Archive for December, 2015

Festive races in Santry: Goal Mile, ERP Cracker

As the Festive Season is almost upon us some dates for your diary: this week sees the Clonliffe Cake races, Juveniles tonight followed by the senior races on Thursday.

2015 goal mile

On Christmas Eve the Goal Mile returns to Morton Stadium from 10.30am to noon. A very worthy cause, run a mile for Goal.


Then Sunday the 27th at 11.00am the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with Alone. So at this time of the year give something back by supporting Goal and Alone.

Juveniles get final run in before Tuesday`s Cake Race

The Juvenile squads braved Everglade like Santry Demsene this morning for the final Sunday run before Christmas. After recent rains the Demesne was basically flooded with the dip and walled garden sections over which many a session has taken place under several feet of water. (see photos below)

Anyway on Tuesday night the Juvenile Cake Races take place, hail, rain, snow or whatever Mother Nature can serve up! All athletes to be there for 7.00pm. Each training group will hace their Cake race, the younger groups running over 400m to 600m, Gerry Carr`s over 800 and the Fogo/Noel group 1,000m for the girls and the classic Mile for the boys. Afterwards the youngsters Christmas party will take place, once again generously sponsored by Colm Doran, at which the Juvenile Athlete of the Year will be announced.

Santry floods 2 Santry floods 4 Santry floods 3 Santry Floods

Clonliffe athletes at European Cross Country

The three Clonliffe athletes at today`s European Cross Country Championships in Hyeres, France all acquitted themselves very well indeed putting in excellent performances. Unfortunately Hope Saunders picked up an injury and was forced to withdraw earlier in the week.

Sergiu Ciobanu was most likely the proudest Irishman in France today and put in a great shift wearing the Irish vest for the first time as he finished in 52nd place with the team placing 11th. Nice to see Edgars Sumskis compete for Latvia placing 70th. Edgars was with Clonliffe for a few years until he left Ireland in 2014.

Another good run by Aaron Hanlon at European level, building on the experience he gained whilst competing in these championships as a junior finishing in 43rd place, with the Ireland U/23s 7th.

Cathal Doyle will benefit greatly from his first Europeans, Cathal placed 75th in the junior race, as the team placed 8th.

Finally of course the small matter of team bronze for the Irish senior women! Congratulations to the team lead magnificently as always by Fionnuala McCormack. Take a bow ladies.

Sergiu and Clohesey

Irl Jr men

Clonliffe overseas: There`s plenty of life in those old legs!

After his surprise and most welcome appearance in the Nationals in Santry on November 22nd Clonliffe  stalwart Killian Lonergan put in his best race to date in his comeback year tonight in Switzerland where he now lives. Killian clocked a time of 21.16 for 7k in the road race to place 15th, and 6th European (there were 9 African athletes ahead). A measure of such a fine run is the fact that the former International ran a 5k split of 15.10 and hit 6k in 18.15.

Also from the Clonliffe overseas brigade comes news of a fine run by Liam Roarty in Saturday`s North East Cross Country Championships on a cold, snowy day in Sedgefield, Durham where the temperatures ranged between0-2 degrees. Liam was 5th scorer for Sunderland Harriers in 33rd out of a huge field of 4o0 plus in a time of 46:18 for the 12,000m. Sunderland however lost out on the final team medal position to rivals Tyne Bridge on count back.

At home on Saturday in the Phoenix Park there was a Clonliffe 5k double in the Aware race as Dave Flynn won the 5k in 15.35 and Tara Whyte the women`s race in 19.30.



Club Cake Race & Athletes awards night

The Club  Cake races take place next week. On Tuesday the Juvenile athletes (all groups) will have their races on the track followed by their Christmas party and presentation of the Clonliffe Juvenile athlete of the year. Then the seniors Cake Races over 5k around Santry takes place on Thursday the 17th. The women`s race at 7.30 followed by the men`s at 8.00pm.

As these races are run on a handicap basis any junior/senior/master member looking to take part on Thursday should let the respective captains know, otherwise you run the risk of going off scratch! Women athletes text name to Pamela 0861503015, men to Joe 0872256004.

