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Flynner Rocks to National Half title and leads team to win

David Flynn had a big win today in Dublin`s Rock `n`Roll Half Marathon/National Half Marathon on a new course, changed from the Phoenix Park due to the Pope`s up coming gig.

Flynner took the National title in 68.51. Winning by nine seconds from former Harrier, now with Clonmel AC, David Mansfield. In 4th place, and 1st O/40 was National marathon champion Gary O`Hanlon 69.31.

Other Clonliffe included Matt McGuinness 85.05, plus a host of other Clonliffe athletes, to see results use this link:

On the team front amended results have issued showing the Clonliffe team of Flynn, O’Hanlon and McGuinness on a combined time of 3.43.27 as National Champions ahead of Clonmel AC on 3.45.16.

Nationals day 2: slimmer pickings

Day 2 of the Nationals continued at Morton Stadium today. Efrem Gidey got things off to a good start for Clonliffe winning silver in the junior 3000 in 8.46.40.

In the heats of the 100 all three Clonliffe athletes progressed to the final: Jeremy Phillips 10.65, Leo Morgan 10.98 and Eamonn Fahey 11.16. In The final accordingly there were three Clonliffe vests. Defending champion Phillips took bronze, with Leon Reid completing a sprints double, in 10.55, Leo Morgan was 5th (10.89) and Eamonn Fahey 9th (11.11)

Dara Kervick was in that unlucky 4th position in the 400 final (48.43). Ciara McCallion who had probably exceeded expections in making the women’s 400 final placed 7th (57.68)

Timmy Crowe took on the sprints hurdles finishing 5th in 15.59. In the pole vault Rolus Olusa was joint 5th after a 4.00m best clearance.

Keith Marks as always put in a fine performance in the long jump with a best of 7.29m and loosing out on bronze on countback.

In the final track race of the day with Clonliffe interest Cathal Doyle was 11th in the 1500 final (3.55.99).

Pride of place on the women’s team went to Shannon Sheehy in her first national for Clonliffe winning high jump silver.

So not a bad championship at all: 2 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronze. Next up its the league final…rust never sleeps!

Stephens’ Day at Nationals

Day 1 of the National track and field championships in a windy Morton Stadium today saw some excellent performances from Clonliffe athletes with national titles won by both Stephen Scullion and Stephen Rice.

Scullion was the class of the field in the 10000 which featured no less than seven Clonliffe vests. Scullion took the National title and one would assume a plane ticket to Berlin for the European 10000, in 29.25.31. David Flynn had a fine run to 5th (30.20.80), next in were the marathon men 8th Valdas Dopolskas 30.29.56 and 9th Sergiu Ciobanu 30.34.82, and then 18th Eoin Taggart 32 55.32, 19th Declan Power 33.33.97 and 21st Sean Doran 34.29.40.

In the Javelin Stephen Rice basically had the title sown up from the first throw when he launched the Javelin some 66.95m and thereafter was never threatened. That proved to be his best of the day and in the end he won by some 8m. Alan Gunning placed 7th (47.66m)

In the 3000 sc Jayme Rossister had his best National result to date taking super silver in 9.05.49.

Simon Galligan once again medalled for Clonliffe in the nationals  bronze in the hammer 59.67m.

The 4 x 100 relay boys took silver behind Tallaght AC.

Other Clonliffe athletes competing today included Dara Kervick in the 400 qualifying for the final after a 48.54 heat. Likewise Ciara McCallion, despite an injury ravaged season, also qualifying for yet another national final after a 56.72 heat. Snezana Bechtina ran 59.64 in her heat and did not progress.

Cathal Doyle successfully negotiated the 1500 heats (3.59.17) for tomorrow’s final. Greg Hossenny ran 4.02.90 to bring his interest to an end, likewise Mark McDonald (1.57.40) and Shaun Conaghan (2.04.64) in the 800 concluded their championships. Finally Colm Rooney with a 15.23.55 run in the 5000 similarly sees an end to his 2018 nationals.

So in all a pretty fine day for the club’s athletes. Day 2 tomorrow.

Slim pickings at final day of National Juvenile T & F

Slim pickings indeed! The final day of the National Juvenile Championships in Tullamore on a warm muggy day saw the Clonliffe group leave empty handed.

The middle distance group all look a little tired today, it has been a long season, most haven`t had a break since September and it showed. Sarah Bateson in the U/17 1500 was never really in the race and finished up in 11th place 5.04.28, just catching Abbie Sheehy, who had put in a competitive performance, on the line, Abbie recording 5.04.34. In the U/17 boys 1500, this was the only 1500 requiring heats, Dermot Buckley ran 4.33.04. Daragh Carter was 3rd in his heat (4.27.45) and in the final placed 7th (4.23.53). The U/18 boys saw Daniel Stone finish 8th (4.14.28), Ben Guiden 14th (4.18.72) and, a pretty drained looking, Aaron Cullen 16th (4.20.12). Craig Giles placed 7th in the U/19 race in 4.10.60

In the 200s Sally Somula made the U/15 final where she was 6th (26.96). Rebecca Fitzsimons also made the U/18 final finishing in 4th position (26.72) Lauren Carr also made the final finishing 7th (26.66).

Well done to all throughout the season. Those on a break, enjoy it. The return date will be posted in August.

