Archive for June, 2012

Gregan finishes 6th best in European 400

Clonliffe`s Brian Gregan has just finished in 6th place in the European 400m Championship in Helsinki. After two blistering runs in two days, a PB and Olympic B standard of 45.63 on Wendesday, followed by a career 2nd best run of 45.76 in yesterday`s semi it was always going to be difficult to replicate that speed today. Gregan did as we all knew he would give it his best. His cause wasn`t helped when the athlete in the lane next pulled up at the start leaving Gregan chasing a bigger stagger in lane 7 and with Pavel Maslak (CZE) on his inside flying he was really up against it. As he hit the straight at 300 the European U/23 silver medalist was in bronze a position, he held out until the races in his legs caught up and as he tied up he was run out of that medal to finish 6th in 46.04. It was a very brave effort by the big man and a wonderful championship by him. Well done Brian!

Next up in Mark Kenneally in tomorrow`s 10,000 with Brian hopefully recovered for the 4 X 400.

Race 7 of the grand prix series, 800m results

The 7th race in the Grand Prix series (800 metres), took place last Tuesday, 24th June on the track in Santry, thankfully the weather behaved and the races went off, in a pleasant mild summer’s evening. Another large number of athletes turned out to compete with considerable numbers from the junior members of the club, some running their first race.

There were 6 races in total with many good battles fought, and some bragging rights earned. There were some very good performances on the night, including a strong purposeful run from Rachel Dowling and Cathal Doyle at the age of 15 running 2.09.

The winner in the Grand prix was Ray Dunne, followed in second by Emma Dunne and in joint third place Dermot Kelly and Collette McKenny. Fastest man on the night was Niall Sherlock, running a 60 second final lap. Fastest Lady was Louise Reilly

Ray Dunne’s win has has moved him to the top of the overall leaderboard, followed by Ger Kirwan and then Emma Dunne. Note that only 8 races of the 12 count, so plenty of time to score points, if you run all 12 races, your 4 worst scoring performances are excluded. Darren Reilly still has a lead in the fastest athlete competition, with Ernie Ramsey second and Niall Sherlock third.

Thanks to all the officials on the night, and to the Grand Prix committee for sponsoring the prizes. The next race is Thursday 12th July, 1500m on the track in Santry again at 8.00. The presentation will take place in the bar afterwards.


To view the results of the 7th race in the Grand Prix Series please click on the link below:

Race 7 Results – Grand Prix Series

Brian Gregan into European 400 final

Brian Gregan today finished second in the European 400 semi final in another excellent sub 46 seconds 45.76 recording the 3rd fastest time to qualify for tomorrow`s final.  A simply surperb performance. Tomorrow`s final takes place at 9.25pm  local time. Best of luck to Brian from all in Santry.

International call up for Clonliffe`s Megan Coomber

Young Clonliffe long jumper and sprinter Megan Coomber`s excellent form has been recognized and she has received her first International call up. Megan has been in brilliant form these last few weeks, having taken bronze in the All Ireland Schools long jump, jump a massive PB in the Dublin`s of 5.58m and won silver at last weekend`s Tailteann Games.

Super Gregan flies into Euro 400 semi

Brian Gregan was superb in this morning European 400m championship heats winning his heat in a blistering new PB of 45.63. This is not only a new club record, and inside the Olympic B standard, but he becomes the third fastest Irishman ever over 400.  Not only all  that but Gregan was the fastest qualifier for tomorrow`s semi final!

Minister Ring announces Morton Pre-Olympic Games

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD and the Mayor of Fingal Cian O’Callaghan have today announced details of the Morton Pre-Games International Track and Field Meet, taking place this July. The Morton Pre-Games International Track and Field event is Dublin’s only International Track and Field Athletics Meeting in 2012.  It will take place in the Morton Stadium Santry, Co. Dublin on Wednesday 25 July.

This announcement follows the recent news that Athletics Ireland’s bid to host the European Team Track and Field Championship first league in 2013 has been successful.

Minister Ring and Mayor O’Callaghan were joined by international Irish athlete Mark Kenneally, who this Thursday travels to Helsinki to take part in the European 10,000 metres, before representing Ireland in the Men’s Marathon at the London Olympics on August 12th.

Minister Ring said: ‘The event will be the premier track and field meet in Dublin this year and will provide a great opportunity for the Irish public to see some of our Olympians and Paralympians in action. It’s also an excellent send-off for everyone competing at the London Games. We can all take a sense of honour and pride from the achievements of our elite athletes. The hard work, commitment and dedication behind their success serves to inspire, encourage and raise our spirits. I wish all the participants at the Morton Pre-Games the very best of luck in their efforts.  I am sure everyone involved will enjoy the event and for those who travel here for the event, I hope they enjoy a very happy Irish experience and a céad mile failte’.
Cian O’Callaghan, Mayor of Fingal said: “As Mayor of Fingal County Council I would like to strongly welcome the hosting of the Morton Pre- Olympic Games. There is a proud history of field and track games at Morton Stadium and I am delighted that Fingal County Council has been able to support the hosting of this prestigious international sporting event. After the successful visit of the Olympic Flame to Ireland, and its arrival in my hometown of Howth, it is entirely appropriate that this event is taking place in Fingal. Events like this have numerous benefits including the promotion of Ireland on the world stage.  In particular I would like to commend the volunteers of Clonliffe Harriers and the Director of the Morton Meet, Noel Guiden for their outstanding work in organising this international event.”

