The now World famous Connemaramarathon took place on Sunday. It is in fact three different races held on the same day starting at different points at different times and whichever race you are in you have to be incredibly brave and super fit. At least four members of Tuam AC took part (and possibly more as results keep coming in) and they all fit the bill. The first Tuam runner home was Enda Mannion who recorded one of the best results for many years for the club when he took 2nd place in the Half Marathon. We all knew that Enda would do well on Sunday as he is in fantastic form at the moment and he certainly lived up to our expectations. It was a very strong field of well over 2000 runners and well known Galway City Harriers runner Matt Bidwell won the race but he was closely followed by Enda who finished this incredibly tough race in 1hr 18 mins. It was a memorable result for the modest Dunmore man and well deserved. Anybody who has ever ran the course in Connemara will know just how difficult it is over the last four miles and that makes the result even more satisfying. Enda wasn’t the only Tuam runner who had a great race on Sunday. Padraic Burke had a spectacular run to finish in 1:40 and he was closely followed by Mark Dinkin in 1:43 and the Ironman himself John Mongan who smashed his previous best time by miles to finish in 1:49.
We also had a full team representing Tuam AC in the Berlin Half Marathon on Sunday and they were all in superb form. Steven Brady led the way finishing in 1:41, Michael McLoughlin was next in 1:47. Aiden Brady made a brilliant half marathon debut to finish in 1:51 and the Ladies team was also in great form with Katherine Antweiler running on home soil to finish in 2:02, followed by Andrea Ridge in 2:14 and Kathleen Hogan and Anne Brady who ran together to finish in just over two and a half hours. As we go to press the Tuam AC team is enjoying a well earned rest and plenty of sight-seeing.
Just when you think things can’t get much better news reached Tuam on Sunday afternoon that Dan O’Rourke finished 2nd in the Four Roads 10k race and just in case the adults were thinking they had the weekend to themselves two of our stars of the future Abdul Wahab and Rory Monaghan were representing Tuam AC at the All Irelands Indoor Championships in Nenagh. The two St Jarlath’s students were taking part in the Boys U16 Shot Putt event and considering the standards have increased dramatically in this Olympic year and many longstanding National records were smashed in Nenagh, especially in the Shot Putt. It was very satisfying to see Abdul finish in 5th place and Rory just one place behind him in 6th. Everybody in Tuam AC is proud of these two lads and all of our athletes who made it such a memorable weekend for the club.