Sunday round-up

"How can I improve my 5k time?"

“How can I improve my 5k time?”

The Thursday evening training session for members at Claremorris Track with Matt Bidwell is proving to be a well supported and productive workout. Track work can make different physical demands on those used to road. The hour long session is varied to ensure rest and recovery. For many it’s a welcome and competitive change to have training company. As the chilly evenings progress, it’s not long before you get warmed up. All levels are catered for in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. New members welcome. Come along early and ready for warm up at 6:30pm. €2 at the gate.

A number of runners who competed in the National Masters Cross Country last week in Tuam were prominent among the finishers in events today at Gort, Cloonacool and Turlough.
Matt Bidwell was back on road following his first cross country bronze medal success in Tuam and easily won the 8k race at Gort in 26:19.
Richard Gorman (Sligo AC) who was one place behind Matt in an excellent 11th in Tuam, won the out and back Cloonacool 5k in a course record 15:51. First woman was local runner Mari Johnston (Sligo AC) in 19:36 who also competed in Tuam, as did Tom Hunt (Mayo AC) who finished 13th in 20:39.
200 runners/walkers took part. Runners results are here:  2015 CLOONACOOL GAA 5KM

Mayo AC athletes won the main prizes in the Turlough 8k on Sunday last. It was organised by Parke Keelogues Crimlin GAA and held in conjunction with Mayo Mental Health Association and the National Museum of Ireland.
John Byrne was the clear winner in 26:48, with Anto Devaney second in 30:10 and Aaron McHale age 14, third in 30:48. Aaron displayed great running talent and was one of a number of young GAA players taking part sporting their black and amber jerseys and indicating there is
plenty of young running talent in the area. Colette Tuohy was first woman home in 31:43, with Edel Feeney second 37:11 and Julie Kearney third 37:17.  Over 50: first man was PJ Hall 35:12, and Ann Murray first woman 37:43 .

It was a very misty day but the heavy rain held off for most of the race.The course is fairly testy with a few hills in the middle section, and a welcome downhill finish.
Registration, start and finish all took place in the lovely grounds of the National Museum of Country Life in Turlough, and some of the participants and supporters used the opportunity to visit there. Frank Cloherty, Patrick and Niall Dunne had the course well marshaled and
Turlough village and surrounds were well dotted with hi-viz vests.The locals put on a great spread after with the usual very welcome cuppa
Results: Turlough 8km Results 2015

In the Westport 5k (110 finishers) Robert Malseed won in 17:03, with Michelle Needham first woman home in 20:10. Results:

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