Archive for May, 2011

Below par Clonliffe finish well down field at Europeans

May 30, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Disappointing news from Belgrade confirms the worst fears that the Clonliffe men`s senior team would struggle in the European Club`s track and field group B on Saturday. With the squad having been decimated by injuries, illness and unavailabilities, resulting in the likes of Mark Kenneally, Dave Flynn, Brian Gregan, Patrick O`Connor and Danny Kavanagh not making the trip, it was always going to be an uphill battle. Final results now to hand with Clonliffe regrettably propping up the table in 8th position, pretty disappointing to say the least. The positives while few, are John Fagan`s excellent 400H running a new PB and club record of 52.38, taking two tenths off his record from last season, Dave Fitzmaurice (left) ran very well finishing 3rd in the 3,000m in 8.52.39, good runs also from young Jamie Rossister a PB of 9.42.58 in the 3,000 sc and also from Conor Healy in the 800m.


100m 6th Keith Pike 11.19

200m 8th John Laffey 22.92

400m 5th Ciaran Mackey

800m 4th Conor Healy 1.54.30

1500m 4th Aidan Bailey 3.59.52

3,000m 3rd Dave Fitzmaurice 8.52.39

5,000m 5th Michael MacDiarmada 15.53.14

110H 5th Matt Field 14.81

400H 4th John Fagan 52.38

3,000SC 6th Jamie Rossister 9.42.58

Shot 5th Tomas Rauktys 15.16m

Discus 7th Tomas Rauktys 49.37

Javelin 6th Paul Marry 55.27

Long Jump —-

triple Jump 8th Marcin Klinkzow 13.15

High Jump 6th Marcin Klinkzow 1.95

Pole Vault —–

4 X 100 8th ( M. Field, C. McCrossan, K. Pike, P. Marry) 43.48

4 X 400 3rd (J. Fagan, S. Harkness, C. Healy, C. Mackey) 3.20.22

Overall team 8th 62 points. Winners: Enka SK (Turkey) 144 points.

Congratulations to Ferrybank AC on their superb performance in the womens group B to finish 2nd and win promotion to group A.

Another great club championship Sunday

May 23, 2011 [Noel Guiden ] Another fantastic club day for Clonliffe Harriers at the club’s Track and Field Championships in the Morton Stadium yesterday in this the club’s 125th anniversary celebration year. As always these championships provide an opportunity for club members of all ages to get together and celebrate our wonderful sport. For the club captain Joe Cooper once again a massive pat on the back for the efforts he put into organising the day and in particular the efforts he put into organising the weather. Sunday morning provided massive downpours all around Dublin, however, as 2 o’clock rolled around and the athletes began to gather Joe did his Moses impression (of sorts) raised his staff, the clouds parted and the sun shone. Another Cooper miracle. Extraordinarily enough the rain held off all day.

In accordance with tradition the tiny tots race kicked off proceedings at 3 p.m. sharp and we then moved into the juvenile championships which provided sprints, distance races and field events for all the club juvenile athletes in categories U/10, U/12, U/14 and U/16. The competition was keen between all the young athletes and all must be commended for the spirit in which they entered into proceedings. This was not a day for just sticking with your favoured event and it was great to see athletes try new disciplines, some with surprising success and others maybe not so but always done with a great sense of fun and smiles all round.

A couple of special mentions to some of the juveniles: Keelan Twomey who almost swept the boards in the U/12 boys events, likewise Paddy O’Hanlon in the U/14s almost had a clean sweep, Ruth Bergin in the girls U/12 and Hannah McLoughlin who excelled in the field events in the U/16 girls.

Many thanks to the juvenile captain Gladys Cooper, the juvenile coaches and the parents who helped out by officiating on the day your help was invaluable.

