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Looks like both teams are heading to Tullamore!

Today saw round 2 of the National league take place in Morton Stadium. Both men and women`s teams put in really good performances with the men ending the day top of the pile and the women showing a quite remarkable return to form after a disappointing round 1 to finish 2nd. Looks like athletes will need to keep their training up a little longer with the final in Tullamore on August 19th.

Performance of the day went to Stephen Rice on his return to competition after injury with with a 67.70m throw just shy of his pb and then a monster throw of 75.55, but fouled!! Still a big win for the club. Other excellent wins included Leo Morgan`s 100 in a new pb of 10.74, the 4 x 100, Colm Rooney in the 1500, Simon Galligan in the hammer, Niall Counihan in the triple jump, Timmy Crowe 400H.

At the close of business the black `n`amber head the charts (provisionally) on 133, Finn Valley 116, Tipperary 104, Donore 98.

The women`s team really rallied today with the 4 x 100 team, who had won national u/19 24 hours previously, winning and likewise the 4 x 400. Wins also for Leah Moore in the 100 and Leah Bergin in the 400 and a 2nd place for Shannon Sheehy in the high jump. Other highlights included an excellent pb of 5.00.28 and 3rd place by the baby of the squad Sarah Bateson , who had put in a great run the previous day on the U/17 4 x 400 silver winning team in Tullamore, and of course from the ultimate club woman Snezana Bechtina 3rd place in both the pole vault and triple jump.

The provisionally results show Louth County 102, Clonliffe 97, Tipperary 91, Donore 90.

Morton Games volunteers meeting on Tuesday

All Clonliffe volunteers and team leaders are requested to attend a briefing meeting after training on Tuesday night.

There will be a brief run through, a safety briefing and collection of accreditation and Morton Games t shirt for wearing on the big night. All are requested to be in attendance. It won`t take any more than 30 minutes!

3000 pb for Jayme at BMC

Clonliffe athletes were in fine form at last night`s British Milers Club meet, the Eltham Grand Prix. Jayme Rossister ran a fine 3000 pb of 8.11.30 in placing 6th in the A race. Mark McDonald recorded an 800 season`s best of 1.56.31 and Greta Streimkyte ran 4.42.22 in the 1500.

Morton Games: Tune in and Win!

With Morton Games fast approaching, we’d highly recommend tuning into Dublin City 103.2 FM next Tuesday evening July 10th at 7pm for the “Inside Sport” show hosted by Jack McCarthy.

The show will be fully dedicated to track & field, with particular focus on the Morton Games and Irish prospects for the European Athletics Championships in Berlin next month. Jack will be joined by Morton Games Meet Director Noel Guiden and Athletics media consultant & coach Feidhlim Kelly to discuss what’s in store for the big meet in Santry on July 19th and looking ahead to Berlin. Be sure to listen in, as there’s also an opportunity to win free pairs of Morton Games tickets!

Also, check out the station’s “On the Ball” flagship sports show with host Declan Hughes on Sunday 15th July from 3pm, which will feature latest news in the build up to the Morton Games, including interviews with Irish athletes aiming for strong showings in their respective events as a key part of their preparation for Berlin.

If you’re unable to catch the shows live, then they will be available for replay and download at: https://soundcloud.com/dcfm-1032/sets/inside-sport https://soundcloud.com/dcfm-1032/sets/on-the-ball

Tune in and win!

Be sure to listen to the popular “Live Drive” show during your morning or evening commute later next week, where there will be further chances to win Morton Games tickets.

Dublin City Radio @ 103.2 FM  – Show details

Inside Sport “Morton Games Special” – Tuesday July 10th , 7 – 7.30pm

On the Ball  – Sunday July 15th, 3 – 5.30pm

Live Drive  – Monday to Friday, 7 – 10am and 4 – 7pm

We’d like to thank Dublin City FM for partnering with us this year, providing pre- and post-event coverage of what is shaping up to be a fantastic night of top-class international athletics on Thursday the 19th!

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National Relay Gold & Silver

There was great success for the Clonliffe relay squads at sun drenched (isn`t everywhere nowadays!) Tullamore today at the National Juvenile uneven ages relays.

The U/19 girls 4 x 100 take pride of place with the team of Rebecca Fitzsimons, Rapha Diamond Ebbs, Lauren Carr and Jesscia Dediku taking super gold. The U/17 girls cross country, sorry 4 x 400 relay, team of Vicky McDonnell, Abbie Sheehy, Sarah Bateson and Cara Curren Beggs took silver.

In the younger age groups the U/15 girls 4 x 100 team of Paula, Sally, Orla and Naoise battled through heats into the final where they were just out of the medals in 4th place. Likewise the U/13 4 x 100 boys Zion, Christian, Michael, Karl and came through heats and placed 7th in their final.

(U/19 Girls 4 x 100 National Champions)

(U/17 Girls 4 x 400 National silver)

(U/13 boys 4 x 100 National finalists)

Into the West

Shane Rooney reports: As the country continued to soak up the sun, it was off to the west for several our running buddies.

First up was the Roscommon 10 Mile, which was is part of the Kia Race Series where David Mullen ran a fantastic time of 61.47. A big cheer for Mellissa ‘Honey C’ Curran, who crossed the line in a time of 1:27:44.

Moving further west, and while Sam may not be going to Mayo this year, Clonliffe Harriers were happy to bring their winning ways to the very scenic Achill Island.  The Achill Half Marathon, despite the hills, has become one of the must do races in racing calendar.  Gary O’Hanlon led the athletes home in a time of 70mins 45sec.  Motivated by Gary’s pace, the Andrews-Dowling’s, who were celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary, went into the race with the goal of running side by side and to enjoy all the sights the course offers. However, as the Dynamic Duo passed the 5-mile point, they were informed that Aisling was in the prizes.  It was over to Marky Mark to come up with a game plan and he expertly pace Aisling for the remaining 8 miles.  The couple took to the hills like mountain goats and the crowd cheered Aisling across the line as 2nd lady home in a new PB time of 1:34:30. To quote Aisling “Mark comes in handy and thank God I got my hair done for the photos”.  The happy couple, who are always on hand to motivate everyone to achieve their personal best, were delighted to cheer home Caroline ‘Visor Model’ Hynes (2:03:33) and Katie ‘Golden Boot’ Hennigan (2:04:54) as both ladies crossed the finish line smiling as always.

Don’t forget, the 2018 Clonolympics takes place on the 10th August. Check out the poster and entry form which are on the notice board in the club entrance.

Congratulations to everyone who ran this week and keep digging in.

No training Morton Stadium on Sunday except..

Please note that as Morton Stadium is the venue for Round 2 of the National League there is no Clonliffe training there on Sunday morning. Gerry Carr’s group will meet for training as usual at Clonliffe side 11.00am.

Efrem bags club 1500 title

The latest round of the grand Prix included the Cloniffe Club 1500 Championships in Morton Stadium tonight. No need to say it, but will anyway, it was the usual warm dry evening in Santry!

Again with the number of athletes running some 4 races were required. The women`s club champion came from race 3 Alannah Cooley, making it a middle distance double having won the 800 2 weeks ago, running a time of 4.57. 2nd and 3rd had come from the previous race as Aoife Hession 2nd (5.13) held off Aisling Andrews 3rd (5.14) who had just managed to relegate Alan Fitzsimons to 4th.

The final race of the evening was the men`s championship where Efrem Gidey tore the field apart with a 58 second opening lap, and then eased off to win in 4.05, with Craig Giles 2nd 4.08 and Greg Hossenny 3rd 4.09.

Morton Games launched today

Morton Games, Dublin City’s only international track and field Meet, was launched in central Dublin today by the Deputy Mayor of Fingal Councillor Grainne Maguire, Minister Brendan Griffin, TD and Mr. Hamish Adams CEO Athletics Ireland.

Irish international athletes Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) and Siofra Clerigh-Buttner (DSD) also kindly attended the launch. Both athletes will compete in July 19th’s big international Meet at the Morton Stadium, Santry.

Speaking at the launch Minister Griffin said: “This year’s Morton Games promises to be another wonderful night of athletics and a fantastic opportunity for the Irish public to see some top class athletes in action. It is also a great chance for our athletes to test themselves against international opposition in preparation for the European Athletics Championships which take place in Berlin in August.

I wold like to congratulate everyone involved in organising this prestigious event on the Irish sporting calendar and I hope everyone has an exciting and enjoyable evening.”

Morton Games now in its eighth year as an annual international track and field Meet will feature Ireland’s top athletes, in addition to Brian Gregan and Siofra Clerigh-Buttner the Meet will feature Ireland’s fastest woman Phil Healy, Sean Tobin in the Morton Mile, John Travers and Stephen Scullion in the 5000.

Confirmed international athletes participating in the Meet include 2016 world indoor 800 champion Boris Berian (USA), Crystal Emmanuel (CAN), a two time Olympian and finalist in both the 2017 world championships and Diamond League. Olympic high jump finalist Alyx Treasure (CAN) and Ryan Gregson (AUS) a 2016 Olympic 1500 finalist.

The Meet will feature athletes from over thirty countries, from all five continents with in excess of 100 international athletes competing including approximately 20 Olympians.

Morton Games on Thursday July 19th commences with a pre programme at 6.30 p.m. and the international athletics then commencing at 7.30 p.m. (see www.mortongames.ie)

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July 4th`s Graded Meet

Declan Power Reports:  Conditions were balmy, but made a bit difficult due to smoke drifting from nearby gorse fire near the M1/Santry roundabout !
Snezana Bechtina 100m A  4th  13:14
Rolus Olusa 100m B  3rd  11:47
Israel Ibeanu   100m B  6th 11:99
Thomas Moran 100m B  9th 12:29
Shaun Conaghan 800m A 2:05:29
Daniel Stone 800m B.1 2nd 2:05:60
Ciaran Bolger 800m B.2 1st 2:01:45
Eoghan Murphy 800m C.1 1st  2:12:89
Declan Power  5000m A  9th 15:54:53
Thomas Sherlock 5000m A 13th 16:25:44

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