Archive for October, 2016

Grand Prix series update – 2 races left

Things are very tight at the top of the leaderboard after fourteen races of the 2016 Grand Prix series. With just two races remaining in the series, there is still everything to play for. As always, the best ten scores out of the sixteen races count with the top 20 as follows (not adjusted for best ten).

Richi Barr 305
Shane Casey 299
Deirdre Fitzsimons 298
Liam Hennessy 297
Dave Brady Raheny 286
Declan Grant 283
Mick Gleeson 280
Thomas Sherlock 260
Sean Doran 254
Kevin Dowling 246
Anne Lyons 245
Ernie Ramsey 242
Shane Rooney 240
Simon Smith 239
Terry Mee 237
James Smith 235
Martin Cavanagh 231
Trevor Wisdom 231
Stephen Tracey 227
Alan Worrall 214

The two races left are XC, with the Horan cup on the 12th November and the Irwin cup on the 26th November.

The Grand Prix presentation night is the 8th December.


Dublin Juvenile even ages Cross Country next Sunday

The championships are here already! On Sunday next, October 16th, the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country for even ages take place in Abbotstown in conjunction with the Autumn Cross Country.

Clonliffe will have U/12, 14, 16 and 18 teams in action. A number of the club`s junior, senior and masters will compete late in the programme in the senior event. This will also provide the opportunity for athletes to race on the circuit that will be used for November`s Nationals/European Cross Trials.



Course Map:



The following are directions to the National Sports Campus/Aquatic Centre, Abbotstown. Maps etc, can be found on the website

By Bus from the City Centre. Please take the 38 or 38A from O’Connell Street in the City Centre to Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown.

By Car from the City Centre. Take the Navan Road towards Blanchardstown, take the exit to the left for Blanchardstown S.C and stay in the right hand lane. Take a right at the top of the slip road and cross over the bridge. Take the first exit off the small roundabout at the other side of the bridge. Continue up Snugborough Road and take a right at the second set of traffic lights into the National Aquatic Centre.

By car from the M50. Take the exit at junction 6 on the M50 for Blanchardstown. Keep going straight on the Navan Road towards Blanchardstown, take the exit to the left for Blanchardstown S.C and stay in the right hand lane. Take a right at the top of the slip road and cross over the bridge. Take the first exit off the small roundabout at the other side of the bridge. Continue up Snugborough Road and take a right at the second set of traffic lights into the National Aquatic Centre.

By Car from the Blanchardstown Centre. Exit the Blanchardstown Centre complex via the Westpoint Health Club exit. Continue to the set of traffic lights and take a left over the bridge. Take the first exit off the small roundabout at the other side of the bridge. Continue up Snugborough Road and take a right at the second set of traffic lights into the National Aquatic Centre.


Round up: Is there anyone alive out there? (updated)

Weekend results to hand. Conor Healy`s 3rd place in the Donadea 10k in a new pb of 33.19 and Trevor Wisdom 42.28. At Castleknock the Teachers BHAA Cross Country took place, there were several Clonliffe athletes competing. Results are to say the least sketchy! Here`s what we have: Sean Doran 15th, Thomas Sherlock 19th. Also running were Kerri Page, Yvonne McDonagh and Clare.

In England Liam Roarty ran for Cheltenham Harriers in the English 6 Stage Road Relay on their B team that placed 58th overall.

If any more results (BHAA today) please text 0879599888. If no takers on giving me your results this part of the web site will become redundant.

Record numbers revel in Brother Sunshine

A truly fantastic autumnal day greeted the young athletes competing in today’s Brother Schools Cross County held in Santry Demesne hosted by Clonliffe Harriers. The event drew record numbers of competitors exceeding 2000 young athletes from schools all over Leinster and beyond.  It proves that cross country is very much alive and kicking and events like this are thoroughly enjoyed by the young athletes competing and is a great introduction to our sport.

For the first time there were four primary school races included in the programme, previously there had been two such races. This proved to be a huge hit as nearly 1000 primary school athletes competed in these races, an average of 250 per race.

What a spectacle it proved to be as at 12 noon the 5th class primary schools race was set on its way by the starter Peter McDermott.  A huge field in this race was led home in fine style by Hannah O’Brien of Carysfort National School.  In 2nd place was Tessa Lambe of St. Vincent de Paul with Anna Carney of Mount Anville 3rd.  Anna led home her Mount Anville teammates to a fine win in the team race with Vincent de Paul 2nd and Mary Help of Christians 3rd.

Harry Paige of St. Fiacra’s led the Fiacra’s one two as Alex Sheridan finished 2nd behind him with St. Fiacra’s taking team silver.  3rd place was Jonathan Fitzsimons of host club Clonliffe Harriers.  In the team event local school the Holy Child Larkhill were 1st on 39 points from St. Fiacra’s 2nd and St. Joseph’s Terenure 3rd.

There was another huge field lining up then for the primary school 6th class girls race of in excess of 200 young athletes competing over 1000 metres.  Sophie Quinn of St. Andrew’s Ashbourne was the winner of this race as she led her team to gold from Ava Lambe, St. Vincent de Paul 2nd and Lara Phipps of St. Fiacra’s 3rd.

The final primary school race of the day saw the biggest field of the day with 260 plus starters. After a tremendous race Padraic Spillane was the winner from Joe Fogarty of St. John Bosco 2nd and Adam Murphy 3rd.  in the team event St. Brigid’s again prevailed successfully defending their title from the previous year on a magnificent 37 points from first timers at the Brother Cross Country Scoil Mhuire Marino, Griffth Avenue Marino, 2nd on 89 points and John Bosco 3rd on 98 points.

The secondary school programme commenced at precisely 1 o’clock, the event running like clockwork. Again huge numbers in the younger age groups, the minor girls competing over 1000 metres got proceedings underway with one of the biggest fields of the day, an outstanding 264 athletes, all successfully negotiated the inner loop of Santry Demesne with Mount Sackville’s Sadhbh Mohan prevailing from Zoe Sarrigan of Presentation College Carlow 2nd and Lily-Mae Craig of St. Raphael’s 3rd.  St. Dominic’s College Cabra won the school event on 57 points from Muckross 2nd on 80 and Holy Child Killiney 3rd on 89.

Next up were the minor boys, another 200 plus starters getting the secondary school boys programme underway. A very strong winner in this race was Morgan Clarkson of Colaiste Eoin who was well clear of the field to finish, chased home by Adam Condon of Ard Scoil Ris and Dillan Paisley (St. Aidan’s) 3rd.  in the team event Castleknock Community College were 1st with St. Aidan’s 2nd and Ard Scoil Ris 3rd.

The Junior Girls race again had a substantial field competing, in excess of 150 in this particular race. The junior girls raced over 1500 metres taking in the loop and walled garden section of Santry Demesne.  The winner of this was Corrin Kenny chased home by St. Dominic’s College pairing Claire Murphy and Sarah Byrne.  In the team event the Dominican College were 1st with Dominic’s 2nd and Colaiste Iosagain 3rd.

The Junior Boys 2000 metre race was won by Sean Donoghue of St. Declan’s, Peter Duffy was 2nd and Darragh Carter, a young Clonliffe Harrier after a fine race was 3rd.  The red and white of St. Aidan’s prevailed in the team event from St. Malachy’s of Belfast and Colaiste Eoin 3rd.

The Inter Girls race brought success for Jennifer McAdams of Holy Family with Grace Dervan 2nd and Roisin Treacy of St. Gerard’s Bray 3rd.  Castleknock took the team honours.

The Inter Boys race was led all the way by Craig Giles who was the class of the field. Craig was majestic over the 3000 metres and pulled away from the 1000 metre mark, there was a good inter school battle between St. Aidan’s teammates Cian Bolger who finished 2nd and Daniel Lacy 3rd, the top three positions all covered by Clonliffe Harrier athletes.  In the team event St. Malachy’s of Belfast prevailed over St. Aidan’s with Belvedere 3rd.

The Senior Girls raced over 2000 metres, Lauren Tinkler of Holy Family was 1st with Ailish Murtagh of Holy Faith 2nd and Alannah Cooley of Dominican’s 3rd.  There was only team entered in this race Muckross who obviously took the team honours.

The Senior Boys race concluded the programme, always a keenly contested affair on the individual and team fronts. Sean O’Leary was the class of the field for St. Aidan’s as he led home Rathmore Grammar School pairing Christy Conlon and Eoin McCann 2nd and 3rd.  Rathmore Grammar School prevailed over St. Aidan’s in the team competition winning on 34 points from St. Aidan’s on 50 and Ard Scoil Ris 3rd on 76.

