Archive for January, 2017

Teams for National Indoor League Final

The Indoor League final takes place on Saturday at Abbotstown. Both the Clonliffe men and womens teams have successfully negotiated safe passage to the final. The men are the defending champions whilst the women were runner up last year. The two squads are very strong and include: Brian Gregan, Dara Kervick and Keith Marks on the men`s team  and Ciara McCallion, Denise Byrne and Emer O`Brien all looking to score maximum points for the women

Men`s team: 60m Chris Sibanda, 200m Brian Gregan, 400m Dara Kervick, 800m Mark McDonald, 1500m Greg Hossenny, 60H Rolus Olusa, long jump Keith Marks, triple jump Niall Counihan, High Jump Anrea Mahin, Pole Vault Dave Donegan, shot Luke Mangan. 4 x 200 (from) Stuart Roche, Dara Kervick, Theo Cruz, Leo Morgan, Isreal Ibeanu, Mark McDonald, Chris Sibanda.

Women`s team: 60m Leah Bergin, 200m Emma Kelly, 400 Ciara McCallion, 800 Emer Treacy, 1500 Emer O`Brien, 60H/Pole Vault Snezana Bechtina, High Jump Maria Magina, Long Jump/Shot Denise Byrne.

The Clock is ticking: outstanding subs due NOW

As we thunder towards the end of the month, already members are reminded that 2017 outstanding subs are now due. Athletics Ireland have a requirement that all members of a club must be registered during the month of January in order to be covered by Athletics Ireland’s policy of insurance. Furthermore if any member, juvenile, senior or master wants to compete in any competition Dublin or National (Indoor championships are coming up fast) you must be registered with Athletics Ireland and this can only be done after you have paid your 2017 club subs. If not registered not only can you not compete but you are not insured. Serious stuff so please pay outstanding subs NOW.

The quickest method of payment of Senior/Master subs is by way of the online option. To avail of this, our preferred option, go to Membership page above and use the appropriate Online Payment option. Cash and cheques payable to Clonliffe Harriers are also acceptable, but if at all possible please use the Online payment system.

Renewal of club membership for Juveniles must be made by payment of annual subscription either by cash or cheque made payable to Clonliffe Harriers to the Juvenile Captains or a Juvenile coach, juveniles must have completed Membership Renewal form, downloadable on Membership page.



National U/23 One Two in Long Jump plus round up

There was a Clonliffe Long Jump one two in Athlone today where the National U/23 Indoor Championships took place. Keith Marks took the win and in the process wiped Niall Counihan`s week old club indoor record from the record books as he set a new mark of 6.95m to add to his club outdoor record. Rolus Olusa took silver with a 6.87m best. Leo Morgan placed 6th with a 5.86m best.

In the 60m Rouls after a 7.30 run in his heat went faster in the final, 7.21 to place 7th. Leo Morgan ran 7.01 in his heat but didn`t start the final, while Pierce Friel ran 7.42 in his heat.

Aaron Hanlon ran a big pb in Boston yesterday at the Terrier Invitational Indoors for Providence College clocking 14.27.01. Aaron`s time was some six seconds faster than his outdoor pb.

(Pictured, Pamela`s troops at Raheny 5)

At the Raheny Axa 5 Mile today there was almost 50 Clonliffe athletes running, far to many to mention (full results on fastest three were: Sean Doran 23rd in 26.16, Conor Keane 27.38 and after last week`s heroics Karl Nolan with a new pb of 27.59. Fastest Clonliffe lady was Ailish Malone 30.05, followed in by Emma Cooper and Aisling Andrews.

In the pre 5 Mile juvenile mile (ages 13 to 16) Abbie Sheehy was 4th with Katie Halpin 5th.

Teams through to final as Gregan solos to Euro standard

The big news from Round 2 of the indoor league is Brian Gregan`s solo 47.07 season`s opener inside the European Indoor standard! Both the Clonliffe men and womens team came through today`s round in Athlone and will line up in the final at the National Indoor Arena in Abbottstown next Saturday February 4th.

