Archive for December, 2017

Valdas runs a Cracker!

Valdas Dopolskas (Balbriggan & District AC) was the winner of this morning`s ERP Xmas Cracker 5k in Santry.  Although it was bright and sunny a very strong cold breeze conspired against fast times. There was a very positive turn out of runners for the race, with some 250 entered for this the 7th Xmas Cracker 5k.

With the runners taking in a full lap of the Morton Stadium the field was well spread out before hitting the Santry roads. A pack that included all the favourites at the head: Dopolskas, and a Clonliffe gang of Sean O`Leary, defending champion Adam O`Brien, Cathal Doyle, Aaron Hanlon and Ian Guiden.

(Pictured, Hanlon, 165, Dopolskas, 604, O`Leary, 162)

Hanlon took the lead and drove on the pack right through the up hill in Northwood, but Dopolskas was strong and bided his time, at the turn back into Santry he had a lead of several seconds and entered the Stadium alone, a clear winner in 15.17.9, Adam O`Brien had worked his way into 2nd after an excellent run with Hanlon 3rd, Cathal Doyle 4th and Ian Guiden 5th.

(Pictured, men`s winner Valdas Dopolskas of Balbriggan & District AC)

(Pictured, Women`s winner, Eleanor Alexander, Clonliffe Harriers)

Winning the women`s race was Clonliffe`s Eleanor Alexander, 18.25.6. In the junior men`s there was a home clean sweep for Clonliffe of Sean O`Leary, Efron Gidey and Craig Giles and likewise in the junior women`s: Alannah Cooley, Aoife Hession and Sarah Bateson.

Clonliffe would like to than our sponsor ERP, Alone our charity partner, Last Lap Café for providing most welcome delicious hot chocolate to all finishers, An Garda Siochana,  St. John`s Ambulance, all our volunteers and you the runners for making the race a great success. Happy New Year.

Full results click: ERP Xmas Cracker 5k 2017

To see photos click here

The Bateson Report 29/12/17: Club Record with 17 Harriers Dancing On Ice hopefuls

Sarah Bateson Reports: Mick’s communication style left a lot to be desired with team members calling the club house their ‘HomeBase’ turning up at the wrong meeting point.

Despite having 6 plus national medals to their names, the boys failed to preform on the day. Bambi Guiden set a club record for most falls, while Aaron Cullen taking after Buzz Lightyear was awarded Top Spectacular Fall- “That wasn’t flying, it was falling with style”.

Evan Foster outshone them all with the skill and finesse that could only be matched by Chazz Michael  Michaels from Blades of Glory.

Noels girls were as competitive as always and not failing to miss an opportunity to compete, with Ella Cooley challenging Evan with time-trials.

Vicky had a spectacular fall and may be unable to sit for a week, but will be fit for training. Noel and Mick failed to hit the ice despite their teams pleads.

Aoife Hession almost found romance with a tall, dark stranger spinning into her arms, a glance exchanged that could melt the ice, but her focus remains firmly on her training!!!

The “food of champions”, ended the day with Noel finally conceding to Sarah’s constant begging to bring them to McDonalds.

Wet arses and full stomachs brought to to conclusion a successful Clonliffe Harriers day out.

Tomorrow`s (New Year`s Eve) ERP Xmas Cracker, Final Instructions

Tomorrow, New Year`s Eve sees the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with Alone take place in Santry @ 11.00am. Late entry on the day @ €20.00 (€5.00 of which is a donation to Alone) . Entry still available until 5.00pm on December 30th, late entries accepted on race day morning. See final instructions below:

Race date and start time: Sunday 31st  of December at 11 a.m.

On Line Entry: Currently available through @ €20 (€5. of which is a direct contribution to Alone) until 5.00pm December 30th only.

Late entries: Taken in the Clonliffe club bar. Late entries taken on the day from 9.30 a.m. until 10.45 a.m. Please note that no entries whatsoever will be taken after 10.45 a.m.

Race check-in: Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse, Morton Stadium Santry.

Entry fee: €20.00.

Numbers: To be collected from the Clonliffe club bar upstairs in the clubhouse from 9.30 a.m.

ERP Draw: On race day bring along either a used battery operated or electric appliance or ten used batteries (all for recycling), you will be given a ticket and entered into a draw courtesy of European Recycling Platform. The draw will take place after the prize-giving in the Clonliffe club bar. Prizes courtesy of ERP.

Car parking: Limited car parking available in the stadium. Please note that the avenue in the stadium must be kept clear of cars at all times.

Parking in Santry area: Please do not park on the Swords Road as cars parked on the Swords Road will be dealt with by the Gardaí by either parking tickets or removal by the Gardaí of cars which are illegally parked.

