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St Patrick`s Day racing: At the Portlaoise 5k Mark Kenneally made a surprise appearance finishing in 9th place in 15.45. Also racing, and less of a surprise, was Sean Doran 24th in 16.56.

Also on the 17th the Aon Mullingar Half Marathon attracted five Clonliffe athletes : Dermot Faughan 1.21.12, Ollie Power 1.37.55, Anne Lyons 1.46.34, Melissa Curran 1.50.49 and Katie Hennigan 1.57.57.

Juvenile training St. Patrick`s weekend

Juvenile athletes/parents please note that there is no training in Santry for Gladys`group this Sunday, March 18th. Likewise no training either Saturday or Sunday for Ray`s, Noel`s or Mick`s groups (athletes please follow schedule given by your coach). Training as normal for Gerry`s on Sunday.

Good luck to athletes competing in National Juvenile Indoors in Athlone on Sunday.

Happy St. Patrick`s Day to all!


Clonliffe 2 Mile Road Race and Fun Run 2018

Mick Kearney, Race Director: Clonliffe Harriers invites Club and Fun runners to participate in this year’s Clonliffe 2 Mile taking place Thursday 26th April 2018 at 8pm.

The Course

The 2 Mile starts and finishes in the famous Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin 9. The race also incorporates a lap of the beautiful Santry Demesne. (See course map) click: Clonliffe 2 Map

Event history

The Clonliffe 2 Mile is the oldest continuous Road Race in Ireland and one of the oldest in the world.

The race commenced in 1891 as a club race, soon to become an Invitational 2 Mile and eventually an Open Road Race. This is the 127th consecutive running. The event now caters for fun runners, club and elite athletes.

 Race sponsor

The race will be sponsored this year by the Kavanagh family in Glasnevin. The late Eugene Kavanagh commenced sponsoring this race back in the mid 1980s. Clonliffe Harriers are very grateful to the Kavanagh family for their continuing sponsorship of this event.


Individual Prizes

Junior Men/Women    1st, 2nd, 3rd places

Senior Men/Women    1st, 2nd, 3rd, places

Masters Men/Women 1st in each category

1st Junior Team Men/Women

Prize giving and refreshments will be place in the Clonliffe Club House after the race.
Race check in and changing facilities

Race check in and changing facilities are located in the Clonliffe clubhouse, in Morton Stadium Santry Dublin 9. Registrations will be taken on the night of the race from 6.15 –   The entry fee of €15 (Juniors – €10).

Entrants will receive an iconic Clonliffe 2 Mile tee shirt.


Now that Winter is over!!

With Winter now behind us (don`t look out the window!) thoughts turn to the Summer and the Track & Field season. So here`s your early notice: Thursday July 19th, Morton Stadium, Santry The Morton Games, International Athletics. Start spreading the news! Keep an eye on

Loops, tall chaps and Google maps ! (Den Haag HM 11 .03.2018)

