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Championship action to return to Morton Stadium

We now have further clarity from Athletics Ireland on the National Championships. In this connection the National Senior Track and Field Championships will take place on August 22nd and 23rd in the Morton Stadium. In fact all track and field championships will this year take place in Morton Stadium.

The week after the Seniors the National Juveniles age groups U/17, U/18 and U/19 will take place on the weekend of August 29th and 30th . The following week, Saturday September 5th is the date, again in Morton Stadium, for the National Junior Track and Field Championships with the National Masters again in Morton Stadium on Sunday September 6th . The Championship weeks will continue on the weekend of September 12th and 13th with the combined events, again in Morton Stadium. Throw into the mix then the Leinster Championships and Dublin U/17,18 & 19s also in Morton and it gives Clonliffe athletes all of a sudden a racing season!

All are of course subject to final health guidelines but at present the season looks like this:

Thursday July 16th – Club 5000 Championships

Tuesday July 21st – Club 100 and 800 Championships

Thursday July 23rd – Club 400 and 1500 Championships

Saturday August 1st – Dublin Juvenile Championships U/17, U/18 and U/19

Saturday August 8th/Sunday August 9th – Leinster Junior/Senior/Masters Championships

Saturday 22nd/Sunday 23rd of August – National Senior Track and Field Championships

Saturday August 29th/Sunday August 30th – National Juvenile U/17, U/18 and U/19 Championships

Saturday September 5th – National Junior Championships

Sunday September 6th – National Masters Championships

Saturday September 12th/Sunday September 13th – National combined events Championships

Please note that the Dublin Graded may also take place during the month of July and obviously we will do our best with our own club championships to avoid any clashes in the same weeks so the club championships above are a movable feast.

Two gold and three bronze from Day 2

It was an excellent day for Clonliffe athletes at day two of the national senior indoor championships at NIA Abbottstown. Keith Marks captured the national long jump title in a new club record of 7.33m. A first national title for Ariel Lieghio in the women’s pole vault with a best of 3.95m and only narrowly missing 4.05.

The big story of the day was the welcomed sight of seeing Brian Gregan line up once again in the national final. Gregan battled like the true competitor that he is all the way to the line and will be pleased to take bronze in his comeback in a time of 48.21. Bronze also for Eoin Pierce, the defending champion, in a top-class 1500. Eoin recorded a fast 3.45.35, which in most years would have been enough to take the title however the inform Andrew Coscoran (Star of the Sea) was just unbeatable with Raheny’s Brian Fay second. Rolus Olusa took a fine bronze in the 60 hurdles in a time of 8.43, Rolus also placed fifth in the long jump with a best of 6.78. Shannon Sheehy having taken high jump bronze yesterday qualified well for the 60 hurdles where she had an outstanding run to 5th place in a new PB and new Clonliffe indoor club record of 8.69.

Earlier in the day Keith Pike ran 7.02 in the 60 heats and then 7.01 in the semi-final, but did not progress to the final. Leo Morgan ran 6.93 in his heat but was a DNS in the semi.

Thus an excellent championship for Clonliffe Harriers, over the two days there were two golds and four bronze medals taken back to Santry (plus two new club records). Extremely positive as the indoor season comes to an end and it’s eyes up for the outdoors.

National Indoors: Sheehy takes bronze, Gregan through

The national senior indoor track and field championships got underway today at NIA Abbottstown. Shannon Sheehy continues with her excellent form and today one national high jump bronze (tie) with a best of 1.70. Eoin Pierce, the defending 1500 champion, successfully negotiate his way into tomorrow’s final finishing second in his heat in 4.01.36.Greta Streimyte was sixth in her 1500 (4.54.03), Leah Bergin was third in her 400 heat (5.99.99), Emer Treacy was fifth in her 200 heat (29.89). Pascal Touche was second in his 200 (22.89). In the 400 Dara Kervick recorded a time of 48.98 finishing second in his heat, Timmy Crowe was a DNF, and making his long-awaited return to the track Brian Gregan was first in his heat in a time of 48.43, the 2nd fastest of the day, and now progresses to tomorrow’s final.

Clonliffe Indoor high Five!

