The annual Tuam AC 8K had an international flavour to it on Sunday with the participation in and winning of the race by Lithuanian marathon runner and Rio competitor, Valdas Dopolskas. Representing Balbriggan AC, Valdas finished the race in 24:47, almost a minute ahead of the second place finisher, Liffey Valley AC’s Peter Arthur, who completed the course in 25:37. GCH’s Matt Bidwell was third in a time of 26:09.
The dry, windless day made for excellent running conditions on our fast, flat course, with many runners improving on last year’s times, and with over 20 runners completing the 8K in under 30 minutes. The women’s race was won by Calry AC’s Zola Flynn in a time of 31:58. Second and third places went to Athenry AC – Yvonne Fehilly finishing in 33:08 and Mary Kealy completing the course in 35 minutes flat, and helping Athenry AC to take the women’s team prize. Bernie Mulryan and Caroline Freeney completed the victorious Athenry AC team.
We are delighted to report that the men’s team prize was won by the Tuam AC team of Michael Flanagan, Paul Kearney, Daire Comer and Brian Lalor. Tuam AC also won the F60 (Andrea Ridge), F70 (Kathleen Hogan) and M50 (Murt Fallon) category prizes.
Tuam AC wish to express our thanks to everyone who came and supported our race today. Sincere thanks also to all the volunteers who willingly give their time every year.
We hope to see you at the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tuam this coming weekend.
The Tuam Athletic Club Annual 8K Road Race will take place on Sunday 15th January 2017 @ 2.30pm.
Almost 400 runners, joggers and walkers completed last years race with athletes travelling from far and wide and we are looking forward to welcoming them all back to Tuam again. Tuam AC are very grateful to the people of Tuam and surrounding areas who have supported the race by taking part in such huge numbers and also the many people who have volunteered to help out over the years.
We have a wide range of category prizes for men and women in all age groups as well as the first 3 men and women and the first two teams of men and women. Prizes consist of generous cash prizes and trophies. The course has been accurately measured and is a fantastic 8K lap with great local support to help the runners around. After the race, runners can look forward to hot showers and our legendary post race refreshments in the Mercy Gym.
Online entries are now open at the Athletics Ireland Runzone.
Register now to avoid disappointment!
We also have an FAQ page for everything you need to know about the race.
We look forward to welcoming you to Tuam on Sunday week and we hope you enjoy the race.
Fit4life is an introductory 12 week programme for people who would like to improve their fitness and get into running in a group environment.
You will be guided by experienced Fit4life coaches who will take you from walking, to jogging, to running!
A new group* will start on Tuesday 10th January 2017, meeting at the Palace Grounds/Pool carpark @ 7PM. All are welcome.
* The group will only commence if there is sufficient interest. Please ensure that you are medically fit to participate and if there are any doubts about this please consult your doctor.
Tuam AC has been saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Sweeney, a former member of the club.
While in recent years, Brian had become more of a cyclist than a runner, he was at one time a regular fixture on the Tuesday and Thursday night training sessions.
Brian will be reposing at his home on Weir Road this (Wednesday) evening from 5.00pm until 7.00pm. His funeral mass will be tomorrow (Thursday) in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam at 12.30pm.
Our deepest condolences from all at Tuam AC to Brian’s family.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.