Juvenile training continues Sunday morning and every Sunday morning at 11:30am in St. Jarlath’s. Please contact brendan@tuamac for further details. Sunday 22nd Feb. sees the 7th year of the Kilconieron Charity 5 mile Run & Walk. Each year all proceeds from the event are donated to charity. This year’s nominated charity is Athenry Cancer Care. Members running last weekend were Michael McLoughlin in the Gort 8k, Caroline Ronan, Fiona Lardner and Michael Lardner in the Westport AC Point to Point 5k. Tuam AC is delighted to announce that it has managed to secure the coaching services of Matt Bidwell. Matt is one of Galway’s top athletes and 2nd place finisher at this year’s Tuam AC 8k road race. He will be coaching a Tuam AC weekly speed work session commencing in March. This speed work session is suitable for runners of all abilities and will increase speed and endurance. The first block of training coached by Matt will run on Tuesday evenings up until the start of the 5k series in May. The speed work session will then recommence in June. You must be a member of Tuam AC in order to participate and it will cost €2 per person per session.
The GloHealth Master, Intermediate and Juvenile B Cross Country Championships took place in the Palace Grounds, Tuam last Sunday, 8th of February. Almost 1,000 athletes were treated to a real cross country test over the rolling hills of the Palace Grounds. Tuam AC fielded 20 athletes over all of the events of the day. The day started in the morning with the juvenile U11 age group. Tuam AC was represented by Aoibheann Phelan in the girls U11 and Ross Cosgrove, Jack Hession, Conor Munnelly and Oisin Phelan in the boys U11 race. Each of them doing very well and can be proud of their performance. The seniors filled up the afternoon events with the highlight being Roger Rushe finishing second in the over 75 category. Tuam AC was represented by the following senior members – Ladies: Katrin Antweiler, Elaine Fleming, Audrey Greaney, Joanna Kiely, Assumpta Meenaghan, Maura Meenaghan, Ann Marie Miskell – Men: Stephen Brady, Martin Hynes, Justin Lane, Brendan Monaghan, Roger Rushe, John Stapleton, Tommy Joe Whyte. Thanks to the local Gardai for their presence throughout the day and to O’Toole’s Supervalu for the use of their car parks.Thanks also to The Presentation Convent who provided us with their superb facilities. Sincere thanks to all officials and stewards that officiated at the event. Special mention to Galway County Board and Athletics Ireland for all their help with the event While all this was taking place in The Palace Grounds, Maree AC was having it’s annual 8k road race. We are delighted to report that Tuam AC Clare Rowe won the women’s race in a superb 33min. Also running for Tuam AC were Ann Cosgrove, Marina Hussey, Elaine Hynes, Julie Murphy and Yvonne Wilson. On Saturday some Tuam AC members traveled to Ballinrobe to participate in a duathlon. Derek Naughton completed in the running sections of the team relay. First timers, Elaine Fleming, Michael Lardner, Sean O Morain and seasoned triathlete Tommy Varden completed the 3.5k run then a 18k cycle followed by another 3.5k run. Each were very happy with their times.
— The National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country event is on in the Palace Grounds, Tuam this Sunday February 8th. This will be run along with the Juvenile Development events and it is the first National Cross Country Championship held in Galway since 1999. Tuam is expected to see well over 1000 athletes in the Palace Grounds. Our own Tuam AC member Roger Rushe will be defending his reign as All Ireland Cross Country Champion. Roger was crowned All Ireland Cross Country Champion in Dunboyne Co. Meath last year. Timetable here –http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/events-timetable/Intermediate_xc_timetable.pdf Last Sunday saw Michael McLoughlin travel to Ennis as Tuam AC sole representative in the Run Clare 2015 5k Resolution run. The icy cold wind and hailstones did not effect his pace too badly and Michael was very happy with his time, completing it in a time of 24min.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country The National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country is on in the Palace Grounds, Tuam on February 8th. This will be run along with the Juvenile Development events is the first National Cross Country Championship held in Galway since 1999. The event list below shows race distances, how many can be entered plus how many score. Intermediate Mens 8km, 12 run 6 score Master Men Over 35 7km, 12 run 6 score Master Men Over 50 7km , 12 run 6score Intermediate Womens 5km, 8 run 4 score Master Women Over 35 4km 8 run 4 score Master Women Over 50 4km 8 run 4 score There will also be a Masters Men Over 65 Event which is a Club event only 4km Intermediate athletes must be 20 years of age or over on the 31st December in the year of competition and must never have been an individual medal winner or a scoring member of the winning club or county team at National Intermediate Championships.Masters team event is split into Over 35’s and 50’s (But if not enough interest, then one Masters team – eg 35 and all ages upwards – could run once there were 6 on the team). Masters 65’s men race in with masters women’s race. Masters categories individual go up in 5 year tranches ie 35/40/45/50/55/60/65/70/75 etc Club Teams can also be entered separately with 8 to run and 4 to score on all Club Teams except; Master Men O65 4,000m where 6 run & 3 score. Timetable here – http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/events-timetable/Intermediate_xc_timetable.pdf
Tuam AC would like to pay particular thanks to John Curley and all the staff at Curleys Quality Foods for their on-going support of the Tuam AC 8k Road Race. Curleys have very generously provided fruit for the athletes for a number of years and their generous contribution has allowed us to keep our entry fee low whilst providing a quality race. Their support is very much appreciated.
