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All Time Performance list updated

As thoughts turn towards the track season Killian Lonergan has updated the Clonliffe All Time Performane list. It makes for a really good viewing with several new entries in the charts!

This can be accessed on the Performance section above and will be updated as the year progresses. In the meantime click here: Clonliffe-All-Time-list-230120.xls

Notice from Captain for track use etc.

Important Notice. With the cross country season, for clubs anyway, almost at an end the track is getting noticeable busier already. To assist all members and coaches the club captain has as in previous years, assigned the following lanes:

Lanes 1 – 4 middle/long distance groups (any groups/athletes looking to use lane 1 MUST talk to the Captain first, as this lane should be used by the faster athletes)

Lanes 5 – 6 exclusively sprints groups

Lanes 7 and 8 juvenile groups ONLY

Lanes 9 and 10 hurdles/sprints groups

Javelin infield (athletes beware when crossing)

Hammer/Discus please use the practice cage (we understand this will be available for use shortly)

All coaches and athletes are asked to observe this and if for any reason you wish to deviate coaches please talk to one another and the club captain for permission.

In order to ensure that as many groups as possible can use the lanes:

All warm up and cool downs off track ie on the infield or outside of the track area completely.

If groups are doing reps they should step off the track for their recovery (checking of course for oncoming traffic!) In other words if there is a group of athletes doing 200 reps they should not hog the whole lane by walking or jogging the final 200. If they do it means on other athlete can use that lane. Please be aware that if you are assigned a lane it`s NOT exclusive usage for the night. To do this we`d need a 20 lane track!

Groups please do not come onto the lane you are using for your rep until you are ready to go. A 30 second countdown is not on!

Coaches please coach from the infield or from the edge of lane 8, not on lanes that are in use.

Athletes doing reps and athletes on the track please be aware of track etiquette and if you are coming upon a slower or stationary athlete shout ‘track’. It is up to all to try and avoid impeding one another, however, if an error does occur and you as an athlete are impeded please draw breath and try to keep calm! Please athletes do not take out your frustrations on a fellow athlete or coach. Please respect all.

If various groups could structure their training so that some are warmed up and ready to go at 7 p.m., others ready to go on to track at 7.30, 8 p.m., 8.15 p.m. etc. all will get better usage of the facility.

In the event of difficulties or problems arising, which over the course of the season undoubtedly there will be a couple of issues, athletes are asked to bring any such to the attention of their coach who in turn will talk to the club captain.


Last chance to re cycle with ERP

These coming days will be the last opportunity to re cycle those electrical goods and batteries with ERP and Clonliffe. ERP who were once again an extremely generous sponsor of the Christmas Cracker 5k will be picking up those re recyclable items before the weekend so if you’ve any items bring them up before Friday.

Important Notice on Juvenile Membership Renewals

Important Notice from Gladys Cooper: Juvenile membership renewal for 2020 is due now. Please if possible avail of the on line payment facility, see membership on menu above. Once membership fees (€140) have been paid please then print off the attached form, complete it, mark it with the payment date and give it to Gladys. Please note that this must be done by January 30th at the latest.

At that stage any athletes who have not renewed their membership are no longer members and cannot compete for the club in competition. Further please not that these athletes will not be insured and therefore cannot under any circumstances use the club’s facilities.

Membership renewal form: Clonliffeapplicationmembership2020

2020 Membership now due

All members please note that your membership for the year 2020 is now due – membership runs from 1st of January to 31st of December.

The committee request that you renew your membership before the end of this month. It is vitally important that this is done this month as once the month passes you will not be covered by insurance. Membership renewals can be done online, see Membership on menu. New members may not use the online facility

Please note that out of your membership the club makes a payment to Athletics Ireland which covers your registration for the year if you are not registered then you cannot enter any national or indeed Dublin championship events.

Furthermore please note that if your membership is not renewed during the month of January then you will no longer be covered by the club’s policy of insurance and in those circumstances you will not be in a position to use the club’s training facilities.

Quite obviously the committee is anxious to ensure that all members are fully registered and covered by insurance as quickly as possible. Also from an administrative point of view the preference is that all memberships are renewed during the month of January using the on line method.

The committee would very much appreciate your co-operation.

Niall Bruton on

Great feature on Clonliffe Olympian Niall Bruton appears on today.

Open link to read:

BILLY MORTON 1910-1969.

Dominic Branigan: Saturday 14th December marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of former club Hon Sec and 1936 Irish marathon champion Billy Morton.

Billy was the main driving force behind the establishment of Clonliffe Harriers as one the top clubs in Ireland and one of the most well known throughout the world of athletics.

During his time as club secretary from 1943 to 1969 he attracted the cream of world athletics to compete against the best of the Irish in venues which regularly attracted crowds in the tens of thousands.

These meetings reached their peak in 1958 when 3 world records were set at the newly acquired club stadium in Santry.

His legacy continues to this day through the organisation of the Morton Games which are now the premier Track and Field in Ireland.

Photo shows Billy with the famous shovel which was used by Ronnie Delany to turn the first sod in Santry.


Clonliffe athletes and official honoured at National Athletics awards

At today’s Athletics Ireland Irish life National Athletics awards Efrem Gidey was announced as the 2019 Schools Athlete of the year. Efrem was the dominant schools athlete of 2019 repeating his 2018 feat of winning both the All Ireland track 5000 and Cross Country titles.

Sarah McCormack, who was the winner of the World Mountain World Cup this year was not unexpectedly awarded the Mountain Runner of the year.

The Official of the year was Bernie Dunne.

Stephen Scullion was a nominee in the Endurance athlete of the year category.

Representing Clonliffe at the Awards were club president Paddy Marley, and committee members/coaches including Gladys Cooper, Eugenia and Stephen Bateson, Noreen Keane, John O’Leary, Caroline and Paddy Tuite and Noel Daly.

Training for Juveniles this Tuesday (tomorrow) at the NIA Abbotstown

Juvenile athletes please note: Training on Tuesday 22nd October – National Indoor Arena, Abbottstown, 7.15pm sharp.

Please bring:

  • Running Gear
  • €5 Entry Fee
  • Water

If you have any queries please contact Gladys 087 9852836 / Eugenia 086 1722451

Club Lotto hits €7,000

On Thursday next the Clonliffe club lotto hits it’s biggest jackpot in many a year: €7,000. The purpose of the club lotto is to raise money for the club`s athletics programme, in particular to assist with the expense incurred in competiting in European Champion Clubs Competition. So this week club members in the words of the Wise One; “Don’t forget your club lotto!”


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