Archive for May, 2019

Noreen O’Leary, RIP

It is with great sadness that we advise members of the passing this morning of Noreen O’Leary (nee Eager) after a long illness that she has battle right up to the final lap. Noreen was one of the founding members of the Clonliffe women`s section back in 1963, one of the original “Morton Babes”. She was at that very first meeting of the Ladies Section in Moran’s Hotel in September of 1963 and also took part in the first ever Clonliffe Ladies’ Race down Santry Avenue in December of that year. Noreen has had a long association with the club and of course is the wife of Johnny O’Leary, club committee member, club trustee and stalwart, and mother of Clonliffe Olympian Bobby. she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Our deepest sympathies to Johnny and their family.

Funeral arrangements: Reposing at her home on Wednesday evening (May 22nd) from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Removal on Thursday morning (May 23rd) to Church of the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede arriving for 10 a.m. Mass followed by funeral to Balgriffin Extension Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to St. Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown.

Defence of Track & Field league title underway

With the senior men about to head to Finland on  Friday for the European clubs track and field championships the defence of the national league title got underway in Belfast yesterday. It was a positive day for the men’s team who ended the day on 128 points. maximum points were contributed on the day by Timmy Crowe who was first in the 400 hurdles, Keith Marks first in the long jump, Niall Counihan first in the triple jump, Leo Morgan first in the 100, Sean Carrigg first in the 3000, Rolus Oulsa was first in the pole vault and  finished second in the 110 hurdles. Second also for Stephen Cashin in the 5000, Stephen deserving great credit for his performance running a time of 16.01, only two seconds slower than his time 24-hour’s earlier in the Leinster schools Championships. Their were batting performances also put in by Jordan Byrne in the 1500, Greg Hossney in the 800 and all contributed enormously to the successful trip up north. (Official results not yet to hand).

The ladies team endured a pretty difficult day, the team having been hit drastically by withdrawals meaning that the ladies captain was not in a position to field athletes in several middle distance events. There were good performances put in on the day by the small team with several athlete doubling up and indeed more. Lauren Carr was second in the high jump, third in the 200 and was on both relay teams. Emma Kelly was fourth in the 400 hurdles, sixth in the javelin and also ran on the two relay teams. Likewise Leah Burgin was a multi-eventer, competing on the two relay teams and was second in the 400. Szenana Bechtina was fifth in the 100 hurdles, second in the triple jump, third in the 100 and was on the two relay teams. Capt Louise Carraher also battled away and was fifth in the long jump, sixth in the 800 and was also on the 4×400 team. A win on the day came in the hammer from Caoimhe Morris and she also took second in the discus. The team ended the day on 66 points.

Round two of the league takes place in Santry at the end of June.

Clonliffe team for ECCC Track & Field

Clonliffe Harriers will once again take to the European circuit for next Saturday`s European Clubs track & Field, group B in Tampere, Finland. After the dizzy heights of group A in Birmingham last year the team are back in group B with some familiar opposition.

The teams taking part are:

A strong team has been selected that will compete well at this level. the team depart Dublin on Friday morning with the event on Saturday.

Clonliffe team for European Clubs Track and Field

100:                        Leo Morgan

200:                        Chris Sibanda

400:                        Dara Kervick

800:                        Cathal Doyle

1500:                     Colm Rooney

5000:                     Ian Guiden

3000 SC:               Sean Carrigg

110h:                     Rolus Olusa

400h:                    Timmy Crowe

Pole Vault:          Rolus Olusa

Long Jump:         Keith Marks

High Jump:          Eamonn Fahey

Triple Jump:       Niall Counihan

Hammer:             Simon Galligan

Shot:                     Luke Mangan

Discus:                  Matt Jarvis

Javelin:                 Stephen Rice

4 x 100 (from):   Leo Morgan, Eamonn Fahey, Keith Pike, Keith Marks, Chris Sibanda

4 x 400 (from):   Luke Lennon-Ford, Dara Kervick, Mark McDonald, Timmy Crowe, Thomas Pitkin

Team Physio:     Andrii Mahin

All team members, if possible, are asked to attend a brief (15 minutes) meeting in the club house on Tuesday at 9.00pm. (If you can`t make it please e mail and details will be e mailed to you on Wednesday morning).

You can follow the action on the event web site:

Big performances in Loughborough

Cathal Doyle made another big step forward with a brilliant run in the 1500 at today’s Loughborough International at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium. With a stunning last lap Cathal ran a top class 3.42.64 to finish 3rd knocking 2 seconds off his two week old PB. This is within Athletics Ireland’s a standard of 3.44.00 for the European U/23s.

Another PB was recorded at the meet by Jayme Rossiter in the 3000 sc taking all of 5 seconds off his best running 8.54.58 to 3rd place.

A PB also for Thomas Pitkin of 47.71 in the 400, to make it 3 pbs on the day from the 3 Clonliffe boys!