The Clonliffe senior men’s track and field team made it five national indoor titles in a row at the NIA Abbottstown today. A battling performance from the senior women saw them narrowly miss out on the medals finishing fourth, a mere four points away from bronze.

The men had come into the days round with a 10 point lead and truly never looked like relinquishing that advantage. First into battle today was young Val Strogonovs in the 200 where he placed fourth in his heat in a PB of 22.63. Next in was Eoghan Murphy in the 1500 who ran a tactically astute race sitting at the back of the pack and then over the final three laps moving comfortably from 8th to 4th in the process running a 12 second PB of 4.13.27. Experienced campaigner Timmy Crowe contributed valuable points in the 400 finishing second in 50.23. In the field events debutant Augustyn Tchorzewski also chipped in valuable points finishing second in the triple jump (12.77). Maximum points were contributed, yet again it must be said, by Keith Marks in the high jump winning on count back with the best of 1.85. Finally the relay team of Keith Pike, Val, Keith Marks and Pascal Touche (with the latter easing up big time over the final bend) comfortably won their heat but ended up second with a time of 1.30.56.

The team standings showed Clonliffe clear winners on 94.5 from GCH 76 points and Nenagh Olympic third on 69 points. Thus a 5th national indoor league title in a row has been captured from the six such competitions to date.

The women’s team started the day in third place and battled grimly to try and hold that precious bronze medal. In the end it was not to be however there is huge potential for the future. Star of the day with a new club high jump record of a magnificent 1.75 was Shannon Sheehy. Top performances also put in by the whole squad: 200 Lauren Carr second in her race (26.11), 400 Leah Bergin also second in her heat (59.70) and like Lauren third overall, Laura Tuite 7th in the 1500 (5.00.08), and then a great effort by the relay team of Rebecca Fitzsimons, Leah Bergin, Shannon Sheehy and Lauren Carr a magnificent second in 1.44.45.

Clonliffe herd heads to Cow Park!

It’s the final cross country race of the club season, the national uneven ages and novice cross-country championships. On Sunday Clonliffe teams will head to the aptly named Cow Park, Dunboyne, Co Meath. The venue was in the past used for cattle grazing, although cattle no longer have access with the recent weather conditions and looking at the pictures from this week’s schools race it may be hard to tell the difference. A muddy day is in store for all.

Important note: admission to the venue is €10 however it is a CASHLESS facility.

The Clonliffe teams are:

U13 Boys: William Walsh, Jack McDonnell, Cathal Hickey , Noah Rossi, Jaydon Carroll, Charlie Duffy.

U15 Boys: Sean Cronin, Lorcan Benjacar, Jonathan Fitzsimons, Callum Maguire, Killian Keegan, Sam Murray

U17 Boys: Alex Nuroth, Eoin Housley, John Lawrence, Killian Sheeran, Niall Carberry, Sean Boyan

U17 Girls: Alana Fitzsimmons, Aoife Hession, Amy Sheehy, Grace Twomey, Katie Halpin, Naoise Cullen

U19 Boys: Alex Murray, Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Ian McAweeney, Callum Simpson, Thomas Baltazar Res. Lee Duddy

U19 Girls: Abbie Sheehy, Sarah Bateson, Tess Loftus, Aimee Warren

Novice Women: Hannah Browne, Alannah Cooley, Laura Tuite, Clodagh Galvin, Elaine McLoughlin, Marie Howard (Novice women meet on course at 1.30 pm)

Novice Men: Sean Doran, Greg Hosseny, Stephen Cashin, Jarlaith Jordan, Paul Keenan, Shaun Conaghan, David Brady, Efrem Gidey (Novice men, meet on course at 2.00pm)


Parking, traffic plan, course: Novice & Uneven Age XC Traffic Info

The Holy Grail returns!

A simply magnificent day for Clonliffe Harriers at the National Cross Country Championships in Abbottstown yesterday.  The Holy Grail has been recovered and after its three year residency in Raheny safely rests now in Santry.  The Clonliffe Men’s team put in heroic performances running themselves into the muddy ground and in the process pulverising the opposition:  Clonliffe Harriers 1st – 52 points, DSD 2nd – 88 points, Raheny 3rd – 125 points.

