Lough Lannagh Castlebar was the setting for the first race in the Intersport Elverys 11th Mayo AC 5k series on Tuesday evening May 9.
It was the first race of the club’s popular fundraising series since 2019.
The course record of the lakeside Park course for all previous Castlebar Series 5ks was run by 2019 winner Jake O’Regan -15:41 .
This year’s race was over a different newly measured easier course with the only significant uphill gradients in the first kilometre, then it was twice anti-clockwise over the bridge, before the finish within the park near Blackfort Manor entrance.
Conditions were overcast with rain easing as the race progressed.
The 126 finishers were led home by John Courell Ballina AC in 16:33 a great time. He completed the Manchester Marathon just a couple weeks ago.
Kilmovee 10k winner Dan Charlton Mayo AC chased him all the way to finish second in an excellent 16:45. Clubmate Michael Rocke was third in 17:11.
West of Ireland women’s 10k winner Norah Newcombe Pieterse Mayo AC was first home in the women’s race in 17:59. She was a clear two and a half minutes ahead of Maura Ginty Sportsworld AC second in 20:34. Maura was second in the last Castlebar series race in 2019.
Sharon McLoughlin Westport AC was a close third in 20:49
Congratulations to the two top threes!
Dan, Michael and Norah led a great turnout by Mayo AC runners. Well done to all of them.
It was a great start to the four race series, and runners will be looking forward to improving their 5k times at the next three races..
Well done to the Castlebar 5k race organiser Colette Tuohy and to all the volunteers and club members who helped her to manage a very well organised event.
There will be an after-party following the last Series race in Foxford on May 30 in the Moy Hotel.
Prizes will be awarded at the after party. There will be a draw for 8 gift
vouchers from all the entrants of all 4 races. if you ran or volunteered in the 4 races your name is in the draw 4 times.
Prizes are sponsored by Shaws Commercial.
Thanks to our Series sponsors Intersport Elverys- remember you can shop online at their store if you click on their logo on our homepage.
Look out for more photos from the event here tomorrow
The next series race is at Claremorris May 16:
• Registration at Athletics Track F12 KX63
• Parking at Athletics Track, and Claremorris AFC
• Start near CBE.
You can check all the Castlebar 5k finishers results here: