Archive for February, 2019

Fab four grab 2nd place in Armagh 5k

The Clonliffe senior men put in magnificent performances in the Brooks Armagh international 5k road race tonight. The race drew one of the deepest 5K fields assembled with an unbelievable 113 athlete running sub 15 minutes.

The men’s team were in PB form with three of the four recording new pb’s. The team was let home in 30th place by Colm Rooney who recorded a time of 14.23, only one second off his 12-year-old PB. Next in was Ian Guiden in a new PB of 14.29 in 44th position, Cathal Doyle also a PB in 48th place of 14.30 and in 60th place Sean O’Leary in a PB of 14.37. With a combined time of 57.44 the Clonliffe  team placed second behind Leeds City AC 56.35 and ahead of Liverpool Harriers 58.03. David Flynn, in heavy marathon training, racing on the Irish international team tied with Colm in 30th place with the same time of 14.23!

The race is a spectacular event drawing a top international field, the criteria for qualification for the men’s race is that all athletes must have run 16 minutes. The course itself is a 1k loop around the mall in the centre of Armagh. The sheer speed of the race must be seen to be believed. Tonight’s race was won in a new course record of 13.43 by Finland’s Topi Raitanen and featured many international athletes including athletes who have competed in the 5000 at last year’s  Morton Games Jonny Mellor and Philip Sessman. A really great event. Highly recommended!


AIT Grand Prix

Clonliffe results from the big Indoor Grand Prix Meet in Athlone tonight:  Rolus Olusa after a 8.21 60H heat made the final where he ran 8.27 for 6th place. In the 400 Luke Lennon Ford was 4th (48.33), in the 60 Chris Sibanda ran 6.85 in his heat to go through to the final where he placed 7th in 6.87 with Leo Morgan running 6.92. Finally Keith Marks was 2nd in the long jump with a best of 7.05m, Eamonn Fahey was 4th (6.85m).

Efrem wins Leinster Senior Schools XC

On a perfect spring day in santry Clonliffe Harriers today hosted the Leinster schools cross country championships. The highlight of the day was Efrem Gidey’s win in the senior boys 6000 race. Efrem was in pole position from the start and after a lap began to pull away and with considerable ease moved up through the gears to take a very comfortable win. He now heads to next month’s All-Ireland finals looking a strong favourite for back-to-back titles. In the team event Daniel Stone and Ben Guiden fourth and eighth respectively leading Belvedere to a first Leinster senior cross country win in some 20 years.

Find runs also in the senior boys race by Aaron Cullen in 10th place and Stephen Cashin grabbing the last qualifying place for the All-Ireland finals in an excellent 15th position. Good runs also today by Jordan Byrne, Thomas Balthazar and Ryan Sheridan.

In the senior girls race the Clonliffe athlete all battled away with Katie Halpin the star performer as she once again moved up from the intermediate level to senior to finish in a fine 24th place. Next in was Ella Brown followed by Tess Loftus and Aimee Warren. Tess was on the Loreto on the Green team that took Leinster bronze and will now also head to the All-Ireland finals.

In the intermediate girls race Sarah Bateson ran another battling race after a slightly dodgy start to comfortably qualify for the All Ireland with an 11th place finish.

The inter boys race saw once again a great inter school and inter club battle between Callum Simpson and Evan Foster, these two athlete are possibly the most improved athletes in the club this year. Callum was slightly stronger to take fifth place with Evan Foster a hare’s breath behind in 6th. Good runs also by Niall Carbery, John Lawrence,  Dermot Buckley and Alex Nuroth to name but a few. Callum, Evan,  John and Dermot were all on the Aidan’s team that took Leinster inter gold.

In the junior Girls race Lara Gallagher put in a fine performance to take a top 20 position, 18th with Orla O’Sullivan also running a fine race to finish in 25th position.

Sean Boyne had a good run in the Junior Boys race. Official results not yet to hand.

Congratulations to all of the club’s athletes on their efforts throughout a long cross-country season. The best of luck to those who will take their place in the lineup for the All-Ireland cross country on March 9th.

A huge thank you to all of the club members who gave up their day to help with the course building and marshalling of the event. It was a great success which simply would not have been possible without the input and dedication of all you Harriers. Nil desperandum.









Leinster Schools Cross Country, Santry tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 13th Clonliffe Harriers will for the fifth successive year host the Leinster Schools Cross Country in Santry Demesne, thanks to the assistance of Fingal County Council. Many of the club’s athletes will be running for their schools having qualified through the Leinster regions will battle it out for places in the All Ireland Schools which takes place on the 9th of March.

Attached is the timetable and course map: Irish Life Health Leinster Schools 2019 TT and Map

Thanks to those who have confirmed that they are in a position to give up their time tomorrow to help out. Course builders will be needed from 8 a.m. on the morning.

