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Clonliffe duo selected for World Half Marathon

Two Clonliffe athletes have been selected for next month’s World halk Marathon championships.Emma Mitchell is the sole Irish competitor in the women’s race for the World Half Marathon Championships which take place in Gdynia, Poland on the 29th March 2020. David Flynn has been selected on a strong men’s team that includes Paul Pollock (Annadale), Mick Clohisey (Raheny), Sean Tobin (Clonmel) and Hugh Armstrong (Ballina)

Sometimes no words are needed!

Jayme Rossister as per previous posting was a superb 13th place in yesterday’s English National XC in Nottingham.

Cross Country is……actually no words needed……

Rolus finishes with Leinster Heptathlon Silver

Rolus Olusa, Clonliffe’s multi eventer ended up in silver at Leinster Indoor Heptathlon today. At the end of day 1 Rolus held the advantage over Trim’s Shane Aston with wins in the high jump with a best of 1.95,long jump 6.79 and second in the 60 (7.31). Today didn’t go as well although he did win the pole vault in 4.40m, 2nd in the shot (11.03), the 60H, normally a strong event for him, didn’t go well and then he DNS the final event, the 1000m. So another Leinster silver, behind Aston.

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.

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”

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.

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 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.

Gold, Silver & Bronze at National Juniors & U23’s

The Woodies DIY National Junior and U/23 Track and Field took place in Tullamore today in conditions that ranged from t shirt sunshine to umbrellas and rain jackets, a typical Irish Summer`s day in other words. Overall it was a very successful day for Clonliffe with the club`s athletes taking 3 junior medals, all silver, and 6 U/23: 2 gold and 4 bronze. Starting off with the Junior Championships Ryan Cleary set a new PB in the 5,000 walk of 24.52.60 in finishing second. Ian Guiden was a fraction off his PB in taking silver in the 5,000m and Ryan Whelan threw 49.78 for Javelin silver. In the 400H Elaine Begley was some way off her best finishing 6th (66.08). Simon Galligan was 5th in the hammer (50.73).

On then to the U/23`s where Jayme Rossiter had a noteable win in the 3,000sc adding this title to his National Intermediate Cross Country. Jayme running 9.22.47, well clear of second. Gold also for the ever improving Lorna Begley in the 1500 taking the National title in 4.48.05. Orna McGinley had a very good run in the 800m placing 3rd (2.20.32). Mark McDonald was just out of the medals 4th in the 1500 in 3.58.91. Andrew Jenkinson put his recent injury woes behind him to take bronze in the 400m (51.81). Leah Moore took 100 and 200 bronze, 12.14 and 24.79 . Stuart Roche qualified for the 200 final, however, DNS.

Meanwhile Gary O`Hanlon continues to burn up the roads. Gary`s latest was on the roads of Dunshaughlin last night where he won the Michael Manning Memorial 10k in 31:27. Tom Frayne was 45th in 36.37. Sunday and Gary`s in Wexford for the stradberry Half Marathon. A second place finish in 74:22. Other Clonliffe , 3rd Ronan Hartnett 77:16, 6th Eoin Murray in a superb PB 79:36, 12th Mark Bermingham 82:13, 16th Jeremy Chapman 85:05, 21st Ger Kirwan 87:19.

Leinster School’s qualifiers continued on a rain free day in Santry

A rain free day in Santry! Today`s North Leinster School`s brought a welcome change in the weather, while needless to say there wasn`t any sunshine there wasn`t any rain either. The Clonliffe athletes put in another successful shift with safe passage negotated to the Leinster finals for several athletes but great efforts from all. The middle distant lads really shone today. Aaron O`Hanlon was excellent in the inter 1500 with a gun to tape victory by some margin in a sub 4 minute time of 3.59.1, only a fraction slower than his PB. An excellent run also by Ian Guiden in the senior 1500 finishing 2nd in 4.02.9, a PB by a massive margin. Conor King also impressed running 2.07 for 3rd in the senior 800 after a blistering 60 second opening lap.

Shauna Reilly was dominant in the inter girls 300m, winning both her heat and 90 minutes later winning the North Leinster title. A very good run also today from Roisin Leahy in the senior girls 1500 finishing second but impressing with a superb final lap closing the gap significantly on the leader.

The junior 1500m featured several Clonliffe lads. In this one top of the pile today was David O`Hanlon running an agressive 2nd and 3rd lap to claim silver (4.33) from Cathal Doyle (4.40) bronze with Adam O`Brien (4.52) 7th. Five minutes later and Adam was back on track running the U/16 mile, once again brave but wise? A tired 5th place.

In the girls U/16 Mile Laura Tuite ran a very mature race and was just over hauled for 3rd place on the last lap. Laura finishing in that unlucky 4th position in a PB of 5.43.

Joseph Hession was back in form today with a really good win the the minor boys 1,100. In the minor 800 Sean Carrig was 2nd with Greg Hessonny 3rd. Paddy O`Hanlon had a busy day. First off qualifying from his junior 800 heat, then finishing 2nd in the long jump with a 5m plus jump and then lining up for the 800 final. All of which took it`s toll as Paddy finished a tired athlete in 8th place.

In the minor girls 1,100 both Alannah Cooley and Amy McGrath progessed to the Leinsters finishing 3rd and 4th.

A word also about Thomas Ward who had his first ever encounter with hurdles and surprised all in finshing 4th and still able to walk!

Day 2 of the North Leinsters in on Friday.

Meanwhile south of the Liffey at the Irishtown stadium in Ringsend Elaine Begley won the East Leinster senior 400h. On Friday for day 2 Elaine comes down in distance for the sprint hurdles.

Old Boy Boit wins 10,000m B as Cragg DNFs in 10,000 A

The 2012 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational took place at Stanford University in California last night. Pre-race Clonliffe’s Alistair Cragg had indicated that his target was trying to dip under the Olympic 10,000 A qualifying time of 27:45 and whilst in the early stages the Clonliffe man was on target things clearly went awry with Alistair calling it a day six laps from home. Clonliffe old boy Josphat Boit, Cragg’s training partner, and former Irish National Champion in the Clonliffe colours, won the 10,000 B race in a sprint finish by 100th of a second in 28:11.75. There is also the fantastic news of Fionnuala Britton running well under the Olympic 10,000 A standard finishing 3rd in a time of 31:29.22 (the A standard is 31:45.00).

Meanwhile the Samsung 10k Dublin Night Race took place in Dublin City Centre last night in horrendous conditions. A good run from Darren Reilly to finish 6th in 34:42. It was also good to see in the field Nigel Brunton finishing 41st in 38:34. Well done to the thirty Clonliffe stewards who officiated on the stretch from O’Connell Bridge up to and beyond Beckett’s Bridge and ended up like shivering drowned rats!


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