Archive for January, 2018

January ends, subs now overdue!

With January already at an end outstanding subs are now due. Athletics Ireland have a requirement that all members of a club must be registered during the month of January in order to be covered by Athletics Ireland’s policy of insurance. Furthermore if any member, juvenile, senior or master wants to compete in any competition Dublin or National (Indoor championships are coming up fast) you must be registered with Athletics Ireland and this can only be done after you have paid your club subs. If not registered not only can you not compete but you are not insured. Serious stuff so please pay outstanding subs NOW.

The quickest method of payment of Senior/Master and indeed Juvenile subs is by way of the online option. To avail of this, our preferred option, go to Membership page above and use the appropriate Online Payment option. Cash and cheques payable to Clonliffe Harriers are also acceptable, but if at all possible please use the Online payment system.

Please do this as a matter of urgency.

Top Marks all round for Keith at National U/23

It was a memorable afternoon for Clonliffe`s Keith Marks in AIT Athlone today at the National U/23 Indoor Championships. Keith retained the National U/23 Long Jump title with a best of 7.16m, this was over 20 cms better than his winning jump in last year`s championships. In a fine sequence of long jumping Keith put in three 7 meter plus jumps. His winning jump was also a new club indoor record, Keith bettering his 2017 record by some 4 cm.

The National Junior Indoor Championships was also at AIT Athlone today where Craig Giles was 5th (4.16.51) in a tactical 1500.

Also today Aaron Hanlon competing for Providence College was 8th in the 5000 at the BU Terrier Invitational in Boston recording a time of 14.32.59.

Round up: 50 plus go to Raheny, and more

The big road race of the weekend was the Axa Raheny 5 Mile today which drew a very substantial Clonliffe entry of over 50 athletes. The race itself was won by John Travers (Donore) in 23.38. Top Clonliffe finishers were 5th David Flynn 24.10, Eoin Taggart 26.49, Karl Nolan 27.10 and Sean Doran 27.22. Full Clonliffe results below:

Also today at the Charlie Curran 5k in Carlow, Melissa Curran got one over on her daughter Cara, Melissa placed 35th (23.59) with Cara 40th (24.29)

Raheny 5 Clonliffe results

In the Juvenile pre 5 Mile races Abbie Sheehy had a very good run in the aged 16 Mile finishing 2nd girl in a nippy 5.13 to clock her 2nd pb in four days!

Men hold onto top spot in Indoor League

Athlone IT was the venue for round 2 of the National Indoor League today. With the men`s team well in control after round 1 the team wasn`t unduly hurt by non starters in 2 of the 5 events today and finished the afternoon retaining the lead on 54 points from Nenagh Olympic 48.5 and GCH 41.5 heading into the final.

The only win for the men today came from Niall Counihan in the triple jump (13.29m) and there were two second places: Greg Hossney in the 1500 (4.16.74) and Timmy Crowe 400 (50.95).

The top performer on the women`s team was Leah Bergin who took maximum points in the 400 in 58.95. Alanah Cooley was 5th in the 1500 (5.02.08) and Rebecca Fitzsimons 5th in the 200 (27.07)

In the guest races Rebecca was 3rd in her 400 in 62.96, Mark McDonald 2nd in the 800 (1.59.41) and Sean Carrigg 10th in the 1500 (4.30.85).

The League final is in Abbotstown next Saturday February 3rd.

Leinster Regions School`s Cross Country done and dusted (updated)

  1. The qualifying for the Leinster School`s Cross Country finals, to be held in Santry on February 21st got underway on Thursday the 25th. In the Phoenix Park the West Leinsters took place on a dry course but, as always a very strong head on wind to be faced for half of the 2k loop. Ben Guiden continued his good form in the senior boys race with a 3rd place finish. A good run also by Daniel Stone placing 4th in the inter boys race.

In Rathnew, County Wicklow the East Leinsters took place. Ian McAlweeney was a fighting 5th place in the inter race. Thomas Baltzar was also running well placing 7th in this race. A solid run also in the inter girls race by Ella Brown in 8th place, to also qualify for the Leinsters, well inside the required top 15. Tess Loftus found the going tough in the senior girls race placing 22nd and with her team outside the top 3, will be looking to indoors rather than the mud of Santry (bet she can`t keep the smile off her face!)

