Archive for October, 2010

Clonliffe men take marathon team title

After some outstanding performances by the club`s men in Monday`s Dublin City Marathon it was no surprise to hear official confirmation of Clonliffe Harriers men winning the National Senior Men`s Team title. The scorring trio being National Men`s Champion Sergiu Ciobanu, Brian McMahon and Lorcan Cronin, with a combined time of 7:14.21 to take the title by a massive 27 minutes ahead of Rathfarnham 2nd and West Waterford 3rd. Paddy Tuite was pretty close to a National medal after an excellent marathon which saw him place 7th in the O/50 class. A special word of congradulations to Frank Behan on successfully completing his 31st Dublin City Marathon.

Weekend up date: Kenneally fast 10 mile

Oct 26, 2010 [] Mark Kenneally finished 7th in the Bupa South 10 mile road race on Sunday in a new PB time of 48:17, Mark finished five seconds ahead of Galways Gary Thornton. The race was won in a new UK All Comers record of 45:16 by Kenyan Joseph Ebuya.

In the States Dave Fitzmaurice ran in the Mayor Cup in Boston`s Franklin Park for New Balance Boston where he finished 18th in 24.54 for the 8,000m cross country race.

News also of Dave Flynn who had an easy race in Western States home meet on Saturday, which was more akin to a squad session Flynner expressed himself satisfied with his tempo run at 8,200ft. and now looks forward to conference the weekend after next in Las Vegas ( makes your heart bleed guys, doesn`t it!)

Sergiu retain national marathon crown

Plenty of Clonliffe athletes toed the line for yet another superbly organised and supported Dublin City Marathon.


Our first athlete home was Sergiu Ciobanu in an impressive 2.19.33 to retain his National Marathon Title. Sergiu was followed home by Brian Mcmahon in 2.27.35 in 23rd place just ahead of Lorcan Cronin in 24th place 2.27.38. PB’s for Conor Delaney 2.47.14, Mark Bermingham 2.49.50, Eoin Murray 2.54.41, Jeremy Chapman 2.57.59 ,Fergus Keenan 3.02.03. Ronan Hartnett finished in 3.00.15, Paddy Tuite 3.07.28, Alan Worrall 3.24.01, Gerard Kirwan 3.26.10, Stephen Byrne 3.26.59, Frank Devitt 3.43.22, Colm Breen 3.45.57, Trevor Wisdom 3.46.17, Frank Behan 7.13.59


Congradulations to Sergiu, Brian and Lorcan taking the Senior Team award with 27 minutes to spare on second place Rathfarnham with West Waterford AC in 3rd place.

Well done to all and apologies if I have left anyone out. Thanks to all the support on the route it was much appreciated.

Top class performance from Flynner in Kansas

Oct 17, 2010 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe`s David Flynn put in an excellent run in Kansas to give the Irish selectors a timely reminder with the European Cross Country on the horizon. Running in the colours of Western State College Colorado in yesterday`s Tiger Invitation Flynner had a storming run to finish in a superb 7th place in a very impressive time of 24.03 for the 8,000m cross country course. This was Flynner`s first sea level race of the season and shows the good shape he is currently in, this was his fastest ever time over this distance on the country, by way of illustration his time yesterday would have placed him in the top 6 times ever in the 20 year history of the event.

Ian Guiden 2nd in Drogheda

Oct 15, 2010 [Noel Guiden] A number of the club`s junior and juvenile athletes were in action today in the colours of St. Aidans CBS in the second big school`s race of the season The Drogheda Invitational hosted by St. Josephs CBS. Ian Guiden followed up on his 2nd place in last week`s Brother race with another good performance in the senior boys 5,000m race. Heading out on the final lap Ian drove on trying to run the kick out of Karl Dunne (Joeys) but try as he could he could not shake him off and in the sprint for the line Dunne`s 1.57 800m speed was always going to carry the day. Leaving Ian with his second 2nd place in as many races. Another fine run also in this race from Johnny Bradley Ward who continues his excellent form since the Summer with a fine 6th place. David Tracey, another of Joe Cooper`s Junior squad, also ran well placing 14th, with the St. Aidans 4th man recording a DNF, team medals for the lads were out of the question. In the inter race Liam Ashton was 7th, with a strong race with Conor King, now looking more like himself in 15th, both lads being on the victorious St. Aidans team.

