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Last chance for Club gear for Christmas

Next Tuesday is the last chance for those Clonliffe Christmas gifts. If you don`t want to see a disappointed Harrier on Christmas morning it`s time to get your skates on!

Clonliffe Athletic gear for Christmas available  on Tuesday 19th December from 7pm in the Club House.

Singlets, Shorts, Hats, Hoodies, Rain Jackets,

Please make Alterative arrangements if you are unable to make Tuesday, contact Noreen 087 6846662




National uneven ages/novice Cross Country (updated)_

The National uneven ages cross country and novice championships take place in Waterford IT on Sunday.

The Novice women`s team is: Aisling Andrews, Louise Caraher, Maura Matthews, Siobhan Devaney, Clare Roche, Aoife O`Sullivan, Yvonne McDonagh and Orna McGinley.

The men`s Novice team is: Adam O`Brien, Patrick Hayes, Sean Doran, Greg Hossenny, Michael Cassidy, Alex Gibbons, Joseph Vint, Joseph Keane and Kevin McKenna.

U/17s: Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Daniel stone, Daragh Cartner, Dermot Buckley, Ian McElweney.

U/19s: Efron Gidey, Sean O`Leary, Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne.

Also racing in the u/13s is Jonathan Fitzsimons on the Dublin team.

The club have organised a coach to bring athletes to Waterford for Sunday’s National Juvenile (uneven ages) Cross Country Championships and the National Novice. The bus will leave the Morton Stadium at 9.30 a.m. sharp.

The timetable for Clonliffe teams competing is as follows:

1.25 p.m. – U/17 boys

2.20 p.m. – U/19 boys

2.40 p.m. – Novice women

3.10 p.m. – Novice men

Any athlete who is not going to use the coach and is going to make their own way to Waterford please contact the appropriate club captain/your coach in advance.

The End of Year Rooney Review: Team Pam & Ben

Shane Rooney`s year review: As we prepare to wave goodbye to 2017, it’s time to reflect on what an amazing year it was for Team Pam & Ben.

Firstly, I would like to welcome all the new people who joined during 2017, I hope you’ve been made feel welcome and know that you’re part of the team.

Whilst there were many highlights for 2017, here are just a few flashbacks.

  • We learnt that Jason Blake had difficulty counting during the Dublin Masters Cross Country.
  • Limerick was a Lady and the competition was fierce during the relay events, next time can we make sure that someone tells Ollie Power when to stop running. We also witnessed amazing performances, with a special shout out to Stephen Tracey, who just keeps getting faster.
  • Paul O’Loughlin broke 3 hours for the marathon in Berlin and then did it again in Dublin.
  • Bringing a bunch of adults to the National Indoor Arena is like herding cattle.
  • The Clonolympics was a huge success, bringing the whole club together in a fun, yet surprisingly competitive, event. We found out that Carol Flood can shot putt like an Olympian and Aisling Andrews can jump like a kangaroo. Watch out for the 2018 event which promises to be bigger and better.
  • The Grand Prix was a trilling whirlwind ride for Mick B, Mick G, Mel C (aka Honey C), Yvonne Mc, Siobhan D and especially the bridesmaid Deco Escobar.   Expect great things during GP 2018, where we’ll be fighting to take the Top 3 places….watch out Team Maurice
  • If Mel C keeps running marathons at the rate she ran them in 2017, there will soon be no more marathons to run.
  • Coppers had a national night of mourning when Emer B announced she was running the marathon and wouldn’t be going out on a Saturday night!!
  • The Ladies brought home the bacon with a bronze in the novice race.
  • Anne “the Legend” Lyons kept winning prizes across the country.
  • The trip to Budapest was a huge success; everyone just about came back alive, despite Ciara O’Regan and the author having difficulty using a zebra crossing and pedestrian lights. FYI, balance bikes will not fit into hand luggage and if it doesn’t belong to you it means you’ve robbed it!!! Question, who wears short shorts???
  • The Dublin Marathon proved to be emotional and exhilarating for all those who took part. The highlight for many was seeing Aisling wearing her helmet, and the hugs from all you wonderful volunteers (sorry about the tears). Thank you to everyone who came along to the Post-Marathon Party and made it great craic. As special shout out to Evelyn Brennan who placed in the Top 3 for the Over 50s (not sure how she’s in that category as I’m sure I went to her 40th a few months ago).
  • Katie Hennigan was the first winner of the 5k Golden Boot and it couldn’t have gone to a happier and more excited winner.
  • Top Tip from Ben, summer bodies are made in winter….so we’ll be looking fab-u-lous come Summer 2018
  • Top Tip from Pam, when ordering a birthday cake, be sure to explain the difference between a horse track and an athletics track!!!

