Valentine’s 5k for Downs National School
A fundraising 5k run was held in Mullingar on 10th February to support the Downs National School. Tullamore Harriers were represented in the field of over 300 runners by Sean Keane and Ellen Hogan both of whom put in great performances with Sean posting a personal best of 20.42 while Ellen clocked 23.54.
Seamus Buckley, along with 542 other athletes, competed in the inaugural Tralee International Marathon on Saturday 16th February. Seamus crossed the line in 3.54.51 which was his 2nd marathon in 4 months, having completed his debut run in Dublin City Marathon in October.
Irish University Athletics Championships
Larry O’Reilly and Sean Donnegan from Tullamore Harriers represented Athlone Institute, while Eoin Delaney represented UCD at the University Championships on 1st February. Larry finished 3rd in his heat of the 60m in a time of 7.15. He went on to win his heat of the 200m in a time of 22.68. In his 200m semi-final Larry finished 2nd in a new PB of 22.36. Larry finished 4th in the final in a time of 22.50. Sean Donnegan had a great run in the 400m finishing 3rd in his heat in a new PB of 51.68. Eoin finished 5th in his heat of the 200m in a time of 24.62. Larry and Sean then teamed up as part of the Athlone Institute 4 x 200m relay team and ran a superb final to gain 3rd place in a new college record of 90.71.
LEINSTER INDOOR ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tullamore Harriers were well represented at the Leinster Indoor Athletics Championships held in Athlone on the 2nd February and there were many fine performances. In the Junior men 400m Darragh McNamara won the silver medal when he finished 2nd in a time of 50.95. Patrick Heffernan finished 8th in the Junior men 60m in a new PB of 7.45. He went on to win the silver medal in the men’s 60m hurdles in a new PB of 8.71. Eoin Delaney finished 12th in the 60m in a time of 7.61, he went on to finish 4th in the final of the 200m in a new PB of 23.98. Dean Power made a huge impression on the championships, winning the 60m final in a very fast new PB of 7.10. He then went on to win the Junior men’s 200m in a new PB and championship best performance time of 22.35. Joe Gilligan finished 4th in the Junior men 800m in a new PB time of 2.05.08. James Mulligan took the gold medal in the junior men weight for distance with a throw of 8.74. He went on to win the bronze medal in the junior men shot with a throw of 12.45. His brother Eoin won the silver medal in the junior men weight for distance with a throw of 6.62. Fearghus Hannon finished 4th in the senior men 400m in a time of 52.03. James Carr finished 6th in the senior men 60m in a new PB of 8.50 and went on to finish 5th in the 200m in a time of 28.34. Joe Mulligan finished 2nd in the senior men weight for distance with a throw of 5.25 and 5th in the senior shot with a throw of 9.93.
NATIONAL INDOOR JUNIOR AND U23 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The new indoor track ay Athlone IT showed again what a wonderful athletics venue it is when it threw up some brilliant performances at the National Junior & U23 Championships. Tullamore Harriers athletes were to the fore again. Dean Power confirmed his status as an outstanding sprinter. Dean won his heat in the 60m in a time of 7.10. He put in a superb performance to win the silver medal in the final in a new PB of 7.00. In the 200m Dean won his heat in a time of 22.67. He went on to take the bronze medal in the final in a new PB of 22.18. Given that Dean is 16 years old and has 3 years left in the junior age group these performances truly mark him down as an athlete of outstanding potential. Rory Martin, another young athlete running in his 1st championships, ran a very good time and PB of 7.36 to finish 3rd in his heat of the Junior men 60m. Eoin Delaney had another good outing improving his times in both the 60m and 200m. He ran a PB of 7.58 in the 60m and a PB of 23.77 finishing 3rd in his heat. In the Junior men 400m Sean Donnegan won his heat in a time of 51.66 and Darragh McNamara came 2nd in his heat in a time of 50.55. It was great to see two Tullamore singlets in a national sprint final and Darragh finished 3rd in a time of 50.68 with Sean 4th in a time of 52.01. Joe Gilligan finished 2nd in his heat of the 800m in a time of 2.08.18. James Mulligan, continued on his winning ways when he won the gold medal in the Junior men weight for distance with a throw of 7.96, and went on to win the bronze medal in the shot in a new PB with a throw of 13.35. Eileen Rafter won her heat in the 400m in a time of 59.25 and went on to finish 4th in her final in a new PB time of 59.15. Fearghus Hannon finished 3rd in his heat of the 200m in a seasons best of 22.93.
Well done to all the athletes who represented the club so well.
Mount Juliet Half-Marathon
As part of his preparations for the Barcelona Marathon, Brian McManus took part in the Mount Juliet Half-Marathon in the picturesque Co. Kilkenny estate on Sunday last. Brian clocked 1.33.29 to finish 34thout of more than 300 runners showing how well his training has been going. The Barcelona Marathon, which will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, will feature a number of Tullamore Harriers athletes this year and we wish them all well in their final few weeks of training.