Archive for June, 2014

Morton Games latest with 10 Days to go

Latest news on July 11th`s Morton Games International Track and Field taken from

Morton Games are delighted to confirm the return to Dublin of Will Leer (USA). Leer is a two time Morton Mile winner, 2010 and 2012. Since the 2012 Morton Mile Leer has won the US Indoor Mile and 3000 titles (2013), he has been a finalist in the World Indoor Championships in 2014, placing 5th, won the 2014 Wannamaker Mile and finished 2nd on the US 4 x 1500 team at the IAAF World Relay Championships in the Bahamas in May of this year. Will Leer`s outdoor mile pb stands at 3.56.39 set in that never to be forgotten “dive for the line” Morton Mile of 2012, his indoor pb of 3.52.47 was set in the Wannamaker Mile on February 15th of this year.

Also announced: the return of defending Morton Mile Champion Cory Leslie (USA). Leslie won last year`s mile in 3.55.85, the fastest winning time for 30 years.  Also coming back for a second crack at Morton Mile is Iaon Zaizan (ROU), an athlete who set a national record at last years Meet of 3.57.73.  Also confirmed is the New Zealand 1500m champion Hamish Carson who has a mile PB of 3.58.74 and a 1500 PB of 3.38.04.  Carson is coached by Arch Jelley who was the great John Walker’s coach.  Walker holds the record for the fastest ever Morton Mile, 3.52.76 when the race was held in Belfield in 1977.

Ireland’s top 800 metre athletes will take on some of the best in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon International Women’s 800.  Laura Crowe may in fact be one of the favourites for overall victory, she will be joined on the start line by young Katie Kirk, who has achieved the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games for Northern Ireland, Aislinn Crossey, the National 800m champion and Ciara Everard, the National Indoor 800 champion who set her PB of 2.02.96 at last years Morton Games.  Also confirmed for the 800 are Aussie pairing of Brittany McGowan, the Australian 800 Champion with a PB of 2.01.26 and second in that championship race Selma Kajan .  Top USA athlete Phoebe Wright with a 2010 PB of 1.58.22 is also a confirmed starter.

The Morton Games 400 is fast becoming one of the races, on paper in any event at this stage, of the night. News this week that Brycen Spratling (USA) has been added to the start list. Spratling was the 2012 NCAA 400 silver medallist. He also finished 4th in the 2012 US Championships that year, he is the US collegiate record holder over 500m. He is an exceptionally fast athlete with a 200 PB of 20.64 and his 400 PB which he set on the 30th of May of this year standing at 45.09. Spratling will be joined on the startline by other top US athletes Manteo Mitchell, PB 44.96 and James Harris, 45.23. Also in the 400 is Ireland`s Brian Gregan, 45.36 fresh from his European Teams League 1 win on Saturday and Olympic 4 x 400 bronze medallist Jarrin Solomon (TRI) 45.19. With Australia’s John Steffensen, the 2004 Olympic 4 x 400 silver medallist and 2006 Commonwealth 400m champion already confirmed along the confirmed last week Johan Wissman (SWD) this 400 will be one heck of a fast race. Is it possible for the stadium record of 45.25 of Arnaud Malherbe (RSA) to fall?

In all the excitement of the Ireland versus Australia dimension to the 800 metres at Morton Games and the focus on the Mark English versus Paul Robinson versus Ryan Gregson versus Jordy Williamsz match it may be that Mexico’s James Eichberger will be the dark horse.  Eichberger certainly has the credentials.  He competed in the 2013 Morton 800, a week or so later as part of his European trip he ran a stunning PB of 1.45.88. With the focus and attention elsewhere he will look to come up on the blind side.

Ireland`s Thomas Barr has been in superb form this season to date, including a win over the weekend in the European League 1 in Estonia.  He has already twice lowered the Irish record, on the 14th of June he set a new mark of 48.95.  Barr opened last years international programme with a home win for Ireland.  He will have his work cut out to defend the title on July 11th when his closest challenger will be Mahau Suguinati (BRA) who has a seasons best of 49.52 and a PB of 48.67.  Ben Sumner (GBR) comes to the Morton Games in search of a fast race after a seasons best on the 31st of May in Oordegeum, Belgium of 50.22.

The Davy 400H will get the international programme off to a flying start and will be followed by two hours of non stop action.

Morton Flyer 2014

Brandon Hargreaves wins Irish Runner 5 Mile

Recent new Clonliffe recruit Brandon Hargreaves took an excellent win in this morning`s Irish Runner 5 Mile in a fast 24.18, some 7 seconds clear of pre race favourite Sean Hehir (Rathfarnham). This was the Australian born Clonliffe man`s first race on Irish soil, since his arrival here at the start of the month. Also well to the fore was Michael McDiarmada placing 5th in 25.18. Davy Byrne was 3rd O/40 in 27.45. David Brady ran 27.48. For full race results click:

Meanwhile Gary O`Hanlon took in another marathon today, 2nd in the Waterford Viking Marathon in 2.31.56

Trio of PB`s in 1500 recorded at Le Cheile

At tonight`s track meet to celebrate the opening of Le Cheile AC`s track in Leixlip, County Kildare the 1500m produced a trio of pbs from the three Clonliffe athletes in the race. In a fast race Jayme Rossiter made a run for home with 300 to go, it looked like a winning move but he was swallowed up 150 later but battled away with group training partner Aaron Hanlon to place 3rd in a new pb of 3.53.32. Aaron in 4th ran 3.53.70 with Edgars Sumskis 6th in 3.54.66 to complete the set of pbs.

