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
The long Bank Holiday weekend had plenty to offer our athletes and thankfully we didn’t have to travel to far. Stephen Brady and John Mongan travelled to Athlone to take part in the Athlone Shadowman Half Ironman which consisted of a 1.9km swim followed by 90km on the bike and then a 13.1 Mile half marathon. Most people would feel weak just thinking about tackling this kind of event but the two lads were using it as final race preperation for their upcoming Ironman Wales in September which is exactly double the distance they completed on Sunday !! They both recorded excellent times with Stephen finishing in 5hr 48 mins and John just a fraction over 6hrs. This puts them both on course for great times in Wales and as this correspondent was lucky enough to see them in action in Wales last year it is hard to put into words just how tough a full Ironman race is. Good luck to them both in their final weeks of training and the huge contingent of competitors from North Galway who will be joining them on the start line in Wales. A bit closer to home and maybe not as tough as an Ironman the fantastic Garrafrauns to Dunmore Road Race celebrated their 40th Birthday on Bank Holiday Monday and the 6km race had a record crowd and took place in very warm conditions. The route is far from flat but their are no major hills and Tuam AC was very well represented once again. The big winner for Tuam was Claire Rowe who was the first lady home in a superb 25 mins and she is a regular on the podium and a great ambassador for the club. We hope she is now looking forward to The Streets of Galway on Saturday and a host of other local races over the rest of the summer and keeps on winning for Tuam AC. Tommy Joe Whyte was also in the prizes as the first over 40 and their was also great performances from Ger Hartnett, Derek Naughton who ran an absolute stormer of a race and the legendary Ian Egan who has won the race on a number of occasions and it is always good to see him representing Tuam AC. We were also delighted to see Mark Rabbitte in action along with Tim Geraghty and two of our newer members who have really taken to road racing, Tommy Varden and Shane Crisham. It was also great to see Chris Reddington flying along and he also ran all the way back to Garrafrauns after the race. Our ladies were also very well represented with Maura and Assumpta Meenaghan in great form and a very special mention to two members who were making their race debut for Tuam AC Brid Byrne and Dolores Higgins who absolutely loved the occasion and are looking forward to the next race already. There was plenty of other Tuam AC athletes in attendance but results are just coming to hand as we go to press so apologies to any athletes that we have not named and well done to all and sincere thanks to the organizers for putting on another memorable day.
Tuam AC would like to Thank the people of Tuam and surrounding areas who contributed to our Annual Church Gate collection last weekend for the Juvenile section of Tuam AC. All money raised will be used for the promotion of athletics for young people and one example of how the money raised from the Church Gate collection is used can be seen at our recently completed Long Jump and Throws area at St Jarlath’s College beside the Handball Alley. This development was paid for from the clubs own resources thanks to the support of the people of Tuam and the continued support of our Annual 8k Road Race in January each year which is our main fundraiser. Sincere Thanks to all who support Tuam AC. We also had great results over the weekend and recent weeks with Ger Hartnett winning a 10k race in Limerick two weeks ago, a number of our members taking category prizes in Killererin and Castleblakeney and Stephen Brady putting in a great effort at the Humbert Challenge TriAthlon on Sunday and a special mention to Sharon and Seamus Walsh who swam the entire width of Galway Bay on Saturday. They swam from Co Clare to Blackrock in Salthill in aid of Cancer Care West. Well done to both of them. Well done also to Sean O’Morain and his dedicated crew of Fit4Life volunteers as they have started another very successful 12 week training programme for beginners on Tuesday evenings and a record crowd turned up for the first night last Tuesday evening and we wish them all well and Thank Sean and his team for their help and support.
The road race season is in full swing with no shortage of races and Tuam AC are well represented everywhere. We had a great turnout in Headford last weekend and it was great to see Assumpta Meenaghan representing Tuam once again and Tim Geraghty had a massive sprint finish, Sean O’Morain took a break from his very successful organization of the Fit4Life programme and put on his racing shoes and we were also delighted to see some first time runners including Emilio Fusciardi who was taking part in his first 8k race and really enjoyed it. We also had a number of prize winners including Tommy Joe Whyte, Clare Rowe, Ann Marie Miskell and Andrea Ridge, it was great to see the Tuam AC ladies taking prizes and they were well deserved as Headford is a tough course with serious competition. It was a top class event as always and we would like to thank the organizers, stewards, Headford Gardai and everybody who provided refreshments for a very enjoyable evening. The action moved to Killererin on Sunday for the 2nd running of the Killererin GAA Ladies Football 10k and 5k. Unfortunately some of our members were missing as they were in Castlebar for the Connacht Final but we still had a good crew in Killererin and the highlights included Dan O’Rourke finishing 3rd in the 10k, Mark Rabbitte finishing 3rd in the 5k and winning his category in a very impressive 21 mins and it is always a pleasure to see Roger Rushe’s name appear in the results and he was joined by Audrey Greaney and Caroline Mahon. Other notable performances included Derek Naughton who also had a fine run in Headford. Martin Hynes who won his category, Tim Geraghty who ran a great time and Shane Crisham another new recruit to Tuam AC and a great addition to our team.
TuamAC Fit4Life beginners running group finished their training programme last Tuesday. All beginners stared their training on 1st April walking around the path in St. Jarlaths and finished the programme by running 5k. Well done to all. It is a great achievement! Thanks to all the leaders for their help and support throughout this programme. Their mentoring and encouragement has helped each of the participants achieve their running potential. Club running continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening. The next beginners running group will start in July. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to register your interest. All members are asked to support the Headford 8k on Saturday evening. This race is one of the highlights of the year and not to be missed. The race committee in Headford have raised in excess of EUR30,000 for children with disabilities and the 2014 race is their 10th Anniversary and will be a special event. Entries are available online now at www.runireland.com and late entries will be taken on the day. Congratulations to all of our runners who have performed so well over the last two weeks, we are delighted to report that their are too many highlights to mention so well done to everybody who ran in Annaghdown 10k, Ballyhaunis 5k, Castlebar 5k, The Galway County Track and Field Championships and the Quiet Man TriAthlon and Ironman Austria. The club is going from strength to strength , keep on running.