Archive for November, 2019

Keeping it Country plus more

With the Nationals now only two weeks away Clonliffe athletes continue their preparations. Yesterday Jayme Rossister was 17th in the British Cross Country Challenge in Milton Keynes and Sergiu Ciobanu 13th in the Bobby Rea International Cross Country.

The rest of the mens senior and junior squad put in another solid session on the hills in Portmarnock yesterday whilst the womens teams took to the National Cross Country course in Abbotstown this morning.

Of course theres always the exception and that was Liam Roarty making his debut in the colours of Morpeth Harriers in Newcastle this morning in the Heaton Memorial 10k running a 33.14 pb.

Sean Doran wins club xc title

After the juvenile club cross was concluded it then fell to the senior athletes to do their stuff in the Clonliffe senior cross country for the Harry Cooney Cup. Today’s championships was of course incorporated into the historic Irwin Cup, round 15 of the Grand Prix Series.

The prerace favourites Sean Doran and Karl Nolan quickly establish a substantial lead over the chasing pack undeterred by the sticky underfoot conditions and the threat of more rain. And just like the rain stayed away from the chasers!

At the end of the 6k distance Doran had pulled away to take the 2019 cross country title from Nolan 2nd and best of the rest Mick Birmingham 3rd. Best of the women and club champion was Clodagh Moriarty, 2nd Aimee Ahern and 3rd Mel Curran.

Full Grand Prix report from Liam Hennessy later.

Clonliffe Juveniles Super Saturday

It was indeed Super Saturday for Clonliffe Harriers in Santry Demesne for today’s club cross country Championships. The juveniles of course hit the ground first, just to churn up the mud left from Sunday’s Dublins, to ensure that it was nice and sticky for the seniors/Irwin Cup at noon.

Thankfully it was dry, but it was cold and breezy, and it was of course soft underfoot, just the way this hardy bunch of Clonliffe juvenile athletes like it. The proceedings got underway at 11.00 am sharp and as promised by Gladys the juvenile championships for 2019 were done and dusted by 11.45. There was a very good turn out of young athletes and supporters and all had a fine time. As always these boys and girls competed hard and fairly with their usual good cheer doing themselves proud. Congratulations to each and everyone.

Juvenile club xc championship results:

U/9 girls: 1. Fiadh Woods, 2. Lucy McFelridge, 3. Tilda Crawford.

U/9 boys: 1. Corman Tynan, 2. Joel Thomas, 3. Callum Vaas.

U/11 girls: 1. Ella Woods, 2. Ashley Coleman, 3. Isabel Hickey

U/11 boys: 1. Joshua Cooke, 2. Conor Tynan, 3. Tadgh Cowley

U/12 girls: 1. Rachel Ardiff, 2. Niamh Cooper, 3. Sandy Rose Kivlehan

U/13 girls: 1. Rebecca Walsh, 2. Ali Connolly, 3. Sarah McDonnell

U/13 boys: 1. Noah Rossi, 2. Jaydon Carroll, 3. Jack McDonnell

U/14 girls: 1. Hazel Kenny, 2. Kate Faherty

U/14 boys: 1. Devan Morrissey, 2. Mark Goss-Keogh

Important Notice from Morton Stadium: infield closed

Members please note that due to recent weather conditions the management at Morton Stadium have closed the infield at the stadium. All are request to respect this directive and avoid completely any encroachment onto this area. Track and indoor is of course available as usual tonight.

The Irwin Cup/Club Cross Country Saturday next.

Saturday November 9th will see round 15 of the 16 race Grand Prix Series and incorporating the club cross country in sentry Demesne. After yesterday’s Dublins and today’s race, it’ll be a mucky one! The day will commence with the club juvenile cross country at 11.00am followed by the Irwin Cup/Club cross at 12.00.

The juveniles are from U/9s to U/15s, medals for the first 3 in each. Meet at the club house at 10.30am.

In the Grand Prix Series with two races left the latest leaderboard shows Deirdre Fitzsimons grimly holding her lead as Gerry Fay closes in, 324 to 318. See latest leaderboard: Grand Prix 2019 results after Rd 14

Now for the history lesson, on the historic Irwin Cup!

Over a century ago in 1910 Clonliffe introduced to the club calendar the Grand National, a 6 mile cross country race which included jumps and ditches to be negotiated. The race continued on each year. Some four years later in Dundrum in 1914 a Clonliffe athlete called Bernie Irwin (full name Herbert Carmichael Irwin) become the 2nd Clonliffe man to win the National Cross Country Championship leading Clonliffe to the team title into the bargain.

Bertie Irwin was one of the finest athletes to wear the black and amber adding National track titles over 1 Mile and 4 Miles. In 1920 he became Clonliffe`s 5th Olympian making the 5000 final, for Great Britain in Antwerp where he finished 12th.

Bertie was an aviator and a member of the RAF. He served in the First World War in 1916 and 1917.

The R101 at it`s moorings Cardington

He  was promoted to Flight Lieutenant with seniority 1 April 1917.  Under the RAF he was granted a short-service commission as Flight Lieutenant on 24 October 1919. With the expertise he had gathered in flying Airships he became involved with Britian`s plans for passenger airships to link Britian and it`s colonies. Two huge airships were built the R100 and R101. Irwin was the Captain of the R101, the largest man made object to fly at the time. Interestingly one of the R101 test flights in 1930 brought the airship across the Irish Sea above Dublin leading Irwin to pen a letter to Tommy Burton, the Clonliffe Captain saying: “they had flown over the Finglas fields where I enjoyed so many memorable runs with the Clonliffes.” Tragedy struck, however,  on the R101`s maiden voyage from Cardington to India when on the 5th of October 1930 the R101 in stormey weather over Northern France crashed nose first at a forest edge at the town of Allone, Beauvais, bursting into flames killing 48 of the 54 people on board including her Captain the Clonliffe Olympian Carmichael Irwin.

