Archive for October, 2018

Dublin Juvenile (even ages) Cross Country Championships/Autumn Open

Clonliffe teams will contest the Dublin even age juvenile championships this coming Sunday at the National Cross Country Course Abbottstown. The Dublins will get underway at 11 a.m. with the U/10 girls and the juvenile championships will conclude with the U/18 boys running over 6000m at 1.25 p.m.

At 2 p.m. the Autumn Open International Cross Country commences with the women’s event at 2 p.m. and the men at 2.45 p.m.

Timetable and course map: Autumn Open & Dublin Juvenile Course Map & Order of Events 2018

Clonliffe’s track usage during winter months

The attention of all club members and coaches is drawn to the fact that the Clonliffe hours for the winter months going through until the spring for official track (outdoor & indoor) usage are as follows:

Tuesday and Thursday:               7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesdays (if no other bookings):       4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday:                                           9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please note that Clonliffe Harriers do not have any other use of the track beyond these hours and if club members or coaches wish to make alternative arrangements they must do so with the stadium direct.

Club members and coaches, therefore, are specifically requested not to be on the track outside of these times.

With regard to Saturdays in the event of Athletics Ireland having an open booking for athletics clubs Clonliffe members can of course avail of the track during those particular booking times.

North America news update

Great to hear (after some time!) from Canada where Conor McGuinness is living with an update on his snow cross country season: “I had my first race of the cross country season yesterday in Camrose, Alberta where I finished 30th out of 100 over 8km in 29.13. The course was very challenging – small amount of snow, hard ground and lots of hills, given it was a cross-country ski resort. I was 6th scorer for my team, Running Room Athletic Club. Next up in 2 weeks time is a collegiate cross country race called Stewart Cup, which takes place in Canmore Park in Calgary. I’ll only run two more races after that – Alberta Championships, which isn’t that big of a deal and then Ontario Championships in Toronto, which I expect to be fairly stacked. I will decide then whether I can handle the snow running and do indoor season.”

Also in the USA Hope Saunders continuous to make progress and was once again racing for Wichita State over the weekend, her third race so far this season. Hope placed 101st over 5000 (21.20) at the Fort Hays State tiger Open in Victoria, Kansas.

No news from our other “North American” Brian Flanagan, but maybe he`s working on a “Letter from America”?

Grand Prix Report: Doran makes a splash!

Report by Liam Hennessy; The Grand Prix Series continued on Saturday with the 55th Running of The Ahern Cup, 10 Mile Race, Incorporating the Club Championship, held at Malahide at 12 noon. The race was kindly sponsored by Maurice Ahern. The weather was poor with heavy rain showers a factor throughout the race. There was a fine turnout with many runners using the race as preparation for the upcoming Dublin Marathon. At noon precisely, the race director and his team readied the runners and last minute instructions were given before the bugle sounded and we had the off. 54 runners started along with a huge turnout of officials.

Full list of Results as follows;

  1. Sean Doran – 55.11
  2. Dermot Faughnan – 64.35
  3. Shane Casey  – 65.05
  4. Murray Ahern  – 65.11
  5. Mick Gleeson – 65.18 – Massive PB !!
  6. Stephen Tracey – 65.23
  7. Dessie Shorten – 66.56
  8. Philip O’ Doherty – 67.44
  9. Kevin Dowling – 68.08
  10. Shane Rooney – 70.10
  11. Richie Barr – 70.21
  12. Aideen Brady – 70.35
  13. Tom Griffin – 70.38
  14. Trevor Wisdom – 72.54
  15. Conor Jennings – 73.10 – Massive PB !!
  16. Aimee Ahern – 73.32
  17. Adrian Gerard – 73.53
  18. Alex Eustace – 73.55
  19. Paul Walsh – 74.00
  20. Clodagh Moriarty  – 74.52
  21. Laura Kernan – 75.22
  22. Colm Leonard – 75.22
  23. Sean Grimes – 75.22
  24. Kevin Sheedy – 75.42
  25. Philip Matthews – 75.48
  26. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 75.50
  27. Declan Grant – 77.42
  28. Mary Kettner – 78.19
  29. Eimear Brennan – 78.19
  30. Tom Summerville – 78.19 – Massive PB !!
  31. Declan Murray – 81.51
  32. Orla Deighan – 83.12
  33. Graham Ralph – 83.12
  34. Mandy Mc Menany – 83.27
  35. Niall Markey – 83.27
  36. Ann Lyons  – 83.27
  37. Dave Lyons – 83.29
  38. Gerry Fay – 85.46
  39. Karen Mc Affee – 87.53
  40. Evelyn Brennan – 88.12
  41. Anthony O’Brien – 88.12
  42. Yvonne Mc Donagh – Clock time 92mins  – Actual time – 86.00
  43. Pat Devitt – 93.12
  44. Dave Brady – 94.05
  45. Sandra Coleborn – 94.43

