Albie Thomas 5000 to provide fitting finale

In a break from what has become the norm the Morton Mile will not be the finale of this year's Morton Games, rather at 9.00 p.m. the 2019 Morton Games will conclude with the Albie Thomas men's international 5000.

The men's 5000 has provided terrific entertainment for the Santry crowd in recent years and with several athletes chasing world qualifying times the weather conditions tend to be much stiller this late in the evening at Santry and it is hoped that this will maximise the possibility and opportunity for these athletes.

Morton Games is also delighted to have as sponsors not only the Dublin Athletics Board which has been a staunch supporter of this race but also we are delighted to announce that the Albie Thomas family are co-sponsors. The legendary Albie Thomas is of course synonymous with Santry having back in 1958 ran two world records in this stadium: 3 mile world-record in July 1958 and a 2 mile in August 1958.

There is expected to be another world-class field gathered for the Albie Thomas Memorial 5000 and it will provide a fitting finale to the night’s athletics.

Loki Sports Men's 400

Morton games are very pleased to have on board as one of our most loyal sponsors Loki sports. Loki has been with Morton Games throughout this decade as the sponsor of the international men's 400

The Loki men's 400 has brought some superb athletes to Santry in recent years. Athletes such as Donald Sanford, last year's winner, Saddam Koumi, Winston George Rennie Quow, Steve Solomon, Manteo Mitchell and of course the man who resurrected the ‘Santry Roar’home town favourite, Brian Gregan.

With the support of Loki Morton Games looks forward to another world-class quarter-mile in Santry in August.

Dublin Marathon continue Women's 800 sponsorship

It is with great pleasure that Morton Games confirms that the international women's 800 will once again be sponsored by our friends Dublin Marathon. Dublin Marathon has been sponsoring the women's 800 at Morton Games now for the past six years and in that time the women's 800 has become one of the much looked forward to races of a packed programme.

World-class two lappers have come to compete in this women's race year after year. Last year's winner was Hannah Green of the USA, previous winners have included Adele Tracey (GBR), Alex Bell (GBR), and Angie Petty (NZD). Petty in fact holds the fastest time in this international women's 800: 1.59.89.

This has been a race targeted by Ireland's Ciara Mageean as part of her championship build up in recent years and she has come tantalizingly close to not only victory but that elusive sub- two. The organisers of Morton Games are very pleased with the level and number of enquiries from athletes and agents from all over the world and are confident that once again another world-class 800 will delight the Santry crowd. Morton Games would like to thank sincerely Mr Jim Augney and his wonderful team at Dublin Marathon for their continued generosity and support.

Dunderdale back for another shot at Morton Javelin

2017 British athletics champion Joe Dunderdale returns to Santry for the javelin competition on August 21. Dunderdale finished third at last year's Morton Games and after a period of injury is now ready to return to competition. The former British champion has a PB of 76.13.

Previously confirmed for return to the Morton Games is the 2018 champion Lars Timmerman (NED) who has a PB of 79.59, the 2018 Dutch national champion is returning to his best and may well be the man to beat once again this time out.

Two very interesting competitors travelling a long way to this year's meet are Japan's Ayumo Ishiyama, pb 79.44 and Gen Naganuma, pb 79.42, who has already this season thrown 79.32.

This could be one of the events of the night!

The Height of Fashion as Fashionflo back Women's High Jump

For over 30 years, Fashionflo has provided Quality, Service and Innovation in the design, decoration and distribution of leisurewear from a large, modern production, warehousing and distribution facility in central Dublin. Fashionflo have also been a loyal supporter of Morton Games and we are delighted to have them back with us once again for 2019.

It will be the height of fashion as Fashionflo backs the women's international high jump. Already the organisers are delighted with the response from athletes wishing to compete in the high jump at this year's meet. Last year's high jump competition was won by Liz Patterson (USA), the former NCAA champion won with a huge 1.91 jump, an SB. There are High hopes that Liz will return on August 21st.

