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European Clubs Track and Field – Clonliffe promoted to Group A

European Athletics have confirmed that Clonliffe Harriers have been promoted from Group B to Group A for this season’s European Champion Clubs Track and Field Championships.

This superb news was only received in recent days and means that Clonliffe will for the first time dine at the top table of European Athletics. Group A takes place over two days in Birmingham, hosted by Birchfield Harriers on Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th.

There is a full programme of athletics at the Championships:

Track: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 3000, 5000, 110H, 400H, 3000 SC, 4 x 100 relay and 4 x 400 relay.

Jumps: High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault.

Throws: Shot Putt, Discus, Hammer, Javelin

Ten teams will compete in Group A. There is some top class opposition including crack squads from Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Belgium and of course from the hosts Birchfield Harriers:


Sparta AM (DEN)

Playas de Castellon (ESP)

Birchfiled Harriers (GBR

Cosma (LTU)

Sport Lisboa E Benfica (POR)

AD Mass Ljubljana (SLO)

Enka (TUR)

Clonliffe Harriers (IRL)

AC Stavbar Nitra (SVK)

This represents a tremendous opportunity for the club and the club’s athletes to compete at the highest level for the club. Last year in Group B in Portugal the team performed exceptionally well to place 3rd and only some three points off second place and, with hopefully a full strong squad available, will look forward with confidence to the competition in group A.

History made at European Champions Clubs

“An historic day” is an often used expression. Sometimes it`s not necessarily so, whilst at other times a more apt expression couldn`t be found. Well, May 27th 2017 in Lieria, Portugal was an historic day in the long proud history of Clonliffe Harriers. The day when this club did not merely take part in the European Champions Clubs but competed in the European Champions clubs. Then at 7.30pm proudly stepped onto the podium to be presented with European Group B bronze medals. History was made!

To say it was an emotional experience is an understatement. From the off these unbelievable battlers in black and amber competed from the first event at 10.00 am, the hammer with Simon Galligan, until that nail biting 4 x 400 eight hours later. In between every emotion under the Portuguese sun as we went from 2nd to 3rd to 4th and back up to 3rd. The team spirit among these young men was infectious all supporting, cheering and encouraging one another. All true to the club`s moto: “Nil desperandum”.

The start on Saturday morning was the foundation stone for the performance. It was rock solid. The first man into battle was Simon Galligan in the hammer circle. Simon put in a great performance with a best thrown of 53.98m to bag a precious 4 points for 3rd place. In the meantime Timmy Crowe had the task of opening the track programme and an impressive opening it was as Timmy also took 3rd place with a 54.30 . Next in Jayme Rossister in the 3000 sc. After a couple of very slow opening laps, indeed Jayme later reported one of his competitors saying: “I think this is very slow is it?”, Jayme took it up quickly opening a gap to come home a very comfortable winner in 9.20.86,  some 60m clear of 2nd. It was indeed a dream start!

(pictured: Jayme Rossister winner 3000 SC)

As the day continued towards lunchtime, more solid points scoring: Mark McDonald 5th 800 (1.56.86), Dara Kervick stepping into the breach as he ran the 100 placing 4th (10.91), later in the day Dara was back in the block for the 200 where he suffered a hamstring injury but still managed another 4th place finish. Luke Mangan was also solid 4th in the shot 14.20m, only a cm off 3rd position.

By lunchtime the Clonliffe team were 3rd.

The solid point scoring continued: Rolus Olusa was 3rd in both the 110H (15.50) and triple jump (15.50m). Another field eventer doubling up was Keith Mark 3rd in the long jump (7.06m) and later in the afternoon 4th in the high jump (1.90m). Luke Lennon-Ford was a great addition to the team as he took 3rd in a hot 400, Luke recording 47.62.

Of course things do not always go to plan and with no Pole Vaulter or Discus thrower travelling (although in fairness Stephen Rice, a top class javelin thrower did give the discus a go winning a point), we were hit hard and slipped back to 4th place. Was the dream over?

(Pictured: Richard Owens Winner 1500m)

Then, however, the middle distance guys threw their lot in to stunning effect. Richie Owens in a tactical 1500 (opening laps of 75/80 seconds!) bolted at 800 and ran away from the pack, another Clonliffe win (4.09.45), then in the 5000 and another top class Clonliffe performance to take 2nd place (14.57.61) and 5 points. Then Ian Guiden in the 3000 ran the legs off the opposition, again tactical opening laps, until Ian went for home 5 laps out another 6 points (9.00.64).

(Pictured: Ian Guiden winner 3000m)

This golden middle distance hour along with Rory Gunning`s 2nd place in the javelin (59.36m) put us right back into a podium position with the relays to go. And in a relay anything can happen. Clonliffe were neck and neck with Haag Atleliek (NED).  The 4 x 100 squad did exactly as required with a super 2nd leg from Keith Marks to take 4th. Now just the 4 x 400 to go, and if we can keep the Dutch behind it would indeed be a Glory Day.

At this stage the Italian team were well clear of all. So as the gun went Luke Lennon-Ford leading off all Clonliffe eyes are on the yellow vests of Haag, Luke passes on to 1500 hero Richie a brilliant leg sees Clonliffe hold second but the gap is back to a fraction, onto Mark McDonald with crisp change overs, Mark in turn to Timmy Crowe, who just needs to keep ahead of yellow, only problem is yellow is sitting on Timmy`s shoulder! Cool and calm, a little glance over the shoulder, an injection of pace and Timmy is coming down the home straight a couple of meters clear, 2nd place in the 4 x 400 and bronze is secure. Glory days!!

Then of course the long wait. Until finally the official results are announced over the pa: “Third place representing Ireland, Clonliffe Harriers”. Emotion engulfs: cheers, hugs and high fives.

1st Atletica Riccardi (ITA) 97 points

2nd AC Stavbar Nitra (SVK) 78 pints

3rd Clonliffe Harriers (IRL)  75 points.

(Pictured: “Glory Days!”, Clonliffe Group B Bronze medallists)

A first ever podium for Clonliffe after decades of European campaigns. This is history and it means so much to our club. Thank you our brilliant athletes, Club Captain Joe Cooper, the club`s coaches, in particular John Shields and Peter McDermott, the Committee for their support and a special thank you to “Three Young Amigos” (Sean, Craig and Kamil)

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Clonliffe Harriers ready for European action

Clonliffe Harriers men`s team as the National League Champions will represent Ireland at the European Champion Clubs Track and Field (Group B) Championships this Saturday in Leiria, Portugal.

The Clonliffe Men’s have been regular participants in recent years at these Championships and head to Portugal tomorrow evening with a strong track and field team that looks well capable of challenging for honours.

The team travelling includes a strong blend of experienced campaigners and youth. Included in the team is, for example, national javelin champion Rory Gunning, the vastly experienced Luke Lennon-Ford who of course has competed at the highest level of the sport, former National 400 indoor champion Dara Kervick who will run over both 100 and 200, Arran Hanlon who has had a superb season in the US and has qualified to represent Ireland in the European U/23 Championship10,000m later in the summer and Keith Marks who broke Hugo Duggan’s longstanding Clonliffe club long jump record at these championships last year.

Clonliffe will be up against the Italian champions Atletica Riccardi, Haag Atletiek of the Netherlands, Finnish champions Tampereen Pyrinto, CA Dudelange (LUX) and AC Stavbar Nitra (SVK).

The full Clonliffe team is:

100/200 – Dara Kervick

400 – Luke Lennon-Ford

800 – Mark McDonald

1500 – Richie Owens

3000 – Ian Guiden

5000 – Arran Hanlon

3000 SC – Jayme Rossiter

110H – Rolus Olusa

400H – Timmy Crowe

Long Jump/High Jump – Keith Marks

Triple Jump – Rolus Olusa

Javelin – Rory Gunning

Shot – Luke Mangan

Hammer – Simon Galligan

Discus – Stephen Rice

Pole Vault – David Donegan

4 x 100 (from) Dara Kervick, Rolus Olusa, Kamil Gorka, Craig Giles, AN Other

4 x 400: (from) Mark McDonald, Luke Lennon-Ford, Dara Kervick, Timmy Crowe, Craig Giles

Travelling reserve – Sean O’Leary

The competition takes place on Saturday the 27th and gets underway with the hammer competition at 10 a.m. with Simon Galligan first into the arena and finishes up with the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 400 relays that evening.  Live results will be available on

