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O`Leary wins Leinster Senior Schools XC

Clonliffe hosted the Leinster Schools Cross Country today in Santry Demesne. Despite recent rain the day dawned dry and fresh as the course building crew arrived at 8.00am. Two hours later a magnificent course was built. Although soft in places the ground held up remarkably well throughout the day`s cross country as the past part of 1000 young athletes raced for their schools with prestigious places in the All Ireland Schools on March 11th the reward.

The club`s athletes were once again in excellent form with some excellent performances. Stake outs included a fairly majestic win in the day`s final event the senior boys over 6000m by Sean O’Leary leading his St. Aidans team (O`Leary, Joey Hession, Greg Hossenny and Fin McManus) to Leinster silver.

In the inter boys 4,500 there was joy and sadness: joy for St. Aidans with a particularly fine run by Daniel Lacey in 9th taking team bronze (Lacey, Jordan Byrne and Cian Bolger), joy also for both Craig Giles in 5th and Aaron Cullen 13th going through as individuals, and for the Belvedere Clonliffe lads disappointment in placing 4th (Ben Guiden 17th and Daniel Stone 23rd) and their school`s cross country season now at an end.

In the junior boys race Daragh Carter was again very impressive a fine 5th place, and for St. Aidans Dermot Buckley was 19th leading St. Aidans through to the All Irelands in 2nd place.

Of the Clonliffe girls both Alannah Cooley and Amy Fay were well up in the senior race. A good run also by Tess Loftus scoring for Loreto on the Green as they grabbed 3rd place. In the younger ages all the Clonliffe girls battled well but unfortunately didn`t progress.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers for March 11th, a great achievement. Hard luck to those who didn`t but will no doubt fight another day. So for now the course building gear is packed away for the Spring and Summer as the Santry course (and course builders) takes a well earned break. Still track is only around the corner!

Round up: Rossister 12th at BUC XC, Dylan Ahern 5K, BHAA

The British Universities Cross Country took place at Graves Park, Sheffield today with two of the Harriers in action. Fine runs by both with Jayme Rossister having an excellent run to finish 12th in a time of 32:41 and 3rd finisher for Loughborough. Liam Roarty came 114th in a time of 36:08 and 1st finisher for the University of Gloucestershire. Loughborough came 2nd and University of Gloucestershire came 48th out of 57 teams.

Also today in Malahide Castle the Dylan Ahern 5k drew another big entry of almost 50 starters with an equally big turn out of officials and supporters. The winner was Caroline Daly, who was presented with the Dylan Ahern Memorial Cup, 2nd Shane Casey, 3rd Trevor Wisdom. Fastest man was Mick King 18.37 and fastest woman was Aimee Ahern 21.35.

The latest BHAA cross country race took place in the Phoenix Park. The only Clonliffe results we know are: 7th Conor Keane, 8th Sean Doran (club members who run in the BHAA races please note that this is the last time results will be posted here unless someone texts results to 0879599888, with respect life is too short for me to be searching for these results! So it`s up to you guys.)

Dylan Ahern Memorial 5k Saturday Feb 4th

The Dylan Ahern Memorial 5K takes place on Saturday February 4th at 11.30am.Please note this is not an open run but is confined to Clonliffe Harriers members and Invited family guests only. Those intending to run, should contact  Maurice  @ 0872582161 at the latest by Wednesday February 1st so that they may be included in the Handicap.

The presentation of prizes will be upstairs in Oscars on the Coast  Road at 1-45 pm. Note the times of the run and prize giving as many want to relax and watch the rugby international immediately thereafter.

Round up: Celtic Cross Country, Aaron wins in the States, BHAA

A busy weekend for Clonliffe also included three of the club`s athletes winning International honours. Today`s Celtic Cross Country in Cardiff featured great runs by three of our up and coming young athlete. In the junior race in the Irish colours both Sean O`Leary and Adam O`Brien put in impressive runs finishing 13th and 14th as the Irish juniors took team first. Eoin Taggart was also in green in the U/23 race placing 29th.

In the USA Aaron Hanlon had a fine indoor 3000 win for Providence at the University of Rhode Island Invitational in a time of 8.32.98.

Yesterday`s EIR BHAA Cross Country 5 Mile in Cherryfield Park, Dublin saw Sean Doran place 6th and Conor Keane 11th. Full results

Jayme places 11th in Birmingham XC League

Clonliffe UK based duo Jayme Rossister and Liam Roarty were in action in the Birmingham Cross Country league in Coundon Hall Park, Coventry yesterday. An impressive run by Jayme in the Loughborough colours to finish 11th and 6th finisher for the crack squad. Liam running for Cheltenham Harriers placed 68th from a big field of some 285 finishers.


Successful trip up North for the Black `n` Amber

A very successful trip to the IAAF International Cross Country for the Clonliffe juvenile and junior athletes today. The fear of Artic conditions failed (thankfully) to materialize although the snow up North of recent days had for a mud bath as the day`s proceedings wore on. Indeed the slippery conditions caught many an athlete out, including Dermot “Bambi” Buckley who managed a hat trick of falls, one during his race and two during his warm up! At the day`s end all four Clonliffe teams featured in the top three of their respective races.

