Archive for October, 2014

Hanlon scores for Friars in Big East Championship

Aaron Hanlon was back in action after missing a couple of races for Providence College today in Carmel. The Friars team finished in 3rd place in the Big East Championship with Aaron the 7th and final scorer on the team finishing in 23rd place in 24.40 for the 8 km race, a measure of Aaron`s performance is that me was only 39 seconds behind team mate Shane Quinn (Ferrybank). Next up for Aaron is the NCAA North Eastern qualifier on November 14th.

While Hanlon`s Collegiate career is only in it`s infancy  another Clonliffe man is coming to the end of his US adventure. Graham Mahon has been with Clarke University for the past 3 years and last weekend October 25th lined out for one of his final races for the Crusaders finishing 179th (32.06) in the Mount Marty Invitational. Graham will have his final race in the States at the Mid Western Conference next Saturday November 8th.

Gary The Remarkable finishes 5th in World Ultra 50k

Four days post Dublin Marathon Gary O`Hanlon finished in an unbelievable 5th position in the World Ultra 50k in Doha today. Read that again….4 days….5th….50k….Doha, add in 40 degrees!! Remarkable is the word that springs to mind. Gary recorded a time of 3.14.15. On his Facebook page Gary commented: “5th in the world Ultra championships 50k in Doha in 3:14..15 mins outside my irish record in Donadea…After suffering with severe hamstring cramping from mile 16 and 40 mins in A@E on a drip after the Dublin marathon coming to Doha and rac…ing the 50k world championships just 4 days later was quite a risk..The pain I suffered out there today I hope to never experience again as long as I live.From mile one it was like mile 20 in the Dublin marathon.”

Betting has been suspended on Gary finding a road race or two on the way home!

Clonliffe teams for Dublin Cross Country C`ships

News of the Clonliffe teams in action in Sunday`s Dublin Championships to be hosted in Santry by Clonliffe Harriers. The women`s team looks strong lead by Becky Woods back on the country this season with a fine run in the Athletics Ireland Autumn 5k Open a couple of weeks back under her belt. The team also includes Emer O`Brien, Bernadette Kiernan, Maura Matthews and Fionnula Doherty.

The men`s team, defending champions, has been decimated with withdrawals through injury and the marathon, and is expected to include Brian MacMahon, Colm Rooney and Tudor Mircea.

In the juniors, again injury has put a number of guys on the side lines but expected to line up on Sunday are Brian Flanagan, Ross Kearney and Niall Norman in the men`s race with U/18 Dublin Champion Hope Saunders being joined in the junior women`s race by Laura Tuite, Greta and Alannah Cooley.

Also on Sunday the Clonliffe juveniles will be in action from early with strong teams lining out at U/15, the boys fielding a full team of Craig Giles, Stephen Cashin, Sam Baker-Gorman, Mark Kearns, Harry Pierce, Ben Guiden, Cian Bolger and Aaron Cullen. The girls team is Lauren Carr, Cliona Cooley, Amy Connolly and Hannah Browne.

The U/13s will also put in strong performances with several athletes having shown very good form in the league and even ages championships, athletes to look out for include Cillian Forrester, Mark Kavanagh and Luchino Ramano and a particularly strong girls team that includes Ella Brown, Amy Hodson, Amy Scott, Abbey Sheehy, Aoife Hession, Ella Bergin, Vicky McDonnell. While in the U/11 age groups the club can call on the likes of Michael Coleman, James McDonnell and Oisin Finninwith.

As always the athletes will appreciate some home support, and the officials would appreciate some help! So please come along on Sunday and fulfil a dual roll!

Dublin Cross Country Championships Final Instructions

Clonliffe Harriers AC are delighted to host the Dublin Juvenile uneven ages, Junior and Senior Cross Country Championships on Sunday, thanks to the assistance of Fingal County Council in Santry Demesne Park. In conjunction with the Dublin Athletics Board the following final instructions will help with the enjoyment by all of these championships:

Date:   Sunday November 2nd

Venue:    Santry Demesne Parkland at rear of Morton Stadium Santry.

