Archive for May, 2009

Hot stuff in club track and field

May 25, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Well the club captains have done it again. For the fourth successive year not only have they promoted the most fantastic days athletics but they provided the most fantastic sunshine. With temperatures soaring to the mid 20s the club’s athletes were inspired with sparkling performances, magnificent races and wonderful camaraderie. It was without a doubt the most fantastic club day.

As always these track and field championships provide something for all: tiny tots, juveniles, seniors and masters – no-one is left out. With the Morton Stadium bathed in summer sunshine and the very substantial attendance – as one seasoned observer pointed out you wouldn’t get many more at the Nationals – the action got underway at 4.15 p.m. with two keenly contested tiny tots races over 50 metres. This was a great start to the day’s events as it featured the sons and daughters and brothers and sisters of the Clonliffe family. As soon as the tiny tots were finished burning the track the juvenile programme got underway with the sprints events for under 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s, quite extraordinarily for a club championship there was a requirement for heaths in the boys U/10s event with some 20 young athletes entered. One of the early races of the day was the U/16 boys 100 metres which featured a blanket finish and having come through very strongly over the last 20 Craig Comiskey was victorious. Elaine Begley added another string to her bow with victory in the girls U/16.

The distance events for the juveniles range from 300 metres for the U/10s up to 1000 metres for the U/16s. Lauren Carr made it a double victory in the girls U/10 event adding the 300 metre title to the 100 metre title that she had won 30 minutes previously. Keith Hudson also claimed a double winning the boys U/12 500 and 80 metres titles. Craig Comiskey claimed the U/16 1000 metre title, finishing second in the race behind guest Mark Nolan and Elaine Begley also took a double winning the 1000 metres.

The field events were also very keenly contested, there was a full range of field events for the juveniles from ball throw for the U/10s and 12s to shot put for the older age groups, long jump and high jump.

The 2009 club juvenile championship results are:

