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Morton Mile Plinth Unveiled

8th July 2011

Before this year’s Morton Mile on the 8th July, the National Sports Campus Development Authority unveiled a Morton Mile Memorial Plinth to commemorate the great race of 1958.

 

The Memorial plinth was launched by the great former Olympic Champion Ronnie Delaney who also finished third in the race.  See attached photograph. Ronnie was delight to be asked to unveil the plinth and spoke of the legendary athletics promoter Billy Morton who organised the 1958 event. Also in attendance were the family of Billy Morton including his great grandchildren.

 

Billy Morton initiated the track and brought famous athletes from all over the world to compete in the Stadium on the 6th to the 7th August 1958. In front of an estimated crowd of 20,000, Australian Herb Elliott shattered the World record for the mile with a time of 3 minutes 54.5 seconds. This was also the first time in history that five athletes ran sub-four minute mile in the same race.  This established Santry on the world stage of Athletics.

 

The Memorial Plinth has pictures from the great race and the live commentary of the 1958 Morton Mile from the late great Philip Green of RTE.

 

The National Sports Campus welcome everyone interested in athletics to come and visit the Stadium and to view the memorial plinth and listen to the great race of 1958.

 

For more information on Morton Stadium please visit www.mortonstadium.ie

Morton Mile Plinth

At the unveiling of the Morton Mile Commemorative Plinth were (L -R) David Conway, Maurice Ahern, Ronnie Delaney, Eamonn Coghlan and Barry O’Brien