Archive for June, 2010

Healy goes sub 1.50 at BMC

Jun 13, 2010 [Noel Guiden] – (Updated Jun 14, 2010) News just in from last night`s British Milers Club Watford Grand Prix .Conor Healy has gone sub 1.50 over 800. Having being chipping away these last 12 months last night was the night (June 12th), a truely superb 1.49.89 in placing 4th in the 800 “C” race. Mark McDonald also ran a very good 800 4th in the “H” race in 1.54.8. In the 1500m “C” Aidan Bailey was 8th in 3.50.0. Also in action was Dave Fitzmaurice over 5,000m where he ran an impressive 14.30.65. Both Beckey Woods and Louise Reilly tackled the 1500m “C” race with Beckey 2nd in 4.32.26 with Louise 4th in 4.35.03.

Meanwhile at the New York Adidas Grand Prix held at the Icahna Stadium, Randall`s Hill also on June 12th, Alistair Cragg had his first track race of the season finishing 12th in the 1500m in a time of 3.39.43. The race was won in 3.33.29, a new meet record, by Nichalas Kemboi.

Field eventers bag 5 medals on day 1 of National seniors

After the unbelieveably good Summer to date we reverted to type today for day 1 of the National Track and Field Championships at rain swept Morton Stadium. The club`s field eventers were at the business end of proceedings throughout the day with the throwers in particular shining in the wet conditions. Luke Mangan took gold in the U/23 35lbs. for height with a best of 5.50m and then took bronze in the senior shot putt with 14.22m. Silver in that event went to Tomas Rauktys (15.35m) who continues his excellent form this season. Silver also in the high jump for Marcin Klinkzow who was joint 2nd with 1.95m. Clonliffe`s first ladies medal of the 2010 championships came courtesy of javelin thrower Denise Byrne taking bronze with a throw of 36.56m. So a good start 5 medals: 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.

On the track in today`s finals Leah Moore was just out of the medals ,4th in the 200m (24.79). Sergiu Ciobanu was also in that unlucky position in the 10,000 (30:11.47). Ailish McDermott had a good run in the 5,000m 9th in 18:25.73.

Safely through to tomorrow`s mens 1500m final after a good run today is Aidan Bailey, however, Brett Paine and Mark McDonald were eliminated. Unfortunately the same fate was to befall both Stephen Harkness and Graham Mahon in the 800.

Meanwhile at the British Grand Prix in Gateshead this evening Alistair Cragg was 13th in a world class 5,000m in a time of 13:21.66. Alistair is due on the 5,000 start line in Morton tomorrow, hope he makes that plane!!

Golden boys take 5 at Leinster Masters

Jun 9, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Now that the official results are available from Athletics Leinster we can confirm some excellent results recorded by Clonliffe Masters at last Sunday`s (June 6th) Leinster Masters Track and Field in Tullamore. Top performer on the day was Philip O`Doherty, who has now believe it or not entered the O/50 class, winning double middle distance gold with 800m (2.16.58) and 1500m (4.39.75) victories. Double medals also from young John Hartnett in the O/35 winning the 400m (no time available) and placing third in the 200m (25.03), and making it a golden trio all round George Maybury won O/55 1500m in 5.09.32.

Patrick takes glorious All Ireland title

Jun 7, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The All Ireland Schools track and field Championships brought the curtin down on the schools year at Tullamore on Saturday. After a long qualifying serious there were a number of Clonliffe athletes in action on what was a glorious Sunmmer`s day. Pride of place goes to Patrick O`Connor in the intermediate boys sprints. Patrick took the 100m title in 11.22 and was second in the 200m in 22.08. Jamie Rossister was also in fine fettle taking silver in the senior boys 2,000m SC in 6.10.06, and a little later put the spikes back on for the 1500, were he placed not surprisingly well out of the medals!. A magnificent silver also from Shauna Furman in the senior girls 100H 15.11. Great efforts also on the day by Fintan Doherty in the inter boys 800m having been ill this week was a very credable 7th in a time of 2.01 and from young Liam Ashton in the Junior boys 1500m who arrived here as Leinster champion and maybe found this one a race too far as he slipped from his recent high standards finishing 12th in 4.45, still Liam in fairness has that Leinster Gold tucked safely away as a reminder of an excellent school`s season. Hopefully all will be freshened up again in a couple of weeks to pull on the Clonliffe singlet for the Dublins and Nationals.

Sergiu adds Cork to marathon collection

Jun 7, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Sergiu Ciobanu today confirmed his status as the top marathon man in the country by winning the Cork City Marathon in a new course record of 2:25.54. Sergiu now adds Cork to his growing list of wins: National title, Connemara, Longford, Belfast.

Gregan wins in France and more

Jun 6, 2010 [Jeremy Lyons] Brian Gregan has a good win in France yesterday. The race took place in Valbonne in the south of France and Gregan clocked 46.65 to beat the British athlete Graham Hedman into second. Very promising with much of the season to come and it further lowers his own club record.

Elsewhere today at the Leinster Senior Championships in Tullamore, Sarah Woods won the 400m hurdles in a new PB of 68.83. Leah Moore had a super win in the Women’s 100m beating Anna Boyle and Eilish Fitzpatrick and clocking 12.33 into a -1.7 m/s wind.

Eleanor Alexander won the Women’s 800m and 1500m in 2:17.25 and 4:47.85 which adds further to our growing depth in these events, a super double by Eleanor.

Clonliffe’s most prolific performer this season, Tomas Rauktys, also had a double in the Shot Putt (14.61m) and Discus (48.43m) while Martin Hunt took the Hammer with a throw of 50.96.

Stephen Harkness had a great day taking the 1500m title in 4:09.75 and showed true competitive spirit by taking the silver in the 800m in 1:58.38. A great days work.

Conor McCrossan was 2nd in the 110m hurdles in 16.26 while Conor Coleman easily qualified for the final of the Men’s 100m and finished 4th in the final in 11.47.

All in all a great day for the Black and Amber with 8 Golds and 2 Silvers a great boost for the 1st Round of the National League next weekend.

Mahon goes sub 2 at graded meet

Jun 3, 2010 [Noel Guiden] A large turn out of Clonliffe athletes for the latest Dublin Graded Meet at Irishtown last night which included some noteable performances. Young Graham Mahon hit a major mile stone in his athletics career in recording his first ever sub 2 minute 800 with an excellent 1:58.43, bettering his previous PB by some 1.6 seconds, in placing 4th in his race. Other excellent runs from the club`s half milers with Mark McDonald 1:57.40 7th in his race followed by Brett Paine one place behind (1:58.02) and Stephen Harkness 10th in 1:59.73. Colm Groome ran 2:09.8 with George Maybury recording 2:29.49.

In the 3,000m Terry McLoughlin was 4th in his grade in a nifty 9:43.74 with Ernie Ramsey hot on his heels 5th in 9:44.84.

A Clonliffe one two in the 400H John Fagan 53.07 from Jeremy Lyons 53.85.

Also on track were three of our ladies. Ciara McCallion continues to make great strides on her comeback finishing 2nd in the 800m in 2:20.17 from Louise Reilly 3rd in 2:22.03. Ailish McDermott finished 4th in the 3,000 in 10:31.98.

The pole vault also resulted in a Clonliffe one two with David Donegan winning with a clearance of 4.80m from Ian Rogers 4.70m with Anthony McCreery 4th 4.20m.

Finally Tomas Rauktys has a double win in the throws winning the shot putt with 15.40m and discus with 46.54.

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