Archive for April, 2016

Leinster Schools qualifiers Round 2 (updated to Friday)

The schools action this week focuses on the East and South Leinsters with again qualification for the Leinster track and field at stake. The East Leinsters day 1 took place in Morton Stadium on Wednesday. The news to hand confirms a great run by Tess Loftus in the girls U/16 mile to take bronze and grab one of those precious starting places in the Leinster finals. In the U/16 boys race Seamus Farrell, a sprinter, went way over distance, and was 2nd in the mile. Ian McIweeney was unlucky just missing out in a blanket finishing in the junior boys 1500 placing 4th.

Colin Sweeney, who had a superb cross country season and was 3rd in the All Ireland Schools Minor boys race in Sligo, continued his excellent form with a fine win in the minor 1100.

Tess Loftus

Thursday Mark Keirns was 3rd in the inter 200m.

On to today (Friday) and then Final qualifiers in East Leinster where Ella Brown was 3rd in the junior 800 with Abbie Sheehy 4th. (text 0879599888 with any omitted results)

So all told the club`s athletes have preformed superbly over the past two weeks with the Leinsters in Santry on May 11th and 14th now to look forward to for those who have qualified, but one and all have done the club, their schools and themselves proud.

Fantastic 10,000 debut by Aaron Hanlon

News from the USA of a stunning 10,000 debut on the track by Aaron Hanlon for Providence at last night`s Penn Relays. Aaron ran 30.05, with 5,000 splits of 15.03/15.02.

Sherlock fastest in Grand Prix 3000 plus McDonald Cup presentation

Despite the fact that Sunday is the first day of Summer last night was a stark reminder that Winter still lurks in the shadows as a bitterly cold night greeted the Grand Prixers on the Morton Stadium track. The 3000m Grand Prix race attracted no less than 62 athletes meaning that three races were required. The race was generously sponsored by the Yohanan/Hetherington family who also introduced the Paddy O`Hara Memorial Cup, to be presented to the winner of the handicap in a few weeks time. Paddy O`Hara was a former Clonliffe athlete in the 1930s and 40s and was Club Captain in 1949 and his daughter Janice was present to witness the special occasion.

Fastest man on the night was Tom Sherlock who skipped around around the 7.5 laps making light of the conditions in a nippy 9.19, 2nd was T. Touhy 9.24 and Sean Doran 1 second in arrears in 9.25. Of the ladies fastest in 11.19 was Louise Caraher, 2nd Ciara Peelo 11.34 and 3rd Maura Matthews 11.50.

In the club bar post race the President of Clonliffe Harriers made the presentation of the McDonald Cup (held two weeks ago and sponsored by Trevor Wisdom) to the winner of the handicap Kevin Dowling, 2nd in that handicap was Evelyn Brennan and 3rd Emma Dunne.

Next up in the Series is round 4 incorporated in the 125th Clonliffe 2 on May 10th.

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(pictured) P.Marley presents McDonald Cup to K. Dowling


Power in Portsmouth in the Spring

Declan Power was in action across the water last night placing 9th and 1st master in the Portsmouth Lakeside 5k in 16.34. The race taking place in unseasonable conditions!

Grand Prix: 3000m for Paddy O`Hara Cup

Round 3 of the ever popular Clonliffe Grand Prix Series takes place in the stadium on Thursday night, April 28th. That night`s race is the 3000 and for the first time for a new cup sponsored by the Yohanan/Hetherington family: the Paddy O`Hara Memorial Cup, will be at stake.

Paddy O`Hara was a Clonliffe man competing in the 1930s and 40s. He was the winner of many road and cross country races during those years. He was also the Clonliffe Club Captain in 1949. Paddy`s son in law is another Clonliffe man Declan Hetherington. Declan and his family have kindly introduced this superb cup in his memory and this will be competed for in the Grand Prix 3000 with the prizes also generously sponsored by the Yohanan/Hetherington family.

O`hara cup

Thursday`s race, or more likely races, will start at 8.00pm. The post race prize giving will be for the proceeding race The McDonald Cup, with the presentation of the Paddy O`Hara Memorial Cup to be made following the next race in the series.


Brave effort from Scullion falls short in London

Clonliffe duo Stephen Scullion and Gary O`Hanlon were in action in London this morning. Scullion really gave the Rio qualifying time a good shot and was on target at half way, reached in 66.27 but hit a bad patch over the second half finishing up with 2:20.39, whilst it was a pb it was some way short of the required time. The ever green Gary O`Hanlon had a fine run running a fine 2:21.42, a new pb.

Clonliffe members elected to Athletics Ireland positions

At today`s Athletics Ireland Congress held in Tullamore Clonliffe were honoured with the election of club members to positions within Athletics Ireland. George Maybury was elected to the position of Chair of Risk and Finance and Bernie Dunne on the Competition Committee. Congratulations to both. Congratulations also to the new President of Athletics Ireland Georgina Drumm.

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400 & 800 men get out door season underway in US

Cloniffe duo Brian Gregan and Timmy Crowe, who have been putting in a solid block of work at warm weather training in Florida, got their season`s underway last night at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational at the University of Florida. Gregan recorded a time of 47.30 in his race and Crowe 48.17. Unfortunately Dara Kervick picked up an injury and has come home for treatment.

Also this weekend Declan Murray kicked off his season in Princeton at the Larry Ellis Invitational placing 7th in his 800 in 1.49.00.

