Tullamore Harriers Report (October 16)

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All Ireland Schools Indoor Combined Events, AIT, Athlone

Katelyn Farrelly, Jack Saunders, Evan Farrelly and Shauna Leydon qualifying from Leinster competition, competed against the best from across the 4 provinces in one of the toughest competitions in the juvenile track and field program where technical skill, speed, strength and endurance are all needed for the 5 event program. All 4 athletes competed very well, holding their
own where small margins in each event can be the difference between 3-4 positions on the points table. Jack Saunders (Tullamore College) competing in the junior boys, the toughest group of the competition, got his day off to a good start with a 509cm pb jump in the Long Jump. Jack continued this form over the next 4 events with 3 more personal bests, in the Hurdles with 10.08 secs, 200m in 26.19 secs and 2.22 in the 800m. His solid 10th place finished doesn't reflect this young man’s
progression in track and field events which was his only second national combined competition. Evan Farrelly (Oaklands College, Edenderry), in the minor boys also got off to a blistering start with 8.88 sec in the 60m Hurdles and a best jump of 512cm in the Long Jump. Echoing Jack's performances, Evan also produced personal bests in his remaining 3 events with 9.35cm in the Shot Putt, 25.37 secs in the 200m and 2.37 in the 800m. Evan finished in an excellent 4th position, only
his second ever national combined event and where a small margin was the difference between 3rd and 4th. Katelyn Farrelly (Oaklands College, Edenderry) in the junior girls, got her day to a super start with 9.23 sec in the Hurdles and 513 jump in the Long Jump. Katelyn held her own in her next 3 events with 8.30 in the Shot Putt, 142cm in the High Jump and a pb of 2.47 in the 800m which she finished in a solid 8th place, and the margin for error in this group was so tight that from 3rd place to
8th place there was minimal points between them. Shauna Leydon (Loreto, Mullingar) in the intermediate girls, produced 2 personal bests in the Hurdles and the 800m and 3 solid performances in her remaining 3 events to finish in a super 7th place where again margins were very tight between 3rd and 7th. Well done to all 4 juveniles on their great performances competing against the country's best in a long and tough competition which will no doubt help in their mental approach, athletic development and skills in future competitions and also in future sports. Big thank you also to coaches Brid Leydon and Ciaran Farrelly.

Offaly Athletics Cross Country Championships Day 2 – Intermediate and Uneven Ages

Tullamore Harriers was well represented in Day 2 of the Offaly Athletics Cross Country Championships on Sunday last, 14 th October in juvenile and intermediate events. Edenderry AC hosted the event and the club must be commended a very well organised competition. The senior race was run off at 10am with both ladies and gents on the field together. The ladies covered 5k and the men 8k of the 1500m looped course. Tullamore Harrier’s Nadine Donegan took the lady title and did so with a very comfortable run. Her sister Danielle accompanied her on the run but because she is too young for Intermediate, competed as a guest. Dympna Fox had a great race to take 2nd and Jenny Burke was 3rd lady, giving Tullamore Harriers the clean sweep. Mathew Molloy took his second Offaly title this season having won the Novice race last week in Ferbane. He had a solid run in 28.36 with Mark Donegan 10 seconds behind taking 2nd place. Brendan Donagher (Naomh Mhuire) took the bronze Intermediate medal for 2018. 

Rosemount Half Marathon & 10k Road Races

Rosemount GAA Club hosted their 1st 10k and Half Marathon events on a very wet morning on Saturday last, October 13. Tullamore Harriers had athletes competing in both events and some fine times were posted. In the 10k, Michael O’Brien had a fantastic run taking 2nd place in a time of 35.13 just 15 seconds behind overall winner Andrew Nevin from Mullingar Harriers. Other Tullamore Harriers results: Jonathon Dunne 38.57, Philip King 39.33, Martina Conlon 48.53, Emer Guilfoyle 49.36, Lavinia Leahy 50.58, Karen Martin 51.07, Clive Young 55.34, Olivia Weldon 56.01, Eithne Moran 57.06, John McGowan 1.01.24, Helen Larkin 1.09.11, Melissa Hogan 1.16.29 Pauline Curley was 2nd lady finisher and 1st home for Tullamore Harriers in 1.25.54 in the Half Marathon. Other half marathon finishers for Tullamore Harriers: Dermot Smith 1.28.01, Lorcan
Scally 1.33.47, Eugene O'Dea 1.34.33, Mags Grennan 1.52.38, Helena Buckley 1.52.39, Avril Flynn 1.58.37, Anne Daly 1.59. 39, Patricia Shaw 2.07.21. Well done everyone.

Fixtures

Sun 23 rd October Scoil Eoin Phoil N.S, Tullamore 5k

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 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.