Girls U/10 60 metres

1. Lauren Carr

2. Aoife Power-Breen

3. Jessica Darby

Girls U/12 80 metres

1. Dervla Brennan

2. Nana Ceba

3. Rebecca Crawford

Boys U/12 80 metres

1. Keith Hodson

2. Peter Taylor

3. Timothe Lawless

Boys U/10 300 metres

1. Calem Hayes

2. Mairtin Leonard

3. Ciaran Kearns

Girls U/10 300 metres

1. Lauren Carr

2. Jessica Darby

3. Aoife Power-Breen

Boys U/12 500 metres

1. Keith Hodson

2. Aaron Darby

3. Zachary Hales

Girls U/12 500 metres

1. Dervla Brennan

2. Lauren Brady

3. Lily McPartlin

Boys U/14 800 metres

1. Liam Ashton

2. John Buckley

3. Cian Larkin

Girls U/14 800 metres

1. Seanna Reilly

2. Rachel Murray

3. Eimear Treacy

Boys U/16 1000 metres

1. Mark Nolan

2. Craig Comiskey

3. John Bradley

Girls U/14 1000 metres

1. Elaine Begley

2. Aisling Aherne

3. Irene Falvey

Boys U/16 100 metres

1. Craig Comiskey

2. Mark Nolan

3. Ian Brennan

Girls U/16 100 metres

1. Elaine Begley

2. Leah Bergin

3. Lorna McDonnell

Girls U/10 long jump

1. Moya McDermott

2. Aoife Power-Breen

3. Lauren Carr

Boys U/10 long jump

1. Patrick Kelleher

2. Elliot Lawless

3. Mairtin Leonard

Boys U/12 long jump

1. Luke Dalton

2. Keith Hodson

3. Timothy Lawless

Girls U/12 long jump

1. Lily McPartlin

2. Sarah Murray

3. Laura Brady

Girls U/14 long jump

1. Shauna Reilly

2. Megan Coomber

3. Jasmin Hayles

Boys U/14 long jump

1. Liam Ashton

2. Tighe Brennan

3. Donal Kearns

Boys U/16 long jump

1. Martin Coombe

2. Mark Maloney

3. Aaron Wade

Boys U/12 high jump

1. Andre Liadov

2. Conor Monahan

3. Keith Hodson

Girls U/14 high jump

1. Shauna Reilly

2. Jasmin Hayles

3. Rebecca Crawford

Boys U/14 high jump

1. Liam Ashton

2. Donal Kearns

3. Sean

Boys U/16 high jump

1. Samuel

2. Maru

3. Marlon

Girls U/16 high jump

1. Elaine Begley

2. Leah Bergin

3. Lorna McDonnell

Boys U/10 ball throw

1. Calem Hayles

2. Patrick Kelleher

3. Mairtin Leonard

Girls U/10 ball throw

1. Lauren Carr

2. Moya McDermott

3. Caoimhe Reilly

Girls U/12 ball throw

1. Nana Ceba

2. Mary Taylor

3. Lily McPartlin

Boys U/12 ball throw

1. Andre Liadov

2. Darren Redmond

3. Calem Brady

Girls U/14 shot put

1. Shauna Reilly

2. Hannah McLoughlin

3. Eimear Treacy

Boys U/14 shot put

1. Tighe Brennan

2. Sean McLoughlin

3. Cian Larkin

The Senior Championships as always provided some magnificent athletics, once again the highlight was the Men’s 800 metres which over the last four years has attracted the clubs best middle distance athletes and always provides exceptionally fast times for a club championship. The sprint events were also very keenly fought and at the end of the days proceedings everyone looked forward to the relay.

The women got proceedings underway with the 200 metre championship and this was, as expected an excellent race with Leah Moore taking the win with a very strong run in a time of 26.8. The senior Men’s race featured the cream of Clonliffe’s up and coming sprinters and in the battle of the schools champions Conor Coleman won from Patrick O’Connor both running 11.6. The Senior Women’s 800 metres also provided an excellent race. As expected the Men’s 800 was a stormer with Gary O’Hanlon doing the pacemaking duties, the athletes scorched around the first lap, Aidan Bailey took up the running with 400 to go and then it was a question of who was the strongest and with Aidan bubbling with confidence courtesy of his 3000 metres PB on Friday proving to be the strongest winning the 800 metre title in a time of 1.53.9 from Mark McDonald 1.55.15 and David Flynn 1.55.34. Brett Paine took a whopping 3 seconds of his PB running 1.55.6 for 4th, Eoin Pearse was 5th 1.57.2 and John Fagan 6th in 1.57.6 and Stephen Harkness also running sub 2 with 1.59.8 in 7th. The magnificent 7 all under two minutes.

The Men’s 400 featured two of the country’s top 400 metre men, John Laffey winning in a time of 49.8 from Jeremy Lyons (without the hurdles this time) running 50.2. Conor Healy was 3rd in 50.6.

The Men’s 3000 metres was a race which featured a lot of our up and coming Junior athletes Jayme Rossiter ran a very mature race sticking behind Cormac Fitzpatrick (a guest) and out-kicking Cormac over the last 100 to win in a time of 9.20.3. The final race of the day was the 1500 metres race where Gary O’Hanlon set the pace with David Fitzmaurice sticking to his tail as long as possible, at the finish Gary won in a time of 3.49.8 with David Fitzmaurice recording 3.51.0 and Graham Mahon 3.59.7.

The final outing of the afternoon was the relay race which proved great fun – team commando were led out by Mark McDonald passing on to Jordan Logue and in turn on to anchor leg man Kevin English and with Gary O’Hanlon in hot pursuit over the last lap Kevin gritted his teeth to take a glorious win for his team.

The full results of the senior championship are:

