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History brought from Black and White to Full Colour

With the kind permission of Rob Cross we bring you his colourised and restored photograph of Clonliffe’s Norman Mc Eachern winning the 1924 Tailteann Games 800m at Croke Park, Dublin.

McEachern was a two time Olympian, 1924 and 1928. He qualified for the ’24 Games as a result of winning the Tailteann Games in this very picture! He was the National 440 yds champion in 1921 and 880 yds champion in 1921, 1926, 1927 and 1928.

You can see more of Rob’s work on his twitter feed @RobCross247

Clonliffe duo selected for World Half Marathon

Two Clonliffe athletes have been selected for next month’s World halk Marathon championships.Emma Mitchell is the sole Irish competitor in the women’s race for the World Half Marathon Championships which take place in Gdynia, Poland on the 29th March 2020. David Flynn has been selected on a strong men’s team that includes Paul Pollock (Annadale), Mick Clohisey (Raheny), Sean Tobin (Clonmel) and Hugh Armstrong (Ballina)

Weekend catch up overseas

A few Clonliffe athletes were in action overseas this weekend. Steve Flanagan clocked a new 3000 pb in Boston of 8.27.93. At the Barcelona Half Marathon Barbara Sanchez ran 1.16.27 and Garrett Loy 1.23.27.

The inside story: “Italica or bust”

Laura Tuite reports from inside the camp:  On 17th January a group of 30 athletes and 10 coaches headed to Seville to compete in the XXXVIII Cross Internacional de Itálica, IAAF recognised race.

As the plane touched down in the warm south of Spain everyone was bursting with excitement and anticipation of the 16+ degree heat we had awaiting us! Once we all checked in, we headed to the restaurant for the buffet dinner, which was mediocre at best. Things picked up though when we realised who was sitting at the table beside us eating the same food; Hellen Obriri (5000m world champion) and Paul Chelimo (Olympic 5000m silver medalist)!!

Our hotel was situated 20 minutes from the center of Seville but as Daniel Lacey liked to describe it, “we were in the ghetto”. There was not much around except a small bowling alley, Lidl and a few small local bars, which the coaches put to good use.

Saturday we woke to a dull grey sky, we were not one bit impressed. A bus was organised to bring us out to the course. Upon arrival, the rain began to fall but that did not stop us. We ran around the course and to our surprise it contained no grass or muck, which is what we have been used to all season! It was a hard red clay trail with some parts of the 3k loop containing concrete. There was two gradual inclines followed by two nice downhills and many sharp corners. The consensus was good but the burning question everyone had “Spikes or flats?”
Saturday evening was spent relaxing in the hotel and resting our legs for the main event.

Bright and early Sunday morning the junior women were first awake as they were first to race at 9:30am. As they arrived to the course the sun began to rise. It was a beautiful day! Weather was perfect for running. The rain on Saturday had no effect on the course so most athletes chose to run in flats rather than spikes. It was around 16 degrees with a slight breeze. The Spanish were wrapped up in their hats and scarfs but us Irish rocked up in shorts and t-shirts.  Hourly shuttle buses from the hotel brought the athletes to the course.
The atmosphere was electric! The crowds were amazing shouting “VAMOS” (GO)  throughout the entire race.
Junior women and men all had a great run, everyone was smiling ear to ear which encouraged us older ones to relax and just go out and run.
Stephen Cashen showed us how it’s done by leading out the men’s popular race; containing 1000 participants. As soon as we saw him come around the first corner, the Clonliffe tent erupted!
The men and women’s international races were filled with top class athletes who set an unbelievably fast pace from the start. It was inspiring to watch Efrem stick in and tough it out against the best of the best.

After a hugely successful day at the office, everyone headed back to the hotel on a high. Showered and famished we went and got a well-deserved Mc Donald’s.
Sunday evening was spent in the local pub playing pool and watching the football.  Which progressed into dancing, and singing to ABBA and Bruce Springsteen. The night ended by a solo performance of Amhran na bhFiann from Gerry Cullen.

Monday morning 8:15 wakeup call was tough for some but tougher for others. Fed and packed we all made it onto the bus only 15minutes behind schedule.  The weekend was a huge success; everyone had a great time and already looking forward to our next trip!

Hugely positive trip to Seville as Efrem places 14th at IAAF International XC

The weekend trip by the Clonliffe cross country teams to Seville for the Cross Country Internacionel de Italica was an outstanding success. A hugely enjoyable event brought positives all round for every single athlete competing. Efrem Gidey put in yet another five-star showing in the feature IAAF men’s international over 9,975m as he lined up with a world-class field including Olympic silver medallist Paul Chelimo (USA). As usual Efrem showed no fear in going out fast with the field and indeed in the early stages featured in the lead pack of six athletes. The course is however a pretty testing course. It is unique in that it is run through the ancient Roman city of Italica over compressed red clay, sand, stone and in some places concrete, several athletes ran in flats while others took a chance with spikes. The course features a lot of hills but then very fast downhill sections and therefore the pace was extremely hot from the off.

Huge crowds attend the event making for an electric noisy atmosphere. The crowds cheered on as Ethiopia’s 17 year old Tadese Worku upset the form book stealing a march on the rest of his rivals to come home the winner in 27.32 with prerace favourite Chelimo 2nd (27.48). Efrem obviously tired over the latter stages but never gave up finishing an excellent 14th position in a time of 29.34. A superb run from Jayme Rossiter saw him keep a steady pace throughout meaning that as other athletes tired he was going through them like a knife through butter gaining place after place finishing up in a superb 25th (30.16), next in was Cathal Doyle who on the surface suffered a recurrence of blisters but still hung in to finish 32nd (30.36) and with Eoin Taggart also having an excellent day to place 49th (32.16) it proved to be an extremely satisfactory day for the team.