There were magnificent performances from all of the men led home in 9th place by Efrem Gidey.  Efrem of course is in his final stages of his junior career before turning senior on January 1st and the decision he and the club captain made to forego the junior and race in the senior paid off in dividend.  Efrem got himself into the lead pack from the off and although tiring over the latter stages he held on grimly to come home in the top ten.  Jayme Rossiter ran possibly his best ever cross country race, certainly his best ever National, to power home in 11th place skipping over the mud.  Next in was Cathal Doyle in 14th place after another very strong run and the ever reliable Colm Rooney with yet another magnificent National to be 4th scorer in 18th place.

Huge credit goes to the rest of the team, and a team it truly is.  In 23rd place, a man who has delivered time and time again for Clonliffe Sergiu Ciobanu, with Mark Kenneally in 26th.   Extraordinarily enough the statisticians say that this was Mark’s first National since he won the title in 2010.  His calming professional influence over the whole team cannot be overemphasised.  In 43rd place after a very solid run was Eoin Taggart with the man who is obviously drinking from the fountain of youth Killian Lonergan in 51st place.  In 55th place Ian Guiden who showed such determination to get to the start-line carrying an injury and then showing even more steely grim determination to drag his body to the finish line.  67th place was Sean Doran, Liam Roarty, ever dependable to turn up for Nationals, was 96th and young Jarlaith Jordan again showing grim determination to finish the 10,000, an awful long distance for an 800 track man, 148th.

Huge praise must also go to the club captain Joe Cooper who has really galvanised the squad this year.  The winning of the Nationals yesterday caps an extraordinary year for the men’s team.  This calendar year the men have become national indoor league champions, national outdoor track and field league champions, national half marathon champions, national marathon champions, national junior cross country champions (more about that in the following paragraphs) and national senior cross country champions.  Unprecedented.

The athletes racing yesterday served up a classic. After a fairly easy opening Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel) was the first to test the pack, putting in a burst and opening an early lead, however, that was quickly closed and then at half was Tullamore’s Liam Brady using his strength over the sapping conditions opened a big lead that looked like a winning move. With one final circuit to go Brady’s lead was back to only 15m as Brian Fay (Raheny) and Sean Tobin (Clonmel) had eaten into his lead and coming off the hill Fay was almost in touching distance until Brady drove on again, his bravery being rewarded with a first national senior title.

The Clonliffe Junior Men’s team defied all the odds to retain the National Junior title.  Despite ‘losing’ Efrem to the seniors the lads raised their game even more.  The scoring four were Aaron Cullen in 12th, Ben Guiden 15th, Stephen Cashin 21st, Calum Simpson 42nd and these four were ably supported by Alex Murray 59th, Ian McElweney 67th and Daniel Lacy 89th.  An interesting aside is that Ben Guiden was the only one at the scoring four today, to have been in the scoring four in 2018 – a true sign of strength and depth when basically a whole new team can retain the junior title, furthermore this was the 4th junior title in 5 years.

Thus it was a magnificent double and fittingly of course the junior team bringing the Lar Byrne Cup back to Santry.

The green shoots with the women’s team continue to grow with a full Senior Women’s team competing, something which hasn’t occurred for a few years.  The six ladies all battled gamely over the 8000m course with Ailish Malone running herself into the ground in 46th place.  Laura Tuite had a very good run in 67th.  Likewise Alannah Cooley 69th and Emma Cooper a strong 70th with Clodhagh Galvin 75th and Maura Matthews battling all the way to the line to finish in 77th position.  When the numbers were totted up the team had placed 7th.

There was a full compliment of Clonliffe vests on show in the Junior Women’s race.  Good battling performances from all eight of the team, Sarah Bateson led the team home with Katie Halpin only one place behind her, a fine run also by Aoife Hession and by 4th scorer Abbie Sheehy (there seems to be a bit of a glitch in the official results on the placings but it would seem that Sarah was 52nd, Katie 53rd, Aoife 57th and Abbie 59th.  Fine runs also from Hannah Browne, racing for the final time as a junior, Alana Fitzsimons, Ella Brown and Tess Loftus.  The junior women are on the resukts as 10th, but those results are questionable.

The Junior races also incorporated the National U/18 Championships.  The Clonliffe girls team placed 5th, Sarah 38th, Katie 39th, Aoife 43rd and Alana Fitzsimons 52nd, Sarah picked up National Intercounty gold on the Dublin team.  The U/18 boys also placed 5th:  Calum 22nd (inter county silver), Alex 36th, Niall Carberry 65th, John Laurence 78th and Alex Nuroth 95th.

