Rio Marathon Man wins Tuam 8K

The annual Tuam AC 8K had an international flavour to it on Sunday with the participation in and winning of the race by Lithuanian marathon runner and Rio competitor, Valdas Dopolskas. Representing Balbriggan AC, Valdas finished the race in 24:47, almost a minute ahead of the second place finisher, Liffey Valley AC’s Peter Arthur, who completed the course in 25:37. GCH’s Matt Bidwell was third in a time of 26:09.

The dry, windless day made for excellent running conditions on our fast, flat course, with many runners improving on last year’s times, and with over 20 runners completing the 8K in under 30 minutes. The women’s race was won by Calry AC’s Zola Flynn in a time of 31:58. Second and third places went to Athenry AC – Yvonne Fehilly finishing in 33:08 and Mary Kealy completing the course in 35 minutes flat, and helping Athenry AC to take the women’s team prize. Bernie Mulryan and Caroline Freeney completed the victorious Athenry AC team.

We are delighted to report that the men’s team prize was won by the Tuam AC team of Michael Flanagan, Paul Kearney, Daire Comer and Brian Lalor. Tuam AC also won the F60 (Andrea Ridge), F70 (Kathleen Hogan) and M50 (Murt Fallon) category prizes.

The full list of results is available here, and a video giving a flavour of the before, during and aftermath of the race is available here.

Tuam AC wish to express our thanks to everyone who came and supported our race today. Sincere thanks also to all the volunteers who willingly give their time every year.

We hope to see you at the National Intermediate Cross Country Championships in Tuam this coming weekend.

Tuam AC 12th Annual 8k Road Race

Thank you to the almost 400 athletes who took part in our 12th annual 8k road race on Sunday 17th. It was a cold and showery day. The top two men were Gary Thornton GCH in 24.22 followed by Matthew Bidwell GCH in 25.54 and Michael O’Connor GCH finishing 3rd in 27.10.

Regina Casey GCH won the women’s race in a time of 29.09. Zola Flynn from Calry AC in Sligo finished 2nd in 31.43 and Clare Rowe GCH crossed the line in 3rd palce in a time of 31.47.

Team prizes went to GCH who finished 1st in both the men’s and ladies races. Craughwell finished 2nd in the men’s race while Tuam finished 2nd in the ladies race.

Sean Burke and Ann Maire Miskell were first Tuam AC members home and both were awarded silverware for their achievements. There were almost 50 Tuam AC members that ran the race with some of them running 8k for the first time. Teresa O’Dea, Alma Finnegan, Andrea King Claus and Rory O’Connor were some of our members that ran 8k for the first time. Rory was particularly delighted with his achievement and is already eyeing up the race calendar to pick his next race. Well done to all first timers!

Tuam AC would like to offer sincere thanks to the army of volunteers who help us every year and Tuam Gardai, The Order of Malta Tuam, The Mercy Secondary school and St Jarlath’s College. Tuam AC would also like to say a BIG thank you to the ladies who helped with the after race refreshments, Patricia Monaghan, Mary O’Neill, Vergie Sweeney, Lisa Warren, Fiona Lardner and Eileen Moran.

We hope to see you all running again in our 13th annual 8k road race in 2017.

Tuam AC 8K Road Race – Full Report

Another memorable day in Tuam with the 10th Anniversary road race on Sunday.

The day got off to a great start when 181 juveniles took part in the kids fun run in superb conditions on the splendid 560m track at St Jarlath’s College. The fun run was exactly 1000m which meant almost 2 laps of the famous walks and the overall winner was Emma Loftus from Crossmolina who is a member of the Scully family from Tuam and two of her cousins were in the top 6 of the 8k race an hour later. Cian Mullins was the first boy to finish and he was just behind Emma at the finish and they both ran well under 4 mins which is top class juvenile running for 1000m.

The adults had a lot to live up to after the kids race and with almost 500 at the start line on Dublin Road it was a spectacular sight. Paddy Hamilton made the long journey to Tuam from Belfast and was determined to win the race that he finished second in 2012. He was only beaten on that occasion by reigning All Ireland Marathon champion Sean Hehir and he made sure nobody was going to beat him yesterday as he ran very strongly right from the start and had opened a commanding lead by the time he had reached Tuam Celtic Park heading towards Cloonthue. A phone call from the halfway mark confirmed that he passed the 4k mark in exactly 12 mins and he piled on the pressure all the way in the Athenry Road to finish in 24.21. He was followed by Stephen McKiegue from Ferbane who was 2nd in 26.57 and Fintan Hyland of GCH completed the top three.

The ladies race was also a superb battle as Regina Casey, a great supporter of the Tuam 8k won the race for her first time in exactly 30 mins and she was followed by Collette Tuohy of Mayo AC in 2nd place and last years winner Anne Lennon was in 3rd place.

The massive field of almost 500 runners were treated to a bottle of water kindly supplied by Clada water and a fantastic range of fresh fruit supplied by Curley’s Fruit and Veg.

There was a very wide range of category prizes on offer in all age groups but two of the victories were particularly sweet for Tuam AC. Ian Egan won the M45 category – he was also the first Tuam AC runner home and won the Harold Campbell Cup for 2014. Ian was also the overall winner of the first ever Tuam 8k back in 2005 and this year he was also the main sponsor of the Tuam 8k as his company SportsPoint very generously sponsored the race. Ian is not just a talented runner he is also a gifted sports therapist whose magic hands have cured many injuries and keeps many runners in action when injury threatens.

