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That was a piece of cake!

It was another great club night at tonight’s Clonliffe Harriers cake races and athletes of the year night. Despite incessant rain there was a great turnout of athletes numbering close on 90 between both races. The women’s race got proceedings underway at 7:30 PM with the first athletes heading off into the gloom towards Northwood in Santry, with athletes being sent off in groups .The first athlete out of the gloom was Louise Carraher, the women’s captain, and bearing no responsibility for the handicapping coming home first followed in second place by scratch athlete Hope Saunders and Laura Tuite third.

At 8 PM it was the turn of the men again the race being run in a handicap basis until scratch man, European U/20 bronze medallist, Efrem Gidey being released. Efrem quickly ran through the field like the proverbial ‘knife through butter’ to come home first with Jamye Rossiter second and a very popular Sean O’Leary third.

At the presentation in the women’s race Louise Carraher won the women’s cake race with Hope fastest woman in 19.05. Jayme Rossiter was awarded the cake race win with Efrem fastest in a very impressive 14.25.

Following the presentation of prizes for the cake races proceedings moved on to a special presentation to the Clonliffe junior cross country winning team of Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin, Callum Simpson, Alex Murray, Ian McAlweney and the senior men’s cross country team of Efrem Gidey, Cathal Doyle, Colm Rooney, Jayme Rossiter, Mark Kennealy, Sergiu Ciobanu, Ian Guiden.

This was then followed by the presentation to the clubs athletes of the year very kindly sponsored by Loki Sports The winning athletes were:

Junior athlete of the year: Efrem Gidey

Master athlete of the year: Colm Rooney

Men’s road/cross country: Stephen Scullion

Women’s road/cross country: Emma Mitchell

Men’s track and field: Jayme Rossiter

Women’s track and field: Snezana Bechtina

Harrier of the year: Stephen Cashin

Juvenile Cake Race & End of Year Awards

Eugenia Bateson reports on Juvenile Cake race night: A very enjoyable evening for our end of year cake race with a number of awards given out to our upcoming talented athletes. The fabulous cakes were supplied by Callum’s Creations made by Callum Simpson. Check out his Instagram page Callum’s Creations.  We were honoured to have Efrem Gidey present the awards making the occasion even more memorable for the recipients.
National Medals were presented to Sean Cronin, who won the U/14 National Cross Country Championships.  Sean and Lorcan Benjacar were also presented with their silver county medals as part of the Dublin team in the National Championships.
William Walsh was also presented with his silver county medal for the Dublin U/13 team in the National Championships.
Dublin League Cross Country trophies and plaques were presented to the following U14 Boys:  1st Sean Cronin, 4th Lorcan Benjacar , 5th Christian Finn,  6th, Devan Morrisey
Dublin Juvenile League Track and Field plaques were presented to U11 Ethan Somola and U13 Rebecca Walsh
The Park Run Challenge awards were very competitive.  Athletes signed up to do two Junior Parkruns and the athletes with the most improved times were Cathal O’Neill with an improvement of 22 seconds and in the girls,  Rebecca Walsh improved by 9 seconds.  Each were awarded with a voucher.
The highlight of the night was the Juvenile Athlete of the year.  This was awarded to Sean Cronin, who has had an outstanding cross country year including the winning of the National U/14 title in Abbotstown last month.
The serious business of the night was the Cake Race.  With the track frozen the cross country training once again paid off. With cakes up for grabs the competitive streaks were evident!!!
Girls U/9 – U/10 – Lana Clancy
Girls U/11- U/12 – Zoe Mulligan
Girls U/13 – U/15 Nicola Podolska
Boys U/9 – U/10 David Blaque
Boys  U/11 – U/12 Joshua Cooke
Boys U/13 -U/15 William Walsh
20 spot prizes were also awarded.
Gladys the Elf finished up the night by inviting all the Juveniles and their families to join us for our major fundraising event of the year, the Christmas Cracker  5K on Sunday 29th December.  Always a great day and fun family event.
Well done to all. Many thanks to Efrem Gidey for attending to present the prizes and Callum Simpson of Callum’s Creations for the fabulous cakes.

