Archive for May, 2016

Tonight Juvenile Water fight/Thursday Grand Prix Mile

Two upcoming events: Tonight the younger Juvenile members can look forward to a water fight, so come suitably attired and armed!

Thursday night seeing the Grand Prix Series return to Morton for the Santry Mile at 8.00pm. There will be a number of mile races starting with the slowest and working up to the fastest. Post event presentation in the clubhouse for the most recent Grand Prix races: the 3000 for the Pat O`Hara Cup, the 2 Mile and the McCarrick Plate. The Santry Mile presentation will take place on June 9th.

Clonliffe throwers in record breaking form

As has being reported Rory Gunning broke the club record at the European Clubs with a throw of 62.36 mts, this was the second occasion that Rory has re written the record books.  In addition to the senior record going the junior record of Ryan Whelan’s was also broken by Justinas Gerdvilis ( Justin) in winning the event at the AAI Games in Santry on Sunday. He threw 53.89 mts breaking the record by 8cms after throwing and winning the Dublin Graded last Wednesday with 52.30.

On the subject of record breaking throws Jill Maloney has been confirmed as the club`s latest record breaker. Due to a technical problem her shot putt in the USA at the Kehoe Twilight Meet on May 5th of 11.02m  has only now been officially confirmed this smashes Jill`s own record by more than a meter.

Vice Captains Log: Euro Clubs T & F

Club Vice Captain Conor McGuinness Reports: With several changes to the Mens Senior Track and Field Team throughout the week,  Clonliffe finished in 7th position out of 10 teams from across Europe. This was only 10 points off 4th position in the overall team standings.
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We arrived late in Lisbon airport on Friday night where Eoin Pierce met us in the terminal having arrived earlier from London. Experience triggered Joe to do a head count, where it was discovered that Mark McDonald had gone wandering off in pursuit of coffee and wifi. The Captain was “not interested”. However, on our second attempt we made our way to the bus for the 1hr 30mins journey to the city of Leiria. Upon arrival at the accommodation around midnight, Ian Rogers was onsite in advance and had prepared all of the athletes race numbers etc. With an early start to events on Saturday morning, most of the team were down at breakfast before 7am, with everyone kitted out in the new luminous orange Clonliffe t-shirts. These were much of the talk of the weekend, allowing the Captain to keep track of various messer’s from afar.
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Upon arriving at the stadium there was no sign of the thunderstorm which has been forecasted, instead we were greeted with sunshine and a superb view of the Castle of Leiria. First on the track was Timmy Crowe who finished 3rd in the 400m hurdles, having hit a hurdle in his warm up beforehand. The race was won by Paul Byrne who was representing Birchfield Harriers. Mark McDonald battled well over 800m – his first of 3 races on Saturday to finish 8th. Meanwhile Marcin Klinskow and Luke Mangan were competing off campus in the Shot and Discuss events respectively. Marcin placed 9th and Luke 8th. Also competing outside the stadium was Simon Galligan who perormed well with two 55m throws in the Hammer to take 4th place. David Flynn, having flown back from California the day before,  lead out the 3000m s/c looking smooth throughout and made a move with 3 laps to go where he took the win comfortably. Ian Rogers placed 6th in the Pole Vault with changing cross wind conditions in the stadium proving challenging.  Junior athlete, Keith Marks looked good in his first jump of the day – getting several roars from the Clonliffe crowd – where he went on to record a new personal best of 7.48m to finish 2nd. With this excellent form he will be eyeing up the world junior standard of 7.60m in the coming weeks. Keith Pike ran the 100m finishing in 3rd place in a time of 10.97. Then, less than 2 hrs after his 800m race, Mark Mc Donald was in the blocks for the 400m, where he finished 4th in 51.91. Next up was Antonio Garcia where he finished 3rd in the 110m hurdles in a time of 15.02.
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With a break from events in the afternoon, the organisers of the programme set up a Les Mills Fitness Workout on the home straight of the track. Chris Sibanda and David Flynn quickly taking up the opportunity to display some dance moves for the crowd! After his dancing, Chris Sibanda ran a pb of 21.55 to finish 4th in a strong 200m field. (Fellow Harriers take note!). Next up was Eoin Pierce who raced well in the 1500m, however, didn’t have the speed over the last lap having just returned from injury to finished 7th. Over at the High Jump, Andrew Heaney placed 6th in 1.94m as he looks to come back into form.  Aaron Hanlon dropped down to the 5000m after his recent 10000m performance where he took up the lead for the first half of the race, then  finishing in 4th in a time of 14.37. Rory Gunning was happy with his performance, throwing a pb of  62.36m to take 4th in the Javelin. Next up was Junior Adam O Brien who ran well in the 3000m, where there was a mix of sunshine and showers in his race. Adam finished 5th with a new personal best of 8.51 to take home. More to come from him this season. In the latter stages of the programme, the 4 X 100m (made up of Pierce Friel, Chris Sibanda, Stuart Roche and Keith Pike) had their first run of the season together finishing 4th in a time of 42.64. Finally, the mens 4X400m event required distance eventers Mark McDonald, Eoin Pierce, Josh Stubbs and David Flynn. All eager to clock a fast time for bragging rights! With heavy legs from earlier events during the day, they finished 6th in a time of 3.34.
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After the event the general consensus was that 4th place was certainly in our grasp. However, with a number of personal bests recorded and some notable performances, there is certainly evidence of excellent future prospects in this league. As we left the stadium, attention turned to the Champions League Final, as we made our way into the main square in Leiria and cheered on Athletico Madrid (under strict instruction from Antonio Garcia and his father).
Well done to all.
Conor McGuinness

