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No training tonight for younger juveniles

Parents please note that training for Gladys`group tonight is cancelled due to expected poor weather.

Clonliffe overseas tales plus updated round up

The overseas news continues. Following on the news of Brian Flanagan`s superb run in the US on Friday, today we bring you more from afar! First off “The Road Through Morocco to Abbotstown” from Dave Flynn:

Flynners tales : Ifrane Morroco Home of El Gerouj
It is now the end of my fifth day in ifrane Morroco located at 6100 ft altitude up in  the African mountains . My trip was pretty straight forward flight from Dublin to Paris. Then Paris to Fez where I met my training partner Soufiane Bouchiki, a Belgium, and a lift from his friend to Ifrane.  The only thing about Moroccan people is they love to skip que’s I mean I was sure I put this all behind me in primary school but it was game on in Fez airport especially old people I was getting elbows from all directions.

I tried to be positive and think it will prepare me well the start of nationals! Another thing is the looks you get off morrocan people . A few came over and asked for selfies with me . Now even I couldn’t put my finger on this one could it be that they all watched the 2016 3000m steeplechase Irish nationals where I nearly kicked down Rory Chesser from the depths of hell but just came up short ? My friend immediately through that theory out the window and just said it’s because I’m white!
My first run in Ifrane was great we went to a 2k dirt loop where El Gerouj did a lot of his training then we ran past a bunch of monkeys who jumping all over the place . (Photos to follow) Later on we went to the track which is in very good condition and saw El Bachali second at worlds this year in the steeplechase.

I then got invited for a traditional morrocan dinner in one of my training partners friends apartments (a 2.10 marathoner ) we got there and sat on these really long sofas then this woman comes out and starts serving all these morrocan dishes.  I asked who she was and they said that’s Fatima she’s paid to cook all the meals everyday and let me tell you she’s an unbelievable cook. Anyway after dinner . One of the guys shouts “Fatty” and she sticks her head out of the kitchen and they start chatting do im obviously thinking “Jesus’s that’s a bit harsh calling her that after such a nice meal”.  Then I ask my friend and he says that her nickname in Morrocan I was afraid to tell everyone what it actually means in English so I just go along with it and call her it too.

I’ve never been so nervous for a session then I was today . The build up started yesterday with Soufiane at lunch time . He kept saying how hard tomorrow is going to be and that we are going to die doing this session . I’ve known Soufiane around 8 years now he doesn’t really train with anyone except me and one thing you need to know is he likes to train very hard . He’s ran 13.22 5k and was one spot off making the world 5k final but one thing about Soufiane is he wants to get you ready for these workouts so we will be at dinner or having a coffee and he will say out of no where “So you gonna be a pussy or a man tomorrow ?” Stuff like that so the morning of the workout we went for breakfast where he said several times “Man this is gonna hurt today ” At one stage when I got back I looked through my bag for a bib number I was that convinced I had a race today .

We both got through our workouts anyway and impressed him of the shape I’m in at the moment. Tomorrow we got up to 8000ft for our long run I’m sure I’ll
have another story to tell by then.

Next up we`re in Copenhagen where post Ireland`s “entertaining” nil nil draw last night Clonliffe athletes Shaun Conaghan (he`s the one doing the Packie Bonner impression) and Ian Guiden discuss tactics (ie which of them is going to tell Peter McDermott that they`ll be otherwise occupied when the group are training in Trinity on Tuesday night!)

More tales from overseas and Jayme Rossister got a very solid indeed race in yesterday as he aims towards the Nationals this day two weeks. Jayme takes up the tale: “Just a note to update you on a league race I had yesterday. Placed 4th in the first round of the Birmingham cross country league at Cheltenham for Loughborough. 32 36 for 10.1km. I’ve ateached a picture of the wee stream we had to negotiate. So training for the steeple season early!”

Back on the Road Racing front, Sean Doran put the spikes to one side and laced up the racing flats for this morning`s Greenhills 5k in Drogheda where he finished 3rd in 16.22.

Any other Clonliffe racing in the Park or elsewhere text results to 0879599888.

Club Cross Country Championships/ Irwin cup this Saturday

The 2017 Club Cross Country Championships take place this Saturday November 11th in Santry Demesne in conjunction with the penultimate round of the 2017 Grand Prix Series, the Irwin Cup. Proceedings on Saturday will get underway at 11 a.m. sharp with the first of the Clonliffe Juvenile 2017 Cross Country Championship races.  Juvenile athletes are reminded to meet at the clubhouse at 10.15 a.m.

The race distances for the juvenile championships are as follows:

U/9 – 300m

U/11 – 500m

U/13 – 1000m

U/15 – 1000m

There will be medals for the first three in each of the championships races. Juvenile athletes in these age groups are expected to take part in these club championships (unless agreed otherwise with their coach)

At 12 noon the Irwin Cup/Club Cross Country takes place, this year’s Irwin Cup is sponsored by George Maybury.

The Irwin Cup is one of the club’s historic races with a history going back to 1932. The race itself, however, goes right back to 1910 when the club introduced a six mile cross country handicap race which included jumps and ditches and this became known as ‘the Grand National’.  In 1932 the race was renamed the Irwin Cup in memory of Bertie Irwin.  Bertie Irwin was a Clonliffe Olympian, he ran for Great Britain in the 1920 Olympic Games held in Antwerp where he qualified for the final of the 5000 finishing in 12th position.  Bertie Irwin also won the National Cross Country.

He served in the RNAS (later to become the RAF) in the First World War. Later he became captain of the R101 Airship.  On a test flight in 1930 he recalled in a letter to the then Clonliffe club captain Tommy Burton that the airship had ‘flown over the Finglas fields where I enjoyed so many memorable runs with the Clonliffes’.

