Archive for November, 2017

Juvenile groups training at NIA Abbotstown on Thursday

Juvenile members, and more importantly parents, please note that Gladys and Gerry`s groups will be training at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown on Thursday evening, Nov 30th. Meeting there at 6.45pm, collection time is 9.00pm. Cost is €5.00 each

The Nationals: Bad day at hanging rock!

Yesterday’s National Cross Country Championships at Abbottstown proved to be an exceptionally disappointing day for the Clonliffe Senior Men. This is an event which in recent years has been dominated by the Clonliffe men, who, indeed as recently as 2010 had put together a sequence of a magnificent seven in a row but frankly yesterday that seemed like decades ago.

With a squad hit by withdrawal after withdrawal, regrettably as per last year the Clonliffe challenged had petered out before the race was even one third through its 10,000m distance as a rampant Raheny Shamrocks put the loss of defending champion Mick Clohessy to the back of their minds to take a comfortable win on 42 points, led home in 2nd place by Kevin Dooney as he finished behind Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders).  In the end the Clonliffe men for the second successive year placed out of the medals, in a distant 6th position all of 99 points behind Raheny. The Clonliffe scorers were Stephen Scullion, 11th, James Kevan 37th, Jayme Rossiter 45th, Eoin Pearce 48th.  The other Clonliffe athletes in action were Cathal Doyle 49th, Thomas Sherlock 90th, Sean Doran 115th, Karl Nolan 128th.

Unfortunately there was disappointment also for the Clonliffe Junior Men who had gone into this race with high hopes of successfully defending the title won last year. Although a much stronger performance from the juniors than from the seniors regrettably when the results (finally) were announced the juniors ended up in 3rd place as Galway City Harriers took the honours. The Junior Men’s race was combined with the juvenile U/18 and this lead to some confusion on the results.  As a race, however, it was a tremendous spectacle with a huge field starting off of almost 200 athletes.  The Clonliffe Juniors did indeed put up a very good fight and were led home in 10th place by Adam O’Brien. With Adam then being followed home by Sean O’Leary 17th, Efern Gidey 19th (U/18), Steven Flanagan 28th, Craig Giles 34th (U/18), Daniel Lacey 38th (U/18), Ben Guiden 74th (U/18), Stephen Cashin 101st (U/18), Greg Hosseny 130th and Jordan Byrne (U/18) 154th.

In the U/18 category the scoring quartet of Gidey, Giles, Lacey and Guiden combined to take National team gold.

For the first time in a number of years the club fielded a Junior Women’s team which was a good step forward. The five athletes all performed well, it was a young squad with several of the girls being in the U/18 and indeed U/17 categories.  First home in black and amber in 25th place was Alannah Cooley then Ally Fernandez 46th, Hannah Browne 81st, Tess Loftus 120th and Cliona Cooley 128th.  Final team placings not yet available but the Clonliffe women finished out the medal paying team positions.

Regrettably the club did not field a senior Women’s team or indeed a single athlete.

The other Clonliffe teams competing on the day were the U/16s where the girl’s team put in a very solid performance and will all benefit enormously from the experience. The team were led home after an excellent run in 9th place by Jenna Cid to 6th position in the team standings.  The other scoring three were Sarah Bateson 57th, Abbie Sheehy 59th and Aoife Hession 66th. Solid runs also on the day from Katie Halpin 97th and Vicki McDonnell 104th.

The U/16 boys also put in a good performances to place 5th with the team led home in 25th position by Darragh Carter.  Next in in 49th place was Dermot Buckley, then Callum Simpson 55th, Evan Foster 73rd, Max Kelly 75th and Alex Neuroth 114th.

Overall it must be said it was a disappointing day for Clonliffe Harriers and with no European clubs cross country venture to look forward to its up to the track and field teams (indoor and outdoor) to bring back the good times.

(Above Junior/ U18 Men)

(Above Junior/ U/18 women)

(Above U/16 girls)

Doran Runs A muck in Horan Cup

Liam Hennessy Reports: Saturday, November 25th,  Saw the final race in the 2017 Grand Prix Series – The Horan Cup – 6 Mile Cross Country Race – At Santry Demesne – 12 noon.

