Harriers Juveniles Perform Well In Glasglow
For the fifth year in a row a group of Tullamore Harriers Juveniles made their way to Scotland in order to start their Indoor track season. Overall it was a great weekend with the kids enjoying the shopping, cinema, museums and of course the running. First up were the 800m races at 10am with James Dunne in the first race. James was out hard and was in second place all the way until the finishing straight when he took the lead and sprinted clear. His time of 1.55:5 is a new PB bettering his 2018 best by .3 of a second. In the second race, Ronan Hyland and Philip King also got PB's with Ronan running 2.01, three seconds faster than his PB from last year, and Philip showing great speed to run 2.05. Next out was Ruby Stueven who showed her class with a comfortable 2.28. Two other girls who ran solidly were Sian Corrigan and Aisling Cotter who ran 2.36 and 2.39 respectively. David Owens also ran well in his heat and was sprinting all the way to the line to run 2.39. Aisling Cotter flew the flag in the field events and her leap of 4.59m a huge PB for a talented young lady! Ava O'Connor competed in a 300m for the first time on Saturday too. Her run of 43.6 a good performance for a novice at the event. When the 1500m races started there was a big number of Harriers youths toeing the line. James Dunne and Aaron Mangan were in the first heat and ran well, posting times of 4.07 and 4.08. James was great to bounce back from his earlier 800m, while Aaron was suffering with a throat infection. Christopher Whittle also competed well in his heat and ran a creditable 4.26. In the heat that followed, Luke Duffy showed confidence by running most of the race on his own and holding on for a very good 4.46. Ava O'Connor was back on the track less than an hour after her 300m and still ran a solid 4.48. Cian Law also competed over this distance, and his 4.46 a great run considering a recent injury. Ruby Stueven ran an evenly paced race to finish in 5.08 for 1500m. Her run all the more notable considering her earlier 800m. Lydia Buckley and Dearbhail Cuddy ran 5.22 and 5.23 in a distance the girls dont usually try. They are both dedicated trainers and will success in the months ahead! Well done to all on great performances.
Leinster Master & Intermediate Cross Country
The Leinster Master and Intermediate Cross Country Championships were held in Gowran, Co Kilkenny on Sunday last, 13th January. The competition got off to a great start with dry but windy weather and good underfoot conditions. Hosted by Gowran AC, the event was very well organised. The county teams had representation in all the men’s races with athletes from: Tullamore Harriers, Ferbane AC, Birr AC, Naomh Mhuire AC, Edenderry AC and Clara Ac. This is a great improvement on previous years and hopefully more athletes from the county clubs will support their team in the National Championships in Dundalk on the 3rd of February. The stand out performance of the day was by Nadine Donegan who was 2nd place overall in the Intermediate Ladies race. Over 4000m Nadine ran a steady race holding 3rd position for the first 2k. With 600m to go she made a burst and passed 2nd placed Linda Conroy (Mullingar AC). She dug deep and continued her sprint making ground all the way. She closed in on eventual winner Lisa Madden (Sportsworld AC) and finished a mere second behind. Nadine was well backed up by her team of Nita McLoughlin, Tara McKinney, Dympna Fox, Catriona Meehan, Mags Grennan and Helena Buckley taking 5th club and 4th county placing. The other ladies running yesterday were the Ladies Masters which was also run over 4000m. Here too we had glory! The O50 team of Rita Daly, Mary Daly, Martina Conlon, Mary Galvin and Marie Donegan took Silver Club medals and Mary Galvin also was 1st individual in her age group. The Master Men covered a distance of 6000m and had the largest field with 150 athletes. Both the Master O35’s and Master O50’s raced together. The O35 club team of Tony Harpur (62nd), Conor Mooney (63rd), Darren Butler (78th), Peter Bennett (104th), Leslie Buckley (105th), Alan Mitchell (121st), Aidan Egan (122nd) and Mark Harpur (126th) was 10th club overall. The county team was led by Ferbane’s Paul Buckley who had a super race finishing 9th overall. The other athletes joining the Tullamore lads on the county team were Ger Cleary (Naomh Mhuire), Michael Dardis (Birr AC), and Jack Mulvey (Birr AC) helping to take 7th team placing. The 050 club team of Eanna Gowran (13th), Brendan Abbott (16th), Liam Byrne (25th), Fra Mollen (37th) and Sean Reynolds (49th) was 5th club finisher and they were joined on the Offaly team by Nicky Dunne (Birr AC), Andy Masterson (Birr AC) and Pat Melsop (Birr AC) taking 5th county placing. Jim Langan was 1st O75. The final race of the championships was the Intermediate Men’s race. The men had 8000m to cover and provided the spectators with a hugely exciting race. Congratulations to the Tullamore Men who took the gold club medals and, with the help of 3rd man home Mick Fogarty from Ferbane AC, and the other county athletes Joe Dempsey (Birr AC) and Kevin Looby (Clara AC), Offaly took silver team medals also. Mathew Molloy finished a fine 7th place with new club member Paul Reape an impressive 9th. The lads bunched well and worked their way through the field on each lap. Mark Donegan (16th), David Fox (20th) Leonard Mooney (21st), Jay Donegan (25th), and Conor Butler (32nd). Well done to all the athletes who lined out, some having their first cross country race and others representing their club and county for the first time. Each and everyone counted in Gowran – team work at it’s best. Well done to all.