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Track & Field Championships

Thankfully there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel and of course with the continued easing of Covid 19 restrictions the prospect of a return to the normality of athletics looks very good indeed. Athletics Ireland are expected to confirm over the coming days that the national senior track and field championships will take place in Morton Stadium on the weekend of August 22 and 23rd. Athletics Ireland are also expected to confirm dates for national juvenile Championships, possibly limited to the U/17 ages upwards, incorporated into national junior track and field championships over the weekends at the end of August and early September. It is also anticipated that Masters track and field championships will take place in September.

Of course we already have the good news of the confirmation of Leinster track and field championships for juniors/seniors/masters taking place on the weekend of 8th/9th of August (venue to be confirmed).Further good news came yesterday from the Dublin Athletics Board who have confirmed that there will be Dublin juvenile Championships for U/17, U/18 and U/19 athletes to be held in conjunction with the Leinster juvenile Championships on Saturday, August 1 (venue to be confirmed).

Clonliffe Harriers are delighted to confirm that the club will hold club track and field championships next month. These championships of course in this Covid 19 era will be somewhat different to the norm. There will be pre-entry, details will be announced closer to the dates, athletes will be expected to adhere to all health guidelines with regard to hand hygiene, absence of physical contact and social distancing pre-and post event, no dressing rooms/showers etc. These Clonliffe club championships will have to be confined to Clonliffe Harriers athletes only (regrettably this year we cannot allow guests). Clonliffe will of course fully implement all updated Athletics Ireland guidelines for these championships.

The dates for the club championships are:

Thursday July 16 – 5000m

Tuesday July 21 – 100m and 800 m

Thursday July 23 – 400m and 1500m. ( we would also like to include some field events for these championships, but these will have to be limited and of course subject to demand, if you would like to see field events included please speak to your coach and ask your coach to discuss)

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Sean Doran wins club xc title

After the juvenile club cross was concluded it then fell to the senior athletes to do their stuff in the Clonliffe senior cross country for the Harry Cooney Cup. Today’s championships was of course incorporated into the historic Irwin Cup, round 15 of the Grand Prix Series.

The prerace favourites Sean Doran and Karl Nolan quickly establish a substantial lead over the chasing pack undeterred by the sticky underfoot conditions and the threat of more rain. And just like the rain stayed away from the chasers!

At the end of the 6k distance Doran had pulled away to take the 2019 cross country title from Nolan 2nd and best of the rest Mick Birmingham 3rd. Best of the women and club champion was Clodagh Moriarty, 2nd Aimee Ahern and 3rd Mel Curran.

Full Grand Prix report from Liam Hennessy later.

Efrem close to club junior record in club 5000 win

Efrem Gidey was the star turn in last night’s Clonliffe club 5000 championship in Morton Stadium. Efrem took up the running after only 3 or so laps to drive on at 70 second laps as he chased the club junior record. In the end he not unexpectedly won the race in a very fast time of 14.33.59. This time is faster than the 1971 time of Tom Cregan of 14.36.5 credited as the club junior record, however it has now been established that the record remains with Gerry Finnegan at 14.31.8  which he ran in Kirkby Stadium, Birmingham in 1975.

2nd place last night was Sean Doran with Greg Hossenny 3rd.

In the women’s championship Rachael Eustace with a time of 20.05 came out on top, with Maura Matthews 2nd (20.16) and Emma Cooper 3rd (21.13)

Club 5000 Championships next Tuesday

Just when you thought it was safe to into the Cross Country season the track beckons once again! On Tuesday next, September 3rd the club 5000 championships takes place in the stadium. This will be followed by two more September track races in the Grand Prix series: the Walker Cup on September 12th and then the club 10,000 for the Bonass trophy on September 26th.

The Hoss and Alannah win club 1500

Stephen Bateson reports: The club 1500 m championship took place as part of the Grand Prix series. A separate report to follow on the Grand Prix.

In the women’s championship Alannah Cooley topped off a good week placing first in 4.56, followed by Naoise Cullen 5.27 and Abbey Sheehy 5.32..

In the men’s race, Greg Hossney was first in 4.21, followed by Eoghan Murphy and Niall Sherlock.

Sean O’Leary & Alannah Cooley win club 800

A fine turnout for tonight club club 800 Championships which were incorporated into round eight of the Grand Prix Series. The first race of the day was the sub 2.10 race,essentially the men’s championship. This proved to be a fine and exciting race with Sean O’Leary taking up the running with 300 to go from Efrem Gidey, Sean proving to be stronger over the final 200 to take the 2019 club championship in the time of 2.00. Efrem was second (2.01) with Greg Hossenny in the third (2.07)

Race number two was the sub- 2.35 race and turned out to be the women’s club championship. There was a fast pace from the off with Alanna Cooley successfully defending her title from last year winning a time of 2.22. Second was Sarah Bateson in a new PB of 2.25 with young Naoisa Cullen fine third in 2.29.

