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News - Clonliffe PR 21/07/11

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Clonliffe 125 Track and Field Grand Prix official press release

21st June 2011

At a reception held in the Clonliffe Harriers Club House at the Morton Stadium, Santry, on Monday the 20th June, Clonliffe Harriers officially launched the Clonliffe 125 Track & Field Grand Prix. The event was launched by Eamonn Coghlan, Irish Olympian, World 5000M Champion 1983 and World Indoor Mile record holder 1983, James Nolan, two time 1500M Olympian and Clonliffe Harrier, Mark Kenneally, current Irish Long Distance International and also a member of Clonliffe Harriers.


In attendance were members of the legendary athletics impresario Billy Morton of Clonliffe Harriers, Mr Paddy Marley, the President of Clonliffe Harriers, Mr John Foley, CEO of Athletics Ireland and Mr Barry O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer, National Sports Campus Development Authority.


The Clonliffe 125 Track & Field Grand Prix will take place on Friday 8th July at 7.00pm. The meet is an integral part of Clonliffe Harriers 125th anniversary celebrations, the Club having been founded in 1886.


The meet will be a night of non-stop top class athletics featuring National and International athletes. The feature event will be the Morton Mile, a race which over the years has attracted the cream of world milers, including the great Kip Keino, John Walker, Steve Scott, Steve Ovett and Ireland's top middle distance stars Eamonn Coghlan, Frank O'Mara, Marcus O'Sullivan, Ray Flynn and Clonliffe's own Niall Bruton. The 2011 Morton Mile will provide an opportunity for athletics and sports fans to see top U.S and Australian athletes take on Ireland's home based stars. A top class field is being put together and is almost finalised, Clonlife have already secured a number of top U.S milers and are delighted to announce that two time Irish Olympic 5000M finalist and Clonliffe Harrier, Alistair Cragg has given a firm commitment to be on the start line for the Morton Mile. Clonliffe also remain optimistic that defending Morton Mile Champion, Will Leer of the USA will once again return to the Morton Stadium. The field looks like being one of the best fields ever assembled and sub four minute miles are virtually guaranteed. Indeed the stadium record held by Steve Scott going back to 1980 of 3.53.8 could well be threatened with the prospect of a €1,000 bonus for the man to break that record.


Thanks to the most generous support of Athletics Ireland and the meet sponsors including Commercial Hygiene Services, Behan & Associates, the Brew Crew, the National Lottery Race Series and Mr Dave Fogarty, the Morton Mile will be supported by a full programme of track and field events which will include 100M, 400M, 800M, Junior Mile, 3000M, Pole Vault, Discus and High Jump.


Clonliffe Harriers are delighted to announce that international star sprinter Jason Smyth will compete in the Clonliffe 125 Track and Field Grand Prix. The POle Vault competition also looks like it could be one of the highlights of the meet, Irish National Champion David Donegan of Clonliffe is a confirmed starter where he will meet other Irish Pole Vault stars and three to Pole Vaulters from UCLA, all with PB's of well over 5.30M.


The meet will also include top Irish Milers Club action over 800M and 1500M and fast times are guaranteed as athletes are in the hunt for championship qualification times. Clonliffe are also delighted to announce that Paralympics Ireland will take a full part in the meet as Ireland's top Paralympians seek qualification for London 2012.


An hour before the official opening of the Clonliffe 125 Track & Field Grand Prix a special ceremony will be held which will see the unveiling of a special 1958 Morton Mile audio plint sponsored by the National Sports Campus Development Authority and the Morton Stadium. This audio and photographic display will recreate the atmosphere, sights and sounds of the 6th and 7th August 1958 when on successful days world records were set in the stadium - Herb Elliot's World Mile Record on the 6th August of 3.54.5 and on the 7th August Albie Thomas set a World 2 Mile record of 8.32.0


The Clonliffe 125 Track & Field Grand Prix will be the top track & field athletics meeting in Dublin this summer and is an event which is well worthy of the support of Dublin sports fans. Admission to the meet will be very reasonable €10.00 for families or €5.00 for individuals.


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Colin Costello

(pictured above) Colin Costello former European Junior 1500m champion who will compete in the Morton Mile, with Eamonn Coghlan, former winner and the Morton Memorial Cup.