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Efrem wins All Ireland Schools title!

An extraordinary Clonliffe one two in the senior boys School`s All Ireland Cross country today at AIT Waterford. Efrem Gidey, an Eritrean who arrived in Ireland at the beginning of last Summer, was the first ever representative of Le Cheile Secondary Schools Tyrrelstown in an All Ireland Cross Country and on Monday morning he will walk through the school gates wearing the gold winners medal around his neck! Efrem was a worthy winner of the senior title today but was chased all the way by club mate Sean O`Leary in the St. Aidans`red and white.

The athletes who had raced at this venue in November for the Nationals had a pretty good idea of how tough a course this was going to be, however, with the terrible weather of late few could have realised that November was a doddle in comparison. An absolute mud fest.

The senior boys race was the last of the day, meaning that the ground had been well and truly churned up for the 4 x 1500 laps making up the 6000 race distance. Both Sean and Efrem got great starts and were at the head of the field for the full distance. At the start of lap two Sean put in a “tester” opening a gap of a few meters, but it was short lived. Soon after this Efrem hit the front and was relentless as he drove on the pace and blew the pack apart. On the last lap he was 30m clear, Sean O`Leary lost 2nd place and for a time his hopes of a medal looked in jeopardy as 4th place closed in, however, the big man battled superbly and took back 2nd place, just as a smiling Efrem Gidey raised his arms in victory as he crossed the line.

It was Clonliffe joy to see the guys embrace at the finish, and likewise to see the tears of pride in the eyes of their coach Joe Cooper.

Further back in the field Ben Guiden had a baptism of fire in his first senior All Ireland. It was the hardest day at the office endured by Ben in the colours of Belvedere, indeed the sole representative of his school in the race, placing around 51st, but no doubt will see the benefits of that experience in the future.

In the inter boys race over 5000, Aaron Cullen ran an excellent race to a 10th place finish, just missing out on winning International Schools honours. An outstanding run for an athlete who only 4 weeks ago was side lined  on the injured list. An outstanding run also by Daniel Stone (Belvedere) to 16th place, and 2nd scorer for Belvedere who won their first ever All Ireland Cross Country title. Daragh Carter was hampered by a back injury from the 2nd lap onwards but bravely completed the race in 36th place.

Finally our sole girl in action had a great run in the inter race. Sarah Bateson, a first year inter, and nervous as a kitten, ran like a well seasoned veteran, working her way into the race and finishing with a storming final lap, making up possibly a dozen places to finish around 36h.

Meanwhile back in Santry, at the Trinity Grounds the Irish Universities Cross Country took place today. Cathal Doyle ran very well indeed to place 5th for DCU. With Adam O`Brien 19th Joseph Keane 53rd and Alex Gibbons 60th as DCU took the team win by a single point!. Eoin Taggart (UCD) also had a quality run finishing 24th. In the women`s race Greta Streimikyte was 23rd Alannah Cooley (both DCU) was 37th.

That, boys and girls, brings the cross country season to a close. So clean those muddly spikes and stick in 5mm, `cos track is next!!



Jayme places 29th in English National (updated with round up)

Jayme Rossister had an excellent run in Saturday`s English National Cross Country at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London finishing a superb 29th place. The English National attracts a huge field, with today`s race having over 2,300 finishers in the senior men`s race which was won by Adam Hickey (Southend On Sea AC) in 39.35, Jayme recorded a time of 41.45 for the 12,000m race.

News from the States of Brian Flanagan winning his heat in the 5000 (15.12.19) for McNeese at the Southland Conference Indoors, held in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday the 23rd.

Also in the States on Saturday the 24th Aaron Hanlon was 8th in the 5000 Big East Indoors Staten Island in 14.30.89. Sean Doran, despite a wrong turn, was 2nd in the Fitzer 5k in 16.41.

Sunday: Sean Doran doubled up with another 5k road race, this time placing 3rd in the Duleek 5k in 16.03. Emer Brennan was 47th (22.02). Also today at the Adamstown Community Collge 10k David Mullen finished in 4th place (36.45)

Weekend round up: Rolus Silvers at National Combined Events (updated)

Rolus Olusa was a silver medallist at the National Indoor Combined Events in AIT Athlone today. Over the five events Rolus amassed a total of 3354 points to finish runner up behind defending champion Shane Aston (Trim AC). Rolus took wins in the day`s first event the 60H (8.27) and the final event of the day the 1000 (3.00.75), in between he was 2nd in the long jump (6.38m) and high jump (1.71m) and 3rd in the shot (11.24m).