The men`s team were very strong once again, in addition to Brian Gregan`s win both Andri Mahin and Niall Counihan delivered maximum points. Andri winning the high jump with 1.85m and Niall the triple jump with 14.00m. Chris Sibanda was 2nd in the 200 (22.35), and Niall Norman 6th in the 1500 (4.44.05).

In the guest races Richie Owens won the 800 (1.56.02),Mark McDonald was 4th in the 400 (51.06) and in the 200s Theo Cipriano Cruz was 2nd in his race in 23.03 while Stuart Roche ran 23.31 placing 4th in his.

Scoring maximum points for the women`s team was the ever reliable Ciara McCallion in the 400 winning in 56.48 and in the 1500 Emer O`Brien (4.43.83). Once again Snezana Bechtina chipped in with a good points scoring performance, 2nd in the 200 (25.47) and in true club spirit Orna McGinley togged out in the triple jump placing 7th with a 9.03m (a pb!!) and Diana Markina was 8th in the high jump (1.35m).

In the guest 400 races Leah Bergin had a win in 58.25 and Emma Kelly was 2nd in guest race 2 (61.33).

Well done to both teams on qualifying for next week`s final.

Leinster schools XC regions West, East and North

The Leinster schools qualifiers got take place over these few days with places on the start line at the Leinster finals hosted by Clonliffe in Santry Demesne on February 15th at stake. The qualifiers got underway at a bitterly cold and windy Phoenix Park on Thursday the 26th with the West Leinsters. There were only two Clonliffe athletes in action, both in the inter race for Belvedere. It was a pretty grim lap in the Park, near the Papal Cross: out for miles, then turn back into the wind for miles ,then repeat! First home in an excellent 3rd place was Daniel Stone, with Ben Guiden 5th, both also being on the winning Belvedere A team. Interesting enough the Belvedere B team placed 3rd, so both squads will line up in Santry in a couple of weeks time.

News from the Avondale where the East Leinsters took place on Thursday in similarly tough conditions of a fine run by Amy Fay as she continues her comeback from injury to place 4th in the senior girls race, her school mate Tess Loftus, running an age up, was 18th, to help Loreto on the Green to team 2nd and places in the finals. A strong run also by Ella Brown in the inter race to a 12th place finish and again qualification for Santry.

Today, Friday the 27th and a much more pleasant day for the North Leinsters in ALSAA. Some fine running in the junior girls race where a nice three way Clonliffe battle once again took place, with a similar result from the DCU Invitation: a Clonliffe train lead out by Katie Halpin in 7th, Aoife Hession 9th, Vicky McDonnell 10th and Alana Fitzsimons 11th.

Aimee Warren found the fast start in the inter girls race too hot to handle but battled away finishing somewhere in the late teens/early twenties. A good solid run also by the newest member of the Clonliffe crew Rosie in this race finishing somewhere in the fifties. Another good run by Alannah Cooley saw her take 2nd place in the senior race, with sister Cliona in 18th.

Of the Clonliffe boys in action today some really good runs. New boy Max Kelly was an excellent 3rd in the minor race. The ever improving Daragh Carter continues to impress as he placed 2nd in the junior race.

(pictured, that`s some hill!: Inter action)

In the inter race, the star of the day was Jordan Byrne who continues his ascendancy to the top, a brilliant 2nd place in a keenly contested race. Daniel Lacy recovering from illness was 5th with Cian Bolger also making the top 10 as the St. Aidans boys finished 2nd.

Sean O`Leary as per his current form was once again the winner of the senior race. Another comfortable outing for the former GAA star on the country! Sean lead his St. Aidans seniors to the win.

With the red and white vests of the minors 2nd, juniors 2nd, inters 2nd and seniors 1st, Aidans took best overall school.


Dylan Ahern Memorial 5k Saturday Feb 4th

The Dylan Ahern Memorial 5K takes place on Saturday February 4th at 11.30am.Please note this is not an open run but is confined to Clonliffe Harriers members and Invited family guests only. Those intending to run, should contact  Maurice  @ 0872582161 at the latest by Wednesday February 1st so that they may be included in the Handicap.

