There was a big turnout from the club in the Coldwood Fun Run last weekend with athletes featuring highly in the kids 3rd class and 6th class races. Some pics of the happy faces below! Results of the adult races are at:-
Congratulations to Damien Larkin on yet another podium finish when taking second-place in an impressive time of 22:46. He's well on the way to becoming the most photographed man in the club with the amount of top-3 finishes he is collecting around the roads of Galway in the last while!
Sean, Patrick and Catherine Noonan
representing the Pres Athenry in the Minor Boys and Minor Girls 1500m Races
where they each performed heroically to place 8th, 2nd and 8th
A large number of athletes from the club took to the hills in Bushfield last Wednesday for the South Connacht Schools Cross Country Championships, representing a number of schools including Athenry VS, Calasanctius Oranmore, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Loughrea VS, Bower Athlone, Pres Athenry, Seamount Kinvara and St Raphael’s Loughrea.
There were some fine individual performances with 3 of the 4 boys titles going to members of the club with Sean Connaughton (St Raphael’s) taking the victory in the Minor Boys 1500m, Oisin Lyons (Calasanctius) in the Junior Boys 2500m and Jamie Fallon (Calasanctius) in the Senior 5000m. Damien O’Boyle (Calasanctius) made it a 1-2 for his school and the club in the senior 5000m when taking the silver medal ahead of Athenry VS’s Conor Gillen in 5th place. Sean Crowley (Calasanctius) placed 40th as part of a strong Calasanctius team who almost certainly took the team title.
Patrick Noonan (Pres Athenry) took the silver medal in the Minor Boys 1500m to also complete a 1-2 for the club. Patrick’s brother Sean took a fine 8th place in the same race, the exact position that their sister Catherine held onto in the Minor Girls 1500m to complete a strong triple for the Noonan triplets! Such was the coldness of the day, Patrick ended up with hypothermia after the race and had to be attended to by first aid. Thankfully he recovered fully - but something for us all to bear in mind on these wintery days that perhaps underarmour wouldn't go astray on such a day.
Sinead Treacy resumed her National medal-winning ways at the National Junior Track & Field last weekend with a fine silver medal in the Junior Women’s 200m in a time of 25.20. Sinead is in breath-taking form having earlier won her heat in 25.41 and having run 25.57 last weekend in the Galway Indoors. Earlier in the day Sinead narrowly missed out on making the final of the 60m by the slim margin of .03 seconds when placing 4th in her heat in a time of 8 seconds flat.
Sinead’s good form continued in the National Senior League today where she raced to victory in the 200m in a 25.32 to earn the maximum 9 points for the Craughwell team. Sinead was joined in the action by Aisling Keady who was making her debut in senior competition. Aisling took part in the high jump in the absence of Cathriona Farrell due to work commitments and jumped exceptionally well at this level to take joint 1st place with a leap of 1.46m. Their scored combined with a 3rd place finish for Sarah Finnegan in the triple jump with 10.13m, a 5th place finish from Sinead Gaffney in the 400m in a time of 64.02 and 6th place for Ciara Greene in the 1500m in a time of 5.37.22. The team's performance over the 2 rounds of the league puts them unofficially at the top of the league table going into the final on 7th February.
Sinead Treacy, silver medallist in the National Junior Women’s Indoor 60m
along with gold and bronze medallists Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport AC) and Sophie Becker (St Joseph’s AC)
Another athlete in blistering form at the National Juniors, Conor Duggan placed second in the heats of the 60m in a time of 7.12 before going on to race 7.09 to take 5th place in the final. By our reckoning Conor is now the 2nd fastest man to ever come out of Galway behind Olympian Paul Hession – we don’t have the detailed statistics to prove it but we are not aware of anyone faster other than the legendary Paul! Later in the day, Conor raced a time of 22.90 in the heats of the 200m, 0.25 seconds off the qualifying time that made the final.
There was good news also for both Sinead and Conor during the week with their selection onto the National Junior Relay Panel. This is a huge achievement for both athletes and comes on the back of years of steady progress under the guidance of their coaches Eddie, Martin and Patricia. All going well, both athletes will feature on Irish junior relay teams during the year leading up to the European Junior Championships this July in Sweden if the Irish team qualifies.
Also at the National Juniors, Damien O’Boyle had a fine 1500m with a time of 4.21.56 in the heats and followed it up with a blistering 4.08.40 to place 4th in the final, just missing out on the podium. John Cormican who is making the transition from middle to shorter distances ran a strong 400m to place 5th in his heat in a time of 54.38. Nicholas Sheehan was our last man in action with a time of 2.02.23 in the heats of the 800m, missing out on the final where his time would have taken the silver medal.
