THE National Senior Inter Club cross country championships were staged last Sunday in Santry Demesne, Dublin in dry sunny conditions which contributed to a fast pace in all races.
The women’s race was run over 8000 metres and Pauline Curley ran a great race to be our top finisher in 9th place.
Mary Bracken continued her recent good form with a 34th place finish, with Michelle Mullaney hot on her heels in 35th place.
Liz Cuskelly came home in 45th position with Mary Daly 47th completing the Tullamore team that was placed 6th in the team competition.
The men had to race over a distance of 12000 metres where the first Tullamore man home was Catch Grennan in a commendable 45th place. Catch started conservatively in the early stages and this tactic paid off handsomely as he moved up through the field and finished strongly.
Declan Fahey finished just behind Grennan in 47th position with David Fox next in 63rd. Eddie Garry had a great run to finish in 66th place.
Other Tullamore finishers on the day were Richie Galvin 69th, Mark Serviss 93rd and Brendan Abbott 108th. The Tullamore team were rewarded for their efforts by winning silver medals in the Grade B team competition behind the winners Ferrybank AC.
Women 8000 metres: 9 Pauline Curley 28.00 ; 34 Mary Bracken 32.03 ; 35 Michelle Mullaney 32.04 ; 45 Liz Cuskelly 34.19 ; 47 Mary Daly 35.24.
Men 12000 metres: 45 Catch Grennan 39.08 ; 47 Declan Fahey 39.10 ; 63 David Fox 40.05 ; 66 Eddie Garry 40.35 ; 69 Richie Galvin 40.45 ; 93 Mark Serviss 42.10 ; 108 Brendan Abbott 43.59.
John Todd competed in the recent Business Houses five mile race in Swords where he won the over 60 category and was placed 77th overall in a time of 32.09.
Michelle Mullaney competed in the Gorgeous Gort 4 mile road race staged by South Galway AC. last Sunday week and finished 4th woman and 33rd overall out of a field of 200. Michelle clocked 26.07 for the four mile race.
Staying west, Darren Butler had a great run in last Saturday’s Clare Island 10k run where he finished in 5th place over a tough hilly course in a time of 41.49. Tony McCormack also competed and clocked 48.45.
The Tullamore Harriers AGM will be held next Monday, March 5 in the Court Hotel at 8pm. With the club enjoying success at all levels and the huge increase in the numbers training and competing it is hoped that there will be a big turnout for the AGM to ensure that this success can be built on into the future.
Fixtures: March 1 Spring League first leg, 5000 metres. March 8 Spring League second leg, 3000 metres. March 13 Spring League third league, mile race. March 18 MacNamara 5 mile road race at 10am.
Training: Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm, Sunday morning at 8.30am Except on a race day. New members always welcome.