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Morton Mile Facts and Figures

As today we mark the 50th anniversary of the first Morton Memorial Mile, see previous posting from Dominic Branigan, we set out some facts and figures which you may find of interest:

1st Morton Memorial Mile August 10th, 1970 was won by Kip Keino (KEN) 3.59.20

The most recent winner was Robert Domanic (USA) on August 21st, 2019 3.58.90.

In the 50 years since 1970 the Morton Mile has been held on 36 occasions.

The Morton Mile record & Morton Stadium record is 3.51.82, Will Leer (USA) on July 11th, 2014.

The most prolific winners with 3 each are Steve Scott (USA), 1979, 1980, 1981 and Will Leer 2010, 2012, 2014.

There have been 149 sub 4 minute miles recorded in the Morton Mile.

The most sub 4’s recorded in the one race was 12 in 2017.

The 100th Morton Mile sub 4 was recorded by Hamish Carson (NZD) July 11th, 2014.

The country with most Morton Mile wins is the USA with 14.

The Morton Mile has been won by Irish athletes on 12 occasions.

There have been 3 Clonliffe winners: Frank Murphy 1971, Dave Taylor 1987, Niall Bruton 1999.

The next Morton Mile will be held on July 9th, 2021.

1st Morton Mile, August 10th, 1970
36th, and most recent, Morton Mile, August 21st, 2019.
Robert Domanic (USA), current Morton Mile Champion

Monday Memories with Dominic Branigan

50 years ago today: The Inaugural Morton Mile – Monday 10th August 1970. (By Club Historian Dominic Branigan) . Following the death of long time Club Hon Sec Billy Morton in December 1969 Clonliffe Harriers decided that his many years of service, not only to the club but to Irish athletics in general, should be duly commemorated. Having brought many of the worlds greatest athletes to Dublin over the previous quarter of a century, and culminating in the miracle mile of August 1958, it was decided that a race over this distance and named in his honour, would be staged every year on his beloved Santry track.

Just over 12 years from the “Miracle Mile” an International Sports meeting was held in Santry on 10th August 1970, the highlight of which was the staging of the Inaugural Morton Mile. In the forward to the event programme club President Mattie Hewson stated : “Many fine tributes were paid to Billy, both before and after his death, all of them richly deserved. The best tribute we can pay to him is to endeavour to carry on his great work for athletics by developing our athletes in the club, in the country, and internationally, as well as preserving and improving our stadium. The memory of Billy’s great courage and charity is a tremendous help in achieving this goal. Billy’s immortal phrase was “everything will be all right”. It will be”.

True to form, the line up for the first Morton Mile consisted of a stellar field headed up by then Olympic 1500 metres gold medallist Kip Keino and European 1500 metres silver medallist, Clonliffe’s own Frank Murphy. Also on the start line was then USA 1500 champion Marty Liquori who had also run in the Olympic final in Mexico. The host club provided Clonliffe international and current club president Paddy Marley along with rising star Tom Gregan,

The full line up was as follows :

1. F. Murphy Clonliffe Harriers

2. P. Riordan Leevale

3. J. Dooley DCH

4. B. Geraghty UCG

5. R. Power Limerick

6. T. Gregan Clonliffe Harriers

7. P. Marley Clonliffe Harriers

8. K. Anderson Sweden

9. K. Keino Kenya

10. A. Kupczyk Poland

11. S. Waskiewiez Poland

12. M. Liquori USA

The track looked in excellent condition but earlier rain had made the possibility of very fast times more difficult. As the field set off, Keino, as was his normal tactic, sat at the back until things had settled down but by the end of lap one, run in a slow 61 secs, he had taken the lead. As they reached the halfway point in 2.01 Keino was still in front and at the bell Frank Murphy was his only serious challenger.

As they entered the final lap the massive crowd urged the local clubman on and with 300 to go Frank made his move and built up what looked like a lead which would relegate the Olympic champion to second place. Down the finishing straight the Clonliffe man was still in command but with a mere 50 yards remaining Keino made one last surge which carried him to victory by the proverbial “width of a vest.” The Kenyan’s time was 3.59.20 with Murphy running 3.59.30 and while the time was not, even at that time, exceptionally fast, the excitement of a close run race, “thrilled a bursting at the seams attendance”. The 21 year old American Marty Liquori was a distant third.

