Archive for September, 2014

The Lofus Report: Schools XC Carlow

Kevin Loftus reports: Today, in what can only be described as “average” Cross Country weather, ( blistering winds, rain showers and all the rest… ) the Knockbeg College Inter-County XC League event took place in Carlow. Hosted in the grounds of the college, there was a mud fest, concrete trails and exposed roots in the ground to deal with. The course itself incorporated three large football pitches, with all minor to senior race age groups offered for both boys and girls.

“Invitations” for this race were hard to come by, as this event is strictly speaking for schools from the three counties of Carlow, Kilkenny and Laois. So the Clonliffe contingent was relatively small, with only three athletes competing, all from Belvedere College.

In the minor race of 1200 m Cillian Forrester placed in a strong 31st position, where the field had over 220 competitors, and the start line was cramped to say the least. The junior race saw Ben Guiden claim bronze position ( sadly no medals ) in a brilliant season opener of 3rd place in the 2400 m event ( the field made up of circa 200 runners yet again ). Finally Kevin Loftus running in the Intermediate race of 3000 m finished very well in 16th place, the start line bursting with over 230 competitors. Onwards and upwards for all involved!

Cillian f

Ben G

Kevin L

Clonliffe 10 Mile Championships 50th Anniversary

Next Saturday October 4th Clonliffe will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the club 10 Mile championship in Malahide Castle at 12.00 noon. To mark the occasion former Clonliffe President and chair of the Grand Prix sub committee has put together a short history of the race:

The  Clonliffe Harriers club 10 miles C’ship was the brainchild of legendary Club Captain Harry Cooney. Enthused by the popularity of then 10 miles promotions by the Civil Service and Ballyclare clubs–Harry organised the 1st Clonliffe 10miles–run on April12th 1964 it attracted a field of in excess of 30  members. Starting at a marker near Murtagh’s pub it proceeded southwards past Blakes Cross-through Swords village-up Pinnock hill onwards to finish at the stadium. The 1st winner was Ray Heffernan and over the nine years that the race remained on this course the prominent finishers included such as Sean Cronin,Bernard Daly,Maurice Ahern and John O’Leary together with now deceased notables George McIntyre,Gerry McDonnell, Larry Reid,& Barry Raftery
A feature of the race has been the need for new courses as the environs of an expanding Dublin Airport brought more traffic and the requirement for greater roads and so as we left the original course we briefly tried tried the old St Margarets lap by Dunbro- the Village- Dubber Cross and back to the stadium. However a new St Margarets by – pass ended that and so we embarked on  the 2 x
5 miles airport circuit until the very late 1980’s
In that time the 1978 race saw Gerry Finnegan win the C’ship and the Ahern Cup presented on this occasion by Maurice as he ran his 15th consecutive 10mile- Maurice subsequently went on to run in all 50 runnings of the race (1964-2013 ) though  a calf injury in 2007 forced him out at 7 miles
The 20th running in 1983 saw Padraic  Keane make it 2 victories. Before Eamonn Tierney won the 25th Peter Mc Dermott also had his year

The very 1st excavations for the M-50 pushed us once more to a new course. From 1990 until 1999 an out and back from the stadium used  the perimeter of the extended airport runway .Gerry mc Cabe had a several wins around this time but increased  cash prizes in 1996  for all grades saw the winners prizes go to Jerry Kiernan and Aimee Ahern

Having to plot a course through traffic was just a risk too far and so we welcomed in the year 2000 by moving the race to Malahide Castle with Noel Cullen coming home as champion. 2003 and the 40th race went the way of Killian Lonergan. From then until the present we had double championship victories for David Brennan,Philip O’Doherty and 50th race winner  Darren Reilly. Now to next Saturday and a continuation of  Clonliffe  Harriers championship  competition.

Clonliffe juveniles enjoy another successful league outing

The 2nd round of the Dublin Juvenile league took place in Tymon Park today on another testing course with yet again another feature hill to negotiate. Once again a great turn out of the club`s athletes and again some fine performances indeed with wins for Ella Browne  Jonathan Fitzsimons among the highlights.

