The program for this Sunday's Galways Indoors is below. Best to luck to everyone in it, I am sure in this weather that you're glad its indoors!!
This Sunday 18th January is Tuam Athletics Club annual road race @ 2.30pm. It is the 11th annual running of this very popular and successful AAI permitted 8k road race. There are prizes in all categories including first 3 Men and Women. All age categories Women 35,40,45,50,55,60,65 and Men 40,45,50,55,60,65,70 First 2 teams Men and Women Three pairs of Kelanji running socks are available for the first 300 entries. If you want to secure your 3 pairs of quality running socks from Tuam AC please enter online now via http://www.runireland.com/events/tuam-ac-8k. Even though we offer superb cash prizes, chip timing, hot showers and our legendary post race refreshments, we have still managed to keep the entry fee at only €15. Chip timing is by RedTag Timing. Registration is available on the morning from 11am to 1:30pm and also on Saturday afternoon from3pm to 4:30pm in The Mercy gym on the Dublin road. We also have a kids fun run which starts at 1pm sharp in St. Jarlath’s. Registration from 11am to 12:30. Goody bag and quality medal for all entrants. Entry fee €3
With just two weeks to go to the Tuam 8k Road Race on Sunday 18th Jan 2015 we have allocated well over half of our socks. Tuam AC give 3 pairs of top quality running socks to the first 300 online entries but when they are gone they are gone.
If you want to be sure of getting this great free gift from Tuam AC enter online now via Run Ireland. Thanks from All in Tuam AC.
The Annual General Meeting of the Senior Club takes place on Sunday 11th January 2015 at 7.30pm in St. Michael's Hall, Craughwell. All our members are encouraged to attend and show your support for the club. We welcome input and new ideas from all our members and look forward to seeing you all at our Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting of the club's juvenile and executive committee will take place next Wednesday night 7th January commencing at 6.30pm. It is hoped that alot of parents and coaches can attend to hear a quick update on the year's activities and on facility development.
All going well, the meeting will be over within 45 minutes so please try to attend if possible to support your hard-working committee and coaches.
Also we are holding our 2015 registration nights on this coming Tuesday and Thursday Jan 6th and Jan 8th from 6pm to 8pm in Craughwell hall. We need to get all who will be participating in the Galway indoors on 18th January to register next week for 2015 as you need to be registered in order to take part. The registration form is available on the club's website at http://www.craughwellac.com/site/images/juvenileapplicationform.pdf or copies will be available on the night.
For anyone wishing to purchase club tracksuits or tops, Geraldine Jennings (085 8404509) will be taking orders on the registration nightes. Tracksuits cost €35 and training tops cost €25. Geraldine also has a small stock of club rain jackets (€35) and beanie hats (€7).
Tuam Athletic Club fielded one of it’s biggest teams of the year in the 13^th annual running of the Fields of Athenry 10k. Over 20 members braved the now almost predictable cold, wind and rain of St. Stephens Day in Athenry. Despite this weather and flooded roads many members managed to run personal bests for 10k. Both Brendan Monaghan and Padraic Burke leaving their best 10k times to the last race of the year. The club was represented very well across all categories with winners as follows: Men Over 45 – 1st Dan O’Rourke Men Over 55 – 1st Mark Rabbitte Men Over 65 – 2nd Martin Hynes Men Over 75 – 1st Roger Rushe Women Over 40 – 2nd Clare Rowe Women Team – 2nd – Clare Rowe, Elaine Fleming, Jean Coleman & Audrey Greaney Time now for a well earned rest before commencing training for our annual Tuam 8k road race on Sunday 18^th January at 2:30pm. Enter online on www.runireland.com or on the day in The Mercy secondary school gym. 2015 club membership will be due from 1^st January. The next Fit4Life beginners running group will be starting on Tuesday 13^th January at 7pm from Tuam swimming pool carpark. Please wear a Hi-Viz top, comfortable clothes and proper fitting runners. All participants that are new to running should check with their GP before commencing Fit4Life. Further details from firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com> Tuam AC would like to thank all members for making 2014 such a great year. Here’s hoping we’ll spend many a run together in 2015.
Wishing all of our members both young and old a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year. It’s being a fantastic year for the club on both the competitive and non-competitive scene.
