Archive for August, 2015

Weekend round up: Power 1st Master in Carlow, plus Clonliffe in Tullamore

Today, Saturday, the black `n`amber were out on country roads. First off Declan Power was 1st Master and 5th overall in the Tinryisland 4 Mile in a time of 20.57.

More action from the midlands on Saturday saw a group of Clonliffe athletes run the Tullamore Half Marathon: Niall Gorman 84.37, Brendan Hennessy 85.50, John Coleman 95.47 and Jean Carr 101.25, Jean also picked up 2nd O/50.

Gregan & Co. set National Record in Beijing

Brian Gregan got the Irish 4 x 400 team off to a great start in the Bird`s nest Stadium in Beijing this morning passing onto Brian Murphy (Crusaders), in turn to ace hurdler Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) and Mark English (UCD) the team finished 7th in their semi (13th overall) and set a National Record of 3.01.26. Post race the Clonliffe man said: “I had to run my own race out there, and not panic when the guy (Jamaican) came beside me. The first leg is always difficult to measure.” It was a classy performance by the team, mention also of squad man Timmy Crowe, congratulations to all concerned.

4 x 400 worlds

Grand Prix News: Thursday night is Walker Cup night

After the Summer break the 2015 Grand Prix Series will roar back into action in the Morton Stadium on Thursday night, September 3rd for round 12 of 16 The Walker Cup.

The Walker Cup is one of the top Clonliffe club races, a 4 mile track race. The cup was presented to the club by the Walker family back in 1966. The walkers have a long tradition with Clonliffe Harriers going right back to the near foundings of the club when George Frazer Walker in 1893 joined the then 7 year old club, two years later he was on the Clonliffe National Junior Cross Country team that won the first National title for the young club. Some seven years later he was club President.

George`s four sons were also Clonliffe Harriers, the Clonliffe National Senior Cross Country winning team featured three of the four: George, Charles and Albert. George Junior followed in his father`s foot steps and was Clonliffe President in 1936.

In turn George junior`s sons also became members of Clonliffe, these third generation Clonliffe Walkers included Frazer, who`d be well know to most of the current members. In 1953 Frazer became the third generation Walker to win the National Cross Country team title.

The Walkers were famed for winning the Irish 4 mile track title hence the Walker Cup being a 4 mile track race. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Walker Cup.

Thursday`s race will be as usual run as a sealed handicap with an 8.00pm start. As this race is a Clonliffe club race any member of the club is welcome to run. Grand Prix members running are requested to attend the post race social/presentation, and anyone not competing is request to come along to help officiate.

The remaining Grand Prix Races are:

Round 12: Thursday 3rd of September – The Walker Cup (4 Mile) Morton Stadium 8 p.m.

Round 13: Thursday 24th of September – Bonass Trophy/Club 10,000m – Morton stadium 8pm.

Round 14: Saturday 3rd of October – Ahern Cup/Club 10 Mile – Maladide Castle 12 noon.

Round 15: Saturday 9th of November – Horan Cup 6mile XC – Santry Demesne 12 noon.

Round 16: Saturday 28th of November – Irwin Cup 6k XC – Santry Demesne 12 noon.


Sergiu wins Frank Duffy 10 Mile

Sergiu Ciobanu showed a great turn of speed in this morning`s Frank Duffy 10 Mile in the Phoenix Park to win both the race and the Dublin 10 Mile Championship. Sergiu won in a sprint for the line from Tallaght`s Tom Fitzpatrick both were given the same time 49.18. A fine run also by one of the club`s newer members David Mansfield 4th (52.32), Ernie Ramsey was 57th (58.34), 84th Tom Sherlock (59.31). Other Clonliffe todays: David Brady 61.37, Maura Matthews 68.29, Joyce O`Hare 70.56, Paul Carty 70.52, Mark Dowling 72.18, Sinead Hartnett 72.33, Emma Harding 74.35.

Eugene Kavanagh passes away.

