All members are invited to join us at a social gathering in Munroes, Dominic St. on Saturday 21st February from 8pm. As well as a chance to catch up with friends and glam-up there will be some Club Awards to recognise the achievements over the past year.
Awards will start around 8:45pm, including awards various county, provincial and national team medal winners, as well as for the Club Challenge and our club leaders. See you there!
Juvenile training continues Sunday morning and every Sunday morning at 11:30am in St. Jarlath’s. Please contact brendan@tuamac for further details. Sunday 22nd Feb. sees the 7th year of the Kilconieron Charity 5 mile Run & Walk. Each year all proceeds from the event are donated to charity. This year’s nominated charity is Athenry Cancer Care. Members running last weekend were Michael McLoughlin in the Gort 8k, Caroline Ronan, Fiona Lardner and Michael Lardner in the Westport AC Point to Point 5k. Tuam AC is delighted to announce that it has managed to secure the coaching services of Matt Bidwell. Matt is one of Galway’s top athletes and 2nd place finisher at this year’s Tuam AC 8k road race. He will be coaching a Tuam AC weekly speed work session commencing in March. This speed work session is suitable for runners of all abilities and will increase speed and endurance. The first block of training coached by Matt will run on Tuesday evenings up until the start of the 5k series in May. The speed work session will then recommence in June. You must be a member of Tuam AC in order to participate and it will cost €2 per person per session.
The GloHealth Master, Intermediate and Juvenile B Cross Country Championships took place in the Palace Grounds, Tuam last Sunday, 8th of February. Almost 1,000 athletes were treated to a real cross country test over the rolling hills of the Palace Grounds. Tuam AC fielded 20 athletes over all of the events of the day. The day started in the morning with the juvenile U11 age group. Tuam AC was represented by Aoibheann Phelan in the girls U11 and Ross Cosgrove, Jack Hession, Conor Munnelly and Oisin Phelan in the boys U11 race. Each of them doing very well and can be proud of their performance. The seniors filled up the afternoon events with the highlight being Roger Rushe finishing second in the over 75 category. Tuam AC was represented by the following senior members – Ladies: Katrin Antweiler, Elaine Fleming, Audrey Greaney, Joanna Kiely, Assumpta Meenaghan, Maura Meenaghan, Ann Marie Miskell – Men: Stephen Brady, Martin Hynes, Justin Lane, Brendan Monaghan, Roger Rushe, John Stapleton, Tommy Joe Whyte. Thanks to the local Gardai for their presence throughout the day and to O’Toole’s Supervalu for the use of their car parks.Thanks also to The Presentation Convent who provided us with their superb facilities. Sincere thanks to all officials and stewards that officiated at the event. Special mention to Galway County Board and Athletics Ireland for all their help with the event While all this was taking place in The Palace Grounds, Maree AC was having it’s annual 8k road race. We are delighted to report that Tuam AC Clare Rowe won the women’s race in a superb 33min. Also running for Tuam AC were Ann Cosgrove, Marina Hussey, Elaine Hynes, Julie Murphy and Yvonne Wilson. On Saturday some Tuam AC members traveled to Ballinrobe to participate in a duathlon. Derek Naughton completed in the running sections of the team relay. First timers, Elaine Fleming, Michael Lardner, Sean O Morain and seasoned triathlete Tommy Varden completed the 3.5k run then a 18k cycle followed by another 3.5k run. Each were very happy with their times.
Some of the Craughwell AC team who competed in the 2015 National League
Sinead Treacy, Tara McNally, Michelle Duggan, Aisling Keady, Rachel Finnegan, Sarah Finnegan
Missing from photo Cathriona Farrell, Ciara Greene and Sinead Gaffney
Craughwell AC’s juveniles and seniors combined forces today in the National Indoor League final with some remarkable success in the women’s event. The club repeated its performance of 2014 when claiming the silver medals against the top track and field clubs in the country, losing out by the narrowest of margins of a single point which went down to the wire in the last event of the day – the 4x200m relay. The relay was won by the eventual champions Leevale of Cork in a battle to the line. The Craughwell quartet of Sinead Treacy, Tara McNally, Aisling Keady and Michelle Duggan ran a breathtaking time of 1.46.65 to knock over 3 seconds off the club’s record which was set in 2013.