The top three in the Grand Prix for the Richie Barr cup was 1st Don Molloy,  2nd Anne McDonald and 3rd Murray Ahern.



Full results will be published as soon as possible.

Club 800 C’ships/Grand Prix tonight

The club 800 championships incorporated into the latest Grand Prix Series for the Richie Barr cup takes place tonight Thursday the 20th at 8.00pm. This race is open not only to the Grand Prix athletes but to all club members. With the popularity of the distance there may well be some half a dozen races needed. Prize giving for both the championships, men and women and the Grand Prix, sponsored by Richie Barr takes place after the races.

in the Grand Prix series itself the  leaderboard after seven rounds shows Mick Birmingham a clear leader on 185 points from the 800 sponsor Ritchie Barr second on 172 points, tied for third on 171 points are Deirdre Fitzsimon’s and the 2018 Grand Prix series champion Mick Gleeson. The latest updated leaderboard can be found on the Grand Prix page.

Clonliffe Juvenile Cross Country Championships 2018

Eugenia Bateson Reports: On a humid blustery night our juvenile athletes competed in the Club Cross Country Championships in Santry Demesne.

Over 90 athletes put in fine performance running a challenging course covering part of the National Championship course along The Walled Garden, or more affectionately known as “Gerry’s Loop”.

The U10 Girls set a high standard followed by the U10 Boys. Numbers were high in all AGE categories.  The U13/14 Girls followed by the U13/14 Boys brought the championships to a close as darkness fell as the last athletes crossed the line.

Well done to all

Results are as follows:

U10 Girls

1st Sloan Preston

2nd Sarah Scott

3rd Kate Beausang

U10 Boys

1st Patryk Brozynski

2nd Joe O’Donnell

3rd Cormac Tynan

U11 Girls

1st Jamie Tanner

2nd Aishling Faherty

3rd Aisling Farrell and Niamh Cooper

U11 Boys

1st Edward Blacque

2nd Ethan Somula

3rd James Maloney and Conor Tynan

U12 Girls

1st Sarah McDonnell

2nd Ava Usnova

3rd Rebecca Walsh

U12 Boys

1st Michael Manning

2nd Peter Maloney

3rd Noah Rossi

U13/14 Girls

1st Orla O’Sullivan

2nd Sorcha O’Connor

3rd Hazel Kenny

U13/14 Boys

1st Jonathan Fitzsimons

2nd Callum Maguire

3rd Cillian Keegan

 

Club 10,000: Power Skips the Light Fandango!

Under lights at Morton Stadium last night Declan Power led the field on a merry dance in the Club 10,000 Championship for the Bonass Trophy. the Championship was incorporated into the latest round of the Grand Prix Series and drew a bumper field of some 50 starters, undoubtedly the largest 10,000 track championship in the country.  Although Declan refrained from “turning cartwheels across the floor”, he certainly left the opposition feeling “kinda seasick” and looking a “Whiter shade of Pale”!

Chased hard in the early laps by Sean Doran and Tom Sherlock, in the end Declan powered away to win and be crowned the Club 10,000 champion 2018 (possibly his third or fourth win in this event?) in a fast 33:47.  Tom Sherlock was runner up with Sean Doran 3rd.  Declan won the Bonass Trophy, sponsored by Pat Bonass.

It was also pleasing to see such a great turnout of women athletes for the Women’s Championship and the first ever Women’s Cup, again sponsored by Pat Bonass which was own by Maura Matthews in a time of 40.58 from Emma Dunne, the 2017 Grand Prix Champion and Aideen Brady 3rd.

In the Grand Prix handicap, 1st place was taken by Murray Ahern from Sinead Smith and Joe Cole 3rd.

A big thank you to the officials who kept tight tabs on affairs and succeeded in keeping athletes firmly on track for the 25 laps of Santry and a big thank you also to sponsor, Pat Bonass.

Pat Bonass donates trophy for Women’s Club 10,000 Championship

The Committee of Clonliffe Harriers are extremely grateful and obliged to Pat Bonass who has most generously sponsored a new trophy for the Women’s Club 10,000 Championship.

Pat of course already sponsors the Men’s 10,000 championship and over 30 years ago presented the Bonass Trophy to the club for presentation to the Men’s 10,000 champion.

Both Men’s and Women’s Championships take place on Thursday September 13th in conjunction with the Grand Prix Series round that night.  The club championship are open to all members of Clonliffe Harriers.

With the Dublin City Marathon taking place approximately six weeks later the 10,000 Championship represents an ideal opportunity for men and women’s athletes to get a good 10,000 race or indeed tempo under their belts. Whilst the thoughts of 25 laps on the track may be a little daunting to some it is important to bear in mind that 10,000 on the track is still the same distance as a 10k road race but there are no hills on the track in Morton Stadium!

All are encouraged, men and women to include this race in their schedule. See you on September 13th.

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