Connacht cross country Loughrea 2018 (photo credit John S O’Connor)

Mayo AC would like to offer their condolences on the passing of club member Ann Murray to her husband Paddy, sons Daniel and Lorcan, brothers and sisters, and extended family and friends.

Ann was a proud and dedicated member of Mayo AC over many years. She trained hard to be the best she could be in the sport she loved.

Her husband Paddy was one of the great distance runners of his day. His achievements inspired Ann to take up athletics and through dedication and training she also achieved a high standard and considerable success.

She took part in many local races and when not running helped local event organisers. Over the years Ann won numerous championship medals, and this success was at County, Provincial and National level.

She ran in cross country, track, and road events in individual and team competition in a range of distances from 800 metres to the marathon.

She was a valued member of Mayo AC’s formidable and successful masters women’s team. They travelled together in a spirit of sporting fun, competitiveness, and camaraderie to Athlone, Tullamore, Dublin, Dundalk and many other venues to compete as individuals and represent the club in teams.

Her achievements have contributed greatly to the success of Mayo AC.

Over the years Ann was a regular recipient of an Achievement Award at the annual Mayo Athletics County Board Awards.

In April this year she was a vital member of the Mayo AC W50 team who won gold at the National 10k championships in the Phoenix Park. Ann ran an excellent race finishing in 45:08.

Ann was kind, helpful, and supportive to those starting out in athletics. She was always keen to share her experience with training groups and those in the local athletics community.

Smiling, unassuming, inspirational, friendly – are some of the words those who knew her have used to describe Ann.

She will be sadly missed by all of her clubmates both in Mayo AC and in the wider athletics family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

May she rest in peace.

***Mayo Athletic Club members or of any AC: are requested to meet on Monday evening (September 23) at Clarke’s Funeral Home Foxford (F26 TH27) to form a guard of honour for Ann as removal takes place to St Michael’s Church nearby.

Please check in with Sarah Syron and assemble by 7.15pm ahead of removal