Archive for May, 2018

Mid Week round up

At tonight`s Drogheda and District Graded Meet Alannah Cooley won the 3000 in a new PB of 10.40.67. On the roads David Mullen was 4th (17.26) and Eoghan Murphy 5th (18.01) in the Balbriggan Roadrunner Summerfest 5k.

On Tuesday night, the 29th, Sean Doran was 8th in the Government Services BHAA 5 Mile Road Race in Dunboyne in 27.30. Maurice McCrohan ran 32.02.

Missed last weekend was Valdas Dapolskas 69 minute half marathon in 30 degrees back in Lithuania.

Grand Prix Latest: McCarrick Plate

Round 6 – Grand Prix Series – 2.5 Mile Mc Carrick Plate – Malahide – Thursday, May 24th – 8pm. Race report by Liam Hennessy.

Over 80 starters went to the line for Round 6 of the Grand Prix Series, held on the ever popular trail route at Malahide. 15 stewards were on hand to ensure that the race ran smoothly.

Full results as follows;

  1. Ger Copeland – 13.49 – PB
  2. George Brady – 14.13 – PB
  3. Clive Ahern – 14,23
  4. Shane Casey – 14.28 – PB
  5. Dermot Faughnan – 14.41.8
  6. Paul O’Loughlin – 14.43 – PB
  7. Kevin Dowling -14.44
  8. Murray Ahern – 14.51 – PB
  9. Philip O’Doherty – 14.57
  10. Zoe Quinn – 15.03 – PB
  11. Alex Eustace – 15.13 – PB
  12. Mick Bermingham – 15.17 – PB
  13. Mark Dowling – 15.22
  14. Paul Keenan – 15.29 – PB
  15. Trevor Wisdom – 15.31 – PB
  16. Colm Leonard – 15.33 – PB
  17. Stephen Tracey – 15.34
  18. Sinead Hartnett – 15.37 – PB
  19. Alan Worrall – 15.38
  20. Rachel Eustace – 15.40
  21. Joyce O’Hare – 15.43
  22. Mick Gleeson 15.44.8 – PB
  23. Richie Barr – 15.46 – PB
  24. James Smith – 15.50 – PB
  25. Seamus Devitt – 15.51 – PB
  26. Philip Matthews – 16.00
  27. Declan Grant – 16.01
  28. Aisling Andrews – 16.02 – PB
  29. Tom Cassidy – 16.05 – PB
  30. Emma Dunne – 16.09
  31. Eimear Griffin – 16.10
  32. Shane Rooney – 16.12
  33. Aideen Brady – 16.14 – PB
  34. Niall Markey – 16.14
  35. Ciara Peelo – 16.18
  36. Emma Cooper – 16.21
  37. Kevin Sheehy – 16.22 – PB
  38. Aimee Ahern – 16.23
  39. Sharon Lawlor – 16.28 – PB
  40. Laura Kernan – 16.32
  41. Maria Howard – 16.37
  42. M O’Sullivan – 16.45 – PB
  43. Joe Cole – 16.45 – PB
  44. Declan Murray – 16.47
  45. Paul White – 16.50
  46. ????????? – 16.54
  47. Noel Daly – 17.01
  48. Clodagh Moriarty – 17.08
  49. Simon Smith – 17.12
  50. David O’Sullivan – 17.16.8
  51. M O’Connor – 17.19
  52. Conor Jennings – 17.21
  53. Tom Prendergast – 17.23 – PB
  54. Orla Deighan – 17.35 – PB
  55. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 17.37 – PB
  56. ????????????????  – 17.37
  57. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 17.45
  58. Geraldine Keogh – 17.49 – PB
  59. Ann Lyons – 18.00
  60. Frank Mc Carthy – 18.02
  61. Pat Devitt – 18.08.6
  62. Mandy Mc Menany – 18.08.7 – PB
  63. Melissa Curran – 18.10 – PB
  64. Jenny Sharkey – 18.12 – PB
  65. Karen Kinsella – 18.14
  66. Greg O’Beirne – 18.17 – PB
  67. Karen Mc Affee – 18.25
  68. Philip Richards – 18.30
  69. Sinead Duffy – 18.34
  70. Mary Purdue SmIth – 18.39
  71. Pat Healy – 18.48
  72. Evelyn Brennan – 19.01
  73. Laura Mc Affee – 19.02
  74. Shay Byrne  – 19.03
  75. Gerard Fay – 19.04
  76. Dave Lyons – 19.10
  77. Ciara Daly – 20.31
  78. Caroline Daly – 20.35
  79. Dave Brady – 22.23

Note: The top three in the handicap for the above will be announced at the presentation of prizes on Thursday, June 7th !!!

