Archive for September, 2011

Harriers make progress in Park

Sep 25, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The Clonliffe juvenile athletes were out in force in the Phoenix Park for round 2 of the Dublin League this morning. After some initial confusion regarding the circuit, how many laps, which lap etc. things calmed down and the action got underway at 11.00 sharp. The Park is a much more difficult proposition than Newbridge House, with it`s long up hill straights, the dips and wind to contend with, however it is great to report that the black and amber clad brigade more than got to grips with things and on the whole delivered even better performances then last week. Although we have no wins to report on there is no doubt that these boys and girls are improving steadly and are displaying great battling qualities. The turn out was excellent in fact Clonliffe may well have had the biggest numbers on the day.

The girls U/9s got us off to a great start with our athletes all running strongly Alex Twomey was 3rd, Ella Cooley was 5th, Laura Grendan 6th and Jessica Malone 13th. In the girls U/10s Ella Brown was 10th, Ella Bergin 16th, C. Madigan 22nd and Charline Cassidy was 28th. The U/11 girls also did very well with Sol O`Leadaigh was 6th with twin sister Lola 9th and Amy Worrel 16th followed by Hope Sunola 17th. There was a good team performance then in the girls U/12 race with all the girls putting in very good efforts lead home by Ruth Bergin 3rd, Lauren Carr 13th, Clina Cooley 18th, Hannah Brown 22nd, Aiofa Power Breen 32nd, and Ella McCloskey 37th.

In the boys age groups Cormac Power Breen was 9th, Conor Fennell was 20th and Fionn McCloskey was 21st in the U/10s. Jordan Broy was 10th, Adam Malone 11th, David Tuite 13th in the U/11s. In the U/12s Keelan Twomey was our only runner and had a good strong run to finish 5th. The U/13s are now starting to look stronger and stronger where both Joseph Hession and Timothae Lawless upped their performance considerably from 7 days ago with Joseph 5th and Timothae 12th with Luke Guy solid in 18th and in his first race for Clonliffe David Ryan 24th.

The girls U/13s also ran very well today Sophie Higgins had a good run to finish 9th with Amy McGrath also running a fine race in 11th and Aisling Fennell 24th. The U/15 girls also battled well as the wind picked up, the girls facing 2 laps of the circuit, the girls were lead home by Laura Tuite 7th, Sally Aherne just behind in 8th and Kate Hession 12th.

First Clonliffe man in the boys U/14 race was Paddy O`Hanlon in 5th with Peter Taylor 11th. In the U/15 boys there was a really good run from Cathal Doyle who had an excellent start and an even more excellent finish to pull in two places over the last 400 and finish a fine 3rd. Good runs also by Paul Courtney in 14th on his debut for the club and Philip Keenan 16th. The final athlete we had in action was Rachel Murray who ran well to place 3rd in the U/16 girls race.

Well done all. Excellent progress being made.

Juvenile athletes get xc season under way

Sep 18, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The Clonliffe juvenile athletes got the 2011 cross country off to a very positive start in Newbridge House this morning at round 1 of the Dublin League. It was a good outing for these young athletes getting the first race under their belts with only a few weeks training in their legs since the Summer break. It was pleasing that so many managed to hit the ground running with a couple of wins, several top placings and generally good runs all round.

As always in Newbridge House the underfoot conditions were perfect nice freshly cut grass, and with the rain only making a brief appearance the only thing of slight concern was a strong breeze on the back section of the 1,000m loop.

The honour of being the first Clonliffe Harrier in action this season fell to Andrea Hannigan running in the girls U/11 800m race. Andrea had a very good run finishing in 9th place. A very good run then followed in the boys U/11 where Jordan Broy finished well up the field in 4th place.

The two Clonliffe wins of the day both came in the 1,000m U/12 races. First off Ruth Bergin had an excellent win after a great battle down the home straight as she held off a strong challenge right to the line. Other good runs in this race from Clina Cooley 13th and Amy Connolly 18th. In the U/12 boys Keelan Twomey again battled all the way showing great determination as a pulled away over the last 50m to take a well deserved win. Good run also by Elliott Lawless in 20th.

