Tuam AC Notes 15/12/2014

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.

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Tuam AC Notes 08/12/2014

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

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Tuam AC Notes 01/12/2014

Tuam AC prepared for their upcoming AGM on Thursday evening in The Ard Ri Hotel @8pm by getting busy on the roads over the weekend.

First off was Brendan Monaghan who traveled to Westport on Saturday morning to run a 5k race on the Greenway. The first half of this race is slightly downhill and he tried to take advantage of it and had a healthy lead at the halfway mark but the second half of the race was a different story and although he held the lead up until 4k it was inevitable that the younger runners would catch him and he eventually finished in 3rd place in 19.40. Pat Staunton won in 19.21 and John Fahy was second in 19.39 (both of Westport AC).

On Sunday morning the first leg of the Irishtown 5k series took place and Tuam AC were well represented. Ger Hartnett continued his very impressive form when he finished 2nd overall in a new personal best time of 18.04. Dan O’Rourke was 4th overall in 18.25 and he was followed in 6th place by Tommy Joe Whyte. We are delighted to report that Dave Mullins is back on the road racing scene and he had a great run finishing just outside the 20 minute mark. Dave is bound to improve on that time in the coming months as he is one of the finest runners Tuam ever produced and loves representing his club. Jarlath Monaghan also had a fine run and they are all looking forward to the second leg of the series which takes place on Sunday morning at 10am.

The other big race on Sunday is the annual Carnmore 5km Turkey Trot which takes place at 1pm from Carnmore Hurling Club. This is a race where anyone can be a winner as Andrew Talbot and his team secure a number of premium quality fresh Turkeys just in time for Christmas. The winners are selected from a draw at the end of the race so absolutely everybody is in with a chance of winning their Christmas Dinner on Sunday. It is a great event and the weather forecast is looking good so please support.

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Tuam AC Notes 24/11/2014

Two very good reasons to celebrate this weekend after the Clarinbridge 10k on Sunday. Firstly we have Ian Egan back to very nearly top form after his recent Volcano Marathon and despite traveling half way around the world and running one of the toughest if not the toughest race on earth just two weeks ago he was still able to run 38.07 on Sunday. He is now building towards his hometown race the Tuam 8k which takes place on Sunday 18th January 2015. Our second reason to celebrate is Padraic Burkes superb sub 40 minute 10k personal best on Sunday. Padraic has put in some serious training lately with a view to breaking 40 minutes before the end of the year but it all paid off on Sunday when he finished in 39.56 and things will just keep getting better from now on as he is in great form and is really looking forward to The Fields of Athenry 10 on St Stephen’s Day. We are also delighted to report that our juveniles are training better than ever at our Sunday morning sessions in St Jarlath’s and the colder weather doesn’t bother them at all. They are a great bunch of dedicated young athletes and have a great future in the sport. Finally a reminder to all members that the Tuam AC AGM will take place on Thursday 4th Dec in the Ard Ri Hotel @ 8.30pm.

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Tuam AC Notes 17 Nov 2014

The Tuam Athletic Club AGM will take place on Thursday 4th Dec 2014 at 8.30pm in The Ard Ri Hotel. All members are urged to attend the AGM if at all possible and it will be followed by the Official Launch of the Tuam AC 2015 Road Race which will take place on Sunday 18th Jan 2015 and entries are going fast at www.runireland.com so don’t miss out on this great event. Tuam AC were also celebrating a big team victory on Sunday when they succesfully defended their title at the East Galway AC 4 Mile road race in Abbeyknockmoy. It was a very close affair in the end with Tuam winning with a score of 47 points but they were very closely followed by Craughwell AC on 49 points. Tuam had 10 runners in total with Dan O’Rourke the first runner home followed by Tommy Joe Whyte, the ever improving Padraic Burke, Brendan Monaghan, Mark Rabbitte, Martin Hynes, Roger Rushe who also won his category, Derek Fanning, Tom Mannion who loves that big hill in Abbeyknockmoy and is an ever present runner since the race began and Paddy Gilmore who is now back in top form. It was a great event as usual and you cannot beat a good athletic club race for competition and camaraderie. The Tuam AC Christmas Party takes place on Friday 12th Dec 2014 also in The Ard Ri Hotel and tickets are available from Andrea Ridge. Finally we would like to send sincere best wishes to two very important members of Tuam AC who are on the injured list at the moment. David Evans is recovering after a recent fall and he has made a massive contribution to Athletics both locally and nationally for many years and is a serving member of the Board of Athletics Ireland and everybody wishes him well and one of our own local running legends Micky Kelly is also recovering at the moment and Micky has been a loyal and dedicated member of Tuam AC for 60 years and has won numerous honours at County, Provincial and National level on both the roads and at Cross Country. He also has the best wishes of the entire running community behind him and we hope to see these two all time greats back in action very soon.

