Archive for June, 2010

Clonliife athletes flying the flag at National juniors and U/23s

The National Junior and U/23 track and field championships were held in Tullamore this afternoon. Once again there were top class performances from Clonliffe athletes with gold medal wins by Alex Anayaegbunan in the junior tripple jump (13.03), Ian Rogers in the U/23 pole vault and Conor McCrossan in the U/23 110 hurdles being the highlights.

Another excellent day for Luke Mangan in the U/23 throws, Luke was second in both the Discus (40.19) and 35lbs. distance (9.80). Silvers also for the Woods twins, Beckey taking U/23 1500 silver in 4.36.17 with Sarah doing likewise in the 400m hurdles.

Bronze medals were taken home by Ciara McCallion in the U/23 400m (58.10) and Jamie Rossister in the junior 3,000 sc (10.04.8).

Other good performances on the day in the junior championships by Stuart Roche 8th in the 200m (23.17), Conor McGuinness 6th in the 1500m (4.13.38), Alex in the long jump placing 6th (6.04). While in the U/23s Mark McDonald was 7th in the 800m (1.57.38), Dave Flynn, just in the door from the States, was 4th in the 1500 (3.55.33) with Dave Fitzmaurice 5th in 3.55.33.

Meanwhile at last night`s Michael Manning 10k in Dunshauglin Eric McCann was first junior and 19th overall in 34.37.

Patrick O`Connor athlete of the meet at Tailtann Games

Young Clonliffe sprinter Patrick O`Connor took another step forward in his most promising athletes career with an outstanding performance in Tullamore at today`s Irish Schools Tailtann Games. First off he won the 100m in an excellent 10.8(h), then he took victory in the 200 in a storming 21.7(h) taking some .3 of a second off Arthur Devine`s 33 year old record and finally to take a hat trick of golds he ankered Leinster to 4 X 100m relay win. Fittingly Patrick was awarded the Fr. Lonergan Trophy as “Athlete of the Meet”. Last weekend of course Patrick was a double sprints gold medalist in the Dublin U/18 track and field. Next up for this young sprints star is the Hireco Clonliffe/IMC Grand Prix in the Morton Stadium on Thursday followed by the National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore next weekend where he goes in both the 100 and 200.

Dublin juvenile championships Clonliffe roll of honour

Jun 23, 2010 [Noel Guiden ] Following on a re-count it can be confirmed that Clonliffe athletes won a total of 41 medals over the course of the weekend’s Dublin Juvenile Championships. The Clonliffe Roll of Honour is as follows:

