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Morton Games 2012 in pictures and video

Morton Games 2012: you`ve cheered on the athletes at the Meet, you`ve seen the excellent Setanta TV highlights. To revisit what was an outstanding night`s International athletics in Santry through video with Flotrack and to view  the great photographs by Eamonn Smyth of the meet in the event web site Gallery go to .

First National title for Ian Guiden in Tullamore

There was success for Clonliffe athletes at today`s Nationals in Tullamore. Ian Guiden won a first national title running a fine race in the 1500. After an opening laps of 69 seconds he took up the running winding up the pace and put in a killer 61 second third lap to open a substancial gap to win in 4.08.6. A great race also by Rosin Leahy also in the U/19 1500 to take silver in a new pb of 4.56. Silver also from Ryan Cleary in the U/18 race walk.

In the U/18 1500 Liam Ashton was 8th (4.16.49) with John Buckley 13th (4.32.22). Cathal Doyle was 8th in the U/16 1500 running a time of 4.32.22. David O`Hanlon was 7th in the U/15 race in 4.37.57 and Joseph Hession was 14th in the U/14s in 4.56.28.

Hannah McLoughlin was 5th in the U/18 javelin with a throw of 21.87. In the 200m Seanna Reilly qualfied for the U/17 200m final where she placed 8th, Leah Moore in the U/19`s also successfully made it to the final placing 7th. This was a good showing by both girls coming down in distance from their usual 400.

Declan Power wins club 5,000m Championship & Grand Prix results

The club championship 5k took place on the track last night, with the track and stadium in great condition following Wednesday nights very successful Morton pre games. With the permission of the club captain, the club championship also doubled as round 9 of the Grand Prix series which was kindly sponsored by Colm Doran.

Thankfully the weather behaved and the race took place on a very pleasant mild summer’s evening, if not a little humid. Another large number of athletes turned out to compete with guests from our neighbouring clubs Raheny and Portmarnock also taking part. Congratulations to Declan Power and Fiona Hayes who are the Men’s and Ladies club champions for 2012. Declan won the men’s race in a time of 16.03 followed by Ernie Ramsey and Darren Reilly with Fiona winning the ladies title.

It was a great night for the Ladies in the Grand Prix, adding to her success as the Ladies club champion, the Grand Prix was also won by Fiona Hayes. Fiona’s rate of improvement has caught the handicapper on the hop, having finished second in the 5 mile, her predicted times were adjusted accordingly. Nonetheless, the hard work in training under coach Maurice Ahern is obviously paying off as she came in 52 seconds ahead of her predicted time. Congratulations to Fiona on a very successful nights running. Fiona was followed in second by Mary Purdue-Smyth and Rachel Wisdom in third.

There are 3 races left to score points in the competition with your best 8 races of the 12 counting.,

Thanks to all the officials on the night, and to Colm Doran for sponsoring the prizes. Thanks also to Caroline Tuite who once again provided the refreshments. The next race is Tuesday 4th September, the Pat Bonass sponsored 10k on the track in Santry again at 8.00

Full results :

