Just a gentle reminder to those of you are thinking of entering the Craughwell Marathon/Half Marathon on the 30th August 2014. Don't forget to e-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your entry.
• Date: Saturday 30th August 2014.
• Start time: 9:30am.
• To enter mail name & club to this contact: email@example.com
• You will receive confirmation of entry in due course.
• REG: Craughwell Community Hall from 8:30am to 9:15am.
• Entry €20 surplus after costs will go to Craughwell Ac.
• Limited Entry.
• Quality Medals for all finishers of both half & full.
• Order of Malta in attendance.
• 250mm bottled water on course.
• Post race refreshments in the Hall.
• Changing Facilities available in the Hall.
• Course for the full is 8 loops 26.2Miles, Jones counter measured.
• Course for the half is 4 loops 13.1Miles, Jones counter measured.
• There is ample parking at the Community Centre.
Matt Lockett has put together a comprehensive pack detailing all about Cross Country running and training.
There are a number of training sessions planned and all are outlined in the attached document.
Get down to the training session at Dangan Saturday 16th August warmed up for 10 am then sign up for the training session in Cong Saturday 13th September through the GCH training together Facebook page or by contacting Bernie Kelly.
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.