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

It was clear to see that the race was enjoyed by everyone despite the weather. Most runners were muddied and wet and there was a large cloud of steam rising from the finishers, who gathered to chat and mull over their performances !

Many thanks to the many officials, who helped make this race such a success. Thanks also to everyone who took part. With two races remaining in this years Grand Prix it looks like its going to be a cracking run in to the finish. The excitement is building !!!

The last two races in the series are as follows;

Round 15 – Saturday, November 10th,  The Irwin Cup, 6k Cross Country Race, Incorporating the Club Cross Country Championship – Santry Demesne – 12 Noon. Spikes are recommended, as underfoot conditions may prove difficult with soft ground.

Round 16 – Saturday, November 24th, The Horan Cup, 6 Mile Cross Country Race – Santry Demesne – 12 Noon. Spikes recommended.

We hope to see a great turnout for the remaining races.

See you there !!

Doran retains club 10 mile championship

The Clonliffe club 10 mile championships  included in the 14th round of the Grand Prix Series took place in torrential rain in the grounds of Malahide Castle today.

Thankfully fears of fallen trees on the circuit from storm Callum proved unfounded but instead the almost 60 starters negotiated large areas of standing water dumped by the non stop overnight and morning rains.

With 4 laps of the grounds to look forward to the field were sent on their way at noon with a great turn out of stewards on course.

Winner of the Ahern Cup and the 2018 club champion making it two in a row was Sean Doran in a good time of 55.11. 2nd was Dermot Faughan with Shane Casey 3rd. Women’s champion was Aideen Brady 70.35, 2nd Aimee Ahern with Clodagh Moriarty 3rd.

Full results soon.

Next Grand Prix races are the November deciders on the country: the Irwin Cup and the Horan Cup, the final two races of the 2018 series.

Grand Prix News: 10 Mile tomorrow Malahide, plus leaderboard

Tomorrow Saturday, October 13th, at noon in Malahide Castle grounds the 55th annual running of the club 10 mile championship incorporated into round 14 of the Grand Prix series takes place. This is the 3rd last race in the 2018 Grand Prix. The race was first run on the 12th of April 1964 a point to point 10 mile race from Murtagh’s pub on the Belfast Road down to the, as it then was, Clonliffe Harriers stadium in Santry.

Some 14 years later Ahern Cup which was first presented to the Club Champion back in April of 1978 by Maurice Ahern to that year’s winner Gerry Finnegan.

Last year`s winner was Sean Doran. The current leaderboard is: Grand Prix 2018 results after Rd 13

Saturday`s race will start from the usual 10 mile start position at 12.00, athletes are reminded that this is not a ‘closed road’ race so please be aware of other users of the Castle grounds.

Summer in Dublin!

An unbelievable day in Santry Demesne for today’s Brother Schools Cross Country drew in excess of 1,800 young athletes to take place in this tenth annual event. With certainty it was not 12mm spikes required but it was factor 20 sun cream. The most brilliant of days!

Since the introduction of the primary schools races huge crowds have taken part in these races and 2018 proved to be no exception with the primary schools between the 5th and 6th class races bringing almost 1000 young athletes to race over 1000 on the iconic Santry Euro cross circuit.

