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.