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.
The first ever running of the Athlone Flatline Half Marathon took place on Saturday. Tuam AC dispatched Tom Connelly to the Westmeath town and he finished the 13.1 mile course in 1hr 24mins. Another great run from Tom on a very windy day.
The National Half Marathon is one of the most prestigious races on the calender and this year we were very lucky that our great neighbours in Athenry AC were awarded as hosts. This race is exactly what it says on the tin, the best runners from all over Ireland made their way to Athenry on Sunday to compete in the All Ireland Championship and medals were on offer for all of the different age categories but it would be very hard for any club to leave with any medals as the competition is fierce. At the end of the day Tuam AC were delighted to leave with at least three All Ireland medals, as some results are still coming to hand, and we would all like to congratulate All Ireland Champion Kathleen Hogan and our two Silver medallists Andrea Ridge and Martin Hynes.
There were a number of other outstanding performances on Sunday including Ger Hartnett who was running his second half marathon in a week, Siobhan Ryan who made a last minute decision to run and absolutely flew around the course to be the first Tuam lady home. Hilary Maloney also put in a great performance along with Kathryn Antweiller and our two great sisters Maura and Assumpta Meenaghan who were running their first half marathon and made it look very easy. A special mention must go to our Chairman Paddy Gilmore who ran a great race and was just outside of the medals in his category.
Almost 500 competitors lined up in Athenry which is a major achievement for athletics in County Galway as almost 2500 competitors were taking part in the Galway Ironman at the same time on Sunday so we must be well on the way to being the fittest County in Ireland. In fact many of our own members were taking part in the Ironman and all did extremely well.
All roads lead to Athenry this weekend as the National Half Marathon championships of Ireland take place in the town on Sunday morning. Athenry AC are the host club this year and they are no strangers to organizing major events as they host one of Galway’s biggest and most successful road races every year on St Stephens Day and they also recently held the All Ireland 10k championships.
Online entry is available via the Athletics Ireland website for only €20 which is great value for a half marathon and a limited number of entries will be available on the morning of the race in Athenry. Everybody is welcome in Athenry on Sunday and every runner, jogger and walker should take the opportunity to compete in an All Ireland championship and enjoy the experience. Full details are avaiable at www.athenryac.com or www.athleticsireland.ie
Tuam AC was very well represented at The Limerick Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday. Ger Hartnett made the brave decision to tackle the ultimate endurance test for most runners when he took part in the full marathon and finished in under 4 hours which is a great personal achievement. 26.2 miles is an awful long way to run and Ger proved that hard training and dedication pays off and everybody in the club would like to congratulate him. We would also like to congratulate Martin Hynes a longtime stalwart of Tuam AC who ran a blistering half marathon to finish in 1hr 38mins. We are still waiting on the official results, but we are all hoping that Martin will win his category. He recently finished 3rd in the Masters All Ireland Cross Country Championships.
Good Luck to all of our members taking part in the Connemara Marathon on Sunday and to our full Men’s and Ladies Teams who will be representing Tuam AC in the Berlin Half Marathon on Sunday. Kommen auf Tuam.