Course Map: click 2014 Dublin Cross Country Championships2014 Dublin Cross Country Championships

Time:        Juveniles from 11.00 a.m.

Juniors/Seniors  from 1.25 p.m.

Timetable:/Race distances: click Event Schedule Dublin Uneven Ages Junior U19 & Senior Cross Country Championships 2014

Check in: An appointed official from each club should collect envelope with numbers/pins with a list of your athletes from Cecil Johnston on Sunday morning. Numbers for Junior
athletes can be collected from Pat Hooper or official designated to look after Senior/Junior entries

 Officials Parking:  Clonliffe Harriers Morton Stadium Santry. Please obey the directions of the parking attendant.

Venue Parking: Gate no. 1 (the city side gate) Morton Stadium, no parking on the avenue in the stadium. Please obey the parking attendant. Once this car park is full please use the car park at Crowne Plaza or one of the retail/industrial parks. The Gardaí will not permit any car parking on the Swords Road. (if you park there most likely you will be ticketed!)

Santry Demsne Park:  Please note that on the instructions of Fingal County Council the park must not be use for event parking. This is reserved for patrons/users of the Park. Please co operate with these instructions for Fingal.

Toilet facilities:   Are located under the stand at the Clonliffe side of the stadium.  Toilets are also located at the main reception area at the stadium.  Access to the main reception area is through the outside doors.   Please note that the indoor section of the stadium is closed.


Entry to Venue:    Via Morton Stadium.  Please use the gate at the 100m start line at the phoenix monument.

Litter:    As we have use of Santry Demesne Parkland thanks to the generosity and co-operation of Fingal County Council we would implore you to appoint an individual/individuals to be responsible for the removal of all litter generated by your athletes.  Please bring a sack for litter. Your co-operation in this connection is vital.

Health and Safety:   Please obey the instructions of all marshals at the venue.  Marshals will be clearly identifiable as they will be wearing high vis vests.

Medical Emergencies:   St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance.

Assistance with stewarding: Any Clonliffe Harrier prepared to give up a few hours please report to the clubhouse for 10.30am. Course builders from 8.00am please.



Paddy picks up a Bronze medal, the Men’s team, a Silver

With today’s publishing of the official results of the National Marathon Championship, it’s now confirmed that young Paddy Tuite’s 2.59.30 marathon run on Monday earned him a Bronze medal in the over 55 category.

Gary O’Hanlon was confirmed as the winner of the over 40 category. Kieran Murphy finished 7th in the over 50 bracket.

In the team results, the senior men ( Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O’Hanlon and Anthony Flannery) collected the Silver medals. For a newcomer to the club, Anthony has had a tremendous few months, with winning his first National medal being the culmination of many a hard mile run.

The over 50 team of Paddy Tuite, Kieran Murphy and Seamus Grennan also picked up a silver medal.  

On the women’s side, Jacqui Dunphy finished just outside the medals, in a highly commendable 4th place in the over 35 category. This was a tremendous performance on the day and being only two minutes outside the medals, will provide plenty of motivation for next year! The women didn’t have a finishing team.

For those still recovering from Monday’s excursion around the city, note that Gary has since flown to Doha, Qatar, and will line up at the 10th IAU 50km World Trophy Final for Ireland this Friday. The race starts at 18:30 local time and the athletes will race around a flat 5km loop on the Aspire Grounds in the heart of Doha.

Sergiu collects National Marathon 2014 title, Ailish a bronze

Sergiu Ciobanu battled through the on course wind today to collect his third National Marathon title. With a time of 2.21.01 he ended up over a minute clear of the runner up, Rathfarnham’s Barry Minnock. His 5th place finish in the race is a highly commendable finish, especially as numerous Ethiopians and Kenyans started the race. Running for large sections of the race with former winner Aleskei Sokolov, he passed halfway in 69.22mins.

