Tuam AC Notes 01/03/2015

Aoibhean Phelan was the sole representative of Tuam AC at the Connacht Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone on Saturday and she put in a superb performance in the 60m sprint finishing in 10 secs and the 600m where she finished in 2 mins. She also competed in the Shot Putt and she had great support from her Mum and Dad, brother and sisters and everybody in Tuam AC is very proud of her representing the club.

Also on Saturday morning Padraic Burke ran a full 26.2 mile marathon around the walks of St Jarlath’s in just over three and a half hours and he wasn’t even out of breath when he finished. It was an amazing solo effort completing 72 laps of the tarmac path around the pitches and he was joined by some other members of the club for part of the run but it really was a great effort. It was all part of his training for the Connemara Ultra Marathon which is an eye watering 39.3 mile race that takes place in six weeks time. To prove how dedicated he is he was spotted out again in the snow on Sunday morning.

Congratulations and well done to Margaret McDonagh and Jarlath Monaghan who ran the Clonbur 10k on Sunday. Margaret finished 3rd and Jarlath 2nd in their respective categories. Margaret moves to overall 1st position for the series in her category while Jarath remains in 2nd place for his category. Their next race in the series is a 8k and is on next Saturday in Carnacon, Co. Mayo.

Juvenile County Cross Country in Tuam

A truly magnificent day of Cross Country running took place in Tuam on Sunday. Tuam AC were the host club for the 2014 Juvenile Uneven age groups County Championships and The Palace Park provided a stunning setting. Cross Country runners are used to slogging around wet fields in lashing rain so the perfect weather and underfoot conditions made it even more enjoyable.

There was a total of 10 races on the card and well over 300 juveniles arrived in Tuam ahead of the 1pm start and we are delighted to report that 23 Tuam athletes were among the participants.

The first race was the Girls U 9 race over 800m and there was a very strong field of 40 runners. The race was won by Aoibheann Fitzpatrick of Ballinasloe & District AC and Tuam had 3 athletes taking part. Ciara Ryan, Hazel Mahon and Maeve Harken were all competing in their first County Final but they took it all in their stride and didn’t put a foot wrong over the very challenging course. Parents and supporters were rightly very proud of the three Tuam girls as they passed the finish line and even though it was a very tough race they enjoyed every inch of it.

It was the boys U 9 up next and this race was won by Evan Moran of Craughwell AC but Tuam had a crack team of young lads in this race and some of them had stepped up from the U 8 age group as they were so eager to represent the club. After a superb effort the Tuam lads finished in 3rd place and will be awarded their medals at next Sunday’s training session. It was a great team effort with Oisin Phelan crossing the line first for Tuam and winning an individual medal for finishing in the top 10 and he was followed by Dara Kenny, Jack Heneghan, Cian Rafferty and Shane Coleman. Winning a County medal in your very first attempt is some achievement and they have a great future ahead of them.

We also had a very strong team in the Girls U 11 race who just missed out on medals when they finished in 5th place but we have to remember that some of these girls are only 9 years of age and they ran 1500m on a very tough and technical course. They were magnificent and the team included Sarah Cafferkey, Shauna Fallon, Aoibheann Phelan, Ciara Gorman and Ella Rafferty.

We could have had two complete teams in the Boys U 11 race as 8 young lads from Tuam AC stood on the start line and they also finished in 5th place with Conor Heneghan leading the way for Tuam followed by Ross Cosgrove, Conor Munnelly, Matthew Cafferkey, Jack Hession, Freddie Tuck, Danny Harken and Dara O’Brien. It was brilliant to see all of these Tuam lads running together and enjoying it and the hard work they have put in training all summer at our St Jarlath’s training centre has surely paid off.

The next few races were extremely tough as the distances were long and hard. Maeve Fallon ran in the U 13 Girls race over 2500m and gave one of the performances of the day as she ran around the course like an experienced athlete despite it being her first ever race and she finished very strongly.

Our final competitor of the day was Olivia Kenny who took part in the marathon 3500m Girls U 15 race. This distance is not for the faint hearted and especially when the sun is shining and you have to tackle the hill four times but it didn’t knock a stir out of Olivia and she had her trademark smile on throughout the race and finished like a train. It was a fitting ending for a truly wonderful day for the club.

We are immensely proud of all our juvenile athletes who are a credit to their families, the club and the whole North Galway area.

A few of our older members were also in action and we have to congratulate Derek Naughton who won the Aughrim 10k on Sunday, Padraic Burke who had a great run in Carna on Saturday and all of our members who took part in the Moylough 10k on Sunday. Well done to all.