Tragically, however, on the R101’s maiden voyage to India it crashed in Northern France on the 5th of October, 1930 killing 48 of the 54 on board including unfortunately Bertie Irwin.

Saturday’s Grand Prix race, the Irwin Cup, will also double as the club Senior Cross Country Championship Race. The race will be held over 6k, the winner of the men`s championship will be presented with the Harry Cooney Cup and the lady`s champion the, newly presented, Fred Connolly trophy.

Gary Confirmed National Marathon Champion

Athletics Ireland have corrected the results of the national marathon and Gary O’Hanlon has been declared the winner of the national championship. This follows on the disqualification on eligibility grounds of the athlete originally named as the national champion. Although we wait on official confirmation one would assume a Clonliffe 1, 2, 3 with Sergiu Cibanu 2nd and Stephen Scullion 3rd.

Clonliffe have already won the team title and all in the club extend our congratulations to our National Champion Gary O’Hanlon. (See for full statement)

Juvenile Training on Sunday

Training for Juveniles not running in Dublin Cross Country championships in Abbotstown on Sunday is as follows:

Gladys`group: 9.30am in stadium (weather permitting)

Ray`s group: 9.30 am stadium

Gerry`s group: 11.00 am stadium

Mick/Noel`s group: no group training

Storm Brian rules out several Juvenile training groups tonight

Juveniles please note that due to weather conditions (Storm Brian coming in!) Gladys`group`s training tonight is cancelled. Mick & Noel`s groups also have no group training but athletes have their scheduled training themselves.

Gregan out, but finishes 19th in the World

Clonliffe’s Brian Gregan finished 6th in his Semi Final at the London World Championships this evening. Running in lane 8 of 9, Brian kept his composure when two Olympic champions came past him at 200m. This season it’s been the second half of the race where Brian’s strength has shown, and tonight was no different.

Catching the Kenyan athlete on the home straight and former World and Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt on the line, Brian’s time was 45.42, resulting in a 19th place finish overall. An excellent performance. In his post race interview Brian stated, ”I went out there and I had all the best guys in the world around me. It was tough but I’m fairly satisfied.

Back at home, Gary O’Hanlon returned to racing after several months out with injury. He finished 3rd in the Duleek 10km with a time of 32.04. Sean Doran was 6th in 34.17. Fergus Keenan was 46th in a time of 41.26


Gregan gets the big Q in London

Clonliffe’s Brian Gregan ran his best competitive race in today’s World Championship heats in London.

Running in the fourth heat, and ranked 6th of the eight athletes, Brian’s superb season continued when he finished 3rd in a time of 45.37. Picking off a couple of athletes over the final 100m, Brian’s time was his second fastest ever and augurs extremely well for tomorrow’s Semi Final.

This Semi Final is scheduled for 19.48, and Brian has drawn lane 8 of 9, where he is joined by the present and former Olympic champions in Wayde van Niekerk and LaShawn Merrit.

Best of luck from all Clonliffe Harriers

Weekend round up – Healy, Doran and the League teams

Conor Healy ran a new personal best time for the 1500m of 3.49.19 in Merksem, just outside Antwerp on Saturday night. Returning to this familiar venue Conor broke his 8 year old best time in finishing 8th in his race.

On Sunday morning, there was a notable victory by Sean Doran, when he earned his maiden BHAA victory in winning the Fire Brigade 5k with a time of 15.58. This brought him home 10 seconds ahead of former National marathon medallist Eoin Flynn. Joyce O’Hare was 3rd in the women’s race with 19.49.

Competing in Belfast, both Men’s and Women’s track and field teams were looking to secure their qualification for the National League final in three weeks, where the men will hope to retain the title won last year, and the women looking to improve on their 5th place from 2016.

The men finished joint first with Crusaders on the day to qualify, while the women were joint 3rd, but across the two rounds of the league failed to qualify.

Results in Belfast were as follows:

110m Hurdles  – Rolus Olusa 2nd

3k Walk – Greg Hosseny 2nd

400m Hurdles – Tim Crowe 2nd

4*100m – Relay team 2nd

1500m – Richie Owens 1st

400m – Mark McDonald 5th

5000m 6 – Adam O’Brien 3rd

3000m S/C – Sean O’Leary 3rd

200m – Israel Ibanu 5th

800m – Cathal Doyle 4th

100m – Leo Morgan 1st

4*400m – Relay 5th

Hammer – Simon Galligan 1st

Shot Put – Brian Tobin 6th

Discus – Rolus Olusa 3rd

Javelin – Rory Gunning 1st

Long Jump – Keith Marks 3rd

Triple Jump – Andri Mahin 2nd

High Jump – Andri Mahin 2nd

Pole Vault – Dave Donegan 1st


100m Hurdles – Ariel Lieghio 2nd

400m H – Emma Kelly 4th

4 x100m – Relay 2nd

1500m – Eleanor Alexander 1st

400m – Leah Bergin 3rd

3000m – Alannah Cooley 6th

200m – Leah Moore 2nd

800m – Emer Treacy 6th

100m – Leah Moore 1st

4×400 – Relay 4th

Hammer – Caoimhe Morris 1st

Long Jump – Rebecca Fitzsimmons 5th

Shot – Denise Byrne 5th

High Jump – Raffa Diamond Ebbs 2nd

Discus – Caoimhe Morris 2nd

Triple Jump – Orna McGinley 5th

Javelin – Denise Byrne 2nd




Clonliffe athletes climbing every mountain

Both Sarah McCormack and Brian MacMahon lead him their Irish teammates at the World Mountain Running Championships held today in Premana, Italy.

Sarah recorded a superb 17th performance, completing the course in a time of 1.10.16. Brian finished in 47th with a time of 63.24. Both distances were 13km in length with 860m of ascending.


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