Monday 5 December 2016

Ex-Olympians

Published 22/09/2011 | 05:00

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It will be a busy weekend in the west with road events taking place in Mayo, Sligo and Galway.

In Mayo on Saturday, the Ballyhaunis 8km Road Race brings the curtain down on the Mayo AC 2011 Road League -- a highly successful series of summer events.

Among the special guests running in Ballyhaunis are, former Olympians Jerry Kiernan, David Matthews and Noel Berkeley, as well as author Gerry Duffy of 'Who Dares, Runs' fame.

Late entries for this 4.0 event will be taken at Ballyhaunis Rugby Club, Doctors' Road, Ballyhaunis, up to one hour before the event. See www.mayoac.com or call Martin Fitzmaurice on 087 2455989.

The Athletics Sligo Women's 5km Road Race starts at 1.0 on Sunday from St Mary's GAA Club. Registration on the day opens at 11.0. Contact Terry Hayes on 087 2274622.

Sunday is also the day for the annual Loughrea Road Race in Galway -- the Grey Lake 10k. This is a race with a top pedigree and a big entry is expected for the event, which starts at 2.20.

The junior race at 1.30 is also expected to attract a big crowd. There is also a children's race, which last year attracted an entry of over 600.

A special guest at Sunday's Loughrea race will be former World Marathon record holder Steve Jones of Wales.

For more information visit wwwloughreaathleticclub.com Entry is still available online at www.runireland.com.

With over 400 participants, last Sunday's Charleville Half-Marathon and relay event was a great success and the quality on show made it one of the most competitive races seen in the Cork area for some time.

Alan O'Shea, third in the Woodie's DIY National Half-Marathon two weeks previously, ran 50 seconds faster on this occasion to finish in 67 minutes flat, 34 seconds clear of Vinny Mulvey (Raheny Shamrock AC).

Bantry man O'Shea set his usual blistering pace, going through the first five miles in 24:30. At the halfway mark, he was 45 seconds ahead of Mulvey and although the Raheny athlete closed the gap slightly, O'Shea had enough in hand to hold on for victory.

Another Dublin runner, Gary O'Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers, took third spot in 68:00, with Martin Doody from Limerick fourth.

It has certainly been a busy eight days for Clonmel's Angela McCann as she notched up three half-marathons in that short time, winning two and finishing fourth in the other.

Having won the Cork event at Blarney last Sunday week in 83:10, the 40-year-old then finished fourth in the Phoenix Park on Saturday (80:15) before cruising to a two-minute victory over Tracey Roche at Charleville in 81:04.

And, for good measure, just two weeks ago McCann ran the National Half-Marathon in Waterford in 78:51.

Irish Independent

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