The Céide Coast and Amsterdam were two contrasting locations where members ran at the weekend. Ballycastle AC hosted the event on Saturday which included a 10k and Half Marathon. The course took in the start at Céide Fields centre, the North Mayo coast roads, Downpatrick Head and the finish at the village of Ballycastle.
Well done to Mayo AC’s Pat Morrison who won the Half in 83:46. Pat was third in the Clew Bay Half on the west coast three weeks ago in 83:19. Mags Connell was our other finisher in 2:06.16, using the event as a training run ahead of Dublin in two weeks time. Michael Canty (Moy Valley AC) won the 10k in 34:54. Well done to Eugene McCartan (Mayo AC) who won the M50 category prize in 55:29.
Noel Gibbons M45 was our only finisher in the 42nd Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday. He came home in 3:14.18 net time, 3:16.36 gun time. In recent years Noel ran 2:53.03 in Rotterdam in 2016 and 2:49.17 in Dublin in 2013 . The Amsterdam Marathon was part of the 1928 Summer Olympics where Boughera El Ouifa an Algerian running for France won gold in 2:32.57. Amsterdam did not have a marathon again until 1975. It’s reckoned to be a fast course and the winner in an exciting finish this year was Cherono 2:05.09
In Tuam, Catherina Diskin Hunt finished the Bert Gillard 8k in 52.06. Conor Devane a Junior from Ennis Track was the winner in 26:30 with Matt Bidwell (GCH) second in 27:07.
If there are any members who competed at the weekend and are not listed here, let us know and we’ll update.