1 Declan Power (guest) 0:16:03

2 Ernie Ramsey 0:16:33

3 Darren Reilly 0:16:59

4 Gerard Kirwan 0:17:03

5 Thomas Sherlock 0:17:07

6 Jonathan Bradley (guest) 0:17:11

7 Eoin Murray 0:17:15

8 Brendan O’Brien (guest) 0:17:23

9 Sean Doran 0:17:32

10 Joe Phipps 0:17:35

11 Desie Shorten 0:17:57

12 Fergus Keenan 0:17:58

13 Richard Case 0:17:59

14 Raymond Dunne 0:18:04

15 Dermot Kelly 0:18:11

16 Philip Matthews (guest) 0:18:13

17 Michael McSwiggan (guest) 0:18:43

18 Ivan Eustace 0:18:45

19 Brian o’Sullivan (guest) 0:18:46

20 Shane Casey 0:18:52

21 Brendan Donnelly jnr 0:18:53

22 Maurice McCrohan 0:18:59

23 Brian Quigley (guest) 0:19:02

24 Tom Monks (guest) 0:19:03

25 Alan Worrall 0:19:09

26 Sean Honan (guest) 0:19:10

27 John Curley (Guest) 0:19:24

28 John Frier (guest) 0:19:42

29 Declan Murray 0:19:52

30 Rachel Wisdom 0:20:04

31 Liam Hennessy 0:20:11

32 Jim Keogh (guest) 0:20:13

33 Richie Barr 0:20:24

34 Paul Carolan 0:20:27

35 Colm McDonnell (guest) 0:20:46

36 Pat Healy 0:20:52

37 Pat O’Rourke 0:21:02

38 Pat Devitt 0:21:25

39 Christine MacKenzie (guest) 0:21:29

40 Terry Mee 0:21:41

41 Noel Daly 0:21:57

42 Dave Brady 0:22:26

43 Mary Purdue-Smyth 0:23:01

44 Richard Connolly 0:23:31

45 Padraig Murray 0:24:31

46 Fiona Hayes 0:24:36



Thrilling night’s athletics at last night’s Morton Games

Dublin was treated to one of the best athletics Meets in more than a decade at last night’s Morton Games. The Meet was held in ideal conditions on a warm July evening. An expectant crowd began to gather early in the evening and by the time Amhrán na bhFiann was played at 7.15 the crowd had swelled to an estimated 3000. The attendance included the Mayor of Fingal Cian O’Callaghan, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar, Junior Minister for Sport Michael Ring and completely unannounced An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The Pre-Programme produced some fine racing, in the IMC 800 metre D & C races Kevin Maunsell (Clonmel A.C.) ran sub 2 recording a time of 1.58.22 ahead of John Collins (Skibbereen A.C.) and Sam Miller (Ballymena and Antrim A.C.). The C 800 metre race produced a home winner as Andrew Jenkinson (Clonliffe) produced a welcome comeback to form after early season injury to record a time of 1.55.49 ahead of Denis Coughlan (St. Finbarr’s A.C.) and Richard Owens (UCD A.C.).

In the Junior Men’s Mile Clonliffe’s Aaron Hanlon drove on at a relentless pace to win in a PB of 4.16.32 ahead of clubmate Ian Guiden also running a PB of 4.23.52 with Danny Lawlor (St. Abbans A.C.) 3rd in 4.26.09.

The Men’s 400 metres H got the international programme underway at 7.20. Pre race favourite Nathan Woodward (GBR) justified his favourite tag as he recorded an excellent win in a time of 49.49, birthday boy Thomas Barr was 2nd in 50.45 with Richard Yeats (GBR) 3rd in 50.99.

Amy Foster successfully defended her title winning the 100 metres in a fast 11.51 from Kelly Proper 11.61 and Celia Walters (JAM) 11.67. The Men’s 100 was a scorcer. Jamaican visitor Kenroy Anderson tore down the Morton Stadium track to win in a time of 10.26, in the heats an hour earlier Anderson had recorded a time of 10.29. Olympic bound Barakat Al-Harti (OMA) was 2nd in 10.36 with Ireland’s Steven Colvert 3rd in 10.57.

At this stage of the evening one of the most exciting races on the programme commenced – the Albie Thomas Men’s 3000 which was paced to try and deliver a stadium record. Eamonn Coghlan’s mark from August 1987 standing at 7.56.73. With three laps to go the US trio of Elliot Heath, Ben True and Bobby Curtis had opened a gap and drove on with relentless pace. True hit the front and with a scorching final lap of some 55 seconds demolished the stadium record running a time of 7.44.40 with Heath 2nd 7.43.26 and Bobby Curtis also dipping under the existing mark recording a time of 7.54.25.

On then to the Women’s 800s where the field was split in two equal races. These were eagerly awaited featuring world class athletes. Race 1 was as expected an excellent race with Gabrielle Anderson (USA) crossing the line first in a fast 2.02.99 from Olympic bound Jessica Smith (CAN) 2nd 2.03.51 and in an excellent run national champion Siobhan Eviston (Raheny Shamrock) was 3rd in 2.03.99.

Race 2 was even faster as Melissa Bishop (CAN) wound up her Olympic preparations with a win in a time of 2.01.80 from Gemma Simpson (GBR) 2.02.61 and Diane Cummins (CAN) 2.03.06.

The Men’s 400 brought one of the biggest cheers of the night when Brian Gregan running on his home patch recorded one of his fastest ever runs winning in a time of 45.61, Ahmed Al-Mirjabi (OMA) was 2nd 46.55 and national champion Brian Murphy 3rd 46.63. Nick Symmonds (USA) ran his first ever 400 (sans blocks) recording a time of 47.45

The IMC 800 B race produced another home win as Kris Valters (Clonliffe) made a very welcome return back to form running his fastest time of the year of 1.51.40 to take a very popular win ahead of Gareth Hill (Ballymena and Antrim) 1.51.84 and Billy Ryan (Ferrybank) 1.52.57. The A race was a cracker, world 1500m bronze medallist Matt Centrowitz sitting nicely in 3rd place and then blasting down the home straight to take the win in a time of 1.47.72 ahead of one of the future stars of athletics Charlie Grice (GRB)? 1.48.06 and Kyle Smith (CAN) 3rd 1.49.06.

Next up in an action packed programme was the Women’s Mile which featured six Olympians. Nicole Schappert (USA) was the surprise of the race taking an excellent win in 4.30.65 from 1500 metre Olympian Zoe Buckman (AUS) 4.30.86, Schappert just catching Buckman on the line. Another Olympic bound Aussie Gen Lacaze was 3rd 4.32.16 from two other Olympic bound athletes Tereze Capkova (CZE) 4.32.69 and Emma Coburn (USA) 4.33.24. Every athlete in this race running inside the 1968 Stadium Record.

The final track race of the night was the Mortin Mile. In an extraordinary race there were a dozen athletes in contention coming off the final bend. In the dive for the line the proverbial blanket covered the first half dozen. 2010 Morton Mile winner Will Leer was the declared (eventually) winner in a time of 3.56.39 from David Torrence (USA) 100th of a second behind 3.56.4 and Ryan Gregson (AUS) a further 500ths behind 3.56.47, Craig Miller another 400ths behind 3.56.49, Ryan Hill (USA) 3.56.78 and Ciaran O’Lionaird 3.57.02.

The field events also produced some terrific competition. In an excellent pole vault Swedish visitor Per Drageryds won with a best of 4.85, Clonliffe’s David Donegan was 2nd 4.68 with Ian Rogers (Clonliffe) 3rd 4.53. Zoe Browne was 7th in the mixed competition with a best of 4.03.

The Men’s Discus was won by Jamie Williamson (GBR) 52.34 from Thomas Rauktys (LIT/Clonliffe) 49.95 and Sean Breathnach 3rd 46.36. Kelly Proper won the long jump competition, successfully defending her title from 2011, with a fine 6.35 from Janae Genette (USA) 6.18 with Mary McCloone 3rd 5.92.

Full results of 2012 Morton Games – go to  events and drop down to “Start Lists and Results”.

The big day is here! Tonight 7.15pm Santry, Dublin

After months and months of planning the big day has arrived. The Dublin public will at  Morton Games, Morton Stadium, Santry have a once in a life opportunity to see 16 Olympians compete on their door step: Zoe Buckman (AUS), Eloise Wellings (AUS), Gen Lacaze (AUS), Ryan Gregson (AUS), Lucy Van Dalen (NZL), Melissa Bishop (CAN), Jessica Smith (CAN), Emma Coburn (USA) Shalaya Kipp (USA), Nick Symmonds (USA) Matt Centrowitz (USA), Mohamed Hamada (EGY), Baraket Al-Harthi (OMA), Ahmed Al-Mirjabi (OMA), Tereza Capkova CZE)Ciaran O`Lionaird (IRL). 60 plus athletes representing 18 different countries take part in tonight`s International track and field. The Dublin weather forecast is good: this afternoon clear with sunshine, slight risk of a shower, this evening: clear with cloudy periods, temp: 16 degrees. Admission to the Morton Games is €5.00 individuals, €10. for families, children U/16 admission is free. It is simply the best value in town! See event web site for more.