Next week it’s time for Xmas Cake Race & Awards Night

Next week sees the club’s Christmas festivities with on Tuesday the juveniles up to U/15 having their Cake Races on the track in Morton Stadium. Then on the 19th of December it is the senior Cake Races using the 5K out and back loop from the track up through Northwood and back.

Following Tuesday’s Juvenile Races, athletes are asked to stay for the prize giving, and to celebrate the end of a brilliant Clonliffe Harriers year.

Thursday’s senior races are run on a handicap basis, therefore, athletes looking to participate need by Monday night contact– Joe Cooper  0872256004 for the men’s and Pamela Cooper 0861503015 for the ladies.  Please text your name together with a recent 5K time. Also on Thursday as the race is on the road for health and safety please wear a bright top while racing.

After the Cake Race members are requested to come to the clubhouse to celebrate the superb year which Clonliffe Harriers have had and to celebrate the Christmas season.  After the prize giving in the Cake Race we will have our annual Athletes of the year. (Athletes who won awards last year please return the cup, polished, to the clubhouse by Tuesday.

We are delighted to say that once again the Athletes of the year is very generously sponsored by John Shields and Loki Sports.

The club will also acknowledge our club record breakers in 2019 and our club national champions.

We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday the 19th.  It might also be an idea to leave the car at home!

Cake Races/Athletes of the year

The club’s annual cake races take place shortly. The juveniles will have their cake races in Morton Stadium on Tuesday 17th of  December with the junior/senior cake races will take place on Thursday December 19th over the 5K route from the stadium, up to Northwood, back again and finishing back in the stadium.

The senior cake race night will be followed by the annual athletes of the year awards night where perpetual trophies will be presented to:

Women’s Track and Field athlete of the year

Women’s Road/Cross Country athlete of the year

Men’s Track and Field athlete of the year

Men’s Road/Cross Country athlete of the year

Master athlete of the year

Junior athlete of the year

The Harrier of the year

In addition the club will honour its national champions and club record breakers.

As always cake race night is one of the social highlights of the year and all are encouraged to attend on the night to show their support for the magnificent job done by the club captains over the course of 2019 – a year of unprecedented success.

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

Keith on his marks for the Harrier of the Year

Now with only days to go to Christmas the club’s Cake Races took place on the roads around Santry followed by the annual Athletes of the Year. Once again there was a tremendous turnout of athletes to compete in the two 5 K road races which started and finished on the track in Morton Stadium and took in a loop around Northwood.  Proceedings got underway with the Ladies race at 7.30 p.m. sharp with the 40 athletes being let off on a handicapped basis until the scratch athlete Alannah Cooley.  First to cross the line and the winner of the 2018 Cake Race was Sarah Bateson (actual time 19.38) with the fastest athlete Alannah Cooley in 19.32.

The Men’s race also attracted an even bigger field of some 64 athletes and again followed the same format with an 8 p.m. start. It was particularly pleasing to see some of the top Clonliffe athletes take part in this race with fast running being recorded by several athletes over the 5K loop.  The winner of the 2018 Men’s Cake Race was Ian Guiden (actual time 14.51) with the fastest athlete who recorded a time of 14.45 Sean O’Leary just shading it from Jayme Rossister (same time).

The prize giving led off the Athletes of the Year presentation night in the club bar with the prizes being presented by the respective captains who before the presentation thanked the athletes for their support throughout the course of 2018 and congratulated them all on their achievements throughout the course of the year.

After the presentation was made the club President Paddy Marley congratulated the athletes, the club captains and all the coaches on the fantastic performances by the club throughout the course of the year which culminated in the club being for the 4th year in succession recognised by Athletics Ireland as the Performance Club of the Year.

Presentations were then made to the club’s record breakers in 2018 who were:

Leo Morgan – 60m (indoor) – 6.82, Keith Marks – long jump (indoor) – 7.20m and Stephen Rice who threw 75.89 in the javelin at Morton Games.

The club’s National champions this year were Stephen Rice, Javelin, Stephen Scullion 10,000.

Our 2018 team champions were also congratulated:

Men’s National Indoor winning team, Men’s National Track and Field winning team, Men’s National half marathon (David Flynn, Gary O’Hanlon, Matt McGuinness), Men’s National Marathon(Gary O’Hanlon, Sergiu Ciobanu, David Flynn).

