Archive for January, 2013

Arrangements for collection of 2013 Membership subscriptions

Members please note that club subscriptions for 2013 are now due. The rates applicable are €150.00 for Seniors/Masters, €120.00 for juveniles (to include race entry fees) and €100.00 for students/unwaged.

There will be a desk manned by Jeremy Chapman in the clubhouse for collection of subscriptions from 7 to 8 p.m. on the following nights:

Tuesday February 5th

Thursday February 7th

Tuesday February 12th

Also any athlete requiring their Athletics Ireland 2013 Registration number a list is on the club notice board.

Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country Wednesday Feb 6th

On Wednesday next February 6th Clonliffe Harriers AC host the Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country in Santry Demesne Parkland with a 12.00 noon start. Schools and athletes are requested to note the Final Instructions below:


12.00pm Minor Girls 1,500m (1 x 1500 lap)

12.15pm Minor Boys 1,500m (1 x 1500)

12.30pm Junior Girls 2,000m (2 x 1000m)

12.50pm Junior Boys 3,000m (2 x 1500)

1.10pm Inter Girls 3,500m (2 x 1000 + 1 x 1500)

1.30pm Inter Boys 4,500m (3 x 1500)

1.55pm Senior Girls 2,500m (1 x 1000 + 1 x 1500)

2.15pm Senior Boys 6,000m (4 x 1500)

Final Instructions:

Date: Wednesday 6th February 2013


Venue: Santry Demesne Parkland at rear of Morton Stadium, Santry


Parking: Morton Stadium Santry. Buses/coaches must use the gate to the Clonliffe Harriers end of the Stadium – gate no. 3. For health & safety reasons it is not permissible for buses/coaches to allow passengers to alight until such time as the bus has been actually parked. Please obey the instructions of the parking attendant.


Spectator car parking: Spectators should use the main car park in the Morton Stadium via gate no. 1. Please note that under no circumstances is parking permitted on the avenue within the Stadium, this may be required for ambulance access. Spectators can also avail of car parking in the public car park in Santry Demesne Park itself. Please note that strictly on the order of Fingal County Council, who are the owners and operators of Santry Demesne Parkland, no parking of any vehicles whatsoever is permitted on the grass areas of Santry Demesne.

Unauthorised car parking: There is no car parking allowed on the Swords Road itself or on the grass areas of the Swords Road. Please note that if cars are parked on the Swords Road or on the grass area on the Swords Road it is likely that An Garda Siochana will either impose parking tickets or vehicles may be removed by the authorities.

Toilet Facilities: Toilets are located under the stand at the Clonliffe Harriers side of the Stadium. Toilets are also located at the main reception area of the Stadium, access to the main reception area is through the outside doors – please note that the indoor section of the Stadium will be closed.

Track in the Morton Stadium: The track must not be encroached upon by anyone. This is to protect the track which will suffer severe and permanent damage if anyone wearing cross country spikes was to walk or warm up on the track. It is of vital importance that your athletes be advised that they are not under any circumstances permitted on the track in the Morton Stadium. The organisers are indebted to the Morton Stadium for granting us use of the facility and therefore the track and stadium must be respected at all times.

Entry to the venue: Via the Morton Stadium, there will be an open gateway at the rear of the Morton Stadium close to the main stand.

The course: The course in Santry Demesne Parkland is slightly different from previous years to give the athletes new challenges. The course is both challenging and enjoyable. The course is made up by way of a 1000M/1500M lap. The course will be marked and marshalled. You are requested to instruct your athletes that they should not warm up on the course when races are in progress – as soon as a race commences anyone who is not involved in the race should immediately vacate the course. You are also requested to advice your athletes to use the cross over points on the course rather than attempting to climb over the tape or under the tape, which invariably leads to breakage. Please ensure that your athletes are advised to beware when crossing the course so as not to impede competitors.

