Archive for September, 2012

Young Harriers get cross country season up and running in The Park

Clonliffe athletes were out in good numbers for this afternoon`s Dublin Juvenile Cross Country league: the first cross country race of the season for the black `n` amber. It was a great Autumn afternoon in the Phoenix Park with some nice sunshine as the early morning rain had blown away, leaving surprisingly good underfoot conditions. There were some very good performances from the young Harriers several of whom are new to the sport and were making their racing debutes. The event was also the ideal opportunity for athletes, and their coaches, to assess early season form with only some four weeks training under the belts.

Top Clonliffe athlete of the meet was Cathal Doyle in the U/16 2,500m race, after a tentative first lap Cathal took up the running over the hills to run out a comfortable winner. Behind him a great battle developed for 5th and 6th between Brian Flanagan and Ross Kearney, on his debut, with neither Clonliffe man giving any quater in the race to the line with Brian just managing to hold his place by half an inch. Laura Tuite also battle gamely over 2,500m in the girls U/16 finishing well up in 4th. Other great runs today came from Joseph Hession in the U/14s over 1500m placing 3rd well backed up by Fintan McManus and Luke Guy. A great battling run also by Sophie Higgins 4th in the girls U/14, running one of her best races to date, and a fine run also from the fast finishing Amy McGrath as she took nearly half a dozen places in the run in. Alanah Cooley battled all the way in a tough U/15 2,000m race.  In the boys U/15 race Sean Carrigg was first Clonliffe in 5th place with greg Hosseny maybe 4 places further back.

In the younger age groups their were some equally fine runs: in the U/11 girls by Abbey Sheehy and Yasman Eustace, U/12 girls a good team effort by Ellen Howlett, Rebecca Fitzsimons, Aimee Warren and Katelyn Butler. In the boys U/12 David Tuite was well up the field with Ben Guiden a couple of places behind and making his Clonliffe debut Niall Carroll. David Preston lead home the U/13 squad in 10th place with good runs also in this one from Jake, Jack, Augustyn, Harry and Craig. While in the U/13 girls Ruth Bergin ran well to lead home the Clonliffe girls in 8th with Lauren Carr, Hannah Browne, Cliona Cooley, Aimee Connolly and Kate Howlett also featuring strongly.

In all a very good season`s opener, well done to all the girls and boys out in The Park today….and in two weeks time we`ll do it again, also in The Park.

Well done also to Conor King in yesterday`s All Ireland Schools multi events in the Morton Stadium. Conor in the St. Aidans colours was 4th in the senior boys competition.

In form Ernie Takes Club 10,000M Crown

Ernie Ramsay’s fine form of late continued on the track last night in the Club 10,000M Championship for the Bonass Trophy, the race also incorporating the penultimate round of the 2012 Grand Prix Series. It was a perfect night for distance running and with the stadium lit up by the stadium lights some 40 athletes towed the line for the daunting 25 laps of the track (as always happens however in this affair dizziness meant that some athletes miscounted their laps, it is however pleasing to report that whilst a few athletes did one lap less than the requisite number, thankfully no-one did one lap more!!) As expected in the light of his current form Ernie Ramsay justified his pre-race favourite tag taking up the running from the off to finish the race a comfortable winner by almost 2 minutes, running a time of 34.29 from Tom Sherlock 2nd at 34.19, with Eoin Murray coming in 3rd at 36.22. It was particularly pleasing to see the return to action of Mark Bermingham, running a very strong race and only being overhauled by Tom and Eoin on the final lap as Mark ran his first race since last May.

The first lady in the Women’s 10,000 Championship was Emma Dunne (44.35).

In the Grand Prix Handicap, 1st was Liam Hennessy, 2nd Fergie Keenan and 3rd Shane Casey.

Many thanks to Pat Bonass, the sponsor of the 10,000M, who  a was also making a welcomed return to HQ.

The final race of the 2012 Grand Prix Series is the Ahern Cup for the Club 10 Mile Championship in Malahide the 6th of October at 12.00 noon. Race officials are Joe Phipps, Dave Brady, Steven Byrne and Tom Sherlock.

The Grand Prix presentation night will be held in the club bar on Thursday the 11th of October. That night will also see the McDonald Cup take place, which is a 4 mile track race at 8.00 p.m. All welcome to take part, guests are of course particularly welcome.

