Archive for March, 2012

Schools International Cross Country in Perth – The Silver Bullets!

News from the Schools International cross country in Perth, Scotland of excellent runs by the Clonliffe duo in the Junior race on a very hilly tough 4,000m course. Cathal Doyle was 15th with Adam O`Brien not far behind in 19th winning silver for Ireland behind a strong England team. This was a really impressive international debut by the lads, the icing on the cake, after an outstanding cross country season for both of them. Congratulations lads you`ve done yourselves and Clonliffe Harriers proud.

Thanks to Declan O`Brien for the photos..

Associated news……

National indoor titles for young Clonliffe jumpers

Clonliffe athletes took two National titles at the National Juvenile Indoors in Nenagh today. Andrew Heeney won the U/18 High Jump title with a best of 1.85m and Megan Coomber won the U/17 Long Jump with 5.38m (PB) to win by 13cm. Liam Conway was clearly off form finishing 8th in the U/17 High Jump with a best of 1.65m and Kieth Pike was in that unlucky 4th position in the U/19 200m (23.8).

Sergiu wins Omagh half marathon with big PB

Sergiu Ciobanu wound up his preparations for the Rotherdam Marathon in the best possible fashion today in Omagh. Sergiu not only demolished the field to win by some four minutes but demolished his PB in the process. A superb 64:50, a new course record. Sergiu has been in fine form of late: second in the National Cross Country and successfully retaining his Ballycotton 10 title seven days later with a sub 50 minute run. Today`s PB is the idea confidence booster as the Moldovan Flyer has his sights on a fast time in two weeks time. With a bit of luck he might even get that Olympic QT.

Mark Kenneally to carry the Olympic flame in Dublin

Clonliffe`s Mark Kenneally, with the London Marathon Qualification time already safely tucked away in his back pocket, will be a amongst the Olympic torch bearers who will carry the Olympic flame on it`s journey through Ireland on the 6th of June on it`s way to London. Mark is quoted in today`s Irish Independent: “This is a huge honour for me to carry the Olympic flame in my home town”. Clonliffe Harriers are equally honoured that our club mate has been invited to partake in this prestigious occasion.

Juvenile inter club Spring Series gets off to a sparkling start

Spring was not in the air in Santry this morning…..Summer was! And on the 25th of March. A simply magnificent morning in the Morton stadium greeted our guests from Lusk AC, Raheny Shamrocks and Skerries AC for the first round of our, now, annual Juvenile Spring Series. The turn out was brilliant, both Skerries and Lusk bringing huge numbers of athletes with them, with a great turn out also from Clonliffe. Between the ten races on offer packed into a 60 minute programme maybe 200 plus athletes enjoyed their first track races of 2012.

From a Clonliffe point of view it is pleasing to report than Clonliffe athletes won 7 out of 10, with excellent performances all round. Highlights included the finish of the day in the girls U/11 600m as Hope Symola held off her Clonliffe team mate Sol O`Lideadha, by a mergin of a cm, Ruth Bergin cruising to victory in the girls U/13 800m and an excellent first ever win by Laura Tuite in the girls U/17 1500m. In the boys races, a great win by Fintan McManus in the U/13 800, a run away win by David O`Hanlon in the U/15 1500, a great run from Greg Hennessy in that race also and the gutsy performer of the day Jamie Keatley finishing 3rd in the u/17 1500.


U/9 300m


1. Alex Toomey (Clonliffe)

2. Molloy Swords (Clonliffe)

3. Georgina Byrne (Skerries)


1. Lorcan Devine (Skerries)

2. Ciaran O`Leary (Clonliffe)

3. Paul Byrne (Skerries)

U/11 600m


1. Hope Symola (Clonliffe)

2. Sol O`Lideadha (Clonliffe)

3. Amy Hodson (Clonliffe)


1. Conor Gleeson (Lusk)

2. Gavin O`Brien (Clonliffe)

3. Kyle Nagle (Lusk)

U/13 800m


1. Ruth Bergin (Clonliffe)

2. Sarah Whelan (Skerries)

3. Lauren Carr (Clonliffe)


1. Fintan McManus (clonliffe)

2. David Tuite (Clonliffe)

3. David Preston (Clonliffe)

U/15 1500m


1.Isabel Carron (Skerries)

2. Alannah Cooley (Clonliffe)

3. Eirne Devine (Skerries)


1. David O`Hanlon (Clonliffe)

2. Sean Carrig (Clonliffe)

3. Alex Gibbons (Clonliffe)

U/17 1500m


1. Laura Tuite (Clonliffe)

2. Aine McCarthy (Skerries)

3. Sally Aherne (Clonliffe)


1. Brian Flanagan (Clonliffe)

2. Daniel Kelly (Skerries)

3. Jamie Keatley (Clonliffe)

Thanks to all the Clonliffe people who helped out, Gladys and her team, our MC Joe and a big thank you to Colm Doran, who once again sponsored the goodies for all the athletes.