Results of Clonliffe Juvenile Track and Field Championships 2011

Girls U/10 60m

1. Ella Browne

2. Aoife Hession

3. Ella Cooley

U/10 Girls 300m

1. Ella Browne

2. Ella Bergin

3. Ella Cooley

Girls U/10 Ball Throw

1. Juliette Lawless

2. Ella Cooley

3. Ella Browne

Girls U/10 Long Jump

1. Ella Browne

2. Ella Bergin

3. Ella Cooley

Girls U/12 80m

1. Ruth Bergin

2. Lauren Carr

3. Joint third – Sol O’Lideadha/Lola O’Lideadha

Girls U/12 500m

1. Ruth Bergin

2. Lola O’Lideadha

3. Lauren Carr

Girls U/12 Ball Throw

1. Lola O’Lideadha

2. Sol O’Lideadha

3. (Joint) Jenny Clarke/Lauren Carr/Cliona Cooley

Girls U/12 Long Jump

1. Ruth Bergin

2. Lola O’Lideadha

3. Sol O’Lideadha

Girls U/12 High Jump

1. Sol O’Lideadha

2. Ruth Bergin

3. Cliona Cooley

Girls U/14 100m

1. Sarah Lynott

2. Alannah Cooley

3. Megan Hurley

Girls U/14 800m

1. Alannah Cooley

2. Amy McGrath

3. Sarah Lynnott

Girls U/14 Shot Putt

1. Shauna Byrne

2. Amy McGrath

3. Mary Taylor

Girls U/14 Javelin

1. Shauna Byrne

2. Alannah Cooley

3. Mary Taylor

Girls U/14 High Jump

1. Sarah Lynnott

2. Amy McGrath

3. (Joint) Alannah Cooley/Kayleigh McMeniman

Girls U/16 100m

1. Kate Hession

2. Sally Aherne

Girls U/16 1000m

1. Rachel Murray

2. Laura Tuite

3. Sally Aherne

Girls U/16 Javelin

1. Hannah McLoughlin

2. Sarah Murray

3. Simone Byrne

Girls U/16 High Jump

1. Sarah Quinn

2. …

3. Kate Hession

Girls U/16 Shot Putt

1. Hannah McLoughlin

2. Simone Byrne

3. Sarah Murray

Boys U/10 60m

1. Gavin O’Brien

2. Padraic McMahon

3. Vincent Flynn

Boys U/10 300m

1. Padraic McMahon

2. Gavin O’Brien

3. Vincent Flynn

Boys U/10 Long Jump

1. Vincent Flynn

2. Padraic McMahon

3. Gavin O’Brien

Boys U/10 Ball Throw

1. Gavin O’Brien

2. (Joint) Cormac Breen/Vincent Flynn

3. Padraic McMahon

Boys U/12 80m

1. Jordan Broy

2. Elliott Lawless

3. Dylan Johnson

Boys U/12 500m

1. Keelan Twomey

2. Jordan Broy

3. David Tuite

Boys U/12 Ball Throw

1. Elliott Lawles

2. Keelan Twomey

3. David Tuite

Boys U/12 High Jump

1. Keelan Twomey

2. Jordan Broy

3. (Joint) David Tuite/Elliott Lawless

Boys U/12 Long Jump

1. Keelan Twomey

2. Elliott Lawless

3. David Tuite

Boys U/14 100m

1. Paddy O’Hanlon

2. Peter Taylor

3. Timothe Lawless

Boys U/14 800m

1. Paddy O’Hanlon

2. Adam O’Brien

3. Keith Hodson

Boys U/14 Shot Putt

1. Paddy O’Hanlon

2. Timothe Lawless

3. Peter Taylor

Boys U/14 Long Jump

1. Paddy O’Hanlon

2. Timothe Lawless

3. Sean Carrigg

Boys U/14 Javelin

1. Timothe Lawless

2. Paddy O’Hanlon

3. Peter Taylor

Boys U/16 100m

1. Samuel Oyeordan

2. Dylan Gibbons

3. Craig McCourt

Boys U/16 1000m

1. Craig McCourt

2. Dylan Gibbons

The club Senior championships served up some fine athletics on the track with a very good men’s 800, 3000 and 1500 metres. In recent years the men’s 800 has proved to be the Championship highlight and although the quality this year was not quite as good as in previous years there was nonetheless an excellent race with Clonliffe Harrier of the year Stephen Harkness prevalent throughout. Harko really had the bit between his teeth and took up the running from the gun quickly opening a lead of maybe 5 metres which he held despite running head on into the wind on the home straight to become a very popular winner in a fast 1.56.9 from Aidan Bailey 1.58.2 and Mark McDonald 3rd 2.00.1. An excellent run in this race also by Mark McKenzie who took chunks off his PB to run a time of 2.03.1, despite his exertions in the Leinster Schools 1500m only 24 hours previously.

The men’s 1500 metres also served up a very interesting race as Jamie Rossiter and Ian Guiden quickly broke away from the field with Ian tucked in behind Jamie and it was only over the final 150 that Jamie managed to pull away to take the win in a time of 4.09.3 with Ian taking 10 plus seconds off his PB running a time of 4.11.2, to record his second PB in 24 hours.

The 3000 metres race was a combined men’s senior, senior women and master men’s race, this race took off at a pretty hot pace as Aidan Bailey made pace over the early laps to leave guest Martin Conroy and Gary O’Hanlon in front with Brian McMahon maybe 15 metres behind. Conroy won the race in 8.40.3 with Gary 2nd in 8.47.2 with Brian McMahon 3rd 8.57.1. First Master was Declan Power 9.28.4 with Ailish McDermott first woman in 10.18.6.

The only senior sprint race which took place was the senior men’s 100 which was won by Danny Kavanagh in 11.3. Leah Moore was the only senior woman sprinter on show running in that race and recording a time of 12.2.

In the senior women’s championship the 200 metres race was made up of juvenile and junior athletes with Leah Bergin winning in a time of 27.4 from Shauna Reilly 27.7 and Megan Coomber, 28.0.

There was a very good women’s 800 metre race which featured a great battle up front between Eleanor Alexandra and Becky Woods with Eleanor’s front running tactics paying off as she took an excellent win in a time of 2.18.1 with Becky Woods 0.5 of a second behind. Third in this race was Lorna Begley 2.25.9 (a PB).

The Championships finished up with a mixed 4 x 400 metre relay which was great fun – the winning team was lead home by Conor Healy – the records are slightly mixed up so the other three members of that team cannot be given the recognition which undoubtedly they deserve!

The only disappointing feature of the day was the lack of support, for whatever reason, for some of the championship events which regrettably resulted in the captain having to cancel some events and some events where athletes did show up not having the requisite three Clonliffe athletes to constitute a championship. Disappointing but such is life.

