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Snezana bags three National Masters titles in Athlone

At the National Masters Indoor Championships at Athlone IT today Snezana Bechtine was the undoubted star of the show as she took all three O/35 sprints titles back to Santry. Snezana won the 60m in 8.09, the 200 in 26.26 and 400 in 58.90. Ciara Peelo was runner up in both the 200 (7.91) and 400 (61.95), both were new PBs for Ciara. Snezana`s 400 and 60m, where National Master`s Indoor records, two of three Clonliffe Master records set on the day.

Marcin Klinzow was equally impressive and in record form as he set a new Irish Master`s O/35 High Jump record of 1.86m, bettering the previous record by a massive 23 cm! For good measure Marcin also won the shot with an 11.60m best.

Gold also for Matt Slattery as he won the O/65 200 in 28.98. Pat Davoren took silver in the O/40 3000 in 9.28.8. Tom Monks was just out of the medals in the O/55 category as he placed 4th (11.36.67).

In the 800 Philip O`Doherty took O/55 silver with a 2.18.92 run, while George Maybury was 3rd in the O/60 race (2.37.64). Fergal O`Shea was 5th in a very competitive O/50 category (2.15.22) a new PB.

Aideen Brady bagged O/35 bronze in the O/35 1500 (5.36.28), and was 7th in the 800 (2.38.23), both new PBs. Finally Ronan Gately, in what is his last outing in the Clonliffe colours took O/45 High Jump silver (1.50m).

Gregan takes another National title

The Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships were a great success at the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown over the weekend. From a Clonliffe perspective Brian Gregan`s 400 win on Sunday was the highlight of the weekend.

Gregan appears to be hitting top form at just the right time, running his fastest indoor 400 for a couple of years. His win was achieved by an aggressive fast opening lap as he hit the bell with day light between him and club mate Luke Lennon-Ford. Another National title in 46.59. 2rd was Lennon-Ford (47.05).

2nd also for Keith Marks in the long jump with a best of 7.05m, Niall Counihan was 4th in this competition (6.70m). Counihan however took National bronze in the triple jump (14.25m). Also in the field events Marcin Klinzow was 4th in the high jump (1.85m)

Leo Mangan made the final of the 60m with some consistent sprinting throughout the weekend: heat in 7.03, semi in 6.99 and final 7.00 in placing 5th.

Likewise Richie Owens made his final, running 4.02.26 to place 6th in his 1500 heat and in yesterday`s final placing 6th in 3.57.23. A fine run also yesterday in the 3000 by young Cathal Doyle placing 6th in 8.35.75. In Saturday`s women`s 3000 Emer O`Brien was 11th (10.07.85)

On Saturday Ciara McCallion ran 56.69 in het 400 heat but failed to progress to the final. Likewise Emer Treacy with a 2.24.96 800 heat failed to progress and a similar faith for Mark McDonald in his 800 (2.00.27) and for Theo Cruz in his 400 (50.64).

Clonlilffe at National Masters XC

First report from the club`s newest reporter, Mick Bermingham:  The going was really tough on an equally tough course for the Masters National xc today at WIT,  Waterford…really good performance by the girls team finishing 6th and no bad going either by the men finishing 14th…
Women:  Ailish Malone 16th, Emma Cooper 21st,  Kerri Page 55th,  Ciara Peelo 63rd, Tara Whyte 68th, &  Karen McAffe.  Women’s team 6th.
Men: Dermot Faughan 85th, Matt McGuiness 92nd, Richie Mannion 117th, Niall Gorman 156th,  Stephen Treacy,  Shane Rooney, Mick Bermingham , Alan Worrall,
Team 14th
Big thanks to Stephen & the whole Treacy family for providing the marquee and the homemade protein squares…Thanks also to Emer Brennan for coming along to support the teams and of course Pam & Eugene for their encouragement.

Master’s teams for Nationals in Waterford

The National Masters Cross Country Championships takes place this Sunday February 12th at Waterford IT with a fairly strong looking women’s team and also a strong men’s team.  There is a coach leaving the Clonliffe clubhouse at 9.45 sharp.

Women: Maura Matthews, Ailish Malone, Emma Cooper, Kerri Page, Ciara Peelo, Tara Whyte, Karen McAffe.

Men: Alan Worrell, Richie Mannion, Stephen Treacy, Shane Rooney, Mick Bermingham, Ollie Power, Niall Gorman, Thomas Frayne, Dermot Faughnan, Matthew McGuinness and Pat Bonass (O/70).

