THE Leinster Senior road championships were held in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow last Sunday and proved to be a very successful day for Tullamore Harriers as the women’s team captured gold in both the club and county competitions. The men’s team also did the club proud when winning the club category and helping Offaly to second place in the county grade.
Liz Cuskelly had a great victory in the women’s 10k race which was run over a tough hilly course and was closely followed by Michelle Mullaney in 4th place. Mary Daly, Evelyn Herlihy and Ailish McDonald all ran well and played their part in securing the team honours.
The men also ran over the 10k distance, with team members Dave Fox, Eddie Garry, Ger Lynam, Brendan Abbott, Ray Martin and John O’Connell giving their all on the day and been rewarded with team success.
Portarlington 10k: The Portarlington 10K road race was held last Sunday and like last year drew a big crowd of 280 runners. The rain came down during the race but failed to dampen the spirits of those competing.
The Harriers turned out in big numbers to compete and first home from the club was John Donegan in 7th place in a fast 35.30. Pat Conlon ran strongly to finish in 17th place overall in 38.30 and gave Pat 2nd place in the over 50 category. Martina Conlon went one better when she won the over women’s 45 category in a time of 45.28. Sinead and Sean Rigney also did a family double, both winning their respective Junior categories with Sean clocking 42.07 and Sinead 44.05.
Harriers results: 7 John Donegan 35.30 ; 15 Pat Conlon 38.30 ; 17 Anthony McCormack 38.38 ; 18 Conor Mooney 38.59 ; 19 Vinny Conlon 39.16 ; 35 Fra Mollen 40.44 ; 38 Liam Byrne 40.57 ; 42 Sean Rigney 42.07 ; 47 Maurice Fitzgerald 42.42 ; 50 John Monaghan 43.13 ; 57 Mark Brady 43.55; 59 Sinead Rigney 44.05 ; 62 Dean Claffey 44.24 ; 68 Andy O’Grady 45.01 ; 71 Martina Conlon 45.28; 76 Bernie Daly 45.49 ; 84 David Monaghan 46.56 ; 89 Tony McCormack 48.08; 100 Ivan Dunne 49.51 ; 137 Angela Martin 55.35; 144 Sharon Daly 56.07 ; 145 Mary Casey 56.23 ; 194 Ellen Hogan 1.02.46; 203 Miriam Brady 1.03.56.
Berlin Marathon: On a day when Kenyan Patrick Makau set a world record of 2.03.38 for the marathon in Berlin, club member John Phelan set a massive new personal best for the distance in the same race with a great run to come home in a time of 3.30.29.
Offaly Cross Country Championships: The cross country season kicks off next Sunday, October 2 with the staging of the Offaly Novice and Masters Championships which will be run over a distance of 6000 metres. The Offaly County board are hoping for a big turnout of athletes from all parts of the county for these championships which take place at 10.00 am sharp in Charleville Estate, Tullamore.
Sympathy: Tullamore Harriers extend deepest sympathy to Johnny and Jimmy Feery, and the Feery family, on the recent death of their mother Sarah (Sadie) Feery, Locklose, Killeigh.
Fixtures: October 2 - Offaly Novice and Masters Cross Country Championships in Charleville, Tullamore at 10am. October 13 - Paddy Larkin Memorial 3000 metres at 7pm. October 30 - Leinster Novice and Masters Cross Country Championship, Belvedere, Mullingar.
Training: Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm, Sunday morning at 8.30am Except on a race day. New members always welcome.
With the dark evenings now here it is important to be seen on the roads so reflective gear must be worn training on the roads.