AFTER a break of forty years, Tullamore Harriers hosted an All Ireland Cross Country competition last Sunday.
Charleville Estate proved to be the perfect facility for a great event with a challenging hill, good underfoot conditions and great views of the course.
The success of the club in hosting, a very professional championships was matched on the course with great wins by Tullamore athletes who amassed a wonderful haul of medals.
In the first race of the day the clubs youngest squad, the girls Under 11, became All-Ireland champions after a great effort by all six runners with the Tullamore colours prominent at the front of the race from the very start.
The great efforts of Tullamore athletes continued throughout the days programme of juvenile races and was capped by Liam Brady who in the last juvenile race, the boys Under 19, won by the huge margin of two hundred metres.
The great efforts of the organising committee and Harriers members and supporters in hosting such a fine event must be congratulated. Also the hard work of Juvenile coaches Tom Godley, Damian Lawlor, Ciaran Galvin, Miriam Ryan and Fionnuala Brereton must be commended.
See this week's Offaly Express for extensive report and photographic coverage of the event.