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Another successful day at Juvenile Championships

A bright and still morning greeted the competitors for today’s latest Dublin juvenile track and Field Championships once again at Morton Stadium Santry. The Clonliffe Harriers distance athletes put in sterling performances across all age groups, the 3000 being the offering today for U/16’s upwards.

The U/17 girls were first into action, their race being mixed with the U/16’s, the Clonliffe trio performed superbly making it a black and amber clean sweep: first Aoife Hession, second Katie Halpin and third Alanna Fitzsimons. Next into action was Sarah Bateson in the U/18 girls 3000. This was a pretty loaded field and Sarah displayed great battling qualities powering home in a very strong third place in an outdoor PB time of 10.56.

The boys also put in great performances, Sean Boyne was second U/16 (9.59). In the U/17 race a battling Niall Carberry secured bronze in an impressive 9.40. Fine runs also in this from Alex Neuroth (10.16) and Eoin Byrne (10.22). In the U/18 and U/19 combined race Aaron Cullen, U/19, took up the running from the start and after a 67 second opening lap gradually opened a unassailable lead to win in a time of 8.52. In the U/18 category Callum Simpson was a smooth silver medallist in a time of 9.14 with Daragh Carter, putting his frustrations from Friday nights 1500 well behind him, to take bronze (9.24). Alex Murray clearly still carrying a shoulder injury battled away gamely and finished in a time of 9.55.

Also in action today was the Clonliffe U/13 girls 4 x 100 team, the girls looked majestic in their semi-final easily qualifying for the final and putting in an equally gutsy fine performance in the final to take Dublin silver, the team was Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh, Sarah McDonnell and Ava Usanova, Ali Connelly (reserve). A short time later both Rebecca and Sarah lined up for the U/13 600 final, both girls, who between relay had also taken part in the high jump competition, were tired looking athletes who competed well in the 600 but finished outside of the metal positions.

Sally Sumola was competing in the U/16 girls long jump winning gold with a best of 5.06m. Sally was also 3rd in the 100. Keith Burke was just out of the medals, 4th in the boys U/16 long jump and 8th in the 100 final. Making it a sprints double gold today was Val Sroganvous adding U/17 100 gold to his 200 from yesterday. Alex Toomey was 2nd in the girls U/17 100, with Holly Roche 5th and Milcah Anevho 5th in the final. Earlier in the heats Sandra Egwin just narrowly missed qualifying for the final, likewise Immy Hauer just missed qualifying for the girls U/16 100 final. Also Laimis Norvaisas took boys U/12 shot silver.

More Clonliffe success as Dublin juvenile Championships continue

The Dublin juvenile track and Field Championships continued again in Morton Stadium today. Once again some fine Clonliffe performances yielding Dublin titles and medals. Emma McDonnell was first in the U/17 high jump with Sandra Ggwin second. Emma also took silver in the 400.

Val Stroganvous won the U/17 200 title in a new PB, into a strong headwind, of 22.4 Jonas Norvaisas was once again victorious in the shot an event which he has dominated in recent years winning the Dublin U/16 title.

Fine performances also today in the hurdles by the clubs athletes U/16 girls 80 H 3rd Immy Hauer , U/17 100 H 3rd Milch Anevho. A good day also for Neil McLoughlin who was second in the boys U/19 400 and third in the 200. Boys U/18/400: 4th Aaron Nnadi, 5th Manny and in the discus Keith Burke 5th U/16.

Middle distance medals won at Dublin Juveniles

Clonliffe athletes were in action in the pouring rain at last night’s Dublin juvenile Championships in Morton Stadium. Last night was day three, four or five (hard to keep count!) of the championships and on the card was the 1500s and relays. Dublin titles were taken by both Aaron Cullen in the boys 1500 U/19 and by Aimee Warren in the girls U/19.

First in action where the U/16 girls were Naoise Cullen, who last week was third in the 800 put in a fine performance over the longer distance finishing fifth in a time, unofficial, of 5.16 with Amy Sheehy following her in in a time of 5.22. The U/17 girls put in a great shift with Aoife Hession placing second (5.12), Katie Halpin third (5.14) and Alanna Fitzimon’s fourth (5.25). One of the races of the day was the girls U/18 1500 were Sarah Bateson put in another battling performance finishing a close second in a time of 4.56.5 and then in the U/19 girls Aimee Warren took Dublin gold.

Of the boys Owen Housney was sixth in the U/16 1500 in a time of 4.44 with Jack Woods seventh in 4.49. Fourth place for the Niall Carberry in the U/17 boys in a time of 4.25 Alex Nuroth eight in 4.43. Callum Simpson ran 4.19 in the U/18 boys to 5th place with Darragh Carter seventh (4.25). Then in the boys U/19 a Clonliffe one two with Aaron Cullen  first (4.02) and Daniel Stone second.

Once the 1500s were completed proceedings moved on to the even age relays. The U/U/18 girls team having completed the 1500s decided that they would give the relay a go and were rewarded for their tenacity with fine bronze with a team of Carra Curran Beggs,  Alanna Fitzsimons , Abbey Sheehy and Sarah Bateson.

In the U/12 girls relay the practice the team put in during the week paid off with superb button changes from all of the girls in the 4 x 100 the team of Mia, Rose, Sienna and Harriet were just off a place in the final. Likewise the U/12 boys team of Steve Connor Cian and Ethan, who ran a particularly strong final leg, again were very close to making the final. Likewise the boys U/14 4 x 100 team put in an excellent performance and were just shy of making the final.

The Dublin juveniles continues today (Saturday) and this report will be updated later this evening.

Bronze taken from Dublin Juveniles

The Dublin juvenile track and field championships day 2 took place this evening in Morton Stadium. Clonliffe athletes mainly competed in the middle distance events. At the end of the evening Orla O’Sullivan took a fine bronze in the U/15 800. Naoise Cullen then did likewise in the U/16 800 with Amy Sheehy in a very solid 5th place. 5th place also for Jack Woods in the U/16 boys 800. Other notable performances include Ethan Somula winning his U/12 600 semi final to qualify for the final in a weeks time.

Sarah McDonnell and Rebecca Walsh both had great runs tonight and are through to the final of the U13 girls 600m. Likwise Sorcha O’Connor is through in the U14 800m with Hazel Kenny also running well 7th. Jonathan Fitzsimmons was 6th U/14 800. Other U/12 athletes were Harriet Kenny in 600m and Long Jump. Cara Connolly in U/12 600m, Conor Tynan, boys U/12 600m, Ali Connolly missed out on time for final of U/13 600m. Cathal o’neill U/13 600m.

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 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.


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