Archive for November, 2014

The Clonliffe Silver Ladies show the way

The Dublin Intermediate Cross Country took place today in Tymon Park. The Clonliffe ladies put in a great performance and battled on gamely to secure team silver on 64 points behind DSD with Tallaght 3rd.

Inter Women 2014

The Clonliffe team was lead home by the ever improving Rachel Wisdom who continues to impress in 11th place. 16th was Louise Carraher, on her tail in 17th, Clonliffe Master Athlete of the year nominee for 2014, Bernie Dunne, 20th Maura Matthews, these four making up the scoring members of the team. They were very well back up by the other team members: 28th Bernadette Kiernan, 34th Clodagh Morairty, 38th Aisling Andrews and 48th Emma Dunne. Well done to all the girls and to ladies Captain Pamela Cooper.

The mens team placed well out of the prize paying positions in 6th overall. There was, however, an excellent run by Tom Sherlock in 9th place. Other team members: Conor Keane 23rd, Dave Brady 32nd, Sean Doran 34th, Richard Mannion 41stst and Fergal O`Shea 57th.

Meanwhile yesterday (Saturday Nov. 29th) Gary O`Hanlon was at it again winning the Clontarf Half Marathon in 70.12, a winning margin of almost 4 minutes.

Clonliffe club cross country championships day 2014

A great day`s club cross country for the whole club took place in Santry Demsene today. It was a perfect day for cross country, the ground had dried up well after last weekend`s downpours and BHAA race, leaving very good running conditions and this coupled with a dry bright Winter sunshine day made for perfection. A day to be out and about.

The 2014 Clonliffe club championships saw all sections of the club come together for championship Saturday: juveniles and seniors for their championships and in addition it was also the final round of the ever popular Clonliffe Grand Prix Series with the Irwin Cup incorporating the senior championships. As a result there were big numbers of athletes in Santry Demsene along with a sizable gathering of parents and supporters.

u12 girls xc

u14 girls xc

The Juvenile Championships got the action underway at 11.00am, there were races in two year bands (even ages) from U/10 to U/16 for boys and girls resulting in 8 separate races. Great efforts put in by all these young Harriers with fine wins recorded by our first 2014 cross country champion Katie Edwards (girls U/10), right through to the man who upset the form book in the final race Fintan McManus (boys U/16). Some really excellent races with the boys U/14 standing out as the trio of Ben Guiden, Cian Bolger and Aaron Cullen broke way from the pack early on and then off the final bend  Cian and Aaron enjoying a wonderful sprint off right to the line with Cian getting his nose in front to take a great win.

Ben Cian aaron


After the juvenile championships concluded the medal presentation took place in the club hall for the top 3 in each race, there were also spots prizes and thanks to the sponsorship of Colm Doran goody bags for all!

2014 Juvenile Club Championships Results:

Girls U/10: 1. Katie Edwards, 2. Isabele Browne, 3. Rachel Power

Boys U/10: 1. Jonathan Fitzsimons, 2. Adam Flynn, 3. Dylan Shimbach

Girls U/12: 1. Holly Roche, 2. Lara Gallagher, 3. Zoe McKenna

Boys U/12: 1. James McDonnell, 2. Oisin Finnan, 3. Kevin Fleming

Girls U/14: 1. Ella Brown, 2. Amy Hodson, 3. Rachel Fagan

Boys U/14: 1. Cian Bolger, 2. Aaron Cullen, 3. Ben Guiden

Girls U/16: 1. Lauren Carr, 2. Hannah Browne, 3. Sophie Higgins

Club xc 2014

At 12.00 noon the competitors in the  Senior Championships/Irwin Cup, the final round of the 2014 Grand Prix, were send on their way running over 6,000 which included a couple of jumps as the Irwin Cup is also the Grand National. Although there where a number of athletes not able to compete with the Dublin Intermediates tomorrow and National Novice next weekend, there was still a sizable turnout. Grand Prix men Dermot Kelly and Desie Shorten took up the pace and with one to go Desie held a commanding lead that was never in doubt and was first across the line. In the Clonliffe club championships 1st man home was Joe Phipps, followed in by our Mexican visitor Juan Luis Chapman with young Thomas Ward, first junior, in 3rd place. The women`s championship was taken by Aoife O`Connor.

