Archive for January, 2016

Titles and medals taken at National Indoor U/23

Clonliffe athletes excelled in Athlone today at the GloHealth National Indoor U/23. National titles were won by Andrew Heney in the High Jump (2.00m) and Fernandez Antonio Garcia in the 60H (8.24). Also in the High Jump bronze was taken by Andri Mahin (1.85m). National silvers were won by Leah Bergin with a break through performance of 57.60 in the 400, after a 60.70 heat and Keith Pike in the 60m in a time of 6.97 after a 7.08 semi. In the 800 Emer Treacy pb`d with a fine 2.26.46 in 4th place while Josh Stubbs in the junior men`s 800 was 3rd in his heat just failing to make the cut after a 2.01.27 run.

Round up: Hanlon for Friars, League and Raheny 5 (updated)

The weekend round up starts across the Atlantic at yesterday`s Terrier Invitational at Boston University where Aaron Hanlon opened his indoor season. A positive opening run by Aaron for Providence placing 9th in 8.25.17.

Round 2 of the Indoor League took place in Athlone. At the end of the day the men are joint top with Tallaght on 98 points. Andrew Heney took the high jump with a 1.85m effort. 3rd places were added in by Sean Carrigg in the 1500 (4.17.55) and Stuart Roche in the 200 (23.29). Young Joseph Hession was 6th in the 400 with a 55.08. Chris Sibanda guested in the 200 recording 22.36.

The women`s team also competed well Ayrsa Jerumbauskyte winning the triple jump (11.48), Emma Kelly was 3rd in the 400 (62.46), 3rd likewise for Emear O`Brien in the 1500 (4.44.42) and 9th for Diana Markina in the high jump (1.25). The women are 4th team. Both squads have thus made the League final.

Today`s (Sunday) action included the Raheny 5 mile with some 35 Harriers going to the line lead home in 8th place and 1st O/40 Killian Lonergan in 25.22, 50th was Dave Brady 28.02, 58th Michael Cassidy, 62nd Sean Doran 28.24, 96th Conor Keane 29.12. Other Clonliffe: Joseph Cooper 29.42, Richard Mannion 29.44, Clive Ahern 30.03, Matthew McGuinness 30.54, Dermot Faughnan 31.11, Niall Gorman 31.16, Kevin Dowling 31.26, Michael Carolan 32.24, Colm McDonnell 32.40, Stephen Treacy 32.40, Alan Worrall 33.31, Shane Casey 32.42, Mark Dowling 33.48, Stephen Doyle 33.49, Ian McElweeney 33.16, Maura Matthews 34.19, Trevor Wisdom 34.27, Declan Murray 34.59, Clodagh Moriarty 35.01, Niall Markey 34.40, Pat Devitt 36.01, Louise Kernan 36.13, Pat Bonass 38.17, Aine McCann 38.21, Evelyn Brennan 38.47, Niall Hanlon 39.09, Sinead Smith 39.37, Janette Reid 40.58.

Also on the roads the John Treacy 10 Mile in Dungarvan: Declan Power was 9th overall and 1st O/45 (55.45). Barbara Sanchez, who has the Olympic Marathon QT, was 1st woman in 57.35.


2016 Membership is now due

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The Loftus Report: West Leinster XC

With the preliminary stages of the Schools XC Championships well and truly underway, the last of the regional district qualifiers took place today in a windswept, rain beaten Phoenix Park.  Remnants of Storm Jonas persisted throughout the course of day’s proceedings, the unsheltered north of the park bearing the brunt of severe gales and heavy showers.  The ground itself, already softened by the season’s almost continuous downpours, was promptly torn up by the some 500 young aspiring athletes participating.  Competitors had to endure the arduous, long winded 2 km lap, added to the battering deterrent of roaring westerly wind.

Clad in the black and white of Belvedere College, from a club perspective we had but two runners vying for the top spots today.  Ben Guiden ran a strategically challenging Intermediate Boys race today, Ben recording a terrific yet somewhat unlucky 4th place finish after rallying on the final lap to gain vital places.  Meanwhile Kevin Loftus towed the live in the Senior Boys race, moving well though out to place a good 10th in a tightly packed field.  All eyes now look towards the Leinster Schools XC Championships due to be held on 10th February, where contestants will aim to propel themselves into the All-Ireland Schools XC Championships by securing a top 15 place finish or with their school team placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd.  More to come for those who anxiously await!

