Archive for September, 2015

Clonliffe Juniors in Northern Territories raid (plus more)

A bunch of the Clonliffe Junior cross country squad travelled to Blackrock, Co. Louth for last night`s Blackrock 4 Mile, a race which has searved as a season`s opener for the juniors for the past couple of years. It was a very successful outing for the group as all competed very well with some fine performances indeed. Cathal Doyle ran a super race to finish 1st junior and 5th overall in a very impressive 19.49. Brian Flanagan ran 20.21, for 2nd junior and to complete the Clonliffe Junior sweep Eoin Keating was 3rd in 21.58. Others Joseph Hession 22.45, Alex Gibbons 22.17, Thomas Ward 22.19, Kevin McKenna 23.44.

The junior women were also in top form Hope Saunders had a great run taking 3rd place in the lady`s race in 22.33. Laura Tuite was 2nd junior woman 25.54 with Alannah Cooley 3rd 26.29.

Joe Cooper reports on a great event with great hospitality provided by the hosts.

At today`s big Dublin Road Race the Rathfarnham 5k club 10,000 champion Tom Sherlock was the club`s first finisher in 24th place in 16.05. Others: Davy Byrne 16.14, Sean Doran 16.38, Thomas Frayne 18.19, club ladies 10,000 champion Rachel Wisdom 19.14, Trevor Wisdom 19.28.

Sergiu secures Rio Marathon Standard!

Sergiu Ciobanu has just crossed the line at the Berlin Marathon as 2nd Irishman in a time of 2:15.14, which is inside the standard for next year`s Olympic Marathon! Afterwards Sergiu told Clonliffe Harriers that he was “Thrilled, a PB and Qualification standard!” Sergiu had run the perfect race, with unbelievably identical splits 67.37 for first half and 67.37 for 2nd, as he knocked 13 seconds off his best.

Another Clonliffe man in Berlin was Gary Murray who ran 2.21.09.

Tudor successfully defends Moone Kilothon title

Tudor Mircea was out in action bright and early this morning in Moone, County Kildare where he successfully defended the title he took last year. The Kilothon is a 26.2 KM race, in a gun to tape solo run Tudor won in 92.19.

Sherlock and Wisdom win 10,000m club championships

The 10,000m club championships incorporating the thirteenth race of the 2015 Grand Prix series took place last night, on the track. As always with the 25 lap race, fatigue and maths play a part, with some athletes not getting the count right. There was a good turnout of athletes to take part in the race, not easy to psyche oneself up to do 25 laps on the track.

In the men’s club championship, the race was won by Tom Sherlock, followed by Sean Doran with Conor Keane in third. The Ladies race was won by Rachel Wisdom just outside the 40 minute mark in 40.01 with Aine McCann in second. Full results below.

The winner in the Grand Prix was also Aine McCann, with Tom Sherlock in second and Trevor Wisdom in third. The Grand Prix race was very generously sponsored by Pat Bonass, his 30th year to sponsor the race.


club 10000 2015

Presentation: Captain, Joe Cooper, Tom Sherlock & sponsor Pat Bonass

A big thank you to all the officials who once again 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 Pat Bonass for sponsoring the race.

Next race in the series is the 10 mile in Malahide Castle which is also the 10 mile club championships, on 3rd October at 12.00.

Thomas Sherlock 00:34:35
Sean Doran 00:34:44
Rossa Hurley 00:35:20
Conor Keane 00:35:25
Ernie Ramsey 00:35:55
Sean Murphy 00:36:48
Joe Cooper Jnr 00:38:57
Adrian 00:38:57
Tom Monks 00:39:01
Philip Matthews 00:39:12
Kevin Dowling 00:39:16
Rachel Wisdom 00:40:01
Eddie Murphy 00:40:07
Liam Hennessy 00:40:22
Brian McCann 00:41:13
Trevor Wisdom 00:41:52
Clodagh Moriarty 00:42:09
Richie Barr 00:42:11
Mo McCrohan 00:43:01
Declan Murray 00:43:02
Pat Devitt 00:46:08
Aine McCann 00:46:23
John Fennell 00:46:23
Terry   Mee 00:46:36
Shay Byrne 00:50:49

David Mansfield 2nd in Dublin Half Marathon (updated)

David Mansfield lead a large Clonliffe presence home in the Phoenix Park this morning, as he finished 2nd in the Dublin Half Marathon in a nippy 69.54. Gary O`Hanlon, a former winner of the Dublin Half, was back in action putting his injury worries to the back of his mind as he finished 5th in 71.24. Tom Sherlock was next home 77.46 with Ernie Ramsey running 80.19.

