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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.

Cracker, less than 3 weeks to go.

It`s now less than 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 www.runireland.com. 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 www.runireland.com.
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!

 

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.
Flynner

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.

Christmas Cracker 2017 Launched

Clonliffe Harriers` annual ‘ERP Christmas Cracker 5k’ is now open for entry entry on line. The race is once again being sponsored by the European Recycling Platform. The race which is being run in association with Alone for the third year will take place on December 31st at 11.00.

Online entry is available on www.runireland.com. 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 www.runireland.com.
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.

Weekend round up: including Grand Prix/Club 10 Miler

The 14th round of the 2017 Grand Prix Series, the Ahern Cup/Club 10 Mile Championships was won this afternoon by Sean Doran in 57.07, some 5 minutes clear of Dermot Faughan 62.19 and new sub three hour marathon runner Paul O`Loughlin 63.19. In the women`s race: 1st Emma Dunne 69.31, 2nd Aimee Ahern 72.09 and 3rd Clodagh Moriarty 78.03 (Full report from Liam Hennessy in a day or two)

Also this morning some of the Clonliffe Juvenile/Junior women`s squad took a break in training for the Dublin Cross Country to take in the St. Anne`s Park Run taking 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th places in the women`s race: Sarah Bateson (20.18), Alle Herandez (20.22), Abbie Sheehy (20.59), Hannah Browne (21.48) and Cliona Cooley (22.14).

Hennigan Takes the Golden Runner

Report from Shane Rooney: In a change of location for the normal Saturday training session, and to inject a competitive edge to training, Pam’s group moved from Santry Park to the Poppintree on Saturday 16th September.  The change turned out to be a great tempo session and gave us a fantastic opportunity to promote the club, with loads of participants enquiring about how to join the club? is membership open to all abilities? and when does training take place?

As 9:30 approached and with a summer of hard sessions in our legs it was time to put the training to the test and the results didn’t disappoint.

With a field of over 110 athletes, Clonliffe Harriers took 1st and 3rd place. The athletes were led home by Paul O’Loughlin in a new 5k PB time of 18:14, and he was quickly followed by Stephen Tracey, who also achieved a PB time and finished 3rd in a time of 18:49, the third Clonliffe Harrier home was Adrian Gerard in 6th place in a time of 19:31. Not to be outdone, Ciara Peelo, followed by Aisling Andrews and Siobhan Devaney who were the the  1st, 2nd and 3rd ladies home.

As with any event organised by Pam and her possy (who can forget the Clonolympics), it was decided to add a little fun competition to the occasion by encouraging each member to achieve a new PB. It was with great excitement when the “Golden Runner” was handed over to the one and only Little Miss Excited, Katie Hennigan, who smashed her previous 5k PB time by approximately 1 min, crossing the line in a time of 23:41.

In addition to those mentioned above, a big thank you to Paula, Declan, Ollie, Orla, Jason and Kevin who also took part in the session.

A very special shout out to David “Smiler” Hanley, who, despite not being able to run, volunteered to direct and support the participants around the course.  It’s amazing how the spirits are lifted when you hear someone shout out your name and offer positive words of encouragement.

This brings me nicely to the very important topic of volunteering. A huge part of the success of every race comes down to the time and dedication of volunteers and I’m sure we all agree, there is no better feeling when you see a friendly face at the finish line or hear a clubmate shout “Come on Clonliffe”. You could be one of those Spirit Lifters and not only will you be helping athletes, you’ll also help bring additional funds to the club, meaning your time is well spent on many levels.  To add your name to the list of volunteers, please speak to Mark “Dominos” Dowling or email markdow6@hotmail.com

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced this weekend, keep digging in.

The Immigrant wins in Toronto!

News from Toronto, Canada of the Clonliffe Immigrant Conor McGuinness. Conor left these shores for the wide and wild open spaces of Canada a few months back, since then he has been training and not racing (or if so it`s been a well guarded secret!) in Toronto. Well today a proud Clonliffe man proudly raced his Clonliffe vest to 1st place in the Yorkville 5k (16.53.3) more than 100 seconds clear of his pursuers. With Toronto conquered The Immigrant heads west in the coming weeks to Edmonton where no doubt the Black ‘n’ Amber will once again fly!

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.

Gregan`s flying 400 track highlight

On a day of action on the track at home and away the stand out performer was undoubtedly Brian Gregan`s 400 in Geneva early today. A win in another season`s best, a brilliant 45.75 as he home`s in on 45.50, the World championships QT. Also competing in Geneva was Luke Lennon-Ford, 47.18 for 400 and 21.67 for 200.

At the Northern Ireland Championships Timmy Crowe was 2nd in the 400H in 54.62. Leo Morgan was 5th in the 100 final (10.96).

Also today the GV Ryan Meet took place in a windy Irishtown Stadium with good Clonliffe representation. In the 3000 Ian Guiden continued his comeback with a 5th place finish in 8.33.00, Cathal Doyle was 9th (8.41.96), Adam O`Brien 13th (8.55.44) and Alex Gibbons 24th (9.34.85). Conor Healy ran 3.57.08 in the1500 placing 7th. In the 800 B Mark McDonald ran 1.57.74, Shaun Conaghan in the C race ran 2.03.59, Greta Streimkyte was 5th in the 800B in 2.29.70 and Emma Kelly 4th in the 200 (27.71).

On the roads today at the Patrick Bell 5k in Bohemeen Sean Doran was 4th (16.15) and Joseph Cooper 25th (17.43)

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