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Sean O`Leary takes Dublin Novice title

The first of the 2018 cross country titles was up for grabs in the Phoenix Park today. The traditional season`s opener was the Dublin Novice Cross Country championships. Sean O`Leary justified his hot favourite tag with a fine performance as he cruised to victory. Sean lead the men`s team of 17th Jack Maughan, 27th Greg Hossenny and 29th Eoghan Murphy to team bronze.

In the women`s race there were strong runs from Alannah Cooley, Ale Hernandez, Elaine McLoughlin and Emma Harding as the team placed 5th. Full results on www.dublinathletics.com soon

Gary 1st in Three Quarters

Gary O`Hanlon showed no after effects whatsoever from his recent Marathon efforts in Berlin as he successfully retained his Athlone Three Quarters Marathon title today in 1.47.19 and is looking in great shape for the Dublin City Marathon in three weeks time. Maurice McCrohan ran 2.24.30.

Novice note plus Saturday`s round up

The Dublin Novice Cross Country takes place in the Phoenix Park tomorrow afternoon. Their are good teams entered for both men & women. The men`s team includes Sean O`Leary who had a fine run in Blackrock, County Louth two weeks back and the women`s Alannah Cooley. The Novice women run over 4000m with a 1.45pm start, please be there in plenty of time as per captain`s instructions while the men race at 2.15pm, 6000m, to meet at 1.00pm. The championships are held on the Magazine Fort area of the Park, the County Board have asked that all use the official car parks only, and care share if possible. The championships are preceded by the latest round in the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country league.

In the Saturday round up the only Clonliffe athlete we are aware of who raced today was David Brady 11th in the Simon 5 Mile (also in the Park) in 30.00.

Sunday round up

A pretty quiet weekend for the club’s athletes. Today’s Rathfarnham 5k saw Eoin Taggart have a good run to place 19th in a fast 15.35, Sean Doran was within striking distance 21st in 15.41. Other Clonliffe: David Brady 17.40, Thomas Frayne 18.01, Emma Cooper 19.45.

Missed midweek was Wayne Walker in the paced miles in Morton Stadium on Tuesday 2nd in 5.19.

Clonliffe lads help St. Aidans to Double Dublin Schools XC win

Alan O`Neill reports on a successful first school`s cross country event of the season. Today saw the 2nd Dublin Schools Cross-Country in the Phoenix Park. Using the “West Leinster” course close to the Papal Cross the athletes “enjoyed” the long straights of this testing loop, on a balmy, windy day.
It was a great start to the year by a couple of young Clonliffe lads as Cian O’ Hare (6th) and Cillian Keegan (12th) helped the First Year St. Aidan’s team to victory.
Making it a fine double for the St. Aidans outfit in the Second Years` race Seán Boyne anchoring the team home in 6th place to secure a 2nd set of golds were coming back to Whitehall.
In total 29 schools and approximately 700 athletes took part. Next up it`s a home game in Santry Demesne for the Brother Schools XC on October 10th.
(Pictured, St. Aidans 1st & 2nd years: Don`t cross this lot!)

Brother Where art Thou

Back in the 1970s Clonliffe Harriers held an invitational schools cross country event, won that year by St. Malachy’s College, Belfast. The event continued right through to the 1990s but in 1994, when coincidently St. Malachy’s again prevailed, with ongoing development work at Santry Woods the absence of a venue meant that the event was largely consigned to history.

Enter, however, Brother ten years ago when in 2008 Brother sponsored the Morton Memorial Meet which was an international Track and Field Meet held in the Morton Stadium to mark the 50th anniversary of Herb Elliot’s world record set in 1958 in Santry.  By an extraordinary coincidence 1958 was also the year Brother came to Ireland so both the 1958 Herb Elliot mile and Brother in Ireland were marking 50 years.

Brother most generously commenced sponsoring the revived Clonliffe Schools Cross Country from 2009 and the Brother Schools XC was born.

In two week`s time, October 10th for the 10th successive time Brother will sponsor this fantastic event. This will also mark Brother’s 60th year in Ireland.

Santry Demesne Park, rear of Morton Stadium, Swords Road, Dublin 9 is the venue. Invitations have issued to schools. If you did not receive an Invitation but would like one please contact us now clonliffeschoolsxc@gmail.com

Since 2009 the event has grown from 800 competing to last year when almost 2000 young athletes from schools all over Ireland competed in the Brother Schools Cross Country.