Ailish Malone picked up a hard earned bronze medal in the women’s race. Her time of 2.48.48 was a personal best and with an 82.23 first half, Ailish hung on well over the testing 2nd half and to claim an excellent national level medal.

Our next finisher was marathon man, Gary O’Hanlon. Running his 10th marathon of the year, Gary finished with a time of 2.26.13 and in 6th of the Irish.  One of the many athletes Gary coaches was next in, and could well have aided in the collection of a team medal (still to be confirmed). Anthony Flannery finished with a time of 2.52.48. Though not a personal best, this was probaby his best performance, given the conditions.

Next across the line was Joe Phipps. His great run in the half-marathon last month was no flash in the pan. Almost skipping through the last mile Joe was comfortably under the 3hr goal in a time of 2.58.55. To the delight of all, young Paddy Tuite also dipped under the 3hr barrier. Having been on the other side of this barrier a few times over the past few year, it was great to see. No doubt his timely calf strain last week kept him off this feet and fresh for those last few miles today!

Kieran Murphy was 1 mins outside of the 3hrs, but this was still 4 mins faster than his Spring effort on the fast and flat Rotterdam course.

Finishing with 3.11.19, Jacqui Dunphy’s series of personal best times continued. This was over 7 mins off her previous best time.

David Brady’s fast first half (82.46) left him struggling in the later miles as he finished in 3.09.45 and was followed in by Mark Bermingham in 3.10.10

Brendan donnelly ran 3.11.26 and Colm McDonnell posted 3.13.44, a pb of 76 secs. The recently married Denis collins ran 3.15.34, 3 and a half minutes better than last year.

James Waldron and Joe Cooper crossed the line with times of 3.27.20 and 3.31.52. The former being the second closest of our athletes to run even splits! (see below)

Ronan mcdermott ran a solid 3.31.51 and Andrew Eustace had an 8min pb at 3.31.49!!!. Alan Worrall ran his usual steady race, finishing with a 3.32.28. Anthony O’Brien, who ran berlin a few weeks ago coasted at 4.15.37. Alex Eustace left everything out on the course, finishing in 4.35.50

Finally, the great Frank Behan, the Colonel, completed his 35th Dublin Marathon in a row in 6.27.33. With a first half of 3.27hrs, and a second half of 2.59hr, Frank wins the award for being the only Clonliffe athlete to run the second half faster than the first!

A link to all our athletes times/splits is as follows:

Sergiu Ciobanu 2:21:01
Gary O’ Hanlon 2:26:13
Ailish Malone 2:48:48
Anthony Flannery 2:52:48
Joe Phipps 2:58:55
Paddy Tuite 2:59:19
Kieran Murphy 3:01:00
Ross Cadogan 3:09:13
David Brady 3:09:45
Mark Bermingham 3:10:10
Fergal Daly 3:10:32
Jacqui Dunphy 3:11:19
Brendan Donnelly 3:11:27
Colm Mc Donnell 3:13:45
Denis Collins 3:15:34
James Waldron 3:27:20
Joseph Cooper 3:31:52
Ronan Mc Dermott 3:31:51
Alan Worrall 3:32:28
Andrew Eustace 3:31:49
David Freeman 3:48:05
Seamus Greenan 3:49:32
Patrick Devitt 4:00:19
Anthony O’ Brien 4:15:37
Alex Eustace 4:35:50
David Gomm 5:55:25

Weekend round up: only one Harrier racing!

With tomorrow`s Dublin Marathon it was always going to be a quiet weekend. It would appear that the only Clonliffe athlete in action so far this weekend was Liam Roarty now settled into his new surroundings in Sunderland where he is in college. Liam was competing for Sunderland Harriers on the country in the Sherman Cup in South Shields where he placed 38th from a huge field of 453!. Liam was also the 3rd scorer for Sunderland.

