Mayo AC women took the honours at the West of Ireland Women’s 10k in Castlebar on Sunday. Despite the absence of many of their top athletes, the results of this year’s race underline the current strength of the club, which won major success in the National 10k recently.
The course started at The Mall and went east out the Pontoon Road against a nice breeze, with a steady climb between 4-5k. After 7k it crossed over to the Turlough road and on downhill before a sharp rise at 9k and on to finish at the Mall.
Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) won the race deservedly and convincingly in 39.27. She has had a string of successful races over the past few weeks.
Colette was the 2011 National 10k silver medal o40 winner last month and was 3rd in the Kilmovee 10k last week. She was pleased with her time and finished well ahead of clubmate Derval Devaney, 2nd in 40.20, Angela O’Connor ran another excellent race (National 10k o45 champion) to finish 3rd in 41.02, almost the same time as in Kilmovee, which was a less demanding test.
Other top Mayo AC finishers included Sarah Syron 5th in 43.02 (a personal best), Ann Murray 9th and 1st o45 in 44.45
Joan Walsh 48.38, Mary Naylor 49.20 1st o50, Maggie Heneghan 49.45, Breege Staunton 51.17, Patricia Carty 51.54, Una McGrath 52.24, Mary Moylett 56.40. Results are due to be published on Tuesday in the Western People
Everyone will have another chance to improve at the second race in the Mayo AC Road League – the Carramore 10k on Sat 21st May. This traditional race over a popular course has recently been accurately re-measured and the efforts of Christy Heneghan and his team deserve widespread support. The entry fee is a recession proof €10. Full details next week.