Round up of latest results

Last weekend Fionnuala Doherty was 3rd in Craughwell 10m, gun time 1:03:02, chip, 1:02:58 with Tara Whyte running 1:08:13(gun) 1:08:09 (chip). The girls also won the open team competition in a combined team with the Rathfarnham men.

Wednesday night, March 21st, saw the latest BHAA round in Malahide for the floodlit NCF cross country challege. Looking through the results tonight (Saturday) Ernie Ramsey 5th, Niall Sherlock 8th, Anthony Malone 11th, Tom Sherlock 22nd, Declan Murray 75th (once again can I appeal to our club`s athletes to “let the info flow”, it`s next to impossible to remember what`s on and who`s running, if you are at an event please gather up a little info and e mail

At today`s (Saturday 24th) National juvenile indoor championships in Nenagh Keith Pike won silver in the U/19 60m in 7.16. Megan Coomber was 5th in the U/17 60m (8.14).

Dunboyne 4 Mile, Sunday March 25th: 31st Cian Delaney (21:37), 46th Darren reilly (22:09) 48th Anthony Malone (22:09), 61st Colm Hickey (23:20), 63rd Tom Sherlock (23:19), 97th Louise Reilly (24:49), 103rd Alan Worrall (25:00)

Young Clonliffe duo get Schools International call up

Young Clonliffe middle distance runners Cathal Doyle and Adam O`Brien today received the call for International duty. As a result of their superb performances in Saturday`s Aviva All Ireland Schools Cross Country, where Cathal was 2nd with Adam 7th in the Junior race both will represent the Irish Schools in the Aviva SIAB Schools International Cross Country. The event takes place on Saturday March 31st at Strathallan School, Perth, Scotland. This first International call up for the lads is a fitting reward for all the hard work and effort put in over the Winter months. At tonight`s training the announcement that Clonliffe Harriers have two new International athletes was met with a great round of applause from the training group, all of whom were thrilled for the lads, mind you they still got stuck into them big time on the roads around Santry!

Universities cross country and news from Leah Moore

The Irish Universities Cross Country Championships took place yesterday in Waterford. Becky Woods was 9th in the women`s race for TCD as they took team bronze. Laurna Begley was 32nd. In the men`s race top Clonliffe man was Jayme Rossiter 13th, with Mark McDonald 21st and Stephen Cleary 23rd all running for DCU. The DCU took team honours.

Meanwhile an update from cross channel where Clonliffe Sprinter Leah Moore has been in fine form indoors. At the British University Championships in Sheffield on the weekend of Feb. 25th/26th Leah captained the women`s Brunel University team to 2nd overall chipping in a 4th place finish in the 60m final in 7.74, after a 7.73 heat and 7.72 semi, pretty consistant indeed. Leah also ran a 24.3 leg in the 4 X 200 relay as Brunel finished 3rd in that event.

Magnificent silver won by Cathal Doyle at All Ireland Schools Cross Country

The All Ireland Schools cross country brought the curtin down on a long hard cross country season this afternoon at St. Mary`s College, Galway. After a season lasting some six months those athletes hoping that the course would be kind today were sorely disappointed as the tight course in st. Marys was to say the least challenging. There were some seriously steep hills to negotate including one particularily bad knee jarring downhill into a tight corner. Throw in soft underfoot which turned to ankle deep sticky mud as the day wore on, it was not a day for the faint hearted. Clonliffe Harrier of the day was without a doubt young Cathal Doyle who ran the race of his life in the Junior boys race over 3,500m. Cathal was in the top 4 throughout and at half way moved effortlessly into third and then second looking extreamly comfortable as he took All Ireland silver, a magnificent achievement and a brillant turn around from fourth in Leinster to second in Ireland.

