Archive for May, 2012

Super Kenneally runs European 10,000 qualifying standard

London Olympic marathon bound Mark Kenneally ran a superb 10,000m pb in Wageningen, Holland tonight. The Clonliffe man with a great run  finished in 9th place in a top class field smashed his three year old pb by some 11 seconds in running a time of 28:33.12. A time inside the European 10,000 standard. Full results:

Ali Hasan Mahboob (BAH) 27:21.40

Nguse Amlosom (ERI) 27:28:10

Juan Luis Barrios (MEX) 27:28:82

Joseph Chirlee (USA) 27:43:96

Mulue Andom (ERI) 28:03:21

Bashir Abdi (BEL) 28:18:50

Abdi Nageeye (NED) 28:24:79

Khalid Choukoud (NED) 28:32:62

Mark Kenneally (IRL) 28:33:12

Peter Kibet (UGA) 28:34:52

Mats Lunders (BEL) 28:35:71

Khalid Zoubaa (FRA) 28:39:97

Patrick Stitzinger (NED) 28:55:34

Joe Sweeney (IRL) 29:11:94

Tuomas Jokinen (FIN) 29:12:21

Dieter Vanstreels (BEL) 29:16:45

Henri Manninen (FIN) 29:39:55

Vitaliy Ribak (GER) 29:57:57

Lahsene Bouchini (BEL) 30:50:55

Clonliffe crew well up in BHAA Dunboyne 5 Miler

The latest BHAA round was last night`s Government Services 5 Mile Road Race held in Dunboyne, a popular venue for road racing. There was a pretty large group of  Tommy Griffin`s Chargers in the race and looking through the results some nice inter club battles with many comfortably under the 30 minute mark. Selected Clonliffe results:  first home was Ronan Hartnett 9th in 26:55, 5 seconds and one place behind was the consistant Darren Reilly, who has been impressing all these last few months (27:00). 13th Ernie Ramsey (27:19), 17th Anthony Malone (27:38), right on Anthony`s tail was Ger Kirwan 27:40. The Real Thing Murray was next in 27th (28:21) followed by Fiachra Crean 33rd in 28:51, Jeremy Chapman was 40th in 29:11 , Fergie Keenan 46th (29:32) chaes all the way by Conor Keane 47th and one second in arrears. Full results on

Fingal Swords 10k Running Workshop in Clonliffe Harriers

The Dublin Race Series 2012 includes a new event. The Fingal 10k in Swords on Sunday July 22nd. Clonliffe Harriers AC are very much involved in the organising of that event. As part of the build up to the Dublin Race Series a Running Workshop will be held in the Clonliffe clubhouse on Wednesday the 6th of June at 7.30pm, aimed at runners and joggers new to the sport, all are welcome. Guest speaker on the night is Athletics Ireland Development Officer Pat Ryan. The races in the  Series are the Irish Runner 5 Mile on June 30th, The Fingal 10k July 22nd, Frank Duffy 10 Mile August 25th and the Dublin Half Marathon September 15th. Further details on entry to all races in the 2012 Dublin Race Series see 

To view more  information on the Running Workshop being held on June 6th click on link below:

 Running Workshop Poster (2)

Men`s team finish well down at European Clubs

Bad news from Slovokia where the Clonliffe senior men today finished in 7th place overall in group B of the European clubs track and field. This is a bitterly disappointing result with few positives. Club Captain Joe Cooper was honest in his appraisal describing the result as poor. On the plus side John Fagan put in a strong performance finishing 2nd in the 400H (54.51). Once again star performer in the field events was Tomas Rauktys who placed 3rd in both the shot (16.59) and discus (51.58) and a good day`s work  also put in by David Donegan, despite having to borrow poles (his were held up in Ireland), finishing 3rd in the pole vault  with an excellent best of 4.80m and then just narrowly failing in  his attempt at a new club record at 5.05. Andrew Heney jumped 2.00m in the high jump and Jamye Rossiter ran an impressive 3,000sc PB of 9.16.16 in placing 4th.

