Archive for August, 2011

Masters bring haul back to Santry

Aug 22, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe Masters continued the impressive performances by the club`s athletes this weekend at the National Masters track and field championships in Tullamore yesterday. Clonliffe Master athlete of the day was Katheryn Walley who medalled in all three of her events. Gold in V4 100 (16.17) gold in the 200 (33.18) and maybe gold (official result not available) in the 400. Philip O`Doherty who always times things nicely for these championships was another big winner taking double gold in the V4 400m (60.50) and 800m (2.14.69). Now that Matt Slattery has re signed for clonliffe it is good to report that he freshly attired in his brand new Clonliffe singlet took V6 400m gold (65.63) and 800m silver (2.35.43). Two medals also for Big Joe Gibbons silver in V4 high jump (1.35m) and bronze in the long jump(3.23). Pat Bonass once again struck master`s gold winning the V7 5,000 (21.17) and finally it`s nice to report that 1980s Clonliffe man Pat O`Grady now with Drogheda and District in his comeback was 2nd in the V4 5,000.

Clonliffe double top

Aug 21, 2011 [Noel Guiden] What a day for Clonliffe Harriers. As the club enters the final leg of our 125th celebrations our athletes served up a thrilling National Track and Field League double in sunny Tullamore yesterday.The mens team were strongly fancied in the lead up to make it four in a row in the premier division, which was duly delivered despite a somewhat, on paper in any event, weakened team, however, it was the magnificent performance of the womens team to win Division 1 that stands out as possibly the highlight of the year to date.

The trip to Tullamore began with the bad news of the enforced withdrawal from the mens team of one of Joe`s “bankers” Tomas Rauktys, this coupled with the unavailability of 400m star Brian Gregan currently in China after his fantastic performances in the World Student Games, and other fitness concerns called for a rethink and a reshuffle of the pack. More importantly it called for the guys called into the fray to roll up their sleeves and double their efforts, and boy did they only just.

Marcin Klinkzow deserves the highest praise for his work. Doubling up in th high jump and discus is hard enough but when both events are on at the same time and at opposite ends of the infield? Marcin handled this with great humour as he litterly would take his jump and run the lenght of the infield to throw the discus, and repeat half a dozen times, he could well have covered a 1500m in the process. Marcin scorred invaluable points placing 3rd in both (HJ 1.90, discus 36.22). If that were not enough he then turned his hand to coaching first time javelin man Brian Tobin in the “way of the javelin” fantastic club men both. Brian placed 7th with 24.47 and then made himself available for the 56lb and/or 400 relay, where there was a job to be done Brian would do it.

These foundations where built on by the maximum points scored by Dave Donegan in the pole vault (4.60m), a turbo charged Danny Kavanagh in the 100m (10.89) and Mark Kenneally who was a very comfortable winner of the 5,000m in 15:02.88. Young Patrick O`Connor played a big part in the win running maybe his best 200m to date as he ran Chris Russell to the line finishing only 300th of a second down in 21.70. Dave Flynn also had a good day 2nd in the 3,000sc (9.32.91).

John Fagan chipped in with more valueable points 4th in the 110h and 3rd in the 400h (15.65 and 54.37). Ciaran Mackey was 3rd in the 400m in 49.54. Young Ryan Cleary still U/17, once again, as in both previous rounds, was excellent in the 3,000 race walk placing 4th and taking over half a minute off his previous best (15.14.34).

In one of the races of the day Conor Healy was 3rd in the 1500m (3.58.56), Eoin Pierce was 7th in the 800 (1.57.01). Back in the field events Tomas Dorina stepped up as asked for the long jump 5th (5.65) and was also 5th in the triple jump 12.61). Martin Hunt was 2nd in the hammer (50.47) and 4th in the shot (10.95) and Paul Marry 6th in the 56lb (5.04).

The two relay teams continued the consistant form both with 3rd place finishes: the 4 x 100 team of Keith Pike, Patrick O`Connor, John Laffey and Danny Kavanagh and 4 X 400 Ciaran Mackey, John Laffey, Brian Tobin and John Fagan.

