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Clonliffe athletes show steel in Sheffield!

Two Clonliffe athletes opened their indoor season over the course of the weekend and by coincidence both in Sheffield.

Rolus Olusa competed in the England Senior combined event Championship over the course of Friday and Saturday putting in the following performances: 60m – 7.21, High Jump – 1.86m, Pole Vault – 4.00m, Long Jump – 6.61m, Shot – 11.98m to finish the competition having amassed over 5000 points to finish in 12th position.  Unfortunately the official results do not show his actual points tally as Rolus was a guest in the Championships.

Eoin Pierce raced on Sunday in the BMC Sheffield Grand Prix over 1500 placing 7th in the A race in 3.55.30.

(Note to coaches and athletes: It would be very helpful if you could text 087 9599 888 or email with your results on the day of competition setting out the event you competed in, your time/performance and place – with athletes competing indoors, cross country, on the road throughout the length and breadth of the country and further afield it is impossible to keep track.  Please don’t be shy in sending on your results).

Another Award for Harrier of the year!

Hot on the heels of being awarded the Harrier of the year at the Clonliffe Awards night just before Christmas Keith Marks was honoured by Leinster Athletics at last night`s Leinster Star Awards at the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore with the awarding of the Leinster Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Clonliffe O/50 men take Dublin bronze

At a Spring like St. Anne`s Park in Raheny today the Clonliffe O/50 men`s team of Kieran Murphy (83rd), Philip O`Doherty (98th), Kevin Dowling (129th) and Maurice McCrohan (188th) won Dublin Master`s Cross Country bronze.

First Clonliffe man home was M40 Murray Ahern, 62th overall. The 35+ team placed 18th.

Clonliffe men:

The O/65 mens duo also ran very well with Matt Slattery once again putting that track speed into use as he bagged individual bronze with Shay Byrne 8th.

The Clonliffe 35+ women`s team put in a fine performance to place 5th of the 18 teams, led home in 26th place by Elaine McLoughlin, with Maura Matthews 35th, Aideen Brady 37th and Aimee Ahern 39th.

Thanks to Melissa Curran for photos.

Clonliffe women`s results:

It’s St. Anne’s for Dublin Masters XC tomorrow.

The Dublin Masters Cross Country takes place in St. Anne’s Park Raheny tomorrow. There are several Clonliffe athletes running. The women’s captain has named a team comprising: Aideen Brady, Sharon Lawlor, Elaine McLoughlin, Aimee Ahern, Mandy McMenamy, Laura Kiernan  Maura Matthews, Clodagh Moriarity, Yvonne McDonagh, Brid Beausang, Orla Deighan, Karen McAffee, Paula Horgan, Evelyn Brennan, Mary Ketterer, Elaine O’Dowd, Áine McCann.

A strong contingent of master men are also entered for the championships.

The women race over 3000 at 1.00pm with the men’s 6000 race at 1.30pm. Both captain’s have requested athletes to meet at 12.00.

Let`s get into that Time Machine again!

On New Year`s Day 2019 it`s time to have another look back. This time 2010 and 2011. Spot some of the current Clonliffe stars, including Irish U/23 International Cathal Doyle in his early days, Sean Carrigg, Alannah Cooley, Ian Guiden to name just a few. Great shots also from club cross country and track championships, European clubs xc and the first National Track and Field Division 1 win for the Clonliffe women`s team. Enjoy!

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Efrem wins again!

Efrem Gidey got 2019 off to a flying start hitting the new year as he finished the old: top of the heap. Some two days after winning the ERP Xmas Cracker 5k in Santry he win this morning’s Tom Brennan 5k in the Phoenix Park in 14.58. Sean Doran was 8th in 15.39 with Declan Murray running 21.08.

Happy New Year

A very happy and healthy 2019 to all our members, family and friends. We would also like to thank our club sponsor Hireco, all our other sponsors and supporters, and all who played a part in making 2018 such a successful year for Clonliffe Harriers.

First club group training sessions of 2019 are Thursday the 3rd at 7.00pm for seniors, juniors, Mick, Noel and Gerry’s groups. (Gladys back on Jan. 8th)

Efrem scorches to Cracker win!

The final Clonliffe promotion of 2018 the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k Road Race took place at noon today in Santry. In what was a perfect day for a race with little or no wind and very mild indeed some 200 starters took to the line in Morton Stadium. At noon the race was started with the athletes completing a full lap of the track in the stadium and as the field headed out the gate onto the road the elites had gathered at the sharp end of the pack led out by Sean O`Leary, Efrem Gidey, Ian Guiden, Aaron Hanlon, young Ben Guiden, Dave Fitzmaurice and Sean Doran all of Clonliffe.

The race then took a route through Northwood, Ballymun and back down the almost mile length of Santry Avenue before turning back into Morton Stadium. At the turn from Northwood Ian Guiden took up the running as Sean O`Leary was dropped, but Efrem held firm. First back into view at the Stadium entrance was Efrem with a big lead of some 10 to 15 seconds from Ian. Efrem took the win in a fast 14.47 (unofficially) good going indeed on this tough loop. In 2nd and 3rd places were Ian Guiden and Sean O`Leary.

First women home was Irish U/23 international athlete Siofra O`Flaherty (SLOT) followed by Sinead Lamb (Donore) and Mary Leech.

