Archive for March, 2017

St. Patrick`s weekend round up (updated)

St Patrick`s Day itself: Balbriggan 10k saw a super 3rd place finish for Karl Nolan (35.53). Whilst in the half marathon Alan Hughes ran 1.33.35 and Alison O`Sullivan 1.43.54.

On Sunday the 19th the big race was the MSB St. Patrick`s Festival 5k on the streets of Dublin where Cathal Doyle had a very good run placing 2nd, 5 seconds off MSB`s John Coghlan, Cathal recording a time of 15.18. Also in this race 34th Sean Doran (17.23), Emma Cooper 19.11, Caroline Hynes 28.42 and Deirdre Acheson 37.01.

Daragh Cullen was 25th in the Lismullen 10k today in 42.27.

Across the water good to see Stephen Scullion back racing. At the Reading Half Marathon he finished 16th clocking a time of 68.17 today. Sarah McCormack in that same half race 78.22. Also Liam Roarty ran a 10k PB of 33.23 in today`s Eastleigh 10k placing 25th from a field of over 2,300 starters.

There was a Clonliffe win this weekend courtesy of David Mansfield in the Dungarvan 10k in a time of 31.52.

Friends of Morton Games 2017 launched

As part of the necessary fund raising required to promote and host the 2017 Morton Games, the “Friends of Morton Games 2017” has been launched.

Morton Games appeals to friends of Irish athletics to become a friend of Morton Games. All friends of Morton Games in consideration of a donation of €100. will have their names appear on the event website and will also receive in advance of the Meet two complimentary tickets for the Morton Games. Of course being never shy in refusing generosity donations exceeding €100 will also be accepted! We will be delighted to hear from individuals, clubs and corporate entities willing to become a “Friend of Morton Games”

All funds raised go directly into the Meet and in particular will assist the Meet with the provision of live streaming around the world and will also assist with other expenses which arise.  Please note that all the officials and people involved in Morton Games carry out their work on an entirely voluntary basis.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Morton Games please email with your name, details and the amount of your donation and you will then receive details of the bank account into which your donation can be lodged.  Needless to say cheques and cash will also be gratefully accepted!

The Morton Games web site has been fully updated for this year`s meet on July 12th. Pay a visit to:


Worrall`s World: The Ballycotton 10

Alan Worrall reports from the Co. Cork classic: Its mid-March, and it can only mean one thing, the Ballycotton 10-mile road race in East Cork has come around again. The 2017 staging of the race saw a new winner but a very familiar face on the roads/ country of Ireland.  Raheny Shamrocks Mick Clossihey added the title of king of the road in Ballycotton to his CV. Our man Sergiu was second, but its early season and Sergiu will be motivated now for the upcoming season ahead.

The Weather Girl on the Saturday evening spoke of a clear dry day with possible temperatures in the low teens. I awoke on Sunday morning to a blast of sun from the other end of the room in North Cork where I was staying.  This was more than an incentive to get moving and heading to Ballycotton.  Such is the popularity of the race over 4,0000 souls had secured an entry.  Without doubt the running boom is not abating and as we can see from races around country, organize a quality and safe event runners of all shapes and sizes will come. For those of have never ran the race. “It is without doubt one of the best road races in the

country”.  I was joined this year by a bunch of harriers running the race for the first time. It was great to see Aisling, Mark, Niall M, Niall O’G and Stephen plus Ballycotton regulars like Sergiu and Kieran Murphy before the race.

“Mr. Ballycotton” himself, John Walshe and his crew of organizers and officials run and manage a truly great race the fact that the race has been ran every year since 1978 is a record. For the 40th edition everyone who completed the race got a t-shirt along with the much sot of mug.

In respect to myself it was my 15th time to run the race and is always one of the highlights on my racing calendar.  Clubs represented include: Leevale, Togher A.C, Donore, West Waterford, Galway City Harriers, Kilkenny AC, Celbridge Ac, Raheny Shamrocks, Sports world, Dunboyne A.C, Tullamore etc plus Clonliffe Harriers.

“Well we are all here again for the Ballycotton 10” goes the song, and at 13:30hrs we are off down past the Grotto then the Schooner and Blackbird Pub’s and past the Hall and out of the village. The sun was 

out and we had a fair breeze up to the 5-mile mark as is usual for the race and its reputation the spectators were out in force on the route.  The sight of the 5 Mile mark at the famous Ballymaloe house is always a lift in its self. I passed through the first 5 miles in 32 mins 55 secs. On the way, home now, the wind had abated plus it was getting warmer, now to put the foot down the sight of the Lighthouse is always a lift. The final mile and ½ you need to keep something in reserve, Ballycotton version of Boston’s “Heart Break Hill” awaits. I push again past the Schooner 600 meters to go.   Then the Grotto is on my left an athlete from Eagle AC is the target to beat and I do that. The announcer lists the names of the finishers. Then I am over the line and with a time of 67 Mins and 6 Secs.  A recent chest infection had hindered my training for the past 2 weeks but I was happy non-the less.

