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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.

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.


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