Tullamore Harriers Report 15th July 2019

National Juvenile Track & Field Championships Days 2 & 3


The Irish Juvenile Track & Field season came to an end on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 13th/14th July with the last two days of the National Championships, hosted again by Tullamore Harriers. The Club had five athletes competing in the distance races, in 1500m and 3000m age group competitions. Ava O’Connor mirrored her success in the All Ireland Junior 1500m the previous week by winning the U17 Girls 1500m comfortably. Her victory secured selection to represent Ireland at the Nations Cup in August. Ronan Hyland won his first All Ireland medal the previous week when he won bronze in the National Junior 1500m. In the National Juveniles, he doubled his All Ireland medal collection when he again won bronze in a tactical race that was very slow in the early stages. Earlier on, Sinead Walsh finished just outside the medals with a time of 4.55 in the Girls U14 1500m. This was a very fast run for a young athlete. Ruby Stueven also competed well in her 1500M and has made herself a regular feature at the front in national competitions both on the track and in cross country this year. Michael Murphy competed over 3000m and his run of 9.426 was a solid mark for a talented young runner.

In the sprints and field events, Aaron Keane was our first athlete on the podium when he took the silver medal in the U19 Boys 100m, in a time of 11:22. Aaron held second place after the first 10m and into a nice head wind but just ran out of track in order to catch the winner as he was steadily making ground all the way through the race. Katelyn Farrelly ran a comfortable heat time of 12:65 in the U17 Girls 100m to take second and then bettered her time in a closely contested final with 12:60 to take the bronze medal.  Grainne Lalor, Luke Burke and Daniel Dowling also competed in the 100m sprints in their respective age groups but all narrowly missed out on qualifying for the finals. We also had four athletes competing in the Long Jump. Aishling Cotter, in the U14 Girls, finished 9th with a best jump of 454cm, 27cm off her best but her first experience of national finals and no doubt Aishling will use the learning for future competitions. In the U17 Boys, Michael Dowling finished in 4th place with a pb of 581cm and just 7cm from the bronze medal. Diarmuid Finneran, not to far behind, finished in 6th place with a pb of 573cm, and the last jumper of the day was Cillian Burke who’s best of 479cm placed him 11th overall. Well done to all four jumpers, keep up the great work and the dividends will pay off. Also well done to Cannis Whearty, training partner with the Track & Field group who took the silver medal in the 400m with a time of 51:30. The next day, Day 3 of the Championships, six athletes competed in the respective events in the sprints and field events. Aaron Keane continued his great form from Day 2 taking the national silver in the Boys U19 200m. Aaron was ahead of the field with 60m to go but was unable to hold pole position. It was a roller coaster season for Aaron dealing with injuries twice in the one season so the positive finish to his 2019 season will carry into his winter training for 2020. In the U17 Girls Long Jump, Katelyn Farrelly took the silver medal with a best of 538cm. Four of her six jumps were top quality but her landing technique was not her usual which shortened most of her jumps by 20-30cm. It was a long but a positively progressive season for this young lady and all learned will be banked for coming seasons. Luke Burke easily qualified for the final in the U16 Boys 200m which was going to be a roaster. In the final Luke held his own up to 140m and fought hard to the finish line to place 5th with a pb of 23:77 in a closely contested final. Grainne Lalor, Michael and Daniel Dowling all ran solid heats in their 200m but all narrowly missed out in making the finals. 

The season is over for most of our athletes and all the coaches would like to thank all our athletes for their valued efforts throughout the season and congratulate them all on the achievements, thanks also to all the parents for their super support.

Mark Milner Selected for Irish European Junior Championships Team 


The Irish team selected for the European Junior Championships was announced on Saturday 06th July. It was great to see Mark Milner’s name on the list. Mark will compete in the 800m in Boras, Sweden with the championships taking place from 18th – 21st July at the Ryavallen Stadium. Well done Mark, best of luck.


Harriers in Action at Drogheda IMC 


Three of Tullamore Harriers’ Juniors and one of the Club’s Seniors travelled to Drogheda on Saturday 13th July to participate in the Irish Milers Club organised Track meet. Over the 3000m distance, James Dunne improved his PB by over twenty seconds with a run of 8m 41, while Kacper Kapturkiewicz ran 9m 47 as he continued his return from injury. Aaron Mangan led for a period in the 800m which had an exciting field but ended up as a tactical race. In the end, his front running paid off as he ran a new PB of 1.53:3.  Darragh McNamara was also in action in the 400m running 51 seconds against tough competition.


Senior & Masters Offaly Track & Field Championships 2019

Well done to all athletes from Tullamore Harriers who competed in the 2019 Offaly Senior and Masters Track and Field Championships, held on Thursday 11th July. Congratulations to the Club’s prize winners, who will receive their medals at the Offaly Athletics Awards in November. Well done to all, and thanks to all who helped run the successful event.

