Archive for June, 2017

Grand Prix: Keen as mustard, Conor fastest in Murphy 5

Grand Prix Round 8 report by Liam Hennessy: 50 starters took part in the Michael Murphy 5 Mile Memorial race – Weather was a Dry /10 Degrees – Felt like 6 / Humidity 90% / Wind South Easterly 28km/h / Wet underfoot with trail areas quite greasy – not a bad night for running.

It was tremendous to see such a large attendance of members, who competed in this race over the years, including our president, Paddy Marley. It was also great to see Gerry Mc Cabe, a stalwart on the Grand Prix Committee over recent years, looking so well after a recent setback in the springtime.

The following is the Result of the Handicap for the Michael Murphy 5 Mile Memorial race;

Winner – Mary Purdue Smyth
2nd Place – Melissa Curran
3rd Place – Liam Hennessy

The Murphy family once more presented the prize for the fastest runner to Conor Keane.

Full list of results as follows;

1. Conor Keane – 28.59
2. Shane Casey – 30.38
3. Clive Ahern – 30.49
4. Anto Doran – 31.02
5. Stephen Tracey – 31.23
6. Kevin Dowling – 31.31
7. Emma Dunne – 31.58
8. Niall Markey – 32.02
9. Alan Worrall – 32.24
10. Thomas Frayne – 32.31
11. Mick Bermingham – 32.50
12. Philip Matthews – 33.25
13. Fergal Keenan – 33.35
14. Des Shorten – 33.42
15. Declan Grant – 34.10
16. Laura Kernan – 34.17
17. Mick Gleeson – 34.29
18. David O’ Sullivan – 34.32
19. Ollie Power – 34.36
20. Murray Ahern – 34.37
21. Tom Cassidy – 34.48
22. Trevor Wisdom – 35.24
23. Adrian Gerard – 35.27
24. Liam Hennessy – 35.36
25. Jim Keogh – 35.46
26. Declan Murray – 36.09
27. Ciaran O’ Regan – 36.46
28. Connor Jennings – 37.07
29. Dave Hanley – 37.13
30. Ann Lyons – 37.31
31.Keith Farrell (Guest) – 37.44
32. Pat Devitt – 37.52
33. Orla Deighan – 38.02
34. Melissa Curran – 38.10
35. Mary Purdue Smyth – 38.27
36. Jennifer Sharkey – 39.01
37. Roisin Daly (Guest) – 39.33
38. Pat Healy (Guest) – 40.42
39. Niall O’ Connor – 40.47
40. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 40.49
41. Sue Kelly – 41.12
42. Ann Mc Donnell – 41.21
43. Dave Brady – 41.57
44. Pat Bonass – 43.04
45. Ciara Faherty – 45.26
46. Dave Lyons – 48.03

Many thanks to all who helped make this race happen, from the starter, timekeeper, lead bike, marshalls, etc.

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.
Next Race – Round 9 – Club Championship – 800 Metres – Morton Stadium – Thursday, July 6th8pm. This is the shortest race of the series, so warm up well to avoid injury – Best of luck – See you there !!!
And remember, only a week later – Round 10 – Club Championship – 1500 Metres – Morton Stadium – Thursday, July 13th8pm.

No Training for Gladys`group tonight

Gaadys has cancelled training tonight for her group.

Morton Games Officially Launched Today

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin T.D. today launched Morton Games International Track and Field Meet at a reception which was held in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street.

The attendees at the launch included Ciara Mageean, European 1500m bronze medallist from 2016, the Deputy Mayor of Fingal Councillor Adrian Henchy, Mr. John Treacy CEO of Sport Ireland, Ms. Georgina Drumm, President of Athletics Ireland and Paddy Marley, President of Clonliffe Harriers.

Speaking at the launch Minister Griffin said: “I am delighted that the 2017 Morton Games, which is now one of the premier international track and field events in the country, will once again provide our top Irish athletes with the chance to challenge themselves against some of the best athletes in the world.  It will also be a wonderful opportunity for athletes to prepare for the World Championships which take place in London in August.

