Tullamore Harriers Report (February 4)

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Bronze for Nadine at the National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships

The National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships were hosted in Dundalk IT on Sunday, February 3 - the first Sunday of Spring. While we had far from seasonal weather with the misty cold air, the underfoot conditions were generally good.

Congratulations to Nadine Donegan on a fantastic performance taking bronze in the National Intermediate Championships. Nadine, who has been running extremely well all season, left it all on the field in Dundalk. She finished 3 rd overall in a very competitive competition giving her club mates and supporters a hugely exciting race to watch. Nadine was outstanding and deserved to finish her season on a high.

In the Master’s ladies race, the o35 team competed with the o50 ladies. The ladies who ran were: (o35) Tara McKinney, Nita McLoughlin, Jennifer Burke and Dympna Fox. Anna Lisowska from Clara AC made up the county team. The o50 ladies were: Rita Daly, Mary Daly, Mary Galvin and Martina Conlon. The o50 men running were: Brendan Abbott, Liam Byrne, Alan Heffernan and Fra Mollen. The last race of the day was the Intermediate Men’s 8k race. Jay Donegan led the team home. He was followed by Paul Reape, Len Mooney, Adrian Curley, Conor Mooney, Glen Finlay and Peter Bennett. Again a Clara AC athlete, Kevin Looby raced for the county. Jim Langan and Frank Kilrane (Edenderry AC) raced in the o70 race.
Well done to all.

This gathering marks the end of the cross country season which started way back in October. Those who have lined out for the club and county in the National and Provincial cross country races should be commended.

Milner Breaks Club Record Again 

Mark Milner was competing at the AAI Indoor Games in Abbotstown on Saturday, February 2 and once again set a new club 800m record. Mark was to the front from the start and really pushed the paces. He crossed the finishing line in 1.49:75, another quarter of a second off his PB and the club record which he set in Athlone IT the previous week, on Saturday, January 26. Well done Mark, great achievement again. Liam Brady was also in action at the Games and ran a great 3000m in a time of 8.29.

Trim AC 10 Mile

Fourteen runners from the club joined over 1300 who competed in the Annual Trim 10 mile on Sunday, February 3. The race was won by Colin Griffen in 53.00 and Catriona McKiernan (1.00).

First for Tullamore Harriers was David Murray in 14th place with Pauric Ennis finishing next. Well done to all who ran and posted great times. Results: David Murray 55.44, Pauric Ennis 55.48, Michael O’Brien 58.28, Leslie Buckley 1.04.50, Rory Farrell 1.05.32, Basil Cronin 1.06.20, Aidan Egan 1.08.53, Leonard Owens 1.09.11, John O’Connell 1.09.36. Eugene Mann 1.11.12, Sean Reynolds 1.17.15, Amanda Owens 1.23.45, Olivia Egan 1.26.38, Aisling McCormack 1.29.11.

The Heath 10k and Dungarvan 10 Mile

Well done to Darragh Rigney who had a podium finish in the Heath 10k on the same day, Sunday, February 3. Darragh took 3rd place in 38.26. The race was won by James Hamm in 35.56. Well done to Gary Whittle (38.26), Paul Shaw (45.23) and Pascal Naughton (56.36) who also competed. Meanwhile in Dungarvan, Sandra Busteed also competed in a 10 mile race. The John Treacy road race hosted by West Waterford AC attracted a massive field of over 2400 one of Ireland's fastest
selling races. Sandra posted 1.39.38

C25K 2019

Thank you to all who have signed up to the Tullamore Harriers C25k. Great progress is being made so far even if you don't quite feel it! Unfortunately, we won't be taking on any new members in this programme but watch this space for our next c25k.

The Tullamore Harriers Book

The recently published Tullamore Harriers History Book is available to buy in: Ready2Run, Tyrrells Bakery, Dolan's Gala Shop, Tullamore Hardware, Cards & Things, Heatwise and Centra Fingerboard for only €20 for a great read on the History of Tullamore Harriers. The book is also available to buy in Offaly History bookshop or online, www.offalyhistory.com/shop 

Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon 2019

Registration is now opens for the 2019 Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon. The 7th annual event will take place on Saturday 31 st August 2019. Last year we sold out early and unfortunately many were disappointed they didn’t make the cut off of 1000 entries. Again this year we will cap the entries at 1000 so please register to secure your place. The relay race will go ahead again this year. The Leinster and Offaly Half Marathon Championships will be incorporated into this year's race. Every year we get huge positive feedback from participants and spectators alike who praise the friendly atmosphere and quality of the Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon. So sign up now and be part of it. Full details about the race is on our website. www.tullamoreharriers.com/about-the-race/

Fixtures

Sat & Sun February 9/10 Leinster Juvenile Indoors Day 1/2, Athlone IT (U12+)
Sat & Sun February 16/17 National Senior Indoors, Abbottstown, Dublin
Sun February 24 Sean Lowry Memorial 5k, Birr

A list of AAI-licensed fixtures is available on www.athleticsireland.ie

Training

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 www.tullamoreharriers.com

Club Registration

Please note that membership for 2019 is now due. Forms are available in the clubhouse or from Tullamore Harriers website, www.tullamoreharriers.com/join 

Access to Harriers Facilities

Please note that use of the club’s facilities, including the tarmac track, is restricted to members of the club.