Tuam AC Notes 28 July 2014

Tuam AC would like to Thank the people of Tuam and surrounding areas who contributed to our Annual Church Gate collection last weekend for the Juvenile section of Tuam AC. All money raised will be used for the promotion of athletics for young people.

One example of how the money raised from the Church Gate collection is used can be seen at our recently completed Long Jump and Throws area at St Jarlath’s College beside the Handball Alley. This development was paid for from the clubs own resources thanks to the support of the people of Tuam and the continued support of our Annual 8k Road Race in January each year which is our main fundraiser. Sincere Thanks to all who support Tuam AC.

We also had great results over the weekend and recent weeks with Ger Hartnett winning a 10k race in Limerick two weeks ago, a number of our members taking category prizes in Killererin and Castleblakeney and Stephen Brady putting in a great effort at the Humbert Challenge TriAthlon on Sunday. A special mention must go to Sharon and Seamus Walsh who swam the entire width of Galway Bay on Saturday. They swam from Co Clare to Blackrock in Salthill in aid of Cancer Care West. Well done to both of them.

Well done also to Sean O’Morain and his dedicated crew of Fit4Life volunteers as they have started another very successful 12 week training programme for beginners on Tuesday evenings and a record crowd turned up for the first night last Tuesday evening and we wish them all well and thank Sean and his team for their help and support.

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Tuam AC Notes 14 July 2014

The road race season is in full swing with no shortage of races and Tuam AC are well represented everywhere.

We had a great turnout in Headford last weekend and it was great to see Assumpta Meenaghan representing Tuam once again.

Tim Geraghty had a massive sprint finish, Sean O’Morain took a break from his very successful organization of the Fit4Life programme and put on his racing shoes and we were also delighted to see some first time runners including Emilio Fusciardi who was taking part in his first 8k race and really enjoyed it. We also had a number of prize winners including Tommy Joe Whyte, Clare Rowe, Ann Marie Miskell and Andrea Ridge. It was great to see the Tuam AC ladies taking prizes and they were well deserved as Headford is a tough course with serious competition. It was a top class event as always and we would like to thank the organizers, stewards, Headford Gardai and everybody who provided refreshments for a very enjoyable evening.

The action moved to Killererin on Sunday for the 2nd running of the Killererin GAA Ladies Football 10k and 5k. Unfortunately some of our members were missing as they were in Castlebar for the Connacht Final but we still had a good crew in Killererin and the highlights included Dan O’Rourke finishing 3rd in the 10k, Mark Rabbitte finishing 3rd in the 5k and winning his category in a very impressive 21 mins and it is always a pleasure to see Roger Rushe’s name appear in the results and he was joined by Audrey Greaney and Caroline Mahon. Other notable performances included Derek Naughton who also had a fine run in Headford. Martin Hynes who won his category, Tim Geraghty who ran a great time and Shane Crisham another new recruit to Tuam AC and a great addition to our team.

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Tuam AC Notes 30 June 2014

TuamAC Fit4Life beginners running group finished their training programme last Tuesday. All beginners stared their training on 1st April walking around the path in St. Jarlaths and finished the programme by running 5k. Well done to all. It is a great achievement! Thanks to all the leaders for their help and support throughout this programme. Their mentoring and encouragement has helped each of the participants achieve their running potential. Club running continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening. The next beginners running group will start in July. Please contact sean@tuamac.com for further information or to register your interest.

All members are asked to support the Headford 8k on Saturday evening. This race is one of the highlights of the year and not to be missed. The race committee in Headford have raised in excess of EUR30,000 for children with disabilities and the 2014 race is their 10th Anniversary and will be a special event. Entries are available online now at www.runireland.com and late entries will be taken on the day.

Congratulations to all of our runners who have performed so well over the last two weeks, we are delighted to report that their are too many highlights to mention so well done to everybody who ran in Annaghdown 10k, Ballyhaunis 5k, Castlebar 5k, The Galway County Track and Field Championships and the Quiet Man TriAthlon and Ironman Austria. The club is going from strength to strength , keep on running.

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Medals and great performances in Connacht Championship

Our juvenile athletes made the journey to Sligo for the Connacht Track and Field Championships and returned with a fine haul of medals including a Gold and two Silvers for Sara Martyn, two Silvers and a Bronze for Kehinde Awoniran and a Gold, Silver and Bronze for Rory Monaghan.

There was also very notable performances from Kemi Ogunbola and Olivia Kenny who were very close to securing medals and gave a great account of themselves in their first outdoor competition for Tuam. We are all very proud of them.

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Dan is The Man in Milltown

Nobody really knows who first said the famous sports quote ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’ but it is definitely true in the case of Dan O’Rourke who stormed to victory in the Milltown Run for Ollie 10K race on Saturday. Dan has been representing Tuam AC for almost 30 years and there is absolutely no sign of him slowing down. Dan made all the running in Milltown on Saturday followed by almost 700 other competitors and he won well in the end. Everybody in Tuam is delighted with Dan’s victory. There were a number of other Tuam AC runners in attendance including Ger Hartnett, Derek Naughton, Padraic Burke and Steven Brady to name just a few and they all ran particularly well.

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PBs all round in the Tuam leg of the 5K Series

The 5K series ended on a high note in Tuam when a massive crowd of over 700 runners lined up at Kilcloghans in absolutely perfect running conditions. It was a cool sunny evening and the little bit of wind was actually blowing in the right direction. We also had a top class field with everybody in great form after 5 weeks of serious running.

