Archive for April, 2012

Old Boy Boit wins 10,000m B as Cragg DNFs in 10,000 A

The 2012 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational took place at Stanford University in California last night. Pre-race Clonliffe’s Alistair Cragg had indicated that his target was trying to dip under the Olympic 10,000 A qualifying time of 27:45 and whilst in the early stages the Clonliffe man was on target things clearly went awry with Alistair calling it a day six laps from home. Clonliffe old boy Josphat Boit, Cragg’s training partner, and former Irish National Champion in the Clonliffe colours, won the 10,000 B race in a sprint finish by 100th of a second in 28:11.75. There is also the fantastic news of Fionnuala Britton running well under the Olympic 10,000 A standard finishing 3rd in a time of 31:29.22 (the A standard is 31:45.00).

Meanwhile the Samsung 10k Dublin Night Race took place in Dublin City Centre last night in horrendous conditions. A good run from Darren Reilly to finish 6th in 34:42. It was also good to see in the field Nigel Brunton finishing 41st in 38:34. Well done to the thirty Clonliffe stewards who officiated on the stretch from O’Connell Bridge up to and beyond Beckett’s Bridge and ended up like shivering drowned rats!

Spring Series finishes with more Clonliffe wins

The Juvenile inter club Spring Series concluded with round 3 in Newbridge House this morning. It was a bitterly cold morning with a wind that would have left many a cat skint so well done to all of the athletes and indeed their families who turned out. Today`s round was hosted by Lusk AC who did a fine job running the programme off in a most efficent manner it was also good to see that the series has expanded bringing in athletes today from newly formed Ballyboughal AC and also Lambay Sports.

Today brought some great efforts from Clonliffe athletes who have performed very well indeed throughout this series with Clonliffe athletes winning 7 of the 12 races. These included fine wins from Sally Sumola in the U/8 300m, Eva Keogh in the U/9 500m, Amy Hodson and Gavin O`Brien in the U/11 600m, Fintan McManus, chased all the way by the fast finishing David Tuite in the U/13 600 and in the U/17 mile a great win from Cathal Doyle from Adam O`Brien.

Race of the day may well have been the Carrig/Hossenny U/15 rematch over 800. Sean Carrig leading them out at a good lap over lap 1, however at the bell Greg powered into the lead and just managed to hold off Sean to even the score. 30 seconds later and Sean carrig was on the start line for the U/17 mile, brave but maybe not so wise….

The U/15 and 17 girls all ran well Alannah Cooley was 3rd in the U/15 800 after a good run with Sophie Higgins, Kate Hession and Amy McGrath not far behing. Laura Tuite battled well in the U/17 mile to place 3rd with a tired Sally Aherne in 4th.

So the end of a great little series for 2012. Thanks to Skerries AC and Lusk AC for their great contributions and we look forward to another Spring Series next year.


Girls U/8

1. Sally Sumola (Clonliffe)

2. Grainne Hoey (Ballyboughal)

3. Aliyatt Badmus (Lambay)

Boys U/8

1. John Jay (Ballyboughal)

2. Sean Corr (Skerries)

3. Luke Hannigan (Lambay)

Girls U/9

1. Eva Keogh (Clonliffe)

2. Cara McNally (Lusk)

3. Charlotte Boileau (Lambay)

Boys U/9

1 Cian Warren (Ballyboughal)

2. Luke Fanncis (Lambay)

3. Lorcan Devinne (Skerries)

Girls U/11

1. Amy Hodson (Clonliffe)

2. Katleyn O`Brien (Ballyboughal)

3. Katie Halpin (Lusk)

Boys U/11

1. Gavin O`Brien (Clonliffe)

2. Joe May (Skerries)

3. Michael Hoey (Ballyboughal)

Girls U/13

1. Sarah Whelan (Skerries)

2. Lauren Carr (Clonliffe)

3. Cliona Cooley (Clonliffe)

Boys U/13

1. Fintan McManus (Clonliffe)

2. David Tuite (Clonliffe)

3. Stephen O¬Connor (Skerries)

Girls U/15

1.Caoimhe Downey (Skerries)