Our membership numbers have gone through the roof (if we had a roof !), we’ve become the biggest juvenile club in Ireland ahead of all of the large urban centres, have the 26th largest adult membership and combined are the 4th largest club in the country – a remarkable achievement for a club in a rural location.
I will post a separate article on our superb competitive performances throughout the year but want to focus on progress with facilities in this article and to sincerely thank all who have supported our fund-raising efforts to date.
I just noticed that the Craughwell 10 has reduced entry for the next 13 days. Ten miles is a different distance - pace wise it feels like a 10k, but you get endurance challenges that are more like a half marathon. One definition of threshold pace is "the maximum pace you can sustain for an hour". For faster runners, this is 10 miles which explains why it's so challenging at that level - basically you are right on the edge for as long as possible. For slower runners, you get the endurance challenges that just dont come in shorter distances and people often surprise themselves by setting 10k bests en-route to a 10 mile time.
Anyhow if you are thinking of running the Craughwell 10 this year and want to save a fiver, head on over to the active europe site to sign up for 20 eu. It might help us moderate the christmas festivities!
It was a very wet start to the third and final leg of the Davitts 5K Winter Series in Irishtown on Sunday morning. Tuam AC was once again well represented and had a great result. Dan O’Rourke was in top form when he finished 1st overall for the second week in a row. He was followed in 2nd place by Derek Naughton in a new personal best time of 18.54. Tommy Joe Whyte was 4th overall. Jarlath Monaghan was very happy with his finish time of 21:14 despite the inclement weather.
Aidan Doyle represented TuamAC in the Ballinderreen 10km where he ran a very impressive 47:38
Juvenile training is taking a break from Sunday morning training fro the Christmas and will return on January 11th 2015.
The club had a very enjoyable night on Friday in The Ard Ri Hotel where thy held their annual social. Many thanks to Andrea Ridge for organising the event.
Entries are flying in for the 11th annual club 8k race and the famous 3 pack of Kelanji running socks are disappearing fast. Please use the following link to guarantee yourself a pair of socks – http://www.runireland.com/events/tuam-ac-8k. We will be taking entries on the day but we can not guarantee socks. Looking forward to seeing you all in Tuam on Sunday 18th Jan 2015.
Here are the standings after the National Novices cross country where our ladies team did the club proud bringing home a national bronze team medal. Not a lot changed at the top of the standings but Alvy Carragher, Barbara Dunne and Helen Corbett showed they would be serious contenders for the Club Challenge title if they put their mind to it. Niamh Hennelly had another great run on the country and looks like she can't be stopped now. Still plenty up for grabs though with the other placings and the age category awards.
On the men's side Martin Kearney, recent recruit to the M60 category, can technically still be denied the the overall award but it will take a perfect storm of results for this to happen. St. Stephen's Day in Athenry will decide all.
The Galway Indoors will be held in Athlone IT's fabulous international arena on Sunday 18th January at 9.30am. I will be finalising the timetable for it in early January but it will be structured such that u13s to seniors compete in the morning commencing at 9.30am and u10s to U12s compete in the afternoon, concluding at 5pm.
