Archive for December, 2014

Happy New Year to all!

On this New Year`s Eve Clonliffe Harriers wish all our members, their families, our sponsors and supporters, and all members of the athletics community a happy, health and injury free 2015. Nil desperandum!!

Morton Stadium closed Tuesday evening and all day Thursday

Clonliffe club members are advised that the neither the stadium nor Clonliffe clubhouse will be open for training on club nights (Tuesday and Thursday) this week. The stadium is open tomorrow Tuesday from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Training for Juvenile athletes for Gerry`s group and Mick & Noel`s group Tuesday at 11.00am meeting at Indoor side. The stadium is then closed both New Year`s Eve and New Year`s day. As neither the Stadium or clubhouse available on new Year`s Day there is no Clonliffe training that day.

Training will resume as normal on Tuesday the 6th. There maybe training for various groups on Saturday and Sunday, please check with your coach.

Happy New Year to all.

Crusader raider Frazer wins Cracker 5k

The Christmas Cracker 5k in Santry today drew a large entry on what was a new date for this race St. Stephen`s Day. The fairly grim weather conditions of continuous rain and cold wind failed to deter the festive atmosphere but clearly had an effect on times with the battering endured by the athletes up through Northwood ruling out fast times.

When race director Mark McDonald set the field on their way with a lap plus of the Morton Stadium track to be completed before heading onto the Santry roads Clonliffe man Tudor Moldovan was already to the helm leading the field out of the stadium. Some 15 minutes later the athletes re entered with Crusaders John Frazer at the head of proceedings to take the Cracker in a time of 15.35.3, an impressive time in the tough conditions. Next to finish was Tudor in 15.41 with Star of the Sea man Eoin Callaghan 3rd in 15.55.8.

Up and coming junior athlete Brian Flanagan was again very impressive placing 4th overall in 16.09 and 1st junior man.

The women`s race was won by Junior international Hope Saunders in an excellent 18.22. Emma Donlan (MSB) was 2nd and 3rd was Maria Dolan (Rathfarnham). First junior prize went to Clonliffe`s Alannah Cooley.

In the masters categories men: 1st O/35 Willam Walsh, 1st O/40 Turlough Conway, 1st O/45 Gerry Moore, 1st O/50 Clonliffe old boy Dermot Redmond. Women: 1st O/35 Jacqui Dunphy, 1st O/40 Angela Charlton, 1st O/45 Susan Byrne, 1st O/50 Rosemary Long.

In the team race Clonliffe did the double winning both men and women`s race, with Crusaders 2nd in the men.

Clonliffe would like to thank ERP, Spar and Sub 4, An Garda Siochana, St. John`s Ambulance, all who turned out to officiate and you the athletes, we look forward to seeing you at next year`s Cracker on St. Stephen`s Day.

Full results click : Christmas Cracker 5k 2014 FINAL RESULTS

Clonliffe Harriers wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas

Clonliffe Harriers extend our best seasonal wishes at Christmas to all our members, our supporters, sponsors and friends. Enjoy this special time we look forward to seeing you on St. Stephen`s Day at 11.00am for The Cracker 5k Family Fun Run.

Merry xmas Clonliffe


Erin go Bragh USA! Morton Miles top Mile Moments 2014

US website Bring Back The Mile nominates Morton Games Miles as one of the top 10 Mile Moments of 2014 as follows: “Americans dominated the Morton Games Mile in Dublin, Ireland as Will Leer set meet and personal records with a 3:51.82 winning time to lead a USA sweep (also PRs were set by runner-up Patrick Casey, 3:52.62 and Cory Leslie, 3:53.44). In addition, the top 10 men ran under the coveted 4 minute mark, and most impressively, all 10 of them set PRs! For the women, Molly Huddle, 2012 U.S. Olympian, also took the victory with a meet record and PR of 4:26.84, while fellow Americans – Aisha Praught (third) and Lauren Penney (fourth) – also cracked the coveted sub-4:30 for the first time, and like the men, the top 10 women set PRs.” Read on at


The Cracker 5k St. Stephen`s Day Final Instructions

There are now only days to go to the Cracker 5k on St. Stephen`s Day in Santry. Entry is still open on line and late entries will be taken on the day. See below for final race day instructions:



Race date and start time: Friday 26th  of December at 11 a.m.

OnlineRegistration:   click

Late entries: Late entries taken on the day from 9.30 a.m. until 10.45 a.m. Please note that no entries whatsoever will be taken after 10.45 a.m.

Race check-in: Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse, Morton Stadium Santry.

Entry fee: €15.00

Numbers: To be collected from the Clonliffe club bar upstairs in the clubhouse from 9.30 a.m.

Car parking: Limited car parking available in the stadium. Please note that the avenue in the stadium must be kept clear of cars at all times.

Parking in Santry area: Please do not park on the Swords Road as cars parked on the Swords Road will be dealt with by the Gardaí by either parking tickets or removal by the Gardaí of cars which are illegally parked.

Public transport: The Morton Stadium is well serviced by public transport in particular the numbers 41, 33 and number 16.

Race start: On the track in the Morton Stadium @11.00am. Please assemble at 10.50am.

Course: The race will leave the stadium turning left up the Swords Road heading in the direction of the airport, turning left at Northwood, proceeding down the length of Northwood before turning left at the Ballymun Road, left again at Santry Avenue (Santry Cross), proceeding down the length of Santry Avenue, turning left again at the Swords Road and left back into the stadium where the athletes will run 300 metres on the track and the race will finish on the track.

Changing facilities: Limited changing facilities will be available in the stadium.

Toilets: Located in the stadium.

Prize presentation: The presentation of prizes will take place in the Clonliffe bar, upstairs in the clubhouse from 12.30 p.m.

Results: Will be published on this website.

