Archive for October, 2017

Juvenile Training on Sunday

Training for Juveniles not running in Dublin Cross Country championships in Abbotstown on Sunday is as follows:

Gladys`group: 9.30am in stadium (weather permitting)

Ray`s group: 9.30 am stadium

Gerry`s group: 11.00 am stadium

Mick/Noel`s group: no group training

Storm Brian rules out several Juvenile training groups tonight

Juveniles please note that due to weather conditions (Storm Brian coming in!) Gladys`group`s training tonight is cancelled. Mick & Noel`s groups also have no group training but athletes have their scheduled training themselves.

Coaching Corner latest: “Monitoring and Testing”

Peter McDermott`s latest paper is now available in “Coaching Corner” titled “Monitoring and testing the athlete”. “ As the training year goes by, the coach will want to see if his athlete is making progress and is the training programme being effective. Now, many down to earth individuals will say “Isn’t it easy to find out: just put him into a race and see how he does. That will soon tell you where he’s at”. And they certainly have a point; indeed, it may be fair to say that the real “acid test” of any training programme is whether the athlete’s performance in racing actually improves or not…” (read on in “Coaching Corner”)

Dublin Juvenile XC/ Autumn Open

This coming Sunday, October 22nd, will see the first big club cross country event of the 2017 season at the purpose built cross country track in Abbotstown. The Dublin Juvenile (even ages) championships will take place from 11.00 am to be followed by the Autumn Open.

There are Clonliffe teams competing across all age groups with strong teams expected in particular in the girls and boys U/14, U/16 and U/18s that will challenged for medals with the additional prize of places in the Nationals at the same venue on November 26th also on offer.

Once the Juvenile championships are concluded the juniors, seniors and masters will be into the fray for the Autumn Open. A great day`s sport in guaranteed and no doubt the Clonliffe athletes would be delighted to see club mates out on the course cheering them on.


Car parking/traffic can be an issue so allow plenty of time!

Finally the Dublin Uneven ages/ Dublin junior & Senior cross country will take place in Santry, hosted by Clonliffe, on November 5th.

Weekend round up (updated)

A quiet enough weekend so far. Our USA exports were in action this weekend, yesterday (Friday the 13th) Aaron Hanlon was the 1st scorer for Providence at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin XC placing 119th in 24.54. Brian Flanagan also put in a solid shift for McNeese  today Saturday at the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey finishing 70th in 25.14 and being 4th scorer for The Cowboys.

At the Donade 10k on Saturday Brian MacMahon had another really good run to 2nd place (33.09) with Karl Nolan 4th (36.32). Also the BHAA Cross Country season got underway with The Teachers XC, some Clonliffe results to hand thanks to Tom Sherlock: 1st by a substancial margin was Colm Rooney, 7th Sean Doran, 13th Tom Sherlock. Others also in that race so if you ran why not share the feeling? (0879599888)

Also on Saturday Liam Roarty in England ran the Gloucestershire League at Crypt School, Gloucester yesterday for Cheltenham Harriers where he finished 21st out of 205 finishers in a time of 31:00 and 8th finisher for Cheltenham.

Sunday and Sean Doran was back at it again winning the Glenmore 5k in 16.03.

St. Dominics Cabra prove to be best at Brother Schools XC

The weather gods served up a real mixed bag for today’s 9th Brother Schools Cross Country at Santry Demesne.  The course builders endured rain all morning, however, by the time the event started the conditions had picked up considerably leading to a very pleasant, sunny, autumnal day.  An hour or so later, however, the rain came down again turning wintery but by the time the senior boys race took place the park was once again bathed in beautiful autumnal sunshine.

The turnout for this fixture was once again extraordinary some 1,800 or so young athletes with bumper fields in the primary school races and the younger age groups of the secondary schools in particular.

Proceedings got underway at 12 noon sharp with a field of some 200 fifth class girls in the primary schools race. It was a tremendous spectacle to see so many young athletes compete in what has become one of the essential races on the schools cross country calendar.  The winner of the 5th class primary school race was Grace Prenter and in the team race a dominant St. Fiachra’s finished top of the pile on 58 points from Mary Help of Christians 63 and Mount Anville on 65.

