Archive for October, 2009

Sergiu wins national title in Dublin marathon

Oct 26, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s Sergiu Ciobanu has won his first National Marathon in the last few minutes. Run in conjunction with the Dublin City Marathon Sergiu was 15th overall in a time of 2.22.06. Race winner in an excellent 2.09.13 was Feyisa Lilesa.

Unfortunately our dream team were not able to complete the event. Despite all three looking great going through the Phoenix Park, Brian was upset my stomach cramps not too much later and dropped out just before 13 miles. Cian, suffering from a sore throat, pulled up at 18 miles. Another day boys.

Serigu showed great strength in the 2nd half of the race and always looked like the distance wasn’t going to trouble him. His half-way time of 71.33, means his second half was a little faster with a 70.33 clocking. A great run also from Clonliffe new boy Alan Horton 25th overall in 2.32.08.

More updates:Next Clonliffe man home after a truely superb run was Mark Birmingham, with sub 3 hour firmly in mind, he has shattered that barrier running 2.56.51 in 210th place!

Nigel Brunton was just over the three hours finishing in 3.01.31. Maurice McCrohan as consistant as ever ran 3.03.07. An excellent first marathon from Eoin Murray saw him run 3 hrs 4 mins.

In a sprint to the line Fergus Keenan (3.09.21) in 474th took Jermey Chapman by two places and two seconds (3.09.23). Pat Byrne was 495th in 3.09.57.

Next home looks like our first lady finisher in 722nd Aisling Coppinger in 3.17.45. Also finished are Alan Worrall 3.29.56 (he`ll do anything to get away from child minding duties) and Stephen Byrne who looks like he may have suffered a bit home in 3.35.44.

Later update: Declan Murray clocked up yet another marathon recording a time of 3.58.44. Brian Devitt ran 4.05.50 (kept that one quiet Brian!). Finally well done to Frank Behan on successfully completing his 30th Dublin City Marathon (6.55.34).

Congratulations to all our marathon runners, (if I`ve missed out on your result, sorry, but feel free to send omissions to me for updating to

Kenneally 2nd U/18 3rd

Oct 19, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Mark Kenneally was 2nd in yesterday`s Gerry Farnan Memorial Cross Country held in perfect conditions in Dublin`s Phoenix Park. After a race long toe to toe battle the 5 mile feature race of the festival was won by Mark Christie with Kenneally 2nd and Gary Thornton 3rd. Philip O`Doherty placed 99th. The race of course incorporated the trail race for the Irish Master`s team for next month`s British and Irish Master`s International, in the older age groups, run over three laps Pat Bonass continued his excellent Autumn form finishing 2nd in the O/65 and earning selection to the Irish team for the 5th time. Terry Mee placed 8th in the O/65, also of note was the 3rd place finish of former Clonliffe man Pat Healy. Mags Greenan also looks like being on the plane to Birmingham as a result of her 3rd place in the O/50, 44th overall. Good run also in the women`s race by Aislish McDermott 28th.

Earlier in the day the Dublin U/18 Cross Country Championships were held with our boys and girls both taking team bronze medals. First home of the boys was Fintan Doherty, running a year out of age, an impressive 8th place, next in was new signing David Butler two places ahead of 800m man Graham Mahon, and Johnny Bradley Ward making up the scoring four. The scoring four in the girls race were Denise Callaghan, Roisin Gallager, Niamh Hussey (on her come back race, the first in nearly two years) and Aisling Aherne, a good run also from Irene Falvey just out of the scoring four. Well done all.

St. Aidans best in class at Brother cross country

Oct 16, 2009 [Noel Guiden ] The Brother at your side Clonliffe Schools X.C. took place in wonderful autumnal sunshine this afternoon at Santry Demesne. The event proved to be an outstanding success with an estimated 900 children taking part. The event was most generously sponsored by Brother Ireland. Clonliffe had provided an excellent 1k loop of Santry Demesne parkland finishing down the avenue of trees which will be the finish for the European Cross Country on December 13th.

The first race of the day had a huge field in the girls primary schools race over 600 metres many of these youngsters enjoying their first athletics race. First was Sarah Traynor of Vincent de Paul who led home her school to an outstanding victory with runners placed 1, 6, 8 and 9. There was approximately 150 plus youngsters in that race. The primary school boys race attracted almost as big a field; the winner from St. Fiachras was Garreth Hogan and with St. Fiachras having runners placing 1, 3, 4 and 6 they took team honours.

At 1.30 the secondary school program got underway. There were extremely keenly contested races throughout. The minor girls race was won in fine style by Rachel Murray. The minor boys winner was Patrick Elliot. Colaiste Iosagain took team honours in the minor girls race and Colaiste Eoin took team honours in the minor boys.

The Junior boys race was won following an excellent team performance by St. Aidan’s led home by Liam Ashton in second place.

There was another fine race at intermediate level and after a great battle up front Kevin Dooney of CBS Monkstown took a well deserved win from St. Aidan’s Conor Turner.

The intermediate girls race was not as well supported, however, was won in fine style by Siofra Cleirigh Buttner from Ciara Hewson.

The days final race saw a very strong performance from Jayme Rossiter of Belvedere leading home St. Paul’s Donal Foley with Mark McKenzie of St. Aidan’s in third place.

Presentation to the winners was made by Mr. Sean Sheehan M.D. of Brother and international athlete and Clonliffe Harrier Mark Kenneally. Also in attendance on the day were Mr. Liam Hennessy, President of Athletics Ireland and Mr. John Foley CEO Athletics Ireland.

The best overall school after a very tightly fought affair was St. Aidan’s of Whitehall courtesy of three team first places with Colaiste Iosagain second with two first teams and one second.

