Archive for April, 2014

More top of the class efforts at the Leinster qualifiers

A different day all together today in the Morton Stadium as yesterday`s perfect day was replaced with a more traditional track and field day: chilly, windy and rainy! The North Leinsters was held in the stadium with as would be expect a big contingent of Clonliffe athletes in action for their schools.

North Leinster Joseph Greg

The middle distance events proved a happy hunting ground for the club`s athletes with several top class efforts. In the race of the day, the inter boys 800 Joseph Hession was simply superb. Joseph, a first year inter, took the pace on from the off, lead at the bell with club and school mate Greg Hosseny poised on his shoulder. Down the back straight Joseph went and then on the home straight he battled stride for stride remaining strong and holding on for a great win in a fast 2.04, Greg with a 2.06 run was 3rd.

In the 1500 inter race Cathal Doyle was pure class taking a fine win in 4.13. Cathal was chased home by school and club mate David O`Hanlon with a pb of 4.23.

Junior boys 1500 saw Alex Hogan`s continued development as an athlete as Alex battled gamely to take bronze in 4.31.6. In the Junior girls Hannah Browne ran very well yet again finishing in 6th place with Cliona Cooley 9th in a big field.

The senior boys “Group of Death” 1500 saw Ross Kearney put in a strong performance in a loaded field to finish 6th. Laura Tuite despite nursing an injury stayed focus to safely get through to the Leinster finals as she placed 2nd in the senior girls 1500.

Alannah Cooley found the pace in opening lap of the inter girls 800 too hot to handle, a 68 seconded opener doing the damage as she placed 5th in 2.34.9. An hour later Alannah bravely stepped back into the fray and ended up in the most unlucky 4th in the 1500 (5.15.5)

Cian Bolger impressed in the minor boys 1100 as he took North Leinster bronze. Sam Baker Gorman also ran well today 10th in the minor 800.

In the U/16 mile, the Clonliffe crew were out of luck. Sean Carrigg 4th (4.52) and Kevin McKenna 5th (4.59). While in the girls mile Aimee McGrath was 9th.

Fintan McManus qualified for the junior 800 final, with a 3rd place finish from a heat of 20 plus! The in the final he had a good run placing 7th. In the senior boys 800 Josh Stubbs ran 2.09 finishing 6th. Mario Bowden successfully negotiated the inter 400 heats to take his place in the final where he was 5th. 3rd place in the inter 400 heats for Alex Gibbons and David O`Hanlon meant that they failed to progress any further. Also in the 400`s Kate Hession was 5th in the senior girls final. There were two Clonliffe athletes in the minor boys 500 both of whom ran very well Jack Horan was 4th and Stephen Cashin 9th.  Sean O`Leary competed in the junior high jump and made good progress finishing up in the top 10.

Finally in the distance races Adam O`Brien made it through to the inter 3000 Leinsters with a 3rd place finish. Hope Saunders in the girls senior 3000 was 4th and to round off the day Niall Norman was 6th in the senior 5,000.

Meanwhile over at the Irishtown Stadium Megan Coomber took an excellent double winning the senior Long Jump with a fine jump of 5.39m and also the senior 100. Another win was notched up by Amy Connolly in the junior long jump. While in the inter 800 Stephanie McCaul was 5th.

So in all a most successful day for the club`s young athletes.


Juvenile Track & Field League Santry Friday night

The first round of the Dublin Juvenile Track & Field league is in Morton Stadium, Santry on Friday night May 2nd for athletes aged up to U/16. The events on offer are in sprints: 60m to 100m, middle distance: 500-800, field: long jump, high jump, shot, discus, javelin (see attached file).

There is a 7.00pm start so athletes should meet their coaches in the stadium at 6.15pm, unless otherwise arranged. Important note: Clonliffe club colours must be worn.

For list of events and times for Friday click: Track and Field League 1 Friday 2nd May Santry

Please also note that due to long weekend there is no group training for Juvenile Athletes this Sunday.

Clonliffe athletes at West and East Leinster Schools

The schools track and field season got well and truly underway at two sun drenched venues today. The West Leinsters at Morton Stadium and East in Irishtown. In the Morton Stadium several of the club`s athletes put in very good performances for their schools to safety get throught to the Leinster finals with three wins over the day.

Lauren Carr

In Santry Lauren Carr controlled the race to win the minor girls 500m West Leinster title in fine style. Likewise a stylish win, as expected, by Ryan Cleary in the senior boys race walk, Ryan lapping the entire field. A very good run by Ben Guiden in the minor 1100 saw him finish a battling 4th, while Kevin Loftus ran a solid 1500 in the inter boys placing 9th.

