Archive for January, 2014

Ailish Malone back to winning ways in BHAA Eircom cross

This morning`s BHAA Eircom Cross Country took place in miserable conditions at Cherryfield Park, Firhouse this morning. Non stop rain throughout the day and non stop over night rain made for pretty testing conditions all round. Clonliffe`s Ailish Malone made a winning return to cross country winning the women`s 2 Mile in 12.20, a 4 second winning margin. In the men`s 5 Mile first Clonliffe man was Dublin Master`s O/40 Champion Declan Fahy 6th in 27.42, and 1st O/40. Other Clonliffe included 8th Tom Sherlock 28.22, 18th David Brady 29.29 and Tom`s brother Niall 30th 30.21.

Clonliffe 2014 Club Subscriptions now due

Members please note that annual subscriptions for membership of Clonliffe Harriers are due during the month of January. The club must register all members with Athletics Ireland by the 31st of January for insurance reasons. Club members will not be registered with Athletics Ireland by Clonliffe Harriers until members have actually paid their subscription for the year to the club. Please note that if an athlete wishes to compete in a championship event you must be registered with Athletes Ireland, if not registered not only can you not compete, but the on line entry system will not allow you to enter the event.

Annual subscriptions are as follows:

Seniors/Masters -€150.00

Students/unwaged (O/18) –100.00

Juveniles –120.00 to include race entry fees.

Members renewing their membership are also asked to print the membership form attached to this posting and to give this together with their annual subscription to their respective club captains or the club treasurer, assistant treasurers or any committee member.

Juvenile members will have received a Membership Renewal Form this must be completed (Block capitals please) and returned to Gladys with fee by Jan 28th.

All members please note that in the event of non registration by end of January you will not be covered by Athletics Ireland Insurance even for training.

Members should also be aware that the club is requesting that all members take a weekly club lotto envelope to either sell or buy themselves. Envelopes should be collected on Tuesday and returned to the clubhouse on Thursday in time for Thursday`s lotto draw.

Click and print: Clonliffe Harriers membership Renewal


Web site updated to show Club Internationals and more

Killian Lonergan has carried out sterling work on the club stats. The fruit of his labour is now set out in the various sections of this web site. All Clonliffe International representation at major championships both track and field and cross country from Olympic Games to European Cross at senior, U/23 and junior level can be found at the bottom of the Hall of Fame page of this site, showing representation from George Mayberry at the 1908 Olympic Games in London to Aaron Hanlon at the 2013 European Cross Country in Belgrade. (Go to menu bar to History and use drop down to Hall of Fame)

The site previously displayed senior men and women`s club records however Killian has now tracked down all Clonliffe Club Records for junior men and women both indoor and outdoor. These can be found in the Club Records.

Finally the Performances page (go to Others on menu bar and drop down to Performances) contains Performance list for all years from 2007 to 2013, together with an All Time Performance list. It makes fascinating reading and is well worth a visit. Fantastic work Killian.

Clonliffe athletes take DCU Invitational by storm

The first of the schools`s events of 2014, the DCU Invitational, took place early this afternoon at St. Claire`s playing fields Glasnevin. This event in the past has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Clonliffe athletes and so proved to be the case once again today. With a couple of fine individual wins courtesy of Laura Tuite and Cathal Doyle, an excellent 2nd place from Alanah Cooley and an equally impressive 3rd place from Adam O`Brien.

Aidans DCU

(pictured) The St. Aidans Inter squad with a spy in the camp!

As was to be expected the underfoot conditions were sticky, however, as the distances were a little shorter than championship distances most coped pretty well. Coping best of all were the St. Aidans inter squad, made up of mainly Clonliffe athletes. This squad continues to impress and without a doubt will be major contenders in the all Ireland schools next March. In today`s 3,000m race Cathal Doyle took over proceedings at half way having bided his time until then quickly opening a sizeable winning gap and then driving on to retain the DCU inter title he won last year. Continuing his great come back was Adam O`Brien recording a fine 3rd place finish to build on his excellent run in the Antrim cross country ten days ago. Another athlete who has hit the ground running since Christmas is Brian Flanagan who ran a finely judged race to finish 4th. Sean Carrigg was next in for the Whitehall outfit in 8th place as he faded a little over the latter part of the race. Joseph Hession was 14th, next in after running his best cross country race in over a year was Greg Hossenny in 21st, a great run and a welcome return to his old form. Alex Gibbons was next in 22nd and a solid showing by Shane Merrigan took him home in 28th. The two Kevins were next in, Kevin McKenna 32nd and Kevin Loftus running in the black and white of Belvedere after a fall in the first 100m and a spiking injury rallied well to place 38th. Keith Hodson, another faller, also had a good solid run in 44th. Needless to say the St. Aidans team took a comfortable win.