So what’s in store for 2018?

  • Can Dec go one better in the Grand Prix?
  • Who is most likely to get themselves into trouble during the trip to Berlin?
  • In what country will Caroline Hynes run next?
  • How high will Aideen “Darby O’Gill” jump as she crosses the finish line of the Race Series Half Marathon

On a personal note, 2017 was a difficult year for some, however having “Running Friends” like you guys has made those difficult times so much easier.

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Christmas and may all your wishes come true in 2018

Keep digging in.


Nominations for Clonliffe Athletes of the Year

On Cake Race night, Thursday December 21st, the club will honor our National Champions, Club Record breakers and the Clonliffe Athletes of the year. The Clonliffe Athletes of the Year is once again generously sponsored by Loki Sports.

The nominees are:

Men Track & Field: Brian Gregan, Stephen Rice, Jeremy Phillips

Men Road/Cross Country: Stephen Scullion, Gary O`Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu

Women Track & Field: Snezana Bechtina, Leah Moore, Ciara McCallion

Women Road/Cross Country: Winner to be announced on the night

Junior Athlete: Greg Hosseny, Alannah Cooley, Craig Giles

Master Athlete: Snezana Bechtina, Declan Power, Gary O`Hanlon

Clonliffe Harrier of the Year: Winner announced on the night.

Will any athlete who won our of these awards in 2016 please return the cup asap. (Junior: Keith Marks, Master: Gary O`Hanlon, Womens T & F: Ciara McCallion, Womens road/xc: Eimear O`Brien, Men T & F: Rory Gunning, Men Road/XC: Sergiu Ciobanu, Harrier: Killian Lonerigan)

Presentations will be made to our senior 2017 National Champions:

Indoors: Brian Gregan 400

Outdoors: Gary O`Hanlon Marathon, Brian Gregan 400, Jeremy Phillips 100, Stephen Rice Javelin,

National team medals will also be presented: National Marathon 1st (Gary O`Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu, Stephen Scullion), 2nd (David Mansfield, Karl Nolan, Robert Reid), National U/18 Cross Country (Eferon Gidey, Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne)

Club Record setters 2017: Brian Gregan 400 45.26, Stephen Rice Javelin 64.48m, Jeremy Phillips 100 10.39, Leah Moore 100 11.87, Ariel Liegho Pole Vault 4.10m




Clonliffe performance club of 2017 for the third successive year

For the third successive year Clonliffe Harriers have been named as the performance club of the year at the Athletics Ireland’s Annual Awards lunch, sponsored by Irish Life Health, which took place today in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Santry.

The men’s senior team enjoyed another outstanding performance through 2017 with the winning of the National Intermediate and Novice Cross Country titles, the winning of the National Indoor League, the winning of the National Track and Field League and national titles also being won by Brian Gregan, 400, Stephen Rice, Javelin, Jeremy Phillips, 100 and of course Gary O’Hanlon, Marathon. The men’s team were also, extraordinarily enough, 1st and 2nd in the National Marathon Team Championships and were the National Half Marathon Champions.

Brian Gregan was also the recipient of the award of Track & Field Athlete of the Year courtesy of his outstanding 2017 track season where he won the National 400 title, won a pulsating 400 at the Morton Games in a world class 45.26 and was a semi-finalist at the World Championships in London.

Also honoured was club President Paddy Marley who received recognition of European Athletics and was presented with the European Members Federation Award.

To complete a superb day for the club Gary O’Hanlon was presented with his National Marathon Title which he won on the streets of Dublin on the 30th of October.

The club was represented at the lunch by a great presence of club coaches, officials and athletes including club president Paddy Marley, club captains Joe Cooper, Pamela Cooper, Gladys Cooper, club secretary Noel Guiden, club Honorary Treasurer Eoin Murray, committee members including Caroline Tuite and Noreen Keane, coaches John Shields, Ciaran O`Donohue, Mick Fogarty and Gerry Cullen, athletes Gary O’Hanlon and Brian Gregan and our wonderful club sponsor Helen Flynn of Hireco.

