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Strong team heading to Tullamore for League defence

There is a strong Clonliffe team looking to defend the national league title in Tullamore this Sunday. Clonliffe are not only the reigning National League champions but also are looking to complete another double having captured the indoor league title at the commencement of 2018. A tough battle is expected with stiff competition all round and all will have to be at their best if there is to be any prospect of the national title being brought back to Santry.

The team is:

Race walk – Greg Hossenny

100 – Leo Morgan

200 – Pascal Touche

400 – Mark McDonald

800 – Richie Owens

1500 – Colm Rooney

5000 – David Flynn

110h/400h – Timmy Crowe

3000 SC – Jayme Rossiter

Pole Vaut/Discus – Rolus Olusa

Shot/56lbs – Luke Mangan

Hammer – Simon Galligan

Long jump – Keith Marks

Triple jump – Niall Counihan

High jump – Marcin Klincosz

Javelin – Stephen Rice

4 x 100 (from) – Leo Morgan, Pascal Touche, Keith Marks, Rolus Olusa, Mark McDonald

4 x 400 (from) – Mark McDonald, Timmy Crowe, Richie Owens, Colm Rooney, Sean Carrig, Pascal Touche.

The bus travelling to Tullamore will leave Morton Stadium on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. sharp.

Mid week action

Sean Doran was racing once again on the roads last night (is he now as prolific a racer as Gary O`Hanlon?) winning the Castlepollard 5k in 15.49.

Tonight the first race in the August series takes place in Morton Stadium 800m at 8.00pm open to all Clonliffe and Grand Prix athletes. Round 2 is next Thursday, 5000m with round 3 the Mile on August 30th.

Flynner Rocks to National Half title and leads team to win

David Flynn had a big win today in Dublin`s Rock `n`Roll Half Marathon/National Half Marathon on a new course, changed from the Phoenix Park due to the Pope`s up coming gig.

Flynner took the National title in 68.51. Winning by nine seconds from former Harrier, now with Clonmel AC, David Mansfield. In 4th place, and 1st O/40 was National marathon champion Gary O`Hanlon 69.31.

Other Clonliffe included Matt McGuinness 85.05, plus a host of other Clonliffe athletes, to see results use this link: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/eshop/Athletics_Ireland_Prelim_Results120818.pdf

On the team front amended results have issued showing the Clonliffe team of Flynn, O’Hanlon and McGuinness on a combined time of 3.43.27 as National Champions ahead of Clonmel AC on 3.45.16.

Valdas 20th in Europe, Ireland 6th

Clonliffe`s Valdas Dopolskas running for Lithuania had a fine run indeed in this morning`s European Marathon in Berlin. Valdas was 20th in 2.18.58. Sergiu Ciobanu will be somewhat disappointed with his run finishing 36th in 2.19.49.

Other Irish: Kevin Seaward 15th (2.16.58), Mick Clohisey 18th (2.18.00), Sean Hehir 25th (2.18.58), Paul Pollock 47th (2.23.26). Race winner was Koen Naert (BEL) in a championship record of 2.09.51. In the team result Ireland placed 6th with Italy taking gold.

Friday night lights: Richie’s back!

Friday night at the Streets of Athboy 5k and the good news is that after a long period of injury Richie Owens is back racing again placing 2nd in 15.32. Also racing and finishing 3rd was Sean Doran in 15.56.

More weekend results as they happen.

Tough day at office for Scullion

Clonliffe’s Stephen Scullion had it tough in Berlin tonight in the European Championships 10,000. In very hot conditions the Belfast man was always at the rear of proceedings and finished in 23rd place in 29.46.87. This placing  exceeded his ranking.

60th Anniversary of Albie Thomas` World 2 Mile Record

August 7th 1958 a new day in Santry and a new World Record is set! 24 hours after Herb Elliott`s Mile World Record brought day 2 of the ‘August International Sports’. The feature event on the programme for day 2 was the 2 mile open. Tonight Herb Elliott way to pay back Albie Thomas for pacing the mile by pacing the 2 mile for Thomas.

