So finally, after almost three tense weeks, white smoke and an apology from Athletics Ireland HQ today – great news for Mayo AC following publication of the results from the National 10k held on April 15th. A rich sprinkling of gold, silver, and bronze with medals for our four teams and in six individual categories – a wonderful achievement. Congratulations to them all, especially to those winning their first National medals and Well Done to all our runners.
It is clear from the overall results that Mayo AC were the most
successful club this year in terms of medals won – their haul doubled
that of 2011 when they won 3 silver team and two individual medals.
Success came across a spectrum of athletic endeavour – from Sarah
Syron winning her first national senior team 10k medal, to Margaret
Glavey and Seamus Gaughan’s gold in over 60. Many will be delighted
for Christy O’Connell who won silver with the o50 team. Christy is a
dedicated club man and has been a regular at races near and far for
many years. Seamus Gaughan’s gold in M60 was a just reward for
dedication and hard work over the winter and made up for the
disappointment of 4th place in the Masters XC in Boyle.The whole o50
women’s team are a revelation. Most are ‘fresh’ into road races.
Margaret Glavey won gold W60 and with Mary Walsh, Una McGrath and Mary
Murphy, she has taken a big step forward in the past year with
consistently improving times. Team leader and W55 gold winner, Pauline
Moran has reduced her 10k time dramatically in the past year and shown
versatility in triathlon/duathlon competition too. Her next goal must
be the Irish masters W55 10k record – her recent 42.58 finish at
Foxford is only 35 seconds off. Her athletic pedigree was further
underlined when her niece Caitriona Jennings (Rathfarnham AC) achieved
the ‘A’ standard for London 2012 finishing in 2:36:14 at the Rotterdam
Marathon on the same day as the National 10k. The W40 silver medal
team Angela, Chris and Ann are in the W45 category – another
impressive factor, and the same trio were 3 minutes faster than 2011.
A great run by Mary Gleeson led the senior women to bronze assisted by
Colette Tuohy’s individual bronze in W40
Mayo AC teams medals (cumulative times of the first three counted)
Senior Women: 3rd: Mary Gleeson, Colette Tuohy (F40), Sarah Syron 1:55:52
Women 40+ 2nd: Angela O’Connor, Ann Murray, Chris Gallagher 2:08:06
Women 50+ 1st Margaret Glavey (W60), Pauline Moran (F55) Mary Walsh 2:17:29
Men 50+ 2nd Seamus Gaughan M60, Owen Mongan M55, Christy O’Connell M55 2:12:29
W35 1st Mary Gleeson
W40 3rd Colette Tuohy
W45 2nd Angela O’Connor
W55 1st Pauline Moran
W60 1st Margaret Glavey
M60 1st Seamus Gaughan
Full results available on Athletics Ireland website.