Archive for November, 2019

Dublin inter xc and Juvenile league xc on Sunday

The beat goes on! After the drama and excitement of last weekend’s Nationals thing get slightly calmer with the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country and the final Juvenile cross country league race in Tymon Park, Tallaght this Sunday, December 1st.

Once again it’s great to have a full women’s team competing with a trio who braved all of 8000 for the cause in Abbotstown back for more: Clodagh Galvin, Alannah Cooley and Laura Tuite. The full women’s team for the 5000m distance in Tymon is Emma Harding, Yvonne McDonagh, Elaine McLoughlin, Clodagh Moriarty, Aideen O’Connor, Clare Roche, Laura Tuite, Alannah Cooley, Clodagh Galvin.

The inter men’s team is: Shane Casey, Matt McGuinness, Paul Keenan, Shaun Connaghan, Shane Caffery, Michael Devine, Dave Riley.

Preceding the intermediate championships is the Dublin Juvenile league, where Clonliffe underage athletes will compete including a number of the U/17 squad would will be racing in the uneven age nationals in Dunboyne on December 15th, and will use Sunday as their final build up race.




Clonliffe athletes and official honoured at National Athletics awards

At today’s Athletics Ireland Irish life National Athletics awards Efrem Gidey was announced as the 2019 Schools Athlete of the year. Efrem was the dominant schools athlete of 2019 repeating his 2018 feat of winning both the All Ireland track 5000 and Cross Country titles.

Sarah McCormack, who was the winner of the World Mountain World Cup this year was not unexpectedly awarded the Mountain Runner of the year.

The Official of the year was Bernie Dunne.

Stephen Scullion was a nominee in the Endurance athlete of the year category.

Representing Clonliffe at the Awards were club president Paddy Marley, and committee members/coaches including Gladys Cooper, Eugenia and Stephen Bateson, Noreen Keane, John O’Leary, Caroline and Paddy Tuite and Noel Daly.

Cake Races/Athletes of the year

The club’s annual cake races take place shortly. The juveniles will have their cake races in Morton Stadium on Tuesday 17th of  December with the junior/senior cake races will take place on Thursday December 19th over the 5K route from the stadium, up to Northwood, back again and finishing back in the stadium.

The senior cake race night will be followed by the annual athletes of the year awards night where perpetual trophies will be presented to:

Women’s Track and Field athlete of the year

Women’s Road/Cross Country athlete of the year

Men’s Track and Field athlete of the year

Men’s Road/Cross Country athlete of the year

Master athlete of the year

Junior athlete of the year

The Harrier of the year

In addition the club will honour its national champions and club record breakers.

As always cake race night is one of the social highlights of the year and all are encouraged to attend on the night to show their support for the magnificent job done by the club captains over the course of 2019 – a year of unprecedented success.

Emma makes Marathon debut on Sunday

Best of luck to Emma Mitchell who makes her marathon debut on the streets of Valencia in Spain on Sunday next, December 1st.  This is on the same course where she recorded her half marathon PB of 72.28 on the 27th of October.

Cathal gets U/23 call up

Congratulations to Cathal Doyle who has been selected on the Irish U/23 team for the European Cross Country in Lisbon on December 8th.

The Holy Grail returns!

A simply magnificent day for Clonliffe Harriers at the National Cross Country Championships in Abbottstown yesterday.  The Holy Grail has been recovered and after its three year residency in Raheny safely rests now in Santry.  The Clonliffe Men’s team put in heroic performances running themselves into the muddy ground and in the process pulverising the opposition:  Clonliffe Harriers 1st – 52 points, DSD 2nd – 88 points, Raheny 3rd – 125 points.

