Archive for March, 2018

Grand Prix Update: Entry about to close!

The Grand Prix Sub Committee report that the 2018 series is almost fully subscribed. If you want in the advise is bring your entry form and payment to the club tonight. After that you`ll be too late!

The Series will start on Thursday of next week March 29th with the Frank White Cup- 5 Miles on the track. Frank White was a long time member of Clonliffe Harriers as both an athlete and official serving as Honorary Secretary. He also ran in the famous Albie Thomas Two Mile World Record in Santry in 1958 (no. 34) and won the Clonliffe 2 back in 1957 (running for Annadale).

In 2016 Sergiu Ciobanu broke  Martin Egan’s 70 year old best time (for a track 5 mile) with a new best of 24 min 14-8 sec.  For any Clonliffe athlete who can better that time next week there is a bonus of €500 on offer! There is also a first prize of €100, plus prizes for 2nd and 3rd on the night in both mens and womens categories. Please note that at Elite level entry is confined to members of Clonliffe Harriers, as this is a club race.

It`s a great way to kick off the 16 race series. But as always if you`re not in you can`t win!

National Indoors beats weather

With most athletics, and indeed most sports fixtures in the country, falling victim to today`s snow those who braved the roads and headed to AIT Athlone for the National Juvenile Indoor Championships were rewarded with nice warm, seated surroundings and not a splash of mud in sight!

The Clonliffe athletes who had qualified for the championships all put in solid performances. Jonas Norvaisa was in super form in the boys U/15 shot claiming silver with an impressive 14.30m.

On the track the day commenced with the 400, in the U/18 girls race Rebecca Fitzsimons placed 4th in her heat with a 62.50 run not enough to get through to that afternoon`s final. A similar fate befell Lauren Carr in the U/19 race, 4th in 62.62.

In the 1500s young Alana Fitzsimons will benefit from the experience of a tough day in the U/16 race where she placed 14th (5.29.06) in a big field. Abbie Sheehy ran a competitive race in the U/17 race getting into the lead pack until 400 or so to go, and running a 5.10.88 pb in 10th place. Craig Giles was clearly off form in the U/19 race, leading over the first 1100, however was swallowed up over the remaining laps and finished a disappointed 8th (4.18.31).

Finally in the 60m Sally Sumola enjoyed a great day in the U/15 race, qualifying for the final after an 8.09 heat and then running 8.03 in the final to capture bronze. In the U/19 60 Caitlin O`Reilly ran 8.00 in her heat to qualify for the final. In the final Cathlin put in a great effort running 7.90 but not quite enough to take a medal as she placed in that most unlucky of positions 4th. Also qualifying for her final was Alex Twomey in the U/16 60 after an 8.07 heat and placing 8th in the final 8.11. Finally Kristian Bosnjak was 12th in the boys U/17 long jump (5.34m).

Round up (up dated)

St Patrick`s Day racing: At the Portlaoise 5k Mark Kenneally made a surprise appearance finishing in 9th place in 15.45. Also racing, and less of a surprise, was Sean Doran 24th in 16.56.

Also on the 17th the Aon Mullingar Half Marathon attracted five Clonliffe athletes : Dermot Faughan 1.21.12, Ollie Power 1.37.55, Anne Lyons 1.46.34, Melissa Curran 1.50.49 and Katie Hennigan 1.57.57.

At the Balbriggan Half on St. Patrick`s Day 5th Dave Brady 82.05, Wayne Walker 84.39.

Again can I once again appeal to our athletes to text in their results….0879599888. Please assist the web master!!! 

Juvenile training St. Patrick`s weekend

Juvenile athletes/parents please note that there is no training in Santry for Gladys`group this Sunday, March 18th. Likewise no training either Saturday or Sunday for Ray`s, Noel`s or Mick`s groups (athletes please follow schedule given by your coach). Training as normal for Gerry`s on Sunday.

Good luck to athletes competing in National Juvenile Indoors in Athlone on Sunday.

Happy St. Patrick`s Day to all!

 

Now that Winter is over!!

With Winter now behind us (don`t look out the window!) thoughts turn to the Summer and the Track & Field season. So here`s your early notice: Thursday July 19th, Morton Stadium, Santry The Morton Games, International Athletics. Start spreading the news! Keep an eye on

www.mortongames.ie

Loops, tall chaps and Google maps ! (Den Haag HM 11 .03.2018)

