Archive for May, 2017

Mid week road race round up

In addition to last night`s Clonliffe Grand Prix race (report later) there were two other races last night. First off Conor Healy was 4th (15.59) in the Star of the Sea 5k Road race, with David Brady 9th (17.33). In Dunboyne the Government Services 5 Mile (BHAA) took place, results thanks to Colm Doran, 7th Sean Doran 26.22, 20th Conor Keane 27.37 , a new pb Matt McGuinness 29.26, Kieran Murphy 30.15.

History made at European Champions Clubs

“An historic day” is an often used expression. Sometimes it`s not necessarily so, whilst at other times a more apt expression couldn`t be found. Well, May 27th 2017 in Lieria, Portugal was an historic day in the long proud history of Clonliffe Harriers. The day when this club did not merely take part in the European Champions Clubs but competed in the European Champions clubs. Then at 7.30pm proudly stepped onto the podium to be presented with European Group B bronze medals. History was made!

To say it was an emotional experience is an understatement. From the off these unbelievable battlers in black and amber competed from the first event at 10.00 am, the hammer with Simon Galligan, until that nail biting 4 x 400 eight hours later. In between every emotion under the Portuguese sun as we went from 2nd to 3rd to 4th and back up to 3rd. The team spirit among these young men was infectious all supporting, cheering and encouraging one another. All true to the club`s moto: “Nil desperandum”.

The start on Saturday morning was the foundation stone for the performance. It was rock solid. The first man into battle was Simon Galligan in the hammer circle. Simon put in a great performance with a best thrown of 53.98m to bag a precious 4 points for 3rd place. In the meantime Timmy Crowe had the task of opening the track programme and an impressive opening it was as Timmy also took 3rd place with a 54.30 . Next in Jayme Rossister in the 3000 sc. After a couple of very slow opening laps, indeed Jayme later reported one of his competitors saying: “I think this is very slow is it?”, Jayme took it up quickly opening a gap to come home a very comfortable winner in 9.20.86,  some 60m clear of 2nd. It was indeed a dream start!

(pictured: Jayme Rossister winner 3000 SC)

As the day continued towards lunchtime, more solid points scoring: Mark McDonald 5th 800 (1.56.86), Dara Kervick stepping into the breach as he ran the 100 placing 4th (10.91), later in the day Dara was back in the block for the 200 where he suffered a hamstring injury but still managed another 4th place finish. Luke Mangan was also solid 4th in the shot 14.20m, only a cm off 3rd position.

By lunchtime the Clonliffe team were 3rd.

The solid point scoring continued: Rolus Olusa was 3rd in both the 110H (15.50) and triple jump (15.50m). Another field eventer doubling up was Keith Mark 3rd in the long jump (7.06m) and later in the afternoon 4th in the high jump (1.90m). Luke Lennon-Ford was a great addition to the team as he took 3rd in a hot 400, Luke recording 47.62.

Of course things do not always go to plan and with no Pole Vaulter or Discus thrower travelling (although in fairness Stephen Rice, a top class javelin thrower did give the discus a go winning a point), we were hit hard and slipped back to 4th place. Was the dream over?

(Pictured: Richard Owens Winner 1500m)

Then, however, the middle distance guys threw their lot in to stunning effect. Richie Owens in a tactical 1500 (opening laps of 75/80 seconds!) bolted at 800 and ran away from the pack, another Clonliffe win (4.09.45), then in the 5000 and another top class Clonliffe performance to take 2nd place (14.57.61) and 5 points. Then Ian Guiden in the 3000 ran the legs off the opposition, again tactical opening laps, until Ian went for home 5 laps out another 6 points (9.00.64).

(Pictured: Ian Guiden winner 3000m)

This golden middle distance hour along with Rory Gunning`s 2nd place in the javelin (59.36m) put us right back into a podium position with the relays to go. And in a relay anything can happen. Clonliffe were neck and neck with Haag Atleliek (NED).  The 4 x 100 squad did exactly as required with a super 2nd leg from Keith Marks to take 4th. Now just the 4 x 400 to go, and if we can keep the Dutch behind it would indeed be a Glory Day.

