Archive for November, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Fogarty having their cake and eating it!

Congratulations to our club coach Mick Fogarty who today (finally) married Sue Hickman taking the “it’s a marathon not a sprint” mantra almost to extremes.


Clonliffe club and President honoured by Athletics Ireland

At this afternoon’s Irish Life Athletics Ireland’s annual awards lunch held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown,  both the Clonliffe Harriers and our President Paddy Marley received fantastic recognition from our governing body.

Clonliffe have received the prestigious Performance Club of the Year Award 2018 – an award which has been won now for four successive years by Clonliffe Harriers. The Performance club of the year is based upon the results throughout the course of the year and Clonliffe courtesy in particular of the club’s achievements in winning, amongst others, the National Track and Field League, the National Track and Field Indoor League, the National Marathon Championships came out on top.  This is a tremendous honour for the club’s athletes and coaches in recognition of the excellent year once again enjoyed by the club.

Also honoured was our club President Paddy Marley who was the recipient of the Lifetime Services Award. Paddy has been a member of Clonliffe since coming to Dublin in the late 1960s. He had notable success with Clonliffe as a middle distance athlete over both the 800 and 1500 metres.  In fact Paddy competed in the very first Morton Memorial Mile in 1970.  On his retirement from competition he enjoyed huge success as the Clonliffe captain as the team captured many national cross country titles and indeed the club also competed at the highest level in European Clubs Cross Country under the guidance and mentoring of Paddy.   He also of course is the current club president and has been club president now since 2006.  Nationally he has served as National Competitions Secretary and is a current member of the Competitions Board. He has also been team manager for Ireland at many prestigious international competition including most notably the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.  This is a tremendous honour for the club to see our president honoured in such a way and also of course for Paddy and his family.

To complete a wonderful day our great friend Sean Callan was the very popular winner of the Official of the Year. Sean puts in unbelievable work for our sport and is a permanent fixture at every single event hosted by Clonliffe Harriers.

Sarah McCormack was the reciepant of the Mountain Runner of the year award. Stephen Rice was nominated in the U/23 Athlete of the year category.

The club was represented at the awards lunch by committee members including, of course our president Paddy Marley, club captain Joe Cooper, juvenile captain Gladys Cooper, club secretary Noel Guiden, other committee members included Noel Daly, Noreen Keane, coaches John Shields, Ciaran Donoghue and athletes representing the club at the lunch included Greg Hossenny, the current Clonliffe Harrier of the year, Sarah Bateson, Ale Hernandez and Hannah Browne.

Clonliffe athletes selected for Euro Cross

Many congratulations to Cathal Doyle on his selection for the Irish U/23 team and Sean O’Leary on his selection for the junior team for the European Cross Country Championships in Tilburg in two weeks time. Athletics Ireland have also announced the selection of Stephen Scullion on the senior team. Nil desperandum.

Juniors & U/18s take gold, senior men silver

It was a good day for Clonliffe Harriers in Abbotstown today for the Nationals with the juniors winning and taking home the Lar Byrne Cup, the U/18s also winning and some fine run in the senior men to see the team back on the podium, after some lean years, taking silver.

The first team in action was the boys U/14s where the team of Christin Finn, 46th, Cillian Keegan 47th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 95, Callum Maguire 137th and Alex O`Connor 154th placed 9th in their first national. Likewise the U/16 girls were taking in their first national and will benefit greatly from the experience. The team placing 11th: 70 Katie Halpin, 71 Aoife Hession, 78 Naoise Cullen, 94 Lara Gallagher, 95 Alana Fitzsimons, 99 Ella Cooley.

The U/16 boys were 12th. Niall Carbery had a particularly fine run to 26th (and won inter county gold for Dublin), 89 Alex Neuroth, 96 Jack Woods, 105 Ronan Donohue, 129 Andrew Gaffney.

In the combined women`s junior/U/18 Sarah Bateson finished like a train in an excellent 38th (27th U/18), Ale Harnandez 49th, Hannah Browne 53rd, Ella Brown 63rd (52nd U/18), Aimee Warren 70th, Cliona Cooley 89th with the team all running well to take 5th place.

The junior men justified the faith placed in them with really top notch runs. Sean O`Leary as always was in the mix from the off and finished an excellent 2nd, and booked his place on the Irish team for Euro Cross, Efrem Gidey battled gamely in 8th, next in two of our U/18 crop both putting in super efforts Daniel Stone 20th and Ben Guiden 23rd. These four combined brilliantly to win the junior title on 73 points to win by a massive 50 plus points. Next in Jarlath Jordan 34th, Jordan Byrne 37th, Daniel Lacey 56th, Stephen Cashin 61st, Alex Murray 62nd, Thomas Baltzar 85th, Ryan Sheridan 109th. There was double delight as the U/18 team of Stone 7th, Guiden 10th, Murray 34th and Daragh Carter 48th, Callum Simpson 50th and Baltzar 57th took National gold. Inter county Sean O`Leary, Efrem Gidey, Ben Guiden took junior gold for Dublin and in U/18 both Daniel Stone and Ben took gold for Dublin.

