TuamAC had great results from Kinvara and Belfast over the weekend. Jean Coleman was 2nd in her category in the Kinvara Roack and Road half marathon on Saturday. Aidan Doyle also represented TuamAC in the same event and ran a personal best time for the half marathon distance. This was a great achievement for both considering the strong winds and freezing cold rain that was prevalent across The Burren on Saturday. Also in action on Saturday was Brendan Monaghan. Brendan travelled to the north of Ireland where he won the Falls Road 5k in Belfast. Well done to all athletes. ** Please note that the online registration for this year’s 5k series will be opening on Friday evening 11/3 at 8pm. This normally sells out within minutes of opening. Please use the following link to register on the night www.tinyurl.com/5kSeries2016 All monies raised each year from the 5k series go to fund juvenile and adult athletics in county Galway.
Tuam AC will be hosting The National Senior Cross Country Championships this Sunday in the Palace Grounds. The programme comprises of four races, 1)Junior Women 4k @12pm, 2)Junior Men 6k @ 12:20pm, 3)Senior Women 8k @12:45pm, and 4)Senior Men 10k @1:25pm. Please come along to support your county team.
Congratulations to Brendan Monaghan on his category win at the Maree Athletics Club 8k last Sunday. It was a very diffucult run for all in very wet and windy conditions. Also running for TuamAC were Patrick Fleming, Maura Meenaghan and Tim Geraghty.
Sean Burke was running in Irishtown on Sunday where he blasted the field to finish in first place.
Last Sunday Tuam AC senior members had a great day at the Galway Indoor Track & Field Championships in the Athlone International Area. Senior Men’s team won silver in the 4x200m. Great running from Conal Burke, Sean Burke, Shane Crisham and Justin Lane. Sean Burke and Tom Mannion ran the men’s 3000mtrs with Sean finishing just outside the medals. Tom had a great run and was very happy with his performance. Marian Coleman had a fantastic run in the ladies 3000mtrs and finished 2nd. Justin Lane bagged another medal by finishing 3rd in the 60mtr hurdles. Congratulations to all!! Also on Sunday, but outdoors, Tuam AC members Patrick Flemming, AnnMarie Hession and Elaine Hynes ran the South Galway Athletics Club 10k in Ballinderreen.
Thank you to the almost 400 athletes who took part in our 12th annual 8k road race on Sunday 17th. It was a cold and showery day. The top two men were Gary Thornton GCH in 24.22 followed by Matthew Bidwell GCH in 25.54 and Michael O’Connor GCH finishing 3rd in 27.10. Regina Casey GCH won the women’s race in a time of 29.09. Zola Flynn from Calry AC in Sligo finished 2nd in 31.43 and Clare Rowe GCH crossed the line in 3rd palce in a time of 31.47. Team prizes went to GCH who finished 12t in both the men’s and ladies races. Craughwell finished 2nd in the men’s race while Tuam finished 2nd in the ladies race. Sean Burke and Ann Maire Miskell were first Tuam AC members home and both were awarded silverware for their achievements. There were almost 50 Tuam AC members that ran the race with some of them running 8k for the first time. Teresa O’Dea, Alma Finnegan, Andrea King Claus and Rory O’Connor were some of our members that ran 8k for the first time. Rory was particularly delighted with his achievement and is already eyeing up the race calendar to pick his next race. Well done to all first timers! Tuam AC would like to offer sincere thanks 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 who helped with the after race refreshments, Patricia Monaghan, Mary O’Neill, Vergie Sweeney, Lisa Warren, Fiona Lardner and Eileen Moran. Hope to see you all running again in our 13th annual 8k road race in 2017.
Entries are flying in from all over Ireland and our famous 3 pack of Top Quality running socks are disappearing fast. We might have some socks left for late registrations but cannot guarantee what size they will be. Online entries are still available on Active.com.
We would also ask all club members who have not registered online to please register on Saturday between 3-5pm in The Mercy gym. This will alleviate the last minute rush on Sunday prior to the race.
Sincere Thanks to everybody who has entered so far. Hope you all have a great day in Tuam on Sunday.