National Senior Cross Country in Tuam this Sunday

Tuam AC will be hosting The National Senior Cross Country Championships this Sunday in the Palace Grounds. The programme comprises of four races, 1)Junior Women 4k @12pm, 2)Junior Men 6k @ 12:20pm, 3)Senior Women 8k @12:45pm, and 4)Senior Men 10k @1:25pm. Please come along to support your county team.

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.

The Inaugural Tuam AC Club Mile

Tuam AC held it’s first official club Mile event last Thursday evening and it was an outstanding success.

32 club members were in attendance and their only aim was to run a mile as fast as they possibly could. The runners were divided into 4 separate events and as soon as the whistle sounded for the first event it was obvious that everybody meant business.

At the end of the night Derek Naughton was the fastest man finishing in 5.25 and Margaret McDonagh was the fastest woman in 6.22 but this event was about a lot more than winning as the only real opponent was the clock and the 32 runners gave it absolutely everything. The full results are available on the Tuam AC Facebook page.

There were a number of highlights including Ann Cosgrove in the first race along with Orla Keane and Katie Wrynne. Dolores Higgins had a great run in Race 2 as did Lorraine Lee, Brid Byrne, Siobhain O’Dea and Ursula Biggins. This race also included a dead heat between Charlene Murphy and Sarah Mannion and the performance of the night from Philomena Koller who was superb.

Ronan McGrath took the award for the best finish in Race 3 as he was absolutely flying when he finished 2nd to Justin Lane and there was also a major battle between Joanna Kiely and Elaine Fleming.. This event will definitely be repeated and as an added bonus almost €100 was raised for IMNDA.

We hope to raise a lot more on Saturday as a team of Tuam AC runners are going to run from Eyre Square to Tuam. They will be leaving Galway at 12 Noon and hope to be in Tuam around 3pm on Saturday. An Garda Siochana have issued a collection permit so please support this very worthy cause.

Finally congratulations to Stephen Brady, John Mongan and all of the Tri Lakes members who completed Ironman Wales last Sunday.

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.

Tuam AC at the Dublin City Marathon

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.

Bert Gillard 8K 2013

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.

Ian wins in Castlegar, Jarlath in Roscommon

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.