Archive for June, 2018

Doyle clocks another super PB

At the big BMC meet in Loughborough tonight Cathal Doyle clocked another excellent 1500 pb. With 250 to go Cathal lay in 7th place but coming off the top bend switchedto the outside going from 7th to 2nd and in the process recording 3.47.83. Eoin Pierce was 7th in 3.50.96. In the 5000 Jayme Rossister ran 14.27.24.

Clonliffe athletes give their all at Tailteanns

At another sun drenched day in Morton Stadium the Tailteann Games took place today. It was a hot day making it tough for the distance runners. The athletes competing today were in the U/17 ages were representing their schools in this inter provincial Meet. For the four Clonliffe athletes it was a proud day for them, their families and schools. All four truly gave of their bests and that in truth is the essence of a competitor.

Alex Murray was the first of the four to race in the 1500 SC and a great effort he put in saw him take superb silver. Next in was Sarah Bateson, who has come such a long way in a year, from 2017 not making it out of North Leinster to now representing the Leinster Schools, give it her best shot in a difficult race to battle all the way to 8th. Next up in the 1500 where Aaron Cullen recorded a new pb (4.06 TBC) in taking an excellent bronze medal for Leinster and finally Daniel Stone who was with the lead group in the 3000 until the final tour of Morton Stadium to place 4th.

Fantastic achievements by the four of them.

Northwood bound for round 1 of League

The Clonliffe men and women’s teams head to the Mary Peters track in Belfast for round 1 of the National League on Sunday morning.

Both teams are in the premier division with the men’s team on Sunday competing against Raheny Shamrocks, Donore Harriers, DSD, Crusaders, Kilkenny City Harriers and Finn Valley AC.

Drawn in the women’s group are DSD, Raheny, Donore, Finn Valley, Meath Athletics and Louth Athletics.

Round 2 follows at Morton Stadium on July 8th with the league final for those teams that make it through being the last track and field event of the season taking place in Tullamore on August 19th.

The men’s team are defending champions but will face very stiff competition this year, at stake is not only the National title but also a place in Europe at the European Champion Clubs Championships Group B. Whilst the women will look to make the final and thereafter hopefully be in the hunt for medals but really the goal from the women’s point of view, with what will be a team very much blending a mix of experience and youth, will be preservation of premier league status.

The coach for athletes competing on the teams on Sunday will leave Morton Stadium at 8.30 a.m. sharp. (Please let your caption know if you are making your own travel arrangements)

Good luck to all.

Sub 2 wins club 800, while in Grand Prix it`s Sheehy!

Tonight`s club 800 Championship was incorporated into tonight`s Grand Prix Race for the Richie Barr Cup. Full report soon from Liam Hennessy, however, in the meantime:

Another fantastic turnout on another great Summer`s night in Santry, saw some 5 races in all over the two lapper. It must be commented that the number of young Clonliffe athletes proudly wearing their club colours was a sight to warm the heart.

Race1 naturally produced the 2018 club champion as the eager young guns blasted off from the start, a 61 second opening lap saw Adam O`Brien run negative splits to duck under the two minute mark recording a time of 1.59.35 (TBC), followed by Sean O`Leary and the “Mauritian Express” Greg Hossenny , neither of these two seemed particularly distressed at not taking the win (see photo below!). The women`s champion was young Alannah Cooley in 2.23.21 from race 2 and from race 3, the even younger Aoife Hession 2nd and Ella Brown 3rd.

The Grand Prix winner was presented with the Cup by sponsor Richie Barr to a great cheer from the assembled masses and of course Kevin Sheehy being the shy retiring type he is milked the applause for all it was worth!

Full result and report soon.

Dublin Graded action

Whilst the club`s juvenile athletes were battling away at HQ last night a number of the seniors travelled to Tallaght Stadium for the latest round in the ever popular Graded Meets. Alannah Cooley ran 2.25.74 in the 800, while Diana Markina ran a pb of 2.40.92, having earlier ran 29.94 for 200. Shaun Conaghan was 5th in the 800 (2.04.75) with Jack Maughan 7th (2.05.32) and Conor Healy 5th in the 3000 (8.49.75).