The presentation of prizes will be upstairs in Oscars on the Coast  Road at 1-45 pm. Note the times of the run and prize giving as many want to relax and watch the rugby international immediately thereafter.

Meet and Train girls still on top

Pamela Cooper reports: Sunday 22nd meet & train 2 mile xc race no.3 of 4

Tbe Clonliffe A Team continue to  hold onto 1st place in team rankings. Yesterday race no. 3 was hosted by Lucan Harriers AC in Griffen Valley Park with some 144 competitors on tbe day.

1st home for Clonliffe was Ciara Peelo in 6th place followed by Aisling Andrews, Aideen Brady, Laura Kernan and  Brid Beausang for Clonliffe A. The Clonliffe B Team was lead home by Claire Roche, Ailish Patton, Orla Deignan , Yvonne McDonough and Mel Curran.

Individual Clonliffe athletes of the day were Emer Brennan and Sophia. Well done all.

The West`s Awake: Clonliffe Intermediate Champions!

The fight back continues. With injuries and withdrawals mounting up over the last few day and almost down to the bare bones the five man Clonliffe Intermediate team travelled West to Tuam, County Galway for today`s Irish Life Health National Intermediate Cross Country Championships.

The event took place in the Palace Fields, with a 1500m loop fitted snugly into the available space, plenty of bends, short straights and hills,hills, hills. It was a perfect cross country day: dry, cold and still. Underfoot: yielding but not muddy.

From the starters gun both Ian Guiden and Cathal Doyle, 50% of the Clonliffe National Novice winning team scorers, got themselves into the lead pack. With the two 1000m loops behind them the field started to string out somewhat as the first 1500 loop was negotiated with the two Clonliffe vests looking strong in the lead pack of eight. At about half way Ian made a brave move to the front and drove the pace on and began to open a gap, however, a lap later and he`d been over hauled by Niall Sheehan (Gowran) and Colin Maher (Ballyfin), who would finish 1st and 2nd, and was back in 3rd with Cathal was 6th. There would be no other positional changes to these top half dozen over the final laps.

Both Thomas Sherlock and Karl Nolan really rose to the challenge putting in stirring runs. Karl in particular was outstanding. This was his very first race, ever, on the country and he ran like an old pro, focused on the vest in front, then up and past. With both of lads running with such pride in the Clonliffe vest they put exceptional shifts: Thomas placing 24th and Karl 29th. Slightly further back was Niall Sherlock, Niall as always answered the call and despite illness during the week bravely battled away in 62nd place.

At the finish Ian Guiden declared himself happy with his day`s work, another big step forward on the long road back from injury, to take bronze. Likewise a great day`s work from young Cathal Doyle, just weeks out of the junior ranks and running his longest race to date. And with Tom Sherlock and Karl Nolan`s inspired runs the lads got their just reward: National Intermediate Champions, by a tight 4 points over North Belfast. Ian, Cathal and Tom also picked up inter county gold for Dublin.

So not a bad cross country season after all: National Junior, Novice and Intermediate winners, (with Cathal Doyle scoring on all three!)

Round up: Celtic Cross Country, Aaron wins in the States, BHAA

A busy weekend for Clonliffe also included three of the club`s athletes winning International honours. Today`s Celtic Cross Country in Cardiff featured great runs by three of our up and coming young athlete. In the junior race in the Irish colours both Sean O`Leary and Adam O`Brien put in impressive runs finishing 13th and 14th as the Irish juniors took team first. Eoin Taggart was also in green in the U/23 race placing 29th.

In the USA Aaron Hanlon had a fine indoor 3000 win for Providence at the University of Rhode Island Invitational in a time of 8.32.98.

Yesterday`s EIR BHAA Cross Country 5 Mile in Cherryfield Park, Dublin saw Sean Doran place 6th and Conor Keane 11th. Full results

Snezana wins National Masters Indoors Combined title

The Irish Life Health Indoor Masters Combined Events took place in Athlone IT today. Clonliffe`s Snezana Bechtina took the National O/35 title with a total of 2,832 points. Snezana`s performances over all events were: 60 H 10.83, High Jump 1.39m, Shot 7.94m, Long Jump 4.78m and 800 2.34.28.


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