Women’s 200 metres

1. Leah Moore 26.8

2. Sarah Woods 28.0

3. Shauna Forman 28.3

Senior Men 100 metre

1. Conor Coleman 11.6

2. Patrick O’Connor 11.6

3. Stephen Comiskey 11.7

Senior Women 800 metres

1. Becky Woods 2.18.9

2. Louise Reilly 2.20.5

3. Eleanor Alexander 2.23.4

Senior Men 800

1. Aidan Bailey 1.53.9

2. Mark McDonald 1.55.15

3. David Flynn 1.55.34

4. Brett Paine 1.55.56

5. Eoin Pearse 1.57.20

6. John Fagan 1.57.60

7. Stephen Harkness 1.59.80

8. Declan Moran 2.03.43

9. Graham Mahon 2.03.80

10. Joe Cooper 2.06.10

Senior Men 400 metres

1. John Laffey 49.8

2. Jeremy Lyons 50.2

3. Conor Healy 50.6

Senior Men 3000 metres

1. Jayme Rossiter 9.20.3

2. Cormac Fitzpatrick (guest) 9.24.3

3. Eric McCann 9.24.8

4. Jordan Logue 9.59.9

Master Men 3000 metres

1. Mark Bermingham 10.28

2. Maurice McCrohan 10.33

3. Colm Doran 11.39

Senior Women 3000 metres

1. Louise Ryan 10.19.82

2. Eilish McDermott 10.48.9

3. Joyce O’Hara 11.32.2

Senior Men 1500 metres

1. Gary O’Hanlon 3.49.8

2. David Fitzmaurice 3.51.0

3. Graham Mahon 3.59.7

Senior Women 400 metres

1. Shauna Forman 65.1

2. Sarah Finnegan 66.1

3. Sinead Galvin 69.8

In all a truly fantastic club championship and a fantastic advertisement for our club and our sport which was thoroughly enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike. Congratulations and much appreciation to Joe Cooper, Gladys Cooper and Pamela Cooper and their dedicated team of coaches and assistants on the day.

Lyons takes another bite out of club record

May 23, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Jeremy Lyons was at it again in the Irishtown Stadium last night as he lowered the Clonliffe 400m Hurdles record for a third time. In the GV Ryan Meet hosted by Crusaders AC he roared to a new club record of 53.1. Jeremy`s one man assault on what was the club`s longest standing track record, (and the Treasurer`s cheque book !) began on April 28th last year when he broke the 14 year old record, two weeks later also in the GV Ryan meet he lowered the record again with a time of 53.34 and now is only fractions away from his 11 year old PB of 52.9.

Speaking of PB`s in the IMC races held in conjunction with the GV Ryan David Flynn took just over four seconds off his 1500m PB running 3:55.52 for 6th place. After leading this ‘A’ 1500m race for almost 600m Conor Healy was caught on the last bend and had to be content with finishing third in 3.52.45. Eoin Pearse was 10th in the same race with a season’s best of 4.03.87

Aidan Bailey was on the start list for the 3,000m looking to join the list of Peter McDermott’s athletes achieving PB’s this week. After David Fitzmaurice and Brett Paine on Wednesday and David Flynn and Becky Woods (4.40.86) an hour before hand, confidence was high. With 5th place and a time of 8.18.90 he took over 14 seconds off his previous best performance and was rightfully pleased.

Unfortunately our other entrant in this race, Gary O’Hanlon, was still suffering from the flu as he finished in 8.39.49.

Luke Mangan also set a new PB last night in the Hammer (offical distance tbc).

Shauna Furman stars in Leinster Schools

May 13, 2009 [Noel Guiden] A day of highs and lows for Clonliffe athletes in day 1 of the Leinster Schools Championships in the Morton Stadium today. Star of the day was undoubtidly the Queen of the Hurdles Shauna Furman. Shauna at her final Leinster Schools won gold in the senior 400 hurdles and won silver in the 100 hurdles. Other highs were Mark Moloney`s bronze in the junior boys 100 hurdles and Jamie Rossister taking second place in the senior boys 2,000m steeple chase.

Also in that steeple chase Conor McGuinness was 5th and Jordan Logue, in his second run over the barriers, was 6th. Recent signing Liam Ashmore looked like a medalist all the way in the junior boys 800 until five meters from the line when he went from 2nd to 4th. Fintan Doherty also suffered the heart break of a 4th place finish in the boys U/16 mile, where Ian Guiden was most unlucky to suffer a bad ankle injury only 300m into the race ending his schools season.

Also on the injured in action list was Elaine Begley 4th in the junior hurdles and 5th in the long jump, injury preventing her continued involved in that competition beyond round 3. Rachel Murray also had a difficult day missing her 1,100m minor race and running in the junior 1500m where she found the going very hard. There will be better days ahead.

Day 2 of the Leinsters is on Saturday when hopefully our athletes will enjoy more highs than lows

Aidan Bailey bags 118th Clonliffe 2

May 11, 2009 [Stephen Byrne] The 118th annual Clonliffe 2 mile road race was run yesterday in magnificent sunshine. 90+ athletes toed the line at the Bottom of the Hill pub in Finglas and made their way downhill for the fast first mile. For the second mile to the finish at the Kavanagh’s “Gravediggers” public house the athletes had to endure the drag up past Glasnevin cemetery.

