Tullamore Harriers Report 17th May 2021

Mooney Runs 10000m PB in Ohio 
Laura Mooney travelled as part of the Providence College men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams to complete at the BIG EAST Championships in Geneva, Ohio at the SPIRE Institute on Friday, May 14. In her first  10,000 meter race of the year, Laura Mooney (Cappincur) was in the leading pack from the gun. She went through 5km in 16.54 and then dug deep as the race progressed in very tough conditions. It was very windy and the sun was blazing but Laura kept grinding out 82s laps. In the end she crossed the line in second place with a time of 34:19.60. That is a 22 second PB for the young athlete and as of today ranks her in third place in European rankings for U20 athletes. 
The strength of Laura’s Providence team can be seen from the fact that the winner Abbey Wheeler (New York) and third place Orla O’Connor (Waterford) ran 33:50.07  and 34:37.21 respectively. 
Laura’s performance yesterday means she has qualifying standards for the NCAA Round 1 which takes place in Florida and the upcoming European 10000m Cup which takes place in Birmingham.
 
Donegan and Hyland Open Season at AAI Micro Meet in Cork 
 
After the long layoffs of the past two years it is great to see athletics getting back into the swing of things with well organized races. The AAI Micro Meet  at the Munster Technological University on  Saturday May 15th was great in that it had been sanctioned by the government and followed strict regulations in relation to supporters, social distancing etc. Ronan Hyland and Danielle Donegan toed the start line in the their respective races and was great to see the blue and white of Tullamore Harriers on display again. 
Ronan ran in the Men’s 800m. The race went off extremely hard and Ronan wisely stayed near the back but even there he passed 200m in 26 seconds and 400m in 54s. Still he dug in s fought all the way to line. His 6th place finish and a new PB of 1.56:05 was a good start to season and an improvement of over 3.5 seconds in his previous best time. 
Danielle Donegan ran in the 10000m and with cool conditions and the stormy showers holding off it turned out to be decent conditions for running in. Danielle got stuck in from the start and ran a great race. To give you an idea of the competition she faced, Danielle passed the 3000m mark in 10.36. She held on as the 25 laps ticked by and her time of 36.19 is a great start for a young athlete just starting in the senior grades.
 
Tullamore Harriers Sprinter Aaron Keane  on Saturday  competed in his first race since his National U20 200m Bronze last September. Now a national Pathway U23 athlete studying Medicine at National University Galway and training with the high performance group based there, under the tutelage of Coach Brendan Glynn Aaron traveled to Saturdays AAI Micro Meet at the Munster Technological University Cork where he came fourth in his race and ran a new personal best of 22.07 seconds (+2.4m/s). Although wind assisted it was a great start to the season from Aaron who is thriving in his new environment. Aaron’s race was without doubt the race of the day when his training partner Galway U20 athlete Robert McDonald set the  wet track on fire with blistering run clocking 20.81 seconds on a day the weather was not in any way conductive for quality sprinting.
 
Return to training for Senior Members
In line with current Government guidance, the relaxation of COVID restrictions allows a return to training for our Senior members. This is a very welcome and positive development for our members who have missed out on group training for what seems a very long time. We encourage all to get back training Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6.40pm to 8.30pm and cross country on Sunday mornings and let’s pick up from where we left off pre Covid. All members have received the Covid Return to Training directive via email and are asked to adhere to the club policies on same.
 
Condolences 
The Chairman, Committee and members of Tullamore Harriers Athletics Club would like to express our deepest Sympathies to the Kennedy family on the passing of Thomas Kennedy.