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Clonliffe at NIA Live

The National Indoor Arena was the venue for the latest NIA Live Meet tonight. The 600s proved attractive to Clonliffe athletes with Cian Bolger finishing a battling 3rd place in the A race (1.28.29). In the B 600 Eleanor Alexander was a class apart as she opened a substantial gap on the first lap to win in 1.38.59, in the race behind Ally Fernandez was strongest holding off the pack to finish 2nd (1.46.94) with the fast finishing Hannah Browne also putting in a good race in 5th place (1.48.93).

The 200 featured Keith Pike and Isreal Ibeanu, both looking to stretch their legs for the first time since the Summer, Keith was 2nd (23.70) with Isreal 3rd (23.76). Declan Power lined up for his first indoor race in the 3000B and had a good run finishing 1st in a time of circa 9.16.

No training tonight for younger juveniles

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

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)

Cracker, less than 3 weeks to go.

It`s now less than weeks to the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k takes place on Sunday December 31st (New Year`s Eve) at 11.00am in Santry. Entry to the Cracker is now available on line. The race is sponsored by the European Recycling Platform and is being run in association with Alone.

Online entry is available on While entry is also taken on the day runners and walkers are requested to make it easier all round and avail of on line entry. The race takes place on the roads around Santry, with both the start and finish on the track in Morton Stadium.
There will be prizes for the Senior Men/Women, Junior Men/Women and Masters prizes. Superb value for an online entry fee of €20.00 which includes chip timing and booking fee.  €5 of each entry will go to ALONE. See
Clonliffe Harriers would encourage all our entrants to raise some badly needed funds for ALONE. ALONE provides Supportive Housing, Befriending, Community Support and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. Our very own CHAC stalwart, Jeremy Chapman also serves on the board of ALONE, so let’s try and raise as much as funds as possible for a good cause.
The ERP 5k Christmas Cracker is also offering the chance for all entrants in the race to win some spot prizes. To be in with a chance to win one of these prizes it is simply a matter of bringing along on race day anything that is WEEE and can be recycled ( electrical appliance or used batteries). You will then be entered into a draw which will take place immediately after the race.

ERP’s mission is to develop high-quality, cost-effective recycling services for the benefit of producer members, consumers and ultimately the environment and society. It is important that we get as many recyclable items as possible to support our very generous race sponsor.

Don`t delay. Enter now and have your final run of 2017 for a really good cause. It`s Gonna be a Cracker!


Clonliffe men win Dublin Intermediate XC

At a damp and cold Tymon Park today the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country championships took place. There was an excellent team effort from the men`s team in particularly who were lead home in impressive style in 4th place by Sean Doran to win the Dublin title. The scoring four were Sean, Patrick Hayes, Michael Cassidy and Joey Hession with a points total of 43.

The women`s team were badly hit by withdrawals and were down to 5 starters all of who put in solid runs, Orna McGinley was first home of the team (Emma Dunne, Maura Matthews, Louise Caraher and Yvonne McDonough) the team placing 5th.

Weekend round up (updated)

Saturday on the roads: Phoenix Park, Dublin for the Donore Jingle Bells 5k where Efron Gidey was the first Clonliffe athlete home in 20th place in 15.37, Thomas Sherlock was 25th in 15.54. Others Eleanor Alexander 17.47, Emma Cooper 19.24, Jean Carr 20.44, Emma Harding 26.09.

Sergiu Ciobanu was 2nd in the Waterford Half Marathon (66.34) with David Flynn 4th (67.09).

Also on December 2nd Aaron Hanlon got his Indoor season underway for Providence College finishing 4th in his 5000 (14.29.47) at the Fordham Classic at Boston University.

On Sunday the 3rd Emer Treacy won a 3.5k road race on a hilly course around the streets of the old town in Cáceres, Spain.

Clonliffe`s Red and White army marches on

A good day in ALSAA today for the Clonliffe athletes running in the CBS Rice Cross Country. The St. Aidans guys, in red and white, under the guidance of Alan O`Neill put in great runs showing little after effects from Sunday`s National Cross Country. It was a raw, but dry day, with the underfoot conditions pretty good for ALSAA!

Top Clonliffe performance came in the final race of the day, the U/20 race where Sean O`Leary finished in 2nd place. leading his team to gold, with 2nd, 4th, 5th and 7th. The team also included Daniel Lacey and Jordan Byrne.

