Archive for November, 2019

Naoise 2nd in Community Schools

Young Naoise Cullen had a good run for Portmarnock in the Leinster Community Schools cross country in a windy Phoenix Park at lunchtime today. Stepping up from inter to senior Nsoise was a fine 2nd in a well judged race leading her schools to team victory

Grand Prix: The final throw of the Dice

After almost an eight month long series, the 2019 Grand Prix Series comes to a close with another of the jewels in the crown, the Horan Cup, on Saturday in Santry.  Some 111 years ago the Cup was presented to the club by Michael Horan, then a vice President of Clonliffe Harriers to be competed for in the 1907/1908 season was won by Mr. T. Hassell with the fastest time for the six mile cross country course recorded by Mr. H. Mullally in a time of 38.07.

The final standings in both the Grand Prix and the Green Jersey will be decided. Deirdre Fitzsimons holds the advantage on 327 points but Gerard Fay with a final throw of the dice will make a last ditch attempt at glory, as he looks to bridge a 9 point gap. In the Green Jersey competition Eamonn Dunne leads on 46 points, followed by Shane Casey 42 and Paul Keenan on 41.

The 2019 Horan Cup is kindly sponsored by George Maybury.

Clonliffe Meet & Train Group get season underway in Dunboyne

Yvonne McDonagh reports: It was a glorious morning and 14 eager Harriers made their way to Dunboyne for the first Meet & Train XC race of the season. Spirits were high pre race as the girls donned the spikes and got in the last few strides before the start.

The whistle went and they were off. Over 150 runners began their 4 lap course. Undeterred by the “loads of young ones” in the race, as described by herself, Elaine McLoughlin settled nicely into the lead group. The grass was long underfoot and the course was described by the group as having “just the right amount of muck!”.  Anne “the Legend” Lyons made the start without confirming or denying whether she had done another race en route to Dunboyne. Evelyn Brennan was back post marathon beaming with enthusiasm, a small which was still present at the end of the race.

As the laps went by each of the athletes were undertaking their individual battles, keen to pick a few runners off each lap.

Approaching the final lap Elaine was still battling hard within the lead group. A superb display of strength saw Elaine McLoughlin finish in 9th position. Slightly back the field Clare Roche, Rachael McBride, Emer Brennan, Yvonne McDonough and Brid Beausang were picking off many important places for the team points. A blistering final lap from Sue Kelly made it impossible for the photographer to get her in a photograph, we are glad to report her body is still in one piece despite appearances.

A special mention to Cathy Dowling who participated in her first race on the country today. A slight shock to the system but she is definitely coming back for more.  It was also great to see Catherine Dempsey back in the black & Amber singlet. Well done to the other team members Janette Reid, Mandy McMenamy and Sinead Duffy who battled hard for every place on the course.

Once the race was finished there was just about time for the team photograph before the long cool down back to Dunboyne AC clubhouse where the athletes were treated to some much welcomed tea and some delicious baked treats. There was a wonderful opportunity to relay tales of the race and plan the next outing.

The girls would like to thank Yvonne & Mandy for looking after the logistics on the day. Thanks also to Ciara Peelo for the photographs and shouts of encouragement.  If anyone else would like to join the group for the next outing on December 8th just ask any of the girls who ran today for more information.

Sarah McCormack 12th in World Mountain C`Ships

Sarah McCormack was 12th in the World Mountain Championships in Patagonia, Argentina, leading the Irish team to a 9th place finish. Sarah has already captured the 2019 World Cup thanks to a win in the Snowdon Race and 2nd places at the MaXi Race, Drei Zinnerlauf and Smarna Gora.

Four time Olympic gold medalist with Clonliffe connection passes away.

The World’s oldest Olympic Gold Medalist Harrison Dillard (USA), passed away yesterday aged 96. “Bones” Dillard was a 4 time gold medalist, over two Olympic Games, winning 100 metres and 4×100 gold at 1948 London Olympics and at 1952 Olympics in Helsinki he won 110 Hurdles gold and 4×100 gold.

Along with Kip Keino he is the only athlete to win Olympic Gold on the flat and over hurdles.

Between his two Olympic Games Dillard competed at the 1949 Clonliffe Sports in front of more than 30,000 spectators at Lansdowne Road where he won the 120 yd hurdles in an all comers record of 14.40 sec.

Muliple Olympic Champion Fanny Blankers Koen also competed at this meeting.

(Dominic Branigan)

Weekend round up

The weekend before Nationals proved to be a busy enough weekend as athletes fine tuned for the big one. Saturday: In Santry the BHAA Irish Life 6k cross country took place on a muddy course in the Demsene with Sean Doran taking a fine placing 1st (20.35).

In Maynooth University Campus the IUAA Road Relays took place. Cathal Doyle ran an impressive 2 mile leg for the DCU A winning team clocking 9.23, the fastest 2nd leg. Also in action were young guns Ben Guiden for DCU C on leg 4, another 2 mile 10.17, 5th fastest 4th leg, and Stephen Cashin Trinity C on leg 2, 10.25, the 10th fastest 2nd leg. In the ladies race Alannah Cooley for DCU B running leg 4, a mile clocked the 5th fastest 4th leg 5.49.

The Clonliffe U/16 & 18 boys squads took in the Poppintree Park Run as their final blow out before Abbotstown, with fine performances from the whole squad filling the first 6 places: 1. Callum Simpson 16.28, 2. Alex Murray 17.23, 3. Sean Boyne 17.23, 4. Alex Neuroth 17.48, 5. John Lawrence 17.50, 6. Niall Carbery 17.52, 9. Jonathan Fitzsimons 19.30, 10. Ronan Donohue 19.32, 13. Josh Scully 19.59, 14. Andrew Gaffney 20.05, 16. Cillian Keegan 20.35 and in Donabte Park Run, 2nd Eoin Byrne 19.40.

