Matt and Colette are Breaffy 10k winners

Breaffy 10k - Angela McVann 48:43, Trisha Carty 48:27 pb

Breaffy 10k – Angela McVann 48:43, Trisha Carty 48:27 pb

Autumn temperatures rose on a sunny sporting Sunday at the 5th Breaffy 10k. It was also the final race in Mayo AC Vodafone 2015 Move2Improve series.  The conditions were welcome but made extra demands on endurance and energy on the testing undulating terrain. Last year’s winner Matt Bidwell (GCH) led the field home in first place in 32:43, a fine win but well outside his 2014 course record of 31:59. Richard Gorman (Sligo AC) has been in great form recently and he came home in 33:20. as he focuses on Dublin. Davd Tiernan (Mayo AC) was third, two minutes behind in 35:22.

Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC)  was also a clear winner coming home first in the women’s race in 39:09, identical to her 2014 second place,and maintains her good form ahead of the Masters Cross Country trial next Sunday.  It was a close race with just a minute separating the top three. Kathy Gleeson continued her improving form finishing 30 seconds behind Colette with Paula Prendergast )Mayo AC) equalling her 2014 finish – third in 40:16.  She is happy with her form ahead of Dublin. Mayo AC claimed both o50 prizes through local duo Michael Sweeney and Angela O’Connor.

David Tiernan (Mayo AC) 3rd in 35:22

David Tiernan (Mayo AC) 3rd in 35:22

Ann Murray was second o50 and will be boosted by her 44:32 finish ahead of her marathon debut. There was an excellent turnout of Mayo AC singlets in the field, all taking advantage of the great racing conditions. Helen Hopkins  (47:49) proudly wore her club vest for the first time. Mayo AC secretary, Trisha Carty came home with an excellent PB on a difficult course in 48:37, and was on hand later to present medals to the club’s 2015 National Half Marathon individual and team medal winners.

Kevin McGing from Breaffy GAA thanked all the organisers and helpers on and off the course, and  made the prize presentations to those in the results summary. Once again, Maggie Heneghan and her team organised a brilliant event. The quality and quantity of post race refreshments were well appreciated,  Where would we be without the traditional cuppa, scones, sandwiches, post race reviews, recognition of winners and organisers, and a chance to connect with both the Breaffy and running communities?

Sun 11 Oct, 5th Breaffy GAA 10k,  Final Race Vodafone Mayo AC 2015 Move2Improve Series
(104 finishers) full results : Breaffy 10km 2015

Men 1:Matt Bidwell (GCH) 32:43, 2 Richard Gorman (Sligo AC)) 33:20: 3: David Tiernan (Mayo AC) 35:22

Women: 1 Colette Tuohy, (Mayo AC) 39:09; 2 Kathy Gleeson, 39:37, 3 Paula Prendergast (Mayo AC) 40:16

050 Men 1 Michael Sweeney (Mayo AC) 42:27,  050 women 1 Angela O’Connor W50 (Mayo AC) 41:32

Claire Caulfield, Rosaleen Molloy, Deirdre Corcoran at 7k mark

Claire Caulfield, Rosaleen Molloy, Deirdre Corcoran at 7k mark

Helen Hopkins on way to 47:49 finish

Helen Hopkins on way to 47:49 finish

Paula Prendergast 3rd in 40:16

Paula Prendergast 3rd in 40:16

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