On the country the BHAA season continued in Firhouse with the Eir XC races, Sean Doran had a great run to 4th place (29.05) in the 5 mile over a tough muddy course and in the women`s 2.5 mile Yvonne McDonagh was 16th (14.45).

Also news just in of a fine win in the US Collegiate Indoor circuit on Saturday the 20th, by Aaron Hanlon in North Kingston, Rhode Island over 3000 in 8.36.88 to win this race for the 2nd year in a row.

Clonliffe do the business up North!

The Celtic fire clearly burns deep in Sean O`Leary`s belly! 24 hours after seeing his GP who diagnosed a chest infection with the advise not to race, At yesterday`s Antrim International Cross Country at Greenmount Campus Sean had a day to match his one from Dungarvan in 2015. Running in the Ireland colours in the U/20 & 17 combined Celtic International he was in inspired form. After a very good start he settled in 7th place, with a lap to go be bolted from 7th to a clear 3rd and closing in on the leaders. At the finish an excellent 3rd (19.15) place overall and silver in the U/20 Celtic International .

Also in that race were the Clonliffe U/17s to 19s. Daniel Stone had his best race to date with an outstanding run to 34th place (20.45), followed in by Aaron Cullen 38th (20.55), 44th Ben Guiden (21.19), 52nd, with his best run of the season to date, Jordan Byrne (21.35), 62nd Stephen Cashin (22.10), 63rd Daragh Carter (22.11), 60th Ian McAlweeney (22.24) and 73rd, complete with both shoes, Thomas Baltazar (22.55).

In the open club race the Clonliffe Junior team, scorers Sean O`Leary, Jordan Byrne and Stephen Cashin were 1st and the 17s, Daniel Stone, Aaron Cullen and Ben Guiden were 2nd.

In the girls race a very young Clonliffe trio acquitted themselves very well. Young Aoife Hession was the star on the day leading the girls home in 58th place (17.29), closing followed by Abbey Sheehy 59th (17.35) and Sarah Bateson 60th (17.39), the team placing 4th in the open club completion.

In the IAAF Senior race over 8000m David Flynn had an excellent run to 13th place in 25.05, well in the mix with several of the International athletes, a good day also for Sean Doran who battled away in 62nd place (29.12)

In all a well worth while outing up North for all!

Antrim Cross Country this Saturday

A bus will be leaving the Stadium for Saturday`s (Jan 6th) Antrim Cross Country at 8.30 am. Athletes travelling please be there on time.

Clonliffe athletes entered include: seniors, Jayme Rossister, Aaron Hanlon, Sean Doran, David Flynn.

Juniors: Daniel Lacey, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne, Alex Hogan, Sean O`Leary (Irish Development Team)

U/18 boys: Ben Guiden, Aaron Cullen, Ian McAlweeney, Daniel Stone, Daragh Carter, Thomas Baltazar.

U/17 girls: Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy, Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Cliona Cooley (Junior)

Tons of warm clothes, drinks, snacks and some sterling if you want to buy lunch at the venue.

Good luck to all.


Cross Country and Varsities weekend round up

It was a quiet enough weekend on the country, being the week before Nationals. A few Harriers were in action including on Sunday afternoon, the 19th, Emer Treacy placing a very creditable 5th place in the Provincial Cross Country Championships held in Cáceres, Spain. Running for her Spanish Club, Arte Fisico, she competed in the ‘Cross de Velocidad’ over a distance of 400m – yes a 400m XC race!! From the gun, Emer broke fast and was in the leading group on the uphill climb to the 200m mark. At this point there was turnaround into the downhill finish and she finished out the race very strong. She recorded a time of 55 seconds to place 5th, out of a 17 strong field and 3 seconds behind the winner. It was a very determined run and an exciting race to watch for the large group of spectators. (Thanks to Martin Treacy for report).

