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Weekend Round up: Big East, English National & Dundalk

The Weekend round up brings us far and near.  Starting off Friday the 24th in Staten Island, New York where Aaron Hanlon was running for Providence College in the 5000m at the Big East Indoor Championships. A pretty good run by Aaron who was always in the lead pack to finish 6th in 14.32.67.

(English National XC: Jayme hits a muddy patch!)

On Saturday Jayme Rossister had a very good outing in the English National Cross Country held in Wollaton Park, Nottingham placing 55th (42.08) in a huge field of well over 1,000 starters.

Closer home Sean Doran was 3rd in the Fitzer 5k in Dunalk (16.40).

Sunday and Sean Doran placed 4th in another 5k road race, Dunleek 5k in 16.48. The Leinster Indoors also took place in Abbottstown, separate report posted later.

Leinster Schools Cross Country Final Instructions

On Wednesday Clonliffe Harriers host the Irish Life Health Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships in Santry Demesne Park . We look forward to hosting this event. In order for the event to be a success all schools and competitors are requested to read and be familiar with the following:


Event:            Leinster Schools Cross Country Finals

Venue:           Santry Demesne Park, courtesy of Fingal County Council

Time:            From 12 noon. Last race – 2.20 p.m.

Event Parking:   Morton Stadium. Coaches to park in the Clonliffe carpark.  Cars in the main stadium carpark.  Please note that Fingal County Council have specifically requested that no event parking takes place in Santry Park itself.

Collection of numbers: Under the covered terrace situated along the main straight – close to the 100m start in the stadium. Numbers can be collected here from 10.15 a.m.

Toilets:      In stadium. Please note there are no toilet facilities in the park.

Access to the venue:      Via gate at 100m start on Morton Stadium.

Indoor area Morton Stadium:    Closed and strictly out of bounds.

Track in Stadium:    Strictly out of bounds. Under no circumstances is any encroachment permitted onto the track by either competitors or spectators.

Race call up:  10 minutes before the start of each race.

Course:    Marked and taped, please do not warm up on the course itself.

Event officials:    Leinster Schools Athletics Association.

Course officials:   Clonliffe Harriers. Competitors/schools please note that all officials/stewards are giving up their time voluntarily on the day.  Please

obey their instructions and please be courteous at all times to all officials/stewards.

Medical issues:  St. John’s Ambulance.

Rubbish: Please bring a rubbish bag, please appoint one of your party to be in charge. Please bring your rubbish back from the park with you.




Dublin Master`s gold for Clonliffe elder statesmen! (updated)

Whilst the Irish weather in recent weeks has been exceptional overnight rain fall over the weekend meant for a muddy St. Anne`s Park in Raheny for today`s Dublin Masters Championships. The Championships also drew a record entry as the running boom continues with over 300 in the men`s race and 150 in the women`s.

There was also a big entry of black and amber clad athletes with teams in most of the age categories.  All the athletes competing put in strong efforts and at the end of the day the golds came courtesy of some of the club`s most experienced Masters as multi title holders over the years once again came out on top. So take a bow Dublin Champions: Matt Slattery O/65, Pat Bonass O/70 and Jimmy Bennett O/75.

Of the Clonliffe women a big team was lead home after a strong run by Emma Cooper 11th. Other results (thanks Pamela):

19 Kerri Page
20 Ciara Peelo
29 Aimee Ahern
33 Emma Harding
39 Maura Matthews
42 Clodagh Morriarty
44 Aideen Brady
49 Brid Beausang
67 Laura Kernan
77 Catherine Dempsey
83 Anne Lyons
91 Orla Dignam
92 Yvonne McDonough
95 Karen McAffe
98 Aine McCann
103 Melissa Curran
105 Evelyn Brennan
117 Joanne McCabe.

On the team front the Clonliffe women O/35 placed 5th.

Men`s results:

65 Richard Mannion

82 Clive Ahern

87 Shane Casey

112 Kevin Dowling

114 Philip O`Doherty

136 Jason Blake

138 Alan Hughes

144 Alan Worrall

145 Colm McDonnell

156 Trevor Wisdom

160 Paul O`Loughlin

175 Niall Markey

186 Thomas Frayne

203 Shane Rooney

210 Richie Barr

212 Mick Gleeson

226 Declan Murray

232 Declan Grant

233 Ollie Power

242 Pat Devitt

257 Shay Byrne

In the team results the O/35 team placed 13th with the O/50s 8th.