Full results of Clonliffe Senior Championships

Senior Women 200m

1. Leah Bergin 27.4

2. Shauna Reilly 27.7

3. Megan Coomber 28.0

Senior Women 400m

1. Snezana Bechtina 58.8

2. Ciara McCallion 58.9

Senior Women 800m

1. Eleanor Alexander 2.18.1

2. Becky Woods 2.18.6

3. Lorna Begley 2.25.9

4. Amy Carron (guest) 2.32.7

5. Roisin Leahy 2.34

6. Sinead Hartnett 2.36

7. Rachel Murray 2.39.7

8. Laura Brennan 2.46.7

Senior Men 100m

1. Danny Kavanagh 11.3

2. Isreal Ibeanu 11.8

3. Kingsley Isong 11.8

4. Leah Moore (Senior Woman) 12.2

5. Samuel Oyeordan

Senior Men 800m

1. Stephen Harkness 1.56.9

2. Aidan Bailey 1.58.2

3. Mark McDonald 2.00.1

4. Mark McKenzie 2.03.1

5. Joseph Cooper 2.11

6. Mark Ring 2.21.3

7. Innocent Manphaga

Senior Men 1500m

1. Jamie Rossiter 4.09.3

2. Ian Guiden 4.11.2

3. Dermot Brennan (guest) 4.32

4. Eoin McCullough 4.38.2

5. John Buckley 4.46.6

Senior Men/Women/Master Men 3000m

1. Martin Conroy (guest) 8.40.3

2. Gary O’Hanlon 8.47.2

3. Brian McMahony 8.59.1

4. Declan Power (1st Master) 9.28.4

5. Lucas Lombrsier (guest) 9.59.8

6. Phillip O’Doherty (second master) 10.08.07

7. Johnny Bradley-Ward 12.12.6

8. Ailish McDermott (1st woman) 10.18.6

9. Ronan .. 10.19

10. Ryan Cleary 10.37.4

11. Jeremy Chapman (3rd Master) 10.52.7

12. Colm Breen 11.47

13. Emma Cooper (second woman) 11.46

14. Gearoid Pierse 12.00

15. Paddy Tuite 12.06.7

16. Sinead Hartnett (third woman) 12.26.4

Classy stuff from Harriers at Leinster schools

May 21, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The gale howling down the home straight of the Morton stadium all day put any hopes of fast times well and truely out the window at today`s Leinster Schools track and field. Although the rain held off until nearing the end of proceedings it was a day to forget the watch and simply compete. There were a good number of Clonliffe athletes in action for their schools and as the day came to an end we had three Leinster schools champions: two in the field and one on the track.

The first Clonliffe Leinster champion of the day came early in the day, and from an unlikely source, as Ryan Cleary wearing the black and white of Belvedere literally walked away from the field. You see Ryan is a distance runner, he is also a race walker. Today the race walker well and truely came to the fore as with 600m to go he bolted from his rivals in the inter 2,000 walk to become Leinster schools champion and qualify for the All Irelands on June 4th.

A Leinster title also for another Clonliffe Belvedere lad Alex Anyaebunam in the senior triple jump. Alex also place 4th in the long jump earlier in the day.

Ryan Whelan (Balbriggan) fully justified his favourite tag in the Inter boys Javelin with a comfortable win.

The club`s sprinters were also in action. In the Inter girls 300m there was a great race between Clonliffe girls Shauna Reilly and Elaine Begley and with Shauna running an excellent bend she held the advantage in 2nd place over Elaine in 3rd which she held to the line. Silver and bronze for the girls with Shauna also qualifying for the All Ireland 300 where she`ll join Elaine who qualified for the 300 hurdles earlier in the week. Leah Bergin also had a good run in the senior girls 400m running very strongly over the first 200 although she was almost out of gas on the final straight held on to a well deserved bronze.

The guys didn`t fair out as well, however, with Patrick O`Connor sidelined with a hamstring injury eyes turned to Keith Pike and Stuart Roche in the senior 100m. Unbelieveably bad luck struck again as Keith pulled his hamstring just at the line in about 5th place with Stuart a place further behind.

In the middle distance events the first Clonliffe athlete in action was Fintan Doherty in the senior 800m. After an opening lap of 63 seconds Fintan was in an ideal position, 200 to go, the 1st and 2nd were gone with Fintan poised for bronze, however, when he pushed the button nothing happened. 4th place in 2.03.6.

Mark McKenzie put in a good show in the senior 1500m and was in contention at the bell, however, was caught out with 300 and missed his chance finishing 5th in 4.20.4. In the inter 1500 Mark Ring battled well to 7th.

Roisin Leahy ran well in the senior girls 1500m to take 6th place. 6th place also for John Buckley in the 3,000m inter boys race, the distance runners had a very tough time of it in the wind. Laura Brennan also ran on gamely in the inter girls 3,000 again the wind was a telling factor as she finished in 8th place.

Final race of the day was the senior boys 5,000m where Ian Guiden battle against a talented field and a gale for 12 and a half laps. The early race was very slow, an 80 second opener, followed by another not much quicker before Liam Brady took it up and then Kevin Dooney took over to drive the field on. Ian held on to this group for 3k before being cut adrift to finish 5th but in a new PB of 16.24.

Well done all today, it wasn`t easy and congratulations to all the athletes who`ve qualified for next month`s All Ireland Schools.

Juvenile track and field league

May 14, 2011 [Noel Guiden] There was a very good turn out of young Clonliffe athletes for round 3 of the Dublin Juvenile League held in the Morton Stadium last night. For the second successive weekend once the weather was kind as the heavy downpours of Friday afternoon gave way to warm evening sunshine although by the time proceedings came to an end it was pretty chilly to say the least. The Clonliffe youngsters again put in top class efforts with some very strong showings from these stars of tomorrow, high lights as in Tallaght last Friday included a noteable double win by Keelan Twomey, another starring role from Ruth Bergin and an almost clean sweep from the girls U/16 sprinting squad.

