Last Sunday’s trip to Adamstown, Co. Wexford for the Leinster Intermediate Cross Country was a successful one for the club with both the mens and womens teams winning medals.
The new course, chosen by host club St Abbans was ideal with wide tracks and good underfoot conditions while the long, flat section on the home stretch made for quite a few sprint finishes as runners fought for positions all the way to the line.
The ladies race was run over 4000m and the team of Michelle Mullaney (6th), Mary Bracken (16th), Nita McLoughlin (19th), Jennifer Burke (27th) and Lavinia Leahy (28th) combined well to finish 3rd overall taking the bronze Club medals and were 4th in the County competition. There were good performances from each of the girls as they worked into the race, steadily picking off runners in front of them to secure positions in a race where every place counts.
In the men’s race, Catch Grennan led the Tullamore team around the 6000m course with a solid run, crossing the line in 13th place. Close behind him was Dave Fox who ran superbly to stay within three places of his team mate to finish 16th. Next home was Mick Murphy (22nd) who maintained his position well and Dave Murray produced his usual kick to sprint for the line securing 26th place and completing the scoring for the Club, who earned bronze medals as third-placed team. Ritchie Galvin (44th) and Leonard Owens (64th) made up the County team for which the men won silver medals.
Michelle Mullaney (6th) 15.58; Mary Bracken (16th ) 16.47; Nita McLoughlin (19th) 17.02; Jennifer Burke (27th) 18.04; Lavinia Leahy (28th) 18.25.
The men ran 6000m with Catch Grennan leading the Tullamore team
Catch Grennan (13th) 28.27; Dave Fox (16th) 28.38; Mick Murphy (22nd) 29.02; Dave Murray (26th) 29.18; Dave Brophy (38th) 30.23; Ritchie Galvin (44th) 30.52; Leonard Owens (64th) 35.23.
Cork to Carriagline
Keith Gorry ran the 25km (15.5miles) Great Railway Run road race from Cork to Carrigaline last Sunday in 1.43.26 finishing 7th overall in a field of 87 runners. This was a fine performance from Keith who took nearly three minutes off his previous 15-miler.
Three Tullamore Harriers athletes have been selected for the Irish team to run in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships in Cardiff on Saturday 16th November; we wish the best of luck to John Harkin, John Todd and Jim Langan.
On Wednesday 13th November the club are hosting a Table Quiz in the Tullamore Court Hotel costing €40 for a team of four. All are welcome.
Congratulations to Adrian Larkin and his wife Sandra on the birth of their son Charlie.
The club would like to express its condolences to Peadar Coughlan and his family on the death of his sister Mary Dunne. May she rest in peace.
Be Safe Be Seen
Now that the evenings are getting dark please remember to wear hi-vis clothing when running on the roads.
Wed 13th Tullamore Harriers Table Quiz, Tullamore Court Hotel
Sun 17th National Inter-County Cross Country, Santry
Sun 15th National Novice Cross Country, Waterford
Thurs 19th Harriers Grand National
Wed 25th Goal Mile
Tues 31st “Midnight” Run
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 8.30am
except on race days. New members always welcome. Please contact Adrian Martin
086-8727311 or Mary Daly 086-1906747 or any club member.