Everybody at Tuam AC was sad to learn of the death of Tommy Madden a member of the legendary Derrydonnell AC club and former All Ireland champion. Tommy had a spectacular running career that included numerous County and provincial titles in Cross Country and on the roads and ran in many All Ireland races. He was also a champion cyclist and with his good friend and club mate Willie Morris they dominated running in County Galway for almost 20 years in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s. Just over one month ago Tommy Madden was in Tuam to collect his Galway County Athletics Lifetime achievement award on a night he thoroughly enjoyed and it was a shock to the entire running community to hear of his death. He is survived by his wife Rosaleen and their seven children and a minutes silence was observed at all local races over the weekend as a mark of respect for one of County Galways truly great sportsmen. The 5k series is almost upon us with the first race taking place on Tuesday next 29th April in Athenry at 8pm. Almost 40 Tuam AC members will be taking part and we wish them all the best over the next 6 weeks. Some of our members warmed up at the weekend with races in Kilmovee, Colemanstown and Labane with outstanding performances from Sean O’Morain, Mark Rabbitte and Tim Geraghty in Colemanstown on Saturday. Padraic Burke in both Kilmovee on Saturday and Labane on Monday. Tommy Joe Whyte winning his category in Labane and Stephen Brady who cycled to Labane with Padraic Burke and ran the 10k before cycling back to Tuam. Well done to all.
Well known Tuam AC runner Ian Egan was literally on top of the world this week when he WON the North Pole Half Marathon. This was Ian’s second visit to the North Pole as he ran the full marathon in 2013 and he couldn’t wait to go back. Competitors travel from all over the World to take part in this unique event which is organized by World Record runner Richard Donovan of Galway City. In the 2013 race Ian suffered the early stages of frostbite and Hypothermia so he knew what to expect this year. He also knew that he was flying in the first half of the marathon in 2013 when the race was won by his good friend Gary Thornton of Galway so he decided to target the Half Marathon in 2014 and it paid off with a stunning victory on Wednesday morning. Conditions for the race were good even though it was -30 deg centigrade but there was no snow and only a light wind to deal with. The weather is probably the least of your worries when you have to consider Polar Bears and giant cracks in the ice that can open up at anytime. Ian kept the power on throughout the race and won by almost a minute at the finish and was his usual modest self despite the race making BBC and ITV news headlines worlwide. Ian was more interested in paying tribute to the runners who took part in the full marathon as he knew from last years experience just how hard that race is and he also gave a very special mention to Colm Farrell and his Hazwalk for Console throughout the UK. Ian can now look forward to warmer days running throughout the summer and everybody in Tuam AC would like to extend their congratulations to Ian on his memorable victory.
The Tuam AC Fit4Life programme got off to a flying start last Tuesday evening with almost 50 people turning up to the first session. This programme continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm from Tuam Swimming Pool Car Park and all adults over 18 yrs are welcome. For further details contact Sean@tuamac.com. Juvenile training also continues on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and we have now moved outdoors to St Jarlath’s College for the summer months and we are extremely grateful to St Jarlath’s for allowing us to use their facilities. Padraic Burke and Kathryn Antweiler represented the club at the Connemara half marathon on Sunday where they had to battle a very strong headwind and the killer hill over the last two miles which is affectionately known by runners as ‘The Hell of the West’. Padraic finished in 1hr 38 mins which is great running and Kathryn was equally impressive as she broke the 2 hour mark and is now heading to Dusseldorf for the full marathon in 2 weeks time. Closer to home the first running of the Ballinderry 5k run took place on Sunday and Tuam AC had a good crew in attendance with Brendan Monaghan finishing in 3rd place overall in 19.35 and he was closely followed by Stephen Brady in 21 mins, Ann Marie Miskell who is training hard for the 5k series. Mark Rabbitte and Andrea Ridge. Everybody in Tuam AC would like to wish Ian Egan the very best of luck as he has once again travelled to the North Pole for the marathon which takes place on Wednesday morning. As always he has carefully packed his Tuam AC singlet and we will have a full report on his outstanding effort next week.
Two very different races for Tuam AC members over the weekend as Padraic Burke made his final preparations for the Connemara Half Marathon next weekend by competing in the New Inn 5k on Sunday afternoon. Padraic used the race as a test and he certainly passed with flying colours as he finished well inside the magic 20 minute mark and if he maintains anywhere near that pace in Connemara he will be very near the top of the field as they head up the Hell of the West towards the finish at Maam Cross. Earlier in the day Stephen Brady and John Mongan faced their own almighty battle at the Knockma Duathlon organised by Tri-Lakes TC. The race consists of a full lap of Knockma followed by a 20km cycle around Caherlistarne and Belclare before another round of ‘The Hill’ as it is commonly known. The race is a real lung buster and the two Tuam lads did extremely well and it will stand to them in the long summer ahead competing in Triathlons and Ironman events.
*Galway Sport Partnership 10k on Easter Monday.* ** The 3^rd Annual Galway Sports Partnership 10k Run will take place in Labane, Ardrahan on Eastrer Monday, April 21st at 11.30 am. The race will be held in conjunction with Ardrahan AED,Ardrahan Juvenile GAA Club & Galway Sports Partnership. The key aim of the Galway Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport and recreation in the whole county and we invite all the club runners, Meet & train/Fit4life groups and walkers around the county to participate in this 10k run/walk event on Easter Monday April 21st in Ardrahan at 11.30am An 1KM Fun Run will take place at 10.30 for children. The Registration link: http://www.active.com/galway-connacht/running/distance-running-races/galway-sports-partnership-10k-2014 *Technical Tshirts will be issued to the first 200 runners that entry by April 11th and the early bird entry fee of EUR15 is available & EUR20 after this date. For further details please contact: Mick Curley Galway Sports Partnership on 091 509577 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com> or the Race Director Josephine Gardiner on 087-8520945 The 10km route is a one loop flat course in scenic surroundings overlooking the beautiful views of the Burren. The start and finish location is at Labane Hall and passing the townlands of Ballymaquiff, Ballyglass West,Chessy, Cahermore, Lydican and returning to Ballymaquiff and finishing in Labane http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/69429872/ Car parking facilities will be provided at Labane School carpark ,Church carpark,Bradleys Lounge carpark and Quinns Hardware car park.
The two big events at the weekend were the All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone and The Craughwell 10 Mile road race and Tuam AC was very well represented in both, Kemi Ogungbola made her debut at All Ireland level after her superb Silver medal in the Connacht Indoors. Kemi was competing in the girls U14 Shot and she started the competition with a mighty throw which was surely a personal best but she put so much effort into it that the momentum caused her to touch the top of the throwing board and it was heartbreaking to see the red flag being raised. Her 2nd and 3rd effort were very good and she finished in 12th position in a very high standard competition and she is now looking forward to the outdoor season. Rory Monaghan was competing in the Boys U18 Shot and set another PB but had to settle for 8th place as the standard in his competition was superb. The winning throw was almost 16m and it is great to see so many talented young throwers emerging from Ireland. Meanwhile in Craughwell the 10 mile race was getting underway at the same time and Tuam was represented by Gearoid Healy who is in great form at the moment and he was followed by Stephen Brady who had another fine run. Martin Hynes ran another fine race and Hilary Moloney was in fantastic form and flew around the 10 mile course, she even enjoyed the hills and is looking forward to the upcoming 5k series which starts in Athenry on 29th April. The highlight of our visit to Craughwell was Sean O’Morains race where he knocked an unbelievable 10 minutes off last years time and he had a good race in 2013. Sean trained hard coming up to this race and it certainly paid off. He is also the main man behind our new Fit4Life beginners running group which starts on Tues 1st April at 7pm. Further details on the Tuam AC facebook page or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuam AC have decided to start a Fit4Life programme in Tuam and it will start on Tuesday 1st April 2014. Fit4Life is an extremely successful running programme for beginners and is suitable for everybody even if you have never ran before. The initiative is supported by the Irish Sports Council and has helped the massive increase in people running since it was established in 2006. The programme is free and the only charge is annual membership of Tuam AC which is only €20 and goes towards registration with Athletics Ireland and insurance cover with Athletics Ireland. The programme will start at 7pm on Tues 1st April and further details are available from email@example.com As we have already said this programme is free and we look forward to meeting plenty of new runners on the 1st of April Tuam AC had great success over the St Patricks weekend and the highlight was Claire Rowe who made a winning debut for Tuam AC when she won the Dunmore 10k on Sunday. This is a great start to Claire’s running career with Tuam AC and we hope it is the first of many victories as she is a talented runner and we are all delighted with her winning start. The men also did well in Dunmore with Gearoid Healy taking 3rd place overall and Jarlath Monaghan winning the O40 title. Unfortunately the full results are not availalble as we go to press but we do know that many Tuam Ac members took part in the event. Dan O’Rourke and Tommy Joe Whyte made their annual pilgrimage to Tubbercurry for the St Patricks Day 10k race. The 2014 race was the 41st running of this great event and Dan and Tommy Joe never miss this race and they were both in fine form with Dan finishing in 37.59 and Tommy Joe in 38.41. Tubbercurry is a very tough course and anything under 40 mins is serious running. Dan and Tommy Joe both finished 2nd in their categories from a top class field and are already planning next years trip. Finally one of our Ironmen was in action on Sunday when Stephen Brady cycled from Tuam to Abbey, Loughrea which is 42 miles from Tuam. He then ran the Abbey 10k which is held over a very hilly route and jumped back on the bike after a quick cup of tea and cycled back to Tuam. It was the start of his preparation for his Ironman Wales race in September and he has a long summer of training ahead but he made a great start on Sunday.
The Inaugural Galway County Athletics Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday evening in The Ard Ri Hotel Tuam. The 2013 awards winners will be honoured for their athletics endeavors and it promises to be a great night as there is a vast well of Athletics talent in Co Galway. Our own stars were in action again at the weekend with Maura Meenaghan leading the way in the Tuam Transformation 5k event on Sunday and Ian Egan secured yet another podium finish when he finished 2nd out of over 700 competitors in the Moycullen 5k.. The main event this weekend is the Abbey Duniry 10k.*Charity Race – Permit sponsored by Loughrea AC*. Following the very successful inaugural event in 2013, the Abbey Duniry 10km Challenge is back! The race takes place around the village of Abbey Duniry on Sunday 16th of March. The course measurement complies with IAAF rules. Public liability insurance is in place. AAI permitted. There are prizes for all categories and a souvenir t-shirt for all entrants. The event is open to all levels of runners and walkers. Registration will be also available in the Community Centre on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. There is plenty of parking and there will be toilets and a bag drop area close to the start/finish. Refreshments will be available in the community centre afterwards. For further information please see the Facebookpage .
Last weekend belonged to the Juvenile section of the club as the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Finals took place at the fabulous AIT indoor arena. Tuam got off to a great start in our very first competition of the day on Saturday when Kemi Ogungbola took Silver in the girls U14 Shot Putt. Kemi is a very promising thrower and in her very first competition she finished 2nd out of almost 20 competitors and qualified for the All Ireland Final on Sun 23rd March she also ran a very good 60m and she was delighted with her Connacht medal. Ciaran and Emer meehan were also in action for Tuam AC and put in great debut performances in the green vest and will definitely be featuring in the medals this time next year if they keep progressing as well as they have since the start of the year. Oisin and Diarmuid O’Rourke were also in Athlone and Oisin had a great Shot Putt competition and finished just outside the medals, he also ran the 60m and the 600m in a very busy day. His brother Diarmuid completed the same treble and the highlight of his day was a superbly intelligent 600m race where he took his time in the opening lap and then moved through the field and was very unlucky to finish just outside the medals but it was a great run. On Sunday the older age groups were in action and Sara Martyn made another great start to the day when she won the girls U19 Shot Putt and shortly after lined up in the 800m race. She went out hard and for the first half of the race she was in third place with only two All Ireland champions ahead of her, she tired a little bit in the final lap but it was a very courageous effort and she followed that up a while later with 4th place