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2,000 athletes for Brother Cross Country!

Entry has now closed for Wednesday`s Brother Schools Cross Country. Cross Country is alive and kicking with record numbers entered by schools from all over Dublin and beyond, with some 2,000 young athletes set to race.

This year sees for the first time 4 primary schools races on the programme, 5th and 6th classes for both girls and boys. These have proven to be extremely popular with 350 boys and 450 girls entered. Back once again are the boys of St. Brigids Foxrock, St. John Bosco , Holy Child Larkhill, The girls from Mary Help of Christians and first timers Scoil Mhuire Marino and Swords Educate Together to name just a few.

In the secondary school ranks on the girls side Colaiste Iosagain, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Dominics, Holy Faith and no less than three Loreto Colleges will do battle. While the boys will include local Clonliffe breeding ground St. Aidans CBS, Belverdere College, Fintan`s Sutton and defending Best Overall School from Belfast St. Malachys. The secondary schools have 4 races each for boys and girls.

Although entry is closed, individuals who`s school are not competing may enter of the day at the Clonliffe Hall (€3.00) from 10.45am.

With the numbers entered plenty of help is clearly required. If you haven`t already signed up text 0879599888. Wednesday your club needs you.

Final instructions for schools will be posted here on Monday.

Clonliffe teams for Dublin Novice Cross Country

The Dublin Novice takes place at the Magazine Fort area of the Phoenix Park on Sunday. The Captains have confirmed their teams as follows:

Women: Emer Treacy, Emma Dunne, Emma Harding, Kerri Page, Maura Matthews, Orna McGinley, Lorna Begley, Louise Caraher, Ciara Peelo, Emer Brennan, Caoimhe Cruise, Brid Beausang, Laura Kearnan and Laura Tuite. Women`s race 2.15pm, meet there 1.00-1.15

Men: Connor Keane, Josh Stubbs, Niall Sherlock, Fergal O`Shea, Connor Lucey, Cathal Doyle, Sean Doran, Eoin Keating, Niall Norman, Graham Mahon, Niall Markey, Thomas Frayne.  Men`s ace at 2.45 Meet Magazine Fort 1.30 – 1.45.

Brian Flanagan`s Letter from America

Clonliffe`s Brian Flanagan is enjoying his first few months at McNeese College, Louisiana and has settled in well. Brian has send a note to all his club mates:

“Hi fellow Harriers,

Sorry I didn’t get the chance to contact you sooner. Since arriving here six weeks ago now I’ve had lots to do.

Firstly, the weather`s pretty hot. Ranges from 20 odd degrees early in the morning, peaks from 1pm – 4pm at around 36 degrees. Nearly all of our runs are done before 7am every morning. That means crawling out of bed at 5am – 5:30am 6 days a week. Wednesday we get a lie as thats rest day, but I always opt to get up early to get some study done. Running in the heat took only about a week for me to adapt since then its been plainish sailing.

Class is pretty interesting, my major is General Business. All of my classes are in-between 11am and 1pm so I always have plenty of free time to go back to bed after runs and sessions as well as time to study in the evenings.

As far as racing has gone theres been very little. If your wondering why its because Coach has decided to Red shirt me for this cross season. Reason for this is because we actually have a pretty strong XC team this year so the need for me to jump especially in the wake of my injury wasn’t necessary. I had no objection to this. So for that reason hes been getting me to take it pretty easy at the moment and concentrate on track season beginning in January. And in the mean time focus on doing well in the classroom. At the moment I’m managing a ‘B’ in all my classes so he’s very happy with my progress.

Overall life is great and loving everyday of the new adventure, made plenty of friends around campus, some locals, some as far away as New Zealand to Bahrain so thanks to them they’ve made by transition to the deep south very smooth.

Hope all is well back in Dublin. I havn’t forgotten about the Harriers. Working to see if I’ll be able to make it home for a few days over the Christmas break, if so I’ll see you then! All the best.

Nil desperandum,


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Grand Prix on tour to Malahide Castle for 10 Miler

With the Grand Prix season coming to it`s exciting finale this Saturday sees the Series return to Malahide Castle for the club 10 mile Championship for the Ahern Cup. Last year`s race was won by Ernie Ramsey, on what was a new course when as a result of tree felling on the traditional 4 lap route a slightly short course was put together. This Saturday runners can look forward to an accurate safe 10 miler on this the 53rd running of the race.

