Archive for July, 2012

2012 National Champions: Donegan, Flynn and Rautkys

The second and final day of the National Championships saw Clonliffe Harrier athletes collect three Gold medals. David Donegan secured the title when clearing 4.70m in the Pole Vault. Remarkably this was David’s 7th outdoor title, his 6th for Clonliffe. With 5 more Indoor titles representing Clonliffe, David is surely top of list of National Championship gold medal winners in the club. Losing a medal on count back was Ian Rogers. Though he tied the joint silver medalists with a clearance of 4.60m, previous failures counted against him and he ended the competition in 4th.

After his near miss in yesterday’s Shot Putt competition, Tomas Rautkys gained some revenge when reversing the top two placings in today’s Discus. With his longest throw of the day, also his second longest ever, being 53.40m, he was almost 7m in front of the runner-up. This was Tomas’ third National discus title in a row.

In the 3000m Steeplechase, David Flynn bridged a 42 year old gap (back to Des McCormack) in winning the title for Clonliffe Harriers. Always controlling the race David pulled away from his nearest pursuer over the final 200m. David stated that, ‘after a disappointing end to the 2011 race, I was determined to return and claim the title’. His winning time of 9.06.58mins brought him home over 3 seconds ahead of Letterkenny’s Ciararn Doherty.

Jayme Rossiter’s brave attempt to earn a medal saw him finish 4th in 9.27.84. Going in to the last third of the race, it looked like Jayme might be able to challenge for a medal, but unfortunately his missed training due to a recent injury caught up with him and it wasn’t to be. He’ll be back in the hunt in 2013.

Clonliffe Harrier’s fourth athlete to finish in 4th place this weekend was Sarah Woods. Running her second 400m Hurdles race of the day, Sarah’s disappointment at finishing out the medals was cushioned with a new personal best time of 63.27secs. This also moves Sarah up to second place on the Club’s all time list for the event. Young Elaine Begley finished 6th in the final running her third fastest time of 65.70 secs. Competing twice in one day at Senior level was in itself an excellent achievement for Elaine and the experience gained this weekend will have done her the world of good.

Aaron Hanlon collected a silver medal in the Junior men’s 3000m race. As is his style, Aaron was never far from the front. Taking the race by the scruff of the neck in the second half, the combative nature of athletics was evident as both Aaron and Armagh’s Stephen Kerr battled for the inside lane leading in to the bell. Despite giving up over two years in age to his rival, Aaron fought his ground well. Though he was passed going down the back straight he fought all the way to the line to finish a close 2nd, less than half a second behind the winner, in a time of 8.42.94mins.

Lorna Begley was another Clonliffe athlete to leave the stadium today with a personal best time. Racing in a high class 1500m field, Lorna acquitted herself very well from the start. Despite losing touch with the front group during the third lap, Lorna maintained her composure very well. Crossing the line in 7th and with a time of 4.41.08, she was well rewarded for her consistent training throughout the year.

In the Men’s 800m race, Kris Valters also finished 7th. Running in the middle of the pack throughout the first lap, Kris was caught for position when the pace increased after the bell and was always struggling to close the gap after that. His finishing time of 1.54.44 was his 2nd fastest of the season.

The first Clonliffe athlete competing today was young Ryan Cleary. In his debut over the 10,000m distance, Ryan’s 25 lap performance was as tough as anyone’s over the weekend. In the rain and prior the appearance of most of day’s spectators Ryan did himself and his club proud with his determined effort. His time of 51.21.07 was an excellent return  and will stand him in great stead for his next races at more familiar distances.

Another Ryan, Ryan Whelan, was competing in the men’s Javelin. Throwing the Senior weighted Javelin in competition for the first time, his furthest distance of 43.15m saw him finishing in 10th place.

After two excellent 200m races yesterday and a heat of the 100m this morning, Leah Moore closed out her weekend with an 8th place finish in the 100m, in a time of 12.23secs.




European Hill Running Champs: Clonliffe Quartet in Turkey

While many eyes were focused on Santry today, four Clonliffe Harriers were representing Ireland at the European Hill Running Championships held this morning in Denizli, Turkey.

Louise Hill-Stirling finshed 10th in the Junior Women’s 4.4km race in a time of 23.35mins to lead the Irish team home to 5th place.

Brian MacMahon and James Keevan ran in the 12.2km. Brian was first of the Irish home to finish 33rd in 55.04mins, while James was Ireland’s third man home in 42nd place in a 58.53mins. The team finished 10th overall.

Sarah McCormick had the best finishing place of all the Irish athletes today when she crossed the line less than a minute behind the winner for an 8th place finish in the Senior Women’s race.

National Championships: Medals and Two Club Records

With the first day of the National Championship weekend complete, Clonliffe Harriers athletes collected three silver medals and a bronze.

First on to the podium was Tomas Rauktys with his performance in the Shot Putt. Only 7cms behind the winner Tomas thew 15.78m in the 3rd round to repeat his 2nd place from last year.

