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Club 1500 C`ships/ Grand Prix 1500 this Thursday

Thursday next July 5th will see the latest round of the Grand Prix Series for the Byrne Memorial Cup incorporate the Clonliffe Club 1500 Championships in Morton Stadium at 8.00pm.

Last year`s top three: Adam O`Brien, Sean O`Leary and Sean Doran are expected to line up once again along with several of the club`s other up and coming young athletes who will battle for the title of club men and women`s champions 2018. Adam will look to add the 1500 title to the 800 he won some 10 days back, while Alannah Cooley will look to do likewise.

This is always one of the most popular club races and a big turn out is expected. The championship is open to all club members and in addition with the numbers who`ve been competing in the Grand Prix there`ll be anything from 4 to 6 races on the night. Being a club championship all club members are asked to wear their club vests for the occasion.

Many of the young athletes racing on Thursday will today head to Tullamore for the National Junior & U/23 Championships including Adam O`Brien, Greg Hossenny, Efrem Gidey, Alannah Cooley and Cathal Doyle . Best of luck to all.

The Rooney Review: Sun, Sea & Sand Sessions

Niall Rooney Reports: Twenty-One members form Team Pam & Ben, plus Mark “Pacer” Dowling turned up to sunny Donabate beach with their fishing nets and inflatable rubber rings expecting a spot of sunbathing. However, we quickly learned that this was not to be the case, as despite Pam returning from her Mediterranean cruise looking tanned and stunning, she was not going to let us get away with just bathing in the North Dublin sunshine.

In fact, this was to be no ordinary training session, this was the first of Pam’s Saturday Summer Training Sessions.  The Summer sessions kicked off on the beach, running on the sand is not only natural refreshing, it also reduces impact, strengthens weak muscles, introduces a change of pace and helps build power. Pam advised us that the primary focus should shift from speed to stability, posture and working on our core, and I can safely say we all found an inner strength and used muscles we didn’t know existed.

This session was built around intervals, starting with a set of 30 seconds reps, then moving onto the soft sand for a set of 60 seconds reps, followed by reps where we all got an opportunity to lead the group for as long as we felt comfortable. Some took taking the lead as a challenge, especially Orla “Where’s the picnic” Deighnan who didn’t want to stop her rep and Darren “Back with a Vengeance” Horgan who brought his group charging home, if you listened carefully you could hear both of them singing “Don’t Stop Me Now” and it was obvious they were having a good time!!

As is always the case with this group, we like to end things on a high, this time we lined up for a relay. While some focused on giving it 100% for their team, others had one goal in mind….beating Dec “Getting Faster” Grant!! Despite his alleged jump start, it was Aideen “Happy Anniversary” Brady who dug in and passed the baton first. A big Whoop Whoop to Jennifer Carpenter and her team of magnificently toned teammates who won the first team race of the summer.

As the session came to an end, and with the sun beaming down, the athletes were desperate to show off their summer bodies by quickly stripping off and jumping into a very cold Irish Sea, resulting in planes going off course due to the glare of their milky white skin.

On behalf of the participants, thanks to Pam for organising this challenging series and we look forward to the next leg. I would also like to thank everyone who turned up to make this tough session fun. A special shout out to Sharon Lawlor who showed, that despite a night on the tiles, you should always bring your A Game to a training session. Thankfully Sharon wasn’t tempted to drink the hair of the dog and join a group of lads who were showing off their Conor McGregor skills.

I would also ask you to give a big cheer to:

Mel Curran who was the 3rd lady home in the Santry’s Run Dublin Run 5k on the 20th May.

Dave Reilly who went the extra kilometre in Paris to pop his Half Marathon cherry.

And “The Real Ollie Power” and James “PB” Dunne who both took part in the Edinburgh Marathon. Ollie achieved the perfect negative splits crossing the line in 3:30 and James got a new 3:15 PB.

In some breaking news, myself, Pam, Aideen, Aisling and Laoise are excited to inform you that the exclusive Clonolymics will be returning to the Morton Stadium, date to be confirmed.  Keep and eye out for the posters and let the Games Begin!!!

Before I sign off on this edition of the Rooney Report, it’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Carol “Shot Putt” Flood who is returning to Monaghan.  On behalf of all the members of the group, I would like to wish Carol the best of luck with this next chapter in her life, your support and happy smiles will be missed from our Tuesday and Thursday sessions.

Keep digging in and until next time

2017 Cake Race Final Instructions

The Clonliffe Cake Races take place tomorrow night, the 21st. The Captains have received a great entry of athletes, all of whom have now been handicapped (so the pleading and bribery can now stop!). Any member who has not pre entered can of course still run, however, off scratch!

