5K Series Tuam Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 @ 8 PM

The final leg of the Galway 5k series will be hosted by TuamAC this (Tuesday) evening. If you aren’t running, any help would be greatly appreciated. If you are running, bring a friend, and we will give them a job. Please come along to the Ard Ri Hotel at 7PM and make yourself known to race director, Brendan Monaghan.

For Tuam AC club members, there will be a marshalls meeting in the Ard Ri Hotel @ 6:30 PM.

The race itself starts @ 8PM. Please arrive early to collect your series T-Shirt and to ensure you will get a good parking place. Good luck to all participants and enjoy the end of series party afterwards. There is a race FAQ here.

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TuamAC Notes 25/05/15

The 4th leg of the Galway 5k series was in Claregalway last Tuesday. This route is a technically challenging course. The first kilometer is all uphill and is forefront in the participants minds as they toe the start line. Do they run it flat out and hang on for the last 4km or run it sensibly and try to pick up the time on the downhills? In the end it didn’t really matter as there was a strong headwind out on the course. This was evident in the finish times. The winner’s time was approx 30s slower than the previous week. 

With this in mind TuamAC members posted some very admirable finishing times. Derek Naughton lead home the team in 18:47. Sean Burke, Tommy Joe Whyte and Brendan Monaghan all followed across the line within 30 seconds. Elaine Flemming is having a superb series and was first TuamAC lady to cross the line in 21:51 . She was followed by Jean Coleman and Maura Meenaghan. Conal Burke managed to overcome the course and the wind to finish the 5k in a personal best. Conal was delighted with his time. Orla Keane is finding her mojo as the weeks progress and is really looking forward to the series finale on home turf.

All TuamAC runners are looking forward to the last 5k in Tuam, next Tuesday 2nd June, and to the after series party in the Ard Ri hotel that evening. Could anybody that is available to help out please arrive at the Ard Ri hotel at 7pm. Please note that there will be no Fit4Life training that evening.

Sean Burke wasn’t resting up over the weekend between the Tuesday 5k runs. Last Sunday he finished 4th overall in the Garrafrauns 5k race and won the O40s category. Sean was delighted with his win and said that the hill in Claregalway last Tuesday was good training for the 2 steep hills around Garrafrauns on Sunday. Sean O Morain won the O50s category.

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Tuam AC Notes 04/05/15

Last Tuesday saw the first leg of the 2015 Galway 5k Series which was ran in Athenry. This is the 10th year of the 5k series. Tuam AC fielded a team of 51 athletes. This was our biggest number of members in any event to date. Ger Hartnett led home the Tuam AC team in 18:12. Six Tuam runners finished in under 20 minutes and seven members reported a PB for this distance. The speed work sessions coached by Matt Bidwell are most definitely showing dividends.

Tuam AC members ran the Belclare 10k and 7k on Sunday. Brendan Monaghan and Elaine Flemming both finished second in their categories. Special mention to Ronan McGrath who finished over 7 minutes quicker than he did last year in the same race. Proof that training and dedication works!

Ann Maire Miskell, Fiona Lardner and Rena Tierney ran the West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon in Castlebar on Sunday.

A Fit4Life beginners running group is starting next Tuesday 12th May at 7pm from the Tuam swimming pool car park. This is open to all adults over 18yrs. All levels of fitness are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes, brightly coloured top and proper fitting runners. Participants that are new to running should check with their GP before commencing Fit4Life. We will be starting a Men Only beginners group the same evening at 8pm if we get enough interest. For further information or to register your interest please email – sean at tuamac dot com

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Tuam AC Notes 28/04/2015

Tuam AC would like to pay tribute to our good friend Seamus Sweeney who died on Sunday morning after a very brave battle with illness. Seamus was a very dedicated member of Tuam AC and was always on hand to help out in anyway that he could. His constant support and enthusiasm alongdside his wife Virgie helped the club to grow and his dedication to the annual 8k Road Race and the 5k series will never be forgotten. He was a very talented runner in his own right as he was a sub 3 hour marathon runner and he was also mentioned in the book written by Mick Rice in 2011 In Their Bare Feet which recorded the history of Derrydonnell AC and running in Co Galway. May his soul Rest in Peace.

