Archive for August, 2020

Juvenile training.

Please note that to facilitate the Stadium hosting the National Masters and National combined events over the next two Sunday’s there will be no Sunday morning training for Gladys’ group. Those youngsters can however come up over the next couple of Tuesdays instead.

Also training for other juvenile groups will resume on Tuesday the 8th.

Nationals final day

Rolus Olusa was the sole Clonliffe Harrier in action on the final day of this year’s National Seniors. Rolus put in a solid display in the pole vault with a best of 4.30m for 5th place. 5th place also for Rolus in the 110H (15.07).

Thus the end of the Championships which yielded a National Title for Stephen Rice in the javelin, silver for Eoin Sheridan in the discus and a trio of bronzes for Efrem Gidey in the 5000, Simon Galligan in the hammer and Rory Gunning in the javelin. At U/23 level Shannon Sheehy won long jump and javelin silver and high jump bronze.

Jayme wins BMC 3000 Steeple

Jayme Rossiter, who due to travel restrictions could not be in Morton Stadium today to defend his National 3000 SC title, won the 3000SC at last night’s British Milers Club Meet in Lee Valley in 9.10.70. During the week, the 25th he ran 3.55.53 at the BMC Trafford Meet. Also in Lee Valley last night Eoin Pierce was 7th in the A 1500 (3.51.42).

Sheridan Silvers!

A much more pleasant Morton Stadium greeted the athletes for weekend 2 of the National seniors with the odd bit of sunshine and whilst a bit breezy the gale force head wind of last weekend didn’t feature today. Eoin Sheridan was the Clonliffe star of the day as he took silver in the discus. Eoin put in a very solid afternoon with three 50m plus throws, his best being 52.22, as Crusaders AC’s Colin Quirke took gold (55.50).

In the most anticipated National 10,000 in living memory Clonmel AC’s Sean Tobin turned last week’s 1500 silver to gold with a fine performance winning in 29.35.14, 2nd was the fast finishing Eric Keogh (Donore) and Hugh Armstrong (Ballina) 3rd. From a Clonliffe perspective defending champion Stephen Scullion could not return home due to Covid 19 travel restrictions and Sergiu Ciobanu came down with illness the night before, however there was a fine run over the 10,000 by Eoin Taggart 17th (31.45.31) . Good performances also by Tom Sherlock (33.05.85) and Declan Power (33.49.76).

In the earlier session Jenny Johnston put in a battling effort in her first ever nationals, in her first ever track season, finishing 8th in her 800 heat (2.26.31). Fionn Carroll ran 1.59.39 as he placed 6th in heat 4 and Mark McDonald in heat 1 ran 2.00.79 in placing 7th.

The championships continue with two final sessions tomorrow.

Jonny clocks another PB at Super Club Autumn Meet

After his excellent 4th place 1500 finish in Sunday’s Nationals Jonny Whan was a class apart in the 1000 in tonight’s Club Autumn Meet clocking an impressive 2.25.00 some 7 seconds clear of 2nd place Jafar Sekur.

It was yet another great club night in Morton Stadium with a brilliant turn out of athletes. The weather was good until the B 3000 when the heavens opened to give all and sundry a right soaking. The women’s 100 was won by Claudia Daveys in 13.3 with the men’s, featuring a 9 lane race by Pascal Touche in a very nippy 10.8 to take his 2nd successive club sprints race win.

Alannah Cooley was a comfortable winner on the women’s 1000 (3.15.1) from Katie Halpin and the ever improving Amy Sheehy.

In the 3000 A Efrem Gidey, National 5000 bronze medalist, was a clear winner in 8.33.4, with Aaron Cullen 2nd 8.50.5 and Callum Simpson 8.56.7. Race B was won by our guest Paul Moran (9.54.9), Niall Sherlock was 2nd and Killian Sherrin 3rd 10.13.0. The C race was won by Garrett Loy (10.36.9) in a sprint with Laura Tuite 10.37.0 and Sarah Bateson 3rd 10.39.6. Finally in the lashing rain race D was taken by Dave Commiskey (11.39.4), Shane rooney 2nd 11.42.1 and Marie Howard 11.47.3.

Thus the curtain comes down on what was a great club track season, thanks to the athletes for their buy in to the season, and a huge thank you to the club’s officials for their professionalism and good humour throughout. It’s been a blast!

We hope to be in a position to hold the club 10,000 over the coming weeks, when easing of restrictions make this more possible.



National Senior T & F Weekend 2

After last weekend’s excellent Nationals the championships conclude this weekend behind closed doors in Morton Stadium. Clonliffe athletes in action this weekend are (apologies in the event of any omissions):

Saturday: 800 Jenny Johnson, Fionn Carroll, Mark McDonald

10,000: Eoin Taggart, Sergiu Ciobanu, Tom Sherlock, Declan Power

Discus: Eoin Sheridan

Triple Jump: Niall Counihan, although Niall is carrying an injury and may well be a doubtful starter.

Sunday: 110H Rolus Olusa.

Pole Vault: Rolus Olusa, Dave Donegan

Good luck to all.

An Autumn Memory with Maurice Ahern

This day August 27th marks the 40th anniversary of the 1st major refurbishment of our Stadium since it opened back in 1958.  Gone was the famed cinder track which in its time was the scene of several world records-world bests, national and club records and now replaced by a modern Resisport polyurethane track.  Also removed was the Tarmac banked cycling track which was a Guinness Bi-centenary gift to the Stadium in 1959.  Further additions included the fitting of a Herringbone drainage system removing at last the wet south western corner of the infield.  We also had the installation of floodlights and training lights, new perimeter surrounds of the track, and the stoney banks were replaced with terracing on the south and north ends.