The women`s race will be at 7.30pm with the men at 8.00pm. Both will start and finish on the track

On Health and safety grounds athletes please note that you MUST wear a white or yellow top or a high viz vest as 90% of the race takes place on the road.

Prize giving post race in the club house along with Athletes of the Year, sponsored by John Shiels/Loki Sports starting at 9.00pm. Once the presentations are concluded there will be food, music, chat, fun and maybe even a pint or two taken. Please come along for Captain`s night and show your support and appreciation for the work done throughout the year by your club captains.

Finally as there will be big numbers at the prize giving please do not bring gear bags into the bar but leave in the hall for collection afterwards.

See you all there!!

Great Cake Race night for Juveniles

The Clonliffe Juveniles (8s to U/15s) had their Cake Races tonight followed by their Christmas party. There was a turn out of well over 100 young athletes running in the 6 races, on a mild still night in Morton Stadium. The races were all run on a handicap basis and judging by the tight finishes the handicappers looked to have gotten things spot on.

The six winners of the coveted cakes were: Jamie, Daniel, Sorcha O`Connor, Colm Breghy, Katie Halpin and Adam Keogh.

Post races all gathered in the club bar (dry for the occasion!) and enjoyed lemonade and sweets, all generously sponsored once again by Colm Doran. The Juvenile Captain then made the presentation of the Juvenile Athlete of the Year to Sally Somula (unfortunately due to a school commitment not there on the night).

A great night had by all. Many thanks to Colm Doran, all the Juvenile coaches and the parents for their support. Happy Christmas to all our juvenile athletes.

Training for Gladys group will recommence on Jan 9th. Ray`s group will have their final session on Thursday and will break until Jan 2nd.

Gerry`s group will train on Thursday at 7.00pm, Thursday 28th at 11.00am, Thursday the 4th at 7.00pm and Sunday 7th at 11.00am.

Cake Race and Athletes of the year Awards

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 by Tuesday at latest.

After the Cake Race prize presentation from 9.00pm 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.

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


Doran wins August series 5000

The August club track series concluded last night with the 5000. It was a perfect night for a distance race: dry, little or no wind and fresh, drawing another good turn out of club athletes. First home was Sean Doran, in his 2nd race of the week, winning fairly comfortably in 16.51 from, once again the bridesmaid, Kevin Dowling 2nd and Shane Casey 3rd. Fastest lady was Aimee Ahern. Thanks once again to the officials last night.

There`s no rest for the wicked as the Grand Prix Series is back next Thursday: the Bonass Trophy/Club 10,000 Championships.

Greta fastest in August 1500

The August Track series continued in Morton Stadium last night with the 1500. The fastest was Rio Paralympic 4th place finisher Greta Streimikyte in 4.46. Fastest man was Kevin Dowling 4.53. The series concludes next Thursday with the 5000. Same time, same place!

Clonliffe lets the hair down at super Cake Race/Athletes Awards night (full results)

The annual Clonliffe Christmas Cake Race took place in a chilly and windy Santry last night. Between the men and the women’s races there was a good entry of some 60 or so athletes.  It was the ladies cake race which got proceedings underway at 7.30 p.m. with the early runners being sent on their way finally down to the scratch athletes Laura Tuite and Alanah Cooley.  The race started on the track then proceeded left and up through Northwood, taking in a loop and then back down Northwood to finish on the track.  Like a hot knife through butter Alannah tore through the field entering the Stadium alone to win the 2016 Cake race. cake-race-16 At 8 p.m. the men’s race got underway, again there was a fine entry of youth and experience, the early runners being set on their way by the club captain down to scratch man Jayme Rossister.   After the trip through Santry a string of athletes entered the stadium with Mick Gleeson holding the lead as Sean Carrig sprinted after him like a man possessed. The finish line came too soon for Sean as Mick held his lead by a fraction. Fastest man was Jayme Rossister with a 15.06 run.

Post race the prize giving took place in the club bar with the prizes being presented by the ladies captain Pamela Cooper and then the men’s captain Joe Cooper. Joe then presented the victorious Clonliffe national men’s junior cross country team with their medals: Cathal Doyle, Sean O`Leary, Joey Hession and Adam O`Brien.

This was then followed by the presentation of prizes by Eugene Coppinger on behalf of the Dublin City Marathon to the national marathon winning team of Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O’Hanlon and David Mansfield. Paddy Marley the club president then made presentations to the athletes who had set new club records in 2016. First to Keith Marks who is only a new member of the club having joined this year and Keith rewrote the longest standing club record as he consigned Hugo Duggan’s 1969 long jump record to the history books as at the European club’s championships he jumped 7.48m.  The second athlete who received a presentation was Rory Gunning.  Rory again is another new athlete to the club and over the course of the summer he set a new javelin record on no less than four occasions finishing up with a record of 63.24m.

