Archive for November, 2015

Clonliffe teams for Sunday`s National Inter Clubs XC

The Clonliffe teams for Sunday`s GloHealth National Cross Country Championships in Santry Demesne have been confirmed. The men, who are reigning champions, will have a strong team to mount a very strong defence of the title, indeed, being on home turf there will be two strong teams in action. With athletes such as Sergiu Ciobanu, David Flynn, Gary Murray, Stephen Scullion and Mark Kenneally spiking up it will be an exciting battle.

Likewise there is a strong junior men`s team, including underage National track champions Brian Flanagan and Cathal Doyle who will certainly be in contention on Sunday and will bring the fight to reigning title holders Ennis TC. The junior women, with Hope Saunders looking to retain her individual title, will also be in the hunt for honours. Unfortunately there is no senior women`s team.

In the earlier Juvenile (even ages) Cross Country the three teams in black and amber: girls U/14 and 16 and the boys U/16. These teams have qualified for the Nationals through the Dublin Championships and will all you can be sure of top quality performances and all these further stars of the club will battle all the way in front of the home crowd. With a bit of luck honours will be within their grasp.

Clonliffe Harriers Teams:

Senior men (A & B from): David Flynn, Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary Murray, Stephen Scullion, Brian MacMahon, Jayme Rossister, David Mansfield, James Kevan, Tudor Micrea, Mark Kenneally, Michael McDiarmada, Thomas Sherlock, Killian Lonerigan, Sean Doran, Conor Keane, Michael Cassidy, Eoin Pierce, Eoin Taggart.

Junior men/U.18: Cathal Doyle, Josh Stubbs, Sean Carrig, Adam O`Brien, Brian Flanagan, Eoin Keating, Joseph Hession, Thomas Ward, Alex Gibbons, Kevin McKenna, Greg Hossenney, Jack Maughan.

Junior women: Hope Saunders, Laura Tuite, Alannah Cooley, Mawar Ali, Sophie Higgins

U/14 girls: Ella Brown, Ella Bergin, Amy Hodson, Rachel Fagan, Vicky McDonnell, Abby Sheehy.

U/16 girls: Hannah Browne, Amy Connolly, Cliona Cooley, Kate Howlett, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren

U/16 boys: Cian Bolger, Jordan Byrne, Stephen Cashin, Aaron Cullen, Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey

Gary O`Hanlon for Doha World 50k

Athletics Ireland have announced that Gary O`Hanlon will represent Ireland in Doha on December 4th at the World 50k Championships. Gary competed in the event last year where he finished an excellent 5th. The gruelling event consists of 10 x 5k laps!

Important Information: Glohealth Nationals, Timetable and Map

Clonliffe Harriers host the Nationals in Santry Demsene on Sunday next November 22nd. Clonliffe are most grateful to Fingal County Council for use of the Park and to Morton Stadium for the stadium facilities.

Clonliffe would also like to thank the club members who once again are most giving of their time and always will be out in numbers all day Sunday. There are still positions available (usual Clonliffe rates of pay….a big thank you!) text 0879599888 with name if available.

See attached for important event information: GloHealth_Interclubs_Event_information

2015 inter club xc map


GloHealth National Cross Country Championship Launch

Important Notice for Volunteers at National Cross Country

Clonliffe play host to the Nationals on Sunday next the 22nd. in Santry Demesne. Without the commitment of our members this event simply couldn`t take place, so on behalf of the committee a big thank you one and all.

The attached sets out details of where you will be working on Sunday, a “Who does What”. Please note your position and the time you need to be in position at. Please also note that a briefing will be held in the clubhouse at 10.00am, with the exception of the Gate/Car park crews who need to be in position earlier.

Click here: NationalInterclubCrossCountryWhoDoesWhat18.11.15

Round up: Aaron Hanlon in Regionals plus Scullion and Sanchez are back!

Aaron Hanlon had possibly his best race to date in the States yesterday in Boston. The NCAA Regional Championships took place at Franklin Park, where the Clonliffe man placed 21st overall in 31.10.5 and was 2nd scored for Providence. Aaron was a mere 9 seconds off the his team mate, Morton Miler Julian Oakley (NZD), the Friars, however, placed 6th overall and will not progress to the Nationals.

