The Clonliffe 2, two weeks to go!

This day two weeks sees the continuation of the historic Clonliffe 2, Sunday, November 7. This race is the oldest continuous running club race in the world dating back all the way to 1898 when the very first Clonliffe 2, then a distance of 2 miles 297 yards took place running from ‘the Half Way House’ in Ashtown at the Phoenix Park to Charleville Road, Phisboro and was won by PJ Lonergan. In 1901 the ‘traditional’ route was established as the race ran from Finglas (Floods public house) to the 4 O’Clock Gate as Glasnevin Cemetery beside John Kavanaghs ‘the Gravediggers’.

The race remained on this course for a long number of years, in the 1970s it came to Santry and was run on a course at the back of the airport. Needless to say as traffic increased in this area the holding of the Clonliffe 2 became somewhat challenging. In 1986 as part of the club’s centenary year celebrations the Clonliffe 2 came back to the traditional route from Finglas to Glasvevin and was sponsored by Eugene Kavanagh of ‘the Gravediggers’, the Kavanagh family to this day continue to support the race. Once again however traffic problems have meant that the race has now come back up to Santry on a much safer course starting on the track in Morton Stadium coming out the gate of the stadium heading north and then immediately turning left into Northwood and then left again into Santry Park taking in approximately 1 mile in Santry Park before coming back into the stadium at the rear gates and finishing on the track.

The most recent winner of the open Clonliffe 2 mile held in 2019 was Tokyo Olympic 1500 semifinalist Andrew Coscoron (Star of the Sea) from Clonliffe’s Colm Rooney. The pandemic meant that last year’s Clonliffe 2 could not be held as an open road race but to ensure the continuation of the world’s oldest club race was held as a closed club race in pods as a time trial with Colm Rooney winning and Sarah Bateson taking the spoils in the women’s TT.

Clonliffe Harriers are pleased to announce that this year’s Clonliffe 2 Mile Road Race and Fun Run will take place in Morton Stadium Santry on Sunday 7th November 2021 at 11am.  This is a race for all, fun runners, families and club runners.

The event starts and finishes in the famous Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin 9. 

Entries on line 

Entries online now: https://www.myrunresults.com/events/clonliffe_2_mile_road_race__fun_run/4201/details 

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 club’s centenary year 1986. Clonliffe Harriers are very grateful to the Kavanagh family for their continuing sponsorship of this event. 

Prizes 

Individual Prizes 

  • Senior Men and Women 1st 2nd 3rdplaces    
  • Junior Men/Women 1st 2nd 3rdplaces 
  • Masters 1st category