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Keith sets new mark at Leinster Schools

The highlight of a sun drenched Leinster Schools Track and Field at Morton Stadium today was a fantastic double by new Clonliffe Harrier Keith Marks. Keith`s senior boys long jump winning jump of 7.36m was a new Leinster Schools record. Earlier in the day Keith had taken the Leinster title in the high jump (1.90m).

In the senior boys javelin Justine finished 3rd. On the track there were 3rd place finishes by Sean O`Leary in the inter 3000 (9.14) and Cathal Doyle in the 5000 (15.35). Adam O`Brien was 5th in the 5000. “The Mauritian Express” Greg Hosseny was 2nd in the senior 3000 race walk and then a little over an hour later he pbed in the 800 (2.03) placing 7th, Joseph Hession was ran a pb in this race of 2.00.

First year inter boys Ben Guiden , 7th in the 1500 (4.30), Cian Bolger 6th in the 800 (2.10) and Jack Horan 7th 800 (2.11) found the going tough, but will benefit from the experience next year.

Congratulations to all the Clonliffe athletes who battled throughout the Leinster campaign and good luck to those who will compete in the All Ireland Schools on June 4th.

Leinster Schools Track & Field Day 1

After the regional qualifiers the GloHealth Leinster Finals took place in a showery Morton Stadium this afternoon, with day 2 on Staurday. On offer were places in the All Ireland Schools Finals in Tullamore in June, plus of course coveted Leinster Schools medals. In action today were some of the top up and coming young Clonliffe athletes with fine performances in particular from Holly Roche who took silver in the minor girls 500. Silver also in the minor boys 1100 by Colin Sweeney with Daragh Carter also running a very strong race in 5th. Sean Carrig successfully negotiated the barriers in the senior boys 2000 sc placing a comfortable 3rd. 3rd also for Craig Giles in a very bumpy boys U/16 mile.

Holly Roche

In the unlucky category comes Rebecca Fitzsimons who was 4th in a competitive U/16 200. Good runs also today by Aaron Cullen junior 1500, in the mionor girls 800 from training partners Amy Hodson, Ella Brown and Abby Sheehy, Aoife Hession in the minor 1100, Tess Loftus in the U/16 mile, Daniel Lacey in the inter 1500 sc , Stephen in the minor 800, and Thomas Ward in the senior 2000 sc. Apologies for any omissions (text 0879599888).

Sean Carrig Leinsters

The Loftus Report: Onwards from Leinster to All Ireland

The pivotal and decisive provincial championships of the GloHealth Schools XC Championships were held today in a gloriously cold Santry Demesne.  Spectators and competitors alike basked in the warmth of what can only be described as an “arctic sun”.  Despite the previous mitigating weather forecasts to the contrary, conditions were most favourably dry and crisp; a light breeze swaying in the branches of the towering oak trees.  Despite these ideal circumstances, the arid air was only just above freezing point for the duration of the day’s proceedings, adding to the grueling challenge of trawling through the copious amounts of slushed up mud.  However, for the 1000 plus school boys and girls that participated with an unprecedented level of passion and vigour, this was even considered to be a form of hindrance.

With regard to the ground itself, the course was taped, marked and divided immaculately, as always, encompassing both a small and large loop of 1000 m and 1500 m respectively.  Athletes negotiated tight right-angled bends, trenches of semi-solid muck and an arduous hill climb; persevering through all of this and more for the coveted and highly sought after qualification rights for the All Ireland  Course markers paved the circuit effectively and most efficiently in both assembly and dis-assembly, Club Captain Joe Cooper remarking “the job is very well paid”.

Several of our athletes from across many training groups had already qualified for these championships prior to today’s racing, a wonderful achievement in itself.  In a tightly packed ferociously paced Minor Girls race Holly Roche ran smoothly, working through the field particularly well in the latter stages to place a strong 32nd.  Vicky McDonnell, competing in her first secondary schools season much like Holly ran a brave and encouraging race to finish in 37th position.  Vicky’s teammate and training partner Aoife Hession, much to her dismay, stumbled shortly after the starting shot and was forced to pull out of the race entirely.

