Archive for November, 2011

Clonliffe lads take CBS medal haul back to Collins Ave

Nov 30, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Once again there were very good runs from Clonliffe athletes at the CBS All Ireland Cross Country Championships held in ALSAA this afternoon. The normal ALSAA sponge had dried out leaving good running underfoot with little surface water to contend with, although it was breezy the rain held off, perfect conditions. At the close of play Clonliffe had a number of All Ireland CBS champions both individual and team.

In the junior race Cathal Doyle (Col. Choilm, Swords) lead home a Clonliffe training group 1,2,3 of Adam O`Brien (St. Aidans), 2nd and David O`Hanlon (St. Aidans) 3rd, St. Aidans taking the team title. Joseph Hession (St. Aidans) was pipped on the line in the U/13 race finishing second by a matter of inches with the team winning gold, a good race also by Keith Hodson in 6th. 2nd place also for Sean Carrig (St. Aidans)in the U/14, a good run also by Brian Flanagan in 8th with the St. Aidans boys again winning team gold. In the Inter Liam Ashton (St. Aidans) found the conditions today much more to his liking as he placed 2nd, good run also from Craig McCourt as the St. Aidans lads took team silver. A good outing also for Ian Guiden to win the senior race and with Johnny Bradley Ward 6th, Conor King 7th the St. Aidans seniors also took team gold.

Well done to all the guys and also to St. Aidans coach Alan O`Neill on bringing back a sack full of metal to Collins Avenue!

Colm Hickey wins 2011 Grand Prix

Nov 29, 2011 [GP Committee] The 2011 Grand prix series came to a conclusion on Saturday in Santry Demesne. The O’Connor cup (sponsored by Colm Brennan) took place on a mild but windy afternoon. In all, 15 athletes toed the line, Ernie Ramsey was the eventual winner, with Darragh Cullen moving through the field over the course of the race to finish second just in front of Colm Hickey.


Colm did more than enough to ensure he was the winner of the 2011 series by claiming all 30 points on offer and winning the O’Connor cup. He wins the overall series by 22 points with Paddy Tuite in the runners up position for the second year in a row. Things were much tighter in the race for the Green Jersey, proving the mantra that every place counts over the series, with Philip O’Doherty taking the crown by one point, with Ernie Ramsey in second place.


Thanks to all the athletes, officials and supporters who played their part in the series and a big thank you to all the sponsors of the races in the series.


The Grand prix committee will meet to review the 2011 series, if you have any views or would like to make any suggestions, please send them to or make them known to a member of the GP committee.


The results, points allocated and overall positions are detailed below.


Race results Ernie Ramsey 0:23:45 Darragh Cullen (Guest) 0:24:00 Colm Hickey 0:24:07 Johnathon Bradley (GUEST) 0:24:14 Philip O’Doherty 0:24:45 Thomas Sherlock 0:25:09 Gerard Kirwan 0:25:31
Conor Keane (Guest) 0:25:31 Thomas Frayne 0:25:51 Joe Phipps 0:26:21
Paddy Tuite 0:28:18 John Frier (Guest) 0:28:31 Darren Doyle (Guest) 0:29:04 Pat O’Rourke 0:29:05 Richard Barr 0:29:17

Grand prix results

Name Actual Predicted Points Colm Hickey 0:24:07 0:22:00 30
Thomas Sherlock 0:25:09 0:23:00 29 Ernie Ramsey 0:23:45 0:21:31 28
Gerard Kirwan 0:25:31 0:22:56 27 Philip O’Doherty 0:24:45 0:22:02 26
Richard Barr 0:29:17 0:26:32 25 Thomas Frayne 0:25:51 0:23:01 24 Pat O’Rourke 0:29:05 0:26:12 23 Joe Phipps 0:26:21 0:23:03 22 Paddy Tuite 0:28:18 0:24:16 21

