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Wet, Wet, Wet!

Well it had to happen sometime. After a streak of perfect weather on Morton Games night for eight years in succession it came to an end last night in Morton Stadium as strong winds and then an absolute deluge soaked athletes officials and spectators. The conditions unfortunately dictated against the planned fast times but athletes are competitors and all put on an outstanding display of bravery, guts and commitment producing superb competition and close racing all night.

Highlights included a second Morton Mile win from Robert Dominic (USA) in a time of 3.58.90, despite the conditions five athletes manage the magical sub- four. (Clonliffe had two worthy competitors in the Morton Mile: Cathal Doyle 10th 4.02.65 and Eoin Pierce 13th 4.05.40) A truly magnificent win in the Albie Thomas 5000 from Aussie Pat Tiernan who took tumble, including a somersault, after 600 but still managed a 13.28.41 win, magnificent in the conditions. Indeed the conditions for the 5000 were the worst of the night. There was also a very classy women’s 1500 producing a superb race won by last year’s runner-up Elinor Perrier in a time of 4.08.59.

In the sprint events and intriguing men’s 100 which brought 19 athletes to the start line whittled post heats to 10 athletes and then at 8.0 5 PM a superb win by Cordero Gray (USA) in a time of 10.44, again an incredible time into a strong headwind. Second-place was Demek Kemp (USA) with Gavin Smellie (CAN) completing the podium. Phil Healy gave the packed home straight stand something to cheer about as she came off the bend in first place and battled all the way to the finish line just being overhauled by Kiara Parker (USA), Parker winning in 23.94, , again very impressive in the conditions from Healy’s 24.02.

The men’s 400 so local favourite Brian Gregan in his comeback race, unfortunately Gregan’s hamstring played up and he only lasted about 150 m. Obi Igbokwe (USA) was a worthy winner recording a time of 45.95, quite extraordinary in all the circumstances.

The women’s 800 brought the prospect of a Ciara Mageean win and the possibility of a fast time, the pacemaker did an excellent job but the strong headwind put paid to any such notions. Coming off the final bend with Mageean well in contention with anyone of 5 to choose from, in the end it was the fast finishing tall figure of Canada’s Lindsey Butterworth who was strongest down the straight winning in a time of 2.01.33, Olivia Baker (USA) was second with another Canadian Jenna Westaway third. Ireland’s Katie Kirk despite the conditions recorded a season’s best of 2.03.46. The men’s 800 saw Mark English run out of it with 200 to go and although it looked like it was going to be Harun Abda’s day the American was overhauled by fellow American and winner in Cork Isiah Harris, 1.48.20.

The field eventers suffered more than most in the conditions despite this there was an excellent high jump competition down at ‘high jump Hill’one by the second Australian winner of the night Eleanor Patterson (1.89) from Ireland’s Sommer Lecky (1.83) and Amina Smith (USA) 1.83. Lars Timmerman-jetten (NED) through 75.94 in the javelin to retain his Morton title with our two Japanese visitors, Ayumo Ishiyama (72.22) and Gen Naganuma (71.09) in second and third positions. Clonliffe men Stephen Rice was 6th (67.68) with Rory Gunning 7th 66.86 a PB.

An interesting mixed 4 x 400 relay, which is essentially a Netherlands versus Ireland match ended from the off as the Dutch team inexplicably started sans baton and although they finished the race were promptly DQ’d! The junior Miles which got action underway produced a win in the 20 x 20 junior women’s mile for Joanna Loftus (Moy Valley) and in the men’s by Aaron Cullen of the host club Clonliffe Harriers

In all despite the difficulties caused by the weather the event was an outstanding success with all races running precisely to timetable with the Morton mile itself on the stroke of 9 PM. Also it must be said with most of the meet under lights it added enormously to the atmosphere. Clonliffe would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters, the spectators who braved the conditions and in particular the athletes who make Morton Games what is. We look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

On a 5k week Guiden wins in Dundalk

In a weekend of 5K s, as the season winds to a halt, Ian Guiden took in a low-key 5 K road race in Dundalk, the Fr. John Mulligan 5k, and had a solo gun to flag win over tough enough course in 15.05, winning by almost 3 minutes and breaking the course record by over a minute. David Brady was 7th in Fridays Rathkenny 5K in 17.36. On Wednesday night, August 14, Sean Doran was 5th in the Castle Pollard 5K in a time of 15.50.