The first athlete past the line and the first Clonliffe winner since Sergiu Ciobanu won in 2007 was Aidan Bailey. First lady across the line was Azmera Gebrezet from DCH finishing a mere second ahead of Aoife Brady from Sportsworld.

1 Aidan Bailey MS Clonliffe Harriers AC 9.20

2 Mark Dooley MS Donore Harriers 9.35

3 Brian O’Donoghue MS Rathfarnham WSAF 10.01

4 Paul Duffy MS Sportsworld Ac 10.05

5 Trevor Sweeney M35 Sportsworld Ac 10.15

6 Sean Wall JM Sportsworld Ac 10.18

7 Paul Balfe M35 Liffey Valley 10.20

8 Philip O’Doherty M45 Clonliffe Harriers AC 10.21

9 Jeremy Walsh MS Clonliffe Harriers AC 10.22

10 Ian O’Leary M40 D.S.D 10.24

11 Gavin Keogh MS Donore Harriers 10.26

12 Azmera Gebrezet FS DCH 10.32

13 Aoife Brady FS Sportsworld Ac 10.33

14 Tom Hickey M40 10.34

15 Dave Carroll M45 MSB 10.35

16 Annette Kealy F40 Raheny Shamrock 10.40

17 Joseph Cooper MS Clonliffe Harriers AC 10.42

18 Joe Gough M55 West Waterford 10.43

19 Paddy Parrott M50 MSB 10.45

20 Eamonn Dolan M45 Liffey Valley 10.48

21 Martin Dorgan M40 Liffey Valley 10.50

22 Graham Mahon JM Clonliffe Harriers AC 10.54

23 Nathan Pearce M35 Fingallians Ac 10.55

24 Louise Reilly FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 11.02

25 Maurice Mc Crohan M45 Clonliffe Harriers AC 11.07

26 Stephen Byrne M40 Clonliffe Harriers 11.08

27 Lucy D’Arcy M40 Sportsworld AC 11.09

28 Sean Kinnane M40 Dunboyne Ac 11.10

29 Colin Moore M35 Donore Harriers 11.14

30 Mark Bermingham M35 Clonliffe Harriers AC 11.20

31 Crona Brady FS Sportsworld Ac 11.28

32 Aidan Reilly MS 11.31

33 John Fay MS Clonliffe Harriers AC 11.39

34 Kieran Murphy M45 Clonliffe Harriers AC 11.52

35 Barry O’Sullivan M35 Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.01

36 Alan Worrall M35 Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.03

37 Colm Doran M50 Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.06

38 Krissey Gromely FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.13

39 Paul Conroy M40 Raheny Shamrock 12.14

40 John Buckley JM Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.15

41 Karen Duggan F35 Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.18

42 Paddy Tuite M50 Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.20

43 John Fay JM Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.28

44 Conor Cooney M55 Drogheda/Districk 12.34

45 Noel Guiden M45 Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.36

46 Donal Sheridan M45 12.37

47 Maire Byrne FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.42

48 Matt Cooley M60 12.51

49 Bronagh Ni Bhrain FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 12.54

50 Sinead Hartnett FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 13.00

51 Nuala Reilly F50 Drogheda/Districk 13.08

52 Pat O’Rourke M40 Clonliffe Harriers AC 13.13

53 Lee Cullen MS 13.15

54 Terry Mee M65 Clonliffe Harriers AC 13.25

55 Cliona Kenny FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 13.26

56 David Brady M55 Raheny Shamrock 13.27

57 John Langan M65 13.34

58 Aisling Ahern FJ Clonliffe Harriers AC 13.43

59 Laura Brennan FJ Clonliffe Harriers AC 13.43

60 Chris Troy MS Clonliffe Harriers AC 13.57

61 Nick Curry M60 13.59

62 Aidan Kennedy M40 14.02

63 John Joyce MS 14.05

64 Bridget Sullivan F45 Clonliffe Harriers AC 14.17

65 Liz Arkins F50 Lucan Harriers 14.18

66 Stephen Doyle M35 14.24

67Roisin Gallagher FJ Clonliffe Harriers AC 14.32

68 Josie Power F55 Fingallians Ac 14.37

69 Irene Falvey FJ Clonliffe Harriers AC 15.19

70 Patrick Clarke M40 New York Runers 15.21

71 Shona Coyne FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 15.44

72 Hugh Reddy M50 15.46

73 Jackie Mills FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 15.52

74 Bob Doyle M35 15.53

75 Michael Kellett M65 15.59

76 Annette Johansson F35 Clonliffe Harriers AC 16.06

77 Aine Mc Cann F40 Clonliffe Harriers AC 16.44

