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National Novice and Juvenile uneven XC Championships on Saturday

This Saturday (please note it is not Sunday!) the 15th the final cross country event of the 2018 season takes place at Navan Racecourse.  The National Juvenile (uneven ages) and National Novice Cross Country Championships will feature many of Clonliffe Harriers up and coming future stars.

There are Clonliffe teams competing from U/15 up to the novices. Indeed the novice race traditionally has been the biggest cross country race of the year with athletes racing for their respective clubs from 19 years of age upwards.

The Clonliffe teams competing on Saturday are:

Boys U/15: Jack Woods, Sean Boyne, Ronan Donohue, Andrew Gaffney, Cillian Sherrin, Jacub Niedziolka.

Girls U/17: Sarah Bateson, Ella Brown, Ella Cooley, Alana Fitzsimons, Aoife Hession, Katie Halpin.

Boys U/17: Darragh Carter, Callum Simpson, Alex Murray, Niall Carberry, Evan Foster, Dermot Buckley.

Girls U/19: Hannah Browne, Aimee Warren, Tess Loftus, Cliona Cooley.

Boys U/19: Efren Gidey, Ben Guiden, Jordan Byrne, Daniel Lacy, Stephen Cashin, Ryan Sheridan.

Novice Women: Alannah Cooley, Ale Hernandez, Orna McGinley, Emer Brennan, Elaine McLoughlin, Karen McAffee, Yvonne McDonagh, Laura Kiernan, Paula Horgan, Sharon Lawlor.

Novice Men: Peter Bissett, Sean Carrigg, Michael Cassidy, Anthony Doran, Sean Doran, Mark Doyle, Greg Hosseny, Jarlath Jordan, Jack Maughan, Eoghan Murphy.

Meeting times: under age contact your coach. Novice women race at 2.40pm, meet there 1.30pm. Novice men race 3.10pm, meet there 2.00pm sharp.


Super Juvenile Cake Race

The Christmas season got underway tonight with the juvenile cake races for the younger group in Morton Stadium.

As always a great turnout of young Harriers in these races. The format of a handicap ensured exciting racing from the off and with the rain holding off nicely it made for a great night.

The winners of the four cake races were William, Niamh, Lamos and Abbie.

Also after the quiz and cake race presentation Gladys made the special presentation to the winners of the 100k challenge Cathal and Rebecca.

Next up is the cake races for the up to u/15s next Tuesday the 18th.

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Cake Races for all starting tonight!

The Clonliffe cakes races start tonight in Morton Stadium. Tonight it`s the younger juvenile members, Gladys`, Leo`s and Ulrik`s group at 7.00pm, followed by a Quiz and prize giving in the club lounge.

The older juveniles are next Tuesday the 18th, again 7pm.

Then it`s the turn of the senior/junior and masters with the club’s annual Christmas night, including the ever popular cake races and the Clonliffe Harriers Athletes of the Year awards, generously sponsored by Loki Sports, will take place on Thursday December 20th.  Both the men and women’s races will take place on the roads around Santry starting on the track and finishing on the track with a race distance of 5k.  The women’s race will commence at 7.30 p.m. with the men at 8 p.m.  The club captain’s request that any athlete wishing to race should send their name and 5000 time to them by text – for the ladies race please text Orna on 0872950247 and for the men’s race text Joe on 0872256004.

If you are not competing in the cake race and are available to assist again you might contact the club captains. All offers of help on the night will be gratefully appreciated.  The cake races will be followed in the club bar by the presentation of prizes to the winners and the club will then honour club members who in 2018 set new club records and our 2018 national champions.

This will then be followed by the presentation to the Athlete of the Year: Women’s Track and Field athlete, Women’s Road/Cross Country, Men’s Track and Field athlete, Men’s Road/Cross Country, Junior athlete, Master athlete and then finally the Harrier of the Year.  As always the cake race night is a great social occasion and a great time to catch up on a bit of gossip with your club mates and the opportunity for a pint and maybe even an auld dance.  Also members are encouraged to come out on the night and show your support for our fantastic club captains.

Gleeson wins the 2018 Grand Prix Series

Liam Hennessy reports: Friday, December 7th – Clonliffe Harriers Clubhouse – 9pm – Grand Prix Awards Night.

On Friday night at the Clubhouse we celebrated the ending of another terrific Grand Prix Series. The night had been planned well in advance thanks to Caroline and Paddy Tuite, who had the bar looking splendid and a smashing spread of food was served for all to enjoy.

There then came a hush, as the master of ceremonies; Maurice Ahern took to the microphone and gave a lengthy speech, where he thanked the members of the Grand Prix Committee along with the many volunteers, who helped make this years series such a success. Maurice also thanked the many sponsors for their support throughout the series. We hadn’t met as a group for a while, so there was the business of presenting prizes for recent races. The final race in the series; The Horan Cup; 6 miles Cross Country held in Santry Demesne on November 24th last was kindly sponsored by Richard Connolly and the result of the handicap was as follows;
Horan Cup Winner 2018 – Pat Devitt.
Runner-Up – Alan Worrall.
Third Place – Mick Bermingham.

