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National uneven ages/novice Cross Country (updated)_

The National uneven ages cross country and novice championships take place in Waterford IT on Sunday.

The Novice women`s team is: Aisling Andrews, Louise Caraher, Maura Matthews, Siobhan Devaney, Clare Roche, Aoife O`Sullivan, Yvonne McDonagh and Orna McGinley.

The men`s Novice team is: Adam O`Brien, Paul Hayes, Sean Doran, Greg Hossenny, Michael Cassidy, Alex Gibbons, Joseph Vint, Joseph Keane and Kevin McKenna.

U/17s: Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Daniel stone, Daragh Cartner, Dermot Buckley, Ian McElweney.

U/19s: Efron Gidey, Sean O`Leary, Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne.

Also racing in the u/13s is Jonathan Fitzsimons on the Dublin team.

The club have organised a coach to bring athletes to Waterford for Sunday’s National Juvenile (uneven ages) Cross Country Championships and the National Novice. The bus will leave the Morton Stadium at 9.30 a.m. sharp.

The timetable for Clonliffe teams competing is as follows:

1.25 p.m. – U/17 boys

2.20 p.m. – U/19 boys

2.40 p.m. – Novice women

3.10 p.m. – Novice men

Any athlete who is not going to use the coach and is going to make their own way to Waterford please contact the appropriate club captain/your coach in advance.

Clonliffe Xmas Cake Races

The annual Clonliffe Christmas Cake Race takes place on Thursday December 21st in Santry – starting on the track and finishing on the track after loop through Northwood.

All junior/senior/master club members wishing to take part in either the women or men’s race should text their name and 5K time (if available), in the case of women to Pamela – 086 150 3015 and men text Joe – 087 225 6004.

The juvenile Cake Race up to U/15 takes place on the track on Tuesday December 19th.  Juvenile athletes taking part to assemble as usual at 7 p.m

The End of Year Rooney Review: Team Pam & Ben

Shane Rooney`s year review: As we prepare to wave goodbye to 2017, it’s time to reflect on what an amazing year it was for Team Pam & Ben.

Firstly, I would like to welcome all the new people who joined during 2017, I hope you’ve been made feel welcome and know that you’re part of the team.

Whilst there were many highlights for 2017, here are just a few flashbacks.

  • We learnt that Jason Blake had difficulty counting during the Dublin Masters Cross Country.
  • Limerick was a Lady and the competition was fierce during the relay events, next time can we make sure that someone tells Ollie Power when to stop running. We also witnessed amazing performances, with a special shout out to Stephen Tracey, who just keeps getting faster.
  • Paul O’Loughlin broke 3 hours for the marathon in Berlin and then did it again in Dublin.
  • Bringing a bunch of adults to the National Indoor Arena is like herding cattle.
  • The Clonolympics was a huge success, bringing the whole club together in a fun, yet surprisingly competitive, event. We found out that Carol Flood can shot putt like an Olympian and Aisling Andrews can jump like a kangaroo. Watch out for the 2018 event which promises to be bigger and better.
  • The Grand Prix was a trilling whirlwind ride for Mick B, Mick G, Mel C (aka Honey C), Yvonne Mc, Siobhan D and especially the bridesmaid Deco Escobar.   Expect great things during GP 2018, where we’ll be fighting to take the Top 3 places….watch out Team Maurice
  • If Mel C keeps running marathons at the rate she ran them in 2017, there will soon be no more marathons to run.
  • Coppers had a national night of mourning when Emer B announced she was running the marathon and wouldn’t be going out on a Saturday night!!
  • The Ladies brought home the bacon with a bronze in the novice race.
  • Anne “the Legend” Lyons kept winning prizes across the country.
  • The trip to Budapest was a huge success; everyone just about came back alive, despite Ciara O’Regan and the author having difficulty using a zebra crossing and pedestrian lights. FYI, balance bikes will not fit into hand luggage and if it doesn’t belong to you it means you’ve robbed it!!! Question, who wears short shorts???
  • The Dublin Marathon proved to be emotional and exhilarating for all those who took part. The highlight for many was seeing Aisling wearing her helmet, and the hugs from all you wonderful volunteers (sorry about the tears). Thank you to everyone who came along to the Post-Marathon Party and made it great craic. As special shout out to Evelyn Brennan who placed in the Top 3 for the Over 50s (not sure how she’s in that category as I’m sure I went to her 40th a few months ago).
  • Katie Hennigan was the first winner of the 5k Golden Boot and it couldn’t have gone to a happier and more excited winner.
  • Top Tip from Ben, summer bodies are made in winter….so we’ll be looking fab-u-lous come Summer 2018
  • Top Tip from Pam, when ordering a birthday cake, be sure to explain the difference between a horse track and an athletics track!!!

