Archive for February, 2017

Clonliffe Juniors, Seniors & Masters at Leinster Indoor Championships (final update)

Report by Thomas Frayne: Today`s championships were the first Leinsters in the National Indoor Areana Abbottstown and accordingly drew great numbers of athletes competing in Junior, Senior and Masters. Whilst this meant a long day it was a most rewarding day for the Clonliffe crew.

In the morning session a number of the club`s juvenile athletes (ages U/16 to 18) and juniors took a break from the cross country circuit to run indoors and all performed admirably. The junior boys 1500 saw all three athletes put in very strong runs: Craig Giles with a 4.11.35 run was a very strong 2nd, further back both Ben Guiden and Daniel Stone running as juniors for the first time were very solid finishing 4th (4.26.84)  and 5th (4.27.31). Silver also for Alannah Cooley in the junior girls 1500 after a fine run in 4.58.07, younger sister Cliona battled gamely finishing 8th and will benefit from the experience. Later in the afternoon the 800s took place. Cian Bolger, an U/17 athlete, looked like a seasoned athlete in a bumpy physical race and ran an indoor pb of 2.02.50 in placing 5th. In race 2 Shane Ferris running his first race since last Summer ran a solid 2.05.11 to win with Conor Monahan  further back in the pack (2.17.05). A good experience gainer also for Hannah Browne in the junior women`s 800 finishing in 6th place in 2.31.61.

Finishing off some excellent performances from the club`s junior athletes was a strong performance from Sean Carrig in the Junior Men 3000m winning, at a canter in 9.08, a full half lap ahead of the second placed runner.

Moving on to the Seniors and Masters, there were plenty of indoor PBs and winning performances from a big Clonliffe contingent.

In the ladies O/35 events, an impressive Ciara Peelo secured the 400m-800m (2.30.29) double gold, with Clonliffe track stalwart Snezana Bechtina securing a gold and a silver in the 200m (25.82) and 60m, the 200 performance was particularly impressive as Snezana was almost crossing the finish line whilst the rest of the field were still coming off the top bend!. In the senior Women’s 1,500m Eimear O’Brien was just edged out of a medal meters from the line into 4th (4.43.12), Emer Brennan ran 5.48.88 and later ran 2.48.15 in the 800.

For the men there was gold for Philip O’Doherty in the O/55 800m in his comeback race with a time of 2.20.35, and for a fast finishing Pat Davoren in the O40 3,000m. Silver for this writer in the O/35 1,500m and a tremendous double bronze for an in form Fergal O’Shea, with a big pb of 4.43.91 in the 1,500m, matched with the same in the 800m.

Martin Treacy had a steady run into 6th place in the O/55 1,500 in a race featuring the biggest field of the day with 17 athletes competing.

Our sprinters had a good day too, Leo Margan and Keith Marks had good runs in the 60m heats with Leo topping the charts in the heats while in the womens 200m Ciara McCallion ran 24.97 to top the time charts. Gold also in the seniors for Leah Bergin in the 400 (58.93) with Emer Treacy 4th (64.32), Emer also ran the 800 (2.24.25)

In the field events Keith Marks was in good form winning the senior long jump (6.74m), likewise a win for Niall Counihan in the triple jump (13.91m) and silver in the pole vault for Rolus Olusa (3.70m). Frances Mansfield one again kitted out in the masters shot winning the O/70 with a best of 5.21m.

With all results now in, also Tom Monks took O/55 3000 gold (11.40.47) and George Maybury 2nd O/60 800 (2.39.60)

Weekend Round up: Big East, English National & Dundalk

The Weekend round up brings us far and near.  Starting off Friday the 24th in Staten Island, New York where Aaron Hanlon was running for Providence College in the 5000m at the Big East Indoor Championships. A pretty good run by Aaron who was always in the lead pack to finish 6th in 14.32.67.

(English National XC: Jayme hits a muddy patch!)

On Saturday Jayme Rossister had a very good outing in the English National Cross Country held in Wollaton Park, Nottingham placing 55th (42.08) in a huge field of well over 1,000 starters.

Closer home Sean Doran was 3rd in the Fitzer 5k in Dunalk (16.40).

Sunday and Sean Doran placed 4th in another 5k road race, Dunleek 5k in 16.48. The Leinster Indoors also took place in Abbottstown, separate report posted later.

It`s now safe to book Summer holidays!

The 2017 Grand Prix Series schedule of 16 races has now been released. Starting on March 30th with the Frank White Cup- 5 mile track and concluding 16 races later with the Horan Cup on the country in Santry on November 25th. Dates are set out on the Grand Prix Series page of this site and also appear in the Events Diary. Entry to the Grand Prix Series is now open and places are filling fast so ENTER NOW.

Also available are the Dublin Graded Meets dates for the Summer and dates of Dublin and National Championships. Don`t forget Morton Games, July 12th. All can be found on the Event Diary page. So now armed with these dates your Summer holidays can now be safely booked!

