Tullamore Harriers Report (January 15)

Express Reporter


Express Reporter



Harriers Juveniles Perform Well In Glasglow

For the fifth year in a row a group of Tullamore Harriers Juveniles made their way to Scotland in order to start their Indoor track season. Overall it was a great weekend with the kids enjoying the shopping, cinema, museums and of course the running.

First up were the 800m races at 10am with James Dunne in the first race. James was out hard and was in second place all the way until the finishing straight when he took the lead and sprinted clear. His time of 1.55:5 is a new PB bettering his 2018 best by .3 of a second. In the second race, Ronan Hyland and Philip King also got PBs with Ronan running 2.01, three seconds faster than his PB from last year, and Philip showing great speed to run 2.05. Next out was Ruby Stueven who showed her class with a comfortable 2.28. Two other girls who ran solidly were Sian Corrigan and Aisling Cotter who ran 2.36 and 2.39 respectively.

David Owens also ran well in his heat and was sprinting all the way to the line to run 2.39.  Aisling Cotter flew the flag in the field events and her leap of 4.59m a huge PB for a talented young lady! Ava O'Connor competed in a 300m for the first time on Saturday too. Her run of 43.6 a good performance for a novice at the event. 

When the 1500m races started there was a big number of Harriers youths toeing the line. James Dunne and Aaron Mangan were in the first heat and ran well, posting times of 4.07 and 4.08. James was great to bounce back from his earlier 800m, while Aaron was suffering with a throat infection. Christopher Whittle also competed well in his heat and ran a creditable 4.26.

In the heat that followed, Luke Duffy showed confidence by running most of the race on his own and holding on for a very good 4.46. Ava O'Connor was back on the track less than an hour after her 300m and still ran a solid 4.48. Cian Law also competed over this distance, and his 4.46 a great run considering a recent injury. Ruby Stueven ran an evenly paced race to finish in 5.08 for 1500m. Her run all the more notable considering her earlier 800m. Lydia Buckley and Dearbhail Cuddy ran 5.22 and 5.23 in a distance Greg dint usually try. They are both dedicated trainers and will enjoy success in the months ahead! Well done to all on great performances.

Leinster Master & Intermediate Cross Country

The Leinster Master and Intermediate Cross Country Championships were held in Gowran, Kilkenny on Sunday last, January 13. The competition got off to a great start with dry but windy weather and good underfoot conditions. Hosted by Gowran AC, the event was very well organised.

The county teams had representation in all the men’s races with athletes from: Tullamore Harriers, Ferbane AC, Birr AC, Naomh Mhuire AC, Edenderry AC and Clara Ac. This is a great improvement on previous years and hopefully more athletes from the county clubs will support their team in the National Championships in Dundalk on February 3. The stand-out performance of the day was by Nadine Donegan who was 2nd place overall in the Intermediate Ladies race. Over 4000m
Nadine ran a steady race holding 3rd position for the first 2k. With 600m to go she made a burst and passed 2nd placed Linda Conroy (Mullingar AC). She dug deep and continued her sprint making ground all the way. She closed in on eventual winner Lisa Madden (Sportsworld AC) and finished a mere second behind. Nadine was well backed up by her team of Nita McLoughlin, Tara McKinney, Dympna Fox, Catriona Meehan, Mags Grennan and Helena Buckley taking 5th club and 4th county placing. The other ladies running yesterday were the Ladies Masters which was also run over 4000m.

The O50 team of Rita Daly, Mary Daly, Martina Conlon, Mary Galvin and Marie Donegan took Silver Club medals and Mary Galvin also was 1 st individual in her age group. The Master Men covered a distance of 6000m and had the largest field with 150 athletes. Both the Master O35’s and Master O50’s raced together. The O35 club team of Tony Harpur (62nd), Conor
Mooney (63rd ), Darren Butler (78th), Peter Bennett (104th), Leslie Buckley (105th), Alan Mitchell (121st), Aidan Egan (122nd) and Mark Harpur (126th) was 10th club overall.

The county team was led by Ferbane’s Paul Buckley who had a super race finishing 9th overall. The other athletes joining the
Tullamore lads on the county team were Ger Cleary (Naomh Mhuire), Michael Dardis (Birr AC), and Jack Mulvey (Birr AC) helping to take 7th team placing. The 050 club team of Eanna Gowran (13th), Brendan Abbott (16th), Liam Byrne (25th), Fran Mollen (37th) and Sean Reynolds (49th) was 5th club finisher and they were joined on the Offaly team by Nicky Dunne (Birr AC), Andy Masterson (Birr AC) and Pat Melsop (Birr AC) taking 5th county placing. Jim Langan was 1st O75.

The final race of the championships was the Intermediate Men’s race. The men had 8000m to cover and provided the
spectators with a hugely exciting race. Congratulations to the Tullamore Men who took the gold club medals and, with the help of 3rd man home Mick Fogarty from Ferbane AC, and the other county athletes Joe Dempsey (Birr AC) and Kevin Looby (Clara AC), Offaly took silver team medals also. Mathew Molloy finished a fine 7th place with new club member Paul Reape an impressive 9th. The lads bunched well and worked their way through the field on each lap. Mark Donegan (16th), David
Fox (20th) Leonard Mooney (21st), Jay Donegan (25th), and Conor Butler (32nd). Well done to all the athletes who lined out, some having their first cross country race and others representing their club and county for the first time. Each and everyone counted in Gowran – teamwork at its best. Well done to all.

C25K 2019

Why not join us in January and let us help you become fitter while taking on a super challenge. Couch25k started on January 7 and continues every Monday and Wednesday at 6.30pm. It’s not too late to join! You will have the support of Tullamore Harriers for the c25k 10 week programme. Last year we had our first ever c25k and it was a huge success and most of all it was lots of fun. For more information, please contact Anna Hyland Guilfoyle, 086-8248928 or Leslie Buckley, 087-
6130971. See also Tullamore Harriers Facebook page.

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, https://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, August 31, 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/ 


Sun, January 20 - Offaly Indoor Championships (Juvenile & Senior), Athlone IT

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


Training for adults every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 8am 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.