Archive for July, 2017

Greta 4th at World Para Games

Clonliffe`s Greta Streimikyte tonight finished in 4th place in the T13 1500 at the world Paralympic Games in London. Greta ran a season`s best of 4.47.54.

Another magical Morton Games

Morton Games last night proved to be another superb night of athletics in Santry. Throughout the course of the day the weather was exceptionally kind, a bright sunny day, at times cloudy but overall an excellent night for athletics.  Although the wind did pick up a little on occasions this on the whole did not deter the athletes with tremendously exciting races all round.

There were three outstanding highlights.

In the Loki Sports 400 local hero Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) lined up as pre race favourite, with the World Championship qualifying time already bagged it meant that Brian could simply focus on racing and running fast without the burden of having to run fast. The result – Grehan ran his fastest ever time! At the top bend Gregan was sitting in maybe 3rd place, however, he simply stepped on the gas to power down the home straight and by the finish was yards in front of his pursuers.  Gregan was naturally enough ecstatic with his time of 45.26 which was a new Meet record, a personal best and a Clonliffe Harriers club record.  2nd place was Anderson Henriques (BRA) 45.51 with the multi decorated head band wearing Conrad Williams (GBR) 3rd in 46.78.

Brian Gregan morton games

The decision of the organisers to change the Albie Thomas Memorial from a 3000 to 5000 paid off in spades. This race really attracted the attention of the international athletes who came to Dublin chasing the world qualifying mark of 13.22.5.  The pace making in the 5000 was superb with the two pacers hitting the mark within a single second of the pre-arranged pace.  With the field strung out behind as the second pacer pulled out at 3000 big Collis Birmingham (AUS) led the train with his Aussie teammate Stewart McSweyn latching onto his tail.  These two dropped the rest of the field although Great Britain’s Ben Conor, the English national cross country champion, seemed to get stronger as the race progressed and he looked to be the only athlete from the chasing pack who might have got up with the Aussie pair.  With 350 to go McSwyn struck and then powered down the back straight at the finish line the clock showed a time of 13.19.98.  This was not only a Meet record, it also consigned to history the 30 plus year old stadium record of Eamon Coghlan (interesting to see that the first pacer was Eamon’s son John Coghlan!), from McSweyn’s point of view more importantly it was a PB by a massive 15 seconds and was a world qualifying time.  11 athletes broke 14 minutes.

The other outstanding highlight of the Meet came right at the very end, the iconic Morton Mile, sponsored by Behan & Associates and Commercial Hygiene Services. The 16 athletes in this field were well and truly stubbed?? up and it proved to be an outstanding race.  In addition to it being an outstanding race it was also a fast race, although the pack were a little tentative in taking up the early pace, at 800 they were well and truly on it. Once again, as has become a feature of this Morton Mile, with 200 to go it could have been anyone’s race, at the line and making it an Irish double was Robert Domanic (USA) in 3.55.71 followed by up and coming Aussie in a new PB of 3.55.79 Morgan McDonald and also running a PB the USA’s Sam Prakel, 3.56.55.

If we thought last year’s feat of 11 sub 4 minute miles was one never to be beaten it lasted precisely 12 months as Peter Callanan (BEL) was the final sub 4 minute on the night – 3.58.86 – in 12th place.  An unbelievable dozen sub 4 minute miles in the Morton Mile!

In addition to Sam Prakel running his first outdoor sub 4 likewise Tom Marshall (GBR) did the same – 3.58.31 and Ireland’s Sean Tobin joined the Irish sub 4 team with an outstanding 3.58.70. Letterkenny A.C.’s Danny Mooney was tantalisingly close, once again 4.00.12 with Kieran Kelly likewise within touching distance 4.00.70.

In between all of this there was the small matter of the Marathon Mission Women’s 800 again a race which was extremely competitive, there were several athletes chasing that elusive sub 2 including Ireland’s Ciara Mageean, at the finish in a time of 2.01.53 Adelle Tracey (GBR) crossed the line first closely followed by Angie Petty (NZL) and Mageean in 3rd.

