Tullamore Harriers Report 09th December 2019
European Cross Country Championships 2019
With all eyes glued to the coverage of the European Cross Country Championships in Lisbon on Sunday 08th December, Irish eyes were certainly smiling with the performances and results that unfolded. Ireland had a truly successful day claiming 4 honours – 2 individual medals and 2 team prizes. The 2 individual bronze medals were won by Efrem Gidey in the U20 men’s race and Stephanie Cotter in the U23 women’s race. We also took 2 silver team medals – the ladies U23 and the Senior ladies. A fantastic day out where Ireland placed 4th overall out of 21 countries in the competition table – which can only have a positive impact on next year’s European Cross country championships hosted by Ireland in the Sports Ireland National Sports Campus in Abbotstown.
For Tullamore Harriers it was a most exciting day for those at home and in Lisbon itself. Danielle Donegan competed in the U20 Ladies 4k race where she finished in 77th place helping the Irish ladies take 11th team position. A super race by Danielle and at such a young age she can only build on the experience. Liam Brady, who only two weeks previously was crowned the National Senior Cross Country Champion, had a very solid run from the gun. He ran a steady 10k race on a most technical hilly course and should be very pleased with his performance. He was 4th Irish man and the Senior men were 11th team overall in the highly competitive field. Congratulations to all of the Irish squad, their clubs and coaches. A special well done to Danielle and Liam who put Tullamore Harriers on the map. You were super.
Winter League 2019
With the final round of the Winter league on Sunday 01st December, it was time to tot up the points and find the winners! Congratulations to Andy O’Grady and his team for scoring top points after the three club races. Well done to all who competed and also to our usual time keepers and marshals. Well done to the captains of the other teams – Michelle Mullaney, Martina Conlon and Sean Reynolds who put in huge effort to encourage their team members to line out for each race.
Individual Winners: Ladies: 1st Tara McKinney, 2nd Evelyn Herlihy, 3rd Elysia McCormack.
Men: 1st Leonard Mooney, 2nd Conor Butler, 3rd Catch Grennan. Andy’s Team Winners: Angela Martin, Catch Grennan, Diarmuid Herlihy, Dympna Fox, Elysia McCormack, Finian McDermott, Glen Finlay, Jack Ryan, Joanne Kelly, Jody O’Reilly, John O’Connell, Kevin Samson, Leslie Cornally, Lorcan Scally, Maeve Larkin, Mags Grennan, Mary Galvin, Matthew O Byrne, Michael Murphy, Olive Mannion, Padraig Berry, Olivia Egan.
Waterford Half Marathon
The Waterford Half Marathon is generally known as an ideal end of year challenge before the festivities begin. This year that challenge was a tougher one with the extra climbs on the new hillier race route. Well done to 3 of our lads Pauric Ennis, Gary Whittle and Darragh Rigney who raced very well. Pauric was 11th overall in 72.25, Darragh posted 1:29:11, and Gary clocked 1:29:26. Great running lads.
12Ks of Christmas
Lar Tierney raced the annual 12Ks of Christmas in Co Kildare on Saturday 07th December. He had a very good run with a finishing time of 58.42. Well done Lar.
Sports Capital Grant
Tullamore Harriers AC was recently informed that its application for funding had been successful. Speaking on behalf of the management committee, Mr Tom Beatty welcomed the news, explaining that it was perfect timing and that now the planned resurfacing of the 400m running track could proceed. The €225,000 awarded would be some €80,000 short of the full cost of the project. The short fall would be funded through the Club’s own fundraising efforts. Mr Beatty praised club treasurer Mr Liam Hennessy for all his hard work on the application. He also acknowledged the assistance of Mr Eamon Henry. The track was last resurfaced in the early 90’s and next year’s project should maintain the stadium’s reputation as the most popular and well utilised track in the country.
Tues 17th December Tullamore Harriers Christmas Grand National
Wed 25th December Offaly Hospice Mile – Tullamore Harriers
Tues 31st December Round the Houses – Tullamore Harriers
A list of AAI-licensed fixtures is available on www.athleticsireland.ie
Tullamore Harriers Couch to 5K 2020
With just 4 weeks to the 2020 Tullamore Harriers C25K why not book your place in advance with our online booking option? Starting on January 6th and each Monday and Wednesday at 6.30pm for 10 weeks. At a cost of €25 that is only €1 per session so it is excellent value for money. The C25K programme is ideal for people who want to get fit but perhaps haven’t been physically active for a while or are too embarrassed to be seen out of breath and out of shape. It requires commitment and perseverance but the overall benefits are so worthwhile. The sessions usually involve 40 to 50 minutes of exercise including warm up and cool down. All sessions are supervised by Tullamore Harriers members and you will be advised and supported every step of the way. The programme will involve 2 group sessions per week and another training session is advised at the weekend also.
So register online here and don’t miss your chance to be part of it:
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 2020
Application forms for club registration 2020 are available at the clubhouse, please contact Mary Daly, Club Registrar, 086-1906747, or any committee member, if any queries.
Access to Facilities
Please note that use of the club’s facilities, including the tarmac track, is restricted to members of the club.