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No training on Sunday for Gerry Carr`s group

Juvenile athletes and parents please note that there is no training this Sunday, Feb 25th for Gerry Carr`s group. Training will resume for this group as normal on Tuesday.

A belated Letter From America

Update from the USA, Brian Flanagan: Sorry it’s been a while, here’s an update on my indoor season. The year got off to a bad start. While our for a Sunday long run on New Years on a Texas backroad One morning I rolled my foot and inflicted some ligiment damage and put me in the pool cross training for three weeks.
January was pretty painful getting back into shape but I managed to post an 8:40:93 for 3000m two weeks ago in Birmingham AL.
The Southland Conference championships began this last Tuesday and Wednesday, again in the CrossPlex – a multi million dollar facility in Birmingham Alabama – a whopping 9hr bus journey.
I was entered in the 5000m and the 3000m. On Tuesday morning I toed the line for my third ever indoor race. It was a blood bath. The first mile was extremely messy having gotten shoved spiked and tripped multiple times, but then again that’s to be expected when you put 33 very competitive men on a compact 200m banked indoor track in a championship race. I finished 10th in 15:12:19 (PR). Far from what I was capable of I left the facility feeling down. An agonizing 4 seconds off scoring.
Back at the hotel that afternoon I did two lots of homework. I analyzed every aspect of the race from the live stream. Figured out what I did wrong, made a new plan and began the recovery process for the 3000m the next day. I then spend the next 5hrs doing statistics homework and an economics paper – this is the part of NCAA competition that nobody ever sees or hears about.
The next day I was placed in heat 2 of 3. Only having one race under my belt previously meant I couldn’t get into the fastest heat. However I was told by coach that didn’t necessarily mean I couldn’t score. They delegate the scoring points a out to the fastest runners in all heats. Meaning if I ran fast enough, I could still put points on the board for the team. I was going for it. The race went out reasonably fast for a championship race – 2:47 first km. But I stuck to my plan and held back. At the one mile make I was in second last and began to make my move. Every lap up until the the final 600m I took on of two men out. With 3 laps to go I hit the front, no one had the energy to respond and I finished 1st in the heat in 8:37:83 (PB) and 7th overall in the Conference meaning mission accomplished. In the next heat (the faster one) most of the athletes ran slower and I got the points. A small victory, but I’ve always been one to celebrate the small victories.
So that brings a conclusion to my freshman eligibility in the NCAA. I ticked a major box on my collegiate bucket list. Scoring at every conference (XC, indoors and outdoors) as a freshman. Now, with the best of our squad at home having only outdoor seasons left, we head into outdoor season with a very realistic chance on winning the outdoor conference in May. Now it’s fine for me to prepare to do the same outdoors and put as many points on the board outdoors too. As I type this email, we are driving over the Mississippi through the night to arrive back to campus at about 3am, only to wake up to sit an exam at 10am – again another thing people never see when they think about NCAA competition.
Until next time all the best,
Nil D

Entry to the 2018 Grand Prix Series open

Details of The Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series 2018 have been announced. The series Consisting of 16 Races will commence on Thursday March 29th with The Frank White, 5 Mile track race (Ireland’s only 5 Mile track race) with Prizes kindly sponsored by Colm Doran. Last year`s series was epic and once again went right to the wire, before Emma Dunne emerged victorious clutching the Behan & Associates Grand Prix Cup.

The Series is open to runners from Clonliffe Harriers as well as to runners from other clubs.

The series is most exciting, as each runner is handicapped throughout the series, giving everyone a chance to compete on an even level. Prizes are awarded for each race along with post race refreshments. Points are awarded following each race and at the series finale in December overall prizes are awarded to the leading runners. With races on every surface: track, road, grass, and the country there is something for all.

The full schedule of races can be accessed on the Grand Prix Series page, (go to menu, promotions and use drop down to Grand Prix Series), and runs from March 29th, with the Frank White Cup to the Horan Cup on November 24th.

The entry fee is 30.00 euros for the entire series !!! Results for each race are posted on the Clonliffe Harriers website and a live points table will be kept updated throughout the series.

Enter now by obtaining an application from ; Maurice Ahern, John O’Leary, Pamela Cooper, Liam Hennessy, Paddy or Caroline Tuite.

With places limited and all ready filling up the strong advise is Don`t Delay, ENTER TODAY!

Lennon-Ford runs sub 48 in Athlone

There were only two Clonliffe athletes competing at the AIT Grand Prix in Athlone last night. Luke Lennon-Ford was 4th in the 400 (won by Tom Barr in 46.94), Luke recording a time of 47.93. This was his 2nd sub 48 of the week having ran 47.78 in the semis of the British Indoor Championships last weekend after a 48.29 heat.

In the 60m Chris Sibanda was 7th in his heat (6.93).

O’ Leary shines in Leinster Senior School’s XC at Sunny Santry

Clonliffe Sean O’ Leary was a majestic winner of the senior boys 6,000m race at today’s Leinster Schools xc hosted by Clonliffe in Santry Demesne. On a beautiful Spring day Santry looked just brilliant with a great course laid out by the crew. Recent good weather had the desired effect turning what was looking, a week ago,  like a grim prospect into a superb looking Santry Demesne. The going was soft to firm, with lovely sunshine and little or no wind. It simply doesn’t get any better for cross country.

The course builders reported for duty at 8.00 am sharp and just like the well oiled machine they are swung into action. Two hours later, job done and ready for action.

First of the Clonliffe athletes in action was Orla O’Sullivan who put in a very good run in the minor race over 1,500m with a top 30 finish. Next in were Jack Woods and Ronan Donohue both of whom ran very well in the minor boys 2,000m race. The junior girls race saw Naoise Cullen put in a brave run after a few weeks sidelined through injury.

The inter girls ran over 3,500m 2 small loops and then the dredded walled garden 1500 lap. In this race Sarah Bateson was just outstanding with a stunning last lap propelling herself from 22nd to 12th and booking a precious place in the All Ireland final, and as a first year inter. Great runs also in this race by Alana Fitzsimons in 23rd, Aoife Hession 32nd, Ella Brown 39th and Vicky McDonnell in 51st. Likewise there was good Clonliffe representations in the inter boys 4,500m race and great runs from the lads. Daniel Stone was 5th, Aaron Cullen 7th and Daragh Carter 8th all now heading to the hills of Waterford IT in a couple of weeks time. A good run also in this race by Ian McAlweney placing 31st.

Then at the end of the day the senior boys race saved the best to last. Sean O’ Leary took the race by the scruff of the neck from the gun and opened a lead of 10m however was chased hard and caught with a lap to go. Playing it cool he sat in and held his sprint until the turn into the final straight to take a very fine win and the Leinster title. Efron Gidey never really recovered from a bad start that left him 30m behind the lead pair but was still a comfortable 3rd place. Ben Guiden, a first year senior, put in a great effort and battled gamely to hold onto 15th place and the final All Ireland qualify place. Stephen Cashin was a solid 21st, Jordan Byrne was 27th, Alex Murray 31st and Cian Bolger 40th.

It was a great days cross country with all of our athletes running really well. Congratulations to those who have qualified for the All Ireland finals it is indeed a great achievement.

Also the event was another superb Clonliffe production so thanks and well done to all team who as always give freely and generously of their time. Nil desperandum.



Silver & Bronze at National Indoors

Keith Marks won silver in the long jump at this weekend`s National Indoors at the NIA, Abbotstown. With a 7.20m effort he not only took silver behind Adam McMullen (Crusaders) but added 4 cms to his own matter of week`s old club record.