Yellow Jersey

Position First Name Surname Total

1 Colm Hickey 223 2 Paddy Tuite 201 3 Philip O’Doherty 187 4 Pat O’Rourke 159 5 Eoin Murray 142 6 Gerard Kirwan 133 7 Joe Phipps 129 8 Sean Doran 124 9 Frank Devitt 124 10 Pat Healy 118
11 Robert Beckett 114 12 Richard Barr 114 13 Fergus Keenan 113
14 Conor Delaney 112 15 Ernie Ramsey 107 16 Dave Brady 106 17 Tom Sherlock 105 18 Maurice McCrohan 103 19 Colm Breen 103 20 Thomas Frayne 95 21 Colm Doran 92 22 Mark Bermingham91 23 Kevin Dowling 87
24 Bernie Byrne 86 25 Jeremy Chapman 85 26 Trevor Wisdom 85 27 Clive Ahern 85 28 Liam Hennessy 81 29 Richard Connolly 79 30 Declan Murray 75 31 Terry Mee 72 32 Sean McGoldrick67 33 Kieran Murphy 62
34 Shay Byrne 60 35 Tom Monks 47 36 Fergus Wheatley 43 37 Declan Ryan 43 38 Pat Devitt 41 39 Tom Griffin 34 40 Karen Kinsella 28
41 Eugene McCarrick 27 42 Alan Worrall 25 43 Sinead hartnett 25
44 Ian McDowell 25 45 Jim Bennett 22 46 Collette McKenny 18 47 Christy Reilly 15 48 Noel Daly 7 49 Derek Reilly 6 50 Aine McCann 5
51 Pat Bonass 5

Green Jersey

Pos First Name Surname Total 1 Philip O’Doherty 31 2 Ernie Ramsey 30 3 Conor Delaney 21 4 Colm Hickey 18 5 Eoin Murray 13
6 Tom Sherlock 13 7 Mark Bermingham12 8 Sean Doran 8 9 Clive Ahern 7 10 Ger Kirwan 6 11 Fergus Keenan 3 12 Joe Phipps 3 13 Robert Beckett 1 14 Paddy Tuite 1

National inter counties and Gary`s back

Nov 28, 2011 [Noel Guiden ] Sligo racecourse in the shadow of Ben Bulben was the venue for yesterday’s National Inter-Counties and National Juvenile even ages Cross Country Championships. A tough course which had several difficult hills including a very long drag towards the finish was made even tougher by the persistent rain the previous day and night making underfoot conditions exceptionally difficult. The hills, ankle deep mud and strong wind all contributed to a race which was universally described as hellish. There was a large contingent of Clonliffe athletes in action with the men’s race featuring a number of athletes who would hope to make the Clonliffe National Inter-club team. The big news only a matter of four weeks after the marathon was the excellent performance of Gary O’Hanlon. Post race a delighted Gary with clenched fists announced: ‘I am back!’

The first race of the day with Clonliffe interest was the boys U/14 3000m. A great performance by a depleted team which in particular featured a superb run by Adam O’Brien breaking into the top ten as he finished very strongly to take three places over the last 250m and take an impressive 9th place. There were also impressive performances from David O’Hanlon in 35th, Joseph Hession, running a year out of his age and Sean Carrig. The team placed 5th, bearing in mind that this is the first season these lads have been together, a bright future is in prospect. Adam was rewarded for his fine run with an individual bronze medal as a result of his top ten finish and inter-county gold for Dublin.

In the girls U/18 both Roisin Leahy and Laura Brennan coped well with the conditions – Laura in particular revelled and post race even said that she ‘very much enjoyed the race’. Both girls took inter-county bronze and regional silver.

The junior’s men’s race incorporated the U/18 championship. Ian Guiden after a bright opening 2k suffered badly in the second lap to slip down the field but battled on and with a strong final lap pulled back a number of places to finish 5th U/18. The other members of the U/18 team battled on gamely with Conor King next scorer closely followed by Liam Ashton and John Buckley. Ian took inter-county gold and regional gold on the Dublin team. Fintan Doherty was 21st in the junior race also winning inter-county gold. Up front Jake Byrne (Mullingar) took a fine junior title from Kevin Dooney (Raheny) and Liam Brady (Tullamore). Louise Hill – Sterling was 13th in the junior women’s race.

