September in the rain marked the second running of the Charlestown 10k on Saturday evening. The recent good weather turned colder, wetter and breezier but the rain held off during the race and conditions were good for running. Christina Duffy and her team, assisted by John Roddy, put on another enjoyable and impressively organised event. They provided an excellent well marked and marshalled course all the way from start line at Lowpark to refreshment tables in the CBD sports complex, for which the race acted as a fund raiser. (11/09/’13: revised results attached, plus amended report and prizewinners re W35 category)
John Byrne, John Mannion, and Paul Conlon led David Tiernan out of town as the field headed for Cloonaweema. Jonathon Deane, Thomas Kelly, Brendan Gill and Anto Devaney kept them in view until they crossed over to the old Dublin road at halfway near Gowel. By then Byrne had a few metres on Mannion, with Tiernan and Conlon together over a minute behind. Ann Lennon had John Nolan for company as she had in Balla 10k and Claremorris 4 the previous week.
John Byrne stretched his lead gradually from 6k and crossed the line in 32.32, a new course record, to record his first league race win since 2011. “I thought I’d never see that time again”, he said afterwards. This marks a brilliant return to form for John, who has been at the forefront of Mayo athletics for over 15 years. Mannion finished second in 34.10 with Tiernan third in 34:51, a new PB and beating his 2012 winning time by over a minute. Ann Lennon 37:47 – a brilliant performance by the National W45 half marathon champion – and Colette Tuohy in 39:20 made it a 1,2 for Mayo AC in the women’s race. The club had over 20 runners in the field and dominated most of the prize categories. Chris Gallagher (Mayo AC) won W35 in 42:22 finishing a few seconds ahead of South Sligo AC pair Monica Henry 2nd in 42:29 and Lorraine Hosey 3rd 43:09. Brendan Gill and Margaret Glavey showed impressive form winning the M35, W50 categories respectively. Standards were high with more than double the number finishing in under 40 minutes compared to 2012, despite a slight drop in participants. There were a number of PBs joyfully celebrated at the finish line, with Tracy Durkan leading the chorus. Jackie Fleming (W35) from Cully had a great return to form to finish in 43:49.
The Road League continues in East Mayo in less than three weeks with the Ballyhaunis 8k on 28th Sept, followed a week later by the final race Breaffy 10k on October 6th.
15th Mayo AC Road League is sponsored for the eighth year by C&C Cellular Group.
1 John Byrne (Mayo AC) 32:32; 2 John Mannion (Crusaders) 34:10; David Tiernan (Mayo AC) 34:51).
M35: 1 Brendan Gill (Mayo AC) 35:17; 2 Thomas Kelly (N. Sligo AC) 35:31.
M50: 1 Jimmy Currid (Sligo) 39:14; Dominic Regan (Mayo AC) 41:41
1 Ann Lennon (Mayo AC) 37:47; 2 Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) 39:20; 3 Claire O’Boyle (Ballina) 42:15
W35: 1 Chris Gallagher (Mayo AC) 42:22 2 Monica Henry (S.Sligo AC) 42:29;
W50: 1 Margaret Glavey (Mayo AC) 46:09; Bernie McHugh (Mayo AC) 51:09