Archive for July, 2016

Morton Games highlights on TV schedule

Currently available broadcast times for the 2016 Morton Games –

Irish TV
Fri 29 July – 9:00pm

eir Sport
Sun 31 July12:25pm – eir Sport 2
Mon 1 Aug8:00am – eir Sport 2
Mon 1 Aug11:00am – eir Sport 1
Tue 2 Aug11:30pm – eir Sport 2
Wed 3 Aug8:00am – eir Sport 1
Fri 5 Aug11:00am – eir Sport 1
Sun 7 Aug3:00am – eir Sport 1 (Sat night)
Sun 7 Aug10:30am – eir Sport 1
Sun 7 Aug7:00pm – eir Sport 1

Premier Sports UK
Sun 31 July12:25pm
Mon 1 Aug8:00am
Tue 2 Aug11:30pm

Fox Sports 2 Africa
Sun 28 Aug – 1000CAT/0800GMT
Mon 29 Aug – 1330CAT/1130GMT
Fri 2 Sept – 1515CAT/1315GMT
Mon 5 Sept – 0815CAT/0615GMT

5000m club championship and Grand Prix series race 11

Race report by Liam Hennessy;
42 Finishers – 17 degrees – 85% Humidity – Slight breeze.
Club Champion 2016 – Adam O’ Brien
Second Place – Tom Sherlock
Third Place – Sean Doran
Club Champion – 2016 – Maura Matthews
Second Place – Allanah Cooley
Third Place – Emma Harding
Main results as follows;
Adam O’ Brien – 15.19
Tom Sherlock – 16.28
Sean Doran – 16.48
Conor Keane – 17.02
Joe Cooper – 17.07
Ernie Ramsey – 17.10
Colm Hickey – 17.48
Richard Mannion – 17.54
Niall Sherlock – 17.59
Thomas Frayne – 18.05
M. Mc Govern – 18.15
Jeremy Chapman – 18.17
Shane Casey – 18.17.2….P.B !!!
Kevin Dowling – 18.17.8…P.B !!!
Karl Nolan – 18.22
Liam Hennessy – 19.34
Maura Matthews – 19.36…P.B !!!
Alan Worrell – 20.05
Trevor Wisdom – 20.07
Allanah Cooley – 20.09
Mick Gleeson – 20.20…P.B !!!
Pat Byrne – 20.24
Emma Harding – 20.31
Colm Leonard – 20.37
Murray Ahern – 20.45
Emma Dunne – 20.47…HUGE P.B !!!
Richard Barr – 20.52
James Smith – 20.54…BIG P.B !!!
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 21.15…HUGE P.B !!!
Clodagh Moriarty – 21.32
Alison O’ Sullivan – 21.37
Declan Grant – 21.44
Pat Devitt – 21.46
Terry Mee – 22.07
Michael Smith – 22.13
Declan Murray – 22.30
Philip – 22.36
Connor Jennings – 22.54
Pat Bonass – 23.16
Evelyn Brennan – 24.43
Dave Brady – 25.56
John Langan – Ran a lap too many and incurred a time penalty !! ( No time available)
I’m sure there were a few more p.b’s tonite; however i mentioned the ones i had to hand.
Apologies for any misspelling of any name above. Special thanks to Fergus Wheatley, who provided fabulous timing and to all who volunteered at trackside tonight.
Next Race – August Series – Race 1 – 1500Metres – Thursday, 4th August – Morton Stadium – 8pm.
Grand Prix Series resumes – Thursday, 1st September – Round 12 – The Walker Cup – 4 miles on Track – Morton Stadium – 8pm.

Power leads big Clonliffe presence home in Fingal 10k

The Fingal 10k, part of the Dublin Race Series took place in Swords on Sunday morning. The event attracted at big Clonliffe presence by way of competing and stewarding.

Declan Power lead the Clonliffe crew home 14th in a fast 32.58, 32nd was David Brady 35.32, 38th Ernie Ramsey 35.46 and 58th local man Conor Keane 36.24.