So what’s in store for 2018?

  • Can Dec go one better in the Grand Prix?
  • Who is most likely to get themselves into trouble during the trip to Berlin?
  • In what country will Caroline Hynes run next?
  • How high will Aideen “Darby O’Gill” jump as she crosses the finish line of the Race Series Half Marathon

On a personal note, 2017 was a difficult year for some, however having “Running Friends” like you guys has made those difficult times so much easier.

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Christmas and may all your wishes come true in 2018

Keep digging in.


Gary wins Lanzorate Marathon in Record time

National Marathon Champion Gary O`Hanlon is a man in a hurry! He was presented with his National Marathon Winners Trophy at the Athletics Ireland Awards lunch on Wednesday, he then travelled to Lanzorate to defend his Lanzorate International Marathon title. Yesterday the 9th, but did so in a new course record, breaking his own record from 2016: 2.27.20, and with a 9 minute winning margin to boot.

On his Facebook page Gary said:

“Delighted to win the Lanzorate Marathon and surprised to slice 8 minutes off my course record.Without doubt the toughest marathon course and conditions i’ve faced but loved every minute of it,i’ll be back. Enjoyed my few weeks break from training after the Dublin Marathon and look forward to start training for the London marathon starting tomorrow, now for a few beers.”

Nominations for Clonliffe Athletes of the Year

On Cake Race night, Thursday December 21st, the club will honor our National Champions, Club Record breakers and the Clonliffe Athletes of the year. The Clonliffe Athletes of the Year is once again generously sponsored by Loki Sports.

The nominees are:

Men Track & Field: Brian Gregan, Stephen Rice, Jeremy Phillips

Men Road/Cross Country: Stephen Scullion, Gary O`Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu

Women Track & Field: Snezana Bechtina, Leah Moore, Ciara McCallion

Women Road/Cross Country: Winner to be announced on the night

Junior Athlete: Greg Hosseny, Alannah Cooley, Craig Giles

Master Athlete: Snezana Bechtina, Declan Power, Gary O`Hanlon

Clonliffe Harrier of the Year: Winner announced on the night.

Will any athlete who won our of these awards in 2016 please return the cup asap. (Junior: Keith Marks, Master: Gary O`Hanlon, Womens T & F: Ciara McCallion, Womens road/xc: Eimear O`Brien, Men T & F: Rory Gunning, Men Road/XC: Sergiu Ciobanu, Harrier: Killian Lonerigan)

Presentations will be made to our senior 2017 National Champions:

Indoors: Brian Gregan 400

Outdoors: Gary O`Hanlon Marathon, Brian Gregan 400, Jeremy Phillips 100, Stephen Rice Javelin,

National team medals will also be presented: National Marathon 1st (Gary O`Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu, Stephen Scullion), 2nd (David Mansfield, Karl Nolan, Robert Reid), National U/18 Cross Country (Eferon Gidey, Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne)

Club Record setters 2017: Brian Gregan 400 45.26, Stephen Rice Javelin 64.48m, Jeremy Phillips 100 10.39, Leah Moore 100 11.87, Ariel Liegho Pole Vault 4.10m




Flynner wins Aware 10k

Weekend round up. Saturday December 9th David Flynn won the Aware 10k Road Race in the Phoenix Park by well over a minute in 32.19. Dave Brady was 9th (37.11).

Emma Dunne wins Grand Prix Series (Full report)

Liam Hennessy reports: Thursday, December 7th – Morton Stadium – 8pm – Grand Prix 2017 – Awards Night.

