Archive for April, 2015

Grand Prix series race 3 results – 3000m

The third race of the 2015 Grand Prix series took place tonight, in pleasant conditions for running, over 3000 metres on the track. The race was very generously sponsored by Richard Connolly.

In the first race, Tom Sherlock led from pillar to post again to win comfortably in 9.15.  In the second race Bernie Byrne won in 11.41. A great turn out saw over 60 athletes take part in the two races, the winner in the Grand Prix was Michael McSwiggan (Portmarnock), with Philip Matthews (Crusaders) second and Colm McDonnell (CHAC) in third place.

Thanks also to all the officials who gave up their time on the night to ensure the race went ahead. Thanks as always to Caroline for the tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. Thanks again to the Richard for sponsoring the race.

Next race is the 124th running of the Clonliffe 2 mile, 14th May at 8.00. Entry is €8 for Grand prix entrants.

Results as follows

Thomas Sherlock 00:09:15
Sean Doran 00:09:45
Ernie Ramsey 00:09:50
Dermot  Kelly 00:09:52
Michael McSwigan 00:09:56
Mark Bermingham 00:10:00
Dave  Dunwoody 00:10:06
Rossa Hurley (guest) 00:10:11
Niall Coppinger guest 00:10:20
Kevin Dowling 00:10:29
Fergal O’Shea 00:10:33
Conor Fitzpatrick (guest) 00:10:36
Sean Honan (guest) 00:10:38
Joe Phipps 00:10:54
Tom Monks (guest) 00:10:57
Louise Caraher 00:11:04
Philip Matthews 00:11:06
Colm McDonnell 00:11:07
Alex Eustace (guest) 00:11:10
Joyce O’Hare (guest) 00:11:10
Paul Conroy (guest) 00:11:15
Rachel Wisdom 00:11:16
John Fennell 00:11:18
Liam Hennessy 00:11:20
John O’Leary 00:11:24
Richie Barr 00:11:28
Bernie Byrne 00:11:41
Trevor Wisdom 00:11:46
Alan Worrall 00:11:47
Frank McCarthy 00:11:49
Clodagh Moriarty 00:11:51
Noel Daly 00:11:54
Declan Kelly 00:11:56
Mary Harte 00:11:58
Emma Cooper 00:11:59
Emma Cooper 00:11:59
John Coleman 00:12:00
Declan Murray 00:12:12
Gaetan Meister 00:12:19
Emma Dunne 00:12:21
Pat Devitt 00:12:27
Sinead Duffy 00:12:30
Deirdre Fitzsimons 00:12:33
Niall Markey guest 00:12:34
Aimee Ahern 00:12:35
Anna Kavanagh 00:12:44
Pat Bonass 00:12:47
Brid Beausang 00:12:49
Terry  Mee 00:12:50
Conor Jennings 00:13:03
Simon Smith 00:13:14
Mary Purdue-Smyth 00:13:20
Sinead Smith 00:13:31
Crevan O’Malley 00:13:35
Jennifer Lyons (guest) 00:13:37
Lorraine Sherwood 00:13:40
Roisin McSorley 00:14:23
Declan Hetherington 00:14:28
Mick Kearney 00:14:42
Clare Scally 00:15:11
Jim bennett 00:15:18
Dave Brady Raheny 00:15:55

Kervick and Gregan make World Relay squad

There was good news for two of the club`s 400m men, who are currently training in Florida, as both Dara Kervick and Brian Gregan are named in the Irish squad of six for this weekend`s World Relay Championships in the Bahamas. Unfortunately Timmy Crowe did not make the cut. The squad for the 4 X 400 is Kervick, Gregan, Thomas Barr (Ferrybank), Richard Morrissey (Crusaders), Brian Murphy (Crusaders) and Craig Lynch (Shercock).

An added incentive for the Irish teams competing at the weekend is that a top eight finish will automatically secure qualification for both the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Final regional qualifiers for Leinster Schools (updated)

The North and West Leinsters took place in fantastic weather last week, however, today in the Morton Stadium it was the turn of the East Leinster, and the weather took a serious turn for the worst. Cold and dark and then for good measure the heavens opened with heavy hail showers and a howling wind…perfect for track & field!!

Day 1: Only a few Harriers were in action. Both Amy Connolly and Kate Howlett made it through their heat in the Inter 300 and then took to the track for their final some 15 minutes later and just at the starter`s whistle the rain lashed down. Amy Connolly finishing like a train made up 2 places over the final 80m to place 4th, missing 3rd by inches, Kate was a little off the pace, not enjoying the conditions and placed 7th.

Stephanie McCaul, hampered by injury in her senior 400 placed 3rd.

