The Ballinrobe 5k was the final race in another successful Mayo AC Summer Series. Once again the weather was good, against the odds in this unsettled summer. There were 182 finishers over this flat fast course and many achieved personal best series race times. There are some too who like an up and down course without long straight roads – however the four courses gave everyone an opportunity over varied terrain.
Cian Mulrooney led the field home again as he did at Claremorris in a fast 16:48. Brendan Gill 16:50 was close behind in second place just ahead of Noel Gibbons 17:18. Castlebar based Angela O’Connor, running in the W45 category, returned to her home parish to win the women’s race in a great time 19:47. Laura Langan, a top three finisher in all four races, was second in 19:57 her fastest time of the series by 90 seconds, with Kathleen Barry third in 20:17. All of our Fit4Life groups were well represented. Good to see a number of members returning to the road – Jimmy Feeney, Christina Regan, PJ Hall, Brian Cusack.
There was a lovely get-together afterwards in Costello’s Pub where post race sustenance was provided. Series race winners were recognised and 12 spot prizes drawn. Our Chairman Michael McGrath thanked all the participants (328 took part in the four 5ks) from junior to o80 Sean Dooner (37:01) He acknowledged the support of Mayo Sports Partnership, thanked all the organisers and their teams at the four venues, and Costello’s Pub. He reminded everyone that Mayo AC’s League continues with the 20th Balla 10k on July 28th, and encouraged series participants to take part in these and other local races which are Open to All.
Results files: pdf Mayo AC 5km Series Complete Results xls Mayo AC 5km Series Complete Results