Last weekend the Colemanstown 10k was won by Matt Bidwell (GCH) in 33:36, with Jane Ann Meehan (Athenry AC) first women home in 37:04. Well done Darren Brewer (Mayo AC) who was our only finisher in 41:08.
Darren was racing again in Galway today (October 7) finishing the Galway Bay Half Marathon in 92:53. Our first finisher was Neil Carroll in an excellent new pb 86:27. Brendan Murphy was next home in 88:27. Other Mayo AC: Bill Coyne 97:52, Tim Hanley 1:43.16, Ann Marie Clarke 1:52.36, James Murtagh 1:54.32, Erika Ryan 1:54.49, Mags Connell 1:57.14, Joe O’Gara 1:57.23 -possibly pbs among them. And some missed among results? Race winner was Brendan McDonnell in a great time, well clear of the field in 70:22.
Well you done also to our Ballyhaunis based member Tracy Cunnane who finished the Galway Bay marathon in 4:07.19 (chip). Tracy was delighted with her run as she’s not been able to do long runs for two months with injury, but kept fit with gym work.
Eugene McCarton (Mayo AC) finished the 10k in 53:28.
In Co Sligo, Dwayne Flynn (Mayo AC) came home a brilliant fifth overall in the inaugural tough Ox Mountain Challenge 10 in 65:58. He was third senior man finisher behind winner Liam Feely (Nth Leitrim) 61:43.
Sunday October 8: Irish 3/4 Marathon (31.65k) Enfield Co Meath; well done to Karen Clancy 3:12.14, Justin McDonagh 2:50.20, Clive Lavelle 2:41.51. won by Gary Charlton (Clonliffe Harriers) 1:49.15 results www.redtagtiming.com
34th Tarmonbarry Half Marathon: won by Gary Condon 77:51; congratulations to Pauline Moran first woman finisher 1:38.46. Also Ambrose Gaughan 1:34.26, Patrick Walsh 1:36.06
81 finishers www.racesplitter.com
Also in action at the weekend was Paul Reynolds. He’s been enduring injury problems in recent months and as he says “hopefully getting over them. I ran tentatively in the Chester marathon on Sunday and was happy to get around in 3:22:31 chip time. It’s a lovely, friendly well organised marathon of 2800 participants or so. Chester is a charming town and ideal for a weekend away. The course is mostly rural though well supported in the villages. It’s probably a bit hilly for a pb attempt”.
Well done Paul, in at the deep end after that layoff. He finished 449th of 2644. Chester is an old Roman city on the river Dee. The marathon course winds through the Roman walls and ancient bridges, crosses the border into Wales and on through local villages to finish on the famous race course.