Morton Games latest: Gregan confirmed!

Latested news: Brian Gregan is a confirmed starter for next Wednesday’s Loki 400 at Morton Games. The Clonliffe Harrier will run his first race of the season after recovering from a long-term injury. Gregan last competed in the Morton Games in 2017 when he produced one of the races of his career as he beat a world-class field in a new PB of 45.26 and in the process he was responsible for reviving the fabled ‘Santry Roar’!.

Gregan will face another World class field on Wednesday night which includes Canada’s Graeme Thompson who has had a breakthrough season finishing 4th in the Canadian Championships and recording a 45.67 PB. Thompson is coming all the way from Canada with a target of the world qualifying time. Also confirmed is Obi Igbokwe (USA) who has a 44.94 PB and the 45.06 season’s best, the NCAA 400 finalist only in recent weeks competed in the London Diamond league where he placed 4th. 2018 European finalists Samuel Garcia (ESP) , with a 45.00 PB and Ricardo Dos Santos (POR) 45.14 and 2016 European bronze medalist Liemarvin Bonevacia (NED) are also confirmed.

Linden Hall tops 1500 entries

Diamond league regular Linden Hall (AUS) is the leading entry in the Fingal 1500 at next Wednesday’s Morton Games. Hall who has an outstanding PB of 4.00.86 was a semifinalist at the 2016 Olympic Games and was a 4th place finisher at last year’s Commonwealth Games. Also confirmed is Lauren Johnston (USA), PB 4.04.17, a 2015 world championship semifinalist and a finalist at the recent USA Championships. Last year’s runner-up Elinor Purrier (USA) will look to go one better this time out, on the basis of current form, with a 4.02.34 PB set this season this may be her year.

Also confirmed from the US are Cory McGee, another athlete in fine form this season having recorded a PB of 4.05.90, Katrina Coogan, who won last night’s 3000 at Cork City Sports and Elsa Cranny, PB 4.06.03.

The European challenge will be spearheaded by 2016 and 2018 European championship finalist Martha Freitas (POR), who has a PB of 4.03.99, 2017 European U/23 gold medalists Renee Eykens (BEL) who is moving up from 800 where she has a 2.00.00 best and Ireland’s European U/20 silver medal list Sarah Healy.

Stellar field gathers for Albie Thomas 5000

Albie Thomas, the legendary Australian athlete who set two World Records in Santry in 1958, is remembered at Morton Games with the Albie Thomas Memorial 5000. That race brings many athletes to Dublin in search of the World qualifying time for Doha, with several of Europe’s best athletes in the field.

The Eurpoean list is headed by Mike Foppen (NED) who this year set a PB of 13.25.89, also in the race is the 2019 World Universities champion Jonas Raess (SUI), the 2018 German National 5000 and 10,000 champion Sebastian Hendel, the 2017 World Universities 5000 champion Francois Barrer (FRA) who has a PB of 13.27.69, Sweden’s Suldan Hassan, pb 13.31.35 and Britain’s Sam Atkin pb 13.33.70, and a sub 4 minute miler. Also confirmed are Norwegian athletes Per Svela, pb 13.35.09 and Marius Vedvik 13.29.46.

Europe’s best will battle it out against the pre-race favourite Australia’s Pat Tiernan, the 2016 Rio Olympian has the fastest PB in the field of 13.13.44 and his fellow Australian Harry Summers who this year has ran 27.56.98 for 10,000. Also confirmed is Luc Bruchet (CAN) 13.24.18 and 2019 World University’s 10,000 champion Milton Kekana (RSA).

This may well be the deepest field ever assembled for a 5000 in Ireland with some 10 athletes at 13.35 or faster and in all more than 20 are sub 14! Stadium Record Alert : 13.19.98 looks in peril.

 

 

Doyle on the brink in Cork

Cathal Doyle put in a very solid indeed night’s work in the mile at the Cork City Sports running an excellent 4.02.16. Always in touch with the pack of international milers Cathal picked up a number of places on the last lap to place 9th and within sight of the magical sub 4. Jayme Rossister was well off his best in the 3000 placing 14th (8.40.70).

Cathal will come to next Wednesday’s Morton Mile full of confidence. The top 3 in tonight’s mile will all toe the line in the Morton Mile. See mortongames.ie for updates.

Juvenile athletes returning on Thursday 15th

Gladys Cooper: Juvenile athletes will return to training this Thursday August 15th 7.00pm as usual.