All four primary school races had some 200 plus young athletes competing. It was a sight to behold as they thundered down the start straight to make the first turn and despite the shouts of ‘steady, steady’ the unrelenting pace was kept up for most of the 1000m loop.  Our first winner of the day was in the 5th class primary school race Philipa McGlynn of St. Attracta’s, Philipa leading her team to silver, however, taking part in the Brother Schools for the first time Lios na nÓg were dominant as they won the team race on 35 points.

Gareth Hayes of St. Joseph’s was the winner of the 5th class primary school boys but a fantastic performance by St. Brigid’s squad led home by Mark Gill in 3rd place saw them win the team event.

In the 6th class races Caoimhe Keegan of San Carlo won San Carlo’s first ever individual prize at this Meet.  The Teresian School, however, took the team title.

The final primary school race of the day was the 6th class boys races which was won by Finn Diver who had travelled all the way down from Belfast with St. Malachy’s.  He led St. Malachy’s to a fine win.

Winner of the best boys primary schools were St. Brigids with Lios na nOg winning best girls.

At 1 p.m. the secondary school programme got underway. The early races being run over 1000 and the races gradually went up in distance until the Senior boys completed three 1500 circuits totalling 4,500 metres.

There was superb racing throughout, Cian O’Hare of St. Aidan’s was the winner of the minor boys race with St. Colman’s taking the team win. In the junior boys James Bolton was a clear winner for Belvedere from Sean Boyne of St. Aidan’s, St. Aidan’s prevailing in the team race over St. Malachy’s.  The inter boys race saw a dominant win by Sean Donoghue of St. Declan’s with Malachy’s winning the team event.  Malachy’s continued their domination in the senior boys race to win on 43 points with Jack O’Farrell the individual winner for St. Colman’s.

The minor girls raced over 1000m led home by Zoe Richie (Teresian) with Col Iosagain winning the team race.

The junior girls race was won by Sophie Quinn (Mount Sackville) with Mount Sackville taking the team title and in the inter girls race Holly Brennan (Sacred Heart Drogheda) winning with joint winners of Dominicans Griffith Avenue and St. Dominic’s Cabra.

In the Senior Girls Race Roisin Treacy (St. Gerard’s) was a clear winner from Grace Dervan (Wesley College) and Dora Medgyesy (St. Dominic’s) 3rd, St. Dominic’s winning the team event from Dominicans Griffith Avenue.

In the secondary schools best boys school was St. Malachy’s Belfast with St. Dominic’s Cabra the best girls school.

In the race for best overall schools St. Malachy’s courtesy of 2 wins and a 2nd place regained the Lar Byrne Shield.

2018 Brother Cross Country results:

Primary Schools

5th class boys: 1 Gareth Hayes (St. Joseph’s), 2 Max Kovalevskis (San Carlo), 3 Mark Gill (St. Brigid’s)

Teams: 1 St. Brigid’s 35 points, 2 San Carlo 58 points, 3 St. Joseph’s 66 points

6th class primary boys: 1 Finn Diver (St. Malachy’s), 2 Eoghan Dunne (St. Brigid’s), 3 Eoghan O’Donovan (Lios na nÓg)

Teams: 1 St. Malachy’s 40 points, 2 St. Michaels Juniors 52 points, 3 St. Brigid’s 56 points

5th class primary girls: 1 Philipa McGlynn (St. Attracta’s), 2 Charlotte Croke (Mount Anville), 3 Sarah McDonnell

Teams: 1 Lios na nÓg 35 points, 2 St. Attracta’s 53 points, 3 Mount Anville Junior 56 points

6th  class primary girls: 1 Caoimhe Keegan (San Carlo), 2 Holly O’Brien (Mount Anville Junior), 3 Niamh Murphy (St. Andrew’s Ashbourne)

Teams: 1 The Teresian 58 points, 2 Lios na nÓg 60 points, 3 Mary Help of Christians 64 points