Finally the senior men running over 10,000 metres. Up front Joe Sweeney (DSD) was the class of the field as he took his second successive inter-county title. Gary O’Hanlon looked extremely classy as he skipped across the mud finishing very strongly over the second half of the race to finish an excellent 11th. An impressive run also by Brian McMahon in 16th whilst two of our younger athletes Dave Fitzmaurice and Jayme Rossiter both ran fine races with Fitzi 23rd and Jayme 28th. They were 4th and 6th U/23. Unfortunately Dave Flynn did not run to his usual standards and having slipped through the field dropped out just over half way. John Hennigan running in his home county colours of Sligo was 39th with Eoin Pearse 47th.

All in all a pretty good day for Clonliffe with some athletes showing very good form over the country as we look towards the National on home territory at the end of February.

2011 AGM

The 126th Annual General Meeting of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. took place in the Morton Stadium last night. It was a well attended meeting with good contributions from the floor.

The club Honorary Secretary in his address outlined the highlights of the historic Clonliffe 125th anniversary year in particular the anniversary dinner held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in October, the Clonliffe 2 Mile which had enjoyed its best numbers participating in nearly a decade, the Clonliffe 125 Track and Field Grand Prix which featured the Morton Mile and the Brother at your side Clonliffe Schools Cross Country. The secretary reminded the meeting that at last year’s AGM the body of the club had indicated a preference for the club focusing on athletic events as fundraisers and with this in mind he was appealing for the support from all members of Clonliffe to support the Clonliffe Harriers Christmas Cracker 5 k which would take place on Sunday the 18th of December. The Honorary Secretary also thanked the club’s sponsors for their support, he thanked the club’s coaches, athletes, his fellow officers and the committee.

The club captain outlined the highlights of a very successful year and in particular the retaining of the National Premier League title by the men’s team for the fourth year in succession and he highlighted three standout performers being Brian Gregan U/23 European Silver Medallist in the 400 metres and World Student Game finalist, Alistair Cragg World Track and Field 5000 metre finalist and also setting a new National 5000 metre record in Brussels of 13.03 and Mark Kenneally who ran the qualifying time for the London Olympics with a time of 2:13.55. The club captain also thanked the coaches for their very hard work throughout the year, the athletes, the committee and the race director of the Brother Schools Cross Country and Morton Mile Meet.

The ladies captain reported on a very successful year the highlight being the winning by the ladies team of division 1 of the track and field league and promotion to the premier division, the team finishing 1st in the Raheny Road Relays, 3rd in the Dublin Senior Cross Country and 5th in a most competitive National Half Marathon. The ladies captain thanked the coaches and athletes for their time and energy and in particular paid tribute to Eugene Coppinger for his energy and enthusiasm.

The juvenile captain reported on the continued growth of the juvenile section of the club which has huge numbers in attendance on training nights particularly on Tuesday nights. She thanked the various coaches involved and outlined the highlights of the year highlighting in particular the initiation of a new inter-club series with Raheny Shamrocks, Skerries A.C. and Lusk A.C. in the spring months, the juveniles trip to Wales in April, she then highlighted the 13 national medal winning performances by the club’s athletes and teams and congratulated the juvenile athletes who had received international recognition during the year.

The club treasurer produced the annual account and report for the year ended 30th of September 2011 pointing out that the club basically was in a healthy position financially, he outlined the steps which were being taken in order to ensure the continued stability of the club and stressed the importance of members to support the club’s fundraising activities and in particular the upcoming road races. The treasurer thanked the club’s sponsors for their continued contribution to the club, he thanked his assistant treasurers, the committee and members of the club.

The President in his address to the AGM paid tribute to all of the people who had made the club such a success in this 125th year highlighting the involvement of the club with the British & Irish Master’s International, the Brother at your side Schools Cross Country, the Morton Mile Meet, the Clonliffe 2, he thanked the club members involved with the Clonliffe 125th anniversary dinner, he thanked all of the club’s sponsors, the various coaches, in particular he paid tribute to the work carried out by the juvenile captain with the juvenile section of the club, he thanked Dominic Brannigan for his ongoing work on the History of Clonliffe Harriers.

