•   The Achill Half Marathon and 10k took place on Saturday last with more than 1,300 runners from a record 22 different countries taking part in the event. The early morning mist cleared by the start of the race to bring almost perfect racing conditions.

    The Half Marathon was won by David Murray in a time of 1 hr 16 mins and 23 seconds just 29 seconds ahead of Christopher Peck who finished second. In a hard fought battle for second place he edged out Patrick Lyons by a mere 2 seconds.

    The ladies race was won by Catherine Thornton with a time of 1 hr 32 mins and 36 seconds, almost 3 mins ahead of Charlotte Kearney in second and Yvette Leahy in third.

    The 10 k was won by Ray Hynes with a time of 33 mins 39 seconds, Sam France was second with 35 mins 57 secs and Joseph McDermott was third in a time of 36 mins 43 secs.

    The ladies 10K was won by Clare Sullivan with a fantastic time of 39 mins and 7 seconds which also placed her 6th overall. Adrienne Jordan was second but also in the overall top 10 with a time of 40 mins 59 secs. Caroline Crowley crossed the line in 43 mins and 14 seconds to secure third place.

    The oldest competitor to complete the Half Marathon was Thomas Kelly of Pollagh, Achill. Thomas has completed several races since reaching 80 years of age a few years ago and amazingly knocked 10 mins of his personal best since becoming an octogenarian.


  • Athletics Ireland has confirmed both Sport Ireland and Government clearance to resume limited club and other athletic activity beginning from next Monday, May 18th.


    One of the first sports to receive such Sport Ireland and Government endorsement as part of phase one of the Government roadmap in reopening from Covid-19, it will allow all athletes to engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, either individually or in very small groups (maximum of four people), where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.


    A statement from Athletics Ireland confirmed the background to the endorsement from Sport Ireland and the Government, saying: “Athletics is a key strategic sport in improving the health of the nation and the recent study detailing the huge increases in people walking and running in the last two months illustrates the necessity to open our club outdoor facilities.”


    “Among the key parameters that must be met on Phase 1 of the Government roadmap are: people can engage in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, either individually or in very small groups (maximum four people), where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.


    Only people living within a 5 km radius of their athletic club can attend to train.”

  • The All Ireland Schools Combined Athletics were held yesterday in AIT Athlone. Athletes competed in high jump, long jump, hurdles, shot putt and an 800mtr. Ballyhaunis Community School was represented by Niamh O Neill and she finished 2nd. In doing so she was selected on the Irish School girls team and will travel to Scotland in November for an International. Niamh will be joined by Chloe Casey from Loughrea. These are the only Connacht athletes to be selected.

  • Sinéad Diver from Belmullet won the 10,000 metres last week at the Oceania Athletics Championships in Townsville a coastal city in northeastern Queensland, Australia.

    On Thursday last, Sinéad won the women’s 10,000 metres in 32:25, finishing four seconds ahead of fellow Australian international Ellie Pashley.

    Sinéad’s time was just over 30 seconds outside her 10,000 metres personal best of 31:50 set last December in Melbourne.

    It’s a significant indicator of her continuing good form since her brilliant 2:24 seventh place finish in the London Marathon in April.

    Her long term focus is on representing Australia in the marathon in the Tokyo Olympics in August 2020.


  • Five athletes from this region have travelled to Estonia for the Ironman event there this Saturday.

    Barry Loftus from Crossmolina, who is competing in his 7th Ironman, Noreen O’Toole from Westport, Colm Dockery, Ciaran Maguire and Billy Brennan have all made the journey.

    The race begins with a single-loop 3.8 km swim in the Baltic Sea near the Seaplane Harbour museum. Athletes will then continue onto a two-loop, 180.2 km bike course which leads along the coastline and nearby villages. The final 42.2 km four-loop run takes participants through the historical city centre of Tallinn, an UNESCO world heritage site, and finishes on Freedom Square. 

  • A strong Irish team of 16 athletes have been selected for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow from March 1st to 3rd

    Among them is Cillin Greene from Galway City Harriers who will be in the 400m competition.

  • Michaela Walsh was back in action yesterday when she represented Ireland at the Loughborough International in England.

    Michaela claimed the gold in the u23 women's shot put with a huge throw of 15.97m ranking her inside the top 5 in Europe at the age of 19. 

    Moving up the ranks Michaela also came 1st in the senior category this is an amazing achievement for the talented young Swinford athlete.

  • The Kilmovee community celebrated their 10th Annual10k in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice and Kilmovee Shamrocks GAA on Saturday afternoon. Community spirit and brilliant local organization came together once again on a lovely April day, providing all those taking part with a wonderful sporting occasion.

    Racing conditions were excellent – calm and dry for the record field of 596 runners and walkers on this flat course which has one short uphill section in the final kilometre at Kilcashel.

    The race winner was Ray Hynes (Donore Harriers) in 32:49 just outside the course record of 32:00 set in 2017 by Gary Thornton (GCH). Ray also won in 2018. He was just under a minute ahead of Alan Kelly (Ballina AC ) in second place 33:46 with Brendan Conway (Westport AC) third in 34:15.

    The first woman finisher was Edel Reilly (Hollymount ) in 39:34.

    Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) who won a National 10k gold medal in her W50 category was second in another great time 39:45 with Sarah Syron  (Mayo AC) an excellent third in 40:06. Their clubmates Angela O’Connor 42:27 and Paula Donnellan 44:30 were next across the line in brilliant form.

    Carnacon 8k winner John Higgins was Mayo AC's first finisher – 5th overall in 35:52  with W50 winner Tom Prendergast 37:44 and Tony O’Malley 38:08 close behind.

    Mayo AC had 35 competitors in action - a great turnout from the club and some achieved personal best finish times – well done to all and congratulations to the prizewinners.

    It was the third event in the 2019 Mayo AC Club League, and points achieved by  club members who competed will be added to tables and published soon. The next race in the league kis the Run for Boylo 10k at Foxford on Sunday April 28.   

    Complete results from Kilmovee and a full list of Mayo AC finishers is at


    Senior Men 1: Ray Hynes  (Donore Harriers ) 32:49 2:  Alan Kelly (Ballina AC) 33:46(33:45) 3: Brendan Conway (Westport  AC) 34.15(34.14)

    Senior Women 1 Edel Reilly (Hollymount) 39:34(39.30) 2: Colette Tuohy  (Mayo AC) 39:45(39.42) 3  Sarah Syron (Mayo AC) 40:06(40.03)

    Men over 35 1: Sean Burke  Tuam AC) 35:32(35.30) 2: Dwayne Flynn 35:59(35.56)

    Women over 35 1: Ciara Duffy 41:45(41.45); 2 Paula Prendergast 44:25(44.22)

    Women over 50 1 Angela O’Connor 42:27(42.22), 2 Mary Crowe 43.31(43.31)

    Men over 50 1 Tom Prendergast 37:44(37.42),  2 Garret Bracken 38:20(38.17)

    U18 Junior Men 1 Rory Gallagher 39:52(39.51); 2 Rory Callaghan 41:57(41.45)

    U18 Junior Women 1 Rachel Lawlor 47:15(47.06)

    Teachers Competition –  Michael McDonnell Memorial Shield Trophy was won by Bill Carty (Sligo AC) of Killavil National School who finished in 38:20(38.19).

  • The National Masters Track & Field Championships took place on Saturday August 18 at Tullamore. A packed timetable of events ran from 11am to 7pm.

    Conditions were dry and at times very warm  (23°C) and turned quite humid towards evening with the approaching storm.

    Competition was keen as usual at all levels. Well done to Mayo AC's  five representatives who competed in four age categories and who brought home a total of 14 medals – six track and eight field.

    Heptathlete Patrick Moran led the tally with five medals in the M60 category,  including a discus pb and a great win in the 400m race in 70.18.

    Pauline Moran has had a great week. Following her National Half Marathon W60 gold and W50 team gold last Sunday, she retained her 800 and 1500 metres titles in smooth style.

    Ann Murray collected a bronze in 1500. Martin Peyton had a productive day in the field events winning four bronze medals.

    Congratulations to all the Mayo AC medal winners.

    Mayo AC results:

    Pauline Moran W60: gold in 1500 and 800 metres.

    Martin Peyton M65: 4 bronze medals: 35lb WFD (weight for distance), Shot Put, Javelin, Long Jump.

    Ann Murray W50: 4th 800, 3rd 1500 metres

    Patrick Moran M60: Five medals: gold 400m & hammer, Silver in high-jump, Bronze in Discus+PB 31.50m, Bronze in Javelin

    Tom Hunt M70: 800 metres 4th, 5,000 silver, 1500 bronze.