The crowd was smaller tonight, approximately numbering 8000. From the off Elliott took on the pace making duties reaching the mile in 4.22 with Thomas on his shoulder. On hearing the split Thomas though the pace was too slow and the opportunity was gone :

“When I heard the mile time I said to myself bang goes our hopes of a record, but I decided to have a go. It was tough going and in the second quarter of the last mile I felt like turning it in. Then came that wonderful Dublin cheer. I felt I was running for the crowd as much as for myself and I just ran as hard as I possibly could. When I heard I had actually beaten the record I could hardly believe it. Imagine I ran the last mile in 4 minutes 11 seconds’. (Albie Thomas)

A new World Record 8.32.0. The second in 2 days, and Albie Thomas` second of the Summer of `58 in Santry (to add to his World 3 Mile set on July 9th)

2 mile start

(Above, start of the 2 mile open, Aug 7th 1958)

2 mile elliott paces

(Above, Elliott (note missing number) paces, Thomas (no. 38) waits)

Albie Thomas World 2 mile record

(Above, Albie Thomas breaks the World Record!)

Morton Games is proud to preserve the memory of Ablie Thomas with the annual Albie Thomas Memorial Race as a key event in the annual international event. Fittingly this year`s was won by Australia`s Brett Robinson with the presentation made by Albie`s family: wife Nola, daughter Robyn, son in law Gary and grandsons Liam and Thomas.

morton 18 albie

(Above 2018, Albie Thomas Memorial Race)

Clonliffe athletes at Europeans TV times.

First Clonliffe athlete in action at the European Championships in Berlin is Stephen Scullion in the 10000 tomorrow evening at 7.20pm (GMT).

On Friday the men’s 4 x 400 heats, the squad includes Dara Kervick, at 12.50pm.

Then Sunday will see two more Clonliffe men enter the fray at 9.00am in the marathon with Sergiu Ciobanu for Ireland and Valdas Dopolskas for Lithuania.

Grand Prix News and August Series

Liam Hennessy:  Grand Prix Series, Round 11 – 5000Metres incorporating the Club Championship 5000Metres, held on Thursday, July 26th last at Morton Stadium.

Full Results provided by Liam Hennessy as follows;
Adam O’Brien – 15.23
Sean O’Leary – 15.47
Tom Sherlock – 16.33
Stephen Cashen – 17.03
Eoghan Murphy – 17.20
Niall Gorman – 17.23
Shane Casey – 18.22
Fergus Keenan – 18.34
Anthony Sheridan – 18.34
Clive Ahern – 18.47
Kevin Dowling – 19.05
Paul O’Loughlin – 19.09
Michael Mc Enery – 19.12
Tom Griffin – 19.36
Philip Matthews – 19.44
Mick Gleeson – 19.48
Philip O’Doherty – 19.55
Noel Daly – 19.57
Alan Curley – 20.15
Emma Dunne – 20.36
Paul Walsh – ???????
Trevor Wisdom – 20.45
Richie Barr – 20.47
Laura Kernan – 20.50
Andy Neary – 20.50
Michael Smith – DQ
Declan Grant – 20.53
Elaine Mc Loughlin – 20.53.1
Maria Howard – 20.58
Laura Kernan – 20.59
Michael Smith – DQ
Tom Monks – 21.05

Clodagh Moriarty – 21.17

Declan Murray – 21.22

Joe Cole – 21.36

Eimear Brennan – 21.45
Tom Cassidy – 21.52
Conor Jennings – 22.04

Paul White – 22.08

Aine Mc Cann – 22.11

Tom Dunne – 22.20

Orla Deighan – 22.44

Yvonne Mc Donagh – 22.46

Greg O’Beirne – 22.59

Tom Prendergast – 23.21

Mandy Mc Menamy – 23.25
Stephen Tracey – 23.25
Sinead Smith – 23.25.8

Niall Markey – 23.32

Gerard Fay – 23.54

Jenny Sharkey – 23.57

Karen Mc Affee – 24.00

Brian Danagher – 24.22

Shay Byrne – 25.08

Lorraine Sherwood – 25.49

Dave Brady – 27.14
Sinead Morrissey – 28.36
Apologies if i misspelt any name above.
Important dates for your diary;
Our August series continues as follows;
Thursday, August 16th – 800Metres – Morton Stadium – 8pm.
Thursday, August 23rd – 5000Metres – Morton Stadium – 8pm.
Thursday, August 30th – Mile – Morton Stadium – 8pm.
These races are open to all Grand Prix and Clonliffe Harriers athletes, so we would like to encourage everyone to take part. See you there !!!

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)

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