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News from the US of Aaron Hanlon being awarded The Big Easy Athlete of the Week, as a result of his excellent run in last weekend`s Battle in Beantown Cross Country where he placed 24th and 1st scorer for Providence College.

Brian Flanagan also (thankfully) continues to keep us updated on his first US Cross Country season: “This week, myself and the team ran the last home meet this morning here in Lake Charles. I finished 5th and was the 4th scorer this time for the Cowboys. Distance was 4 miles XC and I finished in 20:01.4. Had a very less then desirable week of “training” leading up to this. It was my third week of racing in a row and I was still very much feeling the effects of that 8km race last week in Texas. Nevertheless progress is progress and it is what it is. Hopefully all of the niggles are now behind me as we get ready for two weeks of solid training before flying to Prinston New Jersey for the Princeton invitational on Saturday week (Oct 14th) for another 8km race in much cooler conditions to get ready for conference.”

Dublin Novice: Gale Force Winds Can`t Stop Conliffe Ladies (updated)

Pamela Cooper Reports: In today’s Dublin Novice 4km Cross-Country in the Phoenix Park where we most diffidently Hit High Winds from all directions The Clonliffe Harriers Ladies held their ground & took the Bronze Team Medal the 4 scorers: Alannah Cooley 10th, Ciara Peelo 12th, Emma Dune 15th & Orna McGinley 29th

(Pictured) Clonliffe Novice Women, sans late arrival Alannah Cooley!

These were strongly support by team mates Aisling Andrews (32nd), Siobhan Devaney (38th), Claire Roche (41st), Bernadette Kearnan (45th), Aoife O`Sullivan (46th), Kerri Page (47th), Yvonne McDonough (48th), Orla Deighan (60th)  & Brid Beausang (66th)

The course as always with the Novice was fast and various hills of height and depth to climbing but this did not stop the Black & Amber Ladies lose sight of the finish line to catch themselves a tightly fought and well-earned Bronze Medal.

For some this race was their first taste of cross-country for others is was a long awaited retuned to the familiar race course of rolling hills and high winds after long absences form racing due to illness and injury & for others it was just another day at the office either way it was as always a great sight so see so many Clonliffe ladies out in Force……Well done to all and big thanks to all the supporters……National Novice here we come girls!!!!

The women`s race was followed by the Novice men`s race where Adam O`Brien, remarkably only back training a week or so after a period of injury, ran a battling race to finish in the bronze medal paying position of 3rd! The men`s team place just shy of the medals in 4th place. Clonliffe men results: 3rd Adam O`Brien, 9th Sean Doran, 24th Joseph Keane, 32nd James Vint, 41st Shaun Conagh, 65th Niall Sherlock, 75th Anthony Doran, 85th Mick Gleeson, 87th Niall Markey, 91st Declan Grant. (these results may not be 100% as race numbers mixed up a bit!)

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)

Clonliffe Juveniles at Dublin Cross Country League in Park

Ulrik Nyberg reports of great performances from the Clonliffe juvenile athletes in breezy conditions in the Phoenix Park this morning. There were particularly strong efforts from the boys and girls running in this  event for the first time. All put in great efforts to impress their coaches who were delighted with the runs from the young Harriers. Top performers on the day with top 10 places included: Orla O`Sullivan U/13, Jonathan Fitzsimons U/13 and Naoise Cullen U/14

Of the older age groups Katie Halpin impressed with a very strong second half in the U/15s race to come through very well to an excellent 3rd place. The U/16s also look very strong, this was a mixed race of U/16s to U/19s, in the U/16 category Ella Brown lead the Clonliffe girls home in 2nd, Abbey Sheehy was close in 3rd with Sarah Bateson 4th and another solid effort from the ever improving Cara Curran Beggs placing around 10th or so.

Change in Clonliffe Sunday hours in Morton Stadium

Members please note that the Clonliffe use of the Stadium from this Sunday, October 1st, changes to 9.30 am to 11.00am, this will remain the position until the Spring.

Club members looking to use the Stadium facilities outside of these hours on Sundays must make arrangements with Morton Stadium direct.

By way of reminder Clonliffe do not have any arrangements for use of the Stadium on Saturdays, the Clonliffe clubhouse will be open from 10.45 am on Saturdays for athletes wishing to change and train outside the stadium.

Other changes to times on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be posted once finalised with Morton Stadium.

The Committee appreciates our members cooperation.

The Rooney Review: Running up that Hill, Dublin Half Marathon

Shane Rooney Reports: Saturday 23rd of September saw the final race of the 2017 Dublin Race Series move to Newbridge House and the challenging hills of North County Dublin.