Joe Phibbs

2014 Senior Club Championships Results:

Men: 1. Joe Phipps, 2. Juan Luis Chapman, 3. Thomas Ward

Women: 1. Aoife O`Connor, 2. Joyce O`Hare, 3. Aimee Ahern

Prize giving for the championships and the Irwin Cup will take place at the Grand Prix Presentation on Thursday night next December 4th.

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Nominations for Clonliffe athletes of the year

The selection committee have confirmed the names of the athletes who have been nominated in the various categories for the Clonliffe Harriers Athletes of the yeat for the Club Awards Night which will take place on Cake Race night, Thursday December 18th from 9 p.m.

The athletes nominated are as follows:

Clonliffe Junior athlete of the year: Aaron Hanlon, Hope Saunders, Megan Coomber

Clonliffe Master athlete of the year: Bernie Byrne, Geraldine Reilly, Philip O’Doherty

Clonliffe Women’s Track and Field athlete of the year: Ciara McCallian, Becky Woods, Caoimhe Morris

Clonliffe Men`s Track and Field athlete of the year:Ian Rogers, Keith Pike, Brian Gregan

Clonliffe Women’s road/cross country athlete of the year: Sara McCormack, Ailish Malone, Emer O’Brien

Clonliffe Men’s road/cross country athlete of the year: Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O’Hanlon, Brian MacMahon.

On the 18th of December the club cake races will take place over the 5 K loop from the stadium up through Northwood and back with the prize-giving to take place in the club bar afterwards along with the athletes of the year awards, including the prestigious Clonliffe Harrier of the year and in addition presentations will be made to athletes who have set new club records during the course of 2014 and to our national champions.

All members of Clonliffe are encouraged to attend on the night.

The juvenile cake race will take place on the track on Tuesday the 16th of December.

Brandon and Hope selected for European Cross

Athletics Ireland today announced the Irish teams for December 14th`s European Cross Country in Bulgaria with two Clonliffe athletes selected. Brandon Hargreaves is selected on the men`s U/23 and Hope Saunders on the junior women. See for full story.

Congratulations to both our athletes and also to Ciara McCallion who will travel with the squad as the Irish team physio.

St. Aidans lads show good form at CBS All Irelands

The school`s cross country season continued today with the All Ireland CBS Championships held in St. Anne`s park, Raheny. There were nearly a dozen and a half Clonliffe lads in action, mainly in the red and white of St. Aidans CBS.

A good day for the Whitehall School saw the junior team place 2nd with Clonliffe athletes Daniel Lacey 6th and Jordan Byrne 10th. In the Inter race Sean Carrig had a very good outing finishing in 2nd place with Joseph Hession 6th, Sean O`Leary 7th, Alex Hogan 11th, Fintan McManus 13th, Shane Merrigan 18th, Keith Hodson 20th, Kevin McKenna 21st and Greg Hossenny 34th, the inter team winning gold. A good run also in this race for track specialist Matthew Jenkinson 16th.

Gold also for the st. Aidans seniors: Adam O`Brien 3rd, Brian Flanagan 4th, Niall Norman 7th, Ross Kearney 9th and Alex Gibbons 10th.

Frank Murphy inducted into Athletics Ireland Hall of Fame

At a most enjoyable Athletics Ireland Awards lunch held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry today Clonliffe Harrier Frank Murphy was inducted into the Athletics Ireland Hall of Fame. Frank is a Clonliffe legend. This year 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. Frank’s success continued the following year when he was again the silver medallist this time at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Vienna over 1500m in a time of 3.49.0.

He is a two time Clonliffe Olympian representing Ireland at the Mexico Olympics in the 1500m in 1968 and in 1972 at the Munich Olympics at both 800 and 1500four years later he represented Ireland again at the 1972 Olympics in Munich over 800m and 1500m.

Frank is forever linked to the Morton Mile having placed second to the great Kenyan athlete Kip Keino in a time of 3.59.3 in the first ever Morton Mile in 1970 a race which he subsequently won in 1976. He ran his mile personal best of 3.58.6 in 1968 becoming Ireland’s fourth fastest ever at the time.

In accepting his award today Frank commented on his early days with Clonliffe recalling his fond memories of “running through the fields where we were now standing”.

