Ian on Top of the World

Well known Tuam AC runner Ian Egan was literally on top of the world this week when he WON the North Pole Half Marathon. This was Ian’s second visit to the North Pole as he ran the full marathon in 2013 and he couldn’t wait to go back.

Competitors travel from all over the World to take part in this unique event which is organized by World Record runner Richard Donovan of Galway City.

In the 2013 race Ian suffered the early stages of frostbite and Hypothermia so he knew what to expect this year. He also knew that he was flying in the first half of the marathon in 2013 when the race was won by his good friend Gary Thornton of Galway so he decided to target the Half Marathon in 2014 and it paid off with a stunning victory on Wednesday morning.

Conditions for the race were good even though it was -30 deg centigrade but there was no snow and only a light wind to deal with. The weather is probably the least of your worries when you have to consider Polar Bears and giant cracks in the ice that can open up at anytime.

Ian kept the power on throughout the race and won by almost a minute at the finish and was his usual modest self despite the race making BBC and ITV news headlines worlwide. Ian was more interested in paying tribute to the runners who took part in the full marathon as he knew from last years experience just how hard that race is.

Ian also gave a very special mention to Colm Farrell and his Hazwalk for Console throughout the UK. Ian can now look forward to warmer days running throughout the summer and everybody in Tuam AC would like to extend their congratulations to Ian on his memorable victory.

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Tuam AC Notes 7 April 2014

The Tuam AC Fit4Life programme got off to a flying start last Tuesday evening with almost 50 people turning up to the first session. This programme continues on Tuesday evenings at 7pm from Tuam Swimming Pool Car Park and all adults over 18 yrs are welcome. For further details contact Sean@tuamac.com. Juvenile training also continues on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and we have now moved outdoors to St Jarlath’s College for the summer months and we are extremely grateful to St Jarlath’s for allowing us to use their facilities. Padraic Burke and Kathryn Antweiler represented the club at the Connemara half marathon on Sunday where they had to battle a very strong headwind and the killer hill over the last two miles which is affectionately known by runners as ‘The Hell of the West’. Padraic finished in 1hr 38 mins which is great running and Kathryn was equally impressive as she broke the 2 hour mark and is now heading to Dusseldorf for the full marathon in 2 weeks time. Closer to home the first running of the Ballinderry 5k run took place on Sunday and Tuam AC had a good crew in attendance with Brendan Monaghan finishing in 3rd place overall in 19.35 and he was closely followed by Stephen Brady in 21 mins, Ann Marie Miskell who is training hard for the 5k series. Mark Rabbitte and Andrea Ridge. Everybody in Tuam AC would like to wish Ian Egan the very best of luck as he has once again travelled to the North Pole for the marathon which takes place on Wednesday morning. As always he has carefully packed his Tuam AC singlet and we will have a full report on his outstanding effort next week.

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Tuam AC Notes 31 Mar 2014

Two very different races for Tuam AC members over the weekend as Padraic Burke made his final preparations for the Connemara Half Marathon next weekend by competing in the New Inn 5k on Sunday afternoon. Padraic used the race as a test and he certainly passed with flying colours as he finished well inside the magic 20 minute mark and if he maintains anywhere near that pace in Connemara he will be very near the top of the field as they head up the Hell of the West towards the finish at Maam Cross. Earlier in the day Stephen Brady and John Mongan faced their own almighty battle at the Knockma Duathlon organised by Tri-Lakes TC. The race consists of a full lap of Knockma followed by a 20km cycle around Caherlistarne and Belclare before another round of ‘The Hill’ as it is commonly known. The race is a real lung buster and the two Tuam lads did extremely well and it will stand to them in the long summer ahead competing in Triathlons and Ironman events.

