TuamAC was well represented in the Headford 8k Road Race on Saturday evening. This was the 11th annual running of this charity race. Despite it being a tough course all members were happy with their times. Running for TuamAC were Ger Hartnett, Sean Burke (PB), Tommy Joe Whyte, Mark Rabbitte, Michael McLoughlin, Ann Cosgrove, Dolores Higgins, Caroline Bodkin and Sean O Morain.
Earlier on Saturday Margaret McDonagh ran the Achill Half Marathon in challenging conditions, gale force winds and of course lots of hills! It went well for Margaret and knowing the route was a huge advantage as she ran it in personal best time of 1:46.
Derek Naughton ran the 10k course in Achill in a great time of 42:13.
Some late resuts from the previous weekend were 2nd place finish for Olivia Fitzpatrick in the Ballinlough 5k and 2nd place category finish for Mark Rabbitte in the Monivea Half Marathon.
TuamAC were represented in 2 races over the weekend.
Sean O Morain was our sole representative in the Bullaun 8k on Saturday evening. He was happy with his run.
Dan O’Rourke lead home the TuamAC team at the Annaghdown Summer Solstice 10k on Sunday evening. He was followed by Derek Naughton, Sean Burke, Tommy Joe Whyte, Shane Chrisham and Conal Burke. Julie Murphy was the only ladies TuamAC member running the 10k. Julie was very pleased with her time considering it was quite windy in parts.
Jennifer Carney and Justin Lane ran the inaugural Annaghdown 5k. Both were delighted with their times and they are already looking forward to their next race.
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.
TuamAC had members running in the Milltown 10k on Saturday. Ger Hartnett finished 5th overall and won the O40 category in a PB time of 38:07. He was delighted that he took more than a minute off of his 2014 time. Ger was followed across the line by Derek Naughton, Sean Burke, Jarlath Monaghan (3rd O50) and Paul Hynes. Olivia O’Grady was the only TuamAC female member to run. Olivia is very happy with her running to date and is quite comfortable running 5k or 10k. Well done to all ! Ian Egan represented TuamAC in the Connacht Track & Field in Claremorris on Saturday. Ian finished 3rd in the 3000m in a time of 10mins 29.65s. Congratulations Ian !
> Galway Track and Field Championships 2015 > > The dates and programme have been announced for the Galway Senior/Masters and Junior Track and Field Championships and details are below. Entry can be made on Athletics Ireland online entry system, and on the night on Day One. Both days will be held in Dangan ,Galway City at the NUIG/RSC Track. > > Day 1 is on Tuesday 23rd June from 7:30pm > Track Events: 7:45pm – 3000m Women; 8:15pm – 5000m Men > Field Events: 7:30pm Triple Jump ;7:30pm Javelin (women) ;8:00pm Javelin (men) ;8:30pm: Shot Putt (Women) ;:9.00pm: Shot Putt (Men) > Day 2 is Sunday 28th June from 1pm > > Track Events are – 1pm 100m; 1.45 pm- 800m; 2:30pm – 200m; 3:00pm – 4x100m; 3:30pm – 1500m; 4:15pm – 400m; 5:00pm – 10,000m > > Day 2 Field Events are – 1:00pm: Hammer (women) ; 1:45pm: Hammer (men) ; 2:00pm: High Jump (Women) ; > 2:30pm: High Jump (Men) ;3:30pm: Discus (women) ;4:00pm: Discus (men) ; 4:30pm Long Jump (women) ; > 5:00pm Long Jump (Men) ;5:30pm: Weight Throw > > > Please find below the links for online entry to the Galway Jun/Sen/Mas Track and Field Championships. > > Day 1 – Tuesday 23rd June: https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/GalwayJunSenMasTrackandFieldChampionshipsDay1 > > Day 2: Sunday 28th June: https://events.athleticsireland.ie/ps/event/GalwayJunSenMasTrackandFieldChampionshipsDay2 >
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.