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Another great day out with the Young Ones!

The Dublin Juvenile Track & Field continued in Tallaght this morning with again excellent performances from the Clonliffe crew. First into the fray were the middle distance athletes bright and early for their 3000s.

The girls 3000`s were combined with all age groups going together, this of course can be a little daunting for the younger girls with the U/16s having their first runs over the distance, still our two athletes Aoife Hession and Alana Fitzsimons just got on with in and put in solid runs. Aoife going home with gold and Alana, who battle gamely through a very painful hip injury from half way, took silver. Abbie Sheehy continued her very good form to take the U/17 title and finished 2nd overall “on the road”.

The U/17s boys race featured Clonliffe`s  Three Amigos: Dermo, Alex and “New Hair Cut” Carter, Alex Murray took the title with Daragh 2nd.

A great race in the U/18 and 19 combined race which wound up nicely after some very slow opening laps but the boys were flying over the closing stages saw Efrem Gidley win the U/19 title with Stephen Cashin just out of the medals and in the U/18s Aaron Cullen 2nd (Fun fact: this was Aaron`s first ever Dublin Track medal!) with Ben Guiden 3rd, Thomas Baltzar was 5th.

In the field events Jonas Norvaisas won the U/15 shot with an impressive 14.30m and Ava Usnova was 3rd in the U/12 high jump. Later in the afternoon in the long jump out Sally Somula won the U/15 competition (5.22m) and Kristain Bosnajak won the boys U/17. Keith Burke was 3rd in the U/15 long jump.

A win also in the javelin for Nicole Laipy in the girls U/15.

Rebecca Fitxsimons won the U/18 100, Sally Somula was 2nd in the U/15 100 and Alex Twomey 3rd in the U/16 with Emma Mcdonnell 6th. Kristian Bosnajak was just off a medal in the U/17 100 placing 4th.

Finally 4th place for Orla O’Sullivan in the U/15 800.

Next and final day of the Dublins is Wednesday night from 7.00pm in Morton Stadium for even age relays and 1500s.

More medals taken from Dublin Juvenile Championships

The Dublin Juvenile Championships continued today at Irishtown with sprints and field events on the menu. The sprints groups continued where they left off yesterday with medal winning performances.

Lauren Carr won the U/19 200 title and took silver in the 400. Silver also for Rebecca Fitzsimons in the U/18 200. Aaron Nnadi did likewise in theU/17 boys 400. Silver and bronze were won by the U/16 girls in the 200 Alex Twomey 2nd and Emma McDonnell 3rd, Kristin O`Grady Hogan also made that final placing 5th. In the U/15s Sally Somula took silver.

In the U/16 high jump Emma claimed top spot on the podium winning the competition. The U/15 girls were also superb in their high jump with Nicole Laipy 2nd and Natalia Burtenshaw 3rd. To complete a great day`s high jumping Kristian Bosnajak also took 3rd place in the boys U/17 (Kristain had also made the 200 final where he placed 5th). Bronze also in the U/15`s for James McDonnell.

Finally Keith Burke took bronze in the U/15 discus.

Tomorrow it`s to Tallaght for the 3000s, 100s and hurdles.


Weekend round up: Road & Track

On the roads: Friday the 15th Sean Doran was 11th at the Braveheart 5k RoadRace in Trim, Co. Meath (17.21). Saturday the 16th Castleknock 5k 3rd Conor Healy 16.19.

Also on Wednesday the 13th Ale Hernandez ran a 2.23.06 800 in Madrid.

On the track today at the Le Cheile IMC meet in Maynooth in very windy conditions Leah Moore was 2nd in the A 200 (25.00) and 3rd in the 100 (12.83). In the men’ s 100 A Leo Morgan was 5th (11.30) and Isreal Ibanu 3rd in the B race (11.83). In The 800 Mark McDonald was 6th in the C race in 2.00.67. In The 800 E race Sean Carrigg was 4th (2.06.95). Cathal Doyle ran 1.59.55 placing 6th in the B race.

The C 1500 featured a great Clonliffe battle with Craig Giles taking the win in 4.08.94, Greg Hossenny 3rd 4.10.50 and Aaron Cullen 5th in 4.16.79. Efrem Gidey was 7th in a very good 3000 field  (8.41.50).

There was a double win for Clonliffe in the 400 as Data Kervick won the A race in 48.48 and Timmy Crowe the C in 51.60.

Clonliffe Reel in Relay medals

There was great success for the Clonliffe teams competing at tonight`s Dublin Juvenile Championships in Irishtown for the uneven ages relays. At the end of the two hour programme three sets of gold and two sets of silvers were heading back across the Liffey to Dublin`s Northside. In between there was blood, sweet, tears and smiles!

