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Sometimes no words are needed!

Jayme Rossister as per previous posting was a superb 13th place in yesterday’s English National XC in Nottingham.

Cross Country is……actually no words needed……

U/19s take yet another National title for Clonliffe (updated with results)

This amazing year for Clonliffe Harriers continued today in the muddy Cow Park cross-country course in Dunboyne where the U/19 boys added yet another national title to the long 2019 roll of honour. The performance of this team was the highlight of the afternoon with three of the team who only four short weeks ago took the national junior title again battling through the mud to score on the U/19 team and in the process retain the title for another year. The team were led home in 13th by Ben Guiden, Aaron Cullen was 18th, with Callum Simpson next in 31st and Ian McAlweeney putting in an extraordinary last 100 to gain four places for 36th. The scoring four were very well backed up by Thomas Balthazar 43rd and Alex Murray 45th..

The girls U/19 team were hit by withdrawals and illness but still with another battling run from Sarah Bateson, who picked up Dublin bronze, leading the girls home in 31st with Abbie Sheehy only a couple of places behind 33rd and Aimee Warren next in 48th . Unfortunately Tess Loftus was unwell and forced to drop out. With 3 to score the team placed 5th.

The U/17 girls ran very well indeed to take fourth place. The team was led home by Aoife Hession 36th, Naoise Cullen was next 48th (both girls won intercounty silver for Dublin), Amy Sheehy having an outstanding run was 49th, then 64th Katie Halpin and on her competitive debut Grace Twomey who ran herself into the ground in 66th and then bravest of the brave and covered in muck literally from head to toe after a fall was Alana Fitzsimons 85th.

The U/15  boys team also battled gamely but with only three home, failed to score on the team front: Jonathan Fitzsimons 66th, Lorcan Benjacar 67th and Cillian Keegan 97th.

The U/17 boys were 8th, Niall Carbery was 40th, and took Dublin team gold, Alex Nuroth 85th, Cillian Sherrin 95th, Eoin Housley 102nd and John Lawerence 104th.

The U/13 boys were possible the first Clonliffe team in that age group running nationals and all put in strong runs with 31st place William Walsh  (also winning county silver) leading the team home, great runs also from  92nd Jaydon Carroll, 122nd Noah Rossi, 142nd Jack McDonnell. Unfortunately Charlie Duffy had to pull out with injury in first lap and then Cathal Hickey despite being sick all week turned up,  eager to race but warm up took it out of him and reluctantly had to withdraw.

The final races of the day were the senior novice races. First off the women’s novice over 4000 M where once again there was a full Clonliffe team, meaning that for the 2019 season teams were fielded in all championship races. The team was led home by Laura Tuite 41st, next in was Alannah Cooley 49th, Clodagh Galvin 63rd, Elaine McLaughlin 74th, Hannah Browne 88th and Marie Howard 121st, the team placing 11th.

Finally the men’s novice where Stephen Cashin had a fantastic run particularly over the second half and over the last 400 went from 20th to an excellent 16th. Next in was Sean Doran 24th followed by Jarlaith Jordan 88th, Greg Hossenny 128th and Paul Keenan 149th . Team placing 9th.

And that therefore brings the curtain down on a wonderfully successful 2019 club cross country season. Congratulations to all of our athletes and a huge thank you to our coaches and club captains.

The Holy Grail returns!

A simply magnificent day for Clonliffe Harriers at the National Cross Country Championships in Abbottstown yesterday.  The Holy Grail has been recovered and after its three year residency in Raheny safely rests now in Santry.  The Clonliffe Men’s team put in heroic performances running themselves into the muddy ground and in the process pulverising the opposition:  Clonliffe Harriers 1st – 52 points, DSD 2nd – 88 points, Raheny 3rd – 125 points.

