Archive for October, 2015

U/14 golden girls provide Dublin Juvenile highlight

There were outstanding team and individual performances by the black and amber athletes at this morning`s Dublin Juvenile (Even ages) Championships in the Phoenix Park. The Championships were held over a very demanding 2,000m lap and as is generally the norm in the Park the athletes faced a strong head wind from the trees up the long incline to the finish.

Pride of place on the day goes to the U/14 girls who captured the Dublin title with a great team effort. There were team silvers gathered in after this great start in all the following age groups, firstly by the U/16 girls with an outstanding contribution from the two U/15 girls Tess Loftus and Aimee Warren. Then the U/16 boys similarly put in a great shift to take silver, missing out on gold by a single point! Again mention must be made of the U/15 squad members who stepped up to the plate to make the scoring four: Cian Bolger, who lead the team in, and Aaron Cullen. Finally the U/18 boys squad of Adam O`Brien, a fine 2nd place finisher, Sean Carrigg, Thomas Ward, Greg Hossenny, Kevin McKenna and Alex Gibbons, also delivered silver. All the teams can now look forward to the Nationals on home turf on November 22nd.

There were also great team performances put in by the U/10 boys lead home in 7th place by Cian O`Hare and the U/12`s for whom Jonathan Fitzsimons was first home in 5th place. A great effort by the girls U/18s, Alannah Cooley the sole Harrier in 4th place.

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Alannah Cooley 2015

Round up: Guiden wins Teachers BHAA Cross Country

Ian Guiden made a return to winning ways in Castleknock College this morning winning the first BHAA cross country race of the season. After a fairly relaxed opening mile lap Guiden went to the front to lead for the remainder of the 4 mile race to win in 20.22 a winning margin of just over 20 seconds. Thomas Sherlock was 8th (22.10) with Sean Doran 17th (23.03). In the women`s 2 mile Yvonne McDonagh was 42nd (16.22).

Across the Atlantic yesterday Aaron Hanlon was 114th in a top quality 8k cross country, the Wisconsin Invitational in 24.31.

Dublin Juvenile Championships/ AAI Open XC

The Dublin Juvenile Even Age Championships take place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday with an 11.00am start. The are Clonliffe teams in action in from the younger groups right through to U/18s. Later in the day the Autumn Open Cross country takes place with again a number of senior athletes. To show case the day as a sport for all ages, the Open Cross doubles as a trial for the Masters teams for the British & Irish Cross Country that will take place in Santry on November 14th.

Timetable click: Event Schedule Dublin Even Ages & AAI Cross Country Open 18th October 2015

Course map click: Dublin C ships Phoenix Park

Clonliffe athletes in Portmarnock Primary School`s XC

Yesterday in glorious sunshine the Clonliffe Youth Brigade were in action for their schools in Portmarnock. A large number of Clonliffe athletes participated including Katie Edwards, Ruby Conroy, Rachel Power, Ruth Bowden, Aimee Daly, James McDonnell, Keith Burke, Ronan Donohoe, Lorcan Close and Conor O’Shea to name but a few with fine 2nd placings recorded by Katie Edwards and James McDonnell. Most of these athletes are in fact from one local school – St. Fiachra’s in Beaumont.    Because each race is in fact a team event, most of the Clonliffe athletes will secure a medal as the first six of each team, if placed, will get a medal.   And many St. Fiachra’s teams were not only placed but placed in first position !
A lot of smiling faces at the end of the day – all good !!   The Clonliffe training has proven, yet again, to be worth its weight in GOLD !!!

Round up: Roarty scores for Sunderland! plus MacMahon 4th in Cork

It was a quiet enough weekend for Clonliffe athletes.Liam Roarty was in action for Sunderland Harriers in yesterday`s Sherman Cup, South Shields. Liam had a very solid run indeed placing 28th (a field of 464 started!) and 4th scorer in 32.34. A measurer of Liam`s improvement over these past 12 months is that his time yesterday was almost a minute faster than his time from last year.

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(Pictured, Liam Roarty 2015 Sherman Cup)

At the Cork County Championships held in Carrigadrohid, Macroom Brian MacMahon made a most welcome return on Sunday finishing in 4th place in 35.16 for 10,000. Also on Sunday at the Donadea 10k Rachel Wisdom was 6th woman in  40.38.