Other Clonliffe results: Colm McDonnell 1.29.15, Stephen Eustace 1.29.26, Adria Palma Mayordomo 1.29.29, Mark Dowling 1.30.38, David Freeman 1.34.59, Joyce O`Hare 1.35.40, Stephen Tracey 1.36.31, The one and only Alan O`Neill 1.36.26, Ian Powell 1.42.40, Kerri Page 1.42.41, Laura Kernan 1.43.38.

Declan Power headed North for yesterday`s (Sunday 20th) Belfast Half Marathon where he had a really good run finishing 6th (72.19) and 1st Master.

Nutrition for young Athletes talk on Tuesday

Clonliffe are delighted to have Gerry Cullen make a presentation to our young athletes on Tuesday next, the 22nd, on Nutrition. The talk will be in the clubhouse after training at 8.45pm and will last around 30 minutes and is geared towards athletes from the U/15 groups to Juniors and younger Seniors. All club members in these groups are encouraged to attend, parents are also more than welcome. With an emphasise on nutrition for training and competition it will make for a most interesting event….a sound investment of half an hour!

The Loftus Report: Juveniles hit Ardgillan with Flying Season`s Opener

Kevin Loftus Reports: In the beautiful, lush surroundings of Ardgillan Castle the opening meet of the Dublin County Board Cross Country League took place.  Though wind-swept for the majority of the proceedings; the weather was next to ideal with but one scattered shower.  Both the Mourne Mountains and the misty sea were spectacles to behold on such a calm day; resulting in close to perfect conditions for both athletes and spectators, both equally weary of the dense clouds that loomed overhead.

In what was a fantastic opening to a long and winding season that lies ahead, there were too many stand out and note worthy performances of the day rendering a report of such nature too arduous; even for the likes of this budding reporter.  In any event, each and every harrier is to be commended for their dedication and commitment which was unwavering throughout the course of every race, which impressed coaches most highly.  Both seasoned and relatively new athletes enjoyed a terrific morning in the parklands; adding another race to their collection; both setting new personal bests and improving on results from pervious years.

It is a tremendous achievement by all of our harriers who participated today to know that they have given every last inch of their stride to their race, resting safe in the knowledge that they have proven their worth.  Their determination and effort is greatly appreciated by their club.  It is wonderful to note too that they conduct themselves so well, both on and off the race course with an air of professionalism and respect.  The support of athletes for their fellow harriers is always an uplifting sight to see, and from what was seen today we are fully prepared mentally to go all the way to the National Championships; only a mere eight weeks away for some.

For those members who are new to the club and who may have stumbled their way through their race today, it is of utmost importance that you take positive thoughts with you away from this today, that you have competed and finished in your first ever Cross Country race.  To those more experienced and learned in the field an equally celebratory well done to you.  Above all else the enjoyment by all of today’s races was all any of the coaches and mentors could have asked for.

We now take this time to thank the coaches and parents of athletes who so admirably travelled from afar to the extremities of the county to support and to guide.  The devotion of all our club members makes the club what it is and sets us apart with our sense of community from other clubs.  So to conclude, a massive well done and thank you to all who participated, officiated and supported at today’s event; and now let us continue to make strides on this remarkable success in the days and  weeks to come.


Kevin Loftus xc

Daniel Lacy and Stephen Cashin

Sarah McCormack 9th In World Mountains

The World Mountain Running Championships took place today in Betws-y-Coed, Wales Clonliffe`s 2014 National Cross Country Champion Sarah McCormack was a fine 9th place finisher.

Clonliffe Juveniles ready for Sunday`s Cross Country League

The first cross country event for the Clonliffe Juvenile athletes takes place in Ardgillan Park on Sunday next September 20th. This is the first round of the League and a nice season`s opener over a fairly testing course but over a shorter distance than the championships distances later in the season.

Course Map: Maps for Ardgillan Cross Country League 1 2015

Distances for season: Juvenile Cross Country Distances 2015

The club has arranged a bus to bring athletes to Sunday`s race, leaving the Stadium at 9.30am due back at 1.00pm. The cost of this bus is €4. per person. Gladys has give out slips which must be returned on Tuesday if you want to book a seat.

Round up: Sergiu takes Athlone Half plus more

Sergiu Ciobanu was in excellent form in Saturday morning`s Athlone Half Marathon running a fast 66.19. Even more impressive was the fact that with a 5 minute winning margin Sergiu was essentially running solo.

Sean Doran was a 13th place finisher in the Lucan Harriers 5 Mile in 29.16.

In the US Aaron Hanlon will be competing later today for Providence College over the country in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Aaron was 2nd in his season`s opener over 5k last weekend for Providence in Durhan, New Hamshire. (Aaron did not in fact compete today)

Sunday: Declan Power was 3rd in the Ratoath 5k in 16.04. Sean Doran racing a second day this weekend was 8th in 16.55.


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