IMG_0350(1)Provisional women’s results have been published by Athletics Ireland and it’s brilliant news for our teams. Both F35 and F50 won gold – Colette, Angela, Chris, and Anne in F35, and Pauline, Margaret, Bernie, Mary Walsh and Mary Murphy in the F50 team. We also won four individual medals in women’s masters – icing on the cake! In F45  Colette Tuohy gold and Angela O’Connor silver. Pauline Moran won silver F55, and adding another gold was Margaret Glavey in  F60. She was obviously delighted –  “I’m absolutely delighted with my win. It’s especially sweet as I wasn’t happy with my time. (I was a minute slower than Tubbercurry). The wind was a big factor. I’m also thrilled with the team win. Michael Mc Grath’s parting words as we headed for the line were ‘Remember every second counts’! I kept thinking of these words when the going got tough! I’m delighted for the other girls’ wins also and so happy for the club. We definitely have the most distinguished singlets which look so good among the crowd and we are so proud to wear it.”  Well said and wonderful news – congratulations to them all.  See Athletics Ireland Competition for results updates.

 After a brief helter skelter for shelter from an April shower, the sun came out at noon in the Phoenix Park for the National 10k. We had 24 on the startline – thirteen women set off at 13: 10, and eleven men at 13:30 –  led off by an International elite field in the Great Ireland Run. The course proved tough as expected with a stiff breeze into faces as the field turned in warm sunshine at 4k for the series of dips and rises that make up the second half. There were the ususal stories of delight and disappointment, but all seemed to enjoy the event. Ano Devaney led our men home in 36:58 and Colette Tuohy was first of our thirteen women in 39:21. Bernie McHugh had a great run with a 51:41 PB.  It was great to see a big line up of red and green at the start, including John Nolan in his first outing in Mayo AC vest. Paula Prendergast was one of those disappointed with her run, though she did compete and was first woman in the Bray Cliffs 10k on the previous evening.

Finish times are as printed in results section Monday paper or as submitted. We wait for championship official results from Athletics Ireland when they are produced and we should be in the running for medals in team and individual age categories. . Well done to all our runners who met up in great spirits, and performed with hearts pumped with pride and passion. Results:

FS
Paula Prendergast 41:09
Aine Gallagher 46:19
Edel Feeney 48:42
Anne Marie Staunton 47:24

 

F35
Colette Tuohy 39:21
Angela O’Connor 41:17
Chris Gallagher 44:23
Ann Murray 52:07

 

F50
Margaret Glavey 46:53
Pauline Moran 45:01
Mary Murphy 55:19
Mary Walsh 53:31
Bernie McHugh 51:41 PB

 

M35
Anto Devaney 36:58
John Nolan 39:18
Patrick Walshe 40:07
Michael McNeela 41:17
Ambrose Gaughan 42:21
Christy O’Malley  49:19

M50
Danny Green 42:43
PJ Hall 42:50
John Timothy 54.53
Tom Waldron 68:35

Jim Donnelly 54;29

Aine Gallagher going well mid race

Aine Gallagher going well mid race

Edel Feeney at 5k

Edel Feeney at 5k

Tom Waldron M70  on his way

Tom Waldron M70 on his way

John Nolan - his first Championship run in Mayo AC vest

John Nolan – his first Championship run in Mayo AC vest

Ann Marie Staunton looking relaxed

Ann Marie Staunton looking relaxed

Mary Murphy and Mary Walsh head into the hill and  breeze

Mary Murphy and Mary Walsh head into the hill and breeze