Archive for November, 2008

David Flynn 3rd in national inter counties

Nov 24, 2008 [Noel Guiden] There were a number of good performances from the small number of Clonliffe athletes competing in yesterday`s National Inter County Cross Country at wet and windswept Tramore Racecourse. David Flynn looks like he has earner selection for the Irish team for the Europeans in Belgium on December 14th with a fighting 3rd place finish. Eoin Pearce also ran well taking 17th place and both earned National Inter County team gold as scorring members of the Dublin team. Mark McDonald was just out of the scorring positions in 21st place. Whilst in the senior men`s race Brian McMahon, wearing the colours of County Cork was 9th and took County team silver.

In the Junior women`s race Kate Purcell placed 19th.

In the National Juvenile (even ages) Jamie Rossiter had another excellent run taking county gold with Dublin as a result of his 17th place in the boys U/18 race. Conor McGuinness was 43rd and Gregg McLoughlin 80th in that race.

Sarah Finnegan also picked up inter county gold with Dublin placing an excellent 14th in the girls U/18.

The Juvenile action switches to Cavan on Sunday week, December 7th, for the National uneven ages where a substancial Clonliffe presence is expected.

2008 AGM

Nov 22, 2008 [Noel Guiden] A pretty poorly attended Clonliffe AGM took place in the club bar this afternoon. The attendance heard annual reports from the club captains outlining the many successes of Clonliffe athletes throught this last year the highlight being the Historic Senior men`s treble of National Road Relay, National Cross Country and National Track and Field titles. Future plans were outlined which include the hosting of the National Masters/Intermediate Cross Country, The National Senior/Junior Cross Country, The Clonliffe Schools Invitational Cross Country and Clonliffe`s involvement in the hosting of the European Cross Country Championships on the 13th of December 2009.

The following were elected as the club`s officers and Committee for 2008/09:

President: Paddy Marley

Hon. Secretary: Noel Guiden

Hon. Treasurer: Paddy Tuite

Captain: Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain: Pamala Cooper

Committee: Jeremy Walsh, Mick Kearney and Johnny O`Leary.

There were two Motions before the meeting both of which where passed:

1. “That the club`s officers under the chair of the President carry out a thorough review of the club`s Constitution with a view to making such recommendations to the club`s members as may be required to lead to it`s modernisation and that future reviews be carried out on a similar basis every five years”

2. ” In recognition of his services to the club that Noel Daly be made an honorary Vice President of Clonliffe Harriers AC”.

In his Presidential address Paddy Marley thanked all concerned with the success of the club over the passed 12 months and praised highly the work of the club`s officers and committee. He thanked all the club`s sponsors and stressed that with the activities planned for next year and with the club being involved in both the European clubs cross country and track and field that all members of the club must support all of the club`s fund raising activities. He also expressed the club`s thanks to Bronagh O`Brien on her three years as ladies captain from which she was stepping down.

Clonliffe ladies 45th anniversary race

Nov 19, 2008 [Eugene Coppinger] 1. Sarah Woods (Snr)

2. Geraldine Keogh (v40)

3. Marisa Mc Hugh (v35)

4. Tara Whyte (Snr)

5. Kathryn Walley (v45)

6. Christine Hannelly (Snr)

7. Bronagh NiBhriain (Snr)

8. Moire Peppard (v40)

9. Fionnuala Doherty (v35)

10. Mary Walsh (v60)

11. Patricia ‘Cleirigh (v40)

12. Aimee Ahern (Snr)

13. Bridget O’Sullivan (v45)

14. Amanda McAleenan (v50)

15. Edith Kearney (Snr)

16. Ailish Mc Dermott (Snr)

17. Krissy Gormley (Snr)

18. Jean O’Neill (v60)

19. Noreen Keane (v45)

20. Ita Ritella (Snr)

21. Sorcha O’Higinns (Jnr)

22. Grainne O’Brien (Snr)

23. Etain Alyward (Snr)

24. Sarah Finegan (Jnr)

25. Kate Purcell (Jnr)

26. Emma Cooper (Snr)

27. Terry Treacy (v50)

28. Padraigin Moore (v60)

29. Ann George (v50)

30. Anne Manners (v55)

31. Ann Cummins (v50)

32. Claire Walsh (v60)

33. Caroline Tuite (v45)

34. Betty Shannon (v50)

35. Noleen Coleman (v50)

36. Barbara Callanan (v45)

37. Sue Reynolds (v45)

38. Patricia Appleby (v50)

39. Breda O’Donoghue (v45)

40. Frances Mansfield (v55)

41. Bernie Mc Aleenan (v65)

42. Margaret Murphy Mulligan (v50)

43. Rita Keogh (Snr)

44. Nuala McDaid (v60)

45. Ursula Brien (v50)

46. Rita O’Connor (v60)

47. Kathleen Marley Mrs (v65)

48. Kathleen Marley (v55)

Clonliffe juveniles diliver in Marlay mud

Nov 9, 2008 [Noel Guiden] Today`s Dublin Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships took place in far from ideal conditions in Marley Park, Rathfarnham. In complete contrast to last week`s Even Ages in the Autumnal sunshine of St. Annes today our athletes faced a bitterly cold wind in temperatures which bearly rose above 4 degrees and after the rain of the last few days the Marley grass quickly turned to mud. Despite this the young athletes from Clonliffe rose to the challenge and delivered superb performances bring home team Gold, silvers and bronze as well as individual gold, silver and bronze.

