Archive for October, 2016

Sergiu regains National Marathon title (final update)

Sergiu Ciobanu had another excellent run on the streets of Dublin for today`s marathon as he regained the National Marathon title in a time of 2.17.38, to win the National for a 4th time. The Dublin Marathon took place in ideal conditions, a wind free, calm warm Autumn morning. Gary O`Hanlon was 4th in the Nationals, having been caught for 3rd place over the closing miles, Gary ran a time of 2.22.50. Needless to say Gary`s race was not without drama, his Facebook posting tells the story: “After a nasty fall clipping a kerb at mile 4 I ruptured tendons and ligaments and waiting on a xray for a suspect broken ankle.Foot was so swollen the medical team struggled to remove my running shoe.I have a pretty high pain threshold but my limits were tested today running on one leg for the remaining 22 miles.I don’t know it was stubborness or stupidity but i I didn’t train this hard for today to quit.”

The 3rd Clonliffe man was David Mansfield with a 3 min, 10 second pb of 2.27.32. With Clonliffe filling 1st, 4th and 5th places in the National race, the men took the team title. The womensteam of Aisling Andrews (3.25.57, Aideen Brady 3.42.24 and Alison O`Sullivan 3.44.46) placed 18th.

Post race Sergiu said: “I’m relieved. I really wanted to win the national title. That’s my best Dublin marathon by two mins. My previous best was 2:19.”

Although Sergiu was just outside the World Championships qualifying time he’s looking forward to the future and pulling on the green vest once more.

“I know I missed the world qualification standard of 2:17 but we’ll see. I’ve represented Ireland three times in the last ten months. I really look forward to working with Athletics Ireland and to represent Ireland in the future. I just love to run.”

Other Clonliffe: Matt McGuinness 2.54.22, Mark Bermingham 2.54.30, Dermot Faughnan 2.56.07, David Brady 2.58.29, Niall Gorman 3.01.51, Ernie Ramsey 3.04.50, Karl Nolan 3.07.07, Colm McDonnell 3.10.56, Mick Gleeson 3.15.29, Stephen Doyle 3.16.43, Alan Worrall 3.17.21, Stephen Tracey 3.18.?, Colm Leonard 3.25.39, Aisling  Andrews 3.25.43, Alan Curley 3.29.04, Alan Townsend 3.30.52, James Dunne 3.36.20, Ollie Power 3.36.30, Shane Rooney 3.38.21, Mark Dowling 3.39.02, Aideen Brady 4.42.24, Alison O`Sullivan 3.44.46, Anne Lyons 3.46.29, Ciara o`Regan 3:48.?, AndrewEustace 3.50.43, Declan Grant 3.51.33, Evelyn Brennan 3.54.21, Jason Smith 3.56.57, Marina Rosca 3.58.02, Aideen Brady 3.59.18, David Hanley 4.00.52, Millie Ruzvidzo 4.06.19, Pat Devitt 4.13.12, Katie Hennigan 4.13.55,  Susan Kelly 4.14.43, Jannette Reid 4.15.01, Joanna McCabe 4.16.35, Emer O`Toole Doyle 4.17.17, Melissa Curran 4.17.25, Mary Lillis 4.17.38, Mary Lillis 4.18.17. Completing the set of finishing every single Dublin Marathon Frank Behan 7.13.05.(Thanks to all who send texts with times, for those who didn`t I`ve done my best to collect results. Full results on Marathon and Athletics Ireland web sites)

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Hanlon 21st in Big East

Aaron Hanlon was a 21st place finisher for Providence at yesterday`s conference the Big East in the Bronx, New York. Aaron recorded a time of 25.25 and was the 5th scorer for his team as the Friars finished 2nd.

No training for Juveniles for next two Sundays

Please note that with the Marathon/Bank Holiday weekend and the Dublin Cross Country Championships in Santry next week. Juvenile training will not take place tomorrow October 30th (except Mick/Noel`s group who will train as usual at 11.00) or Sunday November 6th.

Clonliffe trio well up in Lucan Schools Cross

Three of the club`s U/16 squad were in action for Belvedere today at the Lucan Harriers Schools Cross Country with all showing very good form. The inter boys race was held over 2,500m, a two lap race in perfect conditions. The victorious Belvedere team were lead home by Ben Guiden in 2nd place, Daniel Stone 4th and John Cleary 5th.


(Pictured: John Cleary, Daniel Stone, Ben Guiden)

Also today at the Celbridge Schools Cross Country Shane Ferris was 2nd in the Inter Boys race.

Good luck to all our Marathon runners on Sunday

The best of luck to the dozens and dozens of Clonliffe Harriers on the streets of Dublin on Sunday morning. It`s SSE Dublin Marathon time, this year on a Sunday. Good luck in particular to Frank Behan in his quest to keep the streak  of completing every single Dublin Marathon going. There will be a gathering of Clonliffe in the club bar on Sunday afternoon/evening so come along, climb the stairs and exchange stories of another one of those “Glory Days”. Please also text your name and time to 0879599888 for web report on Sunday.

