Carracastle 5k winner Gerry Kirrane (Mayo AC) comes home in 18:12. (Photo : East Mayo AC).
After Curry and Cloonlyon the third race in East Mayo AC’s 5k series took place on Saturday morning (June 12) in Carracastle, nicely completing the location alliteration. It was another good morning for running – overcast but dry, with a slight breeze. By now most are familiar with the Series start line pod system – setting off at 15 second intervals.
At Carracastle competitors set off downhill on a pan-handle course – and then looped round a single-track ‘pan’ section before rejoining the ‘handle’ after 3k for a gradual 2k uphill run to the finish outside Scoil Íosa.
Many runners wore their ‘Colm Horkan Memorial Run’ t-shirts in tribute on his first anniversary.
While most of the field were from clubs in the local area, again this week there were runners from Carrick-on-Shannon, Corran, Westport, Roscommon etc and from other groups – all happy to have a live race opportunity once again.
Well done to Gerry Kirrane (Mayo AC) who was the Carracastle winner in 18.12, equalling his Curry 5k pb. He’s been improving consistently in recent times. Clubmate Anto Devaney was second 18:54 and John Fitzsimons (Roscommon Harriers) third in 18:56.
Maura Ginty (Sportsworld AC) was the first woman across the line – the Ballycroy native happy to clock 20:04, with Paula Donnellan (Mayo AC) home in second place 20:15. Mayo AC had four other finishers – Johnny Cribbin 19:35, new member Tom McNicholas 19:40, Stephen Skillington, and Tom Hunt 22:59.
It is good to see road races being organised in areas that have not so far experienced this form of sporting activity.
The fourth race in the Series over the familiar flat terrain of Kilmovee is on this Saturday June 26 at 10am.
Entry details including completion of Covid-19 form on East Mayo AC Facebook.
Race check in location is F45 PF10.
Carracastle 5k results as submitted by finishers: