Archive for August, 2018

Clonliffe make it four in a row!

The Clonliffe Men’s team battled gamely in Tullamore at today’s National League final.   Having last year made it a hat-trick of wins in the premier division the team were not going to let the title and the prospect of a fourth successive title slip lightly from their grasp.  Thus a daylong battle ensued from the gun with Timmy Crowe taking to the track in the 110 hurdles to the conclusion of proceedings with the 4 x 400 relay at approximately 6 p.m.  In between the full range of track and field events and emotions to boot.

Despite the scoring system providing that it is a clubs 17 best events that counts towards the overall score a clear picture as to precisely how proceedings stood emerged from early such was the margin of victory.

Once again the field eventers proved to be particularly strong point scorers for Clonliffe with maximum points being scored by Niall Counihan in the triple jump, Keith Marks in the long jump, Stephen Rice in the javelin and Simon Galligan in the hammer.

There were also maximum points contributed on the track by Leo Morgan 100  Jayme Rossister 3000sc, Colm Rooney 1500 and 4 x 100 relay.

In addition there were high scoring points achieved across the range of events and whilst it is always unfair to single out individuals considerable praise must go to athletes who took in more than one event in particular Timmy Crowe who took in the 110 hurdles and the 400 hurdles, multi-eventer Rolus Olusa who contributed greatly to the points total in the pole vault, discuss and 4 x 100 relay, Luke Mangan in the shot and 56lbs.

At the end of a long, tiring and satisfying day the Clonliffe team topped the standings on 127 points from Galway City Harriers on 98 to make it four national track and field titles in a row and now look forward to a further European adventure in May of 2019..

Credit of course must go to the athletes for putting in such a strong effort after what has been a very long and tiring season, to the club captain Joe Cooper and to the coaches.

Nil desperandum.

Masters’ Golden Day

The club’s Masters put in a golden day in warm and sticky conditions in Tullamore at today’s National Masters Track and Field.

Golds were won in fine style by Snezana Bechtina W35 in both the 100 (12.80) and 200 (26.03). Thomas Moran also won sprints gold in the M40 100 in 12.00 and Matt Slattery did likewise in the M65 200 (29.46), winning his 6th successive national masters title.

The golden lady of the day however with triple gold was the evergreen Frances Mansfield with total domance in the throws:  M70 Discus (13.68), Hammer (14.88) and weight for distance (2.51).

Omissions text 0879599888.

Strong team heading to Tullamore for League defence

There is a strong Clonliffe team looking to defend the national league title in Tullamore this Sunday. Clonliffe are not only the reigning National League champions but also are looking to complete another double having captured the indoor league title at the commencement of 2018. A tough battle is expected with stiff competition all round and all will have to be at their best if there is to be any prospect of the national title being brought back to Santry.

The team is:

Race walk – Greg Hossenny

100 – Leo Morgan

200 – Pascal Touche

400 – Mark McDonald

800 – Richie Owens

1500 – Colm Rooney

5000 – David Flynn

110h/400h – Timmy Crowe

3000 SC – Jayme Rossiter

Pole Vaut/Discus – Rolus Olusa

Shot/56lbs – Luke Mangan

Hammer – Simon Galligan

Long jump – Keith Marks

Triple jump – Niall Counihan

High jump – Marcin Klincosz

Javelin – Stephen Rice

4 x 100 (from) – Leo Morgan, Pascal Touche, Keith Marks, Rolus Olusa, Mark McDonald

4 x 400 (from) – Mark McDonald, Timmy Crowe, Richie Owens, Colm Rooney, Sean Carrig, Pascal Touche.

The bus travelling to Tullamore will leave Morton Stadium on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. sharp.

Mid week action

Sean Doran was racing once again on the roads last night (is he now as prolific a racer as Gary O`Hanlon?) winning the Castlepollard 5k in 15.49.

Tonight the first race in the August series takes place in Morton Stadium 800m at 8.00pm open to all Clonliffe and Grand Prix athletes. Round 2 is next Thursday, 5000m with round 3 the Mile on August 30th.

Flynner Rocks to National Half title and leads team to win

David Flynn had a big win today in Dublin`s Rock `n`Roll Half Marathon/National Half Marathon on a new course, changed from the Phoenix Park due to the Pope`s up coming gig.

