(pictured) 2019 Champion Deirdre Fitzsimons
Notice: due to the current Covid 19: Coronavirus crisis the 2020 Clonliffe Grand Prix Series is deferred to a date later in the year. (TBC)
Over the years Clonliffe Harriers promoted various club races, road, cross country and track. Some of these races date back to the early 1900s including: the Horan Cup which dates back to 1908, the Irwin Cup which dates back to the 1930s and was in memory of Clonliffe Olympian Carmichael Irwin and the Walker Cup presented by the Walker family in 1966. In 2001 these club races were revitalised with the introduction of the Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series. This was a series designed to incorporate all of these club races into a eight/nine month season which would feature club races on the country, road and track. The series is run on a handicap basis, getting back to the old tradition of club handicaps, meaning that every athlete in the series had an equal chance of prevailing. The series has proven to be extremely successful attracting an entry on an annual basis up to 100 athletes. It is a series which is open to all members of Clonliffe Harriers and also to guests by invitation.
Races on the track take place in the Morton Stadium, the cross country races invariably take place in Santry Demesne at the rear of the Morton Stadium. Some races, however, also take place in the grounds of Malahide Castle, the ‘road races’ in the series take place in the grounds of Malahide Castle.
2020 Grand Prix Race Schedule:
Round 1: Thursday April 2th – Frank White Cup – 5 Mile – Morton Stadium 8 p.m.
Round 2: Thursday April 9th – McDonald Cup 4 Mile, Morton Stadium 8 p.m.
Round 3: Thursday April 23rd– Pat O’Hara Memorial 3000 – Morton Stadium/Santry, Santry 8 p.m.
Round 4: Monday May 4th – The Clonliffe 2- Glasnevin 12 p.m.
Round 5: Thursday May 14th– Santry Mile, Guiden Trophy -Santry Demsene 8 p.m.
Round 6: Thursday May 21st – Michael Murphy 5 Mile, Malahide Castle 8 p.m
Round 7: Thursday June 4th – Richie Barr Cup, 800m, Morton Stadium 8 p.m.
Round 8: Thursday June 18th – O’Connor Cup 4 Mile – Santry Demsene 8 p.m.
Round 9: Thursday July 2nd – Simon Byrne Cup 1500m- Morton Stadium 8 p.m.
Round 10: Thursday July 16th-McCarrick Plate, 2.5 Miles – Malahide Castle 8 p.m
Round 11: Thursday July 30th – 5,000m – Middlesex Cup – Morton Stadium 8 p.m.
Round 12: Thursday September 3rd – The Walker Cup (4 Mile) – Morton stadium 8pm.
Round 13: Thursday September 10th – Bonass Trophy/Club 10,000- Morton Stadium 8 p.m.
Round 14: Saturday October 10th – Ahern Cup/Club 10 Mile – Maladide Castle 11 am.
Round 15: TBC – Irwin Cup 6k XC – Santry Demesne 12 noon.
Round 16: TBC – Horan Cup 6mile XC – Santry Demesne 12 noon
The attached file shows the final 2019 leaderboard: Grand Prix 2019 results after Rd 16
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Entry to 2020 Grand Prix Series:
Cost €30. for series and completion of entry form : GrandPrix20Entry
Grand Prix Series Winners:
2019 – Deirdre Fitzsimons (Dunboyne AC)
2018 – Mick Gleeson (Clonliffe Harriers)
2017 – Emma Dunne (Clonliffe Harriers)
2016 – Richie Barr (Clonliffe Harriers)
2015- Niall Markey (Clonliffe Harriers)
2014- Richard Case (Portmarnock)
2013- Desie Shorten (Parnells)
2012- Ray Dunne (Portmarnock)
2011-Colm Hickey (Clonliffe Harriers)
2010-Ernie Ramesy (Clonliffe Harriers)
2009-Tom Monks (Clonliffe Harriers)
2008-Dave Brady (Raheny Shamrocks)
2006-John Fay (Clonliffe Harriers)
2005-David Brennan (Clonliffe Harriers)
2003-Pat Healy (Unattached)
2002-Eddie Harrison (Raheny Shamrocks)
2001-Jimmy Bennett (Clonliffe Harriers)