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Dublin Juvenile Championships: Day 2, Tallaght

A beautiful day in the Tallaght sunshine greeted the Clonliffe athletes for Day 2 of the Dublins. It was a little windy but on the whole a pretty fine day indeed.

Once again some top notch performances from the clubs athletes on both the track and in the field. Dublin titles were taken by Emma McDonnell adding the Girls U15 High Jump to her 800 title from last night. Kamil Gorkan won the boys U/19 high jump and in the U/16 high jump Christian Bosnjak was 2nd. Also in the field events Jonas Nyberg won the U/14 boys discus, with Keith Burke 3rd. In the long jump Sally Sumola took the girls U/14 Dublin title with a 4.62m best, and later silver in the 100.

After battling through last night`s heats Naoise Cullen took bronze in the girls U/14 800. Another athlete in the middle distance finals today was Jonathan Fitzsimons taking U/13 600 silver.

In the sprints Rebecca Fitzsimons took a fine win in the girls U/17 100 with Jessica Dedeku 3rd. Cathlin O`Reilly was also in golden form winning the U/18 100. While in the boys U/18 100 Mark Keirns was 3rd. Alex Toomey was 3rd in the girls U/15 100. A mention also of Karl Baleno who placed 4th in the boys U/12 60m

Last athletes in action were the 3000 crew who had a very long wait indeed until their races. Sarah Bateson made a fine debut over 3000 in the U/16 race with a blistering final 200 making up 10 meters on her rival to grab silver in a time of 11.35. The U/16 boys race was won by Daragh Carter after a stirring final 100 sprint to the line in 10.38. Daniel Stone impressed in the U/17 boys taking silver with a 10.04 run. In the U/18s Daniel Lacey was 3rd (9.39) with a fast finishing Jordan Byrne 4th (9.50) and Sam Baker Gorman 7th.


Great start to Dublin Championships by Clonliffe Juveniles

The first night of the Dublin Juvenile Championships kicked off the weekend in Morton Stadium. A good night for racing, a little cold but no rain! The menu tonight was a middle distance affaire 500s to 800s.

The younger age groups had heats with finals tomorrow. Some excellent runs from the younger Harriers with the highlights including: U/11 girls heats 5th Sarah McDonnell. U/12 boys 4th Cian O’Hare. U/13 girls 5th Orlando O’Sullivan. U/13 boys 5th Jonathan Fitzsimons.

Moving onto the 800s for the older groupings: U/14 girls 2nd Naoise Cullen and a place in tomorrow`s final in Tallaght.

The U/15 girls 800 was a final with great Clonliffe representation: Emma McDonnell, Ella Cooley, Alana Fitzsimons, Aoife Hession and Katie Halpin. In this race Emma McDonnell took up the running from the gun with a very brave Alana Fitzsimons sticking on her shoulder. Down the home straight Emma McDonnell was a cool 1st, the fast finishing Katie Halpin got herself up to 3rd and Alana`s brave run was rewarded with a 4th place finish and a place in the Nationals. Likewise the U/16 girls race had a strong Clonliffe presence with Ella Brown, Cara Beggs Curran, Vicky McDonnell and Amy Hodson all very much involved. Amy Hodson has a super run to finish in 2nd place.

The U/17 boys 800 was a stunningly fast race, won in 1.56. Cian Bolger was top Clonliffe in 3rd place and breaking new ground as he shattered two minutes with a 1.58.6 run, fine runs also by U/16 All Ireland school`s champion Aaron Hanlon n this race with a pb of 2.02.

Hannah Browne continued her excellent record in these Dublin Championships taking another win with a gun to tape win in 2.26.00 in the U/18 race. In the boys U/18 & 19 race Craig Giles was the class of the field winning a tactical race in sub 2, Shane Ferris took bronze, with Jack Horan 5th and a good warm up for tomorrow`s 3000 from Jordan Byrne. Jordan was today called up for the Irish Schools team in the 1500SC.


