Tullamore Harriers Report 26th February 2018

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 on Sunday February 25th. 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 McNally and Teagan Delaney.
Girls U 13: Ella McNally, Julia Slattery, Jane Maher, Cara Goode, Niamh Galvin, Amy McGreal.
Boys U 13: Samuel Brickland, Samuel Merrick, Diarmaid Cadden, Cillian Bourk, James Saunders and Eoin Corcoran.

Girls U 15: Maeve McGreal, Belle Hannon, Nera Grgurev and Shauna Slattery.
Boys U 15: Evan Cunningham, Luke Bourke, Evan Farrelly and Jack Saunders.
Girls U 16: Deborah Ilori, Kate Cunningham, Katelyn Farrelly, Shauna Slattery and Katie Bourke.

The day started off with the Girls U13 4 x 100m. 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 U13 4 x 100m. 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 U15 4 x 200m. All four athletes ran a good leg and came in with a time of 1 min. 50 seconds but just missed out on the final.

In the boys U15 4 x200m, all four athletes ran a great race and won their heat by a considerable distance in a time of 1 min. 50.13 seconds 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 x 100m. 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 x 200m, 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.

Leinster Junior, Senior & Masters Indoor Championships.

Congratulations to our Senior and Masters members who competed in the Leinster Athletics Indoor Championships on Saturday February 24th in Abbotstown. Adrian Brennan took gold in the O55 Long Jump with a leap of 3.52, and silver in the shot. Mary Walsh also took gold in the Ladies O65 200m Sprint. In the 1500m O35 age group, we had 2 athletes with Leonard Mooney (4th) 4.27 just missing out on a medal and Darren Butler (5th) 4.41. Tullamore took gold in the 4 x 200m and 4 x 400m O35 Relay Competitions with Leonard Mooney, Robbie Westman, Darren Butler & Paul Kinnarney on both teams. Mathew Molloy and Conor Butler competed in the Senior Men’s 1500m posting 4:29:91 (10th) and 4:39:10 (11th) respectively, both enjoying returning to competitive action. Nadine Donegan finished 5th in the Senior Ladies 1500m posting 4:47:10, just missing out on a medal in a tough race. Well done to all.

Emmanuel Illorl and Aaron Keane also competed at the Leinster Junior Indoor Championships, Aaron showing great form running a pb of 7.26 for 60m (coming a good 5th in the final) and 23.38 for 200m. Emmanuel ran 7.48 for 60m missing the final by one place and 24.08 for 200m. Both men growing and developing as athletes and showing lots of potential with another year to go in the junior ranks. Well done lads.

Schools Cross Country

Ava O’Connor came third in the Junior Girls race over 2000m in the Leinster Schools Cross Country. Others to proceed to the All Ireland were Ruby Steuven who finished 5th in the Minor Girls and Danielle Donegan who was sixth in the Senior Girls. On the day Cian Law, Dearbhail Cuddy and Sarah Condron battled hard but didn’t get into a qualification spot.
In the South Connaught Schools Philip King finished 4th in the Intermediate Boys race and will line out in the Connaught’s this week.

Adare 10K

With cold winds to contend with, David Murray had a great run in the Adare 10k in Limerick on Sunday February 26th. With a very competitive field and an entry of 800, David posted 35.00 to finish an impressive 9th overall. The winner was Sean Hehir in 31.22. Well done David.

Tokyo Marathon

Dermot Smith made the journey to Tokyo to compete in the Toyko Marathon on Sunday February 25th. He posted a time of 3.16, great running Dermot.

Baylin 7k

Well done to Richie Faulkner who won the Baylin 7k road race on Sunday February 26th. Richie posted 25.36 for the challenging hilly course.

Killarney 5k Spring Series

Well done too to Jim Langan who travelled to Killarney on Saturday February 24th for the final race in the Gneeveguilla AC 5k race series and finished 46th overall and 1st O/75 in a time of 25.25.

Porterstown 5k Parkrun

John Todd was 5th overall, out of 105 participants, in a time of 20.49, in the Porterstown 5k Parkrun on Saturday, 24th February, well done John.

Ballina Ultra Marathon

Rodge Larkin travelled to Ballina on Sunday February 25th to take part in the Ballina Ultra Marathon, and completed the gruelling 33 mile challenge in a time of 6.59, well done Rodge.


The club offers its condolences to the family of Anthony Denmead, father of Robert Denmead, who passed away recently. May he rest in peace.


Please note that club membership runs for the calendar year so 2018 membership is now overdue. Membership forms are available from the club house.


Sat 03rd March Leinster Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 4, Athlone IT
Sun 04th March Irish Life Health National Masters Indoors
Sun 11th March Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 1 – Naomh Ciaran RC, Castlejordan
Sun 11th March Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 1, Athlone IT
Sun 18th March Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 2, Athlone IT
Sun 25th March Irish Life Health National Juvenile Indoor Championships Day 3, Athlone IT
Sun 11th March Offaly Road Race 5k Series 2018 Race 2 – Ferbane AC

A list of AAI-licensed fixtures is available on www.athleticsireland.ie


Training for adults every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 8.00am except on race days. New members always welcome. Please contact Leslie Buckley 087-6130971 or Mary Daly 086-1906747 or any club member. Full details regarding Juvenile training on tullamoreharriers.com.

Access to Harriers Facilities

Please note that use of the club’s facilities, including the tarmac track, is restricted to members of the club. Walkers are not permitted on the track during training sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm-8pm.