Our juveniles were in great form in Dangan on Saturday at the County U9 – U12 Championships and won a number of medals with superb performances all round and we were very proud of them so well done to Leah Farragher taking part in her first major competition. Our boys U9 team of Cian Halligan, Kevin Munnelly, Darragh Kenny and Cian Rafferty who won a number of medals between them. Ellen, Sarah and Matthew Cafferkey had a great family day representing Tuam AC as did Oisin and Aoibheann Phelan and they are all stars of the future. Roan Heslin and Shane Coleman were also in action and performed very well and Ross Cosgrove was outstanding and competed in his own age group U 11 and also moved up an age group to run the U 12 relay. Jack Hession, Conor Munnelly and Matthew Cafferkey all competed in the U 12 individual competition and they were excellent. The hard training at our new training grounds in St Jarlath’s has really paid off and the future is bright for all of these athletes and many more i the years ahead. Seamus Sweeney would be very proud of them.

The next Fit4Life beginners running group is starting Tuesday 12th May at 7pm from the Tuam swimming pool car park. This is open to all adults over 18yrs. All levels of fitness are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes, brightly coloured top and proper fitting runners. Participants that are new to running should check with their GP before commencing Fit4Life. We will be starting a Men Only beginners group the same evening at 8pm if we get enough interest.

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Good Luck in the 5K Series

Best of luck to all Tuam AC members running the Galway 5k Series. This series starts next Tuesday 28th April and continues every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks. It will be held in Athenry, Loughrea, Craughwell, Claregalway, Galway City and finishing up in Tuam on 2nd June. Please submit your race results/reports to Sean our Club PRO.

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Margaret Wins!

Congratulations to Margaret McDonagh on winning The Great Lakes Challenge Series. This series was ran over 5 races. Three 10k races and two 8k races. The series started with a 8k in Tourmakeady on 21st February. Margaret finished 2nd in a time of 37:40.She then ran the Clonbur 10k in a time of 46:51 on 1st March finishing in 3rd place. Margaret’s next run was on 7th March and another 8k where she finished 1st in a great time of 36:06. There was a 2 week gap to the next race on 21st March which saw the series in Claremorris. Margaret finished second in the second 10k of the series in a time of 45:53. She had cemented her lead and consistency was standing in her favour.

Four weeks later Margaret turned up in Ballinrobe on 18th April for the last race of the series. She was just recovered from a chest infection but this wasn’t going to stop her from giving it her best. Her husband Jude, her son and 3 daughters cheered her on from the side. Tuam AC members also supported her from the side and some members ran the race. Margaret kept the best to last and ran her quickest 10k of the series in a time of 45:07. She had won the series in style!

Maragaret was not the only Tuam AC athlete running the series. Special mention goes to Jarlath Monaghan who also ran the full 5 races of the series and finished 4th overall in the O40 category. Tommy Joe Whyte won the O50 category in the Ballinrobe race. Derek Naughton finished in a top 10 position and led home the Tuam AC team. Sean Burke was just 30 seconds over 40 mins and Shane Chrisham ran an impressive time of 47:17. Sean O Morain also ran.

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Whose Bright Idea Was This??? Padraic Burke’s Connemara Ultra Report

Whose bright idea was this???

Oh yeah, mine.

So where to begin? I like to run. In doing so I like to do things that I will remember when I’m old and greyer. This year, I’m in my 39th year so what better way to mark it than a 39(.3) race, the Connemara Ultra.

KISS- Keep it Simple Stupid

My basic plan was (a) to get to the start line and (b) get to the finish line. In distance running, part (a) is often the hardest to achieve with the chance of illness, injury or simply not getting the time to complete the training load. For me, a chest infection with a week to go made me more than a little nervous. But, felt good by Friday and the race wasn’t until Sunday.

39 miles to run, nowhere to hide

We set off from near Peacocks of Maam Cross at 9am without fuss and I settled in to a nice steady rhythm. I ran by effort rather than pace as the Ultra is anything but flat and an even pace but would be difficult to achieve. For me, a Heart Rate (HR) of 165-170 was about right.

A game of 3 halves

You could say the Ultra is a race of 3 halves with the first half marathon section reasonable, followed by two progressively harder half marathons to follow. I felt comfortable until about mile 15 when a strong-ish wind and rolling roads made me work harder than I had wanted. My HR shot up to 180’s and slowing down didn’t have any effect. I knew I would pay the price later in the race. The left turn for Leenane brought a welcome relief from the wind. What followed was a good stretch of downhill running. The only problem was the downhills were just as hard if not harder on the legs than the uphills.

I got to the 26 mile mark at Leenane at 3 hrs 44 mins with the hardest section of the course left. Heading out of Leenane the legs started to get their own back on me and started to send shock waves of cramp. I wasn’t alone though as many of those around me suffered the same fate.

Onwards and Upwards. Literally.

I’d like to say that I negotiated the course from Leenane to Keane’s Pub in Maam comfortably but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It hurt like hell. Each uphill brought a dart of pain from the calf muscles and each downhill hurt everywhere else. Energy was running low but I couldn’t face eating. A bottle of flat coke at mile 29 managed to save the day though.

If you are going through hell, just keep going.

I struggled on to Keane’s and made the final turn of the day, onto the ‘Hell of the West’. I had decided long before the start that this race, for me, was all about the last 5 miles. A 34 mile warm up and a right good dig up and over the infamous hill.

Brendan Monaghan who had tirelessly kept me hydrated and motivated throughout the race as he cycled up and down the course was joined by Stephen Brady and John Joe Higgins. I think we were the only people who laughed our way up the climb. My wife Mary, sister Marian, and mother Sheila had stationed themselves at mile 38 and they provided all the encouragement I needed to slog it out to the finish. The clock read 5 hours 59 mins as I crossed the line.

Just need to find a 40 mile race for next year :)


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Tuam AC Notes – 12/04/15

Tuam AC Members running on Sunday were as follows:

Connemara Ultra Marathon – Padraic Burke (see his report above).

Hell and Back Tuam 5k – Joanna Kieley, Andrea Ridge, Tommy Varden, Justin Lane, Maura Meeneghan (1st female),Timothy Geraghty, Ronan McGrath, Teresa Burke, Dolores Higgins, Helen Gilmartin.

Ballinderry 5k – Ger Hartnett (3rd overall and 1st in his category), Sean Burke (3rd in category), Mark Rabbitte (1st in category), Annmaire Miskell (2nd in category), Maura Meeneghan (2nd 5k of the day), Justin Lane (2nd 5k of the day), Olivia Fitzpatrick, Timothy Geraghty, Roger Rushe (1st in Category), Audrey Greaney, Julie Murphy, Assumpta Meeneghan.

Please remember to send your race results/reports to Sean our Club PRO.

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Tuam AC Notes 6 April 2015

It was a weekend of celebrations for Tuam AC as three of our members received very well deserved awards at the 2014 Galway County Athletics Awards which took place on Saturday evening at the Ard Ri Hotel. Roger Rushe and Mickey Kelly were the joint winners of the Hall of Fame award and David Evans won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Athletics. Everybody in Tuam AC and indeed everybody in the Tuam area is delighted that Roger, Mickey and David have received recognition for there fantastic support and participation in athletics for so many years and we wish them continued success.

Roger celebrated by doing what he does best as he traveled to Loughrea on Monday and ran the 5k race in 25.07 and he was joined by his daughter Audrey Greaney who also had a superb run and they are both really looking forward to the 5k series which begins on Tuesday 28th April in Athenry and promises to be the biggest series to date with almost 1000 entries.

Other members in action over the weekend included Sean Burke, Mark Rabbitte and Sean O’Morain who all ran the Colemanstown 10k.

Ger Hartnett and Aidan Doyle both had flyers in the Kilmovee 10k and the Tuesday evening speedwork sessions are definitely paying off if these results are anything to go by.

Finally we would all like to wish Padraic Burke well in the Connemara Ultra Marathon on Sunday. He has completed his training schedule and is in superb condition and raring to go on Sunday, he is a great inspiration to everybody in the club and we wish him well.

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TuamAC Notes 08/03/2015

The wet and windy conditions of the weekend didn’t deter Tuam AC athletes from running throughout the province. In fact it turned out to be a very busy weekend for Tuam AC.

Conal Burke, Sean Burke, Jennifer Carney, Ann Cosgrove, Aidan Doyle, Richard Geraghty, Joanna Kiely, Mark Rabbitte and Yvonne Wilson all ran in the Kinvara Rock & Road 10k and Half Marathon.

Margaret McDonagh, Jarlath Monaghan and Derek Naughton ran the Carnacon 8k in Co. Mayo. Margaret will have to increase her trophy case size as she once again brought home silverware finishing 3rd. She extends her lead in the series and is on course to win it outright.

Tuam AC’s first speedwork session was held Tuesday 3rd March coached by one of Galway’s top athletes, Matt Bidwell. Ger Hartnett, who is the speedwork session coordinator, was very happy to report that it was a great success with 25 people participating. This session is suitable for runners of all abilities and is ideal for improving speed and endurance for the summer racing season ahead. Tuam ACs speedwork session continues every Tuesday night at 6:30pm in St Jarlaths. It costs €2 per person per session and you must be a member of Tuam AC in order to participate.

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