Also on Saturday at Santry Demesne, the Irish Life BHAA Cross Country over 6k took place. Thomas Sherlock finished in 16th place (22.03) with Michael Cassidy  18th (22.09)  (any others text 0879599888)

Cathal Doyle ran an impressive Mile leg for DCU in the Intervaraities Road Relays in Maynooth recording a time of 4.36, 2nd fastest leg of the day. Adam O`Brien ran 9.58 for his 2 mile leg and Alannah Cooley 12.23, for her 2 mile.

Dublin Cross Country: Juveniles & Juniors to the fore

Yesterday, the 5th, a crisp November morning the Clonliffe course builders met at 8 a.m. to commence the construction of the course for the Dublin Cross Country Championships which were being hosted by Clonliffe in Santry Demesne. Three hours later the Dublin Championships were underway on what is a superb course in Santry but now one would suggest under-utilised with the Nationals seemingly now having a permanent home in Abbottstown.

Thus at the spiritual home of Irish athletics, Santry, the Dublins got underway. The first race with Clonliffe interest was the U/11s running over 1000 metres. It was great to see teams in both the girls and boys races all competing well and all safely making it to the finish.  The U/11 girls team was Ava, Sally-Anne, Megan, Grace, Rebecca and Eva.  Likewise the U/11 boys foursome all performed very well the team being Cormac, Cathal, Harry and Donogh.

Next up it was the U/13s where the boys were lead home by Jonathan Fitzsimons in 7th, taking a place on the Dublin team for Nationals, very good runs also from Callum and Alex. The girls also put in solid runs with Orla O`Sullivan first of the Harriers closing followed by Isobel Browne, Eabha, Aoife and Amelie.

The U/15 girls brought the first medals of the day for Clonliffe with a fine team performance led home, after possibly her best race to date, by Aoife Hession in 6th place, Alana Fitzsimons battled on gamely, despite being hampered by injury, to a gallant 7th place with the fast finishing Katie Halpin also having a storming run in 8th place.  Ella Cooley did all that was asked and more with a battling display in 23rd place which was enough to see the girls take well deserved team bronze to book their place in the Nationals on December 17th in Waterford.

Clonliffe only had one competitor in the U/15 boys race, also running over 3500 metres, Alex Neuroth finishing a fine 13th place.

The U/17 girls were next into the fray racing over 4000 metres. This was a young team, three of the four girls moving up from U/16s.  Top finisher, once again, was Sarah Bateson who had another outstanding last lap to finish in 11th place, with Abbie Sheehy 15th, Aimee Warren 17th and Vicky McDonnell, battling 24th the girls put in a fine performance and were just out of the medals in 4th place.

The U/17 boys again as expected, performed superbly and delivered team gold. Aaron Cullen once again was in superb form leading the team home in 2nd place.  Ben Guiden also had a very good run coming home in 7th place with a storming last lap, young Darragh Carter continues to impress in 10th with Daniel Stone exceeding expectations with a fine 13th place just ahead of Ian McElweaney in 14th.  The team was completed by Dermot Buckley 19th, Callum Simpson 20th, Evan Foster 22nd and Thomas Baltazer 37th.  The team with a total of 32 points tool well deserved Dublin gold.

The U/19s and juniors were mixed. Firstly the junior women which saw a full Clonliffe team and also a Clonliffe team in the U/19s.  The team was led home by Alannah Cooley in 7th place, next in was Ally Hernandez 11th, Hannah Browne 14th and Cliona Cooley 17th.  The girls were rewarded with bronze in the junior women’s race and in the U/19 race were also rewarded with bronze (Ally, Hannah and Cliona).

Next up was the Junior Men/U/19s. A strong Clonliffe team was in fine form with Sean O’Leary showing a welcome return to form in an excellent 2nd place followed some seven seconds later by Eferon Gidey, 3rd and Adam O’Brien in 4th place.  The 4th scorer was Daniel Lacey in 8th and the team then completed by Craig Giles, 10th, Joey Hession, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne and Kevin McKenna.  The junior men comfortably won the Dublin title on 17 points.  In the U/19s Sean O’Leary took gold with the team (O’Leary, Gidey, Lacey and Giles) also taking team gold.

Unfortunately Clonliffe had no entrants in the Dublin senior women’s championship which was won by Ciara Durkan (Skerries A.C.) with DSD taking the team title from Crusaders and Raheny Shamrocks.

