Kilmovee was buzzing on Saturday and there was more than just spring in the air. The crossroads on the R325 was full of orange clad marshals, dandelions lined the roadsides, tulips saluted from gardens, an array of green sun flowered Hospice t-shirts mingled with multicoloured runners and walkers, and sprinkled with a host of red and green Mayo AC vests. The yellow balloon arch at the start line did a spectacular malfunction at the start line which added to the excitement but did nothing to deflate the occasion. There was a record turnout of 545 entrants on a sunny Easter Saturday for the 5th Kilmovee 10k run and walk. This was the first event in Mayo AC’s 2014 ‘Move 2 Improve’ six race series, which is open to all entrants. It was excellently organised by Kilmovee Shamrocks GAA club and the local Community in aid of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice. ‘Ironman’ Gerry Duffy was a guest and he said ‘it was the most friendly race I’ve has been at, a fantastic event, testament to John Roddy’s leadership and the involvement of the whole Kilmovee Community team’.
The big field were well streamed out as they crossed over Aghadiffen Bridge into Co Roscommon after 3k. Matt Bidwell, Roger Barrett, last year’s winner Con Marshall and Aidan Callaghan were in the lead group, with John Byrne – recovering from his PB run at last Sunday’s Rotterdam marathon – and Timmie Glavey further back. As the race progressed Bidwell running very smoothly pushed ahead, pushed ahead and won comfortably in a brilliant personal best 32:20, with Roger Barrett 30 seconds behind in second, and Marshall third. John Byrne was the leading Mayo AC finisher in 5th, and 1st M35, and Timmie Glavey 7th. Mayo AC had five finishers in the top twenty.
Mary Gleeson was first woman once again and was unchallenged all the way. Recovering from injury, this was her first serious outing in 2014 and her time was 2 minutes down on previous wins. Paula Prendergast ran a 5k 18:36 PB in Marley Park Dublin at 9.30am and was on the start line at 1pm. She was with Angela O’Connor most of the way and there was just 5 seconds between them at the finish. Angela ran a brilliant time 40:43, following up her 41:17 medal winning F45 performance in the National 10k recently. Mayo AC dominated most of the other category winners and and there was a big turnout of club vests right through the field. This was the first Move2 Improve race and open to all, The big field will provide interesting results for the three Levels when they are published mid week on www.mayoac.com There was a great buzz too in the Community centre, where everyone enjoyed post race chat and wonderful refreshments as they waited for prizegiving.
Please note Summary results and race results files have been updated (Sunday pm)
2014 5th Annual Kilmovee 10k Provisional Results Summary (529 finishers)
Senior Men 1: Matt Bidwell (GCH) 32.20 PB 2: Roger Barrett (unattached) 32:50 3: Con Marshall (St Finbarr’s AC) 34:02
Senior Women 1: Mary Gleeson (Mayo AC) 39.49 2: Paula Prendergast (Mayo AC) 40.38 3: Angela O’Connor (Mayo AC) 40:43
Men over 35 1: John Byrne (Mayo AC) 34.26 2: Paddy O’Toole (Westport AC) 35:22
Women over 35 1: Claire O’Boyle 43:17; 2 Chris Gallagher (Mayo AC) 43:33
Women over 50 1: Pauline Moran (Mayo AC) 45:22; 2: Margaret Glavey (Mayo AC) 45:41
Men over 50 1 Dominic Regan (Mayo AC) 40:34, 2 Michael Sweeney (Castlebar) 41:22
U19 Junior Men 1 Adam Phillips (St Nathy’s) 39:13; 2 Cathal Haran (Charlestown) 42:26
Junior Women 1 Susan Sheil-Rankin 43:09; 2 Aoife Coyle 54:36
Teachers Competition – Michael McDonnell Memorial Shield Trophy won by Timmie Glavey (Mayo AC) of Scoil Mhuire, Clarinbridge.