Tullamore Harriers Report 2nd March 2020

Double honours for Ava

Congratulations to Ava O’Connor who not only received one prestigious award but picked up two national trophies at the Juvenile Star Awards 2019 in the Bridge House Hotel. The annual awards ceremony celebrate Ireland’s best and most successful Juvenile Athlete from the previous year. 
Ava is a 16 year old middle distance athlete who’s 1500m and 800m times improved significantly in 2019. In the 1500m the standout results from Ava at International competitions was coming seventh in the 1500m European Youth Olympics in Baku, Azerbaijan in July and also winning the Youth Nations Cup in Dublin in the 1500m. Ava won a number of provincial 800m and also won a national junior title when competing at the National indoors in February 2019. Her PB also improved significantly over the year as she improved it from 2.18 down to 2.11. Ava is coached by Damian Lawlor . She is supported greatly by her mother Sinead, father Liam, and sister Hazel 
Achievements in 2019 – Gold in both Indoor and outdoor 1500m and Gold in Indoor 800m and for this she was presented with the County Offaly award. 
Ava was delighted to run in the first ever Youth Nations Cup held in Santry last July. She faced tough opposition from the English team and was ranked 3rd going into the race. Ava decided on a change of tactic, usually she would take it on from the start but this time she sat in behind the 2 English girls and kicked with 600m to go. She was delighted with the clear win and her first International gold medal .For this performance Ava was presented with the Breda Synott Award for Best Female at The Celtic Games. 
Congratulations again Ava and well deserved.

National Senior Indoors

At the National Senior Indoor Championships held in Abbotstown at the weekend there was a packed house on the Sunday to see some of Ireland’s best athletic prospects.  Nadine Donegan continued her good form at the weekend as she qualified for the final of the 1500m. In the final of the 1500m it was clear from the gun that the tactics employed by the pack weren’t going to suit Nadine with the first 200m jogged in 45s. Things only picked up slightly in the following laps and when the attacks finally came Nadine got stuck in and tried to hang on to the lead pack. Nadines efforts saw her finishing 7th.  In the Men’s 800m, Mark Milner found himself in a heat with Mark English on Saturday. With only the winner and the four fastest qualifying for the final Mark Milner had to push the pace from the gun to give himself every opportunity of making the final. This he did with ease and looked comfortable running 1.53. In the final on Sunday afternoon Mark sat in as Zak Curran set a blistering early pace. Mark made his move with a lap to go and was up to fourth place and closed up on third. In turn then he was passed by a couple of athletes as they made their push for the finish line. In the final straight Mark pushed all the way to the line and found himself in fifth place as he crossed it in 1.52. Not a bad return for a nineteen year old.  Katelyn Farrelly and Aaron Keane made their debut in the senior ranks competing with the best in Irish senior athletics. Katelyn in the women’s long jump started with three consistent jumps to make it to the last 8. In her next 3 jumps her best of 544cm placed her 8th coming into her final jump and nailed a perfect jump which no doubt would have moved her up 3-4 places but then got the dreaded red flag for a slight foul on the board. Happy with a good finish Katelyn will use the positives for her U18 national championships in four weeks time. Aaron Keane in one of the toughest tasks of the day , the men’s 400 where the six fastest times from all seven heats qualifying for the final on Sunday, Aaron ran a solid race in his heat to finish second with 50:65 and 12th overall. A great run by Aaron considering his leaving cert is not far around the corner and constant studying is his priority at the moment. No doubt the experience of different surroundings of a higher class field and their confidence to compete against Ireland’s top athletes will assist both Katelyn and Aaron in their future athletic endeavours. Patrick Heffernan our senior sprint hurdler gave an encouraging performance in both his heat and final in the 60m Hurdles.. Comfortably taken second place in his heat Patrick ensured a good lane for the final. Finishing 7th over all in the final with 8:80secs Patrick will feel this one slipped a little from him after an explosive start and level with the leaders he heavily clashed the first hurdle to take away from rhythm and tempo and it was a hard battle from there to the finish line. Well done Patrick, keep up the great work.

Mangan in Action

At the weekend the Fort Hays State men’s track and field team travelled to Pittsburg, Kansas to take part in the MIAA Indoor Championships. 
Aaron Mangan as part of the team posted the fasted time in preliminary round of the 800m run, crossing the line in 1:53.60 to advance to the final. In the final Aaron finished fourth and ran 1.54 in a tactical race.

