Archive for April, 2013

Morton Games News: Games to be televised

Latest from Morton Games. The organisers of the Morton Games are delighted to confirm that July 17th`s Morton Games will be recorded by Irish Sports Net and will be the subject of a one hour highlights show on Setanta TV to be broadcast on Friday July 19th.  Tickets for the Morton Games are expected to be available for purchase at a special discount rate shortly. Keep an eye on  for an announcement soon and for all the latest Morton Games news.

Gary 2nd Fitzie 3rd in Samsung Night Run

It was a battle of old -v- young in last night`s Samsung Night 10k on the streets of Dublin as Gary O`Hanlon and Dave Fitzmaurice went head to head. With MSB`s John Coghlan breaking away from the Clonliffe battle it was a well rested Gary O`Hanlon (he hasn`t raced in maybe 5 days?) who prevailed finishing 2nd in 30.59 with Fitzi 30 odd seconds in arrears 31.34.  The only other Clonliffe athletes in the race appear to have been Ger Prendergast (39.09) and Anthony O`Brien (41.03). A big thank you to the 35 Clonliffe members who turned out to steward the Clonliffe patch on the course, well done all.

Graham Mahon hits form for Clarke Crusaders (update)

Clonliffe`s Graham Mahon hit some good form over 800 for his US College Clarke yesterday. Having one of his best runs since heading to the States a couple of years ago at the Loras College Meet, Dubuque, Iowa Graham cracked sub 2 again running 1.57.77 to take 5th place.

Also Stateside on Saturday David Flynn ran 3.54.03 at the Arkansas Invitational taking 4th place.

Sergiu clocks up another win on roads

Clonliffe man Sergiu Ciobanu continued to burn up the roads around the country last night (Friday 26th April) with a win in the Sixmilebridge 10k in County Clare in a time of 30.54, to win by a near two minute margin. No reports of Gary being spotted yet!!

Muldoon top Clonliffe at RTE 5 Mile & Gregan at Penn

There were a hand full of Clonliffe athletes in this morning`s RTE 5 Mile, the latest BHAA round. First club man home was Chris Muldoon 10th in 26.36, 14th Anthony Malone 27.47, 23rd Conor Keane 28.13, 90th Bernie Byrne. Full results on (text 0879599888 with any Clonliffe: name, place, time).

Irish team Penn Relays

 Pictured: Record breakers, Robinson, O`Lionard, Gregan, English

Meanwhile the Distance Medley Relay has just concluded at the Penn Relays with the Irish team, featuring Brian Gregan in the 400 leg, placing 5th behind Ethiopia, Kenya, USA “Red” and USA “Blue”.

Alanah Cooley claims Leinster Schools finals spot (updated)

North Leinster Schools track and field and the scramble for qualification for the Leinster Schools finals continues in earnest. At  today`s 2nd day in the Morton Stadium Clonliffe star of the day was young Alanah Cooley. Alanah is more noted as a middle distance and cross country runner who on Wednesday ran her best race todate narrowly missing out on the Leinster finals when she finished 4th in the junior 1500m. Determined to qualify today she came down in distance to run the 200m. She surprised many, including herself in winning her heat and then had a stormer in the final to place second, win her first school`s medal and claim a precious berth on the start line for next month`s Leinsters.

Another athlete trying out a new event was 400m specialist Seanna Reilly who won the senior 400 on Wednesday, and today was 2nd in the senior long jump (5.13m), Seanna also played a big part in her school, Malahide Community, winning the 4 x 100 relay.  Fia Donnelly was 2nd in the senior girls 200m. Some of the distance boys took on the steeple chase: Ross Kearney finished a brave 4th in his first race over the barriers, after leading for 2/3rds distance he was caught by the chasing pack of 3 with 600 to go, Niall Norman place 7th. In the junior walk Greg Hosseny was 2nd to book his place in the finals.

Ryan Whelan was a class apart in the senior javelin winning with a best of 49.16. More updates to follow..

Eleven medals bagged by Clonliffe at North Leinster Schools T & F (updated)

In the Morton Stadium there were some pretty good performances from the club`s athletes for their schools in today`s North Leinster Schools Track and Field where some 11 medals were won. Seanna Reilly impressed in the senior girls 400 where she took a fine win in sub 60 (59.3). Also in the seniors training partners Ian Guiden and Aaron Hanlon ran away from the 5,000 field after a couple of pedestrian opening laps taking a lap each until Ian struck for home with three to go to win in 15.31 with Aaron 2nd. A fine win also for Adam O`Brien in the inter boy 3,000, his first run over the distance, running well within himself over the first half of the race and making his winning move with maybe 1,000 to go, Brian Flanagan placed 4th with Josh Stubbs impressing in 5th and not looking out of place at all in his first track race. Gold number four came from the always impressive Cathal Doyle in the U/16 mile as he clocked another pb, 4.40.82, a very good run also in this race from David O`Hanlon placing 3rd. The 5th and final gold came from young Ruth Bergin in the minor long jump with a best jump of 3.86m, squeezed in between her 500m heat and final.