Becky Woods’ debut in the Steeplechase yielded her a National Championship bronze medal as well as allowing her to set her first Club Record. With a time of 11.28.09 Becky will go down as the inaugrual record holder for this event in Clonliffe. (This leaves the Women’s Pole Vault as the only vacant Record)

After finishing 5th last year Denise Byrne returned to collect the silver medal in the Javelin . With a new Club Record distance of 41.71m, Denise broke her own record of 40.41m set in 2008.

Gary O’Hanlon went one better than his National Cross Country bronze medal from February, with a 2nd place finish in the 10,000m. His time of 30.33.99 in this debut augurs well for future attempts at the distance. Always in the medal hunt, Gary passed through half way in 15.05 and 8km in 24.22.

Leah Moore repeated her 4th place finish from 2010 in the 200m. With a new personal best (earning third place on the Clonliffe All-time list) Leah’s  24.60 secs time from the heat proved she was on top of her game. A wind reading of +2.5 should in no way diminish her superb performance of 24.27 secs for 4th place in the final. An excellent piece of sprinting.

Other Clonliffe athletes competing today in heats included Andrew Jenkinson (800m), Mark McDonald (1500m ), Stuart Roche (200m), Larry Brady (1500m), Orna McGinley (800m), Snezena Bectina (200m) and  Brian Tobin (800m).

Kris Valters has made it through to tomorrow’s 800m final as a faster loser while Louise Reilly finished 8th in the 5000m in a time of 18.04.98

Dublin Graded 6 sees some more Personal Bests

With a break in the weather nicely coinciding with the latest Dublin Graded competition, Clonliffe athletes performed well in Irishtown this past Wednesday night.

Andrew Jenkinson was tuning up for this weekend’s 800m at the National Championship with a 400m run in a time of 52.59. Liam Ashton ran close to his personal best time in the 1500m, crossing the line in 4.15.94. Also in the 1500m races were John Buckley (4.31.55) and George Maybury (5.16.21).

Declan Power was just outside 16 mins, when finishing in 16.01.17 for 4th place in the 5000m. Johnny Bradley Ward was 12th in the same race in 17.59.38.

Safari Aketch was competing in the Discus and finished first of the athletes throwing the 1.75kg with a distance of 31.74m.

Seanna Reilly ran another personal best time to finish 2nd in her 400m race with a time of 61.04. Leah Bergin wasn’t far behind in 3rd with 62.51. Finally, Roisin Leahy was 6th in the 1500m in another personal best time of 5.01.68.





Live music in Clonliffe Bar for Nationals Weekend

Entertainment for National Track and Field Championships.

Live Music: Clonliffe Harriers will hold a ballad session on Saturday 7th July from 9.30pm. This ballad session is with Lunasa and their singers Mick, Margaret and Michelle. (Free admission)

Why not come along and enjoy a song, drink and chat with your friends for a great night out.

Weekend Round-up: Final races before Nationals!

The historic GV Ryan event, hosted by Crusaders witnessed a series of IMC races in Irishtown last night. Despite the inclement weather Clonliffe athletes showed up in force and put the finishing touches to their preparations for next weekend’s National Championships.

Stuart Roche, running in to a headwind of -2.8, finished 6th in the 100m in a time of 11.71 secs. Larry Brady was 12th in his 1500m with a time of 4.18.22. Becky Woods was 2nd in her 1500m in a time of 4.42.57.

In the 800m races we had a big season best by Kristaps Valters when he finished 5th in 1.52.57. Lorna Begley continued her streak of setting personal best times when she crossed the line with a time of 2.18.92 for 9th place.

Mark McDonald won the B 800m in a time of 1.56.19, with Andriu Jenkinson in 5th 1.57.05

Out on the roads, Gary O’Hanlon, Brian MacMahon and David Fitzmaurice squared off in the Kilcock 5km on Friday night. Colin Costello was the winner while our boys finished in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th with times of 15.01, 15.09 and 15.28.

Not pleased to sit in for the rest of the weekend Gary and Brian showed up for the Irish Runner 5 mile on Saturday morning! Leading home over 4000 finishers, Gary took the victory in a time of 24.53. Brian was 2nd in 25.00. Michael MacDiarmada made a welcome return to racing when finishing 5th in a time of 26.15.

Other Clonliffe athletes competing under 30mins were: Christopher Muldoon (28.08), Ernie Ramsey (28.27), Darren Reilly (28.38), Tom Sherlock (29.28),  and Ailish Malone finishing 4th Women in 29.45.


Kenneally’s solid performance sees him finish 15th in Europe.

After missing out on the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona due to illness, Mark Kenneally finally took his place on the starting line in Helsinki last night. In weather conditions he’ll have experienced many times before, Mark was seldom out of the top half of the field.

Tracking the leaders throughout the first few km’s, Mark was slightly detached as they passed 5,000m in a little outside 14.20mins. Holding his position for the remainder of the race Mark finished a highly creditable 15th in a time of 29.10.55mins.

In his post race interview on RTE Mark expressed his satisfaction with the performance, stating that due to his Marathon specific training the sudden increase in pace was not possible to response to.


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