Maurice then spoke about the series this past year and how well it was received. And so we came to the announcement of the overall winners. Maurice thanked the sponsor of the overall winner in the Grand Prix Series; Behan & Associates for their continued support and in particular Noel Guiden’s Dad, who was the co-founder of the series in 2000. Maurice spoke of the excitement with a few races to go in the series, as there were many runners, who could have taken the title. As is the norm, the winners are kept top secret, so the time came to announce the winners in the series. After 16 races run on Track, Trail, Road and Cross Country throughout 2018 the final result of our Grand Series for 2018 was announced as follows;

Green Jersey Winner – (Awarded to fastest athlete throughout the series) – Sean Doran
The Behan & Associates sponsored Grand Prix Cup, presented to the overall winner in series for 2018;
Winner – Mick Gleeson – 315 + 3 = 318 Points.

Runner Up – Mick Bermingham – 292 + 25 = 317 Points.

3rd Place – Conor Jennings – 305 + 1 = 306 Points.

4th Place – Deirdre Fitzsimons – 286 + 2 = 288 Points.

5th Place – Mandy Mc Menany – 268 + 10 = 278 Points.

6th Place – Richie Barr – 274 + 0 = 274 Points.

Congratulations to our top six place winners and especially to the overall winner of the series; Mick Gleeson, who is a most worthy Champion. Mick not only won the series, but he ran personal bests in almost every race and has been the STANDOUT athlete of the series, so well done to a most popular winner Mick.

Well that’s it – The 2018 edition of the Grand Prix has been a tremendous success. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the series and hope you enjoyed the awards night. We would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Very Happy 2018. We hope to update you with dates for Grand Prix 2019 in the new year. In the meantime get training and we shall see you for the next edition of our prized series, which begins again in the Spring. We are open to accepting sponsors for the 2019 series, so if you are in a position to sponsor a race just contact any member of the Grand Prix Committee.

In the meantime Stay fit and healthy and we shall see you for the best series yet in 2019 !!!


Countdown on. 21 days to ERP Xmas Cracker

Time is flying. Christmas is only around the corner and it’s now only 3 weeks to the annual ‘ERP Christmas Cracker 5k. Entry is now open for entry entry on line. The race will take place on December 30th at 12.00. The race takes place on the roads around the Morton Stadium in Santry, with both the start and finish on the track in Morton Stadium.

Online entry is available on While entry is also taken on the day runners and walkers are requested to make it easier all round and avail of on line entry.

Clonliffe Harriers would encourage all our entrants to raise some badly needed funds for ALONE. ALONE provides Supportive Housing, Befriending, Community Support and Campaigning services to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. Our very own CHAC stalwart, Jeremy Chapman also serves on the board of ALONE, so let’s try and raise as much as funds as possible for a good cause.

The ERP 5k Christmas Cracker is also offering the chance for all entrants in the race to win some spot prizes. To be in with a chance to win one of these prizes it is simply a matter of bringing along on race day anything that is WEEE and can be recycled ( electrical appliance or used batteries). You will then be entered into a draw which will take place immediately after the race.

ERP’s mission is to develop high-quality, cost-effective recycling services for the benefit of producer members, consumers and ultimately the environment and society. It is important that we get as many recyclable items as possible to support our very generous race sponsor.

There will be prizes for the Senior Men/Women, Junior Men/Women and Masters prizes. Superb value for an online entry fee of €20.00 which includes chip timing and booking fee. Entry on the day is €25 so enter on line today to save.

Flyer: Xmas cracker flyer 2018 race

Fine runs by Clonliffe lads at Euro cross

An excellent run by Sean O’Leary in Tilburg in the last few minutes saw him take a superb 18th place, 3rd scorer for Ireland, as the team finished a most emcouraging 5th place.

Cathal Doyle also had a fine run in the U/23 race to finish in 51st place. Cathal was 4th scorer on the Irish team that finished 6th only 6 points off bronze!

Scullion out of Euros

Unfortunately Stephen Scullion has picked up a viral infection and will not compete in tomorrow’s European Cross Country.

The good news is that both Sean O’Leary and Cathal Doyle are both fit and well and are looking forward to the challenge in Tilburg. Sean goes in the junior race with Cathal in the U/23. Live coverage on RTE from 12.00.

Saturday round up

Results to hand. Saturday the 8th Sergiu Ciobanu was 1st in the Clonakilty Waterfront Half Marathon in 73.22. Also on the 8th in the Phoenix Park Eoin Taggart was 3rd in the Aware 10k (33.51), Ollie Power ran 46.08.

Good luck to Clonliffe trio in Euros

Clonliffe will have representation on all three Irish men’s teams in Tilburg for Sundays European Cross Country. Sean O”Leary goes in the junior race, Cathal Doyle in the U/23 and seasoned campaigner Stephen  Scullion in the senior race.

Good luck to all the Irish athletes racing. The championships will be televised on RTE and livestreamed through European Athletics.

(Sean and Cathal December 8th)

Ready to head down Memory Lane?

Today we start the Archive Photos Series. These are pictures taken at events over the past 10 years or so that you may not have seen in some time. The Juvenile photos are particularly interesting. See if you can spot current senior athletes as they started their Clonliffe journey back in 2007 & 2008. There are 10 albums from that time period, so enjoy.

More will follow over the coming weeks.

2007 National Intermediate/Masters click:

2007 National XC click:

2007 Clonliffe Juvenile Road Races click:

2007 Dublin Juvenile Track & Field click:

2007 Club Track & Field:

2007 Juvenile XC League/ Dublin Novice:

2007 Dublin Juvenile XC C`ships:

2008 European Clubs XC:

2008 Clonliffe Ladies celebrate 45 years:

2008 Dublin Cross Country:





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