At this stage the Italian team were well clear of all. So as the gun went Luke Lennon-Ford leading off all Clonliffe eyes are on the yellow vests of Haag, Luke passes on to 1500 hero Richie a brilliant leg sees Clonliffe hold second but the gap is back to a fraction, onto Mark McDonald with crisp change overs, Mark in turn to Timmy Crowe, who just needs to keep ahead of yellow, only problem is yellow is sitting on Timmy`s shoulder! Cool and calm, a little glance over the shoulder, an injection of pace and Timmy is coming down the home straight a couple of meters clear, 2nd place in the 4 x 400 and bronze is secure. Glory days!!

Then of course the long wait. Until finally the official results are announced over the pa: “Third place representing Ireland, Clonliffe Harriers”. Emotion engulfs: cheers, hugs and high fives.

1st Atletica Riccardi (ITA) 97 points

2nd AC Stavbar Nitra (SVK) 78 pints

3rd Clonliffe Harriers (IRL)  75 points.

(Pictured: “Glory Days!”, Clonliffe Group B Bronze medallists)

A first ever podium for Clonliffe after decades of European campaigns. This is history and it means so much to our club. Thank you our brilliant athletes, Club Captain Joe Cooper, the club`s coaches, in particular John Shields and Peter McDermott, the Committee for their support and a special thank you to “Three Young Amigos” (Sean, Craig and Kamil)

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Weekend Round up: 5000 win for O`Brien plus more

In torrential rain for much of yesterday`s Intervarsities Match at Morton Stadium Adam O`Brien enjoyed a gun to tape win over 5000 (15.21.63-unofficial) in the green vest.

Also yesterday in Tullamore at the Bertie Quinn Track & Field Cian Bolger ran 2.02.68 in pretty horrible weather. In the 200 Snezana Bechtina was 3rd (26.01).

On Saturday evening Eoin Pierce ran a good 1500 at the BMC Sportscity Meet in Manchester running a season`s best of 3.52.80.

On the roads today (Sunday the 28th) Stephen Scullion ran a fine 10k in the Great Manchester Run to 7th place in 29.25. David Brady won the Newtownmountkenndey 5k over an undulating road/trail course in 17.27.

Today, at Morton Stadium, at the AAI Games there was a second pb in a week for Cathal Doyle this time in the 1500 (3.55.97). Andri Mahin, more noted as a hurdler, high jumper and triple jumper ran a 2.02.00 800 placing 6th and another pb for Shaun Connaghan 2.02.63 just behind in 7th. in the 400 there was a Clonliffe one two: Leah Bergin 1st (57.23) and Emma Kelly 2nd (60.12). Leah Moore was 4th in the 200 (24.88).

Clonliffe final Juvenile League in Tallaght

The Clonliffe juvenile athletes were in Tallaght today for the final round of the league and a final pre Dublin Championships tune up. A small but select group in action and some very good results.

In the 200s: U/11 girls 3rd Sarah McDonnell. U/11 boys 5th Jack McDonnell. U/14 girls 1st Sally Samosa 3rd Naoise Cullen. U/14 boys 4th Jonas Nyberg. U/15 girls race 1 2nd Holly Roche, 4th Blaise Carroll, race 2 1st Emma McDonnell.

1,000m U/14 girls 3rd Naoise Cullen 3rd. U/14 boys 8th Jonas Nyberg. U/15 girls 1st Katie Halpin, 2nd Alana Fitzsimons, 6th Aoife Hession.

Javelin U/14 boys 2nd Jonas Nyberg.