With the competition over it was now the matter of the official results, our talley men had us ahead by 10 plus points. The official result 1st Clonliffe 118, 2nd St. Abbans 101, 3rd North Down 99.5. Fantastic the men`s 4th title in succession.

The women`s team lead by Pamela Cooper have had promotion to the premier divison as the season`s goal, and going into the final round in 3rd place to achieve this goal would require the girls to really move up a gear. The girls were inspired. Soon the points started racking up. Sharon Kilduff has been a wonderful addition to the squad, superb wins in the 100 (12.51) and 200 (25.39), maximun points also thrown into the pot by Ciara McCallon in the 400 (55.58), Louise Reilly 3,000 (10.04.43) and Denise Byrne in the javelin (35.25) soon had Pamela and the girls believing that today could be the day…promotion…not topping the table.

Middle distance also reaped a good harvest with Orna McGinley 2nd in the 1500 (4.55.75) and Eleanor Alexander 2nd in the 800 (2.13.92). Over the hurdles Sarah Woods chipped in with another excellent 2nd place, 400h (65.62), a great race also by junior athlete Elaine Begley 3rd in the 100h (16.19).

That nil desperandum team spirit came to the fore as the girls chased every single point: Snezana Bectina, a sprinter, 4th in the 1500m walk, 4th in the long jump (4.73) and 6th in the triple jump (9.24). Orna McGinley after a brief rest took in the high jump placing 5th (1.35), Denise Byrne discus 6th (22.21), Ange Lidova 5th in the shot (8.06) and then Madame Clonliffe Harrier Frances Mansfield 7th in the hammer (15.24). Simply extraordinary club spirit.

The final event. The 4 X 400. The talley men had us 2nd and 3rd! The girls needed to go for the win. First away young Elaine Begley, holding her own, Eleanor Alexander running an exceptional leg, passing onto Sarah Woods another gutsy run and then to Ciara McCallon patient, make one move only, off the final bend hits the front. 9 points. Is it enough? After what seemed like an age cheers of delight: 1st Clonliffe 113, 2nd Raheny 108, 3rd St. Abbans 98.

From a club perspective one of the best days we`ve had in 125 years. Thank you Captains, coaches and you wonderful Clonliffe athletes.

Gregan goes sub 46 seconds in World student final

Aug 19, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Brian Gregan just gets better and better as he concluded the latest chapter in an unbelievable season in China. In the final of the World Student Games Clonliffe’s European U/23 Silver medallist joined the elite of 400 running in recording a time of 45.98 in finishing in 5th place. All Summer Brian has been rewriting the club record books, twice in a day over 200 at the Nationals and now in China twice in two days over 400. Post race Brian is quoted on “..set a new PB so I am really happy with that. I ran as hard as I could and to be with three other guys who also set PBs is a race to be proud of.” Well Brian your club mates in Santry are certainly proud of you.

Clonliffe lads at Celtic International

Aug 14, 2011 [Noel Guiden] It was a proud day yesterday at the Antrim Formun for Clonliffe athletes Keith Pike, Ian Guiden and Ryan Whelan, and their families as the lads donned the Irish vest for the Celtic Games. Selection for this competition has been the career highlight todate for these athletes who earned their places as a result of their performances through out the track season and in particular as a result of their showings in the National U/18 track and field. The Celtic Games features some of the best athletes in this age group from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Ulster. In addition to the competition itself the lads will benefit greatly from the expierence of being part of an international squad for the weekend.

All three of the Clonliffe lads gave it their best on the day, although clearly the lads were suffering the effects of a long long hard season, it must be remembered that the track season for these lads started with school`s competition in early April, four months ago. Ian Guiden in particular looked “dog tired” from half way through his 3,000m and although he tried to hang onto the lead two he was cut adrift and finish tired and disappointed in 3rd place in 9.22, over half a minute off his season`s best. Ryan Whelan, who will be eligible for selection in these games again next year, put his tiredness to the back of his mind and threw well in the javelin recording a PB of 50.69m as he took 3rd place. Post event a spell on the treatment table was the order of the day for Ryan for a back rub. Keith Pike, clearly enjoyed his outing with the 4 X 100m relay squad as he ran an exellent glory leg to take the Irish home in 2nd place.

