Archive for April, 2017

Dublin Juvenile league round 2

Gladys Cooper reports:  The second round of the league got off to a very cold start today on home turf at Morton Stadium but that only applied to the weather  as all of the Clonliffe athletes competed extremely well in their chosen events despite the cold. The  U/15 girls  who had a long wait all ran so well and ending with a 1st from Emma McDonnell, 2nd Katie Halpin  3rd Aiofe Hession in the 1000m. Emma  also went on to win the 80m and completing a great all round performance also won the high jump. Blaise Carroll also did extremely well in the U/15 high jump. Also winning in the high jump was Dermot Buckley U/16.

In the U/14 800 Naiose Cullen had another great outing in the league, despite having a cold, finishing 2nd in what was great race. Sally Sumola as always gave her all in the sprints finishing 1st U/14 .Jonathon Fitzsimons U/13 was 3rd in 80m and 2nd in 600m .

Once again a big well done to all of our great Clonliffe athletes.

Gladys Cooper. Juvenile Captain.

Grand Prix News: Clonliffe 2

Race report by Liam Hennessy as follows: Round 3 of the Grand Prix Series took place Thursday in conjunction with The Clonliffe 2 mile Tommy Burton Cup – Morton Stadium / Santry Demesne – Cool, dry evening / 10 Degrees / Slight breeze / Good conditions for running.

The rain held off, as many of the 56 Grand Prix Runners who took part were first timers to the 2017 series, eager to make an impression on the Grand Prix Points Table.

The following is the result of the Grand Prix Handicap from the 126th running of the Clonliffe 2 mile / Tommy Burton Cup race;

1st Place – Ollie Power
2nd Place – Katie Hennigan
3rd Place – Karl Nolan

Prizes for 2 Mile will be presented next Thursday, May, 4th.

The points table will be updated in due course.
Many thanks again to Race Director; Michael Kearney, Event Controller /Safety Officer; Alan Worrall, Club officials and Friends, who made the 2 mile race a great success.
Next Race – Round 4 – NEXT Thursday, May 4th8pm – Morton Stadium – 3000 Metres (Track Race)  / The Pat O’Hara Memorial Cup – It could be you !!!
See you there !!!

May Madness from Morton Games with Athletics Club Offer

Morton Games today announced details of a great athletics club offer which opens on the 2nd of May and will run throughout the month of May or until the first 1000 tickets under the offer have been sold. The May only offer to clubs is purchase 20 tickets and only pay for 10.

In announcing the offer Meet Director Noel Guiden said: “We would like to see as many of our clubs as possible in attendance at the Morton Games on July 12th and for these clubs to bring as many of their athletes, coaches, juvenile athletes and indeed parents of juveniles to the Morton Stadium to witness for themselves a night of world class athletics.”

He continued: “In recent years those who attended the Meet have witnessed some fantastic athletes in action in Santry and have witnessed outstanding athletics.  The stadium record books have been rewritten in Santry as a result of recent Morton Games – who will ever forget 2014 when there were 9 new stadium records set on the night or indeed last year’s Meet when there were a record number of sub 4 minute miles in an event on Irish soil – 11 out of the 12 finishers broke 4 minutes.”

Morton Games would love to see the Athletics Clubs of Ireland come along to the Meet in great numbers – indeed bring your club colours and in addition to supporting international athletes support Ireland`s athletes and your club mates who will be competing on the night.



Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal Open Sports Programme

Sunday May 21st is the date for the 2nd Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal Open Sports. During this meeting all races will be finals. This means no heats will be conducted. Medals will be issued to First, Second and Third places in every event.

Date: Sunday 21st May 2017 @ Morton Stadium, Santry Events Time: 2.00 – 5.30 p.m.

Entry fee is €5 per athlete. Check in under covered canopy situated at the 100m start on the main straight. The check in is open from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m.


All sprints to commence @ 2.00 p m.

U/10 Boys 60m                                                                  U/10 Girls 60m

U/12 Boys 80m                                                                  U/12 Girls 80m

U/14 Boys 100m & 200m                                               U/14 Girls 100m & 200m

U/16 Boys 100m & 200m                                               U/16 Girls 100m & 200m


U/10 Boys 500m                                                               U/10 Girls 500m

U/12 Boys 600m                                                               U/12 Girls 600m

U/14 Boys 1000m                                                             U/14 Girls 1000m

U/16 Boys 1000m                                                             U/16 Girls 1000m


U/10 Boys Long Jump & Whistler Throw                 U/10 Girls Long Jump & Whistler Throw

U/12 Boys Long Jump & Shot Put                              U/12 Girls Long Jump & Shot Put

U/14 Boys Long Jump & Shot Put                              U/14 Girls Long Jump & Shot Put

U/16 Boys Long Jump & Shot Put                              U/16 Girls Long Jump & Shot Put

Car Parking

Limited car parking situated in the Morton Stadium via the main stadium gate. Please note that the Clonliffe Harriers car park is reserved for officials only. Patrons are advised not to park on the Swords Road as it is likely that An Garda Síochána will deal with parking offenders by way of ticketing and/or removal of vehicles.