Last night of the Proms!

Tonight in Morton Stadium the 6th and final night of the Dublin Juvenile Track & Field Championships took place with 1500s and even age relays.

Once again in the 1500s Clonliffe athletes were very much to the fore. Starting off with the boys this time Daragh Cartner was a fine winner of the U/17 with a measured sprint to take gold. Dermot Buckley went all the way to the line and succeeded in grabbing 4th place on the line and a place in next month`s Nationals.

In the U/18 race there was another fantastic Clonliffe battle with Daniel Stone prevailing to win the Dublin title, Cian Bolger 3rd, Ben Guiden 5th and Ian McAlweeney 8th. The U/19s again saw Clonliffe very much at the head of affairs as Craig Giles took 2nd from Efrem Gidey 3rd, Stephen Cashin 5th and Jordan Byrne 6th.

The U/17 girls also produced two national qualifiers as Sarah Bateson, recovered now from her meeting with the Irishtown track on Friday night, took 3rd with Abbie Sheehy 4th (Abbie now qualifying for nationals over 800, 1500, 3000 and 4 x 400!), Ella Brown was 6th and Cara Curran Begg 9th. There was also a solid run in the U/15 race from Naoise Cullen placing 8th.

Moving on then to the relays which took place after the 1500s: Clonliffe had teams in Girls U14, Boys U14, Girls U12 and Boys U12. Great races from all teams, in particular the Boys U14, Girls U12 and Boys U12 who all progressed from their heats and performed very well in the finals. With the Clonliffe success also from last week’s uneven age relays in mind, it is fair to say that all the hard relay team training in recent weeks certainly paid off!

 

Another great day out with the Young Ones!

The Dublin Juvenile Track & Field continued in Tallaght this morning with again excellent performances from the Clonliffe crew. First into the fray were the middle distance athletes bright and early for their 3000s.

The girls 3000`s were combined with all age groups going together, this of course can be a little daunting for the younger girls with the U/16s having their first runs over the distance, still our two athletes Aoife Hession and Alana Fitzsimons just got on with in and put in solid runs. Aoife going home with gold and Alana, who battle gamely through a very painful hip injury from half way, took silver. Abbie Sheehy continued her very good form to take the U/17 title and finished 2nd overall “on the road”.

The U/17s boys race featured Clonliffe`s  Three Amigos: Dermo, Alex and “New Hair Cut” Carter, Alex Murray took the title with Daragh 2nd.

A great race in the U/18 and 19 combined race which wound up nicely after some very slow opening laps but the boys were flying over the closing stages saw Efrem Gidley win the U/19 title with Stephen Cashin just out of the medals and in the U/18s Aaron Cullen 2nd (Fun fact: this was Aaron`s first ever Dublin Track medal!) with Ben Guiden 3rd, Thomas Baltzar was 5th.

In the field events Jonas Norvaisas won the U/15 shot with an impressive 14.30m and Ava Usnova was 3rd in the U/12 high jump. Later in the afternoon in the long jump out Sally Somula won the U/15 competition (5.22m) and Kristain Bosnajak won the boys U/17. Keith Burke was 3rd in the U/15 long jump.

A win also in the javelin for Nicole Laipy in the girls U/15.

Rebecca Fitxsimons won the U/18 100, Sally Somula was 2nd in the U/15 100 and Alex Twomey 3rd in the U/16 with Emma Mcdonnell 6th. Kristian Bosnajak was just off a medal in the U/17 100 placing 4th.

Finally 4th place for Orla O’Sullivan in the U/15 800.

Next and final day of the Dublins is Wednesday night from 7.00pm in Morton Stadium for even age relays and 1500s.

More medals taken from Dublin Juvenile Championships

The Dublin Juvenile Championships continued today at Irishtown with sprints and field events on the menu. The sprints groups continued where they left off yesterday with medal winning performances.

