Tullamore Harriers' Liam Brady represents Ireland at European Championships

Tullamore Harriers Notes (December 12)

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Tullamore Harriers' Liam Brady represents Ireland at European Championships

Club chairman and race official John Cronin with Liam Brady at European Cross Country Championships

Last Sunday was a very proud day for the club as Liam Brady donned the Irish singlet for the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy as part of the Senior Men’s team.

Liam gave it his all on the day, putting in a fantastic performance to run 30.57 for the 10,000m course. He finished 62nd overall and contributed the crucial fourth score which saw the Irish team achieve a top ten finish. 

Club Chairman John Cronin was also in attendance in an official capacity as one of the International Technical Officials for the event.  Congratulations to both on achieving such heights in their athletics careers.

Winter League Rd 3

The Winter League concluded with a 3000m race on the tarmac track last Thursday with Padraig Berry completing a hat-trick of wins to take the League title with a super run of 9.41 on the night. Michael Conneely was second overall with Darren Butler third. 

Nita McLoughlin was first overall in the ladies competition with Tara McKinney second and Maeve Lynam third.  Maeve also captained this year’s winning team (Team A) who finished with a total of 2234 points. Dave Fox’s team D were second on 1769 points. Team B was captained by Ger Lynam and finished third on 1720 with Team C led by Dympna Condron fourth on 1600 points.

Overall Winter League winners: Men: 1st Padraig Berry, 2nd Michael Conneely, 3rd Darren Butler. Women: 1st Nita McLoughlin, 2nd Tara McKinney, 3rd Maeve Lynam

Round 3 Full results: 1st Padraig Berry 9.41; 2nd Dave Fox (capt) 9.55; 3rd Leonard Mooney 9.59; 4th Michael Conneely 10.04; 5th Darren Butler 10.08; 6th Christy Donegan 10.17; 7th John Donegan 10.32; 8th Rory Farrell 10.42; 9th Keith Gorry 10.56; 10th Liam Byrne 11.01; 11th Dermot Smith 11.09; 12th Darragh Rigney 11.14; 13th John O’Connell 11.16; 14th Nita McLoughlin 11.18; 15th Thomas Flaherty 11.19; 16th Gary Dillon 11.35; 17th Paul Bracken 11.37; 18th Michelle Mullaney 11.40; 19th Dave Dunican 11.44; 20th Lorcan Scally 11.48; 21st Sean Keane 11.51; 22nd Aiden Egan 11.55; 23rd Sean Reynolds 11.55; 24th Mark Harpur 11.56; 25th Gary Whittle 11.58; 26th Bridget Fox 11.59; 27th Tara McKinney 12.01; 28th Bobby 12.04; 29th Eugene Mann 12.09; 30th Damien Healy 12.15; 31st Ger Dunican 12.19; 32nd Adrian Larkin 12.19; 33rd Adrian Martin 12.23; 34th Lar Tierney 12.26; 35th Evelyn Herlihy 12.26; 36th Basil Cronin 12.27; 37th Maeve Larkin (capt) 12.33; 38th Sarah Stephens 12.38; 39th Elysia McCormack 12.45; 40th Verona Mooney Smyth 12.53; 41st Denis Flynn 12.54; 42nd John Kearney 12.55; 43rd Mag Grennan 13.04; 44th Paul Hensey 13.07; 45th Una Mullen 13.14; 46th Joe Wrafter 13.21; 47th Gary Dwyer 13.27; 48th Charlotte Abbott 13.30; 49th John Ward 13.48; 50th Andy O’Grady 13.48; 51st Siobhan Stewart 13.52; 52nd Martina Conlon 14.02; 53rd Rodge Larkin 14.03; 54th Ray Murray 14.11; 55th Leslie Buckley 14.16; 56th Helena Buckley 14.17; 57th Sharon Daly 14.35; 58th Anna Hyland Guilfoyle 14.42; 59th Arlene Finnerty 14.57; 60th Sandra Busteed 15.01; 61st Mary Dunican 15.05; 62nd Helen Reynolds 15.08; 63rd Maria Gallagher 15.13; 64th Aileen McCarthy 15.27; 65th Richard Murtagh 15.53; 66th Aisling McCormack 16.29; 67th Liz Ryan 16.45; 68th Ray Bell 16.49; 69th Stephen Finneran 16.53; 70th Norah Daly 17.48; 71st Jim Dolan 18.31.

National Novice Cross Country

The National Novice Cross Country drew a very big crowd of both athletes and spectators at Dundalk IT last Sunday. Harriers were well represented in both the men’s and women’s races and the juvenile’s had a very successful day with Claire Wrafter taking the silver medal in the U17 race, Danielle Donegan finished 9th in that race and the U11 girls won team bronze.

The senior ladies team were Nadine Donegan who finished 24th in 15.43; Nita McLoughlin who was 32nd in 15.54; Tara McKinney 95th in 17.21; Elysia McCormack 110th in 17.47; Sarah Stephens 115th in 18.01 and Dympna Condron 121st in 18.15. 

The ladies ran well in a very competitive group, finishing 11th overall.  The men’s race was also very competitive with a large number negotiating a course that was heavy with mud in places. Padraig Berry was first home in 51st place (20.39), next was Dave Fox who was 61st in 20.54; Michael Conneely finished 110th in 21.52; Darren Butler was 122nd in 22.16; Adrian Curley was 146th in 23.04 and Rory Farrell completed the team finishing 150th in 23.17.  The men’s team finished 12th overall out of 19 teams.

12ks of Christmas

Well done to Ritchie Faulkner on winning the 12ks of Christmas race in Kildare last weekend in a time of 43.11.  Lar Tierney also ran the race finishing 34th in 54.17 and Caroline Fuller was 215th in 1.10.20

Harriers Grand National

The annual Christmas Grand National race will be held on Tuesday 20th December. As this is a handicapped race, all those wishing to compete on the night are asked to add their name to the sign-up sheet in the clubhouse so that handicaps can be assigned in advance.

Condolences

The club offers their condolences to the Walsh and Colgan families on the death of their nephew Kieran Colgan (Cork) and also to the family and friends of John O’Donoghue. May they rest in peace.


Access to Harriers Facilities

Please note that use of the club’s facilities, including the tarmac track, is restricted to members of the club.  Walkers are not permitted on the track during training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm-8pm.

 

Fixtures

Dec:

Tues 20th Harriers Grand National

Sun 25th Goal Mile, Harriers 10am- 12 noon

Mon 26th Kilbeggan 6k 12pm

Tues 27th MRI 5k, Mucklagh 11am

Sat 31st Round the Houses, Harriers

Jan:

Sun 15th Leinster Intermediate & Masters Cross Country, Dunboyne

Sun 22nd National Intermediate Cross Country, Tuam