The events available in each age group will be as follows:-U10s 60m 400m 4x100m Long Jump U11s 60m 600m 4x100m Long Jump U12s 60m 600m 4x100m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt U13s 60m 600m 4x100m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles U14s 60m 800m 4x200m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles U15s 60m 800m 4x200m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles U16-17s 60m 800m 4x200m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles 200m U18-19-Senior 60m 800m 4x200m Long Jump High Jump Shot Putt Hurdles 200m 3000m
Next start date for Beginners to Fit4Life is Monday 12th January 2015. 7pm Westside Library. Any queries to Bernie 087-7504066
TuamAC held it’s A.G.M. last Thursday at 8pm. The meeting was well attended by club members. Chairman Paddy Gilmore welcomed everybody to the meeting and commented on the successful year the club has had. Brendan Monaghan followed with the secretary’s report and Patricia Monaghan gave a summary of the club’s finances. Each was unanimously voted in to their positions again for the upcoming year. New positions filled on the committee were: – Child Welfare Officer – Joanna Kiley Junior Liaison Officer — Martin Kenny Club P.R.O. — Sean O Morain On Sunday morning the second leg of the Irishtown 5k series took place and Tuam AC were well represented again. This time the course was reversed from the previous week. Dan O’Rouke was first overall in 18:11 and Ger Hartnett finished 2nd in a time of 18.27. Derek Naughton finished in a time of 18:55 and Jarlaith Monaghan completed the Tuam AC lineup in 21:11 Almost 200 runners ran the Carnmore Hurling Club 5k Turkey Trot on Sunday afternoon and TuamAC had a big number members attending. Ian Egan led the Tuam men finishing 10^th overall in a time of 18:16 followed by a close fought battle between Tommy Joe Whyte and Padraic Burke with only a split second separating them crossing the finish line. Padraic’s ever improving form afforded him yet another PB. Brendan Monaghan, Mark Rabbitte and Sean O Morain completed the male members. Clare Rowe led home the ladies in a time of 21:11 followed by Ann Maire Miskell and Andrea Ridge. Andrea led out the Sunday morning 10k run and then headed to Carnmore to run an impressive 28min 5k. While Roger Rushe togged out and began warming up he felt that he wasn’t fully over his cold and decided to concentrate on getting fully recovered for the Athenry 10k on 26^th December and the Tuam annual 8k road race. The juvenile section of the club visited the indoor athletics track in Athlone. Everybody was impressed with the facilities and really enjoyed their day out. Training continues every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday with the emphasis being on getting in top shape for the annual club 8k road race. This year’s road race is on Sunday 18^th January at 2:30pm
Jamie Fallon, Bronze Medallist in the National U19 Cross Country in Santry
Jamie Fallon had a huge run in Sunday's U19 6000m cross country where he led the race for much of the first 3k in a tight battle with 3 other athletes and eventually held on to a magnificent 3rd place to seal his first individual podium finish in National cross-country.
Jamie's achievement comes on the back of extraordinary dedication from a young age. As an U10 in 2006, Jamie stepped up to the U11s where he placed 35th in the Connachts. Our younger readers should take note of that statistic, 35th as an U10 stepping up to U11 in the Connachts would translate to 120-something in the Nationals - and 8 years later Jamie claims National bronze against many of the same athletes!
In recent years, Jamie edged his way to the podium, placing
- 6th in the U16 boys in 2012
- 5th in the U18 boys in 2013
- 4th in the U18 boys in 2014
- 3rd in the U19 boys in 2014
Jamie is a nephew of the legendary Galway runner Jimmy Fallon who represented Ireland in cross country on numerous occasions and was a scholarship student in Providence College in the US. Jamie's performance had earned him his third international vest for the Celtic Games which will be held in Ireland next January.
In the same U19 race, Damien O'Boyle had a strong run to take 24th place while Conor Gillen continued his comeback from injury to take 52nd place. Unfortunately we only had the 3 lads in action - a 4th scorer in 66th place or better would have earned team bronze. In the U19 girls 4000m, Ciara Greene had an exceptional run out-of-age to take 28th place.
In the Novice Men's 6000m, Neil Greaney and Rob Hogan had incredible runs to finish as 2nd and 4th Galway athletes home with Neil taking 41st place in a time of 22:06 and Rob not far behind in 65th place in 22:27.
Earlier in the day, Adam Stewart was the star of the show with a 13th place finish in the U11 boys 1500m. It was a remarkable run from Adam off a relatively small amount of cross country training, definitely a bright future in store for him if he can fit it into his busy sports schedule. Adam was followed home by Eoin Byrne 102 Luke Flynn 108, Conor Hoade 118, Darragh McCartin 122 and Evan Hallinan 172. It was a tough race but good experience for the team as it was their first taste of National cross country. The team placed 12th with 341 points.
The U11 girls placed 10th with 266 points in another tough battle. The team were led hom by a strong run from Caoimhe Connolly in 49th place, followed by Emily Miskella in 59th, Rebekah Flynn hot on her heels in 62nd, Aoibhe Carr in 96th, Jade Moorhead in 124th and Saoirse Moore in 144th. Saoirse had the misfortune of developing a pain in her side before the race started which lasted right through the race and destroyed the race for her on the day after such a fine series of performances in the Galway and Connacht championships. But there will be plenty of other days in the years ahead for this super athlete. Particularly well done to the U10 boys and girls who stepped up an age into the U11 teams. Its a tough race when you are the right age and even tougher when most of the field is a year older. Both teams did themselves proud and a small improvement in individual placings would take them very close to the leading teams.
