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New Date for National Track & Field?

Interesting announcement from World Athletes to the effect that a “protection window” of August 8th & 9th has been included in the global calendar for 2020 for federations to hold their National Track & Field Championships. Although there has not been any confirmation from Athletics Ireland on this year’s Nationals which are scheduled for June 27th & 28th, it would seem pretty definite that this date in the current Covid-19 Pandemic will be vacated.

That being so one would assume that the “wish date” for the Nationals will be the date designated by World Athletics of August 8th & 9th, subject to the small matter of all being well! (Please note that there has not been any official confirmation on the above)

The full press release from World Athletics is:

World Athletics has put aside the weekend of 8-9 August, 2020, as the protected window for national championships this year, following the disruption of the international competition calendar by the coronavirus pandemic.

The newly established Global Calendar Unit has engaged actively with Member Federations, Area Associations, meeting directors and the World Athletics Athletes’ Commission in order to identify this window, a weekend when no Wanda Diamond League or World Athletics Continental Tour meetings are scheduled to be held this year.

The purpose of creating a protected window is to allow athletes to be able to compete in their national championships without scheduling conflicts, and Member Federations are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity if it is safe for athletes to compete in August. This applies primarily to the Northern Hemisphere, which is in its outdoor season.

The Athletes’ Commission has advised that elite athletes have a strong desire to compete this year if possible, and World Athletics will do everything it can to conduct an international competition season later this year to assist athletes to prepare for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said: “None of us can predict the future in these unprecedented times but we do know that different countries are at different stages of managing this pandemic so we are trying to give a structure to our athletes and Member Federations so they can begin to plan for the year ahead. If it is at all possible, we will schedule a belated outdoor season from August to October to help our athletes to figure out where they stand after the disruption of this year.

“We are hopeful that this can begin with national championships in many Northern Hemisphere countries in early August as travel restrictions across country borders will not impact these events. This will be followed by what we hope will be a solid international season, but of course we are dependent on the global response to the pandemic. Nevertheless, we think it’s better to offer our stakeholders some hope of a return to normalcy later this year.” 

The Global Calendar Unit continues to work with the Diamond League and Continental Tour to reschedule the rest of the 2020 season and an announcement is expected towards the end of April.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding the ability of all countries to resume competition at the same time or for athletes to have equal access to major competitions this year, the suspension of the Olympic qualification process will remain in place from 6 April to 30 November, 2020, as announced earlier this week.

This means that any results posted during this period will not be eligible for Olympic qualification or world ranking points.

Looking forward to next year, the Global Calendar Unit has agreed that the 2021 national championships protected windows will be on 5-6 June and 26-27 June, 2021, just prior to the end of the qualifying period for the Tokyo Olympic Games (June 29, 2021). 

Men’s team for National Inters and Master Women.

The final club cross country event of the season takes place in Avondale Park, Rathdrum on Saturday. The National Intermediate Cross Country will see a strong looking Clonliffe team of: Eoin Taggart, Stephen Cashin, Ryan Sheridan, Daniel Lacey, Sean Doran, Jordan Byrne, Peter Bissett and Anthony Doran look to get among the medals. The men’s race is over 8,000m.

Unfortunately a combination of injury and illness has played havoc with the ladies captain’s plans leaving her with insufficent numbers to field a team.

A full masters womens team will also be in the hunt. The team is Ailish Malone, Emma Cooper, Emma Harding, Aideen O’Connor, Elaine McLoughlin, Laura Kiernan, Orla Duighnan, Mel Curran, Yvonne McDonagh.

The West`s Awake: Clonliffe Intermediate Champions!

The fight back continues. With injuries and withdrawals mounting up over the last few day and almost down to the bare bones the five man Clonliffe Intermediate team travelled West to Tuam, County Galway for today`s Irish Life Health National Intermediate Cross Country Championships.

The event took place in the Palace Fields, with a 1500m loop fitted snugly into the available space, plenty of bends, short straights and hills,hills, hills. It was a perfect cross country day: dry, cold and still. Underfoot: yielding but not muddy.

From the starters gun both Ian Guiden and Cathal Doyle, 50% of the Clonliffe National Novice winning team scorers, got themselves into the lead pack. With the two 1000m loops behind them the field started to string out somewhat as the first 1500 loop was negotiated with the two Clonliffe vests looking strong in the lead pack of eight. At about half way Ian made a brave move to the front and drove the pace on and began to open a gap, however, a lap later and he`d been over hauled by Niall Sheehan (Gowran) and Colin Maher (Ballyfin), who would finish 1st and 2nd, and was back in 3rd with Cathal was 6th. There would be no other positional changes to these top half dozen over the final laps.

