Archive for January, 2011

Mahon gets US career off to flyer

Jan 31, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Young Graham Mahon has gotton off to a flyer with Clarkes University, Iowa over the weekend. Graham, who left these shores on scholarship just after Christmas, was in action on the indoor collegiate circuit for The Crusaders at the University of Dubuque Open on Saturday where he won the 600m “dash” (as the Americans put it) in an impressive 1.25.04. An excellent start to his career Stateside.

Leinster indoor win for Keith Pike

Jan 31, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Another colt from the John Shields stable of sprinters starting to make a name for himself is Keith Pike. At yesterday`s Leinster Indoors in Nenagh Keith won the junior 60m in 7.27. At the other end of the spectrum John Harnett won the Master Indoor 400m title in 56.88.

Patrick O`Connor sets new PB

Jan 30, 2011 [Noel Guiden] As the indoor season gets well and truely underway Clonliffe Junior Athlete of the year Patrick O`Connor is in the groove already running a new 200m PB indoor at the Celtic Games in Cardiff today of 22.40 in placing second. Earlier in the meet Patrick took third in the 60m in 7.18.

Big win for Rachel Murray

Jan 27, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The Leinster Schools Reginal Cross Country got underway today with the prize of places in the Leinster Schools in Santry Demesne on February 16th at stake. The West Leinsters took place in a cold and windy Phoenix Park, a howling gale facing the athletes. Star Clonliffe performer was Rachel Murray (Castleknock Community College) taking her biggest career win to date in the junior girls race. Great runs also from the Clonliffe girls from Mary`s Glasnevin Aisling Aherne 4th, Denise Callaghan 5th and Irene Falvey 11th to take team victory in the senior girls race. Fintan Doherty was 2nd for Castleknock College in the senior boys race with Owen McCullagh (Belvedere) 11th. In the inter boys race Ryan Cleary (Belvedere) was 14th. Finally in the East Leinsters in Avondale Park Elaine Begley (Loretto on the Green) left the hurdles behind to go back to the country placing 10th in the inter girls.

O`Doherty double gold

Jan 23, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe super vet Philip O`Doherty took both 400m and 800m gold in the O/50 at the National Masters Indoor Championships in Nenagh today. First off he took gold in the O/50 400m in a time of 64.07, however, this was only an appetizer for the thriller served up as the main course later in the afternoon. In the race of the day over the tight Nenagh track O`Doherty had a titanic battle with West Waterford`s Joe Gough (O/55) for victory with no quater asked or given. As they took the bell for the final 200 circuit the Clonliffe man lead only for Gough to brush past him and take the lead, all seemed lost, however, O`Doherty gathered himself for the final battle surging as they came off the final bend to hit the front and take a famous victory in a time of 2.13.5.

To complete a great day George Maybury also served up a double medal winning performance in the same events this time in the O/55 category. Bronze in the 400m (71.56) followed by 800m silver in 2.32.32. Great stuff from both of these guys.

Ramesy does Grand Prix double

Jan 23, 2011 [Stephen Byrne]

The Grand Prix Presentation night took place last Thursday evening in a packed Harry Cooney Room in the club house.


Going into the last race Ernie Ramsey held a commanding 11 point lead over club treasurer Paddy Tuite. Unknown to Paddy his performance on the day saw him claw back the 11 points. As both athletes tied the deciding factor is the athletes total points scored over all their races entered. Ernie scored 206 points to Paddy’s 194.


The Behan & Associates Noel Guiden Snr Memorial Cup was presented by Grand Prix sponsor Noel Guiden to Ernie Ramsey.


Fred Connolly presented the Pat Linane Memorial Cup to Ernie who also won the fastest athlete award retaining the title he won last year.


Grand Prix Series 2010

8. Conor Delaney 125 pts

7. Richard Barr 145 pts

6. Pat O’Rourke 149 pts

5. Colm Breen 158 pts

4. Philip O’Doherty 164 pts

3. Colm Doran 175 pts

2. Paddy Tuite 190 pts, 194 points total

Winner of the Behan & Associates Noel Guiden Snr. Memorial Cup

1. Ernie Ramsey 190 pts, 206 points total

Fastest Athlete and winner of the Pat Linane Memorial Cup sponsored by Fred Connolly.