Secondary Schools

Minor Girls: 1 Zoe Richie (Teresian), 2 Niamh Murray (Loreto Dalkey), 3 Annie O’Sullivan (Loreto Dalkey)

Teams: 1 Colaiste Iosagain 57 points, 2 Holy Faith Clontarf 58 points, 3 Loreto Dalkey 62 points

Junior Girls: 1 Sophie Quinn (Mount Sackville), 2 Lucy Richie (the Teresian), 3 Christine Ni Mhorin (Colaiste Iosagain)

Teams: 1 Mount Sackville 27 points, 2 Teresians 43 points, 3 Colaiste Iosagain 64 points

Inter girls: 1 Holly Brennan, 2 Eimear Maher (Mount Anville), 3 Saoirse Ni Riain (Colaiste Iosagain)

Teams: 1 Dominican Griffith Avenue/St. Dominic’s (tie), 2 Our Lady’s College – 107 points, 3 Loreto Swords – 118 points

Senior Girls: 1 Roisin Treacy (St. Gerard’s), 2 Grace Dervan (Wesley College), 3 Dora Medgyesy (St. Dominic’s Cabra)

Teams: 1 St. Dominic’s 29 points, 2 Dominican Griffith Avenue 54 points

Secondary School Boys

Minor: 1 Cian O’Hara (St. Aidan’s, 2 Conal McKinley (St. Colman’s), 3 Jonathan Fitzsimons (St. Kevin’s)

Teams: 1 St. Colman’s 54 points, 2 Blackrock College 58 points, 3 Belvedere College 74 points

Junior boys: 1 James Bolton (Belvedere College), 2 Sean Boyne (St. Aidan’s), 3 Jevae St. Lewis

Teams: 1 St. Aidan’s 37 points, 2 St. Malachy’s 47 points, 3 Blackrock 52 points

Inter boys: 1 Sean Donoghue (St. Declan’s), 2 Niall McKnight (Lagan College), 3 Calum Morgan (St. Malachy’s)

Teams: 1 St. Malachy’s 21 points, 2 St. Colman’s 61 points, 3 St. Aidan’s 79 points

Senior Boys: 1 Jack O’Farrell (St. Colman’s), 2 Aaron Donnelly (St. Gerard’s), 3 Conal McGlynn (St. Malachy’s)

Teams: 1 St. Malachy’s 43 points, 2 Belvedere 44 points, 3 St. Colman’s 61 points

Best overall secondary school – St. Malachy’s.

Clonliffe would like to thank sincerely Brother for their continued sponsorship of this event which is most appreciated by all concerned. We would also like to thank St. John’s Ambulance, the volunteers from Clonliffe Harriers who gave so willingly of their time, we would also like to thank Mr. Hamish Adams the CEO of Athletics Ireland for attending the event.

Finally Clonliffe would like to thank the young athletes for making this such a successful day and we look forward to seeing you all at the 2019 Brother Schools Cross Country.

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Brother Schools XC tomorrow, Wednesday: Final Instructions.

Schools please note that no further schools entries can be accepted. The event is full. The Brother Schools XC continues to be one of the most popular events on the school`s athletics calendar with some 2000 athletes entered for tomorrow`s, Wednesday the 10th, for the 10th annual Brother Race. Entry has now closed, the only exceptions are individuals who can enter on the day at the Clonliffe clubhouse. Clonliffe are once again indebted to Brother for their continued sponsorship of this wonderful day.

Regarding ages for the races, please note that ages do not arise for the Primary School`s races which are simply 5th class and 6th class. For the Secondary schools it is the Irish Schools Athletics Association/Athletics Ireland rules that apply. Please see below, Minor, Junior, Inter and senior are determined by date of birth.

Please see instructions below, and please follow these.

Date: Wednesday, 10th of October – HAIL, RAIN OR SHINE!!

Venue:  Santry Demesne Parkland at rear of Morton Stadium Santry.