The U/15 girls 4 x 100 team battled like crazy to take the first set of medals of the evening as Paula Paracheuv, Sally Somula, Holly Foy and Naoise Cullen took silver.

Then the U/17 4 x 400 team, made up entirely of middle distance athletes, took gold with an outstanding display all through the team from Vicky McDonnell, Abbie Sheehy, Sarah Bateson, who hit the deck at the change over, suffering considerable cuts and bruises, and then a battling Ella Brown on the anchor leg. A special mention also of Cara Curran Beggs completing the squad who warmed up and was ready, willing and able to step into the fray if required.

Next it was silver again. This time the boys U/15 4 x 100 team, another gritting the teeth effort from the foursome of James McDonnell (a good day for the McDonnell clan!), Jack Woods, Keith Burke and Andrew Gaffney.

The U/13 boys had battled through heats and then in the final were just superb to win another Dublin title for Clonliffe as Charlie Duffy, Cian O`Hare, Christian Finn and Karl Balaore left a full field in their wake.

Finally then in the last race of the night the girls U/19 4 x 100 and again a brilliant team effort from Rebecca Fitzsimons, Lauren Carr, Rapha Diamond-Ebbs and Jessica Dedeko delivered more gold.

U/13 Boys 4 x 100 Gold

U/15 Girls 4 x 100 Silver

U/15 Boys 4 X 100 Silver

U/17 Girls 4 X 400 Gold

U/19 Girls 4 X 100 Gold


Club 800 Championships

Next Thursday`s (June 21st) Grand Prix Round, the 800 (sponsored by Richie Barr) also incorporates the Club 800m Championships for both men and women.

This being a club Championship the race is of course open to all club members. The races, there are expected to be several, will start at 8.00pm.

Coming next week: Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal Open Sports

Clonliffe Harriers confirm details of Sunday week`s, June 24th, Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal open Sports, generously supported by Hireco. This is an open Track and Field Meet for Juvenile athletes from U/9 to U/16 ages. All are welcome, whether a member of Clonliffe, a member of another club or indeed not a member of any club! Every race/event on the programme is a final with medals being awarded to the first three in each. The Open Sports will provide juvenile athletes with competition in a fun and relaxed way in the three main disciplines: sprints, middle distance and field events.  Entry to the Sports is €5.00 per athlete and athletes can enter as many events which are open to them as they wish at no additional cost.

Clonliffe would like to extend an invitation to all clubs to come along to the Morton Stadium for a great afternoon’s fun and sport.

Clonliffe All Medal Open Sports

Sunday June 24th 2pm

Order of events

Sprints Boys and Girls 2PM Start Long – Jump 2PM Start

Under [8 – 9- 10] 60 MTS Under 16 Girls and Boys

Under []12 80 MTS Under 12 Girls and Boys

Under [14] 80 MTS Under 14 Girsl and Boys

Under ]16] 100 MTS Under 10 Girls and Boys
Boys and Girls Distance 2:45PM Approx — Turbo Javelin 2:30PM

Under [8 – 9- 10] 300 MTS Under [8,9,10] Girls and Boys

Under []12] 500 MTS Under 12 Girls and Boys

Under [14] 800 MTS

Under ]16] 800 MTS Shotput

Under 14 Girls and Boys (2kg)

Under 16 Girls and Boys (2.72kg)
All times given subject to change to faciliate the smooth running of the program

There are no heats in this program. All races on track are finals.

Medals for first, second and third placed athletes
For futher details contact: Gladys Cooper – 087 9852836

Grand Prix Series: Tracey wins O`Connor Cup

Report by Liam Hennessy; The Grand Prix Series continued last Thursday, June 7th with the running of The O’Connor Cup – 4 mile Grass Race, held at The Santry demesne. Kindly sponsored by Alan Worrall. The evening proved perfect conditions for this superb summer race. The course was well flagged, we had 16 officials and many more that we could have called upon, which was great. Instructions were given by the race director, the bugle was sounded and 55 runners were on their way !!!.

The result of the handicap was as follows;

1st – Stephen Tracey – Winner of The O’Connor Cup

2nd – David Dunwoody

3rd – Paul White

Full results as follows;

