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Aaron Cullen wins National 1500

Aaron Cullen was the Clonliffe star of the day at the National Juvenile track and field championships in Tullamore today as he took the U/19 1500 national title with a gun to flag front running win in a time of 4.02.92, a winning margin of some 2 seconds.

In the U/18 girls final Sarah Bateson put in another typically brave run as she lowered her PB for the 2nd week in a row to 4.52 06 in placing 8th. In the U/17 race both Katie Halpin and Alana Fitzsimons unfortunately had days to forget.

Silver in the U/16 shot for Jonas Norvaisas with a fine 14.28.

Flynner wins National 10 mile C’ship plus more on roads

Stephen Bateson reports: the National 10 mile Championship took place in the Phoenix Park on Saturday the 13th there was success for Dave Flynn who lead from start to finish to take the national title. His official time was 49.55.
Karl Nolan ran a pb in 57.08, and the team was made up of 3rd finisher Dave Mullen in 61.45. The team was placed 4th in the Senior team placings.
Philip O Doherty was 4th O55 in an impressive 63.58.

Other finishers were Dave Brady in 64.46, Shane Caffrey in 66.03.

The ladies were lead home by Eimear Griffin in 70.41, followed by Mary Ketterer in 72.05.

Update: Dunleer 4 mile, Sunday 3rd Sean Doran 29.53, Ollie Power 29.21.

There’s gold in them there nationals!

The national Junior and U/ 23 championships took place in Tullamore today bringing success for the clubs athletes and gold medals back to Santry.

Keith Marks won U/23 long jump gold (6.92), gold also for Alannah Cooley U/23 800 in a PB of 2..20.15 and gold also U/23 3000 sc for Sean Carrigg (9.59.53). Thomas Pitkin win the U/23 400 in a fast 47.78. Greg Hossney was 10th in the 1500.

In the juniors Jordan Byrne won 3000 sc gold (10.04.95)  Daniel Stone was 6th in the 3000 with a fine 8.44.18 and Sarah Bateson ran a 1500 PB of 4.53.61 for 6th place.

Jonas takes National indoor silver

On day 2 of the National Juvenile Indoors at Athlone IT today Jonas Norvaisas took a fine silver in the U/16 boys shot (13.34m).

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.

O’Leary takes National Intermediate title

Sean O’Leary today won the National Intermediate Cross Country at Dundalk IT. Sean was strongest in a sprint for the line after 10000m to take the title a most worthy winner. With Sean Doran 11th, Liam Roarty 143h, Adam O’Brien 18th, Sean Carrig 24th and Greg Hossenny 28th the team finished 2nd behind North Belfast.

In the Master Clonliffe M65 took gold: Matt Slattery 4th  George Maybury 6th, Eugene McCarrick 10th and Pat Devitt 14th. Both Matt and George also won inter county gold as Dublin beat holders Cork.

Efrem leads U/19s to glory

The final cross country event of 2018 was today’s National juvenile uneven ages championships and the national novice at a wet, cold, windy and muddy (real cross country!) Navan Racecourse.

The Clonliffe U/19 boys took pride of place today as they completed the set of national U/18, U/20 and now U/19 in three incredible weeks. From the off Efrem Gidey hit the front and although he sat in the pack for the opening 2k he soon took proceedings by the scruff of the neck and steady opened a gap that grew to 50 plus meters at the finish to take the coveted title. Behind him Jordan Byrne was putting in possibly his best ever race on the country to finish 19th, likewise having an absolute stormed was 22nd place finisher Stephen Cashin and the final scorer, recovering from a dodgy start was Ben Guiden who rallied to 27th place and took his 3rd national team gold in three weeks! These 4 were superbly backed up by Daniel Lacey and Ryan Sheridan. Both Jordan and Ben took inter county gold with Dublin.

The U/19 Girls team of Hannah Browne,  Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren and Cliona Cooley found it a tough day but all finished as the team placed 7th.

Unluckiest team of the day were the U/17 boys who lost out on bronze on count back. Evan Foster had a superb race leading the team home with great efforts from Alex Murray, Callum Simpson, Dermot Buckley, Niall Carbery and Manny. Alex was on the Dublin team that took inter county silver.

Likewise the U/17 Girls found themselves in that unlucky 4th place after sterling runs by the whole team of Sarah Bateson, Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons, Katie Halpin, and the Ellas Brown and Cooley. Both Sarah and Aoife won inter county bronze.