There were magnificent performances from all of the men led home in 9th place by Efrem Gidey.  Efrem of course is in his final stages of his junior career before turning senior on January 1st and the decision he and the club captain made to forego the junior and race in the senior paid off in dividend.  Efrem got himself into the lead pack from the off and although tiring over the latter stages he held on grimly to come home in the top ten.  Jayme Rossiter ran possibly his best ever cross country race, certainly his best ever National, to power home in 11th place skipping over the mud.  Next in was Cathal Doyle in 14th place after another very strong run and the ever reliable Colm Rooney with yet another magnificent National to be 4th scorer in 18th place.

Huge credit goes to the rest of the team, and a team it truly is.  In 23rd place, a man who has delivered time and time again for Clonliffe Sergiu Ciobanu, with Mark Kenneally in 26th.   Extraordinarily enough the statisticians say that this was Mark’s first National since he won the title in 2010.  His calming professional influence over the whole team cannot be overemphasised.  In 43rd place after a very solid run was Eoin Taggart with the man who is obviously drinking from the fountain of youth Killian Lonergan in 51st place.  In 55th place Ian Guiden who showed such determination to get to the start-line carrying an injury and then showing even more steely grim determination to drag his body to the finish line.  67th place was Sean Doran, Liam Roarty, ever dependable to turn up for Nationals, was 96th and young Jarlaith Jordan again showing grim determination to finish the 10,000, an awful long distance for an 800 track man, 148th.

Huge praise must also go to the club captain Joe Cooper who has really galvanised the squad this year.  The winning of the Nationals yesterday caps an extraordinary year for the men’s team.  This calendar year the men have become national indoor league champions, national outdoor track and field league champions, national half marathon champions, national marathon champions, national junior cross country champions (more about that in the following paragraphs) and national senior cross country champions.  Unprecedented.

The athletes racing yesterday served up a classic. After a fairly easy opening Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel) was the first to test the pack, putting in a burst and opening an early lead, however, that was quickly closed and then at half was Tullamore’s Liam Brady using his strength over the sapping conditions opened a big lead that looked like a winning move. With one final circuit to go Brady’s lead was back to only 15m as Brian Fay (Raheny) and Sean Tobin (Clonmel) had eaten into his lead and coming off the hill Fay was almost in touching distance until Brady drove on again, his bravery being rewarded with a first national senior title.

The Clonliffe Junior Men’s team defied all the odds to retain the National Junior title.  Despite ‘losing’ Efrem to the seniors the lads raised their game even more.  The scoring four were Aaron Cullen in 12th, Ben Guiden 15th, Stephen Cashin 21st, Calum Simpson 42nd and these four were ably supported by Alex Murray 59th, Ian McElweney 67th and Daniel Lacy 89th.  An interesting aside is that Ben Guiden was the only one at the scoring four today, to have been in the scoring four in 2018 – a true sign of strength and depth when basically a whole new team can retain the junior title, furthermore this was the 4th junior title in 5 years.

Thus it was a magnificent double and fittingly of course the junior team bringing the Lar Byrne Cup back to Santry.

The green shoots with the women’s team continue to grow with a full Senior Women’s team competing, something which hasn’t occurred for a few years.  The six ladies all battled gamely over the 8000m course with Ailish Malone running herself into the ground in 46th place.  Laura Tuite had a very good run in 67th.  Likewise Alannah Cooley 69th and Emma Cooper a strong 70th with Clodhagh Galvin 75th and Maura Matthews battling all the way to the line to finish in 77th position.  When the numbers were totted up the team had placed 7th.

There was a full compliment of Clonliffe vests on show in the Junior Women’s race.  Good battling performances from all eight of the team, Sarah Bateson led the team home with Katie Halpin only one place behind her, a fine run also by Aoife Hession and by 4th scorer Abbie Sheehy (there seems to be a bit of a glitch in the official results on the placings but it would seem that Sarah was 52nd, Katie 53rd, Aoife 57th and Abbie 59th.  Fine runs also from Hannah Browne, racing for the final time as a junior, Alana Fitzsimons, Ella Brown and Tess Loftus.  The junior women are on the resukts as 10th, but those results are questionable.

