Archive for June, 2006

Colm Rooney wins Irish Milers Club 1500m

Clonliffe’s Colm Rooney won a classy 1500M at the Irish Milers Club Meet held at Irishtown on the 17th of June in a time of 3.51.47 from Eugene O’Neill(Crusaders) and Brian Farrell (Sli Chulann).

Also in the field was Clonliffe’s Gary O’Hanlon who recorded a PB of 3.53.09 in placing 6th.

In the 800M held in the same meet Conor Healy ran a superb 1.54.5 taking 2nd place from James Nolan (1.50.8).

Also in the field was Stephen Harkness who recorded a time of 2.04.94.

In the second 1500M race of the day Kevin English also recorded a PB in finishing 2nd in a time of 4.09.3 from Rob Fitzsimons of Tallaght AC.

Golden girl Becky Woods heads Juvenile Roll of Honour

Last weekend`s Dublin Juvenile Championships at the Morton Stadium provided ample evidence of the healthy state of the future of our club with outstanding performances by all our Juvenile athletes. The Championships were held over Friday, Saturday and Sunday in generally ideal conditions. As usual under the guidance of Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper and her team there was a hugh turn out of youngsters wearing the black `n`amber. And boy did those young Harriers do themselves, their families and their club proud with medal winning performances all round and even where medals were not won these boys and girls gave it their all.

Pride of place in this roll of honour goes to our U/19 middle distance Golden Girl Becky Woods who cleaned up in the middle distance events taking Gold in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Wonderful stuff from a star of the not too distant future.

Sarah Woods keeping the family name in lights rowed in with Gold in the 400M Hurdles and Silver in the 800M.

Khadijah Dridi also took two medals with Gold in the girls U/18 800M and Silver in the 3000M.

Of our boys Owen McDonnell in U/17 took Gold in the 1500M and Silver in the 800MSean O`Firman in the U/16 Hurdles took home Gold in the 250M and Silver in the 80M.


Roisin Carroll U/12 High Jump 2nd

Liah Bergin U/13 Long Jump 2nd

Aarron Wade U/13 High Jump 1st/80M Hurdles 2nd

Adam Greene U/13 High Jump 3rd

Mark Maloney U/13 High Jump 2nd

Owen McDonnell U/13 80M 2nd

Kate Jones U/14 Discus 1st/ Shot Putt 2nd

Jennie McMahon U/14 Discus 3rd

Conor Dempsey U/14 Shot Putt 3rd

Dennise Callaghan U/15 Javelin 3rd

Jack Fay U/15 1500m 2nd

Kevin Reilly U/15 1500M 3rd

Liam Hussey U/15 Discus 3rd

Sean O`Furman U/16 250m Hurdles 1st/80M H. 2nd

Matthew Lacey U/16 Javelin 3rd

Ben Woods U/17 Shot Putt 1st/ Discus 1st

Owen McDonald U/17 1500m 1st /800M 2nd

Mark McDonald U/17 800M 1st

Colm Murray U/17 800M 1st/3000m 2nd

Tony Kavanagh U/17 3000m 3rd

David Fitzmaurice U/17 3000m 1st

Ruth Farrelly U/17 Javelin 1st

Rachel Ward U/17 Javelin 2nd

Aoife Cronin U/17 Javelin 3rd

Khadijah Dridi U/18 800m 1st/3000M 2nd

Owen Pierce U/18 3000M 3rd/2000M S.C. 3rd

Denise Byrne U/19 Javelin 1st

Sarah Woods U/19 400M Hurdles 1st/800M 2nd

Becky Woods U/19 800M 1st/1500m 1st/3000m 1st

Well done one and all!!

