Archive for July, 2006

Cronjie wins Morton Mile

Jul 31, 2006 [N. Guiden ] The 2006 Morton Mile was held in the Morton Stadium, Santry as the feature event of the Woodies Dublin International Games on Saturday, July 29th. There was a top class field including the winner of last years race, Youcef Abdie of Austrailia, Ireland’s Colin Costello, South Africa’s Johan Cronjie and Anthony Famiglietti, Steve Slattery and Luke Watson from the U.S.

Unfortunately, however, by the time the Morton Mile started, the weather had turned somewhat and there was a very strong wind blowing into the athletes faces down the home straight. As the gun went for the start there seemed to a reluctance from the Athletes to take the pace out and the first lap was covered in a very pedestrian, by international standards, 64 seconds, the prospects of a sub four minute mile looked extremely remote at this early stage. As they headed into the second lap Famiglietti took up the pace and drove the field on steadily winding things up as the field was strung out. Famiglietti remained in the lead as they hit the 200 metre mark, however, he was overhauled in a tremendous finish as pre-race favourite Cronjie took the victory in a time of 4:00.79 with Youcef Abdie finishing second (4:01.4) and Famiglietti relegated to third in a time of 4:01.91. Fastest Irishman was Colin Costello who placed tenth in a time of 4:10.69. Gary O’Hanlon won the Clonliffe battle in a time of 4:15.65 from Colm Rooney in a time of 4:17.69.

The full result of the 2006 Morton Mile sponsored by Commercial Hygiene Services 2006 was:

1. J. Cronjie (South Africa) 4:00.79

2. Y. Abdie (Austrailia) 4:01.4

3. A. Famiglietti (USA) 4:01.91

4. G. Robinson (USA) 4:04.2

5. C. Morris (England) 4:04.74

6. L. Watson (USA) 4:05.04

7. T. Morgan (USA) 4:05.7

8. J. Thie (Wales) 4:06.17

9. S. Slattery (USA) 4:07.68

10. C. Costello (Star of the Sea A.C.) 4:10.69

11. G. Murray (St. Malachi’s) 4:11.09

12. G. O’Hanlon (Clonliffe) 4:15.65

13. C. Rooney (Clonliffe) 4:17.69

14. M. Conroy (Sligo A.C) 4:18.88

The presentation was made on track by the presentation party of club president Paddy Marley, Noel Daly, Club Treasurer and Director of Commercial Hygiene Services, his son Conor and Billie Morton, the great Billy Morton’s daughter.

In the international 100 metres, Danny Kavanagh placed 7th in a time of 11.77 whilst in the B race John Laffey ran a time of 11.48 to take victory in that race. John Laffey also lined up in the International 200 metres where he placed 8th in a time of 22.68.

In the 800 metres International Conor Healy was fifth in a time of 1:55.77 and in the final race of the day, the 3000 metres development race, Clonliffe had two youngsters who both ran well, David Flynn recording a time of 9:13.89 with David Fitzmaurice just behind him in a time of 9:14.81.

Unfortunately there was only one entrant in the discus competition, Clonliffe’s Christophe Enjolras who had the best throw of 38.45m.

Full results of the AAI Dublin International games can be found on

Meanwhile Alistair Cragg continued his build-up to the European Championships by running the 1500 metres in the London Grand Prix which took place in Crystal Palace on Friday night. Cragg was well in contention as the leaders took the bell, indeed he had followed the early pacemaker covering the first two laps in sub 60 a lap pace, however, at the bell he was relegated to third and ultimately finished the race in 7th place in a time of 3:41.64.

David Donegan takes National title

Jul 24, 2006 [Noel Guiden] A most enjoyable National Senior Track & Field Championships took place over the course of the weekend. Sunday the 23rd of July seen an epic battle in the Pole Vault competition between Clonliffe club mates David Donnegan and Anthony McCreery, with David Donnegan ultimately prevailing to take the national title with a vault of 4.60M from Anthony McCreery with a vault of 4.40M.