The other star of the day of course was Sean Cronin who was simply superb in the boy’s U/14 race.  In the top two or three for the whole race coming up the hill for the final time it was neck and neck, however, Sean’s superior strength paid off in spades as he powered up the hill towards the finish to be crowned the National Champion to the cheers and delight of the Clonliffe supporters.   The rest of U/14 team performed magnificently with Lorcan Benjcar 53rd, Devan Morrisssey 90th, Mark Goss Keogh 110th and Cian O’Hare 150th.  The team finishing just out of the medals in 4th position.

Likewise fine performances from the U/14 girls led home in 40th place by Sorcha O’Connor, 114th was Rebecca Walsh, 118th Sarah McDonnell, 133rd Hazel Kenny, 135th Ali Connolly, 158th Kate Faherty.

The U/16 boys also battled away gamely led home by Sean Boyne in 20th place.  Sean also picked up precious intercounty gold for Dublin.  The rest of the team was Ronan Donohue 69th, Eoin Housley 78th, Jonathan Fitzsimons 83rd, Sam Murray 89th and Cillian Keegan 103rd.

Huge congratulations to all of our athletes on their performances yesterday.  To the coaches, to all involved and in particular Joe Cooper, yesterday was his 12th national cross country win.  It was a special day for Clonliffe Harriers and a magnificent team effort.

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Double top!

Clonliffe athletes excelled in Abbotstown today. The senior men have delivered the Holy Grail, after a 3 year residency in Raheny the National title is back in Santry. The scoring four were Efrem Gidey, Jayme Rossister, Cathal Doyle and Colm Rooney. Just before the senior race came the news that the junior men had magnificently retained the junior title, Aaron Cullen, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin and Callum Simpson. To cap a brilliant day young Sean Cronin took the national U/14 title.

Full report and photos tomorrow. Going for a pint!!!


Clonliffe Ready to Rumble!

This Sunday is the highlight of the cross country season – the Nationals at the National Cross Country course in Abbottstown. This was an event which up to recent years has been dominated by the Clonliffe Senior men, however, the past few years our north side neighbours Raheny Shamrocks have turned the tables last year taking three in a row with Clonliffe finishing runner up.

Sunday will see one of the strongest Clonliffe teams in many years take to the field of battle. The field includes two former National senior cross country champions: Mark Kenneally, London 2012 Olympian and Sergiu Ciobanu.  The Senior Men’s team also includes National marathon champion Stephen Scullion, Colm Rooney, Cathal Doyle, Ian Guiden and Jayme Rossiter.

The A team will receive great support from a strong B team of Killian Lonergan, Sean Doran, Eoin Taggart, James Kevan, Jarlaith Jordan, Liam Roarty, Tom Sherlock, Karl Nolan and Sean O’Leary

It is also very pleasing that for the third successive cross country championship race this season that a full Clonliffe Women’s team will compete in a senior race led by Ailish Malone. The full women’s senior team is Ailish, Laura Tuite, Alannah Cooley, Maura Matthews, Clodagh Galvin and Emma Cooper.

In the junior race the Men’s junior team go into this as defending champions. The Clonliffe junior men’s team is Daniel Lacey, Aaron Cullen, Efrem Gidey, Ben Guiden, Stephen Cashin, Ian McAlweney, Thomas Balthazar, Calum Simpson.

A full Clonliffe Women’s junior team will run in the Nationals for the first time, possibly ever. The Women’s team is:  Hannah Browne, Ella Brown, Tess Loftus, Sarah Bateson, Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons, Abbie Sheehy and Katie Halpin.

In addition to the junior and senior Championships of course Sunday is the juvenile even ages with good Clonliffe teams entered. The boys and girls U/18 race is incorporated in the junior race and if an athlete is entered on both teams will score in both the U/18 and the junior championship.

The Clonliffe teams in the juvenile nationals are:

Girls U/18 – Sarah Bateson, Abbie Sheehy, Ella Brown, Aoife Hession, Alana Fitzsimons and Katie Halpin.

