Archive for March, 2018

No Juvenile Training Easter Sunday

Enjoy those Easter Eggs! No Juvenile training on Easter Sunday. Happy Easter!

Scullion runs Irish Best time for Track 5 Mile !!

Liam Hennessy Reports: Round 1 of our Grand Prix Series 2018 kicked off last night. Race report and Results provided by Liam Hennessy as follows;

60 starters toed the line for The Frank White Cup – Ireland’s most accurate 5 mile race – Thursday, March 29th – 8pm – Morton Stadium. The weather proved quite challenging, as runners battled a freezing cold night along with heavy rain. Runners gathered to receive pre-race instructions and it became clear we had an elite runner in Stephen Scullion, ready to run. Every few years the Grand Prix Committee offer Clonliffe Harriers athletes an opportunity to break the Irish Best 5 mile track time, so Stephen decided to give the race a go and he didn’t disappoint. At the 2.5 mile mark Stephen was 17 seconds inside the old time. He went on to finish in 24.03 well inside the time set in 2016 (24.14) by Sergiu Ciobanu. In 2016 Sergiu had broken the Irish best time set by Martin Egan from 1946. We were delighted for Stephen, fittingly fully kitted out in his Clonliffe attire, that he achieved this Best time and he picked up the winners prize and Irish Best bonus for his efforts.

(Pictured: Stephen and President Paddy Marley)

Prizes were presented for the following;
Mens Race;
Winner – Stephen Scullion – 24.03.59 – Irish Best Time – 5 miles Track.
Second Place – Sean Doran

Third Place – George Brady

Womens Race;
Winner – Aisling Andrews
Second Place – Laura Kernan

Third Place – Aimee Ahern

Grand Prix Handicap Result;
Winner of Frank White Cup – Declan Grant
Runner up – Richie Barr

Third Place – Ann Lyons

Full Result of the race as follows;
1. Stephen Scullion – 24.03.59
2. Sean Doran – 27.29
3. George Brady – 29.42
4. Dermot Faughnan – 29.53
5. Kevin Dowling – 30.06
6. Conor Keane – 30.19
7. Paul Keenan – 30.38
8. Shane Casey – 30.41
9. Wayne Walker – 30.45
10. Stephen Bateson – 31.13
11. Paul O’Loughlin – 32.29
12. Alan Worrall – 32.33
13. Philip Matthews – 32.48
14. Mick Bermingham – 32.52
15. Tom Griffin – 33.06
16. Murray Ahern – 33.10
17. Alex Eustace – 33.14
18. Richie Barr – 33.40
19. Fergal Keenan – 33.47
20. Declan Grant – 33.48
21. Brian Connor – 33.49
22. Mick Gleeson – 33.53
23. Colm Leonard – 34.04
24. Aisling Andrews – 34.20
25. Shane Rooney – 34.35
26. Ollie Power – 34.36
27. Paul White – 34.39
28. Kieran Lawless – 34.46
29. Laura Kernan – 34.47
30. Aimee Ahern – 34.49
31. Sean Grimes – 35.19
32. Declan Murray – 35.54
33. Seamus Devitt – 36.15
34. Simon Smith – 36.16
35. Clodagh Moriarty – 36.25
36. Tommy Dunne – 36.29
37. Kevin Sheehy – 36.30
38. Tom Cassidy – 36.46
39. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 36.50
40. Orla Deighan – DQ
41. Colm Doran – 37.19
42.Joe Cole – 37.21
43. Ann Lyons – 37.22
44. Conor Jennings – 37.23
45. Jenny Sharkey – 37.24
46. Gary – 38.10
47. Jason Blake – 38.36
48. Jenny Bowers – 38.45
49. Philip Richards – 39.28
50. John O’Mahony – 39.28
51. Shay Byrne – 39.38
52. Mary Purdue Smith – 39.55
53. Evelyn Brennan – 39.55
54. Sinead Smith – 40.24
55. Gerard Fay – 41.35
56. Dave Lyons – 42.06
57. Greg O’Beirne – 43.50
58. Dave Brady – 44.51
59. Sinead Morrissey – 51.05

Apologies for any misspelt names above.

Well, this was a super start to the Grand Prix Series for 2018. The series just gets better and despite the weather there were many fine performances, so well done to everyone who took part in this Round 1 of 16. The winner of the handicap was another surprise with Declan Grant coming out on top. Is there any stopping Declan; Runner-up 2016, Runner-up 2017 and now leader after Round 1 in 2018; however we’ve only just begun !!!

Many thanks to our Club President; Paddy Marley and Club Captain; Joe Cooper for their presence and to the many volunteers, who despite the weather conditions managed to do a fine job in making this race happen. Thanks must also go to Caroline and Paddy Tuite for the after race refreshments.

Well what’s next ?:  Our next race Round 2/16 takes place on Thursday, April 12th – The Mc Donald Cup – 4 Mile Track Race – 8pm – Morton Stadium.

And there’s more !!!!!
Important date for your diary;

Round 3/16 – Thursday, April 26th – Clonliffe 2 mile Road Race – Morton Stadium – 8pm. Would love to see everyone take part in our famous 2 Mile Race, “The Oldest Road Race in the Land” so you have been reminded in plenty of time – See you there !!!
Liam Hennessy

Watch out Throwers about!

All coaches and athletes please note that as of tomorrow, Tuesday the 27th Bart Rogers will have the javelin throwers back training in the Morton Stadium.

All coaches need to remind the athletes in their groups that accordingly the crossing of the infield is now out of bounds and any crossing should be done either behind the javelin throwers or done at the far end of the stadium. Some of these throwers will be capable of throwing the javelin 60 metres plus and of course if it is a wet night the javelin will skid off the ground and go further.