Numbers/kit: Numbers will be available from the official tent from 10.30 a.m. on the morning of the event. All athletes must wear appropriate numbers. Please note that all athletes must wear their school colours. If the school does not possess a set of singlets the athletes must wear white.

Prizes: The first three athletes in each race will be presented with medals immediately after the race at the presentation area. Minor and junior trophies will be presented before the inter girls race. Inter and senior trophies will be presented after the senior boys race. The first fifteen athletes and the first three teams for each race will qualify for the All Ireland Finals. Please note that minor athletes do not have an All Ireland Final.

Health & Safety: Please obey the instructions of all marshals at the venue. Marshals will be clearly identifiable as they will be wearing high viz vests. Please note that on health and safety grounds all athletes must avail of footwear. No athlete will be permitted to race barefoot.

Medical emergencies: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance.

Litter: As we have use of Santry Demesne Parkland, thanks to the co-operation of Fingal County Council, we implore you to appoint an individual/individuals to be responsible for the removal of all litter generated by your athletes. Each school is responsible for the area where they are based. Coaches are asked to bring a large black sack for rubbish collection.

Running the event: If your school has coaches or students who are willing to help out please ask them to report to the official’s tent. This ensures the smooth running of the event. Marshals are required to monitor the course, they are also needed at the finish line at the end of each race to ensure the smooth conclusion of each race.

Inquiries: Alan O’Neill, St. Aidan’s CBS, Whitehall, Dublin 9.E-mail:   Phone: 086 8829586

Clonliffe men ready for European Cross Country Challenge

The Clonliffe men’s team and band of supporters travels to Barcelona, Spain early tomorrow morning for the European Club`s Cross Country Championships which takes place in Castellon some 140km from Barcelona on Sunday afternoon. The team includes a wealth of experience with three of the members seasoned European campaigners and two making their European debuts. The full team is: Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O’Hanlon, Brian MacMahon, and Michael MacDiarmada all with previous European experience and European debuts for John Heneghan and Declan Power.

Course map below:

European Clubs 2012

There are some sixteen clubs entered for the men’s championship, the favourites are the crack Spanish team of Bikila Atletismo which includes pre race favourite Ayad Lamdassem.

The men’s race takes place on Sunday at 1.10 p.m. local time over 10,000 metres.

The team departs from terminal 2 in Dublin Airport tomorrow (Friday), meeting at 5.30 a.m. for their flight to Barcelona returning on Monday night.

The Dungarvan 10: Possibly the Best 10 miler around?

Mo McCrohan goes to Dungarvan: “How come you have been quiet on the blogs? Many have asked? Well I haven’t gone away you know,as someone once said!

How can you know to speak of running when you do not know to run!(to paraphrase an old quote /cliche!)

2012 was a bleak year for my running.Injured around this time last year,How ever many ways ,physio ,resting.,power walking,power bars ,I could not get going.Every cunning plan I had ,(like Emily Thorne in Series 2 Revenge) went wrong and had unintended consequences!I was over my strains last April and decided to take a session on the wet grass in Santry Demesne(which is not my favourite training area anyway!).One fall and 90 euro later following a trip to the VHI Clinic,I was further back then where I was in January!  

I reached my running bottom of the barrell at the Phoenix Park half when the attraction of my car was preferred to finishing the race!It was a family member who got to the crux, “.maybe ,you just need a rest?”!!

So thats what I did!A few weeks sabbatical ! Then Emily Thorne like,I plotted a return via the Raheny Winter League.Kind of like having  a running affair!My secret bit on the side  on a Wednesday night!So a steady December was followed up by joining coach Philip Doherty’s Tuesday Group.

Anyway,I was back and ready to roll at Dungarvan. If the West gets more than its fair share of the rain clouds blown across the big pond! The Sunny South East gets more than its fair share of rays for reasons I am not sure why?

So,while I left a wet and windy Dublin on Sunday morning,the Sun had its hat on as I crossed the Waterford Bridge! It was windy,but a glorious dry day !

