Archive for March, 2019

Something for the Weekend? (round up)

It’s Saturday and it’s PB day! David Mullen was 2nd in a new half marathon pb of 80.50 in the Ross Run in Roscommon.

At the K Club the BHAA 10k took place with some excellent Clonliffe runs: 6th Sean Doran 32.19 (possible pb?)  9th Karl Nolan in a pb of 32.32, for good measure Karl went through 5k in a pb as well! 62nd David Brady 36.02, Peter Bissett 39.04, Stephen  Treacy 39.24, Ciara Peelo 43.12.

In England Liam Roarty was running for Cheltenham in the Midland 12 stage road relay running 16.43 for his 5k leg as Cheltenham finished 4th.

In other news there was a brilliant job done by the Clonliffe crew in Santry Demesne today as the club hosted the SIAB schools international xc. It was a fantastic event and all were most complimentary of the course built by the team. Take a bow all concerned!

Also reports of a group of Harriers tearing up Howth Head this morning as the senior squad of Colm Rooney, Jayme Rossister, home for the weekend,  the three Seans: O’Leary,  Carrigg and Donegal Shaun, Ian Guiden and Cathal Doyle were put through their paces by Peter and Gerry.

133rd Clonliffe Harriers AGM Report

The 133rd annual general meeting of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. took place in the club premises last night (March 19th).  There was an excellent turnout of club members for the AGM, possibly the best in the past ten years.  It is particularly pleasing to see such interest by the members in the running of the club.

At the outset of the meeting the minutes of the 132nd AGM were approved.

Secretary`s Report: The meeting then heard from Noel Guiden who outlined that the club was in a very healthy state moving into 2019. He outlined that there was a great through put of young athletes from the juvenile into the junior men and into the senior men’s ranks and that the future also looked equally promising on the women’s side with a lot of the older juveniles moving now into the junior ranks and in turn will hopefully move into the senior ranks.  He cautioned, however, on the absence of athletes competing in the technical events in particular hurdles, jumps and throws which needs addressing.  He also thanked and congratulated all of the club members on their work in the promotion of the club’s various events and in turn, therefore, the promotion of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. in particular on the Morton Games, the Brother Schools Cross Country and the club’s two open races, the Clonliffe 2 and the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k.  He thanked all who had volunteered and assisted with these events but outlined the need for more volunteers to get involved in the running of their club and to assist the club in respect of all its activities.  He thanked and congratulated the treasurer Eoin Murray who was stepping down as treasurer at this AGM and thanked the President, the committee and all of the athletes and coaches for their contribution over the previous twelve months to the club.

Captain`s report: Joe Cooper then presented his report, he outlined briefly the highlights of the year which included on the cross country front the team winning the Dublin Senior title, finishing 2nd in the National Senior, the junior team finishing 1st in the Nationals and at the European Junior Cross Country the team finishing 11th.  The Masters O/65 team winning the National title.  On the road he outlined that the men’s team had won both the National half marathon and the National marathon titles and in track and field had won the National indoor league and the National outdoor league and had competed in the European Clubs Cross Country in the A Division finishing 9th.  He singled out two athletes for special mention being Efrem Gidey who was 5th at the European Clubs in Portugal and successfully defended the All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championship and Eoin Peirce who against the odds had won the National indoor 1500m title, he paid particular tribute to Eoin Peirce who has been in the club since he was a U/12 and had always been available to compete for the club when called upon.  Finally he thanked all of the athletes, coaches and committee members and stewards who had volunteered at the various races and requested that all concerned build on the successes of the past year and that if that happens all can look forward to future success in the coming year.

Treasurer`s report: Eoin Murray presented his final report as the club’s Honorary Treasurer, he presented a very healthy set of accounts which showed that the club was in a very healthy position with profits being made by both the club bar and also by the club’s athletics activities. The club had incurred considerable expenditure over the previous twelve months by way of repairs required to the club’s premises and despite this substantial outlay a still very healthy profit had been returned.  He congratulated all concerned with collecting of the clubs subs, those who volunteered in the club bar, all those who organised and assisted with the running of the club’s various promotions all of which contributed substantially to the club’s finances.  Finally he thanked the president, his fellow officers and the committee for their support and for the work which had been carried out by all concerned during his tenure as Honorary Treasurer.