In the O/65 race:

1 Matt Slattery

5 Pat Bonass

6 Jimmy Bennett

Full results now on Well done to all our athletes today and a particularly big thanks to Stephen Treacy who pitched a fine clonliffe tent for use on the day.

Juniors retain National title as Senior title goes to Raheny

A day of mixed emotions for the black and amber at Abbotstown today for the Irish Life Health National Cross Country. First the joy as the Junior men retained the title won in Santry twelve months ago. With a stirring run from Sean O`Leary leading the charge a surprise National title was taken beck to HQ.

Throughout the course of the race this seemed to say the least unlikely as several of the Clonliffe men endured a pretty torrid afternoon. Cathal Doyle after a good start really suffered over the final laps and finished up very disappointed in 12th place. With Cathal in trouble Sean O`Leary rose to the challenge working his way through the pack to record an excellent 6th place, and 3rd U/18. Likewise Adam O`Brien struggled a bit placing 27th but a strong run from Joey Hession in 57th put the Clonliffe lads a mere point up on DSD to retain the title and fittingly the Larro Byrne Cup. Great run also by Craig Giles (63rd), Daniel Lacey (69th), Greg Hossenny 77th, Thomas Ward 104th, Jack Maughan 111th, Alex Gibbons 162nd and Matthew Jenkinson 163rd. In the U/18 category the Clonliffe team of Sean O`Leary, 3rd, Joey Hession 31st, Craig Giles 35th and Daniel Lacey 40th took team bronze with Sean and Craig also picking up Dublin inter county silvers. Also in the U/18s 96th Alex Hogan, 109th Fintan McManus.

In the junior women`s/U/18 4000m race Alannah Cooley had a fine run indeed to finish in an excellent 11th junior, while Hannah Browne will have gained great experience placing 63rd U/18.

On then to the senior men where the Clonliffe men were defending champions and a bad day at the office for the team. The early optimism was soon put to bed as the Raheny team packed at the front, the lead Clonliffe man Sergiu Ciobanu back just out of the top 10, with David Flynn next in about 20th. Soon things got even worse as Sergiu pulled out to be followed a short time later by James Kevan. With some of the other lads having a day to forget the team ended up back in 7th. For the record the placings: 25th Dave Flynn, 37th Killian Lonergan, 54th Ian Guiden, 55th Eoin Taggart, 58th Jayme Rossister, 67th David Mansfield, 71st Liam Roarty, 74th Conor McGuinness, 81st Mark Doyle, 92th Tom Sherlock, 94th Conor Keane, 108th Eoin McCullough, 116th Sean Doran, 139th Niall Sherlock.

In all fairness the winning Raheny team, taking their 1st National, were in supreme form and fully deserving of their victory. Likewise an excellent individual win by Mark Christie of Mullingar.

The sole Clonliffe lady in the senior race was Sarah McCormack who fought bravely and ended up in 12th place.

In the juvenile programme pride of place once again goes to the Clonliffe U/16 boys who really battled all the way in a paced quality field the lads with Cian Bolger 24th, Ben Guiden 31st, Daniel Stone 49th and U/15 Daragh Carter 58th took silver on countback. Great runs also by Ian McAlweney 68th and in his first national Thomas Baltazar 88th. Cian, Ben and Daniel also took inter county gold for Dublin.

The U/16 girls found the step up from Dublin challenging, but all put in great efforts. First home was Ella Brown 79th, then 81st Abby Sheehy, 89th Tess Loftus, 102nd Aimee Warren and 106th Vicky McDonnell. The team finishing up 12th.

Likewise it was a big step up for the U/14 girls, but again all put in solid performances: 40th Ava Mulvahill, 54th Aoife Hession, 124th Ella Cooley, 129th Holly Roche, 142nd Katie Halpin, 161st Alana Fitzsimons placing 11th team. The girls, as indeed will all the juveniles, will benefit greatly from today and will continue to learn and progress.

Finally well done to all our athletes who as usually gave it their best. After all what more can anyone give? Nil desperandum.

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Raheny take Padraig Keane Cup at Dublin XC (updated with photo link)

A powerful Raheny Shamrocks team landed the Dublin Senior Men’s Cross Country title and in turn the Padraig Keane Memorial Cup at a fresh and dry Santry Demesne yesterday. To say that Raheny were dominant is to say the least an understatement.  From the starters gun Raheny had the title in the bag with a powerful front running trio of Rio Marathon Man Mick Clohessy chased hard by the Dooney Brothers, these three quickly opening a gap and pulling away from the chasing field, which at an early stage included lead Clonliffe man Ian Guiden making his return to the country for his first race in some eighteen months.  The early pace hit Guiden hard and he slipped back down through the pack.  The Raheny men, however, were dominant and took a comfortable win with a clean sweep and now look firm favourites to land their first National cross country on November 27th.