The club members were chomping at the bit and nothing was going to stop the members of Clonliffe Harriers from getting to the start line and giving 100% on a course of two halves. The first half being slow and hill heavy whilst the second half was fast and downhill, meaning that any time lost on the hills could be quickly made up during the 5 miles to the finish line.

The Black & Amber singlets were led home by Karl “On Form” Nolan finishing in 24th place in a time of 1:17:55, he was followed by Matt McGuinness (1:21:48) and rounding off the top 3 men was Conor Delaney (1:22:36).  The top 3 Clonliffe ladies were Emma Cooper (1:31:08), Maura Matthews (1:37:18) and Emer “GAA” Brennan (1:38:27).

Congratulations to Stephen (The PBs Keep Coming) Tracey, Alan Hughes, Alex Eustace, Alan Worrall, Damien Kelly, Mick Gleeson, Colm Leonard, Niall Markey, Alan Curley, Aideen “Skippy” Brady, Ali O’Sullivan, Adrien (Let’s Do an Extra 5 miles) Gerard, Shane Rooney, Declan Murray, Kevin (Where’s My Medal?) Sheehy, Janette Reid, Clare Roche, Declan Grant, Caroline Hynes (who had flown home from Chicago for the race), Yvonne McDonagh, James Dunne, Ciara O’Regan, Niall O’Connor, Susan Kelly, Mel (Honey C) Curran, Joanne McCabe, Anthony O’Brien, Katie (Golden Runner) Hennigan, Jason Blake and Lorraine Sherwood, for doing Clonliffe Harriers proud*.

One of the wonderful outcomes from being a member of Clonliffe Harriers is the friends we make during the training sessions, which was evident by the number of members who ran together. This two-by-two approach proved to be very effective with many members being encouraged by their running friends to dig in and achieve a PB.

As always, an extra special thank you to the volunteers, Pamela, Mr & Mrs Dowling (aka Mark & Aisling), Vivienne, Brid, Emer O’T, Grace, Leah, Sinead, Dave The Smiler, Catherine D, Paddy and Ciara P, you’re welcome smiles at the finish line is wonderful sight.

Don’t forget, if you’d like to add your name to the list of volunteers, please speak to Mark Dowling or email

To Eugene, Jean and Gerry and all the organising crew, thank you for the hard work you put in each year to create the wonderful race series.

As with every race, questions have been raised;

  1. How fast can Karl Nolan go?
  2. How high can Aideen Brady jump?
  3. Is Evelyn Brennan doing a sponsored silence marathon run?
  4. Will Kev Sheehy find his medal?

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced this weekend, keep digging in.

*apologies if anyone is missing from the list of participants.

Weekend round up: USA all the way! (plus home results)

Weekend Round up: Starting stateside where on Friday Aaron Hanlon had a great run for Providence in the Battle of Beantown Coast to Coast at Boston College 1st Providence man in 24th place in 24.52, 8k.

Saturday Brian Flanagan ran in the Texas A&M Invitation this morning at 8am in College Station TX Temp was 75F (25C) the first serious race of the season with McNeese fielding their strongest team in a loaded field where almost all of the teams in the region / conference where on the starting line. Flanno had a very strong run finishing 18th (of 166) as the third man to score for McNeese in 24:41, 8k. Miles splits were 5:00 5:00 5:00 5:10 4:31.

Brian says: ” This ranks McNeese as number 1 in NCAA (D1) Southland Conference. Also puts me as the fastest Freshman in the conference too. Very happy to say the least considering we tempo’d the first 4 miles.  Again, now is not the time for complacency and it’s back to recover and hard work. Next up is a small home meet in Lake Charles next week followed by a By week then we travel to the Princeton Invitation in New Jersey.”
Joe Cooper took his Division to Blackrock, County Louth for the annual 4 Mile Road race on Saturday evening. Also racing was Mark Kenneally placing 6th (20.16) just ahead of Joe`s group: 11th Sean Carrig (20.55), 12th Eferan Gidey (21.03), and 3rd junior man, 15th Daniel Lacey (21.47), 17th Sean O`Leary (22.02), 20th Jordan Byrne (22.34).
 Also Saturday the Dublin Half Marathon took place in the grounds of Newbridge House. Many Clonliffe athletes were running, thanks to Shane Rooney for his superb report. See “The Rooney Review”
Sunday at the Rathfarnham 5k Sean Doran was 34th in 16.04. Eleanor Alexander was 4th senior woman (96th overall) in 17.36.