National Junior Cross Country (Sean O’Leary, Efren Gidey, Daniel Stone, Ben Guiden, Jordan Byrne, Jarlath Jordan))

National U/18 champions (Daniel Stone, Ben Guiden, Alex Murray, Darragh Carter)

National U/19 cross country champions (Efren Gidey, Jordan Byrne, Stephen Cashin, Ben Guiden, Daniel Lacey, Ryan Sheridan) – the latter six were presented with the their national medals by the club president.

Athletes of the Year was once again most generously sponsored by John Shields/Loki Sports. The winners were announced as follows:

Juvenile Athlete of the Year: Sarah Bateson.

Junior Athlete of the Year: Sean O’Leary

Master Athlete of the Year: Snezana Bechtina

Women’s road/cross country Athlete of the Year: Alannah Cooley

Men’s road/cross country Athlete of the Year: Stephen Scullion

Women’s track and field Athlete of the Year: Shannon Sheehy

Men’s track and field Athlete of the Year: Stephen Rice

The Clonliffe Harrier of the Year: Keith Marks

After the presentations were concluded all present enjoyed a superb social night as Clonliffe well and truly got into the Christmas spirit.Happy Christmas to all our members and their families and many thanks for your support throughout the course of the year.



Xmas Cake Race and Athletes of the year tonight

The Club Cake Races take place tonight, the 20th. The women`s race will be at 7.30pm with the men at 8.00pm. Both will start and finish on the track

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 2018 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!!

Cake race night 2

Tonight it was the turn of Gerry’s group for their Christmas Cake race in Morton Stadium on a fresh dry night. There was a great turn out of young athletes with some 28 toeing the line. The winner of the boys race was Devon Morrissey with Orla O’Sullivan taking the girls race. Club juvenile captain Gladys Cooper made the presentation of Christmas cakes to the winners with all taking home goodie bags bring the juvenile season to a close.

Happy Christmas to all our juvenile athletes.

Super Juvenile Cake Race

The Christmas season got underway tonight with the juvenile cake races for the younger group in Morton Stadium.

As always a great turnout of young Harriers in these races. The format of a handicap ensured exciting racing from the off and with the rain holding off nicely it made for a great night.

The winners of the four cake races were William, Niamh, Lamos and Abbie.

Also after the quiz and cake race presentation Gladys made the special presentation to the winners of the 100k challenge Cathal and Rebecca.

Next up is the cake races for the up to u/15s next Tuesday the 18th.

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Cake Races for all starting tonight!

The Clonliffe cakes races start tonight in Morton Stadium. Tonight it`s the younger juvenile members, Gladys`, Leo`s and Ulrik`s group at 7.00pm, followed by a Quiz and prize giving in the club lounge.

The older juveniles are next Tuesday the 18th, again 7pm.

Then it`s the turn of the senior/junior and masters with the club’s annual Christmas night, including the ever popular cake races and the Clonliffe Harriers Athletes of the Year awards, generously sponsored by Loki Sports, will take place on Thursday December 20th.  Both the men and women’s races will take place on the roads around Santry starting on the track and finishing on the track with a race distance of 5k.  The women’s race will commence at 7.30 p.m. with the men at 8 p.m.  The club captain’s request that any athlete wishing to race should send their name and 5000 time to them by text – for the ladies race please text Orna on 0872950247 and for the men’s race text Joe on 0872256004.

If you are not competing in the cake race and are available to assist again you might contact the club captains. All offers of help on the night will be gratefully appreciated.  The cake races will be followed in the club bar by the presentation of prizes to the winners and the club will then honour club members who in 2018 set new club records and our 2018 national champions.

This will then be followed by the presentation to the Athlete of the Year: Women’s Track and Field athlete, Women’s Road/Cross Country, Men’s Track and Field athlete, Men’s Road/Cross Country, Junior athlete, Master athlete and then finally the Harrier of the Year.  As always the cake race night is a great social occasion and a great time to catch up on a bit of gossip with your club mates and the opportunity for a pint and maybe even an auld dance.  Also members are encouraged to come out on the night and show your support for our fantastic club captains.


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