Mayo AC masters women lead success at National Half Marathon (updated)

Inspiration before perspiration – some of our Half Marathon team get ready for the challenge

Athletics Ireland have published provisional individual and team results from Sunday’s National Half Marathon Championships incorporated in the Rock ‘n Roll event. 

It’s great news for the club with two  of our teams and three individuals winning medals.

Colette Tuohy won gold W50 with a great run 1:28.10 and was 13th woman finisher; the one and only Pauline Moran won gold W60 with another phenomenal performance 1:33.00, and our W65 champion Mags Glavey won silver in 1:47.07.

Monica Joyce was just outside the medals listed finishing 4th W55 in 1:51.57, as was Mary Murphy in W65 category.

Mayo AC’s brilliant W50 team of Colette, Pauline, Mags, won gold with a combined time of 4:48.17 – 28 minutes faster than the team’s 2018 winning time.

Our M50 team of Stephen Skillington, James Murtagh and Finian Joyce are listed with a combined time of 5:40.48 – 6th of 8 teams.

These results represents consistent national medal success by our magnificent masters women, an inspiration to all with their dedication and training.

John Nolan, Mark Basquille, Darren Brewer and combined time of 4:24.01 placed them 7th of 29 M35 teams.

Apart from medal success, a number of members achieved pbs. The race of the day in that respect was by John Higgins who improved his personal best time by over six minutes. He ran 80:35 when finishing second in the Ballina Half on January 13 this year.

Pauline also ran a top class race to add to her remarkable achievements so far this year.

Congratulations to our medal winners and well done to all 24 finishers.

Well done also to Hugh Armstrong (Ballina AC) who ran a brilliant personal best 66:10 to finish third for National Senior bronze. Like many of our members he is building towards the Dublin Marathon which also doubles as National Championships.  Hugh won the Mayo County 10k in Ballina last month crossing the line in 32:01, and ran a 10,000 metres pb of 30:35 in April this year.

Irish distance running legend 59 year young Tommy Hughes ran a 16:22 5k at Cookstown on Saturday morning. He finished 18th overall in the National Half on Sunday in 1:13.59 chip easily winning gold in M55. Tommy competed at the 1992 Olympic Games, has a marathon PB of 2:13:59 and is the Irish over 55s 5k national record holder. In April he broke the Irish M55 marathon record running 2:30.15 in Rotterdam.

There were 5495 finishers in the half marathon, including over 750 club athletes competing in the National Championships.

Athletics Ireland currently published results

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