The Minor Boys were tasked with completing a distance of 2000 m, where Colin Sweeney had an incredible run to record a 2nd place finish, leading a field of over 130 athletes home in style.  Darragh Carter was another one of our own who put in a valiant performance indeed to finish an outstanding 18th, given his dedication to training over the past few months.  Dermott Buckley had a  good run also, rampaging down the finishing straight to finish in 53rd place.

At this early stage in the competition, the timetable of events was already ahead of schedule, the organisers exceeding expectations on time management and fluidity once again.  In the Junior Girls race Amy Hodson had a simply terrific run to qualify individually for the All Ireland Championships in just under a month’s time, placing a superb 8th.  Aimee “warrior” Warren, showed no signs of suffering from the remnants of a heavy cold, Aimee running consistently throughout to finish 20th.  Ella Brown followed close on Aimee’s tail to finish in a fine 28th place.

Flowing seamlessly on, up next on the cards was the Junior Boys racing a distance of 3000 m.  In a tremendous battle for the vital positions atop the podium, Aaron Cullen found himself in that unlucky 4th place, yet wasn’t too disheartened given his remarkable run.  Aaron was promptly followed by Ian McElweeney, another young harrier who will toe the line in March, having rightly secured his place with a fantastic 12th place finish.

With none of our lot in contention in the Intermediate Girls race we move now to the Intermediate Boys race, a hefty distance of 4500 m.  Sean O’Leary out shined almost all of his counterparts, settling for no less that a truly sublime 2nd place.  Sean emerged early on from a large leading pack, managing to cling on to the leader until the very end.  Ben Guiden produced arguably the most surprising and thrilling result of the day finishing an astounding 11th as a first year Intermediate.  Chasing Ben down no doubt was Craig Giles squeezing into the qualification category in a super 15th place. Alex Hogan had a great race considering his impromptu return to training after prolonged and escalated injury, recording an encouraging 25th place finish.  Daniel Lacey found the going both tough and rough, however he maintained his position for the race in its entirety to score a solid and commendable 28th, ahead of Fionntan McManus who drove home behind in 36th place.  Both Jordan Byrne and Jack Horan produced consistent efforts in this race to finish 46th and 71st respectively.  Finally, Nathan Joyce remained determined a focused on completing the race finishing well in the final stages.

In the Senior Girls Alannah Cooley moved swiftly, finishing strong in 21st place.  Running up three age groups, Tess Loftus ( the “other” Loftus ) challenged herself to complete the race, doing so in outstanding style, if this reporter may say, finishing 29th and in the top half of the field.

Finally, the day’s proceedings culminated with the Senior Boys race, the unappetising distance of 6000 m dissuading none who took to the gun with immense courage indeed.  The St. Aidan’s CBS team were ruthless in their quest for victory, being led home in wonderful fashion by Brian Flanagan chasing 5th place; Cathal Doyle pounding along behind finishing a magnificent 6th with Adam O’Brien a brilliant 9th.  Joseph Hession gave an incredible performance indeed to finish 17th, this result completing the scoring four; demolishing any exterior hope of top honours, as this score gave the lads the gold ticket they were looking for with the team overall placing a tremendous 1st.  These harriers were heavily supported by Greg Hosseny having a stupendous race to finish 24th, Thomas Ward; another harrier who triumphed despite the odds in 32nd – considerably better than last year’s 75th, and Alex Gibbons who gave it his all despite having been hampered by a depleting dose last week, finishing 34th.  Kevin Loftus, another athlete only just back on the road to recovery, managed to secure a 38th place finish.  Bringing up the rear Kevin McKenna proved his worth to record a solid 60th.

So, another day has been and gone in the eyes of our athletes and supporters, it must be said that the tremendous conscientious effort made by so many of of our club members, giving so selflessly of their valuable time to the sport which we seem to eat, sleep and breathe is simply astounding.  The ethos of “Nil Desperandum” is encompassed in all that these members do.  Your club is extremely grateful for your service, thank you.  To part, signs of eager anticipation are already beginning to show as our finest selection of athletes prepare in the coming weeks to depart for Sligo race Course, where the 2016 All Ireland Schools XC Championships take place next March.  We wish each and every single harrier the very best of luck.  Nil Desperandum.

