Today was a unique, exciting, and historic St Patrick’s Day for Tubbercurry as the 50th edition of annual 10k was held. The first edition of the race was scheduled for St Stephen’s Day in 1973 but was cancelled due to snow.
The 10k is a tough but fair one lap test. After a lap of the town, the field heads out Mountain Road and on past Lovers Lane to the half way point at Moylough and then it’s up and down until the classic fast 500 metre downhill through Emmett St to finsh line gantry on Wolf Tone Square.
Conditions were good for running – light rain, 12°C and a breeze out around the rural roads. Nothing that curbed the enthusiasm of runners or supporters. .
Andrew Coscoran led off from the start and had put some distance between himself and the field up the Mountain Road in the first 2k. Reports from the course that he was on track for a great time were communicated back to excited crowds at the finish line by race MC Feidhlim Kelly.
Then as the huge crowd waited in excited anticipation, Coscoran appeared round the corner of Emmett St and flew across the finish line in 29:30 – a new course record.
In third was former winner Emmett Dunleavy Sligo AC in 33:01 – his first 10k in five years.
Well done too to Ronnie Naylor who ran 21:57 in the 5k event, won by Ben Clavin Corran AC 17:09