First into the fray were the U/9s with fine runs from Daniel Coleman 3rd and Cian O`Hare 4th. In the U/10 girls the first Clonliffe girl home was Isobel Brown in 6th, then in the U/10 boys Jonathan Fitzsimons displayed great battling qualities moving from 5th, and some distance away, into the top 3 and then got over a stumble to battle all the way to the line and dip to win!

In a packed boys U/11 race of some 60 plus starters the Clonliffe lads put in a great team performance with 4 in the top 20: Michael Coleman 9th, James McDonnell 10th, Oissin Finnin 11th and Gavin Brown 18th. Likewise a huge field of 70 plus in the girls race were the black and amber girls packed well: Lara Gallagher 14th, Naoise Cullen 16th, Sally Sumola 19th and Holly Foy 21st.

The U/12 girls were lead home by 7th place finisher Aoife Hession followed by Holly Roache 10th. There then followed Clonliffe dominance in the U/13 girls race as Ella Brown recorded a great win chased hard by Amy Hodson 3rd, Abbey Sheehy 4th, Tacy Airton 8th and Vicky McDonnell 12th.

xc league u13

(pictured) Clonliffe Harriers girls U/13 squad

In the boys U/14 race a Clonliffe trio gathered at the sharp end of the field and were lead in by 3rd place finisher Ben Guiden, Cian Bolger 6th and Aaron Cullen 9th. The top 3 Clonliffe in the U/14 girls race were Amy Warren 8th, Rececca Fitzsiomons 16th and Caitlin Butler 19th.

The U/15s ran over 2,000m and again great running from the Clonliffe crew, the girls finishing: Lauren Carr 7th, Hannah Browne 8th and Cliona Cooley 13th. In the boys race Craig Giles ran superbly in his first cross country race for the club finishing 2nd behind a top class DSD athlete, followed in by Stephen Cashin 9th, Mark Kearns 12th and Sam Baker Gorman 14th.

Finally the U/16s running 2,500 where Alex Hogan was 4th, followed closely by Sean O`Leary 5th and Kevin Loftus 9th. Aimee McGrath was our sole representative in the girls race, a mixed race from U/16 to U/19, as she battle gamely to finish in 9th place (age group placing not yet known)

Another good day with many positives for the season ahead, continuing next Sunday in the Phoenix Park for round 3.


The Tymon Park Seven: Sean, Ben, Craig, Alex, Matthew, Kevin and Aimee

Weekend round up: Wins for Tudor and Sergiu, plus more

Weekend round up: Tudor Mircea had a good win on the roads on Saturday in County Wicklow as he won the Moone Kilomarathon, 26.2km in 1.30.41 comfortably winning by over two and a half minutes.

Later on Saturday evening in county Louth the Blackrock 4 Mile took place where local Gary O`Hanlon was 2nd in 19.44 followed by a large group of the Clonliffe junior squad: 5th Cathal Doyle 21.16, 6th Adam O`Brien 21.27, 9th Sean Carrig 22.09, 12th Joseph Hession 22.30, 23rd Paul Courtney 24.06, 27th and 1st woman Hope Saunders with an impressive 24.30, 43rd Laura Tuite 25.49 and 53rd Alanah Cooley 26.45.

At today`s Ratharnham 5k Road Race Colm Rooney was 6th in 14.48, other Clonliffe: Tom Sherlock (16.30), Rachel Wisdom (18.58) T.F. (19.13)

Finally the Cork to Cobh 15 Mile was won by Sergiu Ciobanu in 1.18.47.

Aaron Hanlon makes scoring debut for Providence College

Clonliffe`s Aaron Hanlon made his collegiate debut for Providence College in Franklin Park, Boston today. It was a very positive outing for the 2014 Irish School`s 5,000 champion who took up scholarship in the US this Autumn, as he placed 37th in 25.10, 5.04 per mile pace for the 8,000m cross country race. Aaron has the 6th scorer for the 3rd place finishing Friar`s squad.

Entry closing soon: Brother Clonliffe Schools Invitational

With two weeks to this year`s schools Invitational, sponsored by Brother a reminder that entry for schools closes in 7 days time, October 1st (individual entries on the day). Wednesday October 8th in Santry Demesne Park is the date. Once again there will be a primary schools race followed by the secondary schools programme from minor up to senior. Invitations have issue to schools who have supported the event in previous years, however, Clonliffe are happy to extend an Invitation to other schools.

Attached to this posting are details, if your school would like to take part the entry form should be printed, completed, scanned in and e mailed back to as soon as possible. For safety reasons there is a limited to numbers that can be accommodated. No entries (except individuals) accepted after the October 1st closing date.

Finally any club member, or indeed parent of club members in a position to help out on the day please contact Noel Guiden 0879599888. This is a very big event with circa 1500 young athletes competing so please of help needed.

For Invitation click: Brotherclonliffexc2014

Juvenile Cross Country League Round 2, Tymon Park on Sunday

The Clonliffe Juveniles will head southside to Tymon Park on Sunday morning for Round 2 of the League. The distances this week go up slightly.

The Clonliffe juveniles from U/9 to U/16 will be taking part in Sunday’s league. Athletes are asked to meet at the venue at 10.15 a.m. The first race is the U/9 Girls race at 11 a.m.

The race distances are:

U/9 (Boys and Girls) 500m

U/10 (Boys and Girls) 700m

U/11 (Boys and Girls) 900m

U/12 (Boys and Girls) 1200m

U/13 (Boys and Girls) 1300m

U/14 (Boys and Girls) 1500m

U/15 (Boys and Girls) 2000m

U/16 (Boys and Girls) 2500m

Map and Car Parking:

Tymon Park



Course Map:

Tymon Course

Note for Tuesday Sept 23rd: Gladys and Gerry`s group have swimming tonight in Sportslink, meet there at 6.45, bring €5.00. No 7.00pm training for these groups tonight, Gerry`s group training before hand at 6.00pm.

Fast times recorded by Clonliffe athletes in Charleville Half

Yesterday`s Charleville Half Marathon in County Cork drew a top class field to ensure a very fast race. The Clonliffe athletes who decided to travel to Cork and miss the Dublin Half Marathon were rewarded with some very fast times. Sergiu Ciobanu finished in 3rd place in a time of 66.18, his Dublin marathon preparations clearly going well with some 5 weeks to go. Declan Power took 1st place O/40, 15th overall in a new pb of 71.02. Irish international marathon runner Barbara Sanchez was 3rd women (39th overall) in 77.35 and Ailish Malone pbed with a 52nd place overall finish in a time of 79.02.

O`Hanlon does it again! Dublin Half Marathon win bagged

Road racer extraordinaire Gary O’Hanlon continued his relentless Dublin Marathon preparations with a win in this morning`s big road race, the Dublin Half Marathon. After the torrential rain of yesterday evening and last night the day dawned clear and bright with another bumper crowd descending on the Phoenix Park including a great number of Clonliffe Harriers.

Gary lead the field home clear by some two minutes winning in 69.43. Other Clonliffe included: Davy Byrne 77.31, Conor Keane 77.35, Tom Sherlock 79.12, Joe Phibbs 81.06 (a pb by a massive 2 minutes), Mark Bermingham 81.07,  Dave Brady 81.07, Jeremy Chapman 83.28, Joseph Cooper 85.16, Keiran Murphy 85.19, Jacqui Dunphy 88.05, Paddy Tuite 88.07 (2nd in age group), Dermot Faughan 88.09,  Colm McDonnell 88.16, Denis Collins 88.42, Pat Byrne 1.32.28 (3rd in age group), new member Paul Carty 1.33.18, Ronan McDermott 1.33.25, Paul Gallagher 1.36.49, Kevin Sheehy 1.38.54, Andrew Eustace 1.41.08, Pat Devitt 1.41.39, Alan Curley 1.41.49 (Omissions text name and time to 0879599888)


(pictured) P. Carty, D. Faughan, P. Gallagher, J. Dunphy, R. McDermott, P. Byrne, A. Eustace, P. Tuite, C. McDonnell

Calling all St. Aidans old boys: 50 years of Red & White

Clonliffe Harriers has enjoyed a long, happy and fruitful relationship with St. Aidans CBS  with maybe 1,000 plus pupils from the schools finding their way to Santry and Clonliffe Harriers as the red and white of St. Aidans fitted seamlessly with the black and amber of Clonliffe. This year St. Aidan’s CBS has reached the very significant milestone of their 50th anniversary.  The school is currently organising a range of events to celebrate this milestone with numerous social and sporting events planned.  To mark 50 years of athletics in St. Aidan’s the school in conjunction with Clonliffe Harriers A.C. is organising a special day in the Morton Stadium on Saturday October 11th: a unique past and present St. Aidan’s athletes 2 Mile track race.