    You can check full results at

  • The Irish 4x100m team which includes Mayo's Sarah Quinn finished 10th at the World Relays this evening in Poland after running 44.53 for 4th in their heat.

    Two places and 0.3 off Olympic qualification, but they secure their spot at next year's World Championships in Oregon. 

  • A member of Ballina AC is travelling to Poland today to take part in the World Half Marathon Championship on Saturday.

    Hugh Armstrong from Knockmore is running in the international event, and is looking forward to the challenge.

    Hugh is a trainee accountant with An Post, and is aiming to represent Ireland at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

    Speaking to Midwest Sport ahead of his flight to Poland, he said it's good to represent Ireland in an international competition.....

  • Sinéad Diver set a women’s world masters (40+) record in the 10,000m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 14th place on Saturday.


    Sinead narrowly missed out on a place at the Tokyo Olympics by half a second.


    Despite not being included in Athletics Ireland statistics on their All Time list since she declared for Australia, Sinéad is clearly now the third fastest Irish woman ever over 10,000 metres after Sonia O’Sullivan and Catherina McKiernan.

  • Hugh Armstrong from Ballina Athletic Club has been selected to represent Ireland in the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Poland on October 17th.

    This event was originally scheduled for March of this year but was postponed following the outbreak of Coronavirus.

    This is the only European or World Championship event scheduled to take place in 2020, and arrangements are still subject to change due to the pandemic. 





  • Iarlaith Golding, Balla representing  St Colmans College Claremorris won gold in the 100 metre sprint hurdles at the All Ireland Schools National Finals in Tullamore today. This completes a hat trick of titles as he has previously won this event over the past two years.

    Also congrats to Niamh O Neill from Ballyhaunis Community School who won bronze in the intermediate long jump.

    Both athletes are members of St Colmans South Mayo Athletic Club

    Maeve Gallagher from St Joseph's Castlebar won the All-Ireland 1500m also. 

    While Aoife Hernon of Claremorris won gold and Adam Sheridan of Westport took silver in their respective disciplines. 

  • Eager to compete against the best in the country, a group of Moy Valley Athletic Club athletes made the trip to Rathfarnham for the illustrious Rathfarnham 5k, one of the biggest and fastest 5k races in the country. The race has a reputation of enabling fast times and attracting fast athletes. This year's race had 946 finishers on the day and the Moy Valley finishers all posted personal bests for 5k on the road.

    The race was won by Irish International Kevin Dooney in a blistering 14:29. Keelan Kilrehill finished in 8th place overall in 15:04 and was first junior man to cross the line. It was a magnificent gutsy yet fluid run for Keelan to be able to compete at this level and inspire his team to excel also.

    Next for the Moy Valley athletes was Kevin Maye who posted a time of 16:11. Kevin has seen his times tumble in recent months and this is testament to his dedication to training. Only eight seconds behind Kevin was Cormac McDermott who put in a personal best performance over 5k to cross the line in 16:19, a great run from the Leaving Cert student!

    When you compete in a team competition, you want everyone to contribute to the collective effort and there were no better team members than Conor McLoughlin and Luke Johnson. Conor put in his typical heart and soul effort to post a time of 17:16 and Luke kept Conor in his sights to finish in 17:30. The accumulated times decided where the prizes were going and with five athletes coming in under 17:30, Moy Valley AC were hopeful they were in the shake-up. There was delight when it was announced that the Junior Men’s team of Keelan Kilrehill, Cormac McDermott, Conor McLoughlin and Luke Johnson won the Junior Men’s team race and indeed were fourth team overall.

    Eager to participate, Brendan Kilrehill also completed the race. Coach Philip Finnerty had the team well prepared for the race and all should be looking forward the cross country season just underway.

    Training for Moy Valley Athletic Club takes place for over 7’s on the cross country course in Belleek and Ballina Town FC astro turf pitch at 6:30 pm every Monday and Wednesday. Mini athletics for six year olds takes place at 6:30 pm on a Friday in the gym at St.Muredach’s College.

  • 45th Annual St Patrick's Day Tubbercurry 10k prizewinners: 

    Men 1 John Travers (Donore Harriers) 31:34, 

    2 Jake O' Regan (St John's AC) 32:51, 

    3 Rossa McAlister (Donore Harriers) 33:07 


    M40 1 John Byrne (Mayo AC)  34:11

    M50 1 Eamon  Murphy (N Sligo AC) 36:49

    M60 1 David Dinsmore (Mayo AC) 43:45 


    Women 1 Teresa Doherty (Finn Valley AC) 35:49, 

    2 Sara Doohan ( Corran AC) 38:24, 

    3 Heather Foley (North Sligo AC) 38:43


    W40 Michelle Lannon (Carrick on Shannon AC 40:19

    W50 Mari Johnston  (Sligo AC) 40:27


    181 finishers. Full results at

  • The inaugural Castlebar Greenway 10 mile race  organised by Mayo AC.took place on Sunday morning. The out and back course started and finished at Castlebar town park and included eight miles along  the Greenway, criss crossing bridges over the Castlebar river with a two mile loop on public roads through Turlough village via the Round Tower.

    Conditions were good and the rain held off until near the end of the race when finishers faced a stiff breeze as they headed for the town park.

    John Byrne came home the winner (59:17) twenty seconds ahead of David Tiernan with Daire Comer third repeating last weekend’s Charlestown 10k top three. Emma Grimes was first woman across the line in 65:59, just over a minute ahead of Colette Tuohy with Maura Ginty from Ballycroy third in 69:16.

    Mayo AC Chairman David Dinsmore presented the prizes and congratulated all who competed. He also thanked the Castlebar Greenway 10 organisers led by Padraic McVann and Colette Tuohy and their excellent volunteers, the Order of Malta for their services – “a superb job by all and a great spread afterwards at An Sportlann”.

    The 10 mile race was the final event in Mayo AC Vodafone 2018 club league..

    Full Results: (104 finishers) are on

    Prize winners:

    Men 1 John Byrne (Mayo AC) 59:17 ,2 David Tiernan (Mayo AC) 59:37 ,3 Daire Comer (Tuam AC) 60:17

    Women 1 Emma Grimes (GCH) 65:59, 2 Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) 67:24 ,3 Maura Emma Ginty (Sportsworld) 69:16

    o40 men 1 Hugh McArdle (Roscommon Harriers AC) 62:09, 2 John Gordon 63:34.

    o40 women 1 Emma Keane 78:15 ,2 Aoibheann Finan 79:13

    o50 men 1 Michael O’Malley 72:58, 2 Thomas O’Brien 74:28

    o50 women 1 Marcella McDonnell (Mayo AC) 82:29, 2 Fionnuala O’Mara 82:58

    o60 men 1 Owen Mongan (Mayo AC) 78:52, 2 John Cunniffe (Mayo AC) 79:45

    o60 women 1 Pauline Moran (Mayo AC) 73:54

  • Senior Men 1: Ray Hynes  (Donore Harriers ) 33:05  2: Paddy O’Toole (Westport AC) 33:28 3: John Byrne (Mayo AC) 33.39

    Senior Women 1 Sara Doohan (Corran AC) 38:00 2: Colette Tuohy  (Mayo AC) 39:39 3 Mari Johnston (Sligo AC) 40:50

    Men over 35 1: David Hickey (Westport AC) 35:49 2: Dwayne Flynn 37:04, 3 Francis Cryan (Westport AC) 37:59

    Women over 35 1: Paula Prendergast 41:48; 2 Fiona Kelly 45:01, 3 Monica Henry (Sligo AC) 45:13

    Women over 50 1 Jackie Fleming 44:22, 3 Ann Murray (Mayo AC) 49:16, 3 Tina Corcoran 50:07

    Men over 50 1 David Corcoran 38:58; 2 Karl Boyce (Sligo AC) 39:43, 3 Ray Langton 40:58

    Men over 60: 1 Tom Mackey 44:48, 2 Jimmy Feeney (Mayo AC) 45:51, 3 Noel Feeney (Mayo AC) 46:38

    Women over 60: 1 Trish White 57:42, 2 Sheila Langton 60:50, 3 Kathleen Walsh 65:24

    over 70: Men 1 Michael Courell (Ballina AC) 51:44, Women 1 Eilish Glavey 74:30

    U19 Junior Men 1 Naoise Kelly 43:43; 2 Conor Egan 48:54

    U19 Junior Women 1 Rachel Lawlor 49:57;  2 Ciara Smith 68:34

    Teachers Competition –  Michael McDonnell Memorial Shield Trophy was won David Harte from Ashbourne EPNS who finished 13th overall in 39:01 .

    full results and report at

  • Running conditions were good as the fourth race in the 10th Annual Mayo AC Summer Series got underway in Foxford on Tuesday evening June 12.. It was 13°C – a sunny, breezy evening as the field lined up on the Swinford Road. It’s a mainly flat one lap 5k course with a straight run in to the finish beside the river Moy. There were many fast times and personal bests among the 169 finishers.

