Archive for May, 2006

David Byrne wins 115th Clonliffe 2

Last night`s Clonliffe 2 was the 115th consective running of this classic on a good running night , the “summer ” rains had cleared for an hour or two and there was a faviourable tail wind from Finglas all the way down to Glasnevin. Up front Tallaght AC `s David Byrne prevailed over our own Cian McLoughlin ,to take the Tommy Burton Memorial Cup in a time of 9:23 a 2 second margin. Cian lead the home club to team victory over Tallaght.

The entry to the race was somewhat disappointing particularily taking into account the work put in by race director Mick Kearney and his team in promoting the event ,however, as always their was a great athmosphere in this historic race.

There was a great turn out of Clonliffe Harriers, especially from our Ladies and Juniors, what a sight to see so many Black `n`Amber singlets thunder down the hill from Finglas Village . Coming towards Harts Corner the front two had spread the field, stringing us the length of the cemetery wall.

Following the front two was Michael Mac Diairmada in 3rd 9:49. First Junior in a fast 9:51, and 4th home was David Fitzmaurice, another Clonliffe man. First lady was Hazel Murphy of DSD ( 11:08) with our own Emma Cooper 2nd 11:14.

The presentation was held in “the Gravediggers” Paddy Marley thanked our sponsor , in this his 20th year as Clonliffe 2 sponsor, Eugene Kavanagh and Eugene made the presentation of prizes.

The prize winners were:

SENIOR MEN 1. David Byrne (Tallaght) 9:23 2.Cian McLoughlin (CHAC) 9:25 3.M.Mac Diarmada (CHAC) 9:49 4.Mark Rowe 9:54 5. Packie Enright (Sportsworld) 9:59 6. William Morris (Dublin Striders) 10:09

SENIOR WOMEN 1.Hazel Murphy (DSD) 11:08 2. Emma Cooper (CHAC) 11:14 3. Fiona McGreavy (raheny) 11:18 4. Catriona Hooper (Raheny) 11:20 5. Louise Reilly (Annalee) 11:27 6. Brid Ni Chonall (Raheny) 11:29

JUNIOR MEN 1.David Fitzmaurice (CHAC) 9:51 2.Mark McDonald (CHAC) 9:53 3. Sam Kelly (Fingalians) 9:57 4. E. McDonnell (CHAC) 10:04

JUNIOR WOMEN 1. Ciara Henegahan (CHAC) 12:42 2.Sarah Finnegan (Dunleer) 12:52 3. Kate Purcell (CHAC) 15:28 4. Niamh Hussey (CHAC) 16:51

MASTER MEN 0/35 Stephen Nolan (Raheny) 10:17 o/40 Niall Coppinger (Tallaght) 9:53 o/45 Dave Brennan (CHAC) 10:12 o/50 Chris Keeling (Raheny) 11:19 o/55 Ray McConville (Raheny) 13:37 o/65 Nick Corish (Raheny) 22:12

MASTER WOMEN o/35 Lucy DArcy (Sportsworld) 11:24 o/40 Orla Loftus ( Raheny) 11:37 o/45 Karen McLoughlin (Donore) 13:15 o/50 Mary Keane (Fingalians) 12:27 o/55 Josie Powe ( fingalians) 14:18 o/60 Pamela Benson (Fingalians) 15:02

TEAM – MEN 1. Clonliffe Harriers (2,3,24) 29pts 2. Tallaght AC (1,6,32) 39 pts.

TEAM – WOMEN 1. Raheny (44,46,54) 144 pts 2. Clonliffe (41,59,68 ) 168pts

Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank Eugene Kavanagh for his continued support of this race, the race director Mick Kearney & his hard working team (to numerious to mention) and the athletes for supporting “Ireland`s Oldest Road Race “. See you for the 116th !!

Full results later.

Great performances in Track & Field including yet another National Junior Record

Over the course of the past week there have been some superb performances by Clonliffe’s athletes in the Dublin Graded Meet held on Wednesday last, theKitKat Leinster Schools held on Saturday where pride of place goes to Anthony McCreery, competing for his school Belvedere in the pole vault which Anthony won in a new national junior record of 4.75M, and in Sunday’s AAI Games.

First off was the Dublin Athletic Board Graded Meeting no. 4 which was held in difficult conditions at the Irishtown Stadium on Wednesday the 17th of May. The torrential rain of earlier in the day had cleared however there was a wet track and gusting strong breezes to greet the athletes, particularly in the home straight. Once again Emma Cooper continues to show her excellent form in running a very strong 3000M to finish 3rd in Grade A in a time of 10:43.48, the top three only being separated by 2 seconds.

In the Men’s 3000M Clonliffe were represented by Dara Boylan who placed 4th in the Grade B race in a time of 10:12 and by Chris Troy in the Grade C race who recorded a time of 12:05.

John Fay ran in the 400M in Grade C placing 2nd in a time of 59:51.

The last race of the day was the Men’s 1500M in which there was a very classy field including Colm Rooney, Mark Kenneally and Gary O’Hanlon. The field also included Michael Clohissey of Raheny and Paul McNamaraDavid Campbell of St. Cocas won the race in a time of 3:55.84 with fast finishing Colm Rooney finishing 2nd in 3:56.69 having overhauled Mark Kenneally on the final straight, Mark recording 3:57.74 with Gary placing 6th in a time of 3:59.56.

