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Gregan signs off season with a 46.30

Brian Gegan concluded a superb season in Robereto, Northern Italy last night finishing 4th in the 400 in 46.30. The 2017 season saw the Clonliffe man return to and then surpass his previous best form. After a tentative enough start as he recovered from early season illness he began putting together s great series of races in Europe winning and running fast times, including World Championships QT all building up to that fantastic race in the Loki Sports 400 in Santry at Morton Games on July 11th when he ran a new PB and club record of 45.26 (a fraction off the stadium record) beating a world class field and reviving the “Santry Roar”. Some 10 days later Brian was once again the National 400 Champion and then of course he ran with convection in the world Championships in London to make the semi finals. Brian then raised Clonliffe spirits to a new level as the World saw the Clonliffe vest race in a Diamond League Meet in Birmingham. Well done Brian on a magnificent 2017 season.

Gregan and Clonliffe vest grace Birmingham Diamond League Meet

Clonliffe`s Brian Gregan suitably attired in his Clonliffe vest put in another sterling performance in the 400 on the World stage. At the Birmingham Diamond League Meet today, and featured live on the BBC, Gregan was 5th in 45.93, ahead of both Martyn Rooney (GBR) and Kevin Borlee (BEL), in what may well have been the first ever appearance of the Clonliffe vest at a Diamond League Meet.

Round up: Great 1500 time by Piercy, plus Le Cheile (updated)

Whilst most eyes were focused on the Morton Games on Wednesday night Eoin Pierce was in action at the BMC Meet in Watford where he ran a superb 3.47.70 in winning race B by almost two seconds. This time is only .7 off his pb and is a great boost for Eoin ahead of next weekend`s Nationals.

Friday night and Declan Power placed 2nd in the Edenderry 5k in 16.10. Saturday at the le Chile International where very string winds ruled out any hopes of fast times Ian Guiden was 3rd in the 3000 in 8.43.5 with Adam O`Brien running an 8.50.5 pb, and one would bet he was the only athlete at the meet to pb, in 5th. Cathal Doyle was 2nd in the B 800 in 1.56.6 with Mark McDonald 6th (1.59.30). Eleanor Alexander was 5th in the 1500 (4.32.8)

In the UK on Saturday at the Midland League, Cheltenham Liam Roarty was 7th in the 5000 in 16.14.

A big pb for Karl Nolan in today`s Mullingar 10 Mile of 57.35, knocking two minutes off his previous best. Also today in the Celbridge 5k Sean Doran had a fine run to 3rd place in 16.05.

Weekend round up

A quick round up:  Friday at the Letterkenny International David Flynn 4th in 3000 in 8.30.92 . On Saturday Brian MacMahon was 32nd in the European Mountain Race in Slovenia, and 2nd Irish. On Saturday Conor Healy ran a 3.51 1500 and at the BMC Meet Eoin Pierce 1.54 800, Jayme Rossister 3.50 1500, Eimear O`Brien 4.38.

On the roads Karl Nolan 59.43 in the Roscommon 10 Mile.

Belfast International and Graded

A few Harriers made the trip North tonight to the Mary Peters Track for the Belfast International. Timmy Crowe was 4th in the 400H in 53.21. In the 800 Mark McDonald ran 1.57.00 to place 3rd and Leah Moore was also 3rd in the 200 (24.83)

Also in Dublin the Graded Meets continued. In the sprints Snezana Bechtina ran 14.98 for 100, Keith Pike won the 100 A in 11.06. 800: A 1 Eleanor Alexander 1st 2.16.66, A 2 Emer O`Brien 5th (2.21.28), B 1st Greta Streimikyte 2.23.11. A 6th Shaub Conaghan 2.02.02 (PB), Niall Norman 2.09.54, Thomas Frayne 2.27.98. 5000 B: Tom Sherlock 16.14.94, Alex Gibbons 16.19.61, Joseph Keane 16.42.44, A Liam Roarty 15.37.11, Declan Power 15.48.07.

Gregan gets World Champs Qualifying Time

Brian Gregan has achieved the qualifying time for the IAAF World Championships 400 in London. The Clonliffe man today in Nottwil, Switzerland clocked 45.48. A massive congratulation from all in Clonliffe. It was also a new Clonliffe club record.

Clonliffe results from IMC Belfast Meet (updated)

A number of the club`s athletes travelled North for today`s IMC meet at the Mary Peter`s Track, Belfast today. In the 800 A 6th Mark McDonald 1.55.17 with Conor Healy 8th in 1.55.63. Eleanor Alexander 9th in the women`s A race (2.13.90). Moving on to the 1500s and a fine run by Craig Giles in the B 1500 2nd in 4.05.01. Then in the 3000 from a big field: 8th Cathal Doyle 8.37.14, Sean O`Leary (8.49.12) , Declan Power (9.10.25) and Daniel Lacey (9.20.13).

In the sprints: 400m Leah Bergin 3rd (58.38) with Emma Kelly 4th (61.26). 2nd in the 100 Leah Moore (12.06) and Keith Pike 3rd in the 100 (11.06).

Also at the BMC Watford Meet Jayme Rossister ran 8.13.10 to finish 7th in the 3000 A race.

Weekend Round up: Kenneally races again! (updated)

Great to see Mark Kenneally back racing today. In glorious conditions Mark took to the roads in the Phoenix Park for the Irish Runner 5 Mile, his first race in several years, to finish 7th in 25.24. Also running was mark Dowling (30.25) Results are on www.myrunresults.com.

Saturday evening in county Donegal David Flynn won the Buncrana 10k in 31.52, some three and a half minutes clear.

On Thursday at the Drogheda and District Graded Meet: 800 B Fergal O`Shea 2.21.81,  800 C Ciara Peelo 2.27.7 and 3000 A Declan Power 9.27.79.

Sunday the Sherlock brothers took in the Castleknock 10k, where Thomas was 3rd (17.03) and Niall 8th (18.40)

Midweek round up

During the week Eoin Pierce ran 3.50.85 finishing 10th in Watford BMC 1500 B on Wednesday. The previous week Jayme Rossister ran 3.56.13 in Loughborough while over the weekend Simon Galligan was competing in Luxemburg throwing the hammer 56.47m.

Closer to home at the Raheny Summer Series 2 mile on Tuesday Sean Doran was a comfortable winner in 10.18 with Thomas Ward 3rd in 10.49.

Stephen Scullion breaks new ground in 10,000 plus round up

Stephen Scullion ran his first ever track 10,000 last night at the Portland Track Festival, at the Lewis and Clark College Track, Oregan clocking an impressive 28.58.28. Scullion placed 11th in the race which was won by Galen Rupp (USA) in 28.18.29. Scullion`s time places him inside the Clonliffe all time top 10 in 8th place splitting Jerry Kieran and Gerry Finnegan.

On his Facebook page Scullion said: “20 weeks ago I hadn’t ran in 8 months, and was playing rugby. I’m pretty happy with that result, 20 more weeks and I`ll run a lot faster.”

(Stephen Scullion in the Portland Festival 10,000)

Today, Sunday the 11th, Brian MacMahon was 5th in the Michael Murphy 4 Mile road race in Ferns, Co. Wexford (20.52) also in Kilmacow, Co. Kilkenny Sergiu Ciobanu won the Little South 4 Mile Road race in 19.46.

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