Report written and photos compiled by Kevin Loftus.

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The Loftus Report: Hope adds Leinster Schools to the list!

On a dull, gloomy day and with what could only be described as ideal XC conditions, the Leinster School’s Provincial XC Finals were held in a relatively dry Santry Demesne.  These races saw the culmination of a hard winter’s training for most athletes and the standard in which they competed so well was extremely high.  In total, today’s campaign on the country saw a terrific number of 11 athletes qualify individualy with the number surpassing 20 of athletes who qualified as a result of team efforts.  Needless to say there were steep hills, awkward bends and soft underfoot conditions, all of which have become expected in the running of these events.

First out of the starting pens were the Minor Girls, Clonliffe having only two representitives in this category, Amy Warren and Caitlin Butler.  Amy battled valiantly to secure a prestigious place in the All-Ireland School’s XC coming home fighting in a great 12th place.  Caitlin, who is ever improving in training had a particularly strong finish to place 34th.

On then to the Minor Boys race where again there was but one Clonliffe representative, Cillín Forrester.  Cillín had a strong race finishing in 60th in a huge field with over 140 athletes racing.

Lauren Leinsters

Lauren Carr, who admits to not being “a lover of XC”  displayed a wonderful burst of talent in the Junior Girls race, finishing in a very commendable 8th position for the 2500m distance.

Running the distance of 1500m, the Junior Boys toed the line in style.  In a thrilling battle Craig Giles’s hard work in copious amounts of trainings paid off indeed as he bagged 4th place, with Stephen Cashin running extremely well to place 12th, Daniel Lacey chasing him down in haste landing himself in 13th position.  Encouraging runs too from Mark Keirns 71st Aaron Cullen, Ian McEweeny and Jack Horan, Jack fighting his way home to finish in 77th position.  Due unfortunately to stomach cramps,  Cian Bolger was forced to withdraw from racing.

Next on the event schedule, the Intermediate Girls race of 3500m saw Alannah  Cooley stride home for another qualifying position in 13th, being the only Harrier in this race yielded a good result on the club front.

In the Intermediate Boys race Leinster’s very best athletes didnt fail to display in the slightest.  First Clonliffe member home was Sean Carrigg in a strong 12th, Alex Hogan as a first year Intermediate pacing close behind, placing a great 21st.  Next in promptly behind was Sean “GAA” O’Leary fighting for team qualification points, placing a fine 22nd.  Joseph Hession put in a powerful team effort adding only a mere 27 points (27th) to St. Aidan’s scoring four securing team silver and a place for eight runners in th All-Irelands. Kevin Mc Kenna battled for a good 34th  in the black and white of Belvedere Kevin Loftus was next in, in an admirable 39th place.  Fintan Mc Manus was forced to retire from the race.

Hope Leinster

The Senior Girls race was of utmost importance form a Clonliffe aspect, the distance of 2500m proving to be somewhat of a sprint to reigning Inter County All-Ireland Champion Hope Saunders.  Hope ran simply superbly, awarding herself with the title of Leinster School’s Senior Girls XC Champion.    Laura Tuite had a brilliant run too, securing yet another place in the All-Ireland Finals, finishing in 10th.  Lizzie Murray in one of her first school’s races showed great form to come home in 24th position, displaying good promise for the upcoming Track and Field season.

The last event of the day, after the course being teared to shreds, was the Senior Boys race of 6000m.  With a high calibre in the field this was quite tough from many aspects; and a long distance not to be underestimated.  Cathal Doyle showed his full recovery from illness cruising into  brilliant 5th place with Brian Flanagan tight on his heels in a super 6th place followed closely by Adam O’Brien in a terrific 11th given his recent return from injury.  Alex Gibbons had a very encouraging race to finish 22nd with Niall Norman a fighting 31st. Paul Courtney ran very well, arriving in 52nd; with good runs too from Gregg Hossenny and Ross Kearney, 52nd and 60th respectively. The st. Aidans team of Cathal, Brian, Adam and Alex took Leinster gold and will look with confidence to next month`s All Irelands.


So that concludes the day’s racing, well done on the tremendous effort of all who participated as well as those who were not so fortunate to qualify.  When willing to put in the hard training, the rewards reaped are enormous in satisfaction.

