Archive for February, 2016

Pat Bonass honoured by Irish Masters Athletics Association

Clonliffe Master Athlete of the year Pat Bonass has received possibly the highest award that an Irish Masters athlete can achieve. The Irish Masters Athletics Association has announced that Pat is this year`s recipient of the Tadgh Lynch Perpetual Trophy for services to Irish Masters Athletics.

This award in memory of Tadgh Lynch has been awarded since 1994. Pat becomes the first Clonliffe athlete to receive the honour and it is  fitting reward for the European Masters O/70 Cross Country bronze medallist who has long been a champion of Masters Athletics.





Heney claims National High Jump title

There was more success for Clonliffe athletes on Day 2 of the GloHealth National Indoor Championships in Athlone today. The highlight was another National title claimed by Andrew Heney in the High Jump with a 2.00m clearance.

Also in the field events Ausra Jermubauskyte added silver to the bronze she won yesterday as she placed 2nd in the triple jump with a final jump of 11.73m.

The sprinters were in fine form with a Clonliffe 2 and 3 in the men`s 60 from Keith Pike 6.87 (a mere 100th off his club record) and Chris Sibanda 6.91. This after a 6.90, from Chris, and 9.92, from Keith, semi final effort. Chris`day was not concluded as he then took an excellent silver in the 200 in 21.71.

Overseas David Flynn continued on the US road race circuit with a 69.45 time in the New Orleans Rock and Roll Half Marathon today, hitting the 10k split in 31.59, with a 5.20 mpm average.

Rogers wins another National indoor title

Ian Rogers successfully defended his National Indoor Pole Vault title in Athlone IT today. Rogers, who in 2015 tied with club mate David Donegan, won the title with a best of 4.60m, with Donegan, not at his best, in 5th (4.10m).

Ausra Jerumbauskyte set a new club record for the third time this season in the long jump with a 5.62m jump to secure national bronze, bettering her existing record by some 11cm.

The rest of the day`s action on the track was in the heats where the black and amber enjoyed mixed fortunes. Chris Sibanda qualified to moved forward tomorrow in both the 200 in which he won his heat in 21.75 and the 60m again with a win (6.91). Also through to the next round of the 60 is Keith Pike 2nd in his heat in 6.95. Likewise Paul Whelan 3rd in 7.15 progresses. Young Pierce Friel was 2nd in his heat (7.15) but doesn`t progress.

Snezana Bechtina was 3rd in her 200 (26.79) but doesn`t progress, likewise neither Mark McDonald in the 400 nor Niall Norman in the 800 will see action tomorrow.


Barbara Sanchez runs 2:39.49 in Seville

At yesterday morning`s Seville Marathon Barbara Sanchez once again was inside the Olympic Marathon qualifying time as she recorded 2:39.49 in 14th place, although she remains out of the top three fastest Irish QT. Raheny`s Mick Clohisey leap frogged Sergiu Ciobanu into second fastest Irish with a 2:15.11, pushing Sergiu`s three seconds slower time into third place at present.

Round up: MacMahon does the BHAA business in ALSAA plus more

Brian MacMahon got back to winning ways at Saturday`s BHAA Cross Country, the Dublin Airport 5 mile in ALSAA in a time of 28.21. Also in the field was Sean Doran 7th place (31.01). In the women`s 2 mile race Maura Matthews was a 6th place finisher (14.37).

The sole Clonliffe athlete in Thursday night`s Armagh 5 KM International road race was Eoin Taggart who ran a time of 15.52.

Across the water Liam Roarty was in action for Sunderland Harriers on their 6-Man A team yesterday for the Royal Signals Road Relays yesterday at Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-Hole, Durham running the 5th leg for the Wearsiders he finished his leg with his team in 4th place in a time of 11:44. Sunderland ended the day in bronze
with a team time of 68:51 behind Morpeth (65:50) and Gateshead (67:01).

