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Clonliffe Keane after regaining Dublin Cross title!

A pretty successful day at HQ today for the Dublin Cross Country Championships all round from Juvenile right through to the senior men. The highlight was the senior men’s capture of the Padraig Keane Memorial Cup as Dublin Champions. This was the first time the cup, presented by the Keane family in honour of Clonliffe legend Padraig, has been won by a Clonliffe team. A proud and emotional moment for both Padraig`s family and club mates.

The day started off with the U/11 Clonliffe girls and boys all putting in strong runs over their 1000m race distance. Next up the U/13 girls where the team again performed very well with stand out runs from Sorcha O`Connor, who placed an excellent 10th to qualify for the Dublin team an Nationals and Sarah McDonnell, Rebecca and Kate Faherty. Likewise strong runs from the U/13 boys particularly from Sean Cronin in a superb 4th place to also qualify to run for Dublin in the Nationals. Good runs also by Cristain Finn and Devin.

The u/15 girls all battled away throughout the race distance of 3,500m and just missed out on medalling in 4th place: Orla O`Sullivan, stepping up an age group, 22nd, Naoise Cullen 23rd, Amy Sheehy 28th, Lara Gallagher 29th and Hollie Foy 33rd.

In the U/15 boys race there were excellent runs from the team lead home in fine style by 5th place finisher Sean Boyne. Followed by Ronan Donoghue 10th, Cillian Sherrin 18th, Jack Woods 20th, Jacob 32nd and Adam Keogh 37th. These efforts were rewarded with team silver.

Silver also for the U/17 girls over 4000m with Sarah Bateson putting recent injury behind her to lead home the team in 7th, next in was Aoife Hession 8th, Ella Brown 11th, Katie Halpin 14th, Alana Fitzsimons 15th, Ella Cooley 16th, Vicky McDonnell 17th and Cara Curren Beggs 21st. With half of this team stepping up from U/16 it makes things even more encouraging.

First golds of the day came courtesy of the U/17 boys. With fantastic work by the four scorers, all in the top 12, Alex Murray 4th, Callum Simpson 7th, Daragh Carter 8th and Niall Carbery 12th. These guys were very well backed up by Dermot Buckley 15th, Evan Foster 18th, John Laurence 22nd, Alex Nuroth 23rd and Manny 24th.

Gold (on the double) also for the U/19/Junior women, on the double as the team of Hannah Browne 6th, Tess Loftus 8th, Aimee Warren 9th and Cliona Cooley 10th won both championships.

The U/19/Junior men`s race was totally dominated by Sean O`Leary. From the off he was gone and built up a lead of 30 plus seconds at the finish. U/18 athlete Ben Guiden put in a strong run to place 7th, next in was Jordan Byrne 8th, Stephen Cashin 10th, Daniel Lacy 14th, Jarlaith Jordan 15th, Thomas Baltazar 17th and Ryan Sheridan 23rd. The team took junior silver and with a scoring 4 of Guiden, Byrne, Cashin and Lacy also took U/19 silver.

Finally then the senior men. The Clonliffe men looked like they meant business from the gun with Colm Rooney, Cathal Doyle and Adam O`Brien well up in the lead bunch. Adam O`Brien had a footware issue and ended up racing shoeless and consequently loosing places, however, both Rooney and Doyle held strong, both ran superb last laps to romp home 1st (Rooney) and 2nd. With Eoin Taggart running well to take 7th, Sean Doran 12th, Tom Sherlock 15th and Adam O`Brien grimly holding 18th these scoring 6 took the Dublin team title and on course were presented with the Padraig Keane Cup by Padraig`s wife Mary.


Mary Keane presents the Padraig Keane Cup to Colm Rooney

Clonliffe One, Two:  Cathal Doyle 2nd, Colm Rooney 1st

Dublin Senior Cross Country Champions 2018

U/11 Girls

U/11 Boys

Sean Cronin U/13 Boys 4th placed individual

U/15 Girls team, 4th place

U/15 Boys team, Dublin silver

U/17 Girls team, Dublin silver

U/17 boys team, Dublin Champions 2018

U/19 girls/Junior Women, Dublin Champions 2018

U/19 boys/Junior men, Dublin silver

 

Dublin Juvenile XC: All that glitters isn`t gold!

The Dublin Juvenile even ages cross country took place in Abbotstown today with Clonliffe teams very much in the mix. At the end of the day 5 sets of team medals were on the way back to Santry, unfortunately not the gold ones the athletes were looking for…but it`s early days yet! Abbotstown is a tough course. While the underfoot conditions were superb it is a hard course featuring some really taxing climbs. All the club`s athletes put in very solid efforts.

The U/18 boys placed 2nd, only missing out on gold to DSD by a single point. This was a great inter club battle between two evenly matched squads. From the gun there were 3 Clonliffe and 3 DSD athletes in the lead pack, the Clonliffe lads were lead home after the 6000 race length by 3rd place finisher Aaron Cullen, 5th Daniel Stone, 8th Ben Guiden and 12th Thomas Baltzar. This scoring four were very well backed up by their team mates: Ian McAlweney, Calum Simpson, Alex Murray, Daragh Cartner and Dermot Buckley (several stepping up from U/17).

