Tullamore Harriers Club Report Monday 27th July

Laura Mooney Breaks Club 10000m Record
At the Dublin Graded meeting which was held in Santry Laura Mooney made her debut at 10000m in spectacular fashion when she ran 34.41.
Laura ran an aggressive race with her first mile in 5m25. She dug in a maintain that pace for the next three miles and only started to slow in the last third or the race. Still she gutted it out to get home in a new Tullamore Harriers track record.
Previously the record was held by club stalwart Pauline Curley who in the past won a world cross country medal in Turin in 1997 and represented Ireland at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
After all the months locked away by the pandemic the trip to Tipperary seemed like a long way for some of Tullamore Harriers youthful athletes. There were some great performances in the open Track and Field meet hosted by Moyne AC.
Luke Duffy had a great run to PB by almost ten seconds when he finished 3rd in his 800m heat in a time of 2.08. In the girls 800m Andrea Ryan and Sinead Walsh we’re first and second in their heat with Jane Maher, Emily Cunningham and Polly Duffy also performing well. In the older ages city Ava O’Connor and Ruby Stueven spiked up for their first race in months and gave it their all!
Over the mile Ethan Dunican ran well and finished strongly to get a new PB of 4.47.
Three of our Track and Field athletes, Katelyn Farrelly, Aaron Keane and Jack Saunders, all had impressive performances in their individual events and it was clear to see their committed training during lockdown maintained the levels required to get back into competition. Jack, our multi event athlete, was first up in the U17 800m and finished 6th with 2:12 secs and no doubt a few more races will see him improve hugely on his time and race tactics. Katelyn in the senior women’s 100m walked away happy with 12:68 secs, finishing 5th overall on the day out of all 16 athletes who competed. More competition racing will see this young lady reduce her times to target levels coming into the nationals in late August. Aaron Keane in the senior men’s 200m ran a superb race finishing second over all on the day to one of Ireland’s top 200m runners Marcus Lawlor. The first 100m was into a head wind and on a track with lanes which were slightly narrower than usual and the tartan surface slightly softer than the norm, Aaron finished with a very impressive PB of 22:21 secs and no doubt will hold him in great shape for upcoming national competition in late August. Well done to all 3 athletes on their hard work and commitment to their sport during the past very difficult months and having to adapt their training to restricted protocols and make the best of what was available. Well done all.
The Annual Gowran 8 will be run off next Tuesday -August 4th at 6.30pm. This will be the 40th anniversary of the event and is dedicated to our dear friend and founding member Mr Noel Gowran RIP. Noel was the winner of the National Marathon in 1958 in a record time of 2.29.53. He was the first Irish man under 2.30. This will be the first club race since the Covid-19 restrictions and we look forward to seeing all our members back in action again.
*All athletes must fill out the Covid 19 Health Questionaire and present same with registration fee (5 euro) at 6.15pm.
This form can be downloaded from the club website or can be received via email from Sharon (sharondalyth@gmail.com)
*All athletes must be aware of the AAI Guidelines on return to racing and be mindful of others at all times. Athletes should practice social distancing at all times and try to return to their car as soon as possible after the race. Prizes will be presented at a later stage.
*Toilets will be available but showers and changing room will not be open.
Best of luck to all racing and let’s hope the 40th anniversary of the Gowran 8 will be a memorable one.