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Former Olympians show age is no barrier

Published 29/09/2011 | 05:00

IT was a weekend when former Olympians showed that age does not have to be a limiting factor, as in Ballyhaunis on Saturday where NOEL BERKELEY of DSD led the field home in the annual 8km road race -- the final race in the Mayo AC Road League.

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Berkeley, who competed in the Barcelona Olympics, travelled by motorbike from his home in Midleton in east Cork to compete in the event and finished in 25:54 to take the men's race ahead of ROGER BARRETT (Ballina AC), 25:56 and Michael Canty (Ballina AC), 26:38. Another former Olympian, JERRY KIERNAN finished third in the over-50 Masters category in 31:10.

"I enjoyed the spin to the west as well as the race," Berkeley said.

There was a clean sweep for Mayo AC athletes in the women's race where MARY GLEESON notched up victory in 29:16. COLETTE TUOHY placed second in 30:49 and ANNE LENNON was third in 31.28. There was a big cheer too for 81-year-old local SEAN DOONER who finished the course in 59:15.

Irish Independent

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