Clonliffe Dublin club of the year 2010

Oct 12, 2010 [Noel Guiden ] Clonliffe Harriers have been chosen as the regional club of the year for Dublin and have been nominated, for the fourth successive year, as one of Athletics Ireland’s club of the year. This year five clubs have been chosen by the selection committee, one from each province and Dublin. There will be a presentation to Clonliffe on the evening of the awards as the Dublin regional club of the year followed by the announcement of the overall winner in the club of the year category at Athletics Ireland’s annual awards night on Saturday the 13th of November. Clonliffe were the Athletics Ireland club of the year at the inaugural awards night in 2007 and have been nominate as club of the year every year since.

Ahern Cup/Club 10 mile

On a pleasant Autumn Saturday, at the usual start line for Malahide Castle GP races, 40+ runners started the 10 mile Club Championship Race. Before Starting it was highlighted that this was actually the last time the race would be run on this exact course; the Malahide Cricket Club will be extending it’s grounds to make “the first international standard cricket ground in the country with a capacity of 12,000″….I am sure we can make the necessary adjustments and we wish them well in their endeavours!


The penultimate race in the Grand Prix season saw a lot of runners carrying penalties from races they had scored well in earlier in the season – there were 15 runners with penalties weighing them own before the Ahern 10 mile. So this, along with some of the “Marathon Men” using the 10 miles as part of a longer training run in the lead up to the Dublin in a few weeks, meant it was never going to be easy to predict quite who was doing well or not as regards GP standings went!


As predicted the usual suspects set the early pace – with Green points men Ernie, Philip, and the Marathon men all setting off at a scorching pace. As the race was 4 laps of the castle it was interesting from a spectator point of view to see who and where runners would emerge from the trees after each lap. As far as Grand Prix leader board was set up; before Saturday, Colm Doran was top dog on 169pts, but was being closely followed by Ernie(165) and Paddy Tuite(159) – Paddy still having to complete 10 races as well! Colm did not finish the 4 laps and as such did not score, that left the door open for Paddy and Ernie and potentially others to close the gap. They duly obliged, with Ernie coming home a clear first place in a time of 58mins31secs and also scored 28pts! Paddy also had a strong run, despite having a penalty to contend with, and managed to score 16 points. This enabled Ernie to drop a low score of 7 points picked up earlier in the year and thus have a net gain of 21points. The new standings are below, but Ernie now has a 9 point lead over Paddy who in turn is now ahead of Colm by a further 6 pts. Colm now has to be careful Philip O’Doherty doesn’t steal third place from him!… both Colm and Ernie have Penalties to contend with for the last race…. exciting times!


So Philip did not manage to retain the club championship 10 mile for a third year running, Ernie Ramsey is this years champion. Elsewhere in the field we had a number of strong runs from the “Marathon Men”, with a flourish of finishers in the 62/63 minute mark – a testament to a good training group there! Slightly ahead of their training partners were Conor Delaney(59:05) and Mark Bermingham(60:20) who took the other two podium places. A very strong performance from the Clonliffe ladies also, who although had run in separate pairings through out the race, managed to finish together, with Marie ,Maura, Joyce and Emma all finishing withing 30 seconds of each other, in that order. Emma claiming a falling “Tree” had put her off her stride early on in the race, and as such was carrying a further handicap to regain her composure!


The days GP winner was however the real “Marathon Man”, Dave Brady. Dave who was not using the run as part of a training run, and did not have a handicap appeared to be moving at his usual cruising speed, but beat his forecasted time by 3mins 42 secs! Latching on to Colm Breen in the last lap may have proved the incentive he needed. Presentations will be on the GP Presentation Night.


