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Another win for Doran

Sean Doran continued his fine racing form last night in North West Meath as he won the Castlepollard 5k. Having recently taken his first BHAA win in the Dublin Fire Brigade 5k Doran continued winning ways as he took a well deserved win in 15.57 after a four way battle for the line over the final stages.

Morton Games highlights show Thursday 19th

For those who may have missed the highlights broadcast of this year`s Morton Games on Eurosports there`s another opportunity. Eir Sports and Premier Sports will be showing the same package on Thursday the 17th at 1.00pm.

Latest from Peter McDermott in Coaching

Peter McDermott`s latest Coaching Paper has just been posted. See Coaching Corner on menu above. The timing is perfect with athletes about to return after their break. Peter reports that there are about four more articles for coaching corner after this latest.

Sergiu 1st home for Clonliffe in Rock `n`Roll Half as teams go One, Two (updated)

A bit of confusion on the results of Sunday`s National Half Marathon held in conjunction with the Rock `n`Roll Dublin Half. Results are on the official web site, but appear to be incorrect. The first Clonliffe athlete home was Sergiu Ciobanu in 2nd place, next was Stephen Scullion, the official results record him in 4th place, however, the first two in the race are missing so Scullion was 6th. Likewise the times are a little mixed up. Joe Cooper has the following (unofficially of course): Sergiu Ciobanu 67.02, Stephen Scullion 69.03,  Brian MacMahon 69.27, Mark Kenneally 69.57, Gary O`Hanlon 70.08, James Kevan 70.39, Karl Nolan 77.59 (PB), Matt McGuinness 82.43. Also Alan Worrall 89.22.

In the 10k Ciara Peelo was 6th 42.35.

Looks pretty likely that the Clonliffe men with 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th places are National Half Marathon Champions, however, nothing official. Once results are confirmed by Athletics Ireland posting will be made.

Official results are now available on and these show that the Clonliffe men scored a team 1:2.  The A Team who won the national title was made up of Sergiu Ciobanu (66.43), Stephen Scullion (68.45) and Brian MacMahon (69.07) for a combined team time of 3.24.36.

The B Team was Mark Kenneally – 69.39, James Kevan (70.17) and Karl Nolan (67.59) for a team score of 3.37.59.

Athletics Ireland’s website also shows the official (provisional) individual results but clearly there are errors contained as these results do not show finishing positions for either Brian MacMahon or Mark Kennelly, their finishing positions are in the M/35 group, likewise Gary O’Hanlon’s finishing position is not shown. One would assume that this may affect the overall team results as Gary was home before Karl Nolan.

In any event provisional results are now on for those who wish to try to figure it out!

Round Up: Great run from Mansfield in GR8km

David Mansfield was the winner in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork of today`s GR8KM race, an 8k race, in 24.54. Also today, and funny enough also over 8k, Aaron Hanlon was 4th in the Streets of Galway road race in 24.14.

Getting the Dublin Rock `n`Roll National Half Marathon weekend off to a start was the 5k race today where Efren Giddy was 3rd (16.20).

Also congratulations to George Maybury who was admitted to the Police and Firemen `s Games Athletes Hall of Fame in Los Angeles.

Clonliffe ready to rock the National Half Marathon

The National Half Marathon takes place on Sunday in conjunction with the Rock and Roll half marathon starting on the Quays and then heading to the Phoenix Park where a full lap of the park is completed before the finish-line in the Phoenix Park.

A very strong Men’s team has been entered that will certainly challenge for national honours. The Men’s team includes: Stephen Scullion, Mark Kenneally, Gary Murray, Sergiu Ciobanu and Brian MacMahon.

There are also a substantial number of club members running in the half marathon. The club captain has booked a meeting room near the start line so athletes can avail of this for changing before the race.  The room is in the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel (formerly Jury’s Hotel) close to the CHQ building.  Joe Cooper has booked a room from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and it is available for any club member to use.

Best of luck to all our athletes on the streets of Dublin this weekend. Rock on!

Grand Prix: Round 11/ Club 5000

Liam Hennessy Reports (apologies for delay in posting-holidays!) Round 11 – Grand Prix Series / Incorporating Club Championship 5000Metres – Morton Stadium – Thursday, July 27th – 8pm. The weather was a Cloudy / 12 Degrees – Real Feel 9  / 78% Humidity / 18km/hr SSW breeze – Not a bad evening at all for middle distance running. 62 Runners toed the line for what was a very well run race.

