Archive for November, 2012

Louise Reilly shows form on roads in Raheny

A very good run last night from Louise Reilly on the road in Raheny in round 1 of the Raheny Winter League. In bitterly cold conditions Louise was 1st woman as she stormed around the three miles to finishing 9th overall in a very impressive time of 18.16, only 3 second off club mate Maurice McCrohan 8th in 18.13. Wednesday next is round 2, a 2 miler.

All Ireland CBS Cross Country success for Clonliffe crew

Our man in the field Mick Fogarty reports: The schools cross country season continued this afternoon with the All Ireland CBS Cross Country Championships in Alsaa near Dublin Airport. As always the Alsaa surface had held the rain of the past week or so with a tremendous amount of surface water and fairly muddy underfoot conditions although not on a par with the heavy ground endured in Rathoath on Sunday. There was a very good turnout of athletes in all races with a number of Clonliffe athletes in action. There were two Clonliffe winners on the day Kevin McKenna in the junior boys race and Cathal Doyle in the inter boys.

The race of the day was in the junior boys race where Sean Carrig running in the red and white of St. Aidan’s ran a very brave race taking up the running from the off putting to one side the tiredness which he undoubtedly felt after Sundays National U/16. Sean managed to burn off most of the opposition, however, in the short finishing straight he was overhauled by the fresher legs of club-mate and schoolmate Kevin McKenna who just got his nose in front before the finish line. Kevin leading home a Clonliffe and St. Aidan’s one two three of Sean 2nd and Joseph Hession 3rd. A good run also in this race from Greg Hosseny showing a welcome return to form in 9th place with Shane Merrigan 13th.

There was a good run in the earlier minor boys race by young Fintan McManus who finished in 4th place and in the boy’s U/14 race by David Preston in 68th.

There was also a good Clonliffe presence in the inter boys race where Cathal Doyle was the class of the field taking a comfortable win and the All Ireland CBS Title showing no after effects from his excellent run in Sundays Nationals. Adam O’Brien also had a very good run, again an athlete who was in action only three days ago, finishing in 3rd place. Brian Flanagan was 15th, Niall Norman 19th, Anto McMahon 23rd (all St. Aidan’s) Sean Briody 27th and Thomas Ward 45th.

The final race of the day was the senior boys race where Liam Ashton was the top Clonliffe and St. Aidan’s performer in 4th place, 15th was Conor King and running his first Senior race Ross Kearney 16th.

The schools cross country season now takes a break until January when matters will resume with the DCU Invitational on the 16th of January followed by the Leinster regional qualifiers on the 23rd and 24th of January with the Leinsters then following on February 6th.

The Weekend Round Up of the Clonliffe Ladies

Ladies Captain Pamela Cooper reports: This weekend was not an overly busy one for our ladies….

Starting off on Saturday 24th November was saw 3 Clonliffe ladies race in the BHAA 6km Cross-Country race in Santry Park. This was a Male / Female combined race. Coming home first of our Ladies was Emma Cooper in 2nd position followed by Jacqui Dunphy in 10th place and finally Sinead Duffy (placing TBC) who was 1st lady in her category (0-45)

On Sunday we saw Sarah McCormack put in a fantastic performance at FairyHouse in Ratoath, Co. Meath for the 2012 Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships. Wearing the Dublin singlet Sarah ploughed her way into 3rd position on an extremely wet & wild course behind Eva Hitchinson 1st and Lizzie Lee.This  result has secured a place on the Women’s Irish team travelling to Budapest for the European Cross-Country Championships for Sarah McCormack.

National Novice Squad Day

In preparation for the National Novice on the 9th December 2012 in Adamstown Co. Wexford there will be a squad training day on this coming Saturday 1st December. Meeting at 10am at Clonliffe Harriers Club House. This squad day is open to all not just those competing in the National Novice.

Clonliffe trio selected for European Cross Country

After yesterday’s National Inter-Club Cross Country Championships Athletics Ireland have today confirmed the Irish teams for the European Cross Country Championships in Budapest on the 9th of December. Sarah McCormack, courtesy of her 3rd place finish yesterday is confirmed in the women’s team along with Fionnula Britton, Lizzie Lee (Leavale), Ava Hutchinson (DSD), Linda Byrne (DSD) and Sarah Treacy (Moynalvey).