U/10 Boys – David Tuite 3rd 500 metres

U/11 Girls – Ruth Bergin 3rd 600 metres

U/12 Boys – Timothae Lawless 1st 80 metres, 1st shot put, 3rd long jump

U/12 Boys – Darren Lawlor – 2nd shot put

U/13 Boys – Andre Liadov – 1st shot put, 1st javelin

U/13 Girls – Sarah Lynott – 2nd long jump

U/14 Girls – Jasmine Hales – 1st 100 metres, 2nd long jump, 3rd high jump

U/14 Boys – Adam Murray – 3rd high jump

U/15 Boys – Simon Galligan – 1st hammer

U/15 Girls – Eimear Higgins – 3rd shot put

U/15 Girls – Megan Coomer – 1st long jump

U/16 Boys – Ryan Whelan – 1st javelin

U/16 Boys – Liam Ashton – 2nd 800 metres, 2nd 1500 metres

U/16 Boys – Ryan Cleary – 2nd walk

U/17 Girls – Roisin Leahy – 3rd 1500 metres

U/17 Girls – Elaine Begley – 1st 300 metres H, 2nd 300 metres

U/17 Boys – Ian Guiden – 1st 3000 metres

U/17 Boys – Andrew Fulchard – 3rd 200 metres

U/18 Boys – Patrick O’Connor – 1st 100 metres, 1st 200 metres

U/18 Boys – Stuart Roche – 3rd 100 metres, 3rd 200 metres

U/18 Girls – Aisling Aherne – 2nd 3000 metres

U/18 Boys – Ronan Doyle – 3rd 400 metres

U/18 Boys – Alex Anaybenun – 1st triple jump, 1st long jump

U/19 Girls – Denise Callaghan – 1st 1500 metres, 2nd 800 metres

U/19 Boys, – Keith Kavanagh – 2nd 100 metres, 2nd 200 metres

U/19 Boys – Graham Mahon – 1st 800 metres, 1st 1500 metres

U/19 Boys – Andrew Jenkinson – 3rd 800 metres, 3rd 1500 metres

National records set by Clonliffe athletes

Jul 20, 2010 [Noel Guiden] There were two new National records set by Clonliffe athletes on Sunday at opposite ends of the spectrum. Pole Vaulter Ian Rogers set a new National U/23 record with a superb 4.80m at the Scottish Senior Nationals on Sunday in finishing third, and went close on his attempts at 5.00m. Ian has been chasing that U/23 record since the early Summer and Sunday was his day. Meanwhile at the European Masters track and field in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, a slightly older Clonliffe athlete, Pat Bonass, broke the National M65 2,000m steeple chase record, in finishing 4th in 9.00.20.

Throwers top in Dublin seniors

Jun 20, 2010 [Noel Guiden] – (Updated Jun 21, 2010) The Dublin senior track and field championships took place in the stadium yesterday evening. Once again the Clonliffe throwers kept the Black and Amber flag flying with a one two in the discus 1st Tomas Rauktys (48.77), 2nd Luke Mangan (39.34). Leah Moore picked up silver in the 200m (24.83) and Ciara McCallion was also 2nd, in the 800m with 2.22.67. Jamie Rossister also picked up silver, the junior mile in 4.30.21, Conor McGuinness was 5th in that race with a new PB of 4.38.77. Eric McCann running his first race of the season was 10th in the 5,000 in 16.18.05. Ailish McDermott ran an excellent 3,000m PB of 10.18.8. In the 800m Stephan Harkness was 5th in 1.58.6 with Brett Paine 8th in 1.59.37. Finally tripple jumper Marco Mattizumo ran the 200 B race finishing 8th in 24.88.

On then to today`s Raheny Mid Summer`s 5k held in St. Annes where Joyce O`Hara (18:59) was 2nd lady , and Pat Bonass 1st O/65 (20:08) and 48th overall. Other Clonliffe results 22nd Maurice McCrohan (18:15),44th Paddy Tuite (19:47), 61st Richard Connolly (21:25), 65th Frank Devitt (21:38)

Fagan 10th in Eoropean team championships

Jun 20, 2010 [Jeremy Lyons] John Fagan finished 10th out of 12 athletes in the 400m hurdles in today’s European Team Championships in Budapest. Making his Irish debut Fagan went in with the slowest time of the 12 athletes but crucially took two more points than expected by finishing 6th in his race and 10th overall. His time of 53.05 is only a half second off his PB and despite admitting to not running the race as he would have liked Fagan is happy that he garnered more points for the Irish team than his pre-race ranking would have predicted.

Ireland lie 8th overall on 130.5 pts and are 33.5 pts clear of the dreaded 11th place that would see them relegated so it’s looking positive. Ian Rogers will do his bit for the cause tomorrow when he competes in the Pole Vault.

Day 3 Juvenile c`ships and more of the same thanks!

Jun 20, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The 2010 Dublin Juvenile Championships drew to a close this afternoon in sun drenched Morton Stadium. These championships have been blessed with the best weather seen for sometime and the athletes have responded with very encouraging performances accross the whole spectrum of athletic endeavour. Even more encouraging from the club`s perspective has been the commitment of our athletes from the youngest age groups just starting out right up to those taking part in their very last Dublin Juveniles. Throwing into that mix of sunshine and commitment a pretty impressive haul of medals made the whole weekend a most enjoyable expierence as a total of some 35 medals were won by Clonliffe athletes.