 

Malachys top of the class at Brother Schools Cross Country

St. Malachy`s College, Belfast came out on top winning the Lar Byrne Memorial Shield for best overall school at a wonderful Brother Schools Invitational Cross Country in Santry Demesne this afternoon. It was a proud day for the school`s coach Joe McAlister who competed on the St. Malachy`s team that won this award back in 1992. Today his lads were in inspired form clocking up a hat trick of team wins : minor, junior and inter, even more impressive was the fact that they didn`t field a senior team, so it was three out of three!

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(Pictured: Joe McAlister and the St. Malachy`s team winners of Lar Byrne Memorial)

It was a truly wonderful day`s sport. Santry Demesne looked fantastic, thanks as always to Fingal County Council for their assistance and work in the park, bathed in warm autumnal sunshine. The numbers of athletes competing was inspiring. The sight of in excess of 200 primary school`s athletes thundering down the start straight bringing a smile to many faces. All safely making it through the event, all finishing with smiles on their faces and post race the park a sea of Brother T- shirts.

The two primary schools races got the day off to the best possible start. The girls race was won by Emma McDonnell (Corpus Chrisi), providing a home win, Emma is herself a Clonliffe Harrier, in fine style with Antonia Shodiya (Mary Help of Christians) 2nd and Lara Phillips (St. Fiachras) 3rd. Antonia lead the girls of Mary Help of Christains to a successful defence of their team title on 21 points with St. Fiachras 2nd and Mount Anville 3rd. The boys race was possibly even bigger with 250 plus charging around the 1,000m lap, victory went to Denis Sileviskiy leading St. Brigids to another team win, Sean Murray (St. Malachys ) was 2nd with his schools taking team 2nd and Noah Maguire (St. Michaels) 3rd.

At 1.00pm sharp the secondary programme commenced with the minor girls also running over 1,000m and again another huge field in this race lead home by Corrin Kenny. With the girls of Dominican College winning the team race. the boys covered the bigger lap of 1500m and again a great turn out. St. Declan`s College`s Sean Donoghue took this one in fie style from Liam Clancy (Templeogue) with St. Malachy`s Daniel McComiskey 3rd. The team of course went to the Belfast boys, Col Eoin were 2nd and Ard Scoil Ris 3rd.

St. Dominics from the Navan Road dominated the junior girls race taking an excellent team win from Col Isogain 2nd and Holy Child Kiliney 3rd. The race itself won by a superb Roisin Treacy (St. Gerard`s Bray) and by some margin, from Dora Medqyesy (Dominics) and Anna Young (Rathmore) 3rd. Another great race in the junior boys, over 2,500m won by Adam Harvey (Blackrock), 2nd Harley Fox (Presenation College Carlow) and Caolan McKee (Rathmore) 3rd. The team title St. Malachys, Belvedere College 2nd and Blackrock College 3rd.

The distances continued to get longer for the older age groups, however again it is pleasing to report that all managed the distance without too much distress. The inter girls racing 2,500m Sorcha Healy (Holy Child) was 1st, Abbey Taylor (St. Gerards), daughter of former Clonliffe great Dave Taylor, was 2nd and Jodie McCann  (Institute of Ed. ) 3rd. The team honours were taken by the girls from Holy Child Kiliney . The inter boys race featured initially a great four way battle but half way around the 2nd of 2 1500m laps the group was down to three as Alex Hogan (St. Aidans) was cut adrift, at the turn in Daire Flynn of St. Declans took an excellent win, with Conor Halpin (Blackrock) chasing all the way to the line and 3rd Niall Harvey (Presentation College).

Vanessa O`Connor was a popular winner of the senior girl`s race, repeating her win in the Brother race a few years back as a junior, With Orla Walsh (Muckross) 2nd and local Santry and Clonliffe girls Alannah Cooley (Dominican College) 3rd. St. Dominics took another win in this one, and in the process secured the best girls secondary school prize.

The final race of the day was the senior boys 5,000 race, three and a bit laps, and featuring four trips up the dreaded garden wall. After a comfortable opening laps Cathal Doyle (St. Aidans) and Clonliffe stepped on the gas and thereafter his victory was never in doubt, running away from the field to secure a fine win by a large margin. 2nd and 3rd were school teams mates from Rathmore Christy Conlon 2nd and Eoin McCann 3rd. Cathal lead the reigning All Ireland Champions St. Aidans to a comfortable win on 21 points from Col Eoin 47 and Belvedere College 58 points.