Clonliffe men win Dublin Road Novice plus weekend round up

The Clonliffe novice men on Sunday morning won the Dublin 5K Road Novice Championship held in Tallaght. The Novice is incorporated in the Tallaght 5k. With two in the top three of the novice it was a pretty solid win. Conor Keane lead the team home in 2nd, 6th overall (16.39), 3rd in the novice and 8th overall was Alex Gibbons (16.44), 9th Dave Brady (16.48) and 11th Thomas Ward (16.52), for a points total of 25. Jack Maughan was just out of the scoring 4 in 12th place (17.12)

(Pictured: 2017 Dublin Novice 5k Road Champions)

Also on Sunday Robert Reid, who has just rejoined Clonliffe after more than a few years away from the club, was 15th in the Boyne 10k in 37.56.

Meanwhile Liam Roarty place 6th in the 1500 heats at Saturday`s BUC Championship in 4.22.97. On bank holiday Monday Liam was 3rd in a 3000m at the Brewer Games, Cheltenham in a pb of 9.22.00.

Also today, bank holiday Monday Declan Power was 3rd in the Leinster 5k Novice and Masters Road Championships in Kilkenny and 1st master O/45 in 19.19. Back acrss the water Jayme Rossister was 4th in the BUC 3000 sc in 9.08.16.

Huge numbers at Dublin Juvenile Indoor C`ship weekend (updated)

Well we knew Abbottstown would be a crowd puller for the Dublin Juvenile Indoors! For the first time a true indoor championships in Dublin, the memory of shivering athletes in starting blocks as the snow fell is now in the distant past as the National Indoor Arena was revealed to many for the first time. Simply fantastic!

Day 1 Friday night was the relays drawing an unbelievable 220 plus teams to take part in the night`s events. There were Clonliffe teams taking part, putting the batten work of recent weeks to good use, and all put in a great nights work in a great atmosphere, with several teams battling through the early rounds to make finals. All can be proud of the efforts and commitment shown. Dublin championship medals were taken back to Santry by the U/12 girls, 2nd, the U/14 girls 3rd and U/14 boys 3rd. U/15 girls took silver, with the 2nd team also making the final and placing 6th.

On Saturday the middle distance squad were out in force for the 1500s. In this after some drama Abbie Sheehy fought gamely in the girls U/16 placing 5th after being well in contention over the early laps . Daragh Carter was excellent in the boys U/16 to finish 2nd and as always the battler supreme Dermot Buckley was superb to take bronze in 3rd place. the boys U/17 had a great black and amber presence with four athletes taking to the track, after a very fast opening lap things settled and at the finish Cian Bolger had silver around his neck, Ben Guiden in 4th grabbed a place in the Nationals, Aaron Cullen wasn`t far off him in 5th and Thomas Baltzar was 9th. Cliona Cooley ran very well over her 1500, just loosing a bit of ground 2 laps from home, but took bronze. Finally Stephen Cashin after a blistering open lap settled well and put in a solid run in 6th place U/18.

After a long day the sprinters got through several rounds to get to their finals. Pride of place went to Rebecca Fitzsimons who won the U/17 girls 60m in 7.8, (this result was subsequently reversed on further consideration of the photo finish). Sally Somula took silver in the girls U/14 60, Holly Roche got through to the final of the /15 60 where she place 5th. In the U/19 boys 60m, Camil Gorka finished in that unlucky 4th position, but goes through to the Nationals.

Day 3 Sunday the 12th and more excellent runs from the Clonliffe crew.  The 800s brought great success, Ella Brown running an excellent positive race was rewarded with silver in the U/16 girls. Likewise positive running paid off in spades for Hannah Browne in the U/18 race with her front running bagging gold as she successfully defended her Dublin title. A great run also by Cian Bolger in the U/17 race from the gun saw him control the race and then tuck into 2nd place until just before the bell when he blasted to the front to take a superb win.

Rebecca Fitzsimons put any disappointment she may have felt to one side and was simply brilliant in the U/17 200 final taking a clear win (no need for the photo finish on this occasion!) with club mates Rapha Diamond-Ebbs 3rd and Jessica a fraction behind in 4th. Running his first race was Ciaran Gartland and what a debut 3rd in the U/18 200.

Young Clonliffe shot putter Jonas Norvaisas was a class apart in the U/14 shot winning the Dublin title yet again by a distance of nearly 4m over 2nd!

As the afternoon continued more young Clonliffe athletes kept up the level of performance: Naoise Cullen taking bronze in the U/14 girls 800. Jonathan Fitzsimons silver in the U/13 600, bronze for Sally Sumola in the U/14 long jump adding to her 60m silver from yesterday. Also in the long jump, more success as James McDonnell took U/14 gold with training partner Keith Burke in 4th, both can now looked forward to the Nationals towards the end of next month. Star of the day, however, was Emma McDonald as she took double gold: U/14 high jump and 800. A great run also in this 800 by Aoife Hession in 4th place and bagging a spot in the National finals.

Well done to all the Clonliffe crew over the whole weekend, you’ve all done your club, coaches, families and yourselves proud. Nil desperandum.

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.

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 Cross Country Santry Sunday November 6th

Clonliffe Harriers will host the Dublin Cross Country Championships on Sunday , in association with Fingal County Council and Morton Stadium, at Santry Demesne Parkland. These Championships incorporate the Dublin uneven ages Juvenile Championships as well as the Dublin Junior and Senior Championships.

The event gets underway at 11 a.m. and will conclude with the Senior Men’s race over 10,000 metres at 2.45 p.m. The winning Senior Men’s team will be presented with the Padraig Keane Memorial Cup which has been commissioned by the Dublin Athletics Board in commemoration of the legendary Clonliffe man. Padraig holds the record for the most gold medals won in the Dublin Cross Country Championships.


Event Distance Start Time
U9 Girls 800m 11.00am
U9 Boys 800m 11.08am
U11 Girls 1500m 11.16am
U11 Boys 1500m 11.26am
U13 Girls 2500m 11.35am
U13 Boys 2500m 11.50am
U15 Girls 3500m 12.03am
U15 Boys 3500m 12.22pm
U17 Girls 4000m 12.39pm
U17 Boys 5000m 1.00pm
U19/Junior Ladies 4000m 1.25pm
U19/Junior Men 6000m 1.45pm
Senior Ladies 6000m 2.15pm
Senior Men 10000m 2.45pm

Clonliffe Teams:

Senior men: Ian Guiden, Brian MacMahon, Conor McGuinness, Eoin Taggart, Mark Doyle, Conor Keane, Tom Sherlock, Sean Doran, Ross Gannon, Ernie Ramsey, Conor Healy and Richard Owens.

Senior Women: Eimear O’Brien, Maura Matthews, Emma Cooper, Brid Beausang, Laura Kiernan and Eimear Brennan.

Junior Men: Cathal Doyle, Adam O’Brien, Eoin Keating, Sean O’Leary, Greg Hossenney, Alex Gibbons, Thomas Ward, Joseph Hession, Josh Stubbs, Kevin McKenna, Matthew Jenkinson, Jack Maughan and Finn McManus.

Junior Women: Laura Tuite and Alannah Cooley.

Boy’s U/17: Craig Giles, Shane Ferris, Daniel Lacey, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne, Harry Pierce, Sam Baker-Gorman, Ben Guiden, Cian Bolger, Aaron Cullen, Daniel Stone.

Girl’s U/17: Kate Hession, Hannah Browne, Cliona Cooley, Lauren Cox, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren.

Boy’s U/15: Daragh Carter, Sam Kowalczyk, Dermot Buckley, Dylan Foy, Stephen

Girl’s U/15: Ella Brown, Amy Hodson, Vicky McDonnell, Lea Brennan, Cara Beggs, Abby Sheehy.

There are also teams entered in the younger age groups at U/11 and U/13 for boys and girls. Needless to say the athletes, juveniles, juniors and seniors would all be most appreciative of Clonliffe support on the day. This is another big undertaking on behalf of the club so if anyone is available to help out on the day by way of stewarding please contact Jeremy Chapman by phone or text to087419718

Course builders will commence preliminary work on constructing the course on Saturday at 3 p.m. led by Paddy Marley and then on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. All stewards etc. to meet in the clubhouse at 10 a.m. for briefing by Alan Worrall and to be in position at 10.30 a.m.


