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.
The Tuam AC weekly coached Speedwork session by Matt Bidwell recommence this (Tuesday) evening at 6:30pm in St Jarlaths.
The Ballindine 4 mile Guess your Time race is on tomorrow evening at 7pm. Great race that absolutely anyone can win. All proceeds going to Cystic Fibrosis so please support if at all possible.
Tuam AC would like to congratulate the well over six hundred participants who took part in the final leg of yet another successful 5K series in Tuam. The passing shower didn’t dampen the spirits of the runners on what was otherwise a great evening for running – not too warm(!) and not too windy.
Unfortunately, due to exceptional traffic levels, a number of runners seemed to have missed the start of the race – we’re sorry but this was due to circumstances beyond our control and arose from other events taking place in Tuam.
The 5K series goes from strength to strength with record numbers participating and entries closing in minutes. The proceeds of the series go towards a very good cause – the funding of juvenile and adult athletics in County Galway.
We would like to thank the volunteers from all the clubs who helped to make the series such a success. Thanks to the series organisers and, in particular, to Mick Rice.
We hope you all enjoyed the series this year, and hopefully we’ll all be back next year for another round of this great set of events. In the meantime, you can find the results of the Tuam leg on Red Tag Timing, or here, and there are some photos here.
The final leg of the Galway 5k series will be hosted by TuamAC this (Tuesday) evening. If you aren’t running, any help would be greatly appreciated. If you are running, bring a friend, and we will give them a job. Please come along to the Ard Ri Hotel at 7PM and make yourself known to race director, Brendan Monaghan.
For Tuam AC club members, there will be a marshalls meeting in the Ard Ri Hotel @ 6:30 PM.
The race itself starts @ 8PM. Please arrive early to collect your series T-Shirt and to ensure you will get a good parking place. Good luck to all participants and enjoy the end of series party afterwards. There is a race FAQ here.
The 4th leg of the Galway 5k series was in Claregalway last Tuesday. This route is a technically challenging course. The first kilometer is all uphill and is forefront in the participants minds as they toe the start line. Do they run it flat out and hang on for the last 4km or run it sensibly and try to pick up the time on the downhills? In the end it didn’t really matter as there was a strong headwind out on the course. This was evident in the finish times. The winner’s time was approx 30s slower than the previous week.
With this in mind TuamAC members posted some very admirable finishing times. Derek Naughton lead home the team in 18:47. Sean Burke, Tommy Joe Whyte and Brendan Monaghan all followed across the line within 30 seconds. Elaine Flemming is having a superb series and was first TuamAC lady to cross the line in 21:51 . She was followed by Jean Coleman and Maura Meenaghan. Conal Burke managed to overcome the course and the wind to finish the 5k in a personal best. Conal was delighted with his time. Orla Keane is finding her mojo as the weeks progress and is really looking forward to the series finale on home turf.
All TuamAC runners are looking forward to the last 5k in Tuam, next Tuesday 2nd June, and to the after series party in the Ard Ri hotel that evening. Could anybody that is available to help out please arrive at the Ard Ri hotel at 7pm. Please note that there will be no Fit4Life training that evening.
Sean Burke wasn’t resting up over the weekend between the Tuesday 5k runs. Last Sunday he finished 4th overall in the Garrafrauns 5k race and won the O40s category. Sean was delighted with his win and said that the hill in Claregalway last Tuesday was good training for the 2 steep hills around Garrafrauns on Sunday. Sean O Morain won the O50s category.
Best of luck to all Tuam AC members running the Galway 5k Series. This series starts next Tuesday 28th April and continues every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks. It will be held in Athenry, Loughrea, Craughwell, Claregalway, Galway City and finishing up in Tuam on 2nd June. Please submit your race results/reports to Sean our Club PRO.
Congratulations to Margaret McDonagh on winning The Great Lakes Challenge Series. This series was ran over 5 races. Three 10k races and two 8k races. The series started with a 8k in Tourmakeady on 21st February. Margaret finished 2nd in a time of 37:40.She then ran the Clonbur 10k in a time of 46:51 on 1st March finishing in 3rd place. Margaret’s next run was on 7th March and another 8k where she finished 1st in a great time of 36:06. There was a 2 week gap to the next race on 21st March which saw the series in Claremorris. Margaret finished second in the second 10k of the series in a time of 45:53. She had cemented her lead and consistency was standing in her favour.
Four weeks later Margaret turned up in Ballinrobe on 18th April for the last race of the series. She was just recovered from a chest infection but this wasn’t going to stop her from giving it her best. Her husband Jude, her son and 3 daughters cheered her on from the side. Tuam AC members also supported her from the side and some members ran the race. Margaret kept the best to last and ran her quickest 10k of the series in a time of 45:07. She had won the series in style!
Maragaret was not the only Tuam AC athlete running the series. Special mention goes to Jarlath Monaghan who also ran the full 5 races of the series and finished 4th overall in the O40 category. Tommy Joe Whyte won the O50 category in the Ballinrobe race. Derek Naughton finished in a top 10 position and led home the Tuam AC team. Sean Burke was just 30 seconds over 40 mins and Shane Chrisham ran an impressive time of 47:17. Sean O Morain also ran.
