Archive for January, 2012

Great performances from Clonliffe athletes in Vienna

Three of the club`s top athletes travelled to Austria for this evening`s Vienna Indoor Classic at the Dusika-Hallen Stadium. Leah Moore had a super run in the 60m setting a new PB of 7.70. Ciaran Mackey expressed himself disappointed with his run in the 400m after running 50 seconds dead. Conor Healy had a very good outing after his month`s warm weather training in South Africa running 3.49.48 in the 1500m. A great start for all three.

Weekend round up including sub 50 ten miler by Gary

A good weekend for Clonliffe athletes home and away. First off in weekend action was David Flynn in his first outing for Arkansas State Univerity at Friday`s Razorback Invitational Indoor in Fayetteville where he placed 3rd in his 1 Mile heat in 4.15.43 in a blanket finish for places 2 to 4 being seperated by fractions of a second. Also Stateside Grahan Mahon back at Clarkes University got his 2012 indoor season off to a solid enough start placing 5th in the Mile at yesterday`s Sparton Open, University of Dubuque in a time of 4.41.39. Back home there were excellent runs by Clonliffe athletes in the John Treacy 10 Mile in Dungarvan today. Gary O`Hanlon continued his build up to the National Cross Country this day four weeks with a superb run clocking a time of 49:46 in finishing 3rd. One place behind and pushing Gary all the way in 50:20 was Brian McMahon. An excellent run also from Declan Power running a PB of 54:05 and a PB also from Kirean Murphy of 61:50 as the Clonliffe men took the team prize. There was a particularly fine run by Ailish Malone 4th in the women`s race in an excellent PB of 58:37. Both Gary and Ailish as a result have been invited to join the Marathon Mission Squad.

There was a bumper entry in this afternoon`s Raheny 5 with over 2,000 finishers in a race won in fine style by Mullingar AC`s Mark Christie in a fast 23:29 despite the persistent rain. There was a sizeable Clonliffe presence of 30 plus athletes lead home in 6th by Sergiu Ciobanu 24:22, Michael MacDiarmada 12th in 24:53, Darren Reilly 58th in 27:17, Ernie Ramsey 64th in 27:27, Philip O`Doherty ran 27:44, Colm Hickey 27:54. Also under 30 minutes were Gerard Kirwin 28:23, Joseph Cooper 28:30, Tom Sherlock 29:12 and Joe Phibbs 29:18. Good runs also from Richard Case 30:47, Tom Griffin 30:58, Joyce O`Hare an excellent PB of 31:23, Alan Worrell 31:44, Declan Murray 31:44, Stephen Byrne 32:04,Kevin Dowling 32:25, Colm Breen 33:03, Sinead Hartnett 33:15, Eugene McCarrick 34:15, Richard Connolly 34:19, Richie Barr 34:20, Pat Devitt 35:49, Pat O`Rourke 36:20, Karen Kinsella 36:26, Trevor Wisdom 38:52 and Janette Reid 40:08

Clonliffe athletes safely through West Leinsters

The qualifiers for the all Ireland schools commenced today at wet and wild Phoenix Park with the West Leinster schools. Mick Fogarty rerports that Clonliffe athletes ran well today to negotate safe passage to the Leinsters in santry on February 8th. Sally Aherne (Holly Faith, Glasnevin) ran very well to finish an excellent 5th place in the junior girls race. Rachel Murray (Castleknock) also placed 5th in the Inter girls. In the inter boys Ryan Cleary (Belvedere) now a noted race walker took to the country to finish 7th while in the senior boys race two of Joe cooper`s junior squad ran well Fintan Doherty (Castleknock College) 3rd and Eoin McCullogh (Belvedere) 6th. Next Wednesday will see more of the club`s athletes in schools action in the North Leinsters in St. Claire`s Ballymun Road.

Michael McDiarmada wins Clonliffe 2012 cross country

Yesterday’s Club Cross Country Championships held in Santry Demesne Parkland, was a truly great club day as for the first time the juvenile club championships took place alongside the senior championship – the result being over 100 club athletes taking part in the proceedings. To cap a memorable day the presentation of prizes was made by our guest of honour European Cross Country Champion Fionnuala Britton.

