Archive for October, 2019

Efrem stars in Autumn Cross Country

Bright warm sunshine made for a most pleasant day in Abbottstown for the Autumn Classic Festival of cross-country running. The national cross country course was in excellent condition with superb underfoot conditions throughout. It is of course a challenging course with the long drag uphill taxing many an athlete. From a Clonliffe perspective the performance of the day came from Efrem Gidey in the feature race. The autumn open cross country saw a huge field subdivided into juniors, seniors and masters. The race distance was 7500m with the juniors peeling off after four laps. Efrem was the head of the race in any event at this stage and he finished a comprehensive winner of the junior race in a time of 18.20.

The day’s proceedings got under way with the Dublin juvenile cross country championships at 11.00 the first Clonliffe interest in these championships was the U/12 girls where the team put in a great effort. The U/14 girls were led home by Siorcha O’Connor who finished in a battling 13th. The U/14 boys were led home by Sean Cronin who was dominant from the off to win his first Dublin cross country title. Great performances from the rest of the team who look like they will collect team medals. (Unfortunately due to a technical difficulty team results were not available on the day).

The U/16 girls also put in battling performances with a particularly fine run by Amy Sheehy in 15th, fine runs also by Orla O’Sullivan, Lara Gallaher, Aimee Daly and young Clodagh Nic Dohmnaill who stepped up into the team at the last minute and certainly did not look out of place. The girls finished in fourth place. The U/16 boys team were led home in sixth position by Sean Boyne and with Ronan Donohue having an excellent run along with Sam Murray and Killian Keegan, subject to official confirmation, the team placed third.

Third-place also (subject to official confirmation) for the U/18 girls. In this race Sarah Bateson had another fine run in sixth place and with Abbie Sheedy also in excellent form to place 10th and then 11th Aoife Hession , 12th Katie Halpin , Alana Fitzsimons 13th, Ella Brown 16th and Ella Cooley 18th. The U/18 boys team, again subject to final official confirmation, look like they have won the Dublin team title. Callum Simpson continued his super form of late leading the team home in fifth place. Next in was Niall Carbery, 13th, Alex Murray 14th and John Lawrence making up the scoring 4.

In the women’s international race it was great to see three Clonliffe vests in the field. The vastly experienced Ailish Malone ran an excellent race working her way through the field to finish fifth W35 (23.38), next in was Laura Tuite 29th senior (24.54) and Alannah Cooley 32nd (25.22).

The men’s international race was led out by Efrem who simply glided across the Abbottstown turf and was first junior in a time of 18.20. Next in for the juniors was Ben Guiden 12th (20.00) with the fast finishing Aaron Cullen 13th (20.01), 20th Stephen Cashin (20.34), 29th Daniel Lacey (21.16) and 40th Ian McAweeney (22.50).

In the senior race there was a great Clonliffe battle which saw Colm Rooney come through to finish in 9th place overall, 1st M35 in a time of 23.31, 10th was Cathal Doyle (23.41), 11th Ian Guiden (23.42), 25th Eoin Taggart (24.54) and 32nd Sean Doran (25.46).

Next up on the cross country circuit is the Dublin’s at HQ, Santry Demesne, hosted by Clonliffe Harriers on Sunday, November 3. The championships that day include juvenile uneven ages, juniors and seniors.

Clonliffe athletes flocking to Abbotstown for Autumn XC Festival

There will be a substantial Clonliffe presence at the National Cross Country course in Abbotstown on Sunday for the Autumn Cross Country Festival. The event includes not only the Autumn Classic but also a qualifier for the Masters team for the British and Irish Masters Cross Country and the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country Championships. It is truly a day for all ages.

Competing in the men’s senior race over 7,500 are: Cathal Doyle, Sean Doran, Ian Guiden, Colm Rooney, Eoin Taggart and, back from the USA for the weekend, Dave Fitzmaurice. The senior women’s race (6,000m) includes Ailish Malone, Laura Tuite and Alannah Cooley. The junior men will race with the seniors but peel away after 6000, that team is Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Efrem Gidey, Stephen Cashin, Ian McAweeney and Daniel Lacey.