Other Clonliffe times: Niall Gorman 37.54, Thomas Frayne 37.48, Richard Mannion 38.16, Fergal O`Shea 38.47, Colm McDonnell 39.31, Niall Markey 41.00, Stephan Treacy 41.29, Shane Rooney 41.48, Michael Gleeson 41.57, Trevor Wisdom 42.27, Ciara Peelo 42.54, Aideen Brady 43.26, Emma Harding 44.09, Alison O`Sullivan 44.18, Emer O`Toole 46.30, Declan Grant 46.09, Emer Brennan 47.02,Brid Beausang 47.22, Andrew Eustace 46.24, Pat Devitt 47.42, Jennifer Carpenter 48.31, Ciara Oregan 49.12, Robert Tucker 51.03, Susan Kelly 51.12, Yvonne McDonagh 52.52.

The club and Dublin Race Series have conveyed their thanks to all the Clonliffe crew who turned out for stewarding duties.

Also a reminder for Dublin Marathon that July 31st (next Sunday) is the final date for guaranteed entry to the Marathon. If therefore you are running you are strongly advised to enter NOW to avoid disappointment.

National Juvenile titles won by Sally and Adam (updated)

The GloHealth National Juvenile Championships – Day 2 took place in Tullamore yesterday (Saturday) with some of the club`s best Juvenile athletes competing. It was again another successful outing by the Black and Amber with top class performances put in yielding National titles, medals and pbs.

Young Sally Sumola must get the “MVP” award after a superb day for her. Sally earlier in the day won the U/13 long jump with a best of 4.55m and later won silver in the 80m (10.84).

Also in the sprints Caitlin O`Reilly took silver in the U/17 100m in 12.44. A brave effort in the U/16 100 by Rebecca Fotzsimons, doing very well to make the start line after recent injury.

Adam O`Brien in the U/19 3000 finished like a sprinter as with 200 to go be went for 3rd to 1st (and making up 30 plus meters!) to take the National title in 8.58.83. Also in the 3000, in the U/16 race Ben Guiden ran a pb of 9.45.87 in placing 7th with a jet lagged Daniel Stone 13th (10.53.81). In the U/17 race there was a 7th place finish by Daniel Lacey (9.40.81) and 14th by Jordan Byrne (10.06.02).

The field eventers once again delivered in some style! Justinas Gedvilas took silver in the U/19 juvenile with a 49.59 throw and Jonas Norvaisas bronze in the U/13 shot.

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Adam O b 16

Day 3:Sunday and again quality performances. Adam O`Brien after his epic 3000 win yesterday took bronze in the U/19 1500 in 4.07.45. Bronze also in the 1500 in the U/16s as Cian Bolger ran a huge pb of 4.17.05. Craig Giles, having won the U/17 800 title two weeks back was again superb as he took silver in the 1500 (4.06.95). Alannah Cooley was 5th in the girls U/19 1500 in a time of 5.11.40.

Caitlin O`Reilly was just out of luck in the U/17 200, placing 4th in 25.74, having ran 26.25 in her heat.

Cian 1500 nationals

Craig 1500 nationals

Morton Games sprinkles the magic dust once again!

Another night of magic at the Morton Games! July 22nd produced a wonderful Meet in the Morton Stadium, Santry on a perfect night for athletics: warm, dry and still. Once again the athletes at Morton Games rose to the occasion with some fantastic performances.

Where to start? A record 11 sub 4 minute miles in the Morton Mile? Ciara Mageean`s brave attempt at sub 2? Katie Mackey`s Mile stadium and meet record? Jeff Coover`s stadium and meet record in the Pole Vault? David Smith`s high jump meet record?

From the outset of the meet it appeared that magic was in the air. A super Juvenile mile (16 legs) relay brought the early arrivals to their feet as 8 teams battle it out with Tallaght AC taking the baton home 1st.

The Allianz Men`s 800 Wheelchair race, a first in this meet, was a great spectacle, a full race of 7 athletes lead home by Rio bound Kildare man Paddy Monahan in 1.48.38.

