Archive for July, 2012

Mid week round up: Cork City Sports & Graded

Still playing catch up! Tuesday`s (17th) 61st Cork City Sports saw Brian Gregan finish 3rd in the International 400m in 46.29. Leah Moore was 2nd in section B of the 100m in 12.33.

Wednesday (18th) was the latest in the Dublin Graded Meet held in the Morton Stadium. A great win for young Liam Ashton in the open mile in 4.45.97 with Eoin McCullough 2nd in 4.53.13.  Mark McDonald had a very good run in the 800A finishing 2nd in a fast 1.54.56. Andrew Jennings was 4th (1.57.06). Brian Tobin was 1st in the C race 2.02.15. John Buckley ran 2.10.49 while Philip O`Doherty ran 2.15.19. In the 100m Israel Ibeanu was 6th in 11.91 with Daniel Doran 8th (11.99). Snezana Bechtina finished in 5th in the 100 (13.16). In the throws Caoimhe Morris threw the hammer 36.61m to place 3rd and Simon Galligan threw 54.81 (5kg) while Manuel Calvo Curry threw 50.13 (6kg).

Gold for Aaron Hanlon at National Juveniles

Please forgive belated report, Morton Games business is the excuse. Sunday July 15th was day 2 on the National Juvenile track and field in Tullamore. Another good outing for the black and amber brigade with Aaron Hanlon providing the stand out performance of the day with another fine front running race win. After coming so close to gold in the junior 3,000 in Santry he would not be out done on the day running the legs off the opposition as he won solo in an impressive 8.40.59 a winning margin of almost 39 seconds. John Buckley was 10th in this race in 9.48.7.

Elaine Begley took U/19 400h silver (66.09). There was then a clutch of bronze medals won by the club`s athletes: Seanna was a fine 3rd in the U/17 400m running a new pb of 60.05, Roisin Leahy 3rd in the U/19 800m (2.26.86), Aretech Safari took U/19 shot bronze with a throw of 10.03 and winning her first national medal in the Clonliffe colours Caoimhe Morris in the U/19 hammer 35.90.

Very good battling performances also on the day from Laura Tuite in the u/16 800m 10th in a new pb of 2.33.67, Joseph Hession 5th U/14 800m 2.20.21 and Liam Ashton U/18 800m 5th in 2.02.03.

Start lists for Wednesday`s big night published

The start lists for Wednesday`s Morton Pre Games have just been released. It`s a who`s who`s of World athletes: Symmonds,Gregson, Souleiman, Coburn, Buckman, Capkova, Gregan, Heath, Leer, O`Lionaird, Reilly, Torrence, Woodward, Flannery, Foster, Bishop, Smith, Simpson, Jelegat, Proper, Gayle, Druce, Shields, Anderson, Colvert, The Robertson Twins, the list goes on and on. To view Start Lists go to go to ” EVENTS ” and use drop down to “Start lists & results”. Please note that there will be heats in the mens 100m at 6.30pm, the start list in heats will be published soon.

World Class Field assembled for Wednesday’s Morton Mile

The start lists for next Wednesday’s Morton Memorial Mile which is the centrepiece of the Morton Pre-Games has been released. It is a world class field which includes no less than fourteen sub four minute milers. The 32 year old stadium record of Steve Scott (USA) of 3.53.80 set on the 27th of August 1980 looks to be under serious attack.

The field boasts three men with faster PB’s than Scott’s record led by Ayanleh Souleiman (DIJ) who having set a PB of 3.50.21 in only the last few weeks is clearly in a rich vein of form before he heads to London for the Olympic games. US athlete David Torrence is next fastest with a PB of 3.52.01 with Australian Ryan Gregson, winner of the Mile in the Cork City Sports clocking in at 3.52.24.

The Irish challenge is led by Ciaran O’Lionaird who gets in his last race prior to the London Games with young Paul Robinson also expected to challenge, the Irish entry is completed by John Coghlan, now of course a sub four minute miler and looking to go sub four outdoors for the first time on Wednesday, John Travers of Donore Harriers and Rory Chesser of Ennis Track Club.

Two men to watch out for will be Garrett Heath (USA) with a mile PB of 3.55.24 who placed third in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile in New York this year and Kenyan athlete Silas Kisorio who was 4th in that mile and has been in fine form on the US circuit. Kisorio is coached by Mark Thompson who won the Morton Mile in 2009. 2010 Morton Mile champion Will Leer is also back in the Morton Stadium, unfortunately last year’s champion Jordan McNamara has been a late withdrawal through injury.

