Tralee Harriers Athletics Club News

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Tralee Harriers Weekly Report.

It was a busy few weeks for Tralee Harriers athletes with open sports for the U9-U16 and Munster Championships for Juniors  (U17-20) and U 23’s as well as the Juvenile Pentathlons held in Waterford.

Open sports were held in Castleisland hosted by Gneeveguilla AC. There was a huge turn from the club with many competing at their first event. The day was bright and a lot of fun was had with many of the athletes bringing home well deserved trophies. Tralee Harriers would like to extend our thanks to Gneeveguilla AC on hold a great event, and look forward to attending again next year.

Leevale AC held their open sports in CIT track in Cork City. Only one athlete attended this event and preformed well. Setting new bench marks for the coming Track and Field outdoor season.

Waterford RSC hosted the Munster Junior, U23’s and the Juvenile Pentathlons. This event was not as supported by athletes as in previous years and although the club did well there could have been a better turn out.

Results of the above events are listed below.


1. Tralee Harriers offer a huge well done to Derek Griffin; who competed in the London Marathon. It is a gruelling event, Derek was in fine form throughout the race but the last few miles took it out of him and despite having a stitch he keep going finishing the race in 2.43.59. Derek was the 15th Irish person home on the day

Superb running from this up and coming senior athlete, there is certainly much more to come from Derek this year.
2. Training turns up a few notches this week with Munsters only 5 weeks away. Relay trails will commence next Thursday 4th May. All athletes that would like to make a Munster relay Team. Please give their names to Linda and Paul at coming sessions.
3. U9-U13 Munsters is held on the 3rd / 4th June in Ennis Co. Clare.  And U14 to U19 is on the 17th / 18thJune in CIT Cork.
4. Works resume on the grounds in the coming weeks, finishing off the flood lights and completion of the 4 lane 100m and long jump run ups. This is a welcome announcement with the closure of the track in Castleisland for resurfacing.
5. Tralee Harriers were recipients of a cheque of €146.00 from Tesco as part of their Local Community Fund.  These monies will go some way to helping to replace some of the much needed equipment for both club training and the Primary Schools Links Programme. Thank you to all in Tesco for the generous cheque.

This week’s Winners

On Saturday 7 athletes attended the Munster Junior, U23 Track and Field Championships along with the Munster Juvenile Pentathlons

All 7 athletes claimed medals.

Jordan Kissane Won Gold in the U15 Pentathlons
Solange Carla Won Gold in the U23 Triple Jump
Cillian Griffin took Silver in the U16 Pentathlon
Rachel Bowler took Bronze in the Junior Triple
Aoife O’Carroll Took Bronze in the Junior 100m and 4th in 200m
Aoibheann O’Brien took Bronze in the Junior Long Jump and was 4th in the 100m
Orla O’Reilly joined the other Junior Girls and gave them a great start and aided their 3rd place finish in the 4*100m Junior relay.

On Sunday two open sports took place. Leevale held their 50th Anniversary event in CIT Cork, and Gneeveguilla AC held their open sports in Castleisland.

Cillian Griffin travelled to Cork to get some competition ahead of the upcoming schools and Munster championships.
He did very well taking Silver in the U16 100m sprint just piped on the line. (time to follow)
He was third in the 100m Hurdles (I recon he was second but I am slightly biased), he was also third in the Javelin.
He finished 4th in the High Jump.
He is improving all the time and the coming season is looking bright for him.
The Gneeveguilla open sports was held in An Riocht Today..There was a great turnout from the club with over 40 athletes competing. Competition was keen with many other clubs in the Kingdom turning up. The report back is that all the kids had a fantastic time and are looking forward to their next outing.

Below are the results

Individual Events

Alannah Crossan
U7 1st 60m
1st Turbo Javelin

Blaithin Casey
U7 3rd Turbo Javelin

Sean Murphy
U9 1st Turbo Javelin
3rd Long Jump

Lucy O Connor
U11 2nd 60m
1st Long Jump
2nd 200m (U12)

Caoimhe Murphy
U11 3rd Long Jump

Kai Seino
U11 3rd Long Jump

Sorcha Casey
U12 2nd 80m

Bobby Byrne
U13 1st 80m (with arm in a cast)

Paddy Falvey
U13 2nd 80m
1st Long Jump

Darragh Cunnane
U13 3rd Long Jump

Tony White
U14 3rd 100m
2nd Shot
3rd 200m

Darragh Murphy
U14 3rd Shot

Grace O Loughlin
U14 3rd 800m

Grace O Connor
U14 2nd Shot

Holly Smith
U14 3rd 100m

Conor Commane
U15 1st 100m
1st Long Jump

Rebecca O Connor
U15 1st 100m

Andrew O Connell
Jun 1st 100m
2nd 800m

Louis Byrne
Jun 1st 800m
3rd 100m

U9 Boys 2nd
U10 Boys 2nd
U11 Girls 1st
U13 Boys 1st and 3rd

See photos below…

Cillian Griffin 2nd U16 100m at the Leevale AC Meet, Cork

Boys U13 Relay team 1st and 3rd

Boys u9 2nd Place Relay Team

Caoimhe Murphy, Ellen Collins, Lucy O’Connor and Grace O’Donnell winning u11 relay team

Holly Smith 3rd U14 100m

Munster Junior Women Relay team, bronze medallists. Rachel Bowler, Orla O’Reilly, Aoibheann O’Brien and Aoife O’Carroll.

O’Connor girls Grace, lucy and Rebbeca cleaning up at Gneeveguilla Open Sports,

Paddy Falvey 1st U13 long Jump, Darragh Cunnane 3rd

Upcoming events,

May 9/11th                 North Munster Schools Track and Field Ennis and UL

May 20th                    Munster Schools Track and Field, CIT Cork

May 27th                     Irish Life Health National Combined Events, Santry Dublin

May 28th                     Farranfore Maine Valley Open Sports

June 1st                       Tralee Primary School Sports, Tralee Harriers Training Grounds

June 3rd                       National Schools Track and Field, Tullamore

June 3rd/4th                 Munster U9-U11 Games, and U12&U13 Championships, Ennis

June 5th                       St. Brendan’s Open Sports , Ardfert.

June 10th                     Kerry Primary School Sport, Castleisland.

June 11th                     Kerry Counties, U9 to U16 Track and Field Championships

June 17th/18th             Munster U14 – U19 Championships


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