Next race up was the 5th class boys race again a huge field, there was over 250 starters in this race led home much to the delight of his teammates by Keane O’Neill of Star of the Sea. At the presentation the chants of Keano, Keano reverberated around the park.  Michael Riordan of St. Fiachra’s was 2nd leading Fiachra’s to another win on 28 points ahead of Star of the Sea on 36 and Howth Primary School on 55.

The primary school 6th class girls also raced over 1000 metres, again a huge field of some 200 starters. The winner was Mount Anville’s Anna Kearney as she led her school to victory on 32 points.

The 6th class primary school boys again St. Fiachra’s were the dominant force as they produced a one two from Harry Page and Alex Sheridan, it was no surprise to see Fiachra’s again top the charts in the team race on 32 points from John Bosco on 63 and St. Michael’s on 66. The teachers at St. Fiachra`s are clearly doing fantastic work on the athletics front, with the school winning 3 of the 4 primary races.

With the primary school programme completed the action moved on to the secondary schools with the minor girls. This was again a huge field of some 200 athletes again running the 1000m loop. The huge field was led home by Sophie Quinn (Mount Sackville) as she led her team to victory on 36 points ahead of Our Lady’s College 48 and Dominicans College 61.

Next up it was the minor boys where the stampede was led home by T. McClone (Willow Park). The team champions were our Newry visitors, Colman’s College on 36 points from Ard Scoil Ris 56 and Willow Park on 64.

The junior girls were next up running over the bigger loop which took in the dreaded garden wall. The winner of this race was Sadbh Mohan from Eimear Maher and Saoirse Ni Bhriain.  The team race was won by St. Dominic’s of Cabra on 40 points from Mount Sackville 71 and Muckross Park on 73 points.

Next up racing over 2000m, two of the smaller laps, was the junior boys. Local club St. Aidan’s were top of the pile on 39 points from St. Malachy’s of Belfast on 42 points and Colman’s College Newry on 51.  Race winner was Morgan Clarkeson (Col. Eoin).

The inter girls also raced over 2000m. Clocking up their second team win of the day were St. Dominic’s Cabra on 32 points.  The race was led home by Roisin Tracey (St. Gerard’s).

On then to the inter boys race where once again it was a keenly fought affair won by Sean Donoghue (St. Declan’s) from John Fanning of Belvedere and Michael McCaul (Colman’s). Colaiste Eoin won the team title on 42 points from St. Malachy’s on 51.

Then to the senior girls race which was led home in emphatic style by Abbey Taylor (Westley College) from Ailish Murtagh (Holy Faith) and Lucy Barret in 3rd place.  St. Dominic’s took their 3rd team race of the day.

The final race was the 4500m senior boys race, three laps of the demesne. A breakaway group of seven or eight was soon whittled down to three and on the sprint for the line St. Malachy’s Conall McClean proved fastest just clipping Efran Gidey in 2nd place and Eoin O’Dwyer (Belvedere) 3rd.  Malachy’s won the team race on 40 points from St. Aidan’s on 80 and Belvedere on 87.

