Archive for March, 2010

Sergiu wins Omagh half marathon

Mar 27, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s Sergiu Ciabanu made it a winning return to the road racing circuit with an excellent win in today`s Omagh Half Marathon. The race got underway at 12.00 noon and by all accounts was a tough enough day with blustry conditions and the odd shower thrown into the mix. With splits of 33.12/34.32 Sergiu was a comfortable winner in 67:44 a winning margin of just short of a minute. Excellent runs also by Declan Power in 5th place in 73:44, Anthony Malone 37th in 79:28, Mark Birmingham 50th in 81:13 and there then followed a gaggle of battling Clonliffe men, all training partners by the way, 94th was Maurice McCrohan in 85:04, 96th Jeremy Chapman (85:21) and 100th Eoin Murray (85:41).

Huge turn out for club juvenile cross country c`ships

Mar 25, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The club`s first Juvenile club cross country championship day was held last Saturday March 20th. It was a superbly organised championship by Gladys, Joe, Marion, Mick and Gerry which was very well supported by a huge turnout of the club`s juvenile athletes and their parents and families. Santry Demesne Parkland was of course the venue, on a well laid out marked loop at the rear of the stadium, on what was a great Spring morning. Rather than restrict these keen young Harriers to age categories Gladys decreed that the athletes could chose their prefared distance to race over. The result being that the 70 plus athletes in action enjoyed races over longer distances than they would have expierenced in championship races with pretty full fields, indeed the smallest number in any race on the day featured 12 runners , a great outcome.


Girls 500m

1. Sophie Higgins, 2. Lauren Carr, 3. Hope Sunole

Boys 500m

1. Keelan Toomey,2. Elliott Lawless, 3. Adam Farrell

Girls 1,000m

1. Molloy Power, 2. Sarah Lynott, 3. Grace Chapman

Boys 1,000m

1. Joseph Hession, 2. Timothy Lawless, 3. Oki

Girls 1500m

1. Sarah Traynor, 2. Ciara Traynor, 3. Laura Tuite

Boys 1500m

1. Zachary Hales, 2. Luke Dalton, 3. Keith Hodson

Girls 2,000m

1. Elaine Begley, 2. Lorna Begley, 3. Denise Callaghan

Boys 2,000m

1. John Buckley, 2. Liam Ashton, 3. Simon Prior

Boys 3,000m

1. Fintan Doherty, 2. Andrew Jenkinson, 3. Ryan Cashel

With prizes golore presented post race in the club hall, it was a great club day. Well done to all concerned: athletes, coaches, organisers and helpers

Craggs half marathon debut

Mar 21, 2010 [] Alistair Cragg completed his debut half marathon today with a 7th place finish and a time of 61.58 mins in New York.

Running with the main group through 5k (14.34) Alistair was dropped in the next section as the race covered the hilly parts of Central Park.

With a 10km time of 29.12 Cragg was still amongst the top 10. Slowing towards the end of the race he maintained a high tempo and was rewarded with a very solid time and was only 6 seconds from 5th place.

His 5km splits were 14.36/14.46/14.36/15.11. His time places him third on the all time Irish half marathon list. Post race Alistair announced his intention to run the European 10,000m in the Summer.

All Ireland schools cross country success

Mar 13, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Excellent runs from Clonliffe athletes at today`s All Ireland Schools Cross Country held at Cork IT. On a bone dry flat course the 12mm spikes were discarded in favour of track spikes or flats, today was a day tailor made for the speed merchants.

The senior boys race over 6,000m was the race which held the most Clonliffe interest with seven of our athletes taking the starters gun. Jamie Rossister (Belvedere) ran a very positive race once again and powered home in an excellent 6th place (19.17). Also having a stormer this week picking himself up after last week`s National Junior disappointment was Eric McCann (SC Mhuire Clane) finishing 12th (19.39). The St. Aidan`s CBS Panzer Division ran superbly as a team lead home in 21st by Jordan Logue (20.06), with Mark McKenzie 30th (20.27), Ian Guiden 34th (20.38) and running the cross country race of his life Star Man Graham Mahon 42nd (21.02) these scorring four taking an excellent team silver, a major step forward after placing 3rd in Leinster. Johnny Bradley Ward also had a good run for St. Aidans in 76th well earning his silver medal on a very fast course which by no means was to his liking.

In the Junior boys 3,500m race young Liam Ashton was in inspired form. After being caught on the line with his track suit top still on he was last out of the traps, but was like a hot knife through butter carving through the field passing dozens of runners on each lap eventually finishing an unbelieveable 23rd place. A worderful effort.

Clonliffe`s only athlete in the Inter boys race was Eoin McCullough (Belvedere) who clearly didn`t enjoy the fast ground and finished well down on his recent form in 74th.

In the Universities Championships Louise Reilly had a really good run over the 5,000m distance placing 4th. Finally the Universities men where there were a number of Clonliffe athletes. Mark McDonald had a very strong run over the 8,000m finishing top Clonliffe man in 10th place and winning team Gold with DCU. 12th was Michael McDiarmada, 13th Eoin Pearce and 41st Conor McGuinness.

An excellent well run day`s athletics.

Gregan third in heat at World Indoors

Mar 12, 2010 [Jeremy Lyons] Brian Gregan narrowly missed out on qualification to the semi-finals this morning by 0.20 secs. He ran to form in his heat, finishing 3rd behind favourite Jamaal Torrance of USA. Gregan’s time of 47.26 is his 2nd fastest ever indoors.

