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No Clonliffe training in stadium on Sunday

Athletes/parents and coaches please note that in order to facilitate the hosting in Morton Stadium on Sunday of the AAI Games all Clonliffe training in the stadium is cancelled. Your cooperation is much appreciated.

Mid week action at Graded and on road

The latest graded meet took place in Tallaght tonight. There was a win in the 800B for Shaun Conaghan in 2.03.62. Thomas Frayne was 3rd in C 2.19.06 and Diana Markina was 5th in the women’s B race 2.47.52. In The 2000 sc Sean Carrig was 4th 6.28.27 and Jordan Byrne 10th 6.54.36.

On the road Sean Doran was 13th at the Bob Heffernan 5k in 16.15.

Planning to run Dublin?

The organisers of the Dublin Marathon have issued an “almost full” warning.  Club members who are planning to run this year`s Marathon on Sunday October 28th are advised to enter NOW to avoid disappointment. Their is a strict limit on numbers and that limit is coming closer by the day. It would be a shame if your planning for taking in this year`s race were to fall at the first hurdle. ENTER TODAY, not “over the weekend”, not “next week” but instead right now use this link and DO IT NOW:



Grand Prix Series news: Santry mile report

Round 5 – Grand Prix Series 2018 – Race report by Liam Hennessy.

Round 5 of the Grand Prix Series – The Santry Mile – “The Santry Mile Trophy” – Kindly sponsored by Noel Guiden, took place last Thursday, May 17th at 8pm at Morton Stadium. In excess of 70 runners took part in four graded races. We had the pleasure of welcoming some of our promising young athletes to the mile and they certainly provided for a great evening of races.

Full results as follows;

  1. Adam O’Brien – 4.29
  2. Greg Hosseny – 4.39
  3. Sean Conaghan – 4.45
  4. Jack Maughan – 4.48
  5. Sean Doran – 4.52
  6. Alex Gibbons – 4.54
  7. George Brady – 5.11.9
  8. Shane Casey – 5.17
  9. Anthony Doran – 5.22
  10. Alannah Cooley – 5.23
  11. Thomas Frayne – 5.25
  12. Eoghan Murphy – 5.25.2 – Track PB
  13. Wayne Walker – 5.27 –  Track PB
  14. Michael Mc Enery – 5.28 – Track PB
  15. Michelle English – 5.35
  16. James Smith – 5.36 – Track PB
  17. Zoe Quinn (Guest) – 5.40
  18. Trevor Wisdom – 5.40.5 – Track PB
  19. Mick Bermingham – 5.41.4 – Track PB
  20. Alex Eustace – 5.45 – Track PB
  21. Brian Connor – 5.46 – Track PB
  22. Philip Matthews – 5.47
  23. Declan Grant – 5.47.2 – Track PB
  24. Mick Gleeson – 5.47.8 – Track PB !!!
  25. Colm Leonard – 5.48 – Track PB
  26. Richard Barr – 5.49
  27. Aideen Brady – 5.52 – Equals Track PB
  28. Elaine Mc Loughlin – 5.53 – Track PB
  29. Siobhan Devaney – 5.56
  30. Kevin Sheehy – 5.57 – Track PB
  31. Maria Howard – 5.58
  32. Tom Cassidy – 6.00 – Track PB
  33. Maura Matthews – 6.00.8
  34. Bernie Byrne – 6.03
  35. Sean Grimes – 6.03
  36. Laura Kernan – 6.04
  37. Simon Smith – 6.05
  38. Sharon Lawlor – 6.09 –  Track PB
  39. Paul White – 6.09 – Track PB
  40. Jason Blake – 6.10 – Track PB
  41. Aimee Ahern – 6.11
  42. Joe Cole – 6.14 – Track PB
  43. Seamus Devitt – 6.16 – Track PB
  44. Ailish Patton – 6.17 – Track PB
  45. Joseph Kiernan (Guest) – 6.22
  46. Carol Flood – 6.23 – Track PB
  47. Conor Jennings – 6.24 – Big Track PB !!!
  48. C Curran (Guest) – 6.29
  49. Aine Mc Cann – 6.30 – Track PB
  50. Orla Deighan – 6.31 – Track PB
  51. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 6.31
  52. Colm Doran – 6.32 – Massive Run !!!
  53. Greg O’Beirne (Guest) – 6.32
  54. R Mangan (Guest) – 6.38
  55. Jenny Bowers – 6.39 – Track PB
  56. Ann Lyons – 6.40 – Track PB
  57. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 6.41 – Track PB
  58. Mandy Mc Menany – 6.43 – Track PB
  59. Jenny Sharkey – 6.43
  60. Melissa Curran – 6.50
  61. Sinead Smith – 6.50
  62. Katie Hennigan – 6.53 – Track PB
  63. Darren Horgan – 6.56
  64. Terry Mee – 6.58
  65. Gerard Fay – 6.59 – Track PB
  66. Brid Beausang – 7.09
  67. Evelyn Brennan – 7.11
  68. Mary Purdue Smith – 7.13
  69. Ciara Daly – 7.18
  70. Shay Byrne – 7.27
  71. Caroline Daly – 7.44
  72. Dave Brady – 8.21
  73. Sinead Morrissey – 8.53 – Track PB

My apologies if i misspelt any name above.