While the host club did not provide the winner of the centrepiece event, the Clonliffe ladies did take home some honours when Ann O’Brien won the 3000 metres from her sister Nuala, while in the 800 a Clonliffe clean sweep was led by Claire Walsh who was first across the line in a time of 2.07.30. She was followed home by her sister Jean O’Neill while third place was filled by 15 year old Jean Appleby whose 2.13 got her inside the qualifying time for the European Junior Championships. And so ended yet another memorable night of athletics of which the legendary Clonliffe Impresario would have been proud. The Santry track, made world famous in 1958, had now begun a new era of top class athletics.

The Morton Mile had set a standard which has continued, and indeed has been improved upon, over the intervening 50 years. The Morton Games, which was inaugurated 10 years ago, and which was built around the Morton Mile, is now Ireland’s premier Track and Field event and has attracted many of the world’s top athletes thus continuing to fulfill the dream of Billy Morton so many years ago.

10th August 1970, the Morton Mile

It was 66 years ago today!

On the 6th of May 1954 all of 66 years ago today the impossible occurred. In the unlikely surroundings of the Oxford College track at Iffley Road wearing number 41 an exhausted Roger Bannister crossed the finish line, eyes closed, mouth gasping. The stadium announcer Norris McWhirter (of the Guinness Book of Records fame) calmly said: ‘here is the result of event number nine, the 1 mile, first number 41, R.G. Bannister of the Amateur Athletic Association and formerly of Exeter and Merton Colleges, with a time which is a new meeting and track record, and which, subject to ratification, will be a new English native, British national, British allcomers, European, British Empire and World record. The time is three minutes…’ The rest was drowned out by the cheering crowd, Roger Bannister had done the impossible he had ran a mile in a time of 3.59.4 – the 4 mile barrier was no more!

Roger Bannister 3.59.4 May 6th 1954

Since that date the sub- four-minute barrier has been broken on many hundreds of occasions, indeed thousands of occasions. The four-minute mile is still however magical. It is said that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have run a sub- four-minute mile. Here in Ireland there has been a total of 371 sub- 4-minute miles. The Clonliffe Harriers promoted Morton Mile has been the most prolific producer of sub 4’s in Ireland contributing 149 of that total going back to Kip Keino running the first sub- four in the Morton Memorial mile on 10 August 1970 up to the 2019 Morton Mile where in the deluge that night five athletes ran sub 4: Robert Domanic, Sam Prackle, Eric Avila, Justin Knight and Rorey Hunter.That list of 149 Morton Mile sub 4’s does not include pre Morton Mile races including of course the Herb Elliott world record of 3.54.5 set in Santry on August 6, 1958.

To date seven Clonliffe athletes have recorded sub 4 minute miles: Niall Bruton (3.53.93), Alistair Cragg (3.55.04), Dave Taylor (3.56.97), Frank Murphy (3.58.10), Eugene Curran (3.58.54), Andrew Walker (3.58.95) and Jerry Kiernan (3.59.12)

Attached to celebrate the 66th anniversary is a full list of the Irish sub 4th, thanks to John Cronin, Cyril Smyth, Killian Lonergan and others:

It was 60 years ago today!

August 6th 1958 in Santry, 60 years ago today, Herb Elliott set a World Mile record of 3.54.5.

Billy Morton had put together the ‘August International Sports’ assembling a field of the best milers in the world: Ronnie Delany, the 1500m Olympic Champion, Albie Thomas, the world three mile record holder, Herb Elliott, the Commonwealth 1500 metre champion and the ‘World’s Best Miler’, Merv Lincoln, Dave Power, both from Australia and Murray Halberg of New Zealand.

The event captured the sports mad Dublin public attracting some 25,000 spectators into the newly constructed Santry Stadium. From the gun Albie Thomas, who had set a World 3 mile record in the stadium a month earlier took up the running driving the field through 880 yards in 1.58. Elliott hit the front on the back straight of the 3rd lap holding the lead and heading into the home straight for the final time:

“I whizzed round the turn and could feel someone dogging me. It could have been Lincoln. It could have been Delany. I didn’t care. I felt I could hold whoever it was. And then there was the tape coming closer and closer. I was through with the shouts of 20,000 Irishmen ringing in my ears. I looked over at the timekeepers and they were bouncing up and down unable to restrain their excitement. One of them rushed over his face flushed ‘fantastic!’ ‘it’s just fantastic! your time is 3:54.5!’ (The Golden Mile, H. Elliott)

Not only was this a new world record but for the first time in history 5 men in the same race ran sub 4: Herb Elliott 1st 3:54.5, Merv Lincoln 2nd 3:55.9, Ronnie Delany 3rd 3:57.5, Murray Halberg 4th 3:57.5, Albie Thomas 5th 3:58.6. (All this by the way only some 4 years after the Roger Bannister`s historic sub 4)

Start of Mile 1958

(Above: Aug 6th, 1958 and they`re off!)