Great efforts also by the boys U/15 team of Sean Boylan,Jack Woods, Cillian Sherrin, Jacub Niedziolka, Andrew Gaffney and Ronan Donohue, Sean took inter county gold with Dublin.

Sorcha O’Connor was 42nd in the U/13 race where she was on the Dublin provincial team.

In the women’s novice championship it was great to see a full team lead home in around 21st place by Alannah Cooley after a super run. Great runs also by Ale Hernandez loving the Irish weather, ladies captain Orna McGinley was next in leading by example, Emer Brennan, Laura Kernan and Yvonne McDonagh also all put in gutsy runs.

Finally at the end of a long cold day the novice men where Sean Doran lead the team home after a fine run and took inter country silver for Dublin. Great runs also from Jarlath Jordan, Sean Carrig, Greg Hossenny, Michael Cassidy, Peter Bissett .

Full results not yet available but will be added later.



National Novice and Juvenile uneven XC Championships on Saturday

This Saturday (please note it is not Sunday!) the 15th the final cross country event of the 2018 season takes place at Navan Racecourse.  The National Juvenile (uneven ages) and National Novice Cross Country Championships will feature many of Clonliffe Harriers up and coming future stars.

There are Clonliffe teams competing from U/15 up to the novices. Indeed the novice race traditionally has been the biggest cross country race of the year with athletes racing for their respective clubs from 19 years of age upwards.

The Clonliffe teams competing on Saturday are:

Boys U/15: Jack Woods, Sean Boyne, Ronan Donohue, Andrew Gaffney, Cillian Sherrin, Jacub Niedziolka.

Girls U/17: Sarah Bateson, Ella Brown, Ella Cooley, Alana Fitzsimons, Aoife Hession, Katie Halpin.

Boys U/17: Darragh Carter, Callum Simpson, Alex Murray, Niall Carberry, Evan Foster, Dermot Buckley.

Girls U/19: Hannah Browne, Aimee Warren, Tess Loftus, Cliona Cooley.

Boys U/19: Efren Gidey, Ben Guiden, Jordan Byrne, Daniel Lacy, Stephen Cashin, Ryan Sheridan.

Novice Women: Alannah Cooley, Ale Hernandez, Orna McGinley, Emer Brennan, Elaine McLoughlin, Karen McAffee, Yvonne McDonagh, Laura Kiernan, Paula Horgan, Sharon Lawlor.

Novice Men: Peter Bissett, Sean Carrigg, Michael Cassidy, Anthony Doran, Sean Doran, Mark Doyle, Greg Hosseny, Jarlath Jordan, Jack Maughan, Eoghan Murphy.

Meeting times: under age contact your coach. Novice women race at 2.40pm, meet there 1.30pm. Novice men race 3.10pm, meet there 2.00pm sharp.


Juniors & U/18s take gold, senior men silver

It was a good day for Clonliffe Harriers in Abbotstown today for the Nationals with the juniors winning and taking home the Lar Byrne Cup, the U/18s also winning and some fine run in the senior men to see the team back on the podium, after some lean years, taking silver.

The first team in action was the boys U/14s where the team of Christin Finn, 46th, Cillian Keegan 47th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 95, Callum Maguire 137th and Alex O`Connor 154th placed 9th in their first national. Likewise the U/16 girls were taking in their first national and will benefit greatly from the experience. The team placing 11th: 70 Katie Halpin, 71 Aoife Hession, 78 Naoise Cullen, 94 Lara Gallagher, 95 Alana Fitzsimons, 99 Ella Cooley.

The U/16 boys were 12th. Niall Carbery had a particularly fine run to 26th (and won inter county gold for Dublin), 89 Alex Neuroth, 96 Jack Woods, 105 Ronan Donohue, 129 Andrew Gaffney.

In the combined women`s junior/U/18 Sarah Bateson finished like a train in an excellent 38th (27th U/18), Ale Harnandez 49th, Hannah Browne 53rd, Ella Brown 63rd (52nd U/18), Aimee Warren 70th, Cliona Cooley 89th with the team all running well to take 5th place.

