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Clonliffe top charts

The leaderboard of the National Indoor League is now available and after Saturday’s round confirms that the Clonliffe men’s Defence of the National League title is well and truly underway.. The men’s team sit on top of the table on 54.5 points from Raheny on 42.5 points and Nenagh Olympic 38 points.

The women’s team is in joint 5th with Finn Valley on 30 points. The standings are headed by DCH on 50 points.

The final round of the indoor League takes place on Saturday the 26th at the NIA abbotstown .




Clonliffe teams off to flying start in League (updated)

The men’s team got off to a flying start in round one of the national Indoor League at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown today. Although the official points tally for today is not as yet available it is not unreasonable to assume that the men have topped the standings as at the end of round 1 there were winning scores in 3 events and second places in 2 ,of the 6 events Thus the clubs defence of the National League indoor title is off to the best possible start.

Winning scores were contributed by Leo Morgan in the 60m in a time of 7.03 likewise Eamonn Fahey won the long jump competition with 6.89m and Rolus Olusa won the shot with 11.01 m. Rolus was also second in the 60H in 8.50. Second place also in the pole vault for Dave Donegan in with 3.70m and finally Mark McDonald was 5th in the 800 2.02.49.

The women’s team also got off to a very solid start. Snezana Bechtina was a major contributor to the team’s final placing of 5th at the end of round 1 with 4th in the long jump in 4.84 m, 6th in the pv  2.10 m and 6th in the 60H  11.30. Rebecca Fitzsmons was 5th in the 60m 8.22, Orna McGinley was 7th in the 800 with 2.2 7.03 and Leah Bergen 8th in the shot 5.40 m.

In the guest races Sarah Batson placed 9th in the 1500 in an indoor PB of 5.0 3.33 and Keith Pike ran 7.19 in the 60m.

Round 2  of The League take place in two weeks time on  January 26th so athletes please contact your club captain to declare your interest.

Results from the mid week NIA Live meet: 800 Greta Streimikyte 2.25.15, 200 Diana Markina 29.17, 60 Leo Morgan 7.03.



Clonliffe all set for Indoor League

The Clonliffe men’s team will commence the defence of the National indoor league title at the National Indoor Arena Abbotstown tomorrow,Saturday the 12th. The club`s men have been the dominant force at these championship since their inaugurated some 3 or so years ago and will again will be in contention for honours in 2019. The league championship is run over the course of two days, tomorrow and then again on the 26th with the team accumulating the most points over the 2 rounds the winner.

The men’s team for tomorrow is: 60H/shot Rolus Olusa , 60 Leo Morgan, 800 Mark McDonald, long Jump Eamonn Fahy , pole vault Dave Donegan.

The ladies captain entered the following team: 60h/PV Snezana Bechtina, 60 Rebecca Fitzsimons, 800 Orna McGinley, long jump Leah Bergin/Lauren Carr, Shot Leah Bergin/Lauren Carr, 1500 (open) Sarah Bateson.

The action gets underway at 12 noon.

The best of luck to our athletes tomorrow throughout the course of the indoor season.

Clonliffe athletes show steel in Sheffield!

Two Clonliffe athletes opened their indoor season over the course of the weekend and by coincidence both in Sheffield.

Rolus Olusa competed in the England Senior combined event Championship over the course of Friday and Saturday putting in the following performances: 60m – 7.21, High Jump – 1.86m, Pole Vault – 4.00m, Long Jump – 6.61m, Shot – 11.98m to finish the competition having amassed over 5000 points to finish in 12th position.  Unfortunately the official results do not show his actual points tally as Rolus was a guest in the Championships.

Eoin Pierce raced on Sunday in the BMC Sheffield Grand Prix over 1500 placing 7th in the A race in 3.55.30.

(Note to coaches and athletes: It would be very helpful if you could text 087 9599 888 or email with your results on the day of competition setting out the event you competed in, your time/performance and place – with athletes competing indoors, cross country, on the road throughout the length and breadth of the country and further afield it is impossible to keep track.  Please don’t be shy in sending on your results).

U/16 Girls Bronzed at Indoors

The final, final day of the long running National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone today brought brilliant bronze for the Clonliffe girls U/16 relay squad. Competing in a very competitive 4 X 200 event the girls battled through their semi final winning in 1.49.55 and then went almost 2 seconds faster in the final a 1.47.29 effort delivering a fantastic 3rd place and national bronze. Excellent stuff from the squad of Emma McDonnell, Blaise Carroll, Kristin McGrady Hogan, Alex Twomey and Holly Roche. Emma also placed 7th in the high jump with a 1.55m and Blaise put in a solid performance in the long jump with a best of 4.18m.

Day 3 of National Juveniles brings Indoor season to a close.

The final day of the Indoor season, Day 3 of the National Juvenile Championships took place at AIT Athlone today. Although no medals are coming back to Santry the Clonliffe athletes in action put in solid displays. Craig Giles was in very good form in the U/19 800 comfortably qualifying for the final after winning his heat in 2.00.84. In the final lady luck failed to shine. Running an excellent race Craig was always well in the hunt and indeed was looking good for at least silver went he went down meters from the line and ended up 4th in 1.59.63.