Summer of 58 #2

(Above: Thomas leads, with Elliott 3rd)

Summer of 58 #3

(Above: Herb Elliott, 3.54.5)

Sub 4 minute milers 1958

(Above, 5 go sub 4 in Santry- History is made)

1958 Miler Merv Lincoln completes his last lap

Clonliffe Harriers and Morton Games are saddened to learn of the passing of 1958 legendary miler Merv Lincoln (AUS) in Melbourne on May 1st.

On August 6th 1958 Merv lined up for the Mile at the Clonliffe August Sports, and less than four minutes later, along with the other legends of that mile, had written himself and Santry Stadium into athletics history. This was the day Herb Elliott (AUS) set a new world record. Merv Lincoln was 2nd in that race in 3.55.9, also inside the existing record, followed by Ronnie Delany (IRL), Murray Halberg (NZD) and Albie Thomas (AUS) as for the first time in history five men in the same race ran sub 4.

Merv Lincoln was also a two time Olympian and silver medallist in the 1500 at the 1958 Empire (Commonwealth) Games. He and his fellow `58 Milers are fondly remembered by Clonliffe Harriers.

Morton Mile 2013 latest: Leer hopes to be here!

Hopes are high that defending Morton Mile champion Will Leer (USA) will be back in Santry toeing the line for the 2013 Morton Mile as he bids to become a three time Morton Mile winner.  This week Will Leer gave the Morton Mile the thumbs up declaring “I certainly hope to be there!  Morton is one of my favourite races and I wouldn’t miss it”.

The popular Morton Miler won the 2010 Morton Mile in a time of 3.56.81 ahead of Jack Bolas (USA) and Russell Browne (USA).  At last years tremendously exciting Morton Mile Leer was again the winner in that never to be forgotten blanket finish in a time of 3.56.39 winning by 100th of a second from David Torrence (USA) and Ryan Gregson (AUS).  Leer has been in tremendous form on the indoor circuit in the United States and on the first weekend of this month completed a US indoor middle distance championship double in winning both the Mile and 3000m.

The Morton Games will take place in the Morton Stadium Santry on the 17th of July with a full programme of international athletic events, feature events this year will include the Men’s 400m, the Albie Thomas 3000m, the SSC Women’s International Mile and the most famous race in Irish athletics – the Morton Mile.  Tickets for the event will go on sale soon.  Keep an eye on www.mortongames.ie  for updates.

Footage of Herb Elliot`s World Mile Record Santry 1958

Some excellent footage of August 6th 1958`s World Mile record set by Herb Elliot. This footage is taken from the infield and is extreamly rare. See the huge crowds in attendance. The footage comes from a web site called Criticalpast.com. Click on link and enjoy http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675066596_Herb-Elliot_mile-race_gun-being-fired_run-on-the-track

Fifty days to Morton Games – Entry Open

There are now only fifty days to July 25th’s Morton Pre-Games, Dublin’s premier international Track and Field Meet. With a full programme of athletics including  men and women’s 100m, men’s 300m, IMC 800m for men and women, men’s 1000m, the Albie Thomas men’s 3000m, the Clonliffe Junior Men’s mile, Women`s Mile,  pole vault, women’s high jump and women’s long jump and men’s discus and of course the feature event the Morton Invitational Mile. A top class nights of athletics is in store. Athletes interested in participating in the Morton Games are encouraged to contact the race director now to declare their interest, the race director can be contacted by email to mortongames@hotmail.com or through the contact form on the event dedicated website www.mortongames.ie

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Jordan McNamara wins 125th celebration Morton Mile

Jul 9, 2011 [Noel Guiden ] The Clonliffe 125 Track and Field Grand Prix served up a thrilling nights athletics in the Morton Stadium last night. The highlight of the Meet was the Morton Mile won by crowd favourite Jordan McNamara (USA) in 3:56.83, McNamara leading seven athletes under the magical sub four minutes including the newest and youngest members of the Irish sub four minute mile club Ciaran O`Lionaird (Leevale) in 3:57.99 and Paul Robinson becoming the youngest Irishman to run sub four minutes in a time of 3:59.99.

The night was perfect for athletics. A nice warm summer evening, not a drop of rain and wind free. A night that would suit all the athletes from sprinters to milers to field eventers. It was also very pleasing to see a sizeable crowd in the Morton Stadium numbering in excess of 1000 athletics fans.

