Archive for March, 2017

Doran fastest in Grand Prix opener

Liam Hennessy Reports: Round 1 of the Grand Prix Series 2017 kicked off last night. The first race of the series, The Frank White Cup was run over 5 miles (the most accurate 5 mile race in Ireland).
Race report by Liam Hennessy as follows;
Frank White Cup – 5 Miles – Morton Stadium Track – Cloud / 14 degrees / 85% Humidity / Mild headwind in home straight – Perfect conditions for distance running – 49 Starters – 43 Finishers. (Race sponsor Colm Doran)

Result of Handicap:
Winner: Simon Smith
Second Place: Dermot Faughnan
Third Place: Aisling Andrews
Full Results:
1. Sean Doran – 27.29 – Track PB
2. Conor Keane – 27.36 – Track PB
3. Anton Doran – 28.22 – Track PB
4. Dermot Faughnan – 29.51 – Track PB
5. Shane Casey – 29.53 –  Big Track PB
6. Kevin Dowling – 30.37 – Track PB
7. Stephen O’Reilly – 31.05
8. Maurice Mc Croghan – 31.56
9. Stephen Tracey – 31.58 – Track PB
10. Conor Lucey (Guest) – 31.58
11. Niall Markey – 32.38
12. Tom Griffin – 32.43
13. Mick Bermingham – 33.40
14. Trevor Wisdom – 33.41
15. Aisling Andrews – 34.01 – Big Track PB (by over 1 Min)
16. Shane Rooney – 34.01
17. Sean Grimes – 34.29 – Track PB
18. Colm Mc Donnell – 34.38
19. David O’Sullivan – 34.56
20. ?
21. ?
22. Tom Cassidy – 35.15
23. Aimee Ahern – 35.19
24. Richard Barr – 35.34
25. Jim Keogh – 35.46
26. Declan Murray – 36.09
27. Simon Smith – 36.39 – Huge Track PB (by over 3 mins)
28. Declan Grant – 35.36 – (37.02) – (Discrepancy)
29. Pat Devitt – 37.07
30. Laura Kernan – 35.36 – (37.08) – (Discrepancy)
31. Conor Jennings – 37.30
32. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 37.35
33. Liam Hennessy – 37.36
34. Neil O’Connor – 37.50
35. C. O’Regan – 37.54
36. Terry Mee – 37.56
37. Ann Lyons – 38.22
38. Dave Hanley – 38.58
39. Evelyn Brennan – 39.14
40. Shay Byrne – 39.28
41. Dave Power – 43.06
42. Dave Brady – 43.58
43. Maurice Mc Morrow – 57.31

Apologies if misspelt any name above.
Special thanks to all who helped make the race happen last night.

Next race – Round 2 – Thursday, April 13th – Mc Donald Cup – 4 Mile Track Race – Morton Stadium Track – 8pm – See you there !

Grand Prix ready for the off on Thursday

The 2017 Grand Prix Series kicks off on Thursday night March 30th, the Frank White 5 Mile on the track in Morton Stadium.

The Frank White Memorial 5 in times past was held on the roads around Dublin Airport, something that`s impossible now, in memory of the former Clonliffe athlete and Hon. Secretary Frank White who passed away in the club`s centenary year of 1986. Frank was a two time winner of the Clonliffe 2 back in the 1950s (`55 and `57) the following year, 1958 he ran in the World Record 2 Mile race won by Albie Thomas in Santry in August 1958.

Thursday`s race is a true 5 mile in that it is the only 5 mile race held in Ireland on a 400m. Back in the 1940s many a track meet featured 4 and 5 mile track races. Indeed these were National Championship races. In 1946 the Irish 5 Mile record was set by Martin Egan of Shanaglish, Gort, Co. Galway a time of 24.22.4, a record that withstood the test of time for all of sixty years, until Sergiu`s record in last year`s Frank White Memorial. Thursday`s race in once again sponsored by Sean Doran. As always anyone free on the night please come along to officiate. Race time as usual is 8.00pm.


Abbottstown training on Tuesday for Gladys`group

Gladys will be training her juvenile group in the National Indoor Arena on Tuesday (28th) meet there at 6.45pm. Collection afterwards at 9.15pm. Any issues please contact Gladys on 0879852836.

Sun, Speed and PB`s at the K Club, plus weekend round up (updated)

Shane Rooney reports from the K Club: With the thoughts of the post-race grub in mind, members of Clonliffe Harriers AC travelled to Kildare this Saturday morning to take part in the 10k challenge and put their training to the test. The sun shone bright on the KClub, resulting a fantastic pre-race atmosphere at this increasingly popular BHAA event, which had almost 430 participants.