In the battle for overall the best girls school was St. Dominic’s College Cabra, the best boys school was St. Aidan’s and the best overall secondary school was St. Aidan’s courtesy of a win and three 2nd places.

The best boys primary school overall was St. Brigid’s Foxrock and the best overall girls primary school was St. Vincent de Paul.

In all an excellent days cross country in Santry. Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank sincerely Brother our most generous sponsor of this event, Fingal County Council for the use of the beautiful Santry Demesne, the staff at Morton Stadium, St. John’s Ambulance, the volunteers who came out on the day and all of the athletes and their teachers for making this a truly memorable affair.

In a few short years this event has grown from a starting point of some 750 athletes to now in excess of 2000 athletes. Long may it continue to grow.


Primary Schools

5th Class Girls:

1 Hannah O’Brien, Carysfort NS,2 Tessa Lambe, St. Vincent de Paul, 3 Anna Carney, Mount Anville

Teams: 1 Mount Anville – 50 points, 2 Vincent de Paul – 83 points, 3 Mary Help of Christians – 66 points

6th Class:

1 Sophie Quinn, St. Andrew’s Ashbourne, 2 Ava Lambe, Vincent de Paul, 3 Lara Phipps, St. Fiacra’s

Teams: 1 St. Andrew’s Ashbourne – 38 points, 2 St. Fiacra’s – 57 points, 3 Vincent de Paul – 81 points

5th Class Boys:

1 Harry Paige, St. Fiacra’s, 2 Alex Sheridan, St. Fiacra’s, 3 Jonathan Fitzsimons


1 Holy Child Larkhill – 39 points, 2 St. Fiacra’s – 64 points, 3 St. Joseph’s Terenure – 67 points

6th Class Boys:

1 Padraig Spillane, 2 Joe Fogarty, John Bosco, 3 Adam Murphy, Scoil Mhuire Griffith Avenue


1 St. Brigid’s 37 points, 2 Scoil Mhuire, Marino – 89 points, 3 St. John Bosco -98 points

Secondary School Girls:

Minor Girls

1 Sadhbh Mohan, Mount Sackville, 2 Zoe Sarrigan, Presentation College Carlow, 3 Lily-Mae Craig, St. Raphael’s

Teams: 1 St. Dominic’s College Cabra – 57 points, 2 Muckross – 80 points, 3 Holy Child Killiney – 89 points

Junior Girls:

1 Corrin Kenny, 2 Claire Murphy, St. Dominic’s College, 3 Sarah Byrne, St. Dominic’s College Cabra


1 Dominican College – 37 points, 2 St. Dominic’s College – 61 points, 3 Colaiste Iosagain – 76 points

Intermediate Girls:

1 Jennifer McAdams, Holy Family, 2 Grace Dervan, 3 Roisin Treacy, St. Gerard’s Bray


1 Castleknock Community College – 50 points, 2 Holy Family – 86 points, 3 St. Dominic’s College – 93 points

Senior Girls:

1 Lauren Tinkler, Holy Family, 2 Ailish Murtagh, Holy Faith, 3 Alannah Cooley, Dominican College

Teams: 1 Muckross Park – 41 points

Secondary School Boys:


1 Morgan Clarkson, Colaiste Eoin, 2 Adam Condon, Ard Scoil Ris, 3 Dillan Paisley, St. Aidan’s


1 Castleknock Community College – 44 points, 2 St. Aidan’s – 47 points, 3 Ard Scoil Ris – 84 points


1 Sean Donoghue, St. Declan’s,2 Peter Duffy, 3 Darragh Carter


1 St. Aidan’s – 44 points, 2 St. Malachy’s – 55 points, 3 Colaiste Eoin – 79 points

Inter Boys:

1 Craig Giles, Portmarnock, 2 Cian Bolger, St. Aidan’s, 3 Daniel Lacy, St. Aidan’s


1 St. Malachy’s – 25 points, 2 St. Aidan’s – 38 points, 3 Belvedere College – 57 points

Senior Boys

1 Sean O’Leary, St. Aidan’s, 2 Christy Conlon, Rathmore Grammar School, 3 Eoin McCann, Rathmore Grammar School


1 Rathmore Grammar School – 34 points, 2 St. Aidan’s – 80 points, 3 Ard Scoil Ris – 76 points

Best Girls Secondary School – St. Dominic’s College Cabra

Best Boys Secondary School – St. Aidan’s CBS

Best overall – St. Aidan’s CBS

To see photos from today`s race click:




Tomorrow: Brother Schools Cross Country Final Instructions (please read!)