National U/23 One Two in Long Jump plus round up

There was a Clonliffe Long Jump one two in Athlone today where the National U/23 Indoor Championships took place. Keith Marks took the win and in the process wiped Niall Counihan`s week old club indoor record from the record books as he set a new mark of 6.95m to add to his club outdoor record. Rolus Olusa took silver with a 6.87m best. Leo Morgan placed 6th with a 5.86m best.

In the 60m Rouls after a 7.30 run in his heat went faster in the final, 7.21 to place 7th. Leo Morgan ran 7.01 in his heat but didn`t start the final, while Pierce Friel ran 7.42 in his heat.

Aaron Hanlon ran a big pb in Boston yesterday at the Terrier Invitational Indoors for Providence College clocking 14.27.01. Aaron`s time was some six seconds faster than his outdoor pb.

(Pictured, Pamela`s troops at Raheny 5)

At the Raheny Axa 5 Mile today there was almost 50 Clonliffe athletes running, far to many to mention (full results on fastest three were: Sean Doran 23rd in 26.16, Conor Keane 27.38 and after last week`s heroics Karl Nolan with a new pb of 27.59. Fastest Clonliffe lady was Ailish Malone 30.05, followed in by Emma Cooper and Aisling Andrews.

In the pre 5 Mile juvenile mile (ages 13 to 16) Abbie Sheehy was 4th with Katie Halpin 5th.

2016 Roll of Honour (updated)

As we are about to bring the curtain down on 2016 and with some degree of trepidation (the fear of missing someone, so if anyone is missed sincere apologies!) we bring you the Clonliffe list of 2016 National Champions:


U/13 Indoor 60m Sally Sumola

U/13 Long Jump Sally Sumola

U/17 800m Craig Giles

U/19 3000SC Sean Carrig

U/19 3000 Adam OBrien


Pole Vault Indoor Ian Rogers

High Jump Indoor Andrew Heney

400 Brian Gregan

Javelin Rory Gunning

Marathon Sergiu Ciobanu

Half Marathon Brian MacMahon


O/40 Marathon Gary O`Hanlon

O/45 Half Marathon Declan Power

O/45 5000 Declan Power

O/50 800 Geraldine Reilly

O/60 Indoor 800 George Maybury

O/65 Indoor 200 Matt Slattery

O/65 Indoor 400 Matt Slattery

O/65 100 Matt Slattery

O/65 200 Matt Slattery

O/65 400 Matt Slattery

O/70 Hammer Frances Mansfield

O/70 Discus Frances Mansfield


Men National Indoor League

Men National Track & Field League

National Marathon (Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O`Hanlon, David Mansfield)

National Half Marathon (Brian MacMahon, Gary O`Hanlon, Declan Power)

National Junior Cross Country (Sean O`Leary, Cathal Doyle, Adam O`Brien, Joey Hession)

National Novice (Cathal Doyle, Richard Owens, Eoin Taggart, Ian Guiden)

(Errors or omissions don`t be shy text 0879599888) 

Clonliffe teams for Dundalk National Novice and National Juveniles (updated)

There will be a large contingent of Clonliffe athletes taking part in the National Novice Cross Country Championships and the National Juvenile uneven Championships this Sunday at Dundalk IT. The men’s novice team looks particularly strong and on paper is a team which will challenge strongly. It is of course all down to how matters go on the day. The men’s novice race is the final event in the programme at 3.10 p.m. and is held over 6000 metres with the women’s novice race at 2.40 p.m. over 4000 metres. Sunday also sees the conclusion of the juvenile national cross country championships. There will be Clonliffe teams competing from U/15 to U/19.

Men`s Novice team:  Cathal Doyle, Ian Guiden, Eoin Taggart, Richard Owens, Conor Keane, Tom Sherlock, Sean Doran, Eoin McCullagh, Mark Doyle, Niall Sherlock and Niall Norman.

Women`s Novice: Lorna Begley, Laura Tuite, Orna McGinley, Emer Treacy, Aideen Brady, Emer Brennan, Laura Kearnan.

U/15 Girls: Ella Brown, Vicky McDonnell, Abbey Sheehy, Cara Beggs and Lea Brennan.

U/15 Boys: Daragh Carter, Sam Kowalczyke, Dermot Buckley and Dylan Foy.

U/17 Girls: Hannah Browne, Tess Loftus and Aimee Warren.

U/17 Boys: Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne, Ben Guiden and Cian Bolger.

U/19 Boys: Adam O’Brien, Sean O’Leary, Joe Hession, Greg Hossenny, Alex Gibbons and Thomas Ward.

The Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships will get underway at 11.30 p.m. on Sunday. The first races with Clonliffe interest is the Girls U/15 over 3500 metres at 12.20 p.m.


