Beautiful mild early Spring conditions greeted the large attendance of runners, joggers and walkers at The National Museum of Ireland at Turlough Park for the 12th annual hosting of the ever-popular Turlough 8k.
An amalgam of Parke Keelogues Crimlin GAA, Parke Keelogues Crimlin LGFA, Mayo AC, The National Museum of Ireland at Turlough Park and Mayo Mental Health Association partnered to promote this event.The challenging 8k course starts and finishes in the beautiful grounds of Turlough Park, passes by Turlough Round Tower towards the undulating countryside of the Parke and Turlough townlands, returning via Turlough Village to the finish line at Turlough House.
Conditions today were favourable, and some excellent times were recorded. Almost 400 entrants took part with participants travelling from near and far.
Congratulations to all who placed and all who participated.
Prizes were awarded in the these categories:
1st Dan Charlton Mayo AC 27:17
2nd Bryan Renton Westport AC 27:50
3rd John Byrne Mayo AC 28:37
1st Madeline O’ Donnell 35:23
2nd Dee Corcoran Mayo AC 35:38
3rd Helen Hopkins 36:14
1st Ray Clarke Mayo AC 33:00
Margaret Naughton 43:11
Male 15 – 18:
Matthew Kelly PKC GAA 30:47
Female 15 – 18:
Ailish Harte PKC LGFA 46:41
Niall Dunne from Mayo Mental Health Association spoke to the gathering assembled in the courtyard for post-race refreshments. He congratulated all for turning out in such great numbers. Niall reminded everyone that a positive approach to physical health is closely aligned to establishing and maintaining good mental health.
Patrick Dunne thanked the organising committee, volunteers, sponsors and all the Turlough 8k affiliated partners – Parke Keelogues Crimlin GAA Club, Mayo Mental Health Association, Mayo AC and the National Museum of Ireland – who make the event what it is today.
Patrick said that all funds raised from the event will go back into local community projects that aid mental health services and towards the continued development of PKC GAA club.
Well done to the organisers Frank Cloherty, Patrick Dunne and Niall Dunne.
Thanks also to Patrick Dunne for his event report and results file, which have been incorporated in this updated post.
Results file: Results_2024