Both Thomas Sherlock and Karl Nolan really rose to the challenge putting in stirring runs. Karl in particular was outstanding. This was his very first race, ever, on the country and he ran like an old pro, focused on the vest in front, then up and past. With both of lads running with such pride in the Clonliffe vest they put exceptional shifts: Thomas placing 24th and Karl 29th. Slightly further back was Niall Sherlock, Niall as always answered the call and despite illness during the week bravely battled away in 62nd place.

At the finish Ian Guiden declared himself happy with his day`s work, another big step forward on the long road back from injury, to take bronze. Likewise a great day`s work from young Cathal Doyle, just weeks out of the junior ranks and running his longest race to date. And with Tom Sherlock and Karl Nolan`s inspired runs the lads got their just reward: National Intermediate Champions, by a tight 4 points over North Belfast. Ian, Cathal and Tom also picked up inter county gold for Dublin.

So not a bad cross country season after all: National Junior, Novice and Intermediate winners, (with Cathal Doyle scoring on all three!)

Men`s team for National Intermediate XC

The Intermediate men travel West on Sunday to The Palace Grounds, Tuam, County Galway for the Irish Life Health National Intermediate Cross Country Championships.

The team includes Dublin Intermediate Champion Conor McGuinness and former Junior International athletes Ian Guiden and Cathal Doyle. These three are also on the Dublin County team. Also racing is David Mansfield, who of course ran a superb Dublin marathon in October, Sean Doran, the Sherlock brothers Niall and Thomas, Conor Keane and Kevin Nolan.

The race over 8,000 is down for a 1.00pm start.

Any athlete needing a lift please be in stadium for 8.00am.

Teams well out of medals in Dundalk

Dundalk IT hasn`t been a particularly happy hunting ground for Clonliffe Harriers in recent times and unfortunately that trend continued for today`s National Intermediate and Masters Cross Country.

The intermediate men lead home by Conor Keane in 34th place finished 7th overall. Placings: Sean Doran 43rd, Richard Mannion 57th, David Brady 62nd, Gareth Williams 66th.

The Intermediate women placed one better in 6th: Bernadette Kiernan 20th, Louise Caraher 30th, Maura Matthews 35th, Emma Cooper 37th, Brid Beausang 44th and Emer Brennan 48th.

The Master races drew huge fields the Clonliffe men were well down the pecking order: 133rd Jeremy Chapman, 193 Tom Monks, 203 Stephen Treacy, 207 Fergal O`Shea, 209 Alan Worrall, 238 Declan Murray, 242 Pat Devitt.

Pat Bonass placed 5th in the O/70 race.

First home in the Master women`s race was Catherine Dempsey 114th, Aideen Brady 123rd, Emer Doyle 131st, Aideen O`Connor 141st, Helen O`Sullivan 195th. (errors/omissions text 0879599888).

Round up: Intermediates, Masters, Road Races, Indoor

The weekend round up starts with the National Intermediate and Masters cross country in Cow Park, Dunboyne yesterday. The women`s team were lead home by Bernadette Kiernan who had a fine run to finish 16th, a measure of how far Bernadette has progressed in such a short period of time is the fact that only a year or so ago Bernadette was new to the sport and competing in the meet and train league. With Jacqui Dunphy 33rd, Maura Matthews 37th, Caoimhe Cruise 49th, Emma Harding 54th and Aisling Andrews 62nd the team placed 8th overall.

The Intermediate men were hit by numerous withdrawals and failed to field a team: David Brady was 40th, Niall Sherlock 51st and Johnny Bradley 53rd.

In the Masters the team placed 19th: Ciaran McCarthy 30th, Clive Ahern 89th, Hans De Raymeaker 139th and Alan Worrall 221st.

On the road race front Kerri Page was 51st in the Kilconeiron 5 Mile in 37.58 and new member Rachael Wisdom had a great run in the Wicklow Hospice Half Marathon in Avondale, Rathdrum on Saturday placing 2nd in 1.30.49.

Finally on the Indoor circuit Ciara McCallion recorded another fast 400 in Athlone at Saturday`s Indoor League winning in 55.77.