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.

Tuam juveniles massive medal haul in County Championship

Tuam AC sent three of our top juveniles to the Galway County Track and Field Championships in Dangan hoping that they could bring home at least one medal each. We were delighted when they returned with three medals each. A total of 9 medals from just three athletes which included three Gold medals for Rory Monaghan in Shot Putt, Discus and Javelin. Two Gold medals for Kehinde Awoniran in Shot Putt and Discus and a Silver in Javelin and a superb performance from Sara Martyn our track specialist who took Silver in the U18 200m and Bronze in the 100m followed by Bronze in the Shot Putt. A great day out for Tuam AC and we are now looking forward to the Connaught Championships in Sligo on Sat 14th June.

Galway Senior and Master Track and Field 2013

Galway AAI County Board are pleased to announce the 2013 Galway Senior, Masters and Junior Track & Field Athletics Championships sponsored by Avaya to be held over three days at the Dangan track, Regional Sports Centre facility in NUI Galway grounds.

*_Dates and events schedules_*

*Day 1 – Thursday 4 July starting at 7.00pm – 400m, Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer, 1500m, Distance (400, 800, 1200, 1600m) Relay.*

Day 2 – Tuesday 9 July starting at 7.00pm – 200m, High Jump, 3000m for women/5000m for men, Discus, 4x400m relay.

Day 3 – Monday 22 July starting at 7.00pm – 100m, Long Jump, Shot Putt, 800m, Weight for Distance (only Seniors and Masters), 4x100m relay, 10,000m.

County Championship Categories – Senior, Masters 35, Masters 50, Junior.

Entries on the day – E5 for day/event (i.e. 5 euro means you can run one or all events on one day)

All track events will be electronically timed. Guest athletes are very welcome!

Entries on the day at Dangan Track.

Event co-ordinators are Brian Bruton, Mary Barrett & Iain Shaw.

Queries to Brian Bruton 087 9278337 or email bmbruton@gmail.com bmbruton@gmail.com> .

Juveniles shot putters do well in Athlone

Another big weekend for Tuam AC started in Athlone on Saturday when Abdul Wahab Momoh and Darragh Finneran represented the club at The All Ireland Juvenile athletics championships. They both took part in the Under 17 boys Shot Putt and put in massive performances in a field that included three previous All Ireland Champions and the All Ireland record holder. At the end of the competition Abdul finished in 6th place overall and Darragh finished in 8th place. A great result for the two Tuam lads and they are now looking forward to the outdoor season.

Our juvenile athletes are enjoying a well deserved break from training and a few Easter eggs this week and training resumes on Wed 3rd April in the Mercy Gym at 7pm.

Great performances by Tuam Juveniles in County Indoors

Three of our longest serving juvenile athletes traveled to Nenagh on Saturday for the Galway County Indoor championships. Abdul Wahab Momoh, Darragh Finneran and Rory Monaghan have represented Tuam AC for many years and are regular competitors in the All Ireland championships. They went to Nenagh on Saturday to take part in the Under 17 Shot Putt competition and were hoping to collect a medal. At the end of the competition the Tuam lads had made a clean sweep of the event and collected all three medals on offer with Abdul taking Gold with a very impressive throw of 11m 56cm, Darragh taking Silver with 10m 40cm and Rory taking Bronze with 9m 56cm. It was a great team effort and the years of training and competing together have really paid off.

Later on in the day Abdul and Darragh took part in the U17 Long Jump competition which included the current All Ireland champion Evan Quirke of Athenry AC. The two Tuam lads did extremely well once again finishing in Silver and Bronze position behind Evan. Their obvious talent for long jump was noted by the huge crowd of spectators and the officials and they are now looking forward to the Connacht Indoors and hopefully All Ireland qualification. Darragh’s younger brother Damien also travelled to Nenagh on Saturday and he will soon be winning medals himself if Saturday’s performance is maintained. He finished 4th in a very strong shot putt competition and also ran a great 60m sprint. Everybody in Tuam AC is very proud of these athletes and wish them well for the rest of the season.

Juveniles impress in Hollymount

The Hollymount Juvenile race over 3km took place on Sunday and Tuam was very well represented. Jonathon Brinn finished in 3rd place and he was followed by Cian Mullins in 4th place, Eoin Mullins in 5th place and a fantastic run from young Caoimhe Mullins who finished in 6th place overall and was the first girl to cross the line. The future is looking good for Tuam based on this result.