Archive for March, 2014

Philip O`Doherty puts in fighting performance at World Masters

Clonliffe athlete Philip O`Doherty put in a fighting performance in the green singlet at the World Masters Indoors in Budapest yesterday. In the lead up to the championships Philip suffered an injury and underwent intensive treatment to get himself to the start line of the 1500. Despite not being fully fit he still battled away finishing 5th in his O/50 heat in 4.33.77, although this was not enough to put him through to the final it was still the 14th fastest time recorded.

Spring Series off to a flyer in Morton Stadium

The Juvenile Spring Series goes from strength to strength. This morning`s first round at a spring like Morton Stadium drew one of the biggest ever gatherings of young athletes in the 4 years of the series. There were huge numbers from Clonliffe, Skerries, Celtic, Lusk and Portmarnock with 300 or so competing, so much so that in most age groups it was necessary to split the fields into two races.

Spring Series Start (2)

The ethos of this series is for a fun, low key, non pressurised event, where the young athletes come to a meet, run their race, maybe win a spot prize and have a good time. It is pleasing to report that that`s exactly how the morning turned out.

Spring Series boys (2)

For the record the top 3 in each race were:

U/8 Girls 300m

1. Aoife Corcoran (Portmarnock)

2. Shanna Prior (Skerries)

3. Mary McKenna (Lusk)

U/8 Boys 300m

1. Dillon McGowan (Portmarnock)

2. Eugene Tarzin (Clonliffe)

3. Charlie Gill (Portmarnock)

U/10 Girls 500m Race 1

1. Daphne Ndjatang (Skerries)

2. Lara Gallagher (Clonliffe)

3. Ella McGowan (Portmarnock)

U/10 Girls 500m Race 2

1. Ciara McNauly (Lusk)

2. Isobel Brown (Clonliffe)

3. Cara Good (Ballyfinn AC)

U/10 Boys 500m

1. Jonathan Fitzsimons (Clonliffe)

2. Daniel Coleman (Clonliffe)

3. King Diamond (Skerries)

U/12 Girls 600m Race 1

1. Katie Halpin (Lusk)

2. Clare Murphy (Celtic)

3. Gillian Murphy (Celtic)

U/12 Girls 600m Race 2

1. Aoife Hession (Clonliffe)

2. Holy Diamond (Skerries)

3. Kate Harold (Celtic)

U/12 Boys 600m Race 1

1. Michael Coleman (Clonliffe)

2. Conor Murphy (Celtic)

3. Brogan McCluskey (Lusk)

U/12 Boys 600m Race 2

1. Josha Ericson (Skerries)

2. Jack O`Connell (Portmarnock)

3. (Tie) Conal McAlister (Portmarnock)/ Brian Curran (Celtic)

U/14 Girls 800m Race 1

1. Ella May Cromie (Celtic)

2. Emily Murphy (Celtic)

3. Ella Brown (Clonliffe)

U/14 Girls 800m Race 2

1. Rapha Diamond (Skerries)

2. Emily Corcoran (Celtic)

3. Chloe Corcoran (Celtic)

U/14 Boys 800m Race 1

1. Ben Guiden (Clonliffe)

2. Cian Ensor (Skerries)

3. Aaron Cullen (Clonliffe)

U/14 Boys 800m Race 2

1. Sean Donoghue (Celtic)

2. Cillian Forrester (Clonliffe)

3. Stephen Byrne (Skerries)

U/16 Girls 1,000m

1. Lauren Carr (Clonliffe)

2. Hannah Browne (Clonliffe)

3. Caoimhe Lynam (Celtic)

U/16 Boys 1,000m

1. Alex Hogan (Clonliffe)

2. Finn McManus (Clonliffe)

3. Kevin Loftus (Clonliffe)

Spring Series 2014 (2)

Well done to all. A big thank you to all who helped out today. Round 2 is the Skerries Beach race next Sunday April 6th with a 10.30am (sharp) start.




Weekend round up: Gary places 3rd in Omagh Half & more

Gary O’Hanlon completed his preparations for the Rotterdam Marathon with a 3rd place finish in today`s (Saturday) Omagh Half Marathon in a time of 68.41.

On Sunday the 30th Brian MacMahon was 5th in the Dunboyne 4 Mile Road race in 19.52, David Brady was 36th (22.07).

Mid Week update: Doran double and Sherlock brothers

Clonliffe`s Sean Doran completed an impressive mid week double on the track and road this week. First off Sean won the annual Peter Doody Memorial 3000m in ALAA on Tuesday night in 10.02, club mate Bernie Byrne was 13th in 11.45. Then 24 hours later Sean, last night (Wednesday),  won the latest round of the Raheny Winter Series the 1 mile road race in 5.01.