Young Fintan McManus ran a clever race in the minor boys 800 biding his time until 200 to go when he moved effortlessly from 4th to 2nd to bag silver. Joey Hutchinson maybe went a little early and finished just shy of Leinster qualification in 4th. A pb also for Paddy O`Hanlon in the inter boys long jump of 5.50m good enough for silver.

In the minor girls 500 Ruth Bergin first negotated her way through her heat and then after a good race place 3rd in the final. 3rd also from Laura Tuite in the inter 1500 after a scare with 500 to go nearly sent her to the deck, an outdoor pb of 5.07.62.

Other impressive runs today came from Kate Hession in the inter 300, an especially fine run in the heat put Kate into the final where she finished strongest gaining over the final 150 to go from 7th to 4th in 47.89. The 800 junior boys also endured heats with both Shane Merrigan and Dara O`Boyle progressing to the final where Shane was unlucky to place just out of the medals in 4th, but with a pb of 2.15 in his pocket, and Dara 6th. Inter 800 saw Niall Norman have a solid run in 11th with Alex Gibbons 14th. There was a fine competitive run in the junior girls 1500m from Alanah Cooley having maybe her best track race todate placing 4th, Aimee McGrath was a further 5 places behind.

Ross Kearney double up in the inter boys, 5th in the 1500 (4.47.5) and 8th in the senior 800m where Liam Ashton placed 5th . In the junior 1500m Joseph Hession was 5th chased all the way by Kevin McKenna 6th. Mention also of good battling runs from Sean O`Leary in the minor 1,100, Anthony Downes, Anto McMahon and Alex Hogan. North day 2 on Friday.

Meanwhile at the West Leinsters Clonliffe athletes collected 6 medals: golds from Ryan Cleary in the senior boys race walk, gold also from Robert Keely in the inter 100 hurdles, Robert also took silver in the 400 hurdles, Eoin McCullough was 2nd in the senior 2,000sc , likewise Simon Galligan was 2nd in the senior hammer (57m) and Andrea Lidova was 2nd in the inter javelin with a best of 38m. Kevin Loftus had a good track debut in the junior 1500 where he was competitive and placed 9th in a big field.

Dublin Graded Meet no. 1 change of venue

Members please note that Wednesday next`s (May 1st) first Graded Meet of the season has changed venue from Irishtown to Tallaght. Please also note that the meet will commence at 6.45pm (not 7.00pm) with women`s 1500m. The timetable is:


18.45           1500M Women         AB

18.55            1500M Men               ABC

19.00            100m Women                     B

19.05             100m Women                     A

19.10           100m Men                            C

19.15           100m Men                            B

19.20           100m Men                            A

19.30             800m Women                     B

19.40             800m Women                     A

19.45              800m Men                            D

19.50              800m Men                            C

20.00              800m Men                            B

20.10             800m Men                            A

20.20             3000m Women                   A+B

20.40             3000m Men                         B+C

21.00              3000m Men                         A


19.30               Shot Putt Women/Men

19.30                Discus Women/Men

20.00              Javelin Women/Men

19.30               Triple Jump Women/men

Clonliffe Grand Prix athletes please also note change in programme: The Mile Track Races will now take place on Thursday May 2nd with the McDonald Cup, 4 Mile switching to May 9th. Both at 8.00pm in the Morton Stadium.

Sergiu and Gary do a one two in Inishowen (updated)

Another weekend another race. Gary O`Hanlon was of course at it once again on Sunday this time in the Inishowen Half Marathon where he had club mate and National Cross Country champion Sergiu Ciobanu for company. The result a Clonliffe one two: 1st Sergiu in 68.05, 2nd Gary 68.44.Sergiu and Gary Innisowen

(Sergiu wonders if his watch is slow while Gary wonders if he can catch a race on the way home!)

With a well placed piece of irony this report is now updated as it is learned that rather than look for a race on the way home from Innisowen in fact Gary was on home turf the day before travelling to Donegal running the Patsy Kelly 5K in Dundalk a race which he won in a new course record of 15.09!!

Declan Power places 3rd in K Club 10k

Results from Saturday`s BHAA 10k Road Race at the K Club, Straffan, County Kildare have only now been published. A quick scan through them reveals a fair number of Clonliffe athletes in the race. Top man was Declan Power in 3rd place (1st O/40) in a non to shabby 32.54. David Byrne, who has transfered to Clonliffe, but is not permitted to run for the club until May 1st, was 7th and 2nd O/40 some 59 seconds later 33.53. Other Clonliffe Eoin Murray 35.48, Conor Keane 36.01, Philip O`Doherty 36.49, Joseph Cooper 37.05, Emma Harding 43.09. (that`s as many as I could see!!) Full results on text your name and time to 0879599888 if you`d like it on this posting.


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