There were magnificent performances from all of the men led home in 9th place by Efrem Gidey.  Efrem of course is in his final stages of his junior career before turning senior on January 1st and the decision he and the club captain made to forego the junior and race in the senior paid off in dividend.  Efrem got himself into the lead pack from the off and although tiring over the latter stages he held on grimly to come home in the top ten.  Jayme Rossiter ran possibly his best ever cross country race, certainly his best ever National, to power home in 11th place skipping over the mud.  Next in was Cathal Doyle in 14th place after another very strong run and the ever reliable Colm Rooney with yet another magnificent National to be 4th scorer in 18th place.

Huge credit goes to the rest of the team, and a team it truly is.  In 23rd place, a man who has delivered time and time again for Clonliffe Sergiu Ciobanu, with Mark Kenneally in 26th.   Extraordinarily enough the statisticians say that this was Mark’s first National since he won the title in 2010.  His calming professional influence over the whole team cannot be overemphasised.  In 43rd place after a very solid run was Eoin Taggart with the man who is obviously drinking from the fountain of youth Killian Lonergan in 51st place.  In 55th place Ian Guiden who showed such determination to get to the start-line carrying an injury and then showing even more steely grim determination to drag his body to the finish line.  67th place was Sean Doran, Liam Roarty, ever dependable to turn up for Nationals, was 96th and young Jarlaith Jordan again showing grim determination to finish the 10,000, an awful long distance for an 800 track man, 148th.

Huge praise must also go to the club captain Joe Cooper who has really galvanised the squad this year.  The winning of the Nationals yesterday caps an extraordinary year for the men’s team.  This calendar year the men have become national indoor league champions, national outdoor track and field league champions, national half marathon champions, national marathon champions, national junior cross country champions (more about that in the following paragraphs) and national senior cross country champions.  Unprecedented.

The athletes racing yesterday served up a classic. After a fairly easy opening Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel) was the first to test the pack, putting in a burst and opening an early lead, however, that was quickly closed and then at half was Tullamore’s Liam Brady using his strength over the sapping conditions opened a big lead that looked like a winning move. With one final circuit to go Brady’s lead was back to only 15m as Brian Fay (Raheny) and Sean Tobin (Clonmel) had eaten into his lead and coming off the hill Fay was almost in touching distance until Brady drove on again, his bravery being rewarded with a first national senior title.

The Clonliffe Junior Men’s team defied all the odds to retain the National Junior title.  Despite ‘losing’ Efrem to the seniors the lads raised their game even more.  The scoring four were Aaron Cullen in 12th, Ben Guiden 15th, Stephen Cashin 21st, Calum Simpson 42nd and these four were ably supported by Alex Murray 59th, Ian McElweney 67th and Daniel Lacy 89th.  An interesting aside is that Ben Guiden was the only one at the scoring four today, to have been in the scoring four in 2018 – a true sign of strength and depth when basically a whole new team can retain the junior title, furthermore this was the 4th junior title in 5 years.

Thus it was a magnificent double and fittingly of course the junior team bringing the Lar Byrne Cup back to Santry.

The green shoots with the women’s team continue to grow with a full Senior Women’s team competing, something which hasn’t occurred for a few years.  The six ladies all battled gamely over the 8000m course with Ailish Malone running herself into the ground in 46th place.  Laura Tuite had a very good run in 67th.  Likewise Alannah Cooley 69th and Emma Cooper a strong 70th with Clodhagh Galvin 75th and Maura Matthews battling all the way to the line to finish in 77th position.  When the numbers were totted up the team had placed 7th.

There was a full compliment of Clonliffe vests on show in the Junior Women’s race.  Good battling performances from all eight of the team, Sarah Bateson led the team home with Katie Halpin only one place behind her, a fine run also by Aoife Hession and by 4th scorer Abbie Sheehy (there seems to be a bit of a glitch in the official results on the placings but it would seem that Sarah was 52nd, Katie 53rd, Aoife 57th and Abbie 59th.  Fine runs also from Hannah Browne, racing for the final time as a junior, Alana Fitzsimons, Ella Brown and Tess Loftus.  The junior women are on the resukts as 10th, but those results are questionable.

