Archive for May, 2013

Morton Games news: 3000m, Pole Vault & Tickets

With less than 50 days now to the 2013 Morton Games planning for the big day proceeds unabated with daily interest in all events from overseas and from some of Ireland`s top athletes. Places are filling up fast so athletes interested in competing should get in contact now via  to avoid disappointment.

The event web site  has all the latest news including confirmation of Fasìonflo`s continued sponsorship of the Albie Thomas 3000 and exciting news of a top class field coming together in the pole vault, more exciting news on this front expected soon.

Tickets are now on sale. Usual cost of €10 is reduced by 20% until July 1st. Members please note that entry to the Morton Games will be by ticket only or payment of €10 on the night. Club members please contact Eoin Murray, Fergie Keenan or Conor Keane for tickets.

Mid week Harrier round up: BHAA, Graded and more

Tuesday and the BHAA Dundoyne 10k road race, first Clonliffe man was Chris Muldoon in 9th place 26.45. Other Clonliffe including: Conor Keane 27.38, sean Doran 27.52,  Joseph Cooper 28.28, Conor Delaney 28.31, Mark Gilvary 29.29, Colm Doran 34.37. (please text name and time if you want recorded to 087 9599888).

Also on Tuesday Colm Rooney made his racing comeback in a 5k Docklands road race placing 2nd in 15.26.

Tonight, Wednesday and the 4th Dublin Graded Meet of the year in Tallaght, a strangly subdued meet, saw a maiden win for U/17 athlete Josh Stubbs in the mile D race. A well judged run saw Josh sit comfortably on the leaders until 200 to go when he unleased a great turn of speed to sprint clear and win easing up in 5.01.08.  Good runs also in this from the rest of the U/17 squad Ross Kearney 5.13, Brian Flanagan 5.17 and Paul Courtney 5.18. In the A & B women`s mile young Hope Saunders running her first senior race ran very well to place 5th in the race in 5.40.18 with the more seasoned  Sinead Hartnett closing (5.47.83). Other Clonliffe in action Tom Sherlock 3rd  in the C mile in 4.46.90, Nadine Lattimore 3rd in the discus (20.57m) with  Frances Mansfield 4th in 13.51m.

Clonliffe ladies 50th Anniversary good to go on July 4th

Calling all Clonliffe Ladies past and present….we are kicking off our 50th celebrations at Morton Stadium on Thursday the 4th of July.

It was an historic occasion in October 1963 when at that years A.G.M it was decided to welcome women members to the then predominately all male Clonliffe Harriers Athletic club. Within a month of this decision a small band of young women began training on a regular basis at the stadium, many of who went on to be the national and international female stars of the sixties and seventies.

Clonliffe Ladies first race (2)

(Pictured: Ladies first: December 1963, the historic 1st race)

Nick-named the ‘Morton Marvels’ these ‘Lassies’ were ‘encouraged away from their knitting’ to train three or four times a week at the stadium and by mid-December 1963 they were competing in their first Club event. This race was run on Santry lane over a distance of 600 yards attracting up to thirty competitors. The race was won by Claire Dowling, ‘a clerk from Guinness’s’, in 1min 37.5 secs.

Clonliffe Harries has developed and promoted women’s athletics over the 50 years since this momentous beginning and we are proud of the achievements of all our women at every level of athletics up to and including their participation at the Olympic Games.

On the 4th of July next we are running a celebratory 600yards race on the track at Santry starting at 7.30

So, ‘Come on Girls’ both past and present join us on the evening. Come for a walk, a jog, a run or sprint. But most of all come for the chat. Join in with our stars of yester years; our young stars of the future; Olympians Claire Walsh, Patrice Dockery, Ann Keenan-Buckley; cross country champions Ann O’Brien, Kathryn Davis and Mary Donohue to name but a few who have worn the ‘black and amber.

Following our amble on the track there will be a cuppa in the clubhouse……….

Do please spread the word

. To keep as many of our members past and present up to date with our celebration news can you please pass on mobile numbers and/or emails contacts to one of the following contacts.

Futher enquiries to

Noreen Keane 0876846662

Kathryn Walley (0872475321/

Pamela Cooper 0861503015

Wanted: photos going back through the years. Please contact Noreen Keane.

