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Dublin inter xc and Juvenile league xc on Sunday

The beat goes on! After the drama and excitement of last weekend’s Nationals thing get slightly calmer with the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country and the final Juvenile cross country league race in Tymon Park, Tallaght this Sunday, December 1st.

Once again it’s great to have a full women’s team competing with a trio who braved all of 8000 for the cause in Abbotstown back for more: Clodagh Galvin, Alannah Cooley and Laura Tuite. The full women’s team for the 5000m distance in Tymon is Emma Harding, Yvonne McDonagh, Elaine McLoughlin, Clodagh Moriarty, Aideen O’Connor, Clare Roche, Laura Tuite, Alannah Cooley, Clodagh Galvin.

The inter men’s team is: Shane Casey, Matt McGuinness, Paul Keenan, Shaun Connaghan, Shane Caffery, Michael Devine, Dave Riley.

Preceding the intermediate championships is the Dublin Juvenile league, where Clonliffe underage athletes will compete including a number of the U/17 squad would will be racing in the uneven age nationals in Dunboyne on December 15th, and will use Sunday as their final build up race.




Keeping it Country plus more

With the Nationals now only two weeks away Clonliffe athletes continue their preparations. Yesterday Jayme Rossister was 17th in the British Cross Country Challenge in Milton Keynes and Sergiu Ciobanu 13th in the Bobby Rea International Cross Country.

The rest of the mens senior and junior squad put in another solid session on the hills in Portmarnock yesterday whilst the womens teams took to the National Cross Country course in Abbotstown this morning.

Of course theres always the exception and that was Liam Roarty making his debut in the colours of Morpeth Harriers in Newcastle this morning in the Heaton Memorial 10k running a 33.14 pb.

A muddy good day in Santry as men retain the Padraig Keane Cup

In conditions that the legendary Padraig Keane would have relished the Clonliffe senior men’s team retained Padraig Keane Cup as the winners of the Dublin senior cross-country championship. The race itself was won by the exceptional Efrem Gidey, still a junior athlete and racing in his first ever senior championship. Efrem made the telling move early in the race with only two of the six big laps under his belt to break away from the pack and then open a substantial lead to take the title at ease. Cathal Doyle also ran a brilliant race coming through to take a fine silver medal, repeating his performance of 2018. In fourth place, last year’s winner, Colm Rooney, again running a clever race to come through the field and in 6th, Ian Guiden who had a much better outing today then in Abbottstown two weeks ago, completing the scoring for for a combined total of 13 points well clear of DSD second on 31 points and Rathfarnham third on 44 points. There were good runs also from Sean Doran in 15th,  Liam Roarty 24th, Thomas Sherlock 26th, Paul Keenan 56th and Peter Bissett 62nd.

The senior men had not won the Dublin title for a number of years until 2018 and thus it was very pleasing to retain the title once again on home turf in 2019. Padraig would no doubt be happy to see Clonliffe once again top dogs in Dublin.

It was also very pleasing to see a Clonliffe senior women’s team in action in the Dublin’s. There was a good showing by the women led home by a Ailish Malone in 10th position and then very good runs from Alannah Cooley in 17th and likewise a positive run by Laura Tuite in 21st, Emma Cooper 32nd, Clodagh Galvin 35th and Maura Matthews 37th. Although the team placed fifth and out of the medals it was certainly a good performance from the team.

The junior men’s race incorporated the U/19 Dublin Championships. Again very strong Clonliffe performance from these young athletes, obviously the loss of Efrem to the senior team was always going to be a difficult handicap to overcome but the guys rolled up their sleeves and with Aaron Cullen fourth, Ben Guiden fifth, Stephen Cashin ninth and Alex Murray 14th the team finished second in the junior race on 32 points behind DSD on 22 however took U/19 Dublin gold (Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Alex Murray and Ian McAlweeney). The other Clonliffe placings in the race where Daniel Lacey 16th, Ian McAlweeney18th, Thomas Baltazar 19th.

The junior women/U/19’s took bronze in both categories with a fine run by Sarah Bateson in seventh place leading home the team. A very much improved Hannah Browne was 12th, Abbie Sheedy 13th, Ella Brown 14th and Tess Loftus 16th. In the junior championship DSD took gold on 25 points, Templeogue silver on 36 and Clonliffe bronze on 46.

The day itself commence with the juvenile Championships kicking off with the U/9,, where Clonliffe did not have athletes running in accordance with our club ethos, the U/11’s all put in good showings in the Clonliffe colours and got the day off to a good battling start. The boys U/13 team took a fine team bronze with the girls U/13’s also putting in fine efforts. The boys U/15 squad continues to impress with Sean Cronin an excellent second place and being well backed up by Jonathan Fitzsimons, Cillian Keegan, Sam Murray, Lorcan Benjacar, Callum Maguire and Christian Finn as the team took a well deserved set of silver medals. There were fine performances also by the girls U/15’s led home in ninth place by Orla O’Sullivan and good runs also by Clodagh Nic Dhomhnaill, Hazel Kenny and Eva Guy.

