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.

All systems go for tomorrow’s Eyre Square to Tuam Square Hospice Fundraiser

Final preparations are being made by members of Tuam Athletic Club for tomorrow’s fund-raising day for Galway Hospice in memory of our dear friend and club-mate Seamus Sweeney who passed away in April.

Seamus played a very important role in the development of Tuam AC and was a member of the club for almost 50 years. He was a talented runner who excelled at Cross Country and road races and was also a 3 hour marathon runner which he achieved in Dublin in 1982.He was also a very dedicated club member and was always the first to offer help alongside his wife Virgie at any club event we ever organized. He was an ever present at the annual 8k and 5k road races in Tuam and was often the first to arrive and the last to leave. Seamus was one of life’s real gentlemen.

Thanks to Seamus’ help Tuam AC is now thriving with 300 members and we want to celebrate his life and legacy to Tuam by holding an action packed day in aid of Galway Hospice on Saturday 29th August 2015. The action will start with a team of Tuam AC members taking part in The Run for Seamus from Eyre Square to The Square in Tuam and we will have full ladies and men’s teams in action. We also hope to set a record time for the 33km run with a number of contenders training hard for this event. For those who cannot do the full distance, we also have people joining at Claregalway, Knockdoe and Corofin.

At exactly the same time as the runners leave Eyre Square a number of our members will leave the square in Tuam on bikes in a real Man v Machine battle and they will cycle to Kilmaine, Shrule, Caherlistrane and Claregalway before turning left onto the N17 and chasing the runners all the way to The Square. It will be a very close battle as the 75km cycle is not flat and the cyclists have to obey the rules of the road at all times so a red light or traffic could be crucial. Seamus was also a keen cyclist and excelled at both disciplines.

Later on in the day a number of our members will be taking part in The Seamus Sweeney Mile around the streets of Tuam at 5pm and for the entire day we will be having a bucket collection in aid of Galway Hospice.

The day will conclude with a BBQ at The Rustic Vaults.

Please give generously to this very worthy cause if you see any of our collectors on Saturday.

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.

Maree, Kilconieron and Craughwell – Three great races in prospect

There is a great race in prospect on Sunday with the Maree AC 8k Road Race taking place in Maree near Oranmore at 1pm. This is a great club event and Paul McDonagh and crew put on a great show and it is well worth a visit. Entry is only €15 and you can enter online at www.runireland.com or on the day. The race starts at 1pm.

Another great race to put into your diary is the Kilconiern 5 mile race on Sunday 23 Feb 2014 and as soon as you have finished that increase your training mileage for the Craughwell 10 mile race in March.

There is something for everyone in the weeks ahead and it is great to see so many people out running and the long evenings are no harm at all.

County Cross Country 2013 – Next Sunday

The Galway County Cross Country Championships take place on Sunday at Bushfield Loughrea and the adult races start at 2pm. Cross Country is great craic and we hope to see as many club members as possible in Loughrea on Sunday. Contact Brendan for entries by 5pm Thursday at the latest.

Upcoming road races in Maree (5K) and Claregalway (10K)

The race season is in full swing now, and hot on the heels of The Streets of Galway, are two more local road races.

The Club Vitae 5K Coast Road Run in conjunction with Maree Athletics Club takes place Wednesday 21st August (7.30pm). It’s an AAI measured course, chip timed and with free t-shirts for the first 100 entries. All proceeds are going to Western Alzheimers.

There are category prizes for the first 3 males and first 3 females, and for the first over 40s male and first over 40s female.

You can register now in Amphibian King in Oranmore, (the application form is available on their Facebook page) and online at Run Ireland. Entry is €15.

The next big race is the Claregalway 10K on Sat 24th August and this year it is going back to a fast flat single loop course and promises to be a great event.

Race pack pick-up and Late Entries (taken up to 5.30pm) at the Community Centre, Claregalway, Co. Galway. The race will start at 6.00 p.m. sharp, outside Claregalway National School, and finish outside the Claregalway Community Centre.

There are prizes for the first 5 individual men, first 5 individual ladies, first 2 men over 40, 50, 60 and first 2 ladies over 40, 50, 60. There is also the Brendan Gavin memorial trophy for the first team of 4.

The Entry Fee is €20 (€5 from each entry goes to Galway Hospice), and there is a T-shirt for every entry. You can enter online now on Run Ireland.