 5th place in a time of 9.03.36. Jayme Rossiter was 8th with 9.10.91, Eric McCann was 11th in 9.31.44 and Conor McGuniness was 13th in 9.40.89


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