Archive for October, 2011

Clonliffe in Dublin Marathon

Oct 31, 2011 [Noel Guiden] – (Updated Nov 2, 2011) Well done to all the Clonliffe athletes in today`s 32nd Dublin City Marathon. Although results are awaited from most (please text name and time to 0879599888) it was good to see the TV exposure Ronan Hartnett received this morning, and also to see Gary O`Hanlon and Sergiu Ciobanu at the start along with Conor Delaney. Sergiu the defending National Champion put up a sterling defence of his title but finished runner up to Tallaght AC`s Sean Connolly, Sergiu running a time of 2:20.56, Sergiu with a half marathon split of 69:01 was 14th overall. Only 5 places behind Sergiu was club mate Gary O`Hanlon with splits of 73:04/73:26 making an excellent debut, 5th in the National in 2:26.30 and 19th overall. Other results currently to hand show very good runs from the women`s team lead home by Fionnula Doherty 3:14, Maura Matthens 3:16, Emma Harding 3:35, Alison O`Sullivan 3:36, Christina McKenzie 3:41 and Orla Kelly 3:43. Brillant PB by Mark Bermingham of 2:48.47, although post race Mark was disappointed describing his race as “a bad day at the office, but lives to fight another day”. Ronan Hartnett, after his national TV appearance finished in a time of 2:51.55. Eoin Murray ran an excellent 2:53.16, Conor Delaney 2:54, an unbelieveable PB by Joe Phipps of 2:58 taking a massive 45 minutes, yes minutes, off his 2010 Dublin time. Sub three for Maurice McCrohan 2:59.48. Another excellent marathon once again by Paddy Tuite, just outside of three hours, 3:00.50. Declan Ryan ran 3:04, Gerard Kirwan 3:21. a badly blistered Alan Worall arrived home in 3:28. Trevor Wisdom ran 3:41.36. Another Marathon under the belt for Frank Devitt 3:55, Frank`s progress was very much hampered by a stomach muscle problem. Colm Breen ran 4:02. Seamus Greenan finished his 31st Dublin Marathon from 32 starts in 4:15. Congratulatons in particular to the Colonel Frank Behan who ran the streets of our fair capital on Marathon Monday for the 32nd time, a 100% record.

Cragg 3rd in Great South Run

Oct 31, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Alistair Cragg came to Portsmouth yesterday for the Great South Run to test his current form as he prepares for December 4th Fukuoka Marathon. A great run from Alistair saw his finish 3rd in 47:14 behind pre race favourite and world 10k and 15k record holder Leonard Koman (46:18) and Abel Kieui (46:40) and ahead of 2010 European 10,000 silver medalist Chris Thompson (48:01). Alistair now looks forward with confidence to Japan in about 5 weeks time and hopefully that Olympic Marathon qualifying time of 2:15.

News also of the Clonliffe pair currently “on tour” in Canada after posting good half marathon and 8k times respectively Michael mcDiarmada and Becky Woods took in the British Columbia Cross Country Championships over the weekend with both recording excellent runs. Michael finishing 7th in the men`s race with Becky 10th in the womens.

Ian Guiden wins Dublin U/18 title

Oct 23, 2011 [Noel Guiden] A good day for Clonliffe at rain swept Phoenix Park today for the annual Gerry Farnan Festival of Cross Country Races. The Gerry Farnan races of course also incorporate the trial for the Masters teams for next months British and Irish International Cross Country and in recent years the festival has been expanded now to also incorporate the Dublin U/18 cross country championships. The club enjoyed some excellent performances accross the spectrum from Ian Guiden`s win in the U/18s to a right ding dong of a battle between Brian McMahon and Dave Flynn in the feature race and some of the Master athletes looking like they`ve gotten themselves well into contention for those coveted international master`s vests: Pat Bonass in the O/65, Declan Power looks like he may have done enough in the O/40 and Mags Greenan in the O/50.

We had two athletes in action in the girls U/18 Championships both of whom aquited themselves well, Roisin Leahy was around 6th while Laura Brennan place around 11th or so in a difficult race as the rain lashed down on the small field. In the boys U/18 Ian Guiden went to the front from the gun and took the pack out on a pretty fast pace, at half way he had a lead of maybe 80m on the field, however, with Friday`s schools race still in his legs he hit a bad patch on the final lap as his lead was eaten away by the chasing Donore and DSD athletes down to only 10/15m, however he had just enough in reserve to kick and take the Dublin title. The rest of the Clonliffe squad are a year younger, all U/17, and stepped up manfully to the task with particularily good performances from Liam Ashton in 7th, and Eoin McCullogh 11th, and with Conor King 16th took team silver, only 3 points off Donore`s gold. Very good runs also by John Buckley and Mark Ring.