The weather smiled on us today. We were treated to perfect Cross Country weather, Dry / Sunny / Cool 3 degrees (Real Feel -2) / Moderate Westerly breeze / Good underfoot conditions – A bit of slipping and sliding, but thats what you come to expect from Cross Country !!! – The decision had to be made – Long sleeves or Singlet and the long sleeves seem to have won out !!!. Some runners chose to wear trainers instead of spikes, so they slipped and slid a lot !!! Anyhow down to business – The Horan Cup, our oldest Cross Country race has been competed for since 1908. The race is a demanding 6 Miler and today proved to be a super race with 39 starters and 34 finishers. Going in to the last race of the series, Sean Doran held the “Green Jersey” (points competition). Sean was announced as winner of the jersey for 2017, and he won it by a country mile, so congrats to Sean. Emma Dunne went in to the last race leading the overall Series closely followed by Declan Grant and Mick Bermingham, so there was an air of excitement when the bugle sounded and the race got underway.

The 1, 2, 3 in the handicap for The Horan Cup will be announced on 7th December – Awards Night – At the Clubhouse – More about that below !!

Full Results:
1. Sean Doran – 37.50
2. Philip O’Doherty – 39.43
3. Shane Casey – 40.03
4. Mick Bermingham – 41.07
5. Paul O’Loughlin – 41.08
6. Alan Worrall – 42.08
7. Kevin Dowling – 42.41
8. Emma Dunne – 42.50
9. Declan Grant – 43.08
10. Stephen Tracey – 43.09
11. Niall Markey – 43.10
12. Aimee Ahern – 43.29
13. David O’Sullivan – 43.44
14. Siobhan Devaney – 43.47
15. Richard Barr – 44.02
16. Liam Hennessy – 44.16
17. Mark Dowling – 44.37
18 Colm Mc Donnell – 44.38
19. Emma Cooper – 44.38.2
20. Declan Murray – 44.39
21. Sean Grimes – 44.50
22. Ollie Power – 45.55
23. Philip Matthews – 47.34
24. Clodagh Moriarty – 47.38
25. Trevor Wisdom – 47.45
26. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 48.40
27. Pat Devitt – 48.46
28. Orla Deighan – 48.50
29. Orla Devaney – 49.00
30. Shay Byrne – 49.24
31. Brid Beausang – 50.09
32. Anna Kavanagh – 50.50
33. Terry Mee – 51.29
34. Melissa Curran – 52.40

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to make this race such a success and special thanks to our Ladies and Mens Captains; Pamela and Joe Cooper for their presence.Sean Doran was the first runner home, continuing to display his fine form. There were many fine performances, most notably by Emma Dunne  Declan Grant and Mick Bermingham (the top three in the series going in to this race). The big question now is “who will take the top prize” ? will it be Emma or Declan or will it be Mick ? Well you will have to wait until the Awards Night – Thursday, December 7th at 8pm at the Clubhouse when all be revealed !!!

A date for your diaries: Grand Prix Series 2017 – Awards Night – Morton Stadium – 7th December, 2017 – 8pm. Presentations will be made to the winners of the Ahern Cup, Irwin Cup and Horan Cup Races in addition to the overall 2017 Grand Prix Series prize winners and the presentation of the Behan & Associates sponsored Grand Prix Series Cup to the overall winner.

Listen up !!! – As usual we have a 3000Metres race to sign off the Grand Prix Series each year. The race will take place at 8pm on the track (prior to the Awards Presentation night) and everyone, who has taken part in the series this year is most welcome to run. It may be winter, but when do you get a chance to run a track race in December !!! You might even run a PB !!! – So lets see a big turnout  (no prizes, just PB’S !!!) and you can head to the bar afterwards !!! – Please come and support us on the night even if you miss the track race – The Awards night has proven to be one of the best club nights of the year and this one will be no exception. Hot food will be served and we expect to have plenty of spot prizes on the night. So, no excuses now – you have plenty of time to make arrangements – come join us for what will be a fab night to sign off Grand Prix 2017 !!! – See you there !!!.   (Liam Hennessy)