St. Aidans 50

Many’s a St. Aidan’s lad and later a Clonliffe Harrier`s first introduction to our sport was the first year cross country league races held under the watchful eye of Bro. Clarke.   Those Friday afternoon league races were famed and feared.  Three laps around the two football pitches with instructions to make sure to run the full course and take in the dip behind the far goalpost.  The first year boys took to these league races with great enthusiasm with hundreds lining up to race and then on Monday morning checking out the notice board to see where they placed in the league.  Back then they were simpler times: cross country spikes were virtually unknown and boys either ran in their football boots or runners.  The prize at stake was a place on one of the schools teams and the chance to put on that red and white singlet for a forthcoming CBS or secondary schools championship.

Bro. Clarke’s enthusiasm was infectious and he was instrumental in encouraging these young athletes to remain committed to the St. Aidan’s cause with great numbers competing for the school in various championships.  So much so that there were A, B and indeed at times C teams.

The next great coach to take up the mantle after Bro. Clarke was Peter McDermott.  Peter was a Maths and English teacher in the school, more importantly from an athletics perspective he was a fine athlete running with Clonliffe Harriers.  Peter was instrumental in driving the athletics programme in St. Aidan’s onto even greater heights and he remained the athletics coach for some 25 years, simply extraordinary.  Peter in turn passed on the baton to the one and only Alan O’Neill.  Alan was not only a teacher in St. Aidan’s and also a Clonliffe Harriers but a local Santry lad and a past pupil of St. Aidan’s who himself had been coached by Peter.  Alan’s second in command is David Hanley and these two can be seen running along Collins’ Avenue to Albert College Park on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays leading a pack of 40 of the current St. Aidan’s squad.

Over the years the Clonliffe/St. Aidans` partnership has produced many champion athletes including Mick Byrne who is now the head coach in the U.S.A.’s top athletics college Wisconsin, Eamon Tierney, who holds the record for the fastest ever St. Aidan’s past pupil over the marathon distance of 2.16.07, the Greene twins Johnny and Martin, Noel Daly who held the Irish Schools 800 record for a long number of years, Derek Watters, Mark McDonald and Eoin McDonnell who dominated the middle distance track events during their time in St. Aidan’s and the schools most recent All Ireland track champion Ian Guiden who won the All Ireland 5000 title in 2013.  The greatest ever athlete to come through the school was Santry and Clonliffe`s Niall Bruton coached by Peter McDermott.  Niall was a true star in schools , juvenile and junior athletics. When he left St. Aidan’s he went on scholarship to the United States and developed into a world class athlete winning the famed Wannamaker Mile in New York and representing Ireland at the pinnacle of sport, the Olympic Games reaching the Olympic 1500m semi-final in Atlanta in 1996. The list of athletes in Clonliffe who came through the Whitehall stable is lengthy with junior teams in particular being dominated by St. Aidans men. Clonliffe owes a great debt of gratedue to the great coaches in St. Aidans Peter and Alan in particular.

The October 11th celebrations will start with a 3.30pm 2 Mile race on the track. St. Aidans and Clonliffe are reaching out to all St. Aidans past and present pupils who ever ran for the school to come along on the day. In addition there will be a social function in the Clonliffe club lounge featuring a photo exhibition, presentations and a change to catch up with old friends. Alan O’Neill said: “We are hoping that as many past pupils who competed for St. Aidan’s will turn up on the day.  This is an event which we have been planning for some time, needless to say it is next to impossible to contact everyone so I am asking for anyone who was in St. Aidan’s to help in spreading the word and anyone who wants to come along and compete on the day or indeed just come along to meet up are more than welcome and they might pop me on an email to”.


Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress