Tullamore Harriers Report 11th March 2019
IUAA Irish Universities Cross Country
A small number of Tullamore Harriers athletes made their way to Galway for the IUAA Irish Universities Cross Country hosted by NUIG on Saturday 02nd March. Claire Rafter representing Trinity College Dublin had a solid run finishing 23rd, while Katherine O’Keefe performed well to finish in 32nd. In the Men’s race Matthew Molloy had a breakthrough. Last year he finished 66th in this event. However, in Galway Matthew had a very good run to finish in 35th, a big step forward for the young runner. Well done to all three athletes.
National Masters Track & Field
Congratulations to Mary Walsh and Jim Langan who took All Ireland Athletic medals in the National Track & Field in Athlone IT on Sunday 10th March. Well done to Finian McDermott who also performed well for the club. Results: Mary Walsh (O70) Gold 200m 41.17; Jim Langan (O75) Gold 1500m 7.46.65; Jim Langan (O75) Gold 3000m 14.00; Finian McDermott (O55) 5th 1500m 5.35.04; Finian McDermott (O55) 7th 3000m 11.30.59.
Bohermeen Athletic Club Half Marathon
The Meath Spring Half Marathon certainly did not live up to its seasonal title on Sunday last 10th March. Hail, gales and icy temperatures greeted the 1300 athletes who gathered in the village of Bohermeen for the two lap half marathon course. Eight Tullamore Harriers picked up their well-earned medals and posted good times despite the conditions. First for the club was Lesley Cornally with a great run of 1.34.52, with Ivan Dunne next in 1:38:52. Rita Daly lead our ladies with another great run posting 1:39:34. Mary Daly and Lar Tierney followed with 1:43:17 and 1:43:52 respectively. Next was Paul Hensey (1:46:50), Denis Flynn (1:48:53) and Amanda Owens who posted a PB with a fine run 1:49:04.
Well done all.
The blue and white of Tullamore Harriers was on view in warmer climates too this on the same day, Sunday 10th March. Some of our crew took to the Spanish sunshine to run the Barcelona Marathon. Ger Lynam, Mark Harpur, Tony Harpur and Michelle Mullaney along with another Harpur brother Paul and Damien Minnock all lined out early on Sunday morning to embark upon the 26.2 miles. First home was Tony Harpur in a super time of 3:18:51 followed by Ger Lynam in 3:30:34. Next was Mark Harpur in 3:31:33 and then Harpur no 3 – Paul who posted 4:02:58. Michelle ran her first marathon side by side with husband Damien with a finish of 4:11:30. It was a poignant occasion as it marked the 10th anniversary of the passing of Colin Dunne who died suddenly while competing the 2009 Barcelona Marathon just 5k from the finish line. Colin was a dear friend of many club members especially Damien. The annual Colin Dunne Primary Schools Track & Field event is dedicated to Colin and always attracts a huge amount of eager primary school children to the club for a fantastic competition. His parent Bernie and Tom along with his sister and friends were also in Barcelona to walk the final 5k of the marathon – the final part of the 2009 marathon that Colin didn’t get a chance to complete. To all – well done.
On Wednesday 13th March at 6.30pm the “Tullamore Harriers C25k – 5k Run” kicks off. For the past 10 weeks, on Monday and Wednesday evenings our squad have put in huge work and we know you are now ready to put it all together. Many of you could barely run a half a lap of the track at the start of your journey but with determination and effort over the weeks you are smashing many laps! We are very proud of the progress you all have made from week one and hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have. Well done to all on completing the Programme. See full report next week.
The Tullamore Harriers Book
The recently published Tullamore Harriers History Book is available to buy in: Ready2Run, Tyrrells Bakery, Dolan’s Gala Shop, Tullamore Hardware, Cards & Things, Heatwise and Centra Fingerboard for only €20 for a great read on the History of Tullamore Harriers. The book is also available to buy in Offaly History bookshop or online, https://www.offalyhistory.com/shop
Tullamore Harriers 5k – Race 1 in Offaly Road Race Series
The Tullamore Harriers Annual 5k will be run off on Sunday March 24th at 10am. On closed roads, and on a flat course, this race is definitely one for a fast time! This race is the first race of the 2019 Offaly 5k Road Race series and offers prizes in all age groups. Pre-register www.popupraces.ie/tullamore-harriers-ac-5k-road-race-2019/ or register on the day from 8.30am.
Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon 2019
Registration is now opens for the 2019 Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon. The 7th annual event will take place on Saturday 31st August 2019. Last year we sold out early and unfortunately many were disappointed they didn’t make the cut off of 1000 entries. Again this year we will cap the entries at 1000 so please register to secure your place. The relay race will go ahead again this year. The Leinster and Offaly Half Marathon Championships will be incorporated into this year’s race. Every year we get huge positive feedback from participants and spectators alike who praise the friendly atmosphere and quality of the Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon. So sign up now and be part of it. https://register.primoevents.com/…/QuinlanCupHalfMarathon20…
Full details about the race is on our website. http://tullamoreharriers.com/about-the-race/
Sun 24th March Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 1 – Tullamore Harriers AC
Sun 24th March Offaly Juvenile Mini League – Tullamore Harriers
Sat 30th March Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoors Day 1 – Athlone IT
Sun 31st March Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoors Day 2 – Athlone IT
Sun 31st March Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 2 – Naomh Ciaran AC, Castlejordan
Fri 02nd April Tullamore Harriers Spring League 3rd Leg – 1 Mile Burlington
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.
Please note that membership for 2019 is now overdue. Forms are available in the clubhouse or from Tullamore Harriers website, http://tullamoreharriers.com/join
Access to Harriers Facilities
Please note that use of the club’s facilities, including the tarmac track, is restricted to members of the club.