Men and Women`s teams through to league final

Both squads have successfully made it through from Sunday`s round in Morton Stadium to the National League final on August 19th. The men after a tight battle just edged out Crusaders and North Down: 124pts, 123 pts and 112pts. There were valueable wins from Tomas Rauktys, Dave Fitzmaurice, Dave Flynn, Kris Valters, Marcin Klinkzow and young Ryan Cleary. Details on women`s performances not to hand but word on the street is that they too will be in Tullamore next month.


Olympians and internationals arrive in Santry

Santry began welcoming the World`s best athletes as they began arriving in Dublin yesterday afternoon in advance of tomorrow`s Morton Pre Games. The athletes who have visited the stadium have given the tumbs up to the Morton Stadium and it`s Mondo track. The distance runners have also been very impressed with the facilities for running in Santry Demesne Park. The early arrivals included Canadian Olympians Melissa Bishop and Jessica Smith, USA Olympians Emma Coburn, Shalaya Kipp and their renouned coach Mark Wetmore, Matt Centrowitz, David Torrence (USA) who goes in the Morton Mile, Ben True (USA) who`ll be the man to beat in the Albie Thomas 3,000 and sprinter/long jumper Janae Gennette (USA).  Overall there will be over 60 overseas athletes from USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Oman, Egypt, Sweeden, the UK, Germany, Bahamas, Jamaica, Canada, Liberia, Vietnam, Czech Republic and Kenya making this the biggest and best international field assembled for a track and field meet in Dublin in decades. The International program gets underway at 7.15 with the pre programme from 4.30pm. Admission to the Morton Games is a mere €5.00 for individuals or €10. for the whole family. For updates on latest news, timetable and start lists see

MacDiarmada wins inaugural Fingal 10k in Swords

For the first time in history the Dublin Race series ventured beyond the walls of the Phoenix Park heading to County Fingal, North County Dublin and the town of Swords for this morning`s Fingal 10k. It was an outstanding success under the stewardship of Clonliffe`s Tom Griffin as some 4,200 took to the roads. A dry day but a strong breeze tested the athletes along with a number of challenging hills it would be a tough race. In the early stages the leading half a dozen included Clonliffe duo Michael Mac Diarmada and Gary O`Hanlon, at 5k it was down to the Clonliffe pair and as Gary hit a little bit of a rough spot MacDiarmada struck to drive on for a fine win in 31.31 some ten seconds clear. A very good performance by Michael MacDiarmada after a peroid of injury in his come back race as he builds towards the National Half Marathon.

Other good Clonliffe performances included a really good race from Declan Power 10th overall in 33.39 and 1st O/40. Ailish Malone was 3rd woman and 46th overall in 36.43. Others: Ernie Ramsey 20th (34.51), Chris Muldoone 35.17, Darren Reilly 36.55, Conor Keane 36.57, Tom Frayne 36.57, Hans De Raeymaeker 39.26, Richie Case 39.35, Maurice McCrohan 40.11, Declan Murray 40.56. Full results are on

World bronze medalist Centro signs up for 800!

Update from :The Morton Games is delighted to confirm that the current World 1500m bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz is coming to Santry. Centro will run in the IMC 800 in Wednesday night`s meet as his final race before travelling  to London where he will contest the Olympic 1500. The Eugene, Oregon star is the son of two time US Olympian Matt Centrowitz, he was the 2011 US 1500m champion,  and came to international promance with that 3rd place world championship in Daegu last year. At this year`s World Indoor 1500 he placed 7th in the final and boasts pbs in the 1500 of 3.36.08 , mile of 3.53.92 and 800 of 1.48.42.

