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Gary 1st in Three Quarters

Gary O`Hanlon showed no after effects whatsoever from his recent Marathon efforts in Berlin as he successfully retained his Athlone Three Quarters Marathon title today in 1.47.19 and is looking in great shape for the Dublin City Marathon in three weeks time. Maurice McCrohan ran 2.24.30.

Black `n` Amber storm Blackrock!

To complete a great day`s running for Clonliffe today a troop of Harriers headed to the Wee County for the annual Blackrock 4 Mile Road Race this evening. It was another extremely successful exercise.

In a completive field the Black `n`Amber were very much to the fore with Colm Rooney, Aaron Hanlon, Sean O`Leary, Cathal Doyle and Efrem Gidey in the lead pack at the end of the first 2 mile lap. Coming back into the ain street on the sea front Rooney had bolted and won in a very pace 19.13. 3rd was Aaron Hanlon 19.27, in an excellent 4th was Sean O`Leary 19.29 with Cathal Doyle next in 19.39.

The rest of the crew: Efrem Gidey recorded 20.13, Aaron Cullen an impressive 20.58, Jordan Byrne 21.26, Daniel Lacey 22.17, Ryan Sheridan 22.18, Thomas Baltzar 22.28, Ben Guiden 22.43, Greg Hossenny 22.47 and Ian McAlweeney 23.01.

Weekend round up: Sergiu wins in Fermoy

Friday night, September 14th in Cork Sergiu Ciobanu won the Fermoy 4 mile in 20.25 winning by over a minute.

In the States on Saturday the 15th Hope Saunders had her 2nd race for Wichita State at the Southern Stampede over 5k cross country placing 135th in 19.57.9 with the team 11th.

Weekend round up (updated)

So far a quite one! Saturday at the Ratoath Half Marathon there were three Clonliffe athletes in action: Anthony Doran 1.24.35, Stephen Bateson 1.33.17 and Alan Hughes 1.33.44. In the 5k Elaine McLoughlin was 7th in an impressive 20.22.

Sunday: Sean Doran was 8th in Mondello Park 10k in 34.20.

Weekend round up: Flynner, Guiden and Scullion win

At the Tara 5k on Friday evening David Flynn continued on his winning ways making it three wins in three on three successive weekends 15.07. Making it a Clonliffe one two was Efrem Gidey 15.22. Also in this race Emma Cooper 20.13 for 6th woman and 1st W40.

Saturday Ian Guiden continued his comeback from injury taking in a low key race in St.Annes Park winning the Bull Run 4 mile solo in 20.12 a margin of some 3 minutes.

(On the road back Ian Guiden, Bull Run 4)

Sunday’s big road race was The Frank Duffy 10 mile in the Dublin Marathon Race Series in Swords. There was a big Clonliffe presence lead home by race winner Stephen Scullion in a handy 49.19. Other Clonliffe included David Mullen 61.55, Dermot Faughnan 62.22, David Brady 63.24, Philip O`Doherty 63.36, Stephen Tracey 64.03, Thomas Frayne 64.09, Wayne Walker 64.38. All 54 Clonliffe results can be searched here:

(Stephen Scullion wins Frank Duffy 10)

(Clonliffe crew learning how to stand in a straight line!)

(Lost somewhere in North County Dublin The Clonliffe Volunteers)



This is not a drill. Your club really needs you.

Club members your club really needs you. The earlier general appeal for stewards yielded a response of ONE. As it stands the people who are prepared to steward if no one else will are the same people who are coaching and administering your club. Clearly this is fundenmentaly unfair. What it means is that unless you the club members are prepared to give a few hours then juvenile and junior coaching that day is cancelled as the coaches will be needed in Swords to steward. This is clearly wrong.

We are a club with a membership of 500 yet the same 10 people are expected to do everything. Why is that?

The club appeals to members and parents: we urgently need the member’s assistance for stewarding duties for the upcoming Dublin Marathon Race Series 10 Mile which takes place in Swords on Sunday September 2nd (All Ireland Football day).

This is a very important fundraising event for the club with funding being provided by the Dublin race series in return for Clonliffe committing to provide 30 stewards for this event (in addition the club provides a lesser amount of stewards for the other events in the race series).   It is vitally important, therefore, that we have the support of you the club members for the 2nd of September.

As noted above it is All Ireland Football day but your commitment to stewarding at this event will not in any way impact upon your viewing (or indeed attending) the All Ireland Football final.

The requirement is that the Clonliffe stewards will report to Swords at 7.45 a.m. The race start is 9 a.m., we are stewarding at miles 2 and 7 and will be finished by 11 a.m. (the throw in for the All Ireland final is 3.30 p.m.!)

As this involves on the road stewarding activities all volunteers must be eighteen years of age or over.

Your assistance is urgently required and the club would request that if you are available that you contact Paddy Tuite to confirm your availability as he is the co-ordinator. Please contact Paddy either by text – 086 812 0633 or email

We must submit our list of stewards NOW so please contact Paddy today.

Please also do not expect that others will cover the task. The response to date demonstrates otherwise. Clonliffe Harriers is your club and your club needs you. Please do your bit.

Portmarnock win for Rooney

Colm Rooney bagged another win in the Portmarnock 5 Mile tonight winning in 25.29.

Round up

In addition to today`s league final, where Joe Cooper showed Jim Gavin the way to do four in a row, and yesterday`s Masters several additional events attracted the interest of the club`s athletes.

We start the round up on Wednesday the 15th at the BMC meet in Eltham where Eoin Pierce was 2nd in the 5000 in 14.33.85. Yesterday`s BMC meet in Trafford saw Jayme Rossister warm up for league action with a 3.51.22 1500 for 3rd place in race B.

Today on the roads at the Kilcock 10 Mile Philip O`Doherty ran 65.40, Anthony Doran 66.22 and Emer Brennan 79.14. At the RSP 5 Mile Eimear Griffin ran 35.35.

Weekend Round up (updated to Sunday)

Friday August 3rd: Carlingford 5k 6th Sean Doran 15.50, 62nd David Brady 17.36.

Sunday the 5th: Indaver 10k in Duleek and Sean Doran was racing again finishing 3rd (35.38), also Maura Matthews 43.50, Sinead Hartnett 45.05, Kerri Page 47.15.

Into the West

Shane Rooney reports: As the country continued to soak up the sun, it was off to the west for several our running buddies.

First up was the Roscommon 10 Mile, which was is part of the Kia Race Series where David Mullen ran a fantastic time of 61.47. A big cheer for Mellissa ‘Honey C’ Curran, who crossed the line in a time of 1:27:44.

Moving further west, and while Sam may not be going to Mayo this year, Clonliffe Harriers were happy to bring their winning ways to the very scenic Achill Island.  The Achill Half Marathon, despite the hills, has become one of the must do races in racing calendar.  Gary O’Hanlon led the athletes home in a time of 70mins 45sec.  Motivated by Gary’s pace, the Andrews-Dowling’s, who were celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary, went into the race with the goal of running side by side and to enjoy all the sights the course offers. However, as the Dynamic Duo passed the 5-mile point, they were informed that Aisling was in the prizes.  It was over to Marky Mark to come up with a game plan and he expertly pace Aisling for the remaining 8 miles.  The couple took to the hills like mountain goats and the crowd cheered Aisling across the line as 2nd lady home in a new PB time of 1:34:30. To quote Aisling “Mark comes in handy and thank God I got my hair done for the photos”.  The happy couple, who are always on hand to motivate everyone to achieve their personal best, were delighted to cheer home Caroline ‘Visor Model’ Hynes (2:03:33) and Katie ‘Golden Boot’ Hennigan (2:04:54) as both ladies crossed the finish line smiling as always.

Don’t forget, the 2018 Clonolympics takes place on the 10th August. Check out the poster and entry form which are on the notice board in the club entrance.

Congratulations to everyone who ran this week and keep digging in.


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