Event Photos & Reports

All Ireland Track and Field Championships

Tullamore Harriers were again hosts of the All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships at the weekend. With the temperatures high and the wind almost non existent it provided almost perfect conditions for racing.
Aaron Mangan has won a good few All Ireland medals in the past few years. This year for example he won three silver medals at the All Ireland Junior Indoor and Outdoor Championships and yet with all that success Aaron had never won an All Ireland gold before the weekend. On Saturday he cruised through his heat in 2.00 and lined up in the final confident he could get gold. He took the lead right from the starting gun and by the end of the first lap was three seconds clear of the chasing pack. In the next lap he continued to push and even though Craig Giles from Dublin and Leo Doherty from Sligo gained ground he was still a second clear at the finish. His winning time of 1.54:6 a great performance in a race where effectively he time trialled.
The first Tullamore Harriers athlete out in the middle distance races was Andrea Ryan in the Under 12 600m. Andrea had great success over the winter in Cross Country and at the weekend was competing in her first track All Ireland. Her ninth place finish in a time of 1.52:3 is a great performance for the young athlete and her determination in training and competition mark her out as someone who can do well in the years ahead.
Next to line up was Ava O’Connor in the Under 16 800m. Aimee Hayde from Tipperary led the race out at a very fast pace and the girls got the bell at 64 seconds. Ava fought on bravely and held on for a bronze medal in what was a tough race. Also competing in the Under 16 age group was Kilcavan AC athlete Ronan Hyland who trains with the Harriers group. Ronan has made great improvements in the last two months and on Saturday he produced a huge PB of 2.03 when he fought his way to fifth in the All Ireland. Ronan has huge potential and can make big improvements if he gets a good Cross Country season in.
Next up for Tullamore was James Dunne in the Under 18 800m. The race was led out by Louis O’Loughlin who had just got back from the European Youth Championships in Gyor. As he led he seemed surprised to realise James Dunne was right behind him at the bell. James hung on for as long as possible and even when Louis started to pull clear he kept fighting. James was pipped on the line for the silver medal
by Dublin lad Jack Raftery but his bronze medal and new PB of 1.55:8 are definitely the highlights of his track season so far.
The other Harriers athlete to toe the line in a distance event was Philip King. He competed in the Under 18 3000m Steeplechase and got off to a great start. However early on he injured his ankle but he fought on and finished a creditable fifth.

Mountain Running

Danielle Donegan and Dearbhail Cuddy travelled to Powerscourt in Wicklow to take part in the Irish Mountain Running trials. Both girls acquitted themselves well with Danielle winning the Junior race in a time of 27.50, while Dearbhail came third in the Youth race in a time of 30.35. They now wait to see whether they get selected to run for Ireland.

Milner and Mangan Lower 800m PBs
Over the last month Aaron Mangan and Mark Milner have ran a series of races to try and lower their respective 800m PBs.
Mark started off racing in Leixlip where he ran 1.54:0 for 800m, when he won the A race in very windy conditions. He followed this up by travelling to Loughborough in England where he again ran well and his time of 1.53:3 a good improvement. At the weekend Mark ran 1.52:2 at a race in Dublin, which is a great new PB for this young Tullamore Harriers athlete.
Aaron’s first race was also Leixlip and he lowered his PB to 1.54:9. He next raced in Eltham in London, where he won the E race in 1.55:7 and came back three hours later in the C race and ran 1.54:02.
These are significant improvements for both young athletes who are still just 17 so hopefully they will continue to improve over the coming years.

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Tullamore Harriers juvenile athletes shine at the Leinster Championships in Tullamore.

Over thirty young athletes took part in the Leinster juvenile athletics championships held at the Tullamore Harriers athletic stadium at the weekend. These young athletes took park in track and field events as well as middle distance running on the day. All athletes put in great performances in their event with some bringing home provincial medals.
In the boys u13 80 metre sprints Cillian Bourke put in a good performance by winning his heat to progress into the final. In the final Cillian just missed out on a medal, finishing fouth. This was good enough to quailfy for the National finals.
In the u10 girls pairs long jump Anna McGreal and Lilly Grennan put in a great performance with a combined jump of 6.67 metres to finish second and claim a silver medal and qualify for the national finals. Well done girls.
In the inter county relays Lilly Grennan, Anna McGreal, Niamh Garvey and Grace Mc Nally represented Offaly in the under u11 girls. All four girls ran a great leg finishing second and winning a silver medal. Well done.
As well as the sprints and relays the young athletes participated in the shot putt, high jump, turbo javelin, middle distance and long jump, all putting in good performances.
It was a great performance on the day by all. Thanks to all the parents who supported the young athletes and coaches on the day. The best of luck to all the athletes at next weekends Leinster athletics meeting in Tullamore.

Leinster Relay Championships,Enniscorthy, May 20th 2018

Success at the Leinster athletics relay championships.

Tullamore Harriers juvenile athletes travelled to Enniscorthy at the weekend to represent their club at the Leinster athletics relay championships. A total of 8 teams participated in the event.
The 8 teams participating were:
U10 Girls (4*100m) : Anna Mc Greal, Emma Mooney,Lily Grennan, Maeve Coll .
U12 Girls (4*100m) : Mia Merrick, Grace Mc Nally, Emer Cotter, Ava Grennan
U13 Girls (4*100m) : Ella Mc Nally, Juia Slattery, Niamh Galvin, Jane Maher
U13 Boys (4*100m) : Samuel Merrick, Eoin Corcoran, Dairmaid Caddem, James Saunders, Cillian Bourke
U14 Girls (4*100m) : Hannah Troy, Sinead Walsh, Emily Cunningham, Aishling Cotter
U15 boys (4*100m): Evan Cunnigham,Luke Bourke, Evan Farrelly, Jack Saunders, Philip Dunne
U16 boys (4*200m): Samuel Akinsurline, Michael Dowling, Daniel Dowling, Diarmaid Finneran, Luke Bourke, Jack Saunders.
U16 girls (4*200m): Katelyn Farrelly, Shauna Slattery, Katie Bourke, Kate Cunningham

