Archive for July, 2015

National League Final arrangements

Would all Male and Female athletes requested to represent CHAC for the National League final in Tullamore on Sunday, please be at the clubhouse for 8.45.

Masters report from Tullamore at the weekend

The National Masters’ Track & Field Championships were held over the weekend in Tullamore, which was hosting the event for the 25th year in a row.  There were over 500 competitors making it one of the largest events in the AAI calendar.
Clonliffe was well represented with 10 athletes down to compete.  Pride of place went to Matt Slattery who completed an o60s sprint treble, winning the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres (in 13.77, 28.55, 64.74 seconds).  Geraldine Reilly was next up and successfully completed the o50 800 and 400 metre double, running 2:29.82 in the 800 off a very fast opening lap of 69 seconds.  She then went on to win the 400 in 66.1 seconds.
Philip O’Doherty was involved in two hard races, winning his o55 800 metres by just 0.3 seconds and his 1500 by a narrower 0.25 seconds clocking times of 2:17.41 and 4:48.74.  There was also gold for Ronan Gately in the o45 110 metres hurdles in a time of 21.05 seconds and he was 4th in the long jump.  Frances Mansfield won the o70s discus with throw of 13.41 metres (her hammer result is not available yet).
There were silver medals for George Maybury in the o60 800 metres (2:36.21 seconds) and Eugene McCarrick in the o60s 1500.  Eugene ran his fastest time for 12 years clocking 5:14.66 seconds.  Joe Gibbons competed in a number of field events including the javelin where he threw 19.64 metres for fourth place.
If any results were missed, let us know.

Clonliffe catch up!

In addition to Morton Games other events were of course taking place. Here`s the Clonliffe catch up. Tuesday July 21st the Ton Le Gaoithe Night of Sprints in Waterford saw Brian Gregan run a 200 pb of 21.26. Ciara McCallion, another 400 runner, ran 24.94 for 200 and Keith Pike 10.86 in the 100.

Friday 24th Louise Reilyy was 20th and first woman at the Donadea 5k (18.49), and today July 26th Richard Mannion ran 30.51 at the Bettystown 5 Mile.

Morton Games: A magical night in Santry

A packed Morton Stadium last night witnessed the fastest ever 100 ran in Ireland courtesy of the second fastest man on the planet Yohan Blake a scorching 10.12.

The 100 was the highlight of what was a tremendously enjoyable and successful Meet.  The conditions on the night were perfect, the threatened rain held off, by all accounts concert goers at Croke Park a mere two miles away took a bit of a soaking but the weather gods shined on Morton Stadium, a little chilly for July but virtually no wind.  Simply perfect.

The night got off to a great start with the unique sixteen legged relay for club juvenile athletes adding up to a mile.  Great fun and a great experience for the 160 plus young athletes competing.  Rathoath AC came out on top in a time of 3 mins 34 seconds!  Second were Clonliffe Harriers A with Tallaght A.C. 3rd.

IMC 800 metre races also provided club athletes with the opportunity of competing at an international Meet with four very keenly contested races.

The first international race of the evening was the Men’s 400 hurdles, unfortunately Thomas Barr had to pull out with a slight injury although the World Universities champion was there as a guest and was treated to a rendition of happy birthday led by commentator Liam Moggan.  The race itself was a very tight affair with New Zealand’s Michael Cochran being strongest down the home straight to win in a time of 50.07 from Quincy Downing (USA) and Michal Broz (CZH).

Expectations were rising as the 100 men came to their blocks, a who’s who of international sprinting with the Jamaicans of course being in particular prominence.  From the starters gun it was like synchronised swimming as the whole field rose as one from their blocks and tore down the straight, from the halfway stage there was no doubt that it was going to be Yohan Blake’s day, he winning in an Irish allcomers record of 10.12 from Michael Frater 10.27 and Mario Forsythe 10.3 completing a Jamaican one, two, three.

Young Marcus Lawlor (IRL) had an excellent run 4th in a time of 10.47.   Imran Rahman (GBR) won the B Race in 10.65 from Christopher Sibanda of the host club Clonliffe Harriers with Joseph Odewumi (Tallaght A.C.) 3rd 10.77.

Next up was the Men’s 3000, a magnificent race with a huge field and when the pacemakers pulled off Andy Vernon led the way but found himself essentially becoming the third pacemaker as the pack sat on his shoulder with Will Geoghegan (USA) in particular looking menacing.  At the bell the pack were poised behind Vernon and on the back straight Vernon was left as Geoghegan struck for home with Sam McEntee (AUS) right on his shoulder, at the final bend McEntee moved wide and sprinted down the home straight to win the Albie Thomas Men’s 3000 in a time of 7.48.35, a fraction behind was Geoghegan 7.48.79 with Canada’s Ross Proudfoot 3rd in 7.49, Vernon was 4th 7.51.13.