Hannah Browne enjoyed a good day with a 2 second PB in the U/19 800 final of 2.21.19 taking her to a battling 5th place.

Cian Bolger had a day to put behind him in U/18 800 finishing 6th in his heat (2.07.45), likewise Ella Brown had a disappointing run in the U/17 800, 6th in 2.35.56.

Jonathan Fitzsimons ran well in the U/14 800 with a new PB of 2.24.47 run to 5th place in his heat.

In the 200s Alex Twomey was 3rd in her U/16 heat (26.81) and Emma McDonnell was 4th in hers (27.35). Rebecca Fitzsimons battled gamely in her U/18 heat to 3rd place with her 26.47 securing her a place in the final where she places 6th (27.00).

Thus indoors comes to a close. The good news of course is that rust never sleeps and the outdoor seasons starts in a matter of weeks!

(Hannah Browne, 5th U/19 800 Final)

(Craig Giles, 4th U/19 800 Final)

(Cian Bolger, U/18 800 Heats)

Leinster Indoors: Another Marks Double

The Leinster Indoor Championships were held at the NIA Abbotstown today. Highlight of the meet was another Keith Marks jumps double as he won the high jump with a 1.90m best and the long jump in a new championship best of 7.04. For good measure Keith also finished 3rd in the 60m (7.08 after a 7.03 heat). Isreal Ibeanu was 5th in that 60m in 7.31, having clocked 7.34 in his heat.

Snezana Bechtina won the 400 in 59.53. Diana Markin was 4th in the 200.

In the junior championship Hannah Browne and Ale Hernandez enjoyed a great battle over 800 Hannah placed 4th (2.24.38) with Ale a fraction behind, 5th (2.25.39) and Cliona Cooley 11th (2.42.39). Abbie Sheehy placed 5th in the 1500 (5.11.86) with Tess Loftus 7th (5.38.65). Cian Bolger was 4th in heat 2 of the400 (54.61).

In the Master`s Championship Matt Slattery won M65 Gold in the 200 (29.56). In the M55 3000 Philip O`Doherty took silver with Tom Monks taking bronze. Bronze also for Martin Treacy in the M60 1500 (5.36)                                                          Continue Reading →

Lennon-Ford runs sub 48 in Athlone

There were only two Clonliffe athletes competing at the AIT Grand Prix in Athlone last night. Luke Lennon-Ford was 4th in the 400 (won by Tom Barr in 46.94), Luke recording a time of 47.93. This was his 2nd sub 48 of the week having ran 47.78 in the semis of the British Indoor Championships last weekend after a 48.29 heat.

In the 60m Chris Sibanda was 7th in his heat (6.93).

Silver & Bronze at National Indoors

Keith Marks won silver in the long jump at this weekend`s National Indoors at the NIA, Abbotstown. With a 7.20m effort he not only took silver behind Adam McMullen (Crusaders) but added 4 cms to his own matter of week`s old club record.

In the 60m it was a great sight to see three Clonliffe vests on the start line of today`s final: Leo Morgan, National 100 champion Jeremy Phillips and Keith Pike, after battling through heats and semis. Leo finished top Clonliffe man in bronze and also set a new club record, breaking his own record from last weekend`s IUAA Championships, setting a new mark of 6.82, following a 6.97 heat and 6.90 semi. Jeremy was 5th in 6.87 (heat 6.87 and semi 6.90) and Keith 7th, 6.97 (heat 7.00, semi 6.99).

Bronze also for Eoin Pierce in the 1500. After a tactical race with a last lap burn out, Eoin placed 3rd in 4.10.33, in yesterday`s heat he ran 3.58.71. Richie Owens also made the final placing 8th (4.15.55, his heat yesterday was 4.04.60).

Mark McDonald also battled his way into today`s 800 final, having ran just over two minutes yesterday was 6th today in 1.59.53.

Other Clonliffe: 60H 5th Rolus Olusa (7.16), 3000 12th Eoin Taggart (9.07.06), 1500 11th Greta Streimikyte (4.46.66), Pole Vault 4th Dave Donegan (4.10m), High Jump 4th Marcin Klinzow (1.85m), 200 heats Isreal Ibeanu 23.22, Diana Markin 29.91.

Also racing on the track this weekend was Emer Treacy in Spain, (outdoors) in the 800m final of the Extremadura Winter Championships in Caceres yesterday evening running a fine race to finish 2nd in 2.26.

Overseas update

News from the States: Brian Flanagan had his opening run of the indoor season for McNeese at the Samford Open, Birmingham, Alabama where he was 4th in the 3000 in 8.40.93. Aaron Hanlon was 6th in the Valentine Invitational also over 3000 in 8.28.89.

In England Eoin Pierce won the mile indoors at the Soar Open, Lee Valley on February 7th in 4.11.78, a winning margin of some 7 seconds. Also over the water, this time on the country, Jayme Rossister won the Birmingham League XC race in Wolverhampton in a sprint finish on Saturday, the 10th.


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