Archive for March, 2015

Weekend catch up: 4 mile road races

By coincidence the two big road races over the weekend were both 4 milers. On Saturday the first BHAA Road Race of the season took place in St. Anne`s Park Raheny, the Dublin City Council Road Race. There were a number of Clonliffe athletes in this one, as always it`s difficult to spot them from the BHAA results (once again please guys will someone at these races not gather up the Clonliffe results and send them to me….I`m like the lone voice crying in the wilderness here!!), but looks like: 4th Tom Sherlock 22.13, 8th David Byrne 22.53, 10th Sean Doran 23.03, 15th Ernie Ramsey 23.53, 29th Jeremy Chapman 24.47, 30th Kiernan Murphy 24.50, Maurice McCrohan 26.16 (all are on

Sunday and 4 mile actions moves to Dunboyne for the Eirgrid 4 Mile, Mark Kenneally was 2nd behind Mullingar`s Mark Christie in 19.27, 27th Sean Doran (again) 22.18 and 119th Alan Worrall 26.31.

2015 Grand Prix Series: Frank White 5 Mile on Thursday

The first race of the 2015 Grand Prix Series, weather and track conditions permitting, will take place Thursday night, 2nd April at 8 p.m with the Frank White Cup up for grabs, a five mile track race. The race is generously sponsored by Colm Doran.

Frank White was a long serving member of Clonliffe Harriers as both an athlete and administrator. He competed in the summer of records at Santry Stadium in August 1958, although representing Annadale rather than Clonliffe at that stage, he ran in the two mile on the 8th of August 1958 where Albie Thomas (AUS) set a world record.  After Frank’s distinguished athletics career was over he continued to serve Clonliffe Harriers and was the club’s Honorary Secretary for a long number of years and indeed died in office.

The Frank White Cup was originally presented to the club by his family to commemorate his memory and was presented to the winner of the short lived Clonliffe 5 mile road race which ran in the late 1980s. In 2012 the race was revived, although for traffic reasons, became a track race as part of the Grand Prix Series. As Maurice is oft to say “the only accurate 5 mile race in Ireland”.

There is a huge entry in this years Grand Prix Series and it is expected that there will be a big field in the race. It is going to be difficult for officials on the night with such a big field competing over 20 laps and the sub committee have, therefore, appealed to any people who are not running to come up Thursday night to officiate. It is the responsibility of all athletes to count their own laps, so please don’t rely on the officials. The presentation of prizes (Frank White Cup) will take place in the club bar post race.

Eoin Murray  Grand Prix Sub Committee

Juvenile Spring Series: Surfs up!!

Clonliffe on tour: today the Clonliffe Juveniles travelled to Skerries Beach for the annual surf run as part of the Juvenile Spring Series. Since this series commenced in 2011 it has proved to be a great bedding ground for Juvenile athletes from all the participating clubs, a great little series with races on the track, on astro and uniquely on today on sand, run in a fun friendly manner with the sole goal of that big three lettered word FUN. It is also a fact that the Skerries Beach Races are the highlight of the series. Today`s round was as always superbly organised by our hosts Skerries AC. The high noon start giving the tide time to turn and work it`s way slowly back into Dublin Bay, leaving thankfully plenty of pools of sea water for the athletes to splash their way through. Also thrown into the mix, and for the first time, was some good old fashioned rain. Skerries beach as always regardless of the weather is a picture with the beach and cloudy sky perfectly framing the sea with the “Skerries” Islands almost within touching distance. So we had it all: water, rain, wind, wonderful scenery, teas, coffees, easter eggs, and FUN , thank you Skerries AC.

The young athletes had a ball, with keen racing on a beach and plenty of water to negotiate or better still plough on through. Once again a great turn out of Clonliffe athletes and plenty of support from parents out to have the cob webs well and truly blown away. Today`s races featured Clonliffe athletes (all running even ages) from U/10s to U/16 over distances up to a max of 1200m. As always they all give it there best, and who can ever ask for more than that, more importantly all had a great day out in the fresh sea air. So well done to all, thanks also to our great coaches and to the parents for coming along and a special thank you to our friends in Skerries AC who did an outstanding job.

The final round of this 5th year of the Spring Series is in Portmarnock at the GAA grounds on astro on April 26th.

Results Skerries Beach Races 2015:

Girls U/8

1. Mary McKenna (Lusk)

2. Aoife Curley (Lusk)

3. Aoibhlinn Donoghue (Lusk)

Boys U/8

1. Dara Kilduff (Lusk)

2. Jack McDonald (Clonliffe)

3. Hugho May (Skerries)

Girls U/10

1. Nicole Hackett (Skerries)

2. Shauna Prior (Skerries)

3. Lauren Ward (Skerries)

Boys U/10

1. Daniel Coleman

2. Cian O`Hare (Clonliffe)

3. Dara Paigne (Skerries)

Girls U/12

1. Alex Corr (Celtic)

2. Daphnie Ndzatang (Skerries)

3. Ciara McNally (Lusk)

Boys U/12

1. Brogan McCloskey (lusk)

2. Michael Coleman (Clonliffe)

3. Jonathan Fitzsimons (Clonliffe)

Girls U/14

1. Ella Brown (Clonliffe)

2. Katie Halpin (Lusk)

3. Lottie Simons (Skerries)

Boys U/14

1. Mark Kane (Clonliffe)

2. Joshua Erickson (Skerries)

3. O. McQuaid (Skerries)

Girls U/16

1. Hannah Browne (Clonliffe)

2. Mairead NiCleary (Skerries)

3. Cliona Cooley (Clonliffe)

Boys U/16

1. Aaron Cullen (Clonliffe)

2. Stephen Cashin (Clonliffe)

3. Ben Guiden (Clonliffe)

To see photos from today`s races click:

Five go to Athlone

The Clonliffe 5 headed to Athlone today for the 3rd and final day of the GloHealth National Juvenile Indoor Championships accompanied by the best supporters in the World Cliona and Amy. On the programme today were 800s and 200s.