The full result of the Mens and Womens Club Championship was as follows;

Mens Championship:

Club Champion 2017 – Sean Doran

Runner Up – Eftem

Third Place – Conor Keane

Womens Championship:

Club Champion 2017 – Emma Dunne

Runner up – Aimee Ahern

Third Place – Aideen Brady

The result of the Grand Prix Handicap for the 5000 Metres was as follows;

Winner – Orla Deighan

Runner Up – Declan Murray

Third Place – Aimee Ahern

Full results of the 5000 Metres are as follows;

  1. Sean Doran – 16.09.3
  2. Eftem – 16.23.1
  3. Disqualified – (Ran a lap short)
  4. Conor Keane – 16.50.4
  5. Joseph Keane – 17.23.
  6. Ger Copeland (Guest) – 17.28.4
  7. Fergal Keenan – 17.54.4
  8. George Brady (Guest) – 18.00
  9. Owen Murphy – 18.02
  10. Colm Hickey (Guest) – 18.16
  11. Damien Kelly – 18.21
  12. Craig Deasy (Guest) – 18.25.2
  13. Kevin Dowling – 18.25.8
  14. Philip O’ Doherty – 18.39
  15. Michael Mc Henry – 19.18.1
  16. Niall Markey – 19.42
  17. Mick Bermingham – 19.50.3
  18. Philip Matthews – 19.59
  19. Declan Grant – 20.11
  20. Alan Worrall – 20.11.5
  21. Tom Cassidy – 20.19
  22. Emma Dunne – 20.23 – Massive PB
  23. David O’ Sullivan 20.47.9
  24. Aimee Ahern – 21.00.00 – Massive PB
  25. Aideen Brady – 21.01.4
  26. Jim Keogh – 21.09 – Massive SB (Seasons Best)
  27. Liam Hennessy – 21.44
  28. Simon Smith – 21.47
  29. Declan Murray – 21.50
  30. Joe Cole – 21.53
  31. Aine Mc Cann – 22.03.8 – Massive PB
  32. Pat Devitt – 22.10
  33. Greg O’ Beirne – 22.11
  34. Terry Mee – 22.21.1
  35. Michael Smith – 22.22.9
  36. Dave Hanley – 22.39
  37. Tom Prendergast – 22.39.5
  38. Connor Jennings – 22.39.9
  39. ????????????? – 22.41
  40. Dick Mullins – 22.55
  41. Paul White (Guest) – 22.57
  42. Orla Deighan – 23.00
  43. Jason Blake – 23.05
  44. Melissa Curran – 23.06
  45. Richie Barr – 23.15
  46. Deirdre O’ Malley – 23.17.4
  47. ????????????? –  23.33
  48. Ciara Daly – 23.37 – Massive PB – WOW !!!
  49. Noel Daly – 23.37
  50. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 23.52
  51. Ann Mc Donnell – 24.06
  52. Pat Healy – 24.21
  53. Tom O’ Mahony – 24.31
  54. Pat Bonass – 25.24
  55. Dave Brady – 26.09
  56. Sinead Morrissey – 28.39
  57. Ann Marie Graham – 28.51

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Apologies for the delay in reporting the results; however we had a few problems reconciling times, as some runners didn’t take or return a number on finishing. Many thanks to all who helped make this event such a success, particularly with the huge field that took part.
The turnout for all of our races this year has been amazing and long may it continue until our final race in November. The next race in the Grand Prix Series will take place on Thursday, September 7th – Round 12 – Bonass Trophy / 10,000 Metres  Club Championship – Morton Stadium – 8pm. So what do we do between now and September 7th ??? – Well plenty actually if you are not heading away, so read on carefully.  The August Series of track races begins next Thursday, Aug 3rd – No entry fee – No prizes – No after race refreshments – Just a great bunch of summer races and lots of opportunities to run PB’s!!!!. The series is open to Clonliffe Members, Grand Prix Runners and invited Guests. This series of club races has always been greatly supported, so come along and get involved !!!.

The Calendar is as follows;

Thursday, Aug 3rd – Mile – Morton Stadium – 8pm.

Thursday, Aug 10th – Break for World Athletics Championships, London.

Thursday, Aug 17th – 800 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8pm.

Thursday, Aug 24th – 1500 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8pm.

Thursday, Aug 31st – 5000 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8pm.

For the Mile, 800m and 1500m it is envisaged there will be at least two or three seperate graded races. Please arrive early to be graded. You would be well advised to pick the grade you feel is best suited to your recent PB. Best of luck to all of you taking part.

COME – RUN – ENJOY THE AUGUST SERIES – See you there !!!

P.S – Murray Ahern, our Leaderboard Statistician has just returned from his holidays, so the Grand Prix Series leaderboard will be updated shortly.

