LIAM Brady confirmed his undoubted ability with a fine bronze medal winning performance in last Saturday’s National Junior (U-20) Inter-Club Cross Country Championships in Santry Demense, Dublin.
The solid underfoot conditions saw a very fast pace being set from the start by the pre-race favourite, Shane Quinn (Ferrybank AC), in the 8km race. Throughout the race, Liam had a titanic battle with Kevin Dooney (Raheny Shamrocks AC) who along with Quinn had been a member on the Irish U-20 team at last December’s European Cross Country Championships.
Dooney opened several gaps of up to 15 meters on Brady throughout the race but the gritty Tullamore Harriers man kept closing the gaps. With 400m to go, Liam was just two meters behind Dooney. There ensued a huge battle for the silver medal and Liam had all but closed the gap as they entered the final 100 metres. Try as he might, Brady could not outsprint Dooney who prevailed by just three metres over the gallant Tullamore Harriers man.
Liam crossed the line in 26 minutes 52 seconds, just 21 seconds behind the winner, Shane Quinn. It was an excellent performance from Liam, who became only the second male athlete from Tullamore Harriers to win an individual medal in the Junior Men’s race, thirty eight years after Tommy McCormack won the silver medal in 1973.
Pauline Curley had her best run in these championships for a few years with a super sixth place finish in the women’s race over 8000 metres.
Pauline started off conservatively but worked her way through the field and finished very strong. Behind Pauline came Liz Cuskelly who ran a very solid race throughout to finish in twenty first position.
Michelle Mullaney was having her first run in these championships and can be very happy with her run in finishing 31st. Mary Daly completed the scoring for Tullamore in 35th place and this earned Tullamore fourth place in the team competition.
The men’s race over a distance of 12,000 metres concluded the days proceedings and here Declan Fahey was the first man home for Tullamore with a good run to finish in 49th place.
Catch Grennan finished close behind Fahey in 55th place with Mark Servis relishing the fast ground to place 61st. Richie Galvin stuck to the task at hand and finished in 87th place. This quartet combined to place second in the grade B team competition. The other Tullamore athletes who proudly represented the club on the day were Eddie Garry, Brendan Abbott, David Gorry and Ger Lynam.
Results: Junior Men 8,000 metres - 3 Liam Brady 26.52.
Senior Women 8,000 metres - 6 Pauline Curley 30.37; 21 Liz Cuskelly 32.58; 31 Michelle Mullaney 36.17; 35 Mary Daly 37.10.
Senior Men 12,000 metres - 49 Declan Fahey 44.11; 55 Catch Grennan 44.28; 61 Mark Serviss 45.02; 87 Richie Galvin 47.06; 94 Eddie Garry 47.46; 104 Brendan Abbott 48.43; 112 David Gorry 50.41; 118 Ger Lynam 52.30.
Race Round-up: The inaugural Birr Chamber of Commerce Shop local 10k road race was held last Saturday and attracted a crowd of 120 runners and walkers.
Tullamore results were 2 John Donegan 36.18.6; 3 Declan Madden 36.29.9; 5 Ray Flanagan 36.43.6; 10 Christy Donegan 41.04.1; 34 Ger Keyes 49.59.6; 45 Pat Kennedy 51.51.
In the Dublin Business Houses 5 mile cross country race run by North County Farmers in Swords, Noel Kelly ran well to finish in third place in a time of 27.09. Declan Madden finished in 23rd place and 3rd over 40 in 30.00. Tony McCormack placed 42nd in 31.46 which gave him 2nd place over 50. John Todd won the over 60 section when placing 67th overall in a time of 33.10. Staying with the Business Houses, John Todd also won the over 60 category when coming home in 73rd place overall in the Dublin Airport run event over 5 miles cross country in a time of 36.41.
AGM: The Tullamore Harriers AGM will be held next Monday, March 6 at 8pm. This years meeting will be held in the gym. 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 6 - Peter Devery Memorial Challenge in Emo, Co Laois. March 13 - P Devery second leg in Charleville Estate, Tullamore. March 20 - McNamara 5 mile road race at 10am. March 24 - Spring League Round One. Mile at 7pm.
Training: Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm, Sunday morning at 8.30am Except on a race day. New members always welcome.
With the dark evenings now here it is important to be seen on the roads so reflective gear must be worn while training on the roads
Membership is now overdue. Forms available in clubhouse.