Ernie Ramsey Retains The Pat Linane Memorial Cup

The Grand Prix Committee would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued generosity, and their support is deeply appreciated. Noel Guiden, Frazer Walker, Dominic Brannigan, Maurice Ahern, Colm Brennan, Pat Bonass, John Bourke, Fred Connelly, Colm Doran, Tom Griffin Sports Therapy, Richard Connelly.

Ian Guiden wins DCU Invitational

A beautiful Spring afternoon in St. Clare`s, Glasnevin: fresh crisp air, late Winter (or early Spring?) sunshine, the smell of freshly cut grass simply perfect for cross country running and today`s DCU School`s Invitational. The event as always was superbly organised with schools from near and far in attendance. Huge fields in the minor and junior races and quality in the senior races.

Despite the excersions of Sunday`s National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore there were a number of Clonliffe athletes in action today, with really some top class performances. Pride of place goes to Ian Guiden running in the colours of local school St. Aidans CBS in the senior boys 4,000m race. Showing no ill effects from Tullamore only three days previously Ian dominated proceedings with an excellent display of front running leading from gun to tape to win this prestigious race.

A good run also from Fintan Doherty (Castleknock College) in the top three for three quarters of the race before finding Sunday still in his legs and tiring a little over the final lap to finish 4th. Johnny Bradly Ward (St. Aidans) was disappointed with his run on Sunday but put this well and truely to the back of his mind with a real return to form as he put in a great effort getting himself into a good position in the early part of the race and then battled gamely to hold a strong 11th place. Ronan Doyle (Col. Choilm) also put in a strong performance only two places behind Johnny in 13th with Eoin McCullogh (Belvedere) showing well in 17th.

This was indeed a very encouraging performance by all these Clonliffe lads, keenly watched by the Club Captain, who make up the back bone the Junior team that will challenge for medals in the Nationals on home turf on February 26th.

The second batch of Clonliffe lads in action were in the Inter race over 3,000m. Good runs by all three: Conor King 31st, making his way back to fitness after recent illness, Craig McCourt 34th, both St. Aidans and Ryan Cleary (Belvedere) 51st.

Next up on the school`s programme are the Leinster qualifiers during the first week of February followed by the Leinster Schools Cross Country hosted by Clonliffe Harriers in Santry on February 16th.

Cragg looks to marathon after 2nd place finish in Phoenix half

Jan 18, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Alistair Cragg had another good Half Marathon outing over the weekend. Running in the Phoenix Half Marathon in Arizon Cragg finished 2nd in a nifty 63:22. According to today`s Irish Independent Cragg let Shawn Forrest (AUS) slip away after a mile and spent the rest of the race trying to close the gap. He is quoted as saying: ” So I spent 12 miles chasing him and I can tell you it was not fun out there. With two or Three miles to run I felt confident I would reel him in but then he found something extra. This was my first race since September and I have made a full recovery from my tendon problems so I`m very pleased and I would think that I can break the Irish record for the distance when I run in New York in a couple of months. I then hope to run a marathon and get myself selected for the World Championships”.

Bonass and Doherty medal at Dublin Masters

Jan 17, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The Clonliffe Master Men’s team was in action in the Dublin Masters Cross Country Championships which took place in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny yesterday the 16th of January. Pat Bonass, who swept the boards in his age category in 2010, looks like he means business once again in 2011 as he took the Dublin O/65 Cross Country Title. A very good run also from Phillip O’Doherty in the O/50 category finishing in 3rd place in a time of 24.30 and 10th overall. Next in was new Clonliffe man Martin Sheedy, (note: Jan 20th: the mysterious Mr. Sheedy has now been revealed. He`s Martin Treacy, who is certainly not a new Clonliffe man!) 32nd (25.01), 35th Tom Monks (25.13), 36th Dave Dunwoody (25.23 and Alan Worrall 43rd (27.03). At the prize-giving Pat Bonass was bestowed with the honour by the Dublin Country Board Chairman Pat Hooper of presenting the medals to the winning athletes in recognition of his contribution to Master’s athletics over the years.