Tackling Swords with spirit at the Fingal 10K

Shane Rooney Reports on Fingal 10k July 23rd (apologies for delay in posting): “There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirt. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.” Napoleon Bonaparte

One could feel spirits were high on a mixture of adrenaline and excitement as over 40 members from Clonliffe Harries, along with over 3000 others athletes, readied themselves to conquer the first race of the 2017 Race Series. Before the start a special mention was giving to the inaugural Clonolympics, an event which will become the envy of many rival clubs.

For some club members it was the first time to run as part of Clonliffe Harriers, for others it was an opportunity to wear the black & amber singlet with pride.   The morning started a little damp, but quickly cleared to result in a warm morning, which made conditions a little difficult and heavy. The course itself is often underestimated as it has many challenging sections, including the incline through the village, the heavy going along the dual-carriageway and the humid conditions through the north county Dublin countryside.  However, none of these challenges stopped the Clonliffers from showing that the spirit is mightier than the Sword(s), with many achieving PBs.

First home for Clonliffe was David Brady in a time of 35:51 and he was quickly followed by Conor Keane and Matt McGuinness. There was a tight race between Anto “New Boy” Doran and Dermot “Fresh Prince” Faughnan who were the 4th and 5th Clonliffers home. Anto, having utilized Dermot’s height for shelter, came across the line 2 secs ahead in a PB time of 37:33.  Stephen Tracey continues to smash his own times, achieving a new PB in a time of 39:12. Both Stephen “Foodie” Doyle and Alex Eustace ran amazing races, pacing themselves perfectly from the start and picking up the speed to the finish, both achieved PBs with times of 40:16 and 41:09 respectively. What was especially great was seeing Alex regaining full mobility after the Limerick marathon.

Declan “Don’t Stop Me Now” Grant charged home in a new 10K PB time of 41:55 and he was closely followed by the Clonliffe Wolf pack of Aisling Andrews (new PB), Shane Rooney, Emma Cooper, Mick Gleeson, Colm Leonard, Alan Curley and Maura Matthew, all finishing within seconds of each other and proving the team who work together finish strong together with no one being left behind.

The PBs kept coming;

Laura “Huggie” Kernan shaved 5 seconds of her previous best time by storming up the hill in 42:55,

Ciara “Mind the Car” O’Regan, took 2 mins of her previous 10K time, with a time of 47 mins,

Melissa Curran, proving that she’s getting stronger, clocked a new PB time of 47:12.

Joanne “Healing Hands” McCabe cruised home in a time of 50:24.

A special shout out to Orla “Smiler” Deighan, who completed her first 10k in a time of 49:19 and to the newest member of the crew, Philp Richards, who marched home in a time of 52:34.

Of course, as with every race, questions are left to be answered;

  1. Will Dermot refuse to shelter Anto in the future?
  2. How high can Aideen O’Connor jump?
  3. How much did the fear of missing her flight influence Aisling Andrews?
  4. How did Mark Dowling clone himself and cheer in 3 spots
  5. Who has Emma Cooper’s singlet?
  6. Will Niall Markey hunt down the guy who stole 3 seconds from him.I’ll leave you with a quote Aideen “Darby O’Gill” O’Connor, taking part in the Fingal 10K is “about appreciating the fact that I can run and how much I love it”.

    Run with pride and until next time, keep digging in. (Shane Rooney)


Gregan out, but finishes 19th in the World

Clonliffe’s Brian Gregan finished 6th in his Semi Final at the London World Championships this evening. Running in lane 8 of 9, Brian kept his composure when two Olympic champions came past him at 200m. This season it’s been the second half of the race where Brian’s strength has shown, and tonight was no different.

Catching the Kenyan athlete on the home straight and former World and Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt on the line, Brian’s time was 45.42, resulting in a 19th place finish overall. An excellent performance. In his post race interview Brian stated, ”I went out there and I had all the best guys in the world around me. It was tough but I’m fairly satisfied.

Back at home, Gary O’Hanlon returned to racing after several months out with injury. He finished 3rd in the Duleek 10km with a time of 32.04. Sean Doran was 6th in 34.17. Fergus Keenan was 46th in a time of 41.26


Gregan gets the big Q in London

Clonliffe’s Brian Gregan ran his best competitive race in today’s World Championship heats in London.

Running in the fourth heat, and ranked 6th of the eight athletes, Brian’s superb season continued when he finished 3rd in a time of 45.37. Picking off a couple of athletes over the final 100m, Brian’s time was his second fastest ever and augurs extremely well for tomorrow’s Semi Final.

This Semi Final is scheduled for 19.48, and Brian has drawn lane 8 of 9, where he is joined by the present and former Olympic champions in Wayde van Niekerk and LaShawn Merrit.

Best of luck from all Clonliffe Harriers


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