Archive for December, 2016

Happy New Year!

With the final sessions of 2016 now completed and banked it`s time to wish all our fantastic Clonliffe Harriers, our sponsors, supporters and friends in athletics a happy and healthy New Year.


2016 Roll of Honour (updated)

As we are about to bring the curtain down on 2016 and with some degree of trepidation (the fear of missing someone, so if anyone is missed sincere apologies!) we bring you the Clonliffe list of 2016 National Champions:


U/13 Indoor 60m Sally Sumola

U/13 Long Jump Sally Sumola

U/17 800m Craig Giles

U/19 3000SC Sean Carrig

U/19 3000 Adam OBrien


Pole Vault Indoor Ian Rogers

High Jump Indoor Andrew Heney

400 Brian Gregan

Javelin Rory Gunning

Marathon Sergiu Ciobanu

Half Marathon Brian MacMahon


O/40 Marathon Gary O`Hanlon

O/45 Half Marathon Declan Power

O/45 5000 Declan Power

O/50 800 Geraldine Reilly

O/60 Indoor 800 George Maybury

O/65 Indoor 200 Matt Slattery

O/65 Indoor 400 Matt Slattery

O/65 100 Matt Slattery

O/65 200 Matt Slattery

O/65 400 Matt Slattery

O/70 Hammer Frances Mansfield

O/70 Discus Frances Mansfield


Men National Indoor League

Men National Track & Field League

National Marathon (Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O`Hanlon, David Mansfield)

National Half Marathon (Brian MacMahon, Gary O`Hanlon, Declan Power)

National Junior Cross Country (Sean O`Leary, Cathal Doyle, Adam O`Brien, Joey Hession)

National Novice (Cathal Doyle, Richard Owens, Eoin Taggart, Ian Guiden)

(Errors or omissions don`t be shy text 0879599888) 

Dublin Masters Cross Country

Coming very soon indeed is the Dublin Masters Cross Country in St. Anne`s, Raheny. January 8th is the date. The Captains wish to finalise teams and get entries in asap so if interested in competing please text name and category men to Joe 0872256004 and women to Pamela 0861503015.

Adam O`Brien leads Clonliffe Cracker 1 2 3

It was a bright fresh morning that greeted the runners in Morton Stadium for today`s ERP Christmas Cracker 5k Road Race. The icy patches on the track were quickly dispatched by the salting team as the runners gathered at the start line for the 11.00am start and with a crack from Tom McCormack`s starters gun off they went.

After a lap on the track out through the stadium gates for a lap of Santry. The field was lead by a Clonliffe quartet consisting of Adam O`Brien, Craig Giles, Sean O`Leary and Liam Roarty as the runners streamed out heading uphill to the Northwood turn. Adam O`Brien held the lead and driving on the pace opened a gap that continued to yawn and by the end of the Northwood straight that gap had grown to 70m and then back into the stadium to 100 plus. At the finish it was a pretty comfortable win for Adam, the first Clonliffe winner of this race, in a time of 15.47. The battle for second was won by Sean O`Leary holding off Liam Roarty as they took the turn into the stadium gates almost side by side, at the line a mere second separating them: 16.14 to 16.15.

In the women`s race DSD Olympian Maria McCambridge was the class of the field winning in 16.53, and 10th place overall. Maria well clear of young Skerries AC athlete Isabel Carron (18.04) with Raheny`s vastly experienced Annette Kealy 3rd (18.14).

1st junior man was Craig Giles in 17.19 with Alannah Cooley completing a Clonliffe junior double winning in 20.04.


(Pictured: Adam O`Brien wins 2016 ERP Xmas Cracker)

Results ERP Christmas Cracker 5k:

Men: 1st Adam O`Brien (Clonliffe) 15.47, 2nd Sean O`Leary (Clonliffe) 16.14, 3rd Liam Roarty (Clonliffe) 16.15

Women: 1st Maria McCrambridge (DSD) 16.53, 2nd Isabel Carron (Skerries) 18.04, 3rd Annette Kealy (Raheny) 18.14

Junior M: 1st Craig Giles (Clonliffe) 17.19, 2nd Ciaran  Crowther * (Tallaght) 17.30, 3rd Daragh Carter (Clonliffe) 18.20.

