Athletics

  • The All Ireland Schools Combined Athletics were held yesterday in AIT Athlone. Athletes competed in high jump, long jump, hurdles, shot putt and an 800mtr. Ballyhaunis Community School was represented by Niamh O Neill and she finished 2nd. In doing so she was selected on the Irish School girls team and will travel to Scotland in November for an International. Niamh will be joined by Chloe Casey from Loughrea. These are the only Connacht athletes to be selected.

  • Five athletes from this region have travelled to Estonia for the Ironman event there this Saturday.

    Barry Loftus from Crossmolina, who is competing in his 7th Ironman, Noreen O’Toole from Westport, Colm Dockery, Ciaran Maguire and Billy Brennan have all made the journey.

    The race begins with a single-loop 3.8 km swim in the Baltic Sea near the Seaplane Harbour museum. Athletes will then continue onto a two-loop, 180.2 km bike course which leads along the coastline and nearby villages. The final 42.2 km four-loop run takes participants through the historical city centre of Tallinn, an UNESCO world heritage site, and finishes on Freedom Square. 

  • A strong Irish team of 16 athletes have been selected for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow from March 1st to 3rd

    Among them is Cillin Greene from Galway City Harriers who will be in the 400m competition.

  • Michaela Walsh was back in action yesterday when she represented Ireland at the Loughborough International in England.

    Michaela claimed the gold in the u23 women's shot put with a huge throw of 15.97m ranking her inside the top 5 in Europe at the age of 19. 

    Moving up the ranks Michaela also came 1st in the senior category this is an amazing achievement for the talented young Swinford athlete.

  • The Kilmovee community celebrated their 10th Annual10k in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice and Kilmovee Shamrocks GAA on Saturday afternoon. Community spirit and brilliant local organization came together once again on a lovely April day, providing all those taking part with a wonderful sporting occasion.

    Racing conditions were excellent – calm and dry for the record field of 596 runners and walkers on this flat course which has one short uphill section in the final kilometre at Kilcashel.

    The race winner was Ray Hynes (Donore Harriers) in 32:49 just outside the course record of 32:00 set in 2017 by Gary Thornton (GCH). Ray also won in 2018. He was just under a minute ahead of Alan Kelly (Ballina AC ) in second place 33:46 with Brendan Conway (Westport AC) third in 34:15.

    The first woman finisher was Edel Reilly (Hollymount ) in 39:34.

    Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) who won a National 10k gold medal in her W50 category was second in another great time 39:45 with Sarah Syron  (Mayo AC) an excellent third in 40:06. Their clubmates Angela O’Connor 42:27 and Paula Donnellan 44:30 were next across the line in brilliant form.

    Carnacon 8k winner John Higgins was Mayo AC's first finisher – 5th overall in 35:52  with W50 winner Tom Prendergast 37:44 and Tony O’Malley 38:08 close behind.

    Mayo AC had 35 competitors in action - a great turnout from the club and some achieved personal best finish times – well done to all and congratulations to the prizewinners.

    It was the third event in the 2019 Mayo AC Club League, and points achieved by  club members who competed will be added to tables and published soon. The next race in the league kis the Run for Boylo 10k at Foxford on Sunday April 28.   

    Complete results from Kilmovee and a full list of Mayo AC finishers is at www.mayoac.com

    Prizewinners:

    Senior Men 1: Ray Hynes  (Donore Harriers ) 32:49 2:  Alan Kelly (Ballina AC) 33:46(33:45) 3: Brendan Conway (Westport  AC) 34.15(34.14)

    Senior Women 1 Edel Reilly (Hollymount) 39:34(39.30) 2: Colette Tuohy  (Mayo AC) 39:45(39.42) 3  Sarah Syron (Mayo AC) 40:06(40.03)

    Men over 35 1: Sean Burke  Tuam AC) 35:32(35.30) 2: Dwayne Flynn 35:59(35.56)

    Women over 35 1: Ciara Duffy 41:45(41.45); 2 Paula Prendergast 44:25(44.22)

    Women over 50 1 Angela O’Connor 42:27(42.22), 2 Mary Crowe 43.31(43.31)

    Men over 50 1 Tom Prendergast 37:44(37.42),  2 Garret Bracken 38:20(38.17)

    U18 Junior Men 1 Rory Gallagher 39:52(39.51); 2 Rory Callaghan 41:57(41.45)

    U18 Junior Women 1 Rachel Lawlor 47:15(47.06)

    Teachers Competition –  Michael McDonnell Memorial Shield Trophy was won by Bill Carty (Sligo AC) of Killavil National School who finished in 38:20(38.19).

