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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

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)

Mid week racing round up

Tuesday 23rd: Sean Doran ran a huge 20 second 5K PB of 15.54 in finishing 7th in tonight`s Bob Heffernan 5k road race. Missed from the weekend round up was Karl Nolan`s sneaky 10K race in Stoneyford a 7th place in 37.59 on Sunday.

The Rooney Review: Clonliffe Ladies Hit the Town

Shane Rooney reports: Following on from the success of last year’s Dublin Remembers 1916 5K Athletics Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council, hosted the Streets of Dublin race on Sunday 21st May 2017. Clonliffe Harriers ladies were successfully represented in this 5k race which took the participants through the streets of Dublin starting outside the CHQ Building and finishing on City Quay.
Siobhan Devaney was the 3rd lady home in a very impressive time of 20:04 and she was quickly followed by team pacer Ciara Peelo in a time of 20:20 (4th lady home), next home and 5th lady overall was Aideen  “Whoop Whoop” Brady in a time of 20:22. Congratulations also to Anne “the Legend” Lyons (finish time 22:57), Paula Horgan (finish time 24:37) and Caroline Hynes (finish time 24:25). 
In other news, an unnamed source alleges that Aideen Brady may have ran faster had she not attempted to pat the potential new Taoiseach (Leo Varadkar) on the butt as she ran past him shouting “up ya boy ya Leo”!!!.
Also a shout out to the 20 or so Harriers who assisted the Dublin Race Series organisers in trialling the new Half Marathon route. All agreed it’s a course where negative splits can be achieved as the first half of the course is a challenging up hill section but time can be made up during the downhill & flat second half. Run the race smartly and you’ll come home happy.
Congratulations to all who ran over the weekend and of course more questions have been raised, including ;
Will Emma Cooper beat her new Half Marathon PB?
Will Jason Blake ever get the reporter to shut up?
Will Aideen Brady become the new assistant to the Minister for Sport?
Until next time, keep digging in and run safely.

Round up: USA, BMC, Ton Le Gaoithe and roads

In the USA on Friday night Aaron Hanlon had another super run for Providence over 10,000 in the Big East finishing in 6th place in 30.18.03. On Saturday Brian Flanagan was 7th in the 3000 SC in 9.34.30 at the Southland Conference, New Orleans.

At Fiday`s Navan 6k the Coopers were out: Emma 23.02 and Ian 25.35.

There were a number of Clonliffe athletes competing in the BMC meet in Solihul on Saturday tonight Richie Owens had a superb opening race of the season in the 1500 running a time of 3.50.69. Eoin Pierce ran 3.53.18 and in the 800 Mark McDonald 1.55.48 Also running in Solihul was Jayme Rossister in the 2000 SC 3rd 5.49.11.

Closer to home at the Ton Le Gaoithe Wind sprints meet there was possibly a new Clonliffe club record. Stephen Rice threw the javelin 64.90, which would be a club record, however there is still some confusion surrounding his transfer to Clonliffe (so further news when we know). Current club record holder Rory Gunning was 2nd with a 62.61 best and Alan Gunning threw a new pb of 45.78.

In the sprints Leo Morgan ran 10.86 and 10.90 in the 100. Timmy Crowe, normally of course a 400 hurdler ran 11.27 and 11.32 for 100.

Also on Saturday Stephen Scullion won the Jengana 10k held at Shanes Castle, Antrim in 32.07.

Today, Sunday at the Terenure 5 Mile Karl Nolan 29.19, Matt McGuinness 30.04 and Caroline Hynes 40.11. Ian Guiden won the Maynooth 5K over a challenging course in 15.19 with Conor Healy chasing hard in 2nd 15.22, the two Clonliffe men were some two and a half minutes ahead of the rest of the field. In the 10K making a return to racing was Michael MacDiarmada 6th in 34.20.

Mid week round up: A first win for Alannah

The second round of the Dublin Graded Meets took place at a sun-drenched Tallaght track last night. The Clonliffe Harrier leaving the venue with the biggest smile on their face was Alannah Cooley who won her first ever race as she won Grade B of the 1500 in a tactical race recording a time of 5.02.3.  Hannah Browne got cut adrift over the final 400 finishing 8th in 5.14.3.  In the Men’s 1500 Alex Hogan running his first race of the season, in fact his first race since the All Ireland Schools Cross Country finished 15th in the mixed A/B race in a time of 4.42.09.

In the 5000 race Declan Power placed 3rd in 15.53.20, Thomas Sherlock was 9th (16.33.25) and Joseph Keane 17th (17.12.71).  In the C race Niall Sherlock placed 7th in 17.26.51.

The sprint event on the card last night was the 200m, Leah Bergin was 2nd in the A race in 25.69 and in the second C race Rebecca Fitzsimons was 2nd (26.2) with Denise Bulger 4th (27.58).  Leo Morgan was 2nd in the Men’s A race in a time of 23.1.

Also last night Conor Healy placed 2nd in the Le Ceile 5K in Kilcock in a time of 15.33.60.

It is also pleasing to report on good progress being made by two Clonliffe athletes on the road back, Eoin Pierce recorded a time of 3.55.51 over a 1500 in a round of the British League on Saturday whilst a couple of weeks, 23rd of April to be precise, Gary Murray won the One St. Eunan’s 5K road race in Co. Donegal in a time of 15.18.

Clonliffe men win Dublin Road Novice plus weekend round up

The Clonliffe novice men on Sunday morning won the Dublin 5K Road Novice Championship held in Tallaght. The Novice is incorporated in the Tallaght 5k. With two in the top three of the novice it was a pretty solid win. Conor Keane lead the team home in 2nd, 6th overall (16.39), 3rd in the novice and 8th overall was Alex Gibbons (16.44), 9th Dave Brady (16.48) and 11th Thomas Ward (16.52), for a points total of 25. Jack Maughan was just out of the scoring 4 in 12th place (17.12)

(Pictured: 2017 Dublin Novice 5k Road Champions)

Also on Sunday Robert Reid, who has just rejoined Clonliffe after more than a few years away from the club, was 15th in the Boyne 10k in 37.56.

Meanwhile Liam Roarty place 6th in the 1500 heats at Saturday`s BUC Championship in 4.22.97. On bank holiday Monday Liam was 3rd in a 3000m at the Brewer Games, Cheltenham in a pb of 9.22.00.

Also today, bank holiday Monday Declan Power was 3rd in the Leinster 5k Novice and Masters Road Championships in Kilkenny and 1st master O/45 in 19.19. Back acrss the water Jayme Rossister was 4th in the BUC 3000 sc in 9.08.16.


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