If you have not volunteered and are available it`s not too late! We then need volunteers to assist with the marshalling of the event. We will need approximately 20/25 people if at all possible.  No previous experience is required as full on the job training will be provided. All that is needed is you to attend for a briefing at 11.30 a.m. and to be in a position then to stay until the last race.  The volunteers will be issued with all required equipment i.e. a high vis vest! Rates of pay are generous: a cup of tea, a sandwich and a big thank you!

Once again please do not assume that others will be available on the day so if you have any availability please give up your time to support your club and your young clubmates. Text Noel Guiden 0879599888 or e mail asap.

Clonliffe at Varsities

On yet another busy weekend for Clonliffe athletes the IUAA indoor championships took place on Saturday at Athlone IT. Keith Marks continued his excellent form with another win in the long jump with a best of 6.93 m.

It is good also to see that Chris Sibanda competed in the 60m running 6.96 in his heat and then 6.88 in the final to finish 4th. Leo Morgan ran 6.92 in his heat and ran 6.89 in the final for 5th place. Israel Ibeanu ran 23.30 in the 200 and Rolus Olusa in the 6th ran 8.31 in his heat, the fastest time of the day, and then 8.44 in the final to claim silver.


Dublin Juvenile Indoor championships (updated to Sunday)

There was significant Clonliffe involvement at the weekend`s Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships held at the NIA Abbotstown. On Friday night the track action revolved around the relays. Clonliffe highlights included: the U/13 girls 4 x 200 squad of Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh, Ava Usanova , Sarah McDonnell, Eva McMillan and Alexandra Kelly winning the Dublin title. The U/17 girls 4 x 200 team of Alex Twomey, Kirstin McGrady Hogan, Holly Roche and Emma McDonnell took silver.

Great team efforts also by the U/11 boys team of Ethan, Conor, Cormac and Edward, the U/13 boys Jack, Colm, Angus, Andrew and Senan and the U/11 girls Ava, Una, Lana, Sienna and Fotiene.

In the field events Jonas Norvaisas was once again victorious winning the boys U/16 shot.

Saturday saw the 1500s where the first success came via Sean Boyne taking U/16 silver (4.39). Silver was also won by Aoife Hession in the girls U/17 race after a fine run (5.11), unfortunately Alana Fitzsimons came a cropper with a had fall putting her out of contention. Both Alex Nuroth and John Lawrence ran well in the U/17 heats but didn`t progress. In the U/18 race Evan Foster put in a very good run but was piped on the line for bronze (4.41) with Callum Simpson, a little leg weary after his heroic run in Sunday`s European Clubs XC, 6th.

Later on Saturday afternoon and into the evening it was the turn of the sprinters to enter the arena and with some degree of success indeed. Sally Sumola took U/16 60 gold, Alex Twomey U/17 silver, with both Holly Roche and Kristin McGrady Hogan making that final and placing 4tb and 5th respectively.  Val Strogonovs won boys U/17 60 gold in an impressive 7.23 and Rebecca Fitzsimons did likewise in the girls U/18.

In the long jump Kristian Bosnajak took U/17 silver. Great efforts also in the U/19 400 where both Aaron Nnadi and Neil McLochlain got through to the final where they filled 4th and 5th places.


Sunday was the final day of the championships and boy was it a long one! Again some excellent athletics from the Clonliffe crew. Highlights included Rebecca Fitzsimons making it an U/18 sprints double as she won the 200 day in some style. After being a little slow out of the blocks she had up ground on the back straight and then kicked for home from the final bend to come home a clear winner. In the U/17 200 both Emma McDonnell and Alex Twomey had the final, placing 4th and 5th. In the U/16 Sally Sumola also made the 200 final placing 4th.

Val Stognovus after a fantastic 23.28 U/17 200 took gold to make it a sprints double.

The middle distance athletes all ran well in today`s 800s with Jack Woods taking U/16 bronze some 2 and a half hours after his heat. Andrew Gaffney also made this final. Likewise Naoise Cullen made the girls U/16 final where she put in a battling 5th place performance. Orla O`Sullivan also battled her way into the U/15 final placing 7th. Sorcha O`Connor was another athlete to make an 800 final where she took a very good 4th place in the girls U/14.

In the U/16 girls high jump Nicole Laply took gold with a hight of 1.45m, she also made the 200 final placing 6th. In the long jump Keith Burke had a fine competition only loosing out on bronze on count back! Making it a great weekend for the Norvaisas brothers Laimis won silver in the boys U/12 shot.

Gary wins National 50k in record time plus more

Gary O’Hanlon today retained the National 50k championship at Donadea Forest Park in a time of 2.50.46. Gary’s winning time was some 4 minutes faster than his 2018 winning time and was thus a new Irish record. Making matters even more impressive was that fact that his record run was achieved by a winning margin of a massive 26 minutes!

In the USA Brian Flanagan was 5th in the 3000 at yesterday’s Bulldog Invitational Meet in Birmingham, Alabama in 8.44.93.

Also Saturday in Birmingham, (but GB not USA!) at XC league Jayme Rossister was 12th (31.08) with Liam Roarty 54th (31.55).