2. Eryn Devine (Skerries)

3. Alannah Cooley (Clonliffe)

Boys U/15

1. Greg Hossenny (Clonliffe)

2. Sean Carrig (Clonliffe)

3. Conor Tuck (Skerries)

Girls U/17

1. Aine McCarthy (Skerries)

2. Laura Costello (Skerries)

3. Laura Tuite (Clonliffe)

Boys U/17

1. Cathal Doyle (Clonliffe)

2. Adam O`Brien (Clonliffe)

3. Daniel Kelly (Skerries)


Another day and yet another Flynner PB for Arkansas

Dave Flynn continues to reel off the PBs. Currently having a season that has seen him record PBs over 1500, mile, 3,000, and 3,000 sc last night he added a 5,000 PB of 14:24.19 to his Flynn 2012 collection. At the Drake Relay Meet in Des Moines, Iowa Flynner ran an excellent race for Arkansas to place 7th. features the following: “In the night’s finale, Flynn took a break from the 3,000-meter steeplechase to post a top-10 showing at 5,000 meters. He finished the race in a time of 14:24.19, good for seventh place. It was his second collegiate race at 5,000 meters and first at Arkansas. Flynn last competed at the distance in 2010 while at Western State.”

“I was 30 seconds faster than the last time I ran 5,000 meters (in 2010),” Flynn said. “I think it was a good race for me in preparation for trying to double (in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters) at the SEC meet later this season.”

Rain lashed Morton Stadium fails to dampen Reilly

It`s Wednesday night at the Morton Stadium, it`s lashing rain, there`s a gale blowing, it`s freezing. All this means, of course, the first Graded Meet 2012 and the start of the track season. And so it was tonight, all of this. The conditions were simply awful. Numbers were considerably down having regard to the night that was in it. A hardy band of Clonliffe men left the huddle in the warmth of the stand to take their places on the starting line.

First off was young John Buckley running in what was for him an unfamiliar race the 800m in maybe the worst conditions of the night as the wind did it`s best to blow the field from the back straight right back to start line, young John battled away to finish around 7th in 2.21.8. In grade A Andrew Jenkinson lined up looking for a good run, however, his effort only last 200m as a foot injury cause him to pull up sharply and in some pain.

The B 3000m featured a Clonliffe quartet. Darren Reilly ran a very well judged race sitting in second place and as lap after lap the leader surged coming down the home straight with the wind at his back opening a lead at times of some 10m, Darren would always pull him back into the wind, until a lap from home when Darren surged. A winning surge it was too. Darren taking a good win, by 20m in 9:32, a good run behind him as Ernie Ramsey won the inter Clonliffe battle with Joseph Cooper, Ernie 3rd in 9:39, Joseph 4th 9:40 and Anthony Malone 9th 10:03.

Well done lads. Next graded meet will be in the Summer! May 16th in Irishtown. On the card that night will be 200m, 1500m, shot putt, discus, triple jump and what promises to be a great Dublin 10,000m championship.

Clonliffe Athletes pass West Leinster School Test

The first of the Leinster region qualifiers on the road to June`s All Ireland Schools track and field, the West Leinsters took place in the Morton Stadium today. A good win from race walker Ryan Cleary in the senior race, along with Keith Pike`s senior 100m win and Rachel Murray`s U/16 mile win were the highlights from a Clonliffe perspective. Other good performances included Eoin McCullough 2nd in the senior 2,000sc and Sally Aherne`s 3rd place in the junior 1500m. Day 2 of the West Leinsters is on Thursday. Next week, Wednesday and Friday, sees the North Leinsters in the stadium, while the East Leinsters takes place next week in Irishtown on 1st, 2nd and 3rd days of May.

Senior Women win Road Relay Bronze in Raheny

At today`s National Road Relays in Raheny the senior women took bronze with a great performance from the Clonliffe trio of Eleanor Alexandra, Ailish Malone and Louise Reilly behind a crack DSD squad 1st with Raheny 2nd. Eleanor had an outstanding run in leg 1 recording a time of 5.06.5 handing over in 1st to Ailish who record an excellent 11.23 for the 2 mile leg with Louise running 5.33 to take team bronze.

The B team also ran very well: Emma Cooper 5.35.6, Fionnula Doherty 12.05 and Lorna Begley 5.47, only 2 days after her superb Versities 1500 bronze. The C`s recorded Tara Whyte 5.48.3, Kerri Page 13.32 and Sinead Hartnett 6.26.