In the u10 Girls 4*100 metres the girls ran a fast heat, finishing first to qualify for the finals. In the finals they led the whole way to start to finish to win the gold in a time of 1m 5.31 secs. Well done girls on a great performance.
In the girls u12 the girls ran a very good heat in a time of 11m 1.49 secs to finish first and qualify for the finals. In the final the team ran a good race against very tough and fast opposition to finish in sixth place in a time of 61.75 secs.
In the u13 girls 4*100 metres the team ran a good race against very tough and fast opposition finishing 4th in their heat in a time of 60.20 secs.
In the boys u13 4*100 metres the team ran a good heat and qualified for the final. In the final they ran a great race to finish fourth just missing out on a medal. In finishing fourth they qualified for the All Ireland relays. Well done lads.
In the girls u14 the girls ran a very good heat in a time of 57.69 secs to qualify for the finals. In the final the team ran a good race against very tough and fast opposition to finish in sixth place in a time of 58.26 secs.

In the boys u15, 4*100 straight final the lads ran a cracking race from start to finish, leading all the way the finished in a time of 49.51 secs, well ahead of the opposition to finish first and win the gold medal. Well done lads.
In the boys u16, 4*100 straight final the team ran an excellent race, leading all the way only to be dipped on the line to win a silver medal in a time of 48.93 secs. Well done lads.
In the girls u16 4*100 metres relay final all athletes ran a good race coming in with a time of 51.31 secs to finish second and claim a silver medal. Well done girls.
Congratualtions to all the young athletes who travelled and participated in the Leinster relays in Enniscorthy. It was a great day with five of the eight teams getting through to the All Irelands.
The club would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents who travelled and supported the young athletes on the day. It was much appreciated.
Onwards and upwards to the All Irelands.

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Four Counties Track and Field 2018

SCHOOLS TRACK MAY 2018

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South Leinster Schools Track and Field

Tullamore Track & Field juveniles continued great form into the start of the outdoor season at the south Leinster schools. Cold, windy and wet , and the long journey to the Waterford regional track they where not deterred. Super performances advances these young athletes to the Leinster finals in May. Junior girls 100m – Grainne Lawlor, 1st – Mountmellick community college. Grainne also took gold in the 200m Minor boys 100m – Luke Burke- 2nd – ceolaijste choilm, Tullamore. Junior boys 100m – Daniel dowling- 2nd – St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. Junior boys 200m Michael dowling- 2nd-St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. Minor boys hurdles -Evan Farrelly- 1st – Oaklands community college, Edenderry. Junior girls hurdles – Katelyn Farrelly – 1st – Oaklands community college, Edenderry Minor boys long jump – Luke Burke – 1st – 475cm & Evan Farrelly-2nd – 471cmin Junior boys long jump- Diarmuid Finneran 1st – 516cm – ceolaijste choilm, Tullamore. Junior girls long jump Katelyn Farrelly- 1st – 500cm Also our other athletes that competed very well on the day, but not making the cut was jack Saunders in high jump, finishing joint 4th , Evan Cunningham in Lj and 100m, Maeve Mc Greal in Lj and 100m and Shauna Slattery in the 100m taking x 3rd and making final in the 200m.

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Offaly Track & Field April 22nd, 2018

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Junior Great Ireland Run



Congratulations to Ava O’Connor who was 1st girl and 3rd overall in the Junior Great Ireland Run today. She posted 10.13 for the 2.9k event.

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All Ireland indoor juvenile athletics championships.

Tullamore Harriers had a good representation at the All Ireland indoor Juvenile athletics championships in Athlone IT at the weekend. A total of 16 athletes participated in track and field events.
In the u16 long jump Diarmaid Finneran got off to a good start with a jump of 5.31 metres setting a new pb. The jump was good enough to get him into the top eight. Diarmaid finished 5th overall not far off a bronze medal. Well done Diarmaid.
In the u15 long jump Luke Bourke jumped well with a distance of 4.97 metres to qualify and finish in the top eight.
In the girls u16 long jump Katelyn Farrelly jumped a distance of 4.71 metres against tough opposition to finish 9th overall.Well done Katelyn.

In the relays Tullamore Harriers had 3 teams participating:
U13 boys (4*100m) : Samuel Brickland, Samuel Merrick, Eoin Corcoran, Cillian Bourke, Diarmaid Cadam and James Saunders.
U15 boys (4*200m): Luke Bourke, Evan Farrelly, Evan Cunningham, Jack Saunders.
U16 girls (4*200m): Katie Bourke, Ava o Connor, Kate Cunningham, Katelyn Farrelly and Deborah Ilori.

In the u13 boys 4*100 metres the team ran a good race against very tough and fast opposition finishing 4th in their heat.
In the boys u15 4*200 metres relay all team members ran an great heat to finish second and qualify for the finals. In the finals the team ran a time of 1 min 48 seconds to finish fifth overall. Well done lads.

In the girls u16 4*200 metres relay all team members ran an excellent heat to finish second and get through to the finals. In the final the team ran a time of 1min 49 seconds to finish fifth overall. The time ran by the girls was good enough to set a new club record. Well done girls.

Congratualtions to all the young athletes on reaching and participating in the All Ireland indoor athletics events events. Well done.

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All Ireland success for juvenile athletes


The All Ireland Indoor juvenile athletics championships took place in Athlone IT on Sunday. Tullamore Harriers athletics club were well represented by young athletes who put in some excellent performances on the day.

In the boys u 18, 200 metres sprints Emanuel Ilori and Aaron Keane got the day off to a great start. Both athletes were drawn in lane one in their heats. Both athletes put in very good performances to finish second in their heats to make through to the finals. In the finals Emanuel ran a time of 23.81 seconds to finish 6th while Aaron put in a time of 22.67 seconds to set a new pb and finish 3rd overall to win a bronze medal.

