One of the most enjoyable races of the year took place on Bank Holiday Monday. The Garrafrauns to Dunmore Road Race is probably the oldest race in Co Galway and it is easy to see why it has stood the test of time. Tuam AC were well represented on Monday as a number of our members either live in the area or grew up there. The first Tuam runner home in 4th place overall was Tom Connelly, a previous winner of the race some years ago and rapidly returning to the kind of form that made him a regular race winner. Dave Mullins was not too far behind him and he had also ran the 5mile Swinford race on Sunday and Ger Hartnett ran an absolute stormer to finish the 4 mile course in 23.30. He took off at a red-hot pace and kept the shoe to the floor all the way to the square in Dunmore.
A special mention must go to the overall winner of the race. Ian Egan of GCH is a legend of running in the North Galway area and no stranger to Dunmore as he has ran this race before and also ran the famous Tuam to Dunmore road race many times in the past. Ian learned his craft around Tuam and represented Tuam AC with great distinction for many years as a juvenile, junior and senior runner before moving to live in Galway. He has represented GCH at the highest level for many years but he never forgot his roots and always supports races in the area. He won the race on Monday in a very impressive 19 mins 52 seconds and he is now looking forward to the Streets of Galway 8K on Saturday and the National Half Marathon which takes place in Athenry on 2nd September.