Tullamore Harriers Club Report 21st June 2021

All Ireland Wins for Tullamore 
Over the weekend in Dublin Tullamore Harriers athletes competed in the All Ireland U20 and U23 Championships. It was windy and hot both days which wasn’t ideal for distance running but the young Harriers were still able to come out on top. 
Ruby Stueven was first in action in the U20 800m. The race was a straight final with twelve athletes lined up at the start. Ruby got out hard and running in lane eight she was able to move in on the back straight to take up position on the shoulder of the leader. When Maeve O’Neill from Cork surged with 500m to go Ruby reacted quickly and was in third place as she passed the bell in 67 seconds. She closed on Sarah Hosey from Limerick and passed her on the finishing straight to win a silver medal. Her time of 2.14.61 is a two second PB and this and the medal are a sign of the huge strides Ruby has made this season. 
Next up was Laura Mooney in the 5000m. Laura set off at a fast pace and quickly started to gap the chasing field. As the laps went by Laura was running 79s for each 400m and even in the heat and wind was building an increasing lead over her competitors. Laura won the race with a thirty second lead over second place and her time of 16.31.66 was a Championship Best Performance. The last time a Tullamore Harriers athlete won the U20 5000m was in 1997 when Ann-Marie McGlynn won the title. 
Later on came the 4 by 400m U20 relay and a young Tullamore squad had a great race to finish fourth. It was good to see Emily Cunningham and Imelda Lambe step up to the U20 grade for the first time and both really put a huge effort in. Michael Murphy competed in the U20 – 5000m and finished in 9th position with a PB of 15.49.38
On the Sunday Imelda Lambe was again in action as she raced the U20 1500m. Imelda gave it her all and ran 5.11.24 which was a good time considering the strength of the wind and the fact that Imelda spent most of the race running on her own. 
In U20 Men’s 1500m Luke Duffy and Cian law raced well and ran 4.16.39 and 4.20.26. Again considering conditions these are very good times for these young athletes. 
Last up were Aaron Mangan, James Dunne and Cian Martin in the U23 1500m. James Dunne won the U20 title in 2019 and in this his first year U23 was able to show a clean pair of heels to his competitors again as he streaked to victory. His winning time of 3.52.35 had him five seconds clear of second. Aaron and Cian had started a bit too fast and faded in the latter stages. Still both are in good shape and looking forward to more races.
 
AAI Games 
A dozen or so Harriers athletes travelled to Dublin on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of June to compete in the AAI Games. First up over the weekend were the 800m runners and they got the club off to a great start. Ruby Stueven raced her first 800m of the year and was able to go with the leaders right from the starting gun. Ruby passed the 400m mark in 65 seconds and then dug in over the last lap. She raced right to the line and finished third in 2.16.55, over a second faster than her previous best at the distance. 
In the men’s 800m a trio of Harriers athletes competed with Ronan Hyland and Philip King acquitting themselves well in the second heat. They finished 2nd and 9th with both lads running new PBs in the windy conditions. Ronan ran 1.55.52, while Philip got under the 2 minute barrier for the first time with a time of 1.59.76. Cian Law was next up and it was his first 800m in a while. His time of 2.07.34 a good run for a man usually competing over longer distances or even mountains. 
Next out were the 3000m runners. Laura Mooney stuck to her race plan right from the start and ran her own pace. This meant she ran the whole race on her own but the discipline payed off as she ran the first km in 3.10 and then followed up with the second km in the same time. Then in the last 600m Laura picked up the pace and showed some speed. Her finishing time of 9.27.42 a credit to her controlled early race pace and her commitment to training. 
Luke Duffy raced his first track 3000m and the sixteen year old showed great composure. The pack went through the first km in 2.55. Luke didn’t panic and as the laps ground by he was fighting to hang on. He came home in a huge new PB of 9.06.47 and really felt that the distance suited him.  
In the 1500m Nadine Donegan ran great to finish a creditable 8th with a new PB of 4.31.80. Nadine had had to do a lot of work as she led the second pack for most of the race. Still it’s great to see her improving her PBs throughout the summer races. 
In the men’s 1500m, James Dunne was out hard and with the leaders. The fact that he had travelled home recently and down from high altitude seemed to tell on him in the latter stages and he faded from
the front in the last lap. Still he finished fourth in a time of 3.53.76.
 
Milner Hits Euro Standard in Milan 
Mark Milner was in Milan last week to compete in the 800m at the XXIV° Meeting Internazionale “Città di Nembro”. 
Mark. who is presently representing University College Dublin, competed well and despite the fast pace was always in the lead pack. He finished strongly and crossed the line in 7th in a new PB of 1:48:30. 
As well as being a PB the time is also a second European U23 qualifying mark. 
The previous week Mark had competed in Watford but the race turned out to be a tactical affair and mark had to sit back and wait for the attacks late in in the race. He gained valuable experience and even with the slow early pace still ran 1:49:60.
 
Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon
Following lengthy deliberations it is with regret that the Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon Committee have decided not to hold the 2021 edition of the race.
Restriction on numbers in the stadium, public health advice, and the absence of clarity on the lifting of restrictions over the last number of months have made the forward planning of the race impossible. Coupled with this Tullamore Harriers is also very mindful of it’s responsibility to ensure the safety of our members, volunteers competitors, spectators and sponsors alike. With the majority of the event on public roads we are cognisant of the impact that a large numbers of spectators could potentially have on our neighbours near the stadium and the communities through which the race route passes. The Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon has earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s premier road races and it’s our full intention to start preparations for the 2022 edition of the race straight away. We would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who has supported our event over the last number of years,and hopefully on the last Saturday in August 2022, we will welcome everyone back to Tullamore for a great day’s racing..WATCH THIS SPACE!
 
AGM
Please take note that the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Tullamore Harriers A.C. will take place in the Stand on Monday evening 28th June 2021 at 7.00pm.
 
Billy Dowling 
The Tullamore Harriers Club is shocked and deeply saddened with the sad news of the passing of Mr. Billy Dowling. 
Billy was one of the nine young men, who on that faithful night in November 1953 formed the Tullamore Harriers Athletic Club. 
That legacy lives on to this very day. One of life’s true gentlemen, he was respected and liked by all who knew him. Billy was a regular visitor to the club over the years. 
The chairman, committee and all the members wish to express their deepest condolences to Billy’s family and friends at this sad time.
 
 
Senior Training
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. For any enquiries contact club captains Sean 0851742418 or Anna 0868248928