Tullamore Harriers Club Report (May 22)

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the athletics club

Success at the Leinster Athletics Relay Championships

Tullamore Harriers juvenile athletes travelled to Enniscorthy at the weekend to represent their club at the Leinster Athletics Relay Championships. A total of 8 teams participated in the event.

The 8 teams participating were:

U10 Girls (4*100m): Anna McGreal, Emma Mooney, Lily Grennan, Maeve Coll
U12 Girls (4*100m): Mia Merrick, Grace McNally, Emer Cotter, Ava Grennan
U13 Girls (4*100m): Ella McNally, Julia Slattery, Niamh Galvin, Jane Maher
U13 Boys (4*100m): Samuel Merrick, Eoin Corcoran, Dairmaid Caddem, James Saunders, Cillian Bourke

U14 Girls (4*100m): Hannah Troy, Sinead Walsh, Emily Cunningham, Aishling Cotter
U15 Boys (4*100m): Evan Cunnigham, Luke Bourke, Evan Farrelly, Jack Saunders, Philip Dunne
U16 Boys (4*200m): Samuel Akinsurline, Michael Dowling, Daniel Dowling, Diarmaid Finneran, Luke Bourke, Jack Saunders.
U16 Girls (4*200m): Katelyn Farrelly, Shauna Slattery, Katie Bourke, Kate Cunningham

In the U10 Girls 4*100m, the girls ran a fast heat, finishing first to qualify for the finals. In the finals they led the whole way from start to finish to win the gold in a time of 65.31 secs. Well done girls on a great performance. The U12 Girls ran a very good heat in the 4*100m in a time of 61.49 secs to finish first and qualify for the finals. In the final, the team ran a good race against very tough and fast opposition to finish in sixth place in a time of 61.75 secs. In the U13 Girls 4*100m, the team ran a
good race against very tough and fast opposition finishing 4 th in their heat in a time of 60.20 secs. In the Boys U13 4*100m, the team ran a good heat and qualified for the final. In the final they ran a great race to finish fourth just missing out on a medal. In finishing fourth they qualified for the All Ireland relays. Well done lads. In the Girls U14 4*100m, the girls ran a very good heat in a time of 57.69 secs to qualify for the finals. In the final, the team ran a good race against very tough and fast
opposition to finish in sixth place in a time of 58.26 secs. In the Boys U15 4*100m straight final, the lads ran a cracking race from start to finish, leading all the way the finishing in a time of 49.51 secs, well ahead of the opposition to finish first and win the gold medal. Well done lads. In the Boys U16 4*100m straight final, the team ran an excellent race, leading all the way only to be dipped on the line to win a silver medal in a time of 48.93 secs. Well done lads. In the girls U16 4*100m final, all
athletes ran a good race coming in with a time of 51.31 secs to finish second and claim a silver medal. Well done girls.

Congratulations to all the young athletes who travelled and participated in the Leinster relays in Enniscorthy. It was a great day with five of the eight teams getting through to the All Irelands. The club would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents who travelled and supported the young athletes on the day. It was much appreciated. Onwards and upwards to the All Irelands.

Schools Track and Field Championships

There were two fantastic days at the Leinster Schools Track and Field last week with the sun shining throughout. Dearbhail Cuddy started the action off on Wednesday in the Intermediate Steeplechase. Her fifth place finish was a good start in this event as she is eligible again next year. Next up was Danielle Donegan who came third in a close fought race in the Senior Steeplechase. Danielle's time of 5.27, a big improvement on the South Leinster performance. Sian Corrigan was next to tie the
line but had to drop out of the Junior 800m due to shin splints. In the Minor 1100m Ruby Steuven continues to learn her trade as she finished seventh. In the next race Ava O'Connor led from start to finish. Her time of 4.44 is a new PB and had her ten seconds clear of Fiona Dillon in second.

