It was a busy weekend with events at five more locations in the West. Saturday saw the best of the weather though a few hail showers blew in from the east. Great to see lots of Mayo AC activity with over forty members competing over Easter.
Saturday March 31: Eamon Moloney 10k, Ennis “beautiful urban run” – third race in ‘Run Clare 5 to 10 fitness challenge’ : Well done to our three finishers Natasha Kelly 48:35, Karen Clancy 52:59 – both achieving PBs – and Trevor Kelly 73.01
Ros Run Half Marathon, Roscommon : Good running by the Ballyhaunis crew and more PBs here: Justin McDonagh 1:45.56/1:45.51 PB, Paul Damron 1:49.15/1:49.09 PB, Tracy Cunnane 1:56.45/1:56.40, and Anne Cunnane 2:09.05/2:08.59 PB
Colemanstown 10k had 76 finishers on a fast course were led home by Matt Bidwell (GCH) 33:41, with clubmate Regina Casey winning the women’s race in a great time 36:50. She also won the recent Craughwell 10k in 38:04. results www.redtagtiming.com.
Monday April 2: The Carney Lissadell 10k was a bit tougher than usual – cold, wind and rain – especially the open coastal section before the hill over Lissadell. Despite this there were fast times by winners John Travers (Donore Harriers) in 30:55 and Teresa Doherty (Finn Valley AC) 35:08 (new course records subject to confirmation?). Both were winners at the recent Tubbercurry 10k. There were 216 finishers with 33 under 40 minutes – Kilmovee 10k had 21 under 40 minutes from a field of 406.
In the Kilmovee10k teacher’s competition – Michael McDonnell Memorial Shield – winner David Harte (39.01) had another good run in Carney in 39:41 over this more challenging course. On Saturday he just pipped Bill Carty (Sligo AC/Killavil NS) by one second. However, Bill was rewarded with a PB 39:02 .
At the Bohola Martin Sheridan Memorial event there were a few 8k entrants sheltering from the rain and cold at gable ends. Most decided to head off on the route and self time. It wasn’t a day for hanging about. Mags Glavey was among them. The main event was a 4x2k relay and it was a very well organised and most enjoyable Community effort, as was the whole afternoon. It was both novel and exciting.
Twelve teams competed including junior, under 40 and over 40 – two men and two women per team. Congratulations to the Mayo AC over 40 team of Anto Devaney, PJ Hall, Breege Staunton and Colette Tuohy who finished second overall and first 40. Colette held off Swinford’s Jonathon Caulfield on the run in to the line. All finishers received a special commemorative medal engraved with the field event achievements of Bohola native and famous Olympian Martin Sheridan. 2018 is the 100th anniversary of his death (1881-1918)
There were plenty of refreshments for all at the centre afterwards . The day also included an video archive presentation on Martin Sheridan Olympic story by well known field events coach Paddy Kelly (Castlebar AC). There was also an excellent demonstration of the high jump by two juvenile members of Aughagower AC.
The day included a presentation of the Martin Sheridan Bursary and a wreath laying ceremony at a his monument beside the community centre which has been named after him in the heart of the village.
Well done to the organisers including Swinford AC.
Read more on Martin Sheridan Olympian here.