Public transport: The Morton Stadium is well serviced by public transport in particular the numbers 41, 33 and number 16.

Race start: On the track in the Morton Stadium @11.00am. Please assemble at start area at 10.50am.

Course: The race will leave the stadium turning left up the Swords Road heading in the direction of the airport, turning left at Northwood, proceeding down the length of Northwood before turning left at the Ballymun Road, left again at Santry Avenue (Santry Cross), proceeding down the length of Santry Avenue, turning left again at the Swords Road and left back into the stadium where the athletes will run 300 metres on the track and the race will finish on the track.

Course Map:

Changing facilities: Limited changing facilities will be available in the stadium.

Toilets: Located in the stadium.

Hot chocolate: for all finishers thanks to our friends in Last Lap Café.

Prize presentation: The presentation of prizes will take place in the Clonliffe bar, upstairs in the clubhouse asap after the race.

Results: Will be published on this website.

Health and Safety: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance to deal with any medical emergencies. Please note that as this race takes place on the public roadway you must be aware of traffic as the road will not be closed. Entrants are, therefore, primarily responsible for their own safety. On course marshals and the Gardaí will be there to assist. Please obey the instructions of all marshals.

Stewards: Please report to the stadium for briefing at 10.00 am, even if you haven`t signed up but are available come along. Jobs for all!

Sponsors:  ERP

Alone: the race is run in association with the charity for older people Alone.

Finally Clonliffe Harriers A.C. would like to thank you for entering the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k and we trust that you will have an enjoyable morning with us in Santry.

On line entry for Cracker open `til 5.00pm Saturday

With the ERP Xmas Cracker now only 3 days away (11.00am Sunday 31st) in order to assist with the smooth running of the race all are encouraged to use the on line entry. Entry is available through until 5.00pm Saturday December 30th. If you enter now it`s then simply a matter of picking up your race number in the Clonliffe clubhouse on race morning, pinning it to your shirt and away you go!

Race Day Instructions can be accessed on the previous posting.

We look forward to seeing you on New Year`s Eve, it`s going to be a Cracker!


The annual senior Clonliffe Christmas Cake Races took place in Santry tonight. The Cake Race of course has been held in Santry in recent years on safety grounds and with the race starting and finishing on the track and of course the clubhouse being available it has proved to be a great shot in the arm for this particular event.  Once again there was a great turnout of athletes from the older juveniles (U/16s) right through to the Masters in both the ladies and men’s race.  Both races were held on the ‘Northwood loop’ over 5000 metres and of course the races were run on a handicap basis with the ‘slower’ athletes (or those who have managed to fool the handicappers) off first right down to the scratch athletes going last.

The ladies race got underway at 7.30 sharp with a very good field taking part and was won by Aideen Brady with the fastest athlete on the night being Alannah Cooley. At 8 p.m. the men’s race got underway, again a huge field of club athletes taking part.  From the large field the winner was  Thomas Baltazar the fastest man on the night was Adam OBrien  with a time of  15.08.

The prize giving took place in the clubhouse after with the respective captains, Pamela Cooper and Joe Cooper making the presentation to the winners.

There then followed the presentation night starting off with presentations to victorious underage cross country teams: the bronze medal U/17 boys team of Aaron Cullen, Daniel Stone, Ben Guiden, Ian McAlweeney, Dermot Buckley and Thomas Baltazar. Aaron Cullen was also presented with the Juvenile Athlete of the Year trophy.

Then Junior mens team who won National Silver: Adam O`Brien, Sean O`Leary, Efron Gidey, Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey, Stephen Cashin, Greg Hosseny.

The U/18 team won the National and were presented with their National medals. The winning team was Eferon Gidey, Craig Giles, Daniel Lacy, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin and Jordan Byrne.

Likewise the U/19 team received their national medals having won the National only last weekend: Eferon Gidey, Sean O’Leary, Craig Giles, Daniel Lacy, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne.

National medals were then presented to the men’s marathon teams. The winning team of Gary O’Hanlon, Stephen Scullion and Sergiu Ciobanu and the 2nd place team of David Mansfield, Karl Nolan and Robert Reid.

The club President Paddy Marley continued with the presentations to the club’s National 2017 Champions:

Men’s 400 and outdoor 400 National Champion Brian Gregan.

Men’s Javelin Stephen Rice and National Marathon champion Gary O’Hanlon (Jeremy Philips was also the national 100 champion but was home in the USA).

The Clonliffe 2017 record breakers were also recognised:

Brian Gregan 400 – 45.26.