Meanwhile in Irishtown Paul Courtney won his first athletics title as he was crowned East Leinster inter 1500 SC champion. Dylan Gibbons also had a good run in the senior 400 finishing 2nd. 2nd and Leinster final qualification also for Luke Guy in the inter long jump. Harry Pierce continues to make good progress placing 5th in a competitive junior 1500m.

Tomorrow the North Leinsters take place in Santry, with Day 2 of the West Leinsters the following day and Day 2 of the Norths on Friday. A busy few days!

Sergiu wins Samsung Night Run in Cork

Last night`s duo of Samsung Night Runs over 10k in Dublin and Cork brought a Clonliffe win down south for Sergiu Ciobanu in a time of 30.38. This rounds off Sergiu`s preparations for Sunday`s Hamburg Marathon. In Dublin the first Clonliffe finisher was Conor Keane in 30th place (36.57).

Clonliffe Juveniles round off Spring Series in style (photos added)

The final round of another most successful Juvenile Spring Series, involving athletes from Skerries AC, Cetlic AC, Lusk AC, our hosts today Portmarnock AC, and Clonliffe Harriers, took place this morning in Portmarnock. In keeping with the theme of racing on different surfaces today`s race was held on the all weather astro turf at Naomh Mearnog GAA Club. The host club had marked off an oval which fitted the bill perfectly. Another good turn out of young Clonliffe athletes in the U/10 to U/16 age groups made the short trip and once again put in excellent performances keeping up with the high standards they set themselves since round 1 of this series at the end of March.

Pride of place today went to an athlete who has made great strides forward this year Hannah Browne who took a fine win in the girls U/16 1200m race. Young Jonathan Fitzsimons also had a great day as he completed a hat trick of Spring Series wins in the boys U/10 race over 600m. Great runs also by Ben Guiden 2nd in the boys U/14 completing the set of Series podium finishes and there were 3rd place finishes today from Isabel Brown, Aoife Hession and Daniel Coleman.

Clonliffe Athletes Results:

Isabel Browne (3rd)
Katie Edwards

Jonathan Fitzsimons  (1st)
Daniel Coleman (3rd)
Dillon Shinback

Aoife Hession (3rd)
Alex Toomey
Christian McGready
Ella Cooley

Michael Coleman (4th)
Gavin Browne
James McDonnell
Darragh Wall

Amy Hodson
Ella Browne
Abbey Sheehy
Vicky McDonnell

Ben Guiden (2nd)
Aaron Cullen
Matthew Kearns
Luciano Romano

Hannah Browne (1st)
Cliona Cooley

Steven Cashin
Harry Pierce
Mark Kerins
Sam Baker Gorman


Round up: Sergiu back to winning ways, Gregan at Penn

Sergiu Ciobanu was back in action on Thursday winning the Faugheen 5k in 15.02, a 30 second plus winning margin, in Carrick-on-Suir. This was Sergiu`s first race since he pulled out of the Rotterdam Marathon at around 30k feeling the effects of a virus a few weeks back. On the subject of Marathon`s an excellent run by Clonliffe old boy Josphat Boit in Monday`s Boston Marathon recording a time of 2.12.52 in placing 11th.

Also in the US good to report that last weekend Graham Mahon after a long period on the side lines was back in action for Clarke University at the Good Friday Open at the University of Dubuque. Graham was 5th in the 800 in 2.03.33.

At the Penn Relays today Brian Gregan ran a positive 400m leg of 46.31 on the Irish team of Paul Robinson, John Coghlan and John Travers that finished 3rd behind USA 1st and Australia 2nd.

Penn Relays

(Picture) Penn Relays: Robinson, Gregan, Coghlan, Travers

Morton Games latest: Great Early Bird Ticket Offer

July 11th is the date for this year`s Morton Games, Dublin`s International Track and Field Meeting. An expanded program this year will see the following events in the International Program: men: Pole Vault, 100, 200, 400, 800, Morton Mile, Albie Thomas Memorial 3000. Women: 100, 200, 800, Mile. The pre program will include IMC 800m races, Junior women`s 800, Junior Men`s Mile and Juvenile 16 leg Mile relay!

During the month of May only an early bird ticket offer is in place: buy 1 and get 1 FREE. this is a postal only offer. Click link:

The official event web site is your place for all news updates as they happen. Please also follow Morton Games on Twitter.

Samsung Night Run :Club fundraiser your club needs you!

