Archive for January, 2020

Clonliffe heading to Seville for Cross Internacional de Italica

With the cancellation of this year’s European Clubs Cross Country a large travelling party of Clonliffe Harriers will on Friday head Seville for the IAAF  Cross Internacional de Itálica.  This is an annual cross country competition that is held every January in Santiponce, near Seville, Spain. Inaugurated in 1982, the race course is set in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Italica. As one of only two Spanish competitions to hold IAAF permit meeting status, it is one of the more prestigious races on the Spanish cross country circuit.

The competition comprises three general categories of race: children’s and junior races, the mass participation (“popular”) race, and the professional international races. The men’s international race was a 10km race until 1999 when it was increased to roughly 11km.The course of the race loops through the ancient streets of Itálica, passing alongside ruins throughout.The red clay ground usually makes for a dry running surface, although rain has occasionally made this a particularly difficult, muddy course in previous editions.

The senior men will compete in the international race, the team is Jayme Rossister, Cathal Doyle, Efrem Gidey and Eoin Taggart (although entered Ian Guiden is currently injured, but will travel as part of the team).

The senior women travelling are Alannah Cooley, Clodagh Galvin, Hannah Browne and Laura Tuite and the will compete in the “popular” race.

The U/20 men’s team is Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Thomas Baltzar, Ian McAlweeney, Callum Simpson, Evan Foster, Alex Murray

U/20 Women: Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren

U/18 women: Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons, Katie Halpin

U/18 men: Niall Carberry, Alex Neuroth, John Lawrence.

Men “Popular” race: Stephen Cashin, Daniel Lacey, Jordan Byrne, Ryan Sheridan, also as an individual Declan Power.

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Notice from Captain for track use etc.

Important Notice. With the cross country season, for clubs anyway, almost at an end the track is getting noticeable busier already. To assist all members and coaches the club captain has as in previous years, assigned the following lanes:

Lanes 1 – 4 middle/long distance groups (any groups/athletes looking to use lane 1 MUST talk to the Captain first, as this lane should be used by the faster athletes)

Lanes 5 – 6 exclusively sprints groups

Lanes 7 and 8 juvenile groups ONLY

Lanes 9 and 10 hurdles/sprints groups

Javelin infield (athletes beware when crossing)

Hammer/Discus please use the practice cage (we understand this will be available for use shortly)

All coaches and athletes are asked to observe this and if for any reason you wish to deviate coaches please talk to one another and the club captain for permission.

In order to ensure that as many groups as possible can use the lanes:

All warm up and cool downs off track ie on the infield or outside of the track area completely.

If groups are doing reps they should step off the track for their recovery (checking of course for oncoming traffic!) In other words if there is a group of athletes doing 200 reps they should not hog the whole lane by walking or jogging the final 200. If they do it means on other athlete can use that lane. Please be aware that if you are assigned a lane it`s NOT exclusive usage for the night. To do this we`d need a 20 lane track!

Groups please do not come onto the lane you are using for your rep until you are ready to go. A 30 second countdown is not on!

Coaches please coach from the infield or from the edge of lane 8, not on lanes that are in use.

Athletes doing reps and athletes on the track please be aware of track etiquette and if you are coming upon a slower or stationary athlete shout ‘track’. It is up to all to try and avoid impeding one another, however, if an error does occur and you as an athlete are impeded please draw breath and try to keep calm! Please athletes do not take out your frustrations on a fellow athlete or coach. Please respect all.

If various groups could structure their training so that some are warmed up and ready to go at 7 p.m., others ready to go on to track at 7.30, 8 p.m., 8.15 p.m. etc. all will get better usage of the facility.

In the event of difficulties or problems arising, which over the course of the season undoubtedly there will be a couple of issues, athletes are asked to bring any such to the attention of their coach who in turn will talk to the club captain.


Last chance to re cycle with ERP

These coming days will be the last opportunity to re cycle those electrical goods and batteries with ERP and Clonliffe. ERP who were once again an extremely generous sponsor of the Christmas Cracker 5k will be picking up those re recyclable items before the weekend so if you’ve any items bring them up before Friday.

Clonliffe mark the 50th anniversay of Billy Morton’s passing

At a reception held in the Clonliffe club bar today club historian Dominic Branigan unveiled a magnificent portrait of Billy Morton commissioned by Dominic himself marking the 50th anniversary of Billy’s passing in December 1969.

The attendance included Billy’s daughters Yvonne and Billie and their families including Billy’s grandchildren. Clonliffe president Paddy Marley gave a great speech of his introduction to Clonliffe Harriers and Billy Morton in 1967, Paddy asking if he and his Donegal pals could join the club and Billy saying “sure isn’t that why we build the bloody place!” Also in attendance were past presidents Colm Brennan and Maurice Ahern, Clonliffe legends Ann O’Brien, Francis Mansfield, Larry O’Reilly and current officers and committee members, Joe and Gladys Cooper, Paddy and Caroline Tuite, John O’Leary, Noel Daly and Noel Guiden to name but a few.

Yvonne on behalf of the Morton family thanked the club for their continued honouring of the memory of her father.

The Drive for Five is underway!

After round one of the national indoor league the drive for five is well underway as the Clonliffe men lead the standings on 50.5 points from Galway City Harriers 42 points and Nenagh Olympic 38. The men are the defending champions indeed they have won the last four in succession. Playing a starring role today was Rolus Olusa who contributed two maximum scores as he won the 60H in 8.40 and then follow that up with a win in the pole vault with a best of 4.10. Maximum points were also contributed by Eamon Fahey winning the long jump with a best of 6.63. Rory Gunning was second in the shot with a best of 11.36, Keith Pike was joint second in the 60 (7.05) and Fionn Carroll fifth in the 800 (2.00.0).