In these last ten years the event has seen many of Ireland’s up and coming young athletes compete in that event many of whom have gone on to represent Ireland at the highest level including Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner who has competed for Ireland in both the European and World Championships.

This is an invitation only event and only schools who have been invited and who have confirmed their participation may compete, schools please note that entries must be with us by October 3rd (this day next week). Please note, however, that individuals, who are not part of a schools team, may enter on the day.

The Brother Schools XC is the first big schools invitational of the year and always provides top class entertainment within the beautiful surroundings of Santry Demesne Park which was the venue for the 2009 European Cross Country Championships. The course features the iconic finish through the avenue of trees, all of which remain standing having stood up to the best that storm Ali could muster.

Action will get underway at 12 noon with the 5th class primary schools girls race.  There will be four primary schools races to be followed by the secondary school programme commencing at 1 p.m. with minor girls and in the schools programme there will be a total of eight races in all age groupings for both boys and girls. The iconic “Brother at Your Side” t shirt awaits all finishers.

Finally any club member or parent of a club member we need you! Please if you can come on the day text Noel 0879599888.

Fun, Fun, Fun on the Magical Mystery Tour

Ulrik Nyberg reports from Somewhere in Ireland: Very excited about what the destination of the Magical Mystery Tour might be, about 40 young Clonliffe athletes entered the team bus early yesterday, Sunday, morning together with their coaches. After a long and adventurous journey through the beautiful countryside around Naul, which included race bicycle counting, singing and many “are we there yet?”-questions, we reached our destination Stamullen, Co. Meath where Star Of The Sea AC held their 30th annual cross-country meeting.

We had runners in all the youngest age groups from U/9s and upwards. Some of our athletes ran their first cross country race ever and everybody really put in great efforts. Before getting back on the bus for some more singing and a “treat stop”, we enjoyed a picnic lunch together in the autumn sunshine.

All together it was a great day out with lots of fun and bonding between athletes and coaches. Gladys is planning more Magical Mystery Tours so: Roll up! Roll up!

Sunday Round up

So the busy weekend continued today with a number of Clonliffe athletes in action again. After Dave Flynn`s fast half marathon yesterday Sergiu Ciobanu put in a fast one today. Sergiu was 4th in a red hot Charleville Half Marathon won by John Travers (Donore)  Sergiu running 66.47.

On the country Sean Doran was 4th in the Star of the Sea 6k cross country (20.35). In the USA Hope Saunders was 233rd for Wichita State in the Chile Pepper XC Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

No news yet from the juveniles Magical Mystery Tour today. Is no news good news?

Black `n` Amber storm Blackrock!

To complete a great day`s running for Clonliffe today a troop of Harriers headed to the Wee County for the annual Blackrock 4 Mile Road Race this evening. It was another extremely successful exercise.

In a completive field the Black `n`Amber were very much to the fore with Colm Rooney, Aaron Hanlon, Sean O`Leary, Cathal Doyle and Efrem Gidey in the lead pack at the end of the first 2 mile lap. Coming back into the ain street on the sea front Rooney had bolted and won in a very pace 19.13. 3rd was Aaron Hanlon 19.27, in an excellent 4th was Sean O`Leary 19.29 with Cathal Doyle next in 19.39.

The rest of the crew: Efrem Gidey recorded 20.13, Aaron Cullen an impressive 20.58, Jordan Byrne 21.26, Daniel Lacey 22.17, Ryan Sheridan 22.18, Thomas Baltzar 22.28, Ben Guiden 22.43, Greg Hossenny 22.47 and Ian McAlweeney 23.01.

Flynner takes Dublin Half in style

David Flynn was a class apart in this morning`s Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park. Flynner put in an outstanding run to win in 66.21, over three and a half minutes clear. This was a 10 second pb and with the Dublin Marathon only some five weeks away he`s looking good to be well in the mix.

The top 3 from the 50 plus Clonliffe Harriers in the race were: David Flynn 66.21, Dermot Faughnan 80.52 and Stephen Tracey 82.39. First Clonliffe woman was Rachel Eustace 6th and 2nd F35 in 87.07.

Full results use link: https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events

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