Today the North Leinsters took place, also in the Phoenix Park with ALSAA “unplayable”. Some excellent performances once again from the club`s athletes with sean O`Leary`s win in the senior boys being the stand out. A great run in one of his best races todate by Stephen Cashin in a battling 7th place. Daniel Lacey after a period of inaction due to injury was comfortable in 10th, cian Bolger 13th, Jordan Byrne 14th and Alex Murray 16th.

In the inter boys race Daragh Carter was a very good 4th, Callum simpson 19th, Dermot Buckley 20th, Evan Foster 30th, Aaron Nnadi 37th and Alex Nuroth 39th.

In the inter girls race there were again quality runs from the Harriers: 6th Sarah Bateson, 7th Jena Cida, 8th Aoife Hession, 15th Alana Fitzsimons, 22nd Vicky McDonnell. Likewise the girls battled away gamely in the junior girls race where Naoise Cullen was 14th and Ella Cooley, after a fine run, was 17th. In the first race of the day Orla O’Sullivan was an excellent 10th place.

Next up the Leinsters in Santry on February 21st, hosted by Clonliffe and yes help needed. (to sign up e mail

Clonliffe on the boards (updated)

On the Indoor circuit tonight, the NIA Live series continued in Abbotstown. Clonliffe athletes running included Efron Gidey winning the 3000 (8.54.61) with Declan Power running 9.17.80. There was a pb from young Abbie Sheehy in the 800 of 2.28.07. The 400 featured a good battle between training partners with Lauren Carr (63.00) turning the tables this week on Rebecca Fitzsimons (63.54). Also running was Leah Moore in the 60m 7.69 and Chris Sibanda 6.98.

Weekend round up: Rolus Silvers at National Combined Events (updated)

Rolus Olusa was a silver medallist at the National Indoor Combined Events in AIT Athlone today. Over the five events Rolus amassed a total of 3354 points to finish runner up behind defending champion Shane Aston (Trim AC). Rolus took wins in the day`s first event the 60H (8.27) and the final event of the day the 1000 (3.00.75), in between he was 2nd in the long jump (6.38m) and high jump (1.71m) and 3rd in the shot (11.24m).

On the country the BHAA season continued in Firhouse with the Eir XC races, Sean Doran had a great run to 4th place (29.05) in the 5 mile over a tough muddy course and in the women`s 2.5 mile Yvonne McDonagh was 16th (14.45).

Also news just in of a fine win in the US Collegiate Indoor circuit on Saturday the 20th, by Aaron Hanlon in North Kingston, Rhode Island over 3000 in 8.36.88 to win this race for the 2nd year in a row.

Juveniles training at NIA Abbotstown on Thursday the 25th

The club`s juvenile athletes will be training at the National Indoor Arena on Thursday the 25th. Parents please note change of time: 6pm to 8pm. Meet there at 5.45pm. The cost is €5. per athlete. Athletes check with your coaches to see if your group is involved.

Flynner gets Ireland`s call!

David Flynn has been named on the Irish team for the Armagh International 5k Road Race on February 15th. The Irish team in addition to Flynner includes John Travers (Donore) Hugh Armstrong (Ballina) and Matt Bergin (DSD).

Clonliffe will also have a club team competing at the race.

Clonliffe athletes show good form at DCU Schools XC

The 2018 School`s Cross Country season got off to a great start for Clonliffe athletes at The DCU Invitational held in St. Claires, Glasnevin this afternoon. It was, not unexpectedly, pretty soft and muddy on a cold but rain/snow free day.

Top Clonliffe performer was Ben Guiden placing a fine 3rd in the senior boys, 4,400m race. In the 3000 Inter race Daragh Carter was also in very good form with a very solid run to 8th place. Good runs also in this race by Callum Simpson 8th, Dermot Buckley 21st, Evan Foster 30th, Aaron 31st and Alex Nuroth 36th.

In the girls races Ella Cooley ran well to a 20th place finish in the Junior race over 1600m. There was also a good crop of Harriers in the inter girls race, 2,400m, where Aoife Hession was top Clonliffe in 7th after a good outing, Ella Brown was 9th, just fading a little over the final KM, Alana Fitzsimons, having just dispensed with her broken wrist cast had a very good run in the circumstances in 12th place with Vicky McDonnell 26th. The sole Harrier in the senior girls race, 1600m was Cliona Cooley who put in a good afternoon`s work to an 8th place finish.

Next up for the crew is the Leinster Regions at the latter end of next week.

(Pictured, Ben Guiden 3rd Senior Boys)



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