The club 10 mile championship, the brainchild of the renowned Clonliffe coach and Captain Harry Cooney, was first run on April 12th 1964 from near Murtagh’s pub on the Belfast Road straight down the then main road back to the Stadium. The winner was Ray Heffernan. On the occassion of the 15th running of the race in April 1978  Maurice Ahern presented the Ahern Cup  for the 1st time to that  year`s winner Gerry Finnegan

By 1999 the the road venues of the previous decades around the Swords/ Airport and Santry areas had become too dangerous and so since the year 2000 the race has been “housed” in the beautiful grounds of Malahide Castle

Next Saturday’s race starts at 12 noon.


Clonliffe take Blackrock 4 Mile by storm plus round up

Joe Cooper took his junior Panzer division north of Santry last night for their annual sortie to the Blackrock 4 Mile road race. Again it was another very successful outing for the group in their first race of the winter season. The squad was lead home by Cathal Doyle in 4th place (21.18), Cathal leading the team in 4th, 5th Adam O`Brien 21.34, 6th Sean Carrig 21.57 and 7th Joseph Hession 22.08 to take team honours. After thses four their were very positive results all round: Alanah Cooley 2nd woman 42nd overall in 26.04 and Amy Fay 3rd (44th) in 26.07.

Others: 15th The Mauritian Express Greg Hossenney 23.05, 22nd Thomas Ward 23.46, 29th Paul Courtney 24.33, 35th Matthew Jenkinson and 36th Fintan McManus.

Also yesterday Liam Roarty was competing in England in the Midland 6Mile Road Relay for Cheltenham Harriers, where he has relocated for study purposes, a successful debut by Liam recording a time of 19.42 for his leg and recording the fastest  leg for his team as they finished 25th from a 96 strong field.


Today, Sunday the 25th at the Rathfarnham 5k: 11th Conor Healy 15.15, 37th Sean Doran 16.11, 190th Trevor Wisdom 19.55.


Big numbers in Park for Dublin Half

There was a huge Clonliffe presence in a web and breezy Phoenix Park this morning for the Dublin Half Marathon. First home was Gary O`Hanlon in 4th place in a time of 70.30. Marathon runner Barbara Sanchez won the women`s race in 78.26. An excellent run today from Mark Bermingham running his best race in years as he romped home in 1:21.05 with Ernie Ramsey some 50 seconds down the road: 1:21.55. Full results from the official results site below:

Race Number First Name Surname Gender Gender Position Category Category Position Club Gun Time Overall Position Chip Time Chip Position Tweet Share
3 Gary Ohanlon Male 4 M40 1 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:10:31 4 01:10:30 4
3955 Mark Bermingham Male 66 M40 14 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:21:09 69 01:21:05 70
1035 Ernie Ramsey Male 84 MS 34 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:22:00 88 01:21:58 88
3387 Matt




Male 100 MS 40 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:22.26


105 01:22:35 105
1123 Dermot Faughnan Male 111 M35 35 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:23:09 116 01:23:00 115
2776 Conor Keane Male 149 MS 50 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:24:38 154 01:24:36 164
201 Niall Gorman Male 151 M35 49 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:24:40 156 01:24:32 159
788 Fergal Oshea Male 231 M50 7 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:27:04 238 01:26:51 242
2635 Karl Nolan Male 264 MS 87 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:28:00 273 01:27:51 278
2375 Mark Dowling Male 363 MS 114 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:30:00 376 01:29:46 380
252 Stephen Tracey Male 375 M40 85 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:30:13 391 01:29:59 397
698 Michael Gleeson Male 380 M40 86 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:30:17 396 01:30:03 403
1181 AlanColm




Male 465 M45 43 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 1:31.5001:32:21


