Archive for February, 2015

Strong teams heading North for National Cross Country

One of the highlights of the club season is the National Inter Club Cross Country. Sunday`s GloHealth National Inter Club Cross Country takes place in Kilbroney Park, Co. Down. There are strong Clonliffe teams entered in all four races.

Senior men: Sergiu Ciobanu, Michael MacDiarmada, Mark Kenneally, Dave Flynn, Jayme Rossister, Ian Guiden, James Kevans, Tudor Mircea, Declan Power and Thomas Sherlock.

Senior Women: Sara McCormack, Eimer O`Brien, Ailish Malone, Maura Matthews, Barbara Sanchez.

Junior Men: Cathal Doyle, Brian Flanagan, Adam O`Brien, Sean Carrig, Joseph Hession, Kevin McKenna, Niall Norman, Alex Gibbons.

Junior women: Laura Tuite, Alannah Cooley, Hope Saunders, Sophie Higgins, Lizzie Murray.

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Best of luck to all our athletes on Sunday. I`m sure they would appreciate support on the day. Nil desperandum.


1.00pm Junior women 4,000m

1.30pm Junior Men       6,000m

2.00pm Senior women  8,000m

2.45pm Senior men        12,000m

Juvenile Spring Series set for return on March 8th

The Juvenile Spring Series which features athletes from Clonliffe Harriers, Skerries A.C., Lusk A.C., Portmarknock A.C. and Celtic DCH returns on Sunday, March 8th.

The first round will be hosted by Clonliffe Harriers in the Morton Stadium and will be track races for the young athletes. To allow time for warm up etc. the first race will be at 11.15 a.m.

There will be separate races for boys and girls over the following distances:

U/9 500m

U/11 600m

U/13 800m

U/15 1000m

U/17 1500m

Round 2 is the now world famous Skerries beach race. Please note that there will be a 12 noon start, to allow sufficient time for the tide to go out and thus avoid the risk of drowning! The Skerries beach race will take place on Sunday March 29th hosted by Skerries A.C.

The final round in the Spring Series will be hosted by Portmarknock A.C. on Sunday April 26th.


Another Harrier gets the call up for European Indoors

Another Clonliffe man has been called into European Indoors action. Kristaps Valters will compete for Latvia in Prague making him the 4th Clonliffe athlete in this year`s European Indoor Championships. Kris has been called as a result of his 1.52 recorded in the Latvian Nationals over the weekend and will line up in the 800 along side fellow Clonliffe man Declan Murray. Also selected for Ireland are Dara Kervick in the 400 and 4 x 400 relay and Timmy Crowe also in the relay. The 33rd European Indoors get underway on Friday week March 6th.

Euro Indoors: Clonliffe Trio Prague bound

Athletics Ireland today announced the Irish team to compete in the European Indoor Championships in Prague between the 5th and 8th of March.

As expected Dara Kervick, who made a big breakthrough in Athlone over the weekend in running 46.53 is selected for the 400 and is also selected as a member of the 4 x 400 team. Also selected on that 4 x 400 team is Dara’s training partner Timmy Crowe. The 4 x 400 squad includes not only Dara and Timmy but also Paul Murphy (Ferrybank A.C.) and Harry Purcell (Trim A.C.) all of whom are coached by Clonliffe sprints coach John Shields.

The third Clonliffe man selected is Declan Murray in the 800. Declan earned his second international cap having made his debut in the European outdoors in Zurich last summer.

Irish team euro indoors

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Notice to members: Trinity playing fields closed for season

Members please note that as of today Trinity Playing Fields on Santry Avenue are closed and must not under any circumstances be used by Clonliffe members. The college is carrying out works to be completed in June. The facities will be available once again for use in the Autumn.


Round up: Clonliffe win Meet & Train, plus more

On what was a great weekend on the Indoor track it`s great to report on the success of other sections of the club over the course of the weekend. The Clonliffe Meet & Train ladies continue to go from strength to strength and yesterday completed the final round at Cherryfield Park, Firhouse of the cross country league with the A team topping the Gold standard, while the B team were runner up in the Bronze standard. The finishers yesterday were: Louise caraher-2nd, “the Comeback Kid” Kate Purcell-10th,. Jen Carpentet-11th, Ashling Andrews-12th, Laura Kearnan-16th, Catherine Dempsey-24th, Emer Brennan 26th, Marie Ralph-50th,  Mandy-61st. Joanne mc Cabe 64th, Evelyn Brennan-65th and  Francis Logue-78th.

Meet & Train overall teams – (best 3 from 4 results): Gold – 1 Clonliffe Hrs A 176, 2 Fingallians A 200, 3 Dunboyne A 267,4 Trim 340. Silver – 1 Crusaders A 285, 2 Dunboyne B 371, 3 Lakeshore Striders 726, 4 Blackrock A 728. Bronze – 1 Fingallains B 729, 2 Clonliffe Hrs B 876, 3 Bros Pearse B 1021, 4 Sportsworld D 1053, 5 Lucan Hrs D 1151, 6 Fingallians C 1194.

Also over the weekend Liam Roarty ran for Sunderland Harriers in the English National Cross Country at Parliament Hill, London. From a starting field of almost 2,000 Liam place 475th and 3rd scorer for Sunderland as the Harriers placed 54th from 170 clubs!!

