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Club 800 Championships

Next Thursday`s (June 21st) Grand Prix Round, the 800 (sponsored by Richie Barr) also incorporates the Club 800m Championships for both men and women.

This being a club Championship the race is of course open to all club members. The races, there are expected to be several, will start at 8.00pm.

Clonliffe club cross country c`ships ’17 (updated)

Today was, as Sky Sports would say, Championship Saturday. The Clonliffe Club Cross country for both Juveniles and seniors. There was a great turn out for the Juvenile Championships in the U/9 to U/15 age groups of athletes and parents. It was particularly good to see so many parents lined up on the finishing straight cheering on the youngsters.

The ground was a little muddy in places after persistent overnight rain, but that`s Cross Country! The young athletes as always performed with great enthusiasm and there were brilliant battles for honours all the way to the line.

Here, (thanks to Ulrik for results and photos) are the U9-U15 results from today’s club XC championships.

U9 Girls

1st Ella Mooney

2nd Sloan Preston

3rd Sienna Kelly

U9 Boys

1st Cormac Cronin

2nd Owen McMillen

3rd James McGee

U11 Girls

1st Ava Usanova

2nd Ali Connolly

3rd Sarah McDonnell

U11 Boys

1st Michael Manning

2nd Jack McDonnell

3rd Noah Rossi

U13 Girls

1st Orla O’Sullivan

2nd Sorcha O’Connor

3rd Isobel Browne

U13 Boys

1st Jonathan Fitzsimons

2nd Christian Finn

3rd Callum McGuire

U15 Girls

1st Emma McDonnell

2nd Ellen Quigley

3rd Sophie Townsend

U15 Boys

1st Jack Woods

2nd Killian Sheeran

3rd Ronan O’Donohoe

Also the senior championships took place as part of the Irwin Cup in the 2017 Grand Prix Series. The race was run over 6,000m and attracted another sizeable entry for this historic race.

As there is a dispute on the results, they will be posted in due course.


Club Cross Country Championships/ Irwin cup this Saturday

The 2017 Club Cross Country Championships take place this Saturday November 11th in Santry Demesne in conjunction with the penultimate round of the 2017 Grand Prix Series, the Irwin Cup. Proceedings on Saturday will get underway at 11 a.m. sharp with the first of the Clonliffe Juvenile 2017 Cross Country Championship races.  Juvenile athletes are reminded to meet at the clubhouse at 10.15 a.m.

The race distances for the juvenile championships are as follows:

U/9 – 300m

U/11 – 500m

U/13 – 1000m

U/15 – 1000m

There will be medals for the first three in each of the championships races. Juvenile athletes in these age groups are expected to take part in these club championships (unless agreed otherwise with their coach)

At 12 noon the Irwin Cup/Club Cross Country takes place, this year’s Irwin Cup is sponsored by George Maybury.

The Irwin Cup is one of the club’s historic races with a history going back to 1932. The race itself, however, goes right back to 1910 when the club introduced a six mile cross country handicap race which included jumps and ditches and this became known as ‘the Grand National’.  In 1932 the race was renamed the Irwin Cup in memory of Bertie Irwin.  Bertie Irwin was a Clonliffe Olympian, he ran for Great Britain in the 1920 Olympic Games held in Antwerp where he qualified for the final of the 5000 finishing in 12th position.  Bertie Irwin also won the National Cross Country.

He served in the RNAS (later to become the RAF) in the First World War. Later he became captain of the R101 Airship.  On a test flight in 1930 he recalled in a letter to the then Clonliffe club captain Tommy Burton that the airship had ‘flown over the Finglas fields where I enjoyed so many memorable runs with the Clonliffes’.

Tragically, however, on the R101’s maiden voyage to India it crashed in Northern France on the 5th of October, 1930 killing 48 of the 54 on board including unfortunately Bertie Irwin.

Saturday’s Grand Prix race, the Irwin Cup, will also double as the club Senior Cross Country Championship Race. The race will be held over 6k, the winner of the men`s championship will be presented with the Harry Cooney Cup and the lady`s champion the, newly presented, Fred Connolly trophy.