Good performances by Emma Cooper and Colm Rooney at this weeks Graded Meet

The sixth graded meeting of the summer took place on Wednesday the 14th of June at the Irishtown Stadium, Ringsend, with a smattering of Clonliffe athletes taking part. Performance of the night undoubtedly goes to Emma Cooper in the 3000M when she ran a very strong race to finish 2nd and record a PB of 10:26. Emma ran a very controlled race, the race was taken out at a very fast pace by DSD’s Ashling Baker, Emma attached herself to a Raheny group consisting of Fiona McGreevy, Caitriona Hooper and Aoife Talty and over the final two laps Emma picked her Raheny opposition off one by one moving from 4th to 2nd place over the final 200M and closing at a rapid rate on Ashling Baker, however Ashling held on for the win in a time of 10:25. Emma however was rewarded with a fine PB and her fabulous form of late continues.

The mens 3000M Clonliffe’s representative in the combined B and C race, Noel Guiden, was somewhat disappointed with his run in recording a time of 10:26.

Better things were in store for Clonliffe runners in the 800M with Colm Rooney again showing fine form in winning the A race, indeed there were actually 2 A races in view of the numbers entered for the 800, in the fastest time of the day 1:56.6Stephen Harkness again had a strong run recording a time of 2:02.5with Kevin English recording a time of 2:05.57John Fay again represented the club with distinction running a time of 2:16.72 as indeed did George Mayburyrecording a time of 2:23.64.

The next graded meeting takes place in the Morton Stadium, Santry on Wednesday the 28th of June and consists of 100M sprints, 400M and 1 Mile races.

Full results and fixtures on

Fionnuala Doherty 4th in Edinburgh Marathon

Clonliffe`s Fionnuala Doherty had a fantastic run in The Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday the 11th of June running a PB of 3:12.06 finishing a wonderful 4th place in the womens race.

The race was run in very hot conditions which made thing extreamly uncomfortable and difficult for the 4,200 marathon runners taking part. In conjunction with the actual Marathon was a relay Marathon which attracted some 850 teams. The race was run through the lovely city of Edinburgh with pipe bands manning the route. An estimated crowd of 100,000 lined the streets cheering on the runners.

Fionnuala , who placed 2nd individual in the Dublin Road Novice Championship and was a member of our ladies Gold medal winning team that night ( just, finally, confirmed by the Dublin County Board along with confirmation that our Mens team also won Gold in that c`ship ) ran a superb race and was only out of the top 3 women by less than a minute.

First in the womens race was Angela Howe 2:51.41. First man was Kenyan Joseph Mbithi 2:15.46. Full details on

Anthony McCreery and Mark Kenneally selected for International duty

Athletics Ireland have announced the Mens and Womens teams to take part in this weekend`s European Cup. Clonliffe athletes Anthony Mc Creery will represent Ireland in the Pole Vault and Mark Kenneally will take to the track for the 3000M. The mens team will compete in Division 2 in Banska Bystricia, Slovakia while the women travel to Prague for Division 1. Full details on www.

Monks prayers answered

In perfect conditions The Michael Murphy Memorial 5 Mile Race took place in the grounds of Malahide Castle last night. A still, hot evening with the sun still high in the sky greeted the athletes on what is one of the highlights of the club season .Welcome shade was provided amongst the trees which line the route of this Summer Classic. Round 7 of the 2006 Grand Prix Series was incorporated in the race which saw an entry of 28 athletes including a number of our ladies section fresh after there exertions around the street of Dublin in Monday`s Ladies 10K. Once again Michael Murphy`s family, including his mother and sister were in attendance for the race and presentation on this the 25th running of the race in memory of a young Clonliffe Harrier who died tragically in the States back in very early `80s.

This race is run on an open H`cap basis , essencially a staggered start. First away was Maurice Mullens , followed by the rest of the field down to scratch man and collector of PBs , “The Beard” Brennan.

After the first of 2 laps , the field was begining to close up, a good finish was on the cards. Tom Monks was motering nicely. Stephen Byrne ,having been caught and passed by yours truely , was not prepared to bow and instead had the cheek to re pass and proceed to run the legs off me! Also having a superb run was another product of the Clonnakilty production line Stephen Cleary who was making up ground hand over fist.