On Saturday Danielle was in action again and was unlucky to finish fourth in the Senior 3000m. Dearbhail Cuddy matched her PB in the Intermediate 1500m, while Aaron Mangan was also unlucky to finish fourth in his 1500m. Other Track & Field juveniles competed in the Schools Leinster finals at Morton Stadium representing various schools. The day started with Katelyn Farrelly and Diarmuid Finneran in the junior category longjump. Katelyn jumped her way into 2nd place with an outdoor pb of 513cm and progresses to the national finals on June 2nd on home turf at Tullamore stadium. Diarmuid's best of
the day was 521cm, finishing in a solid 6th, a little off his best but was very consistent in all his jumps. Hurdles was next with Katelyn and Evan Farrelly competing in the junior girls and minor boys. Katelyn clipped the 4th hurdle with her trail leg to move her from first to 5th after losing her rhythm and balance and was unable to recover quick enough to get into the first three. A tough learning experience but one that will no doubt help in the future. Evan continued his hurdling form
from the indoor season into today taking 1st with 11:67 sec. Next up was the 100m and 200m where 3 of our athletes competed in the junior category. Grainne Lalor in great form took gold in the 100m and silver in the 200m. An outstanding double on the day considering that in most of these school events, it is only the top 2 that progress to the national
finals. Daniel Dowling in the 100m finished a good 5th place where tenths of seconds separated each athlete at the finish line. Michael Dowling ran a good 200m to finish 4th. Very impressive for this young man who has only really started the sport. Katie Burke competed in the girls U16 long jump finishing 6th with a best jump of 430cm. Well off Katie's best, it just didn't come together on the day. Last up on the day was Evan Farrelly in the minor boys longjump. Evan took the bronze with a pb
jump of 518, another great double. Well done to all these young athletes who represented the club and their schools with great pride and enthusiasm. Best of luck to Grainne, Katelyn and Evan who now progress to the All Ireland School finals on June 2 at our home stadium. Also competing at a provincial level was Philip King who won silver in the Intermediate Steeplechase in Connaught. Aaron Keane also represented Moate Community College with a big new personal best of 51.65 secs. and taking 2nd place in the Intermediate Boys 400m at the Connacht Schools Championship finals. Aaron also took gold in the 100m Inter. Boys earlier in the day and will now represent his school and the club at the All Ireland Schools finals on June 2.

Simon Cumbers & Paddy Hyland 6k

Olivia Weldon & Joanne Kelly competed in the Simon Cumbers & Paddy Hyland 6K on Friday, May 18. The race, hosted by Navan Athletic Club had a sell out entry with over 1000 athletes crossing the line in Claremont Stadium. Olivia posted 32.21 and Joanne 33.07, Well done girls.

Cheetah 5k Race, Fota Wildlife Park, Cork

Siobhan Stewart, joined over 900 for the Annual Cheetah 5k Run in Fota Wildlife Park, Cork, on Thursday, May 17. The race, hosted by Eagle AC, is a hugely popular race year after year. Siobhan who is returning after a break due to injury posted 24.16 and should be very happy with this time. Well done Siobhan.

BHAA ESB 5k Beach Race

John Todd had a super run in the BHAA ESB 5K Beach Race on Sandymount Strand held on Tuesday evening last, May 15. John was 63rd out of 160 runners, winning the O/65 age group in a time of 22.26... Well done John.

St Manchan's GAA 10k and 5k

Well done to Richie Faulkiner who was 1st in the St Manchan's GAA 10k on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7. Darragh Rigney was a very close 2nd. Sinead Rigney was 1st lady with Mags Grennan 2nd. Philip King was 1st in the 5k event. Well done to all.

Tullamore Harriers Offaly Rose

The very best of luck to Tullamore Harrier’s member Sinead Rigney who will represent the club in the Offaly Rose on Saturday next, May 26.

Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon

Just over 3 months to go to the Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon - Saturday, August 25. This year we anticipate closing the event much earlier so sign up now. Again this year we have the Relay Entry option so if you are not interested in the Half Marathon and would like to be part of this fantastic day...this is your opportunity. The half marathon is the Leinster Athletics Half Marathon Championship and the Offaly Half Championship race. See FAQ regarding the event at and entry at


Please note that club membership runs for the calendar year so 2018 membership is now overdue. Membership forms are available from the club house.


Sat 26th May Killeigh Annual 4-mile Road Race (Offaly Novice Road Race Championships)
Fri 1st June Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 5 – Ballyskenach AC
Fri 15th June Ballinagar 10K (Offaly 10k Championships)

Fri 29th June Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 6 – Naomh Mhuire Daingean AC
Fri 13th July Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 7 – Clara AC

A list of AAI-licensed fixtures is available


Training for adults every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 8.00am except on race days. New members always welcome. Please contact Leslie Buckley 087-6130971 or Anna Hyland Guilfoyle 086-8248928 or any club member. Full details regarding Juvenile training on

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 6.30pm-8pm.


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