In the 60m it was a great sight to see three Clonliffe vests on the start line of today`s final: Leo Morgan, National 100 champion Jeremy Phillips and Keith Pike, after battling through heats and semis. Leo finished top Clonliffe man in bronze and also set a new club record, breaking his own record from last weekend`s IUAA Championships, setting a new mark of 6.82, following a 6.97 heat and 6.90 semi. Jeremy was 5th in 6.87 (heat 6.87 and semi 6.90) and Keith 7th, 6.97 (heat 7.00, semi 6.99).

Bronze also for Eoin Pierce in the 1500. After a tactical race with a last lap burn out, Eoin placed 3rd in 4.10.33, in yesterday`s heat he ran 3.58.71. Richie Owens also made the final placing 8th (4.15.55, his heat yesterday was 4.04.60).

Mark McDonald also battled his way into today`s 800 final, having ran just over two minutes yesterday was 6th today in 1.59.53.

Other Clonliffe: 60H 5th Rolus Olusa (7.16), 3000 12th Eoin Taggart (9.07.06), 1500 11th Greta Streimikyte (4.46.66), Pole Vault 4th Dave Donegan (4.10m), High Jump 4th Marcin Klinzow (1.85m), 200 heats Isreal Ibeanu 23.22, Diana Markin 29.91.

Also racing on the track this weekend was Emer Treacy in Spain, (outdoors) in the 800m final of the Extremadura Winter Championships in Caceres yesterday evening running a fine race to finish 2nd in 2.26.

Rooney & Doyle sub 15 in Armagh

Colm Rooney had a very good run in tonight`s big road race, the Brooks Armagh International 5k recording a time of 14.37, to finish in 51st place. Cathal Doyle was 87th in 14.56 as some 91 went sub 15.

Your Club Needs YOU! Leinster Schools XC

For the fourth successive year Clonliffe Harriers will play host to the Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships which will take place in Santry Demesne on Wednesday next February 21st. As always there is the usual hard core group of volunteers who will be out course building from 8 a.m. and then will assist with the running of the event.

The club, however, is appealing to club members or indeed the parents of club members who may be in a position to lend a few hours to assist on the day. Anyone available will be required from 11 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m.

The tasks which will be assigned will be general on course stewarding and also to assist with the finish area and to assist athletes in getting through the finishing chute so their finishing places can be recorded by the officials.

Whilst wellies be a requirement – as it is pretty muddy in Santry – despite this it is a fun and rewarding experience.

If available please text Noel Guiden at 087 9599 888 asap.

Juvenile training continues tonight in Santry

Important Notice to juvenile athletes parents. For some reason some seem to think Clonliffe are training in Abbotstown tonight. WE ARE NOT! Training continues as normal 7pm in Morton Stadium, Santry.

European Clubs Track and Field – Clonliffe promoted to Group A

European Athletics have confirmed that Clonliffe Harriers have been promoted from Group B to Group A for this season’s European Champion Clubs Track and Field Championships.

This superb news was only received in recent days and means that Clonliffe will for the first time dine at the top table of European Athletics. Group A takes place over two days in Birmingham, hosted by Birchfield Harriers on Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th.

There is a full programme of athletics at the Championships:

Track: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 3000, 5000, 110H, 400H, 3000 SC, 4 x 100 relay and 4 x 400 relay.

Jumps: High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault.

Throws: Shot Putt, Discus, Hammer, Javelin

Ten teams will compete in Group A. There is some top class opposition including crack squads from Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Belgium and of course from the hosts Birchfield Harriers:


Sparta AM (DEN)

Playas de Castellon (ESP)

Birchfiled Harriers (GBR

Cosma (LTU)

Sport Lisboa E Benfica (POR)

AD Mass Ljubljana (SLO)

Enka (TUR)

Clonliffe Harriers (IRL)

AC Stavbar Nitra (SVK)

This represents a tremendous opportunity for the club and the club’s athletes to compete at the highest level for the club. Last year in Group B in Portugal the team performed exceptionally well to place 3rd and only some three points off second place and, with hopefully a full strong squad available, will look forward with confidence to the competition in group A.


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