Also on Wednesday night The Sherlock Brothers took on the North Farmers in the floodlit BHAA Cross Country in Malahide Tom finished 6th (18.07) with Niall 10th (18.41)


2014 Clonliffe Grand Prix Series dates

The Grand Prix sub committee have confirmed dates for this year`s Grand Prix. The series is fully subscribed with over 100 athletes entered. This year there are 16 rounds including all the Clonliffe traditional club races: Irwin Cup, O`Connor Cup, Horan Cup, Walker Cup, Mick Murphy Memorial and so on, plus in additional several track races and also the Grand Prix will be included in the open Clonliffe 2 Mile on May 22nd.

The Series commences on Thursday of next week April 3rd with The Frank White Cup over 5 miles on the track.For full 2014 schedule see the Grand Prix Series page under Promotions on the menu above.

Juvenile events for Spring and Summer T & F Season

Things kick off for the Clonliffe Juvenile athletes on Sunday morning for the first round of the Spring Series in the Morton Stadium competing against Skerries AC, Lusk AC, Celtic AC and Portmarnock AC. Sunday`s race distances are:

U/8 300m

U/10 500m

U/12 600m

U/14 800m or 1000m

U/16 1000m


Sunday March 30th Juvenile Spring Series  Morton Stadium 11.00am

Sunday April 6th Juvenile Spring Series Skerries Beach 10.30am

Saturday April 26th Dublin Track & Field League Round 1 Tallaght 11.00am

Sunday April 27th Juvenile Spring Series Portmarnock 11.00am (may need change of date)

Friday May 2nd Dublin Track & Field league  Round 2 Morton Stadium 7.00pm

Saturday May 10th Dublin Track & Field League Tallaght Round 3 11.00am

Saturday May 17th Dublin Track & Field League Round 4 Tallaght 11.00am

Friday June 6th Dublin Championships 500/600/800/hammer/PV Morton Stadium 7.00pm

Saturday June 7th Dublin Championships Tallaght 10.00am

Sunday June 8th Dublin Championships Tallaght 11.00am

Friday June 13th Dublin Uneven Age Relays Tallaght 7.00pm

Friday June 20th Dublin Even Age Relays Tallaght 7.00pm

Megan wins Long Jump Bronze at National Juvenile indoors

Day 2 of the Woodies National Juvenile Indoor Championships today delivered a host of great Clonliffe performances and National bronze for Megan Comber in the long jump. Megan produced a best jump of 5.29m for bronze, a mere cm off gold/silver won at 5.30m.

In the 800m races Hannah Browne in the U/15 girls produced a stunning run to knock a wopping 7 seconds off her best producing a new pb of 2.33.89 in finishing 6th in her heat. Lauren Carr also ran very strongly in her heat finishing 5th in 2.35.33.

Alannah Cooley was in excellent form running a very competitive heat to place 4th in 2.33.24 in the girls U/17 800 and progress to the final. Where some 90 minutes later she ran a new pb of 2.32.40 in placing 8th. A great effort.

Greg Hosseny was looking very good for three quaters of his boys U/17 800 heat leading the field in his heat, however, he was overhauled in the final 150m to place 6th in 2.11.31 and failed to progress to his final.

In all a very good experience for these athletes in Athlone and once from which all will benefit in the years to come. Well done all.

Meanwhile on the roads Clonliffe`s Ailish Malone was 2nd women at the Mallow 10 Mile in county Cork in 61.33.

Cathal Doyle at Schools International plus Juvenile Indoors

Weekend round up as of Saturday. Today`s action centred around the club`s up and coming athletes who were competing both Internationally and Nationally at cross country and on the boards. First off by all accounts Cathal Doyle had a very solid run in the Schools International Cross Country held in rain and mud of Canon Slade Schools grounds in Bolton, England. Cathal, today winning his 2nd Schools International cap, finished in 19th place as the Irish Inter boys placed 2nd on 61 points behind England 26 points, with Scotland 3rd on 119 points and Wales (144) 4th.

Schools International

At home Athlone IT was the venue for day 1 of the Woodies National Juvenile Indoor Championships. Clonliffe athletes competing there today again aquitted themselves well Megan Coomber was 4th in the U/19 60m (8.06) final, Megan goes in her favoured Long Jump tomorrow. Jasmine Hales was 5th in her U/18 400m heat in 65.63 and Sean Carrigg placed 5th in his U/17 1500m heat in 4.31.31.

Tomorrow`s events in Athlone will see Clonliffe athletes in the 200m and 800m races as well as Megan in the Long Jump.

Clonliffe one two at Raheny Winter League

There was a Clonliffe one two at Tuesday (March 18th) night`s latest round of the Raheny Winter League. The mile race was won by Davy Byrne in 4.57, Davy also won the previous round over 2 miles (10.23) on March the 6th. Up and coming athlete Sean Doran placed 2nd in 5.05.

Gary O`Hanlon clocks another Marathon win

Marathon man Gary O`Hanlon cured his itchy feet by taking once again to the highways and byways of the Emerald Isle in search of another marathon. Find one he did in deepest Kerry, The Tralee International Marathon, yesterday March 16th. The result another Marathon win clocked up in a time of 2.26.53!


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