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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  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 Click on link and enjoy

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 or through the contact form on the event dedicated website



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.

Will Leer wins Morton Mile as 7 go sub 4!

Jul 22, 2010 [Noel Guiden] The milers in last night’s Morton Mile came pretty close to the 2008 record of nine sub-4 miles as Will Leer led seven athletes across the finish line in the magical Sub-4 with another two athletes recording times of 4 minutes dead.

It was a perfect night for athletics. Thankfully the thunder and lightening and downpour of two hours earlier had left the Morton Stadium and as the track dried on a balmy evening wasn’t even a gust of wind as the nineteen 2010 Morton Milers assembled on the start line. The field had class written all over it. The promise of a sub-4 minute mile was looking more like a reality rather than a possibility. As the starters gun went the pace-maker hit the front with the field tightly bunched behind him, our visitors from the United States were well to the fore and mixing it with them was West Waterford’s David McCarthy looking to go sub-4 for the first time out doors. With 400m to go it was still anyone’s race, the athletes wound up the race and at the speed they were running a final lap of 58 seconds or so would see the clocks stop at 3.50 something – anything so long as it read less than 4.00. Spotting that his team mate Russell Browne was slightly boxed in Will Leer went for it and with a final lap of some 54 seconds crossed the line in first place in 3.56.81, a race that he finished 2nd in in 2008. His last lap was telling as Jack Bolas (USA) was 2nd in 3.58.41 from Russell Browne 3.58.48.

Also dipping under 4 minutes was Craig Miller (USA) 3.59.19, Andrew Bumbalough (USA) 3.59.46, David McCarthy (Ireland & West Waterford AC) 3.59.79 and the seventh sub-4 minute miler of the night, Liam Boylan-Pett (USA) 3.59.86.

The presentation party for the top six in the 2010 Morton Mile included the sponsors Behan & Associates and Commercial Hygiene Services, Clonliffe Harriers Club President, Paddy Marley and Billy Morton’s daughters, Yvonne and Billie, who presented the magnificent Morton Memorial Cup to a worthy and popular winner in Will Leer.

Full results of the Morton Mile 2010:

1. Will Leer (USA) – 3.56.81

2. Jack Bolas (USA) – 3.58.41

3. Russell Browne (USA) – 3.58.48

4. Craig Miller (USA) – 3.59.19

5. Andrew Bumbalough (USA) – 3.59.46

6. David McCarthy (West Waterford AC) – 3.59.79

7. Liam Boylan-Pett (USA) – 3.59.86

8. Kurt Benninger (Canada) – 4.00.71

9. Kyle Alcorne (USA) – 4.00.8

10. Liam Reale (Limerick AC) – 4.01.49

11. Sean Connolly (Tallaght AC) – 4.02.59

12. Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC) – 4.02.65

13. Alan O’Brien (Crusaders AC) – 4.04.02

14. Sean Brosnan (USA) – 4.04.83

15. Joe Sweeney (DSD) – 4.06.8

16. Sam Dech (USA) – 4.07.84

17. Tom Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) – 4.08.15

18. Conor Healy (Clonliffe Harriers) – 4.11.93

Immediately preceding the Morton Mile was the Clonliffe Junior Mile which was a race won in fine style by MSB’s Liam Tremble. Tremble took up the running from the start and never looked in danger of being overhauled, despite the gap slightly closing on the third lap Tremble opened the gap again with a fine final lap to record a time of 4.25.48 from Clonliffe’s Jamie Rossiter, 2nd in 4.30.01 with Kevin Dooney of Raheny Shamrocks 3rd in 4.33.02.

This was a fine race for all the junior athletes involved with 90% of the athletes recording PB’s.

