Nadine Donegan and Katy O'Keefe at the IUAA Indoors
National Intermediate & Masters Cross Country
Hundreds of athletes descended on the Kilcornan Estate in Clarinbridge Co. Galway last Sunday for the National Intermediate and Masters Cross Country championships. This was the last race of the season and will surely be remembered as one of the toughest races many will have encountered as the heavy rain the previous day meant the entire course consisted of heavy mud. The going was very heavy and slow with more than a few spikes lost in the muck!
First of the senior events was the Masters Women & Mens O65 race which was run over 4000m. Dympna Fox put in a very strong performance to lead the 035 team home, followed by Nita McLouglin, Michelle Mullaney and Mag Grennan. The team finished 13 th club overall and 7 th county. The O50 team of Rita Daly, Mary Daly, Marie Donegan and Martina Conlon were 7th club and 6th county.
Next up was the Masters Men’s race and, like the master’s women, attracted a huge field of runners. Harriers again fielded both O35 and O50 teams for the 7000m race. Dave Fox was first home for Harriers finishing 68th after a gruelling run, next was Brendan Abbott who was first to score for the O50 team. With Dave opening the scoring for the O35 team with support from Tony Harpur, Liam Byrne, Glenn Finlay and Mark Harpur the team finished 17th club. The 050 team of Brendan Abbott,
Martin Carroll, Fra Mollen, Alan Heffernan, Sean Reynolds and Brendan Kennedy were 5th club.
Jim Langan was the only medallist on the day, taking first place in the o70 category - well done Jim!
Harriers were very ably represented in the Intermediate Women’s race by Sinead Rigney, Maeve Larkin and Antoinette Mahon who made her cross-country debut on Sunday. Well done to the girls who ran so well in the tough conditions.
The final race of the day was the gruelling 8000m Intermediate Men’s race. The competition was at a very high level here and the Harriers team of Paul Mitchell, Mark Donegan, Jay Donegan, Leonard Mooney, Pauric Ennis, Darren Butler and Garry Whittle battled hard to finish 7th in the club competition. Well done to all who competed so well for the club on the day.
All Ireland B Cross Country
Three young Tullamore Harriers made their way to Galway for the All Ireland B Cross Country Championships. Dearbhail Cuddy won gold in the U16 category while Philip King won silver in the U17 race. Sarah Condron had a great race too to finish 15th in the U15 race. In mucky conditions and with regular snow falls all three should be delighted with their runs.
Masters women: Dympna Fox (41 st ) 18.01; Nita McLoughlin (44 th ) 18.11; Michelle Mullaney (95 th )
20.07; Rita Daly (116 th ) 20.46; Mary Daly (122 nd ) 20.53; Marie Donegan (137 th ) 21.25; Mag Grennan
143 rd 21.40
Masters men: Dave Fox (65 th ) 30.49; Brendan Abbott (101 st ) 32.18; Tony Harpur (106 th ) 32.31; Liam
Byrne (115 th ) 32.51; Martin Carroll (125 th ) 33.18; Glenn Finlay (158 th ) 34.41; Fra Mollen (181 st ) 35.53;
Alan Heffernan (185 th ) 36.08; Sean Reynolds (212nd) 37.45; Mark Harpur (225 th ) 40.28; Brendan
Kennedy (243 rd ) 49.30.
Intermediate women: Sinead Rigney (14 th ) 25.20; Maeve Larkin (35 th ) 28.03; Antoinette Mahon (45 th )
Intermediate men: Paul Mitchell (24 th ) 34.21; Mark Donegan (41 st ) 35.54; Jay Donegan (48 th ) 36.26;
Leonard Mooney (51 st ) 36.59; Darren Butler (73 rd ) 40.09; Garry Whittle (74 th ) 40.42.
Leinster Juvenile Indoors
The juvenile members of the club were out in force at the Leinster Juvenile Indoors at AIT last weekend and there was plenty of medal success among the group. Ava O’Connor won her U16 1500m race in 4.51.20 with Sarah Condron 8 th in 5.25.20 and Cara Martin 11 th in 5.36.94. In the U17 1500m Dearbhail Cuddy took the bronze in 5.18.91. Danielle Donegan ran the same event in her U18 age group 5.02.81.
PICTURED: Aaron Mangan and Mark Milner at the NIA Championships
Katelyn Farrelly was 4th in her U16 60m sprint in a time of 8.05 and Shauna Slattery was 7 th U15 in 8.53.
James Dunne won his U18 400m race in 52.46 while Conor Dunne was 3th U17 in 59.26. In the 1500m races, Cian Murphy was 14 th U16 in 4.58.43 with David Owens 16 th in 5.46.10. Philip King won a bronze medal for his 4.27.55 turn in the U18 1500m with Cian Martin running 5.01.12 to finish 12 th. In the 60m sprints, Daniel Dowling won his U16 race in 7.53, Emmanual Ilori was 2 nd U18 in 7.35, Luke Bourke was 4 th U15 in 8.00, Evan Farrelly was second U41 in 7.93 and Cian Bourke was 7 th U13 in 8.7. There was also a bronze medal for Luke Bourke in the U15 Long Jump where he
jumped 4.79m. Well done to all who took part and congratulations to the medal winners.
IUAA Indoor Track Championships
Katy O’Keefe medalled in the 800m at the IUAA Indoor Track meet at the weekend in a time of 2.18. Eileen Rafter also made the final of that event but finished outside the medals. Nadine Donegan was also in action running the 1500 where she finished 5th.
Mark Milner ran a seaons best of 1.53.19 for the 800m at the new NIA meet series at the National Indoor Arena recently. Aaron Mangan was posted a pb of 1.55.23 in the same event. Well done lads.
Please note that club membership runs for the calendar year so 2018 membership is now overdue!
Membership forms are available from the club house.
Sat 17 th & Sun 18 th National Senior Indoors, National Arena Abbottstown
Sat 24 th Leinster Junior, Senior & Masters Indoors
Sun 25 th Leinster Juvenile Indoors, AIT
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 Adrian Martin 086-8727311 or Mary Daly 086-1906747 or any club member. Full details regarding Juvenile training on Tullamoreharriers.com.
Access to Harriers Facilities
Please note that use of the club’s facilities, including the tarmac track, is restricted to members of the club. Walkers are not permitted on the track during training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm-8pm.