Junior W: 1st Alannah Cooley (Clonliffe) 20.04, 2nd Nora-Beth Collins (Clonliffe) * 24.36, 3rd Aoife Gleeson 24.54

M/40: 1st Gary Crossan (DSD) 17.16, 2nd Shane Larkin 17.30

W/40: 1st Suzanne Ryan * 20.41, 2nd Laura Kiernan (Clonliffe) 21.42

M/50: 1st Conor O`Reilly 18.40, 2nd Niall Markey (Clonliffe) 19.18

W/50: 1st Mary Purdue-Smith (Raheny) 23.31, 2nd Catherine Gilmore * 23.34

M/60: 1st Matt Cooley * 26.41, 2nd Gerard Murphy 34.49

M/70 1st Roy Corry (Willowfield) 25.00

(* prize not collected. Can be collect in club bar Weds to Sun from 7pm)

Full Results Click: xmas-cracker-2016


Clonliffe would like to thank ERP, Alone, St. John`s Ambulance, An Garda Siohana, Morton Stadium and all our club volunteers. We would also like to thank the athletes who took part and wish you all a very happy and sporting New Year.


Final Instructions: ERP Christmas Cracker 5k December 27th

The ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with Alone takes place in Santry on Tuesday December 27th @ 11.00am. Late entry on the day @ €20.00 (€5.00 of which is a donation to Alone) . See final instructions below:

Race date and start time: Sunday 27th  of December at 11 a.m.

Late entries: Taken in the Clonliffe club bar. Late entries taken on the day from 9.30 a.m. until 10.45 a.m. Please note that no entries whatsoever will be taken after 10.45 a.m.

Race check-in: Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse, Morton Stadium Santry.

Entry fee: €20.00.

Numbers: To be collected from the Clonliffe club bar upstairs in the clubhouse from 9.30 a.m.

ERP Draw: On race day bring along either a used battery operated or electric appliance or ten used batteries (all for recycling), you will be given a ticket and entered into a draw courtesy of European Recycling Platform. The draw will take place after the prize-giving in the Clonliffe club bar. Prizes courtesy of ERP.

Car parking: Limited car parking available in the stadium. Please note that the avenue in the stadium must be kept clear of cars at all times.

Parking in Santry area: Please do not park on the Swords Road as cars parked on the Swords Road will be dealt with by the Gardaí by either parking tickets or removal by the Gardaí of cars which are illegally parked.

Public transport: The Morton Stadium is well serviced by public transport in particular the numbers 41, 33 and number 16.

Race start: On the track in the Morton Stadium @11.00am. Please assemble at start area at 10.50am.

Course: The race will leave the stadium turning left up the Swords Road heading in the direction of the airport, turning left at Northwood, proceeding down the length of Northwood before turning left at the Ballymun Road, left again at Santry Avenue (Santry Cross), proceeding down the length of Santry Avenue, turning left again at the Swords Road and left back into the stadium where the athletes will run 300 metres on the track and the race will finish on the track.

Changing facilities: Limited changing facilities will be available in the stadium.

Toilets: Located in the stadium.

Hot chocolate: for all finishers thanks to our friends in Last Lap Café.

Prize presentation: The presentation of prizes will take place in the Clonliffe bar, upstairs in the clubhouse asap after the race.

Results: Will be published on this website.

Health and Safety: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance to deal with any medical emergencies. Please note that as this race takes place on the public roadway you must be aware of traffic as the road will not be closed. Entrants are, therefore, primarily responsible for their own safety. On course marshals and the Gardaí will be there to assist. Please obey the instructions of all marshals.