The full result of the Clonliffe Junior Mile was:

1. Liam Tremble (MSB) – 4.25.48

2. Jamie Rossiter (Clonliffe) – 4.30.01

3. Kevin Dooney (Raheny) – 4.33.02

4. Andrew Jenkinson (Clonliffe) – 4.33.95

5. Stephen Lawlor (St. Abbans AC) – 4.35.98

6. Ian Guiden (Clonliffe) – 4.36.45

7. Daniel Tadlow (DSD) – 4.41.92

8. Eric McCann (Clonliffe) – 4.42.03

9. David Vaughey (Clonliffe) – 4.47.24

10. Johnny Bradley-Ward (Clonliffe) – 5.06.38

11. Ronan Doyle (Clonliffe) – 5.12.54

In addition to these two mile races the meet also included a number of Dublin Athletic Board graded races as well as the Albie Thomas 3000 Open. Albie Thomas of course is synonymous with Santry, having set two World records back in 1958 and also contributed enormously to Herb Elliott’s 1 mile mark also set in 1958, Albie was also a visitor to the Morton Stadium for the 50th anniversary of his 3 Mile World Record two years ago and made a wonderful impression on all who had the pleasure to meet him on that occasion. It was fitting therefore that in the Women’s 800M race were two Aussies – Lisa Corrigan, who won the race in 2.06.29 and Bridey Delaney, who was 2nd in 2.07.83. As a junior athlete Bridey was actually coached by Ablie and is a member of Albie’s Club in Australia, St. George’s. Third in 800M race was Siobhan Eviston of Raheny, from a Clonliffe perspective Becky Woods ran close to her PB recording a time of 2.14.43 in 5th place with Louise Reilly one place behind her in 2.18.58.

The Albie Thomas 3000M was won by Rathfarnham’s Eoin Flynn in a time of 8.30 from Lee Van Haefen of Donore 8.39.4 with Ian Conroy of Raheny Shamrock’s 3rd in 8.41.5.

In the B and C combined 3000 Clonliffe’s Ernie Ramsey had a good run recording a time of 9.41.37 and finishing 2nd, whilst Tom Monks was 4th in the C grade in a time of 10.39.

Clonliffe Harriers also sponsored the Men’s Pole Vault competition which was won by Stuart Green of Raheny Shamrocks, setting a new Raheny Shamrocks club record of 4.65, joint 2nd were Ian Rogers of Clonliffe and Thomas Houlihan of West Waterford (4.45).

The Women’s 100M A race, also sponsored by Clonliffe, was won by Amy Foster in a time of 12.09, from Louise Kiernan, Fingallians, 12.61 and Catherine McManus (Celtic AC) 12.66.

Clonliffe’s Snezana Bechtina recorded a time of 13.5.

In the Men’s 100 A Race (also sponsored by Clonliffe) there were actually two A races such was the level of interest, the fastest three were Jonathan Holmes (KCH) 10.8, 2nd Christopher Russell (Ferrybank AC) 11.02 and 3rd after his heroics in last weekend’s School’s International, Clonliffe’s Patrick O’Connor 11.26.

Other Clonliffe results in this race were Danny Kavanagh 11.29, John Laffey 11.41, Conor Coleman 11.59 and Stuart Roche 11.99.

Marco Mattiuzzo won the Triple Jump with 13.29M and in the 800M races Aidan Bailey was fastest of the Clonliffe Contingent with a time of 1.53.06, Brett Paine ran 1.55.73, Stephen Harkness ran 1.57.17, Philip O’Doherty ran 2.08.35 and Colm Groome ran 2.08.68.

Full results of the graded races can be found on

Clonliffe Harriers would like to thank our sponsors of the Morton Mile Meet: Behan & Assocaites; Commercial Hygiene Services and Fashionflo.

USA`s Mark Thompson wins Morton Mile

Jul 16, 2009 [Noel Guiden] Clonliffe Harriers promotion of the Morton Memorial Invitation Mile continued last night with the Club’s hosting of the event in conjunction with the Dublin County Board’s excellent graded meet. US visitor, Mark Thompson, was the victor in a time of 4.01.26, followed by Geoff Martinson of Canada 4.01.65, and in third place Welsh man Chris Moss in 4.02.37.