  • 12.00 – 5th class girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.15 – 5th class boys 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.30 – 6th class girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.45 – 6th class boys 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 1.00 – Minor girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 1.15 – Minor boys 1500M (1 big lap)
  • 1.30 – Junior girls 1500M (1 big lap)
  • 1.45 – Junior Boys 2000M (2 small laps)
  • 2.00 – Inter girls 2000M (2 small laps)
  • 2.15 – Inter boys 3000M (2 big laps
  • 2.35 – Senior girls 2000M (2 small laps)
  • 2.50 – Senior boys 4500M (3 big laps)

Sponsor: Brother, Boeing Road, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17.

Parking:   Morton Stadium Santry.   Buses/coaches must park at the Clonliffe Harriers end of the stadium – gate number 3.   For health and safety reasons it is not permissible for buses to allow passengers to alight until such time as the bus has actually parked.   Please obey the directions of the parking attendant.

Number collection:     Your School’s race numbers can be collected in the Clonliffe Harriers Clubhouse – in the hall. There will be an envelope with your School name on it and the envelope will contain your School identification numbers which must be fixed to the FRONT of the athlete’s running vest/t-shirt. Please note that athletes must wear race numbers.  Any athlete arriving to the start without a race number will not be permitted to take part.


Individuals:    Individuals may enter, with the permission of their School, and run as individuals. There are no pre-entries for individuals.  Individuals must arrive at check-in at the Clonliffe Harriers Clubhouse and pay an individual entry fee of €3.00.  Individual entries will then be given a race number which must be fixed to the front of the racing vest. Registration for Individuals closes at 12.00.

Age Groups:  There are no age groups in the Primary School races. The Primary School races are for 5th class and a second race for 6th class.

Age groups for secondary school`s races:

Minor born on or after 01/07/05.

Junior born on or after 01/07/04.

Intermediate born on or after 01/07/02.

Senior born on or after 01/01/00.

Toilet facilities: Are located under the stand at the Clonliffe side of the stadium. Toilets are also located at the main reception area at the stadium.  Access to the main reception area is through the outside doors.   Please note that the indoor section of the stadium is closed.        


 Entry to Venue:  Via Morton Stadium. Please use the gate at the 100m start line at the phoenix monument.

School Colours:  If available must be worn. We would also encourage you to bring flags or suchlike to be placed around the course.  Supporters are most welcome.

Awards:  First three individuals in each race – presentation will be made to the individuals immediately after each race.

Team awards: First three in each race.   A team is a minimum of four athletes with a maximum of 20.  The team result will be calculated by the addition of the place finishings of the first four athletes from that school and the school with the lowest score will be declared the winner.   In the event of a tie the winner will be decided on the basis of the highest finish of the 4th scoring athlete from the tying schools.    Please note that there is only one team permitted per school per event.   As up to 20 athletes can run, however, please note that there are only 10 team medals available per set.

Souvenir T-shirt: There will be a souvenir T-shirt for all athletes which will be presented at the finish of each race.  In the event that there are insufficient t-shirts on the day a reprint of t-shirts will be made and sent separately.

Best Schools:Our sponsor Brother will make arrangements to make a presentation of a piece of Brother office equipment to the best boys primary school, best girls primary school, best boys secondary school and best girls secondary school. In addition the Lar Byrne Memorial Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the best overall secondary school.    

Litter:  As we have use of Santry Demesne Parkland thanks to the generosity and co-operation of Fingal County Council we would implore you to appoint an individual/individuals to be responsible for the removal of all litter generated by your athletes. Please bring a sack for litter. Your co-operation in this connection is vital.

Results:  A race report together with photographs (by taking part in this event you are consenting to photographs being published – photographs will not identify any individuals) and the team results and top three individual results will appear on on Wednesday evening.

Health and Safety:      Please obey the instructions of all marshals at the venue. Marshals will be clearly identifiable as they will be wearing high vis vests.  Please note that on health and safety grounds all athletes must avail of footwear.  No athlete is permitted to race barefoot.

