Colette wins gold W50 in National Marathon

Damien Glackin on his way to 3:42

It’s been a frustrating time for many clubs waiting on results of the National Marathon championships held on October 27.

Some of our entries were missing from the provisional results when first published, and results taken down, and put up again …and then a deadline for ‘errors’ to be submitted expired last Friday at 5pm.

Amendments seem to have now been completed after Athletics Ireland said “the problem came from club teams not being linked to Athletes during the entry process” and additionally ‘confusion’ between Dublin City Marathon and Athletics Ireland entry lists”.

As usual competition in the National Marathon Championships was very keen in all categories and especially so in teams, with clubs nationwide represented among a field of over  3,000.

Well done to all of Mayo AC’s 73 competitors in individual and team competition..
These latest (November 5) provisional results now show that Colette Tuohy won gold W50 in her debut marathon – and is our only medallist this year.
Congratulations Colette on this well deserved success!
A consistent national medal winner for many years, Colette Tuohy has completed a number of sub 1:30 half marathons, and won gold W50 in the national event last August in 1:28.10.
Stepping up to run her first marathon in Dublin meant entering a whole new territory physically and mentally. Her marathon performance details show that she moved seamlessly through to that new level with typical even paced running. At 10k she had eased into 7:10 mile pace, reaching halfway in 1:33.03 in another gear, and maintaining her form to finish averaging 7.09 for 3:07.12.
She now joins a small but select group of Mayo  AC members who have won national medals on indoor and outdoor track, cross country, on roads – 10k, half, and full marathon –  and also represented Ireland in international competition.
Mary Murphy was just outside the medals in fourth place W65 having won bronze in 2017, and 2018.
We had four teams competing on Sunday and here’s how they finished:
The women’s W35 team top three finishers Colette Tuohy,
Catherine Conway and Anne Marie Staunton, cumulative time of 9:59.35 placed them 9th of 101 teams. The winning time was 9:03.05
The women’s W50 team top three finishers Marcella McDonnell, Mary Murphy and Caitlin Woods cumulative time 13:11.22 placed them 10th of 32. The winning time was 10:24.48.
The men’s M35 team top three finishers Brendan Hession, Pat Morrison and John Gordon cumulative time 8:42.26 placed them 27th of 165. The winning time was 7:33.19.
The men’s M50 team top three finishers Stephen Skillington, Tom Jennings and Padraic McVann cumulative time of 10.37.35 placed them 22nd of 60. The winning time was 8:47.02
Mayo AC’s first finisher John Higgins ran 2:39.52 and this placed him 22nd in senior men.
The organisers reported 22,500 registered for the marathon. When the course closed 17,680 were recorded finishers – 11,103 men and 6,577 women.
National Marathon medals for individuals and teams are based on gun time.
The results files for the National Marathon  individuals and teams are at

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