Archive for May, 2010

Clonliffe men finish 4th in European clubs

May 30, 2010 [Noel Guiden] News just in confirms that the men`s team have placed 4th in group B of the European Clubs Track and Field in Switzerland. While that represents an improvement of one place on last year, the guys where only half a point off third place. A real roller coaster of a day was how Joe Cooper described it. The highs included an excellent win by John Fagan in the 400m hurdles, a batch of 2nd places and two new club records: Brian Gregan in the 400m 47.2 breaking Anothony Folans 15 year old record and a club 4 X 400m record of 3.14.07 breaking the 19 year old record of 3.17.

Saturday`s glorious weather of sunshine and 26 degrees had given way to wind and rain and a nippy 14 degrees in Bern this morning. The Harriers got off to the best start possible with John Fagan`s win in the 400H (52.64). An excellent run by all accounts also by Conor McCrossan in the 110H running a PB (15.79) in 6th. In the sprints things turned somewhat John Laffey placed 4th in the 100m (10.93) and unfortunately Patrick O`Connor fell foul of the new false start proceedures and was disqualified from the 200m. Brian Gregan got things back on track with an excellent 400m, 2nd place in 47.21, a club record.

The middle distance boys weighed in with a batch of high scorring 2nd places. Second place from Conor Healy in the 800m (1.52.2) running his first 800 of the season, and another excellent battling run by Aidan Bailey in the 1500m for another 2nd place (3.54.94) and also young David Fitzmaurice 2nd (8.49.76) in a tactial 3,000m. Gary O`Hanlon was most disappointed with his run in the 5,000 as he was overhauled in the sprint to the line finishing 5th (15.26.82). Young Conor McGuinness, still a junior, in his first senior championship had a baptism of fire in the 3,000 sc, placing 6th in 10.38.53 and will benefit greatly from the whole expierence.

In the field events there were some really good performances Martin Hunt was 3rd in the hammer (53.87), Marco Mattuzzo was 3rd in the triple jump (13.32), and then regrettably had a disaster in the long jump 6th with a best of 5.04, 3rd place (1.95m) also from Marcin Klinzow in the high jump. 4th by Luke Mangan in the shot (14.37). Both Tomas Rauktys in the discus (40.76) 5th and David Donegan in the pole vault 64th with a best clearance of 4.00m, and failing at 4.60m had one of those days when things just didn`t go right. While Paul Marry had a best throw of 53.73 for 5th in the javelin.

Finally in the relays the 4 X 100 squad placed 5th (42.24) and onto the final event: the 4 x 400. The team was 4th with the Swiss 3rd, however, if we could beat them by three places we`d leap frog them. A real gutsy effort from the guys John Laffey, John Fagan, Ciaran Mackey and Brian Greegan breaking a 19 year old club record finishing 3rd, however with the Swiss finished 5th meaning that the guys missed out on 3rd place by the tightess of margins..half a point.

A fantastic effort by Joe, the team and coaches. Well done, you`ve all done us proud. The team returns home tomorrow. We`ll have the Inside Story from Lonergan and McGuinness during the week.

Fantastic club championship day

May 24, 2010 [Noel Guiden ] For the third successive year Sunshine boy Joe Cooper organised the most magnificent weather for what was a most magnificent club championships. Yesterday afternoon seen a huge turnout, particularly in the juvenile categories, for the Clonliffe Annual Club Track and Field day. There was tremendous competition and a tremendous spirit of camaraderie throughout the entire day which commenced at 3.15 p.m. with a tiny tots race and finished at around 6.30 p.m. with a mixed medley fun relay.

Highlights in the juvenile programme included a huge turnout of under 12 girls so much so that there was the need for heats in the sprint event in order to get ten finalists which is simply incredible for a club championship. There were notable double successes and indeed treble successes by amongst others Ruth Bergin in the U/12 girls, Keith Hodson in the U/12, David Tuite in the U/10s and Megan Coomber in the U/16 girls. In the senior championship once again the men’s 800 proved to be the race of the day, there was also an excellent men’s 100 metre sprint and an excellent 2 girl 400 metre race between Becky Woods and Elaine Begley.

The senior men’s 100 was won by guest Tom Reynolds (North Down) in a time of 10.9 from Conor Coleman – the Clonliffe 2010 club champion in 11.3 with Stuart Roche recording 11.4.

The club 400 metres was won by James Ruxdon (Shercock)guesting in 50.23, Alan O’Brien (Crusaders) guested in that race recording a time of 50.41 just in front of Conor Healy in 50.75.