There was a bit of a shock in the Men’s 1500M final when Clonliffe’s pre-race favourite Alistair Cragg was relegated to 2nd place in a terrific final lap battle, with Liam Reale of Limerick AC taking the win in a time of 3:43.26. This was a really good race, Alistair Cragg taking them out with a fast 58 second opening lap, the second lap slowed slightly with the breakaway trio of Reale, Cragg and Colin Costello hitting the 800 mark in just over 2 minutes with a substantial gap to the rest of the field which included Colm Rooney. As lead trio took the bell Reale hit the front with Cragg on his shoulder, but in the final 150 Reale proved the stronger to take his first national title. Cragg was 2nd in a time of 3:44.98.

One of the highlights of Sundays programme was the Men’s 5000M, which included surprise starter James Nolan of UCD, moving up in distance. Again in this race there was an early breakaway of the front three of Mark Fagan (Sligo), Gary Murray (St. Malachys), with Nolan sitting in 3rd place. Nolan then came under some pressure over the final three laps and was dropped and the two leaders ran shoulder to shoulder over the final lap with a terrific sprint finish all down the home straight with Murray taking the victory by a very slim margin in a time of 14:21.

There was also a terrific Men’s 800M final, unfortunately Clonliffe’s Conor Healy had been eliminated in the previous days semi-final, Conor being clearly off form and suffering badly the effects of a flu virus which he had earlier on in the week. The title was taken by Thomas Chamney (Crusaders) 1:48.71 from David Campbell (St. Coca’s) 1:49.2.

David Gillick of DSD ran a PB in the 400M, taking the national title in a time of 45:67.

As expected Deirbhle O’Rourke won the Women’s 100M hurdles. There was a surprise winner of the Women’s 1500M championship in Mary Cullen (North Sligo), after a very brave performance when she took an early lead at roughly 600M to go, adding the title to last years 5,000M title.

In the sprints Paul Brizzel (Ballymena and Antrim), seeking to add the 100M title to the 200M title taken the previous day, was disqualified after a false start. The 100M title being won by Darragh Graham (Sli Cualann).

Joanne Cuddihy (UCD) was a most impressive double champion taking the 200M title with a PB of 23:33 on Saturday and adding the 400M title on Sunday with a championship best of 51:28, also a PB.

The highlight of Saturdays track performance was undoubtedly Vinney Mulvey of Raheny Shamrocks in taking the 10,000M championship in a time of 29:58.35 from Joe McAlister of St. Malachy’s (30:11.06) and evergreen Peter Matthews (DSD) 3rd in a time of 30:15.69.

Medal winners at National Junior and U/23

Jul 5, 2006 [Noel Guiden] News just in that our Under 23`s and Juniors took a number of medals (in addition to the Golds of Ian Rogers and Denise Byrne) back to Santry from the Nationals in Tullamore on July 2nd. In a tie for time in the mens U/23 100m Final Danny Kavanagh took silver in 11.30. John Laffey placed fifth in that final (11.33).

Danny Tobin ran a sub 50 in the 400M final also taking silver in a time of 49.47.

Whilst in the throws Eamonn Byrne took 3 medals back to Santry: silver in the Hammer (37.59m), bronze in the 35lb. distance (8.63m) and bronze again in the Discus (37.34m).

In the Junior C`ships Luke Mangan was second in the Shot Putt (13.6m) and fourth in the Discus.

Conor Healy, also in the Junior c`ships , the 800m was 3rd in a time of 1:55.4.

Clonliffe athletes at Cork City Sports

Jul 3, 2006 [Noel Guiden] At the Cork City Sports on Saturday 1st of July at the Mardyke Alistair Cragg was a surprise entry in the Men’s 1500M, having been entered in the 3000M. Cragg was in contention and indeed was leading at the 3rd lap however, lost ground on the 2 Kenyans to finish 3rd in a time of 3:40.71, behind Laban Rotich 3:39.98 and Paul Korir3:40.46.

In the Irish Milers Club development 800M B race Connor Healy finished 2nd in a time of 1:53.96 behind Rathfarnham’s Eoin Flynn (1:53.62).

In the C race Kevin English was 4th in a time of 2:00.81, the race winner was Dermot McDermott of Sligo A.C. 1:58.07.

At the Rathfarnham 5K Road Race held on the 2nd of July Clonliffe’s Cian McLoughlin was 7th in a time of 15:01, race winner was Joe McAlister of St. Malachy’s 14:17.


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