This was actually an excellent mile race. A pretty impressive field had been assembled by Killian Lonergan which featured three athletes from the United States, a Canadian, Welsh man, a Spaniard and a Kenyan – Clonliffe’s Josphat Boit, as well as the cream of home based athletes. As the athletes were called to the line at approximately 8.15 p.m. a hush fell over the large attendance at the meet in anticipation of the possibility of witnessing another sub-4 minute mile – who could ever forget the 2008 race where nine athletes ran sub-4. With excellent pace making the athletes went through the first lap in 61 seconds, with 800 to go the sub-4 was well on the cards as this mark was reached in 1.57 however, with the pace maker pulling to the side at this stage clearly the thoughts of the athletes shifted from a fast time to the winning of the race as a tactical battle now ensued – at ¾ mark the clock read 3.03 and in the dash for the line Thompson took the win in 4.01.26 followed by Martinson of Canada and Moss of Wales.

The first Irish man was Mark Hanrahan of Leevale with 4.05.84, Clonliffe’s Mark Kenneally was 8th in 4.08.06 (as it transpired Mark was only warming up for the 3000M!) and Josphat Boit on his homecoming ran a disappointing, by his high standards, 4.09.75, with Clonliffe’s third athlete Aidan Bailey 10th in 4.12.05.

Full results of the 2009 Morton Mile:

1. Mark Thompson (USA) 4.01.26

2. Geoff Martinson (Can) 4.01.65

3. Chris Moss (Wal) 4.02.37

4. Tommy Schmitz (USA) 4.05.09

5. Darren Brown (USA) 4.05.80

6. Mark Hanrahan (Leevale AC) 4.05.84

7. Sean Connolly (Tallaght AC) 4.07.49

8. Mark Kenneally (Clonliffe) 4.08.06

9. Josphat Boit (Ken & Clonliffe) 4.07.75

10. Aidan Bailey (Clonliffe) 4.12.05

11. Mark Kirwan (Raheny) 4.13.55

12. Kevin Moriarty (Raheny) 4.14.01

13. Javier Soto (Esp) 4.16.79

14. James McFadden (Letterkenny) 4.24.26

Immediately post race the presentation was made to the first six athletes by the presentation party of Clonliffe Harriers President Paddy Marley and Billy Morton’s daughters Yvonne and Billie of the magnificent Morton Memorial Cup.

Clonliffe also promoted a Junior Men’s Mile which was held before the Senior race, there was a great battle at the front of things between Daragh Flynn of Raheny Shamrock and John Travers of Donore Harriers, with Travers taking an excellent win in a time of 4.22.27.

Clonliffe’s Jamie Rossiter ran very well, taking 4th place in a time of 4.28.46, which was a massive 20 seconds or so off his PB. Good runs also from Clonliffe’s two other athletes in the race, Eric McCann and Jordan Logue.

Full results of the Junior Mile:

1. John Travers (Donore) 4.22.29

2. Daragh Flynn (Raheny) 4.23.14

3. Joe Breen (Shiabh Bhuide) 4.25.03

4. Jamie Rossiter (Cloniffe) 4.28.46

5. Peter Hanrahan (Leevale) 4.31.79

6. Eric McCann (Clonliffe) 4.45.49

7. Jordan Logue (Clonliffe) 4.48.38

8. Donal Foley (Raheny) 5.02.94

The graded meet itself proved to be an excellent promotion by the Dublin County Board with the development 800M race in particular proving to be a highlight, in fact such was the level of interest in the development races that there were three development races required. Top of the pile was Declan McBrearty of Letterkenny running a fast 1.50.46, from Paul Robinson (St. Coca) 1.50.47 and Alan O’Brien (Crusaders) 1.51.06. Clonliffe’s Mark McDonald ran a time of 1.54.27 with Brett Paine in Development Race no.2 recording 1.56. In the other grades at 800M Joseph Cooper ran 2.06.74, Graham Mahon ran 2.06.77, Philip O’Doherty 2.11.34, George Maybury 2.23.23 and Terry Mee 2.46.79.

