Athletics Ireland announced a “new and improved route” which ironed out the previous course and satisfied both the flat earth fans and elevation police. Racing conditions were probably more of a factor with blustery cold wet weather crossing the country throughout the morning. The new route seemed to suit competitors and produce better times.
Eight of our 2018 finishers were in the starting line-ups alongside some competing in this event for the first time. We had three teams in action – women 35+, men 35+, and women 50+. The Athletics Ireland club runners field of over 550 was down on 2018 when over 800 competed.
Our runners put in a great effort and it looks like we have four women’s individual medals – Norah bronze W35, Colette gold W50, Pauline gold W60 and Mags silver W65 – and with these excellent performances our strong W50 team could also win medals when Athletics Ireland finalise championship results.
Norah Newcombe came to Dublin following an excellent win in Tubbercurry 10k on St Patrick’s Day. She ran another great race to be our first woman finisher in 37:11 leading the W35 team home . Colette Tuohy regained brilliant form and was her excellent 39:23 finish equalled her 2018 time. They were supported by strong runs from Paula Donnellan, Sheelagh McDonnell, Claire Murphy and Bernice McCartan.
Tony O’Malley has been busy racing this year and led the men’s 35+ team home running a great time 38:21 almost two minutes faster than last year.
John Nolan was just ten seconds behind Tony in another consistent perfomance, and were also brilliant runs by Ambrose Gaughan and by steadily improving Eugene McCartan who came home with a an great new pb 48:15
Women 50+ have consistently been our strongest and most successful team in this event in recent years and 2019 was no exception. They were led home by World Masters multi medalist Pauline Moran with another fantastic 10k time of 41:57. Her supporting trio Angela O’Connor, Ann Murray and Mags Glavey were close behind with exceptional finishes.
There are probably more PBs to report and we’ll hope to confirm them also.
Fair play to our sixteen members on their performances today.
Congratulations and well done to them all.
They will all get well deserved bonus points in the 2019 Club League.
(results/times are provisional).
We’ll update when Athletics Ireland publish official individual and team results.
MAYO AC Provisional results
The upcoming 2019 Mayo AC Club League events are the Kilmovee 10k next Saturday April 20, and the Run for Boylo 10k in Foxford on April 28.