Archive for November, 2016

Clonliffe one two in the Dark

Richie Owens made a winning Clonliffe debut in last night`s Run in the Dark 5k in Dublin city in a time 16.04. Richie was chased hard by Conor McGuinness, 16.28 for a Clonliffe one two from a cast of thousands.


Five star show at Blackrock School`s Invitational

The Clonliffe  U/17 and 16 squad delivered quality runs in the intermediate race at this morning`s Blackrock College School`s Invitational Cross Country with 5 in the top 8. From the off the Clonliffe quintet were in the lead bunch very well positioned for the duration of the 4,000m plus race over 3 laps. On the final lap Ben Guiden in 3rd place opened a gap of a few meters on Daniel Lacey with Cian Bolger a few meters further in arrears, only for Daniel to hit back over the final 200 to take 3rd place for St. Aidans with Ben 4th. Ben, however, had the consolation of leading his Belvedere team to gold. The Clonliffe five star show: 3rd Daniel Lacey (St. Aidans), 4th Ben Guiden (Belvedere), 5th Cian Bolger (St. Aidans), 7th Jordan Byrne (St. Aidans) and 8th Daniel Stone (Belvedere).

In the inter girls race over 2,500m Ella Brown carried her good form from Saturday`s Club cross country into today running a very strong race to finish 2nd. Ella got herself into 3rd place from the off, a place she held throughout and was therefore in a position to benefit when her schools mate went the wrong way on the final lap.

Dermot Buckley continues to flourish! Another excellent run in the St. Aidans`colours in the junior boys race saw Dermo come through strongly to finish in 4th position. Not far off of him was Sam Kowalczyk in 6th with Stephen Tierney in 12th.


(Pictured Inter boys: Ben, Daniel, Jordan, Daniel and Cian)

Clonliffe XC men get races under belts

With some two weeks now to go to the National Cross Country some of the Clonliffe men are coming into racing form. This weekend sees a number of the team in action. On Saturday Jayme Rossiter got a good quality cross country race under his belt as he finished 9th for the winning Loughborough team in a Bermingham League race in 28.10 for the 5.5 mile race. In that same Pitville Park, Cheltham race was Liam Roarty in 54th place.


(Pictured Jayme Rossister)


(Pictured Liam Roarty)

On Friday in the US Aaron Hanlon was 39th for Providence in the North East Regionals in Van Cordtland Park, Bronx, NY, Aaron running a time of 31.36.85 for the 10,000.

David Flynn had a good workout in a top class IAAF Cross Country race in Atapuerca, Burgos, Spain  today (Sunday) finishing 72nd in the 9000m race in 27.51.

Also today Sean Doran after 6 miles on the country yesterday finished 2nd in the Remembrance 5k Run in the PhoenixPark.

Finally Pat Bonass ran for Ireland in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country in Scotland where he finished 16th in the M/70.