Club 2012 10,000m C`ships Results:

Position  Name    Time

1 Ernie Ramsey 0:34:29

2 Thomas Sherlock 0:36:19

3 Eoin Murray 0:36:22

4 Mark Bermingham 0:36:33

5 Sean Doran 0:37:03

6 Joe Phipps 0:37:16

7 Fergus Keenan 0:37:43

8 Clive Ahern 0:37:46

9 Dermot Kelly 0:38:02

10 Dave Corcorcan (guest) 0:38:04

11 Philip O’Doherty 0:38:27

12 Shane Casey 0:38:58

13 Ivan Eustace 0:39:09

14 Hans De Raeymaeker 0:39:30

15 Dave Dunwoody 0:39:39

16 Tom Monks (guest) 0:40:05

17 Paul Conroy (guest) 0:40:34

18 Alan Worrall 0:41:24

19 Colm McDonnell (guest) 0:41:29

20 Pat Healy 0:41:31

21 Colm Breen 0:41:36

22 Liam Hennessy 0:41:38

23 Shay Byrne 0:42:29

24 Declan Murray 0:42:52

25 Emma Dunne 0:44:35

26 Pat O’Rourke 0:44:59

27 D Lyons (Guest) 0:44:59

28 Pat Devitt 0:45:04

29 F McCarthy (Guest) 0:45:22

30 Sinead Duffy 0:45:35

31 Aine McCann 0:46:12

32 Fiona Hayes 0:48:21

33 Richard Connolly

34 Fran Meehan (Guest)


Clonliffe Schools: Less than a week to closing date

The annual Brother at your side Clonliffe Schools cross country invitational takes place in Santry Demesne at the rear of the Morton Stadium on Wednesday the 10th of October. Invitations have issued to schools who have previously supported the event and also to schools who have sought invitations. At this stage entries are coming in rapidly for what is the biggest participation event that Clonliffe Harriers currently host with up to 1,000 school`s athletes expected on the big day. Entry closes on Wednesday the 3rd of October, now only six days away. There will be no entries accepted after this date. It is most important to note that no entries whatsoever will be accepted on the day, therefore, unless your school has pre-entered unfortunately you will have a wasted journey to Santry on the 10th of October.

The Brother at your side Clonliffe Schools X.C. is generously supported by Brother for this fourth successive year, thanks to Brother all participants in the event will receive a unique souvenir t-shirt. The event gets underway at 12.30 with the primary schools girls race which will then be followed by the boys primary schools race, both races will be held over 1000 metres. The secondary school programme gets underway at 1 p.m. with the minor girls who will also run 1000 metres followed by the minor boys (1500m), then the junior girls (2000m), junior boys (2500m), inter girls (2500m), inter boys (3000m), senior girls (2500m) and then the senior boys will have the honour of closing proceedings as they race over 5000m.

Any school who has received an invitation and wishes to take up the invitation must confirm their participation by email to

From the club’s perspective an event of this size requires considerable planning, organisation and assistance on the day itself. To date some 25 Clonliffe Harriers have made themselves available which is very much appreciated, however, we could always do with many more helpers on the day, it is particularly important that we have female officials and anyone who has availability is requested to contact the race director Noel Guiden by email to

Sergiu gets back to winning ways in Charleville

Good news from County Cork. At today`s Charleville Half Marathon Sergiu Ciobanu had a fine win in a classy sub 65….64.52, some 24 seconds clear of Rathfarnham`s Sean Hehir. Good run also by Gary O`Hanlon, after last weekend`s problem in the Phoenix Park, 4th in 68.14 with Michael McDiarmada 8th in 70.07.

Round up including Mahon 1st home for Clarke Crusaders

The weekend round up begins in the USA where Clonliffe`s Grahan Mahon was in action for Clarke University  in the Brissmann/Lundee Cross Country Invitational which took place at Saukie Golf Course, Rock Island, Illinois on Friday, Sept. 21st. Graham lead the Crusaders home in 147th place in a huge field to place 22nd of the 34 teams taking part.

On the subject of the US interesting to note the results of yesterday`s Fifth Avenue Mile, New York City won by Matthew Centrowitz in 3.52.4.  The field featured six athletes who took part in this years Morton Games: 1. Matt Centrowitz, 5. Ryan Gregson (3.53.7), 6th David Torrence (3.53.8),  7th Craig Miller  (3.54.2), 8th Elliot Heath (3.54.3), 9th Garreth Heath (3.54.4) and 10th 2011 Morton Mile winner Jordan McNamara (3.56.5)

At this morning`s (Sept. 23rd) Rathfarnham 5K Road Race Brian McMahon after his mountain exploites was first Clonliffe athlete in 10th place in 15.29, next in was Jayme Rossiter 12th (15.37), Ernie Ramsey 28th (16.15) and Mark McDonald 36th (16.27) as the Clonliffe team placed 3rd. Other Clonliffe: Tom Sherlock (16.27), Becky Woods (18.04)

