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Dublin Novice: Gale Force Winds Can`t Stop Conliffe Ladies (updated)

Pamela Cooper Reports: In today’s Dublin Novice 4km Cross-Country in the Phoenix Park where we most diffidently Hit High Winds from all directions The Clonliffe Harriers Ladies held their ground & took the Bronze Team Medal the 4 scorers: Alannah Cooley 10th, Ciara Peelo 12th, Emma Dune 15th & Orna McGinley 29th

(Pictured) Clonliffe Novice Women, sans late arrival Alannah Cooley!

These were strongly support by team mates Aisling Andrews (32nd), Siobhan Devaney (38th), Claire Roche (41st), Bernadette Kearnan (45th), Aoife O`Sullivan (46th), Kerri Page (47th), Yvonne McDonough (48th), Orla Deighan (60th)  & Brid Beausang (66th)

The course as always with the Novice was fast and various hills of height and depth to climbing but this did not stop the Black & Amber Ladies lose sight of the finish line to catch themselves a tightly fought and well-earned Bronze Medal.

For some this race was their first taste of cross-country for others is was a long awaited retuned to the familiar race course of rolling hills and high winds after long absences form racing due to illness and injury & for others it was just another day at the office either way it was as always a great sight so see so many Clonliffe ladies out in Force……Well done to all and big thanks to all the supporters……National Novice here we come girls!!!!

The women`s race was followed by the Novice men`s race where Adam O`Brien, remarkably only back training a week or so after a period of injury, ran a battling race to finish in the bronze medal paying position of 3rd! The men`s team place just shy of the medals in 4th place. Clonliffe men results: 3rd Adam O`Brien, 9th Sean Doran, 24th Joseph Keane, 32nd James Vint, 41st Shaun Conagh, 65th Niall Sherlock, 75th Anthony Doran, 85th Mick Gleeson, 87th Niall Markey, 91st Declan Grant. (these results may not be 100% as race numbers mixed up a bit!)

The fight back begins!

At today`s National Novice Cross Country Championships held in yet again ideal conditions at Dundalk IT the next generation of Clonliffe cross country athletes stood up and were counted. The Novice men`s team arrived with something to prove and prove it they did. A really strong team effort saw the team win the Novice title with strong runs from the whole team.

From the starters gun the black and amber vests were to the fore with four well in the top 10. Young Cathal Doyle lead the charge with an excellent run to 4th place, next in was new boy Richie Owens 6th (strangely enough the same position he occupied in last year`s race, but wearing a different vest!) and then with Derry TC already having three home Clonliffe`s 3rd and 4th men together: Eoin Taggart 13th and Ian Guiden 14th enough to give Clonliffe a 10 point win over Derry. These four got great support from the rest of the team: Eoin McCullough running his best race in years 21st, Conor Keane 40th, Tom Sherlock 52nd, Sean Doran 71st and the truly vastly experienced Niall Sherlock 125th.

The women`s team put in spirited runs to finish 15th team lead in by Ciara Peelo (place unkown as not picked up on official results) Orna McGinley 62nd, Laura Tuite 79th, Aideen Brady 102nd, Emer Treacy 109th and Emer Brennan 117th.


(Pictured: Novice women`s team)

In the National Juveniles the U/19s occupied silver after a long 6000m battle. Sean O`Leary was once again the star of the show with another very impressive run to take U/19 silver (running a year up) and with a sprint finish to boot! Adam O`Brien showing a very welcome return to form placed 7th, Joey Hession was 42nd with Thomas Ward the 4th scorer in 48th, next was Alex Gibbons 55th and Greg Hossenny 60th.

The U/17 boys were just out of the medals placing 4th, missing out by some 7 points. It was.however, another excellent team effort by these lads. Craig Giles was 18th and then running his best race todate Stephen Cashin 38th, Daniel Lacey 41st and Ben Guiden 45th, next in was Cian Bolger 55th and Jordan Byrne 64th. From Stephen to Jordan there was a time differencial of maybe only 20 seconds so a top class team effort.

The U/15 boys will gain greatly from their experience of a first national. Daragh Carter, of course has already ran for the U/16s and scored on this silver medal team, today he lead his troops gamely to finish 39th, and score on the Dublin Country team that took silver, next in the constantly improving Dermot Buckley 63rd, Sam Kowdczyke 104th and Dylan Foy 130th, the team coming in 12th.

Unfortunately the girls teams were badly hit by illness and injury meaning that we couldn`t field teams, however, the girls did run very well. In the U/15s Abbey Sheehy was 72nd and Ella Brown 102nd. In the U/17s Hannah Browne ran strongly to place 70th with Tess Loftus breathing down her neck in 78th.

Well done to all today and indeed throughout the course of the season. It was so good sure we`ll do it all over again in 2017!

