Archive for November, 2018

Weekend round up, including BHAA and IUAA relays

Missed last weekend was a good run by Jayme Rossister to a 4th place finish in a classy field in a British League cross country race.

On to this weekend and the BHAA Irish Life 6k cross country race in Santry Demesne on Saturday where top Clonliffe runners were Sean Doran 5th in 20.15 and Tom Sherlock 8th (20.33), 70th Peter Bissett 23.34, 103rd and 7th woman Orna McGinley 25.04, 147th Declan Grant  148th Laura Kiernan, 171st Yvonne McDonagh, 190th Karen McAffee, 198th Colm Doran. (Thanks to Orna for results).

Also the Varsaties Road Relays on Saturday in Maynooth saw a fine 2 mile leg for DCU by Cathal Doyle 9.32 to see DCU B take silver behind DCU A. Greta Streimikyte ran a 11.59 2 mile leg for DCU C while Alannah Cooley ran her 2 mile leg in 12.20.

Important Notice: no training for Gerry’s group on Sunday

Parents and juvenile athletes please note that there is no training this Sunday morning for Gerry’ s group.

Grand Prix News: Irwin Cup/Club XC C`ships 2018 Results

Report by Liam Hennessy; Round 15 of 16 in the Grand Prix Series saw almost fifty runners compete for one of our prized trophies, The Irwin Cup, which was kindly sponsored by Pat Devitt. The 6k Cross Country Race Incorporated the Club Cross Country Championship for Men and Women. The venue was The Santry Demesne. The weather was typical for cross country running with rain and softish ground in places underfoot. At precisely noon, instructions were given and the race started. Efrem Gidey took to the front early on and was quite impressive in winning the Mens title. Alannah Cooley similarly led throughout and won the Womens title. In the Grand Prix race there was a fierce battle being fought for both the Irwin Cup and Grand Prix points.

The result of the Club Cross Country Championship was as follows;

Mens Championship:

Cross Country Champion 2018 – Efrem Gidey

Runner up – Adam O’Brien

Third Place – Sean Carraig

Womens Championship:

Cross Country Champion 2018 – Alannah Cooley

Runner up – Aimee Ahern

Third Place – Clodagh Moriarty

The result of the handicap was as follows;

Winner of the Irwin Cup for 2018 – Declan Murray

Runner Up – Murray Ahern

Third Place – Shay Byrne

Full results as follows;

Efrem Gidey – 19.07

Adam O’Brien – 19.22

Sean Carraig – 20.29

Sean Doran – 20.48

Jack Maughan – 20.55

Jarleth Jordan – 21.15

Michael Cassidy – 21.44

Greg Hosseny – 22.08

Sean Connaughton – 23.02

Murray Ahern – 23.06

Peter Bissett – 24.00

Shane Casey – 24.01

Mick Bermingham – 24.13

Alannah Cooley – 24.15

Mick Gleeson – 24.18

Greg Deery – 24.29

Kevin Dowling – 25.10

Trevor Wisdom – 25.40

Aimee Ahern – 26.11

Stephen Tracey – 26.12

Clodagh Moriarty – 26.28

Declan Murray – 26.30

Mary Kettner – 26.31

Philip Matthews – 26.59

Declan Grant – 27.00

Laura Kernan – 27.18

George Maybury – 27.19

Deirdre Fitzsimons  – 27.32

Richie Barr – 27.36

Yvonne Mc Donagh – 28.16

Conor Jennings – 28.49

Alan Smeaton – 29.01

Orla Deighan – 29.02

Shay Byrne – 29.15

Karen Mc Afee – 29.34

Pat Devitt – 30.02

Colm Doran – 30.02

Mandy Mc Menamy – 30.15

Dave Lyons – 30.28

Anna Kavanagh – 30.32

Evelyn Brennan – 31.45

Guest – 33.22

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to help make this race run so smoothly. The points leaderboard will be updated as soon as possible.