The Yellow Jerseyed Philip O`Doherty was again in good form on his run from the back, needless to say so was “The Beard”.

All the while Maurice Mullens remained in the lead making steady progress, Pat Bonass ,Marice Ahern and Pat Healy were all over hauled over the last mile or so by Tom Monks going like a train.

First accross the line, and first Grand Prixer was Maurice Mullens, with Shay Byrne 2nd and Eddie Harrison 3rd.

In the Mick Murphy race first Clonliffe man and a very popular winner was Tom Monks who was presented with the Cup by President Paddy Marley inMalahide Cricket Club. Tom would later comment that ” this was the club race I always wanted to win”.

Fastest man was “the Beard” ,who was out for an easy one, we must assume on the basis of his failure to run a new PB !


1. M. Mullens (40.48) 20pts in Grand Prix

2. Shay Byrne (32.28) 19

3. E. Harrison (32.28) 18

4. T. Monks (29.01) 17

5. Stephen Byrne (29.26) 16

6. R. McConville (36.04) 15

7. N. Guiden (29.23) 14

8. S. Brennan (37.03) *

9. P. Healy (35.38) 13

10. S. Cleary (28.41) 12

11. Mce. Ahern (39.39) 11

12. D. Brady (37.22) 10

13. P. Bonass (34.02) 9

14. P. Devitt (32.09) 8

15. A. Worrall (30.41) *

16. J. Walsh (29.15) 7

17. D. Brennan (28.04) 6

18. Murray Ahern (33.08) *

19. P. O`Doherty (28.41) 5

20. C. Hanley (35.10) *

21. C. Troy (36.11) *

22. A. Smeaton (33.32) 4

23. J. Fay (34.24) 3

24. S. Pender (37.19) 2

25. R. Connolly (39.08) 1

26. P. Cooper (42.43) *

27. Aurelie (47.24) *

28. E. McCarrick (31.23) *

( * = not a competitor in Grand prix Series)

Thanks to our race officials, The Murphy family and our friends in Malahide Cricket Club.

Next Grand Prix Race is Thursday 22nd June also in Malahide for the two and a half mile ( one Lap) sponosored by Eugene McCarrick.

Full updated Leaderboard to follow.

Cragg PB, McCreery / Mangan School’s Gold and more

Alister Cragg served notice of his intentions later on in the Summer at The Reebok Grand Prix in New York on Saturday the 3rd. of June with his fifth place, behind four Kenyans in the 5,000M .In the process he took a wopping 4 seconds off his PB to record a time of 13.08.97propelling him to the top of the European rankings. With Gothenburg to come later in the Summer who knows….

Also on Saturday a number of our young athletes were in Tullamore for the Kit Kat All Ireland Schools Championships. There were Golden performances firstly by Anthony McCreery (Belvedere) in the Senior Boys Pole Vault with a vault of 4.40M to win, and secondly in the Intermediate Boys by Luke Mangan , also in the Belvedere colours, to win the Shot Putt with a best throw of 16.39.

There was also a golden performance by Denise Byrne in the Senior Girls Javelin with a throw of 39.18 a PB.

Other medal winning performances by our athletes at the school championships were by Mark McDonald in the Boys Intermediate 800M also running a PB to record a time of 1.57 for 3rd place.

In the Senior Boys Triple Jump there was also a bronze medal performance by John Shanley with a jump of 12.84M, while Ruth Farrelly went one better in taking silver in the Intermediate Girls with a throw of 32.42.

Jennifer Corkery took silver in the Senior Girls 400M H with a time of 69.80.

Shauna O’Foreman was 2nd in the Intermediate Girls 75M H in a time of 11.99.

Becky Woods also ran a PB for 1500M in the Senior Girls to take bronze with a time of 4:49.15.

