Archive for June, 2013

Good runs by Clonliffe athletes at BMC Watford Grand Prix

The BMC Grand Prix in Watford on Sunday evening, June 30th,  attracted some top class athletes including a number of Clonliffe members. There were a couple of season`s best performances from the club`s athletes. Eleanor Alexander had an sb in the 1500 finishing 8th in race B in 4.30.14. Becky Woods was 4th in race C in 4.31.38. In the 800 Mark McDonald also ran a season`s best of 1.54.95 and Mark Kenneally continues to race himself back to fitness placing 7th in the 5,000 race A in 14.14.94.

Clonliffe sprinters provide sparkle at National Junior and U/23`s

The National junior and U/23 Championships took place in very changeable conditions in Tullamore today. Weather conditions ranged from sunshine to downpours but the constant was blustering wind. The club`s sprinters provided plenty of sparkle with pride of place going to Paul Whelan who was crowned U/23 National 100 Champion in 10.82. Keith Pike was 2nd in the junior 100 in 10.93. To put the icing on the cake the sprinters won the U/23 4 x 100 relay with a team of Paul Whelan, Stuart Roche, Isreal Ibanu and Daniel Doran. Spohia Ellis ran a new pb of 25.01 in taking silver in the U/23 200. Other sprints: U/23 100 4th Isreal Ibanu (11.15), 6th Daniel Doran (11.63), 200m 5th Paul Whelan (22.11). In the junior hammer the club`s athletes filled two medal positions: Manuel Calve-Curry 2nd (53.16) and Simon Galligan 3rd (53.03).  Back on the track Aaron Hanlon finished in that unlucky 4th position in the junior 1500 having been out kicked after a slow race. Roisin Leahy ran well in her 1500 finishing in 4.57.61 for 5th place. Seanna Reilly was 5th in the junior 400 (60.14).

Ryan Cleary gives the inside track on Race Walking

Thanks to Ryan Cleary race reports on his two recent internationals: June 16th 2013 saw the Annual Small Nations Match between Ireland, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark and this year’s hosts Holland. The small Irish contingent consisted of 2 Junior Women, myself as the only Junior man and 2 Seniors. We arrived on Saturday the 15th in Eindhoven and took a short train trip to Breda: the race venue. The Men’s 20km race was the first to start and an hour later the Juniors were sent off together for a 10km race. We raced an 800m lap in “Park Valkenberg” near the town centre.

I immediately moved to the front and began building a lead. Feeling strong, I continued working well through the first half. As anyone who has raced any long distance will tell you there is always a rough patch. Mine began around half way and the cushion I had built up was being chewed up by the enlish athlete in 2nd. Eventually he began to build a lead of his own and as we came to the last lap he held about 10-20 metres. This cued a sprint over the next 800 metres to go for first. I had found a second wind and with 500 to go I had not only caught the leader, but made a move for home and opened up a large gap.

Kicking so hard for home from so far out took its toll and as I came onto the final straight I began to tie up. In walking, an athlete can be disqualified on the final lap of any distance by the chief judge for appearing to break constant contact with the ground or not straightening the knee. As I neared the finish line I was focused on maintaining technique at high speed after 9,800m, which is a very difficult task. Thankfully I managed to hold first and won by 5 seconds in 48:51. I later discovered that Ireland won the team event by 1 point from the English team after wins from myself and Olympian Colin Griffin in the seniors and high placings from all of our other athletes.

After a long evening nap we were presented with our team and individual awards before spending the evening in Breda and returning home the following day.

Saturday the 29th saw top class international athletics return to Ireland. This time was for the Dublin Grand Prix of Racewalking in St Anne’s Park in Raheny which featured top class athletes like Erick Barrondo, the Silver Medallist from the London Olympics. I was taking part in the 10km race for juniors, just 2 weeks after competing in Holland. From 9:30am the athletes doing the 50km race were going. During this 4 hour race, all other races were sent onto the 2km lap. The Juveniles were the first to go as they competed in 1, 3 and 5km events before the Junior 10km and Senior Men’s 20km races were released together. I found myself being pulled along by the seniors as I went through the first lap at a pace that would have led to a big PB.

I realised that the pace was high after that 9:10 2km, so gradually tried to relax and settle down. A few strains began to take their toll on me as I became stranded in the middle of the field. I worked my way to one of the 50k athletes from Guatemala and began to push myself. The tough conditions took its toll on all the athletes, many of whom were chasing standards for various international competitions.

I had pushed through a rough patch after a fast start and began to see the light at the end of the tunnel when I took the bell at 8k. I began pushing from this point and, at the turn, I could see the finish line and the arch 1km down the line. This last kilometre was slightly downhill with a bit of a tailwind so it was perfect for a strong finish.  I used this to my advantage and had a strong finish to complete the race in 50:27. Although a bit off my best it was a strong performance considering the short turnaround time from the Small Nations in Holland.

Gary takes another Marathon plus Irish Runner 5 and more

That man Gary O`Hanlon was up to his old tricks again getting in yet another marathon, his 5th (?) of the year and clock up his 4th marathon win of the year in this morning`s Waterford Viking Marathon in a time of 2.28.05, a winning margin of some 8 minutes.