Earlier in the day, there were double victories for Sinead Treacy in the sprints (60m 7.88 and 200m 25.24) and Cathriona Farrell in the jumps (long jump and high jump) with Cathriona equaling her own indoor club record of 5.25m in the long jump. Sarah Finnegan had a fine day also with a double second place finish in the triple jump (10.22) and 60m hurdles (10.01), her triple jump eclipsing her previous best to set a new club record. Tara McNally took second place in the shot putt (7.23) and ran an impressive 62.59 in the 400m to place third, while Rachel Finnegan and Ciara Greene battled hard in the 800m and 1500m to each place 6th in times of 2.33.5H and 5.32.32.
All in all it was a wonderful performance from the club to take the silver medals in a hotly contested event, particularly since the lack of a pole vaulter meant the club lost out on valuable points with just 3 athletes contesting that event where Leevale picked up a crucial 7 points with a 2nd place finish.
The time table and information for the juvenile B cross country in Tuam tomorrow is available on the Athletics Ireland website at the following links:-
- Timetable: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/events-timetable/Intermediate_xc_timetable.pdf
- Directions and Course Map: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/events/Galway_XC_Info_Pack.pdf
First race is the u11 girls at 11.30am, followed swiftly by the u11 boys, u13 girls etc etc. Best of luck all of our juveniles in action and also to our seniors taking part in the intermediates and masters later in the day.
— The National Masters and Intermediates All Ireland Cross Country event is on in the Palace Grounds, Tuam this Sunday February 8th. This will be run along with the Juvenile Development events and it is the first National Cross Country Championship held in Galway since 1999. Tuam is expected to see well over 1000 athletes in the Palace Grounds. Our own Tuam AC member Roger Rushe will be defending his reign as All Ireland Cross Country Champion. Roger was crowned All Ireland Cross Country Champion in Dunboyne Co. Meath last year. Timetable here –http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/events-timetable/Intermediate_xc_timetable.pdf Last Sunday saw Michael McLoughlin travel to Ennis as Tuam AC sole representative in the Run Clare 2015 5k Resolution run. The icy cold wind and hailstones did not effect his pace too badly and Michael was very happy with his time, completing it in a time of 24min.
There was a big turnout from the club in the Coldwood Fun Run last weekend with athletes featuring highly in the kids 3rd class and 6th class races. Some pics of the happy faces below! Results of the adult races are at:-
Congratulations to Damien Larkin on yet another podium finish when taking second-place in an impressive time of 22:46. He's well on the way to becoming the most photographed man in the club with the amount of top-3 finishes he is collecting around the roads of Galway in the last while!
Sean, Patrick and Catherine Noonan
representing the Pres Athenry in the Minor Boys and Minor Girls 1500m Races
where they each performed heroically to place 8th, 2nd and 8th
A large number of athletes from the club took to the hills in Bushfield last Wednesday for the South Connacht Schools Cross Country Championships, representing a number of schools including Athenry VS, Calasanctius Oranmore, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Loughrea VS, Bower Athlone, Pres Athenry, Seamount Kinvara and St Raphael’s Loughrea.
There were some fine individual performances with 3 of the 4 boys titles going to members of the club with Sean Connaughton (St Raphael’s) taking the victory in the Minor Boys 1500m, Oisin Lyons (Calasanctius) in the Junior Boys 2500m and Jamie Fallon (Calasanctius) in the Senior 5000m. Damien O’Boyle (Calasanctius) made it a 1-2 for his school and the club in the senior 5000m when taking the silver medal ahead of Athenry VS’s Conor Gillen in 5th place. Sean Crowley (Calasanctius) placed 40th as part of a strong Calasanctius team who almost certainly took the team title.
