Tullamore Harriers Club Report 12th July 2021

Milner Unlucky in Estonia 
Mark Milner travelled as part of the Irish U23 team to the European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia last week. Training had been going great and throughout the track season this year Mark pushed his 800m PB down. It now stands at 1.48.30. This is one and half seconds ahead of his PB coming into 2021 and marks out young Milner as a huge talent. 
In Estonia Mark lined up in the first of three heats for the 800m. He and the Irish management team were confident that he would progress to the final. 
When the gun went Mark started in a controlled way and sat mid pack. Then after the 200m mark he started to move up to take up a better tactical position. He clipped the foot of the runner ahead of him and as his foot landed on the ground Mark stumbled and twisted his ankle. He found himself now off the race pace and had to push hard  to catch the leaders. The effort he put in doing that meant that when the attacks came on the last lap he was already in oxygen debt and not in a position to challenge at the front. 
After the race things got worse as the twisted ankle turned out to be quite severe and swelled up considerably. 
Still Mark believes it should be healed in a week or so and hopes to be able to test it with some jogging then. 
Mark will have gained huge experience from these championships like he did in 2020 at the European U20 Championships in Sweden. In the next few years we expect he will continue to be selected to represent Ireland and all this experience will stand to him.

Leinster Athletics U12/U13 and U16/17/18/19 3000m Track & Field Championships.
Our younger Harrier Endurance Juveniles made the journey to Carlow on Saturday,
July 9th. It was great to be competing again and as expected, competition was tough
at the provincial level. This was the first time competing for some of our athletes and
for others it has been a long time given their young ages and the cancelling of all
official juvenile competitions since the beginning of the pandemic lockdowns in early
First up were our under 12 girls in the 600m – there were 5 heats  – all our young
ladies gave a great account of themselves – Solomiya Horodetska 1:53.24, Mia
Gallagher 2:01.86, Clodagh Shaw 2:10.63, Charlotte O'Connor 2:25.98, Grace
McLoughney 2:19.31, Maeve Duffy 2:05.95, Alice Bairead 2:03.41 & Adelyn Walsh
Solomiya won her heat & herself & Adelyn qualified for the final, a great
accomplishment for both girls. 
We had two young men in the under 12 boys 600m – Sean Ryan clocked a time of
2:20.45 and Darragh Monaghan qualified for the final with a time of 1:54.87. In the
final Darragh improved his time to achieve 1:52.36.
Great running by our under 12’s.
Next up was our only under 13 girls – Maebh Coll – this was Maebh’s debut at the
600m, its a distance that suits her well. Maebh won her heat in great style with a
time of 1:47.68 and qualified for the final where she came home with the silver medal
improving on her time to achieve 1:44.28.
In our under 13 boys Liam York 2:04.39, Jack Cunningham 2:07.82, Darragh Stewart
1:48.7 and Conor Murtagh 1:56.09 competed. As expected the competition was
fierce but our boys gave a great account of themselves.

Our athletes also competed in the 60m and 80m sprints. Maebh Coll qualified for the under 13 80m semi final. Conor Murtagh, Rory Byrne & Liam York also ran in the under 13 80m. 
Charlotte O’Connor, Solomiya Horodetska, Clodagh Shaw, Roisín Cotter, Grace
McLoughney & Alice Bairead all competed in the under 12, 60m with Solomiya
qualifying for the semi final.
A few more of our athletes competed in the Long Jump – Darragh Stewart & Rory
Byrne in the under 13 boys and Roisín Cotter & Maeve Duffy in the under 12 girls. 
Well done to all our under 12 and under 13 athletes. It was great to see you all
competing again.
The 3000m event was next – We had two athletes competing in the under 17 age
group – Imelda Lambe got the bronze medal in the U17 girls with a time of 10:46.18.

Imelda found herself competing against very tough competition with the winner Anna
Watson from Wicklow setting a new Championship Best Performance of 10.20.49,
which is 14 seconds faster than the previous best. Imelda is fast improving and isn’t
afraid to take on such tough competition.
Next up was the under 17 boys which was a very exciting race with the first five boys
home sub 9 minutes. Like in the girls race the winner set a new Championship Best
Performance by 21 seconds. Our own Luke Duffy was 5th with a time of 8:57.18.
Luke and has improved his PB at 3000m by over thirty seconds this year and we
look forward to seeing him competing in even longer races in cross country
competitions  in the Autumn. 
All in all, a great showing in Carlow by our Juvenile Endurance athletes and a special
mention to Mary Daly and Adrian Martin who were volunteers for Leinster Athletics on
the day.

U12 girls 60m
Heats: Solomiya Horodetska 2nd, Faythe Byrne, Alice Bairead and Roisin Cotter 4th,
Charlotte O’Connor 6th, Clodagh Shaw and Grace McLoughney 7th
U12 Boys 60m
Semi Final – Darragh Monaghan 8th (4th in heat)
Heats: Daniel Bourke 4th.
U13 girls 80m
Semi Final: Both Martha Keoghan and Maebh Coll 6th.
U13 Boys 80m
Heats: Conor Murtagh 5th, Liam York and Rory Byrne 7th.
U12 girls 600m
Final: Solomiya Horodetska 12th (1st in heat) , Adelyn Walsh 13th (4th in heat).
Heats: Mia Gallagher 5th, Alice Bairead 5th, Clodagh Shaw 7th, Maeve Duffy and Grace
McLoughney 9th, Charlotte O’Connor 12th.
U12 boys 600m
Final: Darragh Monaghan Tullamore Harriers, 10th (5th in heat)
Heats: Sean Ryan 11th.
U13 girls 600m
Maebh Coll 2nd (1st in her heat).
U13 boys 600m
Heats: Darragh Stewart 7th, Conor Murtagh 8th, Liam York 12th and Jack Cunningham
U17 girls 3000m
Imelda Lambe 3rd.
U17 boys 3000m
Luke Duffy 5th.
U12 girls Long Jump
Fayth Byrne 35th Roisin Cotte 41st, Maeve Duffy 42nd, Ciara Dunne 44th.
U12 boys Long Jump
Daniel Bourke 8th.
U13 girls Long Jump
Lucy Deverell 6th, Martha Keohane 11th.
U13 boys Long Jump
Darragh Stewart 16th.

Never Give Up 5k
Jonathon Dunne was pipped on the line at the Never Give Up 5k in Gorey, Co
Wexford on Sunday posting a great time of 17:43. Padraig George took the win in
17:42. Great running Jonathon.

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