Archive for September, 2013

Brian MacMahon places 3rd in Dublin Half Marathon

Brian MacMahon lead the Clonliffe pack home in this morning`s Dublin Half Marathon in the Phoenix Park in 72.53. Next in was Chris Muldoone 14th, and 3rd Master in 74.51 with Ciaran McCarthy 18th in 75.17. Other Clonliffe included: former Clonliffe junior Derek Finnegan, 80.19, Derek left these shores in the mid 1990`s when he went on a scholarship to the USA,  Conor Delany 80.59, Tom Sherlock 82.53, Mark Bermingham 82.56, Mo McCrohan 86.40, Pat Byrne 89.17, Jacqui Dunphy, 8th woman, 90.43 ( to be included please text name and time to 0879599888)

Schools cross gets underway with Clonliffe athletes featuring

With the League cross country having kicked off the season for clubs on Sunday the schools followed suit yesterday with the Belvedere Cross Country Relays in the Phoenix Park. The course used was the usual open lap at the Papal Cross. It was a true cross country day, cold and wet, wet, wet, as always in the Park, however, the ground was hard, making for fast racing despite the conditions. Most of the schools were using the event as a shake down with athletes only back in training after the Summer break. The formate of the event featured 1k, 2k and 3k legs with schools entering as many teams as they like.

The St. Aidans lads had a most successful day bring back to Whitehall several impressive looking trophies. Excellent form in particualar shown by the all Clonliffe inter team of Sean Carrigg,  Kevin McKenna, Shane Merrigan, Greg Hossenny and Joseph Hession as they recorded a fine win, with the inter C team, also showing an almost full Clonliffe compilment of Brain Flanagan, Cathal Doyle, Alex Gibbons, David O’ Hanlon and (time for a come back to the fold) Philip Keenan placing 3rd. The senior A`s featuring Niall Norman and Liam Ashton were 1st.

Positive run`s were also recorded in the Belvedere colours by Clonliffe athletes Kevin Loftus in the inter section and Ben Guiden in the minors.

Well done all. Next up on the schools calender is the Brother at Your Side Clonliffe Schools Invitational in Santry on October 9th.

Only 3 weeks to the 2013 Brother Clonliffe Schools Cross Country

In a little more than 3 weeks time, October 9th, the 2013 Brother at Your Side Clonliffe Schools Invitational Cross Country takes place. The event is once again generously sponsored by Brother and will take place on Wednesday October 9th in Santry Demesne Park, Santry from 12.30pm. There will be a primary schools race for 5th and 6th classes starting with the girls at 12.30 and then boys. At 1.00pm the secondary schools program will commence with minor boys, there will be four secondary schools races for boys and four for girls. Individual awards will be presented to the first three in each race, with team awards to first three teams. A team`s score is calculated on the first four from each school across the line, although schools can enter up to 20 per race, a team is deemed to be 8 (in other words there are only 8 medals presented), all finishers will once again we are delighted to say receive a special Brother at Your Side Clonliffe Schools XC T shirt.

Invitations for this Invitational only event have already gone out to the schools that have previously competed at the Clonliffe Brother Schools Cross Country.his event is an Invitational event. If your schools has not received it`s invitation, this could be due to a change in e mail contact details or for some other reason, or indeed if your schools has not competed previously and would like to take part this year please e mail as soon as possible for Invitation.

Please note that due to insurance reasons there is a limit of 1,000 athletes allowd to compete. Please further note that there is a strict closing date of October 2nd no enteries after this date. Entry will close on either the 2nd of October or on reaching an entry of 1,000 whichever is the earlier. It is important therefore than your school enters now!!

All enquiries please use e mail

Any club member available to help out on the day please contact Noel Guiden asap you`d be needed from 9.00 until 3.30 or so, a long day but good fun.


Top class performance by Mark Kenneally at Great North Run

Mark Kenneally was impressive in today`s Great North Run in Newcastle finishing in 7th place in 64.06. Mark posted on his twitter account: “Good performance competitively speaking.time a little slower than hoped but weather wasnt great.onwards and upwards!” The winner was Kenenisa Bekele (60.08) from Mo Farah.