Doran and Page win club cross country titles

Liam Hennessy reports on the Grand Prix Series/senior club cross country: Saturday, 12th November, 2016 – Santry Demesne – Clear / 11 Degrees – Superb Underfoot Conditions
Clonliffe Harriers Men’s Cross Country Championship 2016 – Harry Cooney Trophy – Senior Race – 6 miles – 17 Starters – 15 Finishers.
1st Place and Club Champion 2016 – Sean Doran
2nd Place – Tom Sherlock
3rd Place – Shane Casey
Women’s Cross Country Championship 2016 – 3 miles – 14 Starters – 14 Finishers.
1st Place and Club Champion 2016 – Kerri Page – 19.50
2nd Place – Maura Matthews – 20.00
3rd Place – Ciara Peelo – 20.28
Grand Prix Series: 108th Running of The Horan Cup – Sponsored by Richard Connolly  – Race 15/16 – 6 Miles Cross Country (run in conjunction with men’s senior championship) – 20 Starters – 18 Finishers.
Full Results:
1.Sean Doran – 33.50
2. Tom Sherlock – 34.35
3. Shane Casey – 38.28
4. Fergal O’ Shea – 38.46
5. Stephen Tracey – 39.42
6. Niall Markey – 40.40
7. Trevor Wisdom – 40.52
8. Liam Hennessy – 40.57
9. Mick Gleeson – 41.11
10. Richie Barr – 41.52
11. Alex Eustace – 42.50
12. Aimee Ahern – 43.25
13. Clodagh Moriarty – 43.25
14. David O’ Sullivan – 43.30
15. Declan Murray – 43.52
16. Declan Grant – 44.55
17. Ollie Power – 44.55
18. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 45.57
19. Martin Cavanagh – DNF
20. Declan Hetherington – DNF
Many thanks to Club President; Paddy Marley, Men’s Captain; Joe Cooper and Women’s Captain; Pamela Cooper for their presence. A big thank you to the Grand Prix Committee for today’s race preparation. Prizes for today’s races will be presented at the awards evening on Thursday, December 8th, 2016.
Dates for your diary;
Saturday, 26th November, 2016 – Race 16/16 – Irwin Cup – 6k Cross Country – Santry Demesne – 12 noon.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 – Grand Prix Awards Evening – Club Bar – 9pm.

Clonliffe club cross country c`ships 2016

Another beautiful Autumnal day in Santry Demesne greeted the young Clonliffe athletes for today`s club championships. As has now become the norm underfoot conditions in the park were just perfect, as the ground showed not a trace of last Sunday`s Dublin Cross Country.

The championships were very well supported by the athletes from each of the juvenile groups with keen competition in every race as all looked to the coveted reward of being a Clonliffe club champion. The younger ages raced over 500m and the distances then increased to the 3000m enjoyed by the U/16s and 18s as the championships drew to a close well before conclusion of the allocated hour.

Results of 2016 Club Championships:

U/10 Girls: 1st Ava Usaova, 2nd Sarah McDonald, 3rd Grace Fitzgerald

U/10 Boys: 1st Harry Carroll, 2nd Jack McDonald, 3rd Leo Moriarty

U/12 Girls: 1st Ruby Conroy, 2nd Isabel Browne, 3rd Ava Guy

U/12 Boys: 1st Jonathan Fitzsimons, 2nd Cian O`Hara, 3rd Christian Finn

U/14 Girls: 1st Emma McDonald, 2nd Katie Halpin, 3rd Aoife Hession

U/14 boys: 1st Keith Burke, 2nd Jonas Nyberg, 3rd Conor O`Shea

U/16 Girls: 1st Ella  Brown, 2nd Aimee Warren, 3rd Abbey Sheehy

U/16 Boys: 1st Daragh Carter, 2nd Dermot Buckley, 3rd Sam Kowalczyk

U/18 Girls: 1st Hannah Browne, 2nd Kate Howlett, 3rd Lauren Cox

U/18 Boys: 1st Daniel Lacey, 2nd Cian Bolger, 3rd Jordan Byrne.

For photos from juvenile c`ship click:

Following the juvenile programme the senior championships took place in conjunction with the Horan Cup over 6 miles. After a fairly gruelling race Sean Doran was the 2016 champion successfully defending the title he claimed last year from runner up Tom Sherlock and Shane Casey 3rd. The women`s championship was over 3 miles and was won by Kerri Page, 2nd Maura Matthews 3rd Ciara Peelo. (Report on the Horan Cup/Grand Prix race posted later)



ERP Xmas Cracker in Association with Alone – Launched

Clonliffe Harriers` annual ‘ERP Christmas Cracker 5k’ is now open for entry entry on line. The race which is being run in association with Alone for the second year will take place on December 27th at 11.00.  The race takes place on the roads around the Morton Stadium in Santry, with both the start and finish on the track in Morton Stadium.

Online entry is available on While entry is also taken on the day runners and walkers are requested to make it easier all round and avail of on line entry.

