Tuam AC would like to congratulate the well over six hundred participants who took part in the final leg of yet another successful 5K series in Tuam. The passing shower didn’t dampen the spirits of the runners on what was otherwise a great evening for running – not too warm(!) and not too windy.
Unfortunately, due to exceptional traffic levels, a number of runners seemed to have missed the start of the race – we’re sorry but this was due to circumstances beyond our control and arose from other events taking place in Tuam.
The 5K series goes from strength to strength with record numbers participating and entries closing in minutes. The proceeds of the series go towards a very good cause – the funding of juvenile and adult athletics in County Galway.
We would like to thank the volunteers from all the clubs who helped to make the series such a success. Thanks to the series organisers and, in particular, to Mick Rice.
We hope you all enjoyed the series this year, and hopefully we’ll all be back next year for another round of this great set of events. In the meantime, you can find the results of the Tuam leg on Red Tag Timing, or here, and there are some photos here.
The final leg of the Galway 5k series will be hosted by TuamAC this (Tuesday) evening. If you aren’t running, any help would be greatly appreciated. If you are running, bring a friend, and we will give them a job. Please come along to the Ard Ri Hotel at 7PM and make yourself known to race director, Brendan Monaghan.
For Tuam AC club members, there will be a marshalls meeting in the Ard Ri Hotel @ 6:30 PM.
The race itself starts @ 8PM. Please arrive early to collect your series T-Shirt and to ensure you will get a good parking place. Good luck to all participants and enjoy the end of series party afterwards. There is a race FAQ here.
Best of luck to all Tuam AC members running the Galway 5k Series. This series starts next Tuesday 28th April and continues every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks. It will be held in Athenry, Loughrea, Craughwell, Claregalway, Galway City and finishing up in Tuam on 2nd June. Please submit your race results/reports to Sean our Club PRO.
The 2013 5k series sold out in a record time of 35 mins last Thursday evening and it is hard to believe that 800 people could sign up so quickly for this incredibly popular series. The final race will be in Tuam once again on Tues 4th June at 8pm and it will be a night to remember.
The very welcome stretch in the evenings has made life much easier for the numerous runners around Tuam and it is great to see them all out and in such good form. The 5K series is not far away and the 800 places on offer will surely sell out in minutes this year. Full details will be announced here as soon as possible.
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.