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St. Patrick’s weekend and more round up (updated)

The St. Patrick’s weekend round up in truly Irish fashion starts last weekend! Stephen Rice was 5th in the javelin at the European Throwing Cup in Samorin, Slovakia between the 9th and 10th of March. Stephen threw a best of 67.34m, although not quiet where his form is it was his 3rd best ever throw.

Then Sunday March 17th at the Streets of Portlaoise 5k Sean Doran ran 15.57. In Balbrigan at the Half Marathon James Fleming was 8th in 1.29.58 while Maurice McHale ran 1.40.00.

Monday the 18th saw a bumper entry for the MSB St. Patrick’s 5k in Dublin City. The was a fine turn out of Clonliffe athletes lead home in 2nd place by double All Ireland school’s champion Efrem Gidey. Efrem was beaten into 2nd place in a sprint finish by DSD’s Hiko Tonosa Efrem recording a fine 14.53. Sean O’Leary was 3td (15.08), Sean Doran, running his 2nd race in 24 hours, was 6th in 15.45, some 12 seconds faster than he ran yesterday and with Daniel Lacey 13th in 16.18 these 4 combined to easily take the team win. Other Clonliffe: 15th Sean Carrigg 16.28, 59th Eoghan Murphy 17.38, Eimear  O’Brien,  in her final outing as a Clonliffe Harrier before her transfer to Sligo, 18.38, Emma Cooper 20.03, Alan Hughes 19.55, Fionnula Doherty 20.21 and Laura Kiernan 20.55.

Clonliffe storm Duleek plus round up

The Clonliffe Junior Men well and truly stormed the Duleek and District 5k road race today. The junior squad as part of their preparation for the All-Ireland schools cross country in two weeks time travel the short distance to the small North County Meath town of Duleek for the annual 5k. From the gun Efrem Gidey sat in behind Dunshaughlin AC`s Thomas Moran as these two opened a lead on the pack led by Ben Guiden. At 3k Efrem upped the pace to leave Moran behind and came home in 14.41. With Ben  holding 3rd in a Clonliffe sprint for the line  in 15.46,  a PB, from Aaron Cullen, also in a PB of 15.47 these three took the Clonliffe team to a comfortable win. Sean Doran who some 24 hours earlier had won the BHAA cross-country race in Maynooth came through the field very well today to finish 5th in 15.50. Stephen Cashin was 10th in 16.29, Daniel Lacey, coming back nicely from injury 12th in 16.45 and Thomas Balthazar was 21st in 17.36.

It is also great to report that Becky Woods made a return to road racing to finish second lady in 17.45. Becky has lately been concentrating on the triathlon and today was her first road race in possibly 3 or so years. Also racing today was another trio of Clonliffe ladies: Emma Cooper who finished in a time of 20.04 to finish a 11 woman and 4th F40, Emer Brennan 92nd overall in 21.25 and 9th woman and Kerri Page 21.49, 100th overall and 24th woman.

Further afield David Flynn ran 67.47 in the Napoli Half Marathon as part of his ongoing preparations for the Rotterdam marathon later in the spring.

As mentioned earlier yesterday saw the latest round of the BHA a cross-country the AIB/NUI 4 mile cross-country race in Maynooth. Sean Doran made it a second successive BHAA win in a time of 20.56 with Thomas Sherlock second 21.04.

Also yesterday Liam Roarty had a very good run in the English National Cross Country over 12,000m held at Harewood House, Leeds placing 267th of 2000 plus finishers in 49.12.


The Magnificent Seven

Fogo reports: The Clonliffe/St.Aidens Leinster intermediate school champions squad took part in their local Poppintree Park Run this morning in great  weather conditions. Fantastic running by this up and coming squad and a clean sweep as the lads filled the top 7 positions. In two weeks time this squad will compete in the school All Ireland cross country championships in Clongowes Wood College.

Also there today was the Juvenile club captain Gladys Cooper who was going under the radar for a quick 5k to cheer on these lads.

1 Callum Simpson 17.08
2  Evan Foster.         17.34
3 Dermot Buckley.    17.38
4 Jack Woods.           18.31
5 John Lawrence.       18.33
6 Alex Nuroth.              18.47
7  Andrew Gaffney.      19.12

The Rooney Review: From Newbie to Golden Girl!

Shane Rooney reports: Saturday 16th Feb saw the return of the Golden Runner 5k Championship, this year the venue was Tolka Valley Park in Fingals.  Similar to the Grand Prix, the winner of the Golden Runner is the athlete with the best improved time over the distance.  With such an amazing title to be won, the competition between the 30 members of Pam & Ben’s group was ferocious, all of whom were ready to put their winter training to the test.

Prior to the race Mick Bermingham, a pro on the course, advised everyone to save something for the hills, give it welly for the sprint at the end and pointed out the man to beat!!

As 9.30 approached the tension was fierce, with the Clonliffe athletes jostling for position, each having a glint of gold in their eyes. To add to the excitement, word was getting around that there would be a new champion as the previous title holder, Katie Hennigan, had gotten lost while making her way to Finglas!!!

With a loud Ready Steady Go, the runners charged around Tolka Valley, taking the hills like mountain goats and sprinting to the finish line like people possessed.  The first Clonliffe man home was Paul “Eddie the Eagle” Keenan and the first lady was Eimear “Galloper” Griffin, however it took a couple of hours before the official race times were be posted and Pam could announce the new champion.  The group nervously got together in the Gourmet Food Parlor and anxiously waited for Pam to calculate who had the most improved time. Excitement was at an all-time high as the 3rd and 2nd placed athletes were announced and with a loud cheer Siobhan “Newbie” McCarthy was announced the 2019 Golden Runner Champion.

To make the event even more special, Evelyn “YoYo” Brennan, organized a collection for Hugh’s House and thanks to the generosity of all those who donated, over €500 was raised for this excellent charity.

Cheers to everyone who made this another great social event and congratulations to Ollie Power who posted his time from Berlin and a BIG THANK YOU to the fantastic vocal supporters and our team photographers.

FYI, I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that Katie managed to find her way to Santry, just in time for the new champion to be announced.

Keep digging in and until next time.


Fab four grab 2nd place in Armagh 5k

The Clonliffe senior men put in magnificent performances in the Brooks Armagh international 5k road race tonight. The race drew one of the deepest 5K fields assembled with an unbelievable 113 athlete running sub 15 minutes.

The men’s team were in PB form with three of the four recording new pb’s. The team was let home in 30th place by Colm Rooney who recorded a time of 14.23, only one second off his 12-year-old PB. Next in was Ian Guiden in a new PB of 14.29 in 44th position, Cathal Doyle also a PB in 48th place of 14.30 and in 60th place Sean O’Leary in a PB of 14.37. With a combined time of 57.44 the Clonliffe  team placed second behind Leeds City AC 56.35 and ahead of Liverpool Harriers 58.03. David Flynn, in heavy marathon training, racing on the Irish international team tied with Colm in 30th place with the same time of 14.23!

The race is a spectacular event drawing a top international field, the criteria for qualification for the men’s race is that all athletes must have run 16 minutes. The course itself is a 1k loop around the mall in the centre of Armagh. The sheer speed of the race must be seen to be believed. Tonight’s race was won in a new course record of 13.43 by Finland’s Topi Raitanen and featured many international athletes including athletes who have competed in the 5000 at last year’s  Morton Games Jonny Mellor and Philip Sessman. A really great event. Highly recommended!


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


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