Sep 18, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The Clonliffe juvenile athletes got the 2011 cross country off to a very positive start in Newbridge House this morning at round 1 of the Dublin League. It was a good outing for these young athletes getting the first race under their belts with only a few weeks training in their legs since the Summer break. It was pleasing that so many managed to hit the ground running with a couple of wins, several top placings and generally good runs all round.
As always in Newbridge House the underfoot conditions were perfect nice freshly cut grass, and with the rain only making a brief appearance the only thing of slight concern was a strong breeze on the back section of the 1,000m loop.
The honour of being the first Clonliffe Harrier in action this season fell to Andrea Hannigan running in the girls U/11 800m race. Andrea had a very good run finishing in 9th place. A very good run then followed in the boys U/11 where Jordan Broy finished well up the field in 4th place.
The two Clonliffe wins of the day both came in the 1,000m U/12 races. First off Ruth Bergin had an excellent win after a great battle down the home straight as she held off a strong challenge right to the line. Other good runs in this race from Clina Cooley 13th and Amy Connolly 18th. In the U/12 boys Keelan Twomey again battled all the way showing great determination as a pulled away over the last 50m to take a well deserved win. Good run also by Elliott Lawless in 20th.
The U/13s also ran over 1,000m. In the girls race Sophie Higgins placed 9th with Ailish Fennell 20th. The Clonliffe boys also featured strongly in their race with Joseph Hession 8th and after a good battle down the home straight Timothae Lawless over hauled Luke Guy 10th and 11th.
Alannah Cooley provided the most impressive Clonliffe performance of the day with an excellent run in the U/14 1,200m race running her best race to date Alannah was a superb 3rd. A good run in the U/14 boys race from Sean Carrigg to take 6th place with a very strong finish.
The U/15 girls team as always ran well lead home by Laura Tuite in 3rd place with Sally Aherne right on her shoulder in 4th and Kate Hession a very steady 5th. Finally the U/15 boys where Cathal Doyle ran an exceptional second half to move nicely through the field from about 10th to 3rd and with a longer distace may well have finished even further up. A good steady first race for Clonliffe from Philip Keenan to finish 14th.
Well done to all our athletes. The first race is always the hardest. Next up round 2 in the Phoenix Park next Sunday.