It was clear from the starters gun in the Muscle Clinic Men’s 800 that the athletes were more concerned with racing than with chasing the pacemaker. Again it was a stunning race, coming down the home straight it could have been anyone’s and at the line the win was taken by Kyle Langford (GBR) successfully defending the title he won in 2016 in a time of 1.46.98, Jesse Garn (USA) was 2nd 1.47.26 with Anthonio Mascoll 3rd 1.47.33.

The other change made by the organisers was changing the Women’s Mile to a Women’s 1500 particularly with world qualifying mark of 4.07.5 in mind. The result was win for Alexa Efraimson (USA) 4.06.73, Melissa Courtney (GBR) was 2nd 4.07.02 with Sweden’s Linn Nilsson 3rd 4.08.47.

The two short sprint events were pretty sensational, Great Britain visitor Margaret Adeoye just got past Ireland’s Phil Healy with maybe ten metres to go Adeoye winning in 23.78 with Healy 2nd 23.95 and Amy Foster (IRL) 3rd in 23.96.

Former American footballer Jeff Demps (USA) led a US 1, 2 in the 100 in a time of 10.38, Sean McClean was 2nd in an identical time with former stadium record holder Warren Fraser (BAH) 3rd in 10.54.

The Men’s 400 hurdles had got the international section of the Meet off to a great start. It was a really tightly matched affair which was won by Alfredo Sepulveda, the first athlete from Chile to take part in this Meet, in a time of 49.98.  United States multi-eventer Curtis Beach was 2nd in 50.20 with Cameron French (NZL) 3rd in 50.55.

In the field events Jade Lally (GBR) was a comfortable winner of the discus some 5 and a half metres ahead of the field winning with a best throw of 58.19m, Claire Fitzgerald (IRL) was 2nd 52.32 with Phoebe Dawson 3rd 49.23.

The Pole Vault competition was won by Latvian visitor Mareks Arents with a best of 5.50, 2nd was Jack Phipps (GBR) 5.10 and 3rd was Luke Cutts 5.00.

And so the curtain comes down on the 2017 Morton Games, it was an extremely exciting night and one that will long live in the memory – the roar of the crowd as Gregan came off that top bend, the sheer effort of the 5000 metre runners and the speed over those final four laps was awesome and then of course the Morton Mile itself with 12 sub 4s – magical!

Weekend round up

A quick round up:  Friday at the Letterkenny International David Flynn 4th in 3000 in 8.30.92 . On Saturday Brian MacMahon was 32nd in the European Mountain Race in Slovenia, and 2nd Irish. On Saturday Conor Healy ran a 3.51 1500 and at the BMC Meet Eoin Pierce 1.54 800, Jayme Rossister 3.50 1500, Eimear O`Brien 4.38.

On the roads Karl Nolan 59.43 in the Roscommon 10 Mile.

Giles wins National U/18 800 title plus day 2

Day 1 of the National Juvenile Championships yesterday in Tullamore saw Craig Giles successfully defend his 800 National tile. After a 2.01.01 heat he ran a superb 1.56.61 in the final and win the U/18 title.

Daniel Lacey was also in good form taking bronze in the U/18 3000 sc (10.12.92).

The rest of the crew all put in strong performances against the best athletes in the country. Young Jonathan Fitzsimons was 12th in the U/13 600 (1.44.34), in the girls U/15 800 13th Alana Fitzsimons (2.31.92), 14th Katie Halpin (2.33.66), U/16 10th Amy Hodson (2.27.66), U/18 7th Hannah Browne (2.26.81). In the U/15 High Jump Emma McDonnell was joint 5th (1.50M0 and Nicole Lapiy 10th U/14 javelin (21.98).

Day 2 today: Silver for Caitlin O`Reilly in the U/18 100 (12.23), silver also for Justinas Gedvilas U/19 Javelin, and bronze for Jonas Norvaisas U/13 shot in a new pb of 11.19m.

