Tullamore Harriers Club Report 26th Oct 2021

Garvey Leads Tullamore Harriers to Leinster Title 

Niamh Garvey led the Tullamore Harriers Under 14 Cross Country team to victory at the Leinster Cross Country Championships in Ballyhale, Kilkenny at the weekend. Niamh got out well and was in the leading pack from the starters gun. She was joined up front by Eabhadh Multaney-Kelly who was pushing the pace in the early stages of this 3000m race. Niamh took the lead with a kilometer to go and stretched out her margin of victory to ten seconds by the time she reached the finish line. Eabhadh had maintained her early position and crossed the line in third. The Harriers squad packed well with Aoibhe Moore 13th, Kara Daly 14th, Saoirse Murtagh 16th, Sarah Minnock 42nd, Monika Stopka 51st and Rachael Donagher 76th. These great runs meant that Tullamore were clear victors in the team competition as the team score of 31 points was over 80 points clear of the second place St. Coca’s from Kildare. 

The conditions were challenging on Saturday in Kilkenny and the course was as tough a challenge as there has ever been at a provincial championship with the athletes either climbing up hills or running down them. There literally was no flat ground. As well as having Leinster individual and team champions in the Under 14 Girls race, Tullamore Harriers athletes won another three more sets of team medals and numerous individual medals. 

In the under 10 category Kate McKinney, Jason McKinney and Matilda Cusack were in action. In the Under 12 Girls race the team finished 3rd with Adelyn Walsh leading home a tough squad who fought all the way to the finish. The squad were Adelyn Walsh, Mia Gallagher, Maeve Duffy, Clodagh Shaw, Ailish Walsh, Elise Cusack, Emily Morris and Chloe McGowan. 

In the boys Under 12 Tullamore had Darragh Monaghan and Sean Ryan in action and both competed well. 

In the Under 14 Boys Conor Murtagh and Liam York both raced well and they should be proud of their runs.

In the Under 16 Girls race Sinead Walsh led the team to a set of bronze medals. Her 5th place finish a great return to form for the young Killeigh athlete with Jane Maher, Polly Duffy and Rachael Donegan All packing well. 

In the Boys U16 two very talented Tullamore lads lined up and both delivered on the hard training they have out in in over recent months. Luke Mahon led the race in the early stages and pushed the pace for the first couple of kilometers. As the pace quickened Luke dug in and his 6th place finish is a breakthrough result for the young Rhode athlete. Harry Kearney also raced well and he was still passing lads in the finishing straight.

In the Under 18 & 20 Women’s combined race Imelda Lambe was the leading Tullamore Harrier. Her 6th place finish a fine return on her commitment to training. Imelda is still young and has two more years in this race. Emily Cunnigham and Dearbhail Cuddy also raced well.

The Under 18 & 20 Men’s combined race saw Tullamore Harriers race to a set of team bronze medals. Sixteen year old Luke Duffy led the team home in 12th place with Michael Murphy, Cian Law, Jack Donegan and Rafa Gonzalez all competing well to get on the podium.



Leinster Athletics Novice Cross Country Championships

Well done to our Novice Ladies and Men who lined out for the 1st provincial cross country race for this season, in the beautiful setting of Mountain View, Ballyhale , Co Kilkenny. 

With very large fields in both races – 92 in the ladies and 118 in the men’s race, the competition was fierce from the start. 

Emily Grennan was first finisher for Tullamore Harriers with a very solid 4k run coming home in 8th place. Evelyn Herlihy was next (28th), followed by the Rachel Henry (56th), Ruth Galvin (68th) , Blathnaid McAulliffe (73rd) ,Mary Galvin (86th) and Anna Hyland Guilfoyle (88th) . Well done ladies and especially to Rachel, Ruth and Blathnaid on their first provincial race for the club finishing in 8th club and 7th county placing. 

The Novice Men’s 6k race was the last race of the day and by that stage the wind and rain was making for tougher running conditions. Again this was another competitive race. 

Barry Mooney(24th) lead the Tullamore team home with Jonathon Dunne (63rd) next followed by Brendan McAulliffe (86th), Alan Mitchell (106th), Daniel Molloy (109th) and Peter Bennett (111th). The lads finished 14th club and were joined by Kevin Looby (Clara Ac) to place 9th the county team standing. Well done to all.


O’Connor and Mangan Race Conference Championships

Tullamore Harriers member Ava O’Connor travelled as part of the Adams State University women’s cross country team on Saturday to compete the 2021 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships at Applewood Golf Course in Golden, Colorado. Ava was a scoring member of the ASU team which finished on top of the podium. 

Ava finished the 6km in a time of 22:40.4 and was in 13th place. Ava was named the RMAC Freshman of the Year for being the first freshman across the finish line. Some running when you realise Golden, Colorado is at an altitude of 1730m.

Another young Tullamore Harrier in action was Aaron Mangan. He competed on the 

Fort Hays State men’s cross country team at the 2021 MIAA Championships on Saturday in Kearney, Nebraska. He covered the 8km distance in 26:30.93 and finished in 42nd. Aaron is in great form and Saturday’s run is his fastest every time for 8km.


Streets of Kilkenny 5k

Pat Kennedy posted a PB at the Streets of Kilkenny 5k at the weekend with a time of 20.54. Great running Pat. The popular race hosted by Kilkenny City Harriers attracted almost 500 runners with Michael Byrne of Rathfarnham AC taking the win in 14.16.


Thoroughbred Marathon

Congratulations to marathon debutants Martina Lydon and Tara Staunton who competed in the Thoroughbred Marathon in Co Kildare. The girls who have trained together over the past few months ran the 26.2 miles side by side today posting a very impressive time for their very 1st marathon – 4.02. Finian McDermott who is a well seasoned long distance athlete, finished in 4.06. Great running everyone!



Sunday 31st Oct – Offaly seniors XC Championships

Saturday 6th November – Leinster – Juvenile Uneven Ages, Seniors XC Championships

Sunday 21st Nov- Irish Life Health national Senior, Junior & Juvenile

Sunday 5th Dec -Irish Life Health national Novice & Juvenile Uneven XC Championships

Tuesday 14th Dec – Grand National Club Race

Saturday 25th Dec – Hospice Mile

Friday 31st Dec – Around The Houses Club Race


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