The start lists for Wednesday’s Morton Mile with their PBs and SBs is as follows:

Ayanleh Souleiman (DIJ) 3.5.21 SB 3.50.21

David Torrence (USA) 3.50.01 SB 3.52.01

Ryan Gregson (AUS) 3.52.24 SB 3.53.62

Ciaran O’Lionaird (IRL) 3.54.76 SB 3.54.76

Garrett Heath (USA) 3.55.24 SB 3.55.24

Will Leer (USA) 3.55.66 SB 3.58.49

Silas Kisorio (KEN) 3.55.84 SB 3.55.84

Zane Robertson (NZL) 3.56.13 SB 3.56.13

Ricky Stevenson (GBR) 3.56.31 SB 3.58.91

Craig Miller (USA) 3.56.41 SB 3.56.41

Jack Bolas (USA) 3.58.31 SB 3.58.31

Ryan Hill (USA) 3.58.33 SB 3.58.33

Paul Robinson (IRL) 3.58.70 SB 3.58.70

John Coghlan (IRL) 3.59.32 SB 3.59.32

John Travers (IRL) 4.04.25

Rory Chesser (IRL) 4.04.38

Feidhlim Kelly (IRL) pace

The Morton Mile is the climax of the Meet with a 9.00 p.m. start on the 25th. The International Programme in the Morton Games opens at 7.15 p.m. Full start lists to be published on on Monday.

Morton Games to be televised on Setanta

With entry to the Morton Pre Games now closed as a result of all events on the programme being fully suscribed the International Athletics Track and Field meet  received  a major boost today. Setanta TV will broadcast a highlights package of what promises to be a wonderful night`s athletics  the following day Thursday the 26th at 7.30pm.  The Morton Stadium will host some of the World`s best athletes on Wednesday including a growing number of Olympians. Further details and start lists in the various events will be announced over the course of the coming days and published on

1500m Grand Prix July 12th

The results for last weeks 1500m Grand Prix Race are set out below,  by time, not sorted by race or finishing position. There were 4 races on the night. The winner in the Grand Prix was Dave Brady, with Declan Bagnall second and Brendan Donnelly third. Fastest man on the night was new member of Clonliffe, Munia Bouziane who tells us he has not run for 2-3 years. He still managed to complete the 1500m in a very respectable time of 4.22. Fastest Lady on the night was Bernie Byrne in an equally impressive time of 5.16.

Thanks to the officials on the night and a special thanks to Richard Connolly for sponsoring the race and prizes. Thanks also to Caroline Tuite, even though Caroline was absent last night, she still ensured through Frank that we were provided with tea,cake and buscuits.

Next race is the 5k on Thursday 26th July on the track at 8.00, we may need two races depending on numbers. The designated officials for this race are Pat Healy, Jim Bennett, Colm Hickey and Pat Timmons. If you are not running, your help as an official would be much appreciated to allow the designated officials to run if they so wish.



Name Time
Munia Bouziane (guest) 0:04:22
Thomas Sherlock 0:04:27
Darren Reilly 0:04:28
Daniel Byrne (guest) 0:04:29
Eoin McCullough (guest) 0:04:29
Conor Keane 0:04:31
Niall Sherlock 0:04:31
Ernie Ramsey 0:04:32
Sean Doran 0:04:33
Gerard Kirwan 0:04:33
Jonathan Bradley (guest) 0:04:34
Gerry Byrne (guest) 0:04:35
Philip  O’Doherty 0:04:36
Clive Ahern 0:04:36
Raymond Dunne 0:04:42
Eoin Murray 0:04:46
Dermot  Kelly 0:04:46
David O’Hanlon (guest) 0:04:46
Colm O’Connor (guest) 0:04:51
Robert Beckett 0:04:52
Desie Shorten 0:04:53
Richard Case 0:04:54
Jeremy  Chapman 0:04:56
Joe hession (guest) 0:04:56
Alan Worrall 0:04:59
Craig Hossenny (guest) 0:05:02
Shane Casey 0:05:05
Ryan Flanagan (guest) 0:05:09
Brian Quigley (guest) 0:05:10
Brendan Donnelly jnr 0:05:12
Pat Timmons 0:05:12
Colm Breen 0:05:13
Gerry Byrne (guest) 0:05:14
Bernie Byrne 0:05:16
Declan Murray 0:05:17
George Maybury(guest) 0:05:18
Ross Conway (guest) 0:05:18
Philip Fay (guest) 0:05:18
Rachel Dowling (guest) 0:05:22
Henry Langton (guest) 0:05:22
Liam Mulready (guest) 0:05:26
Richie Barr 0:05:27
Tommy Ward Fox (guest) 0:05:27
Fergal O’Brien (guest) 0:05:29
Sean McGoldrick 0:05:31
Trevor Wisdom 0:05:32
Terry Myler (guest) 0:05:33
Jim Keogh (guest) 0:05:34
Pat Healy 0:05:36
Emma Dunne 0:05:46
Louise Morgan 0:05:47
Karen Kinsella 0:05:47
Pat O’Rourke 0:05:47
Sinead  Duffy 0:05:47
Richard Connolly 0:05:52
Pat Devitt 0:05:53
Frank Devitt 0:05:57
Aimee Ahern 0:05:58
Aine McCann 0:06:02
Declan Bagnall 0:06:04
Shay Byrne 0:06:09
Terry  Mee 0:06:11
Declan Hetherington 0:06:27
Mary Purdue-Smyth 0:06:32
Shane O’Reilly (guest) 0:06:35
Dave Brady 0:06:37
Padraig Murray 0:06:39
Fiona Hayes 0:06:57