There were excellent runs throughout the field, Zak Patterson (AUS) a late addition to the field justifying his inclusion with a huge PB as he finished 6th in a time of 7.53.49.

Next up was the Women’s 200 where the home fans cheered on Kelly Proper (IRL) to a fine win in a time of 23.54 from Amy Allcock (GBR) 24.03 and Ashley Kelly (BVI) 24.04.

There were two 400 races for men.  A fantastic race 1 in particular won by Jarryd Dunn (GBR) in 45.89, Brian Gregan of host club Clonliffe Harriers was 2nd after and excellent run in a time of 45.99 and Pat Feeney (USA) 3rd in 46.61.

Race 2 was won by Andrew Steele (GBR) 46.18, Grant Plenderleith (GBR) was 3rd 47.54 and Brian Murphy (IRL) 3rd 47.56.

The BMC –v- IMC Mile was won by young Kevin Mulcaire in a fine time of 4.04.12, James O’Hare was 2nd 4.06.21 with Kevin Bell 3rd 4.06.60.  In the match the IMC beat their British counterparts.

On then to the 800 metre races.  New Zealand’s Angela Petty, the World Universities champion came looking for a fast race and in particular looking to run sub 2.  She bravely followed the pacemaker and once the pacemaker pulled off powered on in front and true to her word ran sub 2 1.59.89, a fraction off the stadium record but the first sub 2 minute 800 seen at Morton Games.  US visitor McKayla Fricker was a battling 2nd 2.01.35 with Alexandra Bell (GBR) 3rd 2.01.82.

In the night`s field events Douwe Alems (NED) won an exciting High Jump (2.21m) with Ireland`s Barry Pender 2nd. While Luke Cutts (GBR) made it three in a row in the pole Vault (5.30m) from European Junior champion Adam Hague (GBR).

The Men’s 800 produced the surprise of the night with a magnificent Irish win from young Karl Griffin.  The pack coming down the home straight with Declan Murray looking like he was going to win only to get swallowed up metres from the line as Griffin came with a late charge to win in a time of 1.47.47.  Michael Rutt (USA) was 2nd 1.47.60 with Robby Andrews (USA) 3rd 1.47.80.

Minutes later the Women’s International Mile produced another Irish win, the third of the night as Ciara Mageean took on a quality international field holding off the pack to come home in a time of 4.30.64, the first Irish winner of the Women’s International Mile at Morton Games.  Heather Wilson (USA) was 2nd 4.31.19 with Shelby Houlihan (USA) 3rd 4.31.17.

Finally the Morton Mile at 9 p.m. sharp bang on time.  Whilst not quite as fast as last years sizzler it was a truly magnificent race.  At the bell any one of a half a dozen could have taken the title but in the end it was the tall Australian Jeff Riseley who prevailed taking the Morton Mile in a time of 3.57.09, Pat Casey, for the second successive year, was once again the bridesmaid 2nd in 3.57.36 with Riley Masters 3rd 3.57.48.

The first nine all ran sub 4 including two maiden sub 4s from Irelands Tomas Cotter (3.58.50) and Polands Greg Kalinowski (3.58.07).

Morton Games would like to thank all our sponsors without whom it would not have been possible to put on such an excellent nights entertainment, the athletes for their continued support of the Meet, the hard working officials not just on the night but in the weeks and indeed months leading up to the Meet and the fans who turned out in their droves.

Yohan Santry

Jamaican 1, 2, 3:  Yohan Blake , Michael Frater , Mario Forsythe

morton mile start

Start of 2015 Morton Mile

Morton Mile 2015

Morton Mile: Jeff Riseley (AUS) 1st, Pat Casey (USA) 2nd, Riley Masters (USA) 3rd

Ciara Mageean Santry

Ciara Mageean wins Target McConnells Women`s International Mile





Morton Games

Clonliffe Harriers as the promoters of Morton Games appeal to our club members for your support tomorrow night. As you will have seen World Class fields have been assembled in all events with some of the World`s best athletes coming to our home: Jeff Riseley, Jordan McNamara, Andy Vernon, Angie Petty, Lauren Wallace, Tom Barr, Mario Forsythe, Luke Cutts, Mark Francis-Lewis, Manteo Mitchell, Jarryd Dunn, Seb Rodgers, Gen LaCaze, Ciara Mageean, Robby Andrews and of course Yohan Blake.

