8 October 2023 – Mayo AC runners were competing at three locations today – two in the West of Ireland and one further west in Chicago.
Here’s how they fared:
The 40th annual Tarmonbarry 3/4 Marathon, Half Marathon and 8k event was hosted by St Barry’s GAA based at their clubhouse on the N5 just outside the village by the River Shannon.
The three races were held on separate courses.
The half-marathon winner was Kenneth Nugent Donore Harriers AC 1:12.40, first woman Therese O’Connor Lanesboro Tri 1:30.34.
Well done to Caitlin Woods who ran 1:58.20.
The 3/4 marathon was won by David Tiernan East Mayo AC in 2:01.47, Áine Kenny Crusaders AC was first woman home in 2: 24.11.
Julie Higgins Mayo AC ran 3:11.45 – a good boost for her confidence as she came home two minutes faster than last year.
The 8k winner was Jordan Walsh 27:48, first woman Glenda Shaw Mullingar Harriers AC 32:04
North Sligo AC hosted their annual Grange 10k today.
Seamus Somers M50 Sligo AC was the winner in 33:39, Heather Foley F40 Sligo AC won the women’s race in 39:00
Good running by Jimmy Feeney Mayo AC earned him 2nd M60 in 48:30
Grange 10k results:
Three Mayo AC members ran in the Chicago marathon today. The race begins and ends in Grant Park, located in the Windy City’s downtown. It’s a fast and flat course with minimal elevation rise. It goes through 29 neighborhoods in the city.
Conditions in Chicago on Sunday (overcast, temperatures in 40s°F, 8 mph wind) were ideal for runners, as they set off in separate waves from 07.30am local time.
Great running by our three Chicago finishers – fair play to them:
Padraic McVann M50 finished in 3:27.17; he was halfway in 1:41.43.
Padraic ran 3:29.15 in Dublin Marathon last year. See his splits list below.
Angela McVann W50 finished in 4:05.45; – halfway in 1:57
She ran 4:07.15 in Dublin Marathon 2022
James Murtagh M55 came home in 5:10.48 – he passed halfway at 2:10.05 and 30k in 3:07.27.
Well done too to Mattie Coleman M60 Ballina AC – 3:20.01 – a great time having reached halfway in 1:35.36.
The Chicago women’s race featured a matchup between the defending champion and an Olympic champion on the track. After clocking the third-fastest time in history (2:14:18) on the Chicago course last year, Ruth Chepnegetich returned to the Windy City aiming to repeat. The Kenyan runner faced stiff competition with Sifan Hassan NED racing her second 26.2 after an impressive debut in London.
In April, the two-time Olympic champion came from behind after suffering quad issues to win in 2:18:33.
Today, the Dutch athlete came out on top winning in 2:13.44 with Chepnegetich second in 2:15.37.
That’s the second-fastest time ever by a woman – less than two minutes slower than the 2:11.53 world record set by Tigist Assefa at the Berlin Marathon two weeks ago.
Race winner Kelvin Kiptum KEN broke the World Record with a 2:00.35 finish – subject to ratification. Kiptum won London in April in 2:01.25 to finish 16 seconds faster than the then world record time set by compatriot Eliud Kipchoge in winning the 2022 Berlin Marathon.
It was an historic day in world athletics.