  • The National Masters Track & Field Championships took place on Saturday August 18 at Tullamore. A packed timetable of events ran from 11am to 7pm.

    Conditions were dry and at times very warm  (23°C) and turned quite humid towards evening with the approaching storm.

    Competition was keen as usual at all levels. Well done to Mayo AC's  five representatives who competed in four age categories and who brought home a total of 14 medals – six track and eight field.

    Heptathlete Patrick Moran led the tally with five medals in the M60 category,  including a discus pb and a great win in the 400m race in 70.18.

    Pauline Moran has had a great week. Following her National Half Marathon W60 gold and W50 team gold last Sunday, she retained her 800 and 1500 metres titles in smooth style.

    Ann Murray collected a bronze in 1500. Martin Peyton had a productive day in the field events winning four bronze medals.

    Congratulations to all the Mayo AC medal winners.

    Mayo AC results:

    Pauline Moran W60: gold in 1500 and 800 metres.

    Martin Peyton M65: 4 bronze medals: 35lb WFD (weight for distance), Shot Put, Javelin, Long Jump.

    Ann Murray W50: 4th 800, 3rd 1500 metres

    Patrick Moran M60: Five medals: gold 400m & hammer, Silver in high-jump, Bronze in Discus+PB 31.50m, Bronze in Javelin

    Tom Hunt M70: 800 metres 4th, 5,000 silver, 1500 bronze.

    You can check full results at www.mayoac.com

  • Iarlaith Golding, Balla representing  St Colmans College Claremorris won gold in the 100 metre sprint hurdles at the All Ireland Schools National Finals in Tullamore today. This completes a hat trick of titles as he has previously won this event over the past two years.

    Also congrats to Niamh O Neill from Ballyhaunis Community School who won bronze in the intermediate long jump.

    Both athletes are members of St Colmans South Mayo Athletic Club

    Maeve Gallagher from St Joseph's Castlebar won the All-Ireland 1500m also. 

    While Aoife Hernon of Claremorris won gold and Adam Sheridan of Westport took silver in their respective disciplines. 

  • Eager to compete against the best in the country, a group of Moy Valley Athletic Club athletes made the trip to Rathfarnham for the illustrious Rathfarnham 5k, one of the biggest and fastest 5k races in the country. The race has a reputation of enabling fast times and attracting fast athletes. This year's race had 946 finishers on the day and the Moy Valley finishers all posted personal bests for 5k on the road.

    The race was won by Irish International Kevin Dooney in a blistering 14:29. Keelan Kilrehill finished in 8th place overall in 15:04 and was first junior man to cross the line. It was a magnificent gutsy yet fluid run for Keelan to be able to compete at this level and inspire his team to excel also.

    Next for the Moy Valley athletes was Kevin Maye who posted a time of 16:11. Kevin has seen his times tumble in recent months and this is testament to his dedication to training. Only eight seconds behind Kevin was Cormac McDermott who put in a personal best performance over 5k to cross the line in 16:19, a great run from the Leaving Cert student!

    When you compete in a team competition, you want everyone to contribute to the collective effort and there were no better team members than Conor McLoughlin and Luke Johnson. Conor put in his typical heart and soul effort to post a time of 17:16 and Luke kept Conor in his sights to finish in 17:30. The accumulated times decided where the prizes were going and with five athletes coming in under 17:30, Moy Valley AC were hopeful they were in the shake-up. There was delight when it was announced that the Junior Men’s team of Keelan Kilrehill, Cormac McDermott, Conor McLoughlin and Luke Johnson won the Junior Men’s team race and indeed were fourth team overall.

    Eager to participate, Brendan Kilrehill also completed the race. Coach Philip Finnerty had the team well prepared for the race and all should be looking forward the cross country season just underway.

    Training for Moy Valley Athletic Club takes place for over 7’s on the cross country course in Belleek and Ballina Town FC astro turf pitch at 6:30 pm every Monday and Wednesday. Mini athletics for six year olds takes place at 6:30 pm on a Friday in the gym at St.Muredach’s College.

  • 45th Annual St Patrick's Day Tubbercurry 10k prizewinners: 

    Men 1 John Travers (Donore Harriers) 31:34, 

    2 Jake O' Regan (St John's AC) 32:51, 

    3 Rossa McAlister (Donore Harriers) 33:07 

     

    M40 1 John Byrne (Mayo AC)  34:11

    M50 1 Eamon  Murphy (N Sligo AC) 36:49

    M60 1 David Dinsmore (Mayo AC) 43:45 

     

    Women 1 Teresa Doherty (Finn Valley AC) 35:49, 

    2 Sara Doohan ( Corran AC) 38:24, 

    3 Heather Foley (North Sligo AC) 38:43

     

    W40 Michelle Lannon (Carrick on Shannon AC 40:19

    W50 Mari Johnston  (Sligo AC) 40:27

     

    181 finishers. Full results at www.mayoac.com

  • The inaugural Castlebar Greenway 10 mile race  organised by Mayo AC.took place on Sunday morning. The out and back course started and finished at Castlebar town park and included eight miles along  the Greenway, criss crossing bridges over the Castlebar river with a two mile loop on public roads through Turlough village via the Round Tower.

