Archive for July, 2016

Round 2 of National League teams go to Belfast

Both the men & womens teams travel North to the Mary Peters Track in Belfast for round 2 of the GloHealth National League on Sunday. The men are currently on top with the women also well place and both look strong enough to qualify for the League Final at the start of August.

Bus leave the clubhouse at 8.45 am sharp. If you are not using the bus and are making your own way please tell your relevant Captain.

Current Standings:

Premier League rd 2

premier league women

Club Championships/Grand Prix 1500 tonight

Tonight at 8.00pm the club 1500 championships takes place for the Simon Byrne Memorial Cup in conjunction with the latest round of the Grand Prix Series, sponsored by Pat Byrne.

The Championships are of course open to all club members and is not restricted to the Grand Prix Series. With the weather conditions looking favourable fast times are on the cards.

Morton Games Stewards/Team Leaders/Car Park Attendant’s etc.

A Safety/Information  Briefing will be held in the Clubhouse on Tuesday 19th July at 8:30p.m. It is expected the briefing will take 30 minutes.  In addition to the briefing all stewards will be issued their accreditation for the night plus the specially commissioned t-shirt.  We require all Team Leaders to be in attendance also.  Thank you again for your commitment to assit  on the night.


Morton Games Launched by Minister O`Donovan

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, today launched the Morton Games International Track and Field event at a reception held in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street. Ireland’s new European 1500m bronze medallist Ciara Mageean was also in attendance at the launch and will compete in the 800m at the Morton Games, which take place on Friday July 22nd.

MG Launch

Speaking at the launch Minister O’Donovan said: “Now in its sixth year the Morton Games has well established itself as one of the premier track and field events in the country. I am delighted to be here launching it in the company of Ciara Mageean, Ireland’s latest European Championship medal winner.  The Morton Games is a fantastic opportunity for the Irish public to come and show their support for our athletes and to witness some of Ireland’s top international athletes in action as they compete against athletes from across the globe. It promises to be an exciting night of athletics.  I want to acknowledge the contribution made by all involved in the organisation and running of the Morton Games and I wish them and all of the athletes who are participating, a very successful event.”

Morton Games in six short years has proved to be one of the best international athletics fixtures in Ireland and in recent years Morton Games has time after time delivered with some world class athletes coming to compete in what is Dublin city’s only international track and field Meet. This year’s Morton Games will include in addition to Ciara Mageean some of Ireland’s top international athletics stars including Thomas Barr in the 400 hurdles where he will face among an international field the 2013 world champion Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobego.

Also confirmed for Morton Games are the 2015 men and women’s 800m World University champions Shaquille Walker (USA) and Angie Petty (NZD).

Morton Games will also feature Ireland’s men’s 400m team who narrowly missed out on qualification for the Rio Olympics at the European championships on Sunday including Brian Gregan, Craig Lynch and David Gillick.

The Morton Games will commence with a pre programme at 5.30 p.m. with the international athletics commencing at 7 p.m. and concluding with the iconic Morton Mile itself at 9 p.m.  It promises to be an exciting night of sport in the Morton Stadium Santry.

Carrig and Giles win National titles for Clonliffe

The small group of Clonliffe athletes in action at today`s GloHealth National Juveniles in Tullamore delivered in some style. Conditions couldn`t be described as idea,it was warm and close, chilly, windy and showery, a right mixed bag, but the middle distance Harriers were undeterred.

Sean Carrig nationals 16

Sean Carrig in the U/19 sc delivered on the promise he has shown over the past couple of years with a finely executed victory. With the early pace slow he took over the proceedings at half way controlling the race until 500 to go when he began winding up the pace and with an excellent final lap took his first national tile in 9.42.75, only two and a half seconds shy of Brian Flanagan`s championship record. A fine run also in this race from the much improved Thomas Ward 4th (10.46.59)

Craig Giles nationals 16

Likewise Craig Giles was simply excellent in the U/17 800. Earlier in the day Craig won his heat in 2.03.52. In the final at the bell slightly boxed in he had his move to get out, with 150 to go he was several meters in arrears but never panicked and over hauled the leader 20 meters from the line to go sub two for the first time (1.58.98) and more importantly win the national title.

Cian Bolger nationals 16

Cian Bolger also enjoyed a great run in the U/16 800, an excellent race by the young man saw him finish in superb silver in a pb of 2.01.89. Aaron Cullen also had a fine run in his first National final 12th in 2.09.41.