Another Clonliffe Harrier was also honoured Sara McCormack was awarded the Mountain Runner of the Year award.

frank murphy

To view footage of Frank`s 1969 AAA 1500 victory click:

Clonliffe club cross country c`ships/Irwin Cup

Saturday next November 29th will be a great Clonliffe club day as the annual club cross country championships for Juveniles, juniors and seniors take place in conjunction with the final round of the 2014 Grand Prix Series in Santry Demesne.

The proceedings will get underway at 11.00am when the Juvenile championships start. There will be championships races for athletes in two year bands over fairly short distances, however, with recent rain the conditions will be sticky underfoot.

At 12.00 noon the Irwin Cup takes place and this will include not only the Grand Prix race but also the club junior/senior championships over 6,000m. The Club Cross Country champion will be presented with the Harry Cooney Cup.

The Irwin Cup itself is an historic Clonliffe club race. It`s origins date back to 1910, when the then quarter century old Clonliffe Harriers introduced a new race to the club calendar “the Grand National”, a 6 mile handicap cross country race, the winner that first year was C.G. Wisdom with the Scratch man T.J. Downing recording a time of 33 minutes and 5 seconds for the then six mile race. The race was held on an annual basis and in 1932 it became the Irwin Cup in memory of Carmichael Irwin a great Clonliffe athlete who a member of the RAF, was captain of the Airship R. 101, which tragically crashed on its maiden voyage at Beauvais, France on the 5th of October 1930 killing Carmichael Irwin and all the crew and occupants of the airship.

Carmichael Irwin was a Clonliffe Olympian representing Great Britain in the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games in the 5,000m. He finished second in his heat in a time of 15.17.8 qualifying for the Olympic final where he finished 12th. He was National Cross Country Champion in 1914, becoming  the second Clonliffe athlete to win the National as he lead Clonliffe to our 2nd team title. In 1921 he was Irish 1 Mile and 4 Mile champion with a mile PB of 4.33.6 and 3 mile PB of 15.15.6.

Saturday`s Irwin Cup brings the curtain down on a great 2014 Grand Prix Series. The Grand Prix Presentation night  will be held on Thursday December 4th, which will include a 3k track race at 8.00pm. The top ten in the Grand prix, adjusted for the best ten races so far is as follows

Richard Case
Dermot    Kelly
Shane Casey
Sinead Smith
Thomas Sherlock
Mary Harte
Liam Hennessy
Sean Doran
Rachel Wisdom
Clodagh Moriarty
Trevor Wisdom

All club members are encouraged to take part in Saturday`s championships either by running or officiating. It should be a great club day in Santry.

Round up: BHAA, Masters International,Sunderland & Stook Hill

In addition to the inter counties and juvenile Nationals today there were Clonliffe athletes in cross country action elsewhere. Starting off in Santry on Saturday the BHAA cross country season came to Santry Demesne for the Irish Life 6k. First Clonliffe man home was Tom Sherlock 11th (21.44), 20th Conor Keane (22.40), 29th Sean Doran (23.19), of the ladies Maura Matthews was 6th lady (113th overall).

Also on Saturday Pat Bonass ran in the annual British and Irish Masters Cross Country in Nottingham with a solid race to place 13th O/70 and 3rd scorer on the Irish team.

Still in England Liam Roarty was again in action for Sunderland Harriers in the North East Harrier League in Aykley Heads, Durham where on a muddy hilly 6 mile course he was 35th (557 starters!!!) in 39.02. He was 3rd scorer for Sunderland.

Aaron Hanlon was an unused reserve for Providence at Saturday`s NCAA Cross Country final.

Yesterday, Sunday, in Co. Kilkenny Gary O`Hanlon took his 3rd win in the Stook 10 Mile making it 3 out of 3 (this was the 3rd running of the race). The race involves a climb of approx 2.5mile up the infamous Stook Hill, followed by a “Flying Mile” which Gary zipped down in 4:26 ! Gary took his 3rd win in the event in 53.20. Making it a Clonliffe one two was Declan Power 2nd in 54:59. Maurice McCrohan (1:07:54)  was 2nd O50.