Medical Emergencies:  St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance.

Officials: Course builders meet at 8.00am. Check in team please arrive for 10.00am. Other officials please report at 11.00am. All to be in position by 11.45am.

 On behalf of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. and our sponsor Brother we would like to thank you sincerely for taking part in the Brother Schools X.C. and we sincerely hope that you and your athletes thoroughly enjoy the day.

Course Map:

Course builders:

Report at 8.00am


Report to the Club house for briefing at 11.00am.

The 3qtr Marathon! Longwood,Co Meath. When is a race not a race?

Maurice McCrohan: My running has reached the stage of   wanting to drink a cup from the Elixir of Age! That is a longing for the next age group milestone in order to remain competitive.  I enjoyed a comeback marathon in Dublin 2017,which gained me  age group qualification for New York 2018 and a return to the Big Apple,  some 11 years  on from a 3;01!.

I am a month away from a return to New York. The 3qtr Marathon was my final race .but is it a race? Is it a just a  LSR (long slow run) with bells on? The organisers and seemingly most entrants view this event as a final warm up for Dublin. The organisers suggest it is run with the reins on as they say! Hold a bit back!

Can a race ever not be a race? Can you hold back when the gun goes and you pass the first water station? When you pass a group do you push on? When you are overtaken by a GAA top, can you not resist the urge to take on these interlopers!

All this and more went through my head yesterday. The venue is very convenient .Less than an hour from home, just passed Enfield M4 (I have a mate who moved from Enfield London to Enfield Meath? How bizarre is that?) Parking is easy to find and you don’t get boxed in after! I arrived at RACE HQ to be met with a mad MC doing a one man sing, dance, information routine. Changing facilities, showers and copious amounts of Tayto Crisp sandwiches post-race. What more could a runner want? Well this runner with genetic high cholesterol probably should not want a feast of crisp sandwiches! But needs must after a 2.24 Run!

The runners are more relaxed than normal race events. This is not the main target for most if not all the participants. Three or four weeks before the main event, this is ideal preparation. There were pacer balloons for 3hour marathon .3, 30 and may be a 4hour group also.

I  set off behind the 3hour pacers.I know in my heart and my head my  sub 3  days are gone.So,old sensible head said hang back. That’s what I did. The only downside was I ran on my own .No group to hang in .So, mentally it was a good run. The course is picturesque through Meath country side. A little undulating, but no major hills.

As mentioned above, the crisps sandwiches,as well as the  tea and hot showers hit the mark. It’s a run, race, event that I recommend as part of the autuimn marathon schedule.

My running network has pulled me through some difficult times at home in the last year. From Clonliffe, Declan “who needs a coach”? Power, who called round to get me back jogging, Kieran Murphy who supported our family  when we were at Beaumont Hospital .Kieran  also for  hammering me on his infamous “Kieran surges”  up the Khyber pass on our so called long slow runs! Jeremy Chapman for wise counsel and support at the Hague Half.

Clonliffe sessions and Grand Prix races gave me focus. The Garda HQ Sunday group were a great incentive to get me out of bed on a Sunday.TT Racers group lunchtime group, most of whom I know more by tee shirt, running gait, and breathing pattern than name were as important twice a week.

I am running the New York Marathon on 4th November 2018 to raise funds for the Friends of St Luke’s Beaumont/Rathgar.I attach below the link to the fundraising page. My family will really appreciate any donations.


Maurice “mo” McCrohan

Sean O`Leary takes Dublin Novice title

The first of the 2018 cross country titles was up for grabs in the Phoenix Park today. The traditional season`s opener was the Dublin Novice Cross Country championships. Sean O`Leary justified his hot favourite tag with a fine performance as he cruised to victory. Sean lead the men`s team of 17th Jack Maughan, 27th Greg Hossenny and 29th Eoghan Murphy to team bronze.

In the women`s race there were strong runs from Alannah Cooley, Ale Hernandez, Elaine McLoughlin and Emma Harding as the team placed 5th. Full results on soon


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