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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.

Flynner gets Ireland`s call!

David Flynn has been named on the Irish team for the Armagh International 5k Road Race on February 15th. The Irish team in addition to Flynner includes John Travers (Donore) Hugh Armstrong (Ballina) and Matt Bergin (DSD).

Clonliffe will also have a club team competing at the race.

Holiday round up (updated)

As we come to the end of the festive period it`s time for a catch up on recent results. At this morning`s Tom Brennan 5k in the Phoenix Park Mark Kenneally was 6th in 16.09. Declan Murray ran 20.38 and Kerri Page 21.23.

Last week Maurice McCrohan ran 43.10 to place 3rd O/50 in the Fat Turkey Run, a tough hilly 10k in Sutton on December 27th.

Just before Christmas the 34th Malahide O`Rourke Shield 5k took place in Malahide Castle grounds, 1st Adam Thompson-Ahern, 2nd Liam Hennessy, 3rd Declan Murray. Fastest was Philip O`Doherty 19.11, with Aimee Ahern fastest woman (21.06)

New year`s resolution for all club members: If you race, please let me know that day (it`s pointless telling me 3 days later!): name, event, time and place by text 0879599888 or The more information we have to share the better this web site becomes…..please keep it flowing!

Valdas runs a Cracker!

Valdas Dopolskas (Balbriggan & District AC) was the winner of this morning`s ERP Xmas Cracker 5k in Santry.  Although it was bright and sunny a very strong cold breeze conspired against fast times. There was a very positive turn out of runners for the race, with some 250 entered for this the 7th Xmas Cracker 5k.

With the runners taking in a full lap of the Morton Stadium the field was well spread out before hitting the Santry roads. A pack that included all the favourites at the head: Dopolskas, and a Clonliffe gang of Sean O`Leary, defending champion Adam O`Brien, Cathal Doyle, Aaron Hanlon and Ian Guiden.

(Pictured, Hanlon, 165, Dopolskas, 604, O`Leary, 162)

Hanlon took the lead and drove on the pack right through the up hill in Northwood, but Dopolskas was strong and bided his time, at the turn back into Santry he had a lead of several seconds and entered the Stadium alone, a clear winner in 15.17.9, Adam O`Brien had worked his way into 2nd after an excellent run with Hanlon 3rd, Cathal Doyle 4th and Ian Guiden 5th.

(Pictured, men`s winner Valdas Dopolskas of Balbriggan & District AC)

(Pictured, Women`s winner, Eleanor Alexander, Clonliffe Harriers)

Winning the women`s race was Clonliffe`s Eleanor Alexander, 18.25.6. In the junior men`s there was a home clean sweep for Clonliffe of Sean O`Leary, Efron Gidey and Craig Giles and likewise in the junior women`s: Alannah Cooley, Aoife Hession and Sarah Bateson.

Clonliffe would like to than our sponsor ERP, Alone our charity partner, Last Lap Café for providing most welcome delicious hot chocolate to all finishers, An Garda Siochana,  St. John`s Ambulance, all our volunteers and you the runners for making the race a great success. Happy New Year.

Full results click: ERP Xmas Cracker 5k 2017

To see photos click here

Tomorrow`s (New Year`s Eve) ERP Xmas Cracker, Final Instructions

Tomorrow, New Year`s Eve sees the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with Alone take place in Santry @ 11.00am. Late entry on the day @ €20.00 (€5.00 of which is a donation to Alone) . Entry still available until 5.00pm on December 30th, late entries accepted on race day morning. See final instructions below:

Race date and start time: Sunday 31st  of December at 11 a.m.

On Line Entry: Currently available through @ €20 (€5. of which is a direct contribution to Alone) until 5.00pm December 30th only.

Late entries: Taken in the Clonliffe club bar. Late entries taken on the day from 9.30 a.m. until 10.45 a.m. Please note that no entries whatsoever will be taken after 10.45 a.m.

Race check-in: Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse, Morton Stadium Santry.

Entry fee: €20.00.

Numbers: To be collected from the Clonliffe club bar upstairs in the clubhouse from 9.30 a.m.

ERP Draw: On race day bring along either a used battery operated or electric appliance or ten used batteries (all for recycling), you will be given a ticket and entered into a draw courtesy of European Recycling Platform. The draw will take place after the prize-giving in the Clonliffe club bar. Prizes courtesy of ERP.

Car parking: Limited car parking available in the stadium. Please note that the avenue in the stadium must be kept clear of cars at all times.