Round up on a quiet Saturday

With tomorrow`s Nationals it was a pretty quiet Saturday. There was of course the small matter of the final round of the Grand Prix Series, the Horan Cup, in Santry, but the result remains a closely guarded secret (until December 7th anyway). So a couple of the U/17 squad, not racing tomorrow, took in the St. Anne`s Park Run: Daniel Stone ran a very nippy 16.51 and Ian McElweney 17.59. Overseas during the week Ella Brown ran for her French Schools at an Indoor Meet winning the 1,000m.

The Nationals: Clonliffe ready to Rumble!

The National Interclub Cross Country (incorporating the intercounty) takes place at the National Cross Country course in Abbottstown on Sunday. The Clonliffe Senior Men have been the dominant sport in Irish Cross Country over the past 15 years save for last year when the Clonliffe men were well and truly hammered by a rampant Raheny Shamrocks team who took their club’s first ever National Senior Cross Country title. So disappointing were the Clonlifffe men last year that the team failed to finish in the top three.  Having been stung by the criticism the Senior men will be out in force this Sunday ready for the battle to try and bring the title back to Santry.

It is very much a case of marathon men to the four (pun intended) with the top four in this year’s marathon: Gary O’Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu, Stephen Scullion and David Mansfield along with London 26 marathon man Mark Kenneally.

The teams for Sunday’s Senior Men’s Race are:

A: S. Scullion, J. Rossiter, S. Ciobanu, D. Flynn, M. Kenneally, E. Pearce, C. Rooney, G. O’Hanlon, J. Kevans, C. Doyle.

B: D. Mansfield, K. Nolan, T. Sherlock, S. Doran, E. Taggart, K. Lonergan, L. Roarty, B. Flanagan.

The Junior Men will be well in the hunt for the retaining of the Lar Byrne Cup for the winners of the Men’s Junior title with a strong looking team. The Junior Men’s race also incorporates the National U/18 where again there is a strong Clonliffe presence in that particular category.

The Junior Men’s team is: S.O’Leary, E. Gidey, A. O’Brien, D. Lacey, C. Giles, S. Flanagan, A. Cullen, G. Hosseney, J. Hession, S. Cashin.

Boys U/18: E. Gidey, D. Lacey, C. Giles, A. Cullen, B. Guiden, S. Cashin.

There is also a full team in the Junior Women’s race. For the first time in a number of years there are six junior athletes competing, again the Junior Women’s race incorporates the U/18 championship.

The Junior Women’s team is: A. Cooley, A. Fernandez, H. Browne, C. Cooley, A. Warren, T. Loftus.

Also on Sunday there are two strong under 16 teams running in the Nationals. The girls team go into the race as Dublin champions and will challenge for medal positions.  The team is: S. Bateson, G. Cide, A. Hession, A. Sheehy, K. Halpin, V. McDonnell.

The U/16 boys are also looking good on paper, they won Dublin silver at the same venue a few weeks back and will again look to challenge for honours. The boys U/16 team is: D. Carter, D. Buckley, M. Kelly, C. Simpson, E. Foster, A. Neuroth.

The Championships get underway at 11.30 with the girl’s U/12 race.

The Clonliffe interest is as follows:

12.25 p.m. Girl’s U/16 – 4000m (1 x 1000 + 2 x 1500)

12.43 p.m. Boy’s U/16 – 4000m (1 x 1000 + 2 x 1500)

1.00 p.m. Junior Women – 4000m (1 x 1000 + 2 x 1500)

1.20 p.m. Junior Men and U/18s – 6000m (4 x 1500)

1.45 p.m. Senior Women – 8000m (4 x 2000)

2.25 p.m. Senior Men – 10,000m (5 x 2000)

The very best of luck to all of the Clonliffe athletes taking part on Sunday. It will be a great days cross country so please come along to Abbottstown to support the black and amber.