On then to the senior race where in truth the best we hoped for was maybe bronze, well than maybe bronze was turned into sterling silver by excellent run from the scoring 4 of Cathal Doyle 9th, and 3rd U/23, Euro Cross?, 10th the superb Colm Rooney, 19th Sergiu Ciobanu and 26th Jayme Rossister. Raheny made it three in a row lead home by a superb Kevin Dooney in 1st place, on 41 points, Clonliffe 64 and Clonmel AC 73. Other Clonliffe: 83rd Adam O`Brien, 84th Eoin Taggart, 89th Sean Doran and 95th Tom Sherlock.

It was an excellent day with big field in all races. The juniors can now look forward to the European Clubs in Portugal in early February, Sean O`Leary to Euro Cross and hopefully Cathal Doyle likewise. The senior team will also be galvanized and will look to mount a challenged in 2019. Rust never sleeps!

Brady Fastest in 110 year old Horan Cup Race.

Race report by Liam Hennessy; The 2018 Grand Prix Series came to a conclusion today with the running of the 110 year old Horan Cup, 6 mile Cross Country Race. The race was held at Santry Demesne at 12 noon. The weather was an amazing 10 degrees with a slight breeze – just perfect for distance running. In the first running of The Horan Cup in the 1907/08 season there were seventeen starters and today we had twenty five runners toe the start line. Going in to today’s race, the Grand Prix leaderboard showed Mick Gleeson in pole position, but could he bring home the bacon or could one of the chasing pack climb to the top of the leaderboard !!!.

The fastest runner in today’s race was George Brady, who ran whilst accompanied by the lovable 15 year old Rocksy (probably the first dog to compete in the Horan Cup !!!), so well done George and Rocksy.

The result of the handicap for the Horan Cup shall be announced on Friday, December 7th at the Grand Prix Awards Night.

Full results as follows;
George Brady – 38.11
Murray Ahern – 38.25
Mick Bermingham – 39.32
Shane Casey – 40.01
Mick Gleeson – 40.08
Dessie Shorten – 40.09
Alex Eustace – 40.57
Trevor Wisdom – 42.00
Alan Worrall – 42.59
Seamus Devitt – 43.14
Aimee Ahern – 43.20
Tom Cassidy – 43.33
Sean Grimes – 44.09
Laura Kernan – 44.13
Declan Grant – 44.14
Declan Murray – 46.18
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 46.34
Pat Devitt – 47.09
Yvonne Mc Donagh – 47.14
Conor Jennings – 47.24
Orla Deighan – 47.58
Karen Mc Afee – 48.45
Mandy Mc Menany – 53.02
Dave Lyons – 53.02.5

On behalf of the Grand Prix Committee i would like to thank everyone, who contributed to make this years Grand Prix Series such a great success. We would like to thank everyone who signed up this year and hope to see great numbers participate in Grand Prix 2019 !!!.

Note for your Diaries: The Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series 2018 Awards Night – Clubhouse, Morton Stadium, Friday, December 7th – 9pm. We would encourage all Grand Prix runners to attend for what will be a great party night when the winner of The Grand Prix Series for 2018 will be revealed. Spread the word, we would love to see everyone come along.

Clonliffe decamp to Abbotstown

The move is underway. With meticulous planning the tent team of Harkness, Bateson and Cooper got smartly from Santry to the National Cross Country course and before darkness fell mission accomplished. Ready for action tomorrow.

Please note that juvenile training is cancelled tomorrow.

Good luck to our teams tomorrow: U/14, 16 and 18 boys, U/16 and 18 girls, junior women and men and senior men. Nil desperandum.

Sunday is Nationals Day!

One of the highlights of the athletics year takes place on Sunday in Abbotstown. The Nationals. A day of mud, rain, wind, pride and guts! A day when athletes give of themselves not for person but for club.

There are eight Clonliffe teams competing in Abbottstown on Sunday from underage through to Senior with the prize of National Cross Country team titles and medals.

The senior men’s team have endured slim pickings in recent years having been the dominant force over the country from the mid 2000s right up to 2015 when the club last captured the National. Since then our Northside rivals Raheny Shamrocks have prevailed and on Sunday come hunting three in a row. Pre race favourites may well be Clonmel AC with sub 4 minute man Sean Tobin favourite to take the individual title.

The senior men’s team on Sunday is strong and will certainly will be in the hunt. It features the national marathon winning team from this year’s Dublin City Marathon of Gary O’Hanlon, David Flynn and Sergiu Ciobanu, the last Clonliffe man to win the National in 2013 in Tullamore, along with Jayme Rossiter, Cathal Doyle and Colm Rooney.

The men’s team is: Adam O’Brien (U/23), Cathal Doyle (U/23), Colm Rooney, David Flynn, Eoin Taggart, Gary O’Hanlon, Jayme Rossiter, Sean Doran, Sergiu Ciobanu, Thomas Sherlock and Valdas Dopolskas.

