The 4th Annual running of the Craughwell AC 10 Mile Road Race took place recently and just like the Tuam AC 8K this is a race not to miss as Craughwell put on a great event which is very good value for money and a really enjoyable day out with a fantastic spread of tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes at the finish line. Tuam AC had a great day and had very strong men and women teams in attendance. The first Tuam runner home on Sunday was marathon specialist Gearoid Healy who finished in 61 mins and he was followed less than a minute later by the ever improving Tom Connelly.
The next three Tuam runners all finished on 67 mins and the first of the trio was Noel Igoe who was making a spectacular debut in a Tuam vest. Noel was delighted with his race and is sure to feature regularly on the Tuam team in the future after such a fine start. Ger Hartnett ran a great race after his recent sub 40 min 10k in Adare and he finished very strongly on Sunday. Brendan Monaghan also had a very good race taking almost two minutes off his previous 10 mile time at last years race and he is not getting any younger. Stephen Brady continued his preparation for his up-coming Ironman by running a very strong 73 mins and he was followed just a few minutes later by Mark Rabbitte who is in great form at the moment and really looking forward to the upcoming 5k series.
The first Tuam lady home was Maura Meenaghan who finished in 83 mins and knocked an incredible 9 mins off last years time and she was followed by her sister Assumpta and they were both racing just a week after running the 22 miles from Galway to Tuam. Andrea Ridge ran as well as ever and it was great to see Paddy Gilmore back in top form and flying around the 10 mile course. Kathleen Hogan completed the Tuam contingent.
Sunday saw the 3rd running of the Craughwell AC 10 mile road race which also incorporated the Galway County 10 mile championships. A massive crowd of well over 600 made their way to the start line at 1pm including a huge number of Mother’s who had decided to treat themselves to 10 miles of torture as a Mother’s Day treat.
Tuam AC was very well represented and our captain for the day Enda Mannion put in a breath taking performance when he finished in 11th place in 57 mins. Enda just keeps getting better and to finish so far up the field in the kind of company he did on Sunday was a superb effort. Gearoid Healy was the next Tuam runner home in 63 mins and he was followed by Brendan Monaghan in 69 mins. There was a great battle for the 4th place on the Tuam team between Ger Hartnett who was making his debut in a Tuam vest and stalwart Martin Hynes who is in great form at the moment. After 10 miles there was only 20 seconds between them as they both finished in 73 mins, Ger took the honours and also secured 3rd place and Bronze County medals for the Tuam AC team.
Padraic Burke ran a great race once again and he was followed by John Mongan who scored a massive personal best when he finished in 78 mins. Aiden Brady was the next Tuam runner home in 84 mins and his dedicated training has also paid off and he cannot wait for his next big race in two weeks time.
We were also very well represented by three of our ladies and they really do deserve credit as they are all fairly new to road running and we are pretty sure that this time last year they did not think they would be competing in 10 mile road races. Well they certainly stepped up to the plate on Sunday and blitzed Craughwell and everybody in Tuam should congratulate Maura Meenaghan, Assumpta Meenaghan and Ursula Brady. They were delighted with their own perfomances and did us all proud and represent everything that is good about athletics, running and most importantly Tuam.