Harriers make progress in Park

Sep 25, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The Clonliffe juvenile athletes were out in force in the Phoenix Park for round 2 of the Dublin League this morning. After some initial confusion regarding the circuit, how many laps, which lap etc. things calmed down and the action got underway at 11.00 sharp. The Park is a much more difficult proposition than Newbridge House, with it`s long up hill straights, the dips and wind to contend with, however it is great to report that the black and amber clad brigade more than got to grips with things and on the whole delivered even better performances then last week. Although we have no wins to report on there is no doubt that these boys and girls are improving steadly and are displaying great battling qualities. The turn out was excellent in fact Clonliffe may well have had the biggest numbers on the day.

The girls U/9s got us off to a great start with our athletes all running strongly Alex Twomey was 3rd, Ella Cooley was 5th, Laura Grendan 6th and Jessica Malone 13th. In the girls U/10s Ella Brown was 10th, Ella Bergin 16th, C. Madigan 22nd and Charline Cassidy was 28th. The U/11 girls also did very well with Sol O`Leadaigh was 6th with twin sister Lola 9th and Amy Worrel 16th followed by Hope Sunola 17th. There was a good team performance then in the girls U/12 race with all the girls putting in very good efforts lead home by Ruth Bergin 3rd, Lauren Carr 13th, Clina Cooley 18th, Hannah Brown 22nd, Aiofa Power Breen 32nd, and Ella McCloskey 37th.

In the boys age groups Cormac Power Breen was 9th, Conor Fennell was 20th and Fionn McCloskey was 21st in the U/10s. Jordan Broy was 10th, Adam Malone 11th, David Tuite 13th in the U/11s. In the U/12s Keelan Twomey was our only runner and had a good strong run to finish 5th. The U/13s are now starting to look stronger and stronger where both Joseph Hession and Timothae Lawless upped their performance considerably from 7 days ago with Joseph 5th and Timothae 12th with Luke Guy solid in 18th and in his first race for Clonliffe David Ryan 24th.

The girls U/13s also ran very well today Sophie Higgins had a good run to finish 9th with Amy McGrath also running a fine race in 11th and Aisling Fennell 24th. The U/15 girls also battled well as the wind picked up, the girls facing 2 laps of the circuit, the girls were lead home by Laura Tuite 7th, Sally Aherne just behind in 8th and Kate Hession 12th.

First Clonliffe man in the boys U/14 race was Paddy O`Hanlon in 5th with Peter Taylor 11th. In the U/15 boys there was a really good run from Cathal Doyle who had an excellent start and an even more excellent finish to pull in two places over the last 400 and finish a fine 3rd. Good runs also by Paul Courtney in 14th on his debut for the club and Philip Keenan 16th. The final athlete we had in action was Rachel Murray who ran well to place 3rd in the U/16 girls race.

Well done all. Excellent progress being made.