Olympians and International Athletes on the way to Santry

A host of international athletes will participate in the Morton Pre-Games at the Morton Stadium Santry on Wednesday night next July 25th from 7.15 p.m.

The Meet Director Noel Guiden today confirmed the participation of over a dozen London bound Olympians in the Meet together with a host of other international athletes will make this Meet the biggest International Track and Field Athletics Meet to take place in Dublin in many a long year.

The women’s mile in particular is loaded with Olympians: Zoe Buckman (AUS) who runs the 1500 metres in London, US Olympic bound steeplechasers Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp, who finished first and third in the US Olympic trials, another Olympic bound steeplechaser Gen Lacoze (AUS), a third Australian Olympian Eloise Wellings, who in London will run the 10,000 metres and from the Czech Republic Tereza Capkova who in London will run the 1500 metres along with Ireland’s Olympic Steeplechaser Stephanie Reilly. The Women’s Mile will feature seven London bound Olympians.

One of the biggest names currently in athletics who will be watched with great interest is Nick Symmonds (USA). Simmons is an 800 metre specialist who will run the eight in the London 2012 Olympics runs his first ever ‘pro 400m’ in Santry in what could be one of the races of the Meet, Symmonds will face Jermaine Gayle (JAM), an athlete with a PB of 45.6 and European U/23 silver medallist 2011 and European Senior 400 metre finalist Brian Gregan.

The Morton Mile itself will feature Ryan Gregson, one of the fastest miler in the field and probably starts the Morton Mile as favourite. Ireland’s Olympic bound 1500m athlete Ciaran O’Lionaird also goes in the mile along with David Torrence (USA) with an impressive mile PB of 3.52.01.

The women’s 800 metres will feature two Canadian athletes who will both be running the 800 in the London Olympics: Melessia Bishop and Jessica Smith.

With athletes from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, Jamaica, Liberia and Ireland the Morton Games is well and truly an international affair. The international programme opens at 7.15 with the first race being the men’s 400 hurdles and with a full programme of track and field including 100 metres men and women, 400 metre men, 800 metres men and women, the mile for men and women, men’s 3000 metres, women’s long jump, men’s discus and men’s pole vault an excellent night’s athletics is in store. Admission to the Morton Games is €5.00 for individuals or €10.00 for families. See for more.

Oldest Clonliffe Club Record is broken

Caoimhe Morris broke the oldest Clonliffe Harriers Track and Field record on Saturday with a 30.81m Discus throw in Tullamore. The previous record was established in 1966 by Olive Heaney with 29.80m. Despite Frances Mansfield’s coming within 1cm of this, nobody has been able to remove Olive as record holder until now.

Recently joined member, Caoimhe, finished fourth in the National Under 19 Championships with this distance. After having broken the Senior Hammer record last month, Caoimhe is certainly proving to be an excellent addition to the Women’s squad.

Patrick O’Hanlon brought home a silver medal from the National U15 Boys Championships with a long jump of 5.42m. This was just 6cm short of first place. Sean Carrig was 13th in the same event with a distance of 4.43m.

After his appearance in the National Senior event last week, Ryan Whelan was back competing in his own age group. His throw of 54.61m was good enough for Silver, in the Under 18 boys event.

