Archive for May, 2015

The Loftus Report: All Ireland Schools Track & Field

Kevin Loftus reports from Tullamore:

GloHealth All-Ireland Schools Track & Field Championships 2015

Today saw the culmination of many hard months’ training for many athletes who have come through the qualifying rounds to reach the prestigious All-Ireland Schools Championships for Track and Field.  This event is the absolute pinnacle and highlight of the Schools’ calendar each and every year, held in the lush green grounds of Tullamore Harriers AC Stadium.

The weather, despite not hampering the day’s proceedings, was nothing close to glorious in any sense.  There were bright, sunny spells seen at a point in the early hours, however a heavy blanket of clouds swept in the early afternoon and left the track in a dull, grey light for the latter hours of competition.  To complete this day of typical Irish weather, a misty, fine shower of rain seeped down towards the end of the proceedings. Contrary to this the standard was in no way any less than outstanding, as per usual.  This event brings the cream of young Irish athletes from every corner of the country to the heart of Ireland for a terrific day’s competition.

First off at the beginning of the day running in the red and white of St. Aidan’s CBS was young David Tuite in the Junior Boys 1200m Walk.  David was never far off the leading pace and managed to secure a great 3rd place podium position at the end of the race.

Shortly after this Greg Hosseny lined up in the Intermediate Boys 1200m Walk, Greg putting in a gallant effort to finish in a very commendable 5th place.  Greg remained calm as the early race leaders pulled away and continued on to finish strongly.

With a slight gap in the programme focus shifted towards the Senior Girls 3000m race, where pre race favourite Hope Saunders didn’t fail to deliver, needless to say yet again.  Hope remained in contention, leading from gun to tape, putting in another fantastic performance to claim her first Track and Field National School’s title.  Hope left nothing on the track, finishing just shy of ten minutes in 9:56.7.

Continuing this massive sense of high spirits among the Clonliffe supporters, Brian Flanagan delivered another sight of great running as he came through in the Senior Boys 2000m Steeple Chase.  Brian never strayed far from the early leader, coming home in a fine 3rd place with a particularly fast finish indeed.

Next in the order of events from a Clonliffe aspect was Craig Giles in the Junior Boys 800m.  In one of the most exciting and intense races of the day, the undisputed favourite Mark Milner triumphed in a new race record of 1:57.3.  Craig, running extremely well in the early stages shrugged off stiff opposition, battling all the way down the finishing straight to come home in that unlucky 4th position, however Craig will surely take much experience from this race as he looks towards the Clubs Track and Field Championships.

Finally, our last competitor of the day, Cathal Doyle lined up for the arduous task of completing twelve and a half laps in the Senior Boys 5000m.  Cathal had a brilliant race here, securing another unlucky but very impressive 4th place after losing the leaders early on but maintaining his position and never losing ground.   Cathal fought all the way to the finish line recording a new personal best of 15:35.7. 4th place also for Megan Coomber in her final schools competition the senior girls long jump.

So, yet another day of top notch athletics has come and gone.  Our athletes now set their sights on the Dublin Clubs Champinoships for Track and Field in the coming weeks and on the qualifying positions for the Nationals next month.  May the high spirits and strong form continue into the so called “sunny” summer months.

Hope Saunders All Ireland Schools

(Hope Saunders All Ireland Senior 3000 champion)

Brian Flanagan All Ireland Schools

(Brian Flanagan All Ireland senior 2,000 SC Bronze)

Coach and Athletes

(Coach Joe Cooper with Hope and Brian)

Report and photos by Kevin Loftus

Worrall First in Malahide for McCarrick Plate

The 2015 Clonliffe Grand Prix Series when on tour last night for the first of the Malahide Castle rounds. Tonight was the 21st running of the McCarrick Plate, the 2 ½ Mile scenic route through the trees around the parameter of Malahide Castle grounds. This event has been continuously sponsored by Eugene McCarrick for all of those 21 years for which Clonliffe is most grateful.

On what was a cold blustery night, for the end of May, the runners were grateful for the shelter provided, it would have been an altogether different affair had the race taken place in the great wide open.

The course is a complete lap around the paths and trails of the Castle grounds and being an open handicap the handicapper sent the ‘slower’ athletes off first down to the scratchman.

Alan Worrall was sent of mid pack and cutting through the field like the proverbial knife through butter finished top of the heap to win the McCarrick Plate and in the process bag maximum points in the Grand Prix Series. Alan’s actual time was a none too shabby 15.41. Second was Karen Kinsella (actual time 17.29) and 3rd Jason Blake (actual time 18.41).

The fastest time recorded on the night was Thomas Sherlock’s 12.57.

Once again there was a great turnout of athletes with almost 60 starters toeing the line.

After races on three successive Thursdays there is now a two week gap until the 7th round on Thursday June 11th in the Morton Stadium which is the 800m.


Clonliffe Juveniles top the League Tables

Over the course of May the Dublin Juvenile Track and Field League has taken place in the Morton Stadium and Tallaght stadiums. This is a track and field league for juvenile athletes aged up to U/16. Points are awarded to the athletes in respect of the events in which they take part and with the league now concluded the Dublin Juvenile Board have confirmed the results.

Clonliffe positions in the leagues are as follows:

U/10 Boys – 2nd Daniel Coleman 44 points

U/7 Boys – 2nd Jonathan Fitzsimons 34 points

U/12 Girls – 6th Sally Sumola 15 points

U/12 Boys – 1st Michael Coleman 51 points

U/12 Boys – 3rd James McDonnell 26 points

U/13 Girls – 5th Holly Roche 20 points

U/13 Girls – 6th Emma McDonnell 20 points

U/14 Girls – 3rd Ella Brown 27 points

6th Amy Hodson 19 points

U/16 Girls – 4th Lauren Carr 34 points

6th Hannah Browne 18 points

Awards will be available at the Dublin Track and Field Championships on Saturday the 6th of June in Santry.


Clonliffe performance lists updated

Killian Lonergan has been busy collecting in the Clonliffe performances over the season, and has provided an upto date Performance list. He has also finalised the 2014 Performances and these along with the previous years back to 2007, and the current “All time list” can be accessed on the Performances page of this web site. Go to menu bar, to Others and drop down to Performances.

On this page you will find Clonliffe Performance lists. These are lists, both historical and current of club members seasons performances across all disciplines. The current year’s list will be updated throughout the season, however, at times some performances may be inadvertently over looked, therefore any corrections or omissions should be brought to our attention by e mailing

Silver lining for Clonliffe Meet & Train group

After their heroics on the grass and mud in the Meet & Train cross country winter league, that yielded team Gold, for the A team, and bronze for the Bs, the ladies may have been forgiven if they took things a little easier in the Summer Road League. No such thoughts, however, for these Clonliffe athletes as tonight the set was completed. In the final league race in Irishtown the story had a silver lining as the ladies took 2nd place overall. Once again the performance was underpinned by the superb Bernadette Kiernan who finished 2nd tonight and with Laura Kernan an excellent 9th, Catherine Dempsey 12th and Evelyn Brennan and Ladies Vic Captain Mandy McMenany, running the perfect team race to place 40th and 41st, team silver was secured.

meet and train summer 2015

Club gear on sale, Thursday 28th May

Club gear will be available from 8.30pm in the clubhouse on Thursday the 28th. Please text orders to Noreen Keane in advance 087 6846662.

Sherlock top tens in Dunboyne 5 Miler, Bermingham does likewise

The latest BHAA Road Race of the season was last night`s Government Services 5 Mile in Duunboyne, a race that attracted a big field of almost 500 runners.

First Clonliffe athlete home was prolific racer Thomas Sherlock in 7th place in 26.38, followed closely by equally prolific racer running his 4th race in 8 days Sean Doran 12th in 26.51. Ernie Ramsey placed 21st (27.22), Davy Byrne 24th (27.40), Conor Keane 38th (28.49), Kiernan Murphy 30.14, next in and 1st O/40 woman was Maura Matthews (32.09) with Maurice McCrohan on her coat tails (32.10) and Emma Cooper 34.52. See for full results.