The Junior races also incorporated the National U/18 Championships.  The Clonliffe girls team placed 5th, Sarah 38th, Katie 39th, Aoife 43rd and Alana Fitzsimons 52nd, Sarah picked up National Intercounty gold on the Dublin team.  The U/18 boys also placed 5th:  Calum 22nd (inter county silver), Alex 36th, Niall Carberry 65th, John Laurence 78th and Alex Nuroth 95th.

The other star of the day of course was Sean Cronin who was simply superb in the boy’s U/14 race.  In the top two or three for the whole race coming up the hill for the final time it was neck and neck, however, Sean’s superior strength paid off in spades as he powered up the hill towards the finish to be crowned the National Champion to the cheers and delight of the Clonliffe supporters.   The rest of U/14 team performed magnificently with Lorcan Benjcar 53rd, Devan Morrisssey 90th, Mark Goss Keogh 110th and Cian O’Hare 150th.  The team finishing just out of the medals in 4th position.

Likewise fine performances from the U/14 girls led home in 40th place by Sorcha O’Connor, 114th was Rebecca Walsh, 118th Sarah McDonnell, 133rd Hazel Kenny, 135th Ali Connolly, 158th Kate Faherty.

The U/16 boys also battled away gamely led home by Sean Boyne in 20th place.  Sean also picked up precious intercounty gold for Dublin.  The rest of the team was Ronan Donohue 69th, Eoin Housley 78th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 83rd, Sam Murray 89th and Cillian Keegan 103rd.

Huge congratulations to all of our athletes on their performances yesterday.  To the coaches, to all involved and in particular Joe Cooper, yesterday was his 12th national cross country win.  It was a special day for Clonliffe Harriers and a magnificent team effort.

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Double top!

Clonliffe athletes excelled in Abbotstown today. The senior men have delivered the Holy Grail, after a 3 year residency in Raheny the National title is back in Santry. The scoring four were Efrem Gidey, Jayme Rossister, Cathal Doyle and Colm Rooney. Just before the senior race came the news that the junior men had magnificently retained the junior title, Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin and Callum Simpson. To cap a brilliant day young Sean Cronin took the national U/14 title.

Full report and photos tomorrow. Going for a pint!!!


Clonliffe Ready to Rumble!

This Sunday is the highlight of the cross country season – the Nationals at the National Cross Country course in Abbottstown. This was an event which up to recent years has been dominated by the Clonliffe Senior men, however, the past few years our north side neighbours Raheny Shamrocks have turned the tables last year taking three in a row with Clonliffe finishing runner up.

Sunday will see one of the strongest Clonliffe teams in many years take to the field of battle. The field includes two former National senior cross country champions: Mark Kenneally, London 2012 Olympian and Sergiu Ciobanu.  The Senior Men’s team also includes National marathon champion Stephen Scullion, Colm Rooney, Cathal Doyle, Ian Guiden and Jayme Rossiter.

The A team will receive great support from a strong B team of Killian Lonergan, Sean Doran, Eoin Taggart, James Kevan, Jarlaith Jordan, Liam Roarty, Tom Sherlock, Karl Nolan and Sean O’Leary

It is also very pleasing that for the third successive cross country championship race this season that a full Clonliffe Women’s team will compete in a senior race led by Ailish Malone. The full women’s senior team is Ailish, Laura Tuite, Alannah Cooley, Maura Matthews, Clodagh Galvin and Emma Cooper.

In the junior race the Men’s junior team go into this as defending champions. The Clonliffe junior men’s team is Daniel Lacey, Aaron Cullen, Efrem Gidey, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin, Ian McAlweney, Thomas Balthazar, Calum Simpson.

A full Clonliffe Women’s junior team will run in the Nationals for the first time, possibly ever. The Women’s team is:  Hannah Browne, Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Sarah Bateson, Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons, Abbie Sheehy and Katie Halpin.

In addition to the junior and senior Championships of course Sunday is the juvenile even ages with good Clonliffe teams entered. The boys and girls U/18 race is incorporated in the junior race and if an athlete is entered on both teams will score in both the U/18 and the junior championship.