Tullamore Harriers’ Prize Winners as follows:


O35 100m Sprint: 3. Verona Smyth; O50 100m Sprint: 1. Josie Lalor, 2. Una Mullen; O35 200m Sprint: 1. Nita McLoughlin; O50 200m Sprint: 1. Josie Lalor, 2. Una Mullen; O70 200m Sprint: 1. Mary Walsh; O35 800m: 1. Tara McKinney, 3. Tracey Kinnarney; O40 800m: 2. Lynn Mooney, 3. Michelle Mullaney; O50 800m: 1. Pauline Curley, 2. Rita Daly; O60 800m: 1. Mary Galvin; O35 Mile: 1. Nita McLoughlin, 2. Tara McKinney, 3. Tracey Kinnarney; O45 Mile: 1. Mags Grennan; O50 Mile: 1. Pauline Curley, 2. Martina Conlon; O35 3000m: 1. Nita McLoughlin, 2. Tara McKinney; O40 3000m: 2. Lynn Mooney, 3. Michelle Mullaney; O45 3000m: 1. Mags Grennan; O50 3000m: 1. Pauline Curley, 2. Rita Daly; O60 3000m: 1. Mary Galvin; O35 Shot Putt: 3. Verona Symth; O45 Shot Putt: 2. Sandra Busteed; O45 Javelin: 3. Anna Hyland Guilfoyle; O50 Javelin: 2. Josie Lalor; O35 Long Jump: 1. Verona Smyth.


O40 100m Sprint: 2. Declan Meehan, 3. Conor McGrath; O50 100m Sprint: 2. Aiden Egan; O40 200m Sprint: 2. Nick McGowan, 3. Mark Evans; O50 200m Sprint: 2. Aidan Egan; Senior 800m: 1. Conor Butler, 2. Matthew Molloy; O35 800m: 1. Shane Oregan; O40 800m: 1. Pauric Berry; 3. Declan Meehan; O45 800m: 1. Glen Finlay; O50 800m: 1. Liam Byrne, 2. Dave Dunican; O70 800m: 1. Jim Langan; Senior Mile: 1. Conor Butler; O35 Mile: 1. Darren Butler; O40 Mile: 1. Pauric Berry; O45 Mile: 3. Gerry Dunican; O50 Mile: 1. Eanna Gowran, 2. Dave Duncian; O60 Mile: 1. Andy O’Grady; Senior 3000m: 1. Matthew Molloy; O45 3000m: 1. Glen Finlay, 3. Alan Mitchell; O50 3000m: 2. Eanna Gowran; O70 3000m: 1. Jim Langan;

O40 Shot Putt: 2. Conor McGrath; O50 Shot Putt: 1. Adrian Brennan; O60 Shot Putt: 1. Jim Dolan; O35 Javelin: 1. Darren Butler, 2. Jason McDermott; O50 Javelin: 1. Eanna Gowran, 2. Adrian Brennan; O60 Javelin: 1. Jim Dolan; O35 Long Jump: 2. Jason McDermott; O45 Long Jump: 2. Glen Finlay; O35 Hammer Throw: 1. Jason McDermott; O50 Hammer Throw: 1. Adrian Brennan; O60 Hammer Throw: 1. Jim Dolan.
Relay Medley

  1. Darren Butler, Conor Butler, Verona Mooney & Chloe Harte; 3. Cara Todd, Mark Donegan, Ethan Dunican & Mary Galvin.

National 10 Mile Road Race Championships

Well done to Pauric Ennis who was 12th Senior Male in the National 10-mile Road Race Championships held in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Saturday 13th July. In a highly competitive race, Pauric posted 55.53 for the 10 miles.

Edenderry GAA 5K Race/Fun Run

Richie Faulkiner and Sinead Rigney were 1st Man and Woman in the Edenderry GAA 5k fun run held on Sunday 14th July. Richie posted 17.14 and Sinead also had a great run with 19.19. Well done to both.

Tullamore Half Marathon 2019

It’s getting very near! Only 6 weeks to the 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. This year we have the brand new Ladies Team Trophy so get your team together. The Men’s Team trophy is also up for grabs. Every year we get huge positive feedback from participants and spectators alike who praise the friendly atmosphere and quality of the Tullamore 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://tullamore.com/about-the-race/


Sun       21st July   Offaly Novice & Master Championships Race 3 – Edenderry 10 M    Edenderry AC

Fri           02nd Aug   Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2019 Race 8                                               Birr AC

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 tullamore.com.

Club Registration

Please note that membership for 2019 is now overdue. Forms are available in the clubhouse or from Tullamore website, http://tullamore.com/join

Access to Facilities

Please note that use of the club’s facilities, including the tarmac track, is restricted to members of the club.