Archive for February, 2010

National Masters and Intermediate cc

Feb 21, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Pat Bonass today added the O/65 National Cross Country title to his ever growing collection. The National Masters was run over a tough course at Lough Key Forrest, Boyle, County Roscommon. Despite over night snow underfoot conditions were described as good with the odd muddy patch, the course itself featured a pretty stiff climb early on. Unfortunately once again at a National Cross country Championship there were problems. The “big” lap was about 400m short resulting in all races running short of distance, there was also confusion at the start of the Masters race regarding the actual course.

In the Masters mens race Pat Bonass tracked his main rival for the O/65 title in the early stages, passing him on the long uphill and opening a gap which he never relinquished to take the National title. Clonliffe did not have a full team but there were good runs from both Philip O`Doherty and Tom Monks.

The Intermediate mens race was of course supposed to be over 10,000m, runners estimated that the actual distance covered was only around 7,500m. A great run on his Clonliffe debute from John Heneghan saw him take individual silver behind Brendan O`Neill (DSD). John was followed home by Lorcan Cronin a very credible 13th, Mark McDonald, most impressive for an 800m track specialist, 27th and an excellent run also from Stephen Harkness in 30th these four taking team silver for Clonliffe just 7 points off gold, won in a repeat of the National Novice by City of Derry. Excellent efforts also from Eoin Pearse (32nd), Ernie Ramsey (63rd) and Joseph Cooper (67th).

Next up, the big one, The National Junior and Senior Inter Club Cross Country in the Phoenix Park in two weeks time.

The ladies team had the bare team of 4 competing in yesterdays race in Boyle. The course should have been 4km but was just short of 3km. Joyce O’Hare was first home for team having a great second lap picking off a steady stream on her way, that extra 1km would have suited her. Next was Maura Matthews also had a good run coming home in 30th, Bronagh Ni Bhriain in 37th spot and Laura Garvey not put off by her first cross country (even if she did get an elbow in the side at the start) in 46th position. Well done all. The team came home in 6th spot.


Gregan qualifies for World Indoor

Feb 16, 2010 [Jeremy Lyons] Santry was buzzing tonight when news started to filter around among those training that Brian Gregan had just ran 46.68 in an Indoor meet in Vienna. Its well inside the standard for the IAAF World Indoors in Doha next month. Brian finished 2nd, only 0.02 behind the winner.

The time ranks him as 3rd European this season.

Joseph Cooper takes club cross country

Feb 13, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The 2010 Clonliffe club cross country championships took place in perfect conditions at Santry Demesne at high noon today. There was a fine turn out of athletes for the 6k event of around 25 or so. The Demesne itself has recovered well from the Europeans cross country with Spring grass now growing again and the the ground now pretty well dried out. A fresh, still Spring day greeted the athletes with the Harry Cooney Cup up for grabs.

As the runners went out on the first of four laps a strong quartet of Philip O`Doherty, Terry McLoughlin, Joseph Cooper and Ernie Ramsey gathered at the head of the pack, those four began opening a gap on the rest of the field. With a lap to go both Ernie and Terry were cut adrift as the pace was wound up and as the leaders came into view up past the Wall Garden Joseph Cooper had a clear lead which he held to the finish to be crowned 2010 Club Champion. 2nd, and 1st Master, was Philip O`Doherty, 3rd Terry McLoughlin and 4th Ernie Ramsey.

A couple of good battles also took place down the field with Stephen Byrne and Paul Carolan having a right “ding dong”, likewise Paddy Tuite and Pat Devitt. A good run also from Pat Bonass 1st of the Older Masters, and from David Dunwoody, now over injury and getting back into the swing of things.

In all a good championship race, the only disappointing thing was the absence of a womens race with only one women showing up on the day.

Battling performance in Bilbao mud at Euro clubs

Feb 8, 2010 [Noel Guiden ] Clonliffe athletes performed exceptionally well at the European Champions Clubs Cross Country in Bilbao, Spain yesterday, the highlight of which was yet another world class performance by Mark Kenneally in finishing 6th place in the Senior Men’s 10,000 metre race leading the team to 9th place overall a repeat of 2009. The Junior Team exceeded all expectations with a superb team performance to finish an excellent 6th place only 10 points off a medal position.

