Archive for June, 2013

Gregan wins as Irish put in super two day shift in Euro Teams

Brian Gregan continued his excellent form in wet and wind swept Morton Stadium on Saturday 22nd in the European Team League 1 Championships. With a power house performance Gregan was always in control to record a fine win in 46.32 in heat 2, over half a second quicker than heat 1. Gregan`s win was one of the highlights of a gutsy team effort by the Irish team who ended day 1 sitting nicely in 6th place on 139 points. Clonliffe`s other representative was Simon Phelan 11th in the long jump (2.05m)

Brian Gregan European Teams

Day 2 Sunday 22nd and while the rain head off it was a bitterly cold day in a howling wind. the Irish, however, put in some superb performances( see http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/?p=32878 for AAI report) to maintain the momentum built up yesterday with included a thrilling 4 x 400 win ankered by Brian Gregan as the time placed 7th, behind winners the Czech Republic with sweden 2nd and Netherlands 3rd. Behind the Irish team were: Belgium, Hungary, Estonia, Bulgaria and Switzerland.

There was a great Clonliffe team performance from the club members who gave up their weekend to steward and assist with the successful running of the event under the direction in particular of George Maybury, Alan Worrall and Tom Griffin.

Sub 30 win in Dunshaughlin10k by Kenneally (updated)

Mark Kenneally continued the Clonliffe weekend domination by winning the Michael Manning 10k Road Race in Dunshaughlin tonight (Saturday) . Mark put in an excellent showing recording a time of 29.46 a winning margin of almost a minute over Kenyan Freddy Situk. Brian MacMahon was 5th in 31.32, 9th Tudor Moldovan 31.57, 18th Chris Muldoon 33.32, Anthony O`Brien ran 40.45. Meanwhile in Candad Michael McDiarmada was 7th in the Vancouver Half Marathon today (Sunday) in 65.57.

Wins on the Roads for Hanlon and O`Hanlon

Two wins were taken by Clonliffe men in 5k road races last night (June 21st), both Louthmen. Aaron Hanlon won the Longest Day 5K in Drogheda in 15.35 while Gary O`Hanlon won the Dublin Pride 5K in the Phoenix Park in 15.38.

U/18 Girls win Dublin Relay Championships on the double

At last night`s final Dublin Juvenile Championship of the 2013 season in Tallaght  the Clonliffe U/18 girls team of Megan Coomber, Ciara Lynott, Seanna Reilly and Kate Hession took the Dublin 4 x 400m title in some style and then did the double by taking the 4 x 100 title. The team now look forward to next month`s Nationals in Tullamore.

U18 Relay Champions

Morton Games News: Felnagle and Masters for Miles

Latest from Morton Games: Brie Felnagle will make her Morton Games debut in the SSC Women’s International Mile on July 17th. Felnagle is a former NCAA 1500m champion (2007) who has enjoyed considerable success on the US track circuit over the last three years in particular, her career highlights include a 7th place finish in the US track and field championships over 1500 metres in 2011 (4.10.33), 4th place in the 3000 metres in the 2012 Prefontaine Classic in a PB of 8.51.38 and this year a 3rd place finish in the US Indoor Mile Championship. She boasts a 1500 PB of 4.08.54, one mile PB of 4.32.17, 3000 PB of 8.51.38 and 5000 PB of 15.14.33. Felnagle will face fellow US athlete Deborah Maier, an NCAA 3000 metre runner up and 5000 runner up in 2012 with a mile PB of 4.31 and 5000 PB of 15.29.

Previously confirmed for the SSC Women`s International Mile is Ireland’s two time European Cross Country Champion and European 3000m bronze medallist Fionnuala Britton, Laura Crowe and Kerry Harty. Stiff opposition will also be provided by Scot Lennie Waite, a competitor in the Mile in the 2012 Morton Games and Yorkshire 800/1500m champion Rachel Bamford.

Up and coming US star Riley Masters is a confirmed starter for the 2013 Morton Mile. Masters who hails from Maine and was a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma who enjoyed an extremely successful collegiate career, he ran the NCAA fastest 1500m in both 2012 and 2013 and is also the school record holder over 1500m for the University of Oklahoma. He boasts an impressive set of PBs including a Mile PB of 3.56.25 set in early February when winning the Tyson Invitational. He also has a 1500m PB of 3.37.19 and a 3000 of 7.53.11.

Also confirmed for the Morton Mile are regular visitors to Santry Jack Bolas (USA) and Craig Miller (USA) who on July 17th will be appearing in their fourth Morton Mile. Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s) is currently the man in form and is in the shape of his life and has progressed enormously since running his first sub four minute mile in the 2011 version of the Morton Games (3.59.99). He has been in a rich vein of form of late and possibly may be the man to deliver an Irish win in the Morton Mile for the first time in many a year.

More updates as they happen. Tickets for Morton Games available on line www.mortongames.ie

European Team C`ships Stewards Meeting Thursday

Please see important message from George Maybury: This is to confirm there will be a stewards meeting in Clonliffe Harriers at 9.30pm on Thursday 20 June.This is a very crucial meeting where you will be allocated your accreditation,gear and jobs for Saturday and Sunday. You will also be fully briefed on the overall layout, security and emergency arrangements in place for the 2 days.

You will be provided with food on both days on a voucher system which will be supplied to you with your accreditation.

Your parking for Saturday and Sunday will be in Santry Demense, entry via the main gate on the city side of Morton Stadium.