On then to the U/17’s where the girls team again put in a most admirable shift, Aoife Hession was only metres of individual bronze taking a fine fifth place and followed home by young Naoise Cullen, just back from injury and running up an age, Katie Halpin, Alana Fitzsimons and Ella Cooley with the girls being rewarded with a set of team silver medals. The U/17 boys took team bronze led home by Niall Carbery in sixth, Sean Boyne eight and these two backed up very well by Alex Neuroth, John Lawrence, Owen Housley, Ronan Donohue, Eoin Byrne, Killian Sheridan and Andrew Gaffney.

In all it must be said an excellent performance by every single Clonliffe athlete today. The senior men and indeed women now look forward to the national seniors in Abbottstown in three weeks time. Also that day will be the national juniors and the even age juvenile Championships. Things are hotting up nicely!


Clonliffe athletes flocking to Abbotstown for Autumn XC Festival

There will be a substantial Clonliffe presence at the National Cross Country course in Abbotstown on Sunday for the Autumn Cross Country Festival. The event includes not only the Autumn Classic but also a qualifier for the Masters team for the British and Irish Masters Cross Country and the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country Championships. It is truly a day for all ages.

Competing in the men’s senior race over 7,500 are: Cathal Doyle, Sean Doran, Ian Guiden, Colm Rooney, Eoin Taggart and, back from the USA for the weekend, Dave Fitzmaurice. The senior women’s race (6,000m) includes Ailish Malone, Laura Tuite and Alannah Cooley. The junior men will race with the seniors but peel away after 6000, that team is Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Efrem Gidey, Stephen Cashin, Ian McAweeney and Daniel Lacey.

The Dublin Juvenile (even ages) Cross Country Championships will see Clonliffe teams from U/12 to U/18 line up. Although not all teams are fully confirmed the Clonliffe representation looks like:

U/18 girls: Sarah Bateson, Ella Brown, Abbie Sheehy, Alana Fitzsimons, Katie Halpin, Ella Cooley and Aoife Hession.

U/18 boys: Callum Simpson, Alex Murray, Dermot Buckley, Niall Carbery, Alex Nuroth, John Lawrence and Owen Byrne

U/16 girls: Naoise Cullen, Aimee Daly, Amy Sheehy, Lara Gallagher, Orla O’Sullivan, Clodagh

U/16 boys: Sean Boyne , Owen Housley, Andrew Gaffney, Killian Sheeran , Jonathan Fitzsimmons, Killian Keegan, Callum Maguire, Ronan Donohoe, Adam Keogh and Sam Murray

U/14 girls: Sorcha O’Connor, Hazel Kenny , Kate Faherty, Rebecca Walsh , Sarah McDonnell, Ali Connolly

U/14 boys: Sean Cronin , Cian O’Hare , Lorcan Benjacar, Christian Finn, Devan Morrissey , Mark Goss-Keogh, Oran McGowan

U/12 girls: Rebecca Finn, Harriett Kenny, Niamh Cooper, Aishling Faherty, Hannah Walsh

U/12 boys: TBC


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Jayme 11th in Cardiff Cross Challenge plus more

With the National Cross Country some six weeks hence National 3000 sc champion Jayme Rossister was in action on the country today finishing 11th in the Cardiff Cross Country challenge in a pretty classy field.

Also on Saturday Philip O’Doherty was 3rd in the Ceide Fields Half Marathon in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo in 86.26.

Efrem takes Dublin Novice XC title

The clubs cross country season kicked off today with the Dublin novice Championships held in beautiful autumnal sunshine in the Phoenix Park. Thankfully underfoot conditions were excellent despite the heavy rain of recent days, meaning that the pace was fast from the gun. In the men’s novice championship prerace favourite Efrem Gidey more than justified that tag as he ran beautifully over the 6000m course to take a very comfortable win well clear of second-place. Stephen Cashin had possibly the best race of his young career to date to finish an excellent fourth after a race long battle for third place. Next in was Greg Hosssney in 30th with Daniel Lacey 31st. These four were well backed up by the rest of the team: Paul Keenan, Patrick Hayes, Jarlet Jordan, Niall Sherlock, Shaun Connaghan and Dave Reilly. The team with 66 points took bronze, behind 1st Raheny 43 points and 3rd Donore 53 points.

The Clonliffe novice women also put in a strong performance with two of the team placing in the top 10. Alannah Cooley ran a fine race to place 7th with Laura Tuite not far behind in 10th. Next in was Elaine McLaughlin in 26th and Clodagh Galvin 27th. Good batting runs also by Hannah Browne in 52nd and Yvonne McDonagh 65th. The team placed outside of the medals in 5th place.

A good start to the season with several of these athletes now looking forward to the Autumn Cross Country Classic in Abbottstown on October 20.

Hope takes first US win

Clonliffe’s former double national junior cross country champion Hope Saunders yesterday took her first US win. At the Emporia State Invitational Cross Country Hope running for Wichita State led from the off  winning women’s 5K with a time of 19:45.76, and she was the only competitor to run a sub-20 minute time in what were described as “brutally hot and windy” conditions.