The club`s successes today came from the older age groups, the younger athletes generally not having enough runners to make up full teams. Despite this, however, there were excellent individual runs from Owen Burke, Luke Dalton and Peter Taylor in the boys U/11. Again in the U/13s great runs from Conor Dalton, Sean McLoughlin, Michael and Luke Moran.

The first Clonliffe medal of the day came from a wonderful effort by Rachael Murray in the U/13 girls race over 1k. Rachael got herself into second place on the first of 2 laps and on the long uphill section into the bitting wind she dug deep grimley holding onto the leader and opened a gap on third which was never closed. A great run for a well deserved silver medal. A great run in that race also from Alex Philbin 19th and from Ciara Lynott and Aoife McGrath.

In the U/15 girls race, as expected the girls all ran very strongly coming through the field, particularily Elaine Begley who picked up place after place for 8th place, and with Hannah Logue having her best cross country season to date, also running a stormer to finish 13th, this set the platform and with Leah Bergin 18th and Laura Brennan 19th running great team races backed up by Laura Preston and Lorna McDonnell the girls were rewarded with team bronze.

The U/15 boys went even better. From the off Stephen Boyle hit the front quickly opening a gap. Ian Guiden quickly worked his way from 8th to second and set off in pursuit of his club mate. Both ran superbly and pulled away from the field and although Ian closed the gap somewhat Stephen was a worthy winner by about 15 meters from Ian, gold and silver. These two were well backed up by great runs from the other guys, Conor King 16th, Niall Hanlon 23rd, David Hussey, John Buckley and Ryan Cashel to take team silver.

We only had two girls in the U/17 race Denise Callaghan and Emma Preston who both put in battling performances. At U/19 our sole girl was Kate Purcell who also ran very very well taking 7th place.

The boys U/17 squad also delivered and were lead home by Mark McKenzie who ran a storming race for an excellent 5th place. Close behind him was Fintan Doherty, a bronze medalist last week at U/16, and making a very welcome return in the black and amber was Andrew Jennings 10th. Graham Mahon after a Summer lost through injury continues to get back into form was 4th scorrer in 13th. These four where backed up well by Jonathan Bradley-Ward, Mark Everard and Jack Fay, suffering with illness today. The guys were rewarded with team silver.

Finally then the boys U/19 where a very good Clonliffe team took gold, lead home in 3rd place by the ever reliable Collie Murray. Jamie Rossiter ran like a man possessed over the second half of the race to finish strongly in 5th, Jordan Logue was 7th, Tony Kavanagh racing himself back towards fitness was 9th and Conor McGuinness 11th.

In all a great day`s work. Well done to all the athletes and of course to our Juvenile Captain Gladys and her team of coaches, Marion, Gerry, Shay, Mick, Ronan, Brian and Joe.

Team silver for U/16 boys

Nov 2, 2008 [Noel Guiden] At the Dublin (even ages) Juvenile Cross country held in St. Annes, Raheny our U/16 boys team of Fintan Doherty (6th), Ian Guiden (8th), Craig Commiskey (15th) Johnathan Ward (18th) and Niall Hanlon took team silver, with excellent runs from all, particularily as Ian, Craig and Niall are still U/15 and will be in action in next weeks uneven ages. Both Fintan and Ian also qualified for the Dublin Team for the Nationals. The U/16 girls finished out of the medals, however both Elaine Begley and Hannah Logue were selected for the Dublin Team.

First race of the day was the U/10 girls where Grace Chapman had a great run to finish 10th, a great run also from Moya McDermott. In the boys U/10 Keith Hodson was 13th, Rory Kerins was 15th. In the girls U/12 we had three girls, Laura Tuite, Fiannant Blythe and Emma Rock all of whom ran very well. In the boys race Sean McLoughlin placed 12th, again good runs from Matthew Dobbyn, Peter Taylor and Luke Dalton.

The U/14 girls Rachael Murray (15th), Alex Philbin and Ciara Lynott all ran well, however were short of runners to make up a full team . The U/14 boys also ran well with John Buckley 23rd, David Hussey 31st,Conor Dalton 38th and Shane Donnelly 38th.

Well done to Raheny Shamrocks on a very well run event.

Dublin senior and junior cross country

Nov 2, 2008 [Jeremy Walsh] The Dublin Senior and Junior Cross Country Championships took place today in fine conditions at St. Anne’s Park in Raheny.

Our Junior Ladies got the day off to a good start taking team bronze.

