Archive for October, 2013

Marathon update: Clonliffe men National Champions with 3 in top 10

A stunning performance by Clonliffe`s marathon men in today`s Dublin City Marathon saw the guys place 3rd, 6th and 9th for Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O`Hanlon and Michael MacDiarmada, all three were also scorers on the victorious National Cross Country team last March, and now add the National Marathon title to the collection.

Sergiu also took bronze in a time of 2.22.04 with splits of 33.24, 10k, 70.04 at half way and 1.47.19 at 20, behind new National Champion, and first Irish Dublin Marathon winner since John Treacy in 1993, Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham) in 2.18.21 and DSD`s Joe Sweeney (2.19.29).

Gary`s time for 6th place was 2.23.54. Splits: 34.02, 72.14 and 1.49.16, Gary knocking some three minutes off his pb. A stunning marathon debut for Michael MacDiarmada in 9th place 2.25.53 with splits of 34.01, 72.22 and 1.50.27.

The National team title is decided on the cumulative time of a club`s first three finishers and with a total time of 7.11.50 the guys took the title by a massive twenty minutes and one second from Crusaders AC in second.

Next Clonliffe man home after a superb run was Chris Muldoon in a time of 2.38.58, 1.19.24 at half way,  great runs also from Ciaran McCarthy 2.40.48 and  Conor Delaney 2.51.56 (half in 1.23.56). Mark Bermingham just finished just out of the three hour mark in 3.00.41, however, that doesn`t tell the true story as Mark, in true sporting spirit put his own aspirations to one side and aided a fellow athlete who was in some degree of trouble basically talking him home. The Eustace gang were out in force Ivan 3.04.16, Stephen 3.15.07 and Stephen 3.15.07. Pat Byrne also had a very good run recording a time of 3.10.12.

Other Clonliffe Colm McDonnell 3.15.01, Mark Dowling 3.15.51, Johnny Bradley Ward 3.19.06, after a fair old struggle, Johnny was well on for sub three but hit troubled waters over the last six mile, Alan Worall describing it as “very tough today” 3.27.08, Anthony O`Brien 3.21.03, Cathal O`Sullivan 3.24.45, Kevin Sheehy 3.31.38, Brendan Donnelly 3.40.22, Seamus Greenan 3.53.04, Pat Devitt 3.59.19 and David Gomm 5.15.05.

Of the Clonliffe ladies, there were a string of pb`s recorded including a very fine run indeed from Jacqui Dunphy 3.18.11 (pb), and from Alison O`Sullivan 3.25.17 (pb),  Sinead Duffy 3.35.51, Ciara O`Regan 3.50.44 (pb), Janette Reid 4.08.32,  pb`s also for Sinead and Grainne Ni Bhrain 4.14.41.

A special mention of the Colonel, Frank Behan who has successfully completed yet another Dublin City Marathon (6.40.43) to maintain his 100% record of completing every single Dublin Marathon to date.

On the team front, in addition to the senior men`s 1st place, the O/35 master`s team (Chris Muldoon, Ciaran McCarthy, Conor Delaney) placed 5th, likewise the O/50 team (Pat Byrne, Cathal O`Sullivan, Seamus Greenan) were also 5th. The O/35 women went one better with the trio of Jacqui Dunphy, Alison O`Sullivan and Sinead Duffy finishing just off the medals in 4th.

Congratulations to all our athletes today, and also to the Clonliffe gang who assisted in every way with another great Dublin Marathon.

Clonliffe at Leinster Masters Cross Country

At today`s Leinster Masters cross country an incomplete Clonliffe masters team competed in Dunboyne, County Meath in pretty difficult conditions. First Clonliffe man home was recent transferee Declan Fahy in 8th place (21.36), 41st Philip O`Dohert (23.16) and 43rd Davy Byrne (23.30).

The legendary Albie Thomas passes away (updated)

Clonliffe Harriers are saddened by the news from Australia of the passing of our friend the legendary Albie Thomas today. Albie had been unwell for sometime. The great Albie Thomas will be forever synonyms with Santry and Clonliffe Harriers. Fifty five years ago he set two World Records in Santry in 1958, World three mile record on the 9th of July and World two mile on August 7th, the day after he paced Herb Elliott to the World Mile record in Santry. Albie always had great affection for Clonliffe and was proud to have his achievements marked and remembered by Clonliffe at the Morton Games with the Albie Thomas 3000m, indeed Albie`s daughter Robyn was our special guest at the Morton Games in July where she presented t shirts to the top three in that race signed by her father. Every St. Patrick`s Day Albie would send a special greeting to his friends in Clonliffe Harriers, he will be sadly missed by us. Rest in peace Albie.


Above Albie Thomas sets World 3 Mile Record July 9th 1958

Albie 50

Above 50 years later Albie in Santry July 2008

There is an excellent tribute to Albie  on New South Wales Athletics which includes tributes from athletes who`ve competed in Santry including Herb Elliott, Ben St. Lawrence, Eloise Wellings and Brid Delaney.  to view click here:

Aaron Hanlon selected for Junior International

Clonliffe`s  Aaron Hanlon has been selected for his first junior international by Athletics Ireland. As a result of his second place finish in the junior race in the Gerry Farnan Cross Country Aaron will travel to Antwerp for the Lotto Cross Country on Sunday week November 3rd. The Antwerp race is being used specifically by Athletics Ireland as part of the build up to the European Cross Country in Belgrade on December 8th. For full story click:

