Tullamore Harriers Report (June 19)






Harriers on top of the Podium at Leinster Track and Field Athletics Championships

A large number of Tullamore Harriers Juveniles took part in the Leinster Track and Field over the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th June. While the ten medals won in the middle and long distance races could be seen as the highlight, in reality the smiling faces of these youngsters competing in their sport after another year of training was the real highlight. All the young athletes seemed to enjoy the weekend and will hopefully stick to their training in the year ahead. There is a great bunch of girls representing Tullamore Harriers in the Under 14 age group. Sinead Walsh had a great run in her 1500m to come second in 5.05 and also finished in the qualifying spots for the All Irelands in her 800m as she finished fourth. In these races,
Jane Maher, Mette Cleary and Ava Spollen also acquitted themselves well, and all four, if they keep training, will have success in these events. Aisling Cotter had some great jumps in the Long Jump and won a bronze medal in a very competitive field.

Ella McNally also had a good weekend and in her 300m race really ran well! In the Under 15 age bracket, Emily Cunningham and Luke Duffy gave good accounts of themselves in their 1500m and 800m races and should be proud of the effort they put in.  Ruby Stueven was the Club’s sole Under 16 athlete, and she really impressed in both her 800m and 1500m. Ruby came second in her 800m in a time of 2.21 and finished fourth in her 1500m in 5.05. This means she qualifies for the All Irelands in both events. In the Under 17 races, Tullamore athletes won three gold medals as Ronan Hyland and Ava O'Connor dominated the middle distance races. Ronan won both his 800m and 1500m with ease. In the 1500m his winning time of 4.16 was a significant PB. Ava took control of her 1500m from the gun and quickly separated herself from the other competitors. Her winning time of 4.32:7 had her over one metre clear of the silver medalist and 14 seconds ahead of the previous Leinster record. Sian Corrigan also gave a good account of herself in her 800m, while Cian Law ran a PB of 4.27 in his 1500m.

The Club’s Under 18 athletes performed well against tough competition with Dearbhail Cuddy winning a bronze medal in the Steeplechase. Others to run well were Michael Murphy, Darragh Carroll and Laura Mooney.  In the Under 19 age group, James
Dunne won double gold in his 800m and 1500m races. James was joined on the podium for the 1500m as Cian Martin ran a great tactical race to finish third. Philip King also won gold in the Steeplechase in a tough race that he led from starting gun to the finish line.

Tullamore Harriers was also well represented in the sprint and field events. The young athletes put in great performances setting personal bests in their event and bringing home medals. Evan Farrelly got day one off to a good start in the Boys U15 80 metre hurdles. In a straight final, Evan ran a new pb and championship record, winning the final in a time of 11.83 seconds to take a gold. Jack Saunders followed up with a silver medal in the Boys U16 250m Hurdles running a pb of 14.76 seconds to take second place.

In the Boys U16 200 metres sprints Luke Bourke ran a great race in a time of 24.47 seconds to win his heat and progress to
the final. In the final Luke ran another pb to take the bronze medal in a time of 24.30 seconds. In the Girls U17 100 metres, Katelyn Farrelly ran a very good time of 12.41 seconds to win her heat. In the final Katelyn put in another good performance in a time of 12.70 seconds to take the silver medal. In the Boys U19 100 metres Aaron Keane took to the line in a straight final. Aaron took out of the blocks leading all the way to finish first in a time of 11.18 seconds to take gold. In the field events, Cillian Bourke made his mark in the Boys U14 Long Jump. Cillian jumped a distance of 5.08 metres to take the silver medal. Jack Saunders followed up his earlier hurdles success in the Boys U16 Long Jump with a jump of 5.48 metres to take the bronze medal. In the Girls U17 Long Jump Katelyn Farrelly put in a great performance to set a new pb and take the gold medal with a jump of 5.53 metres. In the Triple Jump Boys U17, Diarmaid Finneran put in a very good performance with a new pb and a jump of 11.04 metres to take a bronze medal. There were also good performances in the sprints/hurdles by Philip Dunne, Daniel Dowling, Eoin Corcoran, Ella McNally, Michael Dowling and Emer Cotter.

