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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

Leinster Schools T & F regions underway

The West Leinster schools got the qualifiers for the Leinster finals under way at an extremely blustery Morton Stadium on Tuesday. Efrem Gidey was a comfortable enough winner of the senior 1500 with Ben Guiden just missing out in 4th place. In the inter 1500 Daniel Stone was 2nd. Lauren Carr also missed out on Leinster qualification by a fraction placing 3rd in the senior 400.

Thursday day 2 of the Wests and a much better day all round, indeed it seems like Spring! An early start for the senior 5000 guys (9.30am) where Efrem made it a double as he lapped the field in an impressive solo 15.20. Ben Guiden had a solid run placing 3rd (17.45). Daniel Stone also qualified for Leinster finals finishing 2nd in the inter 3400, race officials getting the lap count wrong for the 3000. (Daniel ran a 3400 pb of 11.07!)


Next week for One Night Only: The Clonliffe 2

Next week, Thursday April 26th @ 8.00pm sees the 127th running of the Clonliffe 2, Ireland`s Oldest Road race. The historic race will take place in Santry starting on the track in the Morton Stadium.

The Course

The 2 Mile starts and finishes in the famous Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin 9. The race also incorporates a lap of the beautiful Santry Demesne. (See course map) click: Clonliffe 2 Map

Event history

The Clonliffe 2 Mile is the oldest continuous Road Race in Ireland and one of the oldest in the world.

The race commenced in 1891 as a club race, soon to become an Invitational 2 Mile and eventually an Open Road Race. This is the 127th consecutive running. The event now caters for fun runners, club and elite athletes.

 Race sponsor

The race will be sponsored this year by the Kavanagh family in Glasnevin. The late Eugene Kavanagh commenced sponsoring this race back in the mid 1980s. Clonliffe Harriers are very grateful to the Kavanagh family for their continuing sponsorship of this event.


Individual Prizes

Junior Men/Women    1st, 2nd, 3rd places

Senior Men/Women    1st, 2nd, 3rd, places

Masters Men/Women 1st in each category

1st Junior Team Men/Women

Prize giving and refreshments will be place in the Clonliffe Club House after the race.
Race check in and changing facilities

Race check in and changing facilities are located in the Clonliffe clubhouse, in Morton Stadium Santry Dublin 9. Registrations will be taken on the night of the race from 6.15 –   The entry fee of €15 (Juniors – €10).

Entrants will receive an iconic Clonliffe 2 Mile tee shirt.


Sergiu 4th in Great Ireland Run

At today`s big 10k road race, which included the National 10k Chmpionships, the Great Ireland Run in a wet Phoenix Park Sergiu Ciobanu was 4th and 3rd in the Championships in 30.23. In a tight finish Manx visitor Oliver Lockley was the race winner in 30.11 and in the “National” there was a blanket finish with Brian Maher (KCH) 1st in 30.20, Mick Clohisey (Raheny) 2nd 30.22 and Sergiu a further second in arrears.

Other Clonliffe: Tom Sherlock 33.52, Patrick Davaren 35.23, David Mullen 36.50,  Stephen Bateson 41.35.                                                                  At last night’s Patsey Kelly 5k Gary O’Hanlon completed his London Marathon preparations with a win in 15.07.

Marks jumps to Varsities double

The IUAA Championships took place in Belfast on Friday and Saturday. Keith Marks was again a double champion winning both the high jump (1.90m) and long jump (7.08m).

In the sprints the mens 100 took 3 rounds, with Chris Sibanda eventually placing 4th: 11.03, 10.95 and 11.10 in the final. Leo Morgan: 11.34, 11.19 and in the final 11.49 for 7th. Keith Pike 11.43 in his heat and then went out in the semi 11.30, Isreal Ibanu 11.56 in his heat. In the 200 Chris again placed 4th in the final with a 22.43 run after recording 22.07 in his heat, while Isreal ran 23.12 in his heat.

Diana Markina had a busy day 19.89 in the 100, 4.07m in the long jump and 5.96m in the shot.

Adam O’Brien was 4th in the 10,000 in 32.31.98 with Eoin Taggart running 33.00.43 in placing 7th and Greta Stremikyte guested in the1500 where she was 5th in 4.44.36.

You never know who you`ll meet in Santry!

As the Clonliffe crew finished their Saturday morning training in Santry Demesne today they happened upon 2014 European Cross country Champion Gemma Steel (GBR) out doing her shake down before tomorrow`s Great Ireland Run. A photo opportunity not to be missed:

Meanwhile in the Stadium the first of the season`s Dublin Juvenile Track & Field leagues was underway with a good number of the Clonliffe younger athletes in action. Spies report very solid performances in this opener with Sally Samola`s winning of the girls U/15 100 and Ava Usanova girls U/12 80 2nd place deserving of special mention.

Grand Prix Series Round 2 Attracts over 70 starters !!!

Liam Hennessy Reports: Over 70 runners toed the line for The Mc Donald Cup – Grand Prix Series Round 2 – Track Race over 4 miles – held at The Morton Stadium – Thursday, April 12th, 2018 – Under full floodlights. The weather was a dry, clear and 6 degrees. Many thanks to Colm Doran for his generous sponsorship of the Mc Donald Cup.
The Result of the Handicap was as follows;
Winner – David Hanley
Second Place – Colm Leonard

Third Place – Joe Cole

Full list of results as follows;
1. Stephen Butler – 22.37
2. George Brady – 23.11
3. Conor Keane – 23.29
4. Kevin Dowling – 23.41.8
5. Paul Keenan – 23.52
6. Philip O’Doherty – 24.11
7. Graham Walker – 24.12
8. Paul O’Loughlin – 24.14
9. Shane Casey – No accurate time available.
10. Michael Mc Enry – 25.18
11. Mick Bermingham – 25.26
12. Alan Worrall – 25.27
13. Alex Eustace – 25.36
14. Philip Matthews – 25.46
15. Dave Dunwoody – 25.57
16. Tom Griffin – 26.07
17. Colm Leonard – 26.10
18. Richard Barr – 26.12
19. Brian Connor – 26.17
20. Mick Gleeson – 26.21
21. Craig Deery – 26.26
22. Maura Matthews – 26.27
23. Declan Grant – 26.35
24. Alan Munnelly – 26.55
25. Aisling Andrews – 26.59
26. Shane Rooney – 26.59.2
27. Sean Grimes – 27.07
28. Trevor Wisdom – 27.08
29. Seamus Devitt – 27.11
30. Laura Kernan – 27.12
31. Aimee Ahern – 27.15
32. Siobhan Devaney – 27.38
33. Aideen Brady – 27.48
34. Joseph Kiernan – 27.58
35. Tom Cassidy – 28.03
36. Simon Smith – 28.04
37. Kevin Sheehy – 28.08
38. Sharon Lawler – 28.14
39. Bernie Byrne – 28.19
40. Joe Cole – 28.26
41. David Hanley – 28.45
42. Clodagh Moriarty – 28.45.2
43. Conor Jennings – 28.58
44. Ann Lyons – 29.07
45. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 29.11
46. Paul White – 29.26
47. Tom Prendergast – 29.32
48. Tom Dunne – 29.49
51. Karl Flood – 29.50
52. Jenny Sharkey – 29.58
53. Orla Deighan – 30.00
54. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 30.08
55. Karen Kinsella – 30.18
56. Greg O’Beirne – 30.19
57. Terry Mee – 30.29
58. Anthony O’Brien – 30.34
59. Evelyn Brennan – 30.41
60. Gerard Fay – 30.59
61. Mandy Mc Menany – 31.10
62. Aimee Byrne – 31.29
63. Liam Hennessy – 31.44
64. Sinead Ahern – 32.16
65. Eva Tomonyiczco – 32.20
66. Lorraine Sherwood – 34.49
67. Dave Brady – 36.21
68. Sinead Morrissey – 38.02

My apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Congratulations to David Hanley on winning the Mc Donald Cup, well done David. Many thanks to the many volunteers for their help. Many thanks to Caroline and Paddy Tuite for the after race refreshments. What a start to the series – Two races run and what a start this year – We are delighted with the turnout for the first two races and now we move to some races that you should find a bit shorter and maybe a bit easier !!!.
So whats next ?
Round 3 is next – The 127th Running of The Clonliffe 2 Mile Track / Road / Park Race (Ireland’s oldest race) – Thursday, April 26th, 8pm – Morton Stadium – Racing / Training shoes should be fine. You will need to register in the hall at the Clonliffe Harriers Clubhouse, as all runners need to wear race numbers, so please allow plenty of time to register. We would encourage everyone to run, as our 2 mile race is such a great part of our club history and we want to help make it a fab night – so lets see you there for what should be a great race !!!.

Efrem`s winning of All Ireland Schools XC recognised by Fingal

Press release from Fingal County Council (Monday 9th, April) : The remarkable achievements of a Tyrrelstown student have been recognised by the members of Fingal County Council in a special ceremony in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Swords.

Efrem Gidey, a fifth year student at Le Chéile Secondary School, Tyrellstown, won the All-Ireland Senior Schools Cross-County title last month in Waterford, just

months after arriving in Ireland from Eritrea having spent several years in a refugee camp in Calais.

Councillors agreed at the March meeting of the County Council to recognise his achievement and, after the April meeting, there was a special ceremony where the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, made a special presentation and paid tribute to Efrem along with Cllr Eugene Coppinger, Cllr Matthew Waine, Cllr Paul Donnelly, Cllr Anne Devitt and Cllr Mags Murray. The councillors recalled Efrem’s journey from Eritrea to Ireland and praised his courage and dedication before describing him as a great role model for young people within the community. They added that his achievement highlighted the role that sport can play in integrating communities.

Other councillors in attendance at the presentation were Sandra Kavanagh, Tania Doyle, Roderic O’Gorman, Lorna Nolan, Darragh Butler, Paul Mulville and Philip Lynam.

The Principal of Le Cheile Secondary School, Tyrellstown, Dr Áine Moran, said they were proud of Efrem and his friends who had come to Ireland last year and enrolled in the school. “We are tremendously proud of his sporting achievements but also his courage and tenacity. His friends also deserve to be part of this because they are his family now.”

The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, also added his congratulations saying it was a fantastic achievement and that it was important to recognise and celebrate Efrem’s achievement.



Clonliffe Summer hours in Stadium

Now that Winter is over and Summer is just around the corner members please note the Clonliffe times in Morton Stadium until September:

Tuesday 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Thursday 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Sunday 9.30am to 11.30am

These are the only times Clonliffe have exclusive use. Saturdays when Athletics Ireland have a general clubs booking member may of course use the facility. If members/coaches wish to use the facility outside of these hours arrangements should be made with Morton Stadium direct.

Are you available for Night Duties at Night Run?

The Dublin Night Run takes place on Sunday April 22nd. Clonliffe are assisting with the provision of stewards. This is a good fund raiser for the club as the organisers make a contribution to clubs for every member there on the night. It`s also good fun! Clonliffe will be covering the Ringsend Area. If you can spare a few hours that evening please contact Joe Cooper who is the coordinator on 0872256004.


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