There was persistent rain and a cold breeze in Castlebar as the field assembled at the start for the third annual Mayo AC Baxter Streets of Castlebar 5k. It made for uncomfortable conditions – then the gun went and all was concentrated on the task ahead. Typically, as the race finished blue skies and sunshine sparkled along the finishing straight by the lake shore at Lough Lannagh. Baxter t-shirts – bright yellow and pink – were prominent among the rainbow mix of vests and tops – it made for a colourful scene amid the gloom. Once again the event was very successful partnership between Mayo AC and Baxter. It was also the first race in the 2017 C&C Cellular Vodafone Mayo AC Club League with members competing for points based on finishing places.
As the race progressed John Byrne extended his lead and had over a minute to spare over Tadgh McGinty at the finish. James Ryan looked strong early on and finished a creditable third nine seconds behind Tadgh. Catherine Conway had the speed over the final metres to win the women’s race just seven seconds ahead of Norah Newcombe, with Edel Reilly third. Elsewhere there some good contests among the categories, between Colette Tuohy and Mari Johnston in the o40 race with Colette winning in 20:03.
There was an excellent turnout from Mayo AC who claimed most of the prizes. It was good to see local clubs competing – including, Tuam, Sligo, Ballina, Westport, Tri Lakes and Moy Valley
Ciaran Geraghty Plant Manager Baxter presented the prizes with Mayo AC Secretary Trisha Carty.
PJ Hall thanked all who helped in putting on a successful event – Baxter, Gardai, stewards, catering staff and all who provided refreshments, Castlebar Town Council, Neil Toner for sound, Order of Malta.
3 James Ryan 17:32
Juniors 1st u19 Eoin Carty 20:58, Tara Carty 24:55
Results updated Feb 28 : http://www.myrunresults.com/events/mayo_ac%2c_baxter_streets_of_castlebar__/2047/results