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North America news update

Great to hear (after some time!) from Canada where Conor McGuinness is living with an update on his snow cross country season: “I had my first race of the cross country season yesterday in Camrose, Alberta where I finished 30th out of 100 over 8km in 29.13. The course was very challenging – small amount of snow, hard ground and lots of hills, given it was a cross-country ski resort. I was 6th scorer for my team, Running Room Athletic Club. Next up in 2 weeks time is a collegiate cross country race called Stewart Cup, which takes place in Canmore Park in Calgary. I’ll only run two more races after that – Alberta Championships, which isn’t that big of a deal and then Ontario Championships in Toronto, which I expect to be fairly stacked. I will decide then whether I can handle the snow running and do indoor season.”

Also in the USA Hope Saunders continuous to make progress and was once again racing for Wichita State over the weekend, her third race so far this season. Hope placed 101st over 5000 (21.20) at the Fort Hays State tiger Open in Victoria, Kansas.

No news from our other “North American” Brian Flanagan, but maybe he`s working on a “Letter from America”?

Sean O`Leary takes Dublin Novice title

The first of the 2018 cross country titles was up for grabs in the Phoenix Park today. The traditional season`s opener was the Dublin Novice Cross Country championships. Sean O`Leary justified his hot favourite tag with a fine performance as he cruised to victory. Sean lead the men`s team of 17th Jack Maughan, 27th Greg Hossenny and 29th Eoghan Murphy to team bronze.

In the women`s race there were strong runs from Alannah Cooley, Ale Hernandez, Elaine McLoughlin and Emma Harding as the team placed 5th. Full results on soon

Fun, Fun, Fun on the Magical Mystery Tour

Ulrik Nyberg reports from Somewhere in Ireland: Very excited about what the destination of the Magical Mystery Tour might be, about 40 young Clonliffe athletes entered the team bus early yesterday, Sunday, morning together with their coaches. After a long and adventurous journey through the beautiful countryside around Naul, which included race bicycle counting, singing and many “are we there yet?”-questions, we reached our destination Stamullen, Co. Meath where Star Of The Sea AC held their 30th annual cross-country meeting.

We had runners in all the youngest age groups from U/9s and upwards. Some of our athletes ran their first cross country race ever and everybody really put in great efforts. Before getting back on the bus for some more singing and a “treat stop”, we enjoyed a picnic lunch together in the autumn sunshine.

All together it was a great day out with lots of fun and bonding between athletes and coaches. Gladys is planning more Magical Mystery Tours so: Roll up! Roll up!

Sunday Round up

So the busy weekend continued today with a number of Clonliffe athletes in action again. After Dave Flynn`s fast half marathon yesterday Sergiu Ciobanu put in a fast one today. Sergiu was 4th in a red hot Charleville Half Marathon won by John Travers (Donore)  Sergiu running 66.47.

On the country Sean Doran was 4th in the Star of the Sea 6k cross country (20.35). In the USA Hope Saunders was 233rd for Wichita State in the Chile Pepper XC Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

No news yet from the juveniles Magical Mystery Tour today. Is no news good news?

Efrem wins All Ireland Schools title!

An extraordinary Clonliffe one two in the senior boys School`s All Ireland Cross country today at AIT Waterford. Efrem Gidey, an Eritrean who arrived in Ireland at the beginning of last Summer, was the first ever representative of Le Cheile Secondary Schools Tyrrelstown in an All Ireland Cross Country and on Monday morning he will walk through the school gates wearing the gold winners medal around his neck! Efrem was a worthy winner of the senior title today but was chased all the way by club mate Sean O`Leary in the St. Aidans`red and white.

The athletes who had raced at this venue in November for the Nationals had a pretty good idea of how tough a course this was going to be, however, with the terrible weather of late few could have realised that November was a doddle in comparison. An absolute mud fest.

