It was a calm weekend on the racing scene before the flurry of 5ks in next few days. Mags Glavey was racing again in Perth. Another 8am start in West Australia for the annual Run for a Reason event – 21k, 12k and 4k – 31,000 took to the streets to raise funds for a range of charities. Mags ran in the 12k, on a course that went along the closed roads of the freeway and by the Swan river. She finished 324th of 12,519 finishers in 53:45 – that’s 4:28k pace or 10k 44:40 – another great time by our F65 champion. The race was won in 37:35, with the first woman 13th in 40:25. Mags ran in her Mayo AC singlet which as she says “always looks good among all the colours”. She’s promised to bring back some of their late autumn lovely sunshine and warmth and hopes to run in 5k series at Castlebar.
And in Castlebar parkrun on Saturday, one of our newly registered members Julie Kearney came home 9th overall and first woman in 21:14. Well done, Julie – a great debut. She was in good company with our Sat a.m regulars Feeneys, Murrays and Joyces etc.
No word yet from Melbourne on Sinead Diver’s nomination. You may have seen photos of her here in Mayo AC colours and she says “while I’m hoping to represent Australia at the 2015 World Champs, I’m also very loyal to my home county in Ireland – Mayo. Now a member of Mayo Athletics Club, it was great to receive the club uniform recently and I will be proudly wearing it this year, both training and racing. A big thank you to my Irish friends for their continued support”.