Running conditions were ideal as the first race in the 9th Annual Mayo AC 2018 Vodafone C&C Cellular 5k Series got underway in Foxford. It was 14°C – a sunny, calm evening as the field lined up on the Swinford Road. It’s a mainly flat course with a straight run in to the finish beside the river Moy. There were many fast times and personal bests in the field of 131 finishers.
Shawn McLaughlin (Westport AC) was first over the line in 15:56, one second faster than his second place in the race last year. In a close finish he was chased all the way home by John Courell (Ballina AC) who dipped on the line for 15:59. Kevin Maye (Moy Valley AC) was third in 16:25. Brendan Hession was the first home of a large Mayo AC turnout in sixth place overall 18:04.
Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) recovered well from her third place finish in Saturday’s Ballina Half to win the women’s race in 19:19. She was over half a minute ahead of Serena Tuffy (Ballina AC) second in 19:52. There was a close race for third between two fast improving Mayo AC runners with Lynda Hession just edging out Paula Donnellan by one second in 21:36.
Well done to the Foxford organisers led by PJ Hall with many other club members among the volunteers. The Order of Malta also provided support. Thanks also to members Colm and Ronnie Naylor who timed the event and will provide that service for the rest of the series.
Men: 1 Shawn McLaughlin (Westport AC) 15:56, 2 John Courell (Ballina AC) 15:59, 3 Kevin Maye (Moy Valley AC) 16:25
Women: 1 Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) 19:19; 2, Serena Tuffy (Ballina AC) 19:52, 3 Lynda Hession (Mayo AC) 21:36
Full results: foxford 5k
Race two in the Summer Series is the Ballyhaunis 5k next Tuesday May 29 at 8pm. Register at Rugby Club, Doctor’s Road from 6.30pm.
Full details of all Mayo AC Vodafone C&C Cellular Summer 5k Series races are at www.mayoac.com events calendar.