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Round up

It’s looking like a quiet day as the Dublin City Marathon tomorrow takes centre stage. So far the only Clonliffe athlete to race this weekend was Sean Doran who placed 11th in the Leinster Novice Cross Country held in Navan. Updates if any later.

Dublin Cross Country Championships – help needed

Clonliffe in association with Fingal County Council will host the Dublin Cross Country Championships in Santry Demsene on Sunday November 4th .This is a championship day for all Dublin clubs from juvenile up to senior.  The Championships will get underway at 11 a.m. with the U/9 Dublin Championships and conclude with the senior men’s race later in the afternoon.

Course builders will be required from 8 a.m. on the morning, however, after that we will need the best part of 20 club members/parents of club members to help out with officiating and manning of the course. Please bear in mind that many of the people who would normally attend to these duties are involved with coaching of teams taking part in the event so will not be available for these duties.  The club, therefore, appeals to members to step into the breach.

Anyone available please text Noel Guiden 087 9599 888 as soon as possible.

The people who can help out with officiating will be needed from 10 a.m. until probably 3 p.m. – obviously if we have sufficient numbers we can split this into two shifts.

Your assistance on the day would be greatly appreciated by all.

SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon

The very best of luck to all of our athletes who are taking part in Sunday’s SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon. Good luck to the teams who are representing Clonliffe in the National Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the event.  Needless to say all support out on the streets of Dublin for this great event will be greatly appreciated by all the competitors.

Also club members please text your name and time you run to 0879599888 but please do so on Sunday for web site that evening.

There will be a celebratory night in the Clonliffe clubhouse in the Morton Stadium from 8 p.m. on Sunday night with food for all marathon runners.  A guaranteed great night in store.

Club Cake Race/Athletes of the year

Sorry folks to mention Christmas but the club captains have confirmed that this year’s Club Cake Race (Juniors/Seniors) will take place on Thursday December 20th in Santry over the Northwood/Stadium route.  The race will be followed by the usual festivities in the club bar.  Also that night the club’s annual athletes of year generously supported by John Shields/Loki Sports will be held with awards for the club’s men and women’s athletes of the year, the junior athlete of the year and presentations also to be made to the club’s 2018 national champions and club record breakers. Finishing up with the Harrier of the year award won last year by Greg “the Hoss”.

Any athlete who won an athlete of the year trophy in 2017 is requested to return the cup to the club as soon as possible. It would be appreciated if any cups won could be cleaned up!

The Cake Race/Athletes of the year night is one of the highlights of the club year and the committee encourages all athletes to attend and show their support and appreciation of the fantastic work done by the club’s captains throughout the course of the year.

Important notice concerning upcoming training sessions

Members please note that on Saturday there is a double booking in the stadium with the stadium hosting a rugby league international on Saturday afternoon. Please note, therefore, that the Athletics Ireland general booking in the stadium this Saturday is from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  As a consequence, therefore, any Clonliffe athletes/coaches who wish to avail of the Athletics Ireland’s general booking that day please note that training for these groups has been moved forward this Saturday only to 10 a.m.

Juvenile athletes: No training on Sunday for Gladys` or Gerry`s groups.

On Tuesday next Gladys/Gerry’s groups will be training at the National indoor arena in Abbottstown. Parents are reminded that athletes should be at the reception area of the National indoor arena for 6.45 p.m. Collection 9.00pm.  The cost is €5.00 per athlete. (Any issues contact Gladys on 0879852836)

Grand Prix News: It`s neck and neck at the top!

The updated Leaderboard is now available. It makes for a most interesting final two rounds in the November Deciders. After 14 rounds there is a tie at the top on 305 points between Conor Jennings and Mick Gleeson, however, with both due to drop several scores the pendulum will swing have no doubts. That may well bring firmly into the reckoning the 2016 Grand Prix Champion Richie Barr (271) and Mick Bermingham (270) in the race to succeed Emma Dunne.

The final rounds are on the country: November 10th, the Irwin Cup and November 24th the Horan Cup. Current leaderboard : Grand Prix 2018 results after Rd 14

Autumn Open plus round up

The Autumn Open Cross Country took place after the Dublin juvenile championships in Abbotstown this afternoon. The even acts as a trial for the Irish Masters Athletics teams for the up coming British & Irish Masters International, and also includes both seniors and juniors in a mass start. This can lead to some confusion with athletes peeling off to finish whilst others still race on.

Race winner in some considerable style was sub 4 minute miler Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC). From a Clonliffe perspective best run of the day came from Sean O`Leary 2nd junior (18.19 for 6000). Good runs also over 7,500m by Cathal Doyle 9th senior (23.11) and 3rd U/23 and Colm Rooney 1st M35 (23.42), 30th Eoin Taggart (24.21), 41st Tom Sherlock (25.23), 45th Sean Doran (25.44), 48th Adam O`Brien (25.56), 58th Greg Hossenny (27.07), Bernard Feely (31.38) and Jimmy Bennett (34.09, 6000) and 1st M80. The sole  Clonliffe lady racing was Alannah Cooley 39th in the senior race.

At yesterday`s Parkrun in Newbridge House Orna McGinly was 1st woman (20.14), 6th overall, and Declan Grant 18th (21.35)

Dublin Juvenile XC: All that glitters isn`t gold!

The Dublin Juvenile even ages cross country took place in Abbotstown today with Clonliffe teams very much in the mix. At the end of the day 5 sets of team medals were on the way back to Santry, unfortunately not the gold ones the athletes were looking for…but it`s early days yet! Abbotstown is a tough course. While the underfoot conditions were superb it is a hard course featuring some really taxing climbs. All the club`s athletes put in very solid efforts.

The U/18 boys placed 2nd, only missing out on gold to DSD by a single point. This was a great inter club battle between two evenly matched squads. From the gun there were 3 Clonliffe and 3 DSD athletes in the lead pack, the Clonliffe lads were lead home after the 6000 race length by 3rd place finisher Aaron Cullen, 5th Daniel Stone, 8th Ben Guiden and 12th Thomas Baltzar. This scoring four were very well backed up by their team mates: Ian McAlweney, Calum Simpson, Alex Murray, Daragh Cartner and Dermot Buckley (several stepping up from U/17).

Silver also for the U/18 girls, again behind DSD: Ella Brown 8th, Tess Loftus 10th, Aimee Warren 11th, Vicky McDonnell 14th.

The U/16 girls were also in silver, and yes behind DSD! A great run in particular by Aoife Hession 4th, the rest of the team were very impressive indeed Alana Fitzsimons 11th ,U/15 girl Naoise Cullen 13th, Katie Halpin 15th, Lara Gallager, another stepping up a year, 17th and Ella Cooley 18th.

The U/16 boys also impressed. A great run in this race by Niall in 5th place, again an athlete stepping up a year, also Ronan 20th, Jack 27th, Alex 29th, Andrew 36th, Adam 38th and Jacob 46th. The efforts of the lads was rewarded with team bronze.

Bronze medals were also won by the U/14 boys team of Cillian Keegan 12th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 13th, Sean Boyne 15th, Alex Usanova, Calcum Regan and Sandy.

Great runs earlier in the programme by the U/14 girls team with Orla O`Sullivan leading the tam home in 25th place and by both the girls and boys U/12 teams.

Next up from the crew is the Dublin uneven ages in Santry on November 4th.



Juvenile training on Sunday

Parents and athletes please note that with the Dublin Championships taking place on Sunday there is no training in Santry for Gerry, Mick or Noel`s groups. Gladys group (those not racing) will train as usual at 9.30am.


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