Archive for January, 2019

Club bar open for Rugby

The club bar will be open from 4.00pm on Saturday for the Ireland v England rugby match.

Athletes closing in on Euro standards

Clonliffe overseas sprinters look like they are hitting form at the right time with the European Indoors in about 4 weeks time or so with Jeremy Phillips and Luke Lennon Ford both putting in good runs last weekend. At the big indoor meet in Vienna Luke Lennon Ford was eighth fastest overall in the  400 in a time of 47.86. The standard for the Europeans is 47.4. In two races Lennon Ford has reduced his Seasons Best from 49.13 to 47.86 clearly coming along nicely with several weeks left to get that standard.

In the US Jeremy Phillips opened his indoor season with a 6.98 run in Boston on the 26th, the 60m standard for Edinburgh is 6.78.


Clonliffe Juniors ready for European adventure

The Clonliffe junior men’s team rounded off preparations for Sunday’s European Club’s Cross Country in a bitterly cold Trinity playing fields last night. The six athletes selected are : Efrem Gidey, Ben Guiden,  Aaron Cullen,  Stephen Cashin, Callum Simpson and Jordan Byrne.

The team will travel to Faro in Portugal on Friday evening and then onwards to Albufeira, a venue where the senior men have completed in the Euro Clubs in times past as indeed did the juniors on the club’s last outing at these prestigious championships in 2017. Clonliffe will face strong teams with the Spanish defending champions Playa de Castellon, looking for a 3rd successive European U/20 title, Turkish and French teams expected to be particularly strong.

The teams entered are:

The event is live streamed on Sunday through the event web site with the junior men’s race over 6,000m at 10.40am local time. For link click:

A Clonliffe junior women’s team also travels to Albuferia. The girls will compete not in the European race but in a Portuguese regional race. This presents a great opportunity for the team to bond and gain vital experience. Considerable credit goes to Nicola Fallon for her foresight in organising this. The six athletes travelling are: Ale Hernandez,  Hannah Browne, Ella Brown,  Tess Loftus,  Aimee Warren and Sarah Bateson.


Marks adds another National title to collection

The Harrier of the year Keith Marks today added another title to his collection. At the National U/23 Indoor Championships at AIT Athlone Keith won the long jump with a 6.88m best.

Leo Morgan was 7th in the U/23 60 in 7.21.

Also Eoin Pierce took an 800 indoor win in London in 1.53.36.

Clonliffe at Raheny 5

Almost 60 Clonliffe athletes competed in the Raheny 5 mile in Raheny Village this afternoon. Great compliments must go to the organisers for putting on a top class event with a huge field of over 4000 athletes led home by Mick Clohisey of the host club in 23.26.

First of the black and amber was Ian Guiden  in a time of 24.21 to take 7th place with Cathal Doyle next in (24.39) for 12 place both running pbs Sean Doran 29th in 25.47 (looks like that is also a PB) and Robert Reid in 28.55 to finish 3rd M50. First of the Clonliffe ladies was Maura Matthews 32.07.

Table below sets out all 57 of the Clonliffe finishers:


In advance of the 5 mile there were a number of juvenile races. Clonliffe`s Sorcha O`Connor was a run away winner of the girls U/12 race and in the U/16 race Amy Sheehy was 5th girl.


Flynner jumps on the Marrakech Express (plus round up)

David Flynn clocked an excellent pb in the Marrakech half marathon, Morocco today of 64.32 to an 11th place finish. Flynner was also this week selected on the Irish team competing in the Armagh international 5k road race on February 14th.

Also on the roads (aside from Raheny) David Brady took in a hilly one…The Kerins O’Rahilly 10k in Tralee, so there’d be a hill or two, placing 15th in 38.28.

Four Indoor in a row!

The Clonliffe men’s stranglehold on the National Indoor League continues unabated. Round two of the National Indoor League took place in Athlone IT with the combined totals from day 1 and 2 deciding the Championship. The National Indoor League competition commenced in 2016 and since its inception the Clonliffe men have dominated winning the title every year with that streak continuing to include 2019. So it`s an Indoor four in a row!

The men’s team headed into Day 2 in a very strong position courtesy of an excellent showing in round 1 at the NIA Abbotstown two weeks ago. That form continued today with Eamonn Fahey in particular being one of the main drivers. Eamonn was 1st in the 200 in 22.36  and proving that he really is an all rounder was 2nd in the high jump (1.70m).

Niall Counihan also contributed excellently today winning the triple jump in 13.01m. Jarlath Jordan finished 4th in the 1500m in 4.20.20 and an injured Timmy Crowe just completed the 400. The 4 x 200 team of Niall Counihan,  Mark McDonald, Pierce Friel and Val Strogans took 2nd in 1.35.65.