To conclude well done to all the runners, supporters and organizers.  John Walshe and crew again well done the race is without doubt on of the highlights of my racing calendar every year. It’s a race worth doing so put it in your diary for 2018.  As they say in the slogan “A Classic Race at a Classic Distance”


New changes this year worked very well a new baggage area plus a bigger field to park in meant we all had to be at the start a bit earlier.

Sign up for DCU research on Master athletes and healthy ageing

DCU researchers are conducting research on master athletes and healthy ageing. DCU are looking to recruit 30 male athletes age 50+ including endurance trained athletes (middle and long distance runners) and power trained athletes (sprinters, jumpers, throwers). Any club member interested contact John Kenny, School of Health and Human Performance, DCU for full information and details. See flyer below:
Please note that this research programme in entirely run by DCU and in respect of which Clonliffe Harriers has no involvement or endorsement.

Daragh Carter gets school`s International call up

Congratulations to Clonliffe U/16 athlete Daragh Carter who has been called up to represent the Irish schools at the School`s International Cross Country in Wales on March 25th. Young Daragh had an outstanding run in Saturday`s All Ireland Schools Cross Country with a 9th place finish in the junior boys race.


2017 Grand Prix series is fully suscribed

The Grand Prix sub committee has confirmed that entry to the series is now closed. All available places are fully subscribed so no further entries can be accepted. the sub committee thanks all for their prompt response to the “enter early” plea and look forward to a season of good racing, pbs and enjoyment.

Round one is now only two weeks away: March 30th, the Frank White 5 Mile on the track. Last year`s race saw a bumper entry for that race and a National 5 Mile track record for Sergiu Ciobanu of 24.14. This year`s race is once again generously sponsored by Colm Doran.

Barbara Sanchez places 4th in French National Half

Clonilffe`s Barbara Sanchez looks to be coming into very good form as she continues her preparations for April 23rd and the London Marathon. At this weekend`s French National Half Marathon Championships she finished 4th in a time of 76.34.

Club bar open for St. Patrick`s Day

Members and friends Happy St. Patrick`s Day on Friday! Why not join us in Clonliffe Harriers to celebrate the day and enjoy the racing from Cheltenham on the big screen? The Clonliffe bar will be open from 1.30pm on March 17th.

Older juvenile groups to train in Abbottstown Indoors on Tuesday

Juvenile athletes (Gerry, Mick/Noel and Ray`s groups) will be training at the National Indoor Arena on Tuesday next, the 14th. Meet there at 7.00pm sharp, the cost per athlete in €5.00. Remember bring plenty of drinks, warm up gear, t shirt/singlet for session and 5mm spike length  maximum (if you`ve been racing cross country please clean your spikes). No training in Santry for these groups. Training for Gladys`group in Santry as usual.

The Rooney Review: Clonliffe athletes take on the three Bs

Shane Rooney reports: On Sunday 12th March, Clonliffe Harries athletes were like spring lambs being allowed out for the first time. All the athletes have started the 2017 road season in fine form with many achieving PBs.

The racing day began in sunny Barcelona with two of Pam’s ladies, Mary Lillis and Katie Hennigan, taking on the challenging Barcelona Marathon. Not daunted by the 26.2 miles, warm temperatures or large field, Mary and Katie soaked up the atmosphere to finish the distance smiling and have set themselves up for a great 2017. As both ladies took a well-earned rest and having laid down the gauntlet for their training mates it was back to Ireland and next up was the Bohermeen Half Marathon.

Several Clonliffe athletes competed in his morning`s Meath Spring 10k and Half Marathon in Bohermeen. In the 10k top man was Conor Keane in 9th place (36.08), with Richard Mannion 18th (38.16) Sean Doran lead the club members home in the half marathon in 12th place in a fine 77.42, Dave Brady was a second in arrears 77.43. A quartet from Pamela Cooper & Ben Lawler’s training group toed the line in the Meath Spring Half Marathon at Bohermeen Co. Meath. The group, feeling the benefits of the winter cross-country and track training, were led home by Anthony Doran in a PB time off 1:26:55, followed by Paul O’Loughlin at 1:29:22 who was very closely followed by Mick Birmingham’s PB of 1:29:51. Caroline Hynes ended a successful race for Clonliffe Harries in a time of 1:51:21. As the foursome noshed on the soup and sandwiches provided by Bohermeen AC, they handed over the baton to the Ballycotton 10-mile squad.

Ballycotton 10-mile is iconic race and is always a sell-out, this year was extra special as it was celebrating its 40th anniversary. With Ben’s last minute advice ringing in their ears “leave something for the hills at the end”, the Clonliffe Athletes were raring to go when the starting whistle was blown.  With Sergiu Ciobanu setting the pace, finishing in 2nd place in 49.45, behind Raheny`s Mick Clohisey, the Clonliffe squad were in impressive form, Kieran Murphy crossed the line in 63:37, Mark Dowling 64:19, Niall Gorman 65:35, Alan Worrell 67:06, Stephen Tracey 67:52, Niall Markey 68:14 and the vice ladies captain, Aisling Andrews, glided across the line in 69:38.  The squad earned a well-earned rest and celebrated in County Cork by raising a glass to the start of the 2017 road season.

Pam, Ben & Eugene’s winter training has their athletes ready for what promises to be an exciting year of road races.

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced during the weekend and keep digging in.




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