Tullamore Harriers athletes travelled in numbers to the AAI Games at the new indoor arena in Athlone on 26 January. The magnificent new arena provided our athletes with some very fast times. Larry O’Reilly won his 60m race in a new PB of 7.05 and went on to finish 2nd in his 200m race in a time of 22.91. Eoin Hannon ran a new PB of 22.41 in winning his 200m race. Dean Power ran a new PB of 7.10 in winning his 60m race and went on to win his 200m race in a new PB of 22.50. Eoin Delaney finished in 4th place in his 60m race in a time of 7.55 and then finished 5th in his 200m race in an indoor PB of 24.61. Patrick Heffernan finished 3rd in his 60m race in a time of 7.48. James Carr finished 7th in his 60m race in a time of 8.85 and 5th in his 200m race in a time of 29.55. Fearghus Hannon finished 2nd in his 60m race in a time of 7.37 and 2nd in his 200m race in a time of 23.03. Darragh McNamara finished 5th in his 400m race in a time of 53.05. Sean Donnegan finished 2nd in his 400m race in a new PB of 51.81. Dominik Merkeviciu finished 7th in the triple jump in a PB of 11.24. Eileen Rafter finished 5th in her 800m race in a time of 2.15.88.
A great opening to the season for our athletes in a wonderful venue.
OFFALY ATHLETIC AWARDS
Congratulations to club members who received awards from the Offaly County Athletics Board, last Friday night. Athletes were honoured for their performances Nationally and Internationally, in 2012. Professor Ciaran O’Cathain, President of Athletics Ireland made the presentations on the night.
Liam Brady:2012 was Liam’s first year in the Senior ranks and he made his international debut as an U-23 athlete when he came 11th in U-23 race at the Celtic International in Edinburgh last January. Liam also represented Ireland in the Senior Men’s race in the McCain International Cross Country Challenge in Bristol where he finished 17th. Last November he ran a super race to win in the Leinster Intermediate Cross Country Championships. On the track Liam won the National U-23 5,000m title in 15:05 and was second in both the Irish Universities 5,000m and the Indoor 3,000m. Liam finished his year with a fine 4th place finish in the National Novice Cross Country Championships. Liam is coached by Robert Denmead at Tullamore Harriers. DECLAN FAHEY: Declan Fahey , an ever improving middle distance runner , has been a member with Tullamore Harriers for approximately six years . Declan had a very successful 2012 , where he competed in both cross country and road race competitions scoring vital points for his club. In October he won the overall bronze medal and 1st o40, in the Leinster Masters Cross Country championships, in Rathdrum Co Wicklow.Declan was selected as a member of the Irish team to compete in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country races in Stormont, Belfast in November. This was Declans first international outing and he truely justified his selection for the Irish team by helping secure bronze medals for the over 40 team.
JOHN TODD: John who hails for Ballycommon is another long serving member of Tullamore Harriers. Although John works in the UK, his weekend trips home usually include a running competition of either cross country or road, where he repeatedly scoops the top age group prize for his unfaltering performance.Despite being out of action during the year due to injury, John recovered to compete in the Gerry Farnham Cross country Trials and thus qualified for the Irish o60 team. He too, was a delegate in the British and Irish Masters Cross county event in Stormont and John was the 3rd scorer on the team who captured silver medals for Ireland.
Im langan: Jim , a Westmeath man, has been a loyal associate of Tullamore Harriers for many years representing his club, on road, cross country and track and field. Throughout the years, Jim has been on the starting line of races countrywide but most especially in the County Kerry!. Jim was a silver medal winner in the 800m and 5000m track races in the Leinster Masters Track and Field in June 2012. Jim has been awarded the Offaly International award for his role on the Masters o65 Irish Team in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country in Stormont, Belfast. Jim had a fine race and was the 1st Irish scorer on that team.