The Championships were held in the Parque Etxebarria de Bilbao which is a fairly small city centre park into which the organising club Atletismo Santulxu had managed to fit a 1900 metre lap. Underfoot conditions were exceptionally muddy, ankle deep in many parts and the course itself twisted and wound it’s way around the length of the 1900 metres with many sharp hairpin bends and few long straights. On the day a large crowd estimated at around 6,000 peopled packed into the park.

The Junior Men were the first Clonliffe Athletes in action running a race distance of 6,250 metres. From the gun Jamie Rossiter let his intentions be known as he got himself into the lead half dozen by the first 800 metres. As the race settled down Jamie settled into a position well in the top 20 and he performed magnificently to finish in 15th position. Next Clonliffe man was Mark McKenzie running his best race for some time after a steady start picking off position after position to finish in 30th place. Behind him the rest of the Clonliffe lads packed very well swapping positions and eventually in 34th place Eric McCann was next scorer. Jordan Logue out-kicked Conor McGuinness coming up the final hill to finish 37th with Conor 38th and Ian Guiden seconds behind in 39th place having ran about 6,000 metres with one shoe. The team were rightly delighted with their performances and were rewarded with an excellent sixth position.

The Senior Men’s race featured European Cross Country Champion Alemayehu Bezabeth Desta who was the class of the field successfully defending his title and bringing along his team-mate Ayad Lamdassem, these two crossed the line almost hand in hand. Clonliffe’s Mark Kenneally was in excellent form running a classy race finishing very strongly in sixth position some 30 seconds behind the European champion.

Sergiu Ciobanu again ran very well for Clonliffe in this his first European venture for the club placing 37th. Next Clonliffe man home was Brian McMahon who was a little disappointed with his run finishing in 60th place. Cian McLoughlin running his first race since last September or so was 66th with Lorcan Cronin running very well in this his first European race finishing 75th, unfortunately Gary O’Hanlon had one of those days when nothing went right finishing 86th. When the results came to hand the Clonliffe team finished in 9th place on 176 points.

Overall the club captain was very satisfied with the efforts of both squads and Clonliffe can look forward to the Nationals on March 7th. The lads can be very proud of the professionalism they showed both on and off the field of battle.

National Indoors day 2

Feb 7, 2010 [Jeremy Lyons] Conor Healy ran a great race in the 1500 and was just denied by Colin Costello but claimed silver in 3:58 (to be confirmed).

Becky Woods ran 4:40 to claim bronze in the 1500 while Tomas Rauktys also took bronze in the Shot Putt.

Big surprise medal in the Mens 60 hurdles with John Fagan taking silver in a time of 8.90 at his first serious attempt at the event.

Marcin Klinkosz cleared 1.95 in the high jump for a very good 5th place while Orna McGinley was 7th in the triple jump with 10.60.

Finally, Brian Gregan made up for missing the A Final in the 400m by running another PB and still the fastest by an Irishman this year. His 47.57 is again moving closer and closer to the magic 47.00 standard that would see him go to World Indoors.

Great weekend for Clonliffe with 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.

Donegan and Rogers claim 1 2

Feb 6, 2010 [Jeremy Lyons] Dave Donegan struck gold in the Men Pole Vault with a clearance of 4.85. He also came close to 5.00 on his last attempt. Ian Rogers had an indoor PB of 4.50 to claim silver in a great day for Clonliffe on the runway.

There was a huge shock in the Mens 400 when Brian Gregan misjudged his pace and failed to qualify for the A Final. His time of 49.76 will see him line up in Sunday’s B Final. John Fagan finished 2nd in his heat in a time of 51.26 while Ciaran Mackey finished 3rd in his heat in 52.02.

Conor Healy looked very comfortable in qualification in the Men’s 1500. Healy was 3rd in 4:04.05 and is in shout of a medal in Sunday’s final. Louise Reilly was 7th in the women’s 3000m in a time of 10:00.93.

Patrick O’ Conner progressed to the Semis of the Mens 60m when winning his heat in 7.19 while Conor Coleman had a great run and a return to form when finishing 3rd in his heat in 7.24 but was just outside qualification. Orna McGinley was 2nd in the heats of the Womens 400 in a time of 62.78 only missing out on the B Final by 0.21 seconds.

