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Efrem wins again!

Efrem Gidey got 2019 off to a flying start hitting the new year as he finished the old: top of the heap. Some two days after winning the ERP Xmas Cracker 5k in Santry he win this morning’s Tom Brennan 5k in the Phoenix Park in 14.58. Sean Doran was 8th in 15.39 with Declan Murray running 21.08.

Efrem scorches to Cracker win!

The final Clonliffe promotion of 2018 the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k Road Race took place at noon today in Santry. In what was a perfect day for a race with little or no wind and very mild indeed some 200 starters took to the line in Morton Stadium. At noon the race was started with the athletes completing a full lap of the track in the stadium and as the field headed out the gate onto the road the elites had gathered at the sharp end of the pack led out by Sean O`Leary, Efrem Gidey, Ian Guiden, Aaron Hanlon, young Ben Guiden, Dave Fitzmaurice and Sean Doran all of Clonliffe.

The race then took a route through Northwood, Ballymun and back down the almost mile length of Santry Avenue before turning back into Morton Stadium. At the turn from Northwood Ian Guiden took up the running as Sean O`Leary was dropped, but Efrem held firm. First back into view at the Stadium entrance was Efrem with a big lead of some 10 to 15 seconds from Ian. Efrem took the win in a fast 14.47 (unofficially) good going indeed on this tough loop. In 2nd and 3rd places were Ian Guiden and Sean O`Leary.

First women home was Irish U/23 international athlete Siofra O`Flaherty (SLOT) followed by Sinead Lamb (Donore) and Mary Leech.

In the very completive junior categories the top three men, all wearing the Clonliffe colours,  were Ben Guiden, an excellent 5th place overall in a PB of 15.58, Jordan Byrne and Stephen Cashin. Likewise the top three junior women were all in black and amber: Sarah Bateson, 19.12, a huge pb, Aoife Hession and Alana Fitzsimons.

Great also to have back some of “the Clonliffe Wild Geese”, Dave Fitzmaurice and Conor McGuinness racing today.

Unfortunately a technical difficult with our timing partner meant we could not announce the winners in the Masters categories at the presentation. Results: M40 1. Shane Larkin, 2. John Dolan. M50 1. Ian Egan, 2. Aengus Burke. M60 1. Desie Shorten, 2. Charlie O`Neill. W40 1. Ciara O’Reilly 2. Maura Matthews. W50 Annette Kealy, 2. Cathryn Brady. W60 1. Mary Keane, 2. Bernadette Leonard. (Please contact us by e mail to so we can arrange to get your prize to you)

Clonliffe would like to extend our thanks to all the athletes who ran today, to the club members who gave up their morning to help out, St. John`s Ambulance, the Gardaí and of course a special grateful thanks to our sponsor ERP.

Full results: ERP Xmas Cracker 18 Results


ERP Xmas Cracker final instructions

Tomorrow, Sunday the 30th, the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with Alone takes place in Santry @ 12.00 noon. On line entry is closed however late entries are accepted on the day @ €25.00 until 11.30am.

Final Instructions:

Race date and start time: Sunday 3oth  of December at 12.00

On Line Entry: Closed

Late entries: Taken in the Clonliffe club bar. Late entries taken on the day from 10.00 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. Please note that no entries whatsoever will be taken after 11.30a.m.

Race check-in: Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse, Morton Stadium Santry.

Entry fee: €20.00 on line (now closed). On the day €25.00.

Numbers: To be collected from the hall in the Clonliffe clubhouse from 10.00 a.m.

ERP Draw: On race day bring along either a used battery operated or electric appliance or ten used batteries (all for recycling), you will be given a ticket and entered into a draw courtesy of European Recycling Platform. The draw will take place after the prize-giving in the Clonliffe club bar. Prizes courtesy of ERP.

Car parking: Limited car parking available in the stadium. Please note that the avenue in the stadium must be kept clear of cars at all times.

Parking in Santry area: Please do not park on the Swords Road as cars parked on the Swords Road will be dealt with by the Gardaí by either parking tickets or removal by the Gardaí of cars which are illegally parked.

Public transport: The Morton Stadium is well serviced by public transport in particular the numbers 41, 33 and number 16.

Race start: On the track in the Morton Stadium @12.00. Please assemble at start area at 11.50am.

Course: The race will leave the stadium turning left up the Swords Road heading in the direction of the airport, turning left at Northwood, proceeding down the length of Northwood before turning left at the Ballymun Road, left again at Santry Avenue (Santry Cross), proceeding down the length of Santry Avenue, turning left again at the Swords Road and left back into the stadium where the athletes will run 300 metres on the track and the race will finish on the track.

Course Map:

Changing facilities: Limited changing facilities will be available in the stadium.

Toilets: Located in the stadium.