The presentation night will run as follows:

9.15pm Winners of women`s and men`s cake races

Presentation to National XC Junior men`s champions

Presentation to National XC Junior women`s champion Hope Saunders

Presentation to the Clonliffe 2015 National Champions

Presentation to Clonliffe 2015 club record breakers

Presentation of Clonliffe 2015 Athletes of the Year

It will be a great social occasion on Thursday, so all members are encouraged to leave the car at home and let the (what remains for some of us) hair down!

The Loftus Report: “Who`s that Harrier in 3rd?”

Kevin Loftus Reports: Although the recent abnormally harsh and unforgiving weather has hampered almost all juvenile fixtures both on a local and national level this weekend; the exception was the National Juvenile Uneven Age XC Championships which took place in a mud trodden St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, Waterford today.  The horrendous, torrential downpours over the past week completely devastated the already spongy ground underfoot resulting in the hazardous potential for ankle injuries.  There was, despite these remarkably adverse conditions of the course, a subtle sigh of relief as Harriers, coaches and supporters alike thoroughly enjoyed the absence of teaming rains and  howling winds.  These brute elements were replaced with fresh, arid air and light rolling clouds portraying the truly picturesque scenery of the county beautifully. This young, budding journalist is delighted to report that each and every Harrier that gave tirelessly and selflessly of themselves today committed in full to achieving the very best, representing their family their coaches and their club in such fine style.  Running their hearts out, our athletes of ages 12, 14, 15 and 16 collectively delivered superb performances and have once again done their families, coaches and club enormously proud.  Without favouring any team more so than others, here is a brief analysis of the outstanding XC running witnessed by the loyal supporters.

First out of the starting pens were the very eager Under 13 Girls team; consisting of Emma McDonnell, Kristin McGrady-Hogan, Aoife Hession, Holly Roche, Alannah Fitzsimons and Ella Cooley.  Bearing in mind that this was the girls’ very first National XC Championship the wonderful determination never waned from their side as they all finished strongly.  They take valuable experience from a particularly gruelling day of competition with them in future.  Many of these girls deserve just praise for their unyielding commitment to their training, demonstrating that training hard really does pay off.  A most jubilant well done to all of you!
With conditions on the ground deteriorating rapidly, the Under 15 Boys were next into the fray, with the notion of disappointing far from their minds.  With literally astonishing runs from all of the team, Ben Guiden and Cian Bolger led their club mates home to the emphatic roar of the crowd with terrific running from both Harriers; finishing 9th and 11th respectively.  This duo was strongly supported by great runs from Aaron Cullen 47th and Ian McElweeney 76th who delivered fantastic performances, backing up their teammates very well.  An brave and courageous run must be said of young Darragh Carter’s performance in 98th, rising to the challenge of stepping up an age group in stupendous form, running with complete conviction right the way through.  The team were awarded not just with praise from their coaches but with silver inter club medals, while both Ben and Cian took inter county gold on the Dublin team.
Sean O`Leary Nats 2015
Sean O`Leary Boys U/17 XC 3rd place
Finally, the Under 17 Boys took to the start line in what was one of the most exciting and energetic  races of the day.  Sean “big mouth” O’Leary shocked everybody who knew him, most of all himself, running an absolute blinder indeed to record a 3rd place individual finish.  Sean demonstrating the spirit of our club with his own abbreviation of the timeless motto “Nil D”.  Not withstanding this, Alex Hogan; recovering from hamstring inflammation recorded an outstanding 23rd place finish, shortly followed by Kevin Loftus improving on performances in previous years finishing in a good 33rd position.  These three were furthermore supported by great running from Joseph Hession 43rd (3 being a popular digit with the U/17s) , Craig Giles 48th and Fintan McManus 100th all of whom put in a hard slog to record a brilliant 2nd place team finish. Into the bargain inter county golds for Dublin were taken back to Santry by Sean, Alex and Kevin.
u13 girls nats 2015
U/13 Girls National Uneven age finalists
u15 boys nats 2015
U/15 Boys National XC Runner up
  U17 boys nats 2015
U/17 Boys National XC Runner up
So, yet another National XC Championship has come and gone; our juveniles proving perseverance is the only key to success.  A massive thank you must be said of all the coaches who are equally if not more committed to providing quality assured guidance to our young athletes.  To all of our supporters who also give of their time so willingly, you are genuinely appreciated.  From here, athletes look towards the Schools XC Championships due to begin shortly after  Christmas, however not before we see some of our high performance athletes competing in the European XC Championships hosted in France next weekend.  As always, Nil Desperandum.
Report written by Kevin Loftus.
With the juvenile programme concluded the Novice championships kicked off with the sole Harrier in the women`s race Emer Treacy putting in a battling performance in the by now thick and energy sapping mud. Next up the Clonliffe Novice men and an outstanding run, his best to date in the black and amber vest, by Eoin Taggart an excellent 8th place, followed in by David Mansfield, no doubt finding the race about 20 miles too short, in 18th. Next in was Michael Cassidy in 54th, Sean Doran 65th and Conor Keane 100th. In the team standings the lads were just shy of the medals finishing in 4th place.