So another brilliant Brother Schools Cross Country came to an end, a most enjoyable day. Clonliffe would like to thank the athletes who took part, their schools and coaches, all who officiated on the day, the course builders and in particular our fantastic sponsor Brother.

Results:

Primary Schools Boys:

1. Denis Sileviskiy (St. Brigids), 2. Sean Murray (St. Malachys), 3. Noah Maguire (St. Michaels)

Teams: 1. St. Brigids 26, 2. St. Malachys 40, 3rd St. John Bosco 88

Primary Schools Girls:

1. Emma McDonnell (Corpus Christi), 2. Antonia Shodiya (Mary Help of Christains), 3. Lara Phipps (St. Fiachras)

Teams: 1. Mary Help of Christains 21, 2. St. Fiachras 55, 3rd Mount Anville 66

Secondary Schools Boys:

Minor: 1. Sean Donoghue (St. Declans), 2. Liam Clancy (Templeogue), 3. Daniel McComiskey (St. Malachys)

Teams: 1. St. Malachys 37, 2. Col Eoin 60, 3. Ard Scoil Ris 65

Junior: 1. Adam Harvey (Blackrock), 2. Harley Fox (Presentation Carlow), 3. Caolan McKee (Rathmore)

Teams: 1. St Malachys 52, 2. Belvedere 54, 3rd Blackrock 74

Inter: 1. Daire Finn (St. Declans), 2. Conor Halpin (Blackrock), 3. Niall Harvey (Presentation Carlow)

Teams: 1. St. Malachys 40, 2. St. Aidans 49, 3rd Presentation Carlow 54

Senior: 1. Cathal Doyle (St. Aidans), 2nd Christy Conlon (Rathmore), 3. Eoin McCann (Rathmore)

Teams: 1. St. Aidans 21, 2. Col. Eoin 47, 3. Belvedere 58

Secondary Girls:

Minor: 1. Corrin Kinny (Indiv), 2. Emily Whelan (Ardgillan), 3. Claise Murphy (Dominics)

Teams: 1. Dominican College 43, 2. St. Dominics 45, 3. Loreto on the Green 111

Junior: 1. Roisin Treacy (St. Gerards), 2. Dora Medqyesy (Dominics), 3. Anna Young (Rathmore)

Teams: 1. St. Dominics 45, 2. Col. Isogain 79, 3. Holey Child Killiney 86

Inter: 1. Sorcha Healy (Holy Child), 2. Abby Taylor (St. Gerards), 3. Jodie McCann (Indiv)

Teams: 1. Holy Child 50, 2. Rathdown 86, 3. Holy Faith 88

Senior: Vanessa O`Connor (Mount Sackville), 2. Orla Walsh (Muckross), 3. Alannah Cooley (Dominician College)

Teams: 1. St. Dominics 32, 2. Muckross 41, 3. Mount Sackville 89

For photos click : https://picasaweb.google.com/101280007722910682928/BrotherSchoolsXC2015#

 

Brother Schools Cross Country: Final Instructions

On Wednesday the Brother Schools Cross Country will take place in the picturesque surroundings of Santry Demesne parkland at the rear of the stadium. This event is for the seventh successive year once again generously sponsored by Brother and promises to be a fantastic day`s athletics with a record entry.

Final Instructions:

Date:                 Wednesday, 7th of October 2015 – HAIL, RAIN OR SHINE!!

 

Venue:            Santry Demesne Parkland at rear of Morton Stadium Santry.

 

Time:               Primary Schools 12.30 p.m.

Secondary Schools from 1 p.m.

 

Sponsor:       Brother, Boeing Road, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17.

 

Entry Fee:    As previously advised payment on the day at check in Cash or cheque made payable to Clonliffe Harriers.

 

Parking:        Morton Stadium Santry.  