Prizes: 1st 3 senior men and women, 1st 3 junior men and women, 1st 2 master men and women o/40, 50, 60 and 70

Prize presentation: The presentation of prizes will take place in the Clonliffe bar, upstairs in the clubhouse asap after the race.

Results: Will be published on this website on Sunday afternoon.

Health and Safety: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance to deal with any medical emergencies. Please note that as this race takes place on the public roadway you must be aware of traffic as the road will not be closed. Entrants are, therefore, primarily responsible for their own safety. On course marshals and the Gardaí will be there to assist. Please obey the instructions of all marshals.

Stewards: Please report to the stadium for briefing at 10.30 am, even if you haven`t signed up but are available come along. Jobs for all!

Sponsors:  ERP

Alone: the race is run in association with the charity for older people Alone. A voluntary contribution can be made to Alone post race at the presentation.

Refreshments: in the club bar

Finally Clonliffe Harriers A.C. would like to thank you for entering the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k and we trust that you will have an enjoyable time with us in Santry.

Holiday round up (updated to 27th)

St. Stephen’s Day in Killybegs, Co. Donegal Shaun Conaghan won the 5k road race, a tactical affair, in 18.24. Also that day Sean Doran was 7th in the Streets of Wicklow 5k in 16.11.

Also on St.Stephen’s Day David Brady was 9th in the Cavan Christmas Dash 5k in 17.54.

On the 27th in Sutton some of the Harriers took in the Fat Turkey 10k including Anthony Doran 40.58, Maurice McCrohan 42.46 and Fergie Keenan 43.33.

If you raced over the holidays and your race has been missed please text your name, the name of race, race distance, time and place to 0879599888.

Next Sunday is Crackertime!

Only a week to go. Looking to run off that turkey and the odd selection box? Well look no further because we have it! Sunday December 30th at 12.00 noon  the 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

Successful Clonliffe raid in Drogheda

David Brady reports on a successful Clonliffe raiding party to the Beko 5k road race in Drogheda this morning. There was a Clonliffe one two as junior Daniel Stone took the win in a fine 15.34 with Sean Doran, still fresh despite his National novice run yesterday 2nd in 15.50 and David himself the 3rd scorer on the Clonliffe winning team in 14th place, 17.48.

Super Efrem 2nd in Jingle Bells

Today saw Efrem Gidey run his fastest 5k todate in Jingle Bells 5k in the Phoenix Park. Efrem put in a storming run to finish 2nd, and 1st junior, in a very impressive 14.44 only 7 seconds behind KCH’s Eoin Everard. Other Clonliffe included 12th Richie Owens 15 24, 21st Sean Doran 15.43 and 43rd Tom Sherlock 16.14.

Sunday round up

A pretty quiet weekend for the club’s athletes. Today’s Rathfarnham 5k saw Eoin Taggart have a good run to place 19th in a fast 15.35, Sean Doran was within striking distance 21st in 15.41. Other Clonliffe: David Brady 17.40, Thomas Frayne 18.01, Emma Cooper 19.45.

Missed midweek was Wayne Walker in the paced miles in Morton Stadium on Tuesday 2nd in 5.19.

A Clonliffe Lark in the Park

The Clonliffe girls took in the St. Anne`s Parkrun this morning. There was a wonderful turnout of athletes all suitably attired in their Clonliffe club colours. All were having their first runs of the season so it was a most worthwhile outing with all putting in fine efforts.

“Star Baker” today was Sarah Bateson going sub 20 for the first time, 19.59, with another star performancer being Ella Cooley who ran almost a minute faster today than her fastest over this route in March going from 23.50 to 22.59! Special mention also of former Harrier Kate Hession back in the fold(?), Ale Hernandez back in her real home after her Summer in Madrid, Katie Halpin running her first race after injury for 2018 and the Special One Abbie Sheehy. Well done also the Newbies Lara, Naoise, Hollie, Amy and Amy.

Results: Sarah Bateson 19.59, Ale Hernandez 20.06, Aoife Hession 20.30, Hannah Browne 22.01, Ella Brown 22.11, Naoise Cullen 22.35, Lara Gallagher 22.38,  Katie Halpin 22.41, Vicki McDonnell 22.47, Ella Cooley 22.59, Tess Loftus 23.48, Amy Sheehy 24.32, Cara Curren Beggs 25.12, Amy Daly 25.32, Kate Hession 25.40, Hollie Foy 26.28.


Top 10 finish by Sherlock in Grant Thornton 5k

The Grant Thornton 5k drew a huge field to Dublin city centre last night. Thomas Sherlock was the first Clonliffe athlete home in 9th place in 16.28. Also running, way over distance was 400/800 man Mark McDonald 17.16. As athletes were racing for their companies rather than club it`s not possible to spot who else from the club competed, but full results are on myrunresults.


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