Archive for July, 2013

David Donegan clocks up 17th National title

Clonliffe`s ace pole vaulter David Donegan won his 17th National title at day 2 of the Woodies DIY National track and field held it to say the least difficult conditions. Torrential down pours were the order of the day throughout making it a trying day for all the athletes. David won with a best of 4.65 with Ian Rogers 4th with 4.30.

Tomas Rauktys made it a National double as he successfully retained his discus title with a throw of 53.70m adding it to the shot title he won yesterday claiming the 5th Clonliffe track and field title of the weekend.

Young Aaron Hanlon was third in the junior 3000 having made the running for most of the race before being out kicked over the final 300. In the 1500 Eoin Pierce found it difficult to repeat the pb form of yesterday and placed 12th in 3.57.18. In the women`s 1500 Eleanor Alexander was 5th in 4.33.83 with Becky Woods 7th in 4.37.54. Ryan Whelan also medaled placing 3rd in the javelin (48.88, Ryan Cleary 5th in the 10,000 race walk with 50.26.39. Ciara McCallion placed 6th in the 400 in a season`s best of 55.50, Leah Moore after winning 200 bronze yesterday  was 6th in the 100 (12.19) and junior international 4 x 100 team member Keith Pike was 10th in the 100 in 11.27.

So in all a pretty successful Nationals for Clonliffe athletes: 5 national titles and 6 other medals. Next up is the National league final on August 18th.


National titles for Rauktys, Kenneally and Phelan on day 1

Day 1 of the Woodies DIY National track and field yielded three national titles for Clonliffe athletes and medals in four other events. First title of the day came from Tomas Rauktys in the shot put. While Tomas has been in fine form of late, the shot may not have been his favoured event, however, with a best of 17.03 he turned the table on defending champion Sean Breathnach (GCH) to reverse last year`s result. Also in the field events Simon Phelan was joint first in the high jump with St. Abbans Barry Pender with a best of 2.05m. Andrew Heney was just out of the medals after a 2.00 clearance in 4th place.

Tomas Rauktys nationals 2013

On the track Mark Kenneally ran the field ragged in the 10,000 leading from the off Mark began tightening the screw after 4/5 laps, opening a lead on Joe Sweeney and Eddie McGinley that grew and grew as proceedings wore on, at the finish Mark had lapped the entire field up to and including Sweeney in 3rd place, to win in a time of 29.21.69. An excellent run on the track also from Gary O’Hanlon (30.44.91) finishing 4th and only two seconds off bronze as he hacked into Sweeney`s lead over him reducing the gap from 100m plus at one stage to touching distance at the line.

In the javelin Denise Byrne won national silver with a best of 41.63, only 8cms off her club record. Leah Moore had a great run in the 200m finishing 3rd to claim national bronze (24.32), Sophia Ellis was 7th in 24.92. Also in the 200s, Brian Gregan, the national indoor champion was 3rd in 21.34. There were three Clonliffe men in the final: national u/23 champion Paul Whelan 7th in 22.14 and Patrick O`Connor 8th in 22.46. Bronze also for the men`s 4 x 100 relay squad (45.45)

Other Clonliffe today Caoimhe Morris 11th in the hammer (37.71) and then 8th in the discus (31.43), Nadine Lattimore 11th in the discus (18.69), Lorna Begley 6th in her 800 heat (2.20.40), Kris Valters 3rd in his 800 heat in 1.55.20 with Mark McDonald 6th in his in 1.55.53, neither progressing to tomorrow`s final. Eoin Pierce, however, did qualify for the 1500 final after a gutsy run in the final heat, the fastest, Eoin running a very positive race and was rewarded with a time of 3.53.53 and a place in tomorrow`s final. Edgar Sumskis with a time of 3.59.38, however, didn`t progress.

Clonliffe`s Dimitrijs Serjogins wins national title

Dimitrijs Serjogins, now back home in Latvia, has won the Latvian National 5000 this weekend in 14.51. Congratulations from all his club mates in Santry.

Another club record for Tomas Rauktys (updated)

After his win in last week`s Morton Games discus competition Tomas Rauktys warmed up for the nationals with a Clonliffe club record in tonight`s Dublin Graded meet in Tallaght. Tomas breaking his pevious record with a 57.77 m throw bettering his two month old club record by over two meters. Tomas made it a throws double in winning the shot putt with 16.36m. Young Aaron Hanlon put in a break through performance in the 1500 finishing second and taking some three seconds off his pb in running an excellent 3.54.8. Tom Sherlock recorded a time of 4.24.31 and George Maybury 5.13.36. Sinead Hartnett was 3rd in the women`s B 1500 in 5.06.26.

In the sprints Stuart Roche was 4th in the A race (11.89), Gary Scott 4th in the B race in 12.22, John Hartnett was 1st in the C1 race in 12.41. Finally Frances Mansfield was in action once again recording best throws of 15.35 in the discus and 4.63 in the shot.


Up coming club races and “August Series”

August will be a busy month on the club scene in the Morton Stadium. On August 1st the next round of the Grand Prix Series, the 5,000m, incorporating the club championship takes place at 8.00pm. Then for the following Thursday evenings the “August Series” takes place as follows:

August 8th: 1500m

August 15th: 800m

August 22nd: 5,000

August 29th: Mile

All races at 8.00pm, enter on the night, open to all club members, guests also welcome. Please also note that to facilitate the organisers of the John Tarrant 40 Mile relay run in the Stadium on Tuesday August 20th there will be no Clonliffe training that night.

