Tullamore Harriers Report (June 19)

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



Great Performances at the Leinster Juvenile Athletics Championships

The Leinster Juvenile Athletics Championships were held in the Tullamore Harriers Stadium over the weekend, on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June. Over fifty young athletes from Tullamore Harriers took part in the Championships. The young athletes took park in track and field events as well as middle distance running, putting in fine performances on the day, setting personal bests, championship records and bringing home several provincial medals.

The weekend got off to a good start with Evan Farrelly in the Boys U14 75m Hurdles. Evan won his heat in a time of 11.71 seconds setting a new championship record. In the final he stormed to the line in a time of 11.58 seconds bettering the championship record and winning a gold medal. Later in the U14 Boys Long Jump, Evan jumped a distance of 5.14 metres to win another gold medal. This was followed by a good performance from Cillian Bourke in the Boys U13 Long Jump. Cillian jumped a distance of 4.61 metres to win a silver medal. Katelyn Farrelly took to the track in the Girls U16 80m Hurdles. In a straight final Katelyn led from start to finish to win the gold medal in a time of 12.78 seconds. In the Boys U18 100m sprints, Aaron Keane ran an excellent heat in a time of 11.55 seconds to progress to the finals. In the finals, Aaron glided home in a time of 11.41 seconds to claim the gold medal. In the Boys U16 Long Jump, Michael Dowling and Diarmaid Finneran put in fighting performances. Diarmaid put in an excellent jump of 5.46 metres. This was followed with a jump of 5.47 metres by Michael, only a centimetre separating the two. Michael claimed the bronze medal with Diarmaid finishing fourth, both athletes progressing to the All Irelands. In the Boys U15 Long Jump, Jack Saunders jumped a distance of 5.03 metres to finish fourth and progress to the All Irelands. In the Boys U16 200m, Daniel Dowling ran a very good race in a time of 24.46 seconds to
finish second and claim a silver medal. On day two, the day got off to another good start with Jack Saunders putting in a fine performance claiming the gold medal in the Boys U15 250m Hurdles. In the Boys U14 80m, Evan Farrelly took to the track and ran a great time of 10.20 seconds to take another gold medal. Katelyn Farrelly lined up again for the girls U16 Long Jump. Katelyn put on a very good display to win the gold medal with a jump of 5.18 metres. Katelyn jumped from the pit to the starting blocks to take part in the U16 Girls 100m final. She ran a good race to finish fourth in a time of 12.91 seconds to qualify for the All Irelands. Luke Bourke took to the track in the Boys 200m finals. Luke ran a good time of 25.06 seconds to claim second place and a silver medal. The second day finished on a high with Aaron Keane in the U18 200m. Aaron flew out of the blocks and led all the way to the finish line to win another gold medal in a time of 22.80 seconds. Good performances were also shown by Aishling Cotter in the Girls U13 Long Jump with a massive pb of 4.48 metres to finish fifth, Luke Bourke in the Boys U15 100m final, Shauna Slattery in the Girls U15 100m final, and Kate Cunningham and Katie Bourke in the Girls U16 200m.

Over 1500m, Tullamore picked up two more medals. Ava O'Connor took the lead in the Girls U16 race from the gun and led all the way. She eased down over the last lap but her winning margin was still almost thirty metres. Aaron Mangan ran a new PB in the Boys U19 1500m. He led early on and was with the lead pack until a lap to go. Only two seconds separated the top three at the finish line and although Aaron finished third he should be delighted with his new PB of 4:04. In the Girls U16
800m, Ava O'Connor again led from the front. She brought the lead pack through half way in sixty-six seconds and on the next lap they slowly faded away as Ava held on for victory by a second over Nessa O'Reilly from Louth. James Dunne also medalled in the U18 800m. He held the lead twice in the last lap but narrowly missed out in the fight for the finish line and took silver. Danielle Donegan just started competing in Steeplechase races two months ago. She's a keen student of the event and is improving all the time. At the Leinster's she raced over the 2000m distance and came away a clear winner in the U18 event. After the race it turned out that Danielle had broken the existing Leinster record. Her time of 7:30 well ahead of the 2011 record of 8:47 held by Elaine McCabe. In the Boys U18 race Philip King also set a new record. Philip sat back in the early stages of his 3000m race and only over the last kilometre did he edge towards the lead. His time of 10:20 twelve seconds ahead of the record that Dean Holmes had set in 2016. Dearbhail Cuddy was also in action in the Steeplechase. Dearbhail ran 8:11 in her first race over the distance. She finished second but is steadily improving at the event and hopes to run well in the All Irelands. Danielle and Philip also medalled in their 3000m races. They took gold and bronze respectively in tough races blighted by a very strong wind. Others to compete well in the middle distances were Ruby Steuven, Cian Law, Roisin Betson, Aisling Cotter, Emily Cunningham and Emer Cotter. Well done to all the young athletes who participated in the Leinster Championships over the two days.

Ballinagar 10K (Offaly 10k Championships)

On a dry but cool evening we had a fine representation from the club with 51 athletes competing in the Offaly 10k championship race on Friday 15 th June last. Well done to all who ran. The race venue was Ballinagar and took in a loop from there across to the Meelahans and back onto the Tullamore Road via Annaharvey. While it is a relatively level course, the last 3k provided a testing drag to the finish line. Paul Mitchell was Tullamore Harriers lead man home with an overall 2nd placing. The race was won by Ferbane Mick Fogarty (33:46) just 4 seconds ahead of Paul. The lady winner was Edenderry AC Aisling O’Connor with her teammate Caroline Donnellan 2nd and Tullamore’s Nadine Donegan 3rd. Mags Grennan took the o45 prize and Mary Galvin the o60 award. Richie Faulkner was 1st o45 male and Johnny Feery 1st o60.

