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
After review and consultation, an update has now been applied to the female prize-list for last Saturday's Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8K road-race for 2014. In summary, the changes are as follows:
- athletes assigned positions 6 (six), 7 (seven) and 8 (eight) previously in the overall women's finishing order have now been adjusted to reflect actual finishing times;
- athletes assigned positions 1 (one) and 2 (two) in the F45 category previously have now also been adjusted as a direct result of the changes applied in the above.
Open invitation to all our players, coaches, members and parents to come along to Raftery's Bar tonight at 9pm for the prize giving for our golf classic and an end of athletics season drink.
The club would like to thank all those who took part in the golf classic. We had 52 teams take part which was super as we had organised the event in a relatively short space of time. We'd particularly like to thank organisign committee for their trojan work over the last few weeks and also those players who travelled long distances to take part.
Details of the fabulous prizes are belong and with the many companies and indivisuals who sponsored greens and tee-boxes. Thanks to everyone for their support. We are very very close now to finalising the purchase of our 8-acre site beside the school and fund-raisers such as these provide a much-needed source of funds to help us complete the purchase.
Two PDF files of the initial results data have been generated, the first one sorted by finish (race/gross) time (and from which official results and prize-winners will be calculated) and a second one sorted by chip (nett) time for information purposes only. A provisional list of individual category and team prize-winners is presented in the third attachment.
A provisional starter's list for the Kearney Cycles Streets of Galway 8K road-race for 2014 has now been attached in PDF format here (sorted alphabetically, by way of lastname/surname). Please review to confirm your participation and ensure that you go to the race-pack collection point this weekend knowing your race-number in advance for ease of processing.
Matt Locketts Training Plans attached for August.
Please note that GCH are welcome to join up with the GTC each Thursday.
Matt has also included a detailed formula for your training phases to strucutre your years training. Identify when key races are and have simialr phases to your training where you rest, build-up training, train hard, apply the finishing touches to your training and then race you key races.
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.
29 not out!
The 29th running of the Streets of Galway 8K road-race (sponsored by local company Kearney Cycles) will take place this year at 7pm on the evening of Saturday 9th August next.
Holidays are Halfway through. Is boredom starting to set in? We can help!! Summer Camp at Craughwell A.C.is coming up again. It is running from Mon 11th Aug - Fri 15th Aug 9.30am - 2pm daily and we have a limited number of places available.
Do you wonder if Athletics is for you or what is it all about? Why not come along to camp and try it out in a FUN way. We offer a variety of activities, and learn athletics through games and drills. We have team activities and individual style activities so really there is something for everyone. We cater for children from those who have just finished 6th class down to those born in 2007.
Please contact Marion with any queries at 087 9390366 or download the application form which you can find in the dropdown menu for the Junior club. and return it with the deposit to the address on the back.
If you have any queries regatding the Streets of Galway Road Race contact 087 6813444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
A few logistics issues, so we are going to have to postpone the facilities fundraiser 5k till further notice, hopefully we'll be able to get it together for later in the year - in the meantime if you are looking for a good local Autumn 5k I believe that Kileeneen National School are planning a 5k on the 17th of September - the "Back to School Run" is organized by friends of the club Mark Campbell, Michael Walsh and Peter O'Sullivan and might be a nice substitute! Check out runireland for details. Apologies for any confusion!
Just outlining the current status on the new athletics facility that we are creating adjacent to the school so that everyone knows where we are at with it. Read on for details.
Cathriona Farrell claimed her first National Senior outdoor title at the weekend when winning the Senior Women’s High Jump at the National Track & Field Championships in Santry on Sunday.
Hampered by an Achilles injury for a number of weeks Cathriona was in excellent jumping form, taking victory with a jump of 1.75m. This was a fantastic achievement for Cathriona after a spell of several weeks where she was not able to do any jumps practise due to the Achilles injury. In fact the only times Cathriona had jumped in the last 4 weeks were the European Team Championships in Estonia and the National U23s so to jump 1.75m and to come very close to clearing her outdoor PB again of 1.80m was exceptional.
It rounds off a great year for the club’s leading athlete who earlier in the year set a new Universities record of 1.81m to win the Universities indoor title and went on to win both the National U23 indoor and outdoor titles and now the National Senior outdoor title.
This is the third National Senior title for Cathriona having won the indoor title on 2 occasions in 2011 and 2012. Cathriona's indoor PB of 1.81m places her 6th on the all-time best performances indoors by Irish high jumpers while her recent outdoor PB of 1.80m places her in joint 8th on the outdoor list.
All-in-all it was a fantastic year for Cathriona despite the late season injury and augurs very well for next year's indoor and outdoor seasons and hopefully another string of personal bests, records and National titles.
Please note that tonight's EGM (and followon coaches meeting) has been rescheduled to Wednesday 6th August at 7pm due to the unavaiability of some key personnel tonight. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
I will email all with an update on the new facility progress in the meantime.
And please don't forget our Golf Classic which is on the same week. i.e. Mon 4th Aug to Sat 10th Aug. We still need parents to get fully behind this by entering teams and/or getting sponsorship. Check our website for more details, thanks!!!
National U18 100m Champion Conor Duggan
pictured with Damian O'Boyle (U18 Steeplechase Silver Medallist) and Sinead Treacy (U18 100m Bronze Medallist)
Conor Duggan had his finest athletic achievement to date when he stormed to victory in the U18 100m final at the National Track & Field Championships in Tullamore recently. Having won his heat comfortably in 11.23s, Conor ran a breath-taking final to take the victory by 0.07s in a time of 11.27s. Conor’s steady progression in athletics is an inspiration for many and should be a huge motivation for other sprinters to continue to put in the effort and success will follow.
Read on for details of Conor's steady progression from when he joined the club 6 years ago as an U12.
Early registration of €20 closes Monday 21st July, there after the fee will be €25.
This year sees the 29th year of the Streets of Galway 8k and for most athletes this is a note in their race calendar.
The race takes place this year on Saturday 9th August at 7pm.
We're delighted to announce that for a second year running Kearney Cycles will be our main sponsor.
This race is selling out and we are proud to say that this years race is 30% up on last year already so book by Monday 21st and save yourself €5.
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