Archive for April, 2010

Sean Doran wins Santry Demesne Mile

Apr 30, 2010 [Stephen Byrne]

The Noel Guiden sponsored Santry Demesne Mile took place yesterday evening where 34 athletes toed the line for round 3 of the Clonliffe Grand Prix. A helter skeltar start to the race soon seen the race thining out with a number of interesting battles throughout the field. Guest athlete Niall Sherlock opened a gap on Terry, Philip and Dermot early on leaving them to battle it out for the runner up positions. Mark Birmingham running with an injury picked up in the Bupa 10K finished in a great time of 5:13. Other notable times Robert Beckett 5:28, Sean Doran 5:35 and Colm Breen 5:46.


In fairness to our gaggle of handicappers Paul Carolan, Pat Bonass and Pat Healy, 80% of athletes with a handicap for the race where within 10 seconds of their predicted times.


When the handicaps were taken into account the winner of the race was young Sean Doran with John Fay in 2th place and Conor Delaney in 3rd place. Fastest Grand Prix athlete was Terry McLoughlin.


Actual Race Times

Pos Name Act Time Niall Sherlock 04:52 Guest Terry McLoughlin 04:57 Philip O’Doherty 05:00 DermotTravalean 05:01 Ernie Ramsey 05:10 Mark Birmingham 05:13 Conor Delaney 05:20 Eoin Murray 05:24 Paul Carolan 05:27 Robert Beckett 05:29 Maurice McCrohan 05:29 Sean Doran 05:35 Alan Worrall 05:37 Emma Cooper 05:37 Stephen Byrne 05:38 Declan Murray 05:42 Colm Hickey 05:44 Colm Breen 05:46 Colm Doran 05:51 John Fay 05:52 Richard Barr 05:55 Sean McGoldrick 06:01 Pat Healy 06:10 Claude McManmon 06:16 Pat Devtt 06:19 Pat O’Rourke 06:21 Paddy Byrne 06:34 Karen Kinsella 06:35 Frank Devitt 06:37 Richard Connolly 06:54 Shay Byrne 06:58 Irene Falvey 07:02 Mick Kearney 07:11 Michael Scully 07:13

Grand Prix points awarded as follows: Name Points Sean Doran 30 John Fay 28 Conor Delaney 25 Alan Worrall 20 Robert Beckett 19 Declan Murray 19 Terry McLoughlin 19 Dermot Travalean 16 Paul Carolan 15 Colm Doran 14 Pat O’Rourke 13 Philip O’Doherty 13 Pat Healy 11 Richard Barr 10 Ernie Ramsey 9 Eoin Murray 8 Stephen Byrne 8 Colm Breen 6 Mark Birmingham 5 Paddy Byrne 4 Karen Kinsella 3 Sean McGoldrick 2 Frank Devitt 1

The leader-board after 3 races is listed below:

Name Total Dermot Travalean 51 Pat O’Rourke 48 Paul Carolan 46 David Dunwoody 44 Sean Doran 44 Colm Breen 41 John Fay 41 Robert Beckett 39 Colm Doran 35 Ronan Hartnett 35 Sean McGoldrick 35 Philip O’Doherty 33 Eamonn Taylor 30 Paddy Tuite 30 Tom Monks 30 Richard Barr 28 Conor Delaney 27 Mark Birmingham 25 Ernie Ramsey 24 Pat Devitt 24 Alan Worrall 20 Declan Murray 19 Terry McLoughlin 19 Fergus Keenan 17 Maurice McCrohan 17 Terry Mee 14 Jeremy Chapman 13 Pat Healy 11 Colm Groome 8 Eoin Murray 8 Stephen Byrne 8 Martin Kelly 6 Paddy Byrne 4 Dave Brady 3 Karen Kinsella 3 Fergus Wheatley 2 Frank Devitt 1 Sean Patterson 1

Many thanks to our race sponsor Noel Guiden, officials on the night Tom Monks, Pat Bonass and Dave Brady.

Rogers goes to new heights at Inter versities

Apr 24, 2010 [Jeremy Lyons] Ian Rogers (DIT) was the star for Clonliffe at Day 2 of the Irish Intervarsity Track and Field championships. Rogers took gold but also broke the Irish University record when scaling 4.70, a new PB. Rogers was in flying form and will now look to put even more pressure on Dave Donegan in the battle to be Clonliffe’s No.1. Anthony McCreery was unlucky to no height, which can happen regularly in the vault.

There was also gold for John Fagan (DCU) in the Men’s 400m hurdles. Fagan dominated and won by nearly a second in 53.29. He also picked up silver in the 4 x 400 relay when clocking a 49.6 secs leg.

Sarah Doyle (DCU) also got in the medals as part of the DCU women’s 4 x 100 relay team, running a storming 3rd leg.

Brian Gregan (DCU) was edged out in the men’s 200 by Darragh Graham but still clocked an impressive 22.05 into a -2.5m/s wind. Dolan’s 1952 club record still stands but for how long.