The annual Samsung 10k Night run takes place this Sunday, April 27th at 9.00pm in Dublin city centre, a sister event takes place at the same time in Cork city. The event represents an opportunity for athletics clubs to raise much needed funding. Athletics Ireland have asked clubs, including Clonliffe Harriers to steward certain sections of the course. Clonliffe have been assigned the section at the O2 Arena, at the Point Centre. As a club we need to provide 30 stewards, in return the club will receive a payment for each we provide, thereby giving the club much needed revenue to fund the club`s day to day activities. Sunday will be the first of several such over the Summer and Autumn months.

Club members who have already signed up to help with either Tom Griffin or Joe Cooper need to report to the O2 at 7.45pm. If you haven`t signed up and are prepared to give a few hours of your time please text Tom Griffin at 0877811047 with your name and again report at 7.45pm on Sunday.

Your club needs you!

Juvenile Spring Series ends in Portmarnock on Sunday

The Juvenile Spring Series reaches it`s final round on Sunday morning in Portmarnock. Naomh Mearnog GAA Club, on the astro pitch (take turn directly opposite Portmarnock Sports & Leisure Centre) with a 10.30am start. Clonliffe athletes to meet there at 9.45am (no Sunday training in Morton Stadium).

Sunday`s round is hosted by Portmarnock AC. The ages and race distances are:

U8  300m
U10 600m
U12 800m
U14 1000m
U16 1200m

Three men in a car: The Kilmovee 10K plus round up

Jeremy Chapman reports: As runners, in what is fast becoming a world of ‘Big racing’ ‘Big races’ and ‘Big entry fees’, sometimes it’s nice to go small…. to sneak out of the slightly over park-runned city to a quiet town where the roads dip and bend and rise again, and where wise old farm dogs bark without meaning any real harm. Kilmovee (Cill Mobhi) is a very beautiful and picturesque parish village in county Mayo sandwiched between Kilkelly and Ballaghaderreen and not far from Knock airport…Fergie Keenan had been banging on at us all for quite some time about going up to Mayo – and why wouldn’t he ?…don’t be fooled by that husky Dublin brogue – Keenan is Mayo blood and bone and it’s a perfect fit. 
In fairness it wasn’t a hard sell and Conor Delaney and myself  were only too happy to make the journey early Easter Saturday morning to Kilmovee to run the Kilmovee 10k .
Jeremy, Fergie, Conor
It was a short drive up …we listened to Nick Cave and Dexy’s and of course Damien Dempsey. You don’t travel with Fergie wihtout Damo..He is, it has to be said, a big fan of Damo and has been trying to convince me to sign up…so when I quite innocently from the back seat  suggested that one of the Damo songs sounded errr,a bit ‘Sawdoctoresque’ the car nearly swerved off the M4….what you *******mean!!!!……he was  not amused . I apologised for my insensitive remark and drove on in silence…..When we arrived in Kilmovee the friendly shuttle bus driver was waiting like he knew we were coming and shuttled us  1/4 mile off to Kilmovee Gaa club and the starting area. We picked up our numbers and t-shirts (Roscommon Hospice being the worthy race charity)  and headed for the start. It was very warm and Fergie had warned us countless number of times about how hilly the course was and in particular the steep climb at the final Kilometre to the finish .  Approximately 560 runners set off into the sunshine. The early part of the course wasn’t too bad and was flat enough. There were two well manned (Childrenned ??) water stations along the route – the bottles hitting the spot – the paper cups as usual miserably missing the gasping mouths by a mayo mile….when the 9k mark was reached and ‘Fergies Hill’ stood before me like the foot of Croagh Patrick there was no friendly shuttle bus driver, no local Sherpa to carry me home….the crowd at the finish line were absolutely fantastic…..bananas pears and orange quarters were handed out as you made your way along the finish area. After changing and showering back at the Gaa club we made our way back down to the Community Centre – the noise in the hall was deafening as the runners assembled ..all good talk…nothing big or brash and not many Garmins….i’ve seldom seen plates of sandwiches scones brack and apple pie  empty and fill up again like magic….all homemade and delicious with as much tea and coffee you wanted. This was community spirit at it’s unbeatable best. To the Kilmovee 10k race organisers  ,to the tea makers and brack bakers ,to the countless volunteers who made this such a special event to be part of, take a very large bow . Don’t change a thing (well, could you level that last Kilometre perhaps???). I for one will return next year…….for the record Conor ‘Bressie’  Delaney finished in 37.47 I finished in 39.10 and Fergie came home in 42.19….
Round up: Today`s Battle of Clontarf 10 Mile featured a few club members:   Philip O`Doherty 61.55, David Dunwoddy 63.03, Alison O`Sullivan 72.48. Full results click:


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