Archive for June, 2018

Doyle wins National 1500 U/23, plus more

Another sun kissed day in Ireland as the heat wave continues with the action equally hot on the track in Tullamore for today`s National Junior and U/23 championships.

Cathal Doyle`s rich vein of form continued as he took the U/23 1500 title in some style. After the traditional pedestrian opening laps it boiled down to a last 600 burn out with the 3.47 man getting the jump on all to win in 4.16.82. Greg Hossenny placed 6th in 4.19.93.

Another National title today in the junior men`s 5000 for Efrem Gidey in 14.53.57 adding to his lengthening list of fine wins. In the U/23 5000 Adam O`Brien was just out of the medals 4th in 16.08.30. In the U/23 400 new Clonliffe Harrier Thomas Pitkins made a great debut in black and amber taking silver (49.60). Alannah Cooley was 5th in the U/23 5000 (20.05.83).

(Efrem Gidey National Junior 5000 Champion)

In Belgium at the Brussels Grand Prix Keith Marls was 2nd in the long jump (7.43m) and Dara Kervick 3rd in the 400 (48.35)

Last night on the road Sean Doran was 40th in the St. Cocas 5k in 16.58.

Morton Games is only around the corner

The biggest night in the club calendar is now less than three weeks away: July 19th Morton Games. The push is now on. Volunteers are needed on the afternoon and night, the call is already out there. If you`ve answered the call: thank you. If you haven`t: please do so NOW. Contact Mark Dowling 0879264940) or Jeremy Chapman 0874198718. Also if you are going to a race maybe you`d give out some flyers (see Noel Guiden)

Also this is the time when we ask all club members to become a Friend of Morton Games. We are asking for donations of €100 from club members to help with the cost of the event (which is tens of thousands of Euro!). To become a Friend of Morton Games you can pay by cheque payable to Clonliffe Harriers or pay in cash. Please ensure to include your name & address. See Meet Director Noel Guiden or any Committee member.

Finally the event web site is always being updated with latest news, who`s coming to Santry and so forth so please visit

Club 1500 C`ships/ Grand Prix 1500 this Thursday

Thursday next July 5th will see the latest round of the Grand Prix Series for the Byrne Memorial Cup incorporate the Clonliffe Club 1500 Championships in Morton Stadium at 8.00pm.

Last year`s top three: Adam O`Brien, Sean O`Leary and Sean Doran are expected to line up once again along with several of the club`s other up and coming young athletes who will battle for the title of club men and women`s champions 2018. Adam will look to add the 1500 title to the 800 he won some 10 days back, while Alannah Cooley will look to do likewise.

This is always one of the most popular club races and a big turn out is expected. The championship is open to all club members and in addition with the numbers who`ve been competing in the Grand Prix there`ll be anything from 4 to 6 races on the night. Being a club championship all club members are asked to wear their club vests for the occasion.

Many of the young athletes racing on Thursday will today head to Tullamore for the National Junior & U/23 Championships including Adam O`Brien, Greg Hossenny, Efrem Gidey, Alannah Cooley and Cathal Doyle . Best of luck to all.

Clionliffe one two in Serengeti ! Plus more..

At Wednesday night’s OPW 5K trail run in the Serengeti (sorry the Phoenix Park – it just looks that way at the moment!) Clonliffe athletes managed to outrun the lions and record a one, two in the latest BHAA Summer Series with Sean Doran 1st and Tom Sherlock 2nd.  By all accounts it was a tough battle in the blisteringly hot conditions over the 5K route with the two club-mates battling it out until Sean kicked with 200 to go to take the win. Also in the race was Yvonne McDonagh who was 2nd woman O/40 and Anne Lyons 2nd woman O/50.  Slightly further back was Colm Doran in 108th position.

On Thursday Eoin Taggart had an excellent run in the Docklands 5 k Road Race to finish in 5th place in 15.52. Also at the Clonee 10k 11th David Brady 37.11, Rachel Eustace was 34th over all and 4th women in 39.41, with Alan Worall running 42.16.

Cool down kids: Water Fight Tonight!

Gladys`group please be ready. To combat the sizzling heat tonight is WATER FIGHT NIGHT. Usual time and place. Get ready to get wet!

Important notice – car break-ins at stadium

Members please note that in recent weeks there have been a number of break-ins to cars parked in Morton Stadium during Clonliffe training time. The stadium of course is aware of this and the Gardaí have been notified.