There were at least 32 personal bests recorded in the Santry Mile, proving again that the race series offers athletes fabulous opportunities to run best times. Many thanks to all who volunteered to make this race happen. Please note that the presentation of prizes for The Santry Mile / Guiden Trophy will take place on Thursday, June 7th.

Next Race:

Round 6 – This Thursday, May, 24th @ 8pm – Mc Carrick Plate – 2.5 Mile Race (One lap of the trail / tarmac route) – Malahide – Road training shoes / Racing flats should be fine for this one !! – Another great race to post a PB !!! – See you There !!!.

The weekend Round up (updated)

Starting off with the European Cup 10,000 in Highgate, London where on Saturday evening Sergiu Ciobanu ran 30.15.95, placing 28th in race B, only 4 seconds off his 2010 pb.

At the Wicklow Hospice, also on Saturday 10 Mile Rachel Eustace was 1st woman in 67.30 with Mary Ketterer 3rd woman in 71.50.

Sunday and Jayme Rossister warmed up for next week’s European clubs with a 3.52.18 1500 at the Loughborough International.

Also on Sunday the Streets of Dublin 5k with a great Clonliffe presence of young athletes on volunteering duties at the finish expertly distributing medals, water and goody bags to the race finishers. Clonliffe finishers included Declan Power 5th 16.23, Eoghan Murphy 18.38, Maurice McCrohan 19.33, Mark Dowling 20.00, Dave Lyons 26.55 and Ashling Andrews.

On Saturday Philip O`Doherty competed in the European Master`s Non Stadia Championships in Alicante. The Irish M50 cross country relay team placing 4th missing out on bronze by only 10 seconds. Then on Sunday for his long run Philip took in the Half Marathon coming home in 91.45.

Missed last Thursday was Tom Sherlock`s 2nd place finish in the BHAA Beach race in Sandymount (again club members if you won`t share your results….0879599888, it`s not that complicated!)

Valdas 4th in Copenhagen

Clonliffe`s Valdas Dopolskas was 4th in an international 10k Road Race in Copenhagen, Denmark tonight. Valdas recorded a time of 30.41 in windy conditions some 16 seconds behind the winner with splits of 15.35 and 15.06.

Dublin Juvenile T&F League – Report from meeting 4

Ulrik Nyberg reports: The last of this year’s four Dublin Juvenile T&F League meetings took place on today in Tallaght under a blue sky. It was great to see such a large group of young Clonliffe athletes take part and do well in the running, throwing and jumping. The league really provides a great opportunity to try the many different events open to U10-U16s. It is also an important part of the preparations for those who are going to take part in the upcoming Dublin Juvenile T&F Championships.

Our youngsters produced many fine results and several of our athletes strengthened their positions in the league tables. Here are some of the highlights:

Girls U16 – Emma McDonnell, 200m 1st, 1 000 m 2nd

Girls U15 – Sally Somula, 200 m 1st

Boys U 15 – Keith Burke, Shot putt 3rd

Boys U14 – Jonathan Fitzsimons, 200 m 1st, 1 000 m 1st

Boys U 13 _ Christian Finn, 200m 3rd, High Jump 3rd (pb: 1.35m)

Girls U12 – Ava Usanova, 200 m 1st, High jump 2nd (PB, 1 m 30 cm)

Strong performances also in Girls U15 by Natalia Gill, Boys U15 by James McDonnell, Jonas Nyberg and Ronan Donohue, Girls U14 by Orla O’Sullivan, Eabha Guy and Rachel Power, Girls U12 by Alexandra Kelly, Sarah McDonnell, Sally-Anne Nyberg and Rebecca Walsh, Boys U12 by Jack McDonnell, Girls U10 by Sienna Kelly and in Boys U10 by Ethan Sumola.

Points have now been accumulated by the athletes over the four league meetings. Final standings per age group to be communicated.

Efrem a class apart at Leinster Schools

Efrem Gidey was the star of the day at another sun drenched Leinster Schools Track & Field at Morton Stadium today. In the senior boys 5000 from the gun Efrem hit the front and with the pack well aware of the folly of trying to keep pace with the Clonliffe man by lap 4 he lead by half a lap eventually lapping the entire field to win in 15.24.43. Stephen Cashin had a fine run to a 4th place finish in 17.06.65 and had there been another 100 might well have snatch 3rd.