In the under 14, 60 metres hurdles Evan Farrelly took to the blocks and ran a great heat in a time of 9.40 seconds to finish first and make it through to the final. In the final Evan raced out of the blocks and put in an excellent performance by finishing first to win the gold medal. Evan also set a new pb with a time of 9.23 seconds.

In the girls under 16, 60 metres hurdles Katelyn Farrelly got her day off to a good start winning her heat in a time of 9.33 seconds to make it through to the finals. In the finals against very tough opposition Katelyn put in a great performance in a time of 9.19 seconds setting a new pb and winning the bronze medal.

In the boys u 13 long jump Cillian Bourke put in a great performance in the first three jumps to make it into the top eight. Cillian jumped a distance of 4.32 metres to finish fifth overall. Well done Cillian.

It was a great performance on the day by the young athletes at the indoor national athletics meeting, setting new pbs and claiming silverware. Well done and congratulation to you all.

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Proud display by Tullamore athletes at All Ireland Indoor athletics championships


On a snowy day in March the All Ireland indoor athletics meeting took place in Athlone I.T.

11 athletes represented Tullamore harriers on the first day.

In the under 14, 60 metres Evan Farrelly ran a good heat finishing first and qualified for the final. In the final Evan raced out of the blocks and put in a great run to finish second in a time of 7.84 seconds, setting a new pb and claiming a silver medal.

In the under 16, 60 metres Daniel Dowling ran a very good heat to make it into the final. Daniel got off to a good start and sprinted his way across the line to finish third and claim a bronze medal in a time of 7.48 seconds, a new pb.

In the u15, 60 metres Luke Bourke ran a time of 7.93 seconds setting a new pb.
Aaron Keane ran a good heat finishing second in a time of 7.16 seconds, setting a new pb to make it to the final. Aaron ran the same time in the final to take 6th place.
In the girls u16, 60 metres Katelyn Farrelly ran a good race in a time of 8.11 seconds, just missing out on the final finishing 9th overall.

Some great performances were displayed by the Tullamore harriers athletes at All Ireland indoor championships, setting several new pbs and claiming silverware. Congratulations and we’ll done to all.

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Success for Tullamore Harriers juvenile athletes at the Leinster Indoor Championships in Athlone


Over fifty athletes travelled to Athlone Institute of Technology on Sunday March 11th to participate in the last day of the Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships. These young athletes took park in track and field events as well as middle distance running on the day. All athletes put in great performances on the day, setting personal bests in their event and bringing home several provincial medals.
The day got off to a good start with the Boys u17 Long Jump. Diarmaid Finneran put in a great performance to jump a distance of 5.24 metres, setting a new pb and winning the bronze medal.
Evan Farrelly put in a great performance in the Boys u14 Long Jump, jumping 5.0 metres. He also set a new pb in doing so, and took first place on the podium claiming a gold medal.
In the Boys u18 200 Metres, both Aaron Keane and Emmanuel Ilori ran very good heats to reach the final. Drawing in lane 5 and 6 in the final both athletes ran a great race in times of 22.91 and 23.77 seconds to claim silver and bronze medals. Well done lads.
In the Girls u16 200 Metres, Katie Bourke ran a pb of 27.80 seconds to qualify for the final. Unfortunately, due to injury in the long jump competition, Katie had to withdraw from the 200 Metres final.
In the Girls u16 60 Metres hurdles final, Katelyn Farrelly glided over the hurdles running a time of 9.44 seconds to win a gold medal. After a short break, Katelyn took part in the girls u16 Long Jump. After the first three jumps Katelyn was in sixth place. On her 5th jump Katelyn jumped 4.98 metres to move into second place and eventually claim a silver medal. Well done Katelyn.
In the boys u14 High Jump, Jack Saunders set a new pb of 1.50 metres just missing out on the bronze medal.
Evan Farrelly finished off the day on a high by winning the boys u14 60 Metres final in a time of 9.51 seconds to win his second gold medal of the day.
There were four medalists in the middle distances. Ava O’Connor led her 800m from start to finish to complete her Leinster Middle distance double having won the 1500m a month ago. In the Under 18 Boys 800m James Dunne and Philip King had a great day winning silver and bronze medals in a very competitive race. The last medal on the day went to Luke Duffy in the Under 14 800m. Luke came second in a great new PB of 2.17
Throughout the day there were pbs set by several other athletes in the shot put, high jump, sprints and middle distance. A total 10 athletes made it through to the National Finals.
It was a great performance on the day by all. Thanks to all the parents who attended and supported the athletes and coaches. Well done all.

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All Ireland Schools Cross Country


Danielle Donegan competed in the Irish Schools Cross Country in Waterford IT on Saturday March 10th, coming sixth in the Senior Girls race over a tough course. Her result was a huge achievement considering the short distance wouldn’t suit her. Ruby Steuven also travelled to Waterford for the competition and despite getting a stitch on the first lap ran on and finished 57th.

Leinster Indoor track and field championships in Athlone IT.


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Fine display by Tullamore Harriers juvenile athletes at the Leinster indoor relays championships


On a very cold and frosty morning over 30 athletes gathered at the Tullamore Harriers club to bus their way to Abbottstown indoor athletic stadium which was hosting the Leinster indoor relay championships. Some sleepy eyed athletes boarded the bus but all were wide awake and rearing to go on reaching Abbottstown. Six teams were entered on the day. They were:
Girls u 12 : Mia Merrick, Florrie Briackland, Ava Grennan, Grace Mc Nally and Teagan Delaney.
Girls u 13: Ella Mc Nally, Julia Slattery, Jane Maher, Cara Goode, Niamh Galvin, Amy Mc Greal.

Boys u13: Samuel Brickland, Samuel Merrick, Diarmaid Cadden, Cillian Bourke, James Saunders and Eoin Corcoran.
Girls u15: Maeve Mc Greal, Belle Hannon, Nera Grgurev and Shauna Slattery.
Boys u15: Evan Cunningham, Luke Bourke, Evan Farrelly and Jack Saunders.
Girls u16 : Deborah Ilori, Kate Cunningham, Katelyn Farrelly, Shauna Slattery and Katie Bourke.

