Archive for August, 2009

Clonliffe athletes win Longford full and half marathons

Aug 31, 2009 [Noel Guiden] A very successful trip was undertaken by a number of Clonliffe athletes to the midlands over the weekend for the Longford Half and full Marathons which took place yesterday August 30th. Once again Sergiu Ciobanu did the business winning the marathon in a time of 2:25.26 successfully defending his title from last year. This was Sergiu`s third run over the classic distance in Longford: 3rd in 2006 and back to back wins in 08 and 09. Making it a memorable Clonliffe double was Josphat Boit who won the half marathon in 1:14.02. Remarkably Josphat was also the 2008 half marathon winner in Longford, a pretty unique achievement: club mates with back to back full and half marathon wins at the same event.

Super runs also in the half from Ernie Ramsey 1:20.27 for an excellent 12th place and Mark Bermingham and Anthony Malone both recording 1:25.06 in 25th and 26th. The Dublin marathon preparations are looking pretty good with 7 weeks or so to go lads.

Sorry if I`ve missed out on any other Clonliffe athletes, full results on

Cragg fails to progess

Aug 21, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Alistair Cragg had a disappointing run in heat 2 of last night`s 5,000m in Berlin failing to make the final. Cragg post race was quoted in this morning`s newspapers as saying : “I just fell asleep, for like a lap and didn`t go with the move.”

Cragg`s season has been very up and down.In mid May he ran his season`s best of 13.16.83, since then he came down in distance running 7.37 for 3,000, 3.38.84 for 1500 in Oslo, he has also record a 1500 dnf and a 14 minute plus 5,000 outing. On the positive side, however, he had been running injury free for the first time in a couple of seasons.

Early in the race things looked promising as Cragg ran with the leaders, however once the pace picked up after eight laps he slipped down the field and finished a very disappointing 13th in 13.46.34. Sadly had Cragg ran to his early season form not only would he have qualified he could well have won the race. So our former Europen Indoor 3,000m Champion and twice Olympic 5,000m finalist goes out of a major championship in most disappointing circumstances.

Hopefully Alistair can pick himself up for what remains of the 2009 track season and make himself available for consideration for the European Cross Country in Santry this December.

Bonass wins national masters 5000

Aug 19, 2009 [N. Guiden ] At last weekend’s National Master’s Track and Field Championships held in Tullamore Clonliffe Athletes took 8 medals home to Santry with Pat Bonass taking pride of place with his winning of the 0/65 5000 metres race.

In far from ideal conditions Bonass stuck to his game plan of 96 second laps tucked in nicely in second place. With a mile or so gone the race leader tried to slow the pace slightly, this was Bonass’s cue as he took over the lead and lap by lap began increasing his lead by a margin of 2 plus seconds per lap until in the end he recorded a comfortable win with a margin of over 30 seconds in a time of 20.23.2 to take National gold. This was fitting reward for the hard work put in by Pat Bonass over the last couple of months particularly the Tuesday night pyramid sessions. An unnamed training companion expressed his relief at Bonass’s win commenting ‘this will give my back an opportunity to recover – he might be small but try carrying him around Santry Demesne!’.

Phillip O’Doherty once again continued his medal winning streak at the National Track and Field taking silver in the 800 metres 0/45 in a time of 2.10.9 – this must be Phillip’s fourth medal in succession at these championships.

Terry Mee won silver in the 0/65 1500 metres in a time of 5.55.06. The race winner was former Clonliffe Harrier Pat Healy (father of Conor). Terry also won bronze in the 800 metres in a time of 2.45.93 (the aforementioned Pat Healy was second in that race).

George Maybury had a good outing in the 0/55 1500 metres winning bronze in a time of 4.52.07.

Clonliffe Master athletes also enjoyed success in the field events. Denis Delaney won silver in the 0/40 javelin with a best of 52.73m while Big Joe Gibbons won double bronze – 3rd in the 0/50 javelin (21.26m) and 3rd in the 0/50 high jump (1.40m).

Congratulations and well done to all our Master Athletes.

National league champions 2009

Aug 9, 2009 [] Congratulations to the winning team at yesterday’s National League Final where we managed to retain our 2008 title. Despite arriving into the final with the best Round 1 and Round 2 results the entire team knew it wouldn’t be a simple matter of showing up to collect the Cup.