As expected it was confirmed that Big Luke Mangan (DCU) claimed gold in the Men’s Shot Putt with 14.12m with news of his discus exploits still to come.

Sarah Woods (UCD) picked up a bronze again this year in the 400m hurdles and was within 0.3 secs off her PB when crossing the line in 69.67.

Mark McDonald (DCU) was 6th in the Men’s 800m in 1:57.97 in what was a slow tactical race decided with a sprint finish in the last 100m.

All in all a great championships for Clonliffe with 3 Golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronze.

Clonliffe juveniles put in a hard days night in Tallaght

Apr 23, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Well done to all our Juvenile athletes in action in Round 2 of the Dublin County Board Juvenile league tonight. It was a hard day`s night for all with these youngsters meeting up at Tallaght AC`s impressive premises and lovely track just after 6 pm and not getting back home until well after 10. There was a great turn out of athletes from the club and an equally good turn out of supporting parents. As always these young athletes gave it their best putting in some excellent performances on the night. It was particularily pleasing to see athletes in the Clonliffe colours battling right to the line regardless of whether it was a battle for first place or tenth place…never giving in.

On the night when they all performed superbly stand out highlights included Megan`s double win in the girls U/15 200m and Long Jump. Andrea`s excellent throw in the boys U/14 Javelin to win by yards and yards. Mairtain`s superbly judged run in the boys U/11 600m moving nicely from mid pack to second with 300 to go and then down the home straight having the strenght to hold onto that position. Joseph also had a really good run in the boys U/12 600m for 3rd place.

The U/10 girls 500m was split into two races. In race 1 Hope looked simply fantastic in holding off a strong challenge down the home straight to take 2nd place and in race 2 Amy also ran very well to finish 3rd. Ruth was an excellent 2nd in the U/11 600m and Ella was 3rd in the U/12 600m.

Timothe finished a well deserved 2nd in the boys U/12 Long Jump and finally at nearly the very end of the night Elliott was rewarded with 2nd place in the boys U/10 Ball Throw.

A great night`s work by each and every one of our Juvenile team. Well done all!

Fagan`s new club record

John Fagan’s new club record over the 400m hurdles was significant on several levels. His time of 52.58 secs is very good for a 21 year old and is in fact only 0.38 secs off the latest European U23 qualifying standard which augurs well for next years championships. Obviously much can change between here and then but now its a realistic target. It also ranks John as 20th fastest Irishman ever over 400m hurdles and probably more importantly plants him as the fastest Clonliffe man ever. It was a pleasure to watch the race in its entirety by looking at his backside as he gradually pulled away from me!

The race itself was a cracker with Fagan going out hard. He led to hurdle 6 and with Patrick Maher of Leevale pushing hard on the inside, Fagan made another push into the home straight. Both were level to the last but Fagan come off it badly and lost momentum which Maher capitalised on to pull away and win in a new Irish Junior Record of 52.14, taking the 29 year old record of Ciaran McDunphy out of the record books. Fagan’s next outing will be the intervarsity championships on home turf next weekend.

Also running today was Sarah Woods in the 400m hurdles. Sarah finished 2nd behind Megan Kiely of Ferrybank. Unfortunately there are no official times for Sarah’s race but hand times suggest it was close to her personal best. We will update when we get a confirmation. Sarah will also be competing in the Varsities next weekend.

Travalean wins McDonald Cup

Apr 18, 2010 [Stephen Byrne]

Round 2 of the Clonliffe Grand Prix took place last Thursday on the track in Morton Stadium. The McDonald Cup run over 4 miles was sponsored by Colm Doran.


28 athletes toed the line for the race with the usual suspects at the sharp end of the race from the off. The winner was Ronan Hartnett again, taking the race in his long stride. A good battle appeared to be going on for second between Philip O’Doherty and Mark Birmingham, the old dog used his guile and pulled away in the closing stages to win by 2 seconds. Dave Dunwoody had one of the runs of the night with a 23:05.


The result of the race is as follows:

Pos Name ActualTime 1 Ronan Hartnett 22:20 2 Philip O’Doherty 22:34 3 Mark Birmingham 22:36 4 David Dunwoody 23:05 5 Tom Monks 23:11 6 Dermot Travalean 23:12 7 Martin Kelly 23:26 8 Maurice McCrohan 23:42 9 Conor Delaney 23:51 10 Jeremy Chapman 23:54 11 Paul Carolan 24:57 12 Robert Beckett 25:27 13 Sean McGoldrick 25:44 14 Colm Doran 26:06 15 Colm Breen 26:16 16 Sean Doran 26:52 17 Richard Barr 26:53 18 ClaudeMcmenomon 27:01 19 Paddy Tuite 27:07 20 Pat Devitt 27:31 21 John Fay 28:25 22 Pat O’Rourke 28:52 23 Dave Brady 29:05 24 Terry Mee 29:17 25 Karen Kinsella 29:41 26 Richard Connolly 30:29 27 Paddy Byrne 30:29

The GP order on the night was: 1st Dermot Travalean, 2nd Dave Dunwoody, 3rd Mark Birmingham, 4th Colm Breen, 5th Sean McGoldrick.