Vice Captains Log: Euro Clubs T & F

Club Vice Captain Conor McGuinness Reports: With several changes to the Mens Senior Track and Field Team throughout the week,  Clonliffe finished in 7th position out of 10 teams from across Europe. This was only 10 points off 4th position in the overall team standings.
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We arrived late in Lisbon airport on Friday night where Eoin Pierce met us in the terminal having arrived earlier from London. Experience triggered Joe to do a head count, where it was discovered that Mark McDonald had gone wandering off in pursuit of coffee and wifi. The Captain was “not interested”. However, on our second attempt we made our way to the bus for the 1hr 30mins journey to the city of Leiria. Upon arrival at the accommodation around midnight, Ian Rogers was onsite in advance and had prepared all of the athletes race numbers etc. With an early start to events on Saturday morning, most of the team were down at breakfast before 7am, with everyone kitted out in the new luminous orange Clonliffe t-shirts. These were much of the talk of the weekend, allowing the Captain to keep track of various messer’s from afar.
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Upon arriving at the stadium there was no sign of the thunderstorm which has been forecasted, instead we were greeted with sunshine and a superb view of the Castle of Leiria. First on the track was Timmy Crowe who finished 3rd in the 400m hurdles, having hit a hurdle in his warm up beforehand. The race was won by Paul Byrne who was representing Birchfield Harriers. Mark McDonald battled well over 800m – his first of 3 races on Saturday to finish 8th. Meanwhile Marcin Klinskow and Luke Mangan were competing off campus in the Shot and Discuss events respectively. Marcin placed 9th and Luke 8th. Also competing outside the stadium was Simon Galligan who perormed well with two 55m throws in the Hammer to take 4th place. David Flynn, having flown back from California the day before,  lead out the 3000m s/c looking smooth throughout and made a move with 3 laps to go where he took the win comfortably. Ian Rogers placed 6th in the Pole Vault with changing cross wind conditions in the stadium proving challenging.  Junior athlete, Keith Marks looked good in his first jump of the day – getting several roars from the Clonliffe crowd – where he went on to record a new personal best of 7.48m to finish 2nd. With this excellent form he will be eyeing up the world junior standard of 7.60m in the coming weeks. Keith Pike ran the 100m finishing in 3rd place in a time of 10.97. Then, less than 2 hrs after his 800m race, Mark Mc Donald was in the blocks for the 400m, where he finished 4th in 51.91. Next up was Antonio Garcia where he finished 3rd in the 110m hurdles in a time of 15.02.
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With a break from events in the afternoon, the organisers of the programme set up a Les Mills Fitness Workout on the home straight of the track. Chris Sibanda and David Flynn quickly taking up the opportunity to display some dance moves for the crowd! After his dancing, Chris Sibanda ran a pb of 21.55 to finish 4th in a strong 200m field. (Fellow Harriers take note!). Next up was Eoin Pierce who raced well in the 1500m, however, didn’t have the speed over the last lap having just returned from injury to finished 7th. Over at the High Jump, Andrew Heaney placed 6th in 1.94m as he looks to come back into form.  Aaron Hanlon dropped down to the 5000m after his recent 10000m performance where he took up the lead for the first half of the race, then  finishing in 4th in a time of 14.37. Rory Gunning was happy with his performance, throwing a pb of  62.36m to take 4th in the Javelin. Next up was Junior Adam O Brien who ran well in the 3000m, where there was a mix of sunshine and showers in his race. Adam finished 5th with a new personal best of 8.51 to take home. More to come from him this season. In the latter stages of the programme, the 4 X 100m (made up of Pierce Friel, Chris Sibanda, Stuart Roche and Keith Pike) had their first run of the season together finishing 4th in a time of 42.64. Finally, the mens 4X400m event required distance eventers Mark McDonald, Eoin Pierce, Josh Stubbs and David Flynn. All eager to clock a fast time for bragging rights! With heavy legs from earlier events during the day, they finished 6th in a time of 3.34.
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After the event the general consensus was that 4th place was certainly in our grasp. However, with a number of personal bests recorded and some notable performances, there is certainly evidence of excellent future prospects in this league. As we left the stadium, attention turned to the Champions League Final, as we made our way into the main square in Leiria and cheered on Athletico Madrid (under strict instruction from Antonio Garcia and his father).
Well done to all.
Conor McGuinness

A win and two club records at Euro clubs

Clonliffe athletes performed admirably in the Portuguese city of Leira today at group B of the European clubs Track and Field Championships. David Flynn had a fine win in the 3000 sc in 8.55.13 to rack up maximum points for the black and amber.