The senior boys race was the last of the day, meaning that the ground had been well and truly churned up for the 4 x 1500 laps making up the 6000 race distance. Both Sean and Efrem got great starts and were at the head of the field for the full distance. At the start of lap two Sean put in a “tester” opening a gap of a few meters, but it was short lived. Soon after this Efrem hit the front and was relentless as he drove on the pace and blew the pack apart. On the last lap he was 30m clear, Sean O`Leary lost 2nd place and for a time his hopes of a medal looked in jeopardy as 4th place closed in, however, the big man battled superbly and took back 2nd place, just as a smiling Efrem Gidey raised his arms in victory as he crossed the line.

It was Clonliffe joy to see the guys embrace at the finish, and likewise to see the tears of pride in the eyes of their coach Joe Cooper.

Further back in the field Ben Guiden had a baptism of fire in his first senior All Ireland. It was the hardest day at the office endured by Ben in the colours of Belvedere, indeed the sole representative of his school in the race, placing around 51st, but no doubt will see the benefits of that experience in the future.

In the inter boys race over 5000, Aaron Cullen ran an excellent race to a 10th place finish, just missing out on winning International Schools honours. An outstanding run for an athlete who only 4 weeks ago was side lined  on the injured list. An outstanding run also by Daniel Stone (Belvedere) to 16th place, and 2nd scorer for Belvedere who won their first ever All Ireland Cross Country title. Daragh Carter was hampered by a back injury from the 2nd lap onwards but bravely completed the race in 36th place.

Finally our sole girl in action had a great run in the inter race. Sarah Bateson, a first year inter, and nervous as a kitten, ran like a well seasoned veteran, working her way into the race and finishing with a storming final lap, making up possibly a dozen places to finish around 36h.

Meanwhile back in Santry, at the Trinity Grounds the Irish Universities Cross Country took place today. Cathal Doyle ran very well indeed to place 5th for DCU. With Adam O`Brien 19th Joseph Keane 53rd and Alex Gibbons 60th as DCU took the team win by a single point!. Eoin Taggart (UCD) also had a quality run finishing 24th. In the women`s race Greta Streimikyte was 23rd Alannah Cooley (both DCU) was 37th.

That, boys and girls, brings the cross country season to a close. So clean those muddly spikes and stick in 5mm, `cos track is next!!



Jayme places 29th in English National (updated with round up)

Jayme Rossister had an excellent run in Saturday`s English National Cross Country at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London finishing a superb 29th place. The English National attracts a huge field, with today`s race having over 2,300 finishers in the senior men`s race which was won by Adam Hickey (Southend On Sea AC) in 39.35, Jayme recorded a time of 41.45 for the 12,000m race.

News from the States of Brian Flanagan winning his heat in the 5000 (15.12.19) for McNeese at the Southland Conference Indoors, held in Birmingham, Alabama on Friday the 23rd.

Also in the States on Saturday the 24th Aaron Hanlon was 8th in the 5000 Big East Indoors Staten Island in 14.30.89. Sean Doran, despite a wrong turn, was 2nd in the Fitzer 5k in 16.41.

Sunday: Sean Doran doubled up with another 5k road race, this time placing 3rd in the Duleek 5k in 16.03. Emer Brennan was 47th (22.02). Also today at the Adamstown Community Collge 10k David Mullen finished in 4th place (36.45)

Weekend round up: Rolus Silvers at National Combined Events (updated)

Rolus Olusa was a silver medallist at the National Indoor Combined Events in AIT Athlone today. Over the five events Rolus amassed a total of 3354 points to finish runner up behind defending champion Shane Aston (Trim AC). Rolus took wins in the day`s first event the 60H (8.27) and the final event of the day the 1000 (3.00.75), in between he was 2nd in the long jump (6.38m) and high jump (1.71m) and 3rd in the shot (11.24m).

On the country the BHAA season continued in Firhouse with the Eir XC races, Sean Doran had a great run to 4th place (29.05) in the 5 mile over a tough muddy course and in the women`s 2.5 mile Yvonne McDonagh was 16th (14.45).