It was an athletics event that had something for everyone with the involvement in the Meet of a pre programme of races for juvenile athletes and also the elite athletes from Paralympics Ireland. The evening got underway with the unveiling by 1956 Olympic 1500 metre gold medallist Ronnie Delany of an audio plinth which commemorated the historic events of Santry from August 1958, the plinth being unveiled by Mr. Barry O Brien of the National Sports Campus Development Authority, Ronnie Delany and Billy Mortons daughter Yvonne.

On track the sprinters got the Meet underway and with the first race of the evening the womens 100 metres it was clear we were in for a special night�s athletics with all ten lanes being filled by arguably the best field of female sprinters gathered for an event such as this and in an absolute thriller Amy Foster prevailed winning the race and in the process setting a new stadium record and equalling the Northern Ireland record of 11.49. Foster�s run was 100th of a second faster than the stadium record of Donita Benjamin set on the 29th of July 2000. In 2nd place was Kelly Proper of Ferrybank AC 11.60 and 3rd in 11.86 Joan Healy of Bandon AC. Seven of the ten ladies set personal best times in this race!

Next up was the Brew Crew Mens 100, again all ten lanes of the track were filled. There was a great battle in this race which was won in considerable style by City of Derry AC�s Jason Smyth who got the crowd on their feet as he powered to a win in a very fast 10.39, in 2nd place was our Jamaican guest Kemar Bailey-Cole 10.45 and in 3rd place from Ferrybank AC Chris Russell 10.63. Jason Smyth had a notable double as later in the Meet he also won the 200 metres in another fast time, 20.94, Smyth`s first sub 21 200, in a very tight finish with Rolando Palacios of Honduras who ran 20.97. Chris Russell was again 3rd 21.11.

The Clonliffe Junior Mens Mile was won in considerable style by Raheny Shamrock Timmy Moriarty. This was a very good race which in the initial stages was led out by Liam Brady of Tullamore Harriers with Moriarty and Clonliffe�s Ian Guiden for company, these three pulled away from the chasing pack with Moriarty taking up the running at about 600 to go and winning in fine style in 4:23.76 from Brady 4:24.41 and Guiden 4:27.86 (a PB).

The IMC races provided great excitement with very close races in the 800s and very fast times to boot.

The A race was won by young Mark English (Letterkenny AC) in a fast 1:48.96 just holding off U/23 Euro-bound Anthony Lieghio (1:49.20) with Brian Kelly 3rd, another man to go sub 1:50 � 1:49.53.

In the IMC 800 B race Karl Griffin of Tir Chonill was the class of the field and got one of the biggest cheers of the night as he glided to an unbelievable time for a 16 year old of 1:50.94 from Gareth Hill (Ballymena & Antrim) 1:53.57 and Fintan Reilly (Dunleer AC) 1:54.28.

In the IMC Womens 800 pre-race favourite Ciara Mageean justified the favourite tag as she recorded a fine win in another fast time 2:03.21 from Laura Crowe (Riocht AC) 2:05.41 and DSD up and coming star Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner 2:06.57.

Fast times were also the order of the day in the IMC 1500 metres with Daire Bermingham of Raheny Shamrocks taking a fine win in a time of 3:50.46 from Alberto Sanchez (Sligo AC) 3:51.46 and Michael McKillop (St. Malachys) 3:52.53. The IMC Womens 1500 was won by Deirdre Doyle (Tinryland AC) 4:34.06 from Clonliffe girl Eleanor Alexander 4:35.94.

At 8.20 p.m. the Morton Milers were led on to the track and commentator Liam Moggan introduced them to a man to the crowd. Five minutes later the starters gun went and the 2011 Morton Mile was underway led out by pacemaker Feilim Kelly who did a fantastic job getting the athletes bang on target at halfway. Ciaran OLionaird was always in at the head of things as he had that sub four firmly in his sights. At the bell it was anyones race, however, at the final bend the very classy looking Jordan McNamara took off and crossed the line arms aloft as the crowd who had really got behind the athletes in the race, rose to acknowledge a worthy Morton Mile champion. McNamaras time was 3:56.83, a PB, as he was followed home by countryman Brandon Bethke 3:57.34 and first Irishman and first time under sub-four Ciaran O�Lionaird 3:57.99, 4th from Australian James Kaan 3:58.19, 5th Craig Miller (USA) 3:58.41, 6th Jack Bolas, last year�s runner up, 3:58.75 and 7th and also sub-four, and for the first time and becoming Irelands youngest sub-four minute miler Paul Robinson (St. Cocas AC). There were also excellent runs which were four minutes dead from Sean Connolly (Tallaght AC) 4:00.14 and John Coghlan (MSB) 4:00.79. Clonliffes Conor Healy also made a massive breakthrough taking chunks off his PB to run 4:03.35.

