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Clonliffe host Dublin XC C`ships Sunday Nov 5th

Next Sunday November 5th Clonliffe Harriers will host the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country, Dublin Junior & Senior XC Championships at Santry Demesne, thanks to the assistance of Fingal County Council.

The event time table is:

Event Distance Start Time
U9 Girls 800m 11.00am
U9 Boys 800m 11.08am
U11 Girls 1500m 11.16am
U11 Boys 1500m 11.26am
U13 Girls 2500m 11.35am
U13 Boys 2500m 11.50am
U15 Girls 3500m 12.03am
U15 Boys 3500m 12.20pm
U17 Girls 4000m 12.35pm
U17 Boys 5000m 12.55pm
U19/Junior Ladies 4000m 1.15pm
U19 and Junior Men 6000m 1.45pm
Senior Ladies 6000m 2.15pm
Senior Men 10000m 2.45pm

Event course:

Event Instructions:

Please use the main Stadium car park. There is strictly no event parking in Santry Demesne Park (by order of Fingal Co. Co.)

Do not park on the Swords Road.

The Track and Indoor facility is strictly out of bounds, please instruct your athletes not to warm up on the track.

Please obey the instructions of all officials and marshals. These people give freely and willingly of their time, without them you will not be racing, so please treat them with the respect they deserve.

Please remove, bin or bring home all litter, we have use of the park but on the condition that it is handed back in the same condition.

Please medal winners attend the presentation post event in the Clonliffe Harriers club house.

Please do enjoy your cross country!

Clonliffe volunteers:

Course builders meet at 8.00am.

Marshalls meet in clubhouse for briefing 10.15am.

Marshalls arriving later report on course to Paddy Tuite for assignment.


Hanlon 13th in Big East XC (plus Emer in Spain)

News just in of another excellent run by Aaron Hanlon in the USA. Aaron was 13th in today`s Big East Championships in 25.09.3, averaging 5.04 per mile, and was 2nd scorer for Providence College, 4th team.

On Sunday, the 29th Emer Treacy, based in Caceres, Spain ‘til next Summer. (Clonliffe ran there in a Euro Clubs back in 2006!) finished on the top of the podium following a short course 2k cross country race win.

Gary leads Clonliffe to National Marathon team title (updated)

The extraordinary, evergreen, prolific, what ever adjective you`re having yourself, Gary O`Hanlon was 2nd in the National Marathon in a new PB of 2.18.54, 11th overall in the Dublin Marathon, behind Raheny`s Freddy Sittuk winner of the National title. This was Gary`s third Marathon in as many months and was his fastest.

Gary lead a Clonliffe train to the National team title: 3rd, defending champion Sergiu Ciobanu 2.19.06, 4th Stephen Scullion 2.19.45 and 5th David Mansfield 2.26.42.

Karl Nolan also had a stormer, having set himself a, some might say ambitious, sub 2.40 target, he smashed it! 2.39.22.

Other Clonliffe: Robert Reid, a PB of 2.46.24 and 3rd in the National M50, Conor Delaney 2.53.22, Dermot Faughnan 2.55.21, David Mullen 2.56.46, Shane Casey 2.58.26, Paul O`Loughlin 2.58.49, Matt McGuinness 3.02.56, Stephen Tracey 3.05.29, Wayne Walker 3.08.56, Alan Hughes 3.09.56 (5th National M55), Kevin Heffernan 3.10.25, Maurice McCrohan 3.13, a time that gets Maurice entry to the NYC marathon in his age group, Colm Leonard 3.14.44, a PB by a massive 10 minutes, James Dunne 3.19.13, Emma Cooper 3.23.39, Alan Worrall 3.26.43, Alan Townsend 3.29.03, Stephen Doyle 3.30.41, Mauraa Matthews 3.33.30, Ollie Power 3.35.48, Alison O`Sullivan 3.41.37, Andrew Eustace 3.42.13, Laura Kernan 3.44.55, Evelyn Brennan 3.48.00, Alan Monnelly 3.48.13, Aideen Brady 3.49.18, Emer Brennan 3.50.30, Damien Kelly 3.52.12, Ann Lyons 4.01.13, Fiachra Crean 4.14.40, Niall O`Connor 4.18.19, Mark Bermingham 4.18.48, Lorraine Sherwood 4.22.05, Tom Griffin 4.25.14, Ciara O`Regan 4.28.18 and completing the set of EVERY SINGLE DUBLIN CITY MARATHON Frank Behan 6.57.25