ISHKA Irish Springwater announced as official hydration partner for Morton Games 2019

Morton Games is delighted to announce that Ishka Irish Spring Water will provide the all-important hydration for athletes competing at this year’s Morton Games in the Morton Stadium, Santry on August 21st. Ishka Irish Spring Water, Official Hydration Partner of Athletics Ireland, is one of Ireland’s leading bottled water producers who since 1978 have been bottling the purest AA certified spring water sourced from their own on-site natural spring wells in Ballyneety, Co. Limerick.

Ishka Spring Water is entirely natural, untouched by human hand, the result of the natural filtration of the local bedrock giving the highest purity possible with a unique crispness and rejuvenating taste. The quality of their spring water sets it apart from other spring waters in Ireland.

Ishka is a guaranteed Irish brand and their bottles are 100% recyclable and made from recycled plastics. Innovation, quality and environmental responsibility are key drivers for the company.

Speaking about the exciting new alliance Denis Sutton, Director of Ishka Irish Spring Water said::

“We are delighted to partner our Guaranteed Irish ISHKA brand with Morton Games. This collaboration aligns with our own approach to encouraging people to live healthier lives by drinking natural spring water, enriched with a natural taste. For over 10 years we have been the Official Hydration Partner of the Great Limerick Run, so a partnership between Morton Games was a natural fit for us.”

Noel Guiden the Meet Director of Morton Games in announcing the collaboration between Morton Games and Ishka Irish Springwater commented:

“Morton Games attracts international athletes from all corners of the world including the United States, Australia, all parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. These athletes enjoy the genuine Irish experience of the Morton Games. Accordingly, we are particularly proud that our official hydration partner Ishka is an Irish brand. I have no doubts that these athletes will be very impressed with the quality, purity and taste of Ishka Irish Springwater. We are very grateful to Ishka for their support of this international Track and Field Athletics Meet”

As part of the promotion of both Morton Games and Ishka Irish Spring Water, the International Women’s 200 at Morton Games will be named the Ishka Women’s International 200.”

For more information on Morton Games visit https://www.mortongames.ie/

 

 

Junior Men Morton Milers

Once again Morton Games features a junior men’s mile in the programme. This race has given many a young athlete their first taste of competing in an international event and presents a great opportunity of racing before a big crowd. Throw in the fact that the meet is on Live TV, livestreamed and is on Eurosports it really is a brilliant opportunity for any young athlete.

We are inviting Junior men to apply for places. As a guide the suggested standard is sub 4.15 (for 1500, not a mile!). Simply e mail your name, date of birth, club, contact details, pb and sb to us at mortongames@hotmail.com.

Once we have all 15 places filled we will operate a stand by list.

High Hopes for Top women`s High Jump

Morton Games once again looks to hosting a top class women’s competition at this year’s meet. 2018 saw the first women’s high jump at Morton Games attract some World class athletes including Ireland’s U/20 World silver medalist Sommer Lecky, Canadian Olympic finalist Alex Treasure and former NCAA champion Liz Patterson (USA) who won with a 1.91m best.

Already there has been great interest with 2018 runner up Ireland`s Philippa Rogan confirmed. Phillipa on June 9th jumped a new PB in the British league of 1.87m. Also confirmed is Anna McIlmoyle (City of Lisburn), who placed 2nd in the recent North Ireland championships, and in round one of the National league jumped a 1.70m pb. Hopes are also very high that Sommer Lecky will be in Santry on August 21st.

More updates as we move on towards the big night some eight weeks away now.

20x20 Junior Women`s Mile at Morton Games

Morton Games is delighted to support the 20 x 20 campaign to increase the participation and visibility of girls and women in Irish sport. Morton Games pledges that for the first time ever the 2019 Morton Games will include a junior women's mile.