Full results: 100m 8th Keith Pike 11.14, 200m 8th Keith Pike 23.01, 400m 7th John Laffey 49.93, 800m 7th Kris Valters 1.55.89, 1500m 7th Dave Fitzmaurice 4.17.77, 3,000m 5th Gary O`Hanlon 8.48.40, 5,000m 8th Brian McMahon 15.33.14, 110h 4th Matt Field 14.93, 400h 2nd John Fagan 54.51, 3,000sc 4th Jayme Rossiter 9.16.16, High Jump 5th Andrew Heney 2.00m, Long Jump 9th Andrew Heney, Triple Jump Tomas Drinia NJ, Pole Vault 3rd Dave Donegan 4.80m, Shot 3rd Tomas Rauktys 16.59, Discus 3rd Tomas Rauktys 51.58, Javelin 8th 47.55, Hammer 7th 56.13, 4 x 100m 9th, 4 x 400m 7th.

In the States David Flynn had a run which to say the least didn`t please him in the NCAA Division 1 Preliminary at the University of Texas finishing well down the field in 14th place way off his current form in 9.22.64.

Finally some good track and field news: in Oordegem, Belgium on saturday night Leah Moore ran a 200m PB of 24.73 last night finishing 4th and earlier in the meet was 2nd in the 100m in12.11.

These results now appear on the Clonliffe current and all time lists on the “Performances” page of this site. Please pay a visit.

Kip Keino charms and inspires Santry once again

A true legend return to Santry this weekend. Kip Keino winner of Olympic Gold and Silver medals in Successive Olypmics 1968 and 1972 was back in the Morton Stadium for today`s One Race Human Race, Africa Week Sports. In addition Kip was a guest of Clonliffe Harriers last night in the club lounge for “An evening with Kip Keino” presented by Frank Greally. It was a great night in Clonliffe with Frank Greally taking us back to those fantastic late 60s and early 70s for Kip to relate his memories and stories. It was also wonderful to hear of his days in Santry where he raced on three occasions and was the winner of the very first Morton Memorial Mile in 1970. Sharing the memories of those Santry races were fellow competitors Frank Murphy, Paddy Marley and Brian Geraghty. A special presentation was made to the Kenyan legend by club President Paddy Marley and European 1500m silver medalist Frank Murphy. Kip stayed  signing autographs and posing for photographs until everyone who wanted their picture with the great man was satisfied, a great night enjoyed by the large attendance in the clubhouse.

Today saw Clonliffe Harriers play our part in the Africa Week Sports hosting the day`s athletics. Kip Keino was in attendance for the entire day and was a charming, indeed humble man, more than happy to sign autographs and stand in for photographs for anyone and everyone, he had time and words of encouragement for all. The young Clonliffe athletes were all thrilled to meet one of the true legends of athletics.

On the track our athletes were clearly inspired with some great runs in an event held on the best day of Summer, an absolute sizzler. Highlights from the black and amber included: U/10 girls 60m 2nd Sally Sumola, U/10 600m 1st Ella Bergin, U/12 girls 100m 1st Hope Sumola, 2nd Rebecca Fitzsimons U/12 600m 1st Hope Sumola, U/14 girls 100 1st Lauren Carr, U/14 800m 1st Ruth Bergin, 2nd Lauren Carr, U/12 boys 600m 1st David Tuite, U/14 800m 2nd Fintan McManus, 3rd Luke Guy, U/16 girls 800m 1st Laura Tuite, 2nd Sally Aherne, 3rd Amy McGrath and U/16 boys 800m 1st Cathal Doyle.  In the senior events the only race on the card was the 100 where there was a Clonliffe women and mens double from Snezana Bechtina and Israel Ibeanu.