The Dublin Juvenile (even ages) Cross Country Championships will see Clonliffe teams from U/12 to U/18 line up. Although not all teams are fully confirmed the Clonliffe representation looks like:

U/18 girls: Sarah Bateson, Ella Brown, Abbie Sheehy, Alana Fitzsimons, Katie Halpin, Ella Cooley and Aoife Hession.

U/18 boys: Callum Simpson, Alex Murray, Dermot Buckley, Niall Carbery, Alex Nuroth, John Lawrence and Owen Byrne

U/16 girls: Naoise Cullen, Aimee Daly, Amy Sheehy, Lara Gallagher, Orla O’Sullivan, Clodagh

U/16 boys: Sean Boyne , Owen Housley, Andrew Gaffney, Killian Sheeran , Jonathan Fitzsimmons, Killian Keegan, Callum Maguire, Ronan Donohoe, Adam Keogh and Sam Murray

U/14 girls: Sorcha O’Connor, Hazel Kenny , Kate Faherty, Rebecca Walsh , Sarah McDonnell, Ali Connolly

U/14 boys: Sean Cronin , Cian O’Hare , Lorcan Benjacar, Christian Finn, Devan Morrissey , Mark Goss-Keogh, Oran McGowan

U/12 girls: Rebecca Finn, Harriett Kenny, Niamh Cooper, Aishling Faherty, Hannah Walsh

U/12 boys: TBC


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Grand Prix: Doran wins 2nd Club Championship in succession

Liam Hennessy reports on The Grand Prix Series, Round 14. The 56th running (1964-2019) of the Clonliffe Harriers, Ahern Cup / Club 10 Mile Championship Race was held at Malahide on Saturday. The race was kindly sponsored by Maurice Ahern. The weather was so kind to us, dry, clear, 12 degrees; just perfect for distance running. At precisely 11am 35 runners toed the start line, instructions were given and the bugle sounded. It has to be noted that Maurice Ahern started in what was his 56th consecutive Clonliffe 10 Mile, which is an incredible record, so well done Maurice. It became clear from early on, that Sean Doran was in great shape, as he carved out a massive lead in the first few miles. Many runners used the race as an indicator of their fitness before running the Dublin Marathon. Sean Doran  crossed the finish line well clear of the field in a superb personal best to retain the club championship. In the women’s race Aideen O’ Connor ran a lifetime best to also retain her club championship for a second year.
The result of the Race and Men’s Club Championship was as follows;
Winner – Sean Doran – Club Champion 2019
2nd Place – Shane Casey
3rd Place – Garreth Loye

The result of the Women’s Club Championship was as follows;
Winner – Aideen O’Connor  – Club Champion 2019
2nd Place – Rachel Eustace
3rd Place – Marie Howard

Full results as follows;
Sean Doran – 53.44
Shane Casey – 65.24
Garreth Loye – 65.31
Mick Bermingham – 65.57
Mick Gleeson – 67.31
Stephen Tracey – 67.33
Neil Farrell – 71.16
Tom Cassidy – 71.27
Aideen O’Connor – 71.37
Adrien Gerard – 72.06
Rachel Eustace – 72.32
Scott Crowley – 72.32
Greg O’Beirne – 72.41
Declan Murray – 73.18
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 74.12
Marie Howard – 75.52
Ollie Power – 75.52
Shane Rooney – 75.53
Mary Ketterer – 76.01
Declan Grant – 76.01
Aileen Henry – 76.52
Gerard Fay – 77.21
David O’Sullivan – 82.10
Pat Devitt – 84.07
Yvonne Mc Donagh – 85.19
Dave Hanley – 85.23
Tom Matthews – 87.12
Laura Mc Afee – 87.26

Many thanks to the huge number of stewards, who covered every corner of the course to ensure the race ran so smoothly.

