In early March this year we were contacted by a member of the Irish diaspora in America who has been following our website postings. He expressed a wish to join Mayo AC. We’re delighted to confirm that this process was completed last month. John Timothy, our registrar facilitated joining the online dots which enabled Patrick Jordan become a member of the club and purchase a club vest. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area in the U.S.
Patrick’s family on his father’s side emigrated from the Derryhillagh townland near Crossmolina, Co. Mayo around the time of the famine. He also has other Irish relatives who emigrated later (1860s/1880s) – primarily from Castlegar in Co. Galway – some of them worked the coal mines in western Pennsylvania. He has some other relatives in Addergoole. Patrick has connected with relations who currently live in the Derryhillagh area and learned more on family history.
On the athletics front, Patrick has run “a fair number of marathons and a lot of half marathons”. Last month he ran two half marathons – Washington DC, and the Love run in Philadelphia – both in just over two hours. He’s looking forward to wearing his new club vest in other events at the end of the month. He ran the last two Dublin Marathons (4:42 in 2016) and did the Ceide Fields Half last year, and is registered to run the Dublin Marathon (our National Championships) again this year. He’s in the M55 category and would slot in to our M50+ team if we declare one. In any case he’s looking forward to meeting up with club members competing in Dublin in October. He has another couple of races lined up at the end of April and we look forward to seeing some photos of him wearing the club vest.
Patrick says he “had the pleasure recently of attending a small gathering featuring one of the U.S.’s better marathoners over the past several years– Meb Keflezighi”. He is a recently retired Eritrean-born American long distance runner. He won silver in the 2004 Athens Olympics marathon and finished fourth in London 2012 He won both the 2009 New York City Marathon and the 2014 Boston Marathon – a unique achievement. He is a graduate of UCLA where he won four NCAA championships competing for their track and field team. In the Rio 2016 marathon he finished just behind Ireland’s Paul Pollock in 2:16. PBs include: 1500 metres in 3:42, 10,000 metres in 27:14, and marathon in 2:08.37.
If like Patrick you’d like to join Mayo AC, our 2018 registration button is on the homepage. We are always delighted to welcome new members (aged 18+) as well as those re-registering.