    Jake O’Regan (St John’s AC AC) recorded his third consecutive  win in a row in the Series. It was another brilliant performance by the Clare athlete who crossed the line in 15:28 – one second faster than the previous week in Ballyhaunis.  He was chased all the way home by John Courell (Ballina AC) who finished in 15:56. John was pipped for first place in this race last year when he finished in 15:59.  Brendan Conway (Westport AC) maintained his great form in the Series with another podium finish – third in 16:12. He was part of another big contingent from Westport.

    Pat Morrison was first home of a large Mayo AC turnout in 5th place overall in 16:57, followed by Michael Rocke 6th in a new pb – 17:03.

    Norah Newcombe Pieterse (Mayo AC) ran her first race in the 2019 summer series and came home the clear winner in the women’s race in an excellent new pb 17:27. She was over a minute ahead of  Maura Ginty (Sportsworld AC) – second in 18:52. Third home was Edel Reilly – winner in Castlebar and Foxford – in 18:55.

    The next Mayo AC finisher after Norah was Paula Donnellan Walsh, 9th overall in 20:54, with Monica Nee 10th in 21:09.

    All Mayo AC members who finished will gain points in their club league.

    Congratulations to the winners and well done to all finishers.

    Well done to the Foxford organisers led by John Timothy with great local support from Ambrose Gaughan, Paddy and Ann Murray and volunteers. Thanks to the Order of Malta who also provided support.

    Perfect Timing – Mark and Ronnie Naylor - recorded the results.  Full results are on

    First three:

    Men: 1 Jake O’Regan (St John’s AC) 15:28, 2 John Courell (Ballina AC) 15:56, 3 Brendan Conway (Westport AC) 16:12

    Women: 1 Norah Newcombe Pieterse (Mayo AC) 17:27; 2  Maura Ginty (Sportsworld AC) 18:52, 3 Edel Reilly 18:55

    The final race the Mayo AC Summer Series is the Ballinrobe 5k next Tuesday June 18 at 8pm. Register at Soccer Club, from 6.30pm. See details on Mayo AC event calendar.

    The Summer Series After Party and prize presentation will take place at O’Neill’s adjacent to the finish line In Ballinrobe.

  • The first race in the 10th annual Mayo AC Summer Series took place at Claremorris on Tuesday evening (May 21). Conditions were calm, warm and dry. The one lap course is mainly flat over the first half with a gradual climb from 3k until the track – a 400 metre circuit to the finish line.There was an excellent turnout – 169 finishers. Among them a good number of Mayo AC runners and the event was well supported by local athletics clubs and fitness groups, many of whom have signed up for the full series of five races.

    It was a double for Mayo AC who provided the winners of both men's and women's races. Carracastle based John Higgins (Mayo AC) was the race winner in a new pb 17:15. He pulled away from David Hickey (Westport AC) up the hill section towards the track and was 13 seconds ahead on the run in. Third was Dan Charleton (Castlebar) in 17:53 – he finished second behind John Higgins in the Carnacon 8k in the spring.

    Well known Claremorris runner Catherine Conway (Mayo AC) came back to racing with an impressive performance to win the women’s race in 19:25. She was over 20 seconds ahead of Ballycroy native Maura Ginty (Sportsworld AC) 19:46. Clare O’Boyle (Ballina AC) came home third in 19:55.

    Well done to the winners and all finishers – there were a few pbs on the evening  among them Paula Donnellan Walsh (Mayo AC) who has been making consistent progress in all races this year - she came home 6th woman in 21:17.

    Claremorris 5k first three:

    Men: 1 John Higgins (Mayo AC) 17:15; 2 David Hickey (Westport AC) 17:28; 3 Dan Charleton (Castlebar) 17:53.

    Women: 1  Catherine Conway (Mayo AC) 19:25; 2  Maura Ginty (Sportsworld AC) 19:46, 3  Clare O’Boyle (Ballina AC) 20:37

    Full Results are at  

    Well done to Mayo AC registrar John Timothy who led the Claremorris organising team making it a smoothly run event. 

    The next series race is at Castlebar on Tuesday next May 28 - online entry at or on or register on the evening from 6:30 pm at St Gerald's Hall. Race starts 8pm sharp. Please arrive early.