Clonliffe duo selected for International Trail Race

Sara McCormack and Brian MacMahon have both been selected for international duty and will run in the international trail race in the Lake District on June 9th.

Athletics Ireland membership cards available Tuesday

Club members may collect their Athletics Ireland 2013 Membership Cards from Stephen Harkness in the clubhouse tomorrow, Tuesday 29th at 8.30pm. These cards will have your AAI Registration numbers which are needed to enter competition. Members are asked to collect them, members registration details are currently available from list on club notice board.

Scullion wins Kenneally head to head in Manchester and more

Clonliffe pairing Stephen Scullion and Mark Kenneally went head to head in the televised Great Manchester 10k Run this morning. As one would expect it was Scullion who prevailed placing 9th in 29.48 from Kenneally 14th in 30.28, in what was the latters second comeback race after a long period of injury.

New Clonliffe signing Tudor Moldohn had a good run in the Strawberry Fair Half Marathon in Enniscorthy finishing 4th in 74.01. Kerri Page won the Malahide 10k in a new pb of 42.07.

Finally,…..wait for it……today……Gary O`Hanlon……won the Newry Marathon in 2.34.15 his 3rd Marathon win this month!! Limerick on May 5th, Kildare on May 12th and Newry May 26th, plus of course Connemara on April 7th.

Double top for Clonliffe in league 1st round at HQ (updated)

It was an excellent day for the Clonliffe men and women`s track and field teams in today`s 1st round of the national league held in glorious sunshine in the Morton Stadium today. At the end of the 6 hour long competition both teams finished top of their groups in the premier division. The men`s team win was built on the foundation of some superb performances in the field events and middle distance. Pride of place goes to Tomas Rauktys who pitched in valuable wins in the shot (16.21m) and discus (53.21m). Excellent performances also in particular from Ryan Whelan winning the javelin in an excellent pb of 53.81m, and fine wins also from Dave Donegan in the pole vault (4.70m), Ryan Cleary in the 3,000 race walk (14.21.20), Ian Guiden in the 1500 (4.00.38) ,Dave Fitzmaurice in the 5,000 (15.23.40) and a good win also in the hammer by Manuel Calvo-Curry (44.38m) and a very exciting 4 x 100 relay win in a fast 42.06.

The team featured a blend of well seasoned campaigners and up and coming young athletes Ryan Cleary, Ryan Whelan and both Ian Guiden and Cathal Doyle (an 800 pb of 2.07.40 for 5th place) making their league debuts. At the end of the day the team topped the group on 126 points, from Menapians 120 and North Down 105.

The womens team were the surprise of the day as they were up against some top class opposition and were delighted to also top the group on 105 points, from Ferrybank 103 and Raheny 98.5. Again wins chawked up by Ciara McCallion in the 400 (57.54), Eleanor Alexander in the 1500 (4.42.5)and Denise Byrne in the javelin (40.08m) laid the foundations. After that some top scores were contributed by 2nd placers Roisin Leahy in the 3000, Senzana Bectina in the Race Walk, Michelle English in the 800 and in both relays, 4 x 100 where young Kate Hession impressed all, and the 4 x 400. 3rd places then from Sarah Doyle on her comeback after a long long absence 3rd in both the 400h and 100h and Leah Moore 2nd in the 100 and 3rd 200 and also on her debut a solid 4th in the long jump by Megan Coomber, another of the exciting new generation of Clonliffe Harriers.

Well done to all our athletes today and to the two Captains, we`re on the road now!

Update Monday, 27th, combined scores show Clonliffe men lead on 126, 2nd Menapians 120, 3rd Leevale 118. Women: 1st Leevale, 2nd Kildare County, 3rd Clonliffe 105.

Aaron Hanlon wins IMC 5,000 in new PB

Young Clonliffe Harrier Aaron Hanlon ran a fine pb of 15.01.18  in this afternoon`s IMC Meet in Greystones, knocking some 20 plus seconds off his previous best set in the North Leinster Schools. It was a brave effort at European Junior 5000 QT , with Aaron on target at 3000 but finding himself running all alone for the final 2,000 in windy enough conditions. There was a Clonliffe one two in the women`s 1500m: 1st Eleanor Alaxander 4.30.59 with Becky Woods a fraction behind in 4.30.9. A win also in the 200 from Stuart Roche 22.71 as well as a 2nd place in a new pb of 11.22 in the 100. Kris Valters was 3rd in the 800 (1.54.74), while Edgar Sumskis ran 4.01.38 in the 1500m.