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Clonliffe teams for Dundalk National Novice and National Juveniles (updated)

There will be a large contingent of Clonliffe athletes taking part in the National Novice Cross Country Championships and the National Juvenile uneven Championships this Sunday at Dundalk IT. The men’s novice team looks particularly strong and on paper is a team which will challenge strongly. It is of course all down to how matters go on the day. The men’s novice race is the final event in the programme at 3.10 p.m. and is held over 6000 metres with the women’s novice race at 2.40 p.m. over 4000 metres. Sunday also sees the conclusion of the juvenile national cross country championships. There will be Clonliffe teams competing from U/15 to U/19.

Men`s Novice team:  Cathal Doyle, Ian Guiden, Eoin Taggart, Richard Owens, Conor Keane, Tom Sherlock, Sean Doran, Eoin McCullagh, Mark Doyle, Niall Sherlock and Niall Norman.

Women`s Novice: Lorna Begley, Laura Tuite, Orna McGinley, Emer Treacy, Aideen Brady, Emer Brennan, Laura Kearnan.

U/15 Girls: Ella Brown, Vicky McDonnell, Abbey Sheehy, Cara Beggs and Lea Brennan.

U/15 Boys: Daragh Carter, Sam Kowalczyke, Dermot Buckley and Dylan Foy.

U/17 Girls: Hannah Browne, Tess Loftus and Aimee Warren.

U/17 Boys: Craig Giles, Daniel Lacey, Stephen Cashin, Jordan Byrne, Ben Guiden and Cian Bolger.

U/19 Boys: Adam O’Brien, Sean O’Leary, Joe Hession, Greg Hossenny, Alex Gibbons and Thomas Ward.

The Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships will get underway at 11.30 p.m. on Sunday. The first races with Clonliffe interest is the Girls U/15 over 3500 metres at 12.20 p.m.


Girls U/15 – 3500m – 12.20 p.m.

Boys U/15 – 3500m – 12.40 p.m.

Girls U/17 – 4000m – 1 p.m.

Boys U/17 – 5000m – 1.25 p.m.

Girls U/19 – 4000m – 2 p.m.

Boys U/19 – 6000m – 2.20 p.m.

Novice Women – 4000m – 2.20 p.m.

Novice Men – 6000m – 3.10 p.m.

Clonliffe teams for Dublin Novice Cross Country

The Dublin Novice takes place at the Magazine Fort area of the Phoenix Park on Sunday. The Captains have confirmed their teams as follows:

Women: Emer Treacy, Emma Dunne, Emma Harding, Kerri Page, Maura Matthews, Orna McGinley, Lorna Begley, Louise Caraher, Ciara Peelo, Emer Brennan, Caoimhe Cruise, Brid Beausang, Laura Kearnan and Laura Tuite. Women`s race 2.15pm, meet there 1.00-1.15

Men: Connor Keane, Josh Stubbs, Niall Sherlock, Fergal O`Shea, Connor Lucey, Cathal Doyle, Sean Doran, Eoin Keating, Niall Norman, Graham Mahon, Niall Markey, Thomas Frayne.  Men`s ace at 2.45 Meet Magazine Fort 1.30 – 1.45.

The Loftus Report: “Who`s that Harrier in 3rd?”

Kevin Loftus Reports: Although the recent abnormally harsh and unforgiving weather has hampered almost all juvenile fixtures both on a local and national level this weekend; the exception was the National Juvenile Uneven Age XC Championships which took place in a mud trodden St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan, Waterford today.  The horrendous, torrential downpours over the past week completely devastated the already spongy ground underfoot resulting in the hazardous potential for ankle injuries.  There was, despite these remarkably adverse conditions of the course, a subtle sigh of relief as Harriers, coaches and supporters alike thoroughly enjoyed the absence of teaming rains and  howling winds.  These brute elements were replaced with fresh, arid air and light rolling clouds portraying the truly picturesque scenery of the county beautifully. This young, budding journalist is delighted to report that each and every Harrier that gave tirelessly and selflessly of themselves today committed in full to achieving the very best, representing their family their coaches and their club in such fine style.  Running their hearts out, our athletes of ages 12, 14, 15 and 16 collectively delivered superb performances and have once again done their families, coaches and club enormously proud.  Without favouring any team more so than others, here is a brief analysis of the outstanding XC running witnessed by the loyal supporters.

