Archive for March, 2013

Alistair Cragg runs 5,000m road pb in Massachusetts

Alistair Cragg continued his fine recent form on the roads in the U.S. yesterday, March 30th, in the Westfield 5k Road Race, Massachussetts finishing 2nd behind Simon Ndirange but running a very fast time of 13.24 his fastest ever 5k on the road.

Clonliffe at Omagh and Slieve Bloom Half Marathons

Yesterday`s (Saturday 30th) Omagh Half Marathon was the big race of the weekend with a classy field to boot. Clonliffe pair National Cross Country Champion and course record holder Sergiu Ciobanu -v- prolific racer Gary O`Hanlon -v- European Indoor 3,000 man Stephen Scullion -v- National Marathon runner up Joe McAllister. In a very fast race Scullion (Nortn Belfast Harriers) was the victor in a new course record of 64.46, two seconds quicker than Sergiu last year, 2nd was Sergiu in 65.11 with Gary 4th (67.50) nearly a minute in front of McAllister.

Meanwhile today Easter Sunday Marie Byrne was 2nd (1:34 aprox) and Jacqui Dunphy was 5th (1:37 aprox) woman in the Slieve Bloom Half Marathon from the village of Clonaslee, Co. Laois, a race that consists of road, gravel tracks and forest trail over 10k and Half Marathont set in the very scenic but gentle Slieve Bloom mountains.

Big PB for Flynner in Stanford Invitation.

At yesterday’s  (Friday 29th) big Stanford Invitational meet one of the heroes of the National cross country Dave Flynn had his first out door track race of the season and hit the track flying.  Flynner recorded a 7 second PB over 5, 000 running a very impressive time of 14.17.29. Flynner post race was delighted with his run despite falling off the pace mid race he hauled himself back with a fine finish which included a 59 second last lap. Next up for Dave is a 1500 in Fayetteville in two weeks time followed by the 3,000sc in the Arkansas-v-Oregon meet in Eugene, Oregon.

Euro clubs man Powers to Grand Prix win

Eoin Murray Reprts: The first race in the 2013 Grand Prix series took place last night on the track. The cold weather did not stop close to 50 athletes toeing the line for the Frank White 5 Mile which was very generously sponsored by Colm Doran.

From the off, Declan Power, who competed for Clonliffe Harriers in February`s European Club`s Cross Country, took control of the race and eased to victory in a nippy 26.15, he was followed home by Tom Sherlock and Sean Doran. Conor Keane showing the benefits of consistent hard training over the winter was in second place for most of the race but miscalculated the count of his laps, not the only one to do the make that mistake.

The winner in the handicap was Raheny Shamrocks Mary Purdue-Smyth, the only person to beat her handicapped  time, in second place was Maurice McCrohan followed by Eoin Murray.

The presentation took place in the club bar afterwards with some welcome tea, coffee and biscuits(thanks Caroline, Paddy and Frank). Thanks to the officials who turned out on a cold night to help with the race, all the athletes and to Colm Doran for sponsoring the prizes. Thanks also to Declan Murray for donating two tickets to the Messiah to be included in the spot prizes.

Next race in the series is on the 18th April, 3k on the track.


Declan Power                    0:26:15

Thomas Sherlock              0:28:47

Sean Doran                         0:28:48

Eoin Murray                       0:28:51

Colm Hickey                       0:29:01

Joe Phipps                          0:29:05

Dave Brady                         0:29:31

Clive Ahern                         0:29:55

Maurice McCrohan           0:30:15

Raymond Dunne              0:30:25

Dave Corcorcan                0:30:32

Mark Gilvarry                     0:31:13

Pat Berry                             0:32:13

Pat Byrne                            0:32:14

Kevin Dowling                   0:32:17

Ger Prendergast                 0:32:29

Jeremy Chapman             0:32:33

Declan Murray                  0:32:37

Liam Hennessy                  0:32:39

Gerry McCabe                   0:33:01

Desie Shorten                   0:33:02

Colm McDonnell              0:33:05

Bernie Byrne                      0:33:34

Rachel Wisdom                 0:33:51

Colm Breen                        0:34:03

Richie Barr                         0:34:11

Paddy Devitt                      0:34:25

Louise Morgan                  0:34:41

Nigel O’Neill                       0:35:07

Pat Devitt                            0:35:10

R Colbert                             0:35:51

Clodagh Moriarty             0:35:53

Emma Dunne                     0:35:54

Karen Kinsella                    0:36:16

Aine McCann                     0:36:19

Mary Purdue-Smyth         0:36:51

Deirdre Fitzsimons          0:37:18

Terry  Mee                          0:37:28

Sinead Smith                     0:40:46

Lorraine Sherwood           0:40:46

Dave Brady (Raheny)       0:42:08

John Langan                       0:42:25

Richard Connolly              0:43:05

Morton Mile 2013 latest: Leer hopes to be here!