A great friend of Clonliffe Harriers has sadly passed away. Eugene Kavanagh of Kavanaghs “The GraveDiggers”, marathon runner, ultra runner and loyal sponsor of Ireland`s Oldest Road Race the Clonliffe 2.

Eugene had a long association with Clonliffe Harriers, the famed licensed premises John Kavanagh situated at the Old Gate, Glasnevin, in the early 1900s served as a meeting place for The Harriers, indeed the club availed of rooms in the public house as dressing rooms. Hanging in the clubhouse are photos of Clonliffe teams taken at The Old Gate, no doubt those Harriers pictured enjoyed a pint served by the Kavanaghs. In 1986 when Clonliffe celebrated it`s centenary the Clonliffe 2 returned to it`s traditional home starting in Finglas and finishing at the GraveDiggers, Eugene agreed to sponsor the race that year, on a one off basis. In May of this year for the 30th successive year Eugene was again our sponsor!

Eugene liked nothing more than engaging in discussion with any Clonliffe Harrier on his favourite subject, the many (over 100) marathons and ultras he completed, either in Clonliffe or in the bar of the GraveDiggers. He was a very fit man a non drinker, and news of his illness earlier this year came as a great shock to his friends in Clonliffe. He as any who knew him would have expected battled away bravely. But today his race was run.  Glasnevin has lost a great man. Clonliffe has lost a great friend. Rest in peace Eugene.

Round up: Tudor back in harness

Weekend round up starts Friday evening. Great to report that Tudor Mircea is back racing finishing 2nd in the Rathkenny 5k, County Meath in 15.48.

More over the course of the weekend.

Fred Connolly RIP

Clonliffe Harriers are saddened by the news of the passing yesterday of Clonliffe Life Member Fred Connolly. Fred was very well know to Clonliffe, he is a brother of Clonliffe Harrier Richard Connolly and was a sponsor of the Clonliffe Grand Prix Series these past 15 years or so. Our sympathies go to Fred`s wife and family.

Arrangements: Removal on Wednesday morning from Rock’s Funeral Home, Swords, to Blessed Margaret Ball Church, Santry, arriving for 10am Mass, followed by funeral to Dardistown Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to the Irish Cancer Society.

Important Notice: No track training on Tuesday

Clonliffe members please note that the Committee have agreed to cancel Clonliffe`s track training on Tuesday next, August 18th to facilitate Frank Greally`s night of nostalgia and memories on both the track and in the Clonliffe club bar. Frank`s event which on track consists of a number of paced mile races and a 30.17 run (Frank`s 1970 and still standing Irish Junior 10,000 record) will commence at 6.30pm, it will be a fun evening and is well worthy of support. The Committee encourage all members to support the event (further details on

Clonliffe 400 pairing selected for World Championships

Clonliffe’s national 400 champion Brian Gregan and Timmy Crowe have both been selected by Athletics Ireland on the 4 X 400 squad for the Beijing World Championship on August 22nd to 30th.

It’s a great eight national medals

Another great weekend for the Clonliffe track and field team saw no less than three national titles taken and an additional five medals from the Glohealth National Track and Field Championships. The first title captured was yesterday by the 4 X 100 squad winning in 41.98 only .5 off the club record. Today Sunday saw a great three way 400 battle where reigning national champion Brain Gregan prevailed winning in 46.20, Brian had raced yesterday in Belgium where he ran another fast race recording a time of 45.89. Timmy Crowe placed 4th (47.02) with Dara Kervick 6th (47.24). Also retaining his national title was Ian Rogers as he won the pole vault with a best of 4.50, Dave Donegan took bronze with a 4.40 best. Silver was won by Declan Murray in a repeat of last year’s 800 result, Declan recording a time of 1.51.04, Mark Mcdonald continued his good form this season making the final where he was 8th in 1.55.41. Andrew Heney took high jump bronze with a fine 2.05 best. Bronze also for Ciara McCallion in the 400 in an excellent 54.86 Jayme Rossister also took bronze in the 3000 steeplechase. Congratulations to all on a superb finish to a superb season.


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