ERP Draw: On race day bring along either a used battery operated or electric appliance or ten used batteries (all for recycling), you will be given a ticket and entered into a draw courtesy of European Recycling Platform. The draw will take place after the prize-giving in the Clonliffe club bar. Prizes courtesy of ERP.

Health and Safety: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance to deal with any medical emergencies. Please note that as this race takes place on the public roadway you must be aware of traffic as the road will not be closed. Entrants are, therefore, primarily responsible for their own safety. On course marshals and the Gardaí will be there to assist. Please obey the instructions of all marshals.

Stewards: Please report to the stadium for briefing at 9.45am

Sponsors:  ERP and Last Lap Cafe

Finally Clonliffe Harriers A.C. would like to thank you for entering the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k and we trust that you will have an enjoyable morning with us in Santry.

Course Map: Cracker route map

The Loftus Report: Winter Wonderland Bootcamp no. 2

The highlight over the Christmas period for the lucky members of Mick and Noel’s group is, of course, always the annual outing to the RDS for what some would describe as a Winter Olympic standard round of ice-skating.

The group eagerly trekked across the city for what was as close to a Christmas party as you could possibly get in the Athletics business these days – leave it to a sports club to treat its members to another sports activity, even it is just for fun, for all of their hard work!

When we finally arrived, we were given the chance to grab a bite of lunch, some daring individuals risked their souls, as is becoming some what of a tradition amongst young harriers, on what has previously been described as ” the arm of death “.  Unfortunately, to the dismay of one such harrier ( we won’t name and shame ), we learned the harsh lesson of ” never go on amusement ride without zipping the pockets in which you have money up first “.

It was then finally time to go inside and squeeze our feet into the sweaty, cramped boots and then to “skate” – skate being the operative word.  For some, skating was just too demanding and so clinging to the side rails was punishment enough.  In contrast we had some very stylish and elegant performances from some very top-class skaters, resulting in competition for what is described as the best “dancer” and not simply just a skater. It would in fact appear that in earnest to race around the course the most experienced skaters suffered the most falling, and not those who were holding on for dear life and were exceptionally careful with every move that they made.

After a most exhausting hour on the slippery ice, the group headed back to Santry to enjoy a most deserved gourmet meal at McDonald’s.  A day thoroughly enjoyed by all!

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As is customary, the awards are as follows: ( drumroll please )

For the fastest on ice ( a neck and neck tie between ) : Fintan McManus, Alex Hogan and Lauren Carr

For the wonderful “dancing” on ice: Clíona Cooley and Amy Connolly

For handrail holding: Sean O’Leary

And, of course, for the last remaining skater on the ice : Aimee McGrath

A special thank you to the coaches for bringing the crew over, standing and watching is almost as hard as the skating itself!!

Report composed by K Loftus

2014 Athletes of the Year and Cake Races

The club Cake Races took place in Santry last night. There was a healthy turn out between the two races of circa 70 athletes on a blustery and wet night and in even healthier turn out for the annual Athletes on the year awards in the club bar after the races.

The winner of the women`s Cake Race was Geraldine Reilly with Irish Junior International Hope Saunders running the fastest around the 5k loop. In the men`s race Thomas Ward took the honours with the fastest time going to Liam Roarty, back home for Christmas from Sunderland.

Thomas Ward

(pictured) Thomas Ward Winner of men`s Cake Race

Presentations were made to the club`s senior athletes who had set new club records over the year including the 4 x 100m team of Isreal Ibeanu, Stuart Roche, Ciaran O`Donoghue and Keith Pike on breaking the 27 year old existing record and then to our National Senior Champions Brian Gregan and Sergiu Ciobanu .

The Athletes of the Year were sponsored by Loki Sports with John Shields and club president Paddy Marley making the presentations. The winners were:

Junior Athlete of the year: Hope Saunders

Master Athlete of the year: Geraldine Reilly

Womens T & F Athlete of the year: Ciara McCallion

Men`s T & F Athlete of the year: Ian Rogers

Women`s Road/ XC Athlete of the year: Ailish Malone

Men`s Road/XC Athlete of the year: Sergiu Ciobanu

Clonliffe Harrier of the year: Denise Byrne

Awards 2014 a

(pictured) front: Hope, Sergiu. Back: Ailish, Ciara, Geraldine

Christmas Eve Goal Mile in Morton Stadium

The Goal Mile will once again take place this Christmas in the Morton Stadium, Santry. Christmas Eve from 10.30am until 1.00pm. Please support the Goal Mile, bring the whole family and enjoy a mile around the iconic stadium where Herb Elliot set a World Record in 1958 and where this Summer Will Leer ran a new stadium record of 3.51.82. The goal on Christmas Eve is not to set records but to raise funds for Goal`s global support see So come along and run a mile with your family friends and club mates and support a great cause.

Goal Mile 2014

Senior Cake Race and Awards Night tomorrow Thursday 18th

Tomorrow night, Thursday the 18th, will see the winding up of the club 2014 season (the only other event will be the Cracker 5k on St. Stephen`s Day), with the annual Cake Races and the Clonliffe Awards Night.

The route for the races is the 5 K loop from the stadium up through Northwood and back finishing on the track. The womens race is at 7.30 with the men at 8.00. Athletes wishing to run must text their name for women to Pamela (086 1503015 ) and men to Joe ( 087 2256004). Athletes must also wear a bright coloured top.

Afterwards there will be a social night in the club bar where presentation of prizes will be made to the Cake Race winners followed by presentations to Clonliffe athletes who set club records in 2014 and to the club`s 2014 National Champions. This will be followed by the Athletes of the Year awards, generously sponsored by Loki Sports.

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.

It would be great to see as many Clonliffe Harriers as possible there tomorrow. Leave the car at home!!


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