Sponsor: AIB, Swords Road, Santry, Dublin 9

Meet Director: Gladys Cooper –

Dublin Graded Meet Number 1

The track and field season kicked off in a cold and wintry Morton Stadium on Wednesday night, April 26th with the Dublin Graded Leagues. There was a sprinkling of Clonliffe athletes in action.

Starting off with the sprints, Rebecca Fitzsimons, who only a matter of hours earlier had won the inter 300 North Leinster title at the same venue, won the 100 Grade C Race in a time of 13.11 with club mate Denise Bolger 2nd 13.43.  Leo Morgan was 3rd in the A 100 in a time of 10.19, Mark Kerins was 3rd in Grade C in 12.34 with Ciaran Gartland 3rd in Race C 2 12.01.

In the 800s Hannah Browne was 3rd in Grade B in a time of 2.28.93.  In Grade B of the Men’s Niall Norman ran 2.06.03 in placing 7th and in Grade D Thomas Frayne was 7th in 2.24.63.

The Women’s 3000 saw Emer Treacy make her debut over the longer distance, stepping up from her normal 800, she recorded a time of 12.03.94 whilst in the Men’s 3000 Joseph Keane was 10th in 8.53.00, Eoin McCullough was 17th (9.39.70), in the combined B and C race Declan Power was 2nd 9.13.28, Thomas Sherlock ran 9.24.67 for 5th, Thomas Ward was 10th in 9.37.88 and Niall Sherlock 18th in 9.50.30.

In the field events Rolus Olusa won the pole vault with 3.60 and Frances Mansfield was out once again competing finishing 2nd in the Women’s hammer (3kg) with a best of 15.41.

Next up for the graded is a trip to Irishtown where on the card is 200m, 1500m, 5000m, long jump, pole vault and shot.

Coghlan wins 126th Clonliffe 2

MSB`s John Coghlan took the win in tonight`s Clonliffe 2, the 126th annual running of this historic race, holding off the home challenge of Ian Guiden.  It turned out to be a fine night for a race, the rain held off and the wind wasn`t a major factor.

A pretty good turn out of 150 starters on the track in the Morton Stadium left heading into Northwood and then into Santry Park. It was here that Ian Guiden tested Coghlan opening a slight advantage of maybe 5 meters. The MSB man, however, is a seasoned campaigner and settled in behind the Clonliffe Harrier, at the turn back into the stadium Coghlan held a lead of maybe 20 meters and prevailed to take the win in 9.15 with Guiden recording 9.23. £rd place went to Lee Van Heaflen (Donore) 9.41.

1st woman was Sorcha Nic Dhomhnaill (Donore) in 10.58 from another Clonliffe runner up Eleanor Alexander (11.04), and the ever green Annette Kealy (Raheny), 11.23.

The Clonliffe juniors were well to the fore with a great turn out in both junior men and women with both sets dominating. The junior men were lead home by Sean O`Leary and women by Alannah Cooley, showing no ill effects from her 2nd place senior girls 1500 in yesterday`s North Leinsters.

The prize giving, with the race for the 31st time sponsored by Kavanaghs “The Grave Diggers”, was handled by Niall Kavanagh and Clonliffe President Paddy Marley, with a welcomed turn out of athletes. Ading an international feel to the event was our Spanish visitor Toni Santisteban (Esportiv Pendes), who is on a tour of historic road races.

Clonliffe would like to Kavanaghs, Race Director Mick Kearney and his team, the Gardaí and the athletes for their support of this historic race.


(Pictured: 3rd L. Van Haeflen, 1st J. Coghlan, 3rd I. Guiden)

Senior men:

  1. John Coghlan (MSB) 9.15
  2. Ian Guiden (Clonliffe) 9.23
  3. Lee Van Haeflen (Donore)

Team: Clonliffe (Guiden, Taggart, Doran)

Senior women:

1.Sorcha Nic Dhomhnaill (Donore) 10.58

2. Elenor Alexander (Clonliffe) 11.04

3. Annette Kealy (Raheny) 11.23

Team: Clonliffe (Alexander, Cooper, Brady)

Junior men: 1. Sean O`Leary, 2. Craig Giles, 3. Daniel Lacey (all Clonliffe). Team Clonliffe

Junior women: 1. Alannah Cooley, 2. Ella Brown, 3. Abby Sheehy (all Clonliffe). Team Clonliffe

