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Juvenile Training in Abbotstown tonight (March 12th)

Training tonight for juvenile athletes is at the NIA Abbotstown tonight Tuesday the 12th from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is €5. per athlete. Please note spikes maximum length allowed is 5mm. Also bring drinks etc. Enjoy being out of the weather!!

Clonliffe club 1500 at NIA Live!

The final NIA Live meet of the indoor season took place in Abbotstown tonight drawing a fair number of Clonliffe athletes. The middle distance girls where out in force with heat no.3 of the 1500 a virtual club championship. Alannah Cooley and Sarah Bateson had a good battle at the front until Sarah struck for home just before the bell to run a huge pb of 4.54.34, Alannah ran 5.01.52, further back Hannah Browne managed to break away from Ale Hernandez 5.13.19 to 5.14.73. In heat 2 Greta Streimikyte had a strong run running 4.51.89.

Earlier in the 60m Thomas Moran won his race in 7.69 with Mark Middleton 5th. Snezana Bechtina ran 8.28 over 60m and later 25.83 (unofficial) in the 200. Lauren Carr was a strong winner of her 200 in 26.79 (unofficial). In The 800 Shaun Conaghan had a good race with a particularly strong final 200. Time not available.

Eoin Pierce wins National indoor 1500

Day 2 of the National Indoor Championships in Abbotstown brough a first national senior title for Eoin Pierce in the 1500. In a loaded field Piercey held off Eoin Everard (KCH) and defending champion, going for three in a row, Kieran Kelly (Raheny) to take glorious gold in 3.55.54. Also in the field was clubmate Richie Owens 8th in 4.00.33.

Also today there were silver medals won by Rolus Olusa 60H (8.17) and in the long jump by Keith Marks (7.19m). Eamonn Fahey was 4th in that long jump (6.71m). In the 60 semi final Eamonn ran 7.12. Luke Lennon Ford was just out of the medals in the 400 placing 4th in 48.42.

Clonliffe results from day 1 (Saturday) both Eoin Pierce, 1st heat 1 (4.05.83) and Richie Owens 5th in heat 2 (4.0038) are through to Sundays 1500 final. Also through to the 400 final is Luke Lennon Ford (48.33), Timmy Crowe was 2nd in his heat in 50.49 but doesn’t progress. Eamonn Fahey was 2nd in his 60 heat (7.09) and is through to the semi final. Rolus Olusa was 4th in the pole vault after a 4.10m best, missing out on bronze on count back.

AIT Grand Prix

Clonliffe results from the big Indoor Grand Prix Meet in Athlone tonight:  Rolus Olusa after a 8.21 60H heat made the final where he ran 8.27 for 6th place. In the 400 Luke Lennon Ford was 4th (48.33), in the 60 Chris Sibanda ran 6.85 in his heat to go through to the final where he placed 7th in 6.87 with Leo Morgan running 6.92. Finally Keith Marks was 2nd in the long jump with a best of 7.05m, Eamonn Fahey was 4th (6.85m).

Dublin Juvenile Indoor championships (updated to Sunday)

There was significant Clonliffe involvement at the weekend`s Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships held at the NIA Abbotstown. On Friday night the track action revolved around the relays. Clonliffe highlights included: the U/13 girls 4 x 200 squad of Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh, Ava Usanova , Sarah McDonnell, Eva McMillan and Alexandra Kelly winning the Dublin title. The U/17 girls 4 x 200 team of Alex Twomey, Kirstin McGrady Hogan, Holly Roche and Emma McDonnell took silver.

Great team efforts also by the U/11 boys team of Ethan, Conor, Cormac and Edward, the U/13 boys Jack, Colm, Angus, Andrew and Senan and the U/11 girls Ava, Una, Lana, Sienna and Fotiene.

In the field events Jonas Norvaisas was once again victorious winning the boys U/16 shot.

Saturday saw the 1500s where the first success came via Sean Boyne taking U/16 silver (4.39). Silver was also won by Aoife Hession in the girls U/17 race after a fine run (5.11), unfortunately Alana Fitzsimons came a cropper with a had fall putting her out of contention. Both Alex Nuroth and John Lawrence ran well in the U/17 heats but didn`t progress. In the U/18 race Evan Foster put in a very good run but was piped on the line for bronze (4.41) with Callum Simpson, a little leg weary after his heroic run in Sunday`s European Clubs XC, 6th.

Later on Saturday afternoon and into the evening it was the turn of the sprinters to enter the arena and with some degree of success indeed. Sally Sumola took U/16 60 gold, Alex Twomey U/17 silver, with both Holly Roche and Kristin McGrady Hogan making that final and placing 4tb and 5th respectively.  Val Strogonovs won boys U/17 60 gold in an impressive 7.23 and Rebecca Fitzsimons did likewise in the girls U/18.

In the long jump Kristian Bosnajak took U/17 silver. Great efforts also in the U/19 400 where both Aaron Nnadi and Neil McLochlain got through to the final where they filled 4th and 5th places.


