Tullamore Harriers Club Report 31st May 2021
Harriers Athletes on the Right Track in Belfast
The track season for Senior athletes continued at the the weekend with the Irish Milers Club track meet in Belfast. Tullamore Harriers made a good showing on the day with a youthful squad taking part in events throughout the day.
First up were Nadine and Danielle Donegan in the Women’s 5000m. Conditions were tough for a 5000m with the temperature warm from early morning. Both Donegan sisters settled into the main pack in the early stages of the race. As the laps ticked by both young women dug deep to stay in contention. The last mile of the race saw the pace stepping up and Nadine was able to put the speed she’s developed racing 1500m into action. She raced hard right to the line and came home with a new PB of 16.51. Danielle also gave it her all and her time of 17.23 is also a PB.
Next up for Tullamore was a trio of athletes in 1500m races. Luke Duffy got things off to a great start as he won his 1500m heat in a PB of 4.10. Luke has only just turned 16 and showed great determination in going into the lead after the pacemaker stepped off the track at half way. Challenged on the last lap by Sean McLaughlin of North Down, Luke sprinted right to the line for a very tight win. Next up was Ronan Hyland. The pace was aggressive from the gun and the first lap was run in 58 seconds. Things slowed a bit for the next lap but the leaders, which included Ronan, went through 800m in 2.02. Once the pacemaker was out of the way a great race developed and Ronan did well to hold on to the leaders. At the end he crossed the line fourth with a new PB of 3.51. Ruby Stueven was out next. She had a great start and was with the leaders right from the gun. When the attacks for home started Ruby really showed her mettle as she challenged Lucy Foster and Rebecca Rossiter at the front. Ruby’s efforts were rewarded and she crossed the line third with a new PB of 4.38, five seconds quicker than her previous best.
Next out on track were some 800m heats. Aaron Mangan was in good form as he raced his 800m heat. Aaron has a great tactical mind and was able to put himself in the right position in the first 600m of the race. In the end the long season stateside seemed to catch up on him but still his time of 1.54 is a good mark. Mark Milner was in the next 800m heat and in blazing sunshine the race went out at a ferocious pace. Mark got the bell in 52s and had to dig deep for all of the second lap to run a fantastic new PB of 1.48. This time is a European U23 qualifying standard and with the other U23 800m runners finishing behind Mark on Saturday hopes are now high that Mark will get to represent Ireland again at these championships.
The final Harrier to toe the starting line was Ava O’Connor. With the pacemaker going out in 66 seconds, all you could do was to get into the pack and hang on. Ava passed 800m in 2.20 and at that stage was just behind the main pack. She did great in the second half of the race as she started to pass some of the women who had been ahead of her. Ava’s efforts were rewarded with a time of 4.26, only a couple of tenths of a second off her PB.
Senior training continues Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.40pm to 8.30pm and cross country on Sunday mornings at 8:30am. All members have received the Covid Return to Training directive via email and are asked to adhere to the club policies on same.