Super stuff from Clonliffe young guns in Belfast

Clonliffe made the now annual trip up North today for the IAAF Belfast International cross country. There was a new venue for today’s event the Billy McNeill centre of excellence in Belfast. A testing course featuring several long hills which were quite sapping on the legs featured on 2K lap, although the general view of the athletes was that it was a good course with good running.

Some 25 young clonliffe athletes were competing over the course of the day`s competition. First race featuring our athletes was the combined women’s Junior/ ages 17 race. This was a big test as the race also included the Celtic International with top Junior and age 17 athlete from the home international countries so it was a big step up for many of our young athletes. The girls however gave an excellent account of themselves particularly young Sarah Bateson who continues to impress with an excellent run 26th place in the age 17 race in a time of 16.48 . Aoife Hession also had an excellent run finishing 30th in 17.33 with Alana Fitzsimons only seconds behind, 32nd in 17.47 . With the competition decided on the first three home the Clonliffe girls combined excellently to finish in 3rd place in the club competition. This scoring trio were superbly backed up by Ella Brown 36th in 18.25, the fast finishing Katie Halpin 37th in 18.30 and the youngest member of the travelling party Ella Cooley 38th in 18.41. Of the junior women fine runs from the two girls Ale Fernandez 44th in 17.40 and Hannah Browne 45th in 17.57.

There was another big field assembled for the combined junior men and boys age 17 race again a great Clonliffe presence and it was a particularly gratifying to see no less than 15 black and amber vests line-up. From the starters gun Ben Guiden and Efrem Gidey got off to excellence starts, pretty soon Efrem had latched onto the lead international athletes and with a lap to go had himself up in 2nd place but with problems with his spikes he literally slipped back a couple of places and eventually finished in an excellent 4th place in 19.16. Ben suffered a bit mid race but rallied superbly to battle back to finish in 36th in 20.37 with Stephen Cashin having having yet another top run to  39th 20.42, next in was Aaron Cullen who finished in 43rd place in 21.06, considering that Aaron is only making his way back after injury this was an unexpected bonus. Great runs also by Ryan Sheridan 22.07, Ian McAlweeney 22.34 and Jordan Byrne, who was visibly carrying an injury 22.47.

Of the age 17 athletes they were most encouraging performances in particular from Callum Simpson who finished well up the field in a time of 21.10, with Evan Foster breathing down his neck 21.13. Next was Alex Murray 22.07 Niall Carbery 22.34, Dermott Buckley 22.49, John Lawrence 23.32, Alex Nuroth 23.44 and Manny Oakley 24.56.

Unfortunately the result of the junior men boys 17 inter club race is not yet to hand but again the Clonliffe teams performed superbly.

In the men’s international race Sean O’Leary who has only left the junior ranks as of January 1st stepped well and truly to the mark. Running in the Irish colours on the international under 23 team he did not look out of place and finished an excellent 16th place overall in the senior race, over 10,000m, and 2nd U/23. An excellent senior debut. Sergiu Ciobanu started the race but unfortunately a chest infection conspired against him and he had to call his day`s work to a halt after the first lap.

It was once again a most worthwhile exercise to bring these young athlete to an international cross-country event such as this. In particular for the junior men’s team represented possibly the final opportunity to impress the club captain with the team for Portugal to be selected and finalised this week. As always it was a pleasure to spend the day with these young Harriers. A fantastic bunch!









IAAF NI Cross Country on Saturday

Clonliffe Harriers will make the annual trip up North on Saturday for the IAAF Northern Ireland international cross-country. The bus will leave Morton Stadium at 9 a.m. sharp returning on Saturday evening at approximately 7 or 8 p.m.

As has been the norm in recent years strong underage and Junior teams will run in the Clonliffe colours. The Clonliffe National junior team champions will feature strongly in the team competition. The club captain is specifically using Saturday’s race as part of the teams preparations for next month’s European junior clubs cross country championships in Portugal.

That combined u 17 and 18 teams, both boys and girls, will give a good account of themselves and will challenge strongly in the club event. Also competing will be a full junior women’s team.

Sean O’Leary will be running in the Irish colours making his u23 debut in the senior race.

The very best of luck to all our athletes and teams on Saturday.





O’Leary called up for Northern Ireland XC

Sean O’Leary after his outstanding eight place finish at last month’s European junior cross-country has been selected to run for Ireland in the Northern Ireland international cross-country in Belfast next weekend  Sean will run on the u23 team.

Sean will be surrounded by familiar faces up north as several clonliffe teams will also compete on the day. The men’s junior team will use the event as part of their final preparations for next month’s European club cross-country championships  The clonliffe junior team is : Efrem Gidey, Ben Guiden, Aaron Cullen ,Thomas Balthazar, Ryan Sheridan, Jordan Byrne,Ian McAlweney and Stephen Cashin.

Incorporated in the junior race is the boys 17/18 this team is Alex Murray,  Callum Simpson, Alex Neuroth, Dermot Buckley, Evan Foster, Manny Okaye, Niall Carbery.

Also competing will be a junior women’s team of Hannah Browne, Ali Fernandez Tess Loftus and Amy Warren and U17/18 team of Sarah Bateson, Ella Brown, Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimmons, Ella Cooley and Katie Halpin.





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