The day started off with the Girls u13, 4*100 metres relay. The girls ran a great heat with a time of 58.84 seconds to be in the top six and qualify for the final. The girls ran a great final but were outside the medals.

Next was the boys under 13, 4 * 100 metres. All four athletes ran very well to finish in the top six and qualify for the final. In the final the young athletes put in a great performance to finish third and claim a bronze medal. Great run lads.

Next was the girls under 15, 4 * 200 metres. All four athletes ran a good leg and came in with a time of 1min 50sec but just missed out on the final.
In the boys u15 4 *200 metres all four athletes ran a great race and won their heat by a considerable distance in a time of 1 min 50.13 sec and progressed straight into the final. After a short break they were back on the track again. The boys improved in their time in the final with all four athletes running a superb leg and winning comfortably to claim gold medal position. Well done lads.

In the afternoon session the u12 girls took to the track for the 4 * 100 metres relay. The team put in a great performance winning their heat. Later the news was given by an official that that the team were disqualified. Very unfortunate for the team after such a good show.

In the Girls u16, 4 *200 metres all four athletes ran a great leg, winning their heat and qualifying for the final. In the final, again, all four athletes put in an excellent performance. Leading the race in the first, second and third leg the girls lost time and ground due to lane error by an official at the last changeover. The girls battled on to claim a silver medal. Well done girls.

It was a great performance on the day by all the teams and athletes. Thanks to all the parents who attended and supported the athletes and coaches. Well done all.

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Tullamore juvenile athletes taking part in the juvenile relays in a packed arena at Athlone IT.


A great nights entertainment and experience was had by all the young athletes at the International indoors track & field meeting.
Thanks to the club, coaches and parents for making it happen.

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Track and Field athletes perform well at Leinster Athletics indoor meeting in Athlone I.T.

Over forty young athletes from Tullamore Harriers travelled to Athlone Institute of Technology, which was hosting the Leinster Juvenile indoor track and field. Following months of tough training by the track and field athletes, super performances were displayed by all the athletes on the day.
In the boys under 13 long jump Cillian Bourke got the day off to a great start by winning the u13 boys long jump. Cillian put a solid performance with a jump of 4metres 45cm to take the gold medal. Well done Cillian.
In the boys under 15 long jump Luke Bourke put in a good performance with a jump of 4metres 79cm to take the bronze medal. Well done Luke.

On the track there were good performances by all the athletes. Evan Farrelly put in a great performance in the boys u14 60 metres sprints. Evan won his heat in a time of 8.07secs to qualify for the final. In the final Evan ran a Pb of 7.93secs to take the silver medal. Great going Evan.
In the u18s boys Emanuel Ilori came first in his heat with a good time of 7.47 secs. In the final Emanuel ran a cracking race setting a new pb of 7.35 seconds to claim a silver medal. Well done Emanuel.
Katelyn Farrelly ran a fine race to come fourth in the Girls u16, 60 metres final to qualify for the All Irelands in March.

Good displays were also shown by Katie Bourke, Kate Cunnigham, Shauna Slattery and Deborah Ilori in the sprints.
It was a great performance on the day by all the young athletes including those making their debut appearance. The athletes did their club and coaches proud in bringing home some Leinster medals. Well done all.

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Strong performance from Juveniles at All Ireland combined indoor pentathlon.

Jack Saunders U15, Evan Farrelly U14 and Katelyn Farrelly U16, all put in great days work in AIT indoor arena today competing in the national juvenile combined events. Each athlete doing 5 events each of hurdling, shot putt, long jump, high jump and 800m,Its an tough event testing all the capabilities of the athlete. As the day progressed with the 3 athletes moving from event to event all against tough competition from all clubs across the country, the Harriers juveniles mixed it with the best of them.
Jack Saunders started the day off with a huge PB of 1.48m in the high jump . It was his first time to compete in the shot putt event threw a distance of 9.42m. He followed up with a jump of 4.33 metres in the long jump, a little off his pb of 4.41m but loads of room for more improvement and a solid run of 2:40 secs in the 800. Jack finished in a super 7th

Evan started off the day on a good note hurdling the fastest time of his age group of 9.63sec , a huge PB for his first race in hurdling of 2018. Evan continued his good form in the shot with a 8.33metres throw placing him well up in his group. Later Evan jumped a PB of 1.41 metres in the high jump, and another pb in the long jump of 4.72 metres. Going into the last event Evan was in medal contention His last event was the 800m, not his stongest event but ran a solid 4 min 17sec and to claim an All Ireland bronze medal for the 5 event competition. Well done Evan.
Katelyn put on a good show starting with the long jump taking the second longest jump of the day with 4.61 metres. Katelyn followed up with a great run of 9.81 sec in the hurdles, her first hurdle race since July last year and only 0.4 secs off her PB. She put in good performances in the high jump, shot putt and 800 metres finishing in a solid 6th place and now can bring the positives to the upcoming season in her hurdles, long jump and sprinting.

Well done to all three athletes.

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Northwest Indoor Games, AIT Athlone




There were some great performances from the Track & Field Juveniles at the Northwest Indoor Games in AIT Athlone.
10 juveniles competed in this highly competitive open competition. A great start to the day with Aaron Keane taking gold in the U18, 200m.
In the long jump , Luke Burke taking silver in the U14 boys and Katelyn Farrelly taking silver in the U16 girls. Jack Saunders narrowly missed out on a medal by barely grazing the bar at his 3 attempts at 145cm in the U14 boys high jump but finished with a super PB of 140cm.
The 60m sprint saw all our athletes perform superbly notably katelyn Farrelly taking bronze and still awaiting confirmation of the result, but Luke Burke and Evan farrelly in the u14 boys expected in the first 3.
The day finished with 2 exciting relay teams in the u16s, 4×200 boys and girls, with the girls taken a very convincing gold and the boys in a very contested race we’re pipped on the end line to take 4th place.
Shauna Slattery’s day ended early due to a minor injury but cheered our guys on all day to the end .
Grainne Lawlor, from rosenalis kilcavan ac , an associate member and trains with the track and field group took a superb bronze in the u16 girls 200m.
Well done Aaron, Katie, Luke, Kate, diarmuid, Evan, Shauna, Katelyn, jack and grainne.