Update round up: Snezana at combined events, AAI Games plus more

Snezana Bechtina competed in the GloHealth National Combined events in the Morton Stadium over the course of the weekend. In the Heptathlon she finished up after two gruelling days in 4th position.  Snezana scored maximum points in both the 200 – with a time of 25.4 and 800 with a time of 2.23.50.  Her other performances were: 100h 18.8, High Jump 1.43m, Long Jump 4.87m, javelin 18.76m.

At the AAI Open Games also in Morton Stadium on Sunday, the 29th, Leah Moore made a welcome return to competition finishing 3rd in the 200 in 25.09 and 5th in the 100 in 12.06.  Greta Streimikyte was 7th in the 1500 in 4.50.58, another pb.  In the Men’s 100 Isreal Ibeanu placed 8th in 11.62 with Patrick O’Connor 9th (11.78).  Leah Bergin was 4th in the Women’s 400 in 60.56.

Meanwhile on the roads Sean Doran was 5th in the Bothar Na Mbionn 5k in a time of 16.20.

Missed during the week was Conor Healy’s 2nd place in the Star of the Sea 5k on the 24th of May in a time of 15.54.

Also over the weekend Emer Treacy ran an 800pb for the Irish Universities in their match with their Scottish counterparts in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Emer Treacy

A win and two club records at Euro clubs

Clonliffe athletes performed admirably in the Portuguese city of Leira today at group B of the European clubs Track and Field Championships. David Flynn had a fine win in the 3000 sc in 8.55.13 to rack up maximum points for the black and amber.

There were record settling performance in the field events. Rory Gunning wiped his own two week javelin record from the books as he bettered the existing record twice in the competition finally recording a best and new club record of 62.36m as he placed 4th. Then there was the performance of young Keith Marks, who is still in secondary school, as the oldest standing record on the books was finally bettered. Hogo Duggan`s 1969 long jump record of 7.20m was bettered with a 7.40m and then a 7.48m jump as Keith took an excellent 2nd place.

Other outstanding contributions came from another youngster Adam O`Brien, after a late call up to action, placing 5th in the 3000 in 8.51.89  and Aaron Hanlon 4th in the 5000 with a 14.38.43 run and Antonio Garcia 3rd in his 110h race (15.02).

Clonliffe results:

100 Keith Pike 3rd 10.97

200 Chris Sibanda 4th 21.55

400 Mark McDonald 4th 51.91

800 Mark McDonald 8th 1.57.48

1500 Eoin Pierce 6th 3.58.31

3000 Adam O`Brien 5th 8.51.89

5000 Aaron Hanlon 4th 14.38.43

110H Antoinio Garcia 3rd 15.02

400H Timmy Crowe 4th 53.61

3000SC Dave Flynn 1st 8.55.13

Javelin Rory Gunning 4th 62.36m (New Clonliffe Record)

Hammer Simon Galligan 4th 55.59m

Discus Marcin Klinskow 9th 35.66m

Shot Luke Mangan 8th 13.59m

Long Jump Keith Marks 2nd 7.48m (New Clonliffe Record)

Triple Jump Niall Counihan 6th 13.79

High Jump Andrew Heney 6th 1.94m

Pole Vault Ian Rogers 7th 4.20m

4 x 100 4th 42.64

4 x 400 6th 3.34.66

On the spot report from Conor McGuinness coming soon!


Euro Clubs update/Live Streaming

The Clonliffe team are currently travelling to Portugal for tomorrow`s Group B European Club`s Track and Field Championships. There has been a required last minute shuffle of the pack by Joe Cooper as both Brian Gregan and Gary Murray have had to unfortunately pull out.

It looks like Aaron Hanlon will now switch from the 3000 to 5000 with either Eoin Pierce or young Adam O`Brien taking on the 3000 with the other doing the 1500. The 400 is a little more problematic and the decision on that will be called later. Otherwise all have reported fit and well.

The event is being live streamed from Leiria. Use this link:

Also official results can be found on:

Track off limits this weekend

Members please note that the Morton Stadium track is in use all weekend. Saturday for the AAI Combined Events and Sunday for the AAI Games. All club training therefore on Sunday in Santry Demesne. The Clonliffe clubhouse will be open for changing facilities etc. The Committee thanks you for your cooperation.