Silver also for the U/18 girls, again behind DSD: Ella Brown 8th, Tess Loftus 10th, Aimee Warren 11th, Vicky McDonnell 14th.

The U/16 girls were also in silver, and yes behind DSD! A great run in particular by Aoife Hession 4th, the rest of the team were very impressive indeed Alana Fitzsimons 11th ,U/15 girl Naoise Cullen 13th, Katie Halpin 15th, Lara Gallager, another stepping up a year, 17th and Ella Cooley 18th.

The U/16 boys also impressed. A great run in this race by Niall in 5th place, again an athlete stepping up a year, also Ronan 20th, Jack 27th, Alex 29th, Andrew 36th, Adam 38th and Jacob 46th. The efforts of the lads was rewarded with team bronze.

Bronze medals were also won by the U/14 boys team of Cillian Keegan 12th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 13th, Sean Boyne 15th, Alex Usanova, Calcum Regan and Sandy.

Great runs earlier in the programme by the U/14 girls team with Orla O`Sullivan leading the tam home in 25th place and by both the girls and boys U/12 teams.

Next up from the crew is the Dublin uneven ages in Santry on November 4th.

 

 

Dublin Juvenile (even ages) Cross Country Championships/Autumn Open

Clonliffe teams will contest the Dublin even age juvenile championships this coming Sunday at the National Cross Country Course Abbottstown. The Dublins will get underway at 11 a.m. with the U/10 girls and the juvenile championships will conclude with the U/18 boys running over 6000m at 1.25 p.m.

At 2 p.m. the Autumn Open International Cross Country commences with the women’s event at 2 p.m. and the men at 2.45 p.m.

Timetable and course map: Autumn Open & Dublin Juvenile Course Map & Order of Events 2018

Sean O`Leary takes Dublin Novice title

The first of the 2018 cross country titles was up for grabs in the Phoenix Park today. The traditional season`s opener was the Dublin Novice Cross Country championships. Sean O`Leary justified his hot favourite tag with a fine performance as he cruised to victory. Sean lead the men`s team of 17th Jack Maughan, 27th Greg Hossenny and 29th Eoghan Murphy to team bronze.

In the women`s race there were strong runs from Alannah Cooley, Ale Hernandez, Elaine McLoughlin and Emma Harding as the team placed 5th. Full results on www.dublinathletics.com soon

Last night of the Proms!

Tonight in Morton Stadium the 6th and final night of the Dublin Juvenile Track & Field Championships took place with 1500s and even age relays.

Once again in the 1500s Clonliffe athletes were very much to the fore. Starting off with the boys this time Daragh Cartner was a fine winner of the U/17 with a measured sprint to take gold. Dermot Buckley went all the way to the line and succeeded in grabbing 4th place on the line and a place in next month`s Nationals.

In the U/18 race there was another fantastic Clonliffe battle with Daniel Stone prevailing to win the Dublin title, Cian Bolger 3rd, Ben Guiden 5th and Ian McAlweeney 8th. The U/19s again saw Clonliffe very much at the head of affairs as Craig Giles took 2nd from Efrem Gidey 3rd, Stephen Cashin 5th and Jordan Byrne 6th.

The U/17 girls also produced two national qualifiers as Sarah Bateson, recovered now from her meeting with the Irishtown track on Friday night, took 3rd with Abbie Sheehy 4th (Abbie now qualifying for nationals over 800, 1500, 3000 and 4 x 400!), Ella Brown was 6th and Cara Curran Begg 9th. There was also a solid run in the U/15 race from Naoise Cullen placing 8th.

Moving on then to the relays which took place after the 1500s: Clonliffe had teams in Girls U14, Boys U14, Girls U12 and Boys U12. Great races from all teams, in particular the Boys U14, Girls U12 and Boys U12 who all progressed from their heats and performed very well in the finals. With the Clonliffe success also from last week’s uneven age relays in mind, it is fair to say that all the hard relay team training in recent weeks certainly paid off!

 

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.

 

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

 

Clonliffe Juveniles medal at Dublins

Jonathan Fitzsimons was the Clonliffe star of the show at tonight`s Dublin Juvenile Track & Field held in Morton Stadium on another warm sunny evening (we`re getting a little spoilt now!). Jonathan ran a superb U/14 800 race always in control and then holding off his pursuers down the home straight to claim the Dublin title.

In the U/15 race Jack Woods took bronze. Bronze also for Naoise Cullen in the U/15 girls race after a fine run. U/16 girls saw Emma McDonnell take silver and with Alana Fitzsimons 4th both qualified for Nationals, Aoife Hession placed 6th. All four U/17 girls ran very well Abbie Sheehy took bronze, with Ella Brown missing out on nationals placing 5th.

The combined boys U/18 and 19 race was a scorcher with the first 400 covered in some 54 seconds Craig Giles was 3rd “on the road” and 1st (?) U/19, in a time of 1.55.

The U/12s 600 needed heats with the finals taking place later this month, both Sarah McDonnell and Rebecca Walsh placed 3rd in the heats and progress. Likewise Michael Manning goes into the Dublin final thanks to his 4th place tonight.

