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Grand Prix Report: Doran makes a splash!

Report by Liam Hennessy; The Grand Prix Series continued on Saturday with the 55th Running of The Ahern Cup, 10 Mile Race, Incorporating the Club Championship, held at Malahide at 12 noon. The race was kindly sponsored by Maurice Ahern. The weather was poor with heavy rain showers a factor throughout the race. There was a fine turnout with many runners using the race as preparation for the upcoming Dublin Marathon. At noon precisely, the race director and his team readied the runners and last minute instructions were given before the bugle sounded and we had the off. 54 runners started along with a huge turnout of officials.

Full list of Results as follows;

  1. Sean Doran – 55.11
  2. Dermot Faughnan – 64.35
  3. Shane Casey  – 65.05
  4. Murray Ahern  – 65.11
  5. Mick Gleeson – 65.18 – Massive PB !!
  6. Stephen Tracey – 65.23
  7. Dessie Shorten – 66.56
  8. Philip O’ Doherty – 67.44
  9. Kevin Dowling – 68.08
  10. Shane Rooney – 70.10
  11. Richie Barr – 70.21
  12. Aideen Brady – 70.35
  13. Tom Griffin – 70.38
  14. Trevor Wisdom – 72.54
  15. Conor Jennings – 73.10 – Massive PB !!
  16. Aimee Ahern – 73.32
  17. Adrian Gerard – 73.53
  18. Alex Eustace – 73.55
  19. Paul Walsh – 74.00
  20. Clodagh Moriarty  – 74.52
  21. Laura Kernan – 75.22
  22. Colm Leonard – 75.22
  23. Sean Grimes – 75.22
  24. Kevin Sheedy – 75.42
  25. Philip Matthews – 75.48
  26. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 75.50
  27. Declan Grant – 77.42
  28. Mary Kettner – 78.19
  29. Eimear Brennan – 78.19
  30. Tom Summerville – 78.19 – Massive PB !!
  31. Declan Murray – 81.51
  32. Orla Deighan – 83.12
  33. Graham Ralph – 83.12
  34. Mandy Mc Menany – 83.27
  35. Niall Markey – 83.27
  36. Ann Lyons  – 83.27
  37. Dave Lyons – 83.29
  38. Gerry Fay – 85.46
  39. Karen Mc Affee – 87.53
  40. Evelyn Brennan – 88.12
  41. Anthony O’Brien – 88.12
  42. Yvonne Mc Donagh – Clock time 92mins  – Actual time – 86.00
  43. Pat Devitt – 93.12
  44. Dave Brady – 94.05
  45. Sandra Coleborn – 94.43

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

It was clear to see that the race was enjoyed by everyone despite the weather. Most runners were muddied and wet and there was a large cloud of steam rising from the finishers, who gathered to chat and mull over their performances !

Many thanks to the many officials, who helped make this race such a success. Thanks also to everyone who took part. With two races remaining in this years Grand Prix it looks like its going to be a cracking run in to the finish. The excitement is building !!!

The last two races in the series are as follows;

Round 15 – Saturday, November 10th,  The Irwin Cup, 6k Cross Country Race, Incorporating the Club Cross Country Championship – Santry Demesne – 12 Noon. Spikes are recommended, as underfoot conditions may prove difficult with soft ground.

Round 16 – Saturday, November 24th, The Horan Cup, 6 Mile Cross Country Race – Santry Demesne – 12 Noon. Spikes recommended.

We hope to see a great turnout for the remaining races.

See you there !!

Doran retains club 10 mile championship

The Clonliffe club 10 mile championships  included in the 14th round of the Grand Prix Series took place in torrential rain in the grounds of Malahide Castle today.

Thankfully fears of fallen trees on the circuit from storm Callum proved unfounded but instead the almost 60 starters negotiated large areas of standing water dumped by the non stop overnight and morning rains.

With 4 laps of the grounds to look forward to the field were sent on their way at noon with a great turn out of stewards on course.

Winner of the Ahern Cup and the 2018 club champion making it two in a row was Sean Doran in a good time of 55.11. 2nd was Dermot Faughan with Shane Casey 3rd. Women’s champion was Aideen Brady 70.35, 2nd Aimee Ahern with Clodagh Moriarty 3rd.

Full results soon.

Next Grand Prix races are the November deciders on the country: the Irwin Cup and the Horan Cup, the final two races of the 2018 series.

