Archive for December, 2018

Happy New Year

A very happy and healthy 2019 to all our members, family and friends. We would also like to thank our club sponsor Hireco, all our other sponsors and supporters, and all who played a part in making 2018 such a successful year for Clonliffe Harriers.

First club group training sessions of 2019 are Thursday the 3rd at 7.00pm for seniors, juniors, Mick, Noel and Gerry’s groups. (Gladys back on Jan. 8th)

Efrem scorches to Cracker win!

The final Clonliffe promotion of 2018 the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k Road Race took place at noon today in Santry. In what was a perfect day for a race with little or no wind and very mild indeed some 200 starters took to the line in Morton Stadium. At noon the race was started with the athletes completing a full lap of the track in the stadium and as the field headed out the gate onto the road the elites had gathered at the sharp end of the pack led out by Sean O`Leary, Efrem Gidey, Ian Guiden, Aaron Hanlon, young Ben Guiden, Dave Fitzmaurice and Sean Doran all of Clonliffe.

The race then took a route through Northwood, Ballymun and back down the almost mile length of Santry Avenue before turning back into Morton Stadium. At the turn from Northwood Ian Guiden took up the running as Sean O`Leary was dropped, but Efrem held firm. First back into view at the Stadium entrance was Efrem with a big lead of some 10 to 15 seconds from Ian. Efrem took the win in a fast 14.47 (unofficially) good going indeed on this tough loop. In 2nd and 3rd places were Ian Guiden and Sean O`Leary.

First women home was Irish U/23 international athlete Siofra O`Flaherty (SLOT) followed by Sinead Lamb (Donore) and Mary Leech.

In the very completive junior categories the top three men, all wearing the Clonliffe colours,  were Ben Guiden, an excellent 5th place overall in a PB of 15.58, Jordan Byrne and Stephen Cashin. Likewise the top three junior women were all in black and amber: Sarah Bateson, 19.12, a huge pb, Aoife Hession and Alana Fitzsimons.

Great also to have back some of “the Clonliffe Wild Geese”, Dave Fitzmaurice and Conor McGuinness racing today.

Unfortunately a technical difficult with our timing partner meant we could not announce the winners in the Masters categories at the presentation. Results: M40 1. Shane Larkin, 2. John Dolan. M50 1. Ian Egan, 2. Aengus Burke. M60 1. Desie Shorten, 2. Charlie O`Neill. W40 1. Ciara O’Reilly 2. Maura Matthews. W50 Annette Kealy, 2. Cathryn Brady. W60 1. Mary Keane, 2. Bernadette Leonard. (Please contact us by e mail to so we can arrange to get your prize to you)

Clonliffe would like to extend our thanks to all the athletes who ran today, to the club members who gave up their morning to help out, St. John`s Ambulance, the Gardaí and of course a special grateful thanks to our sponsor ERP.

Full results: ERP Xmas Cracker 18 Results


ERP Xmas Cracker final instructions

Tomorrow, Sunday the 30th, the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with Alone takes place in Santry @ 12.00 noon. On line entry is closed however late entries are accepted on the day @ €25.00 until 11.30am.

Final Instructions:

Race date and start time: Sunday 3oth  of December at 12.00

On Line Entry: Closed

Late entries: Taken in the Clonliffe club bar. Late entries taken on the day from 10.00 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. Please note that no entries whatsoever will be taken after 11.30a.m.

Race check-in: Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse, Morton Stadium Santry.

Entry fee: €20.00 on line (now closed). On the day €25.00.

Numbers: To be collected from the hall in the Clonliffe clubhouse from 10.00 a.m.

ERP Draw: On race day bring along either a used battery operated or electric appliance or ten used batteries (all for recycling), you will be given a ticket and entered into a draw courtesy of European Recycling Platform. The draw will take place after the prize-giving in the Clonliffe club bar. Prizes courtesy of ERP.

Car parking: Limited car parking available in the stadium. Please note that the avenue in the stadium must be kept clear of cars at all times.

Parking in Santry area: Please do not park on the Swords Road as cars parked on the Swords Road will be dealt with by the Gardaí by either parking tickets or removal by the Gardaí of cars which are illegally parked.

Public transport: The Morton Stadium is well serviced by public transport in particular the numbers 41, 33 and number 16.

Race start: On the track in the Morton Stadium @12.00. Please assemble at start area at 11.50am.

Course: The race will leave the stadium turning left up the Swords Road heading in the direction of the airport, turning left at Northwood, proceeding down the length of Northwood before turning left at the Ballymun Road, left again at Santry Avenue (Santry Cross), proceeding down the length of Santry Avenue, turning left again at the Swords Road and left back into the stadium where the athletes will run 300 metres on the track and the race will finish on the track.

Course Map:

Changing facilities: Limited changing facilities will be available in the stadium.

Toilets: Located in the stadium.

Prizes: 1st 3 senior men and women, 1st 3 junior men and women, 1st 2 master men and women o/40, 50, 60 and 70

Prize presentation: The presentation of prizes will take place in the Clonliffe bar, upstairs in the clubhouse asap after the race.

Results: Will be published on this website on Sunday afternoon.

Health and Safety: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance to deal with any medical emergencies. Please note that as this race takes place on the public roadway you must be aware of traffic as the road will not be closed. Entrants are, therefore, primarily responsible for their own safety. On course marshals and the Gardaí will be there to assist. Please obey the instructions of all marshals.

Stewards: Please report to the stadium for briefing at 10.30 am, even if you haven`t signed up but are available come along. Jobs for all!

Sponsors:  ERP

Alone: the race is run in association with the charity for older people Alone. A voluntary contribution can be made to Alone post race at the presentation.

Refreshments: in the club bar

Finally Clonliffe Harriers A.C. would like to thank you for entering the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k and we trust that you will have an enjoyable time with us in Santry.

The Bateson Report: Slip sliding away!

Sarah Bateson reports on the annual Clonliffe ice skating at RDS:  The day began with almost losing part of the team with a bus departure of 1pm. Having almost filled the top deck and collecting more along the way we arrived in Ballsbridge at 1.40.

Having completed a warm up lap (passing the ice rink) and a quick trip to Funderland, the group was ready to hit the ice. Evan Foster took gold in the boys category replicating a young Chazz Micheal Micheals (Blades of Glory) with Alex Murray and Callum Simpson following closely behind. In the girl’s event there was strong performances from Ella Cooley, Vicky McDonald and Alana Fitzsimons with Ella maintaining her winning title from last year. With Jakob and Holly competing for most dramatic falls, we are glad to say there was no trips to A&E but its fair to say…….. stick to running.

Funderland had another swirl with the gang taking on more rides, finishing with a team picture inviting a new friend to the group. Like all good days out McDonalds was on the menu and with no major casualties the annual ice skating trip has come to a close.

It`s yesterday once more!

Folks it`s time for another trip back down Memory Lane. Today we go back to good old 2009. Featuring Clonliffe athletes in their youth and for some their prime!

So to see how you looked back then, during the schools cross country season, and the club track and field championships go to the Clonliffe Flickr Page. There you will find memories from 2009, indeed there are also pictures from that year`s Morton Mile Meet, then part of the Dublin Graded Meets.

To see these and more click on:

Holiday round up (updated to 27th)

St. Stephen’s Day in Killybegs, Co. Donegal Shaun Conaghan won the 5k road race, a tactical affair, in 18.24. Also that day Sean Doran was 7th in the Streets of Wicklow 5k in 16.11.

Also on St.Stephen’s Day David Brady was 9th in the Cavan Christmas Dash 5k in 17.54.

On the 27th in Sutton some of the Harriers took in the Fat Turkey 10k including Anthony Doran 40.58, Maurice McCrohan 42.46 and Fergie Keenan 43.33.

If you raced over the holidays and your race has been missed please text your name, the name of race, race distance, time and place to 0879599888.

A very Happy Harrier Christmas to all

Clonliffe Harriers wishes all our members, their families, our sponsors and supporters a very Happy Harrier Christmas and a healthy happy New Year.

We look forward to seeing you at the ERP CRacker 5k on Sunday December 30th at 12.00 in Santry.


Next Sunday is Crackertime!

Only a week to go. Looking to run off that turkey and the odd selection box? Well look no further because we have it! Sunday December 30th at 12.00 noon  the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k. Entry is now open for entry entry on line. The race will take place on December 30th at 12.00. The race takes place on the roads around the Morton Stadium in Santry, with both the start and finish on the track in Morton Stadium.

Online entry is available on While entry is also taken on the day runners and walkers are requested to make it easier all round and avail of on line entry.

Clonliffe Harriers would encourage all our entrants to raise some badly needed funds for ALONE. ALONE provides Supportive Housing, Befriending, Community Support and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. Our very own CHAC stalwart, Jeremy Chapman also serves on the board of ALONE, so let’s try and raise as much as funds as possible for a good cause.

The ERP 5k Christmas Cracker is also offering the chance for all entrants in the race to win some spot prizes. To be in with a chance to win one of these prizes it is simply a matter of bringing along on race day anything that is WEEE and can be recycled ( electrical appliance or used batteries). You will then be entered into a draw which will take place immediately after the race.