The Clonliffe team were well ahead of the chasing pack amassing a total of 105.5 from Donore 84 and Raheny 77.5 meaning that the National Indoor league title remains in Santry.

The women’s team put in a very solid day`s work in Athlone today. This team being a combination of youth and experience and probably performed better than they had expected finishing up in 4th place on 75 points behind defending champions DCH who once again prevailed.

Positive performances from the girls today with Rebecca Fitzsimons 1st in her 200 heat and 3rd overall in 26.28. Leah Bergin was 1st in her 400 heat and also 3rd overall (58.63). The 4 x 200 relay squad of Rebecca, Leah, Emma Kelly and Lauren Carr also finished 3rd in 1.47.42. Hannah Browne was 4th in the 1500 5.18.91. Once again Snezana Bechtina displayed all the attributes of a top club athlete finishing 3rd in the triple jump 9.30m and 5th in the high jump 1.30m

Well done to both teams today and to the club captains and coaches for the work in preparing the athletes.


Clonliffe athletes do the business at Phoenix Park double header

The West and North Leinster qualifiers took place in a double header at the Phoenix Park today. With the West Leinsters off first in the morning those athletes ‘enjoyed’ the worst of the weather with persistent rain and a heavy mist throughout. The Clonliffe athletes in the West Leinster’s were confined to the senior boys race where Efrem Gidey was as expected a clear winner.  Daniel Stone finished 2nd and Ben Guiden 4th.

In the afternoon with the rain easing somewhat the North Leinster’s commenced. The girls races were ran first and the first of the Clonliffe athletes in action were in the junior girls race where Lara Gallagher continued her excellent cross country season with had a fine run to 8th place and booked her place in the Leinster qualifiers in Santry along with Orla O’Sullivan who also had a very good run to finish 12th.

The inter girls race saw Sarah Bateson have another really good run winning the battle for 3rd place. As the lead two Irish international athletes battled it out ahead a group of six athletes including Sarah settled in for the battle behind.  Sarah used her finishing speed to perfection to finish a very strong 3rd closing in on the leaders. Fine runs also in this by Aoife Hession 15th, Alana Fitzsimons 17th, first year inter Naoise Cullen 21st, Ella Cooley 22nd and Vicky McDonald 38th.

Katie Halpin stepped up to seniors for her school to great affect finishing in a fine 10th place with Amiee Warren a few places behind in 14th place, both through now to Leinsters.

On then to the North Leinster boys where first Clonliffe athlete into the fray was Cian O’Hara running for St. Aidan’s to finish in 11th place with Sam Murray in 17th.

In the junior boys race Sean Boylan again had a very classy run to 3rd place with a fine run, in possibly his best race to date, by Jack Woods in 4th, Cian Keegan 8th and Jakub in 23rd place.

The inter boys race proved to be a very happy hunting ground for Calum Simpson who put in a brilliant performance to take his maiden victory. An equally fine run in this race by Evan Foster in 4th place. Dermot Buckley was 9th, John Laurence 13th and Alex Nuroth 17th.

The final race of the programme was the senior boys race over 4,500m where again running an excellent race was Stephen Cashin to finish a fine 2nd.  A great return to form by Ryan Sheridan saw him take 4th place and then the St. Aidan’s group of Jordan Byrne 8th, Daniel Lacy 13th, Alex Murray 14th and Manny Okoye 20th.

Next up on the schools cross country calendar is the Leinster Schools which will take place in Santry hosted by Clonliffe Harriers on Wednesday February 13th.

NIA Live

Results from last night’s NIA Live meet in Abbotstown: Leo Morgan was 2nd in the 60m behind Marcus Lawlor (SLOT) in a fast 6.96, Rolus Olusa 7.17, Keith Pike 7.19, Liam Morgan 7.30. In The 200 Timmy Crowe was 2nd in his heat in 22.88. Next meet is Feb 5th.

Schools XC: Leinster regions underway

The Leinster regions got underway this morning on a fresh bright day in Avondale Park with the East Leinsters. The prize: qualification for the Leinsters schools Cross Country in Santry on February 13th.

The Clonliffe athletes competing were mainly in the senior age group. Ella Brown had a very positive run to a 7th place finish with Tess Loftus 12th. Ian McAlweeney was 6th, chased all the way home by Thomas Baltzar 8th. All four successfully making it through and can look forward to a home race in three weeks time. Also safely through was Ronan Donohue in the juniors.

(Pictured:East Leinster, Thomas with Ian preparing to swoop)

Thursday sees a Phoenix Park double header of West and North with a sizeable number of the club`s athletes competing.


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