Tuesday April 24: Caltra 5k was the first race in the 2018 Galway Series
Well done to Tony O’Malley who was the only Mayo AC listed – he clocked 18:57 to finish 39th on a field of over 600.
Regina Casey (GCH) underlined her recent brilliant form with an 8th place overall and first woman in 17:18.
Thursday April 26 Aclare 8k: After a day of scudding clouds, hailstones and rainbows, the skies above Aclare settled into a serene evening for the annual 8k. Runners and walkers gathered at Kilmactigue Community Centre to support this annual fundraiser in aid of Gallagher House, Tubbercurry.
It’s a one lap course with a good testing hilly section between 2-5k.
A number of members car-pooled over from Castlebar and were joined by more from Mayo AC.
Peter Hynes was the winner in 30:29, ten seconds ahead of Frank Reape, with Sean Murtagh a further ten seconds behind in third.
Patricia McKeon made it a Swinford AC double coming home in 35:29 – over three minutes outside Lucy Brennan’s 2017 women’s course record 31:56. Connie Walsh from local South Sligo AC was second with our own Angela McVann third.
Michael McNeela was our first finisher and fifth overall in 32:04. Other Mayo AC : David Dinsmore, 33:43, Brendan Murphy 32.30, Justin McDonagh 38:14, James Murtagh 38:48. Cliona Finn, Ann McDonnell and John Nyland took it steady and crossed the line together in 45:29.
Well done to the organising team: Mayo AC member Padraic McVann, Phil Davitt, Mary Jones and Martina Kennedy, the local community and sponsors. They provided plenty post race nourishment afterwards at the prize presentations. John Nyland left clutching tightly to a nice spot prize while all finishers got an excellent goodie bag thanks to generous local sponsors.
It was a lovely enjoyable evening – thanks to all involved.
Men 1 Peter Hynes (Swinford AC) 30:29, 2 Frank Reape (Ballina AC) 30:39, 3 Sean Murtagh (South Sligo AC) 30:52
Women: 1 Patricia McKeon (Swinford AC) 35:29, Connie Walsh (South Sligo AC) 38:12, 3 Angela McVann (Mayo AC) 38:40.
Results (82 runners and walkers) Aclare2018
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