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Marks wins in France

Hot on the heels of his fine win for Clonliffe in last weekend’s European clubs in Finland Keith Marks took another continental win today. Keith won the long jump in Valence, France with a best jump of 7.38m (+2.5) and a best wind legal of 7.34m.

Top of the Class!

The schools athletics season came to a close, and indeed for some their school years also came to a close today in Tullamore. There was great success for the Clonliffe athletes doing themselves proud. Star performer was Efrem Gidey in 5000 who successfully retained his senior boys 5000 title to make it two All Ireland senior schools doubles: cross country and 5000 track 2018 and 2019.

Efrem as usual lead from the front and lapped all but 3 of the field to win in 14.45.35. Ben Guiden battled gamely in 7th 16.16.93.

Also in the seniors Aaron Cullen was a fine 3rd in the 1500 going sub 4 for the first time (3.59.09). Daniel Stone also put in a fine run in the 2000 sc to take silver (6.08.09), Daniel also later lined up in the 1500 placing 6th (4.02.63). Young Orla O’Sullivan also ran very well in her first All Ireland schools 10th in the junior girls 800 in 2.35.27.

The field events also yielded great success with Sally Sumola jumping 5.24m to take junior girls long jump silver. Silver also for Jonas Norvaisas in the junior boys shot (13.56). Michael Coleman also put in a superb days work taking bronze in the junior boys high jump in an impressive 1.70m.

Fantastic stuff by all.

Clonliffe Juvenile Open Sports this Sunday June 2nd

This Sunday (June 2nd) the annual Clonliffe Juvenile all medal Open Sports take place in Morton Stadium from 2.00pm.  Clonliffe host a fun event for young athletes from tiny tots up to U/16. There are events for all from sprints to middle distance and field events including turbo javelin and long jump. Entry is a mere five euro and young athletes can take part in as many events as they like. This is a great introduction for youngsters to competition as it is held in a non-competitive fun atmosphere. There are no heats and every race on the programme is therefore a ‘final’ with medals for the first three in each race/event. There are also spot prizes.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children, and this is an open event so you do not have to be a member of Clonliffe Harriers or indeed a member of an any club to take part. So slap on the sun protector and come to a fun afternoon in Morton Stadium from 2 PM onwards. Registration is open from 1 PM on the day.

Clonliffe in the prizes in Balbriggan

At tonight’s Balbriggan Fest 5k over a tough out and back course Clonliffe had 2nd man in David Mullen 17.17, 2nd woman in Sarah Bateson 19.43 (12th overall)and 3rd woman in Katie Halpin 21.24 (33rd).

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Clonliffe athletes 2nd on road

Clonliffe athletes finished 2nd in tonight’s road races. Sean Doran was 2nd behind Mick Clohisey (Raheny) in the BHAA 5 mile race in Dunboyne in 25.39. Aaron Hanlon was 2nd in the Star of the Sea Michelle McKiernan 5k in Meath in 15.20 in a race win by Dunboyne’s Peter Somba.

Leo Morgan selected for CSIT Games

Congratulations to Clonliffe sprinter Leo Morgan who has been selected by Athletics Leinster on the team to compete at the CSIT Games in Tortosa, Spain from 2-7 July.

It`s never over until it’s fin! Euro Clubs Track & Field

The ECCC group B track and field competition this weekend in Tampere, Finland produced the second best ever finish by a Clonliffe men’s team at a European Championships. The Clonliffe men finished in a very credible in the fourth position. Although in 2017 the men’s team finished third in this particular group there is no doubt that the competition faced by the team over the weekend was much deeper than that of two years ago. A travelling party including officials of 27 travelled to the competition arriving in Tempere via Helsinki after a three-hour flight and the two hour coach journey. The optimism of nice weather and the chance for, the officials in any event, to bear their legs in shorts proved ill founded as the thermometer never rose above 10° and all were treated to fairly incessant rain over the course of the entire weekend.

The action on Saturday got underway bright and early, group B is a one-day competition and it is a long day spanning all of nine hours plus. Things unfortunately got off to a pretty miserable start. Chris Sibanda, who was using the guest 100 to warmup for his 200 in the European competition a couple of hours later, got off to a great start but at 60 m his hamstring exploded putting an end to his competition before most of his teammates had even arrived at the stadium. After medical treatment Chris returned to watch the rest of the day’s proceedings from the stand and to cheer on his Clonliffe teammates. Almost immediately however the rollercoaster was back on the up as Simon Galligan produced an outstanding mature performance in the hammer competition getting a good banker throw in from the word go and after that extended his distance on each subsequent event, Simon was rewarded with a superb second place finish courtesy of a 58.47m throw. Simon’s best was only some 7cm off first place.

Timmy Crowe finished third in his 400 H heat and as the two heat results were amalgamated he ended placing sixth overall. Cathal Doyle ran very well indeed in the 800 getting into the mix from the word go and holding on determinedly to 4th place in 1.53.26.

