Archive for July, 2014

National Juveniles: Gold, Silver and Bronze Days 3 & 4 updated

The GloHealth National Juvenile Track and Field Championships, Day 3, took place in Tullamore On Saturday and today. Megan Coomber claimed the National U/19 long jump title with a best jump of 5.46m. It was a great performance by Megan who got off to a great start in the competition with a fine jump which put her in pole position and thereafter she was never bettered. Megan will move on from the juvenile ranks now and looks to have a great future in the sport.

megan 2014

Silver was claimed by Michael Curley in the U/19 shot, and two bronze medals came in the 3000, the first in the U/18 boys from Cathal Doyle after a stunning last lap as he shattered his pb running 8.54.11, and then from Hope Saunders in the girls U/18 (10.33.97).

Michael Curley

Hope 3000

Cathal Doyle nationals 2014

Of the other Clonliffe athletes in action Laura Tuite placed 5th in the U/17 girls 800, 5th also after a great run 2.05.80 in the U/15 boys 800 by Craig Giles, Cian Bolger placed 10th in the U/14 800 (2.26.42). Joseph Hession had a busy day placing around 8th in the U/16 800 and 10th in the 3000. Sean Carrigg was 5th in the U/18 3000 with Kevin McKenna 8th. In the U/18 400 Dylan Gibbons was 6th in his heat 54.78. In the U/18 3000 injury forced Josh Stubbs out before half way and Niall Norman`s progress was hampered by illness in the U/19 3000.

Cathal and Hope

At the final day of the championships today Sunday there was a mixed bag for Clonliffe. Greg Hossenny secured U/17 3000 race walk silver in a time of 17.58.22 and Caitlin O`Reilly U/15 200 bronze in 26.46.

caitlin 200 (2)

Earlier Rebecca Fitzsimons ran 27.89 in her U/14 heat. In the 1500s Alannah Cooley in her first national outdoor final placed 7th in 5.02.16 in the girls U/17. 7th also for Laura Tuite in the U/18s in 4.59.49. Joseph Hession placed 10th in the boys U/16 1500 (4.33.02) with Alex Hogan 15th in 4.44.48. Cathal Doyle showed the effects of a long season placing 16th in the U/18 race (4.19.95)

That brings the juvenile season to a close save Hope Saunders looks forward to the Cetlic International in two weeks time in Morton Stadium. The young Clonliffe Harriers can now enjoy a well earned break with training for all resuming on August 26th.

Kenneally gets back racing with a win

Good to report that after a long period out through injury that Clonliffe London Olympian Mark Kenneally has gotten his first race in a long time under his belt. Mark was a comfortable winner of last night`s Donadea 5k in 15.15.

Bernie burns another National Master`s Record

Clonliffe`s Bernie Byrne continued her record breaking track season at last night`s Dublin graded Meet in the Morton Stadium. A few weeks ago Bernie set a new O/50 National 1500m mark in Tallaght. At last night`s meet in blisteringly hot conditions she came down in distance to the 800 with the same outcome: a new Irish master`s O/50 record of 2.25.98.

Also competing last night were Kris Valter who won the 800 A race in 1.53.00, Andriu Jenkinson was 4th (1.56.16). Tom Sherlock ran 2.06.92, Liam Roarty 2.08.79, Ross Kearney 2.09, Paul Courtney 2.16.15 and eric McGovern 2.27.23.In the 5000 Edgars Sumskis after his pb performance in Sunday`s National 1500 finished 2nd in a fast 14.55.95. Eimer O`Brien was 2nd in the 3000 in 9.57.38 with Louise Reilly 6th (10.08.03)

The sprinters were also in action Chris Russell ran 11.11 for 3rd in the 100A, Stuart Roche was 5th (11.36) and Paul Whelan 6th in same time. Pierce Friel was 2nd in the 100B in 11.54.

In the field events National Champion Ian Rogers won the Pole Vault with dave Donegan 3rd. Simon Galligan was 3rd in the hammer 60.01, Michael Curley 2nd in the shot (10.08). 2nd in the women`s hammer with 44.38 was Caoimhe Morris and Frances Mansfield threw 17.64.


Sean Doran places third in Raheny Series

At tonight`s Lord Mayor of Raheny Series 2 mile race Clonliffe Harrier Sean Doran placed 3rd in 10.48. Joseph Cooper ran 13.06 in the same race.

Sara McCormack win Snowdon Mountain International

Clonliffe`s National Cross Country Champion Sara McCormack was back in the mountains over the weekend. Sara won the prestigious Snowdon International in Wales in 55.20. Due to very bad weather the event was shortened to about 75% distance. Also competing on Snowdon was James Kevans who finished first Irishman in 8th place (48.52)

Clonliffe athletes selected for European Championships

Athletics Ireland at lunchtime today announced the Irish team for the European Championships in Zurich. From a Clonliffe persepective there is the great news of the selection of three of the club`s athletes. Declan Murray, 2nd in yesterday`s Nationals,  is selected in the 800 for his first Irish vest. National champion and a man who has competed at several major championships at this stage Brian Gregan is selected in both the 400 and the 4×400 relay. Finally marathon runner Barbara Sanchez in the European Marathon Cup, run in conjuction with these championships. Click on: for full team details.

Congratulations to our three athletes.

Ailish Malone records 10k PB in Fingal

There was a substantial number of Clonliffe Harriers competing on the roads around Swords, North County Dublin yesterday at the Fingal 10k, the latest race in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Race Series. Ailish Malone had a great run to finish 2nd woman and 38th overall in an excellent pb of 35.51. The club`s top finisher was Ciaran McCarthy 12th in 34.05 next in was Dave Brady 17th in 34.39.