Dave Brady was the first Clonliffian home 27th in 34.45  followed in a time of 36:20 by Conor Keane and he was followed by Kieran Murphy in 37.55 and Richard Mannion in a time of 39:24.

Stephen “The Legs” Tracey celebrated his birthday in style by knocking 65 seconds of this previous course time, crossing the finish line in a sub 40-minute time of 39:54.

In perpetration for the Limerick Marathon relay, 3 members of the relay team decided to use the race as pacing practice.  With the aim of going sub 45 mins, the trio, like true team members, dug in to support each other across the line, all 3 smashing their pre-race target and achieving PBs.  Laura Kernan set the pace in a time of 43:38 and she was quickly followed by the dynamic duo of Declan “Unicorn” Grant and Emer “Coppers” Brennan who crossed the line together 2 seconds later in a time of 43:40.

Next up was the always determined Brid Beausang, who also achieved a PB time of 46:18, proving that strong cross country runners make strong road runners.

Having just returned from injury, Niall O’Connor intended to use the race to assess his fitness. However, showing no signs of a loss of fitness and confirming that rest is essential for a good recovery, Niall also achieved a PB time of 48:36.

Not to be out done and proving that she’s Nifty at Fifty, Evelyn Brennan was next across the line at 48:50.

Also, returning from an injury and in her inaugural BHAA race, Melissa Curran dug in to finish in a time of 51:58.

As the members of Pamela Cooper’s training group know, Yvonne McDonough is a supporter of the BHAA events and actively encourages people to sign up for races. Once again, Yvonne was at the start line and had a fantastic race, finishing almost 3 minutes faster than the previous year, with a time of 52:25.

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced this weekend, keep digging in.

Also on Saturday Liam Roarty was running for Cheltenham Harriers in the Midland Road Relays on the 11th of the 12 leg relay, running 16.41 for his 5k, as Cheltenham placed 3rd of 58 teams and qualifying for the English National 12 Stage Road Relays in two weeks time.

Sunday, the 26th: Eirgrid Dunboyne 4 Mile, Sean Doran 15th 21.12, Carrig 1st junior 21.20, Joseph Keane 3rd Junior 22.58, Emma Cooper 25.03, 3rd W40, and Kerri Page 26.48.

In the Port Tunnel race, now called the Underground Race, Declan Power emerged from the darkness in 1st place in 33.09, almost 30 seconds clear of 2nd place.

Snezana silvers yet again in record time

In Daegu yesterday at the World Masters Indoors Snezana Bechtina took silver for the second time at these championships as she added W35 400 to her 200 silver. Once again Snezana was in recording braking form as she shattered her National Masters record set in the Nationals a couple of weeks back by almost two seconds a stunning 56.99.

For two events: two silvers and two National records. An impressive return by any standards!


Juvenile athletes do club proud home and away (updated)

The Clonliffe juvenile athletes did themselves and club proud on Saturday at the National Indoor Relays and at Schools International XC.

Starting off in Athlone where the U/15 girls squad of Kristen McGrath Hogan, Holly Roche, Katie Halpin, Emma McDonnell and Alana Fitzsimons took superb national silver in the 4 x 200 relay. The other two teams also put in solid performances, the U/14 girls 4 x 200 were 4th in their heat and U/14 boys 5th in theirs.

Meanwhile proudly wearing the Irish green vest in Wales (and not a dirty tackle in sight) was Daragh Carter in the Schools International Cross Country junior boys race. On a very tough course and racing over a significantly longer distance than usual Daragh stuck manfully to his task with a solid run finishing in 32nd as the Irish team took silver. A great experience for Daragh to bring the curtain down on what was a break through cross country season for him.

Day 2, Sunday, of National Juveniles Indoors, with the sun shining outside, saw some of the club`s middles distance athletes in action. First in was Dermot Buckley in the U/16 1500 final, after a very fast opening two laps Dermot found himself in the second group but put in a solid run placing 9th in 4.36.68. Next in two of the U/17 squad, both drawn in heat 2. In this one Cian Bolger ran a very mature race at the head of the pack finishing 2nd (4.29.92) and will go in the final later this afternoon. Ben Guiden had what`s well described as an “up and down race” and was disappointed not to make the final after getting badly boxed in, more than once, to finish 7th (4.33.49). Likewise Cliona Cooley was disappointed with her race in the U/18 1500 finishing well short of her best down in 12th.