Gary goes sub 2:20 ! (updated)

Gary O`Hanlon ran a magnificent race in this morning`s Berlin Marathon to record a new pb of 2:19.25. Gary took over 2 minutes off his pb to go sub 2:20, having gone through the half way in 69.32 to place 40th overall. The results also seem to record him as 1st M40. From Gary`s Facebook page he posted: “2:19 at age 43 in the Berlin Marathon, a personal best by 2 1/2 minutes finishing first over 40 in the worlds most competitive marathon. Delighted to be getting faster despite getting older, age is just a number. The key is to train smart, surround yourself with positive people and always believe in your own ability. Congrats to all the athletes I coach, smashing their times today. Special thanks to my training partners Seán Hehir and Eoin Callaghan, train hard race easy. This one’s for my son Ben who’s 3 months old today.”

Also in Berlin Paul O`Loughlin broke new ground going sub three for the first time, an excellent 2.59.24.

News in also of a great run by Robert Reid in clocking 2.47.24.


First Cross Country win in US for Brian Flanagan (update from Flanno)

Clonliffe`s Brian Flanagan got his US Collegiate Cross Country career off to a winning start for McNeese yesterday, the 16th at Baton Rouge, to take a fine individual title at LSU Cross Country Invitational. Brian was a clear winner by some six seconds winning the 6k event in 17.09 and helping McNeese to a second place team placing.

Brian tells the tail:

How ya doing? Sorry its been a little while so here’s a little update. So a week and a half ago our cross country season opener was put on hold due to us getting hit by Hurricane Harvey, our own home meet was canceled along with one in Houston too.
Instead we travelled to LSU’s invitational cross country in Baton Rouge on Saturday last. I lead the team that we sent, our top four runner stayed at home getting ready for next week.
Race was 6000m and started at 7:50am. Even at that stage temps were at 75F (24C). But my long summer of training injury free in the unforgiving heat of the deep south paid it’s dividends and I recorded my very first ‘W’ (time: 17:09 – wasn’t even a flat course) on this side of the Atlantic. Needless to say I was very happy to run this in my very first XC race in over a year and a half, most of which plagued by injuries most doubted I’d ever come from. I felt good but I know now is not the time for complacency, theres still a job to be done.
With that being said the next stop is the Texas A&M invitational this coming Saturday morning in College Station TX. I’ll keeping you posted. Until then all the best.
Nil Desperandum,
In what was a fairly quiet weekend for Clonliffe athletes Stephen Scullion was 2nd in Sunday`s Belfast Half Marathon, a week after his excellent outing in the Great North Run, in 66.12

Hennigan Takes the Golden Runner

Report from Shane Rooney: In a change of location for the normal Saturday training session, and to inject a competitive edge to training, Pam’s group moved from Santry Park to the Poppintree on Saturday 16th September.  The change turned out to be a great tempo session and gave us a fantastic opportunity to promote the club, with loads of participants enquiring about how to join the club? is membership open to all abilities? and when does training take place?

As 9:30 approached and with a summer of hard sessions in our legs it was time to put the training to the test and the results didn’t disappoint.

With a field of over 110 athletes, Clonliffe Harriers took 1st and 3rd place. The athletes were led home by Paul O’Loughlin in a new 5k PB time of 18:14, and he was quickly followed by Stephen Tracey, who also achieved a PB time and finished 3rd in a time of 18:49, the third Clonliffe Harrier home was Adrian Gerard in 6th place in a time of 19:31. Not to be outdone, Ciara Peelo, followed by Aisling Andrews and Siobhan Devaney who were the the  1st, 2nd and 3rd ladies home.

As with any event organised by Pam and her possy (who can forget the Clonolympics), it was decided to add a little fun competition to the occasion by encouraging each member to achieve a new PB. It was with great excitement when the “Golden Runner” was handed over to the one and only Little Miss Excited, Katie Hennigan, who smashed her previous 5k PB time by approximately 1 min, crossing the line in a time of 23:41.

In addition to those mentioned above, a big thank you to Paula, Declan, Ollie, Orla, Jason and Kevin who also took part in the session.

A very special shout out to David “Smiler” Hanley, who, despite not being able to run, volunteered to direct and support the participants around the course.  It’s amazing how the spirits are lifted when you hear someone shout out your name and offer positive words of encouragement.

This brings me nicely to the very important topic of volunteering. A huge part of the success of every race comes down to the time and dedication of volunteers and I’m sure we all agree, there is no better feeling when you see a friendly face at the finish line or hear a clubmate shout “Come on Clonliffe”. You could be one of those Spirit Lifters and not only will you be helping athletes, you’ll also help bring additional funds to the club, meaning your time is well spent on many levels.  To add your name to the list of volunteers, please speak to Mark “Dominos” Dowling or email

Congratulations to everyone who ran or raced this weekend, keep digging in.


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