Archive for February, 2019

All outstanding 2019 club subs due NOW

Members are reminded that two months into the year 2019 subs are now over due. All outstanding subs must be paid by March 1st. After that date anyone who has not paid their 2019 membership cannot use the club’s facilities as you are not insured to do so.

The quickest and preferred method of payment is by way of the online option. To avail of this go to Membership page above and use the appropriate Online Payment option. Cash and cheques payable to Clonliffe Harriers are also acceptable, but if at all possible please use the Online payment system. Please note that this is for Renewal of Membership of Clonliffe Harriers by existing members only: juvenile, junior, senior and masters.

Membership subscriptions:

Senior/Masters – €160.00.

3rd Level Students/Unwaged – €110.00.

Juvenile membership  – €130.00.

Please note that anyone wishing to renew membership by cheque or cash must print off and complete the membership form (available on Membership page)

Please also note that by renewing your membership of Clonliffe Harriers AC you are also agreeing to abide by the club`s rules and regulations.

Anyone wishing to become a new members of Clonliffe Harriers please see the Membership section and call up to see the appropriate Captain in person (new members cannot use the on line option!).

Rice will line up for Ireland!

Clonliffe`s Stephen Rice that is! The National senior javelin champion and U/23 record holder has been selected on the Irish team for the European Throwing Cup which takes place in Samorin, Slovokia  on the 9th – 10th March.

Clonliffe storm Duleek plus round up

The Clonliffe Junior Men well and truly stormed the Duleek and District 5k road race today. The junior squad as part of their preparation for the All-Ireland schools cross country in two weeks time travel the short distance to the small North County Meath town of Duleek for the annual 5k. From the gun Efrem Gidey sat in behind Dunshaughlin AC`s Thomas Moran as these two opened a lead on the pack led by Ben Guiden. At 3k Efrem upped the pace to leave Moran behind and came home in 14.41. With Ben  holding 3rd in a Clonliffe sprint for the line  in 15.46,  a PB, from Aaron Cullen, also in a PB of 15.47 these three took the Clonliffe team to a comfortable win. Sean Doran who some 24 hours earlier had won the BHAA cross-country race in Maynooth came through the field very well today to finish 5th in 15.50. Stephen Cashin was 10th in 16.29, Daniel Lacey, coming back nicely from injury 12th in 16.45 and Thomas Balthazar was 21st in 17.36.

It is also great to report that Becky Woods made a return to road racing to finish second lady in 17.45. Becky has lately been concentrating on the triathlon and today was her first road race in possibly 3 or so years. Also racing today was another trio of Clonliffe ladies: Emma Cooper who finished in a time of 20.04 to finish a 11 woman and 4th F40, Emer Brennan 92nd overall in 21.25 and 9th woman and Kerri Page 21.49, 100th overall and 24th woman.

Further afield David Flynn ran 67.47 in the Napoli Half Marathon as part of his ongoing preparations for the Rotterdam marathon later in the spring.

As mentioned earlier yesterday saw the latest round of the BHA a cross-country the AIB/NUI 4 mile cross-country race in Maynooth. Sean Doran made it a second successive BHAA win in a time of 20.56 with Thomas Sherlock second 21.04.

Also yesterday Liam Roarty had a very good run in the English National Cross Country over 12,000m held at Harewood House, Leeds placing 267th of 2000 plus finishers in 49.12.


The Magnificent Seven

Fogo reports: The Clonliffe/St.Aidens Leinster intermediate school champions squad took part in their local Poppintree Park Run this morning in great  weather conditions. Fantastic running by this up and coming squad and a clean sweep as the lads filled the top 7 positions. In two weeks time this squad will compete in the school All Ireland cross country championships in Clongowes Wood College.

Also there today was the Juvenile club captain Gladys Cooper who was going under the radar for a quick 5k to cheer on these lads.

1 Callum Simpson 17.08
2  Evan Foster.         17.34
3 Dermot Buckley.    17.38
4 Jack Woods.           18.31
5 John Lawrence.       18.33
6 Alex Nuroth.              18.47
7  Andrew Gaffney.      19.12

Roll up! Roll up! Entry for Grand Prix Series now open.

Entry is now open for the ever popular Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series. Once again the series of 16 Races will commences in Morton Stadium on Thursday March 28th with The Frank White, 5 Mile track race (Ireland’s only 5 Mile track race). The 2018 race was won in an Irish best time by Clonliffe international athlete Stephen Scullion.

This year is the 19th running of the series and is once again sponsored by Behan & Associates bringing together all of the Clonliffe club races: The Irwin cup, Horan cup, O’Connor cup, Walker cup, Ahern cup, Bonass Trophy, McDonald cup, Frank White Cup, Mick Murphy Memorial 5, The McCarrick plate, etc plus of course one of the World`s Oldest Races, the Clonliffe 2.

Last year went right to the wire, before Mick Gleeson tied up the series in the final race of the season.