Thanks to our race sponsor Maurice Ahern and to Shay Byrne for helping with officiating, and a big thank you to Eugene for the water station and assisting with the time keeping also!

Top of the class for Brother XC

Oct 7, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The second annual Brother at your side Clonliffe Schools Cross Country was an outstanding success at Santry Demesne Park yesterday. In only its second year this event is proving to be one of the most popular schools cross country races on the calendar. The numbers participating in the 2010 event were up by about 30% with a cast of some 1000 boys and girls taking part in the event and with Santry Demesne Parkland basking in glorious autumnal sunshine the 2010 event proved to be an outstanding success.

The two primary school races were extremely well supported with packed fields in both races. The girls primary school race had nearly 150 starters, it was a sight to behold as the field thundered down from the start of the 1000m, the race was led home by Rachel Ní Dhuinn (Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna) with second Hannah Winnie (St. Fiachra’s and third Zara Nixon (St. Vincent de Paul). The field for the boys primary school race was even bigger, in fact this was the biggest race of the day with no less than 175 athletes in action, taking the biggest race of his career to date was Joseph Hession with a fantastic run at the head of the field. The best school in the primary school boys race was St. Patrick’s BNS of Drumcondra making their debut in this event.

At 1 p.m. sharp the secondary school programme got underway with the minor girls 1000m race, again a huge field of athletes. The race was won in fine style by Vanessa O’Connor of Mount Sackville from Sarah Reihill (a guest in the race) and Ellen Byrne (St. Dominics).

The junior girls race was over 2000m, once again a very big field in this race and at the finish the winner was Mount Anville’s Emma Fennelly. The team winner was Skerries College, again debutantes in this event on 26 points from Colaiste Iosagain on 31 points.

The intermediate girls race over 3000m featured Colaiste Iosagain’s Siofra Cleirigh Buttner and as always when Siofra runs she took things by the scruff of the neck straight from the start building up an insurmountable lead to win this race by the proverbial country mile from Mount Sackville’s Sarah Hawkshaw. Siofra led home the victorious Colaiste Iosagain school on 17 points, a tight winning margin over Mount Sackville on 21 points.

The final girls race of the programme was the senior girls race over 3000m, the field in this race was not as big as fields in earlier races, again a stylish front running performance from Colaiste Iosagain saw Clar Ni Chartaigh lead home her two schoolmates Megan Ni Riaian and Clar’s sister Maire. Needless to say Colaiste Iosagain were clear winners of the senior race.

In the secondary schools boys races there was very keen competition. The field in the minor boys races was huge and this featured a particularly fine win by Cathal Doyle of Colaiste Cholin. The minor boys champions were St. Fintan’s High School, Sutton on 39 points from St. Aidan’s on 50 and Willow Park on 55.

The junior boys race was one of the races of the day and certainly provided the finish of the day. This was a long enough race for these young athletes over 3000m, the lead pack broke away until there was two and there was a tremendous sprint finish down the home straight with St. Fintan’s Eoghan Strutt winning the dash for the line from Patrick Elliot of Lucan. Eoghan led St. Fintan’s High School to a fine team victory.

Another fine race was had in the intermediate boys race over 4000m. Templeogue College’s Mitchell Byrne was the winner from Darren Farrell (guest) and Eoghan Taggart, also a guest. St. Aidan’s won the intermediate race after some fine packing down the field with a comfortable win on 47 points over Templeogue College on 68 and St. Fintan’s High School on 69.

The final race of the day was the senior boys 5000m race, the lead trio of Kevin Dooney (CBC Monkstown), Ian Guiden (St. Aidan’s) and Fintan Doherty (Castleknock College) broke away from the pack, however, after the second lap Kevin Dooney hit the front and although chased by Ian Guiden was never overhauled to win by maybe 40 metres with Fintan Doherty holding on for third place. The senior boys winners were Belvedere on 53 points from CBC Monkstown on 57 and St. Fintan’s High School on 59.