On day two, Jack Saunders set the standards for the day with a great performance in the boys U16 250 metre hurdles setting a new pb and taking the gold in a time of 35.95 seconds. In the Girls Long Jump there were very good performances from Katie Deverell, Aishling Cotter and Laura Condron. In the Girls U12 Long Jump, Laura set a new pb with a jump of 3.74 metres to finish eighth. In the Girls U13 Long Jump Katie Deverell put in a good performance with a jump of 4.04 metres to finish in seventh place. In the U14 Girls Long Jump Aishling Cotter put in a great performance setting a new pb and taking the bronze medal with a jump of 4.81 metres. Well done girls. In the Boys U14 Shot Putt Samuel Merrick put in a good performance with a throw of 6.93 metres to finish eighth. In the Boys U16 200 metres sprints Philip Dunne ran a new pb in a time of 12.51 seconds just missing out on the final. Luke Bourke ran a good heat in a time of 11.97 seconds to reach the final. In the final Luke ran a new pb in a time of 11.82 seconds just missing out on the bronze medal. There were good performances by Cillian Bourke in the 80 metres sprints finishing sixth in the final with a time of 10.82 seconds. Daniel Dowling also ran a good race in the Boys U17 200 metres finishing sixth in the final in a time of 23.48 seconds. Diarmaid Finneran rounded off the day with a very good performance in the Boys U17 Long Jump. Against some tough opposition, Diarmaid set a new pb with
a jump of 5.72 metres to take a bronze medal.

Congratulations to all the young athletes who took part in the Leinster championships and well done to all the athletes on making it to the All Irelands.

Marion Geraghty 5k/10k Road Race - Offaly Novice & Master Championships Race 2

A huge well done to all our members who competed in the County 10k Championship race on Friday evening, 14th June. The Marion Geraghty 10k race was run in conjunction with Offaly Athletics Middle Distance Race Challenge hosting the 10k championships. The new race route attracted 250 athletes and Tullamore Harriers was well represented. Pauline Curley was fastest lady and Paul Mitchell was first man home. They both had great runs on the undulating course. No hills but plenty of long drags. Sinead Rigney was second lady and the club age group winners were: 1 st O40 Evelyn Herlihy; 1 st 045 – Dympna Fox and Glen Finlay; 1 st O50 Mary Daly; 1 st O60 Johnny Feery; 1 st O70 Jim Langan.

All Tullamore Harriers who ran: 10K - Paul Mitchell 0:33:22; Mark Donegan 0:35:34; Glen Finlay 0:36:00;
Padraig Berry 0:36:14; Darragh Rigney 0:37:15; Richie Faulkner 0:38:07; Jonathan Dunne 0:38:12; Jody O
Reilly 0:38:31; Pauline Curley 0:38:48; Ian O Kelly 0:38:50; Liam Byrne 0:39:05; Rory Farrell 0:39:12; Leslie
Buckley 0:39:25; Sinead Rigney 0:39:49; Aidan Egan 0:39:49; Alan Heffernan 0:40:05; Ollie Neary 0:40:03;
Dave Dunican 0:40:09; Fionnan Minnock 0:40:33; John Donegan 0:41:02; John O Connell 0:41:07; Tara
McKinney 0:41:09; Johnny Feery 0:41:25; Gerry Dunican 0:41:48; Nita McLoughlin 0:41:54; Evelyn Herlihy
0:42:03; Johnjoe Galvin 0:42:11; Lorcan Scally 0:43:07; Peter Bennett 0:43:10; Sean Reynolds 0:43:21;
Dympna Fox 0:43:40; Diarmuid Herlihy 0:44:00; Michelle Mullaney 0:44:14; Martina Costello 0:44:23; Sean
Spollen 0:44:49; Brigid Fox 0:45:29; Karen Nolan 0:45:44; Mag Grennan 0:45:51; Mary F Daly 0:46:16; Denis
Flynn 0:46:42; Charlotte Abbott 0:47:23; Una Mullen 0:47:52; Joe White 0:48:18; Tara McEvoy 0:48:24; Emer
Guilfoyle 0:48:30; Marie Donegan 0:49:03; Karen Martin 0:49:36; Tracey Stewart 0:50:52; Andy O Grady
0:51:21; Paschal Naughton 0:51:42; Noreen Hunt 0:51:58; Annemarie McNamara 0:52:56; Clive Young

