The first race in Mayo AC 2017 Vodafone C&C Cellular 5k Series got off to an excellent start in Foxford this evening. Conditions were good, overcast but dry. There were some really fast times over the one lap course, and many happy runners filled the finish area with an excited buzz.
Richard Gorman (Sligo AC) was first over the line in 15:52, with just five seconds to spare over Sean McLaughlin (Westport AC). Michael Canty (Moy Valley AC) was third in 16:17 and James Ryan was the first Mayo AC finisher in 4th place in 16:56.
Sarah Syron (Mayo AC) ran a great race and led the women home in a fast 19:17, twenty seconds ahead of Ciara McDermott (Moy Valley AC), with Anne Marie Staunton (Mayo AC) third in 20:48.
There were 160 finishers. Well done to the Foxford organisers led by Ambrose Gaughan who set the standard for the Series with all points excellently covered. There was great support from the local services.
Men: 1 Richard Gorman (Sligo AC) 15:52, 2 Seán McLaughlin (Westport AC) 15:57, 3 Michael Canty (Moy Valley AC) 16:17
Women: 1 Sarah Syron (Mayo AC) 19:17; 2, Ciara McDermott (Moy Valley AC) 19:39, 3 AnneMarie Staunton (Mayo AC) 20:48
Race two in the Summer Series is the Ballyhaunis 5k next Tuesday at 8pm. Full details and online entry arrangements are at www.mayoac.com.