Callum Simpson continues to impress and was an excellent 3rd place in the U/16 race, combining with fellow Harriers Dermot Buckley, Even Foster and Alex Neuroth to take another team win for the Whitehall outfit.

The St. Aidans U/15 squad also scored well to take team silver (6,8,11,25), whilst both the U/14s and U/17s were just out of the medals both placing 4th. The school`s year now comes to a close, however, no rest for the wicked as the DCU Invitational and then the Cross Country Championships are on the early horizon.

(Pictured St. Aidans U/16s CBS Champions 2017)

Juvenile groups training at NIA Abbotstown on Thursday

Juvenile members, and more importantly parents, please note that Gladys and Gerry`s groups will be training at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown on Thursday evening, Nov 30th. Meeting there at 6.45pm, collection time is 9.00pm. Cost is €5.00 each

The Nationals: Bad day at hanging rock!

Yesterday’s National Cross Country Championships at Abbottstown proved to be an exceptionally disappointing day for the Clonliffe Senior Men. This is an event which in recent years has been dominated by the Clonliffe men, who, indeed as recently as 2010 had put together a sequence of a magnificent seven in a row but frankly yesterday that seemed like decades ago.

With a squad hit by withdrawal after withdrawal, regrettably as per last year the Clonliffe challenged had petered out before the race was even one third through its 10,000m distance as a rampant Raheny Shamrocks put the loss of defending champion Mick Clohessy to the back of their minds to take a comfortable win on 42 points, led home in 2nd place by Kevin Dooney as he finished behind Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders).  In the end the Clonliffe men for the second successive year placed out of the medals, in a distant 6th position all of 99 points behind Raheny. The Clonliffe scorers were Stephen Scullion, 11th, James Kevan 37th, Jayme Rossiter 45th, Eoin Pearce 48th.  The other Clonliffe athletes in action were Cathal Doyle 49th, Thomas Sherlock 90th, Sean Doran 115th, Karl Nolan 128th.

Unfortunately there was disappointment also for the Clonliffe Junior Men who had gone into this race with high hopes of successfully defending the title won last year. Although a much stronger performance from the juniors than from the seniors regrettably when the results (finally) were announced the juniors ended up in 3rd place as Galway City Harriers took the honours. The Junior Men’s race was combined with the juvenile U/18 and this lead to some confusion on the results.  As a race, however, it was a tremendous spectacle with a huge field starting off of almost 200 athletes.  The Clonliffe Juniors did indeed put up a very good fight and were led home in 10th place by Adam O’Brien. With Adam then being followed home by Sean O’Leary 17th, Efern Gidey 19th (U/18), Steven Flanagan 28th, Craig Giles 34th (U/18), Daniel Lacey 38th (U/18), Ben Guiden 74th (U/18), Stephen Cashin 101st (U/18), Greg Hosseny 130th and Jordan Byrne (U/18) 154th.

In the U/18 category the scoring quartet of Gidey, Giles, Lacey and Guiden combined to take National team gold.

For the first time in a number of years the club fielded a Junior Women’s team which was a good step forward. The five athletes all performed well, it was a young squad with several of the girls being in the U/18 and indeed U/17 categories.  First home in black and amber in 25th place was Alannah Cooley then Ally Fernandez 46th, Hannah Browne 81st, Tess Loftus 120th and Cliona Cooley 128th.  Final team placings not yet available but the Clonliffe women finished out the medal paying team positions.

Regrettably the club did not field a senior Women’s team or indeed a single athlete.

The other Clonliffe teams competing on the day were the U/16s where the girl’s team put in a very solid performance and will all benefit enormously from the experience. The team were led home after an excellent run in 9th place by Jenna Cid to 6th position in the team standings.  The other scoring three were Sarah Bateson 57th, Abbie Sheehy 59th and Aoife Hession 66th. Solid runs also on the day from Katie Halpin 97th and Vicki McDonnell 104th.

The U/16 boys also put in a good performances to place 5th with the team led home in 25th position by Darragh Carter.  Next in in 49th place was Dermot Buckley, then Callum Simpson 55th, Evan Foster 73rd, Max Kelly 75th and Alex Neuroth 114th.

Overall it must be said it was a disappointing day for Clonliffe Harriers and with no European clubs cross country venture to look forward to its up to the track and field teams (indoor and outdoor) to bring back the good times.