The Aon women`s 100 saw Nigeria`s Stephanie Kalu take the win in 11.60 with Niamh Whelan heading the chasing Irish (11.72) with Joan Healy 3rd. The Aon men`s 100 was a great race with all 10 lanes in use. Joe Morris (USA) was 1st with a 10.23 run, 2nd was sub ten seconds man Dentarius Locke (USA) with Bismark Boateng (CAN) 3rd.

The two Loki Sports 400 races also produced excellent races Terrence Agard (NED) taking race 1 in 47.49 fron Scotland`s Greg Louden 47.72 and Timmy Crowe of host club Clonliffe 3rd (47.91). Race 2 produced a win for Sadam Koumi (SUD) 45.76, with Winston George (GUY) 2nd in an identical time and last year`s winner Jarryd Dunn (GBR) 3rd.

Despite the withdrawal of Irish favourite Thomas Barr through injury, the 400 H (sponsored by Tucks Fasteners and Fixings) was a star studded affair that included 2013 World Champion Jehue Gordon (TTO) and former European Champion Rhys Williams (GBR). It was Williams that proved the stronger coming down the home straight and to come home a clear winner in 49.50, USA Olympic Trials finalist Quincy Downing was 2nd 49.88 and Cristain Morton (NGR) on his first Morton Games visit 3rd 50.02.

Meanwhile in the field events the high jump was won by Scot David Smith in a Meet record of 2.22m and Jeff Coover (USA) on his return to Santry topped the Stadium and Meet record with a best pole vault of 5.57m.

The 800s were to be the most dramatic events of the night. First off the Muscle Clinic men`s 800 where Shaq Walker after latching onto the pace maker had a huge lead with 280 to go and with the pack closing lost 1st place meters from the line as 2015 European Junior Champion Kyle Langford clocking a season`s best of 1.46.73 got his head in front with Ireland`s Zak Curran producing a pb of 1.46.78 for 2nd, Walker with a 1.46.79 was relegated to 3rd. The Marathon Mission 16 Women`s 800 was the most eagerly awaited race of the night as Ciara Mageean had the eye`s of the stadium fixed on her pursuit of the Irish Record. After an extremely brave attempt the European 1500 bronze medallist was overhauled by Alex Bell (GBR) both running pb`s Bell clocking 2.00.53 to Mageean`s 2.00.79. USA`s Baylee Mires was 3rd in 2.02.60.

The bravest run of the night paid dividends. In the Albie Thomas 3000 Jonny Taylor (GBR) was the only athlete to follow the pace makers finding himself maybe 60m clear, with 2 to go he was tiring with the chasing pack on his heels, 400 to go and he looked in trouble but digging deep he held on to win in the Morton Games for the first time in 7.56.06, Richard Weir (GBR) was 2nd 7.56.66 and Ireland`s Matt Bergin running a pb in 3rd 7.58.63.

Finally the miles. First the women`s mile a battle royal saw Katie Mackey (USA) continued her brilliant current form, after her pb in the Diamond League in Monaco last weekend, another pb and a Meet and Stadium record 4.25.48, Heather Kampf (USA) was 2nd 4.27.33 and Cory McGee (USA) 3rd 4.28.55. Unbelievably every single athlete in the race (12) ran pbs!!

Then at 9.00pm sharp the Morton Mile. The magic wasn’t over just yet. With the pacers, as had been the case all night, doing excellent work the whole field were on sub 4 pace, at the bell it was anyone`s race, at the final turn it was anyone`s race, with 50 to go it was anyone`s race, and then Johnny Gregorek (USA) came around the long side to win in 3.55.75, 2nd Kyle Merber (USA) 3.55.79, 3rd Alexander Colby 3.55.93.  The sub 4s kept on coming until Paul Robinson (IRL) 3.58.75 in 11th place……11 sub 4s a Morton Mile record.