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Track and Field – Cushionstown A.C

Fine display by Track & Field athletes at Cushionstown A.C

It was a cold and frosty morning but that was not enough to stop a bus-load of athletes, coaches and parents travelling from Tullamore to Cushinstown, Co. Meath to take part in their annual indoor track and field open day. Following several months of hard training, the athletes were looking forward to the day out and were well rewarded for their efforts.
The day started off with the 60 metres sprint. All athletes performed very well taking home 16 trophies/medals.

Results 60 metres sprints:
Ruby McNally (u8) – 3rd place, Grace McNally (u11) – 1st place, Cara Goode (u12) – 3rd place
Eoin Corcoran (u12) – 3rd place, Cillian Bourke (u12) – 1st place, Shauna Slattery (u14) – 1st place, Kate Cunningham (u15) – 3rd place, Katelyn Farrelly (u15) – 2nd place.

In the field events there were good performances in the long jump, high jump and shot putt.
In the shot putt Samuel Brickland threw a distance of 6.13m to finish third. Well done Samuel.
In the high jump there were wins for Cillian Bourke (1.25m), Diarmaid Finneran and Eoin Corcoran (1.31m PB).

In the long jump the was another good performance by Katelyn Farrelly (1st 4.93m), Diarmaid Finneran (1st 5.00m) and Eoin Corcoran.

The coaches would like to thank all the parents who travelled to the event and gave their time, assistance and support to the young athletes. It was a great performance by all athletes on the day. Well done to all.

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Harriers Juveniles


Huge crowds attended the national Country championships at the weekend in Abbotstown in Dublin. Twenty juniors and Juveniles from Tullamore Harriers made the trip and there was success across the ages. Luke Duffy was first on in the boys U14 race and Luke was in a break away pack tight from the start. He was always pushing the pace and fought his way through muck and over hills. In the final sprint he held on to fifth place gaining a national medal. This is a big run for Luke when you consider that he is out of his age in this grade and competing against lads a year older than him. The girls U16 were next. Ava O’Connor led the charge. In conditions that wouldn’t suit Ava she battled hard and finished 12th and gained a national medal. Dearbhail Cuddy, Laura Mooney and Cara Martin also had solid runs and the team finished eight. In the U18 race Danielle Donegan had another fine performance to finish 11th. In the Junior Men’s competition, the blue and white was worn by Christopher Whittle, Matthew Molloy, Ethan Dunican, Connor Butler and Cian Martin. The lads raced hard all the way and we’re still passing people on the fourth lap.

NIA Live


Three Tullamore juveniles made their way to Abbotstown on Thursday 23rd to compete in the NIA Live events being organised at this the new National Indoor Arena. All three are sixteen and competed in a tough 3000m race. Aaron Mangan led the Tullamore lads home in 9.13 with James Dunne finishing in 9.47 and Cian Martin running 10.21. These runs are positive marks for the upcoming indoor seasons and shows the aerobic development training of the last few months has paid off.

AIT INDOOR ARENA


Indoor training for some club athletes got under way for some club athletes last Wednesday. There around fifty young Harriers in attendance and in addition the usual mix of sprint and distance work there was great work done on long jump technique and relay strategies. Thanks to all parents for making the trip over and to our coaches for making the extra effort too!

CROGHAN HILL


A smaller group than usual made the trip to Croghan on Sunday due to the numbers attending the All Irelands but the successes of recent weeks show the benefits of hill training which allows for plyometric style workout on a natural environment. Training in Croghan will continue at the usual 9am start each Sunday.

CHRISTMAS PARTY


The annual club Juvenile Christmas party takes place at the cinema in Tullamore on Thursday November 30th. You should be there at 5.40pm. Afterwards the group will go to Supermacs (one of our club sponsors). Thanks to Annamarie for making all the arrangements for this annual event
Huge crowds attended the national Country championships at the weekend in Abbotstown in Dublin. Twenty juniors and Juveniles from Tullamore Harriers made the trip and there was success across the ages. Luke Duffy was first on in the boys U14 race and Luke was in a break away pack tight from the start. He was always pushing the pace and fought his way through muck and over hills. In the final sprint he held on to fifth place gaining a national medal. This is a big run for Luke when you consider that he is out of his age in this grade and competing against lads a year older than him. The girls U16 were next. Ava O’Connor led the charge. In conditions that wouldn’t suit Ava she battled hard and finished 12th and gained a national medal. Dearbhail Cuddy, Laura Mooney and Cara Martin also had solid runs and the team finished eight. In the U18 race Danielle Donegan had another fine performance to finish 11th. In the Junior Men’s competition, the blue and white was worn by Christopher Whittle, Matthew Molloy, Ethan Dunican, Connor Butler and Cian Martin. The lads raced hard all the way and we’re still passing people on the fourth lap.

NIA Live


Three Tullamore juveniles made their way to Abbotstown on Thursday 23rd to compete in the NIA Live events being organised at this the new National Indoor Arena. All three are sixteen and competed in a tough 3000m race. Aaron Mangan led the Tullamore lads home in 9.13 with James Dunne finishing in 9.47 and Cian Martin running 10.21. These runs are positive marks for the upcoming indoor seasons and shows the aerobic development training of the last few months has paid off.

AIT INDOOR ARENA


Indoor training for some club athletes got under way for some club athletes last Wednesday. There around fifty young Harriers in attendance and in addition the usual mix of sprint and distance work there was great work done on long jump technique and relay strategies. Thanks to all parents for making the trip over and to our coaches for making the extra effort too!

CROGHAN HILL


A smaller group than usual made the trip to Croghan on Sunday due to the numbers attending the All Irelands but the successes of recent weeks show the benefits of hill training which allows for plyometric style workout on a natural environment. Training in Croghan will continue at the usual 9am start each Sunday.