Master men: O/35 Ger Copeland (Dublin Bay), O/40 Shane Larkin (Drogheda & District), O/45 Eamon Traynor (Raheny), O/50 Fergal O`Shea (Clonliffe), O/55 Gary Keeling (Balbriggan), O/60 Dessie Shorten (Parnell), O/65 Matt Slattery (Clonliffe), O/70 Terry Mee (Donore)

Master Women: O/35 Aideen Brady (Clonliffe), O/40 Zoe Quinn (Dublin Bay), O/45 Amiee Ahern (Clonliffe), O/50 Geraldine Keogh (Clonliffe), O/65 Josie Power (Drogheda & District)

Full results click: Clonliffe 2miles results 2017

To see photos click:

On behalf of the Race Director(Michael Kearney)  and the Event Controller /Safety Officer (Alan Worrall)for the night.   The club wishes to acknowledge and thank  all those who assisted with the last nights staging of the 126th running of  the Clonliffe 2 Mile proudly supported by the Kavanagh Family/ Grave Diggers establishment. . We were up on numbers from last year and this is a trend  that we can work on for future holding of this historic race.  Special thanks to the large number of new faces who assisted on the  night and blended in well with the seasoned hands.  This is most encouraging as  good planning and promotion and participation by all levels in the club  of this or any event results in a most enjoyable experience for all.

Clonliffe 2 Mile – tonight Thursday 27 April at 8pm – entry taken tonight

Clonliffe Harriers invites all Club and Fun runners to participate in tonight`s Clonliffe 2 Mile taking place in Santry at 8pm. Enter tonight in the Clonliffe clubhouse.

Entries being taken on race night

Entries are being taken on the night in the Clonliffe Harriers Club House between 6.30 and 7.30pm.

Entry fee is €15 for Seniors/Masters and €10 for Juniors.

All entrants will receive the iconic Clonliffe 2 Mile tee-shirt.

Prize giving and refreshments will be place in the Clonliffe Club House after the race.

Car Parking

Parking spaces are limited in Morton Stadium and will be on a first come first served basis.

Please note that Fingal County Council have advised that parking will not be available in Santry Demesne for this race as the Main Park Gate closes automatically at 8pm.

Course Map: Clonliffe 2 Map

Stewards: Please report to the Club Bar for safety briefing and allocation of posts at 7.00pm.

Mick Kearney, Race Director.

A raw day for North Leinster athletes

A cold raw day in Santry can only mean one thing: the start of the track season! Today`s North Leinster Schools made for a bitterly cold experience for the athletes and spectators. The Clonliffe crew were out in force and made light of the conditions all putting in 100% in their school colours.

Highlights included in the sprints a fine win for Rebecca Fitzsimons in the inter girls 300. Whilst in the shorter sprints Rapha Diamond-Ebbs was 3rd in the inter 100 with Jessica Dedeku 6th. Also running was Cara Curran-Beggs in the junior 300.

In the junior 100 final Holly Roche was in that unlucky 4th place with Kirsten O`Grady Hogan chasing her hard in 6th.

Cian Bolger came down in distance to run the 400 inter, he cantered around the semis in 56 seconds aprox. Cian ran 54.4 in the final to take bronze.

In the middle distance races Max Kelly was 2nd in the inter boys 1,100, while Aaron Cullen was in excellent form taking gold in the U/16 mile. Daragh Carter endured a tough race in the junior 1500 with the race leader setting a scorching 65 second opening lap, Daragh needless to say tired over the closing lap but held on to take 3rd place. Dermot Buckley was 7th in this race (a starting field of aprox 25 no less!) Dermo also took in the High Jump, placing 6th and had a 100m sprint from his final jump to the 1500 start line!. Craig Giles ran circa 4.24 for 2nd place in the inter 1500 after a 75 second opener, but a flying final 400!

Performance of the day came from Greg Hossenny in the senior 1500, without a doubt his best ever track race, beating team mate Sean O`Leary into 3rd on the final 50m, Greg taking 2nd and both recording pb`s 4.08.2 and 4.09.3. Later for good measure Greg won the race walk.

Another athlete to shine today was Sarah Bateson in the junior 1500 a very gutsy run to 2nd saw her also pb with a 5.09.7 run. Alana Fitzsimons also ran strongly in this race placing 5th. Aimee Warren found it tough going in the inter race placing well down in 8th place.

Over the jumps in the inter 1500 steeple both Daniel Lacy and Jordan Byrne lined up and both ran very well indeed Daniel 1st (4.41) with Jordan 2nd (4.46).

Finally in the minor girls relay, with 50% of the team being Clonliffe athletes, Ella Cooley and Emma McDonnell battled through semis and then excelled in the final to bag team gold.

Day 2 of the Norths is next Wednesday with the East Leinsters on Tuesday and Thursday.

