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Road Relay Stats.

With considerable thanks to Killian Lonergan we bring you the Clonliffe stats of the National Road Relays since they found their permanent home in the Raheny village. This makes a most interesting read and put into perspective the fine effort the team put in on Sunday. The team actually ran the third fastest ever road relay by a Clonliffe team. On an individual basis it is noteworthy that Cathal Doyle’s mile leg of 4.17 was the fastest ever mile leg recorded by a Clonliffe Harrier. Colm Rooney’s 2 mile leg was only one second slower than his fastest ever 2 mile leg. Ian Guiden’s 3 mile leg was the 4th fastest ever recorded by a Clonliffe athlete. Ian also now joins Connor Healy on the most ‘capped’ list in the road relays having turned out for 6th occasion for the club last Sunday.

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(Cathal Doyle on the way to a 4.17 Clonliffe Mile record leg)

Men take bronze at National Road Relays

Another good step forward for the senior men`s middle/long distance squad with the taking of bronze at the National Road Relays in Raheny today. After a number of years were the squad has finished well outside of the points paying positions there was a fresh determination about the guys today. Indeed with three teams competing as a whole it was a great turnout by the senior men.

With Raheny having another crack squad out they started as firm favourites and with very strong teams from DSD the Donore Harriers and KCH the Clonliffe men were always up against it to finish in the top three. Efrey Gidey got the a team off to a very solid start running a strong lead leg and passing over in fourth (9.28)  to Cathal Doyle. Cathal who last year made significant strides over 1500 once again showed great speed over his mile leg and ran superb, the fastest of the day of 4.17 to propel the team into second place. He passed on to Ian Guiden who was running the crucial 3 mile leg. Ian has been a prolific supporter of the Clonliffe Road relays effort in recent years and this was his sixth time to race in this event. The 3 mile leg featured Kevin Dooney (Raheny), Hiko Tonsa (DSD) and John Travers (Donore). Travers proved to be the class of this leg with a 13.55 to bring Donore right back into the proceedings however Ian stuck gamely to the task and ran an excellent leg of 14.34 to pass over to Colm Rooney holding onto bronze ahead of DSD. By this stage it was a battle up front between host club Raheny and Donore over the final 2 mile leg, in the end it was Brian Fay who took the home team Raheny to gold and retain the national road relay title. A short time later it was the battle for bronze, a three way knock out contest: Clonliffe v KCH v DSD. Down the home straight Colm Rooney sprinted like the Rooney of old to pull away with a 9.25 leg and deliver brilliant bronze for the Clonliffe men.

It also must be said that the other two teams performed gamely, the B team put in an excellent effort with strong runs from Sean O’Leary (9.32), Jarlait Jordan (4.54), Sean Doran (15.32) and Eoin Taggart (10.01). Likewise the C team performed gamely with battling runs by Liam Roarty (9.58), Greg Hosseny (4.49), Thomas Sherlock (15.55) and Paul Keenan (11.26). A word also for the reserve Ben Guiden who came out and was ready to step into the breach if required. The B team placed 8th and the Cs 17th.

It is also very pleasing to report on a solid run by the Clonliffe women, again and a resurgence in the women section to see a black and amber women’s team been fielded for the first time in a couple of years. It was indeed a very young squad but a squad with a great future. The team put in great battling effort by Ali Fernandez (6.01),  Alannah Cooley, who it must be said ran an excellent 2 mile leg of 12.04 and Hannah Browne (6.26) as the team placed 15th.

Congratulations to all of the Clonliffe athletes today. Great stuff!



Strong Clonliffe teams for road relays

The National Road Relays take place this Sunday, April 28th in Raheny. In recent years this event has been dominated by Raheny Shamrocks, who once again have a very strong looking team and will start as favourites. The men`s race is 2 mile, 1 mile, 3 mile, 2 mile. There are 3 Clonliffe men`s teams entered with the A team looking like they will contend for medals:

A: Efrem Gidey, Cathal Doyle, Ian Guiden, Colm Rooney.

B: Sean O’Leary, Jarlath Jordan, Sean Doran, Eoin Taggart

C: Liam Roarty, Greg Hossenny, Thomas Sherlock, Paul Keenan

The women`s race is 1 mile, 2 mile, 1 mile with a youthful Clonliffe team of Hannah Browne, Alannah Cooley and Ale Hernandez.

There is also a Masters mens team, M/50 of Declan Grant, Kevin Dowling and Sean Grimes.


  • 2.00pm Master Women
  • 2.30pm Master Men
  • 3.00pm Senior Women
  • 3.30pm Senior Men

National Relay Gold & Silver

There was great success for the Clonliffe relay squads at sun drenched (isn`t everywhere nowadays!) Tullamore today at the National Juvenile uneven ages relays.

The U/19 girls 4 x 100 take pride of place with the team of Rebecca Fitzsimons, Rapha Diamond Ebbs, Lauren Carr and Jesscia Dediku taking super gold. The U/17 girls cross country, sorry 4 x 400 relay, team of Vicky McDonnell, Abbie Sheehy, Sarah Bateson and Cara Curren Beggs took silver.

In the younger age groups the U/15 girls 4 x 100 team of Paula, Sally, Orla and Naoise battled through heats into the final where they were just out of the medals in 4th place. Likewise the U/13 4 x 100 boys Zion, Christian, Michael, Karl and came through heats and placed 7th in their final.