With Joe Cooper’s careful selection of the team having taken place after last week’s National Championships we travelled to Tullamore knowing solid performances all round, with no mishaps, would prove hard to beat.

Joe had created a team with a nice mix of youth and experience. With Junior athletes Patrick O’Connor and Jayme Rossiter balanced off with mature team members such as Tommy Griffin and Denis Delaney, there was a wonderful sense of Club spirit throughout the day.

With the best 15 results from 21 events counting, we finished 12 events where 1st or 2nd positions counted and our remaining 3 counting events we used 3rd place finishes – an excellent team performance across all disciplines.

The team managed to secure 6 wins on the day: John Laffey – 400m; Mark Kenneally – 5000m; Jeremy Lyons – 400m H; David Donegan – Pole Vault; Tomas Rauktys – 56lbs; John Fagan, John Laffey, Conor Healy, Jeremy Lyons – 4x400m Relay

There were also 6 second place finishes: Conor Healy – 800m; Aidan Bailey – 1500m; Jayme Rossiter – 3000m St; Denis Delaney – Javelin; Luke Mangan – Shot; 4x100m Relay

Jeremy Lyons (110m H), Danny Kavanagh (100m), Patrick O’Connor (200m), Martin Hunt (Hammer), Tomas Rauktys (Discus), Stephen Comiskey (Long Jump), Marco Mattiuzzo (Triple Jump), Marcin Nowak (High Jump) and Tommy Griffin Jr (Walk) were the remaining scoring members.

Our team total of 123 points proved to be over 20 points ahead of Crusaders and Raheny.

Clonliffe Harriers AC 123 Crusaders AC 102 Raheny AC 99 Leevale AC 92 Meath Athletics 86 St.Abbans 79 Tullamore Harriers 71 North Down 70

With an entertaining, yet questionable choreographied walk to the rostrum, the team collected the Perpetual trophy and Joe Cooper was spared a dip in the Water Jump as it had somehow been drained prior to the results being announced!

Some nice pictures from the event are available on the Sportfile website:

Many thanks to all those that showed up in Tullamore to provide support and encouragement. Well done to Pamela and her young team on an excellent performance of their own.

Ladies team leap into medals

Aug 9, 2009 [Pamela CooperLadies_Captain] Saturday the 8th August was a proud day for the Clonliffe Ladies Track & Field Team as they finished in 3rd position with a highly respectable score of 112pts KCH took 1st position with 119pts & Athletics Kerry 2nd in 118pts.

The hot & humid day started off with Shauna Furman taking 2nd place in the 100mH Shauna who has bundles of team spirt & never affraid of a challenge went on to compete in the 400m finishing 6th and as a member of the 2nd placed 4x100m team (Shauna Furman, Leah Moore, Sinead Dowling,Ciara McCallion) Covering the reminder of the fast of furious speed events was Leah Moore in the 100m finishing 3rd, Ciara McCallion in the 200m finishing 2nd & Sarah Doyle in the 400mH finishing 5th. Our 4x400m team who finished in an impressive 2nd place was made up of (Ciara McCallion, Sarah Finnegan, Eleanor Alexander & Louise Reilly).

Covering our middle distance events was Sarah Finnegan in the 800m finishing 5th, Eleanor Alexanger in the 1500m finishing 4th & Louise Reilly who took a highly impressive 1st in the 3000m with and new PB of 9.57.29. A welcome return to the Clonliffe Ladies was Ciara Heneghan in the 1500m walk finishing 3rd.

The field events where also strongly covered starting off with Ange Liadova in the High-jump finishing 2nd & Long-jump finishing 7th. Denise Byrne took 1st position in the Javelin with a throw of 37.63 and 6th in the Hammer. Sinead Hartnett took 4th in the Shot Putt, Aurelie Le Moine was 7th in the Discus & Sinead Dowling 6th in the Triple-jump.

Out of the 19 events on the Track & Field programme we covered 18. just missing a pole vaulter. This results was a great one for the ladies team, one that can only be built on for next year. On a final note i just want to say a big THANKS & WELLDONE to all the ladies who competed yesterday and those who competed in rounds one and two. Role on next year ladies!!!!


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