The following officers and committee members were elected:

Honorary President – Paddy Marley

Honorary Secretary – Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer – Paddy Tuite

Club Captain – Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain – Pamela Cooper

Committee members: Stephen Harkness, Noreen Keane and Johnny O’Leary

There was lively debate in respect of the two Motions which were before the AGM and after the debate both Motions were passed as follows:

1. ‘That the following subscriptions apply for membership of Clonliffe Harriers A.C.: Senior and Master membership €150.00 per annum, Juvenile membership €90.00 per annum with €30.00 to cover race entry fees which can be collected in two instalments during the course of the year, student/unemployed €100.00 per annum’.

2. ‘That Article 5.1 of the Consittution of the Athletic Association of Ireland be amended to provide for membership of the Board on behalf of the Irish Master Athletes Association by the insertion of the following provision at 5.8:

A nominee of the Irish Master Athletes Association who shall have a vote on the Board, may not hold that position for more than two consecutive terms.

The existing Section 5.8 to reach 5.9, 5.9 to read 5.10, 5.10 to read 5.11, 5.11 to read 5.12 and 5.12 to read 5.13’.

Under the heading of any other business the body of the meet fully supported a proposal that on health and safety grounds that the use of headphones/personal music systems during Clonliffe training times on the track in the Morton Stadium be prohibited. There was also a discussion with regard to race entry fees for National Championships held in conjunction with road races and the meeting agreed that it would be appropriate that the committee should take up this issue with Athletics Ireland.

Intermediate men win silver

Nov 20, 2011 [Noel Guiden] The Clonliffe Intermediate men`s team picked up silver medals at today`s Dublin Intermediates in Tymon Park behind Raheny Shamrocks. The men`s team was lead in by Mark McDonald who had a fine run in 2nd place, some 30 seconds behind Crusaders Sam Meely. David Krinjik was next scorer in 6th place having his best race todate in black and amber, ever dependable Brian Tobin was next in 14th with Stephen Harkness the final scorer in 20th. The team scored a total of 42 points, 5 off the Raheny team with Crusaders 3rd on 50 points. There was a great three way Clonliffe battle just behind Harko with Colm Hickey fastest finisher in 29th, Darragh Cullen 30th and Eoin Murray 31st, these three seperated by only 11 seconds. A big well done to Sinead Hartnett the sole Clonliffe athlete in the women`s race finishing in 22nd.

Meanwhile on Saturday the Winter sun continued to shine for the BHAA Bank of Ireland Beach Race in Dollymount where Ernie Rahsey was 17th, Tom Sherlock 27th and Joyce O`Hare 96th

Irwin Cup results

Nov 14, 2011 [GP Committee] The following are the Grand prix results, points allocated and overall positions following the 6K XC Irwin cup race (kindly sponsored by Dominic Brannigan) which took place in Santry Demesne on Saturday last in ideal conditions on a sunny November afternoon.


We had another disappointing turnout of 12 runners of which three were guests. There were nearly more officials than athletes!! The race was a staggered start, Richie Barr heading off first, never to be caught and crossed the line first, Pat O’Rourke finished second with Colm Hickey third. Colm has cemented his place at the top of the leaderboard, but will also incur a penalty for the final race of the season. Colm leads by 8 points to Paddy Tuite who is also carrying a penalty into the last race. Philip O’Doherty put himself in pole position for the green jersey, he leads by three points, so it all goes down to the wire.


The next race is the last race in the series and it is the O’Connor cup, this will take place on 26th November in Santry Demesne. All grand prix members and guests alike should be encouraged to get the spikes out for the final race of the series and make the last race as competitive as possible. Please forward any suggestions you might have on the series to or to a member of the GP committee.


Thanks to all the race officials who helped out on the day


Grand prix results

First Name Surname Actual Predicted Diff Points

Name Actual Finishing Points Richard Barr 0:26:12 0:29:52 30 Pat O’Rourke 0:25:47 0:30:17 29 Orla Gormley (Guest) 0:23:49 0:30:59
John Frier (Guest) 0:24:44 0:31:19 Colm Hickey 0:21:18 0:31:28 28
Thomas Sherlock 0:21:42 0:31:32 27 Pat Healy 0:25:29 0:31:39 26
Darren Reilly(Guest) 0:20:22 0:31:47 Colm Breen 0:24:42 0:31:52 25
Eoin Murray 0:22:09 0:32:19 24 Philip O’Doherty 0:21:54 0:32:49 23
Mark Bermingham 0:22:09 0:33:04 22

U/19 boys win Dublin title

Nov 13, 2011 [Noel Guiden] A good morning`s work from the Clonliffe under age teams at Marlay Park saw the U/19s take team gold and U/15s team bronze, and two individual gold medals from Joseph Hession in the U/13s and Ian Guiden in the U/19s.