National Juveniles

A very short report: Craig Giles took U/18 800 bronze 1.55.52, after a 2.00.89 heat. Jonas Norvaisas won U/15 silver in the shot.

Good battling performances by the rest of the crew: Emma McDonnell 7th U/16 high jump 1.50m, Natalia Burtenshaw 11th U/15 high jump (1.40), Joradan Byrne 4th U/19 steeple chase, Cian Bolger 13th U/18 800 (2.04.36)Naoise Cullen 12th U/16 800 (2.35.46), Jack Woods 13th U/15 800 (2.21.31), Jonathan Fitzsimons 14th U/14 800 (2.26.55). In The U17 long jump Kristian Bosnjak was 9th.

National Relay Gold & Silver

There was great success for the Clonliffe relay squads at sun drenched (isn`t everywhere nowadays!) Tullamore today at the National Juvenile uneven ages relays.

The U/19 girls 4 x 100 take pride of place with the team of Rebecca Fitzsimons, Rapha Diamond Ebbs, Lauren Carr and Jesscia Dediku taking super gold. The U/17 girls cross country, sorry 4 x 400 relay, team of Vicky McDonnell, Abbie Sheehy, Sarah Bateson and Cara Curren Beggs took silver.

In the younger age groups the U/15 girls 4 x 100 team of Paula, Sally, Orla and Naoise battled through heats into the final where they were just out of the medals in 4th place. Likewise the U/13 4 x 100 boys Zion, Christian, Michael, Karl and came through heats and placed 7th in their final.

(U/19 Girls 4 x 100 National Champions)

(U/17 Girls 4 x 400 National silver)

(U/13 boys 4 x 100 National finalists)

Doyle wins National 1500 U/23, plus more

Another sun kissed day in Ireland as the heat wave continues with the action equally hot on the track in Tullamore for today`s National Junior and U/23 championships.

Cathal Doyle`s rich vein of form continued as he took the U/23 1500 title in some style. After the traditional pedestrian opening laps it boiled down to a last 600 burn out with the 3.47 man getting the jump on all to win in 4.16.82. Greg Hossenny placed 6th in 4.19.93.

Another National title today in the junior men`s 5000 for Efrem Gidey in 14.53.57 adding to his lengthening list of fine wins. In the U/23 5000 Adam O`Brien was just out of the medals 4th in 16.08.30. In the U/23 400 new Clonliffe Harrier Thomas Pitkins made a great debut in black and amber taking silver (49.60). Alannah Cooley was 5th in the U/23 5000 (20.05.83).

(Efrem Gidey National Junior 5000 Champion)

In Belgium at the Brussels Grand Prix Keith Marls was 2nd in the long jump (7.43m) and Dara Kervick 3rd in the 400 (48.35)

Last night on the road Sean Doran was 40th in the St. Cocas 5k in 16.58.

Weekend round up

Whilst eyes were on Birmingham there was plenty of action on the this weekend. Gary O’Hanlon was 1st in today’s Clougherhead 10k in 31.00 with Sean Doran 4th 34.44.

On the Streets of Edinburgh James Dunne ran the marathon in 3.13.58 and Ollie Power 3.30.45 today.

Yesterday David Brady was 3rd in the Glendalough Half Marathon 1.24.47. Maurice mcCrohan was 2nd in the Sandymount Beach 5k.

Also young Emma Mcdonnell took silver U/16 in Santry at the National Combined Events with Blasé Carroll 4th. In the u/15s Jonas Nyberg was 5th.


Clonliffe return empty handed from Road Relays

The National Road Relays took place in breezy but pleasant conditions in Raheny this afternoon. The Clonliffe teams, however, left the Lion`s Den empty handed once again with no medals to show for some fairly solid performances.

Although the senior men placed 5th they were somewhat more competitive than in recent years, with solid run by Ian Guiden on the opening 2 mile, Adam O`Brien 1 mile, Colm Rooney 3 mile and Richie Owens 2 mile. The race was once again taken by Raheny with a great last leg from Conor Dooney to get the host club back from 2nd to 1st.

The B team of Joseph Keane, Sean Carrig, Thomas Sherlock and Alex Gibbons did well with Sean Carrig in particular putting in a fine mile leg.

The senior women, Orna McGinley, Alannah Cooley and Aisling Andrews again were solid and although never feature at the sharp end will take consolation from good runs by the three athletes. At the front the championship was taken by a fine DSD squad.

It was also good to see a Master women`s team put in a good showing: Siobhan Devaney, Emma Cooper, Elaine McLoughlin.

Teams for National Road Relays

Sunday will see Clonliffe enter the Lion`s Den! The National Road Relays are once again hosted by Raheny Shamrocks in Raheny Village on the now traditional Mile loop. The senior women run 1 x 2 x 1 and senior men: 2 x 1 x 3 x 2.

The senior women`s team is: Orna McGinley, Alannah Cooley, Aisling Andrews.

Senior men: A – Colm Rooney, Ian Guiden, Richie Owens, Adam O`Brien. B – Thomas Sherlock, Sean Doran, Sean Carrig, Joseph Keane. C – Alex Gibbons, Jack Maughan, Stephen Cashin, Greg Hossenny.

Master Women W35: Siobhan Devaney, Emma Cooper, Elaine McLoughlin.

Good luck to all and in particular Orna in her first outing as ladies captain. Timetable click: Road_Relays_Timetable_2018


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