On Tuesday evening (June 20) the Ballinrobe 5k took place. It was the final race in 2017 Mayo AC Vodafone C&C Cellular 5k Series and provided an exciting and successful conclusion to the Summer Series. It was also a Mayo AC Club League event with members competing for points, and league tables for the race plus last Saturday’s Ballyhaunis 8k will be published later in the week.
There were 203 finishers – best field of the Series – and once again there was a good representation of local club runners and fitness groups. Conditions were warm, overcast and a bit humid after a hot summer’s day. This relatively flat course produced many personal bests right through the field.
Michael Canty and Shaun McLaughlin – both winners during the Series – were out in front together all the way until the final 200 metres up a short rise to the finish line, when Canty moved ahead to win by three seconds in 16:08. David Hickey was third in 17:26.
Norah Newcombe made her first appearance in the Series and won the Women’s race in 19:01, 30 seconds ahead of Sarah Syron making it a Mayo AC 1,2, with Leah Toher third in 20:02.
Well done to all finishers and to Joan Walshe who led the Ballinrobe organising team and arranged an excellent Series After Party with refreshments provided in conjunction with Art O’Neill’s Pub, the event HQ.
Thanks to all who supported the event: Gardai, Order of Malta, and local volunteers, to all the other race organisers Ambrose Gaughan, John Timothy, Martin Fitzmaurice, and Ann McDonnell who also did a tremendous job co-ordinating the Series.
Thanks also to Graham, Catherine and the myrunresults team who facilitated the Series and provided excellent support to the race organisers.
Ballinrobe 5k first three:
Men 1 Michael Canty (Moy Valley AC) 16:08; 2 Shaun McLaughlin (Westport AC) 16:11; 3 David Hickey (Westport AC) 17:26.
Women: 1 Norah Newcombe (Mayo AC) 19:01; 2 Sarah Syron (Mayo AC) 19:31 3, Leah Toher (Lake District AC) 20:02
2017 Summer Series race winners and Series Prizes
Foxford: Sarah Syron (Mayo AC) 19:17, Richard Gorman (Sligo AC) 15:52
Ballyhaunis: Sarah Syron, 19:37, Michael Canty (Moy Valley AC) 16:10.
Castlebar: Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) 19:21, Shaun McLaughlin (Westport AC) 16:24
Claremorris: Sarah Syron 19:34, James Ryan (Mayo AC) 17:22
Ballinrobe: Norah Newcombe (Mayo AC) 19:01, Michael Canty (Moy Valley AC) 16:08
Summer Series Most Improved winners were:
Women: 1 Elaine McHugh, 2 Caroline McIntyre, 3 Pauline Carney, 4 Breda Varley, 5 Linda Birmingham
Men : 1 Steve Skillington, 2 Enda Molloy, 3 Luke Fleming, 4 Mark Diskin, 5 Ger Fahy/Peter Feerick.
Star Prize Draw for a weekend at Alcock & Brown Hotel Clifden, was won by Evin McHale.