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.
All roads led to Galway City on Saturday evening for the annual Streets of Galway 8k Road Race hosted by Galway City Harriers. Tuam AC were out in force and all of our runners were in good shape going into this race which attracts the best runners from all over Ireland as well as a number of international athletes. The mens race was won by the evergreen running legend Gerry Ryan who now runs with Craughwell AC although he is a former member of Tuam AC and won the race as a Tuam member back in 1999 and is still going as well as ever. Rosemary Ryan of Bilboa AC won the womens race for an incredible sixth time in 27 mins 10 secs.
The first Tuam AC runner home was Enda Mannion who is having a great season and finished in 27th place out of 2000 runners in 27 mins, he was followed by Tommy Joe Whyte and Dave Mullins who both ran very well and finished well under 30 mins. Brendan Monaghan finished well but he was chased all the way to the line by Jim Daly who it is great to see back racing for Tuam and Stephen Brady who is improving by the day. Martin Hynes ran a fantastic race and won his category well which was a great victory for the club and his great achievement was matched by club mate and Tuam AC stalwart Roger Rushe who came back from injury and still finished first. It is very hard to win any kind of prize in the Streets of Galway and for a relatively small club to win two categories outright and also have Tommy Joe and Dave Mullins finish 4th in their super competitive categories is a real bonus and testament to years of training and dedication.
Michael McLoughlin ran a superb race knocking over 5 minutes off last years time and John Mongan also ran a cracker and seemed to have an extra spring in his step all the way around, this was explained on Monday evening when his wife Delia gave birth to a Son and everybody in Tuam AC sends best wishes to Delia, John and all the Mongan family.
The ladies section of Tuam AC was very well represented by Elaine Fleming who is also just back from an injury lay off and Katherine Antweiler who would qualify as one of the above mentioned international athletes and could represent her native Germany but she is a very much valued member of Tuam AC and is definitely not on the transfer list at any price. Well done to all of our members.