We encourage all members to purchase their tickets in advance, available in clubhouse tonight from 7pm to 9pm. Payment can still be made on the night €10. a modest sum to say the least. Every person attending the meet, if not an Invitated guest, Official/Steward or athlete must pay an admission charge. The funds raised will assist with defraying the huge costs of putting on this festival of athletics.

Please note there is no parking whatsoever in the stadium (exceptions Officials/Stewards and Guests). There is no spectator or athlete parking in the stadium, please use Santry Demesne Park. Please note no drop offs permitted in the stadium.

Traffic will be an issue, with the support gig in Dublin that night, the Ed Sheeran concert, so we would encourage the use of public transport.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night. Let the Games begin!

Yohan Blake coming to Santry for Morton Games

WThe second (tied) fastest man on the planet Yohan Blake will be in Santry on Friday night for the AON International Men’s 100 at Morton Games. The Jamaican athlete ran his personal best of 9.69 in August of 2012, the only person to have bettered that time is Usain Bolt. Yohan Blake was the 2012 London Olympic 100 and 200 silver medallist. He also ran on the Jamaican 4 x 100 team that won Olympic gold, in a world record time, at those Games. In 2011 he was the 100m World Champion, that same year he won gold on the Jamaican 4 x 100 team.

Yohan Blake is also the second fastest man ever to run 200m and is a current world record holder on the Jamaican 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams.

 What: Morton Games, International Track and Field

Where: Morton Stadium Santry, Dublin

When: Friday July 24th – International programme from 7 p.m. (pre programme from 5.30 p.m.)

 About: The Morton Games is a fitting successor to the great track and field meets put together by the legendary Billy Morton. Since its revival, in its current format, five years ago Morton Games has gone from strength to strength and enjoys an excellent reputation with athletes and athletics fans. Last years Meet proved to be an extraordinary nights athletics in Santry with no less than eight stadium records being set on what was an inspiring night. This years Morton Games once again will feature a non stop night of action from the opening of the international programme at 7 p.m. until the stroried Morton Mile itself at 9 p.m. The Meet has attracted all of Ireland’s top athletes as well as some 100 international athletes.

Countries represented at 2015 Morton Games: Ireland, Great Britain, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia, Netherlands, U.S.A., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Jamaica, Ghana.

Confirmed Irish athletes: World Universities Champion 2015 Thomas Barr (400h), World University finalist Ciara Everard (800m), European U/23 finalist Karl Griffin (800m), Irelands 4 x 400m squad: Brian Gregan, Dara Kervick, Richard Morrissey, Brian Murphy (all entered in 400), Ireland’s sub 4 minute milers John Travers and Eoin Everard (the Morton Mile), Kelly Proper (200), Kevin Batt (3000m).

Overseas International athletes of note competing: Yohan Blake (JAM) Olympic 100 and 200 silver medallist 2012,World Championship gold medallist 2011. The second fastest (tied) man on the planet.

Dai Greene (GBR) – 2011 World 400h champion.

Mark Lewis-Francis (GBR) – Olympic 4 x 100 gold medallist 2004, European 100 silver medallist 2010, Olympic Games finalist, World Championship finalist.

Robby Andrews (USA), 2nd in US 1500 Championships as part of his preparations for the World Championships in Beijing will run in the 800.

Jordan McNamara (USA), the winner of the 2011 Morton Mile.

Ryan Gregson – Australian 1500m champion and London 2012 Olympian.

Manteo Mitchell (USA) – Olympic 4 x 400 2012 silver medallist.

Andy Vernon (GBR) – European 10,000 silver medallist and 5000m bronze medallist

Angela Petty (NZD) the 2015 World Universities champion 800m.

Feature events:

The Morton Mile: The most iconic name in Irish athletics, the field of 16 features 13 sub 4 minute milers. The athletes in this years race come from Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Poland. Confirmed starters include Jordan McNamara (USA), Pat Casey (USA), Ryan Gregson (AUS), Jeremy Rae (CAN), John Travers (IRL), Riley Masters (USA).

he Albie Thomas 3000: Athletes featuring in this race will include Andy Vernon (GBR), Will Geoghegan, the winner of the Cork City Sports Mile, Maverick Darling (USA), Ross Millington (GBR), Adam Clarke (GBR) the British road mile champion, Ireland’s Kevin Batt, Shane Quinn and John Coghlan.