Tuam AC would like to thank everybody who took part in our 11th annual 8k road race on Sunday 18th. The day started off with 170 juveniles taking part in the kids fun run on the track in St Jarlath’s College. The first boy was Cian Mullins and Alice Kelly was the first girl. Everybody really enjoyed themselves and the goody bags went down a treat after the race. In the adult race we had almost 500 participants which was a 10% increase on 2014. The day was sunny and dry with little wind, ideal conditions for many PBs. The race was won by Gary Thornton from Galway City Harriers in a time of 24:34 with Matt Bidwell 2^nd in 25:53 and Adrian Smith 3^rd in 27:37. The ladies race was a closer finish with Regina Casey from Galway City Harriers 1^st in 29:35 and Jean Ann Healy from Athenry AC 2^nd in 29:47. Both ladies were shadowing each other throughout the race with Regina finally managing to pull away as she came in the Athenry Road. Colette Touhy from Mayo AC was 3^rd lady to finish. Galway City Harriers won both the team races for men and women. Tuam AC men secured second place in the men’s team race consisting of Ian Egan, Tommy Joe Whyte, Dan O’Rourke and Derek Naughton. Ian Egan won further silverware by being first male Tuam AC member to finish and Clare Rowe also winning silverware as the first Tuam AC female to finish. Shauna Bocquet from Craughwell AC won the ladies wheelchair category in 35:07 and Jerry Forde from Blarney Inniscarra AC winning the male wheelchair category in 46:57. Jerry drove up from Blarney, Co. Cork before the race and after some tea and scones headed back. Jerry is a 300 marathon man and is already looking forward to making it 400. Full results of the race are at http://www.redtagtiming.com/results/Tuam8km_2015.pdf Sincere thanks also to the army of volunteers who help us every year and Tuam Gardai, The Order of Malta Tuam, The Mercy Secondary school and St Jarlath’s College. Tuam AC would like to say a BIG thank you to the ladies that helped with the after race refreshments, Patricia Monaghan, Mary O’Neill, Fiona Lardner and Eileen Moran. It is people like them that are the backbone of any amateur club and Tuam AC is indebted to them for their most valued assistance. Here’s to seeing you all again in 2016. Have a great year running everybody !
