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Countdown on to Christmas Cracker 5k time!

The countdown is well and truly on. There are now less than 20 days to 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:

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.

Park Life

The Clonliffe U/16,17,18s took a break from the training grind today for a ParkRun in St. Anne’s, Raheny meeting at 8.45 for their warm up and ready to roll at 9.30. There was a good turnout of 10 from the squad and all put in excellent runs with a number of shiny new pbs recorded. The girls were led home by Katie Halpin 2nd woman, in 21.07, 3rd woman was Orla O’Sullivan with a 21.11 pb, 5th woman was Naoise Cullen, another pb, 21.21, Ella Brown 22.25, Amy Sheehy, pb, 22.52, Ella Cooley 23.05, Lara Gallagher 23.52, Aimee Daly 24.51, Cara Curran 26.59, Hollie Foy 28.50. In Cork new Clonliffe signing Clodagh Galvin also ran a Park Run recording a time of 19.51. Great ParkRuns also by a couple of the club’s even younger athletes Sean Cronin 18.14 and Hazel Kenny 22.18.

Next up for the girls is the Brother Schools XC on October 9th, followed by the even age Dublin Cross Country Championships on October 20th.

Clonliffe run in memory of Noeleen McCrohan

There was a very special Park Run this morning in River Valley Swords as some 40 Clonliffe athletes ran in memory of Noeleen McCrohan, wife of our club mate Maurice, who died earlier in the Summer after a long and brave battle. The Clonliffe group included many who train with Maurice were led home by Declan Power at the head of the run.

Note from Maurice: I want to thank all my friends at Clonliffe Harriers and other clubs that came out to run and  support the Tribute to Noeleen at the River Valley Park Run on Saturday 14th Sept.
It was very uplifting for me and Sinead .
I am running Berlin Marathon on 29th Sept to raise funds for St Francis Hospice who gave Noeleen wonderful care .The idonate  link is .
kind Regards

Clonliffe clean sweep in Ardee (updated)

The Clonliffe men made it a clean sweep in this evening’s Seamie Weldon 5k road race in Ardee. From the off Ian Guiden,  Efrem Gidey and Colm Rooney took off dominating the proceedings. Over the final km Ian did his best to drop his team mates but Colm’s superior 1500 speed paid off as he won in 14.36 with Efrem 2nd 14.39 and Ian 3rd 14.40. With Ben Guiden 6th in 16.30, and 2nd junior, Clonliffe took the team title. This was also the first time both Guidens ran on the same Clonliffe team!

On Sunday, the 8th Sean Doran was 2nd in the Lucan Harriers 5 mile (25.55).

Sherlock 6th in Grant Thornton 5k

First club finisher in last night’s Dublin 5k road race, the Grant Thornton in Dublin’s Docklands was Thomas Sherlock 6th in 16.22. Also going up in distance was Mark McDonald, more a 400/800 man in recent years, recording a 17.16 time. Full results on

Rooney 2nd in Portmarnock 5

Colm Rooney took in his local Portmarnock 5 mile multi terrain race last night where he enjoyed a right battle with UK visitor Jonathan Escalante Phillip, a 14.10 5000 athlete. At the finish on the beach Colm was 2nd in 25.08 4 seconds behind the winner, these two were some two and a half minutes clear of third.

On a 5k week Guiden wins in Dundalk

In a weekend of 5K s, as the season winds to a halt, Ian Guiden took in a low-key 5 K road race in Dundalk, the Fr. John Mulligan 5k, and had a solo gun to flag win over tough enough course in 15.05, winning by almost 3 minutes and breaking the course record by over a minute. David Brady was 7th in Fridays Rathkenny 5K in 17.36. On Wednesday night, August 14, Sean Doran was 5th in the Castle Pollard 5K in a time of 15.50.

Weekend Round up

Friday the 2nd: Carlingford 5k Road Race, 4th Sean Doran 15.22, 8th Daniel Stone 15.36, 56th David Brady 17.25.

Saturday the 3rd Callum Simpson had an excellent run on the Ireland White team in the Youth Nations Cup in Morton Stadium finishing 4th in the 3000 (9.29.81).


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