In the womens race for the Sheila Brennan Cup, Fionnula Britton (Kilcoole AC) was a comfortable winner with a superb front running win. Good runs here from the Clonliffe ladies Ailish Malone 22nd, Louise Reilly 35th, Bernie Byrne 69th and Mags Greenan 76th.

There was a huge field in the Gerry Farnan race of over 250. The Clonliffe lads were having their first outing of the season and were watched with great interest with the Dublin Seniors only two weeks away. Up front DSD`s Joe Sweeney was the class of the field with a fine win. The race featured a great race long battle between Clonliffe duo Brian McMahon and Dave Flynn with AAI Mountain Runner of the Year nominee McMahon out kicking Flynner on the home straight in 8th with Flynn 9th. A really good run from young Jamie Rossister the third Clonliffe man home finishing around 20th with Dave Fitzmaurice 4th man in 36th. The lads placed 4th. Mark McDonald also had a good outing on the country around 45th with Declan Power a couple of paces behind in 52nd and 4th O/40, next in was Conor McGuinness 63rd and in his first Clonliffe race Boston native David Krinjak 94th, Ronan Merrick was 106th just pipped on the line by 800m man Andrew Jenkinson 104th, Philip O`Doherty was 116th. Pat Bonass was 2nd in the O/65 and one would assume makes yet another Irish Masters team.

So we`re off and running on the country with lots to look forward to: the Dublins in a couple of weeks, Inter Counties in late November, The Europeans in December and the Nationals a long way off in February. Keep it Country!!

O`Brien and Guiden tops for Aidans

Oct 21, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The Secondary schools cross country season continued today with another big invitational meet: The Drogheda Invitational hosted by St.Joseph`s. As in Santry for last weeek`s Brother Invitational Races the Clonliffe lads running for St. Aidans CBS in Whitehall were in excellent form. The big winners on the day were Adam O`Brien in the junior boys race and Ian Guiden in the seniors. Adam ran a fine race battling a number of his fellow Harriers from the Fogarty/Guiden Panzer Division to record his biggest win to date and with David O`Hanlon 5th, and Brian Flannagan 24th and Philip Keenan 43rd leading St. Aidans to a comprehensive win over the much fancied St. Patrick`s College Navan lads, turning the tables on last week`s Brother Junior race result. In an intriging battle Adam and club mate Cathal Doyle Adam wound up the pace to take the win with Cathal winning the sprint for 2nd. Paddy O`Hanlon (Ratoath) finished 13th.

In the senior race over 4.5k Ian Guiden ran a solo effort as he opened a big gap on the pack and was a comfortable winner. A fine run also by Johnny Bradley Ward to finish second with the St. Aidans team 2nd.

In the minor boys race young Joseph Hession continues to impress. After a poor start, when an almost false start left Joseph in mid pack he worked his way through the field like an old pro to eventually finish in 5th place. The St. Aidans minors were also 2nd. Craig McCourt was 10th in the inter race.

With the St. Aidans teams placing 2nd minor, 1st Junior and 2nd senior they took best overall school.

Ahern cup results

Oct 17, 2011 [GP Committee] The following are the Grand prix results, points allocated and overall positions following the 10 mile race which took place in Malahide Castle on Saturday 15th October, kindly sponsored by Maurice Ahern. We had 32 runners finishing, first three home were Guests and also Raheny athletes. Mick Clohissey was first in 53.59, followed by Mick Boyle 55.17 and Feidhlim Kelly in 56.08. We had 8 athletes under the 1 hour mark including two doing it as a pre marathon tempo run.


The race is also the club 10 mile championship, winner of the men’s title after a few short months in Clonliffe colours, is Darren Reilly and the winner of the Ladies is Joyce O’Hare.


