Mayo AC @ Boston Marathon

It was 50 years today Monday, April 15 since Limerick native Neil Cusack became the only Irish runner to win the famed Boston Marathon – posting a winning time of 2:13:39.

Neil was invited back to Boston for this year’s 128th edition as Official Race Starter. Boston is the world’s oldest annual marathon, it’s been running since 1897, a year after the original Summer Olympics marathon in Athens in 1896, which inspired that first race. Hence the olive branch placed over the winner’s head.

With that as context, two of our well travelled members were among 30,000 competitors on the startline this morning.

Padraic and Angela McVann were only toddlers when Neil Cusack made history. However, they claimed their own bit of marathon history today! Padraic has been in great form recently and in Tubbercurry last month ran a 10k pb 40:45 – a few days after entering the M55 category.

In 2022 Padraic ran 3:29.15 in Dublin and in 2023 he finished the Chicago marathon in 3:27.17, and Angela came home in 4:05.45.

And so to today’s race: as most stats indicate the second half of the race is tough – even without the fatigue factor there is Heartbreak Hill, a steep climb for half a mile between miles 20-21.

Padraic’s stats: race start 10:51am,  10k 48:01, half 1:41.13, 20 miles 2:36.18, Finish 3:27.56 unofficial, ave pace 7:56


Angela McVann’s wave started about 35 minutes after

Angela stats: race start 11:26am;  10k 59:1, half 2:08.3, 20 miles 3:28.41, Finish 4:42.15


As usual there will be a story to tell behind these statistics!

Well done to Padraic and Angela!

Today’s Boston Marathon winner was Sisay Lemma Ethiopia in 2:06.17 – halfway in 1:00.19. It was his fourth attempt. He set a course record at the Valencia Marathon in December (2:01.48), becoming the fourth man to run a marathon in less than 2 hours, 2 minutes
First woman was defending champion Hellen Obiri Kenya in 2:22.37, (halfway in 1:12.33), Sharon Lokedi was second in 2:22.45, with two time Boston winner Edna Kiplagat third in 2:23.21 –  Kenyans dominating once again.
Obiri became the first woman since Catherine Ndereba 2004, 2005 to repeat Boston victories.

For the 2024 Boston Marathon, the qualifying window began on September 1, 2022 and was open through September 15, 2023.

The qualifying times below are based upon each athlete’s age on the date of the 2024 Boston Marathon (April 15, 2024).
Qualifying times are based on official submitted net time (also known as chip time).
Due to field size limitations, achieving a qualifying standard does not guarantee entry into the event.
A world record set in Boston Marathon wouldn’t officially count –  here’s why:
 Finally, a correction has been made to the Westport Half Marathon results posted yesterday – the first woman was Aisling O’Connor – as reported. However,  as there seems to be other athletes with that name it has been verified that Aisling O’Connor from Edenderry AC was the Westport winner.
No club name was included in any of the three Westport race results. Just a lot of scrolling!
Aisling O’Connor from Rathfarnham WSAF finished second woman in yesterday’s Great Ireland 10k in 38:16.

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