Meanwhile on the roads yesterday Rachel Wisdom was 2nd lady in the Wicklow Hospice 10k in Rathdrum in 39.50

Brilliant weekend for Clonliffe Track and Field in Athlone

A magnificent weekend for Clonliffe Harriers track and field team continued at the GloHealth National Indoor Championships at Athlone IT yesterday. Following on the back of his European qualifying time performance in the 400 heats on Saturday Dara Kervick was in scintillating form yesterday, Sunday. From the gun Kervick took on the pace driving from the front leaving a train of athletes chasing after him, his tactics paid dividends as at the bell he was well clear of the mayhem behind which resulted in clubmate Timmy Crowe ending up on the in field and out of the race. At the front Kervick was magnificent driving off the final bend to win his first national senior title and in the process take another chunk off his PB as he ran a top class 46.53. Post race the Clonliffe man said: “It felt so easy, I didn’t think I was going that fast”.

Kervick’s time places him 8th on the current European ranking list.

The club’s second national title secured on Sunday came courtesy of Keith Pike in the 60m. Keith won his heat in a time of 6.93 and then in the final upset all the odds to regain the national title which he won in 2013 in a very fast 6.86 which is a new Clonliffe club record.

In the 800 metres Declan Murray had to give way to DCU’s Mark English, Declan securing silver in a time of 1.51.53. A good run also in this race by Aindriu Jenkinson who finished 5th in a time of 1.56.19.

The third Clonliffe medal of the day came in the high jump courtesy of the very consistent Andrew Heney. For the third successive competition Andrew equalled his indoor PB, and Clonliffe club record, of 2.05m to take national indoor bronze in the high jump.

Also in action in the field events yesterday was Ausra Jerumbauskyte who finished just out of the medals in 4th position with a best of 11.13.

Also placing just out of the medals in that unlucky 4th position was Ciara McCallion who finished 4th in the 400 in a time of 56.51, Snezana Bechtina placed 5th in 57.12.

Christopher Sibanda also placed 4th in the 200 running a time of 22.58.

A couple of missed results from Saturday in the Men’s triple jump were Andri Mahin was 6th in 13.66 and Antonio Andujar was 9th with a best of 12.53.

Saturday of course also seen the first of the three national titles captured by the club’s two pole vaulters as both Ian Rogers and David Donegan tied for 1st position in a new Athlone IT stadium record of 4.80m. Ian Rogers retaining his national senior indoor title and David Donegan winning an unbelievable 10th National senior indoor title and his 18th national senior title overall.

In summary a magnificent weekend for the black and amber: three national titles, 1 silver, 1 bronze, 1 club record and of course the small matter of another European qualifier as Dara Kervick will join Prague bound Declan Murray.


Caitlin takes her 4th Dublin Juvenile Indoor Gold

Caitlin O’Reilly continued her excellent form over the past two weekends in securing yet another Dublin Juvenile indoor title. On Saturday she added the U/16 60m title to her 200, long jump and 4 x 200 won the previous weekend. Dublin gold was also won by Sally Sumola who won the U/12 60m.

There were also other excellent Clonliffe performances on the day, young Jonathan Fitzsimons won silver in the U/11 60m and likewise silver for Michael Colman in the U/12 60m. Rebecca Fitzsimmons added another medal to her collection as she took bronze in the Girls U/15 60m.

There were great performances over the course of Saturday including David Coleman and Adam Flynn in the U/10, both of whom made it through to their final and James McDonald who made the U/12 final. All of our U/12, 13 and 14 girls made it safely through their heats and qualified for their semis with some excellent performances and all can now look forward to the forthcoming outdoor track and field season with some degree of confidence.


Kervick pbs and grabs European spot!

Star of the show at today’s Glohealth National Indoors was Dara Kervick. In recent weeks Dara has pbed and been within a fraction of the European qualifying time we’ll today he hit it perfectly winning his heat, running a pb and running well under the European time recording a time of 46.80. Joining him on the start line in tomorrow s final will be club mate Timmy Crowe who won his heat in 48.39.                                                                                                                        There was double gold in the pole vault as Ian Rogers and Dave Donegan both set new stadium records of 4.80m and tied.                                                                                   There will be Clonliffe representation in the 800 final as Declan Murray won his heat in 1.53.95 and Andriu Jenkinson 3rd but qualifying with a fast 1.55.29. Unfortunately Mark Mcdonald was out of luck 2nd in 1.59.67. Good performances also by the sprinters as Christopher Sibanda won both his 60m (7.07) and 200m (22.31) to book his passage to both finals. Likewise Keith Pike won his 60 in 6.95.                                                                                                                                                       In the women’s 400 Ciara Mccallion was 2nd in 56.34 and Snezana Bechtina was also 2nd (57.89) both going into the final tomorrow. Emma Kelly was out of luck running 60.55.

Kenneally`s positive run in Armagh Road Race

Mark Kenneally ran 14.20 in tonight`s 5k Armagh International Road Race. It was a high quality race with Mark placing 19th. Post race he posted on twitter; “14.20 tonight in armagh,really positive step.was expecting somewhat slower than that so very satisfied.”


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