Archive for June, 2015

Keith Pike called up for further International duty

Clonliffe club 100m record holder Keith Pike will once again answer Ireland`s call as he gets the European U/23 call up. Keith has been selected on the 4 X 100 squad for the championships which take place in Estonia between July 9-12.

Grand Prix: O`Connor Cup Thursday night

After a couple of away fixtures the Clonliffe Grand Prix Series returns to Santry on Thursday night, July 2nd for the half way point in the 2015 Series. Round 9 of 16, The O`Connor Cup, a 4 mile grass race in Santry Demesne.

The O`Connor Cup, traditionally a cross country race, but in recent years, became a Summer grass race in Santry Demesne. The O`Connor Cup is one of the long standing Clonliffe club races and is one of the jewels in the crown of the Grand Prix Series, having been part of the series since it`s inception over ten years ago. The O`Connor Cup was presented to the club by JJ O`Connor who in the late 1920s and early 1930s dominated Irish Cross Country running. He was National champion on four occasions, with several different clubs, but was clad in the black and amber when he won the Nationals in Thurles in 1935. Monday`s race is a 4 miler.

Things are finely balanced at the top of the leaderbord with Brian McCann holding the edge over Niall Markey with a two point advantage, 203 to 205, 3rd place is a three way tie between Sean Doran, Emma Dunne and Kevin Dowling on 182. No doubt all will change on Thursday!

Roads round up: Kenneally, Hanlon, Mansfield

Mark Kenneally showed good form on the roads on Friday evening winning the St. Cocas 5k in Kildare in a nifty 14.24. Also back racing was Conor Healy 15th in 15.58. Another solid run also by Louise Reilly 18.28.

Saturday and the action switched to the Phoenix Park for the Irish Runner 5 Mile. A fine run in this race by Aaron Hanlon 4th, and 1st Junior, in 24.53, 8th Michael MacDiarmada (25.50), 9th David Flynn (25.55), Ernie Ramsey (28.14) Full results:

Finally on the weekend round up to Waterford where today, Sunday, new Harrier David Mansfield was 2nd in the Waterford Viking Half Marathon in 70.53.

Jayme PBs again this time over 1500

Tonight`s BMC meet in Watford drew a substantial Irish presence of in excess of 60 athletes including 4 from Clonliffe. Jayme Rossister had a very fine run indeed in the 1500 winning his race and breaking new ground as he ran sub 3.50 for the first time, a very impressive 3.49.12. Having already PBed over 3000 sc, Jayme will next look to lowering his 3000 flat pb in the Albie Thomas 3000 at Morton Games on July 24th.

Another athlete to pb was young Brian Flanagan, still a junior, Brian recorded a time of 9.52.52 for the 3000 steeple chase.

Mark McDonald, although not recording a pb, ran a season`s best of 1.53.66 in placing 3rd in his 800 race.

Finally good to report on Becky Woods return to racing after recent injury, running 4.29.82 over 1500.

Declan Power runner up in Clonee

Declan Power was a second place finisher (and 1st O/40) in last night`s Clonee 10k in 33.06. Alan Worrall placed 34th in 41.07.

BHAA Trail race in the Park

Thomas Sherlock was 4th in last night`s Irish Prison Services 5k Trail Race in the Phoenix Park in 16.35. A good run also by Sean Doran 7th in 17.05.

Morton Games Needs You!

The 2015 Morton Games was launched by Minister Michael Ring, Clonliffe Harriers International athletes Brian Gregan, Dara Kervick, Hope Saunders and UCD’s Mark English in Dublin City Centre yesterday. The launch received national publicity and was a feature item on the RTE news yesterday evening.


The big night is now only four weeks away, Friday July 24th.

Morton Games is appealing to all members of Clonliffe Harriers and the parents and family of Clonliffe members and friends of Clonliffe Harriers to make a big effort to become part of the Morton Games.

Morton Games seeks assistance on a number of fronts.

Firstly on the financial front. The cost of putting on an international athletics Meet are phenomenal, thankfully we have received support from a number of our Meet partners and we are also lucky to have a number of loyal sponsors. This years Morton Games sponsors are AON, Target McConnells, Commercial Hygiene Services, Behan & Associates, Dublin Athletics Board, C & E Product Supplies Limited, SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon, Loki Sports, Aer Lingus, Last Lap Café and Tucks Fasteners and Fittings.

Morton Games is actively seeking additional sponsors. Currently available for sponsorship is one of the prime international events on the programme, the Men’s 400 hurdles. This event was one of the highlights of the 2014 Morton Games with Thomas Barr resurrected the legendary ‘Santry Roar’ when winning the event from world champion Jehue Gordan. Another world class field has been assembled for this years 400H including once again Thomas Barr. If any Clonliffe Harrier or friend of Clonliffe Harriers is interested in sponsoring this event please contact the Meet Director by email to

The Friends of Morton Games has also proved to be extremely successful. Supporters of Morton Games may become a friend of Morton Games, in return for a donation of a sum of money from €100.00 upwards their name will appear on the event website ( and in the event programme, friends of Morton Games will also receive two complimentary tickets for this years Meet.