Girls U/15 – 3500m – 12.20 p.m.

Boys U/15 – 3500m – 12.40 p.m.

Girls U/17 – 4000m – 1 p.m.

Boys U/17 – 5000m – 1.25 p.m.

Girls U/19 – 4000m – 2 p.m.

Boys U/19 – 6000m – 2.20 p.m.

Novice Women – 4000m – 2.20 p.m.

Novice Men – 6000m – 3.10 p.m.

Juniors retain National title as Senior title goes to Raheny

A day of mixed emotions for the black and amber at Abbotstown today for the Irish Life Health National Cross Country. First the joy as the Junior men retained the title won in Santry twelve months ago. With a stirring run from Sean O`Leary leading the charge a surprise National title was taken beck to HQ.

Throughout the course of the race this seemed to say the least unlikely as several of the Clonliffe men endured a pretty torrid afternoon. Cathal Doyle after a good start really suffered over the final laps and finished up very disappointed in 12th place. With Cathal in trouble Sean O`Leary rose to the challenge working his way through the pack to record an excellent 6th place, and 3rd U/18. Likewise Adam O`Brien struggled a bit placing 27th but a strong run from Joey Hession in 57th put the Clonliffe lads a mere point up on DSD to retain the title and fittingly the Larro Byrne Cup. Great run also by Craig Giles (63rd), Daniel Lacey (69th), Greg Hossenny 77th, Thomas Ward 104th, Jack Maughan 111th, Alex Gibbons 162nd and Matthew Jenkinson 163rd. In the U/18 category the Clonliffe team of Sean O`Leary, 3rd, Joey Hession 31st, Craig Giles 35th and Daniel Lacey 40th took team bronze with Sean and Craig also picking up Dublin inter county silvers. Also in the U/18s 96th Alex Hogan, 109th Fintan McManus.

In the junior women`s/U/18 4000m race Alannah Cooley had a fine run indeed to finish in an excellent 11th junior, while Hannah Browne will have gained great experience placing 63rd U/18.

On then to the senior men where the Clonliffe men were defending champions and a bad day at the office for the team. The early optimism was soon put to bed as the Raheny team packed at the front, the lead Clonliffe man Sergiu Ciobanu back just out of the top 10, with David Flynn next in about 20th. Soon things got even worse as Sergiu pulled out to be followed a short time later by James Kevan. With some of the other lads having a day to forget the team ended up back in 7th. For the record the placings: 25th Dave Flynn, 37th Killian Lonergan, 54th Ian Guiden, 55th Eoin Taggart, 58th Jayme Rossister, 67th David Mansfield, 71st Liam Roarty, 74th Conor McGuinness, 81st Mark Doyle, 92th Tom Sherlock, 94th Conor Keane, 108th Eoin McCullough, 116th Sean Doran, 139th Niall Sherlock.

In all fairness the winning Raheny team, taking their 1st National, were in supreme form and fully deserving of their victory. Likewise an excellent individual win by Mark Christie of Mullingar.

The sole Clonliffe lady in the senior race was Sarah McCormack who fought bravely and ended up in 12th place.

In the juvenile programme pride of place once again goes to the Clonliffe U/16 boys who really battled all the way in a paced quality field the lads with Cian Bolger 24th, Ben Guiden 31st, Daniel Stone 49th and U/15 Daragh Carter 58th took silver on countback. Great runs also by Ian McAlweney 68th and in his first national Thomas Baltazar 88th. Cian, Ben and Daniel also took inter county gold for Dublin.

The U/16 girls found the step up from Dublin challenging, but all put in great efforts. First home was Ella Brown 79th, then 81st Abby Sheehy, 89th Tess Loftus, 102nd Aimee Warren and 106th Vicky McDonnell. The team finishing up 12th.

Likewise it was a big step up for the U/14 girls, but again all put in solid performances: 40th Ava Mulvahill, 54th Aoife Hession, 124th Ella Cooley, 129th Holly Roche, 142nd Katie Halpin, 161st Alana Fitzsimons placing 11th team. The girls, as indeed will all the juveniles, will benefit greatly from today and will continue to learn and progress.

Finally well done to all our athletes who as usually gave it their best. After all what more can anyone give? Nil desperandum.

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Clonliffe ready for trenches!

The National Inter-club/Inter-county Cross Country Championships takes place at the Abbottstown Campus this Sunday. It promises to be an exciting days cross country action particular in the senior men’s event over 10,000m.  Clonliffe men have dominated this event in recent years and are defending champions, indeed in 2015 there were two national inter-clubs held, one in March and one in November, both won by the Clonliffe men. Testament to this domination is the fact that Clonliffe have won eight of the last ten Nationals.