Hopes are high that defending Morton Mile champion Will Leer (USA) will be back in Santry toeing the line for the 2013 Morton Mile as he bids to become a three time Morton Mile winner.  This week Will Leer gave the Morton Mile the thumbs up declaring “I certainly hope to be there!  Morton is one of my favourite races and I wouldn’t miss it”.

The popular Morton Miler won the 2010 Morton Mile in a time of 3.56.81 ahead of Jack Bolas (USA) and Russell Browne (USA).  At last years tremendously exciting Morton Mile Leer was again the winner in that never to be forgotten blanket finish in a time of 3.56.39 winning by 100th of a second from David Torrence (USA) and Ryan Gregson (AUS).  Leer has been in tremendous form on the indoor circuit in the United States and on the first weekend of this month completed a US indoor middle distance championship double in winning both the Mile and 3000m.

The Morton Games will take place in the Morton Stadium Santry on the 17th of July with a full programme of international athletic events, feature events this year will include the Men’s 400m, the Albie Thomas 3000m, the SSC Women’s International Mile and the most famous race in Irish athletics – the Morton Mile.  Tickets for the event will go on sale soon.  Keep an eye on  for updates.

Grand Prix Series starts tomorrow with Frank White Cup

The Grand Prix sub committee have confirmed that the first race of the 2013 Grand Prix Series, weather and track conditions permitting, will take place tomorrow night, Thursday the 28th at 8 p.m. The first race of the series is the Frank White Cup a five mile track race with an 8 p.m. start.

World 2 Mile record

Frank White was a long serving member of Clonliffe Harriers as both an athlete and administrator. He competed in the summer of records at Santry Stadium in August 1958, although representing Annadale rather than Clonliffe at that stage, he ran in the two mile on the 8th of August 1958 where Albie Thomas (AUS) set a world record. The picture here shows Frank (number 34) sitting on the shoulders of the pacemaker Herb Elliott with Albie Thomas (number 38). After Frank’s distinguished athletics career was over he continued to serve Clonliffe Harriers and was the club’s Honorary Secretary for a long number of years and indeed died in office.

The Frank White Cup was originally presented to the club by his family to commemorate his memory and was presented to the winner of the short lived Clonliffe 5 mile road race which ran in the late 1980s. In 2012 the race was revived, although for traffic reasons, became a track race as part of the Grand Prix Series.

The Grand Prix sub committee have confirmed that there is a huge entry in this years Grand Prix Series and it is expected that there will be a big field in tomorrow night’s race. It is going to be difficult for officials on the night with such a big field competing over 20 laps and the sub committee have, therefore, appealed to any people who are not running to come up tomorrow night to officiate. Anyone who officiates tomorrow night will be exempt from assisting with other races throughout the course of the Series. The presentation of prizes in the Frank White Cup will take place in the club bar post race.

There have also been some date changes made to the 2013 schedule with the O’Connor Cup now moved to the 18th of June, the club 10,000 metres for the Bonass Trophy moved to the 12th of September and the Walker Cup, four mile track race, to the 24th of September. In addition there are still four races without a sponsor so if anyone is interested in sponsoring one of these races please contact Eoin Murray (087 292 7862).

Notice from Committee regarding Clonliffe Bar

The clubhouse bar will no longer be open on Monday and Tuesday evenings, effective the 15th April 2013. The clubhouse bar will now be open Wednesday night to Sunday night inclusive. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

By order of the Committee

25th March 2013

Important Notice regarding European Clubs track & field

Club Captain Joe Cooper has called a meeting for men`s track & field athletes (coaches are welcome to attend) to discuss the forthcoming European Clubs track and field championships which takes place in Dubnica, Slovakia on May 25th. The meeting is on Tuesday April 2nd at 9.00pm in the club bar. Athletes should bring their passports to the meeting.