Next Race:
Round 15 – Saturday, November 9th, Irwin Cup 6k Cross Country Race, Santry Demesne, 12 noon.

Jayme 11th in Cardiff Cross Challenge plus more

With the National Cross Country some six weeks hence National 3000 sc champion Jayme Rossister was in action on the country today finishing 11th in the Cardiff Cross Country challenge in a pretty classy field.

Also on Saturday Philip O’Doherty was 3rd in the Ceide Fields Half Marathon in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo in 86.26.

Brother, what a day!

It was one of those days to savour. The enthusiasm of youth hit Santry today like a tidal wave. A tidal wave of joy, endeavour and yes that three letter word fun. The Brother schools XC brought young athletes in their droves to Santry Demesne on a beautiful autumnal day. As the event continues to expand 2019 saw the introduction of an additional two races both for fourth class primary schools, the schools and athletes responded with huge numbers taking part in the primary schools section. It was also particularly pleasing to see not only our old friends but also new schools coming to Santry and giving their youngsters a fantastic introduction to the sport of cross-country running. Once again Santry Park was in excellent condition, the fact that buckets of rain had fallen on the venue most of last week was a well-kept secret as perfect underfoot conditions greeted the athletes.

The first event of the day was the fourth class girls primary school race with almost 100 starters. These young girls many of whom had never raced, yet alone raced on the country, previously and all tackled the 1000m course like veterans with the pack led home by Rosie Stafford of Mount Anville.Second-placed Megan O’Leary led her Mary help of Christians team to a fine win. Mary help of Christians also took the team win in the fifth class girls race, this race was won by Evie Hayes of Lios Na NOg. Mary help of Christians made it a primary school girls clean sweep winning the sixth class race led home by race winner Niamh Bergin.

In the primary school boys races the team competition was much more evenly spread, there were huge numbers in these races, in particular the six class race which had over 250 starters. The fourth class race was won by Darragh Murphy of Scoil Mhuire as he led his school to victory. Victor in the fifth class race was Bill Donovan of St Mary’s BNS, Bill leading his team to a fine win. The six class race was won by William Breathnach with St Malachy’s from Belfast taking the team win from St Patrick’s of Armagh, first time visitors to the Brother schools XC taking second place.

On then to the secondary school programme which was led off by the minor girls also running over 1000, there was a one two in this race for Lucan community college with Saoirse Fitzgerald taking the win from Maggie Jez, Ella  Carey of Loretto Foxrock was third. Needless to say Lucan took the team win. In the junior girls race Castleknock’s Madeline Buckley was first home with Loretto Dalkey taking the team when. The inter-girls race was another fine race with the girls running over 2000m led home by Eimer Maher as Dominic’s Cabra took the team win. The final girls race of the day was the senior race and it was a classy affair led home by Holly Brennan, second was Faye Dervan with Roisin Treacy taking third. Dominic’s Cabra were again the victors in the team competition.

Moving on then to the boys races where there were huge fields in both the minor and junior races. Sean Cronin was a most convincing winner of the minor race winning by a cross country mile. St Colman’s of Newry won the team competition. Oliver Hopkins of St Declan’s won the junior boys race as brother schools newcomers Wesley College took the team win. The inter-boys race was won by Matthew Lavery of St Malachy’s leaving the Malachy’s team home to a fine win. Malachy is also recorded the win in the team event in the senior boys race by a substantial margin with Oisin Kelly a winner in a close finish as the top three could almost be covered by the proverbial blanket.

Primary school girls:
fourth class: 1  Rosie Stafford, 2 Megan O’Leary, 3 Sonia Vilkyu. Teams: 1 Mary help of Christians 21, 2 Mount Anville 40, 3 Scoil San Carlo 70.
Fifth class: 1 Evie Hayes, 2 Erin Byrne, 3 Sofia Corbett. Teams: 1 Mary help of Christians 30, 2 Mount Anville 35, 3 Vincent de Paul 60.
Sixth class: 1 Niamh Bergin, 2 Ella Moynahan, 3 Charlotte Croke. Teams: 1 Mary help of Christians 29, 2 Vincent de Paul 41, 3 Mount Anville 42.
Best girls primary school: Mary help of Christians.

