Archive for March, 2016

Juvenile Spring Series: Skerries Beach on Sunday

The Juvenile Spring Series, which is organised between Clonliffe and our friends in Skerries and Lusk, gets underway on Sunday next April 3rd on Skerries Beach.

Juvenile athletes will take part from Skerries AC, Lusk AC, Portmarnock AC, Celtic/DCH, LSA and Clonliffe over the loop on the hard sand left by the retreating tide, with of course the old salt water pool to negotiate. First race will be at 12.30 sharp, the event should be completed within 90 minutes, and will be good fun.


Date: 3rd April
Venue: South Strand (opposite Rugby Club), Skerries
Time: 12.30
Age Groups & Distances
U/8 (G&B) – 300m (1/2 lap)
U/10 (G&B) – 600m (1 lap)
U/12 (G&B) – 900m (11/2 laps)
U/14/16 (G/B) – 1200m (2 laps)
U/18 Girls if required – 1200m (2 laps)
U/18 Boys if required – 1800m (3 laps)
Clonliffe athletes should be there by 11.45am. Club vests/t shirts must be worn. Bring plenty of warm dry clothes.
Round 2 will take place on the track in the Morton Stadium, the following Sunday, April 10th. Futher details next week.


Easter Round up: Sherlocks continue to rule on Island

The Sherlock brothers continued their domination of the annual race at Cleasathon Inis Oirr on Saturday the 26th making it a Sherlock double for the third year in succession. Thomas winning the 10k and Niall the 5k.

Yesterday the 28th, there were a few club members running in the Clonlarf 10m Mile: Niall Markey 1:14.08, Pat Devitt 1:19.11, Alison O`Sullivan 1:22.43, Anne Lyons 1:24.53, Dave Lyons 1:26.53 and Maurice McCrohan (no time available).

Sergiu 49th in World Half plus more

Sergiu Ciobanu placed 49th in the World Half Marathon held in difficult conditions in Cardiff this afternoon in a time of 66.30 which no doubt Sergiu will be a little disappointed with. The race was won in 59.10 by Geoffrey Kamoror (KEN) despite him falling heavily at the start. Top Irish after a fantastic run was Paul Pollock (Annadale) in 14th place in somewhere in the 62 lows.

In the USA Aaron Hanlon got his outdoor track season underway for Providence with a 2nd place finish in the 3000 at Stony Brook Quad Meet in 8.37.03.

Frank White 5: Can Sergiu break Irish Record

On Thursday next March 31st the Clonliffe Grand Prix Series 2016 roars back into action with the Frank White 5 Mile. This season`s opener, sponsored by Colm Doran,  is held in memory of the former Clonliffe athlete and Hon. Secretary Frank White who passed away in the club`s centenary year of 1986. Frank actually ran in the World Record 2 Mile set by Albie Thomas in Santry in August 1958 and was a two time winner of the Clonliffe 2 (1955 and 1957).
Thursday`s race is a true 5 mile in that it is the only 5 mile race held in Ireland on a 400m. Back in the 1940s many a track meet featured 4 and 5 mile track races. Indeed these were National Championship races. In 1946 the Irish 5 Mile record was set by Martin Egan of Shanaglish, Gort, Co. Galway a time of 24.22.4. Egan was an athlete of some note and in the 1940s won no less than 30 Irish titles, in addition to holding the 5 mile record he also set a new 4 mile (track) mark. The last National champion over 5 miles was Cork`s John Buckley.
Martin Egan`s 5 mile record has stood now for 70 years. On Thursday night at 8.00pm Irish International athlete, former National Cross Country and Marathon Champion Sergiu Ciobanu will line up in the Frank White 5. The question is will that 70 year old record remain standing by 8.25pm?
Sergiu in the meantime has the small matter of the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff tomorrow, and hopefully the Olympic Games in August, so Thursday on the back of the Half Marathon is a key session in his quest.
With a big field expected on Thursday traffic may be an issue for Sergiu but with the other athletes` awareness and favourable weather conditions it could be a very special night indeed.
Thursday`s opener in the Morton Stadium is the first of a 16 round series which includes two 4 mile track races The McDonald Cup and the Walker Cup amongst the traditional Clonliffe club races as Clonliffe Harriers keeps great traditions alive.

Juvenile groups Easter Training

Thursday (tonight) 7.00pm as usual for all. Saturday Gerry`s group are in ALSAA at 11.00am. Mick/Noel`s group Phoenix Park, Magazine Fort at 11.00am.

Easter Sunday no training for any Juvenile groups. Happy Easter!!

