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.

Tuam AC 8K 2017 Jan 15 @ 2:30

The Tuam Athletic Club Annual 8K Road Race will take place on Sunday 15th January 2017 @ 2.30pm.

Almost 400 runners, joggers and walkers completed last years race with athletes travelling from far and wide and we are looking forward to welcoming them all back to Tuam again. Tuam AC are very grateful to the people of Tuam and surrounding areas who have supported the race by taking part in such huge numbers and also the many people who have volunteered to help out over the years.

We have a wide range of category prizes for men and women in all age groups as well as the first 3 men and women and the first two teams of men and women. Prizes consist of generous cash prizes and trophies. The course has been accurately measured and is a fantastic 8K lap with great local support to help the runners around. After the race, runners can look forward to hot showers and our legendary post race refreshments in the Mercy Gym.

Online entries are now open at the Athletics Ireland Runzone.
Register now to avoid disappointment!

We also have an FAQ page for everything you need to know about the race.

We look forward to welcoming you to Tuam on Sunday week and we hope you enjoy the race.

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.

Tuam AC 8K entries filling up fast

Entries are flying in from all over Ireland and our famous 3 pack of Top Quality running socks are disappearing fast. We might have some socks left for late registrations but cannot guarantee what size they will be. Online entries are still available on

We would also ask all club members who have not registered online to please register on Saturday between 3-5pm in The Mercy gym. This will alleviate the last minute rush on Sunday prior to the race.

We have an FAQ page for the race available here, and you can find further details on our Facebook page.

Sincere Thanks to everybody who has entered so far. Hope you all have a great day in Tuam on Sunday.

Don’t Miss Your Socks

With just two weeks to go to the Tuam 8k Road Race on Sunday 18th Jan 2015 we have allocated well over half of our socks. Tuam AC give 3 pairs of top quality running socks to the first 300 online entries but when they are gone they are gone.

If you want to be sure of getting this great free gift from Tuam AC enter online now via Run Ireland. Thanks from All in Tuam AC.

Thank You Thank You Thank You

Sincere thanks to everybody who took part in our 10th Anniversary race on Sunday. It was a memorable day for our club and we really appreciate your support.

A special word of thanks to our main sponsor Ian Egan, who also won his category and the Harold Campbell cup as the first Tuam AC runner home. Thanks also to Galway Water who provided the bottles of water and Curley & Sons Fruit and Vegetables who sponsored the Bananas and Oranges at the finish line.

Sincere thanks also to the army of volunteers who help us every year and Tuam Gardai, The Order of Malta Tuam, Frank Dolly and crew at Galway County Council Tuam, The Mercy Secondary school, St Jarlath’s College and Tuam St Vincent de Paul.

To all of these we are truly grateful – the race would not have been possible without your help.

Tuam AC 8K Road Race – Full Report

Another memorable day in Tuam with the 10th Anniversary road race on Sunday.

The day got off to a great start when 181 juveniles took part in the kids fun run in superb conditions on the splendid 560m track at St Jarlath’s College. The fun run was exactly 1000m which meant almost 2 laps of the famous walks and the overall winner was Emma Loftus from Crossmolina who is a member of the Scully family from Tuam and two of her cousins were in the top 6 of the 8k race an hour later. Cian Mullins was the first boy to finish and he was just behind Emma at the finish and they both ran well under 4 mins which is top class juvenile running for 1000m.

The adults had a lot to live up to after the kids race and with almost 500 at the start line on Dublin Road it was a spectacular sight. Paddy Hamilton made the long journey to Tuam from Belfast and was determined to win the race that he finished second in 2012. He was only beaten on that occasion by reigning All Ireland Marathon champion Sean Hehir and he made sure nobody was going to beat him yesterday as he ran very strongly right from the start and had opened a commanding lead by the time he had reached Tuam Celtic Park heading towards Cloonthue. A phone call from the halfway mark confirmed that he passed the 4k mark in exactly 12 mins and he piled on the pressure all the way in the Athenry Road to finish in 24.21. He was followed by Stephen McKiegue from Ferbane who was 2nd in 26.57 and Fintan Hyland of GCH completed the top three.

The ladies race was also a superb battle as Regina Casey, a great supporter of the Tuam 8k won the race for her first time in exactly 30 mins and she was followed by Collette Tuohy of Mayo AC in 2nd place and last years winner Anne Lennon was in 3rd place.

The massive field of almost 500 runners were treated to a bottle of water kindly supplied by Clada water and a fantastic range of fresh fruit supplied by Curley’s Fruit and Veg.

There was a very wide range of category prizes on offer in all age groups but two of the victories were particularly sweet for Tuam AC. Ian Egan won the M45 category – he was also the first Tuam AC runner home and won the Harold Campbell Cup for 2014. Ian was also the overall winner of the first ever Tuam 8k back in 2005 and this year he was also the main sponsor of the Tuam 8k as his company SportsPoint very generously sponsored the race. Ian is not just a talented runner he is also a gifted sports therapist whose magic hands have cured many injuries and keeps many runners in action when injury threatens.

The other big category winner was Roger Rushe who celebrated his 75th birthday just two days before the race and ran a world class time of 41 mins for the 8k course. His clubmates honoured him with a surprise birthday cake after the race and he really is an inspirational figure for everybody involved with athletics throughout Ireland and a great ambassador for Tuam.

Full results of the Tuam 8K are available here, and numerous photos are available on various Facebook pages and other social media.

It is not possible to thank everybody here who helped out on Sunday, but everybody at Tuam AC is extremely grateful to anyone who helped in any way at all. It is a real community effort and we are genuinely very grateful for all of the help and support we receive from so many people each year.

Roll on 2015!

Tuam AC 8K 2014 – Preliminary Results

Thank you very much to the over 450 finishers who took part in today’s race. Thankfully the rain managed to hold off until the race was nearly over.

Congratulations to our race winner Paddy Hamilton of Annadale Striders who, in finishing in 24:21 was out on his own by over two and a half minutes until the next runner, Stephen McKeigue of Ferbane (26:56).

First Tuam AC runner to finish was M45 category winner Ian Egan in 29:14.

First woman home was GCH’s Regina Casey in a dead-on 30 minutes.

Finally for now, a special mention must go to Tuam AC’s Roger Rushe, who just recently celebrated his 75th birthday and who came home in a fantastic 41:53.

We’ll have more analysis later, but for now, a full list of preliminary results is available here.