Archive for April, 2018

News from overseas: Jeremy Phillips gets season underway & more

News from the States of Clonliffe`s National 100 Champion getting his season underway. Jeremy was 3rd in the Jacksonville North Florida Invitational 100 in 10.55 on Friday, the 27th.

Also under the radar Jeremy set a new club 60m indoor record on February 3rd of 6.80 to add to his 100 record of 10.39 set when winning the nationals last July.

Also in overseas news and apologies for the lateness but Brian Flanagan improved his 3000 SC PB on April 21st for McNeese at Lake Charles running 9.14.62.

This weekend, yesterday, Jayme Rossister had a 3.55.16 1500 shake down before tackling the jumps at next weekend`s BUC 3000 SC

Ich bin ein Berliner

Shane Rooney reports almost live from Berlin: The Black & Amber was a vision of beauty as 29 Clonliffe athletes, supported by Coach Pam and Catherine (the Dodgeball Warrior), ran the RBB LAUF 1/3 Marathon in Potsdam, Berlin on Sunday 29th April.

Despite a full day of sightseeing of Berlin (led by cycling duo Anne & Dave L), followed by a few fizzy “waters” on Saturday, Team Clonliffe, were full of excitement and anticipation as they skipped and leapt to the start line on a glorious Sunday morning.

The team were led home by Anthony D (59:18), Mick B (59:26), Fergal (1:01:40), Mick G (1:02:22), Declan (1:04:01), Aisling (1:05:45), Siobhan (1:05:46), Aideen (1:06:02), Adrien (1:06:20), Laura (1:06:28), Aoife (1:08:05), Dave R (1:10:28), Sharon (1:10:30), Mel C (1:12:08), Niall (1:12:28), Anne (1:12:29), Caroline (1:13:30), Orla (1:14:19), Yvonne (1:15:35), Evelyn (1:16:08), Mandy (1:16:10), Sinead D (1:16:21), Dave L (1:19:57), Joanne (1:20:02), Katie (1:20:03), Janette (1:20:49), Darren (1:21:23), Viv (1:28:11) and Ciara F (1:30:42)

The athletes were celebrated and welcomed by the organisers and locals, especially when they stripped and jumped into the local lake showing off their summer bodies and glowing like milk bottles in the German spring sunshine.

Congratulations to all involved, especially those who organised another wonderful and fun event.

Following the success of Budapest in 2017 and Berlin in 2018, talk has turned to where next for the annual (social) event, will it be Barcelona, Bali or Beaumont!!!
Dig in and just keep running.

Clonliffe members elected at Congress

At yesterday’s Athletics Ireland Congress held in Carrick-on-Shannon George Maybury was returned unopposed to the position of Chair of the Risk and Finance Committee. Club President Paddy Marley was once again elected on to the Competition Committee and Bernie Dunne elected onto both the Competition Committee and the Juvenile Competition Committee. Congratulations to all three.

Clonliffe Marathon Men for European Champs

Both Sergiu Ciobanu and Stephen Scullion have been selected to run for Ireland in August`s European Championships in Berlin. Sergiu clocked the qualifying time in November in the Valencia Marathon while Stephen`s excellent 12th place in last Sunday`s London Marathon in 2.15.55 secured his place. The two Clonliffe marathon men will be joined on the Berlin start line by a 3rd Clonliffe Harriers with newly minted Clonliffe Harrier, and Rio Olympian,  Valdas Dopolskas, selected to run for Lithuania.

Somba dances to Clonliffe 127th win

For the 127th time athletes ran in the Clonliffe 2 Mile road race.  This historic race is Ireland’s oldest road race. Although the race began back in 1891 with the runners running from Ashtown back into Phisboro, the first recorded winner was P.J. Lonergan of the host club, in 1898.  Tonight was the 127th running of the race which has been held at various venues in and around north Dublin including Millmount Avenue (where the family home of James Joyce was located) in Drumcondra, later in Finglas, around the back of Dublin Airport and then back famously over the traditional Finglas to Glasnevin route for a number of years at the turn of the 19th century and including the club centenary in 1986.  It was at that stage that the late Eugene Kavanagh, Proprietor of Kavanagh’s, properly known in Glasnevin as ‘the Gravediggers’ began sponsoring the race.  The Kavanagh family’s sponsorship of the race remains since 1986 to today.

The 2018 Clonliffe 2 attracted almost 200 runners to the Morton Stadium for the start on the track with the route then moving out of the stadium heading north, then swinging into Northwood and back into Santry Demesne Park before finishing back on the track.

After the 2 Mile tour the race winner was Peter Somba (Dunboyne AC) 9.22  in a sprint finished from Clonliffe`s Ian Guiden 9.23 followed closely by Conor Duffy in 3rd place.  These three were followed in to the stadium by a throng of athletes including first woman Nadia Power (Templeogue AC) .

It was particularly pleasing to see such a good crop of young junior athletes taking part in the race with the first junior man being Efrem Gidey and the first junior woman  Aoife Hession, both Clonliffe Harriers.

It was in keeping with recent weather a blustery cold night, most unspring like, was the offering for the runners, however, thankfully the rain held off to make it a fairly good experience for all concerned.

(Pictured, Peter Somba with Niall & Anne Kavanagh)

Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank the Kavanagh family for their continued generous sponsorship of this event which is most sincerely appreciated by the club, the club would also like to thank An Garda Siochana, St. John’s Ambulance, the volunteers who turned out on the night and the athletes for making this event part of their spring racing plans.   We look forward to your participation in the 128th version of the race, same place, same time next year.