The juvenile championships were very well supported with big fields in all races. The championships took place in perfect weather conditions, course director Mick Fogarty used the European Championship loop and with sunshine, although a fairly stiff breeze, there were perfect underfoot conditions leading to fast going in all races. Standout performances included excellent runs by both Fintan McManus and Ruth Bergin in race number 3, the U/12 race – this was a mixed race but Fintan and Ruth ran shoulder to shoulder with a great battle down the finishing straight through the tree-lined avenue. In the older juvenile age group Cathal Doyle was the class of the field taking an excellent win from David O’Hanlon whilst in the girls race there was a titanic battle down the home straight as Laura Tuite ate into Stephanie McCaul’s lead but in the end Stephanie held on for the win by a margin of possibly three quarters of an inch!

The winners of the juvenile championships were:

Race Number 1

1st Aoife Hession

2nd Molly Swords

3rd Ellie Wheatley

Race Number 2 Boys

1st Cormac Power-Breen

2nd Sean McDermott

3rd Sam Richards

Race 2 Girls

1st Sol O’Lideadha

2nd Amy Hodson

3rd Abbie Sheehy

Race Number 3 Boys

1st Fintan McManus

2nd David Preston

3rd Craig Bergin


1st Ruth Bergin

2nd Lauren Carr

3rd Hannah Browne

Race Number 4 Boys

1st Cathal Doyle

2nd David O’Hanlon

3rd Joseph Hession


1st Stephanie McCaul

2nd Laura Tuite

3rd Kate Hession

The Senior Championships incorporated junior, seniors and masters. Both men and women’s races were held in conjunction with one another leading to a huge field for club championship of almost 50 athletes lining up. From the off Michael McDiarmada and Aaron Hanlon headed the field, on lap 2 Michael McDiarmada pulled away looking powerful as he opened a substantial lead. Young Aaron O’Hanlon, who will be a junior athlete for a number of years yet, looked very strong in second place comfortably holding off Mark McDonald. There was a welcome return to form in this race by Larry Brady, other good performances on the day included Grand Prix Champion Colm Hickey running strongly in 7th place and Becky Woods choosing to run the longer men’s 6k race and running very well finishing 9th overall. The women’s championship proper was held over 3k – two laps and that was won comfortably by Ailish Malone from Marie Byrne with young Roisin Leahy (a junior) 3rd. First Master was Phillip O’Doherty.

Results of Club Championships

Women’s 3000 metres

1st Ailish Malone 11.09

2nd Marie Byrne 11.33

3rd Roisin Leahy 11.55

4th Lorna Begley 12.05

5th Joyce O’Hare 12.15

6th Amy Carron 12.41

7th Rachel Murray 13.04

8th Emer Mallon 15.15

Men’s 6000 metres

1st Michael McDiarmada 18.25

2nd Aaron Hanlon (junior) 19.05

3rd Mark McDonald 19.29

4th Larry Brady 19.55

5th Ernie Ramsey 20.06

6th Darren Reilly 20.25

7th Colm Hickey 20.43

8th Ger Kirwin 20.50

9th Becky Woods 20.52

10th Conor Delaney 20.55

11th Eoin McCullogh (junior) 20.58

12th Johnny Bradley-Ward (junior) 21.04

13th Phillip O’Doherty (1st master) 21.09

14th Mark Bermingham 21.12

15th Jeremy Chapman 21.26

16th Eoin Murray 21.44

17th Joe Phibbs 21.58

18th R. Case 22.14

19th Fergie Keenan 22.32

20th Martin Treacy 22.38

21st Dave Dunwoody 22.42

22nd John Buckley (junior) 23.16

23rd Kevin Dowling 23.26

24th Tom Monks 23.26

25th Stephen Byrne 24.03

26th Declan Murray 24.05

27th Richie Becket 24.09

28th Hans De Raeymaeker 24.15

29th Colm Breen 24.24

30th Richie Barr 24.53

31st Seamus Greenan 25.19

32nd Liam Hennessy 25.42

33rd Paddy Tuite 26.21

34th Pat Devitt 26.24

35th Jimmy Bennett 31.31

At the prize-giving Fionnuala Britton made the presentations firstly to the top three in the juvenile championships and then delighted the juvenile athletes by staying to sign autographs. Fionnuala was then kind enough to stay to make the presentation to the senior athletes which was very much appreciated by all concerned.

This was a most welcome development in Clonliffe Harriers to have the juvenile and senior championships merged, it proved to be a very successful experiment and hopefully will be repeated again in 2013.

Colm Hickey presented with Grand Prix Series cup for 2011 win

After the presentations were made in the Club Championships the presentation of prizes was made to the winners of the 2011 Clonliffe Grand Prix Series and also presentations were made to the winners of various club races held as part of the Grand Prix Series over the latter end of the series. Maurice Ahern made presentations of the ten mile club championship and Ahern Cup. Maurice presented the Ahern Cup to the club ten mile champion Darren Reilly. A presentation was also made by Maurice to Ernie Ramsey 2nd and Phillip O’Doherty 3rd and in the handicap to Phillip O’Doherty and Paddy Tuite.