Liam Roarty

On the subject of cross country Clonliffe are hosting next Sunday`s Dublin juvenile, junior and senior cross country championships in Santry with an 11.00am start. Full details towards the weekend, however, help is badly needed so anyone able to chip in please text your name to 0879599888.

Finally good luck to all our club members on the streets of Dublin tomorrow. Nil desperandum.

Frank Murphy inducted into Athletics Ireland Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Clonliffe`s 1969 European silver medallist Frank Murphy on his  induction to the Athletics Ireland Hall of Fame. Frank will be honoured at the Awards lunch hosted by Athletics Ireland on November 26th. Hereunder published in full is an excellent tribute from

Frank Murphy of Clonliffe Harriers will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 at the National Athletics Awards on the 26th of November. The Hall of Fame award is presented to an athlete who has achieved to the highest level and is considered world class. The recipients have transcended the sport and are sporting legends. Murphy duly takes his place in the Hall of Fame joining fellow Irish greats Ronnie Delany, Eamonn Coghlan and John Treacy.

International Success

It is especially appropriate that Frank Murphy is inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014, as it is the 45th anniversary of his greatest International success winning the silver medal in the 1500m Final at the 1969 European Athletics Championships in Athens in a time of 3.39.51, a new Irish Record. Murphy’s success continued on the International stage when he claimed another silver medal; this time at the 1970 European Indoor Athletics Championships in Vienna over 1500m in a time of 3.49.0.

In 1968 he became an Olympian representing Ireland at the Mexico Olympics in the 1500m, four years later he represented Ireland again at the 1972 Olympics in Munich over 800m and 1500m. He was also crowned national 1500m champion in 1969; his formidable record over the classic mile and metric mile distances makes Murphy an Irish middle distance running legend.

Clonliffe Harriers AC

Despite all the international success Murphy always stayed true to his roots competing for his club Clonliffe Harriers at national cross country and track and field championships. In the first ever Morton Mile organised by Clonliffe Harriers he placed second to the great Kenyan athlete Kip Keino in a time of 3.59.3. He ran his mile personal best of 3.58.6 in 1968 becoming Ireland’s fourth fastest ever at the time. Murphy won back to back National Mile Titles in 1966 and 1967.

Further cementing his legendary status Murphy was one of only five Irish athletes to have ever run under 1.48 (800m), 3.40 (1500m) and 14.00 (5,000m).

Early Career

Murphy first rose to prominence in 1963 when he won bronze in the National Junior Cross Country Championships; he was also a multiple Irish Schools Champion. His first senior cap came in the summer of 1966 in an International match against England and Wales.  He attended Villanova University on scholarship winning the prestigious NCAA Indoor Title over 880yards in 1969; other highlights of his university career included numerous successes with his college team at the world famous Penn Relays.

Clonliffe athletes take Primary Schools victories

The club`s juvenile athletes continue to excel for both club and school. Yesterday it was the turn of some of our younger members to taste glory. At the St. Anne`s Park round of the Primary Schools Cross Country league young Ella Cooley, the youngest of the Cooley Clonliffe girls, took her first ever race win, a feat also repeated yesterday by Tacy Airton.

Strong Marathon teams in hunt for National titles

Monday`s Dublin City Marathon also includes the National Marathon Championships. There are a number of Clonliffe athletes who will be in the hunt for National titles. The men`s challenge is lead by two of last year`s team Sergiu Ciobanu and Gary O`Hanlon, both will be mounting serious challenges for medals. The race for that 3rd scoring place will include Anthony Flannery, Declan Power, Dave Brady and Mark Bermingham. The women`s team looks very strong: Barbara Sanchez, Ailish Malone and Jacqui Dunphy. Monday will also include Master`s championships were Clonliffe men including Pat Byrne, Jeremy Chapman and Paddy Tuite will look to medal in the team O/50 and of course Frank Behan will continue his goal of completing every Dublin Marathon to date. Good luck to all. Nil desperandum


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