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All Ireland Schools Cross Country this Saturday

After battling through regional qualifiers and then provincial qualifiers the country’s top middle and long distance athletes will make their way to Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co. Kildare this Saturday, March 9th, for the Irish Life Health All Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships.

There is very strong Clonliffe interest with the Senior boys race in particular going to provide considerable intrigue. Efrem Gidey chases a second senior title following on his outstanding win at Waterford IT last year.  The Belvedere College senior team go into this race full of confidence having won the Leinster title for the first time in some 20 years in Santry last month and will have two Clonliffe athletes amongst their ranks, Daniel Stone and Ben Guiden.  Individual entries from the club also include Aaron Cullen and Stephen Cashin.

The senior girls race includes Tess Loftus on the Loreto on the Green team that qualified as Leinster bronze medallists. Whilst in the inter girls race Sarah Bateson will look to continue her fine form, which has included recent indoor PBs over both 1500 and 3000.

The St. Aidan’s team in the inter boys race go into Saturday’s All Irelands’ as Leinster champions fielding an almost all Clonliffe team of Callum Simpson, Evan Foster, Dermot Buckley, Alex Neuroth, John Lawrence, Cian Hill, Milan Binoy and Bryan Nnadi.

The St. Aidan’s junior boy’s team also include a number of Clonliffe athletes, Sean Boyne who has impressed enormously this season having placed 8th in the Leinster Schools, Cian O’Hare and Cillian Keegan.

On the subject of St. Aidan’s Alan O’Neill has organised a coach to leave from the Clonliffe clubhouse on Saturday morning at 9.45 sharp. Alan has very kindly invited not just St. Aidan’s athletes and parents to travel but also other club members who are competing and indeed their parents and coaches. The bus is on a first come first served basis so the strong advice is to be in the stadium from 9.30 a.m. on Saturday.

The very best of luck to all of our athletes on Saturday morning.

Timetable for Saturday click: Time_Table_All_Ireland_XC_2019

Clonliffe hot in freezing Lusk

Clonliffe athletes didn’t have to stray too far from home today for a well-run road race but over a tough course. The weather, however  was simply awful. Cold non stop rain with temperatures around 3 degrees. All Roads led to Lusk in North County Dublin for the second annual Lusk 4 Mile Road Race. With Lusk AC putting on a fine event despite the weather challenges (for the 2nd year!)

Preceding the main event were some juvenile races. With the Clonliffe U/16 girls showing very well indeed as the girls filled the top 4 positions in the girls category with Lara Gallagher 1st, Naoise Cullen  2nd, Amy Sheehy 3rd and Amy Daly 4th.

At this stage the weather conditions where worsening and by the time the senior race started at 3.00pm conditions  were described by more tgan one as being the coldest race they had ran in ever!

The race was a 2 lap affair starting at the Green opposite of church on Chapel Road. Raheny man Mick Clohesey and Ian Guiden were together at the end of the first lap but on the turn heading out on the 2nd lap Clohesey  made his move and quickly open the gap. At the finish the Raheny man prevail winning in 19.16 with Ian holding on well to finish second in 19.32. Colm Rooney was 4th 20.05 and Sean Doran 5th 21.18.

Other Clonliffe: Graham Mahon 24.15,  Declan Grant 26.52, Mick Gleeson 27.00  Katie Halpin  27.53, Shane O’Dowd 30.12, Ella Brown (bracket no official time but around 30.15), Cara Curran Beggs 31.08 and Anne Lyons 31.08.

On the price front in addition to Ian taking second place Colm Rooney was first M35 and in the women’s Junior race Katie Halpin was 2nd Ella Brown 3rd. The women’s team placed 3rd.

A good day out. But damn it, it was damn cold!




Doyle 4th in Varsities, Flynner 1st in Derry 10

The Irish Universities cross country took place in Galway today. Cathal Doyle had a very good run to 4th place. A good run also from Sean O’Leary for 10th place, Eoin Taggart was 18th. In the women’s race Alannah Cooley was 22nd and Greta Streimikyte was 39th.

Up north David Flynn won the Derry 10 mile in a new course record 52.15 to win by some one and a half minutes.

Also today great to see young Abbie Sheehy finish as 1st woman in the St. Anne’s Park Run 5k in 21.15.

Colm Leonard brought the Clonliffe vest the furthest from Santry this weekend. All the way to Japan for the Tokyo Marathon where he ran 3.33.

Good haul of Leinster medals at Indoors

Clonliffe athletes were in very good form at today’s indoor Leinster championships at Abbotstown with several excellent performances yielding medals including gold and yet another club indoor record by Keith Marks in the long jump of 7.30 bettering his own previous club indoor record set earlier this year by some 10 cm.

The Leinster championships includes juniors seniors and masters. Starting off with the junior athletes: in the morning session Aoife Hession was third in the 1500 in a time of 5.15.78. Later in the afternoon bronze was also won by Sarah Bateson in the 3000 in a new PB of 10.32.15. Alana Fitzsimons was 5th 12.05.13. Lauren Carr finished third in her 400 heat in a time of 62.70.

In the senior competition in addition to Keith Marks excellent long jump gold, gold was also won in the 60 by Leo Morgan. This race included four Clonliffe athletes, a 5th Rolus Olusa had qualified with a 7.17 run from earlier in the day but was unavailable for the final. In the final itself Leo Morgan took Leinster gold in a new Championship best performance of 6.86 with Pascal Touche running a PB of 6.91, Keith Marks was 5th 7.05 with Keith Pike 7th 7.16.

Gold was also won in the triple jump by Niall Counihan 13.78 m and in the senior 400 by Snezana Bechtina 59.90

In the Masters competition  gold was won by Frances Mansfield  w70 shot  with a best of 4.83 m . Gold also for Matt Slattery in the M65  200 in 29.98, a 4th successive title for the young man!  In the 1500m  Martin Treacy was second M60  5.28.86  silver also for George Maybury  in the 1500 M65  in 5.57.96.




All outstanding 2019 club subs due NOW

Members are reminded that two months into the year 2019 subs are now over due. All outstanding subs must be paid by March 1st. After that date anyone who has not paid their 2019 membership cannot use the club’s facilities as you are not insured to do so.

The quickest and preferred method of payment is by way of the online option. To avail of this go to Membership page above and use the appropriate Online Payment option. Cash and cheques payable to Clonliffe Harriers are also acceptable, but if at all possible please use the Online payment system. Please note that this is for Renewal of Membership of Clonliffe Harriers by existing members only: juvenile, junior, senior and masters.

Membership subscriptions:

Senior/Masters – €160.00.

3rd Level Students/Unwaged – €110.00.

Juvenile membership  – €130.00.

Please note that anyone wishing to renew membership by cheque or cash must print off and complete the membership form (available on Membership page)

Please also note that by renewing your membership of Clonliffe Harriers AC you are also agreeing to abide by the club`s rules and regulations.

Anyone wishing to become a new members of Clonliffe Harriers please see the Membership section and call up to see the appropriate Captain in person (new members cannot use the on line option!).

Rice will line up for Ireland!

Clonliffe`s Stephen Rice that is! The National senior javelin champion and U/23 record holder has been selected on the Irish team for the European Throwing Cup which takes place in Samorin, Slovokia  on the 9th – 10th March.

Clonliffe storm Duleek plus round up

The Clonliffe Junior Men well and truly stormed the Duleek and District 5k road race today. The junior squad as part of their preparation for the All-Ireland schools cross country in two weeks time travel the short distance to the small North County Meath town of Duleek for the annual 5k. From the gun Efrem Gidey sat in behind Dunshaughlin AC`s Thomas Moran as these two opened a lead on the pack led by Ben Guiden. At 3k Efrem upped the pace to leave Moran behind and came home in 14.41. With Ben  holding 3rd in a Clonliffe sprint for the line  in 15.46,  a PB, from Aaron Cullen, also in a PB of 15.47 these three took the Clonliffe team to a comfortable win. Sean Doran who some 24 hours earlier had won the BHAA cross-country race in Maynooth came through the field very well today to finish 5th in 15.50. Stephen Cashin was 10th in 16.29, Daniel Lacey, coming back nicely from injury 12th in 16.45 and Thomas Balthazar was 21st in 17.36.

It is also great to report that Becky Woods made a return to road racing to finish second lady in 17.45. Becky has lately been concentrating on the triathlon and today was her first road race in possibly 3 or so years. Also racing today was another trio of Clonliffe ladies: Emma Cooper who finished in a time of 20.04 to finish a 11 woman and 4th F40, Emer Brennan 92nd overall in 21.25 and 9th woman and Kerri Page 21.49, 100th overall and 24th woman.

Further afield David Flynn ran 67.47 in the Napoli Half Marathon as part of his ongoing preparations for the Rotterdam marathon later in the spring.

As mentioned earlier yesterday saw the latest round of the BHA a cross-country the AIB/NUI 4 mile cross-country race in Maynooth. Sean Doran made it a second successive BHAA win in a time of 20.56 with Thomas Sherlock second 21.04.

Also yesterday Liam Roarty had a very good run in the English National Cross Country over 12,000m held at Harewood House, Leeds placing 267th of 2000 plus finishers in 49.12.


The Magnificent Seven

Fogo reports: The Clonliffe/St.Aidens Leinster intermediate school champions squad took part in their local Poppintree Park Run this morning in great  weather conditions. Fantastic running by this up and coming squad and a clean sweep as the lads filled the top 7 positions. In two weeks time this squad will compete in the school All Ireland cross country championships in Clongowes Wood College.

Also there today was the Juvenile club captain Gladys Cooper who was going under the radar for a quick 5k to cheer on these lads.

1 Callum Simpson 17.08
2  Evan Foster.         17.34
3 Dermot Buckley.    17.38
4 Jack Woods.           18.31
5 John Lawrence.       18.33
6 Alex Nuroth.              18.47
7  Andrew Gaffney.      19.12

Roll up! Roll up! Entry for Grand Prix Series now open.

Entry is now open for the ever popular Clonliffe Harriers Grand Prix Series. Once again the series of 16 Races will commences in Morton Stadium on Thursday March 28th with The Frank White, 5 Mile track race (Ireland’s only 5 Mile track race). The 2018 race was won in an Irish best time by Clonliffe international athlete Stephen Scullion.

This year is the 19th running of the series and is once again sponsored by Behan & Associates bringing together all of the Clonliffe club races: The Irwin cup, Horan cup, O’Connor cup, Walker cup, Ahern cup, Bonass Trophy, McDonald cup, Frank White Cup, Mick Murphy Memorial 5, The McCarrick plate, etc plus of course one of the World`s Oldest Races, the Clonliffe 2.

Last year went right to the wire, before Mick Gleeson tied up the series in the final race of the season.

The Series is open to runners from Clonliffe Harriers as well as to runners from other clubs and is most exciting, as each runner is handicapped throughout the series, giving everyone a chance to compete on an even level. Prizes are awarded for each race along with post race refreshments. Points are awarded following each race and at the series finale in December overall prizes are awarded to the leading runners. With races on every surface: track, road, grass, and the country there is something for all.

The full schedule of 2019 races will be on the Grand Prix Series page soon.

The entry fee is €30.00. Entry form here: GP-Entry-2019

Clonliffe club 1500 at NIA Live!

The final NIA Live meet of the indoor season took place in Abbotstown tonight drawing a fair number of Clonliffe athletes. The middle distance girls where out in force with heat no.3 of the 1500 a virtual club championship. Alannah Cooley and Sarah Bateson had a good battle at the front until Sarah struck for home just before the bell to run a huge pb of 4.54.34, Alannah ran 5.01.52, further back Hannah Browne managed to break away from Ale Hernandez 5.13.19 to 5.14.73. In heat 2 Greta Streimikyte had a strong run running 4.51.89.

Earlier in the 60m Thomas Moran won his race in 7.69 with Mark Middleton 5th. Snezana Bechtina ran 8.28 over 60m and later 25.83 (unofficial) in the 200. Lauren Carr was a strong winner of her 200 in 26.79 (unofficial). In The 800 Shaun Conaghan had a good race with a particularly strong final 200. Time not available.


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