Gerry McIntyre`s 1960 Olympic memorabilia donated to Clonliffe

Gerry McIntyre was a proud Clonliffe Harrier, born in Birmingham on the 22nd of May 1929, he was a top class distance athlete who was affiliated to both Clonliffe Harriers and Ponders End AC, London. His greatest achievement in athletes was competing for Ireland in the 1960 Olympic Marathon in Rome, the famous Olympic Marathon where Abebe Bikila (ETH) running barefoot on the streets of Rome became the first Africian to win the Olympics. Gerry McIntyre ran the race of his life to set a new Irish record of to finish first of the Irish runners (Willie Dunne and Bertie Messitt) in a most credeble 22nd place. Gerry passed away on the 27th of January 2008.

 On the 13th of September last Gerry`s friend David Day on a visit to the Morton Stadium generously presented Clonliffe Harriers  with Gerry McIntyre`s 1960 Olympic blazer and his Olympic participant`s medal. These items will shortly go on display in the clubhouse.

Schools athletics season gets underway at HQ

The Leinster Schools athletes season 2012/13 got underway in the Morton Stadium on Wednesday the 19th of September. The Leinster multi events was the season opener, a combined event where the athletes complete on the track in 200m, 800m and hurdles and in the field in long jump, hogh jump and shot. There were a number of Clonliffe athletes in action for St. Aidan’s CBS Whitehall. Top Clonliffe performer on the day was Conor King who finished second in the senior boys combined on a total of 2,777 points. Conor recorded impressive times, in particular in the 800 metres of 2.12.3 to win the 800, he also topped the leader board in the high jump with a best of 1.60, likewise he won the long jump with a best of 5.54m, placed 3rd in the 200 (25.10), 4th in the hurdles (20.20) and was also 2nd in the shot putt (7.97m).

In the junior boys Cathal Doyle had his first outing for his new school St. Aidans finished 10th overall having placed 1st in the 800 in a time of 2.18.3. Other Clonliffe athletes in action included Sean Carig and Greg Hossenny.

European Junior Club Championships: an insider`s view

Liam Ashton reports: A 15 strong team met at Dublin Airport at 8am on Friday morning with high hopes of what the weekend had in store for us.  Due to the lack of hurdlers in the junior section of the club, Joe called upon the assistance from outside of two well established athletes in Joshua Essuman and Eoin Power, to run in the black and amber strip.  As the day progressed we got to know our team mates a lot better, some of whom we were meeting for the first time.  After several hours of travelling and many litres of water later, we checked into our hotel rooms in the centre of Leiria. We then travelled to the stadium via shuttle bus where we went through our pre-race routines and got a feel of the track.

As the bus approached the front entrance many of us were astounded at the sheer size of the structure. From the outside it looked as though it was put together with Lego blocks!  We soon walked through a dark tunnel and out to the track where I stood in awe, as I scanned the 23,000 seater stadium.   At the group meal that evening we got a chance to ‘suss out’ the opposition and get an idea what we were up against. A few comments from the Danish team, thrown in the direction of the team supervisor Noel, didn’t knock our focus.  We turned in early that night ready for the challenge the following day.

There was an early start on Saturday and after a less than satisfying breakfast of bread and butter, we soon assembled at the front entrance of the stadium in our black Clonliffe t-shirts, with our heads held high, prior to the opening ceremony.  Team Captain and High Jump specialist Andrew Heney came prepared, taking out an Irish tricolour from his bag as we began to walk out onto the track.  There was a great sense of pride and privilege amongst the team, in getting the chance to represent our club and country at such a prestigious event.  While some of the team members including myself were getting a bit phased by the opposition and anxious about the event, experienced athletes such as Fintan Doherty and Stuart Roche, kept us focused on our task at hand.

It wasn’t long before I began my warm up, in the warm up area across from the stadium, which gave me a chance to mentally prepare to race in 35 degree heat.  Soon after this I was sitting in the Call Room with my spikes on, ready to go.  The 20 minute wait seemed agonisingly long and as I sat there with the other seven , 800m athletes, keeping an expressionless poker face.  We followed a stadium official down the track parallel to the home straight. I took my mark in lane 1 with the infamous butterflies in my stomach! The race was won in 2.00 with me finishing 5 seconds off the pace, coming in 5th.   Some of the highlights from the morning session included Simon Galligan finishing 4th in the hammer event.  He gained valuable experience competing “inside” a stadium for the first time in his career.  Clonliffe’s  fastest junior athlete, Keith Pike,  gave a great account of himself in the 100m finishing an impressive 3rd.