In a very tight finish to decide the best overall school Colaiste Iosagain were declared winners courtesy of winning the senior girls, intermediate girls and second place in the junior girls making a total of 13 points taking the victory by a slim 1 point margin from St. Fintan’s High School with 12 points (first minor boys, first junior boys, third intermediate boys and third senior boys).

It was an excellent days competition which was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the boys and girls participating in the event. Courtesy of the generosity of our sponsor Brother every boy and girl who took part in the event went home with a T-shirt. The presentation party included Mr. Sean Sheehan, the Managing Director of Brother Ireland, Phyllis Fox of Brother, Mr. Paddy Marley, President of Clonliffe Harriers, Mr. Liam Hennessy, President of Athletics Ireland, Mr. John Foley, CEO of Athletics Ireland and Clonliffe’s international athlete Mark Kenneally.


Primary Schools


1 – Rachel Ni Dhuinm (Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna)

2 – Hannah Winnie (St. Fiachra’s)

3 – Zara Nixon (St. Vincent de Paul)


1 – St. Vincent de Paul 30 points

2 – St. Fiachra’s 53 points

3 – Mary Help of Christians 56 points


1 – Joseph Hession (St. Fiachra’s)

2 – Conor Halpin (Willow Park)

3 – Christopher Walley (St. Patrick’s BNS)


1 – St. Patrick’s 31 points

2 – Willow Park 42 points

3 – St. Fiachra’s 45 points

Secondary Schools

Girls Minor

1 – Vanessa O’Connor (Mount Sackvill)

2 – Sarah Reihill (guest)

3 – Eileen Byrne (St. Dominics)


1 – St. Dominics Cabra 44 points

2 – Loreto College Foxrock 49 points

3 – Our Lady’s College Drogheda 78 points

Junior Girls

1 – Emma Fennelly (Mount Anville)

2 – Doirean Ni Mhalleanaigh (Col Iosagain)

3 – Eve Kehoe (Skerries)


1 – Skerries College 26 points

2 – Colaiste Iosagain 31 points

3 – Loreto College Foxrock 65 points

Intermediate Girls

1 – Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain)

2 – Sarah Hawkshaw (Mount Sackville)

3 – Saoirse Ni Umphraidh (Colaiste Iosgain)


1 – Colaiste Iosagain 17 points

2 – Mount Sackville 21 points

Senior Girls

1 – Clar Nic Chartaigh (Colaiste Iosagain)

2 – Megan Ni Riaian (Colaiste Iosagain)

3 – Marie Ni Chartaigh (Colaiste Iosagain)


1 – Colaiste Iosagain 13 points

2 – Our Lady’s College, Drogheda 53 points

Boys Minor

1 – Cathal Doyle (Col. Cholin, Swords)

2 – Luke McCann (Willow Park)

3 – Adam Cunningham (St. Fintan’s High School)


1 – St. Fintan’s 39 points

2 – St. Aidan’s 50 points

3 – Willow Park 55 points

Junior Boys

1 – Eoghan Strutt (St. Fintan’s)

2 – Patrick Elliott (Lucan)

3 – Liam Fitzpatrick (Colaiste Eoin)


1 – St. Fintan’s 40 points

2 – Presentation College Carlow 51 points

3 – St. Aidan’s 68 points

Intermediate Boys

1 – Mitchell Byrne (Templeogue College)

2 – Darren Farrell (Guest)

3 – Eoghan Taggart (Guest)


1 – St. Aidans 47 points

2 – Templeogue College 68 points (correction of incorrect school called out on day)

3 – St. Fintan’s High School 69 points

Senior Boys

1 – Kevin Dooney (CBC Monkstown)

2 – Ian Guiden (St. Aidan’s)

3 – Fintan Doherty (Castleknock College)


