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Sub 2 wins club 800, while in Grand Prix it`s Sheehy!

Tonight`s club 800 Championship was incorporated into tonight`s Grand Prix Race for the Richie Barr Cup. Full report soon from Liam Hennessy, however, in the meantime:

Another fantastic turnout on another great Summer`s night in Santry, saw some 5 races in all over the two lapper. It must be commented that the number of young Clonliffe athletes proudly wearing their club colours was a sight to warm the heart.

Race1 naturally produced the 2018 club champion as the eager young guns blasted off from the start, a 61 second opening lap saw Adam O`Brien run negative splits to duck under the two minute mark recording a time of 1.59.35 (TBC), followed by Sean O`Leary and the “Mauritian Express” Greg Hossenny , neither of these two seemed particularly distressed at not taking the win (see photo below!). The women`s champion was young Alannah Cooley in 2.23.21 from race 2 and from race 3, the even younger Aoife Hession 2nd and Ella Brown 3rd.

The Grand Prix winner was presented with the Cup by sponsor Richie Barr to a great cheer from the assembled masses and of course Kevin Sheehy being the shy retiring type he is milked the applause for all it was worth!

Full result and report soon.

Dublin Graded action

Whilst the club`s juvenile athletes were battling away at HQ last night a number of the seniors travelled to Tallaght Stadium for the latest round in the ever popular Graded Meets. Alannah Cooley ran 2.25.74 in the 800, while Diana Markina ran a pb of 2.40.92, having earlier ran 29.94 for 200. Shaun Conaghan was 5th in the 800 (2.04.75) with Jack Maughan 7th (2.05.32) and Conor Healy 5th in the 3000 (8.49.75).

Last night of the Proms!

Tonight in Morton Stadium the 6th and final night of the Dublin Juvenile Track & Field Championships took place with 1500s and even age relays.

Once again in the 1500s Clonliffe athletes were very much to the fore. Starting off with the boys this time Daragh Cartner was a fine winner of the U/17 with a measured sprint to take gold. Dermot Buckley went all the way to the line and succeeded in grabbing 4th place on the line and a place in next month`s Nationals.

In the U/18 race there was another fantastic Clonliffe battle with Daniel Stone prevailing to win the Dublin title, Cian Bolger 3rd, Ben Guiden 5th and Ian McAlweeney 8th. The U/19s again saw Clonliffe very much at the head of affairs as Craig Giles took 2nd from Efrem Gidey 3rd, Stephen Cashin 5th and Jordan Byrne 6th.

The U/17 girls also produced two national qualifiers as Sarah Bateson, recovered now from her meeting with the Irishtown track on Friday night, took 3rd with Abbie Sheehy 4th (Abbie now qualifying for nationals over 800, 1500, 3000 and 4 x 400!), Ella Brown was 6th and Cara Curran Begg 9th. There was also a solid run in the U/15 race from Naoise Cullen placing 8th.

Moving on then to the relays which took place after the 1500s: Clonliffe had teams in Girls U14, Boys U14, Girls U12 and Boys U12. Great races from all teams, in particular the Boys U14, Girls U12 and Boys U12 who all progressed from their heats and performed very well in the finals. With the Clonliffe success also from last week’s uneven age relays in mind, it is fair to say that all the hard relay team training in recent weeks certainly paid off!


Another great day out with the Young Ones!

The Dublin Juvenile Track & Field continued in Tallaght this morning with again excellent performances from the Clonliffe crew. First into the fray were the middle distance athletes bright and early for their 3000s.

The girls 3000`s were combined with all age groups going together, this of course can be a little daunting for the younger girls with the U/16s having their first runs over the distance, still our two athletes Aoife Hession and Alana Fitzsimons just got on with in and put in solid runs. Aoife going home with gold and Alana, who battle gamely through a very painful hip injury from half way, took silver. Abbie Sheehy continued her very good form to take the U/17 title and finished 2nd overall “on the road”.