Women`s 800: Angela Petty (NZD), Ciara Everard (IRL), Laura Crowe (IRL), Rachel Aubry (CAN), Victoria Sauleda (ESP), Selma Kajan (AUS), McKayla Fricker (USA).

Men’s 800: Robby Andrews (USA), Michael Rutt (USA), Mark Wieczorek (USA), Jordy Williamsz (AUS), Declan Murray (IRL), Karl Griffin (IRL).

Women’s International Mile: Ciara Mageean (IRL), Sara Treacy (IRL), Aisha Praught (JAM), Gen LaCaze (AUS), Kate Van Buskirk (CAN).

Women’s 200:Kelly Proper (IRL), Cleo Van Buren (USA), Ashley Kelly (BVI), Amy Allcock (GBR).

Men’s 400: Jarryd Dunn (GBR), Richard Buck (GBR), Chumaine Fitten (JAM), Manteo Mitchell (USA), Brian Gregan (IRL), Dara Kervick (IRL).

Interesting fact: The 2015 Morton Games will produce possibly the biggest gathering of 4 minute milers at an event ever in Ireland with some 23 sub 4:00 milers competing spread through the Morton Mile, Albie Thomas 3000 and 800.

Admission to Morton Games: €10.00 with children accompanied by an adult free. Tickets can be purchased at Clonliffe Harriers, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9pm.

Event website:

Tickets for Morton Games on sale this week

Tickets for Morton Games available in Clonliffe Harriers this week. Friday nights Morton Games is expected to draw a very big crowd to Santry. Top class fields have been assembled in every race with some of the world’s finest athletes taking part.

In order to secure a place on the night to see the Morton Games it is recommended that the opportunity be availed of to purchase tickets in advance. With this in mind tickets for the Morton Games will be available in the Clonliffe Harriers clubhouse on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

To avoid disappointment it is strongly recommended that tickets be purchased now. Tickets are 10.00 with children, accompanied by a paying adult going free. Without a doubt the best value in town.

See for all updates.


Quick weekend round up

With Morton Games basically a full time job, here`s run through of weekend action. On your marks…

Tralee Marathon yesterday July 18th and a win, for the comeback kid Gary O`Hanlon, time around 2.43.

BMC Meet at the historic Iffley Road in Oxford Saturday night where Mark McDonald recorded a time of 1.53.36 placing 3rd in his 800. Eoin Pierce ran a 4.16.19 mile as he edges towards full fitness again. Also at last night`s big meet in Heusden, Belgium, Declan Murray won his 800 race in the pre program in 1.47.66.

In Mullingar today Michael MacDiarmada ran 53.23 finishing runner up in the 10 Mile.

This morning the Fingal 10k took place, where Mark Kenneally ran an excellent race finishing 2nd 29.48. Others Ernie Ramsey 36.21 and David Brady 37.11.

Finally round 2 of the league in Morton Stadium where both men`s and women`s teams put on great displays looking like both topped the table. Highlights: Brian Gregan`s super 45.98 400 win, Snezana Bechtina`s sprints double and 4 x 400 wins for both teams.

Notice: No Juvenile Athletes Training Sunday July 19th

Enjoy a lie in tomorrow! No training for Juvenile athletes Sunday July 19th.

U/14 & U/16 Girls relay teams top 8 in Ireland

The final day of the GloHealth National Juvenile Championships took place in Tullamore today. The 4 Clonliffe Harriers teams, all girls, performed with distinction. Both the U/14`s and U/16`s battled away through semi finals to take their places with the top 8 teams in Ireland in the 4 x 100 finals.

The U/14s Ella Brown, Rachel Fagan, Abby Sheehy and Amy Hodson, with Vicky McDonnell in reserve, put in a great effort in their heat and were fast enough to go through to the All Ireland final as fastest losers. The going was tough in the final but again great battling qualities from the girls, all of whom are middle distance athletes, all the way to the line for 8th place.

The U/16s, Rebecca Fitzsimons, a start performer stepping up from U/15, Amy Connolly, Kate Howlett and Lauren Carr were superb, 3rd in their semi and a battling 7th in a super fast final.

Good runs also today from the u/15`s: Rebecca Fitzsimons, having a busy day, Tess Loftus, Caitlin Butler and Katie Connolly and the U/13`s: Aoife Hession, Emma McDonnell, Holly Roche and Alana Fitzsimons (and reserves Ella Cooley and Sian O`She)

U14 national relay

(pictured U/14 Girls 4 x 100  relay All Ireland Finalists)

U16 national relay

(pictured U/16 Girls 4 x 100 relay All Ireland Finalists)


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