Archive for February, 2020

Silver and Gold at Leinster Indoors

The Leinster junior, senior and master indoor Championships took place at NIA Abbottstown today. Once again there were some fine performances from the Clonliffe athletes competing. Pride of place went to Leinster senior women’s high jump champion Shannon Sheehy with a PB/club record equalling 1.75m winning jump and then adding another string to her bow taking silver in the 60 H with a new PB of 8.70. Silver also for Leah Bergin in the senior 200 in a new indoor PB of 25.99. Likewise silver for Laura Tuite in the senior 3000 with a huge PB of 10.30.38. Leo Morgan was also a silver medallist in the senior 60 (6.94).

Niall Sherlock took M 35 gold in the 800 (2.14.82) in the women’s junior 3000 Sarah Bateson placed 5th (11.03.10) with Aoife Hession 7th (11.26.55). Emer Treacy in her first race in sometime placed third in her 200 heat (29.75). Rolus Oulsa was also in action in the combined events, today he won the high jump with a best of 1.95, won the long jump 6.79 and was second in the 60 (7.31), Rolus will continue in that competition tomorrow.

Note: missed from last weekend’s indoor results from the US. Hope Saunders was 6th in the 3000 at the Gorilla Classic, Pittsburgh on Feb 14th in a time of 10.46.78.

Clonliffe host All Ireland Schools XC

Clonliffe Harriers are honoured, for the first time in our history, to host the All Ireland schools cross country in Santry Demesne on Saturday, March 7. Traditionally the All Ireland schools is hosted by a school or college, with a difficulty being encountered for a host for the 2020 event Clonliffe were only too happy to step into the breach.The event features the cream of schools athletics with the athletes having negotiated firstly their regional qualifiers and then the provincial finals, Clonliffe of course recently hosted the Leinster schools in Santry.

Clonliffe athletes have enjoyed considerable success at these prestigious championships, indeed Efrem Gidey is the reigning senior champion.The hosting of this event is a considerable undertaking for the club and will require the assistance on the day of as many club members and parents as possible. As usual the team of course builders will be required from 8 AM on the morning. After that we are looking for the guts of 50 people to do on course stewarding, assist with officiating and carry out general duties, you will be required from 10.30 to 3.30.

In order to finalise our plan could anyone available on the day please contact Noel Guiden by text to 0879599888. As the event takes place on a Saturday we really are hoping that club members make themselves available, it would be great if we had new faces to help out rather than having to rely upon the ‘usual suspects’.Please make contact over the course of this weekend so that we can allocate duties and ensure that we have all angles covered.

1500 Season’s Best for Eoin Pierce

Eoin Pierce clocked a season’s best indoor over 1500 at the BMC Lee Valley meet of 3.44.67 last night. This places Eoin currently 3rd fastest on the Irish 2020 rankings as the national indoors approaches the weekend after next. Eoin of course sprung a surprise on his rivals last year to grab the national title.

Roll up, roll up, Grand Prix 2020….

Entry is now open for the ever popular Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series. Once again the series of 16 Races will commences in Morton Stadium on Thursday April 2nd with The Frank White, 5 Mile track race (Ireland’s only 5 Mile track race).

This year is the 20th running of the series and is once again sponsored by Behan & Associates bringing together all of the Clonliffe club races: The Irwin cup, Horan cup, O’Connor cup, Walker cup, Ahern cup, Bonass Trophy, McDonald cup, Frank White Cup, Mick Murphy Memorial 5, The McCarrick plate, etc plus of course one of the World`s Oldest Races, the Clonliffe 2. This year’s Clonliffe 2 is taking place on the May Bank Holiday and will be run in Glasnevin finishing at John Kavanagh’s The Gravediggers, Prospect Square.

Last year the Grand Prix went right to the wire, with Deirdre Fitzsimons triumphing , Mick Bermingham a very close second and  Gerard Fay in third place.

The Series is open to runners from Clonliffe Harriers as well as to runners from other clubs and is most exciting, as each runner is handicapped throughout the series, giving everyone a chance to compete on an even level. Prizes are awarded for each race along with post race refreshments. Points are awarded following each race and at the series finale in December overall prizes are awarded to the leading runners. With races on every surface:track, road, grass, and the country there is something for all.

For full schedule of races and entry form go to “Promotions” and use drop down to “Grand Prix series”

Dublin Indoors comes to an end with more success for Clonliffe

The final day of the Dublin indoor Championships for juvenile athletes at NIA Abbottstown brought more success for Clonliffe athletes. Nicole Lippy won gold in the girls U/17 pole vault, gold also for Jonas Norvaisis in the boys U/17 shot putt. In the relays the girls U/19 4 x 200 squad of Kirsten McGrady – Hogan, Amy Hodson, Vicky Mc Donald and Emma McDonnell took silver. The boys U/17 team were unlucky to place fourth, the team of Keith Burke, Andrew Gaffney, Adam Bateson and James Macdonald were battling away in the fight for bronze however a mere 15 m from the line the unfortunate James suffered a hamstring injury but in true Clonliffe spirit struggled on limping across the line. Likewise the U/17 girls team were unlucky and unfortunately did not make the final of their race but still encouraging performances from Natalia Gill, Sally Sumola, Ali Duffy and Danni.