Apologies if i misspelt any name above – There were two instances where we didn’t get a name for a finisher. If we have omitted to include you, could you contact Liam Hennessy at

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to make this race a success.

Next Race:

Round 7 – Santry Demesne – Thursday, June 7th – O’Connor Cup – 4 Mile Grass Race. The O’Connor Cup is a fab 4 miler and is the only summer grass race in the series. If this glorious weather continues the ground should be good and firm, so trainers or racing shoes / spikes will be fine for this one. Look forward to seeing a big turnout.

Finally – Don’t forget that we will have a few presentations to make on the evening of Thursday, June 7th next, following the O’Connor Cup. The prizes for The Santry Mile – “The Guiden Trophy”, Kindly sponsored by Noel Guiden and The Mc Carrick Plate, 2.5 Mile race, will be made. We would encourage everyone who has taken part in the last few races to mark June 7th in your diary for the 4 miler, after race presentations, refreshments and post race chat. See you there !!!.

Fine dining indeed!

It certainly is tough at the top as the Clonliffe Men’s team well and truly found out over the course of the two days competition at the ECCC Group A Track and Field Championships in the Alexander stadium, Birmingham. This is the first time that Clonliffe were in Group A and thus dining at the top table of European athletics.

Whilst the competition was red hot and proved to be more than an eye-opener it was a wonderful experience for the Clonliffe athletes to compete against what in many cases are the world`s best athletes. By way of illustration in the discus Rolus Olusa found himself competing against the current world champion Andrius Gudzius. The 400H featured the European champion Yamani Copello while the middle distance boys found that the current European 10,000 champion Polat Kemboi Arikan was competing for Turkish champions Enka in both the 3000 and 5000.

The individual Clonliffe performances are outlined in earlier postings. Full results can also be accessed on

What was pleasing about the weekend was that Clonliffe did score in all events and there were some impressive performances. The 4 x 100 relay team of Leo Morgan, Keith Marks, Keith Pike and Jeremy Philips impressed and were 2nd in their heat and 5th overall in 41.60.  Likewise on Sunday there was a superb 5th place finish by young Cathal Doyle in the 1500, Cathal clocking a massive 4 second PB of 3.51.69.  Also Jeremy Philips contributed enormously to the Clonliffe effort and was 3rd in his 200 heat on Sunday and 5th place overall and in Saturday`s 100 he was 2nd in his heat and 4th overall in 10.50.  In addition to his relay efforts.

Other athletes taking in several events over the weekend included Timmy Crowe in both the 400h and 110h, Keith Marks in the high and long jump and also the 4 x 100 relay and Rolus Olusa in the discus and pole vault, in the latter he set a new PB of 4.00 – using borrowed poles!

All in the travelling party gave of their best, huge credit must also go to physio Ciara McCallian who used copious amounts of tape, sticking plaster, massage and psychology  to ensure that several of the travelling party who were carrying injuries made it successfully to the start line. Huge credit also goes to the travelling reserves (Adam O`Brien, Sean Carrig and Craig Giles), who assisted enormously and were always at the ready to step into the breach until finally stood down by Joe Cooper at 5.00pm on Sunday! (Craig did get the nod and featured on the anchor leg of the final event the 4 X 400). Marcin Klincosz was a huge assistance to the athletes in the technical events and must be commended enormously for his contribution over the weekend.

The title was retained by the Turkish outfit Enka by 4.5 points from Sport Lisboa E Benfica (POR)

At the end of the two days the Clonliffe team finished 9th of 10, it was always going to take an enormous effort to remain in Group A but with four teams being relegated this year it was in reality a ‘mission impossible’. Clonliffe along with Slovakia’s AK Slavia UK Bratislava, Slovenia’s AD Mass Ljubljana and Royal Excelsior S.C. (BEL) are relegated to Group B where the champions of each country will battle away again next year.

Having tasted what’s on offer at the top table Clonliffe are more than keen to try and make it back at some stage in the near future.

Well done to all on the contribution made to an historic weekend for Clonliffe Harriers.

