Leinster Juvenile Indoor Athletics Championships
A huge contingent of young Tullamore Harriers athletes travelled to Athlone IT on Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, for the Leinster Indoors. There were some brilliant performances and all seemed to enjoy the two days of competition. In the middle distance competitions, the standout performance came from James Dunne in the Under 19 1500m. Moving up from his usual 800m, James led from the gun. He went through 800m in 2.04 and maintained his pace all the way to run 3.58, ten seconds clear of the next runner. He was six seconds faster than the previous championship record which had stood from 1996. Laura Mooney, Danielle Donegan and Ava O'Connor also medalled in their 1500m races. Laura's time of 4.52 was a big breakthrough for her.
In the 800m races, Philip King, Ronan Hyland and Ruby Steuven medalled. Ruby's time of 2.19 was a huge performance for a relatively new runner. Sinead Walsh, Luke Duffy, Andrea Ryan and Saoirse Murtagh all made finals in their middle distance races and although they didn't medal, they acquitted themselves well!
The sprints group got off to a great start with Grace McNally winning the Girls U12 60m in a time of 9.08 seconds to claim a gold medal. Shortly after, Evan Farrelly took to the blocks in the Boys U15 60m and ran a good heat in a time of 7.60 seconds.
In the final he led all the way from the blocks to take the gold medal in a time of 7.55 seconds. Luke Bourke took part in the Boys U16 60m making it to the final. In the final Luke ran a good time of 7.62 seconds to take the bronze medal. In the Boys
U17 60m Daniel Dowling put in a good performance against some tough opposition to run a great time of 7.44 seconds and claim a silver medal. There were good performances by Grainne Lawlor and Katelyn Farrelly in the Girls U17 60m. Both girls made it to the final with Grainne Lawlor pipped for the bronze in a time of 8.05 seconds. Luck was not on Katelyn Farrelly’s side as she was disqualified for a false start. Good performances were also shown by Cillian Bourke, Boys U16, and
Shauna Slattery, Girls U13, making it to their finals in the 60m.
In the Girls U17 long jump, there were good displays by Katie Bourke and Katelyn Farrelly. Katelyn took the gold medal with a great jump and a new PB of 5.45 metres. In the Boys U15 long jump, Evan Farrelly put on a good display jumping 5.30 metres to take the silver medal. There was also a good display by Jack Saunders in the U16 high jump coming fourth with a jump of 1.60 metres equalling his PB. There was also a good performance by Niamh Galvin in the Girls U14 high jump. Niamh finished in the top eight setting a new PB on the day with a jump of 1.35 metres.
Day two started off with the 200m races. There were excellent performances from all athletes. Luke Bourke, Daniel Dowling and Grainne Lawlor all made it to their finals. Luke Bourke ran a brilliant 200m in a time of 23.95 seconds setting a new PB and winning the gold medal. Daniel Dowling also put on a good display in the U17 Boys 200m coming third and taking a bronze medal in a time of 24.03 seconds. Grainne Lawlor ran a good 200 metres by winning her heat in a time of 26.26
seconds. Unfortunately, she had to withdraw from the final due to injury. There were also good performances from Katie Bourke and Kate Cunningham in the 200m. In the U16 Boys long jump, Jack Saunders put in a great performance on the day with a jump of 5.45 metres, a PB, to take the gold medal. Cillian Bourke also put in an excellent performance winning a silver medal in the Boys U13 long jump with a jump of 4.66 metres. Good performance was shown by Aishling Cotter in the Girls U14 long jump with a jump of 4.50 metres to finish fifth.
Day two ended on a good note with Evan Farrelly winning the final of the Boys U15 60m hurdles. In the final against tough opposition, Evan flew out of the blocks and came home in a time of 9.18 seconds to claim the gold medal. Jack Saunders also put in a great performance in the Boys U16 60m hurdles winning a silver medal in a time of 9.55 seconds. Later in the Girls U17 60m hurdles Katelyn Farrelly ran a time of 9.52 seconds to win the final and take the gold medal.
Congratulations to all the athletes who took part over the two days and well done.
Irish Universities Indoor Track & Field Championships
Some of our third level athletes competed in the Irish Universities Indoor Track and Field Championships in Athlone IT on Friday last, February 8. Nadine Donegan raced in the 1500m. She had a great race to finish third and her time on the day of 4:40:30 was a four second PB. Kathy O'Keefe also had a great run in the 1500m posting 4:52:75. Claire Rafter finished fifth in the 800m final in a time of 2:21;93. Dean Power was second in his heat in the 60m with 7.02 and Liam Brady had a fine run in the 3000m posting 8:36:13. Well done to all.
National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships
The National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships were hosted in Dundalk IT on Sunday, February 3, as reported in previous report. Tullamore Harrier’s results as follows:
Nadine Donegan – 3rd Ladies Intermediate Jim Langan – 1st Men’s O75 Intermediate Men (Jay Donegan, Paul Reape, Len Mooney, Adrian Curley, Conor Mooney, Glen Finlay and Peter Bennett) – 4th Club and 3rd County (with Kevin Looby, Clara AC)
O50 Men’s (Brendan Abbott, Liam Byrne, Alan Heffernan and Fra Mollen) - 9th Club.
Ladies O35: (Tara McKinney, Nita McLoughlin, Jennifer Burke and Dympna Fox) 12th Club and 7th County (with Anna Lisowska, Clara AC)
Ladies O50: (Rita Daly, Mary Daly, Mary Galvin and Martina Conlon) 7th Club and 8th County.
Congratulations and well done to all.
Finian McDermott travelled to the sunny south-east on Sunday, February 10 for the Enniscorthy 10k Hosted by Slaney Athletic Club. 350 athletes lined out on a perfect day for running. Finian posted 45.22 for the 10k. Well done Finian.
Tullamore Harriers AGM
Tullamore Harriers AGM will take place on Monday evening, February 18 at 8pm upstairs in the clubhouse. Everyone welcome but only current members will have a vote or can make nominations. Hoping to have a good turnout. Please spread the word.
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, 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 1,000 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/
Sat & Sun 9/10 February Leinster Juvenile Indoors Day 1/2, Athlone IT (U12+)
Sat & Sun 16/17 February National Senior Indoors, Abbottstown, Dublin
Tues 19 February Tullamore Harriers Spring League 1 st Leg 5k
Sun 24 February Sean Lowry Memorial 5k, Birr
Sun 3 March Tullamore Harriers Spring League 2nd Leg/McNamara 5 Mile
Sun 24 March Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 1 – Tullamore Harriers AC
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.
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.