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Latest news from Tuam AC

*Galway Sport Partnership 10k on Easter Monday.* ** The 3^rd Annual Galway Sports Partnership 10k Run will take place in Labane, Ardrahan on Eastrer Monday, April 21st at 11.30 am. The race will be held in conjunction with Ardrahan AED,Ardrahan Juvenile GAA Club & Galway Sports Partnership. The key aim of the Galway Sports Partnership is to increase participation in sport and recreation in the whole county and we invite all the club runners, Meet & train/Fit4life groups and walkers around the county to participate in this 10k run/walk event on Easter Monday April 21st in Ardrahan at 11.30am An 1KM Fun Run will take place at 10.30 for children. The Registration link: http://www.active.com/galway-connacht/running/distance-running-races/galway-sports-partnership-10k-2014 *Technical Tshirts will be issued to the first 200 runners that entry by April 11th and the early bird entry fee of EUR15 is available & EUR20 after this date. For further details please contact: Mick Curley Galway Sports Partnership on 091 509577 Email: mcurley@galwaycoco.ie mcurley@galwaycoco.ie> or the Race Director Josephine Gardiner on 087-8520945 The 10km route is a one loop flat course in scenic surroundings overlooking the beautiful views of the Burren. The start and finish location is at Labane Hall and passing the townlands of Ballymaquiff, Ballyglass West,Chessy, Cahermore, Lydican and returning to Ballymaquiff and finishing in Labane http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/69429872/ Car parking facilities will be provided at Labane School carpark ,Church carpark,Bradleys Lounge carpark and Quinns Hardware car park.

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Tuam AC Notes 24 Mar 2014

The two big events at the weekend were the All Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone and The Craughwell 10 Mile road race and Tuam AC was very well represented in both, Kemi Ogungbola made her debut at All Ireland level after her superb Silver medal in the Connacht Indoors. Kemi was competing in the girls U14 Shot and she started the competition with a mighty throw which was surely a personal best but she put so much effort into it that the momentum caused her to touch the top of the throwing board and it was heartbreaking to see the red flag being raised. Her 2nd and 3rd effort were very good and she finished in 12th position in a very high standard competition and she is now looking forward to the outdoor season. Rory Monaghan was competing in the Boys U18 Shot and set another PB but had to settle for 8th place as the standard in his competition was superb. The winning throw was almost 16m and it is great to see so many talented young throwers emerging from Ireland. Meanwhile in Craughwell the 10 mile race was getting underway at the same time and Tuam was represented by Gearoid Healy who is in great form at the moment and he was followed by Stephen Brady who had another fine run. Martin Hynes ran another fine race and Hilary Moloney was in fantastic form and flew around the 10 mile course, she even enjoyed the hills and is looking forward to the upcoming 5k series which starts in Athenry on 29th April. The highlight of our visit to Craughwell was Sean O’Morains race where he knocked an unbelievable 10 minutes off last years time and he had a good race in 2013. Sean trained hard coming up to this race and it certainly paid off. He is also the main man behind our new Fit4Life beginners running group which starts on Tues 1st April at 7pm. Further details on the Tuam AC facebook page or by e-mail at sean@tuamac.com