L. Roarty

On Sunday David Mansfield finished in second place in the Dungarvan 10k in 32.23.

Caitlin takes third Dublin U/17 Indoor title

The final day of the Dublin indoor championships took place today with the action revolving around the short sprints. Once again Clonliffe athletes were in fine form continuing to perform to their best with several athletes winning Dublin titles and championship medals. Caitlin O`Reilly continues to reign supreme in Dublin as today she collected her 3rd U/17 individual title adding the 60m to the 200 and long jumps won last weekend.

Other golden wonders today included Jonathan Fitzsimons U/12 60m and Fia Donnelly U/19. Medals were also won by a number of black n amber athletes: Sally Sumola U/13 silver and bronze medals by Karl Valero U/11 boys 60 and in the girls U/16 Rebecca Fitzsimons. In the day`s final event the 60 hurdles there was more Clonliffe success as up stepped Success to take girls U/16 bronze! Other excellent runs today from in particular Mark Keirns U/17 60 4th place and Owen, Rapha,  Jessica, Success, Naoise, Lia,  Amy,  Mark,  and Claire.  Well done to all of these up and coming young athletes.

Gladys Cooper, Juvenile Captain.

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Gregan finishes 2nd to World Champion at AIT Grand Prix

At a very enjoyable AIT Grand Prix in Athlone last night Clonliffe`s Brian Gregan finished 2nd in his 400 behind World Champion Pavel Maslak (CZE) in a time of 47.62. Maslak having gotten off to a flyer flew around the track in 46.07.

Timmy Crowe recorded a time of 48.18 in Race 3 in 5th place in a race won by 2015 Morton Games 3rd place finisher Pat Feeney (USA) in 47.00.

Also competing last night was Chris Sibanda who again ran sub seven seconds for 60m, recording a time of 6.89 in his heat.

A Party for Padraig

Padraig Keane’s family would like to invite Padraig’s friends from Clonliffe Harriers and the Irish athletics world to Clonliffe Harriers on Saturday next February 20th from 8 p.m. `til late for a Party for Padraig.  It will be a night of reminiscing, storytelling and music to celebrate the life and times of the legendary Padraig Keane.

Brian MacMahon 3rd in National Inter Counties

Brian MacMahon, wearing the red vest of County Cork, finished 3rd in yesterday`s GloHealth National Inter Counties Cross Country at the Palace Grounds, Tuam, County Galway. This was the first inter counties since the cross country season changes and it must be said that the future of the inter counties looks very bleak indeed with very small fields in all events: junior women 11, junior men 13, senior women 18, senior men 37 and only two county teams in each race.

Clonliffe relay teams in form at Dublin Juvenile Indoors (updated)

The third day of the Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships saw the action switch South from Morton to Tallaght, but still of course out in the elements. Another cold windy day with some hail showers thrown into the mix, not really unexpected for Ireland in February, but maybe a tad unexpected at an Indoor Championships! A totally unexpected sight at an Indoor Championship, however,  is a hail and ice laden track!!

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Anyway the action today focused on the relays with places at the Nationals at Athlone IT up for grabs. The Clonliffe girls U/14 (E McDonnell, K McGrady Hogan, A Hession, H Roche)  and U/16 4 x 200 (R Fitzsimons, R Diamond Ebbs, K Connolly, Success Ousha) teams put in golden performances to take wins.

The U/15 girls team (R. Fagan, E. Brown, K. Connolly, A. Hodson) took silver. Likewise silver for the boys 4 x 200 team of D. Carter, M. Kavanagh, K. Fleming and D. Buckley.

To complete the set bronze medals were won by both U/13 teams. The boys team of J Fitzsimons, R Donohoe, J McDonnell, K Burke and girls N Cullen, H Foy, S Sumola, I Browne. The U/17 4 x 200 girls team also took bronze with a squad of R Fitzsimons, R Diamond Ebbs, C O Reilly, N Wade. The U/14 boys battled their way into the final.

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