Laura Tuite DCU

(pictured) Laura Tuite DCU Invitational senior girls champion 2014

Great runs also today from the Clonliffe girls. Starting with the senior girls race where Laura Tuite continues to make good progress on the road back to full fitness. Laura was a class apart in the 2,000m race, sitting and waiting until just before the 2nd lap and then making the winning move and in the end was a clear winner by over 100m as she took her first victory in a schools race.

Alanah DCU Race

(pictured) Alanah Cooley runner up Inter girls

Just before Laura`s race Alanah Cooley in the inter girls race, also over 2,000m, underlined her potential with a superb run. Alanah took the race by the scruff of the neck, from the start she was in the lead four and at the end of the first lap struck for home building up what was almost a winning lead, only to be caught 5 meters from the line! It was however a great effort and fitting reward for the hard work being put in over the winter months. Aimee McGrath also ran possibly her best race in schools to date. A very solid run from Aimee saw her place well up the field in 16th place. Alanah`s younger sister Cliona also ran very well indeed in the junior girls race, which was one of the biggest of the day with over 150 starters, placing well up in 29th place.

In the minor boys 1,000 Clonliffe had only two representatives Ben Guiden leading Belvedere home in 48th place and Jack Horan (St. Aidans) 50th. The junior boys ran over 2,000m, there was a really positive run by Alex Hogan in this one getting off to a great start and despite fading a little towards the end he held on for a most credible 9th place finish. Good runs also in this from Fintan McManus 11th, the ever improving Sean O`Leary 12th and Joey Hutchinson 44th, (all St. Aidans). The final race of the day was the senior boys where Niall Norman continues to make great strides forward and after a very solid race was 10th. Ross Kearney was next in placing 15th, race walker Ryan Cleary once again got down and dirty for Belvedere to place 35th, Liam Ashton was 36th and Anto McMahon 44th.

Best overall

(pictured) St. Aidans best overall with Fionnuala Britton

The St. Aidans guys were best overall schools, congratulations to them and coach Alan O`Neill. Next up is the business end of things with the regional qualifiers for the Belvedere boys on the 23rd of January and the North Leinsters for the rest on Frbruary 5th before the Aviva Leinsters on February 12th hosted by Clonliffe Harriers in Santry Demesne.


Updated: Master men runner up in Dublin Cross Country

The Dublin Master`s Cross Country Championships took place in St. Anne`s Park, Raheny yesterday. Despite the constant rain of recent days the course held up very well indeed with good underfoot conditions and the rain held off until later in the afternoon.

This was a well supporter event which featured a sizeable contingent of Clonliffe Harriers. The men`s O/35 team performed well on the day to finish runner up behind Donore Harriers. The men`s 6,000m race produced a fine run by Declan Fahy to finish 4th overall and win individual O/40 gold. Results: 4th Declan Fahy, 11th Chris Muldoon, 15th Mounir Bouzine, 25th David Byrne, 27th Ciaran McCarthy, 46th Clive Ahern, 63rd Conor Delaney, 65th Jeremy Chapman, 69th Shane Casey, 88th Kevin Dowling, 95th Anthony O`Brien, 105th Alan Worrall, 107th Colm McDonnell, 111th Robert Beckett, 116th Fergal O`Shea, 122nd Richard Barr, 124th Colm Doran, 126th Paddy Tuite, 136th Pat Devitt. The B team placed 13th and the O/50 team 5th.

The women`s team running over 3,000m was lead home in 12th place overall by Bernie Byrne who took O/50 gold. The women`s team finished 6th overall with the following places: 12th Bernie Byrne, 18th Maura Matthews, 35th Aimee Ahern, 44th Karen Kinsella, 52nd Aine McCann, 66th Mandy McMenany, 71st Yvonne McDonagh.

Thanks to Sinead Smith for photos.

Master women

master men

Scullion places 10th in Edinburgh Invitational

At today`s Great Edinburgh Cross Country Clonliffe`s Stephen Scullion took to the line for the 4k Invitational amongst some illustrious company: Bekele, Kiprop. Scullion after a very positive run finished in a very credible 10th place. The race was won by 2012 Morton Miler Garrett Heath (USA). The USA team at the USA, Europe, GBR match was managed by Clonliffe`s Mick “The Prince” Byrne.

Clonliffe Masters for Dublin Cross (updated with men`s teams)

Sunday sees the Dublin Masters Cross Country Championships take place at St. Anne’s Park in Raheny. There will be both a men and women’s Clonliffe Masters team in action.

Ladies Captain Pamela Cooper has confirmed the Ladies team as: Bernie Byrne, Jacqui Dunphy, Aimee Ahern, Karen Kinsella, Aine McCann, Jannette Reid, Maura Matthews, Yvonne McDonagh and Mandy McMenamy.