488 01:31:55 488
2266 Aisling Andrews Female 61 FS 16 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:37:35 813 01:36:41 796
998 Stephen Doyle Male 822 M35 237 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:38:36 898 01:37:42 919
806 Alison Osullivan Female 84 F40 23 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:39:05 951 01:38:11 966
8218 Ollie Powee Male 974 M40 232 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:40:50 1077 01:39:24 1105
699 KerriDeclan PageGrant Male 1064 M45 134 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 1:40.2101:42:09 1186 01:41:15 1278
3315 Laura Kernan Female 126 F40 30 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:42:29 1208 01:41:52 1345
7840 Clodagh Moriarty Female 132 F35 39 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:42:45 1236 01:42:08 1365
3199 Aideen Brady Female 164 F35 44 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:44:17 1375 01:43:24 1515
1630 Patrick Devitt Male 1321 M65 4 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:45:39 1520 01:45:00 1711
59 Emer Otoole Doyle Female 228 F40 57 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:47:04 1648 01:45:43 1791
1930 David Hanley Male 1466 M45 178 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:47:49 1703 01:47:12 1958
534 Emer Brennan Female 259 FS 81 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:48:53 1803 01:47:32 1994
3903 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 2275 2513
4378 Clare Roche Female 526 FS 180 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:57:02 2665 01:50:45 2411
1892 Melissa Curran Female 592 F35 150 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:58:39 2833 01:57:46 3475
6594 Catherine Dempsey Female 628 F40 137 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:59:50 2959 01:53:32 2769
3372 Marina Rosca Female 629 FS 214 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 01:59:50 2960 01:53:32 2770
3332 Ciara Oregan Female 745 F35 187 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 02:02:06 3253 01:55:34 3094
1292 Evelyn Brennan Female 806 F45 93 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 02:03:08 3399 01:56:36 3276
1540 Katie Hennigan Female 815 FS 276 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 02:03:17 3419 01:56:58 3337
8187 Joanne Mccabe Female 1122 F35 274 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 02:07:58 4124 02:01:25 3992
671 Mary Lillis Female 1374 FS 466 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 02:12:43 4609 02:04:29 4346
3843 Laura Mcaffee Female 1717 F35 412 CLONLIFFE HARRIERS A.C. 02:18:50 5238 02:12:18 5204
2665 Mandeep


Worrall`s Olympic Experience Rio 2016 Part 2

Alan Worrall continues to share his Rio 2016 experience: First of all, thanks to everyone who have enjoyed and commented on part 1 of my Olympic experience. I hope by doing these series of my Olympic journey that the reader may in some way experience what it is like to attend an Olympic Games.

Now let’s get back to the action: The commencement of the Athletics programme traditionally starts on the second Friday of the Games. So we headed to the Olympic Stadium which was located approximately 1 hour north of where I was staying in downtown Rio.  The stadium was located in the Copacabana zone along with the famous Maracanã stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies were held.  It was in the Maracanã where the Olympic flame was lit. So on entering the Havalange stadium it felt a bit strange not having the Olympic flame.  The outskirts of the stadium were located in a suburban part of Rio which did lack an atmosphere and only later the following week did the locals show any interest with what was going on by hosting street party’s and music in the background.  The stadium itself was quite compact, a bit unlike the Aviva with high stands on both sides and some additional temporary seating on the bends.  The first morning of the Athletics programme traditionally is the commencement of the sprints, women’s heptathlon etc.  For these games it was decided to run a number of finals in the morning.  So that morning we were treated to the women’s 10,000 metres.  No Irish athletes running in this race.  The British had 3 athletes including the evergreen Jo Pavey who was competing in her 5 straight Olympic games at the grand old age of 42.  Jo is a true inspiration and ran her heart out and was one of the few athletes not to be lapped.  On that first morning we had our first world record and over the next 9 days there was to be a total of 3 records and numerous Olympic records set.

On the negative side the high number of empty seats was a sign that these games were going to a bit different. The new women’s Olympic campion over 10,000 metres in a new world record was Almaz Ayana who knocked 14 seconds of the old record set back in 1993 by Wang Junxia.  The front running of the Ethiopian girl was a sight to behold beating one of the greats

in Tirunesh Diaba in the process. The closing morning session we were treated to an excellent high jump competition involving the women athletes in the Hepthalon.

As in previous Games I try to see some other sports Rio would be no exception. So on the Saturday morning I made the long journey to see the Golf.  If Rory or Jim Spieth weren’t going this Harrier was.  After getting lost on the Metro and 3 train changes plus a bus ride I got to the Golf venue beyond Barra. A ticket was purchased and I was in.   The first golfer I spotted was the American Bubba Watson, closely followed by Matt Kucher and in the distance Padraig Harrington.  I decided to follow Irelands Seamus Power up to the 9th hole.  Seamus played like a true professional and it was pleasing to see a tight group of Irish supporters giving him support. I meet the Irish Golfing Legend Paul Mc Ginley on the way around. After that following the golf till 3 p.m. I headed back, this time no dramas and back for the evening track session.

Sunday 14th August the women’s Marathon.  I was on a winner here as the marathon passed by the Hotel 6 times.  It was also a fabulous morning for the spectators not the runners. We had 3 representatives in Fionnula Mc Cormack, Leevales Lizzie Lee and Briege Connolly. It would be fair to say the girls did us proud in very testing conditions.  Briege in particular was enjoying every moment. Well-done girls.