Stephen Rice – Javelin 64.48m

Jeremy Philips – 100 10.39

Leah Moore – 100 – 11.87

The President then made the presentations to the Clonliffe club athletes of the year as selected by the selection committee (who remain anonymous to this day!) The athletes of the year is most generously sponsored by John Shields and Loki Sports.  The 2017 Clonliffe club athletes of the year were:

Junior athlete of the year: Craig Giles

Master athlete of the year: Snezana Bechtina

Women’s track and field athlete of the year: Leah Moore

Men’s track and field athlete of the year: Brian Gregan

Women’s road/cross country athlete of the year: Yvonne McDonagh

Men’s road/cross country athlete of the year: Gary O’Hanlon

Joe Cooper as club captain then announced his selection as the Clonliffe Harrier of the year. Joe was making the presentation to a young athlete who since joining Clonliffe has been a tremendous asset to the club initially in the juvenile ranks, then in the junior ranks and has progressed to the senior team.  An athlete who is always available for selection and always competes, in whatever discipline with distinction.  This athlete has assisted the senior team in the winning of the men’s track and field league, both indoor and outdoor in recent years, he has also been a member of the junior cross country team and indeed the novice cross country team and is also a proficient race walker.:

The Clonliffe Harrier of the year: Greg Hosseny.

The club would like to congratulate all of our athletes for their efforts during the course of 2017 which is greatly appreciated, the club would also like to thank our wonderful coaches, our supporters, our club sponsor Hireco and all who have contributed to the club’s successes throughout 2017, a year in which the club was recognised by Athletics Ireland for the third successive year as the Irish performance club of the year.

Happy Christmas to one and all.

Great Cake Race night for Juveniles

The Clonliffe Juveniles (8s to U/15s) had their Cake Races tonight followed by their Christmas party. There was a turn out of well over 100 young athletes running in the 6 races, on a mild still night in Morton Stadium. The races were all run on a handicap basis and judging by the tight finishes the handicappers looked to have gotten things spot on.

The six winners of the coveted cakes were: Jamie, Daniel, Sorcha O`Connor, Colm Breghy, Katie Halpin and Adam Keogh.

Post races all gathered in the club bar (dry for the occasion!) and enjoyed lemonade and sweets, all generously sponsored once again by Colm Doran. The Juvenile Captain then made the presentation of the Juvenile Athlete of the Year to Sally Somula (unfortunately due to a school commitment not there on the night).

A great night had by all. Many thanks to Colm Doran, all the Juvenile coaches and the parents for their support. Happy Christmas to all our juvenile athletes.

Training for Gladys group will recommence on Jan 9th. Ray`s group will have their final session on Thursday and will break until Jan 2nd.

Gerry`s group will train on Thursday at 7.00pm, Thursday 28th at 11.00am, Thursday the 4th at 7.00pm and Sunday 7th at 11.00am.

Cracker, less than 2 weeks to go.

It`s now less than two weeks to the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k takes place on Sunday December 31st (New Year`s Eve) at 11.00am in Santry. Entry to the Cracker is now available on line. The race is sponsored by the European Recycling Platform and is being run in association with Alone.

Online entry is available on While entry is also taken on the day runners and walkers are requested to make it easier all round and avail of on line entry. The race takes place on the roads around Santry, with both the start and finish on the track in Morton Stadium.
There will be prizes for the Senior Men/Women, Junior Men/Women and Masters prizes. Superb value for an online entry fee of €20.00 which includes chip timing and booking fee.  €5 of each entry will go to ALONE. See
Clonliffe Harriers would encourage all our entrants to raise some badly needed funds for ALONE. ALONE provides Supportive Housing, Befriending, Community Support and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. Our very own CHAC stalwart, Jeremy Chapman also serves on the board of ALONE, so let’s try and raise as much as funds as possible for a good cause.
The ERP 5k Christmas Cracker is also offering the chance for all entrants in the race to win some spot prizes. To be in with a chance to win one of these prizes it is simply a matter of bringing along on race day anything that is WEEE and can be recycled ( electrical appliance or used batteries). You will then be entered into a draw which will take place immediately after the race.

ERP’s mission is to develop high-quality, cost-effective recycling services for the benefit of producer members, consumers and ultimately the environment and society. It is important that we get as many recyclable items as possible to support our very generous race sponsor.

Don`t delay. Enter now and have your final run of 2017 for a really good cause. It`s Gonna be a Cracker!


Cake Race and Athletes of the year Awards

The annual Clonliffe Christmas Cake Race takes place on Thursday December 21st in Santry – starting on the track and finishing on the track after loop through Northwood.