Leinster Schools Track & Field qualifiers the week reviewed

The Road to Tullamore (all Irelands on the June Bank Holiday weekend) began on Tuesday and continued through to today, Friday the 22nd. Tuesday the 19th was the first of the Leinster Schools qualifiers the West Leinsters Day 1 in a sunny but chilly Morton Stadium. Safely through to the Leinsters after a good run was first year intermediate Ben Guiden who placed 3rd in the 1500 in 4.24.6.

Wednesday, 20th, at beautiful sunny Morton Stadium was day 1 of the North Leinsters featuring a good number of Clonliffe athletes. A very successful day in particular for the middle distance crews. The under 16 milers getting things off to a good start early in the day. In the girls race Cliona Cooley ran the, almost, perfect race getting into a great position covering the breaks and looking like a fine second place finisher only to be caught in the final strides and being relegated to 4th place. In the boys race Craig Giles controlled the race the whole way and took a fine win, Jordan Byrne was also like Cliona in that unlucky 4th position with Jack Horan 7th.

The 1500s had great interest for Clonliffe with Aaron Cullen shining in particular with a fantastic sprint finish to win the junior boys race, adding that North Leinster title to his cross country one. Aimee Warren battled away in the junior girls race to place 7th. In the inter race, all the Clonliffe lads were very competitive but unfortunately out of the top 3 with Cian Bolger 5th, Matthew Jenkinson 6th, Fintan McManus 9th and Sam Baker Gorman 10th.

Another unlucky athlete was another of the Cooley girls, Alannah who finished 4th in the senior 1500. In the senior boys Cathal Doyle was 3rd, Sean Carrig 6th and Jack Maughan 7th.

The minor girls 500 produced a great Clonliffe win for Holly Roche, and in the 1100 a fine win by Aoife Hession, with Alanah Fitzsimons 6th. The minor boys saw Daragh Carter progress into the Leinster courtesy of a 2nd place 1100 finish with Stephen (??) 5th.

Daniel Lacy made a fine debut over the jumps to take an impressive inter boys 1500 sc silver. Then in the senior boys 2000 sc Sean Carrig after a disappointing 1500 a couple of hours previously dusted himself off to take the win with Thomas Ward also progressing to the Leinsters in 3rd place.

Finally in the race walk The Mauritian Express Greg Hosseny took on all comers in a mixed year and gender 1200 race walk to come out on top….of the boys….but…..

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No news on sprinters yet (text 0879599888)

The 21st Thursday day 2 of West Leinsters, also in Morton on another great sunny day. Clonliffe athletes had a one two in the senior boys javelin with Justine 1st and Conor Byrne 2nd. On the track Ben Guiden had a solid run on his debut over 3000 to finish 3rd in the inter boys and in the seniors also on his 5000 debut Kevin Loftus ran a measured race placing 6th.

The week`s action concluded today Friday the 22nd on another great sunny day (what a week!!) with day 2 of the North Leinsters. There was a great start to the 800 action with a superb win in the minor girls race by Clonliffe new girl Katie Halpin. The inter boys produced a great result with Cian Bolger, putting his 1500 disappointment well and truly behind him by producing an excellent run to take 2nd place with Jack Horan, smooth as ever, in 3rd and both progressing to the Leinster finals. Also progressing today was Amy Hodson with another fine run in the junior girls 800 to place 2nd.

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Also in the 800s in the senior boys race Joseph Hession was 2nd in a 2.02, with Greg “The Mauritian Express” Hosseny 3rd in 2.04. Onto the distances races where Sean O`Leary recorded another school`s win in the inter 3000 in 9.15, Daniel Lacey placed 5th. In the senior boys 5000 there was a Clonliffe/St. Aidans one two as Cathal Doyle won in 16.09 with Adam O`Brien 2nd (16.20).

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sprinter nl

Also competing today where the sprinters. Rebecca Fitzsimons was 2nd in the junior 200, with Success Osuoha 3rd and Rapha Diamond Ebbs 4th. Rapha also high jumped taking a fine win with Jessica Dedeku 5th (Jessica also completed on Wednesday finishing 4th in the 100). Finally the Dominican junior girls team, featuring the Clonliffe girls took silver in the 4 x 100 relay.

In all an excellent week for the club`s athletes many of whom can now look forward to the Leinster Track and Field on May 11th and 14th also in Santry. Next week the East and South regions are up with the same prize at stake.

Dublin Graded season underway

The first of the Dublin Graded Meets took place on a glorious night in Santry last night. Only a few of the club`s athletes took part. The men`s D 100 featured Ray Fitzsimon`s young sprinters in an inter Clonliffe race: 2nd Mark Kerins 12.16, 3rd Seamus Farrell 12.97, 4th Alex Svyrydenko 12.99, 5th Eoin Merrigan 13.22. In the women`s 100 Snezana Bechtina was 6th in the A race, no time available, Snezana was also 4th in the high jump 1.4m. Ellen Foley was 4th in the C race 15.73. In the hammer Simon Galligan was 2nd (7.26kg) 55.50m.

In the 800s Niall Norman was 2nd in the B race 2.08.32 and Emer Treacy 6th in the A 2.24.35. Finally Tom Sherlock was 9th in the 3000 in 9.18.0.

Next graded is in two weeks time.


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