Congratulations to the winners in the Grand Prix, Dave Brady was the winner, retaining the title he gained last year, getting in some fine tuning for his 200th marathon in Dublin in two weeks. Philip O’Doherty 2nd and our club Treasurer Paddy Tuite in 3rd. Paddy is also leading the Grand Prix series with Colm Hickey hot on his heels, with Paddy earning himself a penalty by finishing in the top 3 for his next race. Only 9 of the 11 races count in the overall series, so it is a lot closer than it appears. Thanks to all the race officials who helped out on the day


Race results

Name Time Mick Clohissey 53.59 Mick Boyle 55.17
Feidhlim Kelly 56.08 Darren Reilly 56.37 Ernie Ramsey 57.56
Philip O’Doherty 59.20 Mark Bermingham 59.39 Conor Delaney 59.39
Colm Hickey 60.03 Thomas Frayne 60.25 Martin Francis 60.32 Clive Ahern 61.28 Joe Phipps 62.37 Eoin Murray 62.38 Richard Case 64.26
Paddy Tuite 65.21 Maurice McCrohan 65.30 Robert Beckett 67.45
Sean McGoldrick 68.55 Pat Timmons 70.57 Joyce O’Hare 70.57
Declan Murray 71.57 Dave Brady 73.21 Tony Dunne 74.46 John Doyle 75.03 Philip Matthews 76.10 Pat O’Rourke 76.51 Richie Barr 76.53
Terry Mee 76.54 Frank Devitt 72.55 Terry Reede 80.37 Jeanette Reid 83.18

Grand prix results

First Name Surname Actual Predicted Diff Points

Dave Brady 01:13:21 01:15:49 -148 30 Philip O’Doherty 00:59:20 01:00:12 -52 29 Paddy Tuite 01:05:21 01:06:03 -42 28 Colm Hickey 01:00:03 00:59:57 6 27 Thomas Frayne 01:00:25 01:00:12 13 26
Clive Ahern 01:01:28 01:01:05 23 25 Conor Delaney 00:59:39 00:59:15 24 24 Ernie Ramsey 00:57:56 00:57:31 25 23 Sean McGoldrick 01:08:55 01:08:13 42 22 Pat O’Rourke 01:16:51 01:15:33 78 21 Mark Bermingham 00:59:39 00:57:57 102 20 Joe Phipps 01:02:37 01:00:43 114 19 Richard Barr 01:16:53 01:14:45 128 18 Eoin Murray 01:02:38 01:00:09 149 17
Maurice McCrohan 01:05:30 01:03:00 150 16 Frank Devitt 01:12:55 01:09:30 205 15 Terry Mee 01:16:54 01:13:17 217 14 Declan Murray 01:11:57 01:08:10 227 13 Robert Beckett 01:07:45 01:03:19 266 12

Kenneally gets London A standard

Oct 16, 2011 [] This morning in Amsterdam Mark Kenneally achieved an Olympic ‘A’ Standard qualification time. Crossing the line in an unofficial time of 2.13.55, Mark was 65 seconds inside his goal. Mark was 18th, the top 10 places were all filled by Africian athletes headed by Wilson Chebet in 2:05.53, and was an impressive 3rd European.

Mark’s splits were

Net split times (difference) 5 Kilometer 16:06 (16:06) 10 Kilometer 31:31 (15:25) 15 Kilometer 47:18 (15:47) 20 Kilometer 1:03:07 (15:49) Half marathon 1:06:33 25 Kilometer 1:18:50 (15:43) 30 Kilometer 1:34:37 (15:47) 35 Kilometer 1:50:29 (15:52) 40 Kilometer 2:06:35 (16:06)

Congratulations to Mark from all in Clonliffe.

1,100 athletes with Brother at their side

Oct 13, 2011 [Noel Guiden ] There was a fantastic days athletics at the third annual Brother at your Side Clonliffe Schools Invitational Cross Country at Santry Demesne yesterday. It was a perfect autumnal day, the underfoot conditions in the Demesne were perfect for cross country running, plenty of give but no mud making for a good fast early season test for these young athletes.

The primary schools races were very well supported, between boys and girls there were athletes from around 20 different local schools in attendance with huge fields of over 150 athletes in each race. It was a wonderful sight to see these young athletes thundering down the start straight and into the first bend at the Phoenix monument at the rear of the Morton Stadium and then up the long back drag as the athletes got strung out. Coming into the finishing straight young Ruth Bergin of Holy Child Larkhill was a clear winner and she thoroughly enjoyed her run down the home straight to take a prestigious victory. Mary Help of Christians won the team event on a total of 39 points with very good scoring courtesy of 3rd, 4th, 10th and 22nd places.

The boys primary school race again had a huge field with the winner being another local boy Morcheen Leonard of St. Fiachras. The top team, under the stewardship of former Clonliffe Harrier Danny Collins, were St. Patricks of Drumcondra on 26 points with 2nd, 4th, 8th and 12th.

The secondary school programme commenced at 1 p.m. again with a very big field in the minor girls race of in excess of 100 athletes. The field was led home by Rachel Dunne (St. Colmcilles) from Hannah Byrne of Holy Faith, Clontarf and Hannah Ni Dhea (Colaiste Iosagain). In the team event Colaiste Iosagain were dominant with 3rd, 4th, 10th and 15th places for a total of 32 points from St. Gerards of Bray on 37 points and Loreto on the Green 3rd on 62 points.