The race is once again being run in partnership with European Recycling Platform and also the charity ALONE. Pictured are Sean Moynihan (CEO ALONE),  Eoin Murray (Race Director), Catriona McKiernan, Feargal Murray (ERP) and Pat Bonass (M70 European XC Bronze medallist).
xmas cracker launch photo


Clonliffe Harriers would encourage all our entrants to raise some badly needed funds for ALONE. ALONE provides Supportive Housing, Befriending, Community Support and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. Our very own CHAC stalwart, Jeremy Chapman also serves on the baord of ALONE, so let’s try and raise as much as funds as possible for a good cause.

The ERP 5k Christmas Cracker is also offering the chance for all entrants in the race to win some spot prizes. To be in with a chance to win one of these prizes it is simply a matter of bringing along on race day anything that is WEEE and can be recycled ( electrical appliance or used batteries). You will then be entered into a draw which will take place immediately after the race.

ERP’s mission is to develop high-quality, cost-effective recycling services for the benefit of producer members, consumers and ultimately the environment and society. It is important that we get as many recyclable items as possible to support our very generous race sponsor.

There will be prizes for the Senior Men/Women, Junior Men/Women and Masters prizes. Superb value for an online entry fee of €20.00 which includes chip timing and booking fee.  €5 of each entry will go to ALONE. See



Club gear on sale this Thursday night

Clonliffe Harriers athletic gear for sale on Thursday 10th November  in the club house from 8pm to 9pm

Clonliffe Singlet’s Price €25

Clonliffe Hoodies Price €25

Clonliffe Jackets Price €50

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Horan Cup/Club XC Championship this Saturday November 12th

The penultimate round of the 2016 Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series the Horan Cup, sponsored by Richard Connolly takes place this Saturday. The event will incorporate the club junior/senior cross country championships for both men and women.  To complete a championship Saturday the juvenile section of the club will also hold their club cross country championships prior to the Horan Cup.

The Horan Cup itself is one of the oldest Clonliffe Harriers cups and now reaches its 108th birthday.  The first Horan Cup was held back in 1908 presented by Michael Horan who was a club vice president at the time.  In that inaugural race there were seventeen starters, the fastest time of the day for the six mile was recorded by H. Mullally a time of 38.07.  The Horan Cup has always, however, operated on a handicap basis and the winner of the cup that year was Mr. T. Hassell.

The race will incorporate both men and women’s club championships. Please note, however, that the women’s club championship will be a three mile affair with the men completing the six miles.  Women members who are part of the Grand Prix Series and wish to remain in the Grand Prix race of course must complete the six miles!

The Horan Cup/Club Championship will be held at 12 noon.

The juvenile club championships will be run before the Horan cup/Senior Championship with the following races:

U/10  500m

U/12   1000m

U/14   1500m

U/16   2000m

Medals for the first 3. Juveniles please meet at 10.15am at the clubhouse.

As always club members who are not competing and are prepared to help out please arrive early on Saturday.

Important note: Arnotts warehouse sale is on Saturday. Traffic in Santry will be heavy so allow plenty of time to get to stadium.

Raheny take Padraig Keane Cup at Dublin XC (updated with photo link)

A powerful Raheny Shamrocks team landed the Dublin Senior Men’s Cross Country title and in turn the Padraig Keane Memorial Cup at a fresh and dry Santry Demesne yesterday. To say that Raheny were dominant is to say the least an understatement.  From the starters gun Raheny had the title in the bag with a powerful front running trio of Rio Marathon Man Mick Clohessy chased hard by the Dooney Brothers, these three quickly opening a gap and pulling away from the chasing field, which at an early stage included lead Clonliffe man Ian Guiden making his return to the country for his first race in some eighteen months.  The early pace hit Guiden hard and he slipped back down through the pack.  The Raheny men, however, were dominant and took a comfortable win with a clean sweep and now look firm favourites to land their first National cross country on November 27th.