Dublin Cross Country: Juveniles & Juniors to the fore

Yesterday, the 5th, a crisp November morning the Clonliffe course builders met at 8 a.m. to commence the construction of the course for the Dublin Cross Country Championships which were being hosted by Clonliffe in Santry Demesne. Three hours later the Dublin Championships were underway on what is a superb course in Santry but now one would suggest under-utilised with the Nationals seemingly now having a permanent home in Abbottstown.

Thus at the spiritual home of Irish athletics, Santry, the Dublins got underway. The first race with Clonliffe interest was the U/11s running over 1000 metres. It was great to see teams in both the girls and boys races all competing well and all safely making it to the finish.  The U/11 girls team was Ava, Sally-Anne, Megan, Grace, Rebecca and Eva.  Likewise the U/11 boys foursome all performed very well the team being Cormac, Cathal, Harry and Donogh.

Next up it was the U/13s where the boys were lead home by Jonathan Fitzsimons in 7th, taking a place on the Dublin team for Nationals, very good runs also from Callum and Alex. The girls also put in solid runs with Orla O`Sullivan first of the Harriers closing followed by Isobel Browne, Eabha, Aoife and Amelie.

The U/15 girls brought the first medals of the day for Clonliffe with a fine team performance led home, after possibly her best race to date, by Aoife Hession in 6th place, Alana Fitzsimons battled on gamely, despite being hampered by injury, to a gallant 7th place with the fast finishing Katie Halpin also having a storming run in 8th place.  Ella Cooley did all that was asked and more with a battling display in 23rd place which was enough to see the girls take well deserved team bronze to book their place in the Nationals on December 17th in Waterford.

Clonliffe only had one competitor in the U/15 boys race, also running over 3500 metres, Alex Neuroth finishing a fine 13th place.

The U/17 girls were next into the fray racing over 4000 metres. This was a young team, three of the four girls moving up from U/16s.  Top finisher, once again, was Sarah Bateson who had another outstanding last lap to finish in 11th place, with Abbie Sheehy 15th, Aimee Warren 17th and Vicky McDonnell, battling 24th the girls put in a fine performance and were just out of the medals in 4th place.

The U/17 boys again as expected, performed superbly and delivered team gold. Aaron Cullen once again was in superb form leading the team home in 2nd place.  Ben Guiden also had a very good run coming home in 7th place with a storming last lap, young Darragh Carter continues to impress in 10th with Daniel Stone exceeding expectations with a fine 13th place just ahead of Ian McElweaney in 14th.  The team was completed by Dermot Buckley 19th, Callum Simpson 20th, Evan Foster 22nd and Thomas Baltazer 37th.  The team with a total of 32 points tool well deserved Dublin gold.

The U/19s and juniors were mixed. Firstly the junior women which saw a full Clonliffe team and also a Clonliffe team in the U/19s.  The team was led home by Alannah Cooley in 7th place, next in was Ally Hernandez 11th, Hannah Browne 14th and Cliona Cooley 17th.  The girls were rewarded with bronze in the junior women’s race and in the U/19 race were also rewarded with bronze (Ally, Hannah and Cliona).

Next up was the Junior Men/U/19s. A strong Clonliffe team was in fine form with Sean O’Leary showing a welcome return to form in an excellent 2nd place followed some seven seconds later by Eferon Gidey, 3rd and Adam O’Brien in 4th place.  The 4th scorer was Daniel Lacey in 8th and the team then completed by Craig Giles, 10th, Joey Hession, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne and Kevin McKenna.  The junior men comfortably won the Dublin title on 17 points.  In the U/19s Sean O’Leary took gold with the team (O’Leary, Gidey, Lacey and Giles) also taking team gold.

Unfortunately Clonliffe had no entrants in the Dublin senior women’s championship which was won by Ciara Durkan (Skerries A.C.) with DSD taking the team title from Crusaders and Raheny Shamrocks.

In the men’s race the race was dominated by Raheny Shamrocks with Mick Clohisey successfully defending his title from Conor Dooney 2nd and DSD’s Killian Mooney 3rd.  First Clonliffe man was David Flynn in 6th place with Colm Rooney 7th.  Brian McMahon was 23rd, Eoin Taggart 33rd, Thomas Sherlock 36th, Sean Doran 37th, David Mullen 62nd, Wayne Walker 63rd and Thomas Frayne 66th.  The Clonliffe men finished out of the medals in 4th place with Raheny Shamrocks successfully defending their team title and winning the Padraig Keane Trophy.

The Padraig Keane Trophy was presented by Mary Keane and it was fitting to see so many of the Keane family at the presentation in the Clonliffe clubhouse post event.

Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank in particular all of the Clonliffe members, and indeed parents of members, who came out to assist the club in the hosting of these championships, not only the course builders but the people who came out to steward on the day and then help with the course deconstruction. True Clonliffe club spirit.

Next up is the National Even Ages which takes place in conjunction with the National Junior and National Senior Championships at Abbottstown in three weeks time, November 26th.  The juvenile uneven championships will take place in Waterford on December 17th.

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