Clonliffe also sponsored a number of other development events at the meet including the Men’s Pole Vault competition which was won in fine style by Clonliffe’s David Donegan with a best of 4.85M, from club mate Michael Strezekzy 4.40M with Ian Rogers joint 4th at 4.10M.

The 100M development races were also sponsored by Clonliffe, the women’s race being won by Derval O’Rourke (Leevale) in 11.94. Clonliffe’s Leah Moore ran an excellent 12.51 in taking 4th place with Sarah Doyle 8th in 13.69.

The men’s 100 was won by Crusader’s Steven Colvert in 10.97.

In the women’s 800M race Becky Woods was 5th in 2.14.50 a PB, Louise Reilly also ran a PB of 2.15.89, Sarah Finnegan ran 2.27.69 and Sinead Harnett ran 2.33.26.

The final event of the day was the Albi Thomas development 3000M race which was sponsored by Frank Murphy. Mark Kenneally ran a superb 8.06.61, having been paced over the first 800 by Paul Flemming (Rathfarnham) and then solo realed off 65 second laps to win by the best part of 30 seconds. Young Dave Fitzmaurice placed 11th in 8.54.07.

Following the meet, Club President, Paddy Marley made a special presentation on behalf of Clonliffe Harriers to Billy’s daughters, Yvonne and Billie.

In making the the presentation Paddy remarked that it is 40 years since Billy passed away and Clonliffe in promoting the Morton Memorial Mile acknowledge Billy’s greatest legacy which is our home in Santry today and his life contribution to Clonliffe and Irish athletics. He thanked Yvonne, Billie and their families for their attendance and support of the Morton Memorial Mile throughout the years.

Finally Clonliffe would like to thank all who contributed to the night’s event, in particular the Dublin County Board and the Morton Mile sponsors – Commercial Hygiene Services and Behan & Associates, and Frank Murphy for his sponsorship of the Alib Thomas 3000M. Full results of all events are on

A great day for Clonliffe: National league winners

Jul 29, 2008 [Killian Lonergan] A great day for Clonliffe Harriers.


David Duval and Davis Love III fought for years to lose the tag, Colin Montgomerie, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk would love to loose it – that of ‘best player never to win a major’. On Sunday, Clonliffe Harriers finally removed itself from the list of ‘ biggest club never to win the National League’!!!!


The winning of the National League by the Clonliffe Harriers team was not something achieved this past weekend, nor in the two qualification rounds in May and June. The nucleus of this team has been forming for the past three years and even longer. With a runner-up position in both 2006 and 2007 we had been knocking at the door of victory for some time. North Down, the champions for the past two years, were steely competitors and were not easily going to give up of the opportunity to become one of the few teams ever to win the title 3 years in a row.


Due in no small part to the Clonliffe reputation of being a Cross Country or distance running club, capturing this title had become Captain Joe Cooper’s Holy Grail for the past 7 years. The team that Joe built wasn’t done overnight nor was it done without the assistance of the club’s many coaches.


The naming of an O’Leary in our starting line up, in the walk, will have raised an eyebrow or two. The realisation that the O’Leary in question, wasn’t the 1992 Olympian Bobby, but rather his father, will have raised the other eyebrow, and a few uni-brows at that! Johnny was presented an award by the club last autumn to commemorate his 50 + years as a Clonliffe member and his collection of a National Senior medal at this stage in his career is another wonderful acknowledgement of his enduring contribution to the club. When he received the call from Joe three weeks ago that his services would be required there was no hesitation in stepping up to be counted. His daily training regime took in St. Anne’s park and the mantra of ‘I wouldn’t see Joe let down’, heard often in Tullamore was surely used as a daily motivator. His 6th place finish was worth just as much a win. Thanks a lot Johnny.


After his personal disappointment last weekend in having to pull out of the National Senior Championship 400m Hurdles final, Jeremy Lyons was unable to take up his talisman position in our early to bat events – both the 110m and 400m hurdles. His early season heroics had set a great barometer for the other athletes of what the club hoped, nay expected of them on League days. However, like the great Club man he is, Jeremy and clip board were on hand all day as he was constantly called upon to update Joe and team with our scoring position.