A special thank you to the wonderful cooperation, organisation, generosity and kindness of Alan O’Neill and of all in the Clonliffe community who assisted in the smooth running of the events today, it would be impossible to hold such an event without the much needed support.

These results are PROVISIONAL and are INTERNAL, official results on Athletics Ireland.

Report, results and photos  written and compiled by K Loftus

Clonliffe hosting GloHealth Leinster Schools XC in Santry tomorrow

The GloHealth Leinster School`s Cross Country Championships are hosted by Clonliffe in Santry Demesne tomorrow Feb. 11th. The first race is at 12.00 noon with the final race at 2.20pm.

Course builders to report to the Stadium for 7.45am. (all help greatly appreciated)

Anyone available for marshalling duties please report to the clubhouse for briefing at 11.00am.

Clonliffe on the day duties: Course building (all who can)

Head of course: Alan O`Neill

Clonliffe chief contact: Noel Guiden

Catering for marshalls/course builders: Caroline Tuite

Car Park/buses: Frank Behan, Jim Hyland

Start area: Gerry Carr, Peter McDermott, Noel Daly, Tommy Griffin

Start straight: Joe Cooper

Finish area: Paddy Marley, Sean Callan, Johnny O`Leary, Pat O`Keeffee

Finishing chutes: Gladys Cooper, Noreen Keane and other Clonliffe ladies

On Course/ Cross Overs: Paddy Tuite, Jim Bennett, Maurice Ahern, Pat Bonass, Leo Hession and other Clonliffe

1000/1500 lap controller: Martin Treacy, Gerry Cullen

Lap counter: Tom Griffin/ Harry Gorman (bell)

Course: the Brother Schools XC Course: 1,000 loop plus 500m at Walled Garden


Event                     Call Up             Start Time             Distance            Course/Laps



Minor Girls            11.50am            12 noon                  1,500m              1 large lap



Minor Boys            12.05pm            12.15pm                 2,000m              2 small laps



Junior Girls            12.25pm            12.35pm                 2,000m              2 small laps



Junior Boys            12.45pm            12.55pm                 3,000m              2 large laps



Inter Girls                 1.05pm            1.15pm                   3,500m              2 small + 1 large lap



Inter Boys                1.25pm            1.35pm                   4,500m              3 large laps



Senior Girls              1.50pm            2.00pm                   2,500m              1 small + 1 large lap



Senior Boys              2.10pm            2.20pm                   6,000m              4 large laps


Course Map:

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Now that`s what you call cross country!!

The Aviva Leinster Schools Cross Country returned to Santry Demesne today hosted by Clonliffe Harriers. It was a real cross country day: rain, wind, cold and muddy. A day that tested the resolved of both athletes and officials. A day when strong athletes stand to be counted. It was a day for the cross country connoisseur.

The worst of the weather was endured by the Clonliffe course builders on the early shift. Matters improvement for the day`s racing and thankfully the course had been taken down by the time the hurricane like weather struck Santry.

The first Clonliffe athletes into the fray were in the minors. The honour of the first Harrier to race falling to Lauren Carr who battled away over the 1500m distance to place 50th. The boys ran 2,000m, two laps of Santry,  Cian Bolger ran a very good race placing 13th, likewise a good run by Ben Guiden (Belvedere) in 39th and Jack Horan, also St. Aidans in 102nd.

With one of the best runs of the day Alex Hogan lead the St. Aidans team home to Leinster silver and a place in the All Ireland Schools Final in Cork on March 8th. Alex got off to a superb start into the top 10 by the end of the starting straight and then up to 8th starting the second lap and holding that position all the way to the end of the 3,000m. Great runs also in the red and white by Fintan McManus to place 20th, Sean O`Leary 31st, Joey Hutchinson 39th and Daniel Craig 82nd.

The St. Aidans lads then lived up to their top billing in the inter boys race over 4,500m, three big laps of the Demesne. Great runs at the sharp end of things with three in the top 10 saw the team record a comfortable Leinster title win. Cathal Doyle 3rd, Adam O`Brien 5th and Brian Flanagan 7th. These three were very well backed up by Sean Carrigg 18th, Alex Gibbons 39th, chest cold victim Joseph Hession 54th, Greg Hosseny 73rd and Shane Merrigan 76th. Kevin Lofus in the Belvedere black and white also had a good run in the mud placing 45th.

