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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
To get to the Palace Grounds, the red line below shows the way in from the Athenry Road to the main street in Tuam while the blue line shows the way coming from Claregalway.
Both these routes bring you onto a small roundabout in the centre of town - travel up the main street and you come to the Cathedral on the right:-
Turn left here directly opposite the Cathedral and comtinue down this road-
The road leads you into the swimming pool carpark and the Palace Grounds is the park behind the swimming pool.
As part of our Session feedback at the club and an attempt to harness members ideas and input on improvements /ideas we are asking members who take part in events however varied to drop us a few lines detailing their experience.
Thanks to Edwina for her feedback.
"I started running June 28th I remember this date because I had not ran since a child and was both dreading it and looking forward to it. I signed up for 8 weeks to 8km with Act for Meningitis a Galway charity set up by fellow club members Noel & Siobhan Carroll. I began working with. So that was the plan in less than 8 weeks run 8km - that first Saturday I almost vomited on finishing just under 2km...
There were 50 of us signed up and through a group on Facebook kept each other motivated. Before I knew it I was running 3 times a week and ran the streets of Galway 8km in 55min.
Last Saturday I did the Galway Bay 10km in 1:00:28 - thrilled is an understatement. I was not expecting to do it in that time. I had said if I did it in 1:20 I would be delighted.
I joined Craughwell Ac Fit4Life group a couple of weeks ago with Val and a great bunch of runners, I am finding it great -they are pushing me out of my comfort zone but the sense of personal achievement after the 10km makes it all worthwhile. In just over 3 months I am fitter, eating better and am more aware of me.”
Some recent events we have had members take part in include:
“Hell & Back”
“The Great North Run”
“Galway Bay Marathon”
“Galway Bay 10k”
“Galway Bay Half”
Any further input however short or detailed would be fantastic, send it to email@example.com we will do the rest.