Grand Prix News: 10 Mile tomorrow Malahide, plus leaderboard

Tomorrow Saturday, October 13th, at noon in Malahide Castle grounds the 55th annual running of the club 10 mile championship incorporated into round 14 of the Grand Prix series takes place. This is the 3rd last race in the 2018 Grand Prix. The race was first run on the 12th of April 1964 a point to point 10 mile race from Murtagh’s pub on the Belfast Road down to the, as it then was, Clonliffe Harriers stadium in Santry.

Some 14 years later Ahern Cup which was first presented to the Club Champion back in April of 1978 by Maurice Ahern to that year’s winner Gerry Finnegan.

Last year`s winner was Sean Doran. The current leaderboard is: Grand Prix 2018 results after Rd 13

Saturday`s race will start from the usual 10 mile start position at 12.00, athletes are reminded that this is not a ‘closed road’ race so please be aware of other users of the Castle grounds.

Club 10,000: Power Skips the Light Fandango!

Under lights at Morton Stadium last night Declan Power led the field on a merry dance in the Club 10,000 Championship for the Bonass Trophy. the Championship was incorporated into the latest round of the Grand Prix Series and drew a bumper field of some 50 starters, undoubtedly the largest 10,000 track championship in the country.  Although Declan refrained from “turning cartwheels across the floor”, he certainly left the opposition feeling “kinda seasick” and looking a “Whiter shade of Pale”!

Chased hard in the early laps by Sean Doran and Tom Sherlock, in the end Declan powered away to win and be crowned the Club 10,000 champion 2018 (possibly his third or fourth win in this event?) in a fast 33:47.  Tom Sherlock was runner up with Sean Doran 3rd.  Declan won the Bonass Trophy, sponsored by Pat Bonass.

It was also pleasing to see such a great turnout of women athletes for the Women’s Championship and the first ever Women’s Cup, again sponsored by Pat Bonass which was own by Maura Matthews in a time of 40.58 from Emma Dunne, the 2017 Grand Prix Champion and Aideen Brady 3rd.

In the Grand Prix handicap, 1st place was taken by Murray Ahern from Sinead Smith and Joe Cole 3rd.

A big thank you to the officials who kept tight tabs on affairs and succeeded in keeping athletes firmly on track for the 25 laps of Santry and a big thank you also to sponsor, Pat Bonass.


The ever popular Grand Prix Series resumed in Morton Stadium last night with one of the Clubs most prestigious races, the Walker Cup. This was the 52nd running of the Walker Cup, donated by the Walker Family back in 1966.  Although the Walker’s association with the club has sadly come to an end, it is fitting that the Walker Cup and the Walker Family and their contribution to Clonliffe are remembered with this prestigious race.  The Walker’s association with the Club goes right back to 1893.

Last night’s race drew the usual big entry from the Grand Prix Series and obviously for the 4 mile track event the field was soon spread out with the officials doing a fine job with the lap counting for the 16 tours of Morton Stadium. The fastest man of the night was Steven Butler who completed the 4 mile race in 21.59.

The Walker Cub however is a handicap race and winning his first race in a fair few years, it is safe to say, was Colm Doran who took the honours from 2nd place Fergie Keenan with Declan Grant taking 3rd place.

The Grand Prix races are now coming thick and fast with the next round taking place next Thursday the 13th.  This is the 10,000 metre race which incorporates the Club Championship for the Bonass trophies, Pat Bonass having donated a trophy for the Women’s Club Champion to go with the men’s trophy he donated a long number of years ago.

The leader board will be updated after the 10,000, before the series heads out to Malahide for the Club 10 mile for the Ahern Cup on October 13th and then the final two rounds on the Country in November back in Santry Demesne.


Grand Prix Series is back! (updated with leaderboard)

The Grand Prix Series returns after the summer break on Thursday night with round 12 The Walker Cup, 4 mile track race in Morton Stadium.

This will be the 52nd  running of the Walker Cup which goes back to 1966, when football really did come home, but not since! The Walker Cup was presented to the club by the Walker family that year. The Walkers had a long tradition with Clonliffe Harriers going right back to the near foundings of the club when George Frazer Walker in 1893 joined the then 7 year old club, two years later he was on the Clonliffe National Junior Cross Country team that won the first National title for the young club. Some seven years later he was club President.