6th Sarah Finnegan 12.06

9th Kate Purcell 12.47

14th Khadija Dridi 14.02

16th Sorcha Higgins 15.02

They were only 2 points off silver!

In the Junior Men’s race, David Flynn (pictured) laid out his intentions early on, building up a substantial lead from the off. In the end he won by almost 30 seconds. Eoin McDonnell had a great run to take individual bronze, with the lads packing well behind him to take team gold.

1st David Flynn 20.22

3rd Eoin McDonnell 21.03

6th Mark McDonald 21.09

9th Eoin Pearce 21.55

11th Colm Murray 22.14

13th Brian Gallagher 22.49

23rd Eoghan Kahn 25.11

In the Senior Ladies race over 6k, Beckie Woods was the first Clonliffe athlete home, leading the team to 5th place.

8th Beckie Woods 24.10

19th Louise Reilly 25.16

20th Mags Greenan 25.22

21st Emma Cooper 25.29

25th Ailish McDermott 26.09

30th Tara Whyte 27.21

31st Bronagh Ni Bhriain 27.29

In the Senior Men’s race over 10k Sergiu Turea led the team to a bronze medal. Not far behind him, on his trip back from Stuttgart, Cian McLoughlin was his usual consistent self with a comfortable 8th place finish.

6th Sergiu Turea 32.16

8th Cian McLoughlin 32.34

23rd Michael McDiarmada 34.15

30th Brett Paine 35.08

33rd Stephen Harkness 35.43

36th Niall Sherlock 35.52

52nd Damien Reilly 38.12

56th Jeremy Walsh 39.53

Not a bad day out!

Splash of the day

Nov 1, 2008 [Noel Guiden] Today`s Horan Cup provided another chapter in the battle to win the 2008 Grand Prix. The current top three were at it again, the mere fact of running a marathon 5 days beforehand didn`t deter these boys. Fergus Wheatley may have thought that the day would be his, as he didn`t run Dublin, however, Dave Brady and Paul Carolan in particular had different ideas. The turn out today was a significent improvement on recent races, great credit goes to the five marathon men who were not put off by the mud and deep water around the Santry Everglades this afternoon so take a bow Alan Worrall, Ernie Ramsey, Eddie Harrison, Dave and Paul.

The Horan Cup itself is one of Clonliffe`s oldest club races dating back 100 years, the cup was presented to the club by Michael Horan during the 1907/08 season. The race was a 6 mile race, however, in recent years for health and safety reasons (we`re getting too old!!) has thankfully become a 6k race. The cup itself is a superb piece of silver craftmanship and would grace the trophy cabinet of any athlete.

On then to this afternoons events. First away on the handicap start was Ray McConville finding the course confusing and straying off from the start, by the time he realised his mistake he had given away the advantage and was quickly overhaulled by Fergus Wheatley. The Alan Worrall/Paul Carolan/Dave Brady group starting 4 minutes and 10 seconds after Ray began making immediate progress, Dave Brady, however, weighed down with penalties as a result of his unprecidented two races wins in succession quickly went out the back door, Alan Worrall found his marathon weary legs not as fast as usual and was dropped by Paul Carolan who made excellent progress over the earlier starters. One by one he picked them off to eventually take the lead from Fergus Wheatley.

Further back one of the runs of the day came from Kieran Murphy in his first outing since his Berlin Marathon PB in September, looking comfortable and strong. A fastest man of the day run from Philip O`Doherty (subject to official confirmation) and the Splash of the Day from Eddie Harrison. 100m from home and Eddie avoiding the lake like puddle goes for dryer ground only to slip and fall into said puddle and take a roll onto his back, totally drenched (and I still couldn`t catch him!)

At the finish Horan Cup victory for Paul Carolan, 45 seconds behind Fergus Wheatly and third ,having gotten his bearings at this stage, Ray McConville.

Quote of the day, Paddy Tuite : ” Lads looking at you out there you`re all in serious trouble when I get fit again” Bring it on Tuite!!


1. Paul Carolan 32:14

2. Fergus Wheatley 33:01

3. Ray McConville 33:10

4. Philip O`Doherty 33:38

5. Pat Bonass 33:53

6. Kieran Murphy 34:01

7. Colm Doran 34:19

8. Alan Worrall 34:38

9. Dermot Murphy 34:40

10. Stephen Byrne 34:44

11. Eddie Harrison 35:08

12. Noel Guiden 35:11

13. Ernie Ramsey 35:16

14. Dave Brady 36:30

15. Terry Mee 36:48

The presentation of the Horan Cup and prizes will be made by race sponsor Colm Brennan at the Presentation Night on November 29th. (now booking contact Paddy Tuite 086 8120633)

Heading into the final round the championship is still up for grabs, Paul Carolan having scorred maximun points is right in there with Dave Brady and Fergus Wheatley. I`ll leave it to Jeremy Walsh and the computer to issue the current leaderboard, as worst scores have now to be dropped by some, and frankly I`m not sure which of the three now leads!

4 weeks training now guys, November 29th is the day we`ll see who has the X Factor.


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