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Hope on the horizon!

Great to report on a successful return to action on Saturday for 2015 double National Junior Cross Country champion, Hope Saunders. Following a change of college Hope is now at Wichita State University and has settle in well in recent weeks. On Saturday she had her first race in more than a year placing around 40th and 15th finisher for The Shockers at the JK Gold Classic Cross Country hosted by Wichita over 4000 at the Four Mile Creek resort.

Jayme 5th at BUC

Jayme Rossister had a very good run at today’s British Universities Championships in the 3000 sc final. After a comfortable semi of 9.32 yesterday he ran 9.02.67 to take 5th place in the final today.

Marks jumps to Varsities double

The IUAA Championships took place in Belfast on Friday and Saturday. Keith Marks was again a double champion winning both the high jump (1.90m) and long jump (7.08m).

In the sprints the mens 100 took 3 rounds, with Chris Sibanda eventually placing 4th: 11.03, 10.95 and 11.10 in the final. Leo Morgan: 11.34, 11.19 and in the final 11.49 for 7th. Keith Pike 11.43 in his heat and then went out in the semi 11.30, Isreal Ibanu 11.56 in his heat. In the 200 Chris again placed 4th in the final with a 22.43 run after recording 22.07 in his heat, while Isreal ran 23.12 in his heat.

Diana Markina had a busy day 19.89 in the 100, 4.07m in the long jump and 5.96m in the shot.

Adam O’Brien was 4th in the 10,000 in 32.31.98 with Eoin Taggart running 33.00.43 in placing 7th and Greta Stremikyte guested in the1500 where she was 5th in 4.44.36.

A belated Letter From America

Update from the USA, Brian Flanagan: Sorry it’s been a while, here’s an update on my indoor season. The year got off to a bad start. While our for a Sunday long run on New Years on a Texas backroad One morning I rolled my foot and inflicted some ligiment damage and put me in the pool cross training for three weeks.
January was pretty painful getting back into shape but I managed to post an 8:40:93 for 3000m two weeks ago in Birmingham AL.
The Southland Conference championships began this last Tuesday and Wednesday, again in the CrossPlex – a multi million dollar facility in Birmingham Alabama – a whopping 9hr bus journey.
I was entered in the 5000m and the 3000m. On Tuesday morning I toed the line for my third ever indoor race. It was a blood bath. The first mile was extremely messy having gotten shoved spiked and tripped multiple times, but then again that’s to be expected when you put 33 very competitive men on a compact 200m banked indoor track in a championship race. I finished 10th in 15:12:19 (PR). Far from what I was capable of I left the facility feeling down. An agonizing 4 seconds off scoring.
Back at the hotel that afternoon I did two lots of homework. I analyzed every aspect of the race from the live stream. Figured out what I did wrong, made a new plan and began the recovery process for the 3000m the next day. I then spend the next 5hrs doing statistics homework and an economics paper – this is the part of NCAA competition that nobody ever sees or hears about.
The next day I was placed in heat 2 of 3. Only having one race under my belt previously meant I couldn’t get into the fastest heat. However I was told by coach that didn’t necessarily mean I couldn’t score. They delegate the scoring points a out to the fastest runners in all heats. Meaning if I ran fast enough, I could still put points on the board for the team. I was going for it. The race went out reasonably fast for a championship race – 2:47 first km. But I stuck to my plan and held back. At the one mile make I was in second last and began to make my move. Every lap up until the the final 600m I took on of two men out. With 3 laps to go I hit the front, no one had the energy to respond and I finished 1st in the heat in 8:37:83 (PB) and 7th overall in the Conference meaning mission accomplished. In the next heat (the faster one) most of the athletes ran slower and I got the points. A small victory, but I’ve always been one to celebrate the small victories.
So that brings a conclusion to my freshman eligibility in the NCAA. I ticked a major box on my collegiate bucket list. Scoring at every conference (XC, indoors and outdoors) as a freshman. Now, with the best of our squad at home having only outdoor seasons left, we head into outdoor season with a very realistic chance on winning the outdoor conference in May. Now it’s fine for me to prepare to do the same outdoors and put as many points on the board outdoors too. As I type this email, we are driving over the Mississippi through the night to arrive back to campus at about 3am, only to wake up to sit an exam at 10am – again another thing people never see when they think about NCAA competition.
Until next time all the best,
Nil D

Keith double marks at IUAA Indoors

Keith Marks was the star of the show at the IUAA Indoor championships held in Athlone yesterday winning both the high jump (1.90m) and long jump (6.88). In the sprints first off the 60m Leo Morgan took silver in 6.83, after a 6.93 heat. Keith Pike was 4th 6.83.

Rolus Olusa was 3rd in the 60H (8.34). Leah Bergin placed 4th in the 400 final 58.66 after a 59.66 heat. Other Clonliffe times: Isreal Ibeanu 60-7.29, 200-23.43. Chris Sibanda 60 – 6.95, 200 – 22.35.

Adam O`Brien to represent Irish Universities

Congratulations are due to Clonliffe junior Adam O`Brien on his call up for the Irish Universities in their representative International match again the Scottish Universities on Saturday in Morton Stadium. Adam will run for the Irish Universities team in the 5000.