The senior men`s A team was mainly comprises of up and coming Clonliffe athletes indeed the old man of the quartet was Conor Healy, the other 3 are still juniors. The team put in an excellent performance with fine runs by all four to finish in 5th place. Conor Healy ran 9.42.6 for the opening 2 mile leg, followed by a 4.42.7 mile from Fintan Doherty, Ian Guiden put in a strong 15.32 in the tough 3 mile leg and Aaron O`Hanlon a fine 10.00.5 for the final 2 mile leg. The B team also put in a good day`s work: Darren Reilly 10.21.7, Mark McKenzie 4.52, Ernie Ramsey 16.16 and Niall Sherlock 11.13.

At the front of proceedings there was a fantastic battle between Raheny and Rathfarnham as both squads ran shoulder to shoulder until Sean Hehir`s super finish to take the National title for the southsiders.

Clonliffe Athletes medal at Irish Universities T&F Championships

There were medal winning performances by Clonliffe athletes at this weekend`s Irish Universities Track and Field Championships held in Athlone. Jayme Rossiter took 3,000m sc silver (9:29.86), silver also for Sarah Woods in the 400h (65.43) and for Ian Rogers in the pole vault (4.20) while Lorna Begley took 1500m bronze (4.43.5). Good run also by Andrew Jenkinson in the 800, running 1:57.27 in his semi to qualify in 2nd place for the final and then running 1:56.81 in the final. Ciaran Mackey was also a finalist, in the 400, a 51.07 semi was followed by 50.87 in the final. Stuart Roche recorded a time of 23.46 in the 200. On the subject of Versities in the States Graham Mahon recorded a comfortable win for Clarke University on Saturday, the 21st, in the 1500m at the Key City Open, University of Dubuque track, Iowa.

Kenneally continues his Olympic build up

Mark Kenneally continued his build up to the Olympic Marathon, when winning his first track race of the season in Auburn, Alabama on Friday.

Mark is at the start of a training phase with his coach Mark Carroll, and after last weekend’s National Championship 10km win, had a comfortable 5000m win in 14.14.36 at the War Eagle Invitational.

Fourth for Declan Power at the K Club in 10km Road Run

A few Clonliffe athletes took in the latest BHAA race at the K Club today, 10K on the road. Declan Power had another good run, 4th overall and 1st Master in 33:05. Other Clonliffe: 10th Ronan Hartnett 33:44, 25th Ger Kirwan 35:18, 34th Anthony Malone (35:57), 44th The Real Thing Murray 36:15, 121st Joyce O`Hare 39:47 (full results

Top 800m runs in Tallaght by older Juvenile athletes

The older juvenile athletes were in Tallaght stadium this afternoon for round 2 of the Dublin juvenile League where 800m races were the order of the day. Some top class performances from the black and amber with several PBs recorded and a first win for Sean Carrig. Sean`s win came in the first race for the Clonliffe athletes the U/14 800. A well judged run saw young Carrig sitting nicely in 3rd place at the bell reached in a fast 71 seconds, he hit the front as they hit 350 to go and drove on impressively chased by team mate Greg Hosseny running his best race to date, at the finish Sean was 1st with Greg right on his shoulder in 2nd, both running 2:28. 12 seconds back was Joseph Hession with Luke Guy making up the Clonliffe 4.

In the U/15 800 Thomas Ward ran well to finish 5th, the 72 second opening lap taking it`s toll on him and Alex Gibbons (6th).

Amy mcGrath arrived from a basketball match just in time to line up for the U/14 800 and had a good run, with a strong 2nd lap to finish 6th, just breaking 3 minutes. The eagerly await clash of the U/16 girls was next up and again a fine race by our 4 girls with a great battle, once again between Sally Aherne and Laura Tuite, again a fast opening lap, 72 seconds, however in the battle to the line both were caught for 2nd place and then the fast finishing Stephanie McCaul caught Sally and edged to within a inch of Laura: 3rd Laura (2:35), 4th Stephanie, 5th Sally. Another good run also slightly further back by Kate Hession.

Finally the U/16 boys where PBs were recorded by both Clonliffe lads. After a great run Cathal Doyle was 3rd in 2:16 with Dylan Gibbons 2:17 4th. Unfortunately Dylan suffered a bad looking injury and finished in some distress, hopefully a week or so will see him back in harness.

Next up the Juveniles go to Newbridge House for Round 3 of the spring Series on Sunday the 29th.


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