The 800 metres was the race of day and was won in fine style by Alan O’Brien (Crusaders) in a time of 1.51.2, this was once again a tremendous race, Aidan Bailey was best of the Clonliffe athletes in 1.52.5, another guest Ivan Kinahan was third with Mark McDonald 4th – second Clonliffe man in 1.56.2 and Stephen Harkness running a huge PB of 1.56.6 placing fifth overall and third in the Clonliffe Championship. This was a tremendous run from Stephen who since the start of the season has been shaving 100ths of a second off his PB but in this race went completely mad taking 3.1 seconds off his existing PB. Other notable performances included Graham Mahon running 2 minutes dead – that sub 2 minute is surely now only round the corner.

Dave Fitzmaurice was dominant in the 1500 metres running a time of 3.57.3. In the field events there was an excellent pole vault competition which was won by Ian Rogers with a best of 4.65m from Stuart Green (Raheny) guesting with a best of 4.55.

In the shot put Luke Mangan won with an excellent throw of 15.08 from Tomas Rauktys 15.01.

In the women’s competition Snezana Bechtina won an excellent 200 metres in 27.5 from Sarah Woods and Shaua Furman. Elaine Begley just overhauled Becky Woods in the 400 metres running a PB of 60.76.

Becky also ran a PB in the 800 metres taking 1.5 seconds off her best running a tremendous 2:13 in winning the 800 metres from Ciara McCallion and Lorna Begley 3rd.

Results of Clonliffe Juvenile Championships 2010

Girls U/10 60m

1. Amy Warren

2. Caoimhe Ni Mhadagain

3. Lea Muldoon-Phoenix

Boys U/10 60m

1. David Tuite

2. Junior

3. Fionn McCluskey

U/12 Girls 60m

1. Ruth Bergin

2. Chleo Tully

3. Tara Casey

Girls U/16 100m

1. Megan Coomber

2. Rachel Murray

3. Alex Philbin

Girls U/10 300m

1. Amy Warren

2. Lea Muldoon-Phoenix

3. Ella Cooley

Boys U/10 300m

1. David Tuite

2. Fionn McCluskey

3. Junior

Girls U/12 500m

1. Ruth Bergin

2. Tara Casey

3. Sophie Higgins

Boys U/12 500m

1. Keith Hodson

2. Timothe Lawless

3. David Preston

Girls U/14 800m

1. Stephanie McCaul

2. Laura Tuite

3. Elanna Cooley

Boys U/14 800m

1. Sean Carraig

2. Luke Memery

3. Oki Kayamoto

Girls U/16 1000m

1. Rachel Murray

2. Alex Philbin

Boys U/16 1000m

1. Liam Ashton

2. John Buckley

U/12 Girls Ball Throw

1. Lauren Carr

2. Amy McGrath

3. Kelly Mangan

U/12 Boys Ball Throw

1. ?

