Tullamore Harriers Report 17 February 2020
European Standard for Ava O’Connor
Athletics Ireland just released standards for European U18 Championships in Rieti Italy. The standard Irish is 4.33 which is 2 seconds faster than the European Athletics requirement but Ava is comfortably under that with her 4.26 run at AAI Games
Leinster Schools Cross Country
The Leinster Schools Cross Country took place in Santry last week with fifteen Tullamore Harriers in action.
In the Minor Girls race Andrea Ryan raced with the leaders from the start and in the sprint finish over the last two hundred meters got into position to win a bronze medal. Andrea and her team mates Mette Cleary, Meabh Rouse, Rachel Donegan from the Sacred Heart School just missed out on silver medals by two points as they finished fifth.
In the Junior race we had runners representing two schools. Sinead Walsh followed Andreas great run as she too finished 3rd. She fought all the way and was only a second off second place. The Killina team of Jane Maher, Emily Cunningham, Aisling Cotter and Ella McNally finished 7th.
In the Intermediate Girls race Ruby Stueven had a fantastic run to come 4th against a tough field.
In the Intermediate Boys race Luke Duffy competed strongly to finish 17th and is eligible to compete at this age again next year.
In the Senior Girls Laura Mooney took the lead early on but got caught in the final sprint and ended up coming home 5th as the distance was a bit short. Dearbhail Cuddy also ran well.
In the Senior Boys age group Michael Murphy and Cian Murphy both races well and finished in 21st and 46th respectively.
Irish Universities Indoor Championships
A half dozen Harriers athletes took part in the the Irish Universities Indoor Championships at the weekend. Nadine Donegan won a brilliant silver medal in the 3000m having led for most of the race. Her front running tactics paid off not only with the silver medal but also with a huge new PB of 10.05. Emily Grennan also ran in the 3000m and like Nadine also had a fantastic run lowering her PB by nine seconds to 10.43. Matthew Molloy also raced over 3000m and stuck to his task all the way to record a new PB of 9.07.
Earlier in the day Mark Milner and Ethan Dunican ran in the 800m heats. Mark eased to the front of his and win in a time of 1.57. Ethan in his first race of 2020 ran a creditable 2.08. Mark had to pull out of the final due to a niggling injury.
Claire Rafter also raced in the colors of Trinity College Dublin and in a competitive race did well to come sixth.
Leinster Athletics Star Awards
The annual Leinster Star Awards were presented last evening at a ceremony at the Raddison Blue Hotel in Athlone. The Leinster Star awards are based on performances in Athletic Leinster championships in the previous year. A juvenile male and female plus a senior athlete from each county is presented with their prestigious trophy. Each year and “Outstanding Service Award“ is presented to an individual from the county to recognise outstanding service to athletics. Nominations are received and the winner selected based on his/her contribution over the years.
This year all of the county awards were presented to members of Tullamore Harriers a fantastic achievement for the athletes, their coaches and families. Well done all.
Jack Saunders – Juvenile Male
Katelyn Farrelly – Juvenile Female
Nadine Donegan and Liam Brady – Joint Senior award.
Outstanding Service award – Liam Hennessy.
Hannelly Memorial Trophy -Tullamore Harriers.
Katelyn’s 2019 season was her best since she started competing in Leinster Athletics in 2012. In U17 and at Junior level she had 6 titles, 1 silver and 1 bronze and continued into the Nationals achieving 2 titles – 2 silver and 2 bronze. Sprint hurdles, Sprints and Long Jump are her main events and occasionally some pentathlon. Kathelyn’s athletic development has progressed nicely and proportionally each year. Her best memory in 2019 was representing Ireland in the Youth Nations Cup and she hopes to keep improving on her PBs in 2020.
Jack is 15 years old and currently in transition year. Outside of athletics Jack plays basketball and badminton. Hi best sporting memory is winning the Leinster combined events last year. Goals for 2020 are to compete in a decathlon and hopefully get an opportunity to wear a national singlet.
Liam is 27 years old and a Civil and Structural Engineer by profession. He is coached by Maria McCambridge. Best sporting memories include his first ever National Medal, a silver in the 2009 Intermediate School Boys 3000m followed by his first National title in the National Senior CC in 2019, the joys of both will never leave him.
Liam’s goals and ambitions for 2020 are to prepare for and compete in each National Championship race throughout the calendar year – the same way he approached the National Senior CC in 2019. He is hopeful that it will earn him some silverware in 2020. Beyond 2020 Liam aims to improve his marathon pb.
Nadine has made some great strides in the last few years moving from a promising juvenile through to the senior ranks without breaking her stride. Nadine’s standout 1500m of the year came in the All Ireland U23 Indoor where she was a clear winner. In the Leinster Senior Indoors she finished second in the 1500m. Also over 1500m Nadine qualified for her first Senior All Ireland final at he the National Indoors. Nadine has also had national success at longer distances coming 2nd in the IUAA Indoor 3000m and 2nd in the IUAA 5000m.
Nadine’s success is down to her determination and commitment which is supported by her parents John and Marie and siblings Danielle, Rachael, Jack Jason and Mark.
LEINSTER ATHLETICS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD 2019
A native of Birr, Liam came to live in Tullamore in 1965 having started work with Offaly County Council. It was in Offaly County Council that Liam first met the late Paddy Larkin, founding secretary of Tullamore Harriers .
Liam was encouraged by Paddy to come along and join Tullamore Harriers as Liam’s hurling career had been brought to an abrupt finish through injury. Liam immersed himself in the club and within a relatively short period of time, Liam had become an accomplished road runner competing at local and national level, including 5 marathons.
It was only when Liam was elected onto the Tullamore Harriers Committee in 1979 that his true talents were revealed. A fantastic and hugely enthusiastic organiser, Liam was to the forefront of all Tullamore Harriers and Offaly activities. Liam was elected Secretary of Tullamore Harriers in 1987, a position he held for 20 years. Liam in his own quiet and unassuming way has been a cornerstone of athletics in Offaly for over 40 years.
Ever present at the finish line, recording and time keeping. In 1987 Liam along with the late Noel Gowran of Tullamore Harriers established the Offaly National Schools Cross Country championships. This event which still takes place every year has been extremely popular with the school children and has been hugely successful as a mechanism to help identify and recruit young athletes into their local clubs.
Liam is held in the highest regard by all who have interacted with him over his 40+ years of devoted service to Offaly Athletics, a devotion that continues to this day. Offaly Athletics is delighted to be given this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Liam for this service to our sport and to wish him many more years of involvement in athletics.
Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon
The 2020 Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon is now open for registration. As always, it is on the last Saturday in August – so next year it will be the 29th of August. Don’t make the mistake like so many last year who (despite our warning!) didn’t get in before sell out. Register here: https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/TullamoreHarriersHalfMarathon2020
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 Sean Reynolds 085-1742418 or Anna Hyland Guilfoyle 086-8248928 or any club member. Full details regarding Juvenile training on tullamore.com
Club Membership 2020/Access to Facilities
Thank you to all who have renewed their annual membership, to new members and parents who have submitted all details required for club membership with Tullamore Harriers. Just a reminder that any person using the club facilities must be a paid up member. The fee covers club membership and registration with Athletics Ireland which is necessary in order to take part in club training and competition. You cannot compete for Tullamore Harriers without current membership. Membership is from January 1st to December 31st. Membership forms can be found in the club house and on our website http://tullamoreharriers.com/join. Please note: ASSOCIATE MEMBERS are only entitled to WALK on the tarmac track and must not use the track after 5.30pm on weekdays or on days of competition. Any enquiries to Club Registrar, coach or any committee member.