CHRISTMAS PARTY


The annual club Juvenile Christmas party takes place at the cinema in Tullamore on Thursday November 30th. You should be there at 5.40pm. Afterwards the group will go to Supermacs (one of our club sponsors). Thanks to Annamarie for making all the arrangements for this annual event!

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DUFFY AND O’CONNOR PASS THE STRIKE GOLD IN WEXFORD AT LEINSTER CROSS COUNTRY


Tullamore Harriers stalwarts have known for a long time that Luke Duffy and Ava O’Connor had great potential in cross country and on Sunday both passed the acid test at the Leinster Cross Country in Wexford where they won gold in the U13 Boys and U15 Girls respectively. Two other Harriers athletes picked up medals on the day, with Andrea Ryan and Danielle Donegan both competing for gold in the lead packs of their races too in tough conditions in Adamstown.
While it didn’t rain the ground was very mucky after weeks of downpours and this along with two tough hills and very cold and windy conditions meant that runners had to really be at their best to get into the medals. The Sunday mornings on Croghan hill are obviously paying off and the athletes, parents and coaches are very grateful to Croghan GAA club St. Brigid’s for facilitating this.

Luke Duffy had already won a medal in the U14 Boys race a fortnight ago so was expected to do well in the U13 race. He was quickly to the front and settled in the lead pack of a field that included 140 runners. After the first kilometre Luke started to push the pace and he and Myles Hewlett of Wexford broke clear. Luke made the decisive move at the base of the last hill and quickly started to stretch clear and got home with a comfortable seven second margin of victory. Jack Donegan, Ronan Murray, Ronan Dooley, Peter Charles and Peter McKeagney all also competed well in this big field of runners.

In the U15 race there was a fast pace right from the start and Ava O’Connor went with the early leader Hannah Kehoe of Kilkenny and they quickly gapped the chasing field. After the first mile young Kehoe had a slight lead on Ava and over the next mile stretched her lead to thirty metres or so. However with three hundred metres to go Ava surged and quickly caught up on the leader and went on to be clear winner. Ava adds this club Leinster title to a schools Leinster cross country title and track 800m victory that she had earlier in the year. Sarah Condron, Cara Martin and Hannah Larkin all did well too in a competitive race.
Ater a slow start in the U17 Girls race Danielle Donegan started to push the pace and quickly gapped the field. She went on to have a twenty metre lead at one point before Holly Brennan of Meath gave chase. The two pushed on over the last lap and raced one another for victory. While Danielle came second she really gave it her all and this was her second silver having two weeks ago been on the podium in Navan. Derbhail Cuddy too showed true grit to finish 16th, her best ever Leinster performance.

In the Under 11 race young Andrea Ryan was quickly to the front and despite losing both her spikes led the field all the way to the finishing straight. She got caught in the finishing sprint but still her run was excellent and she should be delighted with her Leinster medal. She is great talent and huge prospect for the future.
Polly Duffy, Eimear Cotter, Rachel Donegan, Laura Condron, Ellie Fox, Eabha Owens, Aine Larkin, Faye Kelly and Ailbhe Hynes all competed well in this age group.

Others to do well for the Harriers were Emily Cunningham, Aisling Cotter, Sinead Walsh, Meadbh Rouse, Ella McNally, Imelda Lambe, Mette Cleary, Ava Spollen, Jane Maher, Cian Law, David Owens, Ronan Murray, Nacho, Philip King, Connor Dunne, James Dunne, Cian Martin, Claire Rafter, Christopher Whittle, Aaron Mangan, Cian Horkan, Dylan Leonard, Conor Kinnearney, Eoin Rouse, Conor Egan, David Coughlan, Donal Dooley and Owen Egan.

Leinster Cross Country Navan 28/10/2017


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Sarah Condron 2nd Place at National Youth Triathlon Loughrea 6th August 2017

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Ella Doherty won the girls race in 41mins 56secs with second place going to Sarah Condron in 43mins 04secs, just ahead of Elia Tutty who crossed the line 15secs later.

All Ireland Juvenile Track & Field 8th & 9th July 2017

Super performances on home ground at the All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field by Emanuel Ilori, Luke Bourke, Katelyn Farrelly, Evan Farrelly and Shauna Slattery this weekend.
On day one Evan Farrelly got the day off to a good start in the boys u13 60 metres hurdles. Evan ran a time of 9.98 seconds (Pb) to book his place in the finals. His sister Katelyn then took to the track in the Girls u15 80 metres hurdles. Katelyn flew over the hurdles and ran a time of 12.47 seconds to set a new Pb and qualify for the finals.
In the finals Evan got off to a great start powering over the hurdles. He crossed the finish line in a time of 9.72 seconds (another Pb) to win a bronze medal. Well done Evan.
In the girls u 15 80 metres hurdles Katelyn got off to a great start and was well ahead and in medal contention only to clip a hurdle knocking her off stride. Katelyn finished in a time of 12.84 seconds just missing out on a medal. Well done Katelyn.
On day two Katelyn Farrelly took part in the girls u15 long jump. Katelyn jumped a distance of 4.77 metres to finish eighth.
In the boys u14 80 metres sprint Luke Bourke ran a good time of 10.39 seconds to finish 5th in his heat against tough opposition, just missing out on a place in the final.
Shauna Slattery took to the track in the girls u14 80m sprints. Shauna crossed the finish line in a time of 10.99 seconds. In doing so she qualified for the finals. Unfortunately she later had to withdraw due to injury.
Emanuel Ilori took to the track in the boys u17 100m sprints. Emanuel ran a fast heat and qualified for the finals. In the final he ran a good time of 11.59 seconds to finish 6th.
It was a great performance over the weekend by all the young athletes. Well done to all the young athletes from the club and coaches.

