Tullamore Harriers Club Report 6th Dec 2021

Mooney and Donegan For Spar Euro Cross

This weekend sees the biggest athletics event since 2009 to be held on Irish shores. All roads lead to the Spar European Cross Country Championships which take place on Sunday 12th December at the Sports Ireland Campus in Abbottstown. 

Some of the leading Irish hopes at the European Cross Country Championships to watch out for include European U20 1500m and 3000m champions Cian McPhillips and Nick Griggs in the men’s U20 race and Sarah Healy in the U23 race. Irish champions Hiko Tonosa and Michelle Finn highlight the Irish senior team with 2011 and 2012 winner Fionnuala McCormack due to extend her record of most appearances on the women’s side to 17.

Tullamore Harriers are extremely proud of Laura Mooney and Danielle Donegan on being selected on their respected Irish team. Laura will be making her debut while Danielle had the honour of running in the U20 event in Lisbon back in 2019. They join previous clubmates Pauline Curley, AnnMarie McGlynn nee Larkin and Liam Brady who have all represented Ireland in the European Cross Country Championships. This is a massive achievement for both young athletes who continue to improve and this shows great recognition in their efforts to date. 

Laura will be competing in the U20 4k race which starts at 10:28am while Danielle will be competing in the U23 6k race and that race starts at 11:23am. For those that won’t be able to make the event full coverage will be on RTE and also streamed on European Athletics website.

 The committee, members and friends of Tullamore Harriers wish the girls the best of luck on Sunday.

Imelda Lambe and Under 15 Girls Harriers Win All Ireland Medals 

The last day of the 2021 cross country season took place in Gowran in Kilkenny on Sunday last. With the All Ireland taking place in a field next door to the long-standing horse racing track in the village it is apt to say that going was soft with large parts of the course very mucky. There was also a tough hill in the second field and you could see athletes really having to dig deep, while climbing it. Despite the tough course, the fine weather, with the sun shining throughout the day meant that there was a really good atmosphere right up to the last race. 

First up for the Harriers was our Under 15 Girls team and right from the starting gun firing the girls were jockeying for position. After the first lap, Tullamore had all six athletes well placed and the team were in the frame for medals. As the girls started to climb the hill for the second time you could see the Sunday mornings training on Croghan Hill paying off as they started to move through the field. Niamh Garvey led the girls home in 14th place with Andrea Ryan 19th and Eabhadh Multaney-Kelly in 28th not far behind. Kara Daly put in a really good performance to finish 54th and along with Polly Duffy and Aoibhe Moore rounded out the scoring for the Harriers. When the scores were totaled, Tullamore had finished as second team. This is a great performance from a very dedicated group of young women. 

In the Under 15 Boys Luke Mahon was the clubs sole representative. Luke had a tough week leading in to the championships with a sore ankle. Despite this he was competitive. When Luke got into the homestretch he was in 36th position, which is a good run when you consider that over 150 started the race. 

In the Girls U17 race Tullamore had two representatives with Imelda Lambe and Emily Cunningham both racing well. Imelda lambe was a dark horse coming into the race but she was a front runner right from the start. With the give and take over the 4000m distance Imelda ran herself into the top ten and by the time she reached finishing straight she was in the running for an All Ireland medal. She won that as she finished 10th in a very competitive race. Emily Cunningham finished 76th and battled all the way to the finish. Her Leinster run this year was a great performance and she showed on Sunday that she is well able to compete at All Ireland level too. 

In the Under 19 races Ruby Stueven and Cian Law competed for the club but with both under the weather before the start of their races they did not perform as expected. Still both are huge talents and hopefully in the new year will get plenty more races.


The last 2 races of the day were the Novice championship races . The ladies were off first and covered 4000m of that same testing course. Emily Grennan who only a few days ago posted a huge PB for 1500m on the track in AIT, had another great run finishing in 17th place. Nita McLoughlin joined Emily in the blue and white among the large field of novice ladies coming home in 108th place. ,

The men’s novice race marked the finale in Co Kilkenny yesterday. 222  men lined out for the 6000m for another exciting race. Well done to the Tullamore men : Barry Mooney(73rd) , Gary Whittle (175th), Daniel Molloy( 184th), Peter Bennett(206th) and Sean Reynolds(214th) and while they didn’t medal on the day, represented the club with pride. Well done to everyone athletes, coaches,parents and supporters.


Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon 2022.

We are back!!! Entry is now open for the 2022 Tullamore Harriers Half Marathon. Sign up for a top class race now and you won’t be disappointed. Entries are expected to sell out really quickly so don’t leave it too late to Include the Tullamore Half Marathon in your goals for 2022. As a result from the very high standards set and improved on by Tullamore Harriers, this event is classed as one of the best Half Marathons in the country. It offers so much for runners of every standard from 1st timers to the highly competitive athlete. 

The Tullamore Half Marathon hosts the Offaly and Leinster Half Marathon Championships so there are plenty of individual and team medals up for grabs. The prestigious Quinlan Cup will be awarded to the winning mens team and the Phyllis Delaney Cup to the winning ladies team

The race as always will be on closed roads to ensure safety for our athletes and allow nothing to get in their way!! Register now on myrunresults.com






3000m Breakthroughs for Hyland and Grennan at Baseline Meet 

Five of Tullamore Harriers middle distance runners travelled to Athlone on Wednesday last to compete in the opening indoor race of the 2021/2022 season. 

Ronan Hyland was one of the runners who dusted off their spikes on Wednesday 1st December in Athlone to race in the TUS 2021 Baseline Meet. Ronan usually races 800m and 1500m but in order to test his overall fitness, Ronan stepped up to 3000m at the meet. He competed well over the 15 lap race and ran a time of 8.38.13 for a huge new PB at the distance. This is a really fast time for a young athlete especially when you consider that Ronan is eligible for U20 competitions again next year. He adds his 3000m time to an 800m PB of 1.54 and 1500m best of 3.51. Also racing on the Wednesday was Emily Grennan and she too had a breakthrough performance as she raced a big PB of 10.12.09, almost half a minute faster than her previous best. Emily had been aggressive from the start and went through the first kilometre in 3m15. She dug in then as the laps passed by and was able to get home in a really fast season opener. Emily is great example to the younger runners and has been able to make improvements as well as having a busy working week!

Also in action were Cian Law (9.07.66), Barry Mooney (9.21.66) and Ruby Stueven (10.32.66). All three ran PBs and impressed on this the first night of indoor competition the runners have had in almost two years due to Covid restrictions.


Mangan Runs Mile PB 

Aaron Mangan travelled with the Fort Hays State track and field team to Pittsburgh, Kansas last weekend and opened his indoor track season in outstanding fashion. At the Crimson & Gold Invitational Aaron raced the mile. He started conservatively and passed the first 400m in 65 seconds. Over the next half a mile Aaron bided his time but was able to unleash a great kick over the last 400m, which he covered in 60s. This was good enough for 2nd place and a new PB of 4.14.17. That’s the equivalent of a 3.55 1500m.



Mark Milner and Claire Rafter In Action in Jingle Bells 5k

Mark Milner showed that his base training is going really well when he raced the Jingle Bells 5k. Mark usually races 800m but on Saturday 4th of December he raced over six times that distance and still showed his class. His time of 14.28 is a huge run and he was only six seconds off the winner John Travers. For Mark shows that all his training is really paying off and we look forward to to seeing him back on track once the indoor season opens.

Claire Rafter had a solid run posting 18.00 finishing well up in the midst of a highly competitive level of ladies.


Tullamore Harriers in Lanzarote.

A group from Tullamore Harriers took part in the International Running Challenge in La Santa, Lanzarote last week. The Challenge is comprised of four races taking place on four consecutive days, over various terrains and distances and over the past few years this event has been a very popular one for Tullamore Harriers. 

The races are; 10k, 13k, 5k and 21k

.Well done to all who participated and hopefully a good time and plenty of sunshine was had by all. 

Tullamore Harries team of Jack Donegan, Darren Butler and Jay Donegan took 3rd team prize overall. Jack Donegan and his brother Jay also won their respective age group prizes. 

Our other club players in Lanzarote were: Conor Butler, Josie Lalor, AnnMarie McNamara, Micheal O’Brien, Paschal Naughton, Anne Daly, Carmel Doheny, Bernard Doheny and Ethan Dunican.


Clonakilty Half Marathon

Well done to Naomi Galvin who ran the Waterfront Clonakilty Half Marathon recently. Naomi posted 2.02 for the testing course in the beautiful Clonakilty Co Cork.



Sunday 12th Dec – Spar European Cross Country 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