78 Jacqui Synott FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 16.46

79 Yvonne McDonagh F35 Clonliffe Harriers AC 16.47

80 Leona Scanlon FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 17.07

81 Rosin Barry FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 17.21

82 Stephen Bowes M35 17.33

83 Maria Watson F40 Clonliffe Harriers AC 17.56

84 Pamela Cooper FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 18.26

85 Evelyn Elsted FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 18.30

86 Michelle Lawlor FS Clonliffe Harriers AC 18.35

87 Fran Ronan F40 Clonliffe Harriers AC 19.03

Teams Men

1 Sportsworld Ac 4,5,6 15pts

2 Clonliffe Harriers 1,8,9 18pts Teams Ladies

1 Sportsworld 13,26,31 70pts

2 Clonliffe Harriers 24,28,41 93pts Teams Junior Men

1 Clonliffe Harriers Teams Junior Women

1 Clonliffe Harriers

Many thanks to Eugene Kavanagh for his sponsorship of this event for the last 26 years, to the Finglas Community Garda Siochana and for all the officials and helpers that gave up their time to make this race happen. A special thanks to Mick Kearney for yet another successful Clonliffe race as Race Director.

Nil Desperandum

Declan Powers to Dublin 10,000 title

May 7, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Well done to Clonliffe`s Declan Power on his win in last night`s Dublin 10,000m Championship in Irishtown. Declan was first in a time of 33:43.96. The race was held in conjunction with graded meeting no.2 which also featured a number of other good performances from our athletes. Becky Woods, (left), lead a Clonliffe 1500m one two winning in a time of 4.43.28 from Louise Reilly 4.43.38.

In the men`s 1500m Conor Healy was 2nd in grade A in 3.51.72, Aidan Bailey was 7th in 3.57.67 while Dave Flynn was just over 4 minutes running 4.01.1. Eoin Pearse was 10th in 4.05.05. In grade B Stephen Harkness was 11th in 4.24.02, young Keith Jenkenson was 17th (4.31.91).Meanwhile in grade C Joe Cooper won in 4.28.64.

Stuart Roche was 5th in the 200m (23.83) and finally Luke Mangan was 2nd in the Shot with a best of 12.96m.

For grade meet no. 3 the action switches back to the Morton Stadium on Wednesday May 20th when the featured track events will be 400m, mile and 5,000m and in the field the pole vault, high jump and hammer.

Weekend round up

May 4, 2009 [Captain] Well done to Sergiu Ciobanu finishing 3th in the Belfast Marathon in 2.23.57, with Ronan Hartnett in 15th in 2.49.50.

In the Munster Championships John Laffey won the 400m with a time of 48.04.

In the BHAA RTE 5 mile Eugene Coppinger finished in 29.31 followed home by Terry Mee in 35.23.

In the IMRA Croagh Patrick race good runs by Dermot Murphy, Paul and David Duffy. Full report I am sure will follow from Dermot.

Cragg and Kenneally in California

May 3, 2009 [] Running his first track race since the Beijing Olympics final, Alistair Cragg won the 5,000m at the Peyton Jordan Invitational in Stanford University last night. With last 1200m covered in under 3 mins, he crossed the line in 13.22.36. Holding off 2007 World Championship 4th place finisher Matt Tegenkamp over the last 450m Cragg looked back to his old self. Josphat Boit, a popular figure around the club last Summer, was 4th in the same race in 13.28.70

In the 10,000m Mark Kenneally ran a new personal best time when finishing 3rd in 28.44.53. This compares favourably to his 28.55.49 run at the same track in 2007. Mark went through halfway in 14.26 and was able to run the second half slightly faster with 14.18. Never far from the front throughout the race Mark ran the last lap in 62 seconds to hold on for 3rd. This time is also under the recently published standards for the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona.

For video of Cragg`s race and a very good 4 minute post race interview go to and go to Addidas 2009 Payton Jordan.


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