Well done to five members of Mayo AC who tested their athletic endurance when competing over tough but scenic terrain in three Connemarathon events on Saturday April 23.

Mike Griffin finished 23rd in the Half-marathon in 1:32.43 (1:33.30).

Tom McEnery was the winner in 1:20.09, and Áine Kenny Crusaders AC first woman in 1:36.51.

Colin Clancy was first of three members who ran the UltraMarathon (39.3 miles). He finished 32nd in 5:54.13 just ahead of

Mark Basquille and David McGrath 38th/39th respectively in 6:05.08 (6:04.55).

Winner was Stu Rawlinson Wanderers AC in 4:23.50, with Sandra McKeever Foyle Valley AC first woman across the line in 5:16.23.

And Tom Jennings paced in the marathon coming home in 3:58.40 in 99th place.

Wonderful achievements – Congratulations to all five!

Congratulations also to Hugh Armstrong of Ballina AC who broke the Welsh All-comers record for the marathon with a time of 2:14.04 at the Wrexham Elite Marathon on April 24.

The old record of 2:14.43 stood since 1963 was held by Brian Kilby who went on to finish 4th in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Hugh returned to racing this spring with an excellent 10 miler and followed it up on March 13 with 19th place in the Ghent (Belgium) Half Marathon in 1:03.59 just outside his pb.

The entry standard for the men’s marathon in the 2022 World Championships in Oregon in July is 2:11.30.

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