A clearly delighted Jordan McNamara received the Billy Morton Memorial Cup from Yvonne and Billie Morton. Also in the presentation party were Olympic gold medallist Ronnie Delany, Clonliffe Harriers President Paddy Marley and on behalf of the sponsors Noel Daly and Noel Guiden.

The action, however, was still not finished as there was an excellent mens 3000 metres race which followed. The 20 plus athletes in this race set off at considerable pace as they chased the 8 minute barrier. In the early stages DSDs Joe Sweeney took things in his own hands as he hit the front and wound up the pace, however, with a couple of laps to go he slipped back into the pack as the Irish U/23 European Cross Country winning team took over proceedings, Michael Mulhare (North Laois) wound the pace up from the front closely followed by Brendan O Neill of DSD. These two opened a gap on the pack, with a lap to go Mulhare had a considerable lead over O Neill with Rooney in 3rd place, however, the Raheny Shamrock man gritted his teeth and made up acres of ground on the last lap overhauling O Neill and then chasing Mulhare all the way down the final straight. At one stage it looked like Rooney would prevail, however, Mulhare held on to win in the end by a margin of half a second. An excellent win in a time of 8:02.08, Rooney 2nd 8:02.59 with Brendan O Neill 3rd 8:03.63. There was a very good run also in this race from Clonliffes Eoin Pearse recording a PB of 8:28.53.

The Pole Vaulters also provided great entertainment on the night particularly our US visitors as Jeff Coover of Team Indiana Elite vaulted one of the highest jumps seen in the Morton Stadium in a long time with a best of 5.30m and then came very close at 5.45m. His countryman Greg Woespse was 2nd with 4.90 with Crusaders Ruairi O�Briain best of the Irish with a seasons best of 4.70.

The discus competition was won by Clonliffes Tomas Racktys with a best of 46.47 from Jeremy Harpur of North Down and David Sweeney of Sli Cualann 3rd.

Ferrybank ACs Kelly Proper was the class of the field in the womens long jump as she recorded a sequence of six jumps all well over 6 meters winning the competition with a best of 6.18. In 2nd place was Chealsea Taylor (USA) 5.85 with Leona Byrne 3rd 5.70.

The performances of some of Paralympics Ireland athletes should also be commented upon as during the course of their events there were two Irish records set, both by Ray O`Dwyer. Firstly in the seated Javelin where he threw an Irish record of 21.20 and then in the seated shot where he recorded a best of 9.27m for his second Irish record of the night.

In all it was a great night in the Morton Stadium. The crowd in attendance enjoyed the event as the athletes clearly responded and equally enjoyed the nights proceedings. Post event there was a great gathering in the Clonliffe bar of Clonliffe people past and present, sponsors, supporters and athletes with food, drink, music and crack.

Full results:

100m WomenWIND 0.6

1. Amy Foster – NI – 11.49 (new stadium record)

2. Kelly Proper – Ferrybank AC – 11.60

3. Joan Healy – Bandon AC – 11.86

4. Claire Bergin – DSD – 11.89

5. Catherine McManus – Celtic/DCH – 11.99

6. Aoife MacNeill – DSD – 12.02

7. Leah Moore – Clonliffe Harriers – 12.05

8. Chealsea Taylor – USA – 12.21

9. Sandra Lawlor – Celbridge – 12.27

10. Sharon Kilduff – Clonliffe Harriers – 12.41

100m MenWIND 1.0

1. Jason Smyth – City of Derry AC – 10.39

2. Kemar Bailey-Cole – JAM – 10.44

3. Chris Russell – Ferrybank AC – 10.63

4. Dean Adams – Ballymena & Antrim – 10.92

5. Jamie Davis – Raheny Shamrocks – 11.03

6. Rolando Palacios – HON – 11.10

7. Patrick Phelan – DSD – 11.11

8. Deanna O’Brien – DSD – 11.16

9. Danny Kavanagh – Clonliffe Harriers – 11.19

10. Conor Coleman – Clonliffe Harriers – 11.34

200m MenWIND 1.5

1. Jason Smyth – City of Derry AC – 20.94

2. Rolando Palacios – HON – 20.97

3. Chris Russell – Ferrybank AC – 21.11

4. Mark Kavanagh – DSD – 21.86

5. Kemar Bailey-Cole – JAM – 21.98

6. Eoin Muldowney – Castlecomer AC – 22.13

7. Craig Lynch – Shercock – 22.19

8. Tope Odelade – Crusaders – 23.43

400m Men

1. Nick Hogan – DSD – 48.03

2. Darragh Kervick – Carraig-on-Suir – 48.43

3. Joe Dowling – DSD – 48.48

4. Ciaran Mackey – Clonliffe Harriers – 48.66

5. John Houston – NI – 49.31

6. Paul Scanlon – Leevale – 49.66

7. Brendan Murphy – NI – 49.73

8. Ben Maze – NI – 50.43

Junior Mile

1. Timmy Moriarty – Raheny Shamrock – 4.23.76

2. Liam Brady – Tullamore Harriers – 4.24.41

3. Ian Guiden – Clonliffe Harriers – 4.27.86

4. Liam Ashton – Clonliffe Harriers – 4.40.11

5. Eoin McCullough – Clonliffe Harriers – 4.49.42

6. Colum O’Leary – Raheny Shamrock – 4.50.73

7. Mark Ring – Clonliffe Harriers – 5.01.16

8. Johnny Bradley-Ward – Clonliffe Harriers – 5.07.20

Morton Mile

1. Jordan McNamara – USA – 3.56.83

2. Brandon Bethke – USA – 3.57.34

3. Ciaran O’Lionaird – Leevale AC – 3.57.99

4. James Kaan – AUS – 3.58.19

5. Craig Miller – USA – 3.58..41

6. Jack Bolas – USA – 3.58.75

7. Paul Robinson – St. Cocas – 3.59.99

8. Sean Connolly – Tallaght – 4.00.14

9. John Coghlan – MSB – 4.00.79

10. Brett Robinson – AUS – 4.02.46

11. Conor Healy – Clonliffe Harriers – 4.03.35

12. John Travers – Donore Harriers – 4.04.25

13. Mark Hanrahan – Leevale – 4.04.99

14. Tommy Schmitz – USA – 4.05.59

15. Eoin Everard – KCH – 4.06.26

3000m Men

1. Michael Mulhare – North Laois – 8.02.08

2. Dave Rooney – Raheny Shamrocks – 8.02.59

3. Brendan O’Neill – DSD – 8.03.63

4. Gary Thornton – Galway City Harriers – 8.08.47

5. Conor Bradley – City of Derry – 8.10.26

6. Brian Maher – KCH – 8.10.51

7. Joe Sweeney – DSD – 8.12.85

8. Eddie McGinley – Annadale Striders – 8.13.70

9. Andrew Agnew – Annadale – 8.19.30

10. Sean Hehir – Rathfarnham WSAF – 8.22.70

11. Andrew Monaghan – Lagan Valley – 8.23.45

12. Liam Tremble – MSB – 8.26.17

13. Barry Minnock – Rathfarnham WSAF – 8.28.30

14. Eoin Pearse – Clonliffe Harriers – 8.28.53

15. Pat McCartan – Limerick AC – 8.34.11

16. Dave Fitzmaurice – Clonliffe Harriers – 8.34.56

17. Gary O’Hanlon – Clonliffe Harriers – 8.37.20

18. Sergiu Ciobanu – Clonliffe Harriers – 8.38.26

19. Jarlath Falls – Ballymena & Antrim – 8.43.12

20. Jayme Rossiter – Clonliffe Harriers – 8.45.78

21. Emmet Jennings – DSD – 8.46.99

22. Rory McDonnell – Dunboyne – 8.49.20

IMC 800m Women

1. Ciara Mageean – City of Lisburn AC – 2.03.21

2. Laura Crowe – Riocht AC – 2.05.41

3. Siofra Cleirigh Buttner – DSD AC – 2.06.57

4. Siobhan Eviston – Raheny Shamrocks – 2.08.18

5. Lauren Scott – North Down AC – 2.14.99

6. Emma Mitchell – Banbridge AC – 2.16.38

7. Carol Finn – Leevale AC – 2.18.15

IMC mens 800m A

1. Mark English – Letterkenny AC – 1.48.96

2. Anthony Lieghio – Tallaght AC – 1.49.20

3. Brian Kelly – St. Abbans AC – 1.49.53

4. Tommy Carroll – North Sligo – 1.50.95

5. Darragh Greene – Dunleer AC – 1.50.99

6. Dave Campbell – UCD AC – 1.51.13

7. Robert Yorke – Mullingar Harriers – 1.51.87

8. Jordan Bransberg – Skyrack AC/UK – 1.52.79