The range of athletes taking part this year from across the globe shows the true extent of the organisational work involved.  I want to compliment and thank the organising committee for their hard work and commitment in putting together a truly international athletics Meet.  I am sure it will be a successful and exciting event once again.”

Morton Games International Athletics takes place in the Morton Stadium Santry on Wednesday July 12th.  This will be an exciting night of athletics packed into a compact international programme from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.  In addition to Ciara Mageean in the Women’s 800 Rio Olympian Angie Petty (NZD) will race along with the winner of last year’s race Alex Bell (GBR), also confirmed is Adelle Tracey (GBR).  One of the feature races on the night will be the Men’s 400 hurdles with the confirmed participation of Ireland’s Thomas Barr, who was a 4th place finisher in the Olympic Games in Rio.  Barr will face 2016 European silver medallist Sergio Fernandez (ESP) and former world champion Jehue Gordon (TTO).  The most famous race in Irish athletics, the Morton Mile, will be the feature race at 9 p.m. with a field packed with sub 4 minute milers including Kyle Merber (USA), Sam McEntee (AUS) and Daniel Herrera (MEX).

For further details see

Men lead standings after round 1 of league

Clonliffe Harriers defending champions, and 3rd place in the European Clubs B Group this year, got the defence of the national title off to a tip top start in topping the standings at the end of the first round.

Clonliffe were drawn for the round in the Tallaght stadium along with DSD, Raheny, St. Abbans, Kildare County, Donore Harriers and Finn Valley.

With wins clocked up by Rory Gunning in the javelin (56.25m), Andri Mahin in the triple jump (13.41m), in the Hammer Simon Galligan (55.80m), Pole Vault David Donegan (4.20m) and Leo Morgan in the 100 (10.98) things got off to a very solid start. 2nd place positions and good points contribution were also chipped in by Eoin McCullough in the Steeplechase (10.14.71), Rouls Olusa, 2nd in the 110 hurdles in 16.39 and 2nd also in the Discus (37.41m) and also double 2nd by Keith Marks – High Jump 1.90m, Long Jump 7.06m, there was also 2nd place by Luke Mangan in the shot (14.24m).  In the relay the 4 x 100 team also placed 2nd 43.50 and indeed the 4 x 400 squad were also 2nd 3.27.47.  Other Clonliffe performances in Tallaght included Mark McDonald running a 400 PB in 3rd place of 50.58, young Greg Hosenay finishing 3rd in the 3000 walk, Adam O’Brien 4th in the 1500 and Dara Kervick 4th in the 200 (22.33).  In the 800 Shaun Connaghan was 7th in the 800 in 2.02.20 and Liam Roarty was a fine 3rd in the 5000 in 15.55.15.

At the end of the day Clonliffe had 125 points and topped the standings between the two venues.

The Women’s team were also in action in Tallaght but not being in a position to cover all of the events found the going fairly tough and ended the day in 6th place.  There was a win on the day in the javelin from Denise Byrne (35.93) and maximum points also contributed by Caoimhe Morris in the Hammer (42.20).  Some of the club’s younger athletes put in fine performances, notably Hannah Browne 3rd in the 1500, Rebecca Fitzsimons 5th in the 100, Raffa Diamond Ebbs 6th in the Long Jump and then both girls competing on the 4 x 100 relay team that placed 4th.  Other performances from the ladies on the day:  Emma Kelly 4th in the 400 hurdles (71.70), Leah Bergin 4th in the 400, Louise Carragher 5th in the 3000, Emma Kelly 4th in the 200, Eimear Treacy 3rd in the 800 (2.23.52), in the 4 x 400 relay the team placed 3rd (4.06.86), Denise Byrne also placed 6th in the Shot Putt (7.51) and 3rd in the Discus whilst Diana Markina was 5th in the High Jump.

The second round of the league takes place on July 30th.

Grand Prix News: update on leaderboard, Mick Murphy 5

The leaderboard has been updated and can be accessed on the Grand Prix Series page, go to menu bar, see Promotions. The current leader after 7 rounds is Niall O`Connor on 134 points, with Mick Bermingham on 133 and Anton Doran 3rd on 131.