The Awards Night kicked off with a 3000 Metres Race, held on the track. The weather was a cool 3 Degrees and the Real Feel was -2. The race team under the directorship of Maurice checked the track prior to the race and it was decided that it could go ahead. The bugle was sounded, giving runners a few moments to ready themselves for the off. Tracksuits, Pullovers, Longjohns and all sorts of warm clothing were shed and everyone was ready to go. The bugle sounded again and we had takeoff – well that’s what we thought; however very quickly if became apparent that the conditions at the home straight had become treacherous. The race team had no option, but to stop the race immediately, to avoid a serious incident. The runners then headed off themselves, taking routes outside the stadium to do there own few miles. Next stop was the clubhouse, where at 9pm the bar was crowded in anticipation of the many awards that were to be presented. The master of ceremonies; Maurice Ahern began by giving a lenghty speech, where he thanked the President; Paddy Marley, Ladies and Mens Captains; Pamela and Joe Cooper, the Grand Prix Committee of Johnny O’Leary, Caroline and Paddy Tuite, Pamela Cooper, Liam Hennessy, Murray Ahern, Gerry Mc Cabe, Noreen Keane and Ben Lawlor, the volunteers; too many to mention; however their efforts were well appreciated during the series, Caroline and Paddy Tuite for their excellent work in running the bar and providing all of us with refreshments after each race. Maurice also thanked the many sponsors, who made the series such a success this year. Maurice also mentioned that the series offer great value at €30 for 16 races and that race sponsors are vital to keep the series alive. We hadn’t met as a group for any prizegiving in some time, so Maurice along with the various race sponsors; Pat Bonass, George Maybury, Richard Connolly and Maurice himself, presented the outstanding prizes.The result of the Horan Cup,held on November 25th last had not been reported due to the fact that the winner, Mick Bermingham was a serious contender for the overall series prize and we had to keep mum over the results to keep the excitement about the winner until the Awards night. The result of The Horan Cup – Race 16/16 – 6 Miles Cross Country – Santry Demesne – 12 Noon – 25th November is as follows;

Winner – Mick Bermigham

2nd Place – Philip O’Doherty

3rd Place – Alan Worrall

Maurice then spoke about the series this past year and how well it was received. The club president; Paddy Marley spoke about the commitment shown by Maurice Ahern and the Grand Prix Commitee in making the series such a great success. And so we came to the announcement of the overall winners. Maurice spoke about the  sponsor of the overall winner in the Grand Prix Series; Behan & Associates and in particular Noel Guiden’s dad, who was the co-founder of the series in 2000. Maurice mentioned that the series became most exciting with one race to go and only a scattering of points divided the top three runners. As is the norm, the winners are kept top secret, so the time came to announce the winners in the series for 2017. After 16 Races, run on Track, Trail, Road and Cross Country throughout 2017 the final result of our Grand Prix Series for 2017 is as follows;

Green Jersey Winner – Sean Doran

6th Place – Melissa Curran.

5th Place – Aimee Ahern.

4th Place – Sean Doran.

3rd Place – Mick Bermingham.

Runner-up – Declan Grant

Winner – Emma Dunne – Winner of the Behan & Associates sponsored Grand Prix Cup presented to the overall winner in the race series.

Grand Prix 2017 produced the closest finish in the history of the series with only a couple of points dividing the top three places.

Congratulations to Emma Dunne, who is a most worthy Champion. Emma becomes the first lady winner in the 17 year history of the series !!. Emma not only won the series, but she ran personal bests in almost every race and has been the STANDOUT athlete of the series, so well done to a most popular winner Emma.

Well, that’s it – The 2017 edition of the Grand Prix has been the best to date !! We would like to thank everyone who took part in the series and we hope you enjoyed the Awards night. We would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Very Happy 2018. We hope to update you with dates for Grand Prix 2018 in the new year. In the meantime get training and we shall see you for the next edition of our prized series which begins in the spring. We are open to accepting sponsors for the series in 2018, so if you are in a position to sponsor a race just contact any member of the Grand Prix Committee.

Murray Ahern`s final leaderboard is here: Grand Prix 2017 after 16 rounds

(Pictured, Emma Dunne 2017 Grand Prix Series Champion)

Emma Dunne Grand Prix Champion 2017

Congratulations to Emma Dunne who was confirmed as the winner of the 2017 Clonliffe Grand Prix Series at last night`s presentation night at Clonliffe in Morton Stadium. After a 16 race long series Emma held onto her lead in the series to claim the top place and the series cup sponsored by Behan & Associates. Emma is the first lady winner of the series in this it`s 17 year. Full report and final leader board soon.

Clonliffe at NIA Live

The National Indoor Arena was the venue for the latest NIA Live Meet tonight. The 600s proved attractive to Clonliffe athletes with Cian Bolger finishing a battling 3rd place in the A race (1.28.29). In the B 600 Eleanor Alexander was a class apart as she opened a substantial gap on the first lap to win in 1.38.59, in the race behind Ally Fernandez was strongest holding off the pack to finish 2nd (1.46.94) with the fast finishing Hannah Browne also putting in a good race in 5th place (1.48.93).

The 200 featured Keith Pike and Isreal Ibeanu, both looking to stretch their legs for the first time since the Summer, Keith was 2nd (23.70) with Isreal 3rd (23.76). Declan Power lined up for his first indoor race in the 3000B and had a good run finishing 1st in a time of circa 9.16.

No training tonight for younger juveniles

Parents please note that training for Gladys`group tonight is cancelled due to expected poor weather.


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