David Fitzmaurice, 2nd U/23 yesterday, is confirmed in the men’s U/23 team along with Chris Johnston (Letterkenny), Patrick Hogan (Ferrybank), Sam Mealy (Crusaders), John Travers (Donore) and Shane Quinn (Ferrybank).

Ian Guiden is confirmed in the men’s junior team following on his second place finish yesterday along with Stephen Kerr (Armagh), Sean Tobin (Clonmel), Killian Mooney (DSD) and Eoghan Totten (Newcastle).

 Many congratulations to the three of them and the best of luck in Budapest.

Clonliffe Grand National: The Irwin Cup this Saturday

One of the truely great Clonliffe club cross country races the Irwin Cup takes place this Saturday December 1st at 12.00 in Santry Demesne. A 6k cross country open handicap race over the jumps. In previous years this was a 6 mile event. It`s a race with a fascinating history.

In 1910 Clonliffe introduced the Grand National, a 6 mile cross country race which included jumps and ditches to be negotated. The race was held on an annual basis. It did not become the Irwin Cup until 1932 when club mates of one of the Clonliffe greats Herbert Carmichael “Bird” Irwin bought a cup in his memory to be presented to the winner of the Grand National, and since then the race has been known as the Irwin Cup.


So who was Herbert Carmichael Irwin? He was a world class athlete and a Clonliffe Olympian,  born in Dundrum in 1894. He became the 2nd Clonliffe athlete to win the  National Cross Country  when he won in 1914, fittingly the venue was Dundrum, leading Clonliffe to team victory. On the track he was an Irish National champion in both the mile and 4 mile.  His mile PB of 4.33.8 was most impressive in comparision with times of the day. In 1920 he became Clonliffe`s 5th Olympian representing Great Britian (pre 1922) in the 5,000m at the Antwerp Games taking an extraordinary 40 seconds off his pb to finish 2nd in his heat and qualify for the Olympic final where he placed 12th.

The R101 at it`s moorings Cardington

In the First World War Irwin who was an aviator joined the RNAS (later to become the RAF)and seen service in 1916 and 1917 . He  was promoted to Flight Lieutenant with seniority 1 April 1917.  Under the RAF he was granted a short-service commission as Flight Lieutenant on 24 October 1919. With the expertise he had gathered in flying Airships he became involved with Britian`s plans for passenger airships to link Britian and it`s colonies. Two huge airships were built the R100 and R101. Irwin was the Captain of the R101, the largest man made object to fly at the time. Tragedy struck, however,  on her maiden voyage from Cardington to India when on the 5th of October 1930 the R101 in stormey weather over Northern France crashed nose first at a forest edge at the town of Allone, Beauvais, bursting into flames killing 48 of the 54 people on board including her Captain the Clonliffe Olympian Carmichael Irwin.



Memorial at crash site, Allone, Beauvais, France

Saturday`s race is organised by the Grand Prix Committee who have a really good course planned, building on the great success of the Horan Cup a couple of weeks back when 41 athletes took part. The plan for Saturday is for an even bigger field. Saturday`s race is kindly sponsored by Dominic Brannigan. All members are asked to consider turning out for this historic race in memory of an extraordinary Clonliffe Harrier long lost but never forgotten. Guests are welcome, but please arrive early as handicaps must be assigned. Prize giving in the club bar.


Top 10 for Cathal Doyle in National U/16s

Great performances by the Clonliffe juvenile athletes at today`s National Championships held with the National Inter Counties in Ratoath, County Meath today. The U/16 boys put on in a  great shift in the mud with an excellent runs from all particularily Cathal Doyle who put in a storming second lap to move from 16th to 9th. A great run also by adam O`Brien, who was ill during the week but put that to one side to finish 18th, as both clonliffe lads scorred on the Dublin inter county team to win team silver at both county and inter regional. Sean Carrig also put in a strong day`s work to place 77th, likewise sterling runs from Brian flanagan 88th, Ross Kearney 89th and Paddy O`Hanlon 91st. In the U/14s Joseph Hession ran very well indeed placing 57th and Sophie Higgins also did herself and Clonliffe proud with a great run in the U/14 girls placing 91st.

