The Tuam Athletic Club AGM will take place on Thursday 4th Dec 2014 at 8.30pm in The Ard Ri Hotel. All members are urged to attend the AGM if at all possible and it will be followed by the Official Launch of the Tuam AC 2015 Road Race which will take place on Sunday 18th Jan 2015 and entries are going fast at www.runireland.com so don’t miss out on this great event. Tuam AC were also celebrating a big team victory on Sunday when they succesfully defended their title at the East Galway AC 4 Mile road race in Abbeyknockmoy. It was a very close affair in the end with Tuam winning with a score of 47 points but they were very closely followed by Craughwell AC on 49 points. Tuam had 10 runners in total with Dan O’Rourke the first runner home followed by Tommy Joe Whyte, the ever improving Padraic Burke, Brendan Monaghan, Mark Rabbitte, Martin Hynes, Roger Rushe who also won his category, Derek Fanning, Tom Mannion who loves that big hill in Abbeyknockmoy and is an ever present runner since the race began and Paddy Gilmore who is now back in top form. It was a great event as usual and you cannot beat a good athletic club race for competition and camaraderie. The Tuam AC Christmas Party takes place on Friday 12th Dec 2014 also in The Ard Ri Hotel and tickets are available from Andrea Ridge. Finally we would like to send sincere best wishes to two very important members of Tuam AC who are on the injured list at the moment. David Evans is recovering after a recent fall and he has made a massive contribution to Athletics both locally and nationally for many years and is a serving member of the Board of Athletics Ireland and everybody wishes him well and one of our own local running legends Micky Kelly is also recovering at the moment and Micky has been a loyal and dedicated member of Tuam AC for 60 years and has won numerous honours at County, Provincial and National level on both the roads and at Cross Country. He also has the best wishes of the entire running community behind him and we hope to see these two all time greats back in action very soon.
2014 has been a record breaking year so far for Tuam AC and a number of our athletes broke their own personal records over the weekend. The action started in Athenry on Saturday morning where over 15 members of Tuam AC took part in the Athenry AC Fit4Life 5k race and nearly all of the Tuam runners set new personal bests on the tricky two lap course. Congratulations to all and among the highlights were Justin Lane who was the first male Fit4Life runner home in 22.22. Nicola and Julie Murphy who had a great race as did Una Browne who also had a new PB. Lisa Brady, Deirdre McCarthy, Anne Munnelly and Sean O’Morain who all finished well under the magic 30 minute mark, Olivia O’Grady and Ann Brady who were in great form and setting new records as did Siobhan O’Dea and a special mention for Padraic Burke who finished in 2nd place overall in a very impressive 19.16. The action moved to Westport House on Sunday for the Connacht Cross Country Championships and conditions were tough to say the least and the Tuam AC ladies team was particularly impressive. Elaine Fleming, Maura Meenaghan, Joanne Kiely and Assumpta Meenaghan were outstanding as the conditions were brutal and they loved every minute of it. The course was very hilly and soft to heavy in most parts and a downpour just before the race made it very interesting for the Tuam ladies and they cannot wait for the All Irelands in the spring. The men were also in action and the most impressive performances came from Tommy Joe Whyte who threw away his spikes and ran it in his barefeet which is real cross country running and Stephen Brady who ran his first serious cross country race in over 20 years and less than two weeks after running a superb Dublin City Marathon. We also have to congratulate Therese Murray on her Dublin City Marathon performance and also wish Ian Egan the very best of luck as he will be proudly wearing his Tuam AC vest at the Volcano Marathon in Chile which is definitely one of the hardest foot races on the planet. Don’t forget the East Galway AC 4 mile race is on Sunday in Abbeyknockmoy at 12.30pm
Congratulations to all of the Tuam AC members who took part in the Dublin City Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday including Gearoid Healy, Stephen Brady, Tommy Joe Whyte, John Mongan and Kathryn Antweiler who are regular competitors in Dublin and all ran very well over the 26.2 mile course. We were also delighted to have new members running for Tuam AC in this years race including Jean Coleman who had a great sub 4 hour Marathon and Sean O’Morain who completed his first full marathon in Dublin and he is planning on bringing a bus load of runners from Tuam next year so it is time to start training. We also had a massive turnout at the Corofin 8k on Sunday with at least 25 members of the club taking part and that is a remarkable figure including four in the top ten. We are also sending both Men and Ladies teams to the Connacht Cross Country in Westport on Sunday next and we also expect a massive turnout at the Abbeyknockmoy 4 mile race on Sun 16th Nov. After that all eyes will be on the Tuam 8k which will take place on Sunday 18th January 2015 and entries are open now at www.runireland.com
