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Clonliffe Juveniles at Dublin Cross Country League in Park

Ulrik Nyberg reports of great performances from the Clonliffe juvenile athletes in breezy conditions in the Phoenix Park this morning. There were particularly strong efforts from the boys and girls running in this  event for the first time. All put in great efforts to impress their coaches who were delighted with the runs from the young Harriers. Top performers on the day with top 10 places included: Orla O`Sullivan U/13, Jonathan Fitzsimons U/13 and Naoise Cullen U/14

Of the older age groups Katie Halpin impressed with a very strong second half in the U/15s race to come through very well to an excellent 3rd place. The U/16s also look very strong, this was a mixed race of U/16s to U/19s, in the U/16 category Ella Brown lead the Clonliffe girls home in 2nd, Abbey Sheehy was close in 3rd with Sarah Bateson 4th and another solid effort from the ever improving Cara Curran Beggs placing around 10th or so.

McGuinness 1st in Dublin Intermediate Cross Country

Cross Country races are coming thick and fast now. Hot on the heels of last week`s Nationals came the Dublin Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tymon Park this afternoon. Conor McGuinness continued his fine comeback and showing no ill effects from 10,000m in Abbotstown a week ago took the Dublin title. Next in was Conor Keane 4th with Sean Doran 5th, somewhat surprisingly with three in the top five the team only took bronze, going back to seasoned campaigner Niall Sherlock in 34th for the 4th scorer. Others: 36th Shaun Connaghan, 40th Joseph Keane.

The women`s team took silver lead home by another athlete on the comeback trail Orna McGinley in an excellent 9th. Kerri Page was 10th, Ciara Peelo 13th and Clodagh Moriarty 21st, completing the scoring four. These four were well backed up by Aideen Brady 25th, Brid Beausang 33rd, Aisling Andrews 35th and Emer Brennan 38th.

Earlier in the programme some of the club`s juvenile athletes ran in the final round of the league. The U/14 girls represented by Katie Halpin who ran a fine race to place 3rd with Emma McDonnell showing a welcome return to form in 5th.

The U/13 girls also took in the event where Naoise Cullen was a strong 8th, Amy Daly, an athlete now coming to grips with the hilly and muck of cross country was 17th and Amy Sheehy making light of a fall 200 from home gathered herself to take several places in the run in for 19th. The sole Boy Harrier was Keith Burke who ran well in the U/13 boys race for 19th.

Next up on a packed cross country schedule is Dundalk for the National Novice and Juvenile Uneven ages in seven days time.

Clonliffe Juveniles get 2016 cross country off to great start

Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper reports: Clonliffe Harriers juveniles had their first outing  over the country on Sunday in Ardgillan Park in pretty poor conditions. All participants gave a great effort on the day everybody doing the black and amber proud. A couple of notable top finishers were Jonathon Fitzsimons who was first Clonliffe home in the boys under 12 placing well up the field and Katie Halpin who was 2nd in the girls U/14.

Roll on next competition..

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Juveniles for Ardgillan XC opener on Sunday

The Dublin Juvenile Cross Country league starts on Sunday in Ardgillan. Clonliffe athletes from the U/9s to U/14s please meet in the car park at Ardgillan at 10.30 sharp.

Over the following weeks the league continues leading into the Dublin Championships even ages held as part of the Athletics Ireland Autumn Cross Country Classic in Abbotstown on October 16th and then the uneven ages held with the Dublin Junior and Senior championships hosted by Clonliffe in Santry on November 6th.

For race distances click: juvenile-cross-country-distances-2016

Juvenile XC league: Blowin`in the wind

Ciara McDonnell reports: Today in Tymon Park, the final round of the league took place.   The course for the athletes was relatively flat so really it should have been a lovely way to end the League races.   However, Mother Nature must have thought it was just a tad too easy and decided to challenge the athletes somewhat by having in place a wind that could knock anyone backwards let alone allow someone run into it.   But our strong warriors went forward and, yet again, did Clonliffe Harriers proud.   And the rain held off so, for the spectators, it was yet again just a perfect race day.

