Jane Campbell (GCH) captures the moment as Regina Casey (GCH) and Collette Tuohy (Mayo Ac) battle it out to the finish line.
A good 10 mile race has long been sought by club athletes in the West.
Craughwell AC have now firmly established a premium race after just
two years. Sunday’s race also included the AAI Galway County
Championships. Craughwell’s excellent organisation ensured that all
the needs of the participants and spectators were met, They have
surely set the standard.
First home in a course record of 49:12 was Sean Connolly (Tallaght AC)
well clear of Paul Buckley (Ferbane AC) 53.06, who battled with Matt
Bidwell (GCH) 53:20. Roger Barrett (Ballina AC) was 4th in 54.00
Pauline Curley (Tullamore AC) 58.59, was first woman, bettered her
time of last year, just ahead of Mary Scully (Mullingar Harriers)
59:16 and Donna Mahon (Rathfarnham WSAF) in 60:53.
Mayo AC’s top performer on the day was Brendan Gill. The Westport man
finished a brilliant 9th in a personal best 56.30. Anto Devaney was
12th in 57.51 just a few seconds outside his best for this distance..
Next Mayo AC finisher was Collette Tuohy 64.32 an excellent PB in her
first 10 mile race. She won the o40 category, was 5th woman overall
and just a second behind a resurgent Regina Casey (GCH) 4th in 64.31.
Gerry Galvin – 64.46 – was well pleased with his run in preparation
for next month’s London Marathon
And what a week for Brendan Hession who followed up his 10k PB in
Tubbercurry on St Patrick’s Day with another – 65.44 in his first 10
miler. Brendan has improved with every race and has progressed from
the Claremorris Fit4Life programme. This will be a major confidence
boost for him. Tom Hunt, 66.47,s was first in the o60 category. Other
Mayo AC among the 567 finishers were: Owen Mongan 73.48, Patricia
Gallagher, Christy O’ Malley – both 77.51, Collette Whelan 83.30, John
Timothy 84.21, Mary Walsh 92.39, Kevin Timothy 102.45.
As usual Eirefoto provide the pictures from the day – : http://www.eirefoto.com/2011a/11_craughwell_10_home.htm