Clonliffe Harriers men`s team as the National League Champions will represent Ireland at the European Champion Clubs Track and Field (Group B) Championships this Saturday in Leiria, Portugal.
The Clonliffe Men’s have been regular participants in recent years at these Championships and head to Portugal tomorrow evening with a strong track and field team that looks well capable of challenging for honours.
The team travelling includes a strong blend of experienced campaigners and youth. Included in the team is, for example, national javelin champion Rory Gunning, the vastly experienced Luke Lennon-Ford who of course has competed at the highest level of the sport, former National 400 indoor champion Dara Kervick who will run over both 100 and 200, Arran Hanlon who has had a superb season in the US and has qualified to represent Ireland in the European U/23 Championship10,000m later in the summer and Keith Marks who broke Hugo Duggan’s longstanding Clonliffe club long jump record at these championships last year.
Clonliffe will be up against the Italian champions Atletica Riccardi, Haag Atletiek of the Netherlands, Finnish champions Tampereen Pyrinto, CA Dudelange (LUX) and AC Stavbar Nitra (SVK).
The full Clonliffe team is:
100/200 – Dara Kervick
400 – Luke Lennon-Ford
800 – Mark McDonald
1500 – Richie Owens
3000 – Ian Guiden
5000 – Arran Hanlon
3000 SC – Jayme Rossiter
110H – Rolus Olusa
400H – Timmy Crowe
Long Jump/High Jump – Keith Marks
Triple Jump – Rolus Olusa
Javelin – Rory Gunning
Shot – Luke Mangan
Hammer – Simon Galligan
Discus – Stephen Rice
Pole Vault – David Donegan
4 x 100 (from) Dara Kervick, Rolus Olusa, Kamil Gorka, Craig Giles, AN Other
4 x 400: (from) Mark McDonald, Luke Lennon-Ford, Dara Kervick, Timmy Crowe, Craig Giles
Travelling reserve – Sean O’Leary
The competition takes place on Saturday the 27th and gets underway with the hammer competition at 10 a.m. with Simon Galligan first into the arena and finishes up with the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 400 relays that evening. Live results will be available on www.leiria2017.com.