Archive for January, 2010

Sergiu 4th in Raheny 5

Jan 31, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The first big road race of 2010 was the Raheny 5 this afternoon in downtown Raheny. With an estimated 2,000 starters this was the biggest Raheny 5 to date. Included in the field was a substancial number of Clonliffe athletes, in excess of 30 black and amber clad Harriers entering the lions den. Getting his final run out before the European Clubs was Sergiu Ciabanu placing 4th in 24:33 some 20 seconds off race winner and defending champion Sean Connolly (Tallaght AC). Good runs also from Joseph Cooper and Philip O`Doherty, the sprint for the line being won by Joseph as both athletes recorded 28 minutes dead, 42nd and 43rd. Stephen Cleary was only eight second off this pair in 48th (28:08).

Also breaking the 30 minute barrier were Terry McLoughlin 28:53, Ernie Ramsey 29:11, Robert Cleary 29:15, Mark Birmingham 29:32, Conor Delaney 29:37 and new boy Brian O`Sullivan 29:59! The Clonliffe team placed 5th.

Next bunch of Clonliffe men included Eoin Murray 30:34, Jeremy Chapman 30:50, Fergus Keenan 31:25 and making a return to racing Kieran Murphy 31:26. Pat Bonass as predicted by Paddy Power was 1st O/65 in an excellent 33:25. Colm Breen ran 33:51, Pat Devitt 34:08, Colm Doran 34:24, Seamus Greenan, running his annual race ran 34:26, Trevor Wisdom 36:52, Chris Troy 36:57 and Pat O`Rourke 37:57.

Our women were also out in force lead home by Ailish McDermott just outside of the 30 minutes in 30:05 12th lady. Joyce O`Hare had yet another good run today running 31:45, Maura Matthews 32:33, Mags Greenan provided the club`s second winner of the race 1st O/50 in 33 minutes dead. Good performances also by Bronah NiBhriain 33:33, Rachel McBride 35:36, Maria Watson 45:51 and Claire Galvin and Ciara Faherty both 47:33. (Sorry if I`ve missed anyone). The women`s team placed 4th.

Well done to Raheny Shamrocks on another very successful promotion.

Declan Power who had an excellent year in 2009 gave Raheny a miss heading to the sunny south east instead for yesterday`s Dungarvan 10 Mile. Declan`s impressive 55:11 for 10th place shows that he`s well on course for an equally good 2010.

Gregan and Donegan open with wins

Jan 30, 2010 [Jeremy Lyons] Brian Gregan had a very impressive victory today (Sunday) in the London Open. In what is not regarded as a fast track, Gregan clocked 47.67 and this is edging close to the qualifying standard of 47.00 for the World Indoors in Doha in March.

Dave Donegan and Ian Rogers took 1st and 3rd places respectively at the Pole Vault meet in Jordanstown yesterday afternoon. Donegan cleared 4.65m to win the event and this is his 10th highest jump ever. Ian Rogers was within 5cm of his indoor PB when finishing 3rd.

Meanwhile, without any offical results yet from Nenagh and the Leinster Indoors, John Fagan won the senior men’s 400m in a time of 51.31, a new indoor PB. The race by all accounts was action packed with Fagan bringing his elbows to good use (GAA style) at the bell to gain the lead and take the race well in the end.

Clonliffe athletes shine for schools in DCU

Jan 27, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe athletes performed very well in this afternoon`s DCU School`s Invitation in St. Claires with three top three finishes provided by Liam Ashton, Ian Guiden and Jamie Rossister and a host of other top class efforts.

First Harrier in action was Laura Preston (Maryfield) placing 35th in the junior girls race over 1500m with a solid run. In the junior boys 2,000m race Liam Ashton ran very well indeed moving nicely through the field early race, and on the final lap getting into the pack fighting for third place, and then outkicking his nearest challenger to take an excellent third place and lead St. Aidans to team silver.

As always Laura Brennan ran a hard and honest race looking very strong in the Inter girls 2,000m and was particularily strong over the final lap picking up several places to finish 9th. In the Inter boys 3,000m race Ian Guiden continued his good form of late with a very positive race running very nicely to take third place and with Conor King (40th) took team gold for St. Aidans. Very good runs in this race also from Ronan Doyle (Coliste Choilm) in 15th place and from Owen McCullogh (Belvedere) 19th.