Juvenile league kicks off cross country season

The Cross Country season is underway. Ardgillan Demesne was the venue for the first round of the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country League today. It was a testing course which featured an entire half lap uphill and the the second half down hill. This coupled with a very strong head wind and then some cross country rain made it a tough opener.

There was a small but select travelling party of Clonliffe athletes, mainly from the older juvenile age groups and some very encouraging runs at this early stage of the season. Of the younger athletes Abbie Sheehy had a very solid run finishing 7th in the girls U/12 1,000m race. Cliona Cooley was 16th in the U/14 1,200m race. A very good season opener also by Daniel Craig in the boys U/14 race finishing an excellent 6th.

Sophie Higgins also showed excellent form in the U/15 1,500 race finishing a fine 5th. Alanah Cooley was in the thick of the bad weather as the rain lashed down during her U/16 2000m race another promising run as Alanah was 3rd in her age group in this mixed age group race.

The Clonliffe boys also had solid runs. Joseph Hession in the U/15 1500 was 3rd, an impresses run in the, particularly over the final 600 from Kevin Loftus in 6th, Alex Hogan was next in placing 9th chased hard by Keith Hodson 10th and Luke Guy 11th. Sean Carrig looked very comfortable in the U/16 2,000m placing 3rd, with Shane Merrigan 5th and Greg Hosseny 6th.

Next up for these athletes is the club cross country on September 28th.

Declan hits the Power to win club 10,000 (with full results)

On a wet and breezy night 36 souls braved 25 daunting laps of the track for the 2013 Clonliffe Harriers club 10,000m championship for the Bonass Trophy which also included the latest round of the ever popular Grand Prix series.

It was a night not for the faint hearted and it was pleasing to see such a great turn out for what is, let`s face it, not the most pleasurable way to spend a Thursday evening. And so as the weather worsened the field set off focusing on that most demanding task of the 10,000: lap counting.

Up front an intriguing battle developed: the young prentender Darren Reilly taking on the experienced and very pacy Declan Power. Declan has won this title on several occasions and he demonstrated why as he drove the pace on to break the field apart and record a win by slightly over half a minute running a time of 33.23 ahead of young Reilly (34.01) these two having lapped the entire field well clear of 3rd place man Tom Sherlock (36.27).

The first three womens were: Jacqui Dunphy (40.23), Alison O`Sullivan (43.32) and Emma Dunne (45.56).

In the Grand Prix there was a clean sweep of the major positions by the fairer sex: 1st Rachel Wisdom, 2nd Mary Pardue Smyth, 3rd Deirdre Fitzsimons.

Throughout the race there were battles won and lost and as the athletes recounted these battles on their warm down the stadium lights went off to let the darkness join the rain and breeze. Another successful Grand Prix race done and dusted and now only four to go this season.

Many thanks to the sponsor Pat Bonass, who has been a long time sponsor of the 10,000, over twenty years now, to the officials (no doubt mentally exhaused from lap counting), Caroline Tuite and all involved. Next up on the Grand Prix schedule is another season highlight the Walker Cup on TUESDAY September 24th.

Full Results 2013 Club 10,000:

Pos. Name Time
1 Declan Power 00:33:23
2 Darren Reilly 00:34:08
3 Thomas Sherlock 00:36:27
4 Sean Doran 00:36:41
5 Philip  O’Doherty 00:36:53
6 Shane Casey 00:37:13
7 Desie Shorten 00:38:12
8 Maurice McCrohan 00:38:31
9 Ronan McDermott 00:39:55
10 Pat Byrne 00:40:01
11 Mark Dowling 00:40:20
12 Kevin Dowling 00:40:33
13 Anthony O’Brien 00:40:35
14 Fergus Keenan 00:40:50
15 Jackie Dunphy 00:40:53
16 Steve Eustace 00:41:04
17 Robert Beckett 00:41:13
18 Rachel Wisdom 00:41:59
19 Richie Barr 00:42:41
20 Colm Breen 00:43:03
21 Thomas Ennis 00:43:09
22 Alison O’Sullivan 00:43:32
23 Pat Devitt 00:43:45
24 Deirdre Fitzsimons 00:44:10
25 Emma Dunne 00:45:56
26 Brendan Donnelly jnr 00:45:56
27 Terry  Mee 00:46:14
28 Pat Bonass 00:46:35
29 Mary Purdue-Smyth 00:47:06
30 Dave Brady (Raheny) 00:50:34
31 Sinead Smith 00:54:14
32 Mandy Lawless (guest) 00:54:59