Boys U/18 – Calum Simpson, Niall Carbery, Alex Murray, John Laurence, Alex Neuroth, Dermot Buckley.

Boys U/16 – Sean Boyne, Ronan Donohue, Sam Murray, Cillian Keegan, Eoin Housley, Jonathan Fitzsimons.

Girls U/14 – Sorcha O’Connor, Hazel Kenny, Rebecca Walsh, Ali Connolly, Sarah McDonnell, Kate Faherty.

Boys U/14 – Cian O’Hare, Sean Cronin, Lorcan Benjacar, Devan Morrissey, Mark Goss Keogh, Christian Finn.

The very best of luck to all our teams on Sunday. Clonliffe club members are encouraged to attend Abbottstown on Sunday to support their club mates.  This is one of the biggest events of the year.  It is a very important event to the athletes and the club and I am sure all will be greatly encouraged and benefit from your support. Let’s get ready to rumble!


Top class stuff at Nationals

Although there were no additional medals taken by Clonliffe athletes from today`s most enjoyable 2nd day of the Nationals there were great efforts put in. Lauren Carr in her first senior championships put in a fine performance in the 200 final placing a most commendable 5th place in 25.43. In the 100B final Isreal Ibanu ran 11.27 for 7th.

The superb 400 race saw Luke Lennon-Ford place 5th (47.71) , in a race won by Chris O’Donnell (North Sligo) 47.05. Timmy Crowe was 6th in the 400H 55.31.

In an excellent 5000 final Ian Guiden put in a top class run to place 7th in a pb of 14.39.67. DSD’s Hiko Tonosa was the national champion (14.21.41), Colm Rooney battled to 8th (14.45.67). A fantastic 1500 saw Donore’s John Travers take the title (3.49.40), the Clonliffe trio all put in good runs: 6th Cathal doyle (3.51.20), 8th Eoin Pierce (3.52.01) 16th U/19 Aaron Cullen 4.05.93.

Keith Marks was 5th in the long jump (7.24m).



Three National titles on day 1!

It was a hot day in Morton Stadium for day 1 of the Nationals both on and off the field of action. It proved to be an excellent day for Clonliffe athletes with three national titles won along with silver and bronze. Jayme Rossiter was magnificent in the 3000 sc with his technically brilliant hurdling proving to be the difference as he battled with Brian Fay (Raheny) over the final 400 Jayme opened a lead which included a Kenyanesq clearance of the water jump to claim his first senior title in 8.59.42.

Stephen Scullion had travelled a long distance from the US to defend his National 10,000 title and simply wasn’t going to relinquish it, breaking for home with all of 2000 plus to go. Coming down the home straight be could afford to celebrate in style as he collect the club`s second title of the day (29.36.33)

In between this Simon Galligan continued his excellent season in the hammer throwing yet another pb, his second in a week of 59.99m, tantalizingly close to the magically 60m, to take silver .

Then came a Clonliffe double medal in the javelin as Stephen Rice won his 2nd National in a row with a best of 69.75 with Rory Gunning 3rd (65.06). 10th place for Alan Gunning (46.33)

In the 1500 heats bizarrely all six Clonliffe men were seeded by the computer in heat 2. A great race saw Eoin Pierce (3.56.43), Cathal Doyle (3.56.91) and young Aaron Cullen (4.00.61) progress to tomorrow’s final. Richie Owens ran 4.01.04, Daniel Stone 4.07.78 and Greg Hossenny (4.08.17).

The 5000 heats saw similar as the four Clonliffe men also all ended up in the same heat! Ian Guiden was 2nd 15.00.47 and Colm Rooney in 10th (15.08.66), progress to the final tomorrow. Sean Doran ran 15.42.95 and Eoin Taggart 15.49.27.

In the womens 1500 both Sarah Bateson (4.54.55) and Alannah Cooley (4.50.00) will have gained vital experience for the future.

Luke Lennon-Ford won his 400 heat in 48.08 and will run in tomorrow’s final. Likewise Leo Morgan (10.83) qualified for tomorrow’s 100 final. Others in the 100 Isreal Ibanu 11.30, Eamonn Fahey 11.18, Pierce Friel 11.64 and Thomas Moran 12.30. Lauren Carr, who recently set a new club junior 200 record ran 25.61 in the 200.

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