Archive for August, 2013

New women`s club track and field records set

Sara McCormack set a new club 5,000m record at Saturday`s BMC meet in Coventry of 15.45.61, bettering her existing club record by three seconds. Although Saturday`s race was a mixed race IAAF rules recognise performances in mixed events from 5,000m upwards. At the same meet Eoin Pierce finished 2nd in the A 1500 in 3.54.02, Eoin had ran 3.54 the previous week.

Speaking of the previous week in the disappointment of the league final the excellent performance of Denise Byrne in the women`s javelin was over looked. In placing 2nd Denise threw a new club record of 41.89 beating her existing club record.

Clonliffe athletes named in Irish World Mountain Running team

Athletics Ireland today, August 25th, announced the Irish teams for the World Mountain Running Championships in Poland on September 8th. As expected the men and women`s teams are lead by Clonliffe athletes. Brian MacMahon, after winning the trial leads the men and Sara McCormack the women`s team. Also named on the men`s team are Clonliffe athletes James Kevans, who is vastly experience on the mountains and marathon runner extraordinaire the one and only Gary O`Hanlon. The team management also includes a Clonliffe man Killian Lonergan.

Cragg the Beard wins Edmonton Half Marathon

Alistair Cragg gets back to winning ways! After a period of injury Alistair Cragg has been steadly training away back under the watchful eye once again of his former coach John McDonnell. A trip to Canada paid off nicely over the weekend as Cragg, looking very much like a Canadian lumberjack with a full beard, won the Edmonton Half Marathon today, August 25th,  in a comfortable 64.39, some three minutes clear of the field. Picture below comes from twitter@alistaircragg :

Alistair Cragg beard

Busy weekend on roads for Clonliffe athletes

The club`s athletes took to the roads in force throughout the country over the weekend with some great runs. Pride of place will have to go to the remarkable Gary O`Hanlon who today clocked up his 6th marathon of 2013 when placing 2nd in Longford in 2.31.51. In the Longford half marathon today Tudor Mircea was 3rd in 72.36 with Declan Power 4th (73.51). Darren Reilly now looks to be getting back into his pre injury shape as he continued his come back with a win today in the Ashbourne 10k in 33.03, making it a Clonliffe one two was Ernie Ramsey 2nd in 33.45.

At the Ballyhaise 5 Mile yesterday Louise Reilly ran a fine race recording a time of 33.53 in placing 1st woman but remarkably 9th overall. Finally the Frank Duffy 10 Mile in the Dublin Marathon Race series drew a large Clonliffe crew to Dublin`s Phoenix Park yesterday morning. First home in 8th place was Michael MacDiarmada 51.45, Chris Muldoon was 38th in 56.34, with Mark Bermingham 77th in 59.19. Other Clonliffe included: Tom Sherlock 61.27, Johnny Bradley 62.51, Pat Byrne 64.13, Hans De Raeymaeker 64.28, Fergie Keenan 64.40 and Paddy Tuite 65.14. Some fine performances also from the Clonliffe ladies including a couple of pb`s : Jacqui Dunphy  68.53 (pb), Alison O Sullivan 71.24 (pb), Kerri Page 74.47, Bronagh O Hara 75.24, Grainne O Brien 92.13

Club championship Thursday a great success

The ladies section celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ladies section of Clonliffe back in 1963 with the ladies club track championships in a misty Morton Stadium tonight. There were championships races held in the 200, 400, 800 and 1500 which resulted in Sophia Ellis being crowned the 2013 club 200m champion, Ciara McCallion the club 400 and junior athletes Sally Ahern the club 800 and Laura Tuite the 1500 champions.

There were very good turn outs in all four races for the time of year with athletes doubling up in some events. In the 200 and 400 as expected the races went on form with Ciara McCallion looking most impressive with a winning margin of ten seconds in the 400, and Sally Ahern and Laura Tuite in the middle distance races winning comfortably.