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Tuam AC Notes 10/11/2014

2014 has been a record breaking year so far for Tuam AC and a number of our athletes broke their own personal records over the weekend. The action started in Athenry on Saturday morning where over 15 members of Tuam AC took part in the Athenry AC Fit4Life 5k race and nearly all of the Tuam runners set new personal bests on the tricky two lap course. Congratulations to all and among the highlights were Justin Lane who was the first male Fit4Life runner home in 22.22. Nicola and Julie Murphy who had a great race as did Una Browne who also had a new PB. Lisa Brady, Deirdre McCarthy, Anne Munnelly and Sean O’Morain who all finished well under the magic 30 minute mark, Olivia O’Grady and Ann Brady who were in great form and setting new records as did Siobhan O’Dea and a special mention for Padraic Burke who finished in 2nd place overall in a very impressive 19.16. The action moved to Westport House on Sunday for the Connacht Cross Country Championships and conditions were tough to say the least and the Tuam AC ladies team was particularly impressive. Elaine Fleming, Maura Meenaghan, Joanne Kiely and Assumpta Meenaghan were outstanding as the conditions were brutal and they loved every minute of it. The course was very hilly and soft to heavy in most parts and a downpour just before the race made it very interesting for the Tuam ladies and they cannot wait for the All Irelands in the spring. The men were also in action and the most impressive performances came from Tommy Joe Whyte who threw away his spikes and ran it in his barefeet which is real cross country running and Stephen Brady who ran his first serious cross country race in over 20 years and less than two weeks after running a superb Dublin City Marathon. We also have to congratulate Therese Murray on her Dublin City Marathon performance and also wish Ian Egan the very best of luck as he will be proudly wearing his Tuam AC vest at the Volcano Marathon in Chile which is definitely one of the hardest foot races on the planet. Don’t forget the East Galway AC 4 mile race is on Sunday in Abbeyknockmoy at 12.30pm

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Tuam AC Notes 03/11/2014

Congratulations to all of the Tuam AC members who took part in the Dublin City Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday including Gearoid Healy, Stephen Brady, Tommy Joe Whyte, John Mongan and Kathryn Antweiler who are regular competitors in Dublin and all ran very well over the 26.2 mile course. We were also delighted to have new members running for Tuam AC in this years race including Jean Coleman who had a great sub 4 hour Marathon and Sean O’Morain who completed his first full marathon in Dublin and he is planning on bringing a bus load of runners from Tuam next year so it is time to start training. We also had a massive turnout at the Corofin 8k on Sunday with at least 25 members of the club taking part and that is a remarkable figure including four in the top ten. We are also sending both Men and Ladies teams to the Connacht Cross Country in Westport on Sunday next and we also expect a massive turnout at the Abbeyknockmoy 4 mile race on Sun 16th Nov. After that all eyes will be on the Tuam 8k which will take place on Sunday 18th January 2015 and entries are open now at www.runireland.com

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Tuam AC Notes 21/10/2014

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.

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Juvenile County Cross Country in Tuam

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 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.

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.

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.

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Tuam AC Notes 06/10/2014

Tuam AC had it’s busiest weekend ever with athletes in action at the following races.

Claremorris 5 mile on Saturday evening with Dan O’Rourke 3rd overall and Derek Naughton 5th overall and they both won their categories.

A number of Tuam AC members in action at the Galway Bay Half Marathon and the Galway Bay 10k on Saturday. The results of this race were very hard to read so apologies in advance to any Tuam AC members that we have missed but the Half Marathon runners included Stephen Brady, Justin Lane, Jean Coleman, Joanna Kiely and Kathryn Antweiler. A special mention for Conal Burke who was making his debut for Tuam AC and there was a number of other Tuam AC members in the 10k race including Jennifer Carney, Derek Fanning, Elio Fusciardi and Siobhan O’Dea. Everybody ran extremely well in windy conditions and returned very impressive times.

Sean O’Morain was our sole representative at the Athlone 3/4 Marathon which is ran over a tough 19.65 mile course.

On Sunday Andrea Ridge and Kathleen Hogan took part in the Brussels Half Marathon and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We also managed to field two full teams at the Galway County Cross Country Championships. It was particularly satisfying to see a Tuam ladies team in action and they finished just outside the medals in 4th place. The team consisted of Maura and Assumpta Meenaghan whilst Joanna Kiely and Kathryn Antweiler made the brave decision to run Cross Country just 24 hours after running the Half Marathon in Galway. The four ladies flew around the course in Bushfield Loughrea and cannot wait for the next Cross Country race.

The men also had a good team but they were really up against it with a number of elite runners in attendance. Tommy Joe Whyte lead the way for Tuam and also won the M50 category once again. Derek Naughton had a great run and was very happy considering it was his second race of the weekend and Padraic Burke made his Cross Country debut for Tuam and is definitely looking forward to his next outing on the grass. Well done to all.

Group training sessions continue on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm from Tuam swimming pool.

Tuam AC will also be hosting the Juvenile uneven age groups Cross Country Championships on Sunday at 1pm in The Palace. This is a great spectator event and everybody is welcome to come along and watch our future stars in action.

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