Unfortunately there are no Clonliffe senior women taking part.

There is a strong junior men’s team that looks like they will be serious challengers on Sunday including Sean O`Leary who has been in fine form of late and the current All Ireland School`s champion Efrem Gidey.

The junior men’s team is: Ben Guiden, Daniel Stone, Thomas Baltazar, Daniel Lacy, Eferm Gidey, Jarlath Jordan, Jordan Byrne, Ryan Sheridan, Sean O’Leary, Stephen Cashin.

It is also pleasing to see a full Clonliffe junior women’s team competing of: Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Sarah Bateson, Ale Hernandez, Cliona Cooley and Hannah Browne.

The junior and senior races will be preceded by the underage competition with again good Clonliffe teams running.

Boys U/14: Jonathan Fitzsimons,  Callum Maguire,  Cian O’Hare, Cillian Keegan, Sandys O’Connor, Sean Cronin.

The girls U/16 team is: Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons, Katie Halpin, Lara Gallagher, Naoise Cullen, Ella Cooley.

Boys U/16: Niall Carbery, Alex Neuroth, Andrew Gaffney, Cillian Sheeran, Jack Woods, Ronan Donohue.

The junior races also incorporate the U/18 races. The Clonliffe girls U/18 team is: Ella Brown, Sarah Bateson, Tess Loftus and Aimee Warren.

The boys U/18 team, again incorporated in the junior men’s race is: Ben Guiden, Thomas Baltazar, Alex Murray, Calum Simpson, Daragh Carter and Daniel Stone.

Traffic and parking in Abbottstown on National Cross Country day can be problematic. See attached Info: National XC Info 2018

Finally there will be hot food available for athletes in the Clonliffe club bar post event from 4.30/5 p.m.

The very best of luck to all on Sunday.

If the rain continues…..

If the rain this evening continues Gladys has suggested that kids in her group stay home and do not train tonight.

Grand Prix Finale this Saturday – the Horan Cup

The 2018 Grand Prix Series comes to a conclusion (already) this coming Saturday with the 110 year old Horan Cup. The Cup was presented to the club by Michael Horan, then a vice President of Clonliffe Harriers to be competed for in the 1907/1908 season and was first competed for 110 years ago and was won by Mr. T. Hassell with the fastest time for the six mile cross country course recorded by Mr. H. Mullally in a time of 38.07.

In that first running of the Horan Cup there were seventeen starters, on Saturday it is anticipated that there could be between 50 and 70 starters such has been the popularity of the Clonliffe Grand Prix Series.

The Grand Prix leader board currently shows Mick Gleeson in pole position on 315 points from Conor Jennings on 305 and Mick Bermingham on 292. The interesting thing, however, is that both frontrunners are currently showing 14 scores with Mick Bermingham showing 12 scores.  The significance of this being that it is only an athletes’ ten best results which count in the overall and it may be, therefore, that the ultimate 2018 champion will not even come from these three.

The 2017 series went right to the wire with Emma Dunne winning on 316 points from Declan Grant on 314 and Mick Bermingham 3rd on 313.

One thing which is certain is that the green jersey has been won by Sean Doran who with a race to go cannot be overtaken.

Saturday’s race takes place in Santry Demesne with a 12 noon start.

The winners will be announced at the presentation night in the club bar on Friday December 7th with the winner being presented with the Behan & Associates sponsored cup.

Current leaderboard: Grand Prix 2018 results after Rd 15

Morgan McDonald coached by Mick Byrne wins NCAA XC title

Yesterday in Madison, Wisconsin Australia`s Morgan McDonald won the NCAA Cross Country title for the Wisconsin Badgers. Clonliffe Harrier Mick Byrne is the head coach at Wisconsin and is Morgan`s coach.

(pictured, Morgan McDonald wins NCAA XC 17th Nov, 2018)

(pictured, Morgan McDonald no. 6, 2nd Morton Mile 12th July 2017)

In furtherance of the Clonliffe connection members may well recall Morgan, attired with bushy beard,  finishing 2nd in the 2017 Morton Mile. He redshirted the 2017 campaign envisioning winning the NCAA individual title on his home turf at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course during his last year of eligibility.

Everything he and The Prince hoped for worked to a dream yesterday as  McDonald pulled away from top-ranked Grant Fisher of Stanford down the stretch to win the NCAA championship with the home crowd going absolutely wild.

“As soon as we thought that we might be hosting nationals when I was a sophomore, maybe even a freshman, this is something that we knew down the line might be an option,” said McDonald. “This was 100 percent the reason. This and we thought the team could be a bit better. It was all centered around this 2018 nationals held in Madison with a Badger crowd. It was all about that.”

“We decided at that time, that we would put all of our focus into today,” Wisconsin coach Mick Byrne said. “He started training May 1. To go through six months of training, as the months passed by, just mounting up to just trying to win this at home in front of this amazing crowd.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen an NCAA crowd like this. The numbers I don’t know, but incredible event. To do it at home is just amazing.”

Congratulations from all here in Santry.


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