A: Grange, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland | E: info@mullingarharriers.com

Week ending Saturday 1st January 2022


Happy New Year to all our Members and Friends

We wish all Club members and supporters of the Club a very happy New Year. We certainly won’t be sad to see the back of yet another Covid-ridden year and have to be hopeful 2022 will see things get back to normal, though it may still take some time. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the festive season but should now get back to training again for the season ahead. There might still be a degree of uncertainty in some minds over indoor events in the coming months but rest assured, Athletics Ireland and Athletics Leinster remain committed to holding events, subject to whatever Covid-19 restrictions are in place at the time, so we must remain optimistic and not allow any uncertainty affect training plans.

Post-Christmas Races

Fortunately the persistent rain on Christmas Day had mostly cleared on St. Stephen’s Day and the Kilbeggan 6k took place in good conditions for running, much to the relief of the nearly 200 that toed the line looking to burn off the excesses of Christmas dinner and raise money for the Crumlin Children’s Medical and Research Foundation. The race was well supported by athletic clubs from near and far, including Mullingar Harriers of course. As well as those just looking to enjoy the mild weather and soak up the great atmosphere, there was a competitive edge too. The winners of the men’s and women’s races were both from Tullamore Harriers, Paul Mitchell in 18 minutes 53 seconds and Nadine Donegan in exactly 22 minutes. As expected, a good number from Mullingar Harriers took part, led home by Matthew Glennon in second place (19:05), followed by Brian Martin seventh (20:17), John Whitelaw eighth (20:28), Vinny Connolly tenth (20:41), Philip McCartan (22:38) second junior men, Joan Flynn twentieth (22:44) first in her master age category, Enda Seery (23:01), Lorcan Mullen (23:05) third junior man, Caoimhe Kilmurray (23:06) first junior woman, Susan Glennon (23:21) second senior woman, Andrew Glennon (23:50), Kieran Nolan (24:05), Amy Mahony (24:10), Conor Walsh (25:40), Lily Walsh (26:15) second junior woman running with her father Colm Walsh (26:15), Annie Kilmurray (26:30) third junior woman, Caroline Mullen (28:06) second in her master age category and John Bannon (28:24) third in his master age category. It was good to see members of Mullingar Harriers out in good numbers to support a local race and also to support a great cause.

Organised by local club Athenry AC in Galway, the Fields of Athenry 10k on St. Stephen’s Day is regarded as one of the top road races in the country. The race had to be cancelled in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, but returned very strong this year when more than 1,000 took part. The race started behind the train station and finished in the heart of the town. The course was reasonably flat up to 3k, then there was a long drag up to the 5k mark, followed by a few more ups and downs along the way but it still can’t be considered a hilly course. The final kilometre is downhill, so everyone gained a bit of time with a very fast finish over the last kilometre. Running in very good conditions, Eddie Newman finished well up in twenty fifth place in 36:02 to comfortably win his master category. Also competing was James Tierney (38:21) and Anna Broderick who finished strongly in 41:14, just outside the top 20 women finishers.

Membership for 2022

As we head into the New Year, members are asked to please renew their membership as soon as they can. If you’re not registered, you’re not insured and can’t train at the Club or take part in competition. Membership can be paid online though the Club’s website or any night at training. Rates are unchanged from last year.

A new requirement this year is that our underage members must compete for the Club in at least one event during the year, or they may be refused membership in 2023. There are several relatively low key events throughout the year to choose from, including the Midland Inter County T&F in May, the Westmeath T&F, the Westmeath Cross Country, as well as the more challenging Leinster competitions.

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