Other notable Clonliffe runs today came in the inter girls 3000 which featured a Clonliffe trio of Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy and Jana Cida . After a number of slow opening laps the pace picked up with the Clonliffe girls well in contention, with 400 to go Jana held 3rd but Sarah let loose with a superb final 250 to go from 4th to 2nd (11.03.67) with Jana holding 3rd (11.05.07) and Abbie putting in a fine run to 6th place.

In the boys inter 3000 there was another Clonliffe 2nd and 3rd, with the bell ringing a lap too soon the entire field raced to the line only to get the word that there was another lap to go, Daniel Stone suffered the most as his effort to strike for gold basically put paid to his winning chances and he finished 2nd (9.11.58) with Aaron Cullen 3rd . Aaron`s day was not done as he made a last minute surprise decision to line up in the inter 1500 where he claimed his 2nd bronze of the afternoon (4.32.47) with Thomas Baltzar 6th.

In the 800s Ella Brown found the going pretty hard in the inter race and finished 8th. Likewise in a hot senior boys 800 both Craig Giles and Cian Bolger found it tough going placing 6th (1.59.71) and 8th. Craig made another attempted at qualifying for the All Ireland Schools by lining up in the 1500 but with 400 to go his legs had had enough and he finished in 6th place (4.22.96).

Rebecca Fitzsimons had a very good run indeed to 3rd place in the inter girls 300 (42.26), with a strong finish down the home straight.


Clonliffe team for European Track and Field

Clonliffe Harriers will dine at the top table of European athletics the weekend after this in Group A of the European Champion clubs Track and Field Championships which takes place in the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on the 26th and 27th of May.

The Clonliffe team are, as one would expect, up against very strong opposition with some of Europe’s best athletes competing for their clubs.

Clonliffe will compete against the following:


Sparta AM (DEN)

Payas de Castellon (ESP)

Birchfield Harriers (GBR)

Cosma (LTU)

Sport Lisboa e Benfica (POR)

Admass Ljubljana (SLO)

AK Slavia UK Bratislava (SVK)


The Clonliffe team travelling to the Championships is:

Jeremy Phillips, Leo Morgan, Keith Pike, Keith Marks, Brian Gregan, Timmy Crowe, Dara Kervick, Luke Lennon-Ford, Eoin Pierce, Colm Rooney, Cathal Doyle, Ian Guiden, Niall Counihan, David Donegan, Jayme Rossiter, Adam O’Brien, Mark McDonald, Craig Giles, Luke Mangan, Marcin Klinkosz, Rolus Olusa, Stephen Rice, Simon Galligan

The backroom team travelling is: Joe Cooper (head of delegation), Noel Guiden (team leader), John Shields, Ciaran Donohoe (coaches), Paddy Marley (team official), Ciara McCallian (Physio), Johnny O’Leary.

Vinco will be livestreaming the championship –

The team will fly out to Birmingham on Friday the 25th from Dublin Airport at 1.30 p.m. and will return on Sunday night on an 8.45 p.m. flight arriving in Dublin at 9.50 p.m.

All team members are requested to come to the clubhouse on Tuesday after training for a brief meeting.

Gold and silver for Sally at Leinster Schools

At a sun drenched Morton Stadium today the Leinster Schools track and field finals took place. All of the athletes who had qualified for the Leinsters had battled through the Leinster regions and can be justifiably proud of their achievements in making these finals.  For those who successfully negotiated the Leinsters they now look forward to Tullamore and the All Ireland Schools track and field championships at the start of June.

There were two exceptional performances from Clonliffe athletes today, firstly Sally Somola who won the minor girls 100 and was 2nd in the long jump and secondly Jonas Norvaisas who broke the minor shot putt 40 year old record in taking the Leinster Schools Junior title with a throw of in of 14.45 metres.

Also in the sprints Alex Twomey took silver in the U/16 200 whilst Emma McDonnell was just out of the medals finishing 4th in the Junior 200.

In the 800s Jack Woods battled hard to hold 3rd place in the Junior race.  Naoise Cullen was really up against it in the Junior girls race but battled bravely to finish 8th.  Orla O’Sullivan was 6th in the minor girls 800.

In the girls U/16 mile there were good runs from the two Clonliffe girls with Aoife Hession placing 6th and Alana Fitzsimons 9th.

Over the barriers in the steeplechase Alex Murray was 3rd in the inter boys 2000 and Jordan Byrne 8th in a loaded field in the Senior boys steeplechase.

Nicola Lapiy was 6th in the junior javelin.

Finally in the U/16 girls 4 x 300 relay the Dominican team which was packed with Clonliffe athletes finished just out of the medals finishing 4th.

The championships continue on Saturday morning in Morton Stadium.


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