Next Race: Saturday, November 24th at Santry Demesne at 12 noon, The Horan Cup, a 6 mile Cross Country Race (the oldest in our clubs history). The Horan Cup is the final race in the 2018 Grand Prix Series and it looks like we will see a ding dong battle in this, the last race of the series. What a journey we have had this year !!!. We started with The Frank White Cup, 5 mile track race on March 29th last. We have had Track, Road, Trail and Cross Country races and once again our series has been an amazing success. One race to go and the excitement is building !!!. Who will be crowned Grand Prix Winner 2018 ???. We would love to see a big turnout for our last race !!! Hope to see you there.

Most Important date for your diaries:

On Friday, December 7th at the Clubhouse from 9pm all Grand Prix Runners are cordially invited to “The Grand Prix Series 2018 Awards Night”. – Spread the word, the Grand Prix Committee request your presence on this date, so lets be having you for what will be a fab party night at the club. We look forward to seeing as many people as possible, so you have been given plenty of time to make arrangements to be there – No excuses !!!

Lonergan puts in an under the radar sub 3 in NYC

A great spot by Mark McDonald. Clonliffe’s Killian Lonergan, a great guy for pulling up the stats world wide made his marathon debut, but told no one, in last weekend’s New York City Marathon 2.59.33.

Efrem Club Cross Country Champion 2018

Incorporated into today’s Irwin Cup over 6,000m was the 2018 Clonliffe Harriers club cross country championship at Santry Demesne. The rain of yesterday continuing into today but it was still a grand day for the country with good underfoot conditions.

Some 50 starters took to the line for this great club event. The Irwin Cup is held in great esteem by the Harriers remembering a great Clonliffe athlete and, fittingly with this weekend being the 100th anniversary of the ending of the Great War, a war hero. Bertie Irwin was a Clonliffe national mile, 4 mile and cross country champion, 1920 Olympian and had been an aviator in the first world war. It was therefore fantastic to have such a turn out today.

The club championship for the Harry Cooney Cup, presented to the club a number of years ago by the family of the late former Clonliffe great, was one by one of the club’s fantastic crop of junior athletes, the 2018 All Ireland school’s champion, Efrem Gidey in 19.07. 2nd was Adam O’Brien who 6 days earlier was 6th scorer on the Clonliffe senior team that won the Dublin cross country and brought home the Padraig Keane cup, in memory of yet another Clonliffe legend, with Sean Carrig getting back to form a solid 3rd place.

The 2018 women’s champion for the Fred Connolly Trophy was another young athlete Alannah Cooley (24.13) with Aimee Ahern 2nd and Clodagh Moriarty 3rd.

Thanks to the officials and athletes for today. The results of the Irwin Cup to follow.

Club Lotto hits €5,000

In the words of the Beach Boys: “Wouldn’t it be nice!” And in the words of Joe Cooper ” if you’re not in you won’t win”. The Clonliffe club lotto jackpot tonight hits €5,000. So support your club and play club lotto tonight.

NYC Marathon: A bridge too Far!

Maurice McCrohan: This blog will be like a joint HBO/Sky Atlantic production in favour of my two running groups, Clonliffe Harriers and TT racers. I will leave my third running group River Valley Park Run out as that would just really confuse.

The real countdown to New York started during my vantage point at the 800M from home cheering on the Dublin Marathon  .Shouting encouraging to my close running pals and training partners .I realised this is my next week!

Pre marathon week was a treading on egg shells, avoiding injury kind of thing. All was going well, until I stood barefoot on a three pin plug the day before travelling! There really is only so much pain a man can endure!

I ran a few miles to keep me sane, got a sports massage, and ate more than usual, but not too much more crap than usual. I did also drink soya milk lattes in reverence to my Sunday vegan training partners, Eimear and Kieran!

The St Lukes marathon fundraiser has led to even more well-wishers than usual. But like Harry Potter and the Muggles, I dealt with many strange questions from Non-runners (Ruggles?) who just don’t get us. . They ask question such as;

Ruggle: “Are you running the Marathon? YES.

Ruggle: How long is it??!!WTF!

Ruggle: What’s it like to hit the wall? That’s actually not a bad question?

Ruggle: If I start training from scratch now, could I run a marathon in 6 months? Yes, But, it might hurt a bit!