Very few athletes have the honour of representing their country at International events so we were all delighted that Seamus Walsh was selected to represent Ireland at the European Half Ironman Championships in Menorca on Sunday. Seamus qualified for this event following his podium finish at the Irish championships earlier this year and he lined up on Sunday morning in the Team Ireland Tri-Athlon suit with his name proudly across his chest. The race consists of a 1.2mile swim followed by 56 miles on the bike and a 13.1 mile Half Marathon to finish. Seamus had a great swim and followed that with an equally impressive sub 3 hour cycle. He jumped straight off the bike and flew around the half marathon despite being in considerable pain from an old calf muscle injury and finished in 25th place. A fantastic achievement for the well known Tuam pharmacist. We would also like to wish everybody the best of luck in next Monday’s Dublin City Marathon especially Tommy Joe Whyte who has only missed one DCM in almost 25 years, Stephen Brady who is absolutely flying these days and really looking forward to Dublin again and we have to remember that he previously ran the DCM in 2hrs 42mins. Gearoid Healy is going back to Dublin again after his magnificent sub 3 hour marathon last year and John Mongan is once again tackling the 26.2 mile beast and there is no better man as he has completed numerous Ironman races and is one of the best endurance athletes Tuam has ever seen. A very special mention for Jean Coleman of Dunmore who is a very proud member of Tuam AC and she has been absolutely flying in training and is all set for the big day and all of these athletes can be followed live on the Dublin City Marathon live tracker on Monday. Good luck to them all and everybody who is taking part on Monday. Everybody in Tuam AC would like to extend their condolences to the O’Rourke family on the passing of their Mother Kitty O’Rourke May she Rest in Peace.
A truly magnificent day of Cross Country running took place in Tuam on Sunday. Tuam AC were the host club for the 2014 Juvenile Uneven age groups County Championships and The Palace Park provided a stunning setting. Cross Country runners are used to slogging around wet fields in lashing rain so the perfect weather and underfoot conditions made it even more enjoyable. There was a total of 10 races on the card and well over 300 juveniles arrived in Tuam ahead of the 1pm start and we are delighted to report that 23 Tuam athletes were among the participants. The first race was the Girls U 9 race over 800m and there was a very strong field of 40 runners. The race was won by Aoibheann Fitzpatrick of Ballinasloe & District AC and Tuam had 3 athletes taking part. Ciara Ryan, Hazel Mahon and Maeve Harken were all competing in their first County Final but they took it all in their stride and didn’t put a foot wrong over the very challenging course. Parents and supporters were rightly very proud of the three Tuam girls as they passed the finish line and even though it was a very tough race they enjoyed every inch of it. It was the boys U 9 up next and this race was won by Evan Moran of Craughwell AC but Tuam had a crack team of young lads in this race and some of them had stepped up from the U 8 age group as they were so eager to represent the club. After a superb effort the Tuam lads finished in 3rd place and will be awarded their medals at next Sunday’s training session. It was a great team effort with Oisin Phelan crossing the line first for Tuam and winning an individual medal for finishing in the top 10 and he was followed by Dara Kenny, Jack Heneghan, Cian Rafferty and Shane Coleman. Winning a County medal in your very first attempt is some achievement and they have a great future ahead of them. We also had a very strong team in the Girls U 11 race who just missed out on medals when they finished in 5th place but we have to remember that some of these girls are only 9 years of age and they ran 1500m on a very tough and technical course. They were magnificent and the team included Sarah Cafferkey, Shauna Fallon, Aoibheann Phelan, Ciara Gorman and Ella Rafferty. We actually could have had two complete teams in the Boys U 11 race as 8 young lads from Tuam AC stood on the start line and they also finished in 5th place with Conor Heneghan leading the way for Tuam followed by Ross Cosgrove, Conor Munnelly, Matthew Cafferkey, Jack Hession, Freddie Tuck, Danny Harken and Dara O’Brien. It was brilliant to see all of these Tuam lads running together and enjoying it and the hard work they have put in training all summer at our St Jarlath’s training centre has surely paid off. The next few races were extremely tough as the distances were long and hard. Maeve Fallon ran in the U 13 Girls race over 