Archive for September, 2019

Clonliffe raid Rathfarnham 5K

There were quality runs from the Clonliffe group at this morning’s Rathfarnham 5k as the athletes made the most of the good conditions and fast course to bag PBs and top prizes. Efrem Gidey and Ian Guiden had a great battle throughout both breaking away with 1k to go and thereafter basically sprinting the final 600. Efrem took the win with a 14.18 pb with Ian 2nd also in a PB 14.20.

Sean Doran after his 10,000 pb on Thursday was fairly tired coming home in 21st place 15.28. Ben Guiden also recording a PB, 15.33, knocking 20 odd seconds off his best, in 25th made up the scoring 4 that took the team win.

With Stephen Cashin 16.07 and Ryan Sheridan 17.18, along with Efrem and Ben, Clonliffe also took the junior mens team. Thomas Frayne home for a weekend visit ran 18 14.

There was also a fine run by Eleanor Alexander 7th woman 17. 37 and pbs for both Alannah Cooley 18.51, an almost 20 second best and Laura Tuite 18.56, a 30 second pb, and with Tess Loftus 22 15 the Clonliffe women took 2nd team.

Karl Nolan super new Marathon PB

Karl Nolan clocked a magnificent new Marathon pb of 2.31.51 in Berlin this morning taking some 6 minutes off his previous best with negative splits of 77.34/73.17. A very emotional day for Maurice McCrohan running in memory of his wife Noeleen and fund raising for St. Francis Hospice, Maurice running 3.23.32. Also in Berlin Melisa Curran achieved a great mile stone by going sub 4 for the first time, an excellent 3.56.48.

(Karl Nolan with new Clonliffe signing!)

Emma Mitchell wins Northern Ireland 10k c’ship

Emma Mitchell today won the Northern Ireland 10k Road championships in Bangor, Co. Down in a time of 34.42 on an undulating course. This made it two from two for Emma in the Clonliffe colours!

Hope takes first US win

Clonliffe’s former double national junior cross country champion Hope Saunders yesterday took her first US win. At the Emporia State Invitational Cross Country Hope running for Wichita State led from the off  winning women’s 5K with a time of 19:45.76, and she was the only competitor to run a sub-20 minute time in what were described as “brutally hot and windy” conditions.

Park Life

The Clonliffe U/16,17,18s took a break from the training grind today for a ParkRun in St. Anne’s, Raheny meeting at 8.45 for their warm up and ready to roll at 9.30. There was a good turnout of 10 from the squad and all put in excellent runs with a number of shiny new pbs recorded. The girls were led home by Katie Halpin 2nd woman, in 21.07, 3rd woman was Orla O’Sullivan with a 21.11 pb, 5th woman was Naoise Cullen, another pb, 21.21, Ella Brown 22.25, Amy Sheehy, pb, 22.52, Ella Cooley 23.05, Lara Gallagher 23.52, Aimee Daly 24.51, Cara Curran 26.59, Hollie Foy 28.50. In Cork new Clonliffe signing Clodagh Galvin also ran a Park Run recording a time of 19.51. Great ParkRuns also by a couple of the club’s even younger athletes Sean Cronin 18.14 and Hazel Kenny 22.18.

Next up for the girls is the Brother Schools XC on October 9th, followed by the even age Dublin Cross Country Championships on October 20th.