As highlighted in my first post on the website going to a sporting event where you share a common interest with others is a great ice breaker.  Some of the people I meet were as follows.  Barry Robinson from England. Barry attended his first Olympics in Melbourne in 1956.  He travelled by sea which took 5 weeks, spent 4 weeks in Melbourne and 5 weeks to get home.

He also went to Rome in 1960 and saw the greatly missed Cassius Clay box. The Olympic bug brought Barry to Tokyo in 64, Mexico in 68 and Munich in 72 and 28 years later Sydney in 2000.  Barry is 82 years old and went to every morning and evening session and the stories and time we spent together were an absolute pleasure. Hats off to you Barry.

I also meet a lovely American couple Tom and Carol Ecker from Iowa. Tom is an Olympic Historian and lectures on the Olympics and is a writer with a very much quirky take on life and sport. Like Barry, Tom Olympics stretch back to the sixties. He regaled me with stories seeing Beamon in 68, Black power also in 68 and the Munich and Montreal Games.

It was also great to run into some Irish supporters and friends of athletics in the form of Noreen Keane, Eric Hayward and the great Sean Callan.

On Monday 15th August I went to the Sugar Loaf Mountain and to see Rio in full glory.  The views were out of this world.

Forget to mention Mo Farah won the 10,000 and Usian Bolt won his 3rd 100 metre title. The crowds in the stadium on these night were well supported. Unfortunately, this was not case for other sessions.

Next Time:

Christ the Redeemer somewhere in the fog.

In the company of an Irish Marathon legend.

Thomas Barr in the men’s 400 metres Hurdles.

The men’s marathon.

Homeward bound.

Clonliffe Juveniles get 2016 cross country off to great start

Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper reports: Clonliffe Harriers juveniles had their first outing  over the country on Sunday in Ardgillan Park in pretty poor conditions. All participants gave a great effort on the day everybody doing the black and amber proud. A couple of notable top finishers were Jonathon Fitzsimons who was first Clonliffe home in the boys under 12 placing well up the field and Katie Halpin who was 2nd in the girls U/14.

Roll on next competition..

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Brother Schools Cross Country get your school entry in now.

The Brother Clonliffe Schools Cross Country will take place in Santry Demesne Parkland at the rear of the Morton Stadium, Santry, in a little over two weeks time: Wednesday October 5th. For the 8th successive year Brother will sponsor the event, meaning that all in the event will receive a souvenir t shirt .


The event is open to schools strictly by invitation. Invitations have at this stage issued to schools who have previously competed. For schools that have received an invitation please complete the entry form and get it back to us asap. If your school would like to compete in the event please e-mail the Race Director Noel Guiden at for further details and for an invitation. Individuals may just entry on the day but team entries need to pre enter by September 30th.

This year the primary schools race is split into 2 races each for girls and boys: 5th and 6th classes. The secondary schools races will be for all age groupings. As this is the opening race of the 2016 cross country season race distances have been adjusted down.

The Race distances and timetable is:

Primary Schools:

12.00  5th  Class girls 1000M (1 small lap)

12.15  5th Class boys 1000M (1 small lap)

12.30  6th Class girls  1000M (1 small lap)

12.45  6th Class boys  1000M (1small lap)

Secondary Schools:

1.00  Minor girls 1000M (1 small lap)

1.15  Minor boys 1500M (1 Big lap)

1.30  Junior girls  1500M (1 big lap)

1.45  Junior boys  2000M (2 small laps)

2.00  Inter girls 2000M (2 small laps)

2.15  Inter boys  3000M (2 big laps)

2.35  Senior girls  2000M (2 small laps)

2.50  Senior boys  4,500M (3 big laps)

Clonliffe Harriers are indebted to our sponsor Brother for their generous support of this event and also to Fingal County Council for their assistance and co-operation with the continued use of the beautiful parkland that is Santry Demesne. Clonliffe are also extremely grateful to Morton Stadium for allowing use of the Stadium facilities for the event.

Any club member or parent of a club member able to help out on the day please e mail or text 0879599888.

Weekend round up: Slattery continues to conquer all

Matt Slattery after his dominance of the Irish Master`s sprints this season moved onto new prey today, Saturday the 17th. New prey, same outcome: Slattery wins the British Masters O/65 400! Matt`s time was 63.4, adding the British title to his Irish 100,200 and 400 titles.

Also this weekend Aaron Hanlon was 7th in the Beantown Invitational 8k Cross Country held in Franklin Park, Boston on Friday the 16th. In a time of 24.39 Hanlon was the 3rd scorer for Providence College as they placed 2nd.

On Sunday the 18th Declan Power was 12th and 1st O/45 in the Charleville Half Marathon in 72.49.


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