The action then moved on to Santry for the KitKat Leinster Schools on another wet Saturday and again a number of our young athletes performed superbly with pride of place going to Anthony McCreery, in the colours of Belvedere, who won the pole vault with a vault of 4.75M to again set a new national junior record.

Luke Mangan (Belvedere) was again in great form in the throws, winning the discus in the Boys intermediate section with a throw of 43.53M and also winning theshotputt with a throw of 16.09M.

Mark McDonald (St. Aidans) won the inter 800M in a time of 2.00.74.

The action then moved back to the Irishtown Stadium for the AAI Games which took place on Sunday in truly awful conditions. Clonliffe had four athletes taking part.

Daniel Kavanagh was 6th in the 100M in a time of 11:10 whilst in the 200M Daniel Tobin was 3rd in a time of 22:05Robert Malseed placed 7th in the3000M in a time of 9:16.52 and our sole lady athlete was Snezana Bechtina who was 4th in the Women’s long jump, her longest jump being 4.76M.

For full results of Dublin Graded Meet see For full result of Leinster Schools and AAI Games see

David Brennan 2nd in Dublin 10,000m Championships & last nights graded

At the Dublin 10,000M C’ship held with last nights graded meeting Clonliffe’s David Brennan finished 2nd in the Senior championship Race to take county silver in a time of 34:51. Originally it was intended that the Dublin Masters C’ship would also be held in conjunction with that race but in view of the low numbers it was unclear as to whether the Masters C’ship was actually taking place. There was also a full programme of graded track and field events which featured a number of excellent performances from our athletes.

Of our ladies Emma Cooper continues her good form in winning the Lady’s B Grad Mile in a time of 5:29.

There were excellent performances by Clonliffe’s men in the field events, Luke Mangan winning the Men’s Discus with a throw of 41.25 withEamon Byrne 2nd with a throw of 36.81.

In the Men’s Pole Vault, again there was a Clonliffe win too with David Donegan vaulting 4.45 from Ian Rogers 2nd with 3.70.

In the triple jump again Clonliffe made another winning performance to take all field events with a jump of 12.70 from John Shanley.

On the track John Fay doubled up once again to run a time of 26.88 in the 200M followed by a mile time of 5.37Chris Troy was also in that mile race recording a time of 5.54.

Full results of last nights graded meet are on

The next graded meet takes place in Irishtown on Wednesday next, May 17th.

Santry Demesne Mile won by Brian Devitt

Summertime and the running is easy….not if it`s May in Santry. Another wet ,cold and murky night for The Grand Prix Series. Round 5, The Santry Demesne Mile took place in the park last night. Despite the best efforts of the weather there was a good turn out of Grand Prixers for the mile loop.

It was good to welcome back to the Grand Prix Aimee Ahern, Martin Treacy and Adam Ahern for their first races of this year`s series.There was also once again a great turn out of officials.

As the 26 starters were sent on there way yellow jersey man Philip O`Doherty and Dave “The Beard” Brennan took the lead , just before half way Jeremy Walsh feeling that the pace was not quite hot enough hit the front, he soon paid for his folly! On the final uphill drag before the long left hand bend into the final straight The Yellow Jersey pulled away from The Beard, Jeremy was in trouble ( The previous night`s 5k taking it`s toll) ,”keep it country ” Treacy finished strongly to take third, Adam Ahern fourth with Jeremy fifth.

Further down the field there were storming runs from John Fay and Brian Devitt in particular.

The on the road result was:

1. P. O`Doherty 5.02

2. D. Brennan 5.07

3. M. Treacy 5.13

4. A. Ahern 5.15

5. J. Walsh 5.16

6. R. Cleary 5.17

7. T. Monks 5.26

8. J. Fay 5.27

9. S. Byrne 5.30

10. M. McCrohan 5.33

11. C. Doran 5.42

12. B. Devitt 5.46

13. A. Smeaton 5.52

14. M. Hogan 5.55

15. G.Keogh * 5.57

16. C. Troy * 6.04

17. J. Bennett 6.05

18. P. Devitt 6.13

19. T. Mee 6.16

20. P. Bonass 6.18

21. T. Kiernan 6.25

22. Shay Byrne 6.27

23. Amee Ahern 6.33

24. R. McConville6.48

25. D. Brady 6.58

26. T. Westby 7.05

(* not a competitor in series)

The results were then fed into the computer to calculate the winner of the h`cap…Brain Devitt, who was presented with The Santry Demesne mile Trophy by Ian Guiden, 2nd was John Fay and Tony Kiernan was third.


1. B. Devitt 20pts

2. J. Fay 19

3. T. Kiernan 18

4. M. Hogan 17

5.J. Bennett 16

6. A. Smeaton 15

7. P. O`Doherty 14

8. T. Mee 13

9. T. Westby 12

10. J. Walsh 11

11. Step. Byrne 10

12. M. Treacy 9

13. A, Ahern 8

14. D. Brady 7

15. D. Brennan 6

16. T. Monks(Joker)10

17. P. Bonass 4

18. R. McConville 3

19. P. Devitt 2

20. C. Doran 1

Philip O`Doherty extends his overall lead as John Fay leaps into second.Philip also leads the Green Jersey competition.Full leaderboard to be posted soon, however in the battle for yellow; 1. P. O`Doherty 85pts, 2. J. Fay 63, 3. Stephen Byrne 55, 4. R. McConville 54, 5. N. Guiden 51, 6. E. Harrison 49.

Round 6 is the 2.5mile race sponsored by Eugene McCarrick in Malahide Castle on Thursday May 18th @ 8:00pm


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