The women’s team also enjoyed an excellent day and finished round one in a very healthy third position on 41 points. The lead is held by DCH on 65 points with Raheny on 53. Ariel Leghio in her first official competition for Clonliffe set a new club indoor pole vault record in winning that competition with a best of 3.70. Excellent performances also today by young Sally Sumola competing in her first senior competition as she finished a superb fourth in the long jump with a best of 4.92. Leah Bergin was fifth in her 60 and contributing six points (8.14), five points were also chipped in by Sarah Bateson who ran an 800 PB of 2.22.94 and by another of the young Clonliffe athletes Natalia Gill who ran 10.90 in the 60 H. Lauren Carr showing what club spirit is all about competed in her first ever shot gathering in three points with a best of 6.02.

(Pictured, club record setter Ariel Leghio)

An excellent start therefore to the league by both squads as they look forward to the final round in Athlone on January 26.

There are also some guest races today: Val Strogonus ran a 60 PB of 7.08, having earlier ran 7.13. Keith Pike also ran in one of the additional rounds recording 7.15 (we can confirm that despite the official results Keith does not run for Clonakility Road Runners!) Pascal Touche feeling a bit of a twinge eased up recording 7.75.

On the country today Sean Doran was 2nd in the first BHAA Cross Country race of the season, the Bank of Ireland 6k.

Teams for Indoor League

The National Indoor league round 1 takes place at NIA, Abbotstown tomorrow. The womens team is: 60H Natalia Gill, Long Jump Sally Sumola, Pole Vault Ariel Leghio, 60 Leah Bergin, Shot Lauren Carr, 800 Sarah Bateson.

The men: Rolus Oulsa 60H/PV, Eamonn Fahey Long Jump, 60 Keith Pike, Rory Gunning Shot, Fionn Carroll 800.

Round 2 takes place Sunday 26th of January at Athlone IT.

Teresa Lawler, Mother of Ben, has passed away

Our Clonliffe coach and friend Ben Lawler has suffered a second bereavement with the passing of his mother Teresa. Ben’s father John, unfortunately passed in recent times. The club conveys our sympathies to Ben and the Lawler family at this sad time.

Arrangements: Reposing at home on Sunday evening (Jan 12th) from 5pm until 8pm. Removal on Monday morning (Jan 13th) to Church of the Holy Spirit, Sillogue Rd, Ballymun for Requiem Mass at 10am followed by burial in Dardistown Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to the Mater Foundation.

2019 Grand Prix how was it for you?

With the 2019 Grand Prix Series completed and Deirdre Fitzsimons of Dundoyne AC having taken the spoils by a single point attached is the final leaderbord.

So have a look see where you scored well and maybe no so! Blame the handicapper! But as always if you’ve enjoyed 2019 keep an eye on this site for details of 2020. coming soon!

Final leaderboard: Grand Prix 2019 results after Rd 16

Important Notice on Juvenile Membership Renewals

Important Notice from Gladys Cooper: Juvenile membership renewal for 2020 is due now. Please if possible avail of the on line payment facility, see membership on menu above. Once membership fees (€140) have been paid please then print off the attached form, complete it, mark it with the payment date and give it to Gladys. Please note that this must be done by January 30th at the latest.

At that stage any athletes who have not renewed their membership are no longer members and cannot compete for the club in competition. Further please not that these athletes will not be insured and therefore cannot under any circumstances use the club’s facilities.

Membership renewal form: Clonliffeapplicationmembership2020

Billy Morton Commemoration

Ever since our club was founded in 1886 there have been many achievements on the field of competition which have established Clonliffe Harriers as the premier athletics club in Ireland. From our first “major” victory in the National Junior CC Championship in 1895 to our most recent win in the National Senior and Junior CC in November 2019 we have provided the greatest number of Olympians together with innumerable national champions and record holders in both ladies and mens competitions, not only at senior level but at Junior, Juvenile and all under age categories.

To provide support for our athletes over the decades, Clonliffe has been more than fortunate to have had the help and encouragement of many “backroom” members who have kept the club in existence through the careful management of our administrative affairs.

The most famous of these Clonliffe administrators has undoubtedly been Billy Morton. He left an indelible mark not only on the history of our club but also on the history of Irish athletics in general.

Having enjoyed an above average career as an athlete, culminating in his victory in the 1936 Nat Marathon Championship, Billy became club Hon Sec in 1943 and during his first year in office he revived the Clonliffe sports begun nearly 30 years earlier by Tommy Burton.

Over the following 26 years this meeting became Irelands leading track and field competition attracting the cream of the worlds athletes to Dublin and at which many world records were established as well as innumerable national records and personal best performances by visiting  as well as local athletes.

Throughout these years Billy, along with his fellow club officers, dreamt  of building a permanent home for Clonliffe Harriers as well as a national stadium where all Irish athletes could come and compete.

This dream was realised in 1957 when the ground on which our club now stands was purchased and developed into Irelands National Athletics arena. Following his untimely death in December 1969 the stadium was re-named in his honour and the Morton Games are now well established as the premier track and field meeting in Ireland.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing a new portrait of Billy, kindly donated by club historian Dominic Branigan, will be unveiled in the clubhouse on Sunday 12th Jan 2020 at 2-3.00pm. Any club member interested in attending simply come along.


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