Juveniles get Championship September off to a flyer

Last night`s Club Juvenile track and field championships was an outstanding success. The numbers taking part had to be see to be believed. For example the requirement for heats in the sprint events, indeed, the U/12 boys needed 3 heats to get the finalists, the girls U/12 long jump had 25 competitors with a similar number in their middle distance event. There was also some top class races with close finishes to keep the line judges on their toes. All of the athletes should be very pleased with how they competed last night and no doubt the watching contingent of parents and family members were duly impressed. Afterward at the prize giving there was drinks and goodies provided by the long time sponsor of the club`s juvenile races Colm Doran.

Clonliffe Juvenile Club Champions 2013:

Girls U/10 : 60m Sally Sumola, 300m Sally Sumola

Boys U/10: 60m Michael Coleman, 300m Michael Coleman

Girls U/12: 80m Amy Hodson, 500m Ella Browne, Long Jump Rachel Fagan

Boys U/12: 80m Joaquim Shinbach, 500m Cillian Forrester

Girls U/14: 100m Amy Connolly, 800m Lauren Carr, Long Jump Amy Connolly

Boys U/14: 100m Mark Kerins, 800m Daniel Craig

Girls U/16: 100m Alanah Cooley, 1,000m Alanah Cooley

Boys U/16: 100m Darren Redmond, 1,000m Adam O`Brien

Sara McCormack leads Irish to World Mountain bronze

Sara McCormack ran a superb race in today`s World Mountain Running Championships in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland. The Clonliffe athlete was never out of the top 3 throughout and it was only in the final climb that she slipped from 3rd to finish 6th. With strong performances from the rest of the Irish Team the reward was super team bronze, which Sara now adds to her team gold from last December`s European Cross Country. Brian MacMahon was best of the men in 33rd place, while James Kevan was 88th and Gary O`Hanlon 98th, the Irish placing 11th overall.

World Mountain running 2013

Maiden win on roads for Mark Bermingham

With Gary O`Hanlon out of the country, currently on international duty at World Mountain Running Championships in Poland, things are fairly quiet on the highways and byways of this Emerald Isle. A short weekend roundup so far : Clonliffe`s Mark Bermingham had a fine maiden win on the roads today in the shadow of Croagh Patrick as he won the Westport Half Marathon in an impressive time of 78.15, not far off his pb. At yesterday`s BHAA 10k in Firhouse Tom Sherlock had a top 10 finish, 9th in 35.45.

Juvenile Club Championships and timetable for Tuesday

September is club Championship month for the Clonliffe Juvenile athletes. On Tuesday night September 10th, the club juvenile track and field takes place for age groups U/10, U/12, U/15 and U/16 with a sprint, distance and field event in each age grouping. Meet as usual at 7.00pm, with the event starting at 7.15 sharp.

Then at the end of the month Saturday September 28th the club cross country championships will take place, for the same age groups. the club junior, senior and masters championships also take place that day.

All juvenile athletes are expected to take part in both championships.

Juvenile club track & field c`ships  September 10th timetable:

7.00pm Check in for all

7.15pm Sprints: U/10 60m, U/12 80m, U/14 100m, U/16 100m

7.30pm Middle distance: U/10 300m, U/12 500m, U/14 800m, U/16 1,000m

7.45pm field events:

Long jump (all age groups)

Javelin (u/10 & U/12 only)

Shot Putt (U/14 & U/16 only)

High Jump (U/14 & U/16 only)



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