The Series is open to runners from Clonliffe Harriers as well as to runners from other clubs and is most exciting, as each runner is handicapped throughout the series, giving everyone a chance to compete on an even level. Prizes are awarded for each race along with post race refreshments. Points are awarded following each race and at the series finale in December overall prizes are awarded to the leading runners. With races on every surface: track, road, grass, and the country there is something for all.

The full schedule of 2019 races will be on the Grand Prix Series page soon.

The entry fee is €30.00. Entry form here: GP-Entry-2019

Clonliffe club 1500 at NIA Live!

The final NIA Live meet of the indoor season took place in Abbotstown tonight drawing a fair number of Clonliffe athletes. The middle distance girls where out in force with heat no.3 of the 1500 a virtual club championship. Alannah Cooley and Sarah Bateson had a good battle at the front until Sarah struck for home just before the bell to run a huge pb of 4.54.34, Alannah ran 5.01.52, further back Hannah Browne managed to break away from Ale Hernandez 5.13.19 to 5.14.73. In heat 2 Greta Streimikyte had a strong run running 4.51.89.

Earlier in the 60m Thomas Moran won his race in 7.69 with Mark Middleton 5th. Snezana Bechtina ran 8.28 over 60m and later 25.83 (unofficial) in the 200. Lauren Carr was a strong winner of her 200 in 26.79 (unofficial). In The 800 Shaun Conaghan had a good race with a particularly strong final 200. Time not available.

The Rooney Review: From Newbie to Golden Girl!

Shane Rooney reports: Saturday 16th Feb saw the return of the Golden Runner 5k Championship, this year the venue was Tolka Valley Park in Fingals.  Similar to the Grand Prix, the winner of the Golden Runner is the athlete with the best improved time over the distance.  With such an amazing title to be won, the competition between the 30 members of Pam & Ben’s group was ferocious, all of whom were ready to put their winter training to the test.

Prior to the race Mick Bermingham, a pro on the course, advised everyone to save something for the hills, give it welly for the sprint at the end and pointed out the man to beat!!

As 9.30 approached the tension was fierce, with the Clonliffe athletes jostling for position, each having a glint of gold in their eyes. To add to the excitement, word was getting around that there would be a new champion as the previous title holder, Katie Hennigan, had gotten lost while making her way to Finglas!!!

With a loud Ready Steady Go, the runners charged around Tolka Valley, taking the hills like mountain goats and sprinting to the finish line like people possessed.  The first Clonliffe man home was Paul “Eddie the Eagle” Keenan and the first lady was Eimear “Galloper” Griffin, however it took a couple of hours before the official race times were be posted and Pam could announce the new champion.  The group nervously got together in the Gourmet Food Parlor and anxiously waited for Pam to calculate who had the most improved time. Excitement was at an all-time high as the 3rd and 2nd placed athletes were announced and with a loud cheer Siobhan “Newbie” McCarthy was announced the 2019 Golden Runner Champion.

To make the event even more special, Evelyn “YoYo” Brennan, organized a collection for Hugh’s House and thanks to the generosity of all those who donated, over €500 was raised for this excellent charity.

Cheers to everyone who made this another great social event and congratulations to Ollie Power who posted his time from Berlin and a BIG THANK YOU to the fantastic vocal supporters and our team photographers.

FYI, I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that Katie managed to find her way to Santry, just in time for the new champion to be announced.

Keep digging in and until next time.


Eoin Pierce wins National indoor 1500

Day 2 of the National Indoor Championships in Abbotstown brough a first national senior title for Eoin Pierce in the 1500. In a loaded field Piercey held off Eoin Everard (KCH) and defending champion, going for three in a row, Kieran Kelly (Raheny) to take glorious gold in 3.55.54. Also in the field was clubmate Richie Owens 8th in 4.00.33.

Also today there were silver medals won by Rolus Olusa 60H (8.17) and in the long jump by Keith Marks (7.19m). Eamonn Fahey was 4th in that long jump (6.71m). In the 60 semi final Eamonn ran 7.12. Luke Lennon Ford was just out of the medals in the 400 placing 4th in 48.42.

Clonliffe results from day 1 (Saturday) both Eoin Pierce, 1st heat 1 (4.05.83) and Richie Owens 5th in heat 2 (4.0038) are through to Sundays 1500 final. Also through to the 400 final is Luke Lennon Ford (48.33), Timmy Crowe was 2nd in his heat in 50.49 but doesn’t progress. Eamonn Fahey was 2nd in his 60 heat (7.09) and is through to the semi final. Rolus Olusa was 4th in the pole vault after a 4.10m best, missing out on bronze on count back.

Flynner makes a good Sunday read

Very good reading on today with a feature interview with David Flynn. Upcoming races for Flynner before his attempt of Olympic Marathon QT include next weekend’s Napoli half marathon. Read on:


Clonliffe BHAA 1, 2, 3 !

Today’s latest BHAA cross country race took place very close to HQ. ALSAA at Dublin Airport over 5 miles. Sean Doran took an excellent win in 27.33 leading a Clonliffe one two three as he was followed in by Eoin Taggart 27.52 in 2nd and Tom Sherlock 3rd in 27.54. Also in 20th David Brady 30.28 (full results on



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