Colm Rooney 5 Mile

(Colm Rooney , 2nd in Irish Runner 5)

Also this morning at the Irish Runner 5 Mile in the Phoenix Park, Colm Rooney continues to make great progress as he finished 2nd behing Dunshaughlin`s Robbie Matthews in a shade over 25 minutes (25.08), other Clonliffe athletes in the race included 9th Declan Power 26.10,  19th Davy Byrne 27.11, Chris Muldoon 21st in 27.19,  Mark Bermingham (not on results but was spotted running and finishing),  27th Ciaran McCarthy 27.39, Tom Sherlock 35th in 28.13, Kieran Murphy 29.50, Richard Mannion 32.39, Kerri Page 33.12 (pb),  Alison O`Sullivan 34.16, Bronagh Ni Bhriain 35.16, Pat Devitt 35.39, Trevor Wisdom 35.37, Andrew Eustace 36.25, Chris Troy 38.05 (full results

Young Cathal Doyle was in action for Leinster today in the Aviva Tailteann Games in Tullamore where he finished a little disappointed in 8th place after a fast race in 4.17.92, a new pb. In the long jump Megan coomber finished 4th in a tight competition with a best of 5.50m.

In the Dublin International Race Walking Grand Prix held in St. Anne`s Park, Raheny, ace race walker Ryan Cleary had yet another outstanding international race finishing 3rd in the 10k 50.27. Ryan`s own review of today and his recent Dutch international will be posted soon.

Tudor Moldovan made a trip up North for the Enniskillen 10k also today (Saturday 29th) where he finished 2nd recording a time of 32.55.

Overseas Leah Moore was in Nivelles, Belgium tonight where she recorded times for the 100 in wet conditions of 12.12 and 12.03. Ciara McCallion was 4th in the B 400 in 57.17.

Great night`s club racing in prospect on Independence Day

Next Thursday July 4th brings a great nights club racing to the Morton Stadium with the Ladies 50th anniversary special – the 600 yard race, the club 100m championship, club 800m championship and the next round of the ever popular Clonliffe Grand Prix Series again 800m races.

The timetable for the night is as follows:

7.30 p.m. – Clonliffe Women’s 50th Anniversary 600 yd

7.45 p.m. – Clonliffe 100m Club Championship

8.00 p.m. – Clonliffe 800m Club Championship

Followed by- The Grand Prix Series 800m Races


Another top class run from Brian Gregan

In tonight`s televised Golden Spike Meet from Ostrava, Czech Republic Brian Gregan was 4th in a world class field in 45.55, just a fraction off his pb in a race won by Kirani James (44.49) To view youTube video click:

Clonliffe at Graded/Dublin Championships

Results from last night`s Dublin Graded Meet no. 5/ Dublin Championships in Tallaght starting off with the 1500: in the championship race Dave Fitzmaurice was 5th in 4.00.06, 11th Mounir Bouzine 4.06.61. Then in the graded C Tom Sherlock was 5th (4.28.25). Grade D featured youth and experience: 4th Ross Kearney in 4.37.70, 5th Brian Flanagan 4.46.03, 9th Paul Courtney (4.54.17) and 12th George Maybury 5.22.67. In the women`s 1500 Grade B race 1 Sally Ahern 5th (5.04.91) Hope Saunders 6th (5.07.39) and in race 2 2nd Roisin Leahy (5.02.56), 3rd Sinead Hartnett (5.05.79). In the sprints Stuart Roche was 5th in the 200 Championship 23.50, while in the women`s Seanna Reilly was 6th (26.7) and in grade B race 2 Kate Hession was 3rd (29.45)

Clonliffe Ladies Oaks Day 600 yards July 4th

Clonliffe ladies will celebrate 50 years on Thursday of next week July 4th with a 600 yard race on the track. All past and present members are invited to take part. Please register before Tuesday the 2nd by text to Noreen Keane 0876846662

50 Years

Morton Games: 3000 to produce fireworks!!

The Morton Games are delighted to announce that Andy Vernon (GBR) will make his Morton Games debut on July 17th. Vernon’s career highlights include gold in the World University Games in China in 2011 over 5000 metres. He is also an athlete who has enjoyed considerable success on the country and has finished in the top 40 in the world cross country every year between 2008 and 2011 with a 3000 PB of 7.55.41, 5000 of 13.23.2 and 10,000 of 27.53.65.

Also confirmed Australian 5000 metre champion Cameron Page.  Page was recently crowned the Australian 5000 metre champion after a thrilling race with Ben St. Lawrence in a Meet record, and a PB, of 13.29.45.  Page has a 1500 PB of 3.38.27 set only a week or so back. His 5 year old 3000 pb of 8.05.47 will be smashed in the Morton Stadium  as he will certainly challenge for the win in the 3000 called in honour of his fellow Aussie Albie Thomas.

With a number of top middle distance stars already confirmed for this particular race including Julian Matthews (NZD), Jean Pierre Weerts (BEL), Victor Corrales (ESP), Alastair Hay (GBR) and Vernon (GBR) with the Irish challenge coming from Rory Chesser (Ennis TC), Gary Thornton (GCH), Joe Sweeney (DSD) and Olympic Marathon man Mark Kenneally  (Clonliffe) this race could well be the race of the night.

Other big name athletes are expected to be added to this world class field over the course of the next week. Keep an eye on for updates. Tickets also available on line.

Scullion finishes 3rd in Mary Peters 3,000

Clonliffe`s Stephen Scullion placed 3rd in the international 3,000m this evening at the Mary Peters Invitational in Belfast in 8.13.46.

In other track news one of the heroes of the Irish team`s battling performance at last weekend`s European Team Championships Brian Gregan runs in a world class 400m on Thursday in The Golden Spike Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Brian will line up again the best one lappers in the world including: Pavel Maslak (CZE), Peter Matthews (JAM), James Kirani (GRN), Nigel Levines (GBR) and Michael Bingham (GBR).


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