Final standings:

Enka (TUR) 163.5
Sport Lisboa E Benfica (POR) 159
Playas de Castellon (ESP) 148.5
Birchfield Harriers (GBR) 132
Cosma (LTU) 123.5
Sparta AM (DEN) 97
Royal Excelsior SC (BEL) 79.5
AD Mass Ljubljana (SLO) 70
Clonliffe Harriers (IRL) 66
AK Slavia Uk Bratislava (SVK) 48

The Rooney Review: Sun, Sea & Sand Sessions

Niall Rooney Reports: Twenty-One members form Team Pam & Ben, plus Mark “Pacer” Dowling turned up to sunny Donabate beach with their fishing nets and inflatable rubber rings expecting a spot of sunbathing. However, we quickly learned that this was not to be the case, as despite Pam returning from her Mediterranean cruise looking tanned and stunning, she was not going to let us get away with just bathing in the North Dublin sunshine.

In fact, this was to be no ordinary training session, this was the first of Pam’s Saturday Summer Training Sessions.  The Summer sessions kicked off on the beach, running on the sand is not only natural refreshing, it also reduces impact, strengthens weak muscles, introduces a change of pace and helps build power. Pam advised us that the primary focus should shift from speed to stability, posture and working on our core, and I can safely say we all found an inner strength and used muscles we didn’t know existed.

This session was built around intervals, starting with a set of 30 seconds reps, then moving onto the soft sand for a set of 60 seconds reps, followed by reps where we all got an opportunity to lead the group for as long as we felt comfortable. Some took taking the lead as a challenge, especially Orla “Where’s the picnic” Deighnan who didn’t want to stop her rep and Darren “Back with a Vengeance” Horgan who brought his group charging home, if you listened carefully you could hear both of them singing “Don’t Stop Me Now” and it was obvious they were having a good time!!

As is always the case with this group, we like to end things on a high, this time we lined up for a relay. While some focused on giving it 100% for their team, others had one goal in mind….beating Dec “Getting Faster” Grant!! Despite his alleged jump start, it was Aideen “Happy Anniversary” Brady who dug in and passed the baton first. A big Whoop Whoop to Jennifer Carpenter and her team of magnificently toned teammates who won the first team race of the summer.

As the session came to an end, and with the sun beaming down, the athletes were desperate to show off their summer bodies by quickly stripping off and jumping into a very cold Irish Sea, resulting in planes going off course due to the glare of their milky white skin.

On behalf of the participants, thanks to Pam for organising this challenging series and we look forward to the next leg. I would also like to thank everyone who turned up to make this tough session fun. A special shout out to Sharon Lawlor who showed, that despite a night on the tiles, you should always bring your A Game to a training session. Thankfully Sharon wasn’t tempted to drink the hair of the dog and join a group of lads who were showing off their Conor McGregor skills.

I would also ask you to give a big cheer to:

Mel Curran who was the 3rd lady home in the Santry’s Run Dublin Run 5k on the 20th May.

Dave Reilly who went the extra kilometre in Paris to pop his Half Marathon cherry.

And “The Real Ollie Power” and James “PB” Dunne who both took part in the Edinburgh Marathon. Ollie achieved the perfect negative splits crossing the line in 3:30 and James got a new 3:15 PB.

In some breaking news, myself, Pam, Aideen, Aisling and Laoise are excited to inform you that the exclusive Clonolymics will be returning to the Morton Stadium, date to be confirmed.  Keep and eye out for the posters and let the Games Begin!!!

Before I sign off on this edition of the Rooney Report, it’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Carol “Shot Putt” Flood who is returning to Monaghan.  On behalf of all the members of the group, I would like to wish Carol the best of luck with this next chapter in her life, your support and happy smiles will be missed from our Tuesday and Thursday sessions.

Keep digging in and until next time

Weekend round up

Whilst eyes were on Birmingham there was plenty of action on the this weekend. Gary O’Hanlon was 1st in today’s Clougherhead 10k in 31.00 with Sean Doran 4th 34.44.

On the Streets of Edinburgh James Dunne ran the marathon in 3.13.58 and Ollie Power 3.30.45 today.

Yesterday David Brady was 3rd in the Glendalough Half Marathon 1.24.47. Maurice mcCrohan was 2nd in the Sandymount Beach 5k.

Also young Emma Mcdonnell took silver U/16 in Santry at the National Combined Events with Blasé Carroll 4th. In the u/15s Jonas Nyberg was 5th.


European Clubs Track and Field – day two and a 9th place finish.

Reporting live from Birmingham Airport (delayed flight) Day two dawned with another full days action in the Alexander Stadium.