Chris Minn’s approach to this event over the past three years has been exactly the same. His presence on the team bus at round and final days has always been greatly appreciated and his desire to see the club win the big one was never questioned. Once again 2008 saw him step up when asked and he donned the black and amber for both hurdles races, earned points that could have easily been lost due to Jeremy’s withdrawal.


Another early season club record breaker, Paul Marry had also picked up a recent injury and was far from ready to perform at his best. Still, he was willing to do what was asked by Joe and he travelled to Tullamore knowing he probably only had one or two throws in him. Fortunately, his arm held out and he was able to pick up another win.


Out of view of the main stadium Eamonn Byrne was busy trying to squeeze out another few centimetres in the Hammer event. Having come through the Phil Conway school of knocks in Belvedere College, Eamon had been well versed in the understanding of how a team’s momentum can be influenced from the outside field. His 4th place finish was good, but his performance in raising his game from Nationals a week before boded well for the rest of us. Another Conway influenced athlete, Luke Mangan was holding his own in both shot and discus events. Ripleys ‘Believe it or not ‘ have long since stopped questioning Luke’s schoolboy status but they may very well have been on site once again as word filtered back that he had picked up the 9 points in the Shot Putt. An outstanding performance for such a young athlete.


Our middle and long distance prowess was there for all to see as we picked up 3 of the 4 wins on offer – 1500m with Colm Rooney, Mark Kenneally in the 5000m and David Flynn in the 3000m Steeplechase.


Rooney, winner of the National title a week earlier, had had a bad week with injury and was forced to pull out of his attempt at cracking the 4 mins mile in Friday’s Morton Memorial. However, he was willing to toe the line and go after the 9 points in the League Final. Facing Leevale’s Mark Hanrahan ( 4.00.73 in the aforementioned mile ) wasn’t something he needed to finish out his season but having missed both rounds of the league this year, Colm was determined to do what he could on Finals day. Letting Mark dictate the pace of the race was his tactic and as he rounded the Leevale man with 100m to go, the points were in the bag.


David Flynn’s approaching departure on scholarship to Fayettville, Arkansas added some spice to his race. This was the last time we’ll see David in the Clonliffe colours until November when he’s hopefully be home to claim a position on the Irish junior xc team. With just under 2 hours to go before the race you could tell David was up for it. It wasn’t too hard to miss the fact that he was already in his spikes!! He took the lead from the start and was never troubled. A fine end of season race and a fitting send off as he starts his American adventure.


Mark Kenneally’s arrival at the track was greeted warmly by all the team but slightly more by few in particular. With the program of events running 35 minutes ahead of schedule there was more than one phone call made to Mark asking for his exact, garmin specific co-ordinates, as time was running out. Messers Gary O’Hanlon and Eoin Pearce were eagerly awaiting his arrival as they were requested by Joe to start warming up ‘just in case’. Both were feeling the effects of their respective mile efforts on Friday night – and for one more than the other, the obligatory celebrations after. ( surprisingly it wasn’t the one that had won his race! ) Mark took the race by the scruff of the neck and had a substantial lead after one lap. The next 11.5 laps were simply a matter of staying upright for him to collect another 9 points.


Far from being upright for most of their event, our Pole Vaulters were adamant that between them this year, the 9 points would be gained. National Champion David Donegan made no mistakes and ended up with a season’s best height of 4.82m. Despite having the National Champion in our stable for each of the past two years going into the event, this was the first time in three attempts that we won. A good sign.


Our 4x100m relay team has often managed to pull off the win in this event, but this year were unable to do so. Still, their 4th place finish augured well as the team members were determined to make up for the perceived loss of points in their individual events. Turning a negative into a positive is what it’s all about.


In the 400m John Laffey was determined to show that his terrific performance in the 2nd Round of league was no flash in the plan. This was achieved quite comfortably as he brought home all 9 points. ( 49.24 secs )


Conor Healy came up against two top class 800m runners in Kevin McCloy and Michael Dyer. Trying to steel a march on them down the back straight Conor was held off by both but still secured another valuable 3rd place finish.


