Tuam AC Notes 11/8/2014

Conditions were absolutely perfect for the 29th edition of the World famous Streets of Galway 8km Road Race on Saturday evening. Athletes travel from all over the World to take part in this race and it is now ranked amongst the top 100 road races in the world and is nearly as good as the Tuam 8k which will take place on Sunday 18th January 2015 so plenty of time to prepare. All of the usual suspects were in Galway and there was a record entry of 2700 competitors and the event sold out almost two weeks before race day. Tuam AC was definitely one of the best represented clubs in attendance and the green T-Shirts and Singlets with the broken wheel symbol were very noticeable at the finish line in South Park. It was particularly satisfying to see a huge number of new Tuam AC members taking part and somewhere in the region of 30 members were in attendance. Tuam AC had three big prize winners on the night with Tommy Joe Whyte taking the M50 prize, Claire Rowe winning F40 just 5 days after winning the Garrafrauns to Dunmore road race and the one and only Roger Rushe who took the M75 title and received the biggest cheer of the night at the prize giving ceremony. Our new members included Aidan Doyle, Eamon Niland, Tommy Varden, Elio Fusciardi and Justin Lane who was completing an incredible treble of races in only 6 days. He took part in the Loughrea tri-athlon last Sunday followed by Garrafrauns to Dunmore on Monday and flew around Galway on Saturday evening, an incredible weeks work. We also had a huge contingent of lady runners including Aine Doherty, Olivia O’Grady, Philomena Koller, Niamh Feeney, Maeve Kilroy, Julianna Collins, Deniece Williams and Lorraine Lee. They were all superb and did themselves and Tuam proud and numerous personal bests were recorded in the race as an added bonus. There were many more Tuam AC members taking part but they passed the finish line to fast for the naked eye and certainly to fast for any amateur photographer but don’t worry the sophisticated finish line technology captured all of the results in split second timing and they are all available to be viewed, digested and enjoyed at www.galwaycityharriers.com The next big local race and definitely not to be missed is the Claregalway 10k Race on Saturday 23rd August at 6pm. This great race incorporates the Galway County 10k Championships and is ran on a fast flat pb friendly course. Enter online to avoid disappointment at www.runireland.com

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Tuam AC Notes 4 Aug 2014

The long Bank Holiday weekend had plenty to offer our athletes and thankfully we didn’t have to travel to far. Stephen Brady and John Mongan travelled to Athlone to take part in the Athlone Shadowman Half Ironman which consisted of a 1.9km swim followed by 90km on the bike and then a 13.1 Mile half marathon. Most people would feel weak just thinking about tackling this kind of event but the two lads were using it as final race preperation for their upcoming Ironman Wales in September which is exactly double the distance they completed on Sunday !! They both recorded excellent times with Stephen finishing in 5hr 48 mins and John just a fraction over 6hrs. This puts them both on course for great times in Wales and as this correspondent was lucky enough to see them in action in Wales last year it is hard to put into words just how tough a full Ironman race is. Good luck to them both in their final weeks of training and the huge contingent of competitors from North Galway who will be joining them on the start line in Wales. A bit closer to home and maybe not as tough as an Ironman the fantastic Garrafrauns to Dunmore Road Race celebrated their 40th Birthday on Bank Holiday Monday and the 6km race had a record crowd and took place in very warm conditions. The route is far from flat but their are no major hills and Tuam AC was very well represented once again. The big winner for Tuam was Claire Rowe who was the first lady home in a superb 25 mins and she is a regular on the podium and a great ambassador for the club. We hope she is now looking forward to The Streets of Galway on Saturday and a host of other local races over the rest of the summer and keeps on winning for Tuam AC. Tommy Joe Whyte was also in the prizes as the first over 40 and their was also great performances from Ger Hartnett, Derek Naughton who ran an absolute stormer of a race and the legendary Ian Egan who has won the race on a number of occasions and it is always good to see him representing Tuam AC. We were also delighted to see Mark Rabbitte in action along with Tim Geraghty and two of our newer members who have really taken to road racing, Tommy Varden and Shane Crisham. It was also great to see Chris Reddington flying along and he also ran all the way back to Garrafrauns after the race. Our ladies were also very well represented with Maura and Assumpta Meenaghan in great form and a very special mention to two members who were making their race debut for Tuam AC Brid Byrne and Dolores Higgins who absolutely loved the occasion and are looking forward to the next race already. There was plenty of other Tuam AC athletes in attendance but results are just coming to hand as we go to press so apologies to any athletes that we have not named and well done to all and sincere thanks to the organizers for putting on another memorable day.

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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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