National Masters Track & Field Championships
Although all roads led to Croke Park on Sunday August 18th, they also led to Tullamore Harriers for the National Masters track and field championships where we had 4 athletes competing at this high level of competition. Sinead Tynan made her outdoor national debut in the W45 high jump where she got off to a jittery start and failed to clear her first jump. But she gained her composure and cleared every jump until 1m 30cm. On the count back, she narrowly missed out on a silver medal due to her 1st jump. However, a bronze medal is a fantastic result for the hard work and dedication she has put in over the past few months. Congratulations Sinead! Also making her national debut was Michelle Percy who ran in the W45 800m. The conditions were far from perfect with plenty of showers and a stiff breeze on the first bend. Michelle finished in 6th position in 3:05.61. Well done! Ray Power competed in the M55 100m, 200m and 400m which proved to be quite a competitive age category. He finished 7th in 15.08 in the 100m and 6th in the 200m in 31.82. Both races took place in very wet conditions. Thankfully, the sun had come out for his 400m where he finished 7th. Well done Ray. Bernadette Spillane ran in the W35 200m where she finished 6th with a pb of 30.34. She also competed in the 400m where she finished in 4th position (time unavailable when sending to print). Well done to all the athletes who participated in these track and field championships. A huge thank you must go to the coaches who have given their time to train, guide and support the athletes.
Cross Country Training
Training for the forthcoming cross-country season will commence for all athletes from 7 years of age and up who are taking part in the championships this week. Training will return to the usual Tuesday and Friday nights at 7.30pm. We hope to see all athletes back in action.
The club had a big winner this week. Congratulations to Vincent Kiely who was the winner of €1,000. Many thanks to everyone who has and continues to support the club by being members of the lotto. This is very much appreciated by the club.
The club are helping to organise a fundraiser for our local defibrillator group in the form of a 5k Run/Walk. The parish is very lucky to have four defibrillators, two in Moyne and two in Templetuohy, but the upkeep of these machines is very expensive. Pads and batteries currently need to be replaced. The 5k Run/Walk will take place on Sunday 1st September at 12 noon from Moyne Athletic Track. Entry is €10 with children free. We hope that all club members will support this event or if you cannot make it on the day all donations will be very much appreciated. Hopefully, you might never need to use one of the machines, but you never know.