The president then made presentations to the club’s 2016 national champions:

Ian Rogers, indoor pole vault. Andrew Heney, indoor high jump. Brian MacMahon, half marathon. Brian Gregan, 400m. Rory Gunning, javelin. Sergiu Ciobanu, marathon.

The athletes of the year was generously sponsored by John Shields and Loki Sports. Loki have been great supporters of this event since its inauguration and have remained as sponsor ever since.   The Clonliffe athletes of the year for 2016 were:

Junior athlete of the year – Keith Marks.

Master athlete of the year – Gary O’Hanlon.

Women’s track and field athlete of the year – Ciara McCallion.

Women’s road/cross country athlete of the year – Eimear O’Brien.

Men’s track and field athlete of the year – Rory Gunning.

Men’s road/cross country athlete of year – Sergiu Ciobanu.

The Clonliffe Harrier of the year – Killian Lonergan. athletes-of-the-year-16 The president then made a special presentation of a Clonliffe gold medal to Greta Streimikyte in recognition of Greta’s participation for Ireland at the Paralympic Games in Rio. He noted that Greta had at the start of the summer set herself the challenge of trying to obtain the qualifying time and in the process she had ran PB after PB over both 800 and 1500.  She eventually obtained that elusive 1500 time and travelled to Rio for the Paralympics in September where she competed in the 1500 in the T13 category.  Greta finished 3rd in heat number 2 in Rio in a time of 4.51.75, another PB.  A matter of days later she lined up for the final and ran a fantastic race finishing just out of the medals in 4th position but bettering her days old PB by six seconds to finish in a time of 4.45.06. Clonliffe Harriers were delighted to honour Greta for her achievements and she now joins the distinguished list of Clonliffe Harrier Olympians and Paralympians and in recognition of this was conferred with honorary life membership of Clonliffe Harriers A.C.

With business done the party commenced. No further comments required! cake-race-night-16 Clonliffe Harriers would like to extend our best wishes for Christmas to all of our members, our sponsors, supporters and friends.

This leaves only one event remaining for 2016 which is the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with ALONE which takes place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday December 27th.

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Cake Race Final Instructions

Tonight is Cake Race night. The Captains have received a great entry of some 30 in the women`s race and 50 . Any member who has not pre entered can of course still run, however, off scratch!

The women`s race will be at 7.30pm with the men next.

Athletes please note that you MUST wear a white or yellow top or a high viz vest as the race takes place on the road.

Prize giving post race in the club house along with Athletes of the Year. There will be food, music, chat, fun and maybe even a pint or two taken. Please come along for Captain`s night and show your support and appreciation for the work done throughout the year by your club captains.

Finally as there will be big numbers at the prize giving please do not bring gear bags into the bar but leave in the hall for collection afterwards.

See you all there!!

The Great Clonliffe Juvenile Cake Off

Tonight`s Juvenile Cake Races drew great numbers of young Harriers to the Stadium for a great night`s racing and fun. Between the 8 races well over 100 athletes took to the track. As always the races were run on a handicap basis with the handicapper getting some spot on and others maybe not so!

There were races over middle distances from 500m to 1000m from U/9 up to U/15 plus for good measure an exciting 400 for the Juvenile sprinters. Post races the athletes gathered for their prize giving (Cakes to the winners of course) plus spot prizes, refreshments and a selection box for all, courtesy once again of the generosity of sponsor Colm Doran.

The Cake Race winners were:

U/9 Girls Grace Fitzgerald

U/9 Boys Zion Dianondebs

U/11 Girls Lara Donohue

U/13 Girls Lara Gallagher

U/13 Boys Sam Fearan

U/15 Boys Sam Kawalczyke

Sprinters 400 Girls Ellen Foley

Sprinters 400 Boys Ciaran Gartland

Clonliffe Twice Junior Cross Country Champion Hope Saunders, home for holidays from Florida State gave a great talk to the young athletes advising them to continue to work and train hard particularly on those wet cold nights and to keep believing in themselves. Hope then presented the two most prestigious Juvenile awards: The Juvenile Athlete of the year to Emma McDonnell and the Juvenile Harrier of the year to Rapha Diamond-Ebbs.

Well done to all our wonderful juvenile athletes, and a huge thank you to Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper and her team of Coaches and assistants for all their hard work throughout 2016.


(Pictured: Hope Saunders, Juvenile Harrier of the year Rapha Diamond-Ebbs and Coach Ray Fitzsimons) 


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