Weekend results Connacht XC, NYC marathon, Corofin 8k

Padraic, Jimmy and Darren at Sligo racecourse after today’s Connacht cross country race

The Connacht Senior, Masters, Novice Cross Country League Leg 2 took place today at Sligo racecourse. Most of our runners from the first leg in Loughrea last month competed. All women plus men o65 ran in the first race over two long laps approx 4k on this excellent course with great panoramic views over Sligo town and Benbulben.

Conditions were good with a freshly cut grassy surface all the way round. We had eight runners competing – for some it was their fourth xc in as many weeks. Colette Tuohy led home in this race in 7th place overall with Pauline Moran, Angela O’Connor, Ann Murray and Tom Hunt following in to the finish.
Men ran four laps – Padraic McVann, Darren Brewer and Jimmy Feeney completed the tough task which includes a challenging uphill section past the grandstand. Well done to all of our finishers.
The final leg of the Connacht Connacht Cross Country league is next Sunday at Belleek. See event calendar.
Mayo AC chairman David Dinsmore (M60) ran in the 48th New York City marathon today. Buttery fall sunshine in a cool breezy mid-40sF at the Staten Island start and then an afternoon high of near 55F as the record field approached the finish at Central Park. You couldn’t ask for better weather if you’re a long distance runner.
David’s marathon preparation included a 1:34.00 finish in the Galway Bay Half marathon last month – after this he said was looking at best for a 3:20 finish in New York. He reached 10k in 46.31 and halfway in 1:43.
15.  The second half stats tell us he had a tough time of it from there to the finish – 30k 2:34.43, and crossing the line in 4:19.50.
Well done David on a brave performance!
This was David”s second marathon-  the first was also in the New York City in 1979 when he finished in 2:51.32 (M23).
Race winners were Lelisa Delisa (Eth) 2:05.59 – 50 seconds outside course record, and Mary Keitany (Ken) 2:22.48 just 20 seconds outside course record. It was her fourth victory in the event.
Referencing the 1979 New York City marathon, there were 10,455 finishers that year  – and 11% were women. In 2017 42% of the 50,641 finishers were women.
In 1979 Bill Rodgers (USA) won in 2:11.42. He won Boston marathon and New York City marathon four times between 1975-1980.
Grete Waitz (Norway) was first woman home  in 2:27.33 and became the first woman in history to run the marathon in under two and a half hours. She won nine New York City marathons between 1978 and 1988, more than any other runner in history.
Well done to our three finishers in the Corofin 8k today : James Malone 33.12, prizewinner Deirdre Corcoran who was first F40 in 37:55, Catherina Diskin Hunt 52.56
145 finishers: Corofin_8km_2018

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