in the 200m. It was a pity that the 200m didn’t take place before the 800m and she will probably target the shorter distance in the outdoor competitions as she has great natural speed. Kehinde Awoniran took part in the U18 events where he took Silver in a very hard fought and well attended Shot Putt competition and also ran in the 60m sprint and the 800m and finally Rory Monaghan took Gold in the U19 Shot Putt with a mighty throw and is on his way to yet another All Ireland Final and we wish them all the best. The adult side of the club was also in action and last week we forgot to mention Martin Hynes superb run at the Masters All Ireland Cross Country in Dunboyne. Martin just missed out on a medal but it was a great display of running from the Tuam veteran who has represented the club for many years and shows no sign of slowing down. He is now looking forward to a few of his favourite half marathons in the summer as he is virtually unbeatable over 13.1 miles in his category and we hope he has another great year. Ian Egan proved what a legend he is by storming to victory at the Clonbur 10k on Sunday in tough conditions and everybody is delighted to see Ian winning races in the green of Tuam AC. He is a very proud Tuam man and he wears the Tuam AC vest in races all over the world. Jarlath Monaghan and Derek Naughton travelled to Carnacon on Saturday for the annual 8k race where they were both in great form after a few weeks of serious training and Derek finished in just over 32 mins with Ja finishing in 34 mins and winning his category once again. All in all a fantastic weekend yet again for Tuam AC
Roger Rushe completed one of the truly great sporting comebacks at the weekend which is right up there with Ali v Frazier or Ali v Foreman in the 8th Round or even Manchester United’s comeback v Bayern Munich in the champions league final. Exactly one year ago Roger injured his back whilst working at home on his farm in Derreen and for the first time in over 50 years he thought his running career could be over. He attempted to make a come back for the annual 5k series in May but the injury flared up again and he had to endure a long hot summer without any running. Members of Tuam AC travelled to races all over the country in 2013 and wherever we went we were always asked the same question ‘where is Roger’. Finally in December he made his long awaited comeback in the Carnmore 5k race and he surprised everybody including himself that after 7 months on the sidelines he had lost none of his speed or stamina. He followed his victory in Carnmore with an equally impressive victory in Athenry on St Stephens Day where he had an epic battle with his good friend Martin Keane of Athenry AC and he made absolutely sure that nobody was going to beat him in his own backyard when he pushed himslf as hard as he ever had in the Tuam 8k race in January. The icing on the cake came on Sunday when Roger was once again crowned All Ireland Cross Country Champion in Dunboyne Co Meath. The race was run on a superb course and the mud was like Super Glue in places but that didn’t stop Roger as he powered his way around the course to finish almost two minutes ahead of his nearest rival the great Tadgh Twomey of Metro St Brigids fame. Roger was as modest as ever after his victory but everybody in Taum and County Galway should be proud of this sporting giant. He was joined in Dunboyne by his club mates Tommy Joe Whyte, Brendan Monaghan and Jarlath Monaghan who all ran particularly well on Sunday after watching Roger’s victory and just when we thought things couldn’t get much better news came through that Ian Egan had finished 2nd in an International Masters Cross Country race in Fuerteventura, Spain. What a weekend.
One of the best races of the year is on Sunday when the annual Kilconiern Charity 5 mile road race takes place. This race has raised over EUR20,000 for local charities in the last 6 years and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Please make every effort to support this great local event. All the details are below and we would also like to wish all the best to our runners who are taking part in the Masters All Ireland Cross Country championships in Dunboyne on Sunday. Registration for the 2014 Kilconieron Charity Run is now open on Run Ireland. The 5 mile run is on Sunday 23rd February at 12pm and all proceeds this year will go to ACT For Meningitis. To enter go to www.runireland.com/active/all-events and scroll to February 23rd where you can enter now for EUR15! There is also a special discounted rate this year for walkers of just EUR10. Entries will also be taken on the day at Kilconieron GAA grounds. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kilconieron.charityrun and look out for our new website which is coming soon (www.kilconieroncharityrun.com ). See you on Sunday 23rd February and thank you for your support! For more info contact Niall Callanan – 087 6773983.
