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Clonliffe defy Storm Jorge

With storm Jorge moving in from the west it made for pretty tough conditions at today’s Duleek 5 K Road Race in Co Meath. Sean Doran was a convincing winner in a time of 15.56, pretty good going in the conditions and over a minute clear of second-place. Laura Tuite led the Clonliffe women to 2nd place in the team event, had been 4 to score a team win would have been taken. Laura was second place woman in an impressive 18.59, only six seconds short of her PB despite the conditions, 14th overall Clodagh Galvin was also impressive in 37th overall running 20.38, Orla O’Sullivan, 38th overall, completed the team scoring in a time of 20.46. Orla was also first junior woman with Naoise Cullen second junior woman in 21.06, 44th overall, Alana Fitzsimons was third junior woman in 21.43, 56th overall with Amy Sheehy not far behind in 21.56, 61st overall.

Fogo’s Chargers enjoy the ParkLife

Mick Fogerty’s lads were out in force in this morning’s Park runs. In St Anne’s, Raheny. Callum Simpson had an excellent run leading the huge field all the way to the finish and was a clear winner. Darragh Carter continues to make great strides forward in his comeback to finish a fine third with Alex Murray fifth, Niall Carbery sixth, Sam Murray 13th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 22nd and Josh 45th. In the Hartstown Park run young Killian Sherran had a great run to finish in third place while in the Donabate Park run Eoin Byrne similarly had an excellent run to 3rd place.

Doyler goes sub 14 in Armagh

Outstanding runs tonight at the Armagh International by the Clonliffe contingent with Cathal Doyle having another breakthrough performance but tonight over 5K with a highly impressive 13.57 to finish a superb 20th. In 26th was Colin Rooney (not Ian Guiden) also running a PB of 14.03. A quality run also by Karl Nolan (15.40). In the 3K race Mark McDonald recorded a time of 9.30 in 55th place.

Karl: “Next time lads let’s bring two of these babies each!”

New Year’s Day races

New year’s day Tom Brennan 5k in the Phoenix Park: 11th Sean Doran 15.43, David Brady 17.42, Garrett Loy 17.41, Declan Murray 20.59.

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Another cracking run by Efrem to win the ERP Xmas Cracker

Efrem Gidey of Clonliffe Harriers flew around the roads of Santry today to successfully defend his ERP Christmas cracker 5K title. With some 300 entered over 250 started and finished the 5K loop from Morton Stadium up through Northwood and back to the stadium enjoying the pretty unique experience. It was a perfect morning for a race, warm and still.

Efrem was of course the favourite to win today and the European U/20 bronze medallist did not disappoint. He took the race by the scruff of the neck from the off leading the athletes out of the stadium onto the Swords Road and was back across the line in a fantastic time of 14.25 a mere three seconds off the 2013 course record of Mark Christie (Mullingar). Efrem’s winning margin was over 40 seconds ahead of Colin Maher (Ballyfin), 15.06, third-place was Rathfarnham’s Eoin Flynn (15.19), in fourth place, and first junior in a new PB of 15.31 was Ben Guiden of Clonliffe Harriers, fifth was Shane O’Neill (Rathfarnham) 15.43 with Niall McKnight (Annadale), 15.44 completing the top six.

The women’s race proved to be one of the best in a number of years as Ciara Hickey (Bros Pearse) won in a fast 16.36. (An interesting aside is that Ciara is coached by former Clonliffe great Eamon Tierney.) Second-place was Clonliffe’s Emma Mitchell, still feeling the after-effects of her marathon debut some four weeks ago, in a time of 16.54 with another Clonliffe Harrier, Becky Woods next in in 17.18.

In the junior categories firstly the top three men: 1st Ben Guiden (Clonliffe), 2nd Niall McKnight (Annadale), 3rd Aaron Cullen (Clonliffe). The top three junior women were all members of the host club: 1st Sarah Bateson, 2nd Aoife Hession, 3rd Naoise Cullen.

Master women: W 40: Dearbhla Greene (Dunleer), Maura Matthews (Clonliffe). W 50: Annette Kealy (Raheny), Josephine Killeen. W 60 Therese Savage, Deirdre Devine.

Master men: M 40: Shane O’Neill (Rathfarnham), Declan Power (Clonliffe). M 50: Dominic Horan (Sli Cualann), Eoin Brady (Raheny). M 60: Desie Shorten (Parnell), Richard Kavanagh.

A few notable PB’s were recorded by the Clonliffe crew today including Ben Guiden 15.31, Stephen Cashin 15.59, Laura Tuite 18.53, Naoise Cullen 20.26, Katie Halpin 20.45 and Amy Sheehy 22.13.

Clonliffe Harriers would like to record our appreciation to our extremely generous sponsor ERP, the Gardai, St. John’s Ambulance, Morton Stadium and the army of club volunteers who made themselves available and assisted in an extremely successful day.

Finally Clonliffe would like to extend our deepest sympathies to our friends in Raheny Shamrocks on the very sad passing of Maeve Devlin at a race yesterday. As a mark of respect the field at today’s race marked a moments silence before the starters ‘gun’. Rest in peace.

Link to today’s results:


ERP 5k Christamas Cracker, final instructions (updated)

Tomorrow, Sunday the 29th, the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k Family Fun Run in association with Alone takes place in Santry @ 12.00 noon. On line entry open until 7.00pm tonight, the 28th@ €20. plus service fee with late entries are accepted on the day @ €25.00 from 10.15 to 11.45 am.

Final Instructions:

Race date and start time: Sunday 29th  of December at 12.00

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.