(Above Junior/ U18 Men)

(Above Junior/ U/18 women)

(Above U/16 girls)

Doran Runs A muck in Horan Cup

Liam Hennessy Reports: Saturday, November 25th,  Saw the final race in the 2017 Grand Prix Series – The Horan Cup – 6 Mile Cross Country Race – At Santry Demesne – 12 noon.

The weather smiled on us today. We were treated to perfect Cross Country weather, Dry / Sunny / Cool 3 degrees (Real Feel -2) / Moderate Westerly breeze / Good underfoot conditions – A bit of slipping and sliding, but thats what you come to expect from Cross Country !!! – The decision had to be made – Long sleeves or Singlet and the long sleeves seem to have won out !!!. Some runners chose to wear trainers instead of spikes, so they slipped and slid a lot !!! Anyhow down to business – The Horan Cup, our oldest Cross Country race has been competed for since 1908. The race is a demanding 6 Miler and today proved to be a super race with 39 starters and 34 finishers. Going in to the last race of the series, Sean Doran held the “Green Jersey” (points competition). Sean was announced as winner of the jersey for 2017, and he won it by a country mile, so congrats to Sean. Emma Dunne went in to the last race leading the overall Series closely followed by Declan Grant and Mick Bermingham, so there was an air of excitement when the bugle sounded and the race got underway.

The 1, 2, 3 in the handicap for The Horan Cup will be announced on 7th December – Awards Night – At the Clubhouse – More about that below !!

Full Results:
1. Sean Doran – 37.50
2. Philip O’Doherty – 39.43
3. Shane Casey – 40.03
4. Mick Bermingham – 41.07
5. Paul O’Loughlin – 41.08
6. Alan Worrall – 42.08
7. Kevin Dowling – 42.41
8. Emma Dunne – 42.50
9. Declan Grant – 43.08
10. Stephen Tracey – 43.09
11. Niall Markey – 43.10
12. Aimee Ahern – 43.29
13. David O’Sullivan – 43.44
14. Siobhan Devaney – 43.47
15. Richard Barr – 44.02
16. Liam Hennessy – 44.16
17. Mark Dowling – 44.37
18 Colm Mc Donnell – 44.38
19. Emma Cooper – 44.38.2
20. Declan Murray – 44.39
21. Sean Grimes – 44.50
22. Ollie Power – 45.55
23. Philip Matthews – 47.34
24. Clodagh Moriarty – 47.38
25. Trevor Wisdom – 47.45
26. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 48.40
27. Pat Devitt – 48.46
28. Orla Deighan – 48.50
29. Orla Devaney – 49.00
30. Shay Byrne – 49.24
31. Brid Beausang – 50.09
32. Anna Kavanagh – 50.50
33. Terry Mee – 51.29
34. Melissa Curran – 52.40

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to make this race such a success and special thanks to our Ladies and Mens Captains; Pamela and Joe Cooper for their presence.Sean Doran was the first runner home, continuing to display his fine form. There were many fine performances, most notably by Emma Dunne  Declan Grant and Mick Bermingham (the top three in the series going in to this race). The big question now is “who will take the top prize” ? will it be Emma or Declan or will it be Mick ? Well you will have to wait until the Awards Night – Thursday, December 7th at 8pm at the Clubhouse when all be revealed !!!

A date for your diaries: Grand Prix Series 2017 – Awards Night – Morton Stadium – 7th December, 2017 – 8pm. Presentations will be made to the winners of the Ahern Cup, Irwin Cup and Horan Cup Races in addition to the overall 2017 Grand Prix Series prize winners and the presentation of the Behan & Associates sponsored Grand Prix Series Cup to the overall winner.

Listen up !!! – As usual we have a 3000Metres race to sign off the Grand Prix Series each year. The race will take place at 8pm on the track (prior to the Awards Presentation night) and everyone, who has taken part in the series this year is most welcome to run. It may be winter, but when do you get a chance to run a track race in December !!! You might even run a PB !!! – So lets see a big turnout  (no prizes, just PB’S !!!) and you can head to the bar afterwards !!! – Please come and support us on the night even if you miss the track race – The Awards night has proven to be one of the best club nights of the year and this one will be no exception. Hot food will be served and we expect to have plenty of spot prizes on the night. So, no excuses now – you have plenty of time to make arrangements – come join us for what will be a fab night to sign off Grand Prix 2017 !!! – See you there !!!.   (Liam Hennessy)


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