LB Fitness offer to Clonliffe Harriers

LB Fitness brings you a once off chance on learning the principles of performance & strength training  delivered by Lecturer of  ‘Principles of Human Performance’ Larry Brady.
Do you struggle with keeping up with players who just seem to be that little bit stronger than you? Are you sick of getting pushed off the ball? Maybe your tired of constant injuries that hold you back.
In this 1 day workshop, over 4 hours we are offering you the chance to learn and take away the principles of:
– Foam rolling: When and how to use it EFFECTIVELY  – Stretching: How to use it to empower your performance – Basics of squatting, benching and chin ups. – Introduction to plyometrics / olympic weightlifting.  – Take home Nutritonal programme and video series.
The day will be set to a maximum of 10 people with a minimum age requirement of 16+ years.
The cost. It is for free. A workshop of this stature is usually over fifty euro for a student. For this mid term ONLY it is for free. With 4 spots already gone make sure to grab your space today! Coaches are also welcome to come along, take notes and learn from the workshop so that you can apply the theories and concepts to your training sessions with athletes.

Date: Friday 25th March

Time: 11am – 3pm

You can also reserve your space by contacting Larry via private message or


phone or text: 0876380790

Once you fill out the form you will be sent an email with directions and a FREE introduction video that will get you started today on your strength training and performance mindset.

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Slattery bags gold on the double at Nationals

Matt Slattery continued on his winning ways at the National Masters Indoors in Athlone today. After sweeping the boards in the Leinsters a couple of weeks back Matt went easy on the opposition today in only competing in two events; the result two gold! First off O/65 gold in the 400 in 63.98 and then kilewise in the 200 (28.78).

Gold also today for George Maybury winning O/60 800 in 2.36.61. Ronan Gately took silver in the O/45 60 h in 12.88, later placed 6th in the 400 (59.05) and 4th in the long jump (4.58m).

Silver was won in the O/35 long jump by Antiono Andujor (5.71m). Tom Monks was 4th in the O/55 3000 (11.30.15). Martin Treacy was 5th in the O/55 1500 (no time).

Sean Carrig first Clonliffe on Streets of Dublin

Today`s big road race, sadly one of the few remaining on the Streets of Dublin, was the MSB Patrick`s Festival 5k. There were a number of Clonliffe athletes in action, led home by junior Sean Carrig in 15th place overall and 2nd junior in 15.55. Next in, and firsts O/45 was Declan Power 18th in 16.02, 27th Sean Doran (16.20), 38th David Brady (16.41), 42nd Eoin Keating (16.48). Others Joseph Cooper (18.33), Niall Markey (19.59), first O/70 was Pat Bonass (22.41)

Strong runs from relay squads at National Juvenile indoors

Day 3 (and the last one!) of the GloHealth National Juvenile Indoor Championships took place at the Indoor Stadium in Athlone IT today. The club`s sprinters, and indeed some of the middle distance athletes, having battled through hail and rain in the Dublins on their journey to Athlone put on fine battling displays today. Although on this occasion no medals were taken home the black and amber athletes emerged from Athlone with their heads quite rightly held high.

The Juvenile captain reports once again on this fine group of young Harriers doing themselves proud. All of the squads in action put in fine efforts in the face of top quality opposition and all will benefit from the experience.

Both the girls U/14 and U/16 squads deserve special mention. The U/14 4 x 100 after a great effort in the heats were rewarded having ran blisteringly fast with fastest “losers” and took their place in the final where they finished a very credible 5th. The squad was Aoife Hession, Holly Roche, Kristan McGrady Hogan, Emma McDonnell, Ella Cooley and Alana Fitzsimons.

The U/16 squad of Rebecca Fitzsimons, Katie Connolly, Rapha Diamond Ebbs, Caithlin Butler, Success Osuoha and Jessica Dededku also made their final. In heat 2 they recorded a time of 1.51.22 and then went faster in the final 1.50.52 and were within a whisker of a medal placing 4th.

Well done also today to the girls U/13 4 x 100 and the boys U/13 4 x 100 squads who put on very brave performances in their race and the U/15 girls who missed out on making the final by a single second.

u 16 girls nationals 16 u14 girls nationals u13 boys and girls

u15 girls relay indoors

Clonliffe juniors in fine form at Schools International

The three Clonliffe lads competing for the Irish Schools in Falkirk today at the Schools International Cross Country did themselves, Clonliffe and St. Aidans proud. Sean O`Leary was in excellent form leading the Irish team home in the inter boys 6000 in 13th place (20.10). In the U/20 home countries races which incorporated the senior boys schools race Cathal Doyle was 19th (27.13) with Brian Flanagan breathing down his neck in 21st (27.24).


Sean o`Leary Irish schools


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