Primary school boys:
Fourth class: 1 Darragh Murphy, 2 Myles McMahon, 3 Connor Tynan. Teams: 1 Scoil Mhuire Marino 39, 2 St Brigids 50, 3 St Michaels 58.
Fifth class: 1 Bill Donovan, 2 Lucas Ryan, 3 Charlie Mooney. Teams: 1 St Mary’s BNS 19, 2 John Bosco 60, 3 St Joseph BNS 91.
Sixth class: 1 William Breathnach, 2 Billy Cosgrove, 3 Eoin McConnell. Teams: 1 St Malachy’s 43, 2 St Patrick’s Armagh 52, 3 St Bridget’s BNS 70.
Best boys primary school: St. Brigids BNS

Secondary schools girls:
minor: 1 Saoirse Fitzgerald, 2 Maggie Jez, 3 Ella Carey. Teams: 1 Lucan community college 48, 2 Loreto Foxrock 62, 3 Dominic’s Cabra 64.
Junior: 1 Madeline Buckley, 2 Isabella Tdmkina Beddy, 3 Zoie Richie. Teams 1 Loreto Dalkey 31, 2 Holy Child 80, 3 Muckross Park 84.
Inter: 1 Eimer Maher, 2 Saoirse Ni Bhriain, 3 Roisin Kennedy. Teams: 1 Dominic’s Cabra 67, 2 Dominicins Griffith Ave 77, 3 Muckross Park 87.
Senior: 1 Holly Brennan, 2 Faye Dervan, 3 Roisin Treacy. Teams: 1 Dominic’s Cabra 38, 2. Santa Sabina 77, 3 Muckross Park 96.
Best girls secondary school Dominic’s Cabra.

Secondary school boys:
minor: 1 Sean Cronin, 2 Dirmuid McCoy, 3 Don Ring. Teams: 1 St Colman’s 39, 2 St Aidan’s 57, 3 St Declan’s 72.
Junior: 1 Oliver Hopkins, 2 Jamie Byrne, 3 Liam Fitzgerald. Teams: 1 Wesley 46, 2 Belvedere 62, 3 St Malachy’s 64.
Inter-: 1 Matthew Lavery, 2 Alex VBW, 3 Dara Donoghue. Teams: 1 St Malachy’s 23, 2 Belvedere 61, St Aidan’s 64.
Senior: 1 Oisin Kelly, 2 Adam Ferris, 3 Michael McCaul. Teams: 1 St Malachy’s 40, 2. St Aidan’s 61, 3 BlackRock 78.
Best boys secondary school St Malachy’s.

Best overall Secondary School and winners of the Lar O’Byrne Shield: St. Malachy’s.

Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank sincerely our wonderful sponsor Brother for their outstanding generosity and support. Clonliffe also like to thank Fingal County Council for the use of Santry Demesne Park, Morton Stadium, St John’s ambulance and the Gardai. We would also like to thank all the schools and the athletes for participating in today’s event we hope you enjoyed your time in Santry. We look forward to seeing you all back here again in 2020.

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Grand Prix News: Ahern Cup/Club 10 Mile Saturday @ 11.00

The 56th Club 10 mile championship takes place in Malahide Castle grounds on Saturday, October 12th with an 11.00am start. This race incorporates round 14 of the 16 race 2019 Grand Prix Series and is sponsored by Maurice Ahern. The up to date leaderboard is now available still showing Deirdre Fitzsimons leading click: Grand Prix 2019 results after Rd 13

Wednesday’s Brother Schools XC Final Instructions

This Wednesday (October 9th) will see Clonliffe once again host and promote The Brother Schools XC . This continues to be one of the most popular events on the school`s athletics calendar with another bumper entry for Wednesday’s event. Entry has now closed, the only exceptions are individuals who can enter on the day at the Clonliffe clubhouse. Clonliffe are once again indebted to Brother for their continued sponsorship of this wonderful day.