A word also about first time sub 4 young James West (GBR) coached by the legendary George Gandy who in running 3.58.69 took some 17 seconds off his pb!

A fitting finale to a magical night.

Thank you all our sponsors, supporters, volunteers, and athletes for helping to make Morton Games what it is: Magic!!

Full results see

Men and Women’s teams through to National League finals

Both the Men and Women’s teams have comfortably made it through to the final round of the National League, which will be held in Tullamore on August 7th.

Round up: Sean O`Leary runs for Ireland at SIAB International

Congratulations to Sean O’Leary who earned a schools international vest on Saturday the 16th. Sean place 5th in the U/17 3000 (9.13.21) in Ashford, England. Overall the Irish team performed very well and ended the competition 2nd behind a strong England team, ahead of Wales and Scotland.

Also on Saturday at the Snowdon International Mountain Race in Wales Clonliffe senior cross country regulars James Kevan was 8th and Brian MacMahon was runner in the uphill Super Cup.

On Sunday at the Clogherhead Seaside 10k Joseph Cooper was 3rd in 37.31

Morton Games updates with only days left

Friday`s Morton Games will see some top class athletes competing in a tight action packed programme. The International athletes commences at 7.00pm, with a pre programme from 5.30pm, the meet will conclude with the iconic Morton Mile at 9.00pm.

Please visit the event site for updates

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Adam O`Brien wins club 1500

Liam Hennessey reports on a win in the Clonliffe 1500 club championships tonight for junior athlete Adam O`Brien in a time of 4.16 on a perfect night for running.

Race Report and Results provided by Liam Hennessy as follows; 46 Finishers – 17 Degrees – Cloudy – Light breeze – Good conditions for fast times.
Club Champion – Adam O’Brien
2nd Place – Sean Doran
3rd Place – Niall Norman
Club Champion – Ciara Peelo
2nd Place – Aideen Brady
3rd Place – Maura Matthews
Full Results;
Race 1
Adam O’Brien – 4.16
Sean Doran – 4.24
Niall Norman – 4.31
Race 2
Ray Dunne – 4.42
Kevin Dowling – 4.44
Shane Casey – 4.52
Clive Ahern – 5.08
Race 3
Daragh Cullen – 5.08
Trevor Wisdom – 5.14
Stephen Tracey – 5.14.5
Ciara Peelo – 5.17
Tom Monks – 5.19
Alan Worrell – 5.20
Noel Daly – 5.23
Aideen Brady – 5.25
Mick Gleeson – 5.26
Maura Matthews – 5.28
Liam Hennessy – 5.35
Richie Barr – 5.51
Race 4
James Smith – 5.25
Nick Smith – 5.27
Alan Hughes – 5.28
Sean Mc Goldrick – 5.34
Simon Smith – 5.40
Martin Cavanagh 5.42
Clodagh Moriarty – 5.44
Eimear Brennan – 5.47
Philip Daughen – 5.48
Deirdre Fitzsimons – 5.49
Laura Kernan – 5.53
Terry Mee – 6.04
Sinead Smyth – 6.07
Race 5
Niall O’Connor – 5.58
Carol Flood – 6.17
Ann Lyons – 6.18
Anna Kavanagh – 6.18.2
Dave Lyons – 6.21
Evelyn Brennan – 6.38
Yvonne Mc Donagh – 6.42
Declan Hetherington – 6.50
Millie Ruzvidzo – 6.59
John Langan – 7.22
Dave Brady – 7.29
Ciara Faherty – 7.37
Tom Flood – 8.18
Connor Daly – 8.53
Apologies for any misspelling of any name above.
Many thanks to our race sponsor Pat Byrne.
Next race in the Grand Prix Series – 5000Metres  – Thursday – July 28th8pm.
Looking forward to a big turnout on 28th – See you then.

Flynner 3rd in Docklands 5k

At tonights Docklands 5k in central Dublin David Flynn was 3rd in a fast 14.58, 4th Conor Healy 15.20, 15th David Brady 16.32. Also Emma Harding 19.31.


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