Also spotted flying down the track in the junior 100 was Ella Brown, qualifying for the final and placing maybe 2nd in the final (TBC).

paul courtney east leinsters

Paul Courtney (above) was in action in the senior 2,000 sc, he took the race by the scruff of the neck to take a fine win, possibly his first school`s victory.

A fine run also by young Ian McElweeny to take 2nd place in the minor boys 1,100 from a very big field.

Day 2 of the Easts and a more pleasent day altogether. There was a nice Clonliffe long jump double with Amy Connolly winning the girls U/16 and Megan Coomber winning the senior girls title. Ella Brown was in more familiar territory today running over 800 where she placed 2nd in the minor girls. (please text missing results: name, event and place to 0879599888)

Meet & Train girls hit the road running

The Clonliffe Meet and Train group last night took up where they had left off. Having dominated the Winter Cross Country League (the A team were 1st and B`s 3rd) they took to the Summer Road League in style in Lucan for the 1st round over 5k, hosted by Lucan Harriers . Once again Bernadette Kiernan was top Clonliffe athlete with a fine 2nd place. They say that cream always rises to the top, well that certainly is true in the case of Kate Purcell, Kate was one of Clonliffe`s top junior distance athletes a few years back and since her return to the fold late last year she has impressed, yesterday another impressive run for 10th place. Next in was Catherine Dempsey 11th, Laura Kiernan 16th, Evelyn Brennan 58th, Mandy McMenamy 65th, Ciara Fagherty 89th. Well done all. Round no. 2, hosted by Brother Pearse in Sunday May 10th.

Early start notice: Dublin Juvenile T & F league

This Saturday the Dublin Juvenile Track and Field league gets underway in the Morton Stadium at 10.00am.

The league is for athletes aged U/10 to U/16 and runs over four successive weekends in May as follows:

League 1 Saturday 2nd May, Santry 10.00am                      

League 2 Saturday 9th May, Tallaght 11.00am                         

League 3 Saturday 16th May, Tallaght 11.00am                      

League 4 Saturday 23rd May, Santry 10.00am  

Saturday`s opening round features on the track sprints 60m to 100m, middle distance 500m to 800m and field events: long jump, high jump, javelin, shot and discus.

Programme click: Track and Field League 1 Saturday 2nd May 2015 Santry                    


Clonliffe on the Roads of Europe updated on Sergiu

Two of the club`s athletes were on the roads of Europe over the weekend in Germany and France. Clearly things didn`t go to plan for Sergiu Ciobanu in Sunday`s Dusseldorf Marathon. At half way Sergiu was well on target hitting 68.33, however, whether through injury or illness his 2nd half was some 20 minutes slower as he finished in 2.37.33. Turns out that Dusseldorf Marathon site had a glitch and in fact Sergiu made the decision to pull out. Sergiu posted this message on Facebook:

“For all my followers and friends here just to make things clear, unfortunately I dropped out in Dusseldorf last Sunday just after 23rd km and not as seen in some results . 90% humidity wasn’t the best day to chase a time in the marathon. After going through half way in 68:33 min there was no point to continue, this wasn’t a championship race where every place is to count, tough decision but I’ll take from here and move on! Although I was ignored by media so far but as an national marathon champion with fastest marathon time among irish athletes since 2012 i intend to get the standard and compete in Rio for Ireland, thanks toSSE Airtricity Dublin Marathonn, Primeline, Elverys, Clonmel Premier Physiotherapy, Asics, Clonliffe Harriers for support!”

Also in Europe, the French Riviera, on Sunday Declan Power had a very good run in the Nice Half Marathon 72.55, for 17th place.

declan power nice half

(Pictured, Declan Power, Nice Half Marathon 26th April)