Cinder track is removed
The Old Stand (Where the Indoor/Main Stand is situated)
New Terracing at the Clonliffe end

Overcast weather conditions did not prevent a crowd of over 10000 flocking to the Stadium. Amongst the many dignitaries which included An Taoiseach, a number of Government ministers,  the leader of Fine Gael Dr. Fitzgerald and special guest Ronnie Delaney who graced the Stadium as Olympic champion in 1958.  An Taoiseach Charles Haughey was greeted by the President of Clonliffe Harriers Alex Sweeney and I had the pleasant task of accompanying Dr. Fitzgerald to his seat and I well remember our actuarial discussion on the possible finishing time of the 5000m. 

In his address An Taoiseach said “that it is entirely appropriate that the Stadium should be named the Morton Stadium as a tribute to the memory of Billy Morton who built it and laid it out some 20 years ago. Billy Morton was an extraordinary man of great courage and foresight.  I had the honour of knowing him and being associated with him to some small extent when he was getting this great project under way.  His dynamic approach, bustling way, irresistible determination and refusal even to contemplate defeat, all combined to make an unforgettable man”.  An Taoiseach went on to say “on behalf of the Government and the Local Authorities and in the presence of Billy’s daughters I name this arena the Morton Stadium and formally declare it open”.

The large attendance had come to see the world stars in the athletic events that followed and earlier in his address An Taoiseach had offered a very special welcome to all those athletes who had come from abroad to take part in this event.

Steve Scott (USA)

This was actually a Donore Harriers meeting originally planned for Belfield–but transferred to Santry (incorporating the Morton Memorial Mile) where the use of floodlights and the hope that another Irish Olympic Champion (post the Moscow Games) might grace the occasion.  Never the less amongst the competitors on the night were Daley Thompson, John Walker, Filbert Bayi, Ray Flynn, Geoff Capes.  Steve Scott won the Morton Mile, fittingly in a new Stadium Record of 3.53.8, a record that stood for all of 34 years until Will Leer’s 3.51.82 in 2014. The night ended with a Ding Dong 5000m in which Eamonn Coghlan boosted his confidence winning in a new Irish record of 13 min. 20.99 as he saw off Nick Rose, Alberto Salazar and John Treacy.

Another memory in Clonliffe Harriers long history

Maurice Ahern

Clonliffe Autumn Track Meet Night 2 (with Start List)

Thursday, August 27th is Night 2 of the Club Autumn Track Meets. The meet gets underway at 7:45 PM with the women’s 100 followed by the men, where Pascal Touche will look to win his 2nd club race in succession after his 200 win two weeks back. The feature race will be the eagerly awaited men’s 1000m. This race includes the inform Jonny Whan, after a season of PB’s, 800, 1500 and 3000 and 4th place finish in Sunday’s National 1500, Daniel Lacey who has been victorious in the two club 800s todate and Mark McDonald. All will be looking to break the 2.30 barrier, Also in the 3000 is National 5000 bronze medalist Efrem Gidey and in his farewell race before heading to the US on scholarship next week Aaron Cullen.

Entry is now closed. Start lists are finalised and posted below.

Timetable Thursday 27th:

7.45 100m Women

7.50 100m Men

7.55 1,000m Women

8.02 1,000m Men

8.09 3,000m Men A

8.20 3000m Men B

8.35 3000m C (men & women)

8.50 3000m D (men & women)

Start lists:

Entry is closed. If you are not competing please text 0879599888 ASAP. Please do not wait until the last minute and please don’t be a “No Show”!

All athletes/officials/coaches please note:

Do not attend Morton Stadium if you have been outside of the island of Ireland within the previous 14 days.

If you are living in County Kildare you cannot travel to and compete in the meet.

Do not attend if you have had Covid 19 within the previous 14 days.

Do not attend if you have flu like symptoms or symptoms of Covid 19.Do not attend if you have been in contact with any person diagnosed with Covid 19 within the past 14 days.

Do not attend if you are categorised as being in the vulnerable persons category.

Advice for athletes:

The clubhouse and dressing rooms are not open at this time. Arrive ready to race.

Please complete all warm-ups (with the exception of strides) outside of the stadium.

Do not come into the arena/track until your race is called. You will have an opportunity to do strides on the track before your race starts. Entry at the 100 finish gate. As a guideline entry permitted 10 minutes before your race time.

Please bring hand sanitiser, wipes and your own clearly identified drinks bottles.

Do not share any drinks.

Please please refrain from spitting.

Please no physical contact, no handshakes, no high-fives, no hoax, no hugs (try to restrain yourself!).

Remain lined up after your race so that the officials can record your name.

Do not approach officials looking for your finishing time (this will be published on the club website that night)

All athletes must leave the track using the gate located at the 1500 start as soon as told to do so by the officials (the only exceptions will be the top three in the championship)

Please as soon as you have completed your warmdown leave the stadium.

We must also discourage spectators at this time. The attendance at any venue, including competitors, officials and coaches cannot exceed 200. Bare in mind that there may also be some athletes at training. Also there are contact tracing requirements for spectators. Please therefore do not arrive to spectate, there will be other occasions in the future.

Officials please report to the Clonliffe car park for 7.00 pm.

National Juniors & Masters Entry Open

Club members please note that Athletics Ireland have opened entry for these championships today until Friday at 3pm. The National juniors is down for Saturday September 5th with the Masters the following day, both in Morton. Juniors can enter a max of 2 events, Masters 1 only. Athletics Ireland do stay that the dates proposed are movable. See

Training for Gladys’ Group Cancelled

Note from Gladys: With the poor weather this afternoon/evening training for the younger juvenile athletes tonight is cancelled. Please do not travel to Santry tonight.


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