Clonliffe athletes do the business in North Leinsters

Feb 2, 2010 [Noel Guiden] St. Clares was once again the venue for today`s schools cross country action as passage had to be negotiated through the North Leinsters. The prize on offer today was a starting bearth in the Leinsters at the same venue in three weeks time. With that prize in sight the athletes put the difficult underfoot conditions, the result of very heavy overnight rain, firmly to the back of their minds and focused on the task at hand.

There was the usual good turnout of Clonliffe athletes in their school colours with several fine performances.First away in the minor girls race and competing in her first secondary schools competion was Laura Tuite leading her Mercy Convent Beaumont school home in a very good 21st place from a huge field. In the junior boys race over 3,000m Liam Ashton (st. Aidans) ran well always at the sharp end of the field to finish a very credible 6th place, Liam however expressed himself a little disappointed with his run, however, the important thing was his leading of st. Aidans to 3rd place and safe passage to the Leinster schools.

In the Inter Girls race which was run over a testing 3,000m for the girls Laura Brennan enjoyed one of her best racing days todate with a superb gutsy run. Laura, as usual, ran strongly picking off places over the second half of the race and over the last 800m moved from 5th to 3rd, but try as she did she couldn`t shake off the 4th place girls who hung on grimly until she out kicked Laura on the final bend, but a great effort by Laura to take a fine 4th place and a place in the Leinsters.

On then to the Inter boys and what a great race was served up by the athletes. From the off a trio of Shane Fitzsimons, Conor Turner and Timmy Moriarty set out at a great pace. Ian Guiden(St. Aidans) tried hard to close the gap over the 4,500m race distance and managed to over haul Shane Fitzsimons at half way, by this stage, however, Timmy was gone, showing no after effects of his Mile and 5 Mile races in Raheny 48 hours earlier, to take an excellent win, from Conor Turner with Ian a good third. Next Clonliffe man home was our new boy, Ronan Doyle (Coliste Cholim) an excellent 8th and Conor King(St. Aidans) showing a return to his real form in 30th. St. Aidans took 1st place.

Niamh Hussey was our sole Clonliffe girl in the senior girls race over 1,500m running her first schools race for some time. A good outing from Niamh to finish in 10th place.

Finally the senior boys running 6,000m. The class of the field was Irish International Jake Byrne in his first race for a long period after injury, Byrne easied himself into the lead and generally ran at a comfortable pace for him to record a fairly comfortable win. Of the Clonliffe lads, all running in the red and white of Aidans, Mark McKenzie ran very well indeed, particularily over the final lap moving from 9th into 5th place and was possibly the fastest man over that final lap, but for running out of road maybe there was another place there for him. Jordan Logue after a bright start faded slightly over the second half and finished 9th. Graham Mahon, looking like cross between GI Joe and a Ninja, ran well finishing 13th with Johnny Ward, once again solid, finished three places back in 16th. In the team event St. Aidans were 2nd.

So, with all our athletes safely through, mission accomplished. The Leinsters take place on February 23rd. The West Leinsters take place on Thursday, good luck to all our athletes in that event.

Six golds for Clonliffe at Leinster indoors

Feb 1, 2010 [Jeremy Lyons] Clonliffe’s seniors, juniors and masters lifted 6 golds from yesterday’s Leinster Indoors in Nenagh. Three of those came in the 400m event, with Ciaran Mackey running an excellent 51.65 to take the Junior men, John Fagan ran 51.31 to take the Senior men and Orna McGinley was victorious in the Senior womens 400m in 62.85. Orna also got gold in the Triple Jump in 10.34 which augurs well for the women’s team and their push in the National League this summer. Master`s gold came via George Maybury coming down in distance winning O/55 400m.

Shauna Furman won the Junior 60m Hurdles in 9.69 and Conor Healy was just edged out by Alan O’ Brien in the 800m to take silver in 1:57.7H. Patrick O’ Conner took silver in the Junior 200m (23.45) and bronze in the 60m while Stuart Roche got bronze in the Junior 200m (24.27). Conor Coleman finished 5th in the Senior 60m in 7.33.

John Hartnett took masters silver the O/40 60m in 7.72.

Great days work by all.


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