Round up: midweek and weekend so far

Starting off with NCAA qualifiers in the US where Dave Fyynn was out of luck in the NCAA division 1 W placing 13th place in 9.15.46. Midweek and Conor Healy made a very welcome return to racing after a long period out through injury, on Tuesday the 21st Conor took to the road in Enfield for the Bob Heffernan 5k placing 5th in an encouraging 15.34.

On Wednesday the 22nd the Clonliffe Meet and train group took in the final round of the Summer Road League, a testing hilly course in the Phoenix Park hosted by Donore Harriers. Pride of place goes to Bernadette Kiernan who made it a hat trick of wins winning by a 35 second margin. Next home was Caoimhe Cruise 19th, Niamh Kiely 24th, Emma Kely 29th, Michelle Schmit 62nd and Mandy 68th, who managed to take a wopping 2 minutes off her 2012 time in this race.

Connolly first past the post in McCarrick Plate

Eoin Murray reports: The 5th race in the Grand Prix series (2.5 mile),  took place last night in cold but decent conditions for running. A large number of athletes turned out to compete in the McCarrick plate. Eugene was on hand on
the night to present the prizes for the 17th running of this race. 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 knew what they had to do, to win. The winner in the Grand prix was Richard Connolly, followed by Mark Gilvarry and Pat Bonass. Thanks to the officials on the night, as most of the athletes all finished closely together, it made it a difficult job to take names and times.

The next race is Thursday 13th June, in Santry on the grass at 8.00.


Name Position Time 
Richard Connolly 1 00:19:39
Mark Gilvarry 2 00:20:13
Pat Bonass 3 00:20:15
Colm Breen 4 00:20:21
Rory Colbert (guest) 5 00:20:23
Deirdre Fitzsimons 6 00:20:24
Shay Byrne 7 00:20:27
Philip Lambert guest 8 00:20:28
Louise Morgan 9 00:20:29
Michelle Schmitt  10 00:20:32
Karen Kinsella 11 00:20:33
Mick Fennell 12 00:20:34
Dave Mullan guest 13 00:20:35
John Fennell guest 14 00:20:38
Jim Keogh 15 00:20:39
Yvonne McDonagh 16 00:20:41
Lorraine Sherwood 17 00:20:42
Kevin Dowling 18 00:20:43
Rachel Wisdom 19 00:20:46
Shane Casey 20 00:20:47
Fergal O’Shea 21 00:20:51
Colm Doran 22 00:20:55
Andrew Eustace 23 00:20:58
Conor Keane 24 00:20:59
Sean Doran 25 00:21:01
Mark Bermingham 26 00:21:04
John Langan 27 00:21:05
Richie Barr 28 00:21:06
Thomas Sherlock 29 00:21:08
Pat Healy 30 00:21:09
Aoife Carey guest 31 00:21:10
Philip  O’Doherty 32 00:21:11
Eoin Murray 33 00:21:13
Clive Ahern 34 00:21:14
John Frier 35 00:21:15
Tom Monks  36 00:21:17
Davy Byrne 37 00:21:18
Fiona Hayes 38 00:21:19
Sean Bergazi guest 39 00:21:20
Aimee Ahern 40 00:21:24
Pat Timmons 41 00:21:25
Dermot  Kelly 42 00:21:27
Sean mcDaid guest 43 00:21:27
Dave  Dunwoody 44 00:21:29
Sinead Smith 45 00:21:30
Emma Cooper 46 00:21:27
Trevor Wisdom 47 00:21:41
Raymond Dunne 48 00:21:45
Maurice McCrohan 49 00:21:46
Fergus Wheatley 50 00:21:51
Dave Corcorcan 51 00:21:52
Ernie Ramsey 52 00:21:59
Dave Brady (Raheny) 53 00:22:05
Alan Smeaton  54 00:22:25
George Maybury 55 00:23:38
Robert Scott 56 00:23:55
Claire Byrne 57 00:24:54
Matt Slattery 58 00:24:57


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