We hope everyone is recovering well from Monday’s marathon. Especially James Murtagh who was one of many Mayo AC running his first, but unfortunately was forced to retire at 18.5m. Athletics Ireland have published National Championships results.There were a record 2,645 club runners among the 12,919 finishers. We didn’t win any medals this year, but our runners were brilliant and brave, and 17 of our 29 finishers were rewarded with marathon best times. John Byrne was 4th M40 and 17th overall, and Paula Prendergast 8th Senior women and 22nd overall. Ann Murray had a great debut for 7th W50. The men’s M35 were 8th on a list of 308 teams, and women’s senior were 13th of 114.
Details of our finishers are below and include the FT index (first timers) and PBs.
A big thanks to Ann McDonnell for organising the Dublin gathering, and linking in to our studio hub. Here’s her feedback on the big day out:
“The general consensus was that the Mayo vest on the streets of Dublin gets such a great reception. It was the first time that David McGrath wore it and he couldn’t believe the reaction of people all along the 26.2. There was great camaraderie between club members even if they hadn’t met before, such as Aileen Shaw and Justin McDonagh who helped each other over the last few miles, both first timers. Although there were mutterings of ‘never again’ at the finishline, by the next day the conversation had already turned to ‘well maybe’.
The support from club members along the route who weren’t running but just cheering on for their clubmates was touching. Sarah shouting encouragement in Phoenix Park, Norah and Elmer in Castleknock, PJ, AnnMarie & Anto at Chapelizod & Ballsbridge, Maggie, Nessa and Carmel in town, in Crumlin, and at mile 25, Siobhan in Crumlin and mile 24, Finian and a very animated Monica in Milltown, Mags and Tim in Inchicore and Milltown, Ambrose & Paddy in Clonskeagh, Trisha & the Carty Clan in Ballsbridge, Tom in Ballsbridge? (sorry my brain had gone at that stage so not sure where exactly I saw you), and coach Matt! And that isn’t even counting spouses of members that gave each of us in the red & green an extra loud roar. I hope I haven’t omitted anyone!”
Congratulations to the Westport AC W35 who won team gold, AnneMarie and Michelle Needham, and Marian O’Malley, and to AnneMarie for her bronze individual W35.
Paula Prendergast 3:16.15, Áine Gallagher 3:33.32, Aileen Shaw 4:12.48 FT – 11:02.35 – 17/114 teams
Julie Kearney 3:34.14 FT, Ann Murray 3:38.57 FT, Ann McDonnell 3:44.56 PB, – 10:58.07, 13/122 teams
Anna Coyne 3:53.31 FT , Reiltin Shaw 3:57.00 PB, Marie Collum 4:23.25 PB, Ann Marie Lyons 4:30.11, Karen Davitt 4:40.10 FT,
Matthew Gill 3:00.28 PB, David McGrath 3:20.34 PB, Neil Carroll 3:23.14 PB – 9:46.16 -34/150
Clive Lavelle 3:37.51, Thomas Kelly 3:51.35 FT
Men +35 A
John Byrne 2:37.04, Brendan Gill 2:52.31, David Tiernan 2:54.45 FT – 8:24.20, 8/308
Sean Murphy 2:57:46 PB, Noel Gibbons 3:03.29, Paul Reynolds 3:11.16, Michael McNeela 3:16.03
Men +35 B
Donal Tighe 3:29.08 PB, Tom Charles 3:35.04, Damien Glackin 3:47.43 PB – 10:51.55 – 37/308
Frank Cloherty 3:59.33, Pawel Lach 4:14.09 FT, Christy O’Malley 4:24.52, Justin McDonagh 4:25.35 FT