The fourth race in 2016 Mayo AC Vodafone C&C Cellular 5k Series took place in Ballinrobe this evening. There were 182 finishers (100 women), and once again a good selection of local club runners competing. Finishing times were once again the fastest in the Series. This flat course produced many personal bests right through the field. Eamonn Staunton led home a Westport trio for another fine Series win in 16:00.
Joe Hastings and Brendan Conway were next in – both under 17
Catherine Conway ran in her first 2016 series race and won by almost a minute from Kathy Gleeson (18:53 her fastest so far) who had won the previous three. Catherine’s finish time 17:57 was also the fastest so far in the series indicating she is in great form. Third home in 20:34 was Mary Mulchrone who was first Baxter woman finisher in the Mayo AC Streets of Castlebar 5k in March when she ran 22:29. That’s almost two minutes faster – probably a pb and definitely a major improvement. Well done to all finishers and to Joan Walsh who led the Ballinrobe organising team.
Men 1 Eamonn Staunton (Westport AC) 16:00; 2 Joe Hastings(UCDAC) 16:40; 3 Brendan Conway (Westport Tri Club) 16:53.
Women: 1 Catherine Conway (Mayo AC) 17:57; 2 Kathy Gleeson (Claremorris) 18:53; 3, Mary Mulchrone 20:34
The final 5k series race is at Castlebar next Tuesday, June 21 at 8 pm. Registration from 6:30 at The Harlequin Hotel. entry 10 Euro.
Afterwards the end of Series party will be held in Mulroy’s Pub in Main Street. Anyone who has registered for the series can collect their party voucher at race entry registration.
On Saturday last June 11, the annual Run for Ollie took place in Milltown. Norah Newcombe led a Mayo podium in the women’s race with a clear win in 38:08 – a great run recovering from the Cork City Half on the previous monday. Kathy Gleeson continued her 5k series form to finish second 39:38, with Ann Lennon third in 41:07. Our other finishers included Paddy Walsh 41:05, James Malone 41:41, Owen Mongan 46:51, Ann Marie Clarke 49:51, John Stead 52:52, 53:10, Bernie McHugh 53:10
Also on Saturday last, Una McGrath ran 61.20 (61.11 chip) in the annual Enniskillen 10k. This year about 600 metres were added to route for safety /traffic reasons in the vicinity of the Lakeland Forum finish area. The exact race distance has not been confirmed. Besides the heat it was reported to be a very enjoyable and well organised race. John Byrne has been a top prizewinner in many races over the years. He took home a flat screen tv when he won this race early in the 21st century.