Mario Matuzzi managed to find a comfortable plot of land amongst the Clonliffe bags within minutes of arriving. His Italian upbringing enabled him to take a mid-day nap while the rest of the team pottered around within feet of him. When called into action in the Triple Jump Mario gathered himself and despite being out of competitive action for the best part of a year he was able to jump over 13 metres, finishing 3rd behind two former National Champions.


John Harnett, last seen running the 400m at the National Championships displayed his versatility by jumping 1.75 in the High Jump. Significantly John was ahead of North Down’s 2metre plus jumper. Some unexpected points earned there.


John Conroy epitomised the nature of the competition and of our athletes willingness to earn a point for the team – no matter what. He competing in both the long jump and 56lb weight. Neither event would be quite down his alley, but when asked at the last minute to deputise in the later event there was no question that he would.


In the 200m Cormac Doherty was unlikely to be facing one of the strongest fields of the day. He got out well and fought up the home straight chasing our rivals athletes all the way to the line.


Down to the last two events of the day now and Jeremy Lyons unofficial points tracker had us still in the frame for overall victory. However, strong performances were needed in both the 100m and 4x400m. Last years 100m event was the moment when the team title was put out of reach. Our athlete pulling up injured with 40m to go meant a less than anticipated return of points. This year, there were to be no points.


With the whole field on a warning after an initial false start, the 2nd start sent a cold shiver across the Clonliffe team. Daniel Kavanagh looked to have jumped the gun. Adamant that this wasn’t the case, Dan’s Linford Christie impersonations came to the fore as he reenacted Linford’s 1996 Olympic final protest. Unfortunately, nothing was to change and despite letting him run the race we were looking at zero points from the 100m.


A recalculation by Jeremy suggested the competition could still be won with a first place in the 4x400m. Similar to the Toyko ’91 World Championships were GB put there fastest athlete on the opening leg, Clonliffe had John Laffey leading the team off. The lane 1 draw wasn’t a favourable one, but John brought the baton round in first place. Colm Rooney, running his last race of his season was next up and despite being cut off and passed as he entered the home straight, he fought all the way to the line to hand over to Conor Healy in third. Conor held his position until he passed Camp Clonliffe over at the 300m mark. Moving fluidly down the back straight he pressured both athletes ahead. Passing one of them, he handed over to Under 19 athlete Eoin McDonnell in 2nd place. Eoin’s ability to remain camp and run a even paced lap speaks volumes for his great racing brain and bodes well for his own future. Back in the present though, Eoin held off any challengers from behind and crossed the line in 2nd place. Our unofficial points tallying suggested the title was ours.


With the announcement taking a hour to come, Joe Cooper was spreading the word that should we win, he was too old to be put in the water jump. Cleverly though, he did pass his watch, wallet and phone to Johnny O’Leary ‘just in case’. As the results were announced it was reminiscent of the Miss World Competition with the results being listed in reverse order When it was announced that second place would go to ‘North down’ by process of elimination the Clonliffe crew knew the title was won and the cup was making it’s way to the Clonliffe bar.


The medals were handed out and without warning Joe Cooper completed his fastest 50m in a long time, as he was manhandled from the rostrum to the pleasantly refreshing Water jump pit. Soaked head to toe but with his medal secured around his neck he emerged from the pit stating he had no spare clothes. His often heard mantra, ‘ if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail’ couldn’t have been more apt. Clothes were found somewhere and Joe boarded the bus home in borrowed attire.


Of course, the results on the day have been outlined above, but the first two rounds in Antrim and Santry saw other athletes contribute. These were not forgotten on the day and should be congratulated too. Jeremy Lyons, Larry Brady, Kevin English, Anthony McGreery, Eoin Pearce and many others.

We’ve now earned the right to compete in the European Club Track and Field Championships next May. Team selection will be difficult but it’s a headache Joe has been longing to have.


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