1. Sophia Ellis

2. Megan Coomber

3. Emma Kelly


1. Ciara McCallion 58.7

2. Sally Ahern 68.2

3. Alison O`Sullivan 75.8


1. Sally Ahern 2.46

2. Emma Dunne 2.49

3. Michelle Schmit 2.55


1. Laura Tuite 5.26

2. Jacqui Dunphy 5.41

3. Alison O`Sullivan 5.53

The August Series also continued after the ladies championships with the 5,000m. Another impressive turn out of some 27 athletes lead home by Sean Doran who lapped most of the field to take a fine win, next week is the final race in the series, the Mile at 8.00pm.

women club 800 (2)

club 800 (2)

Sally Ahern 800 (2)

Ciara McCallion (2)

Club 1500 (2)

Laura Tuite 1500 (2)

Sean Doran (2)

New Clonliffe gear: women`s techincal t shirts, hats, singlets

Clonliffe are pleased to now have in stock specially designed women`s technical t shirts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the women`s section of the club back in 1963. These t shirts are now available from Norenn Keane at a special price of €10. (Contact Noreen on 087 6846662)

womens t shirt

Racing singlets are also available at a price of €25.. Also club baseball hats Currently as a trial run item. If interested contact

Baseball Hat

Clonliffe ladies track c`ships 4 events

Ladies captian Pamela Cooper confirms that there will be four ladies club championship races on Thursday August 22nd with the addition of the 200m. Matters will get underway at 7.00pm with the 200m. Club championships will be held over 200, 400, 800 and 1500. Races are open to all junior and senior clonliffe athletes. Please note that a junior is either 16 years of age or will be 16 this year. Prize giving for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will take place that night in the club bar all are asked to remain for the prize giving.

Slattery Master of the sprints in Tullamore

Matt Slattery took a three medal haul from the sprints at the National Masters Track and Field Championships held in Tullamore on Saturday in the M6 Category. Matt took gold in the 200 in a time of 28.51, gold in the 400 in 64.75 and silver in the 100 13.5.

Mounir Bouzaine took double silver in the M1 Category finishing 2nd in the 800 in 2.02.00 and 2nd in the 1500 4.08.80. Double  silver also for big Joe Gibbons in the M5 high and long jumps. John Hartnett won bronze in the M1 100m in 12.15. Phillip O’Doherty in the M4 800 took silver in 2.17.07. Silver also for Pat Bonass (M7) in the 5000 in a time of 22.28.21.

League title slips away after five years

After five years dominating the National League premier division the title slipped away today in Tullamore as a considerably weakened men`s team were never in the hunt. Crusaders AC who pushed Clonliffe very close in last year`s exciting final never looked anything but champions from the off and in the end were worthy winners on 129 points, from Leevale AC 117 points and Clonliffe on 94. The women`s team at one stage looked like they may have medalled with some solid point scoring however failed to hold the advantage and finally placed 5th, well behind champions DSD.

With the men`s team decimated by injury and other unavailabilities it was always going to be an uphill task and in truth the team was only ever going to be chasing the minor places. There were two wins recorded World 400m semi finalist Brian Gregan in the 400 (47.56) and Dave Donegan in the pole vault (4.40), four second places: Mark Kenneally in the 1500 (3.58.14), and then from the club`s young athlets: Andrew Heney in the high jump (1.95), Ryan Whelan in the javelin (51.88) and Simon Galligan in the hammer (49.98) and third places from Keith Pike 100 (11.28), Ryan Cleary 3000 walk (14.36.59), and Marcin Klinzow in the shot (10.70) and discus (34.56).

In the relays there was a pretty disastrous 4 x 100 resulting in a dropped batton and then an experimental 4 x 400 team fairly struggled to make an impact. So at the end of the day the dreamed of six in a row was gone. Time to regroup and focus again for 2014.

The women`s team were an outside bet for a medal and performed very well all day, although there were no wins there second place finishes for Leah Moore in the 100 (12.21) and 200 (24.58), Eleanor Alexander in the 1500 (4.36.97) ,Denise Byrne javelin (41.89) and in the 4 x 100. Third places for both Ciara McCallion 400 (55.68) and Caoimhe Morris hammer (44.30). Although the team were disappointed with 5th place it was a step forward for the team in only their second year in the premier division.

And so the curtain comes down on the 2013 season. Roll on cross country!!

Also over the weekend Declan Power finished 2nd in the Howth Summit 10k Road Race on Saturday in 34.42.

Sergiu finishes 48th in World C`ship Marathon

Clonliffe`s Sergiu Ciobanu, competing for his native Moldova, has in the last few minutes completed the World Marathon Championship in finishing in 48th place. Sergiu clearly suffered in the Moscow heat, particularly over the second half of the race and finished well off his marathon best in a time of 2.34.17.


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