The U/13s also ran over 1,000m. In the girls race Sophie Higgins placed 9th with Ailish Fennell 20th. The Clonliffe boys also featured strongly in their race with Joseph Hession 8th and after a good battle down the home straight Timothae Lawless over hauled Luke Guy 10th and 11th.

Alannah Cooley provided the most impressive Clonliffe performance of the day with an excellent run in the U/14 1,200m race running her best race to date Alannah was a superb 3rd. A good run in the U/14 boys race from Sean Carrigg to take 6th place with a very strong finish.

The U/15 girls team as always ran well lead home by Laura Tuite in 3rd place with Sally Aherne right on her shoulder in 4th and Kate Hession a very steady 5th. Finally the U/15 boys where Cathal Doyle ran an exceptional second half to move nicely through the field from about 10th to 3rd and with a longer distace may well have finished even further up. A good steady first race for Clonliffe from Philip Keenan to finish 14th.

Well done to all our athletes. The first race is always the hardest. Next up round 2 in the Phoenix Park next Sunday.

Cragg gets Irish record

Congratulations to Alistair Cragg on achieving a new Irish 5000m record last night in Brussels. With a time of 13.03.53 Alistair was not only 5th in the Diamond League event but more importantly was .4 of a second under Mark Carroll’s 13 year old National record. Entering the last 1000m the record was certainly on, and indeed a sub 13 minute time was not out of the question. With 400m to go Alistair managed to up the pace and cross the line 3.5 seconds faster than his previous best of 13.07.10 set in 2007.

This means Alistair now owns National records at the 5000m and 10000m outdoors as well as 3000m and 5000m indoors. He also has the fastest half marathon on record by an Irishman run earlier this year, though not officially recognised as a record.

With Joe and Gladys Cooper, Noel and Ian Guiden, Mark McKenzie and John Kelly in the stadium, it was a memorable night for the Clonliffe contingent. Since Alistair’s 13.16 performance in 2004, this record was always on the cards. While his foray in to Marathon running may have seen him leave the track, his repeated stance that there was still unfinished business over 5000m was proved accurate last night.

Alistair’s consistency over the years in this event is evident when you see that his top 10 times average 13.12.36, which alone would be 3rd on the Irish all-time list. Maybe now, Clonliffe`s two time Olympic finalist, World Championship finalist, European 3,000m indoor gold medalist and holder of 3 Irish Records will get the recognition he truely deserves.

Once again, congratulations from all in Clonliffe.

As regards the rest of the meet Noel Guiden reports that it was fantastic. The weather was perfect, a t shirt day until 9.00pm ! Packed stadium. And the athletics: outstanding.

The first big talking point was the 10,000m. Would Bekele be on the line? Would Bekele last the distance? Surely he can`t win? He was, he would and he did! A wonderful sight to see the great Kenenisa Bekele in action, well and truely back. The pace was fast from the off with Bekele in the lead pack all race long, waiting for the moment which came with 250 to go as he sprinted hitting the front and winning in a world`s best time for 2011 26.43.11. The Clonliffe fan club were on their feet roaring their happy heads off and to make it even better current hero of the Clonliffe junior team USA`s Galen Rupp ran an unbelieveable time of 26.48.00 to take 3rd and a new US record.

The 100 and 200 men`s race were equally unbelieveable. Usain Bolt the athletes superstar had the whole stadium up cheering and dancing as he ran a 2011 world best of 9.76. Wow! Bolt is still on his lap (lapping up the adulation) of honour as Yohan Blake decides to also run a world best: 19.26 in the 200.

There was also a superb performance from the USA`s Morgan Uceny in the women`s 1500 a great win in 4.00.06, and yes that was a world best time. We then witnessed an attempt on the women`s world high jump record by Anna Chicherova, having won the competition at 2.05 she went for 2.10 to the roar of the crowd, the fact that she didn`t break the record is only a minor detail in the story.

And then there was Alistair Cragg`s exceptional performance. Opening laps of 61/62 seconds were reeled off, 3,000m in 7.50, two laps to go and our club mate is still there. Flying. Top bend in 6th place this is damm fast, might he get a PB? Down the straight and he`s flying , up to 5th. The fact that we`re 150 yards away doesn`t matter as we scream “Go Alistair go”, he crosses the line and we compair watches: “13.03.8 I got what do you have?” “13.03.9” It`s a PB, it`s a club record. The official time flashes up 13.03.53. “What`s the Irish record, he`s close” We google on our mobiles, yes he`s taken Mark Carrol`s record. We text Joe Cooper, in another part of the stadium, but to be sure we best text the man who`ll know: Killian. It`s official!