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 5th sees the annual Brother Schools Cross Country taking place in Santry Demesne Parkland at the rear of the Morton Stadium Santry with a 12 noon start for primary schools followed by the secondary school programme at 1 p.m. Entry is now closed and no further entries can be accepted (except for individuals). Please note no schools entries on the day. Clonliffe Harriers are indebted to our generous sponsor Brother, Fingal County Council for use of the park, St. John’s Ambulance, An Garda Siochana and the men and ladies of Clonliffe Harriers who are giving freely, voluntarily and generously of their time on the day.

Course builders to meet in the stadium at 8.00am. Check in team to meet at 10.45am. Officials/marshals meet for briefing at 11.00am in clubhouse. All to be in position by 11.30am. Anyone prepared to help on the day most welcome indeed!


Date: Wednesday 5th of October 2016 – hail, rain or shine

Venue: Santry Demesne Parkland at the rear of the Morton Stadium Santry

Parking: Morton Stadium Santry

Buses/coaches must park at the Clonliffe Harriers end of the stadium via gate number 3. Please note under no circumstances can coaches stop to allow passengers to alight before they park in the stadium. An Garda Siochana have specifically prohibited the unloading of passengers on the Swords Road. This is a dangerous practice and on health and safety grounds cannot be allowed to take place. Schools are specifically requested to instruct the driver of your bus that he must come into the stadium and park the bus before allowing passengers alight. Regrettably if your school does not follow this specific instruction we will have to sanction your school and not allow your athletes take part in the event.

Check in: No school that has not already entered can be permitted to enter on the day. You have already entered and, therefore, all is required is one representative from you school to go into the Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse and to collect your envelope with your schools name on it. If there are any outstanding fees to be paid they should be paid at this stage.

Check in time: Primary Schools – 10.45 to 11.30 a.m. Secondary schools – 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Race numbers: In the envelope given to you, you will find a sticker with your school identification number on this. This must be struck to the FRONT of your athletes running vest/t-shirt.

Individuals: Any individuals whose school are not taking part in the event may enter and run as individuals. It is simply a matter of an individual arriving and giving their name and paying an individual entry fee of €3.00. You will be given an individual identification number which should be fixed to the front of your running vest/t-shirt.

Toilet facilities: Are located under the stand at the Clonliffe side of the stadium. Toilets may also be accessed at the main reception area of the stadium. Please note, however, that the indoor section to the stadium is closed.

The Track: The track must not be encroached upon by anyone either athletes or spectators. This is to protect the track surface which will suffer severe and permanent damage if someone wearing cross country spikes decides to run on the track. The track is closed. Please ensure that your athletes are advised that they are not permitted on the track.

Venue: Via Morton Stadium, please use the gate at the 100 metres startline at the Phoenix Monument.


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 (1 small 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 4500m (3 big laps)

Awards: First three individuals in each race the presentation will be made immediately after each race.

Team Awards: First three in each race. A team is made up by the combined finishing positions of the first four athletes to finish with the team with the lowest score winning. In the event of there being a tie the winner will be declared on the basis of the highest finish of the fourth scoring athlete from the tying schools. A team can be up to 20 athletes, however, please note that there are only ten sets of team medals available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams.

T-shirt: The Brother souvenir t-shirt will be presented to all athletes at the finish of each race. In the event of there being insufficient t-shirts we will make arrangements to have additional t-shirts made.

Best Schools: Brother will make arrangements to make a presentation of a piece of Brother office equipment to the best boys primary school, best girls primary school, best boys secondary school and best girls secondary school. In addition the Lar O’Byrne Memorial Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the best overall secondary school.

Results: A race report together with photographs will be published on the Clonliffe Harriers website the day after the event. The top three individuals in each race will appear on the website together with the top three teams. Please note that results will not be recorded for all finishers as this is an impossibility to do.

Litter: We implore schools to bring their rubbish home with them. Please bring a rubbish sack and appoint someone to be responsible. The volunteers will be at the event from 8 a.m. in the morning and it is wholly unfair that when darkness is falling they are still out there picking up rubbish left behind by schools. This has been a perennial problem and we appeal to all schools to ensure that it is not repeated again this year. Please assist and co-operate on this vital point.