The U13 girls had another big battle at such a high level of running and they did great to finish out the gruelling 2500m distance. The team were led home by Ailbhe Miskella in 86th place with Sarah Woods 134th, Mia Waters 145th and Aoife Kelly 155th. Penny Wells battled bravely but had to withdraw midway through the race.
U13 Girls Cross Country Team
at the National Championships in Santry
U13 Boys Cross Country Team
at the National Championships in Santry
In the U13 boys race, the club had mixed fortunes with a superb team in action. Sean Connaughton had a tremendous run to take 22nd place overall. Kyle Moorhead was also well placed in the early stages just behind Sean but suffered a heavy fall and was unable to continue. It was unfortunate for Kyle who has had a great year with numerous Galway titles to his name but he will bounce back stronger and this team has the nucleus of a superb team and team success will almost certainly come their way in the future. Gavin Lee was next home in 54th place followed closely by Liam Leen 68th, Sean Cotter 69th, Sean Cannon 94th and Finbar McFadden 127th. The team placed 7th with 239 points.
In the U15 boys 3500m, misfortune hit us again when Oisin Lyons had to withdraw in the early stages of the race. Oisin had been ill with a chest infection the night before and bravely took to the line but due to severe breathing difficulties, had to withdraw after 800m. Conor Lee led the team home with a fine performance in 50th place, followed by super runs from William Fitzgerald in 64th, Patrick Noonan 88th and Gavin Forde 122nd. Luke Finn was also in difficulty with breathing and had to withdraw in the latter stages of the race. The team placed 11th with 324 points, but nonetheless with some very encouraging performances for the future.
The U17 girls had a strong run in their 4000m with Caron Ryan in excellent form to take 30th place followed by Dearbhaile Walshe in 56th, Grainne McDaid in 72nd and Ciara O'Boyle in 88th. The team placed 8th with 246 points and placed 4th in the county competition. This was the first time that the club has contested the team event in the U17 girls and in fact the girls are now the oldest girls team to have represented the club in National juvenile cross-country - great progress for the girls and the club.
So overall it was a mixed day for the club - some superb performances and some mishaps to athletes that messed up their day. But there's always ups and downs and its fantastic that our athletes are able to go out and participate at this level of running. The highlights of the season were the tremendous silver medals for the U12 boys team and the superb individual bronze for Jamie Fallon - our highest individual placing ever. That wraps up the club cross country action for the year so its onwards now to the indoors for most and of course also the secondary schools cross country for some.
Well folks (as Michael would say)
It's finally official Michael Tobin is the BEST child mentor/coach in Ireland.
We in Craughwell A.C. have always known this, but now most of Ireland have also found out.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the excellence of a man who lives, eats and breaths the sport of athletics.
He nevers misses a training session often arriving late to, or leaving early from meetings.
How many of us have emails with 3am times on them. Does this man ever sleep Who knows???
So many young people have the honour of saying they have been trained at some stage of their athletic lives in Craughwell A.C. by Michael. That is something they never forget.
How many of us who originally agreed to help out occasionally are now qualified coaches, among other roles we have taken on due to his gentle persuasion!!! Boy is he good at all the roles he has in the club, but he shines as a coach.
He has been the driving force behind the great new 8 acre site we now proudly own and has not stopped driving forward in developments to ensure we will keep moving forward through the project.
WELL DONE MICHAEL A TRULY WELL DESERVED TITLE. We are all so proud of you.
Best of luck to all of our athletes in action tomorrow!
Athletics Ireland have posted course map and detailed time-table at:-
Bear in mind the much larger numbers at an All-Ireland make it harder to find people, walk the course, etc so please arrive extra early.
Directions to Santry track are here:-
Note AAI in the info they have posted are asking that people park (for free) in the Airport Green Carpark from where shuttle buses will go to/from the cross country.