Clonliffe men win Dublin Road Novice plus weekend round up

The Clonliffe novice men on Sunday morning won the Dublin 5K Road Novice Championship held in Tallaght. The Novice is incorporated in the Tallaght 5k. With two in the top three of the novice it was a pretty solid win. Conor Keane lead the team home in 2nd, 6th overall (16.39), 3rd in the novice and 8th overall was Alex Gibbons (16.44), 9th Dave Brady (16.48) and 11th Thomas Ward (16.52), for a points total of 25. Jack Maughan was just out of the scoring 4 in 12th place (17.12)

(Pictured: 2017 Dublin Novice 5k Road Champions)

Also on Sunday Robert Reid, who has just rejoined Clonliffe after more than a few years away from the club, was 15th in the Boyne 10k in 37.56.

Meanwhile Liam Roarty place 6th in the 1500 heats at Saturday`s BUC Championship in 4.22.97. On bank holiday Monday Liam was 3rd in a 3000m at the Brewer Games, Cheltenham in a pb of 9.22.00.

Also today, bank holiday Monday Declan Power was 3rd in the Leinster 5k Novice and Masters Road Championships in Kilkenny and 1st master O/45 in 19.19. Back acrss the water Jayme Rossister was 4th in the BUC 3000 sc in 9.08.16.

Round up: Sergiu 3rd in National 10k, Varsities T & F, plus more

The National 10k Road Championships was held in the Phoenix Park today incorporated into the Great Ireland Run where Sergiu Ciobanu placed 4th and 3rd in the National in 30.20. Sergiu had warmed up by winning the Youghal Emer Casey 5k on Thursday night in 14.54. In the O/45 National 10k Declan Power took gold (33.10) and Pat Davoren bronze (34.42). On the team front with David Mansfield in 16th place (32.17) the team took silver behind Raheny.

The only Clonliffe result to hand from yesterday`s BHAA 4 Mile in St. Annes is Maurice McCrohan 25.29. Also yesterday in England Liam Roarty ran the National 12-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield clocking 29:30 for the 5.38 mile course.

(Liam Roarty in English National 12 stage Relay)

On Friday and Saturday the IUAA Championships took place at Cork IT, with some very good Clonliffe performances. Busiest of the crew was Luke Mangan in the throws, winning the Weight for distance 9.66, and bronze medals in the shot (13.53) and Discus (36.73). Also medalling was Denis Byrne 2nd in the women`s javelin (36.05). Rolus Olusa was 4th in the javelin (46.85) and ran the fastest 110H of the day (15.81) in the semis and then 16.32 in the final to place 4th. In the sprints Pierce Friel ran 11.97 in his heat, 11.77 in his semi to make the final but was a DNS. Keith Pike ran 11.36 in his heat and 11.34 in his semi but failed to progress. He then ran 23.52 in the 200 heats but DNS the semi. In the 5,000 Adam O`Brien had a fine run to 5th place in 15.34.61 with Eoin Taggart 7th (15.42.63). Eoin McCullough was 9th in the 10,000 (35.10.30) and Emer Treacy was knocked out in the 800 heats (2.34.65).

National 12-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield clocking 29:30 for the 5.38 mile course. Missed from last weekend`s results was Rory Gunning 2nd in the Javelin in the Spring Throws in Athlone 59.94m. Also missed was Brian Flanagan`s 3000SC first race for McNeese placing 2nd in 9.44.23.

(Brian Flanagan, 9.44.23 3000 SC for McNeese)


A Letter from America arrives!

Sorry its been a while, here is a quick update. Made an attempted comeback after my achilles tendonitis in Jan/Feb after two good sessions here last week (first two of 2017). Travelled to the Victor Lopez innovational in Houston Texas last Friday night to run my first ever 5000m on a track. Weather was forecast for a pretty serious thunderstorm at the time of my race. Thankfully it stayed in the Gulf long enough for us to run the race but that was about the only thing that went in our favor that night. (Temp during hovered around 26 degrees with near 100% humidity @ 9pm)
Finished 18th in an absolute Moshpit of a race (43 starters on a single line – they combined 3 heats at the last minute for fear of lightening strikes forecast for the next hour).
Wasn’t in as good a shape as I thought I was, ended up much slower then my times in sessions had projected. Time was 15:44 in the end. (official results attached)
Coach was pretty happy, I was very far from pleased.
However Rome wasn’t built in a day and I will live to fight another day. Great experience and its something to build on. I’ll keep you updated as I have more races planned for the next 2 months.
Until then all the best,
Nil D
Brian Flanagan.

Weekend Round up: Irish Varsities XC, and more

The IUAA Cross Country Championships over 8,000m took place in Abbottstown on Saturday. After the week long rain it was muddy, and the course is tough, so not a day for the faint hearted! First Clonliffe athlete was Eoin Taggart (UCD) in 11th (23.14) with Adam O`Brien (DCU) on his heels, 12th (23.26). Not far of this pair in 26th was Eoin McCullough (TCD) 24.18 with Alex Gibbons (DCU) 46th in 25.11. DCU took the team title.

Also on the roads, National 50k Champion, Brian MacMahon won the Clane 10k in 33.24. In Carlinford the annual Half Marathon took place with Dave Brady finishing 8th in 78.17 and National Intermediate XC hero Karl Nolan 12th (80.02).

Across the water Liam Roarty ran for Cheltenham Harriers in the Gloucester Road Relays in Haresfield clocking a time of 16.28 for his 5k leg as Cheltenham finished in 3rd place.

On Sunday Sean Doran finished 2nd in the Harristown 10k in 34.40. Sean having been a full 60 seconds behind the leader at 5k closed the gap over the second half of the race, winning the “King of the Mountains” title in the process, and closed to within a single second on the line!


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