The Clonliffe team battled away led home by Guiden 16th, Conor Healy 19th, Conor McGuinness 24th, extraordinarily enough running his first club cross country race for Clonliffe since the European Junior Clubs back in 2010. Also competing for Clonliffe were Sean Doran 30th, fittingly Padraig Keane’s son Conor 39th, Fergal O’Shea 57th and Thomas Sherlock (35th). The team placed 5th.

Post race it was great to see a huge number of athletes and officials congregating in the Clonliffe clubhouse for the presentation, heeding the call of Dublin Athletics Board Chairman Pat Hooper. In addition to Padraig Keane being honoured that other great Irish athletics stalwart Jim McNamara of Donore was also honoured.  Jim had passed away this year and the Jim McNamara Cup was presented to the winning ladies team of DSD. The Clonliffe Women’s team finished out of the medal positions, also in 5th, the team was led home by Eimear O’Brien 22nd and also featured Ailish Malone 28th, Lauren Begley 34th, Orna McGinley 35th, Maura Matthews 41st, Brid Beausang 47th and Emer Brennan 49th.

The Clonliffe Men’s Junior team put on a sterling display for the home crowd with Cathal Doyle playing a patient game up front and only kicking on for the win over the last 800 metres. Cathal led home a fine team performance which secured Dublin Junior gold with strong runs in particular from Sean O’Leary in 3rd place, Adam O’Brien in 6th and having possibly his best cross country race to date Alex Gibbons in 14th place.  The rest of the team was made up of Joseph Hessian, Josh Stubbs, Greg Hosseney, Kevin McKenna and Thomas Ward. In the incorporated U/19 race Clonliffe placed 2nd.

There was a good run also from Alannah Cooley in the junior women`s race and also by Laura Tuite placing 5th and 8th.

Earlier in the programme the Dublin juvenile uneven age championships took place. There were some excellent team performances in this championship from the U/15 and U/17 boys and girls squads.

The girls U/15 team all ran very strong races with outstanding performances in particular from Vicky McDonnell who led home a tightly packed bunch of black and amber athletes consisting of Abby Sheehy, Ella Brown and Amy Hodson. These four were backed up excellently by Lea Brennan and Cara Beggs.  The girls performance was rewarded with Dublin bronze (places 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th).

The boys U/15 squad also put in very strong efforts, the team being supported by their injured teammate Colin Sweeney. On the day the team was led home by Daragh Carter and again with very strong runs from Dermot Buckley, Sam Kowalczyk, Stephen ? and Dylan Foy. The boys taking Dublin silver (8, 11, 19, 20).

Dublin silver was also gathered in by the girls U/17 team racing over 4000 metres.   This team featured two athletes who were stepping up an age group, both of whom ran very well, indeed Tess Loftus showed a welcome return to form as she led home the team with a very strong run in 12th place followed in by Hannah Browne, Aimee Warren and the fast finishing Cliona Cooley (team placings 12, 13, 15, 16).  The girls were backed up by excellent performances from Kate Howlett and Lauren Cox.

The boys U/17 squad also took silver, narrowly missing out on gold to DSD. Again there were a number of the U/16 squad stepping up an age and these lads all put in excellent shifts.  On the day the team was led home by Daniel Lacey, having a very strong run in 5th, and he was followed not far behind by the in form Arran Cullen 8th, then came Cian Bolger 10th, and Ben Guiden 13th, these latter three all stepping up from the U/16 squad.   These guys were very well backed up by Jordan Byrne 15th and Stephen Cashin 16th, Shane Ferris 20th and Sam Baker-Gorman 23rd.   Craig Giles, who had been quite ill during the week, started the race but illness got the better of him and he was sensible enough to pull out with a lap to go.

Also competing were the boys U/11 squad lead home by Cian O`Hara 8th, Christain Finn, Sean Cronin, Kharl Balaro and Oran McGowan, the team placing 4th. The boys U/13th also placed 4th with a team of Ronan Donohue 11th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 16th, Keith Burke 39th, Calum Maguire 44th and Jon Nyberg. The U/13 girls faught gamely the first home was Naoise Cullen in 21st, good runs also from Amy Sheehy, Lara Gallagher, Eimer O`Hara and Sinead Gallagher..

