Congratulations to all of the Tuam AC members who took part in the Dublin City Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday including Gearoid Healy, Stephen Brady, Tommy Joe Whyte, John Mongan and Kathryn Antweiler who are regular competitors in Dublin and all ran very well over the 26.2 mile course. We were also delighted to have new members running for Tuam AC in this years race including Jean Coleman who had a great sub 4 hour Marathon and Sean O’Morain who completed his first full marathon in Dublin and he is planning on bringing a bus load of runners from Tuam next year so it is time to start training. We also had a massive turnout at the Corofin 8k on Sunday with at least 25 members of the club taking part and that is a remarkable figure including four in the top ten. We are also sending both Men and Ladies teams to the Connacht Cross Country in Westport on Sunday next and we also expect a massive turnout at the Abbeyknockmoy 4 mile race on Sun 16th Nov. After that all eyes will be on the Tuam 8k which will take place on Sunday 18th January 2015 and entries are open now at www.runireland.com
Well done to all participants today and to host club Loughrea AC. The weather worked against us today but hopefully everyone enjoyed the day if that's the correct word for it in such wet conditions!
Provisional results are at:-
Well done to all of the Craughwell AC participants. We are some super performances which yielded team gold in the U18 girls, team silver in the U12 boys, U14 boys and U16 boys, and team bronze in the U16 girls. It was a particularly proud day for the club to field an U18 girls cross country team for the first time, who took the Connacht title by a small margin ahead of Sligo AC. The girls were joined in the same race by the senior women's team, only the second time that the club have had a senior women's team contest a Connacht championships - so well done to both teams, it was great to see 10 Craughwell AC singlets in the field of 66 runners in a Connacht senior championships.
Craughwell U18 GIrls Cross Country Team
Connacht Champions 2014
Ciara Greene, Leanne Freaney, Andrea Tobin, Caoimhe Reidy, Grainne McDaid
Craughwell AC Senior Womens Cross Country Team at the Connacht Championships in Loughrea
Rena Deely, Louise O'Rourke, Jane Reeves, Niamh Flavin, Deirdre Devane
In the women's section the year long battle between Jane and Mags(fresh from a great run in Dublin) still rages with them filling 1st and 2nd respectively. However there is a new threat on the scene. After a superb 3:12 finish in the Dublin Marathon (and run with a constant smile on her face) Grainne Ni Uallachain is now in third place and is poised to move up the placings if she finishes well in another race this year.
In the men's event Martin McEvilly is still holding off all comers. Vincent Jordan and Martin Kearney are best positioned to mount a challenge if they can achieve a decent result or two in the remaining races.
The remaining 3 races in the challenge are:
- Connacht XC (best of 2 races)
- National Senior XC or National Novice XC
- Fields of Athenry
Just a quick lookahead to next Sunday in Loughrea where the Connacht even ages and senior cross country takes place. The day commences at 1pm with the U12 girls. The races will take place in the following order:-
- U12 Girls 2000m
- U12 Boys 2000m
- U14 Girls 3000m
- U14 Boys 3000m
- U16 Girls 4000m
- U16 Boys 4000m
- U18/Junior Girls 4000m
- U18/Junior Boys 6000m
- Senior Women (all grades) 4000m
- Senior Men (all grades) 8000m
Please arrive at least one hour before your race. Allow approx
- 20 minutes for the two U12 races
- 30 minutes for the two U14 races
- 40 minutes for the two U16 races
- 40 minutes for the two U18 races
Above is my guesswork at times. If races are combined, the schedule will move quicker than above, so allow for that possibility.
And a quick recap on our history in the juvenile events. I have a list of our performances in these championships since 2002 on our statistics page:-
Last year was a bumper year with 95 participants over the 2 days of the Connachts and 13 sets of team medals including 9 Connacht titles. Our previous bests were 10 sets of team medals achieved in 2005, 2010 and 2012. The most impressive statistic from last year was that we had almost double the number of participants compared to previous years.
It will be hard to surpass last year's achievements but our athletes love a challege so best of luck to everyone on Sunday, both juvenile and senior.
October Round up of Results
Gary Thornton took the mens title in 25:01 while Alvy Carragher of GCH took the top women’s result in 31:09. Grainne Ni Uallachain (GCH) in her build up to DCM came second in 31:25 while the ever smiling Emer O’Leary was 3rd having just come back from injury in 32:09.