Primary School`s races get the programme underway with the 4th class girls at high noon. The Secondary schools continue proceedings from 1.00pm with the senior boys winding up the day at 2.50pm.

Please see instructions below, and please follow these.

Date: Wednesday, 9th of October – HAIL, RAIN OR SHINE!!

Venue:  Santry Demesne Parkland at rear of Morton Stadium Santry.


  • 12.00 – 4th class girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.10 – 4th class boys 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.20 – 5th class girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.30 – 5th class boys 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.40 – 6th class girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 12.50 – 6th class boys 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 1.00 – Minor girls 1000M (1 small lap)
  • 1.15 – Minor boys 1500M (1 big lap)
  • 1.30 – Junior girls 1500M (1 big lap)
  • 1.45 – Junior Boys 2000M (2 small laps)
  • 2.00 – Inter girls 2000M (2 small laps)
  • 2.15 – Inter boys 3000M (2 big laps
  • 2.35 – Senior girls 2000M (2 small laps)
  • 2.50 – Senior boys 4500M (3 big laps)

Sponsor: Brother, Boeing Road, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17.

Parking:   Morton Stadium Santry.   Buses/coaches must park at the Clonliffe Harriers end of the stadium – gate number 3.   For health and safety reasons it is not permissible for buses to allow passengers to alight until such time as the bus has actually parked.   Please obey the directions of the parking attendant.

Number collection:     Your School’s race numbers can be collected in the Clonliffe Harriers Clubhouse – in the hall. There will be an envelope with your School name on it and the envelope will contain your School identification numbers which must be fixed to the FRONT of the athlete’s running vest/t-shirt. Please note that athletes must wear race numbers.  Any athlete arriving to the start without a race number will not be permitted to take part.


Individuals:    Individuals may enter, with the permission of their School, and run as individuals. There are no pre-entries for individuals.  Individuals must arrive at check-in at the Clonliffe Harriers Clubhouse and pay an individual entry fee of €3.00.  Individual entries will then be given a race number which must be fixed to the front of the racing vest. Registration for Individuals closes at 11.00 for Primary schools and 11.30 for Secondary.

Age Groups:  There are no age groups in the Primary School races. The Primary School races are for 4th, 5th class and 6th classes (separated races!)

Age groups for secondary school`s races:

Minor born on or after 01/07/06.

Junior born on or after 01/07/05.

Intermediate born on or after 01/07/03.

Senior born on or after 01/01/01.

Toilet facilities: Are located under the stand at the Clonliffe side of the stadium. Toilets are also located at the play ground in the Park.  Please note that the indoor section of the stadium is closed.        


 Entry to Venue:  Via Morton Stadium. Please use the gate at the 100m start line at the phoenix monument.

School Colours:  If available must be worn. We would also encourage you to bring flags or suchlike to be placed around the course.  Supporters are most welcome.

Awards:  First three individuals in each race – presentation will be made to the individuals immediately after each race.

Team awards: First three in each race.   A team is a minimum of four athletes with a maximum of 15.  The team result will be calculated by the addition of the place finishings of the first four athletes from that school and the school with the lowest score will be declared the winner.   In the event of a tie the winner will be decided on the basis of the highest finish of the 4th scoring athlete from the tying schools.    Please note that there is only one team permitted per school per event.   Although up to 15 athletes can run, however, please note that there are only 10 team medals available per set.

Souvenir T-shirt: There will be a souvenir T-shirt for all athletes which will be presented at the finish of each race.  In the event that there are insufficient t-shirts on the day a reprint of t-shirts will be made and sent separately.

Best Schools:Our sponsor Brother will make arrangements to make a presentation of a piece of Brother office equipment to the best boys primary school, best girls primary school, best boys secondary school and best girls secondary school. In addition the Lar Byrne Memorial Perpetual Trophy will be presented to the best overall secondary school.    

