Busy times on indoor circuit for Tullamore Harriers athletes

It has been a busy time for Tullamore Harriers athletes on the indoor circuit as the club was represented at numerous championships recently.

It has been a busy time for Tullamore Harriers athletes on the indoor circuit as the club was represented at numerous championships recently.

AAI Games

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Tullamore Harriers athletes travelled in numbers to the AAI Games at the new indoor arena in Athlone on 26 January.

The magnificent new arena provided our athletes with some very fast times. Larry O’Reilly won his 60m race in a new PB of 7.05 and went on to finish 2nd in his 200m race in a time of 22.91. Eoin Hannon ran a new PB of 22.41 in winning his 200m race.

Dean Power ran a new PB of 7.10 in winning his 60m race and went on to win his 200m race in a new PB of 22.50. Eoin Delaney finished in 4th place in his 60m race in a time of 7.55 and then finished 5th in his 200m race in an indoor PB of 24.61.

Patrick Heffernan finished 3rd in his 60m race in a time of 7.48. James Carr finished 7th in his 60m race in a time of 8.85 and 5th in his 200m race in a time of 29.55. Fearghus Hannon finished 2nd in his 60m race in a time of 7.37 and 2nd in his 200m race in a time of 23.03. Darragh McNamara finished 5th in his 400m race in a time of 53.05.

Sean Donnegan finished 2nd in his 400m race in a new PB of 51.81. Dominik Merkeviciu finished 7th in the triple jump in a PB of 11.24. Eileen Rafter finished 5th in her 800m race in a time of 2.15.88.

A great opening to the season for our athletes in a wonderful venue.

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Irish University Athletics Championships

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Larry O’Reilly and Sean Donnegan from Tullamore Harriers represented Athlone Institute, while Eoin Delaney represented UCD at the University Championships on 1st February.

Larry finished 3rd in his heat of the 60m in a time of 7.15. He went on to win his heat of the 200m in a time of 22.68. In his 200m semi-final Larry finished 2nd in a new PB of 22.36. Larry finished 4th in the final in a time of 22.50. Sean Donnegan had a great run in the 400m finishing 3rd in his heat in a new PB of 51.68.

Eoin finished 5th in his heat of the 200m in a time of 24.62. Larry and Sean then teamed up as part of the Athlone Institute 4 x 200m relay team and ran a superb final to gain 3rd place in a new college record of 90.71.

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Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships

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Tullamore Harriers were well represented at the Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships held in Athlone on the 2nd February and there were many fine performances.

In the Junior men 400m Darragh McNamara won the silver medal when he finished 2nd in a time of 50.95.  Patrick Heffernan finished 8th in the Junior men 60m in a new PB of 7.45. He went on to win the silver medal in the men’s 60m hurdles in a new PB of 8.71.

Eoin Delaney finished 12th in the 60m in a time of 7.61, he went on to finish 4th in the final of the 200m in a new PB of 23.98. Dean Power made a huge impression on the championships, winning the 60m final in a very fast new PB of 7.10. He then went on to win the Junior men’s  200m in a new PB and championship best performance time of 22.35.

Joe Gilligan finished 4th in the Junior men 800m in a new PB time of 2.05.08. James Mulligan took the gold medal in the junior men weight for distance with a throw of 8.74.  He went on to win the bronze medal in the junior men shot with a throw of 12.45.

His brother Eoin won the silver medal in the junior men weight for distance with a throw of 6.62.  Fearghus Hannon finished 4th in the senior men 400m in a time of 52.03.

James Carr finished 6th in the senior men 60m in a new PB of 8.50 and went on to finish 5th in the 200m in a time of 28.34. Joe Mulligan finished 2nd in the senior men weight for distance with a throw of 5.25 and 5th in the senior shot with a throw of 9.93.

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National Indoor Junior and U-23 Championships

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The new indoor track ay Athlone IT showed again what a wonderful athletics venue it is when it threw up some brilliant performances at the National Junior & U23 Championships. Tullamore Harriers athletes were to the fore again.

Dean Power confirmed his status as an outstanding sprinter. Dean won his heat in the 60m in a time of 7.10. He put in a superb performance to win the silver medal in the final in a new PB of 7.00. In the 200m Dean won his heat in a time of 22.67. He went on to take the bronze medal in the final in a new PB of 22.18. Given that Dean is 16 years old and has 3 years left in the junior age group these performances truly mark him down as an athlete of outstanding potential.

Rory Martin, another young athlete running in his 1st championships, ran a very good time and PB of 7.36 to finish 3rd in his heat of the Junior men 60m. Eoin Delaney had another good outing improving his times in both the 60m and 200m. He ran a PB of 7.58 in the 60m and a PB of 23.77 finishing 3rd in his heat. In the Junior men 400m Sean Donnegan won his heat in a time of 51.66 and Darragh McNamara came 2nd in his heat in a time of 50.55. It was great to see two Tullamore singlets in a national sprint final and Darragh finished 3rd in a time of 50.68 with Sean 4th in a time of 52.01. Joe Gilligan finished 2nd in his heat of the 800m in a time of 2.08.18.

James Mulligan, continued on his winning ways when he won the gold medal in the Junior men weight for distance with a throw of 7.96, and went on to win the bronze medal in the shot in a new PB with a throw of 13.35. Eileen Rafter won her heat in the 400m in a time of 59.25 and went on to finish 4th in her final in a new PB time of 59.15. Fearghus Hannon finished 3rd in his heat of the 200m in a seasons best of 22.93.

Well done to all the athletes who represented the club so well.

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Mount Juliet Half-Marathon

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As part of his preparations for the Barcelona Marathon, Brian McManus took part in the Mount Juliet Half-Marathon in the picturesque Co. Kilkenny estate on Sunday last. Brian clocked 1.33.29 to finish 34thout of more than 300 runners showing how well his training has been going. The Barcelona Marathon, which will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, will feature a number of Tullamore Harriers athletes this year and we wish them all well in their final few weeks of training.

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BHAA 2013 Garda Cross Country

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Dedicated runner John Todd took part in the Business Houses Athletics Association’s 2013 Garda Cross Country race in the Phoenix Park last Saturday.  The terrain was particularly difficult for the 230 runners who had to contend with very sticky underfoot conditions.  John completed the four-mile course in 27.20 to take first place in the o60 category.

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FIXTURES:

FEBRUARY

Sun 24th, National Inter Clubs Cross Country Championships, Charleville Estate, Tullamore.

Sun 24th National Juvenile Inter-Club Cross Country Relay Championships, Charleville Estate, Tullamore

MARCH

Sat 3rd, Bohermeen ac 5k and half Marathon,

Sat 3rd Ballycotton 10 mile

Sun 17th Portlaoise 5k

Mon 18th Borrisokane AC, 10k

APRIL

Sun 14th Great Ireland Run, Phoenix Park

Wed 17th, Tullamore Camogie Club 5k

Sun 28th National Road Relays, Raheny

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Training

Training for adults every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 8.30am except on race days. New members always welcome. Please contact Adrian Martin 0868727311 or Mary Daly 0861906747 or any club member. Membership now due – forms in the clubhouse. PLEASE WEAR HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING WHEN RUNNING IN THE DARK .