Day 1 in Bushfield, Loughrea on Sunday 2nd November
Day 2 in Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo on Sunday, 9th November
Race distances for both days
Senior, novice and master women 4K
Senior, novice and master men 8k
Entries for both need to be sent to me before next Thursday October 23rd.
Please indicate whether you are taking part in Senior, Novice or Master.
Races start on both days at 1pm with juvenile races followed immediately by the adults.
No late entries. Contact Bernie on email@example.com
October's training plan is attached.
Remember coached sessions with Matt Lockett continue at 7.30 each Tuesday in Dangan.
Very few athletes have the honour of representing their country at International events so we were all delighted that Seamus Walsh was selected to represent Ireland at the European Half Ironman Championships in Menorca on Sunday. Seamus qualified for this event following his podium finish at the Irish championships earlier this year and he lined up on Sunday morning in the Team Ireland Tri-Athlon suit with his name proudly across his chest. The race consists of a 1.2mile swim followed by 56 miles on the bike and a 13.1 mile Half Marathon to finish. Seamus had a great swim and followed that with an equally impressive sub 3 hour cycle. He jumped straight off the bike and flew around the half marathon despite being in considerable pain from an old calf muscle injury and finished in 25th place. A fantastic achievement for the well known Tuam pharmacist. We would also like to wish everybody the best of luck in next Monday’s Dublin City Marathon especially Tommy Joe Whyte who has only missed one DCM in almost 25 years, Stephen Brady who is absolutely flying these days and really looking forward to Dublin again and we have to remember that he previously ran the DCM in 2hrs 42mins. Gearoid Healy is going back to Dublin again after his magnificent sub 3 hour marathon last year and John Mongan is once again tackling the 26.2 mile beast and there is no better man as he has completed numerous Ironman races and is one of the best endurance athletes Tuam has ever seen. A very special mention for Jean Coleman of Dunmore who is a very proud member of Tuam AC and she has been absolutely flying in training and is all set for the big day and all of these athletes can be followed live on the Dublin City Marathon live tracker on Monday. Good luck to them all and everybody who is taking part on Monday. Everybody in Tuam AC would like to extend their condolences to the O’Rourke family on the passing of their Mother Kitty O’Rourke May she Rest in Peace.
Athletes from the club put in some huge performances at the weekend in the Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country Championships which were held on a narrow course in Summerhill College Sligo. On a windy day with a sprinkling of rain, the narrow course around the boundary of a football field proved to be a very tough course due to the tightness of the running route and the fields of 120 or so athletes. The club’s athletes coped well with the blustery conditions and featured strongly on 5 of the medal winning teams across the 4 races.
Great performances all round for the GCH Girls and Boys Categories in the Galway County Cross Country.
The club’s junior section are holding a fund-raising Night at the Dogs to help raise funds for the development of the club’s new 8-acre athletics park beside Craughwell NS. We’re hoping that all club members young and old will support. In the past, the night has proven to be a fantastic social occasion for the whole family. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the development of the club’s new sports park adjacent to the school. We are making fantastic progress with the development and hope to turn the lights on very shortly. The layout below gives you an idea of what will be provided and when. We are a little behind schedule due primarily to finalization of the legal purchase but all that is done and dusted now and we hope to have it fenced and lit and in use very shortly.
We will be handing out tickets at training. We appreciate that not all parents will be in a position to support the fund-raising so in that case just return the tickets to us. But it is an enjoyable night out for the family and it is raising vital funds for the facility and your children will benefit from its use almost immediately.
