Tullamore Harriers Report (May 7)






Hyland Breaks 2 Minute Barrier in Greystones
Ronan Hyland had a breakthrough performance in Greystones on Saturday, May 4, when he went faster than two minutes in the 800m. Ronan was competing in the Irish Milers Club annual meet in Greystones and was seeded to compete in the B heat. Ronan was in the lead pack from the start and fought all the way to the line. He was delighted with his new PB of 1.59:7, improving by two seconds over his previous best.  Ava O'Connor also ran an 800m PB. 15-year-old Ava was competing against senior athletes but this didn't seem to bother her as she raced with the lead pack and finished in a time of 2.11:7. Lydia Buckley and Sian Corrigan also raced over 800m and made good starts to their season with 2.30 and 2.31 respectively. Last on the track for Tullamore was Nadine Donegan. She raced well and was pushing all the way to the finish and was rewarded with a new PB of 4.38:1. Nadine has really put a huge effort in this year and has improved her PB by over five seconds.

Peter English 625

The annual “Peter English 625”, held on Tuesday, April 30, took on a different format this year, with nine consecutive races – each of one lap of the tarmac 625-metre track. The event proved hugely successful this year and provided a night of entertainment with athletes of all standards racing against their peers. Joe Wrafter, the club handicapper, has to be commended for dividing the competitors into the appropriate race group as per previous performances and race times. The large numbers racing was a fine tribute to Peter.

Chairman Adrian Curley welcomed Peter’s brother John and his nieces and nephew to the event. He also introduced the record holder Colin Walsh. Colin posted his record of 1:27:7 in 1998. The ladies record was set in 2017 by Claire Rafter with 1:43:3. The highlight of the night was watching the men's record broken by Aaron Mangan and James Dunne, and the ladies' recorded equalled by Ava O Connor. Congratulations to our winners and also to everyone who competed and supported the event. Photographs thanks to Adrian Martin.

Full Results: Junior Male/Female 1 Aaron Mangan 01.26.40; 2 James Dunne 01.27.00; 3 Michael Murphy
01.41.40; 4 Cian Martin 01.43.00; 5 Ava O Connor 01.43.30; 6 Dearbhill Cuddy 01.54.40; 7 Sinead Walsh
01.54.90; 8 Sian Corrigan 01.59.90; 9 Jane Maher 02.03.30; 10 Aisling Cotter 02.04.00; 11 Shane Horkan
02.04.90; 12 Emily Cunningham 02.06.60. Men Race 1 1 Paul Reape 01.38.20; 2 Leonard Mooney 01.41.60;
3 Darren Butler 01.43.20; 4 Padraig Berry 01.46.10; 5 Liam Byrne 01.48.40; 6 Glen Finlay 01.49.50; 7 Padraic
Sweeney 01.51.70. Women Race 1 1 Nadine Donegan 01.47.70; 2 Evelyn Herlihy 02.11.10; 3 Tara McKinney
02.12.20; 4 Nita McLoughlin 02.14.40; 5 Sarah O Connor 02.18.7. Men Race 2 1 Richie Galvin 01.55.60;
2 Ollie Neary 01.57.70; 3 Finnian McDermott 02.00.30; 4 Rory Farrell 02.02.20 5 Ian O Kelly 02.04.60;
6 Lorcan Scally 02.07.10; 7 Diarmuid Herlihy 02.10.40. Women Race 2 1 Verona Smith 02.15.00; 2 Rita Daly
02.18.50; 3 Emer Guilfoyle 02.20.30; 4 Mags Grennan 02.21.80; 5 Fallen Conlon 02.23.80; 6 Una Mullen
02.27.50; 7 Karen Martin 02.28.30. Men Race 3 1 Alan Mitchell 01.54.60; 2 Jason McDermott 01.55.70;
3 Sean Spollen 01.57.90; 4 Brendan Carroll 01.58.80; 5 Aidan G Egan 02.01.60; 6 Eugene O Dea 02.02.70;
7 Rodge Larkin 02.04.40. Women Race 3 1 Josie Lalor 02.14.40; 2 Mary Galvin 02.22.60; 3 Trish Rusk
02.26.30; 4 Martina Lydon 02.29.40; 5 Tracey Stewart 02.30.20; 6 Hillary Duncan 02.31.90; 7 Sandra Busteed
02.36.20; 8 Anne Daly 02.40.40; 9 Mary Daly 02.44.80. Men Race 4 1 Mick McConigley 02.06.80; 2 Paul
Shaw 02.18.00; 3 John Ward 02.21.60; 4 John McGowan 02.30.30; 5 Paddy Rowland 02.45.90.
Women Race 4 1 Trish Shaw 02.41.50; 2 Mary Walsh 02.45.30; 3 Sharon Daly 02.46.20; 4 Joanne Kelly
02.48.70; 5 Sharon Larkin 02.50.20; 6 Angela Martin 02.52.00; 7 Mary Fox Mann 02.56.80; 8 Helen Larkin
03.07.90; 9 Miriam Brady 03.10.30; 10 Melissa Hogan 03.31.50.

Leinster Master Road Championships

Jim Langan travelled to Gowran, Co Kilkenny on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6 to take part in the Leinster Master Road Championships. He was the second o70 in a time of 35:16 in the 6k race. Well done Jim.

Irish Runner 5K

Liam Brady finished fifth in the Irish Runner 5k on Saturday, May 4 in a time of 15.01. Well done Liam.

Limerick Marathon & Half Marathon

Congratulations to Aisling McCormack Troy on posting a pb in the Limerick Marathon on Sunday, May 5. Aisling clocked 4:26:52 with Basil Cronin who encouraged her for the arduous 26.2 miles. Fallon Conlon competed in the Half Marathon in and she too had a pb with a time of 1:56. Joanne Kelly also ran the Half Marathon and had a great run in 2:03:03. Well done to you all.

Belfast Marathon

Well done to Rodge Larkin and Aidan Egan who both competed in the Belfast Marathon on the same day, Sunday, May 5. Unfortunately, due to an error, an extra 500m was added to the marathon course so the results are being adjusted to reflect the longer course, so a medal was truly deserved.

Carrig & Riverstown GAA 8k Road Race

Sinead Rigney and Richie Faulkiner were winners in the Carrig & Riverstown GAA 8k race held on Sunday, May 5, (results not available). Well done to you both.

Croghan 5k Fun Run

Congrats to Pauline Curley who was first lady in the Croghan 5k fun run on Saturday, April 20. Well done Pauline.

Sydney Park Runs

Meanwhile, while the rest of us were dodging Storm Hannah, Ann and Martin Carroll were down under in Sydney flying the club colours in the local park runs. Well done to you both.

Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon 2019

Registration is now open 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 at www.tullamoreharriers.com. 


Sun 12th May Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2019 Race 3 – Ferbane AC
Fri 17th May 4 Counties Juvenile Track & Field Championships – Tullamore Harriers
Sun 19th May Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2019 Race 4 – Banagher AC
Fri 24th May Offaly Novice & Master Championships – Killeigh 4 Mile
Fri 31st May Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2019 Race 5 – Ballyskenach 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

Club Registration

Please note that membership for 2019 is now overdue. 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.