Clonliffe enjoy Double delight
David Fitzmaurice and Ailish Malone made it a host club double at the 120th Clonliffe 2 Mile on the traditional Finglas to Glasnevin route, which finished outside the Kavanagh Grave Diggers.
The lead pack, including Raheny's Vinnie Mulvey, the Clonliffe trio of Fitzmaurice, Gary O'Hanlon and Ian Guiden and Rathfarnham's Paul Fleming, reached the first mile in around four minutes 25 seconds. Fitzmaurice applied the pressure on the uphill stretch that followed and held on for victory in 9:04, with Mulvey 10 seconds behind and O'Hanlon third.
Malone clocked 10:56 to finish first woman, ahead of Dunboyne's Fiona Reid and Louise Reilly also Clonliffe. First juniors were Ian Guiden and Lorna Begley, both of the host club.
At the back of the field, big cheers were reserved for Eugene Kavanagh, sponsor of the race for the past 25 years, running the race along with the next two generations of Kavanaghs.
Next up for Clonliffe, in this their 125th anniversary year, is the Clonliffe 125 Track and Field Grand Prix on Friday July 8 in Santry (7pm). Highlight of the night will be the Morton Mile. In August 1958, the world mile record was broken in Santry when the Australian athlete Herb Elliott ran a time of 3:54.5.
Few have gone faster -- the American Steve Scott's stadium record set in 1980 is 3:53.8 and a €1,000 bonus awaits the first athlete to improve on that time. Among those lining out will be Alistair Cragg, who has run 3:55.04 for the mile indoors. Leading the entry for the 100m is Paralympian Jason Smyth. He is part of a strong Paralympian entry, many of them chasing London 2012 qualification marks.
Highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of a special 1958 Morton Mile audio plinth. This audio and photographic display will recreate the sights and sounds of the mile and two-mile world records set on August 6 and 7, 1958.
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