Tuam AC Members running on Sunday were as follows:
Connemara Ultra Marathon – Padraic Burke (see his report above).
Hell and Back Tuam 5k – Joanna Kieley, Andrea Ridge, Tommy Varden, Justin Lane, Maura Meeneghan (1st female),Timothy Geraghty, Ronan McGrath, Teresa Burke, Dolores Higgins, Helen Gilmartin.
Ballinderry 5k – Ger Hartnett (3rd overall and 1st in his category), Sean Burke (3rd in category), Mark Rabbitte (1st in category), Annmaire Miskell (2nd in category), Maura Meeneghan (2nd 5k of the day), Justin Lane (2nd 5k of the day), Olivia Fitzpatrick, Timothy Geraghty, Roger Rushe (1st in Category), Audrey Greaney, Julie Murphy, Assumpta Meeneghan.
Please remember to send your race results/reports to Sean our Club PRO.
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.
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 Athenry Fit4Life 5K race took place on Sunday and Tuam AC had two runners in action. Stephen Brady continues on the comeback trail and finished in 21 mins while Una Browne followed her great run in Corofin last week with another very impressive 29 mins.
Tuam AC sent a team to Claregalway on Sunday to take part in a very worthwhile charity fundraising 5km race. Kathryn Casserly a well known runner from Castlegar and many times National champion is traveling to Africa soon and the race was in aid of the project. The Tuam team did particularly well with Tommy Joe Whyte finishing in 3rd place in 18:32. He was followed by Brendan Monaghan in 20:08 and a brilliant comeback run by Pat Flaherty in resulted in a time of 24:34.
The team also had the added bonus of running against a certain star of the future as 9 year old Shauna Bocquet from Ardrahan competed in her first ever road race as a wheelchair participant. Shauna finished in 28:09 and has a great future ahead of her and was an inspiration to all on Sunday.
There are a number of races taking place locally in the coming weeks including a 5K race in Claregalway on Sun 16th Sept @1.30pm which is being
organised by the many times All Ireland champion Kathryn Casserly. All of the proceeds of the race are going to Self Help Africa. Entries will be taken on the day for only €15 at Claregalway Community Centre.
The final race in the 2012 series takes place in Tuam next Tuesday evening at 8pm and will start and finish at the Ard Ri Hotel. As the series sold out once again in record time we are expecting almost 800 runners in Tuam and there will be a post race get together in the Ard Ri Hotel afterwards. The race will be one very quick lap of Kilcloghans and will be a great spectator event and the runners very much appreciate the support of the people of Tuam.
More information about the race is available here.
The running season really burst into life last week with the start of the 2012 5K Road Race series. The first race was in Newcastle, Athenry and a record crowd of 630 runners lined up in very unseasonal weather for the first day of summer. Tuam AC were very well represented and we had a few members making their debut in Tuam colours and also welcomed back runners returning from injury lay offs. The Newcastle course is tough but fair and the wind was very strong between 3 and 4km so times were expected to be a bit slower than previous years but that didn’t stop the Tuam runners from giving maximum effort all the way round.
Tommy Joe Whyte was the first Tuam AC runner home and he was followed by Tom Connelly who we were all absolutely delighted to see back running for Tuam again. Brendan Monaghan was the third Tuam AC runner and he was closely followed by three club mates who are improving all the time – David Watts making his debut in the green vest, Padraic Burke who was only one second behind him and Alan Thompson. All three ran extremely well and will surely get faster as the series goes on. There was also a very close battle between Sean O’Rourke, Aidan Brady and Michael McLoughlin with only 20 seconds between them and they were closely followed by the one and only Roger Rushe who has been running for Tuam AC for over 50 years and is an absolute legend in the running fraternity.
Tuam AC was also very well represented in the ladies race with Lorraine Steed making a fantastic comeback to serious racing, Maura Meenaghan proving that she is as good a runner as she is a cyclist only 3 days after completing the Croi 75 mile cycle around Lough Corrib. Maura was followed by Rachel Conlon who helped her Dublin Marathon preparations by posting a very good time. Claire Murphy who was also making her debut for Tuam AC ran an inspired race and is a great addition to the club and Ursula Brady was also in great form and was very happy with her time.
A special mention must go to Paddy Gilmore who is back in great form and ran a fantastic race and his time was over 5 minutes quicker than last year.
The action moves to Claregalway this week with a promise of better weather.
Online entries for the 2012 Galway May 5K Series will open tomorrow night on RunIreland at 8PM sharp. Those intending to enter are reminded to enter as soon as it opens, because entries for this event always sell out in a few hours. There will be a limit of 600 entries this year, and no on-the-night entries will be taken at any race.
The cost of the series is being kept at very reasonable €30, and for this you will get an entry to each race, and a series t-shirt for anyone who takes part in 5 or more races. To encourage volunteers, volunteering at your own club’s event counts as a race, and so you will still get a t-shirt if you do.
We at Tuam AC have decided to host the final race night this year, where T-Shirt collection will take place. The venue for collection will be announced shortly.
The dates, times and venues for the series are as follows:
Tuesday 1st May 2012 – Newcastle, Athenry @ 7:45pm
Tuesday 8th May 2012 – Claregalway @ 8:00pm
Tuesday 15th May – Loughrea, @ 8:00pm
Tuesday 22nd May – Craughwell, @ 8:00pm
Tuesday 29th May – Galway, @ 8:00pm
Tuesday 5th June – Tuam, @ 8:00pm
Good luck to everyone who takes part in this year’s series.