Health & Safety: Please obey the instructions of all marshals at the venue, marshals will be clearly identifiable as they will be wearing high vis vests.

Medical Emergencies: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance.

Finally: We look forward to seeing you at the event and wish you and your athlete and excellent day of sport with us in Clonliffe Harriers.

Course Map:



53rd Running of 10 mile – Club Championship – The Ahern Cup

Race Report and Results provided by Liam Hennessy as follows; 53rd Club 10 mile championships at Malahide Castle, Saturday October 1st. 23 Finishers – 14 Degrees – Bright Conditions – A few puddles to negotiate – Very well Marshalled race.
Results Men:
Club Champion – Declan Power
2nd Place – Ernie Ramsey
3rd Place – Colm Mc Donnell
Club Champion – Jean Wyse
2nd Place – Aimee Ahern
3rd Place – Aideen Brady
Full Results:
1. Declan Power – 55.30
2. Ernie Ramsey – 61.39
3. Colm Mc Donnell – 65.38
4. Shane Casey – 66.20
5. Kevin Dowling – 66.26
6. Mick Gleeson – 69.41
7. Philip Matthews – 70.14
8. Liam Hennessy – 70.48
9. Richie Barr – 71.44
10. Stephen Tracey – 71.46
11. Jean Wyse – 71.50
12. Shane Rooney – 73.26
13. Declan Grant – 73.26.5
14. Aimee Ahern – 73.55
14. Aideen Brady – 74.13
15. David O’ Sullivan – 74.41
16. Trevor Wisdom – 75.16 (Clock Time) – Actual Time 71.54 – (Trevor missed start)
17. Declan Murray – 77.34
18. Eugene Coppinger – 77.57
19. Terry Mee – 78.46
20. Ann Lyons – 78.46.4
21. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 80.14
22. Pat Devitt – 84.20
23. Anthony O’ Brien – 85.18
It must be noted that Maurice Ahern started in what was his 53rd Consecutive 10 mile club Championship, which is some achievement.
Special thanks to the following;
Chief Timekeeper – Pat Healy
Course Marshalls:
Martin Treacy – Lead Bike
Caroline Daly
Lorraine Sherwood
Aine Mc Cann
Pat Timmons
Matt Slattery
Robert Scott
Rebecca Kelly
Martin Cavanagh
Murray Ahern
Keith Ahern
Standby Marshalls:
Mick Kearney
Sinead Smith
Emma Dunne
Ray Dunne
Ciara Peelo
Fiona Hayes
Apologies if i misspelt any name above.
Next Race in the Grand Prix Series – Round 15 of 16 – The Horan Cup – 6 miles XC – Santry Demesne – 12 noonSaturday, 12th November, 2016 – A welcome return to the hallowed turf of Santry – see you all there.

Cathal Doyle wins Dublin Novice as Women take bronze

Pamela Cooper Reports: On a paticularly  hot sunny sunday afternoon in the Phoenix Park the Clonliffe ladies finally after several years of finishing 4th & 5th took a Dublin Novice bronze medal with 3 top 20 finishes by Lorna Begley (12) Louise Caraher (16) Ciara Peelo  (17) and Laura Tuite (23). This team was 100% supported and pushed on by fellow athletes (finish order)  Emma Dunne, Emma Harding, Kerri Page, Maura Matthews, Emer Treacy, Laura Kearnan, Brid Beausang, Caoimhe Cruise and Emer Brennan.
Team Results
1st Sportsworld
 2nd Raheny Shamrocks
 3rd Clonliffe Harriers AC
In the Novice men`s race Cathal Doyle took gold for Clonliffe as he led with ease from start to finish the team however missed on on the medals finishing 5th. Cathal Doyle 1 Conor Keane 11 Sean Doran 26 Niall Sherlock 47 Niall Norman 48 Fergal O’Shea 68 Niall Markey 72 and Graham Mahon 78
The support of the day for clonliffe was fantastic. Earlier in the programme the Clonliffe juveniles took in round 3 of the cross country league, with Wednesday`s schools race the Clonliffe numbers were down somewhat. Top performers on the day were Sarah McDonnell and Cian O`Hare both recording 7th place finishes.
At yesterday`s Simon 5 Mile also in the Park Conor Healy was 3rd in 26.36.
Clonliffe Novice women Phoenix Park


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