ERP’s mission is to develop high-quality, cost-effective recycling services for the benefit of producer members, consumers and ultimately the environment and society. It is important that we get as many recyclable items as possible to support our very generous race sponsor.

There will be prizes for the Senior Men/Women, Junior Men/Women and Masters prizes. Superb value for an online entry fee of €20.00 which includes chip timing and booking fee. Entry on the day is €25 so enter on line today to save.

Flyer: Xmas cracker flyer 2018 race

Silent night and days! Weekend round up

It”s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with only days to go it’s a quiet weekend on the racing front.

The only race we are aware of with Clonliffe interest was yesterday’s 35th running of the O’Rourke Shield in Malahide Castle grounds won by Murray Ahern, 2nd was Noel Daly, 3rd Tom Cassidy. Fastest time was Murray Ahern 18.15 for the 5k xc run.

Today in the final training session before Christmas day the girls cross country group welcomed back Jenna Cida who was here from her home in Barcelona for a couple of days. A nice 50 minute run in the rain in Santry Demesne was the fare on offer. Needless to say despite not having run for a few months the Judo champion was still fit enough to comfortably complete the Sunday long run.

A reminder: don’t let your Christmas racing schedule  miss out on the ERP Xmas Cracker 5k in December 30th. Enter on line today!

Keith on his marks for the Harrier of the Year

Now with only days to go to Christmas the club’s Cake Races took place on the roads around Santry followed by the annual Athletes of the Year. Once again there was a tremendous turnout of athletes to compete in the two 5 K road races which started and finished on the track in Morton Stadium and took in a loop around Northwood.  Proceedings got underway with the Ladies race at 7.30 p.m. sharp with the 40 athletes being let off on a handicapped basis until the scratch athlete Alannah Cooley.  First to cross the line and the winner of the 2018 Cake Race was Sarah Bateson (actual time 19.38) with the fastest athlete Alannah Cooley in 19.32.

The Men’s race also attracted an even bigger field of some 64 athletes and again followed the same format with an 8 p.m. start. It was particularly pleasing to see some of the top Clonliffe athletes take part in this race with fast running being recorded by several athletes over the 5K loop.  The winner of the 2018 Men’s Cake Race was Ian Guiden (actual time 14.51) with the fastest athlete who recorded a time of 14.45 Sean O’Leary just shading it from Jayme Rossister (same time).

The prize giving led off the Athletes of the Year presentation night in the club bar with the prizes being presented by the respective captains who before the presentation thanked the athletes for their support throughout the course of 2018 and congratulated them all on their achievements throughout the course of the year.

After the presentation was made the club President Paddy Marley congratulated the athletes, the club captains and all the coaches on the fantastic performances by the club throughout the course of the year which culminated in the club being for the 4th year in succession recognised by Athletics Ireland as the Performance Club of the Year.

Presentations were then made to the club’s record breakers in 2018 who were:

Leo Morgan – 60m (indoor) – 6.82, Keith Marks – long jump (indoor) – 7.20m and Stephen Rice who threw 75.89 in the javelin at Morton Games.

The club’s National champions this year were Stephen Rice, Javelin, Stephen Scullion 10,000.

Our 2018 team champions were also congratulated:

Men’s National Indoor winning team, Men’s National Track and Field winning team, Men’s National half marathon (David Flynn, Gary O’Hanlon, Matt McGuinness), Men’s National Marathon(Gary O’Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu, David Flynn).

National Junior Cross Country (Sean O’Leary, Efren Gidey, Daniel Stone, Ben Guiden, Jordan Byrne, Jarlath Jordan))

National U/18 champions (Daniel Stone, Ben Guiden, Alex Murray, Darragh Carter)

National U/19 cross country champions (Efren Gidey, Jordan Byrne, Stephen Cashin, Ben Guiden, Daniel Lacey, Ryan Sheridan) – the latter six were presented with the their national medals by the club president.

Athletes of the Year was once again most generously sponsored by John Shields/Loki Sports. The winners were announced as follows:

Juvenile Athlete of the Year: Sarah Bateson.

Junior Athlete of the Year: Sean O’Leary

Master Athlete of the Year: Snezana Bechtina

Women’s road/cross country Athlete of the Year: Alannah Cooley

Men’s road/cross country Athlete of the Year: Stephen Scullion

Women’s track and field Athlete of the Year: Shannon Sheehy

Men’s track and field Athlete of the Year: Stephen Rice

The Clonliffe Harrier of the Year: Keith Marks

After the presentations were concluded all present enjoyed a superb social night as Clonliffe well and truly got into the Christmas spirit.Happy Christmas to all our members and their families and many thanks for your support throughout the course of the year.




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