Juvenile Captain’s Report: Gladys Cooper outlined the great successes enjoyed by the juvenile section over the previous twelve months. She paid particular tribute to Ray Fitzsimons for the superb work he had carried out with the juvenile sprints group which has now grown substantially over the previous twelve months and had delivered substantial success at juvenile and junior level and in turn a number of these had now progressed to the senior group under the stewardship of John Shiels.  She also outlined that over the previous twelve months six new coaches had come on board with the juvenile section and that the juvenile membership continues to grow and thrive to now some 200 plus juvenile members.  Gladys also presented a document outlining all the successes of the juvenile members over the previous twelve months.  See attached: (coming soon)

President’s address: Paddy Marley who commented upon the great turnout for the AGM which was the best in years. He congratulated the club’s captains, coaches and athletes, in particular the coaches for the time which they give to the athletes and the club.  He commented upon the successes enjoyed by the club at cross country level with the juniors winning the National Title and then competing in the European Clubs, whilst the Senior men had finished 2nd he commented that it was disappointing that the opportunity was not availed of to possibly win back the National Title.  He commended the outstanding performances by the club’s athletes on the track which included the winning by the men’s team of both the indoor and outdoor League titles and also commended all individual members who had enjoyed success at national level.  He congratulated all in the club on the winning by the club of the Athletics Ireland Club of the Year (Performance) for the fourth successive time.  With regard to the club’s promotions he thanked all concerned for their input into the Morton Games, the Clonliffe 2, the ERP Christmas Cracker, the Brother Schools.  He also congratulated all concerned with the clubs various other activities including the Grand Prix Series.  He thanked all who had taken the time and made themselves available to steward at the club’s various events, he congratulated and thanked the club treasurer for the excellent job he had done over the previous years, he also thanked the people involved with the club’s lotto and the bar committee.   He thanked all of the clubs sponsors including the clubs main sponsor Hireco and then all of the clubs individual sponsors including Kavanaghs, ERP, Brother, Behan & Associates, Commercial Hygiene Services, Loki Sports and all the individual sponsors of various club races included in the Grand Prix Series.

Elections were held and the following were elected:

President – Paddy Marley

Vice Presidents – Colm Brennan, Tommy Griffin, Johnny O’Leary, Maurice Ahern, Paddy Marley, Frances Mansfield, Noel Daly, Peter McDermott and Alex Sweeney.

Honorary Secretary – Noel Guiden

Honorary Treasurer – Brian McDonald

Club Captain – Joe Cooper

Ladies Captain – Louise Carraher

Committee members – Caroline Tuite, Paddy Tuite, Stephen Harkness

Trustees – Johnny O’Leary, Tommy Griffin, Maurice Ahern

The members also passed the Motion which had been brought by the committee unanimously: “That the annual subscription for membership of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. as of 2020 be increased by the sum of €10.00 per category of membership”.

Under the heading of any other business it was agreed that the incoming committee will consider the following matters:

The position on the committee for a Health and Safety Officer

The position on the committee for a  Welfare Officer

To consider refurbishments to the clubhouse and dressing rooms (in particular the ladies dressing rooms).

Dominic Branigan outlined that December was the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Billy Morton and he as making progress on how to appropriately commemorate this and that he would liaise with the club’s committee further during the course of the year.

On conclusion of any other business the president closed the meeting by thanking all concerned for their attendance and participation.

St. Patrick’s weekend and more round up (updated)

The St. Patrick’s weekend round up in truly Irish fashion starts last weekend! Stephen Rice was 5th in the javelin at the European Throwing Cup in Samorin, Slovakia between the 9th and 10th of March. Stephen threw a best of 67.34m, although not quiet where his form is it was his 3rd best ever throw.

Then Sunday March 17th at the Streets of Portlaoise 5k Sean Doran ran 15.57. In Balbrigan at the Half Marathon James Fleming was 8th in 1.29.58 while Maurice McHale ran 1.40.00.

Monday the 18th saw a bumper entry for the MSB St. Patrick’s 5k in Dublin City. The was a fine turn out of Clonliffe athletes lead home in 2nd place by double All Ireland school’s champion Efrem Gidey. Efrem was beaten into 2nd place in a sprint finish by DSD’s Hiko Tonosa Efrem recording a fine 14.53. Sean O’Leary was 3td (15.08), Sean Doran, running his 2nd race in 24 hours, was 6th in 15.45, some 12 seconds faster than he ran yesterday and with Daniel Lacey 13th in 16.18 these 4 combined to easily take the team win. Other Clonliffe: 15th Sean Carrigg 16.28, 59th Eoghan Murphy 17.38, Eimear  O’Brien,  in her final outing as a Clonliffe Harrier before her transfer to Sligo, 18.38, Emma Cooper 20.03, Alan Hughes 19.55, Fionnula Doherty 20.21 and Laura Kiernan 20.55.

No juvenile training on St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all juvenile athletes as all juvenile training on Sunday is cancelled.

Clonliffe Harriers AGM next Tuesday March 19th

Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. will take place in the club bar next Tuesday March 19th at 8.45 p.m.

See attached Notice: 2019ClonliffeAGMnotice

Members are encouraged to attend and participate. This is your opportunity to have a say in the running of your club.

Clonliffe host SIAB Schools Cross Country International

Clonliffe will on Saturday the 23rd of March host the SIAB Schools International Cross Country at Santry Demesne. This prestigious event features schools international athletes from the “home” countries in the junior and intermediate categories, both boys and girls. In addition there is a mixed 4 x 1500 relay to complete proceedings.

The first race will be at 12 noon with the final race at 2 p.m.

As always we require the help of our members to assist with the hosting of the event. Course builders will be required from 8 a.m. and then at 11 a.m. if people are in a position to assist with marshalling of the event were available to attend a briefing in the clubhouse and then to be in position at 11.30 p.m.  Once the event is concluded if all could assist with the course breakdown and with that in mind all should be finished by 3.30 p.m. at the latest.

In order to plan for the event it is most important that we know who is available and at what times and perhaps you would text 087 9599 888 with your name and time available so that the final plan can be put in place.

As always the club appeals to you to reply early so that all planning can be done well in advance of the event.

Grand Prix Series is now full!

The Grand Prix Committee have announced this year’s programme of races, commencing with Ireland’s only 5 Mile Track Race, The Frank White Cup on Thursday, March 28th at Morton Stadium at 8pm (For the full schedule go to Promotions and select Grand Prix Series). Thanks to a huge and speedy response in returning entries, the Grand Prix is now at full capacity. We look forward to welcoming all entrants to the 2019 edition of our series, which has become so popular, year on year. Let’s hope that this year will be our best yet. We look forward to seeing a big turnout for our first race – See you there !!


Master’s Gold on the double

On another busy weekend for the club the Clonliffe master athletes were in equally excellent form in Athlone for today’s National Masters Indoor Championships. Matt Slattery won his umpteenth national titles taking M65 gold in the 200 (29.84) and 400 (67.12) and then for good measure 800 silver (2.37.16).

Snezana Bechtina was in flying form once again taking W35 400 gold in 58.00, winning by a massive 5 seconds, and 200 gold (26.47).

George Maybury was also a double medal winner M65 800 and 1500 bronze (2.43.94 and 5.53.37).

Omissions please text name, event, category, place and performance to 0879599888.

2nd place Gary leads Clonliffe posse home


There was a huge turn out of Clonliffe athletes for today’s (March 10th) Bohermeen half marathon in County Meath. That man Gary O’Hanlon lead the squad home with a second place finish in 68.31, next in was Sean Doran in 7th running a half marathon PB of 72.29 and then Karl Nolan with another half marathon PB of 76.39. Other notable results from the Clonliffe crew included Robert Reid first M50 in 82.03 and Kieran Murphy first M55 in 82.56.

Full Clonliffe results (as per Myrunresults):

Yesterday, March 9th, Mary Ketterer ran 72.27 in the Bundoran 10 Mile in County Donegal placing 8th woman.

Top of the class as Efrem does it again

Clonliffe Harriers Efrem Gidey today did what only a couple of athletes have done in the past retaining the All-Ireland schools senior cross-country title. At Clongowes Wood in Clane, County Kildare Efrem was a runaway winner of the senior boys race over 6000m taking the title in joyous fashion as he was so far clear of the field over the final lap that he basically spent the final 800m high fiving the excited young crowd cheering him on.

Efrem had won the title last year over an exceptionally hilly and difficult course in the mud at Waterford IT.  Today could not have been more different in the majestic surroundings of Clongowes Wood College over a flat grassy surface. After taking the field around the first small lap in a fairly pedestrian pace Efrem stretch his legs and literary run away from the field full to come home the most comfortable winner of the schools in years. In retaining his title today he joins a select group of athletes that includes Mark Carroll one of Ireland’s best ever international athletes.

On the team front Ben Guiden in 20th place and Daniel Stone in 22nd anchored the Belvedere senior boys team to an historic senior silver the  highest ever  finish  at the All Ireland schools for the school . There are fine runs also in that senior boys race from Aaron Cullen in particular an excellent 11th position as he steadily makes progress and today represented a huge step forward after an injury blighted early season. A fine run also from Stephen Cashin in 25th position.

In the inter girls race Sarah Bateson had a good outing over the 3500 course improving her position from the 2018 All-Ireland finishing 32nd and gaining vital experience. Tess Loftus was the Clonliffe representative in the senior girls race over 2500m and again put in a commendable performance to place 61st.

There was a quality run indeed from Evans Foster in the boys inter race to a most impressive 14thh position closely by Callum Simpson in 22nd  Callum  unfortunately picked up an injury two weeks ago which has restricted his training over the last fortnight, Callum however has had a stellar season and battled on gamely today. With Dermott Buckley 25th, John Lawrence 46th, Alex Nuroth 66th scoring well the St Aidans`boys picked up a set of precious All Ireland bronze metals.

Finally the junior boys where Sean Boyne was the top club member in 22nd with Cillian Keegan 44th.

Well done to each and every one of the club’s athletes today. Great efforts all round after a long season.

Next up for the crew is the schools track and field season which for those in the West Leinster section starts in about 4 weeks time!

In the meantime Clonliffe will host the SIAB International Cross Country in Santry Demesne on March 23rd and yes help is needed! (Contact Noel Guiden 087959988 if available)


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