2012 Woodie’s DIY National League Champions Dundrum South Dublin AC and Clonliffe Harriers AC are set to compete in the European Champion Clubs Cup Track and Field Championships this weekend, 26th-27th of May. Dundrum South Dublin will compete in the Group A meeting, following on from Ferrybank’s promotion from last year’s competition, which will take place in Vila Real St Antonio, Portugal, on 26-27 May. Clonliffe Harriers are in the Group B meet which takes place in Dubnica, Slovakia, on 27th May.
National record holder Deirdre Ryan will lead a very strong Dundrum South Dublin team in Portugal. Ryan cleared 1.80m in terrible conditions at the recent Diamond League Meeting in Shanghai and will be aiming to improve on this mark in Portugal.
Linda Byrne spear heads a strong group of athletes competing in the distance events for Dundrum. Byrne goes in the 5000m while club mates Clare Tarplee, Aoife Byrne and Hazel Murphy compete over 800m, 1500m and 3000m respectively. Clare Bergin another of D.S.D’s Olympic hopefuls and fresh from running a personal best (53.66) at last weekend’s Loughborough International is set for the 400m. Bergin will also be a key member of both the 4*100m and 4*400m relays for D.S.D.
Clonliffe Harriers AC is fielding a team of mainly young and developmental athletes. Keith Pike who made his debut at this level in last year’s competition will double in the 100m and 200m. Andrew Heaney another of Clonliffe Harriers young stars competes in the high jump.
Tomas Rauktys is in great form as of late having recently thrown a huge personal best of 17m in the shot putt. Rauktys will compete in his specialist shot event and also the discus in Slovakia.
John Fagan will be a busy man doubling up in the 400m flat and hurdles as well as the 4×400m relay. Fagan is Clonliffe’s only winner at a European Clubs having won the 400m Hurdles in Berne in 2010. Gary O’Hanlon leads the Clonliffe contingent in the middle distance events. O’Hanlon goes in the 1500m with club mates Dave Fitzmaurice and Brian McMahon compete in the 3000m and 5000m respectively.