9. Danny Mooney – Letterkenny AC – 1.52.83

10. Niall Robinson – North Down AC – 1.53.35

IMC mens 800m B

1. Karl Griffin – Tir Chonill – 1.50.94

2. Gareth Hill – Ballymena & Antrim – 1.53.57

3. Fintan Reilly – Dunleer AC – 1.54.28

4. Adam Ingram – Lagan Valley – 1.54.64

5. Michael Dyer – North Down – 1.54.90

6. Andrew Jenkinson – Clonliffe Harriers – 1.55.08

7. Patrick Hamilton – City of Derry AC – 1.55.26

8. Mark McDonald – Clonliffe Harriers – 1.55.80

9. Ronan Duggan – Bandon AC – 1.56.59

10. Stephen Harkness – Clonliffe Harriers – 1.57.48

11. Jordan Stokes – North Down – 1.57.98

IMC mens 800m C

1. Patrick Linden – Willowfield Harriers – 1.56.89

2. Brian Kirwin – St. Laurence O’Toole – 1.57.90

3. Samuel Millar – Ballymena & Antrim – 1.58.10

4. Derek Winters – Drogheda & District – 1.59.35

5. Graham Power – St Laurence O’Toole – 2.02.26

6. Ronan Daly – Crusaders – 2.02.66

7. Cathal Logue – City of Derry AC – 2.03.03

8. Adam Daly – Mullingar Harriers – 2.03.43

9. Tony Fogarty – Thurles Croke AC – 2.06.08

10. David Grange – Raheny Shamrocks – 2.09.12

11. Thomas Maguire – Fingallians – DNS

IMC 1500m Women

1. Deirdre Doyle – Tinryland AC – 4.34.06

2. Eleanor Alexander – Clonliffe Harriers – 4.35.94

3. Eimear O’Brien – Sligo AC – 4.36.86

4. Kate O’Neill – MSB AC – 4.39.50

5. Mary Ann O’Sullivan – Tinryland AC – 4.45.38

6. Lorna Fitzpatrick – Beechmount Harriers – 5.00.93

7. Amanda Crotty – Paralympics Ireland – 5.36.99

IMC 1500m Men

1. Daire Bermingham – Raheny Shamrocks – 3.50.46

2. Alberto Sanchez – Sligo AC – 3.51.45

3. Michael McKillop – St. Malachys – 3.52.53

4. Tommy Casey – Sligo AC – 3.52.64

5. Sam Kelly – Fingallians – 3.54.42

6. Mihcael Dowling – Ferrybank AC – 3.58.11

7. Owen Carleton – Annadale Striders – 3.59.08

8. Richard Owens – Sli Cualainn – 4.00.28

9. Ray Hynes – Crusaders AC – DNF

10. Shane Quinn – Ferrybank AC – DNS

Women’s Long Jump

1. Kelly Proper – Ferrybank AC – 6.18m

2. Chealsea Taylor – USA – 5.85m

3. Leona Byrne – St. Laurence O’Toole – 5.70m

4. Antoinette Stafford – DMP – 5.59m

Men’s Discus

1. Tomas Rauktys – Clonliffe Harriers – 46.47m

2. Jeremy Harpur – North Down AC – 44.17m

3. David Sweeney Sli Cualann – 36.77m

4. Larry Murtagh – Fr. Murphy AC – 36.43m

Paul Collins – North Westmeath – 1.5k – 42.01

Michael Hanlon – Dunboyne – 1.25k – 42.76

Cormac Ryan – Paralympics Ireland – 1k – 33.37m

Men’s Pole Vault

1. Jeff Coover – Team Indiana Elite – 5.30m

2. Greg Woespse – UCLA – 4.90m

3. Ruairi O’Briain – Crusaders AC – 4.70m

4. Ian Rogers – Clonliffe Harriers – 4.30m

Bobby Talley – UCLA – N/H

David Donegan – Clonliffe Harriers – N/H

Stewart Greene – Raheny – N/H

Tom Houlihan – West Waterford – N/H

Men’s Wheelchair 100m

1. Roy Guerin – 16.50

2. Paul Hannon – 17.61

3. Graham Merrigan – 21.46

4. Noel McCarthy – 29.12

Seated Javelin

1. Ray O’Dwyer – Paralympics Ireland – 21.20 (Irish record)

Women’s Standing Discus

1. Ailish Dunne – Paralympics Ireland – 19.47

2. Nadine Lattimore – 17.45

Seated Discus

1. Jamie Boyle – 30.39

2. Ray O’Dwyer – Paralympics Ireland – 29.25

3. Gareth Culliton – Paralympics Ireland – 16.49

4. Catherine O’Neill – Paralympics Ireland – 5.74

Seated Club

1. John McCarthy – 20.38

2. Catherine O’Neill – Paralympics Ireland – 13.56

Men and Women’s Seated Shot

1. Ray O’Dwyer – Paralympics Ireland – 9.27 (Irish record)

2. Jamie Boyle – Paralympics Ireland – 8.95

3. Eoin Cleare – Paralympics Ireland – 6.97

Men and Women’s Standing Shot

1. Cormac Ryan – Paralympics Ireland – 10.36

2. Ailish Dunne – Paralympics Ireland – 7.13

3. Nadine Lattimore – Paralympics Ireland – 7.00

 

 

Dave Hooper interviews Jordan McNamara for Near FM

Jul 11, 2011 [] Following Friday’s Morton Mile Dave Hooper interviewed race winner Jordan McNamara in the mixed zone. The interview was broadcast on Near FM on Saturday. Here’s a transcript….

DH: So Jordan McNamara winner of the Morton Mile, Jordan how do you feel being the winner with a sub 3.56 mile?

