The Lough Lannagh circuit was the setting for the third race in 2017 Mayo AC Vodafone C&C Cellular Summer 5k Series which took place at Castlebar this evening. It was a bright and breezy over the bridge on a cool June 13℃ evening. It’s a challenging course – run clockwise this year – with a hilly mid section.
The 140 finishers were led home by Shaun McLaughlin in 16:24, half a minute slower than his second place in the first series race at Foxford. He was out on his own all the way, well ahead of a strong run by Pat Morrison in 17:55. Ivan Kelly (Ballina AC), second last week in Ballyhaunis, battled all the way with Dwayne Flynn for third with the Mayo AC runner hauling him in in the final kilometre to finish 6 seconds ahead in 18:13. So, that’s three different winners so far in the Series.
Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) ran her trademark strong race to win the women’s race in an excellent 19:19. Another formidable masters athlete Angela O’Connor finished second in 20:41, and fifteen seconds faster than her second place finish here last year . As in the men’s race, the third place on the podium was fought out between two runners, with Lisa Mulvihill just edging out Serena Duffy who led her all the way, with both Ballina AC athletes recorded at 21:56.
Well done to Ann McDonnell who led the organising crew and to all the volunteers who helped. Thanks also Gardai, Order of Malta for their presence.
Men: 1 Shaun McLaughlin (Westport AC) 16:24, 2, Pat Morrison (Mayo AC) 17:55, 3, Dwayne Flynn (Mayo AC) 18:13
Women 1 Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) 19:19, 2 Angela O’Connor (Mayo AC) 20:41, 3 Lisa Mulvihill (Ballina AC) 21:24
Well done to Angela McVann (Mayo AC) who finished in a brilliant 45:34 at the Vhi Women’s 10k in Dublin yesterday.
The fourth Summer Series 5k is at Claremorris next Tuesday June 13, 8pm. Registration online at our website headline link, and on the night at the Track side office. It’s a Club League event. Details on our website Events Calendar
Another reminder to all : Run West Ballyhaunis 8k on Saturday June 17 is also a Club League race. Details on Events Calendar.