Norah finishes 8th in Annual Vhi Women’s 10k in Dublin

The annual Vhi Women’s 10k took place in Dublin this afternoon. As usual a massive field gathered for this annual event which began in 1983. The race started at 2pm in Fitzwilliam Square and finished on Baggot St and is said to be the biggest all-women’s event of its kind in the world.

The winner was Aoibhe Richardson (Kilkenny Harriers AC) in 34:35. She is currently training with Portland AC  while she is studying in the US. Aoibhe  ran in the Irish women’s u23 team in the European Cross Country Championships in Tilburg last December. Her mother Niamh (Murphy) is a Westport native and a former winner at Hollymount in 1990, and ’91. She won numerous National medals and represented Ireland in World Cross Country at Aix-les-Bains in 1990.
 Our top finisher was Norah Newcombe Pieterse in a brilliant 8th place in 37:03. She was hoping for a sub 37 – but that’s still a great time. Norah enjoyed the unique atmosphere and achieved her aim of a top 10 place. Maria Kneafsey followed up her 24:59 finish at Castlebar on Tuesday evening with a fine run in 52:56 –  two minutes faster than she ran in the women’s 10k in Castlebar last month. Angela McVann came home in a creditable 50:16. Well done to our three members.
Other Mayo based finishers included Edel Reilly in 39:48 – she finished second to Norah in the women’s 10k in Castlebar in 39:00 and won impressively in the 5k series race there on Tuesday evening last in 19:00. Also Maura Ginty (Sportsworld AC) who was happy with a 40:23 finish. Maura was second woman home in both of our 5k Series races in Claremorris and Castlebar at the end of May.
Reminders of two imminent Ballyhaunis events: on Bank Holiday Monday June 3, the Run West Ballyhaunis 10 mile at 11.00am – a club league race for Mayo AC members, and on Tuesday June 4 the third race in Mayo AC Summer 5k Series is at 8pm. Both events have their HQ at the Rugby Club.
 Also upcoming is the fourth series 5k in Foxford on June 11. It’s a club league race and will be the fifth of the eight target events. See these links for more details.