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All Ireland Juvenile Inter-Club relays, Athlone I.T.
2nd & 3rd July 2017

It was a weekend to look forward to for Tullamore Harriers juvenile track and field athletes at Athlone Institute of Technology, which was hosting the All Ireland Juvenile Inter club relays. Following months of tough training the track and field athletes outstanding performances were given by all the athletes on the day.
In the boys under 14, 4 * 100 metres relay event Luke Bourke, Tobi Abioye, Evan Farrelly and Jack Saunders put in a great performance to finish in a time of 52.22 seconds to finish third to claim a bronze medal. Leading into the final straight they were overtaken by Cabinteely A.C who set a new national record on the day. Well done lads.
In the girls u 15 4 * 100 metres relay event Kate Cunnigham, Katie Bourke, Shauna Slattery, Deborah Ilori took to the track. All the four athletes gave it everything and ran an excellent time of 51.23 seconds which guaranteed them a silver medal on the day.
It was a great performance on the day by all the athletes doing their club and coaches proud in bringing home two All Ireland medals. Well done all.

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European U20 Championships Selection for Jordan!!

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Huge Congratulations to Jordan Hoang from all at the Tullamore Harriers who has been selected on the Irish Team, for the European U20 Track and Field Championships in Grosseto, Italy on the 20th of July. Fantastic news for the club. http://hp.athleticsireland.ie/index.php/11-news/91-european-u20-championship-selection

DONEGAN WINS NATIONAL TITLE

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Tullamore once again hosted the National Under 20 and Under 23 Track and Field Championships last weekend. The star performance of the day from the host club’s perspective came from Nadine Donegan who won her first national title in great style in the U23 5000m. With the rain pouring down in the early stages of the race it was tough conditions for the athletes and Nadine settled in to the pack for the first mile. She then took the lead and slowly started to increase the pace. By the two mile mark she was a hundred metres clear of her nearest challenger and as the race went on she continued to stretch her lead. Nadine won by twenty six seconds, a huge margin in a national championships and her time of 18.05 is an impressive time for the young Tullamore woman. Nadine’s progress has been steady all year and her PB’s in 1500m, 3000m and 5000m have all improved significantly as Nadine has committed to her training. Nadine’s new 5000m PB is an improvement of over a minute on her performances at that distance last year.

Nadine wasn’t the only Tullamore athlete to impress at these championships. Her sister Danielle performed well in the Junior 5000m and will be pleased with her 4th place finish in her first year competing as a junior. Danielle is eligible in this age category for another three years.

Aaron Mangan was also one of the youngest competitors in the Junior championships, like Danielle being only 16 years old and yet was able to match his older competitors for much of his 800m race. Aaron qualified for the final with an easy 2.01 in the heat. The final went off at a jog and it was only when the athletes reached the bell in sixty nine seconds that the race came to life. Aaron went with the blistering pace of the leaders and was only narrowly beaten for the bronze medal. He had an amazing last lap, running fifty four seconds and should be happy with his great effort.

Aaron had a week earlier taken part in the 800m in the Tailteann Games in Santry in Dublin. Aaron had a super race to finish third in a time of 1.57:9 m, a seasons best in a very tough field! Also competing at the Tailteann Games was Philip King who gave a good account of himself in the Steeplechase.

Lily and Anna perform well at All-Irelands

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Following a great performance and two medals in the Leinster U9 pairs competition, Lily Grennan

and Anna McGreal took part in the All-Ireland juvenile pairs competition at the Tullamore Harriers

Stadium on Saturday. Lily and Anna represented Tullamore Harriers in the 60 metres sprint and the

long jump. Lily and Anna jumped PBs of 3.00 metres and 3.12 metres to finish 6th in a field of

fourteen pairs, just missing out on a medal by centimetres. In the 60 metre sprint, Lily and Anna ran

times of 10.77s and 10.68s to finish 8 th out of a field of sixteen pairs. A big congratulation to Lily and

Anna on competing in the All-Irelands and hopefully there is more to come.

Leinster Track & Field Events June 2017

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Jordan Qualifies for the European’s!!!

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Hugh Congrats to Jordan Hoang who was competing in the England Athletics U23 / U20 Champs in Bedford today.  He jumped a fantastic 14.93m and has now qualified for the European Athletics U20 Championships in Italy next month.

 

Leinster Juvenile Track & Field Championships 2017

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Juvenile Athletes displayed a great performance at the Leinster Juvenile Athletics meeting at Tullamore Harriers stadium last Saturday.

Evan Farrelly got the day off to a good start by qualifying for the u13, 80 metres sprint final.  Evan ran a great heat in a time of 10.75 seconds.  He followed on with a time of 10.77 seconds in the final to take a bronze medal and a place in the All Irelands in July.

 

Yemi Agbetuyi also booked her place in the All Irelands with a great performance in the girls u13 shot putt.  Yemi threw a distance of over 8 metres to claim a well deserved silver medal.

 

Anna McGreal and Lily Grennan put on a great team performance in the pairs competitions.  Both girls ran a great 60 metres to win a bronze medal.  Both girls again took part in the long jump later in the day to claim another bronze medal and their place in the All-Irelands.  Well done Anna and Lilly.

Also in the pairs events Ava Grennan and Mia Merrick put on a good performance in the long jump and 60 meters sprints.

 

Taking part in the sprints were Amy McGreal, Niamh Galvin, Cara Goode and Jane Maher, Cillian Bourke and Diarmuid Cadden.  All five athletes put in good performances in the heats but just missed out on the finals on the day.  In the field events Samuel Merrick and Julia Slattery put on a good display in the Boys/Girls u12 Shot Putt.

 

A Big Congratulations to all the junior track and field athletes that participated on the day.

Day 1 Leinster Schools Championships – Santry

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Tullamore Harriers athletes do club proud at the Provincial School Championships.

The first day of the Schools Leinster Championships Finals took place last Wednesday in Santry stadium with some of the Tullamore Harriers track and field athletes taking part representing their respective schools. Competition on the day was very high and there were spectacular performances from our athletes.