Brother Schools X.C. Results

Primary Schools

Girls 5th Class

1 Grace Prenter

2 Caoimhe Keegan (San Carlo)

3 Saoirse O’Connor


1 St. Fiachra’s – 58 points

2 Mary Help of Christians – 63 points

3 Mount Anville – 65 points

6th Class Primary Girls

1 Anna Kearney (Mount Anville)

2 Hannah O’Brien (Carysfort)

3 Clodagh Ryan (Mary Help of Christians)


1 Mount Anville – 32 points

2 Carysfort – 51 points

2 Vincent de Paul – 61 points

Boys Primary

5th Class Primary Boys

1 Cian O’Neill (Star of the Sea)

2 Michael Redmond (St. Fiachra’s)

3 Geordy Lavin (Willow Park)


1 St. Fiachra’s – 28 points

2 Star of the Sea – 36 points

3 Howth Primary School – 55 points

6th Class Boys

1 Harry Page (St. Fiachra’s)

2 Alex Sheridan (St. Fiachra’s)

3 Jack Joyce (St. Brigid’s BNS)


1 St. Fiachra’s – 32 points

2 John Bosco – 63 points

3 St. Michael’s – 66 points


Secondary School Boys


1 J. McClone (Willow Park)

2 Michael O’Rave (Ard Scoil Ris)

3 James Dalton (Belvedere)


1 Colman’s College – 36 points

2 Ard Scoil Ris – 56 points

3 St. Aidans – 64 points

Junior Boys

1 Morgan Clarkeson (Col. Eoin)

2 Matthew Lavery (St. Malachy’s)

3 Adam Condon (Ard Scoil Ris)


1 St. Aidan’s – 39 points

2 St. Malachy’s – 42 points

3 Colman’s College – 51 points

Inter Boys

1 Sean Donoghue (St. Declan’s)

2 John Fanning (Belvedere)

3 Michael McCaul (Colman’s)


1 Col. Eoin – 42 points

2 St. Malachy’s – 51 points

3 Colman’s College – 66 points


1 Conall McClean (St. Malachy’s)

2 Efren Gidey

3 Eoin O’Dwyer (Belvedere)


1 St. Malachy’s – 40 points

2 St. Aidan’s – 80 points

3 Belvedere – 87 points

Best boys secondary: St. Malachys

Secondary School Girls:

Minor Girls

1 Sophie Quinn (Mount Sackville)

2 Louise O’Riordan (St. Gerard’s)

3 Kate O’Connor (Mount Sackville)


1 Mount Sackville – 36 points

2 Our Lady’s College – 48 points

3 Dominican College – 61 points

Junior Girls

1 Sadbh Mohan

2 Eimear Maher

3 Saoirse Ni Bhriain


1 St. Dominic’s – 40 points

2 Mount Sackville – 71 points

3 Muckross Park – 73 points

Inter Girls

1 Roisin Tracey (St. Gerard’s)

2 Dora Meadgy (St. Dominic’s)

3 Jana Cid (Sutton Park)


1 St. Dominic’s – 32 points

2 Loreto on the Green – 47 points

3 Dominican College – 78 points


1 Abbey Taylor (Wesley College)

2 Ailish Murtagh (Holy Faith)

3 Lucy Barrett


1 St. Dominic’s – 52 points

Best Girl’s Secondary School – St. Dominic’s.

Best overall secondary school and winners of Lar Byrne Shield – St. Dominic’s Cabra.

Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank sincerely our sponsor Brother for their support of this wonderful event. St. John’s Ambulance for their assistance on the day and all the member of Clonliffe Harriers who volunteered and spent a long day in Santry Demesne. We would also like to thank the schools for their continued support.

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Brother Schools XC this Wednesday, 11th (final instructions)

Schools please note that no further schools entries can be accepted. The event is full. The Brother Schools XC continues to be one of the most popular events on the school`s athletics calendar with some 2000 athletes expected to arrive in Santry Demise on Wednesday for the 9th annual Brother Race. Entry has now closed, the only exceptions are individuals who can enter on the day at the Clonliffe clubhouse.

Regarding ages for the races, please note that ages do not arise for the Primary School`s races which are simply 5th class and 6th class. For the Secondary schools it is the Irish Schools Athletics Association/Athletics Ireland rules that apply. Please see below, Minor, Junior, Inter and senior are determined by date of birth.

Please see instructions below, and please follow these.

Date: Wednesday, 11th of October 2017 – HAIL, RAIN OR SHINE!!

Venue:  Santry Demesne Parkland at rear of Morton Stadium Santry.


  • 12.00 – 5th class girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.15 – 5th class boys 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.30 – 6th class girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.45 – 6th class boys 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 1.00 – Minor girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 1.15 – Minor boys 1500M (1 big lap)
  • 1.30 – Junior girls 1500M (1 big lap)
  • 1.45 – Junior Boys 2000M (2 small laps)
  • 2.00 – Inter girls 2000M (2 small laps)
  • 2.15 – Inter boys 3000M (2 big laps
  • 2.35 – Senior girls 2000M (2 small laps)
  • 2.50 – Senior boys 4500M (3 big laps)

Sponsor: Brother, Boeing Road, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17.

Parking:   Morton Stadium Santry.   Buses/coaches must park at the Clonliffe Harriers end of the stadium – gate number 3.   For health and safety reasons it is not permissible for buses to allow passengers to alight until such time as the bus has actually parked.   Please obey the directions of the parking attendant.