Thanks to the almost 500 runners who crossed the finish line today. We hope you enjoyed the race and hope to see you all again next year. In the meantime, the results are here
Tuam AC have been lucky enough to get a final late delivery of 100 packs of the top quality Kelanji running socks. There are three pairs in each pack and to ensure that as many people as possible get socks we are going to keep our online entry open until Saturday night and we are also having an open registration session at The Mercy Gym, Dublin Rd Tuam on Saturday 17th Jan from 3pm – 4.30pm. Late entries will be taken from 11am on Sunday morning in the Mercy Gym but we cannot guarantee there will be any socks left on Sunday morning. Late entries will close at 1.45pm and race starts at 2.30pm Sharp. Entry is still only €15 and everything is looking good for Sunday, we are even expecting good weather. This race is the perfect way to start your New Year and we especially welcome walkers, joggers, runners and World Class athletes and we hope to see you all in Tuam on Sunday. Full race details and 8k FAQ available at www.tuamac.com Enter online via www.runireland.com
This Sunday 18th January is Tuam Athletics Club annual road race @ 2.30pm. It is the 11th annual running of this very popular and successful AAI permitted 8k road race. There are prizes in all categories including first 3 Men and Women. All age categories Women 35,40,45,50,55,60,65 and Men 40,45,50,55,60,65,70 First 2 teams Men and Women Three pairs of Kelanji running socks are available for the first 300 entries. If you want to secure your 3 pairs of quality running socks from Tuam AC please enter online now via http://www.runireland.com/events/tuam-ac-8k. Even though we offer superb cash prizes, chip timing, hot showers and our legendary post race refreshments, we have still managed to keep the entry fee at only €15. Chip timing is by RedTag Timing. Registration is available on the morning from 11am to 1:30pm and also on Saturday afternoon from3pm to 4:30pm in The Mercy gym on the Dublin road. We also have a kids fun run which starts at 1pm sharp in St. Jarlath’s. Registration from 11am to 12:30. Goody bag and quality medal for all entrants. Entry fee €3
With just two weeks to go to the Tuam 8k Road Race on Sunday 18th Jan 2015 we have allocated well over half of our socks. Tuam AC give 3 pairs of top quality running socks to the first 300 online entries but when they are gone they are gone.
If you want to be sure of getting this great free gift from Tuam AC enter online now via Run Ireland. Thanks from All in Tuam AC.
Tuam Athletic Club fielded one of it’s biggest teams of the year in the 13^th annual running of the Fields of Athenry 10k. Over 20 members braved the now almost predictable cold, wind and rain of St. Stephens Day in Athenry. Despite this weather and flooded roads many members managed to run personal bests for 10k. Both Brendan Monaghan and Padraic Burke leaving their best 10k times to the last race of the year. The club was represented very well across all categories with winners as follows: Men Over 45 – 1st Dan O’Rourke Men Over 55 – 1st Mark Rabbitte Men Over 65 – 2nd Martin Hynes Men Over 75 – 1st Roger Rushe Women Over 40 – 2nd Clare Rowe Women Team – 2nd – Clare Rowe, Elaine Fleming, Jean Coleman & Audrey Greaney Time now for a well earned rest before commencing training for our annual Tuam 8k road race on Sunday 18^th January at 2:30pm. Enter online on www.runireland.com or on the day in The Mercy secondary school gym. 2015 club membership will be due from 1^st January. The next Fit4Life beginners running group will be starting on Tuesday 13^th January at 7pm from Tuam swimming pool carpark. Please wear a Hi-Viz top, comfortable clothes and proper fitting runners. All participants that are new to running should check with their GP before commencing Fit4Life. Further details from firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com> Tuam AC would like to thank all members for making 2014 such a great year. Here’s hoping we’ll spend many a run together in 2015.
It was a very wet start to the third and final leg of the Davitts 5K Winter Series in Irishtown on Sunday morning. Tuam AC was once again well represented and had a great result. Dan O’Rourke was in top form when he finished 1st overall for the second week in a row. He was followed in 2nd place by Derek Naughton in a new personal best time of 18.54. Tommy Joe Whyte was 4th overall. Jarlath Monaghan was very happy with his finish time of 21:14 despite the inclement weather.
Aidan Doyle represented TuamAC in the Ballinderreen 10km where he ran a very impressive 47:38
Juvenile training is taking a break from Sunday morning training fro the Christmas and will return on January 11th 2015.
The club had a very enjoyable night on Friday in The Ard Ri Hotel where thy held their annual social. Many thanks to Andrea Ridge for organising the event.
Entries are flying in for the 11th annual club 8k race and the famous 3 pack of Kelanji running socks are disappearing fast. Please use the following link to guarantee yourself a pair of socks – http://www.runireland.com/events/tuam-ac-8k. We will be taking entries on the day but we can not guarantee socks. Looking forward to seeing you all in Tuam on Sunday 18th Jan 2015.
