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Juvenile T & F C’ships completes a great club week

In recent weeks it has been brilliant to see the safe return to club racing by Clonliffe Harriers, with the focus very much on closed club events and championships. After some fantastic senior club championships, then “The Clonliffe Night of Miles” and this week’s “No Prizes” Club Meet the focus this morning was on our juvenile athletes. Eugenia Bateson Reports: Sunday 16th August saw the closing of the Club Championships with the U8 to U16 competing in Track and Field events.

Middle Distance 300m The opening of the events was the U9 – U11 300m middle distance event.  Some fine performances from Glady’s group showing guts and determination as they came around the final bend into the last 100m with great runs in particular from Lucy McFetridge, 1st girls and 1st boy Joel Thomas in the U/8 & 9’s.

500m The U12 and U13 took on the 500m event.  Some very strong determined runs from both the boys and girls.  The U13’s were particularly determined to prove that they are ready to move up to the next group in September. Harriet Kenny was fastest of the girls with Conor Tynan fastest of the boys.

Mile The U14 and U15 completed their middle-distance event at the very successful Clonliffe Night of Miles held on the 6th August with the Junior and Senior Athletes.  They did not look out of place at this level having put in some excellent training over the past year.  All U15 athletes were keen to prove that they are ready to progress to Mick and Noel’s group in September and they did not disappoint.   The outstanding performance on the night from this young group was from our National Cross Country Champion, Sean Cronin who recorded a sub 5 min winning by 150m.  Lorcan Benjacar, U15 was a strong finishing 2nd place followed by U14 Noah Rossi.  The girl’s race was closely fought with Sorcha O’Connor U15 managing to pull away from U14 Rebecca Walsh who thundered down the track with U15 Hazel Kenny finishing a very impressive 3rd.

In the sprints U/8s & 9s 80m Lucy McFetridge was again top of the pile, indeed a most successful day for Lucy as she took gold in not only the 80m and 300m but she also took turbo javelin and long jump gold, to make it 4 out of 4! Joel Thomas also made it a track golden double adding the 80 to his 300 golds. In the U/12s Sienna Kelly took both the 100 and 200 titles whilst in the U/13s Harriet Kenny and Niamh Cooper shared the spoils, Harriet 100 and 500 gold and Niamh 200, long jump and shot gold.

Results U/8s & 9’s – U/12s & 13s:

Sprints 200m: U14 Girls opened the sprint sessions showing fine form.  Ava Usanova managed to hold off a fine run from Sarah McDonnell with Kate Campbell taking the bronze.U14 Boys was won by Jaydon Carroll showing his fine sprinting form followed closely by Noah Rossi in 2nd and Charlie Duffy, just back from injury taking the bronze.U15 and U16 girls were run together.  Rachael Power, U16 was first over the line in an impressive win putting her consistent training to good use.  Hazel Kenny U15 came in close behind her with Kate Faherty unlucky not to catch her on the line for 3rd.U15 Boys was won by Sean Cronin – is there any distance this guy can’t win??  Christian Finn returning from injury took the silver with Devan Morrissey on his heels for bronze.

100m: Girls U14 and U15 ran a combined race to close out their events of the day.  Ava Usanova took the Gold in this event also with Kate Campbell taking silver and Sarah McDonnell taking bronze.Boys U14 and U15 were also run together with Jaydon Carroll managing to take the gold from the favourite in this event, Kharl Balero who took silver and Christian Finn well and truly putting his injury behind him to take bronze.

Field Events
Long Jump:U14 Boys1st Noah Rossi2nd Jaydon Carroll3rd Cathal Hickey
U15 Boys1st Sean Cronin2nd Kharl Balero3rd Devan Morrissey
U14 Girls1st Ava Usanova2nd Kate Campbell3rd Ali Connolly
U15 and U16 GirlsJoint 1st Kate Faherty and Rachael Power
U13 Girls 1st Niamh Cooper 2nd Sandy Rose3rd Aisling Faherty
U13 Boys1st Conor2nd Cian
U12 Girls1st Lucy2nd Laura3rd Violet.

Well done to all who took part in these Championships.  It was fantastic to hold this event in these strange times.  Many thanks to all parents who attended and for following Government guidelines in terms of social distancing.  With your co-operation, we strive to continue to keep each other safe and ensure that our club can remain open. 

 The U14 to U16 group will take a well-deserved break from training.  Return to training will be posted on the club website.  Glady’s group will continue to enjoy their training over the coming weeks.

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Sunday Aug 16th: Clonliffe Juvenile T& C’ships

On Sunday morning the club will hold the Clonliffe juvenile track and field championships. The event will be held during the club’s normal Sunday morning training time (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM). There will be events on both the track and field events for the U/9’s to U/16’s follows:

Field events:Javelin – U/9/U/10/U/11.

Long jump


Track events:

80 M – U/9/10/11

300 M – U/9/10/11

100 M – U/12/13/14/15/16

200 M – U/12/13/14/15/16

500 M – U/12/13.

Medals for the first three along with spot prizes and refreshments for athletes.

