Archive for June, 2017

Four Clonliffe athletes selected for European Team

Athletics Ireland this evening announced the Irish team for the European Team First League Championships which takes place in Vaasa, Finland on June 23rd to 25th.

There are four Clonliffe athletes selected: Brian Gregan in the 400m, and 4 x 400 relay, David Flynn in the 3000 SC, Luke Lennon-Ford 4 x 400 relay and Stephen Rice in the Javelin.

Congratulations to all four and indeed the whole Irish team. (see for full team)


Padraig Keane Memorial Race Saturday July 1st

The annual Padraig Keane Memorial Race will once again take place in Padraig`s home place of Ballinlough, County Roscommon on Saturday July 1st. The race is organised by Padraig`s family with the promise of a good night’s craic afterwards in the Padraig Keane Bar!! See Facebook/Padraig Keane Memorial Race.


More of the same from Day 3 of Dublin Juveniles

Day 3 of the Dublin Juvenile Championships and from yet another venue, today it was Irishtown. It was, however, more of the same from the Clonliffe athletes: top drawer performances throughout.

Starting off with the field events where Jonas Norvaias was again in top form winning the boys U/14 shot. Jonas Nyberg was 2nd, making it a Clonliffe shot one two, later Jonas, Nyberg that is also took javelin silver. Also in the javelin it was a great day for the Laipy girls as Nicole won the U/14 javelin and Alex won the U/17 javelin and also won the U/17 100 hurdles for good measure.

Emma McDonnell, who has been in excellent form all weekend took silver in the U/15 girls 200 with Holly Roche 3rd and Alex Toomey 4th. Alex later took bronze in the long jump. Sally Sumola another winning medals all weekend continued with U/14 200 silver.

In the U/17 200 Rebecca Fitzsimons was 2nd with Rapha Diamond Ebbs 3rd, Rapha was also 3rd in the long jump and later 4th in both the 400.

Craig Giles was 3rd in the U/18 400, and Cian Bolger made the U/17 400 final. Mark Keirns also put in a great weekend and today was 4th in the U/18 200.

It was a great weekend indeed for the Clonliffe athletes. The Championships continue on Wednesday with the 1500s and also the High Jump, which was rained off today, and then continue with relays (uneven ages) on Friday and Friday week (even ages).

Stephen Scullion breaks new ground in 10,000 plus round up

Stephen Scullion ran his first ever track 10,000 last night at the Portland Track Festival, at the Lewis and Clark College Track, Oregan clocking an impressive 28.58.28. Scullion placed 11th in the race which was won by Galen Rupp (USA) in 28.18.29. Scullion`s time places him inside the Clonliffe all time top 10 in 8th place splitting Jerry Kieran and Gerry Finnegan.

On his Facebook page Scullion said: “20 weeks ago I hadn’t ran in 8 months, and was playing rugby. I’m pretty happy with that result, 20 more weeks and I`ll run a lot faster.”

(Stephen Scullion in the Portland Festival 10,000)

Today, Sunday the 11th, Brian MacMahon was 5th in the Michael Murphy 4 Mile road race in Ferns, Co. Wexford (20.52) also in Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny Sergiu Ciobanu won the Little South 4 Mile Road race in 19.46.

Morton Games, Wednesday 4 weeks!

The countdown to the biggest date in the Clonliffe year is well and truly on! Wednesday 4 weeks is Morton Games International Athletics. Keep on visiting the event web site for all updates and news:

So how can you do your bit for your club:

Financially this is a huge undertaking. The Meet runs to break even. No one receives any payment whatsoever. So if you are involved in a business please come on board as a sponsor, contact or the meet director Noel Guiden on 0879599888. Please also as an individual becoming a Friend of Morton Games, a donation of €100 will see your name on the event programme and web site, and you will get 2 tickets to the meet. Contact

Sign up as a volunteer. You will get a special t shirt, plus become a member of the acknowledged “friendliest team in World athletics” . Contact Jeremy Chapman . Please do this today as needs to be planned NOW, not next week!

Please spread the word. Send the this flyer to your athletics contacts. Please ask for Flyers to hand out at events. See Noel Guiden.

If you can`t do any of the above, then please at the very least come along on July 12th and support the event. Admission is only €10, bring your kids for free.