Report by Kevin Loftus

Clonliffe legend Padraig Keane passes away

It is with a sense of tremendous loss and sadness that Clonliffe Harriers learned of the passing this morning of the legendary Padraig Keane. Padraig was one of the Clonliffe greats. A Clonliffe lifer who has been with Clonliffe since he arrived from Co. Roscommon in the early days of 1970. He was one of the mainstays of Clonliffe Cross Country teams throughout the 1970s and 1980s.  Padraig was a real cross country runner, he first tasted success winning the national Junior Cross Country title in 1971 and leading the Clonliffe team to the national Junior title.  He was a member of the great Clonliffe senior teams throughout the 1970s and early 1980s winning national team titles on the country for Clonliffe in 1976, 1977 and 1982.  Lar Byrne famously described Padraig as being the  ‘fastest hedgehog’ in cross country.  Padraig also received international honours representing Ireland at the World Junior Cross County in 1971 and at the World Senior Cross County the following year and again in 1977 and 1982.

When Padraig’s athletics career was at an end he continued to serve Clonliffe Harriers serving on many committees and indeed was club captain in 1991.

Padraig was also a great story teller regularly holding court over a pint in the Clonliffe bar ready to engage all comers in healthy debate commencing with: “Now, do you know what I`m going to tell you!”

Padraig will be very sadly missed by all in Clonliffe Harriers and the club sends out our deepest condolences to Padraig’s family who are all very closely associated with Clonliffe and his wide circle of friends in Irish athletics.  He was a man who in the black and amber of Clonliffe always ran true to the club’s motto ‘nil desperandum’.

(Arrangements: Padraig will be reposing at his home tomorrow (Wednesday) from 3.00pm. Funeral to Glasnevin Crematorium after 12.00 mass in the Church of St. Cronan, Brackenstown on Thursday )

Teams well out of medals in Dundalk

Dundalk IT hasn`t been a particularly happy hunting ground for Clonliffe Harriers in recent times and unfortunately that trend continued for today`s National Intermediate and Masters Cross Country.

The intermediate men lead home by Conor Keane in 34th place finished 7th overall. Placings: Sean Doran 43rd, Richard Mannion 57th, David Brady 62nd, Gareth Williams 66th.

The Intermediate women placed one better in 6th: Bernadette Kiernan 20th, Louise Caraher 30th, Maura Matthews 35th, Emma Cooper 37th, Brid Beausang 44th and Emer Brennan 48th.

The Master races drew huge fields the Clonliffe men were well down the pecking order: 133rd Jeremy Chapman, 193 Tom Monks, 203 Stephen Treacy, 207 Fergal O`Shea, 209 Alan Worrall, 238 Declan Murray, 242 Pat Devitt.

Pat Bonass placed 5th in the O/70 race.

First home in the Master women`s race was Catherine Dempsey 114th, Aideen Brady 123rd, Emer Doyle 131st, Aideen O`Connor 141st, Helen O`Sullivan 195th. (errors/omissions text 0879599888).

MacMahon does the BHAA business again

For the second BHAA cross country race in succession Brian MacMahon enjoyed a pretty comfortable win. At this morning`s EIR Cross Country in Ballyboden the Clonliffe man lead the field on a merry dance as he raced away to win the 5 miler in 26.20 some 80 plus seconds clear of the pack.

Leinster Schools regional qualifiers East and North (updated)

The qualifiers foe February 10th`s Leinster Schools cross country commenced yesterday in Avondale with the East Leinsters. There were a few Clonliffe athletes in action: Ian McElweaney successfully qualified with a 7th place finish in the junior boys race. Tess Loftus running a year out of age was unlucky not to progress finishing 17th in the inter race with only 15 going through. Also running was Ella Brown in a strong 5th place.

The North Leinsters with a big Clonliffe took place today in ALSAA. Ciara McDonnell reports: The North Leinsters were held in Alsaa today in absolutely beautiful conditions.  Blue skies, glorious warm sunshine, little wind and a nice soft (but not swampy!) Anyway back to the athletes – they were obviously pleased that it was such a good day but they all had to job to do so their attention was primarily on their warm-ups and performances and, yet again, the Clonliffe Warriers did their schools and Club proud.   During the course of the Championships today, no one was in a hurry to leave and it was fantastic to see to many spectators staying on – and supporting the athletes – until the very last race.

With places in the Leinster cross country at stake in two and a half weeks time in Santry Demesne the Clonliffe athletes were particularly keen on grabbing the precious starting places: top 3 schools or a top 15 place being the requirements.

Notable performances from the club`s athletes included superb wins by Aaron Cullen in the junior boys race and Sean O`Leary in the inter boys, a 2nd and 3rd by Brian Flanagan and Adam O`Brien in the seniors and an excellent 3rd place by Amy Hodson in the junior girls race.

