Archive for March, 2019

Jonas takes National indoor silver

On day 2 of the National Juvenile Indoors at Athlone IT today Jonas Norvaisas took a fine silver in the U/16 boys shot (13.34m).

Round up: Doran wins BHAA 4 miler, plus more

Yesterday’s BHAA 4 mile road race in St. Anne’s Park was won by Sean Doran in 20.57. Tom Sherlock was 4th in 21.24. Full results available on

Today Sunday the 31st and Sean Doran was racing again placing 13th in the Eirgrid Dunboyne 10k in 32.34. Also running was Clonliffe  coach Stephen Bateson 42.40.

Also in the states over the weekend Brian Flanagan was 6th in the 300sc for mcNeese College in 9.20.15 in Austin, Texas.

Grand Prix News: Evelyn wins Frank White Cup

Report by Liam Hennessy: Grand Prix Series 2019 kicked off with Round 1 of 16, The Frank White Cup, 5 Mile Track Race, held at Morton Stadium on Thursday evening last. The weather was a calm 14 degrees, just perfect for distance running. The night proved to be such a success with the majority of runners achieving lifetime personal bests.

The result of the handicap;
1st Place – Evelyn Brennan – Winner of The Frank White Cup.
2nd Place – Gerard Fay
3rd Place – Seamus Devitt

The full list of results;
George Brady – 29.55
Paul Keenan – 30.03 – PB
Shane Casey – 30.10
Eamonn Dunne – 30.28 – PB
Murray Ahern – 30.42 – PB
Peter Bissett – 31.19 – PB
Mick Bermingham – 31.32 – PB
Ailish Malone – 31.59 – PB
Des Shorten – 32.26
Mick Gleeson – 32.27 – PB
Maura Matthews – 32.44 – PB
Philip Matthews – 33.09
Declan Grant – 33.16 – PB
Richie Barr – 33.18 – PB
Seamus Devitt – 33.22 – PB
Trevor Wisdom – 33.30 – PB
Stephen Tracey – 33.40
Laura Kernan – 34.12 – PB
Dave Comiskey – 34.14 – PB
Mick Devine – 34.22 – PB
Maria Howard – 34.36 – PB
Sean Grimes – 34.45
Aimee Ahern – 34.46 – PB
Tom Cassidy – 35.23
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 35.43 – PB
Carmel Ward – 36.09 – PB
Aine Mc Cann – 36.27
Maura Shaughnessy – 36.47 – PB
Ann Lyons – 36.53 – PB
Kevin Sheehy – 36.58
Evelyn Brennan – 37.22 – PB
Liam Hennessy – 37.24
Gerard Fay – 37.31 – PB
David O’Sullivan – 37.52
Tom Dunne – 37.56
A.N.Other – 37.58
Orla Deighan – 38.00 – PB
Dave Killoran – 38.23 – PB
Conor Jennings – 38.39
Pat Devitt – 38.44
Karen Mc Afee – 38.57 – PB
Sinead Smith – 39.14
Shay Byrne – 39.37
Kevin Greene – 40.45 – PB
Will Kavanagh – 41.05 – PB
Siobhan Mulvey – 41.58 – PB
Dave Lyons – 42.56
Dave Brady – 45.46

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.Many thanks to all who helped make this first race in the series such a success.

Next Race: Mc Donald Cup, 4 Mile Track Race, Thursday, April 11th, Morton Stadium, 8pm.

Sprinters run out of luck at indoors

The few Clonliffe athletes competing at the National Juvenile Indoors at Athlone IT were out of luck today with both Sally Sumola and Val Strogonovs placing in that unlucky 4th place in their respective 60 finals. Sally had qualified for the U/16 final as a fastest looser after an 8.00 run in her heat and went faster in the final 7.99 to place 4th. Val in the boys U/17 60 had similar fortunes 7.22 in his heat and 7.16 in the final also for 4th. Alex Twomey was 5th in the girls U/17 60 in 7.90.

From Silver Lady to Golden Girl

Clonliffe’s Snezana Bechtina is a World Champion! Tonight Friday March 29th in an ultra competitive W35 200 World Indoor final took gold.

In a fantastic championships in Torun, Poland on Tuesday the 26th Snezana added yet another international medal to her ever growing collection winning World  Masters Indoor W35 400 silver in a most impressive 58.14 having earlier in the week won her semi in 59.95.

Then on Thursday, Snezana lined up for the 200 heats where she blasted to an sb of 25.62 to win. Indeed this was the fastest time recorded over the 5 heats. Today Friday the 29th and Snezana continues to fly the flag finishing 1st in her semi final (25.71) and then in tonight’s final struck gold.

In a fantastic race with a lap of 25.68 Snezana Bechtina became a Clonliffe world champion beating home favourite Aneta Grot. A truly amazing gold and silver achievement.

Club Lotto hits €5,900!

Tonight`s Clonliffe club lotto jackpot stands at €5,900. Tickets in the club house, if you`re not in you can`t win! Draw is every Thursday night.

Also club singlets, hoodies etc on sale tonight.

Stateside news

News from the US last weekend: Jeremy Phillips had his first outing of the season over finishing 4th in the 100 in Arizona in 10.69. Meanwhile in Houston Brian Flanagan ran a 3.55.12 1500 placing 3rd for McNeese.

Frank White 5 Mile kicks off Grand Prix Series on Thursday

Spring is quite clearly in the air as already the 2019 Clonliffe Harriers a Grand Prix Series is set to kick off this Thursday March 28th in the Morton Stadium. Thursday nigh’s race is the Frank White 5 Mile, Ireland’s only 5 mile track race.

Last year’s Frank White race was won by Stephen Scullion in an Irish best time of 24.03 bettering the existing Irish best which had been set in this race by Sergiu Ciobanu of 24.14 in 2016. The previous record goes all the way back to 1946 held by Martin Egan.

The Frank White 5 mile is a memorial race in memory of a man who served Clonliffe with distinction as both an athlete and administrator for some 30 years (serving as Hon Secretary from 1983 to 85). Frank was a winner of the Clonliffe 2 in the 1950s on two occasions 1955 and 1957. The following year Frank ran in the World famous Clonliffe August Sports on August 9th in the 2 Mile when Ailbe Thomas set a 2 mile world record in the stadium.

The Clonliffe Grand Prix Series which was won last year by Mick Gleeson will run for most of the year right through the track and then into cross country concluding in late November after a marathon 16 rounds.

A note to those athletes racing on Thursday and indeed throughout the series: please be mindful that training for other Clonliffe athletes continuous, in the outer lanes, we cannot expect athletes and coaches to cancel their training every 2nd week. Therefore athletes are requested that once they finished the race on Thursday that they move straight away onto the infield at the finish line. Please do not walk straight across the track, be track aware! Also please do warm ups outside the track. With the co operation of all, the Grand Prix athletes can enjoy their racing and other athletes can get on with and “enjoy” their training. The Committee appeals to all on this point.





Sergiu takes Mallow 10

Sergiu Ciobanu had a good win today (Sunday 24th) in the Mallow 10 winning in a tasty 49.21, a winning margin of over 2 minutes.

Tuesdays Juvenile Training in Abbotstown (March 26th)

Training on Tuesday the 26th for juvenile athletes is at the NIA Abbotstown from 7pm to 9pm. The cost is €5. per athlete. Please note spikes maximum length allowed is 5mm. Also bring drinks etc.


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