Mark Kenneally`s latest RTE blog before he heads to Olympic Games

Mark Kenneally heads to London early next week. His last blog before the Olympics was published on on July 20th and reads: “Nearly there: less than four weeks to go now until the Olympic marathon. Since I last blogged I’ve had a pretty busy time training, competing and dealing with all the madness that surrounds the Olympics. I had completely forgotten how much hype there is.

Competing in a minority sport, and having never been to an Olympics before, means that doing interviews and photo shoots were fairly alien to me.

Over the last six weeks there were times when I felt barely a day went by without doing one. I’ve tried to enjoy it as much as possible, I’m well aware that the Olympics may be – although hopefully not – a once in a lifetime experience and I didn’t want to shut myself away from it.

I know some athletes completely stay away from it, but that’s not really my nature. I don’t mind doing those things, to be honest it creates a little bit of excitement for me, and distracts from the grind of training. At this point, though, I head off to camp next week, and in there I will be solely focused on the training and the race at hand.

This last period has been the heaviest block of training for me. It’s been high miles, long workouts and plenty of feeling tired.

I’ve backed off from work quite a bit, I’ve probably only done 8-10 hours/week over the last month, just because I’ve been tired a lot from what is my most consistent, and best marathon build up to date.

I’ve done a lot of work around marathon pace, making it feel as comfortable as possible, but we try to do that work on tired legs to replicate what it’s going to feel like over the closing miles.

This means either runs of 12-16 miles at marathon pace or slightly faster, or else finishing long runs of 22-25 miles fast. This deadens the legs quite a bit, as I found out over in Helsinki at the European Championships.

We had decided to do this race because the date fell nicely in the training block, and also having run a good 10,000m at the end of May I was hopeful I could improve again.

Unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way. What I found out is that big miles and long sessions make you very good at maintaining fast paces for a long time, but it doesn’t prepare you for a track race where a Kenyan running for Turkey is surging and slowing over and over.

My performance was ok, I think I could have run faster in a steadier paced race. but I can’t control other people so I just tried to take the fact that I felt strong and ran pretty even splits as positive signs for my marathon, and moved on.

Next time I run a 10,000m in a championship, though, I’ll have prepared specifically for it. Frustrated wasn’t the word.

Since Helsinki I’ve put together another good block of training, including a 25km race simulation, practicing drinks and pacing, under the supervision of Caroline McManus, physiologist from the Institute of Sport, all of which has gone well, and which suggests that my race plan is grounded in some sense. There was some drama, however, during the 25km.

I was doing it on a 4.5km loop in the Phoenix Park, one which I’m very familiar with and usually enjoy.

On the last lap, within a km of finishing, I came around a corner and started onto a straight piece of road when a car that was coming toward me sort of came to a stop very near the edge of the road leaving me no room to go anywhere.

I managed to slip on the grass verge and came down giving my head a bit of a slap off the ground.

I immediately jumped up and was on my way to finishing my workout, despite the calls of the driver and passenger of the car letting me know I had a bump on my head.

Sorry to them if I seemed a bit grumpy, but I needed to get my training finished.

Anyway, it must have looked pretty bad to Caroline when I finished, my white t-shirt covered in blood and a bump and bloodstains on my head.

I ended up with a couple of stitches, but no major problems, not even a headache. The benefit of having a hard head.

I will spend most of the next few weeks in a holding camp in London, waiting for my event on the last day.

I’m only going into the Village around the opening ceremony for two days and then the night before my race. All the rest of the time I’ll be in camp, putting the finishing touches on preparation.

There’s not too much I can do now to get any fitter, the main thing is not to do anything stupid, and to stay healthy.

Hard to believe that it’ll all be over in four weeks’ time, but I have my honeymoon to look forward to a week later, so that’s a nice soft step back into reality.

I can’t sign off without mentioning the London Calling documentary.

I’ve got loads of grief from friends about it, mostly good-natured, and I’d just like to mention that most people don’t ever get to see themselves dancing while a bit the worse for wear, and it’s a very sobering sight.

The MC Hammer-esque moves you imagine in your head are much more Vanilla Ice.

I’ll leave things there for now. I’ll be doing one more update after the Olympics so until then, good luck.”




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