Stewards: Please report to the stadium for briefing at 9.45am

Sponsors:  ERP and Last Lap Café

Alone: the race is run in association with the charity for older people Alone.

Finally Clonliffe Harriers A.C. would like to thank you for entering the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k and we trust that you will have an enjoyable morning with us in Santry.

Course Map: Cracker route map

Clonliffe lets the hair down at super Cake Race/Athletes Awards night (full results)

The annual Clonliffe Christmas Cake Race took place in a chilly and windy Santry last night. Between the men and the women’s races there was a good entry of some 60 or so athletes.  It was the ladies cake race which got proceedings underway at 7.30 p.m. with the early runners being sent on their way finally down to the scratch athletes Laura Tuite and Alanah Cooley.  The race started on the track then proceeded left and up through Northwood, taking in a loop and then back down Northwood to finish on the track.  Like a hot knife through butter Alannah tore through the field entering the Stadium alone to win the 2016 Cake race. cake-race-16 At 8 p.m. the men’s race got underway, again there was a fine entry of youth and experience, the early runners being set on their way by the club captain down to scratch man Jayme Rossister.   After the trip through Santry a string of athletes entered the stadium with Mick Gleeson holding the lead as Sean Carrig sprinted after him like a man possessed. The finish line came too soon for Sean as Mick held his lead by a fraction. Fastest man was Jayme Rossister with a 15.06 run.

Post race the prize giving took place in the club bar with the prizes being presented by the ladies captain Pamela Cooper and then the men’s captain Joe Cooper. Joe then presented the victorious Clonliffe national men’s junior cross country team with their medals: Cathal Doyle, Sean O`Leary, Joey Hession and Adam O`Brien.

This was then followed by the presentation of prizes by Eugene Coppinger on behalf of the Dublin City Marathon to the national marathon winning team of Sergiu Ciobanu, Gary O’Hanlon and David Mansfield. Paddy Marley the club president then made presentations to the athletes who had set new club records in 2016. First to Keith Marks who is only a new member of the club having joined this year and Keith rewrote the longest standing club record as he consigned Hugo Duggan’s 1969 long jump record to the history books as at the European club’s championships he jumped 7.48m.  The second athlete who received a presentation was Rory Gunning.  Rory again is another new athlete to the club and over the course of the summer he set a new javelin record on no less than four occasions finishing up with a record of 63.24m.

The president then made presentations to the club’s 2016 national champions:

Ian Rogers, indoor pole vault. Andrew Heney, indoor high jump. Brian MacMahon, half marathon. Brian Gregan, 400m. Rory Gunning, javelin. Sergiu Ciobanu, marathon.

The athletes of the year was generously sponsored by John Shields and Loki Sports. Loki have been great supporters of this event since its inauguration and have remained as sponsor ever since.   The Clonliffe athletes of the year for 2016 were:

Junior athlete of the year – Keith Marks.

Master athlete of the year – Gary O’Hanlon.

Women’s track and field athlete of the year – Ciara McCallion.

Women’s road/cross country athlete of the year – Eimear O’Brien.

Men’s track and field athlete of the year – Rory Gunning.

Men’s road/cross country athlete of year – Sergiu Ciobanu.

The Clonliffe Harrier of the year – Killian Lonergan. athletes-of-the-year-16 The president then made a special presentation of a Clonliffe gold medal to Greta Streimikyte in recognition of Greta’s participation for Ireland at the Paralympic Games in Rio. He noted that Greta had at the start of the summer set herself the challenge of trying to obtain the qualifying time and in the process she had ran PB after PB over both 800 and 1500.  She eventually obtained that elusive 1500 time and travelled to Rio for the Paralympics in September where she competed in the 1500 in the T13 category.  Greta finished 3rd in heat number 2 in Rio in a time of 4.51.75, another PB.  A matter of days later she lined up for the final and ran a fantastic race finishing just out of the medals in 4th position but bettering her days old PB by six seconds to finish in a time of 4.45.06. Clonliffe Harriers were delighted to honour Greta for her achievements and she now joins the distinguished list of Clonliffe Harrier Olympians and Paralympians and in recognition of this was conferred with honorary life membership of Clonliffe Harriers A.C.