PB’s were also recorded by Eoin McDonald in the Boys Intermediate 1500M with a time of 4:07.

David Fitzmaurice also ran a PB in the Intermediate Boys 3000M with a time of 9:13.49, whilst in the 2000M Steeple Chase Paul Boylan ran a time of6:30.24.

The Irish Milers Club 1500M match with The British Milers Club featured on the School`s card with two Clonliffe men taking part.

Gary O`Hanlon was the race pace maker and when he pulled off club mate Mark Kenneally took up the running only to be overhauled by Mark Christie ( 3.44.63) and Gary Murray (3.45.14), Mark ran strongly to record a fast 3.45.55 for 3rd place. The Irish took victory taking home the Ronnie Delaney Cup.

The Leinster Senior and Master Championships took place on Sunday the 4th June also in Tullamore. Clonliffe’s sole representative at these championships was David Brennan who won silver in the Masters O/45 5000M with a time of 16.24.

Dublin Track Championships May 31st

In conjunction with Graded Meeting no. 5 the Dublin Athletics Board held its Dublin Track Championships for both senior and master athletes at the Morton Stadium, Santry on Wednesday the 31st of May. There were some excellent performances by Clonliffe athletes, in particular by Conor Healy, David Brennan and Philip O’Doherty and by our sprinters Daniel Tobin and John Laffey.

In the Mens 200M championship Daniel Tobin placed 3rd in a time of 22:38 with John Laffey 4th in 22:78. The race was won by DSD’sRobert Daly in a time of 21:91 from Antoine Burke of Crusaders in 21:92.

In the masters championship once again John Fay came down in distance to use his natural speed to claim Masters Bronze in a time of 26:93. Winner of that race was Anthony Martin of Monaghan Phoenix A.C. 24:79 from Greg Duggan of Mullingar Harriers.

There was a good field of some 19 athletes in the 5000M which served as both the senior and masters championship events. Clonliffe’s three representatives were taking part in the masters category with David Brennan, again defying Father Time by running a superb PB of 16:12.29, taking believe it or not, some 20 seconds off his previous PB. David placed 4th in the masters category. Noel Guiden ran 17:59.28. (my best time over 5K since 1987!). Bizarrely Pat Bonas was knocked off the track by a sprinting finisher in the senior race as Pat commenced his 2nd last lap.

The race winner was former Clonliffe man Liam O’Halloran, now of course running for Raheny Shamrocks who ran 15:15.94 from David Byrne of Tallaght (recent winner of the Clonliffe 2) 15:16.83 and Thomas Maunsell of Leevale A.C. 15:37.

In the Ladies 800M Clonliffe’s Khadijah Dridi ran very well recording a time of 2:34.61 to place 8th in the championship. The race winner wasKerry Harty of Newcastle A.C.

There was a huge turnout for the Mens 800M, resulting in the senior championship being split into four separate races and then a fifth race for the masters championship.

Of our seniors Conor Healy was the star of the show running the evenings fastest time and taking the Dublin Championship with a time of1:57.15Kevin English ran a time of 2:03.18Stephen Harkness ran 2:04.53Declan Moran recorded a time of 2:14.18 and Chris Troy 2:38.4.

Of the masters Philip O’Doherty ran a superb race to take Silver in a time of 2:09.3, the race winner being Anthony Geoghegan of St. Laurence O’Toole 2:08.93. Once again John Fay togged out for a second race of the evening running a time of 2:18.10George Maybury ran 2:23.78.

There was considerable debate amongst the masters athletes concerning the Dublin County Board’s, apparent, decision not to award championship medals in all masters age categories, clearly in breach of the County Board’s Rules which were amended at the Dublin County Board AGM on foot of Clonliffe Harriers Motion to the effect that awards be made in all masters categories in all Dublin County Championships. On what basis the County Board made this unilateral decision not to make awards in all masters categories remains unclear. Full results are available on


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