Tullamore Harriers Club Report 8th Nov 2021
Ruby Stueven and Under 15 Girls are Leinster Champions
At the Leinster Cross Country Championships at the weekend Ruby Stueven’s individual win and the Under 15 Girls team victory were the standout performances by Tullamore Harriers athletes!
Three dozen Tullamore Harriers Juveniles travelled to Avondale House in Wicklow to compete in the second day of the Leinster Cross Country Championships. The sun was shining, the underfoot conditions were generally good and the course was tough but manageable.
In the Under 11 Girls race Emily Morris was the clubs sole competitor. Having raced a fortnight ago out of her age Emily was well prepared for the big field and did well to finish a creditable 89th.
In the Under 13 Girls race Sarah Minnock led the team home for Tullamore with a battling 22nd place finish. A fine run when you consider that there were 143 finishers. Maeve Duffy 45th, Mia Gallagher 46th and Eva Rose Kelly 84th completed the Tullamore team and the girls finished 7th team out of 18th the teams competing.
In the Boys Under 13 race Conor Murtagh went out hard at the start. Conor raced well and was in the top ten for most of the race. In the final push for the finish Conor found another gear and was able to get up to finish in 10th place. Liam Yorke, Darragh Stewart and Patrick Duffy rounded out a gutsy Tullamore team who have plenty of talent. We look forward to seeing their progress in coming years!
Tullamore Harriers dominated the U15 Girls race from the gun. After the first 1000m of the 3500m it was clear that Tullamore would be Leinster champions. Niamh Garvey was first home for Tullamore as she raced to a top three finish only ten seconds behind the winner! Not far behind was Andrea Ryan in 8th and the rest of the team finished strongly with Eabhadh Multaney-Kelly 10th, Aoibhe Moore 13th, Kara Daly 14th, Polly Duffy 18th, Saoirse Murtagh 34th, Rachael Donegan 63rd and Rachael Donagher 94th. The team score was over seventy points clear of second place St. Senan’s from Kilkenny. This victory in the U15 age group follows on from a team win at the Under 14 age grade two weeks ago in Ballyhale.
In the Under 15 Boys race Luke Mahon was the clubs sole representative. Luke was just returning from a recent illness but was still right up at the front from the start. His 10th place finish was hard earned over the 3500m and he really deserves his place in the All Ireland championships..
Tullamore had three girls who toed the line in the U17 race. Imelda Lambe again showed the great shape she is in as she raced to a fine 6th place over the 4000m distance. Next home for Tullamore was Jane Maher who was strong all the way through! Jane finished 13th and really gave it her all throughout the race. Meabh Rouse finished in 32nd showing the great talent she is.
Luke Duffy led the clubs trio of Under 17 runners into action on Sunday and was in the lead pack from the start. His determination saw him race well throughout and his 7th place finish is a good result in a very tough age group in Leinster. Jack Donegan and Harry Kearney also raced well with the two lads passing other competitors through to the final stages of the race.
Ruby Stueven was the Harriers sole representative in the U19 Women’s race and she had a great run from start to finish. Early on she sat back in fifth place and only moved up to third after the first kilometer. Clodagh Keane had led from the gun and continued to push the pace for the full 4000m. With 400m to go Ruby was up to second and was forty meters behind young Keane. When she started to sprint she closed the ground quickly and got into the lead and by the time she crossed the line had a winning margin of ten meters. Ruby’s gold in Leinster cross country follows on from 800m and 1500m Leinster titles she won during the 2020 Indoor season!
Leinster Senior Cross Country Championships.
Following on from the wonderful performances our juveniles displayed it was the turn of the Tullamore Harriers senior men and ladies teams
Hosted by Parnell Ac and Wicklow Athletics, the venue has been a regular for cross cross championships and with it’s rolling hills and testing climbs it is an ideal test for any runner.
The Ladies 5000m race took in two and a half laps of the course. Underfoot conditions were good and remained so for the day with good weather conditions. The winners of the Senior Ladies were: 1st Fiona McKenna UCD Ac, 2nd Una Britton Kilcoole Ac and 3rd Lisa Madden Sportsworld Ac.
Emily Grennan continued her great running form finishing in 8th place giving her teammates a good lead. Nita McLoughlin was next for Tullamore Harriers (52nd) with Rachel Henry (56th) and Dearbhail Cuddy (63rd). The girls were 9th Club and 7th County. This was Rachel’s very first provincial championships and while a new comer to the club she is showing great promise with her performances to date. Dearbhail too had a great run with most of the athletes more senior than her.
The men’s race took in five laps of the course to make up a gruelling 10000m race. Raheny Shamrocks Ac took a clean sweep with club mates Daniel Stone 1st, Michael Clohisey 2nd and David Eccles 3rd.
Mathew Molloy was first finisher for Tullamore Harriers and with this being his first cross country run of the season he ought to be very happy with his performance to finish 14rh overall in a high quality field of athletes. Barry Mooney (27th ) and Barry Minnock (38th) both raced well. Gary Whittle (65th) had a very strong run completing the club team scoring earning the men 6th club place. Peter Bennett (81st) and Sean Reynolds (82nd) along with Ger Cleary Naomh Mhuire made up the county team and here the lads earned 6th place also.
Great running everyone.
Harriers in Action in Texas and Missouri
Ava O’Connor and James Dunne travelled travelled as part of the Adams State University Cross Country squad to Lubbock, Texas at the weekend. Adams State were the dominant team as the Women’s team won the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championship by 67 points and the men’s squad finished in second place.
Ava O’Connor raced 6000m and had a great run to finish 28th in a new PB for the distance of 21.36. James Dunne finished 30th in his first race over the 10000m distance. His time of 31.20 would be great on track but when you add in the switch backs and hills of a cross country course you get an idea of the great shape he is in.
Aaron Mangan was in action in Joplin, Missouri in the 2021 NCAA DII Central Region Championships. Aaron and the Fort Hays State men’s cross country team posted a solid performance on the Saturday they finished 7th against tough competition. Like James, Aaron was racing the 10000m distance for the first time. Aaron passed in 16.02. He dug deep in the final stages and finished in 32.46. Some running for an athlete who usually runs 800m.
Sunday 21st Nov- Irish Life Health National Senior, Junior & Juvenile Cross Country Championships, Santry Demense.
Sunday 5th Dec -Irish Life HealthNational Novice & Juvenile Uneven XC Championships, Gowran Co Kilkenny
Tuesday 14th Dec – Grand National Club Race
Saturday 25th Dec – Hospice Mile
Friday 31st Dec – Around-the-Houses Club Race
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