Patrick Noonan (Pres Athenry) took the silver medal in the Minor Boys 1500m to also complete a 1-2 for the club. Patrick’s brother Sean took a fine 8th place in the same race, the exact position that their sister Catherine held onto in the Minor Girls 1500m to complete a strong triple for the Noonan triplets! Such was the coldness of the day, Patrick ended up with hypothermia after the race and had to be attended to by first aid. Thankfully he recovered fully - but something for us all to bear in mind on these wintery days that perhaps underarmour wouldn't go astray on such a day.
Sinead Treacy resumed her National medal-winning ways at the National Junior Track & Field last weekend with a fine silver medal in the Junior Women’s 200m in a time of 25.20. Sinead is in breath-taking form having earlier won her heat in 25.41 and having run 25.57 last weekend in the Galway Indoors. Earlier in the day Sinead narrowly missed out on making the final of the 60m by the slim margin of .03 seconds when placing 4th in her heat in a time of 8 seconds flat.
Sinead’s good form continued in the National Senior League today where she raced to victory in the 200m in a 25.32 to earn the maximum 9 points for the Craughwell team. Sinead was joined in the action by Aisling Keady who was making her debut in senior competition. Aisling took part in the high jump in the absence of Cathriona Farrell due to work commitments and jumped exceptionally well at this level to take joint 1st place with a leap of 1.46m. Their scored combined with a 3rd place finish for Sarah Finnegan in the triple jump with 10.13m, a 5th place finish from Sinead Gaffney in the 400m in a time of 64.02 and 6th place for Ciara Greene in the 1500m in a time of 5.37.22. The team's performance over the 2 rounds of the league puts them unofficially at the top of the league table going into the final on 7th February.
Sinead Treacy, silver medallist in the National Junior Women’s Indoor 60m
along with gold and bronze medallists Sharlene Mawdsley (Newport AC) and Sophie Becker (St Joseph’s AC)
Another athlete in blistering form at the National Juniors, Conor Duggan placed second in the heats of the 60m in a time of 7.12 before going on to race 7.09 to take 5th place in the final. By our reckoning Conor is now the 2nd fastest man to ever come out of Galway behind Olympian Paul Hession – we don’t have the detailed statistics to prove it but we are not aware of anyone faster other than the legendary Paul! Later in the day, Conor raced a time of 22.90 in the heats of the 200m, 0.25 seconds off the qualifying time that made the final.
There was good news also for both Sinead and Conor during the week with their selection onto the National Junior Relay Panel. This is a huge achievement for both athletes and comes on the back of years of steady progress under the guidance of their coaches Eddie, Martin and Patricia. All going well, both athletes will feature on Irish junior relay teams during the year leading up to the European Junior Championships this July in Sweden if the Irish team qualifies.
Also at the National Juniors, Damien O’Boyle had a fine 1500m with a time of 4.21.56 in the heats and followed it up with a blistering 4.08.40 to place 4th in the final, just missing out on the podium. John Cormican who is making the transition from middle to shorter distances ran a strong 400m to place 5th in his heat in a time of 54.38. Nicholas Sheehan was our last man in action with a time of 2.02.23 in the heats of the 800m, missing out on the final where his time would have taken the silver medal.
The finalised results are attached below:-
Well done again to all of the Craughwell participants. We had a fabulous day out and I hope that everyone enjoyed the experience. We had over 230 athletes take part (over one-third of the participants) and we featured on the podium a massive 131 times with 43 Galway titles, 44 silver placings and 43 bronze placings. Read on for full details of the Craughwell AC medallists. Its not all about winning of course and we are equally proud of the huge numbers that we had taking part.
Next up for juvenile track & field is the Connacht Indoors which take place on 28 Feb (U12/U13) and 1 Mar (U14-Senior). Age group coordinators will be collating entries for this shortly - so athletes/coaches should be thinking of what athletes will take part in.
The Connachts are open entry, i.e. you don't have to qualify from Galway for them. Note that U9s, 10s and 11s don't have a Connacht Indoor competition.
The All-Ireland indoors are on 21, 22 and 28 March. The schedule is in the Juvenile Competition Booklet which is published on the AAI website: http://www.athleticsireland.ie/downloads/other/Updated.pdf. Incidentally this booklet is the Bible of national juvenile competition and is a must-read for coaches/parents if you want to avoid a clash with holidays!