Other Clonliffe times: Hans De Raeymaeker 38.14, Pat Byrne 39.16, Brendan Donnelly 39.28, Richard Mannion 40.08, Alex Eustace 40.38, Denis Collins 41.07, Trevor wisdom 41.11, Colm McDonnell 41.12, Jacqui Dunphy 41.45, David Freeman 45.20, Keri Page 46.00, Richard Connolly 46.41 (1st o/65), Laura Kernan 48.32, Ciara Miley 51.07, Chris Troy 51.42. (omissions text name and time to 0879599888)

Finally the Race Director Gerry Carr has conveyed the Races Series` thanks to all Clonliffe members who attended in Swords to assist with the running of the race.

National titles for Ian Rogers and Brian Gregan

The Glohealth National Track and field concluded in the Morton Stadium today. Like yesterday there were some fine Clonliffe performances. National titles were won by both Ian Rogers and Brian Gregan. It was a first outdoor senior title for Rogers with a best of 4.70, defending champion Dave Donegan was 3rd (4.60). Gregan was the class of the field in the 400 winning in 46.56, Dara Kervick placing 5th in 48.00.

Ian Rogers national PV (2) Declan nationals (2)

Declan Murray 800 (2)

Declan Murray, who has the 800B standard put it up to favourite Mark English pushing the pace along hard and placed second to win his first national medal in 1.50.25.

Jayme nationals 2014

Jayme Rossister put in a battling performance in the 3000sc as bronze was just wrestled from in by a slip at the final jump, Jayme 4th in 9.04.46, missing out by less than half a second.

Ciara McCallion nationals

Another 4th place finisher was Ciara McCallion in the 400 (55.21). Another Clonliffe harrier occupying that 4th position was Brandon Hargreaves in the 5000. Likewise Cathal Doyle was 4th in the junior 3000 but ran a big pb of 9.05.63. PBs also in this race for Josh Stubbs 5th (9.08.01), and Sean Carrigg 7th (9.14.34). An unwell Niall Norman was 10th in 10.20.02.

1500 nationals (2)

Edgars Sumskis ran a fine 1500 PB of 3.52.7 placing 9th, Becky Woods also ran well taking some big names as she placed 6th in the 1500 final (4.25.45), Eleanor Alexander was 11th (4.35.57)

Becky 2014

After yesterday`s 4x 100 club record gold the sprinters had one of those bad days at the office with a host of DQs. In the final Isreal Ibeanu was 6th in 11.10 with Patrick O`Connor 7th in an identical time. Leah Moore placed 6th in the womens 100 (11.95). Finally in the field events Simon Galligan was 5th in the hammer 50.70 and Ryan Whelan 7th in the javelin 51.37.

4 x 100 men win Nationals and set new club record

Superb performances at the first day of the GloHealth National Track and Field Championships in Morton Stadium yesterday. Pride of place goes to the 4 x 100m relay team of Keith Pike, Isreal Ibeanu, Stuart Roche and Ciaran Donoghue who won the National title in the last event of the day and in the process beat the 1987 Clonliffe club record to set a new mark of 41.48. You tube video:

4 x 100 record

(pictured) Ciaran Donoghue, Isreal Ibeanu, Stuart Roche, Keith Pike

A National title also for high jumper Liam Zamel-Paez who joined Clonliffe at the tail end of last year and has been training away in Santry for the past two months. Liam now getting over an injury set back cleared 2.16 to comfortable win his first Irish Championship, he has in the past previously won the Australian Championship. A fine performace also by young Andrew Heney matching his PB of 2.05m to win bronze.

Liam Zamel Paez Clonliffe

(pictured) National high Jump Champion:  Liam Zamel-Paez

In other finals on Day 1, Sergiu Ciobanu was 4th in the 10,000 (30.21.20), Tudor Micrea was 9th (31.51.24) and Michael McDiarmada 11th ( 31.54.53). 4th place also for Denise Byrne in the javelin with a best of 39.75. That unluckly 4th place position was also filled by Leah Moore in the 200, having qualified for the final with a 24.37 Leah went faster in the final 24.26 , Snezana Bechtina was 8th in that final 26.87 following a 26.07 qualifying time in her heat. In the hammer Caoimhe Morris threw 42.96 to place 5th.

In the middle distance events the races on the day where heats for `today`s finals. Declan Murray recorded the fastest 800 of the day in winning his heat in 1.52.48 and will line up today as a strong medal prospect. Mark Mc Donald was 5th in that heat in 1.54.88 while Andreu Jenkinson was also 5th in his heat in 1.55.23, neither however progressed.

A good run by Edgars Sumskis in the 1500 saw his 3.55.34 for 5th place take him safely into the 1500 show down today in what will be the race of these championships this afternoon.

Both Becky Woods (4.29.47) and Eleanaor Alexander (4.34.40) also successfully came through to today`s womens 1500 final.

Both of the club`s 400m men made today`s final, Brian Gregan who hit the European QT during the week was 1st in his race 47.25 and Dara Kervick did likewise in his (47.71). Ciara McCallion matched that feat as she won her 400 in 56.57.

See for today`s timetable.

2014 Morton Games photos now posted

There are some fine photographs now posted of last Friday`s fantastic Morton Games. These photos are by Eamonn Symth and Colm McDonnell. They can be accessed on the event web site along with full results. To view photos click: . Once again Clonliffe would like to thank all involved in the hosting of the Morton Games. It was a wonderful night thanks to the input of all the great people at our club who give freely and willingly of there time. Thank you all!


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