Katelyn Farrelly representing Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, took part in her first ever schools finals. Competing in the minor 75 metre hurdles, Katelyn hurdled with confidence into a head wind claiming the gold medal against tough opposition with a great time of 12.38 seconds.

Kate Cunningham representing Killina Presentation Secondary School, took part in the junior 100 metres. The competition was very strong but Kate from start to finish gave a super performance but was unable to medal.

Katie Bourke representing Sacred Heart School in the junior long jump competition finished in an excellent 5th place jump of 4.65 metres and was only 16cm from a medal and progressing to All-Ireland Finals.

Katie also lined up later in the day on the junior relay team with teammates Aimee Brennan, Rachel Conroy, Sarah Condron and Lizzy Brown, and finished in a respectable 6th place in a super-fast final.

Emmanuel Ilori ran a great race in the Leinster intermediate boys 100 metres claiming a bronze medal in a blanket finish.

Rachel Keane representing Moate Community School ran a superb 100 metres in the Connacht Schools Championship Finals to claim the gold medal in a time of 12.37 seconds. She followed this with a silver medal in the 200 metres in a time of 26.32 seconds.

It’s great to see these young athletes competing at the highest level in schools competitions in various events of track and field which demands great skill an athletic ability. The sprinting, relays, hurdling long and high jumping, shot putt, javelin and more evolves from the track and field coaching team in the Tullamore Harriers.

Well done to all the athletes and credit to your club and represented schools.

Leinster Juvenile Relays – Le Cheile AC – Leixslip

It was an early start, late finish but a day of huge excitement and fun.  Tullamore Harriers had 6 relay teams in action today in the Leinster relay Championships.

Our U12 girls and boys both made it to the finals given super performances for some of them, first time in relays, absolutely were amasing.  The U14 girls narrowly missing out to make the final but not without giving it all to the finish line.  The U14 boys took silver with a super heat and an even better final!  Our U15 girls ran a massive pb of 51.80 in the heat and even better in the final with 51.42 taking pole position but later where DQ for been fractionally out side the passing zone.  There 51.42 would be a new women’s 4×100 club record beating the old record of 51.51 from 1996.

The U16 girls of Aimee Brennan, Rachel Conroy, Lizzy Brown, Katelyn Farrelly and Kate Cunningham also ran a fast heat and final to finish off with a super 5th place.

The Blue and White was well represented today with 5 of the 6 teams in finals.  A big Thank You must also go to parents and coaches for your great work, support and help leading up to and including today.

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International Selection for Molloy

matthew molloyCongratulations to Matthew Molloy who has been selected to run for Ireland at the Varsities International as a result of his performance at the IUAA Track & Field Championships. We wish Matthew the best of luck in the competition.Seen here with coaches Tom Godley and Damien Lawlor and Chinnie Izuchukwu.

 

 

Schools Athletics, Leinster Finals, Santry Stadium, Dublin

A busy week lies ahead for Tullamore Harriers athletes in the schools Leinster finals at Santry Stadium, Dublin

At the South Leinster schools athletics meeting in Waterford IT Kate Cunningham did her club proud by taking gold in the 100 metres junior sprint finals.(representing Killina Secondary School)

Also taking to the Podium was Katie Bourke who took silver in the junior long jump (representing Sacred Heart School, Tullamore)

Katelyn Farrelly had a busy but rewarding day taking silver in the Hurdles and bronze in the 100 metres sprint finals. (representing Oaklands Community College, Edenderry)

Debroah Ilori ran well to claim bronze in the junior 100m sprints.

There were no surprises with Emanuel Ilori as he cruised home to win the 100 metres final.

In the south Connaught schools athletics meeting Rachel Keane ran an excellent 100metres and 200 metres claiming gold in both events. Well done Rachel. (representing Moate Community college)

Best of luck to all the Tullamore Harriers athletes in the Leinster and Connaught finals on Thursday..

Schools Championships

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Over the last fortnight the Irish Schools Athletics Association has started its annual series of races with district competitions throughout the country.  Tullamore Harriers athletes compete in a number of regions with the bulk in South Leinster but with others in South Connacht, East Munster and North Leinster.  Not all our athletes have competed yet but so far the results have been very promising.  Below are the list of medal winners from the middle distance group and alongside these are a number of other club members who raced well having trained diligently all winter.  Included in this group are Cian Murphy, James Dunne, Connor Dunne, Cian Law, David Owens, Cara Martin, Hannah Larkin, Dearbhail Cuddy and Sarah Condron.

Senior

1st – Chloe Harte 400m Hurdles

2nd – Chloe Harte 800m

2nd – Christopher Whittle 2000m Steeplechase

Intermediate

1st – Claire Rafter 1500m

1st – Claire Rafter 3000m

2nd – Danielle Donegan 3000m

1st – Aaron Mangan 800m

1st – Aaron Mangan 1500m

2nd – Mark Milner 800m

Under 16

2nd – Laura Mooney Mile

Junior

3rd – Lydia Buckley * 800m

Minor

1st – Ava O’Connor 800m

*Rhode AC Athlete training with the group

Other News

It’s been great to see Nadine Donegan in action too in the last fortnight. Nadine has made steady improvements all year and her 3000m PB in the Dublin Graded meet in Santry of 10.26 and her run in Tullamore Harriers 5k of 18.38 mark Nadine out as one to watch in the years to come.

Ava O’Connor has also been busy winning races in Kilmacow, St.Abban’s and leading her Laois team to All Ireland medals at the Community Games in Abbotstown. Ava wasn’t the only one competing in Abbotstown. Dearbhail Cuddy (Ballyfin AC athlete who trains with the group) also won team bronze having finished sixth in the 7k race while all the athletes below have it their best too.

Emily Cunningham, Jane Maher, Aisling Cotter, Ella McNally, Maebh Rouse, David Sheerin, Sinead Walsh, Imelda Lambe, Peter Charles and Luke Duffy.

 

Offaly Juvenile Track & Field – April 2017

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St Abbans

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Leinster Indoor Athletics meeting held in Abbotstown, Dublin – February 2017.

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