A top 10 also last night for Mark Bermingham in the Star of the Sea 5k in Stamullen, Co. Meath 10th, 3rd O/40, in 17.39. Jeremy Chapman was 21st in 18.15.

Clonliffe men off to great start in National League

The Clonliffe men got the first round of the league under their belts with a great start at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast today. The men finished the day topping their group on 103 points just ahead of Donore Harriers 102, Crusaders 90, North Down 89, Raheny 88, DSD 80 and Tallaght AC 76.

The foundations today were built on the technical events. Maximum points being gathered by the youngest member of the squad Greg Hosseny in the Race Walk, a great start to his senior career by the 17 year old. Andri Mahin took full points in the 400H and then the field eventers chipped in with Ian Rogers, in the pole vault, Andrew Heney, high jump and Simon Galligan hammer all delivering winning points to the cause. The great 4 x 100 squad also did the business with the quartet of Keith Pike, Stuart Roche, Isreal Ibanu and Chrisopher Sabina taking maximum points.

No results from womens team yet. Update when available.

Wins at IMC Mary Peters Meet for Piercy and Hope

There was a cracking run by Eoin Pierce at this evening`s Irish Milers Club Meet at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast. Piercy won the 1500m in a new PB of 3.47.10. In the women`s 3000 there was a brave run by Hope Saunders chasing the European junior qualifying time, although someway off the QT, Hope took the win in 9.57.64.

Sizzling stuff from Clonliffe in Round 4 of League

It was, finally, one of those great days in the Morton Stadium. Brilliant sunshine, a packed stadium and great performances. The final round of the Juvenile league brought the athletes, the crowd and the weather to Santry. There was a great turn out of Clonliffe athletes and with such numbers it is almost impossible to single out athletes, however, there were notable efforts including a great run by the man in the “cast” Cian Bolger winning the U/15 1,000m not hampered by the broken thumb he suffered during the week, Lauren Carr also 1st in the U/16 1,000 and 1st in high jump (pb of 1.50m), Emma McDonnell, a very impressive winner of the U/13 500, Michael Coleman U/12 500 1st, Long Jump 2nd and 60m 3rd, brother Daniel in the U/10 1st in both 300 and 60 and Jonathan Fitzsimons U/11 1st 400 and 2nd 60m.

Well done to all over the past four weeks and we look forward to the Dublin Championships in two weeks time with some confidence.

Results Round 4:

U/16   Girls
Lauren Carr 1st  1000m 1st  High  Jump
Hannah Browne 3rd   1000m
Kate Howlett 5th  1000m
u/15  Girls
Rebecca Fitzsimons 5th  Javelin 3rd 100m
u/15  Boys
Cian Bolger 1st  1000m
u/14 Boys
Luchino Romano 80m  6th 75m H   6th Shot  Putt 6th
Dara Carter 4th  1000m
U/14   Girls
Amy Hodson  3rd   1000m
Ella Brown 5th   1000m 5th   60m
Clare Connolly 3rd   60m
Amy Scott 4th  60m
Lia Brennan 6th  Shot   Putt
u/13 Girls
Emma McDonnell 1st   500m 5th  80m
Holly Roche 6th  500m 60m  H   6th
Kirstin Hogan 6th  80m
Blaize Carroll 5th  Shot  Putt
Ella Cooley 6th  Shot  Putt
U/12  Boys
Michael Coleman 500m   1st 2nd  Long  Jump 3rd  60m
James McDonnell 500m  6th 5th  Long Jump 4th   60m
Keith Burke 4th   Turbo  Jav
u/11 Boys
Jonathan Fitzsimons 400m   1st Long  Jump 4th 2nd  60m
U/10 Boys
Daniel Coleman 300m   1st 1st  60m 5th  Turbo  Jav.
Sean Cronin 4th  Turbo  Jav
u/12  Girls
Sally Somula 2nd  60m


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