Tullamore Harriers Report (January 29)

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



Harriers Shine at National Junior and U23 All Irelands 

There were some great results on Sunday, January 27 at the National Junior and U23 Track & Field Championships, held in Athlone I.T. Three gold medals were won by young harriers but more importantly, all that competed were up to the standard of the competition and many ran PBs, which is always tough to do at the national level with the added pressure.  Ava O'Connor won gold in the Junior 800m.

She took the lead from the gun and set a scorching pace. She was well clear at half way and her time of 65 seconds was clearly aggressive. With a lap to go, Kate Nurse from Kildare challenged Ava for the lead but this just spurred her on further and Ava was 2 seconds clear at the finish line. Her time of 2.13 was a big PB improvement. Also in the race was Laura Mooney. Laura competed well and ran a new PB too. Her time of 2.23 was a decent mark and she will improve further later in the season as she gets into more evenly paced races!  Earlier in the day Ava had ran in the Junior 1500m. Having led from the gun, she was passed in the last three hundred metres by Jo Keane of Ennis. Ava fought on and, despite the Clare woman winning, Ava still had run very fast and finished in second in a time of 4.38. Danielle Donegan also raced in this competition and finished fifth in 5.01.  Danielle's sister Nadine Donegan won the All Ireland U23 1500m title. Nadine had
shadowed Galway's Aisling Joyce early on but over the last three laps she gapped her easily and her time of 4.44:1 is a new PB! In the U23 Mens 1500m, Matthew Molloy ran a great race to set a five second PB of 4.17. Matthew was out of the medals but was delighted with his improvement. 

James Dunne won the other gold for Tullamore in the Junior 800m. James set a blistering pace and was well clear of the competition at the finish line. His winning time was 1.53:7, four seconds clear of second place. Aaron Mangan also competed in this race. He had to drop out though as he was suffering from tonsillitis during the week!  In U23 800m, Connor Butler ran a fantastic race to break the 2 minute barrier for the first time. His 1.59 run a great return on his hard work. Ethan Dunican ran a PB in this race too as he finished with 2.10. Grainne Lalor and Katelyn Farrelly made their debut into the Junior ranks at the Championships.

Both girls, still only in the U17 age group for the upcoming season, performed really well in their events in the U20 national competition. Katelyn was first up in the 60m sprint. She was up against a loaded field of lightning-fast sprinters of senior years but she stayed focused on her plan to better her previous best time and work on her sprinting mechanics. Katelyn finished 4th in her heat improving by 0.12 seconds from her last race, in the Offaly Indoors. Job done, Katelyn then moved onto the Junior Women’s Long Jump where she performed a little under average but should be happy with a 6th place finish with a jump of 515cms – only 8cms from the silver medal. Grainne was also using the Championships to gain valuable experience and ran a solid 200m finishing 3 rd in her heat. Both girls have a solid platform for the upcoming Leinster Indoor Championships in two weeks, and the National U17 in March. Well done to all on great performances, and best of luck for the season ahead.

New Tullamore Harriers Club Record

Mark Milner competed in Athlone I.T. on Saturday, January 26 in an Open 800m with a huge run. Mark ran clear of the other competitors to victory. Mark's winning time of 1.50:00 was a significant improvement on his previous PB. It was also significant for a number of other reasons. Firstly it was a new Tullamore Harriers club record, bettering his Uncle Charlie Milner's record by the thinnest of margins, .01 second. The time also was a qualifying Standard for the European Junior
Championships, which takes place this July in Naples. The time was also the fastest by any Irish athlete over 800m this year and ranks Mark as the lead European Junior this year so far too.  Well done Mark on a super achievement.

Winter League 2018

The final race of the winter league, a series of three races, was completed on Tuesday, January 15. The prizes for the league, for the winning team & individual winners, were presented on Tuesday last, January 22, results as follows:

Individual prizes
Men: 1st Jay Donegan; 2nd Leonard Mooney; 3rd Mark Donegan.
Ladies: 1st Nadine Donegan; 2nd Pauline Curley; 3rd Nita McLaughlin.
Winning Team: Karen Martin, Team D. Karen Martin, Leonard Mooney, Leslie Buckley, Aidan Butch Egan, Mark Donegan, Dympna Fox, Elysia McCormack, Rory Farrell, Olivia Egan, Melissa Hogan, Maeve Larkin, Jim Dolan, Andy O’ Grady, Joe Wrafter, Lesley Cornally, Peter Bennett, Joe White, Liam Byrne, Alan Heffernan, Ger Lynam, Joanne Kelly, Dara Byrne, Ann Marie Lawlor, Ann Marie McNamara.

Road Races

Pauric Ennis joined over 4000 runners in one of Ireland's biggest club races on Sunday 27 th January - The Raheny 5 mile race. Won by Mick Clohisey and Ann Marie McGlynn, Pauric finished in 63rd place with a time of 27.28. Meanwhile in Carlow, Olivia Weldon and Melissa Hogan competed in the Charlie Curran 5 mile race. Olivia posted 44.51 and Melissa 60.01. Well done all.

Lilliput Marathon

Rodge Larkin ran his first marathon of the year in Lilliput on Sunday 20 th January in a time of 3: 50. Well done Rodge, great start to the year.

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, 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. www.tullamoreharriers.com/about-the-race/ 


Sun February 3, National Intermediate, Master, Juvenile B & Relays XCountry, Dundalk IT
Sat & Sun 9/10 February Leinster Juvenile Indoors Day 1/2, Athlone IT (U12+)
Sat & Sun 16/17 February 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 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.