Ruggle: How much times do you run a week? When I answer the question they suddenly change the subject to Ryanair, crazy people you meet on the Luas and do use Air BNB?

So I set off with the family for NYC on Friday 2nd November. Our hotel Radisson Martinique was in a great central midtown location. Security on the door 24/7 to deal with any “walks ins” issues.

I recalibrated my bearings on Saturday morning and found the route to the NYC Marathon Expo via breakfast at a classic diner Tick Tocks.The Expo was slick, commercial, but a tad expensive if you wanted the official race souvenirs. The Dublin marathon stand was unpersonned when I went past at 09.15am.They must have had a good night out?

Saturday afternoon was spent on a pilgrimage to the greatest Arsenal supporters bar in the world. The Blind Pig in east village. The difficulty on arrival was that its reputation precedes tithe bar was far too busy too comfortably watch the match against Liverpool.

My pre-race meal was the one bad meal we had in NYC.An inedible pasta in TGI Fridays (I am building here..!)

Further disaster struck that night. Pre-race porridge is part of my marathon routine. However, the Radisson did not start breakfast til 6.30am.

Was there a night porter, I asked? Not at 5am?

Do you have a microwave, I can access at that time? No sir!

So, in the city that never sleeps, I was stuck with the one hotel service that can’t get out of bed?

So, there I was at 5am evening a cold museli breakfast. No porridge. I was like Dumbo without the nose peg! How was I going to perform?

The logistics of NYC Marathon are such that you have to raise very early.50k runners have to get across to the Staten Island race HQ. I was at the Ferry terminal at 5.30am, four hours pre-race. The transfers ran very smoothly.the race village well lay out, But, we were fortunate weather wise. A cold wet day would be horrible there.

Another downside is there no room to warm up, so after 3 hours standing or lying around it is straight into it running up and across a spectacular bridge!

My fellow runner from TT Shane “the post man “ McCauley was on the orange start ,parallel to the blue elite start, Due to the lane stagger effect ,he  had  his 15 minutes of fame, as he was parallel to    the lead pack early on!

The crowds were amazing in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens during the first half of the race. My energy levels dropped at half way which I had reached at 1.35ish.It was not the day for heroics, So, I switched  my cheap Casio watch back to zero and ran 2nd half as a timed run.

There was one more gruelling bridge at 16th mile before you hit a wall of noise on 1st Avenue.  We touched on the Bronx around 20 miles before a great buzz of music ad noise as we ran through Harlem.

I was out on my feet at 21miles. The eyes were delirious. .I thought I saw a sign saying Meath GAA on tour but, it was actually a Billboard for Mean Girls the Musical!

I parked at 22.5 miles as I spotted Kieran Murphy; He was all set for revenge for my blasting his good ear out 800 M home in Dublin. Kieran knew from my demeanour, not to kick a man when he was down. I broke the running ice and said, “just take a photo my time has gone! “

I trudged through a wall of noise in Central Park, going out the back by the minute. I crossed at 3, 32 Not one of my better days!

The running gods were still taunting me after. My baggage truck was the furthest away from the finish. I then had to get back to Columbus circle to meet the family, an hour over the scheduled rendezvous, with no we fi connection to contact them!

I was at 78th trying to get to 58 Street. The long walk started until I started negotiating with various rickshaw drivers! I negotiated a cheap rate and eventually got to meet the family. By them Shane “the postman” MacAuley had delivered a 2.54 and was tucked up in bed in his Air BnB!

That was my second NYC. The long day and bridges make it a difficult course. But, the crowds make it one of the best experiences you will ever have.

We had a ball on the trip. We met Shane and motivator Kieran for dinner in an excellent Italian restaurant near Times Square. I had forgotten the pain mentally, if my legs had not physically! Onwards and upwards, I am in the lottery for Berlin 2019.As for Dublin, the competition at Male 055 Is not letting up at all.

I thoroughly enjoyed the training year with the old and the new training colleagues. Running was a great stress reliever in a difficult year personally. My family are overwhelmed at the response to the St Lukes Oncology fundraiser.

We have raised 2,120 Euro to date for a great cause! The page closes on 12/11/2018.

