The exceptional finishing times of both Ann Lennon and Paula Prendergast at the National Half can in part be attributed to their preparation in fast 5/10k races in the run up to Dublin. Ann improved in every 5k of the recent Summer Series and in Balla 10k. Paula has been taking part in the Marlay Parkrun 5ks every saturday morning in Dublin. Last Saturday (10th) she was second woman finisher in 18:56 beating her previous PB in this event two weeks ago by 12 seconds. Training tip: if you want to run faster longer – run also in fast shorter races.
After their Half Marathon heroics last Monday, our women were back on the road Sat evening (10th) and dominated the Ballina 10k women’s results. Ann Lennon in flying form won in 37:19, over two and a half minutes better than her 2012 time and just 3 seconds outside Mary Gleeson’s 2012 winning time. Colette Tuohy 2nd 38:30, Mary Gleeson 3rd 38:53. Chris Gallagher W45 41:44, Pauline Moran W55 43:48, Joan Walsh W40 44:09, Margaret Glavey W60 45:55 AnnMarie Staunton 47:19.
Race winner was Michael Canty (Ballina AC) 33:53. Our top men finishers included Brendan Gill 4th 35:13, 6th Anto Devaney 36:26, 7th Brendan Hession 37:18, Ambrose Gaughan 41:26
(117 finishers) results are at http://www.precisiontiming.net/result/racetimer
In the Streets of Galway 8k Women’s race, Catherine Conway finished a creditable fifth in 29:54. TJ McHugh 28:51 and Sean Murphy 29:46 were among the top Mayo AC finishers. There may be more among the 2032 finishers.
Full provisional results are at http://www.galwaycityharriers.com/