In the meantime, however, it is strongly advised that members take the following precautions:


  1. Do not leave any valuables whatsoever in your car.


  1. Make sure your windows are fully closed.


  1. Make sure your car is locked and alarmed.


  1. Be vigilant. If you hear an alarm being activated bring this to the immediate attention of stadium staff.


  1. Likewise report any suspicious activity immediately to stadium staff.

The Bateson Report: Juvenile All Medal Open Sports

Sarah Bateson Reports: It was a scorcher today in the Morton Stadium with temperatures hitting 25 degrees, but this didn’t stop the brave athletes who raced fiercely till the line. Today was the Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal Open Sports, generously supported by Hireco.

There was a large turnout with athletes from DSD, MSB, Portmarnock,, Brothers Pearse, Lusk, Skerries, Shercock, Lucan,, Dunboyne, Trim, Drogheda and of course the home team. The day first began with the Tiny Tots with all athletes under 7 years of age competing in a 40 metre sprint. The main events then commenced with the sprint. We may have seen some future stars in these events with some very competitive races. On the other side of the track the long jump taking place with very impressive jumps. The turbo javelin was a very popular event with over 20 athletes taking part. The older athletes showed some fine displays in the shot put.  The distance races varied from 300-800 metres. The U10 girls 300 metres had a great display of sportsmanship with two athletes even being awarded friendship medals. In the 500 and 800 metres had very strong performances with Orla O’Sullivan and Emma McDonnell bringing home the gold. The day rounded off with the 4×100 relay teams with some very debatable handicaps features two Clonliffe teams on the podium. And that concludes the All Medal Open Sports Day for 2018 with many thanks to all those who volunteered.

To see photo album from today click:

Roads round up

A busy enough weekend on the roads and it was hot! Saturday evening in Dunshaughlin for the Michael Manning 10k where Sergiu Ciobanu lead home the Clonliffe crew in 6th place (30.47) After Sergiu: Eoin Taggart 33.42, Sean Doran 35.33, David Brady 36.07, Paul O`Loughlin 38.38, Alex Eustace 39.53, Maura Matthews 41.05, Ollie Power 42.55, Emma Cooper 43.04, Jean Carr 44.00, Bernie Byrne 44.51, Aine McCann 45.10, Emer Brennan 45.33, Anthony O`Brien 50.29, Lorraine Sherwood 54.42.

Earlier that morning Jack Maughan was 1st home in the Malahide Parkrun in 16.46.

This morning in the Phoenix Park the Irish Runner 5 Mile took place, again in blistering conditions. Declan Power was the top Clonliffe athlete in 5th place 26.44. Followed in by Eoghan Murphy 30.12, Trevor Wisdom 33.03, Mick Gleeson 33.24, Shane Rooney 36.12, Aisling Andrews, Laura Kiernan, Mark Dowling (all 36.23), Niall Markey 38.58, Mandy McMenamy 40.09, Ciara Faherty 40.20, Dave Lyons 41.04, Paula Horan 44.20, Caroline Hynes 44.25.

No news on Track & Field League Round 1 yet. Tomorrow!

It`s today! Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal Open Sports

Today, Sunday  June 24th, the Clonliffe Juvenile All Medal open Sports, generously supported by Hireco, takes place in Morton Stadium from 2.00pm.  This is an open Track and Field Meet for Juvenile athletes from U/9 to U/16 ages. All are welcome, whether a member of Clonliffe, a member of another club or indeed not a member of any club! Every race/event on the programme is a final with medals being awarded to the first three in each. The Open Sports will provide juvenile athletes with competition in a fun and relaxed way in the three main disciplines: sprints, middle distance and field events.  Entry to the Sports is €5.00 per athlete and athletes can enter as many events which are open to them as they wish at no additional cost.

Clonliffe would like to extend an invitation to all clubs to come along to the Morton Stadium for a great afternoon’s fun and sport.

