Mayo AC

  • 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 www.mayoac.com

    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 www.mayoac.com  

    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 www.mayoac.com or on www.runireland.com or register on the evening from 6:30 pm at St Gerald's Hall. Race starts 8pm sharp. Please arrive early. 

  • What an amazing week it was for Mayo AC's star master athlete Pauline Moran. Following her recent performances in the National Masters Indoors Championships when she broke three W60 age category records, she went to Poland to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships held in Toruń from March 24-30. Competition is keen as athletes from all over the world compete against their peers on track & field, cross country and road in all age categories from 35 - 90+. 

    On Monday March 25 she ran in the 8k cross-country race and came home in 35:36 to win a silver individual medal. 

    Two days later she was on the start line for the women's W60 10k and finished in second place again to add another silver. Unfortunately, after that tough 10k 

    Pauline came down with a stomach bug and thought she wouldn’t make the start of Saturday morning's  half marathon. It was to be her third race in five days, completing just short of a marathon in total distance - and an amazing achievement in itself.

    However, with typical courage and resilience she finished ran another brilliant race crossing the line in an impressive 1:38.02, but sadly just outside the medals in fourth place.

    In that half marathon race Pauline was joined by Nuala Reilly (Drogheda &District AC) and Noreen Bonner (Finn Valley AC) -  both also excellent competitors - in an Irish women's W60 team and a formidable combination.

    Noreen Bonner came home in third place to win individual bronze in an excellent 1:35.36. Third team member Nuala Reilly ran strongly for fifth W60 in 1:40.12. The W60 winner was Marcelina Hernaiz (ESP) in 1:34.16.

    This 3,4.5 finish gave the Irish team a cumulative total of 4:53.44 to clinch W60 team gold. 

    Naturally, Pauline was exhausted afterwards but delighted to end an amazing five days with gold. 

    Three races, three world masters medals - two individual silver, and one gold team. A fantastic performance. 

    Ireland had 110 masters in Toruń and when the championships finished they were an impressive 11th place of 55 competing countries on the medals table with 41 :  10 gold, 18 silver and 13 bronze. And Pauline Moran had contributed three to that total.

    Mayo AC are delighted and immensely proud of her achievement.

     

     

  • Three athletes from Mayo Athletics Club were in the Irish team competing in the 31st Annual British and Irish Masters International Cross Country in Swansea on Saturday last, November 17.

    They all ran in the same race over 6km on a tough hilly course at Singleton Park. Competition was keen between individuals and teams from the five nations - England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Ireland.

    Pauline Moran from Newport ran brilliantly to win gold, finishing first individual in the W60 age category, and led the Irish W60 team who won silver. 

    Mags Glavey from Swinford also had a very strong run and led the Irish W60 team home and they won bronze. 

    Tom Hunt from Carracastle was Ireland's second finisher in their M70 age category team who won silver. 

    Mayo AC is very proud of the three medal winning master athletes who have represented the club in many previous Masters International Cross Country events. 

    They continue the club's excellent record in this annual international event. 

  • This week the Irish Master Athletics Association  announced the Irish teams to compete in the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International next month.

    This follows last Sunday’s (October 21) trials –  part of the Open Autumn Cross Country Festival at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Dublin. Teams of four represent each age category except for men’s o35 – o50 who have six in each.

    Four Mayo AC members competed in the trials and three of them were selected on the Irish team to compete in the Annual  British & Irish Masters Cross Country International in Swansea next month.

    They are Pauline Moran who will lead the Irish W60 team, Mags Glavey leads the W65s, and Tom Hunt is in the M70 squad.

     It was a big achievement for Norah Newcombe to get to the start line and she was just outside the selection contenders in 7th place W35. 

    The Irish team compete against master athletes from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

     

  • Two Mayo AC runners headlined a successful Bank Holiday weekend for the club in events around the country. 

    John Higgins from Carracastle crossed the line in an excellent 6th place in the Derry Walled City Marathon on Sunday June 2. He finished in a great time 2:52.15. The race winner was Kenyan Eric Koech in 2:34.19. 

    Norah Newcombe Pieterse from Ballina ran a brilliant time of 37:05 in the Vhi Women's 10k in Dublin. She finished in an excellent 8th place. Two other Mayo AC runners competed - Angela McVann came home in 50:14, and Maria Kneafsey (club secretary) finished in 52:46. 

    The 10k winner was Aoibhe Richardson (Kilkenny Harriers AC) in 34:35. Her mother Niamh (Murphy) - a Westport native - finished in 40:23 and was 3rd o50. Ballycroy native Maura Ginty (Sportsworld AC) who ran alongside her for much of the way also finished in 40:23. 

    Edel Reilly from.Hollymount is in great form in local races this season and she came home in 27th place in 39:39.

    In the Cork City Marathon on Bank Holiday Sunday Stephen Skillington came home in 4:43:46,  and in the Tribal 5k in Galway Mags Connell 25:37, and Eileen Crowley 26:47 were the two Mayo AC finishers. 

     

     

  • The 2nd race in the Mayo AC Summer 5K series took place at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar yesterday evening.

    The 135 finishers were led home by Jake O'Regan of St John's athletic club, finishing in 15:41.

    The Co Clare native was well ahead of Brendan Conway of Westport AC who came home in 16:35 - and was also 2nd in this race last year.

    Clubmate David Hickey was 3rd in 17:03.

    Edel Reilly was the winner of the women's race in 19 mins.

    Maura Ginty of Sportsworld AC was 2nd, with Dalva McPhilips in 3rd place from Westport AC.

    The third race in the Summer Series 5K takes place in Ballyhaunis next Tuesday evening at 8pm.

    Registration on the evening at the Rugby Club from 6.30 or online