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Eoin Pierce wins National indoor 1500

Day 2 of the National Indoor Championships in Abbotstown brough a first national senior title for Eoin Pierce in the 1500. In a loaded field Piercey held off Eoin Everard (KCH) and defending champion, going for three in a row, Kieran Kelly (Raheny) to take glorious gold in 3.55.54. Also in the field was clubmate Richie Owens 8th in 4.00.33.

Also today there were silver medals won by Rolus Olusa 60H (8.17) and in the long jump by Keith Marks (7.19m). Eamonn Fahey was 4th in that long jump (6.71m). In the 60 semi final Eamonn ran 7.12. Luke Lennon Ford was just out of the medals in the 400 placing 4th in 48.42.

Clonliffe results from day 1 (Saturday) both Eoin Pierce, 1st heat 1 (4.05.83) and Richie Owens 5th in heat 2 (4.0038) are through to Sundays 1500 final. Also through to the 400 final is Luke Lennon Ford (48.33), Timmy Crowe was 2nd in his heat in 50.49 but doesn’t progress. Eamonn Fahey was 2nd in his 60 heat (7.09) and is through to the semi final. Rolus Olusa was 4th in the pole vault after a 4.10m best, missing out on bronze on count back.

Flynner makes a good Sunday read

Very good reading on today with a feature interview with David Flynn. Upcoming races for Flynner before his attempt of Olympic Marathon QT include next weekend’s Napoli half marathon. Read on:


Clonliffe BHAA 1, 2, 3 !

Today’s latest BHAA cross country race took place very close to HQ. ALSAA at Dublin Airport over 5 miles. Sean Doran took an excellent win in 27.33 leading a Clonliffe one two three as he was followed in by Eoin Taggart 27.52 in 2nd and Tom Sherlock 3rd in 27.54. Also in 20th David Brady 30.28 (full results on


Fab four grab 2nd place in Armagh 5k

The Clonliffe senior men put in magnificent performances in the Brooks Armagh international 5k road race tonight. The race drew one of the deepest 5K fields assembled with an unbelievable 113 athlete running sub 15 minutes.

The men’s team were in PB form with three of the four recording new pb’s. The team was let home in 30th place by Colm Rooney who recorded a time of 14.23, only one second off his 12-year-old PB. Next in was Ian Guiden in a new PB of 14.29 in 44th position, Cathal Doyle also a PB in 48th place of 14.30 and in 60th place Sean O’Leary in a PB of 14.37. With a combined time of 57.44 the Clonliffe  team placed second behind Leeds City AC 56.35 and ahead of Liverpool Harriers 58.03. David Flynn, in heavy marathon training, racing on the Irish international team tied with Colm in 30th place with the same time of 14.23!

The race is a spectacular event drawing a top international field, the criteria for qualification for the men’s race is that all athletes must have run 16 minutes. The course itself is a 1k loop around the mall in the centre of Armagh. The sheer speed of the race must be seen to be believed. Tonight’s race was won in a new course record of 13.43 by Finland’s Topi Raitanen and featured many international athletes including athletes who have competed in the 5000 at last year’s  Morton Games Jonny Mellor and Philip Sessman. A really great event. Highly recommended!


AIT Grand Prix

Clonliffe results from the big Indoor Grand Prix Meet in Athlone tonight:  Rolus Olusa after a 8.21 60H heat made the final where he ran 8.27 for 6th place. In the 400 Luke Lennon Ford was 4th (48.33), in the 60 Chris Sibanda ran 6.85 in his heat to go through to the final where he placed 7th in 6.87 with Leo Morgan running 6.92. Finally Keith Marks was 2nd in the long jump with a best of 7.05m, Eamonn Fahey was 4th (6.85m).

Efrem wins Leinster Senior Schools XC

On a perfect spring day in santry Clonliffe Harriers today hosted the Leinster schools cross country championships. The highlight of the day was Efrem Gidey’s win in the senior boys 6000 race. Efrem was in pole position from the start and after a lap began to pull away and with considerable ease moved up through the gears to take a very comfortable win. He now heads to next month’s All-Ireland finals looking a strong favourite for back-to-back titles. In the team event Daniel Stone and Ben Guiden fourth and eighth respectively leading Belvedere to a first Leinster senior cross country win in some 20 years.

Find runs also in the senior boys race by Aaron Cullen in 10th place and Stephen Cashin grabbing the last qualifying place for the All-Ireland finals in an excellent 15th position. Good runs also today by Jordan Byrne, Thomas Balthazar and Ryan Sheridan.

In the senior girls race the Clonliffe athlete all battled away with Katie Halpin the star performer as she once again moved up from the intermediate level to senior to finish in a fine 24th place. Next in was Ella Brown followed by Tess Loftus and Aimee Warren. Tess was on the Loreto on the Green team that took Leinster bronze and will now also head to the All-Ireland finals.

In the intermediate girls race Sarah Bateson ran another battling race after a slightly dodgy start to comfortably qualify for the All Ireland with an 11th place finish.

The inter boys race saw once again a great inter school and inter club battle between Callum Simpson and Evan Foster, these two athlete are possibly the most improved athletes in the club this year. Callum was slightly stronger to take fifth place with Evan Foster a hare’s breath behind in 6th. Good runs also by Niall Carbery, John Lawrence,  Dermot Buckley and Alex Nuroth to name but a few. Callum, Evan,  John and Dermot were all on the Aidan’s team that took Leinster inter gold.

In the junior Girls race Lara Gallagher put in a fine performance to take a top 20 position, 18th with Orla O’Sullivan also running a fine race to finish in 25th position.

Sean Boyne had a good run in the Junior Boys race. Official results not yet to hand.

Congratulations to all of the club’s athletes on their efforts throughout a long cross-country season. The best of luck to those who will take their place in the lineup for the All-Ireland cross country on March 9th.

A huge thank you to all of the club members who gave up their day to help with the course building and marshalling of the event. It was a great success which simply would not have been possible without the input and dedication of all you Harriers. Nil desperandum.









Leinster Schools Cross Country, Santry tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 13th Clonliffe Harriers will for the fifth successive year host the Leinster Schools Cross Country in Santry Demesne, thanks to the assistance of Fingal County Council. Many of the club’s athletes will be running for their schools having qualified through the Leinster regions will battle it out for places in the All Ireland Schools which takes place on the 9th of March.

Attached is the timetable and course map: Irish Life Health Leinster Schools 2019 TT and Map

Thanks to those who have confirmed that they are in a position to give up their time tomorrow to help out. Course builders will be needed from 8 a.m. on the morning.

If you have not volunteered and are available it`s not too late! We then need volunteers to assist with the marshalling of the event. We will need approximately 20/25 people if at all possible.  No previous experience is required as full on the job training will be provided. All that is needed is you to attend for a briefing at 11.30 a.m. and to be in a position then to stay until the last race.  The volunteers will be issued with all required equipment i.e. a high vis vest! Rates of pay are generous: a cup of tea, a sandwich and a big thank you!

Once again please do not assume that others will be available on the day so if you have any availability please give up your time to support your club and your young clubmates. Text Noel Guiden 0879599888 or e mail asap.

Clonliffe at Varsities

On yet another busy weekend for Clonliffe athletes the IUAA indoor championships took place on Saturday at Athlone IT. Keith Marks continued his excellent form with another win in the long jump with a best of 6.93 m.

It is good also to see that Chris Sibanda competed in the 60m running 6.96 in his heat and then 6.88 in the final to finish 4th. Leo Morgan ran 6.92 in his heat and ran 6.89 in the final for 5th place. Israel Ibeanu ran 23.30 in the 200 and Rolus Olusa in the 6th ran 8.31 in his heat, the fastest time of the day, and then 8.44 in the final to claim silver.


Dublin Juvenile Indoor championships (updated to Sunday)

There was significant Clonliffe involvement at the weekend`s Dublin Juvenile Indoor Championships held at the NIA Abbotstown. On Friday night the track action revolved around the relays. Clonliffe highlights included: the U/13 girls 4 x 200 squad of Kate Campbell, Rebecca Walsh, Ava Usanova , Sarah McDonnell, Eva McMillan and Alexandra Kelly winning the Dublin title. The U/17 girls 4 x 200 team of Alex Twomey, Kirstin McGrady Hogan, Holly Roche and Emma McDonnell took silver.

Great team efforts also by the U/11 boys team of Ethan, Conor, Cormac and Edward, the U/13 boys Jack, Colm, Angus, Andrew and Senan and the U/11 girls Ava, Una, Lana, Sienna and Fotiene.

In the field events Jonas Norvaisas was once again victorious winning the boys U/16 shot.

Saturday saw the 1500s where the first success came via Sean Boyne taking U/16 silver (4.39). Silver was also won by Aoife Hession in the girls U/17 race after a fine run (5.11), unfortunately Alana Fitzsimons came a cropper with a had fall putting her out of contention. Both Alex Nuroth and John Lawrence ran well in the U/17 heats but didn`t progress. In the U/18 race Evan Foster put in a very good run but was piped on the line for bronze (4.41) with Callum Simpson, a little leg weary after his heroic run in Sunday`s European Clubs XC, 6th.

Later on Saturday afternoon and into the evening it was the turn of the sprinters to enter the arena and with some degree of success indeed. Sally Sumola took U/16 60 gold, Alex Twomey U/17 silver, with both Holly Roche and Kristin McGrady Hogan making that final and placing 4tb and 5th respectively.  Val Strogonovs won boys U/17 60 gold in an impressive 7.23 and Rebecca Fitzsimons did likewise in the girls U/18.

In the long jump Kristian Bosnajak took U/17 silver. Great efforts also in the U/19 400 where both Aaron Nnadi and Neil McLochlain got through to the final where they filled 4th and 5th places.


Sunday was the final day of the championships and boy was it a long one! Again some excellent athletics from the Clonliffe crew. Highlights included Rebecca Fitzsimons making it an U/18 sprints double as she won the 200 day in some style. After being a little slow out of the blocks she had up ground on the back straight and then kicked for home from the final bend to come home a clear winner. In the U/17 200 both Emma McDonnell and Alex Twomey had the final, placing 4th and 5th. In the U/16 Sally Sumola also made the 200 final placing 4th.

Val Stognovus after a fantastic 23.28 U/17 200 took gold to make it a sprints double.

The middle distance athletes all ran well in today`s 800s with Jack Woods taking U/16 bronze some 2 and a half hours after his heat. Andrew Gaffney also made this final. Likewise Naoise Cullen made the girls U/16 final where she put in a battling 5th place performance. Orla O`Sullivan also battled her way into the U/15 final placing 7th. Sorcha O`Connor was another athlete to make an 800 final where she took a very good 4th place in the girls U/14.

In the U/16 girls high jump Nicole Laply took gold with a hight of 1.45m, she also made the 200 final placing 6th. In the long jump Keith Burke had a fine competition only loosing out on bronze on count back! Making it a great weekend for the Norvaisas brothers Laimis won silver in the boys U/12 shot.

Gary wins National 50k in record time plus more

Gary O’Hanlon today retained the National 50k championship at Donadea Forest Park in a time of 2.50.46. Gary’s winning time was some 4 minutes faster than his 2018 winning time and was thus a new Irish record. Making matters even more impressive was that fact that his record run was achieved by a winning margin of a massive 26 minutes!

In the USA Brian Flanagan was 5th in the 3000 at yesterday’s Bulldog Invitational Meet in Birmingham, Alabama in 8.44.93.

Also Saturday in Birmingham, (but GB not USA!) at XC league Jayme Rossister was 12th (31.08) with Liam Roarty 54th (31.55).

Sunday Sergiu Ciobanu was 2nd in the Enniscorthy 10k in 31.13.


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