TuamAC held it’s A.G.M. last Thursday at 8pm. The meeting was well attended by club members. Chairman Paddy Gilmore welcomed everybody to the meeting and commented on the successful year the club has had. Brendan Monaghan followed with the secretary’s report and Patricia Monaghan gave a summary of the club’s finances. Each was unanimously voted in to their positions again for the upcoming year. New positions filled on the committee were: – Child Welfare Officer – Joanna Kiley Junior Liaison Officer — Martin Kenny Club P.R.O. — Sean O Morain On Sunday morning the second leg of the Irishtown 5k series took place and Tuam AC were well represented again. This time the course was reversed from the previous week. Dan O’Rouke was first overall in 18:11 and Ger Hartnett finished 2nd in a time of 18.27. Derek Naughton finished in a time of 18:55 and Jarlaith Monaghan completed the Tuam AC lineup in 21:11 Almost 200 runners ran the Carnmore Hurling Club 5k Turkey Trot on Sunday afternoon and TuamAC had a big number members attending. Ian Egan led the Tuam men finishing 10^th overall in a time of 18:16 followed by a close fought battle between Tommy Joe Whyte and Padraic Burke with only a split second separating them crossing the finish line. Padraic’s ever improving form afforded him yet another PB. Brendan Monaghan, Mark Rabbitte and Sean O Morain completed the male members. Clare Rowe led home the ladies in a time of 21:11 followed by Ann Maire Miskell and Andrea Ridge. Andrea led out the Sunday morning 10k run and then headed to Carnmore to run an impressive 28min 5k. While Roger Rushe togged out and began warming up he felt that he wasn’t fully over his cold and decided to concentrate on getting fully recovered for the Athenry 10k on 26^th December and the Tuam annual 8k road race. The juvenile section of the club visited the indoor athletics track in Athlone. Everybody was impressed with the facilities and really enjoyed their day out. Training continues every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday with the emphasis being on getting in top shape for the annual club 8k road race. This year’s road race is on Sunday 18^th January at 2:30pm
Tuam AC prepared for their upcoming AGM on Thursday evening in The Ard Ri Hotel @8pm by getting busy on the roads over the weekend.
First off was Brendan Monaghan who traveled to Westport on Saturday morning to run a 5k race on the Greenway. The first half of this race is slightly downhill and he tried to take advantage of it and had a healthy lead at the halfway mark but the second half of the race was a different story and although he held the lead up until 4k it was inevitable that the younger runners would catch him and he eventually finished in 3rd place in 19.40. Pat Staunton won in 19.21 and John Fahy was second in 19.39 (both of Westport AC).
On Sunday morning the first leg of the Irishtown 5k series took place and Tuam AC were well represented. Ger Hartnett continued his very impressive form when he finished 2nd overall in a new personal best time of 18.04. Dan O’Rourke was 4th overall in 18.25 and he was followed in 6th place by Tommy Joe Whyte. We are delighted to report that Dave Mullins is back on the road racing scene and he had a great run finishing just outside the 20 minute mark. Dave is bound to improve on that time in the coming months as he is one of the finest runners Tuam ever produced and loves representing his club. Jarlath Monaghan also had a fine run and they are all looking forward to the second leg of the series which takes place on Sunday morning at 10am.
The other big race on Sunday is the annual Carnmore 5km Turkey Trot which takes place at 1pm from Carnmore Hurling Club. This is a race where anyone can be a winner as Andrew Talbot and his team secure a number of premium quality fresh Turkeys just in time for Christmas. The winners are selected from a draw at the end of the race so absolutely everybody is in with a chance of winning their Christmas Dinner on Sunday. It is a great event and the weather forecast is looking good so please support.
Two very good reasons to celebrate this weekend after the Clarinbridge 10k on Sunday. Firstly we have Ian Egan back to very nearly top form after his recent Volcano Marathon and despite traveling half way around the world and running one of the toughest if not the toughest race on earth just two weeks ago he was still able to run 38.07 on Sunday. He is now building towards his hometown race the Tuam 8k which takes place on Sunday 18th January 2015. Our second reason to celebrate is Padraic Burkes superb sub 40 minute 10k personal best on Sunday. Padraic has put in some serious training lately with a view to breaking 40 minutes before the end of the year but it all paid off on Sunday when he finished in 39.56 and things will just keep getting better from now on as he is in great form and is really looking forward to The Fields of Athenry 10 on St Stephen’s Day. We are also delighted to report that our juveniles are training better than ever at our Sunday morning sessions in St Jarlath’s and the colder weather doesn’t bother them at all. They are a great bunch of dedicated young athletes and have a great future in the sport. Finally a reminder to all members that the Tuam AC AGM will take place on Thursday 4th Dec in the Ard Ri Hotel @ 8.30pm.
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