JMcN: Oh its so surreal I mean coming in to this is my first time coming out of the United States and to be over here and experience Irish culture first off its been such a blessing such a treat and then to wind up in such a prestigious mile, I mean you look at the champions who have come through here and run such incredible performances it really was a privilege just to be allowed a spot on the starting line and to be coming the final straight away with no-one in front of you and the crowd going nuts knowing that you have a new personal best in your hands is something, erm you know I’m in shock right now but I know once erm.. its something I’ll never forget this will be definitely a defining moment for me as an athlete.

DH: Of course and its your first trip to Europe which is a fantastic victory for you and I just have to ask you there you came in really at about say about 300 a go where you seemed to really kind of make a move and it was just you came onto the home straight we saw you charging up so when did you.. were you sitting tight and just thinking you’d sprint it out or how did you find the race go for you?

JMcN: You know I got off the starting line really poorly but usually my first couple of steps are pretty good but erm.. I got out poorly and once I realised the race wasn’t going to run away from me I just was content to just watch everyone and keep my legs in check and to really get ready for the last 400 because eh mile races are never won in the beginning but they are certainly lost if you make mistakes so I really just wanted to keep everything in check not panic remain calm because it seems the closer you get to the finish line the further away a stretch is there’s always time if you can just keep yourself composed and keep a tactical head on

DH: And who did you, was there anyone you were kind of keeping your eyes on or were you just running your own race the whole way through for the 3.56 as it was.

JMcN: You know I’ve been telling everyone beforehand that I really don’t care who’s in the race you know we’re all friends before and after you know we’ll try and beat each other but if I run a new PB and I walk away eighth I can live with that so long as I run my absolute best, so for me I knew exactly if I could come through this in about three minutes I knew I could if I’m feeling good I could run 56 on the tail end of things so I knew if I ran 3.56 I would have a good shot to be right in the thick of it so not very many guys are going to be running quite that fast in races like this so

DH: What actually sold you the event was it the history of the Morton Mile and the previous winners of it that made you make the trip across or was there just a kind of drive to experience European athletics that you decided this would be.. this would be an ample starter for you?

JMcN: You know the Mile is such a fantastic event for track and field it really has prestige in history dating back to the likes of Herb Elliott of Roger Bannister of Eamonn Coghlan who’s here tonight, erm it really, I would love to see the mile come back you know its been replaced by the 1500 metres, the metric mile nowadays but the symmetry of four laps running four laps trying to go under four minutes will always be special I mean there are a few things to the average person you know you tell them as soon as they ask you your mile time and you say something starting with 3 their ears instantly perk up you don’t have to be a runner to know that’s bloody fast so eh you know for me to find a mile with so many good guys that are coming out and a crowd that appreciates it you know it a no brainer

DH: No brainer. And whats your plans now are you going to stay in Europe or will you head back stateside

JMcN: Absolutely, I’m just starting to get my sea legs under me after a long travel over here so know I’m gonna look for more races, more opportunities to prove myself and improve.

DH: Improve and hopefully we’ll see you back soon and in London next summer.

JMcN: Absolutely. Thank you so much.

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