2016, however, brings a much tougher test, the switch in date of the inter-counties from the spring to winter, with European places at stake, has increased the strength in depth of the interclub race greatly and has seen a resurgence in club teams being entered for the Nationals. Therefore, this year looks like being the greatest interclub battle in recent years with particularly strong teams entered from our Northside rivals Raheny Shamrocks, DSD, Leevale A.C. and possible dark horses Ennis TC.

Club Captain Joe Cooper despite the unavailability of Gary Murray, Alistair Cragg, Stephen Scullian, Gary O`Hanlon, Eoin Pierce and Aaron Hanlon (a potential winning team in itself) has still managed to pull together a team that will stoutly defend the title and fight all the way to the death. Sunday`s team is led by National Marathon Champion and 2013 National Cross Country Champion Sergiu Ciobanu and includes three of the scorers from November twelve months.

The senior men’s A team entered for Sunday is: Brian MacMahon, Sergiu Ciobanu, David Flynn, Ian Guiden, Conor Healy, Mark Kenneally, James Kevan, Killian Lonergan, David Mansfield, Conor McGuinness and Jayme Rossiter.

There is also a Clonliffe B team entered comprising: Sean Doran, Mark Doyle, Thomas Frayne, Ross Gannon, Conor Keane, Eoin McCullough, Ernie Ramsey, Liam Roarty, Thomas Sherlock, Niall Sherlock, Eoin Taggart.

The Clonliffe women’s team has been decimated by injuries, however, it is good to report the return to the Nationals of Sara McCormack, in recent years Sara has been focusing very much on the mountain running scene with considerable international success, however, she has exceptional pedigree on the country and was National Cross Country Champion in 2014 and indeed won European Cross Country team gold with the Irish women’s team in Budapest back in 2012.

The Clonliffe junior men are also defending national champions having won the national in Santry in November of last year. Once again the junior team is led by Cathal Doyle, who placed just out of the individual medals that year but looks good to medal this time out.

The junior men team, to include U/18s entered is: Cathal Doyle, Alex Gibbons, Adam O’Brien, Sean O’Leary, Daniel Lacey, Fintan McManus, Craig Giles, Joseph Hession, Alex Hogan, Greg Hossennay, Jack Maughan, Matthew Jenkinson and Thomas Ward. The juniors will race over 6,000m.

The junior women will run 4000. The team is: Laura Tuite, Alannah Cooley, Cliona Cooley and Hannah Browne.

In the juvenile programme there are Clonliffe teams in the girls U/14 and both boys and girls U/16 as follows:

Girls U/14 (3,000m): Aoife Hession, Ava Mulvahill, Alana Fitzsimons, Ella Cooley, Holly Roche, Katie Halpin.

Girls U/16 (4,000m): Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren, Abby Sheehy, Amy Hodson, Ella Brown, Vicky McDonnell.

U/16 Boys (4,000m) : Arran Cullen, Cian Bolger, Ben Guiden, Daniel Stone, Daragh Carter, Ian McAweeney.


11.30am Girls U/12: 2000m

11.43am Boys U/12: 2000m

11.55am Girls U/14: 3000m

12.10pm Boys U/14: 3000m

12.25pm Girls U/16: 4000m

12.43pm Boys U/16: 4000m

1.00pm Girls U/18 and junior women: 4000m

1.20pm Boys U/18 and junior men: 6000m

1.45pm Senior women and U/23: 8000m

2.25pm Senior men and U/23: 10,000m

Car Parking:

See for parking details – please allow plenty of time for walking from the car-park to the course even if you manage to secure a parking space within the campus itself.

The very best of luck to all our athletes competing on Sunday.

Brian MacMahon wins National Half Marathon title

Rock ‘N’ Roll – National Half Marathon


1. Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) 71:09, 2. Gary Thornton (Galway City Harriers) 71:49, 3. Gary O’Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers) 72:04


1. Laura Graham (Mourne Runners) 78:56, 2. Catherine Whoriskey (City of Derry Spartans) 80:29, 3. Norah Newcombe-Pieterse (Mayo AC) 81:57



1. Clonliffe Harriers, 2. Rathfarnham WSAF, 3. Thurles Crokes

With the scoring team of MacMahon, O’Hanlon and Declan Power (74.45) the team were over 9 mins ahead of the second placed team. Declan picked up a gold medal in the over 45 category as well, making it two medals for each of them!



1. Mayo AC, 2. Sportsworld, 3. North Sligo



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