Clonliffe double in Longwood

There was a Clonliffe double win recorded in Longwood, County Meath this morning. Gary O`Hanlon wound up his Dublin Marathon preparations with a win in the 10K in 31.51 and Ian Guiden recorded a win in his come back race in the 5k in a time of 16.10, some 45 seconds clear on a hilly course. Also running, again in his comeback was Conor McGuinness 4th in the 10k in 33.13 with Conor Healy 5th 33.44.

Giles top of the class in Leinster Community schools

Joe Cooper reports: The Leinster Community Schools cross country took place today with once again top class runs from Clonliffe athletes, showing no ill effects after Sunday`s Dublin Championships. Craig Giles continued his excellent form winning the senior boys race. Likewise Aaron Cullen continued where he left off on Sunday with another top effort finishing 2nd in the inter race and Kristen McGready-Hogan had another fine run to place 3rd in the inter girls.

Clonliffe Juveniles excel at Abbottstown Cross Country plus more

The Autumn Cross Country athletics opened the new National Cross Country course in Abbottstown today featuring the Dublin Juvenile Championships. The course itself was a pretty testing one with several hills and a 100m sandy section that drew much comment. The downpours of the weekend added a fair bit of mud into the mix. The lap was a long 2000m which brought the athletes into the woods and well away from spectators. The consensus from the athletes generally was that it was a fair but hard course, the spectators found it even tougher!

The club`s juvenile athletes all put in great shifts in their Dublins with several teams medalling and now going forward to the nationals. The girls U/14 squad were silver medallists the team lead home by 3rd place finisher Ava Mulvahill, with all the girls running strongly and rewarded with team silver: the scoring four of Eva 3rd, Aoife Hession 7th, Katie Halpin 13th, Holly Roche 14th, were backed up by  Alana Fitzsimons, Ella Cooley and Kristin McGrady-Hogan.

In the girls U/16 race a young Clonliffe team performed really well lead home by Ella Brown in 13th, Aimee Warren 15th, Vicki McDonnell 17th and Tess Loftus 19th to take team bronze.

The U/16 boys packed in text book style through out their 4,000m race with Aaron Cullen coming top Harrier in 4th, the Cian Bolger 5th, Ben Guiden 6th and Daniel Stone 7th to take the Dublin title. These 4 were backed up by Ian McElweeney 11th, Daragh Carter 22nd and in his first race Thomas Baltazar 24th.

Sean O`Leary was runner up in the U/18 race over 6,000m. Craig Giles was 4th, then Daniel Lacey 9th and Joseph Hession 13th to finished 2nd team. Good runs also by Finn McManus and Matthew Jenkinson. Our two U/18 girls, both moving up an age ran well with Hannah Browne placing 11th and Cliona Cooley 15th.

In the younger age groups it is pleasing to report that the club fielded teams both girls and boys in U/10 and U/12, all of who battled away and put in strong runs.

Next up for the juveniles is the uneven ages Dublins in Santry on November 6th.

On then to the senior programme which included juniors and masters in the mix. Cathal Doyle was the first Clonliffe junior in 4th place with Adam O`Brien 16th. In the senior race Eoin Taggart was 48th, Mark Doyle 59th, Thomas Sherlock 62nd, Sean Doran 85th, Niall Markey 165th and Tom Monks 166th. Matt Shattery was 6th O/65, Pat Bonass 2nd O/70 and Jummy Bennett 3rd O/75. Alannah Cooley ran well in the junior women`s race to 24th. In the senior women`s race Ciara Peelo was 84th 915th O/35) and Brid Beausang 88th (13th O/40).


U/16 Boys Dublin Champions


U/16 Girls Dublin Bronze, plus Hannah Browne


U/18 Boys Dublin Silver 


U/14 Girls Dublin Silver



U/12 Boys


U/12 Girls Dublin XC 2016

Also this weekend Liam Roarty finished 6th for Cheltenham Harriers in the Gloucestershire Cross Country league at Little Rissington and was 2nd scorer on their winning team. Aaron Hanlon was in action for Providence in the USA.

Meanwhile missed last weekend was Gary O`Hanlon`s win in the three quarters marathon in Longwood, Co. Meath and BarbaraSanchez`s bronze in the French Half Marathon in 76.48 in Baroeul close to Lille.

Dublin Juvenile Even ages XC C`ships/ Autumn Open

This Sunday the 16th sees the opening of the new cross country track in Abbotstown for the Dublin Juvenile championships and the Autumn Open. The map below is the most up to date now to hand:





Notice: no training for Juvenile athletes on Sunday

Please note that with the Dublin Juvenile championships in Abbotstown this Sunday that there will be no training in Santry on Sunday for Juvenile athletes.


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