1 – Belvedere 53 points

2 – CBC Monkstown 57 points

3 – St. Fintan’s High School 59 points

Novice men take Dublin bronze

Oct 3, 2010 [Noel Guiden] In glorious sunshine the 2010/11 cross country season got underway in earnest with the traditional opener the Dublin Novice. Today`s event was hosted by Donore Harriers in the Phoenix Park. The bone dry underfoot conditions held no evidence of Saturday`s rain, and with temperatures in the 16/17 degree range, the race would be one for the fleet of foot. After last weekend`s junior record in the Rathfarnham 5k the current fleet of foot is John Travers of Donore and from the off he took things by the scruff of the neck with a magistic performance to win the Dublin Novice title by the proverbial (cross) country mile.

The Clonliffe men`s team put on a pretty good performance with young Jayme Rossister making the junior to senior transition in style. Jamye was always well placed today and was running in 3rd until he was relegated to 4th by Louie from Rathfarnham. Also having a good run in the Park in his first race for some time was Eric McCann, again running a positive race finishing in 7th place, having been as high as 5th at one point. Third man home was one of the old stagers Marathonman Ronan Hartnett. After holding back for the first of four laps Ronan began picking off athlete after athlete, including his own team mates, at one stage Ronan was maybe 6th Clonliffe man, but at the finish he was well up the field finishing in 16th place. 4th scorer was Conor McGuinness after a good outing, Conor keeping it together well during the course of a very tired final lap, placing 20th and in the process insuring a medal winning start to the season for the club with team bronze.

Good runs also today from Stephen Harkness, more used to two laps of a tartan track than 6,000m on the country and also from young at heart Philip O`Doherty, getting a good look at the course in advance of the Gerry Farnan race in two weeks time. Colm Groome also had a good run well up the field. Unfortunately injury worries put paid to Tom Guilfoyle and Jordan Logue day with both being forced to take the early bath.

Our women`s Novice team were also in action. With a full team of novice cross country runners, many of whom were actually running their very first races, putting in good performances. Coach Eugene Coppinger and Captain Pamela Cooper were well pleased with the girls , as this inexpierenced team out performed expection. Kate Purcell, herself only out of the junior ranks, was the most expierenced of the girls and lead by example with a strong run all the way through the 3,000m distance finishing well up the field.

So, the first one is done….roll on the next six months. It`s going to be a long season.

Juvenile league: Ruth goes 3- 2- won

Oct 3, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The highlight of this morning`s Round 3 of the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country was Ruth Bergins great win in the girls U/11 race. In round 1 Ruth was 3rd, round 2 she was 2nd and today she topped the bill with an excellent run, working her way through the pack and taking the lead in the run down to the finish to take a well deserved win.

Today`s round was held in lovely Autumnal sunshine making the Phoenix Park look the amazing gem it is. After races on successive weekends not unsurprisingly there was a smaller turnout of Clonliffe athletes today. As always the action got underway with the biggest race of the day the girls U/10 race. First Clonliffe girl was Hope in 6th with Lola 7th, Amy was 12th, Andrea 25th, Aoife 29th, Caoimhe 40th and Keelan 56th. The U/10 boys were led home today by Ben in 8th place, Fionn was 13th and Josh 16th.

The U/11s featured Ruth`s great win with an excellent run also today from Lauren in 29th place. Keelan was 14th in the boys U/11 race with Thomas again running strongly in 21st.

A great finish for the second week in a row saw Amy snatch places just on the line to finish 13th in the girls U/12 race over 1500m, Grace was 20th and Grainne 30th. The U/12 boys again packed really well lead home by Joseph in 4th, Timothae 7th and Keith 8th.

Our sole runner in the girls U/13 race was Nana in 20th place. Peter was well up the field in the U/13 boys in 9th with good runs also from Luke in 14th and Owen 16th. Finally in the girls U/14s Sally in her first race of the season ran a good steady race for 15th , Kate was 17th and Sarah 19th.

A well deserved break for the Juveniles for a couple of weeks will see them get some good training under their belts in the run up to the Dublins in Santry n October 31st.


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