To view the Africa Day 2012 Athletics Results please click on the link below:

Africa Day 2012 Athletics Results




Grand Prix Series: McCarrick Plate May 17th

The 4th race in the Grand Prix series (2.5 mile), took place last Thursday, 17th May. Another large number of athletes turned out to compete in the McCarrick plate. Unfortunately, Eugene was unavailable on the night to present the prizes to the worthy winners. Our thanks to Eugene for his continued sponsorship and support of this race.

It was a staggered start, an open handicap with the slower athletes going off first, so all the athletes know what they have to do to win. The winner in the Grand prix was Claude McMenamon, followed by Ernie Ramsey and Bernie Byrne. First over the line on the night was a guest of the grand prix Alan O’Mahoney, and as a guest, not able to compete for the McCarrick plate.

Thanks to the officials on the night, as the athletes all finished closely together, it made it a difficult job to take names and times. If you ran and do not appear on the results, please advise Eoin Murray or a member of the Grand Prix Committee.

The race result, overall leaderboard, the fastest athlete and the team competition are also on the site. Note that only 8 races of the 12 count, so plenty of time to score points. The ever improving Darren Reilly is winning both the overall leaderboard and the fastest athlete. He has 4 wins from 4 in the fastest athlete competition.

The next race is Thursday 31st May, in Malahide again at 8.00. The Michael Murphy Memorial Race has been running now for over twenty-five  years. The race was first run in the grounds of Malahide Castle back in 1980, the fastest time recorded that day was by Michael Murphy in a time of just over twenty-four minutes, tragically later that year, Michael was killed in a road traffic accident in the United States and the following year the race was run in his memory. Michael’s family donated the cup and have almost every year been in attendance on the race night to present their prize to the fastest man. The race is one of the highlights of the club year and is one of the feature races in the Grand Prix series

The presentation will take place in Malahide cricket club after the race, we would ask that all athletes attend the presentation as courtesy to the Murphy family. The cricket club are also generously allowing us to use their facilites, showers, the bar etc on the night.


For the results of the Grand Prix Series McCarrick Plate please click on the link below:

Grand Prix Series McCarrick Plate



Maiden Win for John Buckley at Graded

Last nights Dublin Graded Meet was held in perfect conditions in the Morton Stadium Santry on what was a beautiful summer’s evening, nice and warm and, although a slight breeze on the home straight (as usual) almost perfect. It was, however, a perfect day for young Clonliffe Harrier John Buckley taking his first ever race win after running a superb race in the Grade C 3000m. From the gun young Buckley was positive taking on the pace and quickly opening a gap of five plus metres, despite hitting a bad patch three laps from home when he was relegated back to 2nd place Buckley gathered himself and began closing the gap on the race leader, he was soon on his shoulder and passed and hit the front again with 600 to go to record a very popular win in a PB of 9.45.81.

 PBs were also recorded by both Aaron Hanlon and Ian Guiden in the Grade A 3000. Both Clonliffe athletes ran exceptionally well: Guiden going with the fast pace set by the Lagan Valley AC Monaghan twins while Hanlon set off at a more conservative pace. The opening laps were exceptionally fast being reeled off in circa 65/66 seconds, with five quick laps reeled off Guiden paid the price and was cut adrift from the race leader and with Hanlon having broken from the pack and closing rapidly with 600 to go the positions were reversed Aaron Hanlon driving on to such a degree that he was only a little over a second behind Andrew Monaghan at the finish line in 2nd place. Aaron taking a massive 13 seconds of his PB to record a time of 8:35.93, Ian Guiden was 3rd clocked up his second PB of the week taking two seconds off his time in running 8:41.00. Johnny Bradley-Ward recorded a time of 10:03.58. In the Grade C race Niall Norman ran a time of 11:03.57.

Earlier in the Meet new Clonliffe Harrier Ciaran Donoghue ran an exceptionally well judged 400 metre race to come through the field nicely over the final 100 to finish 3rd in a time of 51.30, a nice warm up in advance of Ciaran making his European debut for Clonliffe in this weekend’s European Clubs in Slovakia.

