Eugenia Bateson reports: A splashing time was had by all at juvenile training in Morton Stadium this morning as the presentation of medals for the Clonliffe juvenile championship was made. On what was the hottest day of the year so far there was a fine turnout of young Clonliffe athletes along with their coaches and juvenile captain Gladys Cooper. The club Championships had been held over consecutive weekends at the end of June up the road in ALSAA, those Championships had witnessed some tremendous performances by the up-and-coming stars of the future and today was a fun day as the wind down towards the summer break commences. On hand to make the presentation of medals to the top three was Clonliffe’s 2019 European U/20 cross-country bronze medallist Efrem Gidey. The young athletes were delighted to be presented the medals by Efrem who as always stood in for countless photographs and enjoyed the occasion as much as the youngsters.
With the serious business out of the way it was time to cool down with the now annual Clonliffe Harriers Grand Water Flight. Clearly the days of the humble water pistol of days of yore are well and truly gone as many rocked up armed to the teeth with ‘weapons of mass drenching’. Whether there were teams involved or whether it was was everyone for themselves was a bit unclear but looking at the turn of speed many displayed in avoiding a drenching the future of sprinting in this club looks safe! Efrem remained on hand tasked with reloading duties while both Gladys and Yvonne took an absolute drenching, if there was a prize for the wettest coach it would have required a photo finish. A great morning thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank God the dreaded water charges have not been introduced!