Archive for December, 2019

Juvenile Cake Race & End of Year Awards

Eugenia Bateson reports on Juvenile Cake race night: A very enjoyable evening for our end of year cake race with a number of awards given out to our upcoming talented athletes. The fabulous cakes were supplied by Callum’s Creations made by Callum Simpson. Check out his Instagram page Callum’s Creations.  We were honoured to have Efrem Gidey present the awards making the occasion even more memorable for the recipients.
National Medals were presented to Sean Cronin, who won the U/14 National Cross Country Championships.  Sean and Lorcan Benjacar were also presented with their silver county medals as part of the Dublin team in the National Championships.
William Walsh was also presented with his silver county medal for the Dublin U/13 team in the National Championships.
Dublin League Cross Country trophies and plaques were presented to the following U14 Boys:  1st Sean Cronin, 4th Lorcan Benjacar , 5th Christian Finn,  6th, Devan Morrisey
Dublin Juvenile League Track and Field plaques were presented to U11 Ethan Somola and U13 Rebecca Walsh
The Park Run Challenge awards were very competitive.  Athletes signed up to do two Junior Parkruns and the athletes with the most improved times were Cathal O’Neill with an improvement of 22 seconds and in the girls,  Rebecca Walsh improved by 9 seconds.  Each were awarded with a voucher.
The highlight of the night was the Juvenile Athlete of the year.  This was awarded to Sean Cronin, who has had an outstanding cross country year including the winning of the National U/14 title in Abbotstown last month.
The serious business of the night was the Cake Race.  With the track frozen the cross country training once again paid off. With cakes up for grabs the competitive streaks were evident!!!
Girls U/9 – U/10 – Lana Clancy
Girls U/11- U/12 – Zoe Mulligan
Girls U/13 – U/15 Nicola Podolska
Boys U/9 – U/10 David Blaque
Boys  U/11 – U/12 Joshua Cooke
Boys U/13 -U/15 William Walsh
20 spot prizes were also awarded.
Gladys the Elf finished up the night by inviting all the Juveniles and their families to join us for our major fundraising event of the year, the Christmas Cracker  5K on Sunday 29th December.  Always a great day and fun family event.
Well done to all. Many thanks to Efrem Gidey for attending to present the prizes and Callum Simpson of Callum’s Creations for the fabulous cakes.

U/19s take yet another National title for Clonliffe (updated with results)

This amazing year for Clonliffe Harriers continued today in the muddy Cow Park cross-country course in Dunboyne where the U/19 boys added yet another national title to the long 2019 roll of honour. The performance of this team was the highlight of the afternoon with three of the team who only four short weeks ago took the national junior title again battling through the mud to score on the U/19 team and in the process retain the title for another year. The team were led home in 13th by Ben Guiden, Aaron Cullen was 18th, with Callum Simpson next in 31st and Ian McAlweeney putting in an extraordinary last 100 to gain four places for 36th. The scoring four were very well backed up by Thomas Balthazar 43rd and Alex Murray 45th..

The girls U/19 team were hit by withdrawals and illness but still with another battling run from Sarah Bateson, who picked up Dublin bronze, leading the girls home in 31st with Abbie Sheehy only a couple of places behind 33rd and Aimee Warren next in 48th . Unfortunately Tess Loftus was unwell and forced to drop out. With 3 to score the team placed 5th.

The U/17 girls ran very well indeed to take fourth place. The team was led home by Aoife Hession 36th, Naoise Cullen was next 48th (both girls won intercounty silver for Dublin), Amy Sheehy having an outstanding run was 49th, then 64th Katie Halpin and on her competitive debut Grace Twomey who ran herself into the ground in 66th and then bravest of the brave and covered in muck literally from head to toe after a fall was Alana Fitzsimons 85th.

The U/15  boys team also battled gamely but with only three home, failed to score on the team front: Jonathan Fitzsimons 66th, Lorcan Benjacar 67th and Cillian Keegan 97th.

The U/17 boys were 8th, Niall Carbery was 40th, and took Dublin team gold, Alex Nuroth 85th, Cillian Sherrin 95th, Eoin Housley 102nd and John Lawerence 104th.

The U/13 boys were possible the first Clonliffe team in that age group running nationals and all put in strong runs with 31st place William Walsh  (also winning county silver) leading the team home, great runs also from  92nd Jaydon Carroll, 122nd Noah Rossi, 142nd Jack McDonnell. Unfortunately Charlie Duffy had to pull out with injury in first lap and then Cathal Hickey despite being sick all week turned up,  eager to race but warm up took it out of him and reluctantly had to withdraw.

The final races of the day were the senior novice races. First off the women’s novice over 4000 M where once again there was a full Clonliffe team, meaning that for the 2019 season teams were fielded in all championship races. The team was led home by Laura Tuite 41st, next in was Alannah Cooley 49th, Clodagh Galvin 63rd, Elaine McLaughlin 74th, Hannah Browne 88th and Marie Howard 121st, the team placing 11th.

Finally the men’s novice where Stephen Cashin had a fantastic run particularly over the second half and over the last 400 went from 20th to an excellent 16th. Next in was Sean Doran 24th followed by Jarlaith Jordan 88th, Greg Hossenny 128th and Paul Keenan 149th . Team placing 9th.

And that therefore brings the curtain down on a wonderfully successful 2019 club cross country season. Congratulations to all of our athletes and a huge thank you to our coaches and club captains.

Mel goes sub 4 yet again! (Plus more)

Making it a hat trick of sub four marathons this year was Melissa Curran who today clocked 3.59.22 in Malaga.

Also at home on the roads in the Drogheda Christmas 5k David Brady was 11th (18.02) with Garrett Loy 19th (18.42).