The other big category winner was Roger Rushe who celebrated his 75th birthday just two days before the race and ran a world class time of 41 mins for the 8k course. His clubmates honoured him with a surprise birthday cake after the race and he really is an inspirational figure for everybody involved with athletics throughout Ireland and a great ambassador for Tuam.

Full results of the Tuam 8K are available here, and numerous photos are available on various Facebook pages and other social media.

It is not possible to thank everybody here who helped out on Sunday, but everybody at Tuam AC is extremely grateful to anyone who helped in any way at all. It is a real community effort and we are genuinely very grateful for all of the help and support we receive from so many people each year.

Roll on 2015!

Tuam AC 8K 2014 – Preliminary Results

Thank you very much to the over 450 finishers who took part in today’s race. Thankfully the rain managed to hold off until the race was nearly over.

Congratulations to our race winner Paddy Hamilton of Annadale Striders who, in finishing in 24:21 was out on his own by over two and a half minutes until the next runner, Stephen McKeigue of Ferbane (26:56).

First Tuam AC runner to finish was M45 category winner Ian Egan in 29:14.

First woman home was GCH’s Regina Casey in a dead-on 30 minutes.

Finally for now, a special mention must go to Tuam AC’s Roger Rushe, who just recently celebrated his 75th birthday and who came home in a fantastic 41:53.

We’ll have more analysis later, but for now, a full list of preliminary results is available here.

Bert Gillard 8K 2013

There was a great turnout for the Tuam RFC Bert Gillard memorial 8k on Sunday morning with over 200 runners and walkers taking part and the weather cleared just in time for the start. Nenagh brothers Gary and Shane Scully took off at a lightning pace in the town where most of their extended family still live. The well known top class tri-athletes kept the foot to the floor all the way around the town and there was less than a minute between them at the end of the race.

Dan O’Rourke was the first Tuam AC runner home finishing in 4th place and he also won the M40 category. There was a great battle for the M50 category as Dominic Regan of Mayo AC and Brendan Monaghan of Tuam AC went head to head again after their recent Ballyhaunis race. However, there was to be no revenge this time for the Tuam man as Dominic came out on top again, finishing in 5th place overall in a time of 31:06. He was followed by Brendan in a very respectable 31:20.

Pat Flaherty ran a massive race to win the M60 category in 35 mins and Una Browne was also amongst the winners.

Well known Clare River Harriers runner Kevin O’Dea of Rusheens finished in 7th place after a very good run and is now looking forward to the Corofin 8k and the Fields of Athenry on St Stephens Day.

John Stapleton and John Mongan warmed up for their big trip to Dublin next weekend where they will be joined by Stephen Brady for the 120 mile cycle and Dublin City Marathon and we wish them all well in the event and in their fundraising for the Car for Shane project.

Hilary Moloney and Olivia Fitzpatrick were in superb form and there was a number of other Tuam AC members in action on a very enjoyable day.

Tuam 8k Road Race 2013

Sunday January 20th was another record breaking day in North Galway with almost 750 competitors taking part in the Tuam Road Race festival.

The first event was the very popular children’s fun run and almost 150 competitors lined up on a new course in St Jarlath’s College at 1.30pm. Weather conditions were almost perfect apart from a slight chill but that didn’t stop the children who took off at a great pace and made light work of the 1km route around the famous St Jarlath’s football pitches where many an All Ireland champion learned his trade. Indeed the huge crowd of spectators watching Sunday’s event could well have been watching future champions. The first boy home was Tiernan Burke of Athenry AC and the first girl was Niamh O’Connor who made the long journey from Celbridge Co Kildare to run in Tuam. As we say in Tuam AC, the children were all winners on the day and they received well deserved medals and goody bags for their efforts.

After the children’s race the serious action got under way at 2.30pm when over 600 runners, joggers and walkers lined up on the Dublin Rd to take part in the 8K race. People had traveled from all over Ireland and we also had competitors from Northern Ireland and the UK. The leaders took off at a serious pace and headed down the Stockwell-Purcell Rd before crossing the railway line and heading out to Cloonthue via Tirboy watched by an enthusiastic local crowd who gave great support. The lead group passed the 3km mark in a fraction over 9 minutes and the three time former winner of the race Gerry Ryan of Craughwell AC had opened a small gap on Matt Bidwell of GCH and Stephen McKiegue of Ferbane. As they passed the halfway mark and turned back towards Tuam on the Athenry Rd they finally had the wind at their backs and pushed hard all the way to the finish line outside Arus Mhuire. Gerry Ryan was triumphant once again to claim his fourth victory in Tuam finishing in 25:48 and he was followed by Matt Bidwell in 25:58 and Stephen McKiegue in 26:57.

The first Tuam AC runner home was Enda Mannion who retained the cup he won last year and he was delighted as he has only recently returned from injury. Enda finished in 28:57.

The ladies race was also a very hotly contended affair with Mary Gleeson in superb form to win again following last years success. Mary finished in 29:37 and she was followed by well known Milltown runner Colette Tuohy in 30:32 and a fantastic run from the young GCH athlete Caoimhe Daniels who finished third in 31:40.

The standard of the race was very high once again with 26 runners finishing under 30 mins and the rest of the field was not far behind. The full results are available here and the organizers of the race would like to thank everybody who took part and the army of volunteers who made it all possible. As usual the proceeds of the race goes towards the juvenile section of the club and we are extremely grateful for the support of everybody. Roll on 2014 for our 10th Anniversary.