The evening session gave the Clonliffe camp something to cheer about with the distance athletes producing the results.  Eoin McCullogh gave a heroic performance in the 3000m steeple chase.  After falling at the first barrier he continued as if nothing had happened, catching the leading group within seconds.  When it looked like a top 3 finish had slipped from his grasp he gritted his teeth and put the boot down producing a Farah like finish, to steal a top 3 placing.  Aaron Hanlon and Ian Guiden soon gave great displays of front running, winning the 1500m and 3000m respectively.

The closing ceremony gave us all a chance to swap gear with other teams, and have a chat with them, about the day’s events.  We also got a chance to mingle with more athletes later that night, which was really interesting, despite the language barrier.

The weekend gave us all a great opportunity to gain invaluable international experience and also, to develop a bond between the sprinters, distance runners and field eventers.  On behalf of the team I would like to thank Joe, Gladys and Noel for a most memorable and enjoyable weekend.

London 2012 revisited with Alan Worrall

Part 2 of Alan Worrall`s visit to the London Olympics: “One of the many highlights of attending any sporting event is the opportunity not only  to visit the sports venues themselves and sample the atmosphere of top class completion but to see a vibrant city like London.  I firmly believe once you can get a grip of the transport system and have a good pair of shoes on your feet  and good direction, the sky’s the limit on what you may encounter  London is one of those cities which make’s it very easy to travel around whether it be by tube, bus or by foot.  The city is steeped in history and culture along with some fabulous examples of old or new architecture.  After spending 2 exciting days in Olympic Park and enjoying top class competition.  Our Olympic journey took us on the final Thursday of the games to Wembley Stadium and a chance to walk down the famous Wembley way.  Earlier that afternoon we watched our golden girl Katie Taylor win Gold in the women’s boxing tournament in the Excel Arena. Unfortunately we had no tickets so the fight was viewed in a pub in Westminster.  Later on a train journey on the jubilee line brought us to Wembley Park and it the distance on could see the now famous Wembley arch which replaced the twin  tower’s of the old stadium 6 years ago.  The stadium itself is well laid out and still had the appearance of being very new.  Our seats were located just across from the centre of the pitch which afforded a super view of the inside of the stadium.  The women’s football final was contested between the USA and Japan and over 80,000 spectators witnessed a thrilling game of football which the U.S won 2:1. The journey back on the train was the only occasion where we did not get a seat on public transport, which proved that the scare stories about the transport system where that scare stories.

On Friday I  had no event’s to attend to so I made a trip to Lambeth to see the Imperial War Museum which was a most enjoyable experience but one which really highlights the futility of all wars.   The day was rounded off with a walk done to Buckingham Palace to pick a spot for the following days Men’s and Women’s walks and Sundays Mens marathon.

On  Saturday morning Team   Ireland had 3 representatives participating in the 50 k walk, which comprised of 25X 2k laps up the Mall past Buckingham Palace down Constitution Hill.  The morning itself was quite warm, over the previously 3 days London was experiencing a mini heat wave with temperatures in the high twenties.  That Saturday the temperatures were hitting 28/ 29 degrees centigrade.  The race walkers from the gun went at  fast pace which would  eventually see  Irelands Robert Heffernan knock over 7 minutes off the Irish record and narrowly miss out on a bronze medal  in fourth place.  Straight away Robert was talking about Rio 2016 what a competitor and well done on another fine performance.  During the course of the race I got to meet some very interesting people.  One women told me  that she had stood in front of Buckingham Palace in 1945 on V.E Day (Victory in Europe) and gain for the Queens coronation  in 1952 and her Jubilee celebrations this summer. She also had survived the German bombings/ Blitz while living with her parents as a young child. Another person I was talking to was  had relations living in Garyvoe in East Cork just down from Ballycotton (home of the famous Ballycotton 10 mile race).   After the race we made our way up to Knightsbridge where I ran into an old club mate of mine  from DCH Declan Curran  who had managed to secure  a ticket to the last athletics session that evening.  It really is a small world. After a nice lunch in Knightsbridge I ventured on to Kensington (again on foot) and went to the Natural History Museum and stroll around Hyde Park.  That evening we watched the women’s 20K walk where condition’s though still hot were more easier for the competitors.  Ireland had 2 representatives  Olive Loughnan  and Laura Reynolds.  Both girls performed very well and finished in the top 30.  The evening was finished off with Irelands John Joe Nevin in boxing winning a fine silver medal against his British opponent.”