Litter:  As we have use of Santry Demesne Parkland thanks to the generosity and co-operation of Fingal County Council we would implore you to appoint an individual/individuals to be responsible for the removal of all litter generated by your athletes. Please bring a sack for litter. Your co-operation in this connection is vital.

Results:  A race report together with photographs (by taking part in this event you are consenting to photographs being published – photographs will not identify any individuals) and the team results and top three individual results will appear on on Wednesday evening.

Health and Safety:      Please obey the instructions of all marshals at the venue. Marshals will be clearly identifiable as they will be wearing high vis vests.  Please note that on health and safety grounds all athletes must avail of footwear.  No athlete is permitted to race barefoot.

Medical Emergencies:  St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance.

Officials: Course builders meet at 8.00am. Check in team please arrive for 10.00am. Other officials please report at 11.00am. All to be in position by 11.45am.

 On behalf of Clonliffe Harriers A.C. and our sponsor Brother we would like to thank you sincerely for taking part in the Brother Schools X.C. and we sincerely hope that you and your athletes thoroughly enjoy the day.

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Kenneally bags another Clonliffe weekend win!

London Olympian Mark Kenneally continued his build up to the Dublin Marathon with a fine win today in the Three Quarter Marathon in Athlone  1.42.32, impressive splits of 34.08, 34.08 and 34.16. A surprise in 4th place was Gary O’Hanlon, working his way back from recent injury, Gary recorded a time of 1.45.10. Other Clonliffe: Matt McGuinness 2.12.10, Seamus Devitt 2.26.04.

Efrem takes Dublin Novice XC title

The clubs cross country season kicked off today with the Dublin novice Championships held in beautiful autumnal sunshine in the Phoenix Park. Thankfully underfoot conditions were excellent despite the heavy rain of recent days, meaning that the pace was fast from the gun. In the men’s novice championship prerace favourite Efrem Gidey more than justified that tag as he ran beautifully over the 6000m course to take a very comfortable win well clear of second-place. Stephen Cashin had possibly the best race of his young career to date to finish an excellent fourth after a race long battle for third place. Next in was Greg Hosssney in 30th with Daniel Lacey 31st. These four were well backed up by the rest of the team: Paul Keenan, Patrick Hayes, Jarlet Jordan, Niall Sherlock, Shaun Connaghan and Dave Reilly. The team with 66 points took bronze, behind 1st Raheny 43 points and 3rd Donore 53 points.

The Clonliffe novice women also put in a strong performance with two of the team placing in the top 10. Alannah Cooley ran a fine race to place 7th with Laura Tuite not far behind in 10th. Next in was Elaine McLaughlin in 26th and Clodagh Galvin 27th. Good batting runs also by Hannah Browne in 52nd and Yvonne McDonagh 65th. The team placed outside of the medals in 5th place.

A good start to the season with several of these athletes now looking forward to the Autumn Cross Country Classic in Abbottstown on October 20.

Juvenile Cross Country league round 2

Eugenia Bateson reports from the Phoenix Park:  U11 started with a great performance from Sienna Kelly who was in 2nd position on the hill.  She was struck with a bad stitch but inspired by watching the World Championships had a very determined finish.
Next up was young Harriet Kenny in U12 girls  had a great run and finished well.
U13 girls were Rebecca Walsh who had a strong finish and looking great for the Dublin championships .  Sarah McDonnell had a bad fall but will be back.
U13 Boys were once again impressive. Noah Rossi leading home followed by Jayden,  Charlie,  Yang, Cathal and Jack.
U14 girls had a 13th place finish for Hazel Kenny and 24th for Kate Faherty, both girls looking strong.
U14 boys was again won by Sean Cronin followed strongly by Christian,  Mark, Devan,    and Oran.
U15 girls were well represented by Eabha Guy who had a lovely run and strong finish.
A great turnout out and very pleased coaches.


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