  1. Stephen Butler – 23.58
  2. Conor Keane – 24.13
  3. George Brady – 25.18
  4. Dermot Faughnan – 25.49
  5. Philip O’Doherty – 26.17
  6. Mark Dowling – 26.23
  7. David Dunwoody – 26.34
  8. Mick Bermingham – 26.36
  9. Neil Farrell – 26.39
  10. Stephen Tracey – 26.45
  11. Rachel Eustace – 26.46
  12. Alex Eustace – 26.49
  13. Paul O’Loughlin – 26.53
  14. Alan Worrall – 26.54
  15. Stephen Bateson – 26.55
  16. Dessie Shorten – 26.56
  17. Maurice Mc Crohan – 27.13
  18. Trevor Wisdom – 27.23
  19. Maura Matthews – 27.36
  20. Mick Gleeson – 27.42
  21. Richard Barr – 28.15
  22. Paul Walsh – 28.43
  23. Niall Markey – 28.44
  24. Shane Noonan – 28.50
  25. Joe Cole – 28.52
  26. Seamus Devitt – 28.53
  27. Philip Matthews – 29.01
  28. Noel O’Dwyer – 29.15
  29. Paul White – 29.38
  30. Declan Murray – 30.07
  31. Declan Grant – 30.21
  32. Conor Jennings – 30.26
  33. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 30.33
  34. David Hanly – 30.56
  35. Kevin Sheehy – 31.00
  36. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 31.13
  37. Liam Hennessy – 31.37
  38. Pat Devitt – 31.48
  39. Carol Flood – 31.55
  40. Pat Healy – 32.14
  41. Colm Doolan – 32.23
  42. Terry Mee – 32.37
  43. Mandy Mc Menamy – 32.45
  44. Philip Richard – 32.47
  45. Colm Doran – 33.11
  46. Jenny Sharkey – 33.15
  47. Jenny Bowers – 33.39
  48. Ann Lyons – 33.57
  49. Gerard Fay – 34.00
  50. Melissa Curran – 34.47
  51. Karl Nolan – 34.48
  52. Dave Brady – 36.18

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

(Pictured: Yvonne with McCarrick Plate & Stephen with O`Connor Cup)

The presentation also took place for the Mc Carrick Plate – 2.5 mile Race, which was held at Malahide on May 24th last and which was kindly sponsored by Paul O’Loughlin. The result of the handicap for The Mc Carrick Plate was as follows;

1st – Yvonne Mc Donagh – Winner of Mc Carrick Plate

2nd – Orla Deighan

3rd – Aimee Ahern

(Pictured Joe Roy winner 1960, John O`Leary, Stephen Tracey winner 2018)

A special presentation took place where Joe Roy was presented with a medal he won 60 years ago, but was unavailable to receive at the time (better late than never !!), congrats Joe. By coincidence Joe Roy won the O’Connor Cup in 1960 !!!

Many thanks to our president; Paddy Marley for his presence and to everyone who helped make this race such a success. Thanks to Caroline and Paddy Tuite for the after race refreshments.

Best of luck in the future to Carol Flood, who returns to Glaslough Harriers.

Very important info:

Next Race – Round 8 – 800 Metres – Richie Barr Cup, Kindly sponsored by Richie Barr – Thursday, June 21st – Morton Stadium – 8pm.  Please note that Round 9 – The Michael Murphy Memorial 5 Mile – Trail Race – Malahide is planned for Thursday, July 5th. This date will be fully confirmed soon due to events taking place at Malahide around the same date.

Phillips clocks new club 100 record on the double!

Jeremy Phillips re wrote the Clonliffe club 100 record book not once but twice on Saturday, June 9th. At the Star Athletics Sprint Series at Monteverde, Florida in his heat he lowered his own record, set at last year`s Nationals, of 10.39 to 10.37 in placing 2nd and then in the final for 3rd place ran 10.35. That`s also a new PB for “Clonliffe`s Fastest Man”, and paces his top of the Irish rankings for 2018 and joint 4th on the Irish All time list.

Stadium usage this coming weekend

The Irish Special Olympics takes place in Morton Stadium this coming weekend. In order to assist Special Olympics Ireland with the event Clonliffe have agreed to the following:

There cannot be any infield training this Thursday evening (whilst it is appreciated that this may cause inconvenience to the field eventers there is a ‘build’ going on that day and our understanding is that there will be tents and other infrastructure on the infield. Obviously a javelin going through one of the gazebos may cause a difficulty!)

Saturday: There cannot be any Clonliffe use of the stadium, including our own dressing rooms, as they are going to be used by Special Olympics Ireland on the day.  Thus coaches and athletes are requested to make alternative arrangements for their Saturday training session.

Sunday: All Clonliffe training and stadium usage for Sunday is cancelled.

Special Olympics Ireland have thanked the club and our members, they very much appreciate that it is an inconvenience to cancel our training but they are very appreciative of the co-operation of the club’s members, coaches and committee.

Scullion hits European 10,000 Qualifying Time

News from the US overnight of Stephen Scullion hitting the European Championships qualifying time in the 10,000 at Portland, Oregon. Scullion took all of 22 seconds off his pb in placing 5th in 28.36.05. On his Twitter account the Clonliffe man said: ” Did enough to hit the European Qualifying Champs qualifying time and no more..”.

Stephen has already bagged one of the European Marathon spots for Berlin, along with fellow Harrier Sergiu Ciobanu.


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