The Brother Schools Cross Country is back!

Clonliffe Harriers are delighted to confirm in conjunction with our brilliant sponsor Brother the return of the Brother Schools Cross Country on Wednesday, October 5. The event returns for the 1st time since 2019, the 2020 and 2021 versions having been cancelled due to the pandemic. This year’s event will take place at Trinity Sports Grounds on Santry Avenue, as Morton Stadium is unavailable.

In the 1970s Clonliffe Harriers commenced the ‘Clonliffe schools invitational’ continuing until 1994. After a 15 year hiatus the event was revised in 2009 and, thanks to the support of sponsors Brother the event became one of the top schools events on the athletics calendar. It is an invitational cross country event featuring races for primary schools, 4th 5th and 6th classes and secondary schools minor, junior, inter and senior for both boys and girls. In its few short years since being revised it attracts huge numbers which continue to rise: in 2009 750 competed while 2019 attracted almost 2000! There are awards for the winning individuals and awards for the winning schools in all races as well as, uniquely for a schools event, souvenir t-shirts for all participants.

The Brother Schools XC is an invitational event. Invitations will issue this week to the schools that supported the last event. Any schools looking for an invitation are requested to email For safety reasons there is a limit on the number of participants.

Any club member in a position to assist on the day please contact Noel Guiden.