The final race of the day was the senior boys race where Jamie Rossister running for Belvedere finshed with great speed after a tough race to finish second. Having a very good run today was Mark McKenzie, who recovered well from an early fall, and took several places over the latter part of the race to finish 9th with Jordan Logue 11th and Graham Mahon, finding conditions today much more to his liking than Saturday`s Antrim mud, 12th and Johnny Ward 23rd. St. Aidans took 2nd team and best overall school.

In all very good stuff from our athletes many of whom will have had Saturday`s Antrim race still in their legs. No rest for the wicked however with the North Leinsters moved forward to next Tuesday at the same venue.

Clonliffe at Antrim international cc

Jan 24, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Several of our athletes travelled north yesterday for The Antrim International Cross country held in Greenmount Campus, in particular the Clonliffe Junior Squad who were out to impress Joe Cooper with the race being used by Joe to assist him finalise the Junior team for the European Clubs Cross country in Bilbao on February 7th.

Conditions where ideal for cross country, with the mist and fog lifting for the junior race. The course also received acclaim with the early part of the lap on playing fields, a trail section through the woods, and a nice muddy field to contend with over the 1.8k lap. From the start of the junior race held over 5.6k Jayme Rossister wearing the white singlet of Leinster moved into the top third of the pack while further back the whole Clonliffe squad were in a tight bunch, by lap two Ian Guiden had bolted from the Clonliffe pack and opened a gap followed by Eric McCann, also in the Leinster white singlet. At the end of lap three Jamye finished 17th (19:09), Ian 22nd (19:47) Eric 27th (20:09), however, the rest of the Clonliffe pack were still together battling it out among themselves Jordan Logue 28th (20:15), Conor McGuinness 29th (20:18), Fintan Doherty 30th (20:18) and Mark McKenzie 31st (20:19), further back Graham Mahon, not a fan of the mud, battled it out finishing 38th (21:36) with Larry Brady on his shoulder same time 39th. Excellent performances and giving Joe plenty of food for thought to mull over the next few hours.

In the women`s Race, won in fine style by Mary Cullen (18:45) Becky Woods running in the Ireland singlet in the Celtic U/23 International ran superbly 27th overall, 5th in the U/23 International and 1st of the Irish U/23s.

Finally in the senor men`s international won by Mike Kiegen (KEN) a good battle took place between Clonliffe men Michael McDiarmada and new comer Lorcan Cronin, with Lorcan prevailing placing 34th (32:30) with Michael 40th in 33:03.

Tom Monks wins grand prix winter series

Jan 22, 2010 [Stephen Byrne] The Clonliffe Grand Prix Winter Series Presentations took place in Morton Stadium last night after a 3,000 metre race on the track. The race took place at 8.00pm in driving rain but thankfully the earlier gales force winds had ease substantially. A field of 25 athletes braved the conditions with Ernie Ramsey taking the initiative from the start opening a gap on Niall Sherlock that he maintained until the final 100 metres when Niall crossed the line with a 3 second advantage.

Pos  Name  Time 1  Niall Sherlock  10.14 2  Ernie Ramsey  10.17 3  Mark Bermingham  10.35 4  Maurice McCrohan  10.48 5  Sean Honan  10.54 6  Eoin Murray  10.59 7  Paul Carolan  11.04 8  Colm Groome  11.13 9  Jeremy Chapman  11.15 10  Declan Murray  11.22 11  Robert   11.27 12  Liam Ashton  11.33 13  Eamon Taylor  11.39 14  Colm Doran  11.5 15  Noel Guiden  11.56 16  Colm Breen  12.6 17  Peter Murtagh  12.7 18  Sean Doran  12.21 19  Lorcan Chaney  12.21 20  John Fay   12.24 21  Pat Devitt  12.37 22  Shay Byrne  12.48 23  Paddy Tuite  13.5 24  Pat O’Rourke  13.5 25  Dave Brady  14.01

After the race and it was back to the clubhouse for the end of series presentation of prizes. This year the Grand Prix Series was split into a summer and a winter series with both containing a prologue and 7 rounds. The summer series consisted of mainly track and road races with the series title going to Conor Delaney. The winter series kicked off with a new 2 mile course starting up at the Gulliver Retail Park and finishing in Santry Demesne Park. The Ahern Cup 10 mile in Malahide Castle, the Walker Cup 4 mile on the newly resurfaced track, the Farren Cup in Santry Woods over a distance of 4 miles, the park was also to venue for the Irwin Cup Steeplechase, the Horan Cup and the O’Connor Cup.