Finally a huge thank you to the Clonliffe volunteers who constructed the course so that the club could host the event and once again did the club proud by building a superb cross country course at Santry Demesne. The conditions were superb on the day and the course, as always, has held up excellently.  Clonliffe would also like to thank Fingal County Council and Morton Stadium for their support and assistance with the successful running of the Dublins.

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Dublin Juvenile even ages Cross Country next Sunday

The championships are here already! On Sunday next, October 16th, the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country for even ages take place in Abbotstown in conjunction with the Autumn Cross Country.

Clonliffe will have U/12, 14, 16 and 18 teams in action. A number of the club`s junior, senior and masters will compete late in the programme in the senior event. This will also provide the opportunity for athletes to race on the circuit that will be used for November`s Nationals/European Cross Trials.



Course Map:



The following are directions to the National Sports Campus/Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown. Maps etc, can be found on the website

By Bus from the City Centre. Please take the 38 or 38A from O’Connell Street in the City Centre to Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown.

By Car from the City Centre. Take the Navan Road towards Blanchardstown, take the exit to the left for Blanchardstown S.C and stay in the right hand lane. Take a right at the top of the slip road and cross over the bridge. Take the first exit off the small roundabout at the other side of the bridge. Continue up Snugborough Road and take a right at the second set of traffic lights into the National Aquatic Centre.

By car from the M50. Take the exit at junction 6 on the M50 for Blanchardstown. Keep going straight on the Navan Road towards Blanchardstown, take the exit to the left for Blanchardstown S.C and stay in the right hand lane. Take a right at the top of the slip road and cross over the bridge. Take the first exit off the small roundabout at the other side of the bridge. Continue up Snugborough Road and take a right at the second set of traffic lights into the National Aquatic Centre.

By Car from the Blanchardstown Centre. Exit the Blanchardstown Centre complex via the Westpoint Health Club exit. Continue to the set of traffic lights and take a left over the bridge. Take the first exit off the small roundabout at the other side of the bridge. Continue up Snugborough Road and take a right at the second set of traffic lights into the National Aquatic Centre.


St. Aidans boys retain All Ireland Schools XC

County Sligo in the shadow of the great Benbulbin the St. Aidans senior boys were equally great as they successfully defended the All Ireland Title. Lead home by the magnificent pairing of Cathal Doyle 6th and Brian Flanagan in 8th the red and white vests were inspired and simply blew the opposition away with a resounding 40 points win.

2016 aidans

There were fantastic performances by all of the lads with Adam O`Brien once again very solid in 14th place and as always in team races a team is only as strong as it`s 4th scorer that man being Sean Carrig in 29th. These four have been backed up these past 2 years by an extremely strong squad and all equally deserve great praise: 42nd Joseph Hession, 47th Alex Gibbons, 49th Thomas Ward, 51st Greg Hossenny and reserve today Kevin McKenna. Great praise also of course to the one and only Alan O`Neill. Another proud day for St. Aidans and Clonliffe Harriers.

The All Ireland schools had kicked into action several hours earlier with a great number of the club`s athletes in action. The early arrivals witnessed a brilliant run by recent new recruit Colin Sweeney who had an outstanding run for Ard Scoil Ris with a magnificent 3rd place in the minor boys race.

An equally superb run came in the junior girls race from Amy Hodson who excelled today in a big field in her first All Ireland schools placing a very impressive 12th place.

In the Junior boys race Aaron Cullen put recent illness to the back of his mind with a very positive race to finish in 22nd place, Ian MacAlweaney also put in a very good shift in this race in 41st.

The Inter race again provided much Clonliffe interest with Sean O`Leary once again producing the goods to place a superb 5th, picking up maybe 3 places on the final long up hill drag. Alex Hogan ran well after an injury plagued season in 25th with Ben Guiden and Daniel Lacey  in close proximity in 35th and 37th. Jordan Byrne was next in placing 57th, Fintan McManus 71st and Jack Horan 76th.

All of our athletes have trained and raced hard over a very long cross country season for club and school that started way back in September. To get to the All Irelands is an achievement in itself and to have preformed so admirably today is as impressive as Benbulbin itself.


Brian MacMahon 3rd in National Inter Counties

Brian MacMahon, wearing the red vest of County Cork, finished 3rd in yesterday`s GloHealth National Inter Counties Cross Country at the Palace Grounds, Tuam, County Galway. This was the first inter counties since the cross country season changes and it must be said that the future of the inter counties looks very bleak indeed with very small fields in all events: junior women 11, junior men 13, senior women 18, senior men 37 and only two county teams in each race.

