Tullamore Harriers Report (June 26)

Irish Life Health Tailteann Interprovincial Games

Ava O'Connor moved up in age to compete in the Tailteann Games on Sunday, June24, in Santry, Dublin. Ava ran in a competitive field in the 1500m. The race went off at a blistering pace with the leading two passing 400m in 63 seconds. Ava sat back but even her 67 seconds was still very fast.

Over the next lap she gradually caught the leading two and then with 600m to go she took the lead. She held on to her lead until one hundred metres to go but then Maeve O'Neill from Cork caught her. Ava's silver medal is still a great return when you consider she is eligible for this event for another two years. As an added bonus, Ava had run a fantastic new PB of 4.39, knocking 5 seconds off her previous best. Ava is now the third Harriers girl to break 4.40 for 1500m with Clare Rafter
(4.35) and Niamh O'Connor (4.34) having also broken that barrier.

Philip King raced in the 1500m Steeplechase. He also started cautiously and in the first two laps sat back in ninth place. He then started to move and was passing athletes all the way to finish line.

Unfortunately, he just missed out on a medal as he finished fourth. He is a steadily improving athlete and should be very proud of his run. His time of 4.43 a PB and he seems determined to keep improving.

Aaron Keane had a super day’s work, finishing 4th in the 100m in a time of 11.36, 4th in the 400s in 51.15, and he also competed in the 4 x 100m relay. Well done to all on such fantastic results.

Irish Runner 5 Mile

The hot summer sun greeted over 1,000 athletes for the Irish Runner 5 mile in the Phoenix Park on Sunday morning, June 24. Part of the Athletics Ireland Race series, the race was won by Freddie Keron (Raheny Shamrocks) in 25:08 and club mate Annette Kealy was first lady in 30:11. Tullamore Harriers’ Lavinia Leahy posted 40:08 for the testing route and Olivia Weldon posted 47:50. Well done girls.

Tullamore Harriers Summer Camp

Tullamore Harriers is hosting an Athletics Ireland Summer Camp, Monday, July 2 to Friday, July 6. 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

Entries are coming in fast for the 2018 Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon, to be held on 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

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
Sun 22nd July Edenderry A.C. 10 Mile Road Race (Offaly Championships)

A list of AAI-licensed fixtures is available on


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.


If you have a story for us, sports news, an event happening in your area, or if you want to submit pictures or videos, contact the Offaly Express team via email to, or through our Facebook.

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.