The Clonliffe team battled away led home by Guiden 16th, Conor Healy 19th, Conor McGuinness 24th, extraordinarily enough running his first club cross country race for Clonliffe since the European Junior Clubs back in 2010. Also competing for Clonliffe were Sean Doran 30th, fittingly Padraig Keane’s son Conor 39th, Fergal O’Shea 57th and Thomas Sherlock (35th). The team placed 5th.

Post race it was great to see a huge number of athletes and officials congregating in the Clonliffe clubhouse for the presentation, heeding the call of Dublin Athletics Board Chairman Pat Hooper. In addition to Padraig Keane being honoured that other great Irish athletics stalwart Jim McNamara of Donore was also honoured.  Jim had passed away this year and the Jim McNamara Cup was presented to the winning ladies team of DSD. The Clonliffe Women’s team finished out of the medal positions, also in 5th, the team was led home by Eimear O’Brien 22nd and also featured Ailish Malone 28th, Lauren Begley 34th, Orna McGinley 35th, Maura Matthews 41st, Brid Beausang 47th and Emer Brennan 49th.

The Clonliffe Men’s Junior team put on a sterling display for the home crowd with Cathal Doyle playing a patient game up front and only kicking on for the win over the last 800 metres. Cathal led home a fine team performance which secured Dublin Junior gold with strong runs in particular from Sean O’Leary in 3rd place, Adam O’Brien in 6th and having possibly his best cross country race to date Alex Gibbons in 14th place.  The rest of the team was made up of Joseph Hessian, Josh Stubbs, Greg Hosseney, Kevin McKenna and Thomas Ward. In the incorporated U/19 race Clonliffe placed 2nd.

There was a good run also from Alannah Cooley in the junior women`s race and also by Laura Tuite placing 5th and 8th.

Earlier in the programme the Dublin juvenile uneven age championships took place. There were some excellent team performances in this championship from the U/15 and U/17 boys and girls squads.

The girls U/15 team all ran very strong races with outstanding performances in particular from Vicky McDonnell who led home a tightly packed bunch of black and amber athletes consisting of Abby Sheehy, Ella Brown and Amy Hodson. These four were backed up excellently by Lea Brennan and Cara Beggs.  The girls performance was rewarded with Dublin bronze (places 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th).

The boys U/15 squad also put in very strong efforts, the team being supported by their injured teammate Colin Sweeney. On the day the team was led home by Daragh Carter and again with very strong runs from Dermot Buckley, Sam Kowalczyk, Stephen ? and Dylan Foy. The boys taking Dublin silver (8, 11, 19, 20).

Dublin silver was also gathered in by the girls U/17 team racing over 4000 metres.   This team featured two athletes who were stepping up an age group, both of whom ran very well, indeed Tess Loftus showed a welcome return to form as she led home the team with a very strong run in 12th place followed in by Hannah Browne, Aimee Warren and the fast finishing Cliona Cooley (team placings 12, 13, 15, 16).  The girls were backed up by excellent performances from Kate Howlett and Lauren Cox.

The boys U/17 squad also took silver, narrowly missing out on gold to DSD. Again there were a number of the U/16 squad stepping up an age and these lads all put in excellent shifts.  On the day the team was led home by Daniel Lacey, having a very strong run in 5th, and he was followed not far behind by the in form Arran Cullen 8th, then came Cian Bolger 10th, and Ben Guiden 13th, these latter three all stepping up from the U/16 squad.   These guys were very well backed up by Jordan Byrne 15th and Stephen Cashin 16th, Shane Ferris 20th and Sam Baker-Gorman 23rd.   Craig Giles, who had been quite ill during the week, started the race but illness got the better of him and he was sensible enough to pull out with a lap to go.

Also competing were the boys U/11 squad lead home by Cian O`Hara 8th, Christain Finn, Sean Cronin, Kharl Balaro and Oran McGowan, the team placing 4th. The boys U/13th also placed 4th with a team of Ronan Donohue 11th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 16th, Keith Burke 39th, Calum Maguire 44th and Jon Nyberg. The U/13 girls faught gamely the first home was Naoise Cullen in 21st, good runs also from Amy Sheehy, Lara Gallagher, Eimer O`Hara and Sinead Gallagher..