Well done to all eight of our athletes and to the three strong supporters club on the day!!

Ian Guiden finishes 2nd in National Junior Inter Counties

Ian Guiden put in his best run to date in the National Inter Counties held at Tattersals, Ratoath, County Meath this afternoon. After the heavy rain this week the conditions were testing to say the least, although aside from the underfoot conditions it was a perfect day for running. In the junior men`s race from the first bend the black and amber vests were to the fore with Guiden and Aaron Hanlon leading the pack, at half way Guiden drove on the pace splitting the group and opening a lead of a couple of yards, as the bell went for the final 2k lap Armagh`s Stephen Kerr hit the front with Guiden holding on, and rounding the final bend Kerr was clear with Guiden holding that precious 2nd place and earning a place on the European Cross Country team for Budapest on December 9th. Aaron Hanlon finished 6th and 2nd in the National U/18. A great run also from Dmitris Serjogins 15th and 9th in the inter county junior, Fintan Doherty had possible his best ever run on the country 14th, Liam Ashton was 31st in the U/18 and Johnny Bradley Ward 34th junior. Dublin with Clonliffe men Guiden, Serjogins and Doherty being 3 of the 4 scorers (Aaron Hanlon is a Louthman), took inter county gold.

In the junior women`s race the sole Clonliffe Harrier Rosin Leahy had a very good outing placing 11th in the junior standings. Sarah McCormack battled away throughout a hard senior women`s race over 8,000m to win inter county bronze, Sarah won inter county gold with dublin. In the senior men`s race Dave Fitzmaurice was 2nd U/23 and a superb 17th overall, Stephen Scullion looked strong in placing 5th and leading Armagh to inter county gold.

The Irish teams are due to be named in the next day or two and hopefully there`ll be good news on the way to Santry.




Round up home & away: Clonliffe man wins South London 10k

On a very busy weekend news of two good overseas runs from Clonliffe athletes. Eoin Pierce won the South London 10k Road Race in 33.29 from Jamal Mohamed 2nd and Sam Pictol 3rd this morning and Sergiu Ciobanu was 37th in the Tilburg Cross Country Interrnational this afternoon (Sunday).

On Saturday morning the Irish life BHAA 6k cross country took place in Santry Demesne, attracting a number of Clonliffe athletes to their back garden. New Clonliffe man Ronan O`Reilly continues to impress placing 26th, 36th Tom Frayne, 41st Conor Keane, 50th Joe Phibbs, 69th and 1st O/35 Emma Cooper,  Sinead Duffy 1st O/45, 135th Jacqui Dunphy.

Clonliffe man earns IAAF Race Walk Judge selection

Congratulations to Clonliffe`s Pierce O`Callaghan on the welcome news from the IAAF Council today.  The IAAF Council met in Barcelona this weekend and announced that Pierce O’Callaghan has been confirmed as an International Race Walking Judge for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August 2013. Pierce  becomes only the second Irish man ever to be appointed as an International Technical Official for an IAAF World Championship event and it marks a very successful period for the Ashbourne man who has been a member of the International Race Walking Judges panel since 2005. The Clonliffe Harriers clubman  was previously appointed as an International Judge for the Beijing and London Olympics as well as the 2009 World Championships in Berlin and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Aisling Coppinger wins Cambodian Ancient Khmer Path Race

Aisling Coppinger has won the Ancient Khmer Path six stage race in Cambodia covering the 235 kilometres in a combined time of 22:18:21. The Ancient Khmer Path is to say the least a challenging event which started in a Buddhist temple. The race then proceeded on a daily stage of varying distances before concluding on the sixth and final stage which was 16.6 kilometres past all the major temple sites to eventually finish in the world heritage site of Angkor Wat. Aisling went into the lead on stage 4, the race leader at that stage apparently having been hospitalised on the conclusion of stage 3. Further details of the event can be seen on




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