Our top man John Byrne underlined his winning form and fast time in the Charlestown 10k last Saturday with another brilliant victory today in the Athlone Flatline Half Marathon. John led 939 finishers home in 71:39, 14 seconds quicker than his National Half time last month, and over a minute clear of the field led by Peter Mooney of the Marathon Club of Ireland.
Finishing 11th overall and first woman in 75:21 was Maria McCambridge of DSD. Colette Tuohy was our leading woman, fifth overall in 86:43 and ahead of a great run from that Sligo AC warrior Lucy Brennan, 1st W50 in 87:59 and 7th place. Sarah Syron was 8th – another fine run in 88:34. Sarah was one of twelve recording PBs on the day including a number running their first Half Marathons.
We had a big group of runners there, many of them entered weeks ago, and most are preparing for the Dublin Marathon in 6 wks – 43 days, no pressure! Well done to all of our finishers in Athlone …finishing times:
Mayo AC ( PBs where known, gun/chip times where shown) Full results at www.precisiontiming.net
John Byrne 71:39;
Patrick O’Toole 75:59 PB;
Brendan Hession 81:34 PB,
Sean Murphy 82:56 PB,
Gerry Galvin 85:19 PB;
Colette Tuohy 86:43;
Michael McNeela 88:22;
Sarah Syron 88:43 PB;
Patrick Walsh 88:44;
Colette Sweeney 91:21;
Ambrose Gaughan 91:48;
Tom Charles 1:40:02;
Michael Carney 1:41:25 PB;
Ann McDonnell 1:48:16/1:47:16 PB;
Tracy Durkan 1:50:29/1:49:31 PB;
Laura Heneghan 1:51:05/1:50:06;
Trish Carty 1:57:51/1:56:58;
Bernie McHugh 1:59:28/1:58:30;
Rebecca McHugh 2:00:16/1:59:28;
Mags Connell Claremorris F4L 2:09:28, First Half, new member
Ballyhaunis Meet &Train:
Joe O’Gara 1:58:24/1:56:54;
Caroline Hession 2:03:32/2:02:06 First Half;
Martin Fitzmaurice 2:05:26/2:03:56 First Half;
Jim Donnelly 2:10:21;
Karen Clancy 2:12:20/2:10:52 First Half.
PADRAIG CULLINA 8k Road Race Sat 14th
There was a good turnout for the annual 8k at Irishtown on Sat evening held as a fundraising event for CROI in memory of Padraic Cullina.
John Nolan from Brickens who has been a regular on the racing scene this year recorded his first win. He led 113 runners/walkers home to win in 32:03. Pat McGee was 2nd in 32:15, and Patrick Walsh 3rd in 32:24. Both Patrick Walsh and Ambrose Gaughan who finished 6th in 33:50 ran the Athlone Half earlier in the day.Margaret Glavey has been in great form recently and the W60 champion was first woman across the line in 36.35. Joanne Henry finished 2nd 39:55, Sarah Melvin 3rd 40:31. Race results are here:
Henry Hughes returned to his home town to win the inaugural Parkrun 5k on Saturday morning.
Westport, Inaugural Parkrun (104 finishers) – Men: 1 Henry Hughes (Mayo AC) 17.23, 2 Tony Heraty (Westport AC) 17.38, 3 Patrick Morrison 17.50, 4 Matt Shields (Nth Belfast Hrs, M55) 18.03. Women: 1 Ciara Kelleher (W35) 22.37, 2 Aisling Heraty 22.57, 3 Sarah Staunton (Westport AC ) 24.30.