Finally a huge thank you to the Clonliffe volunteers who constructed the course so that the club could host the event and once again did the club proud by building a superb cross country course at Santry Demesne. The conditions were superb on the day and the course, as always, has held up excellently.  Clonliffe would also like to thank Fingal County Council and Morton Stadium for their support and assistance with the successful running of the Dublins.

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Worrall`s Rio Olympic Experience: Final part

Welcome to the final piece for my Olympic Experience in Rio 2016. I hope you have enjoyed my experiences and in some way got a flavour about what the Olympics are all about.

They do say that times flies when you are enjoying yourself and before I knew it. I had a week of my holidays over plus the Track and Field programme was in full swing. After the excitement of the men’s and women’s 100 metres, the women’s and men’s 10K. By the Wednesday we were all into the routine of heading to the stadium, getting tickets checked and finding our seats.  An interesting addition to these Games by the Olympic Organising committee was as follows.

  • Samba dancers (Well it is Rio)
  • Spectator cam: where the Competition cameras would focus on spectators and they would show you in a silhouette of a set of bongos, which you would pretend to play. This did create a bit of entertainment prior to the start of the evening session.

Certainly, over the second week, one could feel that the Brazilian people were starting to get into the swing of the Athletics programme. Possibly brought on by their home athlete winning the men’s pole vault against the gallant Frenchman. However, the booing and intimidation experienced on the Frenchman was something which we do not want come into our sport.  On the Irish team, we had several highlights with fine performances among others by Mark English, Ciara Mageean and the girls in the 3K Steeplechase.  Oh, I forget to mention Thomas Barr. It was clear from the first round that Thomas meant business and he finished 2nd in his heat and with each round got better and better. In the final he finished an excellent fourth in a very high calibre field and once again lowered the Irish record.  He was truly in control and will no doubt improve over the coming years. I was on the finishing straight as Thomas ran for home and the bronze medal was fractions away from him what an Olympics he had.

When I started to make enquiries about Rio last year, I was determined to see not just sport but also some sights. One of the sights I wanted to see was Christ the Redeemer Statute. To see Christ, the Redeemer which is perched above the city of Rio de Janerio.  You need to travel to the south of the city and then take a train which include a 20-minute train journey literally at about 60-degree angle up the side of the mountain.  The tour guide gave us 2 hours up and back to see the statue and the view over the whole city.  About 10 Minutes into the train journey up the side of the mountain we hit cloud and so it was with great disappointment that we got to the top of the mountain and with the cloud/ fog being so thick you could see nothing.  Breaks in the cloud did give glimpses of the statue but no view below unfortunately.  It was surreal, here I was with possibly about 2,000 people looking up into the sky to see Christ the Redeemer.  When he did appear, like the moving statues in Ballinspittle Co. Cork back in the 1980s, there was a gasp and cheer.  Finally, after plenty of Ohh’s and Ahhs I gave up and bought a couple of postcards and a quick pray in the little church at the base of the statute and I headed down to the train and back to the hotel.