Well done Ryan, Keith and Ian you have done yourselves and your club proud. Nil desperandum.

5,000 one two highlight of national track and field

Aug 7, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Another very successful day for Clonliffe athletes at day 2 of Nationals. Once again a very nice day in the Morton stadium as the rain held off leaving pretty favourable conditions which clearly enticed people out of their homes as this was the best attended Nationals in a long number of years. The Clonliffe Harriers in action took up where they had left off yesterday with some excellent performances and several medals beening won to bring the overall haul to 11 medals. Pretty impressive indeed.

First medals of the day where taken by our two super pole vaulters. In a tense competition defending champion Dave Donegan held his nerve to take an unbelieveable 13th National title and to complete an indoor and outdoor double for the 4th successive year. ave winning on count back with a season’s best of 4.70m. U/23 National Champion Ian Rogers was 3rd with a best of 4.55m.

Continuing his excellent form in the Nationals was the Big Man Tomas Rauktys as Tomas successfully defended his National Discus title with a throw, just short of his Clonliffe record, measuring 52.06. Later in the day Tomas won his second title winning the 56lbs for distance with 8.40, adding two golds to his shot silver from yesterday.

Paul Marry took his second senior National medal with silver in the Javelin competition in another season’s best of 56.43m. Marcin Klinkzow, who won the bronze in yesterday`s high jump was 4th with a big personal best throw of 54.10m, while in the early morning Hammer competition Martin Hunt placed 7th (51.03m).

Highlight from a Clonliffe perspective came in the men`s 5,000m where Alistair Cragg looked pure class from the off. Cragg took the lead on the 2nd lap and lead for the rest of the race breaking away from Sean Connolly (Tallaght AC) around half way to win, and retain his title, in 13.48.03. It was a bit of a surprise to see Mark Kenneally line up for this one and it was clear after a couple of laps that despite the exertions of his 10,000 yesterday that he wasn`t here for a training spin. Kenneally was always in the top 3 and as Cragg applied the pressure to break Connolly Kenneally struck smoothly taking over second place and running an excellent last couple of K to take silver in sub 14, 13.59.29. Post race Mark was very pleased with his weekend`s work after a Summer of frustration and now looks forward to a late Autumun marathon. Words of praise also for young Connor McGuinness in his first National senior having only come out of the junior ranks as of Jan 1st Connor ran like he`d been in this company for years as he recorded a very impressive debut time of 15.33.64.

Good things had been expected from Dave Flynn in the 3,000 SC, however, after a few laps it was clear that the long US track season had taken it`s toll as he trailled off the lead three, and called it a day a lap from home. Another of last year`s juniors Jayme Rossister also ran very well in this race recording a third PB this season with a time of 9.37.75 in 5th place.

In the men`s 1500m Paul Robinson (St. Cocas) was the class of the field to take an excellent win. Eoin Pierce performed best of the Clonliffe trio running a PB of 3.55.13 in 7th place with Gary O`Hanlon 12th in 3.57.73 and a tired Mark McDonald 13th in 4.00.59. Unfortunately things didn`t work out at all for the girls in the women`s 1500 as Eleanor Alexander got badly spiked early in the pace forcing her out only to be joined a lap later by Becky Woods.

Conor Healy found the last lap pace too hot to handle in the 800, he was in contention until 200 to go but hit trouble waters from here on in finishing 8th in 1.53.04. Up front Mark English (Letterkenny) took in a thrilling finish.

Top Clonliffe 100m man of the day was Danny Kavanagh who made it through to another national final placing 7th (11.27). As expected the winner was Jason Smyth (City of Derry). In the B final Keith Pike, who was called up for international duty for next week`s Celtic Games, ran very well to take 3rd (11.46). Matt Field ran yet another sub 15 second 110H as the strong headwind surely denied him another club record (14.77) when he was 4th in 14.83. Ciaran Mackey ran 49.24 for 7th in the 400m in a fast race won in 46.68 by Crusaders Brian Murphy.