TRX Classes with Fergie Keenan

TRX classes with Fergie Keenan will start this Friday July 26th in the Clonliffe gym. The classes run from 7pm to 8pm every Friday and cost €10 per class or €40 for 5 weeks. Anyone interested should contact Fergie direct on 0879706848.

2013 Morton Games round up

The Morton Games web site has full results and photographs from last Wednesday on line, you can also view Flotrack Ireland videos on line. Highlights are being shown on Setanta Ireland tonight at 9.30pm. A DVD will be available from Sports Net this week, contact or see . A big thank you to all our members who helped out with the event. Finally if any club member has any feedback on the event, particularly some ideas on how to encourage Athletics fans to come to the event please send an e mail to

Scullion wins Clonliffe battle in Fingal 10k plus more

The latest race in the Dublin Marathon Race series The Fingal 10k took place in Swords this morning. The race was dominated by Clonliffe athletes with four athletes in the top 10. In the battle for the win Stephen Scullion came out on top winning in an impressive 30.14. 4th was Gary O`Hanlon 31.17, 5th defending champion Michael MacDiarmada 31.29, 6th Colm Rooney, who of course was 2nd in the Irish Runner 5, Colm recording a time of 31.45. In 11th place was Declan Power (32.39), 23rd Chris Muldoon 33.57, 27th Davy Byrne (34.22), 45th Ciaran McCarthy (35.31), 47th Mark Bermingham (35.42), 49th Anthony Malone (35.52). Others: Mo McCrohan 38.11, Pat Byrne (39.21), Colm McDonnell 39.40, Anthony O`Brien 39.44, back from South Africa Hans de Raeymaeker (39.53), Marie Byrne 40.12, Ronan McDermott 40.13, Mark Dowling 41.50, Kerri Page 41.54, Alison O`Sullivan 43.11, Sinead Duffy 46.33. Full results click:

Meanwhile at last night`s (July 20th) Greystones 10k Johnny Bradley was 3rd in 38.01

Also on the roads over the weekend Sergiu Ciobanu won the City Fit Race series 10k race in Cork in 30.46.

Clonliffe athletes take 2 gold & 2 bronze at national juveniles

At the final day of the National Juvenile championships held in very warm conditions in Tullamore today Clonliffe athletes won a total of 4 medals. In the U/18 long jump Megan Coomber took gold with a best jump of 5.28m. Gold also for the club`s top race walker Ryan Cleary who won the U/19 race, while up and coming race walker Greg Hosseny won his first national medal, bronze in the U/16 3000 event. Bronze also for Laura Tuite in the U/17 1500 (4.59.75) making it a national  bronze 1500 indoor and outdoor double. Other Clonliffe at natiuonals: Hannah McLoughlin 5th in the U/19 javeline 24.55m, 6th Darren Redmond in the U/15 200 (25.20), and 7th Seanna Reilly U/18 200 (27.09).


Brian Hill wins club 1500 championship

The 1500m club championships also incorporating the ninth race in the 2013 Grand Prix series took place tonight in excellent conditions.
The club champion is Brian Hill, who in a few weeks time heads back home to the States after a year with Clonliffe. Brian in his first race for a long time after injury covered the distance in 4.12 with Adam O’Brien second in 4.14 and Cathal Doyle third in 4.18. There were three 1500m races in the Grand Prix series and the results are below. The winner was Bernie Byrne with Rachel Wisdom second and Pat Devitt in third place. Congratulations to all the winners. 
The presentation took place in the club bar afterwards with some welcome teas,coffees and the usual spread of biscuits and cake. Thanks to Caroline Tuite for the catering. Thanks also to all the officials on the night.
The results of the 800m from 4th July are below also. An up to date leaderboard will follow in the next week or so.

Club Championship 1500m

Brian Hill


Adam o’Brien


Cathal Doyle


Joshua Stubbs


Sean Carrick


Grand Prix 1500m

Bernie Byrne


Rachel Wisdom


Pat Devitt


Claire Byrne


Emma Dunne


Terry Mee


Tom Monks


Jim Keogh


Clodagh Moriarty


Richie Barr


Trevor Wisdom


Deirdre Fitzsimons


Michelle Schmitt


Philip Matthews


Aimee Ahern


Shane Casey


Dermot Kelly


Sinead Smith


Colm Breen


Richard Connolly


Colm Doran


John Langan


Ashling Andrews


Paddy Devitt


Clive Ahern


Amanda McMenamy


Ciara O’Regan


Paul Courtney


Finn McMahon


Dan Craig


Colm Breen


David Tuite


Giles Aherne


Ben Guiden


Aidan McCullough


Lisa Biniosak


Aoife Scully


Patricia McGrath


800m 4th July

Thomas Sherlock


Dermot Kelly


Philip O’Doherty


Raymond Dunne


Clive Ahern


Mark Gilvarry


Shane Casey


Desie Shorten


Kevin Dowling


Fergal O’Shea


Colm Breen


Bernie Byrne


Bernadette Kiernan


Paddy Devitt


Robert Beckett


Rachel Dowling (guest)


George Maybury


Emma Kelly


Noel Daly


Jim Keogh


Emma Dunne


Ashling Andrews


Caoimhe Cruise


Niamh Kiely


Clodagh Moriarty


Terry Mee


Deirdre Fitzsimons


Aimee Ahern


Pat Devitt


Michelle Schmitt


Sinead Smith


Richard Connolly


Amanda McMenamy


John Langan


Mary Purdue-Smyth


K Shannon


Yvonne McDonagh


Shay Byrne



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