Tuam AC sent a good crew to Maree near Oranmore for the annual 8km road race on Sunday. Conditions were far from perfect on the coastal run with a very strong wind but it was absolutely great to be out running with over 320 other runners and once the race started nobody was too worried about the weather. Matt Bidwell of GCH won the race once again to maintain his 100% record in Maree and it was his first race following a bout of illness that forced him to miss the Tuam 8k. The first lady home was Regina Casey who followed up her great victory in Tuam with another fine win and she really is back to her best form and very happy to be winning races. The first Tuam runner home and category winner was Tommy Joe Whyte and he was followed by Derek Naughton who had a superb run as did Chris Reddington who knocked a massive 7 minutes off his time in the same race last year which is a major improvement and he just keeps getting better every time he runs for Tuam. It was also great to see Vivek Ranjan and Niamh Feeney at the race as they recently joined Tuam AC with a host of friends from Valeo and they were both in superb form yesterday. Two other Tuam ladies who deserve a special mention yesterday are Elaine Fleming and Maura Meenaghan who both flew in well under 40 mins and are now looking forward to the Craughwell 10 mile race in March. Upcoming races include the South Galway AC race on Sun 16 Frb in Gort and the Kilconiern 5 mile race on Sunday 23 Feb. Please support these two great races if at all possible.
There is a great race in prospect on Sunday with the Maree AC 8k Road Race taking place in Maree near Oranmore at 1pm. This is a great club event and Paul McDonagh and crew put on a great show and it is well worth a visit. Entry is only €15 and you can enter online at www.runireland.com or on the day. The race starts at 1pm. Another great race to put into your diary is the Kilconiern 5 mile race on Sunday 23 Feb 2014 and as soon as you have finished that increase your training mileage for the Craughwell 10 mile race in March. Something for everyone in the weeks ahead and it is great to see so many people out running and the long evenings are no harm at all.
——– Original Message ——– Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Tuam AC Sincere thanks to everybody who took part in our 10th Anniversary race on Sunday. It was a memorable day for our club and we really appreciate your support. A special word of thanks to our main sponsor Ian Egan, who also won his category and the Harold Campbell cup as the first Tuam AC runner home and also to Galway Water who provided the bottles of water and Curley & Sons Fruit and Vegetables who sponsored the Banana’s and Oranges at the finish line. Sincere thanks also to the army of volunteers who help us every year and Tuam Gardai, The Order of Malta Tuam , Frank Dolly and crew at Galway County Council Tuam, The Mercy Secondary school, St Jarlath’s College and Tuam St Vincent de Paul. The race would not be possible without your help
Another memorable day in Tuam with the 10th Anniversary road race on Sunday. The day got off to a great start when 181 juveniles took part in the kids fun run in superb conditions on the splendid 560m track at St Jarlath’s College. The fun run was exactly 1000m which meant almost 2 laps of the famous walks and the overall winner was Emma Loftus from Crossmolina who is a member of the Scully family from Tuam and two of her cousins were in the top 6 of the 8k race an hour later. Cian Mullins was the first boy to finish and he was just behind Emma at the finish and they both ran well under 4 mins which is top class juvenile running for 1000m. The adults had a lot to live up to after the kids race and with almost 500 at the start line on Dublin Road it was a spectacular sight. Paddy Hamilton made the long journey to Tuam from Belfast and was determined to win the race that he finished second in 2012. He was only beaten on that occasion by reigning All Ireland Marathon champion Sean Hehir and he made sure nobody was going to beat him yesterday as he ran very strongly right from the start and had opened a commanding lead by the time he had reached Tuam Celtic Park and was heading towards Cloonthue. A phone call from the halfway mark confirmed that he passed the 4k mark in exactly 12 mins and he piled on the pressure all the way in the Athenry Road to finish in 24.21. He was followed by Stephen McKiegue from Ferbane who was 2nd in 26.57 and Fintan Hyland of GCH completed the top three. The ladies race was also a superb battle as Regina Casey, a great supporter of the Tuam 8k won the race for her first time in exactly 30 mins and she was followed by Collette Tuohy of Mayo AC in 2nd place and last years winner Anne Lennon was in 3rd place. The massive field of almost 500 runners were treated to a bottle of water kindly supplied by Clada water and a fantastic range fo fresh fruit suppkied by Curley’s Fruit and vegetable. There was a very wide range of category prizes on offer in all age groups but two of the victories were particularly sweet for Tuam AC. Ian Egan won the M45 category and he was also the first Tuam AC runner home and won the Harold Campbell Cup for 2014 but Ian was also the overall winner of the first ever Tuam 8k back in 2005 and this year he was also the main sponsor of the Tuam 8k as his company SportsPoint very generously sponsored the race. Ian is not just a talented runner he is also a gifted sports therapist whose magic hands have cured many injuries and keeps many runners in action when injury threatens. The other big category winner was Roger Rushe who celebrated his 75th birthday just two days before the race and ran a world class time of 41 mins for the 8k course. His clubmates honoured him with a surprise birthday cake after the race and he really is an inspirational figure for everybody involved with athletics throughout Ireland and a great ambassador for Tuam. Full results of the Tuam 8k are available on our website www.tuamac.com and numerous photos are available on various Facebook pages and other social media. It is not possible to thank everybody here who helped out in anyway on Sunday , but everybody at Tuam AC is extremely grateful to anyone who helped in anyway at all. It is a real community effort and we are genuinely very grateful for all of the help and support we receive from so many people each year. Roll on 2015
Thank you very much to the over 450 finishers who took part in today’s race. Thankfully the rain managed to hold off until the race was nearly over.