2. Timothe Lawless

Boys U/14 High Jump

1. Andrei Liadov

2. Luke Doyle

3. Timothe Lawless

Girls U/16 High Jump

1. Tiffany Brockman

2. Sally Ahern

3. Stephanie McCaul/Jasmine Earls

U/12 Boys Long Jump

1. Timothe Lawless

2. Elliot Lawless

3. Ciaran Gartland

U/16 Girls Long Jump

1. Megan Coomber (4.51)

2. Rachel Murray (3. 20)

3. Eimear Higgins (2.83)

U/16 Girls Shot Putt

1. Eimear Higgins

2. Megan Coomber

3. Jasmin Hayles

Senior 2010 Championship

Men’s 100 metres

1. Tom Reynolds – North Down – guest 10.9

2. Conor Coleman 11.3

3. Stuart Roche 11.4

4. Padraig Duffy (Navan A.C.) – guest 11.6

5. Keith Kavanagh 11.9

6. John Hartnett 11.9

7. Andrew Heaney 12.00

110m hurdles Men

1. Tom Reynolds 14.73

2. John Fagan 15.33

3. Paul Byrne 15.5

4. Jeremy Lyons 15.6

400 metres Men

1. James Ruxton 50.25

2. Alan O’Brien (Crusaders) – guest 50.41

3. Conor Healy 50.75

4. Brett Pain 53.10

5. Stuart Roche 53.3

6. John Hartnett 54.7

800 metres Men

1. Alan O’Brien (Crusaders) – guest 1.51.2

2. Aidan Bailey 1.52.5

3. Ivan Kinahan (Crusaders) – guest 1.55.5

4. Mark McDonald 1.56.2

5. Stephen Harkness 1.56.6

6. Brett Pain 1.56.6

7. Ronan Cairns 1.57.3

8. Gary O’Hanlon 1.57.8

9. Graham Mahon 2.00.0

10. Carl Fitzmaurice 2.04.1

11. Colm Groome 2.08.4

12. Jeremy Walsh 2.11.5

13. Phillip O’Doherty 2.14.4

14. Ronan Doyle 2.17.6

15. Paul Carolan 2.19.3

1500m Men

1. David Fitzmaurice 3.57.3

2. Ray Hynes (Crusaders) – guest 4.00.5

3. Eoin Pierce 4.01.4

4. Conor McGuinness 4.17.7

5. Joseph Cooper 4.18.4

6. Johnny Bradley-Ward 5.58

3000 metre Men

1. Cormac Fitzpatrick (North Laois) – guest 9.25.81

2. Ernie Ramsey 9.50.8

3. Mark McKenzie 11.15.4

Men’s Long Jump

1. Conor Coleman (5.56m)

2. Andrew Heney 4.86

3. Keith Kavanagh 4.45

Men’s Pole Vault

1. Ian Rogers 4.65

2. Stuart Green (Raheny) – guest 4.55

3. Anthony McCreary 4.05

Men’s Shot Putt

1. Luke Mangan 15.05

2. Thomas Rauktys 15.01

3. Tom Reynolds (NDAC) – guest 13.68

4. Martin Hunt 11.83

5. Anthony McCreary 10.34

Master Men 3000 metres

1. Mark Birmingham 10.21

2. Noel Cullen 10.55

3. Colm Doran 11.51

Women’s 100 metre H

1. Shauna Furman 15.29

200 metres – Senior Women

1. Snezana Bechtina 27.5

2. Sarah Woods 27.8

3. Shauna Furman 28.5

400 metre Senior Women

1. Elaine Begley 60.76

2. Becky Woods 61.2

800 metres Women

1. Becky Woods 2.13.0

2. Ciara McCallion 2.19.6

3. Lorna Begley 2.29.3

4. Amy Carron 2.32.7

5. Denise Callaghan 2.41.9

3000 metre Women

1. Louise Reilly 10.25

2. Ailish McDermott 10.46

3. Emma Cooper 12.00

4. Aisling Ahern 12.26

5. Roisin Leahy 12.42

6. Laura Brennan

Mixed 2 x 200 metre Hurdle Relay

1. Elaine Begley/John Fagan 53.4

2. Sarah Woods/Jeremy Lyons 53.7

3. Shauna Furman/Paul Byrne 54.00

An excellent days competition excellently organised by the club’s captains and their coaches. Many thanks to all who assisted on the day and who turned out to support these Championships

Half Marathon man does it again

May 24, 2010 [Noel Guiden ] Lorcan Cronin is starting to become something of a Half Marathon specialist. With recent half marathon wins in Wexford and Kildare already under his belt he took in the Wicklow Gaol Break Half Marathon on Saturday May 22nd where he made it a hattrick of half marathon wins with a winning time of 75.09. Clubmate Nigel Brunton was eighth in 88.43 and in 69th place Ciara Brenna ran 91.14.

Also in half marathon action over the weekend was Pat Bonass. Pat travelled to Rega where he took in yesterday’s half marathon finishing in a time of 97.04 suffering in the wind, heat and particularily the cobbles. Unofficially Pat placed 2nd O/65.

On Saturday Eoin ‘the real thing’ Murray ran a 10k PB in the Intel BHAA road race in Leixlip of 38.03 taking 15th place.

Leinster double from Patrick O`Connor

May 22, 2010 [Noel Guiden] In sweltering heat as temperatures topped 23 degrees Patrick O`Connor turn the heat up even more scorching the new mondo track in Morton Stadium. Day 2 of the Leinster Schools today and the star of the show from a Clonliffe perspective was Patrick O`Connor. First up he was magnificent in the intermediate boys 200m winning in an unbelieveable time of 22.07, a new record for these championships and taking almost half a second off his PB. A couple of hours later he reigned supreme in the 100m, easing up over the last 30m winning comfortably in 11.17, a sprints double.

A fantastic effort in the senior boys tripple jump by Alex Akayali(12.76m) saw him win Leinster silver. A great silver for Fintan Doherty in the Inter 800m, taking up the running at the bell and fighting all the way over the last 150 to clinch an excellent 2nd place in 2.01 (PB). Silver also for Ryan Whelan in the inter boys javelin with a best of 40.02m. In the senior boys 1500m Jamie Rossister took a chunk off his PB running 4.03 to claim 3rd place. Bronze also for Elaine Begley in the inter 300m, matching her success in the 300m H on Wednesday.