800 PB for Cathal Doyle at Graded

Young Cathal Doyle, more noted as a distance runner, ran an excellent gun to flag 800 PB at the Dublin Graded Meet in Irishtown last night. Cathal hit the front from the starters gun and scorched around the Irishtown track in 1.56.54 to win the second A race.  In the B race running his first ever track race was Shaun Conaghan making a winning debut in 2.03.34.

No further results currently to hand.

Grand Prix Series: McCarrick 2.5 Mile Tuesday May 30th

Grand Prix Series competitors don`t forget the next round of the Grand Prix has been moved forward to Tuesday night, May 30th. The race will be a complete tour of Malahide Castle grounds on the trail/tarmac 2.5 mile for the McCarrick Plate with an 8.00pm start.

Clonliffe Harriers ready for European action

Clonliffe Harriers men`s team as the National League Champions will represent Ireland at the European Champion Clubs Track and Field (Group B) Championships this Saturday in Leiria, Portugal.

The Clonliffe Men’s have been regular participants in recent years at these Championships and head to Portugal tomorrow evening with a strong track and field team that looks well capable of challenging for honours.

The team travelling includes a strong blend of experienced campaigners and youth. Included in the team is, for example, national javelin champion Rory Gunning, the vastly experienced Luke Lennon-Ford who of course has competed at the highest level of the sport, former National 400 indoor champion Dara Kervick who will run over both 100 and 200, Arran Hanlon who has had a superb season in the US and has qualified to represent Ireland in the European U/23 Championship10,000m later in the summer and Keith Marks who broke Hugo Duggan’s longstanding Clonliffe club long jump record at these championships last year.

Clonliffe will be up against the Italian champions Atletica Riccardi, Haag Atletiek of the Netherlands, Finnish champions Tampereen Pyrinto, CA Dudelange (LUX) and AC Stavbar Nitra (SVK).

The full Clonliffe team is:

100/200 – Dara Kervick

400 – Luke Lennon-Ford

800 – Mark McDonald

1500 – Richie Owens

3000 – Ian Guiden

5000 – Arran Hanlon

3000 SC – Jayme Rossiter

110H – Rolus Olusa

400H – Timmy Crowe

Long Jump/High Jump – Keith Marks

Triple Jump – Rolus Olusa

Javelin – Rory Gunning

Shot – Luke Mangan

Hammer – Simon Galligan

Discus – Stephen Rice

Pole Vault – David Donegan

4 x 100 (from) Dara Kervick, Rolus Olusa, Kamil Gorka, Craig Giles, AN Other

4 x 400: (from) Mark McDonald, Luke Lennon-Ford, Dara Kervick, Timmy Crowe, Craig Giles

Travelling reserve – Sean O’Leary

The competition takes place on Saturday the 27th and gets underway with the hammer competition at 10 a.m. with Simon Galligan first into the arena and finishes up with the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 400 relays that evening.  Live results will be available on

Mid week racing round up

Tuesday 23rd: Sean Doran ran a huge 20 second 5K PB of 15.54 in finishing 7th in tonight`s Bob Heffernan 5k road race. Missed from the weekend round up was Karl Nolan`s sneaky 10K race in Stoneyford a 7th place in 37.59 on Sunday.

Adam O`Brien to represent Irish Universities

Congratulations are due to Clonliffe junior Adam O`Brien on his call up for the Irish Universities in their representative International match again the Scottish Universities on Saturday in Morton Stadium. Adam will run for the Irish Universities team in the 5000.

Weekend round up: Mountains and Track

Up the hills and on track for the Harriers over the course of the weekend. First off the Slieve Donard Race, which was a trail for the World Mountain Championships on Saturday the 20th, was won by Sarah McCormack. In the mens race James Keavan was 4th with Brian Mac Mahon 5th.

Also on Saturday at Parliament Hill in London the Highgate 10,000 night of PBs Declan Power was just off his pb running a time of 33.00.49 placing 19th in the D race.

Also on track, yesterday, Jayme Rossister ran 9.13.03 in the 3000 sc at the Loughborough International.


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