At yesterday`s British and Irish Masters Cross Country held in non stop rain at a muddy Santry Demsene the sole Clonliffe representative Pat Bonass was 12th in the M70 race (28.00).

With the Nationals next Sunday it`s great to report on Stephen Scullion`s successful race back to fitness. After a 52 minute 10 Mile in Portsmouth a couple of weeks back Stephen wound up his preparations with a win on the road in today`s Brooks Brighton 10k.

Finally in Spain yesterday Barbara Sanchez ran 2:42:43  (23rd place, Female ) in Valencia marathon.

Want to see more of this: Ireland -v- Bosnia in club bar

For those not going to the Game on Monday the Clonliffe bar will be open from 7.00pm. Come see Ireland – v- Bosnia on TV with you friends and club mates. It might be a great night….fingers crossed.

Good morning for Clonliffe athletes in Blackrock

The school`s cross country season continued bright and early this morning in the beautiful surroundings of Blackrock College for the annual Blackrock Invitational. The big surprise was how good the running was after the non stop rain of recent days as early morning rain drifted away. The conditions were simply perfect. There were only a few of the Clonliffe crew out today. First in action was Ella Brown in the junior girls who ran a very well judged race, with the race winner off to a flying start Ella controlled the real race breaking away to finish well clear in 2nd place. Next in was Ian McElweaney who also ran very well indeed and looked very comfortable in placing 6th in the junior boys. Tess Loftus was next into the fray in the inter race, Tess holding back a bit in the early stages and coming through strongly to finish 5th. Finally Ben Guiden ran very well indeed in the inter boys with a strong 4th place finish to lead Belvedere to team gold.

Clonliffe Harrier scores for Sunderland in Newcastle

Clonliffe Harrier Liam Roarty was in PB form yesterday for Sunderland Harriers as he took some 40 seconds off his 10K road pb recording a time of 34.53.  Sunderland were victorious in Town Moor, Newcastle winning the HEATON MEMORIAL 10K CHAMPIONSHIP. Liam place 18th overall and was 3rd scorer for for Sunderland. Next up for him is the North East XC Championships in Sedgefield, Durham on December 12th.

Sean Doran first past post in Horan Cup

Some 107 years after the first running of the Horan Cup back in 1908 Clonliffe Harriers continued with the 6 mile handicapped race as the penultimate round of the 2015 Grand Prix Series in Santry Demsene at noon today. Over the years the race has been run as one of the annual club cross country races, sometimes over 6k, today`s outing was over the traditional 6 miles, however, was a sealed handicap.

Weather conditions in Santry Demesne were wet wet wet.  The overnight rain having given the ground a right good soaking and the rain continued throught the course of the race. Underfoot the conditions were fairly tricky to say the least with 12mm spikes the order of the day, while several athletes nearly came a cropper, in the end only one took a full heavy fall, but thankfully like a James Bond tipple was only shaken but not stirred. As it turned out it was a little more serious with a broken collar bone the result…speedy recovery Murray.

Six miles in these conditions is no easy feat so well done to the 35 starters and in particular to the ones who made it all the way through. Sean Doran prevailed where his predecessor one H. Mullaly  had done likewise 107 years ago, being first past the post and fastest in a time of 36.57, well clear of his pursuers. As a matter of interest Mr. Mullaly recorded a time of 38.07 all those years ago. 2nd today was Desie Shorted with Kevin Dowling 3rd.

Rachel Wisdom was once again the pick of the crop in the women`s race, Rachel dominating and indeed was a fine 5th place overall. 2nd and 3rd women were Clodagh Moriarty and Aimee Ahern.

The final round of the Grand Prix is in three weeks time November 28th, the Irwin Cup and the Clonliffe club cross country championships for Juveniles, and Seniors,  with the Presentation Night, including the presentation from today`s race, on December 3rd.

Sean Doran Horan Cup

(Pictured) Sean Doran fastest in 2015 Horan Cup

Rachel Wisdom

(Pictured) All a blur: Rachel Wisdom too fast for Speed Camera

Pat Bonass called up to Irish Masters team

Pat Bonass will be the Clonliffe representative at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country taking place in Santry Demsesne Park on Saturday November 14th. Pat, a bronze medallist at the European Masters Cross Country in the Spring, has been called into the O/70. Saturday week`s event will feature teams from all the “home” countries, further details on the Irish Masters Athletics Association web site.


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