                                   

                                    BUSES/COACHES MUST PARK AT THE CLONLIFFE HARRIERS END OF THE STADIUM – GATE NUMBER 3. PLEASE NOTE THAT ON HEALTH AND SAFETY REASONS BUSES MUST COME INTO THE STADIUM AND PASSENGERS ARE NOT TO BE PERMITTED TO ALIGHT FROM THE BUS PARKED OUTSIDE OF THE STADIUM. THIS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM IN THE PAST AND IN PARTICULAR AT THE 2014 EVENT AND YOU MIGHT PLEASE NOTE IN THIS CONNECTION THAT WE AS ORGANISERS HAVE RECEIVED A DIRECTION FROM AN GARDA SIOCHANA IN SANTRY THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS THERE TO BE A REOCCURRENCE THIS YEAR. IT IS IMPORTANT, THEREFORE, THAT YOU AS A SCHOOL INSTRUCT THE DRIVER OF YOUR BUS THAT HE MUST COME INTO THE STADIUM IN ORDER TO ALLOW PASSENGERS TO ALIGHT. THIS IS IMPLEMENTED FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR ATHLETES AND FOR THE SAFETY OF GENERAL ROAD USERS IN SANTRY. REGRETTABLY IF THERE IS A REOCCURRENCE THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE A SANCTION IMPLEMENTED IN THAT THE SCHOOL RESPONSIBLE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TAKE PART.

 

Check In:    Primary Schools 11.00 – 12.00 p.m. Secondary Schools 11.30 – 12.30 p.m. in the hall located in the Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse. Attached to this you will find a team sheet. Please photocopy this team sheet, please use one team sheet per event. You must fill in the team sheet, we would request that these team sheets be filled in before you arrive in order to save time. You should hand in all of your team sheets together with your entry fee. We would request that only one person from each school come to the check in area either the teacher or coach in charge of the school. On presentation of your team sheets you will be given an envelope which will contain your school identification number. This number must be stuck to the FRONT of your athletes running vest/t-shirt.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST CHECK IN AND YOUR ATHLETES MUST WEAR THEIR RACE NUMBER.

 

Individuals:  Individuals may enter, with the permission of their school, and run as individuals if the school is not entering a team. There are no pre entries for individuals. Individuals must arrive at the check in as above. Individual entry fee of €3.00 is charged and upon payment will be given an individual entry identification number which should be fixed to the front of your racing vest/t-shirt.

 

Age Groups: The primary schools races are open to anyone in 5th and 6th classes. Please note that the primary school race are mixed classes in that the boys race is for fifth and sixth classes and the girls race is for fifth and sixth classes. There are separate races for boys and girls but only one race each.

 

Secondary school minor born on or after 1/7/02.

 

Junior born on or after 1/7/01.

 

Intermediate born on or after 1/7/99.

 

Senior born on or after 1/1/97.

 

(As per Irish Schools Athletes Association rules)

 

Toilet facilities:           Are located under the stand at the Clonliffe side of the stadium. Toilets are also located at the main reception area at the stadium. Access to the main reception area is through the outside doors.   Please note that the indoor section of the stadium is closed.

 

The Track:  THE TRACK MUST NOT BE ENCROACHED UPON BY ANYONE.   THIS IS TO PROTECT THE TRACK WHICH WILL SUFFER SEVERE AND PERMANENT DAMAGE IF SOMEONE WAS WEARING CROSS COUNTRY SPIKES.   THEREFORE, THE TRACK IS CLOSED.   IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ADVISE YOUR ATHLETES THAT THEY ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE TRACK.

 

Entry to Venue:  Via Morton Stadium. Please use the gate at the 100m start line at the phoenix monument.

Timetable/Distances:

12.30pm: Primary School Girls 1000m (1 x 1000m lap)

Primary School Boys 1000m (1 x 1000m lap)

 

Secondary School Programme from 1 p.m.

  • Minor Girls 1000m (1 x 1000m lap)
  • Minor Boys 1500m (1 x 1500m lap)
  • Junior Girls 2000m (2 x 1000m laps)
  • Junior Boys 2500m (1000m lap plus 1500m lap)
  • Inter Girls 2500m (1 x 1000m lap plus 1 x 1500m lap)
  • Inter Boys 3000m (2 x 1500m lap)
  • Senior Girls 2500m (1 x 1000m lap plus 1 x 1500m lap)
  • Senior Boys 5000m (500 metre from start at walled garden plus 3 x 1500m laps)

 

Each race will commence immediately upon conclusion of the previous race so please, therefore, ensure that your athletes are warmed up and at the start area well before the completion of the previous race.

School Colours:  If available must be worn. We would also encourage you to bring flags or suchlike to be placed around the course. Supporters are most welcome.

 Awards:  First three individuals in each race – presentation will be made to the individuals immediately after each race.