In the main, the younger juveniles did not race today so results will start at U-11.   The older juveniles did not race either today instead spending the weekend in Santry putting in their final preparations for their All-Irelands next Sunday.

U-11 boys: Jonathon Fitzsimons  2nd

U-13 girls:Emma McDonnell   2nd, Aoife Hession 11th Holly Roach 12th

U-14 girls:Ella Browne  4th, Amy Hodson  6th, Vicky McDonnell  9th, Abbie Sheehy 11th

U-14 boys:Daragh Carter  8th

Juvenile Captain Reports on solid XC League outing

Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper Reports: Today saw the second cross country League race take place in the Phoenix Park. The mild weather  and good underfoot conditions made it a great day for cross-country running with a good showing from Clonliffe.
The morning got off to a great start with fabulous runs from are under 9 girls,  under 10 boys and under 11 girls. First win of the day went to Jonathan Fitzsimons who fought hard to win the under 11 boys race .The under 12 boys and girls both fielded strong teams and represented us well, all packing closely and finishing strongly . The next top finisher for the black and Amber was Emma McDonnell in the under 13 girls in which she finished second having a great run, behind her were the  rest of the under13 girls team all working hard and finishing strongly. The under 13 boys faced tough competition today but both competitors finished the race well and hope to build on their performances for the next League. In what was a very tough race the under 14 girls worked very hard and packed well, running positively and hoping to build on this performance for the upcoming Dublin championships. Similarly the under 14 boys team had a solid performance today ,one which they can hope to build on.
In one of the final races of the morning  Lauren Carr produced the goods to finish in second place in the u16 race. Coaches and athletes all went away positive , hoping to build on all these solid performances as season progresses and Dublin championships approach.!!!

The Loftus Report: Juveniles hit Ardgillan with Flying Season`s Opener

Kevin Loftus Reports: In the beautiful, lush surroundings of Ardgillan Castle the opening meet of the Dublin County Board Cross Country League took place.  Though wind-swept for the majority of the proceedings; the weather was next to ideal with but one scattered shower.  Both the Mourne Mountains and the misty sea were spectacles to behold on such a calm day; resulting in close to perfect conditions for both athletes and spectators, both equally weary of the dense clouds that loomed overhead.

In what was a fantastic opening to a long and winding season that lies ahead, there were too many stand out and note worthy performances of the day rendering a report of such nature too arduous; even for the likes of this budding reporter.  In any event, each and every harrier is to be commended for their dedication and commitment which was unwavering throughout the course of every race, which impressed coaches most highly.  Both seasoned and relatively new athletes enjoyed a terrific morning in the parklands; adding another race to their collection; both setting new personal bests and improving on results from pervious years.

It is a tremendous achievement by all of our harriers who participated today to know that they have given every last inch of their stride to their race, resting safe in the knowledge that they have proven their worth.  Their determination and effort is greatly appreciated by their club.  It is wonderful to note too that they conduct themselves so well, both on and off the race course with an air of professionalism and respect.  The support of athletes for their fellow harriers is always an uplifting sight to see, and from what was seen today we are fully prepared mentally to go all the way to the National Championships; only a mere eight weeks away for some.

For those members who are new to the club and who may have stumbled their way through their race today, it is of utmost importance that you take positive thoughts with you away from this today, that you have competed and finished in your first ever Cross Country race.  To those more experienced and learned in the field an equally celebratory well done to you.  Above all else the enjoyment by all of today’s races was all any of the coaches and mentors could have asked for.

We now take this time to thank the coaches and parents of athletes who so admirably travelled from afar to the extremities of the county to support and to guide.  The devotion of all our club members makes the club what it is and sets us apart with our sense of community from other clubs.  So to conclude, a massive well done and thank you to all who participated, officiated and supported at today’s event; and now let us continue to make strides on this remarkable success in the days and  weeks to come.