Becky Woods was 4th in the womens 1500 (4.26.53) with Eleanor Alexander 6th (4.29.55). In the A 800 Mark McDonald was 10th (1.56.51). While in the sprints there was a 5th place finish in the A 100 by Isreal Ibeanu (11.05) with Stuart roche 8th (11.30). Leah Moore record an impressive time of 11.94 in the womens 100 and in the 400 Dylan Gibbons ran 53.48.

The men`s International Mile produced a great sub 4 race won by Sam McEntee (AUS) 3.58.41, 2nd Jordy Williamsz (AUS) 3.59.40, 3rd Kevin Batt (IRL) 3.59.53, all three will be in action in the Morton Games in two weeks time.

Club Juvenile Championships brings season to a close

Tonight was Juvenile Club Championship night in the stadium. A great turn out of young Harriers in action with lot of parents in attendance despite the non stop rain. It might even be said that the rain added to the fun. The athletes in action where from Gladys`group (ages 8 to 12) and Gerry`s (up to u/15) and they all got into the spirit of the night taking part in every event available, so we had sprinters going distance, distance runners going short and more field eventers than had ever been seen in the same place at the one time.

The event went on until well after 8.45 and was then followed by medal presentation to the winning athletes and an end of season party, generously sponsored once again by Colm Doran. It was a great night for all, so well done to these young athletes and a big thank you to their coaches and all involved. Hopefully all have dried out by now!

Dublin Graded: Bernie Byrne breaks Irish Masters Record

The big news from last night`s Dublin Graded Meet in Tallaght was the setting of a new Irish Masters O/50 1500 record by Clonliffe`s Bernie Byrne. Running in grade B Bernie stayed in contact with the lead pack of 8/9 athletes and as the pack pulled away on the final lap stayed focused to battle against the clock finishing in 5.06.60 well inside the existing O/50 record. There was also an intriguing 3 way Clonliffe Junior women`s battle in this race where Alannah Cooley prevailed breaking new ground as she went sub 5 for the first time: 4.57.56 placing 3rd, Hope Saunders was next 7th in 4.58.55 and then Laura Tuite 4.59.39. Louise Reilly was 3rd in the Dublin Championship A race (4.52.88).

In the men`s 1500 fastest Clonliffe man on the night was Cathal Doyle finishing 3rd in A race 2 with a flying final 250 (4.07.18). After that it was a night of PBs for the Junior men: Josh Stubbs (4.09.38), Liam Roarty (4.27.36) and Niall Norman (4.24.58). Senior Tom Sherlock showed no ill effects from his Grand Prix Series 4 Mile race 24 hours earlier finishing just outside of his pb in 4.22.50. In Grade C race Shane Merrigan, who has taken a couple of wins already this season found himself chasing the leader for 1200m and ended up 2nd in 4.30.06. Greg Hosseny put the race walk to one side had ran a good enough race but was out kicked down the straight to finish 5th in 4.35.61

John Hartnett was 4th in C 200 (25.01), Leah Bergin ran 27.61. In the discus Michael Curley was 3rd (23.28) and 4th in the shot (7.25) and Frances Mansfield 2nd in the shot (4.68) and 4th in discus (15.22)

Liam Hennessy win the O`Connor Cup

The latest round of the Clonliffe Grand Prix took place on the grass in Santry Demsene Parkland tonight the O`Connor Cup. This club race dates right back to the 1930s when the cup was presented to the club by JJ O`Connor. That first running of the race in 1936 was won by M. Murphy. The 2014 version, now run as a seal handicap was won by Liam Hennessy.

Another great turn out of Grand Prixers on a warm humid Santry evening saw Tom Sherlock lead the pack home as fastest athlete in a time of 23.49, fastest women after her trip to Norway for the Midnight Sun Half Marathon was Rachel Wisdom (26.47). In the handicap: 1st Liam Hennessy, 2nd Joe Phipps, 3rd Richie Barr, 4th Sinead Smith. The generous race sponsor tonight was Richie Barr, who deferred his prize to 4th place finisher Sinead.

Next round of the Grand Prix is back on the track in the stadium for the 800s on Tuesday (note change from Thursday) July 8th.

o`connor cup

Clonliffe Men and Women negotiate passage to league final

Round 2 of the National League took place in a sun drenched Morton Stadium on Sunday with both the Men and Women’s squads in action in the premier division.

The ladies team had a most successful day and despite not fielding a full team in certain events were successful in negotiating safe passage through to the August final in Tullamore. The ladies success was built on five fine wins which came courtesy of a sprints double by Leah Moore in the 100 and 200. A fine 1500 win by Becky Woods, a win in the javelin by Denise Byrne and in the triple jump by Aursa Jerumbauskyle. There were also big second place points contributed by Eleanor Alexander in the 800, Louise Reilly in the 3000, Snezana Bechtina in the pole vault  and good points gathered in by Caoimhe Morris in the hammer and discus.