The junior men justified the faith placed in them with really top notch runs. Sean O`Leary as always was in the mix from the off and finished an excellent 2nd, and booked his place on the Irish team for Euro Cross, Efrem Gidey battled gamely in 8th, next in two of our U/18 crop both putting in super efforts Daniel Stone 20th and Ben Guiden 23rd. These four combined brilliantly to win the junior title on 73 points to win by a massive 50 plus points. Next in Jarlath Jordan 34th, Jordan Byrne 37th, Daniel Lacey 56th, Stephen Cashin 61st, Alex Murray 62nd, Thomas Baltzar 85th, Ryan Sheridan 109th. There was double delight as the U/18 team of Stone 7th, Guiden 10th, Murray 34th and Daragh Carter 48th, Callum Simpson 50th and Baltzar 57th took National gold. Inter county Sean O`Leary, Efrem Gidey, Ben Guiden took junior gold for Dublin and in U/18 both Daniel Stone and Ben took gold for Dublin.

On then to the senior race where in truth the best we hoped for was maybe bronze, well than maybe bronze was turned into sterling silver by excellent run from the scoring 4 of Cathal Doyle 9th, and 3rd U/23, Euro Cross?, 10th the superb Colm Rooney, 19th Sergiu Ciobanu and 26th Jayme Rossister. Raheny made it three in a row lead home by a superb Kevin Dooney in 1st place, on 41 points, Clonliffe 64 and Clonmel AC 73. Other Clonliffe: 83rd Adam O`Brien, 84th Eoin Taggart, 89th Sean Doran and 95th Tom Sherlock.

It was an excellent day with big field in all races. The juniors can now look forward to the European Clubs in Portugal in early February, Sean O`Leary to Euro Cross and hopefully Cathal Doyle likewise. The senior team will also be galvanized and will look to mount a challenged in 2019. Rust never sleeps!

Sunday is Nationals Day!

One of the highlights of the athletics year takes place on Sunday in Abbotstown. The Nationals. A day of mud, rain, wind, pride and guts! A day when athletes give of themselves not for person but for club.

There are eight Clonliffe teams competing in Abbottstown on Sunday from underage through to Senior with the prize of National Cross Country team titles and medals.

The senior men’s team have endured slim pickings in recent years having been the dominant force over the country from the mid 2000s right up to 2015 when the club last captured the National. Since then our Northside rivals Raheny Shamrocks have prevailed and on Sunday come hunting three in a row. Pre race favourites may well be Clonmel AC with sub 4 minute man Sean Tobin favourite to take the individual title.

The senior men’s team on Sunday is strong and will certainly will be in the hunt. It features the national marathon winning team from this year’s Dublin City Marathon of Gary O’Hanlon, David Flynn and Sergiu Ciobanu, the last Clonliffe man to win the National in 2013 in Tullamore, along with Jayme Rossiter, Cathal Doyle and Colm Rooney.

The men’s team is: Adam O’Brien (U/23), Cathal Doyle (U/23), Colm Rooney, David Flynn, Eoin Taggart, Gary O’Hanlon, Jayme Rossiter, Sean Doran, Sergiu Ciobanu, Thomas Sherlock and Valdas Dopolskas.

Unfortunately there are no Clonliffe senior women taking part.

There is a strong junior men’s team that looks like they will be serious challengers on Sunday including Sean O`Leary who has been in fine form of late and the current All Ireland School`s champion Efrem Gidey.

The junior men’s team is: Ben Guiden, Daniel Stone, Thomas Baltazar, Daniel Lacy, Eferm Gidey, Jarlath Jordan, Jordan Byrne, Ryan Sheridan, Sean O’Leary, Stephen Cashin.

It is also pleasing to see a full Clonliffe junior women’s team competing of: Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Sarah Bateson, Ale Hernandez, Cliona Cooley and Hannah Browne.

The junior and senior races will be preceded by the underage competition with again good Clonliffe teams running.

Boys U/14: Jonathan Fitzsimons,  Callum Maguire,  Cian O’Hare, Cillian Keegan, Sandys O’Connor, Sean Cronin.

The girls U/16 team is: Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons, Katie Halpin, Lara Gallagher, Naoise Cullen, Ella Cooley.

Boys U/16: Niall Carbery, Alex Neuroth, Andrew Gaffney, Cillian Sheeran, Jack Woods, Ronan Donohue.

The junior races also incorporate the U/18 races. The Clonliffe girls U/18 team is: Ella Brown, Sarah Bateson, Tess Loftus and Aimee Warren.

The boys U/18 team, again incorporated in the junior men’s race is: Ben Guiden, Thomas Baltazar, Alex Murray, Calum Simpson, Daragh Carter and Daniel Stone.

Traffic and parking in Abbottstown on National Cross Country day can be problematic. See attached Info: National XC Info 2018

Finally there will be hot food available for athletes in the Clonliffe club bar post event from 4.30/5 p.m.

The very best of luck to all on Sunday.


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