Good runs also today by Denise Callaghan 5th in the senior girls 3,000m and from Ian Guiden 7th in the inter 3,000m (9.44). Graham Mahon was just out of the medals in the senior 800m 4th in 2.00.61.

Well done all and good luck to the qualifiers in the All Ireland Schools on June 5th

Clonliffe field eventers lead the way at Graded

May 20, 2010 [Noel Guiden] At last night`s Dublin Graded Meet at the Morton Stadium the club`s field eventers were a class apart. Ian Rogers continued his current top form with a win in the pole vault with a best of 4.70m. In the javelin Paul Marry got his season off to winning ways with a best of 53.22m, likewise Martin Hunt was best in the hammer cage with a winning throw of 53.98m, 3rd in that event was Manuel Calis Gurry 48.6m with Simon Galligan 6th with 32.45m. Not letting the men take all the glory Denise Byrne was 2nd in the women`s javelin.

On the track John Laffey had a good run in the 400m running sub 50 (49.8) winning grade B. The middle distance boys were also out last night. There was a whole series of mile races. Fastest Clonliffe man on the night was Niall Sherlock 4.39.06, 8th in his race, with Joseph Cooper 10th in 4.41.87 and Terry McLoughlin 15th in 4.51.58. In the next race Philip O`Doherty ran his fastest track mile since becoming a master 9 yeards and 357 days ago finishing an excellent 2nd place in 4.50.05, Colm Groome got the better of training partner Ernie Ramsey , Colm 6th (4.52.16), Ernie 9th (4.54.05). Finally Clonliffe newbe Peter Kane was 7th in 5.09.77 with Clonliffe oldbe George Maybury 13th in 5.33.6.

Full results Congratulations to Donore`s John Travers on his superb run in the 3,000 qualifying for the World Junior Championships.

Flemming pips O`Hanlon in 119th Clonliffe 2

May 9, 2010 []

The 119th running of the Clonliffe 2 took place earlier today in perfect conditions. Close to 100 athletes toed the line for the 2 mile event which once again started at the bottom of the hill pub in Finglas. The course went down hill for the first mile with a tough climb for 400m at Glasnevin cemetery and on to the finish at Kavanagh’s Pub (The Gravediggers).


The key results are outlined below, the full results should be up on this website by tomorrow evening.


1st Paul Fleming Rathfarnham>    9.30 2th Gary O’Hanlon Clonliffe Harriers    9.31 3rd Gareth Murran (Unattached)   9.58


1st Ciara Durkan Skerries AC   10.25 2th Lorraine Manning Raheny Shamrock   10.38 3rd Annette Kealy Raheny Shamrock   11.01

Many thanks to Eugene Kavanagh for his sponsorship of this event for the last 27 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.


As next year will be the 125th anniversary for the club and the 120th running of this race we look a bigger and better race.

New PB for Bailey at IMC

May 9, 2010 [Noel Guiden] A sunny Saturday evening in Irishtown, the first IMC meet of the year…a night for PB`s? Unlikely was the conventional wisdom, the strong wind down the back straight would put paid to any such thoughts. Despite this there was a trio of new PBs set by Clonliffe athletes: Messrs. Bailey, Fitzmaurice and Harkness.

The meet was the Crusaders Grand Prix in conjunction with the Irish Milers Club and in addition to the usual IMC middle distance events featured a number of classy sprint and field events. Clonliffe athletes had considerable success in the night`s field events with Tomas Rauktys winning the Discus with a best of around 47m (tbc). In the Pole Vault young Ian Rogers continues to grow in confidence and was a well deserved winner with a best of 4.60m (a possible new stadium record) and then just failing at 4.76.

There was a great battle between the club`s two best 400m hurdlers with John Fagan holding off his coach Jeremy Lyons down the home straight to win in 53.83.

Stephen Harkness despite the “Wind blowing like hell” (modified version of quote) managed to chip another couple of hundreds off his two week old 800 PB in recording a time of 1.59.77 in placing 4th in the “B” race.

In the 3,000m the pace was well and truely hot from the start and as the pacer pulled out DSD`s Joe Sweeney continued at the same high intensity. In the chasing group of 4 sat Aidan Bailey having one of his best races for some time, and despite the effort of grinding out those fast laps found the energy for a superb last 200m to finish 2nd, 9 seconds off Sweeney but taking a second or so off his PB running 8.17.53. An excellent run also from young Dave Fitzmaurice who was up with the pack until the mile and also shaved something off his PB to record a new best of 8.34.39. A brave run also from Jeremy Walsh 9.48.9

Also in action on the night where Beckey Woods finishing in 6th in the 800m (2.16.28) and Louise Reilly 9th (2.23.11).