A truly magnificent day of Cross Country running took place in Tuam on Sunday. Tuam AC were the host club for the 2014 Juvenile Uneven age groups County Championships and The Palace Park provided a stunning setting. Cross Country runners are used to slogging around wet fields in lashing rain so the perfect weather and underfoot conditions made it even more enjoyable. There was a total of 10 races on the card and well over 300 juveniles arrived in Tuam ahead of the 1pm start and we are delighted to report that 23 Tuam athletes were among the participants. The first race was the Girls U 9 race over 800m and there was a very strong field of 40 runners. The race was won by Aoibheann Fitzpatrick of Ballinasloe & District AC and Tuam had 3 athletes taking part. Ciara Ryan, Hazel Mahon and Maeve Harken were all competing in their first County Final but they took it all in their stride and didn’t put a foot wrong over the very challenging course. Parents and supporters were rightly very proud of the three Tuam girls as they passed the finish line and even though it was a very tough race they enjoyed every inch of it. It was the boys U 9 up next and this race was won by Evan Moran of Craughwell AC but Tuam had a crack team of young lads in this race and some of them had stepped up from the U 8 age group as they were so eager to represent the club. After a superb effort the Tuam lads finished in 3rd place and will be awarded their medals at next Sunday’s training session. It was a great team effort with Oisin Phelan crossing the line first for Tuam and winning an individual medal for finishing in the top 10 and he was followed by Dara Kenny, Jack Heneghan, Cian Rafferty and Shane Coleman. Winning a County medal in your very first attempt is some achievement and they have a great future ahead of them. We also had a very strong team in the Girls U 11 race who just missed out on medals when they finished in 5th place but we have to remember that some of these girls are only 9 years of age and they ran 1500m on a very tough and technical course. They were magnificent and the team included Sarah Cafferkey, Shauna Fallon, Aoibheann Phelan, Ciara Gorman and Ella Rafferty. We actually could have had two complete teams in the Boys U 11 race as 8 young lads from Tuam AC stood on the start line and they also finished in 5th place with Conor Heneghan leading the way for Tuam followed by Ross Cosgrove, Conor Munnelly, Matthew Cafferkey, Jack Hession, Freddie Tuck, Danny Harken and Dara O’Brien. It was brilliant to see all of these Tuam lads running together and enjoying it and the hard work they have put in training all summer at our St Jarlath’s training centre has surely paid off. The next few races were extremely tough as the distances were long and hard. Maeve Fallon ran in the U 13 Girls race over 2500m and gave one of the performances of the day as she ran around the course like an experienced athlete despite it being her first ever race and she finished very strongly and our final competitor of the day was Olivia Kenny who took part in the marathon 3500m Girls U 15 race. This distance is not for the faint hearted and especially when the sun is shining and you have to tackle the hill four times but it didn’t knock a stir out of Olivia and she had her trademark smile on throughout the race and finished like a train. It was a fitting ending for a truly wonderful day for the club and we are immensely proud of all our juvenile athletes who are a credit to their families, the club and the whole North Galway area. A few of our older members were also in action and we have to congratulate Derek Naughton who won the Aughrim 10k on Sunday, Padraic Burke who had a great run in Carna on Saturday and all of our members who took part in the Moylough 10k on Sunday. Well done to All
The latest Club Challenge after the Grey Lakes 10km and the Galway County Cross Country, both held in Loughrea in the last couple of weeks. The Cross Country was very well attended with 24 Harriers competing in the adult races.
In the women's challenge it looks like it's becoming another head to head between Jane and Mags. However Grainne and Niamh could challenge if they feature strongly in at least 2 of the remaining 4 events.
In the men's challenge Martin McEvilly is rolling back the years by topping the table going into the tailend of the season. Vincent Jordan lies second currently, but Martin Kearney is in a solid third with a race in hand so is well placed for a jump into the lead after one more race.
Upcoming races include the National Marathon in Dublin and the Connacht Cross Country on 2nd & 9th November.
Photo credit: John O'Connor.
There some marvellous performances in Tuam at the uneven age groups cross country championships, most notably Sean Connaughton who took the Galway title in the U13 2500m in his debut in club cross country and Caron Ryan who is going from strength to strength and added the U17 4000m title to the U16 one that she won last weekend. It was a super day also for Oisin Lyons who strode to victory in the U15 boys 3500m and for Evan Moran who took the title in the U9 boys 800m. There were top 3 finishes also for Chloe Hallinan (U9 silver), Caoimhe Connolly (U11 silver), Niamh Niland (U13 bronze), Sean Cannon (U13 silver), Dearbhaile Walsh (U17 silver) and Ben Garrard (U17 bronze).
The club also excelled in the team stakes with victory in the U9 girls as well the bronze medals, silver medals in the U9 boys, gold in the U11 girls, silver and bronze in the U11 boys, silver in the U13 girls, gold in the U13 boys, gold in the U15 boys and gold in the U17 girls.
Provisional results of the day are attached here:- GalwayCrossCountry2014Day2Results.pdf.
Well done to Tuam AC on hosting an excellent event.
Special mention to our youngest athletes who painted a sea of green and white singlets in the U9 races with no less than 34 athletes from the club completing the girls and boys 800m. Overall, the club had 80 athletes take part in the races - the largest of all participating clubs. Well done to all of our athletes and particularly well done to our hard working coaches.