The Junior races also incorporated the National U/18 Championships.  The Clonliffe girls team placed 5th, Sarah 38th, Katie 39th, Aoife 43rd and Alana Fitzsimons 52nd, Sarah picked up National Intercounty gold on the Dublin team.  The U/18 boys also placed 5th:  Calum 22nd (inter county silver), Alex 36th, Niall Carberry 65th, John Laurence 78th and Alex Nuroth 95th.

The other star of the day of course was Sean Cronin who was simply superb in the boy’s U/14 race.  In the top two or three for the whole race coming up the hill for the final time it was neck and neck, however, Sean’s superior strength paid off in spades as he powered up the hill towards the finish to be crowned the National Champion to the cheers and delight of the Clonliffe supporters.   The rest of U/14 team performed magnificently with Lorcan Benjcar 53rd, Devan Morrisssey 90th, Mark Goss Keogh 110th and Cian O’Hare 150th.  The team finishing just out of the medals in 4th position.

Likewise fine performances from the U/14 girls led home in 40th place by Sorcha O’Connor, 114th was Rebecca Walsh, 118th Sarah McDonnell, 133rd Hazel Kenny, 135th Ali Connolly, 158th Kate Faherty.

The U/16 boys also battled away gamely led home by Sean Boyne in 20th place.  Sean also picked up precious intercounty gold for Dublin.  The rest of the team was Ronan Donohue 69th, Eoin Housley 78th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 83rd, Sam Murray 89th and Cillian Keegan 103rd.

Huge congratulations to all of our athletes on their performances yesterday.  To the coaches, to all involved and in particular Joe Cooper, yesterday was his 12th national cross country win.  It was a special day for Clonliffe Harriers and a magnificent team effort.

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Double top!

Clonliffe athletes excelled in Abbotstown today. The senior men have delivered the Holy Grail, after a 3 year residency in Raheny the National title is back in Santry. The scoring four were Efrem Gidey, Jayme Rossister, Cathal Doyle and Colm Rooney. Just before the senior race came the news that the junior men had magnificently retained the junior title, Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin and Callum Simpson. To cap a brilliant day young Sean Cronin took the national U/14 title.

Full report and photos tomorrow. Going for a pint!!!


Grand Prix latest: Casey 1st across the line in Horan Cup mud bath

 Liam Hennessy reports on the last race in the Grand Prix series 2019, The Horan Cup, 6 miles, Cross Country, held at Santry Demesne today. The curtain came down on another Grand Prix series today as The Horan Cup took place at Santry Demesne. The weather was a wet, 9 degrees with not a puff of wind. Going in to this race Deirdre Fitzsimons led the series from Gerard Fay and Mick Bermingham and any one of them could take the overall title with a good run. 25 Runners toed the line for what was a challenging course for cross country running. The bugle sounded and the race got underway. The race was run over four laps and after lap 1 Mick Bermingham led from last years winner George Brady and it remained that way until just over a lap to go when Shane Casey hit the front and went on to win and with it snatch the green jersey for the most consistent scratch athlete in the series.
(Pictured: Grand Prix Leaders: Mick Birmingham, Deirdre Fitzsimons, Gerard Fay….but who’s the 2019 champ?)
The full results were as follows:
Shane Casey – 41.10
George Brady – 41.12
Dave Dunwoody – 41.15
Mick Bermingham – 41.46
Mick Gleeson – 42.44
Murray Ahern – 43.27
Richie Barr – 44.51
Des Shorten – 46.10
Clodagh Moriarty – 46.17
Alan Worrall – 46.34
Aimee Ahern – 46.49
Adrien Gerard – 47.01
Declan Murray – 47.29
Greg O’Beirne – 47.37
Dan Molloy – 47.46
David O’Sullivan – 48.00
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 48.27
Marie Howard – 49.21
Declan Grant – 49.21
Orla Deighan – 50.24
Gerard Fay – 50.51
Shay Byrne – 51.01
Mel Curran  – 51.55
Trevor Wisdom – 54.31
Laura Mc Afee – 55.40
(Pictured, Horan Cup 1st 3 across the line: D. Dunwoody, S. Casey, G. Brady)
Many thanks to everyone who volunteered today to help make this race run so smoothly.
The final standings will be kept top secret and The Grand Prix Series Champion Athlete for 2019 kindly sponsored by Behan and Associates will be revealed at the Awards night at the Club on Friday, December 6th from 8.30pm. Come early as catering has been arranged and we hope to see a huge turnout to celebrate the end of another most successful race series. Make plans now and be there !