Astro race in Portmarnock brings Spring Series to an end

Gladys Cooper reports: The Juvenile Spring Series rolled into the grounds of Naomh Mearnog in Portmarnock this morning for the third and final round of a great series. Portmarnock AC were are hosts for this the Astro round.
Things got off to a great start with some truly fantastic performances from our U/9 athletes both boys and girls. Our U/11 girls got of to a flying start with a win from Isobel Browne 2nd was Rachel Ward and third Clonliffe girl home was Aoife Keirns. Equally our U/11 boys secured a great one two result with Jonathan Fitzsimmons coming first, Daniel Coleman coming second and Cian O’Hare was our third man home.
First girl home for Clonliffe U/13 girls was Emma McDonald followed by Alex Toomey second and Aoife Hession 3rd. Under 13 boys once again a most impressive performance by our Clonliffe athletes Michael Coleman first Clonliffe in 2nd place, Kevin Flemming 3rd place  with James McDonald 3rd Clonliffe.
Ella Brown secured 1st place for the under 15 girls, Amy Hodson was 3rd place and Abby Sheehy was third Clonliffe.
The final race of the day was won by Aaron Cullen, second Clonliffe man home was Ian  McCelweeny in 3rd place and Daragh Carter was third Clonliffe man home.
Another enjoyable day for Harriers , and a big thanks for all the athletes who took place today and a special word of thanks to our hosts Portmarnock AC.
Spring Series – Portmarnock – 2015  
U/7 Girls Club Boys Club  
1 Sienna Wright Portmarnock Ethan Simoa Fingallians  
2 Nicole Woods Portmarnock Dylan Wade Portmarnock  
3 Rachel Fogarty Lusk Harry Mc Keever Portmarnock  
1 Ellen Morgan Portmarnock Roco Wright Portmarnock  
2 Aoife Curley Lusk Alex Bernard Portmarnock  
3 Katie Rigney Lusk Charlie Mc Keever Portmarnock  
1 Isabelle Brown Clonliffe H Jonathan Fizsimons Clonliffe H  
2 Rachael Power Clonliffe H Daniel Coleman Clonfliffe H  
3 Sasha Kennedy Portmarnock Borgan Mc Clusky Lusk  
1 Katie Halpin Lusk Jack O’Connell Portmarnock  
2 Emma Mc Donnell Clonliffe H Michael Coleman Clonliffe H  
3 Alex Toomey Clonliffe H Kevin Fleming Clonliffe H  
1 Ella Brown Clonliffe H Aaron Cullen Clonliffe H  
2 Alanna Byrne Portmarnock Mark Morris Portmarnock  
3 Amy Hudson Clonliffe H Ian Mc Aweeny Clonliffe H  

Cross Country changes voted in at Athletics Ireland AGM

Has the decline in Irish Cross Country been halted? Possibly, but if not today`s Athletics Ireland AGM in Northwood, Santry has certainly taken a step in the right direction. Delegates today voted for change. For some time the Nationals (inter clubs) has been in crisis with the last two year`s Nationals in particular having pitiful turnouts, not just in the field of competition, but the two men and a dog in attendance at the Nationals were also having second thoughts!

All this by the way at a time when we are experiencing a “running boom” and when the inter counties is attracting the country`s top distance athletes. The prize at stake in the inter counties of course was a place on the Irish team for the European Cross Country, thereby giving the top athletes a reason to run. Post Christmas the athletes heads turn to Athlone IT and the wonderful Indoor track….”fancy turning out for your club on March 1st for the inter clubs cross country?” comes the unanswered call.

All the talk and hot air of the past three plus years is now thankfully over. Today the winds of change blew strongly through the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Northwood. Cross country changes from henceforth:

The National junior and senior inter club cross country championships will now be held before Christmas, in November to be precise, and will act as the selection trial for the European Cross Country. The senior race will now be 10,000m.

The National 4,000m short course will be re introduced. (Athletics Irelands Competition Committee to fix a date in the calendar taking into account the recommendation that the National Cross Country season be completed by mid February).

The National inter counties will now be held on a suitable date after Christmas.

The U/19 age category for cross country is no more.

Finally delegates voted in favour that Athletics Ireland will introduce a National Cross Country Club League, on a points system, using the already existing Nationals: Novice, Intermediate, Senior and Master.

All of a “sudden” the future of Irish cross country looks if not bright than without a doubt brighter today than yesterday.

Round up: 400m men in action in Florida, BHAA..

At last night`s Tom Jones Memorial Invitational in Florida, USA, Clonliffe 400m men Brian Gregan ran 47.69 and Timmy Crowe 48.33.

At today`s (Saturday) Thomond Games in Limerick Christopher Sibanda was 3rd in 11.01.

Saturday also saw the latest BHAA round, The RTE 5 Mile, Clonliffe finishers included: 4th Thomas Sherlock 26.53, 9th Sean Doran 28.01, 11th Ernie Ramsey 28.16, 18th David Brady 28.35, 43rd Kiernan Murphy 30.34 (full results see

Leinster Regions Schools track and field (updated)

This week is Leinster Schools qualifier week. The Leinster Regions commenced in sun drenched Morton Stadium on Tuesday with Day 1 of the West Leinsters. There was a fine run by Ben Guiden in the junior 1500 for Belvedere placing 3rd from a huge field of circa 40 athletes in a big pb of 4.41.6, to qualify for the Leinster finals in a couple of weeks time. Also competing today was Cillian Forrester in the minor 80m hurdles, Cillian won his heat and placed 5th in the final. A fine performance from a young man coming face to face with hurdles for the first time.