That`s all I can spot from the results on line. Errors or omissions text name and time to 0879599888

Round up: one lonely Harrier

After last weekend`s Autumn Cross Country and with the Dublin Marathon tomorrow it was a very quiet day on the racing front today. The only Harrier venturing out to race seems to have been prolific racer Sean Doran who finished 13th in the Leinster Novice Cross Country held at Navan Race Course. Anyone else? text 0879599888

Latest Letter from America

Brian`s letter from America: So on Wednesday last myself and a huge team in force travelled to Abeline Texas for the Southland Conference championships. Abeline is located in the central plains of the state of Texas (about 150 miles west of the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area – a whopping 11hrs bus ride from Lake Charles). It was a very dry cold and windy day. Temps were 38F (3C) considerably colder then SW Louisiana. Very strong winds made (25+ mph) made a seemingly fast course somewhat slower.
We were the highest ranked going into it, but we were left crushed after tieing for first place and loosing on count back. The race director estimated that it might even be an NCAA record for two teams being tied so closely together (take a close look at the places each man scored between the top two teams).
It’s a heart breaking defeat, and to say I am absolutely dejected is an understatement. But that’s sport, and this is life. I refuse to hang my head.
I finished 16th in 25:15. I was only beaten by Juniors, Seniors and graduate Students (3rd and 4th year students. I am a Freshman and I’ve 4 long years to go.
It wasn’t all bad either, in light of my efforts this season, Southland Conference voted me as the Conference Freshman of the Year, an achievement I’ll cherish forever. Next up is NCAA Division 1 South Central regionals in College Station TX in two weeks time. I look forward to rest and recovery in the mean time.

Message from the President

Clonliffe are hosting the Dublin County Cross Country Championships in Santry Demesne on Sunday November 5th. Our brief is to construct the course – we will need as many volunteers as possible to assist with this so it can be done as quickly as possible. We do of course have the usual hard core group willing and able but any new recruits would be very much appreciated. One of the challenges with this event is that many of the people who do this work are also club coaches looking after teams on the day……even they can`t be in two places at once!

In addition we need some stewards to assist with the event in particular we will need some on course marshals and we will also need people to man the finishing chutes, if possible female members.

The event will start at 11 a.m. with the juvenile championships, the juvenile championships will be concluded at 1 p.m. and then the junior/senior championships takes place until approximately 3.30 p.m.

I am asking for club members to get involved, if you have never gotten involved in this before it can be a good day out and is pretty rewarding.

Can you please email the club secretary to confirm your availability.

I would ask that you do not assume that one of your fellow clubmates will be available.  Time and time again we have the same people helping out and to be frank it is a little unfair that the burden always falls upon the same few.

We are a big club and all I`m asking for is that you as a member make yourself available for a few hours to assist your club.

Clonliffe Harriers is your club too!


Paddy Marley. Club President

Clonliffe athletes top marks in Community Schools

The Leinster Community Schools Cross Country took place yesterday. The senior boys race saw a great home straight sprint between Clonliffe U/18 Dublin team gold pairing Craig Giles and Aaron Cullen with Giles taking the glory. In the Intermediate race Max Kelly was a class apart taking gold. In the minor girls race another member of the Cullen family was also in great form as Naoise finished in a fine 2nd place.

Halloween at Clonliffe: important messages

A few notices: On Saturday night the Clonliffe Club Bar holds the Halloween Party Night with cash prize for the best costume. Starting at 8.00pm, until after the Witching Hour.

Then on Sunday night the après Dublin City Marathon in the Clonliffe Bar, with food, music and merriment to mask those aches and pains. On the subject of the Dublin Marathon good luck to all the Harriers on the streets of the city. Please do sent your name and time to 087959988, your club mates will be looking out.

Juvenile training:

Sunday, the 29th: No training for Gerry Carr`s group. Training for all other Juvenile groups at 9.30am as usual.