Sunday was the final day of the championships and boy was it a long one! Again some excellent athletics from the Clonliffe crew. Highlights included Rebecca Fitzsimons making it an U/18 sprints double as she won the 200 day in some style. After being a little slow out of the blocks she had up ground on the back straight and then kicked for home from the final bend to come home a clear winner. In the U/17 200 both Emma McDonnell and Alex Twomey had the final, placing 4th and 5th. In the U/16 Sally Sumola also made the 200 final placing 4th.

Val Stognovus after a fantastic 23.28 U/17 200 took gold to make it a sprints double.

The middle distance athletes all ran well in today`s 800s with Jack Woods taking U/16 bronze some 2 and a half hours after his heat. Andrew Gaffney also made this final. Likewise Naoise Cullen made the girls U/16 final where she put in a battling 5th place performance. Orla O`Sullivan also battled her way into the U/15 final placing 7th. Sorcha O`Connor was another athlete to make an 800 final where she took a very good 4th place in the girls U/14.

In the U/16 girls high jump Nicole Laply took gold with a hight of 1.45m, she also made the 200 final placing 6th. In the long jump Keith Burke had a fine competition only loosing out on bronze on count back! Making it a great weekend for the Norvaisas brothers Laimis won silver in the boys U/12 shot.

Keith sets new club long jump mark

Keith Marks set a new club indoor long jump record at today’s Athletics Ireland Indoor Games at NIA Abbotstown of 7.23 m in finishing in second place. Earlier Keith warmed up by running 7.18 and later 7.08 for 60m.

Also in the 60m Leo Morgan recorded times of 6.98 and 6.97  Keith Pike ran 7.22 and Isreal Ibanu 7.33 and later 7.24.

Rolus Olusa took two 2nd places 60h in 8.27 and Pole Vault 4.25m (a pb?) While Richie Owens ran 3.57.40 in the 1500.

Athletes closing in on Euro standards

Clonliffe overseas sprinters look like they are hitting form at the right time with the European Indoors in about 4 weeks time or so with Jeremy Phillips and Luke Lennon Ford both putting in good runs last weekend. At the big indoor meet in Vienna Luke Lennon Ford was eighth fastest overall in the  400 in a time of 47.86. The standard for the Europeans is 47.4. In two races Lennon Ford has reduced his Seasons Best from 49.13 to 47.86 clearly coming along nicely with several weeks left to get that standard.

In the US Jeremy Phillips opened his indoor season with a 6.98 run in Boston on the 26th, the 60m standard for Edinburgh is 6.78.


Marks adds another National title to collection

The Harrier of the year Keith Marks today added another title to his collection. At the National U/23 Indoor Championships at AIT Athlone Keith won the long jump with a 6.88m best.

Leo Morgan was 7th in the U/23 60 in 7.21.

Also Eoin Pierce took an 800 indoor win in London in 1.53.36.

Four Indoor in a row!

The Clonliffe men’s stranglehold on the National Indoor League continues unabated. Round two of the National Indoor League took place in Athlone IT with the combined totals from day 1 and 2 deciding the Championship. The National Indoor League competition commenced in 2016 and since its inception the Clonliffe men have dominated winning the title every year with that streak continuing to include 2019. So it`s an Indoor four in a row!

The men’s team headed into Day 2 in a very strong position courtesy of an excellent showing in round 1 at the NIA Abbotstown two weeks ago. That form continued today with Eamonn Fahey in particular being one of the main drivers. Eamonn was 1st in the 200 in 22.36  and proving that he really is an all rounder was 2nd in the high jump (1.70m).

Niall Counihan also contributed excellently today winning the triple jump in 13.01m. Jarlath Jordan finished 4th in the 1500m in 4.20.20 and an injured Timmy Crowe just completed the 400. The 4 x 200 team of Niall Counihan,  Mark McDonald, Pierce Friel and Val Strogans took 2nd in 1.35.65.

The Clonliffe team were well ahead of the chasing pack amassing a total of 105.5 from Donore 84 and Raheny 77.5 meaning that the National Indoor league title remains in Santry.

The women’s team put in a very solid day`s work in Athlone today. This team being a combination of youth and experience and probably performed better than they had expected finishing up in 4th place on 75 points behind defending champions DCH who once again prevailed.

Positive performances from the girls today with Rebecca Fitzsimons 1st in her 200 heat and 3rd overall in 26.28. Leah Bergin was 1st in her 400 heat and also 3rd overall (58.63). The 4 x 200 relay squad of Rebecca, Leah, Emma Kelly and Lauren Carr also finished 3rd in 1.47.42. Hannah Browne was 4th in the 1500 5.18.91. Once again Snezana Bechtina displayed all the attributes of a top club athlete finishing 3rd in the triple jump 9.30m and 5th in the high jump 1.30m

Well done to both teams today and to the club captains and coaches for the work in preparing the athletes.


NIA Live

Results from last night’s NIA Live meet in Abbotstown: Leo Morgan was 2nd in the 60m behind Marcus Lawlor (SLOT) in a fast 6.96, Rolus Olusa 7.17, Keith Pike 7.19, Liam Morgan 7.30. In The 200 Timmy Crowe was 2nd in his heat in 22.88. Next meet is Feb 5th.


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