Megan Comber continued her rich vein of form with a Gold medal in the Under 17 girls long jump. Her best effort of 5.40m saw her finish 23cm ahead of her nearest rival.

Shaun Whelan was 6th in the Under 15 boys Javelin with a throw of 29.67m. Keith Pike was just outside the medals when finishing 4th in the Under 19 boys 100m. His time of 11.61secs left him .14secs behind bronze.

Safari Aretech collected a bronze medal in the Under 19 boys Discus wth a best throw of 34.38m.

During the week Eleanor Alexander added an 800m personal best to her recent 1500m one. Running 2.12.51 for 4th place, this bettered her previous best of 2.13.73 set last year.

Further afield, reports from the States indicate Ian Guiden won a road 5k in Boston on Saturday with a time of 15.48mins. Winning the race by almost 2 mins, Ian displayed nice front running skills. His father Noel finished 2nd in this age Category (don’t ask!) with a time of 22.00mins.

Some late updates from last weekend!

Tomas Rauktys was successful  in defending his 56lbs weight for distance last Sunday. His throw of 8.73m was nearly a meter  further than the silver medal winner, Dave Tierney from Leevale. Retaining his title, Tomas added this gold medal to the discus title also collected.

In Trafford on Saturday night, Eleanor Alexander smashed her personal best time for the 1500m when she returned a time of 4.26.78. Battling to the line for victory, this time was 9 secs under than her previous fastest, elevating her to number 7 on the Clonliffe Women’s All-Time list.

Brian Gregan was racing in Madrid last Saturday night. This was Brian’s final attempt to try and qualify for the London Olympics. Unfortunately, the injury Brian had picked up during the his European Championship final in Helsinki the previous weekend had curtailed his training during the week. Needing a time of 45.40 secs, Brian crossed the line 3rd in 46.09. This was Brian’s debut in such and IAAF standard Grand Prix, which can only add to the experience he’s gained already in 2012.


McNamara -v- Leer in Morton Mile on July 25th

With less than two weeks now to the Morton Pre Games and the feature race The Morton Mile it can be confirmed that both the reigning and 2010 title winners return to Santry. Jordan McNamara, the 2011 winner and the 2010 winner Will Leer will have a crack at a second title. Both have been in fine form this season McNamara, with a mile pb of 3.56.83, was a 7th place finisher in the US Olympic trials while Leer boasts a faster mile time of 3.55.68. Both will face stiff competition as the field being gathered is the most competitive in years.

David Torrence (USA) may be the man to beat with an impressive mile pb of 3.52.01, he has speed endurance, his 5,000 pb is 13.16 and then throw into the mix his superb speed, 1.45 over 800! On paper he is not only the favourite but Steve Scott`s 32 year old stadium record is well within his sights. Another athlete to watch out for is Ryan Gregson (AUS) a 3.52.24 pb and a 1500 pb of 3.31.06, the Austrilian record holder is also a potential winner. Garrett Heath (USA) was 3rd in this year`s Wanamaker Mile and with a mile pb to his credit of 3.55.24 is a good outside bet.

From New Zealand Zane Robertson will look to the great John Walker, a previous Morton Mile winner, and the man with the fastest ever Morton Mile to his name, although not in Santry but Belfield, for inspiration. Robertson has a pb of 3.56.13. We also welcome back to the stadium for the third successive year both Jack Bolas and Craig Miller of the USA. Another welcome return comes from Ricky Stevenson (GBR) fans will remember him from the 2008 meet when he ran four minutes dead, his then pb, in the IMC -v- BMC Mile, since then Ricky has shattered the four minute barrier with a pb of 3.56.31.

The Irish challenge will come from London Olympics bound Ciaran O`Lionaird. Ciaran was a finalist in the World 1500 last year. Also back is Ireland`s youngest ever sub four man Paul Robinson who ran 3.59.99 in last year`s race and John Coghlan, who ran sub four indoors in the Spring and looks to do the same outdoors for the first time on July 25th.

The full field will be posted on this site the weekend prior to the meet. Further updates on this site. The Morton Games, International Track and Field opens at 7.15pm with an enter fee of 5 Euro per indinidual or for superb value 10 Euro for the whole family. A great night is in store.

Details have just been released regarding a top quality 400H that will open the meet including all the top Irish 400 hurdles: Barr, Crowe, Byrne, Harvey etc and UK athletes Paul Flannery and chris Wakefield. See for more.


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