The second of the Clonliffe girls running today was Laura Tuite in the senior girls 2,500m. Laura was another suffering from a heavy cold but went out and achieved her objective of qualifying for her first All Ireland Schools cross country with a 12th place finish.

Aaron Hanlon Leinster CC 2014

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Finally the senior boys over 6,000m, four laps of pretty well cut up ground at this stage. Reigning champion Aaron Hanlon was the pre race favourite and lived up to this billing. Running shoulder to shoulder with his St. Marys school mate Andrew Coscoran he waited until a lap to go before making his move and came home clear to successfully retain his title. Other Clonliffe men in this race included Ross Kearney, a fine run in 30th place. Josh Stubbs 32nd, young Kevin McKenna who stepped up from inter today for Aidans and well and truly stood up to be counted, another inter man David O`Hanlon 51st and Anto McMahon 56th. Regrettably the St. Aidans team finished out of the top three and do not progress.

Well done to all the athletes today, it was tough out there. A big thank you to all the Clonliffe team involved in the event, another job well done.

Clonliffe athletes win 4 Leinster Schools titles in Morton

There were outstanding performances from Clonliffe Harriers athletes for their schools in today`s Leinster Schools track and field in the Morton Stadium. Thankfully the rain held off for the day as the black clouds kindly drifted away over head. After the qualifiers today really was the business end of things with serious competion to be faced in all events. At the end of a long day the club`s athletes held four Leinster titles and took home some eleven individual medals.

The first title of the day came from an unlikely source young Greg Hossenny, last night he ran his first sub 60 400 in Tallaght at the Juvenile league today he did battle for St. Aidans in the junior 1200 race walk and was superb leading from the off to win his first Leinster title. Soon more followed, also in the walks as senior Ryan Cleary (Belvedere) took a fine win (14.56.93) in the 3,000m senior race. In the inter boys 2,000 Niall Norman was just out of the medals in 4th place.

In the field events Simon Galligan in the black and white of Belvedere won the senior hammer 58.42. Andrew Heney (Mount Temple) was 2nd in the senior high jump (1.90), 2nd also for Megan Coomber in the senior long jump with a very encouraging 5.42m. Paddy O`Hanlon jumped very well in the inter boys recording a new pb of 5.67 for 4th place. In the javelin Ryan Whelan was 2nd in the senior boys (52.40), Andrea Lidova was also 2nd in the inter boys with 40.86.

Ian Guiden took his first Leinster title in his last Leinster for St. Aidans with a superb display of front running winning by over half a lap in a pb of 15.11.21. A superb run also by Adam O`Brien in the inter 3000 winning bronze in 9.28.69. In the senior girls 400 Seanna Reilly took Leinster bronze in 60.85. A brillant bronze also for Laura Tuite after a great run in the inter 1500 her finishing speed bring her from 4th to bronze and only inches away from silver and taking a chunk off her pb in running 4.55.87. Hope Saunders also ran exceptionally well today, a real bruiser of an inter girls 800 when she was knocked from 4th to last at the bell and then battled back to 4th (2.29.76)and two hours later she lined up for the 1500 where the effort of her earlier race caught up, still a battling 5th (5.10)  in Leinster is still pretty impressive indeed. A good run as well today By Greta Streimikite the senior 3000m as she continues to improve with every race.

On now to the All Ireland Schools Finals on June 1st. Congratulations to all the club`s qualifiers on a job well done.