Full results: RESULT CLONLIFFE 2 MILE 2018

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Wintry start to Graded Meets

The first of the Dublin Athletic Board’s graded Meets took place in the Morton Stadium last night. It was a bitterly cold windy night with rain towards the latter end of the evening meaning it was pretty unpleasant conditions for both athletes and officials.

From a Clonliffe perspective Rebecca Fitzsimons enjoyed a win in Grade C of the Women’s 100 in a time of 13.45. In the men’s race C number 2 Thomas Moran was 3rd in 12.42 with Kristin Bosnjak 5th in 12.78.

The women’s 800 A saw good Clonliffe representation with Alannah Cooley finishing 4th (2.21.11), Hannah Browne 7th 2.26.25 and Orna McGinley 8th 2.27.16.

In the men’s 800s Grade A race 1 saw a good run from Cian Bolger to finish 8th in 2.00.22 with Jack Maughan 11th 2.09.22.  In Grade A race 2 Joey Hession made a welcome return to the track running 2.03.79 for 8th place.  In Grade B Daniel Stone was 4th (2.07.13) and in Grade C Niall Sherlock was 2nd (2.11.96)  Finally in the 3000 combined race A and B Alex Gibbons placed 4th (9.13.80), Thomas Sherlock – kitting out for the second race of the evening was 6th 9.16.25, Greg Hossenny was 11th 9.42.29 and in the combined B and C race Joseph Keane had a fine run to finish 2nd in 9.27.58 with Ian McAweeney 8th – 10.00.13.

Tonight @ 8.00pm: The Clonliffe 2 (final instructions)

Tonight Thursday April 26th @ 8.00pm sees the 127th running of the Clonliffe 2, Ireland`s Oldest Road race. The historic race will take place in Santry starting on the track in the Morton Stadium.

The Course

The 2 Mile starts and finishes in the famous Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin 9. The race also incorporates a lap of the beautiful Santry Demesne. (See course map) click: Clonliffe 2 Map

Event history

The Clonliffe 2 Mile is the oldest continuous Road Race in Ireland and one of the oldest in the world.

The race commenced in 1891 as a club race, soon to become an Invitational 2 Mile and eventually an Open Road Race. This is the 127th consecutive running. The event now caters for fun runners, club and elite athletes.

 Race sponsor

The race will be sponsored this year by the Kavanagh family in Glasnevin. The late Eugene Kavanagh commenced sponsoring this race back in the mid 1980s. Clonliffe Harriers are very grateful to the Kavanagh family for their continuing sponsorship of this event.


Individual Prizes

Junior Men/Women    1st, 2nd, 3rd places

Senior Men/Women    1st, 2nd, 3rd, places

Masters Men/Women 1st in each category

1st Junior Team Men/Women

Prize giving and refreshments will be place in the Clonliffe Club House after the race. Full results will be on line asap that night.
Race check in and changing facilities

Race check in and changing facilities are located in the Clonliffe clubhouse, in Morton Stadium Santry Dublin 9.

Race entry

Registrations will be taken on the night of the race from 6.15 –   The entry fee of €15 (Juniors – €10).

Entrants will receive an iconic Clonliffe 2 Mile tee shirt.


Limited parking in the stadium. Do not park on the avenue in the stadium. Do not obstruct local neighbour’s access to their homes please.

Health & Safety

The race will be held on open roads. The gardai will be in attendance, however, please be careful and watch for traffic. Please obey the on course marshals. No head sets allowed.


St. Johns Ambulance will be in attendance to deal with any medical issues.


Report to the club house for safety briefing and allocation of positions at 7.15pm

Thank you for participating in Ireland`s oldest road race. Please enjoy the race.


Clonliffe at Malahide 5K

Philip O`Doherty reports: There was a big contingent of Clonliffe runners at the inaugural Malahide Community School Wellbeing 5k yesterday  (Tuesday).  It was a tough course with some large hills to work through.  First Clonliffe finisher was Conor Keane, who worked his way up to second place in a time of 17:52.  Other finishers were:

4 David Brady 18:01, 6 Matt McGuiness 18:30, 7 Shane Casey 18:37, 10 Kevin Dowling 18:46 (1st O/50 male), 11 Philip O’Doherty 19:04 (2nd O/50 male), 15 Murray Ahern 19:19, 19 Maurice McCrohan 19:51, 25 Ciara Peelo 21:04, 28 Aimee Ahern 21:20 (2nd O/40 female), 44 Aine McCann 22:31, 50 Noel Daly 23:00, 83 Caroline Daly 26:35 (2nd O/50 female).

No Juvenile training on Thursday

Due to Thursday`s Clonliffe 2 Mile, there is no training for Gladys`group on Thursday night. All other groups are reminded that there will be a training break to allow competitors start and finish the Clonliffe 2 on the track. Coaches are requested to have their groups vacate the track for the finish in particular. The race starts at 8.00pm, first finishers will be in before 8.10pm with final finishers expected by 8.30pm. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for helping out at Night Run

A big thank you to the Clonliffe crew who answered the Captain`s call and assisted at last night`s Night Run. A great professional job by all concerned.

Rust of course never sleeps so……any chance that anyone not running the Clonliffe 2 on Thursday please help out on the night. Please report to the club house at 7.15pm for briefing and allocation of posts.


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