Kevin Loftus xc

Daniel Lacy and Stephen Cashin

Clonliffe Juveniles ready for Sunday`s Cross Country League

The first cross country event for the Clonliffe Juvenile athletes takes place in Ardgillan Park on Sunday next September 20th. This is the first round of the League and a nice season`s opener over a fairly testing course but over a shorter distance than the championships distances later in the season.

Course Map: Maps for Ardgillan Cross Country League 1 2015

Distances for season: Juvenile Cross Country Distances 2015

The club has arranged a bus to bring athletes to Sunday`s race, leaving the Stadium at 9.30am due back at 1.00pm. The cost of this bus is €4. per person. Gladys has give out slips which must be returned on Tuesday if you want to book a seat.

Club Juveniles in league action in Phoenix Park

Ahead of the Dublin Juvenile Cross Country Championships (even ages) in two weeks time the third round of the league took place in the Phoenix Park this morning. Juvenile Captain Gladys Cooper reports: Under 9 Boys & Girls Great performance by both sets in particular Cian O’Hare 2nd, Daniel Coleman 3rd, and then Mark Isong closely behind.

Under 10 Boys & Girls: Another great performance with Jonathan Fitzsimons coming 2nd overall & Katie Edwards finished 8th

Under 11 girls: Once again good performance by all, all finishing in the top 20

Under 11 Boys: 5th Michael Coleman, 7th James McDonnell, 10th Oisin Finninwith strong runs from Gavin, Lorcan and Keith

Under 12 Girls: 8th Aoife Hession with good performances by Ava, Holly, Kirsten, Blaise, Mia & Ella

Under 13 Boys: 8th Cillian Forester, 9th Mark Kavanaghgood performances by Luke & Luchino

Under 13 Girls: 3rd Ella Brown, 4th Amy Hodson, 6th Amy Scott, 8th Abbey Sheehy good performances by Ella Bergin & Vicky McDonnell.

Under 14 Girls:Nice performance by 2 athletes – Rebecca Fitzsimons & Caitlin Butler

And finally our Under 14 Boys 6th Aaron Cullen, 9th Cian Bolger

Good representation from our club, well done, Gladys

Sunday`s cross country: Juvenile Leagues and Dublin Novice teams

The Dublin Novice takes place on Sunday in the Phoenix Park, following round 3 of the Dublin Juvenile League. The women and mens Novice teams have been confirmed, women: Bernadette Kiernan, Rachel Wisdom, Maura Matthews, Louise Caraher, Aisling Andrews,  Clodagh Morriarty, Kerri Page,  Laoise Mogan and Leah Bergin.

Men`s team: Eoin Taggart, Liam Ashton, Joseph Cooper, Tom Sherlock, Sean Doran, Conor Keane, David Dunwoody, B. O`Brien, Thomas Frayne. Men`s team meeting at 1.30pm at Magazine Fort area.

The Juvenile league starts the programme at 11.00am. Juveniles are to meet at Magazine Fort area at 10.15am. Please note that the U/15 & 16 group will not be running in this round. Cars should be parked in designated car park areas. NO cars should be parked on the course

Athletes warming up for the Novice races should respect the  juvenile competition and please stay off the course when warming up whilst the  juvenile races are in progress. Please also take home any rubbish.

Course Map:

Phoenix Park Course



Event Distance Start Time
U9 Girls


U9 Boys


U10 Girls


U10 Boys


U11 Girls


U11 Boys


U12 Girls


U12 Boys


U13 Girls


12.04 noon
U13 Boys


U14 Girls


U14 Boys


U15 Girls


U15 Boys


U16/17/18/19 Girls


U16 Boys


U17/ U18/U19 Boys


Novice Ladies


Novice Men




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