Tuam AC would like to thank everybody who took part in our 11th annual 8k road race on Sunday 18th. The day started off with 170 juveniles taking part in the kids fun run on the track in St Jarlath’s College. The first boy was Cian Mullins and Alice Kelly was the first girl. Everybody really enjoyed themselves and the goody bags went down a treat after the race. In the adult race we had almost 500 participants which was a 10% increase on 2014. The day was sunny and dry with little wind, ideal conditions for many PBs. The race was won by Gary Thornton from Galway City Harriers in a time of 24:34 with Matt Bidwell 2^nd in 25:53 and Adrian Smith 3^rd in 27:37. The ladies race was a closer finish with Regina Casey from Galway City Harriers 1^st in 29:35 and Jean Ann Healy from Athenry AC 2^nd in 29:47. Both ladies were shadowing each other throughout the race with Regina finally managing to pull away as she came in the Athenry Road. Colette Touhy from Mayo AC was 3^rd lady to finish. Galway City Harriers won both the team races for men and women. Tuam AC men secured second place in the men’s team race consisting of Ian Egan, Tommy Joe Whyte, Dan O’Rourke and Derek Naughton. Ian Egan won further silverware by being first male Tuam AC member to finish and Clare Rowe also winning silverware as the first Tuam AC female to finish. Shauna Bocquet from Craughwell AC won the ladies wheelchair category in 35:07 and Jerry Forde from Blarney Inniscarra AC winning the male wheelchair category in 46:57. Jerry drove up from Blarney, Co. Cork before the race and after some tea and scones headed back. Jerry is a 300 marathon man and is already looking forward to making it 400. Full results of the race are at http://www.redtagtiming.com/results/Tuam8km_2015.pdf Sincere thanks also to the army of volunteers who help us every year and Tuam Gardai, The Order of Malta Tuam, The Mercy Secondary school and St Jarlath’s College. Tuam AC would like to say a BIG thank you to the ladies that helped with the after race refreshments, Patricia Monaghan, Mary O’Neill, Fiona Lardner and Eileen Moran. It is people like them that are the backbone of any amateur club and Tuam AC is indebted to them for their most valued assistance. Here’s to seeing you all again in 2016. Have a great year running everybody !
Well done everyone on fantastic performances yesterday and thanks to the army of volunteers who helped as officials on the day!!! Provisional results from the track attached here and I will confirm all tonight and add the field results.
Thanks to the almost 500 runners who crossed the finish line today. We hope you enjoyed the race and hope to see you all again next year. In the meantime, the results are here
The Galway County Indoor T&F Programme is attached for this Sunday's events on 18th January in Athlone IT
The event starts at 9.30am
Also please NOTE that there is no Juvenile Training in Dangan on Sunday 18th.
A bus will leave Dangan at 7.30am, collecting at bus stop Headford road opposite Dunnes stores & Dunnes Stores Ballybrit car park, cost 10 euro per person.
Tuam AC have been lucky enough to get a final late delivery of 100 packs of the top quality Kelanji running socks. There are three pairs in each pack and to ensure that as many people as possible get socks we are going to keep our online entry open until Saturday night and we are also having an open registration session at The Mercy Gym, Dublin Rd Tuam on Saturday 17th Jan from 3pm – 4.30pm. Late entries will be taken from 11am on Sunday morning in the Mercy Gym but we cannot guarantee there will be any socks left on Sunday morning. Late entries will close at 1.45pm and race starts at 2.30pm Sharp. Entry is still only €15 and everything is looking good for Sunday, we are even expecting good weather. This race is the perfect way to start your New Year and we especially welcome walkers, joggers, runners and World Class athletes and we hope to see you all in Tuam on Sunday. Full race details and 8k FAQ available at www.tuamac.com Enter online via www.runireland.com
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 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org> 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