There were record settling performance in the field events. Rory Gunning wiped his own two week javelin record from the books as he bettered the existing record twice in the competition finally recording a best and new club record of 62.36m as he placed 4th. Then there was the performance of young Keith Marks, who is still in secondary school, as the oldest standing record on the books was finally bettered. Hogo Duggan`s 1969 long jump record of 7.20m was bettered with a 7.40m and then a 7.48m jump as Keith took an excellent 2nd place.

Other outstanding contributions came from another youngster Adam O`Brien, after a late call up to action, placing 5th in the 3000 in 8.51.89  and Aaron Hanlon 4th in the 5000 with a 14.38.43 run and Antonio Garcia 3rd in his 110h race (15.02).

Clonliffe results:

100 Keith Pike 3rd 10.97

200 Chris Sibanda 4th 21.55

400 Mark McDonald 4th 51.91

800 Mark McDonald 8th 1.57.48

1500 Eoin Pierce 6th 3.58.31

3000 Adam O`Brien 5th 8.51.89

5000 Aaron Hanlon 4th 14.38.43

110H Antoinio Garcia 3rd 15.02

400H Timmy Crowe 4th 53.61

3000SC Dave Flynn 1st 8.55.13

Javelin Rory Gunning 4th 62.36m (New Clonliffe Record)

Hammer Simon Galligan 4th 55.59m

Discus Marcin Klinskow 9th 35.66m

Shot Luke Mangan 8th 13.59m

Long Jump Keith Marks 2nd 7.48m (New Clonliffe Record)

Triple Jump Niall Counihan 6th 13.79

High Jump Andrew Heney 6th 1.94m

Pole Vault Ian Rogers 7th 4.20m

4 x 100 4th 42.64

4 x 400 6th 3.34.66

On the spot report from Conor McGuinness coming soon!


Euro Clubs update/Live Streaming

The Clonliffe team are currently travelling to Portugal for tomorrow`s Group B European Club`s Track and Field Championships. There has been a required last minute shuffle of the pack by Joe Cooper as both Brian Gregan and Gary Murray have had to unfortunately pull out.

It looks like Aaron Hanlon will now switch from the 3000 to 5000 with either Eoin Pierce or young Adam O`Brien taking on the 3000 with the other doing the 1500. The 400 is a little more problematic and the decision on that will be called later. Otherwise all have reported fit and well.

The event is being live streamed from Leiria. Use this link:

Also official results can be found on:

Clonliffe men head to Portugal for Euro Clubs

On Friday the Clonliffe Harriers Men’s Track and Field team heads to Europe for the European Clubs Champions Track and Field Championship Group B. The Championships take place on Saturday in Leiria, Portugal which was the same venue where the Junior Men’s Track and Field team competed back in 2012.

There is a very strong men’s team which will challenge for honours in most events, the goal is promotion to Group A.   The team will face clubs from across Europe including Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Slovenia and Slovakia.

The team includes seasoned campaigners and national champions including Brian Gregan who goes in the 400, Ian Rogers in the pole vault and Rory Gunning in the javelin. Also competing will be seasoned campaigners including David Flynn,  Gary Murray, who was earlier this week named in the Irish team for the European Championship half marathon which takes place in Amsterdam in July, international athlete Timmy Crowe and Aaron Hanlon who has just returned to Ireland for the summer from college in Providence in the United States. Also competing will be top class athletes Chris Sibanda and Keith Pike.

The Clonliffe team for Saturday`s Championships in the sprint is Keith Pike, Chris Sibanda, Brian Gregan, the 4 x 100 squad from Chris Sibanda, Pierce Friel, Stuart Roche, Keith Pike and Anthony Fernandez Garcia. Over the hurdles Anthony Fernandez Garcia is named in the 110 with Timmy Crowe in the 400 hurdles.

The middle distance athletes competing include Gary Murray, Eoin Pierce, David Flynn,Aaron Hanlon, Adam O`Brien and Mark McDonald. In the field events Clonliffe will be represented by Ian Rogers, Andrew Heney, Keith Marks, Simon Galligan, Marcin klinskow, Luke Mangan and Rory Gunning.  Also travelling as part of the squad and in the squad for the 4 x 400 is Josh Stubbs.

All in the club wish the athletes and captain and coaches the very best of luck.