Clonliffe Harriers wish to sincerely thank our sponsors Brother, all who turned out to help on the day and the schools and their teachers for taking part.

Full results:

Girls primary

1st Sarah Traynor (Vincent de Paul)

2nd Hannah Wynne – Fiachras

3rd Aoife Corr – Mary’s H.C.


1st Vincent de Paul – 1, 6, 8, 9

2nd Mary’s H.C. – 3, 5, 10, 12

3rd St. Fiachras – 2, 19, 20, 21

Primary Boys

1st Garreth Hogan – Fiachras

2nd Adam McMahon – Sacred Heart

3rd Sean McLoughlin – Fiachras


1st Fiachras – 1, 3, 4, 6

2nd Marino – 5, 8, 13, 16

3rd St. John Bosco – 10, 12, 21, 22

Minor Girls

1st Rachel Murray

2nd Holly Ryan – Colaiste Iosagain

3rd Eimear O’Rourke – Our Lady’s College, Greenhills


1st Iosagain – 2, 4, 18 and 19

2nd Manor House – 8, 9, 12, 14

3rd Maryfield College – 15, 16, 21 and 22

Minor Boys

1st Patrick Elliot, Lucan C.C.

2nd Eoin Strutt – St. Fintans

3rd Gavin Eccles – St. Fintans


1st Col. Eoin – 7, 11, 17 and 18

2nd Willow Park – 8, 13, 14 and 19

3rd St. Fintans – 2, 3, 27, 41

Junior Girls

1st Aoife Keys, Our Lady’s Templeogue

2nd Louise Rossiter – Loretto, Swords

3rd Amy McTaggart – Our Lady’s College, Greenhills


1st Dominicans Cabra – 9, 10, 11, 13

2nd Mount Sackville – 4, 6, 16, 24

3rd Maryfield – 5, 8, 14, 23

Junior Boys

1st Brian Conway – St. Benildus

2nd Liam Ashton – St. Aidan’s

3rd Christopher Daly – CBS Monkstown


1st St. Aidans – 2, 13, 14, 15

2nd St. Fintans – 7, 12, 16, 19

3rd Belvedere – 9, 17, 24, 26

Inter Girls

1st Siofra Cleirigh Buttner – Colaiste Iosagain

2nd Ciara Hewson, Maynooth P.P.

3rd Clare NicCarthaigh – Colaiste Iosagain


1st Iosagain – 1, 3, 4 and 6

2nd Ladies College – 5, 8, 9, 13

Inter Boys

1st Kevin Dooney – CBS Monkstown

2nd Conor Turner – St. Aidan’s

3rd Timmy Moriarty – St. Paul’s


1st St. Aidan’s – 2, 5, 13, 17

2nd Belvedere – 7, 9, 12, 15

3rd Colaiste Eoin – 8, 16, 19, 28

Senior Girls

1st Laura Hannigan – Loretto Foxrock

2nd Sinead Cronan – Dominicans Cabra

3rd Heather Loughead – Dominicans


1st Dominicans Cabra – 2, 3, 5, 7

2nd Col. Iosagain – 4, 6, 8, 15

3rd Loreto Foxrock – 1, 9, 13, 14

Senior Boys

1st Jayme Rossiter, Belvedere

2nd Donal Foley – St. Paul’s

3rd Mark McKenzie – St. Aidan’s


1st St. Aidan’s – 3, 6, 9, 13

2nd Belvedere – 1, 10, 12, 15

3rd Col. Eoin – 4, 5, 21, 22

Dublin novice cross country

Oct 11, 2009 [Jeremy Walsh] A great start to the cross country season for Clonliffe Harriers, with the Men taking individual gold and bronze and team gold. The Ladies were also in the medals – their report to follow.

On a fine day the 6k course over 4 laps was going to be fast. From the off Clonliffe were to the fore with Dave Fitzmaurice, Brett Paine, Eoin Pearce and Conor Healy in the mix at the top. Fitzy bided his time, going with every move, waiting for his moment. When he did make his move it was decisive and it was effective, opening up a gap with apparent ease and striding away to a 30second victory, and the gold medal and title of Dublin Novice Cross Country Champion 2009 that goes with it. Not far behind, the man from Melbourne Brett Paine continued his fine upward curve to finish a comfortable 3rd. An individual bronze medal was a fine achievement for someone only running 2 years or so and good to see him following through on a fine track season. Another youngster coming through, Eoin Pearse had a fine run to finish 7th with Conor Healy in 9th. Considering these lads are only recently back training it was great to win team gold so comfortably.

5th home for the a team was myself in 18th. One of these days I’ll win a medal. You see, I just need a few youngsters to come through at the right time, but not too many…Just behind was Ernie Ramsey (20th) coming into great shape now, closely followed by Tom Guilfoyle (22nd) and Stephen Harkness (25th). The B team led home by Ernie also did a great job, finishing ahead of all other B teams and some A teams in placing 8th out of 14 teams. Terry McLoughlin was next home in 39th. However, he had a bad fall on the 2nd lap from which it was going to be hard to come back. Paul Kelly and Mark Bermingham finished close together in 44th and 45th with Eoin Murray 54th and Paul Carolan 69th.

Well done to all.

Clonliffe results:

1 David Fitzmaurice 18.24

3 Brett Paine 19.06

7 Eoin Pearce 19.47

9 Conor Healy 19.51

18 Jeremy Walsh 20.18

20 Ernie Ramsey 20.23

22 Tom Guilfoyle 20.29

25 Stephen Harkness 20.43

39 Terry McLoughlin 21.24

44 Paul Kelly 21.46

45 Mark Bermingham 21.52

54 Eoin Murray 22.09

69 Paul Carolan 22.53


1 Clonliffe A 20 points

2 Rathfarnham A 41

3 Donore A 53


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