Tullamore Harriers Club Report 3rd August 2020

Tullamore  Harriers  Fundraiser  for James Saunders

Tullamore Harriers Ac is appealing for support for the James Saunders Fundraising campaign which has just been launched -The James Saunders Virtual 5k.  A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, or on the track (or even at another race). You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. There is also an option to donate to the fundraiser without the 5k. Due to Covid 19 the Virtual option is increasingly popular.

James Saunders is just 13 years old and has been a member of Tullamore Harriers for the past few years. He, along with his older brother Jack, are very popular with both club mates and coaches and  have represented their club at county , provincial and national level in Track & Field competitions. 

Tragically, James was involved in a serious road accident last year while out cycling. James suffered horrific injuries resulting in a long road to recovery. The rehabilitation journey that James is embarking on is long and hard. He will require specialist treatment, intensive rehabilitation and all the care and support that he can get.

James is a fighter. He is showing steady progress and continues to improve with the constant encouragement of parents John and Dympna and his brother Jack. He continues to overcome obstacles and prove his strength and determination.

Speaking to his father John over the weekend, John had this to say: “James came home to us just as Covid 19 started. He has made immense progress in both Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Since coming home James has continued his slow and steady progress. Each week and each day James shows us new achievements. His courage never fails. He is an example to us all on how you overcome adversity. All of the therapists James has met along the way have been hugely impressed by his will to recover. James still has a long way to go but he will get there with encouragement of all his family and friends and the wonderful support and generosity of his community”.

We want to help James on his road to recovery. We want to be part of his journey and we want to see him back in the club. Please help us in our fundraising campaign by signing up to the James Saunders Virtual 5k run OR :donating to the fundraiser. Those wishing to support the fundraiser can run/jog/walk a 5k at anytime in the month of August or simply donating to the cause. All details are on the Tullamore Harriers Facebook page or on MyrunResults.ie

Please donate what you can. 100% of the funds collected will go to James. He is one of our own. A true Tullamore  Harrier

5K Race Link                     Donation Link

Leevale 2020 T&F Meet

Katelyn Farrelly and Aaron Keane made the long trip to Cork IT on Thursday last to continue their preparations for the upcoming provincial and national championships. Katelyn was first up in the senior women’s 100m and lined up against some of Ireland’s top women sprinters of Joan Healy and Sarah Lavin. Not phased, Katelyn stuck to her race plan and finished fourth with a pb of 12:36. One hour later she had a second race finishing second to Sarah Lavin with a time of 12:54 secs. A good day’s racing and no doubt both races will be of great benefit for upcoming competitions. Aaron Keane later in the evening was in the senior men’s 200m. Aaron coming off a great race and Pb of 22.21 secs from Moyne open meet only 5 days prior, drew lane 2 where a higher lane is preferable but still finished third in his race with a good 22.46 secs. Well done to both athletes on their great performances. Super results.

Mountain Running

Dearbhail Cuddy competed in the Irish Mountain Running Association race at the weekend on Tory Hill in Kilkenny. Like the tories of old, Dearbhail managed to come away with some plunder as she finished third in the Senior Women’s race. Fantastic result Dearbhail!. Congratulations.

PB for Emily

Emily Grennan was in action at the Night of 5000m PBs in Leixlip on Friday. The event lived up to its billing andEmily had a super run with a new 5km PB of 18.57! Congratulations Emily and well deserved