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Cool down kids: Water Fight Tonight!

Gladys`group please be ready. To combat the sizzling heat tonight is WATER FIGHT NIGHT. Usual time and place. Get ready to get wet!

Stadium usage this coming weekend

The Irish Special Olympics takes place in Morton Stadium this coming weekend. In order to assist Special Olympics Ireland with the event Clonliffe have agreed to the following:

There cannot be any infield training this Thursday evening (whilst it is appreciated that this may cause inconvenience to the field eventers there is a ‘build’ going on that day and our understanding is that there will be tents and other infrastructure on the infield. Obviously a javelin going through one of the gazebos may cause a difficulty!)

Saturday: There cannot be any Clonliffe use of the stadium, including our own dressing rooms, as they are going to be used by Special Olympics Ireland on the day.  Thus coaches and athletes are requested to make alternative arrangements for their Saturday training session.

Sunday: All Clonliffe training and stadium usage for Sunday is cancelled.

Special Olympics Ireland have thanked the club and our members, they very much appreciate that it is an inconvenience to cancel our training but they are very appreciative of the co-operation of the club’s members, coaches and committee.

The Runaway Bride

Shane Rooney: Saturday May 12th saw Pam’s group returning to Ballymum for the second time in a week, but this time it was for celebrations of a different nature.  A group of over 25 finely toned Club athletes got together to surprise Laura McAffee-Baitson’s and congratulate her on her recent nuptials.

Club members will know Laura, and her twin sister Karen, as stalwarts of Pam & Ben’s group, permanently smiling and always going that extra mile to make new members feel welcome. So, it was with immense pleasure and honour for the group to get together to run 5k, eat cake (not at the same time) and celebrate Laura’s marriage to her beloved Paul.

The surprise celebrations kicked off at the local Poppintree Parkrun where the athletes turned up looking extra gorgeous wearing vails, bowties and dressed in black or white, but unfortunately there was no champagne reception. However, despite the lack of bubbles, there were plenty of cheers as the organisers gave the glamorous wedding party a big welcome.  The organisers gave a special mention to Clonliffe Harriers for participating and supporting in the inaugural Ballymun Running Festival.

As the announcements and welcomes came to an end, attention quickly turned to the race and despite pleas of desperation from the bride, the gents refused to carry her around the course. Instead, focus shifted to putting P&Bs training to the test and as people ran to the finish line it was evident that the sessions are paying off.  Team Clonliffe put up and excellent display athleticism taking 6 out of the top 10 places. The first man home, and race winner, was Anto “Danto” Doran, closely followed by Mick Birmingham and in 4th place was Fergal O’Shea.  The ladies, not to be outdone, finished strong and were the first ladies home, led by Elaine McLoughlin, followed by Laura “PB” Kernan and Siobhan Deveney who crossed the line in 6th, 7th and 8th place respectively.

Post-race celebrations moved to a wedding breakfast where all agreed that it was the cheers from Pam, Caroline and Alan and prospect of cake which incentivised many to achieve PBs, including PB’s from the bride and her bridesmaid.  Unfortunately, due to a lack of equipment Evelyn was unable to sing her YoYo song as the first dance, but there is always the post Clonlymics event to look forward to!!

Kudos to all group members for managing to keep the organisation a secret and for not telling the bride, which proved very difficult for some as Laura strikes a remarkable resemblance to another member of the group!!

Until next time, keep digging in folks. Shane.

Clonliffe members elected at Congress

At yesterday’s Athletics Ireland Congress held in Carrick-on-Shannon George Maybury was returned unopposed to the position of Chair of the Risk and Finance Committee. Club President Paddy Marley was once again elected on to the Competition Committee and Bernie Dunne elected onto both the Competition Committee and the Juvenile Competition Committee. Congratulations to all three.

No Juvenile training on Thursday

Due to Thursday`s Clonliffe 2 Mile, there is no training for Gladys`group on Thursday night. All other groups are reminded that there will be a training break to allow competitors start and finish the Clonliffe 2 on the track. Coaches are requested to have their groups vacate the track for the finish in particular. The race starts at 8.00pm, first finishers will be in before 8.10pm with final finishers expected by 8.30pm. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

Clonliffe Summer hours in Stadium

Now that Winter is over and Summer is just around the corner members please note the Clonliffe times in Morton Stadium until September:

Tuesday 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Thursday 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Sunday 9.30am to 11.30am

These are the only times Clonliffe have exclusive use. Saturdays when Athletics Ireland have a general clubs booking member may of course use the facility. If members/coaches wish to use the facility outside of these hours arrangements should be made with Morton Stadium direct.

No Juvenile Training Easter Sunday

Enjoy those Easter Eggs! No Juvenile training on Easter Sunday. Happy Easter!

Gerry`s group training switch this weekend

Notice for parents/athletes in Gerry Carr`s group: with National Indoors on Sunday training for this weekend is switched from Sunday to Saturday at 11.00am in the stadium.

Please help to keep this website relevant

Clonliffe Harriers has always prided itself on getting results and reports from various races online with as much speed as possible. Generally this website strives to have results up on the website before the sun goes down on that particular day.  Members, however, ought to have noted from previous appeals posted by the webmaster that it is becoming a far too cumbersome and time-consuming task to keep an eye on all the club’s members activities and to report on what has been happening.

Contrary to popular opinion the club does not have fulltime staff!

Between the juvenile athletes, track and field athletes, road races, master athletes and so forth it is becoming a huge time-consuming task and frankly it is just unfair to expect one person to spent their weekend evenings trawling through various websites for you, the club members, results.

Going forward, therefore, only significant performances/results will be reported on this website unless you the club members are kind enough to inform the webmaster of your results.

All that is required is for you to text your name, the event you took part in, your place (if you have it) and your time to 087 9599 888. Please note however a text on the day is required not a day, week or month later.

If we have the information it will go up on the website, however, if we do not have the information it will not.

With the track and field season now only around the corner things are becoming even busier so once again an appeal: you tell us and we will tell the world. If you are too modest to tell us of your performances then modesty will prevail and no-one but you will ever know about your new PB!

Juvenile training St. Patrick`s weekend

Juvenile athletes/parents please note that there is no training in Santry for Gladys`group this Sunday, March 18th. Likewise no training either Saturday or Sunday for Ray`s, Noel`s or Mick`s groups (athletes please follow schedule given by your coach). Training as normal for Gerry`s on Sunday.

Good luck to athletes competing in National Juvenile Indoors in Athlone on Sunday.

Happy St. Patrick`s Day to all!



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