Sherlock takes Clonliffe club 10,000 title

Thomas Sherlock was showing no after effects from his 16.27 5k sortie around Dublin`s Docklands in the Grant Thornton race 24 hours earlier (15th place) in last night`s club 10,000. On a blustery night in Morton Stadium he was the best of the 50 starters to win in 34.23 to win the Bonass Trophy with Sean Doran 2nd and Paul O`Loughlin 3rd.

in the women`s championships Emma Dunne was best in 41.04 from Laura Kernan 2nd. There was some confusion on 3rd place and the officials are currently looking into this.

The race was also round 12 of the Grand Prix Series, full results soon from Liam Hennessy.

O`Brien wins club 1500 plus Grand Prix

Round 10 – Grand Prix Series / Incorporating Club Championship 1500 Metres – Morton Stadium – Thurs, 13th July – 8pm – Report by Liam Hennessy as follows;

The Grand Prix / Club Championship 1500 Metres took place Thursday at Morton Stadium. The weather was a Dry / Cloudy / Breezy / 14 Degrees – Not a great evening for times. The 1500 Metres was run over five races. The Club Championship turned out to be a competitive affair in both Men and Womens categories. In the Mens race Adam O’Brien had a fine run retaining the Simon Byrne Trophy (Presented by Pat Byrne), in winning by over three seconds from Sean O’Leary in second and Sean Doran two seconds further back in third place. In the Womens race Ciara Peelo produced a great performance to win by over eight seconds from Alannah Cooley, who had a fine run to finish second with Aimee Ahern in third place.

The full result of the Mens and Womens Club Championship was as follows;
Mens Championship:
Club Champion 2017 – 1500 Metres: Adam O’Brien

Runner up: Sean O’Leary
Third Place: Sean Doran

Womens Championship:

Club Champion 2017 – 1500 Metres: Ciara Peelo
Runner up: Alannah Cooley
Third Place: Aimee Ahern

The result of the Grand Prix Handicap for the 1500 Metres, kindly sponsored by Pat Byrne was as follows;
Winner: James Smith
Runner up: Yvonne Mc DonaghThird Place: Ann Mc Donnell

Full results of the 1500 Metres as follows;
1. Adam O’Brien – 4.09.2
2. Sean O’Leary – 4.12.9
3. Sean Doran – 4.14.9
4. George Brady (Guest) – 4.26.1
5. Alex Gibbons – 4.33
6. Eftem – 4.42.7
7. Owen Murphy – 4.47
8. Ger Copeland (Guest) – 4.49
9. Stephen Butler (Guest) – 4.50.7
10. Kevin Dowling – 4.51
11. Rowland Eager (Guest) – 4.55.5
12. Anto Doran – 4.56.5
13. Gerry Deegan (Guest) – 5.02.5 – A Cead Mile Failte to our good friend Gerry, visiting from the USA.
14. James Smith – 5.08.8
15. Ciara Peelo (Guest) – 5.09
16. Philip Matthews – 5.11.3
17. Stephen O’Reilly – 5.11.5
18. Fergal Keenan – 5.12.1
19. Alannah Cooley – 5.17.9
20. Mick Bermingham – 5.25.5
21. Declan Grant – 5.26.3
22. Simon Smith – 5.26.9
23. Sean Grimes – 5.28.2
24. Stephen Tracey – 5.28.8
25. Tom Cassidy – 5.29.3
26. Mick Gleeson – 5.31.9
27. Alex Eustace – 5.33.4
28. David O’Sullivan – 5.35.1
29. Nicola Mooney – 5.40.1
30. Martin Cavanagh – 5.41.5
31. Aimee Ahern – 5.46.9
32. Jim Keogh – 5.47
33. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 5.54.1
34. Niall O’Connor – 5.54.8
35. Joe Cole (Guest) – 6.02
36. Keith Farrell – 6.03.9
37. Ciara O’Regan – 6.05.3
38. Terry Mee – 6.05.9
39. Eva Domony – 6.07.7
40. Stephen Blake – 6.08
41. Colm Doran – 6.12
42. Melissa Curran – 6.15
43. Pat Devitt – 6.15.4
44. Gary Power (Guest) – 6.21
45. Aine Mc Cann – 6.22
46. Paul White (Guest) – 6.25
47. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 6.27
48. Ciara Daly – 6.28
49. Ann Mc Donnell – 6.28 1
50. Anna Kavanagh – 6.28.9
51. Mary Purdue Smith – 6.30
52. ??????????? – 6.30.1
53. Dave Lyons – 6.34
54. Jenny Bower – 6.37.4
55. Shay Byrne – 7.10
56. Dave Brady – 7.24

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Many thanks to all who volunteered to make this race such a great success. Hard to believe Round 11 is the next race !!!!

