Tullamore Harriers Club Report 10th 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.

Gowran 8 mile road race 

Mick O’Brien and Martina Costello win the Gowran 8 , 2020 .

What a great turnout Tuesday night for the 40th anniversary of the legendary Gowran 8 Mile race. The race is in honour of Mr Noel Gowran, former founding member and superb Tullamore Harriers athlete. Noel who passed away in 2016 had many accomplishments during his athletic career. He was the winner of the National Marathon in 1958 in a record time of 2.29.53 – the first Irish man to finish under 2.30 and had other National and Leinster titles also.

Covid 19 has without a doubt wounded club activity for the past few months but last night the resumed hustle and bustle in the club proved the hunger remains for a good club race.  Club chairman Adrian Curley welcomed the 58 runners, marshals and many members who haven’t been together since lockdown.

  This club race has always been very popular and certainly in recent years where it is strategically fixed as a lead up to the Neville 10 and then the Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon. 

The inaugural race was won by Raymond Condron who ran with the former Clodiagh Valley club, with Johnny Feery 2nd (also running with Clodiagh Valley at that time) and Joe Wrafter 3rd place. All 3 men were present last night as were a total of 9 athletes out of the 33 who competed in that 1st Gowran 8 mile road race. Congratulations to  Eamon Henry, Andy O’Grady, Brendan Carroll, John Lowery, Adrian Curley, Joe Wrafter and Johnny Feery who were on the start line 40 years ago and again last night with their inspirational runs.  Martina Conlon (Grogan) was on the sideline last night due to injury unfortunately but shows no sign of hanging up her running shoes for a long time yet!

1st man across the line was Paul Mitchell who led the race from the start.  Mick O’Brien was 2nd home and deemed the winner of the Men’s Gowran Trophy for 2020. 3rd man was Johnathan Dunne.

1st lady was Tara McKinney, 2nd Evelyn Herlihy and 3rd Martina Costello.

Martina was deemed the winner of the Ladies Gowran Trophy as Tara and Evelyn had both taken the title in the past. Congratulation to all.

Well done to all who competed.

 Overall results:


Paul Mitchell 43.50 Fastest Man

Micheal O’Brien 46.44 1st Novice Male Winner

Jonathan Dunne 47.23 2nd Novice Male

Eanna Gowran 49.11 3rd Novie Male

Michael Murphy 49.48

Darren Butler 50.31

Jody O’Reilly 52.04

Brendan Abbott 52.46

Liam Byrne 53.02

Shane Origan 54.07

Padraig Berry 54.08

Jason McDermott 54.17

Dermot Smith 54.20

John Joe Galvin 54.22

Kevin Corrigan 54.27

Lorcan Scally 54.50

Alan Mitchell 54.56

Francis Mollen 55.02

Alan Heffernan 55.09

Basil Cronin 55.16

Ian O’Kelly 55.19

John O’Connell 55.30

Tara McKinney 55.58  Fastest Lady

Diarmuid Herlihy 56.53

Sean Reynolds 57.05

Jonny Feery 57.38

Finian McDermott 58.11

Eugene O’Dea 59.16

Evelyn Herlihy 59.27

Eamonn Henry 59.37

Sean Spollen 59.38

Martina Costello 59.47 1st Lady Novice Winner

Dave Dunican 1.00.23

Rita Daly Ravenhill 1.00.32

Adrian Curley 1.00.54

Margaret Grennan 1.01.51 2nd Lady Novice

Brendan Carroll 1.02.22

John Thomas Lowry 1.02.22

Adrian Martin 1.02.40

Michelle Mullaney 1.03.04

Paul Shaw 1.03.39

Paula Nolan 1.04.02 3rd Lady Novice

Denis Flynn 1.04.59

Sarah Stephens(McConigley) 1.05.22

Paddy Rowland 1.05.37

Joe Wrafter 1.05.43

Andy O’Grady 1.05.43

Tara Staunton 1.09.52

Shane McLaughlin 1.11.34

Martina Lydon 1.11.37

Aisling McCormack 1.12.07

Amanda Owens 1.12.09

Joanne Kelly 1.12.35

Anne Cusack 1.13.09

Clive Young 1.13.34

Sandra Busted 1.23.52

Melissa Hogan 1.46.36

Jim Langan 2.03.24

Le Cheile AC Summer Meet

Two of our club sprinters of Emmanul Llori and Katelyn Farrelly made the short journey to lexlip to get in some more valued race practice for upcoming nationals and all under the dark cloud of the recent announcement of the 3 county lockdown. Emmanul doubled up in the 100m & 200m and performed superbly in both events. He took third place in the 100m with 11:60 secs into a strong head wind and a photo finish is what separated the first three. 30mins later he won his race in the 200m with a pb of 23:13 secs and again fighting that head wind along the home straight. Both races will no doubt pay dividends in upcoming races for Emmanul and a great evenings work and well done. Katelyn Farrelly, in the women’s 100m finished in second place to Charlotte Wingfield , a former Olympian from Rio 2016 who resides in the Uk but  represents Malta. She finished with a 12:78 but again not a day for sprinters with strong head wins. Katelyn also on Wednesday prior had a pb in the Tallaght graded meet finishing second in the 200m with 26:63 secs and head winds also played a part on Wednesday. Well done to both athletes and keep up the great work under difficult and restricted times.

Breakthrough for Tullamore Harriers Athletes in Leixlip

Some of Tullamore Harriers young athletes arrived to Leixlip on Friday night having just heard that the lockdown of Offaly was to begin again from midnight. This news didn’t distract them from their task. First up were Ava O’Connor and Ruby Stueven in the Senior Women’s 800m. The race went off at a brutal pace with Kildare woman Claire Mooney going through the first 200m in 28 seconds. Ava and Ruby hung back and bided their time. Ava and Ruby heard the bell at 63 and 67 seconds respectively and then had to dig deep as the race progressed. Ava was closing on Mooney and Annette Quaid all the way on the last lap and although she didn’t catch them she was rewarded with a new PB of 2.11:2. Ruby had spent long parts of the race on her own but she stuck to her task and ran a new PB as well, of 2.17:5, which is over two seconds better than her previous best. 

Next up in the blue and white was Laura Mooney in the 5000m. Right from the gun Laura set a fast pace from the front, running the first mile in 5 minutes 13 seconds. She continued to press in the next few laps and she passed the 3000m mark in 9 minutes 52 seconds. In the last 2 kilometers Laura suffered a bit from the early pace. However she still ran a massive new PB of 17 minutes 6 seconds for 5000m. A great run for a junior athlete especially when you consider that Laura is still a junior next year.   

The three athletes competing were rewarded with three PBs and as their families and coaches climbed off walls and scaled the fences from the vantage points they’d taken up to see the races, they all drove home not just delighted with their performances but also reflecting on the new restrictions placed on them in the weeks ahead.

Well done to Richie Faulkiner who raced the Pop up Races 5 mile in Mondello Park on Thursday evening. Richie posted 30.18 . Well done Richie.

The club would like to express its sincere condolences to Ann Marie Lawlor Hayden on the passing of her father Colm Lawlor. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.