The Clonliffe teams in the juvenile nationals are:

Girls U/18 – Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy, Ella Brown, Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons and Katie Halpin.

Boys U/18 – Calum Simpson, Niall Carbery, Alex Murray, John Laurence, Alex Neuroth, Dermot Buckley.

Boys U/16 – Sean Boyne, Ronan Donohue, Sam Murray, Cillian Keegan, Eoin Housley, Jonathan Fitzsimons.

Girls U/14 – Sorcha O’Connor, Hazel Kenny, Rebecca Walsh, Ali Connolly, Sarah McDonnell, Kate Faherty.

Boys U/14 – Cian O’Hare, Sean Cronin, Lorcan Benjacar, Devan Morrissey, Mark Goss Keogh, Christian Finn.

The very best of luck to all our teams on Sunday. Clonliffe club members are encouraged to attend Abbottstown on Sunday to support their club mates.  This is one of the biggest events of the year.  It is a very important event to the athletes and the club and I am sure all will be greatly encouraged and benefit from your support. Let’s get ready to rumble!


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 women: let’s keep it rolling!

Having fielded full teams in both recent Dublin Cross Country Championships the club are pressing to keep it rolling. There are upcoming opportunities for Clonliffe women’s teams and any athlete wishing to become part of these teams are encouraged to contact the ladies captain Louise Caraher asap.

Next up is the National Senior and Juniors in Abbotstown on November 24th. Do not be under any illusions it’ll be a challenge, all of 8000m’s worth, but we are Clonliffe and with that Nil Desperandum spirit we can compete.

Seven days later in Tymon Park it’s the Dublin Intermediates December 1st.

Then with a further two weeks training it’s off to Dunboyne for the National Novice.

Master athletes are also catered for! January 5th will see the Dublin Masters in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny followed by the National Masters and National Intermediate cross country February 8th.

So Clonliffe women the goal is to field teams in all of the above. Are you up for it? If so please contact Louise on 0860768431 asap.

The Irwin Cup/Club Cross Country Saturday next.

Saturday November 9th will see round 15 of the 16 race Grand Prix Series and incorporating the club cross country in sentry Demesne. After yesterday’s Dublins and today’s race, it’ll be a mucky one! The day will commence with the club juvenile cross country at 11.00am followed by the Irwin Cup/Club cross at 12.00.

The juveniles are from U/9s to U/15s, medals for the first 3 in each. Meet at the club house at 10.30am.

In the Grand Prix Series with two races left the latest leaderboard shows Deirdre Fitzsimons grimly holding her lead as Gerry Fay closes in, 324 to 318. See latest leaderboard: Grand Prix 2019 results after Rd 14

Now for the history lesson, on the historic Irwin Cup!

Over a century ago in 1910 Clonliffe introduced to the club calendar the Grand National, a 6 mile cross country race which included jumps and ditches to be negotiated. The race continued on each year. Some four years later in Dundrum in 1914 a Clonliffe athlete called Bernie Irwin (full name Herbert Carmichael Irwin) become the 2nd Clonliffe man to win the National Cross Country Championship leading Clonliffe to the team title into the bargain.

Bertie Irwin was one of the finest athletes to wear the black and amber adding National track titles over 1 Mile and 4 Miles. In 1920 he became Clonliffe`s 5th Olympian making the 5000 final, for Great Britain in Antwerp where he finished 12th.

Bertie was an aviator and a member of the RAF. He served in the First World War in 1916 and 1917.

