Archive for January, 2020

Time to do your bit!

Club members and parents it’s time to stand up and be counted. Clonliffe will host over the coming weeks two major schools cross country events. Wednesday Feb 12th the Leinster Schools and Saturday March 7th (for the first time) the All Ireland schools in Santry.

These are two huge events and really need you the club members to say: “Yes, I’ll be there”. We simply cannot expect to let the burden rest with the usual few. We are appealing to you now, this weekend to text 0879599888 with your name and which event, maybe even both, you can help out with. Course builders needed both days from 8.00am onwards. Officials/stewards needed both days from 11.00am until 3.00pm. Please don’t just leave it to others. We are a club with 500 members, yet continually there are the same 20 at everything. So you 480 please step forward. Nil desperandum!

Ariel clears 4 meters for another club record

At last night’s NIA Live indoor meet in Abbottstown Ariel Liegho for the third successive competition set a new Clonliffe Harriers club indoor women’s pole vault record. Her win last night was a massive 4.0o m all of 20 cm better than her clearance only two weeks previously. Ariel must now be favourite to take a first national title at the national indoors next month.

Other top-class performances at the meet included Stephen Cashin winning the 3000 in a time of 9.02.04. In the sprints Keith Pike ran a fast 6.97 for 2nd in the 60 and was first in the 200 in 22.87. Keith Burke in his 60 race was second (7.85) and fourth in his 200 (25.42). Sally Somula was sixth in her 60 (8.21) whilst Alex Twomey took a win in her 60 in 8.42. Natalia Gill was fourth in her 200 (33.31) and also jumped 4.06 in the long jump. Emma McDonnell was third in her 400 in a time of 63.76. Nicole Lapey was sixth in the pole vault with a best of 2.20. Finally after his outstanding PB run in Sundays National League over 1500 Eoghan Murphy put in another excellent run to finish second over 800 (2.03.30). Finally in the U/14 Ava Usanova scored a sprints double winning the 60 in 8.60 and 200 in 28.40.

The next NIA Live meet is on February 11 entry now open.

Clonliffe Indoor high Five!

The Clonliffe senior men’s track and field team made it five national indoor titles in a row at the NIA Abbottstown today. A battling performance from the senior women saw them narrowly miss out on the medals finishing fourth, a mere four points away from bronze.

The men had come into the days round with a 10 point lead and truly never looked like relinquishing that advantage. First into battle today was young Val Strogonovs in the 200 where he placed fourth in his heat in a PB of 22.63. Next in was Eoghan Murphy in the 1500 who ran a tactically astute race sitting at the back of the pack and then over the final three laps moving comfortably from 8th to 4th in the process running a 12 second PB of 4.13.27. Experienced campaigner Timmy Crowe contributed valuable points in the 400 finishing second in 50.23. In the field events debutant Augustyn Tchorzewski also chipped in valuable points finishing second in the triple jump (12.77). Maximum points were contributed, yet again it must be said, by Keith Marks in the high jump winning on count back with the best of 1.85. Finally the relay team of Keith Pike, Val, Keith Marks and Pascal Touche (with the latter easing up big time over the final bend) comfortably won their heat but ended up second with a time of 1.30.56.

The team standings showed Clonliffe clear winners on 94.5 from GCH 76 points and Nenagh Olympic third on 69 points. Thus a 5th national indoor league title in a row has been captured from the six such competitions to date.

The women’s team started the day in third place and battled grimly to try and hold that precious bronze medal. In the end it was not to be however there is huge potential for the future. Star of the day with a new club high jump record of a magnificent 1.75 was Shannon Sheehy. Top performances also put in by the whole squad: 200 Lauren Carr second in her race (26.11), 400 Leah Bergin also second in her heat (59.70) and like Lauren third overall, Laura Tuite 7th in the 1500 (5.00.08), and then a great effort by the relay team of Rebecca Fitzsimons, Leah Bergin, Shannon Sheehy and Lauren Carr a magnificent second in 1.44.45.

Efrem 4th in lightening fast Raheny 5

The Nike influence has arrived! Today saw the fastest ever race, although the winner was a couple of seconds short of the course record, an extraordinary 15 athletes ran sub 24 , Raheny 5. All the top athletes were attired in the controversial race shoe. Efrem Gidey was in the lead pack throughout the race and with a mile to go was sitting in the top four. 400 to go and the four were still together, Efrem had a difficulty with a traffic cone and nearly ended up on the road, this clearly hampered his progress as Hiko Tonosa (DSD) took an excellent win in a time of 22.40, second was Hugh Armstrong (Sligo), third Matt Bergin (DSD) with the Clonliffe man fourth in 22.43.

Colm Rooney was next in placing 16th in 24.01, demonstrating how deep today’s field was, 33rd was Sean Doran 24.55 as a Clonliffe placed third in the team event. There were some 45 Clonliffe athletes competing today with the following results recorded on the myrunresults site:

Prior to the senior race the juvenile races took place with several young Clonliffe athletes taking part. Top finisher in the 13 to 16 girls race was Amy Sheehy with Hazel Kenny fifth stop in the boys equivalent Sean Cronin was fought with Devan Morrisey and Mark Goss Keogh also showing good form. In the younger age group (8 to 12) 800 Rebecca Walsh was seventh with Ali Connolly eighth, Nicola Poplusa-Cazaka was 12th, a good runs also by Harriet Kenny. In the boys equivalent Rory Quill was 4th with good runs also from Noah Rossi and Cathal O’Neill.