Sergiu to lead Clonliffe Dublin marathon charge

Sergiu Ciobanu will look to regain the National Marathon title on Monday. The National Championships are incorporated in the Dublin City Marathon and Sergiu leads a strong Clonliffe team which will go very well in the team event. Also competing on Monday is Gary O’Hanlon who has demonstrated how serious he is preparing for Monday’s race in that he has gone a fortnight without racing! Another athlete whose progress will be watched with great interest is debutante Michael MacDiarmada. Michael has been preparing diligently for Monday’s marathon and with a bit of luck on his side will have a good one. There is a substantial Clonliffe contingent running on Monday which will also include Chris Muldoone, Conor Delaney, Mark Bermingham, Fergie Keenan, Ronan McDermott, Pat Byrne, Tom Ennis, Colm McDonnell, Mark Dowling, Anthony O’Brien, Ivan Eustace, Stephen Eustace, Brendan Donnelly, Andrew Eustace and from the women’s section of the club athletes taking part on Monday include Jacqui Dunphy, Alison O’Sullivan and Sinead Duffy.  Also competing on Monday is the Colonel, Frank Behan one of the small few who have competed and finished every single Dublin City Marathon to date.

Apologies to any athlete whose name I have overlooked.

The very best of luck to all on the streets of Dublin on Monday morning. It would be very helpful if you could text or email your name and time after Monday’s race to me at 087 9599 888 or



Flynner and Arkansas Razorbacks Mile rep session

Good video posted on Flotrack of our man David Flynn and the Razorbacks doing Mile repeats. This is part of the flotrack Workout serious of videos, well worth a viewing.

Cick here to view:

Notice to club members working on Marathon baggage

Clonliffe club members working at Monday`s Dublin Marathon are advised by Eugene Coppinger, Deputy Marathon Race Director as follows:

There will be a bus at Morton Stadium from 6.30am next Monday to bring the volunteers into the Dublin Marathon baggage area. The volunteer jackets this year ( adidas ) are quite light.  It would be advisable for people to wear warm clothes underneath their volunteer jacket.
Thanks again to everyone for giving up their Bank Holiday Monday.

Top notch run by Colm Rooney in Gerry Farnan Cross Country

Colm Rooney had a fine run in this afternoon`s 30th Gerry Farnan Cross Country in the Phoenix Park. This was Colm`s first open cross country since his come back and he put in a very solid performance to finish in 5th place in 25.18. A good outing also by Brian MacMahon (joint) 9th 25.40 and Jayme Rossister 24th (26.29). In the master`s race Philip O`Doherty was 6th O/50, 87th overall.  It was also a good day for Aaron Hanlon who won selection for the Irish team travelling to Belgium for the Lotto Cross Country in two weeks by finishing 2nd in the junior men`s 6,000 (20.21). Sara McCormack was 7th in the women`s race (16.50).

Clonliffe juveniles at final cross country league

The final round of the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country league took place this morning in the Phoenix Park. As always in the Park there was a testing course for these young athletes with the infamous hills to be negotiated on each lap and as always there was a stiff breeze to be enjoyed. Thankfully the rain of the last few days was gone replaced by a nice Autumn day and the dark clouds which held the threat of rain proved to be no more than an idle threat.

The Clonliffe athletes today were in the U/9 to U/14 groups as the older ages look towards their Dublin Championships in two weeks time. As expected there were some fine performances from the club`s athletes as they look to impress the selectors with places up for grabs on the championships team,  including an excellent 3rd place in the boys U/9`s by Jonathan Fitzsimons, and several top 10 finishes including Killian Forrester boys U/12, Abbey Sheehy in the girls U/12, Aoife Hession girls U/11 and David Tuite boys U/13.

The top three Clonliffe athletes in each race today were:


U/9: I. Browne, R. Bowen

U/10: S. Sumola, O. Stafford, M. Isong

U/11: A. Hession, K. McGrady, E. Cooley

U/12: A. Sheehy, Y. Eustace, E. Browne

U/13: A. Warren, R. Fitzsimons, E. Howlett

U/14: H. Browne, L. Carr, C. Cooley


U/9: J. Fitzsimons, M. Trazan, D. Coleman

U/10: M. Coleman, J. McDonnell, E. Donnelly

U/11: S. Rowley, D. Wall

U/12: K. Forrester, L. Browne, C. O`Shea

U/13: D. Tuite, B. Guiden

U/14: S. Cashin, S. Stafford, M. Keirns


Clonliffe`s Aidans boys do it again in Drogheda

The Clonliffe boys were in fine form once again in the red and white of St. Aidans CBS today in the St. Joseph`s Invitational in Drogheda. Having excelled in perfect conditions in the Brother Invitational in Santry on Wednesday of last week the lads today excelled in the rain and wind served up in the county of Louth.

It was a real early winter day. Leaves on the ground, a strong wind and lashing rain all day, but as Larro Byrne would say ” there`s no such thing as bad weather only weak men”, well today there were no weak men in the Aidans corner!

Young David Tuite (29th) and Jack Horan (26th) won their first schools medals today as the minor boys took team silver. In the juniors Alex Hogan delivered on his promising form since the summer having a superb run to finish 3rd, and with Daniel Craig also running really well in 6th backed up by Sean O`Leary 12th, Fintan McManus 13th, Joey Hutchinson 13th  the Whitehall boys took a fine team win.

Cathal Doyle made it two out of two in the inter race, biding his time and over the final lap making up nearly 50m to add the Joseph`s Inviational to his Brother Invitational win. Sean Carrig by all accounts had a stroming run in 4th place chased hard by Joseph Hession 7th and with another great effort Shane Merrigan in 8th place. These four making it another team win. Very good shifts also put in by  Brian Flanagan11th, Kevin McKenna 12th, David O`Hanlon 16th, Alex Gibbons 17th, Darren Redmond 18th, Greg Hosseny 19th and Keith Hodson 29th. A most impressive sortie for the St. Aidans lads and a perfect start to the season.

Aidans inters

(pictured St. Aidans Inter boys squad)


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