Archive for July, 2020

Notice: Entry for upcoming Athletics Ireland Events

Club members please note that due to a problem Athletics Ireland are currently experiencing with the events entry system all entries for these competitions can only come through clubs at this time.

Therefore if you want to enter:

Le Cheile Meet (Aug 7th)

National Field Events Festival (Aug 8th)

National Senior & U/23 Track & Field (Aug 22nd/23rd)

(Hopefully the issue will have been resolved before entry opens for Juvenile, junior and Masters championships!)

Please e mail Pamela Cooper with full details: The competition, your event, your name, Reg. no., pb etc Entry fees will have to be paid by you to Pamela. Please also note that you must be a fully paid up club member. Do not delay as we cannot cater for a last minute rush.

Sunday training for Gladys’ Juvenile group

Parents please note that training continues for Gladys’ group on Sundays at the slightly later time of 10.00am until 11.00/11.15am. Parents are reminded of the current Covid-19 health regulations and are requested to read the Covid 10 page of this web sire (See menu above)

Whan PB’s in Belfast

Jonny Whan, after his recent transfer to Clonliffe, continues to impress. After a fine 4.13 mile at the Moyne AC meet over the weekend he ran an excellent 3000 pb of 8.17.95 in the Lagan Valley Meet at the Mary Peter’s Track in Belfast last night to place 3rd.

Club Miles ahead with cash time bonus for Night of miles

More exciting news on The Clonliffe “Club Night of Miles”, confined to club members, which takes place on Thursday, August 6th with Club Captain Joe Cooper dusting off his wallet! Joe is putting up the sum of €100 for the fastest mile on the night, with a tasty bonus of an additional €200 if that time is sub 4.10. If that time is sub 4 the bonus is even tastier going up to €500.

For the women, Noel Guiden is putting up €100 for the fastest, with a bonus of €100 if the time is sub 5.10 and an additional €100 if sub 5.00.

To make for even greater excitement the club’s U/15s are also catered for with the night starting at 8.00pm with a mixed mile for boys and girls with a prize for 1st boy and 1st girls.

The club hopes as many of our athletes as possible take part. As many mile races as are needed will be provided. The Clonliffe Night of Miles marks the 62nd anniversary of Herb Elliott’s World Record set in Santry that same night in 1958.

Entry is now open, closing at 6.00pm on Tuesday. Entry, if you are part of a club training group, must be made through your coach, (if not with a club group athletes can enter themselves). Please e mail name and predicted time, for grading purposes, to

We will have as many mile races on the night as needed! Timetable will be published with start lists on Wednesday night. Likely start time for race 1 8.00pm.

Another great club championships night

The Clonliffe 2020 club Championships came to a conclusion tonight with day three featuring 200 and 1500. It was a perfect night, little windy at times but try and very pleasant all round. Highlight of the night was probably Efrem Gidey adding the club 1500 title to the 5000 title he took two weeks ago. After tactical opening couple of laps Efrem bolted from the pack and to take the club title in a time of 4.05, in a great battle for 2nd Pl, Mark McDonald prevailed in 4.07 from Jafar 4.08.The championship got underway with the 200s, starting with the women’s B race which was won after a very gritty display by Vicki McDonnell with the judges taking some time to separate 2nd and 3rd.

Jafar 3rd, Efrem 1st, Mark 2nd

In the championship a race Rebecca Fitzsimons was strongest down the home straight to win in 26.6 from Amy Hodson and Sally Somula. Pascal Touche justified his favorite tag to take the win in 23.2 from 100 champion Keith Marks and Manny Okoye.

Hope Saunders added the club 1500 title to the 5000 after a fine run 4.51 from Laura Tuite 4.55 and Jenny Johnson 4.58. Amy Sheehy won the Sheehy sisters battle in the B race 5.27 a second ahead of Abbie, with Hannah Browne overhauled by both on the home straight.

Efrem took the men’s championship in a most enjoyable 1500, whilst Niall Sherlock took the honours in the B race and Mick Mahon the C.

