Rio Marathon Man wins Tuam 8K

The annual Tuam AC 8K had an international flavour to it on Sunday with the participation in and winning of the race by Lithuanian marathon runner and Rio competitor, Valdas Dopolskas. Representing Balbriggan AC, Valdas finished the race in 24:47, almost a minute ahead of the second place finisher, Liffey Valley AC’s Peter Arthur, who completed the course in 25:37. GCH’s Matt Bidwell was third in a time of 26:09.

The dry, windless day made for excellent running conditions on our fast, flat course, with many runners improving on last year’s times, and with over 20 runners completing the 8K in under 30 minutes. The women’s race was won by Calry AC’s Zola Flynn in a time of 31:58. Second and third places went to Athenry AC – Yvonne Fehilly finishing in 33:08 and Mary Kealy completing the course in 35 minutes flat, and helping Athenry AC to take the women’s team prize. Bernie Mulryan and Caroline Freeney completed the victorious Athenry AC team.

We are delighted to report that the men’s team prize was won by the Tuam AC team of Michael Flanagan, Paul Kearney, Daire Comer and Brian Lalor. Tuam AC also won the F60 (Andrea Ridge), F70 (Kathleen Hogan) and M50 (Murt Fallon) category prizes.

The full list of results is available here, and a video giving a flavour of the before, during and aftermath of the race is available here.

Tuam AC wish to express our thanks to everyone who came and supported our race today. Sincere thanks also to all the volunteers who willingly give their time every year.

We hope to see you at the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tuam this coming weekend.

Wins in Maree and Irishtown






Congratulations to Brendan Monaghan on his category win at the Maree Athletics Club 8k last Sunday. It was a very diffucult run for all in very wet and windy conditions. Also running for TuamAC were Patrick Fleming, Maura Meenaghan and Tim Geraghty. 

Sean Burke was running in Irishtown on Sunday where he blasted the field to finish in first place. 

Tuam AC 12th Annual 8k Road Race



Thank you to the almost 400 athletes who took part in our 12th annual 8k road race on Sunday 17th. It was a cold and showery day. The top two men were Gary Thornton GCH in 24.22 followed by Matthew Bidwell GCH in 25.54 and Michael O’Connor GCH finishing 3rd in 27.10.

Regina Casey GCH won the women’s race in a time of 29.09. Zola Flynn from Calry AC in Sligo finished 2nd in 31.43 and Clare Rowe GCH crossed the line in 3rd palce in a time of 31.47.

Team prizes went to GCH who finished 1st in both the men’s and ladies races. Craughwell finished 2nd in the men’s race while Tuam finished 2nd in the ladies race.

Sean Burke and Ann Maire Miskell were first Tuam AC members home and both were awarded silverware for their achievements. There were almost 50 Tuam AC members that ran the race with some of them running 8k for the first time. Teresa O’Dea, Alma Finnegan, Andrea King Claus and Rory O’Connor were some of our members that ran 8k for the first time. Rory was particularly delighted with his achievement and is already eyeing up the race calendar to pick his next race. Well done to all first timers!

Tuam AC would like to offer sincere thanks to the army of volunteers who help us every year and Tuam Gardai, The Order of Malta Tuam, The Mercy Secondary school and St Jarlath’s College. Tuam AC would also like to say a BIG thank you to the ladies who helped with the after race refreshments, Patricia Monaghan, Mary O’Neill, Vergie Sweeney, Lisa Warren, Fiona Lardner and Eileen Moran.

We hope to see you all running again in our 13th annual 8k road race in 2017.

Rás Chonamara 10K

Congratulations to Patrick Fleming and Jarlath Monaghan who ran in the Rás 10k Chonamara on Saturday. Patrick had a top ten finish in the senior category finishing just ahead of Jarlath who finished 2nd in his catregory. Jarlath finished 3rd in the Moylough 5k on Sunday in a PB time over this distance. Ahead of Jarlath was Brendan Monaghan who finished in 2nd place just one second behind the winner. 

Tommy Joe Whyte and Roger Rushe both ran great races to win their categories in the 10k race. Also running for Tuam Athletic Club in the 10k were Dan O’Rouke and Elaine Fleming, Maura Lohan and Audrey Greaney. 

TuamAC Notes – July 5th, 2015

TuamAC was well represented in the Headford 8k Road Race on Saturday evening. This was the 11th annual running of this charity race. Despite it being a tough course all members were happy with their times. Running for TuamAC were Ger Hartnett, Sean Burke (PB), Tommy Joe Whyte, Mark Rabbitte, Michael McLoughlin, Ann Cosgrove, Dolores Higgins, Caroline Bodkin and Sean O Morain.

Earlier on Saturday Margaret McDonagh ran the Achill Half Marathon in challenging conditions, gale force winds and of course lots of hills! It went well for Margaret and knowing the route was a huge advantage as she ran it in personal best time of 1:46.

Derek Naughton ran the 10k course in Achill in a great time of 42:13.

Some late resuts from the previous weekend were 2nd place finish for Olivia Fitzpatrick in the Ballinlough 5k and 2nd place category finish for Mark Rabbitte in the Monivea Half Marathon.

TuamAC Notes – 220615

TuamAC were represented in 2 races over the weekend.

Sean O Morain was our sole representative in the Bullaun 8k on Saturday evening. He was happy with his run.

Dan O’Rourke lead home the TuamAC team at the Annaghdown Summer Solstice 10k on Sunday evening. He was followed by Derek Naughton, Sean Burke, Tommy Joe Whyte, Shane Chrisham and Conal Burke. Julie Murphy was the only ladies TuamAC member running the 10k. Julie was very pleased with her time considering it was quite windy in parts.

Jennifer Carney and Justin Lane ran the inaugural Annaghdown 5k. Both were delighted with their times and they are already looking forward to their next race.

2015 5K Series Tuam Leg – Congratulations and well done to all

Tuam AC would like to congratulate the well over six hundred participants who took part in the final leg of yet another successful 5K series in Tuam. The passing shower didn’t dampen the spirits of the runners on what was otherwise a great evening for running – not too warm(!) and not too windy.

Unfortunately, due to exceptional traffic levels, a number of runners seemed to have missed the start of the race – we’re sorry but this was due to circumstances beyond our control and arose from other events taking place in Tuam.

The 5K series goes from strength to strength with record numbers participating and entries closing in minutes. The proceeds of the series go towards a very good cause – the funding of juvenile and adult athletics in County Galway.

We would like to thank the volunteers from all the clubs who helped to make the series such a success. Thanks to the series organisers and, in particular, to Mick Rice.

We hope you all enjoyed the series this year, and hopefully we’ll all be back next year for another round of this great set of events. In the meantime, you can find the results of the Tuam leg on Red Tag Timing, or here, and there are some photos here.

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.

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 🙂

Padraic

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.