The 20 year old lost ground on the opening 200m lap but despite coming back strongly in the latter half of the race the gap to 2nd and automatic qualification was too much to try and bridge.

His championships aren’t finished though as he is a key member of the 4 x 400 team that will run their heat tomorrow.

7 Up : men retain senior cross country title

Mar 8, 2010 [Noel Guiden ] In positively spring-like Phoenix Park yesterday Clonliffe’s Senior Men’s Team put on a magnificent display to successfully retain the National Cross Country Title for a magnificent seventh time in succession. The victory was made all the sweeter by reason of Mark Kenneally’s taking of his first National Title (discounting his 2006 win in the now defunct National Short Course), with three silver medals from previous Nationals, however, today Mark would be the bridesmaid no more.

Despite a couple of last minute withdrawals, David Flynn not travelling from the States due to injury and Cian McLoughlin missing his first Nationals in about fourteen years through illness, there were no less than eleven black and amber clad Clonliffe men on the start-line as two teams were fielded by Joe Cooper. From the starters gun Mark Kenneally took the lead and literally ran away from the field in majestic style, by lap three of the six lap race it was really only a question of how much Kenneally would win by as he pulled further and further away from the chasing pair of Gary Murray (St. Malachy’s) and Gary Thornton (Galway City Harriers), over the final half lap Kenneally relaxed and down the home straight a broad smile broke out on his face as he was clearly thrilled to win his first National by a fourteen second margin over Thornton with Murray placing third.

Chris Cariss was Clonliffe’s next scorer in eighth place, another tremendous effort from Chris who was running his first race in some eleven months after a serious injury. Today Chris collected his third National gold medal in succession. As always in the Nationals Sergiu Ciobanu ran an outstanding race three seconds behind Chris Cariss in ninth place and the final scorer in fifteenth place was John Heneghan winning his first National team medal.

A great run also from Brian McMahon in sixteenth place, in particular taking into account that Brian is involved in heavy marathon training for Paris in a months time this was a magnificent effort as Brian defied the critics to show that he is not simply a mud lark.

Gary O’Hanlon also had a superb run in 21st place after his disappointing run in Bilbao Gary showed that he is getting back to his best again. A very good outing also from Lorcan Cronin, the first of the ‘B’s’ in 30th place and also from Michael MacDiarmada in 39th place. Ernie Ramsey ran very well in his first National Senior taking 70th place and Nigel Brunton rolled back the years back in 88th place.

When the results were totted up it showed that Clonliffe had achieved a comfortable victory on a total of 33 points from Raheny Shamrocks on 52 points with DSD third on 87 points. The Clonliffe B Team placed 7th on 227 points.

Great things were also expected of the Junior Men’s Team who were the defending champions. The team was led by Jayme Rossiter who as always gave it his all finishing an excellent fifth place behind Junior Champion John Travers of the host club Donore Harriers, Liam Tremble was second and Emmet Jennings was third.

The Clonliffe Juniors packed well, however, unfortunately came up against a very strong Raheny squad today and indeed from the first lap Raheny always had the upper hand and always looked the more likely winners.

Mark McKenzie was the second Clonliffe scorer in 14th place with Jordan Logue 15th, Conor McGuinness was the fourth scorer in 17th place.

Of the other Clonliffe athletes Eric McCann was 18th and Ian Guiden was 26th, both athletes being very disappointed with their run on the day. Graham Mahon as always toughed things out and was 28th – 8,000 metres is a long way for an 800 metres man!

Congratulations to Raheny Shamrock who won the team event on 39 points from Donore Harriers on 46 and Clonliffe on 51 points.

The Senior Women’s race was won in emphatic style by DSD’s Linda Byrne who was truly dominant and led her team home to the team title on 50 points from North Belfast Harriers 54 points and Sportsworld 3rd on 58 points.

The Clonliffe Ladies placed fifth courtesy of a 14th place finish from Becky Woods, 20th place by Louise Reilly, 33rd Ailish McDermott with Mags Grennan two places back in 35th position.

The Junior Women found the distance extremely testing, this is a very young squad all of whom can be proud of their run on the day. Aisling Ahern was 13th, Roisin Leahy 14th, Laura Brennan 15th, Elaine Begley 17th, Lorna Begley 19th and Niamh Hussey 20th. The girls place fourth behind DSD first on 26 points, Raheny Shamrocks second on 42 points and North Laois 3rd on 52 points, with the Clonliffe girls 7 points further adrift.

As is par for the course at athletics National Championships these days controversy arose as the runaway winner of the Junior Women’s race DSD’s Siofra Clerigh-Buttner was disqualified as she was an illegible runner on age grounds. The rules providing that a Junior athlete must be aged 16 or 16 in the year of competition meaning that Siofra was a year too young.

From a Clonliffe perspective again the Nationals proved to be a most successful day with the Senior Men continuing their dominance, a superb individual victory from Mark Kenneally, the first individual Clonliffe Champion since Noel Cullen back in 1993 also, by coincidence, achieved in The Park, team bronze for the Junior Men, solid performances from the Senior Women and for the first time in a number of years a full team from Clonliffe in the Junior Women’s event. Congratulations to all our athletes and to the Club captains and their team of coaches.


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