A bit of Northern Exposure for Clonliffe

The Clonliffe crew headed up north today for the Belfast Milers Meet at the Mary Peters track on what was a beautiful day, perfect for running and maybe a PB might be up for grabs. Well, it was certainly a PB day with many of the club’s athletes bagging those precious PB’s. Leah Bergin was the first to show, running in the 400 B Leah moved up yet another level with a superb run clocking 55.03. Chris Sibanda, having wintered well on the indoor circuit including the setting of a new club 60 record in February got his outdoor season off to a brilliant start finishing 2nd in the 100 A in a fast 10.60. Also showing well was Keith Pike 8th in that race in 10.95 and young Craig Duffy running a PB of 11.15 in his 100.

Aaron Tierney Smith put his injuries well and truly behind his as he clocked a 50.70 400.

In the middle distance events again great performances from Clonliffe. The women’s 1500 B race was a fast race which resulted in both Laura Tuite and Sarah Bateson recording new PB’s of 4.43.23 and 4.47.33 respectively. In the A race Greta Streimikyte clocked an excellent 4.29.39, within a fraction of her pb. Sean Cronin clocked a 1500 PB of 3.56.17, Cillian Keegan ran a massive 9 second PB in his 1500 4.13.90 . Clonliffe women’s captain Jenny Johnston’s 800 was a little disappointing for her, the early pace was somewhat off so all suffered over the second lap.

JD Kelly was superb in the 800, winning with a very strong final 200, and was rewarded with a 5 second PB, an excellent 1.53.80.

So in all well worth the trip north for the crew. Overall it was a fine meet featuring some excellent elite racing particularly the women’s A 800 which was won for the second successive year by Louise Shanahan (Leevale AC) in 1.59.?.

Aaron Tierney Smith back on the horse
Chris Sibanda 2nd in 100 A 10.60
Keith Pike a sub 11 season’s opener
Craig Duffy 11.15
JD 800 PB of 1.53.80
1500 PB girls: Laura & Sarah
PB of the day! Cillian “Nine Seconds” Keegan
Sarah, Laura, Jenny