Final call for Stewards for Clonliffe 2

Tomorrow night (April 27th) the proud tradition of the historic Clonliffe 2 continues with the 126th running of the race. The Race Director Mick Kearney appeals to all members to play their part: please run the race or assist with stewarding duties. Without your help the race cannot happen!

All available stewards please meet in the Club bar at 7.00pm for a safety briefing and allocation of posts. The race will start at 8.00pm, final runners will be well home by 8.30pm, so it`s not the most onerous of nights officiating wise.

The importance of YOUR presence on the night cannot be over emphasized. This is the most historic race in our calendar and is the Oldest Road Race in Ireland, and the 3rd oldest, continuous, road race in the World. Please play your part. Clonliffe Harriers AC is  YOUR CLUB.

Grand Prix news: Grant tops the charts

With the next round of the Grand Prix being included in the Clonliffe 2 on Thursday the Grand Prix Committee have provided an update on the leaderboard two rounds into the series. Declan Grant after two big point scoring rounds, 37 in round 1 and 40 in round 2 leads on 76 points. 2nd is Ciara O`Regan 3 points in arrears with Niall O`Connor 3rd on 64.


R1 Handicap Results R1 Points R2 Handicap Results R2 Points Overall Leader Board Overall Points
Simon Smith 40 Declan Grant 40 Declan Grant 76
Dermot Faughan 39 Ciara O’Regan 39 Ciara O’Regan 73
Aisling Andrews 38 M. Bermingham 38 Niall O’Connor 64
Shane Casey 37 Shea Byrne 37 Shane Rooney 61
Declan Grant 36 Niall O’Connor 36 Trevor Wisdom 59
Conor Keane 35 David O’Sullivan 35 Conor Keane 58
Ciara O’Regan 34 Niall Markey 34 David O’Sullivan 56
Evelyn Brennan 33 Noel Daly 33 Sean Doran 54
Tom Griffen 32 Trevor Wisdom 32 Simon Smith 54
Shane Rooney 31 Clodagh Moriarty 31 M. Bermingham 50
Sean Doran 30 Shane Rooney 30 Conor Jennings 49
Anto Doran 29 Conor Jennings 29 Dermot Faughan 48
Niall O’Connor 28 Jim Keogh 28 Niall Markey 47
Trevor Wisdom 27 Joyce O’Hare 27 Kevin Dowling 46
Kevin Dowling 26 Sean Grimes 26 Jim Keogh 45
Laura Kernan 25 Evelyn Brennan 25 Sean Grimes 44
Ann Lyons 24 Sean Doran 24 Aimee Ahern 43
D. Hanley 23 Conor Keane 23 Shea Byrne 42
Aimee Ahern 22 Alan Worrell 22 Aisling Andrews 38
David O’Sullivan 21 Aimee Ahern 21 Shane Casey 37
Conor Jennings 20 Kevin Dowling 20 Maurice McCrohan 34
Stephen O’Reilly 19 Richie Barr 19 Evelyn Brennan 33
Sean Grimes 18 Maurice McGrohan 18 Noel Daly 33
Jim Keogh 17 Colm McDonnell 17 Tom Griffen 32
Maurice McCrohan 16 Dave Lyons 16 Clodagh Moriarty 31
Stephen Treacy 15 Aideen Brady 15 Anto Doran 29
Tom Cassidy 14 Simon Smith 14 Richie Barr 28
Niall Markey 13 Deirdre Fitzsimons 13 Joyce O’Hare 27
M. Bermingham 12 Martin Cavanagh 12 Colm McDonnell 25
Terry Mee 11 James Smith 11 Evelyn Brennan 25
Declan Murray 10 Liam Hennessy 10 Laura Kernan 25
Richie Barr 9 Dermot Faughan 9 Ann Lyons 24
Colm McDonnell 8 Frank McCarthy 8 D. Hanley 23
Deirdre Fitzsimons 7 Murray Ahern 7 Alan Worrell 22
Pat Devitt 6 Yvonne McDonagh 6 Deirdre Fitzsimons 20
Shea Byrne 5 Terry Mee 5 Dave Lyons 19
Dave Brady 4 Fergus Keenan 4 Stephen O’Reilly 19
Dave Lyons 3 Karl Nolan 3 Terry Mee 16
Maurice McMorrow 2 Ollie Power 2 Aideen Brady 15
Liam Hennessy 1 Ciara Daly 1 Stephen Treacy 15
Tom Cassidy 14
Martin Cavanagh 12
James Smith 11
Liam Hennessy 11
Declan Murray 10
Frank McCarthy 8
Murray Ahern 7
Pat Devitt 6
Yvonne McDonagh 6
Dave Brady 4
Fergus Keenan 4
Karl Nolan 3
Maurice McMorrow 2
Ollie Power 2
Ciara Daly 1


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