It was an exceptionally busy weekend for TuamAC starting early on Saturday morning at 9am with Justin Lane lining up for his first ever full marathon. Justin finished it in a great time of 4:27. Well done Justin!
We also had TuamAC members running the Half Marathon and the 10k. Noel Murphy, Joanna Kiely, Olivia Fitzpatrick, Julie Murphy, Yvonne Wilson, Deirdre Groarke, Andrea Ridge, Una Browne and Kathleen Hogan all ran the Half Marathon, while Patrick Fleming ran a terrific 10k with a new PB of just over 40mins. This is an outstanding result from Patrick who only came to running in earnest earlier this year.
Also running the 10k were Noelle Gannon, Kathrin Antweiler, Conal Burke, Bridget McGrath, Caroline Bodkin, Lisa Brady, Sandra Flesk, Siobhan O’Dea, Caroline McHugh, Eugenie Mullarkey, Helen Gilmartin, Teresa Burke, Anne Burke Farrell, Laura Hynes and Andrea Lawless.
On Sunday Jean Coleman and Kathrin Antweiler ran the Athlone 3 Quarter Marathon, a distance of 19.66 miles. That was a 2 race weekend for Kathrin!
On Sunday we also had the Galway County Cross Country Championship which were held in The Palace Grounds in Tuam. It was a super day and the grounds were in perfect condition. Running for the Tuam AC Seniors were Ann Maire Hynes Miskell, who came 3rd in her category, Tommy Joe whyte who finished 2nd in his category, Ian Egan, Sean Burke and Brendan Monaghan. Report of the Juvenile Cross Country will be published after the 2nd day in Craughwell next weekend.
We had a bit of a wait for the final results of the day to come in but we were delighted to hear that TuamAC members Fiona Carton, Stephen Brady, John Mongan, John Stapleton and Tommy Varden completed the Ironman Barcelona Triathlon in fine fashion. That’s a 2.4mile swim followed by a 112mile cycle and finishing with running a full marathon of 26.2miles. Super achievement and well done guys. Tommy started running with TuamAC in April 2014 with our first ever Fit4Life group. Phenomenal progress!
Final preparations are being made by members of Tuam Athletic Club for tomorrow’s fund-raising day for Galway Hospice in memory of our dear friend and club-mate Seamus Sweeney who passed away in April.
Seamus played a very important role in the development of Tuam AC and was a member of the club for almost 50 years. He was a talented runner who excelled at Cross Country and road races and was also a 3 hour marathon runner which he achieved in Dublin in 1982.He was also a very dedicated club member and was always the first to offer help alongside his wife Virgie at any club event we ever organized. He was an ever present at the annual 8k and 5k road races in Tuam and was often the first to arrive and the last to leave. Seamus was one of life’s real gentlemen.
Thanks to Seamus’ help Tuam AC is now thriving with 300 members and we want to celebrate his life and legacy to Tuam by holding an action packed day in aid of Galway Hospice on Saturday 29th August 2015. The action will start with a team of Tuam AC members taking part in The Run for Seamus from Eyre Square to The Square in Tuam and we will have full ladies and men’s teams in action. We also hope to set a record time for the 33km run with a number of contenders training hard for this event. For those who cannot do the full distance, we also have people joining at Claregalway, Knockdoe and Corofin.
At exactly the same time as the runners leave Eyre Square a number of our members will leave the square in Tuam on bikes in a real Man v Machine battle and they will cycle to Kilmaine, Shrule, Caherlistrane and Claregalway before turning left onto the N17 and chasing the runners all the way to The Square. It will be a very close battle as the 75km cycle is not flat and the cyclists have to obey the rules of the road at all times so a red light or traffic could be crucial. Seamus was also a keen cyclist and excelled at both disciplines.
Later on in the day a number of our members will be taking part in The Seamus Sweeney Mile around the streets of Tuam at 5pm and for the entire day we will be having a bucket collection in aid of Galway Hospice.
The day will conclude with a BBQ at The Rustic Vaults.
Please give generously to this very worthy cause if you see any of our collectors on Saturday.
Tuam AC would like to congratulate club member Lisa Brady on her recent marriage to Dylan Steed. The club wishes them every happiness in their future life together.
Derek Naughton had another top ten finish in the Tourmakeady 10K where he finished 6th overall in a time of just over 40 minutes.
Dunmore had its 41st annual festival the August Bank Holiday Monday saw the yearly running of the Garrafrauns to Dunmore 6k. This is always a popular race with TuamAC members and this year was no different. We had great representation and great results from our members. Ger Hartnett continues his great form by winning the race. Ger was joined on the podium by Tommy Joe Whyte who was 3rd overall. Sean Burke was 4th. Other members of TuamAC who ran were Murt Fallon, Brendan Monaghan, Jarlath Monaghan, Jean Coleman, Mark Rabbitte, Patrick Flemming, Aiden Doyle, Paul Hynes, Sandra Flesk and Dave Mullins.
Please ensure to send your race results/reports to Sean our club PRO.
TuamAC was well represented in the Headford 8k Road Race on Saturday evening. This was the 11th annual running of this charity race. Despite it being a tough course all members were happy with their times. Running for TuamAC were Ger Hartnett, Sean Burke (PB), Tommy Joe Whyte, Mark Rabbitte, Michael McLoughlin, Ann Cosgrove, Dolores Higgins, Caroline Bodkin and Sean O Morain.
Earlier on Saturday Margaret McDonagh ran the Achill Half Marathon in challenging conditions, gale force winds and of course lots of hills! It went well for Margaret and knowing the route was a huge advantage as she ran it in personal best time of 1:46.
Derek Naughton ran the 10k course in Achill in a great time of 42:13.
Some late resuts from the previous weekend were 2nd place finish for Olivia Fitzpatrick in the Ballinlough 5k and 2nd place category finish for Mark Rabbitte in the Monivea Half Marathon.
TuamAC were represented in 2 races over the weekend.
Sean O Morain was our sole representative in the Bullaun 8k on Saturday evening. He was happy with his run.
Dan O’Rourke lead home the TuamAC team at the Annaghdown Summer Solstice 10k on Sunday evening. He was followed by Derek Naughton, Sean Burke, Tommy Joe Whyte, Shane Chrisham and Conal Burke. Julie Murphy was the only ladies TuamAC member running the 10k. Julie was very pleased with her time considering it was quite windy in parts.
Jennifer Carney and Justin Lane ran the inaugural Annaghdown 5k. Both were delighted with their times and they are already looking forward to their next race.
There will be no Tuam AC Speedwork session this Tuesday as the Galway County Track And Field competition is being held in Dangan on the same evening. Speedwork will return the following Tuesday, 7th July at 6:30 pm.