It is vitally important, therefore, that all are vigilant and wary of their surroundings.

Day 3 of National Juveniles brings Indoor season to a close.

The final day of the Indoor season, Day 3 of the National Juvenile Championships took place at AIT Athlone today. Although no medals are coming back to Santry the Clonliffe athletes in action put in solid displays. Craig Giles was in very good form in the U/19 800 comfortably qualifying for the final after winning his heat in 2.00.84. In the final lady luck failed to shine. Running an excellent race Craig was always well in the hunt and indeed was looking good for at least silver went he went down meters from the line and ended up 4th in 1.59.63.

Hannah Browne enjoyed a good day with a 2 second PB in the U/19 800 final of 2.21.19 taking her to a battling 5th place.

Cian Bolger had a day to put behind him in U/18 800 finishing 6th in his heat (2.07.45), likewise Ella Brown had a disappointing run in the U/17 800, 6th in 2.35.56.

Jonathan Fitzsimons ran well in the U/14 800 with a new PB of 2.24.47 run to 5th place in his heat.

In the 200s Alex Twomey was 3rd in her U/16 heat (26.81) and Emma McDonnell was 4th in hers (27.35). Rebecca Fitzsimons battled gamely in her U/18 heat to 3rd place with her 26.47 securing her a place in the final where she places 6th (27.00).

Thus indoors comes to a close. The good news of course is that rust never sleeps and the outdoor seasons starts in a matter of weeks!

(Hannah Browne, 5th U/19 800 Final)

(Craig Giles, 4th U/19 800 Final)

(Cian Bolger, U/18 800 Heats)

Weekend round up: Clonliffe vests spotted in Lion`s Den! Men win Dunboyne team(updated)

The weekend started on a beautiful Spring Saturday morning in St. Anne`s Park Raheny as the Clonliffe Junior women ventured into the Lion`s Den for a 9.30am Park Run. The girls all put in very good runs with several of the group well up on times posted in previous outings here. Ale Hernandez had a superb run to place 2nd woman and 11th overall in 19.24, the best part of a minute faster than she ran here last October. A PB also by Sarah Bateson 3rd woman in 20.06, 4th woman was Aiofe Hession 20.32, some 90 seconds faster than she last ran here, with Abbie Sheehy also running a big pb 5th women in 20.32. Next in was Alana Fitzsimons (21.10), Tess Loftus (22.24), Aimee Warren (22.42), Ella Cooley (23.50) and Cara Curran Beggs (24.46). Excellent stuff and also a great advertisement for the club with all 9 fully kitted out in their club vests!

Sunday the 25th saw some good performances from the middle/long distance group at the Dunboyne 4 Mile. Cathal Doyle was 8th (19.12), Adam O`Brien 11th (19.57), Ian Guiden 12th (20.00) and Sean Doran 18th (20.46). The lads took the team win with Adam also 1st junior man.

Other Clonliffe in Dunboyne: Dave Brady 22.29, Anthony Doran 23.59, Richard Mannion 24.48, Elaine McLoughlin 26.56, Ollie Power 27.17, Sharon Lawlor 28.13.

Scullion and Sergiu at World Half

The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships took place in Valencia this evening. Clonliffe duo Stephen Scullion and Sergiu Ciobanu were on the Irish team, Stephen placed 92nd in 65.19 with Sergiu 101st in 66.19.

Welcome home European Gold Medallist Snezana

Clonliffe welcomed home European Indoors Masters W35 400m gold medallist Snezana Bechtina tonight. Snezana won the European title in Madrid on Tuesday. After her semi final the previous day Snezana said she felt sluggish during that “slower” race and “…decide that I would feel better running fast from the off in the final”. So if proved to be as she lead from the off and was clear at the break on her way to winning her first International title. Last year Snezana medalled at the World Masters Indoors, and of course set a series of new Masters National records.

Snezana`s attention now turns towards the outdoor season and looks to winning more National titles and then the big one.. in September the World Masters in Malaga, Spain. All being well Snezana may once again reign in Spain!

(Pictured, Alana, Cara, Snezana, Emma and Aoife)

(European Indoor W35 400 Champion: Snezana Bechtina)

(Below action from European Masters Indoors)

Gerry`s group training switch this weekend

Notice for parents/athletes in Gerry Carr`s group: with National Indoors on Sunday training for this weekend is switched from Sunday to Saturday at 11.00am in the stadium.

Please help to keep this website relevant

Clonliffe Harriers has always prided itself on getting results and reports from various races online with as much speed as possible. Generally this website strives to have results up on the website before the sun goes down on that particular day.  Members, however, ought to have noted from previous appeals posted by the webmaster that it is becoming a far too cumbersome and time-consuming task to keep an eye on all the club’s members activities and to report on what has been happening.

Contrary to popular opinion the club does not have fulltime staff!

Between the juvenile athletes, track and field athletes, road races, master athletes and so forth it is becoming a huge time-consuming task and frankly it is just unfair to expect one person to spent their weekend evenings trawling through various websites for you, the club members, results.

Going forward, therefore, only significant performances/results will be reported on this website unless you the club members are kind enough to inform the webmaster of your results.

All that is required is for you to text your name, the event you took part in, your place (if you have it) and your time to 087 9599 888. Please note however a text on the day is required not a day, week or month later.

If we have the information it will go up on the website, however, if we do not have the information it will not.

With the track and field season now only around the corner things are becoming even busier so once again an appeal: you tell us and we will tell the world. If you are too modest to tell us of your performances then modesty will prevail and no-one but you will ever know about your new PB!

Snezana wins European Title!

Clonliffe`s multi decorated Master`s Champion sprinter Snezana Bechtina has done it again! At the European Masters Indoor Championships in Madrid today she won the W35 400 European title in 58.97.


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