Mayo AC athletes had another hugely successful day competing in the National Masters Cross-Country and in Mayo County Indoors championshps.

The Cross-Country took place at Castlelyons a small Co Cork village near Fermoy.

Eleven members made the long trip south.

They ran in Masters events preceded by many juvenile races with over 700 in total competing.

They ran magnificently on a very tough but fairly typical demanding cross country course – sticky mud amid well trodden grassy sections. 

It was energy sapping stuff after the course was well trodden by all the juvenile races. 

Competition was very keen in all  categories.

Mayo AC women competed on a  4,000 metres course and came away with five medals, a brilliant achievement.

There was individual Gold for Pauline Moran in W65 a top class performer on track and road also.

There was gold too for Mags Glavey in W70 - and a confidence boosting comeback. 

Angela O’Connor in took home bronze in W55 adding to a her collection of medals won in over twenty years with the club.

The experienced Women’s 50+ team won silver led home by Colette Tuohy, with excellent support by Joan Walsh, Noreen McManamon Angela, Pauline and Mags.

In the inter county women's 50+ event  Mayo won bronze – all of the team from Mayo AC.

There was huge disappointment for Colette Tuohy in her W50 category. 

She ran her heart out as usual and was just pipped by one second for bronze by a City of Derry Spartans finisher.

Nobody deserved a medal more than Colette who has put a huge effort into group training and organising the club  teams.

All of the club's athletes benefitted greatly from Mellet’s Hill sessions on the cross country course at Swinford.

Paula Donnellan W40,  Joan Walsh W50, Noreen McManamon W55 and Breege Staunton W45 all ran great races too and it was wonderful to see all of them in championship action and spirited camaraderie.

Mayo AC’s three men competed strongly in three different individual categories. 

Mike Griffin M40, Anto Devaney M45, and Padraic McVann M50 found the 7,000 course tough,  the club are equally proud of their performances.

Today’s five national medals combined with the eleven national indoor medals won recently, that’s a great start to the year for the club.

Meanwhile in Athlone TUS arena the Mayo County indoor championships took place and Mayo AC members added more medals.

Three gold for sprinter Declan Owens: 60m, 200m in a new pb 24.44, and in the long jump. Martin Peyton took gold in the shot, Sean Hynes two gold - 400m and 1500m.

There will be more medal opportunities at the Connacht Indoors during the weekend February 19-20 also at Athlone.

Well done too to Andrew Hayes (Mayo AC) who finished second in the Tony McGowan 10k on  Sunday in Drumshanbo in 36:58. 

Congratulations all round on a brilliant weekend for Mayo AC. 

Full results from the weekend are ar www.mayoac.com 

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