Event Photos & Reports
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
Sarah Condron 2nd Place at National Youth Triathlon Loughrea 6th August 2017
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 t…o 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.
European U20 Championships Selection for Jordan!!
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
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
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
Jordan Qualifies for the European’s!!!
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
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
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.
International Selection for Molloy
Congratulations 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..
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.
1st – Chloe Harte 400m Hurdles
2nd – Chloe Harte 800m
2nd – Christopher Whittle 2000m Steeplechase
1st – Claire Rafter 1500m
1st – Claire Rafter 3000m
2nd – Danielle Donegan 3000m
1st – Aaron Mangan 800m
1st – Aaron Mangan 1500m
2nd – Mark Milner 800m
2nd – Laura Mooney Mile
3rd – Lydia Buckley * 800m
1st – Ava O’Connor 800m
*Rhode AC Athlete training with the group
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