Team silver and bronze won in Tullamore Nationals

Jan 17, 2011 [Noel Guiden ] Between the National Juvenile (uneven ages) and National Novice Championships held in Tullamore yesterday there were a lot of Clonliffe athletes in action with a lot of encouraging performances. These championships were the 2010 version as the original December date was vacated due to weather problems. The performance of the men’s U/17 and U/19 teams in particular was very encouraging with a number of quality performances and when the results were totted up team bronze for the U/17s and silver for the U/19 men’s teams. In addition a lot of our athletes were running on the Dublin inter-county teams in the National inter counties and also the Dublin Region teams in the Provincial championships which resulted in a lot of our athletes actually winning medals on the day.

By all accounts the championships were very well organised by Tullamore Harriers and the underfoot conditions were surprisingly good after a lot of rainfall during the week and in particular the day prior to the Championships.

The first Clonliffe athlete in action was Craig McCourt, our sole representative in the Boys U/15 race. Craig had a very good run finishing in 42nd position and scoring on the Dublin inter-county team that took inter-county gold. Rachel Murray was the sole Clonliffe athlete in the Girls U/15 race and again she had a solid run finishing in 41st position and also scoring on the Dublin Regional Team which finished just out of the medals in 4th place.

Clonliffe did not have a full team in the girls U/17 race, however, both Laura Brennan and Roisin Leahy were on the Dublin Region and Dublin inter-county squads respectively. Both girls again ran very solid races with Laura Brennan finishing in 35th place and scoring on the Dublin Regional Team which won bronze. Roisin Leahy finished 41st and scored on the Dublin inter-county team which won inter-county gold.

The U/17 Boys team came into this race as Dublin champions and once again ran very well with very encouraging performances. By all accounts Ian Guiden had a very good run always well up in the race to finish in 7th place. It was particularly encouraging to see the rest of the team, who are actually stepping up a year, really getting stuck into the proceedings in particular Liam Ashton who ran very well for a top twenty position taking 19th place and Owen McCullough was 42nd with John Buckley 61st and Mark in 73rd position. The team won bronze and were only one point off silver. Ian also won inter-county gold on the Dublin team leading the Dublin team home and also led home the Dublin Regional squad who won silver. Liam Ashton picked up silver also in that Dublin Regional squad. This was an excellent team performance. These guys have been together a few years and this is the first time this team has medalled at the Nationals.

Disappointingly Denise Callaghan was the only Clonliffe athlete in action in the girls U/19 race from the team entered. Denise ran well to finish in 21st position.

The final race on the juvenile national programme was the U/19 boys race and it was particularly pleasing in this race to see Fintan Doherty get a good run under his belt placing 14th followed home by Andrew Jenkinson 29th, Ronan Doyle 34th and Johnny Bradley-Ward 36th for the team to take an excellent silver medal. In addition Fintan took inter-county gold with Dublin and Regional silver with the Dublin Regional team.

Moving on to the men’s and women’s novice championships. There was a somewhat weakened Clonliffe team in action, the guys ultimately placed 6th of the 21 teams with James Kevans 40th, Stephen Harkness 44th, Eric McCann 62nd and good runs also from Colm Groom and Declan Ryan.

The women’s novice team, as will be noted from the previous
entry, placed 5th overall and were led home by Marie Byrne 29th, Bronagh Ní Bhriaian 34th, Christine Hannelly 40th, Joyce O’Hare 48th, Kate Purcell 67th and Ciara Brennan 103rd.

The day before the cross country two of our sprinters were in action also in Tullamore, in the National Junior Indoor championships. Patrick O’Connor got his season underway in finishing in 3rd position in the men’s 60m in a time of 7.16 with Keith Pike finishing 4th and recording the same time.


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