Grand Prix News: the big Finale on Saturday

The 2017 Grand Prix Series reaches its finale this Saturday November 25th with the final round the Horan Cup. With current weather conditions it looks like it`ll be a Mudfest! Saturday’s race, over 6 gruelling miles with a 12.00 noon start, brings an intriguing and most exciting 2017 Grand Prix Series to a conclusion. There are still three athletes in contention with current series leader Emma Dunne in the driving seat on a total of 312 points from Declan Grant 304 and still (just about) in the running Mick Bermingham on 294.  The winner will come from one of these three with of course an athletes ten best scores from the 16 rounds to count (the current leaderboard showing the latest standings can be accessed on the Grand Prix series page)

The Horan Cup itself is one of the oldest Clonliffe Harriers club cups and is now 109 years old. The very first Horan Cup was held back in 1908, a six mile handicap race, which the records state was won by one H. Mullally in a time of 38.09.  The winner of the handicap that year was a Mr. T. Hassell.  The Horan Cup was presented to the club by the club’s then vice President Michael Horan.

The last round of the Grand Prix Series was the Irwin Cup sponsored by George Maybury. The result of the handicap was 1st Siobhan Devanney, 2nd Yvonne McDonagh, 3rd Aimee Ahern. That race also doubled as the Clonliffe Club Cross Country Championships. Regrettably there was some confusion as regards the course and the lead four went astray.  The result of the Men’s Club Cross Country Championship for 2017, for the Harry Cooney Cup is confirmed:

1st Philip O’Doherty, 2nd Murray Ahern, 3rd Paul O’Loughlin

The winner of the Women’s Cross Country Championship, for the Fred Connolly Trophy was 1st Siobhan Devanney, 2nd Emma Dunne, 3rd Aimee Ahern.

Back to next Saturday, the winner of the Horan Cup will not be announced following Saturday’s race but that will be held off until the Grand Prix presentation night on Thursday December 7th when all will be revealed. Presentations of the Horan Cup, Irwin Cup and Ahern Cup will be made in addition to the overall 2017 Grand Prix Series prize winners and the presentation of the Behan & Associates sponsored Grand Prix Series Cup to the overall winner.

Also in advance of the presentation on December 7th there will be a 3000 metre race held on the track – just for the purpose of working up an appetite and possibly a bit of a thirst.

The very best of luck on Saturday to Emma, Declan and Mick – may the best Harrier prevail!

Cross Country and Varsities weekend round up

It was a quiet enough weekend on the country, being the week before Nationals. A few Harriers were in action including on Sunday afternoon, the 19th, Emer Treacy placing a very creditable 5th place in the Provincial Cross Country Championships held in Cáceres, Spain. Running for her Spanish Club, Arte Fisico, she competed in the ‘Cross de Velocidad’ over a distance of 400m – yes a 400m XC race!! From the gun, Emer broke fast and was in the leading group on the uphill climb to the 200m mark. At this point there was turnaround into the downhill finish and she finished out the race very strong. She recorded a time of 55 seconds to place 5th, out of a 17 strong field and 3 seconds behind the winner. It was a very determined run and an exciting race to watch for the large group of spectators. (Thanks to Martin Treacy for report).

Also on Saturday at Santry Demesne, the Irish Life BHAA Cross Country over 6k took place. Thomas Sherlock finished in 16th place (22.03) with Michael Cassidy  18th (22.09)  (any others text 0879599888)

Cathal Doyle ran an impressive Mile leg for DCU in the Intervaraities Road Relays in Maynooth recording a time of 4.36, 2nd fastest leg of the day. Adam O`Brien ran 9.58 for his 2 mile leg and Alannah Cooley 12.23, for her 2 mile.

Big performance from Sergiu in Valencia

Only three weeks after his last marathon, the Dublin City Marathon on October 29th, Sergiu Ciobanu ran his third fastest marathon to date this morning in Valencia 2.16.05 for 17th place. This was some three minutes faster than Sergiu ran in Dublin, where he placed 2nd in the National behind Gary O`Hanlon, and is also a European Marathon QT and the third fastest Irish marathon of 2017 (behind Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward).