Morton Games has always included a junior men's mile which has attracted some of Ireland's best up-and-coming young athletes, many of whom have gone on to represent Ireland at international level. Morton Games hopes that the junior women competing at this year’s Morton Games will follow suit. We are delighted to support this wonderful initiative as by all doing something we can give the gift of our wonderful sport to more girls. We look forward enormously to the 20x20 Junior Women’s Mile.

Junior women athletes interested in competing, suggested standard of sub 5 1500, please contact us mortongames@hotmail.com with your details: name, club, pb/sb.

Champion Lars Timmermann is coming back!

2018 Morton Games javelin champion Lars Timmermann (NED) has confirmed that he will be back in Santry to defend his title on August 21. Timmermann won last year's competition with a best of 76.40. Already this season he has thrown 75.69 and is in fine form having won four of his five competitions to date. He has a PB of 79.59 and will hopefully break that elusive 80 m mark in front of the Morton crowd in some 10 weeks time.

Athletics Leinster to sponsor Men's 100

Morton Games is delighted to have received the support of Athletics leinster who will sponsor the men's 100 at this year's meet. The 100 has traditionally been one of the highlights of Morton Games bringing in the past to Santry world class athletes of the calibre of Yohan Blake (JAM) in 2015 and in recent years Jeff Demps (USA) and last year's 100 winner Sean McLean (USA). At this relatively early stage although the fields are still being gathered in the organisers are confident that last year's winner will be back to defend his title on August 21.


It is anticipated that once again there will be up to 20 athletes competing in the men's 100 meaning that Morton Games will open with two semifinals and then the final at around 8 PM. The meet director expressed his gratitude to Athletics Leinster for coming on board in 2019 saying: ‘we are delighted to have received the support and endorsement of Athletics.Leinster. Not only does this mean that we can continue to bring the best sprinters to Dublin but to have the support of yet another of our sport’s governing bodies adds enormously to the prestige of Morton Games’

Behans and Commercial Hygiene sign on again

It is with Considerable pleasure that Morton Games can confirm that both Behan and Associates, Legal Costs Accountants and Commercial Hygiene Services have agreed to continue their generous sponsorship of the Morton Mile, the flag ship event at Morton Games.

Both companies have been loyal supporters of Morton Games since 2011. The meet director of Morton Games said: 'to have the continued commitment of Behan and Associates and Commercial Hygiene Services to the Morton Games and in particular the Morton Mile is a source of great pride to all the Morton Games team. These loyal sponsors have been on board since the outset and their commitment and support of Morton Games is exceptional. We are delighted to have both companies once again as joint sponsors of the Morton Mile. The managing directors of these companies have of course a long association with Clonliffe Harriers and the sport of athletics and to have them with us once again means that we can continue to strive forward and bring the best milers possible to Dublin on August 21'.

The Morton Mile has been the most prolific producer of sub- 4 miles in Ireland. Since the first Morton memorial mile in 1970 no less then 144 sub 4 have been run in this race. The first sub- 4 Morton mile was by Kip Kieno (KEN) 3.59.2 in 1970 and the 144th came from Corey Bellmore (CAN) 3.59.98 for 11th place in 2018. With the caliber of athletes looking to race in the mile this year the number of sub 4s may well crash through the 150 later this Summer.  

Morton Games 100 days to go!

The Countdown is well and truly on. Already there are only, today, 100 days left until August 21st` Morton Games here in the Morton Stadium, Santry.

Events confirmed include the Morton Mile, Albie Thomas 5000, Loki Sports men’s 400, Dublin Marathon women’s 800, men’s 100, women’s 200, men’s Javelin and women’s high jump.

With inquiries and requests for places coming in daily agents and athletes are encouraged to contact us now by e mail to mortongames@hotmail.com. Also we have a number of events currently unsponsored so there are opportunities available for interested companies and individuals.

Morton Games will be livestreamed and will also be televised.

Further updates as we move forward.