Tullamore Harriers Report 19th March 2018

All Ireland success for juvenile athletes

The All Ireland Indoor Juvenile Athletics Championships took place in Athlone IT on Sunday March 25th. Tullamore Harriers Athletics Club was well represented by young athletes who put in some excellent performances on the day.
Emanuel Ilori and Aaron Keane got the day off to a great start in the Boys U18 200 metres sprints. Both athletes were drawn in lane one in their heats and both put in very good performances to finish second in their heats to make through to the finals. In the finals, Emanuel ran a time of 23.81 seconds to finish 6th while Aaron put in a time of 22.67 seconds to set a new pb and finish 3rd overall to win a bronze medal.
In the Boys U14 60 metres hurdles, Evan Farrelly took to the blocks and ran a great heat in a time of 9.40 seconds to finish first and make it through to the final. In the final Evan raced out of the blocks and put in an excellent performance by finishing first to win the gold medal. Evan also set a new pb with a time of 9.23 seconds.
Katelyn Farrelly got her day off to a good start winning her heat in the Girls U16 60 metres hurdles in a time of 9.33 seconds to make it through to the finals. In the finals, against very tough opposition, Katelyn put in a great performance in a time of 9.19 seconds setting a new pb and winning the bronze medal.
In the Boys U13 long jump, Cillian Bourke put in a great performance in the first three jumps to make it into the top eight. Cillian jumped a distance of 4.32 metres to finish fifth overall. Well done Cillian.
Ava O’Connor finished off her indoor season with her first All Ireland gold medal after a commanding performance in the Girls U16 800m. Ava and her training partner Sian Corrigan had eased through the heats on Sunday morning and in the final both led the race out. Ava set a fast pace with the first lap going through in 33 seconds and she kept the pressure on in the second lap with a 34 second lap. She now had a small lead over the chasing pack. Over the last two laps she stretched her lead further and came home three seconds ahead of the Tipperary and Dublin athletes in second and third. Her winning time of 2:18.2 is a new PB. Sian should be proud of getting into the top eight in Ireland at these her first All Irelands.
Luke Duffy was the first Tullamore athlete out in the 800m races. He’d had a rugby match on Saturday and so was a bit tired and bruised. Still he put himself in good tactical positions in the Boys U14 race and only narrowly missed out on making the final. This is good experience for a very promising young talent. Philip King was also competing in his first All Ireland Indoors 800m. Again he was in a tough heat but ran a good race and will have learned a lot from the experience.
It was a great performance on the day by the young athletes at the indoor national athletics meeting, setting new pbs and claiming silverware. Well done and congratulation to you all.

European Masters Athletics Indoor Championships

Congrats to Georgina Tuohey, silver team medalist in the European Masters Athletics Indoor Championships, held in Madrid, Spain. Georgina was 4th in the 5k Road Walk race and despite having painful shin sprints posted 29:02. Huge achievement Georgina, well done.

