Tullamore Harriers Club Report 15th Nov 2021

IUAA Road Relays 

Four of Tullamore Harriers youthful distance runners lined out in the Irish University Road Relays last weekend. 

Mark Milner and Danielle Donegan took gold while representing UCD, while Claire Rafter was part of the Trinity College team which finished fourth. 

Mark Milner led off the UCD A team which won the Road Relays event. His distance was longer than a mile and he covered his leg in 4.57. He handed the baton off in first well clear of UCC who were in second position at that stage, four seconds behind. In the end of the five leg race UCD were over a minute ahead of a DCU squad with many seasoned internationals. Ethan Dunican was in action too and led out the AIT squad with a fine first leg run 

In the ladies race Danielle Donegan was the second leg on the UCD A team and covered her ‘2 miles’ in 10.57. Danielle was the fastest on her leg, seven seconds ahead of the next best runner. Her efforts helped UCD to gold, over two minutes clear of UCC. 

Claire Rafter led out Trinity College and helped her team to a great fourth place finish, just four seconds outside the medals.

 

Mooney and Donegan Race in Boston 

Laura Mooney and Nadine Donegan travelled last weekend to compete at the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet at Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Laura was part of the Providence College team that placed third out of 36 teams. Laura finished an amazing 7th out of 250 runners, despite a bad fall only a kilometer into the 6000m race. Her time of 20.44 a great return for the young Cappincur woman. The Providence team now qualifies for the NCAA Championship which will be held on Saturday, November 20th at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

Nadine Donegan also had a strong performance as she finished 56th and was fourth scorer on the Iona College team. Nadine’s time of 21.54 for 6000m a good mark on what is a challenging course. The Iona team finished 6th out of 36 teams but won’t progress to the NCAAs. Nadine is now deciding whether she wants to take a well earned break or to race some indoor competitions in the next month.

 

Winter League Prize Presentation

The winter league prizes were handed out after training after last Thursday night. Congratulations to all and especially to Team B captained by Evelyn Herlihy who won the league by over 100 points!.

1st Team B 1512 pts 

2nd Team A. 1391pts

3rd. Team C. 1298pts 

4th Team D. 1175pts 

WINNING TEAM 

Evelyn Herlihy Captain 

Michael O Brien 

Glenn Finlay 

Michelle Mullaney 

Sean Reynolds 

Daniel Molloy 

Patricia Gallagher 

Dave Dunican 

Jason Donegan 

Gary Whittle 

Bernard Doheny 

Paul Shaw 

Jason McDermott 

Jonathan King 

Jim Langan 

Maeve Lynam 

Individual Winners 

Male 

1st Jason Donegan 

2nd Cian Martin 

3rd Michael O Brien 

Female 

1st Pauline Curley

2nd Evelyn Herlihy 

3rd Nita McLaughlin

 

Mullingar Mind Marathon

Nick McGowan and Matt Corcoran both completed the Mullingar Mind Marathon last Sunday. The lads joined 480 athletes on a 3 looped course taking in the Old Rail Trail Greenway, Royal Canal Greenway and the shores of Lough Ennell.

Nick (34th overall) had a fine run with a time of 3.23.53 ( PB) and Matt clocked 4.55.30. 

Well done to you both.

 

Boora 10k

A group from Tullamore Harriers competed in the Boora 10k last weekend. With the gradual increase of road races to choose from it is great to see the blue and white in action again. Hosted by Lough Boora Running Club and Ferbane Athletic Club the race was set on a relatively flat course in the Lough Boora Park. Jonathon Dunne who is in top running form of late, was the first Tullamore Harrier to cross the line. With a great time 0f 35.39 Jonathon was 4th overall just 40 seconds behind overall winner Jimmy Coughlan. 

Rita Daly was our first lady and she picked up the 1st O50 prize for her 10k run of 44.01

Well done to all who lined out for the club and congratulations on your performances. 

Full Tullamore Harriers results:

Jonathon Dunne 35.39

Shane Origan 36.20

Darragh Carroll 39.11

Brendan Abbott 39.35

Alan Heffernan 39.53

Liam Byrne 42.19

Dave Dunican 42.25

Peter Bennett 43.01

Finian McDermott 43.21

Rita Daly 44.01

Martina Costello 46.41

Gary Dwyer 48.00

Charolotte Abbott 48.10

Melissa Hogan 1.23.13

 

The Late Sean Naughton

Sad news reached the club this week when we learned of the passing of Sean Naughton, Nenagh Olympic. Sean was an icon of Irish athletics. The driving force behind the Nenagh Olympic club since it’s foundation in 1955.

Sean excelled as an athlete, coach and administrator. Hugely generous with his time and knowledge, Sean helped to build a strong relationship with Tullamore Harriers and in particular the late Paddy Larkin. A relationship that continues to this very day through Seans daughter Brid, who coaches with our t&f athletes. Sean was a regular visitor to our stadium for all those years and he will be sadly missed.

On behalf of all the Tullamore Harriers members I wish to extend our condolences to the Naughton family, and the Nenagh Olympic club.

Adrian Curley

Chairman

Tullamore Harriers.

 

 

Condolences

Tullamore Harriers would like to offer our condolences to the McEvoy family on the death of Frank McEvoy.  Frank was a well respected and leading figure in Killeigh Schoolboys/Girls Soccer Club who kindly offer to help marshal at our half marathon event every year. 

 

Fixtures

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

Training 

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