Maurice McCrohan Reports: Declan Power has been extolling the virtues of an away trip spring half for some time. The Den Haag half is a race event that went under the radar for our running community. Kieran, Jer and myself took Declans’ advice and joined him on his return to the event.
Unfortunately ,on arrival in Amsterdam  Schifol airport train station,we did not take Declans advice,that there are three stations in the Hague and the race HQ is close to Centraal station. We jumped off at Den Haag North and were puzzled  not to see a park and HQ Tents in the locality. But,of course you can find your way so easily  these days with google maps..?
30 minutes later  we were still  aimlessly looping around Den Haag desperate for signs of greenery.We then saw the sign for Centraal Station and the penny dropped  in terms of  Declan’s clear directions! The race tents came into view.We got our race numbers without fuss or much queueing. The race T shirt was add on to the race fee. Only one of our group bought the T shirt.
The number on the T shirts 070 caused debate.It  seemed to be  a misprint of race categories? No! Exclaimed a Dutch friend of Declans( in their  stereotypical direct way )when asked about this later! She thought we had been to a “coffee” shop! 070 is the NL dialling code!
From our race gang of four,we were a man down for the race. Jer was on the injury list. But ,he was our  able  mentor,coach,sherpa. A bit of a fixer upper as the song goes ,But also an  occasional winder  upper. On saturday evening , smirking, supping a Dutch local ale ,while we were left to choose between sparking and still water. We spent the afternoon watching and enjoying the Rugby! The Park Hotel was  located in the Centrum,close to identical looking side streets of numerous cafes,bars ,restaurants.There were glorious old church structures and the  main shopping thoroughfare.In summary, the city is  a hidden treasure.
I found the streets all looked the same. So I did not get my bearings until Sunday.
The food range satisfied the dietay requirements of our gang.A vegan,a vegetarian and one who eats any old sh..!
Declans booked an Italian restraurant for the evening.Our google maps locator again went haywire.We had another aimless loop wander until we reached the restaurant .The Fratelli was so popular that our booking was moved to the basement function room.It was actually fine. We could hear ourself talk.
The pasta and pennes were ok ,the waiters  very friendly. The location picturesque ,adjacent to a lake and an old historical building.
We were up bright and early on race day.We did not need to be up too early,race  time was 2.30pm.This gave us the digestion time to fill our boots food wise.Kieran and myself brought our own porridge.But ,porridge is not a regular on the Dutch breakfast menu. They heated my porridge flakes ,but did not realise it tastes better if you add milk or water!
The Den Haag HM is one of a number of races on the day. We arrived at race HQ an hour before to see the tail end of the 10KM. Jer Sherpa  took our gear and we warmed up. Declan was in to the elite field zone.
We lined up feeling  positively Lilliputian among the land of the Dutch  giants. So many tall runners,when smaller seems an advantage for distance races. The MC was fun lots of Dutch songs and chants.And then we were off..
It was a mainly flat course.Roads wide enough for runing space.Early on Dutch runners when undertaking were very polite using the Dutch for excuse me as they passed.It was a mild afernoon,the earlier rain had cleared.
The only real testing area is a couple of KMs on the coast,slight increase in gradient and potential exposure to the wind. Fortunately,there was no headwind ,which was a feature in 2017. Mentor Jer had us very concerned about the potential moderate winds.But as the shipping forecast would say,winds stayed the  light side of moderate.
The course remained flat for the run in to the finish.The race had around 9500 finishers,so there was no overcrowing.There were 4 water stations giving out  cups water and energy drinks were sufficient.
There were good crowds along the route,But the Dutch are more reserved than Americans or Dubs in terms of encouragement. Heading into the finish straight there is around 300m run to the line.Good support and a less reserved crowd  lined the run in area.
I was happy with a 87 finish.My times in something of a contradiction are improving slowly. The bouquets are deserved  elsewhere. Declan got 1st M045 and  a top 100 finish in 73 mins. Kierans 83mins was an impressive 10th in age group and 1st (flying) non Dutchman M050.
The post race area in a field was well organised and  spacious.But,not much in terms of snacky post race food.This is a very well run event. We were all happy and ready for a post race  relaxing evening. But first ,being Holland ,Kieran had to have his post race chips. We found a place with excellent chips that hit the mark.
We then went to the suprisingly busy Hupple bar. The reasons for the crowd soon became clear. The bar manager brought our complimentary soup and bread. Again,this hit the mark. The only condition, the manager imposed made was you had to write a review of the soup and sandwiches in the pub notebook!!We found another bar with a food area attached,which went down well as hunger pains returned. Reggae music addded to the ambiance. We then returned to the Hupple bar ,where the bar man granted  spotify music  requests until we had  had our full of drink…

In summary,we gave the event a  big 4 yesees! An away day spring half is written into our  diaries. Kieran is eyeing up an 055 placing next year and a new phone with a better google maps app. Declan is  eyeing a PB and the Hupple bar food. Jer is just  hoping to be fit to run .Whilst,I am  looking at  incremental improvement and a playlist for the bar man in the Hupple!


Maurice “Mo” McCrohan


Stephen Rice shatters club record!

Clonliffe U/23 javelin thrower Stephen Rice was in recording breaking form at today`s European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal. Stephen in a superb series of throws went in excess of 65m on three occasions including a massive one on his 4th throw: 68.31m. That was almost three meters further than his pb and club record of 65.48. That new club record also placed him 4th in today`s U/23 Group B competition and places him 7th on the Irish all time list. Stephen`s series was: 64.96, 64.57, 65.27, 68.31, 65.52, 63.52.

Juveniles training in Abbotstown on Tuesday

Gladys` and Gerry` groups will be training at the NIA Abbotstown on Tuesday evening the 13th. The session commences at 7.00pm but meet at reception at 6.45pm. The cost to be paid on the night is €5.00 per athlete.

Sunday Round up: Halves & Tens!

What better place to start a round up than The Hague, in the Netherlands. Today the Clonliffe version of the Fab Four, not quite John, Paul, George & Ringo, but Declan, Kieran, Maurice and Jeremy took in the Hague Half Marathon. Declan Power had a great run recording an excellent 1.13.54, likewise great run from Kieran Murphy 1.23.14 and Maurice McCrohan 1.27.29. Although injury sidelined Jeremy Chapman he travelled as the support team but you`ll be pleased to learn he still had a great time downing 4 pints a round!