The link is attached  if you still want to contribute


Maurice “mo. McCrohan

More Marathon news

Just like Strictly Come Dancing the results are in! We have now received confirmed results for both the Leinster Marathon Championships and Dublin Marathon Championships. Both Championships of course being incorporated, along with the National Championships, in the Dublin City Marathon.

Clonliffe athletes who have already enjoyed success in the National marathon have also been successful in the Leinster and Dublin Championships.

The men’s team of Gary O’Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu and David Flynn, who of course are national champions are also Leinster and Dublin champions with Gary 2nd in Leinster and Sergiu 3rd in both Leinster and Dublin.  In the Masters category Kieran Murphy won Leinster M55 gold and in the Master M70 Frank Behan won Leinster gold.  In the women’s Leinster Championships the Clonliffe Women’s M35 team of Sinead Hartnett, Aideen Brady and Mary Ketterer took Leinster silver with Sinead and Aideen taking individual silver and bronze.

Moving on then to the Dublin Marathon Championships again Kieran Murphy was 1st M55 and Frank Behan 1st M70. In the women’s championship Sinead Hartnett was 2nd W35 with Aideen Brady 3rd W35 and both combined with Mary Ketterer to win Dublin M35 team gold.

Finally on the marathon round up Maurice McCrohan ran 3 hours 32 minutes in the New York City marathon over the weekend (Maurice’s blog no doubt will follow soon).

Who needs the History Channel?

It`s time for the November deciders! The 2018 Grand Prix Series is delicately balanced as we hit the final two rounds. Conor Jennings and Mick Gleeson sit on top of the pile on 305 points with Richie Barr on 271. Looks, however, can be deceiving! The leaderboard shows the position after 14 rounds, but has not taken account of the dropping of points as it`s only an athlete`s 10 best scores over 16 rounds that counts, so these three may well be in for a fall!

Saturday next, November 10th sees round 15 with the return to the country in Santry Demsene for the Irwin Cup. If ever there was a race to be called “historic” this is it:

Over a century ago in 1910 Clonliffe introduced to the club calendar the Grand National, a 6 mile cross country race which included jumps and ditches to be negotiated. The race continued on each year. Some four years later in Dundrum in 1914 a Clonliffe athlete called Bernie Irwin (full name Herbert Carmichael Irwin) become the 2nd Clonliffe man to win the National Cross Country Championship leading Clonliffe to the team title into the bargain.

Bertie Irwin was one of the finest athletes to wear the black and amber adding National track titles over 1 Mile and 4 Miles. In 1920 he became Clonliffe`s 5th Olympian making the 5000 final, for Great Britain in Antwerp where he finished 12th.

Bertie was an aviator and a member of the RAF. He served in the First World War in 1916 and 1917.

The R101 at it`s moorings Cardington

He  was promoted to Flight Lieutenant with seniority 1 April 1917.  Under the RAF he was granted a short-service commission as Flight Lieutenant on 24 October 1919. With the expertise he had gathered in flying Airships he became involved with Britian`s plans for passenger airships to link Britian and it`s colonies. Two huge airships were built the R100 and R101. Irwin was the Captain of the R101, the largest man made object to fly at the time. Interestingly one of the R101 test flights in 1930 brought the airship across the Irish Sea above Dublin leading Irwin to pen a letter to Tommy Burton, the Clonliffe Captain saying: “they had flown over the Finglas fields where I enjoyed so many memorable runs with the Clonliffes.” Tragedy struck, however,  on the R101`s maiden voyage from Cardington to India when on the 5th of October 1930 the R101 in stormey weather over Northern France crashed nose first at a forest edge at the town of Allone, Beauvais, bursting into flames killing 48 of the 54 people on board including her Captain the Clonliffe Olympian Carmichael Irwin.

With Bertie`s Clonliffe connections and as he had ran in several club “Grand Nationals” in 1932 the race was renamed the Irwin Cup with the presentation to the club of the Irwin Memorial Cup in his memory. That race continues to this day. Last year the Cup was won by Siobhan Devaney and on Saturday at noon the Grand Prix Series will see another battle to take this historic and storied cup.

Clonliffe Keane after regaining Dublin Cross title!