Results Day 3:


National Senior & U/23 T & F entry opens Wednesday 29th

Assuming Ireland moves to phase 4 the Nationals will go ahead, behind closed doors in Morton Stadium on August 22nd and 23rd. Entry opens tomorrow.

Click on link for full details:

Clonliffe athletes looking for their Athletics Ireland Reg no. please text Pamela 0861503015.

Please note that the Seniors includes the U/23s this year and also includes junior men & women in the 5000.

The National Juvenile U/17 to U/19 is still on the calendar for August 29th & 30th, National Juniors September 5th and National Masters September 6th and U/17 to U/19s. No details on entry at this time.

Treasurer seeks last of outstanding subs

The club treasurer is asking the last remaining members of the club who are in arrears with their 2020 subscriptions to bring them up-to-date now. Anyone who has not renewed their 2020 subscription cannot avail of the clubs facilities. Under the current Covid -19 guidelines from Athletics Ireland authorising the return to normal club activity it is specifically directed that only paid-up members of a club ought to be permitted to use the club’s facilities. Therefore regrettably if your subscriptions are in arrears you are not permitted to come to Morton Stadium to train with Clonliffe Harriers during Clonliffe’s time in the stadium.

To renew your 2020 membership please go to the membership section of this website and avail of the on line facility. The committee thanks you for your cooperation.

Club 200/1500 timetable/start lists

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 28th, sees the final day of the 2020 club championships starting at 8.00pm. Athletes are asked to arrive on time, do their warm up outside of stadium (sprinters excepted!) and be ready to come onto the track 10 minutes before race time. Start lists are also attached, if you are withdrawing please text name and event to 087959988, please do not simply be a “no show”.

Timetable, Tuesday July 28th

8:00 PM – 200 women B

8.08 PM – 200 women A

8:16 PM – 200 men

8:22 PM – 1500 women A

8.30 PM – 1500 women B

8:38 PM – 1500 men A

8:46 PM – 1500 men B

8.54 PM – 1500 men C

Update Start list, as of 8.00pm 27th:

Finally please review Covid-19 page (see menu above). Your participation is strictly subject to you reviewing, understanding and being fully complainant with those conditions.

Coaches/athletes who are not taking part are asked not to train on the track while the championships are taking place.

Track time etc for Sundays

Coaches and athletes please note that there is now increased demand for track time on Sunday mornings. To cater for this we’ve had to adopt a similar approach to Sundays as we have in place for Tuesdays/Thursdays (see below). It is appreciated that this may not be ideal for all but we all are doing the best we can. The need for bookings remains for control on numbers and most importantly for contact tracing purposes if ever needed by the Health authorities. Again all please be fully familiar with the Covid-19 protocols in place (see Covid-19 page on menu bar).

Sundays (9.30 to 11.30):

9.30 – 10.00 Open

9.30 – 11.30 Throws (outside cage)

9.30 – 10.00 Javelin (infield) athletes/coaches extreme caution must be exercised

10.00 – 11.00 Senior sprints groups (lanes 1 to 4)

10.00 – 11.00 Gerry Carr’s sprints group (lanes 5,6)

10.00 to 11.00 Gladys Coopers’ Juvenile group (lanes 7, 8)

11.00 – 11.30 Middles distance groups (lanes 1 – 3)

11.00 – 11.30 Graham Mahon group (lanes 4 -8)

11.00 – 11.30 Javelin (infield) extreme caution at all times.

Sergiu and Eoin Taggart find road race in Cork!

With very limited racing available it’s great to report on a couple of Clonliffe athletes who raced on the roads yesterday. The Bob Burke 4 mile Road Race, Grange/Fermoy, County Cork took place on July 26th, a high quality affair won by Eoin Everard (KCH) in 19.05 with Sergiu Ciobanu 7th in 19.39 and Eoin Taggart 16th in 20.09.

Sergiu, pictured in Clonliffe Club 5000 on July 16th


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