2500m and gave one of the performances of the day as she ran around the course like an experienced athlete despite it being her first ever race and she finished very strongly and our final competitor of the day was Olivia Kenny who took part in the marathon 3500m Girls U 15 race. This distance is not for the faint hearted and especially when the sun is shining and you have to tackle the hill four times but it didn’t knock a stir out of Olivia and she had her trademark smile on throughout the race and finished like a train. It was a fitting ending for a truly wonderful day for the club and we are immensely proud of all our juvenile athletes who are a credit to their families, the club and the whole North Galway area. A few of our older members were also in action and we have to congratulate Derek Naughton who won the Aughrim 10k on Sunday, Padraic Burke who had a great run in Carna on Saturday and all of our members who took part in the Moylough 10k on Sunday. Well done to All
Tuam AC had it’s busiest weekend ever with athletes in action at the following races. Claremorris 5 mile on Saturday evening with Dan O’Rourke 3rd overall and Derek Naughton 5th overall and they both won their categories. A number of Tuam AC members in action at the Galway Bay Half Marathon and the Galway Bay 10k on Saturday. The results of this race were very hard to read so apologies in advance to any Tuam AC members that we have missed but the Half Marathon runners included Stephen Brady, Justin Lane, Jean Coleman,Joanna Kiely and Kathryn Antweiler. A special mention for Conal Burke who was making his debut for Tuam AC and there was a number of other Tuam AC members in the 10k race including Jennifer Carney, Derek Fanning, Elio Fusciardi and Siobhan O’Dea. Everybody ran extremely well in windy conditions and returned very impressive times. Sean O’Morain was our sole representative at the Athlone 3/4 Marathon which is ran over a tough 19.65 mile course. On Sunday Andrea Ridge and Kathleen Hogan took part in the Brussels Half Marathon and thoroughly enjoyed it and we also managed to field two full teams at the Galway County Cross Country Championships and it was particularly satisfying to see a Tuam ladies team in action and they finished just outside the medals in 4th place. The team consisted of Maura and Assumpta Meenaghan whilst Joanna Kiely and Kathryn Antweiler made the brave decision to run Cross Country just 24 hours after running the Half Marathon in Galway. The four ladies flew around the course in Bushfield Loughrea and cannot wait for the next Cross Country race. The men also had a good team but they were really up against it with a number of elite runners in attendance. Tommy Joe Whyte lead the way for Tuam and also won the M50 category once again. Derek Naughton had a great run and was very happy considering it was his second race of the weekend and Padraic Burke made his Cross Country debut for Tuam and is definitely looking forward to his next outing on the grass. Well done to all and group training sessions continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm from Tuam swimming pool. Tuam AC will also be hosting the Juvenile uneven age groups Cross Country Championships on Sunday at 1pm in The Palace and this is a great spectator event and everybody is welcome to come along and watch our future stars in action.
Tuam AC would like to sincerely thank everybody who helped our fundraising run for IMNDA on Saturday. The team of runners left Eyre Square at 12 noon and arrived in Tuam just 3 hours later to a fantastic reception and a very enjoyable ice-bucket challenge. The runners received fantastic support all the way from Galway with car horns blowing and people out to cheer us on and we must give a special mention to the two young supporters in Knockdoe who even offered to cycle to Tuam with us. The support in Tuam was phenomenal and we have so far raised just over €1200 and we are all very very grateful to everybody who donated to this worthy cause. We would also like to thank the army of volunteers who helped out by collecting in Tuam, organising transport and providing the lovely ice-bucket challenge in the square. We also had runners in action at the Brooklodge 5k on Saturday and Claire Rowe notched up another top class victory as she was the first lady home. She was followed by Orla Burke, Andrea Ridge, Ann Munnelly, Orla Keane and Ursula Biggins who all ran extremely well and some of them were making their debut for Tuam AC which is always good to see. Sean O’Morain also had a great run and then headed back to Tuam via the N17 to help out on the Galway to Tuam run. We also had another victory to celebrate on Sunday when Martin Hynes won his category at the Charleville Half Marathon. Upcoming fixtures include the Loughrea AC 10k Road Race on Sunday which is also the County Championships and on the following Sunday 5th Oct the Galway County Cross Country Championships take place in Bushfield, Loughrea and we hope to be well represented in both events.