Next Race: Round 11 – Thursday, July 27th – Club Championship / Grand Prix – 5000 Metres (12.5 Laps) – Morton Stadium – Thursday – July 27th8PM. We look forward to seeing as many club athletes as possible taking part. And then there was a break ????? – The Grand Prix Series breaks for the month of August and will resume with Round 12 – Thursday, September 7th – For The Bonass Cup – Club Championship 10000 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8PM.

What break ?????  there’s more….Yes….More very important upcoming races for your diary – Plenty more opportunities to run pb’s !!!!
It’s our August Series 2017 – COME – RUN – ENJOY – No entry fee – No Prizes. This series is open to club members, Grand Prix runners and invited guests. We would encourage Clonliffe club members to run, so come along and get involved.
August Series dates for your diary;
August 3rd –  The Classic Mile – Morton Stadium – 8PM.
August 10th – Break due to World Athletics Championships, London.
August 17th – 800 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8PM.
August 24th – 1500 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8PM.

August 31st – 5000 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8PM.

COME – RUN – ENJOY THE AUGUST SERIES – See you there !!!.

Sean O`Leary wins 800 club championships plus GP latest

Round 9 – Grand Prix Series / Incorporating Club Championship 800 Metres – Morton Stadium – Thursday – 8pm, Report by Liam Hennessy as follows;

The Grand Prix / Club Championship 800 Metres took place Thursday on the track. The weather was excellent -18 Degrees / Dry / 85% Humidity. The 800 Metres was run over five races. It was terrific to see such a turnout and there was a real sense of excitement surrounding every race, as runners attempted to achieve new pb’s on what was a superb night for running.The Mens Club Championship proved to be very close with Sean O’ Leary just edging it in a battle with Greg Hosseny and Sean Doran hot on their heels in third place. In the Womens Club Championship the race proved to be most competitive with Emer Treacy winning the race by just over a second from Ciara Peelo and Emma Kelly another second back in third place.

The result of the Mens and Womens Club Championship was as follows;

Mens Championship:

Club Champion 2017 – 800 Metres: Sean O’ Leary

Runner up: Greg Hosseny

Third Place: Sean Doran

Women Championship:

Club Champion 2017 – 800 Metres: Emer Treacy

Runner up: Ciara Peelo

Third Place: Emma Kelly

The Result of the Grand Prix – Richie Barr Cup – 800 Metres – Kindly sponsored by Richie Barr was as follows;

Winner: Eoghan Murphy

Runner up: Martin Cavanagh

Third Place: Simon Smith



Full list of results as follows;

  1. Sean O’ Leary – 2.01
  2. Greg Hosseny – 2.03
  3. Sean Doran – 2.05
  4. Niall Norman – 2.07
  5. Owen Murphy – 2.16.4
  6. Owen Brady – 2.18.57
  7. Clive Ahern – 2.19
  8. Kevin Dowling – 2.19.11
  9. Eftem – 2.23
  10. Ger Copeland – 2.23
  11. Emer Treacy – 2.23.3
  12. Ciara Peelo – 2.24.39
  13. Emma Kelly – 2.25.81
  14. Roland Eager – 2.28
  15. James Smith – 2.29
  16. Simon Smith – 2.31
  17. Emma Dunne – 2.31.17
  18. Niall Markey – 2.31.5
  19. Fergal Keenan – 2.32.5
  20. Martin Cavanagh – 2.34
  21. Ollie Power – 2.35
  22. Mick Bermingham – 2.36
  23. Declan Grant – 2.37
  24. David O’ Sullivan – 2.41
  25. Mick Gleeson – 2.42
  26. Laura Kernan – 2.43
  27. Eimear Brennan – 2.45
  28. Aimee Ahern – 2.47
  29. Niall O’ Connor – 2.48.28
  30. Ciara O’ Regan – 2.50.7
  31. Jim Keogh – 2.51.3
  32. Keith Farrell – 2.51.9
  33. Terry Mee – 2.53.8
  34. Catherine Dempsey – 2.58.5
  35. Robert Mangan – 2.59
  36. Pat Devitt – 3.00.3
  37. Orla Deighan – 3.00.6
  38. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 3.01.5
  39. Melissa Curran – 3.01.6
  40. Ciara Daly – 3.02.8
  41. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 3.04.2
  42. Jennifer Sharkey – 3.07.2
  43. Katie Hennigan – 3.12.2
  44. Joanne Mc Cabe – 3.16.1
  45. Ann Mc Donnell – 3.17.1
  46. Colm Doran – 3.20.8
  47. Mary Purdue Smyth – 3.23.7
  48. Dave Lyons – 3.24.3
  49. Shay Byrne – 3.37.9
  50. Dave Brady – 3.47.8

