Boston, the North Pole and Galway

Everybody in Tuam AC was very sad to see the terrible explosions at the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday and we know that many runners travel from Ireland each year to take part in the oldest marathon in the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody at this time.

On a happier note Tuam AC had a double celebration with Ian Egan making history by running the toughest marathon in the world at the North Pole where he ran 26.2 miles in -28C and had to make sure he was wearing the correct gear to avoid frostbite and hypothermia and also needed armed guards to keep a lookout for Polar bears. It was a magnificent feat to complete this race as it is hard to describe just how difficult the conditions are to run in. We are also delighted to report that the race was won by his good friend Gary Thornton of GCH and both of them are former winners of the Tuam 8k race. Ian returned from the North Pole late last week and still had enough energy to run the New Inn 5k race on Sunday where he finished 5th overall in 18 mins and won his category.

Tuam AC were also celebrating Enda Mannions big win on Saturday when he finished first at the Cope 8k race in Galway. It is great to see Enda back in top form and he is really looking forward to the 5k series.

Limerick: Marathon and Half-Marathon

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.

Washes go well in Longford

Tuam AC is celebrating other great results in the last week including Seamus Walsh 3h 38min Marathon in Longford. Seamus had trained well for this race and was in good shape and had reached 20 miles in 2h 30 mins. Everything was looking good but as all marathon runners know anything can happen in the later stages of a marathon and injury struck with only 5 miles to go. Seamus was in severe pain but he is as tough as they come and was determined to finish the race and ran through the pain barrier to finish in a very impressive time. Sharon Walsh also competed in the half marathon and ran a fine race finishing in 1h 50 mins and they are both looking forward to the Dublin Marathon next month.