Running: Flying Hamilton just misses out on Tuam Course record

The race’s hopefuls. Photo: Donal Glackin

The 10th annual Tuam 8k saw victory going to Paddy Hamilton of Annadale Striders. His winning time of 24.21 was just 11 seconds shy of the course record held by Sean Hehir.

Hamilton was on his own from the start, eventually finishing well clear of Stephen McKeigue from Ferbane who posted 26.56. Third was Fintan Hyland of Galway City Harriers in 27:07.

Regina Casey of GCH finished in exactly 30 minutes to win the women's race, with Colette Tuohy of Mayo AC second in 30:54 and third place going to Ann Lennon of Mayo AC in 31:00.

Tuam's own Roger Rushe (75) clocked a highly respectable time of 41:53.

CUDDIHY LAUNCHES 'RUN MOUNT JULIET'

Olympian and Kilkenny native Joanne Cuddihy visited the Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown this week to announce that the club's charity running event 'Run Mount Juliet' is to return for a second year.

Taking place on Saturday, February 15, the event consists of three races; a 3k, a 10k and a half-marathon.

Linked to this event, one of three Kilkenny charities will be the lucky recipient of a 2014 Toyota Yaris. Race participants are invited to vote for one of three charities, and the charity with the most votes will receive the keys to the Toyota Yaris on race day.

The three chosen charities as nominated by the staff of Mount Juliet are: Cois Nore which raises funds for cancer support in Kilkenny, GROW, a mental health organisation, and St Patrick's Centre, which provides residential care for people with an intellectual disability.

Runners will start each race in the magnificent grounds of the Georgian Mount Juliet Estate.

"I'm delighted to support such a fantastic event which helps three local charities doing such great work in Kilkenny," Joanne Cuddihy said.

For more information and to cast a vote, visit www.runmountjuliet.ie

Irish Independent

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