Kenneally back in the saddle!

A surprise starter this morning in the Tallaght AC 5K road race (including Dublin novice Road Championships) was was Clonliffe 2012 Olympian Mark Kenneally. Running his first race in a number of years Mark looks to be getting back into good shape and was pleased with his 14.55 showing for 2nd place behind Mr. Roadracer Peter Samba (Dunboyne) who ran 14.50. Another Clonliffe athlete leaving Tallaght pleased was Laura Tuite who took Dublin Womens Novice Road bronze. Laura continues to run faster with each outing running 19.39 today. Fergie Keenan was also in action 19.07.

Ava jumps too it at Juvenile league

Many of the clubs juvenile athletes travelled to Tallaght this morning for the final round of the Dublin Juvenile track and field league. Reports are in of several fine performances from the young Harriers with Ava Usanova being the stand out as she won both high and long jump competitions. Next up for the juveniles is the Clonliffe All Medal Ooen Sports on Sunday June 2nd followed by Dublin championships in mid June.

Weekend round up: Navan 6k, IMC

On Friday evening Sean Doran was 3rd in the Navan 6k road race in 19.25. Kerri Page was 57th, 10th woman, in 23.41.

Saturday at the GV Ryan, IMC Meet in Irishtown, while Ben Guiden was running a 5000 track pb, brother Ian was doing likewise running a 14.44.36 for 4th place. Sean O`Leary was 6th (14.48.17). In the B 5000 Eoin Taggart took the win in 15.19.41 with Liam Roarty 5th (15.54.81). Colm Rooney ran a good 1500 5th (3.53.68)

Leinster schools: Efrem in record time!

Efrem Gidey signed off on his Leinster schools career with a record-breaking senior boys 5000 win in the Morton Stadium for Day 2 of the Leinster Schools Championships today. Efrem ran the legs off the field and in the process consigned to history a 39 year old championship record going all the way back to 1980, winning in a fantastic time of 14.34.22.

That 5000 m race was the highlight of a great day’s action in the stadium. Efrem took the race by the scruff of the neck, as he always does, from the off. Ben Guiden bravely followed in his tracks for the first 3/4 laps but paid the price over the latter half of the race as finished 4th, but was rewarded with a new PB of 15.56.84, PB also for 5th-place Stephen Cashin 15.59.92 and indeed PB for Ian McAweeney 16.54.90 and for Thomas Baltazar 16.59.8.

The other success of the day came in the senior boys 1500 where Aaron Cullen was second in 4.01.12 with Daniel Stone third (4.05.12). Another club medallist on the day was Val Stroganoves who was awarded bronze in the inter-boys 200 (22.92).

Other Clonliffe athletes on the day in the sprints: inter-girls 100 6th Alex Twomey 12.89, inter-300 5th Emma MacDonnell 43.63, senior boys 400 6th Cian Bolger 54.47. In the middle distance races inter-girls 1500 5th Sarah Bateson 4.59.95, fourth in the inter-boys 1500 Niall Carberry 4.25.12 with Dermot Buckley 9th 4.35.58.

Efrem, Aaron and Daniel now go forward to the all Ireland schools which is on Saturday, June 1 in Tullamore.

Teams for 1st Round of League

The National track and Field league commences on Sunday with the Clonliffe men and women’s teams travelling to Belfast for round one.

The men’s team for Sunday is: 100 – Leo Morgan, 200 – Pascal Touche, 400 – Cian Bolger, 800 – Jarlath Jordan, 1500 – Jordan Byrne, 5000 – Stephen Cashin, 3000 SC – Sean Carrigg, Race Walk – Greg Hossney, 110 hurdles – Rolus Olusa, 400 hurdles – Timmy Crowe, pole vault – Rolus Olusa, long jump – Keith Marks, high jump – Eamonn Fahey, triple jump – Niall Counihan, shot – Rolus Olusa, discus – Matt Jarvis, hammer – Simon Galligan, javelin – Stephen Rice, 56 LBS – Matt Jarvis, 4 X 400 – (from) Pascal Touche, Cian Bolger, Keith Marks, Timmy Crowe, Jarlath Jordan, Jordan Byrne Greg Hossney,  4 X 100 (from) Leo Morgan, Keith Marks, Keith Pike, Eamonn Fahey, Pascal Touche, Rolus Olusa.

Women’s team will be posted once to hand.

Team boss for Belfast will leave Morton Stadium at 8:30 AM sharp.

Clonliffe athletes receive awards

Efrem Gidey this week was the recipient of the evening Herald`s Schools Sport Star of the future award at a function on Tuesday. Efrem in the past two years has been the dominant boys athlete in the schools athletes scene, winning the All Ireland Cross Country title twice and schools 5000 title on the track.

Also this week Cathal Doyle received the DCU Most Improved Athlete Award.

Thursday Ben Guiden was awarded the Belvedere Headmaster`s Excellence Award for athletics.


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