Lauren Carr won the U/19 200 title and took silver in the 400. Silver also for Rebecca Fitzsimons in the U/18 200. Aaron Nnadi did likewise in theU/17 boys 400. Silver and bronze were won by the U/16 girls in the 200 Alex Twomey 2nd and Emma McDonnell 3rd, Kristin O`Grady Hogan also made that final placing 5th. In the U/15s Sally Somula took silver.

In the U/16 high jump Emma claimed top spot on the podium winning the competition. The U/15 girls were also superb in their high jump with Nicole Laipy 2nd and Natalia Burtenshaw 3rd. To complete a great day`s high jumping Kristian Bosnajak also took 3rd place in the boys U/17 (Kristain had also made the 200 final where he placed 5th). Bronze also in the U/15`s for James McDonnell.

Finally Keith Burke took bronze in the U/15 discus.

Tomorrow it`s to Tallaght for the 3000s, 100s and hurdles.

 

Weekend round up: Road & Track

On the roads: Friday the 15th Sean Doran was 11th at the Braveheart 5k RoadRace in Trim, Co. Meath (17.21). Saturday the 16th Castleknock 5k 3rd Conor Healy 16.19.

Also on Wednesday the 13th Ale Hernandez ran a 2.23.06 800 in Madrid.

On the track today at the Le Cheile IMC meet in Maynooth in very windy conditions Leah Moore was 2nd in the A 200 (25.00) and 3rd in the 100 (12.83). In the men’ s 100 A Leo Morgan was 5th (11.30) and Isreal Ibanu 3rd in the B race (11.83). In The 800 Mark McDonald was 6th in the C race in 2.00.67. In The 800 E race Sean Carrigg was 4th (2.06.95). Cathal Doyle ran 1.59.55 placing 6th in the B race.

The C 1500 featured a great Clonliffe battle with Craig Giles taking the win in 4.08.94, Greg Hossenny 3rd 4.10.50 and Aaron Cullen 5th in 4.16.79. Efrem Gidey was 7th in a very good 3000 field  (8.41.50).

There was a double win for Clonliffe in the 400 as Data Kervick won the A race in 48.48 and Timmy Crowe the C in 51.60.

Clonliffe Reel in Relay medals

There was great success for the Clonliffe teams competing at tonight`s Dublin Juvenile Championships in Irishtown for the uneven ages relays. At the end of the two hour programme three sets of gold and two sets of silvers were heading back across the Liffey to Dublin`s Northside. In between there was blood, sweet, tears and smiles!

The U/15 girls 4 x 100 team battled like crazy to take the first set of medals of the evening as Paula Paracheuv, Sally Somula, Holly Foy and Naoise Cullen took silver.

Then the U/17 4 x 400 team, made up entirely of middle distance athletes, took gold with an outstanding display all through the team from Vicky McDonnell, Abbie Sheehy, Sarah Bateson, who hit the deck at the change over, suffering considerable cuts and bruises, and then a battling Ella Brown on the anchor leg. A special mention also of Cara Curran Beggs completing the squad who warmed up and was ready, willing and able to step into the fray if required.

Next it was silver again. This time the boys U/15 4 x 100 team, another gritting the teeth effort from the foursome of James McDonnell (a good day for the McDonnell clan!), Jack Woods, Keith Burke and Andrew Gaffney.

The U/13 boys had battled through heats and then in the final were just superb to win another Dublin title for Clonliffe as Charlie Duffy, Cian O`Hare, Christian Finn and Karl Balaore left a full field in their wake.

Finally then in the last race of the night the girls U/19 4 x 100 and again a brilliant team effort from Rebecca Fitzsimons, Lauren Carr, Rapha Diamond-Ebbs and Jessica Dedeko delivered more gold.

U/13 Boys 4 x 100 Gold

U/15 Girls 4 x 100 Silver

U/15 Boys 4 X 100 Silver

U/17 Girls 4 X 400 Gold

U/19 Girls 4 X 100 Gold

 

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