Clonliffe All Medal Open Sports

Sunday June 24th 2pm

Order of events

Sprints Boys and Girls 2PM Start Long – Jump 2PM Start

Under [8 – 9- 10] 60 MTS Under 16 Girls and Boys

Under []12 80 MTS Under 12 Girls and Boys

Under [14] 80 MTS Under 14 Girsl and Boys

Under ]16] 100 MTS Under 10 Girls and Boys
Boys and Girls Distance 2:45PM Approx — Turbo Javelin 2:30PM

Under [8 – 9- 10] 300 MTS Under [8,9,10] Girls and Boys

Under []12] 500 MTS Under 12 Girls and Boys

Under [14] 800 MTS

Under ]16] 800 MTS Shotput

Under 14 Girls and Boys (2kg)

Under 16 Girls and Boys (2.72kg)
All times given subject to change to faciliate the smooth running of the program

There are no heats in this program. All races on track are finals.

Medals for first, second and third placed athletes
For futher details contact: Gladys Cooper – 087 9852836

Grand Prix Series: Round 8 Report

Liam Hennessy Reports: Round 8 of The Grand Prix Series / Incorporating the Club Championship 800 Metres took place on Thursday, June 21st at The Morton Stadium at 8pm. The weather was fine, with a light breeze proving just perfect for track running and personal bests for some !!.The race was kindly sponsored by Richie Barr.
Men’s Club Championship 800 Metres Result;
Champion 2018 – Adam O’Brien
Runner-up – Sean O’Leary
Third Place – Greg Hosseny

Women’s Club Championship 800 Metres Result;

Champion 2018 – Alannah Cooley
Runner-up – Aoife Hession

Third Place – Ella Brown

The Result of the Grand Prix handicap for the Richie Barr Cup was as follows;
1st. Kevin Sheehy
2nd. James Smith
3rd. Simon Smith

Full list of results as follows;

1. Adam O’Brien – 1.59.71

2. Sean O’Leary – 2.01.23

3. Greg Hosseny – 2.02.43

4. Sean Conaghan – 2.05

5. James Smith – 2.14 – Massive PB by 15 seconds !!!

6. Sean Carrig – 2.16

7. Niall Sherlock – 2.16.17
8. George Brady – 2.20
9. Alannah Cooley – 2.23
10. Brian Kelly – 2.24

11. Sean Doran – 2.25

12. Paul Keenan – 2.26

13. Simon Smith – 2.27 – PB

14. Michael Mc Enery – 2.28 – PB

15. Paul O’Loughlin – 2.29

16. Ollie Power – 2.30

17. Alan Worrall – 2,31

18. Aoife Hession – 2.31
19. Ella Brown – 2.31.83
20. Aisling Andrews – 2.32

21. Mick Gleeson – 2.33 – PB

22. Noel Daly – 2.34
23. Kevin Sheehy – 2.34.17 – PB
24. Shane Rooney – 2.34.80

25. Trevor Wisdom – 2.36

26. Declan Grant – 2.37

27. Mick Bermingham – 2.37

29. Philip Matthews – 2.39

30. Niall Markey – 2.39
31. Robbie Mangan – 2.40

32. Maria Howard – 2.41

33. Aideen Brady – 2.42

35. Declan Murray – 2.47

36. Aimee Ahern – 2.51

37. George Maybury – 2.52

39. Philip Richards – 2.54.73

39. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 2.55

40. Conor Jennings – 2.58

41. Ciara Daly – 2.58.49 -PB

42. Sinead Smyth – 2.58.79 – PB

43. Orla Deighan – 2.59

44. Terry Mee – 3.00

45. Ann Lyons – 3.00
46. Dave Lyons – 3.02
47. Jenny Sharkey – 3.03
48. Mandy Mc Menamy – 3.04.83
49. Jenny Bowers – 3.05.4

50. Pat Devitt – 3.07

51. Eva Tomonyiczco – 3.07
52. ??????? – 3.09

53. Gerard Fay – 3.12.29

54. Evelyn Brennan – 3.24

55. Dave Brady – 4.00

56. Sinead Morrissey – 4.07

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

The presentation was also made for The Santry Mile, which took place on May 17th last and which was kindly sponsored by Noel Guiden. (Unfortunately none of the top 3 were in attendance to accept their prizes, save Adam O`Brien for fastest athlete on the night)

Mile top 3:

1st Jason Blake

2nd Carol Flood

3rd James Smith

Many thanks to all who helped make this race such a success.

Next Race: Please note that our next race in the Grand Prix will take place on Thursday, July 5th the 1500, with the Michael Murray Memorial 5 Mile will be the following week July 12th in Malahide.


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