Solid points scoring also in the shot courtesy of Luke Mangan’s 13.72m to take sixth place. Unfortunately things did not work out so well in the 200, with Chris Sibanda already sidelined Luke Lennon Ford stepped into the fray, running in the heat one Luke finished fifth in the time of 22.48 and ended up in 9th place when the two results were combined. Luke took it on the chin and was determined to make up for a disappointing race in the 4 x 400 that evening. 9th also in the high jump for Eamonn Fahey with a best of 1.75m . Likewise Niall Counihan was disappointed with his performance in the triple jump as he finished in 8th place overall as result of his 13.33 opening jump. The discus competition did not go so well for Matt Jarvis who placed 8th with a best of 31.03.

Things then improved once again with Dara Kervick running very well in the 400 running heat 1 Dara finished second in 48.40 as the weather started to worsen with rain now fairly well drowning all and sundry. On the combined heats and Dara placed 4th.

Leo Morgan had a fine run in the men’s 100 in heat one he finished in second place in 11.18, heat two was the faster and Leo ended up also placing 4th overall. Sean Carrigg ran 10.16.45 in the 3000 steeplechase enough to claim fifth place after a battling performance from the young man.

Things then again hit a bit of a downer (told you it was a roller coaster!) as Rolus Olusa sustained an injury on his first pole vault attempt and could not take any further part in the pole vault competition. Rolus will get the opportunity later in the day to put things to rights as indeed he did in the 110 hurdles winning heat one in a time of 15.20 and fifth place overall.

On then to the 5000 where Ian Guiden had a solid run, with the first three , including European marathon champion Koen Naert up and away and Ian led the chasing pack and was just out kicked for fourth place down the home straight as he ran a time of 14.53.13, some nine seconds off his PB set the previous week. Colm Rooney put in one of the great battling performances of the day. With the opening pace pedestrian Colm hit the front after 100 and drove the race on, indeed he led this race on no less than three separate occasions including leading into the bell lap and he battled away to hold off the entire field, almost successfully so,as he was only overtaken with about 120 to go and in a blanket finish ended up fourth in 3.55.04.

While all this was taking place, Stephen Rice was competing in the javelin, unfortunately Stephen was somewhat below his best finishing in 5th place with a best of 61.03m.

On then to the long jump and the dizzy heights! Keith Marks was just superb. A good opening jump and then better and better always in the top 3 and with his final magnificent leap of 7.40m he went from 2nd to top of the pile. First place Keith Marks!

This brought us on then to the relays where things remained on the up. At this stage the rain was hopping off the track. The 4 x 100 team of Leo Morgan, Keith Marks, Eamonn Fahey and Keith Pike were excellent winning heat 2 in a time of 41.55, heat 1 was quicker but only marginally so and the team finished in second place. The final race of the day was the 4 x 400 relay where again an excellent team performance from young Thomas Pitkin, Luke Lennon-Ford, Dara Kervick and Timmy Crowe saw the team power home to win heat 2 (final race of a long programme) with an excellent time of 3.16.11 enough to take an excellent third place once the two heats were combined.

The final scoring is had the crack Belgian team of RESC in 1st place on 151 points from AD Mass Ljublana (SLO) on 134.5, Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) were 3rd on 130 points and Clonliffe Harriers 4th on 107 points leaving behind them the Serbian team, Swiss team, Italian team, Finnish team, Luxembourg team and Slovakian team. So the roller coaster ride was finished, and what a ride!

To see photos click:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/146364500@N04/albums/72157708771040366

Weekend round up (ongoing)

Whilst the Clonliffe men’s team were competing in the European clubs track and field championships the action continued at home and overseas. Jayme Rossiter ran a tasty 1500 at the British milers club meet in Sports City, Manchester on Saturday the 25th finishing in fifth place in a time of 3.49.27.

Closer to home David Brady was third on Saturday in the Bonfire Bank 10 mile race in Bellewstown in a time of 65.19 over a testing hilly course.

Sunday: Garristown 10k, Paul Keenan was a fine 6th (38.55), Mick Gleeson 13th (43.36), Declan grant 32nd (46.40), Laura Kernan 3rd lady (47.17) and Sean Grimes 47.19.

Also on Sunday Kerri Page was 1st woman in the Ballon 10k in Carlow in 42.23.

If any other club member raced over this weekend please text 0879599888

Clonliffe men 4th in European clubs

The Clonliffe men put in a very solid day’s work in the Tampere Stadium in Finland in ECCC Group B track and field. Keith Marks winning the long jump with a 7.40 jump and Simon Galligan 2nd in the hammer the highlights.  Very solid stuff from the middle distance boys. A fantastic 4×100 team of Leo Morgan  Keith Marks, Eamonn Fahey and Keith Pike were 2nd in a superb 41.55 and in the 4×400 Thomas Pitkin, Luke Lennon Ford, Dara Kervick and Timmy Crowe 3rd in 3.16.11 in the lashing rain.

The team ended the day in a satisfying 4th position.

Full report after the weekend.

Notice: no training on Sunday for Gerry Carr’s group

Please note that Gerry Carr’s group have no training on Sunday, the 26th.

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