The O’Connor Cup, which was sponsored by Colm Brennan, was presented by the club captain Joe Cooper to the winner Colm Hickey, 2nd was Tom Sherlock, 3rd Ernie Ramsey. The Irwin Cup was presented to Richie Barr with 2nd Pat O’Rourke, 3rd Colm Hickey.

In the Grand Prix firstly the green jersey competition the Pat Linnane Memorial Cup was presented by the sponsor of that category Fred Connolly to the winner Phillip O’Doherty with Ernie Ramsey 2nd and Conor Delaney 3rd.

In the Grand Prix itself the Grand Prix cup was presented to the winner Colm Hickey by club captain Joe Cooper with the first prize being presented by Noel Guiden on behalf of the sponsors Behan & Associates. Prizes were also presented to Paddy Tuite 2nd, Phillip O’Doherty 3rd, Pat O’Rourke 4th, Eoin Murray 5th and Ger Kirwin 6th.

Plans are currently being made for the 2012 series, a prologue for this series will be the Dylan Ahern Memorial Cross Country Steeple Chase race which will be held in the grounds of Malahide Castle on Saturday the 11th of February. Any club member wishing to take part in this race, and guests are also welcome, should contact Maurice Ahern in advance as this is a handicap race.

Thank you to all the athletes who took part in the 2011 series and thanks to the organising committee, in particular Paddy Tuite, Eoin Murray, Tom Monks and to the individual sponsors of the various races held throughout the course of the series.

Andrew Heeney wins high jump at National Junior indoors

At the Woodies DIY National Junior Indoor championships held in Nenagh today Clonliffe high jumper Andrew Heeney got his 2012 year off to a perfect start winning the National title with an excellent jump of 1.90m. In the 60m there was a great Clonliffe battle as Patrick O`Connor finished 2nd in 7.00 with Keith Pike 3rd in 7.1. Meanwhile at yesterday`s AAI Indoor Games at the same venue Andrew Jenkinson was 6th in the 1,000m in 2.38.1.

Big win for Joseph Hession at DCU Invitational

There were a number of Clonliffe athletes in action for their schools at yesterday’s DCU Invitational held in St. Claire’s, Glasnevin. Joseph Hession was in outstanding form in the minor boys race with another battling performance as he took a prestigious win for St. Aidan’s. Joseph was well backed up by his Clonliffe team-mates Sean Carrig who ran very well to finish 9th and Keith Hodson in 31st as the St. Aidan’s Squad took the win.

In the Junior boys race Clonliffe athletes again performed exceptionally well. Cathal Doyle (Col. Choilm, Swords) looked extremely classy as he finished in 3rd place. Cathal was followed by the St. Aidan’s crowd of Adam O’Brien 5th, David O’Hanlon 8th, the ever improving Brian Flanagan 21st and in what was termed by St. Aidan’s coach Alan O’Neill to be ‘the performance of the day’ Alex Gibbon was 24th, another strong run in this race by Phil Keenan in 43rd. The St. Aidan’s lads finishing 2nd.

Liam Ashton again had a good run for St. Aidan’s finishing 5th in the intermediate race with Craig McCourt 20th as the St. Aidan’s squad finished 4th.

Top Clonliffe athlete in the senior race was Johnny Bradley-Ward in 7th place with a particularly strong run with Conor King 11th as these two leading the St. Aidan’s squad to a 1st place team finish.

In all a positive start to the 2012 schools cross county season, next up for these guys is the North Leinsters on Wednesday the 1st of February followed by the Leinster Cross Country which will be hosted by Clonliffe Harriers in Santry Demesne on Wednesday the 8th of February.

Clonliffe on tour to Cardiff International cross country

Three Clonliffe squads headed to Wales last weekend for the Cardiff Cross Country challenge, part of the McCain UK Cross Country Series: The Men’s Junior Cross Country Squad, Women’s Junior Cross Country Squad and a division of the Men’s Senior Cross Country Squad. By all accounts it proved to be an extremely worthwhile exercise presenting the athletes an excellent bonding opportunity and some top class athletics.

