Archive for November, 2015

Huge Clonliffe presence at Swords Meet & Train XC

The cross country action across all sections of Clonliffe Harriers continued today with some 16 athletes running in the first Meet & Train Cross Country race of the season held in Swords, hosted by Fingallians AC. There were three black and amber teams in the 2 mile race, lead home in 9th place by Brid Beausang in 9th with Catherine Dempsey in 10th snapping at her heels, next home in 15th was Emer Brennan, Jen Carpenter 17th and Aideen Brady 20th completing the A squad.

All the Clonliffe girls enjoyed good solid performances and were well up in the field of in excess of 100 starters. The Bs finished in a bunch as follows: 21st Claire Roche, 22nd Yvonne McDonagh, 23rd Emer Doyle, 27th Helen O`Sullivan, 29th Sue Kelly and 42nd Vice Captain Mandy McMenamy. The C team: 30th Evelyn Brennan, 48th Joann McCabe, 53rd Ciara O`Regan, 54th Caoime Cruise and 58th Katie Hennigan.

When the points were added up it revealed that the A team had placed 3rd with the B team 5th a great opening day for the group in pretty rough conditions. Well done to all.

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Men and women medal at Dublin Intermediate XC

The Clonliffe machine rolled on once again today, this time in Tymon Park for the Dublin Intermediate cross country. Impressive performances in the gale force winds from both teams. Tomas Sherlock showed no ill effects from last Sunday`s nationals as he was a fine 2nd place today leading home a scoring four of Sean Doran 15th, Conor Keane 19th and Richard Mannion 26th to Intermediate silver behind Crusaders AC 1st, with host club Rathfarnham 3rd.

Equally impressive were the ladies team where some excellent packing paid dividends Rachel Wisdom 9th, Louise Caraher 10th, Maura Matthews 13th, Clodagh Moriarty 15th and Aisling Andrews 31st enough for team bronze behind Donore 1st and Rathfarnham 2nd.

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Juvenile XC league: Blowin`in the wind

Ciara McDonnell reports: Today in Tymon Park, the final round of the league took place.   The course for the athletes was relatively flat so really it should have been a lovely way to end the League races.   However, Mother Nature must have thought it was just a tad too easy and decided to challenge the athletes somewhat by having in place a wind that could knock anyone backwards let alone allow someone run into it.   But our strong warriors went forward and, yet again, did Clonliffe Harriers proud.   And the rain held off so, for the spectators, it was yet again just a perfect race day.

In the main, the younger juveniles did not race today so results will start at U-11.   The older juveniles did not race either today instead spending the weekend in Santry putting in their final preparations for their All-Irelands next Sunday.

U-11 boys: Jonathon Fitzsimons  2nd

U-13 girls:Emma McDonnell   2nd, Aoife Hession 11th Holly Roach 12th

U-14 girls:Ella Browne  4th, Amy Hodson  6th, Vicky McDonnell  9th, Abbie Sheehy 11th

U-14 boys:Daragh Carter  8th

Gary Murray wins Seeley Cup

After his fine run to place third scorer on the victorious Clonliffe team in last week`s Nationals Gary Murray carried his good form only six days later to Ormeau Park, Belfast. In yesterday`s Seeley Cup 10k Murray took an excellent win in 31.06 with a 5k half way split of 15.37.

Sean Doran wins club xc championship

Sean Doran took the 2015 Clonliffe club cross country title today at a rain sodden Santry Demesne at noon today. The club championships were incorporated into the final round of an excellent 2015 Grand Prix Series, the Irwin Cup, over 6k. The course makers did a superb job of avoiding the cut up ground from last week`s Nationals making for a pretty good course in the circumstances.

From some 22 finishers Doran was first across the line to win the Harry Cooney Cup awarded to the club cross country champion. 2nd was Kevin Dowling and 3rd Shane Casey. In the women`s club championships 1st was Aimee Ahern, 2nd (tied) Sinead Smith/Aine McCann.

In the Irwin Cup the first three across the line were Sean Doran, Desie Shorten and Kevin Dowling. The results of the handicap are currently being held in a secret vault somewhere in the bowels of Santry not to be revealed until Thursday`s Grand Prix presentation.

Many thanks as always to the hard working race officials.

