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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.

Results click: cakerace16

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) 

It goes ahead: Juvenile Cake race Tonight!

Hail, rain or shine the show goes on tonight! The Club Juvenile Cake Races will be held on the track in the Stadium regardless of the weather. Athletes please report at usual training time. Post race presentation of prizes, plus Juvenile Athletes of the year.

Club Cake Races next week

The Clonliffe club Cake Races take place next week. On Tuesday the 20th the Juveniles will have their Cake Races on the track in the Stadium at the usual training time while the senior races will be on Thursday the 22nd starting on the track and then doing the Northwood loop.

Following the presentation of prizes for the senior races the Athletes of the Year awards will take place. In addition to presentations to the winning athletes the club will make presentations to our 2016 Club Record outdoor breakers (Rory Gunning and Keith Marks) and 2016 National Champions (Indoor: Ian Rogers & Andrew Heney, Outdoor: Rory Gunning ,Brian Greegan, Brian MacMahon, Sergiu Ciobanu) and then a special presentation of Honorary Life Membership to Rio Paralympian Greta Streimikyte.

ERP Xmas Cracker in Association with Alone – Launched

Clonliffe Harriers` annual ‘ERP Christmas Cracker 5k’ is now open for entry entry on line. The race which is being run in association with Alone for the second year will take place on December 27th at 11.00.  The race takes place on the roads around the Morton Stadium in Santry, with both the start and finish on the track in Morton Stadium.

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 is once again being run in partnership with European Recycling Platform and also the charity ALONE. Pictured are Sean Moynihan (CEO ALONE),  Eoin Murray (Race Director), Catriona McKiernan, Feargal Murray (ERP) and Pat Bonass (M70 European XC Bronze medallist).
xmas cracker launch photo


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 baord 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.

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



Juveniles get final run in before Tuesday`s Cake Race

The Juvenile squads braved Everglade like Santry Demsene this morning for the final Sunday run before Christmas. After recent rains the Demesne was basically flooded with the dip and walled garden sections over which many a session has taken place under several feet of water. (see photos below)

Anyway on Tuesday night the Juvenile Cake Races take place, hail, rain, snow or whatever Mother Nature can serve up! All athletes to be there for 7.00pm. Each training group will hace their Cake race, the younger groups running over 400m to 600m, Gerry Carr`s over 800 and the Fogo/Noel group 1,000m for the girls and the classic Mile for the boys. Afterwards the youngsters Christmas party will take place, once again generously sponsored by Colm Doran, at which the Juvenile Athlete of the Year will be announced.

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Senior Cake Race and Awards Night tomorrow Thursday 18th

Tomorrow night, Thursday the 18th, will see the winding up of the club 2014 season (the only other event will be the Cracker 5k on St. Stephen`s Day), with the annual Cake Races and the Clonliffe Awards Night.

The route for the races is the 5 K loop from the stadium up through Northwood and back finishing on the track. The womens race is at 7.30 with the men at 8.00. Athletes wishing to run must text their name for women to Pamela (086 1503015 ) and men to Joe ( 087 2256004). Athletes must also wear a bright coloured top.

Afterwards there will be a social night in the club bar where presentation of prizes will be made to the Cake Race winners followed by presentations to Clonliffe athletes who set club records in 2014 and to the club`s 2014 National Champions. This will be followed by the Athletes of the Year awards, generously sponsored by Loki Sports.

The athletes nominated are as follows:

Clonliffe Junior athlete of the year: Aaron Hanlon, Hope Saunders, Megan Coomber

Clonliffe Master athlete of the year: Bernie Byrne, Geraldine Reilly, Philip O’Doherty

Clonliffe Women’s Track and Field athlete of the year: Ciara McCallian, Becky Woods, Caoimhe Morris

Clonliffe Men`s Track and Field athlete of the year:Ian Rogers, Keith Pike, Brian Gregan

Clonliffe Women’s road/cross country athlete of the year: Sara McCormack, Ailish Malone, Emer O’Brien

Clonliffe Men’s road/cross country athlete of the year: Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O’Hanlon, Brian MacMahon.

It would be great to see as many Clonliffe Harriers as possible there tomorrow. Leave the car at home!!

Stormy Cake Races & Rebecca named Juvenile athlete of the Year

Kevin Loftus reports: “Tonight was the night that concluded a wonderful year of athletics for all of the young harriers in the club.  In what was possibly the harshest track conditions ever faced by some of the abundant brave souls who battled against every element, there was a spectacular performance from all who ran.

A howling wind, torrential rain and wintery conditions deterred none – all of whom were determined to run and finish; and of course share in the enjoyment of the party in the club lounge afterwards!  Overall what a night of stunning running to behold, a night well worth spending in the company of friends; celebrating a terrific display of sheer talent and valour in what was great year for all involved in Clonliffe!
Rebecca Fitzsimons
Due to her strength of perseverance and dedication that holds no bounds, Becky Fitzsimons was a stand-alone favourite for the truly well earned title of “Athlete of the Year”.  Becky has given everything to her training this past year in all that she does – well done to you Becky.  A massive “well done!” to all who competed, a special mention to two inspiring athletes who have well and truly gone the “extra mile” over the past twelve months above and beyond the call of duty to say the least – these two terrific examples of a typical harrier are Alex Hogan and Amy Connolly.
To all of our winners – what a fantastic display of your talent and hard work that you have put in with your time and effort, you dedication is admirable indeed, enjoy the delicious prizes that you so well deserve! To all those who stood out of the lime light so to say keep up the great work and success won’t be too far down the line.
A very, very, very special mention goes out to the simply amazing team of coaches who have given of their time so freely and without any upset whatsoever.  All of the background work that is undertaken by you doesn’t go unappreciated – we thank you for what would seem like endless hours of your time and effort.  To Gladys, Ciara, Gerry, Tracy, Kevin, Noel and Mick – the most sincerest of “thank you”.
So all in all a wonderful night of Cake Races, we wish all in Clonliffe a very “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and the best start to the new year of 2015 possible.  A good break and a completely deserved rest is needed for all!  We hope to see all of the familiar faces who raced today back on the first Tuesday of January when school resumes.  Well done to all.”
Report and results compiled by K Loftus
Race 1 – Rachel Ward
Race 2 – Michael Coleman
Race 3 – Aoife Hession
Race 4 – Keith Burke
Race 5 – Becky Fitzsimons
Race 6 – Ben Guiden
Race 7 – Lauren Carr
Race 8 – Stephen Cashin
Athlete of the Year: Becky Fitzsimons
Sport Prize Winners for Effort and Determination: Alex Hogan and Amy Connolly

Clonliffe Juvenile Athletes Cake Race tonight

The annual Juvenile Cake Races are tonight in the stadium: hail, rain or shine! Athletes come along as usual for 7.00pm, the racing will commence as soon as possible as there are a number of races to get through. Afterwards the presentation will take place in the club lounge. Parents are particularly welcome to attend tonight as it will be the final event of the year. All should be completed by 8.30/8.45.


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