Club Captain Joe Cooper deserves great credit for the Club’s performance in the National Leagues – Premier Division competition held over the summer months. The final round of which took place in Tullamore on Sunday the 21st of August resulting in the Club’s best performance for some years in finishing 3rd in the men’s competition. The ladies team place 5th in division 1.
In the final round in the men’s section there were wins for the Club on the track provided by Mark Kenneally in the 1500M and Killian Lonergan in the 5000M and in the field events by Denis Delaney in the javelin and once again by young Anthony McCreery in the Pole Vault.
Clonliffe finished 3rd of the eight teams in the Premier Division on a total of 99 points behind winners Crusaders on 118, repeating their success of two years ago and North Down, of Bangor, who slipped from 1st place to finish 2nd on 113 points.
This was a very good performance by the lads over the summer months by a relatively young squad, it is testament to the captaincy of Joe and the commitment of the athletes taking part to Clonliffe Harriers that athletes of the calibre of Killian and Mark, to name just two, turned out to take part in this competition for the Club when richer pickings may have been more easily available to them. Their performance and dedication to Clonliffe is warmly appreciated.
This was the Club’s best performance in the National League for the last few years and who knows if we can continue to maintain our rate of progress we might find ourselves at the pinnacle sooner rather than later.
Our ladies also performed admirably finishing 5th of the eight teams in division 1 on Sunday with superb wins being recorded by Sarah Doyle in the 100M hurdles and also by our ladies 4 x 100M relay squad.
Congratulations to all concerned.