Congratulations to Patrick Fleming and Jarlath Monaghan who ran in the Rás 10k Chonamara on Saturday. Patrick had a top ten finish in the senior category finishing just ahead of Jarlath who finished 2nd in his catregory. Jarlath finished 3rd in the Moylough 5k on Sunday in a PB time over this distance. Ahead of Jarlath was Brendan Monaghan who finished in 2nd place just one second behind the winner.
Tommy Joe Whyte and Roger Rushe both ran great races to win their categories in the 10k race. Also running for Tuam Athletic Club in the 10k were Dan O’Rouke and Elaine Fleming, Maura Lohan and Audrey Greaney.
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.
On Sunday Noel Igoe was our sole representative in Loughrea at the Grey Lake 10k road race. Another tough course and a race that always attracts a top class field. Gary Thornton of GCH won in under 31 mins which is superb running and noel ran a cracking race to finish in the top 20 and just a couple of seconds outside the magical 40 mins mark. Noel will surely break 40 mins on a more forgiving course in the coming weeks.
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.
The May 5k series has sold out and if you didn’t get in or need to do a bit of speedwork before the first race in Athenry there is a great 5k race taking place in New Inn, Ballinasloe on Sun 14th April at 1pm. On the following Sat 20th April the Galway Sports Partnership 10k race takes place in Labane, Ardrahan and online entry is only €15 with €20 on the day entries. So get in quick and save a fiver.
The road race calendar is bursting at the seams with at least one race every weekend in Co Galway it is hard to fit them all in, but Tuam AC always seem to have willing participants and on Easter Saturday Thomas Mannion ran a great race in the Colemanstown 10k and just an hour later Derek Naughton was representing the club at the Kilmovee 10k. Derek also had a good race despite a heavy week of training and he took Sunday off so that he could travel to Sligo on Monday where he took part in the Carney 10k and finished in 41 mins. A great weekend of racing from the two Tuam athletes and there will be plenty more races coming up shortly.
Tuam AC were faced with a very good problem to solve in Hollymount on Sunday when they had enough runners to fill two teams in the annual 10km road race. We had to decide who would run in the teams, as they had to be declared before the race. A tactical discussion took place and it paid off as both teams ended up in the prizes.
Tommy Joe Whyte and Dan O’Rourke helped and pushed each other all the way to the line finishing in 10th and 11th place overall in 37 mins. They were followed by Dave Mullins in 40 mins and Padraic Burke who had a great race to finish in 41 mins. The team finished in 3rd place overall and were only beaten by Mayo AC ‘A’ team and Liverpool Harriers ‘A’ team.
The other Tuam team was lead by Derek Naughton who ran a superb race and also finished in 40 mins. He was followed by Brendan Monaghan in 41 mins, Martin Hynes in 45 mins and the legendary Paddy Gilmore who finished in 59 mins and secured 6th place overall for the team. It is a long time since Tuam AC fielded two full teams in a road race and it is great to see old and new members making up the teams in 2012.
All runners, joggers and walkers should take note that the Loughrea AC 10k race due to take place on Sun 30th Sept has now been brought forward to this Sunday 23rd Sept at 1.30pm due to the All Ireland Final replay.
The action moved to Claregalway last Saturday evening for the Clare River Harriers 10K race which also incorporates the 10K County Championships. They always put on a great race in Claregalway and this year was no exception. Tuam AC did particularly well as Tommy Joe Whyte was a category prize winner and Andrea Ridge was crowned Galway County Champion 2012 in the ladies category, this is her second victory in recent weeks as she also won her category in a recent race in Lagos, Portugal and we are all delighted for Andrea.
Rather than “drowning the shamrock” for the national holiday, Dan O’Rourke and Rachel Conlon took themselves off to Tubercurry, where they both had very good runs in the Tubbercurry 10K. Dan finished in 37:27, another fine performance from the Tuam AC 10K specialist and Rachel ran a great race to finish over 2 minutes faster than she did at the same race last year. All of that extra training for her first ever Marathon in October is surely paying off now.