    Conditions were good and the rain held off until near the end of the race when finishers faced a stiff breeze as they headed for the town park.

    John Byrne came home the winner (59:17) twenty seconds ahead of David Tiernan with Daire Comer third repeating last weekend’s Charlestown 10k top three. Emma Grimes was first woman across the line in 65:59, just over a minute ahead of Colette Tuohy with Maura Ginty from Ballycroy third in 69:16.

    Mayo AC Chairman David Dinsmore presented the prizes and congratulated all who competed. He also thanked the Castlebar Greenway 10 organisers led by Padraic McVann and Colette Tuohy and their excellent volunteers, the Order of Malta for their services – “a superb job by all and a great spread afterwards at An Sportlann”.

    The 10 mile race was the final event in Mayo AC Vodafone 2018 club league..

    Full Results: (104 finishers) are on www.mayoac.com

    Prize winners:

    Men 1 John Byrne (Mayo AC) 59:17 ,2 David Tiernan (Mayo AC) 59:37 ,3 Daire Comer (Tuam AC) 60:17

    Women 1 Emma Grimes (GCH) 65:59, 2 Colette Tuohy (Mayo AC) 67:24 ,3 Maura Emma Ginty (Sportsworld) 69:16

    o40 men 1 Hugh McArdle (Roscommon Harriers AC) 62:09, 2 John Gordon 63:34.

    o40 women 1 Emma Keane 78:15 ,2 Aoibheann Finan 79:13

    o50 men 1 Michael O’Malley 72:58, 2 Thomas O’Brien 74:28

    o50 women 1 Marcella McDonnell (Mayo AC) 82:29, 2 Fionnuala O’Mara 82:58

    o60 men 1 Owen Mongan (Mayo AC) 78:52, 2 John Cunniffe (Mayo AC) 79:45

    o60 women 1 Pauline Moran (Mayo AC) 73:54

  • Senior Men 1: Ray Hynes  (Donore Harriers ) 33:05  2: Paddy O’Toole (Westport AC) 33:28 3: John Byrne (Mayo AC) 33.39

    Senior Women 1 Sara Doohan (Corran AC) 38:00 2: Colette Tuohy  (Mayo AC) 39:39 3 Mari Johnston (Sligo AC) 40:50

    Men over 35 1: David Hickey (Westport AC) 35:49 2: Dwayne Flynn 37:04, 3 Francis Cryan (Westport AC) 37:59

    Women over 35 1: Paula Prendergast 41:48; 2 Fiona Kelly 45:01, 3 Monica Henry (Sligo AC) 45:13

    Women over 50 1 Jackie Fleming 44:22, 3 Ann Murray (Mayo AC) 49:16, 3 Tina Corcoran 50:07

    Men over 50 1 David Corcoran 38:58; 2 Karl Boyce (Sligo AC) 39:43, 3 Ray Langton 40:58

    Men over 60: 1 Tom Mackey 44:48, 2 Jimmy Feeney (Mayo AC) 45:51, 3 Noel Feeney (Mayo AC) 46:38

    Women over 60: 1 Trish White 57:42, 2 Sheila Langton 60:50, 3 Kathleen Walsh 65:24

    over 70: Men 1 Michael Courell (Ballina AC) 51:44, Women 1 Eilish Glavey 74:30

    U19 Junior Men 1 Naoise Kelly 43:43; 2 Conor Egan 48:54

    U19 Junior Women 1 Rachel Lawlor 49:57;  2 Ciara Smith 68:34

    Teachers Competition –  Michael McDonnell Memorial Shield Trophy was won David Harte from Ashbourne EPNS who finished 13th overall in 39:01 .

    full results and report at www.mayoac.com

  • 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.

     

     

  • The National Senior Athletics Championships are taking place in the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown this weekend. Swinford's Michaela Walsh has claimed another senior title winning gold in the woman’s shot putt. This closes of an incredible indoor season for Michaela where she also won the U23 indoor Irish title and just last weekend she claimed her first university title when she won gold and also broke the DCU shot putt record.

  • 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