Congratulations to our race winner Paddy Hamilton of Annadale Striders who, in finishing in 24:21 was out on his own by over two and a half minutes until the next runner, Stephen McKeigue of Ferbane (26:56).
First woman home was GCH’s Regina Casey in a dead-on 30 minutes. She was followed 19 seconds later by the first Tuam runner home, Tommy Joe Whyte.
Finally for now, a special mention must go to Tuam AC’s Roger Rushe, who just recently celebrated his 75th birthday and who came home in a fantastic 41:53.
We’ll have more analysis later, but for now, a full list of preliminary results is available here.
We will be taking late entries on the day tomorrow for only €15 and we still have some socks left so don’t miss out on this great event. Weather forecast good:-) . Look forward to seeing you all in Tuam tomorrow. Thanks for your support from All in Tuam AC.
You still have time to enter the Tuam 8k on Sunday and our famous 3 pack of top quality running socks are still available for online entries. Don’t miss out. http://www.activeglobal.com/ie/running/co-galway-ireland/tuam-ac-new-year-8k-road-race-2014
Dear Competitors, Sincere thanks for taking part in our 10th Anniversary Race on Sunday. For all details on Sundays race i.e. Route map, directions to Tuam, Registration etc please see our 8k FAQ above. Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Thanks again from all at Tuam AC
With just days to go it looks like all previous attendance records will be smashed in Tuam on Sunday when the 10th Anniversary Road Race takes place at 2.30pm. Entries are flooding in and with good weather forecast for Sunday and late entries being taken on the day we are sure to pass the 556 finishers that took part in last years race. As usual there is a massive range of prizes on offer in all categories and some top class runners have already committed to the Tuam race including Belfast running legend Paddy Hamilton who was runner up in the 2012 event where he was narrowly beaten by Dublin Marathon winner Sean Hehir and we are hopeful that Sean will make it to Tuam again on Sunday. We are also looking forward to seeing the great Noel Kelly of Tullamore Harriers and closer to home it could be Matt Bidwells year to reign supreme in Tuam as he is on a winning streak and the winner of the first ever Tuam 8k our own Ian Egan could go very well and he is also the main sponsor of this years event. In the ladies race Regina Casey is back to her best and due a win in Tuam but she will be pushed all the way by Siobhan Lennon and Collette Tuohy who are also in great form. There will also be a number of teams taking part in the event and Tuam AC will have strong teams of men and women in action. Online entries will remain open until Saturday at www.tuamac.com or www.runireland.com and late entries will be taken until 1.30pm in The Mercy Gym on Sunday. We will also be having our very enjoyable Children’s fun run at 1.30 pm and entries are available until 12.30 on Sunday at only €3 and includes a goody bag and top quality medal for all entrants. The entire proceeds of the Tuam AC 8k Race is used for the Juvenile section of Tuam AC. This event is well worth watching and we would urge everybody who is not running to line the streets of Tuam on Sunday afternoon for some top class free sports entertainment.