Other Clonliffe on the night included Joseph Cooper running a time of 4:40.48 for 5th place in the combined A/B Mile, Liam Ashton ran a time of 4:51.67, Liam clearly still suffering the after effects of his earlier season illness. Anthony Malone ran a battling 4:47.81 to finish 7th in the C Mile whilst both Tom Monks and George Maybury ran well in the D Mile, Monks recording a time of 5:37.27 in 7th place with Maybury 9th in 58:43.35.

In the men’s pole vault Ian Rogers was second with a best of 4.10m whilst in the hammer competition Simon Galligan placed 4th with a best throw of 48.16.

There were also some of the Clonliffe ladies team in action. In the 400m Leah Bergin ran well in the B race to finish 2nd in a time of 61.45. A good run also from Denise Byrne just behind Leah 3rd in 61.73. Denise then capped a good evening for her by winning the javelin with a best of 34.86. It was also good to see in the javelin Ruth Farrelly back in action finishing 4th with a best of 29.59.

In the women’s hammer Caoimhe Morris who has transferred to Clonliffe but cannot compete in the Clonliffe colours until June 14th finished 3rd with a best throw of 35.97. Full results of Graded Meet Number 3 :

BHAA update from Tuesday night, the ESB beach 5K took place in Sandymount where Conor Keane was 16th in 17:31 and Decalan Ryan 21st in 17:51.

Clonliffe men head to Slovokia for European Clubs

The Clonliffe mens track and field team travel to Dubnica, Slovokia on Saturday for Group B of the European Clubs Championship. Captain Joe Cooper has selected a pretty strong team, although as a result of injuries and unavailability of some of the club`s top athletes, the team is slightly weakened. The guys will no doubt give a good account of themselves with a team that includes experience and some exciting young talent. The travelling team is: Keith Pike, Kris Valters, Dave Fitzmaurice, Brian McMahon, Gary O`Hanlon, Jayme Rossiter, John Fagan, Dave Donegan, Matt Field, Andrew Heeney, Paul Marry, Martin Hunt, Tomas Rauktys, Tomas Drinia, John Laffey, Daniel Doran, Ciaran Donohue and Brian Tobin. The management team is Joe Cooper, Jeremy Lyons and Stephen Harkness.

On Sunday Clonliffe will face: Sparta AM (DEN), AK Sparkan Dubnica nad Vahom (SVK), Macabi Tel Aviv (ISR), Phanos (NED), Entente Franconville Cesame Val d’Oise (FRA), AC Crvena Zezada, Belgrade (SRB), Jyvaskylan Kenttaurheilijat (FIN).  The team will return home on Monday. The very best of luck to Joe and the team.

Two days to go to: “An evening with the legendary Kip Keino”

Clonliffe Harriers are delighted to announce that legendary double Olympic champion Kip Keino will return to the Morton Stadium Santry in two days time, Friday night the 25th of May. Clonliffe Harriers will play host to Kip Keino for ‘An evening with Kip Keino’ presented by Irish Runner Editor Frank Greally.

 Kip Keino is legendary and more. Kipchoge Keino was born in the Nandi Hills of Kenya. His Olympic career began at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where he competed in both the 1500 metres and 5000 metres. In the 5000 metres qualifying rounds he ran a 25 second PB of 13:49.6, a Kenyan record to qualify for the final and in the final finished in 5th place in 13.50.4 only 1.6 seconds slower than the winning time. The following year Kip set two world records – a new 3000m mark of 7:39.6 and 5000 metre of 13:24.2, he also wrote himself into the African history books by becoming the first African to run a sub four minute mile 3:54.2. When the 1968 Olympics came round in Mexico, the then 28 year old Kenyan doubled up with outstanding success winning Olympic gold in 1500m in 3:34.9 and winning Olympic 5000m silver. At his third Olympia in Munich the Olympic schedule did not allow for a 1500/5000 double up so much to the athletic world’s surprise he went for a unique double of 3000m Steeplechase and 1500m. Keino was a clear winner in the Steeplechase winning gold in 8:23.6 and in a tactical 1500m final despite running an incredible 55.1 third lap Keino could not shake off Finland’s Vassala and with 50m to go Keino relinquished gold but claimed his fourth Olympic medal with silver.