The field eventers were very much to the fore today, Simon Galligan in the Hammer was 8th 52.76, whilst Rolus Oulsa was in the pole vault where he placed 9th with a 4.00m pb. Niall Counihan was in the triple jump where he finished 10th and the final field eventer of the day was Luke Mangan in the shot putt again a 10th place finish.

On the track Timmy Crowe after his 400 hurdles yesterday took over from the injuried Rolus Olusa to take in the 110 hurdles where he placed 4th in his heat in 15.90.

In the middle distance events Cathal Doyle was the star of the day with an excellent run to 5th place with a 4 second pb if 3.51.69 in the 1500 and Colm Rooney in the 5000 had a tough afternoon in 8th place.

Jeremy Phillips  was the Clonliffe representative in the 200 today where he placed ran 21.80.

The final event of the day was the very exciting 4 x 400 where the Clonliffe quartet of Luke Lennon-Ford, Dara Kervick,  Mark McDonald and young Craig Giles ran very well 4th in heat 1 in 3.19.60.

When the final totals were added up the Clonliffe team had fared very well in what was a top class competition featuring World Champions and olympians to finish in 9th place.

Full report and photographs tomorrow.

Dining at the top table – 7th at end of the day

The Clonliffe Men took their place in Group A of the European Champion Clubs Cup Track and Field Championships at the world famous Alexander Stadium here in Birmingham today for day one of the two day ECCC track and field and thanks to gritty efforts of the team ended the day in 7th place of a classy 10 team format.

Being in Group A of course has put the team well and truly up against some of the best athletes in Europe, and indeed the world in particular the crack Turkish outfit of Enka, the Spanish team of Playas de Castellon and of course our near neighbours Birchfield Harriers, the host club.

Matters got underway after the opening ceremony at 1 p.m., where club president Paddy Marley and stalworth Johnny O”Leary (possibly singing the “God  save tge Queen” corus?) represented the club. The first Clonliffe athlete into the fray was Keith Marks in the long jump competition. Keith preformed very well in the long jump finishing in 7th place with a best of 7.25m on what was a very busy day for him as he was also the Clonliffe representative in the high jump where he finished 9th with as best of 1.90m and for the last event of the day was a member of the 4 x 100 relay team along with Jeremy Phillips, Leo Morgan and Keith Pike which placed in an excellent 2nd in their race and 5th overall in an impressive 41.60.

The other Clonliffe athletes in action today were Timmy Crowe in the 400 hurdles. Timmy placed 7th with a 54.55 run and National 100 champion Jeremy Philips who placed an excellent 4th overall in the 100 and 2nd in his heat.

Dara Kervick took to the blocks in the 400 where he finished in 7th position after a 47.92 run.

In the 800 Eoin Pierce was 10th in a classy race whilst Ian Guiden placed 8th  in the 3000. Jayme Rossiter was the Clonliffe man in the 3000 SC placing 7th.

In the field events today in addition to Keith Marks Stephen Rice was 7th in the javelin after a 61.86m throw. Unfortunately Stephen suffered a bad ankle injury in the competition. Whilst Rolus Olusa was in the discus placing 10th.

The last event of the day was the 4 x 100 relay where the boys put in a great effort which raised the club to 7th place. With a top 6 retaining group A status it’s all to play for in the morning.

THhings resume at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, with Simon Galligan first in action n the hammer. It will be tough but all will give it our all.

No Clonliffe training in stadium on Sunday

Athletes/parents and coaches please note that in order to facilitate the hosting in Morton Stadium on Sunday of the AAI Games all Clonliffe training in the stadium is cancelled. Your cooperation is much appreciated.

Mid week action at Graded and on road

The latest graded meet took place in Tallaght tonight. There was a win in the 800B for Shaun Conaghan in 2.03.62. Thomas Frayne was 3rd in C 2.19.06 and Diana Markina was 5th in the women’s B race 2.47.52. In The 2000 sc Sean Carrig was 4th 6.28.27 and Jordan Byrne 10th 6.54.36.

On the road Sean Doran was 13th at the Bob Heffernan 5k in 16.15.

Planning to run Dublin?

The organisers of the Dublin Marathon have issued an “almost full” warning.  Club members who are planning to run this year`s Marathon on Sunday October 28th are advised to enter NOW to avoid disappointment. Their is a strict limit on numbers and that limit is coming closer by the day. It would be a shame if your planning for taking in this year`s race were to fall at the first hurdle. ENTER TODAY, not “over the weekend”, not “next week” but instead right now use this link and DO IT NOW:




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