There are three Men’s teams entered, two in the O/35 and an O/50`s. In the O/35 the teams are: Clive Ahern, Conor Delaney, Chris Muldoon, Davy Byrne, Declan Fahy, Mounir Bouzine and Ciaran McCarthy, the 2nd team is: Colm McDonnell, Alan Worrall, Robert Beckett, Shane Casey, Richard Barr, Fergal O`Shea and Kevin Dowling.  The O/50 team is: Anthony O`Brien, Philip O`Dohery, Paddy Tuite, Colm Doran, Martin Treacy, Declan Murray and Pat Devitt.

The Master’s Women’s Race will take place at 1 p.m. over 3000 metres with four to score from a team of eight. The Master’s Men’s Race over 6000 metres will commence at 1.30 p.m.

Morton Games 2014 seeks new sponsors

Clonliffe Harriers will once again host and promote the Morton Games, Dublin’s International Track and Field Meet. This years Morton Games will take place on Friday the 11th of July. The updated event site is

Clonliffe Harriers receives funding from our event partners Athletics Ireland, Fingal County Council and support from Morton Stadium and the Irish Milers Club. In addition we have a number of loyal sponsors, however, the cost of international athletics is pretty expensive. International athletes have to be hosted in that the Meet provides accommodation and meals for the duration of their stay with us in Dublin, there is also prize money provided for athletes and then there is a whole range of additional costs incurred from the cost of television coverage to the cost of promotion of the event, printing costs, programme costs etc. The Morton Games needs the financial support of additional sponsors. There are a range of sponsorship opportunities available for corporate sponsors and this is something which may appeal to club members who may be involved in the corporate world or indeed the parents of club members who may similarly be involved with a business who may like to come on board. If any member or parent of a club member is interested in discussing this further please contact the Morton Games Meet Director as soon as possible by email to or telephone 0879599888.


Weekend round up: the rest of the action

Aside from the Antrim International Cross Country there were some other events that attracted the interest of Clonliffe athletes over the weekend. The first BHAA cross country race of 2014 was the South Dublin County Council in Tymon Park yesterday. There first Clonliffe man home was Tom Sherlock 13th in 23.33. Others: 30th Anthony Malone 25.14 and 35th Niall Sherlock 25.35.

At today`s Athletics Ireland Indoor league at Antrim IT there was only one Clonliffe athlete in action, great to report that it was Danny Kavanagh back racing again after a number of injury troubled years. Danny won his first 60m race in 7.29 and then went quicker in finishing 4th in the second round recording a time of 7.22.

Earlier in the week Eoin Pierce got his 2014 indoor season off to an excellent start in England with a gun to tape 800m win in a new indoor pb of 1.55.82.

Aaron Hanlon wins U/20 Race at Antrim International

A very successful trip by Clonliffe Harriers to yesterday`s IAAF Antrim International Cross Country was capped by a superb individual win by Aaron Hanlon in the men`s U/20 race. Aaron running in the Clonliffe vest, showed up the flaws in the international selection policy for this race as he took a top class field apart to take an excellent win by a margin of some 11 seconds ahead of two Scottish athletes in 2nd and 3rd and the first Irish vest in 4th. Aaron was well supported by his club mates as the team of Cathal Doyle 39th, Eoin McCullough 46th and Brian Flanagan 47th (the scoring 4), Niall Norman 66th and Ross Kearney 70th took silver in the inter club competition.

Aaron Hanlon Antrim (2)

The U/17 boys team, who are last year`s National U/16 runner up, put in very strong performances. The U/17 race was incorporated into the U/20 race. Star of the team today was Adam O`Brien who finished 34th overall and lead the scoring 3 of Joseph Hession 62nd and David O`Hanlon 72nd to a fine inter club team win. Solid runs also by Alex Gibbons 78th and Greg Hosseny 99th.

The U/20 womens team also put in a good shift in Antrim finishing 3rd in the inter club lead home by Laura Brennan 51st, followed by five seconds later Alanah Cooley 55th, Laura Tuite 63rd and Sally Ahern 70th. The U/15 boys team were also in action an impressive run in this from Kevin Loftus saw him finish 17th, Alex Hogan was 31st, Sean O`Leary 46th, Daniel Craig 54th and Keith Hodson 60th as the team placed 6th.

The IAAF International men`s race featured one of the best fields assembled for a cross country race in Ireland. From the gun the African athletes dominated gliding with majestic ease over the mud and quickly pulled away from the pack lead by Andy Vernon (GBR), and first Irishman Michael Mulhare. After 10,000m the race winner was World Cross Country Champion Japhet Korin (KEN). From a Clonliffe perspective Stephen Scullion, running in the Northern Ireland vest had a solid run over the second half of the race to finish 14th in 30.54. Sergiu Ciobanu was 23rs (31.28) and Jayme Rossister after a good run was 28th in 31.48.

The women`s international race was won by Mimi Belete (BRN), with double world 1500m champion Maryem Jamal (BRN) 2nd, the pair after a sprint finish separated by a single second. Ireland`s Fionnula Britton was 4th.

It was an excellent promotion by Athletics Northern Ireland and a day thoroughly enjoyed by all.




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