Ballyhaunis Fit4Life 8k results

Ballyhaunis winners: Kathy Gleeson 1st woman, John Nolan 1st man, Paul Reynolds 2nd, Neil Carroll 3rd, Martin Fizmaurice (Race Organiser) Michael McGrath & PJ Hall (Mayo AC), Sarah Syron 3rd, Ann Lennon 2nd

Ballyhaunis winners: l-r: Kathy Gleeson 1st woman, John Nolan 1st man, Paul Reynolds 2nd, Neil Carroll 3rd, Martin Fizmaurice (Race Organiser) Michael McGrath & PJ Hall (Mayo AC), Sarah Syron 3rd, Ann Lennon 2nd

 It was bright, showery, and breezy for the 8th Annual RunWest Ballyhaunis Fit4Life 8k which took place over the familiar one lap course on Sunday afternoon. The race is part of  Mayo AC’s  Vodafone C&C Cellular 2016 Club League with points to be won by club members. The rain cleared and the sun shone as the field turned off the main road and took on the tough climbs from 3-5k  which always provide an extra challenge.

Claremorris duo –  John Nolan in 30:50, and Kathy Gleeson in 31:10 – were the winners of the men’s and women’s races. John Nolan led home two Mayo AC runners Paul Reynolds  and Neil Carroll in second and third. Kathy Gleeson also had two Mayo AC athletes in close contention. There were with just 23 seconds separating the top three women who finished 3,4,5 overall –  Ann Lennon in second place 31:30, and Sarah Syron finishing strongly close behind her in third 31:33. Mayo AC won all the age category prizes with W40 winner Tracy Cunnane in great form cutting 90 seconds off her 8k pb in 38:27 and Angela O’Connor W50 thirteenth overall in 33:11. There was an excellent turnout by the Ballyhaunis Fit4Life runners as they competed for prizes on the local terrain.

Martin Fitzmaurice and his team put on another well organised event. He thanked all the sponsors, stewards, Garda, Order of Malta, Ballyhaunis Rugby club, Councillor Cribbin Mayo CoCo,  Michael McGrath and John Timothy from Mayo AC, various helpers on and off the course and especially those who prepared welcome and plentiful refreshments at the prizegiving in the Rugby Club race HQ.
The next race in the Mayo AC Vodafone C&C Cellular 2016 Club League is the Breaffy 10k on Sunday October 9. Details on events calendar.

Sunday September 25: Prizewinners Ballyhaunis 8k

Results (thanks to Naylor family)  race-results

Senior Men
1  John Nolan (Brickens) 30:50
2  Paul Reynolds (Mayo AC) 31:03,

3 Neil Carroll (Mayo AC) 32:10

M40: 1James Malone (Mayo AC) 32:22

M50: 1 PJ Hall (Mayo AC) 37:59;
M60: Tom Hunt (Mayo AC) 35:26
Kathy Gleeson women's race winner at the finish, 31:10

Kathy Gleeson women’s race winner at the finish, 31:10 (pic thanks to Ronnie Naylor)

Senior Women:

1 Kathy Gleeson (Claremorris)  31:10
2  Ann Lennon (Mayo AC) 31.30
3  Sarah Syron (Mayo AC) 31:33
W40 1  Tracy Cunnane (Mayo AC) 38:27
W50 1 Angela O’Connor (Mayo AC) 33:11
W55 1 Una McGrath (Mayo AC) 47:29
Ballyhaunis Fit4Life winners:
Women 1 Tracy Cunnane, 2 Eileen Donnellan 43:26, 3 Karen Clancy 43:28
Men: 1 Justin McDonagh 37:44, 2 Joe O’Gara 40:04

 

 

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