In the very completive junior categories the top three men, all wearing the Clonliffe colours,  were Ben Guiden, an excellent 5th place overall in a PB of 15.58, Jordan Byrne and Stephen Cashin. Likewise the top three junior women were all in black and amber: Sarah Bateson, 19.12, a huge pb, Aoife Hession and Alana Fitzsimons.

Great also to have back some of “the Clonliffe Wild Geese”, Dave Fitzmaurice and Conor McGuinness racing today.

Unfortunately a technical difficult with our timing partner meant we could not announce the winners in the Masters categories at the presentation. Results: M40 1. Shane Larkin, 2. John Dolan. M50 1. Ian Egan, 2. Aengus Burke. M60 1. Desie Shorten, 2. Charlie O`Neill. W40 1. Ciara O’Reilly 2. Maura Matthews. W50 Annette Kealy, 2. Cathryn Brady. W60 1. Mary Keane, 2. Bernadette Leonard. (Please contact us by e mail to so we can arrange to get your prize to you)

Clonliffe would like to extend our thanks to all the athletes who ran today, to the club members who gave up their morning to help out, St. John`s Ambulance, the Gardaí and of course a special grateful thanks to our sponsor ERP.

Full results: ERP Xmas Cracker 18 Results


ERP Xmas Cracker final instructions

Tomorrow, Sunday the 30th, the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k in association with Alone takes place in Santry @ 12.00 noon. On line entry is closed however late entries are accepted on the day @ €25.00 until 11.30am.

Final Instructions:

Race date and start time: Sunday 3oth  of December at 12.00

On Line Entry: Closed

Late entries: Taken in the Clonliffe club bar. Late entries taken on the day from 10.00 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. Please note that no entries whatsoever will be taken after 11.30a.m.

Race check-in: Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse, Morton Stadium Santry.

Entry fee: €20.00 on line (now closed). On the day €25.00.

Numbers: To be collected from the hall in the Clonliffe clubhouse from 10.00 a.m.

ERP Draw: On race day bring along either a used battery operated or electric appliance or ten used batteries (all for recycling), you will be given a ticket and entered into a draw courtesy of European Recycling Platform. The draw will take place after the prize-giving in the Clonliffe club bar. Prizes courtesy of ERP.

Car parking: Limited car parking available in the stadium. Please note that the avenue in the stadium must be kept clear of cars at all times.

Parking in Santry area: Please do not park on the Swords Road as cars parked on the Swords Road will be dealt with by the Gardaí by either parking tickets or removal by the Gardaí of cars which are illegally parked.

Public transport: The Morton Stadium is well serviced by public transport in particular the numbers 41, 33 and number 16.

Race start: On the track in the Morton Stadium @12.00. Please assemble at start area at 11.50am.

Course: The race will leave the stadium turning left up the Swords Road heading in the direction of the airport, turning left at Northwood, proceeding down the length of Northwood before turning left at the Ballymun Road, left again at Santry Avenue (Santry Cross), proceeding down the length of Santry Avenue, turning left again at the Swords Road and left back into the stadium where the athletes will run 300 metres on the track and the race will finish on the track.

Course Map:

Changing facilities: Limited changing facilities will be available in the stadium.

Toilets: Located in the stadium.

Prizes: 1st 3 senior men and women, 1st 3 junior men and women, 1st 2 master men and women o/40, 50, 60 and 70

Prize presentation: The presentation of prizes will take place in the Clonliffe bar, upstairs in the clubhouse asap after the race.

Results: Will be published on this website on Sunday afternoon.

Health and Safety: St. John’s Ambulance will be in attendance to deal with any medical emergencies. Please note that as this race takes place on the public roadway you must be aware of traffic as the road will not be closed. Entrants are, therefore, primarily responsible for their own safety. On course marshals and the Gardaí will be there to assist. Please obey the instructions of all marshals.

Stewards: Please report to the stadium for briefing at 10.30 am, even if you haven`t signed up but are available come along. Jobs for all!

Sponsors:  ERP

Alone: the race is run in association with the charity for older people Alone. A voluntary contribution can be made to Alone post race at the presentation.

Refreshments: in the club bar

Finally Clonliffe Harriers A.C. would like to thank you for entering the ERP Christmas Cracker 5k and we trust that you will have an enjoyable time with us in Santry.

The Bateson Report: Slip sliding away!

Sarah Bateson reports on the annual Clonliffe ice skating at RDS:  The day began with almost losing part of the team with a bus departure of 1pm. Having almost filled the top deck and collecting more along the way we arrived in Ballsbridge at 1.40.

Having completed a warm up lap (passing the ice rink) and a quick trip to Funderland, the group was ready to hit the ice. Evan Foster took gold in the boys category replicating a young Chazz Micheal Micheals (Blades of Glory) with Alex Murray and Callum Simpson following closely behind. In the girl’s event there was strong performances from Ella Cooley, Vicky McDonald and Alana Fitzsimons with Ella maintaining her winning title from last year. With Jakob and Holly competing for most dramatic falls, we are glad to say there was no trips to A&E but its fair to say…….. stick to running.

Funderland had another swirl with the gang taking on more rides, finishing with a team picture inviting a new friend to the group. Like all good days out McDonalds was on the menu and with no major casualties the annual ice skating trip has come to a close.


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