Opposition confirmed for European Club`s Track and Field

Although on a day like today the Summer Track & Field season may seem a long way away European Athletics have confirmed the teams for group B/C of the Men`s Champion Club`s Track and Field which takes place once again in Dubnica, Slovakia on May 25th. Between now and then of course there is the matter of the senior men also competing in the European Club`s Cross Country on February 3rd in Castellon, Spain.

Teams for European Club`s Track & Field:

CZE TJ Dukla praha

SUI LC Zurich

ISR Maccabi Tel-Aviv

SLO Mass

SVK AK Spartak Dubnica nad Vahom


IRL Clonliffe Harriers AC

NED Phanos

SRB Partizan

BIH AK Borac

FIN Jyväskylan Kenttäurheilijat

LUX C.S.L. Cal-Spora Lux.

GRE Olympiakos A.C

Men`s team finish well down at European Clubs

Bad news from Slovokia where the Clonliffe senior men today finished in 7th place overall in group B of the European clubs track and field. This is a bitterly disappointing result with few positives. Club Captain Joe Cooper was honest in his appraisal describing the result as poor. On the plus side John Fagan put in a strong performance finishing 2nd in the 400H (54.51). Once again star performer in the field events was Tomas Rauktys who placed 3rd in both the shot (16.59) and discus (51.58) and a good day`s work  also put in by David Donegan, despite having to borrow poles (his were held up in Ireland), finishing 3rd in the pole vault  with an excellent best of 4.80m and then just narrowly failing in  his attempt at a new club record at 5.05. Andrew Heney jumped 2.00m in the high jump and Jamye Rossiter ran an impressive 3,000sc PB of 9.16.16 in placing 4th.

Full results: 100m 8th Keith Pike 11.14, 200m 8th Keith Pike 23.01, 400m 7th John Laffey 49.93, 800m 7th Kris Valters 1.55.89, 1500m 7th Dave Fitzmaurice 4.17.77, 3,000m 5th Gary O`Hanlon 8.48.40, 5,000m 8th Brian McMahon 15.33.14, 110h 4th Matt Field 14.93, 400h 2nd John Fagan 54.51, 3,000sc 4th Jayme Rossiter 9.16.16, High Jump 5th Andrew Heney 2.00m, Long Jump 9th Andrew Heney, Triple Jump Tomas Drinia NJ, Pole Vault 3rd Dave Donegan 4.80m, Shot 3rd Tomas Rauktys 16.59, Discus 3rd Tomas Rauktys 51.58, Javelin 8th 47.55, Hammer 7th 56.13, 4 x 100m 9th, 4 x 400m 7th.

In the States David Flynn had a run which to say the least didn`t please him in the NCAA Division 1 Preliminary at the University of Texas finishing well down the field in 14th place way off his current form in 9.22.64.

Finally some good track and field news: in Oordegem, Belgium on saturday night Leah Moore ran a 200m PB of 24.73 last night finishing 4th and earlier in the meet was 2nd in the 100m in12.11.

These results now appear on the Clonliffe current and all time lists on the “Performances” page of this site. Please pay a visit.

Clonliffe men head to Slovokia for European Clubs

The Clonliffe mens track and field team travel to Dubnica, Slovokia on Saturday for Group B of the European Clubs Championship. Captain Joe Cooper has selected a pretty strong team, although as a result of injuries and unavailability of some of the club`s top athletes, the team is slightly weakened. The guys will no doubt give a good account of themselves with a team that includes experience and some exciting young talent. The travelling team is: Keith Pike, Kris Valters, Dave Fitzmaurice, Brian McMahon, Gary O`Hanlon, Jayme Rossiter, John Fagan, Dave Donegan, Matt Field, Andrew Heeney, Paul Marry, Martin Hunt, Tomas Rauktys, Tomas Drinia, John Laffey, Daniel Doran, Ciaran Donohue and Brian Tobin. The management team is Joe Cooper, Jeremy Lyons and Stephen Harkness.

On Sunday Clonliffe will face: Sparta AM (DEN), AK Sparkan Dubnica nad Vahom (SVK), Macabi Tel Aviv (ISR), Phanos (NED), Entente Franconville Cesame Val d’Oise (FRA), AC Crvena Zezada, Belgrade (SRB), Jyvaskylan Kenttaurheilijat (FIN).  The team will return home on Monday. The very best of luck to Joe and the team.


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