Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships Abbottstown, Dublin
Tullamore Harriers was well represented at the Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships at Abbottstown at the weekend. The young athletes put in great performances in the individual track and field events and the relays.
Tullamore Harriers had a total of eight relay teams (u12s to u18s) participating in the Leinster Championships.
In the boys U17 4×200 metres Luke Bourke, Evan Farrelly, Evan Cunningham, Philip Dunne, Luke Duffy and Jack Saunders put on a fine performance taking their heat in a time of 1 minute 41.01 seconds to get through to the final. In the final Tullamore were leading into the third leg. Following some interference from the opponents at the changeover Tullamore lost some ground. Philip and Luke ran flat out over the last two legs to finish in a time of 1 minute 40.86 seconds to finish third and take the bronze medal and progress to the All Irelands.
In the Girls U18 4×200 metres Katelyn Farrelly, Shauna Slattery, Kate Cunningham and Lydia Buckley lined up for a straight final. Katelyn got off to a great start building up a good lead and handing the baton over to Shauna. Tullamore Harriers continued to lead with Kate running a fine leg passing the baton to Lydia. In the last hundred metres Lydia came under pressure from the opponents but kept her cool and crossed the line in first place to take the gold. Well done girls.
In the girls U12 4×200 metres Maebh Coll, Emma Mooney, Lily Grennan and Aimee McGreel ran a great heat in a time of 2 minutes 7.99 seconds to win their heat and qualify for the final.
In the final Maebh go off to a great start taking the lead and passing the baton onto Emma. She stormed ahead and continued with a good changeover to Lily. In the third leg Lily ran a fine 200 metres against tough opposition passing the baton to Lucy who crossed the finish line in a time of 2 minutes 6.65 seconds to take the silver medal. Well done girls.
There were good performances by the girls u12s, u13s and u 14s all putting in good performances on the day.
In the individual field events Jack Saunders represented the club in the boys u17 (5kg) shot putt. Jack was performing well and was in 4th place with one throw left. Jack gave it his all and threw a distance of 10.64 metres to move into second place and take the silver medal. Well done Jack.
It was a great performance by all the young athletes on the day in Abbottstown. Congratulations to all who took part and to the parents who travelled and supported the club.
Farrelly Continues Her Season Form In Leinster Juniors
Katelyn Farrelly continued her progressive season form on Saturday with a Leinster Junior title and a silver medal. Katelyn started her morning in the 60m sprint winning her heat in 7:90 and lined herself up in a great lane for the final beside the best of the day. Katelyn constantly working on the different aspects of her sprint race was lighting quick from her blocks to get ahead of the pack and held the lead close to the finish line where she was piped on the line by her old foe Aishling Kelly. Only 400 of a second separated both ladies but Katelyns time of 7:80, a PB, is a huge step forward towards the national finals in 5 weeks time. Some 2 hours later Katelyn was competing again in the longjump where she was very consistent in each of her six jumps and increased her distance on each jump to defended her title with a best of 547 to take the gold. The following day Katelyn competed with her teammates in the U18G, 4 x 200 relay and also defended there title taking gold with 1:48:99. Well done Katelyn on a super weekends competition and keep up the super work.
Mooney Wins Gold at Leinster Championships
Laura Mooney won her first Leinster gold in fine style on Saturday in the Junior 3000m. With 1000m to go Laura was in the front and pushing the pace out. She fought all the way to the line and as well as winning the title Laura also ran a great new PB of 10.22. Laura was closely followed by Danielle Donegan who ran 10.28 and won a brilliant bronze medal. This was Danielle’s first and only indoor race of 2020 and she too ran a new PB for the distance. Emily Grennan competed in the Senior 3000m and her grit payed off as she won a bronze medal.
Earlier in the 800m Ronan Hyland produced a quality run to take silver in the Junior race. He ran 1.59 and was closing on the winner all through the last lap but just ran out of track. Philip King should be aggrieved at having had to start in the second heat. He won it comfortably in 2.04 but this meant he was fifth overall as the championship was decided on time. In the Senior 800m Ethan Dunican has a good performance to run 2.09.
Earlier still Matthew Molloy ran in the 1500m and despite a tactical race he ran 4.14 not far off his own PB.
Another great run by Pauric Ennis in the Adare 10k hosted by West Limerick A.C. This popular race sold out in just 4 days and today just over 700 crossed the line. Pauric posted a super time of 33.50 and finished in 9th place overall.
Sun 01st March Sean Lowry 5k – Birr AC
Sun 15th March Offaly 5k Road Race Series Round 1 – Tullamore Harriers AC
Sun 22nd March Offaly 5k Road Race Series Round 2 – Naomh Ciaran AC, Castlejordan
Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon
The 2020 Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon is now open for registration. As always, it is on the last Saturday in August – so next year it will be the 29th of August. Don’t make the mistake like so many last year who (despite our warning!) didn’t get in before sell out. Register here: https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/TullamoreHarriersHalfMarathon2020
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Club Membership 2020/Access to Facilities
Thank you to all who have renewed their annual membership, to new members and parents who have submitted all details required for club membership with Tullamore Harriers. Just a reminder that any person using the club facilities must be a paid up member. The fee covers club membership and registration with Athletics Ireland which is necessary in order to take part in club training and competition. You cannot compete for Tullamore Harriers without current membership. Membership is from January 1st to December 31st. Membership forms can be found in the club house and on our website http://tullamoreharriers.com/join. Please note: ASSOCIATE MEMBERS are only entitled to WALK on the tarmac track and must not use the track after 5.30pm on weekdays or on days of competition. Any enquiries to Club Registrar, coach or any committee member.