Clonliffe Harriers named 2015 Club of the Year

At this afternoon`s Athletics Ireland Awards lunch, sponsored by GloHealth, Clonliffe Harriers AC received the prestigious award of “Club of the Year”. This was fitting recognition for the club with this year`s winning of the Senior men`s cross country title (twice!), the national track and field league, the women`s team were bronze medallist in the league, and the club`s athletes won national track titles both indoor and outdoor. Accepting the award on behalf of the club was Irish International Sergiu Ciobanu accompanied by fellow Harriers Brian Gregan, Dara Kervick, Ciara McCallion, Leah Moore, Ian Guiden, David Flynn and Timmy Crowe.

In what was a great afternoon it was a great delight to see sprints coach John Shields receive long awaited recognition by being presented with the “Services to coaching” award to a standing ovation from the attendance. John was then surrounded by several members of his ever expanding stable of crack sprinters for the photographs.

There was a great turn out for the occasion from the club including President Paddy Marley, Secretary Noel Guiden, Captains Joe Cooper and Pamela Cooper, Maurice Ahern, Johnny O`Leary, Noel Daly, Noreen Keane, Caroline and Paddy Tuite and guests Helen Flynn of Hireco, our club sponsor, and Sean Callan.

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Clonliffe Harriers 2015 Club of the year: J. Cooper (Captain), I. Guiden, D. Flynn, D. Kervick, S. Ciobanu, B. Gregan, C. McCallion, L. Moore, T. Crowe, P. Marley (President)

John Shields

Services to Coaching award winner John Shields with members of his sprint group.

130th AGM Report

The Annual General Meeting of Clonliffe Harriers took place in the clubhouse last night, November 24th.  It was a well attended meeting which heard impressive reports from the three club captains on the outstanding successes enjoyed by Clonliffe athletes and teams over the course of the previous twelve months.

The Men’s Captain Joe Cooper outlined on a month by month basis the results achieved with the highlights on a team perspective being the regaining of the Men’s Senior Cross Country title last March in Rostrevor, Co. Down, the regaining of the National Track and Field league title in Tullamore in August and then the winning of the National Cross Country title again (following on the switch with the intercounties, the previous Sunday in Santry).   The captain also outlined the excellent individual performances by the clubs athletes and made mention of national titles being won by Dara Kervick, Brian Gregan, Ian Rogers and the 4 x 100 squad.

The Ladies Captain in addition to the results achieved by the teams focused on the continued growth in the Ladies Section of the club.  In the field of competition she highlighted the performances of the track and field team in finishing 3rd in the National League and in cross country the performances of the intermediate teams and she also outlined the successes enjoyed by the Meet and Train Group.  The Ladies Captain also welcomed the ‘signing’ this year of Ben Lawlor.

The Juvenile Captain also focused on the continued growth of the juvenile section paying tribute to the coaches who assist: Gerry Carr, Mick Fogarty, Noel Guiden, Bart Rogers and Ray Fitzsimons.  She outlined the successes of the juvenile athletes and paid tribute in particular to Hope Saunders who is moving from the juvenile into the junior ranks and over the course of the year had won the National Junior Cross Country title last March.  The meeting noted the performance of Hope in retaining that title in Santry the previous Sunday and the meeting paid a generous round of applause by way of appreciation.

Presentations were also heard from the club Honorary Secretary on the club’s promotions over the course of the year and from the Honorary Treasurer who took the meeting through the clubs account and outlined the healthy financial position of the club as a whole.

Paddy Marley in his President`s address thanked all who contributed over the previous twelve months to an amazing year in the life of Clonliffe Harriers, in particular he thanked the club members who had responded to all requests for assistance and highlighted in particular Sunday’s interclub cross country with the huge number of Clonliffe members who came out to assist pointing out that these events simply could not take place without the enthusiasm and dedication of all members of the club.  He also thanked all of the clubs coaches, the clubs sponsors and in particular Helen Flynn and Hireco, Colm Doran for his sponsorship of juvenile events, all of the sponsors for the various races over the year, the Grand Prix Series and all of the sponsors who became involved in Morton Games, he also thanked the individual club members who had become ‘Friends of Morton Games’ which had meant that the club was in a position to provide a top class international Meet which was possibly the highlight of the year.

The meeting elected the following Committee for 2016:

Honorary President – Paddy Marley

Honorary  Secretary – Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer – Eoin Murray

Club Captain – Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain – Pamela Cooper

Committee Members: Caroline Tuite, Stephen Harkness, Alan Worrall.

