A brilliant day for Mayo AC at National 10 mile championships

Colette, Mags, Elisha and Pauline at National 10 mile

In the Phoenix Park this morning we were represented by four athletes in the Athletics Ireland National 10 mile championships. The race was third in the 2019 Irish Runner Series, all of which were are Athletics Ireland championships – 5k in May and 5 mile in June.

Our three masters women champions Colette Tuohy W50, Pauline Moran W60 and Mags Glavey W65 were joined by new senior member Elisha De Mello.

Elisha is a member of Rugby & Northampton  AC and currently studying at Edinburgh University . Elisha’s mother is from the  Foxford area and he was keen to join Mayo AC and compete in this 10 mile championships – his first race in Ireland.

He’s having a great season as shown by his recent pbs over various distances on track and road. These include 53:07 in Motherwell 10 mile in March, and last week on the track 15:09 in 5,000 metres in Rugby on July 3, and 8:44.84 over 3,000 in Birmingham last Saturday.
Add to that a 31:12 10k in 2016 and you have an idea of the standard this talented athlete has achieved so far.

Mayo AC’s Elisha De Mello crosses the line in 6th place in National 10 mile

So in the Phoenix Park he was going for his third pb in 10 days. He found it difficult to get into race pace in the early miles, and had some stomach issues at halfway during the hilly Khyber Pass section. However, he stuck in bravely and came home in a brilliant 6th place overall in another new pb 52:05. Elisha says he enjoyed the day, especially meeting up with Mayo AC folks!

The race winner was David Flynn (Clonliffe Harriers AC) in 49:55. The women’s race was won by Niamh Clifford (Star of the Laune AC) in 59:58.

Colette finishing strongly in National 10 mile

Colette Tuohy led our masters women home with a wonderful run finishing 9th overall and first W50 in 65:44. That was over three minutes faster than her time in the Castlebar 10 a few weeks ago.

Pauline Moran continued her fantastic year with a magnificent performance finishing 17th overall and first W60 in a brilliant new sub 70 pb – 69:14. That’s two minutes quicker than Castlebar 10. She was just 15 seconds ahead of Patricia Brown (Newry City Runners) – second W60 in 69:29.

Pauline flying to a 69:14 pb in the park

Mags Glavey also ran a  great race finishing strongly in 80:18, third W65 behind Eileen Kenny who came home in  76:25. Mags ran 82:16 in Run West Ballyhaunis 10 last month.

It looks like two gold and a bronze for our masters women who also ran away with the W50 team category gold with their combined time of 3:35.51.
It was another successful day for the club – well done to all four who represented us and ran so brilliantly. Huge congratulations to medal winners Colette, Pauline and Mags.
Provisional AI results are included here:

https://www.myrunresults.com/events/irish_runner_10_mile_2019/2994/results