On Line Entry until 7.00pm, 28th: 

Late entries: Taken in the Clonliffe club bar. Late entries taken on the day from 10.15 a.m. until 11.45 a.m. Please note that no entries whatsoever will be taken after 11.45a.m.

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

Entry fee: €20.00 plus service. On the day €25.00.

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

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, 2nd and 3rd Senior men, Senior women, Junior men, Junior women. 1st and 2nd M & W o/40, 50, 60, 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.

5 days to Christmas Cracker 5k time!

The annual 5k Cracker is now only a matter of days away! Coming this Sunday. So folks the ideal way to run off that turkey is the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k. On Sunday December 29th the annual Cracker 5k takes place from Morton Stadium at 12.00. Entry is now open on line available click:

Also any club member free on the day and willing to give a couple of hours to help out please come along for 10.30am, jobs for all!!!

Cake Race/Awards night Thursday the 19th

The Club Cake Races take place tomorrow night, the 19th. The women`s race will be at 7.30pm with the men at 8.00pm. Both will start and finish on the track, subject to it being ice free, other wise we will start at the Clubhouse.

On Health and safety grounds athletes please note that you MUST wear a white or yellow top or a high viz vest as 90% of the race takes place on the road.

Prize giving post race in the club house along with Athletes of the Year, sponsored by John Shiels/Loki Sports and presentations to our 2019 national champions and club record breakers starting at 9.00pm.

Please come along for Captain`s night and show your support and appreciation for the work done throughout the year by your club captains.

Finally as there will be big numbers at the prize giving please do not bring gear bags into the bar but leave in the hall for collection afterwards.

See you all there!!

Weekend round up

The weekend before Nationals proved to be a busy enough weekend as athletes fine tuned for the big one. Saturday: In Santry the BHAA Irish Life 6k cross country took place on a muddy course in the Demsene with Sean Doran taking a fine placing 1st (20.35).

In Maynooth University Campus the IUAA Road Relays took place. Cathal Doyle ran an impressive 2 mile leg for the DCU A winning team clocking 9.23, the fastest 2nd leg. Also in action were young guns Ben Guiden for DCU C on leg 4, another 2 mile 10.17, 5th fastest 4th leg, and Stephen Cashin Trinity C on leg 2, 10.25, the 10th fastest 2nd leg. In the ladies race Alannah Cooley for DCU B running leg 4, a mile clocked the 5th fastest 4th leg 5.49.

The Clonliffe U/16 & 18 boys squads took in the Poppintree Park Run as their final blow out before Abbotstown, with fine performances from the whole squad filling the first 6 places: 1. Callum Simpson 16.28, 2. Alex Murray 17.23, 3. Sean Boyne 17.23, 4. Alex Neuroth 17.48, 5. John Lawrence 17.50, 6. Niall Carbery 17.52, 9. Jonathan Fitzsimons 19.30, 10. Ronan Donohue 19.32, 13. Josh Scully 19.59, 14. Andrew Gaffney 20.05, 16. Cillian Keegan 20.35 and in Donabte Park Run, 2nd Eoin Byrne 19.40.

Sunday: the Girls U/18 and Juniors took to Abbotstown for a final session of 1500s. Whilst he U14 girls and boys team took to Abbotstown yesterday in preparation for the National Championships next Sunday.

Sunday morning those who could make it also took on the the Junior Parkrun in Albert College.  They were joined by some fine athletes from Paul and Gladys groups with that group filling the first 13 places!
Results from Parkrun
1st Loracn Benjacar  6.56
2nd Devan Morrissey  7.07
3rd Mark Goss Keogh 7.43
4th Noah Rossi 7.47
5th Oran McGowan 7.48
6th Hazel Kenny 7.51
7th Rebecca Walsh 7.53
8th William Hanley 7.55
9th Conor Tynan 7.57
10th Charlie Duffy 8.19
11th Isaac Moss 8.20
12th Cormac Tynan 8.23
13th Eabha Guy  8.32
19th Cathal O’Neill 9.10
20th Yang O’Connor 9.11
23rd Josh Butler 9.26
26th Harriet Kenny 9.33
27th Sandy Rose Kivlehan 9.34
35th Shane Dunne 9.50
57th Paige Farrell
Apologies for omissions. Full results on Parkrun website
Well done to all on great turnout and great results

Also this morning in her native France Barbara Sanchez was 2nd woman, 105th, in the Boulogue Half Marathon in 74.57.

Clonliffe raid Rathfarnham 5K

There were quality runs from the Clonliffe group at this morning’s Rathfarnham 5k as the athletes made the most of the good conditions and fast course to bag PBs and top prizes. Efrem Gidey and Ian Guiden had a great battle throughout both breaking away with 1k to go and thereafter basically sprinting the final 600. Efrem took the win with a 14.18 pb with Ian 2nd also in a PB 14.20.

Sean Doran after his 10,000 pb on Thursday was fairly tired coming home in 21st place 15.28. Ben Guiden also recording a PB, 15.33, knocking 20 odd seconds off his best, in 25th made up the scoring 4 that took the team win.

With Stephen Cashin 16.07 and Ryan Sheridan 17.18, along with Efrem and Ben, Clonliffe also took the junior mens team. Thomas Frayne home for a weekend visit ran 18 14.

There was also a fine run by Eleanor Alexander 7th woman 17. 37 and pbs for both Alannah Cooley 18.51, an almost 20 second best and Laura Tuite 18.56, a 30 second pb, and with Tess Loftus 22 15 the Clonliffe women took 2nd team.


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