Today`s highlights included in the field events a golden double from Andrea Liadov in the boys U/13 shot putt and javelin. Gold also in the javelin U/16 from Ryan Whelan. In the girls U/15 long jump Megan Coomber didn`t disappoint winning with an excellent jump of 4.87. Eimer Higgins was a very popular bronze medalist in the girls U/15 shot putt.

In the sprint events, Patrick O`Connor and Stuart Roche picked up where they left off yesterday with a repeat performance in the U/18 200m, Patrick 1st, Stuart 2nd. Keith Kavanagh also enjoyed a repeat of yeaterday with silver in the U/19 200. Jasmine Hayles who had enojed a superb day yesterday was once again in good form progressing comfortable into the U/13 200m final where she placed 5th. Excellent running also from Elain Begley in the U/17s 2nd in the 300 flat and 30 minutes later 1st in the 300 hurdles. Ronan Doyle made his 400m debut today placing 3rd in the U/18 400m.

The distance race on the card today was the 1500m. In the boys U/16 Liam Ashton was clearly feeling the effects of a long hard year but still managed to add another silver to the one he took in Friday`s 800 running a time of 4.36. In 5th place in that race was the always improving John Buckley running another PB taking a massive 7 seconds off his best to record a time of 4.45.

Roisin Leahy took bronze in the U/17 girls 1500 with Laura Brennan 4th. Irene Falvey place 5th in the U/18s, while Denise Callaghan took her second medal of these championships this time gold in the girls U/19. In the boys U/19 race the tactical battle couldn`t have worked out any better for Graham Mahon as the field sauntered around for two and three quarter laps leaving Graham to step on the gas with 150 to go winning in 4.30, 3rd was Andrew Jenkinson with Mark McKenzie still someway short of full fitness 4th.

So overall a pretty good championships all round. The future looks brighter after days like these. Well done: athletes, coaches and parents

Day 2 and another 12 medals

Jun 19, 2010 [Noel Guiden] A new day dawned on the Morton Stadium another perfect Summer`s day. Another perfect day for athletics. Day 2 of the Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships. After the success enjoyed by Clonliffe athletes last evening many of them returned early this morning for more of the same. Once again there was a great turn out of black and amber clad youngsters and at the close of business a dozen medals had been won.

The first medal successes of the day came in the long jump pit as Timothae Lawless took bronze in the boys U/12 long jump. A good performance also from Peter Taylor in the U/13 boys making the final. In the U/13 girls Sarah Lynott jumped superbly to take silver.

In the sprints events another medal was won by Timothae this time gold in the U/12 80m, a good run also in this by Joseph who despite a bad cold made the final.

Jasmine Hayles was excellent in the girls U/14 100m a clear winner and followed that up with second place in the long jump (4.16m). Megan Coomber was just out of the medals in the U/15 100 placing 4th, but will look forward to her speciality, the long jump, tomorrow.

The John Shields sprint squad were out in force: Patrick O`Connor, full of running in taking the U/18 100m, with Stuart Roche, looking powerful, taking bronze. Keith Kavanagh also looked very good in winning silver in the U/19 100m.

On then to the distance athletes. First off Aisling Aherne working very hard in the hot afternoon sun really earned her silver medal in the U/18 girls 3,000m running well inside her PB. Ian Guiden ran a very well judged race winding up for home with 800 to go and winning U/17 gold in a new PB of 9.24. John Buckely ran well in his first 3,000 (10.46). Ryan Cleary took to the track in the U/16 walk and went away with silver after a brave effort on the final lap to close up on the leader and was very close to gold. Finally in the last event of the day Alex Anyegbunam won U/18 gold in the triple jump.

Another great day for the club. Well done to each and every one of our athletes today. We look forward to the final day tomorrow begining at 12.00 noon: with the shot putt and 300m heats, also on offer tomorrow, long and high jumps, javelin, hurdles, 1500m, 200m and steeple chase.