Next up is the Mick Murphy Memorial 5 Mile in Malahide Castle on Thursday evening, June 29th at 8.00pm, two laps of the Castle grounds. The Michael Murphy Memorial Race has been running now for some 36 years. The race was first run in the grounds of Malahide Castle back in 1980, the fastest time recorded that day was by Michael Murphy in a time of just over twenty-four minutes, tragically later that year, Michael was killed in a road traffic accident in the United States and the following year the 5 mile race was run in his memory. Michael’s family donated the cup and have almost every year been in attendance on the race night to present their prize to the fastest man. The race is one of the highlights of the club year and is one of the jewels in the Grand Prix series.

Needless to say anyone not running who fancies helping out come along on the evening. The prize giving will take place in Malahide Cricket Club and members are encouraged to remain on for a good social evening.

Gregan first in European League (updated)

Brian Gregan put in a superb performance for the Irish Team in the European First League Team Championships this weekend. In Friday`s heats he was fastest in 46.24 and on Saturday he bagged maximum points with a 45.83 win in poor conditions.

At the close of Saturday`s play Ireland lie 7th.

Sunday, day 2: Stephen Rice finished 10th in the javelin with a 63.17m best. In the 3000 sc David Flynn ran 9.12.70 placing 11th. The 4 x 400 team was 2nd in 3.05.08.

Rolus gets International call up

Rolus Olusa has been named in the Irish team for the European Combined Events Cup which takes place in Monzon, Spain on July 1st and 2nd.

Roads: Sergiu wins in Dunshaughlin plus more

The big race of the weekend was the Dunshaughlin 10k last night where Sergiu Ciobanu was the winner in 30.12. Gary Murray was 4th in 31.25, sandwiching Kenyan pairing of Peter Somba (Dunshaughlin) and Freddy Keron (Raheny) in 2nd and 3rd. A good run also from Sean Doran 22nd (33.39) and a pb for Robert Reid of 35.54 (3rd O/50). Full results can be found on

There was a win also for David Mansfield in the Waterford Quarter Marathon (36.32)

Also today (Sunday) Stephen Scullion was 14th in the BAA Boston 10k Road Race in 30.47.

Clonliffe results from IMC Belfast Meet (updated)

A number of the club`s athletes travelled North for today`s IMC meet at the Mary Peter`s Track, Belfast today. In the 800 A 6th Mark McDonald 1.55.17 with Conor Healy 8th in 1.55.63. Eleanor Alexander 9th in the women`s A race (2.13.90). Moving on to the 1500s and a fine run by Craig Giles in the B 1500 2nd in 4.05.01. Then in the 3000 from a big field: 8th Cathal Doyle 8.37.14, Sean O`Leary (8.49.12) , Declan Power (9.10.25) and Daniel Lacey (9.20.13).

In the sprints: 400m Leah Bergin 3rd (58.38) with Emma Kelly 4th (61.26). 2nd in the 100 Leah Moore (12.06) and Keith Pike 3rd in the 100 (11.06).

Also at the BMC Watford Meet Jayme Rossister ran 8.13.10 to finish 7th in the 3000 A race.

Aaron Cullen 3rd at Tailteann Games

The Tailteann Inter Provincial Track and Field took place at a newly painted and freshened Morton Stadium today in great weather, although the wind did whip up a bit as the afternoon progressed.

Clonliffe had two athletes competing for Leinster Schools. Aaron Cullen in the 1500 displayed fantastic fighting spirit as he came back from the dead at 200 to go in 4th and slipping back to 5th to rally down the home straight and battle back to bronze in 4.08.65. Likewise Jordan Byrne battled all the way in the tough 1500 SC, an opening lap of 65 seconds by the race winner virtually destroyed the field and left all struggling, Jordan faught all the way to a most commendable 5th place (4.53.82).

Guesting in the long jump was Keith Marks who produced a best of 7.06m.


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