Maurice McCrohan Reports: Declan Power has been extolling the virtues of an away trip spring half for some time. The Den Haag half is a race event that went under the radar for our running community. Kieran, Jer and myself took Declans’ advice and joined him on his return to the event.
Unfortunately ,on arrival in Amsterdam  Schifol airport train station,we did not take Declans advice,that there are three stations in the Hague and the race HQ is close to Centraal station. We jumped off at Den Haag North and were puzzled  not to see a park and HQ Tents in the locality. But,of course you can find your way so easily  these days with google maps..?
30 minutes later  we were still  aimlessly looping around Den Haag desperate for signs of greenery.We then saw the sign for Centraal Station and the penny dropped  in terms of  Declan’s clear directions! The race tents came into view.We got our race numbers without fuss or much queueing. The race T shirt was add on to the race fee. Only one of our group bought the T shirt.
The number on the T shirts 070 caused debate.It  seemed to be  a misprint of race categories? No! Exclaimed a Dutch friend of Declans( in their  stereotypical direct way )when asked about this later! She thought we had been to a “coffee” shop! 070 is the NL dialling code!
From our race gang of four,we were a man down for the race. Jer was on the injury list. But ,he was our  able  mentor,coach,sherpa. A bit of a fixer upper as the song goes ,But also an  occasional winder  upper. On saturday evening , smirking, supping a Dutch local ale ,while we were left to choose between sparking and still water. We spent the afternoon watching and enjoying the Rugby! The Park Hotel was  located in the Centrum,close to identical looking side streets of numerous cafes,bars ,restaurants.There were glorious old church structures and the  main shopping thoroughfare.In summary, the city is  a hidden treasure.
I found the streets all looked the same. So I did not get my bearings until Sunday.
The food range satisfied the dietay requirements of our gang.A vegan,a vegetarian and one who eats any old sh..!
Declans booked an Italian restraurant for the evening.Our google maps locator again went haywire.We had another aimless loop wander until we reached the restaurant .The Fratelli was so popular that our booking was moved to the basement function room.It was actually fine. We could hear ourself talk.
The pasta and pennes were ok ,the waiters  very friendly. The location picturesque ,adjacent to a lake and an old historical building.
We were up bright and early on race day.We did not need to be up too early,race  time was 2.30pm.This gave us the digestion time to fill our boots food wise.Kieran and myself brought our own porridge.But ,porridge is not a regular on the Dutch breakfast menu. They heated my porridge flakes ,but did not realise it tastes better if you add milk or water!
The Den Haag HM is one of a number of races on the day. We arrived at race HQ an hour before to see the tail end of the 10KM. Jer Sherpa  took our gear and we warmed up. Declan was in to the elite field zone.
We lined up feeling  positively Lilliputian among the land of the Dutch  giants. So many tall runners,when smaller seems an advantage for distance races. The MC was fun lots of Dutch songs and chants.And then we were off..
It was a mainly flat course.Roads wide enough for runing space.Early on Dutch runners when undertaking were very polite using the Dutch for excuse me as they passed.It was a mild afernoon,the earlier rain had cleared.
The only real testing area is a couple of KMs on the coast,slight increase in gradient and potential exposure to the wind. Fortunately,there was no headwind ,which was a feature in 2017. Mentor Jer had us very concerned about the potential moderate winds.But as the shipping forecast would say,winds stayed the  light side of moderate.
The course remained flat for the run in to the finish.The race had around 9500 finishers,so there was no overcrowing.There were 4 water stations giving out  cups water and energy drinks were sufficient.
There were good crowds along the route,But the Dutch are more reserved than Americans or Dubs in terms of encouragement. Heading into the finish straight there is around 300m run to the line.Good support and a less reserved crowd  lined the run in area.
I was happy with a 87 finish.My times in something of a contradiction are improving slowly. The bouquets are deserved  elsewhere. Declan got 1st M045 and  a top 100 finish in 73 mins. Kierans 83mins was an impressive 10th in age group and 1st (flying) non Dutchman M050.
The post race area in a field was well organised and  spacious.But,not much in terms of snacky post race food.This is a very well run event. We were all happy and ready for a post race  relaxing evening. But first ,being Holland ,Kieran had to have his post race chips. We found a place with excellent chips that hit the mark.
We then went to the suprisingly busy Hupple bar. The reasons for the crowd soon became clear. The bar manager brought our complimentary soup and bread. Again,this hit the mark. The only condition, the manager imposed made was you had to write a review of the soup and sandwiches in the pub notebook!!We found another bar with a food area attached,which went down well as hunger pains returned. Reggae music addded to the ambiance. We then returned to the Hupple bar ,where the bar man granted  spotify music  requests until we had  had our full of drink…

In summary,we gave the event a  big 4 yesees! An away day spring half is written into our  diaries. Kieran is eyeing up an 055 placing next year and a new phone with a better google maps app. Declan is  eyeing a PB and the Hupple bar food. Jer is just  hoping to be fit to run .Whilst,I am  looking at  incremental improvement and a playlist for the bar man in the Hupple!

cheers

Maurice “Mo” McCrohan

 

Stephen Rice shatters club record!