All the latest round up: home and away

Starting off today in Dunboyne for the big 4 Mile road race. 4th, yes indeed that man Gary again in 20.02, 6th Michael MacDiarmada (20.33), Ciaran McCarthy in his first race as a Clonliffe man ran a fine 21.49 for 26th place, 108th Alan Worrall (25.30), 342nd Chris Troy (29.57) and away in Kentucky, USA yesterday, March 23rd, where Graham Mahon ran his first outdoor race for Clarke Crusaders at the Berea College Invitational finishing 2nd in the 800m in 2.01.95. Finally a race missed during the week the BHAA North County Farmers Floodlit Cross Country in Malahide on March 20th where Chris Muldoon continues to race his way back to his best finishing 2nd (18.35), another good run also by Conor Keane 5th (18.59)

Spring Series concludes in Winter like Morton Stadium (photos added)

The Juvenile Spring Race Series 2013 came to an end this morning (Sunday 24th) in a bitterly cold Morton Stadium. It`s good to report, however, that despite the conditions there was an impressive turn out of athletes from the clubs involved so take a bow all you hardy athletes from Ballyboughal AC, Lusk AC, Portmarnack AC, Skerries AC and Clonliffe Harriers. All the races enjoyed big fields particularily the girls U/13 800 and U/15 1200 where the start was like a big city marathon.

There were some fine runs from the Clonliffe athletes today with impressive wins provided by David Tuite boys U/13 800, Cathal Doyle boys U/17 mile, Ruth Bergin girls U/15 1200, Joseph Hession boys U/15 1200, Kate Watson girls U/9 300 and Johnathan Fitzsimons boys U/9 300.

Thank you to all the officials who turned out and to the parents for the catering post event in the clubhouse. Well done to all on another very successful Spring Series.


Girls U/9 300m

1. Kate Watson  Clonliffe

2. Ruth Barrett  Ballyboughal

3. Natisha Byrne  Skerries

4. Sinead Rogers

5. Grace Gill


Boys U/9 300m

1. Johnathan Fitzsimons  Clonliffe

2. Andrew Brennan  Ballyboughal

3. Joshua Case  Portmarnock

4. Oisin Hegarty  Skerries

5. Louise Geoghegan  Ballyboughal

6. Sam Fearon  Clonliffe


Girls U/11 500m

1. Kate Halpin  Lusk

2. Aoife Hession  Clonliffe

3. Alannah Fitzsimons  Clonliffe

4. Ella Kingsworth Skerries

5. Jessica Scully  Clonliffe

6. Georgina Byrne  Skerries


Boys U/11 500m

1. Brogan McClusky  Lusk

2. Shane Archer  Portmarnack

3. Oliver McQuaid  Skerries

4. Simon Barrett  Ballyboughal

5. Conal McAlistair  portmarnock

6. Shane Patterson  Portmarnock


Girls U/13 800m

1. Anna Pierce  Skerries

2. Katy Butler  Clonliffe

3. Rafa Diamind  Skerries

4. Hannah Byrne  Portmarnock

5. Anna Calvz  Skerries

6. Amy Warren  Clonliffe


Boys U/13 800m

1. David Tuite  Clonliffe

2. Ronan Patterson  Portmarnock

3. Stephen Byrne  Skerries

4. Ben Guiden  Clonliffe

5. Michael Haye  Ballyboughal

6. John Fanning  Skerries


Girls U/15 1200m

1. Ruth Bergin  Clonliffe

2. Evelyn McCarthy  Skerries

3. Hannah Byrne  Clonliffe

4. Amy Kelly  Clonliffe

5. Lovisa Byrne  Skerries

6. Clare Davey  Skerries


Boys U/15 1200m

1. Joseph Hession  Clonliffe

2. Conor Tuck  Skerries

3. Dylan Cody Foy Lusk

4. Stephen O`Connor  Skerries

5. Patrick Eccles Portmarnock

6. Conor Ryan  Portmarnock


Girls U/17 1 Mile

1. Aoimhe Downey  Skerries

2. (Tie)  Laura Costello/ Sarah Byrne

4. Amy Carron  Skerries

5. Ali Deeley  Clonliffe

6. Orla Bollard  Skerries


Boys U/17 1 Mile

1. Cathal Doyle  Clonliffe

2. Adam O`Brien  Clonliffe

3. Sean Carrigg  Clonliffe

4. Brian Flanagan  Clonliffe

5. Ross Kearney  Clonliffe

6. Daniel Kelly  Skerries




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