Men`s Intermediate and Masters teams for Sunday`s Nationals

The intermediate men`s team for Sunday`s Nationals in Dunboyne has been badly hit by withdrawals through injury and unavailability as a result of indoor races and next week`s national senior. Still the Captain has been in a position to put out a team that will give a very good account and won`t be found wanting through a lack of guts and determination.

Included and in his first race for Clonliffe is Anthony Flannery, a recent winner of the Cloonacool 5k road race in county Sligo. Another athlete will will go well is Dave Brady and the always dependable Johnny Bradley.

The intermediate team is: Anthony Flannery, Dave Brady, Johnny Bradley, Niall Sherlock, Conor Keane and Sean McHale.

The Master men`s team is: Alan Worrall, Clive Ahern, Hans DeRaeymeaker, Ciaran McCarthy and Philip O`Doherty.

Timeable :

1.00pm Master Women  4,000m

1.30pm Master Men         7,000

2.10pm Inter Women       5,000

2.40pm Inter Men             8,000

Kiernan to lead Clonliffe in National Intermediates

The Kiernan name once again features strongly in a Clonliffe cross country team, although this time it`s Bernadette. One of the club`s most improved athletes Bernadette Kiernan on Sunday leads the ladies team into battle in Dunboyne on Sunday for the National Intermediate.

The Intermediate women placed 3rd in the Dublins where Bernadette had a fine run to finish 7th. Bernadette will lead the team on Sunday. The full team is: Bernadette Kiernan, Emma Harding, Maura Matthews, Jacqui Dunphy, Caoimhe Cruise, Alison O’Sullivan, Joyce O’Hare and Aisling Andrews.

The men`s team are Dublin Intermediate champions, however, as a number of the athletes who competed that day in Tymon Park are unavailable having turned their attentions to the indoor season a weakened team will line up on Sunday. The final team is as yet unconfirmed. The Captain will run his eye over the form of athletes at a final seassion on Thursday before announcing the team. Update at that stage.

Jayme wins and leads Clonliffe to National Intermediate title

Clonliffe`s Jayme Rossiter took the biggest win of his career to date winning the National Intermediate in Lough Key Forest Park, County Roscommon this afternoon. Jayme was always up with the leaders throughout the 10,000m race distance despite a slight wobble at one stage when he found himself relegated to third place some five seconds off the pace he gathered himself and rallied closing the gap and then emerging victorious winning by a five second margin. A fantastic achievement by the 20 year old, a team gold medalist on the Clonliffe Junior men`s team that won the National junior cross country in Santry back in 2009.

Two other members of that 2009 junior squad played a major roll in today`s proceedings as Jayme lead Clonliffe to the team title. Mark McDonald, an 800/1500m track man getting down and dirty to finish second scorer in 15th and Larry Brady putting his injury problems of recent years well and truely behind him in 18th. Sandwiched between Mark and Larry was recent recruit Cian Delaney with an excellent run in 16th place. These four with a score of 50 points had a winning margin of some 31 over Raheny 81 and Tullamore 103. Great battling performances today also from Ernie Ramsey 26th, Stephen Harkness 34th and Darren Reilly 48th.

A great day for Clonliffe, well done lads and to Captain Joe Cooper.

National Intermediate and Masters XC

Feb 7, 2011 [] The National Intermediate and Master Cross Country took place in trying conditions in the ALSAA complex at Dublin Airport yesterday.

In the Women’s Intermediate race over 4K first Clonliffe athlete home was Bronagh Ni Bhriain in 15th place (20.22), she was followed home by Tara Whyte in 20.42, Maura Matthews 21.04, Christine Hanley 21.11, Joyce O’Hare 21.41. The team came home in 3rd place.

In the Men’s Intermediate race over 10K first Clonliffe athlete home was Stephen Harkness in 71st place in 48.03 he was followed home by Eoin Murray in 48.18, Ernie Ramsey in 48.48, Colm Groome in 50.10, Conor Delaney in 50.45, James Kenan in 52.34 and Anthony Malone in 57.13.

In the Men’s Masters race over 7K first Clonliffe athlete home was Declan Power in 8th place in 29.17, he was followed home by Gerry Brady in 31.52 (2th V4), David Dunwoody in 32.37, Philip O’Doherty in 32.45, George Maybury in 35.41, Alan Worrall in 36.40, Pat Bonass (3rd V6), in 38.08 and Declan Murray in 39.50.


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