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Tuam AC Notes 17 Mar 2014

Tuam AC have decided to start a Fit4Life programme in Tuam and it will start on Tuesday 1st April 2014. Fit4Life is an extremely successful running programme for beginners and is suitable for everybody even if you have never ran before. The initiative is supported by the Irish Sports Council and has helped the massive increase in people running since it was established in 2006. The programme is free and the only charge is annual membership of Tuam AC which is only €20 and goes towards registration with Athletics Ireland and insurance cover with Athletics Ireland. The programme will start at 7pm on Tues 1st April and further details are available from sean@tuamac.com As we have already said this programme is free and we look forward to meeting plenty of new runners on the 1st of April Tuam AC had great success over the St Patricks weekend and the highlight was Claire Rowe who made a winning debut for Tuam AC when she won the Dunmore 10k on Sunday. This is a great start to Claire’s running career with Tuam AC and we hope it is the first of many victories as she is a talented runner and we are all delighted with her winning start. The men also did well in Dunmore with Gearoid Healy taking 3rd place overall and Jarlath Monaghan winning the O40 title. Unfortunately the full results are not availalble as we go to press but we do know that many Tuam Ac members took part in the event. Dan O’Rourke and Tommy Joe Whyte made their annual pilgrimage to Tubbercurry for the St Patricks Day 10k race. The 2014 race was the 41st running of this great event and Dan and Tommy Joe never miss this race and they were both in fine form with Dan finishing in 37.59 and Tommy Joe in 38.41. Tubbercurry is a very tough course and anything under 40 mins is serious running. Dan and Tommy Joe both finished 2nd in their categories from a top class field and are already planning next years trip. Finally one of our Ironmen was in action on Sunday when Stephen Brady cycled from Tuam to Abbey, Loughrea which is 42 miles from Tuam. He then ran the Abbey 10k which is held over a very hilly route and jumped back on the bike after a quick cup of tea and cycled back to Tuam. It was the start of his preparation for his Ironman Wales race in September and he has a long summer of training ahead but he made a great start on Sunday.

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Tuam AC Notes 10 Mar 2014

The Inaugural Galway County Athletics Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday evening in The Ard Ri Hotel Tuam. The 2013 awards winners will be honoured for their athletics endeavors and it promises to be a great night as there is a vast well of Athletics talent in Co Galway. Our own stars were in action again at the weekend with Maura Meenaghan leading the way in the Tuam Transformation 5k event on Sunday and Ian Egan secured yet another podium finish when he finished 2nd out of over 700 competitors in the Moycullen 5k.. The main event this weekend is the Abbey Duniry 10k.*Charity Race – Permit sponsored by Loughrea AC*. Following the very successful inaugural event in 2013, the Abbey Duniry 10km Challenge is back! The race takes place around the village of Abbey Duniry on Sunday 16th of March. The course measurement complies with IAAF rules. Public liability insurance is in place. AAI permitted. There are prizes for all categories and a souvenir t-shirt for all entrants. The event is open to all levels of runners and walkers. Registration will be also available in the Community Centre on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. There is plenty of parking and there will be toilets and a bag drop area close to the start/finish. Refreshments will be available in the community centre afterwards. For further information please see the Facebookpage .

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Tuam AC Notes 3/3/2014

Last weekend belonged to the Juvenile section of the club as the Connacht Indoor Track and Field Finals took place at the fabulous AIT indoor arena. Tuam got off to a great start in our very first competition of the day on Saturday when Kemi Ogungbola took Silver in the girls U14 Shot Putt. Kemi is a very promising thrower and in her very first competition she finished 2nd out of almost 20 competitors and qualified for the All Ireland Final on Sun 23rd March she also ran a very good 60m and she was delighted with her Connacht medal. Ciaran and Emer meehan were also in action for Tuam AC and put in great debut performances in the green vest and will definitely be featuring in the medals this time next year if they keep progressing as well as they have since the start of the year. Oisin and Diarmuid O’Rourke were also in Athlone and Oisin had a great Shot Putt competition and finished just outside the medals, he also ran the 60m and the 600m in a very busy day. His brother Diarmuid completed the same treble and the highlight of his day was a superbly intelligent 600m race where he took his time in the opening lap and then moved through the field and was very unlucky to finish just outside the medals but it was a great run. On Sunday the older age groups were in action and Sara Martyn made another great start to the day when she won the girls U19 Shot Putt and shortly after lined up in the 800m race. She went out hard and for the first half of the race she was in third place with only two All Ireland champions ahead of her, she tired a little bit in the final lap but it was a very courageous effort and she followed that up a while later with 4th place in the 200m. It was a pity that the 200m didn’t take place before the 800m and she will probably target the shorter distance in the outdoor competitions as she has great natural speed. Kehinde Awoniran took part in the U18 events where he took Silver in a very hard fought and well attended Shot Putt competition and also ran in the 60m sprint and the 800m and finally Rory Monaghan took Gold in the U19 Shot Putt with a mighty throw and is on his way to yet another All Ireland Final and we wish them all the best. The adult side of the club was also in action and last week we forgot to mention Martin Hynes superb run at the Masters All Ireland Cross Country in Dunboyne. Martin just missed out on a medal but it was a great display of running from the Tuam veteran who has represented the club for many years and shows no sign of slowing down. He is now looking forward to a few of his favourite half marathons in the summer as he is virtually unbeatable over 13.1 miles in his category and we hope he has another great year. Ian Egan proved what a legend he is by storming to victory at the Clonbur 10k on Sunday in tough conditions and everybody is delighted to see Ian winning races in the green of Tuam AC. He is a very proud Tuam man and he wears the Tuam AC vest in races all over the world. Jarlath Monaghan and Derek Naughton travelled to Carnacon on Saturday for the annual 8k race where they were both in great form after a few weeks of serious training and Derek finished in just over 32 mins with Ja finishing in 34 mins and winning his category once again. All in all a fantastic weekend yet again for Tuam AC

