Tullamore Harriers Club Report 27th October 2020

Virtual Dublin City Marathon
Well done to the athletes from Tullamore Harriers who in spite of the cancellation of the National Marathon got out and ran the 26.2 miles this weekend. Traditionally the October bank holiday weekend is a momentous club day with a large number competing in the Dublin City Marathon and another sizeable crowd lining the route to support the blue and white of Tullamore Harriers. Last year 60 club members joined the record entry list of over 20,000 in Dublin. 
Unfortunately due to Covid 19, the 2020 Dublin City Marathon was cancelled but a Virtual Marathon event was organised. This did give some level of hope to the many disappointed athletes and helped maintain motivation for the past few months – albeit far from the norm. 
These athletes must be commended for their resolve having to not only run 26.2 miles without the support and encouragement from other competitors and bystanders, but they also had to restrict their race route to a 5km radius from home. 
Our master athletes did extremely well under the circumstances with some great times. A well deserved marathon medal for sure!
John O’Connell 3.35.06
Paula Nolan 4.00.50
Eugene O’Dea  4.00.30
Rodge Larkin 4.00.50
Finian McDermott 4.00.30
Aidan Egan 3.31.00
Sandra Busteed 5.11.56
Peter Bennett 4.15.45
John, Paula, Rodge and Finian ran the marathon in support of the Join Our Boys Trust with Kevin Corrigan, Shane Origan and Ray Murray running some miles along the way. 
Melissa Hogan ran the Virtual Dublin Half Marathon and she too ran a gutsy 13.1 miles under far from normal race conditions. Melissa posted 3.08.04.
Well done everyone and let’s hope the blue and white of Tullamore Harriers will be seen in Dublin next October.
The chairman, committee and members of Tullamore Harriers extend their deepest condolences to the Dowling family on the sad passing of Christy Dowling ( USA), brother of club cofounder,Billy Dowling. 
May he rest in peace. 
The club would also like to express its sincere condolences to Josie Lawlor and family on the passing of her Aunt Tess Dolan