Tarmonbarry is a village on the N5 in Co Roscommon, a few miles west of Longford town. It’s a familiar landmark for us in the West mostly because of its ‘crossing the Shannon’ location – a ‘bridge over troubled waters’ for many sporting east-west journeys. The local GAA club St Barry’s organise an annual half marathon and it has been a popular Dublin marathon preparation run for many Mayo AC members over the years. It’s usually a low key race, one lap course on quiet roads with a fairly flat first half and a tough section after 6 miles as the route loops back towards the Shannon. In the past it was the only local stepping stone race of choice three weeks before Dublin. Last Sunday three members who ran there in 2014 returned and competed in the 33rd annual event. Ambrose Gaughan finished in 1:44.30, Owen Mongan 1:40:26 and Ann Marie Staunton was second woman home in 1:40.05. Well done to all three. There were 50 finishers. Results attached below.
Chatting to Christy O’Malley recently, and reeling in the years if not the miles, we were recalling one of the Tarmonbarry Half days when John Byrne came home the winner. John thought he was well in front passing the 8 mile mark when he was surprised to see a couple of clubmates ahead – they’d mistakenly cut through the course at Scramoge Cross instead of heading down the hill for a kilometre towards Strokestown before turning off homeward to attack the uphill section at 6 miles.The two lads were surprised too to hear John’s fast approaching strides.
Our photo from Tarmonbarry (7.10.2007) shows a few of us on a Dublin Marathon preparation day. John Byrne’s winning time was 72:47, and among our other prizewinners on the day were Billy Gallagher 82:51 and Tom Hunt 84.41 – first and second o50 respectively. We can’t find a full list of finishing times.Three weeks later four from the photo group ran Dublin: John 2:35.23, Anto Devaney 2:52.36, Tom Hunt 3:04.39, Christy O’Malley 3:54.02.