The Woodies DIY National Junior and U/23 Track and Field took place in Tullamore today in conditions that ranged from t shirt sunshine to umbrellas and rain jackets, a typical Irish Summer`s day in other words. Overall it was a very successful day for Clonliffe with the club`s athletes taking 3 junior medals, all silver, and 6 U/23: 2 gold and 4 bronze. Starting off with the Junior Championships Ryan Cleary set a new PB in the 5,000 walk of 24.52.60 in finishing second. Ian Guiden was a fraction off his PB in taking silver in the 5,000m and Ryan Whelan threw 49.78 for Javelin silver. In the 400H Elaine Begley was some way off her best finishing 6th (66.08). Simon Galligan was 5th in the hammer (50.73).
On then to the U/23`s where Jayme Rossiter had a noteable win in the 3,000sc adding this title to his National Intermediate Cross Country. Jayme running 9.22.47, well clear of second. Gold also for the ever improving Lorna Begley in the 1500 taking the National title in 4.48.05. Orna McGinley had a very good run in the 800m placing 3rd (2.20.32). Mark McDonald was just out of the medals 4th in the 1500 in 3.58.91. Andrew Jenkinson put his recent injury woes behind him to take bronze in the 400m (51.81). Leah Moore took 100 and 200 bronze, 12.14 and 24.79 . Stuart Roche qualified for the 200 final, however, DNS.
Meanwhile Gary O`Hanlon continues to burn up the roads. Gary`s latest was on the roads of Dunshaughlin last night where he won the Michael Manning Memorial 10k in 31:27. Tom Frayne was 45th in 36.37. Sunday and Gary`s in Wexford for the stradberry Half Marathon. A second place finish in 74:22. Other Clonliffe , 3rd Ronan Hartnett 77:16, 6th Eoin Murray in a superb PB 79:36, 12th Mark Bermingham 82:13, 16th Jeremy Chapman 85:05, 21st Ger Kirwan 87:19.