Number collection:     Your School’s race numbers can be collected in the Clonliffe Harriers Clubhouse – in the hall. There will be an envelope with your School name on it and the envelope will contain your School identification numbers which must be fixed to the FRONT of the athlete’s running vest/t-shirt. Please note that athletes must wear race numbers.  Any athlete arriving to the start without a race number will not be permitted to take part.


Individuals:    Individuals may enter, with the permission of their School, and run as individuals. There are no pre-entries for individuals.  Individuals must arrive at check-in at the Clonliffe Harriers Clubhouse and pay an individual entry fee of €3.00.  Individual entries will then be given a race number which must be fixed to the front of the racing vest. Registration for Individuals closes at 12.00.

Age Groups:  There are no age groups in the Primary School races. The Primary School races are for 5th class and a second race for 6th class.

Age groups for boys and girls shall be as follows:

  • Minor:  Under 14 on 1st July in the year of competition
  • Junior:Under 15 on 1st July in the year of competition
  • Intermediate: Under 17 on 1st July in the year of competition
  • Senior: Under 19 on 1st January in the year of competition

(As per Athletics Ireland/Irish Schools Athletes Association rules)

Toilet facilities: Are located under the stand at the Clonliffe side of the stadium. Toilets are also located at the main reception area at the stadium.  Access to the main reception area is through the outside doors.   Please note that the indoor section of the stadium is closed.        


 Entry to Venue:  Via Morton Stadium. Please use the gate at the 100m start line at the phoenix monument.

School Colours:  If available must be worn. We would also encourage you to bring flags or suchlike to be placed around the course.  Supporters are most welcome.

Awards:  First three individuals in each race – presentation will be made to the individuals immediately after each race.

Team awards: First three in each race.   A team is a minimum of four athletes with a maximum of 20.  The team result will be calculated by the addition of the place finishings of the first four athletes from that school and the school with the lowest score will be declared the winner.   In the event of a tie the winner will be decided on the basis of the highest finish of the 4th scoring athlete from the tying schools.    Please note that there is only one team permitted per school per event.   As up to 20 athletes can run, however, please note that there are only ten team medals available per set.

Souvenir T-shirt: There will be a souvenir T-shirt for all athletes which will be presented at the finish of each race.  In the event that there are insufficient t-shirts on the day a reprint of t-shirts will be made and sent separately.

Best Schools:Our sponsor Brother will make arrangements to make a presentation of a piece of Brother office equipment to the best boys primary school, best girls primary school, best boys secondary school and best girls secondary school. In addition the Lar Byrne Memorial Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the best overall secondary school.    

Litter:  As we have use of Santry Demesne Parkland thanks to the generosity and co-operation of Fingal County Council we would implore you to appoint an individual/individuals to be responsible for the removal of all litter generated by your athletes. Please bring a sack for litter. Your co-operation in this connection is vital.


Results:  A race report together with photographs (by taking part in this event you are consenting to photographs being published – photographs will not identify any individuals) and the team results and top three individual results will appear on on Thursday the 12th of October.

Health and Safety:      Please obey the instructions of all marshals at the venue. Marshals will be clearly identifiable as they will be wearing high vis vests.  Please note that on health and safety grounds all athletes must avail of footwear.  No athlete is permitted to race barefoot.

Medical Emergencies:  St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance.

Officials: Course builders meet at 8.00am. Check in team please arrive for 10.00am. Other officials please report at 11.00am. All to be in position by 11.45am.

 On behalf of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. and our sponsor Brother we would like to thank you sincerely for taking part in the Brother at your side Clonliffe Schools X.C. and we sincerely hope that you and your athletes thoroughly enjoy the day.

Course Map:

Grand Prix News: Club 10 Mile/Ahern Cup Report

Liam Hennessy reports: Saturday, October 7th, saw Round 14 in the Grand Prix Series – 54th running of the The Ahern Cup / Club Championship – 10 Miles – at Malahide Demesne.
Race report and results provided by Liam Hennessy as follows; 24 finishers – Cloudy / 14 Degrees / 80% Humidity / Slight South Easterly Wind – Ideal conditions for distance running.
Mens 10 Mile Champoinship:
Club Champion 2017 – Sean Doran
Runner Up – Dermot Faughnan
Third Place – Paul O’Loughlin