The finalised results are attached below:-
Well done again to all of the Craughwell participants. We had a fabulous day out and I hope that everyone enjoyed the experience. We had over 230 athletes take part (over one-third of the participants) and we featured on the podium a massive 131 times with 43 Galway titles, 44 silver placings and 43 bronze placings. Read on for full details of the Craughwell AC medallists. Its not all about winning of course and we are equally proud of the huge numbers that we had taking part.
Next up for juvenile track & field is the Connacht Indoors which take place on 28 Feb (U12/U13) and 1 Mar (U14-Senior). Age group coordinators will be collating entries for this shortly - so athletes/coaches should be thinking of what athletes will take part in.
The Connachts are open entry, i.e. you don't have to qualify from Galway for them. Note that U9s, 10s and 11s don't have a Connacht Indoor competition.
The All-Ireland indoors are on 21, 22 and 28 March. The schedule is in the Juvenile Competition Booklet which is published on the AAI website: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/other/Updated.pdf. Incidentally this booklet is the Bible of national juvenile competition and is a must-read for coaches/parents if you want to avoid a clash with holidays!
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country The National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country is on in the Palace Grounds, Tuam on February 8th. This will be run along with the Juvenile Development events is the first National Cross Country Championship held in Galway since 1999. The event list below shows race distances, how many can be entered plus how many score. Intermediate Mens 8km, 12 run 6 score Master Men Over 35 7km, 12 run 6 score Master Men Over 50 7km , 12 run 6score Intermediate Womens 5km, 8 run 4 score Master Women Over 35 4km 8 run 4 score Master Women Over 50 4km 8 run 4 score There will also be a Masters Men Over 65 Event which is a Club event only 4km Intermediate athletes must be 20 years of age or over on the 31st December in the year of competition and must never have been an individual medal winner or a scoring member of the winning club or county team at National Intermediate Championships.Masters team event is split into Over 35’s and 50’s (But if not enough interest, then one Masters team – eg 35 and all ages upwards – could run once there were 6 on the team). Masters 65’s men race in with masters women’s race. Masters categories individual go up in 5 year tranches ie 35/40/45/50/55/60/65/70/75 etc Club Teams can also be entered separately with 8 to run and 4 to score on all Club Teams except; Master Men O65 4,000m where 6 run & 3 score. Timetable here – http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/events-timetable/Intermediate_xc_timetable.pdf
Best wishes to Coldwood NS on their annual 4 mile frundraising run this Sunday at noon. You can register on the day.
This year the organisers have introduced a 1km race for kids up to 3rd class and a 2km race for kids in 4th, 5th and 6th class. Entry is a €5 and every child gets a treat bag. 1st,2nd 3rd boys and girls get a medal.
The kids races start at 11am with registration from 10.30am.
Huge congratulations to Galway and Carrabane woman Olive Loughnane whose silver medal performances at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 is about to be upgraded to gold following the latest drugs scandal in Russia arising from which the gold medal winner has been banned.
Incidentally, when our hard-working U11s were training on a cold night between Christmas and the New Year, who casually popped in for a walkaround the track with her husband - the lady herself, who generously gave up her time for a chat and some photos with the athletes.
You can read a small bit of the athmosphere of that time in 2009 here:- Mike's Berlin Blog although we were not there in time for Olive's masterclass performance.
Well done to Jamie Fallon who last weekend represented Ireland in the Celtic Cross Country in Dunboyne. Jamie was selected for the team on the back of his strong performances in the club cross country last Autumn. THe Celtic Cross Country is an annual event between Ireland, Scotland, Ulster and Wales. Jamie was the second Irishman home in the U20 race and 7th overall in one of the best performances of his career. Results are at http://www.precisiontiming.net/result.aspx?v=2288.
So here it is the Club Results, congrats to all participants!!
1 Gerry Carty 196
2 Martin Kearney 194
3 Martin McEvilly 182
1 Niamh Hennelly 201
2 Jane Walsh 195
3 Margaret Sheridan 192
Men Over 40
1 Vincent Jordan 171
Women Over 40
1 Carmel Brannigan 185
Men Over 50
1 No Qualifier
Women Over 50
1 Bernie Kelly 167
So after all the sweat, tears, sunshine, rain, sleet, wind, (more rain, sleet and wind it seemed than sun) the final results of the 2014 GCH Club challenge are in.