Young Harriers making the grade in Irishtown

The third graded Meet of the season took place in the Irishtown stadium, Ringsend on a dull and chilly night. In the absence of any notable breeze the conditions were ideal for the middle distance athletes and the young crop of Clonliffe Harriers at the Meet performed admirably.

Pride of place has to go to Joseph Hessian, still a U/18 athlete who has been knocking on the sub 2 minute door now for the past two seasons. In the nights 800 A race he grabbed the opportunity by the scruff of the neck.  Another young Harrier Sean Carrig had set the tone for the race with a blistering opening lap of circa 55 seconds, young Hessian running the more measured race finished the stronger, hot on the heels of St. Abban’s Brian Kelly as he shattered the 2 minute barrier in recording a time of 1.57.11. Sean Carrig was rewarded for his sterling work by recording also his first sub 2, an impressive 1.58.87. A fine run also in this race by Greg Hosseny 2.01.17.

The 800 B race provided the finish of the night with Josh Stubbs and Craig Giles clear of the field and going at it neck and neck for the finish with Craig, an U/17 athlete, just getting his head in front to win in a time of 2.02.55 a fraction ahead of Josh 2.02.94.

In the Men’s 800 C race there were PBs recorded by another of the younger generation with Jack Horan recording a time of 2.07.55 and Daniel Lacey with a time of 2.11.01. Also in the 800 was the more experienced Thomas Sherlock ‘fresh’ from his win in the BHAA Sandymount beach race the night before running 2.05.80, Niall Norman 2.07.05 and Kevin McKenna 2.10.12

In the Women’s 800 there was an excellent win recorded in the C race by Hannah Browne after running an impressive race Hannah found herself some 10 plus metres off the lead at the top end but gritted her teeth to battle all the way and was rewarded as she hit the front just metres before the line in a time of 2.3022. Also in this race were Sophie Higgins 5th in 2.38.68 and Cliona Cooley 7th in 2.40.46. In the first of the C races there was also a fine run by Kate Howlett who recorded a time of 2.44.23. In the 800 B race Greta Streimikyte recorded another PB 2.23.83 placing 3rd with  Laura Tuite 5th in 2.28.48

Also competing at last night’s Meet in the Dublin 10,000 metre championship was Sean Doran a very solid 34.44.44 and in the 400s Snezana Bechtina ran in the A race 59.03, Emer Treacy 63.44 and Ronan Gately 59.03

The next Graded race night is in the Morton Stadium on the 8th of June and incorporates the Dublin Track and Field Championship events at 100 for men and women, 400 for men and women and 1500 for men and women.  The field events that night include high jump, pole vault, hammer and shot.


Clonliffe men head to Portugal for Euro Clubs

On Friday the Clonliffe Harriers Men’s Track and Field team heads to Europe for the European Clubs Champions Track and Field Championship Group B. The Championships take place on Saturday in Leiria, Portugal which was the same venue where the Junior Men’s Track and Field team competed back in 2012.

There is a very strong men’s team which will challenge for honours in most events, the goal is promotion to Group A.   The team will face clubs from across Europe including Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Slovenia and Slovakia.

The team includes seasoned campaigners and national champions including Brian Gregan who goes in the 400, Ian Rogers in the pole vault and Rory Gunning in the javelin. Also competing will be seasoned campaigners including David Flynn,  Gary Murray, who was earlier this week named in the Irish team for the European Championship half marathon which takes place in Amsterdam in July, international athlete Timmy Crowe and Aaron Hanlon who has just returned to Ireland for the summer from college in Providence in the United States. Also competing will be top class athletes Chris Sibanda and Keith Pike.

The Clonliffe team for Saturday`s Championships in the sprint is Keith Pike, Chris Sibanda, Brian Gregan, the 4 x 100 squad from Chris Sibanda, Pierce Friel, Stuart Roche, Keith Pike and Anthony Fernandez Garcia. Over the hurdles Anthony Fernandez Garcia is named in the 110 with Timmy Crowe in the 400 hurdles.

The middle distance athletes competing include Gary Murray, Eoin Pierce, David Flynn,Aaron Hanlon, Adam O`Brien and Mark McDonald. In the field events Clonliffe will be represented by Ian Rogers, Andrew Heney, Keith Marks, Simon Galligan, Marcin klinskow, Luke Mangan and Rory Gunning.  Also travelling as part of the squad and in the squad for the 4 x 400 is Josh Stubbs.

All in the club wish the athletes and captain and coaches the very best of luck.

Una Marley RIP

Clonliffe Harriers extends our deepest sympathy to our President Paddy Marley on the death early this morning of his mother Una in Donegal. May she rest in peace.

Funeral: Friday 27th May, at 4.00pm in St. Peters Church, Milford, Co. Donegal.


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