The meeting also re-elected unanimously the club’s trustees: John O’Leary, Maurice Ahern and Tommy Griffin Senior and the club’s vice presidents.

The meeting also passed the two Motions as follows:

“That in recognition of his achievements as coach to St. Aidan’s CBS and in particular his contribution to the juvenile section of Clonliffe Harriers that Alan O’Neill be made an honorary life member of Clonliffe Harriers A.C.”

“That the annual subscription for membership of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. be increased by the sum of €10.00 per category of membership”

Under the heading of any other business George Maybury on behalf of the Irish Masters Athletics Association thanked the club for its assistance with the hosting of the recent British and Irish Masters Cross Country International.

Grand Prix: Irwin Cup & Club XC Championships

At 12.00 noon this Saturday, the Irwin Cup takes place and this will include not only the final Grand Prix race but also the club senior championships (Men and Women) over 6,000m. The Club Cross Country champion will be presented with the Harry Cooney Cup.

The Irwin Cup itself is an historic Clonliffe club race. It`s origins date back to 1910, when the then quarter century old Clonliffe Harriers introduced a new race to the club calendar “the Grand National”, a 6 mile handicap cross country race, the winner that first year was C.G. Wisdom with the Scratch man T.J. Downing recording a time of 33 minutes and 5 seconds for the then six mile race. The race was held on an annual basis and in 1932 it became the Irwin Cup in memory of Carmichael Irwin a great Clonliffe athlete who a member of the RAF, was captain of the Airship R. 101, which tragically crashed on its maiden voyage at Beauvais, France on the 5th of October 1930 killing Carmichael Irwin and all the crew and occupants of the airship.

Carmichael Irwin was a Clonliffe Olympian representing Great Britain in the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games in the 5,000m. He finished second in his heat in a time of 15.17.8 qualifying for the Olympic final where he finished 12th. He was National Cross Country Champion in 1914, becoming  the second Clonliffe athlete to win the National as he lead Clonliffe to our 2nd team title. In 1921 he was Irish 1 Mile and 4 Mile champion with a mile PB of 4.33.6 and 3 mile PB of 15.15.6.

Saturday`s Irwin Cup brings the curtain down on a great 2015 Grand Prix Series. The Grand Prix Presentation night  will be held on Thursday December 3rd, which will include a 3,000m track race at 8.00pm, followed by food and a few drinks. The top ten in the Grand prix, adjusted for the best ten races so far is as follows

Niall Markey
Kevin Dowling
Emma Dunne
Brian McCann
Liam Hennessy
Sean Doran
Richie Barr
Terry  Mee
Deirdre Fitzsimons
Trevor Wisdom

All club members are encouraged to take part in Saturday`s championships either by running or officiating. It should be a great club day in Santry.

Posted by: Eoin Murray

Clonliffe athletes selected for Euro Cross

Athletics Ireland today confirmed the teams for next month`s European Cross Country in France. The great news is the selection of four Clonliffe athletes. Sergiu Ciobanu will make his debut in the green vest, Aaron Hanlon earns a U/23 European call up, having previously ran in the juniors ,National Champion Hope Saunders will for the second successive year run in the juniors and there is a first European honour for Cathal Doyle in the junior mens race. Congratulations to all four of them, a proud day for Clonliffe.

It`s a Clonliffe men`s double!

The taste of victory is even sweeter when it`s been hard earner. Without a doubt yesterday`s GloHealth National Cross Country win by the Clonliffe senior men was the sweetest taste. With the switch of inter counties with inter clubs it was the classiest field assembled for the Nationals in years, loaded with the cream of Irish middle and long distance athletes and at the end a win for the Harriers by one point from Leevale AC with Raheny only another three behind. To make the day even more complete there was a superb win by the Junior men: 67 points to Ennis TC`s 85.

The day started off at day break with the hardy course builders doing their thing in Santry Demesne as Clonliffe played host, then a great turn out of Clonliffe volunteers for duty…heart warming to see so many prepared to give so willingly of their time.

At 11.30am the National Juvenile (Even ages) got underway. The first Clonliffe team in action were the U/14 girls who put in superb performance with Rachel Fagan providing the eye catching display in an excellent 20th place. The other girls all rose gamely to the challenge with Ella Brown 53rd, and winning Dublin county bronze, Amy Hodson 73rd, Abby Sheehy 83rd, Ella Bergin 96th and Vicky McDonnell 105th. The girls finishing the race in a very credible 5th place.