At the end of a long day the women had scored a total of 102 points which puts them safely through to the league final.

The Men’s team also successfully negotiated safe passage into the league final although on this occasion there were only there maximum points scoring performances. Pride of place goes to Andrew Heney who set a new PB of 2.05 in the high jump. Simon Galligan also performed very well winning the hammer, Stuart Roche won the 100 and Jayme Rossiter scored maximum points in the 3000 SC. Israel Ibanu ran a new PB in the 200. The men’s teams total was 102 points – more than enough for safe passage to the league final.

Clonliffe results from National League Round 2:


3000 walk: 3rd Greg Hosseny 18.09.84 (PB)

4 x 100 relay: 2nd 42.95

1500m: 3rd Edgars Sunskiss 3.58.49

400m: 6th Daragh Griffin 51.59

3000 SC: 1st Jayme Rossiter 9.14.70

800m: 5th Mark McDonald 1.57.63

5000m: 2nd Brian McMahon 14.52.67

100m: 1st Stuart Roche 11.58

4 x 400: 3rd 3.25.82

Hammer: 1st Simon Galligan 51.37

Pole Vault: 4th Ciaran Donoghue 2.60m

Long Jump: 5th Ciaran Donoghue 6.21

Shot Putt: 4th Marcin Klinzow 11.41

High Jump: 1st Andrew Heaney 2.05

Discus: 2nd Marcin Klinzow 33.78

Triple Jump: 3rd Tomas Dorina 12.72

Javelin: 2nd Ryan Whelan 51.05

56lb: 7th Brian Tobin 3.66


1500 walk: 5th Diana Markinza 11.48.69

4 x 100 relay: 5th 53.89

1500m: 1st Becky Woods 4.27.71

400m: 5th Leah Bergin 62.97

200m: 1st Leah Moore 24.54

800m: 2nd Eleanor Alexander 2.12.06

3000m: 2nd Louise Reilly 10.25.31

100m: 1st Leah Moore 12.02

4 x 400: 2nd 4.00.91

Hammer: 3rd Caoimhe Morris 43.08

Pole Vault: 2nd Snezana Bechtina 2.00

Shot Putt: 4th Denise Byrne 8.29

High Jump: 7th Diana Markinza 1.25

Discus: 3rd Caoimhe Morris 33.01

Triple Jump:

Aursa Jerumbauskyle 1st 11.14

Javelin: 1st Denise Byrne 37.85


Rachel Wisdom 5th in Midnight Sun Half Marathon

Clonliffe`s Rachel Wisdom ran in the famous Midnight Sun Half Marathon in Tromso, Norway last night finishing 5th woman in an impressive 1.28.51.

Then on the roads on Friday night at the Michael Manning 10k in Dunshaughlin Ciaran McCarthy placed 30th (33.56) and Ailish Malone 91st (36.25).

Gregan bags max points at Euro teams. Day 2 Ireland 7th

At day 1 of the European League team championships in Tallinn, Estonia yesterday Brian Gregan repeated his maximum points scoring performance of last year with a 400m win in 46.54. Clonliffe`s other man in Tallinn action yesterday was Keith Pike who ran a good 3rd leg of the 4 x 100 as the relay team finished 7th. Full report of the Irish performances click: . Today will see Clonliffe`s other two athletes compete, Ian Rogers in the pole vault and Ciara McCallion in the 4 x 400.

Meanwhile in Santry yesterday the schools season concluded with the Aviva Tailteann Inter Provincial Track and field. Cathal Doyle was 3rd in the 1500 (4.13.76), Andri Lindov 4th in the Javelin (39.79) and Greg Hosseny 7th in the 3000 race walk (19.03.43).

Today (Sunday) Day 2 of European team Championships. Ian Rogers competing in the biggest competition of his career to date placed 11th in the pole vault. In the relay Ciara McCallion  ran the 3rd leg in the 4 X 400 as the team placed 8th and then in the final event of the day and a storming final leg in the 4 X 400 by Brian Gregan as Ireland beat Portugal to finish the competition in a most encouraging 7th place.

Keith Pike Euro teams 2014

Gregan euro 2014

U/14 boys take Dublin 4 x 100 bronze back to Santry

The Clonliffe U/14 boys squad made the trip to Tallaght this evening well worth while as they took a fine bronze. The team of Killian Forrester, Cian Bolger, Ben Guiden and Aaron Conlon battled away bravely and were always in the medals, a great achievement for these lads who are the back bone of the cross country and middle distance teams.

boys u14 relay

The club had a number of spirited displays this evening most teams made it through to their finals, indeed the U/14 girls had 2 teams qualify for their final, and several teams placed in that unlucky 4th position, on another day there may well have been at least two other sets of medals to bring home. Well done to all over the last few weeks as the curtain comes down on the Dublin track & field season.

dublin even age relays 2014


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