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Many thanks to our Club President; Paddy Marley and Ladies and Men’s Club Captains, Pamela and Joe Cooper for their presence. Many thanks to all who volunteered to make this race such a great success. Many thanks also to Caroline and Paddy Tuite for providing the after race refreshments.

Next race – Round 10 – Thursday next – July 13th – Club Championship / Grand Prix – 1500 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8pm. Keep a look out for upcoming information on our August series of races where there will be more chances to run PB’s !!!

Finally, the Grand Prix leaderboard can be accessed by going to the Clonliffe Harriers website, select Promotions, select Grand Prix and scroll to bottom of page and click on Leaderboard.

Grand Prix/ Club 800 Championships Thursday July 6th

Round 9 of the Grand Prix Series and the first of the club track championships the 800m is this Thursday July 6th in the stadium. The grand Prix is sponsored by Richie Barr. The Championship is of course open to all club members, however, please be there early for grading purposes. The first race is at 8.00pm.

The Championships then continue incorporated into the grand Prix Races as follows:

Round 10: Thursday July 13th 1500m, Pat Byrne Cup/ Club Championship – Morton Stadium 8 p.m

Round 11: Thursday  July 27th – 5,000m/Club Championship  Morton Stadium 8 p.m.

Doran and Page win club cross country titles

Liam Hennessy reports on the Grand Prix Series/senior club cross country: Saturday, 12th November, 2016 – Santry Demesne – Clear / 11 Degrees – Superb Underfoot Conditions
Clonliffe Harriers Men’s Cross Country Championship 2016 – Harry Cooney Trophy – Senior Race – 6 miles – 17 Starters – 15 Finishers.
1st Place and Club Champion 2016 – Sean Doran
2nd Place – Tom Sherlock
3rd Place – Shane Casey
Women’s Cross Country Championship 2016 – 3 miles – 14 Starters – 14 Finishers.
1st Place and Club Champion 2016 – Kerri Page – 19.50
2nd Place – Maura Matthews – 20.00
3rd Place – Ciara Peelo – 20.28
Grand Prix Series: 108th Running of The Horan Cup – Sponsored by Richard Connolly  – Race 15/16 – 6 Miles Cross Country (run in conjunction with men’s senior championship) – 20 Starters – 18 Finishers.
Full Results:
1.Sean Doran – 33.50
2. Tom Sherlock – 34.35
3. Shane Casey – 38.28
4. Fergal O’ Shea – 38.46
5. Stephen Tracey – 39.42
6. Niall Markey – 40.40
7. Trevor Wisdom – 40.52
8. Liam Hennessy – 40.57
9. Mick Gleeson – 41.11
10. Richie Barr – 41.52
11. Alex Eustace – 42.50
12. Aimee Ahern – 43.25
13. Clodagh Moriarty – 43.25
14. David O’ Sullivan – 43.30
15. Declan Murray – 43.52
16. Declan Grant – 44.55
17. Ollie Power – 44.55
18. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 45.57
19. Martin Cavanagh – DNF
20. Declan Hetherington – DNF
Many thanks to Club President; Paddy Marley, Men’s Captain; Joe Cooper and Women’s Captain; Pamela Cooper for their presence. A big thank you to the Grand Prix Committee for today’s race preparation. Prizes for today’s races will be presented at the awards evening on Thursday, December 8th, 2016.
Dates for your diary;
Saturday, 26th November, 2016 – Race 16/16 – Irwin Cup – 6k Cross Country – Santry Demesne – 12 noon.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 – Grand Prix Awards Evening – Club Bar – 9pm.

