With a little over a month to Morton Games on July 22nd here`s the latest updates: “British Indoor Champion for Morton Games” (20/6/16):
Jamie Webb the current British 800 champion is a confirmed starter in the 800 at Morton Games in a little over a month`s time. The Liverpool Harrier is the current BUC Champion over 1500, having won the 800 in 2015, and was a semi finalist at last year`s European U/23 championships. He has been in very good form of late and at the end of May won the 800A in Oordegem in a new pb of 1.46.59.
Also confirmed is the winner of last year`s 800 at Morton Games Karl Griffin who surprised all with his blistering turn of speed down the final straight to the delight of the home crowd and Declan Murray of host club Clonliffe Harriers. Murray over the course of this weekend hit the European B standard for the second time and that may well secure his selection for Amsterdam.
Further announcements on the 800 starters at Morton Games over the coming weeks.
Robinson to make Morton Mile debut. (18/6/16)
Ireland`s Paul Robinson will compete in his first Morton Mile on July 22nd. The St. Coca`s man in recent years has competed in the 800 at Morton Games but this year will take to the line for the first time in the iconic Morton Mile.
Robinson has a mile best of 3.54.77 which he set in Oslo two seasons back. After a period of injury he is back training well and posted a 1.50.97 800 in Oordegem at the start of June in his comeback race. This week Robinson confirmed his commitment and is “looking forward to running in the Morton Mile”.
Ireland`s top sprinters commit to Aon 100 (12/6/16)
With Morton Games now less than six weeks away the organisers have confirmed the commitment of Ireland`s top sprinters to the Meet. Jason Smyth, the Fastest Paralympian on the Planet, is a confirmed starter. Smyth, who last competed at this meet in 2014, has a 10.22 pb, and has started the season very positively indeed with a 10.39 sb.
Reigning National Champion Marcus Lawler, (pb 10.47, sb 10.59) is also confirmed along with Eanna Madden (pb/sb 10.64), Chris Sibanda of Clonliffe Harriers and Tallaght AC`s Joseph Ojewumi.
With the level of interest and Morton Games being anxious to accommodate as many of Ireland`s sprinters as possible, the 100 will be two qualifying races in the pre programme with the Aon men`s 100 final as a highlight of the International programme.
European U/23 gold medallists for Womens 400 (11/6/16)
With some six weeks to go to July 22nd and Morton Games 2016 the organisers are very pleased with the early entries for the women`s 400. Already confirmed are two members of the Great Britain 4 x 400 European U/23 4 x 400 team that won gold at last year`s championships in Tallinn: Kirsten McAslan and Zoey Clark.
Kirsten McAslan also competed on the British 4 x 400 team at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and won the British Indoor title last year. She has a 400 pb of 52.13. Zoey Clark, with a 53.11 pb standing to her credit, like Kirsten, is also a member of the Scottish relay team that competed in the Commonwealth Games.
Also confirmed is Rashan Brown(BAH) an athlete with a 52.41 pb. The organisers also expect to be confirming another couple of top internationals as well as Ireland`s top 400m athletes very soon.
Keep an eye on the event web site www.mortongames.ie for updates. Also anyone wishing to volunteer to assist with the meet please make contact with Jeremy Chapman asap.