Clonliffe take seven medals in Leinster Schools

Day 2 of the Leinster Schools in Morton Stadium saw some fine medal winning performances from Clonliffe athletes today. Andrew Heeney won the senior boys high jump with a best of 1.80m to take a fine win. Ian Guiden was also in good form taking silver in the senior 5,000 lobbing some six  seconds off his recent PB running 15:58.22. Second also for Megan Coomber in the inter long jump with a great new PB of 5.40m, only 4 cm off gold.  At inter level Ryan Whelan was the javelin winner with a throw of 47.40m. Aaron Hanlon was a run away winner in the inter 1500 in 4:01.82. A walk away winner also today was Ryan Cleary in the inter 2,000 race walk 10:03.56. Keith Pike was up again some top quality opposition in the senior sprints taking a fine bronze in the 200m (22.52) and 4th in the 100m. That unlucky 4th position also for young Greg Hossenny in the minor race walk and for Shauna Reilly in the inter 300m. Well done to all our athletes over the two days of competition you`ve done your club and schools proud.

Clonliffe athletes medal in Morton Stadium at Leinster Schools

There were medal winning performances from a number of Clonliffe athletes at today`s Leinster Schools Track and Field championships in the Morton Stadium. The first winning strike came courtesy of Elaine Begley taking bronze in the senior girls 400 hurdles in a time of 65.8. Bronze also from Eoin McCullough in the senior 2,000 SC (6.33.68). Cathal Doyle also took bronze in the junior 1500m converting his excellent cross country Winter form to the track running a time of 4.27.94. A great run also in that race by David O`Hanlon finishing in that very unlucky 4th position, David never really got a clear run in the race finding himself bumped and bored throughout. Another very good race betwwen Clonliffe team mates was in the minor boys 800 where Greg Hossenny also won bronze (2.20) with Sean Carrig two places back in 5th.

Well done also today to our other athletes in action, who finished out of the points paying positions: minor girls Alanah Cooley , Juniors girls Stephanie McCaul and Sally Aherne, U/16 Miler Rachel Murray, Joseph Hession in the minor boys 1,100 and both Sean Carrig minor long jump and Paddy O`Hanlon junior long jump. Well done one and all.

Leinster`s Day 2 in on Saturday in the Morton Stadium.

Leinster School’s qualifiers continued on a rain free day in Santry

A rain free day in Santry! Today`s North Leinster School`s brought a welcome change in the weather, while needless to say there wasn`t any sunshine there wasn`t any rain either. The Clonliffe athletes put in another successful shift with safe passage negotated to the Leinster finals for several athletes but great efforts from all. The middle distant lads really shone today. Aaron O`Hanlon was excellent in the inter 1500 with a gun to tape victory by some margin in a sub 4 minute time of 3.59.1, only a fraction slower than his PB. An excellent run also by Ian Guiden in the senior 1500 finishing 2nd in 4.02.9, a PB by a massive margin. Conor King also impressed running 2.07 for 3rd in the senior 800 after a blistering 60 second opening lap.

Shauna Reilly was dominant in the inter girls 300m, winning both her heat and 90 minutes later winning the North Leinster title. A very good run also today from Roisin Leahy in the senior girls 1500 finishing second but impressing with a superb final lap closing the gap significantly on the leader.

The junior 1500m featured several Clonliffe lads. In this one top of the pile today was David O`Hanlon running an agressive 2nd and 3rd lap to claim silver (4.33) from Cathal Doyle (4.40) bronze with Adam O`Brien (4.52) 7th. Five minutes later and Adam was back on track running the U/16 mile, once again brave but wise? A tired 5th place.

In the girls U/16 Mile Laura Tuite ran a very mature race and was just over hauled for 3rd place on the last lap. Laura finishing in that unlucky 4th position in a PB of 5.43.

Joseph Hession was back in form today with a really good win the the minor boys 1,100. In the minor 800 Sean Carrig was 2nd with Greg Hessonny 3rd. Paddy O`Hanlon had a busy day. First off qualifying from his junior 800 heat, then finishing 2nd in the long jump with a 5m plus jump and then lining up for the 800 final. All of which took it`s toll as Paddy finished a tired athlete in 8th place.

In the minor girls 1,100 both Alannah Cooley and Amy McGrath progessed to the Leinsters finishing 3rd and 4th.

A word also about Thomas Ward who had his first ever encounter with hurdles and surprised all in finshing 4th and still able to walk!

Day 2 of the North Leinsters in on Friday.

Meanwhile south of the Liffey at the Irishtown stadium in Ringsend Elaine Begley won the East Leinster senior 400h. On Friday for day 2 Elaine comes down in distance for the sprint hurdles.


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