Other great performances in the 3000 where in the U/16 girls Sarah Bateson ran really well in her first national placing 9th in a new pb of 11.25.65. PB also for Daragh Carter U/16 of 9.59.14 and by both athletes in the U/17 Aaron Cullen 9.03.86 for an excellent 4th and Ben Guiden 8th in 9.29.85. U/17 Jordan Byrne was 12th (9.55.54).

Rebecca Fitzsimons also recorded a pb in the U/17 400 of 59.92, to make the final and 61.98 for 8th in the final. Rapha Diamond Ebbs was 5th in her 400 heat (63.04) and Jessica Deideku ran 13.36 in her U/17 100 heat.

Sean O`Leary wins 800 club championships plus GP latest

Round 9 – Grand Prix Series / Incorporating Club Championship 800 Metres – Morton Stadium – Thursday – 8pm, Report by Liam Hennessy as follows;

The Grand Prix / Club Championship 800 Metres took place Thursday on the track. The weather was excellent -18 Degrees / Dry / 85% Humidity. The 800 Metres was run over five races. It was terrific to see such a turnout and there was a real sense of excitement surrounding every race, as runners attempted to achieve new pb’s on what was a superb night for running.The Mens Club Championship proved to be very close with Sean O’ Leary just edging it in a battle with Greg Hosseny and Sean Doran hot on their heels in third place. In the Womens Club Championship the race proved to be most competitive with Emer Treacy winning the race by just over a second from Ciara Peelo and Emma Kelly another second back in third place.

The result of the Mens and Womens Club Championship was as follows;

Mens Championship:

Club Champion 2017 – 800 Metres: Sean O’ Leary

Runner up: Greg Hosseny

Third Place: Sean Doran

Women Championship:

Club Champion 2017 – 800 Metres: Emer Treacy

Runner up: Ciara Peelo

Third Place: Emma Kelly

The Result of the Grand Prix – Richie Barr Cup – 800 Metres – Kindly sponsored by Richie Barr was as follows;

Winner: Eoghan Murphy

Runner up: Martin Cavanagh

Third Place: Simon Smith



Full list of results as follows;

  1. Sean O’ Leary – 2.01
  2. Greg Hosseny – 2.03
  3. Sean Doran – 2.05
  4. Niall Norman – 2.07
  5. Owen Murphy – 2.16.4
  6. Owen Brady – 2.18.57
  7. Clive Ahern – 2.19
  8. Kevin Dowling – 2.19.11
  9. Eftem – 2.23
  10. Ger Copeland – 2.23
  11. Emer Treacy – 2.23.3
  12. Ciara Peelo – 2.24.39
  13. Emma Kelly – 2.25.81
  14. Roland Eager – 2.28
  15. James Smith – 2.29
  16. Simon Smith – 2.31
  17. Emma Dunne – 2.31.17
  18. Niall Markey – 2.31.5
  19. Fergal Keenan – 2.32.5
  20. Martin Cavanagh – 2.34
  21. Ollie Power – 2.35
  22. Mick Bermingham – 2.36
  23. Declan Grant – 2.37
  24. David O’ Sullivan – 2.41
  25. Mick Gleeson – 2.42
  26. Laura Kernan – 2.43
  27. Eimear Brennan – 2.45
  28. Aimee Ahern – 2.47
  29. Niall O’ Connor – 2.48.28
  30. Ciara O’ Regan – 2.50.7
  31. Jim Keogh – 2.51.3
  32. Keith Farrell – 2.51.9
  33. Terry Mee – 2.53.8
  34. Catherine Dempsey – 2.58.5
  35. Robert Mangan – 2.59
  36. Pat Devitt – 3.00.3
  37. Orla Deighan – 3.00.6
  38. Deirdre Fitzsimons – 3.01.5
  39. Melissa Curran – 3.01.6
  40. Ciara Daly – 3.02.8
  41. Yvonne Mc Donagh – 3.04.2
  42. Jennifer Sharkey – 3.07.2
  43. Katie Hennigan – 3.12.2
  44. Joanne Mc Cabe – 3.16.1
  45. Ann Mc Donnell – 3.17.1
  46. Colm Doran – 3.20.8
  47. Mary Purdue Smyth – 3.23.7
  48. Dave Lyons – 3.24.3
  49. Shay Byrne – 3.37.9
  50. Dave Brady – 3.47.8

Apologies if i misspelt any name above.