First out of the starting pens were the very eager Under 13 Girls team; consisting of Emma McDonnell, Kristin McGrady-Hogan, Aoife Hession, Holly Roche, Alannah Fitzsimons and Ella Cooley.  Bearing in mind that this was the girls’ very first National XC Championship the wonderful determination never waned from their side as they all finished strongly.  They take valuable experience from a particularly gruelling day of competition with them in future.  Many of these girls deserve just praise for their unyielding commitment to their training, demonstrating that training hard really does pay off.  A most jubilant well done to all of you!
With conditions on the ground deteriorating rapidly, the Under 15 Boys were next into the fray, with the notion of disappointing far from their minds.  With literally astonishing runs from all of the team, Ben Guiden and Cian Bolger led their club mates home to the emphatic roar of the crowd with terrific running from both Harriers; finishing 9th and 11th respectively.  This duo was strongly supported by great runs from Aaron Cullen 47th and Ian McElweeney 76th who delivered fantastic performances, backing up their teammates very well.  An brave and courageous run must be said of young Darragh Carter’s performance in 98th, rising to the challenge of stepping up an age group in stupendous form, running with complete conviction right the way through.  The team were awarded not just with praise from their coaches but with silver inter club medals, while both Ben and Cian took inter county gold on the Dublin team.
Sean O`Leary Nats 2015
Sean O`Leary Boys U/17 XC 3rd place
Finally, the Under 17 Boys took to the start line in what was one of the most exciting and energetic  races of the day.  Sean “big mouth” O’Leary shocked everybody who knew him, most of all himself, running an absolute blinder indeed to record a 3rd place individual finish.  Sean demonstrating the spirit of our club with his own abbreviation of the timeless motto “Nil D”.  Not withstanding this, Alex Hogan; recovering from hamstring inflammation recorded an outstanding 23rd place finish, shortly followed by Kevin Loftus improving on performances in previous years finishing in a good 33rd position.  These three were furthermore supported by great running from Joseph Hession 43rd (3 being a popular digit with the U/17s) , Craig Giles 48th and Fintan McManus 100th all of whom put in a hard slog to record a brilliant 2nd place team finish. Into the bargain inter county golds for Dublin were taken back to Santry by Sean, Alex and Kevin.
u13 girls nats 2015
U/13 Girls National Uneven age finalists
u15 boys nats 2015
U/15 Boys National XC Runner up
  U17 boys nats 2015
U/17 Boys National XC Runner up
So, yet another National XC Championship has come and gone; our juveniles proving perseverance is the only key to success.  A massive thank you must be said of all the coaches who are equally if not more committed to providing quality assured guidance to our young athletes.  To all of our supporters who also give of their time so willingly, you are genuinely appreciated.  From here, athletes look towards the Schools XC Championships due to begin shortly after  Christmas, however not before we see some of our high performance athletes competing in the European XC Championships hosted in France next weekend.  As always, Nil Desperandum.
Report written by Kevin Loftus.
With the juvenile programme concluded the Novice championships kicked off with the sole Harrier in the women`s race Emer Treacy putting in a battling performance in the by now thick and energy sapping mud. Next up the Clonliffe Novice men and an outstanding run, his best to date in the black and amber vest, by Eoin Taggart an excellent 8th place, followed in by David Mansfield, no doubt finding the race about 20 miles too short, in 18th. Next in was Michael Cassidy in 54th, Sean Doran 65th and Conor Keane 100th. In the team standings the lads were just shy of the medals finishing in 4th place.

Clonliffe team for National Novice

The Clonliffe men`s Novice team for Sunday`s Championship in Dungarvan will be lead by David Mansfield, who has had a superb first year as a Clonliffe Harrier: 3rd place National Marathon and an excellent outing in National Inter clubs. Also in the team are Sean Doran, Eoin Taggart, Conor Keane and Michael Cassidy.

Sherlock top finisher for club at Dublin Novice

The cross country season 2015 is underway! In another great Autumn day the Dublin Novice took place in the Phoenix Park. The Clonliffe teams were out of the medal contention in both men and women`s races, the highlight was, however, a fine run by Thomas Sherlock who placed 6th after a strong race. Good runs also by Conor Keane, Michael Cassidy and Niall Norman, to name a few, and also by illness hit Sean Doran, who battled away gamely.

Of the women`s team Bernie Byrne was the top Clonliffe, followed in by Louise Carraher, Clodagh Moriarty, Emer Treacy, Aisling Andrews, Brid Beausang, Aideen O`Connor, Helen O`Sullivan, Yvonne McDonagh and Emer Doyle.

Teams for Dublin Novice Cross Country

The Novice takes place in the Phoenix Park this Sunday, October 4th. The Clonliffe men`s team is: Sean Doran, Thomas Sherlock, Niall Sherlock, Thomas Frayne, Niall Norman, Michael Cassidy, Liam Roarty and Fergal O`Shea.

Women`s team: Bernadette Kiernan, Aisling Andrews, Louise Carraher, Laura Kearnan, Aideen O`Connor, Clodagh Moriarty, Emer Treacy, Emer Doyle, Brid Beausang, Yvonne McDonagh and  Jen Carpenter.


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