Sunday Sergiu Ciobanu was 2nd in the Enniscorthy 10k in 31.13.

Coming soon: 2019 Grand Prix Series!

The ever popular Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix 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`s series again 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 for the entire series !!! Results for each race are posted on the Clonliffe Harriers website and a live points table will be kept updated throughout the series.

As always places are limited. Entry forms soon.

Snezana sets new Irish Masters record

At last night’s NIA live indoor track Meet at Abbottstown Clonliffe Master Athlete of the year 2018 continued 2019 where she had left off in 2018 with another masterful display. Snezana in running a
time of 25.64 took more than one tenth off the previous Irish Masters record to set a new women’s masters 200 indoor Irish record.

Coming hot on the heels of Sunday’s National Masters M/65 winning team performance by Matt Slattery, George Maybury, Eugene McCarrick and Pat Devitt (with both Matt and George also taking inter-county gold with Dublin) the club’s master athletes continue to shine.

This past weekend has been an enormously successful weekend for Clonliffe athletes throughout the ages: from the junior men and women performing so well in Albufeira in Portugal to the track and field athletes, in
particular Keith Marks setting a new club indoor long jump record, the intermediate athletes led by Sean O’Leary who took the national intermediate title, the masters winning National M/65 and now Snezana setting a new Masters indoor 200 record.

The Bateson Review: Euro Clubs Cross Country

Sarah Bateson Reports from Albufeira: The junior Clonliffe athletes along with their coaches flew to Portugal this weekend to take on the European Club Cross Country Championships. The men’s U20 team qualified for this event at All-Irelands last November, winning by an astounding 76 points. Nicola Fallon (women’s junior coach) seized the opportunity for her athletes to compete at a european xc course in an open event. With a late arrival on Friday night the athletes were straight to bed in anticipation for the weekend ahead.

Saturday morning was spent enjoying the beautiful Falesia Beach, followed by lunch in the hotel. The athletes checked out the course and prepared the tactics for the big day. It was then back to the hotel for some rounds of pool, with Efrem Gidey, Ella Brown and Callum Simpson shining with a possible sport transfers in order. Another early night was had but few could sleep as the race drew closer.

Sunday morning had an early start with the men’s junior team at breakfast for 7.20 and heading straight to the course, followed shortly after by the junior women. With temperatures at 11 degrees ( double what Dublin was experiencing) the Clonliffe athletes were put to the test. The 6.09km men’s race had a sprint start with Efrem, Ben (team captain) and Aaron in upfront positions. After 1km the pack began to break with Efrem sitting comfortably in the front group. As the rest of the group worked together in the middle of the pack an exciting race was in store. Lisbon’s Edward Pingua opened up the field after 3km, with Efrem leading the chasing group. The rest of the team were in good company, running beside the Danish, Spanish and Greek team. With 500m to go, two Turkish athletes pulled away, leaving Efrem to fight to the line with Eston Barros (Portugal) and Omar Ismail (Sweden) to gain 5th position in a very impressive 19.16. Next Clonliffe home was Steven Cashin with a strong sprint finish earning him 53rd (21.19).Aaron Cullen and Jordan Byrne had a competition of their own for 57th. It was an exciting finish with Aaron (21.28) gaining the edge on Jordan(21.29). They were followed shortly after by the youngest member of the team Callum Simpson (21.52) and Ben Guiden (22.29). With superb performances all round the team came 11th, narrowly missing 10th by 2 points. Well done also to Waterford A.C., Leevale and Raheny Shamrocks representing Ireland in the other categories.

The junior women’s open race commenced at 1.15 and after a long day in the sun the girls were ready for action, taking on 2.95 km course. At the gun, Sarah Bateson, Ale Hernández and Hannah Browne were straight to the front. The field quickly broke with Sarah maintaining 2nd position for the first lap but slipped into 4th on the second lap. With 400 metres to go, she used her finishing kick to secure 2nd place overall and 1st junior. Hannah strongly maintained 5th and began to close the gap on 4th in the final 200m but ran out of course. Ale finished closely behind in 7th, followed by Ella Brown 10th, Tess Loftus 12th and Aimee Warren 13th. With no team prizes on offer, Sarah was the only “ Clon Life Warrior” athlete on the podium. (Editor`s note: In the junior section the Clonliffe positions were 1st Sarah, 4th Hannah, 6th Ale, 7th Ella, 8th Tess, 9th Aimee, a winning score if ever their was one!)

Pizzeria Falésia was the venue of choice for the athletes to finish the weekend. The night concluded with Danish friends, card games and Mick Fogarty conducting his own edition of Shotgun. Departure felt too soon for some athletes but with a great experience had, we returned back to “rainy Ireland”.

All athletes would like to say a huge thank you to the coaches that made this trip possible.

(Editors note: The eight athletes, Efrem Gidey, Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin, Callum Simpson, Jordan Byrne, Ale Hernandez, Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren, Hannah Browne and Sarah Bateson did themselves and Clonliffe Harriers proud.)

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