In the men’s race the race was dominated by Raheny Shamrocks with Mick Clohisey successfully defending his title from Conor Dooney 2nd and DSD’s Killian Mooney 3rd.  First Clonliffe man was David Flynn in 6th place with Colm Rooney 7th.  Brian McMahon was 23rd, Eoin Taggart 33rd, Thomas Sherlock 36th, Sean Doran 37th, David Mullen 62nd, Wayne Walker 63rd and Thomas Frayne 66th.  The Clonliffe men finished out of the medals in 4th place with Raheny Shamrocks successfully defending their team title and winning the Padraig Keane Trophy.

The Padraig Keane Trophy was presented by Mary Keane and it was fitting to see so many of the Keane family at the presentation in the Clonliffe clubhouse post event.

Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank in particular all of the Clonliffe members, and indeed parents of members, who came out to assist the club in the hosting of these championships, not only the course builders but the people who came out to steward on the day and then help with the course deconstruction. True Clonliffe club spirit.

Next up is the National Even Ages which takes place in conjunction with the National Junior and National Senior Championships at Abbottstown in three weeks time, November 26th.  The juvenile uneven championships will take place in Waterford on December 17th.

Latest Letter from America

Brian`s letter from America: So on Wednesday last myself and a huge team in force travelled to Abeline Texas for the Southland Conference championships. Abeline is located in the central plains of the state of Texas (about 150 miles west of the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area – a whopping 11hrs bus ride from Lake Charles). It was a very dry cold and windy day. Temps were 38F (3C) considerably colder then SW Louisiana. Very strong winds made (25+ mph) made a seemingly fast course somewhat slower.
We were the highest ranked going into it, but we were left crushed after tieing for first place and loosing on count back. The race director estimated that it might even be an NCAA record for two teams being tied so closely together (take a close look at the places each man scored between the top two teams).
It’s a heart breaking defeat, and to say I am absolutely dejected is an understatement. But that’s sport, and this is life. I refuse to hang my head.
I finished 16th in 25:15. I was only beaten by Juniors, Seniors and graduate Students (3rd and 4th year students. I am a Freshman and I’ve 4 long years to go.
It wasn’t all bad either, in light of my efforts this season, Southland Conference voted me as the Conference Freshman of the Year, an achievement I’ll cherish forever. Next up is NCAA Division 1 South Central regionals in College Station TX in two weeks time. I look forward to rest and recovery in the mean time.

Rooney top Clonliffe at Autumn Open

After the Dublin Juvenile Championships in Abbotstown today the seniors took to the turf for the Athletics Ireland Autumn Cross Country. There were a number of the club`s athletes in action. In the men`s race Colm Rooney was first of the Clonliffe contingent in 16th place (24.12), 44th Eoin Taggart (26.22), 46th Thomas Sherlock (26.29)52nd Sean Doran (27.10), 66th Paul Keenan (30.52).

In the junior race Adam O`Brien placed 9th (19.42), with Sean Carrigg 26th (20.51).

Also competing were several Masters: 107th Niall Markey (31.33),  109th Tom Monks (33.13) and M65 5th Matt Slattery (19.32).

The only Clonliffe lady was Alannah Cooley 22nd in the junior race.

Weekend round up (updated)

A quiet enough weekend so far. Our USA exports were in action this weekend, yesterday (Friday the 13th) Aaron Hanlon was the 1st scorer for Providence at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin XC placing 119th in 24.54. Brian Flanagan also put in a solid shift for McNeese  today Saturday at the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey finishing 70th in 25.14 and being 4th scorer for The Cowboys.

At the Donade 10k on Saturday Brian MacMahon had another really good run to 2nd place (33.09) with Karl Nolan 4th (36.32). Also the BHAA Cross Country season got underway with The Teachers XC, some Clonliffe results to hand thanks to Tom Sherlock: 1st by a substancial margin was Colm Rooney, 7th Sean Doran, 13th Tom Sherlock. Others also in that race so if you ran why not share the feeling? (0879599888)

Also on Saturday Liam Roarty in England ran the Gloucestershire League at Crypt School, Gloucester yesterday for Cheltenham Harriers where he finished 21st out of 205 finishers in a time of 31:00 and 8th finisher for Cheltenham.

Sunday and Sean Doran was back at it again winning the Glenmore 5k in 16.03.


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