Morton Games launched by Minister Ring today

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD launched the Morton Games International Track and Field event in Dublin City Centre this morning (Wednesday 19th of June 2013). The Games which take place in the Morton Stadium Santry, Dublin on July 17th will feature top international athletes with men and women’s events over 100m, 400m, 800m and featuring the SSC Women’s International Mile, the Albie Thomas Men’s 3000 and the famed Morton Mile.

World class athletes confirmed for the 2013 Games include Fionnuala Britton, Brian Gregan, Paul Robinson, Amy Foster, London Olympic Pole Vault finalist Igor Bychkov (ESP) Great Britain International Pole Vaulter Luke Cutts, Garrett Heath (USA) and Brie Felnagle (USA). The event is set to be a true gathering of athletes and athletics fans, with athletes taking part hailing from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Spain, The Ukraine, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Poland and Great Britain to name but a few.

Speaking this morning Minister Ring said: “The Morton Games is fast developing a fine reputation as a top class event. More than a dozen athletes who took part last year subsequently went on to compete in the London Olympics. Its great news that a number of athletes taking part this year will use the event as part of their preparations for the world championships in Moscow this August.

In the year of The Gathering the Morton Games is a true gathering of athletes from across the globe. I want to compliment the voluntary organising committee for their enthusiasm and work to put together a truly international event. I wish all the athletes the very best of luck. I am sure everyone involved will enjoy the event and for those who travel here for the event I hope they have a very happy Irish experience and a cead mile failte. Finally, I want to wish the Irish athletes taking part in this weekends European League 1 Team Championships in the Morton Stadium the very best of luck”.

The launch was also attended by the new Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison who complimented the organising committee on their endeavours in bringing an international athletics meeting to the Morton Stadium. Mayor Dennison also complimented the management of the Morton Stadium on the wonderful job which they have been carrying out in raising the standards of the stadium to its current world class level.

Mr. John Foley, the CEO of Athletics Ireland who are a partner in the Meet reconfirmed Athletics Irelands’ commitment to providing support both technical and financial for the Morton Games into the future stressing the importance of an International Invitational Athletics Meet being held in our capital city.

The President of Clonliffe Harriers Mr. Paddy Marley stressed the importance of the Morton Games in honouring the memory of Clonliffe’s Billy Morton and paid tribute to the hard work which was being carried out by the organising committee of the Morton Games the fruits of which were borne last year by the truly extraordinary nights athletics that the 2012 Meet produced and he expressed his confidence in the ability of the organising committee to deliver an even better Meet on the 17th of July next.

The Meet Director Noel Guiden thanked Minister Ring for officially launching the Morton Games, he also expressed his thanks to the Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison, Mr. John Foley the CEO of Athletics Ireland, Mr. David Conway of NSCDA and the team involved in the operation of and management of the Morton Stadium, he thanked “our loyal supporters and sponsors Commercial Hygiene Services, the Sports Surgery Clinic, Last Lap Café, Fashionflo, C & E Office Products and Behan & Associates and the outstanding contribution which has been made to the successful running of the Meet by the Meet Partners Clonliffe Harriers, Athletics Ireland, Irish Sports Council, the Irish Milers Club, Fingal County Council, Paralympics Ireland and Morton Stadium”. He outlined the fact that there would be athletes competing in the Morton Games from the four corners of the world and that in this the year of the Gathering there would be a true gathering of athletes and hopefully athletics fans in the Morton Stadium on the 17th of July. The Morton Games 2013 was significant in that it would mark the 55th anniversary of the Summer of world records set in the Morton Stadium and in particular was five years and eight days after the first of those world records set by Albie Thomas (AUS) and that to mark the occasion Albie Thomas’ daughter and grandsons would be special guests at the Games.

The launch was also attended by international 400 metre athlete Brian Gregan, Olympic Marathon Silver Medallist John Treacy on behalf of the Irish Sports Council, members of the Morton Stadium Management Committee, event partners, and members of Clonliffe Harriers .

Tickets for July 17ths Morton Games cost €10.00, however, there is currently an early bird offer and those purchasing tickets before July 1st will avail of a 20% discount. Tickets are currently available online www.mortongames.ie

More Tickets for European Team Championships

Clonliffe Harriers club allocation of tickets for June 22nd/23rd`s European League 1 Team Championships ran out last night due to demand. The good news is that Athletics Ireland have kindly agreed to giving the club a further allocation. These additional tickets will be available for distribution to club members by Noel Guiden on Thursday evening at the clubhouse at 9.30pm. Any club member who would like a complimentary ticket come to the hall way in the clubhouse.

Ace race walker Cleary 1st in Dutch International Race

Young Clonliffe race walker Ryan Cleary won International honours over the weekend representing Ireland in the “Small Nations” Race walk International in Breda, Netherlands and capped the weekend by winning the 10k yesterday, the 16th,  in 48.51. In the UK on Saturday, the 15th  Eoin Pierce was 2nd in the 800 in the Southern League in 1.58.4.

Juvenile group to train in Dollymount on Tuesday

Gladys and Gerry`s groups will be training on Dollymount Strand tomorrow Tuesday 18th. Meet in Stadium at 7.00pm for coach (bring €2.00), please also bring change of clothes and a towel,  and returning at 9.30pm. Please also note that training for this group on thursday is cancelled as the build for european team championships will be going on in the stadium that night.

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