(U/19 Girls 4 x 100 National Champions)

(U/17 Girls 4 x 400 National silver)

(U/13 boys 4 x 100 National finalists)

Clonliffe return empty handed from Road Relays

The National Road Relays took place in breezy but pleasant conditions in Raheny this afternoon. The Clonliffe teams, however, left the Lion`s Den empty handed once again with no medals to show for some fairly solid performances.

Although the senior men placed 5th they were somewhat more competitive than in recent years, with solid run by Ian Guiden on the opening 2 mile, Adam O`Brien 1 mile, Colm Rooney 3 mile and Richie Owens 2 mile. The race was once again taken by Raheny with a great last leg from Conor Dooney to get the host club back from 2nd to 1st.

The B team of Joseph Keane, Sean Carrig, Thomas Sherlock and Alex Gibbons did well with Sean Carrig in particular putting in a fine mile leg.

The senior women, Orna McGinley, Alannah Cooley and Aisling Andrews again were solid and although never feature at the sharp end will take consolation from good runs by the three athletes. At the front the championship was taken by a fine DSD squad.

It was also good to see a Master women`s team put in a good showing: Siobhan Devaney, Emma Cooper, Elaine McLoughlin.

Teams for National Road Relays

Sunday will see Clonliffe enter the Lion`s Den! The National Road Relays are once again hosted by Raheny Shamrocks in Raheny Village on the now traditional Mile loop. The senior women run 1 x 2 x 1 and senior men: 2 x 1 x 3 x 2.

The senior women`s team is: Orna McGinley, Alannah Cooley, Aisling Andrews.

Senior men: A – Colm Rooney, Ian Guiden, Richie Owens, Adam O`Brien. B – Thomas Sherlock, Sean Doran, Sean Carrig, Joseph Keane. C – Alex Gibbons, Jack Maughan, Stephen Cashin, Greg Hossenny.

Master Women W35: Siobhan Devaney, Emma Cooper, Elaine McLoughlin.

Good luck to all and in particular Orna in her first outing as ladies captain. Timetable click: Road_Relays_Timetable_2018

U/18 Girls just out of National Medals

There was a battling performance today in Athlone by the U/18 4 x 400 team: Rapha Diamond-Ebbs, Rebecca Fitzsimons, Cliona Cooley and Hannah Browne, in the Nationals. The team placed just out of the medals in 4th place, after a great effort. Considering that the team includes both U/17 athletes and middle distance athletes it was a really good showing by the four.

The U/14 girls did brilliantly well to get through their heat into the final where they placed 8th.

All four relay teams medal in Irishtown

The even age Dublin Relays took place in Irishtown this evening. A fantastic team effort from the four Clonliffe teams in action saw all medal. The race of the evening was the U/18 girls 4 x 400 where the Clonliffe girls, Rapha, Rebecca, Cliona and Hannah were just superb and in a three way battle for the line lost out on the dip finish to DSD but took silver.

Silver was also won by the U/14 girls team of Sally, Hollie,  Naoisa and Orla in the 4 x 100 having battled through the heats and then were again excellent in the final.

Likewise the U/14 4 x 100 boys faced heats and then another great effort in the final by James, Jonas, Jonathan and Ronan saw them take bronze.

Bronze also for the U/16 girls 4 x 100 team of Cara, Sarah, Vicky and Amy (all middle distance athletes) after a fantastic battle particularly from Amy going from 5th to 3rd on the final leg.

Clonliffe U/15 girls win Dublin 4 x 100

The Dublin Juvenile Championships moved onto the relays (uneven ages) last night in Morton Stadium. Once again there was very good Clonliffe representation with lot of teams competing. Two of the teams excelled last night: the U/15 girls team of Emma McDonnell, Holly Roche, Kristin Mc Cready Hogan, and Katie Halpin winning 4 x 100 gold and the U/13 boys (Jonathan Fitzsimons, Cian O`Hare, Kahrl Balero and Oran Redmond) took 4 x 100 silver.

The final day of the Dublins is next Friday, the even age relays in Tallaght.

Road Relays: Clonliffe out of medals

The National Road Relays took place today in Raheny Village. The senior men`s race was won by Raheny after a great battle with Donore. The Clonliffe A team placed 8th (Richie Owens 2 Mile 9.33, Eoin Taggart 1 mile 4.36, Cathal Doyle 3 Mile 15.12, Sean O`Leary 2 Mile 10.14) the B team was 17th (Sean Doran 10.18. Jack Maughan 5.01, Liam Roarty 15.44, Alex Gibbons 10.22).

The senior women placed 7th : Alannah Cooley, 1 mile 5.42, Emier O`Brien, 2 Mile 11.34 and in her first race for the club in some time Eleanor Alexander 5.14. The race was won by Queens.

In the master`s  race the O/35 men were 6th: Clive Ahern 1 mile 5.14, Shane Casey 2 Mile 11.30, Thoms Frayner 1 mile 5.23. The O/50 team were 6th: Fergal O`Shea 5.19, Niall Markey 12.32, Kevin Dowling 5.28. The Master women O/35 placed 6th Aideen Brady 6.08, Maura Matthews 12.40, Emma Cooper 5.43.

(Pictured Masters women: Aideen Brady, Maura Matthews, Emma Cooper)


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