Selected results:

Starting with the sprinters, Ella Brown was 3rd in the U/10 girls 60m. In the U/11 event Lola O`Liadha was 2nd with Sol O`Liadha 3rd. In the boys U/11 Jordan Broy was 2nd in his race, Dylan Johnston, running his first race for Clonliffe was 3rd in his heat, with David Tuite just behind in 4th. Ruth Begin warmed up for her favoured distance race with a fine 3rd in the U/12 80m. Then Keelan Twomey took to the track picking up where he had left off in last weeks round with an excellent win in the boys U/12 80m. A fine win also in his U/13 80m race by Timothe Lawless with training partner Joseph Hession breathing down his neck in 2nd. Good run also from Darren Lawler 4th in his heat. A great run in the girls U/14 80m by Sarah Lynott as she took 2nd place and also by Peter Taylor in the boys U/14 in 4th. Finally the U/16 girls were the class of the field in the 100m as Shauna Reilly was 1st, Megan Coomber 2nd and Ciara Lynott 5th.

In the night`s distance races the girls U/10 team place 5th, Ella Brown, 7th Ella Bergin and 8th Aoife Hession. In the U/12 500 Ruth Bergin took up the running just at half way and powered to a comfortable win, a great finish in this race saw Lauren Carr take 3rd place with Clina Cooley not far off in 5th. Keelan Twomey had a great battle down the finishing straight of the U/12 boys 500 to hold on for a great win, his second of the night.

The U/13 boys resumed their inter club battle in the 600m with great runs from all the guys, Joseph Hession turning the tables on Timothe this time finishing 3rd with Timothe 5th after a great home staright sprint. Good runs also from Darren and Kevin Lionel Messi in this one. Amy McGrath showed a great turn of speed in the girls U/13 race taking 3 places over the final 150m to finsh 6th.

The older athletes ran 1200m. Paddy O`Hanlan once again ran a great race taking up his rivalry with his Tallaght AC counterpart, with the same outcome as these two finished well ahead of the chasing pack with Paddy 2nd. Alannah Cooley battled hard in the girls race to 9th place. Cathal Doyle made his long awaited debut for Clonliffe, however, luck was against him as a knee injury flared up mid race to hamper his progress as he finished in some considerable pain in 7th place. Finally the girls U/15 squad all ran very well as their hard training pays off, great runs from Stephanine McCaul 5th, Laura Tuite 6th, Sally Aherne 9th and Kate Hession 10th.

In the field events Timothe Lawless took his second win of the night winning the boys U/13 shot by three place meters with a best of 8.78m. A great win also by Lola O`Liadha in the U/11 ball thrown. While a tired Paddy O`Hanlon was 2nd in the boys U/14 high jump.

In all an excellent outing for these athletes with over 20 top 3 finishes. The final round is next Friday in Irishtown with the Clonliffe club championships two days later on Sunday the 22nd.

Results of 1st grand prix race of season

May 13, 2011 [Grand Prix Committee] Last night saw the start of the Grand Prix Series 2011 with the Santry Demesne Mile (Sponsor Noel Guiden). A very healthy (for the series) 45 runners, including a large number of new comers, took part in two competitive races on what was a sunny but breezy night. Many thanks to those who helped out with the stewarding. In keeping with the rules all Grand Prix members will be included in a rota for stewarding. We will post this rota in the near future.

Now to the business at hand. The following are the results of last nights race after adjustment for the handicaps. After the first 20 people, everyone else is listed according to finishing times (I don’t have the positions in each race to hand).