With the current government guidelines surrounding numbers gather at outdoor events restricted to a maximum of 200 only one parent can attend. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation on this important point. Parents must also read the Covid 19 page of this website and for the protection of all please:

Do not attend if you have been outside of the island of Ireland within the previous 14 days.

If you are living in Counties Kildare, Offaly or Laois you cannot take part.

Do not attend if you have had Covid 19 within the previous 14 days.

Do not attend if you have flu like symptoms or symptoms of Covid 19.

Do not attend if you have been in contact with any person diagnosed with Covid 19 within the past 14 days.

Do not attend if you are categorised as being in the vulnerable persons category.

Please also ensure that the athlete brings with them hand sanitiser, wipes, tissues, own drink clearly identified for that athlete. Please also advise your child to in so far as is possible maintain social distancing, no handshakes or high-fives or hugs, no sharing of drinks.

Parents must contact Gladys in advance to confirm that their child will be attending and also to confirm the identity of the parents who will be attending and must give contact telephone number for contact tracing if needed. Parents also if attending please observe social distancing from other parents at all times. The cooperation of all is vital as the country continues the Covid 19 battle.

U/14 girls win Dublin 4 x 200 Indoors

Graham Mahon Reports: Completing a very busy day’s activities for Clonliffe Harriers were the Juvenile Relay 4 x 200 squads at this evening’s Dublin juvenile indoor Championships in Abbottstown. The U/14 girls team successfully defended their U/13 Dublin title from 2019 winning the final by the tightest of margins. The team was Sarah McDonnell, Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh and Ava Usanova. The U/14 boys (Jack McDonnell, Charlie Duffy, Jaydon Carroll and Jake Kane) won their heat and in a competitive final finished fifth. Fifth place also for the use/18 girls (Kristen McGrady-Hogan, Sally Sumola, Blaise and Alex Twomey).

Clonliffe Juveniles Super Saturday

It was indeed Super Saturday for Clonliffe Harriers in Santry Demesne for today’s club cross country Championships. The juveniles of course hit the ground first, just to churn up the mud left from Sunday’s Dublins, to ensure that it was nice and sticky for the seniors/Irwin Cup at noon.

Thankfully it was dry, but it was cold and breezy, and it was of course soft underfoot, just the way this hardy bunch of Clonliffe juvenile athletes like it. The proceedings got underway at 11.00 am sharp and as promised by Gladys the juvenile championships for 2019 were done and dusted by 11.45. There was a very good turn out of young athletes and supporters and all had a fine time. As always these boys and girls competed hard and fairly with their usual good cheer doing themselves proud. Congratulations to each and everyone.

Juvenile club xc championship results:

U/9 girls: 1. Fiadh Woods, 2. Lucy McFelridge, 3. Tilda Crawford.

U/9 boys: 1. Corman Tynan, 2. Joel Thomas, 3. Callum Vaas.

U/11 girls: 1. Ella Woods, 2. Ashley Coleman, 3. Isabel Hickey

U/11 boys: 1. Joshua Cooke, 2. Conor Tynan, 3. Tadgh Cowley

U/12 girls: 1. Rachel Ardiff, 2. Niamh Cooper, 3. Sandy Rose Kivlehan

U/13 girls: 1. Rebecca Walsh, 2. Ali Connolly, 3. Sarah McDonnell

U/13 boys: 1. Noah Rossi, 2. Jaydon Carroll, 3. Jack McDonnell

U/14 girls: 1. Hazel Kenny, 2. Kate Faherty

U/14 boys: 1. Devan Morrissey, 2. Mark Goss-Keogh

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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Aaron Cullen wins National 1500

Aaron Cullen was the Clonliffe star of the day at the National Juvenile track and field championships in Tullamore today as he took the U/19 1500 national title with a gun to flag front running win in a time of 4.02.92, a winning margin of some 2 seconds.

In the U/18 girls final Sarah Bateson put in another typically brave run as she lowered her PB for the 2nd week in a row to 4.52 06 in placing 8th. In the U/17 race both Katie Halpin and Alana Fitzsimons unfortunately had days to forget.

Silver in the U/16 shot for Jonas Norvaisas with a fine 14.28.

National juveniles at Tullamore

Stephen Bateson reports: Saturday the 13th: U16 Girls 100m Sally Sumola 6th 13.11
U17 Girls 3000m Aoife Hession 8th 11.44.9
U17 Boys 3000m Niall Carbery 10th 9.49
U18 Boys 3000m Callum Simpson 3rd 09.08.8
Darragh Carter 4th 9.15.1
U19 Boys 3000m Daniel Stone 2nd 8.50.02.

National juveniles plus round up

Day 1 of the national juvenile track and field in Tullamore on Sunday the 7th: Naoise Cullen ran an 800 PB of 2.27.87 placing 11th in the U/16 final. Orla O’Sullivan was 6th in her U/15 800 heat (2.28.80). That seems to be all that competed, apologies if anyone missed.