A pretty successful day at HQ today for the Dublin Cross Country Championships all round from Juvenile right through to the senior men. The highlight was the senior men’s capture of the Padraig Keane Memorial Cup as Dublin Champions. This was the first time the cup, presented by the Keane family in honour of Clonliffe legend Padraig, has been won by a Clonliffe team. A proud and emotional moment for both Padraig`s family and club mates.

The day started off with the U/11 Clonliffe girls and boys all putting in strong runs over their 1000m race distance. Next up the U/13 girls where the team again performed very well with stand out runs from Sorcha O`Connor, who placed an excellent 10th to qualify for the Dublin team an Nationals and Sarah McDonnell, Rebecca and Kate Faherty. Likewise strong runs from the U/13 boys particularly from Sean Cronin in a superb 4th place to also qualify to run for Dublin in the Nationals. Good runs also by Cristain Finn and Devin.

The u/15 girls all battled away throughout the race distance of 3,500m and just missed out on medalling in 4th place: Orla O`Sullivan, stepping up an age group, 22nd, Naoise Cullen 23rd, Amy Sheehy 28th, Lara Gallagher 29th and Hollie Foy 33rd.

In the U/15 boys race there were excellent runs from the team lead home in fine style by 5th place finisher Sean Boyne. Followed by Ronan Donoghue 10th, Cillian Sherrin 18th, Jack Woods 20th, Jacob 32nd and Adam Keogh 37th. These efforts were rewarded with team silver.

Silver also for the U/17 girls over 4000m with Sarah Bateson putting recent injury behind her to lead home the team in 7th, next in was Aoife Hession 8th, Ella Brown 11th, Katie Halpin 14th, Alana Fitzsimons 15th, Ella Cooley 16th, Vicky McDonnell 17th and Cara Curren Beggs 21st. With half of this team stepping up from U/16 it makes things even more encouraging.

First golds of the day came courtesy of the U/17 boys. With fantastic work by the four scorers, all in the top 12, Alex Murray 4th, Callum Simpson 7th, Daragh Carter 8th and Niall Carbery 12th. These guys were very well backed up by Dermot Buckley 15th, Evan Foster 18th, John Laurence 22nd, Alex Nuroth 23rd and Manny 24th.

Gold (on the double) also for the U/19/Junior women, on the double as the team of Hannah Browne 6th, Tess Loftus 8th, Aimee Warren 9th and Cliona Cooley 10th won both championships.

The U/19/Junior men`s race was totally dominated by Sean O`Leary. From the off he was gone and built up a lead of 30 plus seconds at the finish. U/18 athlete Ben Guiden put in a strong run to place 7th, next in was Jordan Byrne 8th, Stephen Cashin 10th, Daniel Lacy 14th, Jarlaith Jordan 15th, Thomas Baltazar 17th and Ryan Sheridan 23rd. The team took junior silver and with a scoring 4 of Guiden, Byrne, Cashin and Lacy also took U/19 silver.

Finally then the senior men. The Clonliffe men looked like they meant business from the gun with Colm Rooney, Cathal Doyle and Adam O`Brien well up in the lead bunch. Adam O`Brien had a footware issue and ended up racing shoeless and consequently loosing places, however, both Rooney and Doyle held strong, both ran superb last laps to romp home 1st (Rooney) and 2nd. With Eoin Taggart running well to take 7th, Sean Doran 12th, Tom Sherlock 15th and Adam O`Brien grimly holding 18th these scoring 6 took the Dublin team title and on course were presented with the Padraig Keane Cup by Padraig`s wife Mary.

Mary Keane presents the Padraig Keane Cup to Colm Rooney

Clonliffe One, Two:  Cathal Doyle 2nd, Colm Rooney 1st

Dublin Senior Cross Country Champions 2018

U/11 Girls

U/11 Boys

Sean Cronin U/13 Boys 4th placed individual

U/15 Girls team, 4th place

U/15 Boys team, Dublin silver

U/17 Girls team, Dublin silver

U/17 boys team, Dublin Champions 2018

U/19 girls/Junior Women, Dublin Champions 2018

U/19 boys/Junior men, Dublin silver



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