Place Name Actual Time Diff

1 Fergus Wheatley 05:52 -28

2 Colm Doran 05:54 -26

3 Sean Doran 05:11 -19

4 Frank Devitt 06:12 -18

5 Paddy Tuite 06:01 -17

6 Pat O’Rourke 06:08 -12

7 Richard Connolly 06:18 -12

8 Robert Beckett 05:20 -10

9 Fergus Keenan 05:12 -3

10 Pat Healy 05:59 -1

11 Alan Worrall 05:39 2

12 Philip O’Doherty 04:58 3

13 Karen Kinsella 06:27 7

14 Conor Delaney 05:06 9

15 JeremyChapman 05:25 15

16 Shay Byrne 06:36 16

17 M McCrohan 05:29 19

18 Dave Brady 07:13 23

19 Richard Barr 06:26 26

20 Trevor Wisdom 09:07 32

OTHER TIMES Ian Guiden (GUEST) 04:45

Clive Ahern 04:59

J Bradley (GUEST) 05:10

Niall Sherlock 05:10

Declan Ryan 05:16

Thomas Frayne 05:18

Gerard Kirwan 05:22

Ailish Malone 05:24

Joe Phipps 05:43

Kieran Murphy 05:46

Maura Mathews 05:48

Fionnuala Doherty 05:49

Tara Whyte 05:52

Sean Campion (GUEST) 05:55

Christine Hannelly 05:56

Sinead Hartnett 05:56

Collette McKenny 05:56

Emma Cooper 05:57

Kevin Dowling 05:58

Derek Reilly 06:02

Bernie Byrne 06:15

Noel Daly 06:23

Aine McCann 06:39

Christy Reilly 07:14

Tomas shatters club record

May 4, 2011 [Noel Guiden] – (Updated May 6, 2011) At tonight`s Dublin Graded Meet in Irishtown Tomas Rauktys got his 2011 season off to a record breaking start. Tomas won tonight`s Shot Put with 16.83m breaking Martin Nutty`s Clonliffe club record which has stood since 1981 by well over a meter. Tomas adds the shot record to the discus club record set last year. Tonight he also threw the discus 49.36m to take a double win in the throws. Safari Aketch was 6th in the discus (30.73)

On the track Michael McDiarmada ran superbly in the 10,000 Dublin Championships recording an excellent PB of 31:16.17 taking 7th place in a top class field, the best in a Dublin Championship over this distance in many a year.

A PB also for Snezhana Bechtina in the 200m of 26.11, finishing in 2nd place. Young Stuart Roche ran 23.08 in placing 6th in the mens 200 A.

In the middle distance races Stephen Harkness ran 4.06 in the 1500m. A great run also in the 1500 from Conor McGuinness with a time of 4.07 taking a massive 9 seconds off his PB. Andrew Jenkinson also ran a PB (4.09.02) winning the B race and a great run also from Brian Tobin (4.10.26) just on Jenko`s tail in his first track race for some 10 years! Joseph Cooper ran 4.22.54 and Philip O`Doherty recorded 4.32.83.

Eleanor Alexander was 3rd in the 1500 with 4.37.03. (more updates to follow..)

Further afield, Gary O’Hanlon had his first race back since his exploits at the Euro Clubs XC in Milan 3 months ago when retaining the Dundalk Half Marathon crown in 72.30. With a half way split mathching last years time of 35.48 mins to the second, his time was only 12 seconds slower than the 2010 winning time.

Alistair back in the saddle

May 2, 2011 [Noel Guiden] – (Updated May 4, 2011) Good to report that Alistair Cragg got back racing over the weekend only two weeks after his great disappointment in the Boston Marathon where severe blisters on both feet forced him to call a halt at 20k. Alistair returned to his happy hunting ground of Stanford University yesterday for the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational where he ran the 5,000m. In a tactical race which saw a fast finish Alistair finished 8th in 13.30.21, as some 4 and a half seconds covered the top 8.

Cementing his recent good form David Flynn ran another PB with a time of 8.52.19 in the 3000m Steeplechase edging ever closer to Des McCormacks 41 year old club record of 8.46.6.

Clonliffe results from AAI games

May 15, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Results from Clonliffe athletes from today`s AAI Games held in cold and blustery Morton Stadium today: 400m 3rd Ciaran Mackey 49.54, 800m B Stephen Harkness 1.58.19, 1500m 6th Conor Healy 3.53.20, 12th Andrew Jenkinson 4.11.61, 110H 2nd Conor McCrossan 15.89, 400H 3rd John Fagan 53.51. Pole Vault 2nd Ian Rogers 4.20m, Javelin 3rd Paul Marray 55.69, 5th Marcin Klinzow 49.18, Hammer Manuel Calvo Curry 50.10m, 6th Martin Hunt 48.10, 8th Simon Galligan 42.06m, Shot 3rd Tomas Rauktys 15.64m, Disucs 2nd Tomas Rauktys 47.57m.


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