Sunday: the Girls U/18 and Juniors took to Abbotstown for a final session of 1500s. Whilst he U14 girls and boys team took to Abbotstown yesterday in preparation for the National Championships next Sunday.

Sunday morning those who could make it also took on the the Junior Parkrun in Albert College.  They were joined by some fine athletes from Paul and Gladys groups with that group filling the first 13 places!
Results from Parkrun
1st Loracn Benjacar  6.56
2nd Devan Morrissey  7.07
3rd Mark Goss Keogh 7.43
4th Noah Rossi 7.47
5th Oran McGowan 7.48
6th Hazel Kenny 7.51
7th Rebecca Walsh 7.53
8th William Hanley 7.55
9th Conor Tynan 7.57
10th Charlie Duffy 8.19
11th Isaac Moss 8.20
12th Cormac Tynan 8.23
13th Eabha Guy  8.32
19th Cathal O’Neill 9.10
20th Yang O’Connor 9.11
23rd Josh Butler 9.26
26th Harriet Kenny 9.33
27th Sandy Rose Kivlehan 9.34
35th Shane Dunne 9.50
57th Paige Farrell
Apologies for omissions. Full results on Parkrun website
Well done to all on great turnout and great results

Also this morning in her native France Barbara Sanchez was 2nd woman, 105th, in the Boulogue Half Marathon in 74.57.

Greta 5th in World Para 1500

Greta Streimikyte finished 5th for Ireland in the World Paralympics T13 1500 final in Dubai this morning. Greta recorded a time of 4.48.75 in a race won by Fatima El Idrissi (MOR) in 4.39.62.

Lee off to flyer in the Park

New comer Lee Duddy was a most convincing winner of today’s CDETB intermediate cross country held at the Papal Cross school’s cross country course, Phoenix Park. Running a strong and confident race he broke from the pack opening a big lead that stretched to all of 300m by the finish.

Grand Prix News: Irwin Cup 15th down 1 to go! (updated with leaderboard)

Liam Hennessy reports on the Grand Prix Series, Round 15, The Irwin Cup – 6000metres, Cross Country / Incorporating the Club Senior Cross Country Championship held at Santry Demesne, Sat last, Nov 6th at Noon. The rain stopped after a morning of heavy downpours,; however there was a sharpish breeze out there to test the runners. The course carried a lot of water from the last few weeks of wet weather. The course director marked a course unique to the Grand Prix, but despite some better grip in places the ground still provided a challenge for everyone that took part. At 12 noon the bugle sounded and the first of the two winter cross country races in the Grand Prix calendar was underway. Up front Sean Doran meant business and pushed on, followed by an ever improving Karl Nolan and further back to Mick Bermingham and that’s the way it finished in the men’s championship. In the women’s race Clodagh Moriarty was crowned women’s club cross country champion for 2019 followed home by runner up Aimee Ahern and in third place Mel Curran. The result of the handicap was as follows;
Winner – David O’Sullivan
2nd Place – Des Shorten
3rd Place – Mel Curran
Full list of results as follows;
Sean Doran – 20.24
Karl Nolan – 22.23
Mick Bermingham – 24.42
Des Shorten – 25.21
Mick Gleeson – 25.38
Dan Molloy – 26.15
Murray Ahern – 26.18
Richie Barr – 26.19
Clodagh Moriarty – 27.14
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 27.34
Shane Rooney – 27.59
Niall Markey – 28.01
Aimee Ahern – 28.02
Phillip Matthews – 28.41
Declan Murray – 28.49
David O’Sullivan – 28.51
Sean Grimes – 28.52
David Comiskey – 28.57
Dermot Doyle – 29.06
Declan Grant – 29.19
Pat Devitt – 30.04
Mel Curran – 30.19
Shay Byrne – 30.37
Gerard Fay – 30.43
Trevor Wisdom – 31.12
Yvonne Mc Donagh – 31.44
Terry Mee –

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to help make this race run so smoothly.

Murray will post the current standings in the race for the Grand Prix title 2019 soon.

The next race and can you believe it ? The last race in the series for 2019 is for the oldest trophy in the club, The Horan Cup, 6 Miles Cross Country, which will be held at Santry Demesne on Saturday, November, 23rd at 12 noon. Hope to see you there !!

Leaderboard: Grand Prix 2019 results after Rd 15

Clonliffe women: let’s keep it rolling!

Having fielded full teams in both recent Dublin Cross Country Championships the club are pressing to keep it rolling. There are upcoming opportunities for Clonliffe women’s teams and any athlete wishing to become part of these teams are encouraged to contact the ladies captain Louise Caraher asap.

Next up is the National Senior and Juniors in Abbotstown on November 24th. Do not be under any illusions it’ll be a challenge, all of 8000m’s worth, but we are Clonliffe and with that Nil Desperandum spirit we can compete.

Seven days later in Tymon Park it’s the Dublin Intermediates December 1st.

Then with a further two weeks training it’s off to Dunboyne for the National Novice.

Master athletes are also catered for! January 5th will see the Dublin Masters in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny followed by the National Masters and National Intermediate cross country February 8th.

So Clonliffe women the goal is to field teams in all of the above. Are you up for it? If so please contact Louise on 0860768431 asap.

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