0:53:25; John McGowan 0:53:41; Anne Daly 0:53:56; Arlene Finnerty 0:53:57; Anne Cusack 0:53:57; Donal
Rigney 0:55:15; Olive Mannion 0:55:45; Trisha Shaw 0:55:48; Sharon Daly 0:56:22; Sandra Busteed 0:58:24;
Dave Kavanagh 0:58:38; Dara Byrne 0:59:37; Ann Marie Lawlor 1:03:13; Melissa Hogan 1:15:06; Jim Langan
1:16:00. 5K - Conor Butler 0:17:09; Ricky White 0:24:17; Jenna Stack 0:25:16; Helen Reynolds 0:28:10;
Elizabeth Macdonnell 0:28:33; Noel Browne 0:28:47; Helena Buckley 0:30:46; Patricia Browne 0:40:00.
Well done to everyone who lined out for the club and to Kilcormac Killoughey AC for hosting a great event.

Kildare Thoroughbred Races

Rodge Larkin competed in the Thoroughbred Marathon in Co Kildare on Sunday, 16th June while Rob Maunsell, Shane Origan and Ken Doyle ran the Half Marathon. Rodge posted 3.51.10, Rob 1.31.17, Shane 1.31.27, and Ken 1.50.56. Well done lads.

Grant Thornton Corporate Team Challenge

Congrats to Liam Brady who won the Grant Thornton Corporate 5k Team Challenge in Cork on Wednesday, 12th June in a time of 15.06.

Colin Dunne Primary Schools Track and & Field 

A record number of primary school children competed in the Colin Dunne Primary Schools Track & Field event in Tullamore Harriers on Wednesday, 12th June. Despite the non-seasonal weather, the activity in the stadium was heartwarming. The enthusiastic performances of the juveniles were just super. From early morning until the end of the competition the children from all the National Schools put on a fine display of teamwork and determination. It takes great preparation to ensure this event runs smoothly and with 530 primary school children in the stadium it is some achievement to get to the final race without a hitch.

Thank you to everyone who helped out today, there was a very large team organising the event from start to finish.

Congratulations to each child who took part and thank you to the teachers and parents who assisted.

Huge thanks to Colin's parents Tom and Bernie Dunne who came along and presented the prizes - as they have done every year since the inaugural event. Well done to all involved.

Tullamore Summer Camp

Tullamore Athletic Summer Camp for 6 to 12 year olds - 8th to 12th July 2019. Limited places for the camp.
Register here: www.eventmaster.ie

Tullamore Half Marathon 2019

It's getting very near! Only 10 weeks to the Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon. The 7th annual event will take place on Saturday 31st August 2019. More here: www.tullamore.com/about-the-race/ 


Fri 21st June Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2019 Race 7 – Naomh Mhuire AC, Daingean

Fri 21st July Offaly Novice & Master Championships Race 3 – Edenderry 10M

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.tullamore.com

Club Registration

Please note that membership for 2019 is now overdue. Forms are available in the clubhouse or from Tullamore website, www.tullamore.com/join

Access to Facilities

Please note that use of the club’s facilities, including the tarmac track, is restricted to members of the club.