Round up: Hanlon and Ciobanu, Dylan Ahern 5k, BHAA, BUC..

The reschedule Clonakilty Marathon and Half took place today with a double Clonliffe win. Gary O’Hanlon won the marathon by 10 minutes in 2:48.15 and Sergiu Ciobanu took the half, by 5 minutes, in 75:28.

In Malahide Castle Grounds a large turn out of Clonliffe Harriers for the Dylan Ahern 5k in memory of fellow Harrier. From a field of some 60 or so 56 finished. First across the line, a very popular winner was Clonliffe stalwart Noel Daly. 2nd was Desie Shorten with 3rd Richard Casey. Fastest was former Clonliffe man and winner of the Grand Prix Series a couple of seasons back Colm Hickey (18:58) with, fittingly Dylan`s sister Aimee Ahern fastest lady in 22:05. Full results will appear on soon.

Dylan Ahern 5k 16

(pictured) Noel Daly winner of Dylan Ahern 5k with Maura and Maurice Ahern

Also today the BHAA Cross Country season continued with the Garda Race in the Phoenix Park. Brian MacMahon after two successive wins had to settle for 3rd place in today`s 4 mile race (21.05). Sean Doran was 13th in 22.57 (Full results

Finally on a busy round up news from the British University Cross Country Championships in Gloucester. Liam Roarty ran for the University of Sunderland in the Men’s A race (10.2km) and came 166th out of 334 finishers in a time of 36:53. Jayme Rossiter ran for Loughborough in the men’s B race (7.2km) coming home 2nd in a time of 24:41 and first finisher for Loughborough.  Loughborough came 2nd in that race with 23 points behind St Marys with 17 points.

Jayme and Liam

(Pictured: Jayme Rossister & Liam Roarty at BUC XC in Gloucester Feb. 6th)

Flynner`s blog: “Back from the dead”

A blog from Dave Flynn: I thought with such a big year ahead and me being abroad for most of it I would start a blog to keep everyone well informed on training ,adventures etc .I recently came back from a 10 week altitude training stint in Mammoth lakes California. This was a life changing experience not just because of how well training went up there and having great team mates but how my running career had gone hill down before that. It was 2014 I got a call and was told I have Mono (Glandular Fever) and would end up being out of action for 11 months. The start was the worst I was still finishing off my degree at the University of Arkansas at the time and along with sleeping 17 hours a day attending classes was mission impossible.Eventually the sickness started to ease off when I changed my diet and stopped all intense exercise soon after that i graduated and became a volounteer assistant coach at Arkansas where I learnt alot about the athletes I coached and Ncaa division 1 system.Chris Bucknam is who i owe it all to getting through those times  a great coach and  even a greater friend giving me an opportunity to coach in one of the best athletics programs in America. I returned home to Ireland at the end of 2014 cleared to start training full time again but what I was in store for the next few months would have me on the brink of quitting the sport and never coming back. First the lack of support from Athletics Ireland for Irish athletes returning from the state’s after college is ridiculous. You’ve been away for four to five years in a totally different controlled running environment then you arrive home and there’s nothing. I hope this will change for Irish athletes in the future. I was fortunate to be in the best running club in Ireland Clonliffe harriers and looked after whenever possible by club captain Joe Cooper of settling back in.To cut the rest short injuries kicked in along with terrible performances all through 2015 until my return from California .Having no coach for a period of time being in awful shape and having no motivation I toke one last chance of achieving a dream that was slowly slipping away from view.10 weeks later I would be on the starting line of the national inter clubs (European xc trials) unfortunately jet lagged had sunk in and I would end up 7th Irish and alternate for the Irish team for the European  cross country. I thought alot after the race and although I put it up to the best Irish athletes in the country which was the deepest Irish field in years and winning the team title by 1 point. The only person that knew my real disappointment was my Dad as he knew the work I had put in to get here. The next week I would go over and over in my head why I felt the way I did and what I did wrong but all I could come to the conclusion was that I had two choices feel sorry for myself or use finishing 7th as fuel that I never want to be in that situation ever again. So now i sit in a hotel room in Monte Gordo Portugal a professional  training town on the Algarve where i am planning on staying here from December 13th until January 9th on my own unless you include the Russian and Polish federation that are also here and occasionally nor in my general direction. Regarding my training and expiernce in California in the mountains that will be all be revealed soon. Until next time.


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