Castlebar Duathlon is ready to test the best

Fri, Mar 11, 2016

A completely revamped course using the beautiful Greenway to Turlough and the bike route using the quite roads around Parke and Pontoon this new course is suitable for all abilities and should be a participant joy to take part in. The Castlebar Adventure Duathlon is now longer but considerably flatter than its predecessor at 39k, with No Booster Mountain to climb no Rathbawn hills to cycle the new course is more forgiving. There is only one distance this year for individuals but there is a relay option and this category has proven very popular throughout the series.

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Conway and Murtagh win in Ballinrobe

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

The ninth edition of the annual spring Ballinrobe run bike run event was hailed as the best yet despite the cold wet conditions, a change to the first run meant all participants had 1.5k extra to cover, there were bigger gaps than normal between the bikers which made for a harder event.

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Mayo athletes bring back medals from Masters Cross Country

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Six Mayo AC athletes travelled to Dundalk on Sunday to compete in the National Masters Cross Country Championships in the grounds of the institute of technology. They lined up in a competitive field of 220 from clubs nationwide. The 4k race was for all women athletes and was run over a testing two lap course in tough conditions.

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Bidwell comes second in first early season test

Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Conditions were tough for the 12th Annual Tuam 8k last Sunday. For many this race is one of the best of the West's early season tests. Persistent rain swept across Connacht but lightened off for the race. However, a chilly headwind on the early kilometres along open sections of the course made it difficult for the 387 finishers.

GCH swept the board taking five of the six top men/women podium prizes. Winner Gary Thornton was 12 seconds faster than last year in 24:22. He's aiming for a good time in the 36th Rotterdam Marathon (it's on the same day as the National 10k - April 10) and edge into the top four Irish men for Rio Olympics.

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Hollymount Road Race celebrates historic event in style

Fri, Nov 20, 2015

It was an historic day for Hollymount. There was a real buzz about the village as the 50th Anniversary International road races took place on Sunday. Conditions on the day were tough to say the least. It was a day for digging in, supporting, enduring and above all celebrating a unique event in Irish athletics. For a race that was 'baptised' in 1966, uisce played a big part in the day, not least during the short flood on the Kilrush loop. It never dampened the enthusiasm or enjoyment of participants, and reminded us that sport reveals the greatest of the human spirit. And we needed that reminder after recent events.

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Mayo athletes star for national masters team

Fri, Nov 20, 2015

Last Saturday the British and Irish International Masters Cross Country took place at the sylvan setting of Santry Demesne, where it was Ireland's turn to host the annual event. Mayo AC continued their remarkable record of representation in recent years. The club had three members in the Irish women's team this year - all have had previous experience in this competition. All age category teams competed against their peers from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Mayo athletes make masters international squads

Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Mayo AC had six masters competing last Sunday in the Open Autumn Masters Cross Country trial for the forthcoming British & Irish International. Teams of four have now been selected in the appropriate age categories in which runners competed. Selections are based on a combination of finishing places in age categories and wild card entries. Congratulations to Angela O'Connor, Pauline Moran, and Mags Glavey who have all been selected on the Irish team to compete at Santry Demesne on November 14.

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Bidwell and Tuohy win Breaffy 10k

Fri, Oct 16, 2015

Autumn temperatures soared on a sunny sporting Sunday at the fifth Breaffy 10k. It was also the final race in Mayo AC Vodafone 2015 Move2Improve series. The conditions were welcome but made extra demands on endurance and energy over the testing undulating terrain.

Last year's winner Matt Bidwell (GCH) led the field home in first place in 32:43, a fine win but well outside his 2014 course record of 31:59. Richard Gorman (Sligo AC) has been in great form recently and he came home in 33:20 as he focuses on Dublin. Davd Tiernan (Mayo AC) was third, two minutes behind in 35:22.

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