That brings the curtain down on the 2020 Dublin indoor championships. Congratulations to all our athletes particularly those who medalled and who will now go on to the national finals to be held in Athlone in late March/early April.

Results from NIA Live

Clonliffe results from last night’s NIA Live: Leo Morgan 2nd 60 (6.99), Thomas Moran 60 7.82 and 200 26.12. Lauran Care 3rd in 200 (26.10), Eoghan Murphy another PB, this time over 800 (2.00.87) and Ariel Lieghio 3.60m in the pole vault.

Weekend catch up overseas

A few Clonliffe athletes were in action overseas this weekend. Steve Flanagan clocked a new 3000 pb in Boston of 8.27.93. At the Barcelona Half Marathon Barbara Sanchez ran 1.16.27 and Garrett Loy 1.23.27.

Reminder: Notice of AGM March 24th

Reminder to all members: The club secretary has given notice that the 134th annual general meeting of Clonliffe Harriers AC will take place at 9 PM on Tuesday, March 24 in the club lounge, the clubhouse Morton Stadium Santry.

Any club member wishing to bring a motion to the AGM must submit the motion to the honorary secretary (by email if possible to noel.guiden@behans.ie) by Tuesday, February 25. All motions must contain both the name of the proposer and seconder.

All club members over the age of 18 years are encouraged to attend the AGM. This is your opportunity to hear what is happening in your club and to voice any issues or comments you may have.

More Dublin indoor titles taken back to Santry

Another day another Dublin juvenile championship day. Today was day 4 of the indoor championships once again at NIA Abbottstown. Again quality performances from the young Clonliffe athletes with standout performances in particular from: Katie Halpin who won the U/18 1500, Laimis Norvaisas who won the boys U/13 shotput (9.98m), in the girls U/14 high jump bronze was won by Kate Campbell (1.40), taking silver to add to her high jump gold and 200 bronze, completing the set today was Emma McDonnell in the U/18 400.

Other quality performances included a real gutsy 1500 from Naoise Cullen to take fourth place, and inches away from bronze, in the U/17 girls race. In the U/19 1500 a tired Sarah Bateson was well off her best (exams and athletics is not a great mix!).

Later in the afternoon Val Stroganvous made it a sprint double taking U/18 60 gold. Christain B took U/19 bronze. In the U/17 girls 60 Sally Sumola continued to gather in the medals taking silver today. Alex Twomey took girls U/18 bronze and in U/14 girls 60 Ava Usanova also took bronze. A fine run also by Keith Burke in the U/17 60 to place 4th.

Harriers whip up an Abbotstown Storm..

The Clonliffe meet and train group were out in Abbotstown this morning for the 4th Meet and Train race of the year at the National Cross Country Course. Elaine McLoughlin continued her fantastic season with a 3rd place finish. (Full report below)

On a bitterly cold Sunday morning, the Meet and Train Ladies XC teams went head to head with Storm Denis. This was the final race in the series with all to play for. With the clouds darkening, rain was inevitable. Right on cue, the rain poured as the ladies took on the three lap course. It may have only been two miles, but they had to contend with icy winds, waterlogged grass and hills. Harriers they are and not snowflakes so from the off, Elaine McLoughlin settled in nicely and held 4th place for a bit. Next up was Emma Byrne picking up speed each lap. Orla Deighnan powered up the hills having really developed her XC elbows. Anne Lyons and Rachael McBride were hot on the pursuit along with Yvonne McDonough, Cathy Dowling and Catherine Dempsey. With a wave to the fans Nollaig Donohue, Susan Kelly, Evelyn Brennan and Janette Reid all dug in deep, picking off their competitors. The storm troopers out in force, Ciara, Mel and Mary cheered on Elaine as she moved into 3rd position powering up the hill on the 2nd lap. Emma seeing her move, pushed on fiercely and so followed the rest of the team. On the final lap, we seen the ladies determination and strength come out. With a 100m to go, Elaine fiercely battled to keep a Sports World athlete at bay. Denis proved no menace as Elaine crossed the line in 3 rd position. Emma finished a strong 23rd and many of the ladies noted they had saved the best for last. All will be revealed as to which clubs finished in the top rankings. The ladies really did “whip” up a storm as there were cakes, buns and bracks galore. True competitors, it turned into a bake off! There really is nothing like cake to get them to run faster. Massive thank you to Yvonne for all the organising, to the M&T train organisers for a very enjoyable series and all our fans/supporters especially Ciara Peelo. Until next time…

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