Gregan`s flying 400 track highlight

On a day of action on the track at home and away the stand out performer was undoubtedly Brian Gregan`s 400 in Geneva early today. A win in another season`s best, a brilliant 45.75 as he home`s in on 45.50, the World championships QT. Also competing in Geneva was Luke Lennon-Ford, 47.18 for 400 and 21.67 for 200.

At the Northern Ireland Championships Timmy Crowe was 2nd in the 400H in 54.62. Leo Morgan was 5th in the 100 final (10.96).

Also today the GV Ryan Meet took place in a windy Irishtown Stadium with good Clonliffe representation. In the 3000 Ian Guiden continued his comeback with a 5th place finish in 8.33.00, Cathal Doyle was 9th (8.41.96), Adam O`Brien 13th (8.55.44) and Alex Gibbons 24th (9.34.85). Conor Healy ran 3.57.08 in the1500 placing 7th. In the 800 B Mark McDonald ran 1.57.74, Shaun Conaghan in the C race ran 2.03.59, Greta Streimkyte was 5th in the 800B in 2.29.70 and Emma Kelly 4th in the 200 (27.71).

On the roads today at the Patrick Bell 5k in Bohemeen Sean Doran was 4th (16.15) and Joseph Cooper 25th (17.43)

Dublin Juvenile Championships: Day 2, Tallaght

A beautiful day in the Tallaght sunshine greeted the Clonliffe athletes for Day 2 of the Dublins. It was a little windy but on the whole a pretty fine day indeed.

Once again some top notch performances from the clubs athletes on both the track and in the field. Dublin titles were taken by Emma McDonnell adding the Girls U15 High Jump to her 800 title from last night. Kamil Gorkan won the boys U/19 high jump and in the U/16 high jump Christian Bosnjak was 2nd. Also in the field events Jonas Nyberg won the U/14 boys discus, with Keith Burke 3rd. In the long jump Sally Sumola took the girls U/14 Dublin title with a 4.62m best, and later silver in the 100.

After battling through last night`s heats Naoise Cullen took bronze in the girls U/14 800. Another athlete in the middle distance finals today was Jonathan Fitzsimons taking U/13 600 silver.

In the sprints Rebecca Fitzsimons took a fine win in the girls U/17 100 with Jessica Dedeku 3rd. Cathlin O`Reilly was also in golden form winning the U/18 100. While in the boys U/18 100 Mark Keirns was 3rd. Alex Toomey was 3rd in the girls U/15 100. A mention also of Karl Baleno who placed 4th in the boys U/12 60m

Last athletes in action were the 3000 crew who had a very long wait indeed until their races. Sarah Bateson made a fine debut over 3000 in the U/16 race with a blistering final 200 making up 10 meters on her rival to grab silver in a time of 11.35. The U/16 boys race was won by Daragh Carter after a stirring final 100 sprint to the line in 10.38. Daniel Stone impressed in the U/17 boys taking silver with a 10.04 run. In the U/18s Daniel Lacey was 3rd (9.39) with a fast finishing Jordan Byrne 4th (9.50) and Sam Baker Gorman 7th.


Great start to Dublin Championships by Clonliffe Juveniles

The first night of the Dublin Juvenile Championships kicked off the weekend in Morton Stadium. A good night for racing, a little cold but no rain! The menu tonight was a middle distance affaire 500s to 800s.

The younger age groups had heats with finals tomorrow. Some excellent runs from the younger Harriers with the highlights including: U/11 girls heats 5th Sarah McDonnell. U/12 boys 4th Cian O’Hare. U/13 girls 5th Orlando O’Sullivan. U/13 boys 5th Jonathan Fitzsimons.

Moving onto the 800s for the older groupings: U/14 girls 2nd Naoise Cullen and a place in tomorrow`s final in Tallaght.

The U/15 girls 800 was a final with great Clonliffe representation: Emma McDonnell, Ella Cooley, Alana Fitzsimons, Aoife Hession and Katie Halpin. In this race Emma McDonnell took up the running from the gun with a very brave Alana Fitzsimons sticking on her shoulder. Down the home straight Emma McDonnell was a cool 1st, the fast finishing Katie Halpin got herself up to 3rd and Alana`s brave run was rewarded with a 4th place finish and a place in the Nationals. Likewise the U/16 girls race had a strong Clonliffe presence with Ella Brown, Cara Beggs Curran, Vicky McDonnell and Amy Hodson all very much involved. Amy Hodson has a super run to finish in 2nd place.

