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Autumn Open plus round up

The Autumn Open Cross Country took place after the Dublin juvenile championships in Abbotstown this afternoon. The even acts as a trial for the Irish Masters Athletics teams for the up coming British & Irish Masters International, and also includes both seniors and juniors in a mass start. This can lead to some confusion with athletes peeling off to finish whilst others still race on.

Race winner in some considerable style was sub 4 minute miler Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC). From a Clonliffe perspective best run of the day came from Sean O`Leary 2nd junior (18.19 for 6000). Good runs also over 7,500m by Cathal Doyle 9th senior (23.11) and 3rd U/23 and Colm Rooney 1st M35 (23.42), 30th Eoin Taggart (24.21), 41st Tom Sherlock (25.23), 45th Sean Doran (25.44), 48th Adam O`Brien (25.56), 58th Greg Hossenny (27.07), Bernard Feely (31.38) and Jimmy Bennett (34.09, 6000) and 1st M80. The sole  Clonliffe lady racing was Alannah Cooley 39th in the senior race.

At yesterday`s Parkrun in Newbridge House Orna McGinly was 1st woman (20.14), 6th overall, and Declan Grant 18th (21.35)

Dublin Juvenile XC: All that glitters isn`t gold!

The Dublin Juvenile even ages cross country took place in Abbotstown today with Clonliffe teams very much in the mix. At the end of the day 5 sets of team medals were on the way back to Santry, unfortunately not the gold ones the athletes were looking for…but it`s early days yet! Abbotstown is a tough course. While the underfoot conditions were superb it is a hard course featuring some really taxing climbs. All the club`s athletes put in very solid efforts.

The U/18 boys placed 2nd, only missing out on gold to DSD by a single point. This was a great inter club battle between two evenly matched squads. From the gun there were 3 Clonliffe and 3 DSD athletes in the lead pack, the Clonliffe lads were lead home after the 6000 race length by 3rd place finisher Aaron Cullen, 5th Daniel Stone, 8th Ben Guiden and 12th Thomas Baltzar. This scoring four were very well backed up by their team mates: Ian McAlweney, Calum Simpson, Alex Murray, Daragh Cartner and Dermot Buckley (several stepping up from U/17).

Silver also for the U/18 girls, again behind DSD: Ella Brown 8th, Tess Loftus 10th, Aimee Warren 11th, Vicky McDonnell 14th.

The U/16 girls were also in silver, and yes behind DSD! A great run in particular by Aoife Hession 4th, the rest of the team were very impressive indeed Alana Fitzsimons 11th ,U/15 girl Naoise Cullen 13th, Katie Halpin 15th, Lara Gallager, another stepping up a year, 17th and Ella Cooley 18th.

The U/16 boys also impressed. A great run in this race by Niall in 5th place, again an athlete stepping up a year, also Ronan 20th, Jack 27th, Alex 29th, Andrew 36th, Adam 38th and Jacob 46th. The efforts of the lads was rewarded with team bronze.

Bronze medals were also won by the U/14 boys team of Cillian Keegan 12th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 13th, Sean Boyne 15th, Alex Usanova, Calcum Regan and Sandy.

Great runs earlier in the programme by the U/14 girls team with Orla O`Sullivan leading the tam home in 25th place and by both the girls and boys U/12 teams.

Next up from the crew is the Dublin uneven ages in Santry on November 4th.



Juvenile training on Sunday

Parents and athletes please note that with the Dublin Championships taking place on Sunday there is no training in Santry for Gerry, Mick or Noel`s groups. Gladys group (those not racing) will train as usual at 9.30am.

Dublin Juvenile (even ages) Cross Country Championships/Autumn Open

Clonliffe teams will contest the Dublin even age juvenile championships this coming Sunday at the National Cross Country Course Abbottstown. The Dublins will get underway at 11 a.m. with the U/10 girls and the juvenile championships will conclude with the U/18 boys running over 6000m at 1.25 p.m.

At 2 p.m. the Autumn Open International Cross Country commences with the women’s event at 2 p.m. and the men at 2.45 p.m.

Timetable and course map: Autumn Open & Dublin Juvenile Course Map & Order of Events 2018

Clonliffe’s track usage during winter months

The attention of all club members and coaches is drawn to the fact that the Clonliffe hours for the winter months going through until the spring for official track (outdoor & indoor) usage are as follows:

Tuesday and Thursday:               7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesdays (if no other bookings):       4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday:                                           9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Please note that Clonliffe Harriers do not have any other use of the track beyond these hours and if club members or coaches wish to make alternative arrangements they must do so with the stadium direct.

Club members and coaches, therefore, are specifically requested not to be on the track outside of these times.

With regard to Saturdays in the event of Athletics Ireland having an open booking for athletics clubs Clonliffe members can of course avail of the track during those particular booking times.

North America news update

Great to hear (after some time!) from Canada where Conor McGuinness is living with an update on his snow cross country season: “I had my first race of the cross country season yesterday in Camrose, Alberta where I finished 30th out of 100 over 8km in 29.13. The course was very challenging – small amount of snow, hard ground and lots of hills, given it was a cross-country ski resort. I was 6th scorer for my team, Running Room Athletic Club. Next up in 2 weeks time is a collegiate cross country race called Stewart Cup, which takes place in Canmore Park in Calgary. I’ll only run two more races after that – Alberta Championships, which isn’t that big of a deal and then Ontario Championships in Toronto, which I expect to be fairly stacked. I will decide then whether I can handle the snow running and do indoor season.”

Also in the USA Hope Saunders continuous to make progress and was once again racing for Wichita State over the weekend, her third race so far this season. Hope placed 101st over 5000 (21.20) at the Fort Hays State tiger Open in Victoria, Kansas.

No news from our other “North American” Brian Flanagan, but maybe he`s working on a “Letter from America”?

Grand Prix Report: Doran makes a splash!

Report by Liam Hennessy; The Grand Prix Series continued on Saturday with the 55th Running of The Ahern Cup, 10 Mile Race, Incorporating the Club Championship, held at Malahide at 12 noon. The race was kindly sponsored by Maurice Ahern. The weather was poor with heavy rain showers a factor throughout the race. There was a fine turnout with many runners using the race as preparation for the upcoming Dublin Marathon. At noon precisely, the race director and his team readied the runners and last minute instructions were given before the bugle sounded and we had the off. 54 runners started along with a huge turnout of officials.

Full list of Results as follows;

  1. Sean Doran – 55.11
  2. Dermot Faughnan – 64.35
  3. Shane Casey  – 65.05
  4. Murray Ahern  – 65.11
  5. Mick Gleeson – 65.18 – Massive PB !!
  6. Stephen Tracey – 65.23
  7. Dessie Shorten – 66.56
  8. Philip O’ Doherty – 67.44
  9. Kevin Dowling – 68.08
  10. Shane Rooney – 70.10
  11. Richie Barr – 70.21
  12. Aideen Brady – 70.35
  13. Tom Griffin – 70.38
  14. Trevor Wisdom – 72.54
  15. Conor Jennings – 73.10 – Massive PB !!
  16. Aimee Ahern – 73.32
  17. Adrian Gerard – 73.53
  18. Alex Eustace – 73.55
  19. Paul Walsh – 74.00
  20. Clodagh Moriarty  – 74.52
  21. Laura Kernan – 75.22
  22. Colm Leonard – 75.22
  23. Sean Grimes – 75.22
  24. Kevin Sheedy – 75.42
  25. Philip Matthews – 75.48
  26. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 75.50
  27. Declan Grant – 77.42
  28. Mary Kettner – 78.19
  29. Eimear Brennan – 78.19
  30. Tom Summerville – 78.19 – Massive PB !!
  31. Declan Murray – 81.51
  32. Orla Deighan – 83.12
  33. Graham Ralph – 83.12
  34. Mandy Mc Menany – 83.27
  35. Niall Markey – 83.27
  36. Ann Lyons  – 83.27
  37. Dave Lyons – 83.29
  38. Gerry Fay – 85.46
  39. Karen Mc Affee – 87.53
  40. Evelyn Brennan – 88.12
  41. Anthony O’Brien – 88.12
  42. Yvonne Mc Donagh – Clock time 92mins  – Actual time – 86.00
  43. Pat Devitt – 93.12
  44. Dave Brady – 94.05
  45. Sandra Coleborn – 94.43

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

It was clear to see that the race was enjoyed by everyone despite the weather. Most runners were muddied and wet and there was a large cloud of steam rising from the finishers, who gathered to chat and mull over their performances !

Many thanks to the many officials, who helped make this race such a success. Thanks also to everyone who took part. With two races remaining in this years Grand Prix it looks like its going to be a cracking run in to the finish. The excitement is building !!!

The last two races in the series are as follows;

Round 15 – Saturday, November 10th,  The Irwin Cup, 6k Cross Country Race, Incorporating the Club Cross Country Championship – Santry Demesne – 12 Noon. Spikes are recommended, as underfoot conditions may prove difficult with soft ground.

Round 16 – Saturday, November 24th, The Horan Cup, 6 Mile Cross Country Race – Santry Demesne – 12 Noon. Spikes recommended.

We hope to see a great turnout for the remaining races.

See you there !!

Doran retains club 10 mile championship

The Clonliffe club 10 mile championships  included in the 14th round of the Grand Prix Series took place in torrential rain in the grounds of Malahide Castle today.

Thankfully fears of fallen trees on the circuit from storm Callum proved unfounded but instead the almost 60 starters negotiated large areas of standing water dumped by the non stop overnight and morning rains.

With 4 laps of the grounds to look forward to the field were sent on their way at noon with a great turn out of stewards on course.

Winner of the Ahern Cup and the 2018 club champion making it two in a row was Sean Doran in a good time of 55.11. 2nd was Dermot Faughan with Shane Casey 3rd. Women’s champion was Aideen Brady 70.35, 2nd Aimee Ahern with Clodagh Moriarty 3rd.

Full results soon.

Next Grand Prix races are the November deciders on the country: the Irwin Cup and the Horan Cup, the final two races of the 2018 series.

Grand Prix News: 10 Mile tomorrow Malahide, plus leaderboard

Tomorrow Saturday, October 13th, at noon in Malahide Castle grounds the 55th annual running of the club 10 mile championship incorporated into round 14 of the Grand Prix series takes place. This is the 3rd last race in the 2018 Grand Prix. The race was first run on the 12th of April 1964 a point to point 10 mile race from Murtagh’s pub on the Belfast Road down to the, as it then was, Clonliffe Harriers stadium in Santry.

Some 14 years later Ahern Cup which was first presented to the Club Champion back in April of 1978 by Maurice Ahern to that year’s winner Gerry Finnegan.

Last year`s winner was Sean Doran. The current leaderboard is: Grand Prix 2018 results after Rd 13

Saturday`s race will start from the usual 10 mile start position at 12.00, athletes are reminded that this is not a ‘closed road’ race so please be aware of other users of the Castle grounds.

Summer in Dublin!

An unbelievable day in Santry Demesne for today’s Brother Schools Cross Country drew in excess of 1,800 young athletes to take place in this tenth annual event. With certainty it was not 12mm spikes required but it was factor 20 sun cream. The most brilliant of days!

Since the introduction of the primary schools races huge crowds have taken part in these races and 2018 proved to be no exception with the primary schools between the 5th and 6th class races bringing almost 1000 young athletes to race over 1000 on the iconic Santry Euro cross circuit.

All four primary school races had some 200 plus young athletes competing. It was a sight to behold as they thundered down the start straight to make the first turn and despite the shouts of ‘steady, steady’ the unrelenting pace was kept up for most of the 1000m loop.  Our first winner of the day was in the 5th class primary school race Philipa McGlynn of St. Attracta’s, Philipa leading her team to silver, however, taking part in the Brother Schools for the first time Lios na nÓg were dominant as they won the team race on 35 points.

Gareth Hayes of St. Joseph’s was the winner of the 5th class primary school boys but a fantastic performance by St. Brigid’s squad led home by Mark Gill in 3rd place saw them win the team event.

In the 6th class races Caoimhe Keegan of San Carlo won San Carlo’s first ever individual prize at this Meet.  The Teresian School, however, took the team title.

The final primary school race of the day was the 6th class boys races which was won by Finn Diver who had travelled all the way down from Belfast with St. Malachy’s.  He led St. Malachy’s to a fine win.

Winner of the best boys primary schools were St. Brigids with Lios na nOg winning best girls.

At 1 p.m. the secondary school programme got underway. The early races being run over 1000 and the races gradually went up in distance until the Senior boys completed three 1500 circuits totalling 4,500 metres.

There was superb racing throughout, Cian O’Hare of St. Aidan’s was the winner of the minor boys race with St. Colman’s taking the team win. In the junior boys James Bolton was a clear winner for Belvedere from Sean Boyne of St. Aidan’s, St. Aidan’s prevailing in the team race over St. Malachy’s.  The inter boys race saw a dominant win by Sean Donoghue of St. Declan’s with Malachy’s winning the team event.  Malachy’s continued their domination in the senior boys race to win on 43 points with Jack O’Farrell the individual winner for St. Colman’s.

The minor girls raced over 1000m led home by Zoe Richie (Teresian) with Col Iosagain winning the team race.

The junior girls race was won by Sophie Quinn (Mount Sackville) with Mount Sackville taking the team title and in the inter girls race Holly Brennan (Sacred Heart Drogheda) winning with joint winners of Dominicans Griffith Avenue and St. Dominic’s Cabra.

In the Senior Girls Race Roisin Treacy (St. Gerard’s) was a clear winner from Grace Dervan (Wesley College) and Dora Medgyesy (St. Dominic’s) 3rd, St. Dominic’s winning the team event from Dominicans Griffith Avenue.

In the secondary schools best boys school was St. Malachy’s Belfast with St. Dominic’s Cabra the best girls school.

In the race for best overall schools St. Malachy’s courtesy of 2 wins and a 2nd place regained the Lar Byrne Shield.

2018 Brother Cross Country results:

Primary Schools

5th class boys: 1 Gareth Hayes (St. Joseph’s), 2 Max Kovalevskis (San Carlo), 3 Mark Gill (St. Brigid’s)

Teams: 1 St. Brigid’s 35 points, 2 San Carlo 58 points, 3 St. Joseph’s 66 points

6th class primary boys: 1 Finn Diver (St. Malachy’s), 2 Eoghan Dunne (St. Brigid’s), 3 Eoghan O’Donovan (Lios na nÓg)

Teams: 1 St. Malachy’s 40 points, 2 St. Michaels Juniors 52 points, 3 St. Brigid’s 56 points

5th class primary girls: 1 Philipa McGlynn (St. Attracta’s), 2 Charlotte Croke (Mount Anville), 3 Sarah McDonnell

Teams: 1 Lios na nÓg 35 points, 2 St. Attracta’s 53 points, 3 Mount Anville Junior 56 points

6th  class primary girls: 1 Caoimhe Keegan (San Carlo), 2 Holly O’Brien (Mount Anville Junior), 3 Niamh Murphy (St. Andrew’s Ashbourne)

Teams: 1 The Teresian 58 points, 2 Lios na nÓg 60 points, 3 Mary Help of Christians 64 points

Secondary Schools

Minor Girls: 1 Zoe Richie (Teresian), 2 Niamh Murray (Loreto Dalkey), 3 Annie O’Sullivan (Loreto Dalkey)

Teams: 1 Colaiste Iosagain 57 points, 2 Holy Faith Clontarf 58 points, 3 Loreto Dalkey 62 points

Junior Girls: 1 Sophie Quinn (Mount Sackville), 2 Lucy Richie (the Teresian), 3 Christine Ni Mhorin (Colaiste Iosagain)

Teams: 1 Mount Sackville 27 points, 2 Teresians 43 points, 3 Colaiste Iosagain 64 points

Inter girls: 1 Holly Brennan, 2 Eimear Maher (Mount Anville), 3 Saoirse Ni Riain (Colaiste Iosagain)

Teams: 1 Dominican Griffith Avenue/St. Dominic’s (tie), 2 Our Lady’s College – 107 points, 3 Loreto Swords – 118 points

Senior Girls: 1 Roisin Treacy (St. Gerard’s), 2 Grace Dervan (Wesley College), 3 Dora Medgyesy (St. Dominic’s Cabra)

Teams: 1 St. Dominic’s 29 points, 2 Dominican Griffith Avenue 54 points

Secondary School Boys

Minor: 1 Cian O’Hara (St. Aidan’s, 2 Conal McKinley (St. Colman’s), 3 Jonathan Fitzsimons (St. Kevin’s)

Teams: 1 St. Colman’s 54 points, 2 Blackrock College 58 points, 3 Belvedere College 74 points

Junior boys: 1 James Bolton (Belvedere College), 2 Sean Boyne (St. Aidan’s), 3 Jevae St. Lewis

Teams: 1 St. Aidan’s 37 points, 2 St. Malachy’s 47 points, 3 Blackrock 52 points

Inter boys: 1 Sean Donoghue (St. Declan’s), 2 Niall McKnight (Lagan College), 3 Calum Morgan (St. Malachy’s)

Teams: 1 St. Malachy’s 21 points, 2 St. Colman’s 61 points, 3 St. Aidan’s 79 points

Senior Boys: 1 Jack O’Farrell (St. Colman’s), 2 Aaron Donnelly (St. Gerard’s), 3 Conal McGlynn (St. Malachy’s)

Teams: 1 St. Malachy’s 43 points, 2 Belvedere 44 points, 3 St. Colman’s 61 points

Best overall secondary school – St. Malachy’s.

Clonliffe would like to thank sincerely Brother for their continued sponsorship of this event which is most appreciated by all concerned. We would also like to thank St. John’s Ambulance, the volunteers from Clonliffe Harriers who gave so willingly of their time, we would also like to thank Mr. Hamish Adams the CEO of Athletics Ireland for attending the event.

Finally Clonliffe would like to thank the young athletes for making this such a successful day and we look forward to seeing you all at the 2019 Brother Schools Cross Country.

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