Morton Games would like to thank the following who have become friends of Morton Games 2015:

Dooley Motors, John Cronin (Tullamore Harriers), George Maybury (Clonliffe Harriers), Paddy Marley (Clonliffe Harriers), Killian Lonergan (Clonliffe Harriers), Bernie and Pat Dunne (Clonliffe Harriers), Joe Cooper (Clonliffe Harriers), Ray Flynn (Sligo AC), Noel Guiden (Clonliffe Harriers), Mick Kearney (Clonliffe Harriers), Pamela Cooper (Clonliffe Harriers), Peter McDermott (Clonliffe Harriers), Frances Mansfield (Clonliffe Harriers), John and Noreen O’Leary (Clonliffe Harriers), the Tuite Family (Clonliffe Harriers), Colm Moore (Dunore Harriers), Gerry Carr (Clonliffe Harriers), the Clonliffe Grand Prix Series, Colm Brennan (Clonliffe Harriers), Martin Treacy (Clonliffe Harriers), John Smith (Clonliffe Harriers), the Whitaker (Albie Thomas) Family, Australia.

To become a friend of Morton Games 2015 simply email with your name, contact and amount of donation.

Secondly, we will also require big volunteer numbers for the Meet. There are a variety of tasks to be carried out on the night including general stewarding duties, admission gate duties, a team of people required for the Morton Games Guest Team. Anyone prepared to give their time on the 24th of July is requested to contact Jeremy Chapman who is the volunteer co-ordinator by email ASAP to

Finally (for now!) we are also requesting all members of the club to spread the word about Morton Games.

There will be world class athletes in the Morton Stadium on the 24th of July, Irelands top internationals will be competing against these in the Morton Stadium. It is vitally important, therefore, that there is a big crowd in attendance. Admission on the night is €10.00 with children accompanied by an adult going free. The event website has all details of this years Meet and is updated regularly with Morton Games news:

Minister Ring launches 2015 Morton Games

The Morton Games International Track and Field was launched today by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Mr. Michael Ring T.D.  The attendance included international athletes Dara Kervick, Brian Gregan, Mark English and Hope Saunders.  The Morton Games is Dublin’s International Track and Field Meet and will take place in the Morton Stadium Santry on Friday July 24th.

Speaking at the launch Minister Ring said:

The 2015 Games will provide our top Irish athletes with a fantastic opportunity to test themselves against their international counterparts.  This important event will be an exciting occasion for the Irish public to see some of our outstanding athletes in action. Athletics, and particularly running, is becoming more and more popular in all parts of the country. Events like the Morton Games are a great showcase for athletics and I am sure that the public will come out and give its support to the event.’


This years Morton Games will feature some 100 international athletes from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobego, Ghana, Uganda and Europe.

Ireland’s top athletes will be competing including stadium record holder Mark English in the 800, Ciara Mageean, Ciara Everard, Brian Gregan, Dara Kervick, Thomas Barr and John Travers.

Morton Games will feature several top international athletes including Will Leer (USA) who on July 24th will be aiming to become the most prolific winner of the storied Morton Mile.

The Meet will be a non stop night of world class athletics from 7 p.m. with the feature Morton Mile at 9 p.m.



Heney under the radar and over the bar

One that certainly slipped under the radar was the performance of Andrew Heney at the CSI World Sports Games 2015 which took place over the weekend of the 10th/11th of June last in Lignano. Andrew Heney not only competed for Ireland but won the high jump clearing 2.00, Andrew beating a field that included athletes from Austria, Switzerland, Estonia and Finland.


Best ever Irish performance 6th at Euro teams

Some great performances from Irish athletes at Day 1 of the European League 1 Team Championships yesterday (Saturday) in Heraklion, Greece including a very solid 4th place from Clonliffe`s Brian Gregan. Gregan place 4th in 46.87, chipping in valuable points resulting in the Irish team ending the day in an unexpected 5th place.

Tomorrow will see Ian Rogers in the pole vault, Ciara McCallion in the 4 x 400 and Gregan also in the 4 x 400.

Also today 4 x 100 squad member, Keith Pike ran a strong leg in the relay on the Irish team as the team clocked a new national U/23 record of 40.18 in placing 3rd, later he ran 10.94 in placing 4th in the B 100.

Sunday, Day 2 saw the Irish team again put in excellent performances including a 10th place by Ian Rogers in the Pole Vault (4.50m) and then Clonliffe athletes in the 4 x 400 relays, Ciara McCallion running the 2nd leg as the women`s team placed 6th (3.43.10) and Brian Gregan running the opening leg for the men who finished 3rd (3.05.64).

At the end of two tough days the team finished in a best ever position at these Championships, a very solid 6th ahead of countries such as Turkey, Switzerland and Romania to name but three. Congratulations to the whole team. Full report on


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