Tuam AC had two competitors in the Galway Bay Half marathon on Saturday morning last. This race is run on a nice flat course but the winds off Galway Bay can play havoc with your race plans and it is not a course that you would expect to run a personal best, this did not stop the two Tuam runners doing extremely well as Stephen Brady was back in race action just 3 weeks after completing a Full Ironman and Sean O’Morain clocked up yet another Half Marathon and this distance really has become his specialist event in 2013.
Tuam AC had a great night at the Streets of Galway 8k road race and well over 2000 runners of all abilities started at 7pm sharp from the new start area on Fr Griffin Road. The new start, which was needed to accommodate the massive record crowd, worked very well and everybody got up to speed very quickly as they headed to Eyre Square via Merchants Rd.
The very fast first kilometre stretched the field out nicely but the entire road was packed with runners all the way back towards Salthill via University road and Cookes Corner. Everybody turned right at the 4km halfway mark and encountered the only hill on the course as they headed up to Pearse stadium, but it was all downhill past Leisureland and back to Seapoint for the final 2km to the finish line at South Park in the Claddagh.
Irish Olympian Mark Keneally was the winner in 23.47 with Freddy Kerron Sittuk of Kenya in 2nd place. Siobhan O’Doherty of Borrisokane AC was the first lady home in a very impressive 26.49.
Tuam AC were also amongst the winners as Ian Egan fresh from his triumph in the Garrafrauns to Dunmore race won the M45 category and Tommy Joe Whyte was 2nd in the M50 category. It is not easy to win a category prize in the Streets of Galway as runners travel from all over the country and there are plenty of international runners taking part as well.
Tuam AC also had a number of runners recording personal bests including Mark Rabbitte who had a superb run and Maura and Assumpta Meenaghan who both ran personal bests and celebrated long into the night in Quay Street. Other notable performances came from Peter Tierney and it was great to see Rory Brennan back in serious action for Tuam AC and he is training hard for the Athlone Half Marathon in a few weeks time.
Kathryn Antweiler returned to road running after her recent victories on the track and Hilary Moloney was also in great form as was Una Browne who even interrupted her holiday to return to Galway for the race – now that’s real dedication!
One of our greatest ever runners Roger Rushe missed the race this year due to injury but he is determined to be there next year and he was very well represented on Saturday by his two daughters Audrey Greaney and Caroline Mahon who really did him and Tuam AC proud as they flew around the course and finished very strongly.
Someone who could not run the Streets of Galway because he had volunteered as a marshall was Michael McLoughlin. Earlier in the week he and Brendan Monaghan travelled to Athenry for their annual club 5K championships and we were absolutely delighted when he was the first guest across the line and received his prize from Philip Magnier.
Saturday August 7th saw the annual running of one of the biggest events in the West of Ireland, the Steets of Galway. A massive crowd of over 2000 people started the race in the Claddagh on a warm and humid evening and amongst the Tuam contingent were Tommy Joe Whyte, Tom Connelly, Dave Mullins and Stevie Joyce who all ran well. Roger Rushe and Martin Hynes were in great form and won their categories in some style. Mark Dinkin was also in action and a great run from Paddy Gilmore. Our ladies were also in great form with a fantastic run from Ann Marie Miskell who is having a great season, Kathryn Antweiler, Maura Meenaghan and Andrea Ridge were also in action and we were delighted to see Hilary Moloney running so well.
The Steets of Galway turned into a real family affair for one Tuam family as Seamus and Sharon Walsh two well known Tuam athletes were joined by their son Jack for the 8K race and he is definitely following in their footsteps as they all ran extremely well.