A good night`s work by all. We now look forward to the Hireco Clonliffe T & F Meet with the IMC in the Morton Stadium on July 1st.

Top class stuff at juvenile track and field

May 8, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The Morton Stadium was packed last night with young athletes taking part in round 3 of the Dublin County Board Juvenile League. From a Clonliffe perspective this was one of the biggest ever turn outs by our athletes with huge numbers in all age groups. With the huge Clonliffe contingent being joined by large numbers from amongst others DSD, Tallaght AC and MSB it meant a long night`s athletes with several races required in the younger age groups. The night`s proceedings moved along nicely, although some of the athletes not surprisingly found the delays in thier races taking place a little trying especially as the evening sunshine faded to a fairly chilly night.

As their were so many Clonliffe athletes in action it was always going to be difficult to keep track of who was doing what and in addition there were sprints taking place on both sides of the track along with field events. All simultaneously!

So please bear that in mind as selected highlights that spring to mind include: in the field events Andrea`s dominance once again of his field events with wins in both the boys U/14 Shot and Javelin, Timothac winning the boys U/12 Shot with brother Elliot winning the U/11 Ball Throw and long jump specialist Megan showing that she has other strings to her bow by placing 3rd in the girls U/15 Javelin.

In the sprints: Timothac won his heat in the 80m, likewise Nicoll won her race in the U/12 80m, Megan was 2nd in the U/15 100m and Keelan was 3rd in the boys U/11 80m.

Finally onto the distance races where Liam had an excellent win the in U/16 1200m with John chasing him hard in 3rd. David 3rd in his boys U/10 500m. Great running also from Martain and Keelan in the U/11 600m 2nd and 3rd. Keith 2nd in the U/12 600m, Keith was also 2nd in his 80m, Sean 3rd in U/13 600m. Another super run by Hope in the U/10 500m taking 2nd place in her race,and finally a really smooth run from Evanna 3rd in her U/13 600m.

Apologies to anyone who`s results have been missed, full official results will be posted on during the week.

Well done to the Dublin County Board`s officials last night and finally a big thank you to our hard working club coaches and to the parents who helped out and supported the athletes.

Graded Meet/ Dublin 10,000

May 6, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Last night`s Dublin Graded Meet held in Irishtown included the Dublin 10,000m Championship where once again Declan Power, last year`s winner, had a very good run taking third place but running some 40 odd seconds quicker recording an excellent 33.00.8. Jamie Rossister ran in the development 1500m and was 13th in 4.07.87, a possible PB. In the Graded race a great win was recorded by Stephen Harkness 4.16.07 with Conor McGuinness 5th in 4.19.72 (PB). In the next grade Philip O`Doherty was 2nd in 4.31.32 with Colm Groome 6th in 4.33.82. Two wins also from the club`s field eventers: Tomas Rauktys in the Shot (15.07, twise) and Alex Bunan in the Triple Jump (12.22). Full results on Next graded meet Wednesday 19th May in Santry.

Lorcan Cronin wins in Wexford

May 3, 2010 [Noel Guiden] There was considerable activity on the roads around the country over the weekend. Pride of place goes to Lorcan Cronin who had his first big win to date with a superb 1st place in today`s Wexford Half Marathon over a tough course in 74:14. Other Clonliffe results currently to hand. At the BHAA RTE 5 Mile on Staurday May 1st : 42nd place was the real Eoin Murray (29.13), 62nd Maurice McCrohan (30.06), 66th Ailish McDermott (30.27), 87th Joyce O`Hara 31.20).

Jeremy Lyons won the Munster 400m Hurdles at Cork IT today in a time of 53.87.

Meanwhile at the other end of the country Ronan Hartnett clocked yet another sub three hour marathon when finishing 33rd in today`s Belfast City Marathon in 2:55.58.

Also in action in the North of the country was Ernie Ramsey who headed home to Donegal for the North West 10k where he had a good run over what one would assume was a hilly course running 35.44 in finishing 12th.

The ARC 10k took place in Dublin`s Phoenix Park yesterday. Young Graham Mahon having spent the entire Winter complaining that Cross Country was too long a race for an 800m man decided to up the distance to 10,000m! At 7k he was lying in 5th place, however, those pesky Phoenix Park hills and a visit to see a man about a dog took their toll as he finished up 12th overall in a pretty good time on 39.40.


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