Womens 10 Mile Championship:
Club Champion 2017 – Emma Dunne
Runner Up – Aimee Ahern
Third Place – Clodagh Moriarty

The result of the Grand Prix Handicap for the Ahern Cup was as follows;

Winner – Mick Gleeson
Second Place – Terry Mee
Third Place – Laura Mc Affee
Full Results;
1. Sean Doran – 57.07
2. Declan Robinson (Guest) – 62.17
3. Dermot Faughnan – 62.20
4. Paul O’Loughlin – 63.19 – PB
5. Stephen Tracey – 64.40 – PB
6. Shane Casey – 67.31
7. Mick Gleeson – 68.20 – PB
8. Michael King – 69.23
9. Emma Dunne – 69.31 – PB
10. Murray Ahern – 71.08
11. Joseph Hatch – 71.46
12. Aimee Ahern – 72.09
13. Liam Hennessy – 74.07
14. Declan Murray – 74.16
15. Richie Barr – 74.51
16. Trevor Wisdom – 76.17
17. Ollie Power – 77.18
18. Clodagh Moriarty – 78.03
19. Terry Mee – 79.00
20. Pat Devitt – 83.34
21. Orla Deighan – 86.04
22. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 89.01
23. Laura Mc Affee – 89.16
24. Kate Mc Affee – 96.27
Apologies if  misspelting of any name above.

It must be noted that Maurice Ahern started in what was his 54th consecutive 10 Mile club championship, which is some achievement.

Special thanks to the following people;
Chief Timekeeper – Mick Kearney
Lead Officials – Johnny O’Leary and Gerry Mc Cabe
Course Marshalls:
Martin Treacy – Lead Bike
Declan Hetherington
Caroline Daly
Ciara Daly
Aine Mc Cann
Pat Timmons
Kevin Dowling
Robert Scott
Rob Beckett
Noel Daly
John Smith
Pat Healy
Lorraine Sherwood
Matt Slattery
Martin Cavanagh
Alan Smeaton
Deirdre Fitzsimons

Excuse me if I forget to mention anyone, i just hope i have acknowledged everyone. You did a superb job in making this race happen, guiding us, keeping us safe and getting us to the finish, so well done all.
Well that brings us nicely to the last two races in the series – Cross country !! – Muck !! – Slipping and sliding !!, plenty of time for runners to make a jump up the leaderboard in the run in to the finish on November 25th.

The last two rounds of the 2017 Grand Prix Series are nearly upon us.

Round 15 – Saturday, November 11th – Irwin Cup – 6k – Cross Country – Santry Demesne – 12 Noon.
Round 16 – Saturday, November 25th – Horan Cup – 6 Miles – Cross Country – Santry Demesne – 12 Noon.

I would recommend spikes for Cross Country, as the ground could prove difficult in trainers.
So – No Excuses – Lets see a big turnout for the run to the finish on November 25th – Hope to see you there !!!
P.S – Murray Ahern, our leaderboard statistician will update the leaderboard very shortly – The excitement is building !!

Gary wins his 5th Three Quarter Marathon plus more

After his superb run in Berlin Gary O`Hanlon continued his excellent form with a win today in the Three Quarter Marathon in Longwood, County Meath. Gary won in a time of 1.49.15. This was his 5th win in the last 6 years: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and now 2017. Next up is the Dublin Marathon in three week`s time.

Also in action today was Brian MacMahon 6th in the Cork County Cross Country Championships.

Weekend round up: including Grand Prix/Club 10 Miler

The 14th round of the 2017 Grand Prix Series, the Ahern Cup/Club 10 Mile Championships was won this afternoon by Sean Doran in 57.07, some 5 minutes clear of Dermot Faughan 62.19 and new sub three hour marathon runner Paul O`Loughlin 63.19. In the women`s race: 1st Emma Dunne 69.31, 2nd Aimee Ahern 72.09 and 3rd Clodagh Moriarty 78.03 (Full report from Liam Hennessy in a day or two)

Also this morning some of the Clonliffe Juvenile/Junior women`s squad took a break in training for the Dublin Cross Country to take in the St. Anne`s Park Run taking 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th places in the women`s race: Sarah Bateson (20.18), Alle Herandez (20.22), Abbie Sheehy (20.59), Hannah Browne (21.48) and Cliona Cooley (22.14).


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