Finally Sarah Woods ran an excellent personal best time of 64.99 in finishing 7th in the 400H and Ciara McCallion knocked another few tenths of her best ever in finishing 5th in the 400m final with a time of 55.41.

So in summary an excellent Nationals for the club`s athletes who it must be said received great support from their club mates today. Well done to all

Kenneally wins national 10,000 in Santry

Aug 6, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Mark Kenneally won the 10,000 at day one of the National Track and field in Santry and Brian Gregan re wrote the club history books with not once but twice today. Kenneally looked fit and strong in his first race in a number of months as he torn into a top class field and ran away with the national title in an excellent time of 28:58.4.

From the off Kenneally was at the front as he lead Gary Thornton and Mark Fagan through a 67 second opening lap. These three quickly broke away from the pack as they shared the work load on the opening laps. At lap 9, however, the Clonliffe man applied the pressure opening a gap, Thornton chased, however, Fagan was beaten and soon walked off the track. Running solo for the next 15 laps Mark never let up on his pace powering away to a lead of over half a lap on the defending 10,000 champion to record a very popular win by some 250 plus meters over Thornton. Michael Mac Diarmada was 12th in 32:06.27 and the fast finishing Declan Power 17th in 33:28.33.

The other big Clonliffe story of the day was the performance of U/23 European silver medalist Brian Gregan in firstly winning his 200m heat in 21.34. A new club record, bettering the existing record of Paul Dolan of 21.60 set in the Helsinki Olympics back in 1952! A few hours later and Gregan was at it again, lowering the record to 21.09 in winning National bronze. You wait 59 years for a club 200 record and then like buses two come together!! Great stuff also today from 18 year old Patrick O`Connor who ran very well in his 200 heat to make the final and then placed 5th in the final in a new personal best time of 21.78; great going in his first National senior. Neither Chris Minn or John Hartnett made it through from their runs in the heats.

Tomas Rauktys as always shone in today`s Nationals as he took silver in the shot with a best of 16.11m, with his favoured event the Discus to come tomorrow. A great performance also by Marcin Klinkzow in the high jump as he took bronze with a jump of 1.90. Young Andrew Heeney was 5th with 1.85m.

In the other qualifying races today all three of our 1500m men made it through to tomorrows final. Gary O`Hanlon was 6th and Mark McDonald 7th in a new PB of 3.55 in heat 1 while Eoin Pierce ran a most gutsy race in heat 2 to finish like a train down the home straight and take 2nd place. 2nd place also for Connor Healy in his 800m heat in 1.50.7 to progress to tomorrow`s final, while Andrew Jenkinson was run out in 1.56.02, likewise both Stephen Harkness and Brian Tobin didn`t progress from their heats.

Orna McGinley ran very well in her 800 heat and although she didn`t make it through she did run a PB of 2.20.9. In the women`s 5,000 final Ailish Malone was 4th in a personal best time of 17:57.82 with Louise Reilly 5th in her first ever 5000m with a time of 18:14.78.

Finally Cira McCallion looked impressive in successfully negotating safe passage to tomorrow`s 400 final, Snezana Bechtina, was, however, run out of her heat and doesn`t go through. Safe passage to the men`s 400 final also for Ciaran Mackey.

Club 10,000m c`ships/Grand Prix

Aug 2, 2011 [Grand Prix Committee] The following are the Grand prix results, points allocated and overall positions following the 10,000m which took place on 28th July, kindly sponsored by Pat Bonass. Congratulations to Declan Power on reclaiming the club championship 10,000m, congratulations also to the first three in the Grand prix, Joe Phipps, Pat Devitt and Thomas Frayne. Thanks to all the race officials on the night


