Tullamore Harriers Club Report 28th June 2021

Hoang takes bronze
Jordan Hoang took a National Triple Jump Bronze medal with a jump of 13:35 on the last day of the National Senior Track & Field Championships. The Men’s Triple Jump title went to Conall Mahon of Tír Chonaill AC who took home the gold with 14.38m with Joshua Know (City of Lisburn) taking silver with13:41. Congratulations Jordan.
Progress for Young Harriers at National Track and Field Championships 
The National Senior Track and Field Championships took place over the weekend with Friday night races added in to allow for Covid 19 restrictions. The first two out in a national final were Nadine and Danielle Donegan who competed in the Women’s 5000m. Both raced well and as the pace built over the early laps they dug in and continued to push all the way To the finish. Nadine Donegan was rewarded with a new PB of 16.48.03 as she finished 9th. Not far behind was Danielle Donegan in 13th. Danielle also recorded a new PB of 17.05.02. Next out was Emily Grennan who raced the 3000m Steeplechase. Emily finished 7th in a new PB of 11.31.07, which is also a club record. Matthew Molloy also competed in the 3000m steeplechase and his time of 10.04.66 was a good run against tough competition. His time is a ten second PB. Another to perform well in a distance race was Jason Donegan who ran 16.05.46 for 5000m. Liam Brady raced in the Senior Men’s A  5000m race which was won by Hiko Haso Tonasa(Dundrum South Dublin AC) in a 13:52:43. Liam had a solid race posting 14:59:59.    Mark Milner had eased though the heats of the 800m on Friday evening as he finished third in 1.52.36. In the final Mark raced well to finish 6th in 1.50.64. Michael Murphy posted a PB to finish in 13th place in the Junior Men’s 3000m race. Michael coped well with the windy conditions. Shortly after going through 800m in 2:16 minutes he found himself in no man’s land between the lead pack and th chasing pack. He hung on well despite losing a few places in the closing stages to finish 13th in 9:05:84 – a 37 second improvement on his 2019 PB. The experience gained in this race will no doubt benefit him in the future. 
Two of our athletes from the sprint group also lined out at the Nationals. Aaron Keane ran both the 400m Friday night with his 3rd fastest ever time of 49.47 placing him 14 overall out of 45 competitions in a very competitive field  – all chasing Olympic 400m relay spots. On Sunday  Aaron ran  PR of 22.12 seconds for a very windy 200m getting him 4th in a very strong heat and 11th overall from 46 competitors. Emmanual Ilori competed in the  100m on  Saturday morning and ran a decent 11.46 seconds to take 6th in his heat and 22nd place overall in a field of 42 athletes.
  Overall it is great to see so many young athletes progressing to senior competition and it is important to note that many improved their PBs at these national championships. We look forward to following the careers of these young athletes in the years ahead.
The Chairman, Committee and members of Tullamore Harriers Athletics Club would like to express our deepest Sympathies to Hilary Duncan on the passing of her father Peter Geraghty. 
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