A magnificent silver for Cian Bolger in this evenings U/17 1500 final. In a tight finish Cian recorded a time of 4.17.96 as the first four finished with a second and a quarter of one another. Cian`s silver was one of three today as Emma McDonnell was 2nd in the U/15 high jump (1.55m) and Sally Somula 2nd U/14 60m in 8.20, having ran 8.30 in her heat.

(thanks to Darren Bolger for photos)

A Letter from America arrives!

Sorry its been a while, here is a quick update. Made an attempted comeback after my achilles tendonitis in Jan/Feb after two good sessions here last week (first two of 2017). Travelled to the Victor Lopez innovational in Houston Texas last Friday night to run my first ever 5000m on a track. Weather was forecast for a pretty serious thunderstorm at the time of my race. Thankfully it stayed in the Gulf long enough for us to run the race but that was about the only thing that went in our favor that night. (Temp during hovered around 26 degrees with near 100% humidity @ 9pm)
Finished 18th in an absolute Moshpit of a race (43 starters on a single line – they combined 3 heats at the last minute for fear of lightening strikes forecast for the next hour).
Wasn’t in as good a shape as I thought I was, ended up much slower then my times in sessions had projected. Time was 15:44 in the end. (official results attached)
Coach was pretty happy, I was very far from pleased.
However Rome wasn’t built in a day and I will live to fight another day. Great experience and its something to build on. I’ll keep you updated as I have more races planned for the next 2 months.
Until then all the best,
Nil D
Brian Flanagan.

Snezana silvers at World Masters Indoors

Snezana Bechtina this morning won World Indoor W35 200 silver won in Daegu, Korea in a new National Master`s record of 25.75, running even faster than the existing new record set by her in the heats two days ago. Snezana had won Tuesday`s heat in 25.92, the second fastest of the day. This bring her indoor season to a wonderful conclusion. She has been completely dominant on the indoor circuit in Ireland in 2017 having won the National 60, 200 and 400 titles, the 60 and 400 being National Masters records and now as a result of her superb runs in Daegu holds all three National Masters records.

Fingal looking for help with Primary schools XC event in Santry

Bart Rogers: Fingal CC cross country finals will be held in Morton Stadium on Tuesday 4th April from 10am to 1.30pm and are looking for help from anyone from the club who would be so kind as to give a few hours to help. Young athletics from more than 40 primary schools in the Fingal area will be taking part. There will be races on the track and in Santry Demesne during the day which will have some 1600 young people taking part.

If you are available to help from 9.30am to 1.30 pm Niall McGuirk from Fingal CC would be very happy to hear from you and he can be contacted at 0871206431 or e-mail him at  Anytime given will be of great help as you are helping young people to get a taste of athletics in the National Stadium. Many thanks in anticipation of your help.

Bart Rogers                                               “

Clonliffe track/field usage for upcoming season

With the track and field season about to swing into action there is now obviously going to be a considerable increase in the numbers of athletes, across all sections of the club seeking track time during Clonliffe training hours in the stadium. To assist the club captain has as in previous years, assigned the following lanes:

Lanes 1 – 4 middle distance groups

Lanes 5 – 6 exclusively sprints groups

Lanes 7 and 8 juvenile groups

Lanes 9 and 10 sprints groups

Javelin on the infield (athletes beware)

Hammer/Discus please use the practice cage

Hurdles please talk to the captain and a lane will be freed up

All coaches and athletes are asked to observe this and if for any reason you wish to deviate coaches please talk to one another and the club captain for permission.

In order to ensure that as many groups as possible can use the lanes the following is also suggested:

All warm up and cool downs should be done off track ie on the infield or outside of the track area completely.

If groups are doing reps they should step off the track for their recovery (checking of course for oncoming traffic!) In other words if there is a group of athletes doing 200 reps they should not hog the whole lane by walking or jogging the final 200 as that lane will be tied up for full session.

Groups please do not come onto the lane you are using for your rep until you are ready to go. A 30 second countdown is not on!

Athletes doing reps and athletes on the track please be aware of track etiquette and if you are coming upon a slower or stationary athlete shout ‘track’. It is up to all to try and avoid impeding one another, however, if an error does occur and you as an athlete are impeded please draw breath and try to keep calm!

Most important. Beware of field events and in particular javelin. These athletes will be training on the infield. It is vitally important that all athletes are aware and alert to this.

If various groups could structure their training so that some are warmed up and ready to go at 7 p.m., others ready to go on to track at 7.30, 8 p.m., 8.15 p.m. etc. all will get better usage of the facility.

In the event of difficulties or problems arising, which over the course of the season undoubtedly there will be a couple of issues, athletes are asked to bring any such to the attention of their coach who in turn will talk to the club captain.

Finally the best of luck to all our athletes for the coming season.


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