Next Time:  Men’s Marathon: Cheering on a club mate, A 5 mile run to see some of the sights, interesting London 2012 facts.

History made by Clonliffe juniors at European clubs track and field

The Clonliffe junior men put in top notch performances at Saturday`s European clubs junior track and field in Leira, Portugal  (Sept. 15th) with hisory being made as Clonliffe athletes Aaron Hanlon and Ian Guiden became the first athletes to win European clubs races in the Clonliffe colours. The championships took place under the searing sun with temperatures rising to 35 C in the afternoon as the Clonliffe junior men finished the day in a credible joint 6th.

A long hot day began with the opening ceremony with the athletes marching into the Estadio Dr. Megalhaes Pessoa, a three sided bowl with a 25,000 capacity (not quite full today, mind you!). First men into the fray was Simon Galligan in the hammer circle, a good opening throw soon steadied the nerves and at the conclusion of the competition Simon finished a solid 4th (50.23m) Team captain Andrew Heney also put in a good early morning shift in the high jump coming in at 1.89 and with a best of 1.93 finished 3rd.

First on the track was Eoin Power in the 400H, another most competent performance saw him finish 4th in 56.89 and then Liam Ashton in the 800 as the heat began to rise, after a fast opening lap Liam worked himself into a good possition to finsh a solid 5th in 2.05.82. Keith Pike was next in scorching down the track in the 100m, an excellent run to finish 3rd (11.23). Fintan Doherty then stepped into the unknown as he took on the 400m (Fintan is more a middle distance) again the man in the black and amber stood up to be counted finishing 6th in 54.35.

After the lunch break the first race was the 3,000 sc. In this one Eoin McCullough ran the best race of his career to date. The heat was something else as he set off on this the toughest of track races and almost came a cropper at the first barrier as he took a heavy fall taking the skin off both knees, with a shake of the head he was up in an instant, composed himself and was back into the lead pack. As the laps were reeled off he suffered a lot in the heat and at the bell had drifted a few yards off 3rd place and then he hit back putting in a lung bursting effort over the final 300 to take the 3rd placed athlete and get right up with the 2nd running shoulder to shoulder missed out on 2nd by maybe an inch. A fantastic performance which earned him the bravery title from his club mates. Eoin`s time 10.28.4.

Things did not go so well, however, in the afternoon for our field eventers: Daniel Doran was 6th in the long jump (5.83m) and 7th in the triple jump (11.28), Safari Aketch was 8th in both shot (9.36) and discus (27.54), Ryan Whelan was 7th in the javelin (48.43).

Back on the track Josh Essuman ran well in the 110h placing 6th (16.16). Then to the 1500 and 3000 where good things were hoped for. First off Aaron Hanlon in the 1500, as always Aaron hit the front from the gun winding up the pace until only two athletes clung grimly to his tail, another quick injection of pace at 500 to go and they were gone. Aaron powering home (4.10.43) and enjoying the last 100 to become Clonliffe`s first European clubs track and field winner. Next up was Stuart Roche in the 200, a very good run from the Clonliffe man of 23.46 placed him 5th. The final Clonliffe athlete to see action was Ian Guiden, who had waited patiently for some 9 and a half hours for his moment, in the 3,000m. Ian sat in 2nd place for the opening laps but finding the pace far too slow hit the front after three and a bit laps quickly opening a five meter lead that grew and grew as he drove on. At the finish winning by the length of the straight (9.04.82) and Clonliffe had another European clubs winner.

On went the roller coaster: for every high there`s a low! Our lows on the day were in the relays. In the 4 x 100 (Josh Essuman, Stuart Roche, Conor Byrne, Keith Pike) at the final change over the guys were in 3rd place and then disaster, a batton fumble and we`re finshing 7th. Whilst no fumbles in the 4 x 400 (Eoin power, Aaron Hanlon, Fintan Doherty, Liam Ashton) likewise no cigar as the guys were out ran to again finish 7th.

In the end the team placed joint 6th with Swiss team St. Bern on 71 points only 2 points off 5th but a long way behind champions Tampereen Pyrinto (FIN) on 102 points. It was an extreamly worth while excerise for the team with excellent performances in what is an out of season competition for the guys: 2 wins, 3 thirds and a wealth of experience gained. It must also be said that the way these Clonliffe men carried themselves both on and off the field of competition was simply superb, they were truely wonderful ambassadors for their club, their country and our sport.




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