Offaly Road Race 5k Series Race 2 Ferbane AC

58 Members of Tullamore Harriers travel to Ferbane on Sunday March 25th for the Hugo Smith 5k Memorial ran by Ferbane AC in conjunction with the 2nd Round of the OFFALY ROAD SERIES. The weather was super for this race and a well marshalled and great course made for a great morning’s running by all. Paul Mitchell won the men’s race with Pauline Curley finishing second in the women’s race for Tullamore Harriers. Well done Ferbane AC and all involved for a fantastic race and great food after. Full results of Tullamore Harriers participants as follows:
Paul Mitchell 1st 16:08.70, Jason Donegan 5th 16:57.03, Matthew Molloy 7th 17:03.63 1st Junior, David Fox 14th 17:47.12, Pauline Curley 18th 17:59.40, 2nd Lady, Johnny Feery 21st 18:30.37, 1st O60, Cian Martin 22nd 18:30.70, Lesley Buckley 26th 18:36.14, Harry Flynn 29th 18:43.83, Connor Butler 30th 18:55.62, Ethan Dunican 33rd 19 :18.64, Rory Farrell 34rd 19:18.64, Alan Heffernan 40th 19:49.09, Nita McLoughlin 42nd 19:56.32, Finian McDermott 47th 20:10.19, Dympna Fox 50th 20:28.16, 1st O45, Aidan Egan 60th 20:44.68, Sean Reynolds 62nd 20:52.31, Adrian Martin 63rd 21:03.37, Ray Martin 66th 21:15.91, Rita Daly 73rd 21:39.96, 1st O50, Leonard Owens 77th 21:39.25, Gary Dwyer 84th 22:10.92, John Connolly 85th 22:17.21, Mary Daly 89th 22:24.86, Lavinia Leahy 91st 22:27.55, Mary Galvin 102nd 22:51.87, 1st O60, Helena Buckley 113th 23:09.20, Ricky White 123rd 23:31.97, Andy O Grady 125th 23:38.93, Hilary Duncan 129th 23:38.86, Marie Donegan 131st 23:51.26, Ray Murray 143rd 24:05.66, John Ward 151st 24:38.83, Pat Kennedy 153rd 24:36.98, Arlene Finnerty 155th 24:43.96, Anne Daly 162nd 25:07.48, Karen Martin 166th 25:20.24, Patrica Shaw 180th 26:11.10, Jim Langan 181st 26:16.44, 1st O70, Paschal Naughton 183rd 26:10.12, Sharon Daly 188th 26:44.52, Caroline O’Brien 189th 26:39.66, Loretto Moran 205th 27:26.77, Angela Martin 206th 27:32.69, Sandra Busteed 213th 27:50.07, Eithne Moran 216th 27:52.96, Helen Reynolds 219th 28:00.77, Elma Kinahan 228th 28:36.66, Mary Fox Mann 241st 29:05.91, Helen Larkin 255th 29:42.29, Emer Rigney 275th 32:05.72, Emer Wright 279th 31:55.20, Martina Flynn 283rd 32:18.31, Catherine Dolan 309th 33:57.74, Regina McCarthy 339th 41:31:89.

Wicklow Gaolbreak Half Marathon

John O Connell ran the challenging Wicklow Gaolbreak Half Marathon on Sunday March 25th, finishing in 62nd place overall in a time of 1:38.46. Well done John.

Kilcullen 10k

Well done too to Richie Faulkiner who was 2nd in the Kilcullen 10k on Sunday March 25th. Richie posted 37:02 just 5 seconds off the winner Mick Coyle.

Dubai 5k

Congrats to Martina Conlon who was 1st lady in her age group in the Dubai 5k on St Patrick’s Day. Martina and her daughter Jane both flew the flag for Tullamore Harriers. Well done ladies.
John Cronin appointed by IAAF & European Athletics for 2018/2019 Major Championships
Congratulations to John Cronin, our outgoing Club Chairman, on being appointed as Technical Official for the forthcoming Major International Championships. John is devoted to athletics and a very proud Tullamore Harrier’s man, well deserved John.

Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon

Entries are coming in fast for the 2018 Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon….so don’t miss out. This year we anticipate closing the event much earlier so sign up now. Again this year we have the Relay Entry option so if you are not interested in the Half Marathon and would like to be part of this fantastic day….this is your opportunity. The half marathon is the Leinster Athletics Half Marathon Championship and the Offaly Half Championship race. See FAQ regarding the event at: :http://tullamoreharriers.com/about-the-race/ and entry at: https://athleticsireland.primo-events.com/ps/event/TullamoreHarriersQuinlanCupHalfMarathon2018


The club offers its condolences to the family of Bly Mildred Hutton Bury, mother of David Hutton Bury, who passed away recently. May she rest in peace.


Please note that club membership runs for the calendar year so 2018 membership is now overdue. Membership forms are available from the club house.


Thurs 29th March Tullamore Harriers Spring League Round 2
Sun 01st April Lough Boora Half Marathon & 5k
Thurs 05th April Tullamore Harriers Spring League Round 3
Sun 08th April Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 2 – Edenderry AC
Sun 15th April AAI National 10k, Phoenix Park, Dublin
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 Leslie Buckley 087-6130971 or Anna Hyland Guilfoyle 086-8248928 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 6.30pm-8pm.