The guys reported on an excellent venue at Blackweir Fields which is situated in the centre of Cardiff. The course was flat, half of the lap was on parkland and half of the lap was on superb woodland trails running alongside the River Taffe. The first athletes in action were the junior men who ran over 6.8k. From a Clonliffe perspective the athletes all ran exceptionally well with Aaron Hanlon, guesting for the club, running strongly to finish in 17th place, there was a welcome return to form by Mark McKenzie in 25th with Liam Ashton also running strongly, Liam started off at a fast pace and held on grimly to finish in 34th place, Eoin McCullogh was 37th, Johnny Bradley-Ward 40th, John Buckley 48th and Mark Ring 49th. The squad were cheered on by two sidelined squad members Fintan Doherty and Ian Guiden.

Next up were the Senior Men which featured a travelling Clonliffe squad of four. This was a top class race run over 10.1k which was won by English international Frank Tickner in 32.10. First Clonliffe man home after an excellent run was Brian McMahon 19th in 34.21. Brian was chased all the way by Jayme Rossiter 21st in 34.30. Jayme continues to impress as he makes the transition from top junior athlete to the senior ranks. A very bright future in prospect. Next in was UK based James Kevan 33rd in 35.42 followed two places later by Dave Fitzmaurice 36.07.

The final batch of Clonliffe athletes in action were the Junior women running over 4.6k. Top of the pile from a Clonliffe perspective was Roisin Leahy who ran very well to finish 17th in 19.24. We also had two of the junior squad in the U/17 girls race, Amee Carron, guesting was 26th in 20.4 with Rachel Murray 36th in 21.12.

Well done to all the athletes who travelled and of course to the coaches Joe Cooper, Killian Lonergan, Brian McDonald and Gerry Carr.

Clonliffe masters shine in Nenagh at National indoors

There were golden performances by Clonliffe Master athletes at the National Masters Indoor Championships held in Nenagh on Sunday last January 15th. The athletes bringing home a magnificent haul of eight medals including five golds.

There was a notable performance by Phillip O’Doherty in particular in the V4 category as the Clonliffe Master Athlete of the year took a personal haul of two gold and one bronze. Phillip, a noted 800 metre runner retained his 800 metre indoor gold in an impressive 2.16.61. Phillip went down in distance to the 400 metres where again he prevailed taking gold in a time of 62.31 and to finish off a memorable day he took bronze in the 1500m in 4.44.94.

There was also an eye-catching performance by new Clonliffe Harrier Bernie Byrne. Bernie is a recent convert, indeed she is only a member of Clonliffe for some three or four months and she scored a notable middle distance double under the watchful eye of her coach Pat Healy, taking V3 800 gold in 2.33.28 and then following this up with 1500 gold in 5.32.5.

Our third golden performance of the day came courtesy of the evergreen George Maybury. After a long frustrating period of injury George is now well and truly back in harness taking an excellent V5 800 metre gold in a time of 2.30.55. George also doubled up in the 1500 metres where he took silver in a time of 5.21.00. This 1500 metre V5 class was an excellent race from a Clonliffe perspective as George was chased all the way home by Derek Reilly as Derek took a well deserved National bronze medal in a time of 5.23.77. Eugene McCarrick was just out of the medals in the 1500 V6 finishing 4th in 5.34.99.

Clonliffe men medal in Dublin Masters cross country

The Clonliffe Master men where in action today in St. Anne`s Park, Raheny for the Dublin Masters Cross Country. Once again the weather continued to be kind as the race was held in perfect conditions, not a drop of rain and temperatures of 10 plus. The underfoot conditions were perfect despite recent rain as the course wound it`s way through the Raheny woodland, indeed many athletes left the spikes in the gear bag and opted for flats, not bad for Dublin in January. Declan Power ran an impressive race through out and was involved in a titanic battle with Raheny`s Mick Trainer. Trainer, however, is as strong as an ox and on home turf was never going to be beaten as Declan finished in his wake 2nd in the race, and 1st O/40. Gold also for Pat Bonass in the O/65 as he adds yet another Dublin medal to his vast collection. An excellent run also by Clonliffe Master Athlete of the year Philip O`Doherty taking O/50 bronze in 16th place overall. Good runs also by Eoin Murray 20th, Kieran Murphy 32nd, Dave Dunwoody 48th, Tom Monks 51st and Alan Worrall 59th. It is, however, disappointing to report than there were no Clonliffe lady masters in action on a day when there was a record entry for a Dublin Master`s Championship.

The 2012 BHAA cross country season also kicked off this weekend in Tymon Park yesterday for the South Dublin County Council CC races. Clonliffe athletes running included Ronan Hartnett 23rd, Conor Delaney 44th, Anthony Maone 63rd and John Fay 194th


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