Conditions were perfect for the Ballyhaunis 8k as summer sunshine spilled into autumn one week after the equinox. 80 runners lined up at the start on Saturday afternoon and raced downhill to the town centre and out around a rural loop through Pattenspark and Gorteen to finish on Doctor’s Road.
It was the 6th Annual Run West 8k and the penultimate race in 2013 Mayo AC C&C Cellular Road League. The 6th and final league race is the Breaffy
10k next Sunday 6th October at 1.30pm.
Roger Barrett was the clear winner in 26:00 finishing 40 seconds ahead of Ballina AC clubmate Michael Canty. Brendan Gill and David Tiernan came up the tough newly surfaced hill together at Gorteen to the 5k mark, but Gill headed home in third to extend his lead in the Road League. Tiernan looks like clinching second place in the league. He is now on 91 points after 4 races with Anto Devaney who finished fifth in the race on 95 after five. Women’s race winner was Ann Lennon making it five wins from five starts to ensure she is the 2013 Road League women’s champion. Colette Tuohy was second – as she is in the League – and Pauline Moran third, making it a masters top three finish. Joan Walsh was 4th and could finish 3rd in the league if Chris Gallagher does not finish in Breaffy. Ballyhaunis native, Frank Greally of the ‘Irish Runner’ magazine, presented memorial trophies in honour of Michael Waldron (to Roger Barrett) and Eamonn Healy (to Ann Lennon).
He also presented trophies to the top three Fit4Life finishers – Eileen Donnellan, Maura Gorman and Samantha Cleary
Martin Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Donnelly, Anne Cunnane and team did a great job organising the event, with the support of many local sponsors, Gardai, Order of Malta.
Full results file: Ballyhaunis Road Race 28th Sept 2013
Prizwinners: Ballyhaunis 8k, Race 5, Mayo AC C&C Cellular Road League,
1 Roger Barrett (Ballina AC) 26:00
2 Michael Canty (Ballina AC) 26:43
2 Brendan Gill (Mayo AC) 28:23
1 John Nolan (Claremorris) 30:12
2 Sean Murphy (Mayo AC) 30:27
1 Dominic Regan (Mayo AC) 32:21
2 Brendan Monaghan (Tuam AC) 33:15
1 Paddy Cole 45:10
1 Tadgh McGinty (Swinford AC) 30:04
1 Ann Lennon W45 (Mayo AC) 30:28
2 Colette Tuohy W40 (Mayo AC) 31.26
3 Pauline Moran W55 (Mayo AC) 34:47
1 Joan Walsh (Mayo AC) 35:44
2 Eileen Donnellan 41:26 (B’haunis F4L)
1 Jackie Fleming 36:05
2 Susan Gannon 38:21
1 Bernadette Morrin 40:43
2 Bernie McHugh (Mayo AC) 42:38
1 Margaret Glavey (Mayo AC) 37:04
2 Mary Keane (Fingallians) 47:25
1 Muriel Moran 54:03
1 Eileen Donnellan 41:26
2 Maura Gorman 42:18
3 Samantha Cleary 49:07
1st Local Grahame Cleary 31:40