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Welcome home European Gold Medallist Snezana

Clonliffe welcomed home European Indoors Masters W35 400m gold medallist Snezana Bechtina tonight. Snezana won the European title in Madrid on Tuesday. After her semi final the previous day Snezana said she felt sluggish during that “slower” race and “…decide that I would feel better running fast from the off in the final”. So if proved to be as she lead from the off and was clear at the break on her way to winning her first International title. Last year Snezana medalled at the World Masters Indoors, and of course set a series of new Masters National records.

Snezana`s attention now turns towards the outdoor season and looks to winning more National titles and then the big one.. in September the World Masters in Malaga, Spain. All being well Snezana may once again reign in Spain!

(Pictured, Alana, Cara, Snezana, Emma and Aoife)

(European Indoor W35 400 Champion: Snezana Bechtina)

(Below action from European Masters Indoors)

Snezana wins European Title!

Clonliffe`s multi decorated Master`s Champion sprinter Snezana Bechtina has done it again! At the European Masters Indoor Championships in Madrid today she won the W35 400 European title in 58.97.

Clonliffe Masters Gold

At the National Masters Indoor Championships in Athone today Clonliffe athletes took home four golds. Snezana Bechtina took W35 titles in the 400 (59.52) and Long Jump (4.81m). Likewise Jean O`Neill took the W70 400 title (95.00). Thomas Moran won the M40 60 (7.50), he was also first across the line in the 200 but as per Birmingham last weekend the DQ was flashed !Thomas Frayne was 6th in the M35 800 (2.21.0) and Tom Monks 8th M55 3000 (11.27.71).

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Another good day for Clonliffe at Masters XC

To complete a very good weekend for Clonliffe the Masters athletes put in solid day`s work in St. Anne`s, Raheny early this afternoon at the Dublin Master`s Cross Country Championships. There was a huge turn out of Clonliffe athletes.

The M50 team of Kieran Murphy, Philip O`Doherty, Jeremy Chapman and Kevin Dowling took silver with Kieran Murphy also taking individual M50 silver and Philip O`Doherty M55 bronze.

In the women`s championship the W35 team were just out of the medals in 4th place. Individually Aimee Ahern won W45 bronze.

Men`s results:

Women`s results:


Clonliffe teams for Dublin Masters XC

The Dublin Masters Cross Country takes place this Sunday, the 7th in St. Anne`s Raheny.  There will be a very substancial presence indeed of Clonliffe athletes with teams in all age categories and some 55 athletes entered.

The men`s teams are:

M35: Thomas Frayne, Clive Ahern, Shane Casey, Alex Eustace, Matt McGunness

M40: Stephen Tracey, Trevor Wisdom, Mick Gleeson, Murray Ahern, Denis O’Sullivan, Dermot Faughan

M45: Alan Worrall, Colm McDonnell, Andrew Eustace, Richie Barr, Jason Blake, Ollie Power

M50: Kevin Dowling, Colm Leonard, Declan Grant, Fergal O’Shea, Niall Markey, Kieran Murphy, Jeremy Chapman

M55: Noel Daly, Philip O’Doherty, Tom Monks

M60: Colm Doran, Declan Murray

M65: Matt Slattery

Women`s teams:

W35: Aideen O’Connor, Brid Beausang, Ciara Peelo, Clodagh Morriarty, Elaine McLoughlin, Emma Dunne, Kerri Page, Melissa Curran, Paula Prunty, Sharon Lawlor, Siobhan Devaney

W40: Caroline Hynes, Jen Carpenter, Laura Kearnan, Maura Matthews, Orla Deighan, Yvonne McDonough

W45: Aine McCann, Aimee Ahern, Mandy McMenamy, Catherine Dempsey

W50: Sue Kelly, Evelyn Brennan, Anne Lyons

The action starts at 1.00pm with the Master Women running over 3000m with the Master Men following at 1.30pm, 6000 (M65+ 3000)

Snezana conquers all at National Masters

Snezana Bechtina entered four events at the National Masters in Tullamore today. The result: four W35 National titles! The clean sweep came in the sprints and long jump. In the 100 she clocked a time of 13.06, 200 25.93 and 400 58.77 to take three track golds and with a best in the long jump of 4.74m added that gold to her collection. A superb performance.

Matt Slattery also took gold winning M65 200 (29.24).

George Maybury was 3rd in the M60 1500 (2.45.90). Ciara Peelo in W35 was just out of the medals finishing 4th in the 400 (62.35) and 4th also in the 800 (2.24.22). Fergal O`Shea also competed well today 6th in M50 800 in 2.18.34 and 7th in the 1500 (4.59.02)

Snezana silvers yet again in record time

In Daegu yesterday at the World Masters Indoors Snezana Bechtina took silver for the second time at these championships as she added W35 400 to her 200 silver. Once again Snezana was in recording braking form as she shattered her National Masters record set in the Nationals a couple of weeks back by almost two seconds a stunning 56.99.

For two events: two silvers and two National records. An impressive return by any standards!


Snezana silvers at World Masters Indoors

Snezana Bechtina this morning won World Indoor W35 200 silver won in Daegu, Korea in a new National Master`s record of 25.75, running even faster than the existing new record set by her in the heats two days ago. Snezana had won Tuesday`s heat in 25.92, the second fastest of the day. This bring her indoor season to a wonderful conclusion. She has been completely dominant on the indoor circuit in Ireland in 2017 having won the National 60, 200 and 400 titles, the 60 and 400 being National Masters records and now as a result of her superb runs in Daegu holds all three National Masters records.

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DCU researchers are conducting research on master athletes and healthy ageing. DCU are looking to recruit 30 male athletes age 50+ including endurance trained athletes (middle and long distance runners) and power trained athletes (sprinters, jumpers, throwers). Any club member interested contact John Kenny, School of Health and Human Performance, DCU for full information and details. See flyer below:
Please note that this research programme in entirely run by DCU and in respect of which Clonliffe Harriers has no involvement or endorsement.

Snezana bags three National Masters titles in Athlone

At the National Masters Indoor Championships at Athlone IT today Snezana Bechtine was the undoubted star of the show as she took all three O/35 sprints titles back to Santry. Snezana won the 60m in 8.09, the 200 in 26.26 and 400 in 58.90. Ciara Peelo was runner up in both the 200 (7.91) and 400 (61.95), both were new PBs for Ciara. Snezana`s 400 and 60m, where National Master`s Indoor records, two of three Clonliffe Master records set on the day.

Marcin Klinzow was equally impressive and in record form as he set a new Irish Master`s O/35 High Jump record of 1.86m, bettering the previous record by a massive 23 cm! For good measure Marcin also won the shot with an 11.60m best.

Gold also for Matt Slattery as he won the O/65 200 in 28.98. Pat Davoren took silver in the O/40 3000 in 9.28.8. Tom Monks was just out of the medals in the O/55 category as he placed 4th (11.36.67).

In the 800 Philip O`Doherty took O/55 silver with a 2.18.92 run, while George Maybury was 3rd in the O/60 race (2.37.64). Fergal O`Shea was 5th in a very competitive O/50 category (2.15.22) a new PB.

Aideen Brady bagged O/35 bronze in the O/35 1500 (5.36.28), and was 7th in the 800 (2.38.23), both new PBs. Finally Ronan Gately, in what is his last outing in the Clonliffe colours took O/45 High Jump silver (1.50m).


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