(Pictured, Maurice McCrohan & Kieran Murphy…before or after?)

Also in Half Marathon mode a group took in the Meath Spring Half Marathon in Bohermeen this morning: David Mullen 1.21.47, Matt McGuinness 1.22.21, Mark Dowling 1.24.01, Anthony Doran 1.24.11, Stephen Treacy 1.24.15, Alan Worrall 1.29.23, Mick Bermingham 1.30.02, Andrew Eustace 1.36.19, Anthony O`Brien 1.49.09.

(Pictured, Clonliffe on Mini Tour….Meath Spring Half!)

Over in the Nothwest yesterday Mary Ketterer ran 73.44 in the Bundoran Cara 10 mile, placing 14th woman.

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Efrem wins All Ireland Schools title!

An extraordinary Clonliffe one two in the senior boys School`s All Ireland Cross country today at AIT Waterford. Efrem Gidey, an Eritrean who arrived in Ireland at the beginning of last Summer, was the first ever representative of Le Cheile Secondary Schools Tyrrelstown in an All Ireland Cross Country and on Monday morning he will walk through the school gates wearing the gold winners medal around his neck! Efrem was a worthy winner of the senior title today but was chased all the way by club mate Sean O`Leary in the St. Aidans`red and white.

The athletes who had raced at this venue in November for the Nationals had a pretty good idea of how tough a course this was going to be, however, with the terrible weather of late few could have realised that November was a doddle in comparison. An absolute mud fest.

The senior boys race was the last of the day, meaning that the ground had been well and truly churned up for the 4 x 1500 laps making up the 6000 race distance. Both Sean and Efrem got great starts and were at the head of the field for the full distance. At the start of lap two Sean put in a “tester” opening a gap of a few meters, but it was short lived. Soon after this Efrem hit the front and was relentless as he drove on the pace and blew the pack apart. On the last lap he was 30m clear, Sean O`Leary lost 2nd place and for a time his hopes of a medal looked in jeopardy as 4th place closed in, however, the big man battled superbly and took back 2nd place, just as a smiling Efrem Gidey raised his arms in victory as he crossed the line.

It was Clonliffe joy to see the guys embrace at the finish, and likewise to see the tears of pride in the eyes of their coach Joe Cooper.

Further back in the field Ben Guiden had a baptism of fire in his first senior All Ireland. It was the hardest day at the office endured by Ben in the colours of Belvedere, indeed the sole representative of his school in the race, placing around 51st, but no doubt will see the benefits of that experience in the future.

In the inter boys race over 5000, Aaron Cullen ran an excellent race to a 10th place finish, just missing out on winning International Schools honours. An outstanding run for an athlete who only 4 weeks ago was side lined  on the injured list. An outstanding run also by Daniel Stone (Belvedere) to 16th place, and 2nd scorer for Belvedere who won their first ever All Ireland Cross Country title. Daragh Carter was hampered by a back injury from the 2nd lap onwards but bravely completed the race in 36th place.

Finally our sole girl in action had a great run in the inter race. Sarah Bateson, a first year inter, and nervous as a kitten, ran like a well seasoned veteran, working her way into the race and finishing with a storming final lap, making up possibly a dozen places to finish around 36h.

Meanwhile back in Santry, at the Trinity Grounds the Irish Universities Cross Country took place today. Cathal Doyle ran very well indeed to place 5th for DCU. With Adam O`Brien 19th Joseph Keane 53rd and Alex Gibbons 60th as DCU took the team win by a single point!. Eoin Taggart (UCD) also had a quality run finishing 24th. In the women`s race Greta Streimikyte was 23rd Alannah Cooley (both DCU) was 37th.

That, boys and girls, brings the cross country season to a close. So clean those muddly spikes and stick in 5mm, `cos track is next!!



Clonliffe Masters Gold

At the National Masters Indoor Championships in Athone today Clonliffe athletes took home four golds. Snezana Bechtina took W35 titles in the 400 (59.52) and Long Jump (4.81m). Likewise Jean O`Neill took the W70 400 title (95.00). Thomas Moran won the M40 60 (7.50), he was also first across the line in the 200 but as per Birmingham last weekend the DQ was flashed !Thomas Frayne was 6th in the M35 800 (2.21.0) and Tom Monks 8th M55 3000 (11.27.71).

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