4th place for Rossister helps retain Irish League 1 status

The European team League 1 championships took place over the course of the weekend in Sandnes, Norway with the Irish team out to secure continued League 1 statues. That objective has been achieved with a telling contribution from Clonliffe’s Jayme Rossiter who was 4th in the 3000sc in 8.56.49. Stephen Rice was 9th in the javelin (64.98).

Full report on athleticsireland.ie

Roundup: win for Rooney in Athboy, Sergiu 4th in Rock n Roll Half (updated)

At last night’s Streets of Athboy 5 K road race Colm Rooney was a comfortable winner coming home in a nippy 14.45 almost 45 seconds clear of second-place. Sean Doran finished fifth in a time of 15.55.

Missed from last weekend was a fine run by Ailish Malone, her best race in her comeback to date, in Bankholiday Monday’s  10k road race in Dun Laoghaire. Ailish finished 29th overall and 1st woman in the DLR 10k in a time of 38.12.

This morning the Rock and roll/National half Marathon took place. Sergiu Ciobanu was top Clonliffe athlete 4th in 67.19. (No sign of official results so unless you want to text yours 0879599888?)

Simon hammers opposition at Graded

The final graded meet of the season took place in Tallaght this evening. Simon Galligan won the hammer with another big through of 59.31. Frances Mansfield was 2nd in the womens hammer 20.51.

Eleanor Alexander in her first ever 3000 track race ran a fine 10.32.47 for 5th place, Laura Tuite ran a 5 second pb of 10.55.74 in 7th.

In the mile races a tired Sarah Bateson ran 5.26.44. Thomas Sherlock 4.45.12, Eoghan Murphy 4.51.82 and Niall Sherlock 5.09.92.

Friends of Morton Games

Many thanks to all who have committed to becoming a Friend of Morton Games 2019.  This is very much appreciated by Clonliffe Harriers and by the rest of the team involved in Morton Games.  Your support is vital to the success of this year’s Meet and indeed the future success of future Morton Games.

We are pleased to say that matters are coming together very well and the Meet Director is confident that there is going to be an extremely successful night of action in Morton Stadium on August 21st.  As you may have seen the Meet was officially launched at Buswells Hotel in Central Dublin yesterday by the Mayor of Fingal Councillor Eoghan O’Brien amongst others.

Mick Kearney who is the co-ordinator of Friends of Morton Games has issued a reminder that there are still opportunities available to become a Friend of Morton Games.  With the Meet now fourteen days away it is proposed that the Friends of Morton Games will remain open for subscription for another seven days.

Donations of €100, or more if you are feeling generous (!) will secure you becoming a Friend of Morton Games.  Your name will appear as a Friend of Morton Games on the event website, in the event day programme and you will also receive tickets for the big night.

Anyone interested in becoming a Friend of Morton Games is requested to contact Mick Kearney as soon as possible on 0876243843 or by email to kearneymick@msn.com

Morton Games Officially Launched

Today Tuesday, August 6, on the 61st anniversary of Herb Elliot’s World Mile record set in Santry, the 2019 Morton Games was officially launched at the historic Buswells Hotel in central Dublin. The event was launched by the Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien, Interim CEO of Fingal Anne-Marie Farrelly and the President of Athletics Ireland Georgina Drumm. Also in attendance were Club Captain Joe Cooper, club committee members John O’Leary, Tommy Griffin, Stephen Bateson and Noel Daly and LOC member Declan Power.

Also in attendance was international athlete and national 1500 champion John Travers. John will run in the world famous Morton Mile. John of course has been one of Ireland’s top middle-distance athletes for a number of years and indeed ran his PB of 3.55.44 in this race in 2014.

The Meet Director, Noel Guiden,  thanked Fingal County Council, Sport Ireland, Athletics Ireland, Morton Stadium and Clonliffe Harriers for their support of Morton Games. He also thanked John Travers for being in attendance and thanked the Irish athletes for their great support of Morton Games confirming that Ireland’s top athletes including Ciara Megeean, Mark English, Sarah Healy, Nadia Power, Marcus Lawler and Sommer Lecky had all given their commitment to taking part in the big night in Santry.

The full programme of events for this year is: women; 200, 800, 1500, high jump. Men; 100, 400, 800, Morton mile, Albie Thomas 5000, javelin. See www.mortongames.ie for all latest news.

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