Day 1 juvenile championships

The weekend athletics activities kicked off in the Morton Stadium tonight with Day 1 of the Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships. There were some very impressive performances by Clonliffe athletes tonight where the events were confined to the 500 to 800m races and the hammer. At the end of the evening Clonliffe athletes had won 7 medals.

In the younger ages groups there was a very good turn out of young Harriers, many of whom were having their first taste of championship competion. Clonliffe`s first medal of these championships was won by David Tuite in the U/10 500m running an excellent race, particularily down the home straight, to win bronze. Next came another bronze this time from Ruth Bergin who finished like a train in her U/11 600m. There were very good efforts also on the track from Keith, Timothae, Joseph, Amy, Tara, Lauren and the Cooley girls, to name but a few.

In the U/14s Adam in his very first race was just caught on the line in the boys 800 to finish 4th, just out of the medals. Good runs also from Sally and Stephanie.The club`s first win of the championships came in the hammer circle with Simon Galligan winning the U/15 hammer.

On then to the older ages. Another good race from Liam Ashton running an 800m PB of 2.11.8 in taking second in the U/16s. Denise Callaghan also took silver in the U/19 girls 800. In the U/17 boys good runs from Ronan Doyle (2.17) and David Treacy (2.18). Finally the U/19 boys where Graham Mahon was strongest, leading all the way, to win in 2.01.5 with Andrew Jenkinson, coming out of retirement, 3rd in 2.04.7.

The championships continue tomorrow with sprint hurdles, sprints, 3000m on the track and jumps, shot and discus.

National league round 1: defence begins

Jun 15, 2010 [Killian Lonergan] Sunday’s first round of the National League proved another successful day out for the Senior Men’s team. Despite only picking up one first place finish on the track ( Men’s 4x100m ) we were able to lead the points scoring at the end of day thanks in the main to our men in the field. With 121 points amassed, we top the overall table across both locations after Round 1.

Clonliffe Results can be seen at the following location:

Moments of note include Patrick’s PB of 11.10 in the 100m for 3rd, Ciaran Mackey’s over exuberance in the first 200m of his 400m and his subsequent fighting qualities down the home straight, Stephen Harkness’ negative split in the 800m, Conor McGuinness’s PB of 4.15.85 in the 1500m, Tom Guilfoyle’s re-introduction to the Steeplechase, Lorcan Cronin’s 5000m track debut, Paul Marry’s last round winning throw in the Javelin, young Alex ‘the human spring’ Anyaegbunam debuting for the senior men’s team in the Long Jump. Luke, Tomas and Martin cleaned up in the throws, while Marcin took to the soaking wet High Jump mat like a duck to water. Ian rebounded from the previous day with a victory in the Pole Vault while a makeshift 4x400m team gave it their all for those last few points.

The one moment of concern was Brian Gregan pulling up injured in the 200m when well ahead of the eventual winner with 70m to go. As noted elsewhere on the site, Brian had raced a superb 400m the day before in Holland, yet made the journey back for Sunday’s trip up North. Fingers crossed he’ll be back on his feet before too long.

Combined results across both sites, are as follows:

Clonliffe Harriers 121

City of Derry A.C. 113

Dundrum South Dublin A.C. 111

St. Abbans A.C. 101

Tullamore Harriers 98

North Down A.C. 97

Raheny Shamrocks A.C. 97

Menapians A.C. 93

Kerry Athletics 92

Shercock A.C. 92

Ballymena and Antrim A.C. 91

Leevale A.C. 83 Meath Athletics 75

Crusaders A.C. 55

Donore A.C. 35

City of Lisburn A.C. 35

Thanks to all that made themselves available for the long day and lets hope Round 2 will be as successful.

On what turned out to be a wet and windy day up in Antrim Forum the Clonliffe Ladies started the National T&F League as we mean to go on by taking joint 1st position with Raheny Shamrocks on 115pts.

We took home 6 first place finishes, 7 second place finishes, and 2 third place finishes. A big thanks to all those ladies who competed

Round 2 of the National League is on Sunday 18th July on our home ground of Morton Stadium


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