The winner of the junior girls race was Cassie Murphy (Jesus and Mary College) with the girls from Skerries Community College packing superbly to take the team event, the girls placing 3rd, 4th 11th and 12th for a total of 30 points from St. Dominics College on 49 points.

The girls intermediate race was dominated by Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) from start to finish and ran out a very comfortable winner ahead of Ella Fennelly (Mount Anville). Siofra led the Colaiste Iosagain team to their second team victory of the day on 25 points (1st, 3rd, 10th and 11th) to take a comfortable win over Muckross Park on 80 points with Loreto on the Green 3rd on 102 points.

Colaiste Iosagain also dominated the senior girls race filling the top three positions led home by Clare Ni Chartaigh from Megan Ni Rhiain and Sorcha Nic Umfraidh. Colaiste Iosagain on 21 points took a comfortable win over Holy Faith, Clontarf on 33 points with St Dominics of Cabra on 71 points.

The best overall girls secondary school was Colaiste Iosagain.

In the secondary school boys programme the minor boys race was actually the biggest race of the day with some 180 starters running over 1000 metres. There was a fine win in this race from Niall O’Leary (Willow Park School) from Martin Byrne of St. Fintans and Oisín Martin (St. Patricks College Navan). In the team event St. Patricks College Navan dominated on 26 points from St. Aidans CBS Whitehall 37 and Willow Park on 52.

St. Patricks College Navan were also to the fore in the Junior boys race Eoin Smith leading the charge home ahead of Blackrocks Luke McCann and Cathal Doyle (Colaiste Colm). St. Patricks Navan took the win on 32 points 1st, 8th, 10th and 13th with St. Aidans 2nd and Blackrock College 3rd.

The intermediate boys race featured a three-way battle for the best part of the race and on the final circuit Killian Kirwin of St. Fintans High School broke away leaving Liam MacGiolla Phadraig (Colaiste Eoin) and Liam Ashton of St. Aidans battling out for 2nd and 3rd. On the home straight MacGiolla Phadraig got his head in front to take second place from Liam Ashton. St. Fintans took the win on 54 points with CUS taking 2nd on count-back having tied on 63 points with St. Aidans.

The final race of the day was the boys senior race. At the head of the field training partners Ian Guiden (St. Aidans) and Fintan Doherty (Castleknock College) led the field ahead of the chasing pack, on the final circuit Ian Guiden was clear with the chasing pack running down Fintan. Guiden recorded a comfortable win by maybe 100 metres with Doherty being overhauled and eventually being relegated to 4th as Mitchell Byrne (Templeogue) finished 2nd with Killian Mooney (Colaiste Eoin) in 3rd. In the team event St. Aidans on 42 points won from Belvedere 52 and St. Fintans on 55.

The best overall boys secondary school was St. Aidans CBS Whitehall.

Mr. Sean Sheehan of Brother was in attendance to make the presentations assisted by Mr. Paddy Marley, President of Clonliffe Harriers. In addition to marble plaques for the three individual winners there were sets of medals presented to the first three teams and Mr. Sheehan also made a presentation of a valuable piece of office equipment from the Brother range to the best girls primary school, best boys primary school, best boys secondary and best girls secondary.

The best overall school award went to Colaiste Iosagain, courtesy of three first placed teams and on the individual side two firsts, one second and three thirds. The school will be presented with the Lar Byrne Memorial Shield. This shield was renamed this year after Clonliffes Lar Byrne who originally instigated this event back in 1978 when the event was won by St. Malachys of Belfast, the event continued until 1994 and was revived in 2009 with the help and assistance of Brother.

Clonliffe would like to thank all who assisted in the running of the event. It proved to be an excellent days athletics, they in particular would like to thank their sponsor Brother, Fingal County Council for their assistance and co-operation with the use of Santry Demesne, the Morton Stadium staff for their assistance and of course the schools and pupils who performed so well on the day in making the event what it is.


Primary Schools


1st Ruth Bergin (Holy Child Whitehall)

2nd Zara Ryan (St. Vincent de Paul)

3rd Alison Burke (Mary Help of Christians)


1st Mary Help of Christians (39 points)

2nd St. Vincent de Paul (48 points)

3rd St. Fiachras (59 points)

4th Rolestown (76 points)

5th Scoil San Carlo (84 points)

6th Scoil Aine (133 points)

7th Sutton Park School (155 points)

8th Holy Child Larkhill (163 points)

9th St. Francis Xavier (166 points)

10th St. Gerards Junior School (184 points)

11th St. Brigids Convent (224 points)

12th Glasnevin Educate Together (333 points)


1st Morcheen Leonard (St. Fiachras)

2nd Jack McCarthy (St. Patricks Drumcondra)

3rd Timothe Lawless (Glasnevin Educate Together)


1st St. Patricks Drumcondra (26 points)

2nd Holy Child Larkhill (48 points)

3rd St. Fiachras (49 points)

4th St. John Bosco (74 points)

5th St. Gerards Junior School (75 points)

6th St. Francis Xavier (76 points)

7th Willow Park (147 points)

8th Rolestown (222 points)

9th Scoil San Carlo (311 points)

10th Glasnevin Educate Together (323 points)

11th Sutton Park (366 points)




1 Rachel Dunne (St Colmcille’s)

2 Hannah Byrne (HF Clontarf)

3 Hannah Ni Dhea (Col Iosagain)


1 Col Iosagain 32

2 St Gerard’s 37

3 Loreto Green 62


1 Cassie Murphy (Jesus and Mary)

2 Vanessa O’Connor (Mt Sackville)

3 Rhona Pierce (Skerries CC)


1 Skerries CC 30

2 St Dominic’s Cabra 49

3 Loreto Dalkey 64


1 Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain)

2 Ella Fennelly (Mt Anville) 3 Sarah Ni Mhaolmhuire (Col Iosagain)


1 Col Iosagain 25

2 Muckross 80

3 Loreto Green 102


1 Clar Ni Chartaigh

2 Meghan Ni Rhiain

3 Sorcha Nic Umfraidh (all Col Iosagian)


1 Col Iosagain 21

2 HF Clontarf 33

3 St Dominic’s Cabra 71

Overall – Colaiste Iosagain Stillorgan



1 Niall O’Leary (Willow Pk)

2 Martin Byrne (St Fintan’s)

3 Oisin Martin (St Pat’s Navan)


1 St Patrick’s Navan 26

2 St Aidan’s 37

3 Willow Park 52


1 Eoin Smyth (St Pat’s Navan)

2 Luke McCann (Blackrock)

3 Cathal Doyle (Col Colm)


1 St Patrick’s Navan 32

2 St Aidan’s 36

3 Blackrock 66


1 Killian Kirwan (St Fintan’s)

2 Liam Mac Giolla Phadraig (Col Eoin)

3 Liam Ashton (St Aidan’s)


1 St Fintan’s 54

2 CUS 63

3 St Aidan’s 63


1 Ian Guiden (St Aidan’s)

2 Mitchell Byrne (Templeogue)

3 Cillian O Maonaigh (Col Eoin)


1 St Aidan’s 42

2 Belvedere 52

3 St Fintan’s 55

Overall – St Aidan’s CBS Whitehall

Jamye Rossiter wins Dublin novice

Oct 2, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Jayme Rossister won his biggest race for Clonliffe todate in Dublin`s Phoenix Park this afternoon to take the Dublin Novice Cross Country title and lead the Clonliffe men to a well deserved team title. After the non stop rain for the last 48 hours it was a surprise that the underfoot conditions held up so well, although the park does tend to drain well. It was an even bigger surprise that the rain stopped by race time.

From the off the Clonliffe lads got well into the mix with Jayme joined at the front of the pack by Mark McDonald and Conor McGuinness. It was good to see Jayme run with his old confidence back after a period of injury and at half way as Mark slipped back from the leaders Jayme made his move upping the pressure to pull away. From here on in there was no way back for the chasing group as a clearly delighted Rossister took an excellent win by a comfortable margin. With Conor McGuinness also having a superb run and taking bronze in 3rd, Brian Tobin 7th and Mark McDonald 8th the Clonliffe lads were clear team winners on 19 points, 2nd Donore 39, 3rd Raheny 65.

Good back up runs from the rest of the squad : Ronan Merrick 17th, Darren Reilly 19th, Joseph Cooper 30th, Stephen Harkness 31st and Darragh Cullen 33rd.

The womens Novice team placed 6th. There was a very good runs in this race from Orna McGinley first Clonliffe home with a top 10 finish (9th), followed by Laurna Begley in 17th, Sinead Hartnett 20th, solid performances also from Kate Purcell 35th, Christine McKenzie 37th, Etan Alyward 41st and Orla Hester 46th.

All in all a pretty impressive start to the inter club cross country season by the Harriers.


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