The R101 at it`s moorings Cardington

He  was promoted to Flight Lieutenant with seniority 1 April 1917.  Under the RAF he was granted a short-service commission as Flight Lieutenant on 24 October 1919. With the expertise he had gathered in flying Airships he became involved with Britian`s plans for passenger airships to link Britian and it`s colonies. Two huge airships were built the R100 and R101. Irwin was the Captain of the R101, the largest man made object to fly at the time. Interestingly one of the R101 test flights in 1930 brought the airship across the Irish Sea above Dublin leading Irwin to pen a letter to Tommy Burton, the Clonliffe Captain saying: “they had flown over the Finglas fields where I enjoyed so many memorable runs with the Clonliffes.” Tragedy struck, however,  on the R101`s maiden voyage from Cardington to India when on the 5th of October 1930 the R101 in stormey weather over Northern France crashed nose first at a forest edge at the town of Allone, Beauvais, bursting into flames killing 48 of the 54 people on board including her Captain the Clonliffe Olympian Carmichael Irwin.

With Bertie`s Clonliffe connections and as he had ran in several club “Grand Nationals” in 1932 the race was renamed the Irwin Cup with the presentation to the club of the Irwin Memorial Cup in his memory. That race continues to this day.

So Saturday will be a fine club cross country day for all.

Clonliffe men 10th in English Cross Country Relays! (updated)

Well not quite but almost! At today’s English Cross Country Relays held in the mud of Berry Hill Park, Mansfield the 10th place Newham and Essex Beagles AC team included 2 current and 1 former Clonliffe Harriers. Jayme Rossister ran 16.17.55, Edgars Sumskis 17.29.45 and Eoin Pierce 17.15.65 for their respective 5k legs. Also on the subject of UK relays, good to report that Orna McGinley running for Belgrave, took 2nd with her team in the Priory Cross Country relays.

Defending champion Rooney leads Clonliffe in Dublin XC (updated)

The Dublin cross country championship are hosted by Clonliffe Harriers in Santry this Sunday, November 3rd. The men won the Padraig Keane Cup last year led home in 1st place by Colm Rooney and have a very strong team entered that will put up a stout defence on Sunday. It’s also pleasing that their will be a womens team in action for the first time in a few years and two good junior teams.

Sunday will also see the juvenile uneven ages championships with strong Clonliffe teams entered.

Senior men: Colm Rooney,  Ian Guiden, Cathal Doyle,  Efrem Gidey,  Karl Nolan,  Eoin Taggart, Sean Doran, Peter Bisset  Thomas Sherlock , Liam Roarty, Paul Keenan

Junior men: Efrem Gidey, Aaron Cullen,  Ben Guiden,  Stephen Cashin,  Daniel Lacey, Ian McAweeney, Thomas Baltzar, Callum Simpson,  Alex Murray  Niall Carberry.

Senior women:  Eleanor Alexander,  Ailish Malone, Alannah Cooley,  Laura Tuite, Clodagh Galvin, Maura Matthews, Emma Cooper.

Junior Women: Hannah Browne, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren, Sarah Bateson, Ella Brown, Abbie Sheehy.

U/19 girls: Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy,  Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren.

U/17 girls: Aoife Hession,  Alana Fitzsimmons, Katie Halpin, Ella Cooley, Naoise Cullen, Amy Sheehy.

U/17 boys: Niall Carberry,  John Lawrence, Alex Neuroth, Sean Boyne, Owen Housley, Eoin Byrne, Killian Sheridan, Andrew Gaffney, Ronan Donohue.

U/15 girls: Orla O’Sullivan, Eabha Guy, Hazel Kenny, Ciara Scott, Clodagh Nic Dhomhnaill

U/15 boys: Jonathan Fitzsimmons, Killian Keegan, Sam Murray, Callun Maguire, Sean Cronin, Lorcan Benjacar, Christian Finn.

U/13 girls: Kamila Pastere, Ava Usanova, Kate Campbell, Nicola Poplusa-Cazka, Sarah McDonnell.

U/13 boys: Cathal O’Neill, Jack McDonnell, Marcos Lawrence, Noah Rossi, Peter Maloney, Sean McHugh, Yang O’Connor, William Walsh, Charlie Duffy, Jayden Carroll, Jake Kane.

Event timetable:

Course Map:

Course builders meet at 8.00am. Help need so dont be shy! Also stewards meet at 10 15.



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