On the final Saturday, I decided to catch the women’s Triathlon which was taking place at the far end of Copacabana towards Ipanema beach. This gave me a chance to see Ipanema beach and maybe spot the girl from Ipanema from the famous song. I did spot a girl but it was not the girl in the song but the women’s world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe.  I had last meet Paula in Sydney back in 2000 at the Sydney Harbour Bridge when she and Sonia were being interviewed by the BBC after the women’s 10K.  Here in Rio Paula was hosting a meet and train group and was very happy to pose for pictures with those who recognised her.  I headed on thinking I could cross over the rocks down too Copacabana.  As I walked along the rocks a guy in a white and blue track suit asked me I was trying to get to see the Triathlon I said I was.  He said let’s try this way.  I copped who he was and said “Sure Johnny you have to know didn’t you win the sliver last week in the men’s race behind your brother”. There was a laugh and a shake of hands and I then congratulated Johnny Brownlee Olympic Silver medallist in the Rio Games.  It really is a small word we live in.  And just Like Paula, Johnny was down to earth and the shared their time that morning in Rio.  A number of weeks later Johnny and his brother competed in the Triathlon and Johnny took a bit of a turn near the finish.  His brother on seeing he was in some distress ran back and helped him across the line.  Therefore, he put others first aside from himself.  This act of kindness by sportsmen and women in a world where sport has been spoiled with money, corruption and self-indulgence. Certainly, gave me faith in sport again after the whole ticket fiasco, drug reports and bans prior and during these Olympic Games.

The ideal role model, we all have one whether it’s a family member a friend a teacher etc. In my case in sporting terms and Irish sporting terms would be Raheny Shamrock’s Dick Hooper. As a 10 year, old in 1980 I saw the first running of the Dublin City Marathon at the time sponsored by Radio 2. I watched the race on the Watermill road in Raheny and can clearly remember seeing Dick come bounding down Watermill Road heading into town on his way to winning what would be 3 wins in the Dublin City Marathon. It was an image which I admit has made me obsessed with running and following the Marathon ever since. Dick was in Rio to support Mick Clohissey whom he coaches.  Dick in running terms in Ireland is a legend.  His record both nationally and internationally speaks for itself.  But here is Rio he was here to experience the Olympics like me and many others. On a wet Sunday morning, a small group of men from clubs Rahney Shamrocks (including Micks Dad, Uncle and brother), Clonliffe Harriers and Galway City harriers watched the men’s marathon.  In Rio, we had again 3 athletes competing the first time since Barcelona 1992 when we last field a fulltime. Dick along with the Dublin City Marathon Organisers and Athletics Ireland and supporters of distance running in Ireland had decided several years ago to get Irish marathon running back on track to the heady days of the 1970’s and 1980s.  When names like Hooper (Pat and Dick), Treacy, Kiernan, Nagle, Dowling, Purcell, Cusack, Mc Namara, Walsh, Kenny, Griffin, Mc Daid etc. ruled the roads.   They and others had pride in their eyes that morning after much effort the need to raise the bar in Irish distance running via the Marathon Mission we had managed to field 2 strong teams in both mend and women’s. In fact, we could have sent at least 2 mote teams due to the numbers of athletes who had achieved the Olympic qualifying standard.

The course for the men’s marathon like the women was the same. However, the warm and humid weather was replaced with rain and lower temperatures.  We again took our positions to see the athletes passing by our hotel 6 times.  The race was won by Eluid Kipchoge of Kenya who had one the London Marathon earlier in the year.  Another one of my running heroes Meb Keflezighi of the USA finished down the field.  But at 41 was the oldest competitor in the field. The following day I meet Meb who was staying in the hotel beside and was happy to pose for a picture.

Finally, on Sunday evening 22nd August the Olympic flames were extinguished.  What a games they were.   Talk of Zika, security, no shows, the ticket controversy, the judging in the boxing etc. The performances of the O’Donovan’s, Murphy, Rob in the walk and Thomas in the Hurdles etc.  Overall they were not the best Games ever, but I enjoyed them.  Each one is different. We will always have the Olympics; they will be controversial but that’s why we watch and go to them. It still is the greatest show on earth. I was homeward bound and back to work within 3 days with memories sand stories that will last forever. Here’s to Tokyo 2020.

Finally: I would like to congratulate all those who competed the Dublin City Marathon on Sunday. Those who were doing their first Marathon. Aisling, Emer and Stephen. Guys well-done. Forgive if I missed any others.  Personally  I ran my best time in 8 years and  I want to thank the Clonliffe Early birds for their help there  You are all legends,  Enjoy the break see you all in the coming weeks.


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