Important Notice for Car Parking/Travel to National XC

Important notice for all regarding the Nationals in Abbotstown on Sunday has just issued from Athletics Ireland. The weather conditions mean a new traffic plan and parking arrangements has been implemented. All are request to read the attached: National XC Info 2019 FRIDAY PLANfinal

Clonliffe Ready to Rumble!

This Sunday is the highlight of the cross country season – the Nationals at the National Cross Country course in Abbottstown. This was an event which up to recent years has been dominated by the Clonliffe Senior men, however, the past few years our north side neighbours Raheny Shamrocks have turned the tables last year taking three in a row with Clonliffe finishing runner up.

Sunday will see one of the strongest Clonliffe teams in many years take to the field of battle. The field includes two former National senior cross country champions: Mark Kenneally, London 2012 Olympian and Sergiu Ciobanu.  The Senior Men’s team also includes National marathon champion Stephen Scullion, Colm Rooney, Cathal Doyle, Ian Guiden and Jayme Rossiter.

The A team will receive great support from a strong B team of Killian Lonergan, Sean Doran, Eoin Taggart, James Kevan, Jarlaith Jordan, Liam Roarty, Tom Sherlock, Karl Nolan and Sean O’Leary

It is also very pleasing that for the third successive cross country championship race this season that a full Clonliffe Women’s team will compete in a senior race led by Ailish Malone. The full women’s senior team is Ailish, Laura Tuite, Alannah Cooley, Maura Matthews, Clodagh Galvin and Emma Cooper.

In the junior race the Men’s junior team go into this as defending champions. The Clonliffe junior men’s team is Daniel Lacey, Aaron Cullen, Efrem Gidey, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin, Ian McAlweney, Thomas Balthazar, Calum Simpson.

A full Clonliffe Women’s junior team will run in the Nationals for the first time, possibly ever. The Women’s team is:  Hannah Browne, Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Sarah Bateson, Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons, Abbie Sheehy and Katie Halpin.

In addition to the junior and senior Championships of course Sunday is the juvenile even ages with good Clonliffe teams entered. The boys and girls U/18 race is incorporated in the junior race and if an athlete is entered on both teams will score in both the U/18 and the junior championship.

The Clonliffe teams in the juvenile nationals are:

Girls U/18 – Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy, Ella Brown, Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons and Katie Halpin.

Boys U/18 – Calum Simpson, Niall Carbery, Alex Murray, John Laurence, Alex Neuroth, Dermot Buckley.

Boys U/16 – Sean Boyne, Ronan Donohue, Sam Murray, Cillian Keegan, Eoin Housley, Jonathan Fitzsimons.

Girls U/14 – Sorcha O’Connor, Hazel Kenny, Rebecca Walsh, Ali Connolly, Sarah McDonnell, Kate Faherty.

Boys U/14 – Cian O’Hare, Sean Cronin, Lorcan Benjacar, Devan Morrissey, Mark Goss Keogh, Christian Finn.

The very best of luck to all our teams on Sunday. Clonliffe club members are encouraged to attend Abbottstown on Sunday to support their club mates.  This is one of the biggest events of the year.  It is a very important event to the athletes and the club and I am sure all will be greatly encouraged and benefit from your support. Let’s get ready to rumble!



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