The U/17s boys race featured Clonliffe`s  Three Amigos: Dermo, Alex and “New Hair Cut” Carter, Alex Murray took the title with Daragh 2nd.

A great race in the U/18 and 19 combined race which wound up nicely after some very slow opening laps but the boys were flying over the closing stages saw Efrem Gidley win the U/19 title with Stephen Cashin just out of the medals and in the U/18s Aaron Cullen 2nd (Fun fact: this was Aaron`s first ever Dublin Track medal!) with Ben Guiden 3rd, Thomas Baltzar was 5th.

In the field events Jonas Norvaisas won the U/15 shot with an impressive 14.30m and Ava Usnova was 3rd in the U/12 high jump. Later in the afternoon in the long jump out Sally Somula won the U/15 competition (5.22m) and Kristain Bosnajak won the boys U/17. Keith Burke was 3rd in the U/15 long jump.

A win also in the javelin for Nicole Laipy in the girls U/15.

Rebecca Fitxsimons won the U/18 100, Sally Somula was 2nd in the U/15 100 and Alex Twomey 3rd in the U/16 with Emma Mcdonnell 6th. Kristian Bosnajak was just off a medal in the U/17 100 placing 4th.

Finally 4th place for Orla O’Sullivan in the U/15 800.

Next and final day of the Dublins is Wednesday night from 7.00pm in Morton Stadium for even age relays and 1500s.

More medals taken from Dublin Juvenile Championships

The Dublin Juvenile Championships continued today at Irishtown with sprints and field events on the menu. The sprints groups continued where they left off yesterday with medal winning performances.

Lauren Carr won the U/19 200 title and took silver in the 400. Silver also for Rebecca Fitzsimons in the U/18 200. Aaron Nnadi did likewise in theU/17 boys 400. Silver and bronze were won by the U/16 girls in the 200 Alex Twomey 2nd and Emma McDonnell 3rd, Kristin O`Grady Hogan also made that final placing 5th. In the U/15s Sally Somula took silver.

In the U/16 high jump Emma claimed top spot on the podium winning the competition. The U/15 girls were also superb in their high jump with Nicole Laipy 2nd and Natalia Burtenshaw 3rd. To complete a great day`s high jumping Kristian Bosnajak also took 3rd place in the boys U/17 (Kristain had also made the 200 final where he placed 5th). Bronze also in the U/15`s for James McDonnell.

Finally Keith Burke took bronze in the U/15 discus.

Tomorrow it`s to Tallaght for the 3000s, 100s and hurdles.


Weekend round up: Road & Track

On the roads: Friday the 15th Sean Doran was 11th at the Braveheart 5k RoadRace in Trim, Co. Meath (17.21). Saturday the 16th Castleknock 5k 3rd Conor Healy 16.19.

Also on Wednesday the 13th Ale Hernandez ran a 2.23.06 800 in Madrid.

On the track today at the Le Cheile IMC meet in Maynooth in very windy conditions Leah Moore was 2nd in the A 200 (25.00) and 3rd in the 100 (12.83). In the men’ s 100 A Leo Morgan was 5th (11.30) and Isreal Ibanu 3rd in the B race (11.83). In The 800 Mark McDonald was 6th in the C race in 2.00.67. In The 800 E race Sean Carrigg was 4th (2.06.95). Cathal Doyle ran 1.59.55 placing 6th in the B race.

The C 1500 featured a great Clonliffe battle with Craig Giles taking the win in 4.08.94, Greg Hossenny 3rd 4.10.50 and Aaron Cullen 5th in 4.16.79. Efrem Gidey was 7th in a very good 3000 field  (8.41.50).

There was a double win for Clonliffe in the 400 as Data Kervick won the A race in 48.48 and Timmy Crowe the C in 51.60.