Tuam AC held it’s first official club Mile event last Thursday evening and it was an outstanding success. 32 club members were in attendance and their only aim was to run a mile as fast as they possibly could. The runners were divided into 4 separate events and as soon as the whistle sounded for the first event it was obvious that everybody meant business. At the end of the night Derek Naughton was the fastest man finishing in 5.25 and Margaret McDonagh was the fastest woman in 6.22 but this event was about a lot more than winning as the only real opponent was the clock and the 32 runners gave it absolutely everything. The full results are available on the Tuam AC Facebook page but there were a number of highlights including Ann Cosgrove in the first race along with Orla Keane and Katie Wrynne. Dolores Higgins had a great run in Race 2 as did Lorraine Lee, Brid Byrne, Siobhain O’Dea and Ursula Biggins. This race also included a dead heat between Charlene Murphy and Sarah Mannion and the performance of the night from Philomena Koller who was superb. Ronan McGrath took the award for the best finish in Race 3 as he was absolutely flying when he finished 2nd to Justin Lane and there was also a major battle between Joanna Kiely and Elaine Fleming.. This event will definitely be repeated and as an added bonus almost €100 was raised for IMNDA and we hope to raise a lot more on Saturday as a team of Tuam AC runners are going to run from Eyre Square to Tuam. They will be leaving Galway at 12 Noon and hope to be in Tuam around 3pm on Saturday. An Garda Siochana have issued a collection permit so please support this very worthy cause. Finally congratulations to Stephen Brady, John Mongan and all of the Tri Lakes members who completed Ironman Wales last Sunday.
Tuam AC had a brilliant weekend with runners in action all over Connacht and some memorable results. Ger Hartnett and Derek Naughton travelled to Charlestown on Saturday to take part in the annual 10k race and they were both in flying form. Ger had a top 10 finish in 38.22 and Derek ran a superb race to finish in 40.29. Some of our newer members made their debut for Tuam AC at the Lough Cutra 5k and we hope it is the start of a long and rewarding running career for Fiona Delaney, Sadie McDonagh, Caroline Ronan and Ann Ronan. They did themselves and the club proud and are now looking forward to their next big event. We also had a great team representing us in the Monivea Run in the Woods 5k on Sunday. Unfortunately results are not available just yet but Tuam AC scored some major results including Maura Meenaghan winning the ladies race outright, a very well deserved first place for Maura and we hope it is the first of many. Audrey Greaney also won her category and everybody in the club was delighted and none more so than her father Roger Rushe who also won his category but he was absolutely delighted that Audrey won. Stephen Brady stormed to victory in the M50 category and he is now in top form for the Ironman Wales event that takes place next weekend and consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a full 26.2 mile marathon all one after the other. Finally a reminder that juvenile training resumes this evening Wed 10th Sept @7pm in St Jarlaths College grounds
This years Brooklodge 5k includes a childrens fun run commencing at 12 noon consisting of two categories, under 10 and under 16, 600 metres in length. The main event, the 5k run commences at 12.30. Prizes on the day for top 3(male and female), and for first place in the over 40 category (male and female). Refreshments available following races at (Galway Glamping). Parking available on the grounds of Glamping site again this year- 600 metres from race start. Registration from 10am from the Glamping grounds.
Two big events planned for Tuam AC in the coming weeks. First up is a club members one mile time trial which will take place on Thursday 11th Sept at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to find out just how fast you can run a mile and everybody who runs on the night will receive their own individual accurate time for a mile. Entry fee is only €2 and all proceeds go to the IMNDA. Meet at Tuam swimming pool car park at 7pm. The next big event is a bit further when a team of Tuam AC members are going to run from Eyre Square to The Square in Tuam on Saturday 20th Sept 2014. Full exclusive details including competitors, recent form and starting prices will appear here next week. This event is also a fundraiser for IMNDA so please support our team on Sat 20th in Tuam. There was two big races over the last 7 days with the Clonbur Half Marathon and Oranmore 5k taking place. Derek Naughton was our sole representative on the very tough Clonbur course and finished the 13.1 miles in 1hr 34 mins which is superb running and that was after a week of very hard training. We had a number of runners taking part in the Oranmore 5k last Wednesday evening including the ever improving Justin Lane who recorded a massive pb when he finished in 23.08 and we were also delighted to see Peter Tierney in action for Tuam AC and he finished in 24.01. Our ladies were very well represented and the first Tuam AC lady home in the green vest was Elaine McHugh who had a great run 25.06 and she was followed by three of our newer members Olivia O’Grady, Julie Murphy and Marian Murphy who all finished in just a few seconds over 30 mins . Great running all round from the Tuam athletes and the mile could be very interesting ??