Clonliffe Juveniles excel at Abbottstown Cross Country plus more

The Autumn Cross Country athletics opened the new National Cross Country course in Abbottstown today featuring the Dublin Juvenile Championships. The course itself was a pretty testing one with several hills and a 100m sandy section that drew much comment. The downpours of the weekend added a fair bit of mud into the mix. The lap was a long 2000m which brought the athletes into the woods and well away from spectators. The consensus from the athletes generally was that it was a fair but hard course, the spectators found it even tougher!

The club`s juvenile athletes all put in great shifts in their Dublins with several teams medalling and now going forward to the nationals. The girls U/14 squad were silver medallists the team lead home by 3rd place finisher Ava Mulvahill, with all the girls running strongly and rewarded with team silver: the scoring four of Eva 3rd, Aoife Hession 7th, Katie Halpin 13th, Holly Roche 14th, were backed up by  Alana Fitzsimons, Ella Cooley and Kristin McGrady-Hogan.

In the girls U/16 race a young Clonliffe team performed really well lead home by Ella Brown in 13th, Aimee Warren 15th, Vicki McDonnell 17th and Tess Loftus 19th to take team bronze.

The U/16 boys packed in text book style through out their 4,000m race with Aaron Cullen coming top Harrier in 4th, the Cian Bolger 5th, Ben Guiden 6th and Daniel Stone 7th to take the Dublin title. These 4 were backed up by Ian McElweeney 11th, Daragh Carter 22nd and in his first race Thomas Baltazar 24th.

Sean O`Leary was runner up in the U/18 race over 6,000m. Craig Giles was 4th, then Daniel Lacey 9th and Joseph Hession 13th to finished 2nd team. Good runs also by Finn McManus and Matthew Jenkinson. Our two U/18 girls, both moving up an age ran well with Hannah Browne placing 11th and Cliona Cooley 15th.

In the younger age groups it is pleasing to report that the club fielded teams both girls and boys in U/10 and U/12, all of who battled away and put in strong runs.

Next up for the juveniles is the uneven ages Dublins in Santry on November 6th.

On then to the senior programme which included juniors and masters in the mix. Cathal Doyle was the first Clonliffe junior in 4th place with Adam O`Brien 16th. In the senior race Eoin Taggart was 48th, Mark Doyle 59th, Thomas Sherlock 62nd, Sean Doran 85th, Niall Markey 165th and Tom Monks 166th. Matt Shattery was 6th O/65, Pat Bonass 2nd O/70 and Jummy Bennett 3rd O/75. Alannah Cooley ran well in the junior women`s race to 24th. In the senior women`s race Ciara Peelo was 84th 915th O/35) and Brid Beausang 88th (13th O/40).


U/16 Boys Dublin Champions


U/16 Girls Dublin Bronze, plus Hannah Browne


U/18 Boys Dublin Silver 


U/14 Girls Dublin Silver



U/12 Boys


U/12 Girls Dublin XC 2016

Also this weekend Liam Roarty finished 6th for Cheltenham Harriers in the Gloucestershire Cross Country league at Little Rissington and was 2nd scorer on their winning team. Aaron Hanlon was in action for Providence in the USA.

Meanwhile missed last weekend was Gary O`Hanlon`s win in the three quarters marathon in Longwood, Co. Meath and BarbaraSanchez`s bronze in the French Half Marathon in 76.48 in Baroeul close to Lille.

Dublin Juvenile Even ages XC C`ships/ Autumn Open

This Sunday the 16th sees the opening of the new cross country track in Abbotstown for the Dublin Juvenile championships and the Autumn Open. The map below is the most up to date now to hand:





More from the Golden girls at last night of Dublin Juveniles

The Dublin Juvenile Track and Field Championships finally concluded last night in Tallaght. The track action was the even age relays where the U/16 4 x 100 team took gold.

Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper reports: A great nights athletics at Tallaght last night first to take a gold medal for Clonliffe was Emma McDonnell in the U/14 high jump (deferred from a rain interrupted championship last week). Next were the U/16 girls 4 x 100. Both of the girls U/14 teams made it through to the final and finished up in silver and a brave 4th position. The U/12 4 x 100 boys won bronze and finally great battling runs by the U/14 boys and U/12 girls who also made their finals. Well done all!


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