First Clonliffe athletes of the day in action were the lads running for St. Aidans in the minor boys race. this was the biggest race these lads have run in todate and it was pretty daunting for them. All ran well with a particularily fine run from the ever improving Sean Carrig leading St. Aidans home in 22nd place to a great team silver. Joseph Hession found today tough going but still ran a good team race to score in 49th place and a great run also by Gregory Hennessy in 71st.

The Junior boys race of course featured that great run from Cathal Doyle, however, their were equally fine runs also here by Adam O`Brien finishing in 7th place, David O`Hanlon 25th (David was also 25 last year!), Brian Flanagan and Philip Keenan in 66th running one of his best races todate. Unfortunately the St. Aidans lads lost out on an All Ireland medal on countback, level with St. Malachys on 125 in third place. Hard luck also in this race for Alex Gibbons who had a bad fall at the start and received a nasty kick to the head forcing him out at the off.

There were high hope for a Clonliffe win in the Inter Boys race for Aaron Hanlon, third last year. Aaron good a good start and look comfortable in second place, however, as the pressure was applied his legs were clearly sapped of energy as he slipped off the pace. 8k in the Nationals 13 days ago took it`s toll. Aaron slipped back to 5th, he may have got up to third but for an off course excursion on the last bend into the home staight. Liam Ashton also found the going hard, the tight beds and sharp hills not suiting his tall frame, Liam placed 33rd, but no doubt brighter days lie ahead.

Roisin Leahy was our only girl in action today. Another tough race in a long season as she placed 33rd.

Finally in the senior boys race over 6,000m after a bright opening lap or two Ian Guiden also found things not to his liking falling off the pace and finishing up disappointed in 11th place. Fintan Doherty was today running his final schools cross country race, no doubt he similarily is glad to see the back of the mud as he finished well down the pack.

A word of congratulation to Kevin Dooney of Raheny Shamrocks on his superb win in the senior boys race adding this title to his National Junior won in Santry 13 days ago to complete a truely wonderful season. Well done Kevin.

Also on the subject of Schools Cross Country on Thursday last Sally Aherne won the West Leinster Cross Country league race in the Phoenix Park over 1500m.

Weekend round up including wins by Sergiu and Gary on the roads

The weekend round up starts with this morning`s latest round in the BHAA cross country in Maynooth for the NUI/AIB Races. A great run in the womens 2.5 Mile race by Kerri Page, showing no after effects of last Sunday`s Nationals, with an excellent 3rd place finish. In the mens race over 5 miles top Clonliffe man was Ernie Ramsey, another athlete who ran in the Nationals, finishing well up in 7th place. Darren Reilly was 13th, Niall Sherlock 17th, Ger Kirwan, another National`s man 23rd and the younger Sherlock, Tom, 30th. More updates….

Young Clonliffe Race Walker Ryan Cleary was in action on Saturday in the Isle of Man. Ryan was in the 10k Race at the Ascot Hotel Manx Open held on the roads around the National Sports Centre, Douglas (the venue visited by the Juvenile section of Clonliffe a few years back). Ryan placed 3rd in his race in 52:56.

Both Sergiu Ciobanu and Gary O`Hanlon, 2nd and 3rd in last week`s National XC had good wins today, Sunday the 4th. Sergiu successfully retained his prestigious Ballcotton 10 Mile title early this afternoon winning in an excellent time of 49:20. Sergiu was over a minute clear of 2nd and ran some 17 seconds faster that his 2011 winning time. Sub 50 is impressive at the best of times but in Ballycotton with it`s long uphill finish it`s even more impressive. Other Clonliffe in Ballycotton: Kieran Murphy 62:58, Alan Worrall 65:47, Marie Byrne 68:42.

Meanwhile in Bohermeen Gary O`Hanlon was also back in the saddle as he chawked up yet another Half Marathon win in 70:51. Other Clonliffe: Fiachra Crean 83:28, Dominick Brannigan (no not that one!) 90:02 and Maurice McCrohan 95:40.

Also over the weekend Clonliffe sprinter Keith Pike won the Dublin U/19 indoor 60m in 7.1.

In other news Dave Hooper has been in contact to advise that he has uploaded his interviews for Dublin City FM with Sergiu, Gary and Joe from the Nationals and these can be accessed at (Thanks Dave)


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