Eoghan Murphy wins Aware 5k

Eoghan Murphy took a nice win in the Phoenix Park today in the Aware 5k (16.35). In the 10k Robert Reid was 13th, 36.17, Alan Worrall 45.06, Anthony O’Brien 50.43.

BILLY MORTON 1910-1969.

Dominic Branigan: Saturday 14th December marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of former club Hon Sec and 1936 Irish marathon champion Billy Morton.

Billy was the main driving force behind the establishment of Clonliffe Harriers as one the top clubs in Ireland and one of the most well known throughout the world of athletics.

During his time as club secretary from 1943 to 1969 he attracted the cream of world athletics to compete against the best of the Irish in venues which regularly attracted crowds in the tens of thousands.

These meetings reached their peak in 1958 when 3 world records were set at the newly acquired club stadium in Santry.

His legacy continues to this day through the organisation of the Morton Games which are now the premier Track and Field in Ireland.

Photo shows Billy with the famous shovel which was used by Ronnie Delany to turn the first sod in Santry.


Clonliffe herd heads to Cow Park!

It’s the final cross country race of the club season, the national uneven ages and novice cross-country championships. On Sunday Clonliffe teams will head to the aptly named Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co Meath. The venue was in the past used for cattle grazing, although cattle no longer have access with the recent weather conditions and looking at the pictures from this week’s schools race it may be hard to tell the difference. A muddy day is in store for all.

Important note: admission to the venue is €10 however it is a CASHLESS facility.

The Clonliffe teams are:

U13 Boys: William Walsh, Jack McDonnell, Cathal Hickey , Noah Rossi, Jaydon Carroll, Charlie Duffy.

U15 Boys: Sean Cronin, Lorcan Benjacar, Jonathan Fitzsimons, Callum Maguire, Killian Keegan, Sam Murray

U17 Boys: Alex Nuroth, Eoin Housley, John Lawrence, Killian Sheeran, Niall Carberry, Sean Boyan

U17 Girls: Alana Fitzsimmons, Aoife Hession, Amy Sheehy, Grace Twomey, Katie Halpin, Naoise Cullen

U19 Boys: Alex Murray, Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Ian McAweeney, Callum Simpson, Thomas Baltazar Res. Lee Duddy

U19 Girls: Abbie Sheehy, Sarah Bateson, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren

Novice Women: Hannah Browne, Alannah Cooley, Laura Tuite, Clodagh Galvin, Elaine McLoughlin, Marie Howard (Novice women meet on course at 1.30 pm)

Novice Men: Sean Doran, Greg Hosseny, Stephen Cashin, Jarlaith Jordan, Paul Keenan, Shaun Conaghan, David Brady, Efrem Gidey (Novice men, meet on course at 2.00pm)


Parking, traffic plan, course: Novice & Uneven Age XC Traffic Info

Efrem’s Clonliffe welcome home

Clonliffe Harriers welcomed back home to Santry our European Cross Country bronze medalist Efrem Gidey last night. At a reception held before training Efrem’s extraordinary achievement was outlined by the club Secretary, who noted that Efrem was the first Clonliffe athlete to win an individual cross country medal at a major championship, he also thanked on both the club and Efrem’s behalf Joe Cooper for his coaching and mentoring of Efrem and the athletes in the training group who had made Efrem part of the Clonliffe family since his arrival in Ireland. Club Captain and Coach Joe Cooper then made a presentation to Efrem on behalf of the whole club.

The large attendance of young Harriers then availed of photo opportunities with Efrem and that medal! A really nice enjoyable occasion.

Next week it’s time for Xmas Cake Race & Awards Night

Next week sees the club’s Christmas festivities with on Tuesday the juveniles up to U/15 having their Cake Races on the track in Morton Stadium. Then on the 19th of December it is the senior Cake Races using the 5K out and back loop from the track up through Northwood and back.

Following Tuesday’s Juvenile Races, athletes are asked to stay for the prize giving, and to celebrate the end of a brilliant Clonliffe Harriers year.

Thursday’s senior races are run on a handicap basis, therefore, athletes looking to participate need by Monday night contact– Joe Cooper  0872256004 for the men’s and Pamela Cooper 0861503015 for the ladies.  Please text your name together with a recent 5K time. Also on Thursday as the race is on the road for health and safety please wear a bright top while racing.

After the Cake Race members are requested to come to the clubhouse to celebrate the superb year which Clonliffe Harriers have had and to celebrate the Christmas season.  After the prize giving in the Cake Race we will have our annual Athletes of the year. (Athletes who won awards last year please return the cup, polished, to the clubhouse by Tuesday.

We are delighted to say that once again the Athletes of the year is very generously sponsored by John Shields and Loki Sports.

The club will also acknowledge our club record breakers in 2019 and our club national champions.

We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday the 19th.  It might also be an idea to leave the car at home!

Home is the Hero!

Clonliffe Harriers welcomed home to Dublin Efrem Gidey this evening. There was a great turn out at Dublin Airport including Efrem’s coach Joe Cooper, club President Paddy Marley, club coaches and athletes to congratulate an emotional Efrem, proudly wearing that precious bronze medal, the first ever individual cross country medal won by a Clonliffe athlete in a major championship. The club also welcomed home Cathal Doyle, who competed in the U/23 race, Eoin Pierce had already travelled back home to England from Lisbon.

Club members will have the opportunity to welcome Efrem home to Santry before training in Thursday night.

The Welcome Home

European U/20 Bronze medallist, Clonliffe’s first ever individual European Cross Country medallist, Efrem Gidey arrives home to Dublin Airport from Lisbon, with the Irish teams, T1 at 5.15pm this evening. Please Clonliffe Harriers come along to welcome him home.

Also on Thursday evening before training all club members, in particular, our juveniles can welcome Efrem and that precious medal back to Clonliffe. See you all there.


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