Host club South Sligo AC got the local traditional festive event back on the road for the 2022 edition of the Tubbercurry St Patrick’s Day 10k and 5k races. 

An excellent team of over 100 volunteers covered the two separate courses. The start of both races was at Teeling St and the finish at Wolf Tone Square. There was a good turnout with a combined total of over 250  for the two races.

The 10k is a tough but fair one lap test. The half way point is at Moylough and then there's a few hills before the classic fast 500 metre downhill finish to the Square.

Conditions were blustery but the rain held off. There was a chilly head wind after the 7k mark where the field turned for home and the classic downhill finish to Wolf Tone Square.

Michael McMeekin Sligo AC led off from the start and had put some distance between himself and the field in the first 2k. He won easily in 33:01, from North Sligo AC duo Donal Egan 35:37 and Craig Brennan 35:41.

Mari Johnston Sligo AC had a few metres on Sarah Byrne as they headed out the Mountain Road after the lap of the town. She ran strongly all the way to come home first woman in 39:48. Mari finished the 2019 race in 41:14. Sarah Byrne finished an excellent second in 41:04 and was joined on the podium by Mayo AC clubmate ColetteTuohy 42:08. Sligo and Mayo runners dominated the 10k podium positions. Congratulations to Sarah and Colette on their brilliant performances in difficult conditions.

Well done also to the other four Mayo AC finishers:  11th overall was Anto Devaney 39:37, Michael McNeela 42:53, Padraic McVann 42:13, and Angela McVann 49:24.

The 5k race winner was Jake O’Regan St John’s AC in an easy run for him, finishing in 15:38. He is in brilliant form having won the recent Bundoran 10 mile in 48:40, and Bohermeen Half Marathon March 13 in 64:52.

Well done Caitlin Hughes Swinford AC who led the women’s field home in 19:45. Congratulations to Caitlin who has been selected on the Irish team in the  2022 SIAB Cross Country International which will take place at Pembrey Country Park Swansea on Saturday March 26.

After a three year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was a  good to see a real live celebration of athletics again in Tubbercurry on St Patrick’s Day. 

Full results are at www.mayoac.com 

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