Clonliffe U/23 javelin thrower Stephen Rice was in recording breaking form at today`s European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal. Stephen in a superb series of throws went in excess of 65m on three occasions including a massive one on his 4th throw: 68.31m. That was almost three meters further than his pb and club record of 65.48. That new club record also placed him 4th in today`s U/23 Group B competition and places him 7th on the Irish all time list. Stephen`s series was: 64.96, 64.57, 65.27, 68.31, 65.52, 63.52.

Juveniles training in Abbotstown on Tuesday

Gladys` and Gerry` groups will be training at the NIA Abbotstown on Tuesday evening the 13th. The session commences at 7.00pm but meet at reception at 6.45pm. The cost to be paid on the night is €5.00 per athlete.

Sunday Round up: Halves & Tens!

What better place to start a round up than The Hague, in the Netherlands. Today the Clonliffe version of the Fab Four, not quite John, Paul, George & Ringo, but Declan, Kieran, Maurice and Jeremy took in the Hague Half Marathon. Declan Power had a great run recording an excellent 1.13.54, likewise great run from Kieran Murphy 1.23.14 and Maurice McCrohan 1.27.29. Although injury sidelined Jeremy Chapman he travelled as the support team but you`ll be pleased to learn he still had a great time downing 4 pints a round!

(Pictured, Maurice McCrohan & Kieran Murphy…before or after?)

Also in Half Marathon mode a group took in the Meath Spring Half Marathon in Bohermeen this morning: David Mullen 1.21.47, Matt McGuinness 1.22.21, Mark Dowling 1.24.01, Anthony Doran 1.24.11, Stephen Treacy 1.24.15, Alan Worrall 1.29.23, Mick Bermingham 1.30.02, Andrew Eustace 1.36.19, Anthony O`Brien 1.49.09.

(Pictured, Clonliffe on Mini Tour….Meath Spring Half!)

Over in the Nothwest yesterday Mary Ketterer ran 73.44 in the Bundoran Cara 10 mile, placing 14th woman.

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Efrem wins All Ireland Schools title!

An extraordinary Clonliffe one two in the senior boys School`s All Ireland Cross country today at AIT Waterford. Efrem Gidey, an Eritrean who arrived in Ireland at the beginning of last Summer, was the first ever representative of Le Cheile Secondary Schools Tyrrelstown in an All Ireland Cross Country and on Monday morning he will walk through the school gates wearing the gold winners medal around his neck! Efrem was a worthy winner of the senior title today but was chased all the way by club mate Sean O`Leary in the St. Aidans`red and white.

The athletes who had raced at this venue in November for the Nationals had a pretty good idea of how tough a course this was going to be, however, with the terrible weather of late few could have realised that November was a doddle in comparison. An absolute mud fest.

The senior boys race was the last of the day, meaning that the ground had been well and truly churned up for the 4 x 1500 laps making up the 6000 race distance. Both Sean and Efrem got great starts and were at the head of the field for the full distance. At the start of lap two Sean put in a “tester” opening a gap of a few meters, but it was short lived. Soon after this Efrem hit the front and was relentless as he drove on the pace and blew the pack apart. On the last lap he was 30m clear, Sean O`Leary lost 2nd place and for a time his hopes of a medal looked in jeopardy as 4th place closed in, however, the big man battled superbly and took back 2nd place, just as a smiling Efrem Gidey raised his arms in victory as he crossed the line.

It was Clonliffe joy to see the guys embrace at the finish, and likewise to see the tears of pride in the eyes of their coach Joe Cooper.

Further back in the field Ben Guiden had a baptism of fire in his first senior All Ireland. It was the hardest day at the office endured by Ben in the colours of Belvedere, indeed the sole representative of his school in the race, placing around 51st, but no doubt will see the benefits of that experience in the future.

In the inter boys race over 5000, Aaron Cullen ran an excellent race to a 10th place finish, just missing out on winning International Schools honours. An outstanding run for an athlete who only 4 weeks ago was side lined  on the injured list. An outstanding run also by Daniel Stone (Belvedere) to 16th place, and 2nd scorer for Belvedere who won their first ever All Ireland Cross Country title. Daragh Carter was hampered by a back injury from the 2nd lap onwards but bravely completed the race in 36th place.

Finally our sole girl in action had a great run in the inter race. Sarah Bateson, a first year inter, and nervous as a kitten, ran like a well seasoned veteran, working her way into the race and finishing with a storming final lap, making up possibly a dozen places to finish around 36h.

Meanwhile back in Santry, at the Trinity Grounds the Irish Universities Cross Country took place today. Cathal Doyle ran very well indeed to place 5th for DCU. With Adam O`Brien 19th Joseph Keane 53rd and Alex Gibbons 60th as DCU took the team win by a single point!. Eoin Taggart (UCD) also had a quality run finishing 24th. In the women`s race Greta Streimikyte was 23rd Alannah Cooley (both DCU) was 37th.

That, boys and girls, brings the cross country season to a close. So clean those muddly spikes and stick in 5mm, `cos track is next!!

 

 

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