Clare River Harriers put on their usual top class event on Saturday evening with the annual running of the Claregalway 10k Road Race. Almost 250 runners lined up in perfect conditions for the single lap flat course and local man Matt Bidwell who runs with Galway City Harriers was in control all the way. He ran the first 5k in just over 17 mins before changing gear and running the remaining 5k in 15.50. The ladies race was won by Regina Casey who is officially running better than ever as she set a new personal best of 37.23 on Saturday. Regina is having a great 2014 and it all started with victory in the Tuam AC 8k back in January and she is already looking forward to the 2015 race. Tuam AC was very well represented and we also had winners as Tommy Joe Whyte and Claire Rowe both won their categories and we also had members making their debut and others making a comeback after a good long rest. Mary Burke made her debut for Tuam AC and loved every minute of it. She had great support out on the course and was flying at the finish and is really looking forward to the next race. Derek Fanning made a comeback having represented Tuam AC for many years as a juvenile where he excelled over the shorter distances. He is now back as a middle distance runner and if he transfers his track times to the road he will be very hard to catch. Tommy Varden and Elio Fusciardi were also in great form on Saturday and they had a good battle with their clubmate Aiden Doyle and there was just over a minute between these four athletes at the finish which represents very good club running. Our ladies were also represented by Maura Meenaghan who had a great run and Kathryn Antweiler who is a tonic for all runners as she is always happy and upbeat and her positive attitude pays off with some very impressive race times and results. A special mention to Derek Naughton and Mark Rabbitte as they both ran great races despite Derek putting in some serious mileage over the last few weeks and Mark cycling to the race and home again afterwards.
Conditions were absolutely perfect for the 29th edition of the World famous Streets of Galway 8km Road Race on Saturday evening. Athletes travel from all over the World to take part in this race and it is now ranked amongst the top 100 road races in the world and is nearly as good as the Tuam 8k which will take place on Sunday 18th January 2015 so plenty of time to prepare. All of the usual suspects were in Galway and there was a record entry of 2700 competitors and the event sold out almost two weeks before race day. Tuam AC was definitely one of the best represented clubs in attendance and the green T-Shirts and Singlets with the broken wheel symbol were very noticeable at the finish line in South Park. It was particularly satisfying to see a huge number of new Tuam AC members taking part and somewhere in the region of 30 members were in attendance. Tuam AC had three big prize winners on the night with Tommy Joe Whyte taking the M50 prize, Claire Rowe winning F40 just 5 days after winning the Garrafrauns to Dunmore road race and the one and only Roger Rushe who took the M75 title and received the biggest cheer of the night at the prize giving ceremony. Our new members included Aidan Doyle, Eamon Niland, Tommy Varden, Elio Fusciardi and Justin Lane who was completing an incredible treble of races in only 6 days. He took part in the Loughrea tri-athlon last Sunday followed by Garrafrauns to Dunmore on Monday and flew around Galway on Saturday evening, an incredible weeks work. We also had a huge contingent of lady runners including Aine Doherty, Olivia O’Grady, Philomena Koller, Niamh Feeney, Maeve Kilroy, Julianna Collins, Deniece Williams and Lorraine Lee. They were all superb and did themselves and Tuam proud and numerous personal bests were recorded in the race as an added bonus. There were many more Tuam AC members taking part but they passed the finish line to fast for the naked eye and certainly to fast for any amateur photographer but don’t worry the sophisticated finish line technology captured all of the results in split second timing and they are all available to be viewed, digested and enjoyed at www.galwaycityharriers.com The next big local race and definitely not to be missed is the Claregalway 10k Race on Saturday 23rd August at 6pm. This great race incorporates the Galway County 10k Championships and is ran on a fast flat pb friendly course. Enter online to avoid disappointment at www.runireland.com