Daragh Carter was the sole Clonliffe lad in the U/14 boys race placing 95th.

Next into the fray the u/16 girls and again a great effort by the girls: Tess Loftus 59th, Hannah Browne 60th, Aimee Warren 62nd, Cliona Cooley 110th and Kate Howlett 113th. In the team placings the girls finished 8th, not bad at all for a young team as Both Tess and Aimee stepped up from U/15.

Likewise the boys U/16 team featured 2 “young Lads”, fine runs in this from both Craig Giles 23rd and Cian Bolger in 29th. Aaron Cullen came in 68th with Stephen Cashin not far behind in 75. The scoring four were well supported by Daniel Lacy 80th and Jordan Byrne 101st, as the team finished up in 6th place. Both Craig and Cian silver medalled on the Dublin County team.

On then to the senior programme with the junior women. In this one defending champion Hope Saunders was simply a class apart, and after the length of the starting straight there was little doubt that Hope would be successful in her title defence. An outstanding run to come home a comfortable winner. Next in was Alannah Cooley 25th, Laura Tuite 30th, Sophie Higgins 39th and Marwa Ali 49th, the girls finishing up 4th team.

Cathal Doyle had the race of his life in the junior men`s race, featuring well in an early breakaway group and then gritting his teeth to take 4th place. With Brian Flanagan also featuring in the top 10, 9th and then Adam O`Brien 19th the all important 4th scorer turned out to be track specialist Josh Stubbs in an excellent 35th. These four regained the National Junior title last held in 2009. Sean Carrigg was next in taking 38th. The U/18 were combined in the junior race meaning a huge field of over 200! In this section the Clonliffe team of Alex Gibbons, 44th, Thomas Ward 55th, Joseph Hession 57th, Jack Maughan 74th, Greg Hossenny 83rd and Kevin McKenna 92nd finished in 5th place.

With no senior women racing breath could be drawn before the feature senior mens Championship over 10,000m, the European Cross distance. With close to 200 starters the race got off to a thundering start, already at the head of proceedings was David Flynn in top company of Raheny pairing, defending (two time) champion Mick Clohisey and Freddy Sittuk , Leevale`s Ciaran O`Lionard, Paul Pollock of Annadale and MSB`s John Coghlan. Sergiu Ciobanu, who had been ill earlier in the week wasn`t far off this pack.

As the race wore on Clohisey took over proceedings and was quickly well ahead, a lead that grew as he made it three in a row. Flynner hung on grimly running his best race to date eventually placing 8th. Just in front of his was the great Sergiu Ciobanu 7th making it his 9th top 10 finish in the Nationals, equally Noel Cullen and only two top 10 placing off his coach Jerry Kiernan. Debut man Gary Murray impressed all with a very gutsy display undeterred by a fall on the greasy hill at the lake on lap 3, finishing 14th. Brian MacMahon was the final scorer in 18th place with an equally gutsy run. Making a welcome return to the black and amber vest was Killian Lonergan running his 10th national some 6 years after his 9th, rolling back the years Killian was 37th. Tudor Micrea was next in a sprint for the line with David Mansfield running his first national for Clonliffe, these two breasting the tape together in 47th and 48th recording the same time. Michael McDiarmada was 55th, James Kevan 73rd, James Kevan 73rd, Eoin Taffart 76th, Tom Sherlock 85th, Michael Cassidy 87th, Sean Doran 109th and Conor Keane 132nd.

The tally men got it spot on as the results were announced 1st Clonliffe 47th points, 2nd Leevale 48, 3rd Raheny 51. An amazing hard fought win. Sergiu won his 6th National team gold, placing him 2nd on the Clonliffe roll of honour behind Jerry Kiernan.

It was an extremely successful day all round: huge fields in all races, a bumper attendance, successful defence by Hope of her junior title, junior men are national champions after a 6 year gap and our men…..outstanding.

Finally a big thank you to each and every one who made the day possible. Nil desperandum.

Hope nats 2015

(pictured) Hope Saunders National Junior women`s Champion

U14 girls nats 2015

(pictured) U/14 Girls

u16 girls nat 2015

(pictured) U/16 Girls

u16 boys nat 2015

(pictured) U/16 boys

Juniors nats 2015

(Pictured) National Men`s Junior Champions plus Hope Saunders

seniors nats 2015

(pictured) National Senior mens Champions


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