Parking in Santry area: Please do not park on the Swords Road as cars parked on the Swords Road will be dealt with by the Gardaí by either parking tickets or removal by the Gardaí of cars which are illegally parked.

Public transport: The Morton Stadium is well serviced by public transport in particular the numbers 41, 33 and number 16.

Race start: On the track in the Morton Stadium @11.00am. Please assemble at start area at 10.50am.

Course: The race will leave the stadium turning left up the Swords Road heading in the direction of the airport, turning left at Northwood, proceeding down the length of Northwood before turning left at the Ballymun Road, left again at Santry Avenue (Santry Cross), proceeding down the length of Santry Avenue, turning left again at the Swords Road and left back into the stadium where the athletes will run 300 metres on the track and the race will finish on the track.

Course Map:

Changing facilities: Limited changing facilities will be available in the stadium.

Toilets: Located in the stadium.

Hot chocolate: for all finishers thanks to our friends in Last Lap Café.

Prize presentation: The presentation of prizes will take place in the Clonliffe bar, upstairs in the clubhouse asap after the race.

Results: Will be published on this website.

Health and Safety: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance to deal with any medical emergencies. Please note that as this race takes place on the public roadway you must be aware of traffic as the road will not be closed. Entrants are, therefore, primarily responsible for their own safety. On course marshals and the Gardaí will be there to assist. Please obey the instructions of all marshals.

Stewards: Please report to the stadium for briefing at 10.00 am, even if you haven`t signed up but are available come along. Jobs for all!

Sponsors:  ERP

Alone: the race is run in association with the charity for older people Alone.

Finally Clonliffe Harriers A.C. would like to thank you for entering the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k and we trust that you will have an enjoyable morning with us in Santry.

On line entry for Cracker open `til 5.00pm Saturday

With the ERP Xmas Cracker now only 3 days away (11.00am Sunday 31st) in order to assist with the smooth running of the race all are encouraged to use the on line entry. Entry is available through until 5.00pm Saturday December 30th. If you enter now it`s then simply a matter of picking up your race number in the Clonliffe clubhouse on race morning, pinning it to your shirt and away you go!

Race Day Instructions can be accessed on the previous posting.

We look forward to seeing you on New Year`s Eve, it`s going to be a Cracker!

Cracker, less than 2 weeks to go.

It`s now less than two weeks to the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k takes place on Sunday December 31st (New Year`s Eve) at 11.00am in Santry. Entry to the Cracker is now available on line. The race is sponsored by the European Recycling Platform and is being run in association with Alone.

Online entry is available on While entry is also taken on the day runners and walkers are requested to make it easier all round and avail of on line entry. The race takes place on the roads around Santry, with both the start and finish on the track in Morton Stadium.
There will be prizes for the Senior Men/Women, Junior Men/Women and Masters prizes. Superb value for an online entry fee of €20.00 which includes chip timing and booking fee.  €5 of each entry will go to ALONE. See
Clonliffe Harriers would encourage all our entrants to raise some badly needed funds for ALONE. ALONE provides Supportive Housing, Befriending, Community Support and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. Our very own CHAC stalwart, Jeremy Chapman also serves on the board of ALONE, so let’s try and raise as much as funds as possible for a good cause.
The ERP 5k Christmas Cracker is also offering the chance for all entrants in the race to win some spot prizes. To be in with a chance to win one of these prizes it is simply a matter of bringing along on race day anything that is WEEE and can be recycled ( electrical appliance or used batteries). You will then be entered into a draw which will take place immediately after the race.

ERP’s mission is to develop high-quality, cost-effective recycling services for the benefit of producer members, consumers and ultimately the environment and society. It is important that we get as many recyclable items as possible to support our very generous race sponsor.

Don`t delay. Enter now and have your final run of 2017 for a really good cause. It`s Gonna be a Cracker!


Roundup: Parklife and Fynner wins Drogheda 5k

A bright and frosty start for the Clonliffe U/15s to junior women on Saturday morning in St. Anne`s for the Parkrun making it a welcomed “break” from training. A squad of seven braved the early start meeting well before 9.00 to be warmed up and ready to roll at 9.30. First home from the group and 4th woman was Abbie Sheehy in 21.19, closely followed by Sarah Bateson 21.22 and then the rest of the group half a minute later: Tess Loftus 21.57, Aoife Hession 22.01, Hannah Browne 22.08, Katie Halpin 22.12 and Cara Curran Beggs. A mention also of, someone who never gets a mention, Kevin Sheehy 21.34. Next up for the group is the Club Cakes Races on Tuesday for the U/15s and Thursday for the old stagers!