In addition to the senior team there was a large travelling party of Clonliffe athletes competing in the ‘undercard’. First into the fray, literally at sunrise, where the 18 girls getting the Clonliffe Day off to an excellent start with a brilliant run from Aoife Hession placing 13th with Katie Halpin next in placing 19th and Alana Fitzsimons 24th. Interestingly enough the 18 girls race with the 14 boys and the feedback from the Clonliffe athletes was that this kept them running stronger throughout the whole race as there was always an athlete in striking distance.

The 18 boys raced with the U 20 girls, again the feedback from the girls was that it was positive. Niall Carbery was excellent in this race, he got himself into the mix from the start despite a fall on the start line battling his way through the field and remained undeterred when believe it or not he suffered a second fall and again was straight up onto was feet to push himself to a highly impressive 20th place. Very positive runs also from Alex Neuroth 44th and John Lawrence 46th.

Sarah Bateson continued her recent good racing form with another determined run to finish in a brilliant 8th position with Abbie Sheehy also breaking into the top 10, placing 10th. Tess Loftus despite missing several weeks through illness got stuck into the race to finish 18th U/20.

Eighth and ninth places were filled by Clonliffe athletes in the men’s U/20 race. Aaron Cullen ran another quality race to place eighth with the fast finishing Callum Simpson, who had made up so much ground finishing in an excellent 9th position. After months of injury frustration Evan Foster announced that he is back! A fantastic 19th. Next in was another athlete just out of sickbay, Ben Guiden placing 22nd (although the official results described him as ‘retired’ he certainly is not and finished the race!) Alex Murray was next in 27th, a place further back Ian McAlweeney after a race long battle with Thomas Balthazar, Ian 28th and Thomas 30th and 43rd was Dermot Buckley, again in his comeback race after recent injury.

The day’s proceedings also included ‘popular race’, these were basically open races for men and women. Hugely successful they are too with the men’s open race having a field capped at its limit of 1000 starters. The huge army of athletes snaked to cover almost half of the lap and leading the field on lap one (for approximately 200m of glory) was the black and amber vest of Stephen Cashin. Stephen however was swallowed up but finished up very credible 25th, next in was master athlete Declan Power in 36th position (17th master and second M/45), 39th Ryan Sheridan, 46th Daniel Lacey and 53rd (gaining 10 places over the last 100) Jordan Byrne.

The women’s ‘popular race’ was a slightly smaller affair with only 400 starters! At the sharp end of the field were the Clonliffe Quartet with the girls having an outstanding race: Laura Tuite 12th, Alannah Cooley 14th, Clodagh Galvin 32nd and Hannah Browne 59th.

It was a brilliant weekend for the athletes all of whom will benefit hugely from the experience of attending a top-class overseas events like this. All supported their clubmates and did themselves and Clonliffe Harriers proud. (The athletes view of the weekend will be posted in a day or so)

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Efrem for Irish Euro Cross Team!

Efrem Gidey has been confirmed for his first Irish vest and travels to Lisbon this weekend for the European U/20 cross-country Championships. The Eritrean born Efrem left his home number of years ago arriving in a refugee camp in Calais, northern France and some 2 1/2 years ago arrived in Ireland. Upon coming to Clonliffe Harriers he fitted in nicely with Joe Cooper’s young junior squad. Despite his then little English, he became very popular member of the squad. The fact that he was such a promising athlete of course more than helped!

Efrem in 2018 led the Clonliffe junior team to win the National’s. In February of this year as national champions that junior team travelled to Portugal for the European clubs where Efrem had an outstanding run to finish fifth. He has also enjoyed a stellar schools career, winning the all Ireland schools title over both 5000 and cross country. Similarly on the track for Clonliffe he has won the national junior 5000. This season he has commenced his senior career a few months early winning the Dublin senior cross-country title at ease in Santry in early November and then in the nationals in Abbottstown mixed it with Ireland’s best to finish in ninth place and lead the Clonliffe senior team to regaining the national title.

Efrem is one of a trio of Clonliffe athletes who will represent Ireland this weekend joining Cathal Doyle, who goes in the U/23 race and Eoin Pierce, mixed relay. The very best of luck to our athletes and to the entire Irish team.

International call up for Eoin Pierce

Clonliffe’s Eoin Pierce earns a first international vest this coming weekend in Lisbon. Piercy has been named by Athletics Ireland in the mixed relay team at the European cross-country Championships a team that includes John Travers, Nadia Power and Amy O’Donoghue. Also competing at the Euros is Cathal Doyle in the U/23 race.

Cathal gets U/23 call up

Congratulations to Cathal Doyle who has been selected on the Irish U/23 team for the European Cross Country in Lisbon on December 8th.

4th place for Rossister helps retain Irish League 1 status

The European team League 1 championships took place over the course of the weekend in Sandnes, Norway with the Irish team out to secure continued League 1 statues. That objective has been achieved with a telling contribution from Clonliffe’s Jayme Rossiter who was 4th in the 3000sc in 8.56.49. Stephen Rice was 9th in the javelin (64.98).

Full report on

Three Clonliffe for Euro Team Championships

Jayme Rossiter gets his first international call up as part of the Irish team for the European Athletics Team Championships First League from 9-11 August to take place in Sandnes, Norway. National champion Jayme runs in the 3000 sc. Also called up is National Javelin champion Stephen Rice and in the 4 x 400 relay Luke Lennon-Ford. Congratulations to all three and the best of luck to the Irish team.


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