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Roger’s Still Rusheing

Roger Rushe completed one of the truly great sporting comebacks at the weekend which is right up there with Ali v Frazier or Ali v Foreman in the 8th Round or even Manchester United’s comeback v Bayern Munich in the champions league final.

Exactly one year ago Roger injured his back whilst working at home on his farm in Derreen and for the first time in over 50 years he thought his running career could be over. He attempted to make a come back for the annual 5k series in May but the injury flared up again and he had to endure a long hot summer without any running. Members of Tuam AC travelled to races all over the country in 2013 and wherever we went we were always asked the same question ‘where is Roger’.

Finally in December he made his long awaited comeback in the Carnmore 5k race and he surprised everybody including himself that after 7 months on the sidelines he had lost none of his speed or stamina. He followed his victory in Carnmore with an equally impressive victory in Athenry on St Stephens Day where he had an epic battle with his good friend Martin Keane of Athenry AC and he made absolutely sure that nobody was going to beat him in his own backyard when he pushed himslf as hard as he ever had in the Tuam 8k race in January.

The icing on the cake came on Sunday when Roger was once again crowned All Ireland Cross Country Champion in Dunboyne Co Meath. The race was run on a superb course and the mud was like Super Glue in places but that didn’t stop Roger as he powered his way around the course to finish almost two minutes ahead of his nearest rival the great Tadgh Twomey of Metro St Brigids fame. Roger was as modest as ever after his victory but everybody in Taum and County Galway should be proud of this sporting giant.

Roger was joined in Dunboyne by his club mates Tommy Joe Whyte, Brendan Monaghan and Jarlath Monaghan who all ran particularly well on Sunday after watching Roger’s victory.

Just when we thought things couldn’t get much better news came through that Ian Egan had finished 2nd in an International Masters Cross Country race in Fuerteventura, Spain. What a weekend.

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Tuam AC Notes 17 Feb 2014

One of the best races of the year is on Sunday when the annual Kilconiern Charity 5 mile road race takes place. This race has raised over EUR20,000 for local charities in the last 6 years and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Please make every effort to support this great local event. All the details are below and we would also like to wish all the best to our runners who are taking part in the Masters All Ireland Cross Country championships in Dunboyne on Sunday. Registration for the 2014 Kilconieron Charity Run is now open on Run Ireland. The 5 mile run is on Sunday 23rd February at 12pm and all proceeds this year will go to ACT For Meningitis. To enter go to www.runireland.com/active/all-events and scroll to February 23rd where you can enter now for EUR15! There is also a special discounted rate this year for walkers of just EUR10. Entries will also be taken on the day at Kilconieron GAA grounds. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kilconieron.charityrun and look out for our new website which is coming soon (www.kilconieroncharityrun.com ). See you on Sunday 23rd February and thank you for your support! For more info contact Niall Callanan – 087 6773983.

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