Tullamore Harriers results: Paul Mitchell 33:50, Jay Donegan 34:30, Leonard Mooney 35:40, Darragh Rigney 37:51, Richie Faulkner 38:03, Brendan Abbott 38:06, Jonathan Dunne 38:05, Conor Mooney 38:10, Liam Byrne 38:15, Johnny Feery 38:21, Glenn Finlay 38:22, Darren Butler 38:35, Nick McGowan 38:51, Nadine Donegan 39:18, Rory Farrell 39:35, Leslie Buckley 39:37, Kevin Corrigan 40:23, Alan Heffernan 40:26, Finian McDermott 40:24, Basil Cronin 40:32, Fionnan Minnock 40:40,
Dave Dunican 41:56, Aidan Egan 42:50, Sean Reynolds 43:05, Gerry Dunican 44:17, Paul Shaw 45:12, Martina McCarthy 45:32, Denis Flynn 45:53, Michelle Mullaney 46:01, Ray Murray 46:03, Gary Dwyer 45:57, John O Connell 46:03, Gabriel Keyes 46:01, Mag Grennan 46:30, Paul Hensey 46:35, Charlotte Abbott 46:45, Mary Galvin 46:55, Evelyn Herlihy 47:20, Andy O Grady 48:24, Marie Donegan 49:20, John Ward 49:20, Amanda Owens 51:28, Martina Conlon 52:22, Joe White 53:53, Clive Young 56:27, Olivia Weldon 56:59, Joanne Kelly 58:38, Helen Reynolds 58:53, Eithne Moran 58:53, Sandra Busteed 1:00:56, Jim Dolan 1:02:26, Helen Larkin 1:04:19.

Kildare Thoroughbred Races

The blue and white was spotted in Co Kildare on Sunday morning 17 th June for the Annual Thoroughbred road races. In the marathon Rodge Larkin looked very comfortable throughout and posted a finish time of 3:57:29. This was one week after he ran the Portumna Ultra Marathon (see report below) so huge congrats Rodge. In the 10k Mary Fox Mann was our only runner and Mary posted 1:00:44 on the undulating course in the surrounds of the Irish National Stud. We had huge personal success in the Half Marathon. Hats off to 3 ladies who finished their first ever half marathon: Fallen Conlon, Karen Martin and Aoife Marron. In fact, Karen Martin was one of the Tullamore Harriers Couch 2 5k and only 5 months has gone from a total beginner to Half Marathon finisher!! Basil Cronin must be commended for pacing 7 of our athletes and resulted in them all posting personal best times.

Full Results for Tullamore Harriers: Mary Daly 1:43:00, Eugene Mann 1:43:03, Aoife Marron 1:57:03, Karen Martin 1:57:17, Anne Daly 1:58:05, Aisling McCormack 1:58:47, Basil Cronin 1:58:50, Fallen Conlon 1:59:38, Emer Guilfoyle 1:59:43.

Portumna Forest 50K and Half Marathon

The previous weekend, on Saturday 09th June, 7 of our members lined out in the idyllic setting of Portumna Forest, Co. Galway for what was described as an amazing day of running. The annual 100km, 50km, marathon, half marathon and 10km races attracted up to 800 athletes from far and wide. In the half marathon, which was run on 5k loops, Rita Daly was 1st across the mat for Tullamore Harriers posting a pb with a great time of 1:37:31. Rita was 3rd lady overall. Denis Flynn
was next in 1:43:31 followed by Paul Hensey 1:45:15, Mary Galvin 1:46:21, Ray Murray 1:46:21(also a pb), Naomi Galvin 2:00:36 and Miriam Brady 2:17:22. Rodge Larkin, our marathon man, competed in the 50k and posted a commendable 5:12 on what was an extremely hot day. Well done to all and to the support crew who also enjoyed the day.

Mile Marker 10 Mile Road Race 

Well done to David Murray who was 2nd in the 10 mile race held on Sunday 17th June, to raise funds for St. Michaels NS, Danesfort, Co. Kilkenny. David posted 57.18. Great run David.

Castleknock 5K

Well done to John Todd who competed in the Castleknock 5k race held in the grounds of Castleknock College on Saturday 16 th June. John was 57th overall in a time of 21:26, out of 673 runners.

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 athleticsireland.ie for all details and register directly at https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/TullamoreHarriersACCamp2018 

Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon

Entries are coming in fast for the 2018 Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon, to be held on 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: :http://tullamoreharriers.com/about-the-race/ and entry at: https://athleticsireland.primo-events.com/ps/event/TullamoreHarriersQuinlanCupHalfMarathon2018 


Fri 29 th June Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 6 – Naomh Mhuire Daingean AC
Fri 13 th July Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 7 – Clara AC
Sun 22 nd July Edenderry A.C. 10 Mile Road Race (Offaly Championships)

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


The club offers its condolences to the family of Patrick Berry, Killeigh, father of Padraig Berry, who passed away recently. May he rest in peace.


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.

Access to Harriers Facilities

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


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