Tuesday, the 31st: 12.00 training for Mick & Noel`s group. Meet in Stadium at Clonliffe clubhouse. 2.00pm training for Gerry`s group. No training for either Ray or Gladys`groups.

Rooney top Clonliffe at Autumn Open

After the Dublin Juvenile Championships in Abbotstown today the seniors took to the turf for the Athletics Ireland Autumn Cross Country. There were a number of the club`s athletes in action. In the men`s race Colm Rooney was first of the Clonliffe contingent in 16th place (24.12), 44th Eoin Taggart (26.22), 46th Thomas Sherlock (26.29)52nd Sean Doran (27.10), 66th Paul Keenan (30.52).

In the junior race Adam O`Brien placed 9th (19.42), with Sean Carrigg 26th (20.51).

Also competing were several Masters: 107th Niall Markey (31.33),  109th Tom Monks (33.13) and M65 5th Matt Slattery (19.32).

The only Clonliffe lady was Alannah Cooley 22nd in the junior race.

Golden day at Dublin Juvenile Cross Country

With Storm Brian having run out of breath it was a much more pleasant day than anticipated for the Dublin (even ages) Juvenile Cross Country Championships today. Abbotstown was the venue where thankfully the course had been changed from last year to a shorter much more spectator and athlete friendly 1500 loop. Despite yesterday`s rain with the good grass covering underfoot conditions were perfect. It proved to be a memorable day for the club with golden performances from the U/16 girls and U/18 boys.

The Clonliffe crew started gathering from early with teams entered from U/12s upwards. All looked determined and here to do the business. Whatever about Storm Brian running out of breath this was something that simply wasn`t going to happen to these young Harriers!

First into battle were the U/12 girls team running 2000m, 2 of the 1k loops. The Clonliffe girls Sorcha O`Connor, Rachel Hargen, Jessica Howlet and Katie Faherty put in really great efforts, doing themselves proud. Likewise the U/12 boys battled away gamely and came through the race with flying colours with Cian O`Hare placing 6th and making the Dublin team for nationals, great runs also by Christian Finn and Kahrl Balaro.

Next up the girls U/14 facing 2 of the 1500 laps. These girls have been training very hard since the Summer and boy did it show. Really strong runs from Naoise Cullen, Lara Gallagher, Amy Sheehy and Hollie Foy. The boys U/14 team of Cillian Sheeran, Jack Woods, Ronan Donohue, Keith Burke and Jakub Niedziolka are an equally determined group and again must be pleased with some quality runs.

The U/16 girls team have been looking good all Autumn putting in great sessions twice a week and it paid off in spades today. The whole team put in real gritty runs and produced an outstanding result winning the Dublin team title. Great runs from Sarah Bateson, 4th,  team captain Abbie Sheehy 5th, Alana Fitzsimons, moving up from U/15,  8th, Ella Brown 12th, this scoring four fantastically backed up by Aoife Hession, another U/15, 13th, Vicky McDonnell 19th and Cara Curran Beggs 25th.

The U/16 boys were lead by experienced campaigner Daragh Carter who continues to improve placing 5th, next in on his Clonliffe debut was Callum Simpson 12th, Dermot Buckley 14th, Alex Neuroth, also on his debut and yet another debut man Kristof Cancrz 26th. The team took an excellent team silver.

On then to the U/18s, unfortunately injury during the week took half of the team out so only two girls lined up. U/17 athlete Aimee Warren was 10th, and makes the Dublin team for Nationals just behind her in 11th was Hannah Browne, by her own admission not a great lover of the country, likewise making the Dublin team for the Nationals.

Then at the end of the Championships another golden team performance by the U/18 boys. Lead home by the strong front running Eferon Gidey with a first Dublin individual title, the team of U/17 Aaron Cullen an excellent 4th, then 8th Craig Giles, 9th Daniel Lacey, 10th Ben Guiden, also moving up a year, 12th Jordan Byrne, 16th another U/17 Ian McAlweney and 19th Stephen Cashin took gold back to Santry.

Fantastic stuff from the Black and Amber, congratulations to all of our athletes on their efforts today. Pretty darn impressive!


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