All junior/senior/master club members wishing to take part in either the women or men’s race should text their name and 5K time (if available), in the case of women to Pamela – 086 150 3015 and men text Joe – 087 225 6004 by Tuesday at latest.

After the Cake Race prize presentation from 9.00pm the club will honor our National Champions, Club Record breakers and the Clonliffe Athletes of the year. The Clonliffe Athletes of the Year is once again generously sponsored by Loki Sports.

The nominees are:

Men Track & Field: Brian Gregan, Stephen Rice, Jeremy Phillips

Men Road/Cross Country: Stephen Scullion, Gary O`Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu

Women Track & Field: Snezana Bechtina, Leah Moore, Ciara McCallion

Women Road/Cross Country: Winner to be announced on the night

Junior Athlete: Greg Hosseny, Alannah Cooley, Craig Giles

Master Athlete: Snezana Bechtina, Declan Power, Gary O`Hanlon

Clonliffe Harrier of the Year: Winner announced on the night.

Presentations will be made to our senior 2017 National Champions:

Indoors: Brian Gregan 400

Outdoors: Gary O`Hanlon Marathon, Brian Gregan 400, Jeremy Phillips 100, Stephen Rice Javelin,

National team medals will also be presented: National Marathon 1st (Gary O`Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu, Stephen Scullion), 2nd (David Mansfield, Karl Nolan, Robert Reid), National U/18 Cross Country (Eferon Gidey, Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne)

Club Record setters 2017: Brian Gregan 400 45.26, Stephen Rice Javelin 64.48m, Jeremy Phillips 100 10.39, Leah Moore 100 11.87, Ariel Liegho Pole Vault 4.10m


U/19s take National Gold, U/17s Bronze

The National Juvenile (uneven ages) and Novice cross country championships took place in Waterford IT today. To say it was a tough course is an understatement…it was brutal. The course started uphill and then turned sharply into a steep hill that would have a cart horse breathless, a bit of respite then for 100m before a 500m long long uphill drag. Oh and there was ankle deep mud.

Despite all of this the Clonliffe teams put in magnificent brave performances, from young Jonathan Fitzsimons, the sole U/13 Harrier in 83rd place, right through the U/17s and then the golden boys, the U/19s.

The U/17s put in a spirited fight, despite loosing illness victim Daragh Carter in the days leading up, lead brilliantly by Aaron Cullen 11th, Daniel Stone 16th, Ben Guiden 25th, and Ian McAweeney, who hit the ground hard 100m from home, but still took 58th and Dermot Buckley 100th. The team took an excellent bronze in an unbelievably tight finish: KCH 108 points, St. Malachys 109 and Clonliffe 110! (Aaron and Ben both picked up inter county gold for Dublin)

The U/19s completely justified their favourites tag by destroying the opposition. Winning by an extraordinary 77 points: 44 to 121! Eferon Gidey continues to impress with a great race placing 2nd, Sean O`Leary holding his 5th place over the final 400 and then Craig Giles with the most gutsy run by an 800 specialist and Daniel Lacey taking 2 places in the final 100. (All four also scored on the Dublin inter county team taking gold) These four were backed up well by Stephen Cashin 38th and Jordan Byrne 41st.

Thus the club juvenile season came to a conclusion: boys U/17 bronze (2 points off gold), U/18 gold and U/19 gold….the future looks bright!

On then to the novice championships where full teams were fielded. The women`s team placing 12th: 65th Siobhan Deveney, 72nd Maura Matthews, 75th Claire Roche, 89th Yvonne McDonagh, 103rd Aisling Andrews. The men were lead home by Adam O`Brien in 20th, Adam picking up inter county gold for Dublin, then: 81st Michael Cassidy, 98th Patrick Hayes, 110th Sean Doran, 144th Alex Gibbons, 153rd Greg Hosseny, 186th Dave O`Regan.

To see photos click here

Roundup: Parklife and Fynner wins Drogheda 5k

A bright and frosty start for the Clonliffe U/15s to junior women on Saturday morning in St. Anne`s for the Parkrun making it a welcomed “break” from training. A squad of seven braved the early start meeting well before 9.00 to be warmed up and ready to roll at 9.30. First home from the group and 4th woman was Abbie Sheehy in 21.19, closely followed by Sarah Bateson 21.22 and then the rest of the group half a minute later: Tess Loftus 21.57, Aoife Hession 22.01, Hannah Browne 22.08, Katie Halpin 22.12 and Cara Curran Beggs. A mention also of, someone who never gets a mention, Kevin Sheehy 21.34. Next up for the group is the Club Cakes Races on Tuesday for the U/15s and Thursday for the old stagers!

Sunday: David Flynn won the Drogheda and District 5k road race in a new course record of 14.57.


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