Whose bright idea was this???
Oh yeah, mine.
So where to begin? I like to run. In doing so I like to do things that I will remember when I’m old and greyer. This year, I’m in my 39th year so what better way to mark it than a 39(.3) race, the Connemara Ultra.
KISS- Keep it Simple Stupid
My basic plan was (a) to get to the start line and (b) get to the finish line. In distance running, part (a) is often the hardest to achieve with the chance of illness, injury or simply not getting the time to complete the training load. For me, a chest infection with a week to go made me more than a little nervous. But, felt good by Friday and the race wasn’t until Sunday.
39 miles to run, nowhere to hide
We set off from near Peacocks of Maam Cross at 9am without fuss and I settled in to a nice steady rhythm. I ran by effort rather than pace as the Ultra is anything but flat and an even pace but would be difficult to achieve. For me, a Heart Rate (HR) of 165-170 was about right.
A game of 3 halves
You could say the Ultra is a race of 3 halves with the first half marathon section reasonable, followed by two progressively harder half marathons to follow. I felt comfortable until about mile 15 when a strong-ish wind and rolling roads made me work harder than I had wanted. My HR shot up to 180’s and slowing down didn’t have any effect. I knew I would pay the price later in the race. The left turn for Leenane brought a welcome relief from the wind. What followed was a good stretch of downhill running. The only problem was the downhills were just as hard if not harder on the legs than the uphills.
I got to the 26 mile mark at Leenane at 3 hrs 44 mins with the hardest section of the course left. Heading out of Leenane the legs started to get their own back on me and started to send shock waves of cramp. I wasn’t alone though as many of those around me suffered the same fate.
Onwards and Upwards. Literally.
I’d like to say that I negotiated the course from Leenane to Keane’s Pub in Maam comfortably but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It hurt like hell. Each uphill brought a dart of pain from the calf muscles and each downhill hurt everywhere else. Energy was running low but I couldn’t face eating. A bottle of flat coke at mile 29 managed to save the day though.
If you are going through hell, just keep going.
I struggled on to Keane’s and made the final turn of the day, onto the ‘Hell of the West’. I had decided long before the start that this race, for me, was all about the last 5 miles. A 34 mile warm up and a right good dig up and over the infamous hill.
Brendan Monaghan who had tirelessly kept me hydrated and motivated throughout the race as he cycled up and down the course was joined by Stephen Brady and John Joe Higgins. I think we were the only people who laughed our way up the climb. My wife Mary, sister Marian, and mother Sheila had stationed themselves at mile 38 and they provided all the encouragement I needed to slog it out to the finish. The clock read 5 hours 59 mins as I crossed the line.
Just need to find a 40 mile race for next year
Tuam AC Members running on Sunday were as follows:
Connemara Ultra Marathon – Padraic Burke (see his report above).
Hell and Back Tuam 5k – Joanna Kieley, Andrea Ridge, Tommy Varden, Justin Lane, Maura Meeneghan (1st female),Timothy Geraghty, Ronan McGrath, Teresa Burke, Dolores Higgins, Helen Gilmartin.
Ballinderry 5k – Ger Hartnett (3rd overall and 1st in his category), Sean Burke (3rd in category), Mark Rabbitte (1st in category), Annmaire Miskell (2nd in category), Maura Meeneghan (2nd 5k of the day), Justin Lane (2nd 5k of the day), Olivia Fitzpatrick, Timothy Geraghty, Roger Rushe (1st in Category), Audrey Greaney, Julie Murphy, Assumpta Meeneghan.
Please remember to send your race results/reports to Sean our Club PRO.
It was a weekend of celebrations for Tuam AC as three of our members received very well deserved awards at the 2014 Galway County Athletics Awards which took place on Saturday evening at the Ard Ri Hotel. Roger Rushe and Mickey Kelly were the joint winners of the Hall of Fame award and David Evans won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Athletics. Everybody in Tuam AC and indeed everybody in the Tuam area is delighted that Roger, Mickey and David have received recognition for there fantastic support and participation in athletics for so many years and we wish them continued success.
Roger celebrated by doing what he does best as he traveled to Loughrea on Monday and ran the 5k race in 25.07 and he was joined by his daughter Audrey Greaney who also had a superb run and they are both really looking forward to the 5k series which begins on Tuesday 28th April in Athenry and promises to be the biggest series to date with almost 1000 entries.
Other members in action over the weekend included Sean Burke, Mark Rabbitte and Sean O’Morain who all ran the Colemanstown 10k.
Ger Hartnett and Aidan Doyle both had flyers in the Kilmovee 10k and the Tuesday evening speedwork sessions are definitely paying off if these results are anything to go by.
Finally we would all like to wish Padraic Burke well in the Connemara Ultra Marathon on Sunday. He has completed his training schedule and is in superb condition and raring to go on Sunday, he is a great inspiration to everybody in the club and we wish him well.