Clonliffe results:

Minor Girls: Holly Roche  8th, Aoife Hession   10th, Ella Bergin  13th, Vicky McDonnell  15th, Kristin McGrady Hogan   18th

Minor Boys: Darragh Carter  10th, Dermot Buckley 18th

Junior Girls:  Amy Hodson     3rd, Aimee Warren    9th

Junior Boys: Aaron Cullen  1st

Intermediate Girls: Cliona Cooley  23rd

Intermediate Boys: Sean O’Leary  1st, Craig Giles  9th, Jordan Byrne  11th, Stephen Cashin 16th, Daniel Lacey 17th, Cian Bolger  18th, Jack Horan 22nd, Fintan McManus 23rd,Sam Baker-Gorman   35th

Senior Girls: Alannah Cooley  7th

Senior Boys: Brian Flanagan  2nd, Adam O’Brien  3rd, Sean Carrigg   4th, Joseph Hession  9th, Alex Gibbons  11th, Thomas Ward  12th, Eoin Keating  14th, Greg Hosseney  17th, Kevin McKenna   24th

2015 Performances all updated/ 2016 Preview

Clonliffe stats man and record keeper Killian Lonergan reports: With 2016 hosting a multitude of Championships, expectations are high that the Clonliffe records, All Time, and International representation lists will require multiple amendments throughout the year.

With the strongest set of sprinters the club has ever had presently training under John Shields it’s very conceivable that the 100m, 200m and 400m, as well as both Relays will see new records and a rewriting of the All Time Top 10 lists on a continual basis.

As Declan Murray strives for a Rio 800m qualification time, his 2015 Club record will surely be under threat. Might he try the 1500m again, and move inside the Top 10 All Time? David Flynn has being eyeing up the steeplechase record for a few years now, and this year could be when our oldest track record is broken. Indeed, David may gain that record and lose his Junior equivalent as Brian Flanagan looks to improve on his impressive 2015 performances and move up the All Time lists at the same time. How many of our Juniors will dip under the 2min and 4min benchmarks for the 800m and 1500m? With nearly 85 and 75 athletes respectively listed under these times already, they’ll be in fine company.

Could the club’s Pole Vaulters push each other to soar over 5 metres this year? It’s certainly possible. Simon Galligan made tremendous improvements last year in the Hammer and with the same this year, the near 30 year old record of James Russell will be under threat. Moving from 4th to 2nd on the All Time list is most certainly the least he’ll expect. Ryan Whelan’s Javelin position is similarly set up, so expect these two younger field eventers to progress.

On the Women’s side, is it possible that Claire Walsh could be relinquishing three club records this year? Leah Moore is surely targeting both the 100m and 200m record. Could Ciara McCallion move up the All Time list of the 400m? Why not all the way to number 1? Becky Woods has climbed up the middle distance lists over the past few years and this year shouldn’t be an exception. With a multitude of our younger athletes making the All Time 800m list in 2015, more of the same is expected this year. Of course Hope Saunders’s Junior records from 2015 in the 3000m and 5000m will struggle to see out the Summer, but could Jean Appleby’s long held Junior 1500m record remain intact as well?

Caoimhe Morris has owned both the Discus and Hammer records for the past few years, but perhaps Jill Mahoney, our new Shot Putt record holder might look at the Discus as well? Denise Byrne’s Javelin best is always under threat and the Long and Triple jump distances will surely be targets for Aurusa Jerumbauskyte. Orla Barry’s new Pole Vault mark from 2015 is surely stands as a club record on a temporary basis only.

As the Championships on offer cover World Indoors, European Outdoors, World Juniors, Olympics and European Cross Country, additions to the extensive list of Clonliffe athletes earning International call up’s are inevitable. With new appearances on this list over the last couple of years from Dara Kervick, Keith Pike, Tim Crowe, Cathal Doyle, Sergiu Ciobanu, Hope Saunders and Ciara McCallion, let’s hope that more than our perennial international, Brian Gregan will have Clonliffe Harriers company in far flung destinations this year!

Readers are referred to the Performance section of this web site, the Club Records page and Hall of Fame page.

So, an exciting year ahead with lots of medals, caps, times and distances to chase. We wish all our athletes the best of luck for the 2016 season.

Masters and Intermediates next into National battlefields

The final inter club cross country event of the 2015/16 season is the National Masters and Intermediate Championships this Sunday in Dundalk. There are Clonliffe teams entered in all four races with the Intermediate men and women`s team looking like the most likely contenders for honours.

Intermediate women`s team: Bernadette Kiernan, Aisling Andrews, Louise Caraher, Maura Matthews, Emer Brennan, Brid Beausang and Emma Cooper.

Master Women: Jen Carpenter, Aideen Brady, Helen O`Sullivan, Emer Doyle, Laura Kearnan, Catherine Dempsey, Joanna McCabe, Evelyn Brennan and Anna Kavanagh.

Intermediate men: Tom Sherlock, Conor Keane, Richard Mannion, Sean Doran, David Brady, Eoin Taggart, Michael Cassidy, Joseph Cooper, Gareth Williams and Conor Delaney.

Master men: Tom Monks, Pat Bonass, Pat Devitt, Declan Murray, Liam Hennessy, Fergal O`Shea, Stephen Treacy, Niall O`Connor, Alan Worrall and Jeremy Chapman.

Athletes please note that the team bus will leave the Morton Stadium at 11.00am sharp.


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