Many thanks to our Club President; Paddy Marley and Ladies and Men’s Club Captains, Pamela and Joe Cooper for their presence. Many thanks to all who volunteered to make this race such a great success. Many thanks also to Caroline and Paddy Tuite for providing the after race refreshments.

Next race – Round 10 – Thursday next – July 13th – Club Championship / Grand Prix – 1500 Metres – Morton Stadium – 8pm. Keep a look out for upcoming information on our August series of races where there will be more chances to run PB’s !!!

Finally, the Grand Prix leaderboard can be accessed by going to the Clonliffe Harriers website, select Promotions, select Grand Prix and scroll to bottom of page and click on Leaderboard.

Belfast International and Graded

A few Harriers made the trip North tonight to the Mary Peters Track for the Belfast International. Timmy Crowe was 4th in the 400H in 53.21. In the 800 Mark McDonald ran 1.57.00 to place 3rd and Leah Moore was also 3rd in the 200 (24.83)

Also in Dublin the Graded Meets continued. In the sprints Snezana Bechtina ran 14.98 for 100, Keith Pike won the 100 A in 11.06. 800: A 1 Eleanor Alexander 1st 2.16.66, A 2 Emer O`Brien 5th (2.21.28), B 1st Greta Streimikyte 2.23.11. A 6th Shaub Conaghan 2.02.02 (PB), Niall Norman 2.09.54, Thomas Frayne 2.27.98. 5000 B: Tom Sherlock 16.14.94, Alex Gibbons 16.19.61, Joseph Keane 16.42.44, A Liam Roarty 15.37.11, Declan Power 15.48.07.

Grand Prix/ Club 800 Championships Thursday July 6th

Round 9 of the Grand Prix Series and the first of the club track championships the 800m is this Thursday July 6th in the stadium. The grand Prix is sponsored by Richie Barr. The Championship is of course open to all club members, however, please be there early for grading purposes. The first race is at 8.00pm.

The Championships then continue incorporated into the grand Prix Races as follows:

Round 10: Thursday July 13th 1500m, Pat Byrne Cup/ Club Championship – Morton Stadium 8 p.m

Round 11: Thursday  July 27th – 5,000m/Club Championship  Morton Stadium 8 p.m.

Rolus makes a good Irish debut at Euro Combined Events

Young Clonliffe Harrier Rolus Olusa made his International debut this weekend at the European Combined Events Team Championships 2nd League, in Monzon, Spain. Rolus after the two days of competition placed 19th on 5,885 points.

Snezana conquers all at National Masters

Snezana Bechtina entered four events at the National Masters in Tullamore today. The result: four W35 National titles! The clean sweep came in the sprints and long jump. In the 100 she clocked a time of 13.06, 200 25.93 and 400 58.77 to take three track golds and with a best in the long jump of 4.74m added that gold to her collection. A superb performance.

Matt Slattery also took gold winning M65 200 (29.24).

George Maybury was 3rd in the M60 1500 (2.45.90). Ciara Peelo in W35 was just out of the medals finishing 4th in the 400 (62.35) and 4th also in the 800 (2.24.22). Fergal O`Shea also competed well today 6th in M50 800 in 2.18.34 and 7th in the 1500 (4.59.02)

U/18 Girls just out of National Medals

There was a battling performance today in Athlone by the U/18 4 x 400 team: Rapha Diamond-Ebbs, Rebecca Fitzsimons, Cliona Cooley and Hannah Browne, in the Nationals. The team placed just out of the medals in 4th place, after a great effort. Considering that the team includes both U/17 athletes and middle distance athletes it was a really good showing by the four.

The U/14 girls did brilliantly well to get through their heat into the final where they placed 8th.


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