As a proud Clonliffe man I felt privileged to share in the moment. Thanks Alistair.

The next morning bright and early Ian, Mark and I headed home. In Brussels airport the lads met one of their heroes Galen Rupp. Had a quick chat with him and got his autograph on their meet programmes. Galen seemed equally pleased to meet his fans and comes accross a genuinely nice guy. The guys also meet his coach the great marathon runner Alberto Salazar and 100h World Champion Sally Pearson.

In summary: the whole thing was fantastic!!!

Walker Cup 2011

Sep 9, 2011 [Grand Prix Committee] The following are the Grand prix results, points allocated and overall positions following the 4 mile track race which took place on 8th September, kindly sponsored by Frazer Walker. We had 33 runners finishing, first home was Darren Reilly in 22.07, followed by Ernie Ramsey 22.28 and Conor Delaney in 22.34.


Congratulations to the winners in the Grand Prix, Bernie Byrne, Kevin Dowling and Ger Kirwan. Thanks to all the race officials on the night


Race results

First Name Surname Time Darren Reilly(Guest) 22:07
Ernie Ramsey 22:28 Conor Delaney 22:34 Colm Hickey 22:50 Gerard Kirwan 22:56 Thomas Sherlock 23:15 Clive Ahern 23:16 Philip O’Doherty 23:23 Declan Ryan 23:39 Joe Phipps 23:43 Tom Griffin 23:59
Robert Beckett 00:24:07 Kieran Murphy 24:17 Tom Monks 24:42
Paddy Tuite 25:25 Fergus Keenan 25:28 Alan Worrall 25:31 Declan Murray 26:06 Kevin Dowling 26:08 Colm Doran 26:23 Frank Devitt 26:28
Trevor Wisdom 26:30 Sean McGoldrick 26:38 Pat Healy 27:19 Bernie Byrne 27:35 Richard Connolly 28:11 Pat O’Rourke 28:14 Liam Hennessy 28:16 Terry Mee 28:43 Pat Devitt 28:44 Richard Barr 29:06 Dave Brady 30:09 Jim Bennett (Guest) 31:22

Grand prix results

First Name Surname Actual Predicted Diff Points

Bernie Byrne 27:35 28:19 44 30 Kevin Dowling 26:08 26:44 36 29 Gerard Kirwan 22:56 23:26 30 28 Colm Doran 26:23 26:39 16 27 Pat O’Rourke 28:14 28:29 15 26 Robert Beckett 24:07 24:14 7 25 Colm Hickey 22:50 22:55 5 24 Declan Ryan 23:39 23:42 3 23 Conor Delaney 22:34 22:37 3 22 Frank Devitt 26:28 26:30 2 21 Pat Healy 27:19 27:15 -4 20 Paddy Tuite 25:25 25:09 -16 19 Tom Griffin 23:59 23:41 -18 18 Tom Monks 24:42 24:22 -20 17 Clive Ahern 23:16 22:56 -20 16 Philip O’Doherty 23:23 22:56 -27 15 Joe Phipps 23:43 23:09 -34 14 Trevor Wisdom 26:30 25:54 -36 13
Richard Barr 29:06 28:28 -38 12 Sean McGoldrick 26:38 25:59 -39 11
Thomas Sherlock 23:15 00:22:34 -41 10 Alan Worrall 00:25:31 24:47 -44 9
Terry Mee 28:43 27:55 -48 8 Declan Murray 26:06 25:05 -61 7 Ernie Ramsey 22:28 21:23 -65 6 Kieran Murphy 24:17 23:11 -66 5 Fergus Keenan 25:28 23:35 -113 4 Liam Hennessy 28:16 25:57 -139 3 Dave Brady 30:09 27:42 -147 2 Pat Devitt 28:44 25:38 -186 1