Pos Name Var Points 1 Dermot Travalean 105 30 2 David Dunwoody 74 28 3 Colm Breen 74 25 4 Mark Birmingham 71 20 5 Sean McGoldrick 41 19 6 Paul Carolan 39 18 7 Maurice McCrohan 37 17 8 Robert Beckett 37 16 9 Richard Barr 37 15 10 Colm Doran 29 14 11 Jeremy Chapman 25 13 12 Paddy Tuite 23 12 13 Tom Monks 19 11 14 Ronan Hartnett 10 10 15 Philip O’Doherty 6 9 16 Sean Doran -17 8 17 Pat O’Rourke -52 7 18 Martin Kelly -56 6 19 Terry Mee -57 5 20 Pat Devitt -60 4 21 Dave Brady -65 3 22 Conor Delaney -81 2 23 John Fay -110 1 24 Richard Connolly -149 25 Claude Mc -271 26 Karen Kinsella -431 27 Paddy Byrne -479


Grand Prix Leaderboard after 2 races. Pos Name Points 1 David Dunwoody 44 2 Pat O’Rourke 35 2 Ronan Hartnett 35 2 Colm Breen 35 2 Dermot Travalean 35 6 Sean McGoldrick 33 7 Paul Carolan 31 8 Eamonn Taylor 30 8 Tom Monks 30 8 Paddy Tuite 30 11 Pat Devitt 24 12 Colm Doran 21 13 Philip O’Doherty 20 13 Robert Beckett 20 13 Mark Birmingham 20 16 Richard Barr 18 17 Fergus Keenan 17 17 Maurice McCrohan 17 19 Ernie Ramsey 15 20 Terry Mee 14 20 Sean Doran 14 22 John Fay 13 22 Jeremy Chapman 13 24 Colm Groome 8 25 Martin Kelly 6 26 Dave Brady 3 27 Fergus Wheatley 2 27 Conor Delaney 2 29 Sean Patterson 1

Thanks to race sponsor Colm Doran, to the officials on the night Ernie Ramsey, Shay Byrne, Pat Healy, Maurice Ahern and Caroline Tuite.

Sergiu wins Connemara marathon

Apr 12, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Making it yet another marathon win on Irish soil over the weekend was Sergiu Ciobanu taking the Connemara Marathon yesterday in a time of 2:31 a winning margin by a huge fifteen minutes. Another win marked up on his ever expanding CV, Connemara joining Belfast, Dublin,and Longford on the Sergiu hit list. Great run also in Connemara by Clonliffe new boy Mick Harkin recording a PB of 3:42.19. News also of Brian McMahon who was due to run the Paris Marathon yesterday is that although Brian travelled to the French capital and indeed warmed up for the race a knee injury which had flared up this week was still acting up and as a result Brian decided not to risk doing further damage and did not start. A brave decision and no doubt he is currently scanning the net for another Marathon over the coming weeks

Clonliffe splits from national road relays

Apr 11, 2010 [] Splits available for performances of members of Senior teams at today’s National Road Relays.

Terrific weather greeted all participants at today’s National Road Relays in Raheny. Entering 4 Senior teams, Clonliffe fans were treated to many battles within battles that constitutes this always exciting race.

1st: Raheny 2nd: Crusaders 3rd: Rathfarnham 4th: Ennis

‘A’ Team: 5th in 39.21 Dave Fitzmaurice: 4.33/4.47 for a 9.25 two mile leg. Conor Healy: 4.28 for 1 mile. Gary O’Hanlon: 4.56/5.24/5.25 for 15.45 three mile leg. Aidan Bailey 4.45/4.56 for a 9.41 two mile leg

‘B’ Team: 7th in 40.06 Eoin Pearse: 4.46/4.54 for a 9.40 two mile leg. Mark McDonald: 4.31 for 1 mile. Lorcan Croin: 4.51/5.19/5.21 for a 15.31 three mile leg. Jayme Rossister: 5.03/5.18 for a 10.21 two mile leg

‘C’ Team: 15th in 42.40 Brett Paine: 4.49/5.14 for 10.30 two mile leg. Stephen Harkness: 4.43 for 1 mile. Eric McCann: 5.15/5.33/5.43 for a 16.31 three mile leg. Mark McKenzie: 5.31/5.52 for an 11.23 two mile leg.

‘D’ Team: 17th in 43.26 Niall Sherlock: 10.49 two mile leg ( no 1 mile split sorry! ). Graham Mahon: 4.58 for 1 mile. Terry O’Loughlin: 5.24/5.45/5.46 for a 16.55 three mile leg. Joe Cooper: 5.19/5.25 for a two mile leg

The Masters team finished 7th. With three solid performances from Philip O’Doherty (5.00), Declan Power (10.18) and Nigel Brunton (5.06) Clonliffe were always close to the medals, but couldn’t quite sneak one this year.


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