There was lots of parking around the race HQ at West Waterford AC.Race start a half mile jog away.Good dance music blared out to keep us on our toes and as the London side of my character is a stickler for punctuality,I was impressed the  race started  bang on time!

I can’t do much more than repeat my comments on the race,two years ago! It is a very fast course.I can only assume we run in a kind of arc.We go from downhill to downhill without having an uphill in return!There were three water stations giving out bottles of drink and stewards calling out times at many mile markers!

The last mile is a cracking down hill run.I sparked off a Cork boyo and the two of us 6 minuted the last mile to go under 63.!

There was a good quality tee shirt and sports bag at the end.It was then an easy  warm down jog back to the HQ where a copious banquet fit for Royalty was laid on.They must have been cutting sandwiches all night.There were so many tea urns lined up ready and waiting ,it was like a scrap metal convention!

It was great to hear Gary O Hanlon won.Declan Power had a head cold and could not travel.,I repeat ,if you are looking for a 10 mile time.this is a “Carlsberg ad ” race!  

So,its on to Bohermeen ,Meath for me next in early March.Hope it doesn’t go pear shape like last years race for me!

Its good to be back”

Maurice aka Mo McCrohan

Road race round up: Gary is still the King of the Roads plus Raheny 5

After a week or so`s break from racing Gary O`Hanlon was at it again today, this time in the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 Mile. In a tactical race Gary took the win from Philip Harty (West Waterford) in a time of 51.20. Both men were together until 600 to go when Gary pounced. Next up for Gary the European Clubs Cross Country. Maurice McCrohan ran 62.56.

Also on Sunday the big road race of the weekend was the Axa Raheny 5. There was a big Clonliffe presence of over 25 athletes including top finisher 10th place Michael Mac Diarmada 25.53. Other Clonliffe: Tom Sherlock 28.04, Conor Keane 28.13, Clive Ahern 26.26,  Sean Doran 28.23, Philip O`Doherty 28.38, Conor Delaney 29.08, Colm Hickey 29.16, Joe Phipps 29.37, Kieran Murphy 30.44, Fionnula Doherty 32.03,  Alan Worrell 32.04,  Colm Doran 33.32, Paddy Tuite 33.41, Kevin Dowling 33.57, Emma Dunne 34.22, Colm McDomhnail 34.44, Alison O`Sullivan 34.47, Pat Devitt 35.19, Declan Murray 35.57, Clodgh Moriarty 35.55, Sinead Duffy 36.36, Paddy Devitt 37.02, Aine McCann 37.10, Fergal O`Shea 37.19. In the juvenile race before the 5 Mile main feature young Abbie Sheehy was top Clonliffe finisher in an excellent 3rd place in the girls 800m event.  (omissions text name and time to 0879599888)

Gregan scorches Athlone track to clock European QT (plus video)

Clonliffe 400 club record holder and European finalist Brian Gregan scorched around two laps of the fantastic Indoor track at Athlone IT at today`s AAI Indoor Games to win in 46.07. A phenomenal time: qualification for the European Indoors by over a second, the fastest indoor 400 in Europe this season, and 2nd fastest in the world, the fastest indoor 400 ran in Ireland for seven years and of course a new indoor PB. Brian was out of the blocks fast with an opening 400 of 21.9 and then cruised the second lap for the performance of the day. Unbelieveable!!

Brian Gregan AAI Indoor Games

Great video of Brian`s race from  Click-

There were several other Clonliffe athletes trying out the new facility today. In the sprints Keith Pike won heat 2 of the 60m in a pb of7.05. Patrick O`Connor ran 7.15 for 60m and then an impressive 22.83 for 200m.  Leah Moore ran a 60m pb of 7.67 and 25.4 for 200 and Sarah Doyle ran 27.25. Ciaran Mackey won his 400 heat in 49.48.