 Kip Keino has competed in Santry on three occasions and was the winner of the inaugural Morton Memorial Invitational Mile in 1970.

 On Friday night next Clonliffe will host ‘An evening with Kip Keino’ from 9 p.m. This presents a unique opportunity to come and meet a true athletics and Olympic legend. Booking is essential, the Clonliffe clubhouse had a limit of 120 people. At this stage more than half of the available places are already gone. Bookings are currently being taken on a first come first served basis, in order to secure your place at this once in a lifetime occasion please email your name, club and email address to Please note that if you do not apply for a place by email, and in the event of the limit having been reached regrettably you cannot be admitted on the night.

 Kip Keino’s trip to Ireland next week is as an ambassador for the Africa Week Athletics Meet, he is guest of honour for the One Race Human Race Meet which takes place in the Morton Stadium on Saturday the 26th of May from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a Meet in which it is hoped to attract as many members of the African community living in Ireland to take part in our sport as possible. In addition of course all Irish athletes, juveniles, seniors and masters are encouraged to take part. Members of Clonliffe Harriers are particularly welcome to take part as Clonliffe are assisting with the officiating and stewarding of the event on Saturday week. Entry to the One Race Human Race Meet is currently available online, entries close on Friday the 25th of July. There is a full programme of athletics for all age groups, sprints and middle distance – see

 Finally in order to assist with the smooth running of the event on the 26th of May Clonliffe Harriers require members to volunteer a few hours of their time to officiate and assist. The organisers of the event are anticipating between athletes, their families and spectators some 2,500 people to attend at some time in the Morton Stadium that particular day. We, therefore, appeal to our members and indeed members of other athletics clubs to contact us to assist to offer their services on the day. In this connection anyone available is requested to contact Paddy Tuite either by email to or mobile 086 812 0633.

Sergiu (twice) and Gary win on road, huge PB and Club Record for Tomas

A great winning weekend for Clonliffe athletes (see earlier postings on Leinster Schools and Juvenile league) continued right through the weekend. First up was Sergiu Ciobanu winning the Sixmilebridge 10k yesterday in a pretty good 30:33. The following morning Sergiu was in Youghal for the Emer Casey 10k, another win, even faster 30:06.  Gary O`Hanlon continued on his rehabilition programme by winning the Maynooth 10k in 32:59 (a difficult course no doubt) chased home by Darren Reilly in 3rd (34:13) and Ernie Ramsey 4th (34:31). Also on the roads Brian McMahon was 2nd in this mornings Tom Byrne 5k promoted by Lucan Harriers (14:55 on Brian`s watch).

Meanwhile at the AAI Games in Morton Stadium today Tomas Rauktys continued his great form from Wednesday`s Graded Meet with a massive PB and new Clonliffe club record (the first of 2012) in the discus of 54.97m, a PB by over two and a half meters! For good measure Tomas also won the shot putt in 16.77. In the 400h Clonliffe athletes placed 2nd. John Fagan in the mens (53.77) and Elaine Begley in the womens (65.11) . Kris Valters was 5th in the 800m in 1:54.97. Ian Rogers continues to work towards full fitness finishing 2nd in the pole vault with a best of 4.40m. 2nd also for Denise Byrne in the javeline with 38.78m. Simon Galligan threw the 6k hammer 50.90m and Ciaran Donohue was 2nd in the 200 B in a time of 22.94. Full results on


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