Team awards: First three in each race.   A team is a minimum of four athletes with a maximum of 20. The team result will be calculated by the addition of the place finishings of the first four athletes from that school and the school with the lowest score will be declared the winner.   In the event of a tie the winner will be decided on the basis of the highest finish of the 4th scoring athlete from the tying schools.   Please note that there is only one team permitted per school per event.   As up to 20 athletes can run, however, please note that there are only eight team medals available per set.

Souvenir T-shirt:    There will be a souvenir T-shirt for all athletes which will be presented at the finish of each race.

Best Schools:   Our sponsor Brother will make arrangements to make a presentation of a piece of Brother office equipment to the best boys primary school, best girls primary school, best boys secondary school and best girls secondary school. In addition the Lar Byrne Memorial Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the best overall secondary school.

Litter:  As we have use of Santry Demesne Parkland thanks to the generosity and co-operation of Fingal County Council we would implore you to appoint an individual/individuals to be responsible for the removal of all litter generated by your athletes. Please bring a sack for litter. Your co-operation in this connection is vital.

Results: A race report together with photographs (by taking part in this race it is assumed that you are consenting to photographs being published – photographs will not identify any individuals) and the team results and top three individual results will appear on www.clonliffeharriersac.com on Thursday the 8th of October.

Health and Safety:      Please obey the instructions of all marshals at the venue. Marshals will be clearly identifiable as they will be wearing high vis vests. Please note that on health and safety grounds all athletes must avail of footwear. No athlete is permitted to race barefoot.

Medical Emergencies:  St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance.

On behalf of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. and our sponsor Brother we would like to thank you sincerely for taking part in the Brother at your side Clonliffe Schools X.C. and we sincerely hope that you and your athletes thoroughly enjoy the day.

Volunteers: With a confirmed entry of some 1500 young athletes Clonliffe appeals to club members and to the parents of club members to please make themselves available to help out on the day. Anyone in a position to officiate or steward on the day is requested to contact Noel Guiden by text to 087 9599 888.

 

Juvenile Captain Reports on solid XC League outing

Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper Reports: Today saw the second cross country League race take place in the Phoenix Park. The mild weather  and good underfoot conditions made it a great day for cross-country running with a good showing from Clonliffe.
The morning got off to a great start with fabulous runs from are under 9 girls,  under 10 boys and under 11 girls. First win of the day went to Jonathan Fitzsimons who fought hard to win the under 11 boys race .The under 12 boys and girls both fielded strong teams and represented us well, all packing closely and finishing strongly . The next top finisher for the black and Amber was Emma McDonnell in the under 13 girls in which she finished second having a great run, behind her were the  rest of the under13 girls team all working hard and finishing strongly. The under 13 boys faced tough competition today but both competitors finished the race well and hope to build on their performances for the next League. In what was a very tough race the under 14 girls worked very hard and packed well, running positively and hoping to build on this performance for the upcoming Dublin championships. Similarly the under 14 boys team had a solid performance today ,one which they can hope to build on.
In one of the final races of the morning  Lauren Carr produced the goods to finish in second place in the u16 race. Coaches and athletes all went away positive , hoping to build on all these solid performances as season progresses and Dublin championships approach.!!!

Sherlock top finisher for club at Dublin Novice

The cross country season 2015 is underway! In another great Autumn day the Dublin Novice took place in the Phoenix Park. The Clonliffe teams were out of the medal contention in both men and women`s races, the highlight was, however, a fine run by Thomas Sherlock who placed 6th after a strong race. Good runs also by Conor Keane, Michael Cassidy and Niall Norman, to name a few, and also by illness hit Sean Doran, who battled away gamely.

Of the women`s team Bernie Byrne was the top Clonliffe, followed in by Louise Carraher, Clodagh Moriarty, Emer Treacy, Aisling Andrews, Brid Beausang, Aideen O`Connor, Helen O`Sullivan, Yvonne McDonagh and Emer Doyle.

Round up: Mansfield wins Cork to Cobh 15, Hanlon scores for Friars

There was another fine run yet again this weekend on the roads by Clonliffe`s David Mansfield. David won the Cork to Cobh 15 Mile race today in 81.12 to win by over a minute and a half.

In the States yesterday Aaron Hanlon was 5th scorer and 35th overall for Providence College in the Princeton Inter- Region 8k cross country in New Jersey. aaron recorded a time of 24.34.7. Just ahead of him, as a matter of interest, was his College team mate and 2015 Morton Miler Julian Oakley (NZD).

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