Flynner took the National title in 68.51. Winning by nine seconds from former Harrier, now with Clonmel AC, David Mansfield. In 4th place, and 1st O/40 was National marathon champion Gary O`Hanlon 69.31.

Other Clonliffe included Matt McGuinness 85.05, plus a host of other Clonliffe athletes, to see results use this link: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/eshop/Athletics_Ireland_Prelim_Results120818.pdf

On the team front amended results have issued showing the Clonliffe team of Flynn, O’Hanlon and McGuinness on a combined time of 3.43.27 as National Champions ahead of Clonmel AC on 3.45.16.

Valdas 20th in Europe, Ireland 6th

Clonliffe`s Valdas Dopolskas running for Lithuania had a fine run indeed in this morning`s European Marathon in Berlin. Valdas was 20th in 2.18.58. Sergiu Ciobanu will be somewhat disappointed with his run finishing 36th in 2.19.49.

Other Irish: Kevin Seaward 15th (2.16.58), Mick Clohisey 18th (2.18.00), Sean Hehir 25th (2.18.58), Paul Pollock 47th (2.23.26). Race winner was Koen Naert (BEL) in a championship record of 2.09.51. In the team result Ireland placed 6th with Italy taking gold.

Friday night lights: Richie’s back!

Friday night at the Streets of Athboy 5k and the good news is that after a long period of injury Richie Owens is back racing again placing 2nd in 15.32. Also racing and finishing 3rd was Sean Doran in 15.56.

More weekend results as they happen.

Tough day at office for Scullion

Clonliffe’s Stephen Scullion had it tough in Berlin tonight in the European Championships 10,000. In very hot conditions the Belfast man was always at the rear of proceedings and finished in 23rd place in 29.46.87. This placing  exceeded his ranking.

60th Anniversary of Albie Thomas` World 2 Mile Record

August 7th 1958 a new day in Santry and a new World Record is set! 24 hours after Herb Elliott`s Mile World Record brought day 2 of the ‘August International Sports’. The feature event on the programme for day 2 was the 2 mile open. Tonight Herb Elliott way to pay back Albie Thomas for pacing the mile by pacing the 2 mile for Thomas.

The crowd was smaller tonight, approximately numbering 8000. From the off Elliott took on the pace making duties reaching the mile in 4.22 with Thomas on his shoulder. On hearing the split Thomas though the pace was too slow and the opportunity was gone :

“When I heard the mile time I said to myself bang goes our hopes of a record, but I decided to have a go. It was tough going and in the second quarter of the last mile I felt like turning it in. Then came that wonderful Dublin cheer. I felt I was running for the crowd as much as for myself and I just ran as hard as I possibly could. When I heard I had actually beaten the record I could hardly believe it. Imagine I ran the last mile in 4 minutes 11 seconds’. (Albie Thomas)

A new World Record 8.32.0. The second in 2 days, and Albie Thomas` second of the Summer of `58 in Santry (to add to his World 3 Mile set on July 9th)

2 mile start

(Above, start of the 2 mile open, Aug 7th 1958)

2 mile elliott paces

(Above, Elliott (note missing number) paces, Thomas (no. 38) waits)

Albie Thomas World 2 mile record

(Above, Albie Thomas breaks the World Record!)

Morton Games is proud to preserve the memory of Ablie Thomas with the annual Albie Thomas Memorial Race as a key event in the annual international event. Fittingly this year`s was won by Australia`s Brett Robinson with the presentation made by Albie`s family: wife Nola, daughter Robyn, son in law Gary and grandsons Liam and Thomas.

morton 18 albie

(Above 2018, Albie Thomas Memorial Race)

Clonliffe athletes at Europeans TV times.

First Clonliffe athlete in action at the European Championships in Berlin is Stephen Scullion in the 10000 tomorrow evening at 7.20pm (GMT).

On Friday the men’s 4 x 400 heats, the squad includes Dara Kervick, at 12.50pm.

Then Sunday will see two more Clonliffe men enter the fray at 9.00am in the marathon with Sergiu Ciobanu for Ireland and Valdas Dopolskas for Lithuania.

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