Tullamore Harriers Club Report 4th May 2021

National 5000m Record for Mooney 
 
Laura Mooney broke the Irish U20 5000m Outdoor record as she raced in her first 5000m of 2021. Her time of 16.19:43 just edged her past the previous best by an Irish athlete of 16.19:80 which had been ran by Sarah Collins in California in 2013.  
Laura, who attends Providence College in Rhode Island, was competing at the Virginia Grand Prix in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, May 1. With training going well and believing that she could run fast Laura set off with the lead pack and was running consistent 78s laps or 5 minute 14 seconds pace per mile. As the race neared it’s end Laura dug in as she was on a pace well ahead of her previous best of 17.06. Laura passed 3k in 9.48 and says she was comfortable at that point and was able to keep grinding out the 78s laps. She reckons that only on the last 100m did she really begin to suffer from her exertions but she held her form and knew she was on for a massive PB. 
The Irish  U20 record had previously been held by Sarah Collins, who also ran it when she was studying at Providence College. 
Speaking after the race Laura said, “Training has been going really well since I got to Providence and my coach Ray Treacy is really good at getting the best out of his athletes. I know that he has had huge success getting athletes to Olympics, World Championships and the World Cross Country. This helps me trust his training and race plans and you can see the result of that in my run today. I’d also like to thank everyone back in Tullamore for all the support. Tullamore Harriers is a great club. The facilities maintained by the clubs management committee are first class and I’m very grateful to the group of coaches who worked with me from 8 to 18.”
Laura’s time is a qualifying standard for both the European U20 Championships to be held in Tallinn, Estonia and the World U20 Championships to be held in Nairobi, Kenya. The last amazing statistic is that Laura’s time presently ranks her second best U20 in Europe with only Spain’s Carla Dominguez who ran 16.09 in Torrevieja earlier this month, ahead of her. 
We look forward to seeing Laura in action in the months ahead.
 
Tullamore Harriers Return to Training
Tullamore Harriers was bustling with activity last week with the return to training for our juveniles. The pods were finalised and all parents of registered juveniles were notified of the guidelines to follow when returning to training. Hopefully this is the start of a brighter year for athletics in the club and nationally. 
A lot of planning was needed to get to this stage so we ask for cooperation and understanding as the coaches and officers are working hard to get the club back to normal. In the event you have not renewed your membership please download a membership form here:  http://tullamoreharriers.com/join
At the moment the club cannot facilitate any new juvenile members. Due to the Covid 19 restrictions the coach and juvenile ratio is limited. Thank you to all parents who have renewed their children’s membership and for those who are interested in becoming a Juvenile member of Tullamore Harriers please message the Facebook page or leave an enquiry on the link on our website in order to be added to the waiting list.