Coaching Corner latest posted

The dreaded word: “injuried!” See Peter McDermott`s latest advise in “Coaching Corner” entitled “Injuries: Prevention and Cure.” Posted now.

Clonliffe overseas tales plus updated round up

The overseas news continues. Following on the news of Brian Flanagan`s superb run in the US on Friday, today we bring you more from afar! First off “The Road Through Morocco to Abbotstown” from Dave Flynn:

Flynners tales : Ifrane Morroco Home of El Gerouj
It is now the end of my fifth day in ifrane Morroco located at 6100 ft altitude up in  the African mountains . My trip was pretty straight forward flight from Dublin to Paris. Then Paris to Fez where I met my training partner Soufiane Bouchiki, a Belgium, and a lift from his friend to Ifrane.  The only thing about Moroccan people is they love to skip que’s I mean I was sure I put this all behind me in primary school but it was game on in Fez airport especially old people I was getting elbows from all directions.

I tried to be positive and think it will prepare me well the start of nationals! Another thing is the looks you get off morrocan people . A few came over and asked for selfies with me . Now even I couldn’t put my finger on this one could it be that they all watched the 2016 3000m steeplechase Irish nationals where I nearly kicked down Rory Chesser from the depths of hell but just came up short ? My friend immediately through that theory out the window and just said it’s because I’m white!
My first run in Ifrane was great we went to a 2k dirt loop where El Gerouj did a lot of his training then we ran past a bunch of monkeys who jumping all over the place . (Photos to follow) Later on we went to the track which is in very good condition and saw El Bachali second at worlds this year in the steeplechase.

I then got invited for a traditional morrocan dinner in one of my training partners friends apartments (a 2.10 marathoner ) we got there and sat on these really long sofas then this woman comes out and starts serving all these morrocan dishes.  I asked who she was and they said that’s Fatima she’s paid to cook all the meals everyday and let me tell you she’s an unbelievable cook. Anyway after dinner . One of the guys shouts “Fatty” and she sticks her head out of the kitchen and they start chatting do im obviously thinking “Jesus’s that’s a bit harsh calling her that after such a nice meal”.  Then I ask my friend and he says that her nickname in Morrocan I was afraid to tell everyone what it actually means in English so I just go along with it and call her it too.

I’ve never been so nervous for a session then I was today . The build up started yesterday with Soufiane at lunch time . He kept saying how hard tomorrow is going to be and that we are going to die doing this session . I’ve known Soufiane around 8 years now he doesn’t really train with anyone except me and one thing you need to know is he likes to train very hard . He’s ran 13.22 5k and was one spot off making the world 5k final but one thing about Soufiane is he wants to get you ready for these workouts so we will be at dinner or having a coffee and he will say out of no where “So you gonna be a pussy or a man tomorrow ?” Stuff like that so the morning of the workout we went for breakfast where he said several times “Man this is gonna hurt today ” At one stage when I got back I looked through my bag for a bib number I was that convinced I had a race today .

We both got through our workouts anyway and impressed him of the shape I’m in at the moment. Tomorrow we got up to 8000ft for our long run I’m sure I’ll
have another story to tell by then.

Next up we`re in Copenhagen where post Ireland`s “entertaining” nil nil draw last night Clonliffe athletes Shaun Conaghan (he`s the one doing the Packie Bonner impression) and Ian Guiden discuss tactics (ie which of them is going to tell Peter McDermott that they`ll be otherwise occupied when the group are training in Trinity on Tuesday night!)

More tales from overseas and Jayme Rossister got a very solid indeed race in yesterday as he aims towards the Nationals this day two weeks. Jayme takes up the tale: “Just a note to update you on a league race I had yesterday. Placed 4th in the first round of the Birmingham cross country league at Cheltenham for Loughborough. 32 36 for 10.1km. I’ve ateached a picture of the wee stream we had to negotiate. So training for the steeple season early!”

Back on the Road Racing front, Sean Doran put the spikes to one side and laced up the racing flats for this morning`s Greenhills 5k in Drogheda where he finished 3rd in 16.22.

Any other Clonliffe racing in the Park or elsewhere text results to 0879599888.


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