Ben and Ronan Duggan

Pictured: Ronan Duggan (coach Belvedere) and Ben Guiden

Wednesday and another day of schools track and field at sun drenched Morton for the North Leinsters Day 1. A large number of Clonliffe athletes competing in this one. High lights included a win for Hope Saunders in the senior 1500 after one hell of battle over the last 400, Hope working hard to earn her win in 4.40, Laura Tuite unfortunately, after an injury hampered lead up to these championships,  was in that unlucky 4th place (5.01). In the senior boys race Niall Norman had a good run placing 6th 4.34, with Jack Maughan, Eoin Keating and Thomas Ward all toghether in 4.38/39.

Alannah Cooley successfully qualified for the Leinster finals courtesy of a 2nd place finish in the inter 1500 (5.09) with Amiee McGrath in 7th place. In the inter boys 1500 Sean Carrigg negotiated safe passage to the Leinsters with a 2nd place finish (4.20). Finally in the 1500s there was great Clonliffe interest in the junior boys 1500 with 5 Clonliffe team mates lining up amongst the 36 starters to do battle. Young Cian Bolger came out on top on the inter club battle successfully holding off the late charge of Stephen Cashin down the home straight with Cian grabbing that precious 3rd spot in 4.45.1, Stephen was a hair`s breath away 4.45.9 in 4th, 6th Daniel Lacey (4.56), 8th Jordan Byrne (5.03) and 15th Sam Baker Gorman (5.17).

Sean, Matthew, Alex

Pictured U/16 Milers: Sean GAA, Jenko Junior and Panda

The boys U/16 Mile also had good Clonliffe interest, a great sprint for the line saw Alex Hogan take 2nd in 4.45, with Sean O`Leary literally diving across the line to tie for 3rd place (4.46) and qualify for the Leinsters. Matthew Jenkinson had a strong run until he ran out of steam slightly on the final 400 (4.53). In the girls U/16 mile Cliona Cooley had one of her best races to date finishing 4th in her first run over the distance.

Aaron Cullen had a great run in the minor boys 1100m, another race to attrach a huge field, Aaron taking a fine win. A very good run also in the minor girls 1100 by Aimee Warren placing 5th in another big field. In the minor 500 Clonliffe duo Leah Brennan 3rd with Ellen Tucker 5th.

Some of the club`s sprinters were also in action Leah Bergin 3rd in the senior girls 400. Rebecca Fitzsimons ran three rounds in the minor girls 100, making it through her heat 2nd, semi final, 5 minutes later 3rd and then placing 5th in the final.

Also competing in the 400s were Mario Bowden and Alex Gibbons. Michael Curley took 2nd place in the senior shot.

Finally to finish off an excellent day`s track and field double gold for Clonliffe juniors as Brian Flanagan won the senior boys 2000sc (6.24) and Greg Hosseny won the inter 800 race walk.

Day 3 of the qualifiers, Thursday, and the sun continues to shine brightly for Day 2 of the West Leinsters.

Star of the day from a Clonliffe perspective was Lauren Carr who took an excellent junior 800 win. Kevin Loftus had a good solid run in the inter 3000 placing 6th.

Friday, North Leinsters Day 2, and the big question; Where`s the sun gone? A much fresher day today, in fact a little chilly, but the on track action was warming to the heart. Another excellent day`s athletics with huge numbers of young athletes taking part, again some really top class performances from the club`s athletes.

Hope Saunders made it a disctance double by adding the 3000 senior title to her 1500 in a time of 9.59.

A fine win also in the junior boys 800 from Craig Giles running a very controlled race to win with ease in 2.08, Jack Horan was unlucky to miss out on a Leinster final as he placed 4th (2.17, a big pb).

Joseph Hession qualified for the inter 800 Leinsters as he placed 3rd today in a fast 2.01, Greg Hosseny was 5th (2.07) with Matthew Jenkinson 7th (2.10).

Cliona Cooley took to the sand pit for the inter girls Long Jump and in her first ever competition in that event narrowly missed out on qualification placing 4th. 4th place also for Ellen Tucker in the minor girls high jump.

In the inter girls 800 Alannah Cooley lead the Clonliffe girls home in 5th place (2.29), 8th was Hannah Browne (2.33), 11th Aimee McGrath (2.50), and 13th Tara Wallnutt (2.57). Lizzie Murray ran her guts out in the senior 800 and only missed out on the final place meters from the line, 4th in a pb of 2.27.

In the senior boys 800 Niall Norman ran very well placing 5th (2.06), Alex Gibbons was 10th (2.16).

Mario Bowden was 3rd in the senior 200 in 24.25.

In the final race of the day the senior 5000 both Cathal Doyle and Adam O`Brien made it through after very good runs Cathal finishing 2nd in 16.12 with adam 3rd in 16.15. Good solid runs also by Jack Maughan 7th in 17.08, and Eoin Keating 9th in 17.18.

Thus ended an excellent week in the stadium. Next week the East comes to Morton Stadium.



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