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By The Active Network
It was a truly great day for Tuam AC at the Dublin City Marathon as we had a number of members taking part in the Country’s biggest marathon yet. The two overall winners Sean Hehir and Maria McCambridge are both former winners of the Tuam AC 8k Road Race. Sean won the Tuam 8k in 2012 and holds the record for the new course around Cloonthue in under 24 mins whilst Maria McCambridge won the race in 2008 in a little over 26 mins and that record is sure to stand for many years as she finished in 5th place overall on that day and many people still talk about her performance in Tuam.
However everybody was a winner in Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday and Gearoid Healy was the first Tuam runner home in 2 hr 59 mins and he was followed by Tommy Joe Whyte who has only missed one Dublin City marathon since it started 30 years ago and our very own Ironmen Stephen Brady, John Mongan and John Stapleton who not only ran the Marathon in well under 4 hrs but cycled to Dublin on Sunday in torrential rain and grabbed a few hours sleep before running the 26.2 miles. They did this as part of the Care for Shane fundraising campaign for Shane Grogan and they have received fantastic support and donations will still be gratefully accepted at any time. They were all delighted with their cycle and run and the support of the people of Tuam and they even received a round of applause from their 14,500 fellow competitors before the start which really inspired them.
Tuam AC ladies were also in action with Kathryn Antweiler running her first ever marathon in perfect style as she paced the race perfectly from start to finish in just over 4 hrs and Rachel Conlon ran the race with the sole intention of breaking the 4 hr mark and hit it exactly on target in 3 hrs 59 mins and 44 seconds. We hope they all enjoy a few days of well earned rest but we are sure to see them all back in action soon.
Meanwhile the date has been announced for the 10th running of the aforementioned Tuam AC 8km Road Race and it will take place on Sunday 19th January 2014 at 2.30pm. Put this date in your diary as we hope it will be the biggest race ever in Tuam and full details will be announced shortly.
Good luck to everybody from County Galway who is taking part in the Marathon next Monday. It’s been a long road, but it will be worth it in the end!
There was a great turnout for the Tuam RFC Bert Gillard memorial 8k on Sunday morning with over 200 runners and walkers taking part and the weather cleared just in time for the start. Nenagh brothers Gary and Shane Scully took off at a lightning pace in the town where most of their extended family still live. The well known top class tri-athletes kept the foot to the floor all the way around the town and there was less than a minute between them at the end of the race.
Dan O’Rourke was the first Tuam AC runner home finishing in 4th place and he also won the M40 category. There was a great battle for the M50 category as Dominic Regan of Mayo AC and Brendan Monaghan of Tuam AC went head to head again after their recent Ballyhaunis race. However, there was to be no revenge this time for the Tuam man as Dominic came out on top again, finishing in 5th place overall in a time of 31:06. He was followed by Brendan in a very respectable 31:20.
Pat Flaherty ran a massive race to win the M60 category in 35 mins and Una Browne was also amongst the winners.
Well known Clare River Harriers runner Kevin O’Dea of Rusheens finished in 7th place after a very good run and is now looking forward to the Corofin 8k and the Fields of Athenry on St Stephens Day.
John Stapleton and John Mongan warmed up for their big trip to Dublin next weekend where they will be joined by Stephen Brady for the 120 mile cycle and Dublin City Marathon and we wish them all well in the event and in their fundraising for the Car for Shane project.
Hilary Moloney and Olivia Fitzpatrick were in superb form and there was a number of other Tuam AC members in action on a very enjoyable day.
It was another very succesful weekend for the club with Ian Egan winning the Castlegar Camogie 5K race for Western Alzheimers at Ballybrit racecourse on Sunday. On Saturday, Jarlath Monaghan won the M50 category at the Roscommon 10K. Diarmuid Monaghan and Derek Naughton were also in action in the race.
The Galway Country Cross Country championships took place on Sunday in Bushfield, Loughrea. The weather was extremely warm for cross country and the going was definitely good to firm for a change. Tuam AC had a strong team in the men’s race but the competition was fierce as the biggest crowd in years set off over the 6km course. The overall winner was Jason Broderick of Craughwell AC who is now running better than ever and his first big race win was probably the Tuam 8k race in 2006, he has won many races since then and will surely win many more on yesterdays performance. The first Tuam runner home was Ian Egan who took Bronze in the M40 category and he is also in serious training for a Marathon in South America in November. Tommy Joe Whyte was two places behind Ian and won Gold in the M50 category and they were followed by Dan O’Rourke and Brendan Monaghan who both ran as hard as they possibly could and Tuam finished just outside the medals on this occasion but they were still very happy with their performance. Tuam AC are also delighted to welcome a number of new members from Valeo who have joined us recently and we hope they enjoy running for the club and look forward to seeing them at races throughout the County in the months ahead.
The Galway County Cross Country Championships take place on Sunday at Bushfield Loughrea and the adult races start at 2pm. Cross Country is great craic and we hope to see as many club members as possible in Loughrea on Sunday. Contact Brendan for entries by 5pm Thursday at the latest.
On Sunday Noel Igoe was our sole representative in Loughrea at the Grey Lake 10k road race. Another tough course and a race that always attracts a top class field. Gary Thornton of GCH won in under 31 mins which is superb running and noel ran a cracking race to finish in the top 20 and just a couple of seconds outside the magical 40 mins mark. Noel will surely break 40 mins on a more forgiving course in the coming weeks.
In the same afternoon as the Galway Bay Half Marathon, Ger Hartnett, Padraic Burke and Brendan Monaghan made their way to Ballyhaunis for the annual 8k road race and just like Galway this is definitely not a fast course as there is a massive hill between 4 and 6 km. Brendan Monaghan was the first Tuam runner home and took 2nd place in his category and he was followed very shortly after by Ger and Padraic.
Tuam AC had two competitors in the Galway Bay Half marathon on Saturday morning last. This race is run on a nice flat course but the winds off Galway Bay can play havoc with your race plans and it is not a course that you would expect to run a personal best, this did not stop the two Tuam runners doing extremely well as Stephen Brady was back in race action just 3 weeks after completing a Full Ironman and Sean O’Morain clocked up yet another Half Marathon and this distance really has become his specialist event in 2013.