Saturday the 6th David Flynn was 2nd in the Roscommon Harriers 10 mile in 49.32 in a race won by Raheny’s Mick Clohisey (48.52)

Another successful day at Juvenile Championships

A bright and still morning greeted the competitors for today’s latest Dublin juvenile track and Field Championships once again at Morton Stadium Santry. The Clonliffe Harriers distance athletes put in sterling performances across all age groups, the 3000 being the offering today for U/16’s upwards.

The U/17 girls were first into action, their race being mixed with the U/16’s, the Clonliffe trio performed superbly making it a black and amber clean sweep: first Aoife Hession, second Katie Halpin and third Alanna Fitzsimons. Next into action was Sarah Bateson in the U/18 girls 3000. This was a pretty loaded field and Sarah displayed great battling qualities powering home in a very strong third place in an outdoor PB time of 10.56.

The boys also put in great performances, Sean Boyne was second U/16 (9.59). In the U/17 race a battling Niall Carberry secured bronze in an impressive 9.40. Fine runs also in this from Alex Neuroth (10.16) and Eoin Byrne (10.22). In the U/18 and U/19 combined race Aaron Cullen, U/19, took up the running from the start and after a 67 second opening lap gradually opened a unassailable lead to win in a time of 8.52. In the U/18 category Callum Simpson was a smooth silver medallist in a time of 9.14 with Daragh Carter, putting his frustrations from Friday nights 1500 well behind him, to take bronze (9.24). Alex Murray clearly still carrying a shoulder injury battled away gamely and finished in a time of 9.55.

Also in action today was the Clonliffe U/13 girls 4 x 100 team, the girls looked majestic in their semi-final easily qualifying for the final and putting in an equally gutsy fine performance in the final to take Dublin silver, the team was Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh, Sarah McDonnell and Ava Usanova, Ali Connelly (reserve). A short time later both Rebecca and Sarah lined up for the U/13 600 final, both girls, who between relay had also taken part in the high jump competition, were tired looking athletes who competed well in the 600 but finished outside of the metal positions.

Sally Sumola was competing in the U/16 girls long jump winning gold with a best of 5.06m. Sally was also 3rd in the 100. Keith Burke was just out of the medals, 4th in the boys U/16 long jump and 8th in the 100 final. Making it a sprints double gold today was Val Sroganvous adding U/17 100 gold to his 200 from yesterday. Alex Toomey was 2nd in the girls U/17 100, with Holly Roche 5th and Milcah Anevho 5th in the final. Earlier in the heats Sandra Egwin just narrowly missed qualifying for the final, likewise Immy Hauer just missed qualifying for the girls U/16 100 final. Also Laimis Norvaisas took boys U/12 shot silver.

Middle distance medals won at Dublin Juveniles

Clonliffe athletes were in action in the pouring rain at last night’s Dublin juvenile Championships in Morton Stadium. Last night was day three, four or five (hard to keep count!) of the championships and on the card was the 1500s and relays. Dublin titles were taken by both Aaron Cullen in the boys 1500 U/19 and by Aimee Warren in the girls U/19.

First in action where the U/16 girls were Naoise Cullen, who last week was third in the 800 put in a fine performance over the longer distance finishing fifth in a time, unofficial, of 5.16 with Amy Sheehy following her in in a time of 5.22. The U/17 girls put in a great shift with Aoife Hession placing second (5.12), Katie Halpin third (5.14) and Alanna Fitzimon’s fourth (5.25). One of the races of the day was the girls U/18 1500 were Sarah Bateson put in another battling performance finishing a close second in a time of 4.56.5 and then in the U/19 girls Aimee Warren took Dublin gold.

Of the boys Owen Housney was sixth in the U/16 1500 in a time of 4.44 with Jack Woods seventh in 4.49. Fourth place for the Niall Carberry in the U/17 boys in a time of 4.25 Alex Nuroth eight in 4.43. Callum Simpson ran 4.19 in the U/18 boys to 5th place with Darragh Carter seventh (4.25). Then in the boys U/19 a Clonliffe one two with Aaron Cullen  first (4.02) and Daniel Stone second.

Once the 1500s were completed proceedings moved on to the even age relays. The U/U/18 girls team having completed the 1500s decided that they would give the relay a go and were rewarded for their tenacity with fine bronze with a team of Carra Curran Beggs,  Alanna Fitzsimons , Abbey Sheehy and Sarah Bateson.

In the U/12 girls relay the practice the team put in during the week paid off with superb button changes from all of the girls in the 4 x 100 the team of Mia, Rose, Sienna and Harriet were just off a place in the final. Likewise the U/12 boys team of Steve Connor Cian and Ethan, who ran a particularly strong final leg, again were very close to making the final. Likewise the boys U/14 4 x 100 team put in an excellent performance and were just shy of making the final.

The Dublin juveniles continues today (Saturday) and this report will be updated later this evening.


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