With business done the party commenced. No further comments required! cake-race-night-16 Clonliffe Harriers would like to extend our best wishes for Christmas to all of our members, our sponsors, supporters and friends.

This leaves only one event remaining for 2016 which is the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with ALONE which takes place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday December 27th.

Results click: cakerace16

Cake Race Final Instructions

Tonight is Cake Race night. The Captains have received a great entry of some 30 in the women`s race and 50 . Any member who has not pre entered can of course still run, however, off scratch!

The women`s race will be at 7.30pm with the men next.

Athletes please note that you MUST wear a white or yellow top or a high viz vest as the race takes place on the road.

Prize giving post race in the club house along with Athletes of the Year. There will be food, music, chat, fun and maybe even a pint or two taken. Please come along for Captain`s night and show your support and appreciation for the work done throughout the year by your club captains.

Finally as there will be big numbers at the prize giving please do not bring gear bags into the bar but leave in the hall for collection afterwards.

See you all there!!

The Great Clonliffe Juvenile Cake Off

Tonight`s Juvenile Cake Races drew great numbers of young Harriers to the Stadium for a great night`s racing and fun. Between the 8 races well over 100 athletes took to the track. As always the races were run on a handicap basis with the handicapper getting some spot on and others maybe not so!

There were races over middle distances from 500m to 1000m from U/9 up to U/15 plus for good measure an exciting 400 for the Juvenile sprinters. Post races the athletes gathered for their prize giving (Cakes to the winners of course) plus spot prizes, refreshments and a selection box for all, courtesy once again of the generosity of sponsor Colm Doran.

The Cake Race winners were:

U/9 Girls Grace Fitzgerald

U/9 Boys Zion Dianondebs

U/11 Girls Lara Donohue

U/13 Girls Lara Gallagher

U/13 Boys Sam Fearan

U/15 Boys Sam Kawalczyke

Sprinters 400 Girls Ellen Foley

Sprinters 400 Boys Ciaran Gartland

Clonliffe Twice Junior Cross Country Champion Hope Saunders, home for holidays from Florida State gave a great talk to the young athletes advising them to continue to work and train hard particularly on those wet cold nights and to keep believing in themselves. Hope then presented the two most prestigious Juvenile awards: The Juvenile Athlete of the year to Emma McDonnell and the Juvenile Harrier of the year to Rapha Diamond-Ebbs.

Well done to all our wonderful juvenile athletes, and a huge thank you to Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper and her team of Coaches and assistants for all their hard work throughout 2016.


(Pictured: Hope Saunders, Juvenile Harrier of the year Rapha Diamond-Ebbs and Coach Ray Fitzsimons) 

It goes ahead: Juvenile Cake race Tonight!

Hail, rain or shine the show goes on tonight! The Club Juvenile Cake Races will be held on the track in the Stadium regardless of the weather. Athletes please report at usual training time. Post race presentation of prizes, plus Juvenile Athletes of the year.

7 day count down: ERP Christmas Cracker 5k

In a week`s time, Tuesday December 27th The ERP Christmas Cracker 5k around the streets of Santry takes place. Run off that turkey! Entry is now open for the annual 5k run through Santry over Christmas. On December 27th at 11.00am the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with Alone takes place.

This race provides an ideal opportunity to run off the turkey, get some fresh air and in the process help a most worthy charity Alone.

The race starts and finishes on the track in Morton Stadium. Enter now on


Senior Men 1,2,3.    Senior Women 1,2,3

Junior Men 1,2,3.    Junior Women 1,2,3

1st & 2nd Masters O/40, O/50, O/60, O/70, O/80 Men and Women.

Stewards required: Any club member not competing please give us an hour and a half of your time. Contact Jeremy Chapman 0874198718 asap.



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