In the middle distance events Kris Valters had a good run over 800m recording a time of 1.52.8. Becky woods ran 4.39.6 in the 1500, Mark McDonald 4.04. In the 3,000m Aaron Hanlon ran an indoor pb of 8.38 with Dema Serjoggins, running his last race for Clonliffe before returning home to Lativa next week, 8.44. Louise Reilly was 3rd in the women`s 3000 in 10.36.28.

In the field events Andrew Heney had an excellent day winning the high jump with a jump of 2.00m. Dave Donegan won the pole vault with a best of 4.62m with Ian Rogers 2nd (4.40m).

Matt Field was also in indoor action this weekend running 8.19 over the 60m hurdles a mere 1/100th off his pb.

Across the Atlantic David Flynn was running for Arkansas in the Razorbacks Invitational Indoor Meet at Arkansas University on Saturday. Flynner was 16th in the Mile in 4.19.13.

Safe passage for Clonliffe athletes to Leinster cross finals updated

Objective achieved! Clonliffe athletes successfully negotated their way through today`s (Wednesday)  North Leinsters to book places on the starting line for February 6th`s Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country finals. The North Leinster`s took place in St. Clare`s DCU, Glasnevin thanks it must be said to the Clonliffe crew who gave up their time to build and marshall the course at short notice. The under foot conditions where much better than feared, a rain free day making all the difference and although it was cold it was a perfect cross country day. Highlights from a Clonliffe perspective included an impressive one two in the senior boys race from Messrs. Hanlon and Guiden, another classey run from Cathal Doyle 2nd in the inter boys and team firsts from the St. Aidans Junior and Inter squads.

First of the Harriers in the field were in the minor race. Ruth Bergin comfortable qualifying with a 6th place finish and then Joseph Hutchinson and Fintan McManus in the minor boys race both featuring prominently in the red and white of St. Aidans finishing 12th and 14th, as the team took bronze and Leinster qualification. Next up two of our girls in the junior race and two more qualifiers. Alanah Cooley running a hard race from the off getting into the top 10 at the first bend and successfully defending her placing throughout-9th at the finish. Alanah was chased all the way by  Aimee McGrath who today ran the best race of her young career carving her way through the field to place 10th.

The junior boys race had a great collection of Harriers battling away for St. Aidans. Joseph Hession took the honours today top dog in an excellent 4th place with Sean Carrigg 5th after a race long battle. Kevin McKenna was next  another good solid run in 8th place. 22nd was Greg Hosseny and Shane Merrigan, still sufferning the effects of a chest infection in 38th. The reward for some fine performances by these guys was team gold.

Laura Tuite was our sole athlete in the inter girls race. Laura did exactly what was required today a fast start, top 10 position and hold that for lap 2. 9th place and a Leinster final to look forward to.

Cathal Doyle ran at the head of the field shoulder to shoulder with a St. Patrick`s Navan clad athlete looking relaxed and cruised home in a comfortable 2nd position leading St. Aidans to another team gold. Adam O`Brien had a fine run today in 4th place. On the run in David O`Hanlon, and for the 2nd race in succession managing to keep his spikes on his feet, over hauled Brian Flanagan, who had possibly his best run to date David 8th Brian 9th. Anto McMahon was next of the clonliffe guys a gutsy 29th, a fine run again today from Thomas Ward 37th with a very off form Paddy O`Hanlon next in 42nd.

Aaron and Ian North Leinster cc

Senior boys 1 2: Aaron Hanlon and Ian Guiden

Finally today the senior boys over 6,000m. From the start Aaron Hanlon running for St. Mary`s Drogheda was at the head of the field, with a fairly big bunch including training partner Ian Guiden making his return from injury, and Liam Ashton, carrying an injury. At half way Aaron and Ian pulled smarthly away from the field and ran relaxed side by side until with one to go Aaron was away and took the win from Ian 2nd, Liam 8th and displaying great battling qualities Niall Norman 18th and Ross Kearny 19th, these four taking silver for St. Aidans and safe passage to Santry Demesne in two weeks time.