Amy Hodson continues to show massive improvement. Amy comfortably qualified from her U/15 800 heat in 2.28.12 and then in a classy final improved her time to 2.27.38 in placing 5th.

In the U/18 800 Joseph Hession went sub 2 (1.59.52) in his heat, but found his legs drained over the final 200 in the final to be run out of a medal in 4th (2.02.55). In the U/19 800 Greg Hosseny was never firing on all four cylinders and placed well down somewhat disappointed.

Gregan and Co. 5th in 4 x 400 Euro final

Updated: Congratulations to Brian Gregan who lead the Irish team of Craig Lynch, David Gillick and Thomas Barr to the European 4 x 400 final. In Saturday`s`s heats the team finished 4th and progressed into tomorrow`s final as one of the fastest losers.

Gregan got the team off to a good start with 46.4 split before passing on to Lynch who clocked 45.9. He handed to Gillick who ran 46.01 diving across the line passing to 400 hurler Barr who anchored the team with 46.04.

They were hoping for a time of 3:04.25 or better to get back into the top 16 for the Olympics in Rio and although short of this will have a final do or die opportunity at 6.50pm tomorrow. The target time is 3.04.05.

Ciara McCallion was also in relay action on Saturday running the final leg as the team recorded a season`s best of 3:34.02 to finish 8th in heat 2.

Sunday: The 4 X 400 team, again, lead out by Brian Gregan put in a spirited display as they chased that Rio spot, along they finished outside of the desired time, an excellent 5th place was the result in 3.04.32.

Earlier this morning Sergiu Ciobanu finished the Half Marathon in 67.46 as the Irish team placed 7th overall.



Morton Games, Friday 22nd: Latest news

Now with less than two weeks to go, Friday week, July 22nd things are hotting up. has all the latest updates:

Rio bound Angie to make Santry stop off

The winner of last year`s 800 in a meet record of 1.59.89 Angie Petty will return for July 22nd`s Morton Games. The New Zealander has a pb of  1.59.03 which she set while winning the World University title in 2015 while use this race as part of her build up to the Rio Olympic Games.

Rio will be Angie`s first Olympic Games, but she has a wealth international experience behind her approaching the Games having competed at two World Championships in Moscow 2013 and Beijing 2015, at the World Indoor Championships in 2014 and was a finalist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (5th place).

European Junior champion Langford for 800

Kyle Langford (GBR) the reigning European Junior champion is a confirmed starter in the Muscle Clinic Men`s 800 at Morton Games. Langford took the junior title in Sweden in July of last year. Two years previously he was a bronze medallist at the World Youths Championships, he has also competed at World Championsip level, running in Beijing last year, and has competed in the Diamond League finishing 5th in the 800 at the 2015 London Diamond League where he recorded a new pb of 1.45.78.

Watch out Coover`s about

Morton Games is delighted to have the confirmed return to Santry of ace pole vaulter Jeff Coover (USA). Coover last competed in the meet in 2013, unfortunately his schedule since has not brought him back to Europe until now. With a 5.68m pb and an sb of 5.50m set at last weekend`s US Olympic trials he may well be the man to beat on July 22nd.

Also currently confirmed for the pole vault are British trio of Cameron Walker-Shepard, pb 5.20m, his training partner Jack Phipps, also a 5.20m man and Nick Cole, 5.05m.

More updated closer to the meet.


Round up: BMC Meet Solihull, plus more

Clonliffe results from tonight`s BMC Meet in Solihull: 5000m Aaron Hanlon 14.33.11, 1500 Eoin Pierce 4.01.46, Mark McDonald 800 1.57.59. Dave Flynn as a result of an injury flare up was a DNF.

David Flynn third in Dunleer 4 mile Gary O’Hanlon second in Clontarf half marathon Declan Murray 3rd in H2 of 800m in Kortrijk (1.48.62)

U/16 Girls take bronze at National relays

The Clonliffe U/16 girls 4 x 100 squad had a great run today at the GloHealth Nationals in Tullamore today. The team of Rebecca, Success, Rapha, Jessica and Caitlin took bronze in 51.30. The U/14 girls were just out of the medals as Holly, Emma, Kristin and Katie placed 4th.

Gregan through to European Semis (updated Thursday)

Brian Gregan safely negotiated his way through the 400 heats this morning at the European Championships in Amsterdam. Running in heat 3 Gregan recorded a time of 47.02, 11th fastest of the day and will line up in the semi finals tomorrow.

Thursday: Declan Murray went out in the 800 semis, 20th fastest, in 1.50.10.



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