ON Thursday, March 1 the annual Spring League got underway. This consists of a series of three races, of different distances, held on three different training dates.
Club members are divided into four teams ensuring a friendly but spirited battle for victory. The captains for the teams this year are; Leonard Owens, Rita Daly, Michelle Mullaney and Ray Martin.
The 1st event was the 5k race, where 70 athletes lined up on a pleasant calm evening. Catch Grennan was a clear winner in a time of
16.15 with the ever improving Dave Fox hot on his heels (16.46), and Jody O’Reilly (17.23) in third position. 1st lady on the night was Mary Bracken in a time of 19.28, followed by Michelle Mullaney (19.34) and Nicole Cuskelly (19.37) in third.
Many impressive running times were posted and indeed personal bests were rewarded to quite a few.
Overall result; Catch Grennan 16.15, Dave Fox 16.46, Jody O’Reilly 17.23, Jason Donegan 17.31, John Donegan 17.47, Brendan Abbott 17.52, Johnny Feery 17.58, Killian o’Connor 1815, Conor Mooney 18.16, Ger Lynam 18.17, Ian O’Kelly 18.23, Liam Dunne 18.24, Ray Martin 18.25, John O’Connell, Philip Serviss 18.29, Darren Butler 18.44, Harry Flynn 18.51, Kevin Bracken, 18.57, Sean Donegan 19.06, Glen Finlay 19.11, Fra Mollen 19.14, Dave Gorry 19.14, Mary Bracken 19.28, Pat Conlon 19.28, Maurice Fitzgerald 19.30, Martin McManus 19.31, Brendan Kennedy 19.33, Michelle Mullaney 19.34, Ken Alger 19.36, Nicolle Cuskelly 19.37, John Phelan 19.40, John Monaghan 20.04, Adrian Martin 20.12, Sinead Rigney 20.21, Marcus Brady 20.23, Dean Claffey 20.24, Leonard Owens 20.25, Deirdre Lambe 20.26, Darren O’Connor 20.30, Brendan Carroll 20.32, Shane Dunne 20.33, Denzil Jacob 20.35, David Monaghan 20.45, Glen Cunningham 20.47, Archie McCormack 20.50, Matt Corcoran 20.55, Ivan Dunne 21.01, Evelyn Herlihy 21.09, Mary Daly 21,29, Rita Daly 21.37, Bernie Daly 21.37, Ger Keyes 22.14, Ryan O’Connor 22.20, Una Mullen 22.21, Ciara Malone 22.23, Mags Grennan 22.40, Jim Langan 22.54, Martina Conlon 23.23, Ray Murray 23.57, Ellen Hogan 25.02, Charles Malone 25.12, Caroline Bryant 25.23, Mary Casey 25.31, Sharon Daly 25.59, Angela Martin 26.10, Dorothy Heffernan 26.22, Frances Neville 27.54, jim Dolan 28.28, Miriam Brady 29.47, Martina Flynn 29.48.
League Round 2
On Thursday, March 8 the 3k event was held on the tarmac track. Due to the large numbers – 66 athletes, two separate 3000m races were held.
Again the weather was favourable for good race times and two highly competitive races made for exciting finishes.
Here again Catch Grennan had the fastest time (9.24), with Dave Fox in 2nd position (9.43). In 3rd place was a most impressive run by Jason Donegan (9.50) showing his dedication to training is paying off.
Indeed the performances by the other juveniles who competed - Harry Flynn, Kevin Bracken, Sean Donegan, Nicole Cuskelly, Glen Cunningham and Sinead Rigney must be commended.
1st lady on the night was Pauline Curley (10.02), Nicole Cuskelly in 2nd place (11.07) and Michelle Mullaney 3rd (11.12).
Overall results; Catch Grennan 9.24, Dave Fox 9.43, Jason Donegan 9.50, Ronan Duffy 9.55, Pauline Curley 10.02, Jody O’Reilly 10.08, Brendan Abbott 10.14, Ger Lynam 10.20, John Donegan 1.23, Ray Martin 10.32, Ian O’Kelly 10.35, John O’Connell 10.35, Philip Serviss 10.38, Johnny Feery 10.40, Dave Gorry 10.47, Harry Flynn 10.50, Kevin Bracken 10.56, Sean Donegan 10.57, Fra Mollen 10.59, Nicole Cuskelly 11.07, Martin McManus 11.09, Pat Conlon 11.10, Nick Devery 11.10, Liam Dunne 11.11, Michelle Mullaney 11.12, Padraic Sweeney 11.16, John Monaghan 11.18, Maurice Fitzgerald 11.19, Mary Bracken 11.21, Sinead Rigney 11.30, Glen Cunningham 11.33, Marcus Brady 11.38, Darren O’Connor 11.39, Dean Claffey 11.39, Shane Dunne 11.48, Dermot Herlihy 11.52, Deirdre Lambe 11.52, David Monaghan 11.55, Ivan Dunne 11.56, Archie McCormack 11.58, Evelyn Herlihy 12.01, Ryan O’connor 12.13, Andy O’Grady 12.15, Matt Corcoran 12.22, Ger Keyes 12.29, Una Mullen 12.35, Mary Daly 12.36, Rita Daly 12.39, Decan Lambe 12.55, Mags Grennan 13.16, Brendan Kennedy 13.17, Ray Murray 13.19, Martina Conlon 13.23, Jim Langan 13.33, Charles Malone 13.36, Mary Casey 14.03, Charlotte Abbott 14.20 ,Dorothy Heffernan 14.43, Sharon Daly 14.47, Angela Martin 15.12, Veronica Casey 15.31, Frances Neville 16.08, Jim Dolan 16.16, Martina Flynn 16.22, Miriam Brady 17.29, Ailish Crimmins 18.29.
Tullamore Harriers annual general meeting was held on Monday, March 6 in The Court Hotel. Congratulations to John Cronin who was re-elected as Club Chairman and for new and returning officers.
Bohermeen Half Marathon
Pauline Curley was a clear winner in the Bohermeen Half Marathon on March 4. She was 1st lady and 20th overall in a time of 1.18.58.
On Saturday, March 3 a 4mile cross country race was held on grounds of Maynooth College. Declan Fahey was 10th overall in a time of 22.21.
John Todd was 63rd and 1st 0/60 in a time of 25.47.
On Saturday, March 10 the venue was ALSAA, and John Todd again won his age group in the 5mile race in a time of 32.49 Maire-Triona Keane, who has recently resumed racing after a long break due to injury, was 2nd lady in the 2 mile race in a time of 13.08.
Brady 10th in Universities CC
The Irish Universities Cross Country Championships were held over a very tough hilly course in Waterford on Saturday last and a big field of 118 athletes completed the course. Liam Brady (Dublin Institute of Technology) started conservatively and picked off athletes throughout the race to finish very a very creditable 10th place behind the winner, John Coghlan (DCU).
He completed the tough 5 mile course in 29:35 minutes, just 35 second behind the bronze medallist Michael Mulhare (UL). Brady finished 100m ahead of the recently crowned National Intermediate Cross Country champion, Jayme Rossiter.
Bundoran 10 mile Challenge
TWO Tullamore Harriers members Mike Murphy and Ronan Duffy wore the blue and white in far away Bundoran on Saturday, March 10. Mike was 11th finisher in a time of 58.50 and Ronan was 49th place in a time of 1.03.50.
Tuesday, March 13 at 6.40pm, Spring League, 1mile race. Saturday, March 17 Portlaoise 5k. Sunday, March 18 at 10am, McNamara 5 mile race Sunday,