(Pictured, accepting the Club of the year award: B. Gregan, J. Cooper, G. O`Hanlon)

(Pictured, Paddy Marley, European Members Federation Award)

(Pictured Brian Gregan T & F Athlete of the year and coach John Shields)

(Pictured, National Marathon Champion Gary O`Hanlon)

Coaching Corner latest posted

The dreaded word: “injuried!” See Peter McDermott`s latest advise in “Coaching Corner” entitled “Injuries: Prevention and Cure.” Posted now.

Message from the President

Clonliffe are hosting the Dublin County Cross Country Championships in Santry Demesne on Sunday November 5th. Our brief is to construct the course – we will need as many volunteers as possible to assist with this so it can be done as quickly as possible. We do of course have the usual hard core group willing and able but any new recruits would be very much appreciated. One of the challenges with this event is that many of the people who do this work are also club coaches looking after teams on the day……even they can`t be in two places at once!

In addition we need some stewards to assist with the event in particular we will need some on course marshals and we will also need people to man the finishing chutes, if possible female members.

The event will start at 11 a.m. with the juvenile championships, the juvenile championships will be concluded at 1 p.m. and then the junior/senior championships takes place until approximately 3.30 p.m.

I am asking for club members to get involved, if you have never gotten involved in this before it can be a good day out and is pretty rewarding.

Can you please email the club secretary to confirm your availability.

I would ask that you do not assume that one of your fellow clubmates will be available.  Time and time again we have the same people helping out and to be frank it is a little unfair that the burden always falls upon the same few.

We are a big club and all I`m asking for is that you as a member make yourself available for a few hours to assist your club.

Clonliffe Harriers is your club too!


Paddy Marley. Club President

Halloween at Clonliffe: important messages

A few notices: On Saturday night the Clonliffe Club Bar holds the Halloween Party Night with cash prize for the best costume. Starting at 8.00pm, until after the Witching Hour.

Then on Sunday night the après Dublin City Marathon in the Clonliffe Bar, with food, music and merriment to mask those aches and pains. On the subject of the Dublin Marathon good luck to all the Harriers on the streets of the city. Please do sent your name and time to 087959988, your club mates will be looking out.

Juvenile training:

Sunday, the 29th: No training for Gerry Carr`s group. Training for all other Juvenile groups at 9.30am as usual.

Tuesday, the 31st: 12.00 training for Mick & Noel`s group. Meet in Stadium at Clonliffe clubhouse. 2.00pm training for Gerry`s group. No training for either Ray or Gladys`groups.

Coaching Corner latest: “Monitoring and Testing”

Peter McDermott`s latest paper is now available in “Coaching Corner” titled “Monitoring and testing the athlete”. “ As the training year goes by, the coach will want to see if his athlete is making progress and is the training programme being effective. Now, many down to earth individuals will say “Isn’t it easy to find out: just put him into a race and see how he does. That will soon tell you where he’s at”. And they certainly have a point; indeed, it may be fair to say that the real “acid test” of any training programme is whether the athlete’s performance in racing actually improves or not…” (read on in “Coaching Corner”)

Clonliffe track times in Morton Stadium for Winter months

Club athletes and coaches are advised that the club’s stadium usage hours for the period 1st of October to 30th of March have now been agreed with the Stadium Management. This stadium usage is for the exclusive use by Clonliffe members of the track and infield, together with equipment and training lights, and the Indoor track and dressing rooms. The confirmed track hours are as follows:

Tuesdays 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – when there are no other bookings

Thursdays 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturdays – no track usage or stadium usage permitted – the clubhouse will be open from 11 a.m. for athletes looking to train on the cross country in the park. (Clonliffe members may of course use the Stadium facilities on Saturdays when Athletics Ireland have bookings made for use by Athletics Ireland clubs/members)

Sundays – 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please note that Clonliffe athletes do not have any use of the Stadium facilities outside of these hours. If there are groups of athletes/coaches looking to train outside of these hours they must make their own arrangements with Morton Stadium direct.

Athletes contact your coaches as most groups will continue to meet and warm up as normal at 7.00 pm and then use the track from 7.30pm.

(The Clonliffe hours will change to slightly extended hours for the track season from April 1st to September 30th)


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