Also news just in of a fine win in the US Collegiate Indoor circuit on Saturday the 20th, by Aaron Hanlon in North Kingston, Rhode Island over 3000 in 8.36.88 to win this race for the 2nd year in a row.

Clonliffe do the business up North!

The Celtic fire clearly burns deep in Sean O`Leary`s belly! 24 hours after seeing his GP who diagnosed a chest infection with the advise not to race, At yesterday`s Antrim International Cross Country at Greenmount Campus Sean had a day to match his one from Dungarvan in 2015. Running in the Ireland colours in the U/20 & 17 combined Celtic International he was in inspired form. After a very good start he settled in 7th place, with a lap to go be bolted from 7th to a clear 3rd and closing in on the leaders. At the finish an excellent 3rd (19.15) place overall and silver in the U/20 Celtic International .

Also in that race were the Clonliffe U/17s to 19s. Daniel Stone had his best race to date with an outstanding run to 34th place (20.45), followed in by Aaron Cullen 38th (20.55), 44th Ben Guiden (21.19), 52nd, with his best run of the season to date, Jordan Byrne (21.35), 62nd Stephen Cashin (22.10), 63rd Daragh Carter (22.11), 60th Ian McAlweeney (22.24) and 73rd, complete with both shoes, Thomas Baltazar (22.55).

In the open club race the Clonliffe Junior team, scorers Sean O`Leary, Jordan Byrne and Stephen Cashin were 1st and the 17s, Daniel Stone, Aaron Cullen and Ben Guiden were 2nd.

In the girls race a very young Clonliffe trio acquitted themselves very well. Young Aoife Hession was the star on the day leading the girls home in 58th place (17.29), closing followed by Abbey Sheehy 59th (17.35) and Sarah Bateson 60th (17.39), the team placing 4th in the open club completion.

In the IAAF Senior race over 8000m David Flynn had an excellent run to 13th place in 25.05, well in the mix with several of the International athletes, a good day also for Sean Doran who battled away in 62nd place (29.12)

In all a well worth while outing up North for all!

Antrim Cross Country this Saturday

A bus will be leaving the Stadium for Saturday`s (Jan 6th) Antrim Cross Country at 8.30 am. Athletes travelling please be there on time.

Clonliffe athletes entered include: seniors, Jayme Rossister, Aaron Hanlon, Sean Doran, David Flynn.

Juniors: Daniel Lacey, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne, Alex Hogan, Sean O`Leary (Irish Development Team)

U/18 boys: Ben Guiden, Aaron Cullen, Ian McAlweeney, Daniel Stone, Daragh Carter, Thomas Baltazar.

U/17 girls: Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy, Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Cliona Cooley (Junior)

Tons of warm clothes, drinks, snacks and some sterling if you want to buy lunch at the venue.

Good luck to all.


Cross Country and Varsities weekend round up

It was a quiet enough weekend on the country, being the week before Nationals. A few Harriers were in action including on Sunday afternoon, the 19th, Emer Treacy placing a very creditable 5th place in the Provincial Cross Country Championships held in Cáceres, Spain. Running for her Spanish Club, Arte Fisico, she competed in the ‘Cross de Velocidad’ over a distance of 400m – yes a 400m XC race!! From the gun, Emer broke fast and was in the leading group on the uphill climb to the 200m mark. At this point there was turnaround into the downhill finish and she finished out the race very strong. She recorded a time of 55 seconds to place 5th, out of a 17 strong field and 3 seconds behind the winner. It was a very determined run and an exciting race to watch for the large group of spectators. (Thanks to Martin Treacy for report).

Also on Saturday at Santry Demesne, the Irish Life BHAA Cross Country over 6k took place. Thomas Sherlock finished in 16th place (22.03) with Michael Cassidy  18th (22.09)  (any others text 0879599888)

Cathal Doyle ran an impressive Mile leg for DCU in the Intervaraities Road Relays in Maynooth recording a time of 4.36, 2nd fastest leg of the day. Adam O`Brien ran 9.58 for his 2 mile leg and Alannah Cooley 12.23, for her 2 mile.


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