Well done to our member Frank Cloherty who led the organisation of yesterday’s successful fourth Turlough 8k. Here’s his story of how the day unfolded:
Spring morning sunshine and a clear blue sky greeted the 250 plus participants in the 4th Annual Turlough 8k. A good spread of local running talent came out in the sunshine and there was a noticeable spring in the step and a smile on the faces of all those who registered for the event from 10.30am.
The race started on time and local runners John Byrne, Anto Devaney and Aaron McHale set the pace establishing a clear lead before the 1k mark. As well as Aaron, another young and incredibly talented runner Thomas Devaney was also in contention and preparing to leave his mark on the event. John Byrne put in another fine effort and led the field home in 26.43, despite having celebrated a fantastic Castlebar Mitchels victory on the previous evening.
Colette Tuohy won the women’s race and showing great form led the way throughout coming home in 31.29
Post race refreshments were served in the marquee at the rear of Turlough House and great credit is due to the many hands that helped in preparing the fare.
The facilities and setting for this race are second to none and the Manager of Turlough Park, Tony Candon, together with Seamus O’ Donnell and staff at the National Museum of Ireland at Turlough House were thanked for facilitating the event.
Mayo AC Chairman PJ Hall was also thanked for his help in organising the race.
PJ Murphy and Niall Dunne from Mayo Mental Health Association presented the prizes to the winning runners. PJ spoke of the enormous cross community benefits that can be garnered from the association of regular exercise with positive mental health.
The event has continued to grow in popularity and the general feedback from participants was very positive. The organising committee consisting of a partnership between Parke Keelouges Crimilin GAA Club and Mayo Mental Health Association would like to thank all who helped in organising and supporting the event.
Note: A small number of male u18 runners may not have received a finishing time. They can contact Frank Cloherty (email firstname.lastname@example.org ) who will confirm their result.