With Bertie`s Clonliffe connections and as he had ran in several club “Grand Nationals” in 1932 the race was renamed the Irwin Cup with the presentation to the club of the Irwin Memorial Cup in his memory. That race continues to this day.

So Saturday will be a fine club cross country day for all.

A muddy good day in Santry as men retain the Padraig Keane Cup

In conditions that the legendary Padraig Keane would have relished the Clonliffe senior men’s team retained Padraig Keane Cup as the winners of the Dublin senior cross-country championship. The race itself was won by the exceptional Efrem Gidey, still a junior athlete and racing in his first ever senior championship. Efrem made the telling move early in the race with only two of the six big laps under his belt to break away from the pack and then open a substantial lead to take the title at ease. Cathal Doyle also ran a brilliant race coming through to take a fine silver medal, repeating his performance of 2018. In fourth place, last year’s winner, Colm Rooney, again running a clever race to come through the field and in 6th, Ian Guiden who had a much better outing today then in Abbottstown two weeks ago, completing the scoring for for a combined total of 13 points well clear of DSD second on 31 points and Rathfarnham third on 44 points. There were good runs also from Sean Doran in 15th,  Liam Roarty 24th, Thomas Sherlock 26th, Paul Keenan 56th and Peter Bissett 62nd.

The senior men had not won the Dublin title for a number of years until 2018 and thus it was very pleasing to retain the title once again on home turf in 2019. Padraig would no doubt be happy to see Clonliffe once again top dogs in Dublin.

It was also very pleasing to see a Clonliffe senior women’s team in action in the Dublin’s. There was a good showing by the women led home by a Ailish Malone in 10th position and then very good runs from Alannah Cooley in 17th and likewise a positive run by Laura Tuite in 21st, Emma Cooper 32nd, Clodagh Galvin 35th and Maura Matthews 37th. Although the team placed fifth and out of the medals it was certainly a good performance from the team.

The junior men’s race incorporated the U/19 Dublin Championships. Again very strong Clonliffe performance from these young athletes, obviously the loss of Efrem to the senior team was always going to be a difficult handicap to overcome but the guys rolled up their sleeves and with Aaron Cullen fourth, Ben Guiden fifth, Stephen Cashin ninth and Alex Murray 14th the team finished second in the junior race on 32 points behind DSD on 22 however took U/19 Dublin gold (Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Alex Murray and Ian McAlweeney). The other Clonliffe placings in the race where Daniel Lacey 16th, Ian McAlweeney18th, Thomas Baltazar 19th.

The junior women/U/19’s took bronze in both categories with a fine run by Sarah Bateson in seventh place leading home the team. A very much improved Hannah Browne was 12th, Abbie Sheedy 13th, Ella Brown 14th and Tess Loftus 16th. In the junior championship DSD took gold on 25 points, Templeogue silver on 36 and Clonliffe bronze on 46.

The day itself commence with the juvenile Championships kicking off with the U/9,, where Clonliffe did not have athletes running in accordance with our club ethos, the U/11’s all put in good showings in the Clonliffe colours and got the day off to a good battling start. The boys U/13 team took a fine team bronze with the girls U/13’s also putting in fine efforts. The boys U/15 squad continues to impress with Sean Cronin an excellent second place and being well backed up by Jonathan Fitzsimons, Cillian Keegan, Sam Murray, Lorcan Benjacar, Callum Maguire and Christian Finn as the team took a well deserved set of silver medals. There were fine performances also by the girls U/15’s led home in ninth place by Orla O’Sullivan and good runs also by Clodagh Nic Dhomhnaill, Hazel Kenny and Eva Guy.

On then to the U/17’s where the girls team again put in a most admirable shift, Aoife Hession was only metres of individual bronze taking a fine fifth place and followed home by young Naoise Cullen, just back from injury and running up an age, Katie Halpin, Alana Fitzsimons and Ella Cooley with the girls being rewarded with a set of team silver medals. The U/17 boys took team bronze led home by Niall Carbery in sixth, Sean Boyne eight and these two backed up very well by Alex Neuroth, John Lawrence, Owen Housley, Ronan Donohue, Eoin Byrne, Killian Sheridan and Andrew Gaffney.

In all it must be said an excellent performance by every single Clonliffe athlete today. The senior men and indeed women now look forward to the national seniors in Abbottstown in three weeks time. Also that day will be the national juniors and the even age juvenile Championships. Things are hotting up nicely!


Good run by Hope for Shockers in Memphis

Stateside news. Hope Saunders had a good outing yesterday for Witcha State University at Conference in Memphis placing 59th as the Shockers team finished 2nd. That puts team through to the Regionals on November 15th.

Our other Stateside collegiate athlete Brian Flanagan is unfortunately injured and missed lining up for McNeese State.

Clonliffe men 10th in English Cross Country Relays! (updated)

Well not quite but almost! At today’s English Cross Country Relays held in the mud of Berry Hill Park, Mansfield the 10th place Newham and Essex Beagles AC team included 2 current and 1 former Clonliffe Harriers. Jayme Rossister ran 16.17.55, Edgars Sumskis 17.29.45 and Eoin Pierce 17.15.65 for their respective 5k legs. Also on the subject of UK relays, good to report that Orna McGinley running for Belgrave, took 2nd with her team in the Priory Cross Country relays.


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