St Michael’s AC Good Friday 5k
Dave Murray continued his steady improvement with a second place finish at St Michaels AC’s Good Friday 5k in Killenard. Dave achieved a pb of 17.31 despite having to stop to tie his laces! There were also prizes for Sean Rigney who won the junior men’s race in 18.50 and was 5th overall, and his sister Sinead who won the junior women’s race in 20.33 finishing in 18th place. Newcomer Lavinia Leahy showed her potential clocking 22.32 to finish 31st.
Ballyliffin 10 Mile Coastal Challenge
Finn Valley AC hosted the annual Ballyliffin 10 Mile Coastal Challenge in Donegal last Saturday. Tullamore Harriers’ John Harkin had a great race taking second place in 58.09. A total of 625 runners braved the cold for a race that certainly lives up to its name. The hilly course started in Inishowen village and passed the Isle of Doagh and Mallin Head before finishing on Pollan beach.
Slieve Bloom Half-Marathon and 10k
For those who like to earn their Easter eggs the hard way, the Slieve Bloom Half-Marathon on Easter Sunday provided a real challenge. An already-tough course, with lots of hills and changing terrain, was made even more difficult by the high wind. Tullamore Harriers were well represented in Clonaslee with Eddie Garry finishing 8th in 87.48; Diarmud Herlihy was 28th in 98.14; Karen Nolan was 50th in 108.28; Maeve Larkin was 86th in 123.36 and Mary Casey was the 100th runner across the line in 130.39.
There were also good performances in the 10k event with Claire Davis running 50.54 followed by Mary McIntyre in 52.02 and Veronica Casey in 63.14.
Other News in March
Pauline Curley retained her title in the women’s race at the Bohermeen Spring Half Marathon on Sunday with a winning time of 1.17.38. Over 700 runners took to the start line for the two-lap race which is run over a flat, fast course. Pauline dominated the women’s field with a very comfortable margin of more than ten minutes over her nearest rival. The men’s race was won by Gary O’Hanlon in a time of 1.09.42.
The Ballycotton 10, which is now in its 36th year, took place on Sunday 3rd March with a crowd of over 2500 participants taking to the roads around the county Cork town for the ten mile race. The cool, dry day provided ideal running conditions for the strong field of runners. Tullamore Harriers’ Keith Gorry had a fine run posting a time of 59.45 to finish 89th overall while his wife Mary ran 1.34.59 in what was her first 10-mile race. The overall winner was newly-crowned National Cross Country Champion Sergio Cibanu with Letterkenny’s Maria McCambridge winning the women’s race.
The Business Houses Athletics Association held its most recent cross country race at Maynooth College on Saturday last. The men’s four mile race was run on a flat four-lap course with Tullamore Harrier’s Declan Fahey running strongly to take first place in the o40s category and second place overall in 21.41. The course also suited John Todd who was first in the o60s category finishing 54th out of the 169 runners in a time of 25.42.
Bundoran 10 Mile Challenge
Mick Murphy ran the Bundoran 10 mile charity fund-raiser on Saturday 9Th in his native Donegal finishing 6th overall in a speedy 58.21.
Universities Cross Country Championship
Liam Brady (representing Dublin IT) bounced back with a fine performance in the Irish Universities Cross Country Championships after a recent illness that left him well below par at the recent National Inter Clubs CC. A very muddy course at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, provided a severe test of strength and stamina for the athletes. Liam started conservatively and worked his way through the field during the 8km race to finish in a fine fourth place, just 120 meters behind 3rd placed Christy Johnston, the National Intermediate CC champion.
Barcelona Marathon 2013
Almost 15,000 runners lined up for the 2013 Barcelona Marathon on St. Patrick’s Day and among them were seven Tullamore Harriers athletes ready to put months of hard training to good use. It was a cool, wet morning as the athletes gathered at the majestic Palau Nacional to face the gruelling 26.2 mile circular course of Barcelona. Although described as a flat marathon course, the athletes had plenty of drags to contend with along the route.
Ger Lynam was first home for Tullamore Harriers in a very impressive 3.01.48 finishing in 784th place, putting him in the top 5% of finishers. Next was John Monaghan who steadily clocked up the miles to finish in 3.23.35. Not far behind him was Brian McManus who also broke the ‘sub 3.30’ bar at 3.24.42. Club captain Adrian Martin completed his fifth marathon in 3.39.11. Next to finish was Ivan Dunne who crossed the line in 3.41.55 followed by Leonard Owens in 3.55.20 and Shane Dunne completed his first marathon in 4.13.44.
Congratulations to all on their achievements.
European Masters Indoors Athletics Championships
Well done to Catch Grennan who competed with the best in Europe at the weekend in the European Masters Indoors Championships in San Sebastian. Catch ran in the 1500m heats and although he was disappointed to miss out on a place in the final, his training will stand to him as he prepares for the outdoor season ahead.
Wicklow Half Marathon
Over four hundred runners took part in a very hilly half-marathon on Sunday in Wicklow. The cold, windy conditions made the course even more challenging. Despite this, Keith Gorry had a great run clocking 1.22.39. Also running for Tullamore Harriers were Mags Grennan who ran 1.53.38 and Jane Conlon who finished in 2.02.00.
Craughwell 10 Mile
The popular Craughwell 10 mile road race attracted a field of 615 runners at the weekend including Pauline Curley who was first woman home in the o40 category and 3rd female overall in a time of 1.00.10.
Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan 5k
Tullamore Harriers were well represented at the Kilbeggan 5k on Saturday 16th which was won by Mick Murphy in 17.07. Dave Brophy was third in 17.53 and Maurice Fitzgerald was 7th in 19.20. Sinead Rigney was third in the women’s race in 20.17 with Claire Davis finishing in 22.45.
Dave Fox and Martin McManus travelled to Liverpool to join 8000 competitors in the Liverpool Half Marathon on St Patricks Day. Dave finished 18th overall in a fine time of 78.15mins while Martin clocked 97.44mins.
Pauline Wins Streets of Portlaoise 5k
Pauline Curley was first lady home in the annual Streets of Portlaoise 5k in a time of 17.42. Martin Carroll crossed the line in 18.40 finishing in 38th place. A total of 679 runners took part in the event.
Dune Cross Border Half-Marathon
Olivia Grant raced on home ground on bank holiday Monday, competing with fellow Tullamore Harriers athlete, Ger Keyes in the Dune Cross Border Half Marathon. Olivia was 4th lady home in a time of 1.40.37 on this very hilly course and Ger finished in 1.44.32.
Kevin Corrigan raced the Balbriggan Half Marathon on Sat March 16th and ran a fantastic time of 1.30.38 to finish 28th overall.
Mallow AC 10 Mile Road Race
Keith Gorry competed in the Mallow 10 mile race on Monday finishing in a very commendable 35th place out of 890 runners clocking 59.32.
Ballydehob St Patrick’s Day 10k
Following on from her first 10 mile outing in Ballycotton two weeks ago, Mary Gorry ran the Ballydehob 10k in a time of 59.23.
Three Tullamore Harriers athletes competed in the Borrisokane 10k road race on Bank Holiday Monday. Liam Brady was 2nd man home overall in 32.28, with Ferbane AC runner Paul Buckley in 3rd place (32.43). Next for Tullamore on this tough hilly course was John O’Connell in a time of 40.25 with Jim Langan following in 53.22.