Spring League Round 1 5k Race

Well done to all who lined up for the 1st race in the Spring League. Results:
1st 298 Cian Martin 17.14 
2nd 39 Leonard Mooney 17.19 
3rd 60 Pauric Berry 17.44 
4th 381 Michael Murphy 18.28 
5th 110 Liam Byrne 18.32 
6th 141 Jody O’Reilly 18.37 
7th 48 Darragh Rigney 18.38 
8th 23 Darren Butler 18.42 
9th 154 Alan Heffernan 19.19 
10th 143 Leonard Owens 19.22 
11th 92 Fionnan Minnock 19.22 
12th 276 Nick McGowan 19.30 
13th 138 Alan Mitchell 19.45 
14th 147 Dermot Smith 20.03 
15th 160 Fra Mollen 20.08 
16th 118 Dave Dunican Capt. 20.12 
17th 37 Tara McKinney 20.13 
18th 184 Sean Reynolds 20.14 
19th 352 Shane Origan 20.20 
20th 38 Nita McLoughlin 20.28 
21st 49 Lorcan Scally 20.29 
22nd 272 Sean Spollen 20.33 
23rd 30 Mark Harpur 20.35 
24th 31 Evelyn Herlihy Capt. 20.43 
25th 187 Finian McDermott 20.44 
26th 245 Richie Galvin 20.46 
27th 65 Lesley Cornally 20.49 
28th 69 Aidan G Egan 20.53 
29th 84 Ger Lynam 20.55 
30th 371 Simon Byrne 20.57 
31st 133 Eugene Mann 21.12 
32nd 123 Dympna Fox 21.18 
33rd 212 Bridget Fox 21.20 
34th 292 Eugene O’Dea 21.53 
35th 140 Ian O’Kelly 22.06 
36th 57 Ricky White 22.15

37th 348 John Donegan 22.24 
38th 163 John O’Connell 22.26 
39th 127 Mags Grennan 22.27 
40th 282 Maeve Larkin 22.44 
41st 270 Aoife Marron 22.47 
42nd 347 Jack Ryan 22.50 
43rd 233 Joe White 23.05 
44th 360 Jonathon King 23.07 
45th 422 Kieran O’ Brien 23.17 
46th 427 Patricia Gallagher 23.25 
47th 185 Joe Wrafter 23.30 
48th 77 Paul Hensey 23.34 
49th 262 Brendan Carroll 23.35 
50th 188 Mary Galvin 23.40 
51st 345 Denis Tennison Ihaza 23.44 
52nd 275 Emer Guilfoyle 23.52 
53rd 435 Tara Staunton 24.04 
54th 33 Rodge Larkin 24.11 
55th 117 Hillary Duncan 24.14 
56th 432 Shane McLoughlin 24.37 
57th 132 Martina Lydon 24.42 
58th 182 Ray Murray 25.09 
59th 250 Karen Martin 25.14 
60th 242 Tony McCormack 25.19 
61st 232 Sarah Stephens McConigley 25.20 
62nd 161 Paschal Naughton 25.51 
63rd 105 Tracey Stewart 26.02 
64th 408 Ann O’Malley 26.03 
65th 266 Noreen Hunt 26.06 
66th 279 Clive Younge 26.07 
67th 173 Anne Daly Capt. 26.13 
68th 259 Fallen Conlon 26.34 
69th 169 Martina Conlon 26.35 
70th 315 Dave Kavanagh 26.51 
71st 213 Naomi Galvin 26.59 
72nd 42 Eithne Moran 27.03 
73rd 366 Noel Browne 27.16 
74th 136 Aisling McCormack 27.18 
75th 397 Joyce Stephenson 27.33 
76th 115 Sharon Daly 28.05 
77th 286 Joanne Kelly 29.06 
78th 34 Sharon Larkin 30.03 
79th 124 Mary Fox Mann 30.16 
80th 244 Ann Marie Lawlor 30.56 
81st 235 Helen Larkin 32.09

Spring League Round 2 McNamara 5 Mile Road Race

Congratulations to Andy O Grady who won this year’s McNamara 5 mile road race. Fastest runner on the day was Pauric Ennis with fastest lady Pauline Curley. Well done all.

1st Finisher
Andy o Grady

2nd Finisher
Cian Martin

3rd Finisher
Darragh Rigney

4th Finisher
Lorcan Scally

5th Finisher
Darren Butler

6th Finisher
Jack Ryan



Sun 15th March Offaly 5k Road Race Series Round 1 – Tullamore Harriers AC

Sun 22nd March Offaly 5k Road Race Series Round 2 – Naomh Ciaran AC, Castlejordan

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.