Tullamore Harriers Club Report (June 5)

All the latest from the busy athletics club

Track & Field Juveniles Produce Super Performances at All Ireland Schools

Despite threatening to rain on a number of occasions, there was dry if humid conditions throughout the Irish Schools Track & Field Championships held in Tullamore Harriers stadium on Saturday 2nd June. Aaron Keane, Moate Community College, Katelyn Farrelly, Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, and Evan Farrelly also Oaklands Community College produced super performances in one of the toughest competitions in juvenile athletics. Only 4% of all competitors entered in the schools
track and field make it through to the finals, held each year at our own stadium. Katelyn was first up in the Junior Girls Long Jump, opening with a great PB of 522ccm, she kept the jumps over 5 mtrs after that keeping her in touch with the leaders and then produced another PB on her last jump of 528cm to finish in a super 5th. Aaron Keane in the Intermediate Boys took on the double of the 100m and 400m. In the 100m, he ran a huge PB of 11.07 to finish 5th in a very close contested race.
In the 400m he also took a solid fifth spot. Both performances were outstanding for this young man who only 9 months ago decided to take on athletics full time. Evan Farrelly, also taking on the double in the Minor Boys, was first up in the 75m Hurdles. He ran a super race of 11:57 to be pipped on the line for second, but delighted to take the bronze medal. In the Long Jump his best of 504, a little off his usual, placed him 4th, 3cm from the bronze position.

Ava O'Connor continued her great season by leading out the Junior Girls 1500m rift from the gun. She went through 400m in 68 seconds with a small pack in her wake. Over the second lap she kept the pressure on and along with Cara Laverty from Derry. Ava led through the 800m mark in 2.26. Gradually Ava inched clear and by two hundred metres to go had a lead of ten metres. Only then did Maebh O'Neill from Waterford stack from behind. She passed Ava with fifty metres to go and Ava
had to settle for silver. Still it was a great run from a fast improving athlete!

Danielle Donegan had started the day off for Tullamore Harriers in the Senior Steeplechase. She ran a great race to finish fifth in s tough field. Her time of 5.25 was a PB for Danielle who is only really getting used to the event! Philip King also ran a PB in the Intermediate Boys Steeplechase when he ran 4.49. He finished ninth in a tightly packed field which was led home by Dublin's John Fanning in 4.38. Well done to all representing their schools and the club with great performances.

Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 5 – Ballyskenach AC

The 5th race in the Offaly Road race series was run off in Ballyskenach last Friday evening, 1st June. Just under 300 athletes lined out, already drenched from torrential rain, to run the mainly flat 5k course. Paul Mitchell (16:16) was second overall, narrowly beaten to the line by winner Mick Fogarty from Ferbane AC (16:13). Third place also went to Tullamore Harriers, to Jason Donegan who has been posting great times in the series so far. First lady was Siobhan O’Doherty (17:33) from
Borrisokane AC, with second and third places going to Tullamore Harriers - Nadine Donegan 19:00 and Nita McLoughlinn- 20:13. Male Junior was again from Tullamore Harriers – Conor Butler who finished 14th overall in 17:12. Dympna Fox took the o45 prize, Rita Daly the o50 and Mary Galvin the o60. Jim Langan took the o70 award rounding off a very successful evening for the club. Well done to all who ran.

Full results of Tullamore Harriers athletes:

Paul Mitchell 2nd, 16:16, Jason Donegan 3rd, 16:28, Liam Brady 4th 16:28, Mark Donegan 7th 16:43, Mike O’Brien 12th 17:06, Conor Butler 14th 17:12, David Fox 19th 17:43, Darragh Rigney 22th 17:56, Darren Butler 23rd 18:08, Leslie Buckley26th 18:26, Brendan Abbott 30th 18:40, Rory Farrell 31st 18:43, Nadine Donegan 34th 19:00, Finian McDermott 39th 19:29, Alan Heffernan 42nd 19:38, Dave Dunican 46th 19:51, Aidan Egan 50th 20:06, Nita McLoughlin 52nd 20:13, Sean Reynolds 53rd 20:15, David Doyle 57th 20:53, Ken Doyle 58th 20:59, Dympna Fox 64th 21:03, Rita Daly 69th 21:28,
Charlotte Abbott 76th 21:52, Gary Dwyer 87th 22:14, Mary Galvin 97th 22:29, Mary Daly 101st 22:39, John O’Connell 102nd 22:41, Ray Murray 104th 22:42, Mag Grennan 107th 22:47, Aoife Marron 110th 22:55, Karen Martin 117th 23:30, John Ward 23:34, Helena Buckley 129th 23:57, Arlene Finnerty 139th 24:34, Naomi Galvin 150th 25:11, Anne Daly 152nd 25:16,Tracey Stewart 155th 25:18, Anna Hyland 160th 25:29, Sharon Daly 170th 26:22, Pascal Naughton 172nd 26:12,
Martina Conlon 177th 26:28, Trish Shaw 181st 26:38.

Cork City Marathon and Half Marathon

The club was well represented in Co Cork today with 2 members running the marathon and 4 racing the Half Marathon. Well done to Robbie Westman on posting 3:31 especially after a long hamstring injury and to Melissa Hogan whose determination must be commended posting 7:31. Dave Murray ran a super half marathon finishing 8th overall in 1:15. Liam Byrne posted 1:27, John O'Connell posted 1:35. Siobhan Stewart finished in 1:55. Great going to you all.

Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon

Basil Cronin travelled to Galway for the Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon where he made light work of the hilly testing course with a time of 1:31.41. Well done Basil.

BHAA Government Services 5 Mile Road Race

Well done to John Todd who ran the 5 mile BHAA Government Services Road Race held in Dunboyne on Tuesday last, 23 rd May. John finished in 131 st place out of 397 finishers and 1 st o65, in a time of 34:07.

Tullamore Harriers Summer Camp

Tullamore Harriers is hosting an Athletics Ireland Summer Camp, Monday 2nd July to Friday 6th July. The Athletics Ireland Summer Camps will give children the chance to try a whole range of fun athletics events such as: Sprinting • Javelin • Hurdles • Shot put • High jump • Relays. Camps are open to children aged 6 - 12 and are priced at €60 for one week with a €10 discount for each additional family member, the camp begins on a Monday and runs right through to Friday with it
starting at 10am and finishing at 2pm daily. As well as learning new skills, making new friends whilst having lots of fun each child will go home with a t-shirt, back pack, water bottle, an improved medal for 2018 and a participation certificate. Please see poster and for all details and register directly at 

Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon

Just 3 months to go to the Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon - Saturday 25 th August. 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:


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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