George`s four sons were also Clonliffe Harriers, the Clonliffe National Senior Cross Country winning team featured three of the four: George, Charles and Albert. George Junior followed in his father`s foot steps and was Clonliffe President in 1936.

In turn George junior`s sons also became members of Clonliffe, these third generation Clonliffe Walkers included Frazer. In 1953 Frazer became the third generation Walker to win the National Cross Country team title.

Since Terry Purcell became the first winner of the Walker Cup in 1966 Clonliffe athletes have ran the 16 tours of Santry as a cinder, tartan and now mondo track battling for the honour of winning this prestigious race. Last year`s winner was Stephen Tracey with Sean Doran setting the fastest time (21.16)

With 11 of 16 rounds now gone this really is the business end of the series. The club 10,000 championship on September 13th for the Bonass Trophen for men and Cup for women will conclude the track races before the series heads to Malahide for the 10 mile on October 13th and then back to Santry for the final two rounds on the country the Irwin Cup November 10th and the Horan Cup November 24th.

Current leaderboard after 11 rounds shows Mick Gleeson leading on 263, from Conor Jennings 221 and Mandy McMenemy 219.  Leaderbord click: Grand Prix 2018 results after Rd 11




Grand Prix News and August Series

Liam Hennessy:  Grand Prix Series, Round 11 – 5000Metres incorporating the Club Championship 5000Metres, held on Thursday, July 26th last at Morton Stadium.

Full Results provided by Liam Hennessy as follows;
Adam O’Brien – 15.23
Sean O’Leary – 15.47
Tom Sherlock – 16.33
Stephen Cashen – 17.03
Eoghan Murphy – 17.20
Niall Gorman – 17.23
Shane Casey – 18.22
Fergus Keenan – 18.34
Anthony Sheridan – 18.34
Clive Ahern – 18.47
Kevin Dowling – 19.05
Paul O’Loughlin – 19.09
Michael Mc Enery – 19.12
Tom Griffin – 19.36
Philip Matthews – 19.44
Mick Gleeson – 19.48
Philip O’Doherty – 19.55
Noel Daly – 19.57
Alan Curley – 20.15
Emma Dunne – 20.36
Paul Walsh – ???????
Trevor Wisdom – 20.45
Richie Barr – 20.47
Laura Kernan – 20.50
Andy Neary – 20.50
Michael Smith – DQ
Declan Grant – 20.53
Elaine Mc Loughlin – 20.53.1
Maria Howard – 20.58
Laura Kernan – 20.59
Michael Smith – DQ
Tom Monks – 21.05

Clodagh Moriarty – 21.17

Declan Murray – 21.22

Joe Cole – 21.36

Eimear Brennan – 21.45
Tom Cassidy – 21.52
Conor Jennings – 22.04

Paul White – 22.08

Aine Mc Cann – 22.11

Tom Dunne – 22.20

Orla Deighan – 22.44

Yvonne Mc Donagh – 22.46

Greg O’Beirne – 22.59

Tom Prendergast – 23.21

Mandy Mc Menamy – 23.25
Stephen Tracey – 23.25
Sinead Smith – 23.25.8

Niall Markey – 23.32

Gerard Fay – 23.54

Jenny Sharkey – 23.57

Karen Mc Affee – 24.00

Brian Danagher – 24.22

Shay Byrne – 25.08

Lorraine Sherwood – 25.49

Dave Brady – 27.14
Sinead Morrissey – 28.36
Apologies if i misspelt any name above.
Important dates for your diary;
Our August series continues as follows;
Thursday, August 16th – 800Metres – Morton Stadium – 8pm.
Thursday, August 23rd – 5000Metres – Morton Stadium – 8pm.
Thursday, August 30th – Mile – Morton Stadium – 8pm.
These races are open to all Grand Prix and Clonliffe Harriers athletes, so we would like to encourage everyone to take part. See you there !!!

Adam O’Brien adds club 5000 to 800 title

Grand Prix Series – Round 11 – 5000metres / Incorporating the Club Championship 5000metres – Morton Stadium – Thurs, July 26th – 8pm.