Brian Gregan selected for European Indoors

Athletics Ireland have this evening announced an 11 strong team to represent Ireland at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on March 3rd-5th. National Indoor and outdoor 400 Champion Brian Gregan, currently ranked number 10 in Europe, has been selected in the 400.  Full team details on


Round up: MacMahon wins Donadea 50k (a week ago!), plus more

The weekend round up starts a week ago! Brian MacMahon won the Donadea 50k race in a time of 3:11.26 (apologies Brian, but info only to hand this weekend), on Saturday 11th of Feb.

This weekend, yesterday the 19th David Mansfield was 8th in the Enniscorthy 10k in 31.58.

On Saturday the BHAA Cross Country continued in ALSAA, however, with no information flowing we`ve nothing to report on Clonliffe athletes (let us into the secret 0879599888!).

Gregan takes another National title

The Irish Life Health National Indoor Championships were a great success at the National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown over the weekend. From a Clonliffe perspective Brian Gregan`s 400 win on Sunday was the highlight of the weekend.

Gregan appears to be hitting top form at just the right time, running his fastest indoor 400 for a couple of years. His win was achieved by an aggressive fast opening lap as he hit the bell with day light between him and club mate Luke Lennon-Ford. Another National title in 46.59. 2rd was Lennon-Ford (47.05).

2nd also for Keith Marks in the long jump with a best of 7.05m, Niall Counihan was 4th in this competition (6.70m). Counihan however took National bronze in the triple jump (14.25m). Also in the field events Marcin Klinzow was 4th in the high jump (1.85m)

Leo Mangan made the final of the 60m with some consistent sprinting throughout the weekend: heat in 7.03, semi in 6.99 and final 7.00 in placing 5th.

Likewise Richie Owens made his final, running 4.02.26 to place 6th in his 1500 heat and in yesterday`s final placing 6th in 3.57.23. A fine run also yesterday in the 3000 by young Cathal Doyle placing 6th in 8.35.75. In Saturday`s women`s 3000 Emer O`Brien was 11th (10.07.85)

On Saturday Ciara McCallion ran 56.69 in het 400 heat but failed to progress to the final. Likewise Emer Treacy with a 2.24.96 800 heat failed to progress and a similar faith for Mark McDonald in his 800 (2.00.27) and for Theo Cruz in his 400 (50.64).

Have your Blood Pressure tested

On Tuesday next, the 21st and the following Tuesday, the 28th, McCabes Pharmacy will be at Clonliffe Harriers offering free Blood Pressure Tests to all athletes aged 18 plus from 6.00pm to 7.30

Get your entry to 2017 Grand Prix Series in soon

Grand Prix Sub Committee: We are delighted to announce The Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series for 2017,  Consisting of 16 Races, covering distances from 800 Metres to 10 Miles, on Track, Trail, Grass and Road surfaces, taking place from March to December of this year. Our 1st Race – The Frank White, 5 Mile track race (Ireland’s only 5 Mile track race), takes place on the track on Thursday, March 30th at 8pm with Prizes kindly sponsored by Colm Doran. Full schedule currently being finalised and will be posted on the Grand Prix Series page of this web site soon.

The Series is open to runners from Clonliffe Harriers as well as to Runners from other clubs and especially to runners who may have thought of joining a running club in the past, but put it off. WELL, WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO JOIN US !! (everyone is welcome).

The series is most exciting, as each runner is handicapped throughout the series, giving everyone a chance to compete on an even level. Prizes are awarded for each race along with post race refreshments. Points are awarded following each race and at the series finale in December overall prizes are awarded to the leading runners.

The entry fee is 30.00 euros for the entire series !!! Results for each race are posted on the Clonliffe Harriers website and a live points table will be kept updated throughout the series.

Enter now by obtaining an application from ; Maurice Ahern, John O’Leary, Pamela Cooper, Liam Hennessy, Eoin Murray or Paddy or Caroline Tuite.

We can`t wait to get going on March 30th.

Come join us for what promises to be the best series yet !!!.

DON’T DELAY – ENTER NOW, as numbers may have to be limited !!!

Sibanda sets new club 60 record

Having over looked that Chris Sibanda was also competing in Athlone last night it is with great pleasure that we report that not only was Chris competing but he was rewriting the club record books! In finishing 4th in a World class 60 m heat Chris set a new PB and club record of 6.85.

New Clonliffe Harrier places 3rd in Athlone Grand Prix

400m runner Luke Lennon Ford, who has just joined Clonliffe Harriers, was the club`s only competitor at tonight`s big indoor international in Athlone where he finished 3rd in a time of 47.14. The former GBR 4 x 400 team member, who competed in last Summer`s Morton Games, will don the Clonliffe colours for the first time at this weekend`s Nationals in Abbottstown. Interesting fact: Luke was a bronze medallist at the European U/23 Championships in Ostrava in 2011 behind silver medallist Brian Gregan.


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