Roger Barrett of Ballina AC delivered a front-running performance to win the annual Ballyhaunis 8k road race on Saturday evening, finishing in 26.00 over what was a tough course.
Barrett and his clubmate Michael Canty set the early pace before Barrett pulled away for victory in the second half of the race. Canty held on for second in 26.43 and Brendan Gill (Mayo AC) was third in 28.23.
Ann Lennon of Mayo AC was a clear winner of the women's race in 30.28 and Collette Tuohy (Mayo AC) finished second in 31.26 with Pauline Moran (Mayo AC) placing third in 34.47.
Three local sportspeople were remembered at the event and trophies were presented to the winners in memory of Pat Cribbin, Michael 'The Minister' Waldron and Eamonn Healy, all of whom had sporting links with Ballyhaunis.
THORNTON BATTLES FOR VICTORY IN LOUGHREA
In what was a busy weekend for road running in the west, Gary Thornton of Galway City Harriers won Sunday's Grey Lake 10k in Loughrea in 31.00 after an early battle with former Olympian and now masters runner Noel Berkeley, who travelled by motorbike from Midleton to take part in the event.
Berkeley finished in 32.19 and Matt Bidwell (GCH) was third in 33.55. Freya Ross from Edinburgh finished fourth in 34.36 to win the women's race and John Harkin (Tullamore Harriers) was fifth in 34.58.
Orla Gormley (Raheny Shamrock AC) finished second in the women's race in 42.12 and Caroline Whiriskey (Loughrea AC) was third in 42.23.
O'Doherty picks off clonmel favourite
Siobhan O'Doherty of Borrisokane AC coasted to a comfortable victory in Sunday's Tipperary Women's Mini-Marathon 10k in Clonmel, finishing in 35.17 – well clear of local favourite Angela McCann of Clonmel AC, who finished second in 38.18.
Claire Annan was third in 38.18 and Teresa Agar was fourth in 39.07. Aine Roche was fifth in 40.54 and Keeley Tideswell finished sixth in 41.23.
There was an entry of more than 1,000 in this event, which was organised by Clonmel AC.
It was something of a Tipperary homecoming, too, for O'Doherty who won the Women's Mini-Marathon in Dublin last June. This popular Tipperary event had more than 900 finishers.