Race report by Liam Hennessy;

The evening proved perfect for distance track running – 24 Degrees, Humidity 52 Degrees with a light breeze.
We had 55 runners, split in to two seperate races.
Many thanks to Declan Murray for his kind sponsorship of the Grand Prix Race.
The result of the Men’s Club Championship was as follows;
1st Place – Adam O’Brien – 15.23 – Club 5000metres Champion – 2018
2nd Place – Sean O’Leary – 15.47
3rd Place – Tom Sherlock – 16.33
The result of the Women’s Club Championship was as follows;
1st Place – Emma Dunne – 20.36 – Club 5000metres Champion – 2018
2nd Place – Elaine Mc Loughlin – 20.53.1
3rd Place – Maria Howard – 20.58
The result of the handicap was as follows;
1st Place – Noel Daly
2nd Place – Eoghan Murphy
3rd Place – Conor Jennings
Many thanks to everyone who helped make this race such a success.
Full results to follow soon.

Grand Prix News: Mick Murphy 5, plus 5000 tonight

Liam Hennessy reports: Grand Prix Series – Round 10 – Michael Murphy Memorial 5 mile Tarmac / Trail race – Malahide – Thursday, July 12th last.

Apologies for the delay in providing results. The full list of results as provided by Liam Hennessy are as follows;

Colm Rooney – 25.14

Sean Doran – 27.52

Stephen Butler – 29.15

George Brady – 29.16

Shane Casey – 29.51

Paul Keenan – 31.09

Paul O’Loughlin – 31.14

Niall Gorman – 31.25

Dermot Faughnan – 31.26

Stephen Treacy – 31.35

Mick Bermingham – 31.40

Philip O’Doherty – 31.48

Alan Worrall – 32.20

Kevin Dowling – 32.32

Trevor Wisdom – 32.48

Mick Gleeson – 33.08

Mark Dowling – 33.09

Philip Matthews – 33.21

Michael Mc Enery – 33.40

Shay Kavanagh – 34.52

Declan Grant – 34.52

Colm Mc Donnell – 34.03

Alex Eustace – 34.12

Niall Markey – 34.13

Emma Cooper – 34.36

Alan Curley – 34.36

Kevin Sheehy – 34.43

Colm Leonard – 34.52

Clodagh Moriarty – 34.58

Seamus Devitt – 34.04
Maria Howard – 35.08
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 35.52
Dave Hanley – 36.06
RIchie Barr – 36.16
Conor Jennings – 36.27
Robert Mangan – 36.48
Tom Monks – 36.53
Pat Devitt – 36.54
Orla Deighan – 37.01
David O’Sullivan – 37.03
Yvonne Mc Donagh – 37.36
Pat Healy – 37.43
Shay Rooney – 37.44
Robert Scott – 37.46
Aisling Andrews – 37.46
Laura Kernan – 37.46
Darren Horgan – 38.07
Ann Lyons – 38.08
Alan Smeaton – 38.10
Tom Cassidy – 38.19
Frank Mc Carthy – 38.38
Dave Lyons – 38.47
Melissa Curran – 38.58
Mandy Mc Menamy – 39.09
Jenny Devitt – 39.14
Caoimhe Cruise – 39.15
Colm Doran – 39.30
Anthony O’Brien – 39.40
Sinead Duffy – 41.09
Gerry Fay – 41.30
Karen Mc Affee – 41.39
Catherine Dempsey – 41.46
Elaine Casey – 42.20
Lorraine Sherwood – 42.34
Shay Byrne – 44.29
Tony Casey – 45.32
Dave Brady – 47.26
Sinead Morrissey – 49.22
Paul White – 49.22
Apologies if i misspelt any name above.
Many thanks to all who volunteered to make this race such a success.
Next Race: Round 11 – 5000Metres Track Race / Incorporating Club Championship 5000Metres – tonight Thursday, 26th July – Morton Stadium – 8pm. See you there for what should be a great race. Note that we may have to run two seperate races depending on numbers; however we shall decide well in advance of the start time.

Rooney blazes to fastest time at Michael Murphy Memorial 5 Mile

Report provided by Liam Hennessy: Round 10 – Grand Prix Series –  The Michael Murphy Memorial 5 Mile Race took place last Thursday, July 12th at 8pm at Malahide. Many thanks to the Murphy family for their sponsorship of prizes. There was a massive turnout with 73 runners taking part.

The following results are available at this time;

Fastest time: Colm Rooney – 25.14
Fastest Lady: Emma Cooper – 34.36

The following is the result of the handicap for the Michael Murphy Memorial 5 Mile Race:
Winner – Philip O’Doherty
Runner-up: Trevor Wisdom
Third Place: Seamus Devitt

The full list of results will follow next week..


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