Tuam AC would like to pay particular thanks to John Curley and all the staff at Curleys Quality Foods for their on-going support of the Tuam AC 8k Road Race. Curleys have very generously provided fruit for the athletes for a number of years and their generous contribution has allowed us to keep our entry fee low whilst providing a quality race. Their support is very much appreciated.
National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country is on in Tuam, Co Galway, Feb 8th next, in the Palace Grounds, along with Juvenile Development events
This is the first National Cross Country Championship held in Galway since 1999.
Theres already huge interest and some strong teams are likely to be fielded for these events.
The event list below shows how many can be entered and how many score on all teams and race distances
Here's a list of Fixtures for your 2015 racing calendar.
Provisional results of the Galway Indoor T&F 2015 is attached here.
Congrats to all the GCH Juvenilles and Senior who took part with some great podium finishes on the day
Tuam AC would like to thank everybody who took part in our 11th annual 8k road race on Sunday 18th. The day started off with 170 juveniles taking part in the kids fun run on the track in St Jarlath’s College. The first boy was Cian Mullins and Alice Kelly was the first girl. Everybody really enjoyed themselves and the goody bags went down a treat after the race. In the adult race we had almost 500 participants which was a 10% increase on 2014. The day was sunny and dry with little wind, ideal conditions for many PBs. The race was won by Gary Thornton from Galway City Harriers in a time of 24:34 with Matt Bidwell 2^nd in 25:53 and Adrian Smith 3^rd in 27:37. The ladies race was a closer finish with Regina Casey from Galway City Harriers 1^st in 29:35 and Jean Ann Healy from Athenry AC 2^nd in 29:47. Both ladies were shadowing each other throughout the race with Regina finally managing to pull away as she came in the Athenry Road. Colette Touhy from Mayo AC was 3^rd lady to finish. Galway City Harriers won both the team races for men and women. Tuam AC men secured second place in the men’s team race consisting of Ian Egan, Tommy Joe Whyte, Dan O’Rourke and Derek Naughton. Ian Egan won further silverware by being first male Tuam AC member to finish and Clare Rowe also winning silverware as the first Tuam AC female to finish. Shauna Bocquet from Craughwell AC won the ladies wheelchair category in 35:07 and Jerry Forde from Blarney Inniscarra AC winning the male wheelchair category in 46:57. Jerry drove up from Blarney, Co. Cork before the race and after some tea and scones headed back. Jerry is a 300 marathon man and is already looking forward to making it 400. Full results of the race are at http://www.redtagtiming.com/results/Tuam8km_2015.pdf Sincere thanks also to the army of volunteers who help us every year and Tuam Gardai, The Order of Malta Tuam, The Mercy Secondary school and St Jarlath’s College. Tuam AC would like to say a BIG thank you to the ladies that helped with the after race refreshments, Patricia Monaghan, Mary O’Neill, Fiona Lardner and Eileen Moran. It is people like them that are the backbone of any amateur club and Tuam AC is indebted to them for their most valued assistance. Here’s to seeing you all again in 2016. Have a great year running everybody !
Well done everyone on fantastic performances yesterday and thanks to the army of volunteers who helped as officials on the day!!! Provisional results from the track attached here and I will confirm all tonight and add the field results.
Thanks to the almost 500 runners who crossed the finish line today. We hope you enjoyed the race and hope to see you all again next year. In the meantime, the results are here
The Galway County Indoor T&F Programme is attached for this Sunday's events on 18th January in Athlone IT
The event starts at 9.30am
Also please NOTE that there is no Juvenile Training in Dangan on Sunday 18th.
A bus will leave Dangan at 7.30am, collecting at bus stop Headford road opposite Dunnes stores & Dunnes Stores Ballybrit car park, cost 10 euro per person.
Tuam AC have been lucky enough to get a final late delivery of 100 packs of the top quality Kelanji running socks. There are three pairs in each pack and to ensure that as many people as possible get socks we are going to keep our online entry open until Saturday night and we are also having an open registration session at The Mercy Gym, Dublin Rd Tuam on Saturday 17th Jan from 3pm – 4.30pm. Late entries will be taken from 11am on Sunday morning in the Mercy Gym but we cannot guarantee there will be any socks left on Sunday morning. Late entries will close at 1.45pm and race starts at 2.30pm Sharp. Entry is still only €15 and everything is looking good for Sunday, we are even expecting good weather. This race is the perfect way to start your New Year and we especially welcome walkers, joggers, runners and World Class athletes and we hope to see you all in Tuam on Sunday. Full race details and 8k FAQ available at www.tuamac.com Enter online via www.runireland.com
The program for this Sunday's Galways Indoors is below. Best to luck to everyone in it, I am sure in this weather that you're glad its indoors!!