Sunday: David Flynn won the Drogheda and District 5k road race in a new course record of 14.57.

Round up on a quiet Saturday

With tomorrow`s Nationals it was a pretty quiet Saturday. There was of course the small matter of the final round of the Grand Prix Series, the Horan Cup, in Santry, but the result remains a closely guarded secret (until December 7th anyway). So a couple of the U/17 squad, not racing tomorrow, took in the St. Anne`s Park Run: Daniel Stone ran a very nippy 16.51 and Ian McElweney 17.59. Overseas during the week Ella Brown ran for her French Schools at an Indoor Meet winning the 1,000m.

Clonliffe overseas tales plus updated round up

The overseas news continues. Following on the news of Brian Flanagan`s superb run in the US on Friday, today we bring you more from afar! First off “The Road Through Morocco to Abbotstown” from Dave Flynn:

Flynners tales : Ifrane Morroco Home of El Gerouj
It is now the end of my fifth day in ifrane Morroco located at 6100 ft altitude up in  the African mountains . My trip was pretty straight forward flight from Dublin to Paris. Then Paris to Fez where I met my training partner Soufiane Bouchiki, a Belgium, and a lift from his friend to Ifrane.  The only thing about Moroccan people is they love to skip que’s I mean I was sure I put this all behind me in primary school but it was game on in Fez airport especially old people I was getting elbows from all directions.

I tried to be positive and think it will prepare me well the start of nationals! Another thing is the looks you get off morrocan people . A few came over and asked for selfies with me . Now even I couldn’t put my finger on this one could it be that they all watched the 2016 3000m steeplechase Irish nationals where I nearly kicked down Rory Chesser from the depths of hell but just came up short ? My friend immediately through that theory out the window and just said it’s because I’m white!
My first run in Ifrane was great we went to a 2k dirt loop where El Gerouj did a lot of his training then we ran past a bunch of monkeys who jumping all over the place . (Photos to follow) Later on we went to the track which is in very good condition and saw El Bachali second at worlds this year in the steeplechase.

I then got invited for a traditional morrocan dinner in one of my training partners friends apartments (a 2.10 marathoner ) we got there and sat on these really long sofas then this woman comes out and starts serving all these morrocan dishes.  I asked who she was and they said that’s Fatima she’s paid to cook all the meals everyday and let me tell you she’s an unbelievable cook. Anyway after dinner . One of the guys shouts “Fatty” and she sticks her head out of the kitchen and they start chatting do im obviously thinking “Jesus’s that’s a bit harsh calling her that after such a nice meal”.  Then I ask my friend and he says that her nickname in Morrocan I was afraid to tell everyone what it actually means in English so I just go along with it and call her it too.

I’ve never been so nervous for a session then I was today . The build up started yesterday with Soufiane at lunch time . He kept saying how hard tomorrow is going to be and that we are going to die doing this session . I’ve known Soufiane around 8 years now he doesn’t really train with anyone except me and one thing you need to know is he likes to train very hard . He’s ran 13.22 5k and was one spot off making the world 5k final but one thing about Soufiane is he wants to get you ready for these workouts so we will be at dinner or having a coffee and he will say out of no where “So you gonna be a pussy or a man tomorrow ?” Stuff like that so the morning of the workout we went for breakfast where he said several times “Man this is gonna hurt today ” At one stage when I got back I looked through my bag for a bib number I was that convinced I had a race today .

We both got through our workouts anyway and impressed him of the shape I’m in at the moment. Tomorrow we got up to 8000ft for our long run I’m sure I’ll
have another story to tell by then.

Next up we`re in Copenhagen where post Ireland`s “entertaining” nil nil draw last night Clonliffe athletes Shaun Conaghan (he`s the one doing the Packie Bonner impression) and Ian Guiden discuss tactics (ie which of them is going to tell Peter McDermott that they`ll be otherwise occupied when the group are training in Trinity on Tuesday night!)

More tales from overseas and Jayme Rossister got a very solid indeed race in yesterday as he aims towards the Nationals this day two weeks. Jayme takes up the tale: “Just a note to update you on a league race I had yesterday. Placed 4th in the first round of the Birmingham cross country league at Cheltenham for Loughborough. 32 36 for 10.1km. I’ve ateached a picture of the wee stream we had to negotiate. So training for the steeple season early!”

Back on the Road Racing front, Sean Doran put the spikes to one side and laced up the racing flats for this morning`s Greenhills 5k in Drogheda where he finished 3rd in 16.22.

Any other Clonliffe racing in the Park or elsewhere text results to 0879599888.


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