Yellow Jersey

Position First Name Surname Total 1 Paddy Tuite 145 2 Colm Hickey 122 3 Fergus Keenan 113 4 Frank Devitt 109 5 Gerard Kirwan 106 6 Sean Doran 103 7 Robert Beckett 102 8 Eoin Murray 101
9 Philip O’Doherty 93 10 Conor Delaney 88 11 Maurice McCrohan 87
12 Kevin Dowling 87 13 Pat O’Rourke 86 14 Bernie Byrne 86 15 Jeremy Chapman 85 16 Trevor Wisdom 85 17 Richard Connolly 79 18 Colm Breen 78 19 Dave Brady 76 20 Joe Phipps 64 21 Colm Doran 64 22 Pat Healy 63 23 Kieran Murphy 62 24 Declan Murray 62 25 Shay Byrne 60 26 Clive Ahern 60 27 Ernie Ramsey 56 28 Liam Hennessy 51 29 Mark Bermingham49 30 Tom Sherlock 49 31 Tom Monks 47 32 Thomas Frayne 45 33 Sean McGoldrick45 34 Fergus Wheatley 43 35 Declan Ryan 43 36 Pat Devitt 41 37 Richard Barr 41 38 Tom Griffin 34 39 Terry Mee 32 40 Karen Kinsella 28 41 Eugene McCarrick 27 42 Sinead hartnett 25 43 Ian McDowell 25 44 Alan Worrall 25 45 Collette McKenny 18 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 Ernie Ramsey 20 2 Conor Delaney 19 3 Philip O’Doherty 17 4 Eoin Murray 11 5 Mark Bermingham8
6 Clive Ahern 7 7 Tom Sherlock 7 8 Sean Doran 6 9 Ger Kirwan 5
10 Fergus Keenan 3 11 Colm Hickey 3 12 Robert Beckett 1

Alistair 15th in Worlds

Sep 4, 2011 [Noel Guiden] In Daegu, South Korea this morning Clonliffe`s Alistair Cragg finished 15th in the World 5,000m final. Alistair was running nicely at the sharp end of the field in the early laps employing the tactic that served him so well in the heats, where he ran one of his best ever championship races. The was, however, a massive injection of pace with the lap times quickening dramatically to the low 60`s after six laps and Alistair slipped through the pack and out the back door at 3,000. Alistair, however, gritted his teeth and battled on gamely to finish 15th in 13.45.33. While he will be disappointed with today`s result the positives are that he has shown a real return to form this season achieving the World and Olympic qualifying times and has ran well in these championships in Daegu putting the critics well and truely in their place. Well done Alistair. Have a look at for very good post race interview with Alistair: good to see him positive and looking forward to a marathon later in the year.

Clonliife men runner up in national half marathon

Sep 4, 2011 [Noel Guiden] At yesterday`s National Half Marathon Championships in Waterford the men`s team exceed expectations by finishing 2nd, while the women`s team will be disappointed at their 4th place finish. The men were lead home by the one and only Gary O`Hanlon with an excellent run to take 5th place in 68:33, less than a minute behinh him was Michael McDiarmada 7th in 69:22, with the third scorer Delan Power 25th in 71:56. Declan was also 1st O/40. Very good runs also by Darren Reilly, who continues to impress 77:28, Conor Delaney 77:55, Ernie Ramsey 78:21, Tom Frayne 80:49, Gerard Kirwan 81:11, Jeremy Chapman 82:22, Joe Phibbs 83:12, Maurice McCrohan 85:25, Paddy Tuite 87:36 and Chris Troy 1:51.52. Things really didn`t go to plan for the women`s team who had hoped to medal but finished up 4th although Ailish Malone was well up with a time of 81:21. Good times also recorded by Fionnula Doherty 88:09, Maura Matthews 88:27, Joyce O`Hare 90:25, Aisling Coppinger 90:43 and Ailish O`Sullivan 100:31.

Alistair into World 5,000 final

Sep 1, 2011 [Noel Guiden] In the early (Irish) hours this morning Clonliffe`s, two time Olympic finalist, Alistair Cragg ran a very solid 5,000 to finish 5th in heat 2 and qualify for Sunday`s World Championship. Alistair was positive throughout and having witnessed the slow time from heat 1 took up the running in the early laps to ensure a faster pace in this race. Always looking like he would safely qualify he finished with the lead pack in 5th place (13.39.36) to qualify automatically for Sunday`s 11.40am (Irish) final, live on Channel 4.


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