First Name Surname Time Declan Power 33:15 Darren Reilly 34:58 Ernie Ramsey 34:59 Mark Bermingham 35:13 Conor Delaney 36:05 Eoin Murray 36:33 Philip O’Doherty 36:35 Colm Hickey 36:45
Gerard Kirwan 37:23 Thomas Frayne 37:31 Johnathon Bradley 37:41
Jeremy Chapman 37:52 Fergus Keenan 38:10 Maurice McCrohan 38:17
Sean Doran 38:36 Robert Beckett 39:27 Joe Phipps 39:31 Paddy Tuite 40:08 Ian McDowell 40:20 Declan Murray 41:25 John Frier 41:47
Frank Devitt 42:16 Trevor Wisdom 42:22 Pat Devitt 42:29 Kevin Dowling 43:12 Richard Connolly 43:22 Terry Mee 44:32 Shay Byrne 44:50 Patrick Rutledge 44:50 Dave Brady 46:04 Pat Bonass 48:48
Padraig Murray 54:10

Grand prix results Name Actual Predicted Diff Points

Joe Phipps 39:31 42:44 -193 30 Pat Devitt 42:29 44:25 -116 29 Thomas Frayne 37:31 37:30 1 28 Fergus Keenan 38:10 38:02 8 27
Paddy Tuite 40:08 40:00 8 26 Ian McDowell 40:20 40:09 11 25 Terry Mee 44:32 44:20 12 24 Conor Delaney 36:05 35:50 15 23 Ernie Ramsey 34:59 34:40 19 22 Mark Bermingham 35:13 34:51 22 21 Eoin Murray 36:33 36:05 28 20 Colm Hickey 36:45 36:15 30 19 Trevor Wisdom 42:22 41:40 42 18
Maurice McCrohan 38:17 37:33 44 17 Philip O’Doherty 36:35 35:50 45 16
Frank Devitt 42:16 41:21 55 15 Shay Byrne 44:50 43:46 64 14 Gerard Kirwan 37:23 36:05 78 13 Jeremy Chapman 37:52 36:33 79 12 Declan Murray 41:25 39:57 88 11 Sean Doran 38:36 37:00 96 10 Robert Beckett 39:27 37:36 111 9 Richard Connolly 43:22 41:28 114 8 Kevin Dowling 43:12 41:18 114 7 Dave Brady 46:04 42:28 216 6 Pat Bonass 48:48 43:46 302 5

Yellow jersey Position Name Surname Total 1 Paddy Tuite 126 2 Fergus Keenan 109 3 Sean Doran 103 4 Eoin Murray 101 5 Colm Hickey 98 6 Frank Devitt 88 7 Maurice McCrohan 87 8 Jeremy Chapman 85 9 Richard Connolly 79 10 Colm Breen 78 11 Gerard Kirwan 78 12 Philip O’Doherty 78 13 Robert Beckett 77 14 Dave Brady 74
15 Trevor Wisdom 72 16 Conor Delaney 66 17 Pat O’Rourke 60 18 Shay Byrne 60 19 Kevin Dowling 58 20 Kieran Murphy 57 21 Bernie Byrne 56 22 Declan Murray 55 23 Ernie Ramsey 50 24 Joe Phipps 50
25 Mark Bermingham 49 26 Liam Hennessy 48 27 Thomas Frayne 45 28 Clive Ahern 44 29 Fergus Wheatley 43 30 Pat Healy 43 31 Pat Devitt 40 32 Tom Sherlock 39 33 Colm Doran 37 34 Sean McGoldrick 34 35 Tom Monks 30 36 Richard Barr 29 37 Karen Kinsella 28 38 Eugene McCarrick 27 39 Sinead hartnett 25 40 Ian McDowell 25 41 Terry Mee 24 42 Declan Ryan 20 43 Collette McKenny 18 44 Tom Griffin 16 45 Alan Worrall 16 46 Christy Reilly 15 47 Noel Daly 7 48 Derek Reilly 6 49 Aine McCann 5 50 Pat Bonass 5

Green Jersey Pos First Name Surname Total 1 Philip O’Doherty 17 2 Conor Delaney 15 3 Ernie Ramsey 15 4 Eoin Murray 11
5 Clive Ahern 7 6 Tom Sherlock 6 7 Sean Doran 6 8 Mark Bermingham 8 9 Ger Kirwan 3 10 Fergus Keenan 3 11 Robert Beckett 1


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