Over the course of this years Grand Prix Winter Series we have had 5 different leaders, Pat O’Rourke, Nigel Brunton/Paddy Tuite, Ernie Ramsey and the leader going into the last race Trevor Wisdom.

The following presentations where made on the night.

Race One: Horan Cup September 19th Sponsored by Colm Brennan 1. Pat Bonass Horan Cup 2. Shay Byrne 3. Paddy Tuite
Fastest Athlete Nigel Brunton 20.53

Race Two: Club 10 Mile Championships October 3rd 1. Philip O’Doherty Gold Medal Plus Ahern Cup 2. Ernie Ramsey Silver Medal 3. Maurice McCrohan Bronze Medal

Ahern Cup 10 Mile October 3rd Grand Prix Sponsored by Maurice Ahern 1. Karen Kinsella 2. Stephen Byrne

Race Three: Walker Cup November 5th Sponsored Frazer Walker 1. Eugene McCarrick Walker Cup 2. Pat O’Rourke 3. Declan Murray Fastest Athlete Niall Sherlock

Presentation Birstall Running Club Donkey Back in April we had a guest club Birstall R.C. over from Leicester in the UK to take part in a Grand Prix 5,000m event. Before they left they presented this donkey to Clonliffe, its twin brother is over in Leicester and is presented by them to an athlete who overcome adversity or went the extra mile. This year we are presenting its twin brother to an athlete that went an extra quarter of a mile, an athlete that before the Walker Cup on the track here at Morton Stadium fell and suffered a minor calf tear and a serious ankle injury. Yet this athlete went on to complete the full 16 laps of the race and then went on to do a 17th lap. For this show of bravery we are presenting this award to Noel Guiden.


Race Four: Farren Cup November 14th Santry Demesne 6K Point to Point Sponsored By Richard Connolly Name Race Time Act Time Yellow Points 1. Stephen Byrne 2. Paul Carolan 3. Dermot Travelan

Race Five: O’Connor Cup November 21st 6K CC Race Sponsor John Bourke 1 Eoin Murray 2 Pat Devitt 3 Tom Monks

Fastest Athlete Philip O’Doherty

Grand Prix Winter Series

7- Declan Murray 7- Dermot Travelan 6. Trevor Wisdom 5. Pat O’Rourke 4. Ernie Ramsey 3. Stephen Byrne 2. Pat Devitt

Winner of the Behan & Associates Noel Guiden Snr. Memorial Cup and presented by Noel Guiden 1. Tom Monks

Fastest Athlete and winner of the Pat Linane Memorial Cup sponsored and presented by Fred Connolly. Ernie Ramsey


I would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued generosity, and their support is deeply appreciated. Noel Guiden, Frazer Walker, Dominic Brannigan, Maurice Ahern, Colm Brennan, John Bourke, Fred Connelly, Colm Doran, Tom Griffin Sports Therapy, Richard Connelly and Brother International.

To all the officials that helped out during the series without whom we could not have run the races.

To my collegues on the Grand Prix committee for the sterling work over the last year, Paddy Tuite, Dave Brennan, Paul Carolan, Tom Monks and Alan Worrall.

Grand Prix 2010 will be kicking off sometime in March/April, if anyone has any suggestions as to how to improve the Grand Prix or any races they would like to see in the Grand Prix going forward please let anyone of the Grand Prix committee know..


Finishing the presentations Club President Paddy Marley talked about the remarkable year the club had in 2009 and was delighted with the continued success of the Grand Prix. Thanking Noel Guiden, Paddy Tuite, Stephen Byrne and the rest of the committee for their hard work during the year.

Clonliffe athletes medal at national indoor

Jan 16, 2010 [Noel Guiden] There were clearly good performances from a number of our young athletes at today`s National Junior Indoor Championships in Nenagh. A review of the results reveal a top class 60m sprint from Patrick O`Connor 2nd in 7.17. Another silver came courtesy of Shauna Forman in the womens 60m H (9.55). Stuart Roche ran 24.04 in the 200m placing 1st in race 2 with the third fastest time (unclear from if he wins bronze, update to follow). Ciaran Mackey had an excellent debut in the black and amber 3rd in the 400m in 52.18 to win bronze.


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