The race started at exactly 8pm thanks to the well oiled Tuam AC team and our regular volunteers who turn out at every Tuam AC event. Matt Bidwell of GCH was just ahead of Conor Dolan (also of GCH) in the early stages and as they went over the top of the hill at the 1K marker Matt put the pressure on and opened a gap that the chasing group of four runners could not close. Matt was ecstatic when he crossed the finish line in 15 mins 23 seconds – a new PB for the well known Claregalway based runner. Matt was followed by Conor Dolan, John Greaney (both GCH), Peter O’Sullivan of Loughrea AC and Owen Byrne of GCH and the quality of this race was so high that all of the top five finished in under 16 mins.

The ladies race was won by Regina Casey who also had a PB in 17.31 and she was followed by Helen Corbett in 18.20 and Sinead Brody in 18.44 – all GCH athletes.

Tuam AC had a superb night ourselves with a number of PB’s including Ger Hartnett, John Grimes and Elaine Fleming amongst many others.

The full results of the entire series can be found at www.redtagtiming.com.

A special word of thanks to all who helped out on the night as stewards and marshalls as well as Tuam Gardai, Tuam Order of Malta and Galway Co Council. No event would ever take place without the help of people who volunteer to give their time and we really appreciate the help.

Tuam AC were also in action at the weekend with Andrea Ridge claiming victory at the Monivea Half Marathon on Saturday where she was joined by Sean O’Morain and Kathleen Hogan.

Tommy Joe Whyte was the big winner of the Ballindine Guess Your Own Time race on Saturday when he predicted he would run the course in 25 mins flat and finished in 25.01. Tommy Joe is becoming a specialist in predicting his time. Tuam AC have enjoyed great success at this race down through the years and long may it continue.

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See you all in Tuam

The 5k series is drawing to a close and another massive crowd ran in Ballybrit last week. The series concludes tonight in Tuam and everybody is raring to go. We’d like to give a special shout out to Ger Hartnett who set a new PB at the weekend when he ran the Foynes 5k in 18m 30 secs.

For more information on the race, please see our FAQ.

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Guess your own time in Ballindine

There is a great race taking place in Ballindine on Saturday evening that absolutely anybody can win regardless of how fast or slow you run or walk. David Huane came up with the novel idea of a ‘Guess your own time’ race a few years ago and it is one of the highlights of the year. At most races you can pick the winner before the start depending on who turns up but in Ballindine it is down to knowing your own pace or sheer luck.

David has raised thousands for different charities over the last 5 years and the 6th edition of this race will go towards The Patient Comfort Fund at St Josephs Oncology Ward UHG. Please support this great event and as usual there are very generous prizes for the winners plus spot prizes and a feast of home baking with tea and coffee afterwards.

Entries will be taken at Ballindine Community Centre from 4.30pm on Saturday with Walkers starting at 6.30pm and the runners going at 7pm. Hope to see you all there.

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Tuam juveniles massive medal haul in County Championship

Tuam AC sent three of our top juveniles to the Galway County Track and Field Championships in Dangan hoping that they could bring home at least one medal each. We were delighted when they returned with three medals each. A total of 9 medals from just three athletes which included three Gold medals for Rory Monaghan in Shot Putt, Discus and Javelin. Two Gold medals for Kehinde Awoniran in Shot Putt and Discus and a Silver in Javelin and a superb performance from Sara Martyn our track specialist who took Silver in the U18 200m and Bronze in the 100m followed by Bronze in the Shot Putt. A great day out for Tuam AC and we are now looking forward to the Connaught Championships in Sligo on Sat 14th June.

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Tuam AC Notes 26 May 2014

The 5k series moved to Claregalway last Tuesday on a cold and wet evening but it did not stop 600 dedicated runners from taking part in the 4th leg of the 2014 series. The first kilometre of the Claregalway race is as tough as you will find anywhere, it is a long hard climb and you can easily overdo it and then suffer for the rest of the race. The Tuam athletes paced it just right and whilst all of the usual suspects were in attendance we are going to concentrate this week on our superb ladies team. Ann-Marie Miskell led the way for the Tuam ladies as she has done for many years but she now has plenty of company with Maura Meenaghan and Elaine Fleming having their own battle all the way to the line and they were closely followed by Therese Murray who is flying every week. Joanne Kiely had another fine run as she prepares for her upcoming half marathon in Cork and our two marathon specialists Hilary Moloney and Kathrin Antweiler ran extremely well and finished like trains. Audrey Greaney was another Tuam runner in superb form as was Elaine McHugh and Catherina Forde who are going from strentgh to strentgh as the weeks go by and a very special mention to Audrey Acton who just keeps getting better and better and is a great addition to the club. There was a number of other Tuam AC ladies taking part and the results of the entire series so far can be found at www.redtagtiming.com Obviously our men had a good week as well and the highlight was the super performance of two Tuam AC legends at the Lough Cutra Half Ironman race on Sunday. This race consists of a 1.9 mile swim followed by 56 miles on the bike and then a 13.1 mile half marathon to finish. Stephen Brady flew around the course and won his category in style and he was joined on the podium by Ian Egan who was taking part in the relay event and completed the 13.1 mile run leg of the race for his team who won by an outstanding 60 minutes. A full hour ahead of their nearest rivals. Well done to the two Tuam lads.

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