The U/17 boys 800 was a stunningly fast race, won in 1.56. Cian Bolger was top Clonliffe in 3rd place and breaking new ground as he shattered two minutes with a 1.58.6 run, fine runs also by U/16 All Ireland school`s champion Aaron Hanlon n this race with a pb of 2.02.

Hannah Browne continued her excellent record in these Dublin Championships taking another win with a gun to tape win in 2.26.00 in the U/18 race. In the boys U/18 & 19 race Craig Giles was the class of the field winning a tactical race in sub 2, Shane Ferris took bronze, with Jack Horan 5th and a good warm up for tomorrow`s 3000 from Jordan Byrne. Jordan was today called up for the Irish Schools team in the 1500SC.


Who RUN the world? Girls!

Shane Rooney Reports: During the June Bank Holiday weekend, it was the turn of the Clonliffe ladies to take centre stage and they were doing it for themselves.

First up were Melissa Curran and Anne “The Legend” Lyons who both successfully participated in the enjoyable, but challenging, SSE Walled City Marathon in Derry on Saturday June 3rd. With Pam’s hill sessions in their legs, both ladies were ready for the challenge. Anne, in what was for her the first of two races at the weekend, charged home in a time of 3:58.  Melissa (this was her 5th marathon to date) who, despite the course consisting of hills, hills and more hills, romped home in a time of 4:17, her second-best marathon time and just seconds’ shy of a new PB.

Next up was the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, which this year saw over 33,000 women (and some funny looking women!!) line up and charge through the south Dublin streets. This is an event Irish people should be extremely proud of as it’s the biggest all women’s event of its kind in the world and since its inception, in 1983, has raised over €300 million for charity. It was fantastic to see the Black & Amber represented by 11 Clonliffe women toeing the line with the elites and excitedly waiting for the starting gun to fire. Watching them take-off was like watching Super Woman going into battle, each one charging to their destiny and discovering their full powers.

First home was the dynamic duo of Aideen “Whoop Whoop” Brady (42:59) and Laura “I make this look easy” Kernan (43:00) who crossed the line hand-in-hand and united, the ladies came home in 68th and 69th place respectively, both achieving PBs.  The 3rd Clonliffe lady home, and in 109th place overall, was Kerri Page, in a time of 44:19.

Whilst this is a race, the true focus of the Women’s Mini Marathon is support, friendship and comradery, which was perfectly displayed by Ciara “Olympian” Peelo who paced Kerri up to 7km and then ran back to support her training buddy Emer Brennan, both crossing the line together. Big shout out to the other Clonliffe Super Women; Ali O’Sullivan, Joanne McCabe, Anne Lyons (yes, the same lady who completed the Derry marathon the day before), Katie Hennigan, Catherine “Cheese & Wine connoisseur” Dempsey and Caroline Hynes.

I would also like to congratulate Ollie Power (full marathon), Paul “new PB” O’Laughlin (half marathon) and all the other Clonliffe members (mentioned in a previous post) who participated in races in Cork on June 3rd.

This report cannot conclude without wishing Eugene Coppinger a Happy 60th Birthday, which was celebrated in running style when he was joined by his band of happy runners in Malahide for a birthday 5km run.

As with every race questions have been raised;

Are the rumours true, did Anne Lyons run home from Derry?

What happened to the poor “guy” they women met in the pub after the mini marathon?

Now that Ollie is best friends with the Lord Mayor of Cork, does he have his sights set on becoming the Lord Mayor of Swords?

Until next time folks, keep digging in.




400 PB for Mark McDonald at graded

Mark McDonald recorded a fine 400 PB at the Graded meet in Morton Stadium of 50.70 last night. Mark placed 2nd in the A race. Another athlete in fine form was Eleanor Alexander getting back towards her best as she won the A 1500 in 4.34.37. In grade B Rio Paralympian Greta Streimikyte was 3rd in 5.00.68.

In the men`s 1500 Shaun Conaghan was 2nd in grade B (4.21.80) with Jack Maughan 5th (4.23.26). Denise Bolger was 4th in the 100 B, race 1 (13.39), Emer Treacy was 5th in the 400 B in 65.31. Leo Mangan won the A 100 in 11.12, while in the B race, the youngsters warm up for their Dublin Championships, Mark Kerins was 4th in 100 B (12.10) with Kamil Gorka 6th (12.22).

Finally in the hammer Simon Galligan was 2nd (57.15m) , Caoimhe Morris was back in action throwing the 4kg hammer 41.46 and Frances Mansfield (3kg) through 13.67.


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