Glittering displays at Leinster Indoors

It was a great day for Clonliffe and in particular fittingly, seeing that this is women in sport week, for our women athletes at the Leinster indoor championships at the NIA Abbottstown today. Over the course of a long day the large Clonliffe contingent took home several Leinster titles and medals galore. The women in particular were shining brightly taking senior gold at 200, 400, 800 and 1500.

The first gold medal of the day was bagged by Laura Tuite in the 1500 in a time of 4.46.76, 3rd place was taken by Clodagh Galvin. Hannah Browne took a fine win in the 800 (2.26.65), her first race over the distance in 4 years or so, silver was taken by Cliodhna Nolan (2.28.53) with Ciara Boulman in 4th place (2.35.40). Lauren Carr put in a great day’s work having initially ran a big season’s best in the heats of 25.80 in the final she took an excellent Leinster title in 25.83. Gold also for Leah Bergin in the 400 in an impressive 55.95 with Clodagh Dunbar taking bronze (59.42)

Senior men and in the race of the day, the 200 final, Marcus Lawler finished 2nd to Mark Smyth (Raheny) who ran a new national record of 20.64. In taking silver Marcus bettered his own club record of a couple of weeks back running 21.10. Earlier in the day in the 60s Craig Duffy clocked 7.04 to qualify for the final however was unlucky in the final when his blocks slipped on the start and as a result he finished 6th with 7.08. Other Clonliffe in the heats Michael Deady 7.57, Kenji Miyauchi 7.31 and Eamon Fahey 7.41.

The only Clonliffe junior in action was Jack Quinn who ran a great race to win Leinster Junior 3000 gold in 10.29.87.

In the masters, Snezana Bechtina took the W40 200 title in 27.38. Edel Maguire took triple W60 gold: 60 (9.11), high jump in a new championship record of 1.36M and 400 (67.23), also a CR. The original Morton Marvel herself, Frances Mansfield, a club member since 1963, took W75 shot gold (4.73) and WFD gold in a new championship record of 2.73m. And at the end of the day fittingly Women’s Captain Jenny Johnston bagged another medal for The Moron Marvels W35 silver (65.24).

On then to the master men. Thomas Moran won M45 60 (8.89) and M45 200 gold (25.94). Matt Slattery, despite being held together by tape, ran a super 200 to take his umpteenth Masters title winning M70 200 gold (32.10) which was a championship record. Niall Sherlock ran a brilliant race in the 800 to win M35 gold in 2.09.17. Tom Sherlock took double M35 gold the 1500 (4.20.64) and 3000 (9.32.22). While George Maybury claimed silver M65 1500 (6.26.84). Joe Gibbons took bronze M60 WFD (3.47m) and was 4th in the shot (6.10m).

The Leinster Heptathlon Day 1 was also held as part of today’s indoors. Rolus Olusa is currently going very well and today was 1st in the 60 (7.20), 1st in the long jump (6.69), 2nd in the high jump (1.88) and 2nd in the shot (12.00) and tomorrow looks forward to the 60 H, pole vault and 1000.

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Frances Mansfield, the Original Morton Marvel
Sarah, Clodagh, Laura
Eamonn and Kenji
1500 Bronze and Gold
Brothers in arms: Tom and Niall
Leinster Junior 3000 Champ Jack Quinn
Cliodhna, Snezana, Captain Jenny, Ciara
Belt and Tape Man Matt Slattery
Hannah Browne 800 Champion
W40 200 Gold, Snezana
200 Senior Champion: Lauren Carr
Niall Sherlock W35 800 Leinster Champ
Three generations of the Sherlock family