First into the fray were the 15 boys. In this race Aaron Cullen had an excellent outing with a very positive run from the gun to come home in 8th place in a time of 13.30 for the 3,600m race. Daragh Carter once again was in superb form with a fine 14th place. After an outstanding last lap Ian McElweeney made up a lot of ground to take 37th, with “Bambi” Buckley managing to stay on his feet long enough to grab 56th place. With three to score the Clonliffe lads took a fine 3rd place.

Next up the 17 girls running with the junior women in what proved to be as tough a test of these athletes as one could get over 3,600m. Still all four battled away gamely and were rewarded with 2nd place: Tess Loftus 25th, Hannah Browne 26th, Aimee Warren 27th and Cliona Cooley 30th. Alannah Cooley in the junior race had a fine run ahead of this group and placing 11th junior women.

As with the girls the 17 boys were in with the junior men and all rose exceptionally well to the challenge. With his best run to date for Clonliffe Jordan Byrne was top dog after a great neck and neck sprint with Ben Guiden, who had a brilliant final lap, both recording identical times of 21.03 for the 5,600 distance in 24th and 25th. Next in was Cian Bolger 26th in 21.11, Daniel Stone 28th (21.24), 36th Stephen Cashin (22.05) , 49th Sam Baker-Gorman (23.17) and 56th Jack Horan (23.44). The 17 boys took 3rd place. In the junior section Sean O`Leary lead the pack home in 7th recording a time of 19.08, next in his comeback proper was Sean Carrig 17th (20.39) and in a starring roll today Alex Gibbons 18th in 20.45,these scoring three took 2nd team,  a place behind Alex was Joey Hession (20.56), 22nd Greg Hossenny (21.17) and running his first ever cross country race Paddy Gleeson 29th (23.18).

The last Clonliffe athlete in action was Dave Flynn in the Ireland vest in the International men`s race. The course at this stage was a grassless mud pit and difficult to negotiate. Flynner put in a strong shift to place 19th.

So a good day and a nice start to 2017 and for the juveniles a good start to the up coming schools XC ahead with the DCU Invitational to be faced on Wednesday.

Photos from Antrim click:


International call up for Flynner

David Flynn has received Ireland`s call for Saturday`s Antrim IAAF Cross Country in Greenmount. David will run on the Irish team of 4 in the prestigious race and will enjoy good support from the travelling Clonliffe juvenile and juniors teams also competing.

Clonliffe hit the road for Antrim Cross Country

Clonliffe will make the annual trip North on Saturday morning for the IAAF Antrim Cross Country in Greenmount Campus. The bus will leave Morton Stadium at 8.30am, this bus is also available for any other athletes competing.

The Clonliffe teams competing are:

15 boys: Aaron Cullen, Ian McIweeney, Daragh Carter, Dermot Buckley, Sam Kowalczyk, Thomas Baltzar

17 Girls: Hannah Browne, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren, Cliona Cooley

17 Boys: Sam Baker-Gorman, Daniel Stone, Cian Bolger, Jordan Byrne, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin, Jack Horan

Junior women: Alannah Cooley

Junior men: Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey, Sean O`Leary, Adam O`Brien, Joey Hession, Thomas Ward, Alex Hogan, Alex Gibbons, Paddy Gleeson, Jack Maughan, Sean Carrig, Greg Hossenny

Note to Clonliffe athletes: 12mm spikes likely to be needed, plenty of warm clothes, drinks, food and sterling if you want to buy hot food at the event.

Round up: Malahide Christmas Race, Meet & Train plus more

With Christmas only around the corner this weekend was a quiet enough affaire. Yesterday saw the Clonliffe members who training in Malahide hold their 33rd annual Christmas 3 Mile handicap with a turn out of some 30. Winner of the O`Rourke Shield was Aimee Ahern, 2nd Jimmy Bennett and 3rd was the course recorder holder Martin Treacy (in 1986 Martin blasted around the course in 15.42). Fastest was Kevin Dowling (19.03).

At the Believe and Achieve Indoor Meet in Athlone IT U/16 athlete Cian Bolger ran an excellent 600 recording a time of 1.29.

Today: Round 2 of the Meet & Train Cross Country league took place in Tymon Park. There was a big field in the race of close to 150 lead home by Clonliffe`s Ciara Peelo in 1st place, Aisling Andrews 21st, Brid Beausang 22nd, Emer Brennan 24th, Aideen Brady 26th and Laura Kernan, all making up the A team. The B team also all ran very well: Claire Roche 35th, Ailish Patton 39th, Orla Deignan 56th, Yvonne McDonagh 66th, Melissa Curran 76th and Evelyn Brennan 79th.

Also today Sean Doran with 5th in the Drogheda 5k in 16.19.

Clonliffe athletes called up for Celtic International

Eoin Taggart has received his first International call up. Eoin will run for Ireland U/23s in the Celtic International Cross Country in Wales on January 22nd. Also called up in the Junior race are Sean O`Leary and Adam O`Brien (Development team)


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