Doran clocks superb PB in club 10,000

 Liam Hennessy reports on The Grand Prix Series, Round 13, Pat Bonass Trophy / Club Championship 10,000 Metres track race, kindly sponsored once again by Pat Bonass. The race took place last night at Morton Stadium. The weather was perfect for distance running; 13 degrees, but most importantly the rain abated and conditions were relatively calm, so all in all a good night for fast times. Thirty runners toed the start line. From the off Sean Doran hit the front and was well ahead of the field throughout the race. Sean claimed the Club Championship with a fine run, finishing in a lifetime best time of 31.49, more than two minutes faster than Sean has ever run before. There were many other runners battling against the clock with plenty achieving lifetime bests too. It’s been fantastic to see so many runners enjoying what has been a great series to date in 2019.
The result of the Club Championship was as follows;
Winner – Sean Doran – Club Champion 2019 – 31.49 – PB
Second – Paul Keenan – 36.37 – PB
Third – Shane Casey – 38.11 – PB
The result of the handicap was as follows;
Winner – Sean Doran
Second Place – Greg O’Beirne
Third Place – Shane Casey
Full results:
Sean Doran – 31.49 – Superb PB !!
Paul Keenan – 36.37 – PB
Eamonn Dunne – 37.08
George Brady  – 37.31
Stephen Butler – 37.41
Damien Kelly – 37.41
Shane Casey – 38.11 – PB
Philip O’Doherty – 38.13
Mick Gleeson – 39.50 – PB
Alan Townsend – 41.48
Sean Devitt – 42.58
Richie Barr – 43.05
Fergie Keenan – 43.39
Greg O’Beirne – 43.47
Tom Cassidy – 43.51
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 44.10 – PB
Paul – 45.21
Gerard Fay – 45.41
Ray Mitchell – 46.29
Carmel Ward – 46.51
Tom Dunne – 47.06
Dan Molloy – 47.16
Declan Murray – 47.24
Eva Tomonyiczka – 47.31
Tom Monks – 48.05
Dave Hanley – 48.17
Pat Devitt – 48.18
Maura Shaughnessy – 48.22
Shay Byrne – 51.34
Dave Brady – 54.47
Apologies if I misspelt any name above.
Many thanks to all who volunteered to make this race run so smoothly.
Next Race:
Round 14, Saturday, October 12th, Malahide, Please note start time of 11am !!, Ahern Cup / Club Championship 10 Mile Race. Hope to see many of you take part in what is always a super race in the series with many runners posting pb’s each year. Again note start time is 11am !!!. See you there !!!

Training for Gladys’ group cancelled if….

Folks, please note that if the rain keeps up training for Gladys’ group tonight is cancelled. Use your discretion.

Clonliffe Harriers to visit the Gravediggers

Mick Kearney, Race Director Clonliffe 2: Next Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 7pm members of Clonliffe Harriers will be visiting the Gravediggers in Glasnevin. The purpose of the visit is  to acknowledge the continued support of the Kavanagh Family for the Clonliffe 2 Mile. The Kavanagh Family have been sponsoring this race since 1986.

Clonliffe Harriers has an even longer association with the Kavanagh family. As far back as 1908 the club availed of changing rooms over the Gravediggers when its headquarters were located at the Old Gate beside Glasnevin Cemetery.

The Gravediggers today provides award winning grub and refreshments which are eagerly anticipated now that a busy and successful domestic track season has ended.

All are invited to come along for and enjoyable and relaxing evening.

(Pictured Clonliffe Club members, 2011 at the Old Gate, beside the Gravediggers)

Sunday Round up

At the Griffith Avenue mile this morning Clonliffe’s Callum Simpson was 6th and 1st junior in 4.35 with Niall Carbery 11th, 3rd junior (4.45), other Clonliffe included 14th Eoghan Murphy 4.47, 15th Thomas Baltazar 4.48, Eleanor Alexander, 3rd woman, 5.06, Philip O’Doherty 5.19, Aimee Warren 3rd junior woman 6.34. Full results

On the country Sean Doran was 3rd in the star of the Sea Cross Country today.

Harriers overseas (updated)

Just like the “Wild Geese” of yore Clonliffe athletes were in battles overseas yesterday. In New York Dave Fitzmaurice won the “Run the River” 5k in 15.47, a winning margin of almost 30 seconds, In Zurich Killian Lonergan continued his Dublin Marathon build up recording a time of 74.44 to place 22nd. On Saturday in Bushy Park, London Eoin Pierce ran a 15.22 5K Park Run.


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