Rachel and Amy

The first of the club`s athletes in action were girls U/14 pairing Rachel Fagan and Amy Hodson both lining up in the 800 final. In a packed field both the Clonliffe girls did very well on this their first ever indoor race both were competitive throughout and impressed with very solid runs placing Amy 6th (2.32.75)  and Rachel 7th (2.33.46).

Next up was Dublin Indoor U/16 champion Lauren Carr who in a word was super. A most mature run by Lauren always in medal contention and with 100 to go was still in that bronze position and was only overhauled on the final bend, but still battled all the way to the line. A fine 4th place and a huge pb of 2.25.24 was just reward for a great run. Unfortunately Craig Giles had a race to forget in the U/16 boys, but will benefit greatly from the experience.

Finally Caitlin O`Reilly, who hasn`t been in full health lately battled away in the U/16 200 and although 2nd in her heat her time of 26.60 was not enough to progress to the final thus bring the indoor season to a close…not to worry the outdoor season is already underway!!


Zamel-Paez takes silver in Australian C`ships

Clonliffe high jumper Liam Zamel-Paez finished 2nd in the Austrailan National Track and Field Championships in Brisbane today. The Sydney native`s best jump was a Clonliffe club record equalling 2.20m, and he just missed out at a height of 2.28.

Pat Bonass wins European Masters bronze

In Torun in Northern Poland the European Masters Indoors and Cross Country Championships have been taking place this week. The sole Clonliffe athlete competing is Ìnternational Master`s Championship trail blazer Pat Bonass.  On Wednesday Pat took to the boards in the M70 3000, however, illness put his changes on hold as he DNFed. Undeterred and feeling better after 48 hours recovery he took to the country today for the 5,000 cross country and running with that Bonass cunning he ran an excellent race to take European bronze. A very proud day for Pat and Clonliffe.


Podium: Bonass flies the flag!


Clonliffe boys come out on top at CBS

While the school`s cross country may only have concluded with last Saturday`s School`s International in Santry yesterday, also in Santry, the school`s track and field season got underway with the All Ireland CBS Championships. There were several Clonliffe boys in action, mainly in the red and white of St. Aidans. There were distance wins for Cathal Doyle in the 3,000, only a matter of three weeks ago Cathal led the Whitehall outfit to the Holy Grail: All Ireland Senior Cross Country, and Sean Carrig in the inter 3000. Also in the senior 800 Joseph Hession took 2nd with Greg Hossenny, accepting that while “these boots were made for walking” spikes are made for running, placing 3rd. In the inter 1500 another silver and bronze race with Alex Hogan 2nd and Sean O`Leary 3rd.

124th Clonliffe 2 launched

Invitation to participate in Clonliffe Harriers 2 Mile Road Race and Fun Run – Thursday 14 May 2015 at 8pm sharp

Clonliffe Harriers is extending a cordial invitation to club and fun runners, to participate in Ireland’s oldest road race, the Clonliffe 2.  The 2 Mile race has its own unique history dating back to the 1890s. This year marks the 124th running.  Each entrant will receive a special commemorative tee shirt celebrating this unique occasion. The race is being sponsored by Eugene Kavanagh of Kavanaghts “The Grave Diggers” the race sponsor since1986.

The race commences on the track in Morton Stadium. Runners will complete a full lap of the track. The runners will also complete a circuit of the park at Santry Demesne. They will then re-enter Morton Stadium and finish on the track.

Race check in and changing facilities

Race check in and changing facilities are located in the Clonliffe clubhouse, in Morton Stadium Santry Dublin 9.   The race entry fee is €15 (Juniors – €10).


Individual Prizes

Junior Men/Women      1st, 2nd, 3rd places

Senior Men/Women     1st, 2nd, 3rd, places

Masters Men/Women 1st in each category

Note: The first placed male and female will each receive a prize of €300.

Race date: Thursday 14 May 2015 at 8.00pm

Race start: Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin 9.

Race finish: Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin 9

Prize giving/Results: There will be a presentation of prizes in Clonliffe Harriers Club House following the race.

For further information contact Mick Kearney at 087-6243843

Course Map: Clonliffe 2 Mile 2013 course map



Important Notices: Javelin throwing returns. No Indoor on Sunday

A couple of important notice for club members. Javelin throwing will re commence in the infield on the stadium on Tuesday next March 31st. All members please be aware of this, please no crossing of the infield. Coaches are requested to inform athletes in their groups. Also it would be wise if those athletes who are still using head sets remove them for their own safety!

Please note that the Indoor track will not be available to club members this Sunday March 29th. The outdoor is available as usual and dressing rooms can be accessed via the outside doors. Members cooperation will be appreciated.

Clonliffe Juveniles go to seaside for Spring Series

The Juvenile Spring Series continues on it`s merry way on Sunday with the highlight of the series The Famous Skerries Beach Races.

This is always a great day, and hopefully the weather will be kind. The event is hosted by Skerries AC and to allow for the tide to go out will have a 12.00 noon start.

The programme is:

U/8  – 300m
U/10 – 600m
U/12 – 900m
U/14 – 1200m
U/16 – 1200m
Clonliffe athletes are asked to meet there at 11.30am. (sharp)


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