Gary places 11th in World 50k C`ship plus Jingle Bells

Gary O’Hanlon finished in a most credible 11th place in the IAU 50k World Championships in the heat of Doha today. Gary recorded a time of 3.07.50. His average time for each 5k lap was 18.47 with a fastest lap of 17.23.

Also on the 5th and closer to home in a pretty dreadful conditions Brian Flanagan was 13th (15.41) in the Jingle Bells 5k in the Phoenix Park with Tom Sherlock 26th (16.29).

Nominees announced for club Athletes of the year

The annual Clonliffe athletes of the year Awards night,generously sponsored by Loki Sports, will take place on Cake Race night, Thursday December 17th. The nominees in each category are as follows:

Junior athlete of the year: Brian Flanagan, Antinio Fernadez, Cathal Doyle, Josh Stubbs

Master athlete of the year: Matt Slattery, Bernie Byrne, Gary O’Hanlon, Pat Bonass

Men’s Senior Track and Field athlete of the year: Dara Kervick, Brian Gregan, Declan Murray

Women’s Track and Field athlete of the year: Snezana Bechtina, Ciara McCallian, Emma Kelly

Men’s Road/Cross Country athlete of the year: David Mansfield, Sergiu Ciobanu, David Flynn

Women’s Road/Cross Country athlete of the year: Hope Saunders, Maura Matthews, Louise Caraher

The winners will be announced on Cake Race night along with the winner of the prestigious Clonliffe Harrier of the year award.

Presentations will also be made to our 2015 National Champions: Ian Rogers/Dave Donegan indoor PV Tie, Ian Rogers outdoor Pole Vault, Dara Kervick indoor 400, Keith Pike indoor 60m, Brian Greegan 400, Hope Saunders junior women`s cross country,  4 x 100 relay and senior men cross country.

Athletes who won cups at last year`s awards are asked to return these asap.

Clonliffe team for National Novice

The Clonliffe men`s Novice team for Sunday`s Championship in Dungarvan will be lead by David Mansfield, who has had a superb first year as a Clonliffe Harrier: 3rd place National Marathon and an excellent outing in National Inter clubs. Also in the team are Sean Doran, Eoin Taggart, Conor Keane and Michael Cassidy.

Niall puts down marker with Grand Prix Series win

The curtain came down on a very successful 2015 Grand Prix series in the Morton Stadium last night, following a final gallop for the Grand Prixers over 3000m, with the presentation of the final overall prizes. The presentation was made by club President Paddy Marley, who in his speech congratulated all the athletes for their input into an excellent series over the course of the year and thanked the hard working Grand Prix Team under the guidance of Maurice Ahern.

The overall winning prize and trophy went to new Clonliffe Harrier Niall Markey, Niall becoming the the first Clonliffe winner of the series since Colm Hickey in 2011. The superb prize was sponsored by Behan & associates and the Trophy commemorates Noel Guidan Snr. a Co founder of the Grand Prix series in the year 2000. Niall`s prize was presented by the President on behalf of Noel Guiden of Behan & Associates who was unavoidably absent with prizes also being presented to the grand Prix top 6: 2nd Liam Hennessy, 3rd Richie Barr, 4thBrian Mc Cann, 5th Emma Dunne, 6th Kevin Dowling

The P J Linanne Trophy for the fastest athlete in the series went to Sean Doran.

Over the course of the evening the various Clonliffe club cups: Irwin, Horan and Ahern were presented to the winners, along with the Cooney Cup to the club cross country champion Sean Doran.

A great finale to another great, the 15th, Grand Prix Series.


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