Thursday was West Leinsters in the wide open space of the Phoenix Park. A huge lap near the Papal Cross, basically run to the horizon turn and run back! Great underfoot conditions though it was cold and damp. Only a few Clonliffe athletes here today. Lauren Carr in the minor girls race was first in action and qualified comfortably taking 7th place. Then Sally Aherne running very well in the inter girls race always well up in the qualifying places, a 8th place finish by Sally. The senior boys for some reason only run 4,000 in the Wests a good solid run by Eoin McCullough to finish looking good and relaxed in 5th place. Race walker Ryan Cleary did not find things much to his liking and finished 50th, although it looks fairly certain that Belvedere will progress to the Leinsters.

The East Leinsters also took place in Wicklow today (Thursday) with Hope Saunders running in the inter girls another Clonliffe success as Hope negotated her way safely through with a good 7th place finish. Unfortunately Mario was just out of the qualifiers in 16th place and Paul Courtney, with a much improved run over his last outing was 37th.

So there you have it…objective achieved….see you in Santry February 6th high noon.

March madness: Juvenile Spring Race Series 2013

The popular Juvenile Spring Series which Clonliffe have held in conjunction with our friends in Skerries AC and Lusk AC continues for a 4th year in March. The dates have now been agreed between the clubs and are set out below. In a change with tradition one of the highlights of the series, the eagerly anticipated Skerries Beach Race, will now serve as the series opener on Sunday March 3rd. This is due to tidal conditions, in simple terms, it`s the only morning in March when the tide is out! The other good news is the expansion of the number of clubs taking part. This year Clonliffe athletes will be joined on the start line by athletes from Skerries AC, Lusk AC, Portmarnock AC, Ballyboughal AC and Lambay SA.

Spring Series Race dates:

Sunday March 3rd – Skerries Beach Races hosted by Skerries AC

Sunday March 10th –   Portmarnock Grass Races hosted by Portmarnock AC/Lusk AC

Sunday March 24th –  Morton Stadium Track Races hosted by Clonliffe Harriers AC


Hireco to continue its sponsorship of Clonliffe Harriers

It is with great pleasure that Clonliffe Harriers can announce that Hireco Trailer Rentals are continuing as the club’s sponsor for 2013. Hireco have been a most loyal supporter of Clonliffe Harriers since January of 2007 with the Hireco logo proudly worn on the Clonliffe vest. Hireco’s partnership with Clonliffe Harriers now entering it’s seventh year, has coincided with great success for the club at all levels from juvenile through to junior, senior and master. Clonliffe President Paddy Marley in announcing the continuation of Hireco’s sponsorship said:

“Clonliffe Harriers are delighted to continue its associationship with Hireco. Helen Flynn and Hireco have been most loyal supporters of this club and their financial support has been invaluable in allowing the club to continue to support its athletes and our development. It gives the whole club a great boost to have such confidence displayed in our club by an organisation such as Hireco. Clonliffe are proud to be associated with Hireco and to wear the Hireco logo on the famous black and amber singlet. I would like to thank sincerely Helen and Hireco for their outstanding contribution to Clonliffe Harriers”.

Opposition confirmed for European Club`s Track and Field

Although on a day like today the Summer Track & Field season may seem a long way away European Athletics have confirmed the teams for group B/C of the Men`s Champion Club`s Track and Field which takes place once again in Dubnica, Slovakia on May 25th. Between now and then of course there is the matter of the senior men also competing in the European Club`s Cross Country on February 3rd in Castellon, Spain.

Teams for European Club`s Track & Field:

CZE TJ Dukla praha

SUI LC Zurich

ISR Maccabi Tel-Aviv

SLO Mass

SVK AK Spartak Dubnica nad Vahom


IRL Clonliffe Harriers AC

NED Phanos

SRB Partizan

BIH AK Borac

FIN Jyväskylan Kenttäurheilijat

LUX C.S.L. Cal-Spora Lux.

GRE Olympiakos A.C


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