Indoor round up

Friday in the US Hope Saunders finished 4th in the indoor mile (5.34.58) at the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence. Today at the National Junior and U/23 indoors at Athlone IT Lauren Carr has a very good day qualifying for the U/23 final courtesy of 26.06 heat and than a fine 25.97 in the final for 4th. Sarah Bateson was 8th in the junior 1500 in 4.57.63. Missed last weekend was Jeremy Phillip’s first outing of the season in Boston over 60m 6.97 and then 6.90 for 1st in the final. Finally in Boston on the 25th Steve Flanagan recorded 8.49.28 over 3000.

All Time Performance list updated

As thoughts turn towards the track season Killian Lonergan has updated the Clonliffe All Time Performane list. It makes for a really good viewing with several new entries in the charts!

This can be accessed on the Performance section above and will be updated as the year progresses. In the meantime click here: Clonliffe-All-Time-list-230120.xls

Teams for round 2 of Indoor League

Both Clonliffe teams head to Athlone IT on Sunday in good positions for the 2nd and final round of the Indoor League, with the men currently 1st and women 3rd.

The men’s team is: High Jump Keith Marks, Triple Jump Augustyn Tchorzewski, 200 Val Srogonovs, 400 Timmy Crowe, 1500 Eoghan Murphy 4 x 200 Timmy Crowe, Keith Pike, Keith Marks, Pascal Touche.

Women’s team: High Jump Shannon Sheehy, Triple Jump AN Other, 200 Lauren Carr, 400 Leah Bergin, 1500 Laura Tuite , 4 x 200 Lauren Carr, Shannon Sheehy, Rebecca Fitzsimons, Leah Bergin.

Clonliffe athletes negotiate safe passage through North Leinsters

With early morning fog lifting it was a beautiful spring day in the Phoenix Park for the West & North Leinster double header today. Clonliffe athletes were concentrated in the North region where the girls got the session underway with Sorcha O’Connor safely through with a 10th place showing in the junior girls race with Clodagh Nic Dhomhnaill also through in 15th. There was great representation in the inter race with fine runs from Naoise Cullen 7th and Orla O’Sullivan 9th to go through, good runs also in this by Lara Gallagher 25th and Ella Cooley 28th. The senior girls race saw Katie Halpin 9th Aoife Hession 10th and Alana Fitzsimons 14th, all safely through,  with Vicki McDonald circa 28th (possibly through with the team however).

The boys races saw Sean Cronin dominate the minor race, well clear of the field, with a very comfortable win. Also through are St. Aidans/Clonliffe minors who won the team: Devan Morrossey 11th, Rory Quill 15th, Noah Rossi 39th and Cathal O’Neill 67th. The juniors race saw Jonathan Fitzsimons well through with 9th and both Sam Murray 13th and Cian O’Hare 30th take bronze on the St. Aidans team with both therefore through to Leinsters. In the inter boys Sean Boyne was 5th leading St. Aidans to the team win, including Cillian Keegan, 26th. Finally the seniors where Aaron Cullen was 2nd, and then the St. Aidans division, taking team gold: Callum Simpson 4th, Alex Murray 11th, Alex Neuroth 22nd and Dermot Buckley 27th. Great also to see Daragh Carter back racing with a 21st place finish in his first race for maybe six months.

It’s the late late weekend round up

With apologies for the delay, the round up from last weekend. Starting off overseas on Sunday the 19th Eoin Pierce continued his good early season form with a 2nd place finish in the BMC Indoor Meet in Cardiff in 3.49.86. Also on Sunday  Liam Roarty ran for Morpeth at the Birtley XC Relays on the final of 3 legs. A fine debut on the country for his English club by Liam saw him secure Bronze for the Morpeth B team. Further afield Hope Saunders now back in the US had her first outing of the indoor season for Wichita State placed 3rd in the home race over a mile (5.24.67).

Finally in the latest BHAA Cross Country Sean Doran was 2nd for the 2nd successive race in the Eir 5 mile XC in 26.16.

(Pictured: Liam Roarty with Jim Alder, 1966 Commonwealth Gold Medalist)


Leinster Schools qualifiers up and running

Showing little ill effects from Sunday’s brilliant performance in Seville Niall Carbery secured qualification for the Leinster schools Cross Country in the East Leinsters held in Avondale Park, Rathdrum on Tuesday the 21st with a 6th place finish in the inter boys race. Safe passage also for another couple of the Seville crew as Ian McAlweeney was 7th in the senior race with Thomas Baltazar 8th.

Also through is Mark Goss Keogh with Blackrock minor boys  likewise Isaac Moss and in the juniors both Lorcan Benjacar (18th) and Christain Finn (25th) with Ard Scoil Ris. The leinsters will be hosted once again by Clonliffe in Santry on Wednesday Feb 12th (help needed, so please text 0879599888 if asvailable)

The West and North Leinsters are a double header in the Phoenix Park tomorrow the 23rd.


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