Clonliffe club cross country c`ships 2016

Another beautiful Autumnal day in Santry Demesne greeted the young Clonliffe athletes for today`s club championships. As has now become the norm underfoot conditions in the park were just perfect, as the ground showed not a trace of last Sunday`s Dublin Cross Country.

The championships were very well supported by the athletes from each of the juvenile groups with keen competition in every race as all looked to the coveted reward of being a Clonliffe club champion. The younger ages raced over 500m and the distances then increased to the 3000m enjoyed by the U/16s and 18s as the championships drew to a close well before conclusion of the allocated hour.

Results of 2016 Club Championships:

U/10 Girls: 1st Ava Usaova, 2nd Sarah McDonald, 3rd Grace Fitzgerald

U/10 Boys: 1st Harry Carroll, 2nd Jack McDonald, 3rd Leo Moriarty

U/12 Girls: 1st Ruby Conroy, 2nd Isabel Browne, 3rd Ava Guy

U/12 Boys: 1st Jonathan Fitzsimons, 2nd Cian O`Hara, 3rd Christian Finn

U/14 Girls: 1st Emma McDonald, 2nd Katie Halpin, 3rd Aoife Hession

U/14 boys: 1st Keith Burke, 2nd Jonas Nyberg, 3rd Conor O`Shea

U/16 Girls: 1st Ella  Brown, 2nd Aimee Warren, 3rd Abbey Sheehy

U/16 Boys: 1st Daragh Carter, 2nd Dermot Buckley, 3rd Sam Kowalczyk

U/18 Girls: 1st Hannah Browne, 2nd Kate Howlett, 3rd Lauren Cox

U/18 Boys: 1st Daniel Lacey, 2nd Cian Bolger, 3rd Jordan Byrne.

For photos from juvenile c`ship click:

Following the juvenile programme the senior championships took place in conjunction with the Horan Cup over 6 miles. After a fairly gruelling race Sean Doran was the 2016 champion successfully defending the title he claimed last year from runner up Tom Sherlock and Shane Casey 3rd. The women`s championship was over 3 miles and was won by Kerri Page, 2nd Maura Matthews 3rd Ciara Peelo. (Report on the Horan Cup/Grand Prix race posted later)



Horan Cup/Club XC Championship this Saturday November 12th

The penultimate round of the 2016 Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series the Horan Cup, sponsored by Richard Connolly takes place this Saturday. The event will incorporate the club junior/senior cross country championships for both men and women.  To complete a championship Saturday the juvenile section of the club will also hold their club cross country championships prior to the Horan Cup.

The Horan Cup itself is one of the oldest Clonliffe Harriers cups and now reaches its 108th birthday.  The first Horan Cup was held back in 1908 presented by Michael Horan who was a club vice president at the time.  In that inaugural race there were seventeen starters, the fastest time of the day for the six mile was recorded by H. Mullally a time of 38.07.  The Horan Cup has always, however, operated on a handicap basis and the winner of the cup that year was Mr. T. Hassell.

The race will incorporate both men and women’s club championships. Please note, however, that the women’s club championship will be a three mile affair with the men completing the six miles.  Women members who are part of the Grand Prix Series and wish to remain in the Grand Prix race of course must complete the six miles!

The Horan Cup/Club Championship will be held at 12 noon.

The juvenile club championships will be run before the Horan cup/Senior Championship with the following races:

U/10  500m

U/12   1000m

U/14   1500m

U/16   2000m

Medals for the first 3. Juveniles please meet at 10.15am at the clubhouse.

As always club members who are not competing and are prepared to help out please arrive early on Saturday.

Important note: Arnotts warehouse sale is on Saturday. Traffic in Santry will be heavy so allow plenty of time to get to stadium.


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