Hope wins Nationals and place on European Cross team

The big news from a muddy Dundalk IT, where the National Inter Counties and National Juvenile (even ages) Cross Country took place today, was the stunning run of young Clonliffe athlete Hope Saunders. Hope was running in the combined U/18 and junior championship and after a fairly poor start left her in 20th place she worked her way back into the lead pack. At half way she was in the lead 3 and with maybe 1000 to go hit the front and drove on to a wonderful win. Hope crossing the line first was crowned National U/18 champion and by winning the race also booked her seat on the flight to Bulgaria for next months European Cross Country. Hope will be the 2nd Clonliffe athlete to run for Ireland in the European Cross women`s junior (Francis Nic Reamoinn was the 1st in 2003).

There were big fields in all the races today held on a perfect bright dry day. As expected after the rain of the past week the underfoot conditions were testing indeed, but not quiet as bad as many had feared. The combining of the U/18 and Juniors with European selection at stake boosted the entry greatly. The “junior” women`s race having some 110 finishers (the inter clubs here last March has 12 starters!)

Hope National u18

Also securing a place in the Europeans was Brandon Hargreaves who placed 2nd U/23 and 14th overall in the senior men`s race. A solid run also in this race by Sergiu Ciobanu running in the County Tipperary colours in 11th place. Colm Rooney was the 3rd Clonliffe man running placing 32nd.

Brandon Hargreaves national inter counties

Sara McCormack was running her first race on the country since her National win in March at the same venue. Sara was 11th today.

Earlier in the morning the Juvenile championships took place. The first Clonliffe athletes into the fray were the U/14 boys where all 5 performed very well indeed in a big big field of 150 plus finishers. First home after another good run was Ben Guiden in 20th, next in was Cian Bolger 48th, Aaron Cullen 68th, Cillian Forrester 104th and Darragh Burke 123rd, these latter two bravely stepping up a year from U/13. The team placed 6th with Ben Guiden winning Inter County Gold as the 4th scorer on the Dublin team.

The U/16 boys were somewhat disappointed with their runs, Alex Hogan was 1st home in 286h after an impressive run, followed in by Craig Giles right on his heels in 29th, Sean O`Leary 61st, Joseph Hession 64th, Fintan McManus 85th and Keith Hodson 89, but an hour later were smiling again as the team results came through…team bronze on 182 points, behind DSD 2nd on 170 and Ennis TC way out in front on 92.

Likewise things didn`t quite go to plan for the U/18 boys, an already weakened team through injury was further jinxed when Adam O`Brien was spiked early in the race. The team, however, battled away hard and lead home in 25th by Brian Flanagan, with Adam 38th, followed in by Sean Carrig 61st, Ross Kearney 102nd, Alex Gibbons 103rd and Kevin McKenna 117th. These placing were in the combined U/18 and Junior race from a field of nearly 140 finishers. When the adjustments were made the team, all of whom are U/18 placed 13th, 21st, 36th, 68th, 69th and 79th enough to take team bronze on 138 points behind DSD 132 and Mullingar 99.

Also in the junior races: Niall Norman in the men`s and Alannah Cooley in the womens both running well in the Dublin County colours, Alannah placing 18th in the junior race and 48th overall..

Photos from today click:

Clonliffe teams for Sunday`s National Juvenile XC

Sunday`s National Inter Counties cross country in Dundalk also includes the National Juvenile (even ages) cross country. There are three Clonliffe boys teams taking part.

The U/14 team of Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Cian Bolger, Cillian Forrester and Darragh Carter placed 3rd in Dublin and will look to gain vital championship experience at this level.  All 5 boys have been showing excellent form in training in recent weeks and will look forward to the challenge.

The U/16s missed out on Dublin gold by a fraction and on Sunday will give a really good account of themselves in the Nationals. The team is very experienced with all, save one, having competed at National level for club and school on recent years. The team is: Joseph Hession, Alex Hogan, Sean O`Leary, Fintan McManus, Craig Giles and Keith Hodson.

The U/18s are weakened as a result of injury to a couple of key men, however, the team for Sunday are chomping at the bit and will relish the conditions with U/17 Dublin Champion Adam O`Brien in fine form they will be challengers for medals. The team is: Adam O`Brien, Brian Flanagan, Sean Carrig, Ross Kearney, Kevin McKenna and Alex Gibbons.

Hope Saunders, the Dublin U/18 and Junior Champion, goes in the National U/18.

In the Inter Counties Colm Rooney runs on the Dublin team in the senior race, in the junior men both Niall Norman and Eoin Taggart also run for Dublin. While Alannah Cooley and Laura Tuite go in the junior women`s race.

See for full details, time table etc.


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