Director of the Morton Meet, Noel Guiden said: “Over the years the Morton mile has continued to attract the world`s best middle distance athletes, names such as John Walker, Steve Scott, Steve Ovett, Eamonn Coghlan, Frank O`Mara, Marcus O`Sullivan, Ray Flynn and Niall Bruton. Whilst in modern times finances simply dictate against attracting Olympic and World Champions the Morton Mile has consistently attracted truly wonderful athletes, the most recent winners were Will Leer (USA) in 2010 and last year Jordan McNamara (USA) who proved to be one of the most charismatic milers ever to entertain a Morton Stadium crowd. The Morton Mile on July 25th will be equally exciting and entertaining.”

The Morton Pre-Games is expected to attract upwards of 150 athletes for a full programme of track and field.  In addition to the Morton Mile, events include men and women’s 100m, men’s 400m hurdles, top class 800m races for men and women, the Albie Thomas 3,000m, pole vault, long jump and more. The event organisers have already received expressions of interest to take part from athletes from countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Latvia, Jamaica, the UK as well as Ireland.

Last year’s feature Morton Mile resulted in seven athletes running the mile under the four minute barrier, led by US athlete Jordan McNamara and including Cork’s Ciaran O’Lionaird who went sub-four for the first time. Ciaran O’Lionaird will compete for Ireland in this year’s London Olympics in the 1500m.

For more details see

Gold, Silver & Bronze at National Juniors & U23’s

The Woodies DIY National Junior and U/23 Track and Field took place in Tullamore today in conditions that ranged from t shirt sunshine to umbrellas and rain jackets, a typical Irish Summer`s day in other words. Overall it was a very successful day for Clonliffe with the club`s athletes taking 3 junior medals, all silver, and 6 U/23: 2 gold and 4 bronze. Starting off with the Junior Championships Ryan Cleary set a new PB in the 5,000 walk of 24.52.60 in finishing second. Ian Guiden was a fraction off his PB in taking silver in the 5,000m and Ryan Whelan threw 49.78 for Javelin silver. In the 400H Elaine Begley was some way off her best finishing 6th (66.08). Simon Galligan was 5th in the hammer (50.73).

On then to the U/23`s where Jayme Rossiter had a noteable win in the 3,000sc adding this title to his National Intermediate Cross Country. Jayme running 9.22.47, well clear of second. Gold also for the ever improving Lorna Begley in the 1500 taking the National title in 4.48.05. Orna McGinley had a very good run in the 800m placing 3rd (2.20.32). Mark McDonald was just out of the medals 4th in the 1500 in 3.58.91. Andrew Jenkinson put his recent injury woes behind him to take bronze in the 400m (51.81). Leah Moore took 100 and 200 bronze, 12.14 and 24.79 . Stuart Roche qualified for the 200 final, however, DNS.

Meanwhile Gary O`Hanlon continues to burn up the roads. Gary`s latest was on the roads of Dunshaughlin last night where he won the Michael Manning Memorial 10k in 31:27. Tom Frayne was 45th in 36.37. Sunday and Gary`s in Wexford for the stradberry Half Marathon. A second place finish in 74:22. Other Clonliffe , 3rd Ronan Hartnett 77:16, 6th Eoin Murray in a superb PB 79:36, 12th Mark Bermingham 82:13, 16th Jeremy Chapman 85:05, 21st Ger Kirwan 87:19.

Megan wins silver at Tailteann Games a cm off gold

Young Clonliffe long jumper Megan Coomber finished runner up taking silver at the Tailteann Games in the Morton Stadium today with a best jump of 5.31m into a strong head wind. Megan`s jump was a mere cm off the winning jump. The previous week Megan won the Dublin Community Games U/16 100 title while on Saturday last her training partner Seanna Reilly was 4th in the Leinster junior 200m in a new PB of 26.12.

Clonliffe girls take relay silver yet again

Well done to our U/16 girls who brought home silver for the second successive week from the Dublin Juvenile Relays. The team of Kate Hession, Sally Aherne, who ran a blistering second leg, Laura Tuite and Stephanie McCaul finished 2nd in tonight`s 4 x 100 in Tallaght adding to their 4 x 300 silver from last week. A great performance from an essencially middle distance group of athletes. The rest of the black and amber teams ran very well and were all most unlucky, the U/12 girls, U/14 girls and U/14 boys all finishing in 4th!

Places in Albie Thomas 3000m at Morton Games

With a little over thirty days to go to the Morton Pre-Games on July 25th the Morton Games have issued an invitation to athletes to take up the offer for places in the Albie Thomas Men’s 3000m. The race is named in honour of Albie Thomas who in 1958 set two world records in Santry Stadium, a world three mile and world two mile record. Last years Albie Thomas 3000 metres was an excellent race which went right to the wire and was won by Michael Mulhare (North Laois) in 8.02.08 from Raheny’s David Rooney (8.02.59) with Brendan O’Neill (DSD, 3rd in 8.03.63).

 It is expected that the 2012 race will be of equal quality. There is prize money available for the first three athletes in the race: 1st €250.00, 2nd €150.00, 3rd €100.00 and in addition a time bonus of €100.00 will be paid to the winner of the race if the race is won in a time of sub eight minutes. If you would like to be considered for a position on the start line in this prestigious race please email with your name, club, PB and SB.

Places are also currently available in the men’s junior mile. Any junior man who would like to take part in the race is invited to submit their application Prize money in the junior men’s mile is 1st €100.00, 2nd €75.00, 3rd €50.00, 4th €25.00.

Further details of the Morton Games are available on the dedicated event website


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