Another bright day with warm early Winter sunshine welcomed all to the southside of the city for the Dunlin Juvenile uneven ages cross country championships. As expected underfoot conditions were perfect, however, the lap in Marlay Park is testing to say the least featuring several long uphills which sapped the strength, and into the bargain the athletes enjoyed a stiff head on breeze on each of the up hills.

The first of the black and amber clad in action were are two U/13 girls both of whom ran the race of their lives as Amy McGrath finished 11th with Sophie Higgins 12th and were rewarded by winning Dublin Bronze medals. A great start to the day. Next up were the U/13 boys who were clearly inspired by the girls performances. From the off Joseph Hession, who had had such a good run in last weeks Dublin U/14, was up there sitting nicely in second place. Joseph ran a most mature race as he waiting patiently leaving his trade mark kick until the end to power away with 100 to go and win his biggest race today: Dublin champion. Second scorer was Keith Hodson in 17th, young Keelan Twomey also ran well stepping up a year to finish 19th with Luke Guy 22nd and with the sprint of the day Darren Lawler 33rd.

The U/15 girls faced a daunting 3,500m around Marlay, but rose to the challenged with a particularily fine run by Laura Tuite in 10th, to take her first Dublin cross country medal, followed by a very brave Alanah Cooley, stepping up a year, in 23rd, Sally Aherne one place behind in 24th and Kate Hession 28th.

Next up the U/15 boys and again some truely excellent runs. At the sharp end Cathal Doyle ran a very solid 6th, also winning his first Dublin cross country medal. Some great packing then from the next three Clonliffe lads, David O`Hanlon 15th, Paddy O`Hanlon 16th and an impressive Brian Flanagan 18th propelled the team into bronze position. Great runs also by Dylan Gibbons 22nd and Sean Carrick 25th.

Although it was a pity than there wasn`t a full team in the U/17 boys race, the three guys did run very well over the 4,500m. Liam Ashton was 4th with a stirring final 75m`s to pick up two places on the line, John Buckley a strong 11th with Ryan Cleary 13th. Another scorrer and no doubt the team would have medalled.

Finally the U/19s running 7,000m. It was a great sight to see three Clonliffe vests in the lead bunch over the early laps with Johnny Bradley Ward, Ian Guiden and Fintan Doherty looking nice and comfortable. Around half way JBW slipped back a bit but Ian and Fintan were well bedded in. As the race hit 2 laps to go the lead pack was down to three and then with one to go Ian made his move quickly opening a gap on the uphill and then driving forward to win by a good margain and take the Dublin U/19 title to add to his U/18 from two weeks back. Fintan Doherty place 5th after a long race for an 800m man, JBW was 13th, Eoin McCullough 14th and Mark Ring 16th. The performance of the guys being rewarded with team gold.

So another great Dublin Championship from our athletes who now look forward to the National inter counties in Sligo in two weeks time. Well done all.

Gregan AAI U/23 athlete of the year

Nov 13, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Congratulations to Brian Gregan on being named at Athletics Ireland`s U/23 Athlete of the year at last nights awards dinner in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. Brian`s award is well deserved in recognition of his outstanding year in 2011: representing Ireland in the European Indoors, National Indoor 400m champion, European U/23 Silver medalist, 5th in the World University Games final, and now a sub 46 second 400m runner. Brian was the only Clonliffe winner on the night from a record number of nominations from the one club: Alistair Cragg track & field and endurance, Brian McMahon mountain running, John Shields coach, and Clonliffe men`s track & field team and Clonliffe as Club of the year. Congratulations from Clonliffe to DSD on their achievements in being named the 2011 club of the year.

