Archive for February, 2015

Club gear on Sale this Thursday

Clonliffe club gear for sale in the clubhouse on Thursday 5th February from  8.15pm until 9.00pm. Items available include singlets, jackets, hoodies and hats.


Wommen`s team for National Intermediate Cross

The National Intermediate and Masters Cross Country Championships take place on Sunday next in Tuam, Co. Galway. Pamela Cooper has confirmed the women`s team as follows: Maura Matthews, Louise Caraher, Aisling Andrews, Kerri Page, Marie Byrne, Rachel Wisdom, Joyce O`Hare and Sinead Hartnett. The Clonliffe ladies featured well in the Dublin intermediate last November in Tymon Park lead home by Rachel Wisdom when the team finished in silver behind DSD. With 3 of the scoring 4 in the team and with both Sinead Hartnett and Joyce O`Hare running on Sunday another strong performance from the team can be expected in Tuam.

The men`s team, decimated by withdrawals for various reasons, to be confirmed.

Also the Master men will put in a strong showing with athletes like Philip O`Doherty, Jeremy Chapman, Kieran Murphy and others to call upon. Teams to be posted here when to hand.

Round up: Including Gary and Tudor 2nd & 3rd in Trim

On the roads today the 10 Miler seems to be the Dish of the Day, first off in Trim the Bewleys 1840 Trim 10 where our man Gary O`Hanlon was 2nd in 51.17 with Tudor Mircea almost 2 minutes behind him in 3rd (53.05). Dave Brady was 20th (58.35) and Anthony O`Brien rac 69.55. Further south the John Treacy 10 Mile took place in Dungarvan where an off form Michael MacDiarmada was 13th in 54.45. Also in this one was Maurice McCrohan running 67.36.

Finally great to report that Jayme Rossister is back racing after a period of injury running for his UK University in yesterday`s versities cross country race in Brighton over 10,000m, a good start back for Jamye finishing in a very positive 8th place.

Kervick a fraction off European standard at Glohealth Open

Clonliffe`s Dara Kervick in his first outing of the season blasted around the banked track of Athlone IT to take an impressive win and whilst recording a PB of 47.26 was only 100ths away from the European Indoor standard. With the Athlone Indoor Grand Prix and Nationals to come over the next couple of weeks surely he`ll clock the qualifying time and book his place on the Irish team. Timmy Crowe also running his first race of the season, and his first in the Clonliffe vest, was always in the hunt until the final bend when he tired falling back to 4th place (48.67). In the women`s 400 Snezana Bechtina displayed great finishing strength moving from 6th to 3rd (59.06).

The pole vault competition provided an intriguing Clonliffe battle between Ian Rogers and David Donegan as the field whittled down to the Clonliffe pairing, in the end Donegan failed at 4.70 with Rogers clearing. The win went to the reigning Indoor and Outdoor senior champion (4.70) with Donegan 2nd (4.60)

Also in the field events Andri  Minhan, who last weekend won the National Indoor U/23 triple jump, finished 2nd in today`s competition with a best of 13.54, a mere cm off first and Andrew Heney with a 2.00m clearance was 3rd in the high jump.

The club`s sprinters also performed very well today: Keith Pike won his 60m race in the day`s fastest time 7.01, Christopher Sibanda was 2nd in his 60m (7.20) impressive as he was possibly last out of the blocks and Isreal Ibanu was 3rd in his 60m race (7.32). In the 200m wins were recorded by both the latter Christopher running 22.70 in race 1 and Isreal 23.27 in race 3.

Finally Kris Valters ran well in a classy 800 recording a time of 1.52.47 in placing 5th as he prepares for the Latvian National Championships in three weeks time.

400 indoors (2)

(400m: Dara Kervick leads Timmy Crowe)

dara kervick (2)

(Dara Kervick 47.26)

timmy crowe (2)

(Timmy Crowe)

PV indoors (2)

(Donegan and Rogers getting last minute advice from respective coaches)

Dave Donegan indoor (2)

(Dave Donegan clears 4.60m for 2nd place)

Ian Rogers indoor (2)

(Ian Rogers at 4.70 wins Glohealth AAI Indoor Open PV)

Andrew Heney indoor (2)

(Andrew Heney)

Christopher Sibanda (2)

(Christopher Sibanda 1st 200 race 1 in 22.70)

isreal ibanu (2)

(Isreal Ibanu 1st 200 race 3 in 23.27)

Andri minhan (2)

(triple jumper Andri Minhan gets his markings ready)

kris Valters Indoor games

(Kris Valters 800 season`s opener of 1.52.47)


Clonliffe duo on Irish record breaking team that places 2nd

The Irish Distance Medley Relay team put in a valiant performance at the Armory in New York City late on Saturday finshing in 2nd place behind the crack USA squad. The team run under the existing World Record recording a time of 9.25.37. Clonliffe men Declan Murray and Brian Gregan ran the opening legs with the New Jersey based Murray running the opening 1200 handing over in 3rd place to Brian Gregan who held the Irish position before passing onto Mark English  (UCD) and then to Leevale`s Ciaran O`Lionard . Another interesting fact is that all 4 are 2014 Morton Gamers who all being well will compete in the 2015 Morton Games on July 24th.

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Also Stateside over night Aaron Hanlon was 14th in his 3000 indoor race at the 2015 BU John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston in 8.34.21.


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