Clonliffe Reel in Relay medals

There was great success for the Clonliffe teams competing at tonight`s Dublin Juvenile Championships in Irishtown for the uneven ages relays. At the end of the two hour programme three sets of gold and two sets of silvers were heading back across the Liffey to Dublin`s Northside. In between there was blood, sweet, tears and smiles!

The U/15 girls 4 x 100 team battled like crazy to take the first set of medals of the evening as Paula Paracheuv, Sally Somula, Holly Foy and Naoise Cullen took silver.

Then the U/17 4 x 400 team, made up entirely of middle distance athletes, took gold with an outstanding display all through the team from Vicky McDonnell, Abbie Sheehy, Sarah Bateson, who hit the deck at the change over, suffering considerable cuts and bruises, and then a battling Ella Brown on the anchor leg. A special mention also of Cara Curran Beggs completing the squad who warmed up and was ready, willing and able to step into the fray if required.

Next it was silver again. This time the boys U/15 4 x 100 team, another gritting the teeth effort from the foursome of James McDonnell (a good day for the McDonnell clan!), Jack Woods, Keith Burke and Andrew Gaffney.

The U/13 boys had battled through heats and then in the final were just superb to win another Dublin title for Clonliffe as Charlie Duffy, Cian O`Hare, Christian Finn and Karl Balaore left a full field in their wake.

Finally then in the last race of the night the girls U/19 4 x 100 and again a brilliant team effort from Rebecca Fitzsimons, Lauren Carr, Rapha Diamond-Ebbs and Jessica Dedeko delivered more gold.

U/13 Boys 4 x 100 Gold

U/15 Girls 4 x 100 Silver

U/15 Boys 4 X 100 Silver

U/17 Girls 4 X 400 Gold

U/19 Girls 4 X 100 Gold


Club 800 Championships

Next Thursday`s (June 21st) Grand Prix Round, the 800 (sponsored by Richie Barr) also incorporates the Club 800m Championships for both men and women.

This being a club Championship the race is of course open to all club members. The races, there are expected to be several, will start at 8.00pm.

Coming next week: Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal Open Sports

Clonliffe Harriers confirm details of Sunday week`s, June 24th, Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal open Sports, generously supported by Hireco. This is an open Track and Field Meet for Juvenile athletes from U/9 to U/16 ages. All are welcome, whether a member of Clonliffe, a member of another club or indeed not a member of any club! Every race/event on the programme is a final with medals being awarded to the first three in each. The Open Sports will provide juvenile athletes with competition in a fun and relaxed way in the three main disciplines: sprints, middle distance and field events.  Entry to the Sports is €5.00 per athlete and athletes can enter as many events which are open to them as they wish at no additional cost.

Clonliffe would like to extend an invitation to all clubs to come along to the Morton Stadium for a great afternoon’s fun and sport.

Clonliffe All Medal Open Sports

Sunday June 24th 2pm

Order of events

Sprints Boys and Girls 2PM Start Long – Jump 2PM Start

Under [8 – 9- 10] 60 MTS Under 16 Girls and Boys

Under []12 80 MTS Under 12 Girls and Boys

Under [14] 80 MTS Under 14 Girsl and Boys

Under ]16] 100 MTS Under 10 Girls and Boys
Boys and Girls Distance 2:45PM Approx — Turbo Javelin 2:30PM

Under [8 – 9- 10] 300 MTS Under [8,9,10] Girls and Boys

Under []12] 500 MTS Under 12 Girls and Boys

Under [14] 800 MTS

Under ]16] 800 MTS Shotput

Under 14 Girls and Boys (2kg)

Under 16 Girls and Boys (2.72kg)
All times given subject to change to faciliate the smooth running of the program

There are no heats in this program. All races on track are finals.

Medals for first, second and third placed athletes
For futher details contact: Gladys Cooper – 087 9852836

Grand Prix Series: Tracey wins O`Connor Cup

Report by Liam Hennessy; The Grand Prix Series continued last Thursday, June 7th with the running of The O’Connor Cup – 4 mile Grass Race, held at The Santry demesne. Kindly sponsored by Alan Worrall. The evening proved perfect conditions for this superb summer race. The course was well flagged, we had 16 officials and many more that we could have called upon, which was great. Instructions were given by the race director, the bugle was sounded and 55 runners were on their way !!!.

The result of the handicap was as follows;

1st – Stephen Tracey – Winner of The O’Connor Cup

2nd – David Dunwoody

3rd – Paul White

Full results as follows;

  1. Stephen Butler – 23.58
  2. Conor Keane – 24.13
  3. George Brady – 25.18
  4. Dermot Faughnan – 25.49
  5. Philip O’Doherty – 26.17
  6. Mark Dowling – 26.23
  7. David Dunwoody – 26.34
  8. Mick Bermingham – 26.36
  9. Neil Farrell – 26.39
  10. Stephen Tracey – 26.45
  11. Rachel Eustace – 26.46
  12. Alex Eustace – 26.49
  13. Paul O’Loughlin – 26.53
  14. Alan Worrall – 26.54
  15. Stephen Bateson – 26.55
  16. Dessie Shorten – 26.56
  17. Maurice Mc Crohan – 27.13
  18. Trevor Wisdom – 27.23
  19. Maura Matthews – 27.36
  20. Mick Gleeson – 27.42
  21. Richard Barr – 28.15
  22. Paul Walsh – 28.43
  23. Niall Markey – 28.44
  24. Shane Noonan – 28.50
  25. Joe Cole – 28.52
  26. Seamus Devitt – 28.53
  27. Philip Matthews – 29.01
  28. Noel O’Dwyer – 29.15
  29. Paul White – 29.38
  30. Declan Murray – 30.07
  31. Declan Grant – 30.21
  32. Conor Jennings – 30.26
  33. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 30.33
  34. David Hanly – 30.56
  35. Kevin Sheehy – 31.00
  36. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 31.13
  37. Liam Hennessy – 31.37
  38. Pat Devitt – 31.48
  39. Carol Flood – 31.55
  40. Pat Healy – 32.14
  41. Colm Doolan – 32.23
  42. Terry Mee – 32.37
  43. Mandy Mc Menamy – 32.45
  44. Philip Richard – 32.47
  45. Colm Doran – 33.11
  46. Jenny Sharkey – 33.15
  47. Jenny Bowers – 33.39
  48. Ann Lyons – 33.57
  49. Gerard Fay – 34.00
  50. Melissa Curran – 34.47
  51. Karl Nolan – 34.48
  52. Dave Brady – 36.18

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

(Pictured: Yvonne with McCarrick Plate & Stephen with O`Connor Cup)

The presentation also took place for the Mc Carrick Plate – 2.5 mile Race, which was held at Malahide on May 24th last and which was kindly sponsored by Paul O’Loughlin. The result of the handicap for The Mc Carrick Plate was as follows;

1st – Yvonne Mc Donagh – Winner of Mc Carrick Plate

2nd – Orla Deighan

3rd – Aimee Ahern

(Pictured Joe Roy winner 1960, John O`Leary, Stephen Tracey winner 2018)

A special presentation took place where Joe Roy was presented with a medal he won 60 years ago, but was unavailable to receive at the time (better late than never !!), congrats Joe. By coincidence Joe Roy won the O’Connor Cup in 1960 !!!

Many thanks to our president; Paddy Marley for his presence and to everyone who helped make this race such a success. Thanks to Caroline and Paddy Tuite for the after race refreshments.

Best of luck in the future to Carol Flood, who returns to Glaslough Harriers.

Very important info:

Next Race – Round 8 – 800 Metres – Richie Barr Cup, Kindly sponsored by Richie Barr – Thursday, June 21st – Morton Stadium – 8pm.  Please note that Round 9 – The Michael Murphy Memorial 5 Mile – Trail Race – Malahide is planned for Thursday, July 5th. This date will be fully confirmed soon due to events taking place at Malahide around the same date.


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