Clonliffe national marathon winners

Nov 9, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Congratulations to the Clonliffe Harriers Senior men’s team who have been confirmed as the winners of the National Marathon held in conjunction with the Dublin City Marathon on Monday the 31st of October. It was an excellent performance by the men’s team of Sergiu Ciobanu who finished second in a time of 2:20.56, marathon debutante Gary O’Hanlon 5th in 2:26.30 and it is particularly pleasing to see that the third member of the team is Mark Bermingham in a PB of 2:48.47. Hopefully a national gold medal will help Mark get over his disappointment at not breaking 2:45! Congratulations to all three. Congratulations also to Jeremy Chapman on his run in last weekend’s New York City marathon. Jeremy was just outside of the three hours in a time of 3:01.07. We can look forward to Jeremy’s account of his New York experience on this website soon.

Clonliffe teams medal in Dublins

Nov 7, 2011 [Noel Guiden] Raheny Shamrock A.C. dominated proceedings at the Dublin Junior and Senior Cross Country Championships in Santry Demesne yesterday well and truly putting down the gauntlet for February’s Nationals to be held at, apparently, the same venue. From a Clonliffe perspective although the teams medalled it has to be said that yesterday was a bit of a disappointment.

The first race on the senior programme after the earlier juvenile programme was the junior women’s Dublin Championship held over 3000 metres. It was pleasing from a Clonliffe perspective to see the junior women mount a challenge with good runs from the four girls, particularly from Louise Hill-Sterling on her debut in the black and amber who settled into the race after a fast opening which was not to her liking and worked her way well back into contention to finish around ninth place. A good solid run also from Lorna Begley a couple of places behind in 12th and these two were well backed up by Roisin Leahy (15th) and Laura Brennan (18th). The junior race was dominated by Siofra Clerigh-Buttner of DSD who led DSD to a one two three and undoubtedly DSD secured a comfortable victory in the team race. The Clonliffe team placing 4th, 4 points off 3rd.

In the junior men’s race Raheny’s Kevin Dooney took proceedings by the scruff of the neck with a stunning display of front running to power away from the field and win, looking very comfortable it must be said, by a massive margin of probably the best part of 300 metres and in the process lead Raheny to a comfortable win. Fintan Doherty ran a very solid race with a mature performance to finish strongly in fifth place. Andrew Jenkinson who is more noted as an 800 metre runner also ran very well putting himself into a good position in the early stages of the race and then hanging on grimly towards the end (9th), third scorer was Liam Ashton in 13th and running one of his best races to date was Johnny Bradley-Ward, the forth scorer on the Clonliffe team in 14th. The Clonliffe lads placed third. Other Clonliffe Eoin McCullough 16th, Mark McKenzie 17th, Mark Ring 19th and Conor King 20th.

In the senior women’s race Clonliffe’s Becky Woods was back on home turf after her exploits in Vancouver and actually looked a little tired having only arrived home a couple of days prior to the race. Becky was the club’s top finisher (11th) followed home by Ailish Malone (15th), Louise Reilly 924th) and Tara White 934th) as the women’s team also took bronze. Again Raheny dominated this race filling the top positions and taking a comfortable team victory.

On then to the men’s event where a small enough field of some fifty/sixty athletes took on the 10,000 metres around Santry Demesne. Clonliffe’s David Flynn ran a very positive race and was always in the top three with Sean Heir of Rathfarnham and John Coghlan of MSB. Halfway through the last lap Coghlan hit the front for the first time to take a lead which he did not relinquish over the final 800 to take the Dublin title. Flynner ran on strongly to finish third, a place ahead of Clonliffe’s next finisher Brian McMahon with Eoin Pearse also running strongly to finish Clonliffe’s third scorer in 16th with Dave Fitzmaurice the fourth scorer (17th), fifth scorer was Lorcan Cronin (